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  • How to Take Constructive Criticism

    No one likes hearing less-than-positive things about themselves, but if you work at a company that does performance reviews, sooner or later, you'll have to hear about your "opportunities for growth" as well as your shining achievements. If you want to get promoted or get a raise, you'll have to learn to take what you hear and make it work for you.

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  • Do Appearances Matter? (Short Answer: Yes)

    We would all like to think that we're above such mundane things as looks and presentation, but the fact is, appearances count -- a lot. The good news is that this doesn't necessarily mean that we have to be supermodels to get ahead.

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  • 3 Ways to Get Over 'Nice Girl' Syndrome

    When is being nice a liability instead of an asset? When it gets in the way of your career. Meredith Lepore at Levo League wrote a recent post about the dangers of being too nice at work -- and what to do about it.

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  • Why You Shouldn't Negotiate Your Salary

    It's the almost the end of the year, and for many of us, that means performance reviews, and hopefully, raises. But Keld Jensen at Forbes has some controversial advice about negotiating your end-of-the-year raise: as in, don't.

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  • 3 Reasons Why You Should Be Nicer to Yourself

    When you listen to your inner voice, is it mean to you? If so, you're not alone. Many people go through their days hearing an internal litany of self-criticism. The problem, of course, is that it's hard to get anything positive done at work while you're tuned into negativity.

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  • Become a 'Math Person' and a Success at Work

    The fastest way to talk yourself out of a successful career is to hold fast to the idea that you're "not a math person," and yet many workers do just that. Why? Because they believe that people are either good at something, or they're not -- even though evidence strongly suggests otherwise.

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  • Be Indispensable to Your Boss

    Unemployment is slowing improving, but that doesn't mean that workers' fear of getting laid off is also on the decline. The best way to achieve job security these days is to make yourself essential personnel in the eyes of your boss.

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  • How to Fake Confidence in 5 Easy Steps

    Confidence is important, whether you're interviewing for a new job or trying to get promoted at the one you already have. Even if you're completely happy where you are on the corporate ladder, being confident will help you persuade other people to support you, which is essential for getting buy-in for your projects and achieving your goals. But what if you're not a naturally confident person?

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  • Surprise: Most Rappers Lie About Their Money

    "Rapper" is perhaps the only job title we don't track in our Research Center. (Yet.) While we can't tell you whether hip-hop pays better on the east coast or the west, thanks to an interactive feature from Businessweek, we can definitively say that most are lying about what they make.

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  • Just Say "Yeah!" to Get Ahead at Work

    A study by MIT Sloan School of Management found that words like "speech," "middle," "bottom," "flat," and -- we are not making this up -- "animals" will tank your proposal's chance of success. If you want the boss and your coworkers to look favorably on your work, the best thing to say is "yeah."

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  • 3 Life Lessons Learned Watching "Shark Tank"

    "Shark Tank" is that awesome reality television show on ABC in which entrepreneurs seeking investment in their small companies present themselves to potential investors. It's called "Shark Tank" for a reason.
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  • Offer Solutions Instead of Complaints

    Managers hire people to fix problems, not complain about them. Employees who are prepared to offer possible solutions are considered highly valuable. These problem-solvers are the ones who keep their jobs in a tight economy. They're also the workers who are offered merit raises, and, eventually, promoted.
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  • Coming Closer to Pay Parity for Women

    The Equal Pay Act outlawed employers from gender-discriminatory pay practices in 1963, but pay still isn't entirely equal. Now, legislation seeks to expand existing law to enact more protections against male-female pay disparities. Fed up, women are "leaning in" hard on this one, which means the Paycheck Fairness Act, twice rejected by Congress, might now stand a better chance of becoming law.
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  • Using Your Performance Review to Negotiate a Raise You Deserve

    It’s that time of year again when the department manager notifies you that it’s time to have a chit-chat in the office about your performance at work. While this can be more than just a little intimidating for many folks, did you know that it’s also a prime time to negotiate a much-deserved promotion? The key is to walk confidently into your manager’s office armed with the evidence of your value to the company and a list of achievements that back this up.
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  • Money Buys You Infinite Happiness, Says Totally Un-Groundbreaking Study

    We all know the equation: more money subtracts stress and adds a peace of mind not afforded the cash-strapped working poor. In other words, money buys some measure of happiness. But a new study by the Brookings Institute suggests something more: that the wealthier you are, the happier you become. So, evidently, money buys you infinite happiness.
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  • Why Are We So Reluctant to Talk About Our Salaries?

    Hey, do you mind if we ask you a question? How much money do you make? If you're like most people, you won't answer -- at least, not in person, and not without the promise of anonymity. But why are we so disinclined to tell others how much we earn?
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  • Don't Focus on Spending Less -- Focus on Earning More

    If you want to be rich, the old adage goes, you need to spend less than you earn. The problem with this rule, according to the Get Rich Slowly blog, is that it puts the focus on the bummer end of the equation. Whereas, by flipping it...

    "'Earn more than you spend' places the emphasis on the earning end of the formula. We want to get rich slowly, not live poor comfortably. And for this we need to make enough money so that our surpluses can actually get us rich."

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  • How Female Employees Can Get a Raise Without the Social Stigmas

    It is still an unfortunate truth that women earn less than men. On average, women make 77 cents to every dollar that a man makes, even if they are working the same job. As Claire Gordon for AOL Jobs notes, studies have shown that this is partially because women are less likely to ask for raises in fear of seeming too aggressive or unfeminine.

    However, a new study from Harvard has come up with a way for women to ask for raises without feeling like they are coming off as aggressive. The research, while a bit bizarre and not necessarily how a professional would want to conduct a meeting with an employer, found that certain tactics proved more successful for women who were asking for raises. The research was done over a five-year period and was published last summer in Psychology of Women Quarterly.

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  • Mastering the Art of Asking for a Raise

    Asking an employer for more money is often anxiety-inducing, but as we all know, it's never as simple as just asking for a raise. When seeking out the salary you desire, there are a few things that need to be considered and accounted for before approaching your boss for more money.

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  • 2 Reasons You Might Get a Raise This Year (and One Reason Why Not)

    Trying to figure out if you're going to get a pay increase this year? Before you resort to consulting your Magic 8 Ball, consider the following factors.

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