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Just because you don’t meet all of a job’s requirements doesn’t mean you shouldn’t apply. Most companies list characteristics for their ideal candidate, understanding that no one will realistically check every box. Some qualities are absolute must-haves and some that they’re willing to compromise on, and chances are they don’t advertise which are which. So,… Read more »

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Most hiring managers are too busy to act as a welcoming host as they’re hiring, but it’s an important step. If you’re dismissive or neglectful, candidates will talk. They’ll tell their friends and post reviews about your company. Soon you’ll be a notoriously negative company to work for, no matter how great your perks are. Here’s how you can make sure your candidates are receiving a good experience from you…. Read more »

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The world of programming is always evolving. The programming language you learned when you started your career is probably not what you’re relying on today, so it’s essential to keep practicing and stay up-to-date. The more current you are, the higher the salary you can earn, and the more employable you are. Many companies will… Read more »

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Perhaps the most important thing you can do as a manager is to make your team feel supported. If they don’t feel like you have their backs, your team won’t feel as confident, won’t trust you, and they won’t work as hard for you. They should feel like they have access to the right resources, tools, and training to… Read more »

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It’s easy to get stressed or flustered during a job interview. After all, there’s a lot on the line, and it’s a frustrating, sometimes dead-end venture. But remember that employers want to hire people who are upbeat and enthusiastic—people who can get along with coworkers and bosses and have the mental strength to persevere through any setback. So if you feel… Read more »

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There’s no better place to find inspiration than in a TED Talk. Speakers at these conferences are accomplished, super-knowledgeable, and genuinely inspiring, no matter what industry they’re in. Listen to a TED Talk, and you’ll usually walk away with more information than you know what to do with and the motivation to achieve great things…. Read more »

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We all know that a little activity throughout the day can benefit your body and your mental health. But this isn’t always possible while you’re at work. Fortunately, those smartphones we lug around all day and the computers we sit behind for hours at a time can help with that. There are apps for everything nowadays—for… Read more »

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There are a few red flags when it comes to an insufferable manager. Qualities include micromanager, dictator, and narrow-minded, to name a few. These managers need to show off their authority every chance they get, which would be fine if that’s all it was. Employees could roll their eyes and then go on about their days,… Read more »

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As a job seeker, it’s tempting to put on your best front, cover up your weaknesses and imperfections, and brag about yourself. After all, you want the job, right? You worry that if you’re too honest and they learn about some of your flaws, they won’t hire you. But if you’re not truthful, they won’t trust… Read more »

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As managers, we know that a bad hire can be costly. It hurt your team’s morale, and you have to decide whether to retrain or start over. Retraining costs time and money as does recruiting, hiring, and onboarding a replacement. So it’s understandable that you’re inclined to take your time when hiring. But how many rounds of interviews are enough? Here are some answers. Invest… Read more »