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7/19/2019

Attending a conference is less intimidating for introverts if they focus on making one, high-quality connection, writes career coach Sarah Todd. Stay at a hotel other than the conference venue to get a much-needed break from socializing and consider alternate ways to network, such as sharing conference insights on social media.

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7/19/2019

Having a separate email address for job queries allows you to organize communications with potential employers more efficiently and privately, writes Amanda Clark. It's also an opportunity to create a more professional address on a more contemporary platform.

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7/19/2019

When we allow guilt about not answering messages to keep us in a near-constant state of interaction, we underperform, says Cal Newport, Georgetown University professor. He advocates for an assembly-line approach to work that allows us to focus briefly on one task at a time, maximizing our mastery of it.

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7/19/2019

At the age of 13 in 1969, Paul Gilmore tossed a message in a bottle into the water while he was traveling across the Indian Ocean from his home in the United Kingdom. Fifty years later, 9-year-old Jyah Elliott living in South Australia found the message while fishing and has mailed Gilmore an answer to the address included in the letter.

7/19/2019

Seventy percent of working women responding to a 2017 women's leadership survey said it's important to help more women advance in the workplace, but only a third said they know how to support their fellow female employees. Female executives can help by starting or advocating for an executive mentorship program and a women's employee resource group, and ensuring women are included in the company's succession planning, writes Janice Lopez, managing director of entrepreneurial services at WBC Chicago and the Women's Business Development Center.

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7/18/2019

US cities with large populations of workers who possess cognitive and people skills fare better, economically, than cities that have workers who possess only motor, or physical skills, according to a recent study. The analysis looked at how skills affect unemployment rates across the nation and the ability of cities to perform during an economic downturn.

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CityLab
7/18/2019

Whether or not hugging is acceptable varies by industry, region and rank at work, say workplace etiquette experts. They offer alternate ways of expressing warmth if a person's body language signals too much contact is unwelcome.

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CNN
7/18/2019

Ella White was aboard Lifeboat No. 8 on April 14, 1912 as the Titanic sunk and she used her cane -- which contained a small battery-powered light inside -- to guide her and fellow survivors to safety. The cane will be up for sale at Guernsey's Auction Saturday and is estimated to sell for roughly $500,000.

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7/18/2019

Cultivate a strong mentality by identifying your values, setting goals and developing a belief that challenges can be overcome, writes LaRae Quy. "It takes discipline and perseverance to not settle for mediocrity, and instead, pursue the important work," Quy writes.

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7/18/2019

Companies can offer early wage access programs to help employees manage expenses and avoid having to use retirement savings or take out payday loans, writes Carla Dearing of FlexWage Solutions. To implement these programs successfully, companies should begin by identifying their strategic objectives and financial wellness goals.

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