Category Archives for professionalism

7 Tips for Overcoming Salary Negotiation Fear

It doesn’t matter if you’re an intern, Nobel Prize winner or a paid actor who knows how to pour on the charisma. Negotiating salary can be daunting to the most courageous of souls, due to the many pitfalls. But it doesn’t have to be. Here is a defining moment from an early Albert Brooks movie.

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6 Salary Negotiation Mistakes to Avoid

You aced the interview and your hard work has paid off in a job offer. You’re excited to learn the company wants you … that is, until you start talking money. The salary is not at all what you were expecting, and not in the “I just won the lottery” way!

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Gain the Respect You Deserve in the Workplace

Respect. Short word, but a powerful one—enough so that Aretha Franklin focused an entire song to it. Everyone in the workplace wants to be respected, but it doesn’t always come easy. It takes time and trust to earn the respect of your peers and managers.

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Don’t Make These Mistakes Over Your Holiday Break

The holiday season is upon us and if you’re like many, you have some much-needed time off scheduled. But before you record that out-of-office message and log off your computer, make sure you know how to vacation the right way. How can you go wrong, you ask?

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Why Emotional Intelligence Can Help You Land a Job

To guarantee you’ll ace your next job interview, you don’t need to have won the Nobel Peace Prize or have the answer to world peace. You may not even need the most impeccable industry skill set. What really tips the scales in a candidate’s favor? Assuming solid qualifications, it’s emotional intelligence – in simple terms, […]

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Assertive v. Aggressive – How to Draw the Line

Drawing the line between aggressiveness and assertiveness is always a difficult proposition, whether you’re managing a team or trying to advance in your career. When you must take a stand, you may second-guess yourself: “Will I step over the line? If I do nothing, will I lose ground?” You can walk the tightrope by increasing […]

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This Is How Political Activism Can Affect Your Job

In the United States, political activism is thought of as a right – “freedom of speech” – but corporate America doesn’t always see it that way. Employers are free to write their own policies, including limiting some political participation, even what you do outside of work in some cases. That may not the best approach […]

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What Does Casual Dress Really Mean Today?

Wardrobe Tips for Career Success. Casual dress has become a mainstay in the workplace – but along with the shift is greater ambiguity in knowing what will help or hinder your career. The policies, written or not, can vary by company; department; industry; your boss; geographic location; day of the week; the day’s events; and more. Your […]

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Check your EQ

Emotional intelligence in the workplace seems like a buzz term…but your ability to regulate your own emotions for better interpersonal relations can be the difference of having a great career versus a good one. Not having emotional intelligence is sure to slow your professional growth. The workplace is a fabric of people who can only […]

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Attractive Personality Traits to Help You Land Any Job

Are you tenacious, confident, organized and professional? Then hiring managers are likely to put you at the top of their job candidate list over someone who has technical ability but limited people skills. As I discussed with Jacquelyn Smith of BusinessInsider for her article 16 attractive personality traits that can help you land any job, […]

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