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  • 3 Things to Do When You Get Laid Off

    "Layoff" is arguably the scariest word in the English language for most workers, and never more so than during the past few years, when cuts abounded and new jobs were hard to find. But getting laid off can also be one of the best things that ever happened to you. It all depends on how you react in the days and weeks following your pink slip.

  • Offer Solutions Instead of Complaints

    Managers hire people to fix problems, not complain about them. Employees who are prepared to offer possible solutions are considered highly valuable. These problem-solvers are the ones who keep their jobs in a tight economy. They're also the workers who are offered merit raises, and, eventually, promoted.
  • Listen to the Sound of Your Voice, and It Will Tell You Whether or Not You'll Be Successful

    If your CEO is a man, he most likely has a deeper voice than average, according to recent research from Duke University. If the head honcho is a woman, on the other hand, her voice is likely to be similar in pitch to the average woman. The way she uses it, however, is completely different than her less successful colleagues.

  • Social Media Servicing: Customer Service for the New Age

    Shifts in a given industry can happen overnight, so staying current and adapting is a must for an organization. This is where social media fills the gaps. Social media not only brings the organization and consumer together, but it allows for a level of communication, interaction, and connection that was unheard of before.

  • Young America's Job Crisis

    U.S. youngsters are having a tougher time finding work than their counterparts in other wealthy, large economies. What's going on here? In the land of plenty, shouldn't young talent have a smorgasbord of job offerings to choose from?
  • Tina Fey's Tips for Working Women (Hint: Wear a Bra)

    Tina Fey is so beloved at this point, she could probably give up show business and start her own cult. Why does she inspire such fervor in her fans? Well, partly, it's because she uses her powers for good.

    Witness her recent appearance on Inside the Actor's Studio. When host James Lipton asked her "How does a woman, like you, make her way through a man's world?" she offered some very actionable (and hilarious) advice:

  • 3 Ways to Stop Second-Guessing Yourself

    Lots of people have a tendency to second guess themselves, but it's particularly common in young women who are just starting out in their careers. In a recent post on Women 2.0, career coach Ellen Ercolini offered advice for folks who are still learning how to trust their instincts.

  • 3 Reasons to Take a Side Gig -- and 3 Reasons Not To

    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.

  • How to Manage Up

    Want to be happy at work? Learn how to manage your manager. To do that, of course, the first thing you'll have to figure out is when he or she will be most likely to listen to you, especially outside of your regular meetings.

  • 5 Techniques to Increase Your Likeability at Work

    Work might not be a popularity contest, but some days, you wouldn't prove it by the environment in the office. Being more likeable can help you do everything from nab more interesting projects to get that promotion you've been longing for. And becoming more likeable might be easier than you think.

  • 3 Skills Every Entrepreneur Needs, According to Seth Godin

    Seth Godin is a master entrepreneur who has written 14 books and founded several companies, including Squidoo. He says every entrepreneur needs three skills that go beyond having drive and working long hours. Godin outlines these characteristics in his latest book, "The Icarus Deception."

  • Venture Capital Firm New Enterprise Associates Launches Design Mentorship Program

    New Enterprise Associates, a venture capital firm that's invested some $13 billion in up-and-coming companies, has launched a brand-new design mentorship program to fuel innovation in the design industry. Called NEA Studio, the 12-week program will challenge five designers at a time.

  • Professional Influencers Tell You How to Win People Over

    Charm will get you everywhere, but it's an elusive quality. If you've got it, you're golden. Everyone knows a sales person who can sell anything to anyone, or a middle manager who seems equally beloved by both boss and staff. But what if you don't have it? Is there any way to develop the knack for getting people on your side?

  • Are Employers Waiting for Purple Squirrels?

    The economy added 236,000 jobs in February, but openings are staying vacant much longer than they did during the halcyon days of pre-recession hiring. Much has been made of the supposed skills gap between the unemployed and the jobs available, but is part of the problem that employers are being, well, picky?

  • Is This Teen the Hardest-Working Person in America?

    Would you walk ten miles in the snow just for a shot at a minimum-wage job? Indiana teenager Jhaquell Reagan did just that, netting himself a better-paying gig, media coverage, and almost 27,000 likes on Facebook in the process.

  • Nate Thayer vs. The Atlantic: Should You Ever Work for Free?

    On Monday, Olga Khazan, the Global Editor of, 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.

  • 3 Productivity Tips for Lazy People

    Improving productivity is hard. We'd all like to be more productive, but the internet isn't going to read itself. Plus, the usual time management tips usually fail to take into account the fact that we're really fighting a battle against our own nature.

    Enter these tips from Lifehacker, which focus on fooling your brain into being more productive.

  • How to Persuade Anyone to Do Anything

    What's the number one way to get people to do what you want? Acknowledge that they don't have to.

    It's called the "But You Are Free Technique," and in a review of 42 psychology studies of 22,000 people, it was found to double the odds that a person would go along with what your plan.

  • Everyone Will Have to Become an Entrepreneur [infographic]

    At the rate that jobs are being outsourced, and with more and more companies choosing to bring in contractors instead of employees, a perfect storm is being created. That storm could result in a whole new world of entrepreneurs who could replace employees, as this Funders and Founders indicates.

  • Don't Focus on Spending Less -- Focus on Earning More

    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."

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