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  • BLS Jobs Report: 142,000 Jobs Added, Unemployment at 6.1 Percent

    The economy added 142,000 jobs in August, according to this morning's Employment Situation Summary from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fewer than the 230,000 jobs predicted by economists. The unemployment rate declined slightly to 6.1 percent. Does this report, which is the weakest in six months, indicate signs of slowing job creation?

  • ADP Jobs Report: Economy Added 204,000 Jobs in August

    The private sector added 204,000 jobs last month, according to this morning's ADP National Employment Report, slightly lower than the 215,000 jobs predicted by economists.

  • 3 Strange Jobs Held by Authors Before They Were Famous

    Even history's most revered writers had to do something to hold body and soul together before they hit it big. No surprise that these creative minds often toiled in something a little more offbeat than the usual food service or babysitting gigs.

  • 5 Management Tips: How to Encourage a Better Attitude in Your Reports

    There's a difference between constructive criticism and, well, whining. If your team is doing more of the latter these days, you don't have to stand by and let negativity take over. There are steps you can take to make sure that you still hear feedback but don't encourage aimless complaining.

  • Are You 'Abrasive'? Why It Matters That Bosses Describe Men and Women Differently

    Let's say you have before you two performance reviews. Both are for high performers, and both contain critical as well as positive feedback. One describes the reviewed as "aggressive"; the other as "abrasive." Which review belongs to a man, and which to a woman?

  • 40 Percent of Workers Don't Take All Their Vacation

    According to a recent report from the U.S. Travel Association, 96 percent of workers see the value in taking time off -- but only 60 percent of us actually use up all our vacation time. The rest of us let paid days off expire, unused. Why aren't we using our earned time?

  • Are We Ready for a World Without Resumes?

    Updating resumes and writing cover letters can feel like an insurmountable obstacle in the job hunting process, even when you're desperate for a new gig. For one thing, it's hard to see typos or inconsistencies once they've been introduced, making the process dull at best and frustrating at worst; for another, well, it feels weird to pitch yourself so openly. Wouldn't it be great if we didn't have to deal with resumes and cover letters at all?

  • How to Look for a Job When You Have a Job

    The best time to look for a new job might be when you're already employed, but that doesn't mean it's easy to manage the process when you already have a full plate. Here's how to find a new gig without getting fired from your old one.

  • Negotiate for These 10 Things When There's No More Money

    Ask anyone what they want in a new job, and money is sure to be at the top of the list. Most negotiating advice is geared toward that, offering tips on dealing with the question of salary history, figuring out how much you're worth, and asking for more than an initial low-ball offer. But what do you do when there's no more wiggle room, but you still want the job?

  • Avoid These 8 Resume Fails [infographic]

    Recruiters spend an average of six seconds looking at your resume. Sadly, this seems to be long enough to catch even the tiniest typo, but not long enough to unearth the relevant experience you modestly placed in paragraph two.

  • 5 Ways to Boost Employee Loyalty

    Let's get one thing straight right off the bat: smart employees aren't loyal to their employers anymore. If the past few years have taught us anything, it's that there's no such thing as job security. But there are ways for you, as a manager, to improve your reports' commitment to the organization. Here's how to do it.

  • Job Relocation Checklist: Do These 5 Things Before You Move

    The hardest part of moving for work is deciding to take the plunge. Once that's out of the way, you're dealing with details. Of course, how you handle the little things that go into your relocation can make a big difference to your quality of life in your new home and at your new job.

  • 5 Ways to Change Careers Without Starting From Scratch

    When we talk about career changes, we often speak in leaps, e.g. lawyers who become history teachers or executives who leave big business to start their own mom-and-pop shops. But what about the smaller career evolutions, the kind that don't require a lot of extra education or training to effect? Here's how to make a career change that's a lot easier and less frightening than jumping into a strange new occupation.

  • 3 Common Pitfalls of Work Friendships

    The benefits of work friendships are pretty clear -- a sense of belonging, a positive corporate culture, improved communication and commitment to the team -- but that doesn't mean that having friends at work is totally without risk. Here's how things can go wrong, and what to do to make them right.

  • Is the Skills Gap a Myth?

    In a recent Manpower survey, 40 percent of employers said they had trouble finding qualified applicants for open jobs. On the other hand, David Nicklaus at The St. Louis Post-Dispatch points out, we have a 6.2 percent unemployment rate -- better than the recession, obviously, but still "too high in the sixth year of an economic recovery." How can we account for the simultaneous existence of a high unemployment rate and employers who say they can't find workers qualified for jobs?

  • Here's Why Robots Might Not Take Our Jobs

    Robots have been taking jobs from humans for decades now, replacing bank tellers with ATMs, cashiers with self-checkout machines, and factory workers with mechanized assembly lines. The fear, of course, is that the bots will grow so intelligent -- and low-maintenance from a management perspective -- that they'll replace us altogether. In a recent New York Times column, Neil Irwin explains why that might not be as likely as some naysayers predict. Why? For one thing, robots don't have a lot of common sense.

  • What's the Difference Between Good Stress and Bad Stress?

    Chronic stress is bad for you, potentially affecting everything from your physical health to your productivity at work. But a little stress, now and then, can actually make you better at your job and happier both at home and at the office.

  • 5 Jobs for People Who Love Travel

    Most workers who travel as part of their jobs get to see the insides of identical conference centers from sea to shining sea. It's exciting if you like single-serving coffee or collect hotel soaps, and less exciting if your true love is travel -- the real kind, where you get to immerse yourself in a culture, however briefly, and see the world from a whole new perspective. If that's your idea of the perfect gig, these jobs might be a good fit for you.

  • 3 Management Practices That Improve Employee Productivity

    Most productivity advice focuses on individuals, offering tips on time management techniques, systems, and technology that can help us get out of our own way. That's all well and good, but if the boss isn't on board, the world's best to-do list won't be much help. If you're the boss, you're in a unique position to help your team stuff done. Here's how to do it.

  • Workers Less Loyal to Employers -- Even If They Get Raises

    Are you loyal to your employer? If so, you're a dying breed. A Randstad study of Canadian workers found that although half of respondents said they had "the perfect job," 65 percent would leave if doing so netted them a higher salary or offered better career opportunities. Experts say that workers feel less loyalty to their employers even if they offer more money.