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Jen Hubley Luckwaldt

Jen Hubley Luckwaldt

Jen Hubley Luckwaldt writes about work-life balance, stress management, and other topics relating to what makes us happy at work. A full-time freelancer, she deals with stress by blurring the lines between life and work to the point where the two spheres are barely separate. The happiest day of her career was when scientists proved that looking at pictures of cute animals makes us more productive.

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Most Recent Posts by Jen Hubley Luckwaldt
  • When You Work on Vacation, You're Not on Vacation

    Mobile technology has enabled us to work more flexibly than we did, say, 25 years ago, but at a price: while demanding bosses of yesteryear were stuck with the occasional phone call, today's anxious managers can require us to check in almost constantly, emailing and messaging and working on projects remotely – almost to the point where we're not on vacation at all.
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  • 3 Career Lessons From Indy 500 Drivers

    If you don't follow car racing, you might not be aware of the magnitude of the event that's taking place today (weather permitting). This year's Indianapolis 500 is the 100th running of what some claim is "largest single-day sporting event in the entire world." The purse this year tops $13 million, and 33 drivers are competing for the winner's share of about $2.5 million. But these potential millionaires have more in common with you, the working person, than you might think.
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  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Are You Sending Your Resume Into a Black Hole?

    Many employers rely on Applicant Tracking Systems to vet resumes, long before your information ever reaches human eyes. In a perfect world, this would be productive for all involved – employers could save time sifting through resumes, and you could be assured that your excellent qualifications made it through to impress a hiring manager. The real world, however, is different. In this week's roundup, we look at how to use keywords to make sure your resume makes the cut, plus the decisions you'll always regret making at work, and the 15 things to take off your resume, starting today.
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  • New Grads, Here's How to Build Your Career From Scratch

    If you're a newly minted college graduate, you're probably going through a lot of different emotions right now – pride at having achieved your goals, relief at being done, and fear about what comes next. It's especially scary if you don't have any idea about that last part. The good news is that this year's college graduates are entering the hottest job market for grads in years, with employers expected to hire 5 percent more graduates than last year. But that doesn't mean finding that all-important first job is easy.

    Recently, we spoke via email with Amanda Augustine, career advice expert for TopResume, to get her advice on how the class of 2016 can boost their chances of post-graduation success.

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  • 5 Work-From-Home Jobs That Aren't the Usual Customer Service Gigs

    When we talk about work-from-home jobs, we're usually talking about a very specific type of role that can be done over the phone or computer. It's true that it's easier to find a telecommuting job if you work in certain industries – customer service, for example, or administrative support. But not all work-from-home jobs are limited to these areas.
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  • 9 New Skills That Boost Pay the Most

    Some of today's most in-demand skills are tech-related – no surprise to anyone who's been in the work world in the past 10 or 15 years, or read any career news, or even followed politics. STEM jobs are often high-paying jobs, and the skills that support them can level up your earnings faster than other additions to your resume. PayScale's recent report, How to Win in the Skills Economy, looks at nine new skills that could make you big money. And when we say "new," we mean "brand-new": all of the skills on this list have emerged in the last five years.
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  • #MondayMotivation: 5 Ways to Reboot Your Motivation

    What's your slack-to-productivity ratio looking like so far this Monday? If you're finding yourself spending a lot of time catching up on your social media feeds and relatively little time tackling your to-do list, don't beat yourself up. What you need is a reboot.
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  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Stop Believing These 5 Myths About Work

    When it comes to building a career, what we "know" can be as dangerous as what we don't know. That's because a lot of what we assume about succeeding the workplace isn't true. In this week's roundup, we look at what you need to unlearn in order to build the career you deserve, plus how to tame your to-do list, and what you should never, ever say in a job interview.
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  • How Robin Wright Asked for (and Got) the Same Pay as Kevin Spacey on 'House of Cards'

    For the first three seasons of Netflix's hit political thriller/soap opera House of Cards, Kevin Spacey earned more than Robin Wright – about $80,000 more per episode, according to The Huffington Post. When the show began, that might have made sense. Spacey, after all, started off as an Oscar winner, whereas Wright had been largely out of the spotlight for several years. Then, however, the Emmy nominations started rolling in, for Wright as well as Spacey. What would Claire Underwood do?
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  • 3 Work-From-Home Jobs for New Grads

    Why endure a long, frustrating commute, only to spend your days dozing off under buzzing fluorescent lights and trying to appear enthused about yet another seemingly unnecessary meeting? If you work from home, you can skip the business casual and some of the more boring aspects of being employed, while still earning a paycheck and building a career. Well, if you're a recent grad, one consideration is that many work-from-home gigs aren't open to you – at least, not right off the bat. A lot of telecommuting jobs are geared specifically toward those with experience, and work-from-home arrangements that evolve over a working relationship obviously mean getting your foot in the door first. But not every remote working situation is closed to new grads.
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