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Scott Murdoch

Agnes Borowik





A headhunter’s secrets

BEING HEADHUNTED IS GREAT for the ego, but it’s not always what it seems. Biron Clark is a tech recruiter, job-search coach and founder of the blog Career Sidekick; he recently wrote about four things job recruit- ers will never tell you on The Muse. Among other things, recruiters really want you to get a job — their commission depends on it. You might have already known this, but while some will try to get you the best offer possible (since they’ll get a piece of your first year’s salary), others are happy to get you a low-ball offer, which will at least put something in their pockets. — PC

AFTER-HOURS EMAILS How to curb enthusiasm

ENCOURAGING EMPLOYEES TO RESPOND to work-related emails and texts during off-hours hurts job performance, says research from the New York State-based Academy of Management. “Employers damage their employ- ees’ well-being and work-life balance and weaken their job performance when they create expectations that work-related emails should be monitored and responded to during non-work hours,” attendees at the academy’s 2017 meeting were told, says Business News Daily. “An ‘always on’ culture with high expectations to reply to emails during non-work time may prevent employees from ever fully disengaging from work, leading to chronic stress and emotional exhaustion,” the study says. — Peter Carter

FACE VALUES Ugly truths about being handsome

EVERY OFFICE HAS ONE: a top performer — upper- management material — who also happens to be great-looking. And of course the to-die-for looks have assisted his or her corporate climb. But a growing body of research has shown that sometimes good looks might actually work against folks. According to the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, researchers at the London Business School have found that people in hiring positions subconsciously assume that movie-star-looking people would be less satisfied with a job in, say, the warehouse, than the front office. “We found that people perceive attractive individuals to feel more entitled to good outcomes than unattract- ive individuals,” says study co-author Margaret Lee, who adds, “Our work suggests that we may need to think differently about low level jobs.” — PC

READY, AIM, QUIT! Joe job or no job?

WHEN LOOKING FOR WORK, most people assume that any job is better than no gig. But research shows that’s incorrect. Rob Wilson, president of Employco USA and an employment trends expert, told Money For Lunch that a study in the International Journal of Epidemiology shows low-paying, poor-quality jobs have more of a devastating impact on a person’s well-being than having no job at all. He also noted another study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research that found employers were more likely to offer a position to a person who was unemployed but had experience in the field, than to a person who was employed in a lesser position that required less experience. Wilson says this does not mean applicants should refuse to consider any part-time work. “That is why temporary work and staffing agencies can be invaluable. They can cater your job search to your specific career goals, which means you won’t have to worry about making a misstep that can haunt you for years to come.” — PC


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