Improv performers are taught to "mirror" their fellow actors and use specifics to enrich scenes. Job seekers can do the same by echoing the tone, body language and enthusiasm of their interviewers and providing specifics instead of vague answers, writes Parker Phinney.
Keep your career on track by asking yourself whether you want to be a manager someday, whether you're in the field that most interests you and whether there are any degrees or certifications that you need, Dan Lovejoy writes. "You might be surprised to find that your manager is interested in helping you," he notes.
Make a New Year's resolution to stop missing networking opportunities on LinkedIn, this article says. Promise yourself that you will spruce up your summary, participate in LinkedIn groups, post your accomplishments and pursue potential connections.
If you suddenly have less work, your manager seems to be avoiding you and no one says anything when you mess up, you might be about to lose your job, Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter writes. "Perhaps you've noticed that no one even raises an eyebrow when you forgot to do a task that would normally have you boiling in oil. No, your company has not lowered its standards. They probably just don't see any reason to beat a dead horse," she writes.
Don't wait until your annual review to ask for a raise; proactively promote your contributions throughout the year, Dan Schawbel writes. Research competitive salary ranges on sites like PayScale.com and show you're "delivering more value than you’re asking for," he writes.