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Where Top Tech Companies Recruit From

February 13, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s a pretty tight labor market for tech talent, especially in Silicon Valley. According to a Brookings Institution analysis, it takes longer fill a computer science job there than almost anywhere else in the US, and it costs by far the most. The combination of talent scarcity and ample demand...

No One Ever Really Fits a Job Description, So Let Applicants Write Their Own

February 13, 2015 As anyone who has been on the job market knows, reading the flat, convoluted prose of corporate job listings can be an intimidating and demoralizing experience. Postings often don’t describe an organization’s actual needs, but rather a generically perfect candidate—one that companies don’t actually expect to find. That’s why some...

The Case For Intense Background Checks For Hires

February 6, 2015 Carson Block is a skeptical man. He has made a name (and a good deal of money) finding fraud. Muddy Waters, where he’s director of research, takes short positions in obscure Chinese companies, then publicly releases huge and meticulous research reports of accounting irregularities. One of his most famous takedowns...

The Incredibly Simple Trick to Effective Work Email

January 28, 2015 Let’s face it. In-person workplace communication is fading with the growth of chat programs and remote work environments. That means more and more of our efforts to influence our co-workers and bosses is done virtually. Here’s a simple, quick way to do it a little bit better that was spotlighted...

A Compelling Case for Bringing Back Private Offices at Work

January 22, 2015 The cushy private offices, complete with couch and bar, that Don Draper and his ilk enjoyed would be unthinkable in most companies today. The workplace has seen a years-long trend of shrinking personal space—driven, if you believe the companies doing it, by a desire for increased collaboration in an open...

The Management Cliché You Really Can’t Afford to Ignore

January 12, 2015 One of the most consistent pieces of advice given to managers is an incredibly simple one. Provide good, frequent, feedback. It helps make sure a worker is constantly improving, feels cared about, and doesn’t feel disconnected. Yet insufficient or bad feedback is a common complaint of employees, often rated as...

Engineers and Computer Scientists Don’t Really Like Working From Home

January 2, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It seems intuitive that engineers and computer scientists would prefer working from home, since tasks like writing complex computer code require intense, solitary focus. But a debate started on Y Combinator’s Hacker News, the popular forum for tech types, has raised the question of whether, despite the interruptions and agitations...

More Proof That No One Wants or Listens to Your Voicemails

December 23, 2014 Many young people will agree that voicemail—once essential in business and personal communications—has in just a few years become basically irrelevant and actually quite annoying. So Coca-Cola’s November memo announcing that it would disconnect landline voicemails at its headquarters comes as a vindication for those trying to convince the last...

The Future of Management Training Is Simulations

December 22, 2014 Overnight, after spinning off its research based drug business into AbbVie, Abbott Laboratories found itself a very different company. It didn’t just completely switch up what it sold. The parts of the world and people that mattered most changed, too. Half of its profit, 70% of its sales, and a...

Employers Ignore Almost Everything on Your Application–Except This

December 2, 2014 It’s the holiday season, and millions of people are about to get a flood of unsolicited career advice from older relatives. Most of it will be useless. You don’t need to be told that a resume should be clear, uncluttered, and typo free. (A good summary of common, deal-breaking mistakes...