Give as much as you get when it comes to your professional network

SHOW DATE: June 6, 2012

If you’re only in touch with your professional contacts when you want something
from them, they are onto you. You have become a personal favor vampire. When
your number comes up on their caller ID, they’re rollin’ their eyes going, “What
does he/ she want now?!” So, how do you keep in touch with your professional
contacts? Do something for them. You want them to introduce you to people? Why
not introduce them to some people. Pay it forward. Because you can only get out of

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Claim credit for your work and you’ll get promoted

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SHOW DATE: June 6, 2012
Turns out some negative personality traits—such as narcissism—lead to people
getting more promotions. This is because narcissistic people take credit for their
jobs. And not only do they demand credit, but they proactively let others know what
a great job they did. This might be annoying to you as a coworker of one of these
types; in fact, you probably want to punch them in the face (maybe you even have)
—but DON’T. Instead, take a lesson, and next time, when you’ve gone above and
beyond—take credit where credit is due. Listen to Uncle David and Auntie Evan
dispute this below: Technique

Photos on LinkedIn? YES.

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SHOW DATE: May 30, 2012

It’s not about how good-looking you are (okay, maybe a little bit), it’s how well your photo is shot. So—YES—do a photo. But avoid snap-shots, pictures with baseball caps, or even professional photos with that that super slick, super produced look—you know—with white background and every hair in place. Those over-produced shots are just plain Gordon Gekko creepy. DO use a photo that is a clean shot with a neutral background. Don’t be the guy you avoid in the bar. (Or the steam room—yeah, you know what we’re talking about.) Go with the happy medium. Listen to Uncle David and Auntie Evan debate this below:

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When asking for a raise ONLY talk about your own personal performance

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SHOW DATE: May 23, 2012

For instance, talking about how another employee who doesn’t work as hard as you makes more money—NOT COOL. For starters, it’s against most companies’ policies to discuss salaries with co-workers in the first place—so you’re basically saying, “I broke the rules, but I’m a company man, so gimmie mo’ money!” Also, avoid discussing reasons other than performance for your raise. Nobody cares if your rent went up; they care about your performance. So talk about THAT. Talk about the projects you’ve been working on. Talk about your leadership skills, the value you’ve added to your department, and BE SPECIFIC. Make them see you are a team player, and they will SHOW YOU THE MONEY. Listen to Uncle David and Auntie Evan discuss this further below:

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Don’t start cover letters with “Dear Sirs” or “Gentlemen”

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SHOW DATE: May 16, 2012

Get your facts straight! When you are gender specific and you don’t know the gender of the person you are writing to—you are saying that you are a person who doesn’t pay attention to details. And that makes you look like an IDIOT. Because the person hiring you might be a woman (Imagine that!). So, avoid gender-specific terms and stick with the oldie-but-goodie standby “To Whom it May Concern.” Sure, being “PC” all the time can get annoying—but it’s not “PC” to get a fact right. Listen to Uncle David and Auntie Evan talk more about this below:

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Interviewers make snap judgments

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SHOW DATE: May 16, 2012

Interviewers make up their minds whether to hire you within the first 90 seconds of the interview. So before you step out of the house, make sure you’re not wearing a navy blue blazer with black pants. And don’t forget a belt! How you present yourself matters. Presence matters. A good strong handshake matters.  Don’t do the limp fish handshake, but don’t be a bone crusher either or—even worse—the “just fingers” handshake guy. Walk into the room in appropriate attire. Make eye contact with confidence and smile, and that’s what your interviewer will remember. Listen to Uncle David and Auntie Evan go into more detail below:

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Five-hour energy is all in your head

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SHOW DATE: August 8, 2012

It’s not that it doesn’t do what it says. But studies show that people who use caffeine supplements—like coffee or energy drinks—and people who don’t actually have the same level of alertness on the job. However, if you are downing energy drinks to get you through the day and you go off it, it will make you less alert. And, frankly, miserable. It’s almost like going through withdrawal. The lesson here: Stay on it or stay off it. Listen to Auntie Evan and Uncle David hash this out below:

A clean desk can kill your creativity on the job

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SHOW DATE: August 22, 2012

It’s not the mess that kills creativity. It’s when bosses force creatively messy people to conform to clean desk practices. If you’re a clean desk person—great, have a clean desk. But someone that’s a messy desk person, be in the middle—don’t end up on Hoarders—keep organized piles. Auntie Evan thinks creative messy people are lazy piles of mess that smell. Listen to Uncle David fight for creativity below:

Bosses promote the guy who matches their office culture

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SHOW DATE: August 15, 2012

Whatever your boss’ attitude is, mirror that. If he swears, you can swear. If he jokes, you can joke. If he’s more tightly knit—act more conservative.  It’s simple: be a chameleon. Your bosses want to promote someone like them. Find out how Auntie Evan and Uncle David relate to their employees below:

You’re killing your chances of getting a job if you DON’T write a cover letter

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SHOW DATE: August 15, 2012

Your resume will go in the trash. Not just because you decided not to take the opportunity or time to write the letter they asked for, but because you didn’t follow instructions. If they ask for a cover letter, write it. Period. The end. And make it specific. Don’t send a boilerplate letter—a standard letter repurposed—that’s like getting an unsigned Hallmark card for Valentine’s Day. Link your skills directly to the job for which you applying, use language drawn from the job advertisement. This shows that you’re serious, talented and you pay attention to detail. Listen to Auntie Evan and Uncle David talk it over below:

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