How Do I Ask For A Professional Introduction On LinkedIn?

The Default LinkedIn Feature You Need to Avoid (and the Templates to Use Instead) Yesterday morning, I received this LinkedIn message: Aja, will you introduce me to Kayla? I had no idea who this person was. My first instinct was to reply with: Uh, do I know you? Also, I think you forgot the “please.” But I decided that this response (while satisfying) probably wasn’t the most professional. Then, I thought about ignoring the message. But that seemed unprofessional, too. … Continued

How Can I Get Decision-Makers To Respond To Me?

3 Steps to Getting Important People’s Attention That Anyone Can Follow If you’re anything like me, you get pretty jealous when you hear about a friend or colleague who has managed to build a relationship with a well-known influencer. It’s easy to think, “Gee, I’m smart and motivated too. Why can’t I have that kind of relationship with an important person?” And sure, the reality is that there are certain people in your field that you’ll have to get really … Continued

I Hate My Job And Just Don’t Care — How Do I Stay Motivated?

How to Work Hard When You Really Just Don’t Care Anymore Mentally, you’re two feet out the door. Or three. Heck, you may even be all the way down the block by now. The bottom line is this: You’re checked out at your job and you just don’t care anymore. But you need to turn around and walk right back through that door, because even though you may not want to be there, you’re still committed to it. There are several … Continued

I Just Had A Job Interview — Do I Need To Send A Thank You Note?

3 Thank You Note Templates You’ll Have to Use Throughout Your Career Yes, you’ve heard thousands (or at least dozens) of times that you must send a thank you note after a job interview. But what about all of those other professional situations—the ones in which expressing your gratitude isn’t “expected,” per se, but it’s a nice (and smart) thing to do. Just because you want to write the email doesn’t mean the words will magically come to you. Maybe … Continued

So, What Did You Do In That Gap Between Jobs? Nothing. How To Explain?

How to Explain a Job Gap if You Didn’t Do Anything During the Gap It’s generally understood to be good practice to do something of importance when you’re in between jobs—take a class, get an internship, start a blog, do freelance work, volunteer.But what if you didn’t do any of those things? What if you straight up took a break and vowed to take it easy before diving headfirst into the next thing? Or, alternatively, you put so much time … Continued

Do I Say “Like” Too Much? How Do I Improve My Office Communication Skills?

This One Word’s Killing Your Credibility at Work—Here’s How to Stop Saying It “Hey, can I give you some quick feedback about that meeting?” my co-worker asked. We’d just walked out of a particularly discussion-heavy session, and since I’d made a couple great points, I figured she was about to praise them. “Sure!” I said. “You had some good contributions…” she began, “but you really need to stop saying ‘like.’ It’s totally undermining your credibility.” I sighed. My “like” problem … Continued

Help!! Are There Any Typos In My Resume?

3 Questions to Ask a Friend Editing Your Resume Besides “Are There Any Typos?”  Not only is your resume essentially your career summed up on one page, it’s also your ticket to your next awesome opportunity. So, yeah, it’s kind of a big deal. With that in mind, it probably doesn’t take too much convincing that it’s a good idea to have an extra set of eyes look over it to make sure it’s in tip-top shape before you use … Continued

I Blew It! My Interview Went South!! Misery Loves Company And Other Stories Of Bad Interviews

64 Job Interview Horror Stories That’ll Remind You it Could Always Be Worse Maybe you went the entire interview with spinach stuck in between your two front teeth. Maybe you showed up 20 minutes late after getting stuck in traffic. Or maybe you just really didn’t mesh well with your hiring manager. No matter what happened, I can promise you that a subpar job interview isn’t the end of the world. It’s also probably not as bad as you’re imagining. … Continued