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It’s super easy to think big in your career. I’m going to achieve thisginormous goal. I’ll develop 100 new skills. I’ll reach the top level in my field.

But the problem we face is that reaching those big goals feels impossible from where we stand today.

So, one resolution I’ve made for myself is to think smaller. Not to say I don’t hold myself to high standards, but I’m allowing myself to take easier, more bite-sized steps to get there.

Want to know how? Here are four things I swore to do every day to improve my career this year—and I promise, they’re so simple you’ll be surprised you don’t do them more often.

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“I’m not so excited about this role...but I have to pay my rent.” “So how much vacation time would I get?” “Honestly? I'm quitting because I hate my boss.” It's crucial to know what not to say at a job interview because one cringeworthy remark can cost you the job. These statements are instant job interview dealbreakers.

I’m Not Good At Working With People:

“Maybe it isn't your number one strength and you prefer working by yourself at times. That is fine. But highlighting that you are a completely independent, autonomous person that can't harmonize and work alongside others is a big red flag. It is impossible to grow a company or do anything by yourself — having an understanding of that on a deeper level is indicative of how someone works and interacts with others.” — Amanda Greenberg, CEO and cofounder of Baloonr

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Are you the right person for the job you are planning to apply or has applied?

If you know the answer of this question, half of your work problem is solved. Unfortunately most of us are not sure of the kind of job that suit us most. It creates work stress and has demoralising affect. One tends to think that he/she is rejected every time in the interview just because of nepotism. That is not always true.

Fortunately if someone gets the job, it is not long lasting. Employees blame environment and employer blames efficiency. Most persons are not consistent with the nature of job they are in. Commerce graduate is applying for marketing, marketing graduate wants a desk job, engineer applies for HR post and so on. If nothing is found, teacher is the best choice. The dilemma of choosing the right job hovers high.

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Credibility is the foundation of leadership. If people don’t believe in the messenger, they won’t believe the message.” In business, if you lack credibility, you may never be able to get a team to follow you and will probably never advance to a position of authority. Let’s face it: If people don’t believe what you say, nothing else really matters.

Your credibility is based on your words and actions. If these two areas of communication are incongruent, your credibility will suffer. So if you are a team member and tell your teammates you will help out but never do, your credibility will diminish as a result.

Whether you’re sharing information or job recognition, if you are not credible, it will be of little consequence. If you expect others to believe what you say, you first have to believe it yourself.

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At some point during your career you will almost certainly be asked the interview question "With so many talented candidates, why should we hire you?"

It is a ridiculous and insulting question, but we can't blame interviewers for asking it because the standard interview script is the only one they know.

The question "Why should we hire you?" is ridiculous because there is no earthly way you could possibly know why they should hire you over any other candidate. They know their business inside and out -- you don't!

The question is insulting because it requires a job-seeker to roll over and play the submissive dog. If companies want to ask job applicants "Why should we hire you?" they should be ready to sell the candidate on their job opportunity just as hard as they want you to sell them on yourself.

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An inflated ego can surface in the most subtle ways. Know the difference between confidence and arrogance so you can do your best creative work. - By Todd Henry

One of the most destructive of creative sins is an over-inflated ego. When many people hear the word “ego,” they immediately think of the know-it-all manager charging into the room and insisting that everyone bend their life and work around his every whim. This is certainly one exhibition of ego, but there are less obvious types that we must be careful to avoid if we want to do our best creative work consistently. 

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Do you like to live your life your way?

Then you must absolutely cultivate the art of not listening. Don’t be fooled by all these lectures on listening that will improve your life by making you more efficient and bringing in more value to your existence. It is absolute baloney. Listening never did any good to anybody. It only brings duties and commitments and who wants any of this?

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Staying motivated is a struggle — our drive is constantly assaulted by negative thoughts and anxiety about the future. Everyone faces doubt and depression. What separates the highly successful is the ability to keep moving forward.

There is no simple solution for a lack of motivation. Even after beating it, the problem reappears at the first sign of failure. The key is understanding your thoughts and how they drive your emotions. By learning how to nurture motivating thoughts, neutralize negative ones, and focus on the task at hand, you can pull yourself out of a slump before it gains momentum.

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You’ve finally decided to quit your job —congratulations!

Maybe you landed a great new gig and you’re moving on to greener pastures. Or, maybe you hate your boss and—let’s be honest—can’t wait to stick it to him with your two weeks’ notice.

But whatever the situation, quitting your job can be awkward and uncomfortable—and if you don’t have a clear plan of action, you might end up burning bridges and sacrificing valuable references down the road.

So whatever’s pushing you out the door, exit the right way: with grace, class, and preparedness. If you’re not sure how to make the big announcement or navigate your last two weeks, don’t worry—I’ve created an easy three-step plan to guide you through it.

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When it comes to your job search, the grass isn't always greener on the other side. In fact, your next career opportunity could be one that's within your existing company.

Depending on your current employer's growth plans, there may be a chance for you to climb the ladder, make a move to another department or perhaps even occupy an entirely new position. Regardless of the circumstances, you may have to undergo a formal interview process – with your current colleagues and HR manager.

"Internal candidates tend to forget that they are still competing for the opportunity," said Marina Konchak, director of human resources for early education franchise THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE . "The ultimate goal is to hire the best possible candidate for the job, so treat the interview just as any other candidate would."

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What is Personality?

The personality is the typical pattern of thinking, feeling, and behaviors that make a person unique.

When we say that someone has a "good personality" we mean that they are likeable, interesting and pleasant to be with.

Everyone wants to be attractive to others. To that end, having a good personality is vital - probably even more so than good looks.

In fact, approximately 85 percent of your success and happiness will be a result of how well you interact with others. Ultimately, it is your personality that determines whether people are attracted to, or shy away from you.

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Professionalism is defined as an individual's conduct at work. In spite of the word's root, this quality is not restricted to what we describe as "the professions," which are typically careers that require a lot of education and have high earnings associated with them. Many cashiers, maintenance workers, and waitresses can demonstrate a high level of this trait, although these occupations require minimal training and employees have modest earnings.

An equal number of doctorslawyers, and engineers—often called professionals—can display very little.

You may wonder if anyone will even notice if you don't demonstrate professional behavior at work. As long as you do your job well, who cares? It turns out your boss, customers, and co-workers do. They will notice if you lack this quality and it could have severe consequences for your career. To discount the importance of professionalism would be a big mistake. It can affect your chances for advancement or even the ability to keep your job.

How can you show your professionalism? Follow these dos and don'ts:

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Self-discipline is one of the most important and useful skills everyone should possess. This skill is essential in every area of life, and though most people acknowledge its importance, very few do something to strengthen it.

Contrary to common belief, self-discipline does not mean being harsh toward yourself, or living a limited, restrictive lifestyle. Self discipline means self control, which is a sign of inner strength and control of yourself, your actions, and your reactions.

Self discipline gives you the power to stick to your decisions and follow them through, without changing your mind, and is therefore, one of the important requirements for achieving goals.

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What can leaders do to manage stress better?

No 1: Recognize the signals of stress. Learn to pay attention to your body’s response to stress. What triggers a feeling of stress and what are your physiological responses? Do you feel your heart rate going up? Do you get hot? Do you clench your jaw? The sooner you recognize that your body is going into stress, the sooner you can do something to manage it.

No. 2: Create a ritual. Make sure you take stress breaks. Get up from your desk and walk around, or get outside for some fresh air. Do some deep breathing, shoulder shrugs, or just close your eyes for one minute. Taking a mental or physical break is an important strategy for dealing with day-to-day stress.

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Tell me about yourself—how to answer this interview questionIt's one of the most frequently asked interview questions: "Tell me about yourself." Your response will set the tone for the rest of the interview—no pressure! This question can be paralyzing, leaving you wondering what it is the interviewer really wants to know. Do they want to know what you did at your last gig? Your soft skills? How you named your cat? Actually, none of the above.

Here's a little secret: When an interviewer says, "Tell me about yourself," he or she really wants to know how your experience is pertinent to the job you're interviewing for.

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When life has got you in a slump, turn to these motivational short stories. Not only is reading them like getting an internet hug for the soul, but they just may spark an idea or a change in you for the better. Read on and get ready to smile.

1. Everyone Has a Story in Life

A 24 year old boy seeing out from the train’s window shouted…

“Dad, look the trees are going behind!”

Dad smiled and a young couple sitting nearby, looked at the 24 year old’s childish behavior with pity, suddenly he again exclaimed…

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Do you want more success in your life? Are you wondering about what it takes to be successful? Here are the “Twelve Priceless Qualities of Success” by Marshall Field that is worth reading...

"Twelve Priceless Qualities of Success:

1. The value of time.
2. The success of perseverance.

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