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  • Do Appearances Matter? (Short Answer: Yes)

    We would all like to think that we're above such mundane things as looks and presentation, but the fact is, appearances count -- a lot. The good news is that this doesn't necessarily mean that we have to be supermodels to get ahead.

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  • 3 Ways to Get Over 'Nice Girl' Syndrome

    When is being nice a liability instead of an asset? When it gets in the way of your career. Meredith Lepore at Levo League wrote a recent post about the dangers of being too nice at work -- and what to do about it.

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  • Why You Shouldn't Negotiate Your Salary

    It's the almost the end of the year, and for many of us, that means performance reviews, and hopefully, raises. But Keld Jensen at Forbes has some controversial advice about negotiating your end-of-the-year raise: as in, don't.

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  • 3 Reasons Why You Should Be Nicer to Yourself

    When you listen to your inner voice, is it mean to you? If so, you're not alone. Many people go through their days hearing an internal litany of self-criticism. The problem, of course, is that it's hard to get anything positive done at work while you're tuned into negativity.

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  • Become a 'Math Person' and a Success at Work

    The fastest way to talk yourself out of a successful career is to hold fast to the idea that you're "not a math person," and yet many workers do just that. Why? Because they believe that people are either good at something, or they're not -- even though evidence strongly suggests otherwise.

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  • Be Indispensable to Your Boss

    Unemployment is slowing improving, but that doesn't mean that workers' fear of getting laid off is also on the decline. The best way to achieve job security these days is to make yourself essential personnel in the eyes of your boss.

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  • How to Fake Confidence in 5 Easy Steps

    Confidence is important, whether you're interviewing for a new job or trying to get promoted at the one you already have. Even if you're completely happy where you are on the corporate ladder, being confident will help you persuade other people to support you, which is essential for getting buy-in for your projects and achieving your goals. But what if you're not a naturally confident person?

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  • Want to Get Ahead? Dress Like the Boss

    When it comes to dressing for success, following corporate dress code might be less important than paying attention to what the boss wears, and mimicking it -- just enough.

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  • Get to Work on Time: 3 Alarm Clock iPhone Apps

    Many of us are not, shall we say, morning people. This is unfortunate, as most of us have bosses who are unsympathetic to our desire to sleep in. In the bad old days, we'd combat this problem with multiple alarm clocks, but now, there's an app for just about everything -- including getting to work on time.

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  • Just Say "Yeah!" to Get Ahead at Work

    A study by MIT Sloan School of Management found that words like "speech," "middle," "bottom," "flat," and -- we are not making this up -- "animals" will tank your proposal's chance of success. If you want the boss and your coworkers to look favorably on your work, the best thing to say is "yeah."

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  • 5 Reasons Why You Are Not the Boss

    It is disappointing to be looked over when your company is looking to fill a management position. It is even worse when a co-worker with less experience than you gets promoted.
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  • When the Boss Promotes the Wrong Person

    You hate your lazy, good-for-nothing co-worker. Your boss is considering your lazy, good-for-nothing coworker for promotion. Knowing what to do, what not to do, and how to behave will help you keep your job and your sanity.
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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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  • Using Your Performance Review to Negotiate a Raise You Deserve

    It’s that time of year again when the department manager notifies you that it’s time to have a chit-chat in the office about your performance at work. While this can be more than just a little intimidating for many folks, did you know that it’s also a prime time to negotiate a much-deserved promotion? The key is to walk confidently into your manager’s office armed with the evidence of your value to the company and a list of achievements that back this up.
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  • Start Doing the Work for Tomorrow's Job Today

    You've probably heard the expression, "dress for the job you want." But how about doing the work for the job you want -- even before you get it?

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  • If You Don't See Yourself on This Career Path Five Years From Now, It's Not for You

    It's arguably the worst question in the interviewing process: "Where do you see yourself five years from now?" If your honest answer would be, "Doing the exact opposite of this job," then perhaps it's time to consider making a career change.

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  • Are You Sure You Even Want That Promotion?

    If you had an opportunity to get a promotion, you'd probably go for it. What's not to like about a better title and more money, right? Well, depending on your current situation and the reality of the promotion in question, you might be better off staying put. How do you know when to stay, and when to go forward?

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  • How To Read Your Salary Report

    You already know that PayScale.com is the place to go to quickly generate a personalized Salary Report that tells you exactly how your total compensation compares to people like you. (And if you don’t know that, go complete your Salary Report right now.) You probably have even spent some time poking around and looking at the array of charts and lists contained on the report. But today we’re going to show you how to get the most out of that information.

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  • 5 Tips for Managing Up

    One of the quickest ways to ensure a miserable office life is having a poor relationship with your manager or supervisor. Whether you have trouble communicating or your manager just isn't cut out for managing people, the relationship you have with your boss can determine the course of your career. So, what can you do to make it better?

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  • 3 Ways to Build a Career When You Don't Want to Be a Manager

    Most of us want to be promoted at some point. But what happens when moving up the ladder means taking on a supervisory role -- and you don't want to be a manager?

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