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Survey: Bosses Take More Vacation Time Than Their Teams

By Debra Auerbach

It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t think a vacation is a good thing. Beyond getting to explore different parts of the country or the world, vacations have been shown to improve mental health, prevent job burnout and even enhance creativity. Yet if you’re guilty of ending the year without using most of your vacation days, you’re not alone — at least among your peers. Your boss, however, might be a different story.

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College Majors with the Highest Starting Salaries

By Debra Auerbach

College students pick their major for any number of reasons — interest in a particular field of study, ability to get a job post-graduation, amount of education or training needed and more. Another factor students often consider is how much they might earn once they enter the workforce. While it’s hard to imagine that any student would actively seek a low-paying major, some students may weigh salary more heavily than others when deciding on a degree.

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What ‘The Avengers’ Can Teach You About the Workplace

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By Mollie Ficarella, CareerBuilder

The summer movie season is kicking off, and the first big blockbuster to open is “The Avengers.” It brings together some of Marvel Comics’ biggest superheroes into one movie for a battle royale between a demigod and his alien cohorts. Chances are you haven’t encountered a master assassin at your office potluck, because comic-book stories aren’t usually ripped from the headlines. However, the personality types on display in “The Avengers” are probably not that far off from the volatile and larger-than-life people you encounter — or hide from — at the office.

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What The Executive Office Looks Like

By Anthony Balderrama

The corner office isn’t where most of us sit (if we get to sit at all on the job). For the average worker, senior leadership positions are difficult to come by and something you spend much of your career working toward. That is if you even want a leadership role — not everyone strives for the responsibility and headaches that come with the position. But for those workers hoping to land an executive role, the outlook is brighter today than it was six months ago.

In the coming six months, 31 percent of employers plan to hire for executive-level positions, finds a new survey from CareerBuilder and Headhunter.com. This is 6 percent higher than the same survey found in October 2011.

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Heart of Lions

Major (MAJ) Jamalullail Ishak

The SCDF is more than just brave firefighters and rescuers with hearts of lions. It also includes men who represent Singapore in the international civil defence arena.

By Eliza Hamizah

“In international relations, there is a saying that goes ‘There are no permanent friends, only permanent interests’, Major Jamalullail Ishak says, chuckling. “So it’s crucial that you learn to adapt and be on your feet!”

For most people, sitting behind a desk emblazoned with the Singapore flag while representing the interest of the nation might feel like being in a pressure cooker. Not for this 34-year-old who stays coolheaded during such important international meetings.
Such is expected of International Relations Officers (IROs) like Jamalullail. He discusses policies and matters of fire and rescue missions with ministers, experts in the field of disaster management, and organisations like the United Nations (UN), and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

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6 jobs that are in demand now

By Kaitlin Madden


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After years of disappointing employment news, it looks like the job market has finally made a definitive turn in the right direction.

Over the past three months, the economy has added 721,000 jobs, or an average of 245,000 jobs per month, marking one of the greatest periods of job growth since before the recession. Additionally, in the six-month period from August 2011 to March 2012, the unemployment rate fell 0.8 percent. The current unemployment rate, 8.3 percent, is the lowest it’s been in three years.

So where are all of these new jobs coming from? Here’s a look at six occupations that are currently in high demand.

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25 Best-Paying Jobs for Women

By Kaitlin Madden

In the last 30 years, the wage gap between men and women has narrowed considerably. In 1979, the year the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking salary information by gender, women earned just 62 percent of what men did. Earlier this year, the BLS reported that, in the fourth quarter of 2011, that figure had risen nearly 20 percent. Women now earn an average of 81.6 cents for every dollar men do.

But in a time when women make up close to half of the workforce and are graduating college at a higher rate than men, why is there still a nearly 20 percent difference in earnings?

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