Tricky interview question from Steve Ballmer

Should you play this game? Check out the interview question that Steve Ballmer loved to ask when he was a Microsoft. Naturally, the relevance of the question depends on the job in question, as you’ll see in the video . . .


Companies that Hire Veterans


Once our men and women return from their tour of duty, there is a period of limbo. Becoming a civilian can sometimes be a hard task for many of our soldiers. Simple task like grocery shopping and even finding a job can be over whelming and foreign. There are many companies out there that are trying to help get soldier back into their civilian lifestyle.

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Verbs for your resume

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As you write your resume, it’s easy to use common phrases and verbs like “led” and “increased” as you describe some of your accomplishments.

This article from Time has some great suggestions of other verbs you can use in place of more commonly used verbs and phrases.


For-profit colleges finally become politically toxic

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For years, regulators and the Obama administration have been trying to reign in all of the abuses of for-profit colleges. In a nutshell, these colleges make big promises to students and then encourage them to take out big student loans. The colleges get paid, but then when students can’t get the type of jobs they were promised (or just drop out), they’re stuck with the student debt and there’s zero risk for the colleges. These for-profit colleges have lower graduation rates and much higher student-debt default rates than traditional colleges.

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Beating Procrastination

Of all the bad habits that can hurt your career progression, procrastination has to be near or at the top of the list. We’re all guilty of it in both our personal and professional lives, but those who can manage or even overcome these impulses will have a huge advantage. Sometimes the less talented employee will rise faster because they don’t let important tasks go unaddressed.

There are many approaches to managing these impulses. One of my favorites is to make a list of only one or two things each evening that you want to complete the next day. Then attack them first thing with the goal of finishing them by 10 am. By doing that you’ll be far more productive and will feel good all day as you approach other tasks. All guilt will be gone!

The video above offers some helpful tips tied to how our brain works. Things like automating things that you don’t like doing can be a huge help. And then use incentives and costs for good and bad behavior. Check it out!