#TrendingThursday Week 109

Good morning/afternoon/evening!  I hope everyone has had a great week thus far.  Just one more day to go.  I hope this list of great reads helps you continue to grow.  As always, thanks for stopping by The Reader and guiding your friends here.  It is steadily becoming one of the top sites for professional development on the web and that is all because you all keep coming back.  Have a great weekend!

You’re Not My Friend by Adam Grant
“Friends, how many of us have them?”  That is the beginning of a hook by a 1980s hip-hop group called Whodini.  This day and age, it could not be further from the truth.  How many Facebook “friends,” LinkedIn “connections,” and Twitter “followers” do we have with whom we’ve never connected with any more than to say “Can we connect?”  So what right do you have to introduce yourself as a friend* of mine?  This is why I often have a problem making connections via social networks.  If I don’t know both parties well, I usually decline to make the desired introduction just because, if I am willing to introduce you on a professional level, it is because I believe in your character.  Which means I have to know your character.  Anyway, check out this piece by Adam Grant and allow it to help you be more selective with your word choice when making introductions.
*By the way, when friends were real friends, you didn’t “unfriend/unfollow” them.  You just stopped sharing your toys in the sandbox.  When did things become so complicated?
Everyone who is in a seemingly pointless job – READ THIS!  I know what it’s like to work at the call center or in the retail position just to make ends meet.  I was that young man with ambition but no real way to get to where I wanted to be.  And now, I still have to do things I don’t want to do but I am on the path to doing what matters to me.  I’m receiving checks for blogging every month.  I’m charging fees for hosting workshops and seminars.  I’m writing a book that I believe can change the way professionalism is approached.  In short, I am moving forward.  What are you doing to step away from a dead-end?
The One Thing You Should Do To Get A Raise by Kate Ashford
Money is one thing that, no matter what industry you’re in, if you don’t barter for a living, you need to survive.  But the question for most of us is how do we get more?  If your primary source of income comes from someone else signing your checks, you might want to figure out a way to get a raise to add to your financial security.  But how do you go about doing that?  Kate Ashford gives one heck of a tip to help you move up to the next tax bracket.  Of course, make sure it fits with your situation and, if so, apply it.
Tough one!  There are some places that, no matter how much you like your role, make your inner self cry out “GET ME AWAY FROM THESE PEOPLE!”  What do you do in those situations where you need the experience to get your career off on the right foot but still keep your sanity?  This Fast Company article can point you in the right direction.
Best Cities for Future Job Growth 2014

If you’re open to relocating in the near future, check out this list of 10 cities on the Forbes website.  The title pretty much says it all.

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