Augmented and virtual reality are becoming common job-training tools as companies increase their investment in the technologies and hardware and software costs drop, writes Rae Steinbach. "With AR and VR, you have technologies that have been shown to increase engagement and improve results," she writes.
Machine learning, artificial intelligence and chatbots are making it easier to provide adaptive-learning programs, but employers should be aware of the risks, writes Stella Lee, an e-learning researcher. "Organizations need to take a holistic view in supporting adaptive learning and learning analytics," she writes.
By being proactive about seeking out new positions at different companies, even when you like your current job, you will effectively put yourself in the best position for career growth, explains Jack Kelly. Having a safe and secure job allows you to be more comfortable in interviews and patient with the job search, Kelly adds.
Conquer nervousness by focusing on the value of the content of your speech, rather than worrying about less important things, such as flubbing words or whether your shirt is tucked in properly. Good eye contact and smiles go a long way in engaging your audience and making you feel more relaxed, Elle Kaplan points out.
Contact people within your network with ties to companies you're interested in, and even weak connections can be of great benefit to your career growth, explains Hallie Crawford. Be sure to provide value back to these connections, as networking is a two-way street, she stresses.
One in four Americans now use Facebook to search for jobs, the social network says. LinkedIn is the most popular, with Facebook and Twitter right behind, as using hashtags like #jobs or #hiring are helping job candidates find work with forward-thinking companies, writes Sophie Christie.
Carve out a few minutes throughout the day for mindfulness exercises, such as focusing on your breathing and state of awareness, Buddhist monk Gelong Thubten suggests. Even "micro-moments" of mindfulness, such as focusing on your body instead of your thoughts, will make you more efficient, he adds.
Noncompete agreements are no longer required for WeWork nonexecutive employees, including custodians and other low-wage staffers. New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood says "too often noncompete agreements are misused, especially when it comes to low-wage workers -- limiting employees' mobility and opportunity."
IBM is facing a class-action lawsuit from three former employees who allege they were fired because of their age. The news follows a ProPublica investigation finding that IBM has eliminated more than 20,000 employees 40 or older during the past five years, which recruiter Jack Kelly says is part of an alarming trend of blatant age discrimination.