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    bored at work

    • Changing careers can cause personal turmoil for many reasons.
    • Here, author Ni’Kesia Pannell details 10 ways switching from public relations to freelance writing affected her life.


    Though changing careers can feel exciting and rewarding, you may realize after starting a new job that your position isn’t quite as great as it seemed.

    Before I become a full-time freelance writer, I spent a short time in PR. And while there are plenty of people who flourish in that area of work, I found myself not being happy and wanting something different. When I chose to quit that job to follow my dreams of becoming a writer, I thought things would fall right in line. That, however, was a big mistake.

    Here are are 10 ways that my life got more difficult when I chose to transition to a new career.

    SEE ALSO: 11 career experts share the best job advice they've ever received

    I was really on my own

    When I decided to become a full-time freelancer, I knew that would mean running my own business. And while being an entrepreneur or “working for yourself” is socially celebrated, people tend to exclude how lonely and isolating it can be. It’s a challenge to try to figure things out on your own and not let a mundane life become your norm.

    It forced me to step up and make decisions about my life

    Before I was a full-time freelancer, I worked a few odd jobs after relocating from Orlando to Atlanta. In those years of working part-time freelance and part-time whatever-I-could jobs, I started to realize that this was not how I wanted my life to be.

    I didn't want to be working to get by or living paycheck to paycheck. I wanted to feel as if I was living for a purpose, and I wanted to have a job that reflected that, too. Although there are plenty of people who are happy enough with getting a paycheck, changing jobs made me realize that I had some serious, life-changing decisions to make, and I couldn’t keep putting them on hold.

    I went completely broke

    Many freelancers that I know portray a life of ease from the outside. They create this persona that makes others feel like, “Well if they’re doing it and getting those awesome placements, I can do it, too. It can’t be that hard.” But that’s far from the truth.

    Going from having constant stability to being in a “sometimes you get paid on time, sometimes you don’t” environment will teach you the value of budgeting, saying “no,” and choosing your needs over your wants. Going broke wasn’t really a choice that I made, but it was part of following my path.

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    robot hand

    • Experts have repeatedly reassured us that robots aren't going to take over the world, but for some industries the impact of robots will be felt.
    • According to vice president director of IT services company, Cognizant, the angst of machines "taking jobs" can be only be calmed by creating new, better work for people to do.
    • The company's latest report 21 More Jobs of the Future suggests "the human touch is critical" and that the world of technology will actually open up new roles for humans.

    Will your job be done by a robot 10 years from now? If so, what will you end up doing?

    Over and over, experts have assured us that robots are not going to take over the world in the foreseeable future, but for some industries, the impact of robots will still be felt.

    "The angst that many people are feeling in a world where machines can do everything can only be calmed by creating new, better work for people to do,"said Ben Pring, vice president director of Cognizant's Centre for the Future of Work.

    IT services company Cognizant predicted in 2017 the creation of 21 new jobs that the rise of robots will bring, and this year, they added more.

    The company's latest report 21 More Jobs of the Future continues to suggest that "the human touch is critical", and that the world of technology will create new job opportunities for the human race. Here are the 21 other roles Cognizant says you can expect to be working by 2029.

    SEE ALSO: Scientists may be on their way to growing human brains

    1. Data Trash Engineer

    The theory behind "junk data" is rather flawed — even if data hasn't been used in the past 12 months, it still has the potential to be transformed into insights.

    Just like food waste can be put to use to produce green energy, data waste is still useful if cleaned.

    Data trash engineers will identify unused data in organisations, "clean it", and feed it into machine-learning algorithms to find hidden insights. In the end, the goal of the data trash engineer is to transform data from trash to treasure.

    2. Cyber Attack Agent

    One day in the near future, wars will increasingly be fought through virtual platforms rather than out on the physical battlefield.

    Digital brawls similar to Ukraine's 2015 power outage and the 2016 US Presidential election will become quite commonplace.

    Cyber agents will be tasked with defending not just their nation's infrastructure, but sometimes going on the offensive against their country's adversaries.

    3. Juvenile Cybercrime Rehabilitation Counsellor

    While cigarettes and booze have by no means disappeared, the temptations experienced by today's youth differ greatly from those of previous generations.

    Nowadays, the easy money and the seemingly victimless nature of cybercrime tempts a growing number of young people into cyber crime.

    Juvenile cybercrime rehabilitation counsellors will work closely with young cyber offenders to rehabilitate them, helping them to understand their talents and enabling them to make the most of their skills rather than exploiting others.

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    gen z studying

    It might be hard to imagine that people born as late as 2000 — a designation known as Gen Z  — are already entering the professional workforce.

    But they are, and there's a few jobs in the tech sphere that 18- to 25-year-old workers are particularly excited about. Some of those jobs are even nearing the six-figure salary mark.

    Comparably, a website that monitors the job market for trends, compiled a list of the 15 most popular tech jobs for Gen Z workers, ordered by average salary: 

    15. Customer service rep ($43,924)

    A customer service rep is responsible for addressing any concerns or issues a customer may have, as well as answering inquiries and questions. 

    14. Marketing associate ($50,185)

    A marketing associate is an entry-level worker who will work on the marketing team to advertise and promote the business. 

    13. Technical support manager ($50,306)

    The technical support manager is in charge of the tech support team, which handles any issues with the company's technology or systems. 

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    overweight office worker

    • People who are overweight face a lot of prejudice every day.
    • According to a new study from LinkedIn, they also earn less than their slimmer colleagues.
    • About £1,940 ($2,512) less per year on average.
    • "If you're putting in the hard work, you should be rewarded regardless of how you look," said plus size blogger Stephanie Yeboah.

    Studies have proven the prejudice against overweight people. In society, being overweight means someone is judged as lazy, weak-willed, unintelligent, and as having poor willpower.

    They're also less likely to be taken seriously when seeing a doctor, and are even forced into having eating disorders due to the idea losing weight is the pinnacle of a health transformation.

    According to a new study from LinkedIn, obese workers also often earn less than their slimmer colleagues.

    A survey of 4,000 adults in full or part-time employment showed that on average, UK workers who are classed as obese according to their BMI earn £1,940 ($2,512) less per year compared to those with a "healthy" BMI.

    One in four workers classed as overweight felt they had missed out on a job opportunity or promotion because of their size, and this rose to nearly a third among those who were obese. Over half (53%) of overweight people said they felt left out of their team at work because of their weight.

    Almost half (43%) of obese respondents also said they felt lighter colleagues progressed quicker than them in the company, and this was even true of 28% of people who were a healthy weight.

    Read more:Only 10% of obese people know they are overweight — here's how to tell if you are

    Women who are overweight or obese are also more likely to receive a lower salary than men of the same weight, the study found, with a gender gap of £8,919 ($11,547). Women are more likely to be affected by their body image at work than men — 39% of women compared to 28% of men — despite the fact men reported getting more negative comments relating to their weight than women.

    A spokesperson for LinkedIn, Ngaire Moyes, said it's disheartening to see that bias based on size is still an issue in the workplace in 2018. But the company added that plus size bloggers like Stephanie Yeboah and Lottie L'Amour are trying to change the conversation and raise people's awareness of their prejudices.

    "Dealing with people who make snap judgments about me because of my appearance is something I've faced my whole life," Yeboah said in a press release. "I want everybody to feel confident in their bodies and believe that nothing can hold them back if they want that job, promotion or pay rise. If you're putting in the hard work, you should be rewarded regardless of how you look."

    Other findings of the study were that 16-24 year olds feel the most self-conscious about their weight at work, while Over 55s are the least likely to be affected. Overall, 28% of workers have had a colleague or manager make an offensive comment about their weight.

    "The LinkedIn community has a number of groups and discussions on this topic, and we are pleased Stephanie and Lottie are opening up the conversation," said Moyes. "We hope more members will be encouraged to take part in the discussion about how it affects them and how size bias can be tackled."

    SEE ALSO: Psychopaths may not be as useful in leadership as you think — and women are often punished for dark traits while men are rewarded

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    Tim Cook Happy

    • Apple asks both technical interview questions, based on your past work experience, and some mind-boggling puzzles.
    • We looked through posts on Glassdoor to find some of the toughest interview questions candidates have been asked. 
    • Some of the questions Apple applicants may encounter include "How does an airplane wing work?" and "How much does the Empire State Building weigh?"

    Apple is one of the most prestigious companies in the world, so it's not surprising to learn that getting a job there isn't easy.

    Apple asks both technical interview questions, based on your past work experience, and some mind-boggling puzzles.

    And if you're interviewing to work at Apple's retail stores, you'll be asked a lot of questions about how you'd handle an angry customer. 

    We combed through posts on Glassdoor to find some of the toughest interview questions candidates have been asked when interviewing for a job at Apple. 

    Some require solving tricky math problems, while others are simple but vague enough to keep you on your toes.

    (Read more:  These are the 18 most prestigious tech internships in 2018, according to interns)

    Lisa Eadicicco, Nathan McAlone, and Maya Kosoff contributed to an earlier version of this story.

    SEE ALSO: 33 Uber interview questions you don't want to be asked

    "We have a cup of hot coffee and a small cold milk out of the fridge. The room temperature is in between these two. When should we add milk to coffee to get the coolest combination earliest (at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end)?"—Product Design Engineer candidate

    "How much does the Empire State Building weigh?"— Solutions Consultant candidate

    "How do you check if a binary tree is a mirror image on left and right sub-trees?" - Research scientist candidate

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    Ed Schmults

    • Ed Schmults, a former executive who spent years at Patagonia and orchestrated a number of turnarounds — including storied toy retailer FAO Schwarz — was recruited by a headhunter to become the CEO of cannabis firm Calyx Peak Capital.
    • Schmults is now building out his team. He said in an interview with Business Insider that he's looking for candidates from smaller companies who can move fast with little support because the industry is "evolving almost daily."
    • "I'm looking for people with the quintessential entrepreneurial experience," Schmults said.

    When veteran retail executive Ed Schmults received an out-of-the-blue phone call from a headhunter in July, he had no idea that in just a few short months he'd end up as the CEO of a cannabis company.

    As the new CEO of Massachusetts-based Calyx Peak Capital — a firm that invests in cannabis retail licenses in a number of states — he's now looking to build out his team.

    And he's not looking for big-name executives.

    "Some of our competitors are out there trumpeting their executives from multibillion-dollar companies, and I'm sure those men and women are awesome," Schmults told Business Insider in an interview. "But I think what you really want at the start of an industry are people who've been involved in smaller companies who can work fast, be nimble, and wear multiple hats."

    Schmults said the cannabis industry is "evolving almost daily." That's why he's focusing his recruiting on people who have deep experience in smaller businesses "where everyone's going all out," rather than mega-corporations.

    "You know, I'm looking for people with the quintessential entrepreneurial experience," Schmults said. "I need people who can create the reports themselves and make decisions on the fly."

    Read more: Sessions is out, marijuana wins in midterms: Cannabis investors react to a head-spinning 24 hours in Washington

    To Schmults, that sweet spot between startup and multibillion-dollar firm is what he knows best.

    After a stint at Goldman Sachs, Schmults spent seven years at Patagonia in California and Tokyo in the 1990s — while the outdoor-oriented clothing brand was rapidly growing — before he was recruited to turn around another clothing company, Moonstone Mountain Equipment.

    He parlayed that experience into executing a turnaround of FAO Schwarz, the storied New York City toy retailer.

    Schmults said the headhunter calling him about the CEO position at Calyx was "one of those cock-your-head-to-the-side" moments.

    "I was like, 'Huh, cannabis? I'll have to think about that,'" Schmults said. But the more he dug in, the more he realized that the potential health benefits of the plant were "astonishing."

    "At the end of the day, I really liked the investors," Schmults said.

    And the chance to take what he learned across his career to build a team from the ground up was a "rare opportunity" that doesn't come along so often, Schmults said.

    "I just think it's a fascinating intellectual opportunity and a chance to remove the stigma," Schmults said.

    See also:

    DON'T MISS: 'The new avocado toast': A former Coca-Cola and AB InBev executive reveals why every food and beverage boardroom needs to be talking about cannabis

    AND MORE: An executive who led turnarounds at Victoria’s Secret and American Eagle reveals what the cannabis industry can learn from big retail brands

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    woman man party fun

    • Holiday parties where you know virtually no one can be awkward, especially if you're not sure how to start a conversation.
    • You could rely on the classic, "So what do you do for a living?"— but then you run the risk of coming off as the least interesting or original person at the party.
    • The following icebreakers should help you get an interesting conversation going with ease.

    Maybe you're interested in making a new professional contact, or perhaps you simply want to make a good impression on a friend of a friend.

    Whatever the reason, busting out the clichés upon the first introduction is never a good idea.

    To mix the conversation up a bit, try using one of these 23 icebreakers. They should help ease you into an engaging conversation with people you've never met before.

    SEE ALSO: 11 festive things to do in New York City over the holidays that look fun — but aren't

    DON'T MISS: Science says people decide these 11 things within seconds of meeting you


    This one may seem simple, but a smile, a name, and a confident handshake can sometimes go a long way, Ariella Coombs wrote for

    "Sometimes the easiest way to meet someone is to offer a handshake and say 'hi,'" she wrote.

    'I'll be honest, the only person I know here is the bartender, and I just met him two minutes ago. Mind if I introduce myself?'

    Humor is a good method to put another attendee at ease and jump-start a lighthearted conversation.

    'What do you do for fun when you're not working?'

    Asking personal questions about people's activities outside of work can help solidify a connection, Shan White, owner of Women's Peak Performance Coaching, told Refinery29.

    Asking about someone's after-work hobbies is "semi-personal, yet still professionally acceptable to ask," White said. "This can bring some levity and humor into the conversation while also letting you see what lights them up — what brings them real joy."

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    Father With Baby

    • While there are a number of stereotypes when it comes to what's expected of a 'real man', these expectations are often archaic, not very realistic, nor particularly fair.
    • However, a new study suggests there seems to have been a shift in these old-fashioned expectations and gender roles, at least in the eyes of women.
    • Researchers from Belgium carried out a survey that showed women are actually more attracted to family-oriented men to those who are focused on their careers.

    Whether in the eyes of scientists, women, or men themselves, there doesn't seem to be any clear or definitive answer to what makes a man "a man".

    While there are a number of stereotypes when it comes to what's expected of a "real man", these expectations are often not very realistic or fair and — more often than not — are pretty outdated.

    For this very reason, a Belgian team of researchers decided to tackle this question of what, according to women, a man needs in terms of personal qualities him in order to be considered a candidate for long-term partnership.

    Classical gender roles put to the test

    So what and how is a man "supposed" to be? Rational or emotional? Career-focused or a self-sacrificing family man?

    Read more: Research suggests babies learn most of their vocabulary from their fathers

    Researchers from Belgium recently carried out a study that was published in Springer Nature.

    The scientists interviewed 87 heterosexual female students about their desires in and expectations of their "ideal partner".

    What young women want in relationships

    The survey showed that a family-focused man is perceived by young women as being more attractive than a career- and work-oriented man.

    This result may suggest that, perhaps, what we considered to be deeply entrenched and long-standing gender roles may now be changing.

    shaking hands

    Another survey within the same study showed that a sociable and family-oriented man generally corresponds more closely to the expectations of a good potential partner for future "life planning". This was particularly the case the more career-oriented a woman was.

    One proposed explanation for this is that a man who attaches more importance to his family than his career is likely to be a better father, and is therefore more likely to be supportive and involved in everyday family life.

    In a world where more and more women pursue careers, it looks like the "family man" is becoming an increasingly desirable option among women.

    SEE ALSO: I'm a 38-year-old mother and I'm addicted to psychoactive drugs

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    Some people are content to learn only up until they've obtained a college degree or completed education for a specific trade. But learning shouldn't stop at a certain age or even career level. In today's fast-moving digital world, it's important to continually commit to expanding your knowledge base to get further in your current career — or explore a completely different one.

    Luckily, learning these new skills is as convenient as having access to a computer. Udemy, an online learning platform, offers 80,000 courses — starting at $9.99 for a Black Friday sale— taught by expert instructors across a variety of subject areas. Here are some to look into if you want to get ahead.

    1. Web development

    Being able to design and create websites, along with the back-end technical aspects, is an invaluable skill. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean pay for web developers in 2017 was $74,110 annually and $35.63 an hour, but salaries at the top end of the scale can go as high as $122,320. And the number of jobs is expected to grow by 15% (faster than the average) between 2017 and 2026. Udemy's courses in Web development include programming languages such as HTML 5, CSS 3, Javascript, MySQL, and more. 

    2. Digital marketing

    Digital marketing can encompass everything from SEO and email marketing to social media strategy and analytics. And all of these tactics are important for making a business successful. In fact, according to a recent survey, 61% of marketers say improving SEO and growing their organic presence is their top inbound marketing priority. This is just one of the many skills you'll learn in Udemy's digital marketing course. Other topics include driving traffic and sales with YouTube; increasing Twitter followers; and getting likes on Facebook without paying for advertising.

    3. Artificial intelligence

    Over the past few years, artificial intelligence has officially hit the mainstream, with everything from smartphones to digital assistants incorporating the technology. That ubiquity has resulted in more job opportunities in this area: Since 2013, the number of US jobs requiring AI skills has grown 4.5 times. But understanding AI means combining data science, machine learning, and deep learning to create AI for real-world applications. Udemy offers several courses in this area — ranging from beginner skills to advanced classes in which you'll learn how to build an AI.

    4. Data science

    Glassdoor recently cited data scientist as the best job in America — and with good reason as it has an average base salary of $139,840. There are so many different skills under the data science umbrella — from programming to statistics and math to data visualization — that for those who choose to study it, the possibilities are endless. Udemy's classes in data science run from basic to advanced and cover the highs and lows of a career in this field, including corrupt data, anomalies, and irregularities. This gives students the best training and most accurate picture of this career.

    5. Photoshop

    Even if you're not a professional designer or photographer, knowing how to use Photoshop is a valuable skill to have. Most jobs require employees to make a presentation at some point, and it helps for them to be well designed and incorporate dynamic images. From a Photoshop crash course to a masterclass, Udemy offers options for all skill levels. But no matter which you choose to take, you'll be taking a step toward impressive presentations. 

    6. Media training

    Media training is most useful for executives and others who are routinely interviewed by print, online, and TV journalists. But learning how to articulate a thought clearly and concisely is a skill that can transfer to anyone who wants to communicate effectively. That can mean giving a presentation at work or making a sales pitch to a potential client. Udemy's qualified instructors for media training will help you look and sound your best — whether in front of an audience of millions or a group of 10.

    And what's good about Udemy is that its courses are offered in a variety of skill levels. For example, aspiring digital marketers can take a 101 class that covers the basics, and programmers can take advanced courses in Python and e-gaming. So, whether it's digital marketing or data science, it's always a good time to keep learning — and Udemy's sitewide sales make it easy to do so. 

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    colleagues talking team workWe’re looking for an Acquisition Marketing Specialist to join our subscription marketing team in our New York office.It’s a great opportunity for an ambitious candidate who wants to take on significant responsibility early in their career and develop marketing expertise as part of a fast growing team at a top media company.


    Job overview

    Insider Inc.’s subscriptions team is passionate about producing research products that help industry leaders transform their organizations using emerging digital technologies, along with premium business news in finance, markets, enterprise, and tech. The Acquisition Marketing Specialist will help build our brand, generate subscription leads using organic and paid channels, and analyze marketing performance data.


    In this role, you will:

    • Leverage the Business Insider website to drive readers to Business Insider’s paid subscription products

    • Manage organic social media (primarily LinkedIn and Twitter) to increase website traffic and attract new leads

    • Analyze marketing list growth and engagement, and report on findings

    • Ideate and manage paid campaigns on search and social


    Desired Skills and Experience:

    • 2+ years of relevant experience

    • Strong numerical reasoning ability

    • Excellent ability to communicate verbally and in writing

    • Proven ability to manage multiple projects at a time while paying strict attention to detail

    • An entrepreneurial drive, an interest in growing a business, and desire to work in a fast-paced, fluid environment


    If this sounds like a great job for you, please apply online and include a cover letter telling us why you’d be a good fit for the role.

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    Frankfurt Germany night

    • One of the most common reasons a person might choose to move is a new job.
    • German startup Movinga conducted a study of which cities were the best to find a job.
    • Movinga produced its ranking by looking at the economic health of startups and businesses, the standard of living, and the inclusion of certain parts of the population in the workforce.

    According to German online removals startup Movinga, one of the most common reasons a person might choose to move is a new job.

    To find where people are moving to for promising new opportunities, Movinga ranked cities based on several different qualities.

    Their analysis focuses on three key areas: the economic health of startups and established businesses, the general standard of living of the city's population — including disposable income and health benefits — and, finally, the inclusion of young people, women, and expatriates in the workforce.

    The final index ranks the top 100 cities according to the total score of job opportunities, from the highest to the lowest, indicating the score for each factor. From those, here are the 21 best cities in the world in which to find a job.

    SEE ALSO: 10 incredible places around the world where visitors are forbidden

    17. Washington, United States

    Washington has a good score for women's freedom and legislation at 8.84 out of 10, suggesting the city provides a good level of opportunity for women.

    =16. Stockholm, Sweden

    Stockholm has a high score when it comes to opportunity for women — it scored 9.45 out of 10 in terms of the gender wage pay gap.

    =16. San Francisco, United States

    San Francisco scored 9.70 out of 10 for new startups, indicating a high level of opportunity for young people.

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    • What to wear to work is a daily struggle for many.
    • It gets even more complicated in the winter.
    • Wear items that will keep you warm, but steer clear of wearing your parka or other winter accessories at your desk. 


    Office dress codes have become more casual over the years, but there are still certain guidelines you need to follow for winter workwear.

    "Dressing for work in the winter can present unique challenges because you need to prepare for both the cold weather outside and how warm it may be inside," Stephanie Naznitsky, executive director of OfficeTeam, told Business Insider.

    Generally, it's wise to dress in layers to make sure you can adjust to the cold outside and the heat indoors. And if you work in a frigid office, wear wool or cashmere to keep warm. Ultimately, though, dress codes vary across cities, industries, and offices, so these suggestions should be considered guidelines that you tailor to your particular workplace.

    Here are 11 styles and items of clothing you should avoid wearing at the office this winter:

    SEE ALSO: 16 things you should never wear to work — even if you work in a business casual environment

    Just one layer

    If you're tempted to pile on your winter hat, a parka, a blanket, or all of the above, you're probably making a common winter mistake: Wearing just one layer.

    Kat Griffin, founder of the workplace-fashion blog Corporetterecommended wearing layers from Uniqlo's Heattech line under your clothes on particularly cold days. Those options, Griffin said, "will go a long way towards blocking the wind outside, but not adding heat or bulk inside."

    Skirts or dresses without tights

    Wear tights with a dress or skirt, job seekers website Cloture Club advised. This might be obvious once you step outside (and freeze).

    Black tights are the easiest go-to. Patterned or colored tights are okay for more casual offices, wrote Griffin.

    Tan or light gray suits

    "Tan and light grey suits should be in your rotation during the spring and summer months, but they’re all wrong for the winter," Brice Pattison, fashion director for The Black Tux, an online suit and tuxedo rental startup, told Business Insider. "Instead, a darker grey, charcoal, or navy will serve you better."

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    woman thinking

    • Learning to say "no" in your work and life can change your life for the better.
    • Author Jessica Thiefels describes how saying "yes" to the wrong opportunities can have an adverse effect.


    There's one particular word I say every day that I've found to be life-changing. It's one that we don't say nearly enough. One that, if said when you truly mean it, can alter the course of your life.

    That word is "no."

    While the word "yes" can be life-changing, we have a habit of saying that too often, often to our detriment. We often say yes because we're simply going with the flow. Take this scenario for example:

    You get out of work after a long day, and all you want to do is go home, put on sweats and relax. Your friend calls as you walk out the door with plans for happy hour. She really wants you to go, and she's really excited — she's had a great day.

    Instead of saying "no," and making the best decision for you, which is to stay home, rest, and show up as your best self at work tomorrow, what do you do? You say yes, go with the flow, and go out anyway. Because you don't want to hurt her feelings or leave her hanging.

    While this is a harmless example, and one late night won't affect your entire career, there are many times when saying yes does have a negative impact on your life.

    If saying no is life-changing, then why don't more of us don't do it? There are plenty of reasons:

    • Saying yes is easier.
    • We don't want to hurt someone's feelings.
    • We're afraid of being too selfish.
    • We don't want to make someone upset.
    • We're worried about what someone will think of us.

    Unfortunately, when you say yes but would prefer to say no, you're saying no to yourself. On the other hand, when you say no when you want to say no, you're saying yes to what's important to you.

    I've lived a life of saying no. I had five jobs in five years because I said no to bad bosses, poor treatment, low pay, and jobs that didn't fulfill me. In choosing to say no, to not go with the flow, I've built the life that I love.

    Read more: I've chosen to leave 5 jobs during my career — here's how I knew it was time

    I've hurt some feelings, and I've taken the more difficult way out every time the easy one presented itself. But now I'm running my own business, getting ready to travel the world, and living a life I could have never imagined would be mine.

    If you want to build the life you love, peppered with the no's that get you there, here are a few tips:

    Find your tribe

    It's hard to say no to things that don't serve you if you're surrounded by people who always say yes (and expect you to do the same).

    If your friends and family don't support you making decisions for yourself and your life, start networking. Spend time with people who have common interests and are actively building the life they love. You'll be amazed how refreshing that is.

    Get clear on what you want

    It's easy to say yes when you don't have a clear vision for what's ahead of you. I see this a lot when people accept a job that doesn't further their career. Without knowing where they want to go, they stay in place, saying yes when they should be saying no.

    However, having a clear vision for your life is no easy feat. Some people spend their entire lives getting clear on what they want. As you attempt to do the same — in less time — remember that getting what you want in life may not be related to your job. Perhaps you don't know if you want to have kids or if you want to live in the same state where you've spent your whole life.

    Take stock of your life: What isn't working for you? What no's will you need to say to start moving in the right direction?

    It's not an easy thing to do, but when you choose to say no, and not go with the flow, that's when you begin to write your own story.

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    Insider Inc. is hiring a paid copyediting intern to work in our New York City office for six months.

    The copyediting intern will primarily edit copy for our videos across Insider Inc. but also edit a variety of news articles and features.

    This person will be responsible for editing copy on-screen for grammar, punctuation, spelling, sense, and Insider Inc. style.

    We’re looking for someone who can work quickly and independently, sometimes without the luxury of querying reporters and other editors.

    Attention to detail is necessary but so is speed.


    • Professional experience copyediting, preferably for a newspaper or news website. (If you do not have experience copyediting, please do not apply.)
    • Familiarity with AP style, content-management systems, social media, and instant messaging.
    • Team player with a positive attitude, a sense of humor, and a good ear for language.
    • Pass a two-part editing test, on page and on-screen.

    APPLY HERE with a resume and cover letter if interested.

    Please note that this internship requires that you work in our Manhattan office. Interns are encouraged to work full-time (40 hours a week) and the internship is paid hourly.

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    Desperate employers in a tight job market are trying out a new kind of job interview: Automated phone calls in which a candidate answers a series of pre-recorded questions. What that means is that on these interviews, candidates effectively talk to themselves.

    More and more companies, from healthcare and insurance companies to retailers, restaurants, and law firms, are implementing this type of automated interview, the Wall Street Journal reported. But it may not be ideal for candidates.

    Jeremy Maffei told the Journal that his first automated interview for a digital marketing job in Florida caught him off guard.

    "I blanked out," he told the Journal. When asked to answer a common job interview question about his greatest success and biggest failure, he couldn't figure out whether his answers "resonated," adding that it was "highly impersonal."

    Recruiters told the Journal that this tactic is meant to lock in prospective employees as quickly as possible amid a nationwide labor shortage. The US unemployment rate is at 3.7% and there are more job openings than unemployed people.

    Read more: Starbucks' former HR exec says a job candidate's answer to a simple interview question predicts success better than their entire resume

    It's not the first unusual strategy employers have started using to attract talent in a tight job market.

    Some companies are offering people jobs after a single phone interview, Business Insider previously reported, a practice that's mainly being seen with seasonal jobs at retail companies such as Macy's and Bath & Body Works. But employees have also reported it happening for roles including teachersengineers, and IT professionals.

    And as Business Insider's Rachel Premack previously reported, companies across the country are swapping out job title keywords like "associate" with ones like "evangelist,""rock star," and "ninja" in order to appeal to younger employees.

    Have you ever had an experience with an automated phone interview? Email the reporter at

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    • Side hustles are becoming increasingly common these days.
    • There's a wide range of them, after all, from driving for Uber to making passive income from selling e-books.
    • Here, 13 people share how much money they've made from their side hustles.

    Side hustles are becoming increasingly common these days, especially with the popularity of apps and platforms such as Uber and TaskRabbit. While some people are driving for Uber in their spare time, others are making passive income from e-books or products they sell online through sites like Amazon or Etsy.

    The online investment company Betterment found that 67% of people with a side job are doing them primarily for financial reasons, such aspaying off debt andsaving for retirement. This figure was based on a survey of 1,000 Americans 25 years or older — 500 of whom have a side hustle in addition to their full-time job and 500 of whom rely on their side hustle as their main source of income.

    According to the Intuit 2020 Report, nearly a third of US workers today are freelancers. "And this figure is expected to grow to 40% by 2020,"Andrew Westlin, a certified financial planner (CFP) and a financial planning professional at Betterment, told Business Insider in an email. "More and more, workers are supplementing the traditional 'nine-to-five' career with independent or temporary work."

    Westlin said a major benefit of starting a side hustle is the opportunity it provides to diversify your income. "A diversified income can be a key component in planning for your future," Westlin said. "Even if the side hustle does not appear to be quite lucrative in the beginning, every dollar adds up along the way."

    Here, 13 people share how much money they've made from their side hustles. (Responses have been condensed and edited for clarity.)

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    1. Scott Van Daalen, 23, wedding company: $12,000 - $14,000 a year

    My full-time focus is on graduate school as I work on my master's degree. I was inspired to start a side hustle for the flexibility that it provided; I could work and make money on my own timetable. As my side hustle, I run a business calledThe Wedding Collective, which helps brides book a bunch of vendors in one place.

    I do it because I really love the wedding industry and providing couples with a way to plan their weddings with less stress. I have been doing this for about five months, and I am projecting that I will make about $6,000-$7,000 this year. Next year, I am hoping to hit $14,000.


    2. Crystal Bowe, MD, MPH, 38, children's book author: $1,000 - $1,500 a year

    In addition to being a family medicine physician, I have a "side hustle": I have writtenthree children's books and one coloring book. I started almost two years ago, and did so with the goal of creating diverse literature for children like my daughter.

    To me, the best part about it is having a creative outlet that is different from medicine, being able to try something new, meet new people in the process, and even make a little money from the venture! I have made $2000-3,000 dollars so far, which has been an added perk!

    3. Jason Butler, 35, eBay: $5,400 - $7,200 a year

    I'm a senior financial aid counselor at a local college. As my side hustle, I sell items on eBay; my eBay store isAtlanta Mart. I've always liked selling things, so I decided to give eBay a try, and I've been selling on and off for nine years. I got consistent with it in 2017 and sell on eBay to help pay down my debt.

    The best part of having a side hustle is being in charge of what you make — the more items you list, the more money that you'll make. Right now, I make between $450-$600 per month from it. I also blog about side hustling and paying off debt

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    • To optimize your career, you want to make sure the hours you spend at work are more happy than not.
    • Even though it may not seem like it, there are ways to be happier at work, including making sure you carve out time to take breaks.
    • Here, 13 career experts share tips on how to be happier at work.


    If you work 40 hours out of a 168-hour week, that's nearly a quarter of your week spent at work. Of course, you probably want to make sure those hours are more enjoyable than not. But not everyone is happy at work.

    In fact, Teem— a software and workplace analytics company that WeWork recently acquired— did some research on the subject. According to the 2017 Teem Employee Happiness Survey of over 1,300 US workers, 48% of those surveyed reported being unhappy or "somewhat happy" at work, which was up 8% from their 2016 report.

    Among the factors contributing to this were poor work-life balance (48%), workers feeling underappreciated in their positions (46%), and people feeling obligated to respond to colleagues at all times, due to communication apps (49%).

    "Work can be stressful, but that doesn't mean happiness can't be achieved," Zach Holmquist, cofounder and chief of workplace experience at Teem, told Business Insider in an email. "While it may seem difficult to attain, it's crucial for both employees and employers. To avoid burnout and ultimately maximize creativity and productivity, ensure you are truly working in an environment where you can thrive."

    Here, Holmquist and 12 other career experts share their advice on how to be happier at work. (Responses have been condensed and edited for clarity.)

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    1. Put your professional development first

    Like many experiences in life, being happy at work all starts with how you mentally view your job and the people you work with. Put your professional development first — happiness at work is knowing you can grow and learn in your company. Professional development can be anything from taking classes to knowing how to become a good manager.

    Jillian Seijo, HR manager atDevelop Intelligence

    2. Figure out what truly motivates you

    Many individuals are unhappy at work because they haven't tapped into what fundamentally motivates them — they lack a sense of meaningfulness in their job or connectedness with their team.

    So, think deeply about how you define enjoyment, success, and fulfillment, and see how that relates to what you do at work. Perhaps there's a disconnect between what really motivates you and how you relate to either the projects you engage in or the teams you're involved with.

    — Kira Nurieli, founder and director ofHarmony Strategies Group

    3. Conduct an energy audit and make changes accordingly

    For the next three days, write down all your tasks at work and beyond, and note whether each one drains you or fills your cup. Include both intentional activities and unintentional diversions (i.e., procrastination or getting caught up in emails).

    After three days, review your balance sheet. Ask yourself if there are any changes you can make to do less of what drains you and more of what enlivens you.

    Sarah Greenberg, licensed psychotherapist andlead coach atBetterUp

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    • Lilian Rincon, the director of product management for the Google Assistant, runs a global team of about 150 people.
    • When she's hiring someone new, Rincon doesn't look for someone who's a "rock star."
    • Instead, she looks for people who are humble, care about the people with whom they work, and focus on the user.

    The term is popping up in more and more job descriptions, but one Googler is not at all interested in hiring "rock stars."

    Lilian Rincon, director of product management for the Google Assistant program, has grown her immediate team from four to nearly 20 people since she started at the company about two years ago. 

    Although the term "rock star" has become a bit of a hiring buzzword, Rincon doesn't look to hire those who fit that stereotype.

    "To be honest, I'm not a big fan of people when they're very boastful ... or maybe too confident about something, and then I drill into it and I realize that they actually don't have the experience," Rincon told Business Insider. "I much prefer people who are much more humble about their experience and can talk well about experiences that they've had in the space."

    She added that at Google, they "hire much more on culture fit rather than necessarily on being a rock star in a very particular, specific area."

    Read more:Google's former HR boss shared the company's 4 rules for hiring the best employees

    For Rincon, whose team dictates what the Assistant does across various devices, finding someone who will fit into the culture at Google is much more important than what school they went to or the exact type of technology they've worked on.

    Rincon said she's "very lucky" to work with people who are not only smart, but also humble and willing to help each other — and that's exactly the type of person she looks for when interviewing candidates.

    "To me, I think it's a combination of having this focus on the user and making sure that you care about the people you work with," she said.

    Rincon also looks for people who will bring diverse personalities and ways of thinking to the team.

    "I like to make sure that you have people who are going to kind of push each other to think a little bit differently, and not necessarily everybody that kind of acts and feels the same," she said.

    Google had an infamously grueling interview process in the early days of the company, interviewing candidates up to 16 times and asking them bizarre questions. Former CEO Eric Schmidt said in a recent podcast interview that they later set a limit of four to five interviews for each candidate, Business Insider reported.

    Rincon, who was born in Venezuela and has lived in Canada, Indonesia, and the US, said she likes to involve several members of her team in the interview process to ensure diversity across the team.

    "I've grown up with a very diverse, global perspective because I was born in Venezuela, and lived in Canada, Indonesia, and the US," she said. "These experiences are a core part of how I hire for our team as I look to hire individuals who focus on how people around the world may use our products."

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    • In case you haven't noticed, it doesn't pay to keep around your old tweets — just ask James Gunn, or Kevin Hart.
    • People have lost their jobs or seriously damaged their careers because old, immature, or otherwise inappropriate tweets were unearthed.
    • The things you say on the internet generally follow you — especially on Twitter.
    • If you're using Twitter, and you care at all about your career, you should be deleting your old tweets on a regular basis.
    • Thankfully, there are some easy ways, and even some services, to do just that.

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    First of all, if you ever want to archive your tweets before deleting them, it's easy.

    Just go to your settings in Twitter, visit "Your Twitter data," and at the very bottom, you'll see a big button that says "Request data."

    It might take awhile, but you'll eventually get an email from Twitter with a big ol' ZIP file full of old tweets.

    Now that you've saved your tweets for posterity, you can start working on deleting your tweets.

    How you choose to do that is up to you. You can search for specific offensive words in your past tweets, or delete them in batches at a time.

    To delete tweets with specific words, you'll want to visit Twitter Advanced Search.

    Just search for any bad word you might be thinking of, and you'll see any offensive things you may have said.

    You can then manually click and delete each tweet that way.

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    You spend the majority of your day with your coworkers, and if you like them enough, you might even plan on getting them a gift as a thank-you for all the good times in and out of the office. 

    Another person you're probably thinking about gifting is your boss. Though not always easy to come by, a good boss makes a big difference for how you approach daily work activities and grow professionally. 

    Since they're your manager, it's important that your gift maintains professionalism — but still gets the message across that you appreciate their hard work. 

    These 22 affordable gifts for your boss do just that. 

    Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides for 2018 here.

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    A fun desk toy

    Speks Blocks, $24.95, available at Amazon

    The makers of our favorite magnetic desk toy have a new way to reduce stress and keep your boss entertained. With these colorful magnetic blocks (which also come with a travel bag), they can take a mental break or use the opportunity to refocus their mind as they build creative sculptures. 

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    Gift Card, $50, available at MM.LaFleur

    Popular women's workwear brand MM.LaFleur makes excellent pants and blazers that are definitely an investment, but worth the price. Its Bento Box contains these stylish and comfortable wardrobe staples to take the headache out of getting dressed in the morning. 

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    These small books are the perfect size for jotting down quick notes and the coast lines on the cover are embossed in a pretty holographic foil. West Coast fans, Field Notes didn't leave you out

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