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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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VH1's top-rated show Love & Hip Hop might be known more for the brawls and drama than for its lessons on business acumen, but entertainment manager Yandy Smith proves there's more to the industry than reality TV fodder. Smith's worked her way up from being an assistant to industry power player and Violator Management co-founder Mona Scott-Young, to working with top talent including music artists 50 Cent, Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, Jim Jones, and television personality Tocarra.

Just in time for tonight's episode, Smith shares five tips for success that can be applied to any industry---for those just starting out on their career path or those looking to take it to the next level. ---Janell Hazelwood

Young Boss Moves: 5 Success Tips from Love & Hip Hop’s Yandy Smith

Entertainment manager talks career strategies for success

Tips from entertainment manager and Love and Hip Hop cast member Yandy Smith on how…

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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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"How will my business make money if no one wants to pay?"

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

7 Signs It’s Time to Quit Your Job

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

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

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Knowing When to Leave

Four signs you're in a dead end job

With more than 15 million people unemployed, many feel grateful to simply have a job—no…

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The Legal Game

This attorney plays by a different set of rules in sports

After nine years working as an attorney in the sports industry, Eve Wright has learned…

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Military to Mainstream: 5 People You Need to Know If You’re in the Military

A Who's Who for military resources

Here are five people all active duty personnel and veterans need to know.

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Following Her Heart

Tracie Alexander goes back to school to fulfill her dream and boost her income potential

Many people dream of making a living doing what they love. However, earning a self-sustaining…

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Since You Asked: Transitioning Into a New Career

Finding the best strategy to make the leap

I’m looking to make a career change within the next two years. I’m very interested…

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Step Your Game Up With a Career Coach

Get the right guidance to make power plays

After serving nearly eight years with Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, in 2008, Michelle Greene, director…

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Beyond Our Borders

Professionals step out of their cultural comfort zone and find opportunities in international business

It’s clear we no longer live in an American-centric society but in a global economy.…

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Entrepreneur Gets Lesson in Strategy 101

Misstep leads to journey on the right track

BlackEnterprise.com talked with entrepreneur TenishaPercel about how she started her two businesses and what lessons…

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20 Recession Resistant Franchises

Promising picks to choose fromeven in this economy

By the time Doni Pitchford told anyone what she had done, it was too late.…

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Take Your Dream From Concept to Company

Six ways to make your vision a reality

Every aspiring entrepreneur maintains a vision of what professional success looks and feels like for…

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How I Got My Opportunity

Executive's lessons helped take him to majors

Derrick Godfrey in his last position was a Vice President at Lehman Brothers Holding Inc.…

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