Write cover letters in a narrative format and avoid simply repeating information from your resume, Joseph Barber writes. Having a beginning, amiddle and an end keeps the reader engaged in the story of what got you here and how you can use your experiences to provide value to the company.
Ophelia Morgan-Dew has become a member of Mensa, the high-IQ society, at 3 years old with a score of 171; the average for all ages is 100. Her parents said they have known she was gifted since she was 8 months old, and she began reciting the alphabet at age 2.
Take time to decompress as a couple at the end of each workday by putting away mobile devices and taking a walk, listening to music or doing other things that promote relaxation. "When a couple is good at managing stress, it makes them [as individuals] more resilient," says Jennifer Petriglieri, assistant professor at INSEAD.
Businesses that hire remote workers can realize advantages, particularly in a tight job market. But success depends on several factors, and Alexis Bruemmer of DigitalOcean advises managers to ask four questions, including whether remote work truly fits the position.
Toxic employees affect morale and productivity, but companies can avoid these personalities during the hiring process, Digital-Tutors founder Piyush Patel writes. Patel offers four tips for spotting a toxic job candidate, as well as advice for coping with difficult employees who have filled crucial positions.
Goldman Sachs plans to pay for a courier service to deliver breast milk from mothers traveling for work to babies at home. The service, also offered by Accenture, IBM and Twitter, is available to Goldman employees in the US and the UK.
Prisoners in at least 17 states plan to go on a three-week work and hunger strike to protest what they call unfair labor and wage practices. Prison officials say jobs give inmates work skills, but prisoners say that they are exploited and that low wages keep them from meeting financial obligations or paying for necessities in prison.
A 42-year-old Scottish woman had a cyst removed from her eyelid, and a contact lens she previously believed to be lost was found inside. As a teenager, 28 years ago, the woman was hit in the eye with a badminton shuttlecock, dislodging the contact.
If Amazon pursues plans to create employee health clinics, it will join a nationwide trend among large employers, according to Mercer data. David Keyt of Mercer said clinics that provide primary care potentially could be cost-effective ways to address larger health problems, such as inadequate access to routine care and pharmacy costs.
There are ways to make yourself stand out at work, says Kaethe Schuster, national account manager at The Dow Chemical Company. "Never be a bystander, think ahead and always bring something original to the table. Providing industry insights, contacts, ideas and other relevant solutions will make you valuable," she says.