Researchers say they've figured out why DMV staffers and other clerical workers are so mean. A study found that subjects arbitrarily assigned to low-status roles tended to be more vindictive and mean-spirited than subjects given higher status. "Power liberates one to act on the negative emotions that result when one is being disrespected by others," says Stanford researcher Nir Halevy.
An aging population means more jobs for individuals and businesses that cater to old-timers, experts say. Kerry Hannon offers 12 jobs such as health care professional and senior real estate specialist that could benefit from the aging population.
To expand your potential, you need to ask for things you're not sure you'll get, silence self-doubt and ignore self-imposed boundaries about what you should and shouldn't do, Curt Rosengren writes. He recommends having a "burning vision" for what you want to create.
Employers use a variety of social media sites and search tools to check out job candidates, so make sure your online reputation can withstand the scrutiny, Don Goodman writes. For example, make sure your privacy settings protect your personal information on Facebook and remember that your Twitter updates will be used to gauge your professionalism, he writes.
If you feel stuck in a job, stop frustrating yourself by trying to reach a definitive decision about what to do and instead focus on being open to learning more about opportunities and connecting with interesting people, John Lees writes. "Put your energy into idea-building. Imagine you were doing research for someone else -- keep digging, keep making connections," he writes.