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1. Most employers hire for these qualities

SmartBrief on Your Career | Mar 25, 2015

During job interviews, employers want to see that you are inquisitive, a problem-solver and a team player, writes Charles Galda. Show inquisitiveness by asking smart questions, and demonstrate that you're a problem-solver by sharing anecdotes from previous jobs. Fortune (03/24)

2. Headhunter explains how to avoid career mistakes

SmartBrief on Your Career | Mar 26, 2015

Maintaining an overly long resume, sleeping in and downplaying previous career mistakes in interviews are common mistakes made by professionals, according to recruiter Mark Jaffe. Instead of trying to sell yourself during interviews, pretend that you're a hired consultant having a conversation with a client, he suggests. Fortune (03/25)

3. How to make your next presentation a winner

SmartBrief on Your Career | Mar 25, 2015

Including stories, varying the visual style of your templates and using a storyboard to organize your thoughts are ways to improve your presentations, John Brandon writes. Also, include lecture time for the introverts in your audience and activities for the extroverts, and keep your presentation to three main points. Inc. online (free registration) (03/24)

4. You don't have to be promoted to have a successful career

SmartBrief on Your Career | Mar 26, 2015

Don't assume you have to constantly move up the corporate ladder to avoid career stagnation, Jacquelyn Smith writes. Staying where you're at may be a good choice if you're happy with your position, like working with your colleagues and enjoy a good rapport with your boss. Expanding your skill set or your role at your company can be a more desirable way to move forward, she writes. Business Insider (03/25)

5. The right way to report workplace misconduct

SmartBrief on Your Career | Mar 23, 2015

If you see misconduct in the workplace, take your concerns to upper management, human resources or ethics and compliance officers, writes Jan Sullivan-Chalmers. You may want to anonymously report the misconduct or preemptively discuss any concerns you have about retaliation, she writes. Florida Today (Melbourne) (tiered subscription model) (03/22)

6. Are these networking habits holding you back?

SmartBrief on Your Career | Mar 24, 2015

Name-dropping, business-card hoarding and being too aggressive about handing out your own cards are three bad networking habits, according to this infographic. Avoid people who never turn networking into tangible progress or who methodically plan every interaction. (03/23)

7. Avoid these common networking mistakes

SmartBrief on Your Career | Mar 23, 2015

Forgetting your business cards, not following up with possible employers and trying to dominate conversations are three common mistakes that you need to avoid while networking, according to Avery Powell. Other common mistakes include overstaying your welcome in a conversation, talking about controversial issues and wearing your name tag on the left side instead of the right. USA Today (03/19)

8. How to take charge of your leadership trajectory

SmartBrief on Your Career | Mar 27, 2015

Becoming a leader is an ongoing process, not a question of simply winning a promotion, writes Herminia Ibarra. An employee needs to act like a leader before he can become a boss, and that means proactively finding ways to develop the skills needed to lead. "Stepping up to leadership is more like becoming a great chef than following a recipe," Ibarra writes. Strategy+Business online (free registration) (03/25)

9. Elephants rescue stranded trucker in La.

SmartBrief on Your Career | Mar 26, 2015

Two elephants helped save a Louisiana trucker from an embarrassing accident this week, keeping his truck upright after it got stuck in mud and started sliding into a ditch. The elephants, which were on their way to a nearby circus, held the truck in place with their foreheads until help arrived. United Press International (03/25)

10. Look out for these signs of burnout

SmartBrief on Your Career | Mar 26, 2015

If you're always exhausted, not eating or exercising enough, unable to stop thinking about work or experiencing stress-related health problems, you may be suffering from burnout, Jayson DeMers writes. Difficulty sleeping, increased irritability and loss of enjoyment from daily activities are other telltale symptoms. Inc. online (free registration) (03/25)

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