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Balancing “We” and “Me”: The Best Collaborative Spaces Also Support Solitude

Artwork: Michael Wolf, The Transparent City 11, 2008<p><i>Let us know what you think of your workspace and see how you compare with others.</i><p><i>For a look at workplace dynamics around the world, visit Christine Congdon’s article “How Culture Shapes the Office” (HBR May 2013).</i><p>The open office has a lot of …

Workspaces That Move People

Artwork: Michael Wolf, The Transparent City 93, 2008, France<p>In Silicon Valley the tight correlation between personal interactions, performance, and innovation is an article of faith, and innovators are building cathedrals reflecting this. Google’s new campus is designed to maximize chance …

How To Write A Thank-You Note That Gets You The Job

"It's not elective, it's mandatory," Enelow says. "It instantly gives you a competitive distinction to everyone else they're interviewing."<p>But a generic, "Thank you for your time" won't cut it. You'll want to really stand out from the competition.<p>Here are five elements of an outstanding thank-you …

Employment

Ace the Group Interview

An interview with the board of directors is standard for the CEO, CFO, and nonprofit Executive Director hiring processes, but the group interview approach is becoming more common for many other positions. If you have a group interview in your future, it probably means that you are one of the top …

The 17 Fastest Ways To Get Ahead In Your Career

In a Quora thread titled, "How Can I Accelerate My Personal Growth?" users discussed how they get ahead in their working lives.<p>Here are 17 of the most practical pieces of career advice we found.<p><b>1. Determine what you have to offer.</b> As Abraham Lincoln says, "Whatever you are, be a good one." Before …

Self-improvement

The Biggest Mistakes 20-Something Job Seekers Make

There was the young job seeker who showed up at his interview 15 minutes late, failed to apologize, and then asked if the interviewer had a garbage can so he could throw away his gum. There was also the 20-something applicant whose call to the hiring manager went dead in the middle of the …

7 Rules of LinkedIn Etiquette | Brazen Careerist Blog | Official LinkedIn Blog

<b>Advice from Penelope Trunk.</b><p>Because LinkedIn sponsors Brazen Careerist, I have had the opportunity to pepper LinkedIn mavens with random etiquette …

5 Job-Hunting Survival Tips For Recent Grads

Don’t let the summer slump stall your job search. Take the “work” out of networking, and get busy on social media.<p>There’s no doubt the job market is different from what it was 15, or even 10 years ago. With the rapid adoption of social media for the job search and a recovering economy, college …

Employment

13 Things You Should Never Say In A Job Interview

"Every year we see more surveys and polls come out listing some of the crazy things that candidates do or say in job interviews," says Michael Kerr, an international business speaker and author of "You Can't Be Serious! Putting Humor to Work." "So, it's very clear that some people still haven't …

Employment

How to Win Your Next Job Interview

Kristina walked into my office and took a seat.<p>“So, tell me,” I said, “what excites you about this role?”<p>“I feel I’m very qualified for this job,” …

Employment

How to make travel look good on a resume

YOU’VE JUST GOTTEN BACK from a year away and now you need to get a job. You’re nervous and have to figure out how getting drunk at hostels, lying on …

Effective networking: who are your contacts?

In the first in a series of articles on developing an effective approach to networking, Harry Freedman explains how to identify and categorise your contacts<p>Networking is a daunting idea to many people, particularly to those who are a little reserved socially. But networking is an essential skill to …

From maybe to yes: five tips to help candidates at assessment centres

If you're stuck in assessment centre purgatory – that middle ground that makes you a 'borderline candidate' – these five tips could help nudge an offer<p>You've navigated the online application form, passed aptitude tests and survived the telephone interview. Now you face the next hurdle – the …

The 3 LinkedIn Etiquette Rules You Should Never Break

LinkedIn is one social network where little mistakes can directly impact your financial future. Avoid these LinkedIn no-nos that could work against you when building your networking or looking for a job.<p>I first started blogging and hosting online videos for <i>Fast Company</i> in the spring of 2011. …

Employment

The 20 Do's and Don'ts of LinkedIn Etiquette [Infographic]

No doubt, LinkedIn has become the go-to professional networking site – and an ultra-necessary resource for young careerists building their personal …

Interview Like a Consultant

<b>Note:</b> <i>This is a long post and there’s quite a bit to digest. Please read it through and see if you can apply my suggestions to a recent interview.</i> …

Interview Questions: 25 Top Questions & Answers

I’ve mentioned a few times on The Simple Dollar that I have conducted a substantial number of job interviews in the past. Although the jobs I usually …

Prepare for an Interview by Thinking Like an Employer

People have different natural talents at interviewing for jobs. But even the most talented can fail to get offers if they don’t prepare. This goes beyond arriving on time, dressing professionally, being polite, and preparing to discuss every detail of your resume. Of course, these things are …

How To Make Them Respond When You Apply For A Job Online

Last week I got a note from a reader, asking me for advice about how to elicit a response to her online job applications. “With the technology age upon us, I have been actively applying to employment opportunities on numerous websites,” she wrote. “My problem is that I am not getting any type of …

10 mistakes to avoid when job hunting | Guardian Jobs

Applying for jobs is often a difficult and demoralising process, but it's important to stay positive and learn from your mistakes. Here are ten common mistakes you should try to avoid:<p><b>1. Passing on responsibility for your job hunt</b><p>It's important that you don't try and blame others for your job …

Interview checklist: how to prepare

Good preparation is essential to a successful job interview. Here's our guide to the basics you'll need to cover to plan and practise your performance<p>When you've been invited for an interview, your thoughts naturally turn to giving a winning performance on the day. A bit like exams, interviews can …

A 10-step guide to effective job hunting

Want to make your job seeking more targeted, efficient and rewarding? Here's our how-to guide<p>1. Time things right<p>Many people rush at a job search and apply for roles they have little interest in or are unlikely to be shortlisted for. Not only will this pretty much guarantee rejection, it will …

Assessment centres advice

Find out why graduate employers use assessment and selection days, what exercises to expect and how to show you're the right candidate for the …

Once Upon A Time At The Office: 10 Storytelling Tips To Help You Be More Persuasive

Storytelling is the most effective to way to get your point across. Here are some expert tips for doing it right.<p>Once upon a time, in a faraway kingdom, there was a salesman who traveled the countryside, peddling his wares. Everyone loved his product except the evil king, who wanted to do away with …

Top 10

A Storytelling Guide for Those Who Stink at Storytelling | Inc.com

From social media to sales, storytelling is all the rage in business, with experts of all stripes insisting that entrepreneurs need to be able to captivate their audience with a well told tale in order to stand out and get noticed.<p>Which is great if you were born with a natural dramatic flair. But …

Writing

Write a Post-Interview Thank You that Actually Boosts Your Chances to Get the Job

We've discussed the best way to follow up after an interview, but what should you include in that follow-up to make sure your hiring manager or …

What To Do On A Phone Interview

Recently, I received more than a normal level of questions from my clients about what to do on a telephone interview.<p>How is a phone interview similar …

The 1 Thing You Must Do In Every Job Interview

I recently interviewed an excellent candidate for a position at our growing startup, Likeable Local. The woman had an incredible resume, an …

Build a Career Worth Having

We live in a time of chronic dissatisfaction in the workplace. Gallup’s 2013 State of the American Workplace study found that as many as 70% of working Americans were unfulfilled with their jobs, 18% to such an extent that they are <i>actively undermining</i> their co-workers. This is a marked increase in …