You did all the right things: Great résumé, smooth interview, negotiated a higher starting salary. You start your new career like a rock star, but your excitement fades fast. Here are 7 behaviors to get you fired sooner than later. Don’t let these 7 behaviors wreck your career. Negative attitude. A toxic attitude can and will get you fired in an instant. I always tell my daughters that attitudes are contagious, both good and bad. A bad attitude can poison any business and employers will not tolerate it. For example, you complain to everyone about your pay increase. Two comments here: If… View Post

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Women sometimes put their careers on hold or leave their job permanently when they have children because it aligns with family values or makes financial sense. Years go by and family dynamics change. Children grow up and gain independence.  Your time is now your own. If you have been considering going to work or going back to work, here are 13 reasons why you need to work. I promise you will gain the motivation you need to take the next step. Studies show that working longer leads to a longer life. Teaches time management skills. No time to lollygag. I am on… View Post

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Networking is a great way to find a new job or a new client. Networking also has additional benefits such as improving your communication skills and making new friends. I personally love to network, but there are a lot of people who hate it. But it doesn’t have to be scary or stressful. Here is your ultimate guide to networking and tips to get ahead. Networking can be so easy you won’t feel like you are networking at all. Introduce yourself.  No matter the venue, introduce yourself to someone. I remember as soon as I moved to Richmond I walked up to… View Post

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What is Executive Presence and do you have it? I always find it interesting how some people have a “wow” factor. This person captivates an audience with little effort. What is it and is it possible to learn? First things first: Executive presence is a collective based on three major factors: appearance, communication and behavior.  Can executive presence be learned? The experts say absolutely. EXECUTIVE PRESENCE IS ABOUT POWER, POISE AND PRECISION. First Impression – Studies show it takes a quick 7 seconds to make a first impression. Your overall look will be the first impression to your boss, peers… View Post

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Was there a time when you loved your job, but now your days run long and flat? I am a firm believer that you should love what you do. After all, being passionate about your work will result in a long and fulfilling career. So if your lack of interest has you down, maybe a spark is all you need to remember why you loved your job in the first place. Here’s a quick rundown of ways to re-engage. 19 Ways to Re-Engage at Work Be a mentor. Act as a mentor to a younger employee new to the business.… View Post

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