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The team at The Learning Factor wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas. We will be taking a well deserved break till the 12th January 2015. See you back here soon.

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How Boomers, Gen X and Gen Y Look for Work

When it comes to using mobile technology in the job search, boomers are catching up to their kids; nearly half of boomer job seekers now use their smartphones to search for work.

That’s one of the surprising findings in Three Generations of Talent: Who is Searching For Jobs Today, a report released today by Indeed Hiring Labs, the global research arm of the world’s largest job site, Indeed.com.

“Overall, generational job search differences are far less striking than you might expect,” says Tara Sinclair, the author of the report, who is an Associate Professor of Economics and International Affairs at George Washington University and Chief Economist at Indeed.

Source: jobs.aol.com

A new report’s surprising findings on how Boomers, Gen X and Gen Y look for work.

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The Abrasiveness Trap: High-achieving men and women are described differently in reviews

Does gender play a role in the type of feedback an employee receives at review time? We had a linguist crunch the numbers.

Not long ago I was talking to an engineering manager who was preparing performance reviews for his team. He had two people he wanted to promote that year, but he was worried that his peers were only going to endorse one of them. “Jessica is really talented,” he said. “But I wish she’d be less abrasive. She comes on too strong.” Her male counterpart? “Steve is an easy case,” he went on. “Smart and great to work with. He needs to learn to be a little more patient, but who doesn’t?”

Source: fortune.com

Do you think perception of female abrasiveness undermines women’s careers in technology?

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Women at Work: A Guide for Men

The business case for this is compelling. Companies with more women in leadership posts simply perform better. Fortune 500 firms with the most female board members outperform those with the least by 26% on return on invested capital and 16% on return on sales, according to a 2011 Catalyst study. Yet the number of women at the top is barely budging: some 5% of Fortune 500 chief executive officers and 17% of board members. Numbers in law and finance are dismal too.

Source: www.wsj.com

The business case is compelling: Companies with more women in leadership posts simply perform better.

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How Successful People Squash Stress

We all know that living under stressful conditions has serious physical and emotional consequences. So why do we have so much trouble taking action to reduce our stress levels and improve our lives? Researchers at Yale University have the answer. They found that intense stress actually reduces the volume of gray matter in the areas of the brain responsible for self-control.

Source: www.forbes.com

The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance.

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35 Ice Breakers to Make Networking Events a Little Less Awkward

Getting ahead in business is infinitely easier when you have extensive networks and strong relationships. But unless you naturally have charm, charisma, and confidence, even starting a conversation can seem like a mammoth task. These 50 ice breakers should help making introductions a little easier, allowing you to eventually move on to business.

Source: www.noobpreneur.com

Getting ahead in business is infinitely easier when you have extensive networks and strong relationships.

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What Bosses Gain by Being Vulnerable

Brené Brown, an expert on social connection, conducted thousands of interviews to discover what lies at the root of social connection. A thorough analysis of the data revealed what it was: vulnerability.

Source: hbr.org

Vulnerability and authenticity as lying at the root of human connection. Check out why it’s vital for leadership.

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