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  • 3 Reasons Office Gossip Might Not Be All Bad
    When we think of office gossip, a lot of bad associations come to mind. The popular idea is that this kind of chatter is counter-productive, harmful, hurtful, and just plain bad. But, there is another side to office chit-chat. It turns out that gossip might not actually be entirely, innately, negative. Here are a few reasons why office gossip might be not only impossible to eliminate but also potentially beneficial.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Kill the Vocal Fry, Get the Job You Deserve?
    There's plenty of debate about whether or not vocal fry, that Kardashian-esque speaking affectation, is bad for you, professionally. Some experts claim that talking like a reality TV star will permanently cripple your career, while others note that even high-level financial executives now embrace the professional equivalent of baby talk. Regardless, having more awareness of and control over your public image is always a good thing. This week's roundup covers how to manage vocal fry, plus networking without feeling phony, and staying productive during the lazy days of summer.
  • How to Stay Healthy During a Conference
    Whether you're still recovering from Comic-Con a few weeks ago, or you're gearing up to take a few of your colleagues out to NYC for LeadsCon at the end of August, you're probably well aware of how exhausting conventions and conferences can be. Swarms of people, reams of business cards, and a whole lot of handshakes — sounds like you need a battle plan.
  • Don't Dismiss Small Talk; Use It for Big Talk
    Small talk exists in nearly every language. In Japan, it comes in the form of short grunts and nods called "aizuchi." In Persian culture, they're "taarof." In his 1923 essay, The Problem of Meaning in Primitive Language, Polish anthropologist Bronisław Malinowski coined the term "phatic communion" to describe small talk as "language used more for the purpose of establishing an atmosphere or maintaining social contact than for exchanging information or ideas." Whatever you call it, small talk plays a role in most cultures. And for most people, it either comes naturally or it doesn't. In fact, many of us hate it, particularly in a career context.
  • 7 Career Tips for Millennials From Famous Success Stories
    If you're early on in your career, it's okay if you don't know exactly what you want to do with the rest of your life – join the club. Regardless of what career path you end up choosing, it's wise to plan as much as possible for the road ahead. To help you out, here are seven valuable pieces of advice from some of the world's most inspirational influencers to help you navigate through your career successfully.
  • A Growing Crop of Female Versions of the Old Boy's Club Make Waves Online
    From T. Swift's smoking hot girl army to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's whip-smart comic partnership, to Zooey Deschanel, Molly McAleer, and Sophia Rossi's infectious Hello Giggles girl-power lifestyle hub, female friendship-based collaborations are nothing new. What is new is the increasing number of collaboration-based opportunities that female professionals now have that can further their careers and actually put cash in the bank. A growing crop of increasingly specialized, made-for-women-by-women virtual communities like CodeChix and The Li.st offer opportunities that range from job referrals to speaking gigs to potential investors. Read on for a round-up of veterans and newcomers both big and small.
  • What Happens When You Sit Next to the Boss
    The old saying goes, you're only truly yourself when you're alone. That's because it's human nature to change the way we behave, even just slightly, depending on who we're with. This is just as true in the workplace as it is in our personal lives.
  • How to Tell If It's Time to Switch Careers
    Are you contemplating whether now's the right time to switch careers? If so, then you should know that there's a right way to change careers, and a wrong way. Here's what you need to know to ensure that you are well prepared to make a seamless transition into your new dream career, sooner than later.
  • Why Networking Is More Important Than Your Resume
    This is the one, the job you've been looking for. You've spent more time proofreading your resume than it actually took to fill out the application. Your cover letter has the perfect blend of humor, professionalism, and self-salesmanship, and your resume – the piece de resistance – couldn't be better tailored to the job description. A month later, with several unreturned voicemails and a little LinkedIn stalking, you discover that someone far less qualified landed the position. Their secret? All signs point to a better network.
  • Unlock the Networking Power of Brunch
    No matter how much the landscape of the economy, emerging careers, and business practices may evolve, there's one old trick every new dog has to learn: networking. Solid networking is the glue that holds careers together. It's the art form that cannot be machine-made – even if we often resort to machines as a medium for doing it. So what does smart networking look like in 2015? Here's a hint: drop the smartphone and opt for a blueberry scone instead. It's brunching time.
  • Helicopter Parents Could Damage Children's Careers
    The term "helicopter parent" is used to describe parents who hover over their children, smothering them with concern, attention, advice, and especially involvement. It's important that parents be involved in their children's lives, but helicopter parents, by definition, take it too far. Still, some folks proudly cop to the label, feeling that a desire to protect their kids is natural, and indeed it is. But, this style of parenting, when taken too far, can hurt more than it helps, especially if kids grow into adults and the helicoptering continues.
  • Tweet Like a Man, and Get More Retweets
    A recent study showed that men get retweeted more than women. The question is, why? We'll examine the science behind why tweets published by men are, on average, more popular than those by women and how professionals can apply this knowledge to their enhance their career potential, regardless of gender.
  • 3 Totally Painless Networking Tips for People Who Hate Networking
    Even if you're the shyest or most introverted person in the world, you're probably already networking, without even knowing it. That's because "networking" is a terrible word for a thing most of us do anyway: build relationships. The goal is to maximize what you're already doing, plus look for additional opportunities that fit with your personality and lifestyle – in other words, to network painlessly, in a way that will build your career and not drive you crazy.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: How to Talk to Your College Grad About Getting a Job
    What's the difference between guiding and nagging? If you're a parent, the answer probably is, "Depends on the day." There are few times more challenging to parents of grownup kids than the period after graduation, when their newly minted grads head into an unknown future (and possibly back to their childhood bedroom). The challenge, of course, from a parent's perspective, is how to encourage them in their budding career, without driving them nuts. This week, we look at Kelsey Manning's advice for parents of recent grads. Plus: tips for brand-new Twitter users, and how to answer the dreaded question, "Don't you think you're overqualified?"
  • 6 Things to Do When You Make a Mistake at Work
    We all make mistakes. It's part of life. But, that doesn't make it any easier to recover (in the eyes of others and within yourself) when you misstep at work. We're not talking about navigating a difference of opinion here, but rather an actual error that's plain as day for all to see and know. It can be hard to move through a time or situation where you've fumbled, but it's really important to recover and handle your mistakes in a positive way. Here are some tips.
  • 4 Reasons You Don't Need a Formal Mentor
    When you're new to a field, or even just working in a new position, there's a lot to learn. It's useful to have someone to help you understand the ins and outs of the work. And, it's important to be able to get your questions answered when they pop up. A lot of people feel that there are tremendous benefits to participating in a formal mentor/mentee relationship in order to address these needs. However, there might be another way – or even a better way – to meet the same goals. Here are some reasons you might NOT need a mentor.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: My Co-Worker Plans to Quit After Maternity Leave. Should I Tell?
    When we were kids, the rules of the playground were simple: don't snitch, unless you or someone else was in serious danger. As adults, it's slightly more complicated. For example, what if – like an Ask a Manager reader – you know that your colleague is planning to take paid maternity leave, and then quit? Alison Green's answer to that question, plus Dan Erwin's latest reading list, and Emmelie De La Cruz's tutorial on personal branding, in this week's roundup.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Is Bragging Jeopardizing Your Career? 3 Ways to Tell
    There's nothing wrong with being confident in your abilities, but there's a very fine line between being sure of yourself and being full of it. We will take a look at three key indicators that your boastful ways are, indeed, preventing you from getting where you want to be in your career.