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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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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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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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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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Free!!! Only the Crazy and Fearless Win BIG!

Get a chance to win free copy of self-made millionaire Arthur Wylie’s book that unlocks…

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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…

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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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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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For many women, a power look doesn't just end with the right outfit or shoe. It's a head-to-toe story of branding that tells who they are, what they do and how well they do it.


Putting that best face forward is important, whether they're closing deals, working with clients, traveling the world or starting that next venture. In today's image-conscious business world, make-up is no longer just for movie stars and glamour girls, as many working women recognize the importance of presence, accentuating their best features and embracing the power of femininity.


Frank Guyton, celebrity make-up artist and artistic director at Black Opal, helped four professional women tap into their wow factor, with beauty looks that can go from the office to after hours. ---Janell Hazelwood


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Beauty Before and After: 4 Career Women Transform into Power Looks

Black Opal artistic director Frank Guyton talks tips on day-to-night looks

Frank Guyton, celebrity make-up artist and artistic director at Black Opal, creates power looks for…

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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…

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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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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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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…

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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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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…

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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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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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THE MATCHMAKER: PAUL CARRICK BRUNSON


The Beginning: Known to many as the “real life Hitch,” Brunson says he's the only black male matchmaker in the U.S., among full-time professionals in the industry. In 2008, he was seeking business advice from a friend and decided to meet up with her at a matchmaking conference. At the time, his day job was working as a financial adviser. He never ended up meeting with his friend, but he did stumble upon an interesting discussion.


“There were about 250 matchmakers from all over the world---all blond women over the age of 40," he says. "It hit me: ‘Black people love too.’ ” Taking notice of the lack of diversity, Brunson decided to tap into a niche of his own.

Careers of Love: Black Professionals Banking on Romance

Matchmaker, romance novelist and wedding planner talk business of amour

For these entrepreneurs, love does pay the bills. We talk to a matchmaker, romance novelist…

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Lesson in Personal Branding: Would You Be Associated with You?

While evaluating your inner circle, it's good to put yourself to the test, too

We often evaluate people in our networks since they reflect largely on our own personal…

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7 Days of Boss Moves, Day Seven: Take Time to Rest and Recharge after Networking

Get beyond the business-card exchange toward quality connections

The Boss Network’s Cameka Smith details how to build long-lasting connections and solid professional relationships.

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7 Days of Boss Moves, Day Six: Perfect the Art of the Follow-Up

Get beyond the business-card exchange toward quality connections

The Boss Network’s Cameka Smith details how to build long-lasting connections and solid professional relationships.

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How I Did It: Catwalk Powerhouse J. Alexander Talks Fashion Industry Success

Model-turned-runway-coach took teaching swagger straight to the bank

Model-turned-runway-coach talks longevity in a fashion industry where success can be short-lived.

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7 Days of Boss Moves, Day Three: Maximize Your Social Networks

Get beyond the business-card exchange toward quality connections

For seven days, we challenge you to take steps toward quality networking with Cameka Smith,…

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6 Quick Steps to Upgrade Your Public Speaking Skills

Gift of gab is a major asset whether in front of one or many

Great leaders are usually awesome public speakers, able to effectively communicate and relate to their…

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Splurges, Surprises, and Serious Consequences

In my last year of 20s, here's what I'd tell the younger, less responsible me

After 29 years of excitement, carefree experiences and graceful falls, there’s so much that the…

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Top Cities That Pay Women Top Salaries

San Jose, California leads in paying females workers the most

These locations pay female workers the most among all others in the nation.

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6 Vital Things to Keep Track of on the Job

Early due diligence can guarantee future career success

Taking care of these important tasks on the job early allows you to focus on…

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Rosalind Brewer Makes History as Sam’s Club CEO

Spelman alumnus is first woman and African American at post

Rosalind Brewer becomes the first woman and African American to hold the CEO position at…

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4 Ways to Boost Your Professional Marketability

Be that job candidate who is sought after and indispensable

Don’t just rest on simply having a degree. Make yourself a job candidate who is…

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It’s never easy to search for a new job while you’re already employed. Professionals often find themselves having to sneak around to send out resumes, go on interviews, or speak with potential employers. 	While you shouldn’t feel trapped in your current position, it’s very important that you conduct your job search with integrity and skill. Consider these tips when searching for a new job and avoid having to compromise your current paycheck. —Aisha Taylor

Career Tip of the Day: Google Yourself

Ensure that your personal brand is attractive on the Web

Be sure your personal brand is represented as attractive as possible on the Web.

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How to Ace the Toughest Job Interview Question

Tackle it with the confidence of knowing the right approach

Tackle the question of your contribution to company profitability with confidence.

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There have been many black films that inspire, enrage, encourage and invigorate. And several of those have reflected real-life scenarios that we all have seen in our own lives --- especially when it comes to the workplace.


Here are six films with black actors that feature career issues and have taught all of us lessons about art reflecting life. ---Janell Hazelwood

6 Best Black Career Films of All Time

These movies taught lessons on workplace and career issues

These are six of the best films with black actors that incorporated everyday workplace issues.

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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.

How to Market Untraditional Work History

Eloquently explain the diversity of job experiences on your resume

Whether you’ve changed jobs frequently or had periods of unemployment, here’s how best to explain…

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POLL: Is Traditional Business Attire Becoming Obsolete?

Reality star Yandy Smith's 'business chic' raises question of office style

The fashion of businesswoman and Love & Hip Hop star Yandy Smith raises a vital…

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How to Land a Job in the Financial Industries

Programs like Discover Ernst & Young give people of color jumpstart for careers

Discover Ernst & Young program seeks to diversify the financial industries by giving students first-hand…

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4 Ways a Liberal Arts Degree Can Work for You

How earning a general degree can have its perks

How to effectively market skills learned while earning a general degree

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3 Common Mistakes Job Seekers Make

Don't lose an opportunity because of avoidable errors

Be sure to avoid making these top errors when pursuing job opportunities.

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10 Side Jobs to Help You Transition into Self-Employment

Earn extra money while prepping to become your own boss

Use these side jobs to help you prep to become your own boss while earning…

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How to Make a Great First Impression

Five steps to ensure you present the best version of you

First impressions can last a lifetime. Here’s how to ensure your presentation is top-notch.

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4 Don’ts When Sending E-mails in the Workplace

Avoid these common communication mistakes at your job

Here are the communication mistakes to avoid when sending e-mails on your job.

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6 Tips for Getting a Job After Graduation

Tackle the job market with confidence after getting your degree

Here’s how to tackle the job market after getting your undergraduate or graduate degree.

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Dr. Gause's mother, Dr. Suzette Sines, is also a dentist and traveled with him to organize the group of Haitian medical and dental students, as well as pediatricians and dentists, to screen 300 students.

Looking Back and Giving Back: How Entrepreneurs Use Profitable Skills for Philanthropy

Three professionals who use their talents to help communities

These professionals are using their talents and skills not just for profit but to give…

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New Job Skills to Fine Tune for the New Year

Get an early start on career strategy for 2012

These are top job skills that should be evaluated and improved for career success in…

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How I Did It: Delicious Passion Turns Into Successful International Career

Kimberly Van Kline used love of cooking to build lucrative business

Kimberly Van Kline carried on her grandmother’s family legacy of great cooking into the homes…

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8 Days to Action: DAY 8, Getting to the Destination of Success

How to tap into self-fulfillment and use your gift for profit

Here are eight days of finding your purpose and tapping into the right career path…

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How to Land a Job Overseas

Options limitless for career opportunities abroad

Explore opportunities to pursue your career overseas to find international job success.

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8 Days to Action: DAY 7, Following Your Life’s Road Map in the Right Direction

How to tap into self-fulfillment and use your gift for profit

Here are eight days of finding your purpose and tapping into the right career path…

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How to Match Your Personality with Perfect Career

Tips on finding what fits for ultimate professional success

Find out your perfect match toward the career of your dreams

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8 Days to Action: DAY 6, Finding Inspiration from Your Predecessors

How to tap into self-fulfillment and use your gift for profit

Here are eight days of finding your purpose and tapping into the right career path…

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8 Days to Action: DAY 5, Finding Your Lane to Position Yourself

How to tap into self-fulfillment and use your gift for profit

Here are eight days of finding your purpose and tapping into the right career path…

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Study: Showing Too Much Skin Can Hinder Job-Seeking Success

Baring all can trigger doubts about decision-making abilities

Recent research examines the correlation between inappropriate attire and job-seeking success.

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8 Days to Action: DAY 4, Investing in a Valuable Motivator — Our Peers

How to tap into self-fulfillment and use your gift for profit

Here are eight days of finding your purpose and tapping into the right career path…

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Tackling Today’s Job Market: How to Adjust Your Job-Seeking Strategy Today

If you're not finding career success, change your game plan

If your current job-seeking approach is leading to dead ends, here’s how to make a…

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8 Days of Action: Finding Your Purpose and Getting Your Dream Job

How to tap into self-fulfillment and use your gift for profit

Here are eight days of finding your purpose and tapping into the right career path…

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5 Things You Shouldn’t Do With (or Tell) Your Boss

In many work environments, the line between you and your boss can seem a little…

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5 Job Interview Deal Breakers to Avoid

Stay away from these gaffes when seeking a career opportunity

Here are five things job seekers do that ensure they won’t be getting a callback.

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Before You Accept That Promotion …

Tips to help you make a decision that will elevate your career

Although companies continue to tell workers that they can’t sustain raises and that they must…

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From Mouths of Recruiters: 4 Ways To Tank the Interview

Avoid these mistakes to land your dream job

Four common mistakes job seekers make that turn off recruiters.

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How I Did It: Mikki Taylor Expands Beauty Brand with New Book ‘Commander in Chic’

Motivational expert uses inspiration of Michelle Obama to empower women

Beauty and fashion expert Mikki Taylor expands her brand with new book, Commander in Chic:…

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Former Dancer Takes Career to Next Level at Harlem School of the Arts

Executive fused business skills with artistic talent for opportunity of a lifetime

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After officially retiring…

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3 Reasons Not to Dumb Down Your Job Resume

Don't sell yourself short because you feel overqualified

With more mid- to senior-level professionals finding it difficult to land positions that align with…

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6 Speech Habits to Avoid During Job Interview

Stay away from these common mistakes to get the offer

These common speech habits could make or break your chances of getting a job offer.

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Privacy continues to be one of the top issues in sharing content on social networks. Recently, Facebook announced their new privacy settings and the redesign they are rolling out soon. Users started seeing the new privacy changes to the Web version Thursday, and the mobile roll-out of changes will happen soon after. An interesting question is what is driving the new Facebook privacy changes? Is it Google Plus or the need to provide users with a more contextual experience? The launch of Google Plus has intensified content-sharing privacy with their Google Circles functionality. The friendly competition with Google will hopefully continue to provide changes that will benefit the user. The other big plus is that these adjustments enable users to manage their profiles, which represent and reflect a portion of their online identity. ---Hajj Flemings

How to Prep for Success Early in Your Career

Start now on the right path to professional excellence

Ten tips to put you on an early track toward career success.

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Passion Over Profit: How to Get Past Pressure to Pursue Prestigious Job

Seven tips for following your calling and making it lucrative

Seven tips on how to pursue your passion, over profit, and get past pressure to…

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How to Make Fear a Motivator for Job Seeking

Turn a negative into a positive for career success

Here are four ways you can use fear as a motivator to find job-seeking success.

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Seeking perfection in today’s business world is not a successful business strategy. This does not mean that the need for excellence, great customer service, and preparation and planning has to be left to chance. However, when you don't fixate on perfection it means you can move forward with a business idea without waiting until all elements are exactly right.

Don't get caught up in the Perfection Trap: the illusion that everything has to be just right before you will launch. It often serves as an accelerator that moves you beyond what is needed and keeps you from working smarter. It freezes you into over-thinking everything and talking yourself out of even starting. The other problem with trying to achieve perfection is that it is really a moving target.

Here are three Perfection Traps and how you can free yourself from their grip. ---Sheri Riley

Perfection Traps: How Entrepreneurs Can Avoid Total Meltdown

Three reasons entrepreneurs should avoid seeking full perfection before acting on or launching a new project.

Seeking perfection can hinder action. Here’s how entrepreneurs can avoid the Perfection Trap and move…

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4 Destructive Workplace Myths

Common company practices that hinder productivity

Four common workplace myths and why they don’t work in the office.

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How I Did It: Chef Goes Mobile with Food Truck

What it’s like to take catering company on the road

Chef Darryl King details how he took his brand from restaurant to hot food truck…

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4 Reason You’re Not Landing the Job

If offers aren't pouring in, it's time to reevaluate

Four reasons you’re not getting job offers and how you can regroup to find job-seeking…

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How I Did It: A Food Personality Banks on Blogging

How a home chef turned passion into an expanding brand

Chef Monique Kilgore took her passion for cooking and turned it into an opportunity to…

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How I Did It: Food Activist Makes Commitment to Health Advocacy

Cookbook writer seeks better grocery access for low-income communities

Inspired by social awareness and fresh foods, activist Bryant Terry pushes for equal access to…

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At the Top Position at Work? Three Ways to Ensure You Stay There

Don't get complacent, but continue to challenge yourself and excel

If you’ve reached the top position in your firm or career, here are three things…

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How I Did It: Chef Cary Neff Serves Up International Spa Cuisine

Culinary professional shares his secret to healthy resort meals

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Cary Neff is the president of Pear Restaurant Group L.L.C., the restaurant consulting…

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Anatomy of a Winning Resume

How you can tailor yours for job-seeking success

Here’s a breakdown of a winning resume, from top to bottom, so that you can…

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4 Assets Senior Professionals Bring to the Workplace

Workers over 50 offer valuable skills developed by experience

Workers over 50 offer valuable skills developed by experience

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Seek Honest Evaluation on Your Job Performance

Constructive criticism in the workplace is vital

It’s vital you should seek criticism — not just kudos — in an honest evaluation…

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There has been a a lot of advice for job seekers on how to conduct a successful interview. However, there hasn't been much focus on the toughest interview of all, the one you face when you are over 50. This age group has the highest rate of unemployment today, and the highest level since the Great Depression.

Interviewing can be especially challenging for job candidates over 50 because recruiters and hiring authorities can hold biases, and many are are not good at interviewing to start with. Many workers over 50 never really had to learn how to interview seriously for a job while out of work, or might still hold on to outdated standards when it comes to marketing themselves.

Here are five important strategies for the over 50 job seeker on how to ace the interview and use their age as an asset, not a handicap. ---Tucker Mays and Bob Sloane

5 Interview Strategies for the Over-50 Job Seeker

How to sell yourself so that age is an asset, not a handicap

How senior workers can sell themselves in the job market.

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Are You That Loud Coworker? Here’s How to Turn it Down

Use these tips to be assertive, not offensive at your job

Madame Noire gives tips on how to tone down the volume and turn up the…

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5 Signs You’ve Chosen the Wrong Career

How to find the right fit for the profession of your dreams

Five signs you’re in the wrong line of work and should consider a career change.

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Most job seekers include a laundry list of job duties and responsibilities rather than focusing on their accomplishments. Job duties are generally generic and standard for everyone in the same position, but your accomplishments are uniquely yours. If the employer interviews 10 sales associates, they will all have the same job duties, but you may be the only one who increased sales by 25% and was awarded salesperson of the month.  So, focus less on what you did every day and more on what you actually accomplished.  Employers will notice the difference.

Career Tip of the Day: Tailor Your Cover Letter

Take the extra time and effort so you'll get noticed

Be sure to do your research and tweak your cover letter for the prospective employer,…

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

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

5 Tips for Choosing Professional References

How to ensure those giving recommendations are an asset

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

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Don’t Let Your Job Make You Sick

Strategies for good health in stressful work environments

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

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Top 3 Reasons Job Seekers Should Seek Volunteer Work

Fill the unemployment gap with a pastime that can increase success

Three reasons volunteer work is a good idea for those who are looking for new…

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Is a Bachelor’s Degree Still Worth the Investment?

A breakdown of cost vs. return for career earning potential

Experts say though higher education costs continue to rise, its worth the investment when it…

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How to Get a Leaner, Better Resume in 60 Seconds

You can make it short and sweet without omitting vital info

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

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How I Did It: Teen Vogue Accessories Director Talks Career Success

Stylista used persistence and ingenuity to climb fashion industry ladder

Teen Vogue accessories director Shiona Turini tells how to break into the fashion industry and…

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8 Tips for Great Business Meeting Etiquette

Freshen up your workplace poise and presence skills

Madame Noire offers eight tips for proper business meeting etiquette.

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4 Quick and Beneficial Ways to Spend Your Lunch Break

It's more than important to take a breather during work hours

Four quick and beneficial ways to enjoy your lunch break while at work.

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

Get past perceived barriers to find career success

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

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Finding Life Balance, Day 9: Practice Exponential Living

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

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

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

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

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

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

10 Free Resources for Learning New Job Skills

Ways you can up the ante to rebound from unemployment

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

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Finding Life Balance, Day 7: Build and Nurture Healthy Self-Confidence

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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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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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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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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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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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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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…

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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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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…

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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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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…

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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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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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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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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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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…

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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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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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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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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…

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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…

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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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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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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…

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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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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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