The Scoop: News, Views, Commentary

Networking 101 for Introverts… The New Etiquette of Phone Calls…  Start a Great Career in Your 20s

Advice for the timid networker… Tips for making the most out of phone calls… Career advice from Fortune 500 leaders. Read more.

Are Your Students Too Familiar with You? Texting the Initial Interview… You Know the Worst Filler Words?

The case for formal titles in the college classroom… Employers reaching millennials where they live—on their smartphones… And the award for the worst filler words is… Read more.

What’s a Guy to Wear??  Finding a Mentor—An Essential Career Step… For Some Hirers, Algorithms Trump Résumés

The conundrum of men’s work wardrobe choices … New hires should find a mentor ASAP… Major employer opts for technology to screen new-hires. Read more.

Tips for Networking Novices… Recipe for Successful Teams… Recruiters’ Thumbs Ups (and Downs!) on LinkedIn Profiles

Pointers for career-launching strategies… Ingredients for successful collaboration… Tweaking a LinkedIn Profile to maximize results. Read more.

Hey, Be Nice!… Geography Determines Dress Code… Female Millennials Suffer from Depression, Burnout

Bad manners in the workplace undermine collaboration… employees in hoodies and flip flops are  as common as staff in a suit and tie… more female millennial employees experience depression and burnout than their male counterparts. Read more.

Paltering Makes Deception Easier… Top Fields, Skills for Internships… New Workplace Platforms Improve Collaboration

Study shows lying by omission is common… New info just in time for internship season… Workplace communication apps grow in popularity. Read more.

Lose These Lousy Work Habit… Culture Fit Crucial for New-Hires… Four Job Applicant Must-Haves

Some bad habits are career killers… Employers are screening candidates in odd ways to assess whether they will fit into the organization… Savvy job seekers will demonstrate that they possess the these soft skills  today’s employers demand. Read more.

Help Learning Student Names…Digital Natives Prefer Conversations in Person…Be More Productive–Work in 90-Minute Increments

Tips to help remembering names…Research finds some young workers prefer one-on-one conversations…Short spurts of focused work trumps all-nighters. Read more.

Employers Desperate for Soft Skills … Job Hopping Common … College Major Affects Earnings … 5 Habit Leaders Practice

Critical thinking and communication skills are scarce among new hires … Job hopping is okay–except when it’s not … No surprise: college major and earnings potential are linked … Leaders take care of themselves and others. Read more.

Handling Political Questioning During Interviews … Emoji Invade Workplace Communication … To Stand Out, Shake Up Interview Q&A

How to work around the pitfall of discussing politics…Emoji go mainstream…Gracefully insert your own agenda item during an interview. Read more.

Recruiters to Interviewees: Stop Making These Mistakes! … Effective Networking Is Career Mandatory … When Not to Use E-mail

Avoid typical landmines when interviewing…How young professionals can master networking…Think before hitting the “send” button. Read more.

Welcome to Work, Generation Z—Now Learn to E-mail! … College Grads Lack Communication Skills, Employers Say … Half of New Hires Make the Same Huge Career Mistake

‘The texting generation needs an e-mail tutorial…Employers complain about new grads’ written and oral communication skills…Negotiate initial salary to increase lifetime earnings. Read more.

The Truth and Nothing but…Can a Type Font Kill Your Chance for an Interview?…Pre-Hire Tests Squeeze Out Young Job Seekers

Lying during the job search… Times New Roman is really dead… Pre-job tests are harder to ace than finals. Read more.

Are Elite Colleges Worth the Cost?The New Normal—Employers Check Workers’ Online PresenceFlip Phones Making a Comeback?

High-cost private colleges only pay for some majors…Current employees, watch out—Big Brother is watching…Low-tech phones provide a rest from the wired world. Read more.

Wardrobe Choices for Interviews…Read This Before Starting a New Job…Four Skills Employers Seek

What to wear at an Interview in today’s diverse workplace…Advice for success at a new job…Soft skills employers most want. Read more.

“Generation Connected” to Cause Quantum Shift in Workplace…Uptalk + Vocal Fry = Incompetence, Say Employers…Yes, Even Techies Need to Know How to Write.

”Generation Connected” has arrived!… Women’s voices are a double-edged sword…From daily correspondence to explaining grand ideas, techies need to write. Read more.

Tips for Telephone InterviewsEmployers Scoff at Online Classes…Don’t Sleep on Big Decisions

Acing telephone interviews with a few easy pointers…Online credentials don’t measure up quite yet…Make big decisions while the facts are freshest. Read more.

Worst Résumé Mistakes EverNew App Slack Lets Users Really Chat…E-mail Response Wait Time

A former Google recruiter names his résumé pet peeves…Office communication develops a personality…What goes into decisions about when to respond to emails. Read more.

Think Before Showing That InkGreat Mentors Have These 7 TraitsBusiness Phone Call Making Comeback

To ink or not to ink… Choosing a mentor… Sometimes  speaking to a colleague is the best channel of communication. Read more.

Employers Start to Give Millennials the Axe…How to Leave a Job Gracefully… Indulge in Temptation to Thwart Procrastination?

Advice for millennials who want to stay employed…Actions to take prior to quitting a job…Study shows ways to avoid procrastinating. Read more.

Humblebraggers Score Zero…Cultural Fit Important to Clinch the Job…Millennials Need Skills Brush-up

Insincere self-aggrandizement…Meshing with established company culture…Soft skills lacking in new workers. Read more.

The Truth and Nothing but…Can a Type Font Kill Your Chance for an Interview?Pre-Hire Tests Squeeze Out Young Job Seekers

Why  not to lie on a résumé…Times New Roman is old…More employers adopt tests that hurt new graduates. Read more.

Grit Trumps SmartsUS Millennials’ Skills Under ParLegwork Leads to Prestigious Summer InternshipsEmotional Intelligence Pays at Work

Perseverance pays off–literally–in the workplace…Students’ reading and math skills lag…Hard work breaks barriers on Wall Street…Aptitude for assessing the workplace reaps cash. Read more.

Questions to Avoid at Interviews…Who Gets Raises … Job Search Apps

Topics to never bring up at the end of an interview…Over 40 percent of workers ask for raises, but who actually gets one? … Yes, there is an app for that job search! Read more.

Lessons from the Sony E-mail Hack…Open Office Damages Productivity…Overcome Public Speaking Jitters

Takeaways from tacky e-mails at Sony…Distractions kill productivity in open offices…Advice from Mark Twain about avoiding public speaking anxiety. Read more.

Send in Anger, Repent by Groveling……Post-Interview “Subtle Sell” a Must…Bright Outlook for 2015 Grads…Speak up to Prevent Long-Lasting Workplace Hostilities

How to recover from e-mails sent in anger…Closing the deal after the interview…Finally, good news for college grads….Apologizing for insensitive remarks. Read more.

No More  Pounding the Pavement…Millennials are Job Hoppers…Freelance Numbers Climbing

Virtual recruiting methods replace traditional job search…Millennials stay in jobs about two years…Over a third of American workers are freelancers. Read more.

Three Steps to Productive Office Hours

Sit on your hands, ask open-ended questions, and don’t focus on writing errors. Read more.

Adios to Rigid Dress Codes…SEC Grammar Police…”Test Drive” Hiring

Employers must make a case for their dated notions of what to wear to work…The SEC grammar police are strict!…Hiring on a trial basis gains traction. Read more.

Students Turn Off Phones in Class and Like It…“Pink Ghetto” of PR Pays Off for Women…Bookless College Library—New Trend?

Instructor offers “bribe” of extra credit in return for students’ phones…Women dominate PR…Another blow to books. Read more.

Digital Rebuttals Gaining TractionBusiness Students Wanted!…College Classroom E-Etiquette…

George Clooney and Walmart both make digital rebuttals…employers prefer business students…pass along e-etiquette advice to your students! Read more.

Hidden Jobs, Overshare, Retiring from Facebook

Unadvertised jobs make up nearly 85% of unfilled openings…Know when to zip your lips at work…clean up Facebook presence by going dark. Read more.

UCSB Students Rise Above Tragedy with Guffey Award

Two graduating seniors at UCSB took a moment to enjoy winning the Guffey Prize for Advanced Business Communication. Read more.

Interviewers Pick Fits in 5 Minutes…Are Business Cards Dead?…Personal Mission Statements

Catch up on news relevant to our students’ job searches. Read more.

Good Photo a Must for LinkedIn Profile 

Remember when photos were verboten for résumés and the job search? No longer. Read more.

Sage Advice from a College Senior Who Landed a Job

Students are used to getting advice from counselors, instructors, and of course, their parents. But when one of their own talks, students may very well listen a little harder. Read more.

Conversing in Business

Most business is still conducted in conversations either by phone or face to face, so good communication skills are essential to success. Read more.

Gaga Over Grammar
First it was the bestselling Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance to Approach to Punctuation. Then came Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tricks to Better Writing. You’d think with these books selling millions of copies that grammar was making a comeback from the Dark Days of Whole Language Theory. Read more.

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