Opportunity, a Mars rover with valuable images of the planet, hasn't been heard from since June, and NASA engineers have attempted to wake it up by playing a new song every day since Aug. 4. The agency compiled a Spotify playlist with songs that have been or will be played to Opportunity, including Wham!'s "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go," David Bowie's "Life on Mars" and "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor.
Explore ways your self-perception may differ from how others perceive you by using self-assessment tests or a career coach. This "external reality check" allows you to discover areas of emotional intelligence where you may be lacking, write Daniel Goleman and Michele Nevarez.
Emanate confidence in social situations using simple strategies, such as maintaining good posture and using affirming language, suggests performance coach and author Susie Moore. Say "I can" or "I will" instead of "I'll try" or "I think," she writes.
Keep an accomplishment journal and hang onto annual performance reviews so you can use the information to boost your resume with key achievements in your field, Julia Malacoff writes. Avoid describing your skills and experiences in a generic way on your resume, and minimize "keyword stuffing," she advises.
Return a counteroffer of 10% to 20% higher than initially offered, recommends negotiation coach and author Josh Doody. Be confident in knowing your market value and don't be apologetic in asking for a higher salary or better benefits, he advises.
Jobs and finances topped the list of stresses in a recent survey conducted by Fidelity, and these stressors corresponded to a higher number of days missed at work. "Employee financial wellness needs are not all the same, so the onus is on employers to ensure programs address a wide range of financial needs -- not just retirement," says Gao-Wen Shao of Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Robert Sutton, a professor of management at Stanford University, reflects on the power of an offhand comment and discusses the trouble this can cause leaders. Sutton advises a clear distinction between actual commands and when you're thinking out loud.
The legal marijuana industry is on pace to create more than 400,000 jobs, including budtenders and cannabis chefs, by 2021, according to BDS Analytics. Some jobs, such as head growers and master extractors, require advanced degrees in horticulture or biochemistry and command six-figure salaries.
Ask for a raise of about 10% above your current pay rate, but first make sure that amount is justifiable based on the market rate and your performance at the company, Kathryn Vasel writes. "Be aware of your unique skill set," executive coach Joel Garfinkle advises.
Tinder founders and executives have sued parent IAC, alleging they were cheated out of stock payouts and accusing HR of covering up sexual misconduct by former Tinder CEO Greg Blatt. IAC denies the allegations, calling the lawsuit meritless and saying former employees are nursing "sour grapes."
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