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Be a Hero and Give a Gift That Matters This Year

Kristi Russo | Posted 11.17.2015 | Business
Kristi Russo

We live in a world where very little emphasis is put on preparing people to create this document, which turns out to be their biggest personal marketing tool. If done right, it is your golden ticket. If not, it is a one-way stop to the trashcan.

How to Get the Raise You Deserve in 2016

Brian de Haaff | Posted 11.05.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

2016 will be here before you know it. Where did the year go? Anyway, if you are smart, you are likely already thinking ahead to what the next 12 months will look like.

Industry Awards and Their Real Financial Impact On Your Career

Savvy | Posted 10.14.2015 | Women

These lists are about power. Who has it, who lost it, who is about to obtain it. Awards encourage competition; our culture tends to deeply value such prizes, trophies, and accolades.

Startup Founders, Cut Your Salaries in Half

Max Yoder | Posted 10.14.2015 | Business
Max Yoder

You shouldn't take even close to the market value of your salary, no matter the size of the seed round. Here's why.

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Balance

Marissa Lepor | Posted 10.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Marissa Lepor

Work-life balance: the portmanteau once used in casual conversations has now become an integral component of companies' mission statements and employee interactions. It's like the gluten-free of the health food world -- many claim to value it, but few can describe what it actually means.

Winning At Salary Poker: How to Negotiate Like A Pro

Savvy | Posted 09.10.2015 | Women

How do you handle that when you're heading into the big salary meeting? There's not much you can do to change your potential employer's conscious or unconscious prejudices, but here are four things you can do to help keep your eye away from your fears and on your goals while you're at the table.

Tell Your Co-Workers How Much You Make!

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 07.24.2015 | Business

If you want to make sure you’re being paid fairly, go ahead and talk to your co-workers about how much you make. Seriously. That&rsquo...

11 Illinois State Employees Who Make More Than $100,000

Reboot Illinois | Posted 07.21.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Last year there were 8,853 state government employees who earned more than $100,000. These figures account for the 10.8 percent of all state workers who earned paychecks from the Illinois Comptroller's Office for 2014.

The Surprising Thing That 43 Percent Of Spouses Don't Know About Each Other

BRIDES | Posted 07.15.2015 | Weddings

When it comes to money, how much do you really know about your spouse? Though husbands and wives almost always share a bank account (and secrets, and, well, everything else), the findings of a new survey conducted by Fidelity found something quite shocking.

6 Fastest-Growing Professions With the Highest Payscale

Simple. Thrifty. Living. | Posted 07.10.2015 | Business
Simple. Thrifty. Living.

Money isn't everything, but adequate compensation can help you achieve your financial goals much faster. It pays to do your homework to make sure the field you want to get into is a realistic goal.

This Is How Women Really Feel About Disclosing What They Earn

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 07.08.2015 | Women

There are many things a woman is not "supposed" to share, like how much she weighs or how old she is. Also on that list: How much money she ear...

This Is How You Should Answer Questions About Your Current Salary When Interviewing

Quora | Posted 06.26.2015 | Business

You may assume that a recruiter is just looking to match the minimum needed to get you in the door. While that might happen at sub-par companies, that should not happen at companies with fair, principled compensation.

I'm Founding a Nonprofit. Should I Pay Myself?

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey | Posted 06.18.2015 | Impact
Rebecca Fishman Lipsey

Sometimes even after an organization has stabilized, founders take no funds or radically less funding than they deserve. I have a few theories about why this is happening.

Jenny Che

How To Get Paid More At Your First Job | Jenny Che | Posted 05.15.2015 | Business

Every college grad should read this.

Illinois Colleges With the Best 'Value-Added'

Reboot Illinois | Posted 05.04.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Some schools offer more value to students than others, even when those schools are similar based on traditional rankings standards. The Brookings Institution looked at colleges and universities in Illinois to determine their "value-added" -- how useful it is for a student to attend a particular school over a similar school.

7 Top Tips When Recruiters Negotiate Your Salary

Rebecca Grainger | Posted 06.28.2015 | Business
Rebecca Grainger

Working with recruiters is an integral part of most people's job search strategy, yet there seems to be a consistently negative perception about recruiters: aggressive, untrustworthy, and only interested in placement fees.

What Difference Does a $70,000 'Minimum Wage' Make?

Eryc Eyl | Posted 06.23.2015 | Business
Eryc Eyl

By the end of this year, no Gravity Payments employee will make less than $50,000 per year, and by the end of 2017, that number will be $70,000. While there's no doubt that there will be unintended consequences of this bold move, it's important to workers everywhere for a number of reasons.

Reddit's No Negotiation Success Relies on Offer Process

Katie Donovan | Posted 06.14.2015 | Business
Katie Donovan

Ellen Pao, interim CEO of Reddit who recently lost a discrimination claim against her former employer, has a novel way to address this issue. Ms. Pao has put an end to negotiating one's pay at Reddit.

10 of the Highest-Paid School Superintendents in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.09.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois school districts who want to provide their students with the best possible educations are also going to need to have the best possible people running their systems. And to hire the best talent, they'll have to offer the best salaries.

15 Illinois School Districts With the Top-Paid Administrators and Teachers

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.03.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Education in Illinois comes under much scrutiny. But in order to propose effective ideas to make the system better, Illinoisans should know what the current system looks like.

First Job, First Salary: What Recent Grads Say

Gianna Sen-Gupta | Posted 06.03.2015 | College
Gianna Sen-Gupta

After years of part-time jobs and living on a shoe-string budget, earning your first salary after college rocks.

How to Avoid These Three Major Negotiation Mistakes

GoGirl Finance | Posted 05.24.2015 | Money
GoGirl Finance

Whether you're new to job-hunting or a seasoned pro in your field, negotiation can feel stressful and uncomfortable for just about everyone.

What To Do When Your Manager Turns You Down for a Raise

Kim Keating | Posted 05.17.2015 | Women
Kim Keating

You finally decided to ask for a raise. You have been doing well in your job and your accomplishments over the past 12 months speak for themselves. So, you gather your labor market data, rehearse your talking points, and set up a time to speak with your manager. Everything seems to be going well, until your boss tells you "sorry, that's not possible right now."

#ExceptionalCareers Series: What You Shouldn't Be Afraid to Do in Negotiations

Sanyin Siang | Posted 05.16.2015 | Business
Sanyin Siang

People on the other side of the table appreciate the honesty. No one has the time to second-guess or read minds. You owe it to yourself and your employer to be honest.

7 Things Women Can Do Now to Achieve 50/50 Gender Equality at Work

Dayna Steele | Posted 05.06.2015 | Business
Dayna Steele

There is an old saying, "Women hold up half the sky." We should be holding up half of the corporate world as well.