Make a list of 30 to 40 companies you'd like to work for, and reach out to connections at those companies through LinkedIn or Twitter, career coach Dave Denaro advises. Try to get meetings with those people and mention your interest in the company during conversation.
Companies are more often using chatbots as substitutes for recruiters in initial screening conversations, experts say. If you have to talk to a chatbot, keep your answers concise and make sure to follow up with a human contact at the company.
Americans receive far less paid time off compared to other advanced economies, and the US is the only industrialized country that doesn't guarantee paid vacation days. "It's a national embarrassment that 28 million Americans don't get any paid vacation or paid holidays," writes John Schmitt, senior economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research.
The University of Maryland says it is investigating the culture and coaching tactics of its football program after the death of freshman offensive lineman Jordan McNair. Some players report abuse and humiliation from strength and conditioning coach Rick Court, who has resigned, but others say these tactics aim to eliminate "the soft and the weak-minded."
Develop self-awareness by surrounding yourself with people who challenge you and provide honest feedback, Audrey Epstein writes. Assume positive intent from your colleagues and address rifts immediately, without resorting to gossip.
Long breaks from work or sabbaticals are an opportunity to strengthen skills and gain diversity of thought, career consultant Amanda Augustine says. Sabbaticals are becoming more common as companies have become less wary of employment gaps, notes recruiter Jodi Chavez.
LinkedIn and other social networks have become far more important than resumes for landing a job, Kathryn Vasel writes. Resumes have become less than 10% of the hiring process, says Macy Andrews, senior director of HR at Cisco.
A survey by Home Instead found that 53% of preretirees who plan to leave their job in the next five years anticipate going back to work at some point. The need to generate additional income was the most common reason given, but respondents also cited staving off boredom and keeping a sharp mind.
Performance-management software should include features for feedback, succession planning and custom reporting, writes Anna Smith, chief editor of TalentGuard. "A performance management software solution should integrate into other technology components of the business, offering data sharing of relevant information when it is needed," Smith writes.
More employee-assistance programs are using apps and virtual therapy to help employees deal with stress, anxiety and depression, says Marina London, communications director for the Employee Assistance Professionals Association. "But to be clear, no app is a substitute for EAP counseling with the counselor," London says.