6 Tips for Your Career Pivot

pivotAuthor: Laura Rowley
Source: HuffPost

A few years ago, Wendy Sachs found herself interviewing for a job at what she calls a “bright, shiny, digital media startup” in New York. Sachs, a media veteran, met with a Millennial interviewer. He noted her experience working as a press secretary on Capitol Hill, a job that had opened the door to her career as a network television producer. She thought he would be impressed.

Not quite. “It concerns me that you worked in politics,” he told Sachs. “I mean, I wouldn’t want you slamming down the phone and pissing people off.”

Sachs was shocked. “I, a Gen Xer, who came of age during Walkmans and Diet Coke, was more culturally disconnected from this Millennial than I imagined,” she writes in her new book, Fearless and Free: How Smart Women Pivot and Relaunch Their Careers. “Walking down Fifth Avenue, I realized my personal career pivot was going to be harder than I expected.”

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Friends and Family May Not Be the Best Source of Career Advice

ffcaAuthor: Chad Brooks
Source: Business News Daily

Looking for career advice? You might want to steer clear of your family and friends, new research finds.

Whether it’s being told by their parents not to be friends with their co-workers or having a friend suggest that resumes should be long and detailed, many employees admit that those closest to them have given them bad suggestions on how to get a job or advance in the workplace, according to a study from the staffing firm Accountemps.

Specifically, 35 percent of the employees surveyed said their friends have steered them in the wrong direction when it comes to their careers. Additionally, 14 percent have parents and 10 percent have other family members who have offered up bad career advice.

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5 Career Tips To ALWAYS Ignore

BBBepIK.imgAuthor: Fairygodboss
Source: Sheknows

There’s no shortage of helpful career advice out there, from what to wear to an interview or how to pump at work. But sometimes it’s just as helpful to hear about what not to do. We all learn from our mistakes — and oftentimes, we fall into career mistakes because we took some bad advice.

Anyone who pauses to give you career advice probably has your best interests at heart, but that doesn’t mean they necessarily know what’s best for you or your professional development. If you’re questioning what someone’s telling you to do, you may be wise to listen to your instincts.

Today, we’re giving you a roundup of career advice we suggest you ignore, some of which we’ve taken and some of which we haven’t. We hope that you’ll not only get in a good laugh but will also learn to recognize that not all advice is worth following.

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5 Email Templates to Save You Time

emailsAuthor: Kayla Mathews
Source: The Daily Muse

I’m obsessed with being as productive as humanly possible, whether that’s setting better deadlines or finding the most effective way to schedule my days.

But my inbox was still a huge time-suck. And the kicker is: I was sending a lot of the same emails over and over again.

That’s when I started using canned responses. If you’re not familiar with them, you can save a response you craft and then, instead of constantly retyping it, you can click and insert it into your email, saving you time and effort.

Not sold yet? I’ve written five common, time-saving templates to get you started that’ll convince you this makes sense. (But first, you need to get set-up. If you’re a Gmail user, you’ll find instructions here. And if you’re an Outlook user, they’re called “Quick Parts,” and you can see them here.)

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5 Awkward Situations When You’re New at Work

awkwardAuthor: Abby Wolfe
Source: The Daily Muse

On day one of my first “real” job, I had no idea what to do with myself. Around 3:30 PM, I turned to a co-worker and asked, “So, uh, what time do you usually leave each day?”

When offered the job three weeks earlier, the hiring manager told me my hours were “up to me and my supervisor.” Well, that conversation never happened, so I had no idea when I could go home.

Starting a new gig can be really overwhelming—whether it’s your first one or your 10th. There are loads of unspoken rules you haven’t learned yet, and you have to get to know a whole new group of people.

But, as time goes on, there are certain situations that’ll become second nature. (Or at least feel a little bit easier.)

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10 Tips For Getting The Raise You Deserve

raiseAuthor: Stacey Lastoe
Source: The Daily Muse

You know it’s time. You’ve been anticipating this conversation for weeks now. The meeting’s on the calendar, and there’s no backing out now—not that you’d want to. No, you want this raise. You deserve this. You’re ready for this.

Deep breath. Your boss isn’t going to bite. Or will she?

Not if you’re as prepared as possible, as confident as can be, and as accomplished in your role as anyone deserving of a raise ought to be.

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3 Things Recruiters Look For On Your LinkedIn Profile


Author: Dorianne St. Fleur
Source: The Daily Muse

Let’s cut to the chase: If your profile isn’t telling hiring managers who you are, what you’re about, and how well you’ll do the job–you could be missing out on your next opportunity (and not even know it).

As an HR professional and career coach, I work with recruiters every single day, so I can give you an inside look at what needs to be on your LinkedIn profile if you want to get noticed.

Although there’s no hard and fast rule that’ll guarantee you’ll get hired, there are at least three things your profile must have in order to up the odds you’ll get noticed.

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