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  • Career Woman

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  • Career

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    Most ambitious employees want to fast-track their way to the top — but the climb isn't always easy.  The New York Times' Adam Bryant recently interviewed Kat Cole, president of Cinnabon, a popular chain of American baked goods stores and kiosks, who started her career as a Hooters girl at age 17. Bryant asked Cole — who by age 19 was helping Hooters expand internationally — to share her best advice for ambitious employees who want to move up the corporate ladder. She offered three tips. 1. Be "incredibly coachable." This is especially true at a company like Cinnabon, where everyone gives each other feedback, she says. "If you want to move up, you've got to get as many inputs as possible to continue to develop,"…

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  • Career

    The Top 25 Companies For Work-From-…

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    Are you looking for a more flexible work schedule? Are you constantly distracted in the office? Do you despise your daily commute? If so, it might be time to start working from home. But while 50% of the workforce currently has jobs that can be done remotely, according to Global Workplace Analytics, not all employers are open to the idea. "If your boss isn't willing to offer you a more flexible schedule, it may be time for you to find a new job at a more telecommute-friendly company," says Sara Sutton Fell, CEO of FlexJobs, an online service for professionals seeking telecommuting, flexible schedule, part-time, and freelance jobs. FlexJobs has identified the 25 employers with the greatest number of work-from-home job opportunities right now.…

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  • Career

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    Not that long ago, to stay reasonably employed, you only had to do what you're told. But today, alas, mainly the assertive thrive. Of course, you don’t want to be too aggressive. My PsychologyToday.com article today is a self-assessment: 10 questions to help you judge if you're too assertive or not assertive enough. HERE is the link. 

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  • Career

    What to Do When an Employee Rejects…

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    I received this interesting question via Twitter. Sharlyn! For a post…if employee gets bad performance review and doesn’t agree with it, is there value in going to HR to complain? First off, let me say that I’m a firm believer than an employee’s performance appraisal should not be a shock to them. I don’t know if, in this case, the employee expected a poor performance review or if this was a surprise. However, in my experience, when an employee came to human resources to complain about their performance review, it was usually because their review was a surprise to them. Enough said. Also, in case you’re wondering, let’s briefly cover the legal aspect of this. I reached out to Jonathan A. Segal, a…

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  • Career

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    3 Things You Should Always Do Before You Quit Your Job

    Quitting a job is never easy — even if you despise everything about it. But whatever your reason for accepting a new role — a fatter paycheck, more flexible hours, a better culture — you'll want to leave your current position on the best terms possible "You never know when you'll need a recommendation or when your paths may cross again," says career expert Annette Richmond in a recent LinkedIn post.   Here are three things she says you should always do before quitting: 1. Protect yourself. Before you quit, you'll want to make sure you don't have a non-compete agreement in place that will prevent you from accepting your new position, Richmond says. "Not only might your previous employers sue you if you break…

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    This Trait Predicts Success Better Than Your IQ

    We all strive to become smarter — whether by changing our daily habits or perusing a new website— with the hope it will make us more successful.  However, the trait that takes you from average to spectacular comes from your measure of cognitive control, not your IQ, says Daniel Goleman, author of "FOCUS: The Hidden Driver Of Excellence," in a recent LinkedIn post.  Cognitive control refers to abilities such as controlling impulses, managing negative emotions, and delaying gratification in pursuit of long-term goals, Goleman explains. He points to studies from the University of Pennsylvania to exemplify the importance of these skills: Students that earned the highest grades weren't necessarily the ones with the highest IQs, but rather those that kept trying despite setbacks…

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    23 Daily Habits That Will Make You Smarter

    Getting smarter isn't something that happens overnight. Instead, you have to build your intelligence every day through intentional daily habits. In a recent Quora thread, "What would you do to be a little smarter every single day?", readers shared their advice on good habits you can establish. Here are some simple actions that could help you become a smarter person. 1. Come up with 10 ideas every day. Think about how to reduce poverty, how to solve a daily problem you have, interesting movie ideas, or anything. It doesn't matter what subject your ideas fall into, as long as you're working your brain and your idea muscles. Your list might even lead to a new startup idea or writing subject. —Claudia Azula Altucher 2.…

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    8 Secrets To Writing The Perfect Resume

    We know networking is essential today, but it will never replace the resume. A standout resume remains one of the best ways for job candidates to catch the eye of a hiring manager and make a great first impression.  What makes a resume great? ZipRecruiter, a company that allows job seekers to upload their resumes, and small businesses, individual employers, and recruiters looking for candidates to rate those resumes on a scale of one to five stars (one being the lowest, five the highest), recently analyzed three million resumes in its database to determine the correlation between keywords, length, and content and high ratings. "Of course there's no such thing as the perfect resume, but some are closer to perfect than others," says Allan Jones, ZipRecruiter's chief…

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6 Things to do in your 20s to make your 30s good

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Why do people spend so much time telling you a list of books to read in your twenties or a list of places to go in your twenties?  Those are actually ways only to escape your twenties. Escaping by doing that stuff just sets you up for a disaster in your thirties.

Here are things to do in your twenties to make your thirties fun.

1.  Build a career that enables you to work from home.
The best way to get control of your life is working from home, because once you’re home, then things start to shift in favor of you instead of your company.

But there are relatively few types of jobs that translate to a career from home.  Survey the types of careers that are typical of at‑home workers and set yourself up for one of them.

Almost every person who is working from home either works very hard in their twenties to build their own business or they worked hard in their twenties to specialize so that it was too costly for the company to replace them. So when they ask, it is easier to let them work from home.

2.  Women, freeze your embryos.
I’m actually a fan of approaching your biological clock head-on instead of procrastinating by freezing your eggs. That seems like you’re just putting off the inevitable realities of having a family.  Nothing changes when the eggs are frozen except that you build a bigger career that you must scale back when you do have kids.

But sometimes really bad things happen to us, like your whole family burns up in a fire and you have to go to six years of therapy, and you can’t start dating until you’re thirty-one. So for cases like this, or less extreme, it’s good to just have your embryos saved.

Why doesn’t everybody just save embryos? It’s kind of like cord blood. It’s what rich people do to avoid calamitous medical situations.

3.  Build muscle.
You already know that good-looking people get the best jobs and a wider selection of partners.

What you didn’t know is that you can kind of buy yourself some time if you’ve been lifting weights really hard-core the whole time in your twenties. Muscle just sort of lingers on so you can do mostly lame workouts in your thirties if you lifted weights in your twenties. This plan allows you a lot more flexibility. It allows you to have years when you don’t work out because you’re trying to rearrange your life, and it makes all transitions easier to know that your body isn’t falling apart when you’re doing them.

4. Go visit your siblings. 
It’s really not that fun to stay in touch with your siblings in your twenties because everybody uses that time to separate from their parents and build their own identity. And this is the time when people are in the most denial that they are like their parents and will marry someone like their parents. So a way to stay in denial as long as possible is to avoid siblings, because siblings can always tell when you’re acting like your parents.

The problem is that a fascinating study from Harvard reveals that the only indicator of who will be happy and who won’t later in life is who remains close to their siblings. So you might think that what’s really going to make you happy is to be hot enough to get into exclusive clubs, but that doesn’t last. Your siblings are what lasts. So go visit them when you have time off.

5.  Don’t stress about relocation.
It’s overwhelming to think you’re twenty-two and you can live anywhere. Unfortunately, it’s not actually true. It’s true that you can live anywhere, but it’s not true that you’re going to want to live just anywhere.

After you have kids you’re going to want to live where your family is because this is what happens: Nobody really cares about your kids. In fact, nobody even likes other people’s kids. They like their own kids. The exception to this is family. Family loves other family.

We love our nieces and nephews and grandkids similarly to our own kids, so you’re going to want to be near family. You’re going to relocate to family when you realize none of your friends actually care about your kids. You’ll know because they’re not inviting you for holidays anymore—they’re going to see family on holidays because they want someone to dote on their kids.

6. Your twenties are not practice time. It’s your life.
So don’t worry about relocation. It’s playing in the world of false choices. Meg Jay has a great Ted Talk about how people in their twenties spend too much time making dead-end decisions that they pretend don’t count. Instead, focus on using a systematic way to try new jobs and new relationships to figure where you fit. And don’t worry that things don’t feel right in your twenties because everything happens so fast. You know how people always say to you, “Oh, my gosh, you’ve grown up so fast.” Well, time speeds up as you get older, and you’re not going to believe how fast your twenties are over.

So much of what people in their 20s focus on is how they look to the world right now. It’s why Facebook rules the day, and street photographer James Maher named his photo (up top) The Pose of a Generation. But all that Facebook-induced, short-term thinking leads to depression. Take your life seriously enough to be able to share difficulties and failures.

And remember that the best decisions you can make are ones that will last into your thirties. That way, you know you are doing things in your twenties that will matter.

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