• Career Change Late in Life Is a Good Thing, Says Study
    Growing older might be scary for most people, but it's a great thing when it comes to your career success. A new study shows that a vast majority of professionals who change careers later in life are happier and earn more money in their new occupations. Here's what you need to know about making the switch in your career as a seasoned professional.
  • Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Your 401(k)
    In the United States, 401(k) is a retirement savings plan provided by the employer. The plan provides employees with the option to defer a percentage of pay toward their retirement account, to be withdrawn at a later time. Retirement plans like these can be a major perk, especially if the company matches some of the employee's contributions. Here's how to get the most out of your 401(k).
  • Rise Above the Bottom Line: The Benefits of a Liberal Education
    There's more to life than money. These days, it can be hard to remember that. A lot of people focus on the bottom line – their compensation – when it comes to work. But, if you've ever been miserable at a high-paying job, you know that a big salary isn't always worth the cost. When it comes to education, the same principle applies. There's more to be gained from college than simply training for a high-paying job.
  • 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 Secret to Getting Into a Great College? Hint: It's Who You Know
    Most prospective students have heard rumors about the effects on favoritism on college acceptance. Now, a new study that surveyed just over 400 admissions officers from the nation's top colleges appears to bolster those accusations, apparently showing that getting into a top-tier college has less to do with academics, and a whole lot more to do with who you know.
  • 5 Tips for Searching for a Job While Still Employed
    Everyone, at some point during his or her career, will experience the slightly guilty feeling of looking for work while still employed elsewhere. It's always preferable to search for a job while employed in order to maintain some level of financial and professional security — not to mention, it looks better to recruiters. Still, it's a difficult balancing act, especially when it gets to the interview stage.
  • Is Times New Roman Keeping You From Getting Hired?
    Looking to apply for a new job? Before you send in your resume, you may want to reconsider what font you're using. As it turns out, your default choice of Times New Roman might send your resume right to the reject pile.
  • McMaster University Is Giving Female Employees a $3,515 Raise to Correct for the Gender Wage Gap
    A great deal of research has surfaced lately showing that the gender wage gap remains a persistent problem. But, few organizations are making an effort to identify the extent of the issue in their own business, and make adjustments.
  • Nap Pods: Why Some Companies Are Letting Workers Sleep on the Job
    Anyone familiar with a 9-to-5 schedule is also likely familiar with the 3 p.m. slump. That daily midday breaking point when your "I'm going to get so much done today" stream of early morning motivation has long since subsided into sugar crash-fueled melancholy and a blurry computer screen. When this moment in the workday comes, which it always inevitably does, all you want is to power off your computer, lay your head on your desk, and go to sleep without repercussions. Well, what if you could not only take said cat nap, but were actively encouraged by your boss to do so?
  • Managers, Here's Why Your Good Employees Stay (and Why They Don't)
    An attractive compensation package may bring in good employees, but it definitely doesn't guarantee that they'll stay. We'll take a look at what encourages high-quality employees to stay put at their jobs, and what causes them to pack up and move on to greener pastures in their careers.
  • 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.
  • Fastest-Growing Jobs Are Also the Ones That Pay the Least
    The good news is that the economy is recovering, employment opportunities are increasing, and many occupations are expected to grow by leaps and bounds over the next few years. The bad news? These "fastest growing jobs" barely pay above minimum wage – so if you're looking to use your degree, let alone pay your student loans, you'll need to look beyond these gigs.
  • 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.
  • Want to Make Bank? Avoid These 5 Graduate Degrees
    Grad school can make or break your career. Choose the right advanced degree, and you can skyrocket to success; choose the wrong one, and you'll rack up debt, but see little payoff. Recently, PayScale helped Fortune crunch some numbers to determine the best and worst graduate degrees out there, with potential income being the most critical factor. While there's obviously more to consider than just cost, it's important to keep in mind how much debt you're getting into – and therefore how much you'll have to make to pay it back – as average tuition for a graduate degree runs $36,000 to $63,000 a year.
  • Brighten Up Your Office to Improve Your Mood
    This is a tough time of year to be inside an office. The sun is shining, the flowers are in bloom, and you really want to be outside enjoying it. The days are longer, so hopefully that allows you some time to get outside after work, but that only goes so far to help you through the workday.
  • Want a STEM Job? Write Your Resume Like a Man
    Women continue to chip away at the glass ceiling, slowly but surely, but gender bias can hold them back in lucrative fields like STEM. Some analyses of men's and women's resumes offer clues for women to help themselves break into that science-based dream job. Consider writing your resume "like a man."
  • 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.

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