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Writing E-mails That Will Be Read… Millennials Uncertain About Career Futures… Tips for Starting Conversations

Writing E-mails That Will Be Read

With employees spending more than one-fourth of their time dealing with e-mail, it’s no wonder some are ignored. To make sure your e-mails are read, follow these tips.

  • Write useful subject lines. Research shows readers are more likely to open e-mails that have two types of subject lines: those that are informative, and those that spark the reader’s interest.
  • Be concise. Readers are busy, so the faster your e-mail gets to the point, the more likely the recipient is to read it. Make every word fight for its life.
  • Limit scope. E-mails that try to deal with too many topics are often ignored. Instead compose an e-mail designed to elicit a response to one question.
  • Add a human touch. Make sure the e-mail goes to the correct person. Directly address that individual and use afriendly tone.


Millennials Uncertain About Career Futures

Younger workers tend to be optimistic about the future of their careers, but not millennials, according to a recent study. While the generation as a whole is willing to put in the most time for professional development compared to Gen-Xers or Boomers, its members voiced uncertainty about the future of their jobs.

The study was conducted by Champlain College in an effort to understand the needs of its student demographic. Julie Quinn, Champlain’s interim president, noted that the study’s results provide a guideline for colleges. She says that since students don’t believe their jobs are secure, they will need to regularly update their skills. Therefore, colleges must teach students how to learn.

From Edsurge

Tips for Starting Conversations

Many people find it difficult to start conversations that can help strangers connect. Experts offer these tips.

Start first. Strike up the conversation yourself instead of waiting for someone else to. A simple “hello” can be all you need. Then ask thoughtful questions and listen to answers before talking about yourself.

Tell stories. Once you’ve started a two-way conversation, be prepared to share well-rehearsed stories that demonstrate characteristics you want people to learn about you. However, make sure your stories don’t come off as bragging.

Look the part. People notice others who appear well-groomed, put together, and nicely dressed. By presenting yourself professionally, you send the message you are someone worth connecting to. It’s also a good idea to wear a piece of clothing or an accessory that is a conversation starter, as long as it’s not outlandish or outrageous.




Growth Mindset Training Can Help Learning… Use Your Fear and Succeed… And the Most Annoying Office Jargon Is…

Growth Mindset Training Can Help Learning

Students who have received training to help them believe they can improve their abilities through hard work, good strategies, and help from others—a concept called growth mindset, coined by Harvard professor Carol Dweck—perform better than those who do not, according to research published in the journal Nature.

Growth mindset has been circulating in business for years and is the opposite of fixed mindset, or the belief that talent is innate. The recent study, in which 12,500 students underwent online growth mindset training, showed that all students who went through the online training did better on tests, with one exception. In groups where the culture did not value challenge, the training did not work.

Dweck, one of the authors of the study, said “Culture really matters.”

From EdSurge

Use Your Fear and Succeed  

No one likes to fail or feel incapable of performing a task, but failure happens to everyone. Here are some pointers that can help turn fear of failure into success.

Ask for help. No one knows everything, so when you don’t know an answer, ask someone who does. The old adage “two heads are better than one” can come in handy.

Learn from fear. If you’ve ever grabbed a hot iron, you will be less likely (and more afraid) to do it again. We learn from our mistakes, but we don’t have to completely avoid irons forever. Sometimes fear is good.

Listen to your fear. If something is telling you to be afraid, stop and listen to the warning. A little introspection at the right time can be useful.


And the Most Annoying Office Jargon Is…

Business and industry are full of jargony phrases that can induce eye rolls and sniggers. A recent survey in the UK produced a cringeworthy list of workers’ most hated phrases that that might just annoy workers across the pond, too.


Choose Skill over Passion… Surviving Rocky Interviews… Are Social Media the Death Knell to Academia?

Choose Skill over Passion

Would you want to be treated by a doctor who had a passion for medicine but who consistently performed poorly in physiology, chemistry, and anatomy? Of course not.

That’s because we are meant to do what we’re good at, not necessarily what we love. If passion and skill happen to mesh, bravo. But often they do not, and that’s not so bad. Society works when people are effective in what they do, so instead of pursuing an unattainable passion, the better route for individuals is to discover what they’re skilled at and do it. The satisfaction of a job well done may not feel like passion, but it’s a lot better than trying to be a diva if one is tone deaf.


Surviving Rocky Interviews

Job interviews are stressful in the best of circumstances. But what to do when the interview is clearly not going well? Below is advice about how to navigate some of the most common causes of an interview that is headed for disaster.

Poor interviewer. If an interviewer is obviously unprepared or uninterested, it’s still up to the applicant to weather the storm with his or her best effort, advises Sarah Johnston, a former recruiter. She suggests showing the interviewer one’s suitability for the position with grace.

Unexpected questions or tests. It’s best to expect the unexpected, so preparation is the only way to push through this situation. However, even if an interviewee bombs an unexpected test or question, a rocky interview can still lead to a good outcome if the rest of the interview has gone smoothly.

Sudden realization the position is wrong. Many people discover in the middle of an interview that they are a poor fit for the position or the organization. In such a situation, the best course of action is continue participating in the interview. One can always turn down an offer.

From Linkedin

Are Social Media the Death Knell to Academia?

“The tinderization of scholarship” may lead to the downfall of academics, writes a contributor to

The Chronicle of Higher Education. Prof. Justin E. H. Smith notes that although he has not yet heard about tenure committees checking academic social media sites such as, he does see that social media are increasingly driving academics to favor “likes” above scrupulous scholarship.

Academia is like many institutions that slavishly follow page views and other metrics instead of measured, tried-and-true research. Especially prone to this new reality are academics who are precariously employed or underemployed.

The “tyranny of metrics” should be mitigated by scholars who are committed to the serious work of research and acquisition of knowledge, Smith writes.

From The Chronicle of Higher Education