Did you leave the office early yesterday? If not, you missed possibly the best fake holiday of the year, National Leave the Office Early Day. Of course, this time of year, some people are heading into Summer Fridays, which means that at least once a week, it’s time to leave the office early. If that’s you, thank your lucky stars – and start making plans not to waste those glorious golden days. In this week’s roundup, we look at what to do on your afternoons off, plus some practical advice on employer research and the differences between your LinkedIn profile and your resume.
Treat yourself, take a class, or just enjoy nature – Landrum’s list includes something for just about everyone who’s trying to make the most of Summer Fridays. The only thing you shouldn’t do is waste them; there are exactly 14 Fridays between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Play your cards right, and you could make all of them count.
“You’ve heard the advice a million times: ‘Before the interview, do your employer research,” writes Shindler. “And yet one of the top complaints by recruiters, hiring managers and HR professionals is that many candidates come into an interview unprepared.”
This post offers a complete guide to learning what you need to know about a prospective employer. Answer the questions provided, and you’ll go into your job interview knowing a lot more about the company and who’s running the place.
“When looking for a new job, you might be tempted to choose the ‘easy’ way of simply cutting one section of a resume after another and pasting them in turn into the corresponding spot on your profile,” writes Patrick. “However, doing this demonstrates a failure to understand what social media is all about, and limits the information about yourself that you can convey. Both your resume and LinkedIn profile speak about you, but they do so in at least seven different ways…”
Find out the big differences between your profile and your resume, here. Not only will you learn a better way to build a profile than the old copy/paste method, but you’ll get a good reminder about what makes a resume actionable in the first place.
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Jen Hubley Luckwaldt writes about work-life balance, stress management, and other topics relating to what makes us happy at work. A full-time freelancer, she deals with stress by blurring the lines between life and work to the point where the two spheres are barely separate. The happiest day of her career was when scientists proved that looking at pictures of cute animals makes us more productive.