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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.
On Friday night and early Saturday morning, PayPal's Director of Strategy Rakesh Agrawal quit his job and then made several tweets expressing his opinions about his former colleagues at the company. They were not positive, nor were they coherently expressed, even by 140-character standards.
Get ready to laugh in the face of everyone who ever told you that you were wasting your life playing video games. Major corporations like Coca-Cola and Royal Dutch Shell are using games as part of their hiring processes, to determine whether candidates are good behavioral fits or to choose which projects to fund.
If productivity advice were music, "Work Smarter, Not Harder" would be one of the biggest chart toppers of all time. But like most popular ditties, the tune familiar, but the meaning is somewhat unclear. What does it actually mean?
Vacation season is upon us, and with it, the most pressing question of the warm weather months: if you drop your smartphone in the ocean, will you actually get a few days to rest and recharge, or will your boss see through your cunning ruse? (Hint: It's the latter.)
Could getting a job be as simple as just asking for it? For candidates who already feel like they're begging to be hired, the idea might seem cringeworthy. But as Kim Thompson points out in a recent post at SF Gate, employers are far more likely to hire enthusiastic candidates than ones who seem like they can take the job or leave it.
If you're looking for a job, you've probably already heard a lot of advice about the "ideal" resume template. Experts weigh in on this topic constantly, but just about everyone who's ever been hired has an opinion on what resumes should look like. There's just one problem: a lot of the time, they're wrong.
Yesterday, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced that he has struck a deal that will allow that city to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour, a jump of more than $4 an hour. The state of Washington has the highest minimum wage in the country, at $9.32 per hour.
Economists predicted that today's release of the monthly Employment Situation Summary would show gains of 218,000 jobs in April-- more than previous months, but far short of the actual 288,000 reported by the Labor Department. Unemployment fell to 6.3 percent, the lowest since September 2008.
Flavor Scientist might sound like something Willy Wonka would dream up, but there is a person out there doing that job right now. Her name is Elise Benstein, and she works for Jelly Belly Candy Company, but her story is only a small part of a larger mission. Roadtrip Nation, a career exploration organization, aims to show workers that they can have careers that really interest them, whether that's picking jelly bean flavors or discovering a cure for cancer.
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