In the U.S., we're led to believe that hard work, good grades and a college diploma will get us a job. However, the majority of college graduates have difficulty finding employment fresh out of school. Why? According to Kyle Winey, the author of "HACKiversity," the "enroll-study-graduate" approach to college is gone. Today, a new college approach is necessary to excel.
Job descriptions are pretty generic. That makes it hard to figure out if you are a good match and whether you should even bother applying. You may read the job requirements and doubt that you are the right fit, or you may think, "This is me! I'm the perfect fit!"
How can you figure out whether it's worthwhile to apply, and if it is, how can you give it your best effort?
According to Global Workplace Analytics, 50 percent of the U.S. workforce holds a job that is compatible with at least partial telework and approximately 20 to 25 percent of the workforce teleworks with some regularity. With the dynamics of the workforce rapidly shifting toward increased remote work, companies need to consider modifying their practices to reflect different work arrangements.
Almost every single person is nervous going into an interview. This is totally normal and expected by your interviewer, so don't sweat it. What you should be worried about is whether or not you're fully prepared. Candidates may be given detailed instructions and information about the interview, read advice on interviewing or have insider knowledge from a contact and still not be truly ready to go. Are you?
If you’ve been in the military or worked for the same employer for a long period of time, it’s difficult to make a change. In general, as we grow older it’s harder to modify our routine. But it’s never too late. Sometimes all that it requires is a change in mindset.
What would you like to change in your career? It could be anything from a small to a big change. Is there a skill you want to learn? Do you want to have a more flexible schedule? Your goal can be anything that you want to change or enhance about your professional life. Here’s how to make it happen: take small steps.
You know that networking is almost essential to getting a job – it's vital to have some kind of "in" at the company you apply to. And there are a million ways to network. Where and how do you begin?
Maybe you've already reached out to friends, family and former colleagues. If so, good work! That's the first step in a long list of possibilities. To make sure you're networking well and reach more contacts, check your approach against the suggestions below.
If you are sitting behind your desk for hours on end each day applying to job postings through LinkedIn, Monster or Indeed, stop. This is not the primary way to land a job. Studies reveal that over 80 percent of jobs are filled via networking and referrals. What does that tell you? Step away from your computer if you want results.
This is true if you're a recent graduate or experienced professional. A 2016 Gallup survey concluded that 20 percent of students found an internship or job through a friend and 50 percent found their jobs through professors or campus staff.
Companies around the world send employees on international assignments typically for three to five years. According to Worldwide ERC, the cost of doing so can be over $1 million per person. Despite the cost, companies report a 42 percent failure rate in these assignments. What's wrong? Many companies are not adequately preparing employees or their families for life and work overseas.
Expatriates, those living outside of their native country, may receive support through their company upon departure, but many do not receive sufficient support once they arrive in their new location. The lack of familiarity and sudden increase of uncertainty can cause a high level of emotional distress on a family, which in turn can have a detrimental effect on an employee's performance. Here's how companies can do a better job managing overseas assignments.