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  • What We Know So Far About Obama's Plan for Free Community College
    Yesterday, President Obama unveiled his plan to offer eligible college students two years of community college for free. More information about the America's College Promise proposal will be revealed today, alongside an American Technical Training Fund proposal, which would expand technical training programs that meet employer's needs and prepare more Americans for higher paying jobs. Here's what we know about the plan right now.
  • PayScale's Weekly VIP Blog Roundup: Make Big Changes, Forget About Self-Sufficiency, and Stay on the Boss's Good Side
    New year, same old career? If you ever needed proof that January 1 is just a day on the calendar, the week after the holidays might provide it. But just because the beginning of a new year isn't automatically a new start at work, doesn't mean that you can't use the fresh page in your planner to inspire you to make changes, large and small, that can make 2015 the best year of your career so far.
  • BLS Jobs Report: 252,000 Jobs Added, But Wages Remain Soft
    This morning's release from the Labor Department showed an increase of 252,000 jobs, beating economists' expectations of 240,000 added jobs, and a decline in the unemployment rate from 5.8 percent in November to 5.6 percent in December. This is the lowest unemployment rate since June, 2008. In addition, last month's blockbuster report was revised upward from 321,000 jobs to 353,000 jobs. Wages, however, actually declined slightly from last month.
  • 5 Tips for Coping With an Unhappy Co-worker
    Everyone has a bad day once in a while, and offering support to co-workers is the kind approach in these instances. However, sometimes a colleague is chronically unhappy, spreading gloom day after day. Maybe they complain a lot -- about work, their personal life, or both. Perhaps it's just the way they sulk around the office, or it's the miserable countenance they wear every time you're in a meeting together. No matter how the condition manifests itself, working with someone who is persistently unhappy can be a real drag, to say the least.
  • Ban the Box: What You Need to Know About Your Employment Rights and Criminal Convictions
    Whether you are applying to serve fast food, work on a construction site, style hair, teach, or be a tattoo artist, almost all job applications have had one thing in common for years. They ask the question, "Have you ever been convicted of a crime?" And whether your answer is yes because of a silly trespassing charge you picked up as the result of a childhood prank or your answer is yes because you spent serious time in prison at some point in your past, the result has historically been the same. Either you tell the truth and you don't get the job because you have a conviction, or you lie and you run the risk of ultimately being fired when your employer does a background check. Either way, for generations you have had no recourse. However, in some parts of the country this is changing as various states and municipalities enact "Ban the Box" legislation.
  • The Case for Taking a Real Lunch Break
    In a work-obsessed culture, it can seem important to get the job done, and done quickly, even if it that often means putting deadlines ahead of health and happiness. If there's any free time, a concept that might seem strange to many working professionals, it's spent in assessing possible project areas to increase revenue and improve the profitability of the company. But just because corporate culture doesn't place a value on lunch breaks, doesn't mean that it's good for productivity to skip them. If taking lunch does not figure anywhere in your priority list, maybe it is time to take another look at your planner.
  • Do These 7 Things on LinkedIn and Get Hired in 3 Months, Says LinkedIn [infographic]
    LinkedIn published an infographic outlining a study they conducted on 4,000 job seekers who were able to land a job within three months of applying by doing a few simple things on the social network. We're here to walk you through some of those steps so, you too, can be like the cool kids -- or, at least the ones that land jobs in three months.
  • How to Negotiate a Raise in 2015
    Why is it so scary to ask for what you deserve, especially when it involves a dollar amount? For one thing, we live in a society where talking about money is considered tacky, as is blowing your own horn. To get the salary that's appropriate for our experience, skills, and capabilities, you need to get comfortable doing both. PayScale's Salary Negotiation Guide helps you feel more secure asking for a raise or establishing your starting pay by breaking the process into three parts: research, strategy, and negotiating.
  • 5 Ways to Get Organized and Prep for Your Best Year Yet
    Now that the holiday craze has died down and it's back to reality, it's time to get serious about what lies ahead for 2015. Before you dive headfirst into your new year's resolutions list (which you dusted off from last year), we've compiled a list that will help you get your life and career on track for the coming year.
  • Choice Blindness: You Really Don't Know What You Are Doing
    When we make decisions at work, we are often asked to explain or defend our choices before and even after they have been put into effect. Studies show that people often are not aware of their choices after they have made them, and this "choice blindness" may have serious effects upon their behavior at work.
  • ADP Jobs Report: Private Sector Added 241,000 Jobs in December
    Ahead of this morning's ADP National Employment Report, economists predicted the addition to private payrolls of 225,000 jobs. The report, which is jointly produced by Moody's Analytics and payroll processor ADP, showed higher gains than expected -- 241,000 jobs in all. In addition, last month's payrolls were adjusted upward from 208,000 jobs to 227,000 jobs.
  • The 23 Best Pieces of Career Advice Readers Ever Received
    A long time ago -- or maybe it only feels that way -- our careers were at their beginning. Full of promise, ambition, and possibly misplaced self-confidence, we embarked on our journey up the corporate ladder. The luckiest among us received plenty of advice from the wiser and more experienced people in our lives, whether they were our parents, teachers, first bosses, or friends. If we were really fortunate, we were even able to hear it.
  • Unemployed Men Still Do Less Housework Than Women
    Possibly the only upside to being unemployed, as long as it doesn't go on too long, is finally having enough time to take care of your living space and spend time with your children, if you have them. But as The Upshot's Josh Katz recently discovered, even unemployment looks different, depending on whether you're a man or a woman.
  • Aim Higher, and Get the Job
    Are you going on a lot of interviews, but not getting any offers? The problem might be that you're setting your sights too low.
  • Switching to a New Industry? It’s Time for a New Resume
    Whether you're switching careers out of necessity or simply the desire to make a change in your life, searching for a job takes on a new level of difficulty. Because you'll be competing with applicants who've been in the industry for years, you have to try extra hard to show hiring managers that you're the best candidate for the job -- and not just an inexperienced newbie. How do you do that? Your resume is your not-so-secret weapon. Here's how to use it to your best advantage.
  • Fake These 5 Characteristics, and Seem More Confident
    When you feel confident, the people you interact with in your career are more likely to reward you with the things you want, whether it's a job or a promotion or a raise or a parking space closer to the front door. This is potentially pretty unfair, of course, since anyone who's worked with other humans for more than a day knows that confidence isn't always an indicator of competence. So what can you do, if you're deserving, but underappreciated -- and not burdened with an excess of self-regard? Game the system, and fake it until you make it.
  • Use These 3 Communication Techniques to Get Ahead
    You need to communicate in order to get what you want, whether it's a raise, a promotion, or inclusion on a team or project. Psychology offers proven communication and persuasion techniques that can increase your chances of achieving your career goals. Here's how.
  • Your Workday Starts Too Early, Says Awesome Study
    Do you feel a subtle pressure to get in to work early? It's not in your head. Many companies create a culture that rewards long working hours. The problem, according to a new study from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, is that getting up with the roosters often means cutting down on time spent sleeping.
  • The Salary You Need to Buy a Home in Most Major Cities
    Buying a new home is exciting, but it can be difficult to determine how much you can afford to spend, or, whether or not you can afford to buy at all. Through analyzing how much it would cost to pay a median-priced home's mortgage principal, taxes, and insurance, the mortgage website HSH.com has determined how much a family would have to earn to afford to buy a home in many major US cities.
  • 3 Endangered Jobs for 2015
    Out with the old, and in with the new! While some industries are thriving in 2015, and anticipating further growth, other professions are struggling to stay relevant. Growth in the tech industry, for example, has been easy to understand and anticipate. But, other industries are paying a price for the changes technology has brought.