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1/15/2018

A shrinking labor pool has employers hiring people they normally might pass over, such as those with a criminal record and those who have been out of work. The shift has put more prime-age workers -- people ages 25 to 54 -- into the workforce, economists say.

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1/15/2018

The best way to begin a speech is to explain what people can gain from listening to it, Salma Jafri says. Save personal anecdotes until your audience understands what they can learn from you.

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Entrepreneur online
1/15/2018

Subject line keywords such as "urgent" can alert recipients that a quick reply is necessary, writes Tanya Hall. Other helpful keywords include "FYI," which lets recipients know they can simply read your email and don't need to compose a reply.

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Inc. online
1/15/2018

Busy professionals should make sure they know and can communicate their career stories before they start a job search, writes Jenny Foss. After that, it's important to construct a detailed plan, optimize LinkedIn and other social media profiles and set aside blocks of time to dedicate to the job search.

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The Muse
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1/15/2018

A pair of Russian comedians were able to fool Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo into believing they were Ukrainian officials. Comedians Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov posted a YouTube video of the resulting phone call, during which the pair discussed the threat of a North Korean missile attack with Calvo.

1/15/2018

If your business is experiencing rapid growth, your hiring approach should support that, Spark Hire CEO Josh Tolan writes. Tolan outlines five common mistakes, such as excluding employees from the hiring process, and suggests remedies.

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ERE Media
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1/12/2018

Any interaction can be an opportunity to expand your professional network, writes Carrie Kerpen, who shares a story about connecting with one of her idols in an airport. "[R]ather than expecting things to happen to you, you have to take the initiative and go after them," she writes.

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The Muse
1/12/2018

Draw a task map that uses a hub-and-spoke design when a traditional to-do list isn't helping you organize tasks across different initiatives, suggests Chris Myers. It can also be helpful to use a prioritization matrix that factors in the time required, effort level and importance of specific tasks.

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Forbes
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1/12/2018

Leaders must be willing to respect ideas and people they don't understand, writes Robert Safian, the managing director of Fast Company. Also, they should use face-to-face communication whenever possible as they work to show empathy and a willingness to listen to others.

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Fast Company online
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1/12/2018

Focus on opportunities for growth as well as your salary expectations when choosing the right job opportunity, writes Emily Moore. Don't forget to consider factors such as the length of your commute.

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