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4 Ways to Handle a Colleague Who Yells at You

On The Job

Have you ever had someone yell at you at work? It's not fun. It's happened to me, and I can tell you that it was not a pleasant experience. What should you do if a colleague yells at you while on the job? You need to: 1. Stand up for yourself.

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Do This One Thing to Be a Better Listener

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Are you a good listener? Most people believe they are good listeners, yet others often don't say the same about them. That can lead to a lot of misunderstandings, frustrations and hurt feelings.

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4 Solutions to Imposter Syndrome

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Imposter syndrome is something that affects most of us at one time or another, but many people don't know what to do about it when it hits them.

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3 Ways to Tailor Your Resume for an Employer

On The Job

If you're not tailoring your resume to a specific job, it could be why you're not getting any responses to your application. It's long been said that hiring managers don't spend more than seconds looking at a resume, and if they don't see details that match their needs, they move on.

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Study: Work Interruptions Aren't Always Bad

On The Job

Does it get on your last nerve when you're in the "zone" at work and then someone interrupts you? If so, you're not alone. But interruptions aren't always a bad thing, finds a new study by the University of Missouri.

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When Was the Last Time You Invested in Your Career?

On The Job

Just because you can't travel or meet with a lot of people right now does not mean it's OK to stop investing in your career.

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Learn How to Say "No" at Work

On The Job

When the job market is tough like it is now, it's very difficult to say "no." You don't want to say "no" to a request from a colleague for fear of not being seen as a team player. You don't want to say "no" to a boss for fear of being fired.

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What New Managers Must Know to Succeed

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Sometimes new bosses are groomed for the role within the company or during their time with another employer. They receive advice and training and are even mentored by more experienced managers. They learn what works and what doesn't.

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How to Answer "Tell Me About Yourself"

On The Job

"Tell me about yourself" is the most common interview question asked of job candidates, which is why it's a good idea that you come up with a great answer.

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3 Things to Consider If You're Thinking of Quitting Your Job

On The Job

Are you ready to quit your job? If so, you're not alone. As we emerge from the pandemic, many people are looking at their jobs and thinking: "Is this the best I can do?"

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Please Stop Using This Jargon

On The Job

It's often the little things that get on our last nerve at work. The guy who heats up his stinky lunch in the office microwave. The boss who sends emails after 5 p.m. on Friday. But according to a new study, one of the most annoying things is business jargon.

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Are You Ready for This Job Market?

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Many workers are looking into new careers or new jobs, spurred by changes in their industry or simply a desire to do something else. If you're one of those people, it helps to be aware of recruiting trends so you know what to expect. Target a specific employer.

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The Best Way to Help Employees Feel More Positive

On The Job

Telling employees not to worry these days or to "be happy and look on the bright side" isn't very helpful when it comes to motivation. The times right now are too uncertain, too tough, to think that such platitudes will work.

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Working Moms Should Feel Good About Their Choices

On The Job

Being a working mother is no cakewalk. The multitasking and juggling required to raise children — with or without a partner — while also maintaining a career can be daunting at times.

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Tips for Preparing for a Job Interview

On The Job

The worst mistake you can make in a job interview is trying to "wing it." Whatever you do, don't walk into the room unprepared.

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3 Easy Ways to Be a Better Person at Work

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Walk into any mall store -- or check out any online retailer -- and you're likely to find a "Be Kind" t-shirt. Or tote bag. Or pillow. Or coffee mug. It seems we all want to be kind to one another and hope others will do the same. But what does it mean to be kind in the workplace?

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How to Get a Job After Military Service

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Women in the military who decide to transition into civilian life will find that their proven work ethic and dedication to getting a job done are valuable attributes to private-sector employers. But, challenges remain in finding work post-military.

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How to Make Yourself More Powerful at Work

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Are you a person who gets things done? Not just your daily "to do" list of picking up the dry cleaning, attending a meeting or hitting the gym. But do you get things done when others are opposing you? The key to that question may be in determining how you are seen by others.

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Tips for Women Re-entering the Workplace

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Traditionally, employment gaps on resumes have been a source of concern to hiring managers. Some recruiters assumed that people with resume gaps might be bad employees or undesirable — and therefore unhireable — for some other reason.

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5 Tips for Starting a New Job Remotely

On The Job

Many companies have been great about keeping their job commitments to new hires or even interns in the midst of a global pandemic.

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Are You Self-Sabotaging?

On The Job

You might spend a lot of your time trying to figure out how to get ahead at work, or how to become more successful in your career.

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Has Mentoring Been Damaged by the #MeToo Movement?

On The Job

It's never been easy being female in the workplace, and, in 2021, that hasn't changed, especially if you are a woman who is looking for a male mentor in the post-#MeToo era.

Why You Need a Letter of Recommendation Now

On The Job

Since the pandemic began, many people have been laid off, or taken positions that "underemploy" them. In other words, they haven't been in their "real" job for some time. As the job market starts to improve this year, many people will want to return to their "real" jobs.

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Why "No" is Important to Your Success

On The Job

One of the features of social media that people seem to appreciate is the ability to block or unfollow or mute people who annoy them or disagree with them.

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It's OK to Be Dumb Sometimes

On The Job

I'm often the dumbest person on a Zoom call. Seriously. I talk to a lot of people who are experts in their field (data science, AI, global supply chains) and I rely on their expertise to educate me so that I can write a story and inform others. So, I ask a lot of questions.

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How to Get Good Habits to Stick

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A lot of people developed new habits and routines during the pandemic. For some, it was learning to set boundaries during their workday so they could go for walks or spend time with family. For others, it was just the opposite -- they found themselves working longer hours and unable to disconnect.

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4 Ways to Get More Respect at Work

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Are you respected at work? For many, the answer is "no" and that can make life a little more miserable when you're at work. People may be rude to you or treat you unprofessionally.

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3 Things to Do When You've Made a Mistake at Work

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When was the last time you made a mistake at work? If you say "never," then I've got one word for you: HA. That's because everyone makes mistakes at work. Sometimes they're little, harmless ones like forgetting to take your moldy sandwich out of the office refrigerator.

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How to Better Understand Digital Body Language

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As more of us prepare to move back into the office environment -- either permanently or on a more flexible basis -- we need to understand that Zoom calls and other forms of digital communication will become a permanent part of our career.

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3 Things You Must Know for a Job Interview These Days

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When interviewing for a job these days, you need to be ready to tweak your responses so that you help an employer see how you'll not only be dependable and valuable once we all return to normalcy -- but also if you need to work remotely.

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4 Ways to Make Sure Your Career Thrives While Working from Home

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Working for home has become the norm for many workers since the pandemic began, but would you like to continue to do so once it's safe to return to the office? For some employees, the question is moot since their companies will require them to return to the office.

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How to Ensure Fair Treatment as a Remote Worker

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When interviewing for a job, it's always a good idea to pay attention when you get a tour of the workplace and meet other employees. During this time, you want to look for red flags -- the things that indicate that employees are unhappy or that the workplace has a toxic atmosphere.

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3 Tips for Writing an Appreciation Letter

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When you're in a job search -- or land a new job -- one of the key ingredients for your career is to make sure you write letters of appreciation.

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5 Communications Lessons to Learn Today

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I've been covering the workplace for a long, long (long) time, and the one thing I have learned is that 99 percent of the problems in the workplace occur because of poor communication.

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How to Jell With Your Boss

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It can be frustrating when you don't feel like you're on the same page as your boss. The result is that you've had some unpleasant exchanges in emails, or she ignores you in meetings. Maybe you've even heard that she's criticized you to others.

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What Bosses Need to Do Now for Teams Moving Back to the Office

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Some people are anxious to get back to the office and leave behind the days of working at their kitchen tables in their pajamas.

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This is Why Meetings are Such a Hot Mess -- and What You Can Do About It

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It often seems that many meetings go off the rails right away. Someone shows up late. Another person won't stop texting. Still another participant stares into space and seems to be in another world entirely.

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Study Reveals One Simple Way to Negotiate Better

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If you've ever watched any of the cable news shows, you know that it seems whoever talks the most -- and the loudest -- seems to win. But it appears that such a strategy doesn't work in negotiations, according to new study.

Signs You Are Toxic to Others at Work

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Lately, we've all started taking a much closer look at toxic behavior in the workplace. People like Anna Wintour and Roger Lynch at Conde Nast are among those high-powered bosses who are being cited as intolerant and cruel.

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4 Steps to Achieving Career Goals During a Pandemic

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During the pandemic, your career goals may have withered a bit. At this point, you're just trying to keep your job and cope with everything life has thrown at you.

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4 Ways to Better Manage a Remote Team

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A new survey by PwC finds that three-quarters of executives say that remote work caused by the pandemic was successful for their companies and that productivity (despite an initial decline) stayed on track or even improved.

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The First Thing to Do After a Job Interview

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Even though you may have more phone or Zoom interviews during your current job search because of the pandemic, the basics of job searching remain the same: do your homework on an employer so you're prepared for an interview; dress appropriately; ask questions -- and always, always, always send a thank-you note.

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Why Virtual Teams Fight -- and What to Do About It

On The Job

My last post was on communications, and I wanted to address the topic again because there are some unique challenges with communicating virtually. One of the biggest issues is that team members are often communicating for the first time with someone they've never met in person.

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