Use your manners when networking. This week's Roundup includes tips on networking, common interview mistakes to avoid, and how best to job hunt in the digital age. Also, find out how to maximize efficiency at work and blow everyone away with interesting facts about office jargon.
Optimists Are Better at Finding New Jobs
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Unhappiness can motivate you to change, but it’s optimism that gets you over the finish line. Optimism empowers you to take positive action faster like updating your resume or networking. Optimists also appear more likable and capable in an interview. Once on the job, they’re more engaged and less likely to burnout. Good news for pessimists: your mindset is malleable and can be retrained.
The Two Most Important Words You Can Say When Networking
“Thank you.” Thanking your connections is a great way to reconnect and reinvigorate a relationship. With so many connections and so little time, grabbing a lunch with someone is easy and will strengthen your bond. But, remember to “trim the tree” –too many connections means you won’t have time to foster great relationships.
7 Surprisingly Common Interview Mistakes That Can Cost Smart People the Job
More interviews flop because of social faux pas than from being underqualified. Arriving late will test your interviewer’s patience. A weak handshake and a lack of eye contact can make you look timid and dishonest. Dress to impress, but be remembered for your intelligence, not for what you wore. Bad grammar or talking too much signal poor communication skills. And if your email is firstname.lastname@example.org, don’t use it.
How to Be Efficient: Dan Ariely’s 6 New Secrets to Managing Your Time
Meetings, email, and multitasking are killing your productivity. Avoid switching between tasks –it reduces effectiveness. You have about two hours of peak productivity, usually early in the morning. Use this time wisely. Have a plan, goals, or a system in place to avoid distractions. And make sure you write it down –you’re more likely to do what you put in writing.
The 1 Requirement Every Employee in Your Company Should Meet
Have a hobby. Why? An 80-hour workweek doesn't equate with more or better output. Requiring employees to have a hobby also helps Millennials stick around. Moral of the story: work-life balance and high growth aren't mutually exclusive. It may be time for Silicon Valley and Wall Street gigs to turn down the hours.
Job Hunting in the Digital Age
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Lights, camera, action! Be ready for Skype interviews and recorded screening questions. To pass automated tracking systems, use keywords in your application from the job description. Keep your online profiles up-to-date in case an employer follows up with you for another position. Most importantly, go offline. People are surprisingly receptive to direct emails or messages on LinkedIn.
The Origins of Office Speak
“Drill down.” “Streamline.” “Disrupt.” To play buzzword bingo like a pro, you need to understand the big picture. Overused office buzzwords pop up every time a new management philosophy comes into fashion. In the days of maximizing factory worker output, boardroom speak was mechanistic: accuracy, precision, incentives. In today’s digital world we use words like bandwidth, hacking, and multi-tasking.
Bonus fact: the word synergy was originally a Protestant term for cooperation between human will and divine grace.
Your Resume Is Never Enough to Get the Job You Really Want
Put in the work. It’s the one thing you can control in the recruitment process. First, determine the company you want to work for instead of applying to as many jobs as possible. Then, really get to know the company. Show them how you’ll do your job. Don’t be shy to reach out to the employer first to ask for an interview. Finally, make sure you assert yourself –be direct and show the employer what you can do for them.