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To make yourself as attractive a job candidate as possible, you should always be looking for opportunities to pick up a new skill. That doesn't mean you have to attain expert status in order to catch the attention of a hiring manager. However, it's useful to get an idea of exactly what kind of investment you'd have to make, to be considered an expert by those in the know.
When it comes to getting along with folks at the office, there's nothing trickier than knowing when, exactly, to draw a line. What's acceptable behavior in a boss, colleague, or report -- and what's an example of people taking advantage of your good nature?
When's the last time you heard someone say they loved giving presentations? And yet, most of us will have to, at some point or another in our lives. Our careers may depend on it.
Love them or hate them, our bosses are a huge factor in our happiness and success at work. That's bad news if yours doesn't seem to be in your corner, and while there's nothing you can do to make a terrible manager into a fantastic one, there are a few things you can try to get your boss invested in you.
Even if you're not particularly superstitious, it's easy to ascribe the things that happen to you in your career to luck (either good or bad). In fact, you can make your own good luck at work, just by making a few simple changes in your life.
When we talk about dress codes in the office, the focus is often on women. Whether this is because women's fashion offers more variety, or because our culture places more taboos on their dress, is up for discussion. But men should also strive to make a good impression at the office. Below the cut, you'll find a few examples of what not to do.
We've all heard that people communicate more with body language than they do with the words they actually speak. But what about facial expressions? If you're careful not to slouch and cross your arms grumpily, can you convey negative feelings with the look on your face -- and not even know you're doing it?
Feel like a fraud, even when you know you're qualified to lead? If so, you have impostor syndrome.
Fueled by an inability to internalize one's accomplishments, this psychological phenomenon appears to be fairly common among working women, and can prevent the afflicted from achieving their goals -- but it doesn't have to.
Maybe you've had the same title for a while, and you're ready for something bigger; maybe your responsibilities have evolved, and you want your title to match what you're doing every day. Whatever the reason, angling for a promotion is a tricky business. Being prepared can help you allay your anxiety about asking for what you're worth, and make it more likely for you to ascend to that next rung on the corporate ladder.
Job counselors tell us that the best way to build a successful career is to keep learning and adding skills to our resumes. But education isn't cheap -- for the most part. Fortunately, there are plenty of totally free sources online that will help you develop the skills you need to get hired, be promoted, and keep those raises rolling in.
What makes people who achieve their dreams from the rest of us? It's not just having a knack for making money or a talent for knowing what people want. It's a knack for doing a few things just a little bit differently than everyone else.
New Year's resolutions tend to focus on the personal. While January 1 is as good a time as any to quit smoking or start eating more vegetables, it's also an opportunity to look at your career from a new perspective. As a bonus, it's sometimes easier to build your resume than it is to drop some pounds.
Want to boost your salary in a hurry? Some entries on your resume are worth more than others. Pick up these skills, and your paycheck could increase by as much as 20 percent.
These days, we spend a lot more time communicating with people online than we do in person, or even over the phone. Everyone is forced to become a writer if they want to get their points across, even if their job seems unrelated to the world of words. Here are some common mistakes that just about everyone makes when emailing at work.
Ever feel like you and the boss are speaking a different language? It might not be your fault, or hers. Sometimes, people just have different communication styles. However, since your success is dependent on being able to communicate with your manager, it behooves you to figure out a way around the impasse.
The end of the year is performance evaluation time for many workers, which means that now's the time to gather up proof of your awesomeness in the hopes of impressing the boss. But before you can make your case for more money and responsibility, you need to tally up your accomplishments. Here's how to do it.
Your CEO walks into the Monday meeting, dressed for business -- which, in his case, is a hoodie and jeans, or athletic apparel, or some other casual outfit that you'd usually reserve for washing the car or taking out the trash. Does this mean he's less professional than the average C-level executive -- or does it mean that he's just confident, and higher status?
After a lifetime of waiting for our turn to speak, it can be hard to close our mouths and open our ears. Which is too bad, because listening, although rarely mentioned in the skills section on a resume, is one of the most important things we can do to get ahead at work.
After a few years of building our careers, many of us learn to be fairly accommodating, in order to get along with our colleagues -- and bosses. The problem with learning to say yes, readily, is that it becomes hard to say no when you have to. And if you can't say no, you sometimes can't advance your career to the next level.
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