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  • Top 10 Career Posts of 2013

    What was on your mind this year? If you're like most of us in the working world, it was a combination of professional ambition, terror of unemployment, and need for distraction -- which we often satisfied by reading stories about celebrities' professional ambition, terror, distraction, etc. Certainly, PayScale Career News's top posts seem to indicate that's where our interest lay.

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  • 50 Career Resolutions to Make This Year

    New Year's resolutions tend to focus on the personal. While January 1 is as good a time as any to quit smoking or start eating more vegetables, it's also an opportunity to look at your career from a new perspective. As a bonus, it's sometimes easier to build your resume than it is to drop some pounds.

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  • 5 Things That Really Make Us Happy at Work

    Ask anyone what would make them like their job, and the first thing out of their mouths will be, "More money." No, seriously -- we've done studies. The problem is, research shows that more money -- beyond a certain point -- doesn't actually equal more happiness. So what does?

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  • The 20 Hottest Job Skills of 2013

    Want to boost your salary in a hurry? Some entries on your resume are worth more than others. Pick up these skills, and your paycheck could increase by as much as 20 percent.

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  • Why You Should Trust Your Intuition

    We live in an age that's obsessed with the bottom line, and the numbers that it takes to get there. Sometimes, however, you have to fold a bit of instinct in with the research and scientific evidence -- especially when it comes to your career. Here's why it's sometimes a good idea to go with your gut.

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  • 3 Career Lessons From 'Duck Dynasty'

    Unless you somehow manage to live a blissfully reality-show-free existence -- and don't read any internet news -- you've probably heard about the Duck Dynasty patriarch's fall from grace. What you probably haven't realized is that there is some good in all of this: namely, it tells you what not to do in the workplace.

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  • What's the Worst Piece of Career Advice You've Ever Received?

    Remember that scene in The Graduate, when a friend of Benjamin's parents advises him to go into plastics? Probably good advice, in 1967 -- but completely the wrong tip to give that particular person at that point in his life. Likewise, we've found that a lot of the worst career advice stems from this disconnect between the giver and the receiver.

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  • Not a Techie? Here's Why You Should Learn to Code Anyway

    Computer Science Education Week is wrapping up this weekend, and if you're in a non-computer science field, but computer science, particularly learning to code, is becoming important to all of us, in every type of job.

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  • 5 Email Mistakes That Are Making You Look Unprofessional

    These days, we spend a lot more time communicating with people online than we do in person, or even over the phone. Everyone is forced to become a writer if they want to get their points across, even if their job seems unrelated to the world of words. Here are some common mistakes that just about everyone makes when emailing at work.

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  • 3 Tips for Communicating With the Boss

    Ever feel like you and the boss are speaking a different language? It might not be your fault, or hers. Sometimes, people just have different communication styles. However, since your success is dependent on being able to communicate with your manager, it behooves you to figure out a way around the impasse.

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  • What If You Hate Your New Job?

    The problem with taking a new job is that no matter how diligent you are about researching the company, asking thoughtful interview questions, and getting a sense of the job and the corporate culture you're entering, you can still find yourself stuck in a bad fit. In this case, is it ever worth it to try to go back to your old job?

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  • We See Work the Same Way Our Parents Did

    When it comes to how we feel about work, we fall into three categories, say researchers at the University of Michigan: job, career, or calling. Furthermore, your point of view has a lot to do with how your parents felt about their jobs.

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  • 3 Ways to Be a Better Listener

    After a lifetime of waiting for our turn to speak, it can be hard to close our mouths and open our ears. Which is too bad, because listening, although rarely mentioned in the skills section on a resume, is one of the most important things we can do to get ahead at work.

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  • What to Do When Your Job Is Boring

    There are thousands of articles on how to cope when you absolutely hate your job. But what about when your job isn't awful, but it isn't exactly great, either?

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  • Want to Be a Success? Learn to Say No

    After a few years of building our careers, many of us learn to be fairly accommodating, in order to get along with our colleagues -- and bosses. The problem with learning to say yes, readily, is that it becomes hard to say no when you have to. And if you can't say no, you sometimes can't advance your career to the next level.

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  • 5 Ways to Be More Thankful for Your Job

    If you have any presence on social media this Thanksgiving season, or friends with good attitudes, you're probably already familiar with the idea of gratitude journaling, the practice of listing things for which you're grateful. But what if you're feeling less than grateful about your work situation this year?

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  • 5 Things Mentally Strong People Never Do

    Mental strength goes by a lot of different names: determination, tenacity, even confidence. But true toughness goes beyond all these terms. It's a quality of believing in yourself and your goals that can't be undone by obstacles (or obstructive people).

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  • How to Take Constructive Criticism

    No one likes hearing less-than-positive things about themselves, but if you work at a company that does performance reviews, sooner or later, you'll have to hear about your "opportunities for growth" as well as your shining achievements. If you want to get promoted or get a raise, you'll have to learn to take what you hear and make it work for you.

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  • 3 Things You Should Never Do at Work, Courtesy of Mayor Rob Ford

    Sometimes, knowing what not to do is just as important as knowing what to do. For an example of how not to behave in the workplace, we need look no further than embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

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  • Where Do Early Birds Get All That Energy?

    Read any profile of a successful entrepreneur or executive, and eventually you'll find some reference to the fact that they get up early. The folks who start multimillion-dollar businesses, write bestselling business books, and do TED Talks all seem to get up at the crack of dawn. So where do they get the get-up-and-go?

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