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Should You Follow the Money, or Follow Your Dream?

By Jessica Holbrook Hernandez

Could you imagine being offered a job by Apple and turning it down? Nineteen-year-old John Meyer did just that. Why? Well, that’s exactly the question his horrified parents asked, when John dropped out of his computer science program at NYU, and turned down an offer from Apple so that he could work on Fresco News, his tech startup. Eventually they came around. First, because they didn’...

How to Get the Sale

By Crystal Washington

How do you get the sale while leaving the client feeling like they won the lottery? Whether you’re a business owner or employee, in a sales function or not in a revenue-generating position, you are a salesperson. We may “sell” our personal brand for a new position or our company’s products and services to prospects. Having strong sales and negotiation skills is a lifelong a...

Get Back On the Horse: Recovering After a Bad Decision

By Laura Stack

No matter where you stand in the company hierarchy, no matter how well you’ve done your due diligence, and no matter how careful you are before committing yourself to a course of action, sometimes you’re going to crash and burn. Bad decisions are inevitable, and they’re rarely obvious except in retrospect. I’ve taken speaking engagements that, looking back, I shouldn’...

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Performance review - tips for writing your self assessment

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: My performance review is coming up in a few weeks and I would like to ask you a question about something that has me ill at ease. Last week my boss asked me if I would fill out a ‘self assessment," which is basically filling out my own performance review. I have never done this before and I'm not sure what I should do. What is the purpose? Isn't my supervisor supposed to be doing ...

Describe Your Ideal Work Environment

By John Putzier

Have you ever been asked to describe your ideal work environment? What do they want to hear? What if I describe something that they cannot provide? Isn't this a no-win question? As I have indicated in prior "gut wrenchers" articles, when in doubt, tell the truth. What a concept! Actually, that is what you should do. The reason so many people find questions like these so difficult is because they d...

The Art of Negotiating a Raise, Promotion, Better Job Title, and Bonus

By Teena Rose

Negotiation is a give-and-take process until an eventual agreement is reached between two or more parties. To understand the art of negotiation, a jobseeker must understand that it is a give process as much as it is a receiving process. Look at the proposition from the side of your employer. When faced with such a proposition, your superior will ask himself the reasons you're deserving of more and...

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Ten Traits of Amazing Employees

By Brittany Schlacter

Striving to be the best you can be in the workplace should always top your list of professional goals. Whether you’re just beginning your career or you’ve been working at it for awhile, being a stand-out employee is something you should never lose sight of. While we all have specific characteristics that have the potential to help make us good employees, continued improvement is benefi...

Five Ways to Build Your Value at Work

By Dan Bobinski

Every day people go to work and wish their job were better. Besides better compensation, they want more challenging assignments so they can feel useful and fulfilled. But too many times the possibility for better assignments is hindered by not engaging some fundamental actions and attitudes that catch the bosses’ attention in a positive way. What follows are five characte...

Types of Bosses

By Terry Arndt

Mr. Burns. Martha Stewart. Pat Riley. Whether your boss is a hall-of-famer or a wall-of-shamer, your career depends on understanding what makes him or her tick. Or ticked off. When asked to rate components of job satisfaction, most Americans said that having a positive relationship with the boss is key. And having a bad boss is the ultimate morale buster. “My last job seemed to be perfect,&#...