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  • What If the Boss Wants Me to Do Something That's Against My Beliefs?

    Life and work would be so much simpler if everything was in black or white. Unfortunately, we deal predominantly in shades of gray. So how do you handle work situations with a boss who tests your limits and breaches your belief system? If only choosing your own boss was an option!
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  • 7 Things You Need to Do to Land a Contract Job

    Moving from a permanent job to a contract-based job could be both daunting and liberating. While you would no longer be covered by company-sponsored insurance or a benefits plan, you may have more control over your schedule and might even make more money. But where do you begin?
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  • Did Harvard Punish Student Entrepreneurs or Teach Them How Business Really Works?

    Two savvy freshmen at Harvard University are making headlines. They started a potentially successful business on campus, but the real media attention focused on the reaction of the university.
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  • Become More Mindful With 'Micro Meditations'

    We live in a culture where it's common to have entire conversations with people while looking at a tiny screen and planning the rest of our day in the back of our minds. Heck, it's barely even considered rude anymore. No wonder, then, that many of us find it hard to slow down long enough to build a mediation practice, no matter how many articles we read about its benefits for our productivity and career satisfaction.

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  • In Hollywood, Being a Friend Is a Paying Job

    F. Scott Fitzgerald was right: the rich are different from the rest of us. Add fame to the mix, and you wind up with people who live in an entirely separate universe from everyone else. For example, did you know that some celebrities essentially pay people to be their friends?

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  • What Is the Most Underrated College in Your State? [infographic]

    Every state in the US has at least one “hidden gem” of a college, one that can claim both high acceptance rates and excellent academics. Too often, those gems are overlooked in the scramble to be accepted to the more exclusive schools. Recently, Business Insider teamed up with Niche to determine the most underrated college in each state.

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  • Is Your College Major on the Decline?

    What a difference a few decades make. In 1970, just over 14 percent of bachelor's degree recipients majored in business. In 2010, it was 22 percent. Looking at plain numbers, the change is even starker: 115,000 in 1970, and over 360,000 in 2010. Why do we now have triple the number of graduates with business degrees, and which areas of study have declined as that major surged?

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  • How to Cope With Office Politics

    In an ideal world, we'd never have to worry about fallout from a colleague's ambition, control issues, or fear. In the real one, we're forced to deal with this stuff all the time, by the very nature of collaborative work and corporate hierarchy. So how do you deal with office politics, without losing sight of your own goals or forfeiting your happiness at work?

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  • 3 Recipes for Career Contentment

    When we're choosing a career, we generally think about the skills we'd need, the responsibilities we'd have, and the salary we'd earn. Psychology Today reminds us to consider details relevant to our personal style. Different people have different personal needs that matter at work, and to succeed, one must feel content. What is your recipe for career contentment?
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  • 3 LinkedIn Tricks You Don't Know About (But Should)

    Ninety-four percent of recruiters use LinkedIn to hunt for new talent, according to a 2013 study by the Society for Human Resource Management. Obviously, job seekers should take full advantage of its potential. We've written plenty about the usual tips for optimizing your profile. Here are some of the lesser-known tricks that can also get your profile noticed by hiring managers.

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  • Here's What the Working Moms in Your Office Really Want for Mother's Day

    Chances are, you work with at least a few parents, any of whom can tell you that juggling work and family is just about the hardest work-life balance trick to pull off. Today, as we celebrate Mother's Day, think about what the working moms at your company really want. (It is not a bouquet or a box of chocolates.)

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  • Job Hunting? Hide These 3 Things on Facebook

    By now, everyone knows that social media can ruin your chances of getting hired. Still, privacy settings can be confusing, on Facebook in particular, and there's a pervasive (and misguided) sense that oversharing is the new normal. If you must use Facebook to update everyone from your old high school classmates to your first boss on your summer plans, be smart and hide anything that reflects poorly on you from a professional perspective.

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  • 3 Ways to Improve Focus

    Pay attention is harder now than ever before. We might understand, intellectually, that multitasking is impossible, but the illusion of being able to do more than one thing at a time is too appealing to dismiss. Plus, we have so many great gadgets to distract us. No wonder that half the participants in any given meeting are looking at their smartphones as much as at each other.

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  • What Does the Perfect Office Look Like? [infographic]

    Your depressing workspace is impacting your productivity, according to experts like Suzanne Carlson, a principal of interior design at the architecture firm NBBJ. The good news is that even if the boss doesn't feel like making a change, you can improve your office with a few small changes.

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  • The Glass Cliff: Why Women CEOs Are More Likely to Be Fired

    Over the past decade, 38 percent of female CEOs at the world's 2,500 largest companies have been forced out, as opposed to 27 percent of men, according to a recent study from Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company). Why? Well, one theory is the "Glass Cliff."

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  • Old Economy Steve Is the Meme You Need for the Job Market You Didn't Deserve

    Hey Millennials, want to get enraged? Do we have a meme for you. Old Economy Steve, currently eyeing you dismissively from beneath feathered bangs at BuzzFeed and Quickmeme, has some wisdom to impart to you, the youth of today. Short version: you have it super easy, even though your life looks like dystopian science fiction next to Old Economy Steve's post-graduation years.

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  • 5 Tips to Make Your Resume Look Good

    When it comes to writing a resume, appearances are everything. You can have years of experience, in-demand skills, and be a perfect fit for the job, but if you can't show the hiring manager that you're the candidate her company needs, you won't get that all-important first call. Here's what you need to know about creating a CV that gets attention.
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  • Why Obama's Executive Order Against Pay Secrecy Matters

    On April 8, 2014, President Obama signed the Non-Retaliation for Disclosure of Compensation Information into law. This executive order prohibits federal contractors from retaliating against workers who discuss their wages and salaries, but even if you don't work for the government, it's part of a trend that could affect your working life.

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  • Can Wearable Tech Increase Productivity In the Office?

    It seems like everywhere you turn these days, everyone is talking about wearable tech. Whether it's about Google Glass, fitness trackers, or smart watches, these devices are becoming more popular -- and increasingly mainstream. Typically, they're used to help increase health, helping the wearer keep track of calories or steps, or monitoring blood pressure. But could wearables actually benefit you in your career, and increase productivity in the office?
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  • Here's Why Your Employer Cares Less About Workplace Flexibility in 2014

    Workplace flexibility is an issue that affects more than just individual workers' ability to work at home once in a while, or perhaps take a small sabbatical to catch up on that traveling they didn't get to after college. It's at the heart of the persistent gender wage gap, and one reason why we don't see as many female CEOs and executives as males. So it's slightly disappointing to read the Families and Workplace Institute's 2014 National Study of Employers, which shows that employers on the whole are less invested in providing flexible options to workers today than they were six years ago.

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