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How to Cope With Holiday Stress

When you're out of work, the holidays can be a lot more stressful than they are fun.  You don't have much money to spare and you are forced to explain your job situation to your family and friends.  Before long, you may find yourself just trying to survive the holidays instead of enjoying them.  Here are some tips to help you manage the holiday stress:

Holiday Gifts for Coworkers

The Holidays can be a tricky time of year at work; you never know who is going to get you a present, and you're always afraid that you're going to buy your coworker the wrong thing.  Here are some gift ideas that are sure to be a hit with everyone:

How to Get a Promotion

When filling leadership roles, most employers prefer to hire from within.  By promoting their own employees, the manager motivates the team and gets someone in the role who is familiar with the organizational culture.  Also, the manager trusts the employee and knows what to expect from their work.  However, even if there is an opportunity available, not every employee will be considered.  Here are a few tips that make you a strong candidate for promotion:

5 Habits that Will Get You Fired

Getting a job is not easy; it takes a good strategy, persistence, and a little bit of luck.  Once you start working, you can't afford to let your guard down.  Most employers will start you out on probation, which means that it's easy for them to let you go within three to six months if they are not happy with your performance.  Even after you pass probation, it is easier to let employees go than you may realize.  However, employers don't actually want to fire you.  Hiring a new employee is expensive and time consuming but if you are not behaving professionally, they may decide that it's thi

Why You Need to Be Friendly at Work

For some people, being friendly comes naturally. However, for the quieter types, it takes more of an effort.  Some people feel that they go to work to do a job and that chatting with their coworkers is just a distraction.  Not true.  While you definitely should not be spending too much time chatting with your coworkers, it is important for you to be pleasant and friendly to every person that you encounter at work.  Here’s why:

Your coworkers will be more willing to help you.

Are You About to Lose Your Job?


Even the most confident among us worries about job security sometimes, but when does it stop being paranoia and actually become a legitimate concern?  Here are five signs that your manager may be thinking about terminating your employment:

Your 10-Point Checklist for Personal Hygiene

ID-100261386While appearance isn't everything, it is important to your career.  At the very least, you need to practice good hygiene.  Here are 10 quick tips that will help you ensure that you don't lose an opportunity because of the way that you smell:

Are you Doing Someone Else's Work?

Angry picHave you ever felt that you were doing someone else's job?  Has it suddenly occurred to you that you are working hard at tasks that don't even fall under your job description?  It can be very frustrating to feel that you are being taken advantage of or that you aren't getting the recognition that you deserve.  Here are some tips that will help you

5 Ways to Fit in at Any Workplace

ID-100186400While getting a new job is always an exciting time, it's not fun to be the new kid on the block.  As a new employee, you want to impress your manager, but at the same time it's important to fit in with your coworkers.  Here are some tips that will help you make a good impression and start to build relationships with the people you will b

I Just Started a New Job and I HATE It!

ID-100294202You are a few weeks into your new job and you are starting to have doubts.  You don't want to be labelled as unreliable or flaky, but the thought of spending the next few years working there makes you miserable!  What do you do?  Here are some tips that will help you to get over this hurdle and figure out the best move for your