• PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Is It Possible to Prepare Too Much for a Job Interview?
    Today in, "Apparently, You Just Can't Win," we have an Ask a Manager reader who was told by an HR person that her interview answers were just too perfect. Also in this week's roundup: the best careers for extroverts, and the three types of job interview questions and how answer them.
  • SXSW Cancels Sessions About Gamer Harassment Due to … Harassment
    Recently, it was announced that SXSW had cancelled two panels about harassment and online gaming due to threats of violence. In reaction to this decision, a few notable media companies, including Buzzfeed and Vox, have withdrawn from the festival. As the producer of an accepted panel, "How to Diversify Tech & Hack the Unconscious Bias," we know very well the costs of unequal opportunities on women in the workplace. The goal of our panel is to discuss the root causes of this inequality, and one of them is a cultural climate hostile to women in STEM and other male-dominated spaces. Our panel focuses on fighting bias in the workplace, but we advocate for fighting bias and harassment toward women in any environment.
  • The Best & Worst States for Working Parents
    If you're a working parent finding it near impossible to balance your career and your life, it may have something to do with where you live. Read on to see which states are the best and the worst for working moms and dads, and where your state falls on the list.
  • 5 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes for the Office Party
    It's not like you meant to be the office party pooper. You're busy, and also the month got away from you a bit, and also the thought of venturing into a party store at this time of year fills you with terror more appropriate to the actual zombie apocalypse. Never fear: just because you don't have a Halloween costume at this very moment doesn't mean that you can't get one together by the time the cupcakes are served.
  • 5 Things You Should Know About Part-Time Work
    Part-time jobs are more prevalent now than ever before. Whether you want to manage work and personal priorities, do two different jobs that cater to your varying interests, or there's no other option but to cut down hours, make sure you know what you're getting into when going this route.
  • When Job Hunting Turns You Into an Angry Neckbeard
    Job hunting is the worst, and anyone who says otherwise is probably one of those weirdos who love dating. It's a high-pressure situation, with a hefty dose of artificiality, and it demands that you display your best self in a very short period of time. Also, unlike the hunt for the perfect relationship, job searching has high stakes in the immediate future: most of us just do not have the wherewithal to bank the six months of expenses that financial experts tell us we should have. It's no wonder, then, that job seekers sometimes experience psychological fallout from their search, up to and including clinical depression. This makes it harder to get a job. It's difficult to put on a sunny face and look like a person hiring managers should consider when you're feeling, as one Redditor recent put it, "like an angry neckbeard."
  • What's to Be Done About All This Candy?
    When we were younger, we used to be able to gorge on candy after trick-or-treating and pretty much feel fine. Now that we're older, and maybe a tad bit more health conscious, the biggest threat to our healthy eating habits is often the office candy bowl. That's bad enough on a regular office day, but now that Halloween is approaching it seems like everybody's got a tub of mini Snickers on their desks. So how do you avoid making yourself sick on office treats?
  • How Important Is Cost of Living When Considering Relocation for a Job?
    If you're pondering relocation to a new city for a job opportunity, you're probably hoping to make more money. But, determining how far your salary will go in your new town can be kind of tricky. We all know that cost of living is a factor to evaluate when considering a job offer, but is it more important than salary? Here are a few things you should know.
  • 4 Ways to Fake Enthusiasm at Your Next Meeting
    We're not that great at paying attention. And while the ADAA estimates that about 4 percent of the adult population is dealing with ADHD, one survey from video conference provider Highfive confirmed that about 47 percent of employees say their main problem with meetings is that people don't pay attention. Are we too connected to our devices? Are meetings just that boring and inefficient? Whatever the truth may be, there are a couple of ways you can keep your boss from banning cellphones at your next meeting.
  • How to Get These 5 High-Paying Science Jobs
    Peruse PayScale's College Salary Report, and one thing will immediately become clear: if you are interested in a high-paying job, STEM is the way to go. Of course, picking your college major by salary potential alone is a bad idea. At best, you could wind up highly paid and bored with your life's work. At worst, well, don't forget the old George Carlin routine: "Somewhere in the world is the world's worst doctor. And what's truly terrifying is that someone has an appointment with him tomorrow morning." You do not want to be that doctor ... or engineer, or scientist. But, the good news is that choosing a major doesn't mean building an indelible blueprint for your future; there are, for example, tons of science majors who never set foot in a lab after graduation, and make good money.
  • Obama Proposes a Cap on Standardized Testing
    The debate over standardized testing has been raging for years. The argument escalated in intensity following the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002, which, in addition to other related requirements, mandated yearly testing of every student in all 50 states. Since then, teachers, parents, and students have weighed in with their ideas about whether these tests truly improve the educational system in the U.S. or if they do more harm than good.
  • How to Add an Hour to Every Day: 5 Timesaving Tricks
    There aren't enough hours in the day. This would be true, even if you lived on Mars. Work expands to fill the time available, no matter how much time you have. At the same time, most of us aren't totally aware of how we're using time – or wasting it. With a few small changes, you can steal back an hour or so of your workday, every day, and use it on whatever you please. (Something non-work-related, ideally.)
  • 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.
  • Another Reason to Avoid Giving Your Salary History: The Gender Wage Gap
    When negotiating a job offer, it's best to avoid giving your salary history to your prospective employer. Revealing your previous earnings could get in the way of landing that big pay bump you're hoping for. Also, there is another reason to consider not giving your salary history – the gender wage gap. For women, revealing previous salaries might reinforce future low earnings. Here are a few important things for women to keep in mind when navigating salary negotiations.
  • Got a Case of the Mondays? 10 #MondayMotivation Tweets to Snap You Out of It
    If perception determined reality, Monday would be as long as the other four days of the standard workweek, combined. Somehow, this is true even though few of us in this age of always-on mobile devices get to unplug for an entire weekend. The good news is that the very same technology that makes work-life balance so hard can also help us cheer each other on. Here's how one strategically deployed hashtag can get you back on track this Monday afternoon. (Or, at least provide you with a more pleasant distraction than your usual procrastination techniques.)
  • Get a Flu Shot, for Your Co-Workers' Sake
    First things first: yes, there are some people who shouldn't get the flu shot. If you think you might be one of them, check with your doctor. For everyone else, getting the yearly flu vaccine is still the best way to keep yourself healthy, productive, and on your co-workers' good side during the upcoming flu season. People in your office will thank you if you don't bring the sickness in to work, and your body will thank you if you can avoid feeling like death by getting a simple shot in the arm. Seriously, what are you waiting for?
  • How to Tell If That Certification Will Get You Hired
    Two people with similar qualifications apply for the same job. Either, both, or neither may get shortlisted. Now, add a professional certification to the mix. There's a chance that the hiring manager might review more closely the resume of the person with the additional certification. But will it get you the job?
  • 3 Reasons We Make Bad Decisions at Work
    It's estimated that an average person has around 70,000 thoughts per day, and obviously, not all of them are productive. It's not surprising that most of us make a bad decision or two every now and again. We'll a look at some of the common reasons why we make bad decisions in hopes of preventing you from making them in the future.
  • These Are the Jobs Where People Are Most Likely to Marry Each Other
    You've probably heard that you shouldn't mix business with pleasure, but a new study suggests that intermingling the two may just be what your love life needs – that is, if you're in certain professions. Read on to find out if your personal and professional stars align and make for a happily ever after.
  • Etsy Broadcasts Its Employees' Mistakes Company-Wide (and That's a Great Thing)
    Making mistakes is never fun, especially when it happens at work. Can you imagine if every time you made a mistake at your job, you were required to admit to your error in full detail to the entire company? One well-known and reputable company is doing just that – and it's a huge success. Read on to see why and how.

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