• PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: The Soft Skill You Can't Afford to Neglect
    What makes a successful career? If you've read a few articles on career development before, you probably said education, or a good network, or developing whatever skillset is expected of people in your industry. But there's one thing you're probably forgetting. Learn about the soft skill you need to work on, plus how to do your homework for an interview and how to get your totally disengaged co-worker to give you that information you need, in this week's roundup.
  • BLS Jobs Report: 271,000 Jobs Added, Unemployment at 5 Percent
    The Employment Situation Summary for October far surpassed economists' predictions, showing the addition of 271,000 jobs to public and private payrolls. Prior to this morning's release from the labor department, economists polled by Reuters forecasted gains of 180,000 jobs. The unemployment rate was "essentially unchanged" at 5 percent.
  • 15 Inspiring Quotes Every Ambitious Woman Needs in Her Life Right Now
    First things first, ladies: give yourselves a well-deserved pat on the back for continuing to fight the good fight for women's equality – even if it is the same battle we've been fighting since 1776 when Abigail Adams pleaded for John Adams to "remember the ladies" when penning the Constitution. The good news is that women have come a long way since then and are making huge strides in their fight for equality, especially in the workplace. Here are 15 inspiring quotes to help motivate you to continue your quest to bring women parity in their careers once and for all.
  • Is Your Resume Invisible to Recruiters? Fix it By Removing These 5 Things
    Has your resume been falling flat? You might be telling too much and losing points before you even get a chance to answer awkward interview questions. Here are five items you might have on your resume that you should remove immediately.
  • Too Many Meetings? Here's What to Do
    Frequently find yourself moving from one conference room to another as you navigate a schedule jam-packed with meetings? If your company seems to allocate a lot of time for talking about what needs to be done and not enough time for doing the actual work, it's probably because that's what's actually going on. These days, it's not just the leaders and the top executives who spend their day in meeting rooms; almost all employees now seem to be spending their time attending and making meeting notes.
  • PayScale's Latest Report Shows That the Gender Pay Gap Is Real
    Look at PayScale's Gender Pay Gap report, and one thing will stand out right away: women still earn less than men. There's no industry in which women earn as much or more than men, even after controlling for factors like years of experience, skills, education, and company size. So, while the controlled gender pay gap of 2.7 percent, or 97 cents on the dollar, is smaller than the stats you usually hear – 78 cents for every dollar a man earns, for example, according to the White House – it still represents a real disparity in pay, and one that can't be explained away by choice of occupation or the experience lost due to time out to care for children.
  • How to Work for a Younger Boss
    Have you recently come into a position where the senior member of your team is actually, well, your junior? Are you having a hard time falling under their leadership because of the age gap? You're not alone: About 34 percent of adults in the workforce have a boss that's younger than them. If you're struggling to navigate your relationship with a younger c-suite, the answer may lie in just a few simple adjustments.
  • Is Diversity Important for Corporate Boards? Men Say Not Really...
    Although diversity has been proven to stimulate innovation, enhance creativity, and lead to better decision-making and problem-solving, there is still a problem with lack of diversity (in terms of both gender and race) in the upper echelons of corporate life.
  • 6 Ways to Get What You Want at Work, Without Looking Like a Jerk
    It can be hard to ask for what you want at work, especially when you're anticipating a lot of push-back. But, when it comes to important things like salary or work-life balance or working conditions, it's essential not to give up. Here are a few tips for getting what you want at work, without alienating your co-workers, clients, or boss.
  • Here's Why Amazon's New Parental Leave Policy Matters
    If you've missed out on the back and forth between Amazon and The New York Times, the short version is that it has hardly been a mutual admiration society. At the end of the summer, the newspaper published a scathing report detailing how the company is "redrawing the boundaries of what is acceptable" in how far it can push its employees. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was quick to respond with an internal memo, saying that he did not believe the company in the article was the Amazon he knows, encouraging employees to report any instances of the behavior it described. Now it seems Amazon is taking concrete steps to correct that perception more broadly.
  • ADP Jobs Report: Private Sector Added 182,000 Jobs in October
    This morning's ADP National Employment Report showed the addition of 182,000 jobs to private payrolls last month, almost exactly as economists predicted. (Those polled by Reuters were looking for gains of 180,000 jobs.) However, last month's report was revised downward to 190,000 jobs from 200,000 jobs, and job creation has averaged 184,000 per month over the past three months. A year ago, gains averaged 263,000 for the same three-month period. Is job growth slowing?
  • Don't Believe the Hype: Most College Graduates Feel Their Degrees Were Worth the Cost
    Alarmingly high rates of student loan debt have a lot of people wondering if a bachelor's degree is really worth its cost. Short answer: yes, as long as you pick the right college and the right degree. Sure, college is extremely expensive these days, but don't let that scare you away. Despite everything, there is still a tremendous amount of evidence to support the importance, and the benefits, of attaining a bachelor's. In most cases, it's still totally worth it. Here's why.
  • Sick of Your Job? Get Inspired by These 8 Great TED Talks
    It's dark, getting colder, and your next day off is still weeks away. If you're getting down at work, try a few minutes break with one of these inspirational TED talks. You just might find some answers without ever leaving your computer.
  • 7 Tips to Land Your Dream Job, On the Job
    You've heard the old saying: "Choose a job that you love, and you never have to work a day in your life." While it does seem ideal, not everybody gets to do what they really love as a job, especially at first. You might need to move into the perfect role by coming at it sideways, in a lateral move from another position. If you're lucky enough to be working in a company where there is scope to be doing what you enjoy doing, seize the opportunity.
  • Networking, Without the Yuck
    If you're looking for ways to further your career, get started in an industry, or launch a new project, chances are you've been told that what you really need to do is network. But, there's something about "networking," especially when you call it by name, that can feel super icky. The good news is that it doesn't have to be.
  • 3 Steps to Break Out of Career Limbo
    Most of us have heard of Chubby Checker and, for those not fortunate enough to have heard one of his classics, get out there and give your ears a taste of early American rock 'n roll. Mr. Checker came on strong in the 1960s, tearing up the radio waves with his dance hall hits like "Limbo Rock." In the early '70s, unhappy with his career, he took a swing at psychedelic rock. Well, the album was only released in Europe and sales were disappointing. Checker continued on and has a solid place in our Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame, as well as in many music lovers' hearts.
  • Graduating Seniors, Get Ready for These 5 Big Surprises About Office Life
    If you've ever heard parents pine for their college days, it could be easy to think that once you graduate your best days are behind you. When you get out into the real world, things can be startlingly different. Your habits will change, your norms will shift, and more than a few men will start losing their hair. But when it comes to office life, there are several changes you probably won't be able to predict.
  • How to Apologize Without Looking Weak
    Imagine a world in which no one ever said sorry. If you pictured a society composed entirely of stodgy businessmen, frowning and adjusting their ties, it wouldn't be strange. The debate over whether or not to apologize will probably rage on for as long as there are corporations and leaders to run them. On the pro-apology side, you have experts who say being accountable is not only correct, but ultimately more productive; on the con side, you have the folks who feel that saying "I'm sorry" is tantamount to announcing weakness, possibly in front of the board. So who's right?
  • How Negativity Can Actually Be Good for Work
    When is the last time someone told you to be more negative? Our society has put a lot of stock in positivity, and it can often lead to a drowning out of any negative vocalizations — think of the line from Office Space, "Looks like someone's got a case of the Mondays!" But the truth is, negative thinking can actually be good for us. It's just a matter of knowing how to control your thoughts and use them for the best.
  • 7 Common Interviewing Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid
    The purpose of interviewing is pretty straightforward: the company wants to see if you're a good fit for the job, and you want to see if you'll be happy and productive at the company. But, the interview process is often overwhelming and stressful for many candidates. All that pressure can lead to interview mistakes. Here are a few of the common ones people make, what you can do to avoid them.

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