March 3, 2017: Friday news roundup

This is not a drill: it is already March! We’re not sure where the time has gone, but the news marches on too.

Five Hidden Ways to Find Out if You’ll Hate Working Somewhere
Sometimes receiving a job offer leads to confusion more than celebration. You’re not sure if it’s the company for you and wish you could ask straight questions and get real answers. Well, there are a few things you can do to see beyond the recruiter’s pitch.

Motivating People Starts With Having the Right Attitude
This article lays out some of the common myths around motivation, such as the one that says you’ve either got it or you don’t. To move past those misconceptions, leaders need to examine their own behaviors.

If SIlicon Valley Types are Scared of A.I., Should We Be?
Brilliant thinkers from Stephen Hawking to Elon Musk have gone on record talking about the darker side of artificial intelligence and what it could mean for the future of humanity. This author takes a closer look at the “existential threat” posed by our technology innovations in this excerpt from a new book that will probably keep you up at night.

Study Using Fake Resumes Finds Widespread Discrimination
Can’t say this comes as a surprise. Blind resume experiments have shown similar bias against women and people of color. Researchers submitted resumes that were identical in all ways except for age and found older candidates didn’t get as many calls for interviews. It’s even worse for older women.

To Achieve a Major Goal, First Tackle a Few Small Ones
If you’re reading the Udemy blog, you probably have big goals for your life and career. Rather than try to start by climbing the highest mountain, you’ll have greater success if you break that goal into smaller increments. Most large undertakings are composed of smaller tasks, which allow you to get feedback as you make progress toward your big goal.