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GE Goes Into High Gear to Attract Silicon Valley Tech Talent

WSJ Careers - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 16:04
General Electric—one of the country’s oldest industrial businesses—has set up a new software division that is working to lure tech talent from Silicon Valley titans, such as Apple and Cisco.

The Power of Mirroring

WSJ Careers - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 00:48
Using the same gestures, posture or tone as someone else can create a connection and help with networking, negotiating or other conversations.

Group of 21 States Sues U.S. Over New Overtime-Pay Rule

WSJ Careers - Tue, 09/20/2016 - 22:16
Twenty-one states filed a lawsuit against the federal government seeking to overturn a sweeping regulation designed to qualify millions more Americans for overtime pay starting in December.

How To Tell Your Job Story

Lisa Kaye - Tue, 09/20/2016 - 10:56

If you like the narrative a good story line can reveal, you probably are a fan of some of the best-scripted shows on television. You don’t have to be an actor in your own drama to come up with a good story line. You do however, have to have a sense of the dramatic and be creative in how you engage your audience. It’s no different when you tell your job story. Some of you might feel that you don’t have a compelling enough story to tell. Maybe you have been in the same job for years, maybe you believe you don’t possess enough experience yet to make it worth someone’s time to listen. But knowing how to tell your job story in a way that is both authentic and compelling, helps you to position yourself for your next big career opportunity.

You may have been brought up to believe it’s not nice to brag and that modesty is the way to go whenever you are introduced to someone new or you are asked to tell them about yourself. Some of us were not trained in the art of self-promotion. I’m not suggesting you get TRUMP on anyone, but understanding how to articulate your skills, abilities and accomplishments is an important part of your job story. These are skills that should be honed just like anything else you decide is worthy to put on a resume.

It’s not so much to have a factually accurate resume or bio on hand anytime an opportunity presents itself. It is important however, to make sure your story is compelling enough to make someone want to get to know you a little better. We tend to forget what we did, thinking that our job history is best left in the past. Your accomplishments might be something you check off a list never to be referenced again. Understanding what to include in a resume is one thing, but how do you tell your story when asked to reveal a little something more about yourself? Are you shy and unassuming? Do you say it’s not important? Or, do you launch into a campaign, highlighting your stellar career accomplishments?

Most folks are uncomfortable talking about how good they are at what they are good at doing. Others, it seems can’t stop talking about how great they are and are likely to turn off a few folks in the middle of their diatribe. You don’t have to feel like you will offend if you are honest, humble and direct about your job experiences and how you can promote your accomplishments. No one is going to sing your praises quite the same but understanding that you have a breadth of knowledge and experience that needs to be shared is a crucial step in displaying confidence and self-assurance. You don’t need to have a list prepared of what you do or how you did it, but recalling a few examples of stories from your career catalogue might help you present yourself in a winning way.

Your greatest gift to others is the help and support you can provide in your work. Your greatest gift to yourself is understanding when and how to tell others how you can help them without feeling embarrassed or ashamed. You’ve got a lot to offer, find a few ways to share yourself with others without the fear of rejection.

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Canadian Union to Strike GM If Contract Deadline Missed

WSJ Careers - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 12:47
The Canadian auto workers union said thousands of factory employees will strike at two GM plants if the sides miss a Monday night contract deadline.

Virtual Reality Comes to the Company Meeting

WSJ Careers - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 09:43
If meetings are held in virtual reality with avatars, will people feel more connected?

Why the Paperless Office Is Finally on Its Way

WSJ Careers - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 05:47
We were promised the paperless office for 40 years, yet it’s only just becoming true, writes Christopher Mims. For the first time in history, there is a steady decline of about 1% to 2% a year in office use of paper.

Bloomberg Gives $300 Million to Johns Hopkins for Public-Health Effort

WSJ Careers - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 17:00
The former New York City mayor is donating $300 million to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to finance an ambitious effort to target opioid addiction, gun violence and other public-health issues in the U.S.

Use of Illicit Drugs Is on the Rise Among Workers

WSJ Careers - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 14:29
The share of U.S. workers testing positive for illicit drug use reached its highest level in a decade, according to data from millions of workplace drug tests administered by Quest Diagnostics, one of the nation’s largest medical-screening laboratories.

Average Cost of Employer Health Coverage Tops $18,000 for Family

WSJ Careers - Wed, 09/14/2016 - 22:18
The average cost of employer health coverage pushed above $18,000 for a family this year, though the pace of growth was slowed by the shift into high-deductible plans.

How to Be a Better Manager in 30 Minutes a Week

WSJ Careers - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 23:02
Since its 2005 launch, the weekly podcast, “Manager Tools,” has aired more than 900 episodes. The show has expanded into a full-fledged consulting firm with clientele that includes executives from Apple, AT&T and FedEx.

Get a Job Without a Résumé This Week

WSJ Careers - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 19:18
As part of an initiative called World Hiring Day on Wednesday more than 200 companies will open their applicant pools and accept video introductions from anyone interested in a role at those firms.

No Meetings Allowed: It's 'Thinking Thursday'

WSJ Careers - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 19:15
Edmunds.com puts a weekly moratorium on meetings and reserves Thursdays for reflection and creativity.

Here's Good News About Salaries for Liberal-Arts Majors

WSJ Careers - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 12:01
Your peers may outearn you early on, but research shows the divide tends to narrow or disappear as careers progress.

3 Ways You Know You Are Going Through A Job Phase

Lisa Kaye - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 10:44

Direction, you either crave it or you question it. You may never know which way is up when you are traveling on the road towards career happiness. What you don’t realize it that everyone you know at one point or another in their career journey has passed through a “job phase.” For some it lasts a minute, for others it seemingly lasts a lifetime. What defines a job phase is the pattern of uncertainty and self-reflection you face as you gather enough courage to determine if the job you have is the right one for you. What you do should not define who you are as a person but for most of us, it does. That doesn’t mean you need to stay the same way your entire life. Change, after all is inevitable under any circumstance whether you force the change or not. You should not panic if you feel you are going through a job phase whether you have a job or not. The key word to remember here is it is a “phase” which implies it will pass and you will come out on the other side, better, stronger and more resilient than before. So before you spin yourself into a career frenzy, here are a few telltale signs you are experiencing a job phase:

  1. Question Everything, Trust Nothing: You might think it’s just your quirky personality or inquisitive nature but when most of what you experience gives you cause to pause and question the outcome or the motive, you might be on a quicker course to self-discovery than you imagined. Being able to discern the difference between fact and fiction means you are no longer in a position to rely on what others tell you is right for you. Trusting in yourself and learning to experience work in the way you imagined is a skill and quality that will help you grow in your career. You may feel like you are a negative-Nelly, or a doubting Thomas, but questioning what is right for you is a way to harness your ability to be discerning and trusting of yourself and to truly know what is right for you when it comes to the choices you make in your career.
  2. Learning to Say No: Accepting a job, a promotion or working for a new boss maybe out of your control, but following your instincts and trusting in yourself is the number one skill you need for self-preservation. Just because someone asks you to do something, may not be right for you. Learning to say “No” does not mean you are being insubordinate. It means you are self-aware and evolved to know with whom and how you want to spend your time. If something does not feel right to you, it probably isn’t right. Understanding the difference and not feeling like you are moving with the wind sets you on a course to understand that the job phase you are going through is helping you to be more discerning in your choices. It’s important to not feel like you are being forced into a corner.
  3. Like & Dislike: You may feel like you are a malcontent and that nothing that is happening in your career is pleasing to you. You may have even got a promotion and for some reason you are not thrilled by your prospects. That’s ok it’s all part of your job phase. You first have to know what you don’t like in order to know what you do like that is after all, part of the job phase process. This can mean you may like your work but not the company. Or you may like your boss but not your coworkers. There is always something to every scenario that is not in balance. This should not be a cause for concern but a reflection on your ability to weave in and out of the process and prioritize what is important for you. Learning how to communicate not only to others but also to yourself, about what you want in your career is an important component in your job progression no matter what stage you are in your job phase.

You are not alone when you feel that nothing is going your way or you are not pleased with the direction your career is taking. There is nothing wrong with you for feeling or thinking that things could be different. The good news is that if you don’t like where you are, you can move someplace else. After all the best thing about a phase is that it ultimately passes with time.

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California Farmworkers to Get Overtime Pay After 8 Hours Under New Law

WSJ Careers - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 09:36
California agricultural workers will become the first in the U.S. to receive overtime pay if they work more than eight hours a day, under a law signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Wall Street's Insatiable Lust: Data, Data, Data

WSJ Careers - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 02:47
Hedge funds and other sophisticated investors are increasingly relying on data hunters, as they seek insights into a company’s sales and health that aren’t readily available from conventional sources.

Deloitte to Offer Paid Leave for Elder Caregiving

WSJ Careers - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 23:21
Professional-services firm Deloitte will offer up to 16 weeks of fully paid leave for a wide range of caregiving, including maternity and paternity leave, eldercare and aid for other sick family members or partners.

When the CEO Helps You Find Your Next Gig

WSJ Careers - Tue, 09/06/2016 - 23:08
More companies are supporting employees who choose to leave—in some cases introducing them to recruiters and training them to start their own businesses. The approach, executives say, builds trust and keeps workers focused on the job.

3 Reasons To Follow Your Career Compass

Lisa Kaye - Tue, 09/06/2016 - 10:45

There are many ways to follow your instincts when it comes to finding your dream job. Some like to dream big, imagining all the trappings that come with a successful career. Others like to think about ways to invent and create new ideas in the hopes that they may land something big. And there are some who like to drift along the career current, hoping the tide will take them to a new place of career success and well being. Whether you like to steer your own career course or like to let the waves carry you onto shore, there are at least three things you should keep in mind when you are following your career compass so you don’t drift too far from your intended goals:

  1. Plot Your Course of Action: Even if you are just graduating and have no idea which career direction you want, or you have been at a career for quite awhile only to find that you are no longer excited about the prospects, you need to make a plan, any plan will do. Sometimes just coasting along works and you miraculously land in a perfect job. Other times, you find yourself making plans only to course correct once again. If you are not sure where you need to move, it’s okay. Making changes in your career direction is expected, but making no plan whatsoever is ill advised.
  2. Career Course Correction: You may be on a path you thought was the right one for you. Giving it your all and trying to make it work yet no matter what you do, something is not working. It’s okay to figure out your options but lingering too long in uncertainty can make you lethargic and unsure about your next move. Making a move no matter which direction is better than making no moves at all. You can always change your mind if the choice you make no longer works for you. Nothing is forever and learning to trust that you know what you want is better than not solving the problem at all and staying stuck in a situation that no longer works for you. It’s okay, take the plunge nothing will hurt you.
  3. Following your internal career compass: Others may think they know what’s right for you when it comes to your career choices. However, no one knows what will make you happy except you. Understanding and trusting that only you know what is right for you when it comes to your career choices is the most important step in learning to follow your own advice and make the best career choices for you. It may not make you popular with your friends and family but in the long run it will make you stronger and more self-confident when it comes to making the right career choices.

The next time you doubt yourself and are not sure about your choices, know that no matter what direction your career compass leads you there is always another path to take if the one you are on does not lead you in the right direction for you.

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