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Three Tips to Succeed When You Work at a Startup

media-fieldsWe think it’s important to heed advice from successful folks. Agreed?

And even though David Klein doesn’t work in the media (he’s the co-founder and CEO of a finance startup called CommonBond), his insight makes perfect sense.

He tells us via email, “I’ve noticed three qualities all beginning with ‘A’ that differentiate the bad from the good and the good from the great.”

1. Accountability. Have high standards. This applies to yourself and others as well. If you’re on the hook to get something done, he says, “Be accountable for doing it and doing it well.” If it goes well, let others lead the praise.

And what if it goes poorly? Be the first to admit it. This will result in an increased sense of reliability. People will find you reliable and then additional responsibilities will follow. Read more

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How to Break Up With a Negative Mentor

menandwomenjpgIn a perfect world, you have a mentor. He or she is energetic, positive, uplifting! And of course, available to meet and talk to you about shaping your career.

Well, what if it’s not exactly a perfect situation and your mentor is um, a little negative? You may want to break up with this so-called advocate but breaking up professionally is certainly not fun, not like breaking up personally is fun either but still…

According to today’s New York Post, HR executive Greg Giangrande dishes some advice. Read more

Three Places to Actually Avoid Networking

handshake2We’re huge fans of networking. Huge! Waiting for your cup of tea at Starbucks or for the bus to arrive, it’s all good.

Or is it?

Inspired by this piece by U.S. News & World Report, there are a few places where networking would be completely out of line. Read more

How to Deal With Annoying Colleagues

listeningThis question unfortunately comes up more often than not. “How do I deal with an annoying colleague?”

Even if it’s something as simple as heaving a cubicle mate who’s a loud eater or a loud talker or a loud anything, it’s enough to cringe. And then deal with it on a daily basis.

Ford R. Myers, author of Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring, explains via email, “When you’re working eight hours a day in close quarters – or even in cubicles – some would say that it’s only a matter of time before some of your colleagues will really start to get on your nerves.” Read more

How to Handle Holiday Networking Burnout

nametagIf you’ve already attended a handful of holiday parties and have several more to go, join the club.

We know the drill — at first they’re fun! Festive! Exciting! And after a few glasses of wine and one too many tiny cheese puffs (not to mention trivial conversation near the coat check), you’ve reached party burnout.

And yes, this encompasses networking burnout. Well, here are a few pointers to keep your spirits up (and your sanity) this holiday season to make the most out of the fantastic new contacts within your reach. Read more

Three Career Tips From TV Personality Lauren Lake

gavelIf you’ve seen Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court, then you’ve seen Lake presiding overly highly emotional cases.

Well, when it comes to career advice, she’s equally as passionate. We recently caught up with Lake for an exclusive interview.

1. Stop yearning for Fridays. “Get away from a place where you’re living for Friday and dreading Monday,” she advises. “Find what you love most in life and create a life around that. It’s possible.”

For instance, Lake loves to be artistic and also loves intellectual things like practicing law and helping people. “I found a way to combine all of those things…we can each do this in our own lives. It just takes doing the work.” Read more

Lesson on Keeping Your Cool: Jennifer Aniston Pranks Reporter

As Jennifer Aniston promoted her new movie, Horrible Bosses 2, a BBC Radio 1 journalist experienced one of his worst interviews ever thanks to a prank. She was asked to give him a difficult time and kindly obliged to the request.

From a career perspective, he did what everyone should do as they’re internally sweating bullets. Keep. Your. Cool.

Facebook at Work Set to Launch in January

fb logoAccording to The Financial Times, Facebook is gearing up to introduce a new product in January allowing users to chat with colleagues, connect with professionals and collaborate.

It sounds like it’s going to look very similar like the Facebook as we know it today with its groups and constant newsfeed. And while it sounds like it’s set to compete with LinkedIn, Microsoft Office and Google Drive, it’s going to look slightly different from Mark Zuckerberg’s site. That’s because holiday photos and random videos from personal profiles can be separated from a user’s work identity. Read more

Majority of Job Seekers Say They Can Outperform Their Boss

Turnober-Intern-Post-FISo, you think you have what it takes to run the ship? An overwhelming majority of employees confidently believe they can do a better job than their current manager.

Monster conducted a survey and asked visitors to their site, “In your current or most recent job, do you think you could do a better job than your manager?”

Over 4,800 responses were tallied and 84 percent of global respondents indicated yes, they can absolutely outperform their boss. While Europeans were most conservative with their answers, the vast majority firmly believed they possess the skills and experience to rise through the ranks. Read more

Four Habits of Happy Colleagues

love my jobThere are a few ways to boost that happiness at work. The folks at Inc. outlined a few tips and interestingly enough, changes don’t have to be drastic in order to create significant results.

1. Talk to someone before checking your email. Seriously. Before you log on in the morning, say hi to a colleague and have a friendly conversation by the water cooler. The piece points out, “You’ll be surprised how your mood changes when you don’t just rush into the digital realm.”

2. Bring a colleague a cup of coffee. If anyone has ever brought you leftover food in the conference room, that gesture probably made you feel pretty good. Well, it works in reverse, too. Why not bring a cup of coffee to your cubicle mate? This will automatically boost his or her mood but it’ll likely put a spring in your step, too. Pay it forward. Read more

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