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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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Mistake 3: Having a negative or arrogant attitude. 


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…

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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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Free!! Books of the Week – Career Advancement

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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7 Qualities of a Marketable Employee

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

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

By Demetria Irwin

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The news hit today that Sony Corp. is set to get rid of 10,000 workers in a major overhaul of the company, seeking to take it out of the red and into the black. Much of the employee scale-backs will come from Sony’s television business, according to reports, and roughly  half of the job cuts will stem from recent deals, including the company’s sale  of a chemicals company and the new joint operation with Hitachi and Toshiba.


With news like this comes that oh-so-familiar and scary feeling of: Is my job next? Here are three signs a layoff may be coming and how you can be prepared to quickly rebound. --- Janell Hazelwood

Three Signs a Layoff is Near and How You Can Be Prepared

As Sony plans to nix 10,000 jobs, here are three ways to prep for sudden termination

Sony plans to get rid of 10,000 global jobs. Here’s how you can tell whether…

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Don’t Have Time to Schmooze? 5 Creative Ways Working Parents Can Network

Try these multitask strategies for career advancement

There are several ways you can multitask and network without having to squeeze out time…

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8 Ways Being a Parent Can Be an Asset on the Job

Use those child-rearing qualities as in-demand leveraging tools

Raising children and balancing a career can be a frustrating challenge. Here’s how parenting can…

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Marjorie Perry is not your typical entrepreneur. The president and CEO of MZM Construction and Management Co., Inc. transitioned from being a Newark, N.J., educator to working in corporate sales for companies including United Airlines. She found the prime opportunity to combine her love of education and her desire for life wealth while working as an independent consultant, ultimately becoming  partner at one of her client's companies, MZM. She then became sole principal of the multimillion-dollar company that now boasts a client list including Marriott Hotels and New Jersey Transit.


One doesn't get to that level of success without making a series of boss moves that will position them to attain ultimate success---especially in an industry dominated by men. BlackEnterprise.com caught up with Perry on how women can position themselves in their own entrepreneurial and career advancement pursuits. --- Janell Hazelwood

Construction Entrepreneur Talks 7 Steps to Power Positioning for Women

How a New Jersey business leader positioned herself for career success

Marjorie Perry, founder and CEO of MZM Construction and Management Co., Inc. transitioned from employee…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Yes, You Can Do It: 168 Hours to a Career Breakthrough

Use just 7 days to jump start your next boss move

Here’s 168 hours to use wisely in getting you to the opportunity you’ve been dreaming…

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Where Is the Love?

Protecting and managing how consumers and clients respond to a company’s brand are naturally top…

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Over 40 and Looking

A better approach to finding work for older job hunters

Dr. Stephen Laser is a little apologetic as he identifies age, appearance, and attitude as…

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Worthless Effort: 7 Ways to Know Whether a Job Posting is Legit

Take these key factors to search effectively for career opportunities

Learn how to be strategic and effective in your search for new career opportunities.

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Through the years, the Girl Scouts of America has had many exemplary black women among their membership ranks who have learned courage, confidence,  leadership, and civic responsibility and taken those skills to the  achieve success at the top of their industries. From science to  entertainment to media to politics to sports, the impact is undeniable:  Jackie Joyner Kersee, Queen Latifah, Condoleezza Rice, Venus Williams,  Keke Palmer, Tatyanna Ali, Mariah Carey, Florence Griffith-Joyner,  Jacqueline Joyner-Kersee, Marian Anderson, Glenda  Hatchett ... the list goes on and on.


Check out more on the history of the organization as well as seven top business leaders who turned Girl Scouts badge earning into industry bankability. ---Janell Hazelwood

Women’s History Month: 7 Black Business Leaders Who Were Girl Scouts

These women pave the way for other young, black female leaders

From the boardroom to stage, these industry leaders have one thing in common: They all…

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7 People Every Successful Woman Should Have in Her Circle

These personalities could propel you on your path to success

These personalities should be prominent in your network to promote your career advancement.

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Girl Scouts of America: Leadership and Entrepreneurship Beyond Just Cookies

National president Connie Lindsey talks girl power she took straight to the boardroom

To close out Women’s History Month, BlackEnterprise.com talks with Girl Scouts national president Connie Lindsey…

By Janell Hazelwood

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7 Life-Changing Things to Do Before Your Morning Commute to Work

Make time for vital things that can alleviate stress

You may think you don’t have time, but make time before your work commute for…

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Sometimes it's best to shake things up to get the results you want. Complacency can fall by the wayside when playing it safe reaps lukewarm results and you're not maximizing on the highest level of success you can achieve.


Arthur Wylie, a self-made millionaire by age 26 decided to tap into a "crazy and fearless" way of thinking to reach his career and life goals, and shares examples of others who did so --- as well as his secrets to success--- in his latest book, Only the Crazy and Fearless Win BIG! The Surprising Secrets to Success in Business and in Life (BenBella Books; $24.95). Take a cue and learn the six steps you can take to capture your own ultimate success. ---Janell Hazelwood

6 Crazy and Fearless Steps to Career Wins and Wealth

Tap into the millionaire approach to reaching ultimate success

Self-made millionaire, entrepreneur and author Arthur Wylie shares his strategy for finding ultimate life and…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Win Big: How Being ‘Crazy and Fearless’ Can Lead to Millions

Young, self-made millionaire shares keys to career and life success

Founder and CEO of an empire, Arthur Wylie made his first million at age 26.…

By Janell Hazelwood

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WATCH: Celebrity Stylist June Ambrose Talks Branding and Longevity in Fashion

The star of the new VH1 reality show "Styled by June" on being a good leader, career longevity, and the importance of branding

The star of the new VH1 reality show “Styled by June” on being a good…

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Career Tip of the Day: Schedule Informational Interviews to Get a Leg Up

Don't wait on callbacks. Get ahead of the game to find your next opportunity

Informational interviews allow you to get ahead of the game by putting you on the…

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How to Get Put On in the Music Industry — And Avoid the Trash Bin

Entrepreneur and reality star Yandy Smith talks do's and don'ts of brand marketing

Music entrepreneur and Love & Hip Hop star Yandy Smith gives tips on how to…

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7 Side Jobs You Can Do From Home

A second stream of income is always a good idea

Get the extra cash and the convenience of being home based with these suggestions.

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Careers in Demand: Event Planning Among Top Cool Jobs to Pursue

A love of planning and creating memories can be professionally rewarding

A variety of options are available in an industry that can average $76,000 in yearly…

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Global Jobs: Dance Enthusiast Matches Passion with Profit in Panama

Professional uses marketable skill to carve international niche

Native New Yorker Alex Hardy was able to tap into his heritage as well as…

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SXSW 2012: 13 Things Superwomen Need to Know About Mentorship

Female power players in tech provide tips for mentorship and career success at SXSW Interactive

Founder of Tech by Superwomen Cathryn Posey and panelists explore the keys to fostering a…

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We continue our three-part international careers series on BlackEnterprise.com, profiling professionals who found career fulfillment in the global landscape.


Janan Shakur aspired to live abroad to gain a different experience of life beyond U.S. shores. She decided to attend an American university in Switzerland which included opportunities to travel as part of its academic curriculum.


Influenced by her own culture and diverse travels, Shakur went on to become a fashion entrepreneur, founding Casa di Culture, an online boutique she runs while living and working in Vaud, Switzerland.


Check out Shakur's insights on being a black professional in the country, navigating the job market, and the perks of working overseas. ---Janell Hazelwood

Global Jobs: Finding Career Success in Switzerland

Finding success in transitioning into international career opportunities

A young Web entrepreneur who found job success—and love—abroad gives her tips for success.

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As part of our three-part international careers series, we profile professionals who were successful at transitioning into global jobs on BlackEnterprise.com. 


Media planner Tricia-Noel Burke, who has worked with publications including The Wall Street Journal and The Economist, offers five tips for making the move seamless, lucrative and fun. --- Janell Hazelwood

International Pursuits: 5 Tips for Transitioning Into a Global Job

What you should keep in mind when working abroad for yourself or your company.

International media planner Tricia-Noel Burke found success in London. Here’s what helped her make a…

By Janell Hazelwood

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International Women’s Day: How One Woman Found Career Fulfillment Abroad

This media planner enjoys the diversity and fast-paced city life of London

We start our three-part series on career opportunities abroad with media planner Tricia-Noel Burke, who…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Study: Overachievement Can Lead to Unfulfillment, Shorter Life Span

Scientist finds indicators of unhappiness for those too heavy on the grind

Scientist surveyed more than 700 overachievers and found indicators of nonfulfillment and shorter lives.

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Green-Eyed Diva: 5 Steps to Conquer the Hater in You

We all get jealous. Here's how to shake it off and keep it moving

Healthy professional competition is vital among successful peers, but jealousy can creep in with every…

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7 Must-Haves for Every Professional Woman’s Bag

These vital items ensure you're always prepared for that next opportunity

Keep these seven vital items on hand for daily career success.

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Career Tip of the Day: Step Your International Language Game Up

Expand your brand by offering multitude of communication skills

Upgrade your communications skills and professional marketability by learning more than one language.

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Nurse Anesthetist


Perks: One of the highest paid positions in nursing field; Undergo a significant amount of training and care for patients  before, during, and after their anesthesia has been administered, making for diversity of marketable skills


Most Suited For: RNs, bachelor degree holders, and Master's or Doctorate degree holders; awesome multitaskers and problem-solvers


Salary: Average of $165,000 annually


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Jobs in Demand: Opportunities in Nursing Limitless for Black Women and Men

Prime career leads in the medical field

A look at opportunities in a field that is among the highest in new job…

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COO: Commander of Operations

Currently deputy chairman of the NATO Military Committee in Brussels, Gaskin has a leadership role…

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Getting a Head Start

Receiving school credit for skills and learning acquired outside the classroom

As workers jockey to position themselves more competitively in the marketplace, strategic options are limited.…

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Pinterest. Pinterest. Pinterest. It's the popular kid on the social media block, showing enormous growth and attracting the interest---and usage--of big brands including Nike, Kraft, Whole Foods, and HGTV. From boards centering on arts & crafts to interior decor and jobs boards, Pinterest can serve as a vital resource in not only your life but specifically, your career.


Check out five ways you can utilize Pinterest for professional development and advancement. ---Sirita Wright

5 Ways You Can Get a Job Using Pinterest

Find professional development and career leads via Web boards

This fast-growing social media platform can be a vital resource for professional development, job leads…

By Sirita Wright

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The Oscars have been the source of lauding and loathing for many in the African American community, from those in the field to those in the audience. This year was an unforgettable one, as actresses Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis received nominations (with Spencer going home with a win as Best Supporting Actress), some criticism, and many well-wishes from peers and fans alike. 


As the Oscars buzz continues, BlackEnterprise.com caught up with five top black talents in front of and behind the cameras to talk their career triumphs and challenges, why they continue to pursue their dreams and the Hollywood politics they navigate daily. ---Christian Law

Black Hollywood Talent Talk Careers and the Politics of the Hollywood

Five professionals to watch in 2012 dish on Tinseltown triumphs and challenges

These top black actors and Hollywood professionals to watch discuss career triumphs and how politics…

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WATCH: Phaedra Parks Talks Reality TV Catfights and Her Solid Business Brand

Attorney---and aspiring mortician---prides herself on experience and integrity

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star talks “business of integrity,” reality TV drama, and her…

By Janell Hazelwood

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WATCH: How I Do It – SoulCycle Instructor Turns Fitness Passion into Career Success

How a surprise career in fitness led spin instructor Ayana Curtis to tap into her passion, her joy and her success

SoulCycle Master Instructor Ayana Curtis talks about her career in fitness and how tapping into…

By Elayne Fluker

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On the Real Housewives of Atlanta, we've all seen the drama and antics of six women interacting both professionally and personally to make must-see TV. But Attorney Phaedra Parks is not your typical reality TV diva. She's been managing law partner at The Parks Group, P.C., for a decade, and has represented the likes of Bobby Brown, Jermaine Dupri and Ludacris, among others.


The mother, entrepreneur, and litigator, was president of the Gate City Bar Association, and actively sits on boards for organizations including the American Bar Association and the University of Georgia. One can't have all of this under her (designer) belt without knowing a thing -- or three--- about networking. 


On the heels of last night's episode, we caught up with Parks for her quick and dirty quips on making quality connections. ---Janell Hazelwood

Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Phaedra Parks: Three Professional Networking Don’ts

Three quick and dirty tips on boosting your professional connections

Attorney and Real Housewives of Atlanta star Phaedra Parks knows a thing or three about…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Here are 10 leadership steps you can take now to help you go from stagnant to magnificent, and turn mental goals into reality. ---Jessica Styles

10 Steps Leaders Take to Make Their Dreams Reality

Use this leadership strategy to accomplish your goals

Entrepreneur and career coach Jessica Styles offers 10 steps to setting and reaching your career…

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WATCH: Star Jones on the Responsibility of Successful Women

The author and TV personality talks about the importance of giving back and paying it forward at the 2012 Women of Power Summit

The author and TV personality talks about the importance of giving back and paying it…

By Elayne Fluker

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Glass Ceiling of Youth: Three Steps to Fighting Ageism

Use this three-pronged strategy to get the promotion you deserve

Ageism has become an issue not just for senior professionals—who are delaying retirement more and…

By Jullien Gordon

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Study: Assertive Black Women Fare Better as Leaders

Quality often frowned upon can be used as an asset

Scholars at Northwestern University and Duke University find that aggressive black women get less backlash…

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WATCH: Why Successful Women Think Differently

At the 2012 Women of Power Summit, author Valorie Burton tells executive women about defining success and developing habits that will make them happier and healthier

At the 2012 Women of Power Summit, author Valorie Burton tells executive women about defining…

By Elayne Fluker

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7 Ways to Bounce Back After a Lay Off

Take these steps to overcome fear and act with confidence

Here are the steps to take if you’re facing termination or have already been laid…

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Bored and Disgruntled: How to Revamp and Recharge

Four ways to get out of a professional rut

Sophia Nelson, public speaker and author of Black Woman Redefined (BenBella Books; $24.95), offers four…

By Demetria Irwin

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How Much Time Have You Wasted Today?

Avoid wasting moments at the office by using these productivity tips

Here’s how you can maximize moments in the office to upgrade your productivity

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11 Black Presidents Under 50 & Their Presidents’ Day Advice for Obama

Presidential advice for the Commander-in-Chief from men and women of color who hold similar titles in business

In honor of Presidents’ Day, 11 Black Presidents from the world of business share their…

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WATCH: How to Advance Your Career

Black Enterprise February 2012 cover subject Chekesha Kidd gives her advice on stepping out of your comfort zone and excelling socially in the executive space

Watch below as BlackEnterprise.com host Tai Beauchamp speaks with President of Aetna Student Health Chekesha…

By Janel Martinez

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WATCH: How to Be a Rule Breaker & Risk Taker

Author Sophia Nelson promotes the idea that women who take risks in business reap bigger rewards

During the Black Enterprise 7th Annual Women of Power Summit author Sophia Nelson shares her…

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Career Bucket List: Six Things to Do at Your Job Before You Leave

Goals that will ensure you maximize your work experience

To ensure you maximize your experiences at each phase of your career, here are six…

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Quality Connections: How to Use Social Media to Advance Your Professional Brand

Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit panelist LC Johnson teaches women how to brand themselves…

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Legacy Award Honoree: How Charlayne Hunter-Gault Helped Desegregate Schools

Legacy Award recipient and journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault was one of the first blacks to desegregate…

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