HR & Career
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4/20/2018

Walmart is trying a dress code at some stores that lets employees wear bluejeans for the first time. The relaxed standard, which also lets staffers wear shirts of any solid color, could give the retailer an edge in a tightening labor market.

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4/20/2018

Check your email a maximum of three scheduled times per day, Hayden Field writes. Use filters to categorize your emails, switch off alerts and try to avoid "back-and-forth" conversations.

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Entrepreneur online
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Hayden Field
4/20/2018

Be honest if you are uncomfortable taking on your co-workers' advice, writes Alyse Kalish. Remind your colleagues that you're busy if they are taking up your time without contributing anything helpful.

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Alyse Kalish
4/20/2018

Before quitting your job, ask yourself if it's possible to change the things you don't like about your job, or if there may be opportunities outside the office, writes career coach Caroline Ceniza-Levine. "Your day-to-day work isn't the only way to find challenge and growth," she writes.

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Forbes
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Caroline Ceniza-Levine
4/20/2018

A California tortoise that fell off a wall and cracked its shell has received $4,000 in repairs to fix the injury. The 90-pound African spurred tortoise sustained the injury while running away from a dog.

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ABC News
4/19/2018

New York City firefighters are no longer automatically terminated for testing positive for drugs, despite a zero tolerance policy, department insiders say. The Fire Department reportedly has given people a second chance and has offered rehabilitation after several firefighters who had isolated incidents of drug use challenged the policy.

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Yahoo, New York Post
4/19/2018

Discussion about lifelong learning and training informed much of a summit conducted by Arizona State University and GSV Capital, as experts discussed how employees and companies must adjust to changing demands in the job market. Employers have to focus on training to close the skills gap, look beyond traditional college degrees and embrace massive open online courses.

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Inside Higher Ed
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MOOC
4/19/2018

Push back on unrealistic deadlines instead of working yourself harder, writes Kat Boogaard. Remind your manager of your other priorities if you are given a task that doesn't fit your job description or if you don't have the capacity to take on more work.

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The Muse
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Kat Boogaard
4/19/2018

During uncomfortable conversations, acknowledge your emotions and accept them instead of suppressing them, writes career coach Sara Young Wang. Be open-minded and professional, and avoid taking things to heart.

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Forbes
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Sara Young Wang
4/19/2018

Avoid shooting off dozens of applications without adapting your resume and cover letter to each prospective job, executive coach Mary Lee Gannon writes. Emphasize transferable skills when you're considering a job in a new field.

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Ladders