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How To Get Noticed - Job Hunting Secrets For Career Changers

<i>The following post is co-authored by Debra Feldman and Dorie Clark.</i><p>Anyone who has been job searching using traditional methods – applying online, submitting resumes, responding to advertisements, etc. – knows you rarely even get an acknowledgment. There’s a reason people joke about a resume black …

Fixing This One Big Problem Helped Turn Around Struggling Furniture Retailer West Elm

When Jim Brett took over as West Elm’s president in 2010, he noticed a big issue that he immediately wanted to fix: chocolate boxes.<p>Jim Brett was haunted by mud-colored squares. When he started as West Elm’s president in 2010, he couldn’t believe how a furniture store could have so many products …

Every Guy Should Invest In A Decent Pair Of Shoe Trees — Here's Why

That's where shoe trees come in. Some men look at the wooden shoe inserts as an unnecessary purchase, but shoe trees are crucial to keeping shoes in amazing shape as they age.<p>Our feet sweat throughout the day, and the leather and lining of our shoes absorb all that moisture. This can cause the …

7 Insider Tips For Launching a Money-Making Side Business

<i>by Christine Ryan Jyoti</i><p><i>This post originally appeared on LearnVest.</i><p>Are you a crafty genius whose letter-pressed stationery could easily become the next Etsy sensation? Or perhaps you’re a social media whiz with some time to spare.<p>If you have a professional skill or passion that’s not being used to …

Germany's Powers Of Innovation Turn To Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is transforming Germany’s investment landscape, and increasingly seen as a finance option of choice, rather than last resort, for the country’s booming start up sector.<p>But with a number of outsiders, including Sweden’s Fundedbyme, infiltrating the EU’s single largest market, in true …

Why Every Employee Should Be Building Weak Ties At Work

Oftentimes we focus on building strong relationships with people, strong ties. After all, the better we know someone and the stronger the relationship is, the more valuable it is for us right? It’s a bit counter-intuitive but in the workplace it is not the strong ties that can be the most …

Debt Crowdfunding Site Deal With Institutional Investor Portends Industry Growth

Debt crowdfunding site Dealstruck recently announced an arrangement with peer-to-peer loan fund Direct Lending Investments. In order to better understand the import of the arrangement, I reached out to the leaders of both companies to get a sense of what the deal means for social entrepreneurs and …

7 Killer Online Marketing Tactics That Take A Minute Or Less

Unless you’re a full time marketer, you probably don’t have hours each day to dedicate to promoting your business, product and website. That’s why I’ve put together this list of effective online marketing tactics that shouldn’t take you more than about a minute each to complete.<p>While the majority …

Why Marketers Need To Stop Following Trends And Start Advancing Movements

If you want to build a great brand, stop following trends. While there are short-term benefits to riding the coattails of another brand’s innovation, that approach won’t lead to significant growth. Great brands spot powerful ideas on the horizon that resonate with their core values, and they …

Congrats WhatsApp! Here Is How the Other 99% of Startups Get It Done

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>"Hooray, another multi-billion dollar acquisition!"<p>I’m sure most entrepreneurs didn’t wake up exclaiming that when they found out WhatsApp was purchased by Facebook. While the news is great, and we’re bound to see a few more Lamborghinis …

Soda Wars Bubble Up Across the Country

Unless something very unexpected happens, voters in San Francisco can expect to be answering a question like this come Election Day in November: …

The Eight Phases of Brand Love

“I really think of Diet Coke as my boyfriend.”<p>A wave of laughter hit the focus group observation room that was so loud that I’m sure the respondents could hear us on the other side of the 2-way mirror. Did that woman really say she thought that Diet Coke was like her boyfriend?<p>Commitment, intimacy, …

5 Ways to Grow Your Business Without Adding More Resources

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Everyone in business today is being asked to do more with less. There is constant pressure to improve performance, maintain growth and beat the numbers. From large multinationals to independent contractors, increasing efficiency is top …

Why The Super Bowl Is Still Worth The Excitement–And The $4 Million

Every year, the Super Bowl and its outsized ad rates provoke a debate about ROI for brands. Venables Bell & Partners’ Lucy Farey-Jones presents data from her agency’s Bowl poll and argues that seeing the game as simply an expensive 30-second spot is missing the point.<p>In adland there’s been a lot of …

Meet The Corporate Fixers: 5 Business Leaders Tasked With Tackling Big Problems

Every business–even the biggest ones–face a litany of problems each and every day. And somebody has to fix them.<p>Some people are skilled fixers; they’re not the people who fix things with their hands, but instead they’re the people who fix things with their heads. In politics, fixers are well-known …

The Big Lie of Strategic Planning

All executives know that strategy is important. But almost all also find it scary, because it forces them to confront a future they can only guess at. Worse, actually choosing a strategy entails making decisions that explicitly cut off possibilities and options. An executive may well fear that …

Strengthen Your Strategic Thinking Muscles

Have you been told that you need to be more strategic? Whether through 360 feedback or after a failed promotion attempt, being told that you aren’t strategic enough really stings. Worse is when you try to clarify what “more strategic” would look like and get few tangible suggestions.<p>Being more …

What Musicians Teach Us About The Challenges Of Being Your Own Boss

In the Academy Awards-nominated movie <i>Inside Llewyn Davis</i>, viewers spend a few days with an aspiring musician in the pre-Dylan New York City folk scene. By the end of the movie, Llewyn is homeless, penniless, careerless and friendless. What’s more, he’s had his butt kicked. Crouching on the ground, …

Who is Elon Musk? Tech billionaire, SpaceX cowboy, Tesla pioneer – and real life Iron Man

By the time Elon Musk founded the company that would become PayPal, in 1999, he had already built and sold one internet business. But this time he hit the jackpot.<p>Already wealthier than most of us will ever dream of being, he netted close to $180 million from PayPal’s sale to eBay, enough to retire …

One of the most valuable banknotes in the world is about to vanish

Today is the last day of the lat. Latvia’s national currency will go the way of the deutschemark, franc and lira tomorrow, to be replaced by the euro on Jan. 1. The tiny Baltic nation will become the euro zone’s 18th member.<p>Although undoubtedly a momentous event, the lat’s value has been tightly …

Economics

Larry Summers Gave An Amazing Speech On The Biggest Economic Problem Of Our Time

The speech is being widely praised (by Krugman and others) for being a brilliant and thorough elucidation of an issue that's underdiscussed.<p>Over the past 50 years, the Federal Reserve has cut short-term interest rates during recessions to spur economic growth, but a new problem has arisen …

What Strategists Can Learn from Architecture

Managers routinely claim that their strategic planning process creates large, detailed documents, but often little else. It’s as if the process serves no purpose other than to create the plan, and execution is somehow separate.<p>An approach that we think might work better would be to treat strategy …

Scalia’s chance to smash unions: The huge under-the-radar case

A Supreme Court case being argued Wednesday could take away a tactic that’s kept unions alive<p>On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on an under-the-radar case that could deal a major blow to already embattled U.S. unions. As Harvard labor law professor Benjamin Sachs told the New York …