22 of the Best Time-Saving Tips to Use Right Now

timesaveAuthor: Marius Ursache
Source: The Ladders

I’ve been testing and adjusting various productivity techniques for the past five years, read lots of books (most of them repeating) and here’s some of my findings:

It’s not about time. It’s about energy

We try to squeeze as many hours in one work day, to be “productive”, but in the end everything depends less on time, and more on your focus, motivation and overall well-being (all of them linked directly with energy levels).

I’ve recently talked about my productivity techniques obsessions in an internal presentation at Grapefruit, and the resulting presentation is on Slideshare: Productivity porn

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Awesome Resource: Great Conversation Starters!

conversationsA good conversation starter can transform an awkward, stilted conversation into an interesting, enjoyable discussion. That’s important in sales, as having several conversation starters up your sleeve will help you form connections with prospects, referrals, and potential partners.

In other words, the ability to start a conversation translates to real business.

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The Secret to Nailing an Interview is Not What Everyone Thinks It Is

job-interviewAuthors: Elena Botelho and Kim Powell
Source: The Ladders

Congratulations, you’ve made the short list of candidates for your dream job. Now all you have to do is pass the final test: How do I walk into the room and convince the decision makers that I’m their best choice?

This is the question on the mind of anyone, everywhere, who’s ever competed for a job. Unfortunately, it’s exactly the wrong question to ask. We know because we advise corporate boards, executives, and CEOs — from middle-market firms to the Fortune 500 — to help them make their most critical hiring decisions. We’re in those rooms all the time. More importantly, we’re in the heads of the people who make the decisions. Job seekers, here’s the surprising thing to understand before you walk into the room: They’re as anxious about the hiring process as you are. Maybe even more so.

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7 CEOs Talk About the Books That Changed Their Lives

7ceosAuthor: Aja Frost
Source: The Muse

Reading requires focus. It requires time. And, let’s be real, it requires a lot of discipline—because at the end of the day, you’re probably more likely to reach for your phone than your Kindle.

Of course, you know that you should be reading more (and binging less). After all, it’s what so many successful leaders say gets them ahead. So, what’s a busy person supposed to do when Googling “best career books” yields way too many options (and the titles all sound so much alike)?

Consult the list below! Rather than forcing you to sort through every business bestseller on your own, I reached out to seven CEOs to learn which books changed their lives. I don’t want to make any promises, but picking up one of these titles feels like a pretty obvious shortcut to getting on that leadership track.
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A Wonderful Resource to Determine Your “Dream Job”

dream-jobAuthor: Alison Doyle
Source: The Balance

A career aptitude test can give you an indication of which jobs match your personality and which careers you may have an aptitude for, and there are a variety of online career aptitude tests and assessments available online. In addition, employment tests and talent assessment companies can determine if you are a good fit for the jobs you’re applying for.

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Roundup of 2017’s Best Career Advice

Blog post templateAuthor: Danielle Elmers
Source: TopResume

As you move into the new year, so is your career!

With 2017 (finally) coming to an end, most people are making some kind of personal or career-related resolution to better themselves in 2018. Whether you want to make a drastic change in your career or just start a new job search, these articles are sure to help. Take a look at our best career advice roundup (in no particular order) for some inspiration as you move forward in the new year and in your career.

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Show You’re A Leader On Your Resume With These 34 Words and Phrases

leaderAuthor: Jenny Foss
Source: The Daily Muse

One of the most common types of people I work with are those aiming to elevate their brand messaging to more loudly announce, “I’m one hell of a leader!” as they change jobs.

It’s one thing to be good at tasks, projects, and areas of specialization, but if you’re aspiring to manage teams, you simply can’t stop there. You also have to position yourself as an inspiring, effective leader.

There are hundreds of words and phrases that’ll help give those who review your resume or speak to you in an interview an immediate hint that you’ve got leadership firepower.

Here are a few of my favorites:

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