A tidy little house with a picket fence, a loyal dog, a Pontiac station wagon in the driveway, and two weeks every summer to visit the Grand Canyon as family… a this was success 50 years ago. 30 years ago, it was a Manhattan apartment, a Porsche 911, and a cell phone the size of a small brick. As our world changes, as our society changes, our idea of what it means to be successful evolves. While measuring success often involves an individual’s perspective, societal trends and generational goals influence our perception. So, how do young professionals define success today?
Today’s job market is dramatically different than it was just a short time ago. We’re now living in a gig economy where one- to five-year stints are the norm and people need to plan their careers around a market that’s becoming more focused on skills rather than employment. Soon, the gig economy will employee more freelancers than traditional workers. In fact, 1 in 3 U.S. workers have already taken on some form of gig work. But, if you’re just getting started, there’s a lot you need to know.
2020 is in full swing. It’s a new year, a new decade. Yet even with all of humanities progress in technology and communication, you might be surprised to find that your resume remains as important as ever. It may take new forms, but it continues to open doors and sell your skills. It sums up your qualifications for a recruiter or hiring manager, and it’s the document they use to decide whether or not you might be a fit for your dream job. So what should your 2020 resume look like?
Are you listening? Even when we have the best of intentions, we can easily become distracted when trying to listen to others. Good listening skills are just not something most of us think about. But, if we can learn how to practice active listening, which involves not only offering attention but also communicating our comprehension, we can look smarter, feel better, and enhance all our interpersonal relationships at work and at home.
Talking on the phone with a stranger can feel awkward to begin with. When you add the pressure of an important job interview, it can become unbearable. You worry about what you going to say because your words are all you have to make a good first impression. That spiffy new outfit you bought to knock their socks off hangs in the closet, your firm handshake is useless (not that your hands aren’t shaking), and your body language is silent. On the phone, your words are all alone. You may needs some phone interview advice.
Communication plays a big part in our lives. We communicate everyday all the time. With productivity on the rise, people need to do more but with less time to offer. Having clear and effective communication has become ever more crucial, and it’s a skill you can learn. Effective communication skills are one of the most sought-after soft skills in business.