• Jobs and Wage Growth in the 6th Top-Tier Republican Debate
    Last night's Republican debate in South Carolina started off with a question about jobs, and the economy and the job market dominated the discussion at many points during the night. Pretty much the only point all the candidates admit to agreeing on is that they disagree with President Obama's assertion, made in the State of the Union address earlier in the week, that the "United States of America, right now, has the strongest, most durable economy in the world."
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Insulted By Your Raise? Maybe Don't Yell at the Boss
    During a long enough career, most of us will wish for at least one do-over day, when mistakes and missteps are cancelled out and we get to start all over again. In this week's salary negotiation-themed blog roundup (in honor of PayScale's Salary Negotiation Guide!), we look at one Ask a Manager reader who's probably wishing for a mulligan, plus tips on what to do when your co-workers are paid more than you, and a few salary negotiation strategies you've probably never heard of before.
  • See How Much Money Your WoW Characters Would Earn IRL
    Just like in real life, your video and computer game characters usually have to bring in some sort of income to survive. Whether you're looting gold coins or earning them through trade, you have to have enough gold to get you through the game. Today, I'm going to focus on one of my favorite games, World of Warcraft, and how much money characters from each profession would be earning in real life if they weren't hustling for in-game gold in Azeroth.
  • How to Avoid Miscommunication at Work
    "The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place," George Bernard Shaw once said. Miscommunication in the workplace is very common. It's a big reason for missed project deadlines, postponed meetings, and misunderstood expectations. For example, maybe your boss expected you to be at work today because your leave was "till" today, but you meant it to "include" today. Sometimes, the communication channel just isn't clear.
  • PayScale's Latest Reddit AMA Will Answer Your Toughest Questions About Salary Negotiation
    It's the biggest question on every worker's mind: how can I make more money? Many would also like some expert input on how to negotiate salary without annoying the boss, losing a job offer, or just plain looking unprofessional. Well, January 19 is your lucky day. At 10:30 a.m. PST/1:30 p.m. ET, PayScale's salary negotiation experts will take on your toughest questions, plus outline some of the ongoing resources in our newly updated Salary Negotiation Guide. You won't want to miss it.
  • 5 Questions You Should Ask At Your Next Job Interview
    This isn't your first rodeo. You've probably been to a lot of job interviews in your career — some good, some ... not so good — and you're really hoping this one sticks. You've tried some of the standard softball questions, but nothing seems to evoke a genuine response. You may even have brushed up on how to answer some of those awful curve balls interviewers are always eager to throw. Are you ready to have a real conversation with your interviewer that leaves a great impression? We may be able to help.
  • PayScale's Salary Negotiation Guide: It's Time to Get the Salary You Deserve
    Seventy-five percent of people who ask for a raise get one, so why aren't you asking? If you're like many people, it's because you're afraid – 28 percent of respondents to PayScale's survey who didn't ask for more money said it was because they were uncomfortable negotiating salary, while 19 percent said they didn't want to be perceived as pushy. Eight percent were even scared they would lose their job. Most employers won't fire a worker for asking for a raise in a reasonable fashion, but knowing that might not help when you're in a panic. The best approach is to prepare for the salary negotiation discussion ahead of time, and make a plan – and PayScale's Salary Negotiation Guide is here to help.
  • #BigBlockofCheeseDay: Jobs, the Gender Pay Gap, Family Leave, and More
    If you love cheese and you love politics, today is your day on Twitter. OK, fine, the cheese part is just a fun historical reference, wrapped up in a hashtag; Big Block of Cheese Day, first coined on the show The West Wing, dates back to an open house held by President Andrew Jackson in 1837. The reception was Jackson's last in office, and featured a 1,400-pound wheel of cheese and 10,000 guests from the general public. Today, of course, we don't need fromage and an open door to speak to our government directly – we just need Twitter. For the third year in a row, advisors like Vice President Biden and Secretary of Labor Tom Perez took to Twitter to answer the public's questions.
  • What College Students Need to Know About the Gender Pay Gap
    Before I was aware of the gender wage gap, I thought – as any rational person would – that employees would be paid the same for their same quality of work regardless of gender. But alas, this is not the case. The reality is, at least for a few years, the gender pay gap is here to stay. So that invites the question: as a young woman looking to enter the workforce in a few years, what should I do about the gender pay gap?
  • Education Is Changing, But Will It Change How We Work?
    Considering how quickly the world is changing, it's actually surprising that the way kids and young adults are educated looks about the same as it has for the last 50 years or more. But just because high-school students still have their days broken down into about eight periods and store their materials in lockers, that doesn't mean that certain aspects of education haven't been updated. Actually, education is changing quite a bit in the U.S. these days, and these changes will have an impact on business and the economy in the years and decades to come. Let's take a look at a few of these shifts and consider how they'll matter in the future.
  • #SOTU 2016: American Anxiety, the Changing Economy, and Your Career
    "Anyone claiming that America's economy is in decline is peddling fiction," President Obama said in his last State of the Union Address on Tuesday night. "Now, what is true – and the reason that a lot of Americans feel anxious – is that the economy has been changing in profound ways, changes that started long before the Great Recession hit, changes that have not let up." If you've struggled to find momentum in your career in the last eight or nine years, or even just to stay employed, that won't come as a shock. The question is, what can be done to help American workers weather the change and adapt?
  • 7 Excellent Pieces of Productivity Advice We're Probably Ignoring Right Now
    Ever hear the expression, "Know better, do better?" Despite originating from a pretty lovely Maya Angelou quote, in practice, this phrase has become one of the more teeth-grindingly superior ways for the good citizens of the internet to put each other down, whether the topic is career development or parenting. It's also, in its abbreviated form, unlikely to inspire people to embrace innovation. One thing, and possibly only one thing, is for sure when it comes to human behavior: knowing better definitely does not mean doing better. If it did, we'd all be experts at life and wizards of productivity by now. Let's admit that the true challenge is taking all the advice we've already received. Sometimes, we flat-out ignore the collective wisdom of efficiency experts, and we're not even sorry.
  • From /r/CSCareerQuestions: Am I Too Old for Internships?
    Historically speaking, internships have been for young people to dip their toes in the career field of their choice as a way to get a better idea of what it would be like to work in that industry. However, there is no hard and fast rule about how old you have to be when it comes to internships, and these redditors from the computer science community have the experience to prove it.
  • How to Say No, Even If It Makes You Really Uncomfortable
    Why is saying no so hard? Maybe you have the incessant need to please people à la Monica Geller in Friends, or maybe you're just too scared. Either way, by saying yes to everything, you might be stretching yourself too thin and taking on more than you can actually handle. Even if you aren't dropping the ball yet, continuing with the "never say no" rule could hurt your career.
  • 5 Ways to Build a Better Meeting
    We've all had our time wasted attending or even running a meeting at work. So often, we walk out of a conference room wondering, "What the heck just happened in there? How did everything spiral out of control so fast and furiously?" The next time you're planning a meeting, think about these five tips for making your meetings work better, stronger, and most of all, more efficiently than ever before.
  • 4 Weird Jobs From the Olden Days
    Times change. And, as they do, jobs and industries shift as well. Hence, the regular internet posts enumerating the endangered jobs of these here modern times. It's true that our three-times-great-grandchildren might need some help understanding what mail carriers and newspaper reporters actually did, but they wouldn't be the first ones to lose touch with jobs from the past. Just for fun, and for the sake of honoring history, let's take a look back at four strange jobs from the olden days that are potentially unknown to you. They might even change your perspective on the current job landscape.
  • #MondayMotivation: 10 Tweets to Help You Fall Back in Love With Your Career
    Feeling a little blah about your job ... or possibly your entire career path? It's possible, of course, that you just have a case of the Mondays, but it's also possible that your post-weekend malaise is a sign that you deserve something better than a job you dread. If you're stuck, these #MondayMotivation tweets might help you reconnect with what once excited you about what you do for a living.
  • 3 Career Lessons From David Bowie
    David Bowie left the earth yesterday. If you're even a casual fan, you probably reacted to the news with shock. Bowie was a rare larger-than-life figure who was too big even for the title of rock star. He was a cultural force, an artist who never stopped growing and innovating, and an example of how much one person can do to change the way the world connects with art and each other. While you weren't looking, he also sneakily taught you a thing or two about how to build your best career.
  • The Unofficial Quit-Your-Job Checklist: 5 Steps to Take
    You don't need me to tell you what you already know: it's time to quit. You're reading all sorts of blog posts about it, fantasizing about that grand exit speech, and constantly picturing yourself in other jobs. It's OK. You're not alone: 70 percent of Americans are not engaged at work. The trouble is that you're not sure you can quit right now, right? Not so fast.
  • Air Quality and Work Smarts: It's Not All in Your Head
    While we don't all live in places with visible smog, poor air quality is something that can sneak up on you. Bad air can come from sources including vehicles, utilities, heating and cooling machinery, and even climate change, according to the American Lung Association. Not all of us are so hard up that we're into buying canned air, but maybe we should be a little more worried about long-term effects of air pollution on our productivity.

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