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Developers, Want to Earn More Money? Learn Ruby on Rails

November 20, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This post has been corrected If you want to provoke an argument among computer programmers, ask them to pick their favorite coding language. But even more contentious in an environment where engineers literally have agents, is which is the most lucrative. Quora threads on the subject have inspired dozens of ...

The Shrinking of Personal Space at Work

November 19, 2014 First they came for the offices, replacing four-walls-and-a-door situations with desks in cubicles, even for workers of considerable stature. Now they’re coming for the desks themselves. On both sides of the Atlantic, big companies are moving toward more flexible setups that do away with assigned workstations. The financial motivation to ...

In the Workplace of the Future, Say Farewell to Your Desk

November 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow First they came for the offices, replacing four-walls-and-a-door situations with desks in cubicles, even for workers of considerable stature (paywall). Now they’re coming for the desks themselves. On both sides of the Atlantic, big companies are moving toward more flexible setups that do away with assigned workstations. The financial motivation ...

The Complete Guide to Networking For Introverts

November 13, 2014 Most people find networking to be a somewhat uncomfortable endeavor. But the task of meeting and greeting strangers en masse—and ultimately asking them for business—can be far more painful for introverts, according to research. Extroverts, who tend to excel at building contacts outside their organization, shouldn’t be the only ones ...

The Complete Guide to Networking for Introverts

November 13, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Most people find networking to be a somewhat uncomfortable endeavor. But the task of meeting and greeting strangers en masse—and ultimately asking them for business—can be far more painful for introverts, according to research. But extroverts, who tend to excel at building contacts outside their organization, shouldn’t be the only ...

This is Google’s Incredibly Simple Hiring Formula

November 5, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google’s intensive studies on hiring that have changed how it works, leading to the elimination of brainteaser questions and GPA as deciding hiring factors. But the most important rule it follows is remarkably simple: to never once compromise on a high hiring bar. Once you do, each person you hire ...

This is Google’s Incredibly Simple Hiring Formula

November 5, 2014 Google’s intensive studies on hiring that have changed how it works, leading to the elimination of brainteaser questions and GPA as deciding hiring factors. But the most important rule it follows is remarkably simple: to never once compromise on a high hiring bar. Once you do, each person you hire ...

It Only Took 45 Years For The US to Completely Change Its Mind About Weed

October 28, 2014 American attitudes towards marijuana have undergone a pretty radical shift. The country has gone from the heavy, anti-drug messages of the 1980s and early 1990s, to legalization for medical purposes, to wholesale legalization in several states. Recreational use is now legal in Colorado and Washington, and 24 out of 50 ...

Everything You Need to Know About Introverted Leaders

October 23, 2014 To be a great boss, you don’t have to be an extroverted back-slapper. A growing body of research suggests introverts can be excellent leaders too. After all, billionaires Warren Buffett, Larry Page, and Bill Gates have been described as introverts. And other CEOs including Colgate Palmolive’s Ian Cook (paywall), have ...

Want to Work for Google? You Have Only a 0.2 Percent Chance of Getting Hired

October 22, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google gets around 3 million applications a year now, according to HR head Laszlo Bock, and hires 7000. That means only one in 428 applicants end up with a job, making it far more selective than institutions like Harvard, Yale, and Stanford. Those are pretty thin odds, but when Bock ...