It’s canned, not can’t-ed.
In 2008, I got laid off from my first-ever job. I was crushed, to say the least.
I grew up watching Almost Famous, fantasized about moving to New York, and managed to get hired at Rolling Stone, covering my favorite artists (David Bowie, The Eagles, Jay Z). So when my boss called me into his office on a Monday morning to break the news, I remember thinking: How could they be letting me go? I still haven’t interviewed Fergie! (It was 2008, remember?)
Fast-forward eight years, and I now run my own writing business, with a client list that includes Forbes, Food Network, and Dell. I’ve learned a lot of lessons from my fateful layoff, but here are my top five. Read more
I’ve given notice at my job, and I’m leaving in six weeks. No one is upset; in fact, everyone is being supportive of my move. The issue is that I’m finding it hard to be motivated and worried that these six weeks are going to drag on. Because I work quite quickly, I’ll have nothing to do for the last few weeks. How do I keep myself going and not give up mentally?
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We’ve all been trained to avoid giving out too much personal information when we’re on the job hunt. But according new research from Vanderbilt University, it’s better to get real about gaps in your resume – and being honest could actually land you the job.
“Our study provides the first-ever evidence that women who conceal personal information dramatically lower their hiring prospects,” says Joni Hersch, professor of law and economics at Vanderbilt Law School, about women who take time away from their careers to raise kids. In other words, being forthright about stepping away from work in favor of family actually works – refreshingly – in women’s favor. Read more
Job Seekers Need to Customize Cover Letters for Each Position and Goal
Millennials are now America’s biggest generation — isn’t it time we started paying more attention to the way we manage them? According to information collected by the US Census Bureau, millennials, who are categorized as being born between 1982 and 2000, now exceed 83 million, outnumbering baby boomers by more than 13 million. Read more
Imagine you’re a thirtyish mid-level employee at one of the world’s largest companies, and your billionaire CEO has made a decision you don’t support. What do you do?
For most people, the answer is not what sales and distribution manager Donna Dubinsky did in 1985: issue a challenge to the CEO — in this case, Apple’s Steve Jobs.
To cut costs, Jobs planned to eliminate Apple’s warehouses and inventory and adopt a system of “just in time” computer assembly. But Dubinsky saw big problems with the idea and gave her bosses an ultimatum: She wanted 30 days to develop an alternate plan, or she would quit. Taking a stand paid off for Dubinsky, in large part because she proved she had the company’s best interests at heart. Her proposal to revamp distribution was accepted — and she got a promotion. Read more
Q. You’ve just graduated from college and are entering a tough job market. What kind of interview preparation will help you stand out?
Whether you’re in college and starting to think about your career path or considering a career change to a new field, you might be asking yourself, “What do I want to be?”
But a more important question to think about may be: “Am I marketable to a variety of positions?” Read more
Start your weekend off right.
How you end your workweek will not only have a huge impact on how productive you are the following week, but also may determine how relaxed you are over the weekend. Read more
What does HR not have a hand in? They manage hiring and layoffs, contracts, health insurance plans, and retirement accounts, and they also have a hand in the day-to-day details of employee satisfaction and experience. As an employee, HR can be an invaluable resource. At the same time, certain information isn’t able to be shared – unless they have to. Know what things HR might not be disclosing to you, so you can know what types of questions to ask them, or find the answers through other channels. Read more