Most Admired Companies of 2013 by Millennials Age 18-24

When you’re taking your first steps into the working world, not all companies are created equal. By the time graduation — or even your first internship — comes along,  you’ll have had plenty of time to form opinions about the companies that dominate the hiring space, and it’s no surprise that your favorites are likely to become your first choices when seeking employment. Fortune magazine’s annual report on the World’s Most Admired Companies is a veritable Who’s Who of the world’s biggest and best-loved brands. It’s also a great list of companies to target when embarking on your job search.

Apple

This one’s a no-brainer. The iPhone and iPad manufacturer tops the list for the sixth year running. In addition to consistently placing among the world’s most profitable companies, Apple’s customer base is fanatically loyal and growing quickly.

Apple loves to hire the best and the brightest, especially from within the Tech sector. A healthy salary, fun work environment, and access to the latest gadgets are among the perks Apple employees enjoy.

How has Apple made it to the top of the list year after year? Just like the millennial workforce, Apple has based its successes on three major factors: innovation, execution and opportunity.

Why has Apple topped Fortune's most admired companies six years in a row?

Apple’s Corporate Financial History
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Fortune Magazine’s Ranking: #1
Headquarters: Cupertino, CA
Founded: 1976
Website: www.apple.com

 

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7 Free Apps to Make Your Life Easier: Productivity, Travel and Notes

Continuing the theme of my last post, where I shared with you 7 Free Apps to Make Your Life Easier: Commute, Inspiration, Social, News and Job Search, I wanted to share some additional free apps that have made my life easier. These apps focus on productivity, travel and notes.

Do you have any favorite apps? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Productivity:

The 30/30 Time Management app allows you to set up tasks and assign a time frame to spend on each task. Tasks appear in a color coded list. When you start the first task, you start the timer, which can be paused at any time. When the time is up for a task, the alarm sounds to alert you to move on to the next task.

Availability:  iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

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7 Free Apps to Make Your Life Easier: Commute, Inspiration, Social Life, News and Job Search

If you’re constantly on the go, the right apps can make your life much easier. Below are some of the most innovative free apps I’ve uncovered so far for managing your daily commute, tough moments, social life, news and job search.

Keep an eye out for my next post on March 27 for app suggestions for productivity, travel and notes!

Do you use any apps that have changed your life? Share your favorites in the comments!

Commute:

Waze is a navigation app that includes real-time information about your route submitted by other users. Waze will alert you of slow traffic, accidents, police and gas prices along your route. If a Waze user makes it through a road that is marked as blocked, the app automatically updates the route to show the issue has been cleared.

Availability:  iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, Windows Mobile, Symbian, Blackberry (Beta)

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Tweet. You’re hired!

Maybe Cee Lo Green & Adam Levine had a point with their show the voice. Making a decision to bring someone on your team based solely on their work product.  You get the concept of the show.  Contestants do a 90 second audition to potentially be selected by one of four judges based solely on quality of their voice.  No judgments based on physical appearance. Just the impression made from the work product. Now once selected, you aren’t necessarily ‘hired’. You are on that judge’s team. They then mentor the contestant and help them improve themselves for competition (ok, I am now thinking it may be more “Hunger Games” but the voice only kills your self esteem).

Anyway, there is a growing trend among progressive employers to make hiring decisions based on an applicants social feed.  More and more people are being hired based on the online persona they create via their tweets and blogs.  Phrases like “the 140 character resume” are gaining traction.  In a related article in USA Today, its mentioned that “the very best talent isn’t even looking for work. They are mobile and socially connected and too busy changing the world”.

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10 Tips to Increase Your Productivity: Working at Home

Technological advancements have led to an increasing number of employees working from home: according to Fast Company, 1 in 10 employees now works from home; and although the workforce in the US grew only 3% from 2005 – 2012, the number of telecommuters increased 66%!

Working from home offers several advantages:

  1. Commute: Eliminating a commute allows more time to be spent on work tasks, reduces stress, and decreases fuel expenses and parking fees. Working from home full time even just 50% of the time could save 109 hours per year and $750 in fuel costs!
  2. Flexibility: A more flexible schedule allows employees to work when they are most productive.
  3. Productivity: A home office is free of distractions caused by needy co-workers, long lunches, unproductive meetings or loud office environments.
  4. Family: In some cases, working parents can stay at home with children or pick them up from school, reducing day care or after school program expenses.
  5. Comfort: Casual dress is more comfortable and less expensive in comparison to business attire.

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“Integrators” Get Ahead: Skillfully blending your online personal image and professional life

You’ve surely heard the ominous and endless warnings about how reckless social media activity can jeopardize your job or throw a wrench into your career search. And, indeed, unflattering pictures from a late-night binge, profanity laced-tirades and off-color jokes can earn you a pink slip or rejection letter.

Yet more social media researchers and experts are beginning to emphasize the upside of a savvy and well-managed online image that complements your professional life, potentially strengthening your value as an employee and your marketability as a job candidate.

The people who do that skillfully are what Wharton School of Business researcher Nancy Rothbard has now termed “Integrators.”  Rothbard defines an Integrator as someone who successfully blends his or her personal online image and professional in-person image. In a study she is currently working on, Rothbard found that integrators are viewed as better performers in the workplace.

In a recent interview with the Washington Post, Rothbard explained that research indicates that consistent exchange of information – as long as it is deemed appropriate – leads people to develop stronger bonds with each other.  “If I share more with you, you like me better,” Rothbard told writer Lillian Cunningham. “And if you share more with me then I like you better. It’s a cycle.”
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