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    The Right Way to Say, "I Quit!"

    The Right Way to Say, "I Quit!"
    The job market is finally showing signs of life--and that means more workers will likely have the opportunity to change jobs in the coming months. It's clear that many will welcome this: A recent survey by the Corporate Executive Board, a research and advisory services company, found that 25 percent of workers whom employers had labeled as having high potential were ...
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    Build a Great Working Relationship with Your Boss

    Build a Great Working Relationship with Your Boss
    One of the worst things you can do when you start your new job is to make your supervisor look bad for hiring you. After all, your boss is key to your current on-the-job satisfaction and to your future success in the organization -- and perhaps even beyond. If there ever were a relationship for you to invest in, this is ...
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    5 Tips for Working on a Creative Team

    It's impossible to find a job these days where teamwork isn't valued. If you're asked in an interview whether or not you like working on a team, you'd better not answer that you work best as a lone wolf, because it will be hard to get hired. To get (and keep) a job, you must show excellent collaborative, communication, and ...
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    3 Ways to Stop Undermining Your Work

    3 Ways to Stop Undermining Your Work
    From time to time, you may undermine yourself on the job with your behavior. This form of self-sabotage not only prevents you from performing at your full potential, but also gives colleagues and customers an opportunity to think less of you as an individual and professional. With self-awareness, determination and practice, you can minimize these negative behaviors. Try this three-step process. ...
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    5 Attitudes That Get Creative Pros Promoted

    5 Attitudes That Get Creative Pros Promoted
    You are looking for attitudes in the workplace to become your career booster. You are possibly past your first year mark at work. You have somewhat learned the ropes of your position but you feel you are slowing down. So, what are some of the attitudes in the workplace that can help you get ahead at work? There are many positive ...
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    Is It Ever Okay to Bash Your Art Director on Facebook?

    Is It Ever Okay to Bash Your Art Director on Facebook?
    Employees have been criticizing their bosses since the beginning of time. Until the birth of social media, these conversations generally played out in lunchrooms or restrooms, around the water cooler, over a few cocktails at the local pub after working hours, and in the smoker’s circle outside the office building. [gate] [widget:inarticlebulleted_networking] Regardless if the criticisms were true or not, the ...
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    Job Termination and Your Visual Arts Resume

    Job Termination and Your Visual Arts Resume
    Your employer just let you go. You need to find another job, but how should you handle your termination on your resume? The days when you signed on with a company and stayed with it until retirement are gone. In today's climate, employers are much more understanding when they see a less-than-perfect work chronology. [widget:inarticlebulleted_bad_habits] Follow these tips regarding losing your ...
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    Do You Have an Office Spouse?

    Do You Have an Office Spouse?
    Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa. George Bush and Condoleezza Rice. Stacy and Clinton. Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy. Whether in real life or reel life, work spouses are out there. You've seen them, right? Or maybe you're in such a relationship: Two people who spend most of their working hours together, behaving like a married couple. But despite subtle overtones of ...
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    How to Survive a Lousy Team Leader

    How to Survive a Lousy Team Leader
    For almost everyone, having a job means working on teams. But not all team leaders know how to create successful teams — by building consensus, setting agendas, meeting deadlines, encouraging good ideas, and so on. In fact, many team leaders are thrown into the role without training in any of these areas. If your leader seems to be less than fully ...
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    Tips for Making ANY Job Less Stressful

    Tips for Making ANY Job Less Stressful
    Stress is inevitable. But the debilitating strain of chronic work stress is not, even if you're in an inherently stressful profession. In fact, learning to manage your stress is likely to improve your career, according to career coach Julie Jansen, the author of "You Want Me to Work With Who? Eleven Keys to a Stress-Free, Satisfying, and Successful Work Life--No Matter ...
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    How to Recover from Embarrassing Work Moments

    How to Recover from Embarrassing Work Moments
    Years later, I still remember that sinking feeling, just after I'd hit the Send button after writing an email complaining about an editor. My worst virtual fear was quickly confirmed: Yes, I had sent my bit of snark to the editor instead of my friend--and no, the editor wasn't amused. Although he initially refused to work with me again, he eventually ...
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    The Funniest Ways to Quit an Awful Job

    We’ve all been there — you’re sitting at your desk or laying in bed actively imagining the infinite ways you could tell your lunatic boss “I quit!” Imagine throwing him your resignation letter, haphazardly stuffing a box full of your most precious desk knick-knacks, and high-fiving coworkers as you bound out of the office, never to return again. Dream all ...
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    Reducing Tension Between Creatives and Managers

    Reducing Tension Between Creatives and Managers
    Many of the e-mails and questions we get at Accidental Creative revolve around one question. Actually, it’s one question asked from two different perspectives: How can I get them to understand me? The them in the question is either “my manager” or “my creative team” depending on who is asking the question. There is a lot of time spent lobbing shots ...
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    5 Habits for Career Success at Entry Level

    5 Habits for Career Success at Entry Level
    I am blessed to have some of the best bosses coach me when I first entered the working world. They passed to me what seemed like, at that time – pretty obvious things one would do when in the working world. What seems pretty obvious as habits for career success isn’t always so. As you start on your career path you ...
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    Are You Stealing or Just Doing Your Job?

    Are You Stealing or Just Doing Your Job?
    We see everyday how ethics come into play in big business and politics. Usually there seems to be none, but ethics do exist just the same. Of course, there are personal ethics that most of us have as well, and those are a personal choice. But, what about those grey areas of design ethics? How do we make sure we're practicing ...
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    How to Tell if a Layoff is Looming

    How to Tell if a Layoff is Looming
    Almost all mature companies have shed employees at some point--and in most cases the pink slips don't come as a surprise. "Very often senior management will delay a decision to cut headcount, so unless there is a quick catastrophic event, layoffs have been a long time coming," explains Scott Steinberg, CEO of TechSavvy Global. How can you know if your job ...
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    5 Essential Steps to Create Career Fulfillment

    5 Essential Steps to Create Career Fulfillment
    Career fulfillment (or, as I like to call it, career nourishment) can often seem like an elusive beast. Figuring out what it is and how to find it is a difficult process for many. The first thing I tell my coaching clients is career fulfillment isn’t something you FIND, it’s something you CREATE. And the process, while different for everyone, involves ...
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    5 Ways to Stay Creative Once in Management

    5 Ways to Stay Creative Once in Management
    Being a manager in a creative career can be rough. You are dealing more with Excel spreadsheets than Photoshop. You are worried more about revenue and the bottom line than the color palette for your next project. And, sometimes, you feel like you’ve lost your flare for the creative completely. So how to get the spark back, once you’re dealing with ...
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    7 Tips to Help Young Art Pros Fit In

    7 Tips to Help Young Art Pros Fit In
    Ah, youth! I remember my own youth, back before the invention of electricity. As fun as youth is, however, there are some things the old bulls have to teach when it comes to looking for a job. Here are a few of them: 1. Dress well. Even if the company is “business casual” or (heaven help us) “business grubby,” you can’t ...
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    15 Stupidest Ways to Lose Your Job

    Sometimes, a person will lose their job through no fault of their own. The whims of a psychotic boss, an economy in shambles, or a simple misunderstanding can have an otherwise satisfactory employee packing up his or her cubicle. Other times, a person will lose their job because they have done something so incredibly foolish, you wonder how they ever ...

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