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I have a question for every professional reading this: Do you consider yourself a leader? If your answer to that was "No", it might be time to re-think how you approach your job and your career. Acting like a leader should not just be left to managers and senior leaders. Personally, I’ve never been a believer in hierarchy for hierarchy’s sake. Instead I am a strong advocate for the notion that anyone can be a leader, in any role or position.

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It's the bane of many job hunters' existence: the cover letter. Traditionally, this is attached to a resume and sent out to potential employers. This short letter is meant to give you a platform to tell your potential employer why you're perfect for the job on offer. It's also an institution that was introduced over 50 years ago. In an age where employers barely have time to read a resume, should we just kill off cover letters for good? Let's find out.

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Writing an email isn't so hard, but figuring out how to sign off can be a real challenge. Is 'cheers' too casual? Too pretentious? Too British? Is 'sincerely' timeless and professional, or stodgy and overly formal? We consulted business experts to help list out 26 email sign-offs you should probably avoid.

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Not all negativity in the workplace is a bad sign. Common sense says employees who describe their workplace in negative terms are the ones that are more likely to leave it, but new research shows this isn’t the case. The study identified some forms of negativity are benign and can be tolerated, whereas others are loud and clear warning signs in terms of employee retention. Study participants were asked to describe their past experiences with the organisations they had worked for, both good and bad. What they described sounded a lot like they were talking about romantic relationships. This is important for employers because this means they can apply tools that are used to mend broke relationships for the purpose of staff retention.

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Looking for a new position is one of the most stressful things you'll ever do. Perhaps it's the high stakes behind the search that makes it easy to over-analyse every part of it, especially when it comes to how you respond to the emails recruiters send. I know that before I became a recruiter, I spent way too long trying to write the perfect responses to every single email I received. They had to be perfect, I thought, because there was a job on the line.