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    The 2015 semester has come to a close, and for college seniors, the college experience isn't far behind. If you're a college senior, and you're thinking about embarking on your first career, you might find yourself feeling a little intimidated by the unknown. But fear not, PayScale has your back. Here are five questions to ask to prepare you for your first post-college job in the real world.
  • 10 #MondayMotivation Tweets to Inspire You on the Last Monday of the Year
    Is there any Monday tougher on the spirit and/or to-do list than the one at the very tail-end of December? It seems like every person you need to talk to, in order to get your job done, is away on vacation, including half your team, your boss, and 90 percent of your clients. (The 10 percent who need something from you, unfortunately, are at their desk and raring to go.) The good news is that we have the collective wisdom of Twitter to advise us in our time of trouble. Here's how to get stuff done today, and every day during the year to come.
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    Asking for a raise or negotiating salary for a new job are some of the ickiest things we have to do as working adults. But there are plenty of ways you can ruin your chances at a good salary before you even get the meeting started. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you put on your armor and prepare for the big negotiation.
  • What You Can Learn From the Highest-Paid Women in Music
    Even though most of us can't compare to the highest-paid women in the music industry in 2015, we can still learn something from their business savvy and success. Forbes has details on the top earners, and we offer some tips on what some of them have done so well in 2015, even though none of them even released an album last year.
  • 10 Quotes to Inspire Your Career in 2016
    It's that time of year again: another year down, and a new year is just around the corner. If this past year didn't treat you as well as you had anticipated, then don't beat yourself up over it, because it happens to the best of us. Remember, success is not the absence of failure – it's quite the opposite, actually. In fact, the wise words of Friedrich Nietzsche remind us: "That which does not kill us only makes us stronger." Take the lessons learned (or, the blessings in disguise) from the year prior and use them to make 2016 your best year yet with these 10 inspiring quotes for the new year ahead.
  • Here's Why You're Not More Engaged at Work
    Reading this on your fourth coffee break today? You've got company. According to Gallup, less than one-third of U.S. workers were engaged with their jobs in 2015. While we tend to talk about employee engagement as if the employees themselves are to blame, those statistics might hint that there's more to the problem than just a few workers with attitude problems.
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    Changing careers is more common than you might think. After a time, the excitement and novelty of a job, or even an entire industry, can wear off and we realize we need a change. Perhaps new management or protocol/procedures help to push us toward the decision. Maybe, changing careers (often during our mid-30s to early 50s) is about chasing a dream, old or new; and who needs a better reason than that? For one reason or another, a lot of people decide at some point along the way to shift careers. It can be an exciting and ultimately rewarding choice, but it's important to make the proper preparations before taking the leap. Here are a few key supports to have in place before making a midlife career shift.
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    Do you have a new hire coming into the office in the new year? They're probably nervous. While there are those brave few newbies with ice in their veins, the proliferation of advice posts on this subject seem to indicate a large contingent of nervous nellies showing up on day one. In fact, from the stories shared on this blog not too long ago, it's clear some people let first day jitters get the best of them. If you want your newest rising star to be just that, it might behoove you to take some steps to ensure they don't see the same fate – all because of a few nerves.
  • Make Your One-on-One Meetings More Productive
    The most important meeting you have on your schedule isn't your annual performance review or even the quarterly board meeting: it's the one-on-one you have with your reports, hopefully once every week or two. Here's what you need to know about making these one-on-one meetings a good use of everyone's time.
  • Let's Stop Complaining About Millennials
    Whether you're a baby boomer, a Gen-Xer, or somewhere in between, you're facing some harsh truths when it comes to the millennial workforce. The fact of the matter is, they're growing up, and no longer the interns loitering around the office. Millennials might even start to be … gasp … your bosses. Here's why that's OK.
  • Should You Choose a Big Name Over a Big Salary?
    You're waist-deep in your job search and there it is: the job of your dreams at an even dreamier company. But, when you look at the salary, it's lower than you should be paid. What do you do: go after the big-name job for the sake of your long-term prospects? Or seek out a job where you'll be able to make more money?
  • 5 Ways to Ease Anxiety Without Leaving Your Desk
    Today, about 40 million adults in the U.S. suffer from some sort of anxiety disorder. With an average onset age of 31 years old, generalized anxiety disorders affect twice as many women as men, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Having any kind of anxiety is a challenge in itself, but it can get even more complicated when anxiety episodes happen in the workplace. If you're feeling anxious at work, here are a few things you can do to make yourself feel better without ever leaving your desk.
  • 4 Surprising Facts About Retirement and How We're Getting Ready For It
    There is no shortage of reminders urging you to prepare for your retirement in advance – even in your 20s, as far in advance as you possibly can. These days, people are also considering other kinds of preparations that go beyond finances. For example, there's a move toward emotionally preparing for retirement, which seems like a good idea since new research has linked depression with retirement, especially for men.
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    For Emma Mostrom-Mombelli, a scuba diving instructor in Thailand for the past two years and a former divemaster in the U.K., a typical workday often entails diving deep into the depths of some of the world's most beautiful oceans alongside a rotating cast of silent amphibious co-workers. The ambitious maritime adventuress recently spoke with PayScale to share some of her favorite things about diving, teaching, and what it takes to pursue a career in scuba diving.
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    It might feel weird to prepare for an interview when you don't even expect it to lead to a job, but it's worth your while to do your homework before an exploratory interview, and treat it just as seriously as you would any other job interview. You never know when the situation might go from an informal chat to a serious path to a new job.
  • How to Get Star Wars on Your Resume
    It seems that no corner of the galaxy was able to escape the untold power of Disney's marketing team while we prepared for the release of Episode VII — not even the produce aisle. So if Disney can make fruits and veggies work for the film, what's stopping them from getting you working, too? In fact, nothing: Star Wars could be the best thing that's happened to your career in a long, long time.
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    Information about your salary is probably something you don't care to share with too many people. Among friends, though, more and more of us are opting to be open about how much bacon we bring home. Here's why that might be a good thing.
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    For many of us, retirement inspires mixed feelings. Of course it's an interesting phase of life to ponder. But, fantasizing about how lovely it will be to wake up without an alarm clock, or to retire the suits and ties and dress shoes to the back of the closet only to be worn again on special occasions, is really only the beginning. Pretty soon we start to wonder: what would I even do with all that free time?

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