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How to answer the salary expectation question in online job applications

What are your salary expectations? This is the minefield every job seeker must navigate carefully. In salary negotiations, you already know that …

Employment

3 Reasons Leaders Should Be More Specific

Whether things at your company are going well or poorly, it's always a good time to get down to the nitty-gritty.<p>No matter who you are, what kind of company you run, or how long you've been doing it, you'll never make the right calls 100 percent of the time. The only way to avoid making any …

Success

These 10 Skills Are Putting Top Freelancers In Hot Demand

Want to make sure you’re always busy as a freelancer? Then it’s important to offer the services clients truly need today.<p>Keeping an eye on the skills that are most sought-after on major freelance platforms can offer some guidance on where to focus your efforts to stay current. Upwork recently …

Machine Learning

Influencer Marketing on Social Media: Everything You Need To Know

You probably know that word-of-mouth is one of the most valuable forms of marketing out there: It’s been shown to influence 20 to 50 percent of all …

Public Relations

How to Write Consistently and Show Up Every Single Day (Even When You Don’t Feel Like It)

I get it…Some days you just don’t <i>feel like writing.</i> The inspiration isn’t there and you feel like you don’t have anything important to say.Your …

Writing

21 Minimalist Bullet Journal Spreads That Are So Pretty, You Might Sigh Out Loud

White paper + black ink = bliss.

Minimalism

How to Structure a Screenplay - In Defense of "Formula"

Writers often rebel against the idea that a screenplay should follow a specific dramatic structure – especially one with prescribed pages where …

Writing

Want to sound smarter? Master these 7 grammar tips

As the executive editor of Avenue Magazine, a luxury lifestyle publication based in New York City, I see the importance of proper grammar every day. …

Linguistics

6 of the Most Captivating Cover Letter Openers -- and Why They Work

Cover letters are tough. Here are some tips to help you get started.<p>6 min read<p>This story originally appeared on Glassdoor<p>Let’s cut straight to the chase: Most cover letters are bad. In fact, Dawn Rasmussen, certified resume writer and president of Pathfinder Writing and Career Services, happily …

How to Be a Better, More Efficient Editor of Your Own Writing

We need to edit our own writing — even if we have real editors — but we don’t have to take all day on it.Ideally, behind every great writer is an …

125+ Essential Social Media Statistics Every Marketer Should Know

Whether you’re creating a social media marketing strategy, designing a campaign, or making a business case for using a particular platform, you need …

How to Improve Your Grammar as a Writer

Grammar invokes passion. For some grammar sticklers, seeing a comma or apostrophe missing, or a sentence without subject-verb agreement, can make …

How to respond to ‘Tell me about yourself?’ during an interview

“So, tell me about yourself,” the job interviewer says. Your heart sinks instantly. Here’s how to respond to this question, even if you were hoping …

Employment

Resignation Letter for When You Are Accepting a Better Job

Resignation Letter Due to Better Salary and Benefits<p>Updated February 06, 2018<p>There are as many reasons to quit your job as there are jobs to quit, …

Job search: What is the difference between a resume and a curriculum vitae?

If you’re on the hunt for a new job, you know the competition for available openings is tough, no matter what field you hope to enter.<p>This means that when you’re applying for a position that seems to match your background, skill set, and interests, you need to make absolutely sure that your …

Employment

Here’s how to make the salary expectations question work for you

During the job interview process, you should have three ideas about compensation clear in your mind before you get the salary expectations question: …

20 Killer Copywriting Tips for Startups

<b>How to Create Stronger Customer Relationships and Sell More With Your Business Copy</b><i>These copywriting tips for startups are designed to help you</i> …

Watch: How to Write a Tragicomedy Like the Coen Brothers

Joel and Ethan Coen have a knack for making us laugh, cry, and generally feel a lot better about our own lives.Nobody writes tragicomedies quite like …

How I Became a Top Writer in 15 Days

And You Can Do it Too!I Love ChallengesI took on the challenge of becoming a Top Writer on Medium.I didn’t know much about how to become a Top …

Script Classics: Conflict at the Core—Four Types of Conflict

Conflict is what drives a story. Without opposition, the story becomes lifeless. Learn the four types of conflict and how to effectively use them in …

5 Unexpected Tricks That Can Help Anyone Write Irresistible Headlines

A crazy experiment in extreme copywriting reveals unexpected tricks to help you write great copy.<p>You've probably heard Malcolm Gladwell's famous dictum that to master any skill you need to put in 10,000 hours of practice. So did Justin Blackman, but the Atlanta-based copywriter decided to craft …

Protagonist examples: Creating memorable main characters

What makes a protagonist or main character interesting and able to carry an entire novel or series? Explore protagonist examples from classic and …

Asking This 1 Question Too Soon in a Job Interview Makes Hiring Managers Cringe

You reveal your true motives when you ask this too early in the interview process.<p>The interview is going great. You're relaxed and confident. The hiring manager has been smiling and laughing at your jokes. You feel in the zone. This is the place for you. Eventually, the hiring manager says, "Do you …

What I learned in My First 30 Days On Medium

In January I became a writer on medium.<p>Sure I had published a couple of stories before that, but those really didn’t count.<p>One was a reprint of one …

Writing

How to make your writing simple and understandable

Writing for the general public means leaving certain notions behindIf you’ve ever had to explain a complicated subject to the general public, whether …

Ask These Questions to Ace the Job Interview

Too many candidates leave it up to the interviewer to judge their ability. Savvy candidates know how to turn the odds in their favor by asking a few pointed questions.<p>Once you get an interview, the chance you'll be assessed properly is remote. You can improve your odds 5-10X by asking …

How To Draft Your Posts For Superior Writing

Why drafting by hand will completely revamp your writing game, forever…<p>We’ve been drafting wrong for a very long time.<p>I’ve realised, despite feeling …

Creative Writing

The 10 Words LinkedIn Says to Strike from Your Professional Profile

Being `passionate' doesn't make you unique.<p>Time to break out the thesaurus. LinkedIn today released its 2018 Top 10 Buzzwords in the U.S. Two of them -- "leadership" and "strategic" -- overlap with the 14 words that recruiters and I last month suggested avoiding on your LinkedIn profile.<p>The 10 …

The Only 3 Types of Writing People Actually Want to Read

I remember the first time a piece I wrote was rejected by an editor.<p>The piece I wrote was about my porn addiction in my early teens. It was deeply …

Writing

Why These 3 Resume Mistakes Make You Look Out-of-Date in 2018

Some resume formats make you look 'old school' and can get you knocked out of the running.<p>Studies show employers are literally getting thousands of online applications for their open positions today. Thanks to technology, it's never been easier to apply to a job. Unfortunately, that creates a …