Jobs

Your Uber Has Arrived… For Your Job

Earlier this month, we worried that someday all of our jobs might be performed by robots.
Turns out that worry might be a little outdated.

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Ask The Grindstone: How Do I Manage People Who Aren’t Turning in Good Work?

I’d love some advice about giving feedback on bad work. I’ve recently been promoted over some people who are older than me and some people who are my friends. Both are types of people that are hard to criticize!

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Craigslist, ETC.

For a few months in the fall of 2012, I became something of an expert in Craigslist studies. A recent college graduate, I was a part-time unpaid intern and part-time retail employee. New to New York, I lived with four other underemployed recent grads in a three-bedroom apartment in Bed-Stuy, sleeping on the top bunk of an IKEA children’s bunk bed called “TROMSO.” I was living mainly on graduation gift money and savings from a summer spent working at UPS, supplemented by my $10 an hour retail gig. After one too many meals of $1 Trader Joe’s spaghetti noodles, I found a solution: Craigslist studies.

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Fixing the Hiring Process

It’s been nearly six years since I’ve had to go through the job-hunting and interview process and hope I don’t have to do so again for a very long time (if ever again). On Backchannel, Deborah Branscum examines why the way we typically hire for jobs is all wrong.

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Against Evangelization at Work

In high school, school spirit seemed like a nebulous concept; an easy way to rope kids into building floats for homecoming and planning pep rallies after school instead of smoking pot in the hills behind the building. It was clear to me that high school was merely one stop on the chugging train that is the rest of my life, and so to place so much blind faith into an institution felt wrong.

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“Invisible Girlfriend” Creates Both Girlfriends, Jobs (Sort Of)

Need to prove to nosy parents, bosses, coworkers, and Facebook friends that your romantic life is completely fine, regardless of your actual relationship status? There’s an app for that. Invisible Girlfriend is ready to provide you with pictures, personality details, and real-time texts from a fake significant other.

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Minding the Gap

Marketplace has been asking readers to send in some personal stories, and a contributor named Bill Marshall recently shared his story about being laid off this summer and being asked the question, “What do you do?” while unemployed.

“You’re not going to say, ‘I’m unemployed and living off my savings,’” he said. “It doesn’t really impress people.”

As Jenny Ament points out at the top of the radio piece, lots of Americans had to deal with gaps in their employment histories during the recession. In fact, Ester and I were both laid off from a startup we worked at together during the height of the financial crisis. Fortunately I was able to cobble together some freelance work right after, so when people asked me what I was up to, I just said, “I’m currently working on a story about [x],” and left it at that.

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If You’re Wearing Dockers Today, This Is Why

Business Casual Friday is the direct result of a marketing campaign to sell Dockers.

MIND. BLOWN.

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How to Be Rejected From a Job

I’ve bragged about jobs that I’ve rejected, but now it’s time to come clean and tell you about the jobs that have rejected me. Let me state for the record: I am someone who has been rejected from many jobs.

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