• ADP Jobs Report: Private Sector Added 182,000 Jobs in October
    This morning's ADP National Employment Report showed the addition of 182,000 jobs to private payrolls last month, almost exactly as economists predicted. (Those polled by Reuters were looking for gains of 180,000 jobs.) However, last month's report was revised downward to 190,000 jobs from 200,000 jobs, and job creation has averaged 184,000 per month over the past three months. A year ago, gains averaged 263,000 for the same three-month period. Is job growth slowing?
  • How to Apologize Without Looking Weak
    Imagine a world in which no one ever said sorry. If you pictured a society composed entirely of stodgy businessmen, frowning and adjusting their ties, it wouldn't be strange. The debate over whether or not to apologize will probably rage on for as long as there are corporations and leaders to run them. On the pro-apology side, you have experts who say being accountable is not only correct, but ultimately more productive; on the con side, you have the folks who feel that saying "I'm sorry" is tantamount to announcing weakness, possibly in front of the board. So who's right?
  • Behold, the 5 Scariest Office Ghost Stories
    The office is full of horrors, most of them fairly mundane. There was the time that project fell apart ... as if through unseen forces. Or, the time your pens ... just disappeared. And who could forget the mysterious case of the co-worker who vanished ... overnight? OK, that last one was probably a layoff. But still! The office is a spooky place. It's no surprise that there are loads of scary stories out there that take place in an office. Some of them, like these, might genuinely keep you up at night.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Is It Possible to Prepare Too Much for a Job Interview?
    Today in, "Apparently, You Just Can't Win," we have an Ask a Manager reader who was told by an HR person that her interview answers were just too perfect. Also in this week's roundup: the best careers for extroverts, and the three types of job interview questions and how answer them.
  • 5 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes for the Office Party
    It's not like you meant to be the office party pooper. You're busy, and also the month got away from you a bit, and also the thought of venturing into a party store at this time of year fills you with terror more appropriate to the actual zombie apocalypse. Never fear: just because you don't have a Halloween costume at this very moment doesn't mean that you can't get one together by the time the cupcakes are served.
  • When Job Hunting Turns You Into an Angry Neckbeard
    Job hunting is the worst, and anyone who says otherwise is probably one of those weirdos who love dating. It's a high-pressure situation, with a hefty dose of artificiality, and it demands that you display your best self in a very short period of time. Also, unlike the hunt for the perfect relationship, job searching has high stakes in the immediate future: most of us just do not have the wherewithal to bank the six months of expenses that financial experts tell us we should have. It's no wonder, then, that job seekers sometimes experience psychological fallout from their search, up to and including clinical depression. This makes it harder to get a job. It's difficult to put on a sunny face and look like a person hiring managers should consider when you're feeling, as one Redditor recent put it, "like an angry neckbeard."
  • How to Get These 5 High-Paying Science Jobs
    Peruse PayScale's College Salary Report, and one thing will immediately become clear: if you are interested in a high-paying job, STEM is the way to go. Of course, picking your college major by salary potential alone is a bad idea. At best, you could wind up highly paid and bored with your life's work. At worst, well, don't forget the old George Carlin routine: "Somewhere in the world is the world's worst doctor. And what's truly terrifying is that someone has an appointment with him tomorrow morning." You do not want to be that doctor ... or engineer, or scientist. But, the good news is that choosing a major doesn't mean building an indelible blueprint for your future; there are, for example, tons of science majors who never set foot in a lab after graduation, and make good money.
  • How to Add an Hour to Every Day: 5 Timesaving Tricks
    There aren't enough hours in the day. This would be true, even if you lived on Mars. Work expands to fill the time available, no matter how much time you have. At the same time, most of us aren't totally aware of how we're using time – or wasting it. With a few small changes, you can steal back an hour or so of your workday, every day, and use it on whatever you please. (Something non-work-related, ideally.)
  • Got a Case of the Mondays? 10 #MondayMotivation Tweets to Snap You Out of It
    If perception determined reality, Monday would be as long as the other four days of the standard workweek, combined. Somehow, this is true even though few of us in this age of always-on mobile devices get to unplug for an entire weekend. The good news is that the very same technology that makes work-life balance so hard can also help us cheer each other on. Here's how one strategically deployed hashtag can get you back on track this Monday afternoon. (Or, at least provide you with a more pleasant distraction than your usual procrastination techniques.)
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: What to Do When You Lose Your Job
    Sometimes, losing your job turns out to be the best possible thing for your career, in the long run – but happy thoughts like that are hard to summon up, when you just got your pink slip. In this week's roundup, we look at what to do when you're still in panic-mode, to make things better in both the long- and short-term; plus, how to look good on Periscope, and how to have difficult conversations at work.
  • This Site Will Tell You Exactly How Much Maternity Leave Your Employer Offers
    When's the right time during a job interview to ask a prospective employer about maternity leave? If you're like most working women, you probably answered, "Never." It's hard enough convincing a hiring manager that a candidate of childbearing years is worth the risk, without giving them an excuse to shut the door on the conversation. This week, Fairygodboss, a site that reviews employers with working women in mind, released its Maternity Leave Resource Center, allowing women to research companies' maternity leave policies before they accept a job offer – no awkward interview questions required.
  • Justin Trudeau and 5 Other Successful English Majors
    On October 19, Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party won a decisive victory in the Canadian national election. The prime-minister designate assumes office in November, and has already started movement on his campaign promises, but even if you don't care about Canadian politics (or any politics) there are a few interesting things to note about Canada's next prime minister. For starters, liberal arts majors can rejoice, because Trudeau has, among other degrees, a bachelor's in English literature from McGill. There's an answer, the next time your parents ask you, "What are you going to do with that English degree?"
  • Amazon to New York Times: 'Stack of Negative Anecdotes' Doesn't Represent Amazon Culture
    Two months ago, The New York Times ran a piece on working at Amazon that went on to become its most commented-on story so far, with 6,600 comments by the paper's count. The article depicted a workplace in which 80-hour weeks were common, and work-life balance in short supply. Famously, the reporters cited one former Amazonian who said, "Nearly every person I worked with, I saw cry at their desk." Now, Amazon is responding to that portrait, claiming that the stories included in the article were biased, or presented without context, and that they don't add up to an accurate picture of what it's like to work at Amazon.
  • Office Horror Stories: The 10 Scariest Co-Workers Ever
    What's more terrifying that than the scariest ghost story you've ever heard? Going to work with some of these folks. We asked Facebook users to share their tales involving co-workers whose bizarre and unprofessional behavior made the fact that they had jobs stranger than fiction. These stories will remind you that the real-life experience of going to work offers plenty of scares – no ghosts or goblins necessary.
  • Your Standing Desk Is No Healthier Than a Regular Old Sitting Desk, Study Finds
    Bad news, standing-desk fans: according to a study from Exeter University and University College London, you're getting sore feet for nothing. After following 5,000 people over the course of 16 years, researchers determined that standing desks are no better for your health than standard ones. Being still, they contend, whether standing or sitting, is bad for your health.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: How to Build a LinkedIn Profile Recruiters Will Love
    LinkedIn is a rare bird in the social media landscape: it's extremely useful for its specific purpose – building your career – but not necessarily a place to hang out online, like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. As a result, it's easy to let your LinkedIn profile slide when you get a promotion or take on new responsibilities, and not realize it until the absence of recruiter attention calls the issue to mind. In this week's roundup, we look at ways to make your LinkedIn profile shine, plus why being a good helper isn't always the best thing for your career, and a few tips on getting unstuck when you're in a rut.
  • To See How Few Women There Are at the Top, Photoshop Out the Men
    If you watched the Democratic primary debate last night, one thing probably stood out to you, regardless of your political leanings: Hillary Clinton was the only woman on the stage. In fact, as far as American politics is concerned, one out of five is just about the norm: currently, women hold 104 out of 535 seats in Congress, a 19.4 percent average. (It gets worse if you look at women of color – 31.7 percent of the number of women, and just 6.2 percent of the total.) Of course, we love data, but numbers can seem abstract. Sometimes, you can't beat a good visualization to really see the problem. Recently, British Elle's feminism issue gave us just that, with a video that shows men gradually removed from photos of politics in action ... leaving just a few women behind.
  • 3 Sneaky Downsides of Working at Home (and How to Handle Them)
    Working at home can be a dream or a nightmare, depending on the job, your preferences, and the disposition of your colleagues. It's pretty easy to find guidelines to making a telecommuting situation a success: you know you need to keep your boss in the loop, for example, and make sure your co-workers can see that you're really working. But, what about those pitfalls that arise only once you're comfortably ensconced in your brand-new home office? Here's what you can expect.
  • We Are All the Urban Outfitters Employees Who Were Asked to Work for Free
    Last week, Gawker reported that URBN, the Philadelphia-based company that owns Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and Free People, sent out a memo asking salaried workers to volunteer their weekend time, unpacking boxes during the October rush. But don't worry: the memo made it clear that this was a "team-building activity." Furthermore, lunch would be provided.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: What Beyonce Can Teach You About Job Interviews
    If you've ever experienced stage fright before a job interview, you'll see the parallels between performing and interviewing for a new job. Unless you're someone who loves being the center of attention, however, you might not think of that as a positive thing. In this week's roundup, we look at why one expert takes job interview inspiration from Beyonce; plus, some insight into the "9-to-5" workday in 2015, and a love song to the to-do list.

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