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Best advice from top LinkedIn Influencers.

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In this blog post, we’ve selected some of the most inspiring stories of successful people writing about the best advice they have gotten in their lives and how it helped them throughout their career. These stories are food for thought for those who are still at the beginning of this exciting journey! 

Beth Comstock – CMO at GE

In ’What I Learned From Jack Welch Hanging Up on Me’’ Beth concludes:

‘’I cringe sometimes when I think of how I must have come across at times, and how long it took me to change my ways. And even now there are times when I forget Jack’s advice (it is a decade old). But yes, I’ve learned to not only wallow in it, but to enjoy it. Time to think and time to connect with people are as important as getting everything done. Sometimes you have to go slow before you go fast.’’

Read the full article to see why former GE Chairman and CEO Jack Welch hung up on Beth.

Marina Gorbis – Executive Director at Institute for the Future

Marina comes with one straightforward advice, once given to her by Ariel Waldman: ‘’Do Ridiculous Projects and Share Them With the World’’.

In her article, which is also included in her book ‘The nature of the Future’, she writes:

‘’Passionate individuals, amplified with technologies and access to collective intelligence and the resources of their social media connections are able to accomplish previously unthinkable things at a speed and on a scale previously unimaginable.’’

Obviously, this applies to almost all members of generation Y, so let us not forget that the fast-paced developments of our century have enabled us to accomplish unthinkable things! 

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6 Free Online Psychology Tests That Reveal Your Personality

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Previously, we talked about the importance of knowing who you are and your life purpose before planning your future career path. However, it sometimes it might be harder than it looks like. Thus, personality tests can be a perfect tool to help you define your true self. These 6 FREE online psychology tests can help you to reveal your personality and understand yourself way better than ever before.

1. Human Metrics MBTI Test

This is the most widely administered personality test, with about 2 million tests taken every year. It can even be called the granddaddy of all personality tests! According to the MBTI test, everyone is classified using four criteria:

  • Extroversion – Introversion,
  • Sensing - Intuition,
  • Thinking – Feeling,
  • Judging - Perceiving.

Your “type” is then made up of four alphabets depending upon your score in these four criteria, for example ESFP or INTP.

2. The Big Five Test

This free personality test is based on 45 questions (takes around 15 minutes) from the Big Five Inventory (developed by Oliver John at UC Berkeley). all you have to do is rate yourself on a 5 point scale from Strongly Disagree to Strongly Agree in order to find out your inclination on five personality dimensions.

3. You Just Get Me Personality Test

The test comprises just 40 easy questions but delivers a surprisingly insightful assessment of your personality traits. Once you’re done you get a personality ‘bubblechart’ with the big bubbles meaning ‘you strongly demonstrate those personality traits’ and small bubbles meaning ‘you don’t’.

4. The Stroop Test

Can telling colors say something about your personality? The inventors of this test think it can. The fun test measures how fast and flexible a thinker you are by using color-coded words.

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10 Funny Quotes About Work

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Do you like quoting smart thoughts of famous people and wish one day to be cited yourself? No doubts that might happen one day! Meanwhile, check out a collection of funny quotes about work and let us know if you have any other thoughts that crack you up. 

1. I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours (Jerome K. Jerome).

2. The closest to perfection a person ever comes is when he fills out a job application form (Stanley J. Randall).

3. If hard work is the key to success, most people would rather pick the lock (Claude McDonald).

4. Son, if you really want something in this life, you have to work for it. Now quiet! They’re about to announce the lottery numbers (Homer Simpson).image5. There’s no secret about success. Did you ever know a successful man who didn’t tell you about it? (Kin Hubbard).

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The Best Websites and Platforms to Find a Job

We’ve written lots of posts on how to start the job application process and how to finish it successfully. Now it’s the time to tell you where to search for jobs. You are lucky that HR people are doing half of the work for you: they place their job openings on different job hunting platforms. What you have to do now is just to go through the whole pile of opportunities and choose those that fit your aspirations. We selected the most popular job hunting websites where you can start searching for jobs, but don’t limit yourself to them. Try to explore more opportunities online and offline.

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Best job websites according to ebizmba.com 

  1. Indeed
  2. Monster
  3. CareerBuilder
  4. Glassdoor

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This Epic Drawing Shows Exactly What Job Hunting Feels Like

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Source: http://9gag.com/gag/4125166 

First Step of a Long Job Interview Process: The Phone Call

You got it! Finally! The first of a long application process, aka Phone Call, is happening - congratulations! Now, are you ready for it…? You have 24 hours left until then - so what should you do to reach the utopic stage of pace of mind and avoid to freak out?

Have no fear sons, just follow the following four steps:

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The Ironic Story of Job Hunting in Gifs

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9 Truths that Muscle Training Can Teach You About Job Hunting

Have you ever worked out in a gym? Well, then you know what it means…

1. The best results can be achieved when putting efforts on daily basis.

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2. Surround yourself with people who tell you that you CAN do it.

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3. Don’t be lazy.

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4. It’s all about focusing on your main goal and working towards it.

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5. Muscles can be trained in different ways. And jobs can be found in different ways, too.

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5 Steps to Prepare for Your Next Job Interview

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Hey you have got a job interview! Congrats! This means you are one step closer to the job proposal. However, instead of opening a bottle of champagne you’d better calm down and thoroughly prepare for the challenges that you are about to face. Here are 5 steps that should be taken into consideration before you get to sit down in front of the interviewer.

1. Review the documents you have submitted so far.

Take (or open the file of) the same exact résumé and cover letter that you have sent (handed in) for the position. Then read it carefully and prepare to discuss anything listed on your résumé and cover letter. Also, have a few additional copies of your résumé just in case the interviewer does not have one during the interview. By this you will demonstrate you are responsible and look around everything you do.

2. Compare the job description to your résumé. 

The first thing to do is to highlight top 3-5 requirements of the role and compare it to your previous experiences. The second thing you should focus on is writing down the examples of your previous activities that showcase the possession of desired skills/traits. Thirdly, stand up in front of the mirror and practice saying those examples out loud. This might look strange, but have no doubts that this is highly beneficial.

3. Do your research of the latest news about the company.

Use the corporate website, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, google the company and try to find out the very latest news about it. Additionally, be aware of how those news affect the position you are applying to. For instance, recently the company had a new product release which was intensively discussed in media. What influence does it have on your duties? Should you ask

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