Social media can help you build a personal brand, connect with professionals in your field, and even find a job. However, the same things that make social media a useful tool for you as a professional (e.g. the convenience, exposure, and connectivity) can also be detrimental to your career, if you're not mindful of how you use your favorite apps. Here's what you need to know.
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.
Forget gift clichés like ties or tools or the beer-of-the-month club; if you have a dad in your life, what he'd probably like most this Father's Day is for you to listen to his advice for once. You could probably use it. Of course, if you can't stomach letting the old man know you need his help, pop culture offers plenty of stand-in father figures who can tell you what to do with your life and career.
Resumes tell a story, but not always the story we want them to tell. If you've been job searching for a while and are getting nowhere, it might be time to take another look at the old CV and see if you're sabotaging yourself. In this week's roundup, we look at expert advice on tweaking your resume, plus how to know when to ask for help at work, and 12 do's and don'ts for starting a new job.
What's more agonizing than a job interview? A group job interview, in which multiple candidates appear at the same time to discuss their qualifications and compete for a spot in the next (hopefully smaller) round. The good news is that preparation will still help you maximize the outcome of the group interview, just as it does the one-on-one kind. If you're heading into your first group interview, here's what you need to do.
There's a reason why you find those t-shirts at thrift stores that read "Team Building '94!" or "Company Outing 2007" — their previous owners wanted them out of their sight. Often team building is almost as pleasant as a root canal: it's required but it makes you talk funny for a few hours. There are ways to take the sting out of "Mandatory Social Gathering 2016." Here are a few ideas that you can take to your supervisor before the summer really heats up.
Bad bosses are a big deal. It's next to impossible to enjoy your work if the person in charge is a micromanager, or unavailable when you need them, or just plain incompetent. At some point in our careers, most of us run into a less-than-ideal boss. But, there are a few horrible managers out there who are so bad, they're almost legendary. Reading about them will almost certainly make you feel better about your boss.
One of the hardest things about graduating is realizing that many of the things you were taught to focus on, while you were in school, aren't so important in the real world. For instance, while a so-so GPA can keep you from getting into grad school or even from graduating in the first place, it probably won't tank your chances at scoring a good job after graduation. Find out why, in this week's roundup.
Money isn't everything when it comes to your career, but it's definitely something to be considered. It's important to earn a salary that you feel is fair for your capabilities and experience. Otherwise, you run the risk of becoming one of those employees who just goes through the motions at work and, eventually, grows angry, miserable, and envious. Don't let fear stop you from asking for what you deserve, or ignorance of negotiating techniques be the reason you don't ask for a fair wage. Being able to negotiate effectively will be your key to success, regardless of your industry.
Starting a new job can make you feel like you're a kid again. You never thought you'd be this excited about going to work, but then again, this job's different – it's "the one." You work your butt off to impress your bosses, and they love you because you're the first one in, last one out. However, after the honeymoon phase ends and everyone stops being so nice and accommodating, you begin to feel reality sinking in … again. You start having those all-too-familiar feelings of uncertainty and frustration: "I thought this time would be different." The days roll into months, and you can't seem to shake the feeling that something's not quite right with your once dreamy 9-to-5. You might even feel like you chose the wrong job and career altogether. Before you decide all is lost, here are a few things you may want to consider.
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.