Josie’s Weekly Favorites

In this weekly article, Josie scours the deepest parts of the web in search of the most interesting career-related news, so you don’t have to. Every week we create a selection of three news articles about career development and present you with an excerpt of the article that we think is worth sharing. Click on the heading to read the whole article.

1. Sign-on bonuses up to $100K boom as companies lure workers back to the office – Kyle Schnitzer, The Ladders

“As the U.S. labor shortage grows, sign-on bonuses are becoming more common and noticeably larger. Over the past year, advertisements for bonuses in job postings have increased across all sectors by a whopping 454% — to 57,123 in August 2021 from 10,212 jobs during the same month a year ago — with bonuses reaching upwards of $100,000, according to data and analytics firm GlobalData. “We are seeing sign-on bonuses ranging from $150 to $100,000, as companies are desperately trying to entice new employees amid the current shortages,” Ajay Thalluri, business fundamentals analyst at GlobalData, said.” 

2. How to Respond to “Walk Me Through Your Resume”—and Get Your Interview Started on the Right Note – Regina Borsellino, The Muse

“When interviewers ask you to walk them through your resume, they’re looking to quickly learn about your work history as well as your ability to communicate your “story” as it relates to the job you’re interviewing for, says Muse career coach and former recruiter Jennifer Smith, founder of Flourish Careers. “In essence, this question brings your resume to life,” Smith says, by adding a human element to a list of experiences, skills, and qualifications. It gives you an opportunity to connect all the pieces in your resume together to form a coherent narrative—one that hopefully leads seamlessly into this position.”

3. Cut The Fluff: Younger Workers Want Respect More Than Trendy Office Perks– Marc C. Perna, Forbes Magazine

“Younger-gen individuals—Millennials and Generation-Z—want to feel respected first before they will give respect. If they don’t feel respected, they see no reason to show respect to the person in authority. But the reverse is also true: preemptive respect is quickly repaid. This applies in all areas of life: home, school and work. A study out of the University of Missouri and Kansas State University highlights this new reality. The researchers found that full-time workers aged 21–34 prioritize respectful communication over “having fun” at work with trendy office perks and gimmicks.”

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