Professional Development

How to Let Your Supervisor Know You're Ready for More at Work

How to Let Your Supervisor Know You’re Ready for More at Work

By Erin Ollila / March 4, 2021
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Unlike fairy tales may lead you to believe, opportunity doesn’t always find itself on your doorstep. This means your supervisor won’t necessarily be the person who recommends you for a new job or offers you a training program or professional…

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How to Achieve a Great Professional Reputation

How to Achieve a Great Professional Reputation

By Erin Ollila / February 25, 2021
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You care a lot about what people think of you — and that’s a good thing! How you’re viewed by others directly affects your career. You know that when others like you, working with them will be easier, you’ll get more…

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How to Stay Motivated Now That The New Year Buzz Is Gone

How to Stay Motivated Now That the New Year Buzz Is Gone

By Erin Ollila / February 18, 2021
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When you set your New Year’s resolutions for 2021, you felt as if you could tackle anything. You were ready to say goodbye to 2020 and start fresh. But now that the year isn’t so brand new anymore, you’re finding…

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How to Best Support Remote Workers: An Interview with Mari Anne Snow of The Remote Nation Institute

How to Best Support Remote Workers: An Interview with Mari Anne Snow of The Remote Nation Institute

By Erin Ollila / February 11, 2021
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2020 introduced remote working to many organizations that weren’t familiar with it or who may have never previously considered allowing their employees to work from home.   At the beginning of the pandemic, remote working was allowed for survival. But, over…

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6 Resolutions for Mortgage Professionals in the New Year

6 Resolutions for Mortgage Professionals in the New Year

By Erin Ollila / February 1, 2021
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The start of a new year comes with a clean slate. It’s an opportunity to set goals, resolutions, or intentions for the year ahead. But when you work in the mortgage industry, how do you know how to set your…

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5 Reasons Why Failure Is Actually Pretty Awesome

5 Reasons Why Failure Is Actually Pretty Awesome

By Erin Ollila / January 28, 2021
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Just recently, I watched the TV show Dino Dana with my five-year old, and the lead character explains to her sister that in science, there’s no such thing as failure. She says any question or experiment, even if they appear…

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What to Say in Your Out-of-Office Email and Voice Messages When You Take Time Off

What to Say in Your Out-of-Office Email and Voice Messages When You Take Time Off

By Erin Ollila / December 18, 2020
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You’re finally taking some time off of work. Sure, your holidays this year won’t be spent sunning in the tropics or scaling an ice-capped mountain as you might have hoped, but you’ve got big plans for taking some down time…

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How to Review Your Year and Set Goals for the Next

How to Review Your Year and Set Goals for the Next

By Erin Ollila / December 10, 2020
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2020 is a year unlike any other. Many people lost their jobs or started working from home, began schooling their children at home, changed careers, got sick, or faced many other personal challenges. Yet, here you are at the tail…

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4 Ways to Show Gratitude to Your Co-Workers and Clients

4 Ways to Show Gratitude to Your Coworkers and Clients

By Erin Ollila / November 23, 2020
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Thanksgiving is a special time of year to reflect on what you’re thankful for and celebrate the joys in your life. And, as much as you may love stuffing yourself with turkey, mashed potatoes, and pie, it’s good practice to…

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Procrastinating at work with bubbles

Procrastinating at Work? 5 Tips for Ditching Overwhelm and Getting Back to Work

By Erin Ollila / November 6, 2020
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You’re a great employee. All performance evaluations come back with high marks, and you know that your supervisor appreciates your efforts. But, as good of an employee as you are, you find yourself stuck in a vicious cycle that most…

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