• PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: 13 Signs You Need to Quit Your Job
    It's never a good idea to quit your job without having another job lined up. That said, sometimes there are signals that you should start finding that new job as soon as possible. In this week's roundup, we look at a few symptoms of a job that begs for your resignation letter, plus the best books to read instead of getting a life coach, and the interview follow-up you're not doing.
  • BLS Jobs Report Surprises: 292,000 Jobs Added, Unemployment Steady at 5 Percent
    After Wednesday's National Employment Report from ADP exceeded expectations by more than 60,000 jobs, it would have been disappointing if this morning's report from the Labor Department showed numbers that were merely in line with economists' predictions. Never fear: while economists polled by Reuters were looking for the addition of 195,000 jobs to nonfarm payrolls, the Employment Situation Summary reflected a blockbuster 292,000 added jobs. In addition, the previous two month's numbers were revised upward by a combined 50,000 jobs.
  • How to Leave Your Job at the Office
    Working all the time isn't productive, so why do so many of us check email late at night or early in the morning, or crack open our laptops after dinner to take care of just one more bit of business before turning in? In part, it's because we can. Needless to say, before the advent of email, internet, and mobile computing, workers either stayed late at the office or they went home and concentrated on their personal lives. Technology is both a curse and a blessing for work-life balance, and tipping the scales toward the "blessing" end requires both organizational skills and a healthy amount of self-control.
  • ADP Jobs Report: Private Sector Added 257,000 Jobs in December
    Who would have thought that the last month of the year would show the most jobs added to private payrolls? Certainly, this morning's National Employment Report from payroll processor ADP took economists by surprise: those polled by Reuters were predicting the addition of 192,000 jobs, far below the actual number of 257,000 jobs.
  • 5 Fast-Growing Flexible Jobs You Didn't Know About
    Some jobs lend themselves to flexible arrangements (like telecommuting, part-time, or temporary work) more than others. If you're a medical transcriptionist, a customer service representative, or a graphic designer, you probably already know that your occupation translates well to working from home, for example. But what about jobs that seemingly require a physical presence, whether it's in the classroom or the operating room? Don't be so fast to assume that working from home, on a full- or part-time basis, is out of the question. FlexJobs' latest list, 25 High-Potential Flexible Jobs for 2016, shows that many jobs provide opportunities to earn money while skipping the commute – at least some of the time.
  • Just Stop Saying Sorry in Emails, With This App
    Do you ever look at your emails long after you've hit "send" and cringe, not because of the occasional typo, but because your message reads more like an apology than a statement? If you're a working woman, the answer is probably "yes." Now, thanks to Cyrus Innovation's new Chrome plug-in Just Not Sorry, we can catch those second-nature apologies and qualifiers before we email them, not after.
  • 10 #MondayMotivation Tweets to Beat the Toughest Monday of the Year
    It's hard enough to motivate and be productive on a regular Monday. When the Monday in question is the one that comes right after the winter holidays, well, we could all be forgiven if we'd rather be at home, eating the last leftover cookies and purging the house of wrapping paper. Unfortunately, there's work to be done – the usual Monday fare, plus whatever we didn't get to during the break. If you're having trouble generating enthusiasm for getting back to the grind, these #MondayMotivation tweets might help.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: How Will Your Job Change in 2016?
    The world of work changes all the time, often without our even realizing it. For example, if you were in the workforce 20 years ago, you likely couldn't work at home, whereas an increasing number of companies allow workers to do so, at least part-time. (Of course, on the other hand, you also didn't have to check your email on the weekends – technology giveth and technology taketh away.) In the first roundup of 2016, we look at the workplace trends that might change your job next year, as well as lessons to learn from even your worst boss and good habits to save you time and energy in the coming year.
  • The 12 Jobs Projected to Grow 30 Percent By 2024
    Recently, the Bureau of Labor Statistics updated their Occupational Outlook Handbook to reflect projected job growth from 2014-2024. The updated Handbook is essential reading for anyone who's thinking about changing careers in the next few years, and wants to make sure that there are jobs waiting for them on the other side of retraining.
  • The 10 Most Popular Career News Stories of 2015
    Look at our list of the most-read stories of the past year, and you'll learn a lot about the interests and preoccupations of workers in 2015. Bottom line: everyone who's looking for a job wants to get hired as quickly as possible – and then get paid a good salary. Read on to learn about the skills that will get you hired, the negotiation tricks that will earn you top dollar, and the questions that you should never, ever ask at job interviews.
  • 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.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: How to Get Hired at the Holidays
    December feels like a terrible month to do just about anything but wrap presents and eat holiday cookies, but if you're looking for work right now, you can't afford to wait until a less crazy time of year to make things happen. The good news is that even though you might not feel like engaging in a job search right now, companies are interested in hiring – despite what you might have heard about the holiday season being a lousy time to interview. Find tips on making the most of your holiday job search, plus warning signs that your job is about to become obsolete and advice on how to encourage a culture of creativity at work, in this week's roundup.
  • Best Perk Ever? Some Employers Now Offer Student Loan Repayment
    If someone asks you how much you get paid, you probably answer with a dollar amount (or politely ask them to mind their own business). But the real value of your compensation comprises more than just the numbers that appear in your direct deposit at regular intervals. Perks like health insurance, 401(k) match, bonuses, and so on, save you money or make you money and contribute directly to your bottom line. Now, a few companies are introducing what might be the ultimate money-saving perk: cash to repay student loans ahead of schedule, thus potentially saving employees thousands in interest.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: A Better Alternative to New Year's Resolutions
    Why make New Year's resolutions? In part, to make next year better than this one. The problem with formal resolutions is that they can become a stick to beat yourself with, when you turn out to be human after all and miss the mark. A better plan for 2016 might be to stop doing the things that are squandering your energy and making you less happy and productive, both at work and at home. In this week's roundup, find a reminder about the things you actually don't owe your colleagues, family, and friends; plus a few online personality tests that are worth the time, and the soft skills to develop, in order to succeed at work.
  • Do Not Get Your Co-Workers Any of These 9 Awful Holiday Gifts
    Call it Secret Santa, or White Elephant, or Yankee Swap: no matter how your office structures its annual holiday gift-giving ritual, it's a potential opportunity to make enemies among your soon-to-be erstwhile office friends and resentful co-workers. Think we're being overly negative? Consider these horrible office holiday gifts, culled from Facebook users who will never cheerfully draw a name from a Santa hat again.
  • #MondayMotivation: 10 Inspirational Tweets to Get You Back on Track
    Anne Lamott once described December as "a month of Mondays." Having trouble getting out of your own way today? Keep in mind that you're basically coping with a double Monday. If you think about it, you're a minor workplace hero for even attempting it. Of course, your boss might not see it that way, so you'll probably have to rally.
  • How to Find Legitimate Work-at-Home Jobs
    It's one of the most common questions in the comments on any post related to working at home (and even some that aren't): "How can I find a real work-at-home job?" The key to the question is the word "real." While there are plenty of shady people out there on the internet willing to promise you thousands of dollars a month for stuffing envelopes or doing vague, unspecified work on your laptop, genuine work-at-home opportunities are a bit more scarce. The good news is that if you know what you're looking for, you can absolutely find good jobs that you can do entirely or mostly from home.
  • US Military Opens Combat Jobs to Women
    Yesterday, Defense Secretary Ash Carter ordered the U.S. military to open combat roles to women, including about 220,000 jobs in infantry, armor, and special operations units. All branches, including the Marine Corps, which previously asked for an exception, will have 30 days to submit plans outlining how they will make the change by April 1.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: When the Boss Acts Like Ebenezer Scrooge About Holiday Time
    In a perfect world, we'd all have the month of December off – or at least, the tail end of it, when the holiday season starts really heating up. Let's face it: not much is getting done during the last half of the month anyway, unless you work in healthcare or event planning. Despite the futility of working at most white-collar jobs in the waning days of the year, the majority of workers will be expected to show up and do a good imitation of someone who's working hard. We all accept that this is so. But, what about when your boss, or your employer, is stingy about actual holidays? Answers to that question, plus advice on how to stop expecting the wrong things from yourself and others, and tips on getting the best job referrals, in this week's roundup.
  • BLS Jobs Report: 211,000 Jobs Added, Unemployment Holds at 5 Percent
    The monthly Employment Situation Summary, which measures jobs added to both public and private, non-farm payrolls, reflected the addition of 211,000 jobs in November and an unchanged unemployment rate of 5 percent. This was higher than the 200,000 jobs predicted by economists polled by Reuters ahead of the Department of Labor's release. In addition, the previous two month's numbers were revised upward, by +18,000 jobs for October and +8,000 jobs for September, respectively.

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