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Baseball Suit Calls Out Minor-League Pay

WSJ Careers - 4 hours 59 min ago
A lawsuit against Major League Baseball and its 30 teams says minor-league players make less than required by state and federal laws governing minimum wage and overtime.

Land a Job With Some Personal Style

WSJ Careers - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:01
You don't have to sacrifice your personal style to dress well for an interview, says Keri Ferry, founder and chief executive officer of 25 Bedford, a new clothing line aimed at working women.

Turn That Soul-Crushing Conference Into a Win

WSJ Careers - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:30
How to rise above the dreary rounds of networking and breakout sessions and get more out of a conference.

'Genius Grant' Winners Include Cartoonist, Engineer

WSJ Careers - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 09:39
A cartoonist, a mathematician and an environmental engineer are among this year's 21 recipients of MacArthur fellowships, colloquially known as "genius grants."

This Is Where I Quit….

Lisa Kaye - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 09:30

You may have days where you think the job you are in is the right job, right now and you can walk at any time with little or no provocation. You may love your job some days and you may be waiting for the phone to ring hoping your next best offer is just around the desk waiting for you to take a leap of faith. When the job you love no longer loves you do you have what it takes to just quit? No one likes to feel like jumping ship is the best option. But, when you’ve tried all you can and you know this is not where you want to be, do you ask yourself, “Is this where I quit?”

Finding work life balance may be one issue that is making you second-guess your career choices. Being passed over time and again for a promotion or raise when your co-workers fly up the corporate ladder of success may be yet another. You may have thought it would be a lot easier for you by now to get what you wanted from your job or your career only to find that the road was much harder than you imagined. If you had to do it again, would you choose your current career path or would you go another way? Finding and keeping the right job is not as easy as it use to be especially as personal and professional pressures continue to mount.

You may have a family to support, kids in college or aging parents who depend on you for financial assistance. Pressures will always be there pulling you in one direction or another, but when the job just becomes a means to pay the bills you know you have to start thinking about other options. You may feel you have no options and that all you need to do is keep the pipeline moving with cash and the world will be a better place. Getting stuck in a rut when it comes to paying bills and staying in a job you hate can be overwhelming and well at times paralyzing.

Creating options for yourself can be as simple as going to lunch once a week with a different colleague and exploring what other companies are doing and how you might fit into their plans. Keeping up on all that’s happening in your world outside your company may ensure some hope when you think you have nothing more than what is in front of you today. You may decide to take side consulting jobs while keeping your full time job in an effort to break out of a pattern of misery and offer you a way to earn extra money doing something you love.

Walking away from a job is never easy but making a conscious decision that the job you are in no longer works for you is important step to ensure your long-term happiness and success. It might not always be a bed of roses at the office, but knowing when it’s time to quit something that quit you a long time ago takes courage and guts and makes you see that the working world can be more than a means to an end-it can be the beginning of a world of professional success.

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How to Moonlight Without the Worry

WSJ Careers - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:02
There are ways to align your day job with your other interests.

Companies Curb Use of Outside Law Firms

WSJ Careers - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 09:51
Many companies are cutting back on their use of outside law firms, and having staff attorneys handle midlevel deals or contracts.

Skills Gap Bumps Up Against Vocational Taboo

WSJ Careers - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:09
The Obama administration and governors from Michigan to North Carolina have a solution for some of the U.S. manufacturing sector's woes: German-style apprenticeship programs. But American firms are reluctant to buy in.

German Training for U.S. Factory Workers

WSJ Careers - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 14:21
German robotics company Festo wants to make American factory workers more tech-savvy. The company's educational division, which offers training programs, is expanding in the U.S.

The Number One Thing You Can Do To Get a Job….

Lisa Kaye - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 10:22

In the land of what to do when it comes to your career you have many choices. You can be aggressive about sending out your resume to anyone and everyone who would have a look. You could network your butt off with anyone and everyone who will speak with you. You can attend every networking event, industry mixer or meet-up group until everyone knows you by your first name. But there is one thing and really only one thing you can do that will hands down guarantee your success no matter what the job, what your job level and how many interviews you are lucky to snare.

The only thing you need to be not just good at but GREAT at is your ability to – wait for it- “FOLLOW UP!” Yes, you heard it hear first. You can do just about anything well, your resume could be a work of art, your network can be the envy of your friends but guarantee if you do not know how to follow up on a job lead, an interview and even a thank-you, your chances for success drop down significantly in your search for the perfect job.

Following up is often an underestimated skill not everyone has the ability to master. Whether it’s you ability to follow up on work tasks, or personal chores in a way that ensures you can check them off your list once and for all, the need to be great at following up when it comes to your career is no less important and may be what makes or breaks you when it comes to landing your next job offer. You are good at so many things but those who don’t or choose not to follow up are setting themselves up for great disappointment when it comes to making sure you are in line for a great job opportunity.

It’s okay if you are not qualified for a job you interview for. But do you know what else is out there if you don’t send a note, follow up on a job lead or even “ask” someone with a follow up question what else they may know of? Having an arsenal of follow up questions, comments and tactics ensures that you know how to master not only the job interview but what comes after as that is sometimes more important than making the initial connection. Sending someone a thank you note after an interview, following up a few weeks after you met with someone, making sure the people you meet or have recently been introduced to you remember you weeks or months later, are all good steps to ensure you are appropriately following up. Even if you meet someone and there isn’t a right opportunity for you at that moment in time, following up with them does not mean you are being a pest or annoying, it means that you are keeping them front of mind and that you have the sense to know there maybe something there if you are just a little patient.

Following up is really having a good dose of common sense. There is no other way to put it. Following up shows a level of professional etiquette that you either have or you lack but can make the difference if someone remembers you or not. Following up with someone about your career is not a boring or bothersome chore, it is practical business keeping if you are to succeed in business or in finding your next job no matter how many interviews you have been on.

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Employees' Children Give Company an Earful on Social Causes

WSJ Careers - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 10:09
The youngsters gather weekly at Royal DSM's North America headquarters to develop recommendations for how the company can help people in developing countries and elsewhere.

For Some Grads, College Isn't Worth the Debt

WSJ Careers - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 00:10
Roughly a quarter of college graduates with jobs are earning barely more than those with a high-school diploma, stoking debate about whether too many Americans have too little to show for all their student debt.

Are Colleges Producing Career-Ready Graduates?

WSJ Careers - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 22:09
In their new book 'Aspiring Adults Adrift,' sociologists Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa say parents and employers should ask whether schools are doing much to help students become productive adults.

More Parents Foot the Bill for Business School

WSJ Careers - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 21:44
Prospective business students are trying to steer clear of student loans. Instead, they're sidling up to more familiar investors: their parents.

What It Takes to Put On an Instagram-Ready Show

WSJ Careers - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 21:03
At New York Fashion Week, a handful of in-demand producers are responsible for creating captivating, Instagram-ready shows for many brands.

'Sea Turtles' Travel Home to China

WSJ Careers - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 17:39
Native executives who return home from overseas are prized by Chinese firms because they understand the nuances of Chinese culture and can draw upon Western practices to help their new employers expand.

U.S. Companies Taking Longer to Hire

WSJ Careers - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 06:18
Employers are taking longer—25 working days, on average—to fill vacant positions. That's a 13-year high. Here's why.

“My Career’s Not Dead, It’s Just Resting…”

Lisa Kaye - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 22:06

It’s the end of the summer and as the kids are heading back to school, the traffic grinds to a slow crawl and the stores are packing it in with Halloween candy. You are reminded that the end of the summer does not mean the end of your job search. The war continues to wage on as you may have taken the summer off to enjoy some much needed R&R with friends and family, but it does not mean you are dead if you have not landed your next job. Consider this summer your career resting post – it’s okay to take a rest for awhile.

The summer is a time to relax-no really it is. No matter whether you live in the forever summer state of California or somewhere in the North East, summer denotes a time of relaxation, reflection and oh yes bug spray. If you are feeling guilty about not putting the pedal to the metal with your job search over the summer months- stop beating yourself up! September is a perfect time to regroup, rethink and re-engage your job search before the first snowflakes suddenly appear.

  1. Make a Plan: Even if you have no clue what to do or where to begin, enlist the help of a trusted friend or hire a professional. Mapping out your career direction may not land you the perfect job, but it will give you hope that there are opportunities out there that you may not have thought of before.  Making a plan may seem like a waste of time, but while you wipe that sun tan lotion off from your last soak of  summer, remember, thinking about your next job move no matter how far out there is NOT a waste of time. You have to start somewhere.
  2. Reach Out and Touch Someone: You may think you were raised with great manners and a sense of professionalism that sets you apart from the rest of the hopelessly unemployed. Making sure you not only “thank” anyone and everyone who may have made an introduction, sent an email on your behalf or even accepted your LinkedIn request, means you are able to share some acknowledgement to those who matter. Having common professional courtesy does not mean you have to bribe your way to the top with gifts of tickets to the US Open. Being professionally courteous and being grateful and thankful to those who have or will help you along the way  with your job search, ensures that you will remain front of mind when a friend or colleague hears about the next, best opportunity that’s right for you.
  3. Ask and You Shall Receive: Nothing is easier than to help someone who knows exactly what they want, whether it’s an introduction to a company, or to an individual or to participate in a networking event. Being clear on your objective, even if you are not sure on what the job is, will help others help you in a way that is positive and meaningful to both of you. You will never know about the job, event, or individual who may be the next step to your future job if you don’t figure out a way to ask for help from those who are in a position to offer it to you. No one is suggesting you “beg” for your next job, but inquiring about new leads, contacts, events or even volunteering opportunities that will connect you to the right people is not a waste of time, it makes for smart business.

So long as you keep moving towards your career goal no matter how insignificant the steps may seem means you are far from dead in the career water-it means you are wading and resting through your options towards your next big, career win.

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Help Wanted: Librarians, Sea Captains

WSJ Careers - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 19:29
Labor shortages are expected for scores of professions, including librarians and sea captains, according to the Conference Board. Some shortages result from growth outpacing the number of people trained.

Firms Use Charitable Programs as a Recruiting Tool

WSJ Careers - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 22:07
Chief financial officers are finding that giving away money, time and products to charitable causes is a good way to attract young talent.