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."
Regardless of the title that appears on our business cards, most of us are professional writers in some capacity. Don't believe us? Try sending your next work email with only animated gifs to guide your message. Bruce Kasanoff's recent LinkedIn article "Five Tips That Can Double Your Salary" got us thinking about the many ways in which we -- completely inadvertently -- make writing choices that tank our chances at promotions, raises, and the respect of our colleagues. We went through his tips one by one and came up with examples of what not to do, in terms of your business writing, if you want to be a success.
If you recently graduated from college, you're facing a bewildering combination of freedom and constraint. Technically, you could go anywhere, but in reality, you probably want to find a place to live that combines the two most elusive factors in any living situation: reasonable rent and ample professional opportunity.
Most freelancers and small business owners start out operating under the assumption that if they want something done, they'll need to do it themselves, whether it's balancing the books or dusting the waiting room. But how do you know when you need to hire help?
Want a higher salary, a better title, or even just lower bank fees? The key is negotiation, and author and entrepreneur Ramit Sethi is the man to show us how. Negotiation is a big part of his book "I Will Teach You to Be Rich." Some of the lessons it teaches, he learned from his parents.
Most career experts will tell you that picking a major solely based on money is a losing proposition. You might wind up with a well-paying gig after college, but you won't have much fun spending your money if you hate your job. Still, while money might not buy happiness, poverty certainly doesn't. If you're trying to figure out which major to pick, U.S. News' list of scholarships might sway your decision.
When PayScale calculates salary and compensation for a given position, we always include commuting in our numbers. That's because, in addition to providing you with new opportunities to try out your favorite cusswords, commuting is a significant cost -- one that can affect your take-home pay more than you think.
Working from home is often presented as a benefit that makes up for lower salaries or smaller raises. The idea is that a flexible schedule, in addition to being convenient and allowing us to work in our jammies, will save us money by cutting down on our commute, dry-cleaning, and lunch bills. But do we really save by staying home?
Money isn't everything, but it's easier to put up with a bad day at the office when you're not fretting about the bills. If you're contemplating a career change, then, you probably want to avoid jobs that pay less than they're worth.
Monday seems like the perfect time to do some daydreaming about winning the lottery. However, as this Casino.org infographic reveals, it isn't quite the life-changing event one might expect.
If you want to feel good, both physically and mentally, you're better off being a doctor or a teacher than a transportation worker, according to a recent Gallup poll.
The survey measured American's physical, emotional, and financial well-being by examining factors such as exercise, produce consumption, obesity, smoking, view of their workplace, and relationship to management.
Taking on a part-time job -- on top of your regular, full-time job -- isn't a decision to be made lightly. Best case scenario, it can provide you with money or experience you wouldn't otherwise get; worst case scenario, it can exhaust you to the point where you're doing neither job well.
On Monday, Olga Khazan, the Global Editor of TheAtlantic.com, reached out to veteran reporter Nate Thayer to see if he'd be interested in contributing a trimmed-down version of a previously published article to the site -- for free. Thayer declined, and then publishing his exchange with Khazan on his blog. By Tuesday morning, the internet, or at least the newsy corner of it, was flaming like a comments section.
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."
Now that you have finally come up with a business idea that might actually make you a bit of money and are ready to start snagging clients that are willing to pay the big bucks, it's time for you to learn how to convince potential customers that they need your product or services.
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.
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