• The 5 Biggest Mistakes Career Changers Make
    Here at PayScale, we’ve highlighted the success stories of many career changers from all walks of life, age groups, and backgrounds. However, what we haven’t discussed in great detail are some of the potential pitfalls of switching careers. Any career change has a 50/50 chance of going either good or bad. For the brave at heart, a career change can be the best thing to happen to an individual seeking a new and better opportunity.
  • How to Politely Ask for a Job Referral

    Perhaps the most potent tool in your job search bag is an excellent employment reference letter from a former boss or co-worker. It’s true that it can be somewhat awkward to ask for one months and even years after you’ve left a company. However, it’s absolutely necessary if you want to be successful in your career search.

  • 5 Reasons Recruiters Are Ignoring Your LinkedIn Profile

    All the career experts said that LinkedIn was the place to be for job hunters. You made a LinkedIn profile, but now the recruiters are staying away in droves. What gives?

  • How LinkedIn Helps Passive Job Seekers Land Their Dream Jobs
    You already know by now that LinkedIn is a great tool to help with your job search, but it's also the place to be when you're NOT directly looking for a job. Passive job seekers are already employed, but willing to take on a new opportunity, should the offer fit the bill. So, whether you're actively seeking a job or not, LinkedIn is where it's at.
  • 5 Tips for People Who Are Sort of Looking for a New Job

    Gone are the days when American workers stayed at the same company for fifty years and retired with a pension and a gold watch. In fact, workers change jobs every 5.4 years, on average. This means we're always looking for work on some level -- even if we really love our jobs.

  • Dance It Out: 10 Songs for Your Career Comeback

    Put down the Ben & Jerry’s, turn off the Netflix, and unfurl from the fetal position. Whether you were fired, laid off, or passed over for a promotion, we all experience career setbacks. Sometimes, in order to make a comeback, you just have to dance it out.

  • How to Target Your Resume to the Job

    We all know we need to dress the part when we're applying for a job. Dress codes are different for job interviews in finance than they are in tech. But according to a recent article in U.S. News, the way you style your resume could be even more important than whether or not you wear a suit to meet the hiring manager.

  • Would You Apply for Jobs on Your Phone?

    One-third of LinkedIn members who view jobs on the professional networking site do so through their mobile phones, and the company is now betting that they will be willing to apply for jobs through their phones, as well.

  • Here's How to Lie on Your Resume

    We've written a novel's worth of material at this point on why it's a bad idea to lie on your resume, but what about when your actual skill set doesn't seem to be getting you in the door?

  • Online Interviewing: Why Body Language Means Everything

    Don't bother ironing your slacks for your next job interview, because you probably won't need them. Now that employers have opted for virtual interviews, you can probably get away with looking professional from the waist up. That doesn't mean you're off the hook when it comes to body language, however.

  • Ford Taps Into Social Media to Fill More Than 3,000 Jobs
    Ford Motor Company launched a social campaign called, "The Distance Between You and an Amazing Career Has Never Been Shorter" to spread the word about the thousands of jobs the company is looking to fill this year. Social media has now become a popular and effective way for employers to seek out candidates.
  • Age Discrimination Is Real, and Here's Proof

    A new study from Princeton offers real numbers to back up a phenomenon all older workers know to be true: age is more than just a number when it comes to getting hired, promoted, and being accorded the respect of your colleagues.

  • 5 Signs Telling You It's Time to Leave Your Job for Bigger and Better Things
    Is your career beginning to feel like it's on the road to nowhere ... and fast? It may be time to ditch that dead-end job and seek out the career that you want and deserve. Take a look at these signs to see if you're just burnt out or desperately in need of a change.
  • How One Man Tried to Woo Employers In His Skivvies
    Social media is a great tool to incorporate into your job search, but there's a line between showing your best face and showing your unmentionables. So learned Brian Zulberti, a recent Villanova University Law graduate, who decided to take the social job application process to a whole new level -- an uncouth, half-nude, and humiliating level.
  • Getting Hired Through Social Media: It's a Thing Now
    Social media isn't just a means to stay connected with friends and family. It has now morphed into a platform for companies to extend job offers to hopeful candidates. As Samantha Bankey discovered, social media turned out to be her career's best friend after the tech marketing firm ePrize got a little creative and posted her job offer on Instagram. Let's take a look how Samantha Bankey's social media use landed her a dream opportunity and what job seekers can learn from her story.
  • Need Better References? Hire a Professional Liar

    You can't put a price on honesty, but lies come pretty cheap. For example, $59 a month will get you the services of one Timothy Green, whose company Paladin Deception Services offers professional fibbing for people ranging from hooky players to serial philanderers. But the real bulk of his business, Green says, comes from job seekers.

  • 3 Techniques for Answering Inappropriate Interview Questions

    When you're preparing for a job interview, you're playing a guessing game, figuring out what the interviewer will ask you while simultaneously finding out more about the job. Of course, no matter how well you prepare, you have to be able to roll with the punches. Especially if your interviewer doesn't stick to the script -- or even to questions he's legally allowed to ask.

  • PayScale Teams Up With Nokia's JobLens App to Revolutionize Mobile Job Searching
    Good news for job hunters in the UK - the job hunt just got a whole lot easier and more convenient thanks to JobLens, a Nokia mobile app that helps job seekers locate opportunities based on their location and social media networks. The app has partnered with key companies such as Indeed, LinkedIn, and (most importantly) PayScale to make the job search to application process seamless. Learn about this app for a peek into the future of job hunting.
  • 10 Social Media Tips to Get You Hired [infographic]
    You know all those posts where we talk about how social media can help candidates during their job searches? Well, here's another one ... except this time, it's in a pretty, user-friendly infographic format published by REED Global. Take a quick peek to discover just how beneficial social media can be for the determined job hunter.
  • 20 Inspirational Quotes for Job Seekers
    The task of finding a job can be overwhelming, discouraging, and down-right frustrating. Here are twenty inspiring quotes for job seekers to keep in their back pockets while job hunting.