• #SOTU 2016: American Anxiety, the Changing Economy, and Your Career
    "Anyone claiming that America's economy is in decline is peddling fiction," President Obama said in his last State of the Union Address on Tuesday night. "Now, what is true – and the reason that a lot of Americans feel anxious – is that the economy has been changing in profound ways, changes that started long before the Great Recession hit, changes that have not let up." If you've struggled to find momentum in your career in the last eight or nine years, or even just to stay employed, that won't come as a shock. The question is, what can be done to help American workers weather the change and adapt?
  • 7 Excellent Pieces of Productivity Advice We're Probably Ignoring Right Now
    Ever hear the expression, "Know better, do better?" Despite originating from a pretty lovely Maya Angelou quote, in practice, this phrase has become one of the more teeth-grindingly superior ways for the good citizens of the internet to put each other down, whether the topic is career development or parenting. It's also, in its abbreviated form, unlikely to inspire people to embrace innovation. One thing, and possibly only one thing, is for sure when it comes to human behavior: knowing better definitely does not mean doing better. If it did, we'd all be experts at life and wizards of productivity by now. Let's admit that the true challenge is taking all the advice we've already received. Sometimes, we flat-out ignore the collective wisdom of efficiency experts, and we're not even sorry.
  • From /r/CSCareerQuestions: Am I Too Old for Internships?
    Historically speaking, internships have been for young people to dip their toes in the career field of their choice as a way to get a better idea of what it would be like to work in that industry. However, there is no hard and fast rule about how old you have to be when it comes to internships, and these redditors from the computer science community have the experience to prove it.
  • How to Say No, Even If It Makes You Really Uncomfortable
    Why is saying no so hard? Maybe you have the incessant need to please people à la Monica Geller in Friends, or maybe you're just too scared. Either way, by saying yes to everything, you might be stretching yourself too thin and taking on more than you can actually handle. Even if you aren't dropping the ball yet, continuing with the "never say no" rule could hurt your career.
  • 5 Ways to Build a Better Meeting
    We've all had our time wasted attending or even running a meeting at work. So often, we walk out of a conference room wondering, "What the heck just happened in there? How did everything spiral out of control so fast and furiously?" The next time you're planning a meeting, think about these five tips for making your meetings work better, stronger, and most of all, more efficiently than ever before.
  • 4 Weird Jobs From the Olden Days
    Times change. And, as they do, jobs and industries shift as well. Hence, the regular internet posts enumerating the endangered jobs of these here modern times. It's true that our three-times-great-grandchildren might need some help understanding what mail carriers and newspaper reporters actually did, but they wouldn't be the first ones to lose touch with jobs from the past. Just for fun, and for the sake of honoring history, let's take a look back at four strange jobs from the olden days that are potentially unknown to you. They might even change your perspective on the current job landscape.
  • #MondayMotivation: 10 Tweets to Help You Fall Back in Love With Your Career
    Feeling a little blah about your job ... or possibly your entire career path? It's possible, of course, that you just have a case of the Mondays, but it's also possible that your post-weekend malaise is a sign that you deserve something better than a job you dread. If you're stuck, these #MondayMotivation tweets might help you reconnect with what once excited you about what you do for a living.
  • 3 Career Lessons From David Bowie
    David Bowie left the earth yesterday. If you're even a casual fan, you probably reacted to the news with shock. Bowie was a rare larger-than-life figure who was too big even for the title of rock star. He was a cultural force, an artist who never stopped growing and innovating, and an example of how much one person can do to change the way the world connects with art and each other. While you weren't looking, he also sneakily taught you a thing or two about how to build your best career.
  • 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.
  • Air Quality and Work Smarts: It's Not All in Your Head
    While we don't all live in places with visible smog, poor air quality is something that can sneak up on you. Bad air can come from sources including vehicles, utilities, heating and cooling machinery, and even climate change, according to the American Lung Association. Not all of us are so hard up that we're into buying canned air, but maybe we should be a little more worried about long-term effects of air pollution on our productivity.
  • What Would You Be Willing to Do to Eliminate Your Student Loans?
    Student loan debt in the U.S. has reached staggering new heights in recent years, and it's had a huge impact on recent graduates and their families, many of whom are helping to see their children through the trying financial situation they've landed in post-graduation. Student loan debt is now greater than credit card debt in this country, a fact that serves as an excellent reality check about the severity of this problem. The folks shouldering these loans don't need any reminders, though. They are aware every day of the pressure this debt is putting on them financially and otherwise.
  • 3 Reasons You Should Make a Cup of Tea Right Now
    As we start to settle into a brand-new year, the internet is abuzz with tips and tricks for improving your career in 2016. Whether you're into making career resolutions or just setting goals and intentions, this is a great time to reflect and prepare to move forward. But, sometimes the simplest of changes, the gentlest little nudges, can make the biggest difference. Believe it or not, making a cup of tea right now (and maybe regularly from now on) could make a positive impact on your health, happiness, and even your career. Let's take a look at a few reasons why this is the case.
  • For Some Workers, Bad Smells in the Office Are More Than Just Annoying
    One of the first offices I worked in had a sign by the floor microwave: "No fish!," it said. While I laughed this off at the time as being a bit picky, it wasn't until I worked close to another office's kitchen that I realized how pervasive reheated mahi-mahi could be. While it may not seem like a little warmed salmon, heavily splashed Chanel No. 5, or post-vacation durian could mean that much, it's no laughing matter. A smell issue could harm workers and even land an employer in legal hot water if they don't think a stink means a thing.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: 13 Signs You Need to Quit Your Job
    It's never a good idea to quit your job without having another job lined up. That said, sometimes there are signals that you should start finding that new job as soon as possible. In this week's roundup, we look at a few symptoms of a job that begs for your resignation letter, plus the best books to read instead of getting a life coach, and the interview follow-up you're not doing.
  • BLS Jobs Report Surprises: 292,000 Jobs Added, Unemployment Steady at 5 Percent
    After Wednesday's National Employment Report from ADP exceeded expectations by more than 60,000 jobs, it would have been disappointing if this morning's report from the Labor Department showed numbers that were merely in line with economists' predictions. Never fear: while economists polled by Reuters were looking for the addition of 195,000 jobs to nonfarm payrolls, the Employment Situation Summary reflected a blockbuster 292,000 added jobs. In addition, the previous two month's numbers were revised upward by a combined 50,000 jobs.
  • How to Leave Your Job at the Office
    Working all the time isn't productive, so why do so many of us check email late at night or early in the morning, or crack open our laptops after dinner to take care of just one more bit of business before turning in? In part, it's because we can. Needless to say, before the advent of email, internet, and mobile computing, workers either stayed late at the office or they went home and concentrated on their personal lives. Technology is both a curse and a blessing for work-life balance, and tipping the scales toward the "blessing" end requires both organizational skills and a healthy amount of self-control.
  • 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 Questions You Should Ask Before You Take That Job
    Once you get past the "grill the prospective employee" part of the interview process, it's time to turn the tables on your potential new employer. The New York Times thinks that questions about work culture are the key to company insights. We agree! Hopefully, sometime during the process, you're able to talk to different employees at different levels of the org. When you speak to them, ask them these questions, and note what their answers say about the paradise (or viper pit) that you could be jumping into.
  • 5 Ways to Create a Fresh, New Workspace for the New Year
    Going back to work after the holidays can be a drag, but it doesn't have to be. Instead of spending the rest of this first week back complaining with your co-workers, use this time to get your workspace organized and prepared for a successful year ahead.

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