A group of Morgan Stanley managing directors and recruiters answered questions from the firm's interns last year, and the results can help professionals of all levels improve. For instance, the participants suggested that workers who want to differentiate themselves show that they can become self-starters, while noting that attending happy hour with co-workers can be a helpful method of building rapport, though you should avoid having too many drinks in the process.
Bosses who must always be in control of what everyone in the office is doing aren't going to be a good fit for most employees, writes Bryan Lufkin. In addition, Lufkin recommends that employees avoid working with a boss who often yells or treats workers unfairly.
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Jaguar Land Rover is one of the latest employers to use digital games and puzzles to test job applicants' skills. The apps are "very attractive in attracting candidates and keeping the short attention span of millennials," said Barbara Marder, senior partner at Mercer.
Mastercard and Facebook offer up to 20 days of bereavement leave as more companies recognize grieving workers often become disengaged at work. "We want to ensure that you take whatever time you need … to work through the emotional aspects but also the practical aspects," said Michael Fraccaro, chief HR officer at Mastercard.
It doesn't pay to focus too much on salary considerations when your benefits package often comprises about 30% of your overall compensation. Instead, take into account the medical insurance, paid time off and retirement benefits being offered, writes Susannah Snider.
Aspiring film critics can benefit from making connections with film festival founders or art house theater operators, writes Eric Kohn. It's also important to show that you can comply with deadlines and handle interviews with film industry professionals.