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5 Outdated Job Search Habits You Need to Drop Now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 5 Outdated Job Search Habits You Need to Drop Now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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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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This Is What the Gender Pay Gap Looks Like Around the World

Posted By Julie McReynolds, Thursday, May 17, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, April 11, 2018

 This Is What the Gender Pay Gap Looks Like Around the World

By AnnaMarie Houlis

April 10 marked Equal Pay Day 2018, and women are still fighting the same battle they've been fighting for years.

In 2016, women who worked full time in the United States were typically paid just 80 percent of what men were paid — that's a pay gap of 20 percent. While the gap has gotten smaller since the 1970s as more women seek higher education and enter the workforce, the rate of change between 1960 and 2016 means that American women are still not expected to reach pay equity with men until 2059. In fact, the progress started slowing down in 2001 and has even somewhat stalled over the years — if it continues to lose momentum, women might not actually reach pay equity until 2119.

In 2017, the United States moved down four spots to no. 49 in its World Economic Forum (WEF) ranking compared to 2016. It recorded some improvement on the Economic Opportunity and Participation subindex—in particular due to a smaller gender gap on the wage equality for similar work indicator—but experienced a decline overall and has only closed nearly 72 percent of its total gender gap, a decrease of just two percent since 2015.

And it's not only women in the United States who aren't afforded the same salaries as their male counterparts. A 2017 report from the United Nations Population Fund, called The State of World Population 2017, found that no country was left untouched by sexism and discrimination when it came to women in the workplace. Women earn 23 percent less than men around the world, the study found. In fact, the average pay for women globally is $12,000, compared with $21,000 for men, which means that women around the world will not earn as much as men for 217 years, according to the WEF).

Gender equality is the fifth out of 17 sustainable development goals agreed upon by 193 countries under the 1994 Programme of Action, with the deadline of 2030. Closing the pay gap could add an extra $1,750 billion to the GDP of the United States, $250 billion to the GDP of Britain and $2.5 trillion to China's GDP. But there's a lot of work to be done.

Here's what the gender gap looks like around the world today in the top 10 countries thus far, according to the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report. Because even they have room for significant improvement.

1. Iceland

Countries should really be looking to Iceland, which has recently become the first country to make it illegal to pay men more than women. Iceland introduced the legislation on Jan. 1, which imposes fines on any company or government agency with over 25 staff members without a government certificate demonstrating pay inequality. The legislation didn't come as too much of a surprise: Iceland is the world's most gender-equal country, according to the WEF. It takes the top spot in the WEF report for the ninth year in a row, closing more than 87 percent of its overall gender gap. But, that said, Iceland dropped out of the global top 10 on Economic Participation and Opportunity due to a small increase of its gender gap in the number of women among legislators, senior officials and managers.

2. Norway

Norway took second place in 2017, closing more than 83 percent of its overall gender gap. It continues a multi-year steady improvement on its gender gap in the number of women among legislators, senior officials and managers, but 2017 saw slowing progress on its previous improvements in wage equality for similar work. It also recorded a slight decrease in the share of women in ministerial positions, moving down one spot on the Political Empowerment subindex to fourth, globally.

3. Finland

Finland took third place in 2017, closing more than 82 percent of its overall gender gap. But it dropped three spots on Political Empowerment, re-opening its previously fully-closed gender gap in the number of women in ministerial positions while narrowing its gender gap in the number of women in parliament. It has, however, fully closed its gender gap on Educational Attainment.

4. Rwanda

Rwanda has steadily closed 82 percent of its overall gender gap, mostly due to continued progress on its Economic Participation and Opportunity subindex score, on the back of improved parity in estimated earned income and, particularly, a significant narrowing of its gender gap in the number of women in ministerial positions. It's also the country with the highest share of female parliamentarians in the world (61 percent), so it advanced five spots on the Political Empowerment subindex, where it now ranks third globally.

5. Sweden

After continuously maintaining its overall Index ranking for eight years in a row, Sweden moved from fourth to fifth place in 2017. But the country has closed more than 81 percent of its overall gender gap, and it maintains a strong position on the Economic Participation and Opportunity subindex (thanks to progress on the wage equality for similar work indicator).

6. Nicaragua

Nicaragua saw a big increase in its overall Index score and rose four places, to sixth place in 2017. It's closed more than 81 percent of its overall gender gap and remains the best performer in the Latin America and the Caribbean region for the sixth year running. The latest rise is primarily because of its significant improvement in gender parity on the estimated earned income indicator, for which the country entered the top 10 for the first time.

7. Slovenia 

Slovenia moveed up a spot due to improvements on the Economic Participation and Opportunity subindex and increased parity in the number of legislators, senior officials and managers. And, with 80 percent of its overall gender gap closed, it remains the strongest performing country in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. It is also one of the fastest-improving countries in the world thus far.

8. Ireland

Ireland has closed 79 percent of its overall gender gap, it fully closed gender gap on Educational Attainment from last year, and it also sees an increase in gender parity in the number of legislators, senior officials and managers. But it has seen a decrease in gender parity in the number of women in ministerial positions.

9. New Zealand

New Zealand has maintained its position from 2016, and has closed 79 percent of its overall gender gap. The country rose four spots on the Political Empowerment subindex, with increased gender parity in ministerial positions and parliamentarians. But, that said, it is yet to fully re-close its Educational Attainment gender gap, which was re-opened last year for the first time since 2008.

10. The Philippines 

The Philippines has closed 79 pecent of its overall gender gap, but moved from the highest performer in the East Asia and the Pacific region to second place after New Zealand. That's largely because of its worsening performance on the wage equality for similar work indicator, dropping from seventh to 21st place.


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The 1 Personality Trait Steve Jobs Always Looked for When Hiring

Posted By Julie McReynolds, Thursday, May 3, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, April 11, 2018


 The 1 Personality Trait Steve Jobs Always Looked for When Hiring

By Annamarie Houlis


Quartz at Work recently resurrected a video of a young Steve Jobs talking about the one quality for which he looked when hiring at Apple. That one quality was passion.

Jobs believed that, instead of managing employees on how to do their work, leadership should have a vision and be able to articulate that vision so everyone else can understand it and work towards the same goal. In fact, Jobs goes on to explain that great employees shouldn't need to be managed, anyway — they should be able to manage themselves, if they're passionate and driven. And a core group of great people becomes "self policing."

That's why he promtly fired two "professional" managers Apple hired from outside the company at one point.

"It didn't work at all," he says in the video that's now making the rounds on YouTube. "Most of them were bozos. They knew how to manage, but they didn't know how to do anything."

To replace them, Jobs hired Debi Coleman, who had been working in a different department. She was an inexperienced 32-year-old who had a English literature degree. In the video, she calls the move a "big risk" and says that no one else would have given her the opportunity. Flash forward a few years and, after working as the company's manufacturing chief, Coleman went on to become Apple's CFO by age 35. 

"We wanted people that were insanely great at what they did, but were not necessarily those seasoned professionals," he explains. "But who had at the tips of their fingers and in their passion the latest understanding of where technology was and what they could do with that technology."

Watch the full video below.


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10 Things You Should Never Do On A Work Computer

Posted By Julie McReynolds, Thursday, April 26, 2018
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018


10 Things You Should Never Do On A Work Computer

By AnnaMarie Houlis

Work computers are for one thing: Work. And anything outside of work could jeopardize your career.

While you might assume that clearing the history log in your computer is enough to get rid of any evidence that you've been shopping, tweeting or searching for new jobs, IT departments are still able to monitor computer use.

"Any personal data or behavior done on any work device can and is collected by your employer," management expert Andrew Wittman told the Business Insider. "Be mindful of every search, click and email sent, as well as any personal data or behavior, including searches, shopping, social media, emails and websites visited."

To help you be mindful, we've curated this list of 10 things you should never do on your work computer.

1. DON’T: Save personal passwords.

According to the Society of Human Resource Management, many companies have a clause in their computer, email and internet use policy that makes storing personal passwords a potentially precarious move. It reads:

“E-mail and other electronic communications transmitted by [Company Name] equipment, systems and networks are not private or confidential, and they are the property of the company. Therefore, [Company Name] reserves the right to examine, monitor and regulate e-mail and other electronic communications, directories, files and all other content, including Internet use, transmitted by or stored in its technology systems, whether onsite or offsite.”

Most of us use our work devices for eight or more hours a day. Therefore, it’s so easy to click the button when prompted to "save password in keychain." But think twice before you do it, as it may be against policy.

2. DON’T: Whine, overshare, gossip or make off-color jokes on messaging software.

Chatrooms like SlackCampfire and Google Hangout are becoming increasingly handy for team collaboration, which also means that it’s easy to use them as though you were Facebook messaging a friend. But you most certainly shouldn't be.

Whine about your needy boss, your slacking coworkers or the broken coffee machine when you get home to your friends and family. Don't whine at work, especially via a messaging software from your computer. For one, your complaints will be in writing, which means they can be shared. For two, even if no one actually passes them along, your employer can still see what you're doing on your computer — and you don't want to be caught doing that. If you have an issue, perhaps it's something you need to take up with HR instead.

The same goes for oversharing and gossiping. While you don't need to be a closed book at work, you don't want to be the center of drama either. You will be viewed as unprofessional and rumors that you spread could hurt team productivity.

As for off-color jokes, you shouldn't be telling them in the workplace to begin with, but you definitely shouldn't be putting them in writing. Someone can share or find them, and you can and probably will get fired for certain things you say (read: sexist, racist or homophobic messages). 

3. DON’T: Access free public Wi-Fi.

A report on telecommuting in the United States from FlexJobs and Global Workplace Analytics, 2017 State of Telecommuting in the U.S. Employee Workforce, found that 3.9 million U.S. employees who make up 2.9 percent of the total U.S. workforce work remotely at least half of the time. For many of them, it can be tempting to log into free public Wi-Fi if they're working from somewhere like a coffee shop, an airport, a hotel or some place else.

But places that offer free Wi-Fi can open you up to fraud. Con artists set up fake networks that often look like the real thing but aren't, which means those networks are not secure. Because of that, you can accidentally be sharing your company's sensitive information stored on your computer with just about anyone. In fact, software technology company Check Point conducted a survey of over 700 IT professionals that revealed that nearly two-thirds of IT professionals believe recent high-profile breaches were caused by employee carelessness.

4. DON’T: Shop.

Maybe it's Cyber Monday or maybe your inbox got inundated with sale emails from Macy's, but you really shouldn't be spending your time at work online shopping — and you definitely shouldn't be getting those orders delivered to the office either.

For one, you should be working. For two, you don't want to be storing your credit card information on your work computer anyway — others have access to it.

5. DON’T: Work on your side hustle.

Since so many jobs are remote these days, a lot of people are picking up second and third gigs they can do during after-work hours from their computers. There's just one problem: after-work hours are spilling into work hours, and people are starting to do two jobs during one.

Don't blur the lines when you're on the company dime. It's not only unprofessional, but it'll also mean that the work you can be doing to get ahead and prove yourself as a valuable employee (who maybe even deserves a raise down the line), is being neglected. You don't want to do sub par work for any of your jobs, so commit 100 percent to the present job and leave the side hustle for the side.

6. DON'T: Look for a new job.

This one might be obvious, but it still happens. A survey from staffing firm Accountemps found that about three in 10 workers would be likely to do things like search for a position online or take a call from a recruiter while they are at work.

Here's the thing: Never use your work computer to look for a new job. Ever.

First of all, you could get fired before you even quit, and then you'll have to explain that to prospective employers in interviews. Second, if you're researching competitor jobs, you might face more serious issues with security, confidentiality, and non-compete agreements.

7. DON'T: Store your personal photos.

You shouldn't be storing your personal photos on your work computer for a number of reasons. First, you're consuming valuable storage space and putting your device at risk for viruses. Second, you're putting your personal life out there and, depending on what the photographs are of, doing so could pose problems with your workplace — if you're drinking alcohol, wearing a bikini or doing something else that might be totally fine out of the office but inapprorpriate in the office, it shouldn't be in the office even virtually. Third, you could lose them altogether if you're let go and have to leave immediately.

8. DON'T: Do your banking.

Unless you want your IT department and possibly your boss to know how much money you have or don't have, you don't want to be doing your banking on your work computer. You simply just have no privacy.

9. DON'T: Play games.

Unless you work for a video game company, it's definitely not a good idea to be playing games on your computer. If someone were to find games on your computer, they might assume that you're slacking at work to beat your high scores instead. And many games that are downloaded could spread viruses.

10. DON'T: Spend all your time on social media.

A lot of companies actually ban the use of social media while at work, because all too many of us get distracted and sucked in. If you have access to social media, you should really only be using it to check the news or if you have to use it for work purposes. You shouldn't be messaging friends, sending tweets about your crazy coworkers or posting Instagrams of your weekend.

Why? A Proofpoint Survey found that 20 percent of surveyed employers disciplined employees for improper use of blogs or message boards, 14 percent for social network violations and 11 percent for improper use of media sharing sites. You don't want to be part of that percentage.

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