The Pros and Cons of Instant Messaging

The Pros and Cons of Instant Messaging

Gone are the days of AIM, but the concept of instant messages is definitely here to stay. With apps like G-chat and Slack, communication in the workplace is shifting to an instant messaging environment; some workplaces are moving toward getting rid of email altogether. These communication tools are awesome in some respects, but can also pose some unforeseen challenges.

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How To Tell If Morale Is Low

How To Tell If Morale Is Low

If you’re in a leadership role, one of the most challenging roads to navigate is employee morale. Low morale can begin quietly and escalate quickly. If you’re wondering whether your employee morale is low, it’s important to catch the warning signs and address issues to work toward solutions. We’ve rounded up some key indicators that your team’s morale is taking a dip.

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What To Ask During An Interview

What To Ask During An Interview

When applying for a job, the interview process is just as much the candidate’s opportunity to ask questions as it is the hiring manager’s. If you’re in the middle of a job search, it’s important to put great consideration into the company you’re applying with to determine whether they would be a good fit for you and your professional trajectory. At the end of an interview, it’s inevitable that you’ll be asked: “Do you have any questions for us about the position or the company?” You want to be armed with some creative questions that both show your interest and help you dig deeper into the heart of the company.

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Things To Learn From The Office Dog

Things To Learn From The Office Dog

He’s everyone’s favorite coworker and there’s no doubt why this lovable giant brings so much joy to our office. Having a dog-friendly office is another way that millennials are diversifying work environments and redefining the modern workspace. Not only are daily dog pets releasing feel-good hormones all around the office, but there is actually a lot we can learn from our four-legged friends. There’s a science behind why people love puppies so much and dogs actually have a lot to teach us about how to be a good teammate.

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How To Prepare for A Panel Event

How To Prepare for A Panel Event

So you’ve been asked to speak on a panel… To some that may feel daunting or to others it may feel invigorating and flattering, but no matter how you feel, your participation will be directly influenced by how prepared you are. Speaking on a panel requires a different skill set than simply presenting to an audience solo, and putting in a bit of time will make you feel more confident when you walk onto the platform. Our team has some experience both participating in panels and moderating them, so we’ve rounded up some tips and tricks on how to put your best foot forward for your first panel speaking event.

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What Your Social Media Says About You

What Your Social Media Says About You

Standing out against the hundreds of applications that a company receives is a challenge. You want to put your best foot forward with both your resume and cover letter, but it’s important to keep in mind that your potential employer will be looking at more than what you provide them with. A candidate’s social media platforms are one of the next places a company might look to learn more about the person. A quick glance at your Instagram could make your break their decision to move you forward in the application process. So how can you present yourself appropriately on social media? We’ve gathered some recommendations that will ensure your social channels can help, not hurt your chances of getting hired.

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Beating the Sunday Scaries

Beating the Sunday Scaries

If you’ve never heard of them, the Sunday Scaries refers to the anxiety or dread that builds up on a Sunday afternoon and strengthens into the evening. A survey on Monster discovered that 67% of Americans reported experiencing these Sunday night blues. So while there’s not really a scientific reason for these Sunday fears, if you experience them you’re definitely not alone.

We did some research on how is best to combat the Sunday Scaries, but first and foremost it would be a good practice to question why you’re experiencing them in the first place. If you’re dreading work because you’re in a role that is no longer fulfilling you, or taking too much from you, then it may be time to have a bigger conversation with yourself about your job. If you’re simply experiencing average Sunday Scaries, however, we’ve got some good tips on how to avoid them and set yourself up for an amazing week ahead.

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What To Bring to An Interview

What To Bring to An Interview

Before an interview, lots of candidates focus on preparation, such as researching the company, the team & their mission. This is a great way to walk in the door with confidence, but there is one more step that can be a total game changer. Believe it or not, there are things you can bring to an interview other than yourself that can put you at an advantage. We’ve rounded up a list of the most impressive ways you can go above and beyond at an interview.

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What My Boss Taught Me About Kindness

What My Boss Taught Me About Kindness

As an entrepreneur or person in a leadership role, it’s inevitable that some days you’ll have to play the “bad cop.” If a teammate is underperforming or made a critical error, it’s your job to correct these issues to protect your company culture. One way to balance these more challenging moments is by practicing kindness at every opportunity and demonstrating empathy when outside circumstances might be a factor. I’ve worked under a variety of leaders and the one quality that I have valued most is kindness. It sounds so simple, but from an employee’s perspective, to know that you’re cared for can go such a long way. Whether it’s going out of your way to make an employee feel valued, offering a water bottle to the mailman, or paying to fix a member of the janitorial staff’s car tire, small gestures add up and do not go unnoticed by a team.

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Essential Skills For A Client-Facing Role

Essential Skills For A Client-Facing Role

Assuming a client-facing role can lead to some of the most challenging and rewarding experiences in your professional career. If you’re committed to fostering relationships with your clients that lead to long-term partnerships and achieving their company goals, we’ve rounded up some of the most essential skills that will contribute to that success.

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Community and Entrepreneurship

Community and Entrepreneurship

One of the key success factors in building a business is immersing yourself in your community. If you’re looking to build brand awareness and gain traction, an effective way to reach that goal is simply by networking and meeting residents within your community. If you’re also committed to giving back, volunteering will accomplish both of these goals in one swoop. Whether you’re volunteering alone or as a team, giving back is a positive experience that will give you a window into your community and ultimately your company’s audience.

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Why Knowing Your Weaknesses Can Be Your Greatest Strength

Why Knowing Your Weaknesses Can Be Your Greatest Strength

Talking about your weaknesses can be difficult, especially because they inevitably pop up in most job interviews. We’ve heard all the generic answers from the self-proclaimed workaholics and perfectionists, but how can you really answer this question in a positive way that gets your interviewer’s attention and demonstrates that you are a genuine human?

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Working With A Peer Mentor

Working With A Peer Mentor

One way to intentionally design who you surround yourself with is to find a peer mentor. A peer mentor is someone who is working in a similar industry to you who has responsibilities and challenges that align closely with your own profession. You can find this person by doing your own research and reaching out to people in your community, or you can ask your leadership team who may have connections to other companies who have positions that parallels your own.

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Problem Solving 101

Problem Solving 101

Problem solving is a broad topic that many applicants might put on their resume as a buzzword, but what does it actually mean? A problem solver will find a solution, it’s as simple as that.

Becoming a problem solver happens over time with a great deal of practice. Each time you’re presented with a challenge or obstacle that you find a way to overcome, you’ve gained experience in problem solving. This process often happens accidentally, so how can you get experience in problem solving in a more intentional way? We’ve rounded up some tips for how to identify problems and find solutions.

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How To Productively Fill Your Time If You’re Unemployed

How To Productively Fill Your Time If You’re Unemployed

Whether you quit a job that wasn’t “the one” and are on the search for your next career move, or you’ve just graduated and you feel empty without the consistency of a class schedule, filling the time of unemployment can be a pretty daunting task. The days pass by slowly, or extremely quickly, and it’s easy to lose track of your purpose. We’ve all been there to some degree and can relate to the awkward feeling of being unemployed. To combat the in-between time, we’ve rounded up a few tips on how to spend your days productively.

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Why It’s Important To Unplug and How To Do it

Why It’s Important To Unplug and How To Do it

To disconnect or check in? That is the question most entrepreneurs ask themselves before heading out on vacation. If you have spent the better part of your adult life building a business from the ground up, it’s totally understandable that the thought of unplugging from your “baby” may give you a minor anxiety attack. Truth is, your reluctance to disconnect could have a series of negative effects on both you and your team.

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How A Love / Loathe List Can Benefit Your Team

How A Love / Loathe List Can Benefit Your Team

Positive morale is every leader’s ultimate goal amongst their team. It’s difficult to balance the necessity for the delegation of tasks and making sure that everyone is satisfied with the work that they are doing. Last quarter, our leaders introduced a ‘Love / Loathe’ list to the team, with the instructions to write down the tasks that we loved to do vs. the tasks that we’d happily let go of.

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5 Steps to Better Integrate Google and Social Media Advertising

5 Steps to Better Integrate Google and Social Media Advertising

Since you've found yourself on a blog dedicated to social media marketing, chances are you have an idea of how important digital advertising is. It's not just important though, it's an absolutely huge industry that continues to grow exponentially. In fact, digital ad spend as a whole is expected to grow nearly 19 percent in 2018 to $107 billion. Billion, with a B.

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