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  • Do Attractive People Get More Jobs and Money?

    Good Looks Ensure More Jobs and Better Pay

    By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    Nervous job interviewees may review their answers to common questions, shine their shoes and reapply their lipstick, but there are certain job interview success factors they cannot control, like their height and facial symmetry.

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  • Record Black Friday Sales Signal a Shift

    Hot Holiday Spending Begs Review of Comp Practices

    492893557_e23a26bd7d_oBy Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    You’ve likely heard the news that Black Friday and Cyber Monday spending topped all previous records - ever. “Where did they get that money to spend in a down economy?” you may wonder. “Is it still that far down?” would maybe be a better question. Considering the news, if you’re an employer, it may be time for you to review your current pay strategy and get up to date with the latest hustle and bustle.

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  • Why We're Thankful for HR

    3065338200_3a58e57428_oBy Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    Happy Thanksgiving from everyone here at PayScale, and especially the Compensation Today team. When asked why everyone should be thankful for HR, PayScale's Director of Professional Services and Education, Stacey Carroll, said,

    "You are the heart and soul of your organization, you keep everyone in line and you always do it with a smile on your face."

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  • HR Job Salaries Up in Q3 2011

    HR Salaries Ahead of the Averages

    By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    PayScale released its Q3 2011 results for The PayScale Index and added some helpful new features, like easy-to-read charts, category rankings pages and job family trends. Which addition do we here at Compensation Today love the most? The one that is all about our readers, the new human resources job category page. We can now tell you how compensation for hard-working HR pros has changed since 2006 and get a sense for where it is going next. Hint: It’s trending up.

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  • Latest News on Hiring Veterans

    Obama Wants You to Help Vets Find Jobs

    By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    Logistics manager, physician assistant, network administrator, cook, project manager, software developer, pilot, medical equipment repairer, accountant, interpreter, inventory specialist, facilities manager, maintenance person, medical technician, lab researcher, truck driver – these are just a handful of the many careers that military veterans are primed to excel in thanks to their training as service members. And, as an employer or HR manager, you not only get their skills, you may soon be financially incentivized to hire veterans.

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  • Sneak Peek: Q3 2011 Compensation Trends

    Coming Soon: Q3 2011 Results for The PayScale Index

    By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    Compensation trends, you need to know them. Most revenue doesn't go to utility bills and advertising, it pays labor costs. Streamlining and updating your pay strategy to stay competitive in your market helps you survive. How well are you keeping up with the trends? PayScale is here to help. We release our Q3 2011 results for The PayScale Index in one week, on October 7.

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  • HR Matters to Company Success

    Time to Shine: HR Matters and This Is Why

    By Bridget Quigg, PayScale

    What is happening in the world of human resources and compensation? We continue our conversation with PayScale’s Chief New Business Officer Dave Smith about trends he sees among PayScale’s customers.

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  • Canadian Pay Trends

    Welcome, Canada, to The PayScale Index!

    By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    Last week, PayScale released the most recent results for The PayScale Index, covering Q2 of 2011. And, for the first time ever, The PayScale Index included information about Canadian national pay trends. Guess what? Wages in Canada are growing overall, unlike the US where wages are flat, nationally. Canadian employers, you’d better be have a plan to benchmark positions against current data and work to retain your top performers. Your labor market is heating up.

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  • SHRM Conference 2011 Las Vegas – Tweets

    SHRM Conference 2011 – Tweets from Vegas

    By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    Did you make it to the 2011 National SHRM Conference in Las Vegas and see Arianna Huffington and Michael J. Fox present? If not, no worries. We were there, and we sent our director of professional services and education, Stacey Carroll, CCP, SPHR, to tweet about what she heard from the keynote speakers.

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  • Walmart Lawsuit Sends Employers a Warning

    Watch Out for Trouble: Walmart’s Legal Battle Over Pay

    By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    Walmart is in hot legal water. Though a nationwide sexual discrimination lawsuit was just settled in their favor by the Supreme Court, it looks like they have similar, though smaller, suits on the way – possibly a lot of them. What do we know about Walmart and what can we learn from this cautionary tale for employers?

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  • Hiring News: Jobs for College Grads

    Trends in Hiring College Students and Recent Graduates

    Today’s talent pool of college students and recent grads is more resourceful, strategic, and determined than ever to find the best fit in launching their career. They are sophisticated in their job search, utilizing technology and information to target companies like yours. These findings are reported in AfterCollege.com’s annual student insight survey, 2011 Entry-Level Job Search Report: Insights on Recruiting the Next Generation of Talent.

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  • Google’s HR Practices Explained

    What Would Google Do?

    I was able to attend the World@Work conference in San Diego recently. This event is always a wonderful opportunity to get away from the daily grind and spend some time on my professional development. I enjoyed great sessions, met some nice people and even managed to fit in some work at our booth in the exhibit hall. Like my experience at most conferences, there are usually one or two sessions that really stick with me, and this time it was a presentation by the compensation team at Google.

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  • Beware Employer: References Online Tell All

    Your Secrets Are Out: Employees Share Online

    By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    More and more, these days, employees are spilling the beans about their employers online. While Facebook isn’t the most intelligent place to comment on an employer, career websites, blogs, job listing sites and more are seeking the inside scoop from current and former employees of organizations. PayScale has covered one angle of this trend for many years, salary data. But, now we’re branching out and making more of an effort to reveal employees’ answers to the question, “What’s it like to work there?”

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  • Hiring? Funny Quotes for Your Friday

    Hiring New Talent? Funny Quotes for Your Friday

    By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    What can you say to attract the talent you need? Well, you can always use the classic combination of a job description and your list of needed skills and experience. Or, you could step outside the box and find a way to get to the point quicker.

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  • Hotspots for Healthcare Industry Employers

    Top Healthcare Industry Towns: Who’s Paying and Hiring Most

    By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    Healthcare industry has one of the hottest job markets. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a total of 3.2 million new jobs in this industry between 2008 and 2018. But, are healthcare employers seeking healthcare workers by the hundreds in every town? Likely not. Some locations have greater demand than others.

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  • Microsoft Bounty Boosts for Top Talent

    Tech Talent Wars: Boost to Microsoft Bounty for Top Workers

    By Staff Writer

    It’s time to play compensation hardball in the IT industry. Last year, Google announced a 10 percent raise for all of its employees. Amazon is aggressively seeking out and snapping up the best technical talent. And, now, Microsoft is bringing out it’s A-game and offering top pay to top talent.

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  • Employer Trends for 2011

    Outlook for Employers in 2011: PayScale's Compensation Practices Survey

    By Staff Writer

    As you look ahead to 2011, what do you expect for your company in terms of hiring and profit growth compared to last year? Are you feeling optimistic? If you are, you’re in the majority according to PayScale’s recent research. PayScale completed its annual survey of HR leaders and business owners and discovered that most of them are looking forward to success in 2011.

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  • Trends for Wages: PayScale’s 2010 Results

    The PayScale Index: Who Is Paying Their Employees More?

    By Staff Writer

    How did wages change in 2010 across most industries, metros and company sizes? PayScale recently released the results of The PayScale Index for Q4 of 2010 and the basic story is that, while 2010 wasn’t as terrible as 2009 for wages, it wasn’t great. Job wages and salaries are no better and no worse.

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  • HR Work Resolutions for 2011

    HR Resolutions for the New Year

    It’s time to make resolutions for the New Year. I’m sure a lot of us will make personal resolutions about losing weight, spending more in nature or being more organized. But, it’s also a great time of year to think about how you will approach work differently in 2011.

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  • The Role of HR in a Company, According to CEOs

    What the CEO Wants from HR

    I had the opportunity to speak to a group of 15 CEO’s last month. The topic was “Developing a High-Performance Culture” and our tag line was “It’s not all about money.” If you’ve worked in HR for any number of years, you’re probably familiar with the content I covered. I has to do with creating a culture where employees feel respected. HR has a big role to play in that.

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