When you hear the phrase, "It's all who you know," what do you think of?Influential people who can open a door for your career? Friends in high places who can throw you a bone? I think it's time we look at the phrase differently.
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If you want to secure a decent wage and steady employment, it helps to have a job that's in very high demand. According to the latest Hays Jobs Report, skills relating to finance and information technology are good for your resume in 2018. Here are the top 30 jobs that employers are currently trying to fill.
Looking for a job is difficult under the best of circumstances, and it gets considerably more so when you aren't prepared. Optimistically, we stick with a gig for a while even if we don't love it, neglecting to keep our resumes and other materials prepped if an opportunity comes up that we want to jump at.
Everyone's nervous before a job interview, but there are plenty of ways you can amp yourself up and shake off the jitters. Of course you need to do your research on the company, and practise answers to the most common interview questions. The more you prepare, the more confident you'll feel. In addition, I like to listen to my running playlist before any type of situation in which I'm likely to be nervous but need to impress. You probably have your own tricks, too.
Job hunting is always an exercise in patience and managed expectations. Whether you're looking for a new gig, trying to get your foot in the door of an unfamiliar industry, or just want to ensure your professional life stays up to date and appealing, there's no doubt you'll have to get on LinkedIn and spruce up that profile. Let's be honest: Your current profile probably isn't cutting it, and needs some work if you want to make a good first impression before you meet face-to-face for an interview.
Your social networks aren't just there for arguing politics with your uncle or looking at your neighbour's lunch - they're also good for the serious business of finding your next place of employment. Here's how to perfect your searching on each of the major networks to maximise your chances of landing your dream job, or something close to it.
If you've ever hired anyone for a job, you understand a whole new perspective on what makes an applicant stand out - and what makes you toss an application to the bin. Fair or not, blogger, consultant and hirer Charlie Balmer discusses honestly the mistakes that can ruin your chances with a potential employer.
Silicon Valley is full of college dropouts who became obscenely wealthy CEOs. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Michael Dell, Mark Zuckerberg - the list goes on and on. Of course, most of these guys had genius and/or family wealth on their side. For average Joes, scoring a high-paying salary with no qualifications is tougher - but not impossible. Here are five jobs with potential salaries in the six figures that don't require a degree.
Nobody is immune to layoffs. Whether you're an executive or an entry-level hire, layoffs can - and probably will - affect you at some point in your career. Consultants and freelancers have a bit of a buffer thanks to their multiple income streams, but when their industry suffers, they suffer too. (There's nothing like losing four clients in a single month.)
Wrapping up the work week on a beautiful summer day sometimes feels like a slog, and for good reason. The days are hotter, you aren't getting much done, and your weekend plans are getting closer by the minute. It might sound inefficient, but the increasingly popular early dismissal "Summer Fridays" work perk benefits not only you, but your employer as well. You'll get more time for yourself, your boss gets better work from you, and everyone gets to enjoy a beautiful afternoon.
Recently, we asked people who worked in the food service industry if there were any insights about their job they wished restaurant patrons would know, and we got some great answers. Whether it's about tipping, food orders, or how you should and shouldn't treat the wait staff, these are the secrets to being a good customer.
The stretch from November to January is so festive, so cheerful - and so expensive. There are the gifts for your family and friends, new outfits for dinners and parties, booze and food for your own shindigs, airfare or petrol, holiday cards... the list goes on. In my house, at least, the late-January credit bills always bring a horrified reckoning and promises to do better next year.