• Is It Ever OK to Drink During Your Lunch Break?
    The return of AMC's Mad Men for its final season brings about mixed feelings for a lot of viewers. There's some sadness that it's almost over, but it's also a lot of fun to reacquaint ourselves with the characters, and culture, we've come to love. One aspect of the show that seems to have really made an impression, even with folks who don't watch, is the drinking. In addition to introducing young people to old-timey cocktails like Manhattans and gimlets, the liquor fueled lifestyle of Mad Men left us in awe. For most of us, drinking during lunch is a rarity at best – a far cry from having wet bar in every office.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Excellent Communication Skills Are More Valuable Than Ever
    There's no doubt that the world is changing pretty quickly these days. The way we work, live, and even talk to each other is quite different than it was even 10 years ago. Keeping up with the ever-shifting technology and culture that surrounds us is tricky enough, but communicating ideas effectively can be even more important. Here's why "soft skills" are sometimes the most crucial ones to develop.
  • Why a Disproportionate Number of CEOs Are Psychopaths
    Journalist Jon Ronson's book The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry sheds some new light on psychopaths and the mental health industry that surrounds them. During his research, Ronson learned that the about 4 percent of CEOs are psychopaths, which is nearly four times the rate in the general population. In fact, CEOs are more likely to exhibit psychopathic traits than folks with any other job title. The question is, why?
  • 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.
  • How Hollywood's A-List Actresses Fight for Women's Equality
    Who better to bring awareness to a vital cause like women's equality than Hollywood stars? We'll take a look at how some of Hollywood's most revered actresses are speaking out about the inequality women face on- and off-screen, and the role the media plays in perpetuating this unconscious bias.
  • Does Teamwork Make Us More Effective as Individuals?
    Prefer to work alone? The modern workplace is probably pretty hard on you. Most companies emphasize teamwork these days, as requiring employees to work together is believed to encourage collaboration and increase efficiency and creativity. The good news is that you don't have to a natural team player to see some benefits from (occasional) teamwork.
  • Want to Be a Success? Choose a Partner With This Trait
    It's so important to find a partner who understands and appreciates your career goals and supports you throughout the ebbs and flows of the journey. A recent study found that if your significant other possesses this one trait, then your chances of doing well at work are greatly increased. Read on to see if your spouse possesses that special something that may be the key to your career success.
  • Why Emotional Intelligence Matters in the Workplace
    What makes a person successful? A variety of factors help, including a good academic record, solid work experience, and networking connections who are willing to help open doors. But when it comes to really making your mark in your chosen field, you'll need more than that. Emotional intelligence can make all the difference.
  • Laid Off? This App Aims to Help You Beat Depression
    Social media has an amazing ability to connect people; however, with that comes both good and bad. The bad part is that anyone and everyone has the freedom to voice whatever opinion their little hearts desire, which promotes cyber bullying and allows other negativity to spread online. The good part is, the convenience and connectivity of social networks allow like-minded people to communicate, share, and help one another. One psychologist and MIT grad student, Robert Morris, used the positive aspects of social networking to formulate a site incorporating crowdsourced cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to help users "debug" their negative thoughts and overcome depression.
  • 5 New Career Paths That Didn't Exist 10 Years Ago
    The workplace is changing, thanks to new technologies and new ways of thinking about work. If you're looking to venture into semi-uncharted territory in hopes of a brighter career trajectory, then you may want to consider one of these five new careers.
  • Odd Jobs: 5 Obscure Careers You May Want to Consider
    "So, what do you do for a living?" Nine times out of ten, this question is asked out of habit or courtesy. Very seldom do people expect an unusual answer. However, imagine what a nice change of pace it would be to hear someone respond with, "I dive for pearls in remote locations around the world" or "I design Barbie clothes." Here are five obscure careers that will definitely leave people wanting to know more.
  • 7 Career Lessons From the Fast and Furious Movies
    The seventh installation in The Fast and The Furious film franchise, Furious 7, debuts on April 3. While fans may say they love the action-packed series for the cars, the daredevil driving or the eye candy, PayScale is here to remind you that you can learn some important career lessons the adventures of Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Ludacris, and the rest of the "Fast Family."
  • 6 Tips for Looking Like Management Material
    Hollywood would like us to believe that everyone goes to school, works hard, and quickly winds up in their dream job. From pauper to Wall Street, shy guy to leading man, or mailroom clerk to CEO, it's all about that fairytale ending. Now brush the popcorn from your lap and let your eyes readjust to the light, because the movie's over and we're heading back to reality.
  • Why You Should Socialize With Your Colleagues
    Sometimes, workplace social events feel like a chore. Management may not want to "waste" time sponsoring fun during the workday, and not all employees are thrilled about spending their free time on the weekend at the company picnic. However, that social time among staff can boost productivity and increase morale and quality of life at work. Here is why you should encourage social events at your workplace.
  • What Your Tweets and Posts Tell Recruiters Could Keep You From Getting the Job
    Would you think twice about sharing a mindless "I'm so bored" post on social media if you knew that research shows that people who do so experience higher rates of heart attacks and strokes? What's worse, research that ties social media use to emotional stability/instability is making its way into the hands of people that you probably don't want to be privy to such information: recruiters, hiring managers, and employers. Here's what you need to know about what your social media sharing is saying about you.
  • 3 Ways to Successfully Market Your Expertise Online and Boost Your Career
    Don't you ever wish your dream career would just fall into your lap one day? Thanks to the majestic ways of the internet (and a little due diligence on your part), that fantasy could be a reality. Read on to see how marketing your expertise online can lead to bigger and better opportunities finding their way into your career.
  • Could WeWork Work for You?
    A major shift is happening in the American workforce. The rise of the independent worker is shaking up the way companies and individuals operate. By 2020, freelancers are expected to grow from 7 percent to 16 percent of the workforce. Now, new businesses are cropping up to meet the needs of these workers and help them continue to intentionally blur the lines between work, life, and play.
  • Why Job Shadowing Is the Key to a Successful Career
    Wouldn't you like to "test-drive" a career before committing to it, much like you do when buying a car? In case you didn't know, you absolutely can and it's called job shadowing. We'll take a look at what job shadowing is, whom it's for, and why it's the bee's knees when it comes to choosing a promising career.

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