If you've ever tried to up your listening game, you know it's harder than it seems. It's not a matter of simply cultivating interest in what the speaker is saying, or suppressing the tendency to wait for your chance to talk. This week's roundup includes insight into why you can't become a better listener, just by listening harder – plus, how to improve, the right way, and an explanation of why all those productivity hacks aren't helping you to get more done.
Starting to panic because you have finished college or your training program, but you don't have a job yet? As time passes, you're likely to start feeling like everybody else has already been hired, so it's natural for worry to set in. What should you do? What should you not do?
If you stop and think about it, it's pretty amazing how early we start talking with children about their future career choices. Although we don't really take the question seriously (and our kids are most likely just playing along) the tried-and-true kid conversation starter, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" is asked, often, to even our youngest children. By age 3 or 4, a lot of kids have even worked out a pat response.
The number of graduates majoring in the humanities and social sciences in the U.S. has declined in recent years, and liberal arts institutions are making a concerted effort to change the perception that humanities and social science degrees cannot lead to profitable careers.
Working remotely seems like a godsend, but is it really as easy-breezy as it sounds? As it turns out, working from home is a huge adjustment for both the employee and the employer, but that doesn't mean it can't be a win-win situation for all parties involved. Here are five ways you can ensure that you're not wearing out your welcome as telecommuter and that you still wow your boss from the comfort of your own home (office).
Sen. Elizabeth Warren has been making plenty of headlines over the past few months. Between a grassroots campaign (unsuccessfully) demanding her run for president; a spat with Jamie Dimon, the head of JPMorgan Chase; and the demand for student loan reform, she continues to assert herself as a progressive champion. But is there hard data to vindicate the ideals that have garnered her a cult following?
This is the one, the job you've been looking for. You've spent more time proofreading your resume than it actually took to fill out the application. Your cover letter has the perfect blend of humor, professionalism, and self-salesmanship, and your resume – the piece de resistance – couldn't be better tailored to the job description. A month later, with several unreturned voicemails and a little LinkedIn stalking, you discover that someone far less qualified landed the position. Their secret? All signs point to a better network.
How do employers get away with paying a protected class of employee less than other workers, despite laws that make it illegal? By allowing each staff member to negotiate his or her own salary, and then discouraging employees from sharing salary information. This discouragement interferes with your ability to prove discrimination. Fortunately, you have rights.
Summer break has rolled in for most school districts by now, and students around the country are celebrating. Teachers too, no doubt. After a long year, they deserve to take a beat and get some rest before gearing up for a new crop of students in the fall. But, do teachers really get summers off? The answer may surprise you. Here are some things to keep in mind about teachers and summer vacation.
If there's anyone who understands the term "rags to riches," it's Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso, who built an online apparel empire from the ground up. However, according to some current and former Nasty Gal employees, the company's once-vibrant corporate culture isn't what it used to be, thanks to layoffs and restructuring. We'll examine how a company's culture can quickly go south and how to protect yourself from being blindsided in your career.
If you're close to your dad – or another beloved father figure – you've probably got big plans today to show him how important he is to you. Of course, if you really want to make his heart soar, the best thing you can do is listen to him. It might even be in your best interests: while dads tend to be on their kids' side, and thus far from neutral, their perspective is pretty valuable and could give your career the boost it's been lacking.
No matter how much the landscape of the economy, emerging careers, and business practices may evolve, there's one old trick every new dog has to learn: networking. Solid networking is the glue that holds careers together. It's the art form that cannot be machine-made – even if we often resort to machines as a medium for doing it. So what does smart networking look like in 2015? Here's a hint: drop the smartphone and opt for a blueberry scone instead. It's brunching time.
For the most part, today's workers are used to the idea that they'll have to jump through some hoops to get a job, up to and including a background check. Generally speaking, however, the privacy-invasion part of the job search process happens once the offer is on the table. What would you do if a prospective employer insisted on digging into your background ... before you even had a job interview? That question, plus "Tinder for job seekers," and the little resume mistakes that really matter, in this week's roundup.