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evangelizing the (digital) natives : Why Coding Isn't Just About Career Prospects

evangelizing the (digital) natives : Why Coding Isn't Just About Career Prospects | Career Development, Personal Branding & Job Hunting | Scoop.it

It's hard to throw a stick at the Internet these days and NOT get back a result about the importance of teaching and encouraging our students to code. Here are some results just from a Google search of news this weekI generally agree with the premise that it's important for our kids to obtain the Internet literacy of coding, but I'm usually wary of any solution we present to students as a silver bullet for future success.Even still, I write this to agree that we should be encouraging coding literacy to our students. Why? For me, it's a personal reason. Coding empowers students to make their lives better. That improvement may look like better lifestyle from increased salary, but it could also manifest as using coding to solve a personal problem. Let me tell you about my project this week.

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Today's career success requires mobility, being able to move from one job to an other. The days of life time employment are over! So being ready is essential for career development.
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Personal branding workshop: All you need to know about Personal Bra...

In this one day workshop you'll learn why Personal Branding is important for career development & what Personal Branding is about.
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Todo lo que necesitas saber para mejorar tu #PersonalBranding

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Why Your Attitude Is More Important Than Your IQ

Why Your Attitude Is More Important Than Your IQ | Career Development, Personal Branding & Job Hunting | Scoop.it

When it comes to success, it’s easy to think that people blessed with brains are inevitably going to leave the rest of us in the dust. But new research from Stanford University will change your mind (and your attitude).

With a fixed mindset, you believe you are who you are and you cannot change. This creates problems when you’re challenged because anything that appears to be more than you can handle is bound to make you feel hopeless and overwhelmed.

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Top 3 Reasons Why Some People Never Change

Top 3 Reasons Why Some People Never Change | Career Development, Personal Branding & Job Hunting | Scoop.it

Lets get right in the mix.
1.  The first reason is best explained by the father of psychology himself, Sigmund Freud:
"Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened by responsibility."
True change is about letting go of blame and taking personal accountability for the way you move through the world.  When you yourself are the source of your happiness, the onus is on you to maintain your fulfillment in life.  It's like being the CEO of a company -- sure, the title sounds good, but in actuality most people don't like the pressure of that role.  Most people actually want someone else to tell them when to do something, how to get it done, etc.

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The quick and easy guide to writing a LinkedIn article

The quick and easy guide to writing a LinkedIn article | Career Development, Personal Branding & Job Hunting | Scoop.it
Since LinkedIn introduced articles, more and more LinkedIn users are writing them. They are a great way to provide value to your connections, and help establish yourself as a thought leader. Many LinkedIn users are still sitting on the sidelines, though.

I’ve suggested posting LinkedIn articles to many of my connections. However, some are reluctant because they are afraid of putting themselves out there (or afraid of compliance). I gave a friend of mine some tips last week, and I thought I would share them with you as well to make it easier for you.

Step 1: Have an objective in mind.
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50 is the New 20! 5 Reasons You Aren't Getting Hired if You are Over 50!

50 is the New 20! 5 Reasons You Aren't Getting Hired if You are Over 50! | Career Development, Personal Branding & Job Hunting | Scoop.it
I have been in recruiting, consulting, and have dealt with top executives from all generations. The ones that most surprise me are those that reach the “Big 50” and suddenly there is a lack of confidence and an increase of self doubt. Some of the most technical, progressive people and friends I know are over 50 and they are rocking it out. Below are the top 5 reasons that you are holding yourself back from getting hired if you are over 50!

1.50 is the new 20! It’s Your Mindset.

If you think you are old, then you are old. If you constantly tell people you are old, are intimidated by new technology and younger generations, then, you will come across old. 50 and above is not old! I always recommend many of my clients to read the book, “The Secret”, as we are what we put out into the world.
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Why PhDs Are More Valuable Than Other Job Candidates

Why PhDs Are More Valuable Than Other Job Candidates | Career Development, Personal Branding & Job Hunting | Scoop.it

3 Reasons PhDs Are More Valuable Than Other Job Candidates
As a PhD, you are more valuable than other job candidates but it’s up to you to communicate this value.
No one is going to communicate your value for you. 
There are many reasons why PhDs are more valuable than other job candidates in industry, but the following 3 reasons stand out from the rest. 
1. PhDs are expert innovators.
There’s a difference between discovery and understanding. 

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Living in Eindhoven: Where to live and housing in Eindhoven for expats

Living in Eindhoven: Where to live and housing in Eindhoven for expats | Career Development, Personal Branding & Job Hunting | Scoop.it

Eindhoven was dubbed the smartest in the world in recent years but also has loads of cultural, sporting, shopping and housing appeal for expats living in Eindhoven.
Well connected and close to many hi-tech multinationals, Eindhoven has a selective business and design expat community, explains housing specialist Stoit Group.
Living in Eindhoven
Philips and Eindhoven go hand-in-hand but the city and surrounds have a lot more to offer, as many expats have already discovered. The region accounts for around half of the country’s R&D (research and development) investment and is officially known as ‘Brainport’.
Aimed to be among the top 10 regions by 2020 in terms of technology and economy, this southeast area is a hub for start-up companies and employment opportunities. Eindhoven is well connected with the railway station close to the centre and the airport 3km away has good international access and serviced by low-cost airlines.

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12 signs you're an extroverted introvert

12 signs you're an extroverted introvert | Career Development, Personal Branding & Job Hunting | Scoop.it
Do you have a love/hate relationship with other people in general? You might be an extroverted introvert. 

Online quizzes and HR personality indicators like to put us into clear, easy-to-read boxes.

People think you must be either an "extrovert"; i.e. somebody that thrives being around others, or an "introvert", somebody who is best left alone. But not both.

Extroverted introverts know that the way you prefer to interact with the world isn't fixed. It's a sliding scale, which you'll understand if the following 12 things resonate with you. 

Via David Hain, Ron McIntyre
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Sometimes called ambivert, this is me and zillions of others. Some people are and, not either/or!

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, March 28, 10:49 AM

Being an ambivert I can readily identify with this article.  Your thoughts?

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Why Good Employees Quit

Why Good Employees Quit | Career Development, Personal Branding & Job Hunting | Scoop.it
This has been my mantra for as along as I can remember. The message is so simple, full of truth and direction, yet it is consistently ignored by human resource departments, managers and owners alike and they wonder why their turnover is so high or they are always having to look for new people. The problem is with the managers – and seldom the employee or the quality of the workforce. This has been proven and well documented by study after study.

I don’t think this happens on purpose, most managers I meet have never been taught the art of developing people. Many rose to the rank of managers simply because they outlasted the last one and this lack of people training leaves the new manager with the only experience they know – to mimic the old boss.
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Why Accenture is saying goodbye to annual performance reviews

Why Accenture is saying goodbye to annual performance reviews | Career Development, Personal Branding & Job Hunting | Scoop.it
Of all the things that may keep a CEO up at night—including me—attracting and retaining the best people is high on the list. In an age where millennials dominate the workforce and digital has transformed the workplace, the old ways of employee engagement simply don’t cut it.

Millennials are the embodiment of today’s real-time world, getting everything they need to know instantly from their social media networks and digital devices. Our job as leaders is to create the right environment for this new generation to flourish in their careers—we shouldn’t expect them to adjust to the status quo. And nowhere is this more true than in the area of performance management.
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This happens when you change your job title in 'CEO Shell'

This happens when you change your job title in 'CEO Shell' | Career Development, Personal Branding & Job Hunting | Scoop.it
I would like to thank you all for being part of an experiment. A few weeks ago I changed my role to CEO of one of the world’s largest enterprise. With this experiment, I wanted to test my assumption that people would critically assess the authenticity of information this social network. I was curious to see the effect. This article describes what happened.

For my business, a network like LinkedIn is a valuable resource for both sales, recruitment, and business development. This is the place where I find my peers, gain interesting background and common interests about the people I do business with. And I receive frequent updates about career changes and company information. The value of this network is encapsulated in the accuracy of the information on the network. I wanted to test how deeply rooted the users of LinkedIn trust the information on this network. How do we know what information on LinkedIn is correct, accurate and complete?
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14 Questions Job Candidates Should Ask to Impress Interviewers

14 Questions Job Candidates Should Ask to Impress Interviewers | Career Development, Personal Branding & Job Hunting | Scoop.it

"Do you have any questions for me?"
We've all been on the receiving end of that question in an interview. If you're prepared, you've probably got some good questions you usually cycle through.
But we want to be better than "good" in an interview. We want to be standout candidates that hiring managers are excited to extend an offer to.
One thing you can do to separate yourself from other applicants? Ask good questions.
Download our free resume templates here to help you create a standout resume.
"I'm always surprised at the lack of good questions candidates have, and I always respect the candidates that ask insightful questions during interviews," says Andrew Quinn, VP of Learning and Development at HubSpot.
To help you prepare to stand out at your next interview, here are some questions that'll make hiring managers' ears perk up. Try them at your next interview and see how the conversation changes.
14 Questions Hiring Managers Wish You'd Ask During Job Interviews

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The destructive divide in recruitment

The destructive divide in recruitment | Career Development, Personal Branding & Job Hunting | Scoop.it

A few weeks ago I attended a presentation by the European Talent Sourcing Manager at one of the world’s best known social networks. I’m still amazed and I’m convinced the recruitment professionals who were there with me went home feeling a bit queasy.
Monitoring the employee life cycle
Never before have I come across a better recruitment professional: she came to the job from the business (in fact all the people in this company’s recruitment department come from the business!), is involved to an extreme degree with developing the business (she doesn’t talk about HR, but about making the business scalable) and goes for data all the way.

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(Senior) Software Test Automation Engineer Eindhoven

 A very interesting career opportunity in one the the most interesting / exciting high tech companies in Brainport

About The Position
This is the opportunity you have been waiting for: starting in a truly new, previously non-existing position! 
You will become part of a small and smart team that will be fully focusing on test automation. Your challenge is to bring it in live, to establish an in-company software test automation platform.
You will initiate improvements to safeguard product quality in future products. You enjoy using software technology (develop automatic tests, use test coverage analysis tools, etc.). 
Working in close cooperation with the Test Architect, System Validation Engineers and Software Engineers your team will assure optimum coverage at several test levels (module-, integration- and system level).

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Only 37 per cent of Hongkongers expect comfortable retirement

Only 37 per cent of Hongkongers expect comfortable retirement | Career Development, Personal Branding & Job Hunting | Scoop.it

Hongkongers are becoming more sceptical about their retirement prospects, as a darkening outlook for global trade and a sense that the best years of economic growth in greater China have drawn to a close foster a dramatic shift in social expectations, according to a HSBC survey.
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Only 37 per cent of working age Hongkongers believe they will enjoy a comfortable retirement, a sharp erosion from the 61 per cent who looked towards retirement favourably two years ago.

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To Build Your Resilience, Ask Yourself Two Simple Questions

To Build Your Resilience, Ask Yourself Two Simple Questions | Career Development, Personal Branding & Job Hunting | Scoop.it

In an era where business keeps moving faster, it is no small wonder that resilience has become the new must-have executive skill. While executives have always known about the personal benefits of being resilient, they haven’t always recognized that it is also needed for the sake of their teams and organizational health.
Take Susan, the CEO of a small telecommunications firm. She was enrolled in my MBA course when she received some bad news. A major contract, one that her firm had spent months preparing for, had gone to a competitor. She had worked hard on it. Her team had found ingenious ways to shave costs and innovative ways to add value for the client. It would have been a profitable project and, more important, successful completion would have proved a new product concept.

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If You Have These Skills, No Robot Will Ever Take Your Job

If You Have These Skills, No Robot Will Ever Take Your Job | Career Development, Personal Branding & Job Hunting | Scoop.it
Losing your job to robots is no longer a sci-fi fantasy.

Some estimates say, robots may take over more than five million jobs across 15 developed countries. Machines could account for more than half the workforce in places like Cambodia and Indonesia, particularly in the garment industry.

While such information has led many people to seek out higher-tech skills, others have said we need a stronger emphasis on trade skills to combat the high competition in tech fields. In one 2016 survey, 60 percent of respondents wanted more emphasis on Shop classes in high schools, while a 2015 Gallup poll found that 90 percent of parents want computer sciences emphasized in schools.
Tech Jobs of the Future: What To Study If You Want a Cool Job Tomorrow
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How To Ace A Skype Or Phone Interview

How To Ace A Skype Or Phone Interview | Career Development, Personal Branding & Job Hunting | Scoop.it

Tips For A Successful Skype Interview 
You’ve probably used Skype (or FaceTime) with friends and family.
I’m guessing you enjoyed it.
But, using Skype or doing any kind of video call as part of a job interview is insanely awkward and scary.
It’s very different from talking to people you know well.
When you Skype with friends and family, you don’t think about your backdrop, your professional appearance, the lighting in the room, how visible your face is, and a thousand other things you have to consider for a Skype interview.

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Can’t Dutch This — Why The Dutch Are So Good At English

Can’t Dutch This — Why The Dutch Are So Good At English | Career Development, Personal Branding & Job Hunting | Scoop.it
They’re overwhelmingly tall. They ride their bikes everywhere (without helmets). They’ve conquered sea level. And now, they’re ranked #1 in English. In the most recent EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI) ranking, the Netherlands came in 1st out of 72 countries in English skills. 90 percent of respondents in the Netherlands claim to know English. It can’t just be their astoundingly liberal policies about weed that put Dutch so high in the rankings. These results beg the question: Why are the Dutch so damn good at English?
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Skills ScrumMasters Need

Skills ScrumMasters Need | Career Development, Personal Branding & Job Hunting | Scoop.it
Scrum is an Agile framework for complex projects. Originally developed for software development teams, Scrum can now easily be implemented across a variety of fields. Through daily meetings, detailed project timelines, and identification of potential project roadblocks, Scrum helps easily breakdown a project into tangible goals.
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One Question You Should Never Ask In Your Job Interview

One Question You Should Never Ask In Your Job Interview | Career Development, Personal Branding & Job Hunting | Scoop.it
Want to get a job offer? Asking this one question at the end of the interview could hurt your chances, so avoid it at all costs.

There are ways to end your interview to maximize your chance of getting the job offer. But there's one thing you absolutely cannot do if you want to consistently get job offers, and I've seen many "experts" dangerously recommend it online. 

Here's the question you should never ask (in any variation): “Based on what we've discussed today, is there any reason you wouldn't consider me for this position?”

Why is this a bad idea?

They just finished talking to you and need time to think. Would you be comfortable if they asked you immediately after the interview if there was a reason you might not take their job? This feels the same from their perspective. 
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Goede voornemens: hoe organisaties ze dit jaar echt kunnen waarmaken!

Goede voornemens: hoe organisaties ze dit jaar echt kunnen waarmaken! | Career Development, Personal Branding & Job Hunting | Scoop.it
De goede voornemens van organisaties komen in verschillende vormen. Van visie tot beleid, van strategie tot actielijst. De rode draad is dat het altijd om een plan gaat: er is een ambitie die (hopelijk) in de toekomst gerealiseerd gaat worden. Vanuit onze praktijk herkennen we drie planniveaus, met ieder overlappende en eigen ambities. Ten eerste is er veelal een organisatiejaarplan waarin de koers voor het nieuwe jaar beschreven wordt. Een niveau lager zien we jaarplannen voor een organisatorische eenheid, zoals een businessunit, afdeling of team. Tot slot kennen organisaties een persoonlijk jaarplan, waarin medewerkers prestaties en ontwikkelambities kenbaar maken. Uit onderzoek onder onze klanten blijkt dat organisatieplannen vaker gemaakt worden dan teamplannen. Vervolgens komen teamplannen frequenter voor dan persoonlijke plannen. Een oorzaak hiervan is dat het functioneringsgesprek veelal als synoniem wordt gezien en daarmee een persoonlijk plan overbodig maakt. Onze ervaring uit de praktijk is dat dit veelal te kort door de bocht is. Als er al een verslag gemaakt wordt, heeft het meestal onvoldoende “body”. Het geeft namelijk veelal te weinig houvast tijdens de uitvoering.
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An idea that should die after 2016: the universal basic income

I have been UBI-curious in the past. But after watching this year’s global political upheavals, I am now firmly against the idea of giving every American adult a government check, no questions asked.

The universal basic income – a universal payment to every adult, designed to support a basic living standard regardless of whether the recipient works – has never been a broadly popular idea.
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Weg met controle. Leve de intrinsiek gemotiveerde mens

Weg met controle. Leve de intrinsiek gemotiveerde mens | Career Development, Personal Branding & Job Hunting | Scoop.it

ntwoord dat we doorgaans geven is niet al te vrolijk. De mens is van nature een lui en hebzuchtig wezen. Als ik tijdens lezingen vraag wat anderen met iets als een basisinkomen zullen doen, zijn de meeste mensen sceptisch.
Anderen? Die zullen wel op de bank hangen en RTL Boulevard kijken.
Een chimpansee tijdens een intelligentietest. Foto: Lilo Hess / Getty Images
Er is ook een wetenschappelijke term voor dit mensbeeld: homo economicus. Jarenlang is het de basis geweest van de economische wetenschap

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The future of job hopping: Shorter tenures with less stigma

The future of job hopping: Shorter tenures with less stigma | Career Development, Personal Branding & Job Hunting | Scoop.it

The term "career" has new meaning in 2016. After leaving school, people may assume a graduate looks to build experience and work his or her way up the corporate ladder – all at one company. In the past, constantly switching jobs was often associated with starting back at square one and creating a resume that indicated a lack of dependability. However, this is no longer the case in many industries.
It is not uncommon for a modern career to involve working at a number of companies in the same field. Modern technology helps new hires acclimate quickly and allows businesses to see exactly what talent they need during certain time frames. Also, modern data technology allows individuals and staffing agencies to carefully track actions at each position to build complete talent profiles. Thanks to new innovations, individuals can monitor and manage independent careers – as opposed to one built within a single organization – and staffing agencies can help.

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Standout Leaders Covet These 12 Competencies in People

Standout Leaders Covet These 12 Competencies in People | Career Development, Personal Branding & Job Hunting | Scoop.it

Leaders don’t hire.
Yes, you hire to fill a job but you recruit to bring in the right “human essence” to your organization to ensure its long-term success.
Discover these competencies in people and gather them around you:
- Lifelong learner: If you’re not learning, you bring little future value to an organization. Look for evidence that prospects are active learners. What areas are they interested in? Who have they learned from? What have they done to apply what they’ve learned and how can they be put to use in your organization?
- Infection agent: The ability to infect others with the interest and excitement necessary to execute your strategic game plan is a priceless art. Some people have the innate passion and tenacity to get others on the bandwagon. Get ’em on board.

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