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25 Questions That Help Uncover a Company’s Culture

Define Culture

You are entering a job interview feeling more nervous than a dog in a room full of rocking chairs.

You usually do a good job answering the recruiter’s questions, but draw blanks as soon as they get to the end and ask, “Any questions for us?”

In your mind you are thinking, “of course I do”…   

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Walter Mitty Has an Important Job (And So Do You)

Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Most of us have had that unsettling feeling. We feel like we work hard… but our job just doesn’t matter?

As the thought progresses we think, what if we stopped showing up to work. Everything would likely move along just fine.

If you’ve had this feeling about your job, then go see The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

In it, Mitty discovers – despite initial appearances to the contrary – that his contribution at work really does matter.   

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Super Career Lessons from Seahawks’ Coach Pete Carroll

Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson

His Seattle Seahawks ran away with the Super Bowl the other night, and it’s clear that Coach Pete Carroll can lead a team to victory.

But Carroll also knows a bit about managing a successful career, despite – or perhaps because of – experiencing some hiccups along the way.

He’s faced multiple firings, a few “demotions”, and massive opposition from fans.

When reviewing Pete Carroll’s extensive career, you can’t help but appreciate these lessons young professionals can adopt toward their own careers:   

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5 Subtle Signs You’re Kicking Butt at Work


If you’re not happy at work, it will be difficult to perform your day-to-day tasks well. You may not even want to get out of bed to go to work in the morning.

The good news is that there is one essential key to happiness when it comes to work: being appreciated; given praise for a job well done…   

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The 16 Networking Mistakes That Negatively Impact Your Career


Networking is a skill that helps you build long‐lasting business and social relationships. What many people don’t realize is that networking can be done very well – and it can be done poorly… and, instead of helping, can negatively impact your career.

Here are the 16 most common networking mistakes to avoid…   

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10 Awesome-Sounding Jobs… That Really Suck

Dolphin Trainer

Remember when you were a kid, and you were sure of what you wanted to be when you grew up… an astronaut! A ballerina! A famous athlete!

We idolized jobs for how they appear on the surface, without looking deeper into what the job actually entails. Even as adults, we sometimes seek a job after observing it from the outside, only to have regrets once we’re inside.

When Reddit was asked the question, “What are some jobs that sound awesome, but in reality suck,” their responses were thoughtful, interesting, and funny. I’ve taken the top ten and compiled them here for today’s post.   

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