A shrinking labor pool has employers hiring people they normally might pass over, such as those with a criminal record and those who have been out of work. The shift has put more prime-age workers -- people ages 25 to 54 -- into the workforce, economists say.
Subject line keywords such as "urgent" can alert recipients that a quick reply is necessary, writes Tanya Hall. Other helpful keywords include "FYI," which lets recipients know they can simply read your email and don't need to compose a reply.
Busy professionals should make sure they know and can communicate their career stories before they start a job search, writes Jenny Foss. After that, it's important to construct a detailed plan, optimize LinkedIn and other social media profiles and set aside blocks of time to dedicate to the job search.
A pair of Russian comedians were able to fool Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo into believing they were Ukrainian officials. Comedians Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov posted a YouTube video of the resulting phone call, during which the pair discussed the threat of a North Korean missile attack with Calvo.
If your business is experiencing rapid growth, your hiring approach should support that, Spark Hire CEO Josh Tolan writes. Tolan outlines five common mistakes, such as excluding employees from the hiring process, and suggests remedies.
Any interaction can be an opportunity to expand your professional network, writes Carrie Kerpen, who shares a story about connecting with one of her idols in an airport. "[R]ather than expecting things to happen to you, you have to take the initiative and go after them," she writes.
Draw a task map that uses a hub-and-spoke design when a traditional to-do list isn't helping you organize tasks across different initiatives, suggests Chris Myers. It can also be helpful to use a prioritization matrix that factors in the time required, effort level and importance of specific tasks.
Leaders must be willing to respect ideas and people they don't understand, writes Robert Safian, the managing director of Fast Company. Also, they should use face-to-face communication whenever possible as they work to show empathy and a willingness to listen to others.
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