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  • More often than not, job descriptions are as vague and frustrating as the end of The Matrix-leaving you with more questions than answers. What does "willing to be flexible" really mean? What does the day of a "master multi-tasker" actually entail? And what are you getting yourself into in a "fast-paced, high-intensity" environment?

    Sometimes, these phrases are harmless, but others, well, let's just say it pays to read between the lines a little bit. We chatted with a recruitment consultant from a Toronto-based executive search firm and got the skinny on what these cryptic bullet points may really mean. Read on for a quick translation guide-plus what you should ask during an interview to make sure you uncover any major red flags.

    "Flexible and willing to perform other tasks as assigned."

    This line signals a job that will give you a variety of job duties, which can be great if you're the kind of person who thrives on every day feeling a little bit different. Just beware that "other t...Read More »

  • By Teal Pelish,

    American consumers expect to shell out, on average, about $750 for gifts, décor, and other holiday items this year, according to a National Retail Federation survey. But is all that spending the true essence of the holiday season? More often it's the family time, rather than the trappings, that yields long-lasting memories. Here are five ways to experience Christmas on the cheap.

    Christmas is a time to get together with family.

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    1. Rethink Gift Giving. Perhaps the most obvious impediment to cutting costs at Christmas is the gift giving that lies at its core. But must all those presents come from a mall? Making and giving homemade gifts is one way to celebrate Christmas on the cheap. An abundance of DIY gift ideas awaits on the web; at Cheapism we found inspiration on Pinterest for Christmas. Necessary supplies range from household items to craft-store fare and typically cost little. Best of all, many loved ones may prefer such gifts over store-bought alter

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    Source: Never Make These 5 Major Regifting Mistakes

    There are many that think regifting isn't rude; I've never done it myself, but I think I might have received a regift or two along the way. If you choose to wrap something up from storage and put someone else's name on it, be sure not to make these mistakes that give regifting its sometimes tacky reputation.

    • Not Thinking About the Recipient : Is it better to give something than nothing at all? When all you have in your stock of regifts are things totally unrelated to the person in question, get a card and supplies to make a homemade gift instead. Giving a random gift that wouldn't necessarily appeal to the recipient is thoughtless.
    • Giving a Used Gift : You might be able to convince yourself that the recipient will never notice a gently used item, but don't take any chances. Commit to the rule of never giving one that's already been put to use by you.
    • Giving to a Friend of a Friend : The last thing you want to do is off
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  • Meredith Melling Burke, Vogue

    See what Fashion Assistant Emma Morrison wore to the office last week, and then shop her look.

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  • Here's why most of us lie at work.

    Here's why most of us lie at work.

    Lying is a funny thing: We all know honestly is the best policy, but we tell, on average, two fibs a day. The upside? We're less likely to lie when we're at home.

    By Meagan Morris

    So, where are we lying? The only other place we spend a large amount of time: Work.

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    Researchers at the University of Oxford and Bonn University came to the conclusion after conducting a random study of nearly 750 people. In the studies, researchers asked the volunteers to flip a coin and report what it landed on-if it landed on "heads," they got nothing; If was "tails," they received money.

    The results? Nearly 56 percent reported that their coin landed on "heads," meaning no cash. On the flip side, participants in a tightly controlled lab study that felt like a work environment were more likely to fib about the coin flip to get the cash.

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    The researchers concluded that people are more likely to lie if they felt they had

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