How to Enhance Your Workspace - US News

So many of us work in a less-than-ideal workspace. You may be sitting in a sterile white, gray or beige cubicle. Or you have an office without windows and a lot of old-fashioned dark brown furniture. Maybe you don't have the luxury of either and instead sit in an open floor plan. Let's face it: if you don't feel comfortable in your work area, you won't produce your best work. Time to change that.

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There are a lot of easy hacks you can do to improve your workspace and make it more amenable to you and your work style.

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How to Answer 'Why Are You Looking for a New Job?' in an Interview - US News

There are many challenging interview questions, and "Why are you looking for a new job?" certainly falls into that category. Let's admit, it's a pretty frustrating question that can really throw you during an interview. But being prepared will make all the difference.

[See: The 10 Most Common Interview Questions.]

Whatever your reasons are, you want to be honest but discrete. You don't want to slam your current boss or colleagues, or tell your prospective employer that you don't make enough money. These are all huge turn offs and will get you quickly into the "no (and we never want to see you again)" pile. The most important thing is to keep it positive. Here is a list of perfectly valid reasons for looking for a new job that aren't going to get you anywhere in an interview:

"My boss and I don't get along."

"I don't get any credit for my work."

"I want to make more money."

"I haven't been promoted or been promised the things I expected when I started my job."

[See: 8 Tacky Job Search Faux Pas.]

Instead, the following approaches will help you advance further.

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Questions to Ask When Writing a Post-Military Resume -

It’s not easy to translate your military experience to the civilian or corporate world in a resume. But when you transition, it’s something you have to do. While there are many veteran recruiters out there, particularly in large companies, you cannot count on all companies being able to grasp military lingo. While government contractors may understand it, the chances of other companies getting it are slim. If you’re not undergoing a transition out of the military, but simply out of a long career in the federal government, you will also need to translate your experience for the outside world. Here are some questions to help you shape your post-military or post-government resume.

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When and How to Hand Out Your Business Card - US News

We've all been there. You're at a professional or social event and have a good conversation with someone. You want to keep in touch, so you offer your business card (if you have one) before parting ways, and the other person does the same. If you don't have one to give out, you may simply ask for theirs and assure them you'll follow up with an email with your contact information. Note: make sure you actually do this the following day.

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What to Do With Your Job Search After Hearing 'We'll Get Back to You' - US News

As if a job search wasn't already frustrating enough, we often get absolutely no response to many job applications. If you're lucky enough to get an interview, you may be told, "We'll get back to you." Then you begin to wonder: How long do I have to wait to hear back? Is it OK if I follow up and when is it appropriate to do so?

Whether you've received no response or been told that you'll hear back, there are some creative, non-intrusive ways to tackle the uncertainty.

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How to Create a Winning Federal Resume -

When you’re applying to a job in the federal government, the most important thing you can do is read the instructions carefully. Highlight so that you catch all the important details, and follow the instructions exactly. This seems so simple, but is often overlooked by applicants. While the government began accepting standard resumes years ago, not all agencies will take them. Some still ask you to build your resume with the USAJobs tool. In either case, be sure you do the following things.

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Flexible Work Trends: What Can We Expect in 2017? - US News

Now more than ever, U.S. workers expect to be able to have a balance between work and life. Work hours and demands on employees have increased, while family and personal demands have remained the same, if not increased, as well. As a result, many people are choosing to exit the traditional workforce to start companies and work for themselves in order to create a flexible schedule.

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How to Write a Top-Notch Executive Resume - US News

It's never easy to write your own resume, and when you're an executive, or want to be, it is even harder. You probably have several things working against you: you're short on time, you are focused on the big picture rather than the details and you may not have written a resume in a long time.

While the points below can apply to and help anyone writing a resume, this is a breakdown of areas you should specifically focus on as an executive.

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Featured in Even Women Can Have Unconscious Bias Against Women Leaders - Payscale

A recent Forbes article titled No Man Is Above Unconscious Gender Bias In The Workplace – It’s ‘Unconscious cites a Stanford study showing that men are significantly more likely to critique females for coming on too strong at work. The study also found that men tend to attribute a woman’s success not to her individual effort and abilities, as they would a man, but to external factors and “luck.”

PayScale’s report, Inside the Gender Pay Gap, lists unconscious bias as a contributing factor to women making less money and occupying fewer leadership roles than men. But it’s not just men who have unconscious bias against female leaders. Even the most bias-aware women among us may harbor unconscious biases, although they might not align with our conscious beliefs.

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9 end-of-year career moves to help you finish 2016 strong -

As December wraps up, you might be laser-focused on holiday shopping, PTO, and lots of hot cocoa—maybe even a handsome bonus from your employer. But before you check out entirely, use these last few days to make some small but meaningful career moves and you’ll be ready to make 2017 your best career year ever.

“Many employees mentally check out during the holidays,” says Belinda Plutz, founder of New York-based Career Mentors Inc. She says, however, the key is to stay engaged and use December to productively wrap up the year.

So, take a few minutes away from online shopping (it’s OK, everyone does it), hold off on the office eggnog for now, and take these action steps to close the book on 2016—for good.

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