Awesome Resource: 101 Career Tips You Can Learn in 3 Seconds

tm-pilbox.global.ssl.fastly.netAuthor: Lily Herman
Source: The Muse

We know—you want great career advice, but sometimes, you just don’t have time to read lengthy articles or books.

Well, today, you’re in luck: We’ve distilled some of the best-ever advice on The Daily Muse into bite-sized chunks that you can scan in a matter of seconds.

Or, better yet—that you can share with your entourage! Each tip is 140 characters or fewer, so you can easily copy and paste your favorites to share with your followers all over the web.

General Career Advice

1. A first impression is made in less than 30 seconds. http://bit.ly/R78u8g

2. Want to boost your charisma? Focus on energy and optimism. http://bit.ly/1kbwDoe

3. “You’re always an employee, you’re always representing your company, and you’re always representing yourself.” http://bit.ly/1nMOzX3

4. Rule #1 for dealing with bad bosses: It’s okay to question authority. http://bit.ly/1s2a0Wo

5. No matter where your stress is coming from, it’s not doing you any good—until you learn how to address it. http://bit.ly/RaOMc0

6. Some of the world’s most successful leaders regularly express all manner of emotions, including anger. http://bit.ly/1rZ89zK

7. Work isn’t always about the larger picture; sometimes, it’s about the brown M&Ms. http://bit.ly/1eE1omO

8. Want to get ahead at work? The first step is gaining a loyal following. http://bit.ly/1n4zZwy

9. If you look really closely, most overnight successes took a long time. http://bit.ly/1mYWj8E

10. A job, even a great job or a fantastic career, doesn’t give your life meaning, at least not by itself. http://bit.ly/1kIOgcp

Work Relationships

11. “I’ve been reminded time and again just how far being a little nicer can go in business—and in life.” http://bit.ly/1q0MXOg

12. To really influence others, listen more than you talk. http://bit.ly/1rPifU2

13. Every person you meet is a potential door to a new opportunity—personally or professionally. http://bit.ly/1kIOgcp

14. Someone in a support role—an assistant, an intern—could be the best networking contact ever. http://bit.ly/1hmPida

15. Only woman on the team? Get used to establishing dominance over and over again. http://bit.ly/1iad4Z8

16. When pitching to your boss, look at the cost-benefit analysis from his or her perspective. http://bit.ly/1fEoJ8l

17. Your soft skills—like getting along with team members and being generally pleasant—aren’t an optional add-on. http://bit.ly/1iJgVyc

18. Wise words from a boss: “You’ve got to stop apologizing.” http://bit.ly/SkupK5

19. To be seen as a leader, you must know how to manage changing environments. http://bit.ly/1kyTj07

20. Don’t do every single thing your mentor advises: Sheryl Sandberg didn’t, and it paid off. http://bit.ly/1q0O54q

Finding a Job

21. People who master the job hunt build up the psychological know-how to get through a sometimes soul-crushing process. http://bit.ly/1l7Zygn

22. When it comes to searching for open positions online, big job boards aren’t the answer anymore. http://bit.ly/1iZ4BZ4

23. The first step after getting laid off: Mourn the loss and move on. http://bit.ly/Q0MdrR

24. Love the job you have? Good—keep looking at other jobs anyway. http://bit.ly/1s2f5hI

25. Fun fact: Hiring managers couldn’t care less where you went to college. http://bit.ly/1jqvbyN

26. A tip for getting a job before graduation: Have a resume or cover letter party with your friends. http://bit.ly/1kHB6lK

27. Mistaking a recruiter as your career confidante can mean the difference between getting a position and hitting a dead end. http://bit.ly/1ipi1BH

28. To see which startups have recently raised money (and, um, will be hiring ASAP), follow @vcdeals. http://bit.ly/1s2g4hT

29. To avoid bias in your job hunt, hold off on reading company reviews until you snag an interview. http://bit.ly/1kIKlxv

30. Sending in your resume on Monday can up your chances of landing the job. http://bit.ly/1jqvGJg

Resumes

31. Dear job seekers: Don’t write about your quirky hobbies on your resume. http://bit.ly/1kstbE6

32. Your resume should get very specific when giving your accomplishments. Talk facts, figures, and numbers. http://bit.ly/1moHhYB

33. Want a better resume? Create a “brag” folder in your inbox. http://bit.ly/1nloUVi

34. If you want to tell someone—or the world—who you really are, your resume will never be enough. http://bit.ly/1rZfeAl

35. When first reading your resume, ignore typos and think about the overall message your resume is sending. http://bit.ly/1kFkrwj

36. “Led,” “handled,” “managed.” Just a few words not to use on your resume. http://bit.ly/1kCnKEh

37. With so little space and so much awesome to share, it’s critical to get picky with the words you use on your resume. http://bit.ly/1o2SZt4

38. The story your resume tells about why you’re perfect for a position is more important than your resume’s length. http://bit.ly/Rf0ZMi

39. 95% of large companies use resume tracking systems—and knowing how to beat them makes a difference. http://bit.ly/1fEuCCy

40. Using an interactive and creative resume can be a great move for certain job positions. http://bit.ly/1moGhUq

Cover Letters

41. In your cover letter, employers don’t only want to hear about you. They want to hear about themselves, too. http://bit.ly/1ig9WL4

42. The secret to writing a great cover letter: Pretend that the person you’re writing to already loves and respects you. http://bit.ly/1hmTp93

43. Think of getting to know a company like getting to know a person. What is he or she like? Quirky? Serious? Snarky? http://bit.ly/1q0RdNN

44. To help with your cover letter jitters, just imagine you’re writing an email to the hiring manager. http://bit.ly/RaWuCI

45. Your cover letter is meant to complement your resume—not reiterate it. http://bit.ly/1moGsiw

46. Creepy pick-up lines don’t work in bars. They also don’t work in cover letters. http://bit.ly/1fYqdVl

47. Leave that phrase “To Whom it May Concern” out of your cover letter. Now. http://bit.ly/1i58Nun

48. A salesy tone in a cover letter can overshadow your solid qualifications and make you seem pompous and aggressive. http://bit.ly/1q0Snc5

49. “I won’t pretend your company’s mission is my passion…” started the worst cover letter ever. http://bit.ly/1iKI2wZ

50. Not quite qualified for the job? Don’t apologize for it in your cover letter. http://bit.ly/1iahXRY

Interviewing

51. The first thing to research about a company pre-interview: what makes it special compared to competitors. http://bit.ly/1hYrSKs

52. What to bring to an interview: Three copies of your resume, a few of your best work samples, and a notepad and pen. http://bit.ly/RszBvg

53. Read the fine print of a job description. It’ll prevent huge complications later on. http://bit.ly/Q18BRS

54. Saying perfectionism is your greatest weakness can seem like a cliché. Get more creative and authentic. http://bit.ly/1rBfk18

55. During your next phone interview, do some power poses, stand, and smile—even if no one can see you. http://bit.ly/1lIjHGS

56. In your Skype interview, pick colors that make you pop specifically on video. http://bit.ly/1iaTQCF

57. Look interested: 67% of hiring managers said they rejected a candidate based on a lack of eye contact. http://bit.ly/R92H2o

58. Just because you stumbled across your future boss’ vacation photos online, doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to mention them. http://bit.ly/Q19aLi

59. Write a thank-you email and a handwritten card. Hey, it can’t hurt! http://bit.ly/1n7lfuE

60. If you’re following up post-interview, be polite and humble (and avoid sounding passive-aggressive). http://bit.ly/1i1NMk9

Management

61. Companies that have thought about their culture have 17% higher profit growth than those who didn’t. http://bit.ly/1gwpcUp

62. Billions of dollars are wasted every year from pointless meetings. http://bit.ly/1q1feUY

63. 47% of new employees want big projects right away. How are you treating new hires? http://bit.ly/1odv75Z

64. Great advice when interviewing a potential new hire: After a candidate has answered a question, pause. http://bit.ly/1iaUkc0

65. Before you decide whom to delegate a task to, make sure you know what you’re delegating. http://bit.ly/1iZfXw5

66. Want to be a more effective manager? Make sure you’re not making promises you can’t keep. http://bit.ly/1lLGxOB

67. With younger employees, make sure you do non-work check-ins every once in a while. http://bit.ly/1kvV8d4

68. The first step to a successful virtual employee operation is making sure everyone has the same technology. http://bit.ly/1fEZcvD

69. Unsure how to handle employee feedback? Take a breath, swallow your pride, and listen. http://bit.ly/1iL6nCR

70. Want to be like Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh? Be open, honest, and fair with your employees. http://bit.ly/1q1fLpY

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