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  • Why Networking Is More Important Than Your Resume
    This is the one, the job you've been looking for. You've spent more time proofreading your resume than it actually took to fill out the application. Your cover letter has the perfect blend of humor, professionalism, and self-salesmanship, and your resume – the piece de resistance – couldn't be better tailored to the job description. A month later, with several unreturned voicemails and a little LinkedIn stalking, you discover that someone far less qualified landed the position. Their secret? All signs point to a better network.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: A Background Check ... Before the Interview?
    For the most part, today's workers are used to the idea that they'll have to jump through some hoops to get a job, up to and including a background check. Generally speaking, however, the privacy-invasion part of the job search process happens once the offer is on the table. What would you do if a prospective employer insisted on digging into your background ... before you even had a job interview? That question, plus "Tinder for job seekers," and the little resume mistakes that really matter, in this week's roundup.
  • Career Success Guide: How to Stay Employed (Even When You're Unemployed)
    Whether you're just starting your career, or have been working for years, one thing is certain: it's harder to find a job when you don't have one. That's helpful to know if you're considering quitting a job without having another one lined up, but if you're a recent grad, newly laid-off, or just plain between gigs, well, there's not much you can do, right? Not so fast.
  • Helicopter Parents Could Damage Children's Careers
    The term "helicopter parent" is used to describe parents who hover over their children, smothering them with concern, attention, advice, and especially involvement. It's important that parents be involved in their children's lives, but helicopter parents, by definition, take it too far. Still, some folks proudly cop to the label, feeling that a desire to protect their kids is natural, and indeed it is. But, this style of parenting, when taken too far, can hurt more than it helps, especially if kids grow into adults and the helicoptering continues.
  • Why Every Job Seeker Should Write Their Autobiography
    Thanks to social media, when most of hear "biography," we think of Twitter mini-bios – the kind that contain a bunch of one-word descriptors, punctuated by periods, and are limited to 160 characters. But according to Aliza Licht, author of Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media, we might want to start thinking bigger, especially if we're not getting job offers.
  • The 5 Worst States for Teachers
    Whether you're new to the profession, or a master veteran to the science/art, you probably know that teaching is a very difficult job. The curriculum, rules and regulations, and "best practices" are ever-changing so you can never get too comfortable. The money isn't great – to say the least. Not to mention that, on any given day, the work itself is seemingly endless, very difficult, and largely underappreciated (and/or misunderstood) by society at large.
  • The 5 Best States for Teachers
    Teaching is difficult work. However, some factors (such as compensation and teacher/student ratio) can make a big difference. Recently, WalletHub examined 50 states plus the District of Columbia using 18 metrics in order to determine the best and worst states for teachers.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: How to Talk to Your College Grad About Getting a Job
    What's the difference between guiding and nagging? If you're a parent, the answer probably is, "Depends on the day." There are few times more challenging to parents of grownup kids than the period after graduation, when their newly minted grads head into an unknown future (and possibly back to their childhood bedroom). The challenge, of course, from a parent's perspective, is how to encourage them in their budding career, without driving them nuts. This week, we look at Kelsey Manning's advice for parents of recent grads. Plus: tips for brand-new Twitter users, and how to answer the dreaded question, "Don't you think you're overqualified?"
  • Maybe Don't Wait for the Weekend to Apply for Jobs
    One of the challenges of looking for a job when you have a job is finding time to apply, without taking the risks of applying on the company time. For that reason, some job seekers dedicate their weekends to job searching, sending off their cover letters, CVs, and cold inquiries on Saturday and Sunday. There's just one problem: a recent study shows that by waiting until no one's in the office, you might be consigning your resume to a black hole.
  • How to Make Smart Choices When Choosing Your Job References
    Having strong references can mean the difference between hearing, "You're hired!" and hearing nothing but dreaded silence. I've often covered the most appropriate methods of acquiring references, including asking permission, providing them with information about the position, and keeping them up-to-date with the overall process. This methodology is great if you already know who your references are, but where do you begin when you're not even sure who to ask?
  • Introducing PayScale's Guide to Early Career Success
    First jobs are important. Not only do they provide your first real glimpse of your industry from the perspective of a paid professional, but they can set the tone for your career (and salary) for years to come. Of course, career paths zigzag, and it's totally possible to bounce back from a soul-crushing first job and a lousy paycheck and move on to be a shining success – but wouldn't it be nice to skip the whole underpaid, underappreciated thing, and move on to the good stuff? PayScale's free Guide to Early Career Success offers expert advice to help you do just that.
  • College Seniors Are (Unrealistically?) Optimistic About Their Job Prospects
    It's good to be young. Seeing a wide open future sprawled out before you with plenty of awesome fruit just ripe for picking can make you feel like the possibilities are endless. As we get older, a lot of people become more pessimistic, and even bitter. Actually, Americans are pretty gloomy and doomy about the future in general these days. The optimism of our youth is a good thing. But, when it comes to the job market, is that optimism realistic?
  • The 5 Best Cities to Start Your Career
    There are many important factors to consider when deciding where to start one's career. Recent college grads, for example, might want to live close to family or friends, or in an area or region that they are particularly fond of for one reason or another. It's important to like where you live, but it's also important to consider economic/job market factors before making a final decision.
  • Unemployed? Blame Your (Lack of) Social Media Presence
    If you've been extra cautious about your online presence to the extent of not having any, you may actually be hurting your chances of landing a job. Employers are increasingly resorting to social media to check out a candidate's profile and see if they are a fit for their organization.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: How to Use Instagram to Get the Job
    Instagram is more than just a convenient way to make your friends jealous of your brunch experience. It can also help you get hired – if you use it the right way. In this week's roundup, we look at how to get a job by paying attention to companies' social media feeds, plus why you should embrace change, and why you don't need to feel alone if you're unemployed.
  • The 5 Worst Cities to Start Your Career
    Although the economy (and the job market) have improved in recent years, the progress has been spotty. Some regions are in much better financial positions than others. For example, the unemployment rate varies widely state to state. For recent college grads, choosing where to launch a career is an important decision with potentially far-reaching consequences.
  • New App Helps to Keep Your Online Image Clean
    Despite partying hard all throughout college, you somehow managed to graduate with decent grades and now you're on your way to paving a successful career path. Your partying days may be behind you now, but that doesn't mean they won't come back to haunt you when you least expect it – for instance, when you're trying to land your dream job. A simple Google search is all it takes for recruiters to dig up every humiliating photo that you've ever been tagged in on Facebook. Well, now a new app aims to prevent your past from ruining your chances of a brighter future.
  • How to Get the Job When You're 'Overqualified'
    One of the reasons that many qualified candidates do not hear back – or do not get shortlisted in the first place – is because they are overqualified. Why would you consider a job that's beneath your level? The reasons vary. Maybe you took a break and are now looking at reentering the job market, or you were laid off and now you need to start somewhere, or you really love the job you do, and want to stick to a similar role elsewhere. Whatever your reason, there are ways you can tackle the problem of being perceived as overqualified.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: How to Deal With Being Embarrassed at Work
    If you've never made a mistake at work, the saying goes, you're not working hard enough. But, that's small consolation when your face is red and you're stammering out an apology to your boss or client or co-worker. In this week's roundup, we look at what to do when you're embarrassed at your job – plus, how to find the right corporate culture for you, and how to steer an interview, without looking like you're embarking on a hostile takeover.
  • These 5 States Have the Most Telecommuting Jobs
    Want to escape the rat race – or, at least, deal with it from the comfort of your own home? A telecommuting job might be for you. However, not just everyone can score a work-from-home job. In addition to requiring a given skillset, equipment, and type of experience, many telecommuting jobs need to be based in a specific location, due to legal, tax, or training reasons. For that reason, certain locations are better than others, when it comes to scoring a work-at-home job.