Author: christinam

Christina Majaski is a freelance writer, editor, and digital content pro for more than 11 years. Her work includes creating and editing content for popular publications focusing on parenting, personal finance, law, business, careers, and many others. Christina lives in Central Minnesota with her daughter Chloe and her best dog friend, Monty.

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3 Job Search Beliefs You May Be Wrong About

Job searching is an activity which often takes place alone – all you have is your laptop, your bathrobe, and that voice in your head. When it comes to searching for jobs, there is a good chance the voice is telling you at least three things incorrectly. Here are three beliefs you...
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3 Tips for Unemployed Workers Over 50

It’s no secret that if you are over 50 and job searching, you will likely have a more difficult time than your younger counterparts in getting hired. There are a few simple steps you can take, however, that can help boost your chances of landing your next job. (Photo Credit: Erik ERXON/Flickr)...
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Does the High Cost of College Text Books Make Sense?

Not only has the cost of college tuition increased through the years, but between the years 2002 and 2012, the cost of college textbooks alone have increased 82 percent. While the cost of a higher education has never been cheap, when you consider the resources and alternatives that are now available, expensive...
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Soon, a High School Diploma Won’t Get You a Job Anywhere

You may have heard one of many success stories of people who either did not attend college or dropped out of college becoming huge industry leaders and even billionaires – we see you Zucks and Gates. However, the cold, hard truth for the rest of us non-geniuses is, a college degree is...
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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? (Photo Credit: LaurMG/Wikipedia) While working hard is necessary in achieving...
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What Not to Leave Behind After an Interview

When you’re interviewing for jobs, it’s important to be remembered. Oftentimes employers must weed through stacks of resumes and cover letters after days of interviews with prospective employees whose lists of experiences, training, and skills are all painfully similar. In these instances, the right Leave-Behind can become a valuable tool in giving...
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3 Benefits of Whole Foods’ Open Salaries

While some companies still cling to policies that bar employees from discussing their salaries, Whole Foods is one that actually allows and encourages you to peep your co-workers’ salaries. Even if you don’t want to disclose what you’re making (or not making) there are benefits to open salaries. Here are three. (Photo...
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If Leaning In Hurts, You May Be Doing It Wrong

It’s been almost a year (in fact it’s just a few days short of the one-year anniversary) since Sheryl Sandberg and Lean In inspired women to consider taking control of our careers and our lives. Unfortunately, some of us are leaning in so hard, we’re missing out on life. And we’re not...
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4 Ways Boston’s New Program Could Fix the Gender Wage Gap

While recent data has shown that the gender wage gap isn’t as wide as we thought it was, there is still a gap. In Boston, for example, women make 83 cents for each dollar a man makes and in an effort to close that gap, the city is attempting a new, different...
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Now Men Are Hogging Up the Work-From-Home Jobs

Just in case you thought everyone who worked from home was an Oprah-watching, pajama-wearing mommy — surprise! They’re not. (Photo Credit: Plutor/Flickr) For working mothers, the advantages of working from home are numerous. Most often we think of how footloose and fancy-free it must be to be one of the few who...
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Considering an MBA? Here’s What You Need to Know

Not sure whether or not to get your MBA? If you’re on the fence about whether it’s worth the time, expense, and hassle, new data might help you make up your mind. (Photo Credit: Sbmt/Wikimedia Commons) We can all probably guess that an MBA leads to better opportunities and higher salaries, but...
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Well, at Least Your CEO Is Doing OK

While many of us consider unemployment numbers and whether jobs will be available, hope long-term unemployment benefits are extended, or root for an increase in the minimum wage, there is, of course, at least one person in most companies who seems to be doing OK — the CEO. In fact, you may...
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3 Reasons Interns Are Not Entry-Level Employees

Aside from the ongoing debate whether internships are legitimate opportunities for students to gain valuable work experience or just opportunities for companies to obtain cheap labor, another question being considered is whether or not interns are entry-level employees. (Photo Credit: Victor1558/Flickr) Internships have long been thought of as a great way for...
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How to Make Your Boss Listen to Your Ideas

Employees are the ones who come up with the best solutions to workplace problems. There are a number of reasons bosses don’t always want to listen (other than because you once suggested Beer Day and Do Nothing Day). So how do you get your boss to listen to your great ideas? (Photo...
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What Do the Best Places to Work Really Have in Common?

Lists of the best places to work are released every year — sometimes a couple times a year — and it seems like the same companies (like Google, for instance) appear on these lists over and over. As it turns out, workplaces that are consistently voted the best places to work have...
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How Workers Over 50 Bring Value to the Workplace

It isn’t an easy task for any age group to find work sometimes. But workers over 50 have the most difficulty finding work of any age group. Before putting older workers out to pasture, employers should consider the benefits and skills that workers over 50 bring to the workplace.   (Photo Credit:...
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Slacker vs. Creative: Why You Can’t Work 9 to 5

Although there are probably thousands of people working 9-to-5s who will tell you they don’t particularly enjoy their jobs, research indicates that creative types struggle with the standard workday more than regular employees. And then there are those who just have a difficult time working at all. Are you too creative for...
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Great Interview! Now Here’s Some Homework

You probably know the basics of behaving properly during a job interview – dress appropriately, be punctual, research the employer, be prepared with a real answer to “Why do you want to work here?” etc., etc. However, you may not have expected the interview to end with an assignment. Find out why...
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Your Boss and Your Creepy Ex May Have Something in Common

With all of its conveniences, technology has its drawbacks. Sometimes, those drawbacks are disturbing and might actually affect our work lives. So, while that creepy ex-girlfriend or -boyfriend’s stalkerish ways have scared you out of checking in anywhere on Foursquare, there may be another person, very close to you, who is monitoring...
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Employees Prefer Prosocial Bonuses Over Cash

Everyone loves being appreciated at work and nothing says “we love you and hope you stay here forever” more than monetary rewards. According to new information, however, employers are moving toward prosocial bonuses – bonuses that you pass on to either coworkers or charity, rather than keeping for yourself. Do you feel...
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5 Ways Your Boss Is Making You Unproductive

When we miss a deadline, we usually blame ourselves. But, what if it really isn’t your fault that you’re unproductive? What if your boss is making you unproductive? Here are five signs the blame might lie at the feet of your boss. (Photo Credit: Markybon/Flickr.com) Sure, we all have our own tools...
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Lessons from Abercrombie’s Weird and Discriminatory Rule Book

Stringent dress code requirements are funny and sometimes hard to believe. However, companies may want to pay attention to the king of weird dress codes – Abercrombie & Fitch. If your rules cost your business money, it’s probably time to re-evaluate your priorities. (Photo Credit: Jennnster/Flickr) Recently, a federal judge ruled in...
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How to Respond When They Say Your Project Stinks

Someday you will receive negative feedback. You can sob your eyes out, exact revenge on whomever dares to speak negatively of your project, or you can learn from the feedback and respond gracefully and professionally. Here’s how. (Photo Credit: LaurMG/Wikimedia Commons) You spend weeks on a presentation and the feedback you receive...
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5 Ways to Be the Best Coworker Ever

Are you an awesome coworker or are you the kind who steals lunches and makes inappropriate comments? If you want to be the toast of the office, here are some simple tips for upping your game. (Photo Credit: //ZERO/Flickr) When you think about it, it isn’t really that difficult to be an...
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Walking Dead 101 and other Zombie College Courses

Right when some of us wondered whether college was a big waste of time, a course such as The Walking Dead at the University of California Irvine comes along. Not only is it fun, but it’s free. If you’re wondering whether you’ll leave college with nothing more than a lifetime of debt,...
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5 Steps to Recovery When Twerking Has Cost Your Job

So, you walk into work, bend over and twerk all over your co-worker, and accidentally make strange gestures with a huge foam finger. Maybe not. But are you Drunk-Table-Dancing-Martha at the Christmas party? Here are 5 steps to recovering. (Photo Credit: mik_p/flickr) If there’s one thing we can relate to in this...
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5 Signs That No, You Do Not Have Great Multitasking Skills

Out of all of the skills printed on resumes, multitasking is probably the most overused. It is rare that an applicant will admit that he or she is unable to manage more than one task at a time, but unrealistic to believe that the entire job-force has great multitasking skills. Here are...
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No Mohawks Allowed

Just in case you thought your company’s rules prohibiting you from wearing your fuzzy bath robe and requiring daily hairbrushing were intrusive and overbearing, Abercrombie & Fitch’s “Look Policy Guidelines” may give you a run for your money. And while a ban on extreme hair and large earrings may seem really, really...
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5 Ways to Survive a Boring Friday Afternoon at Work

Sure, it’s Friday and we are super duper glad and TGIFing everyone sometimes as early as Thursday. But, sometimes, those last few hours of work make the best day of the work week, downright painful. Here are 5 ways to survive a boring Friday afternoon at work. 1.  Leave the Fun Tasks...
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4 Tips from Teen Moguls that the Rest of Us Could Learn From

Gen Y is often unfairly characterized as a generation of lazy and spoiled young people who expect all things, including success, to be handed to them. However, as recently explored in PayScale’s Gen Y data, 15% of management positions are currently being filled by the Gen Y age group, with the average salary of...
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How Not To Act When You Don’t Like Your Coworkers

Very few workplaces are without occasional bickering and drama amongst co-workers. The reality is, if you spend that much time with anyone, you are likely going to start becoming annoyed by any number of pet peeves or idiosyncrasies. Although most of us are pretty good at refraining from throat punching people we...
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Should We Really Care if Nannies Are Replacing Rich Parents?

Any time a nanny is mentioned, especially nannies working for wealthy parents, non-wealthy and non-nanny-having parents end up getting riled up about rich parents not actually being parents and so forth. Nannies have been filling in for parents at bake sales and school functions for as long as nannies were invented. Yet,...
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5 Ways to Include Under-Privileged Women in the Lean In Discussion

Sheryl Sandberg’s super popular movement that calls for women to “lean in” to the careers has been criticized for leaving out women who are less privileged and lacking many of the options commonly discussed. Many poor and working class women are unable to hold out for higher salaries, or decide who works...
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Dear Career Women: Our Jobs Are Making Us Ugly

Good news, working women. Not only do we have to worry about whether our jobs are paying us as much as our male counterparts and the possibility that our jobs may be making us fat, but we also have something else to worry about. And this one is crucial and will directly...
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10 Tips for Graduates on Work Life From People Who Have Been There

After graduation, the pursuit of a career can appear to be a daunting task. Everyone has advice and rules. Follow your dreams. Follow the money. Never be late. Never be early. Preparing to enter the work force is sometimes harder work than the actual job. So, what exactly do you really need...
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Believe it or Not Sex in the Workplace Happens

We tell ourselves that we are well aware of the dangers of office romances and the billion ways they can go wrong. What we don’t really acknowledge and haven’t really addressed, is that sex in the workplace happens and some of our co-workers (possibly more than we think) are closer than we...
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When Childless Employees Miss Out on the Benefits of Work-Life Balance

We seem to focus quite a bit these days on businesses that provide benefits and perks to mothers and fathers. Companies that are empathetic to the needs of parents and provide a working environment that helps them balance family and career are repeatedly rated as some of the best companies to work...
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10 Most Obese Professions: Our Jobs May Be Making Us Fat

Medical issues aside, it has become pretty clear that maintaining a healthy weight involves healthy eating and exercise. There is another element however, that may be contributing to our weight issues and you may be surprised to find out what it is. Your profession may be making you obese. And surprisingly enough,...
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5 Big Tips Waitresses Have Received That May Restore Your Faith in Humanity

According to our 2012-2013 study on How Tips Impact Incomes, waiters and waitresses earn the lowest base salaries in the service industry. The average base is $5.10 an hour and in some states, it may be lower.  Employees in the service industry are often underpaid and rely quite heavily on the tips...
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Women: It’s Time to Stop Hugging in the Workplace

While most professionals choose to shake hands during a meet and greet, for some reason there are still many professionals who think it’s best to grandma hug their co-workers. While half-hugging accompanied by air kisses, and fist bumping may seem casual enough, full on bear hugging can make for quite an awkward...
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Yahoo Crew Breaks Fashion Stereotypes

Thoughts of Internet startups often bring to mind images of college students armed with Starbucks coffee cups and smart phones, lounging about in hoodies and Chuck Taylors. In fact, it is either this image or the image of Star Trek pajamas, that a lot of people would associate with anyone whose job...
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It Isn’t Just Super Wealthy Moms Who Choose to Lean Out

It is a common belief that the only mothers who choose to stay at home with their children are those who are super wealthy. Or those who happen to be married to successful doctors and lawyers and can afford to live comfortably enough that they don’t need to go to work. However,...
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Mike Hughes Blogs Life’s Lessons Through Terminal Cancer

This past January, ad exec, Mike Hughes was told he had two weeks to live. After a decade long battle with cancer, he began writing “Unfinished Thinking”, heartbreaking yet inspiring lessons that oftentimes only those facing their own mortalities can so bravely identify. Through his blog and his thoughts, we are granted...
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Following Your Passion When You Don’t Have One

For students entering college or fresh out of college and entering the workforce, the advice often given is “just follow your passion”, which at the very least is constructive and reasonable advice. But, what do you do if you don’t have a passion or a dream to guide you? Not everyone knows...
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Lunch Hour Clubbing: Your Answer to the Lunchtime Blahs

Although many of us find lunchtime to be the best part of our workdays, we do have to admit that no matter how exciting the apple is that you have packed, it can end up being a disappointingly drab hour. If you’ve found yourself spending lunchtime at your desk, you may want...
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Do Female Authors Need Non – Gendered Book Covers to be Taken Seriously?

It has long been believed that authors will intentionally select male characters and masculine book covers in order to attract male readers. The idea is that men are less likely to read “girly” books, while women will read anything regardless of the gender of the main character or the cover. Is the...
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Are Male Execs too Chicken to Mentor Young Women?

According to a study in 2010 by the Center for Talent Innovation (FKA the Center for Work-Life Policy), nearly two-thirds of men in senior positions and half of junior female employees, were nervous about and avoided one-on-one contact with each other out of fear of being accused of some sort of sexual interest or...
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10 Crazy Workplace Rules You Won’t Believe

Every workplace needs some rules. They are what prevents employees from clocking in late, getting drunk at their desks, and for the most part, they are designed to ensure productivity. However, sometimes rules cross the line into absurdity. Reddit recently asked its users for examples of absurd rules that were enforced in...
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15 Year Old Girl Will Probably Be the First Astronaut on Mars

While many adults spend hours tweeting photos of what they ate for lunch, 15 year old Abigail Harrison decided to use her Twitter account to follow her dreams. The result? The beginning of a path that may lead her to becoming the first astronaut on Mars. High School Sophomore, Abigail Harrison created...
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How to Deal With Difficult Co-workers

Imagine walking into your office each morning, and it’s glowing with sunshine, birds are chirping, and your co-workers break into a flash mob and start singing “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”. And then everyone hugs until skipping to their cubicles. Unfortunately, this isn’t the environment of most offices. There always...
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There May Be Another Reason Women Aren’t Scientists

Up until now, it hasn’t been much of a secret that there are fewer women in high-paying STEM fields. This contributes to the gender pay gap and is made worse by the fact that young girls and women are less likely to be encouraged to enter into these careers. However, a new...
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Catfights Are Worse at Work than Whatever It’s Called When Men Fight

Susan drinks all of the coffee and never makes a new pot. Justin never washes his hands when he leaves the restroom. Karen is a backstabber, and Mark is a chronic adulterer. People get angry with each other at work. Many of us spend more time sharing space with co-workers than family...
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10 Signs You Love Your Job

At a time when it seems that more people are taking jobs out of necessity rather than passion, it may be difficult to imagine that people exist who really love their jobs. While you may not refer to your job as your BFF or dream of your cubicle each night, you may...
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Good Looks Lead to Higher Paychecks [infographic]

As you may have suspected, attractive people make more money. The question of whether or not prettier people, thinner people or just people who are more attractive than others are inherently prone to success has been debated for years. Numerous studies have shown however, that being attractive really does result in not...
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How to Make Your Commute More Productive

Unless you work at home, you probably have a commute. Most people are just resigned to the fact that this is one of the expenses associated with being employed. However, commuting doesn’t have to result in wasted time. Here are some tips to make your commute a productivity blowout. According to the...
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The Tech Industry’s Secret: Ageism or Business As Usual?

Imagine spending thousands of dollars and at least four years in college to land a job in a field that you adore, only to find that thirty years later, around the age of 50, your salary drops 14%. Worse yet, imagine being replaced by a new graduate and suddenly unemployed. Unfortunately, this...
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Incivility in the Office – Women Work Harder and Men Call in Sick

Office life is often stressful. It’s work, after all. And sometimes that means never ending phone calls, deadlines and meetings. Unfortunately, stressful offices can turn into downright unbearable atmospheres if you add incivility and disrespect into the mix. You may find it interesting that men and women handle this type of stress...
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10 Ways to Drive Your Co-workers Insane

Some days, it can be difficult enough to hang out in an office all day. It’s an even more difficult duty when you work with someone who has an annoying habit, and by no means do you want to be the person in the office that gets on everyone’s nerves. If you...
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What Women Want at Work [infographic]

The challenges that women face in their jobs and what is viewed as “success” has changed a bit over the last 5-10 years, both within the U.S. and globally. In order to identify what women really want from their jobs, LinkedIn asked thousands of professional women across the globe what they viewed...
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Mommy Conventions: Business Trips or Paid Vacations?

Everyone wants to work from home these days, and jobs and companies which allow telecommuting can be few and far between. Working mothers often find the greatest work-life balance when they are allowed to work from home. The fantasy that many people imagine is that of a person who is allowed the...
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Girl Scouts Introduce The Video Game Developer Badge

The Girl Scouts of America have long been thought of as the group which inspires young girls to camp, bake, sell cookies, and earn badges. In past years, these badges typically required tasks such as cooking and sewing, and other domestic chores. Cookies are delicious, but those skills aren’t particularly useful, career-wise....
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Employee of The Year: Chinese Journalist Interrupts Her Wedding to Cover an Earthquake

Just when you thought you had made the ultimate sacrifice for your job by skipping lunch, someone like Chen Ying, a news reporter in China, goes and ditches her own wedding to cover a massive earthquake that hit the city of Ya’an. In her wedding dress, no less. Here at PayScale, we...