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12/14/2018

Switching from a to-do list to timeboxing tasks into a calendar may improve efficiencies and help you become more productive, suggests Marc Zao-Sanders. It offers several benefits, including implementing a time aspect on tasks and providing more control over your schedule.

12/14/2018

Approach anyone, no matter their title or status, at the company holiday party by keeping the conversation light, warm and positive. Show gratitude and work toward building a better connection with those you work with every day, as well as people you're meeting for the first time.

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12/14/2018

Rubicon Bakers in Richmond, Calif., gives job seekers a second chance, whether they have a criminal record, have a history of addiction or are homeless. A nonprofit created the bakery as a job-training initiative more than 25 years ago, but the bakery was sold and turned into a for-profit business about 10 years ago.

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Fast Company online
12/14/2018

Job candidates interviewing with Tesla CEO Elon Musk have been asked not to wear potent perfume or cologne because of his heightened sense of smell. Musk is quirky, but some of his quirks have drawn backlash, such as his expectation that employees work more than 40 hours per week.

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12/14/2018

A modified tax-relief package was introduced to the House this week and includes provisions to allow access to 401(k) funds to pay for childbirth or adoption expenses penalty-free. If enacted, it would also expand tuition benefits for Section 529 savings plans.

12/14/2018

Go back no further than 10 to 15 years on your resume for most industries, recommends the experts, to keep the resume length short and easy to scan. You can still highlight skills learned from past employment, but do not waste the resume space on listing jobs beyond the 15-year recommendation.

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CNBC
12/14/2018

Harness the heightened awareness brought on by workplace anxiety to become more productive, rather than letting it debilitate you, suggests Julie McCarthy, lead author of a recent study on the topic. Moderate levels of anxiety can provide a motivational effect and increased concentration that is beneficial in getting things done, the study found.

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12/14/2018

In Australia 45,000 years ago, a marsupial carnivore known as T. carnifex walked the earth, and remains of the creature were discovered more than a decade ago. But scientists at Flinders University have only recently fully reconstructed a skeleton of the animal and found that its movements and hunting habits are similar to those of lions.

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12/14/2018

Unilever processes about 1.8 million job applications and recruits more than 30,000 people annually by partnering with Pymetrics, a specialist in artificial intelligence recruitment. The partnership has created an online platform for candidates to be assessed at home on a computer or mobile device, eliminating 70,000 person-hours of evaluation.

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12/14/2018

A proposal to raise pay for Denver teachers would give first-year teachers an 8% increase to $45,000 annually. A contract expires next month, and teachers plan to strike if an agreement is not reached.

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