Houston History

The town of Houston was founded in 1836 by brothers John and Augustus Allen, a couple of real estate promoters from New York. Named for Sam Houston, hero of the Battle of San Jacinto and the first elected president of the Republic of Texas, the town was incorporated in 1837. That same year, it became

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5 Tips for Preparing Your Elevator Pitch

In most interviews, you have to be prepared for a 30-minute to an hour-long conversation with a hiring manager. What if you have less than 5 minutes to convince a hiring employer that you are the most qualified candidate? You may want to start practicing your elevator pitch, in case you get caught in an

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Texas cities

Austin City Austin is the capital of Texas and the seat of Travis County. As a center of government, it’s no surprise that the folks are passionate about their politics. However, the presence of the University of Texas has lent a decidedly liberal focus to the city.

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The Secret to Success: Your Personality

If you are looking for the perfect career, consider your personality type. What do you love to do? What are you good at doing? And, just as importantly, what bugs the heck out of you? Working eight hours a day at a job you’re ill-suited for is draining. By taking the time to consider your

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Build Your Own Brand

Apple. Nike. Starbucks. What do these companies have in common? They’re all successful brand builders. Consumers associate these brands with quality and style. And that brand-based enthusiasm helps to drive increased sales.

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Just Say No

Telling your boss that you can’t take on a new responsibility or a new project can be tough. Most of us have a hard time saying no in these situations, even when we know that saying yes will mean we’re stretched so thin that our work will suffer (not to mention our personal lives).

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How Office Gossip Can Be Good for Your Career

We grew up learning that gossip was something to be avoided (and definitely “not nice”). But it turns out that office gossip can help us get ahead at work–if used carefully. “It’s not realistic to say, ‘Don’t participate in [workplace] gossip,’ because if you don’t participate, people tend not to include you in the conversation,”

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10 Well-Paid Federal-Government Jobs

Accomplished professionals often don’t consider the federal government as a prospective employer. But they should–half of federal hires in the past several months have been at starting salaries over $100,000, says Seattle career coach Robin Ryan. And by some estimates, the government needs to hire more than 270,000 people just to keep “mission-critical” functions up

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