5 warning signs you’re in a toxic workplace, and what to do about it before it ruins your personal life

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Independent investigators found that Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple female members of his own staff.

  • On Tuesday, investigators found Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women in his office.
  • While harassment is one of the most obvious signs you’re in a toxic workplace, there are more subtle signs.
  • Robert Sutton, an organizational psychologist and author, shared telltale signs.
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On Tuesday, the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James announced its independent investigators found that Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple female members of his own staff, state employees, and a state trooper.

In a 168-page report, investigators wrote that the governor engaged in actions that “created a hostile work environment for women.”

Over the past few years, in the wake of the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements, more workers have been speaking out about hostile and toxic workplaces. Some of the biggest recent examples include current or former employees at media outlets such as Refinery29 and Bon Appétit, the fitness company CrossFit, and the US military.

Bullying and harassment are some of the most obvious signs of a toxic workplace – and they’re a lot more common than most would expect. That’s according to Robert Sutton, a professor of management science at the Stanford University School of Engineering and the author of “The Asshole Survival Guide” and “Good Boss, Bad Boss.”

In a 2017 survey of more than 1,000 US workers, nearly one out of every five had experienced or was experiencing workplace bullying, according to the Workplace Bullying Institute, an education and research organization focused on office abuse.

There are subtle indicators that your workplace is awash in unfair practices and bad, unproductive, and perhaps even dangerous behavior. Here’s what the experts said you should to identify them – and your options if you realize your workplace is too toxic.

This is an updated version of an article originally published in June 2020.

1. People at work don’t speak up

One of the telltale signs that an office is toxic is how much, or how little, people talk in meetings and in group settings, Sutton said.

“When people with less power try to speak up, they get shut down,” he told Insider. “There’s sort of a cold silence as leaders talk. That, to me, is a sign of fear.”

When you’ve got a few people in power who do all the talking, and everyone else sits idly by, it’s an indication not everyone’s ideas are heard and that there are stark differences in the way people at different levels are treated, he said.

2. Your coworkers lack energy

“People being worn out; that’s a sign of a toxic workplace,” Sutton said, adding that lethargic coworkers could indicate neglect, employees being overworked, or that they have started thinking that contributing isn’t worth the criticism they’ll likely receive.

3. Employees don’t stay at their jobs for very long

If you catch wind that a company has a high turnover rate, run the other way, Sutton said.

“That’s clear as day, when people start leaving,” he said.

4. People criticize one another, and there’s a lot of gossiping

In a toxic workplace, communication isn’t clear and open, which leads to misunderstandings and arguments, according to Paul White, a speaker, trainer, psychologist, and coauthor of “Rising Above a Toxic Workplace.” Leaders don’t express appreciation and praise, and that negative attitude spreads throughout the company.

“Grumbling and complaining by employees is common – they can find something to complain about almost anytime. Then sarcasm and cynicism show up, which demonstrates a growing lack of trust of management and leadership and turns into a low-level seething disgruntlement,” White previously wrote on Insider.

5. Your mood outside work changes for no other apparent reason

Everyone has some stress that affects them at work, but if you find yourself lashing out at your partner, withdrawing from friends, having trouble sleeping, or gaining weight, it might be because you work in a bad environment, according to White.

It’s important to deal with the stress head-on, as the effects can be genuinely life-altering.

“Emotionally, we become more discouraged, which can lead to depression. For some, they are more irritable, ‘touchy,’ and demonstrate problems managing their anger. Others experience anxiety and a general sense of dread when they think about work. These symptoms then can lead to increased use of alcohol, prescription drugs, and illegal substances,” the psychologist wrote.

If this sounds like your workplace, here’s what you should do

1. Be prepared to speak up for yourself

If you sense you’re working in a toxic office, be prepared to stand up for your own interests, Sutton said. If you feel comfortable, talk with your boss or human-resources department.

2. Avoid the bad apples.

“When you have a nasty boss, avoid them,” Sutton said. “One person I know, where she works, she has the option to work from home a lot. So she and her colleagues will all sort of coordinate to find out what mood the boss is in and will work from home if the boss is in a bad mood.”

3. Make friends at work.

Find a friend or two at work with whom you can vent or joke.

“There’s always stuff that you can’t change, that you have to cope with. So to me, it’s about supporting each other emotionally. It’s joking about it. It’s reminding each other this isn’t going to last forever,” Sutton said.

4. Get out of there.

If you find that you’re being passed up for opportunities, your voice isn’t being heard, and you’re constantly dreading work, start looking for another job and updating your résumé. Take a personal day to get a head start on your job search. When all else fails, especially if your physical and mental health is suffering, quit.

“I’m a big believer of quitting,” Sutton said. “Quitting is underrated.”

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Pro skateboarder Rob Dyrdek on how he became an entrepreneur and his best career advice

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Rob Dyrdek.

Rob Dyrdek is a former pro skateboarder also known for hosting hit TV shows including Rob & Big, Ridiculousness, and Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory. He founded business incubator Dyrdek Machine and hosts the “Build With Rob” podcast. During our conversation, Rob talked about his journey from being a skateboarder to building his businesses.

In your early 20s, you gained fame as a professional skateboarder and were able to travel the world. Despite your success, why wasn’t skateboarding giving you the purpose and fulfillment you were seeking?

It wasn’t as much about the sport itself not giving me fulfillment, but I began to grow out of it because my true passion was creating and bringing ideas to life, and I had maxed out what was possible within skateboarding itself.

I looked at myself as a brand at a really early age, and turned pro when I was 16. I was around when we created the Alien Workshop, and that was the company I turned pro for. T

You’re part skater, part TV personality, and part entrepreneur. How were you able to turn your success as a skateboarder into a series of TV shows and into multiple businesses and partnerships?

At 14, I skated for a local skate shop whose founders started all of these companies. So even as I was turning pro, tracking all my own finances, and considering myself a brand at that early age, I was still watching companies get created.

I built my first company when I moved to California, when I was 18. My skateboarding career led to launching DC Shoes. And then the DC Shoes video led to a skit for a skate video, and that evolved into a television show on MTV.

That whole time I was constantly creating and building different businesses through the MTV platform, while being a pro skateboarder and creating new television shows. For me, this idea of business has always been the through line, and how do I maximize the opportunity that’s presented to me.

You’ve brought your family and friends with you, much like we saw in HBO’s Entourage series. How has involving your best friend and cousins in your projects deepened your relationship with them, and what have you taught them that has helped improve their careers?

For any business and anything that you create, meaningful relationships are at the core of it being fun. I’ve always been really clear on that. During my diligence period, right before I pull the trigger to decide whether I’m going to create a project with someone, it really boils down to: Do I want to be connected to them for life?

I am passionate. I am driven. I am focused. I am clear. But more than anything, I want to enjoy everything that I do. And any time I get through a process with someone where I can see we’re rubbing each other the wrong way or our energies aren’t connecting, then I just won’t do it.

With so many businesses and projects happening simultaneously, how do you manage your time and decide what projects to invest or divest in?

I look at life as this series of interconnected systems that all need to be aligned, integrated, and expanding in the same direction – and that direction is towards your ideal life. But it’s a balanced life, by design. It’s choosing the right projects, and how you actually live in those projects.

My entire existence, from the way I create companies to the way I shoot television, is fully systematized and automated. I have an 80-page document called The Rhythm of Existence that is the operating system for my life. At the end of the day, your energy is basically everything that you have, and that excitement about life and absolutely enjoying everything you’re doing is really what I’m hoping to achieve.

What’s your best piece of career advice?

I think the best piece of career advice is that you’re not building a career, you’re building a life. It’s finding the balance between who you are as a person – your passions, your physical strength, your happiness, what fulfills you – and the way that you earn a living, that feeds that purpose and who you are, and then how you want to live.

I think a lot of times, people don’t look at themselves as multidimensional beings that require all of these different aspects in order to be happy and balanced. They think their career is going to be the answer for the life that they want. But your career will never be the answer. It will be a part of the answer, and if it’s integrated into who you are and how you live, then you will truly be balanced and happy.

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The job market is on fire right now. Here are the best tips for finding a career that you love.

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It’s shaping up to be a hot summer for job searching.

  • This summer is the best time to be looking for a new job.
  • Employers are looking to woo workers with signing bonuses and other perks.
  • Insider’s compiled a helpful guide for anyone searching for a new role this summer.
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The job market is on fire right now.

After a steep decline at the beginning of the pandemic, employers are finally beginning to hire again. And they’re hiring a lot. On July 16, job postings on Indeed were up 36.4% above where they were on February 1, 2021, the pre-pandemic baseline. There were 9.2 million open jobs in the US at the end of May, the most recently available data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated.

Moving jobs is also a great way to make more money. A 2017 Nomura analysis found that people who had changed jobs earned roughly 1% more year over year than people who stayed with the same employer.

It’s a job seekers’ market, and some employers are working to woo workers with incentives such as bonuses and new employee benefits.

There’s never been a better time to look for a job, and Insider has compiled a helpful guide for anyone looking for a new opportunity.

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Quitting shouldn’t be your first move if you’re unhappy

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If you’re feeling burned out, look for small ways to improve your satisfaction at work.

Maybe you don’t want to leave your job, but you’re not exactly thrilled with how things are going. Don’t fret, experts said there are simple tweaks you can make to your workday that may help you feel more fulfilled.

It’s a common problem. Gallup found that 51% of workers in its global analysis of about 112,000 business units were not engaged at work. No wonder 3.6 million US employees left their jobs in May.

But, career experts told Insider, playing to your strengths can help you feel more satisfied at work.

And remember: Don’t be afraid to share feedback with your boss. Chances are that if you’re unhappy, other people are, too.

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When it’s time for a change

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There were 9.2 million open roles at the end of May, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said.

Maybe you’ve tried to make things better at your current role, but they aren’t improving. Or maybe you’ve outgrown your role and want to move on.

Regardless, it’s time to launch your job search.

A good first step is to send some networking messages. Blair Heitmann, a LinkedIn career expert, previously told Insider that your network “is your No. 1 asset as a professional over the course of your career.”

You can also make key tweaks to your job-application materials that may draw the attention of recruiters and hiring managers.

And when you’re ready to give your notice, make sure you don’t burn any bridges with your employer. You never know if you may want to return someday.

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Finding the best opportunities

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A man handing his résumé to an employer at the 25th annual Central Florida Employment Council Job Fair at the Central Florida Fairgrounds.

Jobs in human resources and diversity and inclusion are skyrocketing right now.

HR professionals, for example, are being recruited relentlessly for high-paying roles, experts previously told Insider. Jobs in diversity and inclusion grew 123% between May and September of last year, Indeed data showed.

But these aren’t the only industries worth checking out. It’s important to explore all of your options to find a role that is the best fit for you.

Read more:

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Diversity and inclusion professionals are being recruited relentlessly. Top execs in the field share their advice for making a name in the industry.

Jobs in diversity are hotter than ever. DEI execs from companies like Wayfair and LinkedIn share strategies for getting into the field.

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HR professionals are being recruited relentlessly and have their pick of top jobs

Asking (and answering) the right questions

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Know the right questions to ask during your interview.

You’ve done the work and sent out tons of applications. Now hiring managers are scheduling interviews with you.

The most common interview question is “Tell me about yourself.” Jacques Buffett, a career expert at the online résumé service Zety, said interviewees should use this question to briefly mention their career history and tell stories of past achievements.

But it’s also important to know the right questions to ask hiring managers. This could help you get a clearer sense of the company culture.

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How can I tell a hiring manager that I want to be fully remote?

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Remote, in person, or somewhere in between

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Hybrid work gives you the option to work partially from the office and partially remote.

Once you’ve accepted a job, you have an opportunity to craft your ideal work life.

Maybe you want to be completely remote or solely in the office. Or maybe you want something in between.

Many employers are still sorting out their plans for returning to the office, but regardless, you’re in a good position to negotiate as much flexibility as you want.

Some companies, such as marketing startup Scroll and Kickstarter, are testing out four-day workweeks.

Read more:

How to craft your ideal work life and get your boss on board

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If you want to ask your boss to let you work from home forever, use this script

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The chief talent officer of enterprise tech company HPE shares her 3 best pieces of career advice for breaking into in-demand industries

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  • Alessandra Ginante Yockelson is chief talent officer at fintech company Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
  • She said any aspiring professional can achieve their career goals with the right approach.
  • Build your professional and personal confidence and champion diversity at every stage, she said.
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Each year, more than half of a million professionals apply to job vacancies at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, a fintech company based in Houston, Texas. Only 12,000 of these applicants were hired globally in 2019.

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Alessandra Ginante Yockelson.

Despite the seemingly low odds of landing a position with this enterprise tech leader, HPE’s chief talent officer Alessandra Ginante Yockelson said that nearly 40% of hires in 2019 were gender diverse.

As a woman and immigrant, Yockelson understands that each professional faces unique intersectionalities. She believes that any aspiring professional has the ability to achieve their career goals even if they’re confronted with societal barriers.

“I come from a very humble family in São Paulo, Brazil,” Yockelson told Insider. “I had to overcome a lot of adversities in the beginning.”

She advises job seekers in every industry to follow these three pieces of advice.

1. Build your confidence professionally and personally

“Believe that no matter where you start from – no matter how limited your resources are or how victimized you are by institutionalized racism – there’s a way forward and a strength in you that will show,” Yockelson said.

Experts suggest that low levels of confidence negatively impact your career, especially if you’re a recent graduate.

To build confidence as a person and professional, consider first embracing your past accomplishments, identifying your weaknesses, and strengthening your resume. Other suggestions include:

  • Learning how to align the skill set, achievements, and knowledge you’ve already developed with the requirements of the role you seek
  • Highlighting the skills or certifications that you lack and identifying ways to formally improve them
  • Continuing to enhance your resume through freelance projects and volunteering
  • Seeking out support from peers to help you remain on-track to achieving your goals
  • When feeling lost, consider taking aptitude tests to help you refocus on your unique motivational drivers, expositional traits, and learning style

2. Utilize free resources

Yockelson recently earned her doctorate in business administration. “Education, I truly believe in my case, has opened doors,” she said.

The pandemic has expanded online opportunities and free resources. Princeton, Harvard, and Yale are among the many universities that offer online courses through edX and Coursera, which also features courses led by companies like Google Cloud.

Yockelson insists that job seekers keep in mind that academia isn’t the sole provider of education. She encourages everyone to seek out diverse experiences outside of their comfort zones, even if that means simply grabbing lunch with people you don’t know at work.

3. Proactively champion diversity at every stage

Regardless of industry, all professionals have the power to champion diversity at every stage of their careers.

Leaders can immediately increase diversity on their teams by expanding the scope of job requirements, standardizing the interview process, and intentionally sponsoring employees belonging to minority groups.

By purposefully and publicly making an effort to counter the “invisibility effect,” leaders can elevate their existing employees while encouraging other diverse candidates in the workforce to pursue these roles.

Achieving certain career goals may seem impossible for those affected by intersectionality in the workplace, but Yockelson is determined to give these diverse professionals hope.

“If they knew my story, they would believe that they could do it as well,” she said.

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The exact series of scripts to use when making new LinkedIn connections

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Job seekers are looking for remote opportunities that provide flexibility.

As a solopreneur, I spend a lot of quality time on Linkedin. I enjoy making connections with people in my industry as well as other professionals doing interesting things with their career or businesses.

Whenever I make a new connection, I always send them a message so that the request to become their friend on the platform is more personal and doesn’t seem random.

The art of meeting people on social media has become the number one way I’ve made new friends during the pandemic, as well as business connections that have led to new mentors, partnerships, and even an increase in sales.

So after you connect with someone on Linkedin, what do you say to them and how do you say it? These are the scripts I use to build a genuine online relationship with someone.

Keep the first message concise

The first message you send to a person should be just a few sentences. The goal? For them to know you’re a real person (not spam) and that you’re glad to have virtually met them on the platform.

Begin the message with a quick hello:

Hi _____,

It’s nice to meet you! I look forward to learning more about you and hope we can continue to connect.

You can add on a sentence about anything you have in common (location, industry, mutual friends).

A quick intro: I’m _____(name) and I _____ (job, business, etc.). I connected with you because ____________.

Looking forward to following your adventure here.

Be sure to reach out with value

Over the next few weeks, find a reason to message the person again. This time, provide value. Compliment them on something they’ve done (a job promotion, a post they wrote on the platform, news about them or their company, etc.).

Here’s an example:

Hi ____,

It was great to see _____(news, promotion, post they wrote). I enjoyed learning about _______ and find it useful as I _____(add in a personal detail about you). I look forward to continuing to follow your adventure.

You can also share something with them that you think they would like (an article, podcast, book, conference, etc.).

Here’s an example:

Hi ______,

It’s been a pleasure following you on this platform. I was recently listening to this podcast episode about ____ and thought it might be something you enjoy because you often discuss ______ topic. Give it a listen if you’re interested! I look forward to continuing to stay up to date on your adventure.

Only make an ‘ask’ once there’s a relationship

If the person you’ve connected with has responded to previous messages and you’ve built a genuine relationship with them, it’s OK to take things to the next level with a specific ask from them, such as connecting in person or over the phone.

You can send a message like this:

Hi ___,

It’s been a pleasure chatting with you here over the past few months. If you’re interested, ______ (ex: let’s meet for coffee/jump on a 20-minute call).

I’d be interested in hearing more about ______ (your career journey, business,etc.) and sharing more about ______ (your career journey, business,etc.).

Even though connecting with someone on the internet might feel a little less personal than meeting in-person, you still want to treat the relationship with authenticity and not be in a rush to use it as personal gain or for personal value.

Ease into getting to know the person before asking for anything. That’s the true secret to LinkedIn connections and online networking.

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Sundar Pichai took over Google aged 47. Here’s his advice to anyone with similar ambitions.

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai urges aspiring leaders to follow their heart.

  • Google’s CEO said aspiring CEOs should ‘figure out what their heart is excited by.’
  • He was speaking in an in-depth interview with BBC journalist Amol Rajan.
  • Pichai also revealed he speaks 3 languages and currently drives a Tesla.
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Sundar Pichai, chief executive of Google parent Alphabet, has offered some advice for people who want to run a successful company: Find something that excites you.

In an hour-long interview with the BBC’s media editor Amol Rajan, Pichai talks about the potential of quantum computing, the dangers of AI, and whether Alphabet, with a market capitalization of $1.6 trillion, is too big.

He also recalls the “simplicity” of his middle-class childhood growing up in Madurai, in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, and his rise up the career ladder to become CEO of Alphabet in 2019, aged 47.

Pichai earned $281 million in compensation last year. When asked what his advice would be to someone from humble beginnings who wants to run a great company, Pichai said:

“I’ve always felt that – more than what your mind says – you need to figure out what your heart is excited by. It’s a journey and you will know it when you find it,” said Pichai.

“If you find that, things tend to work out,” he added.

Pichai said that he had wanted to work in Silicon Valley since he was a teenager and that his father took out a loan, worth a year’s salary, in order for Pichai to afford his flight and study at Stanford.

When asked how to land a job at Google, he gave some insight into the interview process when he applied for his first role in 2004. Pichai said: “You keep interviewing. I was interviewing on April Fool’s day and Google had just announced Gmail – which I thought was a joke.

“People kept asking me what I think of Gmail, which was invite-only at the time. It was only the fourth or fifth interviewer who asked ‘Have you seen Gmail?’ and I said no. He showed me on his computer.

“Then the next interview somebody asked me, I was able to answer it for the first time.”

He speaks to Mark Zuckerberg ‘as and when needed’

Pichai also offered some insight into his own personal work habits as CEO of one of the world’s biggest companies.

He wakes up between 6.30-7 am and tries to exercise three or four times a week. He doesn’t eat meat, and drinks tea in the mornings and coffee in the afternoons. He speaks three languages – English, Hindi and Tamil – and currently drives a Tesla.

The Wall Street Journal has been a long-term reading habit, although “90% of his consumption” is now online, from publications around the world.

When asked how often he speaks to Facebook chief and rival Mark Zuckerberg, he replied “as and when needed.”

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Bain & Company’s head of recruiting shares his top job-seeking tips for people feeling uncertain after the pandemic

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Bain & Company’s Keith Bevans says new grads should be open to a nonlinear path while building their careers.

  • Keith Bevans is the head of global consultant recruitment at Bain & Company.
  • He spoke with Insider about how job-hunting has changed for recent graduates during the pandemic.
  • Job-seekers should be open-minded and flexible rather than hyper-focused on any one company or position.
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The global impact of the the pandemic has left many college students and recent graduates uncertain about their professional futures.

Keith Bevans, partner at Bain & Company and leader of their global consultant recruitment efforts, understands the uncertainty many of these individuals are facing.

Bevans enrolled in Harvard Business School in the summer of 2000 during the “high-flying dotcom days” and graduated in 2002, one year after the dotcom bubble burst.

“What I saw at the time were a lot of students starting their journey toward the next degree with a clear vision for a specific job they wanted right after they got their diplomas,” Bevans told Insider.

These students had acute aspirations in mind and were hyper-focused on specific companies, departments, roles, and markets that they believed would create a direct path to their goals.

Instead, many were confronted with the realization that their desired companies were no longer hiring and that certain positions ceased to exist.

“For a lot of goal-oriented people it was tremendously unsettling. They were in part seven of their 21-part career plan and the wheels had come off.”

At the height of the pandemic, the US unemployment rate was elevated to levels not seen since the Great Depression. Tens of millions of students around the world were also at-risk of dropping out of college.

Such a substantial loss of career development opportunities has left countless professionals of all ages with uncertain futures. Here, Bevans shares tips for job seekers looking to kick their job-searching into high gear.

1. Don’t be afraid to go the nontraditional route

Bevans is quick to mention that his peers who overcame the dotcom bubble burst developed their skills in a nonlinear path in order to achieve their long-term vision.

“The most important thing you can do to prepare for your five-to-10 year career track is to understand the experiences that you need to collect to be successful. Find a job and employer that can provide as many of those experiences as possible.”

Those who were able to remain on their journey without losing their equilibrium were those who creatively sought out nontraditional routes to gain beneficial experiences, Bevans says.

Along with Bain & Company, global firms like Boston Consulting Group have adopted new hiring and intern programs in response to the pandemic. Internships and externships at PricewaterhouseCoopers, McKinsey & Company and other major firms, whether in-office or virtual, are also valuable resume-enhancers that often lead to full-time employment.

Bevans also encourages job seekers to work with nonprofit organizations that they’re passionate about; in his own spare time, he runs a tutoring program at his church and volunteers with organizations like Junior Achievement.

2. Stay resilient and keep engaging

Job hunting is a stressful endeavor for many professionals. Unfortunately, many applicants will receive more rejection notices than offer letters. In fact, when Bevans was first offered his role at the company, the partner hiring him had been rejected three times before he finally secured employment at Bain & Company.

Bevans encourages applicants to keep an open mind, engage in virtual recruitment activities, and continue pursuing the experiences that they desire, even if that doesn’t lead to a position with their dream company immediately.

To those who feel like COVID-19 has irreparably disrupted their career goals, Bevans is optimistic that the next generation of professionals and executives will rise above this challenge, just as his classmates did in the early 2000s.

“At the end of the day, there are tremendous opportunities out there and I think that the people who weathered the storm best were those who had a five-to-10-year career vision and understood the skills and experiences they needed to achieve that vision.”

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I quit my job at a tech startup with no backup plan. Here are 6 things I wish I knew before going solo as an entrepreneur.

Lindsay Yaw Rogers.
Lindsay Yaw Rogers.

  • Lindsay Yaw Rogers is an entrepreneur and leadership coach based in Boulder, Colorado.
  • In the nine years since quitting her job in tech, she says she made plenty of mistakes while becoming an entrepreneur.
  • Rogers says it’s important to have a solid business foundation to enable steady, long-term growth.
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I’m a risk-taker. But leaving my high-paying job at a tech startup in 2012 with a one-week old baby – with no plan – meant my family’s income went from comfortable to zero overnight.

My husband was developing a wind farm in Chile and not getting paid. But I knew I needed to leave the toxic workplace I’d been in for two years.

Nine years into running my business, a brand story and content strategy firm, I’ve had time to look back on the mistakes I made, the stints of success, and the six things I wish I’d known before going out on my own.

1. Nobody is their strongest alone

Early on, a phone call to my old boss landed me multiple massive content projects for several large companies. So in the first few years, I didn’t have to work hard to get clients – which meant I also became overly confident. Eventually I had nothing in place to help me get more work, but I was stubborn, wouldn’t admit that I was frustrated, and didn’t seek out a mentor because I thought I knew everything or could figure it out on my own. This caused me to lose several years of growth and income.

In the past few years, I’ve joined a mastermind group, read and listened to countless business books and podcasts, and have taken close to a dozen online courses – all part of my quest for mentorship.

2. Normalcy isn’t the goal

Fitting in is the best way to be forgotten. After a client chose not to renew my contract because I “wasn’t 100% necessary” for their growth, I took a business course online. It made me realize everything I was not doing – like differentiating myself .

My first task was to define my “Dream 100” – the list of people I really wanted on my client list. Easy. Then I had to define what my secret sauce was that would make me different. It took me six months to nail down the process I’d used with past clients and put it into a legible framework I could sell to a higher number of different clients.

3. Fail quickly, fail often

My dad used to say, “you never learn less” after anything disappointing happened to me, and it would drive me insane.

But after getting humbled several times as an entrepreneur (ie. losing a job bid), I realized he meant that experimenting is how you find your edge, even when some of those experiments completely bomb. Once I accepted that failure was inevitable, I felt less trapped by perfectionism and more free to try new things, create new programs, and go after my “Dream 100.”

4. Be more interested than interesting

Years into my business, I started listening aggressively to my ideal clients, and moved from trying to be interesting myself to being wholly interested in what they needed. This moved my client roster from start-and-stop to a steady stream, and thus recurring revenue.

5. Be prolific

A few years back, I went back to my roots and started writing again – this time with a strategy. I began penning blog and guest posts for brands and entrepreneurial magazines, sending weekly emails, and answering HARO requests. This has allowed others to see how I work and think, what frameworks I use, and how I impact others, which has led to even more opportunities. Just recently, an article I wrote got selected to be in a book being published by Thrive Global.

6. The back of the statue matters

When I first started working solo, I hated all the unsexy stuff that needed to happen on the back end of my business. But when I started to have a referral drought, I admitted that having no system (the back of the statue) was impacting my reputation and positioning (the front of the statue that people could see). It took months of toil, late nights, and a full-time virtual assistant to get my systems dialed, but now I communicate my process with clarity.

Lindsay Yaw Rogers coaches high-achieving entrepreneurs and athletes on how to create powerful brand stories to to stand out, create partnerships, and position themselves as a leader.

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Leverage your power as a job seeker and ask these 7 questions in your next interview

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In the post-pandemic labor market job seekers should do their due diligence on prospective employers.

  • In the post-pandemic job market candidates have the upper hand when deciding where they work.
  • This leaves employers no choice but to put their best foot forward during job interviews.
  • Experts say these key questions can reveal if you’ve found the right fit.
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In the past, a job interview was an opportunity for candidates to sell themselves – to dazzle hiring managers with their preparedness, personality, and emotional intelligence.

But this summer, job seekers are the ones who need to be sold. As the pandemic loosens its grip and the US economy reopens, employers are scrambling to fill 9.3 million open positions, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Prospective employees have room to be choosy, and many are looking for more than just a paycheck or prestige, according to Debra Wheatman, the founder and president of Careers Done Write, a marketing and personal branding company. “Coming out of COVID, people feel differently about their priorities,” she said.

Candidates want challenges and stimulation, of course, but they also, “seek balance and to work in an environment that’s aligned with their values,” she said.

How can you tell if the organization you’ve applied to is right for you? Insider spoke with six career coaches and experts about the questions you need to ask in your next interview.

SUBSCRIBE TO READ THE FULL STORY: Job seekers have all the power right now. Here are 7 questions you should definitely ask in your next job interview.

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LinkedIn CEO to new grads: ‘It’s not mandatory to know what you want right after graduation’

Ryan Roslansky
Ryan Roslansky.

  • Ryan Roslansky is the CEO of LinkedIn.
  • He says the pandemic has accelerated rapid changes in the workplace, and people will need to keep learning to keep up.
  • Roslansky says graduates might be in a place to help others with their careers in the future and to keep building strong, diverse networks.
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Congratulations to the Class of 2021! This is a big accomplishment and a testament to your hard work and the support of those who stood behind you every step of the way.

In your next chapter as a rising professional, you get to discover what you love to do and get better at that step-by-step.

What lies ahead can be life-changing. Some of you will launch new industries, earn Nobel Prizes, start impactful nonprofits, and better your communities. Maybe one of those people is you.

How do you get from here to there?

The first step is realizing that this one-time period of study you just completed is not the end.

In many ways, it’s just the beginning.

You’re navigating your career at a time that’s being shaped by forces unlike anything we’ve seen before – the sudden shift to online education, the push for diversity and equity, the gig economy and new possibilities for working remotely, and so much more.

The good news for all of you starting your job search is that we’re on the road to economic recovery from COVID-19.

Data from our 2021 Grads Guide to Getting Hired shows the hiring rate for fresh college grads returned to pre-COVID levels in October 2020, which suggests that all of you 2021 grads are heading into a healthier job market.

But this is just one moment. The rapid change underway in the workforce is going to be constant. That means you will need to keep learning to keep pace.

Trust me, it’s not the textbook learning you’ve been doing. This is the fun stuff.

Something I wish I knew earlier in my career: you don’t need to have it all figured out at once.

Your job and what you want to do may change – in five years, three years, or next year. You may have a career pivot (or a few), take time off, have setbacks, grow your skills and learn new ones.

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At the end of the day, what employers really want to know is whether you can do the job.

So focus less on what job you want in ten years, and more on how you’re going to keep learning over the next ten years.

It can be as simple as taking time to learn something new every day. Listen to a podcast, read articles and books, keep up with trends and thought leaders, or take online courses. Most importantly, build a network of diverse people so you can learn and grow together.

Start with the network you already have of peers, teachers, and mentors, reach out to alumni, or join interest-based groups. These small steps will broaden your network exponentially.

And it works: Members are 4X more likely to get hired when they leverage their networks on LinkedIn while job seeking.

And though you may not believe it now, you’ll soon be in a place to help others with their careers. By building a strong, diverse network you can help others who face significant barriers to opportunity because of their backgrounds, such as where they grew up and who they know.

It’s on all of us to help create a future where two people with equal talent have equal access to opportunity. By giving a chance to one person, we have the potential to help thousands of people.

I’ll leave you with a story that’s been impactful in my own career.

When I was 10, I asked my dad about a Shakespeare quote that had been taped up next to his work phone for years: “When the sea was calm, all ships alike showed mastership in floating.”

He told me that true character and success is defined not by how you act when everything is going your way, rather it’s how you respond when everything isn’t.

I’ve returned to this conversation often because the seas aren’t always calm, something we’ve all learned over the past year.

Congratulations again on this important milestone. Find what you love to do, and get better at it as you go along.

And remember to keep your head up when the seas aren’t calm. Your professional life will be invigorating, exciting, and sometimes challenging – but it will also be life-changing, and maybe even world-changing.

Ryan Roslansky is the CEO of LinkedIn.

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