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By Jolie Miller | Monday, May 18, 2015

5 Tips for Landing Your First Job Out of College

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It’s unfair, really. Moments ago you were marching to “Pomp and Circumstance” and being lauded and applauded for your heroic achievement: graduating college.

But now you’re facing a brand new world of challenges—and starting at the bottom.

You need a job. And we can help.

By Jolie Miller | Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Instructional Design at lynda.com: How We Do What We Do

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One of the most common questions we get here at lynda.com is: How do you do what you do?

While there’s a certain amount of magic that happens on our campus (it’s impressive, I’ll be honest), a lot of our process boils down to simple instructional design principles for teaching adult learners.

Whether you’re teaching a friend how to knit, creating online instruction, or just want to be able to better communicate—these strategies don’t disappoint.

Here are my 10 favorite tips:

By Jolie Miller | Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Are You Ready to Be a Manager? 6 Things You Should Know

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They’re everywhere. You’ve seen them. Maybe you’ve even worked for them:

Bad bosses.

From the micromanager to the tyrant to the checked-out guy who’s never available, bad managers make the work life miserable for everyone around them.

Too many people are promoted up the corporate ladder without the skills they need to lead.

Management isn’t for everyone, and it shouldn’t be. If you’re in line for a promotion or dream of a taking a leadership position someday, do yourself and your potential future team a favor: Take time to assess whether you’re truly ready to be a manager — and a good one at that.

Here are the six things I wish I’d known when I stepped into my first management job years ago.

By Jolie Miller | Saturday, February 28, 2015

6 Simple and Painless Money-Saving Tips

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I’m one of those people for whom saving and budgeting isn’t always top of mind. But tax time always reminds me that I need to be more vigilant.

So I need savings hacks that are—dare I say—fun. In fact, they should be so painless that I don’t notice I’m doing something terribly responsible.

Of course, you can learn all about setting financial goals on lynda.com.

But here are six of my own favorite money-saving tips:

By Jolie Miller | Saturday, February 14, 2015

Job Interview? 6 Tips for Vetting Your Future Manager

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If you’re job-hunting, or considering a transition to a new role in your current company, take some time in your interviewing process to really scout the new boss you’d be working for.

One of the most important predictors of your job success is your fit with your manager:

Do you communicate in similar ways? Is he invested in you and your career? Will she person help you advance and learn new skills?

It’s hard to know any of these answers before you start the job. But I have a few tricks that have helped me vet new superiors.

Here’s what you have to do:

By Jolie Miller | Monday, February 09, 2015

10 Smart Ways to Tune Up Your LinkedIn Presence

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The beginning of the year is the perfect time to update your LinkedIn profile.

An up-to-date, relevant profile is your virtual letter to colleagues and future employers, letting them know you care about your image, your networking, and your future.

Follow along for a quick LinkedIn tune-up that shouldn’t take you more than a few hours.

By Jolie Miller | Tuesday, January 06, 2015

So You Want to Work From Home: Establishing Routines

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If you’re one of the millions of people who hope to work from home in 2015, we’ve got some tips for you.

Last week, we showed you how to set up your home workspace for maximum efficiency. Today in the second article of our Work From Home series, we’ll help you figure out how to structure your day.

Establishing routines will make all the difference between crazy days in which you get little done and productive days in which you accomplish a lot with few interruptions. Even a company that’s skeptical of work-from-homers has to appreciate productive workdays!

These are the three questions you should ask yourself when setting up your workday routines:

By Jolie Miller | Friday, January 02, 2015

So You Want to Work from Home: Setting Up Your Office

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Working from home … we’ve all dreamed of it. The idea of avoiding the daily commute, the frequent interruptions, and—let’s face it—the constricting office attire is a fantasy most working folks entertain from time to time.

Well, the more technology advances, the more this fantasy becomes a reality. In fact, more employees work from home now than ever before. If you hope to be one of them, there are a few things you’ll need to do to set yourself up for success.

lynda.com can help.

Later this week, we’ll show you how to establish routines for maximum productivity and work-life balance, and how to manage your team remotely.

But first, here’s how to set up your space at home—both your surroundings and your headspace—to eliminate distractions and get things done.

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