Do a stretch assignment's benefits outweigh the costs? | Why you should initiate difficult conversations | Advice for overcoming networking fear
March 18, 2019
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Getting Ahead
Do a stretch assignment's benefits outweigh the costs?
Stretch assignments jumpstart career advancement but aren't worth accepting if the project doesn't align with career goals, or you're not allowed to make key decisions, writes Jo Miller. You also have to consider if it will consume too much personal time and if you'll receive the necessary support.
Forbes (3/14) 
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Why you should initiate difficult conversations
Not conducting difficult conversations with managers harms productivity and often leads to departure, so Karen Gilchrist writes that you should take the first step to prove you possess this highly valued soft skill. Look at the problem from their perspective and role-play the conversation to boost your confidence.
CNBC (3/14) 
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Mobile Device Usage is a Threat to Data Security
74% of global IT leaders reported a data breach due to a mobile security issue. Discover how cybersecurity is shifting to meet the needs of a mobile world, and why it's critical to not fall behind. Learn how to protect your organization from mobile threats in The Convergence of InfoSec & Mobile.
Making the Connection
Advice for overcoming networking fear
Attending a networking event is less intimidating when you have goals, such as what you want to learn from others and vice versa, personal-branding strategist Samantha Nolan writes. Write down a biweekly plan for event attendance, and learn from others who have mastered pitch delivery.
The Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.) (3/15) 
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Is your college major related to your career?
One question raised by the recent college admission scandal is the pressure put on teens to determine their future by choosing a college and a major early in life. And what 17-year-old says they want to eventually work as a claims adjuster? So how about your college major -- is what you majored in related to the work you do now? Results will be in Friday's brief.
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The Landscape
Lawmakers push TSA to distribute workers' back pay
Lawmakers push TSA to distribute workers' back pay
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A group of US senators wrote to Transportation Security Administration chief David Pekoske to urge the agency to issue back pay soon to workers who have not been fully compensated for working during the US government shutdown. "Your first responsibility must be to identify all TSA employees who are owed back pay and to ensure they are all made whole by the next scheduled pay day -- the third since the end of the shutdown -- on March 8, 2019," wrote the senators.
Big Island Now (Hawaii) (3/14) 
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Your Next Challenge
What to tell a prospective employer about a resume gap
Gaps in resumes are common, but explaining them to a prospective employer can feel awkward. Be straightforward about the situation, and emphasize any positive experience you had during time between jobs.
Fast Company online (3/13) 
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How to know if your resume is ready for an ATS
Applicant tracking systems read differently than humans, so if you had multiple job titles with an employer, include the employer with each listing or those roles may not get scored, says resume writer Virginia Franco. Reading your resume as a .txt file will let you know if an ATS will scan all of its information, says resume writer Ashley Watkins.
HuffPost (3/15) 
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Balancing Yourself
Study: Flex time has a downside
A flexible work schedule often harms work-life balance, rather than improving it, especially if people work from home, according to a German study. "Work flexibility helps make job and family more compatible, but it can simultaneously cement the classic role divisions between men and women, or even make them stronger," says study author Yvonne Lott of the Hans Boeckler Foundation.
World Economic Forum (3/14) 
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The Water Cooler
Las Vegas Shake Shacks try out 4-day work week
Las Vegas Shake Shacks try out 4-day work week
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The restaurant industry has had difficulties implementing a shorter work schedule, but some Shake Shack locations in Las Vegas have begun to test a four-day work week, according to the burger chain's CEO Randy Garutti. In a compressed labor market, Garutti cites the new practice as a possible recruitment tool for the company.
Bloomberg (tiered subscription model) (3/14) 
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Life doesn't begin when you lose weight. Big dreams can be planned for and achieved in the bodies we have today, regardless of size or age.
Deb Malkin,
one of at least 20 plus-size women who hiked Mount Kilimanjaro together from March 2 to 10

March is Women's History Month

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