Conquer nervousness by focusing on the value of the content of your speech, rather than worrying about less important things, such as flubbing words or whether your shirt is tucked in properly. Good eye contact and smiles go a long way in engaging your audience and making you feel more relaxed, Elle Kaplan points out.
Contact people within your network with ties to companies you're interested in, and even weak connections can be of great benefit to your career growth, explains Hallie Crawford. Be sure to provide value back to these connections, as networking is a two-way street, she stresses.
One in four Americans now use Facebook to search for jobs, the social network says. LinkedIn is the most popular, with Facebook and Twitter right behind, as using hashtags like #jobs or #hiring are helping job candidates find work with forward-thinking companies, writes Sophie Christie.
Carve out a few minutes throughout the day for mindfulness exercises, such as focusing on your breathing and state of awareness, Buddhist monk Gelong Thubten suggests. Even "micro-moments" of mindfulness, such as focusing on your body instead of your thoughts, will make you more efficient, he adds.
Noncompete agreements are no longer required for WeWork nonexecutive employees, including custodians and other low-wage staffers. New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood says "too often noncompete agreements are misused, especially when it comes to low-wage workers -- limiting employees' mobility and opportunity."
IBM is facing a class-action lawsuit from three former employees who allege they were fired because of their age. The news follows a ProPublica investigation finding that IBM has eliminated more than 20,000 employees 40 or older during the past five years, which recruiter Jack Kelly says is part of an alarming trend of blatant age discrimination.
HR leaders should listen to co-workers, have the courage to accept their ideas and try to influence others instead of telling them what to do, says Dermot O'Brien, chief transformation officer for ADP and former chief HR officer. "My big callout to the HR community is to be the beacon for the function who says that we live our values and we drive positive engagement cultures," he says.
Specializing is fine, but it's by leveraging your strengths toward generalist roles that you can become an executive, says Dylan Choong, chief HR officer for Sephora Southeast Asia and Pacific. "Becoming a successful CHRO isn't a straight path where you check off a list of experiences in order to become one, and so saying that you need to wait 10 or 15 years to be a CHRO is a fallacy," Choong says.
HR C-suite leaders at BlackRock, Accenture, Johnson & Johnson and other companies discussed the importance of diversity, how culture connects to business and other topics at a recent event. "We, as HR leaders, need to both understand the business strategy and ensure employees can have a voice in that," says Jayne Parker, chief HR officer at Disney.