Proceed With Caution: Three Mistakes Professionals Can Make During the Holidays

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The holidays are a time for fun and good cheer, and while there is plenty of it to go around, as a professional it’s important that you don’t do anything that can put you on the naughty list with management. So as you prepare to deck the halls, here are three things to watch out for that could come back to haunt you like you were Ebenezer Scrooge:

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The Most Productive Month: Four Hacks For Getting Things Done This October

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Did you know that studies have shown that October as the most productive month of the year? In fact, the study has pinpointed 11am on a Monday in October as the most productive time of the year, which makes sense, considering that you are rested, full of Pumpkin Spice coffee, and ready to take on the work week. Of course, productivity slowly drops throughout the week, so the question becomes, how do you keep that 11am Monday morning productivity going until Friday at 5pm? Here are four hacks that will help you stay productive:

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The Three Very Basic, Very Important Phone Hacks That Can Get You Your Next Job

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In the age of the internet, a phone call is still a powerful tool in your job search. While tech does play a big part in the modern search, don’t discount some very basic, yet vitally important, things you can do with your phone (and without Wi-Fi). Whether it’s a new iPhone or your trusty old flip-phone, here are three things you can do right now that will make a huge difference.

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Boss on Your Holiday Shopping List? Read This Before You Make the Purchase

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Considering buying a gift for your boss this holiday season? While there is nothing wrong with wanting to give a gift to someone you work closely with on a daily basis, there are office policies, and politics, that need to be considered. Here are four tips to help you navigate this sometimes-tricky subject:

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Ready For Your Time Off? 5 Things You Must Do Before You Leave The Office

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The last day before you take some well-deserved time off can give you the same feeling of giddy anticipation you felt on the last day of school. The day before you start your vacation may involve a bit of clock watching (you can’t help it), but there are a couple of things you need to do before the (metaphorical) bell rings:

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Could Referring Your Friend Hurt Your Career? What You Must Ask Yourself Before You Endorse

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Personal connections matter for job seekers, and employee referrals have shown to increase the chances of being hired by nearly 300%. It’s no wonder that you have friends, former colleagues, and even family members asking for referrals for job openings at your company. Being the nice person you are, you want to help these people land their dream job. Before you do, though, it’s important to consider how an endorsement may affect you and your standing. Before you endorse, ask yourself the following questions:

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