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PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: Do I Get Paid Extra for Working on the Holiday?


If you’re headed into work this weekend instead of hanging around a barbecue, waiting for the fireworks to start, you’re probably already a little annoyed. If you’re not getting paid extra for it, you might even upgrade annoyed to downright mad. In this week’s roundup, we look at expert advice on determining whether you’re likely to get paid more for working holidays – plus, insight on goal-setting and how to redeem a job interview, once it starts going horribly wrong.

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Alison Doyle at Job Searching: Do I Get Paid Extra for Working on a Holiday?

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“Employees often ask whether they have to work on holidays, about getting paid extra for having to work on a holiday and, if they do have to work, how much overtime pay they are entitled to?” Doyle writes. “…When it comes to questions about having to work on a holiday and holiday pay, there isn’t one response that covers all workers. Some employees will get the holiday off from work, others will have to work, and some of those who work may be paid extra for working on the holiday, and others will not.”

Here’s a guide to tell you which camp you’re probably in.

Penelope Trunk at her blog: What Neurologists Tell Us About Goal Setting

“You should set goals because striving to meet a goal makes you happier,” Trunk writes. “This is because a goal gives us structure and purpose, but also once you set a goal, your brain feels like you have already attained that goal. (This explains the euphoria we feel when we decide to ‘start a diet.’)”

Read her five tips on moving from that initial euphoria to the satisfaction of getting stuff done.

Don Goodman at Careerealism: What to Do When Your Interview Isn’t Going Well

We’ve all been in one of those job interviews that starts going south, seemingly out of nowhere, and appears to be unredeemable … and unending. But just because things take a turn, doesn’t mean you can’t get the conversation headed back in the right direction.

Goodman says:

It may be something from your end: arriving late, not making the right connection, or blurting out something that was better off left out, or it may be something from the interviewer’s end: the interviewer doing too much talking, asking irrelevant questions, or jumping out of the interview mid-course due to a sudden emergency.

Whatever the case, don’t get down in the dumps.

His tips cover everything from arriving late to dealing with an inexperienced interviewer.

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Jen Hubley Luckwaldt
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