Build relationships with people you work with on all levels of the corporate ladder to help support your career growth, Adunola Adeshola writes. A work friend at your same level can be a great listener and sounding board, while a senior-level manager can provide career guidance in a different way.
Most job interviewers will ask you common questions to find out "who you are, why you're interviewing at the company and what you will bring to the role," Lillian Childress writes. You'll be more prepared if you practice answers to the common questions, such as, "How do you handle mistakes?" and "What are your strengths and weaknesses?"
Don't let hearing "no" stop you from seeking new opportunities that could advance your career, writes Lauren McGoodwin, CEO of Career Contessa. Be open to taking a different direction if a new path presents itself.
To pull yourself out of a career rut, spend time with people who motivate you and reach out to networks outside of your usual circle, Ashley Stahl writes. Seek advice from a sponsor, join a mastermind group and consider getting a career coach.
Make sure to write your resume with your prospective employer in mind as your target audience, Ladders.com CEO Marc Cenedella advises. Try to summarize data in numbers, include "success verb" keywords, and keep your resume to no more than two pages.
Voice actor Jay Aubrey Jones has revealed that when his famous audio clip was recorded, he was saying "laurel," not "yanny." In the video, Jones confirms that "the frequencies that you use on your listening device" affect which word you hear when playing the clip.
The UK's secret service, MI6, is introducing ads with a soft image to attract candidates, particularly women and minorities, who have understanding and emotional skills. The agency wants to diversify its workforce and to recruit people who never considered working for an intelligence agency.
Theranos, the Silicon Valley startup once poised to transform blood testing, has become a poster child for corporate greed and how not to run an organization, John Carreyrou writes. Carreyrou details how Theranos' toxic leadership prioritized revenue over public safety and silenced employees who tried to speak out.
Karalyn Smith, chief HR officer for Sephora, says HR leaders should focus on strategies related to labor costs, turnover and employee relations. "It's the CHRO's job to notice where the culture is alive and where there's some friction, and then fix it," she says.
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