Author: gbelli

Gina Belli works as a teacher, freelance writer, and educational consultant, and lives in her beloved home state, Connecticut. She likes to write about education, work-life balance, and the economy. Given her arresting capacity to over-analyze anything interpersonal, her writing often tends to focus on some of the more emotional aspects of workplace connections and disconnections, as they relate to partnerships and teams, personality and communication styles, and leadership. In her free time, she likes to putter around her renovated one-room schoolhouse home, take walks in the woods, and eat as much guacamole as she can get her hands on.

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7 Common Remote Work Mistakes, and How to Recover

Looking for research? View PayScale’s Research and Strategy Guide on How to Set Pay for Remote Workers Millions of people around the globe are working from home right now in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Remote work under these kinds of circumstances comes with its own special challenges. Millions of...
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7 Communication Tips for Working Remotely When You Usually Don’t

Looking for research? View PayScale’s Research and Strategy Guide on How to Set Pay for Remote Workers In an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus as much as possible, many companies are asking — or mandating — that employees work from home for a while. As a result, some people are working...
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Is Your Boss Lying to You?

Is your boss lying to you? The truth is that managers may lie more than most. In a SimplyHired survey, 37% supervisors admitted to telling “white lies” at least once a week, compared to 30% of associates and 28% of entry-level workers. Further, supervisors were most likely to lie up and down...
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Survey: Remote Workers Love Remote Work – and Never Want to Go Back to the Office

Looking for research? View PayScale’s Research and Strategy Guide on How to Set Pay for Remote Workers   The majority of remote workers like the arrangement, according to the latest State of Remote Work survey from Buffer and AngelList. The annual survey, now in its third year, also shows that 98% of remote workers...
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No Bachelor’s Degree? No Problem. New-Collar Jobs Are on the Rise.

Between 2006 and 2016, the cost of a four-year college education at a public institution rose 31%, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. The average cost for a bachelor’s degree from a public college or university? $17,237 per year. No wonder 65% of students graduate with student loan debt. But...
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How to Be a Compassionate Leader

Leaders face tremendous pressure. When you’re in charge, you’re often pulled in a multitude of conflicting directions. You have to answer to your own bosses, which may even include the board. And, you also have to attract and retain top talent. When it comes to how to respond to employees, you probably...
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Even Students Need Good Cover Letters

Whether you’re in high school, college, or a certificate program, you’ve probably heard more than you care to about the importance of a good resume. But did you know that a good cover letter is also essential for a successful job search? Even if you won’t be starting your professional job search...
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5 Lies You Probably Tell at Work (and Why You Tell Them)

Lying at work is more common than you might expect. But that doesn’t mean that it’s good for your career — or that it’s your only option for dealing with difficult conversations. In general, people lie a lot. According to one study, 60% of people told at least one lie during a...
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What Does It Really Mean to ‘Follow Your Heart’ in Your Career?

How can you tell when a big career decision is right for you? If you’re contemplating whether to accept a new job, change your career path, or go back to school, you may have asked friends and colleagues for their advice. Inevitably, many will tell you to follow your heart. But, what...
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The Glass Ceiling Is Cracking. Now It’s Time to Fix the Broken Rung.

The biggest obstacle women face when aspiring to corporate leadership roles isn’t the glass ceiling. It’s the “broken rung” they encounter much earlier on the corporate ladder, according to the results of the fifth annual Women in the Workplace study. The Women in the Workplace study from McKinsey & Company and Leanin.org...
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Microsoft Japan’s 4-Day Workweek Boosted Productivity by Nearly 40%

Recently, Microsoft Japan experimented with switching to a four-day workweek. The results of the trial will come as a surprise to anyone who buys into the idea that more time at work is the best way to boost productivity. (Your boss, perhaps.) A five-day workweek is the standard in the United States...
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5 Awesome Annual Bonus Stories to Make You Smile

Over half of employers offer some kind of annual bonus, according PayScale’s Compensation Best Practices Report. Some even offer this kind of variable pay quarterly (17%) or monthly (11%). But it safe to say that very few employers are offering free trips to Hawaii or $100,000 in cash to their lucky employees....
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How to Use Your Winter Vacation to Boost Your Career

Are you taking a winter vacation this year? There are ways to use your time away that could benefit you professionally. (And don’t worry: none of them involve checking your work email.) At first, the idea that going on vacation could boost your career might seem counterintuitive, especially to Americans who tend...
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How to Calm Your Monkey Mind

Are you prone to distraction — or just wish you could focus at work for longer periods of time? Your problem has a name: monkey mind. Being able to sustain your attention in a steady and prolonged way is one of the keys to having a successful career. But, that’s often much...
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You’re Probably Making 1 of These 8 Networking Mistakes

Hate networking? You’re not alone. The problem is that making connections with others in your industry is essential for professional success. Make certain key networking mistakes, and you may find yourself stuck in dead-end jobs or even unemployed. At The Conversation, professor of organizational psychology Libby Sander writes: Strong networks provide a...
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34 Quotes From Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Labor and Leadership

Monday is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. On this national holiday, we celebrate and remember the minister and civil rights leader’s teachings, achievements and vision for the future. Per the King Center: During the less than 13 years of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s leadership of the modern American Civil Rights...
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Nearly Half of US Workers Have Low-Paying Jobs

The unemployment rate is at a 50-year low. But that doesn’t mean that workers are thriving. According to a recent analysis from The Brookings Institution, over half of U.S. workers hold low-paying jobs. Per the report: “…53 million Americans between the ages of 18 to 64—accounting for 44% of all workers—qualify as...
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5-Minute Resume Updates That Will Get You the Interview

Have you been meaning to refresh your resume for a while now? It might help to hear that you don’t have to do a complete overhaul all at once. The tiniest of changes can add up to create a shiny new resume. If you have five minutes to spare, you have plenty...
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Try These 12 Tips Before You Quit Your Crazy Job

Are you ready to walk away from your job — even though you feel a real connection with your work (or at least, the money that comes with it)? Before you quit your job, consider. There may be ways to stick it out. These strategies can help you make even a high-stress...
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If You Work at Home, You’ve Experienced These 10 Struggles

There are a lot of benefits associated with working from home. Many workers find that they’re more productive and happier once they’ve made the switch. However, that doesn’t mean that working remotely is all fun and games. There are some common struggles associated with working from home. If you’re considering telecommuting, you...
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Are You Middle Class? (Are You Sure?)

What does it mean to be middle class in the 21st century? The definition of this social and economic group is fuzzier than you might think. It may also be getting fuzzier. Higher debt loads, stagnating wages and income inequality add up to a very different picture for today’s middle-earners. In fact,...
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Here’s Another Reason Not to Lie on Your Resume

You probably already know that you shouldn’t lie on your resume. But, do you know why? It’s not just that it’s unethical to stretch the truth, or even that you won’t get the job if you get caught. Lie on your resume, and you could wind up getting into serious trouble —...
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5 Red Flags That You’re Addicted to Being Busy

When is the last time you mentioned how busy you are? Perhaps someone asked you how you were doing and you responded, “Busy.” Our culture normalizes being constantly on the go. Sometimes, it feels like we’re all competing with one another to see who’s got the most to do and the least...
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How to Resolve Team Conflict

The downside to working with passionate, committed people is that sometimes, you’re going to disagree on the best way forward. Best-case scenario, colleagues listen to each other’s point of view respectfully, and work together to come to a consensus that achieves the team’s goals. Of course, that best-case scenario is often hard...
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Want a Fresh Start at Work? Get Organized With These 7 Easy Steps

Is there a part of you that’s craving some professional change in the new year? Maybe you like your job, but you’re not feeling the same passion for your work as you used to. Or, maybe you just wish you could be in a different office environment — one that’s more conducive...
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Maximize Your Holiday Party Experience With These 8 Tips

Dreading the office holiday party? You’re not alone. In one study, 47% of participants were excited to attend the annual holiday party — meaning, of course, that 53% were not. And let’s face it, some office parties are more fun than others. A lot depends on the company culture. Plus, some people...
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Why You Need to Learn to Love Failure (and How to Do It)

Making a mistake at work. Getting fired. Choosing the wrong career. Failure in some form touches even the most successful career eventually. But a temporary setback can be just that — temporary. In fact, with the right attitude and response, failure can help propel your career forward. It’s all about seeing reversal...
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What It’s Really Like to Be a Full-Time Remote Worker

Looking for research? View PayScale’s Research and Strategy Guide on How to Set Pay for Remote Workers   Remote work is on the rise. According to Global Workplace Analytics, 4.7 million employees — 3.4% of the workforce — worked from home at least half the time in 2017. That’s an increase of 159% from...
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10 Reasons You Can’t Get Anything Done

Does it feel like you can’t get anything done at work these days? Don’t jump to the conclusion that you’re just lazy. Working harder isn’t always the answer to a lull in productivity. Sometimes, there’s a larger issue at play. To figure out what’s going on, you need to dig deep, examining...
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Are You Secretly More Afraid of Success Than Failure?

There are enough obstacles to overcome at work without getting in your own way. But, when you don’t realize that you’re afraid of success, that’s exactly what happens. It’s not hard to understand why someone might fear failure, especially at the start of their career. But, there’s another fear that holds a...
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The Totally Selfish Reason You Should Help Your Coworkers

Why should you help your coworkers? It’s not just the right thing to do. Lending a hand to your teammates might also boost your career. At first glance, it might seem as though the time you spend helping your coworkers is time lost. But, in fact, you receive many rewards in return...
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5 Signs You’re Never, Ever Getting a Promotion

Does it feel like you’re never getting a promotion at your job? While it’s normal for your career to slow down from time to time, it’s also important to be aware of the signs that the stagnation isn’t temporary. Why is it so tricky to tell the difference? In part, because promotions...
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10 Questions Your Mentor Can’t Wait to Answer

Everyone needs a little guidance at some point in their career. You don’t need to have a formal mentor/mentee relationship to benefit from someone else’s experience. But you do need to know the right questions to ask a mentor, in order to unlock their wisdom. Mentors can appear along your professional path...
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7 Reasons Why You’re Losing Motivation at Work

Have you noticed that you’re losing motivation at work? Don’t panic. There are lots of reasons why you might be having trouble getting out of your own way — and most of these problems are very fixable. First of all, understand that a certain amount of fluctuation is normal. Humans aren’t robots....
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10 New Employee Benefits That Might Make You Give Up on Job Hopping

These days, employee benefits often extend far beyond health insurance and paid time off. It’s enough to make even the most nomadic job hopper consider settling down. Despite a few signs of economic stress at home and abroad, the U.S. labor market remains strong. The unemployment rate continues to hover around a...
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The Seemingly Harmless Habit That’s Making You Hate Your Job

Wondering why you hate your job? It’s possible you’re venting about it a little too much. Most people like to engage in a little light complaining about their jobs. But there are good reasons to resist the urge — or at least, to dial back the frequency of those venting sessions. The...
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Use These 10 Body Language Tips to Help You Land the Job

Making a good first impression is what a job interview is all about. To boost your chances of getting hired, don’t just focus on what you’ll say. Think about how you’ll say it — and what your body language might tell the hiring manager without you even realizing it. The way you...
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How to Achieve Flow State

Flow state can help you to produce higher quality work in less time. It also heightens creativity. Getting into flow more often could do wonders for your career. What is flow state?  You’ve probably worked in flow state before, whether or not you called it by name. This optimal state of consciousness...
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Read These 6 Spooky Stories the Next Time You’re Working Late

Some workplaces really get into the Halloween spirit, throwing parties complete with cube-decorating and costume contests — not to mention, plenty of free candy. Other companies keep it low-key, treating October 31st like any other workday. And then there are the workplaces where workers really don’t have a choice about whether to...
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Career Vision Boards: A Fluffy Idea That Can Yield Concrete Results

Don’t knock the idea of a career vision board until you’ve tried it. Goal-setting and visualization are powerful tools that can yield real gains. Your encounters with the concept of vision boards up until now may have left you feeling skeptical. After all, how could spending valuable time and energy making some...
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Answer These 7 Questions and Change the Way You See Your Job

You don’t have to change jobs in order to shift the way you feel about your work. You can gain a whole new perspective just by thinking about things a little differently. Have you ever heard the saying, “change your mindset, change your life?” Well, there’s actually an awful lot to be...
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Workers Value Flexibility Perhaps Even More Than Employers Realize

Flexible work options are increasingly common — and increasingly popular, too. More and more workers are setting flexibility as a priority when making job choices. For a long time, the words “flexibility” and “work” just didn’t mix, at least not for most workers. Some managers in certain industries might have enjoyed more...
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How to Prepare for the Next Recession

Is a recession on the horizon? No one knows for sure what’s around the corner when it comes to the economy. But, what is certain is that things won’t stay the same forever. The economy and the job market have their ups and downs. The best plan is to be prepared for...
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How to Make Conversation

You might not think of conversational skills as a make-or-break part of your skillset. But knowing how to make conversation with the people you work with can serve you well professionally. Having quality conversations with your managers, clients and coworkers probably isn’t officially a part of your job description. However, the way...
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CEO Pay Is Rising Much Faster Than Worker Salaries

Wage stagnation is a problem that’s having a profound impact on millions of American workers today. But it isn’t an issue for every worker. Those at the very top of the org chart often benefit from large salary increases. Everyone knows that you can expect to earn more, as a general rule,...
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These Telecommuting Stats May Surprise You

According to a report from FlexJobs and Global Workplace Analytics (GWA), the number of remote workers in the U.S. increased 159% between 2005 and 2017. These telecommuting stats suggest that the trend isn’t slowing down any time soon. The FlexJobs/GWA report utilized data based on an analysis of the American Community Survey,...
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Practice This Specific Kind of Compassion to Achieve Your Dreams

Having compassion for yourself as you walk the long and twisting road of your career can help you to be resilient and achieve more. A lot of folks are great at pushing themselves and working tirelessly toward achieving their professional dreams. However, most career goals are not met through these methods alone....
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These 7 Small Bad Habits Are Having a Big Effect on Your Career

Small bad habits might seem like no big deal, especially if you get used to making them on a regular basis and they become normalized. But, even small things can have a big impact on your career. Making moves in an effort to advance professionally doesn’t have to mean doing something drastic...
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Here’s How to Fight the Back-to-School Blues

Getting more education is one of the best things you can do for your career. But, it’s not always easy. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to fight those back-to-school blues. It can be quite an adjustment to get back into the groove of being a student. This is especially...
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5 Awesome Things Brought to You by the Labor Movement

Without the labor movement, the modern work experience would look very different. This Labor Day, don’t forget to acknowledge and honor all of the awesome things the movement has helped workers to attain. Lots of folks across the country will celebrate Labor Day this year with picnics, cookouts or maybe a little...
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Make These 7 Small Changes and Be Happy at Work

Not as happy at work as you’d like to be? A few small changes might make a big difference. The average American will spend 90,000 hours at work over the course of their lifetime. (And that doesn’t include the 100 hours a year that the typical worker spends commuting.) Given that you...
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Are You About to Make a Bad Career Decision? 7 Warning Signs to Heed

Being proactive in your career means taking risks now and then. But sometimes, the gamble doesn’t pay off. How can you tell a bad career decision from a good one — before you make the leap? The first thing to understand is that no one gets it right all the time. Circumstances...
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7 Resume Mistakes That Are Keeping You Unemployed

Resume mistakes can have serious consequences for your career, especially if you don’t catch them early on. Send a CV full of typos, generic statements, or bizarre formatting, and you could cheat yourself out of the perfect job opportunity. The job market is strong right now. The unemployment rate is just 3.7%,...
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9 Interview Tricks (and How to Beat Them)

Even when the hiring process is fairly straightforward, interviewing for a new job is stressful. But some hiring managers throw a little something extra at candidates. These interview tricks might feel underhanded to you, but they’re not really intended to fool you. The goal of these challenges is to find out what...
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Research Proves Diversity Is Good for Business

Some believe that companies should work toward becoming more diverse because it’s the right thing to do. And, that may be true. However, it’s also in their best interests to hire a diverse workforce and leadership team. Researchers have proven, time and again, that diverse teams are more innovative and productive. They’re...
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7 Alternatives to That Useless Meeting

Do you like going to meetings? If you’re like most people, your answer is a resounding “no.” In fact, one study even found that 17 percent of employees would rather watch paint dry than attend one. Complaining about useless meetings is as much a part of office life as dealing with performance...
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Be Nicer to Yourself and Boost Your Career

The way you think about yourself and your work is really powerful. If you want to boost your career, it pays to learn how to be positive — and that includes being nice to yourself. You may have heard it said that the voice in your head can either be your best...
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Let Go of These 5 Job Search Myths and Be Happier in Your Career

There’s a lot of career advice out there — but not all of it is sound. If you’ve ever spent a few months looking for a job, you’ve no doubt stumbled across some of the most common job search myths. Many of these myths stem from the idea that there’s a one-size-fits-all...
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Swearing, Playing Video Games and 8 Other Unusual Stress-Busting Techniques

Chronic stress can undermine your happiness and your productivity at work. Thankfully, there are some fun stress management techniques that can help you feel better. Our modern culture of overwork sometimes normalizes stress. Folks brag about being “so busy” as if it’s an accomplishment. The culture can make you feel that you...
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The Powerful Morning Rituals of Famously Productive People

The way you start your day has a big impact on the hours that follow. There’s a lot we can learn from examining the morning rituals of famously productive people. “The reason I like having a morning routine is that not only does it instill a sense of purpose, peace and ritual...
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10 Reasons You’re Not Getting Promoted

Do you wonder why you’re not getting promoted at work? Keep in mind that there are a lot of different explanations to consider. It’s only natural to want to move up within your company. However, being with an organization for a certain length of time doesn’t necessarily guarantee you a promotion. And,...
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How to Help Your Unemployed Friend Get an Awesome New Job

The job search process can feel lonely and isolating. But, it doesn’t have to be. There’s a lot you can do to support a friend who’s looking for work. You might even be able to help them land a job. Maybe you know someone who’s actively looking for work — or maybe...
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7 Perceived Weaknesses That Are Actually Professional Strengths

Traits that appear to be weaknesses at first could actually turn out to be professional strengths that serve you well in your career. Conventional wisdom about how to be successful can be one-size-fits-all. That’s unfortunate, because everyone — and every career — is a little different. What works for someone in one...
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7 Job Search Tips for Introverts (Good News: You Can Be Yourself!)

Looking for work is hard for everyone, but for people who recharge their batteries by spending time alone, job searching can be particularly overwhelming. If that sounds familiar, these job search tips for introverts are for you. Bottom line: you have a lot to offer employers. Learn how to play on your...
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Are You Planning to Work During Vacation This Year?

The downside to being able to work from anywhere is that many employees do just that, even when they’re supposed to be taking a break. Many even work through their vacation each year — when they take vacation at all. Workers in the United States don’t take vacations the way they should....
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Are Summer Jobs a Thing of the Past?

Fewer students are getting summer jobs than they did in the past. But why? The answer lies at the intersection of culture and technology. The benefits of working at a summer job go beyond a little extra pocket money. Gaining work experience during the summer months also allows students to build confidence...
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Should You Trust Your Boss?

Trust is very important in any type of relationship. And, your relationship with your boss is no exception. How much you feel that your boss has your back can make a big impact on your career. Good leaders understand that building trust is an important aspect of their job. It’s essential that...
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Is This Job Search Mistake Keeping You From Landing Your Dream Job?

Do you worry that you aren’t qualified to apply for your dream job — at least, not yet? Think twice. The biggest job search mistake you can make is waiting until you have every single requirement before applying for a position. It’s easy to feel discouraged after looking at the qualifications for...
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Think Fast! 7 Ways to Boost Your Mental Agility

Mental agility is more than just quickness of mind. A person who is mentally agile is able to think on their feet, solve problems and be creative at work. Cultivate this ability and you’ll be more effective at your job, brainstorm better solutions to your teams’ problems and ultimately be more successful...
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Scared to Change Careers? How to Explore Your Options, According to Experts

It’s hard to say exactly how many workers change careers at some point during their lifetime. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), people now change jobs about once every four years. That comes out to an average of about 12 job transitions per worker. It’s more difficult to figure out...
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Afraid That Burnout Will Destroy Your Career? Beat It Before It Beats You

Burnout can happen to anyone. But, it’s most likely to strike the most dedicated and passionate professionals. That’s because job burnout emerges as a result of chronic overwork, certain types of work stress, lack of work-life balance and lack of self-care. Therefore, the folks who are the most driven and committed to...
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Don’t Clean Your Desk and 6 Other Pieces of Unconventional Career Advice (That Just Might Work)

Some career advice might seem a little odd or unconventional at first glance. However, there is a lot to be gained from thinking outside of the box once in a while. There are certain career tips that tend to get repeated a lot. Some of this “wisdom” can seem almost self-evident. You...
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EPI: ‘The Class of 2019 Still Faces Real Economic Challenges’

The members of class of 2019 are about to enter into the next stages of their lives and careers. What can these college graduates expect once they leave campus? The job market and the economy are relatively strong right now, by a host of measures. The unemployment rate is just 3.6 percent....
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How Do You Measure Success?

There are a lot of different ways to assess your professional progress. Which ones matter most to you?
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Avoid These 7 Job Search Traps and Land Your Dream Job

Even in a good economy, landing a job isn’t easy. The higher your expectations, the more difficult it becomes to find the right role at the right time. Of course, some of the process is beyond your control. You can’t make hiring managers call you back or employers post honest job advertisements....
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How to Kill Your Creativity

Creativity is one of the keys to professional success. Still, many of us do things every single day that diminish our ability to be creative. Artists and writers aren’t the only professionals who need to be creative at work. Creativity is required for all kinds of jobs. Teachers need to write compelling...
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Why You Should Be Yourself at Work

Authenticity can go a long way in a professional context. You’ll reap great rewards when you give yourself permission to simply be yourself at work.
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What We Know About Generation Z at Work (So Far)

The members of Generation Z are quite different than their Millennial older siblings. We’re just beginning to understand the characteristics that will define them in the workplace. First things first: individuals are complex and unique, and no single person has all of the supposed traits of their generation. Not every Gen Xer...
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You Don’t Need to Be Perfect to Get Ahead

Perfectionism can make you feel like you need to do everything just right or there will be terrible consequences. Unsurprisingly, this kind of thinking can make it hard to be effective at work. Sure, it’s important to be diligent and to prepare high-quality work on a regular basis. But, that doesn’t mean...
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Everyone’s a Storyteller: Learn to Tell Your Story and Supercharge Your Career

Improving your storytelling skills can do wonders for your career. Whether you're looking for a new job or a promotion at the job you have, being able to create a narrative will help you sell your skills.
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Why Do Employers Ghost Job Seekers During the Hiring Process?

It happens more often than you might think. You go on a job interview. Things seem to go well. Perhaps you have a second meeting, or even a third. Then, poof! The interviewer disappears. What just happened? It’s not a new trend, employers ghosting candidates during the interview process, but it is...
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The Ingrate’s Guide to Starting a Gratitude Practice

Embracing a grateful attitude and mindset, which can benefit one’s career immensely, comes more naturally to some than it does to others. Thankfully, there are simple ways that anyone can get started.
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How to Have Tough Conversations at Work

Life is full of conflict. This is especially true at work, where you’re not always choosing your priorities or associates. If you’re someone who would prefer to avoid giving critical feedback, the bad news is that you can only get away with that for so long before it starts to impact your...
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Robots: the Job Creators?

“The robots” are definitely coming for some of today’s jobs. But, could they ultimately create more jobs than they destroy? There is a lot of fear these days that new technologies will lead to more automation and fewer jobs for humans. And, there is good reason to expect a shift. Recent and...
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Study: Flexible Schedules Can Make Work-Life Balance Harder

Flexible schedules are popular with workers. But, could this kind of arrangement actually make finding solid work-life balance even more difficult?
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Do You Get Enough Time Off?

Workers require time off in order to stay optimally engaged, innovative and productive. However, most employees in the U.S. get less time than they really need. There are many different reasons why you might need a break from your job. You might get sick, for example, or you might have to take...
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Are You a People-Pleaser? Here’s How to Stop.

Being a people-pleaser might pay off from time to time in a professional context. Ultimately though, it isn’t in your best interests — and it won’t benefit you in your career. It makes sense to want to make people happy at work. After all, hitting the marks that your manager and clients...
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Indeed Ranks the 25 Best Jobs of 2019, ‘From Cutting-Edge to Centuries Old’

Some of the best jobs of 2019 have been around for centuries, while others operate on the cutting edge of technology. Which of these jobs are most appealing to you? Indeed recently released their list of The Best Jobs in the U.S.: 2019. The list features 25 jobs from across a wide...
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Are You Job Hopping Too Much?

Job hopping too much can hurt your career, but that doesn’t mean that you should stay put forever. Changing jobs the right way — and at the right time — will help you build a career that’s truly satisfying. It might even boost your earnings. The era of staying with the same...
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Here’s How Many Teachers Work Multiple Jobs to Survive

Teaching is an important job that requires significant education and training. So, why do so many teachers work multiple jobs in order to make ends meet? There are a lot of misconceptions about what it really means to be a teacher. If you imagine a sea of smiling young faces and long...
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How to Set Better Boundaries at Work

Learning to set boundaries at work doesn’t just protect you. It also helps you to shine professionally and do your best work every day.
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Are You Your Own Worst Enemy at Work? How to Stop the Self-Sabotage and Succeed

Do you self-sabotage at work? It’s easier to get in your own way than you might think. Little things like being late all the time or apologizing too much can have a serious impact on your success. Even behavior that seems like it would be a plus — perfectionism, for example —...
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Have You Outgrown Your Job? 5 Signs It’s Time to Move On

Thinking of changing jobs? You’re not alone. The median employee tenure is 4.3 years for men and 4.0 years for women, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average person changes job about 12 times during his or her career. One of the best reasons to look...
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7 Things Great Leaders Do That Will Make You a Success

What makes a great leader? Everyone is different, but most have in common the ability to inspire and keep their teams on track. And how do they do that? By cultivating habits that keep them passionate about their work and organized in their pursuits. Interestingly, many leaders have the same habits —...
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How to Recover When You Make a Mistake at Work

There’s no such thing as perfection, at work or anywhere else. All of your heroes have made mistakes. That includes business gurus, artists, celebrities, leaders — everyone. As Hall of Fame NCAA basketball coach, John Wooden, once said, “If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything.” Messing up is part...
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Wage Inequality Is Becoming Hard to Measure

According to the Economic Policy Institute’s report, State of Working America Wages 2018, wage inequality has worsened over the past few years — to the point where it even threatens data reliability. The EPI analyzed the Current Population Survey (CPS), a monthly survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S....
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7 Office Spring Cleaning Tips to Boost Productivity, Happiness at Work

Spring cleaning isn’t just something to do at home. Your workspace deserves a little attention, too. And, office spring cleaning can help improve your performance at work and your reputation with your colleagues.
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How to Answer 7 Tricky, But Common, Interview Questions

Interviewers aren’t necessarily trying to trip you up when they ask tough questions. However, if you’re not ready, their inquiries could cost you the job. Certain tough questions tend to come up more often than others. So, consider these seven common — but tricky! — interview questions before your next job interview...
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How to Unplug From Work, Even When It Feels Like You Can’t

As Anne Lamott once said, “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” It’s important to take time away from work regularly so that you can rest and restore your energy. But you might have a hard time convincing U.S. workers of the wisdom of...
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How Women Can Work Together to Defeat Gender Inequality

Gender inequality is a persistent issue for women at work and at home. In her new book, Dr. Nancy O’Reilly explores how women can work together to defeat it.
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Is Networking Actually a Waste of Time?

The idea that networking is the key to a successful career is pretty popular these days. But, could the practice take more time and energy than it’s actually worth?
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Before You Change Careers, Consider These 10 Factors

Changing careers might make you happier at work, and maybe even boost your earning potential. But there are a few factors you should carefully consider before taking the plunge.
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Want to Be Successful? Cultivate Creativity. Here’s Why.

Even if the word “creative” would never appear in your job description, cultivating creativity is essential to your success at work. Without this uniquely human quality, it’s nearly impossible to cope with the challenges of modern professional life. Whether you’re solving technical problems at work or making a long-term career plan, creativity...
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How to Make Your Boss Love You

You don’t have to be best friends with your boss to be successful or to enjoy your job -- but having a good working relationship will certainly help.
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10 Low-Stress Jobs That Still Pay Decent Salaries

Believe it or not, there are some jobs out there that pay decent salaries ... without burnout-inducing levels of stress.
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How to Have More Fun at Work (and Still Be Awesome at Your Job)

Work can feel like almost the exact opposite of play. But, it doesn’t have to be that way.
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7 Types of Annoying Coworkers You’ll Meet and How to Deal With Them

You’ll meet all kinds of annoying coworkers over the course of your career. It’s how you handle them that matters.
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Why You Should Never Lie on a Resume: 7 Stories of People Who Got Caught

There’s a common misconception that it’s all right to lie a little on your resume. But nothing could be further from the truth.
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Anatomy of a Successful Meeting: 7 Tips to Use Everyone’s Time Wisely

Meetings, as a general rule, are unpopular. A Harris Poll sponsored by the online collaboration company Clarizen, found that 46 percent of employees would rather do almost anything than attend one. Eight percent even said they’d prefer having a root canal to attending a status meeting. Why are meetings so reviled? The...
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How to Work Less, Do More and Be Successful

Working longer hours won’t necessarily make you more successful. In fact, it could actually hold you back professionally. Focusing on boosting your productivity and creativity — and on strengthening your relationships — might be a better way to get ahead at work. The hectic pace of modern work-life can be challenging to...
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Are You Making These 7 Work Lunch Mistakes?

Lunchtime might seem like a relatively benign and unimportant part of your workday. However, it’s more fraught with danger — and potential — than is immediately obvious. Every worker lunches a little differently. But, the choices you make during this time can have a big impact on the rest of your workday....
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5 High-Paying Work-From-Home Jobs

You might think that working from home is such a fantastic perk that it must come with a financial hit. However, the fact is that many remote jobs pay as well or better than those that require a commute. In fact, people who work remotely earn a higher median salary than traditional...
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Are You a ‘Hotheaded Manager’?

Do the people who work for you think of you as pretty steady, emotionally — or as somewhat unpredictable? If you’re seen as something of a hothead, chances are that some of your employees could be eyeing the exits. A new study finds that the way managers react to stress has a...
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7 Tips to Find a New Job When You Already Have a Job

They say looking for work is the hardest work there is. So, things tend to get a little complicated when you’re looking for a job while you’re already working full-time. If you find yourself in this situation, you probably have a few questions. Should you tell your boss? How can you find...
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Most Older Adults Who Want to Change Careers Succeed

New research from the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) finds that most older workers who want to change careers are successful. Pursuing a new career path can be more than a little scary at any age. At first glance it might seem like this kind of major life upheaval is best...
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Are You Stuck in a Toxic Workplace? Here Are 5 Ways to Cope

There’s a big difference between a tough work environment and a toxic one. Things like difficult coworkers and demanding bosses are challenging, but they’re also common and often manageable. Toxic work environments, on the other hand, are marked by things like insurmountable and relentless drama, inconsistency and unpredictability and maybe even narcissistic...
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Put These 5 Things on Your Desk and Be Happier, According to Science

Science has found that having certain items on your desk, or even just in your office, can help make you happier at work. Your surroundings matter more than you might think. This is true whether you work in a traditional setting, a home office, or somewhere in between. Improving your environment could...
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The Goldilocks Rule: Why It’s OK to Stay in Your Comfort Zone

If you could just push yourself a little harder, and get past those things that make you uncomfortable a little faster, you’d get ahead. Right? Maybe not. It turns out that going too hard, too fast might actually do more harm than good. Surprise, surprise — stress and exhaustion do not lead...
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5 Things Great Leaders Know (That You Can Learn Today)

What does it take to be a great leader? There are several things your best bosses know that you can learn right away.
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Use Your Time Off to Boost Productivity: 7 Tips

Want to improve your productivity and efficiency at work? Use your time off better — and not by working through the weekend. The hours you spend away from work have a significant impact on the rest of your life. There are ways to use your breaks that can actually help you to...
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What’s a ‘Good Job,’ Anyway?

What makes a good job, well … good? People tend to agree that certain factors are crucial. Salary and benefits matter regardless of where you’re working, for example. Still, other preferred elements are generational or change as you get further along in your career. Recently, Business Insider surveyed 1,037 people about what...
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Experts In 1988 Accurately Predicted These Future Jobs

Experts have been trying to predict the jobs of the future since the invention of work for money. Sometimes, they get it right. On September 5, 1988, a syndicated article appeared in The Press & Sun-Bulletin in which a number of experts weighed in about what they thought the jobs of tomorrow...
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Increased Gender Diversity Means Better Research, According to Science

Hiring diverse teams isn’t just about doing the right thing, it’s about doing what’s best for companies and for everyone who works for them. Diverse teams bring unique advantages. Their differences allow them to come at problems in unique ways. In fact, according to a recent Perspective in Nature Human Behaviour, gender-diverse...
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Intellectual Curiosity Is Key for Career Success. Here’s Why.

Intellectual curiosity can support you in your career just as much as any other skill. You probably didn’t hear much about the importance of cultivating intellectual curiosity when you were in school or training for your career. These kinds of soft skills or creative habits generally aren’t emphasized as much as they...
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The Current State of the Remote Job Landscape

Looking for a work-from-home job? Where you live matters. For a whole host of reasons, you’re more likely to land remote jobs in some locations than in others. Why would it matter where you live, if you’re never going to go into the office? For starters, there may be legal or tax...
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7 Office Holiday Party Stories That Will Make Yours Seem Boring

There’s a lot of talk at this time of year about office holiday parties — and for good reason. These events can sometimes make or break your career. Make: there are ways to maximize the networking opportunities that are potentially available at these gatherings. Break: one false move, and you could go...
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Make These 7 Career Resolutions and Achieve More in 2019

Small changes can make a big difference to your career. So, consider taking on one of these career-related New Year’s resolutions for 2019.
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7 Office Holiday Party Tips for Introverts

Not everyone loves a good party. In fact, introverts need to approach holiday office celebrations a little differently in order to maximize their benefits. Introverts perceive and approach the world a little differently than extroverts do. Some kinds of activities, like office holiday parties, can pose a challenge. But, it’s important to...
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5 Ways a Good Job Market Could Actually Be Bad for Your Career

The latest jobs report showed that the unemployment rate is holding steady at 3.7 percent. Employers added 250,000 jobs last month, which is even more than economists expected. Of course, workers have other issues to contend with, mainly the fact that wages have been fairly stagnant for some time. However, the job...
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Beat Perfectionism With These 5 Tips

Perfectionism is more of a curse than a blessing when it comes to advancing in your career. Thankfully, there are lots of ways to turn it around. Some folks wear their perfectionism like a badge of honor. There is a definite humble-brag that’s apparent in their tone when they assert, “Oh, I’m...
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14 Quotes From Ancient Greece and Rome to Boost Your Career

Don’t underestimate the wisdom of ancient civilizations when looking for solutions to your modern problems. The world is obviously pretty different today than it was in ancient times. (Even if some ancient jobs still exist today.) But human beings haven’t changed as much as you might think. We still struggle with the...
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How Giving Tuesday Can Help Others and Your Career

If you work for a nonprofit, chances are that you don’t need any convincing about the power of Giving Tuesday. Created in 2012 to inspire giving back during the holiday season, the event raises millions of dollars for nonprofit organizations in the U.S. each year. (Last year’s estimated tally: $274 million.) But...
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How to Take a Real Break From Work This Holiday Season

Holiday breaks from work are wonderful, but they go by so fast. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to help maximize the time. The trouble with taking a vacation from work over the holidays is that there is just so much to do. By the time you attend the gatherings,...
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Warren Buffett’s 5/25 Rule Could Save Your Career

Setting priorities is one of the most important things you can do to get ahead in your career. Warren Buffett’s 5/25 rule can help. It can be hard to know where to start when you have so many things you want to do. Setting priorities isn’t just about working your way through...
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Why You Should Always Send a Thank-You Note

As a kid, you were taught to say “thank you” when appropriate. As an adult, you were told to send a thank-you note after an interview. But, if you’re like most people, you might be underestimating the difference expressing gratitude can make in your professional life. It’s important to say thank you...
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Research: Some Work Stressors Can Be as ‘Harmful as Secondhand Smoke’

You know from firsthand experience that work can take a toll on your body and spirit. But, did you know that in some cases it can actually be harmful to your health? New research from Jeffrey Pfeffer, Ph.D., a professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, examines how certain work conditions can...
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Need to Focus? Let Yourself Daydream at Work

Do you often daydream at work? The good news is, it might actually be making you better at your job. If you were ever reprimanded as a child for not paying attention in class, you might still have a negative association with daydreaming. But it turns out that letting your mind wander...
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5 Tips for Finding the Right Mentor

You know that having a mentor, formal or otherwise, could do wonders for your career. But, how do you go about finding the one who’s right for you? Everyone needs a little advice and support at some point along their career path. This is where a mentor can step in and become...
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7 Ways to Improve Communication With Your Boss, Starting Today

Want a better relationship your manager? The first step may well be to improve communication. Getting the message through to your boss isn’t always easy. For one thing, there’s an imbalance of power there that can make it difficult to be candid. For another, it’s often hard to get the timing right...
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5 Reasons Improved Self-Awareness Can Make You a Success

Practical skills, education and training only go so far. Improving your self-awareness could make a bigger difference than you’d think, if you want to advance your career. Part of the way that we’re going to stay competitive against the robots is by besting them in skills that are uniquely human. Sure, a...
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Is Your Student Loan Debt Typical? Here’s the Average Debt Load

Debt is a part of life for most Americans. But, how much student loan debt is normal? And, how do most people shoulder the expense as they go about the business of paying it off? It doesn’t feel good to owe. However, it’s not unusual to have student loan debt for years...
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How to Regain Enthusiasm During a Long Job Search

The process of looking for a job can be long and somewhat soul-crushing. Most candidates face a lot of rejection. In fact, recruiters spend as little as six seconds reviewing job seekers’ resumes before deciding whether to pass, according to a 2012 study from The Ladders. It’s easy to understand why it...
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Thinking of Changing Careers? Ask Yourself These 5 Questions First

Very few people work for the same company from graduation through retirement these days. Over the course of a career, people change jobs 10 to 15 times, on average. And, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that as of January 2018, the median employee tenure was just 4.2 years. It’s harder to...
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Love Nature? Consider One of These 5 Flexible Jobs

Do you enjoy spending time in nature or just learning about the great outdoors? If so, why not consider taking a job that gives you the chance to do what you love? Indoor work isn’t for everyone. Some people are downright miserable working in an office all day. If you can relate,...
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Are You Covering For Your Coworker Too Much? Here’s How To Tell

Part of being a good coworker is being willing to lend a helping hand once in a while. However, some people abuse their colleagues’ helpful natures. The relationships you have at work can make or break your feelings about your job. Having friends at work comes with a lot of benefits. And,...
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Want to Save Your Job From the Robots? Develop These Job Skills by 2022

The way we work is changing fast. Automation is encroaching on jobs that used to depend on human labor. To compete with the robots, you’ll need to develop new skills. The World Economic Forum (WEF) recently released their Future of Jobs Report for 2018. It describes how a “Fourth Industrial Revolution” is...
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Is Your Boss Toxic? 5 Ways to Tell

A toxic boss can do real damage to the heart and spirit of a company and to the individuals who work there. But, there’s a huge difference between a truly toxic boss and one who’s merely challenging. You can work with a difficult boss. But, it’s nearly impossible to be successful when...
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7 Tips for Finding Your Professional Passion

Some people seem to know what they want to do for a living from an early age. Others struggle to find the best fit. You’ve probably heard that the way to find the career path that’s right for you is to “follow your passion.” Of course, it would be wonderful to find...
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Are These the 10 Weirdest College Admission Essays Ever?

How important is the college admission essay to getting into the school of your choice? Depending on the college, it might be crucial. According to The National Association for College Admission Counseling, “a majority of colleges and universities believe the essay to be of considerable or moderate importance in determining which academically...
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7 Ways to Improve Your Relationships With Your Coworkers

Would you like to improve your relationships with your coworkers? It is possible to do so, whether you’d like to strengthen already existent ties or if you’re new to the job and just finding your footing. You spend a large percentage of your adult life at work (about 35 percent of your...
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Tiffany Haddish Asks for What She’s Worth and Says You Should, Too

In a new interview with Variety, comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish shares how she asks frank questions about money in order to be paid what she deserves. Having open and honest conversations about salary isn’t always easy. For one thing, many employers encourage an air of secrecy around salary, even if supporting...
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Can You Visualize Your Way to a Good Day at Work?

You may have heard of the power of visualization. But, can imagining yourself having a good day really make it happen? Some techniques that were once viewed as a little too woo-woo by many are steadily gaining scientific ground. For example, meditation really does have proven and significant health and emotional benefits....
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Could Your Phone Get You Fired? 5 Tips for Better Smartphone Habits

The days of leaving your phone in the car while you’re at work are long gone. But, there are still some steps you should take to be sure you’re managing your usage professionally during the workday. If you’re like most people, you probably hate to be away from your phone for literally...
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Is Low Teacher Pay Damaging the Profession’s Appeal?

Would you be interested in working as a public school teacher? Does low teacher pay impact your decision? Teachers are paid far less than other professionals. According to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), teachers currently earn 18.7 percent less than peers with similar education and skills. Not surprisingly, this is taking a toll...
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14 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Quotes to Inspire You in Your Career

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been breaking glass ceilings for decades. She has long been a powerful advocate for gender equality and women’s rights. Justice Ginsburg took the oath of office 25 years ago, in August of 1993. She was just the second...
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Use This 2-Step Process to Love Your Job Again

Even if you love your job, working hard all the time without a break can really run you down. Eventually, you can wind up burned out and longing for a change — or at least a vacation. But you don’t necessarily have to get a new job or take a sabbatical to...
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What Scientists, Creative Professionals and Gamblers Have in Common

You may be most familiar with the concept of a hot streak when it comes to something like gambling. But, can this type of phenomenon also occur for creative professionals or even scientists? Some days (and maybe even some years) you might be more productive or experience greater success. You might even...
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Never Have a Bad Meeting Again With These 5 Tips

Most people aren’t big fans of meetings. In fact, 17 percent of workers say they’d literally rather watch paint dry than attend one. However, for many professionals, meetings are still a mandatory part of working life. And the truth is that even the worst meetings can be an opportunity to learn something...
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Here’s How Many Companies Monitor Workers’ Email

Is your employer watching you at work? Employee monitoring is common … but maybe less common than you think. A new survey of 987 workers and 28 employers conducted by SimplyHired aimed to uncover the truth about employee monitoring. How often are employers really looking at email, social media, messaging applications and...
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5 Quick Tips to Build a Better To-Do List

Being organized can make a big difference in your day-to-day experience at work. Keeping a great to-do list helps you get there. Do you keep a to-do list at work? Not everyone does. But, having a method like this can really help you to be efficient and productive. Sometimes, you have to...
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Amazon Raises Their Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour (But There’s a Catch)

This week, Amazon announced that they will be raising their minimum wage to $15 per hour. This raise will apply to more than 250,000 U.S. workers and begin November 1. Amazon’s minimum wage increase will also extend to 100,000 temporary workers and all future employees. But it’s not all good news. The...
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Can You Ever Be Overdressed for a Job Interview?

Can you be overdressed for a job interview? Conventional wisdom is that dressing up is essential when you’re going on an interview. Think suit and tie, or dress and heels. But the times are changing. People aren’t dressing for work the way they used to, at least not in some industries. So,...
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Negotiating While Female: You Are Not the Problem

The gender pay gap persists, even among women and men with the same qualifications and experience. One way to close that gap, experts often say, is to encourage women to negotiate salary. But when research shows that women who negotiate are penalized, is it really their fault if they find it hard...
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The 5 Most Common Workplace Struggles Employees Face in 2018

No matter how much you love your job, there are probably aspects of actually going to work that you could do without. Perhaps a coworker’s negativity gets under your skin, or you find that you’re routinely spending more time at the office than you’d like. Whatever the case may be, it always...
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The Teacher Compensation Gap Is Wider Than Ever

Recent teacher strikes in Arizona, North Carolina and West Virginia have helped raise public awareness regarding teacher pay issues. Teachers’ work is of the utmost importance. They aren’t just educating kids for the kids’ sake. Teachers are also doing a service for the public at large by educating the adults of the...
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Here’s How Many Years You’ll Spend at Work in Your Lifetime

How much time do you spend at work? Over the course of a lifetime, probably a lot more than you think. People only spend 328 days socializing with friends, on average, over the course of a lifetime. However, the average person spends 13 years and two months at work, according to one...
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Why Harvard Pays Service Workers a Living Wage

Harvard University isn’t your typical employer. They are a wealthy and well-established institution with a large endowment. Still, Harvard’s policy of paying their workers a living wage, which was explored recently in a piece by The New York Times, sets an example for other organizations (and their employees). Income inequality is getting...
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7 Good Reasons to Turn Down a Promotion

Being offered a promotion is great news, right? Most of the time, yes. But there are times when it’s smarter to turn it down. Your boss has offered you a promotion, but for reasons you can’t quite put your finger on, you’re not feeling the move. Is it promotion anxiety — or...
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46 Percent of Workers Feel Like They’re Underpaid. But Are They?

The economy and the job market are going strong. (The unemployment rate is only 2.1 percent among college graduates over the age of 25, as an example.) However, a lot of workers still feel as though they’re being underpaid. A recent survey from the staffing firm Robert Half found that forty-six percent...
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The Office Perk Workers Want More Than On-Site Gyms, Cafeterias or Childcare

These days, employers of choice are turning themselves inside out to attract and retain the best workers. But, according to new research, fancy perks aren’t as important to workers as some more fundamental aspects of the work environment. Have you ever worked for a company that was big into offering their workers...
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These Companies Pay Unhappy Workers to Quit

Why would a company hire you, spend time and manpower training you, and then pay you to quit? More than one successful organization has employed this strategy, and for good reason. Some companies, like Amazon and Zappos, have programs that pay unhappy workers to quit. They feel that, ultimately, it’s good for...
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Which Workers Are Most Likely to Bring Work Home?

Have you ever brought work home from the office? Chances are that you have, especially if you work in certain industries. The problem with bringing work home with you is that you also tend to bring the stress associated with it — and bringing stress home at the end of the day...
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Consider This if You’re Afraid to Take That Promotion

Learning that you’re being offered a promotion should come as exciting news. But, the invitation to take on new opportunities doesn’t always land that way. If you’re anxious about taking a promotion, know that you aren’t alone. There are some things you can do to regain control of the decision-making process. Moving...
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Believe It or Not, It’s Time to Look for Holiday Jobs

The holiday season is an excellent time to look for a part-time or temporary job. But, if you start your search too late, you could miss your chance. It might be a little early for stores to start rolling out the decorations and the Christmas tunes, but it’s not too soon to...
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How to Be Happy at Work, According to Science

The average person spends more than 90,000 hours at work over the course of a lifetime. So, wouldn’t it be nice to be happy at work as much as possible? It’s not frivolous to enjoy your workday. It’s actually a very serious and worthwhile goal. After all, happy employees work more effectively,...
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Can Working Too Hard Actually Hurt Your Career?

If you want to get ahead in your career, you have to work hard. However, new research suggests that it’s possible to overdo it. Working too hard might actually backfire. You were probably taught the value of hard work from a very young age. And, you’ve likely relied upon your work ethic...
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The 5 Most Desirable Jobs for Men and Women, According to Tinder

The online dating profiles of workers in certain fields tend to get more attention than others. Tinder recently crunched the numbers to find out which jobs were most desirable, according to their users. Did your job make the list? The dating app Tinder asks folks to swipe right or left, based on...
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41 Percent of Maryland Teachers Have Second Jobs

Despite the wave of teacher protests that swept the country during the 2017-2018 school year, educators are still underappreciated and underpaid. A new survey from the Maryland State Education Association has found that 41 percent of teachers in the state have second jobs. The survey, which collected responses from 800 public school...
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How to Be a Workaholic (If You Must)

If you read a lot of career advice, you’ve probably heard about the importance of good work-life balance. However, that doesn’t look the same for everyone. After all, if you truly love your job, why not throw yourself into it completely? That’s not to say that working all the time is harmless....
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Women Are Starting 1,821 Businesses a Day. Now for the Bad News.

Women are starting new businesses at an encouraging rate, according to the 2018 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report. But it’s not all good news for female entrepreneurs. This report, which was commissioned by American Express and used data going all the way back to 1972, found that women started an average of...
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Should You Work for a Jerk?

Your coworkers and your boss can have a big impact on how much you enjoy being at work. When you work for a manager who supports you, it certainly makes it easier to enjoy your job. But, most of us will have to deal with a bad boss at some point in...
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Does Napping at Work Really Boost Productivity?

Would you sleep on the job? In recent years, at least a few companies have encouraged their employees to say yes. But, while every office doesn’t boast a nap pod, many workers catch some shuteye at the office anyway. How many workers, and what’s the effect on their productivity? The Sleep Judge,...
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Should You Keep Regular Hours When You Work For Yourself?

One of the awesome benefits of working for yourself is that you get to set your own hours. Now the only question is, should you? There are two different schools of thought when it comes to setting regular hours when you work for yourself. One says that working a steady 9-to-5, even...
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7 Ways to Calm Your Nerves Before a Big Presentation

It’s perfectly normal to be nervous before giving a presentation. This is especially true if you’ve never done much public speaking before or if this presentation is particularly important. But nerves don’t have to derail your success. The fear of public speaking is incredibly common. In fact, it’s estimated that as much...
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Why You Might Not Want a $150K Salary

Do you sometimes think that making more money would solve all of your problems? Well, think again. Earning a $150,000 annual salary, for example, could raise your stress levels. Earning a high income isn’t always as great as it sounds. There are benefits, of course, but there are drawbacks, too. A global...
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5 Salary Negotiation Tips for People Who’ve Never Negotiated Salary

Negotiating for a higher salary can really pay off in the end. But, if you’re new to salary negotiation, you might not know how, and when, to ask for more. Seventy-five percent of people who ask for a raise receive some kind of increase. Still, 57 percent of respondents to our survey...
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How to Impress Your New Boss on Day One

The relationship that you have with your boss really matters. If you get along, you’re more likely to enjoy your job; if you don’t, you’re more likely to leave. As the saying goes, people quit bosses, not jobs. So, how do you get started on the right foot with a new boss?...
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7 Ways to Be Seen as More Powerful at Work

The most powerful people at work aren’t necessarily the ones who have the highest rank. There are ways to cultivate a more powerful professional reputation within your organization, no matter what you do. The way others see you at work matters a great deal. Your reputation can go a long way to...
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Why You Should Ask for a Promotion Soon (or Get Ready to Wait)

Advocating for yourself can help advance your career. But, asking for a promotion isn’t easy. There are a lot of factors to weigh in advance. One of them is timing. Timing is everything, they say. And, when it comes to asking for a promotion, they just might be right. Certain times of...
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How to Job Hop the Right Way (and Make $$$)

Workers typically change jobs about 12 times over the course of their career. Unsurprisingly, this means that the average employee tenure is short — just 4.2 years in 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. What used to be called “job hopping” is now pretty normal. It can also be lucrative,...
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Should You Negotiate That Salary Offer?

The job search process can be long and arduous. Even when things move quickly, finding employment is still pretty stressful. So, when you’re offered a position, it’s understandable to want to jump on it and accept the job right away. But, should you negotiate that offer instead? Although negotiating salary often pays...
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7 Realities About Working From Home That Will Surprise You

Flexible work arrangements are increasingly popular these days. However, there are some things about working from home that will come as a surprise, especially if you’re telecommuting for the very first time. So many things in life aren’t exactly what they seem. Eighty to 90 percent of the workforce say they want...
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5 Tips For Setting Priorities When You’re Overwhelmed at Work

One of the keys to good time management is the ability to set priorities. Mastering this skill will save you time and energy, and it will benefit your career. Do you often feel as though there isn’t enough time in the day? Well, you aren’t alone. Feeling stressed and overwhelmed is so...
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7 Reasons Why Cultivating a Love of Learning Is Crucial to Your Career

Skills like organization, communication and the ability to work in teams are critical when it comes to fostering a successful career. However, these days, a love of learning may be just as important. One thing is for sure about our modern world — it’s changing quickly. New technologies and innovations are continually...
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Want to Work Remotely? Consider These 5 Popular Job Categories

Eighty to 90 percent of U.S. workers say they would like to telecommute at least part-time, according to GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com. But, some jobs are more conducive to remote work than others. Opportunities for remote work have expanded in recent years. A report from FlexJobs reveals some of the fields that hire the most...
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5 Ways to Be Everyone’s Favorite Teammate at Work

It’s not always easy to work as a member of a team. But, upping your ability to work well with others, no matter how skilled you already are at collaboration, can help you in your career. Most people have to work closely with others throughout their careers. For many, collaboration is a...
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The Top 1 Percent of Earners Make 26 Times More Than Everyone Else

Income inequality in the United States has been a real problem for quite some time, and new research from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) finds that the gap is only growing wider. Rising income inequality is a reverse of the trend that dominated during the mid-20th century. According to the EPI, the...
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How JOMO (the Joy of Missing Out) Can Save Your Career

Perhaps you’re familiar with the term FOMO — “fear of missing out.” Patrick J. McGinnis, author of The 10% Entrepreneur, originally intended the term for use in a business decision-making context. But people now use it to describe everything from fear of missing a party to fear of taking the wrong job....
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A 5-Step Plan for Writing Cold Emails That Get Interviews

It might seem like sending emails to companies who’ve never heard of you before wouldn’t get you very far. But, cold emails can be more effective than you might think. It’s all about perfecting your message and making sure it gets to the right person at the right time. An estimated 70...
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5 Tips for Working With Headhunters and Recruiters to Get Hired

It’s a job seeker’s market right now. Unemployment is under 4 percent, and employers are so desperate for qualified workers, 66 percent are willing to train likely candidates. But that doesn’t mean that finding quality jobs is easy. Working with headhunters and recruiters can help — if you know what you’re doing....
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How to Succeed When You’re Actually Not a Team Player

Many people prefer to work alone. But, that’s not always possible in today’s collaboration-obsessed work culture. If you live and work in the U.S., then you know what it’s like to be a part of a society that rewards extroversion – it’s frequently associated with leadership and success. It can be hard...
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Anatomy of a Successful Networking Coffee Date

The popularity of social media can make it seem like you never need to meet anyone in person ever again. But when it comes to networking, face-to-face is still the best way to get to know someone. One of the most effective ways to network in person? A coffee date. Easier than...
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10 Tips For Coping With Unwanted Change at Work

Change at work can be scary and even upsetting, especially if you worry that the shift might not be in the right direction. Change is a part of life, but that doesn’t make it any easier to cope with the unexpected. If you’ve been at your job for a while, this is...
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Unhappy With Your Salary? You Aren’t Alone. Here’s What to Do.

Are you happy with your salary? If you’re like most full-time workers in the U.S., the answer is probably no. Why are so many feeling unsatisfied? Many workers are less that thrilled with their earnings these days. According to a 2018 Indeed survey, only 19 percent of workers are satisfied with their...
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What We Can Learn From Benjamin Franklin’s Schedule

Benjamin Franklin’s self-imposed schedule was famously rigorous. It’s also stood the test of time. Today’s workers could adopt Ben’s schedule and use their own days a little more effectively. Benjamin Franklin is one of the most beloved founding fathers of the U.S., and for good reason. He was an inventor, publisher, diplomat,...
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Having Parental Leave Isn’t Enough. Workers Need to Be Able to Take It.

Few workers have parental leave options. And, among the fortunate ones who do, many don’t feel they can take their leave time. What’s going on here? Only 14 percent of civilian workers have any paid family leave, according to Pew Research Center. But having leave isn’t the same as being able to...
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Never Be Late Again With These 7 Early-Bird Tips

Being late can really hold you back professionally. No matter how good you are at your job, you’ll struggle to get ahead if you can’t seem to get anywhere on time. The proverb the early bird catches the worm has been around for centuries, and for good reason. There is a lot...
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5 Ways to Have More Independence in Your Career

Autonomy is something that’s very important to many workers. But, what can you do to gain more independence at work? Studies have shown what workers have known for a long time – more autonomy at work leads to higher job satisfaction and greater productivity. It’s even more important to a lot of...
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How to Close Resume Gaps the Right Way

Not every career trajectory follows a traditional path. Unfortunately, gaps in your resume can raise red flags for prospective employers. There are so many different reasons why you might have some gaps in your professional resume. But, whether you took time off to raise a family, for example, or struggled to find...
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7 Ways to Get Unstuck at Work

You’ll run into all kinds of problems over the course of your career. One of the most frustrating, and the most normal, is feeling “stuck” on a project or task. What do you do when you don’t know how to proceed? There are a lot of different reasons you can feel stuck...
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7 Ways to Find Jobs That Will Never Be Posted Online

Have you heard about the hidden job market? The job of your dreams may never be posted online. Some jobs are only available to those with inside information and connections. To land one of these jobs, first you have to find them. Here are some tips that can help you learn about...
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The Career-Changing Power of Being Humble

Humility is a time-honored virtue. But, did you know that it’s also a powerful attribute that can help you in your career? It’s common to associate characteristics like ambition and confidence with power and success at work. However, it’s important to remember that these traits alone don’t bring much respect. Being capable,...
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Never Have a Boring Meeting Again With These 10 Tips

Meetings can be pretty boring, and feel like a real waste of time. But, there are things you can do to improve the situation, even if you aren’t the person in charge. As a general rule, people really kind of hate meetings. In fact, 17 percent of employees would literally rather watch...
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5 Reasons to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Robots

Will the robots change the job market and the economy forever? Certainly, automation will usher in changes. But there are some indications that the situation isn’t as dire as it seems. Technology could lead to some significant job loss in the years to come. As many as 47 percent of current U.S....
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7 Tips for Getting Ahead at a Small Company

Working for a small company can be exciting. However, it’s often a little tricky to figure out how to move up the ranks within smaller organizations. Large companies usually have clear and charted paths for advancement. But, in smaller organizations, you often have to find your own way. Here are some tips...
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How to Leave Work on Time

Is the end of your day creeping later and later? It’s easy to put in extra hours at work when you have a lot going on. But, taking some time away to care for yourself will help you be more efficient in the long run. Many workers aspire toward better work-life balance....
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The Loneliest Jobs in the U.S.

The way we work is changing. These days, more and more workers are finding themselves in professional situations that leave them feeling isolated or even lonely. This can have a major impact on overall happiness and general well-being. Earlier this year, the Harvard Business Review released the results of a survey they...
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7 Jobs That Are Becoming More Widely Held by Women

There was a time when women were mostly employed in just a handful of occupations. These days, some jobs are becoming more widely held by women who are spreading their talents and expertise much further and wider than ever before. Despite the persistent gender wage gap – the role of women on...
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3 Potential Pitfalls of a Flexible Schedule and How to Deal With Them

Working a flexible schedule isn’t always everything it’s cracked up to be. It helps to be aware of the potential pitfalls. These days workers crave flexibility. This is especially true for millennials. In fact, 77 percent of millennials believe that a flexible schedule would make them more productive. It’s one of the...
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6 Excellent Ice Cream Jobs

What’s better on a hot summer day than a visit to your local ice cream shop? What if you could parlay your love of ice cream into a job or even a career? It’s great to love what you do, and who doesn’t love ice cream? It turns out that there are...
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Interviewing With a Startup? Here Are a Few Signs It Might Succeed

There is so much to think about during the interview stage of the job search process. But there’s even more to consider if you’re thinking about working for a startup. Working for a startup can be really exciting, but it can also feel a little risky. Just about half of all small...
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Are Things Looking Up For Older Workers?

Older workers carry a large burden. These days, many are hoping to save for retirement and also help younger loved ones find their economic footing. It’s a lot to take on. But could things be looking up for older workers? The unemployment rate for workers over the age of 55 was just...
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How to Stop Being a Workaholic

Do you think about work even when you’re at home? Do you routinely stay at your desk longer and later than you intended? Is your personal life or your physical health suffering because of how much your prioritize work? If so, you might be a workaholic. There is absolutely nothing wrong with...
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Where Should You Start Your Career

There are so many different factors to consider in the job search process, especially when you’re just about to start your career. Location is one of them. How can you best decide where to start your career? In a way, it’s both a blessing and a curse to get to pick where...
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Tips For Navigating Awkward Networking Conversations

Building a robust professional network is an important part of having a successful career. But sometimes networking conversations can feel more than a little awkward. All relationships have to start somewhere. But conversations can feel a bit uncomfortable when you’re just getting to know someone, even if it is in a professional...
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How to Be a Horrible Coworker

What is it that makes some coworkers fun and easy to work with? Why does a horrible coworker drive us up the wall? You will most likely encounter many difficult or even toxic coworkers over the course of your career. These kinds of encounters might be common, but that doesn’t mean they’re...
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5 Reasons to Embrace Change at Work

It can be difficult when big changes, or even small ones, happen at work. But embracing change is essential for professional success. Change is an inevitable part of life, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. It can be challenging to embrace change when you’ve been doing things the same way for a...
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5 Perks That Aren’t Really Worth It

There is more to compensation than just salary and benefits. These days, a lot of business offer other perks to try to attract top candidates. Some are more valuable than others. There are some job perks that go a really long way. For example, who wouldn’t appreciate flexible scheduling options or unlimited...
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7 Reasons You Didn’t Get That Promotion

These days, the average person goes through about 12 job changes over the course of a career. Change is to be expected. It’s even desirable. So, it can feel pretty lousy when you’re hoping to be promoted and are turned down. It can be really disappointing to be passed over for a...
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7 Corporate Cliches That Will Make Your Coworkers Tune Out

It’s good to be an individual in business, just like in the real world. With this in mind, avoid the cliches; some turns-of-phrase are so common and overused that you’re better off avoiding them in the workplace. The lingo of the corporate world is full of tired cliches. It’s best to avoid...
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5 Tips For Negotiating a Better Job Title

Your job title matters. A lot. It impacts your current professional standing and the opportunities that could become available to you in the future. But it’s not easy to know how to go about getting the job title you want and deserve. Wanting to change your job title is a little different...
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Wait, How Many US Jobs Are Dependent On Agriculture?!?

Do you work in the agricultural industry? Even if you don’t work in agriculture directly, your job may still be connected, or even reliant, upon it. When you think of the agricultural sector of the job market, you probably think of farming. But, there are so many other jobs that are closely...
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15 Quotes From Oprah Winfrey To Inspire You In Your Career

It’s always a good idea to glean wisdom from wise and inspirational people. Oprah Winfrey has had an incredible life and career. She is famous world-wide for her entrepreneurship, her philanthropy, and her inspirational approach to life and work. Do you take inspiration from her life and career? Oprah Winfrey is an...
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The Surprisingly Low Salaries of Three Famous Billionaires

Things like earnings and compensation tend to work a little differently once you reach a certain economic tier. Case in point, several well-known billionaires have surprisingly low salaries. There is a lot more to compensation than just annual salary. There are other factors to consider, like benefits and vacation time. Some professionals...
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7 Time Management Hacks for an Easier Workday

Do you often feel as though there simply aren’t enough hours in the day? The secret to having more time is to work smarter, not harder. Time management is an important part of being efficient and productive. It may even be the most important factor in the equation. And who wouldn’t want...
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Great Career Advice From Famous Dads

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 17th. This holiday provides an excellent opportunity for both celebration and reflection on all of the wisdom that’s been handed down. This year, let’s celebrate Father’s Day by honoring the dads who have inspired and supported the next generation of men and women. Their perspective, and their...
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Is Your Boss a Grown Up?

A person doesn’t automatically turn into a mature and considerate adult the moment they’re given an executive title. This is unfortunate because it can be awfully difficult to work for someone who acts more like a child than a grown up. Does your boss reliably behave like a responsible adult? If so,...
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How Many Sick Days Are Too Many?

Just because your contract affords you sick days, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you feel comfortable taking them. Still, managing illnesses, or just taking a mental health day here and there, is important for your overall health and well-being, not to mention your career. Many professionals are given sick days as a...
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Should You Get a Side Job?

There are a lot of different reasons for getting a side job. And while the arrangement can come with a lot of benefits, there are drawbacks too. So, after weighing the pros and cons, should you consider getting a side job? Side jobs used to be a rarity, but these days more...
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How to Get Better LinkedIn Recommendations

Maximizing your LinkedIn account can really help your career. But how should you go about improving the recommendation section of your profile? More and more job seekers are utilizing LinkedIn during the search process. And recruiters use it too. In fact, 87 percent of recruiters say they use LinkedIn to help them find...
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The 5 Best Jobs In America

Everyone is different, but there are some consistent factors that help most folks feel satisfied with their jobs. Good pay and job security go quite a long way, for example. Taking factors like these into account, it’s possible to determine some jobs – the “best jobs” – that are practically ideal. A...
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Here’s How Many Jobs Would Be Created by Legalizing Marijuana

Laws around marijuana use, for medicinal purposes and for recreation, have been expanding over the course of the last few years. Some advocate legalization, but others are concerned about the implications. One consequence that shouldn’t be overlooked in this debate is how legalizing marijuana would change the job market. It’s important to...
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5 Cities Where Cost of Living Is Low And Pay Is High

The job market is strong right now, but wages are also quite stagnant. This creates some pretty frustrating circumstances. Many people are working very hard and still struggling to make ends meet. But the situation is worse in some cities – where the cost of living is relatively high – than it is...
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10 Tips For Decreasing the Negative Effects Of Too Much Screen Time

The majority of Americans spend a lot of time in front of screens. Sixty-one percent report more than five hours per day on average, and 30 percent say they look at screens for at least nine hours a day. This is taking a toll. Too much screen time isn’t just bad for...
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7 Terrible First Day of Work Stories

It’s easy to make mistakes on your first day at new job. But that doesn’t make missteps any less upsetting. However, these tales of first days gone horribly wrong should help you put your bad day in perspective. The first day at a new job can be more than a little scary....
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7 Ancient Jobs That Still Exist Today

Life in the ancient world was pretty different than it is now. Still, some of the jobs that we have today have been around since then. Some jobs are so new that most of us can’t even recognize them by name. For example, do you know what a focus master or a...

Great Career Advice From Famous Moms

Mother’s Day provides a great opportunity to honor the women who’ve paved the way for future generations. It’s also an opportune time to attempt to glean some wisdom from their life experiences. Being a mom isn’t easy. Neither is having a successful career. If you’re one of the millions of women who...
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Managers: Here’s How To Keep Your Top Employees

Attracting and retaining top talent is about more than just offering competitive salaries, although that’s certainly part of it. Employers have to go further in today’s tight labor market. When it comes to running a business, is there anything more important that hiring and retaining the best people? Probably not. A recent...
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5 Things Teachers Want You To Know About Their Job That Might Surprise You

National Teacher Day is Tuesday, May 8. Teachers deserve this day of celebration and appreciation now more than ever. For several months, teacher strikes have been sweeping the nation. American public school teachers have been demanding better conditions for themselves and their students with smaller class sizes and fairer pay topping their...
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6 Things Nurses Want You to Know About Their Job

National Nurses Week begins on May 6 and ends on May 12. There will be events across the country to honor nurses and to educate the public about their work. Nurses are on the front lines of the healthcare system. They are there for us in our schools, our doctor’s offices and...
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Jobs Report: Unemployment Below 4 Percent for the First Time Since 2000

For the first time since 2000 the unemployment rate fell below 4 percent to 3.9 percent in April. The jobs report that was released this morning by the labor department showed a gain of 164,000 new jobs in April. That’s less than the 195,000 new jobs that economists forecasted. Still, the gains...
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5 Tips For Making Tough Decisions At Work

Sometimes you have to make tough decisions in order to move forward and meet the demands of your job. Even the most decisive people occasionally struggle with knowing how best to proceed. Every once in a while, you have to make a choice at work without knowing which option or opportunity is...
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Big Promotions Increase Odds of Divorce for Women, but Not for Men

New research has identified yet another challenge facing professional women. A big promotion increases women’s odds of getting a divorce. But the same isn’t true for men. A new study from Swedish researchers Olle Folke and Johanna Rickne found correlations between women getting promoted to the top job in their fields and...
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7 Tips For Getting Excited About Your Job Again

It helps to love what you do. Research has found that people who are happy with their jobs are more productive. But it can be difficult to stay enthusiastic when you’ve been doing the same job for a long time. Who wouldn’t want to love their job? Enjoying what you do comes...
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It’s Arbor Day! Here Are 5 Jobs For People Who Love Trees

Happy Arbor Day, everyone. Today we celebrate trees, and their importance in our lives and our world. And we suggest some jobs for aspiring Johnny Appleseeds everywhere. “i thank You God for most this amazing day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream of sky; and for...
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To Beat Career Burnout, Solve This Problem First

Professional burnout can send your life into a tailspin. But changing careers is a big deal. It’s important to keep in mind that burnout can happen to anyone. So if you love your job but worry you’re starting to burn out, before you give notice, it’s wise to focus on how you...
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Run Your Day, Don’t Let It Run You

Are you feeling overwhelmed? You’re not alone. It’s super easy to start feeling like your day is a little out of control—or, maybe more than a little—when you’ve got so much to do. Have you ever had one of those days where you feel like you’re running around putting out fire after...
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5 Reasons Authenticity is Good for Your Career

It’s easy to get so caught up trying to play a role, or please the boss, or fit in with a team, that you forget the awesome power of just being your authentic self at work. If you’re like most people, you probably picked up certain messaging along the way about how...
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7 Jobs in the Legal Cannabis Industry You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

The legal cannabis market is expanding fast. The industry took in $9 billion in sales in 2017. It’s projected that it will generate $11 billion in 2018 and climb as high as $21 billion by 2021. Marijuana is now legal for recreational use in nine states and has been approved for medical use...
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Earth Day: 5 Jobs For People Who Want to Save the Planet

Earth Day is April 22. But for many professionals, working to improve the environment and instituting environmental protections is something they do every day. Rachel Carson published her bestselling book Silent Spring in 1962, and the book became a touchstone that raised public awareness about environmental concerns in a big way. After...
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Women Need More Education to Earn the Same As Men

The findings of a new report help to illustrate the current state of the gender wage gap. Although women are getting educated at record rates, and pursuing “high-wage majors” in greater numbers, they continue to earn less than men. The gender pay gap is a real and persistent problem. And progress has...
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This Is the Real Reason You Shouldn’t Work Long Hours

Are you sick and tired – maybe even literally – of putting in long hours in an attempt to get ahead at work? The good news is that research suggests that you’d probably do a better job if you worked less. You can probably think of a few good reasons why you’d like...
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5 Tips For Successfully Recovering From a Job Layoff

Whether you saw it coming or not, being laid off from your job can feel super jarring. It can be difficult to know how best to proceed after a layoff, especially when you’re feeling shocked and out of sorts. Being laid off can really throw you for a loop. But it doesn’t...
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27m Americans Would Like to Go Freelance, Please

There was a time when landing “a secure job with a good company” was seen as the pinnacle of success. These days though, the dream has changed, and the dream is – freelancing. Freelancers have been around for ages. But being self-employed comes with its benefits and its drawbacks. The risks that come...
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5 Things To Do When You’re Put On a Performance Improvement Plan

If you’ve been put on a performance improvement plan (PIP) at work, you’re probably feeling pretty nervous about what happens next. Can you work to improve your standing? Or is this just the first step toward moving you out the door? Some managers put employees on performance improvement plans when they aren’t...
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Study: Queen Bee Syndrome In the Workplace Persists

Fetch may never happen, but queen bee syndrome is all too real and even seems to be getting worse. Queen bee syndrome is the phenomenon in which a woman in a position of authority views and treats subordinates who are women more critically than she does male subordinates. Researchers from the University of...
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Will a Tighter Labor Market Mean Fewer Drug Tests?

A tighter labor market means employers are forced to think outside of the box in order to attract and retain top talent. Could this shrinking talent pool lead employers to require fewer drug tests? Unemployment is currently holding steady at a low 4.1 percent. The labor market is pretty tight right now,...
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Thinking of Quitting Your Job? Ask Yourself These 7 Questions First

Quitting your job is a big deal. It’s not the kind of decision you should make impulsively. Instead, you should pause and do some real soul searching before taking such bold action. If you’re thinking about quitting your job, you probably have a lot of thoughts racing through your mind. But, it’s...
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5 Way You Can Help Close the Gender Pay Gap

The gender pay gap is a real and persistent problem. There has been some movement in the right direction in recent years, but progress has been frustratingly slow. However, if you want to get involved, there are ways you can help to close the gap. This year, Equal Pay Day is Tuesday,...
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5 Tips For When You Have to Say No at Work (Without Alienating the Boss)

Do you feel stretched too thin at work? If the quality of your work – or your quality of life – is suffering because you’re overloaded, it might be time to pull back a little. But as we all know, it isn’t always easy to say no at work. A lot of...
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Are You Entitled To Overtime Pay?

When you put in long hours at work, you should be paid what you’ve earned. So it’s essential to understand the existing rules around overtime pay; There are some things you should know about who’s entitled to collect overtime and who isn’t. It’s important to know your facts when it come to...
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How To Find the Perfect Summer Internship

If you’re a college student looking for a summer internship, and you haven’t found one yet, now is the time to get serious in your search. And if you’re looking for the ideal fit, there are some steps you can take to find the opportunity that’s right for you. Summer internships are...
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7 Ways to Tell That You’ve Been at Your Job Too Long

It’s great to feel comfortable and at home at work. However, if you’ve been at your job for too long, there can be some negative consequences too. Work that was once stimulating can become dull, and you might not be as productive or creative as you used to be. Have you stayed...
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7 Jobs For People Who Love Sleeping

Do you ever wish you could sleep your way through the workday? Well, it might not be quite as simple as that. But, there are some job opportunities out there that could be great for those who love to doze. There are all kinds of work opportunities available these days. You just...
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5 Ways to Get Noticed When Your Boss Is Tough to Impress

From Montgomery Burns to Miranda Priestly, some busy bosses are particularly tough to impress. But whether you’re new to your job or have been at it for quite some time, there are some things you can do to get your boss’s attention. It’s important to have a good relationship with your boss...
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Wage Growth at Bottom Is Strongest in States With Minimum Wage Increases

New data from the Economic Policy Institute shows that low-wage workers benefit significantly in states that increase their minimum wage. On March 15, the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) released data that explores the impact of minimum wage increases on the economy and wage growth. When comparing states that have increased their minimum wage in...
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3 Common Salary Negotiation Mistakes and How to Fix Them

It’s essential to negotiate salary, especially when you start a job, if you want to maximize your earnings over time. But, negotiations are high pressure situations; it’s so easy to make a mistake. The good news is that there are some quick and easy ways to recover from the most common errors....
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Should You Take That Risk at Work?

You can’t build a successful career without taking risks. However, sometimes it’s not in your best interest to take that particular leap. So, how can you weigh the pros and cons and make the right decision? Taking professional risks can do wonders for your career. You’re unlikely to have any big breakthrough...
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7 Signs That Recruiter Won’t Get You the Job

Recruiters are meant to help you with your job search process. However, some are more effective than others, and you don’t want to waste your time. How can you separate the good recruiters from the not-so-good ones? Deciding to work with a recruiter can feel like kind of a big deal. That’s...
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How to Find a Work-From-Home Job

Would you like a work-from-home job? There are some things you can do to help determine whether or not remote work is right for you, hone in on opportunities and get started. Telecommuting is increasingly common. Forty-three percent of workers said they spent at least some time working remotely in 2016. Working...
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10 Inspirational Quotes About Leadership From Women Who Rule

Leadership isn’t easy, and women in leadership roles face additional challenges. Who better to give advice than successful women leaders who’ve been there themselves? Good leaders inspire those who follow them. That’s what leadership is all about. It’s a role that requires integrity, intelligence, hard work, confidence and so much more. If...
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Study: Only 40 Percent of Leaders Are Empathetic

Empathy is essential for successful leadership. Unfortunately, a new study finds that only 40 percent of leaders are empathetic. New research from DDI, a leadership development organization, has found that empathy is one of the most important leadership skills for success. However, they also discovered that leaders have a lot to learn...
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7 Signs You’re Interviewing With a Bad Boss

If you’ve ever worked for a difficult boss, you know just how miserable it can be. Thankfully, there are some signs to look out for during the interview process. They could help you figure out what you’d be getting into if you took the job. Difficult bosses make everything about work more...
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Workplace Bullying: How to Spot It and What to Do Next

You probably thought you’d left bullying behind when you stopped hanging out in the schoolyard and started spending the bulk of your time in an office full of adults. Unfortunately, workplace bullying is all too common. If you’re dealing with bullying at work, you need support. It helps to start by building...
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Is a Job You Love Worth a Pay Cut?

It’s true that money isn’t everything. But, struggling financially isn’t much fun, either. Is it worth it to take a pay cut to do a job you really love? A lot of people decide to earn a living doing what they love despite the fact that their chosen profession isn’t especially high-paying....
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5 Job Interview Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Education, training and experience can help you get an interview. However, getting the job requires that you find a way to shine when it comes time to meet face-to-face. Everyone makes mistakes, but if there was ever a time to avoid them, it’s during a job interview. So, consider these common errors...
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Climate Change Is Killing Winter Jobs

Seasonal workers who rely upon winter jobs to make their living are already being negatively affected by climate change. How will industries that count on snow and cold weather shift in the years ahead? Even if you enjoy winter, by this time of year, you might find yourself feeling excited to see...
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How to Develop Grit

Developing grit is crucial for professional success. It gives you perseverance, determination, resilience and so much more. Angela Duckworth, a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, is an expert on grit. She literally wrote the book on it. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance outlines why this trait is...
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These Workers Are Less Likely to Find Family-Friendly Work Arrangements

New research shows that unskilled and less-secure workers have less access to family-friendly work arrangements compared with other workers. All workers should be able to lean on family-friendly work arrangements. They allow people to manage their responsibilities both at work and at home. However, workers have varying levels of access to these...
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5 Tips for Successfully Navigating Office Politics

Even if you have the same official goals as your coworkers, your priorities and motivations may be very different. The result? Office politics — dirty words for many professionals, but ones you have to cope with all the same. Human interactions are tricky enough to navigate during the course of your regular...
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This Is the Perfect Age to Start a Business

Stories of entrepreneurial college dropouts turned stunningly successful moguls might catch your attention, but that doesn’t mean they’re the norm. These tales can make it seem as though young people make the best innovators. After all, you have so much energy, enthusiasm and fearlessness in your 20s. So, wouldn’t that be the...
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7 Nightmare Coworker Stories That Will Make You Count Your Blessings

One of the hardest things about working life is dealing with difficult coworkers. These tales about nightmare coworkers might help you realize how good you actually have it. It’s important to be considerate when working with others. After all, we’re all on the same team here, right? Unfortunately, overly competitive, hostile, or...
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10 Tips for Reducing Stress While You’re at Work

You probably already know why it’s important to reduce stress. However, so many of the strategies — like getting a good night’s sleep and regular exercise for example — are things you take care of after work. But, what can you do during the workday to feel a little calmer? This is...
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A Raise Might Not Improve Your Job Satisfaction

Think that getting a raise would improve your job satisfaction? Not for long. New research finds that the positive effects of a pay increase don’t last. Money feels pretty tight right now for many Americans. A CareerBuilder survey from just a few months ago found that 78 percent of U.S. workers live...
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7 Success Tips From Self-Made Billionaires

Self-made billionaires applied hard work, talent, ingenuity and risk-taking to advance their careers. And, they often changed the world while they were at it. What advice do they have for you? Success doesn’t come easily. But, some of the most powerful and notable self-made billionaires almost make it look that way. These...
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You’ll Never Have a Stress-Free Job. Here’s How to Feel Better Anyway.

Eliminating stress from your working life might not be a realistic possibility. So, is there a way to somehow use this energy to your advantage? There’s so much talk these days about the harmful effects of stress. Worrying about how to reduce stress in your life can become stressful in and of...
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How to Get the Job When You’re Under-Qualified

You sent in an application for a job that felt just a bit out of your reach. And, low and behold, you were called in for an interview. Now what? You’d really love to get the job. But, you worry you’re under-qualified. Luckily, there are some things you can do to help...
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Are Standing Desks Secretly Terrible?

A lot of workers love their active workstations. But, are standing desks really all they’re cracked up to be? Active workstations, like standing desks, bicycle desks, or treadmills in the office, have been credited with helping workers achieve all kinds of benefits. The idea is that they aid in improved posture, activity...
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The 7 Worst Resume Mistakes Hiring Managers Have Ever Seen

Have you ever made a mistake on your resume? It happens. Humans make mistakes, especially under pressure. But no matter how egregious your error, we’re betting that you’ve never made a resume mistake that can compare with these. From obvious lies to job histories that reach all the way back to first...
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Should the Salary History Question Be Banned By Federal Law?

Several large companies, and some cities and states, have already banned salary history inquiries. Is it time for a federal law that eliminates the question once and for all? Progress can be slow. But, when it comes to employers asking about salary history, the tides have been turning for quite a while....
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5 Disadvantages of Doing What You Love

The old saying “do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” is certainly true in many ways. However, making money with your passions comes with some real disadvantages, too. It’s wonderful to have a job that you enjoy. The attitude that we bring to the workplace really...
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For Women, Salary History Questions Can Be a Trap

Sharing salary history during negotiations benefits the employer, not the employee. However, it’s difficult to know how to avoid answering these types of questions — especially for women, who are sort of doomed either way. You are under absolutely no legal obligation to share your salary history. And, revealing what you’ve earned...
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5 Serious Downsides of Working From Home

Working from home comes with a lot of perks. But, it’s not all blissful multitasking in your jammies. More and more people are working from home these days. The latest telecommuting statistics show that regular work at home among the non-self-employed has grown by 115 percent since 2005. Furthermore, 80 to 90...
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5 Careers for Optimists

Optimists bring something unique and valuable to just about any workplace. But, some careers can really help them shine. Optimism is good for your career. Plain and simple. It improves your ability to troubleshoot when problems arise and makes you more resilient to challenges. Also, optimism helps reduce stress, which helps you...
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Stop the Flu With Paid Sick Leave

This year’s flu season is one of the worst we’ve seen in years. However, without paid sick leave, not everyone can follow doctor’s orders and stay home from work. Likewise, a lot of employees find it difficult to keep their children home for as long as is recommended. Policies that take the...
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5 Surprising Reasons You’re Not Getting Hired, and What to Do About It

Landing a good job isn’t easy. The hiring process can be daunting, even if you have a wealth of training and experience. No matter what you’re bringing to the table, you also still have to submit a great application package and ace the interview. These things are often easier said than done....
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7 Easy-to-Use Productivity Apps

Who wouldn’t want to get more done in less time?! These productivity apps could help you get there. It seems like there’s an app for just about everything these days. Some will even help you get more done at work. Different tools are right for different people. Could one of these productivity-boosting...
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Surprise! Study Finds that Workplace Gender Inequality Is Due to Bias, Not Behavior

Why do women occupy leadership roles less often than men? A popular theory is that it’s because they act differently at work. But recent research shows that men and women actually exhibit similar behaviors on the job. It’s the results that are different. Researchers at Humanyze, a people analytics company, tracked worker...
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7 Networking Tips for Introverts

Networking can do wonders for your career. But, if you’re an introvert, conventional methods — like speaking at a conference or walking up and introducing yourself to a stranger at a networking event — can feel downright undoable. Introverts do best when they play to their awesome strengths rather than fight against...
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Is This the Real Reason You’re Burning Out?

Feeling burned out? Your job might not be the whole problem — especially if you’re female. Forty percent of families now have female breadwinners. Still, according to new research, women continue to take on a vastly disproportionate amount of the household and family responsibilities when compared with men. Is shouldering this “m