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The Difference Between Good and Bad Office Gossip

Does the word “gossip” conjure images of teenage girls huddled together whispering? Or perhaps in this modern age, a shared group text with a rumor about another student? Sure, gossip has a notorious reputation for being part of adolescence, but it doesn’t stop after graduation. In fact, the office is one of the most prevalent places for gossip mills to thrive. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, if it’s used…

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How to Create a Strong Leadership Development Program

Who will be the future leaders of your company? Curating talent from within can be beneficial on multiple levels. Not only can you build a strong bond with employees, but you’ll boost morale, spark creativity, and inspire innovation. Of course there are times when you must hire an external candidate, but studies show that helping employees reach their full potential by implementing a strong leadership development program can serve the…

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Negotiating Severance If Your Job Is on the Line

If you fear your company is terminating your job, it’s important to review the company’s severance offering. Some make this information public, and for others you may have to poke around and consult with past employees who were laid off to get a better sense of what to expect. Once you have baseline information, you can begin to negotiate for a better severance. Employees who initiate the severance discussions do better…

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For a Career Home Run, Keep Your Eye on the Consulting Ball

Want to hit a career home run? Keep your eyes focused on the consulting ball. The Five O’Clock Club career coaches agree that consulting can be one of the best ways to discover career success and reach professional goals. The job search landscape has changed, and this is a wonderful opportunity across industries. Even after the Great Recession, many companies — big and small — have opted to offer full- and part-time consulting…

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HR Automation and the Future

Automation is transforming virtually every industry, and human resources is no exception. But “human” is right there in the name! How can robots and technology have a positive impact on something that’s so people-oriented? Automation can streamline processes and limit risks, which is why it’s critical for anyone who works in HR. In order to advance your career and ensure you’re not deemed redundant due to the adoption of new…

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Simple Strategies for Eliminating Pre-Interview Jitters

Preparing for an interview is exciting no matter if you’re a recent college grad looking for entry level positions or a seasoned C-suite executive. With the future full of possibilities, this new job just might be the ticket to reaching your next big career goal. You’re feeling great until a few days before the interview, then the interview nerves set in. Even industry gurus get anxious before big interviews. The problem…

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How to Interview: Think and Act Like a Consultant

Sick of the same old banter and outcome at interviews? If so, it’s time to change things up. One effective strategy is to think and interview like a consultant. Why? This method will make you much more powerful and calmer during the interview process, instead of sitting there hoping they’ll hire you and passively trying to answer the questions correctly so that you’ll win the big prize. Interviewing like a…

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Top workplace distractions and how to avoid them

Technology has changed the way the business world operates by streamlining processes and facilitating communication. However, it has also brought new distractions that kill productivity, and at times, innovation. Pair this with the social aspect of the office, and at any given moment a worker is battling numerous hurdles to getting tasks done. The five biggest workplace productivity killers according to a CareerBuilder study are: Cellphones/texting The internet Gossip Social media…

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