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Long hours at work — like any other daily routine — can eventually become an ingrained habit. And since most humans are driven by routine, ingrained habits are notoriously hard to break. That’s why self-help gurus always counsel us to keep doing those daily sit-ups and powering through the early days, weeks and months of… read the rest »

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For most of us, our working years extend from our 20s to well into our 60s, and our work occupies more than half of our waking hours during the week. So, if you’re miserable at work … you’re miserable. And the opposite is equally true. A happy eight-hour stretch at work, multiplied by five days… read the rest »

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You’re employed, which is better than having no job at all, or so you’re told. But even though it pays the bills, your current job doesn’t quite offer the dream life you envisioned you’d be living at this stage of your career. You don’t feel “fulfilled,” and your grand paycheck isn’t big enough to make… read the rest »

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Strong candidates are adaptable. This is a simple generalization, but it applies to almost any role in any industry. Candidates who can stay on their feet and keep contributing even in the face of project swerves and schedule changes are more likely to thrive than those who fall apart, can’t recover or can’t refocus in… read the rest »

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Do you dream of being the world’s most awesome coworker? You might have your sights set on climbing the career ladder, earning promotions and becoming a leader or department director someday, but few people recognize that the path to greater advancement starts right here and now: by being the best peer and the most reliable… read the rest »

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Confidence helps us find success in our endeavors and it helps us enjoy life a little bit more, no matter what we’re doing at any given moment. But while it may help us become better skiers, stand-up comedians or party hosts, there’s one key arena where just a little bit of confidence brings big returns:… read the rest »

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The job search process can be inspiring and even fun…under the right circumstances. If you already have a great job and you’re looking for an even better one that will bring exciting new challenges, that’s great. But for most people, the job search doesn’t happen under “great” circumstances at all. It happens when we’ve lost… read the rest »

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You have an interview coming up, and you really want this job. This isn’t just a trial run or a practice, and this isn’t an opportunity you have mixed feelings about, or one you might consider if nothing better comes along. This is a dream job, and when your moment in spotlight arrives, you intend… read the rest »

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Just a few short years ago, resume keywords meant EVERYTHING. If you didn’t have a host of well-chosen keywords embedded in your resume text, recruiters and hiring managers weren’t likely to conduct keyword searches that would pull your document out of an overfilled database. In those ancient days of 2009, jobs were scarce, resumes flowed… read the rest »

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No matter your industry, and no matter what the requirements of your target job may entail, there are a few well-worn interview questions that are nearly universal. Your employers are almost guaranteed to ask a few of these questions, and they’re likely to invest heavily in your response. These questions may sound generic, but they’re… read the rest »