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Dealing with Difficult People

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Let’s face it, we all deal with difficult people.  We deal with them at home, with friends, and in the main–stream public.  We also deal with difficult people at work—that is your co-workers, your boss, customers, and yes, even colleagues you may get along with. It is important to learn the interpersonal skills you need when faced with difficult situations and people;… read more >>

Conflict Competence in the Workplace

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Conflict in work situations is inevitable.  When you can regulate your emotions and respond instead of reacting to certain situations, your capacity to manage conflicts in the workplace will be more effective.  It requires hard work and good practice for one to gain the necessary skills to improve conflict competence.  Below are some tips for understanding conflict: … read more >>

Assistance for Individuals During the Pandemic and Beyond

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As the Grant Center Librarian for the Youngstown Public Library, I am sometimes contacted by people having personal financial difficulties, wishing to explore ways to resolve these challenges.  The Grant Center is a Funding Information Network Partner (FIN) of Candid.  Just like Candid, the Grant Center does not give grants or make donations or suggest specific funders or… read more >>

To Surcharge or Not to Surcharge

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Business owners remain terribly aware of the disruptive nature of our economy during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. While some businesses were able to fall back onto digital infrastructures or on carryout and delivery services, costs have still outpaced revenue in most cases. Things have and unfortunately will remain tight in most sectors for quite some time…. read more >>

Introduction to LinkedIn

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LinkedIn is a professional social media platform.  This is where you can go to connect with business colleagues, network yourself, search for work, conduct research on various companies, showcase your business or products.  LinkedIn is essentially the new resume.  This profile can provide an in-depth insight of who you are, what you do, and what you have accomplished.  You can connect… read more >>

COVID-19 Nonprofit Resources

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Since the beginning of this pandemic crisis, Candid has been collecting information that can help our community and those across the country recover.  Below are many resources, news items and much information on the philanthropic response to Covid-19 that Candid has invited me to share. Funding for Coronavirus: Real time information on the global pandemic:  it includes news, funding data, observations and more, and is updated… read more >>

Networking Your Career

Networking must be part of our everyday professional career.   Networking is a time-consuming endeavor, but it is a necessary activity for one to make new contacts for business and long-term career growth.   People you can network with are people you already know, or people that you do not know and have yet to meet.   Places… read more >>

What is an Apprenticeship?

Wait, what is apprenticeship? Simply put, the definition of an apprenticeship is a paid period of training that allows you to learn a skill or particular set of skills. Apprenticeships are available over a wide choice of industries and sectors. Apprenticeships can be called “the other 4-year degree”, as they offer an alternative to a… read more >>

Interviewing for Jobs

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What is a job interview? A job interview is an interview consisting of a conversation between a job applicant and a representative of an employer which is conducted to assess whether the applicant should be hired. Interviews are one of the most popularly used devices for employee selection. Source: Wikipedia Tips on how to conduct an awesome interview Ohio Means Jobs has a… read more >>