Professional Development

6 Things Young People Must Know About Entrepreneurship

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Do young people view entrepreneurship as a viable career option? Not according to a recent analysis by The Wall Street Journal that showed that only 3.6 percent of households headed by adults younger than 30 owned stakes in private companies. This figure represents a 24-year-low in young entrepreneurs. While media reports glamorize successful entrepreneurs such…

4 Tips on Prepping for a Video Interview

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by: Noelle Murphy In 2012, OfficeTeam asked 500 HR managers about their use of video technology in the interviewing process. Fifty-three percent of respondents said they use video “very often” in the interviewing process, and a further 10 percent said they use video “somewhat often.” As video interviewing becomes more and more prevalent, interviewees must learn to adapt to this new…

What Kind Of Business Pain Do You Solve?

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by: Liz Ryan For years we talked about our Skills. We said “I have negotiation skills, administrative skills and strategic skills.” We claimed a whole bunch of skills, but what are skills, really? Who can say whether you have those skills? When someone tells me s/he has great Negotiation Skills, I immediately wonder whether the person…

Could a Need to Tailor Your Resume Be a Sign of an Unsuitable Job?

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by: Kazim Ladimeji I’d like to turn the resume-tailoring paradigm on its head a little. We all know that employers are turned off by generic resumes that don’t appear to be specific to the company or post to which a candidate is applying. Employers see these resumes as signs that a candidate has put no thought into their application. This…

When Learning at Work Becomes Overwhelming

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by: David DeLong Many skilled jobs require a considerable amount of learning while doing, but learning requirements have reached unrealistic levels in many roles and work situations today. This phenomenon of “too much to learn” is not only feeding the perception of critical skills shortages in many sectors, but it can also accelerate burnout. Consider this:…

Expecting a Bad Reference From Your Former Employer?

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by: Kazim Ladimeji We often associate “bad references” with “being fired,” but job seekers may fear bad references from former employers for a number of reasons: perhaps the job seeker had a poor relationship with their manager, or perhaps they left the company under less-than-ideal circumstances. There are two sides to every story, but references are categorically one-sided: a job seeker’s potential…