If you want to succeed and be fulfilled, be clear about what matters most to you, hold yourself accountable for what happens and stand up for what you want, Kathy Caprino writes. "Successful professionals commit to increasing their awareness of who they long to be in the world, how they want to be of service, uniquely, and what’s in the way," she writes.
Faced with increasing competition from China, Japanese IT firms are recruiting workers from the U.S. and other countries, enticing them with chances to take on more responsibility and develop their skills, experts say. One key recruitment tool has been using more English in the workplace so foreign workers don't feel so isolated, firms say.
Use resources like news websites, Glassdoor and LinkedIn to check out a company's financial stability, culture and management practices, Arnie Fertig writes. The research can be time-consuming, but it "will be a key element for your work; producing not just 'a job' but the 'right job' as you develop your overall career," he writes.
As head of the Office of Servicemember Affairs for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Holly Petraeus tries to help military personnel and their families make solid financial decisions and prevent them from being victims of fraud. At least 27% of military families have racked up more than $10,000 in credit card debt and about one-third of enlisted service members and junior non-commissioned officers say they use payday lenders. Petraeus has experience in business and the military from her work with the Better Business Bureau and as the wife of CIA Director David Petraeus.
Matthew Inman is not a household name, but his Web comic The Oatmeal is a social-sharing staple, complete with a book and online swag. Inman and QuestionableContent creator Jeph Jacques are natural-born shills who get more exposure and money through merchandise than by advertising or publishing deals. "[T]hey're not selling comics or eyeballs; they're running online stores," writes Shane Snow.