• The Unofficial Quit-Your-Job Checklist: 5 Steps to Take
    You don't need me to tell you what you already know: it's time to quit. You're reading all sorts of blog posts about it, fantasizing about that grand exit speech, and constantly picturing yourself in other jobs. It's OK. You're not alone: 70 percent of Americans are not engaged at work. The trouble is that you're not sure you can quit right now, right? Not so fast.
  • What to Do When Your Employer Makes a Counteroffer
    Your current job is obviously not working out for you. You want something else and that's just not readily available where you are. Maybe you need more flexibility, a promotion, increased responsibilities … whatever your need, your current company is unable to provide it, and that's the reason you applied for a new job in the first place. But now that you have a job offer and have let your manager know your intention of leaving soon, things have started to change. Your manager wants to do everything in her power to get you to stay. She's had a discussion with HR and is making you a counteroffer. Should you accept it?
  • What's Next? Teachers Who Change Careers Have Many Options
    Teaching is difficult and interesting work. It can be wonderfully fulfilling and simultaneously almost unbearably frustrating and stressful. Generally, it's not the kids who make teachers want to move on to another profession. Rather, it's something about the system itself, the culture, that eventually adds up to be too much. Some teachers are driven away by the long hours and low pay, others feel they need to move on because of trying relationships with administrators or too much tension with parents. Others find the curriculum, or the accompanying standardized tests, too limiting and confining.
  • 4 Reasons Why Chasing Money Isn't the Same as Pursuing Happiness
    First things first: there's a difference between negotiating salary and chasing money. The former consists of you advocating for yourself, and insisting on being paid fair wages for your hard work; the latter confuses money with the stuff money is supposed to provide, namely security, happiness, and a bright future. Here's why chasing a big paycheck isn't necessarily the path to success.
  • Don't Just Do Something, Sit There: How Mindfulness Can Help Your Career
    The holidays are a nice reminder about the importance and the benefits of slowing down a little. In today's culture of overwork it can be hard to remember what it even feels like not to be super stressed. Whether in spite of this culture or because of it, it seems that conversations about the importance of mindfulness practices for health, wellness, and success have been popping up everywhere you turn lately. In light of that, here are some tips that might help you find mindfulness practices that work for you, which could be good for you and your career.
  • What Do Your Childhood Dreams and Career Goals Say About You?
    When you were a kid, what did you say that you wanted to be when you grew up? If you're anything like the kids of today, your dreams started off a little unrealistic (think superhero or panda bear) and smoothed out over time, leaning toward things like doctor, teacher, or police officer.
  • 6 Key Supports to Have in Place for a Midlife Career Shift
    Changing careers is more common than you might think. After a time, the excitement and novelty of a job, or even an entire industry, can wear off and we realize we need a change. Perhaps new management or protocol/procedures help to push us toward the decision. Maybe, changing careers (often during our mid-30s to early 50s) is about chasing a dream, old or new; and who needs a better reason than that? For one reason or another, a lot of people decide at some point along the way to shift careers. It can be an exciting and ultimately rewarding choice, but it's important to make the proper preparations before taking the leap. Here are a few key supports to have in place before making a midlife career shift.
  • How I Got My Dream Job: Emma Mostrom-Mombelli, Scuba Diving Instructor
    For Emma Mostrom-Mombelli, a scuba diving instructor in Thailand for the past two years and a former divemaster in the U.K., a typical workday often entails diving deep into the depths of some of the world's most beautiful oceans alongside a rotating cast of silent amphibious co-workers. The ambitious maritime adventuress recently spoke with PayScale to share some of her favorite things about diving, teaching, and what it takes to pursue a career in scuba diving.
  • 5 Tips to Prepare for an Exploratory Interview
    It might feel weird to prepare for an interview when you don't even expect it to lead to a job, but it's worth your while to do your homework before an exploratory interview, and treat it just as seriously as you would any other job interview. You never know when the situation might go from an informal chat to a serious path to a new job.
  • 5 Ways to Work Out at the Office
    Before your New Year's resolutions get pushed to the side, here's a chance to combat your winter sloth, without a gym membership! There are plenty of ways to incorporate a fitness routine into your workday that won't alarm your co-workers and won't break the bank, either. Try a few of these quick exercise ideas and you may also find that your energy improves, along with your mood.
  • 5 Reasons to Become a Morning Person (and How to Do It)
    You've been late to work three times this week. There's no hard start time, but you know everyone else beat you to their desks by at least 28 minutes. It's time to make a change: you need to become a morning person. The thought of going to be bed, waking up, and it still being dark may scare you now, but all it takes are few lifestyle changes to see just how compelling being a morning person can be.
  • Work From Home? Here's How to Keep the Boss on Your Side
    Depending on your situation, it could be frustrating or liberating to work with a remote manager. While on the one hand, you don't have her hovering around your desk and sneaking up on you, on the other hand, you do not have easy access to her whenever you need. You're also probably not her first choice when she has a project to assign to her team, just because of the sheer logistics. But, there are a few ways you can have an effective remote reporting relationship.
  • When Is the Best Time to Negotiate Salary?
    What do entry-level workers and executives have in common? To get the salary they deserve, they both need to negotiate. That's bad news if salary negotiation makes you uncomfortable, but the good news is this: by negotiating pay, you're almost certain to earn more over the course of your career. However, timing is everything, so let's talk a little bit about when to ask for the salary you deserve.
  • Business Wisdom From Billionaire Buddhist Priest Dr. Kazuo Inamori
    Should managers focus on making workers happy, even before satisfying the shareholders? Yes, according to Dr. Kazuo Inamori, management expert, billionaire entrepreneur, and Buddhist priest. Inamori has spent decades applying and honing his organizational philosophies, and he's done so with great success. He created the $64 billion phone carrier known as KDDI Corp, and he rescued Japan Airlines from bankruptcy just a few years ago. His ideas are unique, complex, and yet also super-simple in the essence: "If you want eggs, take care of the hen. If you bully or kill the hen, it’s not going to work."
  • Lena Dunham and Emma Stone Discuss Nicknames in the Workplace
    Hopefully, it's a rare occurrence these days for a male co-worker or boss to summon a woman at the office with a demeaning nickname like "sweetie," or "honey," or (heaven forbid) "baby." Unfortunately though, it does still happen.
  • How to Set Goals for Your Team
    If you're a manager, you may be spending quite a bit of time right now evaluating goals for your team in the coming year. How do you create goals in alignment with the organization's priorities, set your team up for success, and most of all, make sure that your goals will be met? It is often an intense process, but done right, it can have spectacular results.
  • 4 Tips to Handle a Bad Performance Review
    In an ideal scenario, you go into your year-end review prepared, after 12 months of regularly meeting with your boss and getting her feedback as she observes your behavior on the job. You know what you're going to get and you're ready for it. But quite often, this is not the case – your manager hardly has any time to stop, you're caught up between projects and putting out fires, and you're lucky if you can catch a breather. So what do you do when you're having your performance review discussion with your manager and it isn't really going so well?
  • How to Get Stuff Done at Work During the Holiday Season
    It's getting closer and closer to the holidays, and you might feel like you're being pulled in a million different directions. Do you have presents to shop for? A house to decorate? Food to cook (and eat)? Friends and family to visit with? Oh yeah, and a job to do? Here are some tips for how to get it all done while still having a bit of holiday fun.
  • How to Fight Seasonal Affective Disorder
    Cold dark days and colder darker nights bring on the "winter blues" or SAD (seasonal affective disorder) for an estimated 25 million Americans every year. While it's somewhat of a mystery, the condition is serious and manifests a lot like depression, which luckily means there are some established ways to treat it. Before winter gets its icy grip on you, prepare yourself to fight off SAD with a few simple tips.
  • How to Maximize the First 3 Hours of the Workday to Reduce Your Stress
    Working incredibly long hours and rarely taking vacations is the new normal, but that doesn't mean that it's good for us. In fact, the pressure and stress is taking a toll on U.S. workers. Working all the time causes emotional and psychological problems, impacts our health, our personal lives, and even our memories. So what can we do to make work more manageable?

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