Economists have long been talking about the day when the bulk of the baby boomer generation finally retires. Economists at the Conference Board now say those retirements are imminent, and they’re going to contribute to a labor shortage in the United States in the next 10 to 15 years. And that spells opportunity for younger workers.
Some career advisers say a personal website chronicling your work is better—and more dynamic—than a resume nowadays. The argument is that having a unique website dedicated to a job-seekers’ career accomplishments and work examples helps build a tightly focused, controlled brand. Brandon Smith, GPB’s regular commentator on work and career issues, said the personal website has a place—just not for everyone.
If you knew how much money all of your work colleagues make, would that irritate you? Or might that knowledge spur you to work harder? It may seem a silly question, but a new study from Cornell University found it’s not. In fact, openness around pay can boost productivity.
If you have a “5” in front of your age, our Working guy says you’re in trouble when it comes time to find a job. An avalanche of data is starting to show that having a “1” or a “2” in front of your age might not be so great either. Brandon Smith explains why it’s hard for 16-to-24-year-olds to find work and the one simple step they can take to start reducing the youth unemployment rate.
Authors and career coaches have found in talking to high-achievers that the way they handle their weekends is one element that contributes to their success. Our career expert Brandon Smith say they’re not cramming in more work on those days; instead they’re focusing on other parts of their lives and resetting their brains for the week ahead.
Lots of professionals are now supplementing their income as freelancers or striking out on their own altogether. No doubt some of those people are running businesses with their friends, even though that can be fraught with challenges, according to workplace expert Brandon Smith. He says building a business relationship with a friend requires a ton of conversation up front to set roles, expectations and ways to handle conflict.
Accepting a great career opportunity sometimes means workers have to leave a position they’ve had for only a short time. Workplace and career expert Brandon Smith says such a short stint in a job has the potential to raise red flags with future employers, but he says workers can minimize such damage.
When Cleveland marketing professional Kelly Blazek got a LinkedIn invitation from a young woman she didn’t know, she didn’t just ignore it. She sent Diana Mekota a blistering response calling her “entitled,” “inappropriate” and “tacky.” Brandon Smith says Mekota wasn’t wrong to reach out; likewise, Blazek wasn’t necessarily wrong to decline the invitation.
It’s one of the questions our Working guy, Brandon Smith, gets most often: “I think my boss doesn’t like me. How can I tell?” He says, bluntly, that’s because bosses are usually terrible communicators, though they often offer some significant signals when they don’t like people.