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  • What To Do While Waiting For Your Background Check To Clear
    Congratulations, you’ve got the job! Well, sort of. In many cases, an official verbal or written job offer may be contingent upon successfully completing a background check. While this is true of most large, global organizations, sometimes it can extend even to small businesses. So what’s a job s...
  • How to Take Risks When Your Company Is Set In Its Ways
    How do you break through barriers, infuse your organization with fresh life and energy, and get your company out of its comfort zone and onto the fast track to modernization? Find out.
  • How to Not Bring Work Home With You
    Work consumes a significant part of the day, and it can be difficult to completely disengage. There’s always one more task to complete or issue left unresolved. Need help leaving work at work? Consider the following tips.
  • Why You Shouldn’t Feel Guilty About Leaving Your Current Job
    The decision to leave your current job should be a positive one. Whether you’re heading to a new company, going back to school, or starting a family, you’ve chosen to expand your life experience and grow. It’s a time for reflection and a little bit of patting yourself on the back for your can-do ...
  • What If The Company’s Culture Doesn’t Correspond To Your Needs?
    So, what should you do if the company culture isn’t corresponding to your needs? To help you answer this question, we’ve collected five typical scenarios where a company’s culture and an employee’s expectations may not align, as well as some potential strategies for how to respond.
  • 6 Surefire Ways To Know You’re Hiring Top Talent
    It’s your job to attract the type of talent that launches your company into the future. And most of the time, you’re confident you know it when you see it. But a little help never hurts, so read on for tips on how to be proactive, keep moving forward, and draw stars to your organization.
  • What To Do When You Have No Idea How To Tackle A New Assignment
    Your manager calls you into her office to discuss a new initiative—and its importance to the company. Thing is, you have no idea how to tackle the project. None. Find out how you’ll be able to tackle any new task even if you begin with no idea how.
  • How To Manage Upward (If You Have A Bad Boss)
    One of the most common reasons people leave jobs is as a direct result of their manager. While you won’t always have the option of quitting, you can take matters into your own hands by managing upward.
  • Should You Tell Your Manager You Don't Have Enough Work to Do?
    The last person who held your job must have been a slacker because you can easily finish a day’s work by lunchtime. Should you tell your boss you don’t have enough to do? Yes, but tread carefully. It’s critical to pick the right time—and the right way—to send your message.
  • Unlearn Habits From Your Old Job Before You Learn A New Job
    Often, professionals — particularly seasoned ones — will reject the benefit of a first day and operate in a new job as if it were their previous job. You may feel inclined to replicate old habits and expertise from one job to the next, but this behavior can shorten your tenure. Here’s why.
  • How to Stay Positive During A Restructuring
    Your company is restructuring—the future seems uncertain, and the present feels chaotic. Staying positive during precarious times isn’t easy, but for your own job security—and sanity—that’s exactly what you’ll need to do. As precarious as the situation can be, focus on the silver lining, and make...
  • Are You In A Job That’s Wasting Your Time?
    Time is a valuable commodity—especially your time. The last thing you want to do is put years of hard work into a job, only to discover you should have been laying groundwork for your future elsewhere. Are you wondering if you’re in a role that’s wasting your time? Ask yourself these questions.
  • Ways to Make Your Commute Fly By
    The average one-way commute in the D.C. metro area is 34.4 minutes long, according to U.S. Census data released in December 2017. Multiply that by five days a week, 52 weeks a year—give or take a few days off—and you're spending about 12 days a year on your daily drive. Ouch. But there are multip...
  • 10 Things You Should Know Before You Leave A Job Interview
    It’s happened to all of us: Consumed with preparing answers to every potential question, we don’t consider what we need to know before the interview’s close and lose a precious opportunity to gain valuable insight on a potential employer. But what should you ask? Fret not, we’ve made a list of th...
  • What to Do When You Feel Burnt Out
    Burnout can happen to anyone, especially in our always-connected world. This form of exhaustion doesn't strike overnight. Burnout typically sneaks up on you, and once it does, can affect you physically, mentally, and emotionally. Unfortunately, the condition can be difficult to overcome. Know th...
  • 10 Common Interview Mistakes And How To Overcome Them
    It can be argued the job interview is the most critical step in the hiring process. And while some questions can be tricky, making a great first impression isn't as difficult as it might seem—if you avoid some basic interviewing mistakes.
  • Everybody Is Going Back To School—Should You?
    School supplies in the aisles, back-to-school specials, college campuses buzzing with activity … ah, another summer is almost in the books, and nostalgic feelings of simpler school days come flooding back. If you find yourself in a transitionary period of life right now, you may even be contempla...
  • How to Convince Your Boss You Should Be Able to Work Remotely
    The reasons to work remotely are obvious to employees: a commute of mere seconds, an inexpensive home-cooked lunch, and a decreased clothing budget. The boss might need some convincing. The key is to come up with a plan that points out the benefits to both sides, acknowledges potential pitfalls, ...
  • How to Turn Down a Job Offer You Already Accepted
    After a long and trying search, you were finally offered a job, which you eagerly accepted. But then things changed. Maybe another company called with a better offer, or you decided to go grad school, or your partner accepted a dream job in another state. Whatever the case, you’re going to have t...
  • Your Ultimate Guide to Job Interview Questions
    There's often no right or wrong answer when it comes to answering job interview questions, but it can be helpful to prepare in advance of your interview. Here's our ultimate guide on how to answer every interview question.