• PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Will Finding a New Job Be More Difficult This Year?
    If you're thinking about changing jobs in the coming months, you're probably anxiously scanning headlines for any news story having to do with the job market. Will it be harder to find a job this year than it was last? Many job seekers seem to think so. Although perception isn't everything, it's always interesting to know what other job seekers think of the market. This week's roundup looks at that, plus why you really and truly need to be on LinkedIn, and how to interview when you're an introvert.
  • Could These Be the 5 Most Bizarre Job Interview Questions?
    Job interview questions should have only one purpose, and that's to figure out whether or not the candidate is a good fit. Unfortunately, some hiring managers didn't get that particular memo, and take interview questions – particularly behavioral ones – to ridiculous extremes. Think less "Tell me about a time you faced a challenge at work" and more "If you were any object in a kitchen what would you be and why?" Sure, sometimes these questions are a creative way of digging out the interviewee's best and worst qualities, but other times, they're just plain strange. You'd be forgiven for wondering, on the applicant side of the table, if the hiring manager was just messing with you.
  • The 5 Hardest Working Cities in America
    Americans work hard. Actually, we work more than anyone else in the industrialized world, we're terrible about taking our vacation time, and we retire later too. But, some parts of the country are a little extra into hard work. In order to determine the hardest working cities in America for 2016, WalletHub analyzed the 116 largest cities in the country along six metrics. Let's take a look at their top five.
  • Avoid These 5 LinkedIn Mistakes
    LinkedIn is a powerful networking tool, but like all tools, it's only as good as the person who wields it. Used well, LinkedIn can help you find a new job, hire fresh talent, or just strengthen your professional connections. But, in order to fully maximize the experience, you need a strong profile and a clear goal. You also need to avoid a few common LinkedIn mistakes that most users don't even realize they're making.
  • Want to Land Your Dream Career? Use These 3 Job Search Tips
    Entering a job search is definitely not for the faint of heart. If you've ever had to look for a job, then you understand the emotional roller coaster that happens during this process. The highs of applying to potential dream gigs and getting called in for interviews will make you feel like you're walking on cloud nine – invincible, almost. However, the lows of not getting the job are enough to bruise even the strongest and most resilient of egos. To help you make the most of your job-search journey, here are three tips that will boost your candidacy and marketability so that you can land the job of your wildest dreams.
  • How to Communicate With Recruiters So You Don't Look Like a Creeper
    Communicating with a recruiter is much like a first date. You know he's interested in what you have to offer, or else he wouldn't have contacted you, right? Then again, how many other qualified candidates is he in communication with? Ugh! The anticipation and waiting are enough to make you want to curl up in a ball and weep your eyes out. Before you go full stalker mode, learn some of the dos and don'ts of communicating with recruiters so you don't wind up on the blacklist of candidates.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: What to Ask Instead of 'What Do You Do?'
    What's the worst part about networking? All the horrifyingly dull questions you have to ask and answer, in order to establish new relationships with your fellow humans. But, there's no law that says we have to stick to the same old, same old. Mixing things up might actually get some better answers, build stronger connections, and bore everyone a lot less. In this week's roundup, we look at 27 questions to ask instead of "What do you do?," plus the housekeeping questions you must ask at your next job interview, and the best ways to get motivated when you're feeling uninspired.
  • Unemployed? The Voice of Job Seekers Is Here to Help
    If you do a quick Google search for "career consultant," you can easily end up in a digital swamp of information overload. If you're unemployed and find yourself in this position, look no further than Mark Dyson – a.k.a., "The Voice of Job Seekers." Here's the skinny on Mark, and how he can help you in your job search.
  • 3 Things You Should Probably Never Say to a Recruiter
    Recruiters have a unique position in the job placement world. In a nutshell, they have to build relationships with both employers and candidates, then they play matchmaker so that it's a win-win situation for everyone involved. Part of a recruiter's job is to get to know you (the candidate) and figure out what you have to offer and the best place to fit you. However, be careful not to make the mistake of assuming that these "get to know you" conversations mean that you and the recruiter are BFFs – because that's when the relationship will take a turn for the worse. Here's what you need to know.
  • It Pays to Comply: Compliance Jobs Are Hot
    I've been thinking a lot about Zenefits lately, especially about things we at PayScale can learn from their recent troubles. Zenefits is an online HR software company, and they focus mainly on small businesses. They make their money by selling insurance to said small businesses, but they were recently exposed for being out of compliance with insurance regulations. Whoops!
  • 6 Ways to Reboot Your Job Search
    You've heard people say that looking for work is the toughest job you'll ever have. And, if looking for a job has been a major part of your daily routine for more than a couple of weeks, it's likely you know what they mean by this. The whole process can really start to bring you down after a little while. So, if you've hit a bit of a wall with your job search, consider these tips to help you get back on track.
  • Teens: Start Looking For Your Summer Job Now
    There are plenty of different ways to look at unemployment rates, but make no mistake: If you're a teenager looking for part-time work this summer, you're going to have a tough time. According to a survey of 15 major U.S. cities reported by Fox Business, only 38 percent of teens looking for summer work have been able to find it. That's saying in effect that more than 60 percent of teenagers can't find the summer job they're looking for. With some careful planning, here's how you can avoid running into the same problem.
  • Hiring Managers Share Their Worst Interview Stories
    One of the most challenging parts of the job-search process is the interview. If you're like most people, interviews make you at least a little nervous. And, when we're nervous, we tend to act a little funny. Needless to say, hiring managers have seen their fair share of interviews-gone-wrong.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: The Evil HR Lady Explains, 'Why I Threw Out Your Resume'
    If you've been interviewing for a while, and not getting anywhere – not even to the first phone screen – the problem might be that your resume isn't making the first cut. In this week's roundup, we look at advice on how to fix that, plus a better way to say "I'm passionate" in a job market full of passionate job seekers, and the seven critical skills you're probably leaving off your resume.
  • 3 Obstacles That Keep Women From Succeeding in Tech
    The gender pay gap exists across all industries, but it's smallest in tech, according to PayScale's report, The Truth About the Gender Pay Gap. But, that doesn't mean that everything is easy for women at tech companies. Various systemic issues in the industry can keep women from succeeding – or even staying – in STEM fields. Here's what's holding women back.
  • Find Your Dream Career Through the Magic of Self-Reflection
    Everyone has good days and bad days at work. When those bad days start to string together, turning into a bad month or two, we tend to become concerned and rightfully so. We spend a tremendous amount of time at work, so it's reasonable to hope that our careers bring some amount of fulfillment, stimulation, and success. So, if you're feeling a little down about your current professional path, or if you're at a point in your life where you're trying to discover which career is right for you, consider the power of self-reflection. It just might be the key to moving you toward a more rewarding career.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: How to Update Your LinkedIn Profile (Without Tipping Off the Boss)
    Keeping a job search secret is more complicated these days than not getting busted looking at a job search site on the company time. Part of the problem is that personal brand is so important for job seekers; to show hiring managers and recruiters what you have to offer, you have to keep on top of your social media presence. Of course, nothing tells an employer that you're looking like a freshly updated LinkedIn. So how can you keep your profiles fresh, without making things awkward with your current boss? This week's roundup looks at ways to manage that, plus how to handle rejection during a job search and how to deal with arguably the worst thing about working as a team.
  • 4 Ways You Might Get Tricked at Your Next Job Interview
    Feeling nervous before a big job interview? You're not alone. According to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive, 92 percent of survey respondents were anxious about some aspect of a job interview. Among the top reasons: being too nervous, and not being able to answer a specific question. We all know tricky interview questions are coming our way — but what if there's more to it than that? Not to fan the flames of your anxiety, but it's not out of the realm of possibility that your interviewer will be testing you with more than just the standard curveball questions.
  • 3 Ways Job-Hopping Might Mean Leaving Money on the Table
    A big incentive for jumping from one job to the next, in a relatively short space of time, is that it makes it feasible to climb up the income ladder. Every time you are offered a new job, it's an opportunity to brush up your salary negotiation skills and seek out better compensation. That said, there might be some ways that job-hopping can hurt your earning power or net worth.
  • 4 Signs That the Job Market Really Is Improving
    The road back from the Great Recession has been a long and winding one, that's for sure. Even when some economic indicators have given us hope, other factors (often the ones that matter most to workers) have lagged behind. For example, despite lower unemployment rates, wage growth has been slow. However, now that the first quarter of 2016 is well underway, there are some indications that the job market might truly be improving. Here's what you need to know.

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