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Hit Hard in Interviews by Stressing Soft Skills

LinkedIn VP advises how job seekers should demonstrate important soft skills employers look for during interviews. Read more.

Emissionsgate: VW Scandal Repercussions Reverberate

After blatantly lying to governments about its autos passing emissions’ tests, VW is paying a heavy price. Share this case study and discussion questions with your business communication students. Read more.

Building Rapport—Key to a Great Interview

Job applicants who make small talk or find a commonality with the interviewer during the first few minutes of the meeting are more successful than those who don’t. Read more

To Social or Not to Social? That is the Question

The pros and cons of social media for professional purposes. Read more.

Hands Off the Hair?

Recently the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a firm could deny a job applicant employment unless she changed her hair style. Discuss this fascinating case. Read more.

New Rules to Maximize Hirability

Today’s job seekers need a dynamic online presence to be considered for many positions. That means constant monitoring of their social media presence. Read more.

Relaxing Dress Codes Cause Confusion, Demonstrate Double Standard

It’s becoming more and more difficult to determine the proper look at work. How can employees know what to wear? Read more.

Disney World: Not the Happiest Place on Earth

After a two-year-old boy was drowned by an alligator at Disney World, a public relations nightmare ensued. Discuss the business ethics of the situation with your students. Read more.

Takata Airbag Scandal – Plenty of Blame to Spread Around

One of the most massive recalls in history provides a lot of issues to discuss with your students. We summarize the Takata airbag scandal, provide a link to a timeline of events, and list discussion questions designed to stimulate your students. Read more.

Former Yelper Talia Jane—Whiner or Winner?

Your students will likely have lots to say about this millennial employee who complained to the CEO of Yelp and published it for the world to see. Use the links in the post to direct your students to the original and then discuss the situation. We’ve included some questions to get the conversation startedRead more.

10 Interview Blunders to Avoid

Treating staff with disrespect and low energy are just two of the taboos to avoid when interviewing. Read more.

Jury Weighs in on the Case of Screen vs. Paper

While paper-based texts have not quite gone the way of the dodo, there is little doubt that we read on screens more than ever. A new rash of research is examining the pros and cons of both methods. Read more.

The Key to Success: Staying Motivated

Instructors: Try discussing these tips for staying motivated with your new students at the beginning of the semester, during a mid-term lull, or even toward the end of the course to stoke students’ momentum. Read more.

The Firm 40—A Radical Workplace Idea

In a world where 60- or even 80-hour workweeks are not uncommon, some firms are returning to the good old days of “nine to five.” Instructors–Kick off a class session with this thought-provoking news summary and discussion questions. Read more.

Social Skills Key Now and in the Future

Will robots (or more accurately, automation) replace human workers? Probably not… at least not yet. Still, plenty of machines continue to perform tasks once reserved for humankind. But they still cannot do one thing that people can: work well with others. Read more.

Critical Thinking Case Study: Is Amazon.com a Jungle?

A recent article in The New York Times exposed harsh working conditions for white-collar employees at global e-retailer Amazon.com. Current and former “Amazonians” called the company’s pace relentless … Read more.

6 Tips for Writing Social Media Business Messages

Writing well for any medium requires understanding its conventions and using language that achieves the text’s purpose. This can be especially challenging when writing for social media. Read more.

Hang in There! Tips to Survive an Entry-Level Job

Entry-level jobs can be a big letdown, especially for millennials, who are used to getting what they want immediately. Share these tips about getting the most out of a first job with your students. Read more.

Ten Taboos at Work

Revealing the wrong kinds of information to a fellow worker can be a career killer. Show your professionalism in the workplace by not committing any of these ten taboo. Read more.

First Impressions Count When Starting a New Job

When starting a new job, expect new colleagues to assess you as soon as you walk in the door. Making a good first impression sets the scene for a successful experience at a new job. Read more.

Personal Brand—Emphasizing the Best You

In today’s competitive business environment, young workers must successfully market themselves to stand out from the pack. Read more.

College Students Addicted to Cell Phones

Any college teacher knows that students are attached to their cell phones. A new study measures just how attached they are. Read more.

Is Sensitivity Training Insensitive?

Although it seems counterintuitive, organizations seeking to teach “cultural sensitivity” are being insensitive. Read more.

Hey–Listen Up!

One of the best ways to derail a career is by failing to listen—after all, if we don’t listen, we can’t respond in a thoughtful, considered way. Read more.

Are You Mad? How to Handle Boss’s Cryptic E-mails

Conciseness in writing is a virtue appreciated by anyone whose inbox is clogged with bloated messages. But how does an employee deal with an e-mail response from a boss that is so short … Read more.

Millennials…Not as Tech Savvy as We Thought

The common notion that millennials are all “digital natives” is a myth, according to research conducted by Eszter Hargittai of Northwestern University. Read more.

Should You Send Anyone a LinkedIn Request to Connect?

If you’re unsure about the etiquette of sending LinkedIn requests to connect, you’re not alone. It’s confusing at best. Read more.

Shake off First-Day-on-the-Job Jitters

You nailed the interview, landed a job offer, and are set to start in a few days. But you’re queasy with anxiety. It’s natural to feel nervous about the first day of a new job. However, Read more.

Burning the Midnight Oil….Yes or No?

When the boss works late, does that mean staff has to follow suit? Read more.

Email Etiquette: “Strategic Sloppiness” vs Bad Form

It’s probably possible to calculate the number of emails sent each day, but I sure can’t do it. I’m just assuming that figure is very, very high. But does each one of the gazillion e-mails sent each day need to be perfectly written and use proper etiquette? Read more.

Fauxpology Doesn’t Ring True
We’ve heard a lot of apologies lately. President Obama said he was sorry people lost their health insurance as a result of assurances he had made. Read more.

How to Handle a Picky Boss
Micromanagers—those nitpicky individuals who have to check every little detail and find problems with everything—can make a job stressful and demoralize employees. So how to cope? Read more.

The Next Job Search Frontier—Video
We all know that a paper résumé is old school. Social media sites have long replaced want ads as the way to look for a position. But are videos becoming part of the job hunter’s arsenal? Read more.

It’s Nothing Profersonal
When ABC reporter Shea Allen posted unprofessional comments on her personal blog, she crossed a line…and was fired. Read more.

Beef Up Résumé While in College
Students who leave college with a résumé that shows experience and accomplishments stand a much better chance of impressing a potential employer. Read more.

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