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Whether or not your office has a dress code, are you willing to submit to the summer heat...

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Cy Wakeman is a dynamic national keynote speaker, business consultant, author, and trainer. She...

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Love this! I also have a job but a blog on the side, and furthering my writing passion in the midst of my career is what I'm currently exploring! Thanks for your words and advice.
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What advice would you give to a recent graduate entering the workforce in an HR Development Program hoping to reach your level of success?
Hi Kyshira - First and foremost, thanks for the kind compliment and congratulations on your first step in your career. If you've recently graduated, you likely feel the excitement of finally being able to put your learnings and degree to work in a full-time capacity. I think you've already taken the right first step. An HR Dev program most likely includes exposure to a few different areas of HR which is incredibly important in deciphering which area you'd like to focus on. Do you want to focus on Org Dev? Training? Recruitment? There are so many directions you could go in and dipping your toes into each is an amazing experience if that's what you have. Next, you'll want to think about where you want to be - are start-ups of interest to you? Or mid-sized companies in growth phase? Or do you want a larger, more corporate setting? You don't need to know that today and it can even change with time, however in the world of HR, there is quite a difference. For instance, at an early stage start-up, the HR opportunity will likely be a Generalist role so that you can wear many hats and help in multiple arenas depending on the day-to-day needs (Recruitment Mondays, Benefits Tuesdays, Building Desks Wednesdays!). However, if you're looking to focus on one thing specifically and for instance, you absolutely geek-out on Learning & Dev initiatives, you will likely be looking at mostly mid-size to large companies and potentially in more corporate settings. That's not a bad thing - just something to be aware of if you do choose to specialize early on in your career. I will say that I think there is something to be said for doing one thing well. It doesn't mean you can't learn about each piece of the HR puzzle (I think it's amazing if you can), but today we are all so obsessed with being everything to everyone, that the idea of really crushing it in one area is definitely attractive to a lot of employers and it allows you to brand yourself as an expert in that field. Again, having a generalist foundation is great, particularly if you want to oversee people operations entirely at some point, but don't be afraid to love one thing and own it.

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It's all about 1) lifestyle and 2) the amount of loans you have. I've met millenials with 70K+ salary jobs who hardly have any savings, and its because they spend $700/mo on going out to eat. I've also met Millenials who only make $30K a year who scrimped, saved, had no student loans, and bought their first place by 26.
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How would you recommend making big-impact contributions in an entry-level role when there is a lot of red tape in the way?
Hi Stephanie - This is always challenging. One piece of advice I have is to identify the individual in the organization who you think will care about what it is that you are trying to do and be supportive of it. That person may or may not be in your department. Its important to build energy and excitement around your idea and the more people you can get on board, the better. Also developing a concrete and compelling proposal that demonstrates the value of your idea is really critical to getting people on board.
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Hi Gemma, I'm trying to make the switch from freelancing to working full-time at one company. What is the best way to market myself?
So - social media is your friend here. Update your LinkedIn profile. Make sure you have recommendations from people you have worked with on projects, upload images and presentations, detail all the work you have done. If your work is creative, ensure you have a presence on a community like Behance, which is great for portfolio sharing. Follow the companies you would like to work for on social channels and get an overview of some key people who work there via their own social presences. That will give you an idea of the type of profile that company looks for / develops. And then network - in person meetings are a great driver of work. Go to where the company is, at events or request a 1x1 informational interview with one of their HR department so that you can learn more about what makes the company tick. Good luck!

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Fran oversees PEOPLE.com, the most visited site in the publishing industry, as well as EW.com,...

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Good reading! I think be good full-time worker and freelancing at the same time is a hard thing. You have to combine everyday life. There will be a day when you have to realize what more important: freelance or full-time job. I made my choice for freelance and don't regret.
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What advice would you give to a recent graduate entering the workforce in an HR Development Program hoping to reach your level of success?
Kyshira, Congratulations on being in an HRD corporate program! You are on you way. Also, for the compliment! Success is very personal. So define what it means to you. Note that your definition might change over time as you acquire different experiences. My advice is simple - always be learning. Use this wonderful opportunity to "learn and develop". Pay attention to the assignments that bring you energy, challenge you, ignite your interest to learn more, and zap your energy or bore you. Having this understanding, will help you figure out what areas you might be interested in pursuing longer term. Lastly, take note of people who are in roles/ jobs that you might want to pursue. Take time to know them, interview them and learn what skills are required plus how they got there. Everyone's journey is a story. By the way, don't be too enamored by titles and recognition, some of the most influential people are behind the scenes. Find them and learn from them as well. Not to sound cliche, but they are the wind beneath the wings of the acknowledged leaders. Some are quite happy with being of service. I find these individuals to be successful because they are passionate about what they are doing and want to support others in accomplishing their goals ( part of my definition of success). Best of luck, Cindy
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Hi Tiffany- What advice or ideas would you give in regards to dealing with discrimination in your work environment?
Wow, Raven. Some time has passed since you asked this question(apologies) so I do hope that you were able to gain some insight. I've experienced discrimination at work and my response has been very different depending on the behavior I witnessed or was experiencing. I once worked at place where there was egregious harassment and when it got too much for me I quit - I didn't even announce I was leaving. I literally just walked out one day I couldn't take it anymore. I've also worked in a place where there was a general goal of inclusion but I had a boss who didn't have any experiencing managing people with diverse backgrounds. Though she meant well, her words and behavior reeked of bias. I was able to discuss it with her and even shared Catalyst's report "Advancing African American Women in the Workplace" as a starting point. In this situation she was open to learning and we both grew. I've also been in environments where I wasn't the one experiencing the discrimination but I was in a leadership position to be able to name it and fix it. Most important thing is that you always maintain your integrity and stand up for what you believe.

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Hi Joyce! Do you have any suggestions on what daily actions we can take at work to combat the sedentary "cubicle life" and sitting all day?
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Motivational leader and Levo's Chief Leadership Officer Tiffany Dufu walks you through the art of storytelling. You'll learn how to craft...

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Constructive feedback can be tough to absorb. What is your best advice for hearing hard feedback and making changes? Any personal examples?
"You Suck!" That's what runs through my own mind whenever I start to hear feedback. I have to take a deep breath to actually hear what someone is saying because 9 times out of 10, they are not saying "you suck", they are saying, "consider this". Here's the thing about being creative, taking risks, and building new things -- you will not always get it right. And, yet, if you learn how to have difficult conversations -- to really listen without getting defensive first, you will always know how to adjust. But you have to be willing to feel uncomfortable feelings. Like feeling the fear of the risk. Feeling the cringe right before someone starts talking. Or, during the conversation, and after, seeing a part of you that you didn't want to see. Take a deep breath and feel all of that. As you learn to feel it all, you'll realize that (a) this is what it means to be a human being fully alive, and (b) feeling something negative will not kill you. It may be comfortable for a while but you know have more information than you did before. The information was there with or without you listening but when you listen you get to decide better. That said, I don't listen to everyone -- for example, I have nearly 300,000 people following me across platforms. Sometimes people poke my ideas in very provocative ways, and not always nicely. I always respond the first time with curiosity so I can learn. If they engage in discussion so learning can happen, I continue the dialogue. If not -- and it's not constructive, I stop. See this grid for who to pay attention to -- there's a big difference between critics and haters or frenemies. [http://nilofermerchant.com/2013/05/01/dont-listen-to-everything/] and so take a look at whether you want to pay attention to everyone.