It's good to lend a hand, especially at work. No one likes that co-worker who never helps anyone out. However, if you're too accommodating, you might find yourself without enough time to get your own work done. Boundaries are important, even necessary. You can't be productive if you don't have any time in which to produce.
During the holiday season, it's arguably easier to make strides toward your next job than it is to find time to do the one you've got. That's because of all the holiday parties, both work-related and non-, that abound during this time of year. There's no better place to do a little informal networking than a holiday party – that is, of course, as long as you've got your head in the game. In this week's roundup, we look at the common networking mistakes you should avoid, plus an argument against travel as a resume builder, and some good news for people who aren't naturally creative geniuses. (Hint: that's most of us, and it's OK.)
Once the definition of success, earning $100,000 or more per year doesn't automatically mean you've made it to easy street these days. As kids in the '80s (or earlier), we might have thought that amount was akin to a million dollars, but now, a six-figure income doesn't mean as much as it used to. What happened? Inflation, for one.
There are few double-edged swords in American culture like the winter holiday season — which, it would seem, is on track to start in September within the next few years. It's a great time to see family, and an even better time to refine your "avoid political conversation" skills. The holidays are a great distraction from the weather, and a reason to hate snowstorms that keep you from getting to dinner on time. It's a great time to earn some extra cash, and the time of year that everyone wants off work. So how do you find the balance?
As an ode to our friends out there working in the trenches on Black Friday, I searched through the Reddit archives to find some of the best advice from those who are working or have worked on Black Friday. Everything from advice on standing in line to insights about beating on retail doors, and why it's not socially acceptable, awaits you in this post.
There are a lot of reasons why you might decide not to continue with the interview process, as a candidate: the role is no longer what you thought it would be, you have a huge conflict that's just come up and you cannot make it to the interview, you have a job offer from a different company, etc. But how do you get out of an interview, without completely ruining your chances with the hiring manager or the recruiter?
Does work-life balance even exist? Ask any working parent how they manage to hold down a job, take care of their family, and carve out time for themselves – at least enough to go to the dentist semi-regularly and maybe eat a vegetable now and then – and you're likely to get an earful. The upshot: balance is hard to achieve, hard enough to make many wonder if the whole thing is a myth.