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  • The 3 Most Awkward Questions You Can Ask Your Interviewer

    Want to embarrass yourself at your next job interview? Ask the wrong questions, instead of the right ones. There's no better way to look unprepared, disinterested, or disengaged in the hiring process. (OK, mispronouncing the name of the company, playing games on your phone, and bringing the cat with you are also right up there -- but then you're really making an effort at not making an effort.)

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  • Is Job Hopping Finally OK?

    Career advice varies widely, depending on who's giving it, but most experts agree on one thing: if you can manage it, you're best off staying in one job for at least a few years. Change more often than that, the theory goes, and you're telling prospective employers that you're unreliable. But in this age of frequent layoffs and long-term unemployment, is there really still such a strong stigma against job hopping?

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  • Choose the Best Passwords at Work or Anywhere Else

    Yesterday, eBay announced that the encrypted passwords and personal details of all 233 million of its users had been compromised in one of the largest security breaches of all time. What does that have to do with you at work? Well, if you use the same password for multiple accounts, as many people do, this or any other hacking incident could expose more than just your personal information: it could compromise your accounts at work, leading to potential security threats for your employer and career fallout for you.

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  • College Grads: Hiring to Increase Nearly 9 Percent

    The Class of 2014 may not have to don fast food uniforms after the caps and gowns come off. Employers that hire new grads are feeling optimistic about the market and plan to hire 8.6 percent more college graduates this year as compared to last. Starting salaries for this year's class are also up by 1.2 percent, all this according to a recent survey released by The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

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  • 4 Ways to Handle Your Passive-Aggressive Boss

    Passive-aggression is difficult to deal with under any circumstances, but at work, it's a potential career killer -- especially if the passive-aggressive person in question is your boss. The worst part is, it's not always easy to tell when your manager is guilty of this destructive behavior; on the outside, he might seem sweet and easy to work with. Here's how to spot the tell-tale signs and cope with the situation effectively.
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  • 5 Mistakes Inexperienced Managers Make

    What's the worst part of being a brand-new manager? The certain knowledge that, no matter what you do, you're going to make mistakes. However, if you know which pitfalls generally catch new leaders, you stand a better chance of avoiding them.

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  • Low-Wage Workers Ask Employers to Voluntarily Raise Their Pay

    The fight to raise the minimum wage from the current federal mandate of $7.25 an hour to $10.10 has met with fierce opposition from Senate Republicans. Now, low-wage workers are taking matters into their own hands, asking their employers to commit to raising their pay without waiting to be legally required to do so.

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  • Stay in Control of Your Exit Interview

    You’ve had a horrible boss, crazy colleagues, and an extremely stressful job, but you’ve finally been able to break free and now have an offer from a new company. You can’t wait to start at your new job. In most organizations, you will be scheduled for one last meeting with HR -- your exit interview. The question is, what to say during that final chat. Do you spill your guts and spit out all the pain, because this is, after all, your last chance?
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  • The Advantages of ROWE: Why Employees Who Don't Go to Work Are More Productive

    At some point in each of our working lives, we've been forced to clock in at a specific time, take a lunch break that is exactly a half hour, or been told when and where we can take a 10-minute break. Some of us have only been allowed to use the restroom at specific times; others, perhaps have been reprimanded or worse, lost a job, if we couldn't make it in during a snow or sick day. Working for companies like these is more than demoralizing -- it's unproductive. ROWE (results only work environment) is an alternative management strategy that focuses on results, not rules.
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  • 3 Questions to Sniff Out Toxic Work Environment Before You Accept the Job

    You really want the job and it seems like a good move for your career. But how can you tell if you'll like the job, once you take it? There are a few questions you can ask during your interview that will help you spot a toxic work environment, before you get stuck in it.
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  • Should Companies Monitor Workers' Social Media?

    Thirty-nine percent of hiring managers use social media to vet candidates, according to one 2013 survey, and 43 percent of those said they'd decided not to proceed with a prospective hire, based on something they found online. A recent Wall Street Journal article asks, should employers be doing even more than that to keep track of workers' online presence, even after they're hired?

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  • Cycling Could Replace Golf as the Networking Sport

    As networking activities go, golf is at least a healthier choice than happy hours or parties. Unfortunately, it's also expensive and requires a certain skill level from its participants. Enter cycling, which some experts say could overtake golf as the go-to sport of entrepreneurs and business people who want to bond with colleagues.

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  • Is Work-Life Balance Your Employer's Responsibility, or Yours?

    When we talk about work-life balance, we generally focus on what workers can do to free up their own time, whether it's using their workday more efficiently or negotiating with the boss to ensure that their priorities are aligned with the company's. It's rare to hear the argument that the reason workers need to take charge of their time is because it's their fault if they don't.

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  • Rise of the $1 CEO: The Misleading Nature of CEO Pay

    Larry Page, CEO of Google, gets $1 for his annual salary. Ditto Edward Lampert, CEO of Sears, and Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook. Of course, there's a lot more to total compensation than just salary -- especially for chief executives.

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  • No, You Cannot 'Do Anything With a Law Degree'

    Once upon a time, liberal arts grads with uncertain career paths put their faith in a fairytale: if they really couldn't figure out what to be when they grew up, there was always law school. In the wake of the recession, when over 11 percent of law school grads are unemployed nine months after graduating, it seems that this particular coach has turned back into a pumpkin. At Slate, writer and attorney Jim Saksa reminds us that it was probably all make-believe in the first place.

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  • Call to Slash Salary of the CEO of McDonald's

    Activist investment group Change to Win (CtW) is calling for the salary of McDonalds' CEO Donald Thompson to be slashed, due to the chain's poor performance as well as the gross inequity between CEO and worker pay. This is a good opportunity to discuss intra-company pay gaps as it affects all of us who work for a living.
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  • 20 of the Happiest Jobs for New Grads

    In a tight job market and uncertain economic times, new graduates are often grateful for any job, whether it's one they enjoy or not. In order to help grads find a career they'll love, folks at CareerBliss, a site focused on searches and reviews of companies known for employee satisfaction, created a list of the happiest jobs for the class of 2014.

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  • This Service Cleans Up your Social Media Profiles for Job Hunting, College Admissions, and Dating

    What do admissions officers, recruiters, or potential suitors have in common? The first thing they're going to do is Google you and dig for dirt on your social media profiles.
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  • Is It Ever OK to Let the Boss Know You're Looking for a Job?

    The best time to look for a job is when you have a job, but that doesn't make the process any less fraught. For one thing, there are only so many personal days you can take and so many "dentist appointments" you can schedule before the jig is up. So what time is the right time to let your manager know that you're thinking of moving on?

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  • 4 Ways to Handle Your Narcissistic Boss

    Some bosses seem to think they are the center of the universe. They can be extremely difficult people to work with or for, but before you run screaming from the office, consider these four ways to cope.
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