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Top 10 Career Posts of 2013


What was on your mind this year? If you’re like most of us in the working world, it was a combination of professional ambition, terror of unemployment, and need for distraction — which we often satisfied by reading stories about celebrities’ professional ambition, terror, distraction, etc. Certainly, PayScale Career News‘s top posts seem to indicate that’s where our interest lay.

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1. What Will Happen to Paula Deen’s Employees?

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Lots of people were curious to find out what happens to workers when the boss (and her brand) tank. There also might have been just the teeniest bit of schadenfreude involved in our interest in the decline and fall of the queen of butter.

2. 3 Things You Should Never Say at Work

Did you make any of these career-killing statements in 2013?

3. 5 Career Lessons You Can Learn From Miley Cyrus

Do not twerk at work.

4. Have You Committed Any of These 7 Deadly Career Sins?

Arrogance and selfishness and incompetence, oh my — the worst things you can do for your career are also bad news for your life and relationships outside of work.

5. Crazy Workplace Rules You Won’t Believe

At some companies, you do not actually have the right to grow the facial hair of your choosing.

6. 5 Reasons Recruiters Are Ignoring Your LinkedIn Profile

Your co-workers and friends are inundated with messages from recruiters, but you’re like the loneliest wallflower at the dance. Here’s why.

7. 5 Things Mentally Strong People Never Do

True toughness means never giving up on your dreams or surrendering your power.

8. 5 Signs Telling You It’s Time to Leave Your Job for Bigger and Better Things

We’ve all had that sinking feeling that our career is going nowhere. Sometimes, it’s just a bad day. Sometimes, it’s time to move on.

9. Would Your Name Be on the Layoff List?

Here’s how to make sure you’re never part of the one club you never want to join.

10. Bad Managers Are the No. 1 Reason People Leave Their Jobs

Unsurprisingly, bad bosses make for unhappy workers. You don’t have to love your boss, but if you don’t have a decent working relationship with him or her, you won’t last long at your job.

Here’s hoping that 2014 is a year of good bosses, great jobs, and career stories that help us be our best selves, in the workplace and out of it.

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Jen Hubley Luckwaldt
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