• 50 Shades of Tar Pits: Students Make Big Bucks on Dinosaur Romance Novels
    Texas A&M students Alara Branwen and Christie Sims were having trouble making ends meet. Branwen worked in a supermarket; Sims tutored. That is, until they discovered a lucrative niche ebook market, and made a killing writing human-dinosaur, uh, "love stories." (Note: Alara Branwen and Christie Sims are not their real names, and if you click on the links above, you'll understand why.)
  • Surviving the Emotional Effects of a Job Transition
    It happens every day. Someone decides to change careers, suddenly loses a job, or lands an assignment in an entirely new field. During this job transition, however, some powerful emotions can crop up – including fear, overwhelm, depression, guilt and even anger. While this is a natural effect of a job change, not having a plan to manage these emotions can set you up for a career meltdown. Learn how to survive even the most difficult of job transitions with these helpful tips from a career coach.
  • Top 10 Cities For Recent Grads Looking For Work
    You got your degree and enjoyed your last summer vacation. Now you want a job, but where should you go?
  • U.N. Says Americans Rank No. 17 in Happiness
    People in the United Arab Emirates, Costa Rica and Mexico are living happier lives than Americans, according to the latest United Nations World Happiness Report.
  • Illegal Taxpayer-Subsidized Vacations

    Unemployment insurance exists to help people who lose their jobs through no fault of their own. It is neither severance pay nor paid vacation.

  • 3 Ways Your Big, Fat Mouth Can Cost You Your Job

    When it comes to the world of work, what you say can be as important as what you do. No matter how casual your work environment, making the wrong comments (or the wrong comments to the wrong people) can get you fired in a hurry.

  • The 5 Biggest Mistakes Career Changers Make
    Here at PayScale, we’ve highlighted the success stories of many career changers from all walks of life, age groups, and backgrounds. However, what we haven’t discussed in great detail are some of the potential pitfalls of switching careers. Any career change has a 50/50 chance of going either good or bad. For the brave at heart, a career change can be the best thing to happen to an individual seeking a new and better opportunity.
  • Why Are 36 Percent of Americans Not Looking for Work?

    The amount of people unemployed and not looking for work in the United States -- 90 million -- is growing at unprecedented levels, according to recent NPR report.

  • That Ford Commercial Guy Says College Is Overrated and He Isn't Wrong

    Mike Rowe is best known (at least to me) as the really American-looking dude that pitched Ford cars and trucks in his signature baseball cap.

  • How NOT to Fire Someone

    Want to be a better boss? Treat people respectfully even if -- perhaps especially if -- they're on their way out the door.

  • Dance It Out: 10 Songs for Your Career Comeback

    Put down the Ben & Jerry’s, turn off the Netflix, and unfurl from the fetal position. Whether you were fired, laid off, or passed over for a promotion, we all experience career setbacks. Sometimes, in order to make a comeback, you just have to dance it out.

  • Whole Foods Worker's Amazing Resignation Email: 'You're a faux hippy Wal-Mart'

    Most of us have whiled away the hours at a terrible job, imagining how we would quit if today were Do-Over Day, and there were absolutely no consequences for lighting our paperwork on fire and toasting marshmallows over it. One Whole Foods worker has achieved in real life what we only dream of. (The quitting. Not the marshmallows.)

  • Underemployment: The Educated Person's Worst Nightmare
    Underemployed and not too happy about it? Here's an inspiring story to give you hope. PayScale spoke with Shaina Thompson, who has a bachelor's degree in computer science and a master's in education, to hear her experience with underemployment and how it motivated her to look beyond her degrees to discover what she really wanted to do in life.
  • Career Lessons From the Instagram vs. Vine Fiasco
    Being strategic isn't just for businesses: professionals can also use these tactics to increase their marketability and advance their careers. The Instagram vs. Twitter/Vine debacle is a great example of how companies use strategy to get ahead of the competition. These social media giants are constantly at each other's throats trying to out-do the other with new features and capabilities. We'll examine these tactics and explain how job seekers can use them to get a leg up on the competition.
  • Is It a Good Idea to Refer Your Social Media 'Friends'?
    So much of our interactions nowadays take place on social media, making it incredibly easy to connect and build relationships with complete strangers with the click of a button. Over time, these virtual connections can morph into actual friendships. But would you feel comfortable referring one of your social media “friends” for a job and risking the possibility of vouching for a complete dud? Here's how to decide.
  • 5 Job Seeking Tips for the Older and Wiser Generation
    Job pickings are slim right now, especially for older workers. Because social media is so important in business nowadays, it's not uncommon for older workers to be passed over for younger, tech-savvier, cheaper candidates. So, how can older and wiser workers find job placement in such a saturated job market? Here are five tips to help older professionals get back in the game.
  • 5 Ways to Clean up Your Online Profiles During a Job Search
    Let's face it, the job market has seen better days. Landing a decent job (or any job, for that matter) is like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole -- it feels nearly impossible and it's incredibly frustrating. For those lucky candidates who actually land an interview with a potential employer, it's vital not to screw it up. One way to improve your chances of landing the job is by cleaning up your social media profiles so that the hiring representative doesn't come across anything that would make him or her question your candidacy. Here are five ways to protect your online profiles during a job search.
  • What's Trending on Twitter - Seattle Sun Tan Text Campaign Win, Myspace 2.0, and
    In this week's roundup of trending Twitter topics, we discuss: a tanning salon that generated nearly $200,000 in new revenue in less than a month, via a text-based marketing campaign; Myspace 2.0 launching a sleek new social music site; and Kanye West's newest album leak.
  • Good News: It Takes Fewer Jobs to Reduce Unemployment Than It Used To

    How many jobs does it take to bring down those unemployment stats? According to a new paper from economists Dan Aaronson and Scott Brave of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, less than it did in the 1980s and 1990s.

  • Unemployment Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

    A recent study in The Journal of Health and Social Behavior showed that joblessness, along with smoking, was one of the factors associated with higher death rates among white women in the U.S. who didn't graduate from high school.