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  • Which States Tip the Best and Worst?

    For tipped employees, the generosity of the public may mean the difference between buying a steak or asking the landlord for an extension on the rent. And some tipped employees rely on tips more than others, because in some states it is legal to pay tipped employees a couple of bucks an hour. When we compare tipping practices from state to state, we find some pretty strange results.
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  • 3 Ways to Get the Boss on Your Side

    Love them or hate them, our bosses are a huge factor in our happiness and success at work. That's bad news if yours doesn't seem to be in your corner, and while there's nothing you can do to make a terrible manager into a fantastic one, there are a few things you can try to get your boss invested in you.

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  • Interactive Map: Ethnicity, Graduation Rates, and College ROI

    College graduation rates are on the rise among students who identify as Black, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native, according to The National Center for Education Statistics. In fact, in 2009-2010, over 27 percent of all bachelor's degrees were awarded to students who did not identify as White.

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  • 4 New Rules for a New Era of Job Searching

    The job market for 2014 continues to become more competitive. The right education and skills are not enough to land a good job, because all the other applicants also have the right education and skills. So what can you do to increase your chances of not just getting an interview, but getting hired?

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  • ADP Jobs Report: Economy Added 191,000 Jobs in March

    Economists predicted that today's employment report from payroll processing company ADP would reflect 189,000 jobs. The actual number, just north of that, might be a sign that our long, cold winter is finally over.

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  • Women: To Get a Raise, Try Harder, But Also Softer (Never Mind, Just Be a Man)

    The gender wage gap might be partly explained by women opting into lower-paying professions, but when it comes to negotiating a raise in the career of your choice, a recent New York Times article seems to suggest, your biggest obstacle might be that your boss is a sexist jerk.

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  • The 10 Public Colleges and Universities With the Highest ROI

    Public colleges and universities often get short shrift when people talk about the value of higher education. That's because it's so easy to be seduced by the brand-name of an ivy-covered institution of higher learning. But when it comes to getting the highest earning power for your tuition dollar -- and a top-drawer education, to boot -- you can't do better than these schools.

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  • New Gadget Might Finally Solve Workplace Arguments About Heat

    Ever worked in an office in which you're always sitting at your desk layered in sweaters, even when the temperature outside is a balmy 72 degrees, because the air conditioning is set so low it feels like winter? If so, you're not alone. In fact, this problem is so prevalent in offices that a team of MIT students have developed a new wearable called Wristify, designed to make you feel warmer or cooler in your own environment by exploiting two basic properties of human temperature perception.
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  • Should You Play That April Fools' Day Prank at the Office?

    April Fools' Day has been with us since long before Jim Halpert first suspended Dwight Schrute's stapler in Jello (or, if you're a fan of the original, Tim Canterbury suspended Gareth Keenan's stapler in jelly). And while the best April Fools' Day pranks help everyone blow off steam and regain access to their office equipment in record time, the worst waste time, money, and patience in an environment where all three are in short supply. In short: to prank or not to prank?

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  • Why Do Graduates Leave Their State?

    Public colleges and universities rely heavily on state funding in order to offer affordable classes to their student body. However, in some states, that same student body leaves after graduation, essentially causing the public system of higher education to invest in the workforce for other states. The reasons for this are complex and surprising; it certainly requires more than a quick fix.
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  • New Research Shows That Happy Workers Work Harder

    Experiments at the University of Warwick in the UK showed that happiness makes people approximately 12 percent more productive, according to research that will soon be published in the Journal of Labor Economics. In addition, researchers said, lower happiness -- caused by "major real world shocks" like bereavement or illness in the family -- was associated with lower productivity.

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  • #PayChat: Examining the Value of a College Degree

    These days, many people question the value of a college education. Is it worth the cost, and how should the value of a college degree be measured?
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  • The Skills Gap Might Be a 'Zombie Idea'

    The popular theory is that there's a "skills gap," a wide gulf between those looking for a job and the necessary know-how and certification that employers require. This trope has become a fixture in most media coverage of the economy and the plight of the long-term unemployed. Today, in a New York Times op ed, Paul Krugman explains why it just might be nonsense.

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  • When Are Creative Job Applications Too Creative?

    You may have heard by now about Leah the Lego figurine. Leah is the perfect Account Service Intern, complete with a blue suit and sensible shoes. She made her debut applying for positions at advertising agencies. It's an attention-getting idea; and the first step in getting a job is getting noticed. But will it work?
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  • How to Say No and Be Positive at the Same Time

    In a still-shaky economy, saying no can feel dangerous. We're told by career counselors and mentors to be positive, and what's more negative than the big N-O?

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  • Does the High Cost of College Text Books Make Sense?

    Not only has the cost of college tuition increased through the years, but between the years 2002 and 2012, the cost of college textbooks alone have increased 82 percent. While the cost of a higher education has never been cheap, when you consider the resources and alternatives that are now available, expensive text books may not make much sense.
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  • 3 Ways to Get the Most Out of College

    For the price of a college education, you could buy a house in many parts of the country -- sometimes, with enough left over to put a car in the driveway and boat in the yard. Of course, without a college education, it's hard to find enough money for any of those things. But the fact remains that just going to college is no longer enough to set you on the path to success, however you define it. Here's how to get the most out of your (hundreds of thousands of) tuition dollars.

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  • You Can Discuss Your Salary With Your Co-workers (No Matter What the Boss Says)

    Policies limiting your right to discuss your salary with your co-workers have been a staple of employee handbooks for years. There's just one problem: they're totally illegal.

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  • Free Community College -- But at a Cost

    How much is a free two-year degree worth? That's the question facing the state of Tennessee. Gov. Bill Haslam's "Tennessee Promise" program offers to pick up community college tuition bills for anything other aid doesn't cover -- at the cost of about $1.1 million of scholarships to four-year schools.

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  • Which Culture Do You Communicate Like?

    When it comes to manners, everyone has a different idea of what's polite and appropriate. That's a big enough deal in personal communication, but at the office, it's essential to understand where other people are coming from.

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