The biggest mistakes people make on their résumé
It's too easy to make some big mistakes when trying to represent yourself through a résumé. Career-advice expert for TopResume, Amanda Augustine, points out some of the worst offenses.
Jump-start your career in 2016 — thousands of top-rated online classes are just $10 this week
If you've resolved to better yourself or learn something new this year, but have yet to decide how exactly you'll go about it, Udemy is bringing back the deal they offered at the start of the year: Tons of online classes are available for just $10 with the promo code YOUR2016.
The deal is currently active and runs until 6 a.m. PST on January 29.
If you're tired of seeing simple apps become worldwide sensations while you think to yourself "I could've thought of that," this is the course for you. Learn to design and build apps for iOS9 even if you have no previous coding knowledge. With over 200 lectures and 20 hours of content, you can learn at your own pace as you work towards creating the next Candy Crush.
Writing is an essential skill regardless of your industry. Whether you're an aspiring blogger or simply want to add a little more nuance to the emails you send out everyday, this course will teach you the tips and tricks used by professional writers to keep their work clear and concise.
Selected as the #1 staff pick by Udemy CEO Dennis Yang, this class focuses on “hacking” your reading and memory skills in order for you to work smarter not harder. Students will first learn to read faster and follow that up with exploring how to retain and comprehend all of the new information their capable of taking in.
For those who'd like to start designing their own websites and mobile applications, this is the place to start. With more five-star ratings than any other course offered on Udemy, this course is a certainly well-liked. Even those brand new to web development will be able to get their own sites onto the web within just six weeks of classes.
Turn your photography hobby into a side business as a freelancer by learning advanced techniques in every aspect of the art, from shooting to editing. Take your DSLR off of autofocus and master shooting in manual mode. This course is designed for aspiring photographers of all experience levels, whether you fancy yourself an Instagram expert or have just started getting the hang of your Holga.
Excel is probably the most powerful tool on your computer if you know how to wield it. This course is for those with a basic understanding of the program who want to learn how to make spreadsheets do more of the legwork for them. Students will learn how to work with VBA, the coding language of Excel, allowing them to create their own Macros and set up automations.
Ruby on Rails is a web-application framework written in Ruby, an object-oriented programming language. Many top sites including Hulu, Twitter, Airbnb, and Groupon use Rails in building their web applications. This course is aimed at beginners and starts by teaching you the basics of coding in Ruby, and then takes those skills and applies them to understanding the framework of Rails.
If you are running a business today, you need to have a strong social media presence. Knowing how to present yourself and engage with your audience on different platforms is essential to promoting your visibility and growing your network of clients. This course aims to take those with little knowledge of social media — beyond personal use — and get them to a point where they can manage a page for their business with confidence.
While it's never been easier to have your own website, there are still plenty of sites out there that don't look good enough to present as a professional. This course will help those looking to either build their own website or start a career in web design learn to develop impressive pages by providing you with a knowledge of graphics, style, and typography.
Hidden Facebook tricks you need to know
More than 1 billion people use Facebook every day. Here are a few tricks that most people don't know when it comes to privacy protection.
Google's HR boss explains why he thinks managers should have as little power as possible
Your manager's opinion of you is important — but it shouldn't have the potential to make or break your career.
That's according to Laszlo Bock, the senior vice president of People Operations at Google.
Bock recently gave a talk at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, in which he discussed the value of taking power away from managers, especially when it comes to performance evaluations.
Because most everyone tries to impress their boss by highlighting their accomplishments and downplaying their shortcomings, managers may have a distorted view of their employees' performance.
"When you're a manager, your employees have an incentive to be less than truthful because they want to be successful in your eyes," Bock said. "You control their pay, their promotion, [and] their self-esteem to an extent."
That's why Google relies heavily on peer feedback, Bock said. He believes coworkers are generally less biased than managers.
In fact, Bock writes in his book "Work Rules!" that peer evaluation is a key part of performance reviews at Google. Googlers and their managers select a group of peer reviewers, including employees who are junior to them. Each reviewer is asked to list one thing the person should do more of and one thing they could do differently.
Presumably, this process also makes it harder for managers who have an unnecessarily negative view of employees' performance to hurt their careers, if their coworkers think they're doing a good job.
Ultimately, employees at Google know that their opinions of their coworkers will be heard and valued when leadership is determining things like promotions and compensation.
The goal at any company, Bock said, should be "creating a relationship where your employees have an incentive to be honest with you."
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25 skills you'll need to master if you want to land a job in 2016
It's January, so there's a good chance you're on the hunt for a new job. According to sites like Monster.com and LinkedIn, this is the most popular time of year for job seekers to kick off their search.
To find out what it takes to successfully land a job, LinkedIn analyzed all of the hiring and recruiting activity that occurred on its site in 2015, and uncovered the 25 hottest skills in 14 different countries.
"If your skills fit one or more of these skills categories (a grouping of related skills), there’s a chance you either started a new job or attracted the interest of recruiters last year," explains LinkedIn researcher Sohan Murthy in a recent LinkedIn post. "We noticed that companies were still recruiting and hiring for these skills well into the final months of 2015, so we expect these skills will remain in-demand in the early part of 2016. This means if you have one or more of these skills, you’re likely to continue getting interest from recruiters in the new year."
Here are the hottest skills in the US: