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Recruiters Read a Tiny Part of Your Résumé, If They Read It At All

June 25, 2015 If you’ve applied for a job and never heard back—and who hasn’t been there?—you’ve probably had the nagging suspicion nobody even read your résumé. You probably weren’t too far wrong. Many job applications don’t get read with any kind of care or attention, because recruiters spend, on average, an estimated...

Where in the World You’re Most Likely to Be Working Too Much — Or Napping

June 18, 2015 There’s huge variation in work and leisure culture around the world, often as the result of legally prescribed or enabled policies. Depending on where you are, working 50-plus hours a week might make you a huge outlier, or comparatively normal, according to the OECD’s updatedBetter Life Index, published last week....

It’s a Fantastic Time to Graduate in the US as an Engineer or Computer Scientist

June 8, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As billionaires and education advocates go back and forth on the value of a college degree, an in-depth survey (pdf) that the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) just released offers an early glimpse of how most (65%) of the 266,119 people who graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in...

There’s a Big Difference in How Men and Women Write Tech Resumes

June 1, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The gender gap in the technology industry is enormous and entrenched. Diversity stats revealed by Google then a series of other companies showed that women make up only a tiny fraction of the workforce. There are plenty of possible reasons, including unconscious bias and the smaller pipeline of female computer...

The Real Reason Many Men Work Extremely Long Hours

June 1, 2015 The culture of working enormously long hours is ingrained in many workplaces. But for men in particular, it also has a lot to do with comparing themselves to peers. When men don’t work as much as colleagues and friends, they report being unhappy and shift their work schedule to match...

Here’s How Quickly Interviewers Decide Whether or Not to Hire Someone

May 19, 2015 There’s a common belief that interviewers tend to make hiring decisions within a few minutes of meeting someone, often based on little more than a couple of inane details. That assumption is supported by research, but the studies were small and they were conducted in labs. So a team of...

How People Succeed in High Pressure Jobs Without Working 80-hour Weeks

May 1, 2015 In the US, it’s a common expectation that workers be committed to their job above all else. It’s called the “ideal worker image,”and whether they admit it or not, companies reward people who embrace it. Boston University professor Erin Reid conducted in-depth interviews with employees about that expectation at an...

Advice for Job-switchers and Newbies from Google’s Hiring Chief

April 30, 2015 Google HR chief Laszlo Bock has been just about everywhere lately, promoting his book on the extremely data-focused approach to hiring and management he has created at the search and tech giant. His team’s research has helped the company stop asking older candidates for GPA and test scores, and determined...

Advice for Job-Switchers and Newbies From Google’s Hiring Chief

April 29, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google HR chief Laszlo Bock has been just about everywhere lately, promoting his book on the extremely data-focused approach to hiring and management he has created at the search and tech giant. His team’s research has helped the company stop asking older candidates for GPA and test scores, and determined...

The Risk of Letting Employees Know Where They Rank Versus Their Peers

April 20, 2015 It’s possible to rank employees in entirely new ways in the age of big data. People in sales are used to seeing their numbers compared. But now everything from how well truck drivers drive, to individual author web traffic and how quickly engineers write code can be quantified in great...