• Should You Accept That LinkedIn Invitation?

    If you accept every single LinkedIn invitation you receive, you're eventually going to have quite a filing problem. But if you're too selective, you might miss out on valuable connections, as well as the good career karma that comes with helping other people. So how can you determine which invitations are worth accepting?

  • The Importance of Internships From Lauren Berger,
    We had the chance to chat with Lauren Berger, "The Intern Queen," to get her input on the role that internships play in preparing college students for successful careers. Here's what the internship expert had to say.
  • Think Outside the Box: Creative Ways to Get Your Resume Noticed
    Nowadays, it's not uncommon for recruiters to be inundated with hundreds, sometimes thousands, of resumes when trying to fill a position at a company. So, how can you (the job seeker) ensure that you get noticed out of the endless number of applicants? One of the best ways to connect with potential employers is through social media networks, but connecting sometimes isn't enough. We will take a look at some of the creative ways that social media can be used to get your resume noticed.
  • Lean on Me: What a
    Women have fought tirelessly over the decades for equal rights and have, thankfully, made giant strides. So, how is it that in 2013 women are still not "equal" to men in the workforce? Sadly, too many articles have been written blaming men and the proverbial glass ceiling for this unfortunate state of affairs. But hasn't the ceiling been shattered long ago? We should stop pointing fingers at the opposite gender and figure out a solution to eliminate the imbalance once and for all.
  • What's Trending on Twitter - Seattle Sun Tan Text Campaign Win, Myspace 2.0, and
    In this week's roundup of trending Twitter topics, we discuss: a tanning salon that generated nearly $200,000 in new revenue in less than a month, via a text-based marketing campaign; Myspace 2.0 launching a sleek new social music site; and Kanye West's newest album leak.
  • I Spy a Candidate: How LinkedIn's Revamped
    LinkedIn recently added a revamped "Who's Viewed Your Profile" feature to its extensive list of upgrades for the professional social network. The site is hoping to encourage its users to engage more with the site by appealing to human curiosity. People want to know who is covertly examining their LinkedIn information, whether that person is a potential employer, current coworker, or personal acquaintance. Now, LinkedIn has provided its users with the means to reach out to the people viewing their profiles, hopefully expanding their networks and building beneficial relationships that can positively impact their careers. This, folks, is the beauty of social networking.
  • What's Trending on Twitter - Apple's OS X Mavericks, Tim Tebow, and The Internship
    This week, the Twitter world was abuzz over Apple's newest product releases at the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), the Patriots signing Tim Tebow, and the opening of the movie,"The Internship." At first glance, it doesn't seem as though these trending Twitter topics have much to do with lending career advice to the everyday professional. However, after taking a closer look you may be pleasantly surprised at the wisdom Twitter has to offer.
  • 10 Ways to Improve Your LinkedIn Profile to Get Noticed (and Hired)!
    With some 200 million users connecting at the speed of light on LinkedIn, it can be a little challenging to stand out as in your chosen field. Yet, a well-designed LinkedIn profile is paramount for success as a job seeker today. More and more recruiters are looking to LinkedIn for detailed backgrounds on candidates. Therefore, you need to do what it takes to make sure your LinkedIn profile is looking its best. After all, you’ve got some stiff competition on LinkedIn!
  • Give Your Resume a Leg Up with a Job Referral
    Are you struggling to get your resume noticed by hiring managers? You are not alone. In today’s competitive job market, getting on the radar of the top hiring managers takes more than just a well-written resume. It helps tremendously to get a referral from a trusted source, which can open many more doors to career success.
  • Young America's Job Crisis
    U.S. youngsters are having a tougher time finding work than their counterparts in other wealthy, large economies. What's going on here? In the land of plenty, shouldn't young talent have a smorgasbord of job offerings to choose from?
  • 80 Percent of Job Openings Aren't Advertised

    Looking for work? For the greatest chance of success, you'll want to expand your search beyond the usual online job boards and email alerts. A recent article in The Wall Street Journal says that up to 80 percent of jobs are never advertised, either online or anywhere else.

    So what's an enterprising job seeker to do? Network.

  • How Your Career Is Like Dating

    If you want to succeed at business, you need to develop real relationships -- not just casual flings.

  • Job Seekers Who Use Social Media Are More Likely to Find Jobs

    Want to find a new job? Ask your friends. Better yet, ask your friends online.

    A recent study by the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie-Mellon University found that job seekers who use social media are more likely to find work.

  • 10 Networking Tips for Shy People

    Being in a room surrounded by people you don't know but want to know can be unnerving. This is especially true if you're the type of person who tends to cower from such social situations. Unfortunately for the shy types, networking is a necessary part of job-seeking and building a career in almost every profession. Here are a few tips to help ease some of your social anxiety.

  • Networking for Beginners

    If you've looked for a job any time in the past few years, you're probably heartily sick of hearing about networking. As the economy grew less certain, the focus increased on networking our way to new gigs instead of applying blind. This makes sense: with more applicants per job opening, anything you can do to stand out from the crowd is a good thing, and having a personal "in" at the company you're interviewing with never hurts.

    But what about if you don't know how to network?

  • Pros & Cons of Hiring Friends

    Most companies like to hire by referral whenever possible. Workers love it because it allows them to network their way into new jobs; organizations love it, because good workers tend to recommend other good workers. So what could possibly be the downside to all of this?

  • Creating a Personal Brand That is Not Cliche

    Cover letters, resumes and LinkedIn profiles all seem to be flooded with the same descriptors -- "hard working," "passionate," and "creative." Using the same terms over and over again can send you into a pile of forgettable applicants. By simply asking yourself a few (albeit tough) questions, however, you can spin your personal brand to be unique and help you stand out from the crowd.

  • Learn How to Network With Sandy Jones-Kaminski

    Learning how to network effectively is one of the best things you can do for your career, but it’s something that many people find intimidating. Well, if you’re feeling shy, PayScale is here to hold your hand. This Thursday, January 17, at 10:30am PST, you can connect directly with the expert herself via Google+, YouTube and Twitter to learn how you can network your way to the top.

  • Lunch Roulette: A New Way to Network

    If you're like most of us, you probably can't recall the last time you had a conversation with someone outside your department. (Or it was the holiday party, in which case you might wish you couldn't recall.) Connecting with people who have different schedules, skill sets, and interests, is challenging, even if we recognize that we'd benefit from exchanging ideas with people who think differently than we do.

  • The Art of the Thank-You Note

    Congratulations! You just finished a job interview and it went very well. Now what? Sit at home and wait for the phone to ring? Nope! It's time to write a thank you note to the person who interviewed you. But what to say?