• Career Stalled? Here's How to Spin It in Job Interviews

    Switching employers every few years might be the way to make more money, but for many workers, the idea of taking a risk on a new job during a bad economy was just too scary. The problem, of course, is that few people work at the same place for our whole careers, retiring with a pension and a gold watch. Eventually, you're probably going to start looking for a new job, and when you do, you'll need to know how to make it clear that you're still a go-getter, despite riding out the recession in one place.

  • Before You Take Your Career Break
    A career break could range from a few months to a few years. In a previous post, we discussed the reasons that could lead to taking time off from your career track. In this post, we discuss a few factors to consider before taking the plunge.
  • How to Conduct a Sneaky Job Search at Work

    First things first: looking for a new job on the company's time is a bad idea. But sometimes, life intervenes -- for instance, if you work 14 hours a day, and most weekends, it can be hard to carve out time that's really "yours." So what do you do to minimize the risk of getting caught?

  • First Job? Do These 3 Things for a Bright Financial Future

    If you're just starting out your career, and recently got your first job, you're most likely relieved to be employed. Also, if you've been living like a student -- i.e., on a tight budget -- you might feel rich. (At least until those student loans kick in.) So what should you do first, to make sure that you have the best shot at financial security down the road?

  • 3 Tips for Building a Career With Meaning

    The process of putting together PayScale's data package, The Most and Least Meaningful Jobs made one thing very clear: there are an infinite number of paths to a job that really satisfies, and no two careers will look exactly alike, even if the worker in each case loves his or her job.

  • 3 Ways to Get Out of a Career Rut

    Do you feel stuck in your job? Even if you're grateful to be gainfully employed, it's still hard to feel good about going off to work every day if you don't get the sense that you're moving forward. If you've been idling in one place for a while, here's how to kick your career back into gear.

  • Headhunters Are Judging Your Grammar and Usage

    At first glance, it seems unfair: no one would expect an editor to build a website in order to prove that she has the chops to catch stray commas, but woe betide the software developer who submits a resume with a typo in it. In this era of instantaneous results and 24/7 availability, is it really reasonable for hiring managers to expect perfection in terms of punctuation, spelling, and so on?

  • Getting Hired: 6 Mental Makeovers for the Class of 2015
    Get ready for the real world, class of 2015. College is a supportive haven with lots of safety nets and a focus on individual achievement, but the workplace has different rules. You’re going to have to prove you can be fearless and independent, but also willing to share your success. Here's how to change your thinking.
  • Stop Doing These 3 Toxic Things at Work

    Some work behavior is poisonous to your career. Do certain things and act in certain ways, and you'll not only tank your own chances at promotion -- you'll destroy the productivity and job satisfaction of those around you, as well. Here's what you need to stop doing, right away, to get ahead without destroying your social capital with your colleagues.

  • The 7 Jobs That Offer the Highest Meaning

    You don't need to get fulfillment from your job: sometimes, a decent salary is enough. But if you know you're a person who can't be happy unless their days are spent doing something meaningful, these occupations might be a place to start your hunt for your next career.

  • #PayChat Roundup: Money or Meaning?

    Is it possible to do what you love, help the world, and still make a decent living? Today's #PayChat examined the issue of finding both money and meaning at work.

  • The Most and Least Meaningful Jobs [interactive chart]

    Want a job that makes the world a better place? Sometimes, that means sacrificing practical rewards (read: cash) for a sense of helping others -- but not always. As PayScale's newest data package shows, many careers offer a salary that allows you to feed your body as well as your spirit. Some will even make you rich.

  • 5 Ways to Know If It's Time to Quit Your Job

    Although you don't want to quit your job at the first sign of trouble, there comes a time when enough is enough. How do you know the answer to the age old question, "Should I stay or should I go?"

  • 3 Reasons You're Not Getting Promoted

    You know you have what it takes to do the next job up the chain, but despite your best efforts, you're still not getting promoted. Worse, maybe other, less worthy co-workers are getting ahead before you are. You talk to your manager and gracefully make your case, but all you're getting is hemming and hawing. What's really going on here?

  • 3 Interviewing Lessons From the Woman Who Went on 100 Job Interviews

    Sofia Faruqi has this job interview thing down to a science, and no wonder: while working her way through school from 2007 until 2013, she interviewed 100 times at 40 different financial-services firms.

  • 5 Ways to Dress for Work in the Summer, Even When It's Hotter Than the Surface of the Sun

    Even if your company doesn't have a dress code, you know you can't get away with wearing what you'd really like to wear to work during the hot summer months. (Example: bathing suit, flip-flops, permanent look of longing for vacation.) Here's how to look professional, without feeling like you just stepped out of a sauna.

  • Having Trouble Finding a Job? This Site Can Help
    In May 2013, the unemployment rate was at 6.3 percent in the U.S. -- and that's not counting everyone who is underemployed or still employed, yet looking for their next job. A new website, 50waystogetajob.com, has emerged to help job seekers discover unique solutions that can help them get a job, other than emailing dozens of copies of their resumes every day.
  • 3 Lessons From History's First Cover Letter, Written by Leonardo da Vinci

    Cover letters have been with us for more than 500 years, since Leonardo da Vinci sent one to the Duke of Milan in 1482, enumerating his many talents. More surprising than the fact that we have Leonardo to thank for yet another invention? The realization that his letter, the first of its kind in history as far as we know, still has a lot to teach us about how to write this tricky document.

  • 6 Things Your Recruiter Expects From You, Even Before the First Contact
    The next step after applying for a job is to wait for the phone call from HR, letting you know that you've been selected for the first round of screening. The recruiter at the end of the line knows that you are interested in the job. But are you really prepared for that call?
  • 3 Tips for Better Business Cards

    In the age of LinkedIn and online job application forms, you're likely to forget about a valuable in-person networking tool: the business card. If you haven't bothered to update your card in a while -- or have a one so unmemorable, you have piles of left-behind cards stacked around your desk -- there are a few things you can do to step up your business card game.