• Optimize Your Job Search When Your Current Job Title Isn't an Industry Standard
    In theory, job titles should be designed as a succinct description of what you do in your role. However, the reality is, most job titles are too broad or don't accurately describe a person's normal workday tasks. When your job title isn't an industry standard, you'll want to optimize your search....
  • The Right Way to Ask for Help at Work
    Asking for help at work should be easy. But it’s not so simple, is it? Asking for help involves uncertainty and emotional risk. Your request could be rejected. Your supervisor may perceive you as incompetent. And admitting one’s failures and shortcomings, even as subtext, stings. But learning how...
  • The Right Way to Ask for Overtime Pay
    Paying overtime can be cheaper than adding an employee who would be eligible for benefits. For other businesses, overtime pay is carefully rationed lest it become a budget-busting expense. So how to ask for overtime pay when your employer falls into the latter category? Here are six strategies to...
  • How to Talk to Your Boss About Setting Up a Structure for a Promotion
    Most employees have promotions on their minds, at least at some point in their careers. But approaching the idea—and the execution—of a promotion with your boss can seem like a daunting task. When do you bring up the idea? How do you present your arguments? What does a successful promotion plan l...
  • 10 Productive Things to Do Between Meetings
    It may seem like you dedicate a lot of time in your work day to meetings. It's important to stay productive between meetings you can’t get out of. Whether you have twenty minutes, or just five, here are ten things you can do between meetings.
  • 5 Tips for Confronting a Coworker (Before You Go to Your Boss)
    Running into conflict at work is not unusual. Considering the fact about 56 percent of full-time workers say they spend more time with their "work family" than they do with their own families, it stands to reason colleagues are bound to get on each other's nerves at some point or another. How sho...
  • 8 Things You Need to Know When Your Contract Has a Probationary Period
    Your new job has a probationary period.  At the end of that period, you’ll either have a job or be told it isn’t working out. Overall, you want to know how success is measured. Knowledge is power. Here’s what you need to know.
  • How to Tell Your Boss You're Pregnant When You Just Started a Job
    Everyone knows starting a new job has unique challenges. But pregnancy can add a whole different level of complication to an already stressful time. So how do you break the happy news to your boss? Read on for some tips and suggestions—and congratulations!
  • How Much Does Your Job Affect Your Mental Health?
    Many people view the relationship between work and mental health as distinct. They show up, mentally check out, and hang around until it’s time to actually check out. Have you ever wondered how much your job affects your mental health? Chances are, it’s more than you think.
  • How to Break into a New Industry with No Connections or Experience
    When you’re trying to move into a new industry, getting your big break can be a tough task. Some job seekers are able to find a loophole based on personal connections. But for those who have no connections or experience in their industry of choice, the challenge can seem insurmountable.
  • 6 Myths about Office Romance You’ll Want to Stop Believing
    Office romance seems to work out on the screen. This encourages people to believe they, too, can mix business and pleasure. They’re sure that even if the romance ends, the professional relationship won’t be damaged. Best case scenario is…best case scenario, so before you take the leap, see if you...
  • How to Respectfully “Break Up” with a Recruiter
    In any relationship, ghosting someone when you want to “break up” is considered rude and cowardly. Relationships with recruiters are no exception. If you’ve decided the recruiter you’ve been working with, or the job they are advocating for, is not a good fit, you need to come clean. Here are som...
  • Here's Who to Talk to When HR (and Your Boss) Won't Listen
    Companies truly benefit from having a strong Human Resources (HR) department. But alas, not all businesses have gotten the memo. When your boss doesn’t listen (or the problem you’re having is with your boss), HR is supposed to be the place you can turn to for help. But when an HR department under...
  • 4 Tips For Snagging More Than A Cost-of-Living Raise
    A cost-of-living raise is nice. But it would be a whole lot nicer if your annual raise actually made a significant difference in your paycheck. Sure, it helps to keep up with inflation. But a raise that goes above and beyond the minimum helps you feel more financially secure and builds self-confi...
  • 7 Incredible Lessons From Career Role Models
    Mentors at work have wisdom on matters large and small to offer those willing to listen. Here are seven incredible lessons from career role models.
  • 8 Ways To Make The Job Search More Fun
    Searching for a job is stressful. You put yourself out there to be judged by strangers, you deal with the sting of rejection, and unless you’re working, you’ll find your funds rapidly diminishing. It’s a rough time, and as a result, many people become depressed and begin living unhealthily. Don’t...
  • What Is The Best Time Of Year To Apply For A Job?
    Now that the New Year has come and gone and you're cruising through your resolutions, if you’re like many people, finding a new job is one of the must-do's on your list. If you want to act while the iron's hot, it's helpful to know the ebbs and flows of when the best times of the year are to appl...
  • How To Give A Little Extra At Work And Watch It Pay Off
    The New Year can be one of the best times to be motivated to give more than 100 percent—to eating healthy, working out, pursuing goals and, yes, even your job. There is no better time to take a step back and reset, having (hopefully) been recharged and refreshed following the holidays. As with an...
  • How Much Salary Negotiation Is Too Much?
    Negotiating a salary is a tough balancing act. You don’t want to settle for too little, but you don’t want to price yourself out of a job either. So how do you know when it’s advisable to accept an offer, and when you should continue the negotiation? Here are some basic rules of thumb.
  • How Often Is It OK To Contact A Recruiter During Your Job Search?
    You've put yourself back on the job market and have decided to work with a recruiter to help you land your dream job. After all the preliminaries are done, you might be wondering—how often is it OK to contact your recruiter during the job search or application process?