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Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017

What a Year of Job Rejections Taught Me About Pitching Myself

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

Why You Can't Search for a Job From a Remote Location

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 are your thoughts on taking a career sabbatical?

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

The surprising benefits of a mid-career break

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

Millennials need to ditch their parents' outdated career ladders and embrace job-hopping

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

Non-technical jobs for an average person without a college degree?

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

Your Career is a Mess

Instead of having a linear succession of jobs, many people now have a portfolio of activities.

Thursday, Aug 25, 2016

How much job hopping is acceptable?

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

How to Think About Your Career

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

Ten Rules for Negotiating a Job Offer

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 Incalculable Value of Finding a Job You Love

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

6 Questions to Weigh When at a Career Crossroads

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 talent trap: why try, try and trying again isn't the key to success

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 reviewed over 60 studies about what makes for a dream job. Here's what we found.

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

Why bother having a resume?

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

All the best advice we could find on how to get a job

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?

What’s the biggest risk you took in your career that paid off?

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Do I have to go through recruiters nowadays, how do you find new jobs?

What’s the procedure for getting a new job without going through external recruiters?

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Is it Time for You to Earn or to Learn?

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 restarted your career, what would you do differently?

If you could restart your career from day 1, what would you do differently (or the same)? Please also leave years experience/current position.

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