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Developing a reputation as the “go-to” person in your office comes with a lot of benefits. It can also mean a lot of extra work, but the added assignments represent an investment in your career development. The “go-to” status means you have a high profile among your colleagues. It can mean additional respect. It also… Read more »

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A tight labor market and the further expansion of the gig economy promise to define much of 2019’s labor relations. Beyond the direct impact they will have on things like team management and employee retention, these aspects also contribute to the increasing importance of passive recruiting. The traditional mode of recruitment, dominated by sporadic, quick-turnaround… Read more »

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Of course, a tax accountant needs to have a deep, up-to-date understanding of the tax code. But you need more than this basic knowledge to become a great tax accountant. Tax chops are key, but not enough. Building a long-term career involves combining a number of disparate skill sets. These additional attributes require cultivation. You… Read more »

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In an industry like biotech, a high level of technical skill is required to see a project through to a successful conclusion. However, unassailable technical knowledge isn’t enough. Plenty of highly trained wonks end up as terrible project managers. That’s because a good PM needs more than technical chops. Leadership is a separate skill. Actually,… Read more »

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More and more, people think of themselves as brands. What in the long-ago past used to concern only large corporations, has trickled down, through athletes and celebrities and influencers, to become a day-to-day consideration of everyday folk. The rise of social media has given everyone their own internal PR shops. Not that everyone uses it… Read more »

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Fierce competition dominates the labor market for financial positions. That’s always true. But before you get visions of a Hunger Games-style death match waiting for you at the next job fair, take heart. According to a report prepared by the industry experts at Robert Half, the increased competition is now between employers, not those looking… Read more »

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Tradition used to dictate that Christmas decorations stayed in the attic until at least after Thanksgiving. Now, it’s not unusual to bring them out right after Halloween, with stores immediately swapping witches and ghosts for candy canes and Santas. Point being, it’s never too early to look ahead. This is especially true when it comes… Read more »

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The end of the year represents a time of optimism and a time of reflection. Optimism for the year ahead (hey, at least 2019 isn’t an election year). And reflection to the year gone by (bright spots: Avengers: Infinity Wars; the Olympics…dark spots: well, no need to bring up those). In looking back, it’s important… Read more »

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Go to the gym. Eat fewer carbs. Spend more time with family. Oh, and make more money and finally get your career on track. All of it falls into the classic easier-said-than-done category. The key is to avoid general resolutions and map out specific actions you can take to get going in the right direction…. Read more »

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It can be a strange and awkward relationship. You see each other every day. You know almost everything about each other’s hobbies and personality quirks, but you’re not really friends. Sometimes your adversaries and you almost never have a meaningful two-way dialogue. It can be even harder in an industry like biotech. It’s a highly… Read more »