• Should You Apply to College? 5 Things to Consider

    It’s fall and many young people are looking at those college applications and thinking “is college still a good idea?” It’s a relevant question considering the high cost of tuition and the student debt problem in America. It’s also an issue that spurred debate this past spring. Before you decide whether you should take the plunge, take these factors into consideration.

  • 10 Signs You Are Interviewing With a Bad Boss
    When you’re interviewing with your future manager, he is assessing you for a fit in the organization and his team. This is also the time for you to get to meet with him and assess if he's a good boss to work with – for you.
  • BLS Jobs Report: 248,000 Jobs Added, Unemployment at 5.9 Percent

    Thanks to an increase in hiring, the economy blew past analysts' predictions of 215,000 jobs added in September, according to this month's report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate, at 5.9 percent, was at its lowest level since mid-2008.

  • Pre-cation: The Best Job Perk You Don't Have

    Most workers don't get much time off between jobs. If you're leaving one job for another, you're unlikely to be able to coordinate a reasonable start date and sufficient notice to keep from burning bridges at your old employer; if you've been unemployed, well, taking more time off without pay might be impossible. But what if you could get a vacation, paid, before you started work?

  • College Salary Report: Right Brain vs. Left Brain Majors

    A big paycheck is nice, but all the money in the world won't buy you happiness if you choose a career that's a bad fit for your personality and aptitudes. That said, not every high-paying STEM career is solely the dominion of left-brain types.

  • 6 Unusual Ways to Land a Job
    Whether you’re fresh out of school or you’ve been in the job market for a while, there are times when you have to get creative to pursue your professional goals. If the tried-and-true methods aren't working, perhaps it's time to try something a bit more daring.
  • College Salary Report: Majors That Pay You Back

    If you want to get rich -- or at least, comfortable enough not to have to worry about paying off those loans -- which major you choose can be even more important than which college or university you decide to attend. PayScale's latest release of the College Salary Report focuses on the majors that will help you pull in the big bucks.

  • ADP Jobs Report: Economy Added 213,000 Jobs in September

    The private sector added 213,000 jobs last month, according to payroll processor ADP, beating analysts' estimates of 205,000 jobs, which was in line with last month's report.

  • Do This Before You Share Your Salary History

    Should you have to share your salary history? No, but try explaining that to many hiring managers -- or getting out of the conversation without tanking your chances at getting the job.

  • Hate Your New Job? Here's What to Do Next
    A few weeks into your new job and you’re already dragging your feet on the way to work. You just can’t come to terms with working at this organization and have a sinking feeling whenever you think of a work day. Is It OK to just quit, or do you have to stick it out?
  • 'Precrastination': Another Reason Why You Can't Get Anything Done

    If you think procrastination is the primary enemy in your battle to work your way through the old to-do list, scientists at Pennsylvania State University would like to introduce you to your new enemy: precrastination, the tendency to focus on intermediate goals at the expense of quickly achieving the final result.

  • #PayChat: College Outcomes

    PayScale recently released our annual College Salary Report, which ranks colleges and majors by post-graduate earning potential. This year we have expanded the report to include 2-year, 4-year, and graduate degree rankings.

  • How to Stop Beating Yourself Up for Mistakes at Work

    What's the most stressful thing that ever happened to you at work? If you're like most of us, making a mistake is at least in the top five. The problem, of course, is that there's no way to avoid messing up at some point. As the saying goes, if you never make mistakes, you're not working hard enough. The real challenge is to learn how to be kinder to yourself afterward, and set yourself up for future success.

  • Are Activity Trackers Any Match for Slouchy Office Workers?

    Chances are, you know at least one person who's in love with her Fitbit or Fuelband, and its calorie- and step-counting assistance -- especially if you work in an office, where workers spend more time sitting than improving their health. Now, one company is offering an activity tracker that measures an additional element of fitness: good posture.

  • 7 Tactics to Avoid the 'Overqualified' Blues

    Until now, you may have believed that it was a good thing to have lots of skills and an over-abundance of job experience. After all, you've worked hard over the years to build that portfolio and to earn every line on your resume. In the sometimes-backwards world of the job hunt, that gold-plated resume may actually be sending up red flags to your prospective employer.

  • 4 Reasons the 4-Day Work Week Could Be a Disaster
    Like many other American workers, you may be intrigued with the idea of working fewer hours, having more family time, enjoying more relaxation, and pursuing professional enrichment. A four-day work week sounds like the perfect solution, right? The reality of changing up the work week is that it could be very different.
  • 5 Reasons to Change to a 4-Day Work Week
    As a worker, you'd probably be overjoyed to move to a four-day work week. After all, it'd be like having a three-day weekend every week. Plus, as Philip Sopher recently pointed out at The Atlantic, working fewer hours per week boosts both morale and productivity among workers. So why haven't all companies made the switch?
  • Could Skipping Coffee Make You More Productive?

    "Don't talk to me before I've had my coffee." In addition to being good advice from many workers, variations on that statement are probably keeping the novelty mug business afloat. There's just one problem: at least one study indicates that caffeine itself is the problem, and consuming it might actually tank productivity instead of fueling it.

  • How to Save a Terrible Job Interview
    You’ve done all the prep work for your job interview: rehearsed, brainstormed questions and prepared your answers, planned your itinerary in order to be on time, and gathered your portfolio in case the interviewer asks to see it. By your own high standards, you think you are ready to ace it, but there are still times when you end up with a catastrophic interview, anyway. What can you do to salvage the situation before it becomes a lost cause?
  • How to Motivate Your Team With Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
    The science of psychology is full of theories about motivation and productivity that are relevant in the workforce today. You can use this knowledge to motivate your team, to increase their productivity, and to have a happy, energetic, and dedicated workforce. Incorporating Maslow's hierarchy of needs is one great way to increase employee motivation.