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Disconnected: 3 Surefire Signs Your Web Presence Isn’t Cutting It

Key red flags to stay away from on the Internet

Here are key red flags that you need to upgrade your Internet profile.

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Style Suite: Show Your Coworkers Who’s Really Wearing the Pants

Spark major office glam with matchstick pants

Matchstick pants, in a variety of prints, colors and fabrics, are flattering on most body…

By Kéla Walker

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Do We Really Have to Give Up Culture for Ultimate Career Success?

I'd beg to differ, but in reality, it's up to us to choose the yay or nay

Whether it’s our name, mannerisms, interests, or values, is it necessary to sacrifice the cultural…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Leadership in Africa: How One Drifter Strengthened Adaptability and Ingenuity

Take a cue from this traveler on how to role with the punches

Take a cue from this traveler’s trip to Equatorial Guinea on how to adaptability and…

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If the Job Doesn’t Fit, You Must … Well … Quit

How to find not just any job---but the right career move

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Ninety thousand. That’s amount of hours the average person spends at work over a…

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Surviving the Grunt: How to Put Short-Term Pride to the Side for Long-Term Wins

Want to end up the top dog? Bite that bullet and do the work

Sometimes grunt work is your stepping stone to gaining trust and respect, leading to major…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Style Suite: 5 Key Pieces to Channel ‘Scandal’ Chic

Add these items to your closet for the authoritative power look

Be inspired by Kerry Washington’s fiercely stylish ‘Scandal’ character and create the perfect professional look…

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: Channel ‘Scandal’s’ Olivia Pope for Undeniable Office Chic

Be inspired by power looks that get you respect you deserve

Get your power look on and be inspired by Kerry Washington’s chic authoritative style on…

By Kéla Walker

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LOL, LMBO, TTYL: 3 Steps to Breaking Bad Communication Habits

Remember real-life, long-form dialogue? It's still important for career success

Remember real-life dialogue? Well, the rules for texting and tweeting don’t apply. Gift of gab…

By Jamie Harrison

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Cube Newbie: 5 Surefire Ways to Make it Past Probation

Stay away from habits that could land you on unemployment

You’ve landed the gig but you still have to show and prove. Stay away from…

By Jamie Harrison

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Style Suite: Go Red and Wear the Color of Confidence at Work

Make a bold, yet polished statement with crimson

Crimson is not only a color of confidence, but it can be worn in the…

By Kéla Walker

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Facebook Addict: 6 Reasons You’re Web Surfing Instead of Working

Kick that habit so you can keep your job and boost productivity

Your addiction to the “Like” button could cost you your job. Here’s how to kick…

By Jamie Harrison

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Lost Time, Lost Money: 4 Ways You Tend to Waste Both in the Workplace

Steer clear of these productivity leeches during your work day

Here are four ways you’re wasting time— and money— while in the office and how…

By Jamie Harrison

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How A Master’s Degree Can Further Your Career

Fill the gap on your resume

Fill the gap on your resume

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LUST: Thou shall dress and act according to the position you desire, not the one you have. It goes back to piece of old school advice: You never dress for the role you have; you dress for the role you want. "I think the younger generation tends to fall a little short on the presentation piece because prior to entering the workforce, their world is a very relaxed environment," Granville says. "You have to plan for your career wardrobe. You want people to see the talent you bring to the table and not be a distraction."

Young & Winning: Top 4 Assets Millennials Bring to the Job Market

Use age to your advantage, not as a hindrance to success

Here’s how being the young’n in the cube can be more of an advantage than…

By Jamie Harrison

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Looking Like a Bag of Money: Can the Way You Dress Affect Your Career?

'Never judge a book by its cover' just doesn’t generally apply in the office

Remember the saying, “Never judge a book by its cover”? While we would like to…

By Jamie Harrison

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COMMITMENT: People believe in those who are committed and stand through adversity, according to Horsager. For a business owner looking to build a loyal customer base must also demonstrate loyalty to his or her employees, as well as clients. He says the US automakers showed bad judgment with regards to this pillar. “All of our great-grandparents that worked there for 40 years and then they got fired two years before their pension kicked in,” he says. “You lost commitment in these people; how are [customers] going to stay committed to you?”

Multiple Personalities: How to Lead a Diverse Team to a Common Goal

Use these management tips to unify staff with diverse traits

Amy Gallo, management consultant and Harvard Business Review contributing editor, offers tips to managing multiple…

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Ambitious Girl: Are Women Now More Career Oriented Than Men?

Study says young female professionals more likely to be on fast track

Study: Two-thirds of young women age 18-34 reported that having a successful career was at…

By Jamie Harrison

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To Do or Not to Do?: Talking Politics in the Workplace

What to do when everyone's political two cents ends up in your piggy bank

The general rule of thumb is to stay mum, but what happens when everyone’s two…

By Jamie Harrison

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Whether blazers, shoes or simple accessories like scarves, every working diva can add a bit more pow to her power look. Try these key pieces to give your fall wardrobe a boost. ---Kéla Walker 

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Style Suite: 5 Animal-Print Pieces to Add Flair to Your Power Look

Add some spice to your fall wardrobe with leopard and snakeskin

Add these picks to your wardrobe to make a bold yet polished statement in the…

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Get Into This: Job-Seeking Gains for Women Means Keep Pushing Ladies

Take advantage of prime moment where unemployment is declining

Now is a prime time to take advantage of what experts are saying is a…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You: How to Handle Job Rejections

Every 'no' leads to an eventual 'yes,' so stay positive and persistent

Here’s three simple ways to ward off the Job Seeker Blues. You’ll get your dream…

By Jamie Harrison

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Yandy Smith: Good Credit Equals Bigger and Better Boss Moves

Hustlepreneur talks importance of building a good financial rep early

Reality TV star and hustlapreneur Yandy Smith talks good credit with beauty entrepreneur Sabrina Carson…

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How to Draft a Resume They Can’t Say No To

Winning factors that can lead to more open doors

These creative factors will mean the difference between a job offer and a rejection.

By Jamie Harrison

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Top 3 Inadvertent Job Interview Flubs by Young Professionals

Stay away from these not-always-so-obvious employer turn-offs

Stay away from these not-so-obvious flubs that could turn off a recruiter or prospective employer.

By Jamie Harrison

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Style Suite: Take That Office Look from Professional to Play

On-the-go fashion for those after-five power moves

Being an on-the-go fashionista means no time to change for those after-work events. Here’s how…

By Kéla Walker

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Hello, Nicki Minaj: It’s Best to Make Allies with Seasoned Pros, Not Enemies

Tirade mirrors generational gap and a need for young bosses to take the high road

Recent footage of a spat with Mariah Carey lends lesson on generational gaps and humility…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Trashed: 4 Cover Letter Mistakes that Lead to the Delete Key

Gain the competitive edge by staying away from these faux pas

Stay away from these age-old red flags that turn recruiters and prospective employers all the…

By Jamie Harrison

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6 Money-Making Seeds Top Leaders Plant for Fruitful Teams

Infusing mentorship with diversity can ensure growth and loyalty

With mentorship and diversity at the core, successful managers can encourage an environment of innovation,…

By Amanda A. Ebokosia

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Top Free Sites to Boost Your Professional Profile

Simple and essential Web tools to help you stand out from the pack

Use these savvy Web tools when marketing yourself to prospective clients and employers.

By Jamie Harrison

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Get Your (Professional) Life: ‘Tamar & Vince’ Lessons on Power Positioning

Hubby of Braxton reality star shows value of pumping those career breaks

Tamar Braxton is known for dramatic antics and star quality. In her latest show, with…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Ladies, Staying Mum Just Cost You Millions

When it comes to rightful pay, closed mouths don't get fed

Author and Carnegie Mellon University professor says women don’t speak up enough to get what…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Get Into This: No Job Doors Opening? No Choice But to Build Your Own

Take a cue from Spike Lee's journey and make some radical boss moves

Take a page from Spike Lee’s career book: If doors are closed, take a radical…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Throwing (Age) Shade: 4 Power Plays for Young Professionals

Don't let insecurities about your age lead to loss of confidence

As a young professional, you can demand— and get— respect in the office with these…

By Jamie Harrison

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Why Waiting to Have a Child Isn’t a Bad Idea

There are plenty of economic reasons to wait

There are plenty of economic reasons to wait

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Stacey Ferguson: Chief Curator of Blogalicious Has Bold Ideas, Plans

The digital entrepreneur has advice for future online titans

The digital entrepreneur has advice for future online titans

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Boss Moves: Three Dynamic Elements of an Attractive Workplace

MillerCoors program infuses networking, diversity and employee engagement

As a leader at your company, take a cue from the elements in MillerCoors’ program…

By Janell Hazelwood

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3 Motivating Resources to Recharge Your Day

Power professionals share their favorite motivational downloads

Here are some favorite podcast picks from professionals who capture the day and make major…

By Janell Hazelwood

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How to Get Over Your Fear of Public Speaking

Have you always avoided speaking in public because you get so nervous?

Here’s what you can do to conquer your fear.

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Belle of the Boardroom: Love Adviser Expands Brand to Professional Coaching

Demetria Lucas offering career advice to working women

Demetria Lucas, enterprising journalist and founder of ABelleInBrooklyn.com, expands her brand from relationship guru to…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Quitting Your Job to Pursue a Lifestyle Business

Choose the career that's best for you!

Choose the career that’s best for you!

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Get Into This: Instead of Grad School, Do Some Real Footwork

Aggressively connect with your network face-to-face

Author and nonprofit professional Rosetta Thurman suggests a lightbulb alternative: Aggressively connect with your network…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Get Into This: 4 Free Savvy Job Search Apps

On-the-go resources make getting that gig so much easier

Check out these four free app resources to make your job search that much easier…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Cool Jobs That (Surprisingly) Pay Six Figures

Check out other options for maximizing salary potential

Take a look at top careers where you can earn major bucks without a law…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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3 Reasons Head Hunters are a Good Option

Try recruiter services to maximize your job search

Career coach and recruitment veteran Rich Jones offers tips on just how to maximize head…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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5 Leadership Lessons From Michelle Obama

Take a cue to learn how you can boost your motivation profile

This style and political icon exudes top exemplary leadership traits as described in the Businessweek…

By Amanda A. Ebokosia

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Career Tip of the Week: Prep for Your Next Season

With cold weather soon to come, take care of what's important today

Cold weather will soon usher in fall, and with that you wan to be prepared…

By Janell Hazelwood

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11 Tips That Will Change the Way You Look at Grad School

How to best leverage your experience in graduate school

How to best leverage your experience in graduate school

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From Prison to the Boardroom: A Story of Career Success

CEO Tracey Syphax: 'Entrepreneurship saved my life'

Tracey Syphax, CEO of Capitol City Contracting Inc. overcame the stigma of serving prison time…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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How You Can Use Your Blog for Job Search

Creative ways to maximize employment opportunities

A blog can be more than just a Web journal or gossip rag. You can…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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New Grads: How You Can Get a Career Jumpstart

Use these tips to land the job of your dreams

If you’re a newbie on the job market, here are a few tips to help…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Online Job Fairs: Viable Option for Disabled Job Seekers

Convenience of the Web offers prime career opportunities

Opportunities for disabled job seekers to network and land your dream gig are just a…

By Janell Hazelwood

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How to Recover from a Career Blunder

You can come back after a major professional setback

We are have our low moments. Here are some tips to help you rebound after…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Creative Resumes: 3 Job-Seeking Blunders

Don't go too far left with your professional pitch

It’s OK to stand out among other job seekers, but don’t go too far when…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Intern Chronicles: Senior Gears Up to Take on the News Industry

Building a solid body of experience, Ryan Arrendell stays on the grind

Ryan Arrendell, a journalism student at Northwestern University, build up a solid body of experience,…

By Dominique Hobdy

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Intern Chronicles: Graduate Finds Career Clarity and True Purpose

Former financial services intern decided to take another route

Howard University graduate Moriah Thomas, candidly talks about her journey to realize her true career…

By Dominique Hobdy

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Out Sick: 5 of the Most Bizarre Excuses

Managers and professionals talk eyebrow-raising reasons for absences

Managers and professionals recall the most creative— and sometimes embarrassing— reasons employees cite for being…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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3 Ways Freelancers Can Upgrade Their Value

Make yourself competitive and set better rates

Here’s how freelancers can set a rate that is competitive and make a good living…

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Intern Chronicles: Student Takes Leap Into Luxury in the Fashion Capital

Victoria Adesanmi got prime opportunity in highly competitive retail market

Victoria Adesanmi relocated to New York to pursue an opportunity to intern for Henri Bendel,…

By Dominique Hobdy

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Intern Chronicles: Media Student Expanded Success Second Time Around

Sekou Bah went back for more learning and experience--- and got it

Intern Sekou Bah expanded his network and experience by returning to BET’s New York marketing…

By Dominique Hobdy

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Dreadlocks vs. Corporate America: Real-Life Stories of Making the Choice

Two professionals stood by their hairstyles --- with no regrets

These two professionals decided cutting their hair to conform to Corporate America standards just wasn’t…

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Intern Chronicles: Newbie Discovers Promising Career Path

Young professional gains understanding and respect for government work

Sharing his experience for Intern Chronicles, Cameron Weathers was a newbie intern for the City…

By Dominique Hobdy

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Yandy Smith: Getting Back on the Grind After Giving Birth

Star manager returns to boss moves after welcoming baby Omere

Yandy Smith, entertainment manager and ‘Love & Hip Hop’ star, talks returning to business after…

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How to Attract Top Talent to Your Company Without Breaking the Bank

Incentives and creative leadership are keys to retaining best of the best

You can invest in your best employees without breaking the bank by being innovative and…

By Marjorie Perry

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Winning Strategy to Go from Employee to Boss

Take these steps to start your own business

Take a cue on how to transition from employee to boss from this winning strategy…

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How to Make Office Competition Work for You

Staying on your toes can mean awesome career growth

Take on these tips, from writer Alexis Thompson, on how you can make competition in…

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7 Steps to Build and Market the Brand That is You

Uniworld Group CEO offers tips on creating a stellar professional profile

Monique Nelson, CEO of Uniworld Group, gives tips on how to create a unique professional…

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7 Deadly Sins of Management Professionals

Don't let these vices derail your team--- and career--- success

As a manager, appropriate leadership is key. Stay away from these common power vices in…

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7 Deadly Sins of Professional Communication

Whether digital or verbal, stay away from these common vices

Try steering clear of these seven communication vices, ensuring your successful career advancement.

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This week, we start our 7 Deadly Sins series, where we cover top mistakes, blunders and snafus of the office, from fashion to communication to management. Follow our series to ensure you don't make the same mistakes, and find ways to correct yourself if you have.

Office ethics and fashion choices can be tricky topics on their own. Put them together and it can easily create a major problem. Dressing for the office doesn’t have to be all work and no play. The key is finding that balance, and making sure that you’re sending the  right message. “Overall, one should really be concerned with how they  present themselves and how they represent the brand, meaning whoever you  work for,” says Shawn Outler, a Macy’s vice president.

BlackEnterprise.com spoke further with Outler to get insight on the top office attire vices and how not to commit professional style offenses. ---Dominique Hobdy

7 Deadly Sins of Office Fashion

Avoid these vices when it comes to your workplace look

Shawn Outler, a vice president at Macy’s, talks top office fashion vices and how to…

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#GT2012: Jodi Brockington Brings Her Networking Game to The Challenge

The mission of this "Master Connector": Making a difference, having fun and bringing as many "Friends of Jodi" as she can along for the ride

Attending the Black Enterprise Pepsi Golf & Tennis Challenge for the eleventh time, Jodi Brockington…

By Mia N. Hall

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7 Deadly Sins of Senior Professionals

Top vices that can derail workplace success of seasoned workers

Wanda Jackson, a senior vice president at The National Urban League — and a 20-year…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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This week, we start our 7 Deadly Sins series, where we cover top mistakes, blunders and snafus of the office, from fashion to communication to management. Follow our series to ensure you don't make the same mistakes, and find ways to correct yourself if you have.

When it comes to entering the workforce, the millennial generation are faced with many challenges. On one hand, they’re eager, determined and tech-savvy. On the other hand, they’ve been labeled as arrogant, pushy know-it-alls.

BlackEnterprise.com talked with two experts on the top seven vices that can facilitate a young professional's career downfall: Calvin Harris Jr., president of Harvin Consulting L.L.C. and Millette Granville, author of The Exceptional Leader:A Quick Guide to Personal Branding and Leadership Development (AuthorHouse; $12). Take heed as Harris and Granville give ways to improve your strategy for ultimate success. ---Jamie Harrison

7 Deadly Sins of Young Employees

These vices could derail a millennial's career early

Experts weigh in on top vices that can facilitate a young professional’s career downfall and…

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5 Ways to Stay Motivated … Even When Those Around You Aren’t

Use these steps to put your career in overdrive

Take these steps to remain motivated at your job, even when others around you are…

By Jamie Harrison

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Leadership Incentives: How to Boost Your Team Morale and Loyalty Today

Three vital factors that contribute to ultimate company success

As a leader, learn how to streamline processes and offer incentives to make your role…

By Marjorie Perry

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Careers in Faith: Twitter Followers Sound Off On Finding Your Calling

Experts weigh in on professional purpose, ministry and fulfillment

Black Enterprise Twitter followers weighed in on finding one’s calling, as experts gave their insights…

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6 Career Lessons From Your Workout Routine

Holistic Health Coach Suncear Scretchen applies fitness tips to help with career goals.

Holistic Health Coach Suncear Scretchen applies fitness tips to help with career goals.

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6 Steps to Tap Into Your Awesome Creativity

Real-life tips from the masters of innovation: artists

Take these steps to strengthen your creativity to perk up your innovation juices in the…

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How To Blog Your Way Out Of That Entry-Level Job

Here are three tips on how to skip an entry level job by blogging

Here are three tips on how you can skip an entry level job by blogging

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Top 10 Highest-Paying Jobs That Require No Advanced Degree

Earn premium salaries with an associate's or vocational training

You don’t have to spend years in school to earn a premium salary. Here are…

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Charismatic Leadership: 5 Steps to Boost Your Career Success

Strengthen your "it" factor for ultimate achievement

Charismatic leadership. It’s that dynamic, magnetic “it” factor. Some have it, and some don’t. Here’s…

By Amanda A. Ebokosia

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The Perfect Guide to Landing a Seasonal Job

Enjoy the luxury of flexibility and travel with these types of gigs

You can enjoy the flexibility of seasonal work, where you can travel, diversify your job…

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No. 2: Arts. Aspiring artists will face an 11.1% unemployment rate. Generally, non-technical majors have a significantly higher rate of unemployment.

College Degrees with the Highest Unemployment Rates

Here is a list of the top 7 college degrees with the highest unemployment rate in the country at the moment.

Here is a list of the top 7 college degrees with the highest unemployment rate…

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Feminine Wiles: Why You Shouldn’t Use What You Got to Get What You Want

Using your mind--- not your body--- can reap better professional results

For some women, using feminine assets is neither unusual or uncommon for career advancement. One…

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Join Our Twitter Chat on Careers in Faith and Religion!

We talk balancing careers and ministry with Rev. Deborah Martin and Anthony Bradley, Ph.D.

On Monday, July 23 we chat with the Rev. Deborah Martin and Anthony Bradey, Ph.D.…

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3 Summer Productivity Killers

Beat those warm-weather urges to get lazy

Summertime can mean slacking off for some workers, but don’t get caught up in that…

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What a Cliché: 5 Most Overused Resume Phrases

Get rid of rhetoric and get to the tangible job skills

Overused resume cliches and buzz phrases can be a turnoff for employers looking for tangible…

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Can’t Find a Job? Going Back to School May Not be Best Idea Either

Restrategizing your search before reinvesting in school might be a better option

If you’re having difficulty in your job search, seeking an advanced degree may not be…

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Careers in Faith and Religion: Reverend Infuses the Power of Femininity in Ministry

Deborah M. Martin paves her own way and seeks to empower other women

The Rev. Deborah M. Martin embraces uniqueness and femininity in her ministry, serving as an…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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7 Awesome Jobs You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Perfect picks for the nontraditional job seeker

Of course the traditional career paths prevail, but these jobs are for the job seeker…

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Entertainment Manager Yandy Smith Talks Value of Black College Experience

Former 'Love and Hip Hop' star's undergrad journey sparked future success

For ‘Love and Hip Hop’ star and entertainment manager Yandy Smith, a valuable experience at…

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How Your Office Design Could be Bringing You Down

Decor adjustments could improve your mood---and productivity

Sometimes your drive to do well at work can be linked to your surroundings. Changing…

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Boss Quiz: What Type of Leader Are You?

Find out your powerhouse boss profile

From hip-hop mogul Jay Z to entrepreneurial prodigy Tina Wells, find out what leadership qualities…

By Dominique Hobdy

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Not a Fan of Self-Promotion? Here’s How to Advance Anyway

Even if you shy away from the limelight, it's good to be on the radar

Even if you’re not into the limelight, a little self-promotion doesn’t hurt in the workplace.…

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Careers in Faith and Religion: A Woman’s Story of Balancing Ministry and Entrepreneurship

Businesswoman seeks equality in both enterprise and spiritual path

Aisha Taylor, minister and entrepreneur, accepted what she says was a calling to preach and…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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5 Reasons Summer is the Best Time for Your Job Search

Take advantage of the perks of this season to find ultimate success

The daylight hours are longer and there’s more time to execute the best strategy. Summer…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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How to Innovate Within Your Company

If you're leadership-oriented, intrapreneurship is perfect for you

You can be an entrepreneur without leaving your full-time gig. Try intrapreneurship to tap into…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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3 Reasons Being A Brown-Noser Can Backfire

Sucking up to superiors can oftentimes do more bad than good

Sometimes sucking up in the office and do more harm than good.

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A Smarter Way to Update Your Resume

Key things to consider before adjusting a very important document

A resume is more than just a piece of paper full of experience. Here’s how…

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Fraternizing with Coworkers: Going Beyond the Water Cooler

Find balance between being a cubicle hermit and overzealous social climber

Observe the benefits and downfalls of fraternizing with coworkers and how you can manage interoffice…

By Jamie Harrison

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Ready to Be Your Own Boss? Here’s Your To-Do List

Before you make the leap, create a plan to ensure your success

If you’ve made up your mind and decided to pursue self-employment, be sure to follow…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Top 7 Careers for Professionals with the Gift of Gab

If you're good at communications, these are the jobs for you

If your strong suit is communications, these are the jobs for you. The gift of…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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6 Steps to Taking the Leap Into A Totally New Career

Find the courage and start today pursuing your professional purpose

You can overcome fear and complacency by taking that first step toward your professional purpose.…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Toxic Management: 5 Signs of Passive Aggressive Leadership

In the office, direct authority can ensure effective team performance

Here are five signs of passive aggressive management and how you can either correct it…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Top 10 Questions to Ask During a Job Interview

Don't leave without getting key insights about a prospective employer

Before you leave the job interview with the thought that you aced it, here are…

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Workplace Wallflower: 5 Career Success Tips for Introverts

Ways to shine in the office and overcome shyness

Here’s how you can shine in the workplace even if your personality isn’t aggressive or…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Looking Back: Yandy Smith Talks New Ventures and Advantages of Love & Hip Hop

As new season begins with new Atlanta cast, a legacy of greater brand exposure continues

As a new season of Love & Hip Hop hits Atlanta, debuting June 18, we…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Three Things OKC Can Teach Employers About Young Professionals

With motivation and mentorship, newbies can help take companies to the top

Take a page from NBA Finals team Oklahoma City Thunder on how to motivate and…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Top 4 Tips for Multitasking at the Office

How to make the most of your hours at work

Hey, maybe there’s not enough time in the day. Here’s how to make the most…

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Seldom in life does anyone rise to the top without paying their dues first. No matter what level you’re at in your career, your job will probably include some form of menial tasks. “Chances are many of the tasks that make you mutter, ‘Why do I have to do this?’ won’t go away with your first (or second, or third) promotion,” Winters says. “Suck it up and realize that everything is a learning opportunity. Then, look forward to the parts of your job that you enjoy.”

From the Mouths of Mentors: Top 4 Mistakes Recent Grads Make on the Job

Avoid these common mishaps to find continued career success

Professionals and career experts weigh in on factors that can contribute to a recent grad’s…

By Jamie Harrison

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Leadership: 5 Steps to Upgrading Your WOW

Innovation and expansion is key in remaining on top of your career game

Here’s how to upgrade your “WOW” or Way Of Working, to ensure you continue to…

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5 Toxic Beliefs That Ruin Careers

You could be shortchanging your success with these mental hangups

Oftentimes, people who hold these beliefs shortchange their own success. Find out whether you embody…

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Leadership: 6 Steps to Putting Your Vision Into Action

Take a cue from an entrepreneur who implemented a 90-day challenge to jumpstart success

In 90 days, you can be on the path to reaching your career and life…

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6 Habits of Stand-Out Employees

With these actions, you'll ensure your presence is memorable

Here are actions that every memorable employee takes to stand out among the pack.

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If you’re an artist with a unique idea or a project, it can be difficult to secure funds you need to get your project off the ground. But there's good news: The art world is always open to new ideas and finding money for your projects, and while, time consuming, tapping into the resources available can be worthwhile. Below are four top options for artists to find financing for their projects. --- Sirita Wright

4 Funding Resources for Professional Artists

How to finance your professional passion for your next masterpiece

Here are top resources to ensure you won’t be a starving artist as you follow…

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6 Reasons You Should Stay on Your Career Path

Don't let a workplace rut cause you to do a total 360

Don’t let a workplace rut get you down. It may not be your industry that’s…

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Skip the objective. Objectives are outdated and rarely used in today’s world of professional resume writing. The purpose of the objective was to tell employers what you were seeking, i.e. “a challenging sales position.” Instead, the objective has now been replaced with a career profile or a summary of qualifications which tells employers exactly what you have to offer, i.e. “accomplished professional with 10 years sales experience.” Your resume should include a concise yet quality career profile which clearly indicates what you have to offer, rather than just what you desire. Employers are far more attracted to a candidate who actually brings something to the table.

Startup Savvy: 5 High-Paying Opportunities for Job Seekers

You don't have to be a technie to land a gig at the next Facebook

You don’t have to be a technie to land a gig at the next Facebook.…

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My Cool Stem Career

The truth is that a STEM degree is whatever you make of it. If you’re…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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New Kid in the Cube: Recent Grads Share Real-Life Career Advice

Tips on leadership and career advancement for young professionals

Young professionals from across the nation talk lessons they’re learning about leadership and career success…

By Jamie Harrison

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7 Steps to Getting a Promotion

Make strategic power moves in the right direction

Use this seven-step strategy to position yourself for a power move in the right direction.

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The Best — and Worst — Body Language Cues in the Office

Be sure to be conscious of the unspoken message your sending in the workplace

A story can be told using no words, whether it’s through a weak handshake or…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Free!! Books of the Week – Career Advancement

Enter to win books that help you focus on career advancement.

Choose from an array of book bundles geared towards advancing your career and building a…

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Kevin Liles Offers Valuable Assessment for Today’s Professionals

Tool provides vital insight on career strengths, weaknesses, purpose

Music executive-turned-entrepreneur urges youth to find best career that suits their talents and purpose.

By Janell Hazelwood

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Mark of a Leader: 5 Steps to Keeping Your Cool While Under Pressure

Music manager and entrepreneur Yandy Smith details tried-and-true tactics

Music manager and entrepreneur Yandy Smith details tried-and-true tactics that helped in her rise to…

By Yandy Smith

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Dangerous Deferment: Are You Running From Your Goals?

Top ways to avoid regret and make your career dreams reality

These are top ways to overcome fear and get rid of procrastination in pursuing career…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Mr(s) Disgruntled: They’re Ruining Their Professional Brands — and Your Company

How you can avoid the effects of disgruntled employees

Corporate management consultant Kathleen Brush talks angry employees and how managers can benefit from providing…

By Janell Hazelwood

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5 Sure-Fire Ways to Be Happier at Work

These scientifically-proven steps will ensure a positive workday

These five steps are scientifically proven to contribute to a happier workday.

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12 Traits of a Successful Employee at a Startup

What to consider when working for a newbie company

If you’re an employee at a company that’s new to the game, here are a…

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Office Shade: 6 Things to Consider When Dealing with Workplace Politics

Learn to navigate the career advancement waters properly

Some professionals play the career advancement game clean, with ethics and moral limits, while others…

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Rising Affluent 2012 – Discount!

Receive a discount registration courtesy of Black Enterprise for the Rising Affluent Advancement and Achievement Conference 2012 hosted at Columbia University.

Are you a young professional looking to advance your career? Mix with like minded peers…

By Sasha King

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DO sweat the small stuff. Be aware of the way you carry yourself and the effect it may have on workplace interactions. You could inadvertently be sending the wrong message with even the slightest action, such as pointing when you speak or crossing your arms during meetings. "I realized I’m a very analytical person, so oftentimes when I’m in deep thought, I don’t smile," Collier says.  " People would look at me and say, 'What’s wrong with you?' I had to train myself, and my clients, to smile more."

9 Power Plays for Career Women

Don't sabotage your success by letting gender bias get you down

Here are ways women can aggressively compete to reach ultimate career success.

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Motherhood vs. Career Pursuit: Should Women Have to Choose?

Women weigh in on whether sacrifice of parenting is doable and worth it

From fashion icon Kimora Lee Simmons to Xerox CEO Ursula Burns, women balance motherhood and…

By Janell Hazelwood

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5 Steps to Becoming a Boss in 2012

Strategize your way straight to the top of the career ladder

You have your eyes on the highest prize and aspirations for leadership. Here’s how to…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Africa is Calling: Four Professional British Women Return to Their Roots

How these leaders found career fulfillment in their homeland

Professionals born, raised and based in Britain discover their ancestral homelands and are presented life-changing…

By Octavia Goredema

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The Right Image

5 ways you can get a job using Pinterest

With more than 10 million registered users, it’s hard to ignore the latest social media…

By Sirita Wright

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Upping the Numbers

How to be a great sales executive in a tough environment

During challenging times, you can expect the competition to be targeting your good customers. So…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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How to Go From Entry Level to Top Exec

Five steps to joining the coveted senior-level C-suite

As an entry-level professional, take these steps early to ensure you’re on your way to…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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How to Deal with a Toxic Boss

Find ways to manage those Monday (through Friday) Blues

You don’t have to sit in misery at work, dealing with a terrible supervisor. Here…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Career Tip of the Day: Keep an Accountability Record and Evaluate Yourself

Be proactive in ensuring your progressive career development

It’s never a good idea to wait on a supervisor to let you know how…

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One of the most significant challenges faced by any jobseeker is how to make yourself more marketable.  It’s important to identify and develop qualities and skills that make you more attractive to potential employers than your counterparts.  While the list of these qualities is extensive, and includes commonly known traits such as education and communication skills, this ever-evolving job market requires you to go above what is common.  Here are 7 qualities/skills that every employee should seek to attain. ---Aisha M. Taylor

7 Qualities of a Marketable Employee

Every employer looks for these top qualities in the employees they invest in. Check out…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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5 Career Benefits of Being An Entry-Level Professional

There are several key advantages to being the new kid on the job

Being an entry-level professional can have it’s own unique perks. Here are five benefits to…

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VH1's top-rated show Love & Hip Hop might be known more for the brawls and drama than for its lessons on business acumen, but entertainment manager Yandy Smith proves there's more to the industry than reality TV fodder. Smith's worked her way up from being an assistant to industry power player and Violator Management co-founder Mona Scott-Young, to working with top talent including music artists 50 Cent, Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, Jim Jones, and television personality Tocarra.

Just in time for tonight's episode, Smith shares five tips for success that can be applied to any industry---for those just starting out on their career path or those looking to take it to the next level. ---Janell Hazelwood

My Journey Into Producing ‘Life, Love, Soul’ and My Inspiration from a Phenom Film Entrepreneur

Yandy Smith talks newest venture and success with director Noel Calloway

Entertainment manager Yandy Smith has embarked on a new venture: film producer of Life, Love,…

By Yandy Smith

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Overtime Overkill: Why It’s OK to Leave Work On Time

Successful executives find fulfillment by focusing on productivity, not hours

Overtime can sometimes be necessary, but it’s never good to overdo it. Here’s why it’s…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Mentorship Checklist: Three Steps to Finding the Right Fit

Determine the right fit for your ultimate career advancement

Before choosing a mentor, be mindful of three key things that will ensure your experience…

By Demetria Irwin

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Free!!! Books of the Week – Career Building

Choose from an array of books that are an A-Z to developing your career!

Choose from books on leadership, career advancement, and job hunting skills.

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6 Tacky, Unprofessional Workplace Distractions

How to avoid extra factors that can take you off your game

From phone calls to personal issues, here’s how you avoid letting outside elements take you…

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Can Your Hair Prevent You From Succeeding in Business?

The debate over natural or processed hair in the workplace continues

Having natural hair is a personal choice but when in corporate circles it can be…

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6 Signs Your Job Is Not the Right One For You

Find the career you're compatible with

If you’re incompatible with your career, why not take steps toward pursuing a better professional…

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Your company’s merger might not have the same splashy headlines as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg buying Instagram or the intense game of executive musical chairs being played by Arianna Huffington and the TechCrunch editors, but the impact of a company transition on your career is no less important. You could be faced with not only answering to a new boss, but an entirely different corporate environment.


Here are five tips to avoid being a merger casualty and instead successfully transitioning your old job into the new space. --- Demetria Irwin

AOL/TechCrunch Merger Moves: 5 Ways to Successfully Survive a Company Transition

As AOL's Techcrunch changes leadership, here's employee strategy to make transition less stressful

As TechCrunch transitions into new leadership and Mark Zuckerberg plans to buy Instagram, many employees…

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Watch Sonia Alleyne’s Interview with Venus Williams at This Year’s Women of Power Summit [Video]

Venus Williams was one of the featured speakers at this year’s Women of Power Summit.

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Women of Power: Pushing Past Fear To Make Your Next Career Move

At the Black Enterprise Women of Power summit, attendees learn how to push past fears…

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