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Danny Rubin is the managing editor of News To Live By, a blog for Millennials that highlights the career advice and leadership lessons 'hidden' in the day's top stories.

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10 Types of Co-Workers Who Are Late to Everything

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 12:16 PM

If you ever have a meeting scheduled with Bill de Blasio, build in extra time.

A lot of extra time.

The newly-elected mayor of New York City apparently runs late to everything. The New York Daily News reports de Blasio is often tardy -- at a recent bill signing

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9 Things You Must Do the Night Before a Big Career Moment

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 8:50 AM

Konstantin Ernst says it's no big deal, but the entire world would care to disagree.

Ernst, the creative director behind the opening ceremonies in Sochi, flatly dismissed his Olympic-sized mistake -- failing...

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24 Things You Need to Realize About the Real World

(1) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 9:56 AM

From rising political superstars to disgraced possible convicts.

In late January, former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were charged with taking bribes from a dietary supplements maker. The couple is accused of accepting, among other gifts, a $6,500 Rolex engraved with "71st governor of Virginia," 

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These Line Graphs Perfectly Sum Up Our Lives From Start to Finish

(1) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 1:01 PM

During the drive home from work, I recently found myself listening to NPR. On the program All Things Considered, the host talked about President Obama's big speech on the National Security Agency, in which the president, in a nutshell, said

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How 100 Business Leaders Spot Potential in New Hires (Hint: They Nearly All Said the Same Thing)

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 3:32 PM

Palmer Luckey is poised to change video gaming forever.

The 21-year-old prodigy has created a virtual reality headset called the Oculus Rift. Watch this demonstration. It's worth it.

Luckey's invention is considered the coolest gadget at the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas (even better than an Internet-connected toothbrush and heat-sensing iPhone).

How is Luckey reshaping the video game landscape? One word: initiative. The millennial started the project in high school, kept chipping away and now has the tech industry's full attention.

Initiative is everything

News To Live By recently asked 100 business leaders and career coaches:How do you identify potential in new hires and, specifically, millennials?

Surprisingly, almost every answer had a familiar tune. In essence, "we value young people with inner drive and those who take it upon themselves to go the extra mile -- even when no one asks."

In other words: We promote those who take initiative.

Whether you push yourself to learn extra skills, ask if you can do more or just plain work hard, bosses want to see if we have that "special something."

So, business leaders: What does it mean to demonstrate potential? Below are several answers from the survey.

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Elle Kaplan

CEO and Founding Partner, Lexion Capital Management LLC
"An employer can teach a smart person the skills they need them to accomplish, but they can't teach them dedication, motivation or passion.

Skills can be learned, attitude cannot."

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Bill Balderaz

President, FATHOM HEALTHCARE

"Think outside your task and look for the big picture, rather than thinking about a 'to-do list.'"

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Flore Dorcely-Mohr

Assistant Director of Internships, Drew University

There are a few signs I look for in the 'superstars.' For example, some young pre-professionals are already writing blogs or contributing to them.

This is one less thing I need to teach them and sets up an interview stage that is usually more advanced than average."

Start a blog in 2014 and put your career on an entirely new trajectory. For nine profound lessons you'll learning while blogging, read this.

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Andrew Crump

CEO, Bluefields

"One particular guy who is with us now in our London office (and we intend to fast-track him to the top as we grow) has stood out because of his tenacity...

Of course he lacks experience in many aspects, but his willingness and eagerness to learn is what makes him stand out."

For examples of young people doing the right (and very wrong) thing, check out "A Tale of Two Resumes."

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Bob Bentz

Mobile Marketing Professional

"If [new hires] are always looking to further their knowledge about the industry by asking to attend trade shows or go to local networking events.

Then, I can see they want to make a career out of our business."
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Bettina Seidman

Career Coach, SEIDBET Associates

"They anticipate a manager's needs without waiting for instructions."

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Betsy A. Watson

Public Relations Director, i2 Marketing

"Most of all to me it's the feeling of being able to hold a conversation, ask questions, take their action items away from the conversation and follow-up.

Although those things sound basic it's what sets good new employees apart from those who won't last long in the company."

Want to learn how to ask smart questions on the job? Here are four to get you started.

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Elaine Varelas

Managing Partner, Keystone Partners

"I have a young employee who was given the responsibility of maintaining a complex database. She proceeded to attend every webinar and a free class on her own time in addition to reading technical manuals.

She developed her skill set and is now in the position of teaching those seniors to her how to use the database."

Best way to gain new skills that you'll use on the job? Start a side hustle.

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Jon Mertz

Creator, Thin Difference

"Willingness to admit what they don't know and are always willing to learn."

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Anna Ranieri

Career Coach and Author

"A young friend of mine was recently tapped, after less than a year on the job, to fill the role of a higher level employee who was leaving the company.

Why was he chosen? Because he was seen as putting in extra time and thought at the lower level, and therefore having the potential to grow into the higher level position."

Putting in extra time? Yep. That's one of the 25 Things Every Young Professional Should Know by Age 25.

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Kathleen Brush

Senior executive for more than 20 years, kathleenbrush.com

"In twenty years as an executive manager I can count on one hand the number of employees that showed initiative, as just described. Each one was promoted multiple times and they are still being promoted.

One became a CEO."

CEO? That sounds nice.

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Heidi Ferolito

HR Director, World Travel Holdings
"They have a fire in their bellies, are go getters, seek to learn from those around them, and give discretionary effort by volunteering for projects beyond their role."

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Leigh Steere

Co-founder, Managing People Better

"They are quick studies and look at 'I don't know how to do that' as an invitation to learn, instead of a daunting barrier."

Bingo.

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Alexander Kesler
President, inSegment

"We have a young employee who has been with us for about two years and we hired her right out of school.

At this time she has learned everything about our industry and she excelled in many client projects with difficult timelines and challenging client requests.

All through these sometimes difficult times, she kept a positive, "can do" attitude and never gave up. She is now able to manage a small team and is quickly rising through the ranks."

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Aaron Basko
Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management, Salisbury University

"I want new employees who over-deliver on the small projects first.

Once they've hit a homerun on a small project, I'm eager to give them a bigger one."

Underpromise, overdeliver? ALSO on the "25 Things" list.

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Brian Baudis

President, The Baudis Group Consultants

"Here are comments from interactions with young people demonstrating potential (who are rising) heard in the halls, conference rooms and offices of some clients.

- Yes, I can change my schedule to accommodate that meeting.
- I would be happy to stay late and finish this report.
- Ok, I appreciate your constructive feedback and I'll do better next time."

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Patrick Adams

Adelphi University Alumni Mentoring Program

"They are extremely hard working, doing whatever needs to be done to get the job not JUST done but WELL DONE."


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20 Things I Miss About My Twenties

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 10:37 AM

Usually on News To Live By, I highlight career advice in top headlines. This time, the story is a bit more personal: On January 9, I turned 30.

Ten whole years come and gone. Sure, I learned a...

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21 Essential Things We Learned in 2013

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 4:13 PM

As 2013 comes to an end, it's crucial we look back at the greatest lessons from the news the past 12 months. How else can we expect to improve in 2014?

Below are short recaps from 21 News To Live By columns in 2013. On News To Live By, I...

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Saving for a Home Down Payment with Grocery Coupons? Believe It

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 1:39 PM

Every week, Amanda Munster marches into the grocery store on a mission: save enough money to buy a house.

The 26-year-old digital marketer lives in Dallas with her fiance and, like many twentysomethings, is tired of throwing away paychecks on rent rather than building equity with a mortgage.

Munster's biggest...

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Harvard Asked Its Business School Class of '63 the Secrets to a Fulfilling Life. This is What They Said.

(2) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 1:55 PM

In this fictional letter, every pearl of wisdom in quotations is taken from If I Knew Then...Advice on careers, finance, and life from Harvard Business School's Class of 1963. The Harvard alum's initials follow the quote.

Dear grandchild,

I hope everything is going well!

I love when your...

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Do You Lack Attention to Detail? Keep Reading to Find Out

(1) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 3:57 PM

There are 10 errors throughout this column. Some are factual mistakes and others are grammatical. See how well you can spot the slip-ups. Hint: all names are spelled correctly. Hopefully, this little quiz will remind us to never overlook fine details, especially on a sensitive work project. The answers are...

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What Bragging on Facebook Says About Us

(8) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 2:09 PM

"I am so honored to announce..."

"I am excited to tell everyone..."

"Guess what happened to me?!"

On a typical day, our Facebook News Feeds are full of swagger and bravado. Someone always has something to brag about. We've all done it, although certain people (and we know exactly who...

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If Every Member of Congress Were a '90s TV Character...

(6) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 2:18 PM

Sorry. I tricked you.

I'm not going to compare all 435 members of Congress with classic 90s TV characters. I used that headline to get your attention because Millennials will only talk politics if we reduce the conversation to nostalgic pop-culture references. And cats.

For instance, here's a...

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The 10 Criteria US News & World Report Should Actually Use to Rank Schools

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 4:10 PM

Hey, you.

Yeah, that's right. I'm talking to you, US News & World Report.

For another year, you've chosen to arbitrarily judge our hard-earned education. Who are you to decide the worth of my diploma? Plenty of hugely successful people (like these celebrities) attended 'no-name' campuses...

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Everything I Know I Learned on the First Day of School

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 2:34 PM

When life becomes unfamiliar, that's when we grow the most. As I recall, few days in my life were more foreign than the first day of school. Specifically, first grade.

Way back in September 1990, everything was new. My clean, white sneakers that had yet to touch the playground dirt;...

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Why You Need a #PersonalHashtagCampaign

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 11:56 AM

#IHateFakeMediaFriends

With one furious hashtag, Kim Kardashian blasted TV host Katie Couric for questioning why the reality star is so famous. Naturally, Kim could only respond through a bitter retort visible to millions upon millions of people.

What choice did she have?

Remember when the 'pound' sign was...

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Why You Shouldn't Have 'Education' at the Top of Your Resume

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 3:38 PM

Resumes? Who needs them!

That's the thinking of folks at LinkedIn, who recently announced you can use the professional network to apply for jobs -- and you don't even need a resume.

Now, fire off a job application using your LinkedIn profile (click 'Apply Now'). Sounds pretty nice...

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15 Career Milestones Everyone Should Reach by Age 30

(44) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 11:52 AM

Ever wonder what it's like to be 80 years old?

Oliver Sacks, a neurology professor at NYU, shares the truth about life as an octogenarian in a piece for the New York Times called "The Joy of Old Age. (No Kidding)." In the column, Sacks writes:

I do...
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9 Reasons Why Every Twentysomething Needs a Side Hustle

(3) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 6:21 PM

Andres Zapata is handing millennials a golden opportunity.

The owner of a consulting firm, Zapata closes his office every day at 5:30 p.m. No exceptions.

Francesca Di Meglio of Bloomberg says our generation demands a greater work/life balance, and Zapata gives us what we want: more free time.

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What If the Greatest Millennials Were the Faces on Mount Rushmore?

(2) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 12:01 PM

Every July 4th, we remember George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, the hallowed presidents etched into Mount Rushmore.

What if we replace the four men with the most influential people of our generation?

Introducing the "Millennial Mount Rushmore."

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12 Absurd Kanye West Quotes That Will Actually Help Your Career

(4) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 1:37 PM

"I think what Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means. I am undoubtedly, you know, Steve of internet, downtown, fashion, culture. Period.">

-- Kanye West in an interview with The New York Times

Make no mistake. Kanye West has become one...

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