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Is Your Email Address
Helping or Hindering
Your Career Prospects?
That email address you’ve had since college could be a roadblock in your career path.
“Recruiters and hiring managers know too well: Not everyone sheds their adolescent email addresses when they enter
adulthood, instead maintaining allegiance to digital monikers
based on the music, videogames and contraband they once
held dear,” wrote Chris Kornelis.
Mackenzie Moore, a recruiter for tech startups, said she
often refuses to consider applicants with drug-related handles.
And if you want to come across as tech-savvy to a potential
employer, go with Gmail addresses rather than AOL.
“Don’t even get her started on Hotmail,” Kornelis wrote.
l Source: wsj.com
TEENS: Don’t Talk to Us. Just Text.
If you have a teenager, this won’t come as a surprise, but a recent survey confirms it: Teens prefer texting to talking face-to-face.
A Common Sense Media survey of 13- to 17-year-olds shows that 89% of teens have a smartphone and that texting is their favorite
mode of communication. Only one-third (32%) prefer in-person interaction, down from 49% in 2012.
As for teen-to-teen interaction, 55% of respondents say they rarely or never put away their devices when spending time with
friends. Yet 44% get frustrated when those friends are on their phones. l Source: axios.com
Revenge of Analog:
Millennials might be tech-savvy, but some of them are embracing older ways of communicating—like the manual typewriter.
“Vintage typewriters are making a comeback, thanks to young
people who appreciate the machines in the same way they fell in love
with vinyl records and turntables, wrote Cathy Free. Behind the surge in
interest: Celebrities like Tom Hanks, as well as writers, collectors “and
anyone who wants to own a reminder of simpler times.”
Paul Schweitzer, who runs the Gramercy Typewriter Co. shop
in Manhattan, said he used to sell 10 manual typewriters a
month in the early 2000s, but he’s now up to approximately
60 a month, “with millennials steadily buying the
machines and bringing them in for service.”
l Source: washingtonpost.com
For Some Workers, Negative Feedback Is Best
Who wants a bad performance review? Maybe more people than you think.
“Some people actually want and even seek out criticism at work,” wrote Sue
Shellenbarger. “Who are these people?”
They “tend to be strivers who believe they can improve their skills and abilities,”
and they’ve “embraced personal goals so compelling that they see criticism as a tool
for helping reach them, rather than a setback.” They also have close friends at work,
and “tend to be strong on both self-control and self-awareness.” l Source: wsj.com
PREFER IN-PERSON INTERACTION PREFER TEXTING