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Robin Walters

Robin Walters
Robin is a seasoned but not too salty marketing, communications, and business development professional. By day, she's a Technical Recruiter for a software firm. At night and on the weekends she writes a bucketload of copy for clients like Artisan Talent.
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Why Multitasking Doesn’t Work

Posted by Robin Walters on Jul 9, 2019 11:00:00 AM

 

When was the last time you did just one thing at a time?

Most people believe the ability to multitask makes them a better employee. Employers look for multitaskers, believing that these workers are the smartest, most efficient, and most productive.

What if we told you these beliefs were completely unfounded and that multitasking is actually making you less productive and potentially less healthy? It turns out there are all kinds of scientific and anecdotal evidence that confirm the truth. For the most part, multitaskers are the least efficient people in the room.

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What Does a Workplace BFF and Employee Retention Have in Common?

Posted by Robin Walters on Jun 4, 2019 12:00:00 PM

 

June 8th is National Best Friends Day, the day we should all turn to our favorite BFF to tell them how much we value the time they spend listening to our problems and texting stupid memes at us when we’re stuck in work meetings. If you’re lucky, the best friend you’re celebrating this week might be someone you know from work.

It turns out there’s a solid set of research showing that having friends at the office can increase the chances that the business will be successful and that employees will be happier. Here’s how having a workplace BFF helps businesses retain talent, improve productivity, and cut costs.

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Is Your Office a Game of Thrones?

Posted by Robin Walters on Apr 9, 2019 11:00:00 AM

How to Survive an Unhealthy Work Environment

Winter is coming but if you work in an unhealthy corporate culture, it might already feel as bleak as season three in Game of Thrones. If your office feels like competing houses fighting for the Iron Throne, it’s time to stop playing the game.

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GUEST POST: How to Add Freelancing As a Second Job Safety Net

Posted by Robin Walters on Mar 26, 2019 8:54:00 AM

 

 

In 2019, I celebrated my fifth year as a Freelance Writer. Artisan Talent was kind enough to ask me to write a guest post on how I built my business. (Thanks, AT!)

Last year, I made a full-time living writing for business clients on nights and weekends. This was in addition to my full-time day job.

Read this article to find out how I did it — and how you can, too. All you need is a little talent, a good spellchecker, and the internal grit to sell yourself and always meet client deadlines.

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Modernize Your Stack: What Should Experienced Developers Do to Stay Fresh?

Posted by Robin Walters on Mar 19, 2019 11:19:00 AM

 

Some Developers lead "lives of quiet desperation" (thanks, Thoreau). These are the cubicle Developers that you can find near the backbone of any major corporate or governmental setting. Over time, these Developers can get into a rut, where there’s nothing but the factory-like drudge of maintaining status quo.

Tech is alive with possibilities, and computer programming is a field that positively crackles with innovation. For the mid-level or senior Developer that’s lost touch with how exciting their career should be, it might be time to change things up.

How can these skilled Developers stay on top of the latest changes in the field while still maintaining their not-as-challenging corporate or government positions?

How can employers encourage these valuable team members to keep things fresh?

Here are some tips for keeping it real while modernizing your developer stack.

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The Top 8 Reasons People Quit Their Jobs

Posted by Robin Walters on Mar 12, 2019 12:00:00 PM

“I quit” are two of the most commonly uttered words in the history of the j-o-b. The reason is that the average amount of time a person spends in a job in the U.S. is 4.2 years. That may seem like a long time (especially for a person that hates their job), but  actually, that number has dropped drastically—turns out the average job tenure for someone 55 to 65 years old is more than a decade, according to Wallet Hacks, while today, people generally don't stick with a job for that long.

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Top 10 Skills to Land a Better Job

Posted by Robin Walters on Mar 5, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Marie Kondo wants to know: does your job spark joy? If not, it might be time to change something, start fresh, and get better. 

Did you make a resolution this year to enjoy your work more? Or maybe it was "New Year, New Job." If it was, you're not alone.

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Hiring Manager 101: The Power and Pressure of a Hiring Manager

Posted by Robin Walters on Feb 27, 2019 10:18:07 AM

 Power and Pressure of Hiring Manager

In normal times, a Hiring Manager holds a lot of power in a company. In a 4% unemployment market, the Hiring Manager also has a lot of responsibility and pressure to fill the seats on the bus with the right people. It’s a very challenging job even during times of high unemployment when it’s easier to pick up top quality candidates from a broad pool of applicants.

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Is Working from Home Really Productive?

Posted by Robin Walters on Feb 19, 2019 12:00:00 PM

 

Everyone dreams about working from home. For the American worker still struggling with the stress of commuting and the distractions of coworkers visiting their office, working remotely sounds like cool salve on a hot sunburn.

But how many American workers could really get things done if they had the option of hanging out in their pajamas all day? It turns out, a high percentage of workers are not only more productive working remotely, but they’re also more engaged.

What are the latest statistics on the WFH craze? What trends will impact what is becoming the new normal of a distributed workforce? Is working from home a totally positive experience or are there drawbacks to consider?

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Trends in Creative Talent for 2019

Posted by Robin Walters on Jan 22, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Happy New Year, Creative Professionals!

January of the New Year always brings forward-thinking predictions and historical look-backs. In the creative fields, we often try to determine in advance what consumer or economic trends will affect the products and brands we’re trying to promote. Predicting future advertising trends is always tricky, but there is one thing that we can count on as staying front and center in 2019 — technology.

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