Attending social events solo can feel awkward and icky, even for extroverted types. Networking events are especially tough, since there's a lot riding on your ability to make a good impression. But, you don't have to skip out on a great career opportunity, just because you don't have a plus-one on your RSVP. Head to your next event with your head held high and a stack of business cards in your pocket. Here are some ways to embrace the solo flying and get some networking done.
You've probably already lined up babysitters, summer camps, and sibling "nannies" for your little ones this summer, but how do you save your sanity when your kids are home all day and you're at work? Whether you work from home or from a cube farm, there are ways to feel good about how the next few months are going to turn out.
You may have been taught at some point along the way that humility is a virtue worth embracing. And, in many ways that's true. There is a lot to be said for speaking and acting in a humble way. After all, someone who is too egotistical can come off as immature, untrustworthy, and even less likable – none of which will endear you to friends and colleagues. However, there is a happy middle-ground that is actually the best option. It can be a big mistake to be too humble, just as it doesn't pay off to swing too far the other way. Here are a few reasons why being too humble when it comes to your job and career could be a huge mistake.
Magicians have been with us for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Historians date the first usage of the word as early as the 14th century, and trace its etymological origins to the magus, a type of ancient Persian priest, and cognate maghdim, a Chaldean term for "wisdom and philosophy." Fast-forward a handful of centuries later, and the word's basic connotations still apply, at least to modern-day magician John Rizen, a Canadian-born magic master and mogul currently based in Vancouver, BC. For the past six years, Rizen had managed to carve out a career path doing what he loves, through hard work, self-defined hustle, and of course — and please forgive the mandatory pun — a little magic.
You know the expression, "a healthy mind in a healthy body"? It's definitely true when it comes to work. Neglect your physical health, and you could wind up doing long-term damage to your career. Of course, it's sometimes hard to find time for self-care wellness rituals when you're busy at the office. But even if you don't have your boss's support (and you can't imagine that your employer will be rolling out nap pods anytime soon) there are still plenty of things you can do all on your own. Here are a few tips.
Why do women earn less money than men – and how much less do they really make? When it comes to the gender pay gap, nothing is off-limits for debate. In particular, critics who say that the gender pay gap is much smaller than 77 cents on the dollar argue that women's choice has a lot to do with why they earn less than men. They claim that women's lower earnings is not so much a pay gap, but a wage gap – and if women don't negotiate salary, for instance, then why worry about their lower earnings?
Nearly three in five millennials have a Twitter account. While the company may have reported less-than-stellar numbers in the last quarter, it's certainly a brand that Americans in 2016 are quite familiar with. And even if you aren't among of the scores of active users, some interesting new job opportunities may convince you to get familiar with the social media platform, namely: you could be tweeting for the Queen of England.
We stand on the edge of murky waters: a white millennial male writing about diversity in the workplace. But it doesn't take an advanced degree in sociology to determine that some approaches simply aren't going to work. One curious case comes from a recent story in the Washington Post, which reported about a presentation given to business managers at The New York Times. Apparently, those who failed to seek out minority candidates for hiring and promotion would be fired — or at the very least, strongly encouraged to leave. Is there something wrong with this?
If you don't like your boss, you probably don't love going to work every day. In fact, bad managers are the number one reason people quit their jobs. No matter how you feel about your boss now, getting along better could make a big difference to your happiness at work. It makes sense to try to fix this dynamic. Here are a few things to keep in mind to help you build a good relationship with him or her.
Changing careers is more common than you might think. After a time, the excitement and novelty of a job, or even an entire industry, can wear off and we realize we need a change. Perhaps new management or protocol/procedures help to push us toward the decision. Maybe, changing careers (often during our mid-30s to early 50s) is about chasing a dream, old or new; and who needs a better reason than that? For one reason or another, a lot of people decide at some point along the way to shift careers. It can be an exciting and ultimately rewarding choice, but it's important to make the proper preparations before taking the leap. Here are a few key supports to have in place before making a midlife career shift.