Why Companies Should Make Freelancers Their No. 1 Priority

Skillful contract workers have proved the difference between success and failure for numerous businesses. August 19, 2019 5 min read This story originally appeared on Glassdoor Freelancers are among the most valuable workers businesses have access to — and many successful companies simply couldn’t thrive without them. Your company may not need a full-time, 40-hours a week graphic designer on staff, but you could easily reach a point where a great corporate design could transform your business. Just ask the freelancer who created Nike’s iconic Swoosh. Skillful contract workers, including attorneys, programmers and writers, have proved the difference between success and failure for numerous businesses. Yet for all that freelancers bring to the table, many companies — whether large corporations or early-stage startups — fail to treat them nearly as well as they do their full-time employees. Every long-term freelancer has a horror story about jumping through hoops and making 20 phone calls just […]

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Free Online Courses That’ll Help You Earn More!

Expanding your skills could help you earn more in the competitive job market. August 12, 2019 4 min read This story originally appeared on Glassdoor In order to stay competitive in this job market, you’ve got to keep your skills “up to snuff” and constantly think about ways to expand your know-how. It’s not enough to hang a fancy diploma on the wall and rest on your laurels anymore — employees must up-level their skills and seek new challenges both at and outside of work. One of the best ways to do that? Take a class on an in-demand topic. From Mandarin language classes to computer programming bootcamps and digital marketing workshops, there’s a course for almost anything. Plus, many classes are offered for free online. It’s never been easier to learn a new skill and get ahead in your current role, or in a new gig. It’s like Dr. Seuss said: “The more […]

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Job Interview Preparation Checklist

Don’t panic! Be prepared by following these 10 steps. July 15, 2019 4 min read This story originally appeared on Glassdoor So you applied for a job online, and just got a call from the recruiter asking if you can interview with the hiring manager. You are super excited until you hear that the interview is happening in 48 hours. Two days. OMG! Don’t panic; just prepare! Glassdoor has got you covered. Complete with timing and strategy, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of essential ways to gear up for your interview and knock it out of the park. Ready, set, prep! As soon as you hang up with the recruiter: 1. Study for your interview like it’s a final exam. Find as much information as you can on the company or organization, and commit as much of it to memory as possible. If the job you’re interviewing for requires knowledge in a certain field, do all […]

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7 Signs You’re CEO Material

Having these qualities will significantly boost the chance that you’ll be considered for the role. June 24, 2019 6 min read This story originally appeared on Glassdoor You may be starting in your first entry-level position, or you maybe be an executive VP at an established company. Wherever you are in your career, if you’re ambitious and goal-driven, you may have one question in your mind: will I be the CEO someday? Becoming a CEO often requires a certain amount of being in the right place at the right time, but having certain qualities will significantly boost the chance that you’ll be considered for the spot of CEO — or any leadership position, for that matter. To find more about what those essential qualities are, we reached out to Tiffany Franklin, executive career consultant and founder of TJF Career Coaching, who broke down what it takes to be considered as CEO material. 1. You’re not […]

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7 Ways to Deal with Anxiety on the Job

If you’re seriously stressed at work, here’s how to cope. June 17, 2019 4 min read This story originally appeared on Glassdoor Let’s face it: A lot of our go-to stress-management tools — think: taking a bubble bath, binge watching our favorite Netflix shows, hitting the gym, or drinking a glass of beer or wine — aren’t exactly office-appropriate or possible. So how can we deal with serious stress on the job? For the answer, we turned to expert who gave the following seven de-stressing ideas. 1. Incorporate “distress breaks” into your workday. If you can, schedule five minutes for every work hour in which you can take deep breathes, stretch, or even meditate, suggests Gloria Mitchell, personal crisis and performance coach. To breathe deeply, “inhale for five seconds, hold, then exhale for five seconds,” she says — and recommends YouTube for guided stretches and meditation you can do at your desk. 2. View, smell and […]

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‘I’m Fighting for Paternity Leave — So Should You’

Supporting men as caregivers is a necessity for gender equality. June 14, 2019 5 min read This story originally appeared on Glassdoor Earlier this month at Women Deliver, one of the world’s largest conferences on gender equality and women’s rights, I was part of a team that made an announcement. The topic: paternity leave. To some, that may seem surprising. Why talk about dads at a conference for women? The answer is simple. Supporting men as caregivers is a necessity for gender equality. In the not too distant past, businesses were built on a Mad Men model. The presumption was that women will stay home and do all the caregiving, while men stay at work. That way of thinking helps explain why the United States still has no national paid maternity leave. The thought process behind it is that the man will make the money, while the woman stays home. (For more on […]

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How to Get a Job at Apple

Real employees and interviewees reveal how they got an interview, what the process entailed, and what it’s like to be an employee. June 10, 2019 8 min read This story originally appeared on Glassdoor ​​​​Apple is not just a tech company — it’s one of the leading technology innovators in the world. On top of that, it’s a great place to work. Apple ranked as one of Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work not only in 2019, but every year since 2009. Their employees have the opportunity to work with some of the most cutting edge, innovative technologies today, while enjoying first-class wages and benefits, from employee discounts to comprehensive health insurance. So what does it take to score a job at this iconic company? We’ve got input from real employees and interviewees at the company on how they got an interview at the company, what the process entailed, and what it’s like to be an employee for […]

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13 Must-Have Words to Include In Your Resume

We’ve all read about what not to include — here’s what you should. May 27, 2019 9 min read This story originally appeared on Glassdoor Steer clear of overused clichés. Misspelled words are immediate grounds for denial. Words like “rockstar” and “synergy” are so 2015. We’ve all read about what not to include in a resume. After all, one of Glassdoor’s most popular articles, 21 Words to Never Include In Your Resume, is bookmarked even by our staffers who want to gut-check before making resume faux pas. However, it’s time to talk about what works should be included in your resume. Diction or word choice is important when it comes to drafting your resume, not just to ensure that your resume is reviewed positively by software, but also because you want to wow recruiters with your skills, competencies and relevant credentials. “The words used show what level the candidates is at in their career,” says Susan […]

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5 Things Job Seekers Do That Sabotage Their Interview Chances

It just takes one wrong move to ruin your chance of getting that job. May 13, 2019 4 min read This story originally appeared on Glassdoor The job search process is unforgiving. It doesn’t matter how many things you might be doing right, it just takes one wrong move, one misunderstanding, or one poor decision to entirely ruin your chances of getting the job. As a job seeker, this reality can really be frightening — especially if you find yourself in a situation where you’re simply not getting interviews no matter how many job openings you apply to, and yet you don’t have a clue what you’re really doing wrong. So with that being said, here are the most common things I see job seekers doing all the time that actually end up sabotaging their chances of getting that all-important interview. 1. Standing out — but in a bad way Standing out in a crowded field of […]

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Why Lateral Career Moves Are Actually Power Moves

It’s time to recognize the importance of the sideways move. April 29, 2019 7 min read This story originally appeared on Glassdoor Sometimes, the field you studied in school doesn’t turn out to be the perfect career fit. Or you spend many happy years in a certain part of the business, but eventually you’re no longer fulfilled. It’s easy to feel stuck, and making a big career change can be daunting. But Lisa Alteri, Chief People Officer for Kraft Heinz U.S., is a firm believer that big career changes are possible at any point. The keys to success: Lean into your curiosity, and embrace the power of the lateral move. “It’s hard to quell that evil ego,” Alteri says. “In general there’s an obsession about titles because title is associated with status, and that’s where the ego comes in. But you as the individual care so much more about the title than your current or […]

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How to Find an Introvert-Friendly Work Culture

How can an introvert get the alone time they crave and need in an office environment? April 22, 2019 4 min read This story originally appeared on Glassdoor Finding a job that fits your life can also mean finding a company that suits your work style and personality. “Office environments put employees in group situations fairly often, whether that’s official meetings or even just in the break room at lunch time,” said career strategist Heather Huhman, explaining why sharing anything from a cubicle to an office kitchen can be a struggle for people who prefer one-on-one ways of communication or, quite frankly, to be left alone entirely. Executive coach Karen Elizaga agreed, adding that, “unlike extroverts who happily absorb energy from being around other people, introverts need time alone. They get and need to recharge their energy in solitude.” But how can an introvert get the alone time they crave and need in […]

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The Best Jobs for Introverts and Extroverts

Here are the best career options for introverts and extroverts, according to a career expert. April 15, 2019 4 min read This story originally appeared on Glassdoor Some of us are more introverted — more shy and introspective, people who expel energy to be in large groups of people — while others are more extroverted, more talkative and social, and energized by being around others. And these personality proclivities don’t just inform our decisions about what to do on a Friday night; an inclination toward more introversion or extroversion can also help us choose the best careers for our unique personality types. Here, according to a career expert, are the best career options for introverts and extroverts. The best jobs for introverts Creative fields: “Introverts who are creative can be well-suited for fields and positions that require lots of room for imagination and inventiveness,” working as entrepreneurs, marketers or graphic designers, for example, said Alexandra Clarke, ForceBrands’s director of recruiting. For […]

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What It Is and 3 Ways to Overcome It

whether you work remotely all of the time, some of the time or none of the time (and are working toward it), you can overcome your WFH guilt in three simple steps. April 8, 2019 5 min read This story originally appeared on Glassdoor Are you a remote employee who has ever chastised yourself for not getting dressed up in the mornings? Or, have you found yourself overexplaining how productive you were during the week? If so, there’s a chance that you have work from home (WFH) guilt. Although it may sound silly, WFH guilt is a real thing. It’s that slightly shameful feeling you get as a result of having a flexible job. For the past few years, I’ve built my career from the comfort of my own home, so I know it well. I deliver quality career services to clients I really enjoy working with but sometimes I feel a […]

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How to Eliminate Salary Negotiation Anxiety

As long as you’ve done research to learn a realistic salary range to ask for and have a plan in place for navigating the negotiation, there’s nothing to worry about. April 1, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on Glassdoor Salary negotiation doesn’t have to feel uncertain or intimidating. As long as you’ve done research to learn a realistic salary range to ask for and have a plan in place for navigating the negotiation, there’s nothing to worry about. In our eBook “How to Negotiate Your Salary” we offer tips will also help you to have effective salary negotiations: 1. Have a salary range rather than a single figure. When pressed for your salary requirements, you should always be sure to offer a range based on what others in the field are earning, rather than a single fixed number. 2. Don’t sell yourself short. One common mistake when talking about the previous salary is forgetting […]

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10 Companies Offering Great Maternity Benefits and Eager to Recruit Women

If you’re starting or expanding your family, consider the financial assistance these companies can offer. March 19, 2019 5 min read This story originally appeared on Glassdoor It costs a lot to have a child, and if you have any trouble conceiving, those costs quickly climb. (In fact, just one cycle of in-vitro fertilization can cost more than $20,000.) So, it’s no wonder that more employees are asking their companies for enhanced maternity benefits — from financial assistance for IVF to extended paid maternity leave plans — and that more workplaces are offering these benefits. If you’re searching for the perfect place to grow your career and family, here are 10 companies with maternity benefits you may want to apply to. 1. Starbucks Maternity benefit details: Starbucks offers a $20,000 IVF benefit to all employees — even its part-time baristas. Plus, employees who want to adopt can receive up to $10,000. Where hiring: Cleveland; Seattle; Houston; Saint Paul, Minn.; Gainesville, Fla.; and more Open roles: barista, district manager, […]

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How to Stay Productive and on Task When Traveling for Work

Planning your next work trip? Here are some tips to keep you on top of your game. March 11, 2019 5 min read This story originally appeared on Glassdoor Traveling for work is a common part of our corporate culture. In fact, 1.3 million business trips occur each day in the United States alone, and millennials are set to take 20 percent more business trips in the next 12 months. While traveling has its perks (expensed meals, the thrill of a new city and a change of scenery), it can also pose stress on our daily routines and productivity levels with both our work and personal lives. Planning your next work trip? Here are some tips to keep you on top of your game. Work life 1. Leverage the right tools. Tracy Komlos, founder of Pangea Dreams, uses collaborative tools like G-Suite to help her stay organized and connected with her team while on […]

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7 CEOs and Business Owners Discuss the 4-Day Workweek

Now might be the perfect time for companies to experiment. February 25, 2019 13 min read This story originally appeared on Glassdoor As technology advances and our understanding of employee engagement improves, business leaders are faced with newer and more compelling ways of shaking up their organizations. For some companies, this will mean adapting their performance management processes to do away with annual appraisals. For others, it will mean streamlining needlessly complex processes. But one trend that is really taking the world by storm and inviting a serious amount of media coverage is that of the four-day work week. Perhaps it is prime time for this radical change — after all, the concept of the nine-to-five work day and five-day work week is something that hasn’t changed much since the Industrial Revolution. It has been shown that it is now more possible than ever to implement a four-day work week, with some companies introducing it over concerns […]

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Never, Ever Make This Mistake Negotiating an Offer

There’s one mistake you can make when negotiating a job offer that is much worse than any other — and that’s not knowing your worth. February 18, 2019 4 min read This story originally appeared on Glassdoor ​​​​​​Negotiating a job offer is challenging. There’s pay, benefits and schedules to talk through — and having so many details to discuss can leave room for a lot of errors. But there’s one mistake you can make when negotiating a job offer that is much worse than any other — and that’s not knowing your worth — and fighting for it, said David Wiacek, a certified professional career coach and resume writer. “The single most common mistake I come across with my clientele — mostly entry-level, and middle management, but, yes, even senior leadership — is approaching it from a place of fear or desperation, which often results in folks under-selling and under-valuing themselves, and asking for less money than […]

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13 Dos and Don’ts of Business Email Etiquette

Whether you’re a senior professional or an office newbie, here are 13 must-remember dos and don’ts of business email etiquette. February 4, 2019 5 min read This story originally appeared on Glassdoor Few things can tarnish your professional brand quite like a poorly written, misguided email. One click of the “send” button can be the difference between a successful business exchange and a potential HR issue or co-worker conflict. And while Americans send hundreds of thousands of emails a day, it should not be taken for granted. Whether you’re a senior professional or an office newbie, here are 13 must-remember dos and don’ts of business email etiquette. 1. Do pay attention to the subject line. Write a clear, concise subject line that reflects the body of the email. Avoid subject lines with “Hi,” “Touching Base” or “FYI,” and do not leave a subject line blank. 2. Do use a proper salutation. Remember […]

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What You Need to Know About the Future of the Job Search

People can expect trends like artificial intelligence, online personas and mobile applications to continue to transform our world. January 28, 2019 6 min read This story originally appeared on Glassdoor Searching for a new job and finding the right person for a role is undeniably a task within itself for job seekers and talent acquisition professionals alike. From writing a compelling resume to nailing an interview and tracking candidates to securing an offer, there’s quite a deal of heavy lifting involved for all parties. Even more, the advent of new technologies continues to redefine the job search landscape and talent industry. Every day, the ecosystem gradually evolves as candidate and employer demands continue to shift. The future of the job search is still on the horizon, but a few things are for sure. People can expect trends like artificial intelligence, online personas and mobile applications to continue to transform our world. […]

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