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1. How to boost your salary throughout your career

SmartBrief on Your Career | Apr 14, 2015

Data suggest that salary stagnation typically begins at 35 years old, but there are ways that millennials can avoid this pitfall and maximize their earnings. Try to get the best salary you can at your first job to set a baseline for your income, and talk to your manager if you notice that your career has started to plateau in your 30s, experts say. Fortune (04/13)

2. Tips for conducting an under-the-radar job search

SmartBrief on Your Career | Apr 13, 2015

A stealthy job search should involve reaching out to hiring managers directly, bypassing the usual recruitment "Black Hole," writes Liz Ryan. Lean on your network to learn about job opportunities and bypass red tape in the hiring process, she writes. Forbes (04/12)

3. 4 things to consider before making a career leap

SmartBrief on Your Career | Apr 16, 2015

Considering the culture of a new company is vital before taking advantage of an opportunity within it, writes Klarna North America CEO Brian Billingsley. By networking so that you're aware of new opportunities, not being afraid of ambiguity in a new position and knowing what type of environment you prefer, you are more likely to find a great match for your skills and personality. Entrepreneur online (04/15)

4. The unexpected benefits of a bad job

SmartBrief on Your Career | Apr 17, 2015

Nobody wants to have a terrible job, but the experience will help you understand what you're looking for in a career while teaching you how to get along with people with different perspectives, writes Heather Huhman. The experience will also motivate you to search for a new position while showing you how to create new opportunities at work. (04/16)

5. 7 one-on-one meeting "don'ts" to avoid

SmartBrief on Your Career | Apr 16, 2015

Bringing an agenda, dominating the conversation and interrupting the other person are sure-fire ways to ruin your one-on-one meeting. If you aren't prepared to make eye contact or learn from the other person, you won't benefit from the advantages of such meetings. Leaning back in your chair regularly and smirking are examples of body language that can undermine your efforts. Inc. online (free registration) (04/15)

6. Be tactful when replying to salary inquiries

SmartBrief on Your Career | Apr 13, 2015

If a hiring manager asks you how much you'd like to be earning, respond with a range instead of a specific number, suggests author Lynn Taylor. Point out that you're willing to negotiate, but don't be afraid to ask for 10% to 20% more than your current salary, she advises. Business Insider (04/12)

7. Avoid becoming obsolete by reinventing yourself

SmartBrief on Your Career | Apr 16, 2015

Being able to learn quickly is often more important than having a vast amount of experience, writes Josh Bersin. By reading as much as you can, getting to know the experts around you and attending industry conferences, you can keep up with an evolving workplace by adding to your skills. Huffington Post, The (04/13)

8. Inexpensive ways to work on your leadership skills

SmartBrief on Your Career | Apr 14, 2015

Even if your employer doesn't offer sufficient leadership-development resources, you can work on your skills by finding a mentor, creating an accountability group or taking advantage of opportunities to volunteer, writes Caroline Ceniza-Levine. You can also use your alma mater's career-development programs or become a mentor to someone else. Forbes (04/13)

9. How to respond to illegal questions during job interviews

SmartBrief on Your Career | Apr 17, 2015

Laws prohibit hiring managers from asking certain questions, but they might do so anyway. Asking how the question is relevant to the job can be a good way to redirect the conversation if you're asked one of these illegal questions. (04/15)

10. Know the differences between a sponsor and a mentor

SmartBrief on Your Career | Apr 15, 2015

Sponsors may be able to provide a more significant boost to your career than mentors can. "Mentorship is a light touch on someone's career, whereas sponsorship is a heavy hand in terms of pushing someone in career advancement," said Ritu Bhasin of Bhasin Consulting. A sponsor will have to put his or her reputation at risk to give you a hand, so you will have to show that you are worthy of the support. Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model), The (04/14)

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