Category Archives: Job Search Strategies

Here’s why you shouldn’t use smiley face emojis in work emails


The next time you want to drop a smiley face emoji into a work email, it might be wise to hold back — especially if the sender is someone you haven’t met yet. A recent, three-experiment study by researchers from Ben-Gurion University of Negev, Amsterdam University and University of Haifa […]

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The worst career advice, according to 6 life coaches


Ask anyone about your haircut, and they might shrug and say it looks “fine.” But ask for career advice? You’re likely to get an earful of trite sayings, blanket, sweeping statements and outdated, traditional work tactics that won’t serve you well if you’re trying to advance. While executive advisors can […]

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Why we should get rid of generational labels in the workplace


Many people seem determined to group all millennials into a single box, which seems a little unimaginative at best, considering demographers can’t even unilaterally agree on what exactly constitutes a millennial. Whatever you call this group, there’s no denying the fact that millennials have a tremendous effect on the way […]

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How to control what you see in your Facebook feed


Step one: log into Facebook. Step two: get bombarded by posts from family, friends, news outlets, and everything in between. It’s clear that what you see on your Facebook feed can influence the way you see the world — and even your happiness. Research by Pew Research Center in 2016 showed […]

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One popular idea about how to fix Silicon Valley harassment


Another day in tech, another allegation of harassment. Social Finance became the latest startup accused of sexually harassing its female employees after a lawsuit was filed on Friday. In the suit, former SoFi employee Brandon Charles said that he had witnessed managers using “lewd, sexualized gestures” and inserting “explicit sexual innuendo […]

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These interview questions make it harder for certain job candidates to succeed


Certain interview questions don’t set up all job candidates for the same chances of success. Here some of the things recruiters should stop asking applicants if they want to level the playing field. “Tell me about a time when . . .” Framing a question in this way may give […]

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This is where robots will be most likely to take your job


The robot takeover is already here. A 2017 paper with the National Bureau of Economic Research found that every industrial robot that gets introduced into the U.S. labor market takes away an estimated five human jobs. Wages can drop as much as 25 cents when a robot is introduced into […]

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7 ways to make difficult conversations easy


Someone is screaming in your face at the top of their lungs. Or ranting angrily and you can’t get a word in edgewise. Or maybe they’re sobbing so hard you can barely understand what they’re saying. We’ve all been there. These situations don’t happen a lot (thank god) but we all feel […]

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Stop confusing job perks with company culture


Company culture is playing an increasingly larger role in the job selection process. A few years ago, ping pong tables in an office started a trend of perks qualifying as “good company culture.” Now, the stakes have been raised: Google has in-office saunas, Basecamp allows remote work from anywhere in the world, and Yahoo has […]

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4 habits that make work feel like play, according to a cryptographer


Rob Goodman and I spent the last five years studying the life of one of the world’s great geniuses: Claude Shannon, who is known as “the father of information theory.” Part of the reason we were drawn to him was that, of the geniuses we studied, he seemed to be the one […]

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