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  • 3 Tips for Communicating With the Boss

    Ever feel like you and the boss are speaking a different language? It might not be your fault, or hers. Sometimes, people just have different communication styles. However, since your success is dependent on being able to communicate with your manager, it behooves you to figure out a way around the impasse.

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  • Get That Raise: How to Document Your Achievements

    The end of the year is performance evaluation time for many workers, which means that now's the time to gather up proof of your awesomeness in the hopes of impressing the boss. But before you can make your case for more money and responsibility, you need to tally up your accomplishments. Here's how to do it.

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  • Bad News: Working Longer Hours Might Help Your Salary

    Working more used to hurt your salary, says a recent paper from Cornell University, but not anymore. In fact, say researchers Youngjoo Cha and Kim Weeden, the wage premium for working longer hours is growing. By the end of the first decade of the 21st century, "overworkers" earned about 6 percent more than their shorter-working counterparts.

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  • The Power of Mark Zuckerberg's Hoodie

    Your CEO walks into the Monday meeting, dressed for business -- which, in his case, is a hoodie and jeans, or athletic apparel, or some other casual outfit that you'd usually reserve for washing the car or taking out the trash. Does this mean he's less professional than the average C-level executive -- or does it mean that he's just confident, and higher status?

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  • 3 Ways to Be a Better Listener

    After a lifetime of waiting for our turn to speak, it can be hard to close our mouths and open our ears. Which is too bad, because listening, although rarely mentioned in the skills section on a resume, is one of the most important things we can do to get ahead at work.

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  • Want to Be a Success? Learn to Say No

    After a few years of building our careers, many of us learn to be fairly accommodating, in order to get along with our colleagues -- and bosses. The problem with learning to say yes, readily, is that it becomes hard to say no when you have to. And if you can't say no, you sometimes can't advance your career to the next level.

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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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