If the boss offers you a promotion and you don't want it, be very careful about how you turn it down or you could hurt your career. "Think about how you would feel if you asked someone to marry you -- and the person said 'no' or 'let me think about it.' It's not exactly what you want to hear," Jason Seiden says in this article by Anita Bruzzese, who is contributing editor of SmartBrief on Your Career.
Be prepared in an interview to talk about your "finest hour" in your career -- and give specifics such as when it took place and how it affected the organization, Tim Tolan writes. "Each of us has a story to tell and should be (very) proud to do so. Hesitation on the part of a candidate to answer this basic question is a HUGE red flag," he writes.
Wonder Woman is getting a makeover as she trades in her star-studded shorts for for tight black pants and motorcycle jacket with studded epaulets. Completing the outfit: a pair of gold, bullet-deflecting gauntlets.
When you're not operating at top speed, there are still things you can do to be productive while you recharge your batteries, such as taking a long lunch to get to know a colleague better, Steve Tobak writes. "Do your expense reports," he suggests. "Yes, my least favorite too, but it is more or less brainless work."
Watch out for signs that you may be about to lose your job -- such as most of your ideas being turned down by the boss, writes Anita Bruzzese, who is contributing editor of SmartBrief on Your Career. Another sign? No one wants to go to lunch or coffee with you -- an indication you're in trouble and colleagues "don't want to be tainted by your bad mojo," she writes.