Category Archives: New to the Workplace

The Worst Mistakes You Can Make When You’re Getting Laid Off

Companies close, reorganize, relocate, or are sold; sometimes with and sometimes without warning. 

You’ve no doubt heard about Justin Beiber’s sudden decision to “close up shop” leaving many people wondering why, and without a job. In most cases, when an entity decides to close its doors, as a courtesy, there is some warning, an employee...
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6 things that will make you look bad on your first day of work

Before you stroll in with a they-gave-me-the-job-because-they-loved-me-best attitude, dig this, there is a probationary period.

Don't confuse confidence with arrogance.  Yes, you were chosen, but you can easily and quickly be replaced.  To avoid making enemies or annoying your new coworkers, being new on the job requires a bit of humility...
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Can Your Attitude Cost You A Sale?

Your response to rejection is as important as the pitch.

Pouting, becoming infuriated, blaming your competition, or telling me I must listen to your 27 minute sales pitch, will not improve your sales. In fact, it's exactly how to lose a sale. If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, or hold a sales position, you...
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How To Handle An Awkward Situation With Your CEO

Spending time with your CEO can be eye-opening.

Any amount of time you get with your CEO, is an incredible opportunity.  It's an opportunity to get noticed through your communication and social skills. Use this time with him/her wisely. And never squander away this opportunity as a gripe session.  Here is...
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8 Ways To Maturely Handle A Workplace Friendship Break-Up

Workplace friendships can help make the workday much more pleasant.  

Becoming friends with coworkers is common and natural. Some workplace friendships even blossom into life-long romances. However, sometimes workplace friendships turn into cliques, leaving other relationships idle or undiscovered. Cliques or groups usually form naturally because it's convenient, schedules sync, you work in the...
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11 Ways To Undo Your Professional Image This Summer

Don't get caught being overexposed at work. 

It's time to shed our winter coats, bulky boots, scarves...but wait, can shedding our winter wardrobe go too far? Most workplaces in the United States have air conditioning, eliminating the need to strip down to our tank tops and short-shorts. Dress codes can vary by industry and geographical locations....
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7 Ways to Decline a Request for a Business Recommendation

When you provide a professional recommendation or testimonial, your name and reputation is attached.

Do you cringe when someone asks you for a business testimonial or recommendation?  Do you often get asked by people you've just met because of your position or name recognition? Anonymously filling out a, "Rate my presentation" questionnaire is one thing, but when someone asks...
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7 Business Networking Tips and Techniques

Attitude and techniques can help you hate networking a little less. 

Is networking necessary? Not if you are content in your job and never plan on leaving the company. Let's hope the company is willing to along with your plan. Networking can seem dull, a waste of time, and fruitless; except for the freebies that...
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National Honesty Day

April 30 is National Honesty Day.

In some cases being honest is not easy or the wisest thing to do, especially in the workplace. Picture this: Only yesterday, your boss was a brunette with a mainstream hair style, but this morning he walks into the office beaming with delight and confidence showcasing his new cut...
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I Overheard My Coworkers Talking About Me

When you've got something confidential to say, find a private setting. If you've got something unfavorable to say about a coworker or boss, keep it to yourself.

What do you do when you overhear a conversation that involves you?
Picture it, you're walking down the hall and as you approach the conference room you overhear...
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