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November 7, 2012
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Getting Ahead 
  • How to convince the boss you deserve a raise
    Don't wait until your annual review to ask for a raise; proactively promote your contributions throughout the year, Dan Schawbel writes. Research competitive salary ranges on sites like and show you're "delivering more value than you’re asking for," he writes. The Fast Track (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • The upside of working a dead-end job
    There's nothing wrong with abandoning the quest for wealth and power in order to take a modest job that you enjoy, writes Micha Boettiger, who recently decided to pursue a career teaching languages. "There’s something appealing and satisfying about leaving behind the pursuit of social status and trading it in for the pursuit of personal perfection. Beware, though, that abandoning the eternal hunt for power and wealth can make you look rather alien in an increasingly suburban world," he writes. Brazen Careerist (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Making the Connection 
  • Simple networking gestures can carry the most weight
    Even if you're an introvert and uncomfortable at networking, you can get better at it by just by "giving" to your network, Patty Azzarello writes. This can be as simple as offering a compliment or listening and remembering personal details someone shares such as a son winning an award, she writes. (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Landscape 
  • Are weak office-supply sales a bad sign for the economy?
    Decreasing sales at Office Depot and Office Max might indicate the economy is still floundering, Neil Irwin writes. If companies were ramping up operations, demand for office supplies would increase, he argues. Instead, "both firms are reshaping their plans on the premise that there is no groundswell of expansion among its customers coming anytime soon," Irwin writes. The Washington Post (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Your Next Challenge 
  • How to conquer your fear of career reinvention
    If you're resisting career change because you don't feel you have the time or worry about change, it's time to confront those fears and see the possibilities, Kathy Caprino writes. "[W]hat would you rather do -- embrace your resilience and proactively find a new path now that brings you joy, or do nothing, and let life foist unwanted change on you?" she writes. Forbes (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Balancing Yourself 
The Water Cooler 
  • Toothpick art too big and clunky? Try toothpick-splinter art
    You've probably seen sculptures made from matchsticks or toothpicks, but artist Steven J. Backman takes the concept to a new level. His work involves shredding a single toothpick, and using the splinters to create tiny but highly detailed architectural models of structures such as the Eiffel Tower. (11/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
[T]he night pleases us because it suppresses idle details, just as our memory does."
--Jorge Luis Borges,
Argentine writer

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