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1. Tips for overcoming public-speaking anxiety

SmartBrief on Your Career | Feb 23, 2015

Calm your nerves before a speech by controlling your breathing, particularly your exhales, writes Anett Grant, the president of a speaking-coaching company for executives. Find a rhythm by using short sentences, and develop a mental map of your key points, she writes. Fast Company online (02/20)

2. How 2 words can make or break a job interview

SmartBrief on Your Career | Feb 27, 2015

Job candidates should examine how many times they use the words "we" and "I" during interviews, suggests Avention CEO Steve Pogorzelski. When asked about successes, Pogorzelski says candidates who say "we" a lot are obviously team players, but when talking about failures, candidates who say "I" more often are those who know how to take responsibility. Fortune (02/25)

3. 9 unconventional time-management strategies

SmartBrief on Your Career | Feb 25, 2015

Use a pen or a pencil rather than a software application to make your to-do list, and consider making many small tweaks to your scheduling instead of pursuing drastic changes, writes Lily Herman, citing a number of publications. Start writing down your biggest time-wasters, and set daily goals with reminders. (02/23)

4. How to interpret misleading language from interviewers

SmartBrief on Your Career | Feb 25, 2015

Interviewers may use veiled questions to get specific bits of information from you, Arnie Fertig writes. For example, when interviewers ask "do you have any questions for me?" at the end of the interview, they probably want you to show that you understand the position and have ideas for how to be successful at it. U.S. News & World Report (02/24)

5. Develop your strengths to compensate for weaknesses

SmartBrief on Your Career | Feb 24, 2015

Overcome weaknesses by making better use of your strengths, including tying your strengths to specific goals, expert Alex Linley says. Also, look for ways to make your weaknesses irrelevant, such as partnering with co-workers whose skill sets are complementary to yours. Huffington Post, The (02/23)

6. 7 ways to impress from the start

SmartBrief on Your Career | Feb 23, 2015

Leaders get only one chance to make a good first impression on their employees, writes Naphtali Hoff. Smile, stand tall and treat everyone around you with warmth and genuine interest. "By working to kick things off positively, new leaders greatly increase their likelihood of gaining their colleagues’ trust and support from the outset," Hoff writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (02/20)

7. How to be successful regardless of talent

SmartBrief on Your Career | Feb 25, 2015

Anyone can master new skills as long as you have specific goals and are willing to practice, writes Patrick Allan. "Success is a difficult equation to solve, and there are a lot of variables to account for, but innate, natural, born-this-way talent is not an essential component," he writes. Lifehacker (02/23)

8. How meditation -- and a banana -- can calm job interview jitters

SmartBrief on Your Career | Feb 26, 2015

Job seekers should take a couple of minutes before an interview to meditate and visualize success to minimize nervousness, MIT career-development specialist Lily Zhang advises. In this blog post, she suggests that exercising in the morning before an interview can help clear a candidate's head, and notes that many performers eat a banana before an appearance believing its nutrients can help calm their nerves. (02/23)

9. A method for polishing the skills section of your LinkedIn profile

SmartBrief on Your Career | Feb 23, 2015

LinkedIn's University Finder tool can help you determine which skills to list in your profile, Joshua Waldman writes. Start by finding out which schools have a significant number of graduates at the companies you are interested in, and then determine which skills show up most frequently among graduates of those schools. Mashable (02/22)

10. This is the year to increase your paycheck

SmartBrief on Your Career | Feb 26, 2015

Switching jobs can increase your salary up to 20% more than the salary bump you would receive from an internal promotion, according to a study from the Wharton School. Simply asking for a raise at your current job can also yield positive results, as a study by Payscale indicates that 75% of employees who asked for a raise got it. Money magazine (02/25)

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