How to impress employers and land a great job | Don't count on being the boss's favorite | Earn influence in your work relationships
May 23, 2017
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Getting Ahead
How to impress employers and land a great job
You're more likely to land a job if you can demonstrate your abilities with something tangible, writes Rich Bellis. Make sure to fully explore your networking connections and continue learning, no matter where you are in your job search.
Fast Company online (5/22) 
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Don't count on being the boss's favorite
It's nice to earn the favor of your boss, but you should preserve your role as a team player, writes Liz Kislik. Maintain objectivity and keep your career options open.
Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (5/19) 
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Making the Connection
Earn influence in your work relationships
You can have more influence if you're willing to show that you're not perfect. Be honest about your fear of failure or personal goals, but don't be emotionally manipulative, writes Ron Carucci.
Forbes (5/22) 
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The Landscape
AT&T workers conduct massive weekend strike
AT&T workers in 36 states join massive weekend strike
(Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images)
Tens of thousands of AT&T workers left their jobs Friday after the company missed a union deadline to draft a contract. The workers, many without a contract for the past year, are seeking higher wages, better sales commission, job protection and increased health care contributions.
Fortune (5/20),  United Press International (5/20) 
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Your Next Challenge
Don't believe this bad advice from career centers
While college career centers can be helpful resources, they also occasionally provide bad advice, such as to emphasize your education over work experience on your resume. You should always focus on your work experience and avoid bringing portfolios of class work and similar items to job interviews, writes Alison Green.
U.S. News & World Report (5/22) 
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The Water Cooler
The long decline of the business suit
American workers dress more casually and have been for decades now. The reasons include an increase in remote work and a general cultural shift away from formality in fashion, writes Deirdre Clemente.
The Atlantic online (5/22) 
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