Category Archives: BLOG

7 RUTHLESS SIGNS IT’S TIME TO LEAVE YOUR JOB


Ever wondered when it’s time to switch roles or move companies? If you’re um-ing and ah-ing about moving on, here are some signs it’s usually time to pull the plug.

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HORRIBLE (BUT HILARIOUS) WAYS TO SCREW UP AT WORK


Whenever I’ve hired someone fresh out of college, I’ve told them on day one that they’re going to mess up. I explain it’s inevitable and simply a matter of time. Now before you tell me how much I suck at motivating a team, this isn’t because I lack confidence in them. It’s because no one’s perfect and everyone makes mistakes. I remember the first big mistake I made (well, I thought it was big at the time). In retrospect, it […]

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GET UNSTUCK! 5 STEPS TO LANDING THAT PROMOTION


You’re a top performer, and you’ve got the numbers and praise to back it up. So, why aren’t you getting that promotion you so desperately want and deserve? Unfortunately, this happens all too often—at companies both big and small. The good news? By being proactive with your boss and putting together a plan, you absolutely have the power to make a change.   If you’re feeling ready to move up but stuck at your current level, here are some simple steps you can […]

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CONFESSIONS OF A MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT


Because consulting firms keep a tight leash on their people and what they say ;) this particular interview is being kept anonymous. Luckily, this lets us keep things totally honest, so without further adieu, let me introduce E, as we’ll call him. E has worked and lived everywhere from Toronto to London to Bangkok, and has been at one of the more prestigious management consulting firms for the past few years.

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5 THINGS YOUR BOSS WANTS TO HEAR YOU SAY


  Sometimes, small things make a big difference – like forgetting to attach a speech to an important email that you sent before logging off for the weekend… Yep, I did that in my first few months of work. The CEO of the company in Singapore needed it for an event, and of course everything was perfect, except for how I forgot to attach the document! Well, luckily small positive things can also make a big difference. With that, here […]

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FROM TV INFOMERCIALS TO THE TRADING FLOOR


Christian is a salesman if you’ve ever met one. Whether it’s convincing you to have one more drink at his favorite local pub in London, or negotiating prices with a vendor at the market, he stays true to his profession regardless of if he’s in or out of the office.   Specifically, Christian is on the sales side of trading.

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A SENTENCE THAT CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE?


Have you ever been in an elevator and had someone say ‘tell me about you’? Me neither. But the fact remains that you need an elevator pitch before you realize it and step into the proverbial elevator. The thing is, when the need arises, it’s too late. You can’t wait till that moment to then start looking up this blog post and ask the person to wait while you think of something articulate and effective to say.

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WISH YOU WORKED IN CSR? MEET ALISHA…


Alisha is one of the smartest cookies I know, and I’m lucky to call her my friend as well as a trusted advisor to Boredom to Boardroom. We sat down for a virtual cup of coffee and she dished the dirt on all things non-profit. 

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THE ART OF HUMBLEBRAGGING


  First things first – we all have to accept that doing a good job just isn’t good enough. You need to let people know about your achievements. Lots of people hate hearing this – but I’m telling you it because it’s true!  Critics will say work should speak for itself. Well here’s another angle on it. Why shouldn’t you be proud of the accomplishments you’ve contributed to the company – big or small? Why wouldn’t you want to make […]

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WELCOME TO THE (TWISTED) WORLD OF WORK


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5 MUST-DO’S IN YOUR FIRST WEEK OF WORK


  Whether it’s an unpaid internship at an NGO or an Analyst gig at an investment bank, you have to make a good impression. Once someone has an opinion of you, research shows that they have to be proven wrong not once or twice, but 14 times before they’ll change their mind. So get it right the first time. Here are 5 must-do’s for your first week (drum roll….):

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THE CURSE OF A LIBERAL ARTS DEGREE


Just graduated with a great liberal arts degree? Spent four years learning about Sociology, History, or Women’s Studies? Don’t make the colossal mistake that most people do in thinking that all you can do is grad school.

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HOW SOCIAL MEDIA CAN SABOTAGE YOUR JOB SEARCH (IT’S NOT WHAT YOU’RE THINKING)


Is audit not the world’s most boring sounding word ever? Sorry to my friends who work in Audit but it’s true… Well, one thing you’ve GOT to do is a social media audit. We all know that whether they should or shouldn’t, recruiters and hiring managers are increasingly checking out candidates’ online lives – and I’ve seen some pretty funny things happen thanks to simple internet searches.

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IS YOUR RESUME DOOMED FOR THE REJECTED PILE?


  Most of the time, you’re counting on your resume to do the heavy lifting when it comes to your job search. Lots of people don’t bother reading cover letters (especially since most are so horrible – click here for more) and focus more on resumes, which are quick and easy to scan. That said, people make the same mistakes time after time. I have to admit that when I get sent a resume, I almost scan for these mistakes […]

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AMATEUR HOUR – ARE YOU MAKING THESE SIMPLE MISTAKES?


So you got your dream job? Congrats! Now don’t screw it up! ;) So many times, I’ve seen people’s career prospects go down the drain thanks to seemingly irrelevant things. You probably will say these aren’t ‘fair’ and that they shouldn’t impact your progress. I know! I get it! But it happens whether we like it or not – we only get to choose how we respond.

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DO YOU HATE NETWORKING AS MUCH AS I DO?


Does the idea of going to a ‘networking event’ sound like torture? Do you think of networking as a slimy, self-serving activity? I admit that I’ve hated networking at times. But there are some simple things you can do to take the pain away…

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ARE YOUR NEGOTIATION SKILLS KEEPING YOU POOR?


Does the idea of negotiating $ make you want to crawl under the bed covers? Too bad! Don’t do this and you are destined to a life of under-earning and fake Louis Vuitton bags. What’s important to realize is that your biggest opportunity to ‘negotiate’ often starts before you’ve even been offered the job.

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THE MOST CRITICAL RELATIONSHIP (THAT YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW ABOUT!)


An almost universal piece of business jargon is ‘stakeholder management’ – which is basically how you deal with others within and even outside of the company. Or as Urban Dictionary says, “A term widely used in the corporate environment usually by management or workers aspiring to be managers without any intelligence or sense of how stupid they sound”.  Since they don’t suggest anything better, I’m sticking with it. 

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5 WARNING SIGNS YOUR COVER LETTER SUCKS


Everyone hates writing cover letters. But you know what’s worse, is reading ones that suck! And I see the same mistakes time after time… So here are the mistakes I’d bet you might be making:

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DRESS CODE DECODED


In your first few years at work, there’s almost no scenario where you want to stand out at work for how you dress. This goes for girls and guys, and I’ve seen both get it very wrong…

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