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How Introverts Can Network Online

by Alex Burns I originally wrote this blog post to help introverts hone their networking skills online before taking it to in-person events. But given the fact that we’re now all working from home and practicing social distancing, these tips can be useful for just about everyone. Networking at in-person events can be an intimidating idea, especially for introverts. It’s all handshakes and forced conversation, trying to build a connection without much being there. Luckily, though,  ...

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What you need to know about toxic work environments

Ever since I re-started my blogging journey, I’ve noticed that a commonly asked question is about knowing when to quit a job. There are many resources that talk about the signs that you should look for. And I even wrote a blog post on questions you should ask yourself before quitting. But I wanted to learn more about what an employee can do to change their situation without leaving a company. So when I ran into my friend Shaumiya Suehiro-Woell and found out that she recently graduated  ...

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What to bring to the office on your first day

The first day of work is both exciting and nerve-wracking. To help you prep for the first day at your new office job, I’ve put together a list of the things I like to bring (or wish I brought) on the first day of the jobs I’ve had. Lunch and snacks It’s possible that your new team will greet you with a welcome meal or that your office will have a snack room. But you’ll want to play it safe on your first day at work because it’s also possible that you’ll  ...

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Career, Wellness

How to Survive Unemployment Post-Grad

by Alex Burns This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure for more information. If you’re reading this article, you’re likely a new graduate without a job wondering how you’re going to survive unemployment. I’m here to tell you you’re not alone, and there’s no need to panic. You can go ahead and let out that breath you’re holding and read on for five tips on how to not just survive unemployment but thrive.  1. Re-frame the period of unemployment as a period of  ...

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