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How to Create a Resume When You’re Self-Employed (Part 2/3)

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In the first of our series on effectively relating freelance experience on resumes, we looked at some of the red flags employers see in such experience.

One of the ideas we stressed was that you can get around these red flags.

The way to do this is by assuring the employer that you’ve developed the skills he or she is looking for.

Here, in part two, we take a look at how to do just that. Click Here to Read Article …

Your Guide to Getting Along with Coworkers

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In today’s workplace building a positive relationship with coworkers is extremely important.

Most employees spend at least 40 hours per week together, and the ability to communicate well and collaborate is key.

There are often times an array of personalities in the workplace, and it is important to be able to communicate effectively and get along well with everyone.

My business has allowed me to work with a variety of personality types and build relationships with our employees and clients. Click Here to Read Article …

8 Ways to Always Be on Time

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Are you always running late like the little white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland?

They say punctuality is a clear sign of professionalism, and I’m sure you’ve heard that many times before.

When you’re grown up enough to have your own alarm clock and you depend on it, being late is simply unacceptable.

It may be your own loss if you miss the first ten minutes of class or the dentist appointment or someone’s wedding vows at church.

However, when it comes to work, we’re talking serious business. Click Here to Read Article …

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How to Create a Resume When You’re Self-Employed (Part 1/3)

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If you’re a freelancer thinking of crossing over into the world of traditional employment, or if you straddle both worlds, you have to think about presenting self-employment on your resume.

One might be tempted to take an “it-is-what-it-is” approach, just plopping the experience into your resume.

But because working at home or running a business of any kind is different from being part of an organization, employers have their own particular ways of looking at such work on someone’s resume.

Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll present a series on ways to incorporate your freelance work onto your resume.

Today’s post will focus on some of the potential red flags that employers sometimes perceive. Click Here to Read Article …

4 Reasons to Stop Banning Social Media at Work

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There is no denying that the typical office environment has changed over the last decade, with the majority of employees now sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods of time.

The once-seen boundary between work and life has become blurred, predominantly due to social media becoming increasingly utilized in business for marketing purposes.

For many employers, allowing for social media use in the workplace would be absurd.

In fact, 42 percent of employers prohibit workers from using social media altogether.

And perhaps, this makes sense, as social media is widely understood to be time-consuming, mindless and useless. Click Here to Read Article …

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Bad Bosses: They Cause More Than Just Headaches

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Regardless if you work in a local chicken shack or a Fortune 500 company, a bad boss can ruin the entire experience for you single-handedly.

It doesn’t matter if you enjoy the work or not, a bad boss will seemingly go out of their way to undermine you at every step, undo a whole day’s work in the blink of an eye and sap the morale out of everyone they come across.

Even if the employee tries to make the best of it, dealing with a bad boss can become a tedious chore that never seems to end.

It has been cited that bad treatment from their boss and a hostile work environment are the number one reasons why employees leave. Click Here to Read Article …

Want to Seem Smart? Don’t Try

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Have you ever tried throwing in a few big words during a job interview or meeting in the hopes that it would make you seem smarter?

If you were lucky, your imaginative use of synonyms got you the job or earned you the respect of your coworkers.

But it’s more likely that you were left feeling slightly foolish and have since banished words like verisimilitude or pusillanimous from your everyday vocabulary.

So why is this?

Contrary to the popular notion that using bigger words can make us sound smarter, research shows that the more effort we put into looking smart, the less intelligent we’ll actually appear to those around us. 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 …

5 Ways to Accomplish Goals While Multitasking

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Goal setting in a multitasking environment is viciously difficult.

Ideally, you want to get the most out of your productive time with the least amount of effort.

Otherwise what is the point of multitasking?

The trouble is that it is very easy to lose time and concentration when your attention is pulled from one task to another.

Here are some useful tips for how to set goals while multitasking. Click Here to Read Article …

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Stop These 10 Habits & Be Happy at Work

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No matter how detailed my to-do list is or how diligently I try to stick to it, I always find myself overwhelmed at 2 p.m., making a mad dash to get things done.

This end-of-the-day crunch time leaves me exhausted and dreading what the next morning holds.

So how does an organized professional like me end up feeling like I’m giving everything, yet leaving with a sense that I’ve accomplished nothing?

Even more importantly, is there a way I can identify what I’m doing wrong, change it around to work in my favor and end each day with a sense of accomplishment instead of frustration?

Absolutely! Click Here to Read Article …

9 Tips to Do More Every Day

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Time is an illusion.

Time is the fourth dimension.

Time waits for no man.

These little philosophical quips may give us pause for thought, but in a hectic and demanding office environment, the only thought about time is, “Where did it go?”

All of a sudden, the day is over, and there are still files piled on your desk that you did not get to, phone messages not returned, and a meeting that had to be re-scheduled for tomorrow because you ran out of time today. Click Here to Read Article …

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8 Tips for Effective Meetings

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Most people I know hate having meetings.

Correction: They hate having unproductive meetings which have a single outcome of wasting everyone’s time.

However, done correctly, an effective meeting can get a lot done in a short space of time.

A meeting should have an agenda and a plan at the end of it, but what if you are not in control?

How do you make your attendance at meetings more effective? Click Here to Read Article …

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