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The Importance of Brand Building

Amy Oraefo | Posted 06.25.2014 | Business
Amy Oraefo

What is a brand? Why is it important? Simply put, a brand is your unique fingerprint -- how you are identified in your community. Whether we know it or not, we all have a brand, both personal and professional.

Unexpected Lessons From the Tortured Artist in Room #5

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 06.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Learn from the guy -- from his self-awareness, his willingness to move on, and his ability to make his life better by finding support, creating something, and learning from others. Channel the parts of Van Gogh that work for you and create an even better story for yourself because of it.

Thinking of Blogging With a Partner? Read This First

Audrey van Petegem | Posted 06.18.2014 | Business
Audrey van Petegem

I found out the hard way that a partnership is like a marriage. And like some marriages it ended in divorce. I realized how important it is to plan for the possibility of divorce before the honeymoon ends.

What to Do About the Cranky, Miserable People Around You

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 05.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Even when you don't do it, when you sit there quietly, they drain your energy. They create a cloud that surrounds you for hours. The good news? There's something you can do about it. You can walk away. No, really. Whether literally or metaphorically, you can extract yourself from these situations.

Office Barbie

Shannon Oliver | Posted 07.08.2014 | Women
Shannon Oliver

Oversharing and "vaguebooking" are commonly discussed Facebook faux pas, but how about statuses that actually harm the reputation of your entire gender? Some of them might seem harmless to the naked eye but can be legitimately detrimental to society.

The Completely Avoidable Way We Mess Things Up

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 07.06.2014 | Business
Deirdre Maloney

Promise that we will -- literally and figuratively -- take our foot off the gas pedal when we feel ourselves getting sloppy. Which will help us avoid hurting ourselves, our reputations, and our beloved modes of transportation.

5 Ways to Fail at Tech Recruiting

Jonathan Spiess | Posted 07.05.2014 | Huffpost Code
Jonathan Spiess

Meet the world's worst recruiter.

The Problem With Your Problem Solver

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 06.22.2014 | Business
Deirdre Maloney

Today's blog has been written while in the midst of an emotional whirlwind. The culprit behind the chaos? An impending, temporary move overseas.

10 Tips for Making Your First Real Job Count

Joel Peterson | Posted 06.18.2014 | College
Joel Peterson

You've spent much of your life cultivating disciplines and developing up-to-the-minute practical skills that should form a terrific foundation for lifelong professional development -- if you make the right first moves.

The Unexpected Leadership Lesson From My Very Italian, Very New York Mother

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 06.15.2014 | Business
Deirdre Maloney

Mama said it best. Read the room. Take a beat to read non-verbals and feel the energy of a situation before you launch into your own needs. Then act accordingly.

The Professional Prejudice Against Tattoos

Madison Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2014 | Women
Madison Hamilton

Imagine: A woman walks into a corporate job interview and her arms are covered in tattoos. Now, imagine another woman with no tattoos, but rather, apparent breast implants walking into the same interview. They are equally qualified for the position -- who is more likely to get the job?

Why You Can Handle Anything. Seriously.

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 05.11.2014 | Business
Deirdre Maloney

We think these people are so together when they're not; that they have no fear of looking stupid when they do; that they have confidence every minute of every day when they don't.

What Does It Mean to Be a Professional Artist?

Janice Sands | Posted 04.23.2014 | Arts
Janice Sands

Artists and writers often face a major reality check when they leave the confines of academia. It can be a sobering experience to question whether you have the commitment it takes to pursue a career in the creative world.

Making a Big Presentation? Tame Your Nerves with These 6 Tips

Jennifer V. Miller | Posted 04.13.2014 | Business
Jennifer V. Miller

Feeling nervous about your next presentation? Throw out that old saw about envisioning people in their underwear. Instead, use these six tips to mentally and physically set yourself up for presentation success.

The Anatomy of a Cover Letter

Christine Deakers | Posted 04.12.2014 | Comedy
Christine Deakers

Amongst all this, you are always a leader (or team player, depending on what the employer would like to hear), or you are both a leader and a team player at the same time

Confession: OMG, I Can't Stop E-Talking Like A Preteen

Jennifer Benjamin | Posted 03.31.2014 | Women
Jennifer Benjamin

No, I don't take selfies, I don't twerk, and I don't follow One Direction, but I use so many acronyms, you'd think I was writing in NSA-level code. My emails are studded with so many exclamation points that the page looks like a paint-splattered Jackson Pollock.

Things Are About to Get Uncomfortable... Hopefully

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 12.10.2013 | Business
Deirdre Maloney

Yesterday found me at a beloved spot in good old Southern California: the beach. Ah yes, the beach. Whether on a lake, the banks of the river or the ...

Lessons Learned Roaming Through China... With 40 Other People

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 11.25.2013 | Business
Deirdre Maloney

So what happens when you spend 17 days in close quarters with 40 strangers? You learn some lessons -- about life, about relationships and, of course, yourself. And if you pay enough attention, they translate directly to the way we all live, work and play.

The Truth Behind Your Inefficient Workday

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 10.27.2013 | Business
Deirdre Maloney

Let's not kid ourselves about our offices and meetings. Let's not pretend that our interaction needs don't often trump our business needs. Let's not pretend we're getting it all done efficiently. Let's accept it and feel less frustrated.

Think You Take Action for Greater Success? Think Again!

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 10.15.2013 | Business
Deirdre Maloney

Begin noticing if you're acting or reacting throughout the work day. If you find the reactions column to be significantly greater, practice taking a beat and weighing things out before taking your next step.

How to Audit Your Online Presence

Simone Collins | Posted 10.14.2013 | Technology
Simone Collins

Auditing your online presence every three to four months, then tweaking a handful of profiles and posts as needed, requires no more than some organized strategizing and simple Google searches.

Why Colleges Are Teaching Professional Readiness

Debra Townsley | Posted 09.09.2013 | College
Debra Townsley

Teaching students how to be a strong job candidate inside the classroom walls encompasses the development of skills essential for career success and advancement. Consider the value of interpersonal communication.

Professionalism and Communicating for the Non-Professional

Scott B. Piekarsky | Posted 08.13.2013 | Style
Scott B. Piekarsky

Today,everyone is under a lot of stress.The economy is still not great,our graduates cannot find jobs, weather is unpredictable, terrorism continues, ...

Beyond the Echo Chamber: Why Empathy in Education Matters

Jayson Boyers | Posted 06.03.2013 | College
Jayson Boyers

While competency and proficiency are undoubtedly required and an essential part of overall success, such an approach to learning will never give students all of the skills or emotional intelligence that it takes to be ready for a career.

Do You Want to Be Liked or Respected at Work?

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 04.07.2013 | Women
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

It's natural to say that you want to be liked and respected, but when forced to make a choice, I urge you to seek the respect of your co-workers and your boss. Here's why: