AT&T's multiyear effort to retrain its workforce came when it realized that most of its workforce was either unprepared for future job skills or was working in areas likely to be disrupted. "This [retraining] would have been nothing more than an HR exercise that sat on a shelf if our leadership didn't become its biggest advocates," says Bill Blase, AT&T senior executive vice president of HR.
Younger companies are better positioned to embrace risk and should do so wholeheartedly, says John Underkoffler, CEO of Oblong Industries. "I mean, the whole point is to do something as bold as possible and to do it with conviction, and to do it authentically, and as well as you possibly can because what you're trying to do is to convince the world that there's something that they're not seeing yet," he says.
Despite the convenience of the quick text or e-mail, leaders and staff still need to talk in person to avoid misunderstandings and build relationships, argues Scott Mabry. Face-to-face interactions lead to better body language, fuller attention and a greater likelihood of clarity, he writes.
Ask colleagues and superiors to post LinkedIn testimonials on your profile to increase your hiring potential, suggests Jeff Altman. Companies pay attention to how well your skills, recommendations and endorsements on LinkedIn compare to your resume, Altman writes.
Consult with industry insiders, and learn what you can about potential interviewers to gain a competitive edge before your next job interview, writes Emily Moore. In addition, avoid requesting a certain salary and opt to let the employer name a salary range.
A successful resume is more than just a list of previous responsibilities, says WayUp CEO Liz Wessel. "Under each section, under each responsibility and role that you've had, make sure that the bullet points are crisp and to the point of the actual accomplishments you've had at that company," Wessel says.
When both people in a relationship are looking for work, it's important not to criticize each other's search strategy, writes Elizabeth Alterman. Conduct mock interviews to help prepare each other for opportunities, and take extra care to avoid slights during this time of heightened vulnerability, Alterman suggests.
French baker Cedric Vaivre has been fined $3,700 for failing to comply with a regional law that requires bakeries to close at least one day per week. Vaivre decided to stay open seven days a week to fully capitalize on the busy summer season last year.
AT&T and the Justice Department face off today in court over whether AT&T's planned merger with Time Warner violates antitrust law. The Justice Department says the deal would give AT&T too much power and would ultimately hurt consumers, while AT&T says the merger is essential for competitiveness.