• 3 Career Lessons From Indy 500 Drivers
    If you don't follow car racing, you might not be aware of the magnitude of the event that's taking place today (weather permitting). This year's Indianapolis 500 is the 100th running of what some claim is "largest single-day sporting event in the entire world." The purse this year tops $13 million, and 33 drivers are competing for the winner's share of about $2.5 million. But these potential millionaires have more in common with you, the working person, than you might think.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • What's With the Hieroglyphics, 'Merica? 5 Tips For Writing With Real Words

    Get out your iPhone or your stone slab. We write with pictures now.

    When a friend told me recently that the youth these days use emojis to build phrases, like how we use words to make a sentence, my response was, "Really? Are we going back to hieroglyphics?"

    I checked in with my 20-something cousin, and apparently this is a sensation that has been sweeping the nation for a while. A tech recruiter I know describes emoji conversations as "an interpretive dance." These artful statements may send the correct message or they may not. It's all about interpretation.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • #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.
  • 5 Reasons Why Mother Knows Best When It Comes to Your Career
    Wouldn't it be nice if life came with a manual? You wouldn't have to worry about whether you're doing something right or wrong, because your handy manual would navigate you seamlessly through the ins and outs of your life and career. Unfortunately, life doesn't come with a manual, but it does, typically, come with a mother – and that's pretty much the same thing. Here are five reasons why mother knows best when it comes to your career.
  • #StarWarsDay: How to Use the Force to Boost Your Career
    "May the Fourth be with you." If you have any Star Wars fans in your life – and if you haven't, please pardon the rest of us as we electronically sidle away from you – you've probably already heard this a couple-hundred times this morning, counting online mentions. So you already know that today, May 4th, is a holy day for Star Wars fans and pun lovers everywhere. But what you probably don't know is that today is also an excellent day to think about what's missing in your career, and to set about fixing it. Forget your career bible of choice – what you need is The Force.
  • #MondayMotivation: 5 Easy Ways to Get Excited About Your Career Again, Starting Today
    In times of career crisis – when you're unemployed, or facing major upheaval on the org chart – you probably long to be bored. Then things settle down, and you get into a routine, and boredom doesn't seem that great after all. The problem, of course, is that once you're feeling meh about your job or your career, it's hard to motivate to do anything about it. Taking a class or setting up networking coffees seems like an awful lot of work. It'd be easier to just put in your time at the old desk and then go home and start methodically working your way through your Netflix queue.
  • 3 Times It's OK to Lie at Work
    Even if you just started your first job yesterday, you probably know that it's generally a bad idea to lie on your resume, or about your salary history, or about your skills and abilities. Why? Very simply, it's because most liars get caught – maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but eventually, and publicly, and usually with a lot of embarrassing fallout. As Mark Twain once said, "If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything." Still, anyone who's ever spent time with someone who is 100 percent bluntly honest knows that a little truth-bending is sometimes an important part of professional life. Today, on National Honesty Day and in the spirit of irony, we offer you just a few times when it's OK to be less than truthful at work.
  • Why You Get Stuck in Conflicts at Work, According to a Harvard Negotiation Expert

    Why do even rational people get embroiled in conflicts they can't solve? The root cause, says Daniel Shapiro, founder and director of the Harvard International Negotiation Program, is an adversarial mindset called the Tribes Effect, in which conflicts turn into "me versus you, us versus them."

    "People think, 'Let's just be rational and we can resolve our differences, we can resolve our conflict,'" Shapiro says. "Not true. Unless you deal with the core psychology to the conflict, the mindset that's driving you and the other side in the conflict, unless you deal with that, the conflict will persist."

  • 10 Ways to Be Instantly Better at Work

    Whether you're starting a brand-new job or you're just feeling like you haven't been performing to your maximum level at your current job, there are things you can do outside of your daily work assignments that can help you be a better employee. And the best part is, these particular things require absolutely zero talent. (And even when your self-esteem is at its lowest, you know you're doing better than that.)

    By making these tips a part of your daily routine, you can impress your boss not only with your ability to get stuff done, but also with your genuine awesomeness as a human being and co-worker. Here's what you need to do.

  • #MondayMotivation: 10 Quotes About Succeeding Despite the Odds
    Even if you love your job, Monday morning probably isn't your favorite time of the week. For those who supposedly work Monday through Friday, the first morning back after a weekend feels like an abrupt shift, sort of like a miniature version of returning to work after vacation, only without the Instagram-worthy memories. If you're having trouble envisioning success this morning, these quotes will inspire you to turn your thoughts in the right direction.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Do I Have to Disclose That I Was Fired?
    Even if you're the best employee in the history of paid work, you might get fired at some point in your career. Sometimes, it's no one's fault: you turned out to be a bad fit for the role and vice versa. Other times, you might have made a mistake, and paid a steep price for it. But the worst scenario is the one that's not your fault at all – but that still potentially haunts your job search afterward. In this week's round-up, we look at what one career expert advises job seekers who've been fired, plus how to repair a damaged professional relationship and how to give tough feedback.
  • How to Keep Your Lazy Co-Worker From Ruining Your Career
    If you listen to NPR's Morning Edition on your way to work, you probably heard their recent segment, Before You Judge Lazy Workers, Consider They Might Serve a Purpose, which used agricultural studies involving ants and surprising advice from productivity experts to make the case that lazy individuals aren't always bad for the group. If you are not a lazy individual, but a member of the team that has to deal with them, however, you might have started your day with a white-knuckled rage grip on the steering wheel, screaming at your windshield as other commuters tried to pretend they were absorbed by the flow of traffic. Laziness, good? Tell that to the folks who have to pick up the slack. Why should Ferris get to ditch when everybody else has to go?
  • 7 Ways to Change Your Career Luck, Starting Today
    When it comes to your career, there's a lot that's outside your control. You can't make a job opening appear when you really need one, or keep an awesome boss from transferring to another department, or boost the budget for raises and the opportunities for promotion. At the end of the day, pretty much all you can control is yourself and your behavior. The good news is that sometimes, that's enough.
  • Good News: Today Is Everything You Do Is Right Day
    In the pantheon of Awesome Fake Holidays, today – Everything You Do Is Right Day, according to important internet sources – is right up there with Talk Like a Pirate Day in terms of boosting your self-esteem and tickling your spirit. Just for today, it's OK to believe that everything you do will turn out right. (It's also OK to talk like a pirate, but you'll have to wait until September to do it without getting stared at.)
  • 4 Useful Work Skills You'd Never Put on Your Resume
    Deciding what exactly to put on your resume can be a daunting experience, and the format doesn't always allow you to give your potential employer the full spectrum of your qualifications. But if you are able get the job, remember that you're expected to bring a lot more to the table than just the skills you listed on your finely curated resume. With that said, here are some of the less-talked-about but absolutely differentiating skills you can learn in order to make yourself stand out from your co-workers.
  • 10 Quotes From Scientists to Inspire You on Pi Day
    Pi Day has been with us since at least 1988, when physicist Larry Shaw first led a parade of fruit-pie eating staffers at the San Francisco Exploratorium. It's hard to believe, though, that some math-minded folks hadn't noticed earlier the connection between today's date – 3.14, if noted in the American style, month-first – and the first digits of pi, 3.14, the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. Regardless of how long you've been celebrating, today's a great day to eat pie, wish Albert Einstein a happy birthday, or generally get inspired by math and science.

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