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  • Narcissists Become Leaders, But Should They?

    Do you think you're a special person, or that the world would be a better place if you were in charge? You may or may not be right, but a recent study says you're more likely to ascend to a leadership position, if you have a little dash of narcissism in your makeup.

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  • 3 Ways to Stop Losing Your Cool at Work

    When the little things go wrong, how do you react? If you're more of a flipper-outer and less of a shrugger-offer, there's hope. With a little practice, you can learn to be more even-keeled -- which is a good thing, because being a bit calmer is better for your career and your health.

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  • Change Your Desk to Be More Productive

    Want to get more done at work? Start by looking at your work area -- specifically, your desk.

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  • How to Deal With the Sunday Night Blues

    Don't believe Garfield the cat. If you're less than thrilled about what you're doing for a living, the worst day of the week isn't Monday -- it's the day before. Specifically, the Sunday evening is the worst, because it's primetime for worrying about what comes tomorrow.

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  • How to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

    One week after New Year's, many of us have broken our resolutions already, and a whopping 92 percent of us will abandon them eventually. When your resolutions relate to your career, it's all the more important to try to maintain them. So how can you beat the odds?

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  • 10 Online Places to Learn Valuable Job Skills, for Free

    Job counselors tell us that the best way to build a successful career is to keep learning and adding skills to our resumes. But education isn't cheap -- for the most part. Fortunately, there are plenty of totally free sources online that will help you develop the skills you need to get hired, be promoted, and keep those raises rolling in.

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  • Maybe You Don't Want an Emotionally Intelligent Boss

    Emotional intelligence is the ability to perceive and understand emotions, and to use this information to inform one's actions. On the surface, that seems like a great quality for a manager to have. In reality, there are some potential downsides to the emotionally intelligent boss. It all depends on the character of the person who's wielding that high EI.

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  • Do These 3 Things Differently, and Be a Success

    What makes people who achieve their dreams from the rest of us? It's not just having a knack for making money or a talent for knowing what people want. It's a knack for doing a few things just a little bit differently than everyone else.

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  • Top 10 Career Posts of 2013

    What was on your mind this year? If you're like most of us in the working world, it was a combination of professional ambition, terror of unemployment, and need for distraction -- which we often satisfied by reading stories about celebrities' professional ambition, terror, distraction, etc. Certainly, PayScale Career News's top posts seem to indicate that's where our interest lay.

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  • 50 Career Resolutions to Make This Year

    New Year's resolutions tend to focus on the personal. While January 1 is as good a time as any to quit smoking or start eating more vegetables, it's also an opportunity to look at your career from a new perspective. As a bonus, it's sometimes easier to build your resume than it is to drop some pounds.

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  • 5 Things That Really Make Us Happy at Work

    Ask anyone what would make them like their job, and the first thing out of their mouths will be, "More money." No, seriously -- we've done studies. The problem is, research shows that more money -- beyond a certain point -- doesn't actually equal more happiness. So what does?

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  • The 20 Hottest Job Skills of 2013

    Want to boost your salary in a hurry? Some entries on your resume are worth more than others. Pick up these skills, and your paycheck could increase by as much as 20 percent.

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  • Why You Should Trust Your Intuition

    We live in an age that's obsessed with the bottom line, and the numbers that it takes to get there. Sometimes, however, you have to fold a bit of instinct in with the research and scientific evidence -- especially when it comes to your career. Here's why it's sometimes a good idea to go with your gut.

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  • 3 Career Lessons From 'Duck Dynasty'

    Unless you somehow manage to live a blissfully reality-show-free existence -- and don't read any internet news -- you've probably heard about the Duck Dynasty patriarch's fall from grace. What you probably haven't realized is that there is some good in all of this: namely, it tells you what not to do in the workplace.

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  • What's the Worst Piece of Career Advice You've Ever Received?

    Remember that scene in The Graduate, when a friend of Benjamin's parents advises him to go into plastics? Probably good advice, in 1967 -- but completely the wrong tip to give that particular person at that point in his life. Likewise, we've found that a lot of the worst career advice stems from this disconnect between the giver and the receiver.

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  • Not a Techie? Here's Why You Should Learn to Code Anyway

    Computer Science Education Week is wrapping up this weekend, and if you're in a non-computer science field, but computer science, particularly learning to code, is becoming important to all of us, in every type of job.

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  • 5 Email Mistakes That Are Making You Look Unprofessional

    These days, we spend a lot more time communicating with people online than we do in person, or even over the phone. Everyone is forced to become a writer if they want to get their points across, even if their job seems unrelated to the world of words. Here are some common mistakes that just about everyone makes when emailing at work.

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  • 3 Tips for Communicating With the Boss

    Ever feel like you and the boss are speaking a different language? It might not be your fault, or hers. Sometimes, people just have different communication styles. However, since your success is dependent on being able to communicate with your manager, it behooves you to figure out a way around the impasse.

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  • What If You Hate Your New Job?

    The problem with taking a new job is that no matter how diligent you are about researching the company, asking thoughtful interview questions, and getting a sense of the job and the corporate culture you're entering, you can still find yourself stuck in a bad fit. In this case, is it ever worth it to try to go back to your old job?

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  • We See Work the Same Way Our Parents Did

    When it comes to how we feel about work, we fall into three categories, say researchers at the University of Michigan: job, career, or calling. Furthermore, your point of view has a lot to do with how your parents felt about their jobs.

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