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  • Want to Get Ahead? Dress Like the Boss

    When it comes to dressing for success, following corporate dress code might be less important than paying attention to what the boss wears, and mimicking it -- just enough.

  • Answer These 5 Questions to Be Happy at Work (or Anywhere Else)

    The process of figuring out what we want to do when we grow up lasts our whole life long. That's partly because building a career is something you should (and enjoy) over time, and partly because it's so easy to get lost along the way. No matter where you are in your work journey, it's a good idea to check in from time to time, to see if you're still heading in the right direction.

  • Summer Brain Drain: Does Nice Weather Mean Lower Productivity?

    The best thing about the weather is that no matter what's going on outside, you can probably use it as an excuse for not being able to get stuff done.

  • How to Avoid a Life of Quiet Desperation

    Many of us don't feel in control of our careers. Sure, we'd love to have jobs that inspire and challenge us, but so much of the factors that go into creating those dream gigs seem external to us. First, the job has to exist. Then, we have to persuade someone to hire us. Finally, we have to hope that the job doesn't change into something we don't want to do over time. We'd have better luck finding a unicorn, right? Wrong.

  • If You're Happy and You Know It, Don't Do This

    What's your ultimate goal in life? Strip away the specifics -- the perfect job, the ideal living situation, the man or woman of your dreams -- and it all amounts to being happy. But how do you know if you're really, truly happy? Well, according to Marc Chernoff of Marc and Angel Hack Life, you don't do any of these things:

  • 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.
  • 4-Year-Old Mayor Proves That Sometimes Charm Is Better Than Know-How

    Tired of hearing about how your inexperience are keeping you from, well, getting experience? Clutch this story to your weary bosom. In Dorset, Minnesota, the mayor is 4 years old and has declared ice cream to be the top of the food pyramid.

  • 3 Ways Blogging Can Help Your Career

    In the olden days (before Twitter and Facebook, etc.) blogging was largely considered to be a waste of time. If you did it at work, it was on the sly, to avoid doing your actual job. Now, of course, many of us make our living blogging. But even if you don't, there's a lot that blogging can do for you, professionally.

  • 5 Reasons You Probably Suck at PowerPoint

    In the wrong hands, corporate America's favorite presentation software is less a productivity tool and more cruel and unusual punishment. Anyone who's ever sat through an 80-slide-long presentation on an initiative that could have easily been summed up in a three-paragraph email knows what we're talking about.

  • Get to Work on Time: 3 Alarm Clock iPhone Apps

    Many of us are not, shall we say, morning people. This is unfortunate, as most of us have bosses who are unsympathetic to our desire to sleep in. In the bad old days, we'd combat this problem with multiple alarm clocks, but now, there's an app for just about everything -- including getting to work on time.

  • Just Say "Yeah!" to Get Ahead at Work

    A study by MIT Sloan School of Management found that words like "speech," "middle," "bottom," "flat," and -- we are not making this up -- "animals" will tank your proposal's chance of success. If you want the boss and your coworkers to look favorably on your work, the best thing to say is "yeah."

  • Are You a Positive Risk Taker? 3 Ways to Tell

    When we talk about risk, we're often looking at the negative side of the equation: the reckless actions that we regret later. But there's another aspect to risk taking. Without risk, it's virtually impossible to have reward.

  • 3 Surprising Traits of Confident People

    In a recent column on LinkedIn, Darmesh Shah listed the qualities he feels confident people possess. They were almost universally the last ones you'd expect, if your picture of confidence was informed by movies and TV.

  • 5 Things Not to Do When You Get Fired

    Getting laid off isn't fun, but at least you have the comfort of hearing "it's not you, it's me," and collecting uncontested unemployment for a while. But what about when you lose your job under different circumstance? When you get fired, your first thought will be to panic. Don't do that -- or any of these things:

  • Today's Most Successful People Had No Idea What They Were Doing at 25

    Not every mega-successful person started off their career with a solid vision of his or her future. Many, it turns out, are like the rest of us: they struggled and bounced around a lot before figuring out what they wanted to be when they grew up.

  • 2 Reasons Why You Must Maintain Eye Contact During Business Communication

    Pay attention to how much eye contact your boss maintains with you during meetings. Employees who get more eye contact are more likely to get better perks, promotions, and raises.
  • 5 Things to Do Before a Job Interview to Get the Gig

    Getting ready for a job interview can feel scarier than the worst final exam. You know you need to prepare, but there are so many things you could do ahead of time, and only so much time to do them in. Don't let the pre-interview stress melt your brain. Just follow these very simple steps, and that interview can turn into your first meeting with your new boss.

  • Send a Not-So-Boring Thank-You Note

    What do potential bosses and grandparents have in common? They both love thank-you notes. Remember how, when you were growing up, grandparents always gave the most awesome gifts? And then shortly after birthdays, holidays, or whatever the occasion, your mother would start in: "Did you write your thank-you notes yet? Remember to write your thank-you notes!"
  • 3 Life Lessons Learned Watching "Shark Tank"

    "Shark Tank" is that awesome reality television show on ABC in which entrepreneurs seeking investment in their small companies present themselves to potential investors. It's called "Shark Tank" for a reason.
  • 3 Things to Do When You Get Laid Off

    "Layoff" is arguably the scariest word in the English language for most workers, and never more so than during the past few years, when cuts abounded and new jobs were hard to find. But getting laid off can also be one of the best things that ever happened to you. It all depends on how you react in the days and weeks following your pink slip.

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