• These 9 Feel-Good Career Stories Will Give You Hope for 2016
    With 2015 coming to an end and a new year just around the corner, it's nice to reflect on some of the positive things that have happened in the career world this year, from companies offering increased paid family leave to millennials teaching us what success should look like in the future. Here are a few of the top career stories of 2015 to help close out the year on a good note.
  • Ladies, If We Want Change, We Have to Do It Ourselves
    Women have been fighting for equality for some time now and they show no signs of stopping until the battle has been won, once and for all. Women still face many inequities today that prevent them from reaching their full potential in their personal and professional lives, but it's not only women who are negatively impacted by gender imbalances – business and the economy as a whole suffer when women are deprived of the same opportunities as men. If you want things to change sooner than later, ladies, it's time to take matters into your own hands – because, as Laurel Thatcher Ulrich said, "Well-behaved women seldom make history."
  • Want to Get the Job? Make Yourself Into the 'Perfect' Job Seeker
    As we continue to hear positive reports about the state of the economy and a declining unemployment rate, it may be easy to feel confused — if the unemployment rate is so low, how am I still having such a hard time finding a job? In part, it might because commentators aren't looking at the full story. When you account not only for folks who've been about of work for 15-plus weeks, but also consider those who are underemployed, "marginally attached," or "discouraged," the effective unemployment rate has been sitting around 10 percent for the last year now at least, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. So how are you supposed to find work among such stiff competition of other job seekers?
  • Business Wisdom From Billionaire Buddhist Priest Dr. Kazuo Inamori
    Should managers focus on making workers happy, even before satisfying the shareholders? Yes, according to Dr. Kazuo Inamori, management expert, billionaire entrepreneur, and Buddhist priest. Inamori has spent decades applying and honing his organizational philosophies, and he's done so with great success. He created the $64 billion phone carrier known as KDDI Corp, and he rescued Japan Airlines from bankruptcy just a few years ago. His ideas are unique, complex, and yet also super-simple in the essence: "If you want eggs, take care of the hen. If you bully or kill the hen, it’s not going to work."
  • /r/CareerGuidance: How Do I Gracefully Quit a Job I Just Got?
    Timing is everything, especially when it comes to accepting a new job offer. But what happens when you accept the first offer you get, only to receive an even better offer a few weeks later? That's exactly what happened to one Reddit user, who then consulted the Reddit community for advice.
  • Should You Have Friends at Work?
    The definition of "office" has changed over the past decade or so, thanks to the rise of telecommuting and virtual offices. Those of us in the non-traditional workplace do not have much 3D interaction with our colleagues. If the way we work and where we work is changing, do we still need friends "at the office"?
  • 9 Ways to Ruin Your Career at the Holiday Party
    We've all seen it: the trainwreck of a work event when you mix co-workers, booze, and an encouragement to "let your hair down." If you don't want to spend the holidays looking for a new job, nip these mistakes in the bud before that party gets started.
  • Lena Dunham and Emma Stone Discuss Nicknames in the Workplace
    Hopefully, it's a rare occurrence these days for a male co-worker or boss to summon a woman at the office with a demeaning nickname like "sweetie," or "honey," or (heaven forbid) "baby." Unfortunately though, it does still happen.
  • Why Over Half of US Workers Are Looking for a New Job
    Are you looking for a new job? If so, you're not alone. According to the new Gallup Workforce Panel study, 51 percent of workers are currently looking elsewhere for employment. Here's why so many are looking for greener pastures.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: A Better Alternative to New Year's Resolutions
    Why make New Year's resolutions? In part, to make next year better than this one. The problem with formal resolutions is that they can become a stick to beat yourself with, when you turn out to be human after all and miss the mark. A better plan for 2016 might be to stop doing the things that are squandering your energy and making you less happy and productive, both at work and at home. In this week's roundup, find a reminder about the things you actually don't owe your colleagues, family, and friends; plus a few online personality tests that are worth the time, and the soft skills to develop, in order to succeed at work.
  • 4 Interview Questions You Should Never Ask, According to Reddit
    If you've ever interviewed for a job before, you know that there are questions you should ask during a job interview, as well as questions you should not ask. In this post, I walk you through the latest AskReddit thread about the questions you should absolutely never ask, as well as scripts for getting information in a more professional and less offensive way. Spoiler alert: you should never use the phrase "sausage fest" in an interview.
  • How I Got My Dream Job: Courtney Kenney, Program Associate at Ronald McDonald House New York
    For the past four years, New York-based social worker Courtney Kenney has worked as a program associate for Ronald McDonald House New York, an organization that provides temporary housing for pediatric cancer patients and their families. Located on East 73rd Street in Manhattan near 13 major cancer treatment centers, Ronald McDonald functions as a both practical and supportive home base for young people who are receiving treatment for serious, sometimes terminal pediatric illnesses. The organization, which can host up to 84 families at a time, is usually filled to capacity and has opened its doors to more than 30,000 families from all across the state, country, and world since it was founded in 1978. Kenney works directly with children and their families on a daily basis — playing, talking, and helping to facilitate the House's many programs and services. Kenney recently spoke with PayScale to describe some of the rewards and challenges of her unique role, and share some of the experiences that have shaped her career.
  • 9 Careers for People Who Want a Life Outside of Work
    Are you one of the many Americans who are married to their careers and have little to no time (or energy) to even think of having a life outside of work? If so, then it may be time to consider another career that allows for better work-life balance, so that you don't have a life of all work and no play. Read on to see nine careers that will allow you to have your cake and eat it too.
  • To Gift or Not to Gift at the Holidays
    It's the season of giving, or so the television says, but should you always or never give something to your co-workers, or your boss? We weigh the options for keeping yourself on the Nice List and out of trouble with HR — way more important than staying on Santa's good side when you're a grownup with a job.
  • SCIENCE: Rudeness at Work Is Contagious
    If you've had a boss or co-worker tell you to leave your attitude at the door, you can feel better knowing they were probably just trying to protect your innocent colleagues from catching your rudeness. That's right: according to new research from psychologists at Lund University in Sweden, rudeness is contagious, and it can have seriously negative effects on the workplace.
  • 4 Networking Tips For Introverts
    "Networking" is a word that can instantly conjure feelings of dread, particularly for introverted or shy individuals. It doesn't have to be painful, but talking to a bunch of strangers may be nerve-wracking if you feel out of practice or intimidated. Here are four ways to build and enjoy a network that will benefit your career for years to come, even if you aren't the most outgoing of people.
  • The 4 Largest US Endowments and Foundations
    Not sure about the difference between a foundation and an endowment, or why you should care about either? These nonprofit organizations fund education, scientific research, the arts, and healthcare. They have billions of dollars under their control and they invest in a variety of areas from bonds to real estate. Learning more about the largest endowments and foundations in the U.S. can help you understand the impact they have on humanity and the economy. Who knows, you might even want to consider working for one someday.
  • How to Set Goals for Your Team
    If you're a manager, you may be spending quite a bit of time right now evaluating goals for your team in the coming year. How do you create goals in alignment with the organization's priorities, set your team up for success, and most of all, make sure that your goals will be met? It is often an intense process, but done right, it can have spectacular results.
  • 5 People Who Got Fired Their First Day Of Work
    Getting fired stinks. But getting fired your first day on the job? That's the worst. If you haven't been fired from a job on the first day, heed these warnings from Redditors and friends across the interwebs who have gone through this terrible experience so you don't have to.
  • What Makes Workers Happy, Creative, and Productive in 2015?
    What makes workers happy, and why do so many of us decide to leave our jobs and start looking elsewhere for employment? There are so many factors that contribute to the overall picture of our job satisfaction, from work-life balance to potential opportunities for advancement. In an effort to understand what makes today's worker tick, Staples surveyed thousands of managers and workers across the U.S. about current workplace trends and culture. The results of that report, the Staples Advantage Workplace Index, reveal a great deal about work-life balance, productivity, and so much more. Let's take a look at the key findings.

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