What's a job "skill"?
On a resume, it seems like everyone has their own definition. Some people list "skills" like "effective manager" and "dedicated work ethic." Others go with "team leader" and "strong communication skills."
But let me ask a simple question: is "strong work ethic" a skill or personality trait?
Whether you apply for a job that's full-time, part-time or temporary, small details leave a big impression.
That's because competition is tough, even for temporary and contract positions. The American Staffing Association (ASA) found staffing firms created 11,400 jobs in March 2015, up 5.3 percent...
What if, someday soon, you no longer need a four-year college degree to "compete" in the job market?
It seems hard to believe, given how much weight we place on the all-important question of "Where did you go to school?"
But as online courses become more legitimate and trustworthy, employers might...
Look, I don't want to rain on NASA's interplanetary parade.
In early December, NASA scientists did send the new Orion spacecraft 3,604 miles beyond Earth as they prep to one day put humans on Mars.
Remarkable achievement. Bravos all around. Yet even...
Do you take vitamins? Feel them working?
Well, any added benefit from a calcium or iron supplement might be in your head.
The blog FiveThirtyEight reports on surprising new data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The survey finds it's hard to...
Look, I know you love Candy Crush. We all do.
But every time I receive this Facebook notification...
[Facebook friend] invites you to play Candy Crush Saga.
...I think, "Man, what a time sucker that game is."
The super-addictive app and its red, orange and yellow candies steal precious seconds from our...
If your parents are anything like Robert Samuelson, they're worried about you.
Samuelson, a syndicated columnist, wrote a piece recently in which he hoped his kids turn out OK despite our difficult economy.
I have three 20-somethings, and although all are now gainfully occupied in jobs or school, I am awash in...
Two years already!?
Back in July 2012, I needed a way to learn more about the web, marketing, social media and everything in between. So I started News To Live By and began my education.
Suddenly, it's July 2014, which means the blog has turned two.
Time sure flies, but along the way...
Young adults today have several nicknames, and in early June we unfortunately picked up one more: bad tippers.
A survey conducted for Michelin Maps and Guides, a restaurant reviewer, found one in three millennials tip less than 15 percent when dining...
Hey, did you hear Mark Zuckerberg announced an update to Facebook's privacy settings?
Because people have complained for a long time the settings are too confusing. So the company made a change.
Now, new users of the site will have privacy settings default...
It's only a selfie.
That's the argument from graduating students at the University of South Florida. School officials at USF have asked grads to not snap selfies as they receive diplomas.
A quote from the Associated Press: "'I don't have...
Big cities are crowded, competitive and challenging.
In other words, they are exactly where 20-somethings should live.
"When you're stacked up against your peers, you can really measure yourself and see how you're doing," said Coltrane Curtis, co-founder and managing partner of Team Epiphany,...
If you ever have a meeting scheduled with Bill de Blasio, build in extra time.
A lot of extra time.
The newly-elected mayor of New York City apparently runs late to everything. The New York Daily News reports de Blasio is often tardy -- at a recent bill signing
Konstantin Ernst says it's no big deal, but the entire world would care to disagree.
Ernst, the creative director behind the opening ceremonies in Sochi, flatly dismissed his Olympic-sized mistake -- failing...
From rising political superstars to disgraced possible convicts.
In late January, former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were charged with taking bribes from a dietary supplements maker. The couple is accused of accepting, among other gifts, a $6,500 Rolex engraved with "71st governor of Virginia,"
During the drive home from work, I recently found myself listening to NPR. On the program All Things Considered, the host talked about President Obama's big speech on the National Security Agency, in which the president, in a nutshell, said