Handling Workplace Conflicts

No matter where you work, you will end up dealing with some workplace conflicts. It’s just a fact of life that you will disagree with other people, and sometimes these disagreements will occur at work. While conflict isn’t fun to deal with, it’s important that you don’t ignore it. Instead, you should deal with it in a healthy way. Workplace conflicts can come from a number of places: favoritism, opposing opinions, compensation problems, or just someone having a bad day. But many of these problems stem from two main areas: poor communication and heated emotions. Tension in the workplace can...

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The Value of a Summer Job

It’s the summer of 2009, and I’m looking to land a job. I paint the town with my resume, and even check back with each business a week later. To my distress, however, no jobs become available for a teenager with no prior work experience except doing chores for my parents. Luckily for me, one of my parents’ friends hears that I like clouds (this is a true fact; I think that clouds are quite beautiful). Did I want to work for a meteorology lab? They were looking for new data processors. It was going to be boring work—running programs, and then fixing the programs when they inevitably crashed....

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Summer Jobs: Resource Round-Up

Summer jobs are an all-important rite of passage for many young adults. Though the prospect of flipping burgers or bagging groceries might not seem glamorous, there is a high correlation between teen employment and better job prospects later on in life. So, if you’re looking to find some seasonal employment this summer, here are four resources to jump-start your job search: Local job fairs. Many cities and states offer regular, local job fairs for job seekers. You can do an internet search for “Your location” and “job fairs” to see what may be happening in your area soon. Job fairs will...

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Jobs in 100 Years?

About a year ago, I was asked what I thought the world would look like in 100 years. Truth be told, I can no longer remember the answer I gave, though I’m almost certain it involved flying cars and Star Trek-like teleporting pads. But the question has stayed in my mind ever since, and it is (in part) the topic today. A study posted on Build the Enterprise in 2013 (find it here) examined job distribution from 1910 compared to now. Private household service workers, farmers, and laborers have all decreased dramatically, while jobs as managers, professional and technical workers, and sales...

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Social Media in the Job Search

When starting the arduous process of looking for a job, most people do not think to look on social media sites. Many job seekers flock to sites like Indeed.com, Monster, and others, but neglect to look for job openings on LinkedIn, Facebook, and even Twitter (yes, companies do post job openings on Twitter sometimes). In fact, the majority job openings are not publicly advertised. Yes, you read that right, most jobs are not advertised to the public, meaning that job seekers who don’t broaden their search beyond wanted ads are stuck applying for the same jobs hundreds of other applicants are...

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