LinkedIn always seems to be changing – from its user interface to new features and products, there's always something to keep track of. It's hard to find time to keep up with the latest and what's worth checking out. So U.S. News spoke to LinkedIn consultant Petra Fisher to get her insights into what's new and hot – and what's not. Her responses have been edited for clarity.
When Marcelle and her husband decided he should accept a job as a foreign service officer, starting in Uzbekistan, she knew she’d have to give up the job she loved. Looking at the bright side, she saw this as an opportunity to start her own business. What she needed now was a “Portable Career” that could travel wherever her husband was posted.
Sure, Wonder Woman is fictional and a superhero, but there's a lot we can learn from her about life and work. At the beginning and end of the "Wonder Woman" film we see her working in an office. Arguably, she's even working in the middle of the movie – doing the biggest job ever of saving the world.
While we cannot be superheroes like her, there are things we can learn from her approach to challenges that could come in handy in our professional worlds.
“What are you most proud of” is one of the most dreaded, yet most common interview questions. In my experience, professionals often struggle with this question because they feel it necessary to come up with something extraordinary. I’ll let you in on a secret: it doesn’t have to be unique or something they’ve never heard before. What matters is sharing what you’re proud of and why. This will show them how you think, which is what they’re most interested in.
The best thing you can do is to prepare ahead of time so you won’t be caught off guard. Write down all the things you’re proud of. You’re probably going to come up with vague statements unless you’re in sales or a metric-driven field. Once you have your list, ask yourself the following questions about each accomplishment. This will help you refine each and determine the one to use in an interview.
You may have heard that a manager is not necessarily a leader. Why is that? The difference is that leaders earn that title based on their actions. One does not automatically assume the title "leader" as when someone obtains the title of "manager." A true leader emerges from not only how they treat others, but also how they inspire them to do their best work and to be successful. You've probably also heard that not everyone is a natural born leader, and leadership can be taught.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.