• 5 Work-Related Superstitions That Are Holding You Back in Your Career
    Unless you're a Major League Baseball player, you probably don't readily admit to being a superstitious person – at least not at the office, where being sensible and making decisions based on data is part of projecting a professional image. But in reality, most of us do harbor at least one or two totally baseless beliefs. Sometimes, these are harmless (astrology lovers, we're looking at you) but sometimes, superstitions can keep you from achieving your goals. If you recognize any of these, use this Friday the 13th to engage in a little cognitive restructuring.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Should You Ever Take a Low-Ball Salary Offer?
    You know you should negotiate salary, but sometimes it's hard to act on what you know. Other times, you do your best to drive up the offer, to no avail: it's either take the gig, and deal with the low pay, or stay put. (And if you're unemployed, that can be a particularly difficult option to contemplate.) This week's roundup looks at what one expert says about taking lower offers, plus how to tell when it's time to look for a new job, and a few hints that the hiring manager probably won't be extending a job offer.
  • The 5 Best and 5 Worst States for Nurses

    If you're about to graduate from college and get your nursing license, you might be looking forward to starting your career with mixed feelings. On the one hand, nursing careers pay well and offer low rates of unemployment; on the other, getting started can be a struggle. It can be hard to get the minimum two or three years of experience that many employers look for in a new hire.

    With this in mind, WalletHub recently evaluated all 50 states and the District of Columbia to identify the best and worst states for nurses – especially new nurses – in the U.S.

  • 6 Important Facts About Women and Salary Negotiation
    Why do women earn less money than men – and how much less do they really make? When it comes to the gender pay gap, nothing is off-limits for debate. In particular, critics who say that the gender pay gap is much smaller than 77 cents on the dollar argue that women's choice has a lot to do with why they earn less than men. They claim that women's lower earnings is not so much a pay gap, but a wage gap – and if women don't negotiate salary, for instance, then why worry about their lower earnings?
  • Employers Are Looking at Your Social Media
    If you grew up with social media, then your parents and teachers warned you throughout your life about the damage you can do to your reputation online. But, will prospective employers really check your profiles while evaluating you for a job? The latest research says: probably. In fact, the number of employers who look at candidates' social media has increased 500 percent in the past 10 years, according to one survey.
  • 5 Things You Don't Know About Nurses
    If your picture of nursing and nurses was formed by watching medical dramas on TV, you probably wouldn't recognize a real Registered Nurse. Actual nurses do not flirt with doctors, wear World War II-era nursing caps, or spend the bulk of their day fluffing pillows and providing refreshments. They're highly skilled and rigorously educated professionals, and if you're ever in the hospital, they're the part of the medical team that will be most involved, on a daily basis, in getting you on the road to recovery.
  • 5 Ways to Be a More Respectful (and More Effective) Manager
    Unless Michael Scott is your management hero, you probably care more about getting results than getting your reports to like you. That's as it should be: it's too much to ask people to do what you tell them to do and validate you at the same time. But that doesn't mean that you should be indifferent to how your team feels. To be most effective, you need to build the kind of relationship where your people have trust in both your judgment and your discretion. Building respect should be one of your top priorities.
  • 3 Things Your Receptionist Wants You to Know
    Today is National Receptionists' Day, and if you've forgotten it, your receptionist probably isn't all that surprised. It can be a thankless job, being the smiling, friendly face of the company – the first face, in fact, that clients, potential employees, delivery people, and anyone else who comes through that front door sees when they first interact with the organization. There's a lot your receptionist could tell you, if he or she weren't so discreet.
  • The Best (and Worst) Entry-Level Jobs
    One of the most pervasive jokes about job hunting in pop culture today is the classic posting, "Entry-Level Job: 3-5 Years Experience Necessary." Of course, not all entry-level jobs are created equal. Some occupations fare better than others in terms of opportunity, starting salary, and potential for growth.
  • 17 Priceless Pearls of Career Wisdom From Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin Franklin was a lot cooler than most folks today realize, although back in his day he was wildly popular. (He was even an inadvertent trendsetter in France, starting a fad for hairstyles that resembled his fur cap.) He was the ultimate polymath, a passionate scientist, inventor, printer, writer, prankster, activist (please look into the story of Silence Dogood) and so much more. Among other things, Franklin invented bifocals, the lightning rod, and even swim fins, and we have him to thank for modern institutions we still rely upon today such as libraries, fire stations, and even daylight saving time. The contributions of this founding father are staggering, but perhaps it's his wisdom and his sayings that have ultimately made the greatest contribution to our society.
  • These 3 New Initiatives Aim to Help Working Moms Return to the Workforce
    Wouldn't it be nice if it weren't nearly impossible to have a thriving, successful career and a happy little family simultaneously? Unfortunately in today's world, that dream seems to be a distant and unattainable reality, considering how difficult it is for mothers to find work after taking time off to care for their little ones in those precious first years. Thankfully, things are slowly changing and more mother-friendly career opportunities are popping up. Here are three initiatives that are making a huge impact for working mothers across the nation.
  • These 10 States Have the Most Telecommuting Jobs
    If you have dreams of quitting your job, getting a telecommuting gig, and pulling up stakes to move to a remote cabin (albeit one with good Wifi), don't call the moving van just yet: work-from-home gigs are on the rise, but many of them have a location requirement – about 95 percent of telecommuting listings at FlexJobs are restricted to workers in certain states, according to the site. So, where you live can indeed affect your job options, even if you're limiting your search to work-from-home opportunities.
  • Could Your Boss Do Your Job – and Does It Matter?
    A good boss can be the difference between a job you love and one you dread. In fact, research shows that employees' job satisfaction is most closely linked to their boss's ability to do his or her job well. Beyond that, bosses who can fill in for employees also increase job satisfaction. But is a good boss necessarily a boss who could work a day at your desk?
  • 5 Strategies For Handling the Co-Worker Who Won't Stop Talking About Politics
    At this stage of the election cycle, things are really starting to heat up. Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee, although the GOP isn't exactly rallying around him, at least not just yet. Things are also tense for Democrats as Senator Bernie Sanders and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continue to vie for their party's nomination. With all of this going on, some people are getting really excited about politics, and this has the potential to create tensions, distractions, or even divisions within the workplace. If you have a co-worker who has been talking about politics a bit too much for your liking and you'd like to see a change, consider whether one or more of these strategies might work for you.
  • 3 Dangerous Jobs That Leave No Room For Mistakes
    In the modern work world, we usually think of mistakes as learning experiences. In most cases, making mistakes at your own job won't put you or someone else in a life or death type of situation. However, there are jobs out there that leave no room for mistakes. And the consequences of making a mistake is much more costly than anything you can imagine.
  • Secret Deodorant Commercial: The Gender Pay Gap Still Makes Us Sweat
    Have you negotiated your salary lately? If you're female, and the answer is no, it's probably because you're afraid to talk about money with the boss – and that's not your fault. Research shows that women are more likely to pay a social penalty when they ask for what they deserve. But, of course, if you don't ask, you don't get. So what's an enterprising female professional to do?
  • #MondayMotivation: 3 Ways to Beat Impostor Syndrome and Get Out of Your Own Way
    Are you your own worst enemy at work? If you have Impostor Syndrome, the answer is probably yes. Impostor Syndrome is internal feelings of phoniness and inadequacy that persist despite evidence to the contrary. If you feel like a fraud even when you're at the top of your game at work, you're familiar with this phenomenon.
  • When Kids Learn About the Gender Pay Gap, We All Learn Something From Them
    Kids help us take a fresh look at the world around us. Sometimes, we can become so accustomed to our environment and our circumstances that we have a hard time actually seeing things the way they are. Children help with that; kids often have a way of putting things that sheds fresh light on a situation we take for granted – for example, the gender pay gap. Recently, the folks at Expert Market, a company that helps businesses locate services and equipment, deviated from their usual approach to gender pay gap research and instead turned their focus on a group of 5- to 7-year-olds. How these kids reacted to learning about the gender pay gap for the first time will make you rethink the things you already "know." Let's take a closer look.
  • 5 Reasons Why Mother Knows Best When It Comes to Your Career
    Wouldn't it be nice if life came with a manual? You wouldn't have to worry about whether you're doing something right or wrong, because your handy manual would navigate you seamlessly through the ins and outs of your life and career. Unfortunately, life doesn't come with a manual, but it does, typically, come with a mother – and that's pretty much the same thing. Here are five reasons why mother knows best when it comes to your career.
  • Want to Minimize the Financial Hit of Having Kids? Have Them After Age 30
    Is there a wage penalty for motherhood? Research suggests so, showing that having a child has a negative impact on women's earnings, while fatherhood offers a wage bonus for men. For each child a woman has, her wages decrease by about 4 percent, whereas a man's wages rise by about 6 percent when he becomes a dad, perhaps because employers start to see these earners differently once they've become fathers.

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