Four ways to beat work stress and burnout. (Thinkstock)By Amy Levin-Epstein for CBS MoneyWatch.com
Ever call in sick because you physically don't think you can make it to the office? That burned out feeling - so humorously portrayed in movies like Office Space - is no joke. In fact, workplace stress can lead to serious health issues, like obesity and cardiovascular disease. But preventing burnout, and treating it early, can help you stay both healthy and productive.
Fried: Why You Burn Out and How to Revive, a new book by psychologist Joan Borysenko, Ph.D, addresses this important issue. She dealt with her own burnout as a busy mom and Harvard Medical School instructor, when she was working with AIDS patients for 80 hours a week while also tending to her own small children.
Borysenko's first tip? Know that being fried is both natural and progressive: "It starts with sincere commitment to work that leads to overwork. Then self-care goes down the drain, your priorities shift away from family and friends to more work, you lose empathy for
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By Kathy Kristof for CBS MoneyWatch
Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be cashiers or food service workers. There are millions of jobs in these professions, but their average wages are paltry, amounting to less than half the pay of the average American worker, according to just-released data by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
While the highest-paid jobs in the country are concentrated in the medical field (though there are dozens of jobs that pay six-figure incomes in a wide array of professions), America's lowest-paid positions are predominantly in retail and food service.
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Mechanical engineering is a top choice for a major that will yield better pay.By Lynn O'Shaughnessy for CBS MoneyWatch.com
If you want to increase your chances of landing in a high-paying job, be strategic when picking a college major.
Common wisdom has always suggested that what matters is getting a college degree, but a new study by Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce, suggests the college major you select does matter greatly in your future earnings.
The massive study, which mined Census Bureau data on three million college graduates of various ages, concluded that Americans with the highest-paying majors earn roughly 300% more than those with the lowest paying college majors.
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20 craziest job interview questions (Thinkstock)By Lynn O'Shaughnessy for CBS MoneyWatch.com
Nobody has to tell you that it's a rough job market. So when you do finagle a job interview, you'll want to shine.
To get you prepared, here are 20 real job interview questions that such companies as Google, Capital One and Goldman Sachs asked internships candidate. The interview questions were compiled by Glassdoor.com, an online job community that encourages people to anonymously share that inside look at jobs and companies.
- Procter & Gamble: Sell me an invisible pen.
- Facebook: Twenty-five racehorses, no stopwatch, five tracks. Figure out the top three fastest horses in the fewest number of races.
- Citigroup: What is your strategy at table tennis?
- Google: You are climbing a staircase. Each time you can either take one step or two. The staircase has n steps. In how many distinct ways can you climb the staircase?
- Capital One: How do you evaluate Subway's five-foot long sub policy?
By Jerry Edgerton for CBS MoneyWatch.com
With gas bills putting a crimp in your budget, you don't want to be wasting money on other car expenses. But many car owners do just that - either spending more than needed on maintenance or putting off work that will cost more later.
To be smart about your car, you need to do the right amount of on-time maintenance - while resisting mechanics' pitches for unnecessary work. "With advertising that emphasizes maintenance-free cars, people may have the idea they don't have to take care of them," says George Sadowski, education manager at the Norwood, Mass., campus of Universal Technical Institute, a leading provider of training courses for auto mechanics.
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by Catherine Holahan and Bob Trebilcock for CBS MoneyWatch.com
While Walmart has returned to its emphasis on rock-bottom prices recently, there are still some product categories where you are better off shopping elsewhere - either because you're straying beyond Walmart's core competency or you would be supporting the giant retailer's bad behavior. Here are four of them.
1. High-End Electronics
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Though Walmart's selection of name-brand electronics is not bad, the company is still focused on value-oriented products in the sub-$1,000 price range. And the sales staff tend not to be experts in the finer points of multimedia interface. So if you want to splurge on a top-of-the-line television or SLR Read More »from What NOT to Buy at Walmart
By Carla Fried for CBS MoneyWatch.com
So much for money being everything. For decades, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) leaned on Gross Domestic Product as a central measure of the relative well-being of its member countries. The basic idea was: Find the countries with the best economies and figure that's home to the happiest citizens. Pinpoint the economic laggards and you've got the saddest.
No more. As the OECD puts it: "In recent years, concerns have emerged regarding the fact that macro-economic statistics did not portray the right image of what ordinary people perceived about the state of their own lives. Addressing these concerns is crucial, not just for the Read More »from Happiest & Saddest Places in the World
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By Stacey Bradford for CBS MoneyWatch.com
When it comes to my children, I'm happy to pay a bit more for food if it means I can keep the kinder healthy. I used to think it was enough to buy organic meat and produce to avoid antibiotics, hormones and pesticides. Now, thanks to ShopSmart Magazine, from the publisher of Consumer Reports, I've added some new concerns to my list.
Here's what you should consider the next time you walk the grocery store aisles:
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By Sarah Lorge Butler for CBS MoneyWatch.com
I used to think the holidays were the most expensive time of year, what with the presents, decorations and Christmas cards. But if the pile of bills, proposals, and camp brochures littering my desk is any indication, summer is running a strong second for seasonal money suck.
Here's a sample of the expenses, both big and small, that I'm looking at:
- The tree guy wants $700 to prune back several bushes and our cherry trees, whose low-lying branches scrape the car every time we drive up the driveway.
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- The septic tank guy needs $250. I'm not going to argue that
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By Amy Levin-Epstein for CBS MoneyWatch.com
Job interviews are a theatrical performance. In this case, a hiccup could mean bad reviews - and cost you a perfect position. And in a competitive market, interviewers are inundated with qualified candidates, so they're throwing out tougher questions than ever. Here are five of the toughest questions you may likely face during your job search - and how experts say you should answer them.
1: Why should I hire you?
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How to Answer: Listen and learn, then use that information. "Throughout the interview, ask them specific questions on who they are looking for, what specific attributes stand out for them, discuss a day-in-the-life of the position, Read More »from 5 Toughest Interview Questions (& How to Answer Them)