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    How to Make Friends in and out of the Office

    How to Make Friends in and out of the Office
    When we were younger, making friends was easy. School provides us with an instant pool of people our own age that we interact with on a daily basis, who are in the same boat we are. But once we leave college and enter the real world, finding friends can be a more difficult task, especially if you have to relocate for ...
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    Build a Great Working Relationship with Your Boss

    Build a Great Working Relationship with Your Boss
    One of the worst things you can do when you start your new job is to make your supervisor look bad for hiring you. After all, your boss is key to your current on-the-job satisfaction and to your future success in the organization -- and perhaps even beyond. If there ever were a relationship for you to invest in, this is ...
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    The Art of Persuasion in Your Job Search

    The Art of Persuasion in Your Job Search
    Persuasion is a subtle art--brute force doesn't often work well. And this is especially true for a job seeker, who is using interviewing skills and a resume to try to persuade hiring managers and recruiters to hand over something that a lot of people are competing for (that great new job). Here are some persuasion tricks and techniques you can use ...
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    How to Use Someone Else's Contact for a Job

    How to Use Someone Else's Contact for a Job
    A reader writes: My question is about using a contact that is a few degrees removed from me personally. She is an executive at an organization where I recently applied for a job with whom my godmother briefly worked several years ago. My godmother instructed me to remind the executive who she was and ask whatever questions I wanted to ask ...
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    How to Climb the Corporate Ladder

    How to Climb the Corporate Ladder
    Who doesn't think about getting that promotion? We all want to be our own boss someday, but before we can rule the hive, we have to tough it out as a lowly worker bee. These days, moving up is less like climbing a ladder and more like picking your way through a maze. There are many ways you can move your ...
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    Can Looking Young Hurt Your Career?

    Can Looking Young Hurt Your Career?
    A reader writes: I am 22 years old, I have a degree and I am a Marketing Coordinator for a franchise. Now I work with two coworkers and my boss, all of who are in their mid 30's. My boss has proven to be a great boss, until now. The two coworkers I work with have known each other since they ...
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    Quitting? 5 Questions to Ask Before You Leave

    It’s always exhilarating to quit a job you hate. You think of all the perfect ways to tell your boss to shove it — but have you thought about the consequences? Do you know what you’re going to do after the big event? Are you prepared to just leave your job? Pause before you take any action. Go ahead and ...
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    Networking Tips That Won't Blow Your Cover

    Networking Tips That Won't Blow Your Cover
    If you've got a job, you probably want to hold on to it until you find another one, even if it's less than ideal. But remember, in most states, employment is at-will, meaning you can be fired for almost any reason (so long as it is not discriminatory) -- including looking for a new position. So how can a job seeker ...
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    Make or Break Your Career Over Lunch

    Make or Break Your Career Over Lunch
    You’d think it would be easy. At lunchtime you get hungry, so you grab some food and go on with your workday. However, lunch at work is rarely that simple. What you eat, where you eat and whom you eat with are all things your coworkers are paying attention to. This doesn’t mean every lunch has to be a pressure-packed situation, ...
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    Network Without Burning Bridges

    Network Without Burning Bridges
    A reader writes: I've worked at a very small non-profit for nearly 2.5 years. It was my first "real" job out of college and I've learned a ton. I'm ready for a new challenge because I've realized that I will never move up within this organization - it's simply too small and there's nowhere to go! I had a preliminary interview ...
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    13 Worst Networking Mistakes

    13 Worst Networking Mistakes
    You wouldn't wear jeans to a job interview, but do you pay as much attention to job-hunting etiquette when networking? If you're approaching potential contacts in an offhand way, you may be putting them off entirely. Learn what the most common networking mistakes are so you don't have to make them. 1. Waiting Many people start networking only after they've lost ...
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    Post-Holiday Job Hunting Strategies

    Post-Holiday Job Hunting Strategies
    For the unemployed, the holiday season can be especially stressful. Strained finances can make gift-giving something to dread. Potential employers are going AWOL in mid December, putting the brakes on even the most diligent job search. Even so, soon the holidays will be over and it's time to get your search back on track, even though it may take a week ...
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    You Never Know Whom They Know

    You Never Know Whom They Know
    We don't walk around wearing signs displaying the names of everyone we know. It would probably shock you to learn about some of the influential people your best friend knows but hasn't told you about. You can't assume that your friend, acquaintance or referral partner doesn't have powerful contacts that can help you-or your business-in important ways. Never underestimate the depth ...
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    Can Gossiping on the Job Really Hurt You?

    Can Gossiping on the Job Really Hurt You?
    We all do it from time to time. Whether it's complaining about the latest comp-time policy change with your coworker in the file room or dishing about the latest spat between the CFO and the clerk in purchasing, gossiping on the job is almost an inevitable part of corporate culture. But is gossiping a positive way to build relationships, trade information ...
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    The Networking Expert's Checklist

    The Networking Expert's Checklist
    Networking, networking, networking. We’ve all heard about it and we’re sure you’re all doing it — but are you doing it right? Trying to develop job leads and new business contacts the wrong way can be just as damaging as not trying at all, if not worse. You want to (net)work smart, not hard, so make sure you’re making all the ...
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    5 Worst Job Advice Tips

    5 Worst Job Advice Tips
    So while I am conquering my anxieties with positive action steps in my job hunt, I've received some rather amusing bits of advice. I've managed to always graciously smile and say thank you outwardly, while inwardly wondering what is occurring in people's minds as they share these bits of advice. 1st PIECE OF BAD ADVICE
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    Demystifying the Rules of Networking

    Demystifying the Rules of Networking
    If you've ever read a book on job-hunting, you've probably encountered a statistic that says 80-85% of job offers come through networking. Personal contact, it seems, is essential to getting a new position. But despite the numbers, many job-seekers remain in resume-overdrive, or try to click their way to a new career. "Our culture tends to act as though we all ...
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    15 Networking Mistakes You Can't Make

    Need-Based Contact Imagine you have a friend or relative that you only hear from when he needs money. Do you take their calls? Do you look forward to hearing from him? Very quickly, you have no desire to do anything to help him. The same goes for networking. If you only get in touch with a contact when you need ...
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    Friends and Colleagues

    Friends and Colleagues
    Over the years, I’ve come to the conclusion there are three kinds of people in my professional life. And it’s important to understand where these kinds of people fit in your life, or otherwise you can find yourself in some sticky situations. The first are the ones I call “hang out at the bar” people. These are the people you immediately click ...
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    Be Yourself at Work

    Be Yourself at Work
    When I worked in Corporate America, summertime meant a few things. Company picnics was one and manager outings was another. Both of them usually involved a discussion about serving alcoholic beverages. The decision to serve alcohol was based upon three things: 1. Whether or not we had the budget for it 2. Senior leaderships views on drinking 3. If someone had ...
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