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  • 3 Career Lessons From the OkCupid Human Experiments

    Christian Rudder, founder of OkCupid, recently admitted in a blog post that the dating site experiments on human beings. Before you envision the Bride of Frankenstein, or even Facebook's emotional manipulation studies, relax: OkCupid's experiments were a bit more lighthearted, not mention obvious, than the usual dark-side-of-data-science horror stories we've come to fear. Even better, they might teach us something about how people communicate online -- even if their goal is, say, getting a new job, rather than finding a mate.

  • #PayChat: The Skills Gap
    There are many factors that contribute to the skills gap. The issue is complex. On the one hand, employers believe that educational institutions are not preparing students for careers in today’s work world. On the other hand, colleges and universities say that it is their job to teach students how to think and not to provide practical job training. Schools believe that many companies have cut back on job training due to budget restraints. Whose responsibility is it to ensure that recent graduates are prepared for today’s work world?
  • ADP Jobs Report: Economy Added 218,000 Jobs in July

    The private sector added 218,000 jobs last month, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report, less than the 230,000 jobs predicted by economists.

  • Want to Make a Good First Impression? Choose Your Clothing Carefully
    Our choice of clothing causes others to make assumptions -- sometimes correct, sometimes incorrect -- about who we are. If you want to make the best first impression on a job interview or at work, let your clothing help, not hinder you.
  • Wages on the Rise in Some Industries

    Recent data from the Labor Department shows wage growth in several sectors, including construction, retail, and leisure and hospitality. Together with three months of job reports in the 200,000-plus range, could these statistics mean that the economy is headed in the right direction, at last?

  • 5 Reasons to Start a Book Club at Work

    We know a lot about our co-workers: what they like to eat and drink, what music they’re into, and what they like to read. In fact, these interests often become the basis of our workplace conversations. Maker of trendy eyewear Warby Parker noted a shared passion for reading amongst employees and decided to make book clubs an official component of the company’s culture. It’s been a win for everyone involved. Here’s why.

  • Coder Livetweets Alleged IBM Execs Discussing Why They Won't Hire Women

    Toronto editor and coder Lyndsay Kirkham just wanted to go out to lunch for her birthday. What she got was an earful of mansplanation, courtesy of conversation of the alleged IBM executives at the next table, about why young women are bad hires. (Short version: they keep getting a case of the babies.)

  • Want to Make a Good First Impression? Here's What to Do
    Going on a job interview or meeting with a new client, you want to put your best foot forward and make this person want to work with you. Understand how different behaviors affect first impressions, and use them to your advantage.
  • How Much Money Do You Need to Make, in Order to Feel Like a Success?

    Whoever said money doesn't buy happiness never tried to pay their mortgage armed with only a positive attitude. Most of us need a certain amount of financial security in order to be satisfied. A recent CareerBuilder survey translates that into dollars and cents: $75,000, it turns out, is the magic number. But this doesn't mean earning that salary will necessarily make all workers feel successful.

  • 3 Career Lessons From Weird Al Yankovic

    It's Weird Al's world; the rest of us are just living in it. This week, his album Mandatory Fun hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts, #8days8videos blew up on Twitter, and everyone's co-workers and Facebook friends began posting links to Tacky and Word Crimes. Speaking of which, it became apparent that Weird Al's goal might not purely be to amuse us. It's clear that there's a lot to learn from the man who started his career with Dr. Demento as a mentor.

  • Is It Possible to Have Too Many Skills?

    When you think about what might keep you from getting hired for your dream job, you probably never consider the possibility that your issue might be too many skills, instead of too few. But broad experience over a range of different areas can sometimes work against you in the eyes of a hiring manager.

  • Facebook Can Get You Fired
    Sometimes, we like to think that freedom of speech gives us the right to say what we want to our friends without having to face any consequences. Unfortunately, the law does not see things that way. Our freedom of speech, provided by the First Amendment, only protects us from the government preventing us from speaking our minds. So while you can't go to jail for saying your boss is a pain in the neck, you can certainly get fired for it.
  • 40 Percent of American Workers Would Quit, If Not for Health Insurance

    On dark days, when your job gets you down, what stops you from handing in your letter of resignation? For 40 percent of workers, a recent study finds, it's health insurance -- specifically, health insurance that doesn't cost more or provide less than the plan they have through their employers.

  • Workplace Fun Increases Productivity
    There's evidence that people who have fun at work are happier, healthier, motivated, and more productive than their stressed-out counterparts. Who'da thunk it?
  • Should You Share Your Salary With Your Co-workers?

    Salary transparency is hot right now. More companies are revealing what workers make, in the hopes that it will increase trust, improve productivity, even minimize the gender pay gap. But that doesn't meant that sharing salaries is totally without peril for employees.

  • This CEO Thinks Recent Grads Don't Need Work-Life Balance

    Backupify CEO Rob May has some advice for folks just starting out in their careers: forget about work-life balance. To get ahead while you're young, he says, you have be prepared to take jobs you don't like, work harder than everyone else, and essentially leave having a life for later on.

  • 5 Times You Should Delegate Tasks

    Do you feel like you need to do everything at work yourself, or it won't get done the right way? Chances are, you're overextending yourself, compromising both your productivity and your happiness in your career. So when should you pass the baton, and when should you keep running for the finish line?

  • Interviewing for a Job? 4 Tips to Ensure That You Are Not Leaving Money on the Table
    At some point during your interview process, either at the initial screening or during the offer phase, you can expect to hear this question: “What are your salary expectations?” How you handle this question will decide what you earn, perhaps for years to come.
  • Do Abusive Bosses Cause Cheating Workers?
    Whatever you do for a living, whether it's crunch numbers or play ball, working under an abusive leader derails morale. There is some evidence that when it gets bad enough, workers cheat and even break the law.
  • Should Women Wear Red to Work?
    Colors have subtle and often subconscious effects on our perceptions and behaviors. Red is sometimes associated with anger, and is a bold, bright color to which men and women often respond differently. Should you see red in your work clothing?