Among the choices below, what does Job seekers consider as “important” in their job search?
By Adrian Granzella Larssen In January, I took a four-week sabbatical from my job at The Muse. Committed to getting a full mental break, I left my laptop at home (panic-inducing but doable—a story for another day) and removed my work email and Slack app from my phone. When I came back, not wanting my post-vacation bliss to end, I didn’t bother turning the account back on for a couple days. And then a couple more. And then, a week or so in, when I figured I probably should go back to the status quo, I realized I’d forgotten my password. Which had to be reset b
By Nina Semczuk Everyone’s always searching for a way to make work easier. And there’s no shortage of tips, tricks, and hacks designed to help with that goal. But the one that works for me day-in and day-out is automating repetitive tasks. The idea behind doing this is that it’ll save your mental energy for projects that actually require deep thinking and focus. You’re probably thinking, that sounds great, but how do I do it? All you need to do is build a cheat sheet. The easiest and most useful sheet contains items you commonly copy and paste. It
By Richard Moy Not too long ago, a co-worker asked to meet me about something that sounded very important. “I need some help and thought you’d be the right person to talk to.” And because that was incredibly flattering, I agreed to the meeting without much thought. But within the first few minutes of our conversation, I found out that there was no agenda and this was nothing more than a casual chat. This made me want to rip my hair out for two reasons. For starters, I was under the impression that my co-worker had some specific questions for me. And even w
By Alexandra Cavoulacos and Kathryn Minshew, Founders of TheMuse.com The following is an excerpt from The New Rules of Work: The Modern Playbook for Navigating Your Career, which hits the shelves in April 2017. One of the biggest mistakes people inadvertently make when communicating with others is passing off their feelings, perspectives, or observations as fact. This happens especially when sharing difficult messages, like critical feedback for a colleague or boss. Unsurprisingly, this often leads to conflict or frustration, instead of the resolu- tion or change you were going for.
By Dorianne St Fleur Not too long ago I was in a situation where I was sitting across from a C-level executive with my palms sweating, my heart racing, and my stomach in knots. It’s not like this was an abnormal meeting—as an HR professional I meet pretty regularly with senior leaders to advise them on ways we can partner together. But for some reason, in spite of that fact, I wasn’t feeling relaxed or confident. The vibe was off, and I was beyond nervous the entire time. When asked to further explain some of the data I’d referenced dur
By Alyse Kalish Some people say what motivates us to stick to our goals is the end result—for example, if I put time into learning the ins and outs of Excel, I’d be able to pull budget reports so much faster. But personally, I’m pretty impatient, which means I can’t wait months to reap the benefits of spending my evenings taking an online course and doing extra homework outside my job. I’m sure you can relate. So how can we start to feel good about our habits today? For writer James Clear, all it takes is a calendar and a pen. He refers to this met
By Sara McCord You’ve probably been in a meeting where you didn’t feel comfortable speaking up. For some reason, you weren’t quite on the same page as your colleagues and so you spent your energy getting up to speed, rather than contributing. It happens, but so long as it’s not a regular occurrence, it’s not a huge deal. (In fact, if you felt like you could lead every discussion with your eyes closed, you’d probably be bored.) But sitting back and saying nothing becomes a problem when it happens too frequently. People can interpret it in any
By Kat Boogaard Silence your inner critic. It’s advice you’ve heard time and time again. In moments of doubt, you should turn down the volume on those self-deprecating thoughts, gather your courage, and take the leap anyway. Most of the time, I think that’s pretty sound advice. But, every now and then I run into a problem: What if that little voice inside my head actually makes a pretty solid point? And even further, how do I know if what I’m hearing is my internal critic or my conscience? Sure, that bully in your own brain often likes to tell you th
By Stacey Lastoe Raise your hand if you are productive every single working day. Didn’t think so. Look, it’s hard to be on the ball all the time. Some days you’re just feeling it more than others. You get in the zone—and you stay there until it’s time to pack up and go home. Other days, however, your efforts at fighting distraction (resulting from a personal issue, mere exhaustion, or what’s happening in the world) fail you completely. And when it’s time to call it quits, you realize that you got nothing done! Your to-do list stares ba
By Eric Conley “You will never feel truly satisfied by work until you are satisfied by life.” ~Heather Schuck When I was two years old, my parents got divorced. In other words, I’ve never seen my biological parents spending loving time with each other. I never had the chance to experience the small things most children take for granted. For example… I don’t remember my mom and dad ever sharing a loving kiss after a long day at work I don’t remember ever having both parents around to tuck me in at night And I never overheard