Career Advice

[Video] Being successful is great and all - but being a master is even more impressive If asked, you’d probably say you’re pretty good at your job, right? You go in every day, get your tasks done, and even take on an additional project here and there. And, hey, you landed that promotion last year, too! But, that doesn’t mean you’ve mastered your job.
10 ways to work around a bad Boss Sure, it would be great if all bosses were amazing, but the truth is that some are better than others. They often got to their position without training or much experience, leaving them without the skills and talent to optimally manage people.
7 ways successful people survive stressful situations without crumbling (or even crying) While stress causes some people to crumble, mentally strong people continue to thrive in the midst of added tension. In fact, they view adversity as an opportunity for self-growth. Whether they’re dealing with financial setbacks, health problems, or workplace difficulties, mentally strong people don’t let stress drag them down.
How to know if you’ll really fit in at a company before you accept a job So, there I was, I’d made a leap to a new career path, ready to start working at the job of my dreams. But once I actually started, I began to feel I'd made the move a bit too quickly. I hadn't fully considered other key elements about the job, and I didn’t really gel with the company I’d chosen.
3 times turning down a promotion is better for your career The words “We’d like to promote you” are often a cue to celebrate. However, even when a promotion comes with more accolades, recognition, and dollar bills, it also come with a lot more responsibility. And in most cases, this is exactly what you want. But, sometimes, it’s not the best option for you right now. And yet, it’s still hard to say no, especially when you consider the perks (read: money) that come attached with the advancement.
4 times asking "Why?" at work will benefit you As a kid, you probably weren’t afraid to express a little curiosity-specifically, by responding to every order from your parents (“Clean your room!”) with a simple, yet, in your young mind, compelling, “Why?” While most parents probably don’t blink an eye at that retort, when your boss issues an order (“I need that PowerPoint ready by 3 PM”), “Why?” is probably not the most appropriate response.
48 questions that'll make awkward small talk so much easier How many times per week do you find yourself talking about topics you have no interest in or have already discussed a million times-just for something to say? Whether it’s waiting for a really slow elevator with a co-worker, talking to an acquaintance at an industry event, or chatting with a complete stranger at a networking event, it happens to all of us.
4 reasons you really should appreciate being at the bottom of the ladder right now We all want that promotion. We all dream of that corner office. And we all can’t wait until the day when we’re at the top of the ladder-rather than hanging out on the bottom rungs. While there’s nothing wrong with looking ahead, setting goals, and working toward something bigger and better, that doesn’t mean you should completely lose focus on the things that are great about your career right now.
The 2 things you need to do before you openly disagree with your boss Imagine this: Your boss announces a new plan to reorganize the office, specifically, where people sit and work, to improve collaboration and work flow among team members. You listen as she talks, but the more you hear, the worse you think her idea is. As you nod your head, your brain is screaming: “This will grind work to a halt! I won’t be able to focus in a completely open space next to my chattiest colleagues!” So, what do you do: Do you tell your supervisor you disagree or let it slide?
6 strategies that'll help you work with someone you really (really!) dislike Nearly every day, my client Sean arrived at work to a voicemail from her co-worker Jackson, who was three time zones away. “Call me as soon as you get this,” barked the voice on the other end. “You’ve got big problems here!” It was one of the most difficult working relationships she’d ever had. Negative. Blaming. Self-centered. Mean. In short, it gave her a reason to hate coming to work every day.
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