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4 Tips to Improve Your Career - and Happiness
If you’re feeling despondent about your career, lack of growth probably tops the reason list for why. Before you decide to bail on your present job, construct a plan for going forward that improves your situation.

Raise the Bar
You may be reading this at work. Why is that? Shouldn’t you be working? Shouldn’t you be so engaged in what you’re doing that reading a blog post, or checking email, or your Facebook account is the last thing on your mind?

How to Get the Job that Will Rocket Your Career to the Top
How did this happen? You’re sitting there in a cubicle, watching the clock, waiting to get away from the misery. Everyone said you were going to be a star. Here you are, cranking out drivel. You’re not taking it lying down. You’ve got applications out to the best companies — the ones where you’ve dreamed of working since college. No luck yet, and frankly, you’re getting a little sick of them ignoring you. What’s up with that? You’re good. They should see that and at least acknowledge your existence.

Four Things Agencies Look For In A Portfolio
Recently a recent college graduate lamented how agencies wouldn’t respond when she sent her portfolio for consideration. After learning that she had sent her work to some of the hottest agencies in our industry, I told her they had responded.

Want to Improve Your Career? Know What You Don't Want
If you’re like most people, your career isn’t where you want it to be. The number one reason people leave a job is a lack of growth and opportunity. If you’re feeling despondent about your career, lack of growth probably tops the reason list for why. Before you decide to bail on your present job, construct a plan for going forward that improves your situation.

Three Rookie Mistakes That Kill Careers
That moment may come in the first three months or the first anniversary of your first job. Maybe, if you’re thick-skinned, you don’t feel it until your second anniversary. It’s the moment you say to yourself, “This isn’t what I thought it would be.”

How to Get the Job that Will Rocket Your Career to the Top
How did this happen? You’re sitting there in a cubicle, watching the clock, waiting to get away from the misery. Everyone said you were going to be a star. Here you are, cranking out drivel. You’re not taking it lying down. You’ve got applications out to the best companies — the ones where you’ve dreamed of working since college. No luck yet, and frankly, you’re getting a little sick of them ignoring you. What’s up with that? You’re good. They should see that and at least acknowledge your existence.

Start Your New Year’s Resolution to Find a Better Job Right Now
The end of the year approaches and you’re still in the job that isn’t doing your career any good. Don’t lament that no one hires this time of year. Instead, use the next few weeks to prepare for your career to be in high gear by early 2017. Here’s a checklist of things to do until it's time to sing “Auld Lang Syne.”

Three Rookie Mistakes That Kill Careers
That moment may come in the first three months or the first anniversary of your first job. Maybe, if you’re thick-skinned, you don’t feel it until your second anniversary. It’s the moment you say to yourself, “This isn’t what I thought it would be.”

The Ad Career You're Meant to Have: Avoid Pitfalls and Grow Skills
Bart Cleveland's video series continues with The Ad Career You're Meant to Have: Avoid Pitfalls and Grow Skills.

The Ad Career You're Meant to Have: Maximize Your Marketability
Bart Cleveland's video series continues with The Ad Career You're Meant to Have: Maximize Your Marketability.

The Ad Career You're Meant to Have: Establish a Career Goal About You
Bart Cleveland's video series continues with The Ad Career You're Meant to Have: Establish a Career Goal About You.

The Ad Career You're Meant to Have: Success Doesn't Happen By Chance
Bart Cleveland's video series continues with The Ad Career You're Meant to Have: Success Doesn't Happen by Chance.

The Ad Career You're Meant to Have
Bart Cleveland's video series kicks off with The Ad Career You're Meant to Have.

How Young Professionals Break the Millennial Mold
Whether it fits or not, we all get grouped into a stereotype. When it happens, and you pay the consequence for someone else’s behavior, it’s pretty demoralizing. But you don’t have to be the scapegoat, particularly if you’re a Millennial.

How to Have an Above-Average Career When You're Average
Countless athletes who were average on paper ended up in their sport’s hall of fame. Drafted in the late rounds, if drafted at all, many attended small colleges with even smaller sports programs. They defied the odds, overcame skeptics, and forged legacies. Tom Brady, the quarterback of the New England Patriots, is a relevant example. Drafted in a later round, Brady worked his way into a starting position and led his team to the record books. Today he is arguably one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of pro football.

The Portfolio Check-up
Give your portfolio an annual check-up. If you can’t get anyone’s attention in the communication arts industry, more than likely your portfolio is the culprit. A goal to refresh your portfolio every year will keep you competitive. Employers seldom look for potential. They want the sure thing.

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