Link Roundup 3/2/17: Quirky Resumes & Politics at Work

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Today’s group of eclectic links include a wide variety of resources for job seekers and employees! Below you’ll find great advice for dealing with illegal interview questions, delicious resumes, and more! If any of those topics sound interesting to you, read on. We also have some more traditional advice regarding careers and productivity.

8 Inappropriate Interview Questions and How to Tackle Them Like a Pro

Interviews are already incredibly unnerving. They’re made even worse when an interviewer asks a question that  you know is over the line. Even if an interviewer has good intentions when asking a personal or inappropriate question, you should approach answering with caution. This great article from Glassdoor will help you determine a reasonable answer that doesn’t hurt your chances. You never know when you will have to deal with an unprofessional interview question, so this is a good read for anyone.

Job Seekers Must Have Patience During the Hiring Process

Patience during a job search can certainly be in short supply. Trying to make ends meet while unemployed can be quite frustrating. So, it’s quite understandable to be frantic during the process. However, a study discussed in this article suggested that it is a crucial component of a successful job search. It analyzes the amount of candidates reviewed before hire by a few different industries. The results show that you may need to expect a longer wait in certain fields. The rest of the article covers other interesting data points, like how successful cover letters are, and what traits recruiters look for. It’s all good information for someone job hunting!

7 of the Most Creative Resumes We’ve Ever Seen

If you thought you living dangerously by including color in your resume- think again. In the past we’ve included a few of these zany resumes in our Link Roundups, and now they’re all collected in one place. These resumes include LEGO, pizza, doughnuts, and more, so it’s certainly worth checking out. For anyone in a creative profession, it may be worth it to spin your own resume in a unique way. However, for the more straight laced positions, you may want to stick to the basics. Did you have a favorite crazy resume? Let us know in the comments below!

Navigating Political Talk at Work

It’s nearly impossible to go online without hearing about politics since the election. It’s also not uncommon for politics to find their way into the workplace. The same goes for work. The new Presidential Administration has many people talking, and it can be for a touchy subject, especially at work. This article from the Harvard Business Review used a survey to determine how political discussions impact worker productivity, and what can be done about it. If you feel as if politics commonly creep into workplace chatter, you may want to consider giving this a quick read.

10 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Career in 10 Minutes or Less

Short on time, but still want to work on your career? This is the advice you need. Monster compiled a list of a few things you can do to promote success in your career. These tasks only take a few short minutes, and potentially could set up large opportunities for you in the future. With a payoff like that, why not take the time? Investing in your own career is always valuable. The list is varied, and you’ll certainly find something worth doing, even if you’re pressed for time.

Want a Productive Day? Watch What You Eat

Although it’s probably  unsurprising to some, how you eat can greatly impact your productivity. It’s no coincidence that you’re having trouble focusing after you ate that greasy cheeseburger on your lunch break. Eating foods that provide healthy energy and protein will charge you up without leaving you feeling tired or sluggish. Try eating both ways, and you may notice a significant difference in the way you work. Eating right helps not only your body, but also your productivity.

5 Interview Moves That’ll Go Over Better Than Trying to Sell Yourself

If an advice column’s suggestion that you sell your ‘personal brand’ has made you cringe, this article is just what you need. For some professionals, thinking of themselves as a marketable package of skills, experience, and qualifications helps them go into interviews with confidence. If that approach doesn’t work for you, you should seek out another- and this may be it. This article from The Muse will help you advocate for yourself without thinking like a product.

Why It Can Pay to Be the Funny Person at Work

This last article was included because it’s something that isn’t often considered. When we think of valuable skills to succeed at work we think of productivity, efficiency, and other similar talents. The article elaborates on the findings of a recent study carried out by the Harvard Business School,  which suggests that having a good sense of humor may be one of the most valuable skills to wield at work. The study can be read in full from a link in the article. What do you think? Can humor pave the way for career success? Let us know if you’ve had any experiences that may provide an answer in the comments.

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