• PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Should Women Even Bother Negotiating Salary?
    Here's a little controversy to wrap up your week: in her latest blog post, Penelope Trunk argues that women are penalized for negotiating salary, and for this and other reasons, they shouldn't do it at all. Whew. Find that, plus what happens when you don't take a vacation, and the best sites to help you land a job in 2015, in this week's roundup.
  • BLS Jobs Report: 173,000 Jobs Added, Unemployment Falls to 5.1 Percent
    Prior to this morning's release from the labor department, economists were predicting the addition of 218,000 jobs. Today's Employment Situation Summary fell well short of that, coming in at only 173,000 jobs. While the unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent, the labor force participation rate remained close to its 1970s low, at 62.6 percent. It wasn't all bad news, however.
  • These Are the 10 Most Meaningful College Majors
    Salary is important; no matter how much you love your job, you're probably not going to be happy if you're stressed about paying the bills. Beyond a certain point, however, more money doesn't necessarily equal more happiness. For this reason, it's a good idea for entering college students to consider meaning as well as money when choosing a major.
  • The 5 Highest Paying Bachelor's (and Associate!) Degrees
    Very few students choose their major from a list of top-paying degrees. Even if financial considerations are paramount in your decision process, you'll probably start by examining your strengths and interests. In other words, you might not choose your major for love, exactly, but you don't want to sink time, effort, and money preparing for a career you won't enjoy. That said, there's value in knowing which degrees are most likely to net high-paying jobs for their recipients. PayScale's College Salary Report ranks the highest paying associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees – because no matter what you decide, knowing is better than not knowing.
  • ADP Jobs Report: Private Sector Added 190,000 Jobs in August
    This morning's employment report from ADP fell short of economists' expectations, showing the addition of 190,000 jobs to private payrolls. Prior to the release, economists polled by Reuters were predicting 201,000 jobs added. July's report was revised downward to 177,000 jobs from 185,000.
  • Small Student Loan Debt, Big Problem?
    When it comes to personal finances, everything is relative. What seems expensive to one person is cheap to another, depending on their income stream, debt, and attitudes about money; this is true when we're talking about pocket money, but it's even truer when the subject is student loan debt. The tendency is to talk about debt as if borrowing less is always better. This makes sense at first glance – who would want to borrow more, if they could avoid it? But as Susan Dynarski points outs at The Upshot, borrowing less money isn't necessarily a recipe for career success – or even avoiding default.
  • 5 Good Lessons to Learn From a Bad Job
    Some bad jobs are in the eye of the beholder – for whatever reason, the gig is the opposite of what you hoped you'd be doing at this particular place and time. Other bad jobs are more clearly defined: the pay is barely enough to live on, the duties don't use your skills, education or talents, or the people are just plain mean and unsupportive. Whatever the reason for your discontent, there's some good news hidden in even the worst work experience – bad jobs have a lot to teach you about building your best career, if you know how to look.
  • #College2Career: Kelly Eagen on Why College Major Isn't Career Destiny
    Choosing a major is invested with a mythic kind of importance, as if it were the first step on the path to inevitable career success or failure. But, if that were the case, every pre-law student student would go on to be a lawyer, and every English major would either write the Great American Novel or go on to live, penniless, in a garret. The actual truth is that while choice of major is important, it's not the end-all, be-all of career prep during college. PayScale's College Salary Report offers the information prospective students need to pick the right major, program, and school for their particular goals and needs; stories like this one offer perspective on how to use that information.
  • Does College Major Matter?
    If you went by the amount of attention it receives during the college selection process, choice of major would be the most important decision you ever made in your life, right up there with whom you marry and whether to choose a city based on its most popular food product. (For the record, Philadelphians, you might be on to something with the cheesesteak.) The real question, of course, is does major matter more than other factors?
  • How to Avoid Having to Sell Your Diploma on eBay
    We live in a very strange world, in which going to college can feel like more of a gamble than hitting the blackjack table at Vegas. How can you really be sure that all your hard-earned – and more to the point, hard-borrowed – dollars are going to an investment that will pay off? More on that in a minute, but first: meet Stephanie Ritter, a college graduate whose underemployment situation got so dire, she decided to put her diploma up on eBay, at a price tag of $50,000, to defray the cost of her loans.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: How Do I Get My Report to Take a Vacation?
    Ask most workers how they feel about vacation, and they'll tell you they don't get enough time off – unless they're one of those curious souls who seems to prefer toiling to time at the beach. Of course, things are not always what they seem: an apparent workaholic might be someone who fears losing her job, or whose workload seems too heavy to permit even a few days' reprieve. This week's roundup looks at what managers can do to help reports feel comfortable taking a much-needed vacation; plus, the things we're most likely to regret when we're older, and the important differences between a resume and LinkedIn profile.
  • #College2Career: Dianne Juhl on the Limits of Traditional Education
    When it comes to choosing a major and making other career-defining decisions during college, Dianne Juhl, CEO and Founder of The Feminine Face of Money, describes herself as a probable outlier. "My choices were totally driven by my financial needs, ambition, and career vision," she says.
  • Introducing the 2015-2016 PayScale College Salary Report
    Money isn't everything, but when student loan debt tops $1 trillion and college tuition grows more expensive every year, prospective college students should think about factoring in future earnings, when they make their college choice. PayScale's College Salary Report ranks two-year and four-year colleges and universities, plus majors for all degree levels, and shows which programs are likely to result in high earnings after graduation.
  • 3 Career Lessons From Hello Kitty
    Hello Kitty brings in 75 percent of Sanrio's annual $142 million profits, according to analysts, and she's cute as a button, to boot. But even with fame, wealth, and looks, Hello Kitty might not strike you as a model for your own career. (Unless you're Mariah Carey.) Here's what Sanrio's most popular character can teach you:
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Is Work-Life Balance a Lie?
    This week, the question on everyone's mind was, can working at Amazon really be as bad as the New York Times article made it out to be – and beyond that, do employers have a responsibility to create work-life balance? PayScale's latest blog roundup looks at whether it's possible to be dedicated to work and family, plus 65 businesses you can start to help you escape the rat race, and 15 things you can do to be happier at work right now.
  • Bruising or Beneficial: In the Amazon Debate, What Really Counts Is What You Want (From Your Employer)
    Ever since The New York Times published its scathing, 5,000-word takedown of work culture at Amazon, the topic of work-life balance has been the talk of the town. The commentary won't stop, whether it's from Amazon's most rabid defenders or passionate opponents. Even famously silent CEO Jeff Bezos has issued a response. The resulting debate has been fascinating (and probably a bit cathartic for anybody who found themselves working over the weekend), but searching for a definitive answer about whether Amazon is "good" or "bad" probably won't make a difference in your daily life or sense of job satisfaction. What you can, and should, take from the ongoing conversation is the importance of corporate culture in general and its effect on the way you think about the idea of total compensation, and ultimately, the way you negotiate salary.
  • Why Do We Rank Schools? Vote for PayScale at SXSW, and Find Out
    How does South by Southwest pick its panels? By asking the internet to choose which of its most burning questions deserves an answer first. This year, PayScale has three potential sessions up for your approval: The Rankers on College Rankings: Why We Do It; How To Diversify Tech & Hack Our Unconscious Bias; and How Working in a Social Agency Made Me Hate Social. Use the SXSW PanelPicker, and tell organizers what you need to know.
  • The 10 Best Colleges in America
    What makes a school great? Every publication that ranks colleges and universities has its own methodology, usually a combination of test scores prior to entering school and starting salary after graduation. Business Insider, which debuted its seventh annual ranking this week, uses SAT scores per College Board, median starting salary for grads according to PayScale, and feedback from a survey of over 1,000 readers. Their list might not contain many surprises, but it does provide insight into what makes a top school in 2015.
  • When the Boss Loves Meetings, Escape Using This 5-Step Plan
    If you're a manager looking to shorten meetings, there's plenty of advice out there for you. Tips on how to free up your time when you're not the person in charge are a little harder to come by. That's because managers and the people they manage often have two very different sets of priorities: for the managers, every minute spent in meetings is potentially applicable to their goals; for the managed, meetings often represent a desert of productivity, dead time in which nothing gets done. If you're among the latter group, you might feel powerless to change your circumstances – but you're not totally without options.
  • Is Amazon a 'Soulless, Dystopian Workplace'?
    This weekend, The New York Times published an exposé of working conditions at Amazon corporate. Amazonians, the article claims, are required to work long hours, in a data-driven environment that means constant performance evaluations; are expected to answer emails after midnight, sometimes at the prompting of follow-up texts; and are encouraged to inform on one another to management. Workers who don't come up to snuff allegedly are culled in layoffs that a former employee describes as "purposeful Darwinism" – some former employees claimed to have been pushed out after miscarriages or cancer. In an internal memo shortly after publication, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos responded, saying that the company described doesn't match his view of the organization and urging workers to come forward if they disagree.

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