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By Stacey Gordon | Sunday, August 30, 2015

Great Answers to 5 Tough Job Interview Questions

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There’s nothing like leaving a job interview and feeling that you flubbed it. It’s not until you’re leaving the building that you begin thinking about better answers you should have given, and important things you forgot to mention.

As you step into the parking lot, a wave of regret hits you—mingling with the feeling of air hitting the sweat spots on your clothes.

But instead of getting caught up in the world of woulda-shoulda-coulda, let’s just make sure it never happens again.

The following are five interview questions that always stump people—and the answers you should offer.

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 Whitney Johnson | Thursday, March 12, 2015

Become a Thought Leader: Your First 3 Steps

become a thought leader like this guy

Perhaps you’ve heard the term “thought leader.” It gets bandied about a lot lately.

Do a search on LinkedIn and you’ll find lots of people describing themselves as thought leaders. They probably aren’t.

When you’re a market leader, you sell more than anyone else in the market. So to be a thought leader, you must be the go-to expert. People can’t think about your product, service, or idea without thinking of you.

Tesla: Elon Musk

Apple: Steve Jobs

“Leaning in”: Sheryl Sandberg

So how do you become a thought leader? Like this:

By Jolie Miller | Tuesday, March 3, 2015

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

Ready to be a manager? Find out

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 Todd Dewett | Friday, January 23, 2015

How to Deal with a Difficult Boss: Managing Conflict at Work

Find out how to deal with a difficult boss

One of the most difficult parts of any career is working for someone you don’t like.

Your boss might have impossible standards, play favorites, or be relentlessly negative. In some cases, bosses can be flat-out discriminatory or abusive.

Most people feel they have little to no power to remedy these situations. But they’re wrong. I’m going to give you some tips on how to deal with a difficult boss.

By Jess Stratton | Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Kickstart Your 2015 Productivity with lynda.com Learning

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If you’re like most people, then right about now you’re looking at the year ahead and wondering, “How can I get more done?”

You can get started today—in your pajamas, even—by hopscotching through the productivity courses at lynda.com. From time management tips to home gadget recommendations, we’ve got the expertise to launch you into an efficient and productive 2015.

By lynda.com | Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Five ways for women to “lean in” to their careers in 2014

Five ways for women to lean into their careers.

Sheryl Sandberg challenged women to lean in to their careers and aim for the top leadership positions of their industries. Make 2014 the year you shatter the ceiling by using these great strategies from other savvy women.

1. Disrupt yourself—to get to the next level. Harness the power of disruptive innovation, the strategy that helped Amazon and others blow past their competition.

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