Nearly one-third of U.S. millennials are still living under their parents’ roofs (and that’s a fact, not a snide remark), but that’s not stopping them from rocking the long-established boat of American work culture. The nine-to-five office gig is getting old, and remote work, apparently, is going to be its bold, new successor. Yes, they may be still getting grilled cheese sandwiches hand-delivered to them from mom as they hang out in the basement playing Grand Theft Auto V, but millennials are simultaneously managing to shift the foundational plates U.S. companies have found themselves firmly rooted on for the past two centuries and then some. Get ready for the big one, because it’s been a long time coming, and things are about to get all shook up.
Look, no one loves writing cover letters. Just like no one LOVES eating kale (we see right through you, Gwyneth Paltrow). But both are a means to an end: If you want to live to the age of 95, try eating more kale; if you want to get ahead in your job search, include a cover letter. In a 2016 CareerBuilder survey, 40 percent of hiring managers said they’re more likely to pay attention to job applications that include cover letters.
When most people think about communication, they think about speaking. While this area is only one part of communication, it's a very important one. Speaking well matters, whether you're a manager delivering motivational speeches to inspire your team, a bookkeeperexplaining a client's financial situation, or a public relations specialist interacting with members of the media.
Having good public speaking skills helps you talk to others and persuade them with your point of view. Your speaking skills will help you command others' attention. You can showcase your excellent speaking skills during a job interview, so make the most of the opportunity.
Power verbs bring your résumé to life. They paint a picture for the reviewer by highlighting your skills and accomplishments, affirm your communication skills, and help you stand out in a crowd. Begin each statement or phrase with a power verb, then take you résumé to the next level, by inserting action-packed power verbs into your work history and branding statement.
Finding references seems simple enough: approach professors, previous bosses and supervisors from your internships, and you should be all set.
Well, not necessarily. For one thing, companies want to know about more than your academic and technical skills before they hire you. For another, that professor who gave you high marks may not really like you all that much.
At first glance, the numbers are intimidating: every year, hundreds of schools churn out thousands of graduates in a wide variety of technical disciplines. That’s a lot of people competing for the same pool of jobs, especially in popular disciplines such as programming and data analytics.
So how does the individual job applicant stand out amidst this scrum? Here are some tips:
The average technology salary in the U.S. leapt 7.7 percent in 2015, according to the latest Dice Salary Survey. But which technologies and skillsets drew the highest payouts? Short answer: anything to do with data-wrangling.
Not all job interviews take place in person; especially during the early stages of the hiring process, a tech pro will likely have to speak to recruiters, HR staff, hiring managers, and even potential colleagues on the phone.
While phone interviews offer several advantages—you don’t need to dress up, for example, or commute to an office somewhere—they also pose a unique mix of challenges, especially for those who are relatively inexperienced in interviewing for jobs. With that in mind, here are some quick, top-level tips for preparing yourself: