Author: Laura Rose

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5 Ways to Make Yourself Stand Out at Work

A busy professional asks a question regarding working relationships. I’m looking for meaningful, effective ways that employees in nearly any scenario can make themselves stand out in a good way. It goes without saying that above all, you must continue to produce high-quality work, make the most of your time at the office. We don’t want any of the below...

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10 Tips and Tactics for a Better Salary

A busy professional asks a question regarding negotiating for a better salary. I need some tactics to negotiating for a better salary. Whether you are negotiating in a hiring interview OR negotiating for a raise, there are several things you can do to put yourself in the winning position. Here are a few: 1. Make sure you are worth the...

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How to Better Clarify Your Pay Structure to Client

A busy professional asks a question regarding client relationships. My client doesn’t want to pay for going over budget stating that I was unclear… was I? Prior to beginning a specific design project, I submitted a proposal to my client for her review and approval. It clearly specified the projected budget and terms. “Three concepts of the logo will be...

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Should I Give an Acquaintance a Recommendation?

A busy professional asks a question regarding his co-working relationships. Should I give an acquaintance a recommendation? Someone I met twice has asked me for a written recommendation for a new job. I don’t know this person. He seems to have good reasons why he doesn’t have any close contacts to ask (either due to firms/departments have merged/acquired/vanished/outsourced or difficult...

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How Do You Handle a Manager Who is Bullying?

A busy professional asks a question regarding his co-working relationships. How do you handle when a manager is bullying an employee? I have a friend who is being bullied by their manager. The manager has stripped them of all responsibility and excludes them from meetings. The manager has also called them names during conference calls where everybody can hear and...

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How to Give Your Friends Advice Without Making Them Mad

A busy professional asks a question regarding his co-working relationships. How to give your friends and co-workers advice without making them mad. When is it ok to give advice? Can it ever be unsolicited? What should you do if a co-worker thinks you’re in their business too much? The risk of giving advice to friends and co-workers is that they...

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How To Recover from a Bad Interview

A busy professional asks a question regarding his career. How to recover from a bad interview? Not every interview goes as planned. How can a candidate recover from a bad interview? What steps can they take to improve their standing with the hiring manager? If they blew their shot at that job, what can they do to ensure that they...

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When Do You Need a New Career vs. Just a New Job?

When do you need a new career vs. just a new job? When you’re burned out in your current job, how do you know if it’s time for a new career vs. just a new job? What questions should you ask yourself? What criteria should you be thinking about? This is a question that everyone should ask – even before...

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How Can I Improve My Closing Ratio in a Very Competitive Market?

A busy professional asks a question regarding employer/employee relationships. How can I improve my closing ratio in a very competitive market? We are losing too many potential jobs in the very competitive exterior home improvement field. How can I improve my closing ratio? This question is as common as it is complicated. It also isn’t isolated to exterior home improvement...

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How Can I Tell if This Person Will Make a Good Business Partner?

A busy professional asks a question regarding employer/employee relationships. How can I tell if this person will make a good business partner? I am looking for a business partner. How do I know that this person will be a strong leader and is good at execution? Is there a way to test their skills and check whether he/she possesses a...

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