What Are Professional References?

After applying, interviewing, and waiting, you got a job offer. But the written offer notes it’s contingent on your professional references, and you have no idea who to ask or how to get started. Whether you’re a student who’s never …

8 Ways to Improve Your Time Management Skills

What’s the difference between an unproductive employee and a productive one? Often, it’s not their talent or work ethic but their time management skills. Time management is a soft skill that ensures you get your work done efficiently and effectively …

What Is Active Listening?

Active listening is a soft skill that can help you get your job done effectively and make your coworkers see you as an empathetic, capable teammate. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, communication skills — specifically active …

What is Job Shadowing? Definition, Benefits, and How to Set It Up

The job search is exciting because there are so many options for what you can do — but for the same reason, it can also be overwhelming. How can you figure out what you want to do if you don’t …

Interview Angst? Here’s What Not to Say in an Interview

As someone who’s been on both sides of an interview, I’ve heard a lot of things that were better left unsaid. I’m sure the speaker meant well (usually), but nerves just got in the way (guilty as charged!). But sometimes …

How to Ask for a Letter of Recommendation

If your career plans include graduate school or research, there’s a good chance you’ll need a few recommendation letters from your professors. While you probably asked high school teachers to write letters for you, asking a professor to write one …

Tips for Improving Your Public Speaking Skills

Public speaking skills allow us to share important information with our coworkers, team members, and higher-ups. Yet if you feel nervous, sweaty, and afraid when speaking to an audience, you’re not alone. In this article, we’ll help you combat your …

Am I Too Old to Switch Careers?

Eight reasons why career transitions later in life are possible despite lingering age discrimination. Gayle worked her whole life at HP, mirroring her mother’s long stint at IBM. She moved up the corporate ladder until finally there was one painful …

How Can I Address Unrealistic Expectations During a Job Interview without Fear?

Sometimes, hiring managers and recruiters set application and job interview expectations that are just a little too hopeful – or much too hopeful! One Twitter user, for instance, shared the following job posting example:  “I saw a job post the …

What Companies Are in the Technology Field in 2024?

When thinking about technology companies, the Silicon Valley giants of Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google often spring to mind. But what companies are in the technology field besides the big names in FAANG? Using data from each company’s annual …