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Dear Stress, It’s Not Me, It’s You

By Alexandra Hoeflicker / April 22, 2016

Stress is my middle name. Stress is my best friend. Stress and I go way back and meet up regularly for cocktails.    Widely understood to be a negative emotion, stress is synonymous with anxiety and unhappiness. Despite this, most of us have humble-bragged a time or two about how “stressed” or “busy” we are. I […]

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How Much Money Do You Make?

By Alexandra Hoeflicker / April 18, 2016

Many of us are uncomfortable talking about money, especially when it comes to the details of how much we make. When this question arises, it’s important to think about who is doing the asking. There are plenty of ways to talk money while keeping your “number” discreet—here’s how.   If you’re asked in an interview….. The real question here isn’t […]

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Feminism Won’t Close the Wage Gap, but Transparency Can

By Cally Martin / April 13, 2016

I’ll confess that I don’t consider myself a feminist.   Except the definition of feminism, “the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities” kind of, sort of, makes me one.   I believe in equal rights for all humans and I believe in respecting one another no matter our gender, race […]

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The New F-Word: The Rise of Fine and How to Stop It

By Cally Martin / April 7, 2016

You know that Friday is our favorite F-word, but there’s a new one that is not only becoming increasingly popular, but is spreading mediocrity like a disease in the workplace.   Fine.   “I’m fine” or “That’s fine;” we are all guilty of saying it and it’s usually when it’s (we’re) not fine.   Fine […]

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All Apologies? Here’s How to Stop Being Sorry

By Kelly Love Johnson / April 6, 2016

Take a look at the last 10 emails you sent. See any phrases like “I’m not an expert, but…” or “sorry for the delay,” “IMHO” (in my humble opinion), or “I hope this makes sense?”   If so, you’re undermining your own message. Whether you’re emailing a recruiter or hiring manager when searching for a […]

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Real Life is Scary, But it Doesn’t Have to Be

By Cally Martin / April 5, 2016

Get ready for some cat poster wisdom. It’s more than “hang in there, baby,” so bear with me.   Your cap and gown have been purchased (as if you didn’t spend enough on tuition), your family is prepping a celebration, you plan who to sit with at your graduation, but deep down you’re already starting […]

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6 Ways to Spend a Raise on your Future

By Alexandra Hoeflicker / March 25, 2016

Congratulations are in order!   After working your tail off you earned a well-deserved raise. Once your boss tells you the good news you have visions of popping expensive bottles of Champagne, but first stop to consider how the extra money can benefit you long term. This is not to say you shouldn’t splurge a […]

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6 Challenges to Overcome in your Creative Career

By Cally Martin / March 15, 2016

When you join a startup you expect to wear many hats, so when asked about your diverse skills during the interview process, you may fabricate a little thinking (or hoping) that you’ll never have to use them. Even if you’ve used Adobe® Photoshop many times, it does not make you a designer.   Our marketing […]

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Sticks and Stones: Criticism In and Out of the Workplace

By Alexandra Hoeflicker / March 7, 2016

Criticism hurts. It can come from a superior at work or from a stranger on the internet with a keyboard and a loud opinion. It can be about your work, your looks, or even your personality.  It can ruin your whole day and topple your self-esteem for a lifetime. It’s easy to go on the defensive […]

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The Bizarre Habits of Highly Successful People

By Kelly Love Johnson / March 4, 2016

And we don’t recommend trying some of them at home.   We can’t say if people are successful because of their odd habits, or in spite of them, but they are fascinating. Benjamin Franklin purportedly took “air baths,” waking up each morning to spend some time in his birthday suit in the outdoors. Amazon CEO Jeff […]

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3 Easy Ways to Manage a Side Hustle

By Cally Martin / March 1, 2016

There will be a time in your life when you need a side hustle to make ends meet and there may come a time when a side hustle turns into something more. It might come immediately, or slowly over time, but your side hustle can turn into something you are too passionate about to give […]

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We’re Human Too (and 8 Other Things Your Boss Won’t Tell You)

By Cally Martin / February 12, 2016

Whether they’re new or a veteran manager, any boss can lose perspective of what it’s like for their employees. They’re exposed to new information and their priority becomes the greater good of the company. Whether your boss is a nightmare or dream, understanding their perspective can immensely help your relationship.   If you’re thinking “mind […]

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