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By Jolie Miller | Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Get Some Accountability! Starting Today

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If there’s one thing I’m absolutely crazy about, it’s follow through. I love people who do it.

Ship what you committed to ship. Be where you said you’d be. Step up and say you messed up; it wasn’t anyone else’s fault but yours. It all makes my heart happy—because it’s honest.

Accountability is a distinguishing and competitive career advantage. It’s also something you can learn—not a hard-wired trait, but a habit you have to practice to develop.

So let’s start building those accountability muscles! I can help.

By Jolie Miller | Sunday, June 21, 2015

The 4 Business Skills Recruiters Are Looking for—and Not Finding

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Want to position yourself to be hired? Learn the skills that companies desperately want—but can’t seem to find.

After surveying 1,320 job recruiters at 600+ companies, the 2015 Bloomberg Recruiter Report shed insight into the most desired skills by industry and by scarcity.

Here are the skills everyone is seeking—and the in-depth, watch-anytime courses to help you learn them.

By Nancy Muir Boysen | Sunday, May 31, 2015

Write an Outline to Make Sense of Your Message

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Facing a blank page can feel overwhelming. You have so many ideas and it’s hard to figure out how to communicate them. Using an outline to organize your thoughts before you write might be just the help you need.

Audible gasp and groan. Write an outline? What is this, fourth grade? I still have nightmares about having to create outlines and, let’s just say, my nightmares about zombies rising from the grave pale in comparison.

But hear me out! An outline is just a roadmap you can follow to keep your writing on target—and you can master this useful tool in just four simple steps.

By Meredith Fineman | Thursday, May 28, 2015

The New Professionalism: What’s OK, What’s Over the Line?

is this the new professionalism?

It’s no secret that professionalism is on the decline. In fact, you could argue that in 2015, we don’t even have a solid definition of professionalism.

In its most literal sense, professionalism means “the skill, good judgment, and polite behavior expected from a person who is trained to do a job well.”

But does that definition still apply in the current office climate of beer taps and yoga mats?

We live in a new kind of job economy: a world of freelancers, entrepreneurs, and Jacks & Janes of all trades. Gone is the traditional 9-to-5—and many of the codes of conduct that went with it.

How do we know what’s “professional” in a world where you drink with your coworkers, text your boss, and wear casual clothing every day of the week?

A lot of it starts with you.

By Chris Croft | Tuesday, May 26, 2015

5 Ways to Know If You'd Make a Great Project Manager

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Project management is a transferrable skill. If you can manage one project, you can manage any project, because they all have the same underlying structure:

  • Make sure everyone agrees on what the project is
  • Estimate times and costs for the tasks are involved
  • Create your Gantt chart
  • Assess risks
  • Monitor progress and costs
  • Have a review at the end

It’s often well paid, always in demand, and never dull. And you get closure when projects end. What’s not to like?

Well … there’s stress. Often you’re not the line manager of the people on your project; you’re just borrowing them for the duration of the project. Then there are usually suppliers and subcontractors involved, and frequently there’s a customer who wants an impossible combination of great quality, short delivery time, and low price.

If you deliver everything, people will think it was easy. And if you don’t, then it will be considered your fault!

So what type of person makes a good project manager—and are you that type?

Project managers need to have the following five qualities. If you have them all, you should certainly consider a career in this area:

By Nancy Muir Boysen | Friday, May 22, 2015

Four Simple Ways to Improve Your Technical Writing

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People in technical fields are often asked to write about technology—and the task can be daunting. After all, you’re not likely to have trained as a writer, learning the fine points or grammar or crafting an elegant sentence, because your focus has been to learn the ins and outs of a technical profession.

The good news is that you can make your technical writing easier for anyone to understand—whether or not your readers have a technical background—by mastering a few simple tips:

  • be concise
  • avoid jargon
  • use the active voice
  • be specific

By Jeff Toister | Thursday, April 02, 2015

Onboarding: Create the Ultimate New Hire Checklist

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Onboarding new employees can be a time-consuming process: paperwork, workstation set-up, training…

And the whole process can come to a screeching halt if you forget something important—like ordering a new computer before an employee’s first day.

One way to streamline things is to create a new hire checklist. It’s a simple tool to help you track progress and make sure nothing’s missed. A checklist also makes it easy to repeat the process the next time you hire someone new.

Here’s how to create the ultimate new hire checklist.

By Mike Figliuolo | Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Pricing Strategies: Get Your Numbers Right

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Getting your pricing wrong is one of the biggest and costliest mistakes you can make in business.

Avoid it by following this smart pricing strategy:

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