• 3 Real Ways to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Work
    Starting in the mid-1950s, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s activism set the stage for desegregation, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, but we still haven't reached true equality in the United States, either in private or professional life. For example, African-American workers still earn less and have higher unemployment rates than white workers. But you can help to change that. Here's what you can plan to do at work, starting tomorrow, to honor Dr. King and further his legacy.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: 13 Signs You Need to Quit Your Job
    It's never a good idea to quit your job without having another job lined up. That said, sometimes there are signals that you should start finding that new job as soon as possible. In this week's roundup, we look at a few symptoms of a job that begs for your resignation letter, plus the best books to read instead of getting a life coach, and the interview follow-up you're not doing.
  • 5 Things to Know Before You Start Your First Real Job
    The 2015 semester has come to a close, and for college seniors, the college experience isn't far behind. If you're a college senior, and you're thinking about embarking on your first career, you might find yourself feeling a little intimidated by the unknown. But fear not, PayScale has your back. Here are five questions to ask to prepare you for your first post-college job in the real world.
  • 4 Ways to Change Your Career for the Better in 2016
    Time to make those New Year's resolutions! How are you going to make the coming year great for you and your career? We have some tips to help you make big changes by setting totally attainable goals. Before one year ends, get your game plan set for the next (great) year for your career.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: A Better Alternative to New Year's Resolutions
    Why make New Year's resolutions? In part, to make next year better than this one. The problem with formal resolutions is that they can become a stick to beat yourself with, when you turn out to be human after all and miss the mark. A better plan for 2016 might be to stop doing the things that are squandering your energy and making you less happy and productive, both at work and at home. In this week's roundup, find a reminder about the things you actually don't owe your colleagues, family, and friends; plus a few online personality tests that are worth the time, and the soft skills to develop, in order to succeed at work.
  • 5 People Who Got Fired Their First Day Of Work
    Getting fired stinks. But getting fired your first day on the job? That's the worst. If you haven't been fired from a job on the first day, heed these warnings from Redditors and friends across the interwebs who have gone through this terrible experience so you don't have to.
  • How to Be Happier at Work in 2016
    Are you making New Year's resolutions this year? If you're still undecided, maybe this is the year to park those unrealistic fitness and nutrition goals, and concentrate on your career instead. After all, most of us spend the bulk of our waking hours at work, so we might as well be happy doing it. Plus, when it comes to your career, sometimes little things make a big difference. Here are five small changes that are easy to make and can make you happier and more successful in the coming year.
  • Have Trouble Saying No? Get Inspiration From These 5 Quotes
    It's good to lend a hand, especially at work. No one likes that co-worker who never helps anyone out. However, if you're too accommodating, you might find yourself without enough time to get your own work done. Boundaries are important, even necessary. You can't be productive if you don't have any time in which to produce.
  • 5 #WorkFail Tweets Guaranteed to Probably Make You Laugh
    From wardrobe malfunctions to co-workers seeing you do your thing in a bathroom stall, we collected the most hilarious #WorkFails on Twitter with a side of usable career advice to help you move forward.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Is Oversharing Hurting Your Career?
    It's a catch-22: in order to build a successful career in the 21st century, you need a personal brand. In order to build a personal brand, you need to participate in social media. But, the easiest way to tank said personal brand, and possibly your career as well, is to say something dumb online – which is, of course, easy to do, thanks to social media. This week's roundup looks at how to manage the urge to say just a little too much online; plus, how to get noticed for the good stuff, not the bad, and 29 questions to answer to discover the real you.
  • How to Manage a Manager's Transition
    Just when you've built a healthy rapport with your manager, shared your career aspirations, and are confident that your progress will be taken care of, your manager quits, is reassigned, or is transferred. You now have to reinvest your time and energy in building another new relationship. Don't panic: there are a few things you can do to make sure your new reporting structure does not harm your career.
  • When Setbacks Happen, Stay Strong Like an Animal
    The next time adversity strikes your work plan, don't crumble — take some inspiration from the animal world and make the best of things. Whether your spirit beast is a tiny ant or a clever bird, you can use these animals as guides on your journey to being a more awesome human.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 3 Reasons We Make Bad Decisions at Work
    It's estimated that an average person has around 70,000 thoughts per day, and obviously, not all of them are productive. It's not surprising that most of us make a bad decision or two every now and again. We'll a look at some of the common reasons why we make bad decisions in hopes of preventing you from making them in the future.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: What to Do When You Lose Your Job
    Sometimes, losing your job turns out to be the best possible thing for your career, in the long run – but happy thoughts like that are hard to summon up, when you just got your pink slip. In this week's roundup, we look at what to do when you're still in panic-mode, to make things better in both the long- and short-term; plus, how to look good on Periscope, and how to have difficult conversations at work.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: How to Build a LinkedIn Profile Recruiters Will Love
    LinkedIn is a rare bird in the social media landscape: it's extremely useful for its specific purpose – building your career – but not necessarily a place to hang out online, like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. As a result, it's easy to let your LinkedIn profile slide when you get a promotion or take on new responsibilities, and not realize it until the absence of recruiter attention calls the issue to mind. In this week's roundup, we look at ways to make your LinkedIn profile shine, plus why being a good helper isn't always the best thing for your career, and a few tips on getting unstuck when you're in a rut.

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