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25 words you should use on your resume if you want to get more interviews

When it comes to making hiring decisions, including "team player language" on your resume makes it less likely you'll get an offer.<p>So, how do you write a great resume that uses language that will get you hired?<p>A lot of well-meaning people will suggest you should use "action verbs." But that's fast …

Employment

14 Teeth Whiteners That Actually Really, Really Work

Charcoal powder, whitening paste, and LED kits that won't break the bank but will definitely whiten your smile!!<p><b>We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock</b> …

Shopping

10 CEOs Reveal the Apps That Can Make You More Productive

And reclaim your sanity.<p>For many, modern-day work life means 24/7 connectivity, a constant barrage of emails and meetings, and the feeling you’re …

Productivity

These are the best apps you've probably never heard of

Have you ever wondered what products or apps you’re missing out on? It’s easy to find the most popular ones in a particular category—but what about the hidden gems? One of Product Hunt’s community members David Spinks has the same question. So, he asked other users: <i>What’s one app you use a lot that</i> …

Here's what an effective LinkedIn profile looks like in 2018

Hate to break it to you, but if you're treating LinkedIn like an old-fashioned Rolodex, you're doing it wrong.<p>Nearly every industry uses LinkedIn to find and vet job candidates, and over 90% of recruiters rely on the site, according to data from the Society of Human Resource Management. So your …

Employment

The most comprehensive look yet at how the Las Vegas concert massacre unfolded

In an 81-page investigative report released Friday, Las Vegas police gave their most comprehensive timeline to date on how the Oct. 1 massacre unfolded at a country music concert on the Strip.<p>The report did not give any greater insight into why gunman Stephen Paddock, an amateur gambler, opened …

Country Music

10 Instagram Automation Tools to Build a Massive Following

Instagram has immense power to make or break brands and influencers. For example, Halo Top Creamery increased online sales by 2,500 percent after …

Sennheiser’s AMBEO Smart Headset Is An iPhone X, iPhone 8, And iPad Pro Must-Have [Opinion]

The iPhone has been able to take 4K videos since the release of the iPhone 6 in 2014. The iPhone X can take 4K videos at 60 fps, and they look …

There’s a $23 adapter that turns any speakers into wireless speakers

Are you thinking about upgrading your old wired home audio system with a wireless system so you can stream music from Bluetooth devices like iPhones, …

10 quick things you can do to make your Android phone run faster

Give your phone a tune-up this holiday season.<p>So you bought a shiny new phone, and a few months later you realize it isn't as fast as it used to be. …

The world's most charming ski resorts

Attractive buildings clustered around a church, views of pristine peaks from pretty streets, a little history – here’s our pick of ski villages that best fulfil the chocolate-box dream.<p>Unless stated otherwise prices are per person for seven nights in the cheapest available week. Prices include …

The 10 Hottest Coursera Courses of 2017

There are more than 8,000 online courses out there. These are some of the best.<p>There are currently over 8,000 online courses available in every subject from artificial intelligence to visual arts. More than 50 million students signed up for one this year.<p>This bounty is a gift for anyone who wants …

8 Steps To Actually Get Good At Phone Calls

Remember phone calls? You should, because they are often the best way to get your ideas across. Here’s how to give good phoners.<p>We can’t hide behind email. Why? Real business relationships are formed in two ways, says entrepreneur-turned-investor Mark Suster: in person and over the phone. The dude …

How to Sell Via Email

Your initial goal is to open a dialog-- not to sell yourself, your firm, or your products.<p>Based upon the sample "sales emails" that people have been sending me, there seems to be a general misunderstand the basic concept of selling via email, which is that the initial goal is only to <i>open a</i> …

Selling

12 Things You Didn't Know About Webinars That Will Blow Your Mind

Reading this will help you do them better<p>Ah, yes...the webinar. That online seminar that we know so well. The slides. The monotonous speaker. The boring topics. Pretty much sums up my webinars, at least!<p>And yet, webinars continue to thrive. We all know the reasons why. They're inexpensive. Easily …

Marketing

LinkedIn Reveals New Techniques to Get a Better Job

Applying directly is the worst way to get a better job. The best jobs are found via networking or getting recruiters to call you because they found your resume.<p>Over the past few years, I have suggested a number of things a job seeker can do to get a (better) job rather than wasting time applying …

Employment

Jeff Bezos used to interview everyone at Amazon — and he looked for a key trait only the strongest candidates have

In the early stages of the building of Amazon, Jeff Bezos used to interview every job candidate himself.<p>Bezos believed each employee played a key role, so the quality of new hires was as crucial to the success of the business as the products it sold. As a result, Bezos was not only obsessed with …

Employment

How To Set Goals (And Why You Should Write Them Down)

There’s some impressive science to back up goal setting. And yet it’s something we’re never taught or encouraged to do. But the statistics don’t lie, and make a strong argument for getting good at this skill; and making a habit of it. A Harvard Business Study found that the 3% of graduates from …

Motivation

26 time-management tricks I wish I'd known at 20

Time-management skills can take a while to learn.<p>Étienne Garbugli, a Montreal-based product and marketing consultant, the author of "Lean B2B: Build Products Businesses Want," and the creator of a course to help entrepreneurs find their target market, distilled the lessons he wishes he'd known when …

Time Management

15 Ways to Make Quick Cash on the Side

If you need money quickly, here are some solid ideas.<p>Need to make some fast money on the side, whether it's to pay off a credit card or to make your rent?<p>Keep in mind, making quick side cash isn’t about making <i>a lot</i> of money or getting rich. It’s about getting a shot of capital to help tide you over …

The best Chrome extensions to boost your productivity right now

Thanks to the emergence of Web-based tools and services, most of us work primarily in the browser these days, and that means it’s our main productivity center.<p>Google Chrome is far and away the most popular browser around and it supports a huge number of extensions, which are essentially plugins …

Productivity

Coda is a next-generation spreadsheet designed to make Excel a thing of the past

From rows and columns to custom apps<p>When Shishir Mehrotra worked at YouTube, he was struck by the relatively pedestrian tools that kept the site running. Mehrotra, who served as the company’s head of product until he left in 2014, managed his team largely using a combination of Google Docs and …

I interview 100,000 people a year, and there are 6 questions that make job candidates stick in my mind

You'll be asked it in almost any interview. And while you may be tempted to sit back and relax during this portion—while the recruiter's put in the hot seat—that's not actually in your best interest.<p>Why? Because this is your final chance to make an awesome impression.<p>My team and I interview around …

Recruitment

How to add a fast new SSD to your old Mac or MacBook for only $150

When I first wrote about using solid state drives (SSDs) to radically improve the performance of older Macs, high-capacity SSDs were just beginning to become affordable. Replacing a Mac’s 500GB or 1TB hard drive with a same-sized SSD required at least $250 back then, but the benefits were …

Computer Hardware

7 Brain and Body Supplements for Limitless Performance

Take your business game to the next level by improving cognitive performance and enhancing your body's natural chemistry.<p>Even the finest margins can have a massive impact on peak performance and general levels of well-being and success. Whether it's pushing yourself physically or mentally, there …

Wellness

Ten Things To Add To Your Resume -- And Ten To Remove Immediately

Most people don’t like their resumes. I don’t blame them! Most resumes are weak. They are boring, and they all sound alike.<p>Most resumes are lame because they are written in an awful language that’s only used for resumes and company policy memos. I call this language Corporate Zombie Speak. It is …

Employment

This 17-Second Rule Will Make You More Productive (and Happy)

You can rewire your brain to improve mindset, increase happiness and success, and stay focused on your goals.<p>Everyone experiences stretches of life, whether a few days or many years, when the down moments are more frequent than the good. These periods of time can rob you of your passion, energy, …

Happiness

Silicon Valley is obsessed with these ultra-comfy, machine-washable shoes that cost $95 — here's why

Tech workers in Silicon Valley are singing the praises of Allbirds, a startup in San Francisco that makes the "world's most comfortable shoes," according to investors, founders, and the company itself.<p>Founded in 2014, Allbirds makes super-soft sneakers constructed from a proprietary Merino wool …

Silicon Valley

18 SEO Experts Reveal Their On-Page SEO Techniques

On-Page SEO is one of the most important aspects of a thorough and successful Search Engine Optimization.<p>However, as the years go by and Google …

10 Ways to Use Chatbots for Marketing and Sales

Chatbots have become increasingly more important as messaging applications have become the way brands reach consumers.<p>Entrepreneur, business advisor and online-marketing professional<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Chatbots have evolved significantly in recent times, …

Chatbots