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Silicon Valley Sex-Bias Trial Gets Under Way

WSJ Careers - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 01:27
A lawyer for Ellen Pao told a jury that she was harassed by male co-workers and denied plum assignments at venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins, as arguments began in a gender-bias trial Silicon Valley is watching closely.

Wheelin' and Dealin' From a Truck

WSJ Careers - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 22:58
Metro Money’s Anne Kadet takes a look at truck-based businesses rolling around the New York area.

Obama Aides Go Tech After White House Service

WSJ Careers - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 22:21
Some of President Barack Obama’s most senior aides are finding their next jobs in the upper ranks of the technology industry, a departure from traditional post-government paths.

Priceline Names Unit's CEO

WSJ Careers - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 13:14
Priceline Group Inc. on Friday tapped company veteran Paul Hennessy to lead as the division’s next chief executive, effective April 1.

Job Picture Brightens for Recent College Grads

WSJ Careers - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 12:41
The job market for fresh college graduates is improving, with just over half of 67,000 members of the class of 2014 who responded to a survey landing full-time jobs within six months of graduation.

Teacher Ratings Highlight Debate Over School Fixes

WSJ Careers - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 22:49
Low teacher ratings in New York City highlight the difficulty of turning around schools that have long had poor test scores and graduation rates.

I Don't Have a Job. I Have a Higher Calling.

WSJ Careers - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 16:58
Faced with a cadre of young workers who say they want to make a difference, employers are trying to inject meaning into the daily grind, connecting profit-driven endeavors to grand consequences for mankind.

Your Job: And The Winner Is….

Lisa Kaye - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 16:13


If you feel like a hopeful nominee, a reluctant runner up or a cocky winner, stand in line because your job search is a far cry from the glitz and glamour of The Oscars. You may feel like you have to dress the part or at least give good face to the crowds who are cheering you on. But, inside your stomach churns in tangled nervous knots and you wonder how you got here and whether being the job spotlight is such a good thing. Having the feeling that every interview is like the opening of a gold envelope and that all you have to do is sit, smile and wait-makes the process maddening at best and at the very least, glad you don’t have to do the red carpet walk.

Not knowing the outcome all your job efforts have made may give you a sense of wonder or a dread. Patience in this game fades with every notice of rejection, every inquiry gone unanswered and every job offer you didn’t get. That’s not to say the next one won’t be your one, but in the meantime the wait may just kill you. Here’s a tip, while you wait for the opening of the envelope, prepare your acceptance speech. You may think what a waste of time! You may be under consideration but you are a long way off from a win. It doesn’t matter, knowing who you should thank along the way and what you are most grateful for in helping you carve your career path to fame will help you prepare and stay focused on the win and not on the wait.

Finding enough good things to honor in your job search efforts, remembering the people who helped you and giving thanks to the many opportunities that made it your way should keep you positive, focused and above all hopeful. Making it past the noise, applause, (even if it’s not for you) and the uncertainty that comes with everything that is worth the wait, will give you the foresight to know that no matter the outcome, you gave it your all.

There are winners and losers in every aspect where there is one thing that more than one person wants. In this case your job search is no different. Remember, you may be thinking, “Let it be me” the next time you are faced with the opportunity of being selected for a job you want. Coveting an award, or a job, a chance to win something that is perceived as making your life in someway a little better, challenges you to stay the course and acknowledge what you can do to make the journey a little more exciting.

Whether you are the presenter, a performer, a nominee, runner-up or the winner in your own job search show, your participation and acceptance of how well you did or didn’t perform makes you a winner no matter what the outcome. Accept, acknowledge and be grateful your turn will come whether it’s this job or the next.

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Pimco's Chief Economist Leaving

WSJ Careers - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 20:53
Pacific Investment Management Co. said Friday that Paul McCulley will step down as managing director and chief economist at the end of the month, less than a year since returning to the firm last May.

Wal-Mart Lifts Wages as Market Gets Tighter

WSJ Careers - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 23:33
Wal-Mart plans to boost pay for its U.S. employees to at least $10 an hour by next year, well above the minimum wage, signaling a tightening labor market and rising competition for lower-paid workers.

'Board Doctors' to Supervise the Supervisors

WSJ Careers - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 22:52
More corporate boards are tapping outside experts to scrutinize the effectiveness of directors and help them make tough decisions. It is a fast-growing area for executive recruiters and governance consultants.

3 Ways To Have It All In Your Career…

Lisa Kaye - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 15:35

What does it really mean to “have it all?” When it comes to knowing what you want from your career when do you know it’s time to make a change if you feel you are not on the right path? Having all that you want and desire from your work life may seem like a pie in the sky concept that no one can ever truly achieve. Being in the right place at the right time, or being very lucky in succeeding in your career are misconceptions that roll around in your head when you battle the choice between keeping your day job and pursuing your dream job.

When it comes to thinking you may not ever be able to pursue what you have always dreamed of doing, think again because there is a way to have it all and not give up your day job to accomplish it:

  1. Think Before You Act: When it comes to making a change into a career that you always wanted to try but didn’t have the courage to pursue, make a well-thought out plan of action before you actually strike out. Having an idea of where you want to go and how you want to get there will make any transition easier, even if after the analysis you decide the timing or the plan is not worth the risk. Visualize where you’d like to be in the next 2, 3 5 years after you have made the move to a new career. Picturing what it looks like will help you map out the road to accomplishing your dreams. Jumping into something head on without thinking it through maybe a dangerous choice when you are trying to make a change into something you love. Leaning on a group of advisors, or maybe speaking with a career counselor may lead you to make a more informed decision even when you don’t have all the pieces to your career puzzle mapped out.
  2. Talk It Over: Nothing helps you process an idea, thought or plan more than having a confidante or a group of people you can discuss your plan with. It does not mean you have to take anyone’s advice because in the end the idea to make a change is really only your decision. Having someone you trust help you think through the pros and cons of a choice to change career direction even if one of those choices is to quit your job to go back to school or to stick with what you have until you are better prepared to make a change. Confiding in someone you trust will help you discover your true motivation in wanting to switch careers and pursue another path and may help you to decide if you are considering the change for the right reasons.
  3. Look Before You Leap: Once you’ve gone through the process of thinking through your decision, it might be wise to test the waters a bit before making the leap. If you were thinking about a career change, is there something you can do in your spare time that will allow you to dabble in your new area of interest without sacrificing your rent check? Maybe moving home with mom is not an option until you figure out what you want to do, so what can you do to explore your desire to be a movie producer, songwriter or athlete without quitting your day job? When it comes to wanting it all maybe you can gradually explore your options by volunteering in your field of interest, cultivating a new group of friends in the area you want to explore or even taking some classes or webinars to learn a little more about the field you are interested in pursuing? Just because you may have feelings that you are not living up to your full career potential does not mean you have to jump ship and dramatically switch directions.

You can still pursue your dream job or career passion by keeping to a plan, having a trusted group of advisors and making sure you watch where you are going no matter how anxious you are to make a change. You can have your cake and eat it too one bite at a time and by being smart about it.

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What You Can't Tell Employees

WSJ Careers - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 19:21
Fearful that they will crush employees’ confidence, companies want managers to ease up on harsh feedback.

Hollywood Agency to Manage Visual Artists

WSJ Careers - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 23:56
United Talent Agency launches division called UTA Fine Arts to manage the careers of contemporary visual artists.

10 Reasons To Fall In Love With Your Job…

Lisa Kaye - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 11:43

It’s not enough to give flowers, cards and candy this Valentine’s Day to the one you love, but what gesture of love and kindness do you show the one you spent probably the most time with in your life? When it comes to important relationships, how much time and attention do you show your job? If you are happy and content in what you do then your job can not only be your one great love but also the place you run to when times are tough. But, when you are not sure if you are in the right job, learning to love your relationship may take more than a career counselor, you may just need Cupid’s arrow to create the love you’ve been looking for.

Here are a few ways to fall in love with your job just in time for Valentine’s Day:

  1. Love the Job You Have: Learning to love what you are doing is the first step in learning how to love who you are doing it with.
  2. Love the Little Things: Whether it’s the size of your office, the great coffee in the break room or the company gatherings, loving the small but significant things in your job life makes you appreciate it more.
  3. Love Your Boss: Well maybe not literally but having a mentor and someone you can share with makes the job more enjoyable no matter how tough.
  4. Love Your Co-Workers: Giving and receiving advice from colleagues and enjoying their company helps you want to go to work and stay there even during a heavy workload.
  5. Love The Pay: Even if you’ve been angling for a raise, loving that you earn money and that it comes in a steady paycheck helps you to be appreciative.
  6. Love The Work: There may be times when you’ve been tasked with something you did not sign up for but embracing even the small jobs makes the big ones seem better.
  7. Love The Opportunity To Learn: Every job comes with new learning opportunities and being open to them helps you love and learn even more.
  8. Love The Commute: How you get to work each day sets the stage for the day you’ll have. Try a different route to shake things up but learn to love the ride however you choose to get to work.
  9. Love The Accolades: Whether you or a colleague is getting praise for a good job, remember to take time to acknowledge and celebrate the wins.
  10. Love the Challenge: Every job relationship comes with ups and downs. Loving the whole process as a learning opportunity and a way to grow is part of the way you learn to love your job each challenge at a time.

Loving your job may not always be easy but learning to fall in love all over again can be a fun process!

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Why It's So Hard to Fill Sales Jobs

WSJ Careers - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 12:36
Companies selling technology and other services to corporate customers are struggling to fill potentially lucrative sales jobs. Employers say part of the problem is that young workers perceive sales as risky.

5 Winning Ways To Work With A Recruiter…..

Lisa Kaye - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 13:29

Even if you think you’ve got the best resume money can buy and your network rocks the professional world, you may not always find yourself getting your next job through a referral or professional contact. When you find that the job you want is being represented through an internal or external recruiter, how do you penetrate the iron curtain and get past this recruitment gatekeeper? Knowing how to leverage your assets, connections and skills is one thing, but how do you establish a connection with someone you don’t even know?

Recruiters are hired for one purpose only and that is to weed out those over-zealous candidates from those that might be considered a “perfect fit.” Keep in mind the recruiter has to please the client and to make sure that they are addressing the client’s needs and wants in the best way possible by presenting the very best “short-list” of qualified candidates. Client is defined here as the employer or hiring manager. It might seem like an easy task, but when the market is flooded with good people all vying for the same job, the recruiter’s task has just become that much more challenging.

If you find yourself one of those qualified candidates in front of a recruiter trying to get a leg up on the competition, here are a few ways you can actually have the recruiter help you move ahead through the process:

  1. First Impressions Count: You may be meeting the recruiter for the first time but making sure you are on time, dressed appropriately and prepared by doing your research on the recruiter and the company is a good sign you will make a good first impression when you have no prior connection to the recruiter who is tasked with filling the job you want.
  2. Following Up By Not Being a Pest: Good follow up skills are important in any job search but there is a fine line between checking in for updates and becoming a pest. The recruiter has a list of priorities to get through and other candidates to meet. If you have passed the first test and are going on to round #2 (in person meeting), then sit back and let the process unfold naturally. A good recruiter will keep you in the loop as to next steps throughout the process and let you know if you are advancing to the semi-finals.
  3. Don’t Try So Hard: Looking to please is a nice habit for your elderly relative but when it comes to looking for a job nothing screams “desperate” more than someone who is trying to compliment their way through an interview. Being overly “nice” does not win you any points because anyone astute enough can see through this tactic and in the end you do not win any extra points for trying to kiss up and through the interview process.
  4. Don’t Send Gifts: In the same category as being “too nice” sending inappropriate “thank you” gifts to a recruiter will not earn you any points or move you up further in the queue for consideration. Keep bribery out of the job search equation at all times!
  5. Be Considerate: Acting as if you want the job is important and you do that by asking the recruiter really good questions about the company, the people, the culture and the environment. Assuming that you already have all the answers and rather wait to speak with the “employer” makes you come off as arrogant and thoughtless. And remember to always circle back for feedback with the recruiter along the way even if you don’t wind up getting the job. Use this as a learning process to help you the next time you may be up for a job represented through a recruiter.

In the end the recruiter is your friend and ally in your job search and should be respected and treated as such. Trying to bypass the process by cutting the recruiter out or going behind the recruiter’s back is a sure sign that you will not make it to the first cut of candidates presented to the employer. Some recruiters have a bad reputation when it comes to dealing with the candidates and that is too bad for the rest of those who try hard to make a difference and to help both sides in a winning proposition. Don’t forget the recruiter is there to help move the process to a successful conclusion even if you are ultimately not the one who is offered the job by the employer.

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Entry-Level Job? It Gets Better

WSJ Careers - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 21:38
Long hours, little pay, having to wait for benefits to kick in, being the lowest person on the totem pole. Your first job out of college is likely to be anything but glamorous. But it gets better.

Court Weighs Pay for Interns

WSJ Careers - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 10:44
A panel of three judges in New York appeals court will take on the question of unpaid internships on Friday, in hopes of setting a standard for when employers must pay interns, and when companies can hire unpaid labor or offer college credit.

On-Demand Workers: 'We Are Not Robots'

WSJ Careers - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 10:42
Companies that rely on freelance labor describe their workers as micro-entrepreneurs. But lawsuits, protests and forums suggest that many flexible laborers feel less enthusiastic about the new work model.