When Someone Gives You Harsh, Unprofessional Feedback – Just Stay Cool

Knowing how to receive feedback gracefully is a critical skill in working life.  It allows you to learn from constructive feedback, and use it to improve.  And it helps you stay cool when someone gives you harsh, unprofessional feedback. Many of us react instinctively, and often badly, when receiving negative feedback, even if it is constructive.  Maybe it reminds us...

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How I Finally Left My First Job

I was lucky enough that after graduating from college in May 2010, it was only a matter of weeks before I found my first job. After sending out countless resumes and cover letters, landing a job when so many of my friends were still struggling was a godsend… until it wasn’t anymore.   There are some people who get very...

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Is It Really Time To Go Back To School Again?

  What do you want your life to look like in 5 years? 10 years? This is a question a friend posed to me as we chatted about what my plans were as an ingénue fresh out of college. I was taken aback. Sure, I had thought about future career plans but thinking about “my life” plan was a novel exercise....

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It’s 5:30 am – Time For A Run!

  The alarm goes off at 5:30. I know it’s in the 40s this morning, so I grab an extra layer, some water and a quick snack. I’m out the door by 5:55. Still dark, my running partner and I hit the trail at 6:15 with headlamps in place so we can navigate the path and we’re finished with six...

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You Have Decided To Return To School. Got Money?

  A lack of funds should never hold you back from pursuing your dreams. But the reality is that for many of us, we simply don’t have the money to invest in further education. If this is the case, there are many financial resources out there that are waiting to be tapped. Investigate what avenues are available to you; if...

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If You’re Gonna Punch, Mean It: A Personal Branding Lesson From America’s Next Top Model

  If you didn’t see it, Angelea recently went home on America’s Next Top Model. Because she didn’t punch hard enough. Let me explain… She opted to sing a feisty, punky, slightly angry song about being a tough girl. Despite her best attempts at fist pumping and head swinging, the judges said things like: “It never registered” “It was a...

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Time, Patience, and Practice – How to Start Building Your Network Today

Having a strong network was probably one of the most underestimated tools to help people in their career advancement until the rise of social media in the last decade. Perhaps, in part, the connotation of networking seems to go against the American value that people should pull themselves up from their bootstraps. However, do not be deceived, building a network...

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Did Your Confidence Plummet Post Graduation? Gain It Back!

Your college graduation has come and gone, and so have your friends. Many of them continuing on to medical school, business school, graduate school, investment banking, or some other “set career path.” You, on the other-hand, have sobered up from commencement highs and are feeling as if your future is a dark abyss. Many new college graduates experience a drop...

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