• This Site Will Tell You Exactly How Much Maternity Leave Your Employer Offers
    When's the right time during a job interview to ask a prospective employer about maternity leave? If you're like most working women, you probably answered, "Never." It's hard enough convincing a hiring manager that a candidate of childbearing years is worth the risk, without giving them an excuse to shut the door on the conversation. This week, Fairygodboss, a site that reviews employers with working women in mind, released its Maternity Leave Resource Center, allowing women to research companies' maternity leave policies before they accept a job offer – no awkward interview questions required.
  • Justin Trudeau and 5 Other Successful English Majors
    On October 19, Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party won a decisive victory in the Canadian national election. The prime-minister designate assumes office in November, and has already started movement on his campaign promises, but even if you don't care about Canadian politics (or any politics) there are a few interesting things to note about Canada's next prime minister. For starters, liberal arts majors can rejoice, because Trudeau has, among other degrees, a bachelor's in English literature from McGill. There's an answer, the next time your parents ask you, "What are you going to do with that English degree?"
  • Amazon to New York Times: 'Stack of Negative Anecdotes' Doesn't Represent Amazon Culture
    Two months ago, The New York Times ran a piece on working at Amazon that went on to become its most commented-on story so far, with 6,600 comments by the paper's count. The article depicted a workplace in which 80-hour weeks were common, and work-life balance in short supply. Famously, the reporters cited one former Amazonian who said, "Nearly every person I worked with, I saw cry at their desk." Now, Amazon is responding to that portrait, claiming that the stories included in the article were biased, or presented without context, and that they don't add up to an accurate picture of what it's like to work at Amazon.
  • Office Horror Stories: The 10 Scariest Co-Workers Ever
    What's more terrifying that than the scariest ghost story you've ever heard? Going to work with some of these folks. We asked Facebook users to share their tales involving co-workers whose bizarre and unprofessional behavior made the fact that they had jobs stranger than fiction. These stories will remind you that the real-life experience of going to work offers plenty of scares – no ghosts or goblins necessary.
  • Your Standing Desk Is No Healthier Than a Regular Old Sitting Desk, Study Finds
    Bad news, standing-desk fans: according to a study from Exeter University and University College London, you're getting sore feet for nothing. After following 5,000 people over the course of 16 years, researchers determined that standing desks are no better for your health than standard ones. Being still, they contend, whether standing or sitting, is bad for your health.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: How to Build a LinkedIn Profile Recruiters Will Love
    LinkedIn is a rare bird in the social media landscape: it's extremely useful for its specific purpose – building your career – but not necessarily a place to hang out online, like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. As a result, it's easy to let your LinkedIn profile slide when you get a promotion or take on new responsibilities, and not realize it until the absence of recruiter attention calls the issue to mind. In this week's roundup, we look at ways to make your LinkedIn profile shine, plus why being a good helper isn't always the best thing for your career, and a few tips on getting unstuck when you're in a rut.
  • To See How Few Women There Are at the Top, Photoshop Out the Men
    If you watched the Democratic primary debate last night, one thing probably stood out to you, regardless of your political leanings: Hillary Clinton was the only woman on the stage. In fact, as far as American politics is concerned, one out of five is just about the norm: currently, women hold 104 out of 535 seats in Congress, a 19.4 percent average. (It gets worse if you look at women of color – 31.7 percent of the number of women, and just 6.2 percent of the total.) Of course, we love data, but numbers can seem abstract. Sometimes, you can't beat a good visualization to really see the problem. Recently, British Elle's feminism issue gave us just that, with a video that shows men gradually removed from photos of politics in action ... leaving just a few women behind.
  • 3 Sneaky Downsides of Working at Home (and How to Handle Them)
    Working at home can be a dream or a nightmare, depending on the job, your preferences, and the disposition of your colleagues. It's pretty easy to find guidelines to making a telecommuting situation a success: you know you need to keep your boss in the loop, for example, and make sure your co-workers can see that you're really working. But, what about those pitfalls that arise only once you're comfortably ensconced in your brand-new home office? Here's what you can expect.
  • We Are All the Urban Outfitters Employees Who Were Asked to Work for Free
    Last week, Gawker reported that URBN, the Philadelphia-based company that owns Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and Free People, sent out a memo asking salaried workers to volunteer their weekend time, unpacking boxes during the October rush. But don't worry: the memo made it clear that this was a "team-building activity." Furthermore, lunch would be provided.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: What Beyonce Can Teach You About Job Interviews
    If you've ever experienced stage fright before a job interview, you'll see the parallels between performing and interviewing for a new job. Unless you're someone who loves being the center of attention, however, you might not think of that as a positive thing. In this week's roundup, we look at why one expert takes job interview inspiration from Beyonce; plus, some insight into the "9-to-5" workday in 2015, and a love song to the to-do list.
  • LinkedIn Sent Your Friends Too Many Emails, and All You Got Was $1,500 (Maybe)
    Whether it's the canned kind or the sort that involves male enhancement products, spam is generally worthless – unless the spam in question came from LinkedIn, and arrived in your potential connections' inboxes repeatedly, with your name and without your consent. In that case, it might be worth a share of a recent $13 million settlement.
  • How to Recover From Embarrassment at Work
    Even if you're a pretty mellow person, you probably still have that cache of "ugh" moments stored in the back of your brain. Since most of us spend the bulk of our waking moments at work, it's not a surprise if a lot of them feature TPS reports and accidental CCs. No matter what it feels like, however, embarrassment isn't forever – or at least, it doesn't have to be.
  • 5 Salary Negotiation Lessons From Amy Schumer
    Unless you're a huge standup comedy nerd – the kind who can justifiably brag that you've seen everyone "before they were cool" – you probably hadn't heard of Amy Schumer as recently as five years ago. Today, Schumer's everywhere, winning an Emmy for her sketch show Inside Amy Schumer and writing and starring in Trainwreck, which was directed by Judd Apatow. Oh, and also: she just negotiated an $8 to $10 million book deal, after canceling an earlier deal for $1 million – as Vulture put it, like a boss.
  • How to Keep Your Helicopter Parents From Ruining Your Career
    Helicopter parents are usually the province of parenting blogs and editorials, not so much career blogs like ours. But, the micromanaging doesn't necessarily stop when kids are small – or even when they graduate from college and go out into the world to get a job. If your parents are the helicopter variety, you're probably kind of embarrassed and confused about how to get them to lay off and let you make your own decisions. Worse, you might find yourself without the kind of real-life skills it takes to build your career, manage your finances, and just plain survive. If this is you, don't despair. You can escape the meddling and become independent. Here's how.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: 4 Leadership Lessons From Bond Villains
    Some of the world's greatest entrepreneurs and moguls have a faint whiff of Bond villain about them. Elon Musk is in on the joke to the point where he's been known to change his Twitter avatar to a Blofeld-esque photo of him petting a cat. So it's not as strange as it seems to look to the bad guys of the Bond films for a bit of career inspiration. This week's roundup also offers tips for working from home, and advice on how to keep your secret job search, well, a secret.
  • BLS Jobs Report: 142,000 Jobs Added, Unemployment Steady at 5.1 Percent
    For the second month in a row, the Employment Situation Summary came in under analysts' expectations. Prior to this morning's report from the labor department, economists polled by Reuters had predicted gains of 203,000 jobs in September. In addition, the Bureau of Labor Statistics revised last month's numbers downward to reflect 136,000 jobs added for August, instead of the 173,000 originally reported.
  • Men Nap at Work, Zone Out During Meetings More Than Women
    Unless you're a raving extrovert – or a manager who needs something to put on that annual review – you probably hate meetings. For the vast majority of office workers, they're essentially time away from the real work that makes up the bulk of our jobs. But a recent survey shows that men are more likely to respond to a boring meeting by doing something else entirely, whether it's check email, text, or play fantasy sports. Are women just super responsible, or what's going on?
  • Why Most People Quit Their Jobs
    We've all heard sad stories of people quitting jobs to get away from gruesome bosses, unreasonable work hours, or places with weird smells, but in truth, the reasons people quit are often less dramatic – and more positive – than those horror stories might lead us to believe. A recent LinkedIn survey of over 10,000 people around the world found the reasons people quit are pretty universal.
  • ADP Report: Private Sector Added 200,000 Jobs in September
    Prior to this morning's release of the ADP National Employment Report, economists predicted the addition of 194,000 jobs to private payrolls during the previous month. The actual number, 200,000 jobs, came in above expectations and August's disappointing 190,000 jobs added.
  • 5 Banned Books That Will Inspire You in Your Career
    Every year since 1982, the American Library Association joins forces with other literary-minded organizations to promote Banned Books Week, a celebration of reading and free speech. Whatever your favorite genre, you're likely to find some example of it on one of the ALA's most-challenged books lists. Also on those lists: plenty of books, classic and otherwise, that can guide, inform, and inspire you to even greater heights in your career.

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