Why You Should Manage Your Boss

Why You Should Manage Your Boss

How to Survive the '9-5'
Happy Boss's day! To celebrate, today's blog will discuss how you can manage your boss and work towards a better relationship. Too many employees think their relationship with their superior is a one way street. All they do is take orders and do what is asked. Not only is this potentially hurting productivity, it's also ruining your chances to have a good rapport. Managing your boss is mutually beneficial, and will provide a benefit to them as well as you. You will be more productive, your boss will reach more of their goals, and it will all be less stressful. Understanding Your Boss The first step in managing your boss is understanding them. Firstly, you have to stop seeing them as just the person in charge. Just like you, they…
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3 Things To Discuss on Boss / Employee Exchange Day

3 Things To Discuss on Boss / Employee Exchange Day

How to Survive the '9-5'
Although you may not have heard of it, today is actually a holiday called 'Boss/Employee Exchange Day'. The idea behind this day is that a boss and their employee swap roles to see what it is like to work in the other's shoes. Ideally this will give both parties a better idea of their responsibilities and what a day looks like. The goal is to reach a better understanding of the other's respective roles, and how they can work together. Obviously doing this swap isn't feasible at most companies, so we've come up with an alternative. Instead of swapping, ask your boss if you can have a discussion about your role to make sure you are being fully utilized. We've broken down some topics to cover during this conversation below.…
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Link Roundup 6/16/17: Making a Career Change

Link Roundup 6/16/17: Making a Career Change

Link Roundups
Another Friday means another Link Roundup! This week we have some great advice on making a career change, among other links. Whether you're looking for advice on resumes, interviews, or careers, it's all here! This week we start with a topic everyone should be familiar with: job search ethics. It's something both job seekers and hiring managers struggle with, but being ethical in your job search will pay off. Check out the first link to find out why it's important. (more…)
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The Importance of Understanding the Big Picture

The Importance of Understanding the Big Picture

General Job Search Advice, How to Survive the '9-5'
When a company is looking to hire someone, the first order of business is writing a job description. This usually includes a breakdown of responsibilities, in addition to some qualifications such as education and experience. However, sometimes there are skills and qualifications that aren't listed on the job description, but are equally important. Understanding your job and the larger scope of the company is one of those skills. Realizing the stakes of the business and the importance of your role is an important skill for any employee. Below we'll break down why it's valuable to get the 'big picture', and what exactly it is. (more…)
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Link Roundup 4/7/17: Finding the Right Job

Link Roundup 4/7/17: Finding the Right Job

Link Roundups
Big Jobs Miss: Employers Add Disappointing 98,000 Jobs in March While this year was off to a great start in terms of job growth, it seems that growth has been stifled somewhat. While economists were predicting 180,000 jobs to be added in March, the reality was only 98,000. The drop has been attributed to a few different factors, the largest of which is the winter weather that plagued most of the Northeastern U.S.. This weather and other factors affected job growth and payroll gains. However, it's not all bad. The U.S. unemployment rate continued to decline, and fell to 4.5%, from 4.7% previously. So while there are less jobs available, there are more people working. (more…)
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Facing Criticism at Work

Facing Criticism at Work

General Job Search Advice
No matter how hard you work, everyone will face criticism at some point in their work day. You may be lacking in some responsibilities, or a colleague may disagree with your approach. Whatever the reason for it, a good employee should know how to deal with criticism at work. Firstly, it's important to recognize that most workplace critiques are intended constructively, not maliciously. Given this, it's crucial not to react emotionally. We'll begin by discussing the best way to respond to criticism, and how to determine if it is constructive or not. (more…)
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Link Roundup 11/23/16: Staying on Track in Your Career

Link Roundup 11/23/16: Staying on Track in Your Career

How to Survive the '9-5', Link Roundups
19 Easy Ways to Slowly Destroy Your Career As you may have guessed from the title, this is a list NOT to follow. Unless you're looking to destroy your career. This is a great resource for anyone who is hoping to avoid simple mistakes in their career. It's important not to allow all of these small mistakes to turn into a large career-ending dog pile. Avoid these mistakes and you'll find yourself on a strong career path. (more…)
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Interview Q: What Do You Expect From a Supervisor?

Interview Q: What Do You Expect From a Supervisor?

Acing the Interview
One of the most influential factors in a job is your immediate supervisor. They affect what, when, and how you do your work. Finding a good fit between you and a manager can greatly help or hurt workplace efficiency. It stands to reason that this is something that will be addressed in a job interview. This question is how companies look for a synergistic fit between manager and employee. We'll help you answer this question today. (more…)
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Silver Screen Career Advice: The Devil Wears Prada

Pop Culture Perspective
After the wild success of the book version of The Devil Wears Prada, it was only a matter of time before it hit the big screen. The film stars Anne Hathaway as Andy Sachs, a young upstart journalist who winds up getting a job at the extremely popular fashion magazine Runway. She works for Miranda, the so called 'ice-queen' who is editor in chief at the company. The two clash, and Andy learns a lot about herself as she struggles through the new position. It's a great career start movie, and offers some great advice for working in a hostile environment. (more…)
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