Remember when staying in a job for less than a few years was considered a stain on your resume? That’s no longer the case. By one recent estimate, the average length of time people now spend in a given role is just a little over two years among workers ages 25–39. And who can blame them? Baseless millennial stereotypes notwithstanding, it’s people earlier in their careers who tend to fill lower-level positions, which typically involve at least a few unexciting tasks. I’ve noticed entry-level employees at my own company getting anxious to take the next step in their careers even sooner than they’d used to. Many of our sales reps now start eyeing their next internal moves after just six to eight months. Not that I’m complaining. Far from flaky and unreliable, people who cycle through jobs tend to be fast-learning, ambitious high-performers who don’t shy away from a challenge–exactly the kind of people you want on your … [Read more...] about Plan your new hire’s next job from the moment they start. Here’s how
Your boss makes a seemingly innocent stop at your desk, but it’s not long before he’s pointing out something that recently went wrong–and he’s placing all of the blame on you. You’re nodding along and pretending to absorb everything he’s telling you. But, all the while, there’s only one response that’s echoing throughout your brain: It’s not my fault! Perhaps it was actually your colleague that dropped the ball and now you’re the one shouldering the burden. Or, maybe there’s a legitimate reason that you did things that way and your manager just isn’t in the loop on your decision-making process. Either way, you’re itching to put an end to the finger-pointing and let your boss know that you don’t deserve the brunt of this blame game–and, ideally, you’d like to do so in a way that doesn’t sound like you’re absolving yourself of all accountability. Sound impossible? It’s not. … [Read more...] about What to say when you get blamed for things that aren’t your fault
LinkedIn can be a powerful and convenient hub for your job search. The company says that more than 20,000 companies in the U.S. use the platform to recruit, posting more than 3 million jobs every month. A good profile can potentially put you in front of those companies and give them a sense of whether you might be a good fit. “It is your professional profile of record. You want to make sure it’s a reflection of you and it really speaks to whatever you’re in it for,” says Blair Decembrele, LinkedIn career expert and director of editorial marketing. And while a cottage industry has sprung up around helping people and companies craft the perfect profile of record, sometimes you only have time for a quick fix. Maybe you spotted an opening for your dream job. Or you may have met a potential mentor you want to impress. Whatever the reason, if you need to spruce up your profile and don’t have a lot of time, here are the areas on which to focus. … [Read more...] about Give your LinkedIn profile a complete makeover in under an hour
Setting a goal creates a road map for the future, but if you don’t know how to reach it, it can also be a recipe for getting stuck. Anything new or different is cause for losing momentum, says Jason Womack, coauthor of Get Momentum: How to Start When You’re Stuck. “What many people do when they get stuck, overwhelmed, or stressed is to clear their calendar, get out of the office, or make a list,” he says. “All you really need to do is take the next step.” Sounds easy, but how do you know what is the next step? “The fastest way to regain your momentum is to ask different questions,” says Womack. “Not better; different.” He offers these three that will help to create forward motion: 1. What do I want to be known for? This question isn’t about your legacy; it’s about defining a mission and spending your time accordingly, says Womack. “Let’s say someone is putting together a presentation for an annual … [Read more...] about 3 questions that will help you regain momentum when you’re stuck
Could it be a bad thing that young people today are behaving more ‘sensibly’ than past generations? John Oxley, a conservative commentator, says YES. “Generation sensible” or “generation straightjacket”? Under-25s smoking, drinking, and screwing less than ever will be cheered by public-health puritans, but really we should be concerned by our temperate teens. Youthful indiscretions develop an appetite for risk and the belief that you can get yourself out of trouble when it goes wrong. The prudish youth aren’t sensible, but too cautious and cowed by anxiety to act out – or too distracted by their phones to have real fun. This spreads beyond what they put in their bodies, to what goes on in their minds. Instead of shocking us with their ideas and antics, young people strive to avoid offending anyone, failing to challenge the “woke” orthodoxy which permeates their lives. The great advances in life come from those who take risks … [Read more...] about DEBATE: Could it be a bad thing that young people today are behaving more ‘sensibly’ than past generations?