When it comes to personal relationships in the workplace, many career experts say you should be like a contestant on a reality TV show -- in other words, not here to make friends. But although socializing with colleagues can have its downsides, there are plenty of benefits to making friends at work.
Blame TV shows featuring underage hackers or our post-Facebook culture for equating innovation with college kids who will drop out when they make their first million. Whatever the reason, it's a fact that many companies fill their IT jobs with folks who seem barely old enough to drive. But what if you're a slightly more experienced candidate?
The internet teems with lists of possible job choices, often focusing on growth industries and high pay, and we've certainly contributed to the literature on the subject. There's just one problem with using these lists as an approach to career planning: a hot career might not be the right career for you.
Working more used to hurt your salary, says a recent paper from Cornell University, but not anymore. In fact, say researchers Youngjoo Cha and Kim Weeden, the wage premium for working longer hours is growing. By the end of the first decade of the 21st century, "overworkers" earned about 6 percent more than their shorter-working counterparts.
Your CEO walks into the Monday meeting, dressed for business -- which, in his case, is a hoodie and jeans, or athletic apparel, or some other casual outfit that you'd usually reserve for washing the car or taking out the trash. Does this mean he's less professional than the average C-level executive -- or does it mean that he's just confident, and higher status?
If there were a contest to determine the least productive month of the year, December would win, hands down. Dark and cold as January or February, December also boasts a calendar full of holiday commitments both personal and professional. No wonder, then, that we sometimes have trouble getting things done.
After a lifetime of waiting for our turn to speak, it can be hard to close our mouths and open our ears. Which is too bad, because listening, although rarely mentioned in the skills section on a resume, is one of the most important things we can do to get ahead at work.
It's tempting to think of getting a job as a numbers game: send out as many resumes as you can, the theory goes, and you'll definitely get hired. While you definitely won't get hired for jobs you don't pursue, sending out thousands of resumes and cover letters can actually be overkill.
It's cold and flu season, and everyone in your office is sick. You can tell, because they're hacking and coughing in every cubicle and common area in your office. If only they'd stay home. Of course, when you fall ill, thanks to the fact that everyone at your company works when they're sick, you'll come in, too. And the cycle goes on.
There are thousands of articles on how to cope when you absolutely hate your job. But what about when your job isn't awful, but it isn't exactly great, either?
After a few years of building our careers, many of us learn to be fairly accommodating, in order to get along with our colleagues -- and bosses. The problem with learning to say yes, readily, is that it becomes hard to say no when you have to. And if you can't say no, you sometimes can't advance your career to the next level.
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