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Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020

What does happiness at work mean?

I consider myself significantly happy at work, but I have always wondered, can we objectively measure and quantify the attributes of a job that influence happiness in order to build some kind of (completely subjective and “unscientifical”) recipe to help people target jobs which can potentially bring them more happiness?

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2020

How to explain job gaps on the resume?

I’m interviewing with several companies for SDE roles and have a gap of > 12 months since my last job. Is this a career killer and a huge red flag for any hiring manager? The real reason for a break was medical but then got out of hand given i had enough savings to support myself and sort of slacked for a while (like 3-4 months). What is the best way to mitigate this issue when applying/interviewing?

Monday, Feb 17, 2020

You Aren’t Communicating Nearly Enough

If you are a new employee, in a new role, or on a new team, overcommunicate and make it easy for your manager and teammates to have visibility into what you are doing and what decisions you are making. You’ll be rewarded with better feedback earlier, and get on a much faster path to being trusted and highly valued.

Thursday, Feb 13, 2020

How to Double Your 9–5 Salary in 12 Months

Strategies for staying at your current company or moving on that avoid the typical advice offered by popular career websites.

Friday, Feb 7, 2020

There's a new obstacle to landing a job after college: Getting approved by AI

College career centers used to prepare students for job interviews by helping them learn how to dress appropriately or write a standout cover letter. These days, they’re also trying to brace students for a stark new reality: They may be vetted for jobs in part by artificial intelligence.

Thursday, Jan 9, 2020

The State of the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Job Market in 2019

Last year, the crypto job market felt different, but overall it was a good different. 2019 was characterized by a volatile cryptocurrency market, a succession of high-profile layoffs, but also the creation of new blockchain jobs, the growth of Decentralized Finance, and increased awareness of Bitcoin.

I Quit My Job at 50 to Reinvent Myself. Pro Tip: Don’t Do This.

My fantasy was to escape from the corporate grind. After a taste of freedom and months of hare-brained schemes, I begged to be captured again.

Wednesday, Jan 8, 2020

What Happens When Your Career Becomes Your Whole Identity

Many people with high-pressure jobs find themselves unhappy with their careers, despite working hard their whole lives to get to their current position. Hating your job is one thing — but what happens if you identify so closely with your work that hating your job means hating yourself?

Thursday, Jan 2, 2020

The Real Reasons Why Job Seekers Are Not Given Feedback

All the niceties and politeness are gone. You will now only hear from human resources if they want to move forward with you; otherwise, you get the silent treatment. Here is why this happens.

Monday, Dec 30, 2019

Working for a startup makes less sense

Today, there’s an interesting startup dilemma that has become more obvious in the collective consciousness of tech employees than ever before. Put bluntly, it’s that working at most startups (in their current form) in a world full of growing tech giants like Google, Facebook, Apple, Netflix, etc. is making less and less sense for most people who qualify for these jobs.

Thursday, Dec 12, 2019

Your Professional Decline Is Coming (Much) Sooner Than You Think

But I had started to wonder: Can I really keep this going? I work like a maniac. But even if I stayed at it 12 hours a day, seven days a week, at some point my career would slow and stop. And when it did, what then? Would I one day be looking back wistfully and wishing I were dead? Was there anything I could do, starting now, to give myself a shot at avoiding misery—and maybe even achieve happiness—when the music inevitably stops?

Wednesday, Dec 4, 2019

How Performance Reviews Can Kill Your Culture

Performance reviews are designed to motivate and bring the best out of our teams, but they often do the opposite. Here’s how to bring out the best in your people.

Monday, Dec 2, 2019

The Secret of Employee Engagement

People are the single most important asset in modern organizations. As talent scarcity is increasingly becoming one of the hardest problems, the ability to assess, recruit, manage and retain talent is going to be an invaluable skill.

How do I understand the results of my job search?

I’m in the middle of a job search. Here are some stats: 50 applications submitted 21 no response 3 no longer hiring 11 rejected without interview 15 first round interviews 9 technical interviews 2 rejected after technical interview 2 onsite Is this the average experience or is there something going on here?

Monday, Nov 18, 2019

What Job Applicant ‘Ghosting’ Says About the Current Workplace

Two-sided ghosting in this transactional world signals that the two sides are no longer very invested in making a good match. Part of the reason, as is often the case, has to do with cost. On the employer side, the most important metric for success in recruiting is “cost per hire,” or how little can it spend to recruit a candidate. Given that, it’s no surprise that recruiting remains transactional.

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2019

The Most Important Question in a Job Interview, and How to Answer It

‘Do you have any questions for me?’ is a make-or-break moment.

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019

40 Favorite Interview Questions from Some of the Sharpest Folks We Know

What follows is an exclusive list of 40 interview questions, sent to us by the sharpest folks we’ve met or just outright admire. Some of the questions are (deceptively) short and sweet, some are probing and unexpected, others hinge on targeted follow-ups. Broken down by topic, they tackle everything from how candidates understand the role and process feedback to their first summer job, worst boss, and the last time they changed their mind.

Tuesday, Sep 10, 2019

I took a huge pay cut for a more meaningful job, and it was nothing like I expected

Most Americans say they would give up a more lucrative job for a more meaningful job that pays less in a heartbeat. But it’s a change that requires thought and careful planning–and doesn’t always go according to plan.

Tuesday, Sep 3, 2019

Millennials Are Already Itching to Switch Careers

With many young professionals looking for a change, learning how to pivot is more important than ever.

Thursday, Aug 29, 2019

Résumés Are Starting to Look Like Instagram—and Sometimes Even Tinder

Employers see surge in Gen Z CVs containing photos and illustrations; ‘there’s a freaking bitmoji’.