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Earlier this week, a teenager working in Canberra was fired from her job for posting that she will vote No in the same sex marriage survey. And I've had a number of people tell me, on condition of anonymity and through their social media accounts, that their employers are pushing a strong view on how staff should vote.

Putting aside the obvious emotion regarding the same sex marriage postal vote, should employers be allowed to coerce you to vote in a particular way or fire you for your views?

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The Microsoft Office suite is the most popular office software on the planet, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that mastering it can give you a sizable edge while you're on the hunt. However, some employers won't give your resume the time of day unless you're backing up your knowledge with the proper certifications, and that's where the Ultimate Microsoft Office CPD Certification Bundle comes in.

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In the course of my work, I speak with representatives from dozens of companies. By and large, these are very clever people but many seem to have forgotten one basic truth. Clear communication is about imparting useful information with the fewest words. That doesn't mean simplifying things to the point where they are meaningless. But it does mean choosing words carefully, and not babbling and over-using jargon.

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A study of the Australian hospitality industry has found casual workers are fearful of reporting bullying to their bosses because they are afraid of losing their jobs. With more an more people entering casual jobs, and as traditional workplace roles change, this is a significant concern.

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A one-on-one job interview is stressful enough. Add three to five other people all sitting across from you and firing questions your way and you have some people's worst nightmare. It's no one's idea of a good time, but with a little preparation and practice, you come across as a confident, excellent candidate despite the intimidating format.

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As the 2017 academic year winds up, there are tens of thousands of students coming into the last few weeks of their high school or university studies. When I was a lad, a degree was pretty much a guaranteed ticket to, if not a life-long career, a pathway into well-paid employment. But things are changing.

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The title of "Project Manager" sounds fairly straightforward, but the truth is these professionals need to be versed in a variety of methodologies and concepts to do their job. That's also why they're able to reel in six-figure salaries for their services. The Pay What You Want: Project Management Bundle can put you on the path to becoming one of these management-savvy pros for a price you get to pick.

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Five years ago, Silicon Valley was rocked by a wave of “brogrammer” bad behavior, when overfunded, highly entitled, mostly white and male startup founders did things that were juvenile, out of line and just plain stupid. Most of these activities – such as putting pornography into PowerPoint slides – revolved around the explicit or implied devaluation and harassment of women and the assumption that heterosexual men’s privilege could or should define the workplace. The recent “memo” scandal out of Google shows how far we have yet to go.

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In the 2015 biography, Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, Ashlee Vance shares the story of how Musk stopped working with his long-time executive assistant in early 2014.

According to Vance, the assistant, Mary Beth Brown, asked Musk for a significant raise after she’d been working with him for 12 years. In response, Musk told Brown to take two weeks off, during which he would assume her responsibilities and see if she was really critical to his success.

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Sure, your LinkedIn profile probably has your bright and cheery face front and centre, inviting people to explore your professional experience, but don't think using the same tactic on your resume will land you a gig in the real world. In fact, some hiring managers would rather you not use any images.

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Over the last couple of days, we've seen an interesting game played out at Google. An unnamed employee has said, in a 10-page memo that was widely circulated at the company, that the reason women are under-represented in IT is because they are psychologically different to men and, therefore, aren't as well suited to the jobs in the tech sector as men.

Now, that man has been fired according to reports today. I want to discuss a few things before coming back to the specific situation at Google.

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Australians will be amongst the first in the world to be be able to pass or accept - the LinkedIn version of swiping left or right - on choosing a mentor using a new LinkedIn service. According to reports, LinkedIn has selected a small group of potential mentors from whom people can choose a potential mentor.

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In "The Assistant Economy," Dissent Magazine analyses the privileged and idiosyncratic career path of "personal assistants" who serve a single high-profile professional, often in a creative field, in a job that often provides no direct promotion opportunities (a movie director can't train you to replace them) but plenty of indirect ones. Here are a few practical tips.

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For students in their last year of high school or those looking to upgrade their academic qualifications, this is a busy time of year. We're well into the pointy end of the year when it comes to preparing for exams. But it's also the time of year when universities and other learning institutions open their doors and show off what they have to offer to prospective students. So, how do you get the most from a university open day?

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It's a job title that has fallen out of fashion but system administrators are a vital part of making sure our applications and servers keep on working reliably. And today is the one day of the year when we acknowledge their efforts. It's SysAdmin Day.

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A recent story (actually, it was a bit of a puff piece to be honest) talks about about Ivy Lim - a 63 year old who just scored her first job in the cybersecurity business. It's a nice story about someone making the leap to a new job in an industry they'd never worked in and a company who saw past the number on her birth certificate. But there are questions worth thinking about. Is the investment worthwhile given the time Lim might spend in the job? And was it a bold move or a desperate one looking for a new job at an age when most are thinking about retirement? Are employers missing out when they bypass more mature candidates?