Google Australia Boss: Working For Google Is A Culture Shock

Working at Google is something many a geek aspires to, and the job has lots of perks (free food, impressive benefits, share options, the list goes on). But it’s also a big shock if you’re used to a more conventional employer, as the company’s Australian managing director discovered.


Why You Should Always Insist On A Written Job Offer

When you get that call or email offering a new job, your first instinct may be to say yes. You should reconsider and make sure all the details are in writing before you accept that offer.


Use A 'Pained Pause' For A Better Offer In Negotiations

When someone makes you an offer in a negotiation, don’t say anything. Employ the “pained pause”, as career coach Marty Nemko calls it, and you will almost always get a better deal.


Focus On The Skills You Have Instead Of Following Your Passion

“Follow your passion” might be common career guidance, but is it good advice? Success can also come from refining the skills that you already possess, rather than worrying if your job is right for you.


Career-Wrecking Social Media Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them)

Whether you’re a marketing manager or an engineer, social media is an essential part of growing your career today. After all, social media is a great place to establish your technical savvy and your industry expertise, just by retweeting the right people and posting helpful articles. Even people who do jobs that are located far away from the marketing and sales departments at the very minimum need a LinkedIn profile to stay in touch with recruiters and update links to portfolios.


Look Out For A Hidden Test At Your Next Job Interview

Job interviews, on the surface, seem like a simple exchange of questions and answers. Some employers include hidden tests, though, that can tank your job opportunities if you handle them badly.


Find A Common Thread To Tie Unrelated Jobs To Your Career Plans

It’s no fun to sit in an interview and have someone ask about a temporary job or gig you took to pay the bills that’s unrelated to your career goals. It can feel difficult trying to explain it away, but the key is to find a common element that ties it to your plans without dismissing it as “just a temp job”.


Volunteer Between Jobs To Fill Gaps On Your Resume

Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills, but it can also fill in large gaps in your resume between jobs.


How To Ace A Job Interview Over Email Or Skype

As remote working environments become more common, the interview process often involves never meeting your recruiter in person — instead, you’ll do the interview over email or video chat. And because the medium is different from talking face-to-face, you need to adapt and use new strategies to ace that interview and land the job.


Ask To Split The Cost Of Your Next Interview If You Have To Travel

Sometimes you get a potentially great job opportunity, but you have to travel to go to an interview. Consider asking the interviewer to split some of the costs before agreeing to attend.