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Jan 12

How to Meet and Influence People You Don’t Know

One of the most important factors you probably aren’t considering in your job hunt is how important it is to influence what people you do not know think of you. What? You need to worry about people you don’t know? Absolutely—it’s probably the most overlooked job-search step you aren’t doing anything about. Of course, there is a …

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Jan 12

5 Clues It’s Time to Leave Your Toxic Job

It’s one thing to constantly complain about your work. It’s common enough to let off steam about your job by pointing out what’s wrong with it. But it’s another thing if all signs are pointing to the fact that you need to get out soon. Here are definite warning signs that you should start looking for …

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Jan 12

10 Market Insights

1. The four trading fears 95% of the trading errors you are likely to make will stem from your attitudes about being wrong, losing money, missing out, and leaving money on the table – the four trading fears 2. The proverbial empathy gap You may already have some awareness of much of what you need …

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Jan 12

U.S. Will Be 2-4 Degrees Hotter In Coming Decades, New Climate Report Says

A map depicts temperature changes over the past 20 years, compared to the average between 1901 and 1960. “The period from 2001 to 2011 was warmer than any previous decade in every region,” according to the National Climate Assessment. Temperatures will continue to rise in America, “with the next few decades projected to see another …

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Jan 09

New Year, New Start: 7 Resolutions for a Determined Job Seeker

If you’ve been looking for another job, now is the time to get serious about it. Just like you create resolutions for yourself to lose that elusive five pounds, you can also set goals to help you find a new job. Here are a few to get you started: 1. I will look beyond the job boards …

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Jan 09

Starting Over? 10 Tips to Reboot Your Career

January is a classic time to start fresh, start over, or start down a different road. But as anyone who has broken a habit or committed to the latest workout routine will tell you: change is hard. Yet it can also be inspiring, engrossing, and totally necessary to kick-start your life in a new direction. If you’re …

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Jan 06

London Real Estate, A Magnet For Mega-Rich From Around The Globe

Foreign buyers are pushing the prices of prime London real estate through the roof. Neighborhoods such as West London, Kensington and Chelsea are particularly popular. Looking for a London pied-a-terre? How about a four-bedroom duplex overlooking Hyde Park? It could be yours, if you’re prepared to spend $25 million. In most of the United Kingdom, property …

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Jan 06

Final Frontiers

For modern-day pioneers, five remote locales across the globe offer both beauty and solitude; how to weigh the challenges, costs—and hungry crocodiles—before building a homestead. Frontier Retreats Richard Costin/Kimberley MediaReva Falls in the Kimberley Region of Australia is shown. Four-wheelers are the norm for the rugged territory–and a wet season that can wash out roads. …

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Jan 04

Iran’s historic baazar (In pictures)

                    The azure that dominates Shia architecture, the Persian calligraphy and the Zoroastrian symbols adorning walls all testify to the beauty lying just below the surface of old Tehran, where the Grand Baazar provides more than just solace from the capital’s frenetic pace. The monuments, mosques …

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Jan 03

Big Boss Boo-Boos: 6 Leadership Mistakes to Avoid

If you’ve recently been promoted, congratulations. It’s an honor to receive a promotion that puts you in a leadership role. But be wary: You carry a great deal of responsibilitythat can easily be taken away should you not live up to expectations. Not to set off alarm bells, but of people who have been promoted, a …

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Jan 03

Spam maker buys Skippy peanut butter

Hormel Foods, the maker of Spam luncheon meat, is paying $700 million to buy the Skippy peanut butter brand from consumer products maker Unilever, the companies announced Thursday. Hormel (HRL, Fortune 500) said Skippy has annual sales of $370 million, nearly $100 million of which comes from outside the United States. Skippy, which was first introduced in 1932, …

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Jan 02

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Career

Forget about vowing to floss more or lose 10 pounds—why not make 2013 the year that youfocus your resolutions on your career? Here are 10 to get you started. 1. Ask for time off and take it without guilt. If you’ve been putting off taking a vacation because there’s never a good time to get away, resolve …

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Jan 01

Drinks, Diets And Meat: Hits Of 2012, Predictions For 2013

As the new year begins, we here at The Salt are looking back at the food topics that got you talking in 2012, and pondering which conversations will continue in 2013. (And, like many of you, we’re also firmly swearing off the holiday cookies.) So, instead, feast your eyes on this roundup of our top …

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Jan 01

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013

       

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Jan 01

2013: A Case for Optimism

It’s easy to be pessimistic about the future of jobs in the United States. After all, there’s a perfect storm for high unemployment: returning vets from Iraq and Afghanistan, Boomers that can’t afford to retire, slowed government hiring, a sluggish economy, increased competition from low-cost countries, job-killing automation of everything from parking lot attendants to customer …

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Jan 01

Record year at movie theaters: $10.8 billion

“The Hobbit” capped a record year for U.S. box office. U.S. moviegoers bought a record $10.8 billion in movie tickets this year, with the number of tickets sold rising for the first time in three years. The ticket sales increase to 1.36 billion is particularly impressive, said Paul Dergarabedian, box office analyst for Hollywood.com. While …

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Dec 30

Why Aren’t You Getting Job Interviews?

If you’ve sent out dozens or even hundreds of resumes and haven’t heard anything back, you might be wondering what the problem is. Is it your resume? Is it just the job market? Could a former employer be blacklisting you in your industry? If you’re like most job seekers, the problem is one of these four …

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Dec 30

The Best Places to Live (In USA)

It’s impossible to say what’s “best” for everyone, of course. But where’s the fun in not trying? Welcome to Businessweek.com’s second America’s Best Cities ranking. With assistance from Bloomberg Rankings, Businessweek.com evaluated 100 of the country’s largest cities based on leisure attributes (the number of restaurants, bars, libraries, museums, professional sports teams, and park acres …

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Dec 30

Facebook’s Poke Is a Wild Success—for Rival Snapchat

Facebook (FB) thought it could kill Snapchat. Then it tried. Snapchat, which lets people send self-deleting photos, videos, and texts to friends, has been enjoying a steady surge in popularity. It’s not hard to see why: Even if you’re not an elected official, the ability to send self-destructing, time-limited messages has an obvious appeal. A year after …

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Dec 29

Interest Rates Near Zero Put Savers in a Bind

Paul Hernandez describes himself as “one of those people who believe in standing on your own two feet.” At age 48 he lost a job as a contract programmer for Princess Cruise Lines, and he hasn’t been employed since. For a long time that was fine. His wife was earning a good salary; they lived …

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Dec 28

10 Wardrobe Musts For Your Next Interview

Dress the part What’s worth splurging to buy when it comes to clothing and accessories for an interview? Fashion experts and business leaders chime in with tips on what job seekers need in their closets. A suit that fits A business suit is a job-seeker staple. But it has to fit well. “You can have …

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Dec 28

5 Leadership Trends to Watch in 2013

Think social media is the only trendy thing in the business world? Think again. Management techniques and leadership styles have trends too, and as experts crop up with new strategies for managing employees, these trends evolve. Andrew Graham, president and CEO of The Forum Corporation, a Boston-based learning organization, has some interesting predictions of leadership trends …

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Dec 28

Cheap Rare Earth Metals Provide a Boost to the LED Industry

A glut of manufacturing capacity and near-collapse in rare earth metal prices is driving down the cost and hence encouraging the rapid take-up of light-emitting diode (LED) lighting. LED lights are based on semiconductors and therefore do not require traditional lamp manufacturing expertise. This has opened opportunities for LED chipmakers to challenge the incumbent incandescent …

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Dec 27

Christmas correlations: Holiday mirth and more

HOW is Christmas celebrated in other countries? Using the magical Google Correlate, one can glimpse what different countries search for during the yuletide season and thus extrapolate the festive feelings around the world. The system analyses billions of anonymous search queries going back to 2004 to identify what terms are most frequent, analysed by time …

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Dec 27

Which miser makes the most? The economics of Ebenezer Scrooge

LONDON, September 1843: a queer little journal called The Economist is published for the first time. Meanwhile, less than a mile away, a 31-year-old writer, Charles Dickens, faces mounting debts and his wife is expecting their fifth child. He begins writing Christmas stories in an attempt to ease the financial strain. On December 19th “A …

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Dec 27

On top of the world in 90 days: Building the world’s tallest skyscrapers

SKYSCRAPERS typically take a long time to build. The top 20 tallest (currently completed) towers in the world took, on average, 5.3 years to construct. But a company in China called Broad Sustainable Building, with a track record of putting up buildings in a jiffy, is now planning to construct the world’s tallest building—838 metres—in just …

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Dec 27

Faiths and the faithless: The world’s religious make-up

RELIABLE data on the age and whereabouts of the religious and irreligious are hard to come by, which makes a new report on the topic from the Pew Research Centre welcome. Among its many findings is that Jews and Buddhists make the biggest religious minorities, in the sense of living in a country where another religion …

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Dec 27

Doomsdays: Predicting the end of the world

IT IS not only wild-eyed prognosticators, in lonely towers with an owl for company, who predict the exact date of the end of the world. It has been marked in the diaries of popes, preachers and reformers. It has shivered the blood of a navigator nearing the edge of the globe, a delicate painter of …

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Dec 27

The ‘Heart Attack Grill’ Experience

I visited the Heart Attack Grill on Fremont St. in Las Vegas in December, while on assignment for Bloomberg BusinessWeek. On Saturday night, a man suffered an actual heart attack there while eating a “Triple-Bypass Burger,” in the worst titular irony in the restaurant world since a waitress was observed being mean in 1994 at a Friendly’s in the …

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Dec 27

Toyota Moves To Settle ‘Sudden Acceleration’ Lawsuits, “$1 Billion”

Owners of Toyota vehicles that experienced sudden and unintended acceleration have reached a settlement that could require the carmaker to pay as much as $1.4 billion in claims, according to the auto maker and the law firm representing Toyota customers. U.S. District Court Judge James Selna, at whose direction the many lawsuits over the “runaway …

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Dec 23

10 Ways to Boost Work Productivity

Break time A short, five-minute walk will not only clear your head, but will also help get the blood flowing. Get outside for some fresh air and a change of scenery. You’ll come back to the office feeling fresh and rejuvenated and ready to restart your work. Set your priorities When you get to work …

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Dec 23

Where the Jobs Will Be in 2020

Urban areas with high demand for educated workers are the best bets for finding work. We know which kinds of jobs will be most plentiful over the next eight years until 2020. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that positions in healthcare and social assistance, professional and business services, and construction will represent …

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Dec 23

The Best Jobs of 2013

We have certain standards when it comes to our work. Of course we’re concerned with how much a job pays, but we also want work that provides fulfillment. We want to know whether the job is hiring in the first place. And we can’t forget about security—once hired, are we going to have the chance …

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Dec 23

10 Interesting Economic Statistics from 2012

Here are 10 economic statistics from 2012 that capture some of the most noteworthy trends of the year, and that will shape the energy world in the years to come. Natural gas, one of the three key fossil fuels in our energy economy (along with coal and petroleum), continues to ascend as a major force. One prominent …

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Dec 22

Santa’s Secrets to Successful Employee Leadership

If you’re looking for a role model who excels as a leader, look no further than Old Saint Nick. After all, he’s been managing his staff of elves for eons. Here are a few pointers he’s got for being a better manager. 1. Plan projects out far in advance. Save the few days he takes off to …

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Dec 22

8 Ways to Improve Your Relationship With Your Boss

If you’re looking for ways to create a stronger partnership with your workplace superiors, forget brown-nosing and don’t worry about finding some elaborate gift. Instead, focus on these simple strategies: 1. Go the extra mile. Remember that your job description outlines the basic tasks and duties required to maintain employment. But doing the bare minimum is no …

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Dec 22

Who Needs Gold?

Who the hell needs an umbrella in the middle of a draught? Snow boots in a roasting desert? A National Rifle Association bumper sticker at a UC Berkeley sit-in? For traders, the bigger question is why they should be long gold during one of the most aggressive “RISK ON” rallies in recent years, when asset …

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Dec 22

Five Things to Remember Before Heading Home for the Holidays

This weekend, my family and I will embark on a 1,100-mile journey to our vacation place in Florida. According to AAA, we’ll be joining some 93.3 million other road warriors who will be going somewhere else for the holidays, in what is shaping up to be the busiest travel season in six years. So I’m …

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Dec 22

Naughty Or Nice? Retailers Use Smiles To Fight Self-Checkout Theft

With Christmas on Tuesday this year, all the last-minute holiday shopping this weekend should make for some of the biggest spending all year. Those busy stores are also going to be on the lookout for some shoplifters, especially at self-checkout machines, where it is a surprisingly big problem. At a supermarket in Sedalia, Mo., people …

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Dec 20

5 Key Networking Tricks to Help Land You a Job

At this time of the year and all year long, networking is key to your job search success. You’ve heard of the hidden job market, but maybe you didn’t know that it doesn’t necessarily refer to hidden jobs. Rather it refers to how the most-successful job seekers connect with decision makers and convince them to create …

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Dec 20

5 Interview Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid

If you’re interviewing for jobs, you know the feeling of kicking yourself for hours after an interview because you flubbed an answer or got the interviewer’s name wrong. But no one is perfect, and most interviewers don’t expect candidates to give perfect interviews. However, there are some interviewing mistakes that are easily avoidable, and which you can …

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Dec 20

The Interview Isn’t a One-Way Street

Job seekers often feel intimidated or as if they’re being interrogated during the interview process. However, when armed with questions, you can level the playing field and turn the interview into a mutually beneficial exchange of information. This should be your goal. Do you like your future job requirements? Chances are this new job won’t be like …

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Dec 20

Replacing Fossil Fuels with Renewables – Part 1

Economic Growth! Energy independence! Climate Change! There are countless arguments for moving beyond fossil fuels, for world energy needs. Unfortunately, many hurdles must be overcome before we can feasibly count on other sources of energy to replace coal, oil and possibly natural gas, which all together provide the lion’s share of the world’s electricity generation …

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Dec 20

Why Energy Prices may Drop in the Future

The long-term evolution of energy prices affects the fundamental environment for stock prices. When consumer prices for various goods and services have different but sustainable trends relative to energy prices an opportunity arises for sound investments. Our observations show that some of these sustainable trends have clear turning points which provide investors with invaluable information …

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Dec 20

Should the Earth be a Sun?

Several years ago, the University of Texas at Arlington’s (UTA) Maverick Lecture Series featured one of America’s most-famous and most-beloved astronauts, Sally Ride.  With much sadness, Sally, at 61, lost her 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. In no way should any comment in this piece taken as a detractment from Sally’s heroic stature as a …

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Dec 20

Top 10 New Energy Technologies of 2012

Without a doubt, the most exciting part about covering the happenings in the energy world has little to do with the industry’s ills. It’s easy to get caught up in the oil spills, rig explosions, lawsuits and arguments over fossil fuels’ impact on the environment. But in the big picture, it’s more important to look …

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Dec 20

For Small Theaters, the Digital Future Is Dark

When Sanford Hess started running a century-old movie theater two years ago, he knew Hollywood was replacing celluloid with digital files. But since the 250-seat venue in downtown Champaign, Ill., had already endured Betamax, VHS, Netflix (NFLX), and a 15-year stretch showing porn, he figured it would survive this latest transition. Now he’s not so sure. …

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Dec 18

How To Identify A Great Company

Glassdoor, a jobs and career community, just released its fifth annual top 50 Best Places to Work list, with these five companies on top: Facebook, McKinsey & Company, Riverbed Technology, Bain & Company, and MD Anderson Cancer Center. But what makes a company a best place to work? And how can you determine if the …

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Dec 18

3 Tips for Introverts in an Extrovert Workplace

All too often, talented introverts are overshadowed by their louder, more gregarious and extroverted colleagues. Susan Cain’s recent book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, helps shed light on this issue. In an interview with NPR, she makes the point that American culture started idealizing extroverted personalities at the turn …

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Dec 18

Why the Fossil Fuel Revolution Prevented the World from Starving

Most of us have heard that Thomas Malthus made a forecast in 1798 that the world would run short of food, and that great famine would result. But most of us don’t understand why he was wrong. This issue is relevant today, as we grapple with the issues of world hunger and of oil consumption that is …

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