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A Better Way for Modest People to Answer “What Are Your Greatest Strengths?”

Nearly every interview includes the question: “What are your greatest strengths?”

Even though you know it’s coming, it always still seems like a trick question. Do you brag and risk sounding arrogant? Play modest and chance not presenting your incredible …

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The 3 Best Lessons I Learned as I Listened to Myself Bomb an Interview

A couple years ago, I picked up the phone for an initial call with a hiring manager about a job I was excited about. Five minutes later, I fixed myself a gigantic bowl of ice cream because I knew that …

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3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Quitting Your Perfectly Good Job

Why would I quit my good job?

Even if we’re not happy, many of us stop short of leaving because of that question. If you have good benefits, decent pay, and a reasonable boss, you feel ungrateful for wanting to …

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Why Taking All of Your Vacation Days Gets You Ahead, According to Career Coaches

Although a recent FlexJobs survey notes that Millennials care quite a bit about flex time—especially as it relates to their ability to travel and take vacations—it’s often been said that this same group’s reluctant to take any time off at …

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This Is a Pretty Simple Way to Control Your Inner Thoughts (and Stop Stressing)

I like yoga. That being said, yoga comes in two parts: the physical stuff and the mental stuff. The physical stuff, sign me up—I could sit in down dog all day. But the mindfulness part? That’s what I struggle with. …

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3 Common Habits That Make You Look Really Unapproachable at Work

Imagine that you’re sitting at your desk and your co-worker, Tanya, walks by holding a sign-up sheet for the company’s kickball team. Without even pausing, she passes you and asks your neighbor if he’d like to join. Maybe you didn’t …

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How to Job Hunt When You Can’t Leave Your Job Yet

You hate your job and can’t wait to be anywhere else—except twist, you have to stay for at least a little while longer. Maybe the hours allow you to care for a sick loved one, that promotion you’re in line …

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The Subtle Way You’re Burning Bridges Without Even Realizing It

I considered myself fortunate that I was already deep into my relationship with my now-husband when ghosting began trending in the dating world. The concept, frankly, of literally disappearing from someone’s life without an explanation, is brutal, and I felt …

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This Is the Easiest Way to Expand Your Job Search Network Instantly

My partner, Chris, is a huge beer nerd. For a long time, he’d get together every few weeks with fellow craft beer fans to try bottles from all over the world. For years, beer was just Chris’ hobby. Because when …

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3 Facts You’ll Have to Face the First Time You Fire Someone

For even the best leaders, nothing puts a knot in their stomachs like having to fire someone. Even when the employee deserves it, taking someone’s job away is among the hardest tasks any leader has to do.

First off, firing …

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