Avoid Discussing Your Personal Finances When Asking For A Raise

If you’re looking for a salary bump, avoid discussing your personal finances with your boss when you make your case. It can be tempting to bring up ever-increasing housing prices child care costs, or even inflation — but ultimately, your case should be based on your work and achievements, not personal needs.


Career-Wrecking Social Media Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them)

Whether you’re a marketing manager or an engineer, social media is an essential part of growing your career today. After all, social media is a great place to establish your technical savvy and your industry expertise, just by retweeting the right people and posting helpful articles. Even people who do jobs that are located far away from the marketing and sales departments at the very minimum need a LinkedIn profile to stay in touch with recruiters and update links to portfolios.


Seek Out Problems At A New Job To Advance Your Career

When you start out at a new job, your first instinct might be to blend into the woodwork and not rock the boat. Instead, actively seek out problems you can solve and you’ll get better work projects.


Look Out For A Hidden Test At Your Next Job Interview

Job interviews, on the surface, seem like a simple exchange of questions and answers. Some employers include hidden tests, though, that can tank your job opportunities if you handle them badly.


Find A Common Thread To Tie Unrelated Jobs To Your Career Plans

It’s no fun to sit in an interview and have someone ask about a temporary job or gig you took to pay the bills that’s unrelated to your career goals. It can feel difficult trying to explain it away, but the key is to find a common element that ties it to your plans without dismissing it as “just a temp job”.


Volunteer Between Jobs To Fill Gaps On Your Resume

Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills, but it can also fill in large gaps in your resume between jobs.


Set A Time Limit For Tomorrow's Workday Before You Leave The Office

As the workday draws to a close, we often stay just a little bit longer to get a few things done. Set a hard limit on how long you’ll stay at work the night before.


How To Ace A Job Interview Over Email Or Skype

As remote working environments become more common, the interview process often involves never meeting your recruiter in person — instead, you’ll do the interview over email or video chat. And because the medium is different from talking face-to-face, you need to adapt and use new strategies to ace that interview and land the job.


Invite Seven People To A Meeting To Make Efficient Decisions

Stop inviting unnecessary people at meetings to stop wasting time — common knowledge, right? Well, apparently there’s a magic number to how many people you should have: seven, according to the book Decide & Deliver: 5 Steps to Breakthrough Performance in Your Organization.


Why Big Data Won't Solve All Our Health Challenges

Talking up the power of big data is a real trend at the moment and Google founder Larry Page took it to new levels this month by proclaiming that 100,000 lives could be saved next year alone if we did more to open up healthcare information.