Tuesday, May 30, 2017
I love to ask: “what does your work setup look like?” As a remote team, we need to hire not just great performers, but great remote performers; people who can excel at self‑starting and self‑managing. A big part of that is being thoughtful about your workspace.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
You have a big career decision to make. Maybe you’ve been offered an exciting new opportunity — on the other side of the country. Or maybe you’ve been unhappy in your job and need a change — but haven’t been able to find inspiring alternatives.
Friday, Apr 28, 2017
At 80,000 Hours, we’ve found that there are a number of evidence-backed steps that anyone can take to become more productive and successful in their career, and life in general.
Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017
Remote interviews are especially daunting, since you’re trying to connect with the interviewers while dealing with the ins and outs of cameras, background noises, and potential internet troubles. These tips will help ensure you’re able to put your best foot forward, even from hundreds (or thousands) of miles away.
Monday, Apr 17, 2017
Research that my colleagues and I have conducted shows that the problem with interviews is worse than irrelevance: They can be harmful, undercutting the impact of other, more valuable information about interviewees.
Tuesday, Apr 4, 2017
Hey Brad! So sorry about that, looks like my dog sent you an email ha-ha! It’s “Take Your Dog to Work Day” here and I had your résumé open and I was getting ready to view it but then my colleague said something hilarious so I had to get up and go high-five him and then Edward jumped on my desk to get the sandwich I had on it and he must have clicked on your email link at the top of your résumé somehow and stomped on some keys and hit send!
Thursday, Mar 30, 2017
Word-for-word scripts to avoid making one of the most expensive interview mistakes.
Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017
Gut-wrenching. That is the best way to describe a voluntary decision to leave a perfectly good job to pursue something new. I’ve had to go through the painful process of changing jobs many times. It’s not easy, but getting to the point of conviction that it is the right thing to do isn’t impossible either.
Thursday, Feb 9, 2017
How to start a career as a generalist?
Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017
You must reframe the situation as quick as possible. Don’t think, ‘shit, why me, what happened, am I not good enough?’ Such thoughts bring you a vicious cycle. You must treat this situation as the best thing ever happened, you must be happy about it.
Monday, Jan 23, 2017
Studies show people who work less are more likely to get a raise or bonus than those who overwork.
Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017
After sending out hundreds of copies of my résumé to dozens of companies over the last year, I realized that I was getting nowhere because my approach was wrong.
Tuesday, Dec 6, 2016
If you really are committed to moving to a new city you simply won’t find the best or right job without feet on the street — no matter what anybody else may have told you. At a minimum you need to put yourself in that city for weeks in a row and appear to be local to maximize the quality of the job you get or the probability of getting one in the first place.
Friday, Nov 18, 2016
What do you think about taking a sabbatical? What holds you back from taking one if you haven’t / won’t?
Tuesday, Nov 1, 2016
Once considered career suicide, sabbaticals are now not only accepted – but encouraged – by some employers. Here’s how to take one and still get ahead.
Monday, Oct 31, 2016
Let’s start treating our careers as a lifelong experiment instead of a preordained slog. Find experiences that allow you to quickly test assumptions about your career interests. Every job, every experience, every place you travel, is a chance to learn something new about yourself, what interests you (and just as importantly what doesn’t), what you’re good at, what types of people you want to surround yourself with, and what type of impact you want to have on the world.
Wednesday, Oct 19, 2016
What kinds of non-technical jobs can your average person without a college degree get in the US to still make it into the middle class?
Friday, Sep 23, 2016
Instead of having a linear succession of jobs, many people now have a portfolio of activities.
Thursday, Aug 25, 2016
Hiring managers - what constitutes too much job hopping for you to pass on a resume? Everyone else - do you have a lower or an upper limit on how long you tend to stay with companies?
Thursday, Aug 11, 2016
Here’s the thing though: your career, like your life, moves forward whether you think about it or not. If you don’t think about it, then you’re putting faith in the winds. Maybe you’ll end up somewhere you’ve always wanted to go. Maybe not. Why take that chance when you can captain your own sails?
Tuesday, Aug 9, 2016
So here’s my guide to negotiation. It’s going to be split into two parts: this first part will be about conceptualizing the negotiating process, about how to begin the process and set yourself up for maximal success. The second part will be advice on the actual back-and-forth portion of negotiating and how to ask for what you want.
Thursday, Aug 4, 2016
The bottom line: Resist the soul-crushing job’s promise of extra money and savor the more satisfying conditions you’ll find in one that pays a little less.
Monday, Jul 18, 2016
For the first time in your career, you have options. And where you land and the work you do next will have a huge impact on your career trajectory. Jump on the right train by using this checklist to help make your next move.
Thursday, Jul 7, 2016
The idea of “grit” speaks to our deepest wishes: we all want to believe in our own limitless potential, and that of our children.
Friday, Jun 24, 2016
We all want to find a dream job that’s enjoyable and meaningful, but what does that actually mean? Often we imagine we can work out what we’re passionate about in a flash of insight, while others think of their dream job as easy and highly paid. We reviewed two decades of research into the causes of a satisfying life and career, drawing on over 60 studies, and we didn’t find much evidence for these views.
Monday, Jun 20, 2016
This is controversial, but here goes: I think if you’re remarkable, amazing or just plain spectacular, you probably shouldn’t have a resume at all.
Wednesday, Jun 15, 2016
The key idea is that getting a job is about convincing someone that you have something valuable to offer. Ultimately, it’s a sales process. So you should focus on doing whatever employers will find most convincing. That means instead of sending out lots of CVs, focus on getting recommendations and proving you can do the work.
Thursday, Jun 9, 2016
What’s the biggest risk you took in your career that paid off?
Thursday, May 26, 2016
What’s the procedure for getting a new job without going through external recruiters?
Thursday, May 19, 2016
I often have career discussions with entrepreneurs — both young and more mature — whether they should join company “X” or not. I usually pull the old trick of answering a question with a question. My reply is usually, “is it time for you to earn or to learn?”
If you could restart your career from day 1, what would you do differently (or the same)? Please also leave years experience/current position.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Most of what I try fails, but these failures are often invisible, while the successes are visible. I have noticed that this sometimes gives others the impression that most things work out for me. As a result, they are more likely to attribute their own failures to themselves, rather than the fact that the world is stochastic, applications are crapshoots, and selection committees and referees have bad days. This CV of Failures is an attempt to balance the record and provide some perspective.
View your life as a business. A business has many product lines and shifts many times during the course of its life.
Wednesday, Apr 20, 2016
The tendency amongst smart, ambitious people is to anticipate every contingency, especially when it comes to career planning. The challenge is that the best opportunities confront you serendipitously. Life makes your long-term roadmap 90% worthless.
Wednesday, Mar 9, 2016
Most people have “okay” jobs. We go to work, do what we have to do from 9 to 5, come back home, maybe hang out with friends, and do it all over again the next day. There’s nothing wrong with this. But some people perform at a totally different level.
Friday, Feb 26, 2016
What are your biggest career regrets?
Thursday, Feb 25, 2016
The other day someone sent me an IM and thanked me for my open source contributions. They then said something about wishing they had my gem/code creation talents. I didn’t miss a beat and informed them that I have no talent.
Monday, Feb 22, 2016
If you really want to be at a company you can do so much better than a resume.
Thursday, Feb 18, 2016
Recruiters increasingly ask about pay history early in the hiring process, putting high earners in a quandary.
Tuesday, Feb 9, 2016
Most companies invest in building the skills of their employees. Few of them systematically invest in building people’s capacity to perform at their best.
Friday, Jan 15, 2016
What do you want from your career? Do you want to learn, grow, and advance? Do you want to make a huge impact to your company? After working for over 20 years in Silicon Valley, in everything from entry level to vice president roles, I learned a key to success is the concept of Work Yourself Out of Your Job.
Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016
When it comes to landing a good job, many people focus on the role. Although finding the right title, position and salary is important, there’s another consideration that matters just as much: culture. The culture of a workplace — an organization’s values, norms and practices — has a huge impact on our happiness and success.
Monday, Jan 11, 2016
If you want an average successful life, it doesn’t take much planning. Just stay out of trouble, go to school, and apply for jobs you might like. But if you want something extraordinary, you have two paths: 1. Become the best at one specific thing; 2. Become very good (top 25%) at two or more things.
Thursday, Jan 7, 2016
“Everyone’s job becomes obsolete. Nothing lasts forever. You always have to learn new skills.”
In 2007, Steve Martin was on the Charlie Rose show to talk about his memoir Born Standing Up. He talked about his rise in comedy, and Rose asked him for his advice to aspiring performers. His response? “Nobody ever takes note of [my advice], because it’s not the answer they wanted to hear. What they want to hear is ‘Here’s how you get an agent, here’s how you write a script,‘… but I always say, ‘Be so good they can’t ignore you.
Monday, Jan 4, 2016
The theory claims the secret to a creatively fulfilling career lies in understanding the operations of Helsinki’s main bus station.
Friday, Oct 30, 2015
If you can prove to them that you can solve their problem, you instantly decommoditize yourself, and none of those things on paper matter as much. This is exactly how I’ve gotten interviews and job offers for positions that require masters degrees, MBAs, degrees in subjects I’ve never studied, and more years of experience than I have. So how do you prove to them that you can solve their problem? Do the job before you get the job.
Wednesday, Oct 28, 2015
According to a new survey from career website Glassdoor, while work-life balance has continued to decrease over the past six years, there are still areas where employees are happy with the amount of time they spend on the clock.
Monday, Aug 31, 2015
Your salary negotiation — which routinely takes less than 5 minutes to conclude — has an outsized influence on what your compensation is. Compensation can include money or things which are more-or-less fungible replacements for money, but it can also include interesting things which you value from “more time with your family” to “opportunities to do tasks which you find fulfilling” to “perks which make a meaningful difference in your day-to-day quality of life.
Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015
Before he was famous, before he painted the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper, before he invented the helicopter, before he drew the most famous image of man, before he was all of these things, Leonardo da Vinci was an armorer, a weapons guy, a maker of things that go “boom.” And, like you, he had to put together a resume to get his next gig. So in 1482, at the age of 30, he wrote out a letter and a list of his capabilities and sent it off to Ludovico il Moro, Duke of Milan.