Author: Bridget Quigg

Writer, editor, performer, musician and instructor Bridget Quigg is convinced that every person is a creative genius. Her goal is to get each person to believe that, too. Website: bridgetquigg.wordpress.com

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What’s New in Payfactors Webinar

What’s New in Payfactors Webinar Recording Join us to learn about recent feature updates and releases in Payfactors! We’ve been hard at work updating Payfactors with exciting new features. Hear from Russ Wakelin, Chief Experience Officer, and Matt
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Building Your Compensation Calendar Webinar

Building Your Compensation Calendar Webinar Recording Join PayScale compensation professional Olga Hasty for a education webinar on how to build your compensation calendar. One of the questions we get most frequently from companies where compensation is becomi

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Fundamentals of Compensation Customer Webinar

Fundamentals of Compensation Webinar Recording Join the PayScale Compensation Professionals team for a special education webinar on the Fundamentals of Compensation. Whether you are brand new to compensation or looking to brush up on the building blocks, this

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PayScale Enterprise Virtual Lunch and Learn Insight Lab Prospect Webinar

Virtual Lunch and Learn: See How PayScale Insight Lab Helps You Manage Compensation Webinar – Tuesday, October 27th at 11:00 am Pacific Making the right compensation decisions is even more important during an economic recession. Access to the compensatio
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Test Simulated Webinar Webinar – Thursday, September 24th at 11am Pacific. In 2019, only 3.6% of employees worked from home more than half the time. By the end of 2021, 25% – 30% of the workforce is predicted to work from home at least...
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PayScale Crowdsourced Data in MarketPay Webinar

PayScale Crowdsourced Data in MarketPay Webinar Recording Now, more than ever is the time for businesses to be strategic with their compensation dollars. With buzzwords like remote work, upskilling, and hazard pay in the ears of every compensation team it̵

PAY COMMUNICATION E-COURSE Pay communication is critical in ensuring your employees feel valued and stay engaged. Whether you have a solid pay communication plan in place or are unsure of what it even entails, this 6-day e-course will help set your organizatio

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How PayScale Customers are Navigating the Challenges of Remote Work and Comp Webinar

Adapt and Communicate: How PayScale Customers are Navigating the Challenges of Remote Work and Compensation Webinar – Friday, August 21st 11am PST The challenges that face HR and Comp professionals in the wake of COVID-19 and the economic recession and h

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How PayScale Customers are Navigating the Challenges of Remote Work and Compensation Webinar

Adapt and Communicate: How PayScale Customers are Navigating the Challenges of Remote Work and Compensation Webinar Recording PayScale’s team of Compensation Professionals will share their insights from working with customers currently navigating the challen

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Insight Lab Informational July 2020 Webinar

Insight Lab Informational Session Webinar Recording Join the PayScale Customer Education Team for a special informational session on Insight Lab. With the majority of organizations using multiple sources of compensation data, and an increased focus on strategy
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Making the Most of your Benchmark Subscription Webinar

Making the Most of your Benchmark Subscription Webinar Recording Join Laura Richardson from our Customer Education team and compensation professionals Olga Hasty and Miranda Longakor for a special session on making the most of your Benchmark subscription. We
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Making the Most of Your PayScale Insight Account Webinar

Making the Most of Your PayScale Insight Account Webinar Recording On June 25th, the PayScale Customer Education team hosted a special session on the Insight platform. We cover: Key analytics you might not have seen like Disparate Pay, Employee Pay to Market,

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Using Your PayScale Tools to Navigate Today’s Climate Webinar

Data-Driven Decisions: Using Your PayScale Tools to Navigate Today’s Climate Webinar Recording When most organizations set out to plan for 2020, few incorporated provisions for dealing with a global pandemic. If you did, kudos! But for rest of the world, man

Join the CBPR Canada Mailing List PayScale’s Annual Compensation Best Practices Report (CBPR) is the largest compensation and benefits survey in North America with over 100 questions and responses from over 4,000 participants in 2019. The report is released

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THANK YOU Thanks for your interest in “Compensation Budgeting For Business Leaders” We’ve sent you an email with a link to the whitepaperor you can click on the button below to access it right away. READ IT NOW Book a Demo Wondering how to...
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Compensation Budgeting For Business Leaders INFOGRAPHIC For executives, business growth is top of mind. So, how should executives and HR leaders align to design and execute a compensation budget built to take your organization to the next level? Dive into this
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Performance Management Keys for Employee Retention Webinar

Be Open: Performance Management Keys for Employee Retention Webinar Recording Trust is the key ingredient for an effective manager-employee relationship because employees won’t bring their real concerns to someone they don’t trust. But it takes more than a

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3 Ways to Win the War For Talent Webinar

3 Ways to Win the War For Talent Webinar Recording According to PayScale’s recent study, the top three reasons people took new jobs were: the opportunity to do more meaningful work (27 percent), increased responsibilities in role (17 percent) and increased p
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3 Key Elements to Keeping High Performers Engaged Webinar

3 Key Elements to Keeping High Performers Engaged Webinar Recording A research study conducted by PayScale found that HR professionals plan to invest more in employee training and development than any other area in 2019. Why? Lack of career development opportu
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Agile Compensation Software for the Modern Enterprise – Webinar

Webinar Recording- Agile Compensation Software for the Modern Enterprise Increasingly, your talent knows what it’s worth. To keep pace and effectively retain and motivate the skills that drive your business, requires smart, agile compensation strategies. Pay
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Retaining PayScale Compensation Platform Overview Webinar

Webinar Recording – PayScale Compensation Platform Overview In today’s tight labor market, it’s critical that organizations understand what the market is paying for key skills and develop fair and competitive ranges for these positions. This requires
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How to Conduct a Pay Equity Analysis Webinar

Webinar Recording – How to Conduct a Pay Equity Analysis Pay equity is a top concern for HR professionals in 2018. In the past couple of years, state and local legislators have ramped up requirements for employers to address the pay gap between men...
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What Strategic HR Really Means (and How to Achieve It) Webinar

Webinar Recording – What Strategic HR Really Means (and How to Achieve It) In the past, many organizations viewed HR as an afterthought, a chore, or even a hurdle to work around. Fortunately, times are changing. According to a 2016 study, 70 percent of..
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Defining your Compensation Philosophy Customer Webinar

Webinar – What Strategic HR Really Means (and How to Achieve It) Tuesday, July 24, 11am Pacific In the past, many organizations viewed HR as an afterthought, a chore, or even a hurdle to work around. Fortunately, times are changing. According to a 2016..
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How to Make Sure Your Employees Feel Valued Webinar

Webinar Recording – How to Make Sure Your Employees Feel Valued at Work We have a foundational human need to feel valued, to feel appreciated, to feel like what we do matters, and is recognized. In HR we talk about “total rewards” or “rewards...
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Comp is a Team Sport Webinar

Webinar Recording – Comp Is a Team Sport: How to Help Managers Play the Game Organizations rely on managers to talk to employees about pay, yet many organizations don’t involve managers in setting pay for those they supervise, explain to managers the r
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The State Of The Gender Pay Gap In 2018 WHITEPAPER In PayScale’s latest research on the gender pay gap, we’ll give you an overview on the current state of the pay gap, including data on how large the pay gap is, and how much...
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PayScale Team Time to Get Started With Team! Join our Implementation team and learn step-by-step how to prepare your employee data in PayScale Insight before your increase cycle in PayScale Team. The first 60-minute session will walk through the required templ
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PAYSCALE PRODUCT TRAINING Welcome! Payscale’s Education team is excited to share the following training resources, each designed to take your compensation and Payscale product knowledge to the next level. Choose from a variety of on-demand videos, help artic
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PayScale Insight Introduction Time to Get Started With Insight! Same great content, with a new name. Insight 101 is now “Insight Introduction.” Join us for a web based interactive training on the Insight platform. This 60 minutes session will be es
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What’s With the Hieroglyphics, ‘Merica? 5 Tips For Writing With Real Words

Get out your iPhone or your stone slab. We write with pictures now. When a friend told me recently that the youth these days use emojis to build phrases, like how we use words to make a sentence, my response was, “Really? Are we...
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HR Funnies: Compensation Consultant Shares Insights

Need a Laugh? Check Out Our Comp Consultant's Job Review By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com What is it really like to work in compensation consulting? Our very own PayScale compensation consultant, Melissa Quade, decided to share her thoughts about her job thr
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Fashion Week Salaries: How Much Do Fashion Models Make?

Remember Michelle Obama's stunning, white, off-the-shoulder dress she wore to her husband's inaugural ball? Its designer, Jason Wu, is at Fashion Week this week, along with other top designers, showing his collection for Fall/Winter 2012. And who is we
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Teachers’ Salaries: Top Pay for Physics and Ph.D.s

Want to inspire an awkward moment at a cocktail party? Bring up teachers' salaries. You'll ignite a hot debate, not a "let's get to know each other" conversation. People feel very passionately about how much teachers earn, yet how educate
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NYC Salaries at Fashion Week

Gisele Tops Earnings at Fashion Week NYC By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com As if Gisele's recent comments on the New England Patriot's football skills didn't draw her enough media attention, now one of the biggest weeks in her industry has arrived, Fa
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Career Showdown: New York Fans vs. New England Fans

Career Advantage: New York Battles New England By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com How about an Human Resources showdown on Feb. 5, instead of the gridiron battle? What would happen if you pitted New York versus New England based upon career-enhancing factors like
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Fan Face-Off: Careers in New England vs. New York

When Giants and Patriots players finish their battle on Feb.5, the winners will enjoy some serious pay benefits. Think millions. Will their fans be as handsomely rewarded? No, but PayScale has concluded that one teams' suporters enjoy a similar and very va
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Canadian Cities Battle for Winning Wages

From Vancouver to Montreal: PayScale Covers Canadian Cities’ Wage Trends By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com The next time a Vancouver Canuck fan jabs a Montreal Hab supporter, the Hab can come back with, “Well, our pay is growing faster than yours!” Is it? Y
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Wages Trend Up to Finish 2011 Ahead

Rising Wages Signal Shift in Q4 2011 By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com PayScale released its results for The PayScale Index for Q4 of 2011 and you may be surprised to find out where workers' wages went in 2011. They are up across the board for the first time
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Best Stories of the Year

A Look Back: Top Stories of 2011 By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com As we head into 2012, HR leaders and business owners can take heart in the more positive unemployment news and the (spoiler alert) optimistic, soon-to-be-released Q4 2011 results for The PayScale
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Do You Work Like a Geek?

One group of modern workers has developed a special reputation for caffeine addiction and junk food intake: computer geeks. These are the software developers and computer programmers who stay up all night finishing projects, only to grab a pizza and a coke for
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Jobs That Pay $20 Per Hour

Ready for a gig that pays you $20 per hour? There are many options out there. And, of the following list of ten jobs, less than half require school beyond a high school diploma. See which skills you might already have or are interested...
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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 contr
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Record Black Friday Sales Signal a Shift

Hot Holiday Spending Begs Review of Comp Practices By 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
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Why We’re Thankful for HR

By 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, sai
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Find a New Job Using LinkedIn

Do you have a profile on LinkedIn? If not, I highly recommend it. There are plenty of ways for professionals to use LinkedIn to grow their careers and their paychecks. Whether you’re looking to switch jobs, improve your professional network or hire fresh tal
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The Secrets of Your Boss’ Salary

Whether they manage every minute of your day or disappear most afternoons to “lunch meetings,” you know one thing for sure about your boss. He or she probably makes more money than you do. How much more? It depends on your gig. Online salary...
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Before 2012: Salary Negotiation Tips from The Salary Tutor

What can you do before the end of the year to set yourself up for a higher salary? We asked Jim Hopkinson, author of "Salary Tutor: Learn the Salary Negotiaton Secrets No One Ever Taught You," this question. From how to prepare for a...
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Most Common Post-Military Jobs

By Bridget Quigg, PayScale Where can veterans find work? The answer to this question is on many people's minds this Veterans Day. Between the announcement that all U.S. troops stationed in Iraq for the war should be home by 2012, and the recent signing...
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PayScale Compensation Quiz

Compensation Quiz: Are You a Comp Whiz Kid? By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com Becoming a compensation whiz can be an intimidating task, especially with all of the lingo you need to know. How strong is your compensation know-how? This compensation quiz is intended
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Retail Holiday Jobs at Gap

By Bridget Quigg Are you looking for work this holiday season? Need a little more jingle in your pocket? We went out on to the streets and interviewed retail workers at some popular retail outlets – RadioShack, Gap, Sephora and more – that are...
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What “Percent” Is Your Household?

In the worldwide effort to call forth the one percent of Americans who hold a disproportionate amount of our country’s wealth, the 99 percent stay united in a single group. But, if you are hard working college grad with a steady gig, especially if you’re i
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Fresh Facts About Canada from The Payscale Index

Aiming Upwards: Canada in Q3 2011 PayScale Index By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com Canada has certainly seen celebrity excitement this year. Royal newlyweds Princess Catherine and Prince William toured through in April and now teen idol and Canadian native Justin
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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 her
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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, fa
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Top 5 Cities for Wage Growth

By Bridget Quigg Do you know which U.S. metro offers you the best chance to boost your earnings? Test yourself. Finish the following sentence with the correct choice. Workers are enjoying the strongest wage growth in: a. Houston b. Baltimore If you answered Ho
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Compensation Topics: Q3 2011 Wage Winners

Energy and Tech Wages Up in Q3 2011 By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com A glimmer of hope. That is what the Q3 2011 results for The PayScale Index have brought to some industries, towns and workers. With national average wage trends managing to either grow, or at l
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Bullying in the Workplace: Information for Taking Action

How to Address Complaints of Bullying in the Workplace By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com Anderson Cooper of CNN created a special series on it. School kids suffer from it. And, HR leaders are on guard for it more than ever. Bullying has taken center stage as a ma
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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 sta
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National Coffee Day: Highly Stressed Scientists Win

By Bridget Quigg Steamy, alluring and refreshing, coffee starts most workers' engines each morning. It helps us think brilliant thoughts and actually interact with workmates before noon. For one group of professionals, though, the highest coffee consumers
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PayScale Nominated “Best Employer”

By Bridget Quigg It's always nice to get a compliment. And, PayScale received a great big one the other day when an employee nominated us for "Best Employer" in the annual "The Best of Western Washington" contest hosted by King 5 televi
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Unexpected Leader: Burning Man Festival

Employee Motivation Lessons from the Burning Man Festival By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com How can you inspire human beings to do something great? Books have been written about it, great thinkers have thought about it, and an annual event in the Nevada desert s
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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’
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“Fixers” and Firemen: Kids Describe Their Dream Jobs

By Bridget Quigg Ah, childhood dreams. Ride a unicorn. Fly on a magic carpet. Perform an aortic valve replacement through a median sternotomy incision. Okay, the last one probably wasn't on your list when you were little, but growing up to be a doctor...
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Successful Multimedia Presentations

How to Create Multimedia Presentations that Connect with Your Audience By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com As an HR professional working in compensation, you not only have to know your labor market, understand your company goals, beware of pay inequity, retain top
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Does Casual Dress Hurt Your Income?

By Lydia Dishman Do you dress for success? It’s no secret that most people will formulate an opinion of you based on your appearance within minutes of an introduction. But can that short space of time mean the difference between a lucrative career and...
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Bon Voyage, Across-the-Board Increases

Farewell to Across-the-Board Increases By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com Everyday PayScale’s sales team, account managers and executive leadership talk to HR professionals about what is and isn’t working in compensation. We sat down recently with PayScale’s
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Big Money in Minutes: NFL Salaries vs. Average Fan Salaries

Larry Fitzgerald agrees to continue his job as a wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals for the next eight years for $120 million. Chris Johnson accepts an offer from the Tennessee Titans to continue as their running back for the next six years in...
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The Path to Your Dream Job

By Bridget Quigg What does having a dream job feel like? I envision a young man in a tie and slacks skipping down a sidewalk, unaware of the sprinklers spraying him because he is so happy to be going to work. Can a job...
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Salary Hero: School Superintendent Cuts Own Pay

By Bridget Quigg In the competitive world of salary numbers, negotiations and earning goals, you sometimes you run into surprises. Fresno County school superintendent Larry Powell chose to give up $800,000 in salary over the next three years to help fund educa
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More Apples in Alabama: Teacher Pay by State

By Lydia Dishman Now that sales of pencils and notebooks are in full swing, kids everywhere are facing the inevitability of going back to school. Their teachers have already been prepping for the new academic year. Though envied for their months long “break
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“Be Nerdier” and Other Tips for Working in Gaming

By Bridget Quigg The gaming industry tends to attract highly intelligent, creative and fun-loving people. Who wouldn’t want to work in “interactive entertainment”? But, how do you get started in the industry and what is it really like to work on a game?
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Strange Salary Negotiation Strategies

The debate rages on: Should a job candidate name a salary number first, or wait to hear from the employer? Money is on the line and feelings are strong on both sides of the issue. Most experts suggest that applicants should keep their mouths...
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Panel Interview Tips: Prepare for Success

Getting invited to interview for a job can feel exhilarating. After all of the resume editing and networking, you’re full of hope for your career and your bank account. But, you still have to get through the interview. And, when the big day arrives,...
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How to Resign with Dignity

By Laura Beth Roberts, PayScale.com The year 2011 has brought us many goodbyes. Oprah said goodbye to CBS, Michael Scott bid a tearful adieu to The Office, and I resigned and said goodbye to my former co-workers. You might not have heard about the...
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Love and Salaries on “The Bachelorette” TV Show

By Bridget Quigg Another season of the “The Bachelorette” is winding down after a dizzying display of alpha-male behavior and slurpy make-out sessions. Ashley barely wipes the make-up off her eyes from one romantic dinner before she’s whisked away on a m
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Road to Riches: Engineering Disciplines Pay Off

Does an aerospace engineer really earn more than a history major? Absolutely. An aerospace engineer’s typical starting salary ($60,700) practically matches what a history major earns, on average, after 15 years of working ($69,000). In fact, according to Pay
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Facebook vs. Google: Which Employer Suits You Best?

By Denene Brox Google and Facebook are not your typical technology companies. They are innovators that have literally changed the way people all over the world interact online. Both companies had humble beginnings. Google was founded in 1996 by Larry Page and
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8 Summer Jobs – Make a Buck Off Vacationers

By Rob DiGiacomo With so-called “staycations” common in these sluggish economic times, Las Vegas, Miami and other tourism spots that cater to out-of-town visitors may not be the best bets for summer employment. Vegas and Miami rank among the worst places t
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Who Is Your Best Employer? Mac vs. PC

By Susan Johnston For years, consumers have self-identified as Mac or a PC people, a label fueled in part by Apple’s Mac vs. PC ads. Some research about the two companies' customers was even done by Hunch.com and it showed that many of the...
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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 nation
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PayScale Study Points North: Average Pay in Canada Up

By Bridget Quigg It’s time that PayScale admits it. We have found out more glowing facts about Canada. After humbly complimenting our neighbors to the north when they won gold in men’s hockey (beating the US) back in 2010, and congratulating them on a...
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Lists of Salaries for Careers

By Bridget Quigg The job hunt. The interview. The salary negotiation. There are moments in your life when you have to be able to put a number on the skills and experience that you offer an employer. Where do you get started? Wouldn’t it...
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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 pr
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Walmart Employment Practices: Gender Discrimintation Questions

Walmart's legal team is busier than it would like to be. They just won a nationwide sexual discrimination lawsuit, settled by the Supreme Court in their favor. But, their troubles may be far from over, as similar, though smaller, suits on the way –...
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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, thou
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Congrats, Canucks! Canada Fun Facts from PayScale

By Bridget Quigg The Vancouver Canucks are one game away from an NHL Stanley Cup championship. So long Detroit, say goodbye San Jose and adios Anaheim. The Canucks are unlikely leaders of the tournament and Canadians are thrilled. We’ve decided to honor thei
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Executive Bonus Planning: An Overview of Short-Term Incentives

Executive Bonus Planning: An Overview of Short-Term Incentives By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com Executive pay planning can be an intimidating process, even for seasoned HR professionals. In the upcoming series of posts on the topic, we hope to enlighten you on t
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Want a Trouble-Free Employer? Advice for Job Seekers

By Bridget Quigg Want to the inside scoop on an employer, beyond salary and bonus information? What if current or former employees at a company could tell you about work schedules, time off and the company culture? They can. Instead of going to their...
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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,
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Pay Off: New List of College Majors by Salary

Curious how you can make your college degree pay off quicker? More data is emerging now about which college majors lead to the most lucrative careers. PayScale has been publishing a list of college majors by pay since 2008. But, now, a new study...
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How to Become a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP)

If you work in HR and want to find a way to advance your career, why not earn a Certified Compensation Professional certificate? This certification, offered by World at Work, requires you to pass nine tests and, as their website states, is a “mark of experti
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Ready to Move? Cost of Living Comparison

The economy is starting to perk up a little. Hiring is up and is supposed to continue to improve for the rest of the year. That said, this isn’t happening everywhere. Some areas of the country are recovering faster than others. Are you willing...
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Unexpected Answer: Qualities of a Good Leader

Every Employee Needs the Qualities of a Good Leader By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com How important is a manager to the success of a team of workers? The qualities of a good leader may be needed in more places than you’d expect. A recent study out of Sweden too
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Top Paid Jobs Post-Military Service

How can you make your transition form military work to a civilian job as easy as possible? Earning a healthy paycheck might help. Al Lee, director of quantitative analysis at online salary database PayScale.com recommends that that military folks in search of
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Not Average: Starting Salaries That Start High

If you’re ready to start a new career and want to earn the highest possible salary from the start, you need to know which fields are hot and high paid. Online salary and career site PayScale.com has scoured its database for the latest information...
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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 s
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Hotspots for Healthcare Industry Employers

Top Healthcare Industry Towns: Who’s Paying and Hiring Most By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.comHealthcare 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. B
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Healthiest Locations for Healthcare Careers

Healthcare careers are lava hot these days. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that the healthcare industry will generate 3.2 million new jobs between 2008 and 2018, more than any other sector, due largely to the growth in the elderly population. B
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Working on the Royal Wedding Details

The words “royal wedding” bring up images of long, satin gowns, shiny shoes and fancy hats. Not to mention the crowds of onlookers, food stands and… a great, big mess. That’s right. Putting on a royal wedding isn’t easy. Someone has to pay attention.
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Napping at Work Is Good for Your Heart

By Lisa Mandel, AOL JobsIt looks like nap time isn't just for toddlers any more. A recent study shows that bagging a few Zs during the day at work could not only refresh you and reduce stress, but could even have cardiovascular benefits.
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Spend Smart on Your College Tuition: Rankings by ROI

Do you have $200,000 handy? How about $120,000? Okay, let’s go as low as $70,000. Got that? Outside of a few public schools’ in-state tuition, you’ll be paying $70,000 or more for a bachelor’s degree these days. It’s a lot of money so what...
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Salary Madness: PayScale’s Predictions Miss This year

Last year, PayScale predicted the winner of the Men's Division I NCAA basketball tournament based upon our favorite measure: salary. The 2010 winner was Duke Univeristy with an average salary amongst its grads of $104,000 per year. This year? We're not
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Jobs That You Can Start Today

It’s another month, another rent check to write and now you have a dental bill that’s bigger than you expected. Maybe you’re a student or a parent who has been staying home and out of the workforce, but you now really need to get...
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Princeton Wins! 2011 Salary Madness Predictions

Is someone in your office setting up a pool to predict the winner of the NCAA Division I Men’s basketball tournament? Maybe you’re rooting for the team with the best record in your favorite conference or are participating just for fun. While it may...
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The Meek Shall Inherit a High Performance Review

By Lisa Johnson Mandell, AOL Jobs If it seems to you that only those who are cocky and arrogant to get ahead, take heart! According to new performance review-based study from Baylor University, the more honesty and humility an employee may have, the higher th
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Are You Built to Make Big Bucks?

By Gwen Parkes, AOL JobsWith so many people either unemployed or looking to change jobs in today's unpredictable economic environment, people are putting a lot of extra thought and time into their job searches, prepping for their interviews and padding th
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Interview Confidence to the Edge of Cockiness

By Jeff Lipschultz, AOL JobsTime and time again, I remind job seekers that your attitude in the interview can make or break your chances of getting the job. Keep in mind though that, "attitude" covers a lot of ground. Job seekers are reminded to kee
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Your Boss Was Fired: What Now?

By Jane Genova, AOL JobsIn this volatile economy, bosses are often fired. Sometimes there are rumors this is going to happen. Sometimes it's sudden. Since it's now so common for the boss to get the ax, there has been a lot written and said by career c
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IT Startup Salary Hotspots: Top Locations for IT Startup Jobs

If you’re a whiz at writing code or a super-smart network systems analyst, which town is a hotbed for startup companies offering the most job opportunities and bucks for your talents? Online salary database and career site PayScale.com has explored its data
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AOL Jobs Week: Employing America 2011

Did you lose your job during the recession but are now back to work? You’re fortunate. Your situation still isn’t the case for a lot of people, so AOL has put together a package of fresh, employment-focused information for everyone about finding work. It
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Vote for PayScale! 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards on About.com

Get out and vote for PayScale! About.com is accepting nominations for their 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards and PayScale.com would love your support in “Best Career Resource Site” category. Go to the page to “Nominate Your Favorite Job Search and Networkin
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Job Wages and Salaries: Not Better or Worse

What’s happening with the incomes of private sector workers in the U.S.? Not much. 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, it wasn’t great. The...
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Low Stress Jobs That Pay Well

Do you feel like you’re just making it through day after grueling day of work while only barely keeping up with your bills? Maybe it’s time you considered a low stress job that pays well. They do exist, according to the fortunate folks who...
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Mark Zuckerberg’s Four Qualities of Success

By Jane Genova, AOL JobsMark Zuckerberg, Time magazine's Person of the Year, might be very much like you. Once you realize those attitudes, values, and behaviors you have in common, you might decide to also take the road less traveled -- which could lead to u
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Tipping Guidelines for the Holidays and Beyond

If you’re pinching your pennies a little tighter this year, you may be tempted to hold back on handing extra dollars to the service providers in your life. But, if you do, remember that skipping a worker’s gratuity, in many cases, would be like...
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How to Work Your Way Up to Management

You’re sharp, you’re hardworking and you feel ready to become the boss. But, how do you get yourself into a management position? What really moves people from the factory floor to the corner office? Career experts have weighed in with their advice. From dr
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Movie Money: Where Are Entertainment Wages Post-Recession?

Did you go to the movie theater more during the recession? What about buying video games or board games? They say that people spend a little more on entertainment during economic downturns because it makes the hard times a little easier. If this is...
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Congress Average Salary: Is It Too High?

Most people don’t earn six figures every year, but they sure would like to. By comparison, members of Congress, in both the US Senate and US House of Representatives, make at least $174,000 a year. And, other federal politicians and presidential Cabinet memb
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Spooky, Scary Jobs and What They Pay

What is the spookiest job you can think of? Maybe it's one where you work during the middle of the night, in the dark, alone. Or, perhaps it's the gig with the most blood, guts and gore. Let's see what the scariest jobs pay...
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The PayScale Index: Watching Salaries Go Up and Down

Did you know that PayScale has collected over 23 million salary surveys from people just like you? That means that we have a lot of salary data – gobs and gobs. And, while we like to use it to help you make decisions about...
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Careers That Earn You $30 per Hour

1. Commercial Diver – $25.58 – $35.75 Welding work can be rigorous and demanding. Can you imagine doing it in the dark, under 1,000 feet of water? Commercial divers do all kinds of repairs, construction work, search and rescue, and other tasks whil
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NFL Player Salaries: Tom Brady Keeps His High Earnings

In another big win for 33-year old Tom Brady, he's just signed a four-year extension of his contract with the New England Patriots. According to an ESPN story, "Belichick: My Goals Are Brady's Goals," the New England Patriots coach Bill Belic
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NFL Player Salaries: Do the Best Players Really Earn the Most?

Imagine this scenario. You’re the most skilled and best-paid football player in your position. NFL player salaries tend to be big but yours in super-big. Your millions are the most millions. You diamonds shine the brightest. Then, suddenly, everything change
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JetBlue Flight Attendant: No Salary Would Be Enough

When JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater felt the impact of a passenger’s bag on his head, something inside of him snapped. He was angry. He had had it. He was done. No salary, no job security and no benefits could keep him from unleashing...
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An Iron Company with a Heart of Gold

In a sleepy, industrial area south of Seattle, Washington called South Park, a bright light is shining in this dark economy. The third generation owners of Seidelhuber Iron & Bronze Works were faced with the same diminished workload and missing income that
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6 Surprising Six-Figure Jobs: No Degree Required

How can you find a steady job that makes six figures without a four-year or associate’s degree? You may think first of typical blue collar trades, like electrician or plumber. But, there are some other options that will surprise you. Would you believe that..
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More Money from Your Education? Research Jobs by Degree

Did you get an AA, a BA, a Master’s or a Ph.D.? No matter what your degree, it ought to help boost your salary. Are you getting the most earnings possible from your education? How do you know? You can start by researching salary...
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Does Private School Tuition Really Pay Off?

By Bridget Quigg When you hear that someone graduated from Harvard or Princeton, do you automatically assume that they’re making the big bucks? You’re probably right, according to PayScale’s data on what different college graduates earn. But, they also l
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Marry for Money! Advice for Ali on “The Bachelorette” TV Show

How does someone pick their partner for life – great looks, a quick mind, a generous heart, deep pockets? Ali on “The Bachelorette” TV show has an impressive group of men with lots of good qualities to sort through. How will she decide? Online...
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Where to Look for Student Summer Jobs

College tuition is up so both high school and college students need summertime work to pay the bills. But, student summer jobs are tough to find. There’s a lot of competition for work in this down economy. With older, more experienced workers happy to...
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Salaries of “Different” Jobs

How many job titles can you name? From software developer to welder to baggage handler, most of us could maybe come up with a hundred jobs or so. But, there are thousands of job titles out there. You know, the ones that make you...
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Top of Their Class: Teachers’ Salaries by State

How to you reward someone for helping young people learn the alphabet, have confidence in themselves, remember long division, behave well in public, respect authority, dream their biggest dreams, grow healthy social connections and also turn their homework in
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A Close Look at CPA Salaries

Tax season has ended. The heaviest lifting is over for America’s many CPAs, staff accountants, business owners, and average citizens. We’ve all pushed passed the April 15 deadline, filing for an extension or not. Did you get help with your taxes th
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Federal Employee Salaries: Some Above Private Sector

You’ve likely heard frustrated friends compare some federal employee salaries and generous health benefits with private sector employees' slender paychecks and missing benefits. Some fact-finding shows that your friends may have reason to gripe. A
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Flight Attendant Salary per Hour Takes Off

Are you considering working for the airlines? Good idea. It's wise to keep your head in the clouds. Besides exotic lands, generous travel benefits and your new "cool" status at cocktail parties, you'll likely also enjoy a solid financial futu
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Corrosion Engineering Jobs: Hot Industry Leads to High Demand

I recently received information about job opportunities from the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE). Until I received their fact sheet about this line of work, I didn’t even know that it existed. It turns out if you have a mind for math and..
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March Madness Graduate Salaries: Do Private or Public Schools Win?

March Madness has arrived, and with it all of the number crunching, predicting and name calling that college basketball fans can muster. And, the school comparisons go beyond the court. While everyone knows that Duke is the number one seed for the
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What Can You Earn With an IT Certification?

The technology industry news site, Channel Insider, recently published an article titled, Tech Certifications That Pay the Best Salary. Curious what those might be, I took a look at the list. Their information is based on a survey of 17,000 technology professi
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Computer Systems Security: A Secure Field with Potential

Where are your bank account numbers, home address, social security number, birth date, bank balances and other top secret information stored? Maybe in your desk drawer. But, these days, they are likely also somewhere out in cyber space being sought after by hu
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Fast Food Jobs and What They Pay

Plenty of people start their working lives wearing a visor and asking, “Would you like fries with that?” Most then move on to higher paying gigs in other industries. While it’s true that many fast food jobs don’t pay the big bucks, if you...
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No Bloody Monday Job Loss, But Minority Unemployment Filing Steady

On Dec. 26, 2009, I wondered whether the fourth Monday in January 2010 would be anything like the “Bloody Monday” we saw on January 26, 2009, when 65,400 job cuts were announced. Looking at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data on employmen
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Why Is Volunteering Important? Advice for Job Hunters

The search for work continues. Besides rubbing more polish on your resume, what can a work-hungry American do to get a job? If you know which career interests you, you could consider volunteering in your chosen field. From networking and skill building to resu
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Job Relocation? Salary Calculator and More to Support You

As the ice begins to thaw – just slightly – on our frozen, recession-era job market, opportunities are popping up in some cities at a faster rate than others. A recent article written for Yahoo! Hotjobs by PayScale titled, “10 Great Cities for Salary
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Another Bloody Monday? Job Loss Figures Make It Unlikely

We are one month away from the one year anniversary of Bloody Monday. On January 26th, 2009, 65,400 job cuts were announced, according to a CNN article, “Bloody Monday: Over 65,400 Jobs Lost.” Up until that point, an alarming 200,000 jobs cuts had been...
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Career Path Suggestions for Midlife Career Changes

A down economy brings one thing to most everyone’s career path: change. Whether it’s learning new skills for the same job or searching for a different one, these added work pressures can be especially hard on people who have been in their job for...
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Want a Job? Get Skills for the Jobs Most in Demand

No matter which way you slice the news about the economy, and the especially news about unemployment, there’s always one choice that makes sense. If you can, get skills for the jobs in high demand. There are quite a few out there. Even though...
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Executive Pay Limits: Introducing “Government Executive Pay”

They’re happening. The oft spoke of, much debated, feared, and cheered executive pay limits are in motion. While they’ll most likely target only companies that received bailout funds, executive pay limits are still a significant shift in where government
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Mad Men: Are They Making Mad Money?

From naughty secretaries in tight, red dresses to sexist, chain-smoking account executives, the TV drama Mad Men has fans all a flutter about 1960s culture. Right down to single malt scotch during meetings, Mad Men’s Sterling Cooper ad agency gets wide accla
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10 Dangerous Jobs for Big Money

When it comes to your career, you may worry about your commute time, benefits and your company’s chance of surviving. But, do you ever worry about your own survival? Believe it or not, a good number of folks work dangerous jobs for big money...
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Get a Glamorous Job at QVC: Host Salaries and More

Cooing at the sparkle of a diamond bracelet, answering questions about holiday flatware and pushing laptops designed for the whole family – are these job skills? Absolutely. Welcome to the wild, live world of a QVC TV host. These bright-smiled folks seem to
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Salary Negotiation Tips: What Not to Do

If you want to make adults squirm like kindergarteners, broach the subject of salary negotiation. Talking money makes most workers uncomfortable. And while they want such talks to succeed, they make plenty of blunders. If only they had some basic negotiation g
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Jobs for English Majors: They Do Exist

The butt of every cocktail party joke – the English major. “Oh, that’s nice that you read Shakespeare. But, how does that get you a job?” Well, it turns out that wordsmithing just might be the ticket in to today’s job market. According to...
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Women Snapping Up Government Salaries

On Sept. 3, USA Today published an article on women’s soon-to-be majority in America’s workforce, “Women Gain in Historic Job Shift.” Rosie the Riveter may have her day. Due to the significant job loss suffered by men in the manufacturing and construct
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Your Salary and the Obama Equal Pay Bill

Since January, many HR managers and company owners have been shaking in their boots. Why? They have some research to do about how they pay their employees. If you haven’t heard of it yet, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, often referred to as...
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Where to Find Work: Top 5 U.S. Cities for Job Openings

If you’re looking for work, should you head north, south, east or west of where you are? Likely east. Job site, Indeed.com, recently pulled together a list of the 50 most populous metropolitan areas in the U.S. and how they compare for finding a...
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Best Colleges for Earning the Big Bucks

The cost of college is skyrocketing and graduates risk being saddled with more debt than ever. What’s a smart solution when even state schools aren’t cheap? Earn more after you graduate. Last week PayScale debuted its 2009-10 College Salary Report, which l
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Job Security: Earn a TSA Screener’s Salary

From the guy in the lobby at your work to the gal scanning luggage at the airport, security officers surround us – even more than we know. Beside the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) folks in bright blue shirts at the airport, there are thousands
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Boost Your Pay: Create a Sample Compensation Package

In the dog-eat-dog world of getting hired these days, you may feel like taking the next job offer that comes your way. And, perhaps, that’s a good idea. But, the moment you say “Yes” to a new gig, you’re in a powerful position to...
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To Cap or Not to Cap: Obama Answers the Executive Compensation Question

Back on February 12 of this year in a post titled, “Loopholes, Lawyers and Obama’s Executive Compensation Cap,” I wrote that President Obama was considering an executive compensation cap of $500,000, at least for financial institutions that received Trou
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Celebrity Salaries: What Is Oprah Winfrey’s Annual Salary vs. Joe the Plumber’s?

Have you ever considered the reality that many famous people make more in a year than most of the world’s population makes in a lifetime? I thought about this recently when looking at the Forbes Celebrity Top 100 list for 2008. At the top...
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How Rich is Larry King? Salary Secrets of the Stars

When Kathy Griffin appeared on Larry King Live last June she asked Mr. King, “What’s your annual salary?” He responded, “I can’t tell you that.” She went on to badger him with questions about whether or not he gets paid per show or bimonthly....
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Swine Flu: Potential Pandemic Has Many People Working Harder

Swine flu has arrived in the US and has most people either a little more cautious in public spaces or very scared of any public contact. I’ve spoken with more than one friend who is washing their hands more often or thinks twice about...
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Online Degrees: For Baby Boomers, They Could Be Essential

The job market is tough. Real tough. Darn tough. Only the most skilled, educated and savvy shall thrive. And, if you’re older than 45, your age can work for or against you. Offering exceptional skills based upon years of experience is a plus. Being...
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7 Most Recession Proof Jobs

We’ve heard the tales of career devastation from real estate to investment banking; doesn’t it make you wonder which jobs may be secretly, silently thriving amid the chaos? Well, before you read this list of jobs in the highest demand, prepare to c
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More Millions, More Mishaps: Washington Struggles with AIG’s Executive Compensation Bonuses

A remnant from the previous administration’s carelessness is now an enormous problem for the current one. When American International Group, Inc, AIG, accepted taxpayers’ bailout funds last year, no member of the Bush administration bothered to address how
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Need Some Income and Love Sports? Try Living Off the Starting Salary for a Sportscaster

According to The Bureau of Labor statistics report titled “The Employment Situation: February 2009,” the national unemployment rate reached 8.1 percent in February of 2009, up from 7.6 percent the previous month. Not a cheery statistic. In fact, I was watc
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Loopholes, Lawyers and Obama’s Executive Compensation Cap

President Obama’s recent work to limit executive compensation makes my heart sing – or at least hum a bit. Like most Americans, I am shocked and scared over what’s happened in our country, and I cling to signs of hope. President Obama’s recent push...
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NFL Player Salaries and the Playoffs: What Can We Predict?

A workmate and I recently sipped peppermint tea and vented our frustrations over NFL players’ outrageous salaries. I fretted over whether they are doing good for the world with all that money when this friend said with disgust, “I wonder how much t
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10 Jobs with Great Employee Rewards

For most people, job satisfaction doesn’t completely correlate with job salary. Smart employers know the value of using employee rewards and perks to build morale in a work place. And depending on your personality and lifestyle, extrinsic job rewards lik