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

Lose These Lousy Work Habits

shutterstock_457206865Everyone has bad habits, but some can stifle career growth. Prudent employees will make sure to eliminate the following negative workplace behaviors:

  • Chronic lateness. Flat tires, traffic, or oversleeping can happen to anyone, but when they happen too often, offenders will just look undisciplined or worse, as though they don’t care about their job.
  • Procrastination. Waiting until the last minute to turn in work jeopardizes colleagues who may be depending on that work to complete their own tasks. Procrastinators earn themselves a reputation for being unreliable.
  • Lying. Owning up to mistakes and taking responsibility for them is far better than being terminated when the lie is discovered.
  • Negativity. A worker who is always griping about projects or coworkers will be considered difficult to work with.
  • Anger. Temper tantrums have no place in the workplace—no one wants to work with a hothead.
  • Poor writing skills. Weak writing—bad grammar, spelling, or unedited prose—makes the author appear less intelligent and careless. Organizations cannot afford to be associated with sloppiness.
  • Laziness. Coworkers and managers will know which employee repeatedly shirks work or pushes it to someone else, resulting in doubt about the individual’s commitment to the organization.

From The Job Network

Culture Fit Crucial for New-Hires

More and more employers are screening candidates in odd ways to assess whether they will fit into the organization from day one.

Some companies ask current employees to act as “cultural ambassadors” to gauge how well a candidate will successfully enter ashutterstock_379260601 department. Shoe e-tailer Zappos gives long-term workers veto power over job candidates. The company veterans can ask a potential future colleague to answer questions such as “If you were to write your biography, what would the title be?” to demonstrate how quickly a candidate thinks as well as how the individual will fit into the corporate culture.

HR personnel often rate cultural fit above referrals, grades, or coursework, according to a recent survey by the career website Beyond.  However, because “culture fit” is vague, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission warns that such an unspecific criterion could put organizations at risk of violating hiring regulations. Some companies agree. Facebook, for example, does not use culture fit as a reason to not hire someone precisely because it can be a “bias trap.”

From The Wall Street Journal

Four Job Applicant Must-Haves

shutterstock_538186522When interviewing for a new position, savvy job seekers will demonstrate that they possess the following qualities today’s employers demand:

  1. IQ – intelligence and critical thinking. Employers need workers who can solve problems, strategize, and see the big picture. A high GPA may get a candidate in the door. However, only by using those smarts on the job will the new-hire stay
  1. EQ – emotional intelligence. Reading others’ emotions, listening well, and building relationships are key ways to wow a recruiter and future employers. Being ready with thoughtful questions helps demonstrate this ability, especially during an interview.
  1. PQ – passion quotient. Excitement about a firm’s ethos and goals helps show how an interviewee or new-hire will add value to an organization.
  1. IMQ – improvisation quotient. Flexibility, thinking outside the box, and curiosity are important qualities employers look for in job candidates. Because today’s marketplace changes quickly, employees who adapt and cope well with stressful situations are highly valued.

From Los Angeles Times

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.shutterstock_77075764_NOV2015

Positions that require social skills have been responsible for nearly all job growth since 1980, according to a working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. The research maintains that hard-to-automate jobs will continue to call upon that most human of abilities—people skills.

People skills include the ability to communicate effectively with wide array of people, work productively with various personalities, build relationships, and empathize. More jobs today are calling for workers with such skills, especially people who can collaborate and show flexibility.

These skills also seem to lead to higher earning potential regardless of education and cognitive abilities. Additionally, the more a job requires interaction with others, the greater the need for advanced social skills, the research indicates.

Social skills, soft skills, and emotional intelligence are often cited as keys to success. In fact, the ability to communicate and collaborate well—in other words, social skills—continue to be named as top desired characteristics in workers. Until technology can come up with an app that can collaborate and communicate, people who can demonstrate their ability to negotiate the human terrain of interpersonal relationships will be highly sought.

Discussion questions

  1. Why do you think employers continue to value the ability to collaborate?
  1. What are three things you can do now that will enhance your ability to communicate and work well with others?
  1. Given that employers need workers who can communicate well, why is writing important?

–From the Harvard Business Review

Grit Trumps Smarts…US Millennials’ Skills Under Par…Legwork Leads to Prestigious Summer Internships…Emotional Intelligence Pays at Work

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April_shutterstock_188832419An individual’s grit—the ability to persevere despite adversity, boredom, or distractions—is a greater indicator of success in the workplace than intelligence or talent. New research tracked measurable milestones such as graduating from Westpoint’s summer cadet basic training or winning the National Spelling Bee. The results showed that success was more tied to perseverance than intelligence. In school-related tasks, the research concluded that hard work was a better predictor of GPA than IQ. In the workplace, employees with the ability to stay motivated on long, difficult projects were the highest achievers, the research found. From TLNT.com

US Millennials’ Skills Under Par

Compared to their international counterparts in Europe and Asia, more than half of U.S. millennials lag behind in reading and math skills, according to a report by testing giant ETS. In literacy, US millennials scored an average of 274/500; the average score was 282. However, numeracy skills were far worse. The United States, Spain, and Italy were in a statistical race for last place, according to an article in The Atlantic. Based on the report findings, the authors forecast a greater divide between workers at the high and low ends of the economic scale, which will threaten U.S. competitiveness in the global market. From The Atlantic

Legwork Leads to Prestigious Summer Internships

Wall Street firms traditionally target students from elite campuses for their choice summer internships by sending recruiters to hunt for candidates during the fall. This puts students at campuses not on Wall Street’s list at a disadvantage. However, between sending hundreds of e-mails, fierce and relentless networking, and boning up on investment banking concepts, some go-getters from not-so-tony schools landed the internships. Since these summer jobs tend to lead to lucrative positions post graduation, that’s quite a coup. From The Wall St. Journal

Emotional Intelligence Pays at Work

The ability to read others’ emotions, or “emotional intelligence,” is a skill that reaps dividends, according to a study published in The Journal of Organizational Behavior. The research found that emotionally perceptive workers earned more than those who were less adroit at reading emotional cues. The researchers noted that emotional intelligence in the workplace involves an aptitude for navigating the office playing field rather than having personal attributes such as personal warmth or compassion. From Entrepreneur Magazine