How I Learned the Importance of Keeping in Touch

I wish I had gleaned it during that first job. When you’re early in your career, people are always telling you to “network” and to “reach out to people.”

But they never tell you how (or why) to stay in touch.

Countless people with whom I have maintained better contact over the years have helped me with my career. I had their help because I managed to send that second email, call someone back, or text during the holidays.

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How Internships Can Increase Your Odds of Landing a Good Job

The thing is that while you’re studying at college, you learn theory, and skills and critical thinking, but that doesn’t mean you can implement them on the job. Now, you’re probably reading that sentence and thinking “Of course I can implement them on the job” but to an employer, how do they know that? If you’ve had even just one internship, then they see that as proof that you know how things work on the job.

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10 1/2 Types of Elevator Pitches

artisthood_logo_ah_test_v1_smallWe love discussing elevator pitches, although they are rarely used in an elevator.
But what happens to elevator pitches when you’re working on different things?  We thought it would be helpful to make a list of types of elevator pitches, hope it helps those of you who don’t fit into the standard elevator pitch group.

The Functional Pitch

While my full time job is still [at company], I’m putting my [energy, time, money I usually spend on lattes] into my [creative pursuit] and I need some help.

This works best if you’re specific about what kind of help you need. We haven’t seen it used effectively for a new job, so beware about combining your pitches here!

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Women in Startups: The Fashion Double Standard

The idea that everyone can wear wear jeans, a t-shirt and a hoodie every day doesn’t translate to women.

I remember hearing the founders of Rent the Runway speaking on a panel. They spoke about how they were told early on to get their nails done and that once they started dressing differently they were treated differently. I’ve searched some of their articles (as they give out a lot of good advice), but can’t seem to find a quote, so perhaps they only said it at the speaking engagement. But the bottom line is that these are two very smart women, who graduated from Harvard and they were told to change their style in order to get more funding and for their company to be taken seriously.

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How should I overcome choosing the wrong job for the second time in a row?

quoraqEvery job seeker who is looking to get a new job that doesn’t feel like the wrong job has both a short term problem and a long term problem.

The short term problem: how do you know if this next job is the right one?

The long term problem: How do I pick a fulfilling career path? How do I know if there is growth? How can I ensure that I am making the right choices?

For the short term problem I teach my clients the trick of focusing on the past job interviews to inform future ones.

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Current Links on The Gig or Sharing Economy

artisthood_logo_ah_test_v1_smallAnd it’s difficult to measure how artists are using these new opportunities to their benefit. We see a lot of doom and gloom in terms of articles like this one: The Gig Economy is Screwing Over Workers and The Gig Economy has Grown Fast-and That’s a Problem for Workers  and Lastly we’re interested to see this article on Juno, who is taking on Uber in order to treat their drivers better. But it’s difficult as so many of the recent articles are framed around either the technology or people who are working these gig jobs full time. We are hunting for links and stories about creators who are using these new avenues to help them in their creative lifestyle. This read Apped to be Screwed is a good start.

Clearly there is a lot of change happening, we just noticed that LinkedIn has joined the discussion and are interested to see how our creative readers are using that to their benefit. We also are interested to see which companies are participating in the good work code.

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Is it ever appropriate to tell a job applicant why you’re rejecting them out of the gate?

There are two schools of thought on this:

1) Responding with feedback. As you said in your comment, the right thing to do would be to send a response with a form email saying something along the lines of: “Based on your application you wouldn’t be the right cultural fit. We expect our engineers to be able to (and want to) write a brief message about who they are, beyond a single line and based on your application we aren’t considering you due to this criteria.”

This would also be where you’d mention whether or not you’d consider a future application from them if they get their act together and do some research on your organization.

2) Not responding to the candidate. This lets these candidates learn the lesson on their own (and as James Linn pointed out, not every company will hold them to the same criteria).

Full question and answer here.

Too Many Millennials Are Making This Big Career Mistake

Some people will assume that if you’re 25, you’re playing Pokemon Go at work.

Yes, there are studies and statistics that tell a certain story (check the Harvard Business Review and the Bureau of Labor statistics). Yes, these stories have hard, concrete evidence, but too often employers use those facts to make assumptions about their young employees. Whether it’s about their work ethic, use of technology, or perceptions about the world.

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This Is the Biggest Mistake Millennials Are Making at Work

Stereotypes can be even more dangerous than you think.

because there are workers who will see one of my students with a phone out and assume that she’s just goofing off, when she might be checking her email to see if the ribbon she sourced is ready, or how garments she did quality control for that afternoon. Because that stereotype is real: if you’re an intern or entry-level employee taking notes on a tablet in a meeting, and someone from the office doesn’t know you, he can assume that you’re goofing off, emailing friends, or doing something not work related.


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5 Easy Ways to Make Your Cover Letter Stand Out

A Personalized Cover Letter Can Make All The Difference.

Is the cover letter is actually going to be read? That’s right, most companies don’t read them, but if they do, you have to have a good one. So you want to take the time to find out if a person will actually see it before you write the letter. If not, you don’t have to spend the time crafting the letter.

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The Best Thing You Can Do In An Interview: Be Honest

Usually when employers want to ‘hear what they want to hear’, the complaint I hear most often is that the candidate didn’t research the company enough.

They didn’t know that they have a monthly golf outing with the team (even though the pictures are on the website).

The candidate didn’t realize their opinion on overtime (even though it’s in a video on the HR page of their website), or that they won an award for their workplace (even though the Forbes logo is on their ‘Careers’ page).

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4 Easy Things You Can Start Doing If You Can’t Find A Job Out Of College

The most important thing is to stay busy and by busy, I mean busy with something you can put on your resume. That way if you get an interview with your dream company three months from now, when they ask you what you’ve been doing, you have something more to say than ‘job searching’  which some employers hear as ‘sitting on the couch and doing nothing’ even though job searches, especially for entry level roles take longer than ever before.

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11 Questions Hiring Managers Never Want to Hear

Categories of bad job questions for any industry.

The “I actually don’t want to do this job” questions

We don’t have to [insert duty that would need to be performed every day] at this job, do we?

How quickly would I be promoted from [entry-level job they are qualified for] because I really want to work as a [mid-level job they are unqualified for]?

Can I work part time or work from home? [when the work needs to be done on-site]

I don’t think that doing [valuable work the company needs done] is important, would I be able to pass that work off to someone else in this role?


Read the full article at Mashable

Beware: Don’t Add This to Your CV

No matter the state of the job market, it’s always hard to make your resume or CV standout from the pack.

Various, is single-handedly the most useless adjective on a resume. It essentially boils down to saying nothing new about the nouns that it prefaces.

In almost any example I can think of it replaces the word ‘different’. People are using it to demarcate separate projects they worked on or duties they performed. Except if you were to write the word ‘different’ instead of ‘various’, your resume would come off like a sullen teen: ‘I worked on a few different projects, but whatever, they weren’t really descriptive, just various,’” she continued.


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