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5/21/2018

A good plan for onboarding hires requires a schedule, writes Ryan Paugh of The Community Co. He explains how to time key tasks and interactions during the first few weeks, beginning with paperwork that is completed before the starting day.

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5/21/2018

If you're interested in the finer details of a job, and would enjoy focusing on one specific task throughout the day, you may want to consider specializing to become an expert in the field, Erin McDermott Peterson writes. Do some research and networking to figure out where a specialist role could lead you, and consider if specializing will narrow or expand your future opportunities.

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5/21/2018

Face-to-face interactions that you get at networking events can build stronger relationships than online connections, Hallie Crawford writes. Be natural and positive when attending business, industry and alumni events, and come prepared with questions, business cards and a goal.

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5/21/2018

Find a quiet, well-lit, private space to do an online video interview and switch off any distractions, such as music and your cellphone, Kanika Tolver writes. Dress in smart, casual attire; be your genuine self and show enthusiasm throughout the interview.

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5/21/2018

Research supports the idea that breaks can boost creativity, so you should schedule downtime or "you" time, writes Hello Alfred CEO Marcela Sapone. Take ownership of your own productivity by figuring out when you get your best work done, and that will make planning for "recovery" time easier.

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5/21/2018

A Swedish mother changed her 5-year-old son's name from Kevin to Kelvin after a tattoo artist misspelled his name on her arm. After discussing the possibility of laser tattoo removal, the woman decided to just change his name to match the tattoo instead.

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5/18/2018

Forty-three percent of households struggle to afford basic living expenses, including food, housing, transportation and health care, according to a study by the United Way ALICE Project. The study finds that 16.1 million households fall below the poverty line and that 34.7 million households earn less than what they need "to survive in the modern economy."

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5/18/2018

Introverted people succeed in networking because they can offer meaningful conversation during events or situations, while extroverts tend to be better at working the room, author David Burkus writes. By having a genuine interest in backstories and passions, introverts are able to build deeper connections over time, which scientists say helps to build trust.

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5/18/2018

Present yourself professionally, check your ego and show interest in the company when you're interning, Charreah Jackson and Tida Jarjou advise. Study industry publications and be sure to connect with higher-ups, and keep in touch with the company after the internship ends.

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5/18/2018

Writer Emily Moore offers a job-hunter's path to success, like signing up to get email alerts about jobs matching search criteria as soon as they're posted. Research questions that you might be asked in the interview and read reviews of other interviewees' experiences.

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