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  • 4 Alternatives to Going to College
    Four years ago, I was sitting in my college dorm in Conway, Arkansas, wondering why paying $39,290 a year possibly made sense. I had come to college with hopes that it would make me a better person, but I soon realized that I would learn far more by going out to experience that world, rather than paying people tell me about the world. Disillusioned with school, I left.
  • The 10 Longest Commutes in the US
    Long commutes are bad for your health, happiness, and job satisfaction. On average, Americans commute 25.5 minutes each way, but some unlucky folks travel much longer than that in order to get to and from work each day.
  • Gen Y Lives With Mom and Dad
    Every generation likes to complain about how hard they had it when they were young. The economy was always terrible; school was always expensive; snow fell all year round, and everyone had to hike to their second jobs barefoot, both ways. However, PayScale's latest report, Gen Y on the Job, shows that the youngest generation of workers might actually have bragging rights -- the kind you don't want -- when it comes to coping with the most career challenges.
  • How to Rebound From Setbacks at Work
    Life is not linear, and as we work toward goals, we seldom move forward in a straight line. Sometimes, we end up making a choice or taking a path we did not expect, and sometimes, we make mistakes. Here's how to learn from those mistakes and rebound at work.
  • 7 Resume Tips for Older Job Seekers
    Age may be a state of mind, but in many industries it could be the reason you're not getting the call for an interview. Discrimination based on age is illegal, but sadly, it exists. In many cases, it is factored in even at the resume shortlisting phase. Sometimes, years of experience don't exactly work in the favor of the applicant. So how do you prove your capability for the job? While it is difficult predict the outcome of an actual interview, here are a few tips to help you spruce up your resume, to at least land the initial interview call.
  • The Best Way to Stay Excited About Your Work: Take a Job You're Not Quite Qualified For
    We spend so much of our lives at work. While making money, having good benefits, and experiencing marked success are important, it might also be nice to actually be excited about the job you do. The benefits of having enthusiasm about your work, and passion for your job, are not to be underestimated, and staying challenged and stimulated by your occupation might just be the key.
  • Ask These 3 Questions About Company Culture Before You Take the Job
    During an interview, your potential future employer is checking out your education and skills to see if you are fit for the job. He is also thinking about how well you may fit in with the company culture. You, too, should learn about company culture before you accept. You can't work where you aren't comfortable and don't fit in. Ask these questions to determine if you'll be happy at your new job.
  • Portrait of a Worker as a Young Man (or Woman)
    What's the average Gen Y worker look like? Understanding that dealing in generalities is always risky when it comes to any demographic, there are a few outstanding skills that Millennials tend to possess. PayScale's Gen Y on the Job data package reveals just a few of the greatest things young workers have to offer.
  • The Benefits of Training Others at the Office
    One of the best, tried-and-true ways to excel at what you do is explain it to someone else. Oftentimes, we go through our jobs -- which can include detailed systems and processes -- without realizing what we are actually doing. If you are years or decades deep into your career, much of your expertise may be "all in your head" -- and you may not even realize there’s a better way to do something, opening up the opportunity to excel more and even advance higher up the ladder.
  • Obamacare Enrollment: What You Need to Know
    Last year, Obamacare, formally called the Affordable Care Act, helped 10 million Americans sign up for health insurance. Being insured is now a requirement, so it's important to be sure your coverage is all set for 2015. If your employer provides your insurance, nothing has changed and no action is required on your part. Just keep doing what you have been doing. But, if your employer doesn't offer health insurance, (or if you're a freelancer, or currently between jobs,) enrollment is a great option to get the coverage you need.
  • Here Are the 6 Most Important Parts of Your Resume
    Recruiters spend about six seconds scanning through each resume they receive. Of course, this is assuming that your resume has the right keywords and has passed the test of the Applicant Tracking System (ATS), if the company you are applying to has one. So once the recruiter gets your resume, what is it that she looks at?
  • How Much Are You Worth? What Millennials Don't Know About Negotiating Salary
    By now, you've heard that you should negotiate your starting salary before accepting a job offer. Failure to do so can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of your career. Knowing this, however, doesn't mean that negotiating is easy, or effective. If you're a younger worker, the challenges are even greater. Less experienced than your older colleagues, you're also less likely to know how to choose a target number. Recently, PayScale spoke with Tara Wyborny, Recruiting Leader at the G10 Associates Program at staffing company Genesis 10, to find out how Millennials can negotiate the best possible salary at the right job.
  • Why (and How) You Should Use Email Templates at Work
    Whether you realize it or not, we spend a large portion of our day dealing with email. In fact, a 2012 survey by McKinsey found that desk workers spent an average of 28 percent of their work weeks buried in email. But how much of this time is spent sending the same thing over and over again? While it would be helpful to cut down on the number of emails you receive, you could also save yourself even more time by reducing the effort spent replying to each email.
  • #PayChat Roundup: Millennials at Work
    Today's youngest generation of workers have skills, education, and technical savvy that employers need, but suffer from high rates of unemployment and underemployment, as well as fierce competition from older workers for coveted jobs. Today, PayScale hosted a Twitter discussion, together with Jessica Miller-Merrell, SPHR, founder of Blogging4Jobs.com, to talk about what Millennials want at work -- and what's standing in their way.
  • 3 Ways You Know Your Boss Hates You (and What to Do About it)
    Feel like the boss doesn't like you? It might not be paranoia. It's possible that the boss really doesn't care for you. Worse, he might even want you to quit. If that is the case, staying in your current position may not be the best way to advance your career. Sometimes, however, you can find ways to improve the situation and have a good working relationship with your boss. Here are the three biggest signs your boss doesn't care for you, and how to respond.
  • For Gen Y Workers, #TheStruggleIsReal
    The world of work is a mix of contradictions for Gen Y. The youngest working generation is at once challenged by the economy and empowered by technology. Inspired to innovate, Millennials are also occasionally hampered by expectations that exceed the reality (and budgets) of their employers. If you're a Gen Y worker looking for insight into your situation -- or a Gen X or Baby Boomer hoping to better understand your younger colleagues -- PayScale's latest data package, Gen Y on the Job, will help.
  • Adult Dancers Receive $10M Settlement in Minimum Wage Class Action Suit
    Every state has different wage laws. Some have substantially higher minimum wages than the federal minimum wage, while others do not. Some states allow employers to pay tipped employees less than the normal minimum wage, while others do not. But a recent case involving New York City adult dancers points out that one thing employers cannot do anywhere: force someone to work exclusively for tips and refuse to pay him or her any wage at all.
  • 3 Strange Salary Negotiation Tips
    Most salary negotiation advice is pretty run of the mill. Research the position. Know your worth. Understand the corporate culture you're operating in. Ask for what you deserve. Beyond those solid, staid tips, however, there's a whole realm of tricks waiting for you -- some of which might just get you the dollar amount you're looking for.
  • The 15 Most Annoying Co-Worker Behaviors
    For the most part, you don't pick your co-workers. Even if you did, it'd be hard to see through the veneer of professional behavior most folks put on for a job interview, and sniff out the future popcorn-burners and nail trimmers. Worst of all, unlike with irritating personal acquaintances, there's no avoiding the people who drive you crazy at work. If you dodge their calls and emails for too long, it's your career that suffers.
  • 3 Reasons Not to Major in Business
    Business administration has long been the most popular undergraduate major in American colleges and universities. There is no doubt that students acquire valuable skills, such as leadership and decision making, through the coursework. However, that doesn't mean it's a sure path to a successful career.