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📺 The secret to a successful job interview: Self-awareness!

📺 The secret to a successful job interview: Self-awareness!

Emotional intelligence expert Harvey Deutschendorf details how self-awareness can help even the most nervous interviewer.

Self-awareness is not only the basis of both professional and personal growth but a crucial ingredient in any job interview. 

Traditionally, as job seekers, we spend much of our time and effort perfecting our resumes to showcase and highlight our skills, as well as thinking about how we will respond to questions such as “Tell me about yourself.” While the focus is on technical skills and past experience, the fact that we are being interviewed tells us that employers have already decided that we have the necessary skills for the position. What hiring managers want to learn during the interview process is how we will fit into their organization and whether we have the personal attributes to excel in the job.

“an interview in the most basic sense is a set of questions about you, the more you know yourself the better you’ll do.”

This is where self-awareness can help us stand out from the other applicants. Being self-aware can allow us to show self-confidence, authenticity, and adaptability. It helps us show our strengths in the optimal light and talk about our weaknesses in a manner that will not turn the interviewers off. 

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🧠 The 5 Soft Skills Needed to Succeed in an AI-Dominated Workplace

🧠 The 5 Soft Skills Needed to Succeed in an AI-Dominated Workplace

As artificial intelligence becomes more adept at tasks once considered uniquely human, this edtech founder says these are the workforce skills that are becoming more important.

The last few decades have been dominated by rapid technological advancements but most of us will readily acknowledge that few developments have been as transformative as AI, especially its subset, generative AI. Today’s AI capabilities have begun to outstrip even the most optimistic projections, raising fundamental questions about the future of work and workforce skills. As machines become adept at tasks once considered uniquely human, what does this mean for the modern workforce? Which skills will ascend in importance and define success in the imminent workplace landscape?

The ethical implications of AI’s decisions have non-trivial consequences. The ability for an employee to make ethical decisions ensures that the deployment of AI upholds societal values, respects human rights, and safeguards individual freedoms. It is the uniquely human skill of ethical decision-making that ensures that the AI deployed in the organization is never used in ways that are harmful, invasive, or unjust.

There is no question that virtually every job will eventually be affected by AI. In some cases, AI will simply be complementary to the job, but the prevailing belief is that about half of all jobs will be significantly disrupted by AI. Many historically important “hard” skills and hiring credentials will rapidly become obsolete. The question becomes which workforce skills will become more important against the backdrop of AI. What skills should we hire and train for most in this rapidly evolving AI landscape?

There are five that rise to the surface and here’s why.

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😮 Myth Busted! What Different Generations Want at Work Will Totally Surprise You

😮 Myth Busted! What Different Generations Want at Work Will Totally Surprise You

Spoiler alert: All three generations agree on the biggest workplace stressor, but not on the best place to get stuff done.

The modern workplace is undergoing a profound transformation, shaped in no small part by the diverse mix of generations in the workforce. With each generation bringing a unique perspective as well as different values and work habits to the workplace, it’s imperative to explore and embrace these distinctions. By acknowledging the strengths and challenges of each generation, we can work toward succeeding together.

Gen Z feels the most optimistic, with 73% stating they have a more positive outlook this year than last. However, millennials (43%) and Gen Xers (31%) aren’t feeling as optimistic about the future.

To better understand the different attitudes and experiences of the generations in the workforce, FlexJobs surveyed more than 7,000 Gen Z, millennial, and Gen X professionals. The survey ran from August 2, 2023, to August 17, 2023. Read the results in FlexJobs’s Generations at Work Report below.


Across the generations, the outlook on the job market and career prospects varies greatly. Gen Z is more optimistic about the job market, the ability to find remote work, and their overall career prospects. Millennials and Gen Xers, on the other hand, are less optimistic about all three. However, of all the generations, Gen Z is the least likely to make a career move in the next year.

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⏰ Between a Clock and a Hard Place – Daylight saving time is an insidious destroyer of your precious sleep patterns

⏰ Between a Clock and a Hard Place – Daylight saving time is an insidious destroyer of your precious sleep patterns

Changing the clocks twice a year can’t be a great idea when so many of us barely get enough sleep as it is.

As long as we have to fall back this weekend anyway, let’s use that extra hour to ponder the impossible-to-overstate importance of getting a good night’s sleep. You could easily spend weeks scouring research on the link between poor sleep and poor health outcomes and still not get true appreciation for the vital role that uninterrupted shut-eye plays in our physical and mental well-being. Hell, spend one second looking at these anatomic scans of a sleep-deprived brain, and that could solidify the concept.

Beyond daylight saving, Calm’s survey contains some worrying revelations about people’s sleep habits. Over 40% of respondents said they slept less than six hours per night on average, and 18% said they slept less than five. Doctors typically recommend seven or more.

Just in time for daylight saving time, which ends Sunday, a new survey from meditation app Calm takes a broad look at sleep patterns in the United States and the U.K. to reveal how much—or how little—people are actually getting.

The findings are telling, with two-thirds of respondents saying they had difficultly adjusting to new time schedules after daylight saving time kicked in. Among those, 17% said it took them more than a week to get back to normal and another 7% said that their routines were “significantly” disrupted.

Read the complete Fast Company article BY CHRISTOPHER ZARA

🎃 Happy Halloween + “What to Know About Tech Hiring” From the Head of Talent at Alphabet’s Growth Fund

🎃 Happy Halloween + “What to Know About Tech Hiring” From the Head of Talent at Alphabet’s Growth Fund

CapitalG’s Lauren Illovsky talks about what she’s seeing in the hiring market, and how return-to-office policies continue to redefine company culture.

As the head of talent at CapitalG, Alphabet’s $4 billion independent growth fund, Lauren Illovsky helps guide the firm’s portfolio companies as they scope out executive level hires and fill out their boards. Illovsky sees her role as absorbing—and solving for—any challenges they’re facing in the talent department. 

“I always tell them if something’s keeping you up in the middle of the night, don’t let it—call me, text me, send me an email, and let’s solve it together. I may not have the answer, but I’ll find someone who does,” Illovsky says. “I joke [that] my major is anything and everything executive talent [and] org design, and my minor is anything below the executive layer: broader team-building, HR, things like that.”

“When I look at leaders of companies that are resilient, they wake up in the morning and think about change,” Simon says. “They think about what’s changing in the environment, what’s changing with their customers, what’s changing with competition. The radar is constantly on and scanning for change.”

That expertise has been particularly crucial in the last few years, as tech companies big and small have cycled through acute periods of hiring and seemingly endless rounds of layoffs in the face of economic pressures. Since last fall, tech companies have cut more than 330,000 jobs, according to


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