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Why These 10 Soft Skills Could Catapult Your Career BY J.T. O’DONNELL It’s what employers CAN’T teach you that makes you more valuable. A recent LinkedIn survey of hiring managers revealed 59 percent believe soft skills are tough to find in employees today. Which soft skills are the most sought-after among employers? They are:
How to Ask for an Informational Interview (and Get a “Yes”) By Elliott Bell Perfect the Art of the Ask Any good cold email has two things: a clear message (why you’re reaching out), and an easy-to-understand ask (the action you want the recipient to take). Here’s a simple formula that checks both boxes and that will work most of the time: Start by Asking for Help Be Clear Have a Hook Be Very Considerate Make Sure You Don’t Seem […]
Retirement, or Starting a New Chapter? Don’t Close the Book. Just Turn the Page. Three Points of Self-Awareness How do you turn the page? There’s much more to it than can fit into the space this brief article affords. It begins, however, with these three points of awareness, each an article – perhaps a book – in itself. 1. Know your authentic self – who you are, not just what you do. 2. Articulate your mission – your purpose, the […]
Why I Tell My MBA Students to Stop Looking for a Job and Join the Gig Economy Increasingly, both companies and workers prefer and choose the gig economy’s more flexible and independent work arrangements and, in the process, are transforming how, where, and when we work. Twenty–30% of the working age population do some form of independent work, according to McKinsey’s Global Institute, and that share is growing rapidly. Diane Mulcahy is the author of The Gig Economy: The […]
How To Make A Good Impression From The Start Of A Job Interview It takes just seconds to form a first impression, and a first impression at a job interview happens just as quickly. Since it’s so much easier when you start off strong, focus on making a good impression in those first few moments of the interview — while you’re waiting in the reception area, while you’re walking to the office or conference room, while you make small talk […]
Crowdworking: Is Your Job Heading For The Cloud? In the US, there are already more than 3 million “crowdworkers”, or people working from home on digital platforms like Amazon Mechanical Turk, CrowdFlower, and Upwork. What does it mean to work in the cloud? Cloud computing simply means that files are stored and accessed on remote servers, rather than on a computer’s hard drive. The “cloud” is really just a metaphor for the internet, implying that users never actually see the […]
How to Create a Cohesive Social Branding Kit by Sara McGuire is a Content Editor at Venngage infographics. on October 19, 2016 If someone were to look up you on social media right now, what would their first impression be of you? If you have no idea how to answer that question, then you probably haven’t given much thought to your social branding. Having a recognizable and memorable brand is the first step towards making a lasting impression in your […]
Work From Home In 2016: The Top 100 Companies For Remote Jobs Laura Shin
Science Proves This 1 LinkedIn Mistake Will Make You Look Really Unprofessional For many recruiters, the quality of your job counts a lot more than the sheer quantity of experience you may possess.
Future of Work How to plot a career path when the course shifts? From work stations to schedules, employee demographics to HR philosophies, a lot of change is in play. To keep pace, this is the place to learn about trends vying to shape the future.
More software engineers over age 40 may join a lawsuit against Google Google suffered a setback in an age discrimination suit this week. A judge ruled that other software engineers over age 40 who interviewed with the company but didn’t get hired can step forward and join the lawsuit. The suit was brought by two job applicants, both over the age of 40, who interviewed but weren’t offered jobs. Specifically, the judge has approved turning the suit into a “collective […]
LinkedIn VP explains why ‘boomerang employees’ are becoming the new normal Brendan Browne, Contributor A boomerang employee is someone who leaves a company, works somewhere else for a while, and then comes back. It might seem unusual, but it’s becoming more common, largely due to how often workers change jobs nowadays.
How Old Is Too Old At Work? Recently I spoke to a colleague in her 50s, who was lamenting the fact that she was one of the oldest professionals at her technology company. She was concerned that although her work quality was strong, others looked at her as if she couldn’t keep pace. She didn’t want to be seen as past her prime – a big ego hit in her career as a star performer. She was considering how far […]
Former Google career coach: Forget finding your passion—do this instead Jenny Blake, the co-creator of Google (GOOGL)’s career development mentorship program. “For some, the pressure to define a purpose or mission statement is stifling and causes much unnecessary angst,” she writes in her new book “Pivot,” which offers tips on transitioning into a new job or career. “I recommend people follow a project-based purpose,” Blake tells CNBC. Having a “project-based purpose” is all about finding projects at work that excite […]
The 56 cities losing the most jobs in America The United States has created more than 10 million jobs in the past four years. Over this time, the unemployment rate fell from 8.2% to 4.9%, the lowest in nearly a decade. In most U.S. cities, the story is the same. A majority of metropolitan areas have added jobs in recent years, and most reported declines in unemployment. In 56 metro areas, however, total employment fell over the last four years. […]
50 American Cities Adding the Most Jobs The United States has created more than 10 million jobs in the past four years. Over this time, the unemployment rate fell from 8.2% to 4.9%, the lowest in nearly a decade. 24/7 Wall St. compared the most recent employment levels in U.S. metro areas with levels four years ago. With the economic recovery, the vast majority of metro areas report at least some job growth over this time. In some cities, the […]