Emanate confidence in social situations using simple strategies, such as maintaining good posture and using affirming language, suggests performance coach and author Susie Moore. Say "I can" or "I will" instead of "I'll try" or "I think," she writes.
Keep an accomplishment journal and hang onto annual performance reviews so you can use the information to boost your resume with key achievements in your field, Julia Malacoff writes. Avoid describing your skills and experiences in a generic way on your resume, and minimize "keyword stuffing," she advises.
Return a counteroffer of 10% to 20% higher than initially offered, recommends negotiation coach and author Josh Doody. Be confident in knowing your market value and don't be apologetic in asking for a higher salary or better benefits, he advises.
Jobs and finances topped the list of stresses in a recent survey conducted by Fidelity, and these stressors corresponded to a higher number of days missed at work. "Employee financial wellness needs are not all the same, so the onus is on employers to ensure programs address a wide range of financial needs -- not just retirement," says Gao-Wen Shao of Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Robert Sutton, a professor of management at Stanford University, reflects on the power of an offhand comment and discusses the trouble this can cause leaders. Sutton advises a clear distinction between actual commands and when you're thinking out loud.
The legal marijuana industry is on pace to create more than 400,000 jobs, including budtenders and cannabis chefs, by 2021, according to BDS Analytics. Some jobs, such as head growers and master extractors, require advanced degrees in horticulture or biochemistry and command six-figure salaries.
Cleanup workers at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant are at risk of exploitation and may have been misled about the health risks of the job, United Nations experts say. "Workers hired to decontaminate Fukushima reportedly include migrant workers, asylum seekers and people who are homeless," the experts say.
Many Central American child migrants end up being deported to their home countries, where they face poverty, gang violence and a lack of access to education, according to a UNICEF report. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime says 60% of human trafficking victims in Central America and the Caribbean are children.
Workers from the World Health Organization and UNICEF are continuing efforts to contain an Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo with vaccinations, education and hand-washing stations. The risk is that authorities fail to stop the disease's spread and it becomes a "multicountry regional outbreak," said Peter Salama, a WHO deputy secretary-general.
The federal government in Nigeria paid a ransom to Boko Haram militants for 111 girls who were kidnapped from a school this year, according to a United Nations report. Ransom payments and the widespread use of cash are fueling extremist activities in the country, the report suggests.