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  • Get Ahead During Spring Break

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Apr 1, 2016

    If you’re still in college and considering becoming a CPA after you graduate, there’s a lot you can do to get ahead, even during Spring Break.  It’s never too early to lay the groundwork for your future career. Here are a couple tips from Forbes on how you can use the free time of Spring Break to be productive.

  • When (and Why) You Should Take Things Personally at Work

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Mar 30, 2016

    “Don’t take it personally” is a piece of advice that is often given in work contexts, usually in relation to criticism at a yearly review, a negative outcome of a deal, or any other general career low. According to the Harvard Business Review, however, that piece of old advice is actually bad, and here are a couple reasons why:

  • Make a Lasting Impression When Networking

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Mar 25, 2016

    Networking is one of the biggest buzzwords when it comes to career growth these days, and it’s important to know how to make the most of your networking opportunities. Though we all learned in elementary school not to judge a book by its cover, studies show that most people make judgments about others seconds of meeting them. Here are a few tips from Inc on how to make a strong, positive impression:

  • How to Negotiate If You’re An Introvert

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Mar 23, 2016

    A quick glance at movies, TV, and even the news makes it seem like the best kind of negotiators are extroverted people who often straddle the line between assertive and aggressive. That barrage of media can make it seem like it’s impossible for introverts to be effective negotiators, and that they’re destined to always get a raw deal. Not so, according to Entrepreneur. Here are some tips to use your natural predilection towards introversion to your advantage when negotiating.

  • Five Things to Avoid When Job-Seeking

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Mar 22, 2016

    It can be hard to find a job in today’s market, regardless of industry. Unfortunately, many job-seekers sabotage themselves during their job search, closing doors to opportunities they would be completely qualified for if only the hiring manager gave them the chance. Here are five behaviors to skip from Forbes on how to avoid sabotaging yourself when job searching. So don’t:

  • What to Do in the Face of an Aggressive Conversation

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Mar 18, 2016

    When it comes to business, it’s important to be passionate, but also to be levelheaded and rational. Sometimes that’s easier said than done, and when something as important as your career is on the line, interactions can turn ugly. So what do you do if you find yourself facing someone who’s gotten too hot under the collar? The Harvard Business Review has some suggestions on steps to take to deescalate the situation.

  • Three Tips to Get Over Your Imposter Syndrome

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Mar 16, 2016

    We’ve all heard the old adage, “you are your own worst enemy,” and imposter syndrome is an unfortunate example of just how you can get in the way of your own success. After all, if you don’t feel that you have what it takes to succeed; it’s unlikely that others, whether they are clients or colleagues, will feel you do. So what can you do to get over your feelings of inadequacy? Inc has a few tips for you to bear in mind when you’re feeling like your best isn’t enough.

  • How to Stand Out Your First Few Days on the Job

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Mar 15, 2016

    When it’s your first day on the job, it’s easy to feel like you’re the least experienced person on the team, and maybe you are. First off, it’s important to keep in mind that you *are* qualified – they wouldn’t have hired you otherwise. Second, there are some things you can do to lose your “newbie” status quickly; here are three tips from The Daily Muse on how:

  • How to Leave Your Job Gracefully

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Mar 11, 2016

    For the majority of the last century, it was not uncommon for people to stay with their company for the majority of their career. However, the new common wisdom is that the fastest way to move up in your career is to switch jobs every 2-3 years. That’s a big difference from the 40+ years your grandparents likely put into their jobs! Unfortunately, leaving your job can be awkward, and worse; can elicit bad feelings from both parties if not handled properly. Here are some tips from Time to ease the transition:

  • How to Make the Most out of your Mistakes

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Mar 8, 2016

    Mistakes are a fact of life; odds are you will make your fair share of them during your career. The important thing to keep in mind is that any mistake you make is an opportunity to learn and improve, and come out stronger for the experience. So how do you make the most out of your mistakes? Here are three tips from the Harvard Business Review to think about when you stumble, or to avoid stumbling in the first place: