How to Bolster Your Remote Work Culture - US News

While the telecommuting trend is still going strong for many companies, a lot of large firms have modified or eliminated flexible work arrangements for employees. Most recently, IBM did away with its remote work policy, and in recent years HP, Yahoo!, Best Buy, Bank of America and Aetna have stopped or severely curtailed their remote job opportunities.

There are a variety of reasons why companies have decided to change their remote culture: it's an easy way to reduce the size of a workforce, managers don't trust employees are working while at home and it disrupts collaboration and company culture. However, telework reduces overhead costs and studies have shown workers tend to be more productive and often work more hours while working from home. Blame seems to fall to the unsuccessful employees, but we need to look at where the employers are falling short in making telework arrangements viable.

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How to Write a Resignation Letter - US News

You've decided to leave your job. Whatever the cause of your departure, it's never going to be easy. The first thing you should do is have a conversation with your boss. That talk is your opportunity to provide your reason for leaving (because even if you don't want to share it, chances are high that they're going to ask, so be prepared).

Whether required by your company or not, you need to write a formal resignation letter. This not only sets the tone for your remaining time at the company, but also for your future relationship with your employer. No matter what, keep it simple. Here's how to pull together a savvy letter of resignation.

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Is Continuing Education Right for My Career? - US News

Professionals at every level often wonder whether their careers would benefit from a return to the classroom. There are often a lot of other life elements that limit your time and financial resources, and it can be a hard decision to make. Rovy Branon, vice provost for Continuum College at the University of Washington, offers the following advice for professionals considering further education, including how to identify whether it makes sense for you personally as well as the right program for you. Higher education is evolving into a much more diverse learning system so the options today are much more numerous than in the past. The following excerpts have been edited for clarity and brevity.

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How to Recruit Success Into Your Company - US News

How can you attract the right talent for your organization or for your client? At recruitDC's Spring 2017 Conference on May 25, keynote speaker Perri Chase, co-founder of Talent Remastered, tackled this very issue. She presented information that is equally valuable for job candidates, as they should understand the expectations of internal and external recruiters to ensure they find the right match in a job and organization.

Chase began with some stunning statistics from a 2017 Korn Ferry survey. Ninety percent of executives polled said retention of new hires is a problem in their company, as 10 to 25 percent of new hires leave within the first six months. The main reason: Their role is different from what they expected it would be during the hiring process.

What does this tell us? There is some level of miscommunication or misinterpretation during the recruitment process, where roles and company culture are not accurately portrayed. It is incumbent upon the candidate to ask the right questions, but the majority of the responsibility falls on the recruiter to take the time with candidates to make the right matches and avoid costly mistakes.

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How to Read Job Descriptions—And What to Look Out For - FlexJobs

When you’re excited (or desperate) to find a new job, you may be tempted to apply to anything and everything that looks remotely interesting upon first glance. But failing to read job descriptions in their entirety can be a huge mistake…and one that may not only waste your time, but can also cost you the job.

It’s imperative that you read every job ad carefully in order to better understand the role and the company; to be able to decide if you’re qualified, and whether it’s a good fit; and to take note of keywords and phrases that you’ll want to use in your resume and/or cover letter.

Here are some tips for how to read job descriptions, and what to look out for:

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Women: Stop Asking for Permission to Invest in Yourself Professionally - US News

If you're a woman with a family, and you're not the main breadwinner but do work or would like to, there are a lot of pressures you may be facing. These are old school societal beliefs of yore that sadly still exist today. Have you said or heard another woman say the following lines?

"I have to ask my husband if I can sign up for that course."

"I need to check with my family to see if I can go attend that networking event since I always put the kids to bed."

"What I make only covers child care, so it doesn't make sense for me to work."

Does this sound like 2017? No. We have come out of the 1950s, yet women repeat these sentiments daily. Many of us run households and hold a job. Why must we ask permission to invest in ourselves?

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Cracking the Government & Non-Profit Job Search: Tips From Marcelle Yeager

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Marcelle Yeager helps launch people to the next level of their careers as president of Career Valet and CEO of ServingTalent. We had a chance to speak with Marcelle recently about the comparisons between job searches in the private, nonprofit, and government sectors, and also heard her advice on how applicants can alter their resumes and interviewing approaches to maximize their odds of success.

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Great Jobs for Entry-Level Professionals With Liberal Arts Degrees - US News

If you're getting your degree this month or are new to the workforce, it can be daunting to try and figure out just what you want to do if you haven't studied a specific science or other area for entry into a particular field. Sure, you went to school and may have tried out a job or two, but unless you studied a specific field such as law, teaching or medicine and intend to go right into practicing that profession or to graduate school, it can be hard to determine what's good for you.

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How to Manage Your Micromanager - US News

You know the type. She's always checking in on you by emailing, calling or barging into your workspace. Some micromanagers try to subtly shoot the breeze and then drop in questions to check up on your work. Others are more direct, coming in and looking over your shoulder at what you're doing or telling you how to do every little thing. Either way, almost everyone finds this highly obnoxious; even the micromanager probably would if they were in your shoes! How can you ease your pain?

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How to Turn Military Life Into Resume Bullets and Strengthen Your Brand -

May is just around the corner, and it’s Military Appreciation Month. We celebrate our country’s military veterans and spouses, who have their own designated day of gratitude on May 12th. It’s no secret that transitioning from the military to the civilian or private sector world is challenging. Everything from job titles to the lingo are entirely different, and it’s a lot of work to position yourself for post-military jobs.

Similarly, as a military spouse, you face challenges finding any kind of employment whether you are searching while your service member is still active or after their transition. As a veteran or spouse, how can you make employers believe in you? Translate what you do every day into terms an employer understands. Focus on your leadership skills, enthusiasm, and the skills you possess.

Many aspects of your military life are unique and the soft skills you have are not easily taught. You’ve lived through difficult situations that prove you can perform above average in fast-paced, constantly changing circumstances. You’re not afraid to take on challenges and will do what it takes to get things done. It’s up to you to educate employers about the innate value you offer.

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