• Before You Take Your Career Break
    A career break could range from a few months to a few years. In a previous post, we discussed the reasons that could lead to taking time off from your career track. In this post, we discuss a few factors to consider before taking the plunge.
  • How to Conduct a Sneaky Job Search at Work

    First things first: looking for a new job on the company's time is a bad idea. But sometimes, life intervenes -- for instance, if you work 14 hours a day, and most weekends, it can be hard to carve out time that's really "yours." So what do you do to minimize the risk of getting caught?

  • The Relationship Between College Graduation, Race, and Time? It’s Complicated

    The race gap has narrowed significantly in college enrollments, with 65 percent of black high school graduates attending college, compared to just under 70 percent of whites in 2011, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. However, the gap in graduation rates remains wide and admission to college has little value if a degree isn’t the end result.

  • First Job? Do These 3 Things for a Bright Financial Future

    If you're just starting out your career, and recently got your first job, you're most likely relieved to be employed. Also, if you've been living like a student -- i.e., on a tight budget -- you might feel rich. (At least until those student loans kick in.) So what should you do first, to make sure that you have the best shot at financial security down the road?

  • Switching Companies May Earn You More Money

    Loyalty to one employer is no longer the best strategy for most workers, at least in terms of earnings. People who "job hop" and switch companies end up earning higher salaries than those who stick around.

  • Is a Career Break Right for You?
    "Career break," or "career gap" -- these words almost always elicit strong reactions among working professionals, whether they're considering the option or not. The idea of taking time out from your career is either emotionally liberating or terrifying, but hardly ever anything in between. There are a number of factors that you need to consider before taking the plunge.
  • 3 Tips for Building a Career With Meaning

    The process of putting together PayScale's data package, The Most and Least Meaningful Jobs made one thing very clear: there are an infinite number of paths to a job that really satisfies, and no two careers will look exactly alike, even if the worker in each case loves his or her job.

  • 5 Tricks That Will Save You 5+ Hours a Week

    If you're reading this over the weekend, you're probably procrastinating -- and most likely, not because you're already bored of family barbecues this early in the summer. No, odds are, you're working on the weekend again, despite promising yourself this wouldn't happen. How did you get here? Well, in part, it's because you're losing time to things you don't need to do.

  • 3 Ways to Get Out of a Career Rut

    Do you feel stuck in your job? Even if you're grateful to be gainfully employed, it's still hard to feel good about going off to work every day if you don't get the sense that you're moving forward. If you've been idling in one place for a while, here's how to kick your career back into gear.

  • Obama Wants Paid Maternity Leave for Working Families
    At the White House Summit on Working Families last month, President Barack Obama said that working families in this country should have paid maternity leave.
  • Work BFFs Are Important, But Millennials Value Them the Most [infographic]

    LinkedIn's Relationships @Work study found that 46 percent of workers feel that their friends at the office contribute to their happiness, both at work and at home. Millennials were the most likely to report positive impacts from their office friendships.

  • How Aging Parents Impact Womens' Careers
    It’s not always about “Leaning In.” Sometimes it’s about caring for those you love. Is it true women in the prime of their earning years are more likely than men to take a break and care for their aging parents, and if so, how does that affect the ecosystem of the working world and our economy?
  • 3 Ways to Convince the Boss to Let You Work Smarter, Not Harder

    Late last year, a Gallup poll found that U.S. workers are still almost as worried about being laid off, having their hours cut, or losing benefits as they were during the financial crisis of 2008-9. At the same time, many companies have spent the past few years asking workers to take on heavier loads, to make up for cut positions and hiring freezes. In short, a lot of people are putting in a lot of face time -- but unfortunately, working constantly isn't the same as working efficiently.

  • Want to Work for a Great Company? Here Are 7 Things to Look For
    There are lots of variables that go into creating the best working environment. How do we judge what a great company looks like? What makes for a happy employee? What makes a great boss?
  • America Still Lags Behind the World in Maternity Leave
    According to the World Policy Forum, the United States of America, Suriname, and Papua New Guinea have something in common: they are the only nations that do not require employers to provide paid maternity leave.
  • Feeling Unproductive? Blame Talkative Co-workers, the No. 1 Office Distraction

    Noisy neighbors are the biggest disruption at work, according to a recent survey from talent mobility consultants Lee Hecht Harrison. Forty-five percent of respondents to an online poll said that talkative co-workers was the most distracting element at the office.

  • Create a Career You Feel Great About
    The thought of trying to find your perfect career can be overwhelming. It helps if you keep in mind that everyone’s idea of The Perfect Career is different and there are many ways to get there. Here are some ideas on how to end up doing what you love, no matter where you are on your career path at the moment.
  • The Best and Worst States to Be a Working Mother
    Some states offer new parents and families additional protections in the workplace, on top of federal protections. Many, however, do not. How does your state stack up?
  • 5 Easy Ways to Ask for Time Off This Summer
    While your kids may be on vacation, you probably are not. However, that doesn't mean you can't ask for time off to spend with your family. Here are a few ways to ask for a few days off this summer.
  • Headhunters Are Judging Your Grammar and Usage

    At first glance, it seems unfair: no one would expect an editor to build a website in order to prove that she has the chops to catch stray commas, but woe betide the software developer who submits a resume with a typo in it. In this era of instantaneous results and 24/7 availability, is it really reasonable for hiring managers to expect perfection in terms of punctuation, spelling, and so on?