HR managers can get hundreds of applications for a single job, and they may have to interview dozens of candidates before finding the right one to join the team. Many times, the other candidates get overlooked in the process and are completely forgotten. A recent study by CareerBuilder, however, shows that if a job candidate is unhappy with how he or she was rejected, it can have a larger negative effect on the company in question.
While a measly email seems like nothing more than an easy means to get a message to another person or company, there are several factors that go into an email that can either make or break your brand. You might come off as the smart and witty person that everyone wants to work with, or your email might reveal that that you just haven't picked up modern times yet. Factors like your domain and signature can tell potential clients a lot about your brand.
The only advice worth getting is advice from people who are successful at whatever they're advising you to do. You wouldn't want financial planning advice from someone who was bankrupt, for example, or cooking lessons from someone who always orders out. So when it comes to getting tips on how to balance work and life, I want info from someone who is spectacularly good at both their job and their personal life.
Enter Liz Pearce, CEO of online project management startup LiquidPlanner, mom, wife, friend, and self-described "type-A, perfectionist control freak."
We've all been there. It's after lunch on a crazy Wednesday at the office and you just happen to glance a peek at yourself in the reflection of your computer screen. Your hair looks as frazzled as you feel. Many of us resort to the emergency ponytail, grabbing the rubber band from our desk drawer and hurriedly putting our hair up. Still, we don't feel as confident as we did when we left the house. Luckily, there are simple tools and tricks for preventing the Wednesday Hair Frazzles.
In nearly every survey taken of the American worker, "job flexibility" features at the top of the list of the perks employees dream about. Many tech companies pride themselves on offering their employees the option to telecommute, create their own schedule, or work from home on an as-needed basis. In our ever-changing world of what constitutes acceptable work/life balance, it's no wonder Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's new ban on telecommuting has the tech world buzzing.
At the rate that jobs are being outsourced, and with more and more companies choosing to bring in contractors instead of employees, a perfect storm is being created. That storm could result in a whole new world of entrepreneurs who could replace employees, as this Funders and Founders indicates.
When it comes to perks, Google's the gold standard. If you work at Google, your day is a sea of nap pods and free cereal and independent projects. (And, OK, probably some work in there, too. Google employees tend to put in long days.) But there's perhaps no greater fringe benefit than Google's cafeteria, where the gourmet food is unlimited, locally farmed, and culturally diverse.
It's also a trick, sort of. In addition to encouraging Googlers to work those longer hours, the free food the company offers is specially designed to be as healthy as possible. The thought, of course, is that healthy food will equal healthy employees, which saves health care costs and prevents absenteeism.
Most companies like to hire by referral whenever possible. Workers love it because it allows them to network their way into new jobs; organizations love it, because good workers tend to recommend other good workers. So what could possibly be the downside to all of this?
When you picture high-paying jobs, you probably think of gigs that require a lot of education. But for every lawyer and dentist, there are a whole bunch of people who have jobs they love -- with great salaries -- that only required an associate's degree.
What makes a company woman-friendly? A combination of benefits (actual, paid, maternity leave) and opportunity (ideally, equal numbers of women and men in high-ranking roles). The National Association for Female Executives recently released its 2013 list of best companies for executive women. You can see all 50 here, but these are the top five: