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  • Looking for a Raise? Avoid This Mistake

    What's the number one thing people do wrong before asking their boss for a raise? Consultant and executive coach Karen Cates suggests it's failing to ask whether they deserve one in the first place.

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  • 3 Tips to Negotiate Anything Over Email

    These days, you might do business with a co-worker for years and never meet them face to face. Maybe they're in an office across the country or the world, or maybe they -- or you -- work at home. Whatever the reason behind it, working in a different physical space than your colleagues requires adaptations that you might never have anticipated, when you first started interacting remotely. For example, what happens when you need to negotiate with someone, and you can't see their facial expressions?

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  • How to Be a Fearless Job Hunter

    In these days of long-term unemployment and stagnant wages, is it possible to job search without fear? Maybe not -- but some people get closer than others, or at least learn to fake it better. Picking up some of their strategies can help you make good decisions about your next move, and increase your chances of impressing hiring managers.

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  • When It Comes to Drinking at Work, the Rules Are Different for Women

    Need proof that the Mad Men era isn't totally behind us? Consider Dr. Peggy Drexler's recent (really good) advice to women at work, published in Hello, Giggles:

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  • 3 Ways to Win Over the Office Curmudgeon

    Every office has at least one: that grumpy guy or lady who won't be charmed, no matter what you do. The problem is that winning over those less-than-friendly folks is essential to your career. Heck, they might even be the boss, and if they aren't, their buy-in or lack of it might prevent you from getting the boss's attention -- at least in any way that you'd want to get it.

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  • 10-Year-Old Girl Surprises Michelle Obama With Her Dad's Resume

    The next time you're feeling a little shy at a networking event, take inspiration from 10-year-old Charlotte Bell. At White House's annual "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day," Bell took advantage of the opportunity and slipped her Dad's CV to the first lady.

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  • Do You Actually Want to Get to Inbox Zero?

    Inbox zero. It's the holy grail of email management. File your emails neatly away and keep your inbox empty, the theory goes, and you'll never have to worry about finding what you're looking for, ever again. But is having no emails at all in your primary inbox actually a reasonable -- or desirable -- goal?

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  • What It Means to Be an Expert [infographic]

    To make yourself as attractive a job candidate as possible, you should always be looking for opportunities to pick up a new skill. That doesn't mean you have to attain expert status in order to catch the attention of a hiring manager. However, it's useful to get an idea of exactly what kind of investment you'd have to make, to be considered an expert by those in the know.

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  • Public Colleges Are Getting More Expensive, and Here's Why

    If it seem like tuition costs are out of control, it's not your imagination. Higher education is expensive, even at a public institution, where the average tuition and fees averaged about $14,300 during the 2011-2 academic year. Meanwhile, the median household income in the US was approximately $50,500 for 2011. Do you know anyone who could afford to part with 28 percent of their family income, even for a good investment like education?

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  • 3 Career Lessons From Beyonce

    Time's annual 100 Most Influential People issue is out, and Beyonce has the cover spot. What makes Bey the Queen? In the words of Sheryl Sandberg, who interviewed Beyonce for the magazine, "Beyonce doesn't just sit at the table. She builds a new one."

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  • What If Your Dream Job Turns Out to Be a Nightmare?

    The scariest part of interviewing for a new job is knowing that you can't possibly figure out what it will be like to do that job ... until it's too late to turn back. You can do your research, ask smart questions, and ace the interview process, but when it comes right down to it, there's no guarantee that you'll love the gig once you're actually doing it.

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  • Many Workers Still Not Prepared to Lose Their Jobs

    If you got laid off tomorrow, would you be OK, financially? A new Gallup poll shows that 29 percent of American workers would expect to experience "significant financial hardship" within one month of losing their job. Fourteen percent say they would only last one week.

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  • New Yorkers Get to Work Later Than Anybody Else in the Country

    When is "late for work" at your company? Depending on what industry you're in and where you live, it could be anywhere from after 8 a.m. to approaching noon. If you live in New York, for example, you enjoy (or are frustrated by) the latest median arrival time of any city in the country, according to data from FiveThirtyEight.

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  • Earth Day at Work: 3 Ways to Go Greener

    There's a whole wide world out there beyond your office window, even if it doesn't feel like it when project deadlines loom. The good news is that there are a lot of tiny, simple changes you can make, to make the earth a better place -- even if you're celebrating this Earth Day in your cubicle.

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  • 5 Productive Things to Do When You Don't Have Access to the Internet

    Nowadays, you can get online almost everywhere, from a commercial airliner in mid-flight to your dentist's office. But sometimes, for whatever reason, you can't access the internet. Fortunately, there's still plenty you can do while you're offline, to make your job easier once you're connected again.
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  • 3 Tasks You Should Never Put Off Until Tomorrow

    Effective time management is -- at least in part -- the art of putting some things off until tomorrow. Of course, if you choose the wrong things, or let tasks pile up to the point where you're always playing catch-up, you're probably causing yourself a lot of unnecessary panic.

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  • How to Negotiate Salary When There's No More Money

    You know that you should negotiate salary before taking a new position, lest you leave money on the table and cost yourself hundreds of thousands of dollars in salary over the course of your career. But what about when there's honestly no more room in the budget?

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  • 3 Little Things That Can Build a Better Workday

    Do you have a case of the Mondays? If your day is half over, with nothing to show for it, it's time to stop and reassess. Maybe this spectacularly unproductive morning can give rise to the super-efficient day of your dreams. (Even if it's not until tomorrow.)

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  • 3 Tips for Running a Meeting That Actually Works

    When was the last time you actually had a meeting that accomplished something? Unless you own the company, chances are that you can't make every meeting a productive one, but when you are in charge, there's a lot you can to do to make meetings a better use of everyone's time.

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  • Should You Reject That LinkedIn Request?

    LinkedIn is different from Facebook and Twitter and all the other social networks taking up space on your dashboard. For one thing, it's the only network that's purely for, well, networking. Using it requires a shift in thinking that some people find difficult, especially if they're used to the more weekend-friendly networks. When, for example, should you decline to accept a request to connect?

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