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  • How to Conduct a Sneaky Job Search at Work

    First things first: looking for a new job on the company's time is a bad idea. But sometimes, life intervenes -- for instance, if you work 14 hours a day, and most weekends, it can be hard to carve out time that's really "yours." So what do you do to minimize the risk of getting caught?

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  • First Job? Do These 3 Things for a Bright Financial Future

    If you're just starting out your career, and recently got your first job, you're most likely relieved to be employed. Also, if you've been living like a student -- i.e., on a tight budget -- you might feel rich. (At least until those student loans kick in.) So what should you do first, to make sure that you have the best shot at financial security down the road?

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  • 3 Tips for Building a Career With Meaning

    The process of putting together PayScale's data package, The Most and Least Meaningful Jobs made one thing very clear: there are an infinite number of paths to a job that really satisfies, and no two careers will look exactly alike, even if the worker in each case loves his or her job.

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  • 5 Tricks That Will Save You 5+ Hours a Week

    If you're reading this over the weekend, you're probably procrastinating -- and most likely, not because you're already bored of family barbecues this early in the summer. No, odds are, you're working on the weekend again, despite promising yourself this wouldn't happen. How did you get here? Well, in part, it's because you're losing time to things you don't need to do.

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  • 3 Ways to Get Out of a Career Rut

    Do you feel stuck in your job? Even if you're grateful to be gainfully employed, it's still hard to feel good about going off to work every day if you don't get the sense that you're moving forward. If you've been idling in one place for a while, here's how to kick your career back into gear.

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  • Work BFFs Are Important, But Millennials Value Them the Most [infographic]

    LinkedIn's Relationships @Work study found that 46 percent of workers feel that their friends at the office contribute to their happiness, both at work and at home. Millennials were the most likely to report positive impacts from their office friendships.

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  • 3 Ways to Convince the Boss to Let You Work Smarter, Not Harder

    Late last year, a Gallup poll found that U.S. workers are still almost as worried about being laid off, having their hours cut, or losing benefits as they were during the financial crisis of 2008-9. At the same time, many companies have spent the past few years asking workers to take on heavier loads, to make up for cut positions and hiring freezes. In short, a lot of people are putting in a lot of face time -- but unfortunately, working constantly isn't the same as working efficiently.

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  • Feeling Unproductive? Blame Talkative Co-workers, the No. 1 Office Distraction

    Noisy neighbors are the biggest disruption at work, according to a recent survey from talent mobility consultants Lee Hecht Harrison. Forty-five percent of respondents to an online poll said that talkative co-workers was the most distracting element at the office.

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  • Headhunters Are Judging Your Grammar and Usage

    At first glance, it seems unfair: no one would expect an editor to build a website in order to prove that she has the chops to catch stray commas, but woe betide the software developer who submits a resume with a typo in it. In this era of instantaneous results and 24/7 availability, is it really reasonable for hiring managers to expect perfection in terms of punctuation, spelling, and so on?

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  • 3 Networking Lessons From Barbie's LinkedIn Profile

    Barbie has a LinkedIn profile, and it is more useful (and slightly less pink) than you'd probably guess, if you still think of America's plastic sweetheart as a Corvette-driving, Dreamhouse-owning, Malibu beach babe. Entrepreneur Barbie is a businesswoman. Current venture? Dream incubator.

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  • 3 Ways to Be More Independent at Work

    Tomorrow is Independence Day in the U.S., and although you probably can't declare yourself free from all constraints and authority at the office -- at least, not without winning the lottery over the long weekend -- you can make a few small changes that will allow you to function with a greater degree of autonomy in your day-to-day life.

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  • The 5 Jobs That Ranked the Lowest for Job Meaning

    Low-meaning jobs aren't necessarily low-satisfaction jobs. Sometimes, they even pay a good salary and/or have minimal stress. PayScale's latest data package The Most and Least Meaningful Jobs looks at all the things that can measure a "good" job -- however you define that term for your own life and career.

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  • Stop Doing These 3 Toxic Things at Work

    Some work behavior is poisonous to your career. Do certain things and act in certain ways, and you'll not only tank your own chances at promotion -- you'll destroy the productivity and job satisfaction of those around you, as well. Here's what you need to stop doing, right away, to get ahead without destroying your social capital with your colleagues.

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  • The 7 Jobs That Offer the Highest Meaning

    You don't need to get fulfillment from your job: sometimes, a decent salary is enough. But if you know you're a person who can't be happy unless their days are spent doing something meaningful, these occupations might be a place to start your hunt for your next career.

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  • 3 Mantras for People Who Work Too Hard

    If the very idea of a day off seems like a joke, and work-life balance a fairytale, it's time to reassess your schedule. Of course, the problem with working too much is that it's a self-perpetuating cycle: once you're used to working all the time, any time you spend on non-job-related activities feels like goofing off. Also, you're probably so burned out, you're no longer as productive as you once were, either. So what do you need to do to have a life again?

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  • #PayChat Roundup: Money or Meaning?

    Is it possible to do what you love, help the world, and still make a decent living? Today's #PayChat examined the issue of finding both money and meaning at work.

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  • The Most and Least Meaningful Jobs [interactive chart]

    Want a job that makes the world a better place? Sometimes, that means sacrificing practical rewards (read: cash) for a sense of helping others -- but not always. As PayScale's newest data package shows, many careers offer a salary that allows you to feed your body as well as your spirit. Some will even make you rich.

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  • Not Sitting All Day Isn't Enough to Keep You Healthy at Work

    So you've swapped your traditional work setup for a standing desk, and now you'll never have to worry about the litany of health complaints linked to sitting at work for hours on end, right? Well, sort of.

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  • Is It OK to Ask About Salary in a Job Interview?

    The conventional wisdom is that it's in a candidate's best interest to delay the salary discussion for as long as they can, both to gather information on the position and its duties and to encourage the hiring manager to throw out the first number. A recent survey from staffing services provider Robert Half, however, indicates that 31 percent of managers are comfortable with applicants asking about compensation and benefits in the very first interview. A further 38 percent say that it's OK on interview number two, and 9 percent will even accept it during the phone screen.

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  • Should Companies Allow Workers to Bring Pets Into the Office?

    If many pet owners had their way, every day -- not just last Friday -- would be Take Your Dog to Work Day. According to a recent survey, half of pet owners would like the right to bring their dog or cat to work, at least some of the time.

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