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What Do Millennials Want at Work? 3 Employer Dealbreakers

As a key part of today’s workforce, millennials often have a less than positive reputation as employees. They’ve been characterized as job-hoppers and entitled, but this is far from a complete depiction of the millennial workforce. To motivate millennials, it’s important to know that what these new workers are looking for in an employer — opportunities for growth, quality management, and work that interests them.
Opportunities for GrowthAccording to the Gallup report “How Millennials Want to Work and Live,” the opportunity to learn and grow is the attribute millennials want most from an employer. This contradicts the portrayal of millennial workers as prioritizing a creative or informal work environment; they instead view their current roles in light of their future aspirations, which is far from unreasonable.
Eighty-seven percent of millennials cited development as an important job factor — but less than one in two agreed that their job provided outlets for learning and …

New to Freelancing? 9 Things You Need to Know

Freelancers now make up 35% of the American workforce, per Freelancers Union’s Freelancing in America: 2016 report. And, according to a 2016 study by Intuit, that percentage is expected to increase to 40% by 2020. In partnership with General Assembly, Hired recently hosted a series of events, The Rise of the Independent Worker, to hear more about the challenges — and tribulations — that come with freelance work. Here are 9 concrete takeaways we learned from those incredible conversations:

Read contracts thoroughly. Bonus: have someone read them through with you to make sure the writing isn’t only in the client’s favor. Hired candidate Stephan Castro uses UpCounsel, which he says is “awesome for finding a lawyer for a one-off job.” Also, get very familiar with W-2 vs 1099 employment classification, and don’t forget to brush up on copyright and intellectual property law, too.

Know what you’re getting yourself into and why. Freelancing is a lot of work, and you have to know the b…

Phone Interview Tips: 19 Keys to Landing a Second Interview

Phone interviews are the first step to getting hired — and it’s a daunting first step for even the most seasoned of job seekers. Here’s our checklist of 19 game-changing phone interview tips for before, after, and during your phone interview.
Before the phone interviewPractice describing your career in 60-90 seconds. You can (and will) always go into more detail about your work experience in follow-up questions from the interviewer, but you should first and foremost make sure to prepare an elevator pitch for your career. Once you’ve written out a compelling (brief) professional narrative, test it on friends to make sure it’s as clear and captivating as possible.

Have projects or examples of your work prepared. Another way to up your game is to have examples or projects that apply more directly with the company or job you’re interviewing with/for.Example phone interview questions (more super useful practice questions here):
— Describe a project or position you held where you…