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8/16/2019

An analysis from the Economic Policy Institute has found that between 1978 and 2018 CEO pay increased about 1,000% while typical worker pay increased 12%. The pay ratio between workers and CEOs is 278 to 1, and the analysis' authors say the increase has contributed to the country's worsening wealth gap.

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8/16/2019

Ohio State University filed a request last week to trademark the word "The" on hats and clothing, according to the federal Patent and Trademark Office. A spokesperson for the college has confirmed that Ohio State did submit a trademark for the common word, citing brand protection as the school's reason for filing.

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ESPN
8/16/2019

Some Gen Z resumes are borrowing design and storytelling elements from social media, injecting so much personality, one hiring manager compares the look to a Tinder profile, writes Chip Cutter. "What you look like has zero impact on what you can do in a role, so photos, bitmojis and other gimmicks often detract from someone's candidacy versus adding to it," says Katie Burke, chief people officer of HubSpot.

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8/16/2019

If more vacation time is important to job seekers, it's worth finding employers with favorable vacation policies before applying, as a survey finds nearly 60% of candidates who negotiate for more days fail, writes Olivia Raimonde. For better results, present a respectful request for a reasonable number of extra days during negotiations but don't argue you're entitled to them, says career expert Alexandra Levit.

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Money magazine
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Alexandra Levit
8/16/2019

Your first task when starting a job is to learn the internal work and communication flow, whether or not these areas are covered during training, writes communication specialist Alexander Maasik. Before proposing new ideas or solutions, ask if they've been tried previously, remembering your first 90 days are crucial to building trust.

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Entrepreneur
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Alexander Maasik
8/15/2019

The gig economy is evolving rapidly, expanding into new talent fields -- medicine, law and aviation, among others -- and is affecting the way young people approach work, Jon Younger writes. In this commentary, Younger outlines eight ways the freelancer market is affecting the traditional workplace.

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Forbes
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Jon Younger
8/15/2019

A survey finds people who often arrive late to work are not only more likely to be fired, but earn $2,500 less annually than early birds, writes Maurie Backman. They'll hasten their arrival time by preparing their lunch and wardrobe the night before, setting clocks ahead and knowing exactly how long it takes to get out the door in the morning.

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USA Today
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Maurie Backman
8/15/2019

If unhappy at your job, consult with superiors you trust about finding a more fulfilling position or ways to improve your current one, writes Art Markman, professor of psychology and marketing. Try volunteering with an organization that needs your expertise and placing more importance on that role.

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Art Markman
8/15/2019

It's easier to talk to a friend about a job referral if you approach them with questions instead of demands and prepare to explain why you'd be an asset for their employer, writes Arden Davidson. Gracefully accept a refusal if they're not comfortable with the request and thank them with a gift if they try to help.

8/15/2019

Social media has made even wellness activities, such as book reading, exercise and travel, competitive and stressful, writes Ivana Horvat. With campaigns like #fitspiration taken to joy-draining extremes, choose to measure success by your progress rather than the success of others.

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Thrive Global