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10 Answers You Should Know Before Your Job Interview

With the competition keener than ever and the economy in a slump, you need to prepare for your job interview thoroughly. It’s no longer enough to offer a firm handshake to your interviewer, make eye contact, and nod pleasantly now and then. You need to prepare a dynamic application letter and resume. You need to research the company. And you need to present a confident image and develop the ability to answer tough questions on the spot. Although no one can predict the questions your potential employer will ask, you can think about how you’d answer some of the commonly asked ones. Here are ten questions for you to consider and a few hints about how to answer them: Tell me about yourself. Chances are […]

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10 Ways To Earn the Respect of Others

Have you ever met someone who was rude to you and didn’t hold you with much regard? How did you feel? Did you feel annoyed? Peeved? If you are a self respecting individual, chances are you want others to treat you with respect. And you know what, age isn’t a prerequisite nor is it a magic key to gaining respect. I’ve seen plenty of people who are young be highly respected from their elders. I’ve also come across older people who I’d never respect because their actions are so out of line. It’s about how you conduct yourself, your attitudes towards others and your actions. Regardless of whether you are a teenager, a student, a new member in your team/company, or someone starting out in […]

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10 Ways to Reduce Stress at Work That Could Save Your Life

Let’s face it.  Many of us have felt the miserable feeling that stress and tension related to our jobs can cause on a daily basis.  Aside from feeling bad from a mental perspective there are serious health issues that can develop if you don’t do something and make some changes to reduce your stress levels. Stress and work are like two peas in a pod.  They go together well, and because of this, many people dread waking up every morning.  Stress is not something to take lightly.  You could say that it’s a fact of life, but having too much stress could lead to some major health problems down the line. Rather than waking up every morning and feeling the wave of stress and tension […]

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12 Things Not to Do at the Office Christmas Party

One of the most hazardous driving days of the year is the Friday before Christmas, because that’s when many companies take part in that yearly tradition known as the Office Christmas Party. While this should be an occasion for enjoying the company of your co-workers, too often the office party turns into an embarrassment that haunts some employees well into the next year. Here are some common gaffes to avoid. Don’t get drunk.This is the number one mistake that tends to be at the root of all other mistakes. Drinking too much can lower your inhibitions and make you do things you’d never do sober. Before the party begins, resolve to have no more than two alcoholic drinks all evening, even if there’s an open […]

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16 Excuses that Prevent You from Going After Your Dreams

“I shouldn’t write this.”  “Nobody’s going to read it anyway. So much has been written about this topic already.” “What if people hate my stuff? What if they get bored to tears?” “What business do I have teaching them something? Heck, am I even qualified to talk about this?” These are only some of the thoughts that usually race through my head as I am writing a piece for a client.I am trying to write a blog post, and I have written many in the past but I can’t seem to start on this time. I am drowning in the sea of self doubt and my mind insists on bringing every single negative thought to the surface. Negative thoughts = Excuses in disguise. And there […]

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20 tips that got me an IT promotion

11 months ago I almost quit my IT support job with a large Accounting company. Jay, the owner of Dumb Little Man, and my best friend, told me to list 25 things I could personally do to get ahead. I was skeptical because I seriously hated this place but I made the list because I had nothing to lose but time and I didn’t want to start to job search. I couldn’t come up with 25 so we settled on 20. He then tweaked it a little saying that it was too easy to fulfill. Anyway, I took the list and posted it on my cubicle wall. I read that damn thing every morning when I got into the office. To this day, I still […]

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3 Amazing Science-backed Life Tips You’d Never Guess

Life is tough and we’ve all got problems. But hey, look on the bright side – this article has three science-backed tips to help you live your life smarter, and it’s free! Any or all of these three tips could end up making a difference in your life. If you like these tips, please share this article with family and friends to help them live smarter too. Enjoy! 1. Take The Earliest Interview Possible If you earn an interview, schedule it for the morning. In this study, the hypothesis was in the form of an example: “An interviewer who has already highly recommended three applicants on a given day may be reluctant to do the same for a fourth applicant.” Information collected from more than […]

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3 Steps To Easily Organize A Productive Week (And Avoid Holiday-time Overwhelm)

In those insanely busy, hectic times, don’t you wish you had something like a simple 3-step process to organize an effective and productive week? It is clear that when things are planned and organized, you can manage to do much more! If you find it hard to fine-tune your time management skills, or if you have times when you feel overwhelmed by everything you have to do, then this is for you! Everyone suffers from the same chronic problems – stress, tension, haste, lack of patience, etc. This is not just about your life at work – today, people want to shine in every aspect of their life, and they strive to keep up with all their many responsibilities and roles.   Our problem is that […]

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4 Shortcuts for Becoming a Business Pro (No Matter How Amateur You Feel Right Now).

I remember back in college when a friend of mine told me that she was joining the “Entrepreneurship Club”. What a wack job, I thought (though probably in more vulgar terms). Only nut bags start their own businesses. Back in 2007, in the prehistoric (and pre iPhone) era, wanting to run your own business sounded like career suicide…especially to 20 year-olds. Way too much work. Not enough profit. Much too much legal risk. And then a funny thing happened. The year that I graduated from college with a degree in “French Language & Literature” (hire me!), THE WORLD ENDED. OK, obviously that’s not 100% true, but the economy did decide to flip me and the rest of my generation the middle finger . It was […]

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4 Simple Tricks For Setting Goals And Creating Outstanding Business Clarity

Have you ever come across a successful entrepreneur or a thriving business that didn’t have clear direction? I’m guessing you haven’t.  Businesses that are profitable and attractive always have clarity at the center.  Clarity in what they offer, who they serve, and where they want to end up. If you feel like you’re drifting or taking a stab in the dark when it comes to defining your business, read on for four tricks that will help you zero in on what makes your business tick. One: Decide who you DON’T want to work with If you believe that you need to be serving every breathing person on the planet (or even in your zip code), clarity is far, far away. If you’re trying to please […]

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