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How to Find Meaning in a Job That Isn’t Your “True Calling”

Why do so few people find fulfillment in their work?
A few years ago I posed this question to Amy Wrzesniewski, a Yale School of Management professor who studies these issues, and she offered an explanation that made a lot of sense. Students, she told me, “think their calling is under a rock, and if they turn over enough rocks, they will find it. ...
Aug 23

10 Worst Boss Traits (Ranked in Order of What Makes People Quit Most)

In the 90s, when I worked as a corporate drone at a large consumer electronics retailer, I reported to a boss who didn't understand my skills or expertise.
He would talk on and on about a large ERP install he was doing. I'd say "ER what?" and start talking about writing projects, a new usability and design lab we were building, and various employee conflicts. ...
Aug 21

Questions NOT to Ask During an Interview

Some of the best interview questions focus on what you can do for the company, not what the company can do for you. Questions about what the company can do for you can come after you have been presented an offer. When you are asking questions, be sure the employer isn’t going to raise doubt in your professionalism or that you are not going to send off red flags. ...
Aug 18

16 Things Companies Want You to Know Before You Apply

16 Things Companies Want You to Know Before You Apply
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: If you want to stand out in the job search, your best bet is to be an informed candidate.
Why exactly is this so important? Well, when you do your homework on a company, that shows recruiters a few things: A) that you’re genuinely interested in the position, B) that you’re a motivated self-starter, and C) you’ve done enough research to determine that it’s a good fit both ways, to name just a few. ...
Aug 16

The Most Powerful Interview Question You Can Ever Ask

If you do a Google search on “interview questions,” you’ll get over 45 million links to all manner of advice on what you should be asking job candidates.
Glassdoor will give you the 50 Most Common Interview Questions. Monster dishes up the 100 Top Job Interview Questions. ...
Aug 14

How to Feel Less Insecure When Applying for New Jobs

We’re often at our most vulnerable when we’re applying for jobs. The early optimism we may feel about finding our new future and building a better life soon give way to personal doubt: Why is this taking so long? Why is no one calling me back? As time creeps forward, you find yourself getting more and more anxious, questioning your abilities and talents more than you ever thought you could. ...
Aug 9

When Someone Quits, You're Too Late. Ask These 3 Questions Every Week to Retain Them

The best managers know that top employees today have a multitude of options when it comes to choosing their workplace. In an era where retention is becoming increasingly difficult, there are only three questions you need to ask to keep tabs on how your team feels and keep morale high. ...
Aug 7

5 Ways to Land Your Dream Job with These Top Interview Tips

Hands up! Who loves the sweaty palm inducing process that is the ‘dream job interview’? So far, you have impressed them with your CV and completed a great application form. You may have aced tests and now comes the face-to-face meeting.
Now is your chance to shine and show the interview panel that you have the personality as well as the skills to do the job and fit right into their culture. ...
Aug 2

How to Eliminate Job Interview Nervousness

We’ve all experienced the roller coaster ride that comes with getting the interview for a big job: the exhilaration and relief of the first phone call letting us know we’re in the door, paired with the sudden, crushing fear of the impending performance are enough to make anyone’s head spin. ...
Jul 31

The One Small Word That's Sabotaging Your Well-Meaning Advice

“It’s getting so exhausting,” I vented to my friend while I piled more queso onto a tortilla chip and took a sip from my oversized margarita, “I’m trying my best to stay positive at work, but I feel like nothing’s working.”
“Just quit,” she said in response. ...
Jul 25

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