• 5 Mistakes People Make When Looking For a Mentor
    Having a mentor is one of the best things you can do for your career. All the education in the world can't fully prepare you for any profession. Getting in there and getting started can feel a little scary, no matter how much training you've had. And, you're bound to have a lot of questions. Having a mentor to go to for advice, wisdom, and sometimes even a little extra encouragement, can make a big difference. When looking for a mentor, there are a few common mistakes you should try to avoid. Steering clear of these should help you find someone who's the best fit for you.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: What to Do When You Lose Your Job
    Sometimes, losing your job turns out to be the best possible thing for your career, in the long run – but happy thoughts like that are hard to summon up, when you just got your pink slip. In this week's roundup, we look at what to do when you're still in panic-mode, to make things better in both the long- and short-term; plus, how to look good on Periscope, and how to have difficult conversations at work.
  • How to Work Up the Courage to Change Careers
    So, you're ready to move on. Whether you've decided to change careers because you want a fresh challenge or because your industry doesn't feel like a good fit for you anymore, making this bold move can feel pretty scary. But ultimately, if you're really ready for a change, you'll probably be glad you did it. Still, it can be awfully difficult to take the plunge, even once you've decided it's definitely what you want to do. Here are some tips to help.
  • 4 Reasons People Skills Are More Important Than Ever
    We all know that technology has changed the way we work. With all of the talk of STEM jobs, telecommuting, and social networking, it can seem as though perhaps the skills that mattered most years ago have fallen out of fashion. As long as you can saddle up to new technology and navigate the internets effectively, you should be all set, right? Wrong. It turns out people skills are even more important than ever. Here are a few reasons why.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: How to Build a LinkedIn Profile Recruiters Will Love
    LinkedIn is a rare bird in the social media landscape: it's extremely useful for its specific purpose – building your career – but not necessarily a place to hang out online, like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. As a result, it's easy to let your LinkedIn profile slide when you get a promotion or take on new responsibilities, and not realize it until the absence of recruiter attention calls the issue to mind. In this week's roundup, we look at ways to make your LinkedIn profile shine, plus why being a good helper isn't always the best thing for your career, and a few tips on getting unstuck when you're in a rut.
  • LinkedIn Sent Your Friends Too Many Emails, and All You Got Was $1,500 (Maybe)
    Whether it's the canned kind or the sort that involves male enhancement products, spam is generally worthless – unless the spam in question came from LinkedIn, and arrived in your potential connections' inboxes repeatedly, with your name and without your consent. In that case, it might be worth a share of a recent $13 million settlement.
  • Peeple Might Be a Hoax, But You Can Learn From It Anyway
    Imagine a world in which every former boss, bad first date, or disgruntled colleague could complain about you online – and it would have the weight of a LinkedIn recommendation or a Yelp review. That's the dystopian future seemingly promised by Peeple, the as-yet-unlaunched app that would allow users to rate people as if they were restaurants or movie theaters. As you can imagine, the internet burst into flames, hounding the founders on social media until they took down their feeds, accounts, and even the company site itself. There's just one problem: some savvy watchers of internet brouhahas are now asking if the the whole thing is a hoax.
  • 4 Reasons Humility Is a Virtue Worth Embracing
    It's often said that, in business, confidence is king. In fact, it is good to project confidence at work – or rather, timidity and lack of confidence can really hold you back. But, ego and hubris can do damage, too. Perhaps it's time to take a good hard look at the value of humility and try to understand how cultivating and expressing it could help you professionally. Here are a few reasons humility is a virtue worth embracing.
  • From /r/CareerGuidance: How Do I Apply for an Entry-Level Job ... Before Graduation?
    Picture this: You're in your junior year of pursuing a computer science degree. And one day, while your working your crappy college retail job, it hits you. It's time to get super cereal about your career. But where do you start? How do you apply for an entry-level position? Allow us to explain.
  • How to Keep Your Helicopter Parents From Ruining Your Career
    Helicopter parents are usually the province of parenting blogs and editorials, not so much career blogs like ours. But, the micromanaging doesn't necessarily stop when kids are small – or even when they graduate from college and go out into the world to get a job. If your parents are the helicopter variety, you're probably kind of embarrassed and confused about how to get them to lay off and let you make your own decisions. Worse, you might find yourself without the kind of real-life skills it takes to build your career, manage your finances, and just plain survive. If this is you, don't despair. You can escape the meddling and become independent. Here's how.
  • 3 Tips for Providing an Exceptional Reference
    I can still recall the nervous feeling in my stomach when I made the call and then popped the question: "I'm putting in for a new position, will you be one of my references?" I didn't receive a formal "I do," but just like an anxious groom, I was elated to hear the voice on the other end of the line say "yes." While it's common to fret over how to select and ask for a reference, it can be just as nerve-racking on the other side: acting as a reference yourself.
  • The Hidden Rewards of Job Hopping
    What some call moving on, or even moving up, others negatively dub "job hopping." The decision to switch jobs relatively often is controversial. Will a company be willing to hire someone if their resume demonstrates a history of frequent job changes? There could be some downsides to switching jobs fairly often, but there are definitely some significant benefits as well. Let's take a closer look at the potential upsides.
  • 4 Good Reasons to Never Discuss Politics at Work
    As the primary races heat up, many of us are getting more and more engaged in the upcoming election. This election cycle, in particular, has given us a lot to think about, and a lot to talk about, too. But, the standard rule for discussing politics at work is pretty simple – just don't do it, ever. Here are a few good reasons to consider taking that principle seriously.
  • Should You Really Be Yourself at Work?
    We all adjust our personality and behaviors to accommodate our environment, or the task at hand. Sometimes, it can seem like it might be a good move to put on a professional face that is very different from our own, to earn promotions, or please our bosses or even our co-workers. However, pretending to be someone that you're not at work, day after day, could backfire. There are a lot of reasons why it might be better to just be yourself. Here are a few things to consider.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Using Facebook for Work (Without Looking Like a Slacker)
    When is a time-waster like Facebook anything but? When it's your job. For social media managers and people in similar occupations, spending time on Facebook and Twitter isn't a distraction from their job – it is the job. The trouble starts when your job description includes social media, but lots of other duties as well; when a co-worker sees you scrolling through feeds, they're apt to think you're squandering company time. In this week's roundup, we look at some expert advice on not looking lazy when you're working hard; plus, how to get followers for your blog and how to impress prospective employers online.
  • 5 Ways to Fake Confidence
    Whether you're feeling down and out or are embarrassingly bad at networking, don't fear: help is here! We can help you fake confidence in your next social situation with flying colors. Just follow these tips on how to present yourself and nobody will notice you'd rather be hiding under a blanket.
  • What to Expect From Your Co-Workers After You Announce That You're Quitting
    These days, people change jobs, on average,12 times during the course of their career. Still, given the depth of commitment we give to our place of employment, (sometimes feeling it's more like a family than a company) and the time and energy we invest, it's not too big a surprise that the announcement that someone is moving on can cause quite a stir. If you've recently announced that you're leaving a job, even if you were anticipating some upheaval, your co-workers' reactions to the news might surprise you. Here are some common responses.
  • The No. 1 Thing You Should Never Do on LinkedIn: Be a Creeper
    Using social media to build your professional network is both an art and a science. Learn all you can about how to optimize your profile, catch the attention of both bots and human HR folks, and introduce yourself in the right way to the right people, but in the end, there's always a hefty amount of gut feeling involved with building your brand online. Too bad, then, that sometimes our guts (or those of our potential connections) are so very, very dumb.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Michael Scott Syndrome – When the Incompetent Don't Know They're Incompetent
    Everyone has had this co-worker: the person who has no clue what they're doing ... and no idea that they're not the smartest guy in the room. In the worst-case scenario, the incompetent colleague is your boss, and you spend your days alternately marveling at their delusion and cursing the day you agreed to take this job in the first place. How did they get this way, and why are the incompetent often so filled with undeserved self-confidence? This week's roundup looks at this mystery, plus how to get buy-in during a big change, and how to be happier at work, starting today.
  • The 5 Five Stages of Wanting to Quit Your Job
    Making the decision to quit your job generally happens gradually, and then all at once. If you're in the midst of making up your mind, the important thing is not to let your emotions get the better of you. It starts with being aware of what's happening during the process. Here's what to expect when you're pondering a jump to bigger and better things – or even just an escape from a dream job that's turned into a nightmare.

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