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🎉 Would you trust TikTok for career advice?

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Good Afternoon Party People! 🎉

Happy Halloween! We hope you’re not ghosting…or getting ghosted.


📱TikTok for career advice?

🤖 Demand for AI skills is up 1,848%

🫡 RTO ultimatum

And, of course, MEMES!



Spooky Season

You know what’s spooky? Not knowing your rights. Especially as an employee. 

A lot of folks in CA still don’t know that if an employee in CA requests the salary range for their role, the employer is now obligated by law to provide this info.

This is thanks to the trend in Salary Transparency Laws which have popped up not only in CA but many other states as well (NY, CO, NV, WA, etc) and most recently Massachusetts on Oct 4 and many more states that have similar laws in the works.

So what’s the problem? This is where it gets spookier. 

Managers all of a sudden are thrust into the middle of this by having to field questions about salary and salary ranges without having the right info and context about their team and their compensation to handle these conversations effectively. So they sort of have to dance around the questions and go get guidance from HR who HOPEFULLY has clear info on salary ranges for every job family and Job level in their org.  

Compensation is one of the MOST sensitive topics managers discuss with their teams and yet, most are flying mostly BLIND. 

To cultivate strong managers in your org, they need the right tools to build trust with their team. And that means being able to handle sensitive topics like pros and when necessary, be able to evolve a conversation that started about comp into a conversation about career progression. 

If you’re a startup that’s focused on better Pay Transparency for your org and for your managers, check out our friends at CandorIQ.


Would You Trust TikTok For Career Advice?

TikTok isn’t just for short skits, dances, and entertainment. Turns out, people are actually getting career advice from the app. And it’s not just GenZ…both younger and older millennials reported frequently getting career advice on TikTok.

In this survey, 1 out of every 5 people said they’ve made career-related decisions based on information from TikTok creators. Scary!

One would think that trusting random people on TikTok would be a bad thing…but 90% of respondents said that the decisions have had a positive impact on their lives. The other 10%? Well, they got fired (just kidding).

11% of the respondents also reported to paying TikTok creators for personalized career-related services, often spending an average of $500-$1,500. TikTok creators ain’t cheap!

A career strategist from ResumeBuilder is skeptical of people paying TikTok creators for career advice…

“Most creators are sharing their personal career experience and calling it career coaching, which isn’t coaching.”

Despite two-thirds reporting that they trust the career advice on TikTok, the majority still say they often come across misleading information on the app.

Would you trust TikTok for career advice?

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AI Job Postings Are Up BIG

Demand for AI-skilled employees is exploding. According to Lightcast, there were only 519 job postings that called for generative AI skills in 2022. Since ChatGPT hit the public last December, there have been over 10,000 job postings mentioning generative AI skills (one for every “AI expert” on LinkedIn and X).

The most common roles are for developing new AI apps (aka ChatGPT wrappers). Education is another area where demand for AI talent has skyrocketed. Companies like Chegg (which helped us all get through college) are looking for curriculum writers to help form AI classes.

Adding a new skill to job descriptions is often a sign that a company has moved from experimenting with a new technology to making a real strategic commitment to it. Right now a lot of organizations are still in the experimental stage, but as they make key business decisions we may well see this list grow.”

AI has certainly been the talk of 2023, particularly about how the new technology will affect jobs.

On Tuesday, we ran a poll asking Office Party readers if AI should be allowed in the hiring process. Here’s what you all had to say:

  • 59% said AI should be allowed in the hiring process with some regulation

  • 41% said NOPE, AI should not be allowed to be used in the hiring process


The Return to Office Ultimatum

There’s the Borne Ultimatum…and now there’s the Roblox Ultimatum. In a memo to staff last week, Roblox founder and CEO, David Baszucki, told employees “Join our three-day, in-office schedule (Tues.-Thurs.) or take a severance package.”

Employees have until January to make a decision. Some employees will be forced to relocate to California as a result of the mandate. These employees will have a few extra months and the company agreed to help with some relocation costs.

Roblox, the kid’s online gaming platform, recently made headlines for its immersive online career center. But they aren’t committed to virtual work just yet…”While I’m confident we will get to a point where virtual workspaces are as engaging, collaborative, and productive as physical spaces, we aren’t there yet.” -Roblox CEO, David Baszucki

Over the weekend, Nike also announced that they’d be upping the in office requirement from 3 days/week to 4. A spokesperson for the company told Footwear News, “We’ve seen the power and energy that comes from working together in person, and we aim to create more of that.” (Yahoo Finance)


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