Sending a thank you note after a job interview is standard practice. In other professional situations, expressing gratitude is less clear. Expressing your thanks through a handwritten note or thoughtful email is an excellent way to nurture positive working relationships and solidify your professional network. Keep in mind that a thank you letter is the most formal option and should be formatted like any business letter. A thank you note or email can range from slightly less formal to casual, depending on the tone of your writing. When choosing how formal or informal to make your note, consider your relationship with the recipient as well as their professional role. Here are a few common circumstances when writing a thank you is appropriate, along with samples to get you started. Appreciate a colleague Once in awhile, a co-worker goes beyond the call of duty. For instance, a team member might work 16-hour days in the weeks leading up to a product launch. Or he may work from home over … [Read more...] about How to thank colleagues, mentors
A majority of office workers grade their job a B-, according to new research. Which begs the question, do Americans really love what they do? A new study exploring office jobs and employee satisfaction levels within the U.S., saw workers grade their jobs as deserving a B (85 percent) in terms of their day-to-day tasks. Respondents also voted a B- (81 percent) in work-life balance, and similarly a B- (81 percent) in company morale and a B- (81 percent) in their benefits package. Commissioned by Kforce, a staffing services and solutions firm, and conducted by OnePoll, this nationwide study surveyed 2,000 full-time office workers across all industries. The survey also found that women scored their office jobs a full letter grade lower than their male counterparts in topics like potential for internal growth, company morale and benefits. With 58 percent of men and 47 percent of women saying they love their office job; loving work is a vital part of career fulfillment. In fact, 67 percent … [Read more...] about How average office workers really feel about their jobs
College is overrated. Well, at least sometimes. New data from millions of users and job listings from career networking site LinkedIn shows that many top companies including Google, Airbnb, Facebook, Oracle and others all have high-paying, in-demand jobs where a four-year degree isn’t required. “The four-year degree isn’t gone altogether but we’re starting to see a shift in what these companies are looking for,” says Laura Lorenzetti, editor at LinkedIn. “There’s a growing emphasis on skills over school as they compete for top talent. People still see the four-year degree as a signaling factor but companies are taking experience as seriously as a four-year college degree.” Among the high-paying jobs at top companies that don’t require a college degree: A brand director position at Apple (the listing simply says “bachelor’s degree preferred”) and an editor for Apple News (it says bachelor’s or master’s … [Read more...] about You don’t need a four-year degree to land these high-paying jobs
After 10 years of lackluster growth, wages finally broke the 3 percent ceiling in August 2018 and have done so every month since. With workers quitting to pursue better opportunities, employers have finally had to offer raises to remain competitive. In fact, nearly 50 percent of employers have made a counteroffer of significantly higher pay to keep an employee on staff, according to the results of a recent ZipRecruiter survey. But even the most generous of offers may not be enough to stop top talent from searching for a better opportunity. Employees demand more Not all employees are interested in using a new job offer to negotiate with their employer: Only 18 percent of the 3,000-plus job seekers we surveyed in February said they’ve used an offer as leverage to get a raise in the past. About 38 percent said they would consider a counteroffer to stay at their current job if they had plans to pursue a new opportunity. When asked how much of a raise they would need to be persuaded … [Read more...] about Should you stay or should you go?
Women in tech face a smaller wage gap than many other industries. However, their chances of getting hired for those jobs are still low, a new study suggests. The pay gap between women and men in tech has decreased, but companies interview only male candidates for these jobs 41 percent of the time, according to new data from job website Hired.com, which places people in positions like software engineering, data scientist or product manager. Women made 97 cents on the dollar compared to men for the same STEM jobs at the same company this year, a slight improvement from 96 cents on the dollar for the two previous years. (STEM refers to jobs in science, technology, engineering and math.) Across all industries, women made about 77 cents for every dollar men made in 2018, according to the Economic Policy Institute. Like other sectors, the pay disparity in tech is worse for women of color: Latino and black women in STEM were paid 91 cents and 89 cents, respectively, for every dollar their … [Read more...] about This is one industry where the gender pay gap is narrowing