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Salary Negotiation is About Facts, Not Myths
A rough translation of a myth could be "a legendary story, usually concerning a hero or event, especially one that is concerned with deities or some practice, rite, or phenomenon of nature."

Many people play up salary negotiation as some kind of mythical exploit, as if a Cyclops from human resources was guarding a 10 percent salary increase. Perhaps only few select heroes can effectively navigate this rite of passage and pierce the heavily guarded castle.

In reality, as author Selena Rezvani puts it, a negotiation can simply be "a conversation that ends in agreement." So before you retreat back over the drawbridge, let's take a look at the other definition of a myth -- a falsehood -- and see if we can come out victorious.

8 Reasons It Pays To Take A Pay Cut
Just a few decades ago, the thought of taking a pay cut was preposterous.The idea was "more, more, more" and if the number of zeroes dropped, so too did your standing.

But times have changed. Given the unsettled economic environment, the only rule about salary is that there are no rules. In a society that has been taught to pursue ever-increasing paychecks, we are learning that sometimes taking a pay cut can actually be the more prudent career move.

5 Ways Career Transparency Will Help You at Work
Transparency is one of the most misunderstood concepts in executive circles. Clear to all ranks however, is the notion that a perceived lack of it can have a crippling effect on a leader’s reputation.

There’s clearly something to what Irish politician Gerry Adams once observed, "One man’s transparency is another man’s humiliation." However, done right, being transparent can enhance the brands of both executives and organizations, bolster credibility during crisis, and even serve as a strategic weapon in the rhetorical war for trust.

6 Insider Job Interviews To Get You Hired
Want to stand out from other job applicants? You will need high grades, demonstrable passion for your work and, of course, good grammar, according to hiring managers at Texas Instruments, a semiconductor and computer technology company that employees a staff of more than 34,000 worldwide.

For jobseekers, the process of writing cover letters, assembling resumes and going on interviews can seem opaque, with few clues to indicate what they are doing well and what needs improvement. So we asked TI's head of worldwide staffing Shannon Freeze-Flory and Andrew Hardy, director of sales and applications, to share their thoughts about what they look for in candidates and what can get an applicant noticed (in both good and not-so-good ways).

9 Characteristics of Top Performers
Don stood by, riveted by the wreckage. "It’s a burning platform, Jim."

"We’ve gotta make hay, Don! Why weren’t we leveraged for this?"

Grimly, the two office warriors surveyed the damage laid out in grids on a six-page spreadsheet.

"No warning, Jim. Last week we were talking foursomes and fourth quarter. At this juncture, he’s out-of-pocket for the long haul."

Excel-shocked, the two men stared down a bleak future in utter silence, until inspiration struck. "Better bring Diane in for this. She can handle it." Don shrugged, "Sounds like a plan."

Jim smiled. "Wanna do lunch?"

8 Ways to Keep Your Job in a Tough Economy
Layoffs. Downsizing. Reorganization. These common workplace buzzwords are a sign of the times. Today, more than ever, holding on to your job can feel like survival of the fittest, with seriously high stakes if you lose.

One of the best ways to keep your job is to show your organization that it simply wouldn’t be the same without you. In a world where some people will do anything to keep their jobs or earn that coveted promotion, this article will explore eight ways to communicate your value to your employer, without compromising your own values.

The 7 deadly sins of the workplace
We all know the 7 Deadly sins, Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy and Pride, are practices that are usually best avoided in daily life. But what are the "7 Deadly Sins of the Workplace" and how can committing these "sins" affect your career?

This week, we will explain the "7 Deadly Sins of the Workplace" and reveal the results of our recent poll on the perceived career impact of these "sins," complete with some of our readers' real life examples from their jobs.

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