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Metro Money: You Call It a Library, I Call It My Office

WSJ Careers - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 20:48
Columnist Anne Kadet weighs in on the growing number of New Yorkers who are using the library for office space—and what the perks and drawbacks are.

Personality Tests Raise Bar in Job Hunt

WSJ Careers - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 15:20
More companies use assessments to hire, with fewer willing to take a chance on anyone who doesn’t measure up.

Repeat Crowdfunding Reaps Rewards for Entrepreneurs

WSJ Careers - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 12:51
Here’s a secret for budding entrepreneurs using crowdfunding platforms to finance their projects: It pays to go back for seconds.

N.J. Cities Pass Paid-Sick-Leave Laws Despite Opposition From Christie

WSJ Careers - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 21:29
New Jersey doesn’t have a statewide sick-leave law, but that hasn’t stopped Newark, Jersey City, Montclair and other towns from adopting their own, prompting a backlash from the business community.

Mind Your Email Manners

WSJ Careers - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 20:21
In business communication, it is important to observe some etiquette rules.

From the At Work Blog: Many Companies Plan a 2015 Hiring Boost

WSJ Careers - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 19:54
Employers plan to hire 9.6% more new graduates than they did last year, according to a survey of 162 U.S. employers released Wednesday by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

As Layoffs Mount, Oil Field Workers Feel Brunt

WSJ Careers - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:27
As layoffs in the energy industry hit 100,000 amid a drop in crude-oil prices, the roughnecks have been hit the hardest. “The closer your job is to the actual oil well, the more in jeopardy you are of losing that job,” an oil and gas recruiter said.

Finding Confidence to Move Up

WSJ Careers - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 08:38
Leyla Seka was ready to quit her job in software marketing because she thought managers doubted her leadership abilities. In frank conversations with them, she found it was her own doubts that were holding her back.

Your Job-Without A Doubt…

Lisa Kaye - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 10:52

It may seem like you know who you are and what you want and have always found it easy to find the path along the long road to your career. You may not have had to struggle along the way or you may have what others call, “an easy time of it.” Where ever your journey has taken you your job, your career, your calling has been one of the most important roads you’ve ever traveled in your like-without a doubt.

Now for the rest of us that road has been filled with challenges, uncertainties, and even wrong turns. Even when we thought we knew what we wanted life revealed a few other options for us to ponder and we were all to glad to try. It’s not that you lacked focus but doubt became the compass by which you navigated your career choices. You may have made some questionable decisions along the way, but you learned, grew and had at least some funny stories to tell about your crazy boss and your long suffering co-worker.

Even though you may have suffered the consequences of your questionable choices, your doubts about what you wanted steered you mysteriously into trying new careers, working in new industries and taking on jobs others would have naturally turned away from. You have been the master of your career destiny but what would you do differently if you knew for sure the career that was right for you? If you had the chance to choose again would you go to school, study a trade and apply your skills to a profession that would last a lifetime?

With doubt, comes an innate ability to push fear aside and try new things because we have no preconceived notion that we might fail if we give it a shot. When we have doubt about our choices, it helps us to weed out what we most like about what we do from those things we hate. Choosing your career when you are not so emotionally tied to the outcome may actually yield some interesting opportunities. Although I’m not suggesting you adopt a career strategy that employs a trial and error approach. But for those of you willing to take a gamble, are given a rare glimpse into new possible careers and fields of work to explore.

You may not think you’ve got it all figured out when it comes to making the right career choices. Maybe you would have been better off sticking to one thing and mastering your skills in a career that would span a lifetime. Just because you may have taken the scenic route along the way to your next job, you knew there would be many exits along the way for you to explore until you discovered what it was you really wanted to do. Having doubt makes it easier for you to try new things even if you are not sure what it is you really want. It does not mean that job-hopping is necessarily the way towards career advancement, but it sure makes for colorful reading on your resume.

If you feel that you have made choices based on doubt, uncertainty or just plain “luck” then you can count yourself among the vast majority of people who sometimes need to figure it out along the way before making a firm decision-without a doubt.

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Germany's Rising Wages Bode Well

WSJ Careers - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 09:16
The Outlook: Pay increases in export-driven Germany, the No. 4 economy globally, are expected to spur higher consumer spending and a smaller trade surplus—benefiting the eurozone, the U.S. and the rest of the world. A 60-Year-Old Earns Internet Glory

WSJ Careers - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 12:11 was acquired by LinkedIn for $1.5 billion, a deal that cements 60-year-old Lynda Weinman as one of the most successful entrepreneurs in e-learning.

Pay Gap Between Wall Street CEOs and Employees Narrows

WSJ Careers - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 11:47
The pay slips of Wall Street’s rank and file are getting a little heavier. Less so for the big bosses.

Can Companies Solve Workers' Money Problems?

WSJ Careers - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 01:14
Companies want to help staffers reduce debt, invest for retirement and boost productivity.

Pity the Maytag Repairman

WSJ Careers - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 00:21
Consumers facing stagnant wages are rethinking spending on services, including appliance repairs. More are doing it themselves, hurting repair jobs and pay.

A New Cancer Drug, Made in China

WSJ Careers - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 19:48
Chinese biotechs are trying to move beyond generic medicines and develop new drugs, under the leadership of researchers that have left Big Pharma to return to their native country.

Job Hop …

Lisa Kaye - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 11:42

It use to be that having more than one job in a five year period of time was considered “flighty” and that you were labeled a “job-hopper.” No one wanted to look at your resume unless you can show longevity and commitment to a job. Getting an interview if you were not seen as a lifer was next to impossible if you could not prove that you had a valid reason for leaving your job in a short period of time—which was like five years or less! Job-hopping is not something you do with the Easter Bunny-it’s something you do when you are trying to figure out what you want or, you are so good at what you do everyone keeps offering you a job you can’t seem to turn down!

When you are an expert “job-hopper” you have taken the best of your current situation and are looking for the next best gig just like an Easter egg hunt gone awry. You may stumble from one job hole to another but hey you are having fun right? The job –hopper profile goes something like this:

  1. You need to keep moving otherwise you feel like you are stagnant and are not going anywhere in your career.
  2. You want to be liked so when someone offers you a new opportunity you don’t want to say no.
  3. Because it’s shiny.
  4. You may not have won at every game you played as a kid and you feel like it’s a race to fit 10 jobs in 10 years on your resume.
  5. You never liked staying in one place too long for fear of unhealthy attachments.
  6. You are a go-getter no matter how many times you like to run and fetch things.
  7. You don’t like to stay too long at the party- no matter how popular you have become.
  8. Change is good and you like to learn new things even if it has nothing to do with what you studied in school.
  9. Working in a variety of places makes you feel like a well-rounded person with much to offer someone new given the next chance.
  10. If you don’t like it you can leave.

Being a job-hopper these days is not a negative sign as it once was. Working in many places shows that you are curious by nature and have the ability to fit into new environments and to move with the rolling tide. As long as you know how to effectively “spin” your many career choices over a short span of time, most employers these days don’t necessarily look poorly on someone who has had many jobs. As someone who likes to move from one place to another knowing that about yourself is a huge plus in choosing the type of jobs you want and the type of people you would like to work for.

Just because you like to move around a lot does not mean you would not make a valuable addition to any team. You just need to make sure you don’t hop yourself off the career trail because you can’t seem to stay around long enough to offer up your contributions in a meaningful way. Have a list, check it off and hop on to your next great career adventure!

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Here's a Thing: Coders Can Skip College

WSJ Careers - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 13:29
In trying to find employee diamonds in the rough, one man found there’s no correlation between a college degree and an ability to code.

How 300 Emails Led to a Summer Job on Wall Street

WSJ Careers - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 12:06
While recruiters target elite universities like Princeton, providing on-campus information sessions and informal coffees, students at less-selective schools put in extra legwork.

After Airline Tragedy, New Focus on Mental Health at Work

WSJ Careers - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 22:37
The Germanwings crash highlights a dilemma facing employers and mental-health professionals: how to balance the need for safety with a worker’s right to privacy and a career without stigma.

Jack Welch on M.B.A. Degrees

WSJ Careers - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 21:56
Jack Welch says he’s still a fan of the traditional M.B.A. degree—to a point. But he wonders about the average program’s return on investment.