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How to Turn LinkedIn Into a Conversion Machine

LinkedIn is the underdog of social media networks.It’s way too formal and not half as hip as Facebook or Instagram.Sure, it works as an excellent …

Marketing
Motivation

Bogota: Colombia's Capital for Cuisine and Cocktails

Good times at Andres Carne de Res! Photo credit: Michael Thelen<p>You may have seen one of the Colombian tourism advertisements: "The only risk is wanting to stay." It is cheesy but true, and many Americans, including friends and I, succumbed to this risk.<p>Ever since my first visit to Colombia in 2006, …

5 Reasons to Go to Cartagena Now

Things I do not do at home: wake up in the morning sashaying to a salsa beat, befriend a toucan before I’ve had a cup of coffee, or eat ceviche that …

Cartagena - Eat, Pray, Love, Dance & More

When Spain plundered Colombia's gold, it left behind a treasure that continues to draw seekers and sybarites from around the world: Cartagena.<p>It's easy to see why Unesco has designated the colonial-era walled city of this Caribbean port a World Heritage site. Bougainvillea and hibiscus drip from …

5 Resorts in Colombia for Broke and Fancy Travelers

Treat yourself to a hint of luxury, without shelling out the big bucks, at these five backpacker resorts in Colombia.<p>Design/Photo Editing: Nick Ross<p>Even the strongest backpacker renegades need to put down the pack, throw back a few cold ones, and stretch those weary legs now and then. F*ck Sandals …

The 30 Best Trips of 2015

Warning: unless you’re an annoyingly carefree bon vivant with a hefty trust fund, reading our annual Best of Travel awards may trigger a deep sense of dissatisfaction with the pathetic state of your mundane life. There are so many cool places to go, you’ll think as you scroll through our 30 epic …

Hiking

9 Things Really Productive People Refuse to Do

Being more productive isn't just about what you do--it's also about what you don't.<p>If you want to be more productive, don't start by taking on new habits and routines. Instead, do less. The most productive people know how to stay focused and how to say no--but most importantly, they know how to …

Time Management

Non-Awkward Ways To Start And End Networking Conversations

When I first started attending networking events, I was terrified to approach large groups of strangers. I watched some of my peers dive into these situations with ease, and wondered how on earth they made it look so natural. Meanwhile, I found myself sitting awkwardly alone, clutching a cocktail, …

7 Tips to Make Killer Sales Calls (Even if You Dread Them)

You can--and should--conquer your fear of pitching total strangers. This process will help you do it.<p>"Do you have sales-call reluctance?" Connie Kadansky asks me point-blank.<p>"Um..." I trail off. She's a sales coach at Sales Call Reluctance with 20 years' experience. <i>I'm</i> supposed to be interviewing</i> …

Body Language

You Should Email This to Your Prospects

Anytime you find yourself engaged with a prospect who only wants to talk price, or the next time you’re stuck with procurement telling you your …

Navigating Negativity: 4 Ways to Be Properly Optimistic in the Workplace

<i>The Power of Positive Thinking</i> was a revelation when Dr. Norman Vincent Peale’s classic self-help book debuted in 1952. Now, over 60 years since we …

Human Resources

How Successful People Stay Calm

The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm …

Here's What Hiring Managers Really Want To Know When They Ask Why You're Leaving Your Current Job

This may seem like an easy interview question. You probably have 100 reasons for wanting to pursue a new role — and can easily defend each one. But career expert Lynn Taylor says your response to this query can be an absolute deal breaker.<p>"This question, or any variation of it, is extremely …

Employment

How I quit my job to travel: The social media addict

Social media strategist Shivya Nath dreamed of world travel. After she entered a contest and won a return ticket to Paris, she took it as a sign – and took off.<p>I never planned to quit my job to travel. When I decided to break away from my cubicle-bound life, I was 23 years old, the daughter of a …

India

19 Thrilling Trails Guaranteed to Make Your Heart Race

These 19 hikes will raise your heart rate, take you to perilous heights, or bring you to awe-inspiring destinations.

Hiking

How To Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile So Recruiters Come To You

Much of this is thanks to LinkedIn Recruiter, the company's $8,200-a-year product for headhunters.<p>As Harvard Business School professor Mikolaj Piskorski explains in his new book, "A Social Strategy: How We Profit From Social Media," this is one of the things that distinguishes LinkedIn from its …

Employment

34 Crucial Tips You Must Remember for Your Next Job Interview

So you’ve applied for a job and landed yourself an interview – congratulations! Now is where you really need to think about your interview technique …

Best and Worst Terms for Your Résumé

In a recent CareerBuilders survey, over 2,200 hiring managers were asked to rank the terms they typically see in resumes as good or bad terms to use. The results are worth noting if you are currently submitting résumés for job opportunities.<p><b>The 15 Best Résumé Terms</b><p>These are the 15 terms those …

The Do's and Don'ts to Writing a Rockin' Resume! [INFOGRAPHIC]

If you’re applying for a job, you want your resume to be the best it can be – otherwise you have no chance. You can’t be lazy with it or you will …

Employment

How to Ace a Job Interview Over Email or Skype

As remote working environments become more common, the interview process often involves never meeting your recruiter in person—instead, you'll …

How to Negotiate with Someone More Powerful than You

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>Going into a negotiation with someone who holds more power than you do can be a daunting prospect. Whether you are asking your boss for a new assignment or attempting to land a major business deal with a client, your approach to the negotiation can dramatically affect your chances of …

How to Use Body Language to Score Big in a Job Interview [INFOGRAPHIC]

Body language is crucial if you want to do well in your next job interview – it can help HR managers identify possible future issues that they may …

10 Steps from Job Interview to Job Offer

Contrary to popular belief, your resume doesn't get you a job offer. Your resume is the sales brochure that gets you a job interview. Your job interview is usually a key determinant in whether or not you will get a job offer, assuming you have good references, pass any tests, and show that you …