• PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Are You Sending Your Resume Into a Black Hole?
    Many employers rely on Applicant Tracking Systems to vet resumes, long before your information ever reaches human eyes. In a perfect world, this would be productive for all involved – employers could save time sifting through resumes, and you could be assured that your excellent qualifications made it through to impress a hiring manager. The real world, however, is different. In this week's roundup, we look at how to use keywords to make sure your resume makes the cut, plus the decisions you'll always regret making at work, and the 15 things to take off your resume, starting today.
  • New Grads, Here's How to Build Your Career From Scratch

    If you're a newly minted college graduate, you're probably going through a lot of different emotions right now – pride at having achieved your goals, relief at being done, and fear about what comes next. It's especially scary if you don't have any idea about that last part. The good news is that this year's college graduates are entering the hottest job market for grads in years, with employers expected to hire 5 percent more graduates than last year. But that doesn't mean finding that all-important first job is easy.

    Recently, we spoke via email with Amanda Augustine, career advice expert for TopResume, to get her advice on how the class of 2016 can boost their chances of post-graduation success.

  • 5 Work-From-Home Jobs That Aren't the Usual Customer Service Gigs
    When we talk about work-from-home jobs, we're usually talking about a very specific type of role that can be done over the phone or computer. It's true that it's easier to find a telecommuting job if you work in certain industries – customer service, for example, or administrative support. But not all work-from-home jobs are limited to these areas.
  • 9 New Skills That Boost Pay the Most
    Some of today's most in-demand skills are tech-related – no surprise to anyone who's been in the work world in the past 10 or 15 years, or read any career news, or even followed politics. STEM jobs are often high-paying jobs, and the skills that support them can level up your earnings faster than other additions to your resume. PayScale's recent report, How to Win in the Skills Economy, looks at nine new skills that could make you big money. And when we say "new," we mean "brand-new": all of the skills on this list have emerged in the last five years.
  • #MondayMotivation: 5 Ways to Reboot Your Motivation
    What's your slack-to-productivity ratio looking like so far this Monday? If you're finding yourself spending a lot of time catching up on your social media feeds and relatively little time tackling your to-do list, don't beat yourself up. What you need is a reboot.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Stop Believing These 5 Myths About Work
    When it comes to building a career, what we "know" can be as dangerous as what we don't know. That's because a lot of what we assume about succeeding the workplace isn't true. In this week's roundup, we look at what you need to unlearn in order to build the career you deserve, plus how to tame your to-do list, and what you should never, ever say in a job interview.
  • How Robin Wright Asked for (and Got) the Same Pay as Kevin Spacey on 'House of Cards'
    For the first three seasons of Netflix's hit political thriller/soap opera House of Cards, Kevin Spacey earned more than Robin Wright – about $80,000 more per episode, according to The Huffington Post. When the show began, that might have made sense. Spacey, after all, started off as an Oscar winner, whereas Wright had been largely out of the spotlight for several years. Then, however, the Emmy nominations started rolling in, for Wright as well as Spacey. What would Claire Underwood do?
  • 3 Work-From-Home Jobs for New Grads
    Why endure a long, frustrating commute, only to spend your days dozing off under buzzing fluorescent lights and trying to appear enthused about yet another seemingly unnecessary meeting? If you work from home, you can skip the business casual and some of the more boring aspects of being employed, while still earning a paycheck and building a career. Well, if you're a recent grad, one consideration is that many work-from-home gigs aren't open to you – at least, not right off the bat. A lot of telecommuting jobs are geared specifically toward those with experience, and work-from-home arrangements that evolve over a working relationship obviously mean getting your foot in the door first. But not every remote working situation is closed to new grads.
  • 44 Percent of Hiring Managers Say Writing Is the Hard Skill Grads Lack Most
    Want to level up your career? You might want to brush up on those writing skills. In PayScale's 2016 Workforce-Skills Preparedness Report, hiring managers said writing was the hard skill most lacking in new grads – beyond data analysis, industry-specific software, or coding.
  • Google Proposes 13 New Emojis for Gender Equality

    Take a look at your emojis for a moment. Can you find one that looks like a woman with a career? You won't find a businesswoman, a scientist, a doctor, or even a female graduate wearing a mortarboard. In fact, the recognizably female emojis are retrograde in the extreme: there's a bride, and a princess, and a dancer – just about the only one that could be representing a profession.

    Why is this important? Because emojis are everywhere, and far from being without impact on our professional lives, even if we never use them at work. The lack of female professional emoijis matters for the same reason that it matters that the average crowd scene in a movie is only 17 percent female; because if girls don't grow up seeing women succeeding in professional life, it's hard to imagine themselves doing the same. Now, four Google employees have proposed expanding emojis to include 13 new images – all depicting women working at jobs.

  • #MondayMotivation: 10 Quotes About Conquering Procrastination
    Why do we procrastinate? It depends – not just on which expert you consult, but on the person doing the procrastinating. For some of us, there's a thrill in creating a time crunch, while for others, it's about fear of success or failure. We might even put things off in order to avoid having to make a decision, and in so doing, taking responsibility for our choices. The problem, of course, is that no choice is always secretly a choice.
  • 5 Work-Related Superstitions That Are Holding You Back in Your Career
    Unless you're a Major League Baseball player, you probably don't readily admit to being a superstitious person – at least not at the office, where being sensible and making decisions based on data is part of projecting a professional image. But in reality, most of us do harbor at least one or two totally baseless beliefs. Sometimes, these are harmless (astrology lovers, we're looking at you) but sometimes, superstitions can keep you from achieving your goals. If you recognize any of these, use this Friday the 13th to engage in a little cognitive restructuring.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Should You Ever Take a Low-Ball Salary Offer?
    You know you should negotiate salary, but sometimes it's hard to act on what you know. Other times, you do your best to drive up the offer, to no avail: it's either take the gig, and deal with the low pay, or stay put. (And if you're unemployed, that can be a particularly difficult option to contemplate.) This week's roundup looks at what one expert says about taking lower offers, plus how to tell when it's time to look for a new job, and a few hints that the hiring manager probably won't be extending a job offer.
  • The 5 Best and 5 Worst States for Nurses

    If you're about to graduate from college and get your nursing license, you might be looking forward to starting your career with mixed feelings. On the one hand, nursing careers pay well and offer low rates of unemployment; on the other, getting started can be a struggle. It can be hard to get the minimum two or three years of experience that many employers look for in a new hire.

    With this in mind, WalletHub recently evaluated all 50 states and the District of Columbia to identify the best and worst states for nurses – especially new nurses – in the U.S.

  • 5 Things You Don't Know About Nurses
    If your picture of nursing and nurses was formed by watching medical dramas on TV, you probably wouldn't recognize a real Registered Nurse. Actual nurses do not flirt with doctors, wear World War II-era nursing caps, or spend the bulk of their day fluffing pillows and providing refreshments. They're highly skilled and rigorously educated professionals, and if you're ever in the hospital, they're the part of the medical team that will be most involved, on a daily basis, in getting you on the road to recovery.
  • 5 Ways to Be a More Respectful (and More Effective) Manager
    Unless Michael Scott is your management hero, you probably care more about getting results than getting your reports to like you. That's as it should be: it's too much to ask people to do what you tell them to do and validate you at the same time. But that doesn't mean that you should be indifferent to how your team feels. To be most effective, you need to build the kind of relationship where your people have trust in both your judgment and your discretion. Building respect should be one of your top priorities.
  • 3 Things Your Receptionist Wants You to Know
    Today is National Receptionists' Day, and if you've forgotten it, your receptionist probably isn't all that surprised. It can be a thankless job, being the smiling, friendly face of the company – the first face, in fact, that clients, potential employees, delivery people, and anyone else who comes through that front door sees when they first interact with the organization. There's a lot your receptionist could tell you, if he or she weren't so discreet.
  • These 10 States Have the Most Telecommuting Jobs
    If you have dreams of quitting your job, getting a telecommuting gig, and pulling up stakes to move to a remote cabin (albeit one with good Wifi), don't call the moving van just yet: work-from-home gigs are on the rise, but many of them have a location requirement – about 95 percent of telecommuting listings at FlexJobs are restricted to workers in certain states, according to the site. So, where you live can indeed affect your job options, even if you're limiting your search to work-from-home opportunities.
  • Secret Deodorant Commercial: The Gender Pay Gap Still Makes Us Sweat
    Have you negotiated your salary lately? If you're female, and the answer is no, it's probably because you're afraid to talk about money with the boss – and that's not your fault. Research shows that women are more likely to pay a social penalty when they ask for what they deserve. But, of course, if you don't ask, you don't get. So what's an enterprising female professional to do?
  • #MondayMotivation: 3 Ways to Beat Impostor Syndrome and Get Out of Your Own Way
    Are you your own worst enemy at work? If you have Impostor Syndrome, the answer is probably yes. Impostor Syndrome is internal feelings of phoniness and inadequacy that persist despite evidence to the contrary. If you feel like a fraud even when you're at the top of your game at work, you're familiar with this phenomenon.

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