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  • ADP Jobs Report: Economy Adds 139,000 Jobs in February

    The private sector added 139,000 jobs last month, a number that's "well below average," according to Carlos Rodriguez, president and chief executive officer of ADP, which compiles the report using its payroll data.

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  • Your Messy Desk Is a Sign That You're Creative

    Messy desk havers know that there's no real point in debating the relative merits of a messy workspace and a clean one: if you're inclined toward clutter, all the blog posts and expert opinions in the world won't change your habits. But is it possible that a messy desk is a sign of a creative mind?

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  • Too Much Vulnerability Is Counterproductive

    How much vulnerability is too much? A recent article in Psychology Today discusses how our interpersonal dynamics in the workplace have changed over the years. The pendulum swings back and forth on the issue of vulnerability.

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  • Careers in Social Media

    You’re a social WHAT?! Not long ago if you tried explaining the role of a Social Media Manager to your parents or someone from their generation, you were likely to get a blank stare, a look of serious confusion, or a flood of questions. Insta WHAT?! Facebook WHO?! My, how the times have changed. Social media is now a daily norm for most people, influencing many facets of personal and professional life. According to LinkedIn, Social Media Marketing was the hottest skill of 2013.

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  • 3 Grooming Mistakes Men Make in the Workplace

    When we talk about dress codes in the office, the focus is often on women. Whether this is because women's fashion offers more variety, or because our culture places more taboos on their dress, is up for discussion. But men should also strive to make a good impression at the office. Below the cut, you'll find a few examples of what not to do.

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  • What Your Employer Thinks of Social Media

    Ten years after Facebook became more than a twinkle in Mark Zuckerberg's eye, employers have changed their attitude toward social media. No longer do they fret helplessly about employees spying on former flings or tweeting inappropriate comments about their brand on the company dime. Now, companies are getting in on the social media action, developing policies to protect themselves and harnessing online networking's power to find them the best and brightest workers.

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  • If Leaning In Hurts, You May Be Doing It Wrong

    It’s been almost a year (in fact it’s just a few days short of the one-year anniversary) since Sheryl Sandberg and Lean In inspired women to consider taking control of our careers and our lives. Unfortunately, some of us are leaning in so hard, we’re missing out on life. And we're not happy because of it.

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  • Would You Get Plastic Surgery to Counteract Ageism at Work?

    For every news item that says Baby Boomers hang onto their jobs at the expense of Millennial and Gen X workers, there's another that points out that Boomers, once jobless, are inclined to stay that way for longer than their younger counterparts. A recent article in Philadelphia Business Journal says that some workers are turning to plastic surgery to even the playing field.

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  • 3 Ways to Show You Are Not a Victim

    Working on a team sometimes gets frustrating. People don't always see eye to eye, and stronger personalities may be more likely to get their way. People who are able to speak up, be heard, and make compelling and appropriate arguments will send less-bold types scurrying for cover. If you work with strong personalities, don't agree to stay in the shadows.

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  • John Travolta Reminds Us Why It's Important to Remember People's Names

    The 2014 Academy Awards ceremony was not only a celebration of artistic triumph and beautiful clothes, but thanks to John Travolta, it also reminded us how important it is to memorize peoples' names. Find out why it's important and learn some easy ways to make sure you don't pull a Travolta at your next networking event.

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  • 3 Career Lessons From the Academy Awards

    If you watched the Academy Awards last night, you probably have several opinions on the proceedings, most related to one or more of the following: the relative merit of the winning actors', directors', and film makers' products, the aesthetic value of the outfits, and the length of the broadcast. But unless you're in the movie business, it probably hasn't occurred to you that anything you saw last night could offer insight into your career.

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  • How Gamifying Boring Tasks Creates Productive Habits

    It's easier to get things done when there's a reward for completing a task. Unfortunately, outside of the confines of a video game, most of us don't get rewarded for doing the thousands of tiny, boring things that add up, ultimately, to the big achievements that make us successful. Enter gamification, the practice of assigning video game-worthy rewards to real-life tasks.

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  • The Trickiest Part of the Interview: 'So, Do You Have Any Questions for Us?'

    You’re at the last leg of your interview. You’ve answered all of their questions, because you’ve done your homework, and you’re confident you’ll hear back. Just as you prepare yourself for the inevitable handshake from the interviewer suggesting the end of the conversation, you are faced with a reverse question: “Do you have any questions for me?” And that is arguably the trickiest question of all. How do you answer, in order to sound smart -- and not blow your chances of landing the job?
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  • Show Kindness to Co-workers as a Networking Strategy

    While it seems disingenuous to be nice to somebody only because you want something from them, the old adage "what goes around, comes around" remains true. If you are nice to people you work with, you may find yourself being rewarded in various ways, such as being chosen for a special project that is worth more money, just because people think you are nice to work with. Being kind to others may be part of an overall networking strategy.

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  • Office Pet Peeves [infographic]

    There's no way around it: the office can be an irritating place. Partly, this is because we're forced to spend so much time there. Anything you have to do is annoying; anywhere you have to be can feel claustrophobic. But LinkedIn's data indicates that many of the things that drive us "up a cubicle wall" are choices -- as in, we could all stop doing them, if we tried.

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  • 3 Common Mistakes Women Make That Can Derail Their Careers

    Lois Frankel, author of Nice Girls Still Don't Get the Corner Office, says there are at least 133 mistakes women make that take their career off-track. If that seems like a lot, Vickie Elmer of Quartz points out that it's 33 percent more than Frankel listed when she first published the book 10 years ago.

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  • 3 Horrible Career Tips for Introverts

    When it comes to career advice, one size definitely does not fit all. Which is why it's a shame that so much of what we hear about maximizing our professional lives seems geared squarely toward folks who love networking and prefer the company of others -- in short, extroverts.

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  • What's Your Face Telling Your Co-workers?

    We've all heard that people communicate more with body language than they do with the words they actually speak. But what about facial expressions? If you're careful not to slouch and cross your arms grumpily, can you convey negative feelings with the look on your face -- and not even know you're doing it?

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  • 4 Ways Boston's New Program Could Fix the Gender Wage Gap

    While recent data has shown that the gender wage gap isn’t as wide as we thought it was, there is still a gap. In Boston, for example, women make 83 cents for each dollar a man makes and in an effort to close that gap, the city is attempting a new, different method. Here are four ways this new program could actually work.
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  • Google Is Looking for 'Learning Ability' in Prospective Hires

    If you want to work at Google, forget about impressing them with your fancy college degree, in-demand major, or sterling GPA. According to a recent article in The New York Times, what Google is really looking for is the ability to learn.

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