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Pros and Cons to Disclosing a Disability to an Employer

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One of the hardest things about having a disability is disclosing it. Some individuals with disabilities can go about each day without having to disclose it in a typical social setting. Aside from worrying about the apparent signs of a disability, some manage most of their symptoms privately. However, getting and maintaining a job is a challenge for most individuals with disabilities.  

Should you disclose your disability, and if so, when is the right time to tell an employer about your ...

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Finding Balance in your Personal and Professional Life

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I believe emotional health is a very important part of our overall health and well-being. Both personally and professionally, people who are emotionally healthy are most often in control of their own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors- at least they should be. They’re able to cope with great difficulties, such as sickness, deaths, and life’s major highs and lows. They can stay focused and on task when handling problems and maintain the proper perspective to bounce back from any setbacks. 

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Tips: Overcoming Fear of Public Speaking

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Every great speaker has experienced fear of speaking in public at least once in their lifetime, just as every person will experience speaking in public at least once in their life. The fear is real. What is the fear of public speaking? There’s a term for that! Glossophobia is the very common fear of public speaking.  Statistics show that Glossophobia affects 75% of the population. -Career Contessa 

Here are some tips to help you ease the fear of public speaking. 

Study your ...

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Don’t Fit In, Stand Out

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People with disabilities thrive to “fit in.” It’s human nature for an individual to desire to be a part of something, to “belong.” Some would say to be “normal” is the goal. But what if I told you that the opposite is more rewarding? Don’t fit in; stand out!  

As a person with a disability, I spent most of my younger years wanting to fit in. It would be depressing if I couldn’t go to the beach with my friends because ...

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How to Manage Pressure

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We thrive to exceed expectations in life. We are taught as children that to achieve success, we must give it our all. We are conditioned to always seek for more, after all “the sky’s the limit.” This is a phrase we learn early on and hope to apply in all areas of life as we get older.

With this phrase luring in the back of our minds along with the demanding realities of growing up, pressure begins to build. For some, ...

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Interview Questions: Tell Me About Yourself 

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It can be overwhelming to have to talk about yourself during an interview. What is ok to say? What isn’t? 

It’s important to prepare yourself on how you will respond to this question before going into an interview. How do you know just how much you should disclose? What is right or wrong to say?  How do you talk about yourself without sounding self-centered, yet speak highly of yourself? 

Even though the “tell me about yourself” part of the interview is common, ...

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Why You Should Meditate Before an Interview  

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The day has come; the time is NOW! You find yourself walking into a conference room, ready to take on a job interview. You’ve done your due diligence; you have prepared for questions that might arise during this interview. You are looking sharp. Nothing can go wrong, right? But suddenly, your nerves begin to take over. You’re feeling overwhelmed, fearful, and no longer confident. This anxiety happens more often than not. These emotions can cause you to lose focus. The ...

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Office Attire Do’s and Don’ts

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For anyone that has worked in an office environment, I think we can all relate to that heart-dropping, disturbing realization when we landed our first job: I have absolutely nothing to wear. Maybe you’re fresh out of college and have never worn nor owned a button-down, or perhaps you’ve just never worked in a position that required you to follow a dress code. You head to your closet and find nothing but crop tops, leggings, oversized sweatshirts, and ripped jeans ...

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20 Common Interview Questions

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Interviews can be extremely nerve-wracking. Let’s dissect the situation: a stranger, who has the power to hire you and shape your career as well as the ability to determine your financial stability, asks you what seems like a thousand questions about your goals, work habits, work ethic, and employment history. Not scary at all, right? 

A quote by Benjamin Franklin states, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” To avoid feelings of fear and distress before an interview, do ...

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Why This Pandemic is Teaching Us the Importance of Self-Love

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Feeling Your Emotions Is an Act of Self-Love 

This lingering pandemic is teaching us many lessons, the least of which is we can’t hide from ourselves anymore. When isolated during restrictions, we must face our trauma. There is no other way. It is an act of courage to deal with our emotions without fearing or running away from them. For in deferring our complex emotions, we postpone our healing. Can you identify? For example, have you been coping with being isolated ...

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