11 Ways Making Friends Can Help You Land Your Dream Job

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You can read all the business books and interview tips you want, but the surest way to score your dream job is to make friends. Here's why.

1. Referrals are the No. 1 source of hire.

It's hard to argue with the numbers: Research shows that in recent years, referrals have been the top source of hiring volume and quality. And it makes sense—Who can better recommend a job candidate than someone who chooses to share hopes, dreams, and brunch with said candidate?

2. Making new friends grows your network.

You know what's great about friends? They can help you make more friends. Friends with whom you can exchange business cards and "stay in touch" and who will keep you in mind should positions at their companies become available. Since companies pay dearly when they make hiring missteps—studies show that a bad hiring decision can cost the company 30 percent of the individual’s first-year potential earnings—employers agree it’s best to go with someone they know.

3. The people you meet early on will one day run the show.

Forming friendships with your peers at the beginning of your career can pay off exponentially down the road. Your fellow interns won't be interns forever, and when they’re running the show, you’ll be glad to be able to say, “I knew you when.”

4. Collaboration leads to new projects.

While referrals are the most common form of networking perks, they’re hardly the only positive result of workplace friendships. Finding kindred spirits in the office or classroom can also lead to some beautiful business relationships. When it comes to starting a new business, two brains are often better than one. Friends can inspire, motivate, and challenge you—which, coincidentally, are things you should look for in a business partner as well.

5. Friends become your support system…

Anyone who has spent time job-hunting or getting his or her own startup off the ground knows that looking for work is hard work. It’s draining (emotionally and financially), stressful, and can strip you of your self-confidence. So in those moments when you’re feeling down, good friends will help pick you back up and give you the push you need to keep going.

6. …and give the best advice.

Friends not only provide support in the darkest moments of your job search, but can also be a valuable source of insight. Mentors—your first boss, a college professor, or a veteran in your field whom you respect—can give you interview and cover letter pointers as well as share their vision for the future of your field.

7. Friends help you expand your knowledge base.

With nearly half of North American workers voluntarily changing industries (a recent study reports that, in 2012, 42 percent of workers changed industries in order to land a new position), chances are that you’ll be looking for more information about an unfamiliar field at some point in your career. Friends not only teach you about their specific jobs, but can also be a precious resource for talking through which of your skills can easily transfer to a new industry.

8. Social networking can increase your visibility and boost your reputation…

In the digital age, your virtual friends can be as important as your real-life ones. While likes and shares can’t fully replace face-to-face interaction, they are important tools for expanding your reach. By cultivating a personal brand online, you show potential employers that you have a personality. A vibrant online presence can help bring your resume and cover letter to life, adding color and voice to the usual HR-friendly qualities outlined in your materials. And, with studies reporting that as many as 94 percent of recruiters use social media for screening candidates, keeping your profiles up-to-date could lead directly to that coveted interview.

9. …and helps personalize your job search process.

When the usual networking channels come up short—there are unfortunately no friends of friends at your dream company—and you must resort to sending resumes out cold, you can still get an edge on your competition by incorporating social media into your routine. By connecting with a hiring manager online before an interview, you can put a face to your name, thereby strengthening your interpersonal connection—even before you’ve shaken hands. And with a reported 30 percent of all Internet searches being performed for employment-related purposes, it’s important to curate your online presence in order to get a (digital) leg up on your fellow hopefuls.

10. Workplace friendships buoy the office culture.

Making friends at work could be key to turning the job you already have into your dream job. When your job looks great on paper—its subject matter, salary, and benefits check all the boxes—the intangible “office culture” can often spell the difference between a job that’s fine and one that’s great. A recent study reveals that 67 percent of workers feel that having friends at work makes their job more fun and enjoyable. Liking your coworkers also leads to a more positive and productive work culture: 70 percent of workers feel that their workplace friendships make for a more creative and friendly workplace, 69 percent feel they increase teamwork, and 59 percent agree that they increase morale.

11. Friends give you a break.

While it’s great to be friends with your coworkers, having friends outside of the office and unrelated to your field can be just as—if not more—important to your career success. Putting all your time and energy into career building can cause you to burn out prematurely (not to mention dampen your mood, which can lead to additional stress and dissatisfaction at work), and such friendships help steady your work-life balance. Your friends and loved ones are there to help you power down your laptop and hit the town on Friday night. An unplugged weekend gets you poised for a rejuvenated Monday morning.

Our most personal ambitions are rarely achieved alone. Your network of friends, family, contacts and colleagues is the inspiration that keeps you aiming higher. HSBC knows that whatever your ambitions for the future, you are more likely to succeed with the help of a team. Together, We Advance.

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Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar

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Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

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Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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6 Fascinating Facts About Vincent Price

There’s more to Vincent Price than just his iconic horror movie roles.
There’s more to Vincent Price than just his iconic horror movie roles.
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It’s basically impossible to talk about classic horror movies without mentioning at least one film starring Vincent Price. With his menacing voice, laugh, and presence, Price easily became a staple in Hollywood horror cinema. The actor may be known for House of Wax (1953), The Last Man on Earth (1964), and The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971), but he has more than 200 acting credits across film, television, and theater.

Although his contributions to the horror genre are truly unparalleled, few people know that there is much more to him beyond these performances. He once wrote that he is passionate about three things: work, art, and food. Here are six fascinating facts you may not know about Vincent Price.

1. Vincent Price initially studied for a master’s degree in Fine Arts.

Price graduated from Yale University with a degree in English and a minor in Art History. He taught at his alma mater for a year before entering the Courtauld Institute of Art of the University of London. Although he fully intended to study for a master’s degree in Fine Arts, he was drawn to theater and decided to become an actor instead.

2. A museum in East Los Angeles is named after Vincent Price.

In addition to being an actor, Price was also a well-respected art collector and consultant. In 1957, he and his then-wife Mary Grant donated 90 pieces of art to the East Los Angeles College (ELAC) because they wanted students to have “first-hand experiences with art.” The institution named the art gallery, now the Vincent Price Art Museum, in their honor. Price had recognized art’s significance in education ever since he was a student himself. As he once said, "A picture was worth a thousand words, even if I had to read 10 million words to get to see more pictures.”

3. Vincent Price was a major foodie.

Vincent Price was as talented in the kitchen as he was on the screen.Frank Barratt/Stringer/Getty Images

Price was born into a family of food businessmen, so it's perhaps no surprise that he embarked upon his own culinary adventures. He went on to earn a reputation as a gourmet cook, cementing his culinary legacy by authoring several cookbooks and hosting his own cooking television show, Cooking Price-Wise.

4. Tim Burton’s Vincent Price documentary remains incomplete and unreleased to this day.

Price was Tim Burton’s good friend, frequent collaborator, and childhood idol. During the filming of Edward Scissorhands (1990), Burton approached Price to discuss the idea of an independent documentary about the actor’s life. They shot some interviews at the ELAC, and the project was tentatively titled Conversations with Vincent.

After Price’s death, Burton wanted to complete the documentary, which he then renamed A Visit with Vincent. However, it never happened. Some say the film wasn’t released because it became too personal for Burton, while others believe studios refused to grant any budget for the project.

5. Vincent Price's daughter says he was bisexual.

“I am as close to certain as I can be that my dad had physically intimate relationships with men,” said his daughter Victoria Price in an exclusive interview with #Boom Magazine. He was also supportive of her when she came out to him. She recalled that he said, “You know, I know just how you feel because I have had these deep, loving relationships with men in my life and all my wives were jealous.”

6. Vincent Price’s voice is featured on a Disneyland attraction.

With a voice as iconic and distinctive as Price had, it’s no wonder Disneyland Paris hired him to record narration for their dark ride attraction, Phantom Manor. However, the audio was shortly replaced by a French narration, so only Price’s evil laugh remained. After a major renovation in 2019, Walt Disney Imagineering brought back his recordings and included previously unused material in the refurbished attraction.