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  • Thinking About Quitting Your Job? Ask Yourself These 5 Questions First
    The economy is getting better, but good jobs still aren't exactly growing on trees. Even in a red-hot economy, it's always better to have another gig lined up before taking the leap – worst-case scenario, it'll keep you from starving, and best-case scenario, it'll make sure that you're moving into a role that will satisfy you, not just running as fast you can from a job you hate. Sometimes, however, you have to make a leap. The goal in that situation is to make sure that you've thought it through before you make an irrevocable decision – and to cushion your landing before you jump.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Can I Speak Up About Super-Long Meetings?
    If you complained every time something got on your nerves at work, you'd be at the top of the annoyance list for most of your co-workers. But, what about when the irritation is a genuine productivity-suck, like long meetings? Sometimes, then, you can speak up – but not all the time. This week's roundup includes advice on knowing when to say something and when to stay quiet, plus how to get more followers on your blog, and how to prevent excuses from derailing your career.
  • The 5 Best Jobs for College Students
    Attending college is astronomically expensive. Gone are the days when you could work part-time and over the summers, and come away with enough money to float your tuition and fees out-of-pocket. Still, even if you're paying for your education with loans and grants, extra money comes in handy when you're in school. The challenge is to find jobs that line your pockets without interfering with your studies. As part of PayScale's data report, The Best Jobs for You, we looked at a few of the best part-time jobs for people who don't yet have a degree, but are working toward one.
  • Zappos Goes Manager-Free, Employees Leave in Droves
    If you've ever had a bad boss, you've probably fantasized about a working life without managers. How much would you get done, if you didn't have to deal with the politics, the inane requests, the useless meetings designed to further their goals at the expense of your own? But before you ponder making a leap to a company with a flatter management structure, keep this in mind: Zappos, the online shoe retailer known for speedy delivery and top-notch customer service, just made the move to a manager-free structure – and nearly 14 percent of employees liked the idea so much, they took a buyout instead.
  • Introducing Workplace Wonk, PayScale's Weekly Career News Show
    What are the hottest career news story of the week – or at least, the ones that mean the most to your career? If you're drowning in headlines and don't have time to click every one, tune into PayScale's new weekly career news show, Workplace Wonk, starring PayScale's Managing Editor, Aubrey Bach. As the Workplace Wonk, she'll tell you which stories got the most attention from recent readers, plus offer insight into how they can affect you and your job.
  • 3 Pieces of Career Advice From Famous Mothers, on Mother's Day
    To paraphrase Mark Twain, when you're a kid, your mother doesn't know anything – but it's surprising how wise she gets, as you grow older yourself. No wonder, then, that many of us grown-up "kids" turn to dear old Mom when the going gets tough. Here, in honor of Mother's Day, we present some of the best career advice famous moms have to offer.
  • 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.
  • BLS Jobs Report: 223,000 Jobs Added, Unemployment Falls to 5.4 Percent
    Economists predicted today's release from the Labor Department would should gains of 228,000 jobs last month, and a dip in the unemployment rate of one-tenth of a percent, and The Employment Situation Summary largely bore out their forecast. The economy added 223,000 jobs in April, and unemployment fell from 5.5 percent to 5.4 percent. The news wasn't entirely rosy, however: the Bureau of Labor Statistics also revised the previous month's numbers downward from 126,000 jobs to 85,000 jobs.
  • 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.
  • The 5 Best Jobs for Working Parents
    Being a working parent was hard enough in the olden days, before mobile technology stretched office workers' days from 9 to 5 to 24/7. For many people who struggle to balance family commitments and professional responsibilities, even a workday that allowed them to leave the office and continue toiling online from home would be a refreshing change – but corporate cultures often demand face-time as well as productivity, leaving workers who'd like to see their kids out in the cold.
  • ADP Jobs Report: Private Sector Added 169,000 Jobs in April
    Ahead of this morning's ADP National Employment Report, economists predicted that private payrolls would add 200,000 jobs. The actual number, 169,000 jobs, represented the lowest job gains since January 2014.
  • 3 Ways to Steal Back Your Work-Life Balance
    In many ways, the modern workplace resembles nothing so much as a hamster cage. We work in increasingly small spaces, at a frantic pace, and there's seemingly no escape. (Sometimes, there are actual hamster wheels, but that's another story.) How can a person hope to achieve work-life balance in a corporate culture that values work, not balance? Like all change, it starts with us.
  • Man Quits Job by Printing Resignation Letter on a Cake
    There are many clever ways to quit a job, some more professional than others. No career expert, for example, would ever suggest that you emulate the Jet Blue flight attendant who quit a few years back by triggering the emergency chute and sliding down it while clutching a beer. You also might want to think twice before making a viral video documenting a resignation dance routine – even if hiring managers think it's funny, they might not want to be subject of your next YouTube sensation. But there's one thing every office worker can agree on, it's that any excuse for cake is a good one. That's what Mark Herman was hoping, anyway, when he resigned from his news director job at KOLD-TV in Nashville by printing his resignation letter on a cake.
  • The 5 Best Jobs for Introverts
    The modern workplace can be a nightmare for introverts, with its focus on collaboration and open-plan offices. If you're a person who dreads team projects and public speaking and gets more of a thrill out of canceling plans to attend a networking function than penciling it into the calendar, one of these jobs from PayScale's Best Jobs for You data package might be perfect for you.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: How to Stop Worrying About What People Think (Really!)
    We're supposed to pretend that we don't care what people think, especially at work – to do otherwise would be to admit that we're weak, that we lack the conviction and courage needed to get the job done. Reality, however, might be quite a bit different. In this week's roundup, we look at why other's people's opinions of you are still their business, and their business only – plus, tips on branding with a less-utilized social network, and what you absolutely shouldn't do if your employer shows you the door.
  • How I Got My Dream Job: Peter Charbonnier, Owner/Brewer at Populuxe Brewing
    Most beer enthusiasts resign themselves to enjoying their passion on their own time, brewing and drinking when they're not at work. But for Peter Charbonnier, owner and brewer at Populuxe Brewing in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, beer is more than just a hobby: it's a full-time dream job.
  • The 5 Best Jobs for Do-Gooders
    First things first: not everyone needs saving the world to be part of their job description, and that's 100 percent OK. For some people, giving back happens on the weekends, or after work, and the office is just the place where they earn a paycheck. For others, however, no job could be truly rewarding – well-compensated or not – without the feeling that the work they do helps others. As part of PayScale's data package, Best Jobs for You, we included a special section just for these folks.
  • The 5 Best Employers in the US
    What makes an employer good? A combination of job satisfaction, low job stress, flexible work options, and high job meaning – and let's not forget pay, both today and over time. Using PayScale data, Business Insider recently ranked Fortune 500 companies to see which employers stand out among the elite, from the perspective of their employees.
  • Interactive Map: What's the Most Common Uncommon Job in Your State?
    The most popular jobs in a given geographic area are usually pretty unsurprising, including titles like cashier, waitstaff, and customer service representative. It's not that there's anything wrong with these jobs; it's just that their very commonness means that you're used to hearing about them. But, what about the unusual jobs that are more common in one place than another – the helicopter pilots and professional gardeners and amusement park attendants? Those are the gigs PayScale looked at in a section of its latest data package on the best jobs for you. If you want a job that's common where you live, but uncommon anywhere else, start with this map.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Help! My Company Wants Me to Work During FMLA Leave
    Most workers have probably heard of FMLA, but how many really understand what it means, in terms of rights and limitations? Worse, a lot of employers don't know where the line is. In this week's roundup, Alison Green advises an Ask a Manager reader on what he can expect from FMLA. Plus, we learn why high school students should learn how to use social media, and how job hopping can be good (or very bad) for your career.