Author: Ellen Dunagan

Career Hack: How To Onboard For Success

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Are you starting a new job soon, or is finding a new job a 2020 goal? If so, you are probably familiar with the concept of onboarding – or, how your new employer will bring you into the company culture, share policies and procedures, and set you up for success.

It’s certainly nice to be welcomed and taken care of in the first few days of employment. But what I find even more powerful (as a former HR professional) is teaching you (yes, you, the new employee) how to participate in the onboarding process and start taking charge of your career from day one.

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Career Hack: How To Be Grateful At Work

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Research shows that practicing gratitude on a regular basis is linked to enhanced self-esteem, feeling more positive about work, improving and strengthening relationships, becoming more effective managers and teammates, and reducing stress. To name a few!

Here are three ways to practice gratitude to improve your career happiness – and perhaps even find deeper meaning in your work.

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Career Hack: How To Bounce Back From A Layoff

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You were laid off from your job. Whether you saw it coming or it was a total surprise, you are probably experiencing a lot of emotions, including that feeling of “What do I do now?” 

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Career Hack: How To Get The Feedback You Need

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Asking for feedback is hard. For one thing, you may not want to hear what someone else has to say about you and your work. For another, you might think you are doing a great job — so why even bother?

Whether the feedback is positive or negative, you shouldn’t wait until your annual evaluation to find out.

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How To Set S.M.A.R.T. Career Goals

Setting career goals is a smart move. This healthy career management practice will advance your professional success and put you on the path to greater fulfillment.

Goal setting is motivational too; it incentivizes us to courageously stretch ourselves, accomplish something new, and build a roadmap for where we want to take our careers.  

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Yes, You’re Marketable. But Are You Likeable?

One of the top qualities hiring managers are looking for today is your ability to work harmoniously with others. Call it a positive attitude, an agreeable personality, or simply: Are you a likeable person? This, believe it or not, is constantly being evaluated by potential employers and colleagues as they assess your candidacy for a job.
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Career Hack: How To Master The Art Of The Follow Up When Job Hunting

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Looking for a new job? Then you have likely experienced one or two frustrating moments – probably more.

Maybe you are waiting for a company to acknowledge receipt of your resume (is that mystifying portal actually a black hole?). Perhaps you’re holding your breath, hoping for news that you have advanced to the next round of interviews. Job hunting can be especially perplexing as we wait for employers to please, please, PLEASE acknowledge our existence.

As they say, the waiting is the hardest part.
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