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How to Discuss Salary with Coworkers

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This article is not about asking for a raise.

It’s not about suing your employer.

Nor is it about negotiating a salary during a job interview.

It’s about the best ways to navigate the delicate topic of salaries when it inevitably comes up among coworkers.

Despite what you may have heard, it’s not something to avoid, just something to do with savvy. Click Here to Read Article …

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3 Steps to Handle Emergency Projects

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Your boss calls you in.

Upper management has decided a crisis is brewing and the problem needs fixing immediately.

You are chosen.

What was your response?

For many of us, the response is to say, “Of course,” and leave the office wondering how we’re going to fix this. Then we go back to our desk and sit for a moment.

Then we turn to our coworker and say something like, “You’ll never believe what they just asked me to do!” Venting ensues.

Complaining to your coworker probably didn’t help the situation. Here are three steps to take control of situation calmly and efficiently. Click Here to Read Article …

9 Signs It’s Time to Change Careers

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What is your first thought every morning from Monday to Friday?

If you seem to toss and turn, hitting the snooze button while mumbling about how you hate your job or your life, then you’re probably one of those people who think a job is a deadly chore.

You are a miserable soul, and your job or career is sucking the life out of you.

Is it time for a change? Not necessarily.

Maybe the job isn’t the problem, in which case a job switch wouldn’t help much. On the contrary, you might feel that your choice of career has everything to do with your misery.

Here are nine tell-tale signs that your career is to blame — and that it’s time for a change. Click Here to Read Article …

4 Tips to Successfully Juggle School and Full-Time Work

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Being able to devote your time solely to school was so twentieth century.

These days, with ever-rising tuition costs, more people are working to put themselves through school.

Also, it’s becoming increasingly common to continue one’s education to take careers to the next level.

Whatever takes you to higher learning, the idea isn’t just to get a degree but to learn as much as possible.

The demands of studying while working full time might tempt you to take shortcuts or concede that you’re only sort of doing college. Here are some tips to get the most out of earning a degree while still on the job. Click Here to Read Article …

What Does An MBA Graduate Do: The Sky’s The Limit

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At some point in their careers, an artist realizes they have to operate their creative endeavors like a business.

They can’t be artists if they don’t sell a product or a service that generates enough profit for them to remain artists.

Every artist may be at the center of their being an artist, but they still need a bit of business acumen to get them through the month.

This same sensible consideration applies to almost any enterprise mankind takes on. Click Here to Read Article …

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Considering a Career Change? Avoid These 7 Mistakes

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They say the grass is not always greener on the other side, and in many cases, this may be true.

Similarly, we may think our current career as a bunch of baloney and another career (which we have long been daydreaming about) as something that is just what we need.

Let’s go back to the grass is greener phrase and look at some other meanings that people have attached to it:

If the grass is greener on the other side, would the other side think your grass is greener than their side?

The grass may be greener on the other side, but maybe yours will be greener if you water it.

If the grass is greener on the other side, there’s probably more manure there. Click Here to Read Article …

9 Qualities Employees Love in Leaders

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Ever wonder what your employees think the perfect leader is?

Do you wonder if you are a good leader for your people?

You could directly ask them.

Of course, they could be brutally honest or lie just so they don’t get in trouble.

Unless you have good communication with your people, you may not want to ask them directly. You could have a third-party survey company perform an employee satisfaction review — this could give you an idea of what your employees are unhappy with. Click Here to Read Article …

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How to Rock Your Next Review

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I have worked at a number of different companies, both large and small. Today I run my own business.

The company I founded came into existence based on frustrations I experienced working in a corporate environment.

Between bureaucracy and my own lack of relevant training, I became disappointed and disenchanted with the employee review process.

Whether you’re new to the working world, or someone who’s been around the block a time or two, I bet we have something in common.

We’re not sure how to appropriately prepare for employee reviews, and further, we’re not certain we have the Jedi mind skills to chart the course of our professional destiny. Click Here to Read Article …

8 Tips for Closing Gaps in Your Resume

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Have you ever had to create a resume for a new job but end up struggling to fill your employment gaps?

Filling employment gaps is considered to be one of the most difficult tasks for job seekers around the world.

They can feel the pressure of competition against those who have perfect employment history adorning their resumes.

Why is it essential to remove employment gaps in your resume? Employers perceive those gaps as an inconsistent employment record.

By working on your employment gaps, you’re taking some productive measures to change that perception of prospective recruiters. Here are a few ways to do just that: Click Here to Read Article …

7 Job Search Tips for Introverts

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The question that bothers many, if not all, introverts, is this:

How can you maximize your chances of lucrative employment with the hurdles caused by your personality?

While some may feel discouraged, many realize that instead of losing hope they can create success.

You are wrong if you think that you will be left behind in the race for success just because you are an introvert.

There are millions like you enjoying the job they’ve always dreamed of. Click Here to Read Article …

5 Considerations Before Taking that Job Across the Country

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Taking a job across the country was one of the scariest things I’ve done in my adult life.

While the prospects for greater upward mobility in my career, more money and a nice benefits package — including more vacation time and better insurance — definitely made the move worthwhile, leaving family and friends behind in order to chase career gold nearly 2,000 miles away was a scary and stressful idea.

I learned a few things along the way that I wanted to share. If I can help to minimize stress and anxiety during one of the most difficult tasks in your life, then it makes sense to share what I know in order to attempt to help a few of you along the way.  Click Here to Read Article …

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6 Comedy Tips for Business Success

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Last fall, after putting off going to my first Toastmaster’s meeting for the umpteenth time, I decided to enroll in an improv comedy class.

I had been watching Whose Line Is It Anyway? and thought to myself, “Why can’t I think off the cuff and engage in witty banter like those guys on the show?”

So, on the first day of class, I girded up my loins and forced myself to actually attend.

I knew I wouldn’t become the next Will Ferrell or Tina Fey, but I figured it would help me to round out my public speaking skills.

What I didn’t anticipate, however, was that it would provide so many valuable lessons that could be applied to a professional environment.

In fact, I would go so far as to say that anyone who wants to become more effective in the workplace could benefit from taking a whirl at improv.

Here are the top six lessons from improv that can help advance your career: Click Here to Read Article …

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