Articles about Career Advice

Job search

Common cover letter mistakes new job seekers make

Like a resume, a cover letter is a single page that can make or break your chances of landing a job. In an effort to get hired fast, new job seekers might rush through the process of writing and submitting their application materials, and often make some common cover letter mistakes.

Office Life

Subtle ‘sucking up’ can be a career strategy

Sucking up to your boss and other higher-ups can … well … suck. And let’s face it – no one likes a brown-nosing, overt suck-up. It’s disingenuous, insincere, and annoying as all get out. But that’s not to say there isn’t room in your work life for kinder, gentler sucking up.

Office Life

How to discover your career superpower

A framework for disrupting yourself (and encouraging your team to do the same); what Butte, Montana can teach us about hiring decisions; and why your unique career superpower may be visible to everyone but you.

The Whole Human

The problem with mimicking successful people

You’ve fallen victim to the survival bias. You’re seeing only the winners, not the losers (and with a large enough population, you can always find winners). For every successful Branson, Jobs, and Zuckerberg, there’s a hapless person who made a terrible mistake. But those people don’t make the news.

Job search

Want a full-time remote job with benefits? Follow your favorite bloggers

Remote work is highly desirable for the flexibility it offers employees. But if freelancing or running a business isn’t for you, what’s a smart way to find a full-time job, with a salary and benefits, that lets you work from home or wherever you want?

The Whole Human

Your desire to succeed should be as great as your desire to help others succeed

The most important lesson for any new graduate, someone early on in their career or even a savvy veteran to understand is that success only works in a reciprocal manner. What that means is, our desire to succeed should truly be as great as our desire to help others reach their big goals.

Personal Finance

The best (and worst) states for teacher’s wages

We collected figures for teachers at all three levels (elementary, middle and high school) to create three color-coded heat maps of earnings and we calculated the average between elementary, middle and high school teachers to create a Top 10 list of states where teachers earn the most.

Career Advice

10 experts share today’s most common career challenges

Every new generation brings a new set of challenges and issues for workers and hiring managers to tackle if they want their companies to stick around for years to come.

Career Advice

The Do’s and Don’ts for writing your first post-grad resume

As a post-grad, it can often feel like the whole world is at your fingertips, but you have no clue where to start the career search. To help you set yourself up well as you kick off the beginning of your career, we’re tackling the first and greatest hurdle you might face: writing your resume.

Job search

The mobile Millennial: What to know about relocating for a job

Have you ever read a job description that perfectly matched your skill set or received an offer from a company that you were very interested in … and then realized it required relocating?

8 signs you’re using LinkedIn totally wrong

You surely know by now that LinkedIn is one of the best networking, job search, research, and general professional growth tools out there. But how do you know if you’re using it right? Or maybe the most impactful, even if dramatic, way to think about it: How do you know if you’re using it wrong? Here are 8 signs that you’re using the platform incorrectly.

Leadership

Shonda Rhimes roundtable: What it really means to be a leader

In this frank roundtable discussion, Shonda Rhimes sits down with Valerie Jarrett, Mieko Kusano, and Chloe Arnold to talk triumphs, mistakes, and the most important decisions of their careers.

Pop Culture

5 TV shows that surprisingly teach you a lot about business

When in doubt, consult…Mad Men? Your fave show might not just be good for entertainment, but it can teach you a few life and career lessons, too. These five shows are both interesting and truly informative to anyone interested in learning the trade of business (or even how to handle the working dynamic at a company). You’re watching “Parks and Rec,” and the next thing you know, you’re getting a grand-slam promotion! (We like to dream…)

Job Search

How to lose a job interview in just a matter of minutes

Trying to acquire a job interview can seem to be a full-time job. Once attained, preparations must be made to secure the role. However, certain mistakes are common in an interview setting and must be avoided.

Job Search

How do I use the right keywords on my resume?

On a resume, lead with your skills because, in the crowded, competitive world of online job applications, your skill set matters above all. Somewhere, a robot is waiting to call your name.

The Whole Human

How to develop mastery, make millions, and be happy

The most common and cliche advice about seeking a happy life and prosperous career is to “follow your passion.” Millennials are notorious for seeking fulfilling and passion-filled jobs, only to be left disappointed and disappointing.

Office Life

Watch out for these 4 downsides of moonlighting

Looking to moonlight to boost your income? It may seem like a great way to earn some extra bucks, but be aware there may be some drawbacks, especially in the personal side of your life.

Job search

How to identify your potential boss’s managing style before you accept a job

While you’re likely to find out what kind of leader your boss is after your first few days in the office, it doesn’t help to discover their managing style isn’t compatible with you after you started. If only you could know these things beforehand … oh wait, you can!

Career Advice

4 things no one tells you about the first 5 years of your career

There are several things no one tells you about the first 5 years of your career. After spending much of those years really confused (maybe how you’re feeling now) and constantly soul-searching, below are 4 things I wish someone had given me a heads up about when I was starting my career.

Creativity

WTRMLN WTR cofounder on the magic of working with Beyonce

OK so pretty much anything Beyonce touches tends to turn to gold, but that doesn't mean you can completely slack off once she likes your product. That is exactly what WTRMLN WTR Co-Founders Jody Levy and Harlan Berger have done as even though they got the Beyonce nod of approval early on with their company, they have continued to build and innovate to keep their product a hot commodity.

Books

Author Frank Hanna on why college shouldn’t be our best years

It's a tale as old as time: enjoy college, graduate, then watch younger people have all the fun you used to have as you struggle through your 9-to-5 job. But one author believes that there has to be a lot more to life than that.

Job search

How to find the answer to ‘What career is right for me?’

A huge part of why looking for a job can be such as struggle is the fact that, sometimes you don’t even know WHAT you should be looking for!

Productivity

6 career goals you should meet by ages 30, 40 and 50

Goals are often used as benchmarks of progress. If you meet 'em, you might earn a raise, a title change or bargaining power to ask for more vacation or flexibility. If you don’t — it’s time to work on improving your performance.

Productivity

7 career lessons you can learn from TV pilot season

Every year, about this time, the networks announce the new TV lineups and listings of shows that will debut in the fall. And every fall, the majority of those pilots disappear without as much as a whimper. Believe it or not, there are a lot of career lessons to be learned from the best and worst TV pilots.

Job Search

How to stand out when competing for a summer internship

The 5 types of internship applications a company receives, detailed pros and cons of each type and examples of how peers are applying for internships and how you can snatch those opportunities for yourself with the best possible application!