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  • Introducing PayScale's Guide to Early Career Success
    First jobs are important. Not only do they provide your first real glimpse of your industry from the perspective of a paid professional, but they can set the tone for your career (and salary) for years to come. Of course, career paths zigzag, and it's totally possible to bounce back from a soul-crushing first job and a lousy paycheck and move on to be a shining success – but wouldn't it be nice to skip the whole underpaid, underappreciated thing, and move on to the good stuff? PayScale's free Guide to Early Career Success offers expert advice to help you do just that.
  • College Seniors Are (Unrealistically?) Optimistic About Their Job Prospects
    It's good to be young. Seeing a wide open future sprawled out before you with plenty of awesome fruit just ripe for picking can make you feel like the possibilities are endless. As we get older, a lot of people become more pessimistic, and even bitter. Actually, Americans are pretty gloomy and doomy about the future in general these days. The optimism of our youth is a good thing. But, when it comes to the job market, is that optimism realistic?
  • 3 Ways Veep's Amy Brookheimer Is Every Working Woman's Hero
    Unconscious bias really screws things up for women in the workplace, but the battle is not over just yet. Thanks to the prevalence of more leading ladies on the big screen and on TV who play strong, successful working women, the unconscious bias isn't so unconscious anymore. We'll take a look at three ways Veep's powerhouse character, Amy Brookheimer, is showing working women everywhere that being tenacious, unapologetic, and "bossy" is nothing to be afraid of in their careers.
  • 5 Tips for Accepting College Rejections
    It can be really difficult to cope with disappointment when you have your heart set on something. For a lot of young people, the first really big letdown of life comes with being denied by their college of choice. Also, it's common for students to have a difficult time coping with the admissions process when they receive rejection letters from a number of schools. This can make it feel as though plans A-G are out, and a new vision must take shape instead, which is a trying process. All of the disappointment can be really tough to take, but there is a bright side and it's all going to be okay. Here are some tips to help you through.
  • Do Millennial Workers Really Job Hop More Often?
    There's nothing more frustrating to a manager than investing in hiring, training, and supporting a new employee, only to have him take off after a couple of months or a year. No wonder, then, that the stereotype of the job-hopping millennial inspires such derision. Who, exactly, do these whippersnappers think they are?
  • LA Votes for $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage
    It's all the rage. Seattle and San Francisco have done it, and now Los Angeles is joining the pack. Last week, the Los Angeles City Council voted to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, becoming the largest U.S. city to do so.
  • #PayChat: How to Kick Off Your Career
    Are you a recent graduate trying to get your foot in the door or a student trying to figure out what you want to do with your life? Landing your first job can be challenging, nerve-wracking, stressful, and unsettling without any proper guidance. PayScale is here to help you start your career off on the right foot.
  • 89 Percent of Minimum Wage Workers are Over 20 Years Old
    Historically, Americans who didn't attend college (or even those that didn't complete high school) had an abundant job market available to them. Working as farmers or factory workers, unskilled laborers still made less than skilled workers, but they were able to make a decent living and, during many times in history, actually secure a middle-class lifestyle for their families.
  • 3 Things You Need to Know Before You Negotiate Salary
    In a perfect world, you'd never have to learn how to negotiate salary. Companies would pay a fair market rate, and give reasonable cost-of-living and appropriate merit increases every year. In reality, well, things are a bit more complicated. Getting the salary you deserve takes research, courage, and a little bit of finesse – but most of all, it takes preparation. Here's what you need to figure out before you sit down to the negotiating table.
  • 3 Ways to Tell That Your Boss Doesn't Want You to Take Vacation
    Why wouldn't you take all your vacation time? Maybe because you're afraid you're not supposed to. Managers don't always say what they mean, especially when it comes to things like taking time off. The party line might be that taking PTO is encouraged and supported ... but do you sense a little hesitation, maybe even a little judgment when people do take their holiday time? If you're having trouble figuring out whether your boss really wants you to take that summer vacation, there are a few ways to figure it out.
  • 7 Tips for Working Outdoors
    The sweet, sunny days of early summer make you want to be outside: go to the beach, work in your garden, do anything that involves fresh air and being away from your desk. There's no month like May for tempting us to be outside as often as we can. You may even feel the urge to do usually indoorsy things outside if you can swing it – like your work. And, why not? Here are some tips for working outdoors.
  • The 5 Best Cities to Start Your Career
    There are many important factors to consider when deciding where to start one's career. Recent college grads, for example, might want to live close to family or friends, or in an area or region that they are particularly fond of for one reason or another. It's important to like where you live, but it's also important to consider economic/job market factors before making a final decision.
  • Unemployed? Blame Your (Lack of) Social Media Presence
    If you've been extra cautious about your online presence to the extent of not having any, you may actually be hurting your chances of landing a job. Employers are increasingly resorting to social media to check out a candidate's profile and see if they are a fit for their organization.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: How to Use Instagram to Get the Job
    Instagram is more than just a convenient way to make your friends jealous of your brunch experience. It can also help you get hired – if you use it the right way. In this week's roundup, we look at how to get a job by paying attention to companies' social media feeds, plus why you should embrace change, and why you don't need to feel alone if you're unemployed.
  • Bernie Sanders Proposes Free Tuition, But Can It Work?
    You've probably already heard about Sen. Bernie Sanders' free-college tuition bill, which that promises a tuition-free education, so students can attend state colleges or universities with little cost. It sounds like a great idea, right? We'd no longer be able to complain about all the uneducated masses. Every student would have access to training to land them a career they'd love, without the burden of crushing student loan debt. Employers would have access to a more highly skilled pool of applicants. Eventually, even the economy as a whole could improve. So why isn't everyone on board?
  • Being Phony at Work Is Affecting Your Career Success
    A Deloitte study that analyzed sociologist Erving Goffman's concept of "covering" found that a whopping 75 percent of American professionals are concealing certain facets of their lives in order to excel in their careers, or so they think. Here's why that does more harm than good for an individual's personal and professional life.
  • The 5 Worst Cities to Start Your Career
    Although the economy (and the job market) have improved in recent years, the progress has been spotty. Some regions are in much better financial positions than others. For example, the unemployment rate varies widely state to state. For recent college grads, choosing where to launch a career is an important decision with potentially far-reaching consequences.
  • Millennials and Women Don't Negotiate Salary: Here's Why That's Important
    Negotiating salary does more than just net you more money in the short-term; in the long-term, it leads to important financial advances that are hard to come by any other way. You won't just feel the impact of the extra income during your first year of employment; it will continue to be a factor in increases going forward, as many raises and bonuses are calculated based on a percentage of salary.
  • Horrible Table Manners Might Be Ruining Your Career
    Bad table manners are like any lapse in etiquette – when the problem is coming from someone else, it's immediately apparent, but if you're the offender, you probably don't even realize it's an issue. (This explains such mysteries as why there are still people who belch in public or trim their nails on public transit.) If you are an unseemly eater, you could be damaging your career and not even know it.
  • Overloaded With Meetings? Here's What to Do
    Like it or not, meetings are a part of working life. Meetings are where decisions are made, projects are allocated, announcements are shared, etc. But that's what an ideal meeting looks like – there's action, and something moves forward. The reality is that not all meetings are really that productive. Some meetings are just a drain on everyone's time and actually get in the way of you performing your job.