Category Archives: Job Search Strategies

The number of companies offering ‘Summer Fridays’ has doubled since 2015


More companies are letting their employees enjoy the long days of summer by letting them leave early on Friday. According to new research by consulting firm CEB, 42% of Fortune 1000 companies are letting their employees start the weekend early in an office tradition known as “summer Fridays.” CEB’s survey […]

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What the working class can teach America’s professionals


Do you consider yourself to be part of the middle class? When asked, more than 80% of Americans say do, said Joan Williams, founding director of the Center for WorkLife Law and the author of White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America. “That includes everyone from an amusement park worker earning $23,000 […]

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Five ways to slay anxiety on your first day at a new job


There’s almost nothing as good as the end of a job search. You’ve scored the offer. You’re psyched about your new gig. Now all you have to do is show up for your first day of work and go from there, right? The truth is, sometimes, that’s a whole lot […]

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How those great Silicon Valley office perks can ruin your health


Silicon Valley is known for offering generous on-site perks to its full-time employees—but according to one Silicon Valley doctor who sees those employees, these perks can come at a cost to one’s health. Writing for The Agenda, Ronesh Sinha, a physician for Sutter Health’s Palo Alto Medical Foundation, reminded us that medical […]

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The secret to success: Have a workplace rival


Daniel McGinn is a senior editor at Harvard Business Review and the author of Psyched Up: How the Science of Mental Preparation Can Help You Succeed (Portfolio, 2017), from which this article is adapted. Even a century later, it remains a landmark study. Norman Triplett, a graduate student at Indiana […]

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Fewer than 10% of tech startups are owned by women, study says


According to a 2017 Harvard Business School paper, the American dream of starting your own business is not equally shared by everyone. Surveying data between 1990 and 2016, Harvard researchers found that 6% of technology startups backed by venture capital are owned by women. When you break it down by race, the numbers […]

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How improv comedy training can help you succeed at the office


Improv comedy has a lot of skills that can help you in your career and even in your personal life. It can teach and emphasize listening, supporting your teammates’ ideas, being comfortable with the uncomfortable and thinking on your feet. Ladders sat down with the Upright Citizens Brigade’s Chelsea Clarke […]

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After racial tensions, over 150 CEOs to sign groundbreaking pledge to create diverse workforces


With Monday’s launch of the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion, more than 150 CEOs announced that they pledge to to take specific actions to improve diversity and inclusion at their companies, in what the campaign is calling “the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.” Companies from […]

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Exclamation points are the answer to friendlier work emails


We have already covered the difficult question of how to use emojis in the workplace. Now I will be leading you through an advanced course on whether or not you should use exclamation points. Let’s be honest: It’s a divisive subject. Apple strongly advises its advertisers to avoid it in their promotions. The […]

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5 steps to keep food allergies and dietary restrictions from taking over your workday


Dietary restrictions can often be a barrier in our food-centric culture. Whether they’re religious restrictions — like avoiding caffeine, alcohol, or pork — or allergies, principled choices or health problems, a different diet can sometimes be a barrier to socializing with colleagues. Being vegan, vegetarian or having an intolerance to […]

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