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How to Quit Your Job Without Burning Bridges

Who hasn’t fantasized about walking into the boss’s office, saying: “I quit!” and then marching straight out the door? The rational side of you knows, of course, that that’s the wrong way to resign from a job. But what is the right approach? Who should you tell first? How much notice should you …

3 fundamental rules for great presence | Inc.com

A CEO I knew recently watched a presentation by senior team presenting thoughts on the future of their department. Like good soldiers, the team had prepared rigorously. The slide deck was some 50 slides deep; the data was dense; weeks of thinking, arguing and re-thinking had gone into what they had …

11 Ways to Use Body Language to Get What You Want | Inc.com

Asking for a raise makes most people anxious. You love the prospect of making more money and and hate the fear of rejection.<p>The most important element of negotiating a raise is the logic you use to illustrate why you deserve a raise in the first place. Employees who demonstrate how they have …

Self-help

5 Things Smart People Shouldn't Say | Inc.com

There's a lot you can change about your presentation to make yourself seem smarter (and, hey, if you want to go for substance over style, plenty of ways to actually <i>be</i> smarter), but few have a bigger impact than eliminating bad speech habits.<p>You're an educated person, however, who knows to stay away …

7 Ways to Nail Your Next Startup Job Interview

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I’ve interviewed hundreds of job candidates. Occasionally, I’m blown away but, more often than not, I immediately regret that we’re going to spend the next 30 minutes wasting each other’s time.<p>Below are seven lessons every person should …

8 Conversational Habits That Kill Credibility | Inc.com

Dressing for success may create a good impression, but people judge your intelligence and credibility based upon what comes out of your mouth. Based upon working with the readers of my free weekly newsletter, here are eight verbal habits that immediately mark you as somebody who's either foolish or …

11 Interview Questions You Wouldn't Think to Ask--But Should | Inc.com

Everyone wants to make better hiring decisions. Most people focus on how well candidates perform in the interview: In theory, if you ask the right questions, you'll get answers that will give you insight into what the candidates really bring to the table.<p>The following companies use questions that …

Employment

8 Things You Should Never Do in a Job Interview | Inc.com

When someone applies for a job at my email marketing company, VerticalResponse, they usually go through a phone screen first with our HR department. The phone call is pretty good at gauging what the applicant is like, but there are some things that you just can't know until you meet the prospective …

The Secrets to Building a World-Class Sales Team

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Assembling a stellar sales team is not easy. In fact, most sales leaders consider hiring and retaining the right talent as challenging as ensuring a consistent pipeline of quality leads.<p>In a study last year conducted by University of …

The Most Powerful Ways to Start a Presentation | Inc.com

Some years ago, Nalini Ambady, an experimental psychologist at Harvard University, was curious about the nonverbal aspects of good teaching. She wanted to get at least a minute of film on each teacher to be rated, play the tapes without sound for outside observers, and then have those observers …

Public Speaking

10 Ways You Can Blow a First Impression

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Ever hear the saying, “you only have one chance at a first impression"? Of course you have, because you didn’t just fall off the turnip truck yesterday.<p>The difficulty with first impressions is that when you meet someone new, you don’t …

Ace the Group Interview

An interview with the board of directors is standard for the CEO, CFO, and nonprofit Executive Director hiring processes, but the group interview approach is becoming more common for many other positions. If you have a group interview in your future, it probably means that you are one of the top …

Resumes Are Messing Up Hiring

While we are surrounded by a wave of new disruptive technologies and apps, HR still hasn’t improved how it evaluates the prospective workforce. Traditional hiring processes that revolve around CVs are no longer sufficient – they don’t pinpoint the right qualities demanded of leaders today, and …

Quit Using These 10 Words to Describe Yourself on LinkedIn | Inc.com

Words can make a huge impact.<p>Or not.<p>Even the most descriptive, most meaningful words can lose all meaning when they're used too often. That's why most corporate communications don't really say anything. Clichés, hyperbole, and buzzwords may sound impressive, but over time--since everyone uses …

5 Essential Rules for Great Presentations | Inc.com

I recently had a long conversation with Peter Handal, the CEO of Dale Carnegie Training, on the subject of giving great presentations. I've read (and written) plenty of posts on this topic, but Handal managed to boil everything down to these five essentials:<p>1. Be yourself.<p>If you pose as somebody …

10 Phrases Great Speakers Never Say | Inc.com

While it's really hard to immediately win over a crowd, it's really easy for a speaker to lose the room within the first few minutes of a presentation.<p>To make sure you don't lose your audience, here's Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, serial entrepreneur and founder of TwitterCounter and The Next Web, …

Hiring Challenged? Sift for These 17 Worst (and 15 Best) Resume Phrases | Inc.com

"I'm a real go-getter who always thinks outside the box, demonstrates thought leadership, and proactively motivates myself!" If this sentence made you cringe, you're not alone. These phrases come from the new CareerBuilder survey on the best and worst résumé terms.<p>The company surveyed 2,201 hiring …

Why Job Offer Negotiations Go Wrong

Conventional wisdom for negotiating job offers may not always apply. Our experts advise how to know when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em.<p>Yvonne Dutchover landed a job offer complete with the salary she was expecting. There was one hitch: the copywriter position at a computer hardware company came …

How to Target the Coveted College Market | Inc.com

There's nothing new about college students launching businesses that appeal to their classmates. After all, seasoned entrepreneurs will often say success comes from knowing your market. And who knows college students better than college students?<p>But less discussed are the downsides and challenges …

13 Types of Job Applicants You Should Never Hire | Inc.com

There are some clichés that, though old and somewhat tired, still ring true in the workplace. A company’s greatest assets do ride up and down the elevator every morning. And a few rotten apples do spoil the barrel.<p>As the co-founder of a 100-plus person strategic communications firm, I’ve conducted …

Employment

These 5 Interview Blunders Will Probably Kill Your Job Prospects

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It's time to shine in your big interview. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty, of course.<p>Let me count the ways: arriving late, crazy hygiene (I’ve seen it) and being rude, just to name a few. Yet, among all the ways an interview can go …

10 Apps That Could Supercharge Your Career

Whether you’re looking for a new job or trying to keep track of the one you have, these apps can help.<p>No one said that it was easy out there.<p>We’re talking about the job market, of course. And in this competitive environment, even small advantages can have a big impact on whether you land the …

Hiring? Why Myers-Briggs Tests Are a Bad Idea | Inc.com

Hiring employees is one of the most difficult actions you can undertake. You work with little data and usually have to make a relatively quick decision that will have major implications for your company and cost you significant amounts of money on an ongoing basis. Few other things can improve or …

How to Get Job Candidates to Take Off the Mask | Inc.com

As Jon Steinberg, the President of Buzzfeed recently put it, the interview is really as good as it gets.<p>"If you are interviewing or negotiating with a new hire, and you like them more and more, you are making a good hire," he writes. "If you are having a difficult hiring process but think it will …

Employment

Job Interviews: 5 Questions Great Candidates Ask | Inc.com

Be honest. Raise your hand if you feel the part of the job interview where you ask the candidate, "Do you have any questions for me?" is almost always a waste of time.<p>Thought so.<p>The problem is, most candidates don't actually care about your answers; they just hope to make themselves look good by …

The 22 Best Tech Companies To Work For, According To Employees

That's the question that Glassdoor's annual list of the 50 Best Places To Work answers. (See a list of the top 25, here.)<p>Interestingly, almost half of the best rated companies (22 of them) were tech companies. So we created this list that ranks only tech companies.<p>And the outcome was surprising.<p>For …

Six steps to a better job interview

<b>In today's world of social networks a face-to-face interview can seem outdated, but online resources can help you ace the interview and land the job, especially if mixed with some old-fashioned common-sense advice.</b><p>1. "On time is 15 minutes early"<p>Interview day is not the day to sleep in and miss the …

3 Questions You Must Answer to Close the Sale | Inc.com

Salespeople spend a lot of time crafting questions to probe potential customers and--hopefully--close the deal. But, regardless of your product or the size of your company, there are three fundamental questions you must answer for buyers before they will sign on the dotted line. And, when it comes …

Customers

Harnessing hi-tech in the hunt for that perfect job

<b>Job listings have changed since the days of newspaper classified ads. It's never been easier to find situations vacant or to apply for them at the press of a button.</b><p>But it can be easy to get carried away and apply for hundreds of jobs without tailoring your applications or being as effective as you …