New Year's resolutions tend to focus on the personal. While January 1 is as good a time as any to quit smoking or start eating more vegetables, it's also an opportunity to look at your career from a new perspective. As a bonus, it's sometimes easier to build your resume than it is to drop some pounds.
Ask anyone what would make them like their job, and the first thing out of their mouths will be, "More money." No, seriously -- we've done studies. The problem is, research shows that more money -- beyond a certain point -- doesn't actually equal more happiness. So what does?
Want to make sure everyone's listening to you at your next meeting? Schedule it for between 10 a.m. and noon, following a vacation. (In other words, mark those calendars for January 7.)
Want to boost your salary in a hurry? Some entries on your resume are worth more than others. Pick up these skills, and your paycheck could increase by as much as 20 percent.
We live in an age that's obsessed with the bottom line, and the numbers that it takes to get there. Sometimes, however, you have to fold a bit of instinct in with the research and scientific evidence -- especially when it comes to your career. Here's why it's sometimes a good idea to go with your gut.
At least 20 million Americans work from home once a week or more, and during the holiday season, anyone with WAH privileges will be using them, whether it's to make up for the lack of vacation days or to multitask holiday prep while getting stuff done. But what what about folks who want to say that they're working at home -- but be lazy instead?
You'd think a professional PR person of Justine Sacco's title and experience would understand the dangers of inappropriate tweeting -- but apparently, you would think wrong.
You made a list, and checked it twice -- but when you checked it a third time, you realized you left off the person who's responsible for your checks. So what to do?
Everyone knows that Santa's true reward is the look of joy on children's faces. Still, reindeer feed isn't free, and someone has to pay for repairs to the furry red suit. So how much should Santa pull down, salary-wise?
Unless you somehow manage to live a blissfully reality-show-free existence -- and don't read any internet news -- you've probably heard about the Duck Dynasty patriarch's fall from grace. What you probably haven't realized is that there is some good in all of this: namely, it tells you what not to do in the workplace.
The holiday season is chock full of social events, which makes this a perfect time to network your way into an awesome new job. But that doesn't meant that it's necessarily easy. When the champagne is flowing and your energy levels are flagging, it's easy to miss an opportunity (or worse, put your foot in your mouth). Here's how to make the most of the holiday party season.
Recent research found that looks matter when it comes to who pulls in the big bucks -- and that the differences start as early as high school.
Lean in, opt out, or somewhere in between: most of the debate about work-life balance revolves around women's choices. But given the option, wouldn't we all, men and women, prefer to work part-time?
Given the state of the economy over the past couple of years, you'd think employers would be more understanding about gaps in a potential hire's CV. But even a prolonged recession can't change human nature, and no matter how unfair it is, hiring managers tend to pursue employed candidates more ardently than folks with long stints of unemployment.
Seattle-based mobile advertising firm Marchex decided to rank the jobs that get yelled at the most over the phone. They found that folks working in tech could expect to get chewed out more than almost any other job.
A college degree allows workers in many fields to command more money -- provided they're able to get a job. In an economy where that's still far from a sure thing, how can universities justify charging ever-higher amounts for tuition and fees? In part, it's because they have to.
If you've spent any time in Corporate America, you've probably heard this myth before: leave a job under any circumstances, and the only thing your old boss can tell a prospective employer about you is when you worked at the company and which job title you held. The reality is quite different.
Think your co-workers are lazy? We bet they never told you they were on a CIA mission in Pakistan in order to explain why they weren't at the office. John C. Beale, once the EPA's highest paid employee, did just that. Tomorrow, he'll be sentenced in federal court for defrauding the government of $1 million in salary and benefits.
Think about the worst job interview of your life, the one in which you spilled your coffee, couldn't even think of a placeholder answer for several questions, and developed an odd new twitch that now surfaces whenever you're nervous and out of your depth. Take comfort in this: at least you never sang a song to your dog.
Socializing with co-workers gets a bad rap. For every story lauding the benefits of networking with your colleagues, you'll find three that tell you that even being in the same room with co-workers and alcohol can tank your career. So how do you get the best out of those after-work happy hours, without dealing the worst?
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