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5 simple tips for people who hate networking

People love to hate on professional networking: It’s transactional, they say — a drab, white room with people mechanically exchanging business cards. I used to think so, too. Before founding The Muse, I was the world’s worst professional networker. I knew, in theory, that it was important — to get a new job, to get a promotion or advance a career, to make connections or learn ...

How you can tell it’s time for a career change

If work is no longer fulfilling, and you’re thinking about making a move, how do you decide whether you should start a completely new career?

When simply changing your employer is not enough, it may be time, says David Meintrup, MA, a career coach with Phoenix Career Services™ for University of ...

How to build job experience in your career field

While federal statistics show that earning a bachelor’s degree can lead to higher income on average— more than $400 more per week than with a high school diploma — a degree alone is no guarantee you’ll land a good job.

“You really need a combination of education and experience to get hired for ...

Need to manage stress at work? Try these 4 tips

If you’re among the more than one-third of U.S. employees who drag themselves to a stressful work environment every day, take heart.

There are ways to help you deal with your chronic situation, according to Vicki Greenberg, a board-certified family nurse practitioner and nursing ...

Perfecting your elevator pitch

What’s an elevator pitch, and why do you need one?

“An elevator pitch is a 30-second, 90-word marketing tool for job seekers,” explains Eleanor Augur, MA, a career coach with Phoenix Career Services™. “It’s a commercial where you’re the star — you’re selling your skills, ...

5 ways to advance your career as a police officer

You made it through the police academy and are working as a patrol officer. But you have your sights set on being promoted from beat cop to detective — or perhaps one day, even chief of police.

As with many jobs, moving up takes dedication: You need time to learn the ...

How to protect your online personal brand

Corporate brands like Coca-Cola® beverages and Apple® devices convey an instantly recognizable message. But good branding also applies to individual job seekers, says Donna Meldrum, MA, a licensed professional counselor and career coach with Phoenix Career Services™.

Networking with style

The days of looking for posted job openings and then sending out resumés are rapidly falling by the wayside, according to a 2013 Jobvite hiring survey. It found that 94 percent of job recruiters use social networking to search for candidates, and 78 percent of those recruiters have hired based on that approach....

5 things to know about certificate programs

People who are successful in one career and those who change careers often have one thing in common: a willingness to learn new skills to stay relevant in the workplace. In today’s volatile job market, for-credit and noncredit certificate programs are becoming more popular as a way for both types of workers to sharpen their expertise and learn new concepts....

How to discuss difficult subjects with your boss

When it comes to challenging conversations, it might seem like it’s easier to talk to almost anyone other than your boss. But sometimes you must approach your supervisor about a tough subject, such as asking for a raise or requesting time off to handle a personal issue.

Make small talk work for you

Some people become tongue-tied even at the idea of having to make polite conversation at social events or business functions. But small talk is no big deal. By definition, it’s just informal or uncontroversial chatter.

“Keep in mind that you don’t have to divulge your entire life to a person ...

Making happiness at work a habit

Feeling content for eight or more hours a day while you’re on the job might seem like a fantasy. But it doesn’t have to be, says Paul Fornell, MS, a mental health therapist and instructor in the master’s in counseling program  at the University of Phoenix New Mexico Campus.

7 simple ways to build your confidence

Are you shy or easily embarrassed? Does an upcoming job interview or networking event strike fear in your heart? A lack of self-esteem, fear of the unknown or just plain nervousness can hold you back in work and life, but boosting your self-confidence is easier than you think. Here, two experts in positive psychology share their tips for losing insecurities and gaining ...

8 business email etiquette blunders

You probably use email almost every day at work. It’s quick and convenient, but that means it’s also easy to mismanage. Poor email etiquette can make you look unprofessional, rude or just plain clueless. Here, two communications experts share eight common work email faux pas and how to avoid them:  

How to ask for a letter of recommendation

If you’re seeking a job or scholarship or hoping to move on in college to earn an advanced degree, chances are you’ll need letters of recommendation from some of your instructors to accompany your application.

But before you request a letter, there are some key things to bear in mind, ...

5 cool job perks

One of the first things most people typically want to know about a job is what it pays. But what about the fringe benefits?

“For some [prospective employees], the perks may outweigh or complement the salary component of a job offer,” according to Linda Ballard, a director of ...

4 ways to get motivated

Like many people, you’ve probably got a long list of things you’d like to accomplish. But how can you actually achieve at least some of your goals?

“There are lots of different practical tools people can use to help them get motivated,” says Erika Chomina Carter, MA, who teaches an online course about ...

How to remember names

Learning how to recall names can help your career and prevent some embarrassing moments.

Potential clients or customers, as well as employers, might feel insulted if you can’t remember their names, says Marshall Karp, MA, a career coach for ...

5 ways to use HR to your advantage

Sam Sanders, PhD, has watched the human resource game change completely during his long HR career.

“Today’s HR department is less about just hiring and firing and putting out personnel fires,” says Sanders, campus college chair for the School of ...

5 ways to work with a young boss

Don’t worry — you’re not the only worker facing an age gap on the job. According to a survey by CareerBuilder, one-third of U.S. workers have a younger boss. Most of those surveyed said they had no problem working for a younger supervisor. But the situation can be startling at first.

Networking tips for techies

Networking doesn’t just refer to connecting servers. Today’s competitive job market calls for schmoozing — which can strike fear in the hearts of techies.

“[Technical] personalities … are less likely to fit into traditional business circles,” says Troy Tuckett, MS, a software developer and online ...

How to blow a job interview

Human resource professionals have no end of stories about oddball behavior by job candidates, which can run the gamut from prospective employees inviting interviewers out for a drink to bringing pets to interviews.

But an obvious blunder isn’t the only way to ruin your chances of landing a ...

Is your office chair affecting your health?

“We’re a society that wants to be sedentary,” says Vicki Greenberg, a registered nurse practitioner and nursing program instructor at the University of Phoenix Southern California Campus. “We sit and watch TV, look at our computers, play video games. And we spend an awful lot of time in our office chairs.”...

How transparency at work can boost your career

The term “transparency” gets thrown around a lot these days — from people demanding a transparent government to consumers wanting transparency from companies whose goods and services they buy.

But what does it mean at work?...

5 SEO tips for small-business owners

If you create a website for your business but no one knows where it is, can you make a sale? Probably not. Unlike brick-and-mortar stores, websites are hard to stumble upon. If your business doesn’t appear in a search engine results page (SERP) and no one knows your site’s address, customers won’t find you....