• 5 Job Interview Bloopers to Avoid

    1/25/15

    There’s nothing like a job interview to make your palms sweaty. You want—no, need that job so badly that you become nearly paralyzed with fear that you’ve got kale stuck in your teeth. But that’s hardly the worst job interview gaffe. So brush your teeth, check your outfit, and prepare to prevent these job interview …

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  • Tips for Succeeding in a Collaborative Workspace

    1/20/15

    Teamwork, cooperation, collaboration… it always looked so easy on Sesame Street, but here on earth, it’s not always so simple. Everyone on a team has a collection of personalities with strengths, weaknesses, quirks, talents and varying levels of ego, disagreement and distraction. Detangling difficulties in order to reach a blissful level of collaboration is always …

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  • How To Work at a Coffee Shop

    1/19/15

    Are you a remote worker? Find yourself traveling for business, running from meeting to meeting, or bringing your laptop to the local coffee shop? Then you are one of the 5% of all workers in non-family businesses who work at home at least one day a week according to USA Today. Have a full time …

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  • Beyond PowerPoint: How to Connect with Your Audience during a Presentation

    1/13/15

    So you have a knockout PowerPoint presentation. Great. But you’re the presentation specialist; you’ve got to connect with the audience and get them to jump out of their chairs and buy whatever it is you’re selling—be that a service, product or a great idea. Here are four ways to make that happen: Reconnaissance—You have to …

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  • 5 Ways to make your PowerPoint presentation pop

    1/11/15

    As a presentation specialist, it’s your job to keep people’s attention, but in our world of consistent sensory input, that’s becoming increasingly difficult to do. Winning over the hearts and minds of a distracted audience requires a killer presentation that makes both eyes and ears perk. Incorporate these elements in every PowerPoint presentation you create …

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  • 5 New Year’s Resolutions for your Portfolio

    1/6/15

    Diets, budgets and bold projects—oh my! It’s New Year’s resolution time again, which means that if you’re a graphic designer, it’s also time to remodel your portfolio! In fact, the Brooks Institute recommends doing a portfolio revamp once a year at the very least, and anytime you complete an impressive project, you should update and …

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  • To Do: Seasonal Web Re-Design

    1/4/15

    Have you ever taken notice of companies that update or redesign their websites on a seasonal basis? Seasonal redesign–like the placement of Christmas banners or Easter imagery on a homepage–can take a lot of effort to maintain. Yet many businesses engage in this type of regular maintenance. Although it is extra work, many companies find …

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  • Still Making These Web Design Mistakes?

    12/28/14

    A joint study by research firms BIA/Kelsey and ConStat found that virtually all consumers turn to the internet to research businesses before making purchase or service decisions. Consumers expect to be able to find information about a company online, and a company website should be their best resource for this information.  Web designers should work …

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  • 5 Sneaky Job Interview Questions and How to Handle Them

    12/22/14

    The job interview obstacle course makes many talented, hard-working people cry over their instant noodles. But knowing how to handle sneaky job interview questions can boost your confidence so you can show them what you can bring to the organization instead of trying to conceal an anxiety attack. “The Undercover Interview”—This is more of a …

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  • 10 Tips for Video Marketing Success

    12/17/14

    Dr. James McQuivey of Forrester Research says one measly minute of online video is worth 1.8 million words. (Amazon’s now-missing Text Stats tool once figured that the average novel ran about 64,000 words). Add over 188 million Americans watching nearly 53 billion online videos; with so many words and so many eyeballs watching so many …

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