Preparation is the key for common workplace conversations | Expand your skills through online learning | Ask hiring managers how you should follow up
February 14, 2017
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Getting Ahead
Preparation is the key for common workplace conversations
Having a script sketched out in your head can help you navigate common workplace scenarios and use them to your advantage, writes Judith Humphrey. For instance, you can prepare for elevator chat by deciding ahead of time what relevant topics you can discuss with specific professionals that you may encounter.
Fast Company online (2/10) 
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Expand your skills through online learning
Online learning is a great way for busy professionals to brush up on their skills and open up new career opportunities, writes Marian Stoltz-Loike. The flexibility and wide variety of online learning courses can help older students balance education with work and family obligations.
U.S. News & World Report (2/10) 
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Making the Connection
Ask hiring managers how you should follow up
Don't be shy about asking how to follow up at the end of your job interview, writes Pattie Hunt Sinacole. Ask how the rest of the selection process will proceed and how the hiring manager would prefer you contact them in the future. (2/13) 
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The Landscape
Charts: How immigrants affect the economy
Seven charts show how 25 million immigrants affect the economy, in which many occupy hard-to-fill positions in construction and programming. Among the data: Immigrants earn less on average than native-born workers, and they are more likely to start a business.
CBS MoneyWatch (2/10) 
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Your Next Challenge
Make a good impression at your next interview
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Don't be afraid to show your enthusiasm for the position when you're in a job interview, writes Caroline Ceniza-Levine, who provides 10 tips for standing out to potential employers. Among them are minimizing nervous body language and starting your interview in the lobby.
Forbes (2/11) 
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Balancing Yourself
Reduce weekly stress with careful planning
You'll be less stressed during the week if you figure out what your key activities will be ahead of time, writes Lisa Quast. Among her tips for making your week less stressful are scheduling time for your most important tasks so you know which requests you can and can't accommodate, and preparing outfits and meals ahead of time.
The Seattle Times (tiered subscription model) (2/13) 
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The Water Cooler
NASCAR's beginnings are in bootlegging
The precursors to NASCAR lie in the high-powered, stabilized vehicles used to quickly move moonshine without getting caught by the law, writes Jennifer Billock. Nearly 15 years after Prohibition ended, NASCAR was formed to give rules and order to the informal races that had persisted. (2/10) 
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A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
Mahatma Gandhi,
social reformer and independence movement leader
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