The Reality of Automation and the Future of Work

The threat of automation is not a new thing, nor are the worries that come with it. In the early 19th century, textile artisans in the Luddite movement fought automation for fear of losing their jobs and livelihood. They worried that newly developed automation (think basic machinery) would leave them jobless. While it’s true that changes did occur, by the time the 20th century came along, employment-to-population ratios rose despite these technological advances. The workforce generally is good at adapting to new technology, and while automation will continue to take over new tasks as it evolves, humans don’t have as much to worry about as they may think. As a job seeker, here are three things to know about automation: 

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Free Online Courses That Can Help You Boost Your Resume

You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to give your career a boost. Many top universities and educational platforms share invaluable resources for free. You can learn anything – from architecture to software development – from the world’s top professors without paying a penny.

Below are examples of courses from schools we thought you’d be interested in viewing:

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Going Virtual: Job-Seeking in a Socially-Distanced World

As effects of the COVID-19 pandemic ripple through the economy, both recent graduates and seasoned professionals are searching for opportunities to advance their careers. Current social distancing measures are limiting face-to-face contact, but how will going virtual change employment prospects both during and after the pandemic? Will business continue to utilize virtual recruiting methods to reach more candidates and cut costs? Most importantly, what does the online recruitment revolution mean for you? Despite the uncertainty, there’s good news for candidates and companies alike. In the future, virtual platforms and progress in AI will help connect savvy candidates to recruiters—regardless of how physically distant they may be.

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Three Tips for Handling Meeting Fatigue

Like many things in business, COVID-19 has changed how we conduct meetings. Not only has there been a change to where we have our meetings (goodbye meeting rooms, hello Zoom, Webex, and GoToMeeting), but also the amount we meet. No, it’s not your imagination, you have been in a lot more meetings the last few months. Studies have shown an 40% increase in internal team meetings since April. Meeting fatigue is becoming very real, and with more on the horizon, it is time to take action. Here are three tips that will help you improve your overall experience:

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Pride 2020: The Parades are Virtual, But the Spirit is Real!

June is Pride Month, and like everything else in the age of COVID-19, we are celebrating a little differently than we usually do. Instead of attending a parade, or enjoying a festival with several thousand of your closest friends, celebrations this year have been postponed or moved to the virtual realm. Just three months ago, the idea that we would be watching a screen instead of being in a sea of revelers was unthinkable, but this is the reality we all live in. Yet, even with the limitations, Pride Month 2020 is more welcome, and relevant, than it has ever been before.

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Remote Work is Here to Stay: What Changes to Expect and How It May Impact Your Job Search

In just a few days in March 2020, working remotely became a reality for tens of millions of employees around the world. Companies that had been debating whether to allow employees to work from home suddenly had little choice due to Coronavirus. Nearly overnight, 62% of employed workers were remote, doubling the remote workforce almost instantly.

Now that working remotely is a larger part of the employment landscape, how will it impact the future of work? Below we preview some likely possibilities:

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How to Turn Negative Interview Questions Into a Positive

One of the keys to a successful job interview is to keep things positive. You have a limited amount of time to impress your Hiring Manager and want to keep the conversation focused on why you’re the right person for the job. One way to stay away from negativity is to frame your answers in a positive way, turning a potential weakness into a strength. To do this, you can anticipate certain questions and be prepared for them. If you think you’ll be asked, you probably will. Here are three likely questions you can prepare for:

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