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Don’t Be Afraid to Stand Out — Be Afraid of Blending In

According to Liz Ryan (photo, left), "One of the biggest job-search mistakes you can make is to play it safe. The more you look and sound like every other job seeker, the worse your job search experience will be."

"The best way to get overlooked by employers is to brand yourself like an anonymous clone, put up with every kind of job search abuse and agree to every obnoxious demand an employer makes of you. This strategy will extend your job search, destroy your mojo and get you a lousy job. In short, it doesn't work very well!'

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Companies Are Hiring Playwrights and Poets to Write Meaningful AI

"When you talk to an AI chatbot, who do you think writes those professional, peppy responses? There’s certainly an algorithm behind the scenes, but humans put together those phrases. Tech companies are creating teams of writers, including playwrights, poets, and novelists, to help write lines that don’t sound like they came from a machine. The work can range from creating a consistent character for a chatbot, to inspiring an immersive virtual reality."

Read the full article by Olivia Goldhill (photo, left) at qz.c...

How to Be Sure Your Listeners Are “Getting It”

"Whether you are training, leading a meeting, or giving a formal presentation, effective speaking is more than just “telling.” It is also about making sure your listeners get the message you intend. To be sure your listeners understand and remember what you have said, select from these strategies, depending on the situation and your comfort level: . . .

Read the full article by Gail Zack Anderson (photo, left) . . .

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