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Monday, Oct 23, 2017

Are you built to be an employee?

I’ve found that many people work to live, rather than live to work. If you really want to live, you’ll need to love your work. You’ll also need to have something that motivates you more than financial security, which is an immense force.

Thursday, Oct 19, 2017

Are Glassdoor reviews a reliable indicator of a company's culture?

Is Glassdoor reliable, and if not, are there any reliable alternatives?

Monday, Sep 4, 2017

Good News for Young Strivers: Networking Is Overrated

If the very thought of networking makes you throw up in your mouth, you’re not alone. Networking makes us feel dirty — to the point that one study found that people rate soap and toothpaste 19 percent more positively after imagining themselves angling to make professional contacts at a cocktail party.

Friday, Sep 1, 2017

These skills make you most employable. Coding isn’t one – can that be right?

People assume that advancing technology means that coding and other STEM skills will be most valuable in the future. But our analysis found the opposite. Rather, the skills that gain the most from changing technology are social, analytical and management skills.

Tuesday, Aug 29, 2017

People Start Hating Their Jobs at Age 35

“There comes a time when either you haven’t achieved success, work has burned you out, or lived experience tells you family is more important,” said Cary Cooper, a workplace researcher at Manchester Business School. “You ask yourself: ‘What am I doing this for?’”

Wednesday, Aug 23, 2017

Now Hiring: Not You

Bryerson Global, the world’s leading employer of people in your chosen field, is seeking candidates with your exact skill set, but not you, to add to our growing team of associates. We’re offering a benefits package and generous compensation to individuals with slightly more experience than you, regardless of how much experience you have, unless you’re the most experienced candidate to apply for this position, in which case we’ll settle for someone with much less.

Thursday, Aug 10, 2017

The quitting economy

When employees are treated as short-term assets, they reinvent themselves as marketable goods, always ready to quit.

I engineered my career to give me the adventurous life I always wanted

I began to realize I had been asking myself the wrong questions for most of my life. Like many people I know, I always focused on the next steps: getting into college, landing internships, taking the LSATs, getting into law school, finding a job. The problem was that I was always working so hard to reach the next milestone that I never paused to consider whether I would be happy when I got there.

Thursday, Jul 6, 2017

The downside of limitless career options

Many are still figuring out how to deal with the exhausting amount of opportunities that go with navigating this less traditional, flatter career path.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Friday Q&A: The Most Important Interview Question To Ask Remote Candidates

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

A Scorecard to Help You Compare Two Jobs

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

All the evidence-based advice we found on how to be successful in any job

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

How to Knock Your Virtual Job Interview Out of the Park

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

The Utter Uselessness of Job Interviews

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

Thanks for Submitting Your Résumé to This Black Hole

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

How to answer the What's your current salary? job interview question

Word-for-word scripts to avoid making one of the most expensive interview mistakes.

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017

7 ways to know it's time to leave your job

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?

How to start a career as a generalist?

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017

Laid off today for the first time, anything to be wary of? Advice?

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

If you want to earn more, work less

Studies show people who work less are more likely to get a raise or bonus than those who overwork.