Improve your compensation package by negotiating for perks before accepting a job offer, Rebecca Koenig writes. Benefits could include a company car, the flexibility to work from home or an extra vacation week, she writes.
Being given a stretch assignment from your manager is an opportunity to advance your skills, says Mikaela Kiner, founder and CEO with uniquelyHR. "The assignment should help you do one or more of the following: Build new skills, increase your visibility, try out a new discipline or geography or gain an experience like managing people that you haven't had before," she says.
Even if you've been in the industry for a while, make clear to interviewers that you're willing to learn and adapt to new environments, writes Jane Burnett. Although you should be confident, stay humble and remember you're not in control of the interview, she writes.
Keep an eye on how much time you're wasting online with an app such as ManicTime, writes Michael Grothaus. You can also try enabling parental controls to stop yourself from accessing social media at certain times of the day or using the "do not disturb" mode on your mobile device.
German lawyer Guido Grolle said that someone has sent him more than 100 pizza deliveries as a prank. Grolle pressed charges in January, but police are still unsure who is behind the orders, which recently have included sushi and Greek food.
Walmart is adjusting its HR strategy as it competes with online retailers and changes in how its customers behave, says Jacqui Canney, Walmart executive vice president, global people division. The company is paying higher wages, giving employees more flexibility, providing continuous feedback and creating cross-functional teams at Walmart's headquarters.
Home Depot and Lowe's have launched their annual spring hiring sprees, planning to add more than 80,000 and 53,000 seasonal staffers, respectively. The tighter labor market could make filling posts tougher, so Home Depot has eased recruitment by letting people apply for jobs and schedule interviews via smartphone.
IBM is suing former Chief Diversity Officer Lindsay-Rae McIntyre for allegedly violating a noncompete agreement by taking the same job at Microsoft. IBM argues McIntyre is taking "trade secrets" to Microsoft, saying she has vast knowledge of IBM's diversity and inclusion practices.
Pick an appropriate time and place to ask your manager for feedback on your work, such as by setting up a short meeting or sending an email instead of catching your boss off guard, writes Gabriel Shaoolian, founder of DesignRush. Ask for feedback on specific projects, and don't expect your manager to critique everything in one sitting, he writes.
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