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    Most Americans Aren't Getting A Rai…

    Though the economy is much improved from the lows of the recession, it doesn't seem that way to …

    Most Americans Aren't Getting A Raise

    Though the economy is much improved from the lows of the recession, it doesn't seem that way to the long-term unemployed and people who aren't moving forward in their jobs. The majority of Americans had the same or lower wages in 2013 as they did in 2012, and many expect the same this year, according to a survey by financial website MoneyRates.com. The survey of 1,200 American adults found that 56% of respondents did not get a raise in 2013, and 12% of those people had their pay cut. More than half expect stagnating pay or a cut in 2014. What's more, even the workers who got a bump in pay didn't get much. Of those respondents who reported getting a raise…

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  • Career Coach

    How to Jumpstart a Stalled Project

    There comes a point in many projects were momentum just stops. Why does this happen? Well, sometimes…

    How to Jumpstart a Stalled Project

    There comes a point in many projects were momentum just stops. Why does this happen? Well, sometimes we’re paralyzed by uncertainty or a general loss of interest and passion. Other times circumstances are rocky, and the team would rather do anything else than work on the project. Or, we’re overwhelmed by the mountain of to-dos. Although the project stall is a common phenomenon, you can’t allow yourself to fall victim for too long. After all, the last thing you want is for your manager to find out about your lack of progress and put you in the doghouse. You also don’t want him to lose trust that you can manage complex assignments independently. How can you extricate yourself? Seek objectivity You may be…

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  • Career

    The 15 Best Jobs Of 2014

    A new list from U.S. News & World Report offers a comprehensive look at the best jobs of the yea…

    The 15 Best Jobs Of 2014

    A new list from U.S. News & World Report offers a comprehensive look at the best jobs of the year. The top 15 occupations are heavily devoted to tech and health care, which shouldn't be too surprising. As the Boomer generation ages, we continue to see an ever-growing need for health professionals. Meanwhile, the tech boom requires a steady supply of skilled employees who can code websites, analyze data, and keep information secure from hackers and malware. In 2014, the top-ranked job is software developer, which jumped seven spots from last year's list. It also marks the first time that the best job on U.S. News' annual list is not in the health-care sector. Software developer tops the list thanks to great job…

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  • Career

    What 19 Olympic Athletes Do For A L…

    Many Winter Olympic sports generate little revenue or sponsorship interest. As a result, a lot of th…

    What 19 Olympic Athletes Do For A Living

    Many Winter Olympic sports generate little revenue or sponsorship interest. As a result, a lot of the athletes you'll see in Sochi have day jobs. Some athletes take odd jobs to get by, while others have full-blown careers. They are lawyers, teachers, handymen, and restaurant managers ... as well as world-class athletes.Vanessa-Mae (alpine skiing) is an acclaimed violinist. Source: Telegraph Elana Meyers (bobsled) is a substitute teacher. Source: BuzzFeed John Shuster (curling) manages a Pickwick restaurant in Minnesota. Source: Facebook See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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  • Career

    The 10 Most Stressful Jobs of 2014:…

    If you think your job is stressful, check out CareerCast’s recently released list of The Most Stress…

    The 10 Most Stressful Jobs of 2014: Did Yours Make the List?

    If you think your job is stressful, check out CareerCast’s recently released list of The Most Stressful Jobs of 2014. Unsurprisingly, the majority of jobs selected involve stress of a truly acute nature, including “unpredictable conditions, immediate dangers and high-stakes situations.” Enlisted military personnel ranked number one, with first responders like firefighters and police officers also making the list. But not all of the most stressful jobs involve a risk to personal safety. Other jobs that got high marks for stress include PR executive and corporate executive — positions fraught with tight deadlines, lots of responsibility and high public visibility. To see the full full list, click here. Do any of these rankings surprise you? Are there any jobs you think should have made…

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  • Career

    It Turns Out Younger Tech CEOs Don…

    When you're a startup founder, you're responsible for setting your own salary and what you choose se…

    It Turns Out Younger Tech CEOs Don't Pay Themselves Very Much

    When you're a startup founder, you're responsible for setting your own salary and what you choose sets an important precedent for the rest of the company. In 2008, VC Peter Thiel said that the best predictor of a startup's success is low pay for the CEO. Well, a bunch of data from benchmarking company Compass provided to The Next Web proves that CEOs might be heeding Thiel's guidance.  In Silicon Valley, 75% of founders pay themselves less than $75,000 per year and 66% pay themselves less than $50,000 per year, according to the data. Salaries also relate to the current monthly revenue of the startups: The less revenue a startup makes per month, the less founders are paying themselves.  It also relates to the ages…

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  • Career Woman

    Feminism is Trending Down?

    What does it mean when people are less interested in the word “feminism” than they used to be? Dana…

    Feminism is Trending Down?

    What does it mean when people are less interested in the word “feminism” than they used to be? Dana sees it as a good sign that the equality ideals of feminism are becoming broadly accepted. What do you think? – InPower Editors According to Google, people are searching less on the term “feminism” and more on the term “women” in the 2005-2013 time period. What could this mean? It certainly doesn’t mean feminism is dead. The last few years have been a boom for career women as far as media attention is concerned. I honestly don’t know what the Google data means in detail, but I do believe from talking to professional and career women – at all levels in many industries –…

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  • Career

    To Get The Hottest Job On Wall Stre…

    It seems like every young person on Wall Street wants to end up in private equity these days — great…

    To Get The Hottest Job On Wall Street, You Have To Be Much More Than Good At Math

    It seems like every young person on Wall Street wants to end up in private equity these days — great pay, interesting projects, and often smaller, more close knit companies are making the space very attractive. This means fierce competition. So what’s going to set you apart in an interview? According to Tom Murphy, Co-Founder of the private equity firm Crestview, above all else, you’ve got to be able to convey to others that you want to help. This is Wall Street, after all, everyone should be able to put together a model. In a recent Open Door interview with finance career site OneWire, Murphy says, “You’ve got to be smart…but it is impossible to walk into a room and impress everybody so singularly…

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  • Career Inspiration

    4 Simple Principles I Used To Lose …

    Photo by Alan Cleaver By Ragnar Miljeteig “The one who moves mountains begins by carrying away small…

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    Photo by Alan Cleaver By Ragnar Miljeteig “The one who moves mountains begins by carrying away small stones.” ~ Confucius When I was 18 years old I was overweight. Not incredibly, but very noticeably overweight. I had grown complacent. I had decided it was genetic, and that there was nothing I could do. But after realizing where I was headed, I decided to change. At first these changes were not very visible. But with time, it seemed like I was simply losing weight without doing anything. Unknowingly, I had tapped into four great principles for long-term self improvement. 1. Focus On The Long Term First Making a daily action plan is great, and can really keep you in check when you most need it, but sometimes…

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  • Leadership

    Management lessons from our favorit…

    By Kristin Clifford, special to CareerBuilder From “Murder, She Wrote” to any number of “Law …

    Management lessons from our favorite TV detectives

    By Kristin Clifford, special to CareerBuilder From “Murder, She Wrote” to any number of “Law & Order” iterations, the supply of television detective shows is never in short order, though it’s not hard to see why: America loves its fictional detectives. Though these characters may be quirky in their own right, there is something undeniably relatable about them. They even hold some surprising lessons for managers when it comes to leading a team of employees. Detectives, after all, must be detail-oriented to perform their jobs well, and they often collaborate with their teams to accomplish their goals — not unlike managers. Of course, they’re not perfect, either. Check out the following do’s and don’ts of management lessons from some of our favorite television…

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  • Career Coach

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    Career Counseling a Vital Tool in Today’s Job Market

    Since the economic meltdown of 2007-2008 and the subsequent large scale job losses, the U.S. employment outlook has improved considerably.  The nation lost 8.7 million jobs when the bottom fell out of the economy, and the unemployment rate came dangerously close to the 10 percent mark. However, as of November 2013, we’ve seen more than 7 million jobs return, and the unemployment rate is closer to 7 percent. Americans are feeling more optimistic about their employment prospects than they were before. While it’s more likely one will be able to find a job these days, the process of applying for and landing work has changed in many cases. There is still a great deal of competition for open positions, and with…

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  • Career Woman

    Voice of Experience: Lynn Martin, C…

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    This week The Glass Hammer is profiling successful women in the derivatives industry. By Jessica Titlebaum Lynn Martin’s father played a large part in getting her to where she is now. As an engineer, he worked long hours and six day weeks, but always made it home in time for family dinner. Following in his footsteps, Martin pursued a career in computer engineering. After graduating magna cum laude from Manhattan College with a BS in Computer Science, she worked full time at IBM and went to graduate school at Columbia University for Mathematical Finance. “I did not have the usual programmer personality,” Martin said. “I have a very quantitative mind, but I had no idea what I wanted to do. During grad school,…

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  • Career Inspiration

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    A Better Way to Answer “What Do You Do?”

    How do you feel when someone asks, “What do you do?” Does it spark frustration? Confusion? Disinterest? What if it that age-old question was one of your greatest opportunities for connection, spreading your message and moving your ambitions forward? Trust me, I get it. We now live in an economy where many of us are doing more than one thing. Our description of working and living goes beyond a title and job description. (Click here to tweet this thought.) Doctor. Lawyer. Consultant. Designer. Painter. Musician. Writer. Developer. Mother. Father. Husband. Wife. It’s not that simple anymore. We have the husband and consultant who works from home, creates and sells art in his downtime and volunteers with troubled youth. We have the freelance writer who runs a farm-to-table dinner series…

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  • Social Media

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How to Jumpstart a Stalled Project

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There comes a point in many projects were momentum just stops. Why does this happen? Well, sometimes we’re paralyzed by uncertainty or a general loss of interest and passion. Other times circumstances are rocky, and the team would rather do anything else than work on the project. Or, we’re overwhelmed by the mountain of to-dos.

Although the project stall is a common phenomenon, you can’t allow yourself to fall victim for too long. After all, the last thing you want is for your manager to find out about your lack of progress and put you in the doghouse. You also don’t want him to lose trust that you can manage complex assignments independently. How can you extricate yourself?

Seek objectivity

You may be having trouble pushing past an obstacle on your project because you are too close to it. Gather some key materials and approach a trusted friend, peer adviser, or mentor in your industry who has nothing to do with the project currently. Outline the situation, ask for her advice on how to proceed, and see if the fresh perspective will lead you to a solution you hadn’t thought of yet.

Get your right brain on

Step away from the laptop and the online tools for a moment. Commit a block of time in an environment that’s conducive to productive thought, and clear your head. Make a conscious effort to stop thinking about the project and engage in a creative activity. Play a game with a child, draw a picture, or work a puzzle. Turn on Pandora or read a poem that resonates with you. Return to the project a few hours later and see if new ideas have presented themselves.

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