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  • For Boomers Who Need to Keep Working, a Career Change Might Be the Answer

    Looking for work at any age is tough, especially if you're changing careers. But for workers over 55 (and that's at least 19.5 of us and growing, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics) that jump can be even harder.

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  • Which Cities Are Leading the U.S.'s Manufacturing Revival?

    Finally, some good news about industry in the U.S.: Q1 2012 marked the full recovery of manufacturing wages from the Great Recession, according to The PayScale Index. Wages grew almost .5 percent over the previous quarter and were up 2 percent from last year.

    Where is this quiet resurgence taking place? When most of us think of manufacturing, we probably think of automobile hub of Detroit or maybe steel towns like Pittsburgh. But Forbes's recent gallery of cities leading the manufacturing revival includes some areas that might surprise you.

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  • Salary and Career News Round Up: The New Womb Chair, Preventing Burnout and Reporter Fired for Facebook Post

    Every Friday we round up the salary trends, career stories and job news that you may have missed during the past week.

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  • It's Payday! Celebrate with a Paycheck Check-Up

    What could be more fun? It's Friday and payday - and the sun in shining in lots of places across the country. Are you ready to head out and goof around? That's great. Before you go, though, take a look at your paycheck and make sure that you like what you see.

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  • 15 Amazing Perks of Owning Your Own Business

    Q: What is the biggest perk of owning your own business?

    The following answers are provided by The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the world's most promising young entrepreneurs. The YEC recently published #FixYoungAmerica: How to Rebuild Our Economy and Put Young Americans Back to Work (for Good), a book of 30+ proven solutions to help end youth unemployment.

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  • New Grads Vow to Pay for Children's College

    Student loan debt in the United States has reached $1 trillion. (Not a typo.) One group that's taking this number seriously is the recent grads themselves, who have pledged to start saving for their children's college much sooner than previous generations.

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  • Study Finds Emails, Meetings Aren't the Answer to Telecommuters' Work Engagement

    If you're a company that employs telecommuters or other remote workers, take heed: A new study indicates that bombarding them with emails or asking them to attend virtual meetings won't boost their work engagement or foster feelings of closeness with colleagues. Instead, this communication can stress employees out and make them feel even less attached to the company.

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  • Apple Enables Geo-Fencing in Find My Friends App Update: Are Office Check-Ins Imminent?

    The latest update to Apple's Find My Friends app introduces a geo-fencing feature that enables users to notify friends when they enter or leave a designated area. For example, you could set the app to notify friends when you're leaving the gym or have arrived at home. Mashable points out, though, that Apple employees are using it for another purpose: office check-ins.

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  • The Intelligent Way to Pick a College

    Instead of picking a college based on location, name cache or where it ranks on a list, why not make a decision based on the degree you really want? Just because your dad is an alumnus or your boyfriend is going to a particular school doesn’t make it the best educational fit for you.

    Whether you’re a recent high school graduate or going back to school, a degree (and not necessarily a school’s pedigree) can be your ticket to a good paycheck. Here are a few factors to consider when choosing where to go.

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  • Pay Increases Make Some Employees Feel Like Failures

    It might seem counterintuitive, but new research indicates that employees with neurotic tendencies can feel like failures upon receiving pay increases. Eugenio Proto of the University of Warwick and Aldo Rustichini from the University of Minnesota studied high-salary employees with high levels of neuroticism and found that if the amount of a pay raise is disappointing, they're more likely to interpret it as a sign of failure.

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  • Mobile Productivity Tools Are Far From Perfect, According to Survey

    A recent survey by Harmon.ie reveals that mobile productivity tools have a long way to go before they help users work effectively while on the go. Although 77 percent of respondents said that they routinely finish presentations, documents or proposals while outside the office, 84 percent said that they cannot work efficiently while doing so, and 54 percent report that their productivity is actually lower on the go than it is in the office. Why is mobile collaboration so flawed?

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  • Study Reveals Jobs That Will Make You Fat

    Several factors contribute to weight gain and obesity, but a CareerBuilder survey revealed that some jobs are more likely to make you fat than others. Some 44 percent of U.S. workers report gaining weight at their current company. What positions do you think were most likely to cause workers to tip the scales?

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  • 3 Ways to Reclaim Productivity and Rebound from Work Distractions

    Forty-five percent of employees are interrupted at work every 15 minutes. Over half report that they waste over an hour each workday on distractions. The modern workplace is riddled with distractions and interruptions, whether they be the chimes of text messages and emails, coworkers stopping in to share jokes or ask questions, or the latest tweet that requires an immediate response. How can workers reclaim their office time?

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  • Seattle Geeks Beware: We’re Bringing PayScale Ping-Pong Heat

    There are so many ways to geek out – pounding six-shot Americanos at midnight or stuffing yourself with Hot Pockets while leveling up in Diablo III. And then there are geek sports, like Frisbee golf, ping-pong and foosball. We here at PayScale are really good at one of those – ping-pong - and we’re sending our best players to the GeekWire Summer Bash ping-pong tournament next week.

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  • Female Mentorship Flourishes as Study Disproves 'Queen Bee' Syndrome

    The 'Queen Bee' syndrome of the aggressive, sabotaging woman in power has been popularized in pop culture with movies like "The Devil Wears Prada," but new research reveals that this archetype isn't as prevalent as you might think. Nonprofit firm Catalyst followed 742 MBA grads who were classified as "high potential" over a two-year period. Which group of graduates had more mentorship opportunities over that timespan, the men or the women?

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  • Workers Answer Employers' Question: "What Do They Want From Us?"

    And the answer, this summer, at least, is, "more time off."

    A new survey from staffing service OfficeTeam showed that summer Fridays and a flexible work schedule were the most desired summer benefits. Forty-one percent of those surveyed said a flexible schedule was most important to them, while 28 percent wanted to leave early on Fridays.

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  • 11 Stress-Busting Desk Exercises [infographic]

    Sedentary jobs are associated with a number of health risks, and this illustrated infographic shares stress-busting desk exercises that can help you stave off some of them without even getting up from your chair. Neck stretches and wrist rolls, for example, can help curb repetitive stress injuries and sore muscles, while water bottle weight lifting and resistance band pulls can help strengthen upper-body muscles.

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  • Want to Take Stanford Classes… For Free?

    Imagine you could take courses from Princeton, Stanford or University of Pennsylvania without ever having to apply or attend these elite schools. Now imagine those classes were free. Yes, you read that correctly. Free.

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  • The Shrinking Manufacturing Industry in America

    By Katie Bardaro, PayScale.com

    This blog post is sponsored by GE but views expressed are those of PayScale.com.


    How has the workforce changed in America since 1960? GE recently released an interactive data visualization titled, “Working in America?” which examines employment trends in 12 sectors over the last 50+ years (from 1960 to 2011). Not surprisingly, manufacturing showed up as an industry that has experienced dramatic ups and downs in the last five decades – and the drama continues.

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  • You're Not Daydreaming at Work -- You're Brainstorming in a Different Way

    Is your mind wandering during that dull meeting? You're not lazy, and you don't lack focus. In fact, you might be on the verge of creating something great.

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