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Let Them Know You Mean Business: How To Gain More Trust At Work

March 4th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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There are many reasons why one person is more trustworthy than another. This is why it’s so important to lead with professionalism; you never want to alienate yourself to the point of costly career mistakes. Check out these tips on how to gain more trust on the job.

Put Your Passion Into Action: How To Finish What You Start

March 3rd, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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How are you when it comes to backing your words up with action? Are you someone who follows through, or a person who needs a little help? Regardless of how long your goals take, it’s important to never give up. Here are some tips on how to finish what you start.

Why Are You So Extra? 10 Ways You’re Making Your Life Harder

March 2nd, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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All of us at some point in our lives are going to run into heartache, pain and roadblocks. While many of these situations have the potential to pop up unexpectedly, there are potholes that come from our own doing. Here are some ways you’re making your life harder.

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Now Is Your Time: 10 Reasons To Start That Small Business You’ve Been Thinking About

February 26th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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Are you sitting on a business idea you would love to try one day? Maybe you lack the confidence to take the step or feel limited due to your current situation.

You aren’t alone.

Unfortunately we never get the chance to repeat past situations which is why you need to seize the day from time to time. Here are some reasons why you need to start your small business sooner than later. This could be your time to shine.

Here Are Your Next Steps If You’ve Been Overlooked For A Promotion

February 26th, 2015 - By Paulana Lamonier
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You’ve work hard, showed up to work on time, and gave your best. Then that time of year comes around and you think its time for your promotion. But, instead that promotion is given to someone else.

Furious? Yes.

Puzzled? Yes.

With the help of entrepreneur and life coach Stacia Pierce and Lydia Frank, relationship builder for Payscale, we’ve gathered a few steps that will ensure you’re not overlooked for the next promotion.

Stay calm and don’t take it personal
The worst thing anyone can do is let their emotions get the best of them, then regret your actions later. Try to keep your mind occupied, so you don’t have to relive that situation, and the feelings that come along with it.

“Usually when you don’t stay calm it’s because you’re taking it as personal rejection,” Pierce says. “People tend to think when they get rejected for a promotion that there’s something wrong with them.”

Don’t vent to your co-workers
If you feel as if you’re going to explode or vent to the next person that stops by your desk, avoid the break room at all costs! Frank believes venting to your co-workers sows a bad seed in the company.

“Anything in your career, you want to try to keep emotions out of it as much as you can,” Frank adds. “Anything where you’re feeling kind of disgruntled, disheartened, venting to co-workers can have a toxic ripple effect in the organization.”

It’s all about going to the right person when you vent – your supervisor. And invite them to critique your work and the path to progress up the hierarchy. If they take the time to have a meeting with you, it’s for two reasons: they see potential in you and they want you to be better.

“Usually when people vent, they’re looking for feedback, like a pat on the back,” adds Pierce. “But, [people who aren’t your supervisor] can’t give you the proper feedback because they’re not in the position to give you the promotion.”

Try your best to look at your performance from an objective point of view
Perception is reality. And, while we may think we’re doing an amazing job at the task at hand, it can be quite the opposite in your boss’ point of view.

“Evaluate the performance of the folks that seem to be moving forward into leadership roles,” said Frank.

Remember: not all promotions are promotions
I was in my junior year in college and was news editor at my school’s newspaper, Pandora’s Box. I had been there for the past two years when, towards the end of the spring semester, we were gearing up for elections. Ambitious as I was, I was gunning for EIC. I’ve been there longer than my counterpart, been involved with different journalism organizations, and garnered experience from various internships, so I thought the position was rightfully mine. In short, I lost – bad!

Because the other positions were taken, they created the online editor role. I took advantage of it and gained social media experience over my counterparts, which has benefited me now more than ever.

Shake it off and set some goals
“Make sure you can celebrate your colleagues, the person that did get promoted,” Pierce said. “You can ruin your future opportunities by just talking negative. Don’t wallow!”

And while celebrating your colleagues, set some very specific goals for yourself. Pierce suggests that her clients grab a sheet a paper and draw three columns: “What do I want?” on the left; “What do I need to improve?” in the middle; and “What are they looking for?” on the other end. Taken together, you have a picture of what you need to do to move up.

Start looking for another job
Before you walk out the door or throw in the towel, Frank believes that it’s important to touch base with your manager and keep your options open.

“If you feel like your manager is not hearing you, that might be the time where you have to say, ‘OK, maybe this isn’t the best fit for me,” Frank said. “If you don’t ask the right questions, you might never get to that. You really want to make sure you’re very clear.”

It’s Time To Get Out That Rut: 10 Ways To Get Excited Again About Your Career

February 25th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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It doesn’t matter if you work at a job you hate or love, you’re bound to experience a rut at some point. This is a natural feeling. Life isn’t always filled with pretty rainbows and happy moments.

The time has come to re-ignite your excitement and find ways to enjoy your career.

Read 9 Ways to Discover Your Passion

To Thine Own Self Be True? 10 Ways To Be More Authentic

February 24th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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As catchy as the phrase “keeping it real” is, a bunch of us are living a lie. We don’t think for ourselves, try not to make waves and fly under the radar in efforts to hold onto a false sense of security. Life is way too short not to live in your truth. Here are a few tips on being more authentic in what you do.

Social Issues & Awkward Embraces: Surprising Business Lessons From The 2015 Oscars

February 23rd, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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Did you watch this year’s Academy Awards? Running close to four hours, no one blames you if you lost interest or took a nap.

Luckily there were some entertaining moments and ones that provoked thought. Here’s a quick rundown of highlights from the 2015 Oscars and business-related lessons we can learn.

How Do You Act Behind Closed Doors? 9 Reasons To Maintain Your Professionalism Outside The Office

February 23rd, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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On a scale from one to 10, how authentic are you? Are you someone who knows how to play the game and does what’s necessary to get ahead? Or are you one of the few who likes being who they are behind closed doors? How you live your life is up to you though it doesn’t hurt to work on a little self-improvement. Here are some reasons you might want to consider maintaining professionalism outside the office.

Do You Know Your Value? How To Not Feel Intimated By Others

February 19th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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As if we don’t have enough things to deal with in our life, there are times when we feel less than adequate. If a situation or person is pushing you to second-guess yourself, don’t. Here are some tips on how to not feel intimidated by others.