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Use Your Current Employer As Your First Freelance Client

If you’re nervous about making the big jump to freelancing or self-employment, consider this: You might already have a client who’s a fan of your work and willing to pay you for it.


What Should You Do When Your Boss Resigns?

These days, it’s rare to meet someone who’s been in the same position for his or her entire career. While most of us understand that transitioning to another role is a near-certain eventuality for any professional, we often forget the fact that bosses move on, too. The following advice should prove handy when your fearless leader decides to jump ship.


Introduce Yourself Solo When Starting A New Job For Better Name Retention

If you’ve ever been the new person in an office, chances are you’ve done the dreaded introductory lap where your manager drags you from cubicle to cubicle to meet a sea of strangers. In these circumstances, you rarely remember their names or what they actually do, making for awkward conversations in the office kitchen. Here’s a way to make the whole process a little less painful.


Career Spotlight: What I Do As A Social Worker

We all like to think that we do what we can to make the world a better place and help people in need, but some people choose to make a career of it. Social workers labour tirelessly to help those who need it, without much glamor or glory.


This Chart Shows How Important Networking Is To Finding A Job

It seems like it would be common sense by this point that networking — that is, building a real professional network — is the key to getting a great job. Yet still, employers and job hunters both start and end a lot of their hunt with job listings. This chart shows just how important networking is.


Use Your Inexperience To Think More Creatively Early In Your Career

When you’re new and inexperienced in a field, it probably feels like your lack of experience is a shortcoming. While that can sometimes be true, it also puts you in a unique position that can allow you to be more creative than your old guard counterparts.


Ask LH: Can I Get My Boss To Pay For My Education?

Dear Lifehacker, I had a hard time studying when I was younger, I lacked commitment and wanted to get straight into the workforce. I have a full-time job at a media company, and while I have a good technical knowledge, I am noticing a lot of gaps and I think a lack of formal qualification is a factor. After discussing it with my other half, she suggested that I try to convince my boss to pay, or help to pay, for a formal qualification. How can I convince my boss to help me out with study? And are there any tax breaks I can take advantage of?


Career Spotlight: What I Do As An Anesthesiologist

It’s easy to take for granted the precision with which modern medicine can manage and alleviate pain, whether you’re put under for surgery or in recovery. Anaesthesiologists have a joke about that: anyone can put you to sleep, but it takes an anaesthesiologist to wake you back up.


Career Spotlight: What I Do As A United States Diplomat

I imagine diplomats travel the world in James Bond-like attire while swilling martinis, but the truth is they probably spend more time looking for a phone charger that works with the local power outlets than they do mingling with the elite. Advocating for international cooperation in far-flung places is difficult and often unsung work.


This List Has Great Ways To Spend A Layover In Popular US Airports

If sitting on a plane isn’t boring enough, sitting in the airport for a long layover will put you to sleep. With proper planning, though, you can actually have a little fun while you wait. If you’re ever stuck in a US airport, this list can help you plan.


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