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  • Surprise: Most Rappers Lie About Their Money

    "Rapper" is perhaps the only job title we don't track in our Research Center. (Yet.) While we can't tell you whether hip-hop pays better on the east coast or the west, thanks to an interactive feature from Businessweek, we can definitively say that most are lying about what they make.

  • Just Say "Yeah!" to Get Ahead at Work

    A study by MIT Sloan School of Management found that words like "speech," "middle," "bottom," "flat," and -- we are not making this up -- "animals" will tank your proposal's chance of success. If you want the boss and your coworkers to look favorably on your work, the best thing to say is "yeah."

  • 3 Life Lessons Learned Watching "Shark Tank"

    "Shark Tank" is that awesome reality television show on ABC in which entrepreneurs seeking investment in their small companies present themselves to potential investors. It's called "Shark Tank" for a reason.
  • Offer Solutions Instead of Complaints

    Managers hire people to fix problems, not complain about them. Employees who are prepared to offer possible solutions are considered highly valuable. These problem-solvers are the ones who keep their jobs in a tight economy. They're also the workers who are offered merit raises, and, eventually, promoted.
  • Coming Closer to Pay Parity for Women

    The Equal Pay Act outlawed employers from gender-discriminatory pay practices in 1963, but pay still isn't entirely equal. Now, legislation seeks to expand existing law to enact more protections against male-female pay disparities. Fed up, women are "leaning in" hard on this one, which means the Paycheck Fairness Act, twice rejected by Congress, might now stand a better chance of becoming law.
  • Using Your Performance Review to Negotiate a Raise You Deserve

    It’s that time of year again when the department manager notifies you that it’s time to have a chit-chat in the office about your performance at work. While this can be more than just a little intimidating for many folks, did you know that it’s also a prime time to negotiate a much-deserved promotion? The key is to walk confidently into your manager’s office armed with the evidence of your value to the company and a list of achievements that back this up.
  • Money Buys You Infinite Happiness, Says Totally Un-Groundbreaking Study

    We all know the equation: more money subtracts stress and adds a peace of mind not afforded the cash-strapped working poor. In other words, money buys some measure of happiness. But a new study by the Brookings Institute suggests something more: that the wealthier you are, the happier you become. So, evidently, money buys you infinite happiness.
  • Why Are We So Reluctant to Talk About Our Salaries?

    Hey, do you mind if we ask you a question? How much money do you make? If you're like most people, you won't answer -- at least, not in person, and not without the promise of anonymity. But why are we so disinclined to tell others how much we earn?
  • Don't Focus on Spending Less -- Focus on Earning More

    If you want to be rich, the old adage goes, you need to spend less than you earn. The problem with this rule, according to the Get Rich Slowly blog, is that it puts the focus on the bummer end of the equation. Whereas, by flipping it...

    "'Earn more than you spend' places the emphasis on the earning end of the formula. We want to get rich slowly, not live poor comfortably. And for this we need to make enough money so that our surpluses can actually get us rich."

  • How Female Employees Can Get a Raise Without the Social Stigmas

    It is still an unfortunate truth that women earn less than men. On average, women make 77 cents to every dollar that a man makes, even if they are working the same job. As Claire Gordon for AOL Jobs notes, studies have shown that this is partially because women are less likely to ask for raises in fear of seeming too aggressive or unfeminine.

    However, a new study from Harvard has come up with a way for women to ask for raises without feeling like they are coming off as aggressive. The research, while a bit bizarre and not necessarily how a professional would want to conduct a meeting with an employer, found that certain tactics proved more successful for women who were asking for raises. The research was done over a five-year period and was published last summer in Psychology of Women Quarterly.

  • Mastering the Art of Asking for a Raise

    Asking an employer for more money is often anxiety-inducing, but as we all know, it's never as simple as just asking for a raise. When seeking out the salary you desire, there are a few things that need to be considered and accounted for before approaching your boss for more money.

  • 2 Reasons You Might Get a Raise This Year (and One Reason Why Not)

    Trying to figure out if you're going to get a pay increase this year? Before you resort to consulting your Magic 8 Ball, consider the following factors.

  • 8 Simple Steps for Getting a Raise

    It's one of the hardest things to do, even when you know you're worth more money: Ask for a raise. Pounds of self-help books and servers' worth of online articles have been written about it, so we could be forgiven for thinking that it's must be a pretty complicated goal to achieve.

    Not so, says business consultant John Demartini. The key is to go into the conversation empowered -- not entitled.

  • New App Helps You Figure Out What Your Next Raise Should Be

    Levo League, a website that gives young professional women career support and advice, has created an app to help you decipher how much to ask for in your next raise. Ask For More calculates this based on your current salary and your desired salary down the road.

  • 3 Rules to Help You Master the Art of Negotiating

    Negotiating is certainly an art most professionals have yet to master. Grant Cardone of Entrepreneur understands just how stressful negotiations can be and has provided three "golden rules" that will help any professional learn the ropes. First, Cardone writes, it is important to truly understand the definition of the world "negotiate."

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