I've never been afraid of the word "no." I've heard it a lot in my career, but I learned from an early age that being told no is a speed bump, not a dead end.
I've never been afraid of the word "no." I've heard it a lot in my career, but I learned from an early age that being told no is a speed bump, not a dead end.
Usually the older you get, the tougher it is to find a new job. But the job market is hot now, and that’s making it easier for folks in the middle-to-late stage of their career to find new work.
We asked all our readers who made the leap and switched jobs or industries or careers: What was your big career ‘pivot’? How did you make it? Here are our favorite words of wisdom from people who made the leap — plus some from everyone’s favorite dreamer: Dave Matthews.
In this latest episode of The Upgrade, Mike Steib, CEO of XO Group and author of The Career Manifesto: Discover Your Calling and Create an Extraordinary Life talks about figuring out your purpose, taking calculated risks and finding a fulfilling career.
This year's headline-grabbing commencement speeches have been high on thinly veiled critiques of the Trump administration and big on dire warnings about the state of American democracy. But not all of this year's graduation speeches are quite so political or cautionary.
Virtual reality may finally be having a moment, at least for one community. The app places students in various social situations in VR — the hallway, the classroom, interactions with friends, teachers, and students.
Everyone talks a lot about how much of a struggle job hunting can be.
Marcus A. Murphy sat down in his seat, anticipating a relaxing, yet productive flight on his way to San Francisco. Suddenly, the conversation in the row before him invaded his consciousness, and he couldn't help but overhear the dialogue ...
The House of Representatives has become The Lord of the Flies. Republicans, despite being in the majority, lost a vote on major legislation (the farm bill) put forward by its leaders.
It’s not uncommon to meet a lawyer who’d like to work in renewable energy, or an app developer who’d like to write a novel, or an editor who fantasizes about becoming a landscape designer. Maybe you also dream about switching to a career that’s drastically different from your current job.
There was a time not too long ago when the person with the most technical knowledge got promoted fastest. But that’s often no longer the case. Once someone gets promoted, technical skills become less necessary, and interpersonal ones become more critical in their place.
After graduating into a lackluster job market, Lauren McGoodwin needed some career guidance. She eventually got a job working as a recruiter for a big company but still felt there was a lack of career development resources available to young women—so she decided to create her own.
From the feedback I receive from my Forbes, Huffington Post and AARP posts, I hear one type of comment over and over again, more than any other, and it goes something like this: “I just don’t know what I want. Despite all my efforts, I can’t figure out what I want to do.”
I’ve been writing about infosec for a while now, so I get a good amount of email asking the following question: What should I do to get into Information Security? So let’s answer it once and for all, all in one place.
I’ve been in the corporate world of finance now for more than six years. I get everyone from kids straight out of college, to older guys and girls that have been out of the workforce for ages, to people looking for a career change asking about the finance industry.
Let me tell you about a time when we were lounging in our rent-controlled sarcophagus and writing stories on stone tablets. Back then, we wore pantsuits and mailed out paper resumes.
“We learned to take the long view, mostly because we didn’t have any other choice,” says Kate, now in her sixties and busy investing in the next generation of entrepreneurs.
When I first moved to New York, I was a cover letter machine. I wrote to every sir or madam with a job opening. I expressed my interest in positions for which I had none. I waxed rhapsodic about companies I'd never heard of. My response rate? A whopping zero percent.
A staggering 55 million people — more than 35% of the U.S. workforce — are now freelancers or contractors, and that number is projected to rise to 43% by 2020. About 44 million people report having some kind of side hustle, and of those who do, 36% say they earn more than $500 a month from it.
We've all heard it before: "You're lucky to have any job." But just because you have one doesn't mean you have to just slog through a crappy one, or deal with the career you don't want. You may just be looking at your position as "just a job" and you have no idea what kind of career you want.
Spotify launched a career path framework for individuals last year. Since then, I’ve spoken to leaders at several other companies about it. This seems to be a bit of a hot topic, so I’ve decided to write about our model and how we arrived at it. Hopefully, this may be useful to your company.
Whatever your chosen profession, we all have something in common: We're trying to do the best we can in our careers. Of course we aren't going to gossip about our boss, fail to meet our deadlines, or do anything else to jeopardize our jobs or careers… knowingly.
In 2008, I introduced the Zen Valedictorian philosophy, which argued that it’s possible to lead a student life that’s successful and impressive at the same time that it’s low-stress and enjoyable. All my student advice comes back to achieving this goal.
Everyone says it’s important to find a job you’re good at, but no-one tells you how to do so. The standard advice is to think about it for weeks and weeks until you “discover your talent”. To help, career advisers give you quizzes about your interests and preferences.
With 2016 upon us, you’ve probably set business goals for the year ahead: launch the new product, grow sales by 20%, or complete the acquisition. You may even have set personal New Year’s Resolutions, like losing 10 pounds or going to the gym three times a week or finally learning Spanish.
When you're preparing for an interview, there are a few questions that you absolutely must know how to answer (like "tell me about yourself") because they're common and will guide most of the interview. But "why this company?" might be the trickiest, because it's not about you.
While not the most common interview question, the failure question—should you get it—is rather perplexing. How do you answer this honestly while also not scaring away your potential future employer by bringing up that time you fat-fingered a trade and lost the company a lot of money?
People love lists. Sometimes those lists are just simple fun: “Top Ten Hideaway Hotels” or “Best Pizza in New York and LA.” On occasion, they are vital reminders: “The Five Greatest Global Threats.” Often, they are educational: “Seven Things You Should Do in a Job Interview.
If only work were more like love — with relationships, you can at least go on a couple dates before making a long-term commitment. But even if you’re the most thorough job seeker, it’s hard to tell how well you’re going to fit in when you choose one.
When the to-do’s come fast and furious, it’s easy to rush and finish things so you can push them from your brain to focus on the next task. The downside here is that it’s easy to lose track of what you’ve done, and use that knowledge to make yourself better.
It might seem like a contradiction—managers are supposed to be authoritative, bold leaders, and shy people tend to hold back and be more reserved in conversation. Can shy leaders truly be effective? Absolutely; it just comes with a different set of challenges.
In 2013, Jayne Juvan became one of the youngest partners ever at the Cleveland-based law firm Roetzel & Andress — thanks to Twitter. When Juvan started using social media a decade ago, very few lawyers used such tools. They didn’t see the opportunity.
Switching careers can be exciting, but it can also be completely overwhelming. Trust me, I’ve been there. In fact, I’ve been there many times. My first job out of college was at a marketing and public relations agency.
“After board dinners, we inevitably sit around and talk about our kids and their careers,” Dave Calhoun recently told me. “Frankly, we’re often at a loss with how to help them.
LinkedIn, the Microsoft-owned social network for the working world with over 500 million users, has put a lot of effort into new areas of business like content, education and bringing on new users in emerging markets; but today it’s embarking on the roll out of a new service that plays squa
You’ve been doing the same tasks for as long as you can remember. New skills? New responsibilities? Can’t really name any off the top of your head. In fact, you’re starting to feel like things are a little stalled.
Changing careers is scary. Whether you’re finally taking the step to pursue your lifelong dream, or looking to leave a profession that’s making you miserable, it’s not always easy to leave what you know to go after something that seems uncertain.
When you’re growing up, you’re encouraged to pick a career. When real life hits, you might find that you have to start working in a field you don’t care much for. That may be a good sign that a career change is okay.
Your dream job just got posted, and you’re super excited. There’s just one problem: You literally have zero relevant work experience.
The awareness that emotional intelligence is an important job skill, in some cases even surpassing technical ability, has been growing in recent years.
The vast majority of senior professionals don’t want to “retire.” They have interesting, fulfilling work that they’d like to continue — just not at the frenetic pace of top corporate jobs.
Proven talent in other fields will speak for itself. Use any roadblocks in your career to determine your hidden weaknesses. This might be hard, and involve asking people who didn't hire you exactly why they didn't—but it will help you in the long run.
A client once responded to one of my questions by saying, “Oh Greg, I am too busy living to think about life!” His off-the-cuff comment named a trap all of us fall into sometimes. In just one example, it is easy to become so consumed in our careers we fail to really think about our careers.
Honestly, how tired are you of asking yourself, “What is my passion?” I’m pretty sick of it myself, and I’m a career counselor. (Am I even allowed to say that?) The question is so big that it’s completely paralyzing for most people.
Moira Forbes , Forbes Staff What if you had the opportunity to ask today’s most successful leaders to
You should not answer this question. I'll give you a scenario that is likely to happen. An interviewer asks about your desired salary, and you say, "I prefer not to answer that question at this point" or something similar.
With the sheer pace of change and introduction of new devices and apps, it’s hard to deny that a lot has changed at the office. And it’s not just the technology—from the way we work to how we actually find our jobs, navigating the workplace is now a whole different ballgame.
Whatever is currently overwhelming you or confusing you in your career has probably overwhelmed or confused somebody else before. In fact, there's a decent chance that person has written about their experience.
Who doesn’t fantasize occasionally about completely upending their lives by giving up blogging so they can start a completely new career as a puppy Instagram account manager? Whatever your current career and pipe dream career are, it is possible to turn your dreams into reality, but only if you’
We live in a time of chronic dissatisfaction in the workplace. Gallup’s 2013 State of the American Workplace study found that as many as 70% of working Americans were unfulfilled with their jobs, 18% to such an extent that they are actively undermining their co-workers.
If you're tired of your current job, it might be easier to switch to a new career if you build on the skills you already have and find a compatible career. The government's mySkills myFuture can help you there. Dear Lifehacker, I'm thinking about changing careers.
Aside from high pay and competitive perks offered to attract talent, companies that provide regular feedback, advancement, and mentorship programs are better able to keep younger workers.
Interview prep 101 dictates that you should have your elevator pitch ready, a few stories polished, and a good sense of what you have to offer. So, how do you get there? Lots of practice, ideally aloud.
Thinking about making a career change , but aren’t sure what you want to do or where to start? I’ve heard not having a specific next step is supposed to be empowering because there are so many exciting paths to pursue, but I actually tend to find it fairly stressful.
I’ll never forget that night. My coworker and I were in the office until 11pm tracking ads when we asked each other: “Money aside, what would you do for your career?” I’m sure a lot of you have asked yourselves that same question: “What do I want to do with my life — really?”.
In a popular TEDx talk, “Why some of us don’t have one true calling”, Emilie Wapnick flips the script on conventional career advice.
Not only is your resume essentially your career summed up on one page, it’s also your ticket to your next awesome opportunity. So, yeah, it’s kind of a big deal.
When I was trying to figure out what career to pursue after my military service, I dove headfirst into the world of “finding my passion.
No matter where you are in your career, it’s only natural to occasionally feel as though there are things you’d like to change. But it’s one thing to say you want to make a change and quite another to actually make it happen.
In June 2005, Steve Jobs took the podium at Stanford Stadium to give the commencement speech to Stanford’s graduating class. Wearing jeans and sandals under his formal robe, Jobs addressed a crowd of 23,000 with a short speech that drew lessons from his life.
I spent nearly 15 years working in nonprofit management , mostly in fundraising and marketing. I was good at it—people told me so all the time. It came easily to me, paid the bills, and was a very comfortable career path. And yet, I simply didn’t love it.
This post was co-authored by Valerie Aurora and Susan Wu, and cross-posted on both our blogs. Marginalized people leave tech jobs in droves, yet we rarely write or talk publicly about the emotional and mental process of deciding to leave tech.
Stephen Curry has built his NBA career on taking shots that others don’t: three-pointers from a crazy distance. Traditionally, defenders didn’t worry much about contesting these long-distance shots; there’s such a low likelihood they’ll actually make it into the basket.
There’s some debate about how many seconds a recruiter spends looking over a resume, but we can all agree that it’s not a lot.
Most IT professionals know the importance of planning if you want a project to succeed. However, many do not take the same disciplined approach to planning their careers that they apply to initiatives at work, though career success is more important to them than achieving any individual IT project.
So, you’ve decided to hang up the uniform after years of distinguished service to our great nation. You’ve attended a few transition classes and have your interview suit and shiny new resume as you make the leap into the civilian world.
When it comes to your career, sometimes it feels like you could use all the advice you can get. From picking the “right” career to actually excelling in it, there’s certainly a lot to learn. And that’s why we’ve gathered our all-time best career advice.
A lot of career advice seems to center around pursuing your passion. This is great if you know what your passion is, but what if you don’t? It might help to think less about what you love and more about the things you don’t like.
Most people have “okay” jobs. We go to work, do what we have to do from 9 to 5, come back home, maybe hang out with friends, and do it all over again the next day. There’s nothing wrong with this. But some people perform at a totally different level.