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One of the most important parts of the job-seeking or college admission process is the ability to provide quality references. If an employer or school asks you to supply them with references, it’s usually a clear indication that the testimony of those persons will play a big part in whether you get the job or get accepted. The old adage is still true: It’s not what you know, but who you know.”

With this is mind, references should be chosen carefully, strategically, and wisely.  Consider these 5 tips the next time you submit the list of those who could very well make or break the decision to extend the offer. ---Aisha Taylor

5 Tips for Choosing Professional References

How to ensure those giving recommendations are an asset

References can make or break you. Here’s how to choose them wisely while job seeking.

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Don’t Let Your Job Make You Sick

Strategies for good health in stressful work environments

If you’re constantly dreading going into work, so much so it affects you physically, something…

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5 Terms That Have Lost their Worth in Corporate America

Lots of business buzz words don’t mean what they used to. Beware, lest you be sorry.

There was a time when customer service actually worked, now the term is nothing more…

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Preview B.E. Business Report: Inspiration, Strategies from Women of Power

Legacy Award honorees Bethann Hardison, Bishop Barbara Harris

Show highlights Legacy Award honorees Bethann Hardison, Bishop Barbara Harris

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Be dependable. Are you dependable, especially when the clock is running out?

Top 5 Tech Skills Employers Want

Boost your marketability by strengthening your knowledge

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Many top employers and CEOs have agreed: Technical skills that can be applied to…

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How to Get a Leaner, Better Resume in 60 Seconds

You can make it short and sweet without omitting vital info

How to make your resume short, yet professional in 60 seconds

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Louisiana born, Wisconsin raised and New York grown, Richard “Rico Love” Butler discovered his love of words at the age of 4. By 7-years old, he started coupling his admiration for written expression with music, which led to a profitable career as a songwriter. But his path to success was not easy. While attending Florida A&M University to obtain a degree in journalism, Love realized school wouldn’t be enough. Embarking on trips to Atlanta every weekend to meet with the execs of Crown World Entertainment, the go-getter got his break in the studio with R&B group Jagged Edge. But it wasn’t until 2004 when he got the chance to work with Usher—penning “Throwback” for the Atlanta–based singer’s diamond-certified album —that his dreams materialized. Since then, Love has written and produced records for Beyoncé, Michelle Williams, Keri Hilson, Chris Brown, and most recently Kelly Rowland for her No. 1 single “Motivation.” Love accomplished everything through his shear will and determination and now shares his six tips for being successful. —Amber McKynzie

Super Producer Rico Love’s 6 Tips For Being Successful

The singer/songwriter followed his dreams to the top of his career by following these rules

As the producer and songwriter for Kelly Rowland’s hit single “Motivation,” Rico Love understands what…

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The Screening Process

There are four types of interviews. Here’s how to ace them all

Job interviewing never seems to get any easier, even after you’ve gone on more interviews…

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8 Tips for Great Business Meeting Etiquette

Freshen up your workplace poise and presence skills

Madame Noire offers eight tips for proper business meeting etiquette.

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Top 5 Job-Seeker Excuses and How to Get Over Them

Get past perceived barriers to find career success

Many job seekers are out of work, not because of lack of opportunity but because…

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Finding Life Balance, Day 9: Practice Exponential Living

9 days, 9 methods for high achievers to find full bliss

We begin 9 days of finding life balance, with 9 methods that will help high…

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How to Cope with the ‘Mean Girls’ at the Office

Remain professional --- and strategic --- in resolving interoffice conflicts

Madame Noire tells how to remain professional in solving interoffice conflicts with coworkers.

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The New Loyalty Is Not Just About Transactions; It's About Interactions

Finding Life Balance, Day 8: Find the Courage to be Faithful

9 days, 9 methods for high achievers to find full bliss

We begin 9 days of finding life balance, with 9 methods that will help high…

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Preview B.E. Business Report: Can President Obama Get You A Job?

A special edition focused on jobs, on location in Washington, D.C. with Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, SBA Deputy Administrator Marie Johns

On this special edition of the Black Enterprise Business Report, hosted by Caroline V. Clarke,…

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20/20 Vision Forum: Create Your Own Job and Reinvent Yourself

Black Enterprise teams with Walmart to help African Americans gain an edge in today's tech-driven, global job market

Our 20/20 Vision Forum: Job Creation and Career Opportunities in the Next Economy, one of…

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It’s that time of the year again when you’re bombarded with tons of back to school commercials, followed by the fall window displays and that signature end-of-summer breeze. For many college students, it means buckling down and hitting the books again (yes, less Facebook and Twitter time), but why do so without gadgets that will make college life easier? As part of our Back to School coverage, BlackEnterprise.com has selected six tech apparatuses you should invest in this semester. —Janel Martinez

10 Free Resources for Learning New Job Skills

Ways you can up the ante to rebound from unemployment

Madame Noire tells 10 free ways you can learn new skills and redevelop the ones…

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A veteran of the music industry, Michael “Blue” Williams worked his way up the ranks to make a name for himself as the artist manager for such notable acts such as OutKast. The President of Family Tree Entertainment recently partnered with fellow music mogul Chris Lighty to form Primary/Violator,  a new full-service management, publishing and marketing firm. During his interview with BlackEnterprise.com about the merger, Williams shared his five tips for success in business. —Brett Johnson

Blue Williams’ 5 Tips for Success in Business

The longtime music manager reveals his personal keys to success

Music mogul and OutKast manager Michael “Blue” Williams shares trade secrets on what it takes…

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10 Signs You Work Too Much

Learn to take a break from the career grind

Madame Noire details 10 signs you might be overworking yourself and why it’s important to…

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Finding Life Balance, Day 6: Make Joy and Contentment Your Lifestyle

9 days, 9 methods for high achievers to find full bliss

We begin 9 days of finding life balance, with 9 methods that will help high…

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8 Traits That Make You a Great Team Player

A great asset to any company, these qualities ensure your success

Madame Noire details qualities that make anyone an awesome team player

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How To

T-Shirt Business

How to Start a Profitable T-Shirt Business

T-shirts are contemporary wardrobe staples for men, women, and children today. Building an online T-shirt…

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How to Invest in Cannabis Stocks

While some stocks in these sectors have been high fliers, even more have gone bust…

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