• Some NFL Cheerleaders Earn Less Than Minimum Wage
    Most of us don't work in exchange for perks. Instead, we agree to pay that equals at least the minimum wage and expect to be paid for hours worked. Unless, of course, you are a cheerleader. Recent lawsuits brought against several NFL teams are shedding light on the alleged exploitation of women who are employed as cheerleaders.
  • Rakesh Agrawal Gripes About PayPal Colleagues on Twitter

    On Friday night and early Saturday morning, PayPal's Director of Strategy Rakesh Agrawal quit his job and then made several tweets expressing his opinions about his former colleagues at the company. They were not positive, nor were they coherently expressed, even by 140-character standards.

  • Big Surprise: Raising the Minimum Wage Is Good for the Economy
    Opponents of raising the minimum wage continue to scream that paying working class people higher wages will destroy the economy and the American way of capitalistic freedom will end. We have hard evidence that this is simply not true.
  • Good at Video Games? You're Hired

    Get ready to laugh in the face of everyone who ever told you that you were wasting your life playing video games. Major corporations like Coca-Cola and Royal Dutch Shell are using games as part of their hiring processes, to determine whether candidates are good behavioral fits or to choose which projects to fund.

  • 3 Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

    If productivity advice were music, "Work Smarter, Not Harder" would be one of the biggest chart toppers of all time. But like most popular ditties, the tune familiar, but the meaning is somewhat unclear. What does it actually mean?

  • Do These 3 Things and Avoid Working Through Your Next Vacation

    Vacation season is upon us, and with it, the most pressing question of the warm weather months: if you drop your smartphone in the ocean, will you actually get a few days to rest and recharge, or will your boss see through your cunning ruse? (Hint: It's the latter.)

  • To Get the Job, Ask for It

    Could getting a job be as simple as just asking for it? For candidates who already feel like they're begging to be hired, the idea might seem cringeworthy. But as Kim Thompson points out in a recent post at SF Gate, employers are far more likely to hire enthusiastic candidates than ones who seem like they can take the job or leave it.

  • Resume Myths vs. Facts [infographic]

    If you're looking for a job, you've probably already heard a lot of advice about the "ideal" resume template. Experts weigh in on this topic constantly, but just about everyone who's ever been hired has an opinion on what resumes should look like. There's just one problem: a lot of the time, they're wrong.

  • Minimum Wage in Seattle Might Soon Be $15 an Hour

    Yesterday, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced that he has struck a deal that will allow that city to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour, a jump of more than $4 an hour. The state of Washington has the highest minimum wage in the country, at $9.32 per hour.

  • BLS Jobs Report: Economy Adds 288,000 Jobs, Unemployment Dips to 6.3 Percent

    Economists predicted that today's release of the monthly Employment Situation Summary would show gains of 218,000 jobs in April-- more than previous months, but far short of the actual 288,000 reported by the Labor Department. Unemployment fell to 6.3 percent, the lowest since September 2008.

  • 3 Ways to Customize Your Resume
    While some say the resume is well on its way to being dead, thanks to professional social networks like LinkedIn, many companies still require applicants to submit a resume to be considered for an open position. Before you simply copy and paste your LinkedIn profile (or use LinkedIn's Resume Builder), consider customizing your resume to ensure you have the best shot of getting your foot in the door for an interview. Here are three key ways you should customize your resume before applying for each job.
  • 3 Tips to Sound More Like a Leader
    If you want to be respected as a manager, you have to talk the talk. But in this age of corporate buzzwords, it can be hard to sound like the manager you want to be, or to be respected for the leader you already are.
  • Align Your Career With Your Interests, and Be as Happy as a Jelly Bean Scientist

    Flavor Scientist might sound like something Willy Wonka would dream up, but there is a person out there doing that job right now. Her name is Elise Benstein, and she works for Jelly Belly Candy Company, but her story is only a small part of a larger mission. Roadtrip Nation, a career exploration organization, aims to show workers that they can have careers that really interest them, whether that's picking jelly bean flavors or discovering a cure for cancer.

  • STEM Classes Equal Better Pay, But Students Don't Care
    Students who choose STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) majors usually make more money after graduation than those who choose non-science fields. Even taking a few STEM classes can boost job security and earnings. However, high school students couldn't care less. This is a problem for us all.
  • #PayChat Roundup: 10 Tips to Be More Productive at Work

    Want to get more done at the office? Today's #PayChat focused on productivity. PayScale's users chimed in on Twitter to give their top tips on being more productive at their jobs.

  • 3 Ways to Write a Cover Letter That Actually Works

    There are a lot of contenders for "worst part of the job search process," but writing cover letters has to be right up there at the top of the list. Trying to hook hiring managers' attention without sounding like a caricature of a used car salesman or just regurgitating your resume is a challenge worthy of early-Mad Men Don Draper. So how can you get their attention, without feeling cheesy or wasting everyone's time?

  • 5 Reasons Why Annual Performance Reviews Should Be Banished, Adobe-Style
    Rarely, if ever, does any manager or employee speak of their fondness for the annual performance review, that ritual outlining of personal mistakes, successes, strengths, and weaknesses. So, if everyone hates them so much, why are are we doing them? That's the question Adobe asked before deciding to eliminate the process in 2012, and the company hasn't looked back since. Here's why.
  • Fulfill These 3 Needs, and Make Your Job More Compelling Than Goofing Off
    Ever notice that you can easily spend hours paying close attention to an activity, as long as it isn't what you're paid to do? One solution is to try to make work as compelling as play. Addressing these three factors can help.
  • Laughter Is Still the Best Medicine for Stress

    Having a hard day at the office? It might be time to cue up those funny videos or sneak off to talk to your most hilarious co-worker. Laughter, as we're so frequently reminded, is one of the best ways to deal with stress, especially at the office.

  • Social Media: Are You Managing Your Personal Brand or Wasting Time?

    Today's job seekers are selling more to employers than their experience and skills; they're selling their personal brand. This creates whole new problems on the time management front. When are you using social media to further your career -- and when is it just a means of procrastination?