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Posted February 11, 2016 by

Multitasking doesn’t matter to recruiters

In college recruiting, employers don’t value multitasking as one of the skills at the top of their list. While multitasking may demonstrate effort, it does not necessarily produce the best results. Many students list multitasking on their resumes because multitasking is a popular soft skill candidates have been taught to list on their resumes. The bottom line is recruiters want to hire candidates who produce results.

Anne Grinols, Assistant Dean for Faculty Development and College Initiatives at Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, asserts that employers care more about hiring candidates who have outlined their accomplishments in detail on their resumes over candidates who have simply listed lots of popular soft skills at the top of their resumes.

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Anne Grinols, Assistant Dean for Faculty Development and College Initiatives at Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business

“Job candidates who say they can multitask think they are saying they can accomplish more than others because they can focus on more than one thing at once. However, multitasking can also be seen as a negative. I think this is because efforts to multitask have had unfortunate results: poor outcomes and burnout of those trying to do it for extended periods of time.

In the real world, most of the time, results count more than the process to achieve them. A good process is more likely to result in consistent, good results; so process matters. But it matters precisely because of the results, not on its own account.

Employers are more interested in outcomes than efforts. Multitasking refers to the latter. I would not use the term ‘multitasking’ on my resume. Instead, I would indicate expertise in multiple areas, timely production and excellence in outcomes.”

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Anne Grinols serves as Assistant Dean for Faculty Development and College Initiatives in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business. She teaches in Baylor’s full-time and online MBA programs. Her research areas include interpersonal communication, ethics, and online education. As assistant dean, she supports faculty development in teaching and research, and has a leadership role in the ethics initiatives in the business school. Before coming to Baylor in January 2004, Grinols was director of management communication for the University of Illinois Business School, where she taught management communication and critical thinking for business from 1996-2003 and oversaw the MBA Communication Center.

Posted July 31, 2015 by

Staying Productive While Working from Home

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Sarah Landrum

Working from home is an excellent opportunity. It allows you the flexibility and freedom to create your own schedule, the ability to work when it suits you and provides a level of comfort that can be hard to find elsewhere.

It’s also not a walk in the park. Ask anyone who works from home, or who has worked from home at some point in their professional career, and they’ll echo a similar statement: working from home is great, but finding the motivation to be productive and to avoid distractions can be a challenge.

Looking to branch out and try something new? Want to give working from home a chance? That’s great. Follow the tips below for staying productive while working from home. (more…)

Posted September 03, 2014 by

Four Signs that a Student is Overcommitted to Extracurricular Activities

Ryan Hickey

Ryan Hickey, Managing Editor of Peterson’s & EssayEdge

Participating in extracurricular activities is an integral part of the education process. By joining clubs and organizations, students gain the “soft skills” that are increasingly important to excelling in today’s workforce: leadership, teamwork, and negotiation skills. However, the commitment can be significant and sometimes it is too much. How can you tell if you, a friend or your child has overcommitted themselves to extracurricular activities? Look for these signs to avoid total burnout. (more…)

Posted August 28, 2014 by

Should students work while studying?

Job or education directions on a metal signpost

Job or education directions on a metal signpost. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Should a student get a job and work whilst studying? Here are a few arguments for and a few against. The issue isn’t really a cut and dry, black and white one. For example, a student taking programming courses should certainly get a job if he or she can manage his or her schedule so that no sleep is lost (it is difficult to program when tired). On the other hand, a student taking a medical or veterinary course should definitely not get a job because there is scarcely enough time to get the studying done and fit in some sleep. (more…)

Posted June 27, 2014 by

Caffeine side effects: Does caffeine affect test scores?

 

The average person consumes caffeine on a daily basis. We wake up, we brew our cup of Joe and use the caffeine to propel us throughout our day. But for students, what caffeine side effects matter? Surprisingly, studies have shown that coffee consumption in college students may have an effect on test scores.

The Nutrition Journal in 2007 published a study in which 51% of 496 college students who regularly consumed coffee to help them with test preparation. Some Psychopharmacologists have concluded that this inevitably gave the students an advantage. Additionally three studies published by John Wiley and Sons in Human Psychopharmacology “put caffeine as an advantage”. (more…)

Posted July 11, 2013 by

Important Things To Know Before Your First Day of Work

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Man on his first day at work. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

If you are looking forward to your first ever job, employment posters can teach you everything about the legalities, privileges, responsibilities, and rights of being an employee. While knowing all these will truly work in your favor as you go along the road of being employed, there still are some other important things that employment posters cannot teach you. (more…)

Posted May 22, 2013 by

Look for Recent Graduate Jobs that Allow You to Have Work-Life Balance

While searching for recent graduate jobs, think about whether or not you will be able to have work/life balance in the job(s) your interested in.  The following post shares tips on how to create this opportunity for yourself.

I work in an industry where evening and weekend work is just part of the gig. I have no idea what it’s like to have a 9-to-5, Monday through Friday job. Even though my industry is one with non-traditional hours, and I’ve had my fair share of issues carving a life for myself outside of

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Posted May 02, 2013 by

Top 4 Reasons Why 34% of Healthcare Workers Plan to Quit in 2013

Jason Lovelace, President of CareerBuilder Healthcare

Jason Lovelace, President of CareerBuilder Healthcare

Heavy patient loads, smaller staffs and higher stress levels may be causing health care workers to check themselves out of their facilities. More than a third (34 percent) of health care workers plan to look for a new job in 2013, up from 24 percent last year. Nearly half (45 percent) plan to look for a new job over the next two years. Eighty-two percent said that while they are not actively looking for a job today, they would be open to a new position if they came across the right opportunity.

“Not only are health care organizations dealing with a shortage of high skill workers, they are facing higher demand fueled by an aging population and more Americans having access to medical benefits,” said Jason Lovelace, president of CareerBuilder Healthcare. “Nearly half – 46 percent – of health care organizations said they have seen a negative impact on their organizations due to extended job vacancies.* Long hours and juggling multiple patient needs are taking their toll on morale and retention. The survey shows health care workers are seeking a more manageable work experience.” (more…)

Posted April 12, 2013 by

7 Tips for Avoiding Job Search Burnout

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Man sleeping on laptop computer. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

After years spent working hard towards your degree, the prospect of your first real-world job is exciting. But what happens when the job search doesn’t go as smoothly as you’d hoped? After months of combing through online postings and sending resumes out into the Internet void, it’s easy to get discouraged and lose momentum. But that perfect job is just around the corner, and you’ll need to stay sharp to find it. Here are seven tips for avoiding job-search burnout. (more…)

Posted August 23, 2012 by

Seven Surprising Ways to Fight Burnout

Beverly Flaxington

Beverly Flaxington

The usual prescription for employee burnout is to work less. However, that so-called remedy doesn’t take into account why we feel unhappy at work in the first place, why we are suddenly stressed out by our workload, and why we feel depleted and unable to bounce back.

In my experience, a major reason people get burned out at work is a surprising one to many of them. It’s because they’ve temporarily lost a basic driver of success: the sense of “I can do this!” In short, their self-confidence is weak. (more…)