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Career Development

Archetype Test

Are you more of a Jester? What about a Wizard, or even a Revolutionary? This test will tell you which of the 12 employee archetypes you fall into. Gain a better understanding of your strengths and weaknesses, and how they impact both your work and everyday life. We'll even suggest a few careers.

Performance Self Test

You want a promotion, a raise and to start climbing your career ladder sooner than later. Welcome to the club. While almost everyone is looking to advance professionally, far too few workers actually take the time to look in the mirror and perform an honest self-assessment. Use the Performance Self-Test to rate yourself on the most important characteristics of your job, and we’ll help you accentuate your strengths and improve on your weaknesses.

Career Development Advice

  • Dream Job: Rodeo Clown

    Rodeo clowns - who prefer to be called bullfighters - apprentice at local, small rodeos and at youth rodeo events. They may attend clown training schools, which hold training camps across the southwest and in Colorado, Montana, and Kansas - … Read more...

  • Dream Job: Rocket Scientist

    Becoming a rocket scientist is the ultimate thrill for the mathematically and scientifically inclined, but getting there requires enormous focus and intellectual application. While rocket science used to be the preserve of white males, … Read more...

  • Dream Job: Fitness Instructor

    Midcareer fitness professionals earn between $60,000 and $70,000, while top trainers can earn over $200,000. Add film and TV work or a fitness video, and the numbers go much higher. Read more...

  • Is it time to revise my job description and ask for more money?

    My current salary is just under $29,000, and many other positions, including customer service and accounting clerks are now earning up to $2,000 more than I am. I don't think this is fair. Would I be justified in asking for a raise, even … Read more...

  • Dream Job: Rock Star

    The days are over where you can say, 'I'm an artist; I don't do commercialism'," Errico said. If you're signed, you can get money from touring, sales of CDs, merchandising, fashion, publishing songs, and writing television theme songs … Read more...

  • Should I disclose that I saw the pay range for the job?

    I've just been promoted to MIS manager and I know my new base salary is $22,300 less than the minimum starting salary for my title. Online market surveys support this claim. I can't admit that I have seen the comp band for my title because … Read more...

  • Did my time off affect my raise?

    I took some time off this year, and I think it affected my performance review. I got only a 2 percent raise. Does this mean I am a problem employee? Read more...

  • What should I do when I'm at the top of the pay range?

    I work for a large organization. Each January, there is a pay raise for all employees. This year the raise was 3 percent. I was at a compa-ratio of 118, so I was told I would receive an hourly increase of 2 percent and a lump sum of 1 … Read more...

  • Is it fair to treat salaried and hourly employees differently in reviews?

    Is it legal to give hourly employees reviews more frequently than salaried personnel? I work for a nationwide industrial company that seems to have no set timeframes for performance reviews and pay increases for salaried employees. Yet the … Read more...

  • The Salary Wizard says I'm underpaid - what can I do?

    I'm a mailroom clerk for a publishing company and make $17,889 a year before taxes. I logged on to Salary.com to see if I'm making the right amount of money, and I was shocked to see that I am underpaid by at least $4,257. But when I first … Read more...