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  • Do These 3 Things and Avoid Working Through Your Next Vacation

    Vacation season is upon us, and with it, the most pressing question of the warm weather months: if you drop your smartphone in the ocean, will you actually get a few days to rest and recharge, or will your boss see through your cunning ruse? (Hint: It's the latter.)

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  • To Get the Job, Ask for It

    Could getting a job be as simple as just asking for it? For candidates who already feel like they're begging to be hired, the idea might seem cringeworthy. But as Kim Thompson points out in a recent post at SF Gate, employers are far more likely to hire enthusiastic candidates than ones who seem like they can take the job or leave it.

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  • Resume Myths vs. Facts [infographic]

    If you're looking for a job, you've probably already heard a lot of advice about the "ideal" resume template. Experts weigh in on this topic constantly, but just about everyone who's ever been hired has an opinion on what resumes should look like. There's just one problem: a lot of the time, they're wrong.

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  • Minimum Wage in Seattle Might Soon Be $15 an Hour

    Yesterday, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced that he has struck a deal that will allow that city to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour, a jump of more than $4 an hour. The state of Washington has the highest minimum wage in the country, at $9.32 per hour.

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  • BLS Jobs Report: Economy Adds 288,000 Jobs, Unemployment Dips to 6.3 Percent

    Economists predicted that today's release of the monthly Employment Situation Summary would show gains of 218,000 jobs in April-- more than previous months, but far short of the actual 288,000 reported by the Labor Department. Unemployment fell to 6.3 percent, the lowest since September 2008.

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  • 3 Ways to Customize Your Resume

    While some say the resume is well on its way to being dead, thanks to professional social networks like LinkedIn, many companies still require applicants to submit a resume to be considered for an open position. Before you simply copy and paste your LinkedIn profile (or use LinkedIn's Resume Builder), consider customizing your resume to ensure you have the best shot of getting your foot in the door for an interview. Here are three key ways you should customize your resume before applying for each job.
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  • 3 Tips to Sound More Like a Leader

    If you want to be respected as a manager, you have to talk the talk. But in this age of corporate buzzwords, it can be hard to sound like the manager you want to be, or to be respected for the leader you already are.
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  • Align Your Career With Your Interests, and Be as Happy as a Jelly Bean Scientist

    Flavor Scientist might sound like something Willy Wonka would dream up, but there is a person out there doing that job right now. Her name is Elise Benstein, and she works for Jelly Belly Candy Company, but her story is only a small part of a larger mission. Roadtrip Nation, a career exploration organization, aims to show workers that they can have careers that really interest them, whether that's picking jelly bean flavors or discovering a cure for cancer.

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  • STEM Classes Equal Better Pay, But Students Don't Care

    Students who choose STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) majors usually make more money after graduation than those who choose non-science fields. Even taking a few STEM classes can boost job security and earnings. However, high school students couldn't care less. This is a problem for us all.
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  • #PayChat Roundup: 10 Tips to Be More Productive at Work

    Want to get more done at the office? Today's #PayChat focused on productivity. PayScale's users chimed in on Twitter to give their top tips on being more productive at their jobs.

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  • 3 Ways to Write a Cover Letter That Actually Works

    There are a lot of contenders for "worst part of the job search process," but writing cover letters has to be right up there at the top of the list. Trying to hook hiring managers' attention without sounding like a caricature of a used car salesman or just regurgitating your resume is a challenge worthy of early-Mad Men Don Draper. So how can you get their attention, without feeling cheesy or wasting everyone's time?

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  • 5 Reasons Why Annual Performance Reviews Should Be Banished, Adobe-Style

    Rarely, if ever, does any manager or employee speak of their fondness for the annual performance review, that ritual outlining of personal mistakes, successes, strengths, and weaknesses. So, if everyone hates them so much, why are are we doing them? That's the question Adobe asked before deciding to eliminate the process in 2012, and the company hasn't looked back since. Here's why.
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  • Fulfill These 3 Needs, and Make Your Job More Compelling Than Goofing Off

    Ever notice that you can easily spend hours paying close attention to an activity, as long as it isn't what you're paid to do? One solution is to try to make work as compelling as play. Addressing these three factors can help.
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  • Laughter Is Still the Best Medicine for Stress

    Having a hard day at the office? It might be time to cue up those funny videos or sneak off to talk to your most hilarious co-worker. Laughter, as we're so frequently reminded, is one of the best ways to deal with stress, especially at the office.

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  • Social Media: Are You Managing Your Personal Brand or Wasting Time?

    Today's job seekers are selling more to employers than their experience and skills; they're selling their personal brand. This creates whole new problems on the time management front. When are you using social media to further your career -- and when is it just a means of procrastination?

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  • Plan a Productive Business Lunch

    Lunchtime is work-time at many offices. If you're not hunched over your keyboard, typing while eating, you're probably at a lunch meeting, schmoozing while eating. If you're stuck planning one of these work-and-eat sessions, you're also in charge of making sure it's a good use of everyone's time. So how can you do three things at once?

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  • #PayChat: Productivity at Work

    Is it time for spring career cleaning? We’re a month in to the second quarter of 2014 and it may be just the right time to regroup and ensure you’re on track to achieve your career goals. Please join us this Wednesday, April 30th at 10:30 a.m. (PDT) to discuss productivity in our monthly twitter chat, #PayChat.
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  • Doctors Are Miserable, and Here's Why

    It used to be prestigious to go to medical school. Doctors were almost guaranteed a good income and community respect. Today, it's a different story.
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  • Looking for a Raise? Avoid This Mistake

    What's the number one thing people do wrong before asking their boss for a raise? Consultant and executive coach Karen Cates suggests it's failing to ask whether they deserve one in the first place.

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  • 3 Tips to Negotiate Anything Over Email

    These days, you might do business with a co-worker for years and never meet them face to face. Maybe they're in an office across the country or the world, or maybe they -- or you -- work at home. Whatever the reason behind it, working in a different physical space than your colleagues requires adaptations that you might never have anticipated, when you first started interacting remotely. For example, what happens when you need to negotiate with someone, and you can't see their facial expressions?

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