• 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? 

  • 5 Easy Ways to Pay It Forward on LinkedIn

    The holiday season has arrived, which for many symbolizes a time of giving. To maximize your joy between now and New Year's Day, set aside a half hour each week to show some gratitude to your connections on LinkedIn. Here are five easy ways you can pay it forward this holiday season.

  • 5 Techniques 'Super Networkers' Use to Rise Above the Rest

    Anyone who's ever attended a networking event knows that not everyone can network successfully. In a column for Entrepreneur, author Lewis Howes shares seven techniques and habits all "super networkers" have mastered to make the most of their efforts.

  • Should You Friend Your Boss? [infographic]

    Social media is a huge part of our lives, both professional and personal. Networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and whatever they've invented since we started this sentence, are great ways to connect with friends, acquaintances, and yes, potential employers. But how connected do we really want to be with our bosses?

  • 5 Ways to Make Online Networking Work for You

    Experts have extolled the virtues of online networking for eons, but how can you make it work for your career? It's one thing to become buddies with an influencer on Twitter and another thing entirely to develop a more meaningful and mutually beneficial relationship. Brazen Life suggests the following five strategies to take your networking skills to the next level.

  • What's the Best Way to Introduce Yourself?

    Ah, introductions. Whether it's at a cocktail party, a board meeting, or a totally unrelated social event, introductions are the best time to show the whole world that you are the most important person in the room.

    Oh, wait. That's actually the opposite of what they're for. Let's try this again.

  • 4 Simple Steps to Making the Most of LinkedIn
    LinkedIn has become a Wall Street darling and a crucial player in many recruiting and job hunt efforts. If you are a job seeker, career ladder climber, or career coach, you should know about the following four LinkedIn optimization tricks.
  • FounderDating Helps Startup Co-Founders Make Connections

    If you're looking for your next startup co-founder, consider FounderDating. The social network enables entrepreneurs to network with each other with the goal of joining forces to launch a business.

  • College Students: Make the Most of Your Summer Job

    Dear College Student,

    Your summer job is coming to an end and it is time to pack your car for the drive back to the dorms. Before you re-enter the world of all-nighters, football games, and 3 a.m. Hot Pockets with a Pop-Tart chaser, be sure you update your LinkedIn profile with the new skills you learned this summer.

  • 4 Questions to Ask Yourself When Switching Careers

    It can be frightening to think about switching careers, especially if the change is major. Lydia Dishman recently interviewed several professionals who've made a successful shift in a piece for Fast Company; inspired by their advice, here are four questions you should ask yourself if you're interested in following suit.