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6 Super Common Words You (Yes, You!) Are Probably Overusing at Work

Want to become a better communicator in the office? Well, of course you do.

You’re in luck, because giving your communication skills a serious boost doesn’t need to be an overwhelming undertaking. In fact, you can start by simply eliminating …

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3 Surefire Ways to Find Common Ground With Strangers (You Have to Talk To)

Last holiday season, I somewhat accidentally ended up a family-friendly gathering where I knew very few people. And by family friendly, I mean kids running everywhere. As one of the few child-free adults there, I definitely felt stumped at first …

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How to Stay Healthy When Your Co-workers Keep Bringing Delicious Food In

It happens every single year around this time: Unhealthy food starts to appear (almost at the same rate as articles about watching your waistline). I’ll admit that when I happened upon the Halloween bowl of candy last month, I couldn’t …

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No Sugarcoating It: It Sucks When Your Best Work Friend Leaves

A week after I started my new job, Jessica started hers and was assigned the cubicle next to me.

It only took one lunch, and we were fast friends. We bonded over being the newbies on the team. We bonded …

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The Best Way to Respond to a Boss Who Emails You During Obvious Holidays

I check my work email every single day. Sure, there are caveats unique to my situation: I like my job, I have flexible hours, and I’m the kind of person who’ll sleep better Sunday night if I get a jumpstart …

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3 Silly Mistakes Smart People Make After Submitting Their Application

In some ways, clicking the “submit” button and applying for a job is cathartic. You’ve put in a lot of hard work to spruce up your resume and cover letter, and frankly, you’re kind of over the whole thing. The …

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The Most Effective Way to Follow Up When You Need a Response ASAP

When it comes to follow-up emails, I think they fall into one of two distinct groups: Checking in because you’re desperately hoping for a response or circling back because you desperately need a response.

If you’ve ever job hunted before, …

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Don’t Change if You’re Quiet, Embrace It

Just because I’m more extroverted than introverted doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate my alone time. I don’t always want to engage in conversation, chime in on Slack, voice my opinion in meetings, or even weigh in on where our team …

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How to Break the News to Your Boss That You Don’t Want to Climb the Ladder

You’re in the middle of your annual performance review and your manager asks what your goals are for the upcoming year. She expects you to launch into how you’d like grow and advance; but truthfully, the voice inside your head …

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The Simple Habit That’ll Boost Your Career (and Your Karma!)

I’ve always been in the camp that people should help those around them whenever and wherever they’re able to. Recently, I learned that this isn’t only a healthy and happy personal practice—it’s actually also a valuable professional strategy. If you’re

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