17 Ways to Calm Your Nerves Before a Job Interview

by JAYNINE HOWARD via Recruiter Today

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Everyone gets nervous before and during job interviews — whether they admit it or not. (Those who say they do not get nervous are the same people who come off as arrogant and overconfident during interviews. Watch out for them!) Interviewers know that you will be nervous. They expect it. Still, being too nervous is not good. If you are stammering, shaking, and sweating during an interview, the interviewers will likely conclude you do not work well under pressure and are not a fit for the job.

How to dress your best in any work environment, from a casual office to the boardroom

by Richard Feloni, Samantha Lee and Áine Cain via Business Insider

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 There was once a time when every professional, no matter his or her industry, put on a suit each morning. But today, there are so many interpretations of formal and business casual that it can be easy to look sloppy or over-dressed if you're not aware of the environment.

Recipients take note: My City Rides delivers first scooters to help Memphians roll to work

by Tom Bailey via Commercial Appeal

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Charles Williams on Thursday took his last bus ride to his job as a mover/driver for Ewing Moving & Storage. And he'll no longer have to pay Uber for a ride home when he works late and misses his bus. Williams finished a job by midafternoon, drove the Ewing truck back to headquarters at 4006 Air Park in Southeast Memphis and found waiting for him in the parking lot a new black motor scooter.

Four Steps to a College Saving Plan

by Brian Douglas via Inside Memphis

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Business Financial Advisor Brian Douglas of GuidingPoint Financial Group in Memphis has a few thoughts on getting a college saving plan going. “Outside of retirement and purchasing a home, there may be no more important financial goal that requires preparation than your children’s higher education tuition,” he says. “While saving for college may seem daunting, planning early and saving thoughtfully can make the goal more attainable for many parents.”

He suggests four steps that can help:

1. Estimate college costs: Historically, the cost of college has risen faster than the standard rate of inflation. Check out free online college savings calculators to estimate tuition and fees at public or private institutions, such as the website SavingforCollege.com. Use the estimate as a guideline for a conversation with your spouse about how much you’d like to contribute to your child’s education. Do you wish for your child to contribute? Will you cover the cost of books, room and board, and extracurricular fees?

2. Start setting money aside as soon as possible: There is no substitute for saving. Craft a habit-forming strategy, such as saving a set amount each month, putting aside a regular bonus or raise, or saving your tax refund. Remind yourself that even a modest amount will make a big difference in tackling your child’s tuition. When you’re ready to put your money to work, choose a savings vehicle that is right for your financial situation, risk tolerance and goal amount. One of the most popular options is a 529 plan, which is specifically designed to help families save for higher education. When money is withdrawn for qualified education expenses, no taxes are due on earnings accumulated in the account. Other tax-advantaged savings options include Uniforms Gifts to Minors Act (UGMA) accounts, Uniform Transfers to Minors Act (UTMA) accounts, tax-exempt savings bonds, and Coverdell education savings accounts. There are also taxable account options, allowing you to choose the vehicle that works best for your family.

3. Research financial aid options: It may be difficult to save enough to cover every education expense, particularly for families with multiple children or if you’re balancing other financial goals. Scholarships, grants and loans may help you fill potential gaps. The U.S. Department of Education allows you to forecast your family’s eligibility for federal student aid before you fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) when your student applies for college. Many scholarships are available to high schoolers of all grades, so encourage your child to research local opportunities.

4. Revise your savings plan as your child ages: Periodically revisit your strategy to make sure it’s on track to meet your financial goals. You can re-prioritize and save more as college move-in day approaches. As your child ages, bring him or her into the conversation. Discuss the level of support you will provide. Help your child consider various career paths and higher education options, evaluating them to see if they are realistic and within your budget.

How to enhance your likability level

by Harvey Mackay via Memphis Business Journal

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Image courtesy of HIOB

No matter what business you think you are in, you are in the people business. And the more people like you, the better and easier life becomes. It’s that simple. Likability can get you where you want to go — whether it’s a promotion at work, election to a political office, building a wonderful circle of friends … it applies to nearly every facet of life.

Dressing for Interviews

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Before you say a single word to the interviewer, you have already made an impression based on how you’re dressed. The guidelines given here are commonly accepted as appropriate for interviewing. Every company has a different dress code; how you dress at the job may have very little to do with how you dress for an interview.

3 strategies for superb spontaneous speaking

by Anett Grant via Memphis Business journal

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Image courtesy of GETTY IMAGES (IZUSEK)

If you want to excel at speaking spontaneously, you can’t just “wing it.” You need to have a plan. Here are three strategies for superb spontaneous speaking.

6 steps to becoming excellent in all you do

by Billy Arcement via The Business Journals

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Image courtesy of GETTY IMAGES (SORBETTO)

Few, if given the choice, would reject becoming excellent at what they do. We view excellence at the epitome of success. It’s the gold standard in any arena.

5 Things Consultants Do That Job Seekers Should Imitate

by MARK ANTHONY DYSON via Recruiter Today

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If you want to see success, you should start paying attention to how successful consultants control their careers. These independent professionals have total say over how they work, when they work, on what they work, and for whom they work.

Making a first impression that lasts

by Harvey Mackay via Memphis Business Journal

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Image courtesy of GETTY IMAGES (KIEFERPIX)

There are many things in life that you can do multiple times. Making a first impression isn't one of them. First impressions are lasting . Once a first impression is made, if it’s less than great, unfortunately it takes a long time to change it.

How you treat others shows all, no matter how educated, smart and successful you think you are

by Oleg Vishnepolsky via LinkedIn

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In this short article, the author gives a few short stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary gestures to show respect to others.

Can you relate to these cartoon characters navigating life?

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The real world is full of unknowns, especially for recent college grads and millennials hustling to figure out life's next steps. See how the author has used 17 inspiring, funny, almost too real cartoons that millennials in their first jobs — and professionals of every age — can instantly relate to.

Eight Habits of Considerate People

by Dr. Travis Bradberry via LinkedIn

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Image courtesy of Getty Images

Being considerate of others is certainly a good career move, but it’s also good for your health. When you show consideration for others, the brain’s reward center is triggered, which elevates the feel-good chemicals dopamine, oxytocin, and endogenous opioids. This gives you a great feeling, which is similar to what’s known as “runner’s high,” and all that oxytocin is good for your heart. 

Mentoring works both ways

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Image courtesy of GETTY IMAGES (JOHNNYGREIG)

“When the student is ready, a teacher appears. Mentors are all around you once you start looking for them.” And it works both ways. These authors encourage people to become mentors because “you won’t fully discover, appreciate or leverage what you have until you start giving it away.”

Exciting Update from Mayor Jim Strickland

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Last year, Memphis Suit Project had the opportunity to suit the men of Mayor Strickland's program Manhood University. This week Mayor Strickland updated the city of Memphis on the program and shared an interview with a past student of Manhood University and his inspirational story. 

Suiting Event: University of Memphis student athletes PAWS program

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Last week Memphis Suit Project had the distinct pleasure to suit the student athletes of University of Memphis PAWS program! Huge thanks to Strategic Financial Partners for making this event possible and helping these students enter the workforce with confidence and credibility! 

Nail the handshake, land the job

by Lily Martis via Monster

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The secret to getting a job is in your hands—literally. Whether you’re going to an interview or attending a networking event, your handshake is one of the most important first impressions you’ll make. A good handshake has the power to both diminish the impact of a negative impression and make a positive interaction even better, according to a Beckman Institute study.

Mind-twisting questions for job applicants, and why you might use them

by Gina Hall via Memphis Business Journal

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Challenging interview questions can go beyond a person’s résumé to demonstrate creativity, character, problem-solving skills and a willingness to collaborate. The questions may take applicants by surprise, but they can also show employers which candidates can think quickly on their feet.