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How to Write a Perfect Two Weeks Notice Email

So you're moving on and have to give your two weeks' notice. The panic has inevitably set in. First of all, know that it's much preferable to tell your boss in person, then follow up with a formal letter of resignation. If you have to quit in a hurry and you're too close to two weeks to write a...

  • What to Do If You Can't Answer an Interview Question

    What to Do If You Can't Answer an Interview Question

    You're in the interview. Things are going well. You're almost to the promised land. And then... it happens. You get the question you can't answer. A total stumper. What to do? Luckily, you can rely on the following super useful strategies to pull yourself out of this dreaded situation and exit...

  • Why You Shouldn't be Too Nice at Work

    Why You Shouldn't be Too Nice at Work

    It always pays to be a nice person. Almost always. Some people who are genuinely (or un-genuinely) "too nice" are less likely to be taken seriously, and less likely to stand up for themselves or others-even in cases where such action would be just. Perhaps you've also heard the phrase "nice guys...

  • How to Differentiate Your LinkedIn Profile and Resume

    How to Differentiate Your LinkedIn Profile and Resume

    You might think when setting up your LinkedIn profile that all you have to do is copy and paste things from your resume. But that would be a mistake. First of all, a resume is a private document sent directly to potential employers. A LinkedIn profile is public. Here are a few other key differences...

  • How to Write a Good Counteroffer Email

    How to Write a Good Counteroffer Email

    Congrats! You got the job and it's time for negotiations. You know you have to counter the first offer-that's just good business sense. But perhaps you're worried about being too aggressive and possibly losing the opportunity. You shouldn't be. First, do your homework. Some companies are not willing...

  • 7 Reasons Why Slowing Down At Work Is a Good Idea

    7 Reasons Why Slowing Down At Work Is a Good Idea

    You might think the best and most productive worker in the room is the one balancing 17 tasks at once and zooming up and down the halls, but you'd be wrong! It turns out that sometimes the smartest and most successful people are the ones who ease up on the throttle, turn down the pace, and work...

  • What Does "Competitive Salary" Mean?

    What Does "Competitive Salary" Mean?

    Sometimes the vocabulary of job searching all seems to blend together into a confusing jumble. Have you seen the phrasing "competitive salary," and not been quite sure what it means? Let us help. Competitive salary simply means that the salary they'll offer will be equal to or more than the industry...

  • 11 Signs You've "Made It" in America

    11 Signs You've "Made It" in America

    Have you been plugging away nonstop, gunning for success, for years? Maybe you've been trying really hard to be the big shot you know you can be, but you just aren't sure when you can take a moment to rest on your laurels and give yourself a pat on the back. Here are a few signs that you're well...

  • Administrative Salary & Hiring Trends for 2017

    Administrative Salary & Hiring Trends for 2017

    If you work in the office or administrative support sector, you're in luck. These occupations are poised to see about a million and a half new job openings by 2022. Companies are filling vacancies and making new ones at a rapid pace, seeking employees who have experience in the industry, a proven...

  • How To Job Search Over the Weekend

    How To Job Search Over the Weekend

    So you want to be a weekend job search warrior. Maybe you set yourself some goals this week and then get too busy to fulfill them. Or maybe you just want to dip your feet in the job search pool to see how you feel when you have a bit of free time. Regardless of why you find yourself job searching...

  • Should You Change Companies or Careers When You Hate Your Job?

    Should You Change Companies or Careers When You Hate Your Job?

    So you're just not that into your job. Maybe you actively hate it and it's making you intensely miserable. But before you go nuclear and quit-ask yourself a few questions first. It could well be that your biggest beef is not with your job, per se, but with a smaller aspect of it that's fixable....

  • 9 Signs You Are On The Right Career Path

    9 Signs You Are On The Right Career Path

    Choosing the right career for you can be an incredibly difficult task. There are so many variables and curveballs that will be coming at you from every angle. It's easy to lose sight of the path you thought you were on-and whether or not you still want to be on it! But whether you're brand new...

  • What To Do If You Don't Want To Work Anymore

    What To Do If You Don't Want To Work Anymore

    You find yourself totally checked out at work. You just can't bring yourself to care-let alone work-let alone work hard. Your attitude has slipped. You can't remember why you're even doing what you're doing. Trouble is: this can have a terrible impact on your career. Don't let your current attitude...

  • Rules for Maintaining a Professional Relationship With Your Colleagues

    Rules for Maintaining a Professional Relationship With Your Colleagues

    There are great companies out there-even companies that genuinely set good priorities to take care of their employees. But it is important to remember that you remain in a business relationship with your company and your boss. At the end of the day, no matter your loyalty or their friendliness,...

  • 6 Reasons Why Truck Drivers Leave Their Jobs

    6 Reasons Why Truck Drivers Leave Their Jobs

    It may not always look like like it from the outside, but trucking is tough. Life on the road with the radio blaring might seem a bit fun, but along with some of the perks can unfortunately come a lot of downsides. According to recent studies, here are the top reasons a truck driver might leave...

  • How to Save 50% of Your Income for Retirement

    How to Save 50% of Your Income for Retirement

    You may think you have years and years to go before you have to start thinking about retirement. Think again. Though the idea isn't looming on your horizon just yet, it's actually the best time to start planning. Give yourself a huge edge to being wealthy in your old age. Compare what you'd have...

  • Powerful Work Wardrobe Tips for Professional Women

    Powerful Work Wardrobe Tips for Professional Women

    You might be the brightest and most talented person in the room, and you of course should always be judged on those merits alone. Still, it doesn't hurt to dress for success every now and then, just to make a statement with a polished and professional first impression. People are shallow. This...

  • Why Temping is a Smart Career Move

    Why Temping is a Smart Career Move

    You're looking for work, but unsure how to interpret some job postings. There's a difference, for example, between contract employment (with a specific, non-permanent term, usually without benefits), temp work (varying from one day to a year or more, with no promise of becoming a permanent position),...

  • The 7 Personality Traits that Can Destroy Your Career

    The 7 Personality Traits that Can Destroy Your Career

    Of all the things you think may destroy your career, you probably didn't expect your own personality to be one of them. But while some character traits are innate, others are under your control. It's up to you to tend your own garden-rip out the weeds and plant seeds for stronger, better plants....

  • 12 Useful Apps for Administrative Assistants

    12 Useful Apps for Administrative Assistants

    If you're not a personal assistant-or even if you are-you could probably use one for yourself. It's hard enough to function at your job and in your life without also struggling to keep your resolutions to be super organized this year. But what if you could have help? Did you know you can get a...

  • 7 Outdated Job Seeker Mistakes And How You Can Overcome Them

    7 Outdated Job Seeker Mistakes And How You Can Overcome Them

    When you're looking for jobs, you often get a lot of advice. Most of it is helpful and almost all of it is well-intended. But there are a few outdated things you don't want to fall into doing if you want to stay current and be competitive in the job market. So if you hear any of the following,...

  • How To Quit A Job You Just Started

    How To Quit A Job You Just Started

    You did everything right and landed the job. Trouble is, through no fault of your own, it's just not what you expected it would be. You're suddenly desperate not to work there anymore, but you're worried that you're stuck. You don't want to anger your new colleagues or boss. You don't want to risk...

  • 10 of the Most Annoying Things about Working in Retail

    10 of the Most Annoying Things about Working in Retail

    Even if you love your career in retail, the common truth is that it can really be a thankless job. It's wrongly considered a job that "anyone" could do, but it takes a lot of stamina, skills, and smarts to juggle the many elements of the gig successfully, and with grace. Here are some of the biggest...

  • Top Career Advice from Former Presidents

    Top Career Advice from Former Presidents

    Feel like you need a bit of career inspiration? In honor of the upcoming President's Day, you might enjoy these tidbits from former statesmen, great and... less great. Their advice, however, is uniformly fabulous. So follow in their footsteps and achieve your dreams. Remember, some of these guys...

  • How To Make Small Talk With Your Boss

    How To Make Small Talk With Your Boss

    Stuck in the elevator or the break room when your boss comes in? Suddenly panic and get tongue-tied? Want desperately impress but not to look in any way desperate? Never fear, you'll no longer have to spend the rest of the day regretting your awkward small talk drivel. Here are 7 tips on how to...

  • 5 Tips for Creating a Resume Filename

    5 Tips for Creating a Resume Filename

    You think you have your hands full with your resume, your cover letter, your application in general. So it may be crazy to realize that when a future employer downloads your files to read, you're then competing not with other applicants' resumes, etc., but with their resume filenames. It's true!...

  • Are You About To Get Fired, Or Are Just Paranoid? 8 Ways to Tell

    Are You About To Get Fired, Or Are Just Paranoid? 8 Ways to Tell

    It's easy to think you might be on the chopping block, but sometimes you're just jumping at shadows. How can you tell if you're just being paranoid or if you really should be worried? Here are a few signs that your worry is justified. 1. You recently screwed up. A screw-up isn't necessarily the...

  • 7 Questions to Expect in an Exit Interview

    7 Questions to Expect in an Exit Interview

    About to leave your job? You might be asked (or required) to do an exit interview. This can be frustrating or intimidating. After all, you've got your outgoing checklist all but complete, and you already have one foot in your next opportunity. You think the hard part is behind you, and now there...

  • What's the Difference Between Being Laid Off and Getting Fired?

    What's the Difference Between Being Laid Off and Getting Fired?

    Were you laid off or were you fired? Think it makes no difference? Think again. "Fired" tends to have a much more negative connotation than "laid off." Though it's possible to be a good employee and be fired, you should still be aware of the associations future employers might have to the terms...

  • How To Be Productive When You're Unemployed

    How To Be Productive When You're Unemployed

    Being unemployed can be a scary thing. The freedom to sleep in and watch television is great, but the lack of financial security can be panic-inducing. No matter whether you quit or were laid off, here are some strategies for how to make the most of your transition time. 1. Dig Deep The first key...

  • 6 Practical Steps to Building a Professional Handshake

    6 Practical Steps to Building a Professional Handshake

    Never underestimate the importance of a good handshake. Fortune 500 CEOs have even admitted that, given two identically qualified candidates, they're more likely to give the job to the one with the better handshake. How do you make yours work for you? 1. Get your hands ready. Make sure your right...

  • 8 Powerful Reasons Why Nursing Isn't for Everyone

    8 Powerful Reasons Why Nursing Isn't for Everyone

    Nurses are so often taken for granted as "just" the people assisting the real doctors in their work. But nursing is actually an incredibly difficult and taxing job, one filled with quiet heroes. Here are just 8 of the many reasons why nursing attracts the toughest and most dedicated people to the...

  • How To Answer the Interview Question, "Why Are You Looking For a New Job?"

    How To Answer the Interview Question, "Why Are You Looking For a New Job?"

    This question very often comes up in an interview setting-and always makes you a little nervous. It feels a bit like a trap. You want to answer honestly and say: "Because I need to eat" or "Because if I stay at my current job another five minutes I'll go crazy." But you'll never get the job without...

  • How to Become More of a Morning Person

    How to Become More of a Morning Person

    You hear a lot, especially around the new year, about early birds getting worms and how important it is to start your day off right with all these morning rituals. But what if your morning ritual is sleeping as late as possible, then snapping at everyone in your path until your triple shot of coffee...

  • How to Move Up The Retail Career Ladder Without College

    How to Move Up The Retail Career Ladder Without College

    Huge numbers of young people at all levels of education currently work in the retail industry-tons of Millennials between the ages of 19 and 30 work in retail sales positions, often starting at a low hourly wage right out of high school. If you find yourself on the bottom rung of a retail career...

  • Top 9 Promising Allied Health Careers That Need You to Be Certified

    Top 9 Promising Allied Health Careers That Need You to Be Certified

    Allied health careers are some of the best out there. If you're looking to start a career as a medical assistant, cardiovascular technologist or technician, diagnostic medical sonographer, PA, respiratory therapist, athletic trainer, surgical technologist, clinical lab tech, dietitian, nutritionist,...

  • What To Do If You're Not Passionate About Anything

    What To Do If You're Not Passionate About Anything

    You hear a bunch of people all around you talking about their passion and "following their bliss," but all you hear is panic. What is your bliss? What if you don't have one? Do you feel that everything you do is grey and lusterless? Do you find work boring? Is everything just kind of blah? Maybe...

  • Top 9 Job Market Trends You'll See in 2017

    Top 9 Job Market Trends You'll See in 2017

    There are a lot of variables going into any given year that might affect the job market or economic climate in general. In 2017, with new administrations, this is even more true. Fortunately, there are a few trends we already know we can expect for this year. 1. Candidate/Employee Satisfaction ...

  • 7 Steps to Finding Success If You Drop Out of College

    7 Steps to Finding Success If You Drop Out of College

    Think you can't be successful if you drop out of college? Think again. Some of the biggest companies in the world were started by entrepreneurs who never finished school. While there are skills and experiences and accomplishments that any aspiring successful person will acquire in college, if you...

  • How To Pass Your NCLEX-RN Exam

    How To Pass Your NCLEX-RN Exam

    Nursing school is hard. And the stress of passing your "boards," or the NCLEX exam, is intense. Not to mention that the test itself is expensive, at $300 or more per shot. This comprehensive test for professional licensure is difficult-and is required to enter a career as an RN or LPN. Instead...

  • 10 Ways to Appear Smarter Than You Are

    10 Ways to Appear Smarter Than You Are

    We can't all be blessed with superhuman intelligence in order to get ahead in life. But it is helpful to be at least perceived as being smart-even if that involves a little finessing around the edges. Here are 10 things you can do to seem a lot smarter. Work at these and you'll be fooling people...

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