We’re proud to announce the winners of the Glassdoor 2014 Employees’ Choice Awards, the 50 Best Places to Work. The awards, now in their sixth year, recognize companies with at least 1,000 employees. The top five Best Places to Work for 2014 are Bain & Company, Twitter, LinkedIn, Eastman Chemical and Facebook.The 2014 Employees’ Choice Award winners were determined based on employee feedback shared on Glassdoor via an online company review survey. As part of the company review survey, employees share what it’s like to work at their company by rating their overall satisfaction as well as workplace factors like work-life balance, compensation and benefits and career advancement opportunities. Additionally, employees share the benefits and downsides of working at their companies and offer advice to senior management.Reclaiming the #1 spot it held in 2012, Bain & Company’s employees share what it’s like to work for the winning company:Do you love your job and think your company is a Best Place to Work? Share a review. Reviews submitted during the next 12 months will be considered for Glassdoor’s 2015 Employees’ Choice Awards. Interested in working for a top medium-sized company? Check out our newest Employees’ Choice Awards list, the 50 Best Medium-Sized Companies to Work For in 2014.To learn more about the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards, visit https://www.glassdoor.com/about/best-places-to-work.htm. To request the full methodology, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blame it on technology or cost cutting efforts but either way companies are increasingly using video interviews to weed out job candidates.For some companies it’s used in the beginning stages of the interview process while for others it’s all they’ve got. For job candidates it means they have to be tech savvy and comfortable seeing themselves on video if they want to make a lasting impression.When it comes to video interviews there are two types: real-time ones in which the job candidate answers live questions from the interviewer and pre-recorded ones where the job candidate is given a list of questions and is expected to give answers via a video recording. While some of the rules differ depending on the type of interview, there are universal ways to ace the video interview. Here’s how.1. Practice and then practice moreFor many of us the thought of doing an interview via video stirs up all sorts of anxieties and insecurities, which is why career experts say you have to record yourself a bunch of times and watch your mock interviews once they are done.“In general, practicing makes a huge difference in how you come across in a job interview,” says Pamela Skillings, co-founder of job coaching firm Skillful Communications. “With a video interview, it’s even more important, especially if you’re not accustomed to the format.” According to Skillings, practicing will make you feel comfortable on the day of the interview so you can concentrate on the interview questions being thrown your way. “If you are worrying about how to use the technology or how you look, it will only distract you,” she says.If the interviewer requests you use a specific type of technology to connect make sure to install it ahead of time and be comfortable using it well in advance of the interview.2. Create the right lighting and backgroundRegardless of if it’s a live video interview or a recorded one, you want to make sure the hiring manager sees you in the best light possible, which means you want your environment to be neat and void of any distractions like a blaring TV or a child running around in the background. What’s more, Sandy Mazur, division president at Spherion, the staffing company, says the background should be free of any posters or paintings that could distract the interviewer. “The lighting and the background are extremely important to an interview. If the lighting in the room is too dim, it will be hard for the other person to see you,” says Mazur. “Add light and test out different lighting scenarios to ensure that you’re illuminating the room.”Where you position the camera also matters. Skilling says to make sure your Webcam is set up so it’s just above your eye line. If you have a separate webcam put it above your monitor. If it’s built into your laptop, Skilling says to raise the laptop up a bit. “This shot-slightly-from-above angle is most flattering for everybody,” she says.3. Dress professional from top to bottomSince it’s a video interview many people wrongly assume they can dress professionally from the top up and don a pair of jeans or PJs on the bottom. While you will be sitting down for the majority of the interview what if you have to get up to point at something? You don’t want the interviewer to think you aren’t taking the interview seriously or are too lazy to put on a pair of dress pants. “Dress and act as though you are headed to an in-person interview, because the same rules apply,” says Mazur. “Although the video interview may seem more relaxed because it’s done virtually, it is still a regular interview and you should treat it as such. Watch your posture and gestures and make sure that you are speaking clearly for the interviewer to understand what you’re saying.”Although it may seem strange doing it over video, but Skillings says you want to make sure your making eye contact during the interview. She says the best way to do that via a webcam is to position the window with the image of the person interviewing you as close to the webcam as you can. By doing that when you look at the interviewer you are also looking at the camera and will feel most like natural eye contact to the person on the other side, she says.4. Be concise Whether you are doing a live video interview or a recorded one the last thing you want to do is drone on and on and bore your interviewers. That’s why, Susan Vitale, chief marketing officer at iCIMS, the maker of talent acquisition software, says job candidates have to be concise during the video interview. “Ever notice that advertisements are generally on the short side? Well- it is for good reason. Most people have limited attention spans, especially busy people, like job recruiters and hiring managers,” she says. Vitale says to make sure you are providing answers that are long enough to get your points across but also keep the attention of the person interviewing you. “A good guideline for interviews is to make sure it is ping pong match of conversation between you and the interviewer,” she says.
Dealing with uncertainty during a job search is a feeling many experience.We’ve all been there. Waiting to hear back from a recruiter or sitting by the phone waiting for the results of an interview can be some of the most nerve-wracking moments of your job search, In fact, 92 percent of adults fear something about the job interview process. Whether it’s landing the interview or knowing exactly what to say during it, many job seekers feel uneasy when it comes to finding a job.What many job seekers don’t want to accept is the fact that we need to take some risks throughout our careers. These risks can be taking a job you wouldn’t have expected or even starting a freelance career. Whatever has you feeling uneasy during your job search, here are some thoughts to consider to help you feel more calm and less stressed about your job search:When you stress about tomorrow, you’re taking away from today’s opportunities.It’s normal to feel stressed about waiting for callbacks or emails from recruiters. However, you cannot allow this stress to consume your life. Sometimes, when we’re so worried about what will happen tomorrow, next week, or in the next five years, we forget about the events that are happening today. Don’t allow yourself to become consumed by the stress of your job search. To help you stay focused on the present, spend time networking, take a class, and attend workshops. If you can keep yourself busy when looking for jobs, new opportunities could enter into your life.During your job search, you need to allow yourself to open up. Today, you could receive an unexpected phone call about a job opening across the country — and they’re hiring immediately. If something like this happens, you have to able to take a step back and consider your situation. You never know when new opportunity will come to your life and even change your career path for the best. You have to be willing to consider your options and see where they take you.You can’t plan for everything.The further you are in your career, the more you’ll realize that you can’t always plan ahead. While it’s nice to have an exact plan for the next five years, you need to allow some room for change and opportunity. The key to coping with uncertainty is accepting the fact that there will always be uncertainty. No one, not even you, can predict where your career will take you in the next five years. While it’s good to have some goals created for your future, you also need to allow some wiggle room for those goals to change.Remember, you do have control of your career.Many job seekers see their job search as a one-way street when it comes to applying for positions and attending interviews. But a major part of your job search is knowing if you want the job or not. You may think the interviewer or employer has complete control of your career decisions, but they don’t. During your job search, you need to take control of your career in order to regain confidence as a job seeker. This will help you make better decisions and discover which path is the best for you.Although having patience during your job search can seem daunting, sometimes you have to be willing to face uncertainty. When it comes to landing a job (and even taking some risks to land that job), you have to be willing to deal with the unknown. Throughout your career there will be times when you feel confident and times where you question every decision you make. But when it comes down to it, you just have to have faith that you will succeed in reaching your career goals.How do you cope with uncertainty during your job search?
Just half (54%) of U.S. employees say they believe their benefits package is better than what competitors offer, according to a Glassdoor survey. Now, to even further help people everywhere find a job and company they love, Glassdoor has launched Benefits Reviews, a new feature designed to help job seekers more easily compare benefits packages and perks at companies. By closing the information gap, Glassdoor is now bringing transparency to benefits packages and perks – the same way it has to company culture, salaries and the interview process.Glassdoor’s new Benefits Reviews feature removes the guesswork out of comparing and researching a company’s benefits and perks, making it easier for job seekers to understand which company is the right fit based on their specific needs. For instance, job seekers will easily be able to see how employees rate a company’s overall benefits package, and see which specific benefits are most talked about for a particular company.Through Glassdoor’s benefits review survey, employees are asked to rate their overall satisfaction with their employer’s overall benefits package and describe the best and worst facets of the benefits package. Plus, employees are asked to indicate and offer feedback on more than 50 benefits and perks their employer might offer, specific to where in the world they’re based. Categories include:Health and wellness (e.g., health and dental insurance)Financial and retirement (e.g., 401(k), pension plans)Family and parenting (e.g., onsite daycare, adoption assistance)Vacation and time off (e.g., holiday pay, sabbaticals)Perks and discounts (e.g., free lunches, dog friendly office, company car)Professional support (e.g., diversity program, tuition assistance) Employers are also encouraged to verify and provide feedback on each specific benefit or perk their company offers, giving job seekers additional insight into the overall benefits package for a particular company.Share a benefits review and let others know what’s working well and what needs improvement when it comes to the benefits and perks offered at your company.VIDEO: Watch a brief video on how Glassdoor’s Benefits Reviews helps job seekers more easily compare benefits packages and perks at companies.EMPLOYERS: Want more information on how to showcase your company’s benefits and perks to help recruit top talent? See this blog post .
While 82% of college grads believe having a degree has helped them in their career, the value of an education remains an ongoing national debate. In fact, although most employees believe a degree is important, a majority of employees (72%) believe specialized training to acquire specific skills is more valuable than a degree in the workplace. This is according to Glassdoor’s Q2 2014 Employment Confidence Survey¹, revealing how employees value their own education and higher education overall as it relates to their careers and the workplace.Each quarter, the Glassdoor Employment Confidence Survey also monitors four key indicators of employment confidence: salary expectations, job security, the job market and company outlook.How Employees Value EducationWhen it comes to what’s most important to advance their career and earn a bigger paycheck, more than three in five (63%) employees report learning new skills or receiving special training, compared to those who report receiving a college or graduate degree (45%), transitioning careers or looking for a new job or company (38%), and networking with professionals (34%), among other options.In addition, employers and hiring managers may be looking for something other than a specific degree as three in four (74%) employees believe their employers value work experience and related skills more than education when evaluating job candidates. Plus, half (48%) of employees with a college degree believe their specific degree is not very relevant to the job they do today, while four in five (80%) report that they have never been asked about their college GPA (grade point average) during a job interview. More than half (53%) of employees also believe a graduate degree is no longer necessary to be offered a high-paying job.Despite this, employees acknowledge that higher education still adds value in the workplace, as more than half (56%) also believe if they had a higher level of education, they would be more successful in their career.“The national conversation about the value of higher education and gainful employment is a topic alive within companies. While education is still valued as one piece of the puzzle for a successful career, we’re seeing a shift in the workplace in which most employees feel gaining the latest skills relevant to their job and industry is more valuable to help advance their careers, and they’re feeling it’s what employers are truly seeking to really help move business forward,” said Rusty Rueff, Glassdoor career and workplace expert. “For any employee looking to earn a bigger salary or move up the corporate ladder, they should do their research on how their industry is evolving, including identifying specific skill sets that are in demand. Going back to school may be one way to learn and improve, but there are also non-traditional ways, such as certificate programs, bootcamps, webinars, online non-degreed courses, conferences and more.”Pay Raise Expectations DropDown seven percentage points from last quarter, Glassdoor’s Q2 2014 Employment Confidence Survey reveals 37% of employees expect to receive a pay raise or cost-of-living increase in the next 12 months. This is down from last quarter, when it was at its highest level in more than five years at 44%. More than two in five (43%) do not expect a pay raise, while one in five (20%) are unsure.Job Market Confidence Remains High and SteadyThough employees are not as optimistic as last quarter about pay raises in the next 12 months, employees’ confidence (including those self-employed) in the job market remains steady. More than two in five (44%) employees believe it is likely they could find a job matched to their experience and current compensation levels in the next six months, remaining unchanged since Q1 2014.However, among those unemployed but looking, 32% believe it is likely they could find a job in the next six months, up from 31% since the first quarter.Check out more from our Q1 2014 Glassdoor Employment Confidence Survey, including our survey supplement which provides a detailed quarter-by-quarter breakdown of results.¹ The Glassdoor Employment Confidence survey is conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of Glassdoor. 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Members of Glassdoor’s executive and data teams recently hit the nation’s capital for a series of meetings, including one key meeting hosted by the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Office of the Vice President. The Glassdoor team also met with Vice President Joe Biden to discuss how Glassdoor can help get Americans back to work.Glassdoor was honored to participate in the 21st Century Jobs Data Jam, which assembled executives, data scientists, technologists, product experts and public sector representatives to develop solutions to help Americans find the right jobs, and access the right training to “skill up” into better paying positions.In addition to participating, Glassdoor demoed a new, interactive job search tool to help Americans everywhere (both those employed and unemployed) discover where job openings in their particular field are located, near and far.This product was the result of a recent meeting in D.C. with the Vice President, who called on technology executives to develop an easy, accessible way to connect job seekers with available jobs.Glassdoor, which aggregates millions of jobs listings, indexes resumes, and offers proprietary employee-generated content, including company ratings and reviews, salary reports and more, responded – and during a recent hackathon, our data and engineering teams quickly came up with a potential solution.The result is an extremely useful product to help Americans find jobs easier, which Glassdoor is already offering in part to others for free through its public API.The Glassdoor team is now considering feedback from the D.C. meetings and is already hard at work refining this tool.Glassdoor team members who traveled to D.C and participated in the White House meetings included Robert Hohman, CEO & co-founder, Allyson Willoughby, general counsel & T4A board member, Vikas Sabnani, chief statistician and data scientist, Vikram Aravamudhan, senior software engineer, and Ling Cheng, senior data scientist.Vice President Joe Biden attends a briefing with Glassdoor, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, June 25, 2014. In attendance are Secretary Tom Perez, Department of Labor; Robert Hohman, CEO and Co-Founder of Glassdoor; Allyson Willoughby, General Counsel of Glassdoor; Ling Cheng, Glassdoor data science team; Vikram Aravamudhan, Glassdoor engineering team; Vikas Sabnani, Glassdoor data science team. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)Please note: These official White House photographs are being made available only for publication in Glassdoor’s Blog. These photographs may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, the Vice President, or the White House.
Bed Bath & Beyond CEO vs. employee pay ratio: 1,192CEO Larry J. Merlo pay: $32,350,733Median employee pay: $27,139Company rating: 2.7 CVS Health Starbucks CEO vs. employee pay ratio: 669CEO Howard D. Schultz pay: $21,466,454Median employee pay: $32,080Company rating: 3.8Top 10 Companies Where CEO Pay vs. Employee Pay Ratio is Lowest 1. FossilCEO vs. employee pay ratio: 0CEO Kosta N. Kartsotis pay: $0Median employee pay: $32,570Company rating: 3.4 2. GoogleCEO vs. employee pay ratio: 0CEO Larry Page pay: $1Median employee pay: $153,150Company rating: 4.4 3. Kinder MorganCEO vs. employee pay ratio: 0CEO Richard D. Kinder pay: $1Median employee pay: $81,916Company rating: 3.4 4. SymantecCEO vs. employee pay ratio: 3CEO Michael Brown pay: $376,364Median employee pay: $124,474Company rating: 3.3 5. Urban OutfittersCEO vs. employee pay ratio: 3CEO Richard A. Hayne pay: $68,487Median employee pay: $19,898Company rating: 3.3 6. FacebookCEO vs. employee pay ratio: 4CEO Mark Zuckerberg pay: $610,455Median employee pay: $146,120Company rating: 4.4 7. TripAdvisorCEO vs. employee pay ratio: 12CEO Stephen Kaufer pay: $1,207,960Median employee pay: $102,100Company rating: 3.3 8. AmazonCEO vs. employee pay ratio: 15CEO Jeff Bezos pay: $1,681,840Median employee pay: $114,352Company rating: 3.4 9. WatersCEO vs. employee pay ratio: 16CEO Douglas A. Berthiaume pay: $1,504,903Median employee pay: $92,272Company rating: 3.5 10. Intuitive SurgicalCEO vs. employee pay ratio: 21CEO Gary S. Guthart, Ph.D. pay: $2,617,963Median employee pay: $125,073Company rating: 3.8What’s it like to work at your company and for your CEO? Share a review on Glassdoor.For complete results of this study for all S&P 500 companies, along with methodology, caveats, and in-depth analysis, check out Glassdoor Economic Research.MethodologyCompanies included in this analysis are based on membership in the S&P 500 index. Total CEO compensation is directly from SEC proxy filing statements (form DEF 14A) as of 8/14/2015. CEOs were those listed as of 2014 or 2013, whichever is the most recent year available from company SEC filings. In cases when two or more CEOs are reported for the year, we show the CEO who served longest during that calendar year. In addition, in cases where two or more CEOs served equal time during that calendar year, we show the CEO who was current at the end of the year (December 31). SEC filings were not available for six of the 500 companies: Mylan N.V., Kraft Heinz Co., Columbia Pipeline Group Inc., Baxalta, PayPal and Westrock Co.Figures for median worker compensation are based on Glassdoor salary reports for U.S. employees between 1/1/2009 through 8/17/2015, and are inflation adjusted into 2014 dollars. Total compensation includes base pay, tips, commissions, bonuses and all other forms of pay reported. Full-time and part-time employees are included in an effort to be consistent with SEC requirements. To ensure statistical validity, only companies with 30 or more Glassdoor salary reports shared by employees during this timeframe are included, which was available for 441 of the S&P 500 companies. For each employer, we also show the company rating on Glassdoor as of August 19, 2015 (Ratings based on a 5-point scale: 1.0=very dissatisfied, 3.0=OK, 5.0=very satisfied). CEO vs. employee pay ratio: 1,951CEO David M. Zaslav pay: $156,077,912Median employee pay: $80,000Company rating: 3.8 CEO vs. employee pay ratio: 862CEO Leslie Moonves pay: $57,175,645Median employee pay: $66,365Company rating: 3.5 Walmart Target CEO vs. employee pay ratio: 939CEO Brian C. Cornell pay: $28,164,024Median employee pay: $30,000Company rating: 3.2 CBS Corporation CEO vs. employee pay ratio: 705CEO Glenn Murphy pay: $16,064,312Median employee pay: $22,800Company rating: 3.6 CEO vs. employee pay ratio: 1,133CEO Douglas McMillon pay: $25,592,938Median employee pay: $22,591Company rating: 3.0 CEO vs. employee pay ratio: 734CEO Steven H. Temares pay: $19,116,040Median employee pay: $26,047Company rating: 2.9 Macy’s Chipotle Gap CEO vs. employee pay ratio: 1,522CEO Steve Ells pay: $28,924,270Median employee pay: $19,000Company rating: 3.4 CEO vs. employee pay ratio: 724CEO Terry J. Lundgren pay: $16,497,220Median employee pay: $22,800Company rating: 3.0 It’s no surprise that CEOs earn more money than their employees, but how much more are they really taking in? Starting in 2017, public companies will be required to share the ratio of CEO to worker salaries, providing even more transparency into pay at some of the world’s biggest companies.But before this starts, the Glassdoor Economic Research team analyzed S&P 500 companies to compare what their CEOs earn in total compensation vs. median total compensation for employees. Across these companies, the average CEO pay was $13.8 million per year, the average median worker pay was about $77,800, and the average ratio of CEO pay to median worker pay was 204. In other words, on average, CEOs earn 204 times more than what his or her employees earn. In addition, there are some CEOs who earn even more, and some CEOs who earn much less.Here are the 10 companies where the ratio of CEO pay vs. employee pay is highest, along with the 10 companies where it’s lowest:Top 10 Companies Where CEO Pay vs. Employee Pay Ratio is HighestDiscovery Communications
We are thrilled to announce that for the fourth year in a row, Glassdoor has been named one of the North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work!The winners were selected by the results of anonymous employee surveys, along with review by editorial staff. The survey, completed by thousands of North Bay company employees, asked people to rate and review their employer, including giving feedback on workplace attributes like diversity, employee benefits and perks, career advancement opportunities, community involvement and more.Here’s what some Glassdoor employees have to say about working in the North Bay:“From the moment I interviewed, to this very moment, I have been thrilled to be here. Glassdoor has a collection of wonderful people with wonderful ideas. Our goal is to help people to find the job they love, and as work is such a critical part of our lives, it is so important to be in an environment you love. I love being at Glassdoor. I have worked in many places over the years. I feel like I am home now with Glassdoor.” – Glassdoor Senior Software Engineer (Sausalito, CA)“Great people, culture, benefits, training, and leadership. I’ve worked for many companies where I’ve hated going to work everyday, Glassdoor is not one of those companies. I wake up and am thrilled to go to work with such amazing people everyday! I don’t ever want to leave!” – Glassdoor Account Executive (Sausalito, CA)“Great benefits including fully covered medical, dental, vision insurance, free catered lunches daily, great training programs, fantastic team atmosphere, and unlimited PTO! I couldn’t have made a better choice and am very grateful for this opportunity.” – Glassdoor Associate Client Success Manager (Mill Valley, CA)Interested in working at Glassdoor? Check out our open jobs!
As the year comes to a close, both hiring managers’ and job seekers’ attention will begin to turn away from the hiring process and on to the holidays. And who can blame them?While you might be tempted to press “pause” on your job search during the holiday season, if you want to make your New Year’s resolution to find a job come true, you have to keep the job search alive between the turkey dinner and holiday caroling.Full-time, permanent hiring this holiday season is projected to be the most robust since 2006, with 34 percent of U.S. employers planning to hire full-time employees in the fourth quarter, according to a recent CareerBuilder study — all the more reason to continue your search.To land a job you love by the new year, here are five things to start doing today:1. Put together a wish list.It’s time to put together your holiday wish list — for jobs, that is. With only a few months left in 2015, blindly applying to job posts isn’t going to do you much good.The first step in any successful job search is to develop a solid game plan. Decide what companies you’d like to work for and what job openings interest you the most. What kind of job or company do you see yourself in? Where do you want to end up by January?Don’t be afraid to add a few “hopefuls” to the list — it is a wish list, after all.2. Make a realistic timeline.Keyword: realistic.In order to land a job you’ll love by 2016, you need to set goals that are achievable between now and the new year. Start by outlining what you’d like to accomplish each week. For instance, maybe you devote this week to creating your wish list and tailoring your resume and cover letter to each item on the list. You can focus on applying next week, following up the week after that, and so on.Consider creating a calendar specifically for your job search. This way, you can keep track of the companies you’ve applied to and followed up with, networking events, and interviews all in one place.3. Reach out to your connections… To stay in line with your job search timeline, it can help to reach out to any (and every) professional connection you might have. These connections can inform you of job opportunities that aren’t yet being advertised, which can give you a leg up on the competition.What’s more, your professional connections can also serve as references when it comes time to interview. It’s a win-win.4. …and make new ones.The holiday season means corporate holiday parties and events (i.e., new networking opportunities). Take advantage of any holiday events, fundraisers, and parties that are open to the public, and use them to make new professional connections.Attending and networking at these events gives you an opportunity to meet and speak with the company’s employees, learn about the company culture and current job openings, as well as helps employees put a face to the name on your application.5. Be open to seasonal work.While the forecast for full-time, permanent hiring this holiday season looks merry and bright, the holiday season also calls for seasonal employees. If there’s a seasonal opportunity with a company on your wish list, don’t cross it off just yet.According to the aforementioned CareerBuilder survey, an encouraging 57 percent of employers expect to transition some seasonal staff into full-time, permanent roles — up from 42 percent last year. Who knows? The key to landing the job of your dreams may be to start off in a seasonal position.What are some other tips for landing a job before the new year?
For those people knee-deep in daily social media chatter, it may seem that everyone else is similarly active. Perhaps even, you judge anyone who opts out of social media as out of touch or an outlier, negligently avoiding this global, career- and life-boosting forum.Conversely, you may be the social media outlier above the fray, or think that it’s simply too noisy and unkempt. Maybe you feel that involving yourself in the conversation will mar your professional or personal reputation (or both).Reasons for avoiding – or even having disdain for– social media can vary. The following are four reasons you may be avoiding, or greatly restricting, your social media activities and ways you can overcome the negatives in order to step into the conversation. By doing so, you may expand your visibility and career opportunities.Reason #1. Social media is for braggarts. You witness folks trumpeting vacation itineraries, trips to the gym and dinnertime photos. Not only does this seem silly, but it also is not something you’re interested in doing.Your Way: While you may not want to divulge your day-to-day for a variety of reasons, there are other ways to be personable without being showy. Consider how you can connect, one-on-one through this venue. If there’s someone in your network who could use a lift, post a photo of your city’s skyline at sunset or of the sun rising over your favorite lake with an encouraging message, and make sure your friend sees it by tagging them.Or, perhaps you know your colleague is interested in golf or skiing or some other activity, and you see an interesting article on one of these topics. Read it, extract an anecdote you know may resonate and customize a share, including your friend’s social media name or handle in the post.This more intentional, conversational method of sharing on social media versus simply posting a meme or broadcasting the latest leg of your vacation is a way to get more comfortable on this public forum, while deepening the connection one person at a time.Reason #2. People are too chatty, and you don’t want another conversation to manage.Your Way: While it may seem that in-person conversation protocol translates directly into the online world, it doesn’t have to. While some folks meticulously respond to every utterance directed around or to them online, others do not burden themselves this way.Instead, they post what inspires them, respond as they are inspired to do so and comment upon others’ sharings as they are roused.As in many things in life, you are not going to please everyone all of the time. Being conversational as you see fit, and as is conducive to the rhythm of your day is what will ultimately make your social media experience an enhancing one as opposed to another job on your overflowing plate.Reason #3. Politics and religion are such tough, often divisive subjects, and you don’t want to get caught up in the quagmire.Your Way. You do not have to get involved in either of these topics if you choose not to do so. This includes filtering out streams on topics that are hot buttons you simply do not want to engage in or be confronted with in your daily line of vision.Moreover, creating special lists or groups that you can check into for inspiring, positive or intellectually stimulating messages that suit your particular needs and goals is an ideal way to maintain harmony in your online experience.Reason #4. It’s a waste of time.Your Way. Behave intuitively and naturally, but also weave strategy into your activities. For example, if you read an article that lights your fire, perhaps you will then be inspired to write your own angle on a similar topic, which provides an opportunity to quote the author whom originally inspired you.When you then share the article or blog you’ve written, be sure to provide a shout-out to the person you quoted (include their handle or ‘tag’ them in the post so they see it).By organically noting favorite authors, leaders or other motivating communicators, and shining a light on them and their thought-work, you may in turn spark a new relationship, or draw in new opportunities for work, collaboration or referrals down the road.By adding value to someone else’s life you can in turn add bricks to the foundation of your career and business, while also paving new pathways to opportunity. In other words, social media can enhance your day if you take the time and thoughtful energy to engage in your unique way.
Today, Rachel Whetstone, head of comms at Uber, brings us her career advice, for the non-dreamers out there. All too often we’re told to “follow our dreams.” But what if you, like me, have never really been a dreamer? You didn’t grow up knowing what you wanted to do — or even what you’re good at. I suspect there are as many non-dreamers as dreamers in the world, we just get short-changed when it comes to career advice. So here’s mine, based on more than a decade of experience in Silicon Valley, the world capital of innovation.#1 Crack onFifteen years ago — before kids, before moving to the U.S., before joining Uber and Google — I was with a group walking in the Swiss Alps. It was incredibly hot, the mountain was steep, we’d been going for hours and still hadn’t reached our destination. Heading back to the hotel seemed like the easier option, but my co-walker — who’s almost twenty years older than me — said: “Crack on. It will be worth it.”It was, inadvertently, the best career advice I’ve ever gotten. Find something (preferably something that’s interesting or that matters to you), roll up your sleeves and get going. And if it’s not a job you’re crazy excited about, don’t worry. I have had one or two jobs that were simply terrible. But it’s amazing how much you’ll learn just by being part of anything — not least about your own strengths and weaknesses. And one opportunity (even a dull one) always leads to another, especially if you’re up for a challenge and prepared to take risks.#2 Ideas can be overratedHere’s an unconventional piece of advice that comes from my former boss, Google co-founder Sergey Brin, who has more ideas in a month than I will have in my lifetime. His view is that ideas can be overrated. That’s right: coming up with an idea is the least important part of doing something great. Execution and delivery are the real keys to success.So if you’re not the ideas type, don’t despair. Focus on making stuff happen — on deadlines and details. The ability to execute is the rocket fuel of most successful organizations and has launched many promising careers.#3 Dare to disagreeSomething strange happens to many of us when we enter the workforce: we become so preoccupied with what the most important person in the room thinks, that we stop thinking for ourselves. Many good ideas are lost when people bottle up their opinions for fear of offending someone or looking stupid. The inevitable result of no one speaking their minds is that bad decisions get made — especially when it comes to communications and public policy, where there are often no easy answers.It’s no fun walking into a room and disagreeing with people. But it’s far worse to constantly bite your tongue and feel like you sold yourself short. And the problem only gets worse over time because it’s an easy habit to fall into. Of course, you won’t win every argument, and in many cases you may be wrong. But having the debate means you always come to better decisions because you’ve looked at the issue from every angle and tested all your assumptions.The world needs dreamers, but where would we be without the people who can turn those dreams into reality? So to all the non-dreamers out there, I celebrate you. Our road to success may be hazier at the outset, but that just means the ride will be more exciting.About Rachel Whetstone: Rachel Whetstone joined Uber in June this year to run Public Policy and PR. Prior to that, she spent a decade at Google — first heading up the PR team in Europe before moving to the US to manage PR and Government Relations globally. Rachel started her career in politics as a research assistant for the British Conservative Party. From there she moved to the Home Office, where she was a special advisor to the Home Secretary. Before joining Google Rachel was Deputy Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Conservative Party. She has two children and lives with her husband in the US.
So how exactly do you land a job as a software engineer? Here are seven tips that will help you get hired.1. Visualize Your Dream JobBefore you even start your job search, write down a list of what most excites you, what you’ve enjoyed working on the most, and what you’d like to be doing next to get to the next level. This will help determine if you’re as good fit for new opportunities as they open up. Glassdoor Technical Recruiter Marcus Dubois advises, “As a software engineer, you’ll have the opportunity to work for companies with vastly different cultures and projects. Everyone wants to make an impact, but determining how you want to make an impact (building a cool fitness app, connecting people through social media) is important. You should also consider what kind of work environment is most appealing. A 50 person startup operates their engineering team very differently than companies like Google or Facebook.”2. Join a Hackathon or MeetupIf you’re looking to network and build relationships within your industry, consider participating in a Hackathon. Recruiters and potential employers may be there, so use this your advantage to make connections. You can also add your project to your resume. Companies hiring software engineers also often host meetups at their offices. This is a great way to make immediate connections with the engineering team and assess if the company is a right fit for you.3. Perfect Your PitchPractice a 20-30 second speech describing your competencies, what kind of code you write, plus your logic, reasoning and other skills. This can be helpful when you’re networking to uncover new job opportunities, or once you make it as far as the interview. Make sure to practice ahead of time – your pitch should be quick and persuasive.4. Revamp Your Github ProfileIf you’re just getting started in your career, Github is a great platform to showcase your technical skills even if you don’t have a long list of work experience. Upload a new profile picture (make sure it’s work appropriate!) and update your profile with the latest on your work experience and contributions to other projects. Make sure these updates are both accurate and compelling. Ideally, it will relate to the kind of work you are hoping to gain as a software engineer. Make sure to include a link back in your resume as well.5. Read the Job Description Carefully, and Then Read it AgainSometimes job descriptions will include a hidden request or piece of information designed to catch you skimming and not reading closely. It could be a simple as, “In your cover letter, tell us your favorite color.” Recruiters often include this for all types of positions and departments, including engineering. One piece of advice is to compile a checklist of everything the application or recruiter is looking for so you don’t carelessly omit a critical piece of information.6. Be Realistic About Your SkillsetBe honest with yourself about what you know – and what you don’t know.Glassdoor Lead Web Developer Mike Abell advises, “If you see something like ‘Java experience required’ it’s easy to think, ‘Oh I took a Java class several years ago, I’ll be fine.’ But your ramp up time will be less than ideal for your potential employer. Be realistic with yourself and get an understanding of which skills you’ll need right away and which you can learn simultaneously as you progress.”7. Prepare to Be TestedOnce you get past the initial screening process, you may be asked to demonstrate the long list of skills you’ve included on your resume. Be prepared to take a test or work through problems on a white board. Practice explaining your steps and thought process out loud, especially if you’re more comfortable with writing code on your computer. Before the interview, make sure to read Glassdoor interview reviews for the company to get a better idea on what you could be asked and tested on, and get familiar with common software engineer interview questions.Ready to start your search?See open jobs for software engineers.Do you have any job search tips for software engineers? Share in the comments below!
What experiences best display my ability to do the job well? Once you’ve gathered your thoughts, you’ll be more equipped to narrow down the content of your resume to what really matters.Make it about youYour resume is just that— your resume. It’s a way for hiring managers and companies to quickly get a sense of who you are and what you can bring to the table. Although you’re working within certain constraints, you can, and should, infuse your resume with your voice and personality. An authentic voice will stand out in a sea of cookie-cutter resumes. To avoid sounding generic, be sure you read this article on 5 Words You Should Never Use In Your Resume.Highlight what is relevantSome of your experiences may be relevant for one job, and irrelevant for another—that’s absolutely fine because resumes should be tailored to the specific job you’re applying for. Yes, that means you’ll end up with multiple versions of your resume. When tailoring your resume for a particular job, Jaime Petkanics, founder of The Prepary, advises: “Pretend you are the one screening for the job you’re applying for, and ask yourself, “If I didn’t have any context other than this piece of paper, would I call me?” If the answer is no, consider why not. Are you missing some of the experience they’re looking for? If so, add it. Is there a skill you don’t have? Go get trained in it! There is NOTHING wrong or dishonest about customizing your resume to a specific job as long as you’re not lying about what you’ve done.”Pay attention to grammarIn a sea of bullet points, it can be very easy to mix-up verb tenses and repeat words. Make sure all past jobs and responsibilities are written in the past tense, and present jobs and responsibilities are written in the present tense. Remember: If you’re doing it now, present tense. If you did it before, past tense.Consider the industryApplying for a job at a startup? You’ll want your resume to reflect the ideals of the startup world, ie: creative, prone to risk taking. However, if you’re looking to land a job at a law firm or bank, you’ll want to stick to the conventions of the industry. Spend some time researching your industry to make sure your resume is aligned with the expectations.Get feedbackGet someone to read your resume who has an eye for more than just typos. Find a trusted reader and ask them to read your resume with these questions in mind:Is my writing clear and easy to read?Does the writing sound like my voice? Is there anything confusing?Is there anything you think I’m missing or should include? Take your timeA haphazardly written resume will show. This is not the project to put your procrastination skills to work. Carve out multiple blocks of time over a few days for resume writing. Your memory skills are being put to work here, and we’ve all had experiences where we remember something important after the fact. If you’re thorough with your approach, it will show (and hopefully pay off too!).Once your resume is ready, sign up for an account on Glassdoor and upload your resume to Glassdoor to apply to jobs quickly and easily. Resume writing is a double edged sword. It’s difficult to do, yet critical to do well. It also doesn’t help that writer’s block can feel awfully potent when you open that file on your computer titled “Resume.” All of a sudden, succinctly articulating your work experience can feel as daunting a task as writing the next bestselling novel. It may not be your idea of fun, but if your end result is a well-executed resume that shows you at your best, well, that makes all those tedious bullet points totally worth it. Here’s how to take resume writing from daunting to doable.Prepare before you startBefore you start furiously typing away at a word document, take some time to think through what exactly you want your resume to showcase. Before you start writing, you should have the answers to these three questions:What do I want to highlight? What is the company/hiring manager looking for in an applicant?
We released Glassdoor’s pay analysis publicly for the first time analyzing the compensation of our ~600 employees, revealing a 20 percent”unadjusted” pay gap in the average base pay between men and women. But when we control for age, job title, job level, department, and employee performance scores, the “adjusted” pay gap disappears. We commit to conduct this analysis for base pay and variable pay at least annually to ensure we prevent unintended bias in our compensation programs. Further, we are committed to continue to focus on efforts to attract, retain and advance women into higher paying leadership roles. See more in our blog “Glassdoor Reveals Employee Pay Data by Gender.” In committing to help other employers in their own pay equality efforts, we launched a pilot program to conduct gender pay analysis through independent confidential economic research. Employers interested in being considered may submit their companies for consideration here. We hosted the Glassdoor Pay Equality Roundtable with former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Glassdoor CEO & Co-founder Robert Hohman and Olympic Gold Medalist & World Cup Champion Megan Rapinoe, and other leaders. Taking place on Equal Pay Day, the conversation focused on the importance of salary transparency in closing the gender pay gap, as well as companies commitment to challenging any biases that exist. Learn more about the Roundtable here. Today, Glassdoor is especially proud to be a part of a growing list of companies committed to equality in the workplace – Employers for Pay Equity. Kickstarted by the White House Equal Pay Pledge earlier this summer, the consortium is comprised of 21 companies including Accenture, Expedia and Pinterest, working together toward the common goal of eliminating national pay and leadership gaps for women and ethnic minorities.The announcement today comes in tandem with Women’s Equality Day, marking 96 years since women were granted the right to vote in the U.S. It’s a day of celebration for how far we’ve come, but even more, it’s a day to encourage one another to continue breaking down barriers.Despite passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which requires equal pay for equal work, the gender pay gap in the United States persists. According to Glassdoor research, women earn on average $0.76 for every $1 men earn on an unadjusted basis. However, even when controls for age, work experience, education, location, job title and company are applied, a 5.4% pay gap that cannot be explained still exists.We believe companies are the key to eliminating pay gaps and we are delighted to join forces with other progressive companies to continue to make progress. As an employer and platform dedicated to workplace and salary transparency, we are committed to taking action individually and collectively to close the gap. Here’s a snapshot of Glassdoor’s efforts close the gap:Our Economic Research team studied the gender pay gap and confirmed it is real and significant. Although the adjusted gender pay gap is smaller when controlling for factors including age, location and experience, it is still real and reveals a gender equality issue that needs to be addressed. The full study, Demystifying the Gender Pay Gap, can be found here. We continue to help employers highlight their pay equality commitments to their employees and candidates via a Pay Equality Pledge badge that may be added to their company’s Glassdoor profile page. More than 2,300 employers have already promoted pay equality commitments on Glassdoor. Learn more here. As a founding member of Employers for Pay Equity, we believe that through greater workplace transparency, we can meet the consortium’s mission of “ensuring that all individuals are compensated equitably for equal work and experience and have an equal opportunity to contribute and advance in the workplace.”Join us in this effort by sharing your pay anonymously on Glassdoor to help others know their worth. Share your salary here. If you are interested in finding out more about Employers for Pay Equity, learn more here.
In the U.S., we are currently watching the biggest (and most heavily covered) campaign for a promotion—the one to become the next President of the United States. Regardless of who gets the promotion from candidate to President-elect come November, the electoral process parallels the process, and questions, you should asking yourself if you’re being offered, or looking to ask, for a promotion.Question #1: Should I always accept a promotion? Answer: Generally speaking, yes – but the caveat is to determine whether the offer is really a promotion or simply increased responsibility dressed up as a promotion (i.e., no additional value to you). Be deliberate in responding to the promotion offer. In other words, before you say, ‘Yes,’ perform due diligence through a conversation with the person who is offering you the promotion and/or those with whom you will be collaborating.[Related: 9 Work Habits That Could Be Killing Your Chances For A Promotion]Question #2. How do I evaluate a promotion opportunity?Answer: Ask good questions, including a written description of the expectations and challenges that you will be facing when you hit the ground running. If you sense that the promotion is not really the direction you sought your career to go, but that leadership has you pegged for bigger and better things down the line, ferret out what this means. Is this a transitional opportunity leading to something bigger and better later? Or, is it simply a dead end?If it’s transitional, you should continue the discussion, diving in for more detail. Don’t be afraid to ask for timelines, what the next step would potentially look like and how the current step would help set the stage for what is next. Also make sure to focus on the expanded responsibilities associated with the interim step — ask, “Would you be learning as much from this as the company would be gaining from it?”[Related: 5 Ways to Negotiate What You Want For Your Career]Question #3: How can I ask for a promotion? Is asking taboo or cocky?Answer: Months (even a year or more) before you are going to ask for the promotion, begin tracking your achievements and results so you can prepare a business case for your promotion. Also, look ahead at the opportunity or opportunities that attract you and match your experiences and accomplishments with the pain points of the target position/division/manager/leader associated with that role. In other words, create a promotion plan to present to your boss.Conversations around promotions are unique and should be treated as such. Give yourself the time and space to think about what you are looking for, what your needs are and how you can prove that you are worth the additional investment your company would be making in you. The time you’ve spent working for your company will speak for itself, so long as you’ve mastered the elevator pitch that triggers memories of all the work you’ve done on their behalf. Practice, research and develop a strategy and you’ll be on your way.DISCOVER: Search High-Paying Jobs Hiring Now!
Much of adult stress tends to stem from the place we spend the most time at: work. No matter what field you’re in or where you’re employed, stress on the job is pretty much inevitable. Whether you’ve got a big report to finish for a deadline or a major pitch to present in front of many people, there are ways to ease your anxiety in the meantime. Ahead are nine tips for centering yourself when you’re at the office.1. Listen to calming music.Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed, I put on my headphones and turn on meditation music. It may sound silly, but the breathy notes of a pan flute or the soft taps of a piano chord instantly slow my heart rate. A relaxing playlist can also do the trick.2. Snack on stress-reducing foods.Certain foods are great for de-stressing, including avocado, oatmeal, almonds, blueberries, and oranges. Snack on a few throughout the day, particularly when you need a break.3. Go for a walk.If you feel like you’re on the verge of screaming (it happens!), let your boss know you need to go on a 10-minute walk to clear your head. Even if you can’t leave the building, just getting away from your desk is beneficial. And make a conscious effort not to think about your impending tasks during your walk.[Related: 5 Things To Consider Before Walking Out On Your Job]4. Take a YouTube break.Rather than scrolling through Facebook or Twitter to take your mind off your troubles, take five to watch a funny YouTube video from a favorite channel. Trust me, you’ll feel a LOT better than if you were to browse through all your friends’ perfect vacation pictures on Instagram.[Related: 7 Inspiring TED Talks Every 20-Something Should Watch]5. Visualize.When you just want to cry from the pressure, tap into your inner meditation guru (if you have an imagination, you have one!). Close your eyes for 30 seconds and pretend you’re in a calm place, which could be a field of flowers, the ocean, or even your room. Focus on the sights and sounds of this place, and work on slowing your breathing. If you need more help, check out this guide.6. Drink hot tea.It’s been proven that green tea reduces stress, and just having a hot drink in your hands will calm you down. Plus, it has a lot less caffeine than coffee, so you won’t experience any jittery side effects.7. Keep a stress ball handy.I have two stress balls on my desk for those moments when I really need to squeeze something and get out my nervous energy before the stress manifests itself another way (like compulsive leg bouncing). Luckily, they’re pretty cheap and they don’t take up much space.[Related: 29 Best Jobs for Work-Life Balance (2016)]8. Call a friend.If you’re having a particularly rough day, consider stepping out of the office and giving a close friend or family member a call. Sometimes you simply need to hear the voice of a loved one to know it’s going to be okay.9. Give yourself a massage.Throughout the day, I dab a little peppermint oil on the tips of my fingertips and massage my temples. It’s an INSTANT pain relief for any head tension I’m feeling, and the smell of the oil provides just the concentration boost I need. (And if you’re feeling anxious at home, too, try a diffuser!) This article originally appeared on POPSUGAR and has been reprinted with permission.
As self-driving cars and automated restaurants increasingly pop up in the news, anxiety around automation seems to be at an all-time high. And in the past year, there has been a cause for concern, as reports of machinery replacing manual positions in transportation and manufacturing have surfaced.But amidst the panic, it’s important to note that research has shown that automation causing massive labor displacement is unlikely. In fact, technology has historically led to net gains in job creation.Given the “growing reach of mobile devices, cheap data storage and innovations in machine learning,” says Glassdoor Chief Economist Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, “2017 looks to be the year when these big advances in automation will start changing the daily work of more Americans.”Changing, however, doesn’t necessarily mean replacing. Technological advancements often lead to an increase in productivity, so human jobs are made easier. Case in point, business software is yielding greater results with less effort on the parts of the professionals that use it. Financial analysts, for example, have benefitted from business intelligence and data visualization platforms, which have replaced mindless data entry and painstaking manual analytics. Programs like that get much of the legwork out of the way, but still require humans to interpret the information they house, so they’re not destroying jobs — just making them a little easier.[Related: 5 of the Hottest Productivity Apps to Download Now]Still, we can’t pretend that automation won’t replace any jobs. Routine tasks that don’t require much creativity or uniquely human insight have already started to be outsourced to machines, and that trend is not likely to slow down in 2017 and beyond.[Related: 6 Skills That Will Get You the Job]However, we can avoid many of the negative impacts of job automation if we invest in education and training. Policy makers, business leaders and workers should all come together to create a culture of ongoing learning. For policy makers, that might mean diverting more money towards education. For business leaders, that should include an increased focus on training in their professional development programs. And workers may want to take it upon themselves to proactively hone skills complementary to technology (such as learning how to repair a self-driving car, versus competing for a job with one). The advancement of technology may create a certain degree of anxiety, but it also presents a tremendous amount of opportunities — and it’s up to us to take advantage of them.
Business Analyst is one of those hot positions that seem to be popping up everywhere — but the title is vague enough that it can be hard to tell what they actually do.At their core, Business Analysts use data to improve processes. Regardless of the industry, they gather, examine, and synthesize information to understand patterns and trends. Using this evidence-based data, they’ll suggest new ways to manage and optimize processes — in other words, make sure programs are functioning at a higher level. They often challenge the status quo to save resources like time or money to improve profits, increase productivity, and promote efficiency. Want to learn more about what it means to be a Business Analyst? Read on below to discover the skills needed, challenges faced, and opportunities available for this rapidly growing role.What Skills Do Business Analysts Need?Successful Business Analysts have strong time management skills, are quick to identify and solve problems, and have an analytical mind. They must also have strong verbal and written communication skills. To be very successful in this type of role, both communication and appreciation of data are needed. It also helps to be diplomatic and maintain good cross-functional relationships, and to be highly organized with an appreciation for documentation.Business Analysts are also talented at discovering trends and applying evidence-based data. They know the business-critical questions to ask, and record the responses. Data is then organized or categorized to meet a business objective, and then organizations use it to gain a competitive advantage and deliver added value.[Related: 5 Jobs Trends to Watch in 2017]What Challenges Do Business Analysts Encounter?If there’s one common problem any Business Analyst can expect to come head-to-head with in their career, it’s learning how to successfully implement change. Given that Business Analysts are often building and implementing brand-new processes and systems, this skill is critical for a highly successful Business Analyst. But let’s face it: Embracing change and motivating employees to adapt to new processes isn’t always a strong suit of organizations.However, a persuasive, high-performing Business Analyst will have what it takes to communicate the need for change to anyone in the organization. They’ll state their case so strongly that all stakeholders will align in agreement with the need for the change, and motivate their teams to adapt and adopt the new way.[Related: Game-Changing Skills To Include On Your Resume (Hint: Not Microsoft Office!)]Which Fields Do Business Analysts Work in?Every field or industry uses analytics to optimize their operating business to plan and scale for success. Many of the leading industries hiring Business Analysts at an accelerated rate include Information Security, Government, Healthcare, Computer Systems, Finances, or even for specific budgets within these fields. Think you might have what it takes to become a Business Analyst? Check out these open positions, hiring now!
Congrats! You’ve made a set of New Year’s resolutions for both your personal and professional lives. You’re back from a holiday vacation and feeling good with a “new year, new you” mentality. That’s what January is all about.But before you launch into achieving a healthier lifestyle or preparing for that promotion, there’s some real work we’ve got to do first. I say “we” because we are all guilty of this one thing, especially during the new year: lying to ourselves. Whether it’s a little white lie about how much we are really saving with our 401K, or whether it’s a bit whopper like “I’ll never be as good as XYZ,” it’s high time you quit the fibs, falsehoods and fabrications.2017 is about living in your truth and finding a job you love. No matter what. If you keep those two things front of mind, this year will be your best yet.So in that spirit, here are 7 lies you need to stop telling yourself in 2017.Lie #1 “I’ll start looking for a job next year.”NOW is your year to start looking for a new job. There’s no such thing as “perfect timing.” In fact, looking for “perfect timing” is a very good way to procrastinate from actually starting the legwork necessary for a job search. Remember, if you want to look for a new job, you just have to jump in and start. Lie #2 “It’s not a good time to be looking for a new job.”January is a great time to be looking for a new job. With new company goals, new budgets, and a sense of forward momentum, many companies and organizations are looking to acquire new talent for the new year.[Related: Here’s Why Your Job Search Shouldn’t Be a Rush to the Finish Line]Lie #3 “No one is hiring.”This one is easy: just take one look at Glassdoor’s job board. We have thousands of current job postings in almost every field. If you think no one is hiring, think again. Here are some of the companies we’re most excited for in 2017. Lie #4 “I’m bad at networking.”Networking is a learned skill. Very few people feel like they are natural networkers. Don’t let the idea of networking intimidate you into paralysis. Networking is a crucial part (some may even say the most crucial part) of the job search. Instead of thinking you’re not good at networking, practice on getting better. Start by learning these 7 Networking Secrets Job Seekers Should Know.[Related: 6 Common Networking Mistakes to Avoid]Lie #5 “I’m bad at interviewing.”You’re not bad, you just need to prepare and practice! Interviews can feel difficult and uncomfortable, but preparation and practice can work wonders to ease your nerves and reservations. Here are 8 Questions You Should Absolutely Ask an Interviewer and tips on How to Prepare For The “Tell Me About Yourself” Question. Lie #6 My current job isn’t that bad.”Remember, you’re looking for a new job for a reason. Don’t let the headache of the job search distract you from your goals of looking for a new opportunity.[Related: 3 Things to Consider Before Leaving Your Current Job]Lie #7 “I don’t have enough time / I’m too busy.”Anyone who has ever looked for a job knows that the job search process is pretty time intensive. However, it’s not a reason to postpone or forgo a thorough job search. Instead, plan and strategize how you are going to approach looking for a new job. Schedule time in your calendar like you would for any other task or activity, and be faithful to the time commitment. You have to make the time to look for a new job. If you need some renewed inspiration, here are 5 Reasons Why You Should Look For A New Job.DISCOVER: 9 Job Trends That Will Emerge In 2017, According to Insiders.
DISCOVER: See Open Jobs Hiring In Your Area Today! Whether you are giving a major presentation or simply speaking with a colleague about a project, effective communication is key. It sounds simple, but really, the art of workplace interaction is one of the toughest to master. And unfortunately, there are a lot of small ways you can trip up. Something as innocuous as a misplaced word or offhand comment can leave a bad impression that lasts for weeks.The good news, though, is that these errors are relatively easy to fix — all it takes is a little bit of self-awareness. Eager to upgrade your office vocab and dazzle your coworkers with your communication skills? Read on to find out which phrases you need to ditch, and what you should say instead.1. “Do you think you could…”Example:“Do you think you could have that draft in by Tuesday?”It makes sense why people phrase requests and deadlines like this — no one wants to sound like they’re barking orders at their teammates. But when you verbally tiptoe around an ask, it can lead to genuine confusion. Take the example above: the ambiguousness of the statement means somebody could read Tuesday as either a firm deadline, or a suggested timeline based on their bandwidth. If you’re working against a clear deadline, don’t be afraid to ask “Can you please finish this by Tuesday?” Your coworker will appreciate the candor.2. “No big deal!”Example:Coworker: Can you put together a Q4 report for me? You: Sure, no big deal! Helping out coworkers is great, but when you eagerly agree to each and every request without hesitation, they may assume that you have more free time than you really do. And that’s a surefire way to get way too much piled onto your plate at once. Rather than blindly obliging and sacrificing your own workload, let your colleague know you’re willing to help (if you actually are!), but give them a reasonable timeline that factors in your other priorities.[Related: 3 Polite Ways to Turn Down Extra Work]3. “Sorry”Example:“Sorry I’ve been asking so many questions lately.”Okay, this is one that I’m absolutely guilty of. Whether I’m asking for help, made a mistake or just want somebody’s attention, “sorry” is often my go-to. But I recently saw a comic that provided a really great alternative — every time you want to say “sorry”, replace it with “thank you”. In the example above, you might want to say something like “Thank you for all of your help lately — it means a lot to me.” That way, you can express your gratitude for their patience and assistance without the unnecessary self-deprecation.[Related: Sorry, Not Sorry! The Problem With Women & Workplace Apologies]4. “Like” Example:“We have, like, a lot of customers in the pipeline right now.” Your sixth grade English teacher was right — saying “like” too often does make you sound a bit ditzy. A few “likes” here and there isn’t a problem, but if you struggle to get through a ten-minute presentation without saying it a couple dozen times, you might want to cut back. The first step is to just become conscious of how often you say it. Next time you’re on the phone or in a meeting, make a tick mark on a Post-it to keep tally of how often you’re saying it. You’ll be surprised how many times you’ve said it when you see the marks on the paper. Eventually, you’ll be able to catch yourself before it even happens.5. “I just threw this together.”Example:“Let me walk you through this deck I just threw together really quickly.” We often try to downplay our accomplishments in the workplace in order to avoid coming off as overly cocky. But while some degree of humility is definitely a plus, you don’t want to dismiss your efforts altogether. When it comes to your career, you have to be your own biggest advocate — because if you aren’t vocal in proving your worth, there’s no guarantee that anybody else will.[Related: 3 Ways To Show Employers Your Value]6. “Kind of”Example:“So it looks like revenue kind of decreased in the last year.”Asserting your opinion can be intimidating, especially if you’re just starting out in your career. But wishy-washy phrases don’t do you any favors. At best, it sounds like you’re hedging your bets, and at worst, it sounds like you don’t know what you’re talking about. When you’re sure of something, declare your opinion confidently by striking the “kind of” altogether. People are much more likely to take your point of view seriously if you make it clear that you believe in what you’re saying.7. “Actually”Example:Coworker: “Could you send me those images I asked for the other day?”You: “Actually, I already sent them to you.” The word “actually” frequently comes up when you’re trying to correct somebody, but it can often come off as a bit snarky. You can convey the exact same information you want to without rubbing a mistake in anyone’s face, though. With this example, you could simply say “Of course! I sent them to you yesterday, but let me know if you have trouble finding them.” That way, your coworker knows you didn’t drop the ball, but you don’t sound as if you’re confronting them.