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April 26, 2017

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Interesting question for you


Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 4.56.57 PMThink of a colleague you really like — as well as one you could easily do without.

Now imagine each of them wearing a particular outfit, doing their hair a certain way or taking a stance on some issue affecting you.

Do you judge each person through the lens of whether you like them or not? Are you more inclined to see the positive in the people you like and find fault in those you don’t?

No surprise: The New York Times reports this week that sexism is alive and well in today’s political world. When it comes to attacks on both Hilary Clinton and Republican strategist Kellyanne Conway, critics on both sides of the political aisle resort to misogynistic attacks on both women’s hair, makeup and clothing. If we already liked Kellyanne, we weren’t bothered by how she sat on the Oval Office couch. Yet outrage came from those who already take issue with her.

That certainly applies to the workplace as well. When we like a particular person, we don’t make negative comments when she wears a too-short dress. But when that same dress is worn by a woman we already dislike, well, the snickering ensues.

Is it possible to ignore preexisting opinions to make clear judgment calls in the moment?

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Body Language Counts In An Interview

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Do you find it hard to look someone in the eye when talking to them? Is smiling a challenge, especially during an interview? If so, you’ve just made two mistakes that hiring managers cite as their top pet peeves. Learn three other no-no’s in this piece.

Handing the ‘Strengths and Weakness’ Question

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At some point in everyone’s career, some hiring manager asks, “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” Answering that question right can mean the difference between getting the job or not so “it’s important to emphasize what you’re good at, and minimize—but be truthful about—what you’re no,” says Monster’s Carole Martin here. 

Your Bad Habit Can Derail You

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Good professional habits like meeting deadlines, perfect spelling and dressing well can never hurt your career. But bad habits definitely can. In this piece, Marguerite Ward lists four bad habits that hurt you.

Trying to Figure Out Plan B? Try This

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If you’re at a stage in life where you’re ready to do something else, but can’t quite put your finger on what that is, Nancy Collamer says this short exercise is invaluable.


Fall in Love with Your Work


Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and love is in the air. But do you love your work…or loathe it?

Does your career afford you the freedom to choose when, where and how often you work? Or does it feel more like a daily grind that you’ve come to dislike?

Loving your work means different things to different people. For some, a 9-to-5 office job feels like the opposite of love.

If you’re tired of a grumpy boss, dislike the long hours you work or despise your commute, it’s time to do something about it. Take the reins and create a better opportunity for yourself, one that you desire, not dread.  Read More