Sometimes, we're our own worst enemies when it comes to career development. We lack the confidence to make big leaps, or we second-guess ourselves until opportunity stops knocking. A recent LearnVest article asked several prominent entrepreneurs to share their advice on beating fear and becoming a success.
Oh, for the good old days, when maintaining face on a conference call was as simple as putting the dog out and not blowing your nose directly into the speaker. Now, companies are increasingly relying on video conferencing technology to manage their remote meetings. Mostly, this is a good thing: the old, phone-based calls didn't offer an opportunity to read the body language of the other callers, meaning that we were missing out on up to 90 percent of the message. Video conferencing allows us to get back some of that communication potential -- but potentially at a high cost.
If you travel for business, you know how important it is to be relatively comfortable while you fly. For most of us, this depends on choosing our seats well. The long-legged, for example, often prefer to sit in an aisle seat; those who enjoy a mid-flight nap often want the window, where their travel pillow fits perfectly between their shoulder and the wall. And almost no one wants the middle seat, which pretty much guarantees that you'll arrive at your destination rumpled and annoyed, instead of ready to wheel and deal. Fortunately, there's a 21st-century solution to this age-problem.
Most career experts will tell you that picking a major solely based on money is a losing proposition. You might wind up with a well-paying gig after college, but you won't have much fun spending your money if you hate your job. Still, while money might not buy happiness, poverty certainly doesn't. If you're trying to figure out which major to pick, U.S. News' list of scholarships might sway your decision.
"Layoff" is arguably the scariest word in the English language for most workers, and never more so than during the past few years, when cuts abounded and new jobs were hard to find. But getting laid off can also be one of the best things that ever happened to you. It all depends on how you react in the days and weeks following your pink slip.