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  • How to Build a Better Workday

    Want to be happier at work? The secret might be achieving a state of flow, the feeling you get when you're so absorbed in activities that give you a sense of purpose, that you lose track of time. (As opposed to, for example, the parched-eyeball feeling of losing an hour to your favorite game app on your phone.) So how can we get to flow?

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  • Women's Dress Code for Getting a Promotion or Raise

    We all have days when we look in the closet and wonder how we are going to survive until we can do laundry. Depending upon where you work, this may be more or less of a problem. Some office dress codes are casual enough that if you have nothing clean but a pair of jeans, you can wear them to work. Regardless of how formal or casual your office, however, there are stricter rules for dress when you are trying to move forward in your career, get a promotion, or receive a raise. When you are ready to ask for a raise or a promotion, plan ahead and wear the outfit that will help you get what you are asking for.
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  • Do You Have One of the Hottest Jobs of 2014?

    US News recent released its list of the 100 best jobs of 2014. We will take a look at which jobs are in the top ten, so read on to see if your profession made the cut.
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  • How to Deal With Passive-Aggression at Work

    There's plenty of information and advice out there for people who have to deal with outright jerks in the workplace -- the bullies, the bad bosses, the yellers and screamers who make each day fraught with tension. But what about the folks who don't make a big stink, but drive us crazy trying to guess what they really want, and whether or not it's in our best interests to give it to them? For workers toiling alongside the passive-aggressive, the trick is to identify the behaviors before they undermine your productivity, job satisfaction, and corporate culture.

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  • What Men Do Differently on LinkedIn

    Women rule the internet when it comes to social media, according to recent Pew research -- except when it comes to LinkedIn, where only 19 percent of internet-using women are on the site, as opposed to 24 percent of men. Why does this matter? With recruiters increasingly turning to social media to find qualified candidates for jobs, women who are looking for work need to maximize every opportunity, in order to get the attention of hiring managers.

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  • Paint Your Office Walls the Best Colors for Productivity

    Color schemes in any office help set the mood or tone of the business. Forbes has a wonderful color wheel that indicates the different psychological moods that colors evoke. If you have the opportunity to paint your office walls or to change the color schemes where you work, consider how you wish to influence your co-workers and clients.

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  • It's Time Once Again for 'How Not to Do a Conference Call'

    AOL CEO Tim Armstrong has done it again: during a conference call to explain changes to staffers' 401(k) plans, he mentioned that some of the cost was because two AOL-ers had "distressed babies" in 2013.

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  • 10 Popular Twitter Hashtags for Job Seekers to Follow

    Hiring managers are beginning to veer away from conventional methods of advertising job vacancies, and they are, instead, turning to social media to locate qualified candidates. Their weapon of choice? A little thing known as a hashtag. See how hashtags are a candidate’s best friend when it comes to finding a job in today’s digital age.
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  • Be a Satisficer, Not a Maximizer

    When you're given a task to accomplish at work, do you insist on doing everything in your power to accomplish it in the best possible way, or do you work to get the job done so that it meets requirements, and move on?

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  • 3 Reasons Interns Are Not Entry-Level Employees

    Aside from the ongoing debate whether internships are legitimate opportunities for students to gain valuable work experience or just opportunities for companies to obtain cheap labor, another question being considered is whether or not interns are entry-level employees.
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  • 3 Ways to Maximize Your Lunch Break

    Instead of eating at your desk, taking a little break and getting some fresh air during the day may help relieve stress and reduce afternoon fatigue. Make the most of your lunch break. Following are just three ways you can maximize your time off in the middle of the day.
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  • BLS Jobs Report: Economy Adds Just 113,000 Jobs, Unemployment Dips to 6.6 Percent

    This morning, the Labor Department released the Employment Situation Summary for January, and the numbers are lower than economists had predicted: 113,000 jobs added last month, as opposed to the expected 185,000 jobs. This comes on the heels of Wednesday's ADP report, which saw 175,000 jobs added in January, and a lackluster December 2013, in which the BLS said the economy added only 75,000 jobs (revised upward from 74,000).

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  • Take These 3 College Courses to Maximize Your Chances at a Job

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 284,000 American workers toiled for minimum wage last year, despite having a bachelor's degree. CNBC points out that this number, while significantly lower than the 327,000 overeducated minimum wage earners in 2010, is up a whopping 70 percent from 2002. To some extent, it's because today's college grads need to have more skills than previous generations, in order to impress employers.

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  • Use PayScale’s Best Jobs for You Tool to Find Your Dream Job

    Choosing a job is never an easy task, whether you’re a fresh-faced student deciding on a field of study or an experienced professional thinking about your next big career move. PayScale’s new Best Jobs for You tool is here to make that decision a lot easier. This new tool allows you to comb through our immense career database to find a job that matches your preferences, experience and education levels and earns the salary you want.

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  • Will Obamacare Kill 2 Million Jobs?

    Recently, the Congressional Budget Office released an updated report, which included data on the Affordable Care Act. Yesterday, several conservative commentators and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor fired off tweets, Cantor claiming that "millions of hardworking Americans will lose their jobs" because of the Affordable Care Act." So will this come to pass?

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  • 3 Things Employers Won't Tell You About Social Media

    By now, we've all heard stories about people being fired for their social media use, either because they got caught tweeting on the company time, or because they said something outside of work, that tarnished their employer's brand. But there's more to the perils of social media than just saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. Here's what your employer knows about social media that might surprise you.
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  • A Bachelor's Degree -- From a Community College?

    Community college used to be where students went to start their academic career, often for less money than they'd pay to attend a four-year school. If you wanted vocational training, or a degree that would transfer to another, longer program, community college was the place to start. But in California, at least, community colleges might soon offer four-year programs -- in high-demand concentrations.

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  • How to Deal With Conflict When You're a Nice Person

    Everyone knows that person at the office, the one who loves conflict: he's the one who's always butting heads with everyone, engaging people from the CEO to the summer intern on everything from the quarterly report to the outcome of last week's game. And then there's you -- the nice guy. The problem is, if you're too nice to deal with conflict at all, people are going to get Mr. Blowhard's perspective a lot more than they get yours.

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  • 3 Reasons Employers Aren't Hiring Recent College Grads

    The unemployment rate for the youngest members of the workforce is significantly higher than the general population -- 14.8 percent, in fact, as of November, 2013, according to the Center for American Progress, compared to the 7 percent or so we've been seeing for the general population. All indications are that Millennial workers are not recovering from the Great Recession at the same rate as other age groups. But why?

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  • Work at Home? Here's How to Avoid an Audit

    The Consumerist has a helpful list of tax tips to follow to avoid being audited by the IRS. Some of these sage pieces of advice are relevant to people who work at home, or who run home-based businesses. If you work at home, take heed of these three things when reporting your income.
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