Kaitlin Madden, AOL Jobs Contributor

Top-Paying Jobs for the Class of 2011

Top-Paying Jobs for the Class of 2011

Historically, college graduation has been a time of celebration. The years of hard work and studying have come to end, and life in the real world - with a real paycheck - can finally begin. Yet for the students who graduated from college over the past three years, leaving the safe haven of a university campus... Read More »

10 Tweets That Could Get You Fired

10 Tweets That Could Get You Fired

As long as people have both jobs and Twitter accounts, we will have something to blog about. That's because, no matter how many ill-fated Tweeters go before them, there are still people in the world that don't seem to realize that Twitter is a public forum until their boss reads their "My boss is an idiot"... Read More »

Nine Good Signs for Job Growth

Nine Good Signs for Job Growth

Every month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its monthly employment report, which tracks job market indicators like national employment level, average hourly pay and hours worked. Because the BLS report is also the source for the official unemployment rate, it's often seen as the authority on the U.S.... Read More »

Five Jobs That Pay You to Play on Facebook

Five Jobs That Pay You to Play on Facebook

People love social media ... and what's not to love? Platforms like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn provide an easy way to communicate, connect with long-lost friends and see what those exes are up to (you know you've peeked!). With more than 500 million active users on Facebook (who, on average, create 90... Read More »

Charlie Sheen's Guide to Getting Fired

Charlie Sheen's Guide to Getting Fired

Yes, it's true. Charlie Sheen has been fired from "Two and a Half Men." If there's one thing Charlie Sheen has always been good it, it's creating controversy. In high school, he was expelled just days before graduation for bad grades and poor attendance. In 1990, he accidentally shot then-fiancée... Read More »

Weird but True: College Degrees

Weird but True: College Degrees

Do you ever wonder who decided potato chips should come in such a loud, crinkly package? And why a bag of chips? Why not a box? Or a can? Someone had to decide. Luckily, you can take comfort in knowing that the "bag of chips" decision was made by an expert. Packaging, the art of developing appropriate... Read More »

Help! My Boss is Flirting With Me

Help! My Boss is Flirting With Me

by Kaitlin Madden and Rachel Farrell, Special to CareerBuilder Sometimes it seems like not everyone got the memo about taboo behaviors in the workplace. The girl who excitedly plans her wedding over the phone in the middle of the day didn't get the memo. The guy who wears so much cologne that you swear he... Read More »

True Tales: I Found a Job After Long-Term Unemployment

True Tales: I Found a Job After Long-Term Unemployment

When faced with hard times, it helps to know that others have been in our shoes and have come out on that proverbial other side; hence the popularity of things like support groups and self-help books. Often the stories of others are not only encouraging and comforting, but they can also teach us how to get... Read More »

Seven Industries to Watch in 2011

Seven Industries to Watch in 2011

Economists recently said the great recession officially ended in the summer of 2009, but a year and a half later, the job market is still slow to recover. While it may still take a while for employment to reach pre-recession levels, it looks like 2011 will be an improvement over recent years past. Read More »

Industries to Watch: Automotive

Industries to Watch: Automotive

There's no denying that workers in the auto industry were hard-hit by the recession. A quick look at Michigan's unemployment rate over the past few years -- which peaked at 14.5 percent in December 2009 -- confirms that a lot of jobs were lost in the home of the Big Three automakers. But that doesn't mean the... Read More »

Industries to Watch: Sales and Customer Service

Industries to Watch: Sales and Customer Service

The functional areas of sales and customer service have always been linked. When you're shoe shopping, for example, the pushy salesperson who tells you how great you'd look in loafers that cost a month's rent -- or the opposite, one who ignores you completely -- is more likely to run you out of the store than... Read More »

Industries to Watch: Health Care

Industries to Watch: Health Care

The effects of the recession were certainly felt in all industries, including those perceived as "recession-proof" like health care. In fact, according to a recent report from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, health care spending in 2009 grew only 4 percent, the slowest rate in 50 years. Yet despite... Read More »

Job Searching After Bankruptcy

Job Searching After Bankruptcy

Unfortunately, bankruptcy has proved a necessary evil for many Americans during the recession. While no one wants to file for bankruptcy, an increasing number of individuals and families have found themselves with no other means of absolving their debts. In fact, during the period between June 2008 and June... Read More »

Nepotism or Networking, Is There a Difference?

Nepotism or Networking, Is There a Difference?

Nepotism in the admissions process Remember in high school, when your best friend got accepted to your first choice college because her parents went there, but you were denied? This preferential treatment, known as having "legacy," gives privilege to college applicants whose parents or siblings are alumni... Read More »

How to Find a Quality Online Degree

How to Find a Quality Online Degree

While online degrees were once largely seen as being second-rate, recent studies have reported that employers are not only more open to, but are even showing a favorable sentiment toward candidates with online degrees these days. One such study, conducted by Excelsior College/Zogby International, found that... Read More »

What It's Like to be an Athletic Trainer in the NFL: Q&A with Leigh Weiss

What It's Like to be an Athletic Trainer in the NFL: Q&A with Leigh Weiss

Walk into virtually any elementary school classroom and pose the general question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" and chances are you'll be greeted with shouts of "President of the United States!" "Miss America!" and "I want to be in the NFL!" For most of us, though, reality usually sets in around... Read More »

Seven Things You Should Never Say in a Job Interview

Seven Things You Should Never Say in a Job Interview

You dry cleaned your suit. You've got a dozen copies of your resume, just in case. You arrived early -- but not too early. You silenced your cell phone. You made small talk with the receptionist, and you're pretty sure the two of you will be best friends one day. Now, you're about to confidently head into an... Read More »

The Peter Principle: Why Incompetent People Get Promoted

The Peter Principle: Why Incompetent People Get Promoted

Have you ever looked at your boss and wondered "Who promoted you?" or "How have you not been fired by now?" If you have, take comfort in knowing you're not alone -- many of us have to deal with bosses that seem in over their heads. The fact is, while your inept boss may drive you nuts, it may not even be his... Read More »

Our Favorite On-Screen Workplace Nemeses

Our Favorite On-Screen Workplace Nemeses

The late actress Bette Davis once said, "I do not regret one professional enemy I have made. Any actor who doesn't dare to make an enemy should get out of the business." It seems Davis -- who counted one-time co-star Miriam Hopkins as her life-long arch-nemesis -- was on to something. Though most of have had... Read More »

Does Persistence Really Pay?

Does Persistence Really Pay?

While we can all recite quotes about how persistence is the key to success --"If at first you don't succeed ...", "Nothing good comes easy" -- they're easier said than acted upon when we feel instead like we're "banging our head against a wall" or "beating a dead horse." The fact is many workers and job... Read More »

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