If you expect to look for a job in 2015, you may face a video interview. Most companies now use them, and, as with any job interview, the stakes are high: it takes just one-tenth of a second to form a first impression, and first impressions are hard to change. But how do you make a great impression when confronted with all the technological delays and distractions that a video interview can create?
It's almost time for the annual holiday office party, so brush up your networking skills now. To make the most of the event, remember:
In a new reminder that Americans' health habits have slipped, the auto safety industry now needs bigger crash test dummies to reflect U.S. obesity rates.
In the season of giving thanks, job seekers who want to do their best would do well to remember the importance of the thank-you note. Business Insider's managing editor cites failure to send a thank you e-mail as the top mistake made by people she interviews. I'm not surprised: in one survey, only 67 percent of job seekers reported that they always send thank-you notes after interviews.
CNN has updated its Celebs' "I'm Sorry" Hall of Fame with the recent apology of author John Grisham for statements he made about child pornography and sex offenders. Celebrity apologies matter, and not just for their entertainment value. They matter because, whether we like it or not, celebrities serve as barometers of the culture. Sure, some stars do a good job of expressing remorse and empathy when they occasionally mess up, but many more behave outrageously and shrug it off. When that happens, their forced apologies lack empathy, the quality that psychologist Guy Winch, Ph.D., ranks as the most important and most often omitted ingredient to an effective apology. More and more, celebrity apologies reflect a culture of narcissism and entitlement.
Two men have turned up the volume on talk about the gender pay gap, and, while one has a political goal and one made a gaffe, the conversation helps businesses and women by calling attention to a problem that hurts productivity.
Ebola's arrival in the U.S. might have prompted the kind of strong action worthy of the most powerful nation on earth. Instead, it revealed bureaucratic incompetence that has left one man dead, two nurses infected, and the public walking around in fear of an epidemic. First, a Texas hospital missed what seemed like an obvious diagnosis and sent home a patient with Ebola. Then two nurses became infected, including one who flew commercially after showing symptoms. More than a month after President Obama said in a video message on stopping the disease that "we know how to do it," the CDC was still "wrapping up final details" on guidelines that might protect U.S. healthcare workers treating patients with the virus.
As someone who grew up believing I could do anything and then hit the workplace realities that block many women, I find great joy in helping companies worldwide make women a higher priority.
So Yahoo! employees will no longer be permitted to work remotely, and the decision was made by a CEO who is both a woman and a mother.
U.S. News & World Report has a great column on 8 Job Search Lessons You Can Learn from the Super Bowl. Here are a few more tips for the millions of talented executives considering a job change or even a career change: