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How to Handle It When Your Colleagues Earn More Than You

moneyUnfortunately, we’ve seen this all too often. You work side by side with colleagues only to discover you’re doing the same exact work and they’re getting paid a lot more.

What gives?

According to a piece in The New York Post, the best way to ask for a raise is to make your boss feel like “you are worth every dollar.” Read more

Friending & the Difference Between Acquaintances & Friends

friendsThis post on LinkedIn, “You’re Not My Friend,” caught our eye. Adam Grant distinguishes the overuse of the word “friend” and in turn, we’re moved to share some of his compelling content.

1. You’ve actually met in person. Grant says in his piece if you’ve only connected with someone on the phone or over email, it’s not the same thing as interacting in person. There’s “no substitute for the trust that can be developed from meeting face-to-face.” Read more

Five Absolute Musts to Include on Your Personal Website

work in progressIf you have a personal website, congratulations! You are definitely one step (okay, more like several steps) ahead of other candidates who don’t have one. This can definitely give you an edge when pursuing full-time jobs.

A post on YouTern provides more information about advantages to having a personal site (and seriously, we can’t think of any disadvantages) but what we really want to highlight a few things your site absolutely should include. Read more

Getting the Most From Employee Engagement Surveys

employee-surveyThis is a guest post by Paul Simms, sales and marketing director at Reflect Digital. Reflect Digital is a full-service digital marketing agency based in the UK.

Hoping to get the most out of your team? Perhaps you’ve recently taken on new employees? Then consider an employee engagement survey. An employee survey can give you a valuable insight into how your staff feel about your working practice and give you the information you need to make changes for the better. Employee feedback can be instrumental in identifying changes that need to be made to improve staff morale and, ultimately, productivity. The happier your staff are, the more engaged they are likely to feel with their work. And when they feel like their opinions count, the better morale can become. Read more

Networking Can Be Hard for Interns, But These Tips Can Make It Easier

Media-Intern-Networking-BloLast week was Mediabistro’s intern party at Turtle Bay, and if you missed it, you missed out. And not only because the music was better than at most bars. It was a great networking opportunity for young media professionals and students.

And for media students, networking might just be as important as the clips and video reels we so desperately need to fill our portfolios. But, it’s kind of an evasive enterprise.  How exactly does a lowly intern make connections in the professional world? How do we get our names out there — and not feel awkward adding people to our LinkedIn networks?

Here, after the jump, are just some ways. Read more

Five Antiquated Office Supplies in Honor of Throwback Thursday!

white outIt’s #tbt! As your Facebook friends tag you in photos from your high school football or cheerleading days in the spirit of Throwback Thursday, here at MJD we can’t help but get nostalgic for office supplies from yesteryear.

1. Wite out. Need we say more? Remember the odor it provided as well? Ah, memories. Of course, we wouldn’t have needed white out if we didn’t make typos from… Read more

Monetary Items to Consider Before You Resign

money bagsIf you recently resigned or you’re about to, let’s not forget one important factor: Money!

According to a post on LinkedIn, there are a few things to keep in mind. Your company has “rules and regulations regarding salary, bonus pay, health insurance, PTO (vacation and sick leave), expense reimbursement, and the handling of retirement accounts upon an employee’s termination (whether voluntary or involuntary).” Read more

Survey Shows Biggest Summer Regret: Not Taking Enough Vacation Time

beachSay it isn’t so but the lazy days of summer are certainly dwindling. In turn, per an OfficeTeam survey, one in three managers said taking too little time off was their biggest mistake.

As for second place? Not being able to get their mind off work. Next up? Checking in too frequently with the office. Let’s put it to you this way: A tiny percentage of folks indicated they didn’t check in with the office enough.

Here are several ways to make the most out of your vacation time so you don’t have to live with any regrets by Labor Day longing for days at the beach and out of the office.

1. Use them! Seriously. They’re just going to expire anyway, right? Or even if you can indeed roll them over until the next fiscal year, feel free to use them. That’s what they’re there for.

2. Time it right. If you go away or even if you have a staycation, reflect upon your last vacation to see if you needed more time to truly unwind.

3. Have a back-up plan. Wrap up loose ends before you leave and designate a point of contact person for your absence. The place will not fall apart because you’re away for a week or two. Trust your back-up and then exhale.

4. Tell people you’ll be away. Be proactive and let key contacts know you’ll be away and unavailable. Key word? Unavailable. Since they know you’ll be away and your out of office will be on, keep it on and intact.

Time to Ditch Workaholism & Being First One In, Last One Out

hangoverIf you’re the first one in the morning at the office and the last one out at night, you may think it’s the best way to climb the ladder. Hard work pays off and it gets noticed, right?

Well, a longitudinal study conducted by the University of Padova in Italy followed workers for 15 years. Researchers discovered workaholic behavior was linked to worse health, boosted absenteeism and get this — decreased job performance.

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Got a Wide Face? Study Says You’re a Better Negotiator

money bagsThat is, if you’re a man with a wide face you’re apparently a better negotiator than non-wide-faced counterparts.

According to a new study, researchers conducted several male to male negotiations in real estate transactions and salaries. They discovered that men with wider faces started out with a competitive mindset. Their colleagues actually entered with a cooperative mindset.

In one particular experiment, wide-faced men negotiated a signing bonus significantly higher than narrow faced men to the tune of $2,000. These wide faces rule the roost in buying and selling, too. In another example, when the wide face represented the seller, property went for a higher price. And when the wide face was the buyer? He negotiated a lower price than men with narrow faces. Read more

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