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How to Avoid Being Pigeonholed at Work

If you’ve been attempting to advance your career for a while without success, you may be a victim of “pigeonholing.” This means that people have developed such a strong image of you in your current position, they can’t even imagine you doing anything else. Obviously, this can seriously limit your opportunities for growth. Here are some strategies to prevent this problem!

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Career Advancement is a Privilege, Not a Right

I’ve encountered a number of counterproductive attitudes in the workplace, but one in particular really bothers me. Too many people out there think they deserve career advancement for all the wrong reasons. For example, they believe they’re entitled to it because they’ve worked at the company for...

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Why Can’t I Get a Raise?

Advancing financially at work can be hard. After all, everybody wants a raise. But there’s only so much money to go around. Someone is always going to be disappointed, and it’s no fun when that person is you. If you’ve been declined for a raise, or told it’s just not the right time, or been given...

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How to Cope When You Don’t Get the Job

Originally published on U.S. News & World Report You just got the phone call. They liked you a lot. The interview went well. But they've decided to go in another direction. You're disappointed and confused. You were perfect for this job. You have everything they're looking for and more. How...

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Why You Don’t Deserve a Raise

I know, I know. You want more money. We all do. Maybe you even “need” it. But do you deserve it? That’s the fundamental question your employer is asking. And that’s what you need to address when seeking an increase in pay. You deserve a raise because of your actions and the positive impact they...

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Passed Over for a Promotion: How to Deal

On a recent free Q&A session, I heard from a loyal blog reader who was feeling distraught. In a nutshell, her situation was this: After interviewing for almost six months, she thought it as a “sure thing” that she’d be offered a new position in her department. Then, as if from nowhere, an...

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