Tina Fey is so beloved at this point, she could probably give up show business and start her own cult. Why does she inspire such fervor in her fans? Well, partly, it's because she uses her powers for good.
Witness her recent appearance on Inside the Actor's Studio. When host James Lipton asked her "How does a woman, like you, make her way through a man's world?" she offered some very actionable (and hilarious) advice:
Lots of people have a tendency to second guess themselves, but it's particularly common in young women who are just starting out in their careers. In a recent post on Women 2.0, career coach Ellen Ercolini offered advice for folks who are still learning how to trust their instincts.
Taking on a part-time job -- on top of your regular, full-time job -- isn't a decision to be made lightly. Best case scenario, it can provide you with money or experience you wouldn't otherwise get; worst case scenario, it can exhaust you to the point where you're doing neither job well.
Want to be happy at work? Learn how to manage your manager. To do that, of course, the first thing you'll have to figure out is when he or she will be most likely to listen to you, especially outside of your regular meetings.
Work might not be a popularity contest, but some days, you wouldn't prove it by the environment in the office. Being more likeable can help you do everything from nab more interesting projects to get that promotion you've been longing for. And becoming more likeable might be easier than you think.
Seth Godin is a master entrepreneur who has written 14 books and founded several companies, including Squidoo. He says every entrepreneur needs three skills that go beyond having drive and working long hours. Godin outlines these characteristics in his latest book, "The Icarus Deception."
New Enterprise Associates, a venture capital firm that's invested some $13 billion in up-and-coming companies, has launched a brand-new design mentorship program to fuel innovation in the design industry. Called NEA Studio, the 12-week program will challenge five designers at a time.
Charm will get you everywhere, but it's an elusive quality. If you've got it, you're golden. Everyone knows a sales person who can sell anything to anyone, or a middle manager who seems equally beloved by both boss and staff. But what if you don't have it? Is there any way to develop the knack for getting people on your side?
The economy added 236,000 jobs in February, but openings are staying vacant much longer than they did during the halcyon days of pre-recession hiring. Much has been made of the supposed skills gap between the unemployed and the jobs available, but is part of the problem that employers are being, well, picky?
Would you walk ten miles in the snow just for a shot at a minimum-wage job? Indiana teenager Jhaquell Reagan did just that, netting himself a better-paying gig, media coverage, and almost 27,000 likes on Facebook in the process.
On Monday, Olga Khazan, the Global Editor of TheAtlantic.com, reached out to veteran reporter Nate Thayer to see if he'd be interested in contributing a trimmed-down version of a previously published article to the site -- for free. Thayer declined, and then publishing his exchange with Khazan on his blog. By Tuesday morning, the internet, or at least the newsy corner of it, was flaming like a comments section.
Improving productivity is hard. We'd all like to be more productive, but the internet isn't going to read itself. Plus, the usual time management tips usually fail to take into account the fact that we're really fighting a battle against our own nature.
Enter these tips from Lifehacker, which focus on fooling your brain into being more productive.
What's the number one way to get people to do what you want? Acknowledge that they don't have to.
It's called the "But You Are Free Technique," and in a review of 42 psychology studies of 22,000 people, it was found to double the odds that a person would go along with what your plan.
At the rate that jobs are being outsourced, and with more and more companies choosing to bring in contractors instead of employees, a perfect storm is being created. That storm could result in a whole new world of entrepreneurs who could replace employees, as this Funders and Founders indicates.
If you want to be rich, the old adage goes, you need to spend less than you earn. The problem with this rule, according to the Get Rich Slowly blog, is that it puts the focus on the bummer end of the equation. Whereas, by flipping it...
"'Earn more than you spend' places the emphasis on the earning end of the formula. We want to get rich slowly, not live poor comfortably. And for this we need to make enough money so that our surpluses can actually get us rich."
You've probably heard the expression, "dress for the job you want." But how about doing the work for the job you want -- even before you get it?
Cover letters, resumes and LinkedIn profiles all seem to be flooded with the same descriptors -- "hard working," "passionate," and "creative." Using the same terms over and over again can send you into a pile of forgettable applicants. By simply asking yourself a few (albeit tough) questions, however, you can spin your personal brand to be unique and help you stand out from the crowd.
Anybody reading this blog is probably on a personal mission to realizing their ultimate career goals. It is time-consuming -- it can take years to become successful in an industry -- but it doesn't have to take over your entire life. Here are some simple steps to take to help you achieve your goals without losing the balance in your life.
Of course, we'd all prefer to be toiling away at our dream jobs. But if you're clever, you can use that time at your not-so-perfect gig to pick up valuable career skills -- even if none of your current tasks would look good on a CV.
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