It's common for new employees to get pulled in to social circles occupied by gossips and cynics, experts say. "They're seductive, they're often likable and every workplace is full of them," career coach Bud Bilanich says. To avoid this fate, associate with co-workers who have positive attitudes, and play dumb when a gossiper tries to confide in you, experts say.
Monster's professional networking application BeKnown has new features that developers say will help more types of people network professionally and will make the app more useful for recruiters seeking passive job candidates. "You don't see police officers on LinkedIn. You don't see nurses. This is the first time they'll be able to establish a professional network," says Tom Chevalier of Monster.
Take cues from your job interview to learn the most important issues or problems an employer is facing, then immediately follow up with a detailed proposal to solve those issues, Rebecca Rapple writes. Such a strategy can "blow those other candidates out of the water" and net you a job offer, she writes.
Listening to music can make you more productive and calm while working, but make sure your tunes don't distract other workers, Heather R. Huhman writes. One good music choice might be Mozart, whose music has been found in studies to increase concentration.
In the past two years there has been a 250% increase in the number of millenials choosing freelance or independent contractor careers, Gene Zaino writes. Zaino, CEO of MBA Partners, says millenials who want to be successful taking this career path need to have active networks, and consider taking traditional jobs in the beginning to help them make valuable contacts for their freelance business.