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Use Good UX to Land That Interview

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Here’s a holiday gift for you, by way of a tip: for the love of all that is sensible, please include your resume and cover letter when you apply for a job.

I don’t know if not doing so is unique to the LinkedIn platform, of which I’m generally a fan; or unique to a certain class of professional (designers, I’m talking to you). Regardless, here’s how it goes down from the hiring manager’s perspective:    Read More →

That Fantastic Jobs Report and What It Means for You

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The numbers are in from the Labor Department: employers added 321,000 jobs in November. This is the biggest one-month gain since January 2012, and it far exceeded analysts’ expectations, which was that payrolls would increase by 225,000. Not only that, but the jobs numbers for September and October got revised up by a total of 44,000.

So what should these glowing numbers mean for you?    Read More →

How Consultants Can Make Sure They Get Paid

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The biggest hazard in the life of an independent consultant or freelancer is the likelihood that at some point you’ll have a client who won’t or doesn’t pay you. In my 16 years of independence, I have had two clients commit the crime of nonpayment. And just this year, I almost had my third. Having learned from the first two, the last one didn’t end badly—it ended up with the final check.    Read More →

5 LinkedIn Mistakes You Don’t Realize You’re Making

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Are you pleased with your LinkedIn profile? Sure, you probably are. After all, you’ve checked all the boxes: photo, succinct summary, detailed job history, etc. You’re even getting a few hits from recruiters. But there’s more to building a killer profile than just avoiding the common mistakes. As recruiters, LinkedIn is our first stop when searching for talent, and I’ve spotted five common LinkedIn mistakes that most people don’t realize they’re making.    Read More →

In Defense of the Feedback Sandwich

fat burgerThe Feedback Sandwich — opening with some positive comments, then your main feedback message, followed by some final positive comments — is a time-tested way of delivering constructive criticism. Some critics think it waters down the message or coddles the recipient unnecessarily. Todd Cherches, however, thinks it’s the best way there is to make the delivery of feedback more palatable. 

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7 Signs That a Layoff is Coming

proceed with caution Sooner or later, you’re going to be laid off. Not because you’re not working hard enough, not because you’re not staying late enough, and not because you don’t do great things for your company and your team. You’re going to be laid off because rapid growth and equally rapid contraction is the new norm for businesses, especially those in the digital world. You can’t prevent it, but you can see it coming.

Early in my career, I was laid off from a publishing job. I should have seen it coming and prepared myself for it, but I didn’t. I was young and naive. I thought that as long as I did good work, my job would be safe. It wasn’t. Since then, I’ve been fortunate enough to survive multiple rounds of layoffs in publishing and digital. Over time, I learned to see them coming. While that didn’t make them any less nerve-wracking, it did teach me to prepare myself each time for getting the bad news. I know that my number will come up again, and I don’t intend to be caught off guard. Neither should you.     Read More →

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