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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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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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