How to Crush Fears and Get On With Your Job Search - US News

A job search can produce a lot of anxiety. Once you get through the preparation process of getting your resume and cover letter together, you still have work to do. There’s applying, networking and interviewing. You may find that, no matter how unhappy you are in your current job, your search keeps getting pushed to the bottom of your to-do list and the needle never moves.

You may chalk up the delay to lack of time. But is that really what’s going on? Or could it be time to evaluate the mental roadblocks getting in the way? According to Danielle Droitsch, owner of Coaching with Danielle, there are three top mental offenders that hamper a job search:

  • Succumbing to fear.
  • Ignoring your strengths.
  • Being disorganized.

Here's how to tackle each.

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5 Things 'Wonder Woman' Teaches Us About Work - US News

Sure, Wonder Woman is fictional and a superhero, but there's a lot we can learn from her about life and work. At the beginning and end of the "Wonder Woman" film we see her working in an office. Arguably, she's even working in the middle of the movie – doing the biggest job ever of saving the world.

While we cannot be superheroes like her, there are things we can learn from her approach to challenges that could come in handy in our professional worlds.

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How to Answer ‘What Are You Most Proud Of?’ in a Job Interview -

“What are you most proud of” is one of the most dreaded, yet most common interview questions. In my experience, professionals often struggle with this question because they feel it necessary to come up with something extraordinary. I’ll let you in on a secret: it doesn’t have to be unique or something they’ve never heard before. What matters is sharing what you’re proud of and why. This will show them how you think, which is what they’re most interested in.

The best thing you can do is to prepare ahead of time so you won’t be caught off guard. Write down all the things you’re proud of. You’re probably going to come up with vague statements unless you’re in sales or a metric-driven field. Once you have your list, ask yourself the following questions about each accomplishment. This will help you refine each and determine the one to use in an interview.

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4 Simple Actions That Will Make You a Leader at Work - US News

You may have heard that a manager is not necessarily a leader. Why is that? The difference is that leaders earn that title based on their actions. One does not automatically assume the title "leader" as when someone obtains the title of "manager." A true leader emerges from not only how they treat others, but also how they inspire them to do their best work and to be successful. You've probably also heard that not everyone is a natural born leader, and leadership can be taught.

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How to Bolster Your Remote Work Culture - US News

While the telecommuting trend is still going strong for many companies, a lot of large firms have modified or eliminated flexible work arrangements for employees. Most recently, IBM did away with its remote work policy, and in recent years HP, Yahoo!, Best Buy, Bank of America and Aetna have stopped or severely curtailed their remote job opportunities.

There are a variety of reasons why companies have decided to change their remote culture: it's an easy way to reduce the size of a workforce, managers don't trust employees are working while at home and it disrupts collaboration and company culture. However, telework reduces overhead costs and studies have shown workers tend to be more productive and often work more hours while working from home. Blame seems to fall to the unsuccessful employees, but we need to look at where the employers are falling short in making telework arrangements viable.

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How to Write a Resignation Letter - US News

You've decided to leave your job. Whatever the cause of your departure, it's never going to be easy. The first thing you should do is have a conversation with your boss. That talk is your opportunity to provide your reason for leaving (because even if you don't want to share it, chances are high that they're going to ask, so be prepared).

Whether required by your company or not, you need to write a formal resignation letter. This not only sets the tone for your remaining time at the company, but also for your future relationship with your employer. No matter what, keep it simple. Here's how to pull together a savvy letter of resignation.

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Is Continuing Education Right for My Career? - US News

Professionals at every level often wonder whether their careers would benefit from a return to the classroom. There are often a lot of other life elements that limit your time and financial resources, and it can be a hard decision to make. Rovy Branon, vice provost for Continuum College at the University of Washington, offers the following advice for professionals considering further education, including how to identify whether it makes sense for you personally as well as the right program for you. Higher education is evolving into a much more diverse learning system so the options today are much more numerous than in the past. The following excerpts have been edited for clarity and brevity.

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