The 2 ways to improve productivity | How much should money factor into your career plans? | Tips for making a mentorship more appealing
April 9, 2012
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The 2 ways to improve productivity
To increase productivity, look at "big picture" issues like your willingness to take initiative and your willpower, Vic Lawrence writes. At the same time, make "little picture" productivity improvements by doing things such as tackling difficult projects first, he writes.
Dumb Little Man (4/9) 
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How much should money factor into your career plans?
Research suggests a salary increase will have little effect on your happiness level if you're already making $75,000 or more, Bill Barnett writes. The research underscores the point that even though you need to make enough money to live, your paycheck shouldn't be the only deciding factor when choosing a job. "If you're considering a job that doesn't excite you because it offers a higher paycheck, consider how it will affect your outlook, motivation, and perhaps your performance," he writes.
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Making the Connection
Tips for making a mentorship more appealing
Since no one really has time to mentor you, make it more appealing to the other person by volunteering to do some work for free, sticking to a set schedule and giving frequent updates, Lisa Nicole Bell writes.
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The Landscape
Career sites, employee referrals are key for landing a job, survey suggests
Online company career websites are the No. 1 place for recruiters to find job candidates, finds a SilkRoad study. Another popular source of hires came from employee referrals. ?It?s still about who you know,? says Thomas Boyle, director of product marketing at SilkRoad.
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Your Next Challenge
Study shows bias against pretty women who include photos on applications
Good looking women in Israel and Europe who included photos with their job applications had a more difficult time landing a job than those who weren't as pretty or didn't include photos, found a study by economists Bradley Ruffle and Ze'ev Shtudiner. Most recruiters in these regions are women and could be biased against other women who are attractive, the researchers said.
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Balancing Yourself
Unplug if you want to come up with better ideas
Research shows that taking a break from your smartphone use can improve your productivity and morale, Ndubuisi Ekekwe writes.
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Message in a bottle found after trans-Atlantic trip
A message in a bottle that was sent by a Connecticut man in October 2010 was found in the Isles of Scilly, near the coast of England. The message's sender, Jerry Pope, received a postcard after the bottle was discovered March 22. "[E]vidently it traveled 4,000 miles all by itself on a lonely journey," Pope said.
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