• The Secret to Smarter Salary Negotiation: Vacation Time
    Negotiating your salary is hard. Especially when you're first starting out in your career, there are countless unknowns that only seem to affirm your fears: You don't know what your firm's budget is, and you feel expendable – like one wrong counter-offer and the ticking time bomb that is your career will explode. In reality, good negotiating isn't about low-balling yourself into irrelevant safety. It's about playing with what you've got. In this case, you've got time.
  • Why the Lower Unemployment Rate Is Bad News
    The unemployment rate has declined to 5.3 percent this month, but no one's planning a parade to celebrate. If you've been keeping up with news on the economy, that might sound crazy. After all, this is the lowest unemployment rate since April 2008, when the recession was first taking hold. Why aren't we cheering in the streets?
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Interview Questions to Ask Your Interviewer
    For many of us, it's the one of the worst parts of a job interview – the part where the hiring manager asks you if you have any questions. If you say no, you sound like you don't care about the job, or will take whatever they give you when it's time to negotiate your salary. If you say yes, well, you better have some good questions in mind. This week's roundup looks at a few possible questions to ask the hiring manager, plus issues around figuring out coverage during vacation, and tips on how to build your personal brand.
  • Want a Raise? Have Some Wellness Perks, Instead
    Most of us would prefer a bigger paycheck to a couple of sessions with a lifestyle coach or some free yoga classes. After all, given enough of a raise, you could probably spring for that unlimited card, all by yourself. But given that it's cheaper to sponsor a fitness competition than it is to give everyone at the company a 3 percent pay increase – and that healthier employees equals lower healthcare costs for the employer – you can probably expect to see a lot more emphasis on wellness in years to come.
  • 3 Reasons You Probably Hate Your Boss
    Employee dissatisfaction is a cultural institution: TV characters gripe about their TV bosses, it's often the subject of single-panel editorial cartoons, and it's one of the easiest bonding agents for employees around the water cooler. But why? Are bosses all really that bad? Based on a recent survey, the answer may be deeper than just a general disregard for leadership.
  • Overtime for Checking Email? Under Obama's Expanded Overtime Rule, Maybe
    Recently, President Obama announced new rules for overtime pay, which will raise the floor to just over $50,000 and cover nearly 5 million American workers. While you may have heard about the rule change, you might not be aware how that could affect your technology usage, particularly checking emails after hours.
  • Stop Overworking Everyone : A Better Way to End the Gender Wage Gap?
    Women still earn less money than men, in part, because they're more likely to seek out flexible schedules that allow them to combine work and household responsibilities. But, that doesn't mean that men are necessarily psyched to burn the midnight oil – at least, not every midnight. Perhaps the best way to tackle the gender wage gap and the work-life balance problem is to examine why our culture of work demands such round-the-clock devotion from everyone, both male and female.
  • UCI Introduces a New Program to Make It Easier for Humanities PhDs to Get Hired
    Earning a PhD in philosophy from a prestigious university is a noble endeavor, but when it can take upwards of a decade and over $100,000 in tuition to earn that degree, and studies show that job prospects drop the longer students take to complete their degrees, does it still make sense in today's economy? At The University of California, Irvine, school administrators just introduced a unique new PhD program in certain humanities fields that aims to increase financial support, lessen the student debt load and increase hiring prospects for students.
  • The PayScale Index, Updated: Wages Down for Q2, STEM Salaries Slowing
    The latest update to The PayScale Index, which measures the change in pay for all employed US workers, showed an overall decline in wages of -0.5 percent for the second quarter. This was greater than PayScale's prediction of a -0.1 percent decline. Annual wage growth was +0.3 percent. But not every metro area and industry took an equal hit. STEM-focused jobs, for example, once again saw an even bigger wage slowdown in Q2, despite constant news about growth in tech companies.
  • Don't Forget About Apprenticeships: Learn While You Earn
    While not everyone wants to work, because most people have to, it logically follows that most of us want a job. The real question is, what's the best way to get one? If you can't afford four years of college, but want a skilled job that pays more than minimum wage, an apprenticeship might be for you.
  • Take a Lesson From Peter Pan to Fight Career FOMO
    Starting your career is no easy task. We all know that college degrees no longer guarantee jobs and that the days of linear career paths and lifetime relationships with employers are just misty-colored memories (almost as dated as that reference I just made). But before you can worry about getting hired, you have to know what you want to get hired to do. Answering that question is becoming more difficult for many millennials, and even some Gen Xers. If your career is in a holding pattern because you can't find your "perfect job," you might be suffering from Career FOMO.
  • Let Donald Trump Teach You What Not to Do at Work
    Donald Trump is running for president, and much like your drunkest uncle at a holiday dinner, he's getting the festivities off to a start by insulting absolutely every person on the planet, one box on the census form at a time. His candidacy might inspire guffaws, but it's no joke: as of last week, he was No. 2 in the polls, behind only Jeb Bush, in the race for the Republican nomination. Of course, there are no silver medals in politics, and second in 2015 isn't first in 2016. Still, even if he never wins the nomination, he still has a lot to teach you about your career. Think of it as modeling by negative example.
  • Prospective Employers Asking for W-2 Forms: A Cover for Discrimination?
    In the current economy, the hiring process and salary negotiations are already slanted toward employers and against employees. This makes a new trend among employers to require potential hires to provide previous W-2 forms – sometimes years' worth of them – particularly worrying. But is it illegal?
  • For-Profit Colleges Must Prove That Students Can Pay Back Loans
    A recent US district court ruling reaffirms that the US Department of Education has a right to require colleges to prove that graduates earn enough money to pay back their student loans in order to be eligible for federal student aid dollars. This ruling is the second in a push-back via gainful employment regulations to hold these schools accountable for a return on students' tuition investment. Here's what you need to know.
  • How to Dish Out Criticism to a Colleague Without Burning a Bridge
    Dishing out criticism is easier said than done, especially when it's to one of your peers. Here are a few things to consider before the big talk to ensure that your message is constructive rather than destructive.
  • Looking for a Summer Job? These Companies Still Have Openings
    Between finals, graduations, and the unexpected madness of life, you weren't able to take the time to find a summer job. Now it's July, and you're in a bit of a panic trying to figure out what to do. Well, fear not. There are still jobs out there for the summer, and one might just have your name on it.
  • 4 Essential Tips for a Successful Remote Work Setup
    Many people dream about escaping the drudgery of office life and working from home, but the truth is, remote work has its own kind of drudgery – and some serious challenges. The key to success is understanding and dealing with some of the most common distractions you'll face when working remotely. Here's how to get started.
  • 3 Career Lessons From the US Women's World Cup Victory
    What does a soccer game have to do with your career? If the soccer game in question is last night's World Cup clincher and you're a working woman, a lot. Most of us probably won't experience what it's like to be a world-class athlete fighting for dominance on a global playing field, but even if you're not a sports fan of any stripe, you can learn a lot from the US women's national soccer team.
  • 4 Tips for Enjoying Summer When You're a Busy Grown-up
    Remember summers when you were a kid? We all had different experiences, but whether you spent your summers at camp, fishing with your parents, or lounging around a pool with buddies, chances are we all have one memory in common: free time. At least, before we got old enough for summer jobs.
  • 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 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.