From skills matching to mining your digital footprint, these are the most common ways your data is informing your employer.
Compared to other species, humans are very intelligent (at least according to humans). Leaving aside comparisons with other members of the animal kingdom, one thing is clear: Our intelligence has enabled us to create intelligent machines, including ingenious technologies capable of examining our own intelligence and even our wider career potential.
An influential innovation in this area is artificial intelligence (AI), in particular machine learning algorithms, which have the capacity to detect hidden patterns in data sets and train themselves to predict a wide range of behavioral outcomes, including people’s likelihood to get hired, fired, or promoted in a given organization.
“The future is already here, just not evenly distributed.”
Although this technology is not widely used today, it is gaining traction among employers, in particular large organizations, because they are awash with data on job seekers, employees, and managers.
Most innovations start life as niche or small-case activities, which at some point become mainstream. In that sense, it is useful to pay attention to small-scale changes and trends, because some may become part of the status quo. In the words of William Gibson, “The future is already here, just not evenly distributed.”
Here’s what you should know about how employers leverage AI to evaluate your potential …
Read the complete Fast Company article BY TOMAS CHAMORRO-PREMUZIC: https://www.fastcompany.com/90838324/ways-employers-use-ai-to-evaluate-your-career-potential
Instagram and YouTube still top the charts as the most lucrative platforms for content creators, followed by Snapchat, TikTok, and Pinterest.
Over 200 million creators make up the creator economy. This includes independent content creators, curators, community builders, social media influencers, bloggers, and videographers. They are often operating as solo entrepreneurs or micro businesses and might even be taking this up as a second stream of income in addition to their main career. The most successful entrepreneurs in this thriving space optimize their workflow and leverage a set of tools that enable them to punch above their weight. Utilizing the right combination of tools is critical to growth and sustainability.
Take the “foodie” scene, for instance. Since 2019, food influencer marketing has been growing at a rate of 42%. Today, there are roughly 20,000 sole individuals trying to make a name for themselves within this category in the U.S. alone. While research shows that Instagram influencer marketing in the food industry incentivizes an engagement rate of 7.38% (and most social media marketing experts agree that a good engagement rate is between 1 and 5%.), not all 20,000 want-to-be top influencers are hitting those kinds of numbers.
But how do creators get their business off the ground? In other words, what is the successful business model behind content creation? In 2023, creators should use the following guidelines to set themselves up for success.
BE AUTHENTIC AND FIND YOUR NICHE
“Influencer” has become a dirty word, even by those directly in the field. And what it boils down to is there are too many content creators out there who are looking to build their audiences and get rich quick—but often at the price of their authenticity. Successful content creators draw from their own expertise, experience, and interests while being unapologetically themselves. Even so, that approach can still make it hard to stand out.
Read the complete Fast Company article BY JOE HYRKIN: https://www.fastcompany.com/90834751/finding-success-creator-economy
Emotional intelligence and the offended party’s body language can help determine when it’s time for a mea culpa, this HR exec says.
To apologize effectively at work, it’s important to know how to word an apology and how to choose the right time. In a positive work culture, workers are not afraid to take ownership of their mistakes. Refusing to say “sorry” can undermine relationships and show disrespect, while taking accountability can reset a relationship on the right path.
Nonetheless, apologizing can feel intimidating without the tools to know how and when to do so. What is more, an apology at an inopportune moment or with thoughtless language could be worse than no apology at all. To strike the right tone, employees and employers need to find the correct circumstances to apologize at work.
IS AN APOLOGY NECESSARY? HOW TO DECIDE
Before rushing into a hasty apology, decide whether an apology is necessary, to begin with. Apologizing excessively can waste time, highlight irrelevant mistakes and detract from the impact of each apology on its own. Instead of a long or detailed apology, try a brief “sorry about that” for a minor error like a typo in an email. Drawn-out apologies become necessary when a mistake causes harm to business, results in a higher workload for coworkers, or represents a long-term pattern.
Still, even accidents may produce unexpected outcomes. With that in mind, emotional intelligence and body language can help determine, for instance, if a coworker’s withdrawal from a friendship may reveal the need to address a mistake head-on. Remember that HR advisors and coworkers can offer helpful perspectives on whether an apology could help a situation. A sincere apology reflects thoughtfulness and accountability, setting a positive tone for a relationship.
Read the complete Fast Company article BY NIKI JORGENSEN: https://www.fastcompany.com/90829773/emotionally-intelligent-way-apologize-mistake-work
Avoid these six likability killers if you want to build successful relationships and get that next job offer.
Want a job offer? Strive for likability. Study after study shows that the intangible quality of “likability” is equally important, if not more important, than the credentials you bring to a potential role.
Likability is not an inherent quality. It can be developed. You as a job seeker can actually learn to be likable. And it’s not just about being “nice,” “charming” or “friendly.” Likability involves knowing that there are certain qualities to abandon.
Avoid the following six rarely discussed likability killers that will undermine your chances of nailing your next interview:
No. 1 – BEING A BRAGGART
You want to successfully “sell” yourself if you’re a job candidate, but that doesn’t mean overdoing it and claiming to have every skill under the sun. “Some candidates send résumés with a long list of capabilities on top, and I think, you have to be a superhero to have them all,” says Miranda Kalinowski, head of global recruiting at Meta.
Be honest about what credentials you genuinely bring. Think about the one or two qualities that define you, and drive them home with great stories and specific examples.
Read the complete Fast Company article BY JUDITH HUMPHREY: https://www.fastcompany.com/90828134/mistakes-sabotage-likability-job-interview
By following these five tips, you will be able to get a better understanding of who you are as well as what you want to achieve both personally and professionally.
Even those who hate the term “resolution” likely have career goals for the year ahead. Whether it is starting a leadership position, growing as a thought leader in your industry, or completely redirecting your career path, almost everyone has something they are trying to achieve professionally. Here are some simple things you can do to ensure that you reach your career goals in 2023. And, they all start with self-reflection and self-discovery.
INVEST IN A NEW BOOK FOR PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
Investing in a new book for personal development can help individuals interpret themselves in a more positive manner.
JOURNAL AND REFLECT
Getting a journal to help you reflect on your past year at work will be incredibly beneficial in this process. It is important to ask yourself: When did you feel at your strongest in the last year at work? What were you doing? Where were you? What led to that experience? What would you do more of or differently to experience more strong moments in 2023? Writing your answers down can lead to some “aha!” moments.
Read the complete Fast Company article BY NICKY GARCEA: https://www.fastcompany.com/90826301/hit-the-ground-running-at-work-in-2023