• 7 Ways to Facilitate Change at Work

    Most people aren't crazy about change, especially at work. If you like how your company does things, any alteration seems like a potential for disaster; if you don't, well, any situation can always get worse. Add in the unstable economic environment of the past couple of years, and it's no wonder that managers struggle to convince their reports to give change a chance.

  • Here's What Is Stressing Out Americans

    Sometimes, it's the little things that get you. A recent survey from NPR, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard School of Public Health finds that while health problems and work upheaval are the biggest causes of stress for most people on a long-term basis, daily stressors like juggling family schedules and commuting to work also have an effect on our perception of stress and its impact on our lives.

  • PayScale at SXSW: Vote to Find Out How to Get the Career of Your Dreams

    Over the past few years, South by Southwest has grown from a music festival into a multi-disciplinary cultural event. Whatever you're interested in -- film, education, the environment, or emerging technologies -- you can bet there's an upcoming panel devoted to innovations that will change that field. This year, PayScale has two panels up for consideration, both focusing on how education and training can help you get the job you want and money you deserve.

  • Avoid These 3 Career Change Mistakes

    Very few people end their working life in the same career they started off in, when they took their very first job out of school. The good news is that this means there's less social pressure to stay on a path that's no longer satisfying. The bad news, of course, is that change is never easy. Here's what to avoid, if you're thinking of making the leap.

  • Top 10 Careers of the Future [infographic]

    When you think about futuristic jobs, you probably think of something along the lines of robot scientist (which could mean either a scientist who builds robots, or a scientist who is a robot -- either might apply). But the real jobs of the future probably look a bit more familiar.

  • The Dude Abides: 3 Career Tips From Jeff Bridges' Reddit AMA

    The Big Lebowski has built up quite a cult following in the past 16 years. There's even an internet religion based on the film's central character, the Dude. (Central tenet of Dudeism: "The idea is this: Life is short and complicated and nobody knows what to do about it. So don’t do anything about it. Just take it easy, man.") If it seems strange, then, to turn to Jeff Bridges, the actor who embodied the Dude in all his Dudeness, for career advice, all we have to say is: "Yeah, well, that's just, like, your opinion, man."

  • 3 Ways to Get Ahead at Work

    The economy may be recovering, but that doesn't mean that workers are swimming in raises and promotions. If you want to move forward in your career, you'll have to get creative and make opportunities for yourself. Here are a few things to do, daily, weekly, and monthly, to build professional relationships and lay the foundation for a better career.

  • 5 Reasons to Wake Up Earlier (and 2 Reasons to Skip It)

    Could you wake up two hours earlier every day? Rachel Gillett at Fast Company tried it for a week, rising at 6:30 a.m. and tallying up the ways in which it improved her productivity and happiness, both in her personal life and at work -- plus, a few of the challenges involved in resetting her daily clock.

  • This Job Exists: Professional Writer for Tinder, OKCupid Profiles

    If you have a way with words and yen to help other people make their romantic dreams come true, one Chicago company has the job for you. Virtual Dating Assistants is hiring creative writers to "woo women" on popular dating sites and apps.

  • 3 Steps to Close Your Personal Skills Gap
    Conversation about the skills gap tends to run on a broad scale: employers want X, workers only offer Y. But what about if you're one of the workers? Your first goal, then, isn't to solve the world's problems, but to fill in your own skills gap and get hired. Here's how.
  • Who Are the Underemployed?

    Unlike unemployment, which is easy to define, underemployment is somewhat subjective. What constitutes not having enough work? PayScale's recent report examined three major reasons why people describe themselves as underemployed: not earning enough money, not using education or training, or not getting full-time hours. Any way you slice the data, it's clear that underemployment is a common problem: Over 40 percent of respondents described themselves as underemployed.

  • Vacations Are Good for You and Good for Your Employer

    It's not news that many Americans don't take vacations -- or that they should. But at this time of year, it bears repeating: that last-minute getaway might mean the difference between doing your job well, and stumbling through the day with low energy and a bad attitude.

  • 3 Time Management Hacks to Make You Better at Your Job

    It used to be common to hear people say, "There just aren't enough hours in the day." Now, there's no point in wishing for an extra 60 minutes here or there; we know that our work would just expand, like a gas, to fit the shape of the container. The real secret to productivity isn't more time. It's using the time we have more efficiently.

  • 3 Tips for Becoming the Best Boss Ever

    When you look back on your career, you probably remember a handful of managers who stood out from all the rest, some for good reasons, some for bad. If you want to be one of those bosses people remember fondly in years to come -- think A Christmas Carol's Fezziwig, and not The Devil Wears Prada's Miranda Priestly -- here's what to do.

  • Avoid These 7 Interview Mistakes

    Want to ace your next job interview? It's not just about doing the right things. What you don't do can be just as crucial to getting hired.

  • Male CEO Steps Down to Spend Time With Family

    When a woman quits her job to spend more time with family, no one bats an eye. When a man does the same, it's news. Earlier this week, Max Schireson announced that he'd be leaving his role as CEO of MongoDB in order to travel less and be at home with his wife and children more. The shock that reverberated throughout the internet is proof, if we still needed any, that men and women have not achieved parity in the business world.

  • Make Your Twitter Bio Help You Get the Job

    It's hard to sum up the whole of your experience, skills, and passions in a single-page resume. Shorten that to 160 characters, and you have two things: your Twitter bio and a writing exercise that's probably more challenging than anything you've had to do since your last poetry unit in high school English class.

  • 7 Ways to Be a Great Boss Starting From Your First Day on the Job
    Whether you've been promoted from within or jumped ship to take a managerial job at a different organization, you're probably somewhat apprehensive about your new role. After all, we hear more about bad bosses than effective ones. Here's how to be one of the latter.
  • Job Growth Hits Higher-Wage Occupations

    The majority of jobs lost during the recession were mid-wage jobs, i.e. jobs paying between $13.83 and $21.13 an hour. As of March 2013, 58 percent of jobs gained during the recovery were low-paying, in industries like food service and retail. But that might be in the process of changing: the past two job reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed increases in higher-paying industries like construction and business and professional services.

  • Do These 5 Things Before Your Next Interview and Get the Job

    Interview prep is tricky not because you don't know what to do to get ready, but because you know too much about what you could do. Before you get bogged down in endless practice interview questions, make sure you have these things checked off your pre-interview to-do list.