• How to Drop Out During the Job Interview Process
    There are a lot of reasons why you might decide not to continue with the interview process, as a candidate: the role is no longer what you thought it would be, you have a huge conflict that's just come up and you cannot make it to the interview, you have a job offer from a different company, etc. But how do you get out of an interview, without completely ruining your chances with the hiring manager or the recruiter?
  • 'How I Make It Work': 10 Working Parents Share Their Coping Strategies
    Does work-life balance even exist? Ask any working parent how they manage to hold down a job, take care of their family, and carve out time for themselves – at least enough to go to the dentist semi-regularly and maybe eat a vegetable now and then – and you're likely to get an earful. The upshot: balance is hard to achieve, hard enough to make many wonder if the whole thing is a myth.
  • These 5 States Have the Most Full-Time Telecommuters in the US
    Want to work from home? You're in luck. Telecommuting has increased 103 percent over the past 10 years, according to a Global Workplace Analytics analysis of U.S. Census data, and that's not counting self-employed workers. Last year, telecommuting grew by 6.5 percent. In fact, 3.7 million employees (2.5 percent of the workforce) currently work from home part-time or more. If you want to work from home every day, however, where you live might make a difference. FlexJobs recently revisited the Census Bureau's American Community Survey data to determine which states have the most full-time telecommuters.
  • Why Pay Transparency Is a Good Thing
    Would you feel better about your less-than-market salary if your boss talked to you about how the company structures pay? Maybe. PayScale survey data from 71,000 U.S. employees show that workers who are paid less than the market rate for their jobs were more satisfied if their employer was transparent about their pay, as this Bloomberg Business piece points out. When someone actually sat down with workers and talked to them about compensation, their job satisfaction numbers more than doubled, rising from 40 percent to 82 percent.
  • What to Do After You've Botched a Job Interview
    If you've ever interviewed for a job, chances are, you've probably made some mistakes. It's what you do afterwards that makes the difference between an embarrassing cautionary tale and a story of triumph. Recovering from serious missteps can be tricky, but it's not impossible. You need some presence of mind and tact to handle your bungled situation. Here are a few tips that may be helpful.
  • How to Network at Holiday Parties
    As the holiday season approaches, so do the holiday parties. These events bring up mixed feelings for most of us. In a way, look forward to the parties, anticipating that they'll be at least a little bit fun, but there is also so much to do around this time of year, and extra social events can feel like a waste of time. But, holiday parties are actually rife with opportunity – not just to enjoy ourselves, but to do a little professional networking while we're at it.
  • Should You Work on Black Friday?
    Even if you don't work retail, your office might be open on the day after Thanksgiving (lots of places are). Ever since the creation of the holiday, it's fallen on a Thursday, and while we celebrate it as a federal holiday, the day after isn't a given paid day off. So, if you're choosing between taking an unpaid day or putting in a slow day at the salt mines while your family gathers at grandma's for leftovers, how do you decide?
  • 3 Things You Should Know About the Connection Between Money and Happiness
    We all know that money, ultimately, can't buy happiness. True contentment and fulfillment comes from family, community, health, love, purpose ... but it's also true that being broke isn't much fun either. Surely a billionaire would feel happier, on an average day, than someone who's really struggling financially. This is a fair assumption, but it's only true to a point. Let's look at some research concerning wealth and happiness to try to understand the relationship between the two a little bit better.
  • 4 Things to Do While You're Waiting to Hear Back After an Interview
    Yes, it is an excruciating experience, waiting to hear back from the company after a job interview. Did you make it? Did you falter? Do they want to move forward with your candidature? It's a period of thumb-twiddling and nail-biting, but you can do something on your end, instead of just ending up with swollen fingers and uneven cuticles.
  • The Cities With the Lowest Unemployment Rates
    A variety of factors contribute to our understanding regarding the current state of the economy. It's not a simple issue. One indicator stands out though as especially significant, at least as far as many working Americans are concerned: unemployment rates. And, this fall, it seems we've been getting some good news.
  • How to Be a Real Mentor
    If you've been approached to mentor someone, you've been given an amazing opportunity to guide your mentee's career, to impart your wisdom, to help them in their aspirations. In addition to being recognized for your achievements, and being valued for your experience, the opportunity to mentor someone relatively new in their career can be a mutually enriching association.
  • Not Getting Hired Online? Blame the Robots
    If you've been applying online for jobs you know you're perfect for and not getting anywhere, sadly, you're not alone. With the move by many HR departments big and small toward Applicant Tracking Systems (a.k.a. ATS applications), your application might be getting lost in the computer shuffle. Here's how to get around our robot overlords.
  • The Way We Worked: What Our Workdays Looked Like 50 Years Ago
    It's Throwback Thursday, so take a ride through history as we learn what the workplace was like for lumberjacks, meter maids, and airline stewardesses 50-plus years ago. Spoiler alert: a lot has changed.
  • 5 Signs You're in a Toxic Work Environment
    Even if you absolutely love your job, there's always going to be something about it that you wish you could change. That's the ideal scenario; if you're lucky, you have an issue or two that you'd like to resolve, but nothing that impacts your job satisfaction as a whole. On the other hand, if your problems are beyond minor complaints – if you feel threatened, suffocated, or compromised on your principles, work ethic, or professional and personal well-being – you may be working in a toxic environment.
  • Music for Productivity: Match Your Tracks With Your Tasks
    Look around any office today and you will squint to find more than a handful of people without their ears plugged into headphones. With that said, most people would agree that music helps them work better throughout the day. But did you know that you can legitimately match your music tracks with your tasks, for optimal productivity?
  • The Jobs Gap: Why the Uncontrolled Gender Pay Gap Is Worse Than 78 Cents on the Dollar
    On the surface, PayScale's latest report on the gender pay gap seems like good news: when controlled for factors like job title, experience, and education, the data show that women currently earn 97 cents for every dollar a man earns. That 2.7 percent gap isn't the 0.0 percent we'd like, but it's a lot better than the 78-cents-on-the-dollar figure we often hear reported. But, if we look at the uncontrolled data, and compare all working women's earnings to those of all working men, the gap gets significantly larger – 74 cents to the dollar, for a gap of 25.6 percent.
  • Why It's a Great Idea to Work From Home
    While some might say that telecommuting is the absolute worst, there are plenty of employees (and employers) who love it. Not everything wonderful about working from home involves your pajamas, but let's start there, shall we?
  • Why It's a Terrible Idea to Work From Home
    While telecommuting might be a great cost savings for companies who want to save on real estate and utilities by making you effectively pay for them at your house, it's not perfect. As much as it pains me to say it, here are some downsides to the working-from-home scenario.
  • Is the Gender Pay Gap a Myth? 3 Highlights From PayScale's Reddit AMA
    Earlier today, PayScale did a Reddit AMA to discuss its latest report, Inside the Gender Pay Gap. Hosted by PayScale's Vice President of Data Analytics and Lead Economist Katie Bardaro, Senior Director of Editorial and Marketing Lydia Frank, Senior Managing Editor Aubrey Bach, and Lead Data Analyst and Data Visualization Specialist Gina Bremer, the AMA addressed everyone's most pressing questions about the gender pay gap – including the ever-popular, "Isn't the gender pay gap a myth?"
  • What Would Your 18-Year-Old Self Say If They Could See You Now?
    In 1977, back when he was 18, Peter "Stoney" Emshwiller filmed half of an interview. As a 56-year-old, he completed the conversation by filming the other half. The final result is a powerful project called Later That Same Life. In the video, which he hopes to someday "make a polished, professional feature film," Emshwiller's 18-year-old self interviews his older self about family, career, and life in general. The piece is both touching and thought-provoking.

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