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  • What To Do If You’re Afraid to Say “No” At Work
    Saying “no” to your boss can be an intimidating prospect, especially if your boss is known for surrounding himself with “yes men.” At the same time, you don’t want to feel like people are taking advantage of you. So how do you stand up for yourself without putting your job on the line or labeling...
  • The Right Way to Give Your Two Weeks Notice
    There’s a right way to give your two weeks notice. Find it, and you’ll enjoy professional relationships to build on for years to come. Unfortunately, the pitfalls strewed across the path to a proper resignation are numerous, and stumbling can damage your chances for that stellar reference.
  • How to Optimize Your Job Posting
    How to optimize a job posting simply hasn’t been top-of-mind for many businesses, mainly because it hasn’t needed to be. Companies that want to make sure they make the cut can use a combination of smart keywords, savvy SEO, and solid writing to optimize job postings, drawing more attention and mo...
  • How to Make Sure the Recruiter Knows You're a Good Culture Fit During an Interview
    If you ask any recruiter or hiring manager the traits they look for in a candidate during the interview process, chances are they'll include cultural fit as one of the top qualities they seek. So, you really want the job and feel you would be an asset to the company. How do you go about demonstra...
  • Recruiters Share the Number 1 Aspect They're Looking For in Candidates They're Hiring
    Job candidates come in all shapes and sizes, and most recruiters aren't looking to hire cookie-cutter employees. However, there are certain standout qualities that seem to be universally preferred. Lucky for you, several prominent recruiters in the D.C. area have revealed the top assets they are ...
  • 7 Ways to Let Your Employees Know You're Thankful for Them This Week
    There are many simple, low-cost ways employers can contribute to an employee's sense of intrinsic motivation. The key is to consistently find ways to genuinely express that an employee's work is important and appreciated. It has to feel natural, not forced or cheesy, so experiment with options th...
  • This Valentine’s Day, Fall in Love with Your Job Again
    Ah, Valentine’s Day, a time of love and romance, a time of roses and champagne. And the perfect time to fall in love with your job all over again. Here’s how.
  • The Importance of Leadership Training
    Leadership remains an ongoing challenge for forward-looking organizations. But leadership doesn’t just happen. It’s the result of intentional actions, strategic thinking and constant reassessment guided by ongoing training and learning opportunities as well as mentors and coaches.
  • How to Stay Focused at Work
    We all know we should stay focused at work, but distractions are an ever-present danger of the modern office. Diversions drain our focus because they are designed to prime our brains. Luckily, understanding a bit about how our brains work is the best tool for learning how to maintain focus on the...
  • 5 Things You Say During Work That You Should Ditch ASAP
    We’ve all said things at work that we wish we could take back. However, you don’t have to say something scandalous for it to be damaging to your career or reputation. Some words or phrases have a way of creeping into your daily dialogue without you even realizing they’re harmful. Take a look at o...
  • Refuel at the Office…Quietly: Healthy Snacks that Won’t Bug Your Officemates
    Maybe you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to get healthy. Maybe you’re just tired of bringing the same old snacks to work every day. Whatever your reason, it’s time to say good-bye to the days of smelly tuna fish on crackers or annoyingly crunchy granola bars. Instead, read below for a list of re...
  • How to Develop a Winning Incentive Program
    Employee incentive programs can range from super successful to downright disastrous, depending on how they are developed and implemented. With the right incentive program—done the right way—employees can become extremely motivated, which can really enhance the company’s bottom line.
  • The Ideal Image: How to Dress for Success in Any Situation
    Whether you’re heading out for an interview to snag your dream job, maneuvering your way through a formal office, or enjoying the luxury of a toned-down environment, below are some tips to help you conquer the “What in the world do I wear?” conundrum
  • How to Appropriately Behave at Client Events
    As much as you need to be on your "A" game every day at the office, client events are time for your "A+" game. Not only will your client be taking note, but your boss will also be watching to see how well you represent your company—and whether you could someday handle clients solo. The following ...
  • Is the STAR Method Outdated?
    Is the STAR method preventing businesses from properly assessing the value of job seekers? Does STAR need an update for the contemporary job market? Find out.
  • I’m So Awkward—How to Ace an Interview
    For many people, the job interview is the hard part. While we all know those easygoing extroverts for whom interviews are a breeze, many of us find ourselves wrestling against our natural instinct to stutter, cough, and fidget our way through them. But there are things you can do to showcase your...
  • Questions To Ask At The End Of A Job Interview To Make You Stand Out
    Congratulations! You just pulled off the perfect interview. You had an answer for every question, you were articulate and professional, and you expressed knowledge of the field that clearly impressed. Satisfied, the interviewer closes her notebook, folds her hands across the table, and asks, “So,...
  • 5 Reasons Your Performance Evaluations Should Correlate With Your Job Descriptions
    When evaluating an employee, it's critical that the parameters you’re using are fair and appropriate. The best way to ensure this is to use the employee’s job description as the primary guideline for assessing his value to your organization. Judging staff members on criteria that fall outside of...
  • Groundhog Day! The Mistakes Hiring Managers See Over and Over Again
    It’s Groundhog Day at the job interview. Sigh. Hiring managers see these same mistakes over and over. Avoid them, and you can move past repetitive mistakes and into a job.
  • How to Make Working After Hours Bearable
    Sometimes 40 hours a week doesn't cut it, and pulling some overtime is required to get the job done. But working after hours doesn't have to be all bad. With some forethought, you can make it downright bearable.