The High-Performer's Cheat Sheet

The 10 rarely-discussed-but-totally-essential career skills they don't teach in business school—and expert advice on how to nail them.

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August 16, 2013 9:00 AM
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Survive getting fired.

No question it's a setback, but it's hardly the end of your career. "Take a day or two to mourn, then get off the couch and start making a list of jobs you'd be excited to do next," suggests Jen Pelka, Tumblr's food and drinks "evangelist" who was twice fired by famed French chef Daniel Boulud. If you're asked why you left your last job, "say something like, 'It was time to move on,' then switch the focus to your past accomplishments."