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How to Negotiate a Pay Raise With Just About Anyone

Believing you deserve a raise is one thing; successfully negotiating a change in your salary or benefits package is quite another. While your priorities might be clear to you, the conflicting interests a company may be dealing with behind…

First Day on the Job: Make a Great Impression Without Coming on Too Strong

It’s your first day on the job, and you want to make a great impression on your supervisor and coworkers. This is an understandable urge, but you must be careful. You don’t want to come on too strong — like a person wearing so much…

How to Get Back to Peak Performance

No matter how badly you want to get your job done, you just aren’t feeling inspired. Maybe you’re bored with the work. Maybe company politics are disrupting your concentration. Maybe you feel you are not making the difference you aspire…

5 Easy Ways Stand Out to Employers

Last summer, Geoffrey Owens, once a regular on the legendary Cosby Show, was seen working a — *gulp* — regular job at Trader Joe’s. The press quickly ran with the story, and people around the world began making negative comments about…

5 Signs You Should Turn Down That Job Offer to Pursue Your Business Idea

It’s not the worst problem to have, but it’s a dilemma many entrepreneurs face: take a stable job, or risk your livelihood to turn your business idea into a reality? As someone who chose the second path, I think I can offer some tips…

It’s Time to Break Up With Your Job

Happy Valentine’s Day! It’s time to end that toxic eight-hour-a-day relationship. You wouldn’t put up with all the negativity in a romantic partner. Why are you putting up with it at work? Every February, I write a column about why…
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How to Write a Killer Cover Letter

You’ve found the perfect job, your resume is ready to go, but there’s one last thing on your to-do list: the dreaded cover letter. While it might seem easy to write a one-page letter touting your strengths, many job seekers struggle…

12 Steps to Breaking Smartphone Addiction

Article by Michael Pietrzak I descended into the subway toward the metallic tube that would rush me across the city in the dark underground. A man was having a phone call, lingering halfway down the stairs, not yet ready to cut the umbilical…

Can Your Credit Score Affect Your Employment?

Having bad credit can make it difficult to get approved for a loan or a credit card — but in some cases, it can also prevent you from getting a job. According to a 2018 National Association of Professional Background Screeners study, 47…

No Ghosting: What to Do After Accepting the Job Offer

“Ghosting” used to be reserved for the world of dating. Now, it has become quite common in the workplace. Ghosting is when one person — in this case, a candidate or employee — ignores all the calls, texts, emails, and other messages…
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Apply the Genius Habit to Your Job Search

Being able to navigate a job search seamlessly is imperative in the changing landscape of work. While a job search can be intimidating, you need to get used to the idea because you will have to go through the job interview process many times…

My New Pet Peeve: Getting Personal on LinkedIn

Sometimes, you see something you just can’t unsee it. Unfortunately, that seems to be happening to me more and more on LinkedIn. What was once a very professional website is now host to some very unprofessional things, and it’s frankly…