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Stop Networking and Start Helping

Here's the deal. Networking sucks and you're probably bad at it. I say that because I believe it too: I hate networking, and I'm bad at it. So I …

How Can I Make the Most of Working Abroad?

The thought of spending a year working abroad is exciting. It can also represent some serious logistical challenges. If you've got experience working …

Local police fight crime with 18-ton armored military vehicles

With the withdrawal of its troops from Iraq, the US military had a problem: over 160 mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles, or MRAPs, were laying unused. That problem's been resolved thanks to the national military surplus program, which has found a good home for the 18-ton trucks — your local …

Winning At YouTube: The Power of Music Promo Channels

You’ve seen them on YouTube – music channels that feature new tracks, often with a signature visual style. More of these channels launch every day, …

WhatsBusy Shows You Security Wait Times Before You Get to the Airport

We've talked about how to get through airport security quickly and how to actually enjoy your time at the airport, but one thing that's always …

My Biggest Interview Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

I'm not the greatest interviewee. I get insanely nervous pre-meeting: heart pounding, palms sweating, frantic thoughts—the whole nine yards. Then, …

How I Became the Kind of Person Who Can Work a Room

I did it. I went to a cocktail party where I didn't know anyone, and successfully chit-chatted for two hours. (Not to myself. I actually spoke with …

What Anxiety Does to Your Brain and What You Can Do About It

We all deal with anxiety in some form or another, whether it's when you're pulled over by the cops or about to give a speech in front of a crowd. But …

Self-help

The Value of Being the "Weird" Job Candidate

In the 1930s, Hedwig von Restorff, a German psychologist, made an important, though not very counterintuitive, discovery: things that somehow <i>stand …

Bolt Battery Charges Your Gadgets and Itself at the Same Time

Most backup batteries charge your gadgets, but when they run out of juice you have to charge them and your gadgets separately. This leads to carrying …

Print This Checklist to Better Prepare for Your Next Job Interview

Job interviews stress us out, especially when we really want the job, and most of the time we suck due to a lack of preparation. You can't plan ahead …

15 Free Google Helpouts to Get Expert Tips for Your Everyday Problems

Google Helpouts is a new service that connects you live to real experts who can help you with a variety of problems. Whether it's a household …

How Can I Quit My Job on Short Notice Without Burning a Bridge?

Dear Lifehacker,<br>I just got a great new job but they want me to start yesterday. I don't want to mess up my relationship with my current employer, …

How to Find Evidence to Support Any Argument

Information is knowledge, and knowledge is power. If you want someone to rally to your cause, support your position, or put you in a position of …

Critical Thinking

How to Plant Ideas in Someone's Mind

If you've ever been convinced by a salesperson that you truly wanted a product, done something too instinctively, or made choices that seemed …

Write Better Cold Emails So You Get a Response

The previously mentioned 3-B plan is great advice when emailing busy people, but that might not be enough when you are making a digital cold call. …

This Visual Guide Outlines How Men's Suits Should Fit

Men's suits can be tricky things, and if you don't have a reason to wear one often, you may not be sure how it's supposed to look once you pull one …

Clothing

How I Left My Corporate Job to Work for Myself

Seven months ago I transitioned out of a corporate job in market research to work for myself full-time. By the time I left my day job to become a …

Jump Between Edits in Word with Shift+F5

Microsoft Word is packed with all kinds of great keyboard shortcuts, so a bunch of the best often go under the radar. Tech blog Digital Inspiration …

Classic Leadership Skills You Should Apply to Your Social Life

What makes a great leader makes a great friend. Nobody wants to think of their social life as a business that needs management, but many of the best …

Leadership

The Six Best YouTube URL Tricks

YouTube is already one of the best video services online and there are plenty of tricks to make it work for you. Some of the best ones, though, can …

YouTube

Five Best USB Hubs

There comes a time in everyone's life when they look over their desk for a place to plug in their phone, a new wireless mouse, a portable hard drive, …

USB 3.0

The Logic Behind 19 Common Interview Questions

Go on enough job interviews and you'll quickly learn most interviewers ask the same things. But what are employers really looking for when they ask …

Use Google Analytics to Track Outgoing Gmail Messages

We've shown you before how to track your outgoing emails, but that can be costly and you might not need to track everything. With Google Analytics …