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10 Quotes That Will Help You Incorporate Gratitude In Your Life

June 21, 2018

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Have you said “thank you” yet today? If you haven’t started a gratitude practice yet, now might be the perfect time to start. These quotes show how much being grateful can impact our daily happiness and success. Which quote inspires you most?

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
― Marcel Proust

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
― Epicurus

“True forgiveness is when you can say, “Thank you for that experience.”
― Oprah Winfrey

“Always remember people who have helped you along the way, and don’t forget to lift someone up.”
― Roy T. Bennett

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.”
― Maya Angelou

“Being grateful does not mean that everything is necessarily good. It just means that you can accept it as a gift.”
― Roy T. Bennett

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.”
― John F. Kennedy

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”
― Voltaire

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”
― W.T. Purkiser

“What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude.”
― Brené Brown

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1, 2, 3… Job Search!

June 19, 2018

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Job searches can be overwhelming. Whether you’re about to kick off your search or you’re in the midst of a long hunt for the perfect opportunity, these quick tips can help you find focus and success. Keep your eyes on the light at the end of the tunnel!

3 Time-Saving Tips for Your Job Search
Stay motivated and save time with these helpful tips.

3 Excuses Job Seekers Should Forget
Things don’t always go your way, but you shouldn’t settle on one of these excuses.

3 Reasons to Vacation While Job Searching
Even during a long job search, it’s okay to take a break.

3 Ways to Reenergize Your Job Search
Refocus your mind while still working on your ultimate goal.

3 Job Search Mistakes
Commit these mistakes to memory and avoid them at all costs.

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How to Become Better at Saying “No!”

June 14, 2018

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It may sound counterintuitive, but learning how to say “no” is a career skill that you need to learn how to master. Sure, being a “yes” person can open doors and keep you open to possibilities, but saying “no” will keep you sane. This round-up of posts is a good reminder about control, guilt, time management, and productivity and how they affect your career success.

Take Control Of Your Work Day: Block Off Your Calendar For Y-O-U
Not only will this strategy keep you on task, but it will keep you in control. And that’s the first step in being productive!

Need Help Saying No? First You Need “Me Time.”
Reverse-engineering your work day–that is, protecting a certain block of time each day without guilt or shame–allows you to say no more easily. You’ll be able to respond quickly and without a blink when you’re asked to spread yourself too thin.

3 Ways to Fit More Free Time Into Your Life
Just because you’re available doesn’t mean you have to say “yes,” just because you have an hour doesn’t mean you have to fill it with chores, and just because your to-do list isn’t done it doesn’t mean you should stay up late.

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10 Quotes That Will Inspire You to Succeed…and Fail

June 12, 2018

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We all want success, but with success comes a great risk: failure. But maybe failure is exactly what we have to be willing to embrace if we want to succeed. These quotes dive into the relationship between success and failure. Which one is your favorite?

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
― Winston S. Churchill

“I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.”
― Herbert Bayard Swope

“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”
― Herman Melville

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”
― Truman Capote

“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.”
― Salvador Dalí

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
― Winston S. Churchill

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
― Oliver Goldsmith

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”
― Theodore Roosevelt

“Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.”
― Coco Chanel

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
― Robert F. Kennedy

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Do Something That Scares You!

June 7, 2018

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Why would I do something that scares me? Because it’s good for your career! We’re not sure if there’s any scientific evidence behind this one, but it’s safe to say that when you step outside your comfort zone, you learn something about yourself. Agreed? It’s also a good practice in overlooking perfection–and you might inspire others along the way.

Here are some ways you can incorporate a little “danger” into your work day:

  • Apply for a promotion.
  • Set up a lunch with someone you admire at work.
  • Sign up to attend a conference.
  • Ask for a raise.
  • Apply to speak at a conference.
  • Give feedback you’ve been too afraid to give.
  • Join a club or committee.
  • Sign up for a creative class.
  • Ask for feedback from your boss and coworkers.
  • Give a speech.
  • Organize a new club or committee.
  • Read a book on leadership or self improvement.
  • Try a new look via a new wardrobe or hair style.
  • Raise your hand for a project that you’d never have considered previously.

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How to Define Your Strengths

June 5, 2018

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Have an upcoming job interview? You’ll undoubtedly be asked about your strengths. But even if you’re not going through the job search process, it’s important to know your super powers. Can you easily define them right now? It’s harder than you think.

In theory, these strengths should be highly desirable skills that make you stand out from others on a daily basis and in an interview setting. Whatever skills you pick, make sure you have some solid examples to back yourself up. Here are some ideas to get you started:

The ability to…

  • learn and grow from mistakes
  • prioritize and efficiently delegate large scale projects
  • meet deadlines and work effectively under pressure
  • communicate effectively and succinctly across teams
  • solve problems creatively by assessing all angles
  • stay calm and focused in a high-stress environment
  • lead and take on responsibility when others won’t

Do you see yourself in any of these examples?

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5 Things to Do For Your Career by Age 35

May 31, 2018

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Regardless of where you are in your career, it’s easy to feel stuck, overwhelmed, or behind. But you probably know a lot more than you think. With a little refinement (and help from these tips below), you can take another leap forward in your career.

  1. Know how to say no.
    Until you take control of your own time, you won’t reach your full potential. The tips in this post can help you better protect your schedule and your productivity.
  2. Know your super strength.
    By this point in your career, you should be able to humble brag about that one thing (or two or three!) that makes you stand out from the crowd. And you shouldn’t be embarrassed by it!
  3. Know your weakness and dislikes.
    There’s no shame in having a weakness or a thing or two that you dread–something you know is not your strong suit. Not only will it help you delegate better, but it may help you refine your job search and your career path even more.
  4. Know what career success means to you. 
    There are many different ways to define success and happiness. Figure out what that criteria is for you. If you’re unsure, this post can help find your way.
  5. Know your elevator pitch.
    Having a refined elevator pitch means you have a refined understanding of yourself! Wrap all of the above tips into this summary of your professional self, and it will take you far.

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How to Prepare Yourself for New Job Overwhelm

May 29, 2018

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First days are thrilling and terrifying at the same time! The excitement can quickly change to overwhelm once you begin looking at your impending workload and the things that need to get done with your (currently) limited knowledge. Here are some things to keep in mind when you start that new position.

You will eventually learn everyone’s name.
It’s day one and your inbox is already filled with 100 emails from people you don’t know. Just breathe. With time, you’ll be able to crack this code. For now, focus on a few key players and set up informational meetings with each of them to try to better understand what they do.

Three months from now, you’ll actually know what you’re doing.
Remind yourself that the transition takes time. By the end of the 90 day period, you’ll have a much better idea of your role and your place in the organization. Take baby steps to get there. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and ask for training.

Six months from now, you won’t be the new person anymore. 
At some point not too far from now, another newbie will join the club. It will help you realize how far you’ve come in a short amount of time! Each day, you’re learning more and more and integrating yourself and your skills into the fabric of the company. Keep at it!

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Why You Should Talk Less at Work

May 24, 2018

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Some people are shy. And others are over confident. Somewhere, there’s a happy medium and it tends to breed success in the workplace. Why? Because talking less means you’re listening more. It also means you might be giving more thought to the things you say before they come out of your mouth. Here are some tricks to help you improve your restraint and come off as a smarter, more enlightened employee.

  1. Get comfortable with silence.
    In a meeting or conversation, you don’t need to respond immediately. Be okay with an awkward pause to think things through before speaking your mind.
  2. Don’t always be the first to speak up.
    Give others the chance to respond first–their answer might help you refine your response into a better one.
  3. Don’t make rash decisions.
    It’s okay to say, “Let me think about that for a few minutes and get back to you,” or even, “Let me think about that and get back to you by the end of the week.”
  4. You don’t need to get in the final word.
    If the subject is wrapped up, let it be. There’s no need to chime in on everything, especially if a decision has been made and the subject is over and done with. A simple nod of approval or “Sounds great” can be enough.
  5. Have a plan.
    Before a meeting, know what points you want to drive home and stick to them. When you’re focused, people are more likely to listen.

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1, 2, 3… Interview Help!

May 22, 2018

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Whether it’s been a while since you’ve slipped on an interview suit or you’re just especially nervous about landing a potentially great opportunity, brushing up on your interview skills is not time wasted. Interviewing is an art and a skill that you’ll be improving the rest of your life! These quick-hit tips can help you get back in the saddle.

3 Interview Red Flags and How to Respond to Them
Get a heads up on these situations so the interview doesn’t get awkward.

3 Things to Consider Before Dressing For Your Next Interview
These tips can help you be well-pressed and well-dressed but not overdone.

3 Simple Questions to Ask During Your Next Interview
Make sure you squeeze in these inquiries before your interview ends.

3 Reasons Why You’re Always the Runner Up
Here a few things the other candidate may be doing better than you.

3 Ways to Nail the Phone Interview
You’ll be hard pressed to nail a job offer without nailing the phone interview first.

3 Easy Ways to Beef Up Your Resume
You should always be working on improving yourself–and your resume.

3 Things To Do Before Your Interview
In that hour before the interview starts, these tips can help you prepare.

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