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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Dashboards, Hashtags, Chats – Oh My! Your Twitter 101 Guide

While Twitter does not garner quite the volume of users of Facebook, there are over 200 million users. Its user volume, along with its ease of use, makes Twitter a helpful tool in building your personal brand and increasing your social media presence. Mackenzie, an account coordinator at Ignite Social Media, shares with us her tops guidelines to get us...

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Give Your Intuition the Power of Conviction

In most of my interviews with 40-something women I focus on what they know now that they wish they knew in their 20s. Next for Women asked me to explore an interesting twist on that perspective: What things are 40-something women working on now that they would encourage young women to work on earlier in their lives/career? An interesting theme...

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Are your thoughts holding you back or moving you forward?

  Are your thoughts holding you back or moving you forward? Think about that for a moment. With every thought you actually are creating a feeling … which results in an emotion. Emotions then dictate in most cases what action or behavior you take or demonstrate in a situation. First, let’s clear up a common misperception. The words “feelings” and...

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Election Day: Vote For Yourself!

The amazing thing about election day is that so few people actually take the time to make their voice heard despite being given the opportunity to do so. What if we did that in the workplace as well? Just like voting, very few people choose to ’show up’ at their jobs.     Making your voice heard in politics and...

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The 5 Es: Attitudes that Will Get You Ahead

Moving ahead in your career may be as easy as changing your attitude. Try incorporating the 5 “Es” into your approach as well. 1. Easy- Try to become known as the person who can get along with everyone. This includes no complaining at the office about co-workers. If you are bothered by something at work, learn how to express your...

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NEXTer Interview: Jaimie Camesano

An energetic, friendly, and inspiring young woman – Jaimie Camesano.  Jamie works as a Senior Account Manager at Vibes Media in Chicago.  Jaimie also has a background in sales, which makes her the perfect candidate for telling us about how to deal with rejection and how to cultivate professional relationships. Q:  How do you deal with rejection without getting discouraged?...

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The Jitters: Tips for Calming Down Before An Interview

  Next time you head to interview kick your nerves to the curb, and show your interviewer that you are comfortable and confident! 1. Listen to music – On the way to the interview, listen to whatever music you love to help to keep your mind distracted. 2. Choose the right drink – Avoid drinking too much caffeinated soda or...

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Giving Your Boss Bad News in the Right Way

People make mistakes and accidents happen: These are not things to be embarrassed or ashamed of. But when it comes to telling your boss the best approach is to be clear, controlled, and accurate. Convey bad news to your boss appropriately and professionally by:       1. Holding the discussion in a private space. Only people who are involved...

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