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  • Want a Big Favor? Don't Be Afraid to Ask

    President Obama will speak at UC Irvine's commencement ceremony this June. How did the school score the most powerful man in the country to speak at graduation? Simple: they asked.

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  • Here's How to Get Along With Your Messy Co-Worker

    Need another reason to hate the open office? Here's one: your messy co-worker's cluttered desk becomes your problem.

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  • 4 Tips for Women Working in a Man's World

    It's hard to be one of the guys when, well, you are not a guy. If you are a woman working in a male-dominated field or office, you likely want to be seen as an equal who is capable of doing her job. These four tips will help you succeed at your work and fit in with your co-workers.

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  • How to Choose the Right Job, When You're an Introvert

    Being an introvert does not mean being socially reclusive. It does not necessarily mean that you are shy, a loner, afraid of social interaction, or that you have bouts of social anxiety. According to Carl Jung’s theory of psychological types, extroversion and introversion are related to how a person derives energy. According to Jung, extroverts derive energy from the external world, through interaction and communication, while introverts derive energy from within through reflection, thought, and contemplation.

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  • Which Occupations Earn More Than Their Parents Did?

    If you polled a group of teenagers, you might get the impression that their future occupations would have nothing to do with what boring old mom and dad did for a living. Catch up with them a few years later, and it's clear that parents do affect career choices, if not exactly in the way you'd expect.

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  • 3 Ways You Are Working Harder and Not Smarter

    We are told all the time that productivity and success require working smarter and not harder. But what exactly are we doing that is causing us to work harder and how are these habits hindering our quests for a healthy work-life balance?
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  • Some Companies Want SAT Scores From Potential Hires

    If you didn't wow your guidance counselor with your SAT scores, but still got into and graduated from college, you might have thought that the tyranny of the College Board had receded from your life. But not so fast: some big employers like Goldman Sachs or Amazon still ask candidates for their SAT scores, decades after the test. Why would companies put so much weight on tests you took before you could legally vote?

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  • 3 Money Rules for New Entrepreneurs

    Starting a business is as frightening as it is exciting. For some, it is the dream of a lifetime and bolsters them into financial independence. If you want to start (or already have started!) your own business, take heed of these three financial pearls of wisdom, and remind yourself of them every day.

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  • Low Wages Are Poverty Wages

    How would you like to put in full-time hours at your job, work hard to perform your job well, manage your household, and yet still spend time waiting in lines for general assistance and charity to pay for your basic expenses, including food and heat? If you are a member of the growing population of minimum- and low-wage workers, this could be you. And the problem affects all of us.

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  • CEOs Received Smaller Raises Last Year

    The top CEOs in the US got a 1 percent raise last year, according to disclosures from 46 companies in the Standard & and Poor's 500. The previous year, CEOs' pay jumped 15 percent.

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  • The Most Important Part of the Job Interview (That You're Probably Forgetting)

    If you're at all interested in getting a given job, you prepare thoroughly ahead of time, researching the company and position, doing practice interview questions, even choosing your interview outfit with special care. But there's one thing you probably aren't doing, and it might be costing you the job: odds are, you probably haven't given a thought about how to close the interview.

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  • The 5 Things Great Managers Do Every Day

    If you've ever left a job because of a bad manager -- and you wouldn't be the first -- you know that having a good boss is an essential factor for job satisfaction and productivity. If you've ever managed everyone yourself, you know how hard it is to do well. Sometimes, it's hard to even understand what managing well entails. But recent analysis from Gallup shows that managers who do certain very specific things improve employee engagement, benefiting both workers and the company.

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  • 5 Ways to Be Luckier at Work

    Even if you're not particularly superstitious, it's easy to ascribe the things that happen to you in your career to luck (either good or bad). In fact, you can make your own good luck at work, just by making a few simple changes in your life.

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  • Another Great Reason to Help Others: It'll Help Your Career

    "Nice guys finish last." It's the real-life version of reality TV's favorite canard, "I'm not here to make friends" -- and it's probably just as useless as a personal motto. In his recent article in The Atlantic, Adam Grant argues that doing good things for others can have real benefits for your career -- eventually.

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  • 5 Ways to Kill Productivity in Your Next Meeting

    Ah, meetings. Ostensibly a way to communicate decisions, brainstorm ideas, and keep the team running in the same direction, they are also one of the better ways to allow productivity to grind to a halt. Ideally, we'd all make the best of meetings, and avoid behaviors that waste everyone's time and the company's money. In reality, of course, many of us are guilty of at least one of the following:

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  • Should Your Internship Be Paid?

    Getting that coveted internship is an exciting time for any graduate student on her way toward graduation and professional employment. Sometimes an internship is a valuable training experience that readies the student for real-world challenges in her field; other times, it is the equivalent of feudal serfdom. Internships can be unpaid, and as such are subject to strict laws and boundaries under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA.) Spot the warning signs and tell the difference between true professionals who are willing to help train you, and unscrupulous employers who simply want to take advantage of slave labor.

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  • How to Lead When You're Not the Boss

    Managing people when you're actually in charge of them is far from easy, but at least you have a variety of carrots and/or sticks to bring into play. When you're the technical lead on a project, but not actually the boss, things get confusing in a hurry.

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  • No More Written Resumes?

    Gone are the days when choosing card stock was an essential part of the resume process. Sure, you probably print out a couple couples of your CV to bring with you to job interviews, but for the most part, resume distribution takes place electronically. Thanks to social networking, LinkedIn in particular, formal resumes -- even electronic versions -- are less important than they used to be. Will there ever come a time when we do away with them altogether?

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  • When Should You Think About Changing Your Career?

    Your last week on the job has been completely frustrating. Nothing seems to be good enough for the boss. Maybe this is not the career you want to be in; maybe you’d be happier doing something else. Maybe you should get back to painting, or doing theater, something you were passionate about in school. But hold on, don’t quit just yet. Here are a few tips that would help figure out if a career switch is right for you.
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  • Treadmill Desks Make Employees Better at Their Jobs (Eventually)

    New research shows that treadmill desks improve employee performance and productivity -- after a short period of adjusting to walking and working at the same time.

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