Category Archives: Job Search Strategies

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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4 ways leaders can deal with employee burnout


These are the four best things employers can do to help prevent burnout when the symptoms first show up. 1. Acknowledge the burnout This will usually be done by the employee’s direct manager. Make sure the employee feels valued and understood. 2. Provide incentives for the long term Let the employee […]

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4 signs your boss is bad for your health


The “bad boss” has become a comedic part of work culture, permeating movies and television, but when you actually work for a bad boss, there’s nothing funny about it. Researchers from the Harvard Business School and Stanford University meta-analyzed the results of more than 200 studies to better understand the […]

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Google engineer fired over anti-diversity memo says he may sue


On Monday, Google fired an employee for writing a controversial internal memo about the value of diversity initiatives at the company. James Damore, who confirmed to multiple outlets that he was the male software engineer behind the diversity memo, told Bloomberg News that he had been fired for “perpetuating gender stereotypes.” Damore told […]

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4 ways to succeed that don’t include networking


Mention the word “networking” to an entrepreneur, and you’ll often get one of two reactions: enthusiasm or cringing. The importance of having — and making — connections cannot be understated, but there’s more that goes into starting and growing a business. And when networking isn’t part of the equation, you’re […]

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When the kid interviewing you says you’re too old


One of the things I was most surprised by when I got into the jobs business over a decade ago was the prevalence and practice of age discrimination in hiring right here in the USA. Oh, sure… we’re not like some overseas markets where job ads explicitly demand youth, or […]

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3 ways to get rid of anger, according to neuroscience


They’re one inch from your face, boiling with rage, screaming and yelling at you. And all you want to do is scream and yell back. But you know that’s not going to be good for anyone… I’ve talked before about how to deal with others who are angry and irrational, but how […]

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