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How Can I Develop Skills to Transition to a New Career?

I'm not currently happy where I work, but finding it hard to understand how to make the transition to a new field. I'm wondering if there's a way to develop multiple skills in my current job that can translate to another career? I work in...

Yes, You Can Recover From Work Screwups

Once a year, an organization I work with holds a daylong retreat to focus on strategic planning and big-picture goals. I marked the date on my calendar: November 10 at 9am. But that morning, I pulled up to the CEO’s house to find an empty...

How to Unleash Your Inner Creative Genius

Years ago, while working in a busy, loud and cramped newsroom, I learned music was the key to my productivity. Part of it was that I needed a way to limit stimuli, and a set of earbuds did the trick. I’m naturally nosy, after all. If there’s...

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Built My Brand

Last August I launched a blog. Why? Well, why not. I’m a writer, and writers have blogs. Today, every serious writer needs a blog and I didn’t have one. So, after breaking up with my boyfriend and facing lonely weekends, I decided to fill the...

Are You Google-Proof?

Let’s face it: Branding is no longer the domain of businesses and organizations. Today, every individual has an online brand — whether proactively self-cultivated or not. This online brand (a.k.a. your digital footprint) is composed of everything...

The Right Way to Ask for a Raise

Renise Alexander, a 26-year-old sales associate in Virginia, was convinced she deserved a pay bump after achieving her earnings quota for the year — several months ahead of schedule. But, to her dismay, the raise never arrived.  “Sales is a hard...

How to Hook a Brilliant Business Mentor

I imagine this place called The Startup Forest. Sometimes there are blue skies and sunshine, but other times, it can be dark and scary. There are most definitely paths through the Forest — if only you know how to find them. As I interviewed...

Tired of Working for Someone Else?

Six steps to starting your own small business

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