• Credit Reports and Employment: What You Should Know
    Given the rules of your state, your future employer may or may not be able to check your credit report and decide on your candidature accordingly. While experts agree that a bad credit report does not indicate a bad job performance, the practice is still followed by employers much the same way as doing a background/criminal check.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: What Gen Y Can Learn From Farmers, How PT Workers Can Manage Expectations, and Finding Office Space at Home
    Sometimes, the best career advice comes from unexpected places. For example, most office workers wouldn't think to turn to agricultural experts for wisdom -- but maybe they should.
  • If You Lost Your Job Tomorrow, Would You Be Eligible for Unemployment Benefits?
    Employees who've lost their job through no fault of their own -- i.e., were not fired by their employers for misconduct or poor performance, but were laid off -- are generally eligible for unemployment benefits. By way of this program, employees are able to receive a portion of their wages, when they are out of a job for a period up to a maximum of 26 weeks. The eligibility rules for unemployment and the period of payment vary from state to state and each state administers its own unemployment insurance/benefits program within the federal law guidelines. The question for you is, are you covered if you lose your job?
  • 5 Career Lessons From Marshawn Lynch
    The Seattle-based staff of PayScale is pretty excited about Sunday's big game, when the Seahawks will face off against the Patriots in Arizona. But even if you're not a Seahawks fan, chances are that you appreciate their running back, Marshawn Lynch, nicknamed "Beast Mode" for his aggressive style on the field. Off the field, he's become possibly the most quotable player of all time -- while insisting that he's boycotting media. Witness yesterday's press conference, where Lynch said nothing but "I'm just here so I won't get fined." Twenty-nine times.
  • 5 Ways to Get Unstuck In Your Career
    As they say, it happens to the bet of us. Getting stuck in your career isn’t the end of the road, it can actually be a hidden opportunity ready for the taking. Here are a few tips to help you get yourself out of a seemingly hopeless career rut and on your way to professional bliss.
  • Why Fear Success?

    Why Fear Success?
    It may seem completely counterintuitive, but one of the greatest obstacles to success is often fear that we may succeed. It's that petrified stagnation that prevents us from looking for another job, pursuing advancement, and even taking actions we know will bring about change. Perhaps we've become so accustomed to failure that the idea of success is unbelievable. We don't want to get our hopes up, and we may also fear the side effects that would come with success.
  • 5 Things Recruiters Are Looking for on Your Social Media Profiles
    It's no surprise that recruiters are turning to social media to scope out potential employees. Therefore, it's essential that candidates understand what recruiters are looking for online. These elements of your profiles are making a big impression on recruiters -- for good or for ill.
  • Top 5 Companies Offering Work-From-Home Jobs
    These days, work-from-home positions are more popular than ever. More and more companies are offering remote jobs, and workers are eager to snatch them up. Telecommuting offers an opportunity for increased flexibility and greater control over your life and schedule. It's understandable that many people find this kind of arrangement appealing and are looking for work-from-home opportunities.
  • What You Do Outside Work Can Get You Fired
    The recent firing of Atlanta's fire chief shows that what you do on your own time can still get you fired. While the details of the story bring up questions about religious discrimination as well as potential discrimination based on sexual orientation, at its heart is an employer's decision to fire an employee for something he did outside of work.
  • Deflate Your Bullying Boss With Passive-Aggression
    Bullying: it's not just for schoolyards anymore. Bullying is simply the act of humiliating and causing harm, sometimes physical, to other people. Unfortunately, bullying behavior is highly durable because bullies often get what they want. In other words, bullying works for the bully. Passive-aggressive behavior may deflate your bully's bubble.
  • Distracted No More: How to Get Work Done at Work
    What's keeping you from getting stuff done at work? It may be something as simple as dealing with chatty co-workers, or getting up every hour for a cup of coffee. Singularly, each delay may seem like no big deal, but taken together, the distractions add up -- affecting your productivity and performance. So, let's get past this seasonal funk and lack of focus, and start working toward heading off the distractions that affect our office lives.
  • 10 Signs You Are About to Be Fired
    Something's just not right and you can sense it. Perhaps there's been a recent acquisition, or your manager keeps talking to HR. Almost everything you say is now documented. If you notice some or all of the following signs, stay on your guard. You may be shown the door soon.
  • Neuroscience Tells Us How to Be Productive
    The science of the brain has much to tell us about how to be productive and how to lead others. Optimize your behavior at work, and increase your productivity, your team's productivity, and your memory skills.
  • #PayChat: Salary Negotiation

    What is the best way to get the salary you deserve? Surprisingly, the answer is rather simple. Ask for it. PayScale.com recently surveyed 31,000 users to find out how many people have asked for a raise. We analyzed and published the results in this comprehensive Salary Negotiation Guide. The findings are alarming. Over half of the total survey respondents (57%) have never asked for an increase in pay. On the other hand, 75% of individuals who asked for a raise received some type of salary increase. Clearly, if you do not ask, you do not have a chance at getting the paycheck you deserve.

  • Working Moms Are Still Getting the Short End of the Stick
    Let's face the facts: being a working mother is exhausting and, oftentimes, completely defeating. Many women put their own career and life aspirations on hold to raise children, but very few of these ladies actually speak openly about the endless struggles they face on a daily basis. Here are the facts that you should know about the realities of working mothers and what you can do to help.
  • 5 Reasons to Quit Your Job
    No matter how many 200,000-plus job reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics cranks out, the economy is a long way from supporting the decision to quit your job on a whim. But, there are circumstances under which an accelerated plan of departure makes sense. If any of these conditions exist at your job, it's time to start buffing up your resume and calling old co-workers for coffee dates.
  • 3 Ways Your Blog Can Get You a Job (and 1 Way It Can Get You Fired)
    With today's emphasis on social media, it's easy to forget about longform internet self-expression. However, blogging is a great way to build and demonstrate your expertise in your industry, especially if you're just starting out or contemplating a shift into a new role. Here's how to use the great granddaddy of Twitter and Instagram for professional gain -- and do it the right way.
  • When the Boss Is a Bully
    Few things are as disruptive to your professional contentment as a difficult boss. In fact, a bad boss or supervisor is the number one reason people quit their jobs. When the boss is a bully, you may feel depressed, drained, disrespected, and angry -- maybe even on a daily basis. It can be confusing to try to sort out your options and determine what you should do. The good news is, you won't feel this way forever. There are some things you can do that should help you cope with your bullying boss, or maybe even make the situation better.
  • 7 Networking Tips for Introverts
    Introversion is all too often treated as if it is a curse that afflicts only the most unfortunate members of society. However, while introversion can be the brick wall standing between an individual and his or her dream job, being introverted isn't an employment death sentence.
  • 3 Things You Don't Know About Negotiating Salary
    To compile the recently issued Salary Negotiation Guide, PayScale asked 31,000 people whether they'd ever negotiated their salary. Fifty-seven percent said they had not. Given that not negotiating salary can cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of a lifetime -- and that 75 percent of people who ask get at least some kind of salary bump -- it obviously makes sense to hit the bargaining table before you accept a new job offer or let your annual review go by without initiating a discussion about money. Still reluctant? Arm yourself with the facts.