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Jen Hubley Luckwaldt

Jen Hubley Luckwaldt

Jen Hubley Luckwaldt writes about work-life balance, stress management, and other topics relating to what makes us happy at work. A full-time freelancer, she deals with stress by blurring the lines between life and work to the point where the two spheres are barely separate. The happiest day of her career was when scientists proved that looking at pictures of cute animals makes us more productive.

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Most Recent Posts by Jen Hubley Luckwaldt
  • 5 Work-From-Home Jobs That Aren't the Usual Customer Service Gigs

    When we talk about work-from-home jobs, we're usually talking about a very specific type of role that can be done over the phone or computer. It's true that it's easier to find a telecommuting job if you work in certain industries – customer service, for example, or administrative support. But not all work-from-home jobs are limited to these areas.
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  • 9 New Skills That Boost Pay the Most

    Some of today's most in-demand skills are tech-related – no surprise to anyone who's been in the work world in the past 10 or 15 years, or read any career news, or even followed politics. STEM jobs are often high-paying jobs, and the skills that support them can level up your earnings faster than other additions to your resume. PayScale's recent report, How to Win in the Skills Economy, looks at nine new skills that could make you big money. And when we say "new," we mean "brand-new": all of the skills on this list have emerged in the last five years.
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  • #MondayMotivation: 5 Ways to Reboot Your Motivation

    What's your slack-to-productivity ratio looking like so far this Monday? If you're finding yourself spending a lot of time catching up on your social media feeds and relatively little time tackling your to-do list, don't beat yourself up. What you need is a reboot.
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  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Stop Believing These 5 Myths About Work

    When it comes to building a career, what we "know" can be as dangerous as what we don't know. That's because a lot of what we assume about succeeding the workplace isn't true. In this week's roundup, we look at what you need to unlearn in order to build the career you deserve, plus how to tame your to-do list, and what you should never, ever say in a job interview.
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  • How Robin Wright Asked for (and Got) the Same Pay as Kevin Spacey on 'House of Cards'

    For the first three seasons of Netflix's hit political thriller/soap opera House of Cards, Kevin Spacey earned more than Robin Wright – about $80,000 more per episode, according to The Huffington Post. When the show began, that might have made sense. Spacey, after all, started off as an Oscar winner, whereas Wright had been largely out of the spotlight for several years. Then, however, the Emmy nominations started rolling in, for Wright as well as Spacey. What would Claire Underwood do?
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  • 3 Work-From-Home Jobs for New Grads

    Why endure a long, frustrating commute, only to spend your days dozing off under buzzing fluorescent lights and trying to appear enthused about yet another seemingly unnecessary meeting? If you work from home, you can skip the business casual and some of the more boring aspects of being employed, while still earning a paycheck and building a career. Well, if you're a recent grad, one consideration is that many work-from-home gigs aren't open to you – at least, not right off the bat. A lot of telecommuting jobs are geared specifically toward those with experience, and work-from-home arrangements that evolve over a working relationship obviously mean getting your foot in the door first. But not every remote working situation is closed to new grads.
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  • 44 Percent of Hiring Managers Say Writing Is the Hard Skill Grads Lack Most

    Want to level up your career? You might want to brush up on those writing skills. In PayScale's 2016 Workforce-Skills Preparedness Report, hiring managers said writing was the hard skill most lacking in new grads – beyond data analysis, industry-specific software, or coding.
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  • Google Proposes 13 New Emojis for Gender Equality

    Take a look at your emojis for a moment. Can you find one that looks like a woman with a career? You won't find a businesswoman, a scientist, a doctor, or even a female graduate wearing a mortarboard. In fact, the recognizably female emojis are retrograde in the extreme: there's a bride, and a princess, and a dancer – just about the only one that could be representing a profession.

    Why is this important? Because emojis are everywhere, and far from being without impact on our professional lives, even if we never use them at work. The lack of female professional emoijis matters for the same reason that it matters that the average crowd scene in a movie is only 17 percent female; because if girls don't grow up seeing women succeeding in professional life, it's hard to imagine themselves doing the same. Now, four Google employees have proposed expanding emojis to include 13 new images – all depicting women working at jobs.

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  • #MondayMotivation: 10 Quotes About Conquering Procrastination

    Why do we procrastinate? It depends – not just on which expert you consult, but on the person doing the procrastinating. For some of us, there's a thrill in creating a time crunch, while for others, it's about fear of success or failure. We might even put things off in order to avoid having to make a decision, and in so doing, taking responsibility for our choices. The problem, of course, is that no choice is always secretly a choice.
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  • 5 Work-Related Superstitions That Are Holding You Back in Your Career

    Unless you're a Major League Baseball player, you probably don't readily admit to being a superstitious person – at least not at the office, where being sensible and making decisions based on data is part of projecting a professional image. But in reality, most of us do harbor at least one or two totally baseless beliefs. Sometimes, these are harmless (astrology lovers, we're looking at you) but sometimes, superstitions can keep you from achieving your goals. If you recognize any of these, use this Friday the 13th to engage in a little cognitive restructuring.
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