Much like you, your TV favorites play their part in the 40-hour work week. Thanks to the magic of television, these characters make having careers in physics and marketing seem easy. But, do you think they could honestly hold these gigs in real life?
If you're stuck in a holiday shopping frenzy, it's time to reel it back like so many tiny reindeer. This time of year, mere moments before Christmas, lots of us get in the "OMG, I need to buy … something for ______." And then you start impulse-buying glitter photo frames in the grocery store checkout line and things start to get weird. Before you go all nuts at the Pepperidge Farm kiosk in the mall, read about some things that your co-workers really want this year.
December feels like a terrible month to do just about anything but wrap presents and eat holiday cookies, but if you're looking for work right now, you can't afford to wait until a less crazy time of year to make things happen. The good news is that even though you might not feel like engaging in a job search right now, companies are interested in hiring – despite what you might have heard about the holiday season being a lousy time to interview. Find tips on making the most of your holiday job search, plus warning signs that your job is about to become obsolete and advice on how to encourage a culture of creativity at work, in this week's roundup.
If someone asks you how much you get paid, you probably answer with a dollar amount (or politely ask them to mind their own business). But the real value of your compensation comprises more than just the numbers that appear in your direct deposit at regular intervals. Perks like health insurance, 401(k) match, bonuses, and so on, save you money or make you money and contribute directly to your bottom line. Now, a few companies are introducing what might be the ultimate money-saving perk: cash to repay student loans ahead of schedule, thus potentially saving employees thousands in interest.
Even when jobs aren't scarce, you might find yourself pining for a position that is more hands-on and less middle management. When you're submitting a resume, however, hiring managers might get the wrong idea of you "taking a step back" for the open position. But, you can still make your case and land that job, with a few simple techniques.
At PayScale, we really love data. Throughout 2015, we used data to tackle some of the most debated topics in the career world, as well as to shed some light on common misconceptions about data. PayScale's reports cover everything from the gender pay gap to the cost and reward of higher education. And sometimes, we analyze qualitative data, like how workers feel about their jobs. For example, which jobs are the most meaningful, and more importantly, which are the most meaningless? And, do women really only make 78 cents for every dollar a man makes?
Depending on your situation, it could be frustrating or liberating to work with a remote manager. While on the one hand, you don't have her hovering around your desk and sneaking up on you, on the other hand, you do not have easy access to her whenever you need. You're also probably not her first choice when she has a project to assign to her team, just because of the sheer logistics. But, there are a few ways you can have an effective remote reporting relationship.
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.
Even with global warming, your cube is somehow the coldest point on the planet. And since you can't just start a fire in your trashcan (it's frowned upon), you're going to have to figure out a way to stay warm and happy at work this winter. Before you go ask Mr. Scrooge if you can put another lump of coal on the brazier, try one of these quick tips.
With 2015 coming to an end and a new year just around the corner, it's nice to reflect on some of the positive things that have happened in the career world this year, from companies offering increased paid family leave to millennials teaching us what success should look like in the future. Here are a few of the top career stories of 2015 to help close out the year on a good note.