Surfers must focus on being ready for the next wave without worrying too much about the great rides of other surfers, writes Antonio Neves. Similarly, professionals must stay ready for new opportunities and avoid the temptation to measure themselves against peers.
Don't use first-person pronouns such as "I" when speaking in meetings or accepting praise for the results of a team effort, writes Judith Humphrey. Doing so might lead to perceptions that you're overly self-promotional.
Try to write down some notes about the people you meet as soon as possible after meeting them, writes Kat Boogaard. By doing so, you'll remember them better and be able to reconnect with them in a more sincere way in the future.
Salesforce Senior Vice President of Global Recruiting Ana Recio said she was impressed when she asked a job candidate what the most difficult part of taking the role would be and the candidate said, "Containing my excitement." Glassdoor Senior Manager of Talent Acquisition Jamie Hichens said one of the favorite things she was told at an interview was, "I want to run toward a new opportunity, not run away from my current one."
The departure rate for underrepresented minority workers at Intel has declined 9.7% since last year, while hiring has increased to 12.6%, according to a midyear report from the company. The report notes underrepresentation of African-Americans, making up 60% of the remaining goal for diversity hiring.
Plans have been made to silence Big Ben's bell until 2021 to provide a safe environment for workers making repairs to the surrounding Elizabeth Tower in London. The plan has drawn criticism from many, including UK Prime Minister Theresa May, who said "it can't be right" that the bell would not ring for four years.
If you want to become a better networker, you have to develop your ability to engage in small talk, writes Peter Gasca. Practice by working on encouraging others to talk about themselves instead of getting on your phone when you're in public without anything else to do, Gasca writes.
Avoid using flimsy excuses -- like needing to go get food or run an errand -- to avoid attending a meeting, writes Richard Moy. Before you miss a meeting because of other work, ask your boss whether you should prioritize your other tasks or the meeting, Moy writes.
The hiring process currently takes an average of 23.8 days -- an increase from 2014, when the average was 22.9 days, according to Glassdoor. Average hiring times vary from region to region, but the difference between industries is more significant, says Glassdoor economist Andrew Chamberlain.
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