Author: ogoredema

Octavia Goredema is a career coach and the founder of Twenty Ten Talent. Find her on Instagram at @octaviagoredema and on Twitter at @octaviagoredema.

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How to Manage Your Time and Prioritize Your Workload

Are you the kind of person who struggles to get a handle on your to-do list? Are you sometimes scared to even start a list because there are too many things to capture? Whether you’re trying to be more efficient, trying to get more done, or trying to find a way to...
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How to Find Your Leadership Style, According to Successful CEOs

Leadership manifests in a myriad of fascinating ways. Think of a leader you admire. Often there’s something specific about the way they do what they do that resonates with you. Then, take a moment to consider the worst boss you ever had. That’s usually the stuff nightmares are made of. When it...
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My Career Goals Feel So Big, It’s Scary. What Should I Do to Get Started?

Goals are a powerful thing. They can be exhilarating and terrifying, all rolled into one. For many of us, the start of the year provides the annual catalyst for setting career goals. With a new decade combined, the stakes are even higher. Please bear with me, because I’m not trying to scare...
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What to Do Next If You’re Passed Over for Promotion

According to a recent survey by the global consulting firm Korn Ferry, 50% of professionals are planning to ask for a promotion in the next 12 months. However, many organizations are failing when it comes to creating clear advancement opportunities. Nearly two-thirds of respondents who did not get a promotion within the...
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How to Recover From Job Interview Rejection

Job interview rejection always stings. Finding yourself on the receiving end of a “thanks, but no thanks” for a role you wanted is tough to swallow. Especially when you’ve exerted significant effort, time and emotional energy in the job interview process. If you’re currently unemployed, bouncing back from job interview rejection is...
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How to Handle Negative Feedback From Your Boss

Unfortunately, there’s no way to avoid it. Receiving negative feedback is an inevitable part of everyone’s career. However, it’s never a pleasant experience because as humans we are hard-wired to want to feel valued. We all want to be praised and recognized for our contributions at work. If things go sideways, getting...
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How to Prepare for Your First Interview as a New Manager

At the start of your career, prepping for job interviews is a frequent hurdle. After you figure out how to pull together your resume and learn how to answer tricky interview questions, you land a job — and then hopefully, start to progress and secure a promotion. Suddenly you’re a new manager,...
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How to Super-Charge Your Career Confidence

Regardless of whether you’re the intern, the CEO or somewhere in between, your career confidence can often take a hit when you need it the most. Maybe you’re facing a tricky meeting, or anxious about your relationship with your boss, or just straight up overwhelmed. Whatever the situation, dealing with your demons...
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How to Break These 6 Bad Work Habits That Are Sabotaging Your Career

Were you late to work more than once over the past week? Do you spend your lunch breaks gossiping about your boss? Or maybe you’ve been putting off an important task because you don’t know where to start? No one is flawless. We could all confess to at least one bad work...
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Renew Your Career With These 3 Easy Tips

For many of us, the new year becomes a time for unleashing a better, healthier, more efficient, gym-friendly version of ourselves. If you’ve pinpointed your career as an area to work on, keep reading. Here are three instant ways you to give your career a makeover. 1. Learn a New Skill Learning...
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4 Foolproof Tips for Avoiding Social Media Distractions at Work

Unless you’re an influencer or responsible for updating your employer’s social media platforms, succumbing to a social media addiction won’t pay the bills. If you’ve worked hard to cultivate your professional persona IRL, the last thing you want is for your boss to catch you checking Facebook or posting to Snapchat. Even...
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4 Smart Strategies to Refresh Your Resume

If you’re looking to land a new role in the new year, refreshing your resume is a great way to get the ball rolling. Reviewing and refining how you present yourself on paper will pay dividends. According to a recent survey conducted by CareerBuilder, 39 percent of HR managers spend less than...
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How Dealing With Career Envy Can Inspire Your Own Goals

We’ve all been there. You happen to catch a notification on LinkedIn from a former colleague who’s suddenly scored an unbelievable promotion. Or maybe you bump into an old friend who practically doubled their salary after being headhunted. With the 24/7 nature of social media, we are constantly bombarded with other people’s...
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How Working with a Coach Could Ignite Your Career

Whether you’re just starting out in your profession or sitting in the C-suite, working with a coach can transform your career. Why hire a career coach? The reason is simple. Navigating your career is hard. There are times when challenging circumstances can make it feel next to impossible. Whether you’re trying to...
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Do These 5 Things for a Successful Presentation

You know the feeling. That sick, sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach when you commit to delivering an important presentation in front of an audience. Or better yet, in front of your coworkers and your boss. For many of us, public speaking is one of the things we are required...
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6 Ways to Prove You’re Ready for a Promotion

Ready for a promotion? If you’re eager to take the next step in your career, creating a strategy to put yourself in position for a promotion is key. Simply working hard and waiting for your boss to notice may not guarantee a leap into the position of your dreams. Hard work is...
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Fired? Here Are 3 Immediate Action Items to Tackle Right Now

Getting fired is one of the toughest things to handle. Even if you saw it coming, exiting a job suddenly is super stressful. Facing the impact on your finances, relationships and your career can feel like an avalanche when your emotions are already running high. Take a breath. While it’s hard to...
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How to Overcome Lack of Experience on Your Resume

Anyone sifting through listings on job boards has inevitably arrived at this sobering realization: In truth, there are very few jobs that you’re 100 percent qualified for. Overcoming lack of experience is hard, especially if you’re facing an intimidating list of lengthy job requirements that seem designed to deter almost anyone. If...
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What to Do Next If You’ve Picked the Wrong Career

Changing career direction to try something new can be exciting, but also terrifying at the same time. At the beginning, your dream career may feel out of reach. Deciding to make a big career change isn’t easy but figuring out how to make it happen can seem even harder. Unfortunately, our career...
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What Black Women’s Equal Pay Day Means to Me

Today is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. The date marks how far into 2018 a black woman needs to work, to make as much money as a white male made in 2017. As a black woman who is the mother of two daughters, today will be a sad one for me. I’m...
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Navigating the First Three Months in Your New Job

Receiving, negotiating and accepting a new job offer is always a cause for celebration. But after the burst of excitement and exhilaration it’s time to focus, as the next adventure is about to start. Starting a new job can be challenging. As many of us know, it can be one of life’s...
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How to Get Ahead of Your Workload Before Your Vacation

Vacation time is always something to look forward to. But for many of us, planning around being out of the office can be super stressful. According to the American Psychological Association, 44 percent of working adults say they check work email every day while on vacation. I’m certain that’s because the prospect...
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How to Make a Great Impression in Your Performance Review

Performance reviews are nerve-wracking. We know it. Usually we know our performance review is looming, but we procrastinate, which results in being under prepared. Company-wide performance reviews typically happen at the same time of year. If you’re new to your firm, it’s smart to ask when that cycle kicks into gear. If...
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7 Ways to Ace Your Next Phone Interview

If you are busy job hunting, receiving an invitation for a phone interview is always an encouraging sign. Phone interviews tend to happen at the early stages of a recruiting process, so if you’re excited about the opportunity you’ll want to ace the first hurdle. Here are seven tips to help you...
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The Secret to Resigning Without Burning Your Bridges

There’s rarely a perfect time to tell your boss that you’re resigning, even if you’ve landed the new job of your dreams. In every industry, employees will come and go. However, for most of us, having “that” conversation is something we dread, even when we’re super excited about what lies ahead. Regardless...
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How to Kickstart Your Career After a Setback

Every one one of us, at some point in our career, has experienced the crushing feeling that accompanies something major going sideways. Whether it’s missing out on a promotion, making a big mistake on an important project, or maybe even losing your job, there’s nothing worse than feeling like you’ve failed. When...
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5 Simple Steps for Growing Your Network

We all know one of the key steps to advancing your career is to leverage your network. In reality, it’s often tough to know how to start building a network, or how to grow your network. From the moment you decide to find your first job you will be told, usually by...
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How to Survive Working With a Workaholic

Working with a workaholic can often feel like it will either make you, or break you. If a work-crazy coworker is stressing you out, don’t be discouraged.  I’ve been there and feeling pressured to conform to a relentless schedule isn’t much fun. If you find yourself dealing with a work-obsessed boss or...
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What I Learned the Hard Way: Career Advice for Working Moms

In addition to the joy that starting a family brings, the practical, emotional and monetary impact of parenthood cannot be truly understood until you’re in the thick of it. I’m the working mom of two little girls, and navigating parenting and my career has thrown more curveballs at me than I could...
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How to Carve Out a Career in Tech That Aligns With Your Goals

As a sector, technology is experiencing explosive growth. Last year alone, U.S. tech employment outpaced other notable segments of the economy including finance, construction, the arts, entertainment and recreation. If you’re looking to pursue a career in tech, the burgeoning growth of the industry presents a wealth of opportunities. For many, the...

How to Negotiate a New Job Offer

Negotiating a new offer may feel uncomfortable, but a little discomfort is worth it. This is your best chance to increase your salary and improve the conditions of your new job. Once you have accepted a job, you lose your leveraging power. The best negotiators know what they want and are armed...