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In Fiverr We Trust? Why Freelancers Should Beware of Relying Too Heavily on a Single Marketplace

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Imagine that, one day, you wake up to find the freelance platform you rely on to make a living has simply disappeared. Your work history, clients, portfolio, contracts, and reviews are gone, just like that. What now? Fiverr, Upwork, and similar platforms may seem like titanic institutions that are too big to fail, but what if they did? What would that mean for the countless freelancers who use these platforms ...

8 Things to Accomplish During Your Company's Summer Slowdown

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

After months of navigating the hard slog, it can be tempting to kick back and coast when your workload wanes during the inevitable summer slowdown. Taking steps to avoid burnout is all well and good, but is doing the bare minimum really the best use of your time in this quiet season? The truth is, these slow weeks virtually free of meetings and deadlines present a great opportunity ...

5 Reasons to Have a Separate Bank Account for Your Side Hustle

Monday, July 08, 2019

If you can't cut any more expenses from your budget but you're still falling short of your financial goals, it's time to make more money. A side hustle can be a great way to earn that extra cash — and it could even turn into a major source of income that helps you achieve financial wellness. One of the biggest mistakes side hustlers make, though, is not separating their personal and business accounts. I know from personal experience. When I first started

What You Really Want: How to Test-Drive Your Passion

Monday, July 01, 2019

When I was growing up, the world wasn't as rife with career advice as it is today. Back then, it really amounted to this: Get a job! So I did. Actually, I got two jobs. If making some money was good, making more was better, right? In the past few decades, we have been hit with an avalanche of career how-tos. It's an exciting development, but it can be difficult to ...

Purposes Don't Have to Be Lofty: 4 Ways to Discover Your Calling

Friday, June 28, 2019

Over the past 20 years, I have interviewed thousands of incredibly successful individuals — their success being why I, as a headhunter, was talking to them in the first place. Most of these successful individuals were unsatisfied in their work — which, of course, was why they were talking to me, a headhunter. You might think I was interviewing people who were working soulless jobs in faceless corporations, but you'd be wrong. I was retained by purpose-forward nonprofits looking for mission-driven employees. So then, ...

Science Says Do These 12 Things to Survive Your Toxic Workplace

Friday, June 21, 2019

With the World Health Organization now recognizing burnout as an official medical diagnosis, there's no longer any excuse for working professionals not to take the issue seriously. Burnout can cause serious damage to your mental and physical health — plus it makes you a less productive employee to boot. One of the key causes of burnout is a toxic work environment, in which

The Unlimited PTO Policy Conundrum: How Much Vacation Should You Take When You Can Take All the Vacation You Want?

Friday, June 21, 2019

Just joined a company that boasts an unlimited PTO policy? It's likely that such freedom and flexibility were major draws at first. But now that you're an official employee, chances are you're not so sure how to handle unlimited vacation time. Should you take full advantage and book a month's holiday in Portugal? Should you play it safe and stick to the traditional two or three weeks a year? Will ...

Telephone vs. In-Person Interviews: Advantages and Disadvantages

Friday, June 21, 2019

Hiring managers are often able to tell from the very first moments of an interview whether a candidate is the best person for the position. They know whether the work environment and team dynamics will suit the personality and working style of the job seeker who sits before them. As a job seeker, it's your duty to prove to the hiring manager that you will be a good fit. However, that is easier said than done. Interviews can be intimidating, and ...

How to Start a Side Hustle Without Making Your Boss Angry

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Whether you're interested in earning more money, gaining valuable job experience, or pursuing a passion, starting a side hustle can be a great way to achieve your goals. You can conduct your side hustle on your own time, and it offers a low-commitment opportunity to try something new. Starting a side hustle can even be good for your day job. Your boss may be impressed by your proactive, go-getter attitude. ...

How to Keep Your Job If You Have to You Go to Rehab: Understanding the FMLA

Friday, June 14, 2019

Contrary to the common stereotype of the strung-out addict living under a highway overpass, drug and alcohol addiction more often than not afflict full-time members of America's workforce. In fact, most adults with substance use disorders in this country are employed full-time, according to a 2014 report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The more accurate profile of ...

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7 Steps to Take After Losing Your Job

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Wondering what to do when you lose your job? Create a plan of action!

Should You Take a Weekend Job?

Monday, July 08, 2019

Moonlighting with weekend jobs can help your career – but consider some caveats first.

How to Handle Competing Job Offers

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Receiving competing job offers provides a chance to get a counteroffer at your current job.

How to Turn Down a Job Offer

Friday, June 28, 2019

Declining a job offer is best done politely.

Work Hard, Play Hard?

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

If you get social anxiety at work or are an introvert at work, avoid jobs requiring extra socializing.

Ignored at Work? Here’s How to Speak Up for Yourself

Monday, June 24, 2019

Introverts, remote workers, underrepresented minorities and junior employees may need ways to get noticed at work.

Best Job Search Sites

Thursday, June 20, 2019

All job search sites are not equal. Use the most popular job-finding websites to help you discover the best jobs.

Understand Your Offer Letter (Before You Sign)

Monday, June 17, 2019

What does at-will employment mean? Learn this and other details like exempt vs. non-exempt status.

Share Your Emotional Intelligence With the Hiring Manager

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Once you’ve landed a job interview, hone interview techniques that demonstrate cultural fit.

What Hiring Managers Wished You Knew

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

By managing up during the interview process, you can impress hiring managers and improve your chances.

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