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Yesterday, Joan Rivers passed away at the age of 81. Celebrities remembered her on Twitter as a comedy icon, but most importantly, as one of the hardest working comedians in the business. Here's how her career can inspire you, no matter what you do for a living.
Student loan debt currently tops $1 trillion, and tuition and fees increase every year. In an era of persistent unemployment and declining real value of wages, a prospective student could be forgiven for wondering if it's worth it to go to college at all. Recently, Fusion, a TV and digital network aimed at Millennials, and PayScale examined the question of whether college is still a good investment.
Quitting a job isn't something we do on a lark. Financial considerations, career concerns, and a dearth of available alternatives keep many people at their current place of work even when they might prefer to be elsewhere. However, paying attention to sometimes subtle signs that you are done here may help you plan for a better future and save your sanity. Listen to your gut.
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?
Australians have found themselves in the middle of a debate not unlike the ongoing dispute in the U.S. over the cost of higher education. This year, the Australian government unveiled a proposal that would allow universities to raise tuition without any regulatory restraints. Officials say the changes would make schools more competitive, but opponents believe college in Australia will become unaffordable.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
Starting your own company can be one of the most terrifying things you will ever do. The buck will always stop with you, and with that freedom comes incredible stress. The strain may cause havoc with your health. A vital part of being a successful entrepreneur is to have the right mindset.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
A huge part of being an effective leader is having the right mindset. Good leaders don't think they are better than everybody else; rather, they recognize that each and every one of us has our own skills and weaknesses. A good leader wants to encourage workers to use their skills and to improve on their weaknesses. But it's more complicated than just that.
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