Workers at small firms earned 66% of what counterparts at large firms earned in 2011, according to a study by the Kauffman Foundation. In 2001, workers at small firms earned 78% of the salaries paid to employees at large firms. The widening wage gap means small employers will have a more difficult time competing for talent, some experts say.
Introverts should understand that not everyone views conversation as a tool, meant to be used only when the task at hand requires it, Dorothy Tannahill-Moran writes. Extroverts see conversation as a means to build relationships; introverts need to understand this and make an effort to interact with co-workers on a daily basis. "Your failure to make an attempt to ‘relate’ will brand you as unfriendly and potentially difficult to work with," she says.
Sixty-nine percent of employers report they've changed their mind about an applicant after speaking to references, a CareerBuilder survey finds. When choosing references, make sure the person understands your skills and experience, and include "your biggest cheerleaders," Rosemary Haefner of CareerBuilder says.
Professionals often think they can rely on their employer to manage their career, track their accomplishments and decide when they deserve a raise or promotion, Dan Schawbel writes. This is almost never the case, so take it upon yourself to seek out opportunities and gain new skills. "You need to be in the driver’s seat in your career, not the passenger’s seat," he writes.
During the Cold War, American military chiefs devised a plan to launch a nuclear attack on the moon, according to declassified documents from 1959. The intent of the scrapped mission was to intimidate Soviet leaders, though the moon would have been fine, project leader Leonard Reiffel said recently. Any blast "would have been microscopic, so to speak. It would have been, I think, essentially invisible from the Earth, even with a good telescope," Reiffel said.