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How to Handle Stress During a Job Interview

Have you ever felt incredibly stressed during a job interview? If so, you’re not alone. Most people say that interviewing for a job is an overwhelmingly stressful experience. Fortunately, you can come to terms with job interview stress by understanding that a certain amount of stress can actually</i> …

Employment

Cybersecurity Has a Serious Talent Shortage. Here’s How to Fix It

It’s a refrain I’ve been hearing for the past 18 months from clients all over the world: “We need more skilled people for our security team.”<p>The need is real and well-documented. A report from Frost & Sullivan and (ISC)2 found that the global cybersecurity workforce will have more than 1.5 million …

Cybersecurity

Lots of Companies Still Have No Senior Executives Who Are Women

It’s not a secret that women’s progress into senior leadership roles has been glacially slow. It was once thought that this was simply a pipeline problem, and that as more women went to college and entered the paid workforce, we would see C-suites and corner offices gradually fill up with females. …

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What Do Women’s Career Paths Really Look Like?

We know that women’s presence in the workforce has increased dramatically over the last several decades, but is it true that <i>all</i> women are working more? And if not, which women are most likely to work full-time <i>across</i> adulthood?<p>Typically, researchers answer these questions by taking a snapshot of …

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1 in 7 Employees Are Stars. The Best Companies Cluster Them Together.

Talent is what separates the best from the rest. The best-performing companies simply have better people. Right?<p>That’s certainly what we thought before Bain & Company launched its in-depth investigation of workforce productivity. After assessing the practices of global companies and surveying …

Human Resources

How to Make Sure Your Emails Give the Right Impression

Given the avalanche of email we receive each year — 121 messages per day, on average — it’s no wonder that we have become somewhat desensitized to its impact on our professional brand. We’ll spend hours polishing our LinkedIn profiles and revising our résumés, but hastily hit send on an …

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Great Teams Are About Personalities, Not Just Skills

At the start of 2016 Google announced that it had discovered the secret ingredients for the perfect team. After years of analyzing interviews and data from more than 100 teams, it found that the drivers of effective team performance are the group’s average level of emotional intelligence and a high …

Management

Our Assumptions About Old and Young Workers Are Wrong

It is almost second nature to create stereotypes of people based on age. If someone is in their twenties then they must be technologically adept, obsessed with keeping fit, prepared to change jobs frequently whilst obviously searching for meaningful work. Those in their sixties and seventies must …

Millennials

How to Build a Strong Relationship with a New Boss

Your boss has decided to move on, and someone else is taking his place. How should you establish a positive, productive working relationship with your new manager? How do you get to know them without seeming like a kiss-up? And what’s your role in getting them up to speed on the job?<p><b>What the</b> …

Management

LinkedIn will now help you secretly tell recruiters you want a new job

Looking for a new job when you already have one can be tricky, but LinkedIn might now be able to make it a little easier.<p>The service is rolling out a …

Employment

Why Companies Overlook Great Internal Candidates

While the days of retiring from one company after a 40-year career may be long gone, many believe that the pendulum seems to have swung far into the opposite direction. In July, for example, voluntary turnover reached a level not seen since the pre-recession days of 2007, according to the Bureau of …

How To Quit Your Job Gracefully

Support the news<p>While many Americans continue to look for jobs, 3 million people quit theirs in July, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.<p>But …

7 Ways People Quit Their Jobs

Every day, employees resign from jobs. In the United States and Western Europe, annual resignation rates hover at just below ten percent, with much higher rates found in parts of Asia. Those currently entering the workforce are expected to engage in even more job hopping than prior generations, …

Setting the Record Straight on Switching Jobs

<i>“Stay in a job for at least two years.”</i> <i>“Never leave a job until you have your next one lined up.”</i> Everyone from your mother to your mentor has advice about the best way to switch jobs. But how can you know whom to trust? Especially since what was true in the job market 20 years ago — even two years …

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Why You Should Always Go Off-Script in a Job Interview

You’ve just landed an interview for your dream job. If you’re like most people, you’ll spend hours, perhaps days, preparing for that interview. You’ll research the company and industry, anticipate the questions you’ll be asked, and rehearse the perfect answers. You’ve probably followed all the …

Employment

5 Signs It’s Time for a New Job

Regardless of your age, background, or accomplishments, you have probably fantasized about the possibility of a new career at some point in your life – those who haven’t are the exception.<p>LinkedIn reports that of its 313 million members, 25% are active job seekers, while 60% can be considered …

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How to Use Your LinkedIn Profile to Power a Career Transition

Kenneth Andersson for HBR<p>Are you raring to change careers? Break into a whole new line of work that makes you leap out of bed, happy to go to work every day? Parlay personal passions into professional endeavors? Or focus on a different clientele, type of product, or service?<p>We all know the power of …

Employment

How Companies Are Using Simulations, Competitions, and Analytics to Hire

As the NFL draft gets underway this week, teams will assess the “fit” of a player by examining the raw data of their ability to perform—based not on the ranking of their college or on how they would describe their skills, but on hard data including their performance on drills at the recently …

What It’s Like When a Stay-at-Home Dad Goes Back to Work

Almost a year ago, our family upended itself and moved from Boston, our home of nearly 15 years, to central Virginia so my husband could accept a position at Southern Virginia University, an up-and-coming liberal arts university.<p>With a PhD in molecular biology from Columbia University, Roger had …

How to Take the Bias Out of Interviews

HBR STAFF<p>If you’re a hiring manager, you’re probably happiest getting a sense of a candidate through unstructured interviews, which allow you to randomly explore details you think are interesting and relevant. (What does the applicant think of her past employer? Does she like Chicago? What does she …

Recruitment

Optimists Are Better at Finding New Jobs

Given that I’m a happiness researcher, you might think I’d strive to help people eliminate unhappiness in their careers. But unhappiness actually serves a crucial function, signaling the need for change, prompting us to switch companies or fields, or even just motivating us to secretly update our …

Happiness

Navigating the Emotional Side of a Career Transition

Let me begin this post with a personal confession: Although I’ve talked with many managers about career transitions over the years, I’ve never had a career transition myself until now.<p>For the past 37 years I’ve worked as a management consultant at the same firm I started in straight out of graduate …

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What It Really Takes to Attract Top Talent

Remember the phrase “employer of choice” from the dot-com boom? It was a period of ridiculously low unemployment, a time when companies struggled not just to find exactly the right talent at the right price — but to find talent, <i>period.</i> So they did everything they could to woo applicants with a …

Ten Mistakes That Are Killing Your LinkedIn Profile

Your LinkedIn profile is your online billboard. Before LinkedIn arrived on the scene in 2003, a lot of people built and maintained personal websites that showcased their professional accomplishments. We don’t need personal websites anymore because you can use LinkedIn for the same purpose. Who …

Employment

Five Interview Questions Job-Seekers Hate To Answer

If you were in charge of designing your company’s outreach to prospective buyers, you would ask yourself, “What do our customers want to know about us?”<p>You would work hard to make your communications friendly and easy to use, because customers have choices. They could buy from you, or buy from one …

Employment

A Bad Reputation Costs a Company at Least 10% More Per Hire

A few years ago, domain registrar and web hosting company GoDaddy was known for its racy ads featuring NASCAR driver Danica Patrick and <i>The Biggest Loser</i> star Jillian Michaels. While they may have gotten attention in the media, they didn’t help the company do one important thing: hire women.<p>In 2014, …

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