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  • The Best Jobs for Women in 2012

    By Jenna Goudreau

    Looking for a career change or new direction in 2012? You may want to start here.

    Jobs expert Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., author of Best Jobs for the 21st Century, provides a rare look at the jobs that women feel most satisfied and successful in. He compiled a top-10 list based on women's high satisfaction levels, from the National Survey of College Graduates conducted by the Census Bureau; median annual earnings for salaried workers, from the Department of Labor (DOL); and the job outlook through 2018, based on projections from the DOL. The results may surprise you.

    In Pictures: The Best Jobs For Women In 2012

    At No. 1, post-secondary teachers top the list. Not only do women report very high satisfaction rates in the job, median annual earnings range from $59,000 (for foreign language and literature teachers) to $94,000 (for law teachers), well above the average household income in the U.S. Furthermore, the field is expected to grow by 15% and features an average of

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  • The 'Healthy' Choices that Are Costing You

    By Jenna Goudreau

    "We're easily sold by the gimmicks of marketing and celebrity endorsements," says Tony Nakhla, a Los Angeles-based dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon. And when we think something's good for us, we're ready and willing to pay the up-charge. Yet, everyday Nakhla sees patients spending hundreds and even thousands of dollars a month on products and treatments that don't live up to the claims.

    In the current cult of health, anything that's easy and purported to help us lose weight, stay fit, feel better or look younger goes in the shopping bag. Yet often these "healthy" choices are not so healthy after all and cost much more than the alternatives. Medical experts weigh in on what not to buy for your health and wellbeing.

    See the full list 10 'Healthy Habits' That Drain Your Bank Account

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  • How to Lose Friends and Alienate Coworkers with Bad Mobile Behavior

    By Jenna Goudreau
    In the new digital world order, few have escaped the earsplitting ringtones, boardroom tables lined with Smartphones, dinner dates romantically involved with their Twitter feeds or strangers blasting videos without headphones. Bad mobile behavior is all around us and in many circumstances can cost you friends and coworkers.

    Don't annoy your coworkers with bad Blackberry etiquette.Don't annoy your coworkers with bad Blackberry etiquette."The 2000's exploded technology use, and our devices go everywhere with us now," says Anna Post, etiquette expert and author of the latest edition of Emily Post's Etiquette. "Technology isn't rude or polite on its own. It's how we are choosing to use it."

    In a survey of over 200 human resources managers conducted this year by Intel, 79% said mobile devices create unnecessary disruptions in the workplace, and 42% have received complaints about mobile offenses in meetings, with phones ringing and off-topic Internet use the most common. They nearly unanimously agreed that companies should establish guidelines and employees should mind their

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  • The 10 Worst Pieces of 'Good' Career Advice

    By Jenna Goudreau

    "Our world is moving at such a rapid pace, things that worked just a few years ago may not work so well today," says Bill Holland, author of Cracking The New Job Market: The 7 Rules for getting Hired in Any Economy. "Any career advice should be taken with a grain of salt."

    In Pictures: The 10 Worst Pieces of 'Good' Career Advice

    That amazing career advice you read from an expert can seriously backfire.
    The old refrains are well known-you can be anything, do what you love, make yourself indispensable-but may not reveal the path to the top. Early in her editing career, then-bored Diane Alexander remembers reading that if she followed her passion, the money would come. She followed it onto a farm in Buena Vista, Colo., where she took up raising animals. She soon discovered money didn't flow as fast as chicken feed. She went back to editing, and eventually opened her own business. Now she has more clients than she can handle.

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    The moral? Career advice comes cheap, so be careful what you buy into. A

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  • Why Millennial Women Are Burning Out at Work by 30

    By Larissa Faw

    Young professional women may not relate to the financial struggles their Millennial peers are protesting against during the Occupy New York movement. After all, these ambitious go-getters are working as doctors, lawyers, engineers, and advertising executives, blessed with great salaries, health benefits, and paid vacation.
    Millennial Women Are Burning OutMillennial Women Are Burning Out
    But these women understand the protestors' frustration and unhappiness over the fact that their lives aren't supposed to turn out this way. This is why a growing number of young professional women who seem to "have it all" are burning out at work before they reach 30.

    In Pictures: 10 Worst Pieces of "Career Advice"

    These early career flameouts are reflected through the corporate ladder. Today, 53% of corporate entry-level jobs are held by women, a percentage that drops to 37% for mid-management roles and 26% for vice presidents and senior managers, according to McKinsey research. Men are twice as likely as women to advance at each career transition

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  • 10 Advantages of Waking Up Early

    By Jenna Goudreau, Forbes Staff Writer

    Michelle Gass, a president and recognized innovator at Starbucks, wakes up every morning at exactly 4:30 and goes running. When she travels, she brings her running shoes. She's started her day like this throughout her 15-year tenure at the coffeemaker, rising from a team of just three to today managing 33 foreign countries. Her up-and-at-'em routine, she believes, boosts her personal happiness and business success. "When I'm at my best, it's because I'm taking care of myself," Gass told me. "Morning runs clear my mind."

    In Pictures: 10 Advantages of Waking Up Early

    As many of the
    world's most powerful women have discovered, rising before the sun is more than just a personal bonus-it's an edge in a cutthroat corporate environment. Avon chief Andrea Jung wakes up at 5 a.m., hits the gym and is at her desk by 8. Newswoman Ann Curry is out of bed at 3:45, and longtime Vogue editor Anna Wintour is on the tennis court by 6.

    In fact, research shows

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  • The Secret to Becoming a Powerful Woman: Play Team Sports

    By Jenna Goudreau
    When Beth Brooke, 52, was a young girl, she was diagnosed with a degenerative hip disease and told by doctors she may never walk again. Before going into surgery she made a promise to herself that she would walk -- no, she would run -- and hoped to become one of the best young athletes the world had seen. Indeed, she played several team sports at her Indiana high school, earned multiple MVP awards and managed to graduate as the class valedictorian. Ellen DeGeneres, TV host, played on her high school tennis team in Atlanta, Texas.Ellen DeGeneres, TV host, played on her high school tennis team in Atlanta, Texas.

    In Pictures: Powerful Women Who Leveraged Sports in Business

    Brooke went on to play Division 1 college basketball at Purdue University in her home state, and told Forbes that playing ball taught her discipline, focus and how to work as part of a team. Today she is the global vice chair of Public Policy at mega-accounting firm Ernst & Young and this year was named one of the world's 100 most powerful women.

    Playing team sports in school not only helps women succeed in business, it sends them straight to the top. PepsiCo

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  • Are Engagement Rings A Help Or Headache In The Office?

    By Jenna Goudreau
    David Lewis, CEO of human resources consultancy OperationsInc, has been working in the HR industry for 25 years. Little surprises him. However, he could barely contain his astonishment when a recent client asked for advice on how to reshuffle management in his organization. "We're not going to consider her," the client said bluntly about one of his newly engaged employees. "Did you see the rock on her finger? It's only a matter of time before she's no longer here -- mentally or physically." Kim Kardashian (Getty Images)Kim Kardashian (Getty Images)

    While Lewis has encountered several instances of old-school sexism -- via mangers who perceive a sizable engagement ring as a countdown to wedding and motherhood distractions -- some women say a ring actually helped advance their careers.

    In Pictures: Most Extravagant Celebrity Engagement Rings

    Marta Segal Block, who now works in online event bookings, says when she was young and working for a nonprofit publisher, there was one older woman who always seemed uncomfortable around

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  • Susan G. Komen CEO: Too Much Pink Is Never Enough

    By Meghan Casserly

    Nancy Brinker has worn many hats: as U.S. Ambassador to Hungary she kept diplomatic relations in check. As Chief of U.S. Protocol under the Bush Administration she attended to the protocol of international diplomacy for the country. But for the past 34 years, the feather in her cap has been that of a woman making good on the deathbed wish of her sister Susan.

    Founder and CEO, Nancy BrinkerFounder and CEO, Nancy Brinker

    As CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Brinker is on a mission to cure breast cancer. In the process, her efforts have ignited an internationally recognized pink ribbon phenomenon and changed the word "breast" from a whispered word to a shouted social cause. In the past 12 months alone Komen for the Cure has funded $66 million in breast cancer research and $93 million in community grants for outreach and education, provided 700,000 mammograms and helped over 100,000 breast cancer victims with financial and social support.

    But she's not done yet. Determined to keep what might be the country's largest

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