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No matter how happy you are with your job, we're willing to bet that you have no love for your annual performance review. You know that rite of passage that often happens at the end of the calendar year, where you sit down with your manager and determine what you've contributed to the company, if your future goals align, whether you've exceeded expectations — and if a promotion and salary hike are in the cards.

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IT support teams often get inundated with requests from end-users to fix inane issues. These end-users often provide unhelpful or nonsensical information about the problems. Sometimes they get angry. At least these folks that do IT support can see the funny side. Here are a few stories from the Sysadmin subreddit that gave us a laugh this week.

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In some ways, clicking the "submit" button and applying for a job is cathartic. You've put in a lot of hard work to spruce up your resume and cover letter, and frankly, you're kind of over the whole thing. The problem is that for many people, only a few minutes go by before they start thinking about all the things they might've done wrong.

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It's easy to tell your friends to negotiate when they get a job offer. But when it comes to you? There's this nagging little voice that says, "Do not do anything that might ruin this." And while you'd tell your friend to take a deep breath and relax, it's only natural to react like this when it feels like your exciting new position's still on the line.

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You've completed a job interview for your dream job and now you're waiting with bated breath for a call back. What now? Should you sit by idly while you wait for a response? Definitely not. But you need to tread carefully when you follow up after an interview; you don't want to potentially annoy your interviewer and ruin your chances of landing that job. There's a fine line between being enthusiastic and being overly aggressive in getting an answer. Follow these simple post-interview tips to ensure you're putting your best foot forward.

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Cyber Mondays are generally associated with hordes of consumers snapping up electronics, fashion, homeware and other everyday items at heavily discounted prices. But IT professionals can score a bargain too, with a number of online learning portals slashing prices for courses ranging from coding to business skills. Whether you're an IT worker looking to upskill or just someone trying to get into the IT industry, here are a few Cyber Monday deals from learning portals you can sink your teeth into.