Tag Archives: Career Advancement

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A Smarter Way to Update Your Resume

Key things to consider before adjusting a very important document

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

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Top 7 Careers for Professionals with the Gift of Gab

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

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

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6 Steps to Taking the Leap Into A Totally New Career

Find the courage and start today pursuing your professional purpose

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

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Celebrity Stylist Kim Kimble Talks Hollywood Hair, Reality TV Drama

"LA Hair" star and entrepreneur exposing brand to new audience

Celebrity stylist Kim Kimble takes the day-to-day hustle of shop management and Hollywood haircare to…

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Top 10 Questions to Ask During a Job Interview

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

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

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Cool Jobs: 3 Fashion Heavyweights Sparking Tobago’s Fashion Awakening

These style professionals are helping widen scope of international exposure

We caught up with three power players behind Tobago Fashion Weekend, putting the island on…

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

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

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

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Three Things OKC Can Teach Employers About Young Professionals

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

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

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Top 4 Tips for Multitasking at the Office

How to make the most of your hours at work

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

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Mistake 3: Having a negative or arrogant attitude. 


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

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

Avoid these common mishaps to find continued career success

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

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Cool Jobs: Ross Burton Teaches the Value of Polished Beauty Around the World

Celebrity makeup artist offers his valuable experience to the everyday woman

Makeup artist Ross Burton has taken his experience working with heavyweights from Oprah Winfrey to…

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Leadership: 5 Steps to Upgrading Your WOW

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

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

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5 Toxic Beliefs That Ruin Careers

You could be shortchanging your success with these mental hangups

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

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Leadership: 6 Steps to Putting Your Vision Into Action

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

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

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6 Habits of Stand-Out Employees

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

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

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

4 Funding Resources for Professional Artists

How to finance your professional passion for your next masterpiece

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

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6 Reasons You Should Stay on Your Career Path

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

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

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For many recent grads, the next step is finding the perfect job in the perfect location to ensure the perfect post-grad life. To help you get at least close to that, employment Website CareerBliss.com analyzed data based on reviews from college grads to find the happiess place to be after all the classes, parties and papers are done. Factors such as work-life balance, cost of living, and growth opportunities were taken into consideration to come up with 10 locations where young professionals can potentially find their bliss. Take a look at cities that made the cut and their "Bliss Scores" (on a scale of 1 to 5).

10 Best Cities for Young Professionals to Find Bliss

A snapshot of best places to live and work

The best cities for recent grads looking are not necessarily the big ones. Take a…

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‘Queen of Street Lit’ Wahida Clark Continues Her Publishing Reign

Entrepreneur talks Cash Money Content deal, second chances, family balance

Street lit veteran Wahida Clark continues brand expansion with more authors and lucrative Cash Money…

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7 Steps to Getting a Promotion

Make strategic power moves in the right direction

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

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Cool Jobs: Dell VP Uses Skills Learned in Military to Achieve Corporate Success

West Point grad finds fulfillment using vital leadership qualities in the C-suite

Mel Parker, vice president and general manager at Dell, took time management and leadership skills…

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

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

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

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Kevin Liles Offers Valuable Assessment for Today’s Professionals

Tool provides vital insight on career strengths, weaknesses, purpose

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

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

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

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

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Dangerous Deferment: Are You Running From Your Goals?

Top ways to avoid regret and make your career dreams reality

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

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Cool Jobs: Television Executive Cultivates Diversity for the Screen

Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i enjoys ensuring inclusion and fairness in entertainment

Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i, a CBS diversity executive, enjoys ensuring inclusion and fairness in entertainment.

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

How you can avoid the effects of disgruntled employees

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

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12 Traits of a Successful Employee at a Startup

What to consider when working for a newbie company

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

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

Learn to navigate the career advancement waters properly

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

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Cool Jobs: Professional Helps Blind Vets Get Second Chance

Rehab specialist inspired by the success stories of his clients

Profiles of professionals who have jobs that combine creativity, fun, and their professional passions.

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Top TV Exec Talks Entertainment Diversity and Inclusion

Kelly Edwards of NBCUniversal strives to keep multi-ethnic presence prevalent

Kelly Edwards, a senior executive at NBCUniversal, strives to continue her work in keeping entertainment…

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

9 Power Plays for Career Women

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

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

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

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

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

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How I Did It: Web Entrepreneur Makes Finding Right Products Online Easy

Founder of PlumPerfect.com talks e-commerce and tech-based businesses

Asmau Ahmed, founder of PlumPerfect.com, combines tech skills with love of online shopping for Web…

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5 Steps to Becoming a Boss in 2012

Strategize your way straight to the top of the career ladder

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

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Cool Jobs: L’Oreal Chemist Takes Cosmetics Passion Global

Searching for perfect makeup shades for women of color is all in a day's work

Profiles of professionals who have jobs that combine creativity, fun, and their professional passions.

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Meet Your Small Business University Instructor: Melinda Emerson

Register for Black Enterprise's Small Business University NOW and learn how to build and grow your business! Plus enter for a chance to win more than $50,000 in prizes

For the Black Enterprise Small Business University, sponsored by Dell, entrepreneurship expert Melinda Emerson offers…

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How to Go From Entry Level to Top Exec

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

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

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How to Deal with a Toxic Boss

Find ways to manage those Monday (through Friday) Blues

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

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

Be proactive in ensuring your progressive career development

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

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

7 Qualities of a Marketable Employee

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

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Cool Jobs: Maxim Research Editor Enjoys Perks of Every Man’s Dream

From beautiful babes to travel, this media professional rarely has a dull day

BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at professionals who have jobs that combine creativity, fun, and their…

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Despite a high unemployment rate and a job outlook that's still not at its best, there are still jobs that employers are struggling to fill. 


Take a look at jobs that are in demand and waiting for the right candidate to fill them.

5 In-Demand Jobs Employers Are Struggling to Fill

Despite high unemployment, some jobs are still highly available

From salary to qualifications, check out top occupations companies want to fill with the right…

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Free!!! Books of the Week – Career Building

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

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

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(Career) Match Made in Heaven: Real-Life Success of Nontraditional Mentorships

How two professionals found the perfect fit

Two real-life mentors and mentees share what makes their career relationship work.

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6 Tacky, Unprofessional Workplace Distractions

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

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

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6 Signs Your Job Is Not the Right One For You

Find the career you're compatible with

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Try these multitask strategies for career advancement

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

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

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

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

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


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

Construction Entrepreneur Talks 7 Steps to Power Positioning for Women

How a New Jersey business leader positioned herself for career success

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

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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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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


More information: Visit the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

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…

By Janell Hazelwood

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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…

By Janell Hazelwood

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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…

By Demetria Irwin

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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…

By Janell Hazelwood

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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:…

By Janell Hazelwood

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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…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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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…

By Alisa Gumbs

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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.

By Aisha M. Taylor

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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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