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10/12/2018

Stay focused in noisy open-office environments by first embracing the positives, such as the camaraderie in such situations, and then set rules as to agreed-upon norms with your team. Involve your manager to get everyone on the same page as to rules and common courtesies, such as whispering when a co-worker is on an important call.

10/12/2018

Municipalities in Virginia, Mississippi, South Carolina and Maryland are among those that have banned children older than 12 from trick-or-treating, saying it will decrease vandalism. The age restriction in Chesapeake, Va., includes the ability to charge people with a misdemeanor that can land six months in jail and fines.

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Quartz
10/12/2018

The Justice Department's inspector general is reviewing allegations that FBI employees have been involved in prostitution and partying in Asia, sources say. The FBI has reassigned some employees to nonoperational positions, but details of the allegations have not been made public.

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10/12/2018

Start each day using the power of visualization to create a productive and successful workday in your mind. Visualize your everyday routine in great detail from start to finish, as the power of visualization is well-documented and powerful, writes Leigh Wedell.

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Forbes
10/12/2018

Taking mentorship a step further, create your personal board of directors as your go-to source for information and inspiration in all aspects of your career. The five key players to have in this network include someone who sparks your creativity, a skeptic, a young up-and-comer a networking expert, and your future self.

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Fast Company online
10/12/2018

Although artificial intelligence is utilized early on in the hiring process, the day when robots actually make the hiring decision is a long way off, mainly due to biases discovered in early testing, AI expert Brian Kropp points out. An experimental project reported on by Reuters found that robots "taught" themselves to be biased, choosing men progressively more over women in testing.

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10/12/2018

Negativity in many different forms, such as why you want to leave your current job, can taint an otherwise great job interview, writes Emily Moore. Instead of focusing on negative traits of a previous job, focus on the positive traits you're seeking out with your next move, experts say.

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Glassdoor
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10/12/2018

A wage increase from Amazon is putting pressure on small businesses, including ones that do not compete directly with the online retailer, Joyce Rosenberg writes. Instead of competing on pay alone, small businesses can offer flexible work schedules, transportation and other perks, such as training and mentoring.

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10/12/2018

Software and service company Kronos has achieved an enviable Glassdoor rating as a great place to work, a goal set by CEO Aron Ain. In fact, Ain has authored a book on the subject and recommends engaging prospective employees early and seeking candidate referrals from employees.

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Forbes
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10/11/2018

Many people last week received calls from monk seal hospital Ke Kai Ola in Honolulu but were met with only silence. Marine mammal veterinarian Claire Simeone was called 10 times, and when she went to find out why all of the calls were made from one line in the hospital, Simeone noticed a gecko had sat on the phone and was inadvertently calling numbers in the phone's call history with its feet.

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