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Mashable. Have you ever admired a co-worker who’s able to navigate challenging situations with ease and professionalism, no matter the politics and difficult personalities involved?


You know the type: She has a Teflon-like ability to deflect anger and frustration in the problem-solving process and doesn’t settle for an outcome that would sacrifice her self-respect or clout among colleagues. What she’s exhibiting is a key personality attribute that’s important in both business and life: assertiveness. For those of us who avoid confrontation like the plague—or, on the flipside, those of us who have hair-trigger tempers—this calm-yet-effective, agreeable-yet-firm temperament seems superhuman. Assertiveness requires skill and can take time to cultivate, but it’s a quality you can (and should) aspire to master.

Put simply, being assertive is a happy medium between the two extremes of aggressive and passive. Assertive people, on the other hand, tend to seek out and create win-win scenarios. 35 things you should do for your career by the time you turn 35. We’re all for flexibility.

35 things you should do for your career by the time you turn 35

Going your own way. Paving your own path. Doing what works for you (and not doing what doesn’t). We’re also big fans of not putting a timeline on things. We’ve even said that there are plenty of things you don’t have to have by 30 (or 40, or 50, or ever...). But when it comes to your career, there are some things that we do recommend getting started on sooner rather than later. Make a Good First Impression by Saying Who You Help, Not What You Do. Find Work You Love by Identifying Your Unique Angle. Show Your Expertise with Stories, Not Statements. 8 Steps to a Successful Career Change. More than a decade ago, I made a career pivot from corporate communications director to almost-all-commission recruiter.

8 Steps to a Successful Career Change

I took uncalculated risks and managed just about every aspect of the transition in a haphazard manner. Fortunately, I got lucky. It all worked out. But looking back, I can’t help but think to myself, “Dude. That was reckless.” This, after all, was my livelihood. Make Room for Your Passion, Even If It Can't Be Your Job. The Factors to Consider Beyond Salary When Evaluating a Job Offer. "Sick time (some employers categorize vacation and sick time separately while other employers lump it together and call it Paid Time Off or PTO — I think separate is better if you can get it)" There are further breakdowns - I would want to know whether your paid time off continues to accrue year to year, or if the bank of time is emptied every year - either calendar year or based on hire date anniversary.

The Factors to Consider Beyond Salary When Evaluating a Job Offer

Continuing to accrue year to year is far better - people rush to take all their time if the banks empty, and you can wind up either not taking your time when you want to, or not taking it at all. That's part of your compensation in my opinion, you should use it on your terms. How employers (and candidates) can ruin a job offer.

Getting a job offer after a long search (or even a short one) is such an exciting experience.

How employers (and candidates) can ruin a job offer

Unfortunately, there are actually quite a few things that companies and candidates alike can do to seriously dampen that excitement. Whether you’re the hiring manager or a job candidate, in an effort to keep job offers as thrilling as they should be (a fresh start! A new employee or a new beginning!) , take note of the following mistakes. Mistakes Companies Make 1. Long interview processes are a pain for job candidates and should be avoided if possible, but they can be a necessity depending on the situation. Here’s what’s not a necessity: waiting around for a couple more weeks after the final round interview to get together a job offer for your top candidate. 2. Bottom line: Pay candidates what they deserve to be paid. Along similar lines, even if you do make a fair offer for the skill set the candidate brings to the team, have an open mind if the candidate wants to negotiate. 3. 1. 2. 3.

11 tips that will land you a job at a small company. This article is part of DBA, a new series on Mashable about running a business that features insights from leaders in entrepreneurship, venture capital and management.

11 tips that will land you a job at a small company

If you’re hoping for a job at a business like the one I cofounded — Of a Kind, where a team of four sells the pieces and tells the stories of emerging designers — then here’s something you should know: The hiring process is very different from that of a company with a massive human resources division. So how do you get yourself noticed and employed? Everything I Knew about the College Job Hunt Was WRONG - And Here's... Why I Won't Hire You. What I Wish I'd Known Before Moving Halfway Around the World. 101 Career Tips, Each in 140 Characters or Less. We know—you want great career advice, but sometimes, you just don’t have time to read lengthy articles or books.

101 Career Tips, Each in 140 Characters or Less

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. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.