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Are you the annoying co-worker?

Think back to the last big gathering you had with family or friends. Maybe it was Thanksgiving dinner and your house was full of people -- some you knew well, others you just met. No matter how great the day ended up being, one person could have easily ruined it. Perhaps one person did.

updated Thu Jan 28 2010 16:41:37

Are you the annoying co-worker?

Think back to the last big gathering you had with family or friends. Maybe it was Thanksgiving dinner and your house was full of people -- some you knew well, others you just met. No matter how great the day ended up being, one person could have easily ruined it. Perhaps one person did.

updated Tue Dec 15 2009 13:51:54

10 ways to manage bad bosses

Do you ever think your boss behaves like a child going through the "terrible twos," throwing tantrums or reverting to a little lost lamb when in over his or her head?

updated Wed Nov 18 2009 09:37:24

Parents and kids trade job hunting advice

In the current economic climate, people are finding themselves in dire situations. Veteran workers find themselves laid off after 20-plus loyal years with the same company. College graduates, with their diplomas hot off the press, can't find a job. Parents, who perhaps have never had to work outside the home before, find themselves desperate for a job.

updated Thu Nov 12 2009 07:39:36

What makes a good boss?

Bosses get a pretty bad rap. Where two or more employed people gather, you're sure to hear a story that involves the word "boss" and one of the following descriptors: "stupid," "dumb," "incompetent" or "clueless." Turn on the TV or go to the movies and bosses don't fare much better. They're either bumbling fools or conniving villains.

updated Thu Nov 12 2009 07:39:34

Career coaches: Worth the investment?

In the current state of our economy, more than 15 million people are unemployed. That's 15 million people who are all looking for a little help, whether it's in the job search, writing a résumé, interview advice, networking or even finding a new career path.

updated Wed Oct 28 2009 09:47:58

Worst interview faux pas

Most job seekers have a case of the jitters before going on a job interview. Anxiety's normal, but almost always those butterflies were in your tummy for nothing. The interview goes well, you don't make any serious mistakes and you exhale the moment you walk out of the room.

updated Thu Oct 22 2009 19:34:42

'Digital dirt' can haunt your job search

Just like Vegas, what happens on the Internet, stays on the Internet. How that affects your job search is up to you.

updated Thu Oct 22 2009 11:04:16

Should you sacrifice love for work?

On "The Bachelorette," contestant Ed Swiderski told bachelorette Jillian Harris that he wasn't being fair to his employer in Chicago and that he had to leave her and go home.

updated Mon Oct 19 2009 09:34:31

Four obnoxious attitudes in the office

If you ever arrive early to a holiday party or big family gathering, try to secure a spot where you can see guests walk into the room.

updated Wed Oct 14 2009 09:19:59

30 jobs that pay $80,000

Let's be honest: Sometimes you don't care about the job -- you just care about the salary.

updated Thu Oct 08 2009 10:59:34

When co-workers go from friend to foe

Growing up, plenty of people dished out advice about what kind of job to get. I was told to find a way to get paid doing what I love. I was also told to find a job that paid the bills because I'd resent my passion if it were my job. Each person had a story to prove why their advice was right.

updated Mon Oct 05 2009 09:41:06

Do out-of-the-box job seeking tactics really work?

From résumés accompanied by shoes to get candidates' "feet in the door," to candidates sending cakes designed as business cards, hiring managers have seen it all when it comes to memorable job-seeker tactics.

updated Wed Sep 30 2009 14:29:12

Being a bad guy can be good for career

In film and literature, the villains are the most entertaining characters. We root for good to triumph over evil and we're connected to the protagonist, but we're most interested in the bad guy.

updated Mon Sep 28 2009 09:23:23

6 tips for lazy workers to get ahead

On a recent flight I sat next to a businessman who told me that, even at that young age, his children were exhibiting very different personalities.

updated Wed Sep 23 2009 09:31:16

Work and class can mean better careers

Today's economy has many people returning to school in lieu of working full time, while others have chosen to enhance their education to make themselves more marketable to employers.

updated Mon Sep 21 2009 13:39:14

My co-worker stole my idea -- now what?

You're sitting in a meeting, minding your own business, when one of your colleagues makes a suggestion.

updated Wed Sep 16 2009 12:07:38

10 little-known fields with great job opportunities

Job seekers in today's economy are all familiar with the difficulty in finding a job. Adding to that difficulty is the fact that many job seekers are all competing for the same positions and job titles.

updated Mon Sep 14 2009 12:16:57

Restroom etiquette for the office

We're no prudes, but as a rule we avoid discussing restroom habits in public. It's just not an appropriate topic for most conversations.

updated Wed Sep 09 2009 11:29:21

Why don't employers call me back?

Is there any worse confidence killer than rejection?

updated Mon Sep 07 2009 16:33:27

Stop these bad work habits now

Supposedly it takes 21 days to form a habit.

updated Wed Sep 02 2009 09:33:12

TV workplaces where we want to work

After a long day's work, workers often look forward to a relaxing evening at home, enjoying their favorite TV shows to escape the chaos that they (hopefully) left at the office.

updated Mon Aug 31 2009 22:25:24

10 job tweeters you should be following

When microblogging and social networking site Twitter debuted three years ago, plenty of people wrote it off as yet another pointless addition in the overcrowded networking world.

updated Wed Aug 26 2009 08:44:13

Working on commission -- the challenges

Not everyone is suited for every job. For example, I'm in awe at anyone who works as a restaurant server.

updated Mon Aug 24 2009 09:53:05

How social media can hurt your career

As social media becomes the latest branding strategy, networking technique, job seeking tool and recruitment vehicle, it's also becoming the latest way for people to get job offers rescinded, reprimanded at work and even fired.

updated Wed Aug 19 2009 09:06:22

10 unusual majors can get you these jobs

Here we are again, nearing the end of yet another summer and the start of a new school year. By now, you (hopefully) know where you'll be attending college this fall, but do you know what you'll study?

updated Mon Aug 17 2009 09:12:26

Learn small talk -- it's good for your career

In the sales world, the fabled "elevator pitch" is championed as a business fundamental. If you can't recite your job description in a 30-second elevator ride, you're going to miss out on major business opportunities.

updated Wed Aug 12 2009 10:57:53

Make sure your resume is in HD

By now you've heard several times that the job market is competitive and it's more important than ever that you stand out to employers through your cover letter and résumé.

updated Mon Aug 10 2009 09:24:51

When you don't trust your boss

Workplaces are all about trust. It's one of those buzzwords you can't escape, along with "synergy," "teamwork" and "value add." There are even teambuilding activities based on trust.

updated Wed Aug 05 2009 08:55:04

Seven emerging jobs poised for growth

In today's uncertain job market, even the jobs once marked as "recession-proof" are not as safe as we thought. So where should you focus your job search?

updated Mon Aug 03 2009 09:14:12

Why blogging is good for your career

Right now, "microblogging" is the technological term du jour. Twitter this; Twitter that.

updated Mon Jul 27 2009 09:42:39

Should you ever lie in a job interview?

Ask any hiring manager, recruiter, human resource executive or career coach, and they'll all say the same thing: Never lie in an interview.

updated Wed Jul 22 2009 12:40:41

43 weird things said in job interviews

"I'm not wanted in this state."

updated Mon Jul 20 2009 10:12:26

How to answer: 'Why should I hire you?'

Recently, Stephanie Somogyi Miller was interviewing candidates for an entry-level public relations position at her company, Spread PR, a Miller/Hamilton company. Over the course of 20 candidates Miller quickly realized -- much to her shock -- that many job seekers were unprepared when she asked them, "Why should I hire you?"

updated Wed Jul 15 2009 08:57:58

Six signs it's a job scam

"If it seems too good to be true, it probably is."

updated Wed Jul 08 2009 10:10:52

Rate your office etiquette

In theory, etiquette is a way for everyone to express mutual respect for one another. In practice, it's a confusing set of arbitrary guidelines not everyone follows.

updated Mon Jul 06 2009 09:27:59

Creative ways to avoid layoffs

Entering the third quarter, employers everywhere are still feeling the effects of the current economic climate.

updated Wed Jul 01 2009 08:39:28

Staying cool during an interview

I can think of only a few rituals that encase my body with adrenaline and sweat: running a race, struggling through Bikram yoga, having that dream where I'm still in junior high and I've completely forgotten about a huge project that's due in less than an hour, and interviewing for a job.

updated Mon Jun 29 2009 08:40:03

What to do when you're labeled 'overqualified'

Sherry Shealy Martschink, 57, is a former state legislator, state senator and worker's compensation commissioner for South Carolina.

updated Wed Jun 24 2009 09:38:39

How common lies at work could hurt you

Lying is wrong.

updated Wed Jun 17 2009 09:16:39

Five ways to botch a job offer

There's a viral video that probably everyone has been e-mailed: A cyclist nearing the end of a race raises his arms in excitement ... then falls off the bike, struggles to get back on and watches someone else cross the finish line first.

updated Mon Jun 15 2009 09:08:10

25 ways to sabotage your job search

You know the friend who constantly dates the wrong kind of person? The one who's endlessly frustrated that he or she is going to die alone because all the good ones are taken?

updated Wed Jun 10 2009 16:05:54

Nine crucial questions to ask your boss

There are certain things you probably shouldn't ask your boss:

updated Mon Jun 08 2009 14:24:13

What not to wear to work

If television sitcoms of the 1980s and 1990s are to be believed, every parent in America argued with a teenager who wanted to wear ripped jeans and ill-fitting shirts to school.

updated Fri Jun 05 2009 07:52:23

The 10 worst work habits

When two people fall in love, they only see sunshine and rainbows when they look into each other's eyes. If you asked, "What's the worst trait of your boyfriend or girlfriend?" they would answer, "Absolutely, positively nothing!"

updated Mon Jun 01 2009 09:04:49

Using the right keywords in your job search

The right words make all the difference in life. Try asking "Wanna get hitched?" instead of "Will you marry me?" for proof.

updated Wed May 27 2009 08:45:49

When a degree isn't enough to get a job

Talk to a dozen students on any college campus and you're likely to hear a dozen different perspectives on what they hope to get out of college. Some want high GPAs; some want to get into the work force and earn a lot of money.

updated Mon May 25 2009 09:25:02

Employers hiring the Class of 2009

As graduations are taking place across the country and the economy is remaining in a bad state, college graduates are faced with one of the most competitive job markets in years.

updated Tue May 19 2009 10:41:00

Ten creative ways to earn extra money

With an abundance of job losses, salary cuts, eliminated bonuses and diminished 401(K) matching contributions, your income is shrinking -- but the bills aren't.

updated Wed May 13 2009 08:12:44

Top 10 cities for new grads

Nate Torvik has mixed feelings about his upcoming graduation from Purdue University.

updated Mon May 11 2009 08:40:12

10 growing jobs in education

In the past year, there's been so much talk about job loss, high unemployment rates, lack of jobs and employment declines that it's been hard to focus on anything else.

updated Wed May 06 2009 11:58:49

Job shopping while at work

Despite what you might tell your boss, you've shopped online at work.

updated Wed May 06 2009 11:05:06

How toxic behavior leads to workplace sins

Have you ever found that the people most guilty of unruly behavior at work are also the ones who are most oblivious to their behavior?

updated Wed Apr 29 2009 10:29:09

10 growing jobs in education

In the past year, there's been so much talk about job loss, high unemployment rates, lack of jobs and employment declines that it's been hard to focus on anything else.

updated Mon Apr 27 2009 09:27:05

10 jobs cooler than yours

Every now and then, I come across an occupation that makes me wish I was in a different line of work. Don't get me wrong, I love my job -- but some professions really seem too good to be true.

updated Wed Apr 22 2009 08:56:40

Twenty jobs that earn $20 an hour

Watch the news for 30 minutes and you'll quickly lose perspective of the value of a dollar.

updated Mon Apr 20 2009 12:02:21

Top jobs for night owls

At 2 a.m., most workers are asleep in their beds, blissfully unaware that their alarm clocks will sound in a few short hours. But for 41 percent of Americans this is the time of day is when they are most productive, according to a 2005 poll by the National Sleep Foundation.

updated Wed Apr 15 2009 09:25:03

Ten cubicle-free jobs

Imagine how your legs feel when you stand up after a long road trip. Your knees pop and your muscles burn.

updated Mon Apr 13 2009 09:02:11

Ten promising jobs for class of 2009

This summer, diplomas will be handed out, hats will be tossed in the air and college graduates will look to enter that elusive Real World they've heard so much about. It's all very exciting and nerve wracking, in a good way.

updated Wed Apr 08 2009 09:27:19

Five ways to make your resume stand out

With a record 12.5 million people unemployed in today's labor market, it's apparent that now, more than ever before, the people looking for employment must work even harder to ensure that they stand out to employers through their applications.

updated Mon Apr 06 2009 13:06:13

Twelve amusing excuses for being late to work

There is no worse feeling than waking up in the morning, rested from good night's sleep, and glancing at the clock, only to do a double-take: You're late!

updated Wed Apr 01 2009 18:24:57

Six examples of workplace rudeness

Are you rude?

updated Mon Mar 30 2009 10:09:06

Dealing with layoff survivor's guilt

With unemployment numbers continuing their steady climb, you've probably seen layoffs happen in your company or to someone you know -- hopefully not to you.

updated Mon Mar 23 2009 11:00:45

Listening to music at work -- dos and don'ts

Stand on any street in your town and you'll witness a trend that began 30 years ago with the invention of the Walkman: music lovers walking around wearing headphones.

updated Wed Mar 18 2009 10:43:34

Is your job doomed? How to survive

"You're fired!"

updated Mon Mar 16 2009 09:21:35

Do you prefer a male or female boss?

A famous George Carlin observation goes, "Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?"

updated Wed Mar 11 2009 09:40:38

Does your career fit your personality?

Everyone knows how hard it is to get along with others when there's a personality clash -- so imagine how hard it is to be happy in career that does the same thing.

updated Mon Mar 09 2009 09:22:49

Signs your new job is lousy

Few of us will ever win an Oscar. We will, however, receive a job offer at least once in our lives.

updated Wed Mar 04 2009 08:57:44

How to answer 10 tough interview questions

There's no worse feeling than when you're in an interview and the interviewer asks you a question to which you don't know the answer.

updated Mon Mar 02 2009 08:36:55

Five low salaries that might surprise you

Income isn't considered polite conversation for most Americans. We'll talk about our jobs, our families, the weather, the couple down the street who is obviously hiding something in that garage ... but not how much we earn.

updated Wed Feb 25 2009 07:57:41

When you don't fit in at work

The struggle to fit in follows everyone throughout life. It's one of those human experiences everyone must endure.

updated Mon Feb 23 2009 09:13:13

Are single workers treated differently?

In a classic episode of the TV show "Sex and the City," Carrie Bradshaw realizes that she's spent thousands of dollars on gifts for one of her married friends.

updated Wed Feb 18 2009 08:52:03

The blahs at the office -- how to fight them

For the average kindergartner, the school day peaks around lunchtime. The whole class gets to eat together, then goes outside to play for a while before coming back inside to take a nap. Once they wake up, class resumes and the rest of the day breezes by.

updated Mon Feb 16 2009 16:53:07

13 things to keep to yourself at work

Do you know what TMI is? Chances are you're either guilty of it or have been its victim. It stands for "too much information" and it's making daily life awkward for people across the country.

updated Wed Feb 11 2009 09:24:12

Does your resume need new acronyms?

Have you ever seen "CMP," "CQM," or "PMP" behind someone's name and not had a clue what it meant -- or if it meant anything at all?

updated Mon Feb 09 2009 09:21:04

Help! I hate my co-workers

Being part of a team can be a great learning experience when collaboration and discussion lead to new ideas and career growth.

updated Wed Feb 04 2009 10:29:32

Internet tips to help you land a job

There's a wealth of career information on the Internet, and these resources are just a mouse-click away for any job seeker.

updated Tue Feb 03 2009 09:47:46

Don't go to work if you're sick -- please!

Between October and March, the following scene plays out in workplaces across the country.

updated Wed Jan 28 2009 10:25:02

Should your boss be your Facebook friend?

Facebook's been around for almost five years -- a lifetime in the Internet world -- and by now it has become a mainstay of workers who want to kill a little (or a lot) of time updating their statuses and playing Scrabble.

updated Mon Jan 26 2009 09:20:40

One-third of workers play hooky

If you decided to stay home from work today because your psychic told you to, would you tell your boss the truth or make up an excuse?

updated Mon Jan 19 2009 18:06:19

20 big-salary jobs, no degree required

While the importance of earning a college degree to secure a good job has been engrained in our brains for as long we can remember, a four-year degree is not the only path to a successful career.

updated Wed Jan 14 2009 11:32:55

Your biggest work embarrassments

Embarrassing yourself in a social situation is the stuff of nightmares. The toilet paper stuck to your shoe, an open zipper during a speech or slipping on a patch of ice while walking down the street -- you don't forget the red face and cold sweats.

updated Mon Jan 12 2009 09:30:44

6 job blogs you should be reading

There's a great deal of career information available to job seekers on the Internet. And some of the most important, timely content can be found in blogs.

updated Wed Jan 07 2009 13:38:42

13 companies hiring this year

Though 2008 was wrought with layoffs and economic struggles, the New Year means rejuvenated hope for job seekers.

updated Mon Jan 05 2009 09:12:01

How to attain your career resolutions

If I had to guess, I would bet that at least once in years past, come January 1, you've resolved to lose weight, be more organized, spend less and save more, find a better job, or simply be a better person.

updated Wed Dec 31 2008 10:00:48

How to bulletproof your job

Recent news about the economy and the job market hasn't been encouraging. Companies are taking a much closer look at their operating expenses, especially their payrolls.

updated Mon Dec 29 2008 09:06:33

Would you decline a promotion?

The boss summons you to her office. On the long walk to her door, you wonder what you did wrong. Did you miss a deadline? Did you oversleep one too many times? Did they catch you stealing pens from the supply closet?

updated Wed Dec 24 2008 09:31:09

Job search mistakes -- how to recover

In 20 years of career consulting, Karen Masullo has seen more job search mistakes than she can remember. There is one mistake, however, that she still chuckles about today:

updated Mon Dec 22 2008 09:30:06

Experts: Goof off at work, read a book, ignore e-mail

We've all heard the conventional wisdom about good work habits. Many of us have attended time management classes, participated in workshops and have been advised to "work smarter, not harder."

updated Wed Dec 17 2008 09:27:56

How your attitude can impact your career

Attitude counts for a lot. Just think of how often people's attitudes affect your perception of them. First impressions often include come down to phrases such as "He had the worst attitude" or "She has the best attitude of anyone I've ever met."

updated Mon Dec 15 2008 09:58:06

Make the most of being jobless!

When Martin P.* was laid off from his job as a marketing vice president, he embarked on a two-year job search and still came up short.

updated Wed Dec 10 2008 08:01:21

What do you want from your boss this holiday season?

During the homestretch leading up to the new year, bosses often become generous and kind -- traits no one knew they were capable of exhibiting.

updated Wed Dec 10 2008 07:58:40

What do you want from your boss this holiday season?

During the homestretch leading up to the new year, bosses often become generous and kind -- traits no one knew they were capable of exhibiting.

updated Mon Dec 08 2008 09:28:19

Jobs that make good party conversation

Winter brings an avalanche of year-end celebrations. Party season is at an all-time high, and, whether you're schmoozing with co-workers or mingling at a friend's holiday celebration, you become a pro at small talk.

updated Wed Dec 03 2008 09:08:15

Want more money? 15 jobs that pay $60,000

So, you want more money? Welcome to the club. We've been waiting for you.

updated Mon Dec 01 2008 13:10:30

30 best cities to find a job

Job seekers with no ties to any particular location often seek jobs in big cities like New York, Chicago, Illinois, Los Angeles, California, or San Francisco, California.

updated Wed Nov 26 2008 09:46:45

Finding work after the military

Men and women who leave the military might put dangerous missions behind them, but they face a host of other challenges when they return to civilian life.

updated Wed Nov 19 2008 12:28:09

What says 'hire me!' to employers

After several long months of unsuccessfully posting his résumé and applying to jobs online, Alex Ballin, 24, decided to take his job search into his own hands.

updated Wed Nov 19 2008 09:49:00

And you thought your job was stressful...

If you want to find a job that is free of stress, you're out of luck. Only characters in movies and on TV have jobs that don't cause occasional hair-pulling or high blood pressure.

updated Thu Nov 13 2008 18:04:43

Ten jobs that pay $80,000 a year

Who hasn't looked at his or her paycheck and imagined how much better life would be with a lot more numbers after that dollar sign?

updated Mon Nov 10 2008 09:51:53

Seven signs you have a work spouse

A work spouse is a co-worker of the opposite sex with whom you have a close platonic relationship. In many ways, these relationships can mirror a real marriage.