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How startups can offer career advancement opportunities to their employees

The job market is tight, and the number of voluntary separations by employees is rising year over year. It's an employees' market, and it's more important than ever to take care of your staff. What does this mean for your startup? To be successful and retain the best employees, you want to put the professional development of your team at the forefront. The most talented workers want to enhance their skills. This is good not only for your team but for your startup. Here's how startups can offer c...
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How to make networking less painful

Most entrepreneurs, business owners and professionals agree that networking is the best way to cultivate business relationships. For those who thrive on attending networking events, they can be an incredibly productive way to gain new clients, find new employees, create strategic partnerships, and make lasting friendships. For those who dread them, networking events can make feel awkward and uncomfortable. And while it can be especially challenging for introverts, even the most extroverted peopl...
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14 ways to gain confidence when you're at a new job and an introvert

Starting a new job is both exciting and stressful. And for some it can feel overwhelming. Leaving a job you're comfortable with to take up a new role can be daunting for anyone and it's especially challenging for introverts. Every new role, workplace, and team requires a period of adjustment and there are always ways we can be more prepared in our first couple of weeks at a new job to feel as comfortable and as confident as possible. Here, career and leadership coach Ellie Nieves how to take int...
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Why you should start some goals in the middle

If you struggle with setting goals and find it even more difficult to achieve them, the problem may not be lack of motivation or willpower. The classic method of setting a  goal with the end result in mind, then working backwards to break it down into actionable steps doesn't work for every kind of goal, says author and entrepreneur Scott Young. While they still require planning, commitment and effort, some goals aren't sequential and it's better not to set the concrete results you wan...
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How to excel as a mentor or mentee

Whether you're a first-time entrepreneur or looking to advance your career, having a trusted mentor who's willing to share their knowledge, skills and experience can boost your personal and professional growth. And there are benefits for the mentor too. Apart from gaining a sense of satisfaction from knowing you're helping someone to achieve their goals, being a mentor also gives you an opportunity to enhance your own leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills. Here, John C. Maxwell sha...
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Suzy Welch: Here's why everything you've been told about mentors is wrong

Mentorship is one of the biggest keys to success at every stage of your career and the right mentor can act as great catalyst to take your career to the next level. The best mentoring often happens when it arises organically and you may already know people who are sharing their knowledge and experience with you. For the best mentorship experience however, you may need to adjust your assumptions about who makes a good mentor, says leadership and career expert Suzy Welch. Here, she dispels so...
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How to find a job that keeps you happy in the long term

A new survey shows hiring decision makers in the U.S. and U.K. are expecting an increase in the number of employees quitting their jobs this year. While dissatisfaction with their current salary is the top reason for wanting to change jobs, career advancement opportunities, workplace culture, benefits and location are also key factors. "While finding another job is often an important catalyst for positive change … job seeking can be time-consuming, stressful and draining," writes Emily Moore. To...
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Five unexpected career resolutions you should make in 2018

Although career advancement is a year-round process, the start of a new year often prompts us think about what we want to achieve during the year ahead. If getting a new job, a raise or a promotion is high on your New Year's resolutions list, an annual check up on the health of your career will help you identify where there's room for improvement and set some goals for the year ahead. When it comes to steering your career in a better direction, Gwen Moran suggests "ditching the typical to-dos an...
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Choosing between job offers? 4 tips for making a decision

Whether you're unemployed, underemployed or discontent with your current position, the phrase 'job seeking' and all of its variants can strike fear into the bravest of hearts. The time spent searching job websites and dealing with repetitive application forms, interviews and networking, can feel utterly soul destroying. Then just when you start thinking there are no suitable jobs to be had, several offers come along at once. Having multiple options can be either a blessing or a curse, depending ...
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20 career-boosting steps you can take before New Year's Eve

The festive season is fast approaching for many of us with December bringing holidays and social time with co-workers, friends and family. As the current year winds down you'll want to make sure your desk is clear before the New Year. This is also a good time for taking stock of your career. By spending some time reflecting on your accomplishments and planning the next chapter in your career, you can hit the ground running in January 2018. Whether you're job hunting or not, the 20...
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