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  • Work Friendships Are Not Necessarily Real Friendships

    Work friendships are good to have, but they are different from and do not take the place of real friendships. Recognize the difference between the two and enjoy the benefits of each, but avoid making the mistake of relying on work friends for real, personal companionship and confidence.
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  • The Power of Introverts and the Benefits and Pitfalls of Group Work

    You've likely heard these adages before: "Many hands make light work." "Two heads are better than one." "The more, the merrier." There is truth in all of these sayings, but there are other, paradoxical truths as well. Extroverts may look forward to group meetings and talking about their progress on the group's project. However, all of this togetherness may be holding the introverts in the workplace back. The most productive office allows people the flexibility and autonomy individuals need to get their work done, and done well.
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  • 5 Reasons Why LinkedIn Still Matters

    LinkedIn is a little different than other social networks, which offer news, community, and sometimes cute cat photos, but lack the laser focus on professionals and the recruiters and companies that hire them. Still, for overscheduled social media users, the question remains: "If I'm on X,Y, and Z social networks already, do I need to go to the time and trouble of creating (and perfecting) a LinkedIn profile, as well?" Here's why the answer is yes.
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  • 5-Minute Networking Tips for Busy People

    Some people love networking; others would rather get a root canal while waiting in line at the DMV. No matter where you sit on that spectrum, you probably don't have a lot of time to make the connections that sustain your career. Fortunately, some of the best techniques for building professional relationships take hardly any time at all, and they're all based on the same idea: if you want to have friends, or at least people willing to lend you a hand if you need one, you have to be a friend.

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  • 8 Tips to Network in Your New Job

    Think networking is just for getting a job? Think again. If you are new on the job, it helps a great deal to network and get to know your new co-workers. Effective internal networking not only helps establish strong professional (and sometimes personal) connections, but it also helps your career in the long term.
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  • Is There Such a Thing as a Bad LinkedIn Endorsement?

    Done well, LinkedIn endorsements highlight your strengths, build the perception of your expertise, and show prospective employers that you have connections who are enthusiastic enough about you to take a few seconds out of their day to invest in you. But that doesn't mean you need to accept every single one -- or that you should.

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  • Make Your Twitter Bio Help You Get the Job

    It's hard to sum up the whole of your experience, skills, and passions in a single-page resume. Shorten that to 160 characters, and you have two things: your Twitter bio and a writing exercise that's probably more challenging than anything you've had to do since your last poetry unit in high school English class.

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  • How to Take a Great Selfie for Work

    Think the art of taking the perfect selfie is frivolous? Think again. In today's work world, we "meet" clients, co-workers, and even our bosses online before we meet them in person. Learning how to take a professional-looking and flattering photo of yourself is more important than ever before. The latest research in psychology shows how to make the best first impression online.
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  • How Tattoos, Piercings, and Other Choices Affect First Impressions at Work

    Fairly or not, people make assumptions about others based upon mannerisms, clothing, and personal appearance. Research on first impressions gives us insight into how to control and direct the first impressions we make on others.
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  • How to Successfully Collaborate With Co-workers

    In theory, a team should be more than the sum of its parts, with the individual strengths of the teammates contributing positively to the bottom line. In reality, well, a collaboration is only useful if it works. Many factors affect success or failure, including too much time spent in meetings and leaning on others to the point of laziness. When collaboration is successful, it is an incredibly useful tool for productivity and innovation in the workplace. Learn how to do it right.
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  • Want to Make a Good First Impression? Here's What to Do

    Going on a job interview or meeting with a new client, you want to put your best foot forward and make this person want to work with you. Understand how different behaviors affect first impressions, and use them to your advantage.
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  • How to Write a Great LinkedIn Invite

    If you’re looking for a new career opportunity, LinkedIn can be a great resource. It’s filled with people who are searching for someone, maybe even you, to fill an open job. The question is, how do you reach out to them in a way that makes sense?
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  • Amazon Has the Most Attractive Tech Workers

    The makers of Hinge, a dating app that stresses professional affiliations as well as social connections, says that users swipe right for Amazon employees 14.2 percent above the average -- more than Apple, Google, or Facebook, whose network they use to validate user identity. (Ouch.)

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  • Sexy Social Media Photos Make You Look Incompetent

    By now, you probably know that posting the wrong material on social media can have severe consequences for your career. But recent research indicates that posting revealing photos can backfire in one unexpected way: Your peers may see you as less competent.
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  • Work BFFs Are Important, But Millennials Value Them the Most [infographic]

    LinkedIn's Relationships @Work study found that 46 percent of workers feel that their friends at the office contribute to their happiness, both at work and at home. Millennials were the most likely to report positive impacts from their office friendships.

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  • 3 Networking Lessons From Barbie's LinkedIn Profile

    Barbie has a LinkedIn profile, and it is more useful (and slightly less pink) than you'd probably guess, if you still think of America's plastic sweetheart as a Corvette-driving, Dreamhouse-owning, Malibu beach babe. Entrepreneur Barbie is a businesswoman. Current venture? Dream incubator.

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  • 3 Tips to Successfully Work From Home

    Occupational psychologist Professor Cary Cooper has a lot to say about the benefits of working from home. He cites some laws that may protect workers, and discusses the psychology behind why remote workers are not always trusted to use their time well. Here are a few snippets of advice to people who want to succeed at working from home.

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  • 3 Tips for Better Business Cards

    In the age of LinkedIn and online job application forms, you're likely to forget about a valuable in-person networking tool: the business card. If you haven't bothered to update your card in a while -- or have a one so unmemorable, you have piles of left-behind cards stacked around your desk -- there are a few things you can do to step up your business card game.

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  • Are You Being Annoying on Social Media?

    In age where every college intern already has a personal brand, it's hard to know when our social media use has gotten out of hand. Are we building or empire -- or just annoying everyone around us? Fortunately, a new site offers a way to figure out if you're That Person on social media.

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  • If You Want to Work at Zappos, You'll Have to Join the Club (or at Least, Their Social Network)

    Want to work at the company that brought you next-day shoe delivery and free returns? You'll have to join Zappos Insiders, the organization's new social network dedicated to networking with current and future Zappos employees. In fact, The Wall Street Journal reports, the social network will be the only way to get hired for one of the estimated 450 jobs the online retailer expects to fill this year.

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