• 4 Techniques to Boost Your Concentration and Productivity in 15 Minutes or Less
    Are you having one of those days where it seems like you cannot fully get into your work? If your concentration level is about a one on a scale of 10, and you can't seem to complete a single task to save your life, then don't worry – it happens to the best of us. Here are four odd, yet effective techniques to help get your mind out of that haze and into gear so that you can have a constructive and productive day.
  • 4 Ways College Grads Can Gear Up for a Successful Career
    It's that time of year again: graduation season! The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) estimates that more than 1.8 million relieved, exhausted, and exuberant college students are gearing up for graduation day this year. However, transitioning from college into the "real world" can leave many new grads feeling uncertain, lost, and a bit frightened as they take their first, tentative step in their lives as career professionals. If you're a new grad looking for a little guidance in what the heck to do now, here are four great ways to prepare for success.
  • 5 Things to Do Before You Get Out of Bed to Supercharge Your Day
    Let's face it, mornings can be brutal. One of the best ways to ensure that your day is a successful one is to start it off on a positive note. If you use that quiet time to prepare yourself for the day, then you'll already be in a better position and mood than most people heading off to work. Try starting your day off with one or all of these five activities to ensure that you're ready to take on work with a positive, balanced state of mind.
  • Do These 3 Things and Build a Successful Career
    There's no recipe for success. What works for your career might not work for your neighbor's, and vice versa. But, there are a few things that most successful people do, regardless of their industry or goals, that help them achieve their dreams.
  • 3 Reasons Why Moms Make the Ideal Entrepreneurs
    Motherhood is an amazing and crazy thing. One minute, you're on cloud nine and completely in love with this miracle-of-a-child you brought into this world … then next minute, you're huddled in the corner having a mental breakdown because you simply cannot deal with one more tantrum today from your insatiable, hardheaded child. If you can handle the endless emotional roller coaster that is motherhood, then owning your own business will seem like a walk in the park. Read on to see why motherhood is the best prep course for becoming an entrepreneur.
  • What You Need to Know About the Occupation Gap (and How You Can Help)
    The good news is that the economy has been adding jobs fairly steadily for several years now. The bad news is that many of the occupations projected to grow the most in coming years are low-paying jobs, and guess who will be filling these positions? That's right: women. Always have, always will – if something doesn't change. We'll take a look at why women end up in low-wage occupations and how this phenomenon, known as the occupation gap, is contributing to the gender pay gap.
  • These 3 New Initiatives Aim to Help Working Moms Return to the Workforce
    Wouldn't it be nice if it weren't nearly impossible to have a thriving, successful career and a happy little family simultaneously? Unfortunately in today's world, that dream seems to be a distant and unattainable reality, considering how difficult it is for mothers to find work after taking time off to care for their little ones in those precious first years. Thankfully, things are slowly changing and more mother-friendly career opportunities are popping up. Here are three initiatives that are making a huge impact for working mothers across the nation.
  • 5 Reasons Why Mother Knows Best When It Comes to Your Career
    Wouldn't it be nice if life came with a manual? You wouldn't have to worry about whether you're doing something right or wrong, because your handy manual would navigate you seamlessly through the ins and outs of your life and career. Unfortunately, life doesn't come with a manual, but it does, typically, come with a mother – and that's pretty much the same thing. Here are five reasons why mother knows best when it comes to your career.
  • What Good Is Job Growth If You Can't Earn a Living Wage?
    Tomorrow's job report from the Labor Department is expected to reflect approximately 200,000 jobs added in April, and an unemployment rate holding steady at 5 percent. However, if you take a closer look at the data, a less rosy picture of the economy emerges. A disproportionate number of those jobs being added are in fact low-wage jobs. Besides the obvious fact that low-wage jobs don't afford a very cushy life for workers, very few offer health benefits, sick pay/leave, PTO, or retirement plans.
  • Flexible Side Gigs Are Great for Extra Cash, Not So Much for Career Growth
    Looking at the numbers, it appears that the economy is recovering nicely from the Great Recession. Unemployment is at 5 percent and the GDP is up, but that doesn't necessarily mean all is peachy-keen in America's job market. In fact, PayScale's Real Wage Index indicates that, despite the decreased unemployment rate, wages have actually fallen 6.5 percent since 2006 (when inflation is factored in). This reality has forced many professionals (employed and unemployed) to turn to flexible side gigs to make some extra cash. However, as it turns out, this "gig economy" could be more detrimental than beneficial to workers. Here's why.
  • 3 Things Working Women Should Do to Feel More Empowered
    Despite the fact that women make up nearly half of the workforce, they still are severely underrepresented in leadership roles. In fact, women make up "only 14.6 percent of executive officers, 8.1 percent of top earners, and 4.6 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs," reports Forbes, which means working women have slim pickings when it comes to female role models in their careers. However, that doesn't mean that women can't feel empowered in their careers – it just means they have to learn to be the role models, themselves. Here's how working women can become the change they want to see in the corporate world.
  • 6 Emotions You'll Experience During a Job Change
    Leaving one job to pursue another can be a bittersweet time in your career. On one hand, you're glad that you have this new, promising opportunity lying ahead, but it's also scary and unfamiliar. You may even struggle with feelings of guilt and sadness as you leave your current employer and co-workers behind. However, making the switch from one job to another doesn't have to be an emotional roller coaster, if you know what to expect. Here are six emotions you're probably going to experience during this transitional phase in your career.
  • 5 Benefits of Career Coaching That You Need to Know
    We humans are a weird bunch, especially when it comes to our careers. If we want to lose weight or get in shape, then we get a gym membership and hire a personal trainer. If we go through a difficult time in our lives, then we hire a therapist for guidance. However, if we need help in our careers, we hardly ever think to hire a career coach – but why? Read on to find out why having a career coach on your side can make all the difference in your career.
  • 5 Things Working Moms Need to Feel Empowered In and Out of the Workplace
    If you're a working mom, you already know how hard it can be to juggle priorities successfully. For starters, motherhood has launched you into a whole new dimension of exhaustion. You probably don't even recognize your own reflection in the mirror anymore, and neither do your co-workers. The piles of dishes and laundry are starting to resemble the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and every day you're just hoping and praying that no one stops by unexpectedly. You're not completely sure when the last time you showered was – but who cares, because everyone's alive and fed, right? This survival mentality is all too common for working moms, and it usually results in them feeling defeated, stressed to the max, and completely exhausted – which isn't a great combination for anyone's career or well-being. But it doesn't have to be this way. Here's what moms need in order to have the lives and careers they deserve.
  • Boosting This One Trait Could Take Your Career to the Next Level
    If you're like most professionals, you've probably spent countless hours researching the secret to success and trying to mimic the ways of your biggest role models. You may have even forked over some hard-earned cash on seminars and programs that promise to help you achieve your wildest dreams. However, the outcome always seems to be the same: you feeling defeated and like a failure time and time again. Although I'd argue there's not one isolated key to success but rather many, there is one trait that stands out from the rest. Read on to find out what it is and how to hone it.
  • How to Ensure Your Flexible Schedule Is a Blessing and Not a Curse
    Whether you're a working parent, a college student, or just someone who wants to avoid wasting hours in a standard 9-to-5 commute, being granted a flexible work schedule seems like a dream come true. However, what happens when your flex schedule results in more work and stress than you expected? Here's how flex schedules can go wrong, and how to get them back on track.
  • 3 Signs That Your Career Is on the Path to Success
    Gone are the days when entering the corporate world and working hard throughout your career meant a sure shot at success and living the American Dream. Now, career success is much less linear and there's a lot more navigating and rerouting that happens along the way. In fact, it almost seems as though there is no "path" at all, and we're now forced to chart our own journey to success for ourselves. How do you know, then, if you're headed in the right direction?
  • These 5 Jobs Only Require a Two-Year Degree and Are Perfect for a Mid-Career Change
    If you were the same person you were when you first started out in your career, things wouldn't be so complicated. However, over time, you've matured as an individual and a professional, so it's only natural that your priorities shifted accordingly. As a result, you may have found that the career from which you thought you'd retire is now stifling and has become the bane of your existence. You're probably thinking that switching occupations mid-career isn't the wisest decision, but is staying in an unfulfilling, stagnant career until retirement the better option?
  • When Being a Working Mom Is the Pits, Here's What You Need to Remember
    Working mothers do indeed have it all – if by "having it all," you mean having both sides of a double-edged sword. Women are still fighting for equal opportunity and equitable pay, so when you pile on the added pressure of balancing a career and family, there's enough guilt there to drive anyone mad … and sad. If you choose (or "choose") to return to work after having a baby, you're going to have to accept that your decision will have its ups and its downs. Here's what you need to know to get through those times when you start to doubt whether you're cut out to be a working mom.
  • Want to Negotiate Like a Pro? Use These 2 Unconventional Tactics
    Negotiating is no easy feat, especially when it involves your salary. However, as you know, the squeaky wheel gets the oil, so you better get squeaking if you want to up your salary. Here are a couple tricks of the trade to help you negotiate your way to a heftier paycheck, and do it confidently.

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