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5 Outdated Job Search Habits You Need to Drop Now

Posted By Julie McReynolds, Thursday, July 5, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018

 5 Outdated Job Search Habits You Need to Drop Now


It’s late May, and you know what that means: a new wave of college grads will soon be ready for the workforce, armed with freshly-printed degrees and an arsenal of job-hunting advice from their parents, friends, and other loved ones.

But while your mom, dad, former babysitter and next-door neighbor have only the best intentions, their finding-a-job tips may not be the most up to date. Here are a few commonly shared pieces of advice you can go ahead and ignore.

1. Including an objective on your resume.

For many years, career counselors and resume-advice books instructed job hunters to start their resumes with an objective, or a sentence describing their career goals and the skills they have to contribute. But in 2018, resume objectives read as old-fashioned and unnecessary. Objectives essentially summarize the information already present on the resume, rendering them totally redundant. “Don’t worry about an objective - employers will skip over this, or worse, will screen your resume out based on an objective that is not a perfect match for the job they are hiring for.   Instead let your experience, skills and results-driven descriptions make the case for you,” advises Forbes contributor Trudy Steinfeld.

2. Dropping off a physical resume in-person.

If you get involved in career conversations with your parents, there’s a good chance that the phrase “pound the pavement” will come up at some point. They’ll tell you to get out there with a stack of printed resumes and hand them off to front-desk associates at the places you want to work, insisting that this in-person approach will get you valuable face time that could even lead to an on-the-spot interview.

This technique may have worked back in the 20th century, but these days, the vast majority of employers would rather receive applications digitally. Alison Green of Ask a Manager explains it like this: “Most companies include specific instructions about how they want you to apply, and it’s pretty unlikely that “in person” is included. Plus, many companies only accept resumes electronically because they get put into an electronic screening system. Third, this is unnecessarily gimmicky; save yourself the time, apply online, and if you’re a strong candidate, they’ll contact you.”

3. “Checking in” on your application.

Like insisting on dropping off a physical resume, calling or emailing businesses to “check in” about the status of your job application can sometimes be interpreted as a positive thing. Older friends and relatives might tell you that getting in touch after applying shows initiative and keeps you fresh in the hiring manager’s mind. But in truth, this behavior reads as naive and inconsiderate of the hiring manager’s time.

The career gurus at The Muse advise against this form of follow-up. “In general, let your resume and cover letter speak for themselves. If you have a killer application (or better yet, a company connection that you made through networking), you’ll have a great chance of catching the hiring manager’s eye without the pestering follow-up,” they recommend.

If you really want to touch base on your application, it’s fine to send a single follow-up email, especially if you’ve been called in to interview. But beyond that, more contact becomes overkill and ultimately hurts your chances.

4. Offering up your references unsolicited.

In older versions of resume-advice books, you’ll often see sample resumes presented with reference contact info printed at the bottom. Once a common practice, sending your references along with your resume actually does you a disservice. Employers with a good handle on hiring practices won’t ask for references until later in the process; if they’re using these conversations to gain valuable intel on you as an employee, it makes sense to wait until you’ve established mutual interest through a dialogue and an interview.

In a recent article, The Guardian offered another compelling argument for waiting to offer references: “There is also a good tactical reason not to supply references on your CV. As you move through the progressive stages of the recruitment process it is likely you will think of different people who could act as referees. If you have given this information already, it could become awkward to then say you would like someone else to be a referee instead. As in a game of poker, it’s best not to reveal your hand too early.”

5. Forgetting to tidy up your online presence.

Rather than an old-school habit to avoid, this one’s a new tactic you should immediately add to your job-hunting strategy. Past generations didn’t live in the Internet Age, so it makes sense that their job search advice doesn’t include any mentions of Google. But in the 21st century, we now know the importance of keeping tabs on your online presence, especially when you’re in the market for a new position.

According to The Muse, one in three employers have decided against moving forward with a candidate based on unsavory information they discovered during an internet search. To avoid a similar fate, be sure to Google yourself regularly, swap out any profile photos of you doing a keg stand, and manage your privacy settings.


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6 Ways to Treat Your Time Like Money (And Reap the Benefits)

Posted By Julie McReynolds, Thursday, June 28, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018

 6 Ways to Treat Your Time Like Money (And Reap the Benefits)

By Kiyomi Appleton Gaines

Time is money, the old saying goes, usually said with intent to spur one to action, or criticize a lazy day of binge watching and self-care. But if we actually treated our time the way we treat our money – as a thing of great value that we trade for the sustaining and comforting things of life - we might find more value in those “unproductive” periods.

Life goes by quickly - I can't believe we're already entering into summer! – and unlike money, once it's spent, we can't do anything to get more of it. But we can be thoughtful about how to manage what we have. Here are six ways we treat money, and lessons we can take for how to treat time as well!




If we're lucky, we have a retirement plan through work, and every year HR sends out an email reminding us of this important benefit, and how we should be investing in our future! Money gets taken from our checks and invested into accounts that, if all goes well, will one day pay our bills when we stop working – at least in theory. The idea is that by giving up a little money now, we'll get much more back later when we need it. We can invest our time for future returns, too!


I'm reminded of one of my favorite quotes from Gretchen Rubin, “go slow to go fast.” She recounts that when she's in a hurry and tries to rush to get things done, inevitably some mistake is made, or some accident happens, that will then cause greater delays and slow her down even more than she originally would have been. Instead, she says, “go slow to go fast.” If you're in a hurry, that's the time to take a breath and be extra deliberate. Slow down, make sure that you're not rushing through and more liable to knock something over, miss a step, or forget something important. You may be a few minutes behind, but take care, so it won't turn into an hour!


Another good standard is the “two minute” rule. If anything needs to be done that will take two minutes or less, do it now! Those little tasks can pile up, and keeping track of everything that needs to be done can be a real drain on memory and concentration, which slows us down and takes attention (read: TIME!) away from the rest of our lives. Instead of letting little tasks pile up, just do it now, or for a bigger project you've been procrastinating on, set a timer and just do it for two minutes!


Investing a little time up front, saves us time in the long run.




Saving is like investing, but we're usually not expecting to get more than what we put in. We set big goals for our money, whether it's to buy a car, own a home, or go in a big vacation, and then try to put away a little at a time until we have enough!


Ways to save time might include flex-time or 4/10s at work, combining errands, or even spending money to pay someone else to take some things off you plate.

Many of us also have a bank of days, whether they are vacation days or PTO, that we accrue each year. Just as financial advice warns against “leaving money on the table” by not taking advantage of employer match programs for retirement accounts, you shouldn't leave that time on the table either! Taking vacation is good for you, good for your job, and good for your time management! Even if you can't take a long trip away, you can take one day here and there to rest, recharge, or just take care of those nagging tasks that are piling up!


Save your time for a trip, a side project, or a special day, but make sure you do spend it!




Most of us have a monthly budget, and even if we aren't literally tracking every dollar, we have a pretty good idea of how much we have to spend in each category. The top categories are always our non-negotiable expenses, which will include some version of food, shelter, clothing, and transportation; everything else, including our precious smart phones, comes in secondary to meeting those basic needs for ourselves and our families.


Obviously, for most of us, spending time at our jobs to pay for those necessities is non-negotiable. But you may have more room for negotiation than you think! Many organizations now offer some version of flex-time, or 4/10s, or you may be able to work from home one day (or more!) a week. Many Americans border on work-aholism though, and those other essential priorities get lost.


Build into your time budget the time to make delicious and healthy meals, and turn your house into a welcoming and comfortable home for yourself and your family. Take a day to make those doctor's visits, bring old clothes to the donation center, and get the car tuned up (that isn't just my to-do list, right?).


Recent research on spending money says that we're generally happier if we spend on experiences rather than stuff, and when we spend on others rather than on ourselves. I would argue that the same is true of time! Boredom has been identified as a precursor for depression, and the human brain craves novelty on a regular basis. So spend your time doing new things, exploring new places, and spend your time with the people who matter to you most. Always spend the time to go to recitals, games, graduations, weddings, and funerals. These are the big, important events of our lives, and it matters that the people who love us are there for them.


And do spend time on yourself too! You spend 99-cents on an app or a piece of candy, a ringtone or to download a book. You'll spend $5 on a latte or a lipstick or to stream a movie. Just because. Find the equivalent of a dollar in time, and treat yourself to those little moments. Just one minute of deep breathing, or two minutes of meditation, can restore calm and focus to a hectic day. Put your phone on speaker and call your mom or your best friend while you run errands. Listen to a favorite book or podcast during your commute.

Track your time or look back over your calendar and see where you can budget for those essential “fixed expenses.”


10% to charity


Most religions have some version of the tithe, which is the requirement to give a certain percentage of your income to charity. Just as important, though, are your volunteer hours! Non-profit organizations can always use a helping hand, whether it is participating in a community event, staffing a fundraiser, serving on a committee, or directly working with those they serve. In most communities, a quick online search will lead you to at least one volunteer service opportunity on any given weekend. It's a great way to engage in new experience with your loved ones, too, if you bring the family along!


Get out of debt


Almost all of us have some debt, whether it's a credit card, student loans, a car payment, or mortgage. It's usually included in our non-negotiable budget items. We can owe time, too. When was the last time you called your mom, or your best friend? When was the last time you got a solid eight hours of sleep? Or got to workout? Or had a date night? Call a sitter, leave work early, cash in a vacation day. This is your life, make sure you're living it!




That other old saying is that only two things are certain in life: death and taxes. If you're able to, register to vote, find out where your polling place is, and go do your civic duty!

The top five regrets of those at the end of life consistently have to do with how they spent their time, and we often have more choice and flexibility about how we spend this very precious resource than we realize. Treating time like money may not make us any less busy, but it may well guide us to making the more personally meaningful choices about where we spend it.


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8 Phrases Great Bosses Constantly Tell Their Employees

Posted By Julie McReynolds, Thursday, June 21, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018

 8 Phrases Great Bosses Constantly Tell Their Employees

By Leah Thomas

The characteristics that make a good boss differ greatly from those that make an average or subpar one. And communication can play a large role in determining your effectiveness and success as a leader.

How you communicate with your employees can either show them they are valued or make them feel disposable. Great bosses find themselves using the following positive reinforcements, questions, and statements of gratitude on a daily basis. 

1. "Good job."

Good bosses let employees know when they've succeeded at a task. Offering positive reinforcement encourages workers and assures them that their hard work is appreciated and noticed.

Giving an employee praise can be equally as effective as giving an employee constructive criticism. Both help a worker to continue to improve his/her professional performance.

2. "What's our goal?"

A great boss wants to keep his/her employees motivated. 

By creating a goal-oriented environment, a boss can encourage employees to focus on an end-point make decisions that will lead them to achieving their goals. And by saying "our," that employee knows the boss is working toward this goal with her.

3. "How are you?"

A boss that truly cares about the wellbeing of his/her employees is a great boss. "How are you?" is a question that could render responses involving personal life and/or work life. 

Employees fare better when they don't feel like just another number in a sea of employees, and good bosses make each worker feel crucial to the functionality of the company.

4. "That was my fault. I'm sorry."

Hearing a boss admit a mistake helps employees realize that every person is flawed. It also allows for that employee to be comfortable enough to own up to a mistake he/she may make in the future.

By saying "I'm sorry," a boss not only admits the mistake but shows respect for the employees that will be affected by his/her mistake.

5. "What do you think?"

Good bosses let their employees know their ideas will be heard and taken into consideration.

Seeking advice from employees shows that the boss values their opinions, regardless of their rank. Employees were hired for their potential, and giving them a chance to exhibit their skills lets them know their bosses believe in them.

6. "How can we improve?"

Inviting employees into the postmortem process shows them that they are a crucial part of the company and that their proposed solutions are valued.

Each error or mistake can be viewed as a learning experience. And good bosses let employees in on that process, in turn helping them grow professionally.

7. "Let me know if you have any questions."

A great boss is approachable and lets his/her employees know they can easily ask for help when needed.

Opening up employee/boss communication eases tension in the work environment and allows workers to feel as though they are part of a team.

8. "Thank you."

A simple "thank you" again shows employees that their boss truly appreciates the work they are putting in. A good boss thanks his workers as often as necessary, noting specific positive behaviors or assignments that were exceptional.

Great bosses want their employees to feel valued.


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Career Spotlight: Management and Motivation with Nicole Straub

Posted By Nadia Alhashimi, Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Career Spotlight: Management and Motivation with Nicole Straub

Nicole Straub, VP, Marketing and Product Management

Discover Student Loans


Can you tell me a little bit about your personal trajectory?  You have experienced significant upward mobility at Discover over the last 11 years.  What was your path to get to be VP, Marketing and Product Management for Discover Student Loans?

I came straight out of Mendoza College of Business and was selected to be part of the Strategic Leadership Program at Discover and have been here for 11 years.  The program is a rotational leadership program where we are given the opportunity to understand the company from different perspectives by filling roles in different functional areas of the company.  While in the program, I landed in strategy then into acquisition and eventually moved into marketing.


I see you have your MBA from Notre Dame, Mendoza, with a focus on strategy and finance.  What has getting your MBA done for your career?

I had a great career in accounting at a great firm and I went back to get my MBA.  The MBA broadened the set of opportunities that I had going forward and opened doors that have led me to where I am today in strategy, marketing, and product management.  Before my MBA, I could have had the ability to lead based on the numbers and the P&L.  After my MBA, I acquired a foundation that allowed me to lead in a broader sense via innovation, collaboration and large teams of people.  Your MBA will allow you to build a foundation that is much broader than just your own personal experience.  I came into Discover for a post MBA strategy leadership program that they had at that time.  I chose that program because of the flexibility it gave me to try roles in different functional areas and business units.  So, it’s ok if even at the end of your MBA you are still interested in building diverse professional experiences.  These can help build skill, expertise and serve as a springboard for career opportunities.


We’ve heard a lot about “glass ceilings."  Do you have any personal tips/lessons that you’ve learned in your career that would be helpful to other professional women as they are navigating their career growth and maximizing upward mobility?

Upward mobility is sometimes a function of an organization’s growth trajectory.  Be aware of the organization that you choose to work in and the opportunities that it can provide for advancement.  I have been able to build my career with Discover because they are a growing organization that is invested in meeting their customers’ changing needs.  The year that I started with them is the year that they became a standalone public company and they have been growing ever since.  It’s important to initially make that foundational choice to find an organization that matches your goals.


Moving beyond that, growth for me is determined by a few specific traits:

1.  Maintain humility.  When you come out of business school and are doing a job for the first time it is almost certain that you are not going to be an expert.  It is important to recognize that your ability to succeed be a function of your resourcefulness, comfort with ambiguity and ability to learn quickly. 

2.  Figure out how to add value.  People who advance are people who add value to an organization.  Figure out how you add incremental value to the equation.  Have you nailed what you are responsible for?  It’s basic, but first things first – do a great job!  That often means long hours, but people will notice when you really nail your responsibilities.  

3.  Build a network, organizational support and mentors within your company.  Even if you’re doing an outstanding job, you need to be mindful that someone does see you and that your work is recognized.  When you do good work, you want to have enough of a network so that people think of you when opportunities arise.  Look for mentors among leadership who can help guide your career path within your company.


What are the key traits that get your attention among young professionals? 

I like to see employees digging in and understanding the work that they’re responsible for in detail.  Don’t forget to do the core responsibilities of your job really well.  Don’t sacrifice excellence in those core responsibilities.  During your first couple of months, you’ll have to work extra hard in adding value in the next step forward.  Secondly, nothing can replace someone who has committed to developing effective communication skills and an executive presence.  As an employer, you’re always looking for the person who gives you that sense.  

You’re on the steep side of the learning curve early on in your career and are learning a lot in a short period of time, your ability to handle ambiguity will be critically important in many of the career opportunities ahead.


What are the pitfalls that you often see among employees?

A major pitfall is stakeholder management.  Always ask what the cultural expectations of managing your stakeholders are.  What does your boss want to know and when?  I tend to coach my team about how to give people and their colleagues enough space so that failure is possible.  Failure is a really powerful teacher, and in my experience, I’ve learned a lot from when things haven’t gone quite right.  Things that you learn from, or things not going as expected, has great power.  As a manager, it’s important to note someone who responds to that moment well by learning from it.  That possibility of failure is also what makes success possible.  As managers, we don’t have to have a monopoly on thought leadership.  When you create space for failure, it also creates the possibility for truly outstanding work.


Discover has been awarded “top 25 companies for culture and values,” and “Best Training and Development Award."  I’m sure that benefits specifically geared towards women such as a mother’s room, adoption assistance and even pet insurance contribute to the great work environment that Discover has created.  Can you speak personally to why Discover has been a great career choice and workplace for you?  What has made them stand out from their competitors as an ideal workplace?

Going back to what we discussed before, Discover has been a great place for me because it’s a company that fits me.  I’m a challenge-seeker and Discover looks for engaged challenge-seekers.  That’s what gets me excited to come to work every day and has been extremely rewarding and developmental in my own growth.  During my 11 years here, I have had three children.  Discover has been a place that made it possible for me to do that and continue to do work that is challenging and pushes me to grow.  I have taken three maternity leaves and have been able to return (to meaningful work where I felt I was valued and contributing) and be successful.  That has been made possible through the amazing formal benefits that Discover has committed to in order to deliver their employees' fulfilling professional and personal lives.  The other aspect that is important is that the people that I work with are equally committed and ambitious as I am.  Working on teams and having mentors who I enjoy has given me incredible joy and satisfaction.  There is incredible value in seeking and working with people who inspire you.  

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What You Can Do in One Minute To Empower Women in the Workplace

Posted By Julie McReynolds, Thursday, May 31, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018


What You Can Do in One Minute To Empower Women in the Workplace

By Fairygodboss

Anytime you change jobs, there’s a lot at stake. Beyond considering whether the role will be a good fit, there are (way too many) important questions to consider: what’s the culture like? Will you be judged for leaving at 6 p.m.? Can you occasionally work from home? And will you make as much money as men at the company?

We’ve all played the guessing game before, and felt extremely lucky — or terribly unlucky — a few months into a new role. But your job satisfaction shouldn’t hinge on luck, and fortunately, it no longer has to. Fairygodboss, the leading career community for women, by women, takes the guesswork out of the job search equation.

The site, founded in 2015 by former Dow Jones execs Georgene Huang and Romy Newman, provides women with a space to anonymously review their work experiences — specifically detailing their company’s culture, whether they believe their CEO supports gender diversity, what kind of parental leave benefits they have, how much they get paid, and whether their company is an overall supportive place for women to work.

By crowdsourcing information about how companies treat women, Fairygodboss equips female job seekers with the intel they need to make informed career decisions.

The best part? Whether or not you’re currently job searching, you can empower women in just one minute. Here’s how: visit Fairygodboss and leave a free, anonymous review about your job — or places you’ve worked in the past. By sharing your experience, you’ll help women everywhere.

Women who work at ADP, for instance, have written on Fairygodboss:

"I have been able to make more money, have more flexibility, and grow more as a person at ADP than I have at any other employer."

"I've been promoted three times in six years - there is definitely opportunity here! My work is challenging, rewarding, and fun. And, I feel that ADP has valued my contributions since day one. 5 stars!"

Join the movement, and be a Fairygodboss! Review your work experience — and get the inside scoop on how women feel about their jobs and companies — today!

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