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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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Everyone loves a team player. They're the people willing to offer their individual skills and talents to achieve a collective goal. They're not into throwing people under the bus or back-biting. They see the big picture and seek to fulfill the bottom line while also letting their specific contribution be recognized.


There are certain qualities that every team player embodies, and Madame Noire takes a look at eight of those. See whether you hold these traits, and if you don't, learn how you can develop them.

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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Finding Life Balance, Day 5: Take a Moment to Pause and Evaluate

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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Finding Life Balance, Day 4: Channel Your P.O.W.E.R

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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Finding Life Balance, Day 3: Create In Yourself a Giving Heart and Spirit

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 I Did It: Celebrity Jewelry Designer Aklia Chinn’s Custom-Made Success

Using a love for travel and unique craftwork, she turned passion into profit

Aklia Chinn took her love for travel and creating unique jewelry to Hollywood,

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Finding Life Balance, Day 2: Seek Peace in Not Some — but All — Areas

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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What’s Your Work Personality?

Nurturer? Cut-throat? See which one you embody

Madame Noire details 8 personality types in the office, from the escapist to the worker…

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Finding Life Balance, Day 1: Healthy Living Goes Beyond Watching Diet

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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Small Businesses Created 71,000 Jobs in August, According to ADP National Employment Report

Black Enterprise and Walmart Focus on Jobs

BE and Walmart head to Los Angeles in the second job creation forum

Black Enterprise and Walmart head to Los Angeles in the second job creation forum

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Quitting a job you hate is easy, but walking away from a job you love is down-right heartbreaking. Leaving a situation like that is similar to divorcing a spouse, and as such requires some time to grieve, heal properly and move on in a healthy way.

I speak from experience. When I put in my notice to resign as managing editor of a popular lifestyle Website, I was sad, anxious and resolute. Chin up, dressed as cute as cute could be (just sayin’), I gave up a job I loved. It was time for me to leave, so I could pursue my personal writing and business goals. 

Sometimes, moving on is a necessary part of career and personal growth. The break up between you and your job can amicable but painful. Check out a few tips for divorcing your job while still maintaining your sanity. ---Demetria Irwin

Walking Away: How to Amicably Divorce Your Job

Resigning because of transition --- not transgression --- can be hard, but necessary

Sometimes leaving a job isn’t on bad terms. Here’s how to amicably divorce a position…

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Wake-Up Call: How a Young Bachelor Rebounded after Getting Laid Off

Real-life lessons of triumph over unemployment

Marc, 32, thought his job as a manager in the telecommunications field was safe, until…

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Feast on This

A smorgasbord of ways to profit from your passion for food

Americans spent more than $1.6 trillion on food last year. That translates into millions of…

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Only Ex-Convicts Need Apply: Detroit Hosts Special Jobs Fair

City Council pushes to combat high jobless rate, give second chance

Seeking to combat the rising unemployment in Detroit — in a population where a significant…

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Career Tip of the Day: Refresh Your Social Media Presence

Take at least 30 minutes today to upgrade your profile

Today’s tip: Blow the dust off those social media profiles and make the most of…

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What Does Your Office Space Say About Your Work?

Your workspace says a lot about you – and it should say a lot to you. Better mind the message.

From color to decore, your work environment has a direct impact on your productivity and…

By Caroline Clarke

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Three Ways YOU Can Help Create Jobs

Don't get caught standing on the sidelines when it comes to job creation

Don’t get caught standing on the sidelines when it comes to the fight for jobs.…

By Felicia Joy

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Corporate Professional Trades in Suits for Soccer Gear

Long love of sports takes woman into international career path

Quina Martin spent years as a corporate hiring professional until one day, she answered the…

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What’s your staffing plan? Even if you’re a staff of one, you need to have a plan for what you’ll do if your business expands quickly. Make sure you account for every position you’ll have to fill. You don’t want to be caught off guard!

4 Work Environments to Avoid

Stay away from these toxic employment traps

Steer clear. Here are 4 work environments that ultimately hinder employee productivity and morale.

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Even though many of us are grateful to have gainful employment, sometimes it can be hard to muster the energy to get out of bed every morning. You get the case of the Monday blues or feel like your bed is so comfy, you don't want to leave it.

Well, Madame Noire details some effective tips on how to boost your motivation and capture that up-and-at-em attitude that will lead to a productive and positive day.

Get Up And Go: How to Motivate Yourself Before Work

These steps will ensure you have the motivation to start your day right

Even though many of us are grateful to have gainful employment, sometimes it can be…

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Stop Shuckin’ and Jivin’: How Some of Us Are Letting Excuses Hinder Career Success

So the job market is tough. What are you going to do about it?

Though the unemployment rate for blacks stands at more than 16%, that’s no excuse to…

By Janell Hazelwood

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High Appointment: Ritz Carlton Manager is First Female Chief Usher at White House

Hospitality industry professional brings 25 years of experience to post

Angella Reid is the first black woman to be the chief usher at the White…

By Janell Hazelwood

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How to Answer the Most Common — And Difficult — Job Interview Questions

Come with your A-game to avoid tanking during the job seeking process

Here’s how to answer typical interview questions that job candidates commonly flub.

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What I Learned From Steve Jobs About Perseverance

The Apple founder’s legacy is far more personal than iThought

Steve Jobs’ 2005 commencement speech at Standford University resonates to this day because of his…

By Caroline Clarke

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Message to All: Steve Jobs Personified Living Your Passion, Striving with Innovation

Going beyond social standards and living by purpose in your career

Author highlights how Steve Jobs’ advances in innovation and efforts to follow his passion can…

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When it comes to gaining valuable work experience to compete in today's job market, it is undeniable that internships are vital in building a quality resume. And making the most of each experience is key. "As a previous intern and internship supervisor, I’ve witnessed a plethora of students fail at optimizing their internship experiences," says Antoine D. Moss, Ph.D., educational consultant, NASA researcher and author of Learn to Intern CEO Style (Antoine Moss; $15). "The primary reason is because students didn’t know how to separate themselves from the pack."

	Moss came up with the Creator of Excellent Opportunities (CEO) framework, detailed in his book, and offers these tips for students who want to find long-lasting success in achieving not only current career goals, but making impressions that will have a lasting, positive impact:

Intern Like a CEO: 5 Tips for Maximizing Your Internship Experience

You can make power moves no matter what position you hold in the company

Author of Learn to Intern CEO Style, Antoine D. Moss, Ph.D. offers six tips on…

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You carried your baby for nine months, anticipated the little one's arrival, and you've been celebrating and bonding since the day you two left the hospital. But now, the dreaded day has come when you have to leave your bundle of joy and return to the office. One of the most difficult transitions for working women is leaving their newborn at home to get back to work.

Well, the staff at Madame Noire has you covered, with their step-by-step guide on making the transition from full-time new mommy to working parent that much easier. Check it out:

How to Return to Work after Having Your Baby

Making leaving the little one for the office a little easier

Madame Noire tells how to make the transition from childbirth back to the office with…

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Former Social Worker Writes New Life Chapter in Publishing

Entrepreneur finds passion, financial freedom -- and a way to give back

After being terminated from a position at a nonprofit, Richard Jeanty decided to take a…

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Simple As 1,2,3: Quick and Easy Networking Strategies

Pocket-size read offers convenient reference on how to make quality connections

Shanti Das, entertainment industry veteran and founder and CEO of entertainment and music consulting company…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Online Job Connections: Social Media by the Numbers

Many unemployed turning to Facebook for leads

How more job seekers and employers are utilizing Facebook to find employment opportunities and fill…

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Model Walks off the Runway Into Green Home Cleaning Business

Eco-friendly niche gives entrepreneur competitive edge in the industry

Former model Deanna K. Hains switched gears from the glam world of fashion into the…

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Negotiating Beyond the Salary

Money’s important, but other factors affect the total employment experience—even after you’re gone

“This climate is a salary negotiation game changer. Countering salary offers won’t be nearly as…

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Holding the Purse Strings

Community developer helps small businesses get access to loans

Hicks’ job is to manage the client intake process, which entails researching what the potential…

By Dale Coachman

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How’s Your Résumé Doing?

Professionals offer advice on what might be hurting your job search

Job forecasts for 2011 have been encouraging. But competition is still steep. And job seekers…

By Denise A. Campbell Laidler

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Working Your Style: Turn Office Fashion Don’ts into Fashion Savvy

Avoid these workplace attire disasters with easy makeover tips

Our Working Your Style Host Daisy Lewellyn shows how to upgrade typical office style mishaps…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Never Give Up: How A Senior Professional Turned Unemployment Into Career Triumph

One woman overcomes depression to embark on next phase of her career

Unemployed for more than two years, Marie, 60, was able to transition into a new…

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5 Tips for Protecting Your Identity During Job Seeking

Don't make yourself vulnerable to fraud and scams when looking for work

Here are 5 tips on how to protect your identity and avoid scams while looking…

By Siobhan Dixon

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Misses with Attitude: Mastering the Poker Face for Career Success

Don't let emotions on the sleeve be your handicap in the workplace

Don’t let emotions on the sleeve be your handicap in the workplace

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10 Things Bad Managers Say at the Office

Common blunders that can wreck work morale and productivity

Some of the most common workplace mistakes are made just by the slip of a…

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Kimora Lee Simmons Takes On New Role at Accessories Retailer

Key position at online boutique is first outside of her KLS brand

Fashion mogul Kimora Lee Simmons takes on new role outside of the KLS brand as…

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How to Negotiate When It Comes to Your Job

Use these resources to help you get the money, position and success you deserve

Use these resources to help you get the money, position and success you deserve

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5 Reasons Internships Aren’t Just for College Students

At any age or career level, considering internships can help boost job seeking success

Internships can provide job seekers who are looking for a career change or who have…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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Has the State of the Economy Made You Lose Your Ambition?

Don't let a bleak outlook overshadow your optimism for success

How to manage keeping a bright outlook on your career future in the midst of…

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WATCH: Arise Showcases 7 Top African Designers

International publication puts on star-studded show, mixing fashion and culture

BlackEnterprise.com gets exclusive backstage access during the 2011 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Made in…

By Janell Hazelwood

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BE Polished: Taking Your Professional Style to the Next Level

Your guide to fashion essentials that will give your look the competitive edge

BlackEnterprise.com presents a fashion and style guide for the working professional, taking you from the…

By Janell Hazelwood

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In today's job market, having that competitive edge of great style and confidence is key when pursuing career success. And these BlackEnterprise.com readers know just how important it is to put your best look forward. As part of our BE Polished style series, readers sent in photos of their power looks and told what key pieces prepare them to take on the work world with flair. ---Janell Hazelwood

Your Power Look: Readers Showcase Confident Style

Taking fashion from their closets to career success

BlackEnterprise.com readers showcase the power look that give them the confidence to pursue success

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L.A. Reid’s 4 Tips for Being a Successful Executive in Music

The music mogul and 'X Factor' judge shares personal trade secrets for success in the music business

The X Factor judge and longtime music veteran shares a few business tips for the…

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Finding Your Professional Passion

Changing careers may seem daunting, but with careful planning you could create the business life you want

Joining the Chrysler Group in the late ’80s W. Alvin Jackson flourished for nearly 35…

By Brittany Hutson

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Got Fired? Here’s Advice from Someone Who Was Downsized and Thrived

The author shares her personal story of bouncing back after losing her job

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In mid-September 2011, the U.S. Labor…

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When Networking and Hooking Up Collide

Some people work several agendas in the name of professional connections

When networking and scoping out for dates collide, how does one appropriately balance the two?

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Prescription Pipeline

A10 Clinical Solutions’ CEO Leah Brown turned her pain into a thriving enterprise

It was early in her career, but Leah Brown was doing well. At age 24,…

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Powered By Success

Rodney Adkins transformed IBM’s Systems and Technology Group into an $18 billion revenue generating machine

A few months before its centennial anniversary celebration, IBM faced one of its greatest challenges.…

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Friday at the Movies

How this champion of black films keeps diversity on the screen

Jeff Friday sees a lot of movies. This year alone he’s screened roughly 500 films…

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Nascar’s First Black Woman Racer Talks Race & Racing

Following in her father's footsteps Tia Norfleet blazes a new trail in racing world

Female race car drivers are a rare breed but for 24-year-old Tia Norfleet the sport…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Rapper Gene “Malice” Thornton Finds God & New Career as Author

From artist-to-author, the Virginia-based MC explains how God changed his life

Malice of the Clipse shares how his path to God led him to be a…

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SAGGING CLOTHES: The only thing worse than sagging jeans is sagging dress pants. The stereotypes associated with men who sag their pants are all negative. A professional seeking career success shouldn’t want those unfavorable labels to follow them on the job. It’s best to choose well fitting, tailored pants that aren’t too tight, too short, too long or too big and are complimented with a belt.

	Visit BlackEnterprise.com/style for more Fashion Week coverage as well as features on how you can upgrade our professional style profile!

10 Ways Your Style Is Hindering Career Success

Avoid these fashion don'ts while in the office

When it comes to workplace success, image speaks volumes. Avoid these 10 fashion faux pas…

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Are You Following Your Passion to Find Career Success?

Finding your calling may hold the key to happiness in professional pursuits

To turn your calling into your career, leave fear at the door and kick down…

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3 Ways to Manage the Opinions of Others

When it comes to business or your career you can't listen to just anybody

Just because everyone has an opinion on your career path of business does not mean…

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10 Signs of an Outdated Resume

Don't miss out on a job opportunity because you fell behind on updating your resume

Avoid disqualifying your resume because of outdated practices. These 10 things signal that you’re now…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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Addressing the Uncomfortable

How to handle interview questions about your career setbacks

With about 14 million Americans out of work, many job applicants may be lacking the…

By Marcia A. Reed-Woodard

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On Pointe

How a classically trained ballerina moved her career from the stage to the classroom

Ayisha McMillan, who took her first creative movement class at age 2, realized by age…

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10 Ways to Cope with a Job You Hate

If you don't have the option to quit, here's how to avoid a meltdown

Hopefully a few small changes in dealing with your job can make the difference between…

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For too long women have been forced to figure out how to survive on their own. I wrote my book, SKIRTS in the Boardroom to equip women with the tools necessary to chart their own course. S.K.I.R.T.S. is actually an acronym that represents the characteristics that today’s woman must have to thrive in the boardroom, which ultimately represents any place of power that is male-dominated---a place where decisions are made and where you have a chance to show what you're made of. While it may change at different stages of your life, the boardroom is your playing field. It's also a place where the good ‘ole boys' network has, and continues to, flourish. It is time for the ladies to take their seats in the executive suite.   So how do you position yourself to thrive in and out of the boardroom?  Here seven savvy qualities that today’s S.K.I.R.T.S. must possess to go to the next level. (Pay attention, fellas---you can learn some fabulous tips, too!)---Marshawn Evans

6 Keys to Becoming a SKIRT in The Boardroom

How women can smartly earn a seat in the executive suite

How women can smartly earn a seat in the executive suite

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Balancing Motherhood and Management

Can CEO moms have it all?

The common perception that women in positions of power have to choose between…

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NBA Coach Avery Johnson’s Leadership Lessons

Nets coach offers insightful advice on inspiring and turning your team around

The NJ Nets coach tells how to take your team from worst to first

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So you've made it through the undergraduate experience and you're headed into the job market. You've done your internships, volunteered and built up a pretty nice professional and social network. As part of <a title="our Back-to-School coverage" href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/backtoschool/"><strong>our Back-to-School coverage</strong></a>, BlackEnterprise.com offers this step-by-step guide to finding career success, from the search, to the interview, to salary and benefits negotiations to keeping the job. <i> --- Janell Hazelwood </i>

From College Graduation to Career Success: Your Step-by-Step Guide

How to successfully transition from college student to working professional

Here’s a step-by-step guide for college graduates to finding career sucesss, from job search to…

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Find a Program Many returning and non-traditional students are not in the same position as first-year undergraduates. With families, full-time jobs, and various financial responsibilities to maintain, full-time programs aren’t always an option. Since finding a program that meets these prospective students’ needs is imperative, universities and colleges offer evening, part-time and weekend programs as great alternatives. For people just looking to improve their skills and not enroll in a degree program, institutions do offer non-degree options.

4 Tips You Should Know Before Heading Back to (Graduate) School

If you’re thinking about hitting the books (again), take a page from BE’s Back to School guide

BlackEnterprise.com has got you covered with these four easy-to-follow tips on returning to school.

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What Does Your Attitude Say About You?

Marshawn Evans tells how having a can-do-must-do-will-do attitude will win you business and advance your career

Like a signature scent, your attitude either emits an appealing fragrance, or, well… it stinks!…

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3 Ways to Overcome Past Mistakes to Land the Job Today

How to explain criminal history and termination with honesty and dignity

How to explain criminal history and termination with honesty and dignity

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WATCH: B.E. on the Street – Essential Lessons Learned Outside the Classroom

New Yorkers tell how real-life experience prepped them for the workplace

New Yorkers tell how real-life experience prepped them for the workplace

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A Lesson in Updating Your Resume for Job-Seeking Success

Nowadays, there's more to updating your resume than your work experience

Having an updated resume is vital in this economy but what details you include has…

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When it comes to success in getting and making a living from freelance work, the more resources, the better. Here are 6 resources every independent worker should know about, from health insurance information to getting your next gig.  --- Starrene Rhett

6 Resources Every Freelancer Should Know

From health insurance to job opportunites, these will ensure your career success

When it comes to success in getting and making a living from freelance work, the…

By Starrene Rhett

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Conflict Free: How to Become Emotionally Intelligent in the Workplace

See how managing your emotions can help you (and the people around you) become more productive

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the ability to perceive, assess, manage and positively influence your own…

By Marshawn Evans

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5 Surefire Ways to Ruin Your Chances of Getting the Job

Don't make mistakes that could disqualify you from being hired

Aisha Taylor details 5 ways job seekers can disqualify themselves from getting employed after the…

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Channel Your Inner Kanye, and Stop the Second-Guessing

Being your own biggest fan can ensure you don't let success pass you by

Don’t let the insecurity of second-guessing yourself hinder your opportunity to shine, whether in your…

By Janell Hazelwood

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7 Things You Should Be Doing After a Job Interview

Remain proactive to find job-seeking success

Madame Noire details what a job seeker should do after landing the interview to remain…

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Studying Abroad Still an Option for College Students of Color

Despite the hurdles preventing many African-American students from studying abroad, resources and a little perseverance make it a possibility

According to the latest Open Doors: Report on International Educational Exchange, a study run by…

By Janel Martinez

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7 Tips for Job-Seeking College Students on Social Media Etiquette

Big Brother is watching and what you do and say online could cost you that job

Social networks have become part of the job search process so prospective college students and…

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6. Go to boring lectures. That’s right. That boring speaker that you have no interest in seeing? Go see them. You never know what they can do for you. Whether you’re in high school or college, you need to take advantage of networking with people your school brings in for special programs. Always have your business cards available. Which brings me to my next point…

How to Transition from Full-Time Worker to Full-Time Student

Take these steps to successfully go from the 9-to-5 to the classroom

In the midst of a recession, many people are choosing to turn in their work…

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Secure your computers.  It’s vital that you keep your computer with you and lock it down during a move. You don’t want to give your computer to the movers because your desktop or laptops likely contain a treasure-trove of important data for identity thieves.

5 Steps to Getting Started as a Freelancer

Here's how to begin and maintain a living as an independent worker

Freelancer-turned-entrepreneur Cameron Moore, of Random Order NYC, gives 5 steps to beginning a successful career…

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Whether you’re on a plane, in a car or lounging poolside, while you're traveling is the perfect opportunity to put a dent in your reading list. The staff here at Black Enterprise and BlackEnterprise.com compiled a few of our top summer reads to help whittle down your choices. Over the course of the next few pages, you'll see books that range from autobiographies on Black history icons and manuals for success to financial guides and examinations of our social media culture, all aimed at giving you some food for thought. —Kahliah A. Laney

For more travel tips, destinations and best places to stay, eat and play, visit blackenterprise.com/outofoffice

8 Black Authors Who Went from Prison to Lucrative Careers

How these enterprising entrepreneurs used literature to pave a better path

Here, the Atlanta Post features eight urban authors who were once or are still incarcerated,…

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3 Ways Men & Women Communicate Differently at Work

How to become a more effective communicator when dealing with the opposite sex

They say that men are from Mars and women are from Venus, well the differences…

By Marshawn Evans

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How to Get a New Job While Still at the Old One

Follow these five steps so you won't end up taking a major career loss instead of a career change

Consider these tips when searching for a new job and avoid having to compromise your…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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Alexis Herman Delivers Message of Smarts and Success

The former secretary of state motivates students at Kaplan University

Alexis Herman, 2007 Black Enterprise Women of Power honoree and former secretary of state delivers…

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WNBA President Laurel Richie Steers League in New Direction

The marketing executive reveals her winning strategy for leading women's athletics in to the future

As the WNBA’s first African American woman president, Laurel Richie brings her marketing experience and…

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Working Your Nerves: 8 Co-Worker Habits That Make Us Cringe

How you can deal with interoffice incidences that make the workday hell

From sloppy bathroom etiquette to an unnecessary use of slang, we call it, the things…

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Many African Americans have made strides in the world of aeronautics, from Dr. Dr. Mae C. Jemison, the first black female astraunaut in space, to the legendary Tuskegee Airmen. Here we take a look at the seven black power players in the boardrooms and behind the business of the aeronautics industry. --- Janell Hazelwood

7 Black Power Players In Aeronautics

A look at the top black professionals in the aviation industry

Here’s a look at the top African American professionals making strides in the aviation industry

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Pseudo Phenom: It Takes More than Bragging to be a Boss

Cars, clothes and uh... that ... isn't enough to win the title of head honcho

As with any pop culture concept that takes on a life of its own, the…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Branding Lessons Learned from Suze Orman

Critical lessons women can take from Suze Orman’s playbook for branding success in the marketplace

Critical lessons women can take from Suze Orman’s playbook for branding success in the marketplace

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What Female Attorneys of Color Want

The legal profession continues to be one of the most challenging industries for black women.…

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Weather Watch

How one student used an internship to secure a TV gig

Marcus Walter grew up in the Midwest fascinated by weather patterns and spent his time…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Backtalk with Lil’ Jon

For most of his career Jonathan “Lil’ Jon” Smith has been known as a rambunctious…

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A Professional Branding Model

Los Angeles attorney says use your talents to create multiple streams of revenue

His early aspirations were to be an international opera star. But after graduating in 1985…

By Sonia Alleyne

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5 Ways to Beef Up Your Skills for Job Seeking Success

Having just a bachelor's degree won't cut it in today's competitive job market. Use these strategies to help you be prepared

Consider these 5 tips to beef up your knowledge and propel your career success

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Doing all the talking. Yes, Twitter is a great place to let people know what you’re doing. But if that’s all you’re doing, it’s not going to work. “You can’t just go on Twitter and type in the title of your blog post and link to it. Or you can’t just say, ‘Oh, look what’s new here.’ It has to be a conversation. And that’s what’s so amazing about Facebook and Twitter—that you can engage with your audience. You shouldn’t just post something and go on with your day,” Gregg says.

The Case of the I’mas: More Talk Than Action is Never a Good Thing

Sometimes it's best to let results speak for themselves

Unless simply talking will take you straight to the bank, less chatter and more action…

By Janell Hazelwood

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CBC Launches Jobs Initiative to Include Town Hall Meetings, Job Fairs

Legislators want to raise awareness, provide employment resources

Among other efforts to push legislation that will create jobs among an African American population…

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Commitment: Are You Doing What It Takes to Succeed in Your Career?

As a professional, your ability to keep your commitments will either develop or dilute your brand

As a professional, your ability to keep your commitments will either develop or dilute your…

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7 Ways To Blow a Job Interview

Don't make these critical mistakes when trying to get the job

Having a solid resume is only part of landing the job of your dreams, you…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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7 Types of Difficult People You Will Meet at Work

How to manage interaction with the coworker from hell

Seven types of difficult coworkers and how to manage interaction with them

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40 Best Companies for Diversity

Black Enterprise compiles a list that goes beyond race

Black Enterprise takes the list beyond race and procurement and includes best companies for the…

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Behind the Mascara: Confidence Building Tips for Women

When it comes to handling your business, confidence is not optional—it's critical

Because women are traditionally viewed as less capable when it comes to business matters, confidence…

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Words are key. Your resume should include as many relevant keywords as possible. Avoid using general terms like “good communication skills” and “team player.” Instead, use keywords that match exactly what the employer is looking for. For example, if you’re pursuing a career in marketing, words like “research” and “promotions” will jump off the page and of course show up more on job search engines. Don’t waste precious resume space by using overused words that don’t mean much.

3 Reasons You Should Seek Professional Resume Help

The advantage of getting valuable consulting on your resume is priceless

Here are 3 reasons its a good idea to seek out the services of a…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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How to Shake Last-Minute Interview Jitters in 5 Minutes

Use these tactics to get rid of nervousness and ace your interview

The weight of the competition and the thought of being dismissed can leave you anxiety-ridden,…

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Black and Gay in Corporate America

How a growing number of African American LGBT managers are breaking through isolation and fear within their companies

Sabin D. Blake, 34, has navigated the professional obstacles of being African American and gay…

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Many professionals in the workforce at some point in their career reach a crossroads where they must weigh their options and determine if they will remain at a company or quit and move on. According to the Department of Labor's March 2011 "Job Openings and Labor Turnover" report, 1.9 million workers chose the latter and left their jobs amid the recession.  Yet another report, by BlessingWhite, a global consulting firm, notes that the number of North American employees determined to leave their positions has nearly doubled since 2008, from 7% to 13%. Blackenterprise.com spoke with Joey Price, human resources specialist and founder of career services firm, Push Consultant Group L.L.C., on seven signs that quitting and moving on may be your best option. —Souleo

7 Signs It’s Time to Quit Your Job

Stuck in a dead-end job? Take a cue and go for the career opportunity of your dreams

Joey Price, human resources specialist and founder of career services firm, Push Consultant Group L.L.C.…

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Ready for a Career Change? Make That Move Today

Here's four things to consider before stepping out on faith toward a new professional path

If you’re no longer challenged and dread staying where you are in your career, it’s…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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MLB's Wendy Lewis

Baseball’s Top Black Executive Ready to Partner with Minority Businesses

League's Diverse Business Partners Program provides resource for small firms

There are many young businessmen and women who dream of a high-powered job in professional…

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Shuttle Stars: America’s Black Astronauts

A look at 20 African American pioneers of aeronautics

The final launch of Atlantis on July 8 will mark the end of the American…

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About This Issue: Coming Out At Work

We’re not going to pretend this was an easy topic for Black Enterprise to consider...

Being Black in corporate America is hard enough but being Black and gay almost career…

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Black Enterprise President & CEO Butch Graves welcomed the attendees to the forum and previewed what was to come

20/20 Vision Forum: Black Enterprise and Walmart Talk Employment

20/20 Vision Forum, focused on Job Creation and Career Opportunities in the Next Economy

Black Enterprise and Walmart presented 20/20 Vision Forum: Job Creation and Career Opportunities in the…

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Get the Pay Raise You Deserve

When it comes to your salary, don't just settle for less

A capable and skilled professional should never feel obligated to continue working for an employer…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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WATCH: Al Sharpton’s 3 Steps To Job Seeking Success

National Action Network president says it takes vision and strategic action to combat joblessness

The Rev. Al Sharpton, in a speech at the Black Enterprise 20/20 Vision Forum, urged…

By Janell Hazelwood

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A Working Online Presence

A former hospitality professional’s LinkedIn profile leads to an opportunity with a workforce management firm

In February 2009, Naiema Thomas was laid off from her position as senior director of…

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Blacks Losing Ground on Corporate Boards

The number of blacks serving on the boards of the nation’s 100 largest publicly traded…

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Change of Mind!

Large-scale corporate change is never easy. And it can be further challenged by individuals who…

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Getting That First Job

There is some good news for new GRADS in this challenging economy.

By Sonia Alleyne

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Selling Change

It would be wonderful if good ideas could simply stand on their own, assert…

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Are African Americans Afraid of Science?

Noted astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses lack of minority representation in his field

Noted astrophysicist discusses lack of minority representation in his field and how parents and role…

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Brand Flexibility: 3 Ways to Communicate with Empathy

Being successful in business is not just about what you do but how you do it—take note

For executives looking to build a stellar personal brand, your ability to communicate is as…

By Marshawn Evans

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Former Computer Salesman Shifts Gears into Public Speaking Career

With a passion for motivating people, this orator went after his purposeful dream

A former Dell computer salesman, Jonathan Sprinkles took his gift of gab to pursue his…

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Take the Three Ps with You to Ace Your Job Interview

Bring preparedness, promptness, and prayer for a confident arrival

Come armed with the three Ps and you won’t miss out on job seeker success

By Aisha M. Taylor

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10 Fashion Essentials for the Office

Madame Noire highlights 10 fashion must-haves for women in the office

Madame Noire highlights 10 fashion must-haves for women in the office

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Cool Jobs: 10 Professions That Make the Daily Grind Worth It

The Atlanta Post highlights 10 cool jobs where the perks match the work.

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Former Lawyer Succeeds Online as Man Behind MediaTakeOut

Fred Mwangaguhunga went from practicing law to launching the popular gossip site

MediaTakeOut.com founder Fred Mwangaguhunga took aspirations of working for himself to leave behind a successful…

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3 Ways to Restore, Reassess & Rejuvenate Your Executive Brand

Follow these steps to help define your personal brand

Career columnist Marshawn Evans tells you what steps to take to help define your personal…

By Marshawn Evans

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Star Songwriter Talks About Conquering the Music Biz

Roc Nation singer and composer details how to make it in music

The Atlanta Post caught up with Roc Nation singer and songwriter Makeba Riddick to talk…

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Making the Most of Job Seeking on Social Networks

Maximize your chances of landing a position by using proper strategy

Maximize your chances of landing a position by using proper strategy

By Aisha M. Taylor

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NFL Players’ Negotiator Maintains Game Face

Organization leader fights tough battle to protect athletes' interests during lockout

DeMaurice Smith, president of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), navigates player negotiations with…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Five Job Benefits You Should Be Using, But Aren’t

See how these perks won't just benefit your career, but your overall personal and financial life

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If you’ve been working at the same company for more than a year, it’s…

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Be Assertive at Work Without Being Called Out Your Name

How to be taken seriously as a woman in the workplace

How to be taken seriously as a woman in the workplace

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No Luck Finding a Job? Widen Your Search Net

Take the nontraditional route to find career opportunities

Columnist Aisha Taylor details nontraditional ways to find a job

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Executive Presence: 6 Ways to Standout at Work

How to tap into your professional "it" factor

Columnist Marshawn Evans details how to tap into your professional “it” factor

By Marshawn Evans

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Is It Cheating to Have a ‘Work Husband?’

Madame Noire blogger says fine line shouldn't be crossed with male colleagues

Madame Noire blogger explores the ‘work husband’ and professional lines that shouldn’t be crossed

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The Purpose-Driven Professional: 4 Steps to Crafting a Personal Mission Statement

See how possessing a sense of purpose is essential for your career growth

Learn how to cultivate your purpose for life success

By Marshawn Evans

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Let Recession Be a Motivator for Your Career Progression

Career expert Aisha Taylor tells you how to revive your career despite challenges

Career expert Aisha Taylor gives tips on how to create your own job opportunities

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Tools For Professional Challenges

Authors provide a collection of game-changing strategies

Much has been made—and rightfully so—of the need for America’s institutions to embrace diversity and…

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Thrill Ride

How a theme-park executive handles the ups and downs of business

Last year, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment company, which operates 10 theme parks in five states,…

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Top Executives in Diversity

Our editors identify the leaders of corporate inclusion

True diversity happens at the top—that’s why Black Enterprise focused on this select group.

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Say a Good Word

How to really work your references

At the end of many résumés there is a line that reads “References furnished upon…

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Runner’s High

Marathoner uses sports as a training ground for life

Like many entrepreneurs during the recession, Temeko Richardson felt pressures on all fronts. A slowdown…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Expanding Your Inner Circle

How to network on LinkedIn—outside of your immediate connections

LinkedIn is saturated with some of the world’s top decision makers, and the company says…

By Marcia Wade

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Drinking is the Job

How a former bartender is creating the opportunity of a lifetime

Financially strapped in the midst of the Great Recession and with one semester left to…

By Sonia Alleyne

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A New Way to Keep Score: Giving Back

Those words have served as a guiding principle of my life. In our 24/7, pressure-cooker…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Interviewing the Interviewer

What to ask before you accept the job

“So many people are desperate to find work, that they are more focused on selling…

By Sonia Alleyne

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You Wore That To Work? Really? No, Really?

They say clothes make the man (or woman) so be mindful of what message your wardrobe is conveying about you

Every dress code shouldn’t be like that of a white shoe law firm. What makes…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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10 Highest-Paying College Degrees

Find out which majors can get you paid in a major way

Find out what majors can get you paid in a major way

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The Pros and Cons of hiring remote workers

Virtual Networking 201: Snagging a Quality Mentor Online

Four steps to get you on the right track to making connections

Career expert Marshawn Evans shares four essentials to courting a virtual mentor

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Don’t Be Afraid to Consider Relocating to Get Your Dream Job

Proper research and planning are key in a long-distance job search

Job search expert Aisha Taylor says, though a long-distance job search can be stressful and…

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Women of Power

Lisa Nichols

Author and Motivator Lisa Nichols Inspires During Social Media Event

Lisa Nichols inspired participant during her tweet chat with Black Enterprise, detailing her latest business…

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Susan L. Taylor Talks Mentorship and Passing on a Legacy via CARES

Sharing tips on passing on a legacy and the need for mentorship, Susan L. Taylor…

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