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Job Interviews Are Getting Weirder

College graduates and people looking to get back into the workforce should brace themselves not only for a still-tough job market — U.S. adds 113,000 jobs in January — but also for their interviews: Some hiring managers have started asking job...

Build Networking Into Your Daily Routine

There’s something about the word “networking” that just turns people off. It sounds so clinical; so cold. Many people think of it as asking for a favor before they’ve gotten to know a person. But really, when people say “networking,” they’re...

How to Nail Your Next Job (Before You Even Apply)

Gold watches and pensions can be filed under “career fairy tales” these days. In fact, just surviving a round or two of layoffs is considered a happy ending. In a tough economy and an increasingly competitive job market, it may feel like you...

Thinking of Starting a Nonprofit? Here’s What You Should Know

Have you ever had a flash of inspiration and thought of a new and better solution to a problem than anyone has ever thought of before? Most people let these moments go with the passing thought that someone should invent this thing or perform that...

Copycats and Copyrights: How to Cover Your Assets

A common scenario keeps occurring in the online business world: people are stealing other people’s intangible assets and online content. In some cases, entire blog posts are being appropriated word-for-word (seriously). In other instances, the...

How Do I Fire a Popular Employee Without the Staff Hating Me?

I need to fire our office manager. It’s a mix of issues all related to attention to detail and organization. I’ve clearly warned her and put her on a performance improvement plan, which she hasn’t passed, so I’ve got my documentation in order....

When (and How) to Reject LinkedIn Connection Requests

Facebook may have stretched the definition of “friend” to include even your second cousin’s chiropractor. But users of professional networking site LinkedIn seem to go even further, approving virtually anyone who asks to be a “connection.” Since...

The 6 People You Need in Your Network

We all know how important networking is for our careers. Building and maintaining strong relationships is critical to your professional success, whether you’re measuring salary growth, promotions or job satisfaction over time. But before you...

Why You Should Get Your Product to Market ASAP

Have you ever poured your blood, sweat and tears into a product only to see it flop when you finally announce it’s on sale? Odds are, it’s a quality problem. It solves an actual problem for your customers. Your customers might even love the idea...

Should You Start Your Business on the Side?

A question I frequently get asked by people who are starting businesses is: “Should I keep my stable income from my job while I get my business going or should I quit my job and just jump in, no holds barred?” My answer is always, it depends.  I...

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