The primary goal of asking a professional for an informational interview is to discover if a new career is the right fit and to develop a mutually beneficial relationship, writes career coach Tad Mayer. Interviewers should request advice on how to enter that career and learn how they can be helpful to their colleagues in return, he suggests.
If you want to become a better networker, you have to develop your ability to engage in small talk, writes Peter Gasca. Practice by working on encouraging others to talk about themselves instead of getting on your phone when you're in public without anything else to do, Gasca writes.
Do-it-yourself vs. Doing it right A highly-engaged workforce drives results and employee engagement programs are key to success. But most companies still lack on-the-ground programs for employee engagement and alignment. Learn how to leverage time and resources with a social recognition program in the whitepaper "Do-it-yourself vs. Doing it right".
The hiring process currently takes an average of 23.8 days -- an increase from 2014, when the average was 22.9 days, according to Glassdoor. Average hiring times vary from region to region, but the difference between industries is more significant, says Glassdoor economist Andrew Chamberlain.
A bill signed into law this week by President Donald Trump expands educational benefits for military veterans by, among other things, lifting the 15-year limit for veterans to use their GI Bill benefits and increasing financial aid for members of the National Guard and Reserve. Mark Lucas, executive director of Concerned Veterans for America, praised the Forever GI Act as "meaningful reform."
How women perceive their own femininity may affect the majors they choose in college, leading to increased gender stratification in, not only degrees, but later in the workforce, according to a study. Gender conformity, researchers say, may lead women to eschew degrees in science, technology, engineering and math and instead favor majors in arts and the humanities.
Surveys suggest that while millennials value empathy, they are struggling to be empathetic themselves, writes LaRae Quy. Practice by reminding yourself to respect other people's perspectives, and make sure you're actually listening, not focused on a cellphone or other distraction.