#TrendingThursday Week 115

Once again, it’s on!  We’ve almost made it through another week and it’s time to take a quick look at a few top stories that have touched the realm of professional development, personal branding, networking, and the surrounding issues.  If you want to develop, you can’t ever stop developing.  Keep reading, keep processing, and keep applying what you’ve learned.  Eventually, you’ll get to where you want to be.

6 Ways To Network More Effectively by Drew Hendricks
Networking is one of the things that I am great at.  My dad was a great networker and I’m sure that’s where I got the skill from.  But we can all always get better at something, even when it comes to us naturally.  This article has some awesome tips on how you can get the most out of your networking efforts.

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5 Ways to Get a Big Raise Now by Donna Rosato
Now, I know many people say that they want to love what they do and the money doesn’t matter BUT let’s say you can get more money.  You would, right?  Well, according to this article, 56% of workers have never asked for a raise but I’m willing to bet that most of them are deserving of them.  Sometimes, you’ve just got to ask.  Here’s how you go about improving your chances of an getting the kind of pay increase you want when that time comes.

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3 Things You Need To Know About Employee Background Checks by Carolyn M. Brown
Background checks are an inevitable part of a corporate hiring process these days.  But not all information in them can be used to prevent you from getting a position.  This article gives us some basic information on how a background check ought to be used and when the information it yields can be ignored.  Just in case any of you decided to go on a joy ride during your freshman year of college and are worried that it will catch up to you.
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I don’t care if you’re the pope, the president, or the pauper, mistakes happen and everyone makes them.  But there are times when these mistakes can become advantageous in the end.  Definitely one of the better general articles I’ve read in a while and a must-share.
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