Dealing with Criticism (Part 1)

"Criticism is something we all have to face. During a performance review, we have to listen as our boss criticizes our work. In meetings, people criticize our ideas. And every day we might hear people criticize us in the staff room and over the phone. We might also hear praise in these situations, but more often than not it’s the sting of criticism that lingers. And let’s face it: hearing people criticize our work, or criticize us, is never really easy."

7 Words You Should Immediately Stop Using to Describe Yourself

"We all know the words we say to others matter. But sometimes we forget that the words we say to and about ourselves are equally important. We need to be careful about the way we describe who we are. If you wouldn't assign a word to a friend or other loved one, you probably shouldn't assign it to yourself, either. Keep scrolling for seven specific words that you should stop using to talk about Y-O-U."

How to Improve Your English Vocabulary (Part 2)

"So, you’ve found some great resources for studying English that suit your purpose. You’ve got a variety of listening and reading material chock full of great words and expressions that you want to learn to use. But how do you do it? How do you take those words and expressions and not only remember them but also make them an active part of your working vocabulary? Well, there are several things to keep in mind, and a few key techniques that you can use, as we’ll see today."

20 Basic Resume Writing Rules That’ll Put You Ahead of the Competition

According to Jody Porowski (photo, left), "If you’re thinking about taking a new step in your career, your resume’s probably high on your mind. When’s the last time you updated it? How will you transfer the skills from your current job or industry to a new one? How will you set yourself apart from other candidates? How long and horrible will this revision process actually be?"

"Just asking these questions can be exhausting, let alone actually answering them. And, if you’re not fresh off the job search, the thought of thinking everything through and creating an interview-worthy resume can be exhausted.

"Fear not! We’ve come up with the 20 basic rules that will get you that much closer to success."

Keep Best Practices from Becoming Limitations for You and Your Team

"Established businesses rely on so-called best practices to retain their market share by limiting risk, but what happens when an established practice isn’t actually the best way to solve a problem?"

Author bio – "Dan Gardner is the co-founder and CEO of Code and Theory, an agency that crafts innovative interactive products and campaigns for leading brands. Code and Theory specializes in the strategy, creative, design, and development of multiplatform products and campaigns."

5 Irrational Thinking Patterns – and How to Start Challenging Them

"If you looked at the contents of your mind, would most of your thoughts be positive, optimistic and accepting, or negative, pessimistic and cynical? An appreciable amount of our sense of well-being is tied to what we think, or the content of our thoughts. Do your thoughts suggest calm and contentment, or anger, disappointment and anxiety?"

"What’s on your mind — or what you think — is determined by how you think — or your thinking patterns. And in fact, certain assumptions and cognitive errors can contribute to an experience of depression and leave people feeling more unhappy about their lives, says psychiatrist and cognitive behavioral therapy pioneer David Burns in his book Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy. These thinking errors may leave one with a poor view of self, no interest in connecting with others, and no desire or energy to pursue goals."

Here’s What to Bring to Your Next Job Interview (Aside from Your A-Game)

"Don’t even think about leaving the house without the company’s address loaded into Google or Apple maps—where you can also get live traffic updates—or jotted down in your phone’s notepad."

"And be sure you know exactly where you should park, . . ."

The Causes and Consequences of ‘Ghosting’ in Today’s Job Market

"Much attention is being given to the increasing number of employees who are quitting their jobs without providing their employers with notice. Also referred to as “ghosting,” recruiters are experiencing a similar trend among candidates who have failed to show up for job interviews or the first day of employment, without so much as a phone call."

"Many blame the recent increase in ghosting on the strength of the labor market, with the unemployment rate dropping to a 49-year low at 3.7% in September and remaining the same in October and November. With the number of job openings far surpassing the number of job seekers, employees and candidates feel a sense of empowerment as the scales tip in their favor. But aside from the numbers and statistics, what is the motivation behind their actions, and what are the consequences?"

Author bio – Mr. Feldmann is Communications Specialist for Insperity Recruiting Services, which specializes in employment branding and recruitment marketing. He is also a member of the Forbes Human Resources Council.

4 Surprising Career Lessons I Learned From Using a Free Resume Builder

"Over the course of my recruiter career, I’ve seen a handful of applications that have made me think, “Geez, this looks like this was generated by a robot.” So, I wasn’t shocked to recently learn free resume builders exist for job seekers who aren’t up for writing one on their own," writes Richard Moy (photo, left) in an article at

"It makes sense—there’s a shortcut for everything on the internet. Yet, I still held fast to my belief that a hand-curated resume’s your best bet for landing a gig you really want. However, before I jumped to a sweeping declaration about how pointless a resume builder is altogether, I decided to try out LinkedIn Labs to see what it came up with. And much to my surprise, I learned a few things about my career through the draft it cranked out for me."

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8 Tips When Speaking in the Line of Fire

"Has this ever happened to you? You feel you're under the gun. It may be a high stakes meeting a job interview, or media appearance. It could be a panel presentation where you freeze in response to a moderator's question. There are times when presenters feel like they're speaking in the line of fire. Scientists at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute published research that indicated that when someone perceives group members as having higher status, it can affect problem solving abilities with a decline in "expression of IQ". What happens in the brain is the amygdala (primitive brain) takes over the pre-frontal cortex (thinking brain). But high pressure situations don't have to derail your presentation."

"Here are 8 tips to stay cool under pressure: . . ."

How to Influence People (Part 1)

"There are many different reasons why you might want to influence people. Maybe you’re trying to get their support for your idea, or maybe you want to inspire them, or maybe you want to convince them to do something. Whatever the case may be, I think you’ll find the techniques we’re going to learn today very useful for winning people over."

Building a Better Vocabulary (Part 1)

"Many students of English have the feeling that they’ve learned pretty much all the grammar they need. Many also feel that they can understand fairly well and speak and write at an acceptable level. But these same people sometimes feel that they’re missing something, and that they say the same things in the same way all the time. In fact, once you’ve reached an intermediate level, vocabulary becomes more important than ever. You need to add more and more words, idioms, and expressions to your stock of language so that you can take the next step up in proficiency. So how can you learn new words? What are the secrets of expanding your vocabulary?"