HR & Career
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4/21/2017

Google is developing a platform, Google Hire, that lets employers collect and manage candidate applications online. Some insiders are concerned the platform will let employers see private information, such as search history, but Google says employers receive only information candidates provide voluntarily.

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4/21/2017

Leaders who exhibit mental strength are willing to admit when they don't have all the answers and can acknowledge their weaknesses, writes Amy Morin. Such leaders also constantly look for ways to improve and don't try to bully others into compliance, Morin writes.

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4/21/2017

Effective communication at work begins with sincere body language, including consistent eye contact. Make sure to be a good listener and pick the right time to address serious topics or major changes, writes Hallie Crawford.

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Hallie Crawford
4/21/2017

Even if you aren't sure about your networking goals, it's important to get out there and meet other professionals in your industry, writes Emmanuel Nataf. Try to make networking a habit in which you focus on making connections, not finding ways to ask others for favors.

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Fast Company online
4/21/2017

Embrace the missteps that can occur as your career develops, but don't feel that job-hopping is a requirement in order to try new things, advises Flywheel Sports CEO Sarah Robb O'Hagan. Volunteer for projects that you can use to expand your current role, she suggests.

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Forbes
4/21/2017

A Starbucks barista has tweeted a video begging customers to stop ordering the Unicorn Frappuccino, saying repeatedly making the complicated drink causes extreme stress. Starbucks says it will reach out to the barista and discuss ways to improve his experience.

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4/20/2017

Ants domesticated certain species of fungi and started the farming process 30 million years ago, writes Sara Chodosh. Certain fungi can't spread their seeds on their own, so ants play a key role in cultivating them and then consuming them, which makes the relationship symbiotic.

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Sara Chodosh
4/20/2017

Companies can combat an IT talent shortage by borrowing from the MLB's playbook and building farm teams from within their ranks, Dev Bootcamp President Tarlin Ray writes. Companies should look outside usual talent criteria to find suitable candidates, then invest in mentoring to groom them, Ray writes.

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4/20/2017

Workplace-wellness programs should help change employees' negative behaviors while using technology that manages illnesses, treatment and records, writes Dinesh Sheth, CEO of Green Circle Health. "By accounting for factors such as an employee's child's or family member's health, or even stress caused by a large debt burden, employers create a heightened sense of well-being within their organization," Sheth writes.

4/20/2017

UK workers are less skilled than their European counterparts because government and employers have failed to invest in training and talent development, says a report by Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

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CIPD (U.K.)