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PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: How to Read People Like an FBI Agent

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In business, as in life, it’s useful to know when someone is being less-than-truthful with you. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have counterintelligence training aimed at helping us spot spies and other dishonest folks.

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In this week’s roundup, we look at advice on spotting a liar from a former counterintelligence FBI agent, plus learn how to deal with a boss who takes credit for your work, and four ways to be more resilient during a job search.

LaRae Quy at her blog: How to Read People Like an FBI Agent

“Entrepreneurs and leaders need to be game-ready when they approach a prospective client, walk into a board meeting, or chat with co-workers,” Quy writes. “If they know how to read people they will notice when inconsistencies arise so they can get insight into what is really going on. To be a successful undercover FBI agent, I had to learn how to read people within minutes—and failing to accurately evaluate the person in front of me could jeopardize an entire assignment.”

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Alison Green at Ask a Manager: Help! My Manager Takes Credit for My Work

Working Girl was a great 1980s movie, and a terrible real-life experience. If your boss takes credit for your work, you can’t count on a makeover and some chutzpah to save you. The first thing to figure out is whether the issue is egregious enough to address.

In response to a reader question on the subject of bosses who steal credit, Green says:

“I think you’re entitled to be annoyed by that; it’s grating to me just reading about it. But whether it’s worth saying something about depends on what the impact is on you.”

To find out how to determine that (and to get a sense of when to let it go) see Green’s piece.

David Shindler at The Savvy Intern: 4 Ways to Strengthen Resilience During a Job Search

“It happens to us all during our working lives,” Shindler writes. “We run head first into a stressful or prolonged job search. Ideally, of course, you don’t want to buckle under pressure. However, if that happens, the key is to bounce back into shape in a better place than before.”

The good news is that you can learn to be more resilient. To get you started, Shindler offers insight into four different factors that strengthen resilience.

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