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Advice for fresh graduates to get hired and improve their resume

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Employers are eager to scoop up the latest graduates in technology and other fields, but with government student-loan forgiveness programs and mid-life career changes, there are more and more graduates each year according to the “National Association of Colleges” and the competition is intense. How do you stand out from the crowd, especially if you’re younger and inexperienced?

Show, Don’t Tell

While you should always flesh out your resume with concise examples of all your accomplishments, remember that you’ll still make a better impression if you demonstrate ability rather than talk about it. Positive energy, an eagerness to learn, and a hunger for opportunity are all things employers are looking for in the interview room. Just be yourself and make sure that your bodily functions are met. Get some sleep, eat something, and bear in mind that food and mood go together. Exercise never hurts either, and anything that boosts your confidence will impact your ability to show your strength.

If you’ve got the pedigree, show it off

Anything that impresses your potential boss is good news for you, just don’t be cocky about it. Remember that classroom experience is rarely as valuable as on-the-job training, but your goal is to stand out. If you have a double major, know a second language, or studied at a prestigious university, use what you’ve got for maximum benefit even if those skills don’t relate to the job you’re applying for. You never know when one of your side activities might pleasantly surprise your employer and open up new avenues of advancement that you may not be aware of.


Just as with show, don’t tell, the best way to stand out from the crowd is to do some extra credit. Maybe it’s a proposal you’ve worked up, a sample program, some research, or a fresh idea you think might be valuable—whatever it is, show that you will go above and beyond the call of duty and make sure that your pitch goes outside your job description.

Do a SWOT Analysis

A Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities and Threats analysis is a great way to talk about or visualize your relative value to a company by calling attention to what you offer while minimizing the risks involved. In short, it’s just proper business procedure, and every boss will appreciate your effort to communicate with them on a level they can understand—the bottom line.

Focus on opportunity rather than compensation

If you’re applying for your first job, chances are you’re not going to be offered a great comp package. Don’t fret about that, just focus on what you can do to grow with the company and what they can provide you with to reward your loyalty. This is especially true if you’re aiming for a leadership position, and you should always focus on how you can innovate to help the company and your co-workers move forward. Of course, there is never any guarantee that you’ll be rewarded or that someone higher up the chain won’t take credit for your work. What is guaranteed is that if you don’t bring your A-game to the table every day, you are destined to take a back seat to someone else who does.

Be Humble

The worst form of self-sabotage is false confidence, and bosses simply don’t have time for it. Be confident, yes, but do so with just cause and don’t be afraid to admit when you’re wrong or when you simply don’t know the answer to a question. Focus on how you can improve your performance and let others praise your work.

While pursuing your unique strategy to stand out, remember the classic holy trinity of salesmanship: get them to know, like, and trust you. Show them who you are, be friendly, courteous, and above all truthful.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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What Are the Symptoms of a Toxic Company Culture?

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Whether it’s an oppressive atmosphere or office politics, no one likes a toxic company culture. Worse, most choose to ignore the problem rather than raise concerns due to fear or intimidation. Over time, a toxic environment can weaken the bonds between co-workers and grind productivity to a halt. So, as a leader in your enterprise, how do you know if your company culture is toxic if employees don’t speak up?

Toxicity rolls downhill

It all starts with the examples and expectations set by management. Fear spreads like wildfire, and if a CEO is nervous about missing a project deadline or threatening underlings, his negative energy rolls downhill and can impact the entire company even if there is no actual problem. It’s no surprise that what most leaders are afraid of is looking weak or incompetent, so remember: a little humility buys you a lot of goodwill with your subordinates.

It’s the little things.

If you ever notice the quiet when you step into the office and the only ambient sound is the ringing of an unanswered phone—chances are you’ve got a problem. Sure, people are formal when you visit with them, but you can’t help noticing the distinct lack of camaraderie. Sometimes, it’s not even a problem with the office but instead the exterior stresses of everyday life. Though


everyone should leave their personal problems at home and act professionally in the workplace, we are all human, and sometimes we just can’t escape that cloud hanging over our heads. The last thing anyone needs in such a situation is more stress, so take the lead and make sure your employees know you care. Whether it’s a smile, a joke, some free food or a friendly compliment, a little kindness can brighten everyone’s day.


A thriving office culture sees an explosion of fresh ideas, spit-balling, and fearless putting-yourself-out-there for debate. If your employees only speak when spoken to, it’s probably because they’ve been trained to bite their tongue. They feel their ideas are not respected, and rather than get chewed out, reprimanded, or made fun of; they prefer to let you do all the talking and simply nod and smile as if they agree. Don’t be that boss. If you’re unsure of what to do, skip the bluster and just ask for some fresh ideas—and when your staff obliges you, treat them with respect they deserve even if their ideas are underwhelming.

By the book

Another obvious sign of toxicity is a strict adherence to rules (especially the arbitrary kind) instead of situational judgment. Rules, as they say, are made to be broken. If your staff are penalized and called out for every minor infraction it will discourage out-of-the-box thinking and stifle innovation. Naturally, enforcement of law and common-sense should always come first on hot-button issues such as sexual harassment or discrimination, but make sure that the punishment fits the crime and always encourage your staff to embrace failure and rise above it.

More punishment than reward

One of the more common problems in office cultures, especially when everyone is stressed out by deadlines, is to focus on everything that employees do wrong rather than what they do right. It’sonly human nature to remember and notice that which is abnormal, disgusting, unusual, frustrating, and so on. We fixate on it and can’t help but call attention to it, especially when a co-worker makes a mistake that you must then take responsibility. This isn’t to say that you should just ignore all errors or that you should hand out participation awards to everyone regardless of the competency of their work—just make sure that you spend at least as much time complimenting your staff for their merits as you do criticize them for their mistakes.


Maybe you looked the other way when you noticed something inappropriate, or perhaps everyone just ignores company newsletters, and the office grapevine is the only way information gets around. Whatever the reason for this toxic brew, it’s always better to be open and honest with your co-workers and weed out corrosive or judgmental staff who are just incompatible. Of course, you’ll never be able to stop gossip, and you shouldn’t try to, but make sure that truth is respected and rewarded in your office—even when it hurts.

In summary, a toxic culture is usually the product of one or more subtle problems that merely go unchecked for an extended period. Like a leaky pipe, eventually the corrosion and rust will eat away at it until it bursts—and then it’s just too late to fix.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Facial recognition — Are we going touchless with Apple’s iPhone X?

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Apple’s efforts to streamline the unlocking process of their upcoming iPhone X resulted in FaceID, the new security feature Apple intends to use instead of TouchID for their next-gen phones. The advantages of facial recognition fall mostly under convenience rather than security, but the technology has come a long way in the last twenty years and is now capable of combating the numerous ways people have beaten biometric systems in the past, such as using photos or mugshots of users to fool the camera.

How it works

FaceID uses an infrared grid (called TrueDepth) to map a user’s face with 30,000 invisible dots, and the camera records the distortion created around the three-dimensional depth of a person’s face along with their skin tone, light-reflective properties, and other noteworthy facial features. It’s the same technology used to capture the faces of actors in blockbuster movies and project their likeness onto digitally enhanced characters. This is the critical advancement that allows the system to beat the photo hack, which lacks any depth on a 2D printout.

The Challenges

Despite the improvements, experts are skeptical of the new system and suggest that manikin heads or 3D printed faces with a near-likeness of an authorized user would likely still fool the camera. Apple executive Phil Schiller maintains that FaceID is significantly more secure than TouchID, and that they hired Hollywood special-effects consultants to create minutely detailed masks to test the new system for weaknesses. Schiller did not outline how successful these face molds were in beating the system.

More to the point, while you can change your password or code if an unauthorized user gains access, it is far more difficult to alter your face. If hackers do find a way to spoof your facial authentication, there’s very little you can do to fix it. The grim reality is that your phone’s information and Apple wallet would be easy to access so long as you were nearby, such as in the case of a mugging, though the system does require you to look directly at the camera.

FaceID will also affect criminal justice in cases where law enforcement will now be able to access a suspect’s phone simply by having them look at it. Unlike fingerprints, which require detailed study or hands-on forensics, your face is much easier to photograph and far harder to conceal. If you’re like most people, your face is also plastered all over your social media accounts, enabling criminal forgers to produce 3D replicas with plenty of references.


Apple is convinced that, for the average person, FaceID is more than sufficient to protect consumers. The costs and skills involved in creating a digital or physical model of a person’s face that would be detailed enough to fool the camera are likely greater than the benefit of breaking into a phone. Additionally, all of Apple’s security features have adjustable properties, including a toggle to completely disable the feature for those who still hold reservations.

So while FaceID is a cool new toy for those eager for immersive science fiction, the tech is still long ways off from being secure enough to trust it to protect your most sensitive information.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Is Artificial Intelligence the solution to skills 

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AI is a toolbox that provides options, but the defining attributes of cost-effectiveness depend on dozens of factors outlined below.
The short answer is that the most efficient use of AI, with current and near-future tech under consideration, is to supplement human labor with automation rather than to replace it. To take advantage of the increased proficiency and accuracy that machines offer, in predictable environments balanced with the common sense and experience of a skilled human counterpart.
An analysis of the best deep-think machine learning algorithms used, for example, by Google’s AlphaGo in their contest against Go champion Lee Sedol resulted in a 4-1 victory for Google. It was an impressive feat, but the fact remains that many of the matches were extremely close, Sedol still won a game, and commentators agree that the machine made several critical mistakes in virtually all of the games, errors that no human would likely make.
AI will undoubtedly revolutionize the modern workforce and shift the focus of human labor, but it is unlikely to eliminate very many jobs.

The Potential for Automation
Though difficult to quantify exactly how advanced today’s AI is and who leads the field, there are numerous examples currently in practice for companies such as Netflix, Amazon, Google, Facebook, and of course NASA that are nothing short of amazing.
Amazon’s online algorithms not only guesstimate what products users might be interested in based on their history and other data vectors, but it is also exceptionally skilled at buying and selling products based on marginalized profits that continually leave Amazon on the cutting edge of retail sales. Their use of Kiva robots is also revolutionizing the way Amazon’s warehouses operate and is a perfect example of how automation best fits into the workplace.
Kiva robots move and organize inventory around in the store, bringing everything directly to the human labor force who are reserved for the filling and packaging of orders. People ensure accurate fulfillment, adequate insulation or padding, and determine the appropriate box size for shipments containing multiple items. This decision-making involves experience and human perception that ‘s hard for robots to perform even in the predictable environment of a warehouse.
The potential for automation is therefore limited by the cost of automation versus technological feasibility, the scarcity of (skilled) labor, performance, regulatory compliance, and even social acceptance. For obvious reasons, AI pushes hardest down the path of least resistance in automation tasks achieved primarily through software.

Costs VS Feasibility
The more predictable the environment and predictable nature of the work, the better and cheaper automation will be. An analysis of dozens of labor activities (rather than occupations) by McKinsey & Company shows that highest potential for automation exists in the finance industry where bookkeepers, Wall Street traders, and mortgage bankers spend up to 90% of their time processing data.
It is this middle-of-the-road between the costly overhead of human labor and technical feasibility that automation shines by simplifying complex data into a streamlined output for human convenience, often in the form of infographics. There is also substantial room for improvement in insurance, transportation, food service, accommodation, manufacturing, and with the advent of IBM’s Watson, even healthcare automation is feasible.
In each case, existing automation technology improves efficiency and performance in the reading and processing of bulk data with NLP and NLG, reduces human error, monitors employee stress and performance, and calculates optimal logistics (with or without self-driving cars). Even individuals whose salary exceeds $200k per year still spend up to 50% of their time filling out forms, reading and responding to e-mail, and other tasks.

Watson: A Case Example
It’s no secret that in the United States the healthcare industry lacks sufficient medical personnel to meet the burden of demand. Watson, which uses machine learning to read scientific journals and articles, processes data into extensive Q&A sessions where experts from a variety of technical fields refine Watson’s understanding. The result is an extensive, comprehensive database that allows hospitals to run comparative searches for symptoms, improving efficiency and accuracy of diagnosis and treatment options.
Watson is fundamentally changing the managerial structure of hospitals where the chief physician manages a handful of doctors, who manage numerous assistants, who manage even more nurses, all of which are advised by Watson and ultimately supervised by the chief physician. The result is that smaller number of doctors can treat a larger number of patients, saving money and improving care without negatively impacting the job market.

Compliance and Social Acceptance
Social acceptance cannot be ignored. In settings such as healthcare, patients expect human contact and may be distrustful of machines that they can’t directly interact with. Doctors are all too aware of the damage fear and doubt can cause when a patient is unsure that their diagnosis or treatment is accurate. Trust is like a placebo, one that influences success rates and the ultimate cost of care and insurance premiums.
Many countries also have laws regarding what jobs humans and robots can or can’t perform. Naturally, dangerous jobs such as disarming bombs or cleaning up toxic spills and waste lean toward automated or at least remote-controlled machines, but a human pharmacist still needs to sign off on your newest prescriptions.

The Future
Though AI provides a supplemental answer to the skills void, it is the abstract nature of human reasoning that machines just cannot duplicate. With time, automation technology will continue to improve and offer a wider range of options, particularly in unpredictable labor environments like construction and agriculture, but it is unlikely that they will ever eliminate human decision-making entirely.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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10 Tips on Succeeding in a Startup Culture

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10 Tips on Succeeding in a Startup Culture

Many of the clients that our team at SunSoft works with to connect them to the best professionals tend to be startups and many of the professionals who come to us to help them locate a job profile that suits their aptitude and qualification tend to seek employment with startups too actively. Having closely worked with both sides of the value chain for some time now, we have realized that the startup environment requires a particular set of traits to succeed, which goes beyond qualification, hard work, and dedication.
We thought it would be a good idea to list some of the most important of these traits; this would not only help anyone seeking employment with a startup to manage their expectations more realistically, provide a guideline to strategize their career growth better once they do begin working with a startup. Some of these points would also be useful to professionals who have already been part of a startup culture for some time now.

1. Do your homework – This one’s a tip for the interview stage. While carefully studying the company you are interviewing with and being conscious of its products, value proposition and strategy is a necessary aspect of any interview process, it becomes even more crucial when talking with a startup. Expressing (genuine) passion for the startup’s product or service, having a clear idea of how you can help build the founders’ vision into reality and developing an understanding of that firm’s culture can go a long way in convincing your interviewers that you are a good fit for the firm.

2. Learn to embrace ambiguity – Through most of one’s educational and professional career, one gets used to well-defined roles, where responsibilities are clear and deliverables stated. Startups seldom work within such defined boundaries. Being willing to embrace ambiguity means that you can quickly adapt to changing requirements from your team or your customer, without it causing any undue friction in your performance.

3. Take ownership – Work in startups typically involves small teams where hand-holding is impossible. You need to learn to swim at the deep end of the pool, look at things from the perspective of our founders and senior management, and work more smartly to add value to the team’s performance as a whole.

4. Be a problem solver – It’s great to be able to identify issues, of which there are going to be a lot of in a startup that’s finding its feet. But, it’s more useful if you can come up with solutions to these issues too. When you can let the company founder know that you found five things that needed improvement and were able to fix them, that’s a compelling way to earn trust. And, well, it’s empowering too – there’s very little that can boost your confidence the way getting a job done that others had overlooked can.

5. Roll up your sleeves – In a small team, you don’t have the luxury of separate members identified for every function. Your firm might not have an HR team to manage recruitment or sufficient support staff to book air tickets for your boss on his next trip. Being great at your job is essential, but what makes you valuable is that you are more concerned with things getting done, not so much with who does them.

6. Develop comfort with mistakes – It’s obvious by now that if you are working in an ambiguous environment, taking up significant responsibilities and even volunteering for jobs that you aren’t specifically hired for, there will be mistakes. Many of them. The problem is not in making mistakes, as long as you are willing to learn from them; the problem is if these scare you enough not to try anything outside your comfort zone in the future.

7. Communicate – This is a particularly necessary trait for a startup. To stay in sync with the requirements of your boss and the rest of the team, to get feedback on your performance, to learn from others and just to develop that camaraderie that keeps you going through thick and thin, there is no better way than to maintain regular communication. And this includes not just regular interaction in the office, but also trying to involve yourself with the occasional evening drinks that your office-mates might get together. Nothing brings a team together more firmly than cribbing about that painful client over a few pints of beer!

8. Find balance – You will typically be working longer, or at least more irregular, hours at a startup. And, given the responsibility per employee, any sick day will probably hurt your startup employer a lot more than if you were working with a huge firm. It becomes even more necessary, then, to find the right work-life balance to prevent a burnout and maintain your health. Try to spend some time every day in an activity of interest outside your work, indulge in some exercise if you have a sedentary job, just walk to that salad place a couple of blocks away for lunch instead of having another burger at your desk.

9. Know when to say no – Taking up responsibilities is nice, knowing what you cannot do is better. Not everyone is built for every job, and even if you are one of those jacks of all trades who can get everything done, there is a limit to how much you can put on your plate without losing focus. If work starts piling up beyond control, be confident enough to say no. Similarly, if everyone else is staying back in the office beyond 7-8 pm, but you know that you have worked efficiently through the day and need a break, develop the confidence to leave. A negative attitude is bad; the ability to say no when you are faced with your boundaries is intelligent.

10. Get paid for your work – No matter how passionate you are about the work you are doing, if you feel that you are not being paid enough for your effort, your interest will gradually waver. Startups can’t always match the pay you might get at an established firm in terms of money, but it should be in tune to some extent with industry standards. Plus, they do have the flexibility to offer perks, like working from home or paid leaves, which are tailored to your needs. If you have a concern about your remuneration, feel confident to bring it up politely with your boss.


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Six Cutting-Edge Technologies that Offer Strong Career Potential

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The era of the intelligent enterprise is up upon us. Organizations of all sizes and industry verticals are investing in a range of latest and greatest technologies. IT professionals driving this digital disruption can expect unprecedented career and business opportunities across the technology industry. Here’s our pick for some of the hottest technologies and their use cases in the current age of digitization:

• Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: Skills to leverage advanced computing capabilities in the AI/ML segment will remain in demand as new these areas drive next-generation technology offerings.

• Robotics: Automation across manufacturing as well as consumer segments such as driving.

• Virtual Reality: Particularly in the section of entertainment and video games.

• 3-D Printing: This area will continue to influence manufacturing, architecture, civil and mechanical engineering segment.

• Natural Language Processing, Speech and Pattern Recognition: Social media channels are the treasure trove for organizations looking to learn more about their customers and market. These technologies will enable businesses to yield invaluable insights from Internet-driven Big Data.

• “Anything as a service”: The cloud-enabled services model presents unique advantages for organizations pursuing appropriate services without having to invest resources as CapEx.

• Cyber Security: Security threats continue to evolve, and demands for advanced cyber security skills will remain critical to the enterprise world.

With record high job openings in the US, the hiring climate looks good for job seekers. Brand new technologies that are growing are opening brand new employment opportunities. US industries need a variety of technology skills, and each of those skills has different entry requirements, leading to the opportunity for people looking to change careers or those looking to advance in their current technology careers.


Another research report published by the freelancer marketplace Upwork tracked the global demand for IT skills and found Artificial Intelligence among the most sought after. Other popular choices included several skills within the QA and project management market segment.

As Deloitte research identifies, it is important to note that high profile software design projects that have consistently maintained high skills demand throughout the year 2017 share one fundamental philosophy: A solid foundation in agile, continuous and collaborative processes regardless of the technology area. Ability to embrace this philosophy as an individual and a collective team will continue to prove critical in successful project execution.


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Retaining Top Talent in Your Team

As the economy has bounced back after the global slowdown, options for talented workers have improved too. As a manager or business owner what you can do to ensure that your best employees stay with you over an extended period? We have collected a few points that might help you make work conditions better and keep your employees from looking for greener pastures elsewhere.

• Train your managers – A good manager provides a nurturing environment for the employee to succeed, and keeps any supervision from turning suffocating.  

• Provide practical benefits – instrumental benefits, like good health insurance or paid leaves, can give any company an edge in a market competing through high pay packages to attract and retain talent.

• Create a stimulating work environment – Cubicles for workers who prefer privacy to work, a café for occasional breaks or a gaming room to de-stress, or even allowing flexible timings or work-from-home options, are just some of the ways to make the office a welcoming place.

• Reward good performance – Despite being the prime motivator for continued excellence, many firms fail to ensure this, probably to avoid appearing biased.

• Connect employees’ work to the larger picture – Regular feedback that helps employees be clear about the firm’s expectations is essential for a sense of engagement and avoidance of stress.

• Listen to your employees – Engage regularly with your staff to know their needs and aspirations – the best way to implement the other employee retention pointers mentioned above.

Retaining your best employees has a direct positive effect on the firm’s bottom line. While some of the steps above may appear costly, the value of your best employees staying with you for a long time far outweighs the cost of any investment you might have to make.

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Working Hard Vs Overworking


Do you work late most weekdays and over weekends? Take phone calls from work regularly during your family time? Keep checking office emails on your phone every few minutes, and get restless if you aren’t able to respond immediately?

What could be more alarming while doing this you probably think of yourself as an efficient, hard-working, committed worker? Most organizations today expect their employees to be responsive every second of the day, just because technology allows one to. The modern office culture also encourages the belief that the more time employees spend at the workplace, the more valuable, ambitious and successful they are, with being overly busy considered a badge of honor.


If you proudly (or sheepishly) answered yes to the questions above, there is a good chance you are working harder than what your mind and your body can sustain, and are teetering on the edge of burnout. There is also a good chance its effects show up at other places in your life – you could be prone to one or more of the following conditions:

  • Stress
  • Irritability
  • Lack of motivation
  • no family or social life
  • Constant tiredness
  • Erratic work performance

There is a fine line between working hard and overworking. Unfortunately, it has become increasingly common for many of us to cross it, and fall into a repetitive pattern of working ever harder and finding, even more, work left to do.

Working beyond what you can or should, in turn, leads to graver problems. Overworked employees are at a much higher chance of having issues like depression, anxiety, and immune system problems. And, perversely, it hurts your work performance too – judgment, creativity, efficiency, overall productivity, all have been scientifically proven to come down in constantly overburdened workers, defeating the very purpose of working very long hours.


Like a lot else, this problem is also largely of your making, so playing the victim might not do. Instead, you are the best person to take the first steps towards a saner work environment for yourself, and here are a few practical ways to help you do it:

Realize there is such a thing as working too hard. Everyone’s capacity for working without a break is different. If you hardly spend time with your family, have no time for interests beyond work, or feel tired much too often, you have gone beyond yours. The first step towards finding a cure is always the realization that you need one.

Set some boundaries. Stick to basic rules like ‘no checking of a phone during meals’ and designate certain periods during the day as off-limits for office issues.

Prioritize work. Some things at your office need your undivided attention. Others, not so much. Not all meetings need to last as long as they do. Not every client needs to be engaged on a call for an hour. Most ‘nice to do’ work can be avoided.

Take breaks. Firstly, short, but meaningful ones at your job. A long break spent discussing office politics is probably not an ideal break from the grind. You might prefer a quick walk around the block, or read a couple of chapters by your favorite author. Secondly, go off the grid, either alone, with your family, or close friends, once in a while. Both kinds of breaks help your mind replenish its resources, and also give you time to focus better and stop being an automaton.

Be an example. How you handle your work life can be an inspiration to others, especially if you have people working for you. Don’t encourage the culture of weekend meetings and staying late every night at the office. Don’t try to shame people leaving before you, and don’t get cowed into staying back if someone does it to you. Long working hours do not necessarily mean greater productivity.

It is not easy changing a pattern set over the years. Workaholics – and this is an actual thing – go through withdrawal when weaned off their unhealthy working system. To make matters worse, workaholism, unlike other addictions, is not disapproved.

Finally, working hard is a great thing. It helps you achieve greatness. But, are you working hard on the right stuff? What could be greater than working on yourself, and your relationships, to maintain your health and happiness?

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How to prepare for an interview

By Doug Hardy, Monster Staff Writer
Even if you have less than a day before your job interview, you can outshine the competition with a little interview preparation. The following four tasks will take you about four hours (plus five minutes) to complete, making this the best approach when it comes to how to prepare for an interview.

How to prepare for an interview

1. Conduct basic interview research

To prepare for an interview, find out as much as you can beforehand. Call the person who scheduled your interview and ask:

Who will you be talking to? Will you meet the manager you’d work for, or will you just talk to HR? What are the interviewer’s expectations?
What’s the dress code? Dress better than suggested. Most times, it’s best to wear a professional suit. You’d be amazed how many candidates show up looking like they’re going to class, not presenting a professional demeanor.
Get directions to the office. Plan to leave early. Keep a phone number to call if you get stuck on the bus or in traffic. If you arrive late and stressed, the interview will not go well.
If you don’t have a detailed job description, ask for one.
That’s a five-minute phone call.

2. Learn about the company online

Do some fast research, which will give you something to talk about in addition to the job description. Go to the employer’s website, or Google information such as:

How big is the company in terms of annual sales or employees?
What does the company say about its products or services?
What recent news (such as a new product, a press release, an interview with the CEO) can you discuss?
If the company is public, the boilerplate at the bottom of its press releases will tell you a lot.
Basic research should take you about an hour.

3. Think of some stories

Be ready to answer typical interview questions with a story about yourself. To prepare, write down and memorize three achievement stories. Talk about times you’ve really felt proud of an achievement at work or school. These stories demonstrate all those hard-to-measure qualities like judgment, initiative, teamwork or leadership. Wherever possible, quantify what you’ve done, e.g., “increased sales by 20 percent,” “cut customer call waiting time in half,” “streamlined delivery so that most customers had their job done in two days.”

By the way, non-work achievement stories are good too; if you volunteer for the local food pantry, write down a time you overcame a big challenge or a crisis there.

Achievement stories make you memorable, which is what you want. There’s an exercise in Monster Careers: Interviewing called “Mastering the Freestyle Interview,” which helps you develop these stories into compelling sales points.

Take the time you need—at least three hours on this task.

4. Pick your outfit, and go to bed early

Lay out your interview outfit the night before, get a good night’s rest, and always get an early start. The last thing you want is to waste all of your interview preparation by arriving flustered and panicked because you couldn’t find a parking space.