The "Do What You Love" movement is problematic, to say the least: it undervalues labor performed by people with less access to education, and subtly shifts the blame for poor working conditions on laborers themselves, instead of employers and legislators. But it is worth it to think about what you'd do, if finances didn't dictate that you absolutely had to keep your job, no matter what. For one thing, it might illuminate some things about what your future goals should be.
It's rare to make it through an entire career without ever having a bad job, but there's a big difference between a boring gig and a soul-crusher. The former is a stepping stone to something else; the latter can affect your attitude toward your specific career and the working world in general. Hang on long enough, or endure too much, and it can even make you sick.
When's the last time you heard someone say they loved giving presentations? And yet, most of us will have to, at some point or another in our lives. Our careers may depend on it.
Love them or hate them, our bosses are a huge factor in our happiness and success at work. That's bad news if yours doesn't seem to be in your corner, and while there's nothing you can do to make a terrible manager into a fantastic one, there are a few things you can try to get your boss invested in you.
We are often our own worst critics, sniping away at our own hopes and dreams before we even have a chance to chart a course of action. It's hard to get much of anything done in the face of so much self-perpetuated negativity. In a TED Talk a few years back, Google's Regina Dugan suggested we ask ourselves one essential question, to change our approach.
When it comes to job interviews, the usual thinking goes, the more enthusiasm, the better. After all, what company would want to hire someone who couldn't even pretend to be excited about something for a few hours? Believe it or not, however, it's possible to go too far in the other direction. Behold, the overly enthusiastic job candidate.
Your first job probably wasn't in your field -- odds are, it wasn't even in shouting distance. But you can learn just as much from your first just-for-cash gig as you do from the internship that starts off your official career.
What's worse than a boss who sends novel-length emails? A boss whose messages contain messages so brief, they'd fit handily into a tweet.
Only 13 percent of workers across the world are "engaged" in their work, according to Gallup. That's actually a 2 percent improvement for stats from the previous year. Still, it's sad to think of 87 percent of workers toiling away at a job that doesn't make them happy. What can we do, short of winning the lottery and buying the company, to make work a more engaging experience?
It's often the first thing hiring managers ask candidates in job interviews, and the first opportunity to really screw things up. Unsurprisingly, most of us have a really hard time summarizing our careers, skills, and interests in the conversational equivalent of a tweet. But having a job search "elevator pitch" is a really important part of acing the interview.
President Obama will speak at UC Irvine's commencement ceremony this June. How did the school score the most powerful man in the country to speak at graduation? Simple: they asked.
Being an introvert does not mean being socially reclusive. It does not necessarily mean that you are shy, a loner, afraid of social interaction, or that you have bouts of social anxiety. According to Carl Jung’s theory of psychological types, extroversion and introversion are related to how a person derives energy. According to Jung, extroverts derive energy from the external world, through interaction and communication, while introverts derive energy from within through reflection, thought, and contemplation.
If you're at all interested in getting a given job, you prepare thoroughly ahead of time, researching the company and position, doing practice interview questions, even choosing your interview outfit with special care. But there's one thing you probably aren't doing, and it might be costing you the job: odds are, you probably haven't given a thought about how to close the interview.
Even if you're not particularly superstitious, it's easy to ascribe the things that happen to you in your career to luck (either good or bad). In fact, you can make your own good luck at work, just by making a few simple changes in your life.
"Nice guys finish last." It's the real-life version of reality TV's favorite canard, "I'm not here to make friends" -- and it's probably just as useless as a personal motto. In his recent article in The Atlantic, Adam Grant argues that doing good things for others can have real benefits for your career -- eventually.
Managing people when you're actually in charge of them is far from easy, but at least you have a variety of carrots and/or sticks to bring into play. When you're the technical lead on a project, but not actually the boss, things get confusing in a hurry.
Gone are the days when choosing card stock was an essential part of the resume process. Sure, you probably print out a couple couples of your CV to bring with you to job interviews, but for the most part, resume distribution takes place electronically. Thanks to social networking, LinkedIn in particular, formal resumes -- even electronic versions -- are less important than they used to be. Will there ever come a time when we do away with them altogether?
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