• The Best Way to Stay Excited About Your Work: Take a Job You're Not Quite Qualified For
    We spend so much of our lives at work. While making money, having good benefits, and experiencing marked success are important, it might also be nice to actually be excited about the job you do. The benefits of having enthusiasm about your work, and passion for your job, are not to be underestimated, and staying challenged and stimulated by your occupation might just be the key.
  • Ask These 3 Questions About Company Culture Before You Take the Job
    During an interview, your potential future employer is checking out your education and skills to see if you are fit for the job. He is also thinking about how well you may fit in with the company culture. You, too, should learn about company culture before you accept. You can't work where you aren't comfortable and don't fit in. Ask these questions to determine if you'll be happy at your new job.
  • Portrait of a Worker as a Young Man (or Woman)
    What's the average Gen Y worker look like? Understanding that dealing in generalities is always risky when it comes to any demographic, there are a few outstanding skills that Millennials tend to possess. PayScale's Gen Y on the Job data package reveals just a few of the greatest things young workers have to offer.
  • The Benefits of Training Others at the Office
    One of the best, tried-and-true ways to excel at what you do is explain it to someone else. Oftentimes, we go through our jobs -- which can include detailed systems and processes -- without realizing what we are actually doing. If you are years or decades deep into your career, much of your expertise may be "all in your head" -- and you may not even realize there’s a better way to do something, opening up the opportunity to excel more and even advance higher up the ladder.
  • Obamacare Enrollment: What You Need to Know
    Last year, Obamacare, formally called the Affordable Care Act, helped 10 million Americans sign up for health insurance. Being insured is now a requirement, so it's important to be sure your coverage is all set for 2015. If your employer provides your insurance, nothing has changed and no action is required on your part. Just keep doing what you have been doing. But, if your employer doesn't offer health insurance, (or if you're a freelancer, or currently between jobs,) enrollment is a great option to get the coverage you need.
  • Here Are the 6 Most Important Parts of Your Resume
    Recruiters spend about six seconds scanning through each resume they receive. Of course, this is assuming that your resume has the right keywords and has passed the test of the Applicant Tracking System (ATS), if the company you are applying to has one. So once the recruiter gets your resume, what is it that she looks at?
  • How Much Are You Worth? What Millennials Don't Know About Negotiating Salary
    By now, you've heard that you should negotiate your starting salary before accepting a job offer. Failure to do so can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of your career. Knowing this, however, doesn't mean that negotiating is easy, or effective. If you're a younger worker, the challenges are even greater. Less experienced than your older colleagues, you're also less likely to know how to choose a target number. Recently, PayScale spoke with Tara Wyborny, Recruiting Leader at the G10 Associates Program at staffing company Genesis 10, to find out how Millennials can negotiate the best possible salary at the right job.
  • Why (and How) You Should Use Email Templates at Work
    Whether you realize it or not, we spend a large portion of our day dealing with email. In fact, a 2012 survey by McKinsey found that desk workers spent an average of 28 percent of their work weeks buried in email. But how much of this time is spent sending the same thing over and over again? While it would be helpful to cut down on the number of emails you receive, you could also save yourself even more time by reducing the effort spent replying to each email.
  • #PayChat Roundup: Millennials at Work
    Today's youngest generation of workers have skills, education, and technical savvy that employers need, but suffer from high rates of unemployment and underemployment, as well as fierce competition from older workers for coveted jobs. Today, PayScale hosted a Twitter discussion, together with Jessica Miller-Merrell, SPHR, founder of Blogging4Jobs.com, to talk about what Millennials want at work -- and what's standing in their way.
  • 3 Ways You Know Your Boss Hates You (and What to Do About it)
    Feel like the boss doesn't like you? It might not be paranoia. It's possible that the boss really doesn't care for you. Worse, he might even want you to quit. If that is the case, staying in your current position may not be the best way to advance your career. Sometimes, however, you can find ways to improve the situation and have a good working relationship with your boss. Here are the three biggest signs your boss doesn't care for you, and how to respond.
  • For Gen Y Workers, #TheStruggleIsReal
    The world of work is a mix of contradictions for Gen Y. The youngest working generation is at once challenged by the economy and empowered by technology. Inspired to innovate, Millennials are also occasionally hampered by expectations that exceed the reality (and budgets) of their employers. If you're a Gen Y worker looking for insight into your situation -- or a Gen X or Baby Boomer hoping to better understand your younger colleagues -- PayScale's latest data package, Gen Y on the Job, will help.
  • Adult Dancers Receive $10M Settlement in Minimum Wage Class Action Suit
    Every state has different wage laws. Some have substantially higher minimum wages than the federal minimum wage, while others do not. Some states allow employers to pay tipped employees less than the normal minimum wage, while others do not. But a recent case involving New York City adult dancers points out that one thing employers cannot do anywhere: force someone to work exclusively for tips and refuse to pay him or her any wage at all.
  • 3 Strange Salary Negotiation Tips
    Most salary negotiation advice is pretty run of the mill. Research the position. Know your worth. Understand the corporate culture you're operating in. Ask for what you deserve. Beyond those solid, staid tips, however, there's a whole realm of tricks waiting for you -- some of which might just get you the dollar amount you're looking for.
  • The 15 Most Annoying Co-Worker Behaviors
    For the most part, you don't pick your co-workers. Even if you did, it'd be hard to see through the veneer of professional behavior most folks put on for a job interview, and sniff out the future popcorn-burners and nail trimmers. Worst of all, unlike with irritating personal acquaintances, there's no avoiding the people who drive you crazy at work. If you dodge their calls and emails for too long, it's your career that suffers.
  • 3 Reasons Not to Major in Business
    Business administration has long been the most popular undergraduate major in American colleges and universities. There is no doubt that students acquire valuable skills, such as leadership and decision making, through the coursework. However, that doesn't mean it's a sure path to a successful career.
  • #PayChat: Millennials at Work
    How are Millennials faring in today’s workplace compared to Gen Xers and Baby Boomers? Millennials entering the workforce today face many challenges such as unemployment, underemployment, and stiff competition for decent paying jobs.
  • Have a Conscientious Spouse, Get a Promotion
    Even if we have a clear and distinct separation between our personal lives and our professional ones, there is no doubt that how things are going at work can affect how we feel at home. Despite our best efforts, most of us find it difficult to not bring home the stresses, or successes, of the day. Likewise, the goings-on of our personal lives can impact our careers.
  • Facebook at Work: The LinkedIn Killer?
    It's hard to keep a secret in the online world. Ask any Facebook user who's ever forgotten to check those privacy settings before posting pictures of the holiday party. Or better yet, ask the social networking giant itself. Its latest project, Facebook at Work, in development for a year, was a secret before The Financial Times spilled the beans this weekend. Here's what we know so far.
  • Is a Career in Sales Right for You?
    Our personalities to some extent determine which jobs we might enjoy and excel in. People who are good at sales can do quite well for themselves, but it is not a career for everybody. Some of the necessary traits include the ability to learn from mistakes, a thick skin, and a dose of happiness.
  • Don't Panic If Your HRBP Wants to Meet With You
    HR business partners (HRBP) combine several domains of HR, including recruitment, performance management, and compensation planning. They are also involved in evaluating employee engagement and creating smooth conflict-resolution channels. If you get a call from your HRBP, it's natural then to fear that they're contacting you in their conflict-resolution capacity. Before you start worrying that you're in trouble, learn a bit more about what they do -- and why it's not always bad news for you.