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  • Do You Need an Assistant? 3 Signs You Shouldn't Ignore

    Most freelancers and small business owners start out operating under the assumption that if they want something done, they'll need to do it themselves, whether it's balancing the books or dusting the waiting room. But how do you know when you need to hire help?

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  • Does Someone Have to Go: Employees Vote with Their Hearts Not Their Heads

    Last week on Does Someone Have to Go, we watched as the employees of Velocity Merchant Services roasted their co-workers in candid videos. That was followed by a mortifying round where salaries were revealed and from there, the group chose the three employees they thought deserved to be fired. Can the bottom three redeem themselves?
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  • The 5 Commandments of Social Media Etiquette

    Social media has provided the general public with a platform to practice (or abuse) freedom of speech. Yes, a person is entitled to do almost anything they wish on their social media networks; however, let's not forget that recruiters and employers are online as well. The last thing you want is to have your boss find out from Instagram exactly how much fun you had in Vegas last weekend. To spare yourself some embarrassment, consider these social media rules to help you play it safe in your personal and professional life.
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  • Addicted to Technology? 10 Reasons to Unplug for More Brain Power

    The human brain is an amazing organ, capable of operating at average speeds of 100 Hz per second, with over 10 billion neurons firing at once in a very efficient manner. While this is a bit slower than the standard operating system of a computer or mobile device, most people find it increasingly important to utilize technology to augment their normal workday. Multi-tasking for eight hours a day seems like the norm for millions of working professionals.
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  • 3 Tips from Entrepreneurs on Becoming "Career Fearless"

    Sometimes, we're our own worst enemies when it comes to career development. We lack the confidence to make big leaps, or we second-guess ourselves until opportunity stops knocking. A recent LearnVest article asked several prominent entrepreneurs to share their advice on beating fear and becoming a success.

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  • 5 Ways to Avoid Totally Humiliating Yourself on That Video Conference Call

    Oh, for the good old days, when maintaining face on a conference call was as simple as putting the dog out and not blowing your nose directly into the speaker. Now, companies are increasingly relying on video conferencing technology to manage their remote meetings. Mostly, this is a good thing: the old, phone-based calls didn't offer an opportunity to read the body language of the other callers, meaning that we were missing out on up to 90 percent of the message. Video conferencing allows us to get back some of that communication potential -- but potentially at a high cost.

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  • TripIt Pro: Say Goodbye to the Middle Seat

    If you travel for business, you know how important it is to be relatively comfortable while you fly. For most of us, this depends on choosing our seats well. The long-legged, for example, often prefer to sit in an aisle seat; those who enjoy a mid-flight nap often want the window, where their travel pillow fits perfectly between their shoulder and the wall. And almost no one wants the middle seat, which pretty much guarantees that you'll arrive at your destination rumpled and annoyed, instead of ready to wheel and deal. Fortunately, there's a 21st-century solution to this age-problem.

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  • Keeping His Tools Clean, Linebacker Spends $600k on Body Upkeep

    “Keep your tools clean” was the sage advice an experienced contractor offered me early in my working life. The realization that you can only go as far as your tools will allow was the take-home and is apparently an idea Cincinnati Bengals linebacker James Harrison embraces – the $600,000 he spends annually to care for his body serving as testament.
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  • Can Goofing off Actually Make You More Productive?

    The folks at both Forbes and the New York Times seem to think so, and who are we to question their wisdom? Especially when there is actual science, not just wishful thinking, to back up their claims.

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  • Offer Solutions Instead of Complaints

    Managers hire people to fix problems, not complain about them. Employees who are prepared to offer possible solutions are considered highly valuable. These problem-solvers are the ones who keep their jobs in a tight economy. They're also the workers who are offered merit raises, and, eventually, promoted.
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  • Coping with the Ogre - Strategies for Managing a Mean Boss

    Nearly every workplace has at least one “ogre”. This is a manager who appears to be mean as a rattlesnake for no apparent reason. You may have a tendency to avoid this type of manager at all costs, because of not-so-pleasant interactions you’ve experienced in the past. This is a boss who has a reputation that precedes him or her, leaving co-workers shaking in their boots at the very thought of upsetting this volatile volcano.
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  • What's Trending on Twitter? - #ThingsThatIrritateMe, #Powerball, #TheOfficeFinale

    Today's Twitter roundup recaps three of last week's trending topics: #ThingsThatIrritateMe, #Powerball, and #TheOfficeFinale. Why should the consummate professional keep hitting the refresh button on their Twitter feed? Well, somewhere amongst the snark and the manic updates, you might just find some timely lessons to apply to your career. Read on to find out how the above trending hashtags relate to common grammatical errors, job satisfaction, and corporate culture, respectively.
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  • How to Stand Out in an Office Full of Slackers

    In a competitive job market, employers are likely to be carefully evaluating the performance of employees. This means, employees who want to stand out as high performers can take the high road and avoid becoming complacent. A Forbes article advises that, “Job security comes from making sure that your daily performance is so amazing that any company would be crazy to let you go.” As a professional who wants to stay employed, standing out at work counts.
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  • 3 Ways to Keep From Getting Burned Out When You Work Multiple Jobs

    A scarcity of full-time, benefited jobs has led many workers to hold down multiple part-time gigs at the same time. The challenge, of course, is juggling all of this without going crazy from burn-out.

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  • Want to Be a Success? Use Humor

    Many job descriptions include a line about how successful applicants will have a good sense of humor, but usually this means, "Won't flip over his or her desk, Real Housewife-style, when things get tough." A recent article on Forbes.com, however, points out that having a good sense of humor is valuable to you as an employee, not just to your company. Here's why.

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  • Is Your Job Right for You? 4 Ways to Tell

    Penelope Trunk, cofounder of Brazen Careerist, would like to save you some time.

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  • No Upward Mobility Needed? Making the Case for Individual Contributors in the Workplace

    Getting a promotion to a high level management position seems like it would be a dream come true for some folks trying to get ahead at work. After all, we’ve all been programmed to climb the corporate ladder to success, right? Yeah, not so much. Here's why remaining in an individual contributor role may be your best option.
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  • 8 Tips for Surviving Your First Week as a Temp

    In a tough job market, many folks are turning to temporary and contract assignments in order to land work in their fields. This is especially helpful for those who are new college graduates or career changers. Temping also has multiple benefits for job seekers.
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  • 5 Lessons from Tabatha Takes Over

    To some people, Tabatha Coffey is a demonic elf who enjoys berating hardworking hairdressers for their sloppy work and poor attitude. To others, she's more like the elfin queen who has the magical ability to pull a failing business back from the brink.
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  • 10 Valuable Lessons to Learn From Warren Buffet

    The guy became an investor at 11 years old, paid his way through college with profits from his childhood business and later became one of the greatest billionaire moguls and philanthropists of all time. Warren Buffet knows what he's doing.
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