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5 Tips for Networking at Work (Without Jeopardizing Your Job)

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You’ve enjoyed your job. And you’re really darn good at it. But you’re starting to feel the itch.

It may not be a full-blown burn (yet), but you’re wondering what it might be like to go do something else—in another …

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The Benefits of “Tidying Up” Your Work Life—Marie Kondo-Style

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The first time I read Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, I was bopping around Asia with my dad between graduating college and starting my first job. It was perfect …

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The Unspoken Rules of Job Searching in January

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I don’t have to tell you that January is quite the kick-starting month. Exhibit A: Have you noticed how packed your gym suddenly gets every January due to fitness-related resolutions?

But it’s also a big time of year for careers. …

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An Office Holiday Party Survival Guide for Introverts and Shy People

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Don’t tell my boss, but I was thinking of skipping my office holiday party. It’s not because I hate my co-workers or worry that it’s going to be incredibly lame. It’s just that I have a tendency to experience intense …

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How to Channel Star Trek to Crush Your To-Do List

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A few weeks ago, I sat down at my desk with a steely determination to have a super productive workday. I suppose the same could be said for any workday, but this particular Monday was a little different. I had …

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Stop Waiting to Magically Find More Time in Your Day—Do This Instead

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I have this bad time management habit: I assume that one day everything will just magically fall into place.

“Today was just an outlier,” I mutter to myself as I stare at my unfinished to-do list. “Tomorrow I’ll find the …

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Volunteering Helped Me Figure Out What I Was Actually Passionate About

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When Jennifer Bangoura arrived in Mali in the summer of 2008, she spent three months in Bamako (the capital city) for rigorous language and technical training.

As a Peace Corps environmental volunteer, she needed to become fluent in Bambara, the …

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How to Ask for a LinkedIn Recommendation That Works for You

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We all know the benefits of a robust LinkedIn profile. It attracts the right kind of attention from recruiters and hiring managers, it helps you build a strong, reliable network, and it’s a convenient and easy way to showcase your …

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4 Thank You Notes for 4 Awkward Interview Situations

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Thank you notes matters. Read that sentence 27 more times.

Under the best of circumstances, a well-crafted thank you note can literally clinch the deal for you. In fact, I once represented a candidate who was running neck-and-neck with another …

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The Simple Strategy That Helped Me Set Long-Term Career Goals (Plus, a Worksheet!)

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Setting goals always sounds great in theory. I can’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve said, “I’m going to restart my blog this month” or, “I want to be better at exercising this year” or, “I promise …

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