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1. How "time-batching" can make you more efficient

SmartBrief on Your Career | Jul 28, 2015

Bundling similar activities together by "time-batching" can make you more productive and improve your focus, writes Sara Davidson. By compressing your personal development reading to a couple of time slots each week, preparing quick meals for the week on Sunday night and handling your e-mail inbox in one fell swoop, you can maximize your time savings. Brazen Careerist (07/27)

2. 28 behaviors that could hurt your team

SmartBrief on Your Career | Jul 24, 2015

Communication problems, bad meetings and a lack of humility and mutual respect are all destructive to teams. Dan Rockwell lists 28 of the worst offenders, along with four simple steps to start solving those problems. Leadership Freak blog (07/21)

3. Benefits are a key part of your salary negotiation

SmartBrief on Your Career | Jul 30, 2015

When it comes to talking salary, most people tend to focus solely on the dollar signs, writes Kristen Pope. But benefits add up to more than 30% of any compensation package, and they should not be treated as a simple perk or bonus -- they can be negotiated as well. Brazen Careerist (07/20)

4. How millennials can combat office misperceptions

SmartBrief on Your Career | Jul 24, 2015

Millennials should avoid behavior that might cause them to be perceived as "clock punchers" or complainers, J.T. O'Donnell writes. Consider staying a few minutes after your normal work hours to chat with the boss or finish extra work, she writes. Inc. online (free registration) (07/22)

5. Use LinkedIn to find hiring managers

SmartBrief on Your Career | Jul 27, 2015

Contacting a hiring manager directly can be more effective than going through the standard job application process, writes Liz Ryan. Use LinkedIn's advanced search filters to input job titles and company names that you think will return contact information for hiring managers, she suggests. Forbes (07/24)

6. Search for the right company, not the right job

SmartBrief on Your Career | Jul 29, 2015

It's important to search for the right company rather than just the right job, writes Mark Murphy. Focus on whether you're a good fit for the company's culture, and show the hiring manager that you have the proper mindset. "These days you can’t just have a great set of skills; you also need the right attitude," Murphy writes. Forbes (07/28)

7. Use these openers to break the ice at networking events

SmartBrief on Your Career | Jul 28, 2015

Complimenting someone sincerely to open a conversation is one way to set a positive tone for a networking conversation, writes AudienceBloom CEO Jayson Demers. You can also talk about a shared experience related to the occasion, such as the food, newsworthy events or even the weather during the gathering. Inc. online (free registration) (07/27)

8. 5 key philosophies can pave a path to success

SmartBrief on Your Career | Jul 29, 2015

Your idea of success should be adaptable and include the total picture if you want to reach your goals, writes Adam Toren, co-founder of By celebrating your achievements, yet maintaining a sense of humility, you'll be more likely to succeed. Toren also believes that treating others well is an overlooked key to success. Entrepreneur online (07/28)

9. Forget love -- in the workplace, trust is all you need

SmartBrief on Your Career | Jul 27, 2015

In any workplace, employees need to feel that they'll be heard and will be given honest feedback, while bosses need to trust that employees will be loyal and open with them, writes Dan McCarthy. He offers 22 signs of a trustworthy relationship. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (07/23)

10. How to combat these 8 demotivators

SmartBrief on Your Career | Jul 27, 2015

To maintain your energy, it's important to diagnose and take steps to counter "energy drainers" such as distractions, being overcommitted or not having a clear goal, writes Petra Urhofer. "Recognise that disorganisation is an energy drain and organise yourself in a way that makes sense to you," Urhofer advises. Forum (07/23)

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