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  • Should Your Internship Be Paid?

    Getting that coveted internship is an exciting time for any graduate student on her way toward graduation and professional employment. Sometimes an internship is a valuable training experience that readies the student for real-world challenges in her field; other times, it is the equivalent of feudal serfdom. Internships can be unpaid, and as such are subject to strict laws and boundaries under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA.) Spot the warning signs and tell the difference between true professionals who are willing to help train you, and unscrupulous employers who simply want to take advantage of slave labor.

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  • How to Lead When You're Not the Boss

    Managing people when you're actually in charge of them is far from easy, but at least you have a variety of carrots and/or sticks to bring into play. When you're the technical lead on a project, but not actually the boss, things get confusing in a hurry.

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  • No More Written Resumes?

    Gone are the days when choosing card stock was an essential part of the resume process. Sure, you probably print out a couple couples of your CV to bring with you to job interviews, but for the most part, resume distribution takes place electronically. Thanks to social networking, LinkedIn in particular, formal resumes -- even electronic versions -- are less important than they used to be. Will there ever come a time when we do away with them altogether?

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  • When Should You Think About Changing Your Career?

    Your last week on the job has been completely frustrating. Nothing seems to be good enough for the boss. Maybe this is not the career you want to be in; maybe you’d be happier doing something else. Maybe you should get back to painting, or doing theater, something you were passionate about in school. But hold on, don’t quit just yet. Here are a few tips that would help figure out if a career switch is right for you.
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  • Treadmill Desks Make Employees Better at Their Jobs (Eventually)

    New research shows that treadmill desks improve employee performance and productivity -- after a short period of adjusting to walking and working at the same time.

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  • Senate Reaches Bipartisan Deal on Long-Term Unemployment Benefits

    Yesterday, the Senate announced a bill that would extend unemployment benefits for the two million Americans whose benefits lapsed in December, for a period of five months.

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  • 3 Memory Tricks to Become Smarter and More Productive

    Improving our memory skills increases productivity at work and, in general, makes our lives a little easier. From remembering where we stashed our keys to remembering the boss's detailed instructions, the following tips and tricks will make us work smarter and be more productive. How many of these are you familiar with?

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  • Female Professor Negotiates, Then Loses, Job Offer

    Women routinely fail to negotiate starting salaries and benefits, out of fear that their future employers will think them greedy and rescind the job offer. Most of the time, experts tell us, there's nothing to worry about. And then, every so often, there's a story like this.

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  • 5 Tips for Managing People You Can't Stand

    Here's one thing to know for certain, when you become a manager: sooner or later, you're going to have manage someone you don't like, or at least, disagree with frequently. This would be true even if you got to hand-pick every single member of your team. The goal, then, is to learn how to manage all your reports -- even the ones that set your teeth on edge -- in a way that maximizes productivity and is fair to all involved.

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  • The Question That Helps You Build a Better LinkedIn Network

    When should you send someone a request to connect on LinkedIn? As the recent case of Kelly Blazek makes clear, it's not always so clear cut. Blazek responded to a blind connection request with what many felt was an inappropriate amount of fury, finishing her message with "don't ever write me again." On the other hand, as anyone who's ever weeded through an overflowing inbox on LinkedIn can attest, the sheer volume of requests from strangers can be overwhelming -- and worse, defeat the purpose of joining the network in the first place.

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  • Does Listening to Music Help or Hurt Productivity?

    If you want to start a fight at your next team meeting, just ask the group if they think listening to music helps them work better -- or totally kills their concentration. In no time at all, you'll have people lined up on two sides of the room, snapping their fingers and advancing on one another in a menacing fashion, like Sharks and Jets in button-down shirts.

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  • Tweetenfreude: How Following People We Love to Hate Can Help Our Careers

    Can hate-following be good for your career? It can, if you do it the right way. "Tweetenfreude," coined by Saya Weissman at Digiday, refers to the charge we get out of following people we dislike. While it might seem like a waste of time and productivity, there are some surprising ways to make the hate-follow work for you and your job.

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  • Happy Birthday, Internet! 10 Ways the World Wide Web Changed Jobs Forever

    Twenty-five years ago today, Sir Tim Berners-Lee wrote a paper that proposed the basic concept and structure of what we now know as the internet. Our personal and professional lives would never be the same.

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  • President Obama Wants YOU to Receive Overtime Pay

    Good news coming down the pike for the millions of American workers who have been exempted from overtime pay. The New York Times reports that tomorrow, Thursday, March 13, President Obama will direct the federal Department of Labor to stop classifying a series of jobs as "professional" or "executive." How will this affect you?

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  • Job Hopping Is the New Normal

    Gone are the days when workers toiled for the same company from graduation until retirement, heading off into their golden years with a watch and a pension. Today's workforce changes jobs more often than ever: one survey found that at least 21 percent of full-time workers plan on changing their jobs in 2014. According to some experts, that's just fine.

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  • What Not to Leave Behind After an Interview

    When you're interviewing for jobs, it’s important to be remembered. Oftentimes employers must weed through stacks of resumes and cover letters after days of interviews with prospective employees whose lists of experiences, training, and skills are all painfully similar. In these instances, the right Leave-Behind can become a valuable tool in giving a positive impression and boosting you above the rest of the applicants. The wrong Leave-Behind, however, could hurt your chances of being hired.
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  • Want a Raise? Be a Man

    Men still earn more than women across the globe. Here in the U.S., the most recited figure is 77 cents for a woman, for every dollar earned by a man. In Sweden, the difference between male and female pay works out to be about 250,000 euros over the course of a lifetime. Kommunal, the country's largest union, teamed up with ad agency Volontaire to create a video to highlight the gender pay gap that still exists today, even in one of the most socially progressive countries in the world.

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  • How to Write an Email That Gets a Recruiter's Attention

    As the volume of communication increases, and technology makes it possible to scan and dismiss more emails than we'll ever open, getting a hiring manager's attention is harder than ever before. But there are a few things you can do to make sure your emails don't wind up in the discard pile -- or worse, the spam folder.

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  • 7 Mistakes on Social Media That Could Be Hurting Your Job Search

    More employers are checking out the social media profiles of applicants to weed out undesirable candidates. So while you may be proud of your 500+ Facebook friends or your 1000+ followers on Twitter, make sure your awesome virtual social life is not killing your career.

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  • Those Unpaid Security Screenings Might Not Be Legal

    Does your employer require you to go through a security screening before you go on the clock? If so, they might be breaking the law -- but if they are, they're not alone. Employees who work for companies that require security screenings often are not compensated for time spent being screened. Just a few years ago, groups of employees started filing suit against their employers for wage theft. Their basic argument was, of course, that they should be compensated for time given to the employer. If you are ever expected to give up your time without being compensated, here is what you need to know.

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