Author: Cassidy Rush

Cassidy Rush was the Marketing Campaign Manager at PayScale. She earned her B.A. in strategic communication at Oklahoma State University. She is a Pokemon Master and a Guild leader on Wow. For the Horde!

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Does Your Organization Have a Blind Spot When It Comes to Gender Expression?

During a time when almost one million Americans identify as non-binary, it’s more important than ever to ensure that your organization is being thoughtful and intentional when it comes to supporting and promoting gender expression. In this post, you’ll learn about what gender expression is, how PayScale leaned into gender expression, as...
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The 5 Creepiest Jobs (and What They Pay)

Tricks and treats may only come once a year, but a creepy job can last all year long. This Halloween, PayScale presents salaries of the creepiest jobs out there just in time for the spookiest day of the year. In order to compile this list, we looked at salary data from over...
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The Best Organizations for Pay Transparency In 2018

In 2018, your pay brand matters more than it ever did. In the latest edition of the PayScale Hero Awards, we learn which organizations go above and beyond for their employees in terms of pay transparency. It’s great to feel like you’re paid well, but it’s even better when you know you’re...
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The 2018 College Salary Report Is Here

With the cost of college higher than it’s ever been, it’s crucial to understand the monetary value of a degree. If you’ve ever wondered which colleges have the highest and quickest pay-off, our College Salary Report — just released today! — is a great place to start. If you’re college-bound, use PayScale’s College...
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Compference Day Zero: What To Expect at #Compference18

The final countdown to Compference18 has begun. We’re just a couple of days from the only modern compensation event happening in Orlando, and we are seriously excited. Whether it’s your first, second or third time attending Compference, we’re here to help you make the most of your Compference experience and your time...
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Who You’ll Meet at #Compference18

As the only conference dedicated to modern compensation, you might be curious about what kind of crowd our user conference brings in each year. In this post, we’ll talk about the different types of professionals that typically attend Compference, and what makes them awesome. Comp Pros It goes without saying that by...
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Networking Opportunities at #Compference18

With Compference18 being less than a month away, now is a great time to start thinking about which Compference activities you’ll want to attend while you’re in Orlando. If you’re someone who likes to network or are simply looking for ways to expand your compensation community, we have a few suggestions to...
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It’s Your Last Chance For Discounted Compference18 Passes

It feels like just yesterday we were wrapping up Compference17 activities in Austin. But now is not the time to dwell in the past, because Compference18 is almost here and there are just a few days left to grab your discounted pass before prices go up on August 9. Purchase Your Discounted...
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How We Spent Independence Week 2018

From scuba diving, to touring historic temples in Japan, to volunteering at the Special Olympics, here are a few different ways PayScalers chose to celebrate the first-annual Independence Week, our company-wide holiday. Last week, PayScalers all over the US took a well-deserved break from work to embrace Independence Week, a week-long vacation...
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Compference18 Agenda Sneak Peek

It’s hard to believe that Compference, the biggest conference dedicated entirely to compensation, is only a few short months away. But not to worry – you’ve still got plenty of time to grab your Compference pass before it’s too late. If you’re a first-time Compference goer, or perhaps you’re on the fence...
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PayScale Introduces Independence Week, aka the Vacation You Didn’t Know You Needed

This Fourth of July week, PayScale is giving all 450 of its employees some much-deserved time off. Thank you, PayScale! Here’s why your organization should do the same. Picture this. It’s the week of July Fourth. The weather is warm enough for swimming, and the promise of fireworks, hotdogs and a cold...
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Jobs Report: Payrolls Add 22,300 Jobs In May

The latest job report shows that the economy added 22,300 jobs to public and non-farm payrolls last month, according to this month’s jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment continues to trend up in several industries including retail (+31,000), health (+29,000) and construction (+25,000). Unemployment was down to 3.8 percent,...
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The 10 Best Companies for Fair Pay

If equitable treatment of employees is an important factor in your choice of employer, you might want to be submitting your resume to one of these best companies for fair pay. In 2018, it’s an interesting time to be looking for a job. It doesn’t matter whether you’re actively looking for new...
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5 Unbelievable But True Excuses Employees Used At Work

At one point, all of us have – probably – come up with excuses to get out of trouble at work. Whether it’s an excuse as to why you’re late for a meeting, or an excuse as to why you didn’t get your monthly report turned in on time, when we’re in...
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PayScale’s College ROI Report Is In, and We Should All Be Attending Service Academies

PayScale’s College ROI report shows that service academies outshine traditional colleges and universities in terms of having a high return on tuition investment 20 years after graduation. Back in the day, you could attend a four year university for the low average cost of $3,190 a year, according to a 2017 college...
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The Most Legendary Workplace Meltdowns, According To Reddit

Sudden yelling from a distant office. Doors being slammed. Dramatic conference room exits. If these sound familiar, you’ve probably borne witness to the infamous workplace meltdown. At some point in your career, everybody gets the privilege of experiencing an epic office meltdown. Whether it was one of your coworkers who finally snapped...
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The Most Satisfying Place to Work in (Almost) Every State

When your life or job becomes stale, sometimes starting over somewhere new is the best decision you can make — assuming you have the means to get there. If a change of scenery happens to be what you seek, we can help you cut your job search time in half. The PayScale...
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Let Tanya Tarr Help You Negotiate Your Salary on April 10 at PayScale HQ

If you’re in Seattle on April 10, take an early lunch and spend it with equal pay expert, Tanya Tarr, at PayScale headquarters for a 90-minute master class on salary negotiation. Tanya is a seasoned author and negotiation coach. She’s bringing her master salary negotiation class to PayScale, just in time for...
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Introducing Use Your Power Hour: An Action-Oriented Discussion for Allies at PayScale HQ

Are you a person who supports ending the gender wage gap, but don’t know what to do about it? We’ve got an easy first step, and it all starts with having a drink at PayScale headquarters in Seattle on April 10th at 4pm. We’re calling on all allies from every network to...
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The 25 Most Satisfying Places to Work in America, According to Employees

When it comes to finding a great place to work, we all have one thing in common. We all want to work for an organization that has a proven track record of being a not-terrible place to work. In fact, I think it’s safe to say that most of us want to...
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Employees at Apple’s Spaceship Office Keep Running Into Glass Walls

These days, it’s not enough to have your corporate office be a run-of-the-mill, plain-Jane building. Companies of all sizes are putting serious thought into their corporate spaces to make them not just aesthetically appealing, but also flexible, comfortable and productivity-enhancing. As it turns out though, sometimes aesthetically appealing office spaces don’t always...
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Join Us for Equal Power Day at PayScale HQ

Last year, PayScale hosted its first ever Equal Pay Day event. The event involved over 150 local men and women, plus thousands on Facebook who tuned in to the panel discussion we broadcasted live on Facebook. We’re doing it again, and it’s going to be even bigger and better than ever. So,...
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Be a Speaker at #Compference18

It feels like just yesterday we were wrapping up Compference17 in Austin with 500+ HR leaders, business leaders and compensation professionals. But now that it’s 2018, we’ve got our sights set on Compference18 happening Sept. 19-20th at Walt Disney World® Resort, Florida. We’ve got our sunglasses and our mouse ears ready, not to mention...
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At This Seattle Company, Your Pup Gets Benefits, Too

Although RealSelf is a company that specializes in helping people research doctors and cosmetic procedures, don’t be surprised when you’re greeted at their Seattle office by 15 to 20 dogs. You see, RealSelf (like many other Seattle-based companies) is a pet-friendly office. But this year, the company has taken its love for...
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Join PayScale and Ladies Get Paid for a Holiday Networking Party

This year has been a whirlwind. Regardless what part of the country you’re from, or which end of the political spectrum you’re on, 2017 has been a year that has taken a toll on all of us, especially women. And now that 2017 is coming to an end, there is no better...
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7 Jobs That Make #CyberMonday Possible

When Cyber Monday rolls around, most of us unabashedly take advantage of Cyber Monday deals across the web, enjoying the deep discounts and same-day shipping. In the last few years, Cyber Monday has become a more acceptable version of Black Friday, without the human stampedes and long lines at the local superstore....
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Woman Who Gave One-Finger Salute to Trump’s Motorcade Receives Unique Job Offer

A few weeks ago when Juli Briskman decided to take a bicycle ride in northern Virginia, she likely had no idea about the media storm that would soon surround her. If you haven’t had the opportunity to catch up, here’s the backstory. During her morning bike ride, Briskman found herself riding alongside...
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Common Jobs for Veterans

This Saturday marks another Veterans Day in the United States. On this day, Americans honor those who’ve served in the military. Many companies offer discounts to former or current service members as well. But veterans need more from their country than free oil changes and appetizers. After the recession, a high percentage...
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Employee Appreciation Isn’t Just for Millennials

When was the last time you felt appreciated at work? When was the last time you gave appreciation to a coworker or a direct report? Is it hard to pinpoint? For many of us, working at our nine-to-five jobs can feel a lot like running on autopilot, and sometimes we don’t take...
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Employee Engagement: What Does It Mean?

Employee engagement is a term you might have heard more of lately. The reason why? It is no longer enough for companies to be successful by simply doing business as usual. Companies now understand the business advantage of having engaged employees who are passionate about not only the work at hand, but...
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What I Learned at Compference17

It’s hard to believe that Compference17 is over. Our time in the great city of Austin has come and gone, but we still have a ton to talk about in terms of comp knowledge and insights we’ve gained from Compference. Even if you weren’t at Compference17, use these testimonials to get a...
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6 Salary Negotiation Tips That Work for Everyone

Salary negotiation is often thought of as complex, risky and only for people who are high up on the career ladder. Recent grads and those who are just starting out hesitate to negotiate salary, usually due to a perceived lack of experience. Whether you’re a recent college grad, an experienced professional, or...
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4 Things WIBLI Taught Me About Working Women and Salary Negotiation

A few years ago, the Seattle Chamber of Commerce launched an initiative called 100% Talent. The concept is simple enough: get King County companies to pledge to achieve 100 percent gender equity within their organization and close the gender pay gap for good. This effort is especially important for getting more women...
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On #BossDay, Put Your Corporate Office TV Knowledge to the Test

Today, on Boss’s Day 2017, we stop to appreciate that very special boss or manager in your life. Maybe your boss is more of a Michael Scott type. Or maybe your boss is a straight-up evil Mr. Burns. Either way, managers of all kinds have big shoes to fill and it’s not...
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#Compference17 Day 2 Wrap Up: Technology, Compfidence and Happiness.

Day one of Compference was a full day packed with plenty of comp focused keynotes and sessions. To break it up a bit, day two of compference showcased keynotes that went slightly outside of the standard box of comp while still provided thought provoking strategies and tips anyone can apply to the...
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#Compference17 Day One Wrap Up: Modern Comp, Babies and Employee Engagement.

Starting at 8am this morning, Compference attendees have had a jam-packed day networking, learning and knowledge sharing everything under the sun related to compensation. Needless to say, it’s been an amazing and comptastic first day of Compference. But just like any other conference you might attend, the vast amount of information you’re...
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On #NationalCoffeeDay: A Brief History of Coffee in the Workplace

If you’re sitting in your office right now as you read this, how many coffee cups do you spy on your coworkers’ desks? How many people are congregating next to the coffee machine? Probably a lot. And for good reason. Coffee has been a workplace staple in America for more than a...
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6 Bizarre Office Rules You Won’t Believe Are Real

When you think of office rules, you probably think of things like dress codes, codes of conduct, etc. — basically, rules that keep people from embarrassing the company or hurting their coworkers. Your employer’s rules are influenced by their corporate culture, and will vary accordingly. But for the most part, office rules...
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The Best 4-Year College In Every State

Fun Fact: There are over two thousand four-year colleges and universities in the United States. To suggest that a prospective college student has a lot of options when it comes to picking the college of his or her dreams is a massive understatement, which is why if you are said prospective student, doing...

Petroleum Engineers, Stanford Grads Top New List of Highest-Earning Engineering Workers

College Students and Parents: Align Your Finances and Your Goals

Which college majors have the highest payoff? Annual survey of graduates gives ranking

What colleges and majors lead to a well-paying job? See how Ohio schools rank

Does a liberal arts degree lead to low pay? Not necessarily

This Survey of 2.3 Million People Just Revealed the Top Colleges and Majors by Graduate Salaries

To make really big bucks, don’t go to college in Washington

UC Berkeley ranks 7th-highest statewide in postgraduate salary survey

Top Colleges and Majors, Ranked by Future Earning Potential

4 Bay Area schools rank top 10 statewide for high salary potential

The 1 College Major That Will Earn You the Most Right Out of College

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The Best 2-Year Colleges In Every State

If you’re weighing the difference between a bachelor’s and an associate degree, you might be doing so for a variety of reasons. For example, perhaps you want to attend a college close to home, or perhaps you’re searching for a specialized major at a two-year school. For most people, their decision is...
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The Best Associate Degrees To Get Right Now

If the time commitment or cost of attaining a bachelor’s degree gives you pause, or if you know you won’t need a bachelor’s degree to pursue your career of choice, an associate degree might be a good option. The best associate degrees can be springboards into a well-paying career; holders of the...
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The Best Bachelor’s Degrees To Get Right Now

If you or your child is college-bound, you’ve probably thought once or twice about what type of degree will be the most financially beneficial by the time graduation rolls around. Of course, everyone who wants a bachelor’s degree wants to study something they feel passionate about. But it’s also important to earn...
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Now Accepting Applications for PayScale’s 2nd Annual Women in STEM Scholarship

Are you a woman who is college-bound and focused on STEM, or a woman who is currently majoring in science, technology, engineering or math? If so, we encourage you to apply for our annual Women in STEM Scholarship so that PayScale can help you with your tuition costs. At PayScale, we’ve done...
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5 Places to Wine Down in ATX During #Compference17

Compference, the only conference for comp professionals, is being held in Austin, Texas this year. But what does that mean for you, as a Compference17 attendee? If you’re at all familiar with Austin, a few key themes might come to mind — things like barbecue, good weather, craft beers, and street tacos....
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8 Tech Companies Where You Start Out Earning 6 Figures

“What motivates you?” We’ve all been asked that question at some point in our careers. And everyone has a different answer, specifically when it comes to the motivation that keeps you in love with your 9-5 job. For example, some workers are motivated by the warm and fuzzy feeling they get from...
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America’s Top Tech Companies, Ranked By Job Stress

The tech industry is moving, developing, expanding and evolving faster and faster every year. In 2007, we got our very first iPhones. And now, in 2017, we’re letting artificial intelligence-powered devices like Google Home and Alexa help us keep our lives together. The success of these tech innovations and the profound impact...
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6 Places to Eat When You’re in Austin for #Compference17

Ah, Austin. The capitol of the great state of Texas, home of delicious food, drink and sun, is also the location of Compference 2017. There are plenty of great reasons why we chose to host Compference in Austin this year. But let’s be real: It’s mostly about the food. So if you haven’t been...
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The iPhone Is 10 Years Old Today. Here’s How It’s Changed the Way We Work.

When the iPhone came out 10 years ago, it’s unlikely that any of us could anticipate just how much it would impact the way we work on a daily basis. Everyone knew the iPhone was a game-changer, but now it’s difficult to imagine your 9-to-5 without the help of your smartphone. So...
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What Happens When You Refuse to Give Your Salary History?

We’ve all been there, whether it’s on the initial phone call with the recruiter, or at the final stage of the interview process: At some point, the hiring manager asks about our salary history. The problem is how to answer this innocent yet very loaded question. In the past, have you named a number...
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Millennials Are Too Open About Salary History

Millennials, the generation born between 1982-2002, are characteristically marked by low hanging-heads staring into smartphones, feeding their addiction to all things digital, especially social media. I should know: I am a millennial, after all. And while we’re being honest, I want to be the first person to admit that my generation has a...
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10 Jobs Workers Say Are Making the World Worse

It’s one thing for someone to say they aren’t head over heels in love with their job. There are plenty of American workers who simply feel “meh” about their jobs. But when someone specifically feels like their job is making the world a worse place, you can’t help but wonder what kind of...
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The 25 Most Unsatisfying Jobs In America

In a perfect world, everyone would work a meaningful job. We would all wake up every day excited to go to what would be our well paying jobs where we are changing the world for the better. Unfortunately, reality is bleak, and not everyone has a job that they love. In fact, some...
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The Most Feel-Good Jobs In America

For some American workers, salary is a top priority when it comes to finding a steady job. But not everyone is satisfied with a job that simply pays the bills. Instead, many American workers opt for jobs that provide deep, intrinsic meaning and in turn make them feel generally good about the...
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The 25 Most Satisfying Jobs In America

Everybody wants to feel satisfied with their job. Being satisfied with your work is a benefit for both you and your company. When you’re happy with your job, you tend to produce your best work. It can also lend itself to a healthier mental state for you. With less stress on your shoulders about your 8-5, you can...
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Here’s What Happens When You Introduce Young Girls to STEM

In 2017, American women are still underrepresented in some of the highest paying jobs out there — specifically, jobs in science, technology, engineering and math. The situation is even worse for women of color. It doesn’t have to be this way. With the right encouragement early on in life, young women can explore...
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#RestingBizFace of the Month: Simone Biles

Simone Biles is a 20-year-old gymnast, four-time Olympic gold medal winner and recent competitor on NBC’s Dancing With The Stars. She’s a badass whose gymnastics skills lit up the Rio Olympics. And now, she’s PayScale’s #RestingBizFace of the month. It all started last week when Biles was receiving feedback from the judges after a dance...
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Opinion: This Tweet Highlights Everything That Is Wrong in the Oil and Gas Industry

You don’t even have to look at the tweet below to know that the oil and gas industry has a reputation for being a man’s world. It’s a “rough and tough” industry that comes with a lot of stereotypes: Filled with men. Not a lot of women. And you have to be willing to knock...
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4 Unexpected Ways To Impress The Hiring Manager

Nicely written resumes, polished cover letters and a firm handshake are just a few of the tried-and-true ways to make a positive impression on the hiring manager. It’s often best to play it safe during job interviews, but what if you really want to make yourself stand out from the other job...
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Now Hiring: Headbanging Librarian Who Is Ready To Rock

Are you a librarian who loves to rock out? Are you ready to trade in your quiet space and traditional Dewey Decimal System for a Dewey Decibel System that truly rocks? If this sounds like you, then you’re definitely going to want to apply for this one-of-a-kind dream job at the Rock and...
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How Will Company Dress Codes Change In The Future?

If you were in the workforce more than a decade ago, you’ve probably already noticed a dramatic shift in the way companies are setting their dress codes. Skirts, slacks, and suits are being replaced by hoodies, flip-flops, and people riding around on their personal hoverboards. Essentially, the modern workplace is shifting to...
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Will We Ever Close The Gender Pay Gap?

The gender pay gap is shrinking, but it’s still persistent. And while that might seem like good news on a surface level, it’s not really good enough to make millions of working American women feel better about being paid less than their male counterparts. That’s because no matter how you cut it...
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The Gig Economy Is Changing The Future of the Workforce

Thanks to the internet and technology readily available to anyone with a smartphone, the gig economy has taken off. The gig economy is characterized by the prevalence of short-term contacts or freelance work as opposed to permanent jobs. And in 2017, the gig economy is booming. By 2020, 40 percent of Americans...
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Slashies Are Coming. Here’s What You Need To Know About The Employee Of The Future

Whether you like it or not, traditional job titles are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Employees no longer feel the need to attach themselves to a common job title. Historically, we’ve seen the first class of slashies in jobs in which people identify their work with their hobbies. Think about your...
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It’s Gonna Be May: 3 Career Tips From Justin Timberlake

Whether you know him from your ’90s days as an N’SYNC fan, the Chili’s baby back ribs commercial, or from his role in movies like Trolls or the Social Network, I think we can all agree that Justin Timberlake has had a diverse and successful career. Even before his days in N’SYNC, Timberlake...
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When Gender In The Workplace Matters (And When It Doesn’t)

It’s one thing to agree that equal opportunity is important in the workplace. It’s another to make it happen. In last week’s Jam Session with the Ellevate Network, PayScale’s VP of Content Lydia Frank talked through these workplace challenges, as well as presenting solutions to help you overcome them in your own workplace. Here’s...
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The 10 Best Colleges For Learning To Code

During the last few years, coding boot camps have been popping up all over the United States. The high demand is mostly due to students wanting a more streamlined approach to their education. And depending on what kind of program you enroll in, you could end up paying less, just as much, or perhaps...
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10 Private Colleges That Are Worth The Price

Sometimes the college decision comes down to choosing between a public and private school. Public colleges tend to be more affordable at face value, and also come with larger class sizes and larger campuses. In comparison, private colleges offer smaller, more specialized classes and campuses. They are often thought of as too expensive...
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The Best College In Every State That’s Worth Your Money

America is home to over 4,000 different colleges and universities, which means that picking the right school requires some due diligence on your part. How much college can you afford? How much money in student loans are you willing to take out? While we don’t necessarily have the answers to those questions, we’ve used...
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United Airlines PR Team Is Hiring, Not Surprisingly

United Airlines made national headlines this week after viral video surfaced of a United passenger being forcibly dragged off a boarded flight to Louisville from Chicago. Public outcry as a result of the video has created a full-scale brand crisis, and it wasn’t long before twitter hashtags like #NewUnitedMottos, #BoycottUnited, and even a trolled...
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The Best Advice From Equal Pay Day That You Can Use All Year Long

No matter what you were doing on Equal Pay Day this year, you can still benefit from the inspiring conversations that happened — specifically, the equal pay gap analysis discussion hosted by PayScale that over 150 participants tuned in to. To propel this discussion, we invited a few notable business leaders and...
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3 Thoughts on Closing The Gender Wage Gap, According to Farnoosh Torabi

There are plenty of articles out there offering advice on how to get out of debt, how to pay off your loans, and how to build credit. But first things first; in order to get out of debt, or pay off a loan, or build some credit, you actually need to earn some...
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4 Job Interviews That Went Terribly Wrong

Interviews are hard. They just are. No matter how seasoned a worker you are, it’s easy to get tripped up during the interview process. But even if you feel like you’ve completely and totally bombed a job interview, I can almost guarantee that you’re still faring a lot better than any of...
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Tune In to Our Equal Pay Day Gender Equity Panel From Your Desk

Equal Pay Day 2017 falls on Tuesday, April 4, which means the countdown is only a week away. Equal Pay Day might not be something you traditionally mark on your calendar and get excited about — like say, your birthday or Halloween. But, in the PayScale world, it’s a pretty big day....
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Equal Pay Day 2017: Take Your First Step Toward Gender Pay Equity

Feel like you’ve been hearing a lot about gender equity lately? It’s not in your head. In fact, companies have been making strategic moves to better recognize and address gender inequities within their organizations. Because, even though it’s not intentional, many companies still pay their female workers less than their male counterparts. Equal...
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Your ’90s Dream Job Is Calling From American Girl

Grab your best jelly shoes and favorite Kaboodle, because the dream job you likely dreamed about as a child is now hiring. Anyone who grew up in the ’90s remembers American Girl dolls. And if you didn’t have your own American Girl doll, you likely had the catalogue, and surely your parents...
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The Values Gap: Making the Case to Adjust Your Company Culture

Many of the myths you hear about millennials aren’t true — or at least, not completely true. The youngest generation of workers isn’t necessarily more likely to job-hop than previous generations, for example. And while millennials are more likely to live at home, they’re not hanging around their parents’ basement because they’re...
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Want to Know What’s Wrong With Equal Pay Day? Join Us at PayScale HQ to Find Out.

When you think of Equal Pay Day, do you automatically think about the gender pay gap? If so, you wouldn’t be alone. But there’s more to the story than women making 70-something cents to every dollar a man makes. In fact, the gender pay gap has actually been shrinking. But if that’s the...
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3 Ways to Be Productive at Work When AWS Goes Down

It’s only been a few hours since Amazon Web Services went down. And for the majority of companies and employees whose products and arsenal of digital tools rely on AWS functionality, frustration has been a key theme throughout the day. But if you find yourself staring blankly at your screen wondering how...
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Employers Reveal the Most Disturbing Things Discovered in a Background Check

Background checks are a standard part of the employment process at most companies. A job offer is commonly accompanied by small print to remind you that it’s contingent upon successful completion of a background check. Typically, when organizations perform background checks, they are looking for things like an undisclosed criminal background, your...
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Suits, Slacks, and Heels: Do People Who Dress up for Work Really Earn More Money?

TV Shows like Mad Men and even The Office do a good job of showing us two types of traditional office dress codes. In Mad Men, you have the high-earning advertising execs with their flashy 1960s suits and ties, heels and skirts, living a life of luxury. In The Office, we see the stereotypical corporate...
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Beards: The Most Acceptable Form of Self-Expression In The Workplace

In the last few years, the United States has definitely experienced a resurgence in beards, which last had their heyday in the 1850s, when they became associated with credible figures like Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln. Fast forward to 2017, where manly beards have taken over the clean-cut faces of many male workers across...
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Hate Wearing Uniforms? Avoid These 10 Jobs

The pros and cons of wearing a uniform to work can vary from person to person. If you consider yourself a creative type, being forced to wear a uniform every day might eventually take a toll on how happy you are at your job, especially if there’s no room for self-expression. On...
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How Many People Actually Get to Dress Like Mark Zuckerberg at Work?

If you’ve watched even a single episode of HBO’s Silicon Valley, you might have noticed something different about the way the scrappy web developer heroes dress for work. Their flip-flops, shorts and hoodies are a far cry from business casual. The relaxed look of the west coast tech scene can be credited to...
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Do Boomers Misinterpret Millennial Ownership as Entitlement?

The back and forth about the awfulness of my generation has been going on longer than I can remember. As a working millennial on the cusp of turning 30, I’ve learned to tune out just about every ridiculous assumption about my generation. At this point, I feel like I’ve heard them all....
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Could Your Zodiac Sign Determine How Successful Your Career Will Be?

In any career, there are things both inside and outside of your control that can influence whether or not you will end up successful. For example, there are studies out there that illustrate how your individual personality type can make you a better fit for specific jobs and roles. Some people also have the opinion that...
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Try #HeyPayScale to Get Answers About Salary

How many times have you wondered what a random job might pay? Maybe you’ve pondered whether your peers are making more than you are, or debated how to start a conversation about salary with your boss. Or, maybe you’ve got some burning trivia questions in mind, like how much QVC hosts make,...
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10 Cities Where You Will Earn the Least in 2017

Not all cities in the United States are created equal when it comes to salary, how much you can earn living and working in a given area. For example, it’s common knowledge that jobs in cities on the East Coast and West Coast tend to pay more than those in the Midwest....
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10 Cities Where You Will Earn the Most Money in 2017

New year, new you. If you’re feeling like 2017 is your year to find a new job in a new city, you’ve come to the right spot. PayScale has compiled data that shows which metro areas in the U.S. have the highest median pay. In addition to providing you with the 10 cities where...
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The Energy Industry Needs a Wake-Up Call When It Comes to Equal Pay

Energy consumption has evolved significantly since the early 19th century, when we used whale oil to power our lights and burned coal to keep warm. But, while the industry has made huge strides from its pioneer days, one aspect feels like it’s stuck in an entirely different century, and no one seems to...
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3 Questions to Ask at the End of a Job Interview

Every job interview is different, but there are some parts of the process that are similar at most companies. For example, at the end of the job interview, hiring managers typically ask candidates if they have any questions. If you’re used to skipping through this part as quickly as possible, you’re neglecting...
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Some of the Highest Paying Jobs in DFW Are at the Airport

The Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex is a massive economic hub in the middle of Texas. Because of its size, the DFW is able to provide a variety of different job opportunities, ranging from popular job choices in oil and gas to the tech industry, which has recently started blooming in the area. But...
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5 Pieces of Career Advice From HR Managers

Embarking on your career for the first time can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. For many, graduating college means it’s time to find a steady job doing something you’re passionate about. But for people just starting their careers, it can take trial and error to get to a place where you feel...
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The Highest Paying Jobs in California Are in Science and Engineering

Silicon Valley aside, the state of California isn’t as famous for its geeky workers as it is for celebrities and models. But beyond the glitz of Hollywood, there are some seriously high earners in California who have nothing to do with being beautiful. Not to say you can’t be both beautiful and geeky,...
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Do You Have What It Takes to Be the First Official Emoji Translator?

Could this be the greatest job ever? A U.K. company is seeking to hire a qualified emoji translator to work at their office in London. The company is called Today Translations, and it’s a language translation firm that employs over 3,000 linguists. The emoji translator role is the first of its kind,...
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The Highest Paying Blue-Collar Jobs In Ohio

Blue-collar workers are the unsung heroes of modern society. They are the ones who keep our railroads intact, our infrastructure sound, and our factories booming. Economies on the east coast and the west coast have transformed over the last decade and now thrive around industries like tech, business, and tourism. But not all...
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Here’s What the Gender Pay Gap Looks Like in Every State

There is more than one way to look at the gender pay gap in America. There is the uncontrolled gender pay gap, which compares all working men to all working women. And then there is the controlled gender pay gap, which compares men and women in similar jobs, with similar education and...
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3 Strategies Everyone Can Use to Negotiate a Higher Salary

No matter where you are in your career, negotiating your salary is hard. As a result, many people don’t negotiate at all. In fact, almost half of American workers reported to PayScale that they have never asked for a raise in their current roles. But don’t let these numbers get you down. Instead,...
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Kellyanne Conway: Men Don’t Want Their Wives to Work in the White House

Kellyanne Conway is the first woman to run a successful U.S. presidential campaign, but don’t wait for her to accept a position in the White House. While speaking at the Women Rule Summit in Washington, D.C., Conway said: “My children are 12, 12, 8, and 7, which is bad idea, bad idea,...
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Did the Gender Pay Gap in Your State Get Bigger This Year?

With so much new research emerging on the gender pay gap lately, there are plenty of ways to examine gender pay disparities in the United States. And if you’re a working woman who is trying to stay afloat when it comes to getting the pay you deserve, you may want to avoid...
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Man Interviewing for Job Immediately Regrets Stealing Company President’s Wallet

What is the best way to show the person interviewing you for a job that you really want to work for their company? Maybe don’t steal from them. Take it from a 24-year-old Yokohama man named Shogo Takeda, who was recently arrested in Japan after he admitted to stealing the company president’s wallet during...
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Bashing Millennials Got Old Real Fast. Here’s Why You Need Us in Your Workforce.

It doesn’t take much more than a rumbling of the “M word” in your next meeting to get every executive in the room to start rolling their eyes. And let’s face it – millennial bashing is a real thing now, and it’s happening in all kinds of ways. The fact that nobody...
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6 Things To Show Your Coworkers Today That Have Nothing To Do With Politics

No matter which way you voted, election day has come and gone. A new president has been elected by the American people to take over the White House in 2017. And if there is one thing that was blatantly obvious about this election, it’s that it has been an emotional roller coaster for everyone involved — including...
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PayScale’s Future of Work Scholarship Is Now Accepting Applications

PayScale’s newest scholarship is officially open and accepting applications from students for the 2017 school year. This brand-new scholarship offering is dedicated to all the Human Resources professionals out there, also known as the unsung heroes of the modern workforce. The Future of Work Is About Making Human Resources Human Again The...
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3 Reminders Why Women in Tech Should Always Negotiate Their Salary

Today, roughly 56 percent of the U.S. workforce is made up of women, meaning there are more working women contributing to society than men. But despite these numbers, recent research done on the gender pay gap has shown that there is no industry in which women earn more than men. It’s even...
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Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas For Your Team (That Don’t Suck)

Halloween happens on the same day every year. And, every year, you put off Halloween planning until the very last minute — rightfully so. You’re busy and hopefully earning the salary you know you deserve. But if you’re a manager (or just someone who loves Halloween) and you still haven’t figured out...
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The 4 Most Haunted Office Buildings in the US

Ever catch yourself saying, “My job is a nightmare”? If so, you might mean a lot of different things. You could be dealing with an insanely annoying boss, or coworkers who are more like playground bullies, or perhaps you are forced to work in the confines of the dreaded open-plan office. In...
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Trumpy Job Titles, Millennial Voters, and How Income Affects the Way We Vote

This election cycle has been one big series of embarrassing and confusing public appearances, both in real life and on the Twittersphere. Whether you’re for the candidate throwing most of the punches, or the one taking them with grace, it’s been kind of hard to watch them fight for one of the most...
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4 Things to Know Before You Try to Negotiate Your Salary

If you’ve been working at your job for a while, and things are going well, now is a great time to consider negotiating your salary. A year or more of working with one company means that you’ve been there long enough to make an impact, and you probably have a vision for...
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5 Jobs That Require You to Be a Jerk

Treat people as you’d like to be treated. It’s the Golden Rule in life, but it also applies to business. Most of us believe that if we’re nice to our coworkers and customers, good things will happen in return. Right? At the very least, it can’t make things worse to be nice....
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Genius or Desperate? How One Guy Used Donuts to Land 10 Job Interviews

Applying for jobs is a real-life suck. You spend hours curating and crafting your beautiful and shiny resume, only to have the opportunity to retype it all at least one billion times as you apply to job after job online. You know the drill. And even after you submit your resume, there...
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Great Career Paths We’re Not Taking Anymore

Choosing a career is as difficult as it is confusing. Whether they decide to go to college or not, young adults are still under a lot of pressure — expected to be responsible enough to pick a career path that is not only satisfying, but will also pay the bills down the road. If...
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Work in Houston? You Are 17 Times More Likely to Have This Job

You already know that states like Texas have an economy built mostly on the oil and gas industry. And because of that, there are a variety of lucrative job titles available for people who choose to go into this line of work. But in Houston, one job is substantially more common than it is...
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2016 Presidential Debate: Let’s Hope They Address These Workplace Issues

Without getting into too much detail, I feel confident we can all agree that this election cycle has been one of the most bizarre public experiences in our lifetime. The strangeness of this election comes in part from the realities of running for office in the era of Twitter insults and reality-TV...
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Here’s How Much the Most Common Tech Jobs in Silicon Valley Pay

If there’s one thing we all know about Silicon Valley, it’s that the people who are working in the tech industry there are making some serious bank. In fact, when we did our own research to uncover the most common tech jobs in Silicon Valley, we found that each of them has six-figure...
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In Georgia, a Career in Aeronautics Pays Big

In the Peach State, following a career in aeronautics can really pay off in terms of salary. It makes sense, considering that Georgia’s primary airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, is named year after year as one of the world’s busiest airports. That said, not all airline jobs pay the same, but with...
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3 Unexpected Work-From-Home Jobs

When you think about work-from-home jobs, what usually comes to mind are job titles like Web Developer or Freelance Writer. Not to mention the unavoidable image of people working in their pajamas while enjoying a side of Netflix all day. And while Web Developers are generally paid well and Freelancer Writers tend...
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2-Year College Degrees That Pay Over $70k

You don’t have to attend a four-year school if you want to earn a decent salary later on in life. And, just because there is a lot of hype out there about four-year degrees, doesn’t mean you should discount a two-year degree without doing the research. Think about it — by attending a...
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The Payly Show: Helping Frustrated Baristas Get Out Of Perkatory

At PayScale, we fancy ourselves as being some of the biggest data geeks around. And when we’re not crunching numbers, or providing you with the latest career advice, we like to entertain. Which is where our fun side comes out … a fun side that likes to crack jokes, be informative, poke...
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Vote For Breaking the Internet at #SXSW17

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, you may have heard of a little festival in the great state of Texas called SXSW. We were there last year when our team spoke at SXSWedu about economic mobility through education, and what employers really want from grads. And...
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5 Emotions You Experience Waiting for the 3-Day Weekend to Start

For most of the American workforce, Labor Day is a holiday off of work, which means many of us are headed into a glorious, well-deserved three-day weekend. The last day of work before a holiday can be the absolute worst, as you wrap up last-minute meetings and emails. But you should know...
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Become an Actual Superhero at Work With These Business Suits

They say that not all heroes wear capes. This is especially true in an office setting, where everyone plays the role of office superhero from time to time. Maybe your super powers are fixing bugs in code, or maybe you’re killing your monthly sales quota. Perhaps you’re just a kick-ass manager. Whether...
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SCIENCE: Lousy Jobs in Your 20s Impact Mental Health in Your 40s

What would you do if you knew that the job you hate right now would have a negative impact on your mental health by the time you reach your 40s? A new study from Ohio State University suggests that it might. Researchers found that workers’ job satisfaction in their late 20s and...
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Now Hiring: Muggles Obsessed With Harry Potter

Are you a muggle with writing experience? Do you consider yourself an expert when it comes to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter? Familiar with every spell, charm, curse, and wizard? If so, get out your favorite feathered quill and take notes on this once-in-a-lifetime career opportunity. I know what you’re thinking....
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The 5 Highest Paying Oil and Gas Jobs in Texas

It was just a few months ago when oil companies in the state of Texas were cutting jobs by the thousands. But a recent article from the Ft Worth Star-Telegram reports that the oil industry might be embarking on a rebound. Working in the oil and gas industry is still a viable...
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The 3 Worst Jobs to Have at the Rio Olympics Right Now

The Olympics are a time when the greatest athletes from across our planet come together and compete against each other in the name of sportsmanship and glory. But, unless your current occupation is Olympic athlete, it’s not all fun and games in Rio. There are some job titles that are really having...
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The 7 Highest Paying Jobs in LA

As the second largest metro in the U.S., Los Angeles has a lot to offer in terms of the job market. In 2016, the state of California as a whole has plans to add more than 650,000 jobs, according to the L.A. Times. Based on PayScale’s salary data, we put together this...
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3 Graphs That Put CEO Salaries Into Perspective

This week at PayScale, we did a deep dive into the salaries of CEOs to understand how much CEOs make relative to typical workers. We also looked at how employees feel about the salaries their chief executives earn. Find out how much CEOs of the world’s most popular brands actually earn. CEO-to-Worker...
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6 Creative Jobs That Pay Over $60,000 in New York City

Creative jobs often get a bad rap, pegged as emotionally fulfilling but not especially well-paying. Some people even claim that there isn’t much need for creative jobs in a data-driven world. And while some of this is true, there are still places in the U.S. where creative jobs are crucial to the...
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The Smithsonian Is Hiring an Official Beer Historian for $65k/Year

Attention all beer lovers and job seekers! If you consider yourself an expert at happy hours, your dream job may be closer than you think. The Smithsonian Institution, one of America’s most famous museums, is hiring an official beer historian to work with them for the next three years in Washington, D.C....
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5 Totally Random Things People Have Negotiated at Work

When you think about negotiating, usually the first thing that comes to mind is salary. And while negotiating salary is important, it’s not the only thing you can bargain for at a new job. From extra days off to hit the slopes to the finest espresso machines, these are some of the...
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4 Jobs That Will Never Be Phased Out By Technology

We all know that the robots are coming for our jobs. But there are still a lot of jobs out there that technology can’t replace, no matter how advanced it gets. These kinds of jobs require a real human element, and are also a safe bet if you’re concerned about job security...
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New Jersey Is Home to the Most Pessimistic Workers in the US

Ah. New Jersey. The Garden State. Home to Bruce Springsteen, Gov. Chris Christie, and the most pessimistic population of workers in these United States. That is, according to a new report by PayScale, in which we surveyed over 425,000 workers to find out where the most pessimistic workers are. Let’s dig into...
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The Most Optimistic Flight Attendants (Probably) Work For Alaska Airlines

When you think of employees who are optimistic about their employer’s future, it’s easy to understand why occupations like dentists, college professors, and surgeons top the list. In general, people with these job titles feel incredibly optimistic about their employer’s future, perhaps because there will always be a need for these types...
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5 Ways to Play Pokémon Go at Work (Without Getting Fired)

Updated: Added a fifth way! While it’s important to have a good work-life balance, you also need to have a good balance between work and playing Pokémon Go. And, as someone who is desperately trying not to drop everything I’m doing today at work in order to catch rare Pokémon myself, I...
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The 5 Most Michael Scott Things Your Boss Has Ever Said (Or Done)

Although The Office has officially been off the air for a few years now, that doesn’t mean that our lives are entirely devoid of Michael Scott, the salesman-turned-boss of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. According to Reddit, there are a lot of people out there who work for bosses who could easily be...
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Half of Associate Degree Holders Are Underemployed

During an era when the cost of higher education is at an all-time high, most students have equally high expectations that earning a college degree will provide a better chance at attaining a job in their field. Unfortunately, the reality is that not all degrees are equal, and the people who are...
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Hotel Hires World’s Cutest Concierge, Delights Coworkers

The Internet is abuzz after news broke that a Hyatt Hotel has hired an adorable, one-eyed rescue dog as it’s newest concierge. The concierge, appropriately named Parker, is now adding to the guest experience at Chicago’s Park Hyatt Hotel. Here’s the skinny on this lovable 5-year-old pooch & how she came to...
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PSA: Maybe Don’t Tell Your Employer You’re Fluent In Chinese If You Aren’t

Interviewing for a job is a lot of pressure. And sometimes, the pressure can be so high that even the most honest person might fib a little in order to lock down the job. However, it’s important to note that there is a difference between slightly exaggerating your skill level and straight-up...
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9 Tech Skills That Will Boost Your Salary in 2016

If you’re a developer, or in the computer science field in general, you probably already know that your skill set is highly sought after, and valued in terms of compensation. The tech field is growing bigger every year, and accordingly the salaries tend to be bigger too, depending on whether you have...
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Programmer, Fired After 6 Years, Realizes He Doesn’t Know How to Code

This week on /CSCareerQuestions, Reddit user FiletOfFish1066 reveals an unfortunate situation that sounds almost too much like HBO's Silicon Valley to be true. OP was fired after spending six full years working at a well-known tech company in the Bay Area. Now, our friend reflects on his time there and admits he...
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5 Reasons People Look Forward to Work on Mondays

For most of us in the workforce, waking up early Monday morning is arguably the most painful activity of the week. But not everybody has a case of the Mondays, like we do. In fact, there are real-life people who exist out there who actually look forward to going into work on...
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Millennials Are Seriously Unprepared for the Workforce

Another day, another depressing report about millennials, the generation born between 1982 and 2002. This week, PayScale released an in-depth study that asked employers how prepared they feel their employees are for the workforce upon college graduation. We also asked the same of employees themselves. And the data confirm what most of...
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3 Dangerous Jobs That Leave No Room For Mistakes

In the modern work world, we usually think of mistakes as learning experiences. In most cases, making mistakes at your own job won’t put you or someone else in a life or death type of situation. However, there are jobs out there that leave no room for mistakes. And the consequences of...
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4 Basic Excel Tricks You Should Definitely Know

If you’re a millennial like me, you might recall learning all the tricks of the beast that is Microsoft Excel back in your high school days, or even college. But let’s be real for a quick minute. A lot of time has passed, and you probably don’t remember all the time-saving tricks...
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5 Jobs That Pay 80k+ Per Year Without a College Degree

We all know that going to college increases the chance that you will eventually have a high-paying career. But attending college is an investment. It costs both time and money, and it isn’t necessarily the best path for everyone. In any case, there are still people out there who have great, high-paying...
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5 Slack Add-Ons to Entertain You at Work

If you use Slack at your office, you’re already familiar with joy that comes from sending your co-workers gif after gif (or jif after jif). What you might not know is that there is an incredible goldmine of add-ons in Slack that you can use that will make your workday significantly better....
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Which Pied Piper Employee Has the Biggest Salary?

In honor of the return of HBO's Silicon Valley, we decided to take a look at the salaries and job roles of each Pied Paper employee to find out who would be bringing in the most cash. Startup life isn't glamorous, but characters like Erlich, Richard, Gilfoyle, and Dinesh without a doubt...
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5 Signs That You’re Interviewing for a Bad Job

All of us, at one point in our life, have interviewed for a bad job. You know that gut-sinking feeling you get when you realize 10 seconds into the interview that this job definitely isn’t a good fit for you. You ultimately leave with nothing but wasted time and a bad taste...
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Meet the Winners of PayScale’s Women in STEM Scholarship

Through many studies at PayScale, we have found that there are fewer women entering and staying in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs, even though there is more attention on the subject than ever. Because of this, we were inspired to create a scholarship that is exclusively for women heading into...
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10 Ways to Be Instantly Better at Work

Whether you’re starting a brand-new job or you’re just feeling like you haven’t been performing to your maximum level at your current job, there are things you can do outside of your daily work assignments that can help you be a better employee. And the best part is, these particular things require...
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Best Company Ever Gives PTO for Game of Thrones

There are a lot of great company perks out there, like weekly happy hours and the option to bring your dog to work. But a U.K.-based company is now the center of company-perk envy and it has nothing to do with puppies. Here’s why. (Photo Credit: Wicker Furniture) Mashable reports that +rehabstudio,...
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Do You Remember What You Bought With Your First Paycheck?

We can all remember our very first job. For me, it was 2004 and I was working as a cashier and stocker at a local drugstore chain in my small hometown in Oklahoma. I was paid a competitive $5.25 an hour, and it was enough for a high school freshman to be...
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These Terrible #EqualPayDay Tweets Will Make You Cringe

Even though research and data from multiple organizations have found that there is in fact a significant gender pay gap in America, not everyone believes in numbers. And with the power of the internet and the hashtag #EqualPayDay, we get to see how some people really feel about the gender pay gap...
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6 Ways Women (and Men) Can Celebrate Equal Pay Day 2016

Equal Pay Day has been on our calendars since its conception by the National Committee on Pay Equity in 1996, but very little has actually been done to close the wage gap between men and women in America. Recent research shows that in 2016, women only earn 74 cents for every dollar...
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Recommending Your Friend for a Job? Read This First

Working with your friend seems like a great idea. It’s an even better idea if your friend has all the qualifications needed for the job at hand. But before you refer your bestie for the new opening on your team, carefully consider these tips and potentially negative consequences. Don’t submit that resume...
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This Internship Will Pay You $12k to Drink Lots Of Beer

If you’ve been looking for a summer internship that actually pays you for your time and labor, your golden opportunity has arrived. And it involves booze. Lots and lots of it. Are you up for the challenge? (Photo Credit: Ruocaled/Flickr) The folks over at World of Beer have announced that they are...
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4 Useful Work Skills You’d Never Put on Your Resume

Deciding what exactly to put on your resume can be a daunting experience, and the format doesn’t always allow you to give your potential employer the full spectrum of your qualifications. But if you are able get the job, remember that you’re expected to bring a lot more to the table than...
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5 Job Titles That Sound Way Better Than the Actual Job

In the modern world of careers, we have gotten really creative with our job titles. But sometimes, even the coolest-sounding job titles can actually be incredibly boring. This comes from a recent AskReddit thread where Redditors tell all on job titles that sounded cool, but actually sucked in real life. Let’s check...
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Unemployed? The Voice of Job Seekers Is Here to Help

If you do a quick Google search for “career consultant,” you can easily end up in a digital swamp of information overload. If you’re unemployed and find yourself in this position, look no further than Mark Dyson – a.k.a., “The Voice of Job Seekers.” Here’s the skinny on Mark, and how he...
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Will Your Career Survive the Zombie Apocalypse?

With the recent explosion in tech-focused jobs, it’s difficult – if not impossible – to imagine a world in which web developers and digital gurus provide no value to society. But in a post-apocalyptic world where walkers run amok, being a software engineer or digital marketing professional isn’t going to keep you...
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SCIENCE: Your Jerk Boss Might Be Better for You Than You Think

In a pick-your-poison type of social experiment, the researchers at Michigan State University have analyzed two types of workplace boss personas to find out which type is the most stressful for employees – a boss who is consistently a jerk, or a boss who is a loose cannon. (Photo Credit: JD Hancock/Flickr)...
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These Pokemon Characters Would Earn a Solid Salary IRL

Trainers, put down your Pokedex, because this is important. This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of Pokemon, a game treasured by Millennials all over the world. Whether you’re brand-new to the game, a first-generation player, or just someone who used to collect Pokemon cards, you can appreciate the importance of all the...
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How Highly Do You Value a Good Paycheck vs. Mental Well-Being?

This week on Reddit, Phoenixfighter09 talks to the /f/personalfinance community about his current job situation. Unhappy, stressed out, and exhausted from toxic co-workers, he’s debating quitting his job of six months and taking a massive pay cut in hopes of pursuing his real passion while also salvaging his mental health and personal...
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Liars of Reddit Share Their Greatest Resume Achievements

When it comes to creating resumes, honesty is the best policy. But sometimes, the prospect of a brand-new, shiny job can convince even the most honest person to add a little bit of puffery to their resume. Based on these tales from Redditors who admit to lying on their resumes, we can...
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4 Red Flags to Look Out For in Your Next Interview

Although it doesn’t always feel this way, job interviews are a two-way street. When you’re interviewing for a job, it’s not just about what the company thinks about you – it’s also how you feel about the company. A good cultural fit can mean the difference between skipping off to work with...
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Say This, Not That: 5 Ways to Stop Apologizing at Work

As an introvert in the office, I constantly feel the need to say “sorry” every time someone has to go out of their way for me. This is not only a problem in the workplace, but a problem outside the workplace, too. Think about it, fellow introverts: do you remember the last...
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Jack of All Trades Finds Permanent Solution for the Common Resume

When it comes to making resumes, there are certain standard techniques for helping your CV rise to the top of the stack, like using the right format for the industry, keeping it to one page, and making sure you’re presenting your most relevant experience first. But if you find the maintenance of...
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Age Discrimination and the Battle for Equal Pay in Michigan

Michigan lawmakers have proposed a bill that has local teenagers in an uproar – and for good reason. Senate Bill 250 would reduce minimum wage from $8.50 to $7.25 an hour for all workers under the age of 20. (Photo Credit: Steven Depolo/Flickr) Employers currently pay workers under the age of 18...
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8 Songs to Listen to, While You Quit Your Job

If you’ve ever resigned or been fired from a job, you know all too well the emotions that go along with it. But, have you ever stopped and wondered, “What song would help me really make a statement as I walk through my office door for the last time?” See for yourself...
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6 Incredible Career Paths of Pusheen the Cat

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last year, you’ve seen Pusheen the cat around your favorite parts of the internet. If you haven’t, prepare yourself to be blown away by this incredibly adorable and talented feline of the interwebs. Not only is Pusheen probably the cutest thing on the...
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LEGO Will Literally Pay You to Play With LEGOs

If you’re unemployed and consider yourself an expert when it comes to building things with LEGOS, today is your lucky day. The LEGO company has just announced it will be hiring 20 model builders and designers to work at their super secret LEGO facility in Florida. Here’s what you need to know...
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Fox Offered Gillian Anderson Half of Duchovny’s Salary for ‘The X-Files’

Mulder and Scully, arguably one of the most memorable teams on TV, are in the spotlight today, and it’s not just because of the revival of the supernatural hit show The X-Files. It’s about a more serious topic: the gender pay gap. (Photo Credit: Genevieve/Flickr) A Little Background on The X-Files When...
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4 People Who Actually Love Their Job (and How They Figured It Out)

There are plenty of people out there who work the 9-5 grind without feeling much satisfaction about it at the end of the day. But there are also the lucky few who broke from the norm and have been able to successfully connect passion with pay. A recent AskReddit reveals who actually...
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See How Much Money Your WoW Characters Would Earn IRL

Just like in real life, your video and computer game characters usually have to bring in some sort of income to survive. Whether you’re looting gold coins or earning them through trade, you have to have enough gold to get you through the game. Today, I’m going to focus on one of...
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From /r/CSCareerQuestions: Am I Too Old for Internships?

Historically speaking, internships have been for young people to dip their toes in the career field of their choice as a way to get a better idea of what it would be like to work in that industry. However, there is no hard and fast rule about how old you have to...
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5 Strange Habits People Picked Up at Work

If you’ve been in the workforce for a while, you may have unknowingly picked up some strange habits along the way. Join us as we take an adventure through AskReddit and discover some of the strangest habits these redditors have picked up from the office. Are you guilty of any of these...
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5 Things to Know Before You Start Your First Real Job

The 2015 semester has come to a close, and for college seniors, the college experience isn’t far behind. If you’re a college senior, and you’re thinking about embarking on your first career, you might find yourself feeling a little intimidated by the unknown. But fear not, PayScale has your back. Here are...
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5 Ways to Ease Anxiety Without Leaving Your Desk

Today, about 40 million adults in the U.S. suffer from some sort of anxiety disorder. With an average onset age of 31 years old, generalized anxiety disorders affect twice as many women as men, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Having any kind of anxiety is a challenge in itself,...
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5 TV Characters Who Could Never Hold a Job in Real Life

Much like you, your TV favorites play their part in the 40-hour work week. Thanks to the magic of television, these characters make having careers in physics and marketing seem easy. But, do you think they could honestly hold these gigs in real life? (Photo Credit: stallio/Flickr) Fox Mulder, FBI Investigator You...
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5 Ridiculous Stories From Customer Service Workers

As the holidays roll in, it’s important for us to remember our friends working in customer service. Although customer service workers will almost guarantee you a smile, that doesn’t mean their days are filled with rainbows and kind people like you. See for yourself some of the most ridiculous stories from our...
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5 Shocking Statistics PayScale Uncovered in 2015

At PayScale, we really love data. Throughout 2015, we used data to tackle some of the most debated topics in the career world, as well as to shed some light on common misconceptions about data. PayScale’s reports cover everything from the gender pay gap to the cost and reward of higher education....
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/r/CareerGuidance: How Do I Gracefully Quit a Job I Just Got?

Timing is everything, especially when it comes to accepting a new job offer. But what happens when you accept the first offer you get, only to receive an even better offer a few weeks later? That’s exactly what happened to one Reddit user, who then consulted the Reddit community for advice. (Photo...
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4 Interview Questions You Should Never Ask, According to Reddit

If you’ve ever interviewed for a job before, you know that there are questions you should ask during a job interview, as well as questions you should not ask. In this post, I walk you through the latest AskReddit thread about the questions you should absolutely never ask, as well as scripts...
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SCIENCE: Rudeness at Work Is Contagious

If you’ve had a boss or co-worker tell you to leave your attitude at the door, you can feel better knowing they were probably just trying to protect your innocent colleagues from catching your rudeness. That’s right: according to new research from psychologists at Lund University in Sweden, rudeness is contagious, and...
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5 People Who Got Fired Their First Day Of Work

Getting fired stinks. But getting fired your first day on the job? That’s the worst. If you haven’t been fired from a job on the first day, heed these warnings from Redditors and friends across the interwebs who have gone through this terrible experience so you don’t have to. (Photo Credit: Cheezburger...
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5 Things Black Friday Workers Really Wish You Knew

As an ode to our friends out there working in the trenches on Black Friday, I searched through the Reddit archives to find some of the best advice from those who are working or have worked on Black Friday. Everything from advice on standing in line to insights about beating on retail...
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The Way We Worked: What Our Workdays Looked Like 50 Years Ago

It’s Throwback Thursday, so take a ride through history as we learn what the workplace was like for lumberjacks, meter maids, and airline stewardesses 50-plus years ago. Spoiler alert: a lot has changed. No matter what industry you are in, the standard workplace has evolved a lot over the last 50 years....
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Music for Productivity: Match Your Tracks With Your Tasks

Look around any office today and you will squint to find more than a handful of people without their ears plugged into headphones. With that said, most people would agree that music helps them work better throughout the day. But did you know that you can legitimately match your music tracks with...
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5 #WorkFail Tweets Guaranteed to Probably Make You Laugh

From wardrobe malfunctions to co-workers seeing you do your thing in a bathroom stall, we collected the most hilarious #WorkFails on Twitter with a side of usable career advice to help you move forward. (Photo Credit: hans.gerwitz/Flickr) Today not your day? This week not your week? It’s okay – we feel you,...
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SCIENCE: Why Do We Go to Work When We’re Sick?

There is a real, dumb reason we go into work when we’re sick, and it’s super scientific. We broke down analysis by the researchers at the University of East Anglia to help us understand this madness. (Photo Credit: Leonid Mamchenkov/Flickr) A light fever has set in. You’re working through a cold sweat,...
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Workplace Lulz: Bacon Bits Are the Key to Career Success

With help from our friends at Reddit, your Friday is about to get significantly better. Take some advice from awkward seal and this dog dressed up in a suit as we take on the hilarious and sometimes sensitive issues we often experience in the workplace. Today, we cover everything from understanding your...
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Workplace Lulz: When Blissful Ignorance Turns Your Career Into an Awkard Penguin

You’re serious about your career, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get a side order of lulz along with your career advice. With the help of socially awkward penguin and Scumbag Steve, we tackle the issues of generations in the workplace, introverts who are forced to socialize at work, and dress...
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From /r/CareerGuidance: How Do I Apply for an Entry-Level Job … Before Graduation?

Picture this: You’re in your junior year of pursuing a computer science degree. And one day, while your working your crappy college retail job, it hits you. It’s time to get super cereal about your career. But where do you start? How do you apply for an entry-level position? Allow us to...
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Workplace Lulz: Hungry Llamas Are Your Corporate Spirit Animal

The workplace naturally presents us with many situations to poke fun at. From trying to look productive while secretly texting during a work meeting to that magical feeling when you go on your first business trip, most of us have a career anecdote to share. Online, people sometimes share their experiences via...
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5 Pieces of Career Advice from /r/CSCareerQuestions

If you’re on Reddit and you’re a techie, you might already know about the popular subreddit, CS Career Questions. If you’re not familiar, it might be worth it to stop by this community of 55,000 readers and check out what these pros have to say about careers and degrees in the computer...
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/r/careers: How Do I Even Start Looking Into Another Job?

Today on Reddit, user /u/ArtistCook is debating whether or not to leave the culinary industry. He goes on to explain: “Debating on leaving the culinary industry because I keep looking at the job choices and I’m not sure if I want to take any of them. My question is, how do I...
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Workplace Lulz: When Your Job Hunt Is One Big #FirstWorldProblem

If you’re looking for work, or just trying to get ahead at your current job, you probably get lots of advice. But, how much of it do you get from advice animals? Let’s change that. In my weekly column, Workplace Lulz, I scour the internet to find the most hilarious and trending...
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Workplace Lulz: When Your Career Is One Big Cat Meme

Work can be boring, but it doesn’t have to be. Each week, I scour the internet to find the most hilarious and trending work-related gems on the internet. From cats to memes and advice animals, here are the best workplace lulz of the week. Working your way to the top of the...
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SEM Strategists – We All Want to Know, Why Do You Hate Your Job?

This week, we released our annual Most and Least Meaningful Jobs report, featuring a special category for Jobs That Make the World Worse, where we asked workers if they felt their job makes the world a better place. On this list, you wont be too shocked to find that occupations like Fast...
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7 Surprising Celebrities You Didn’t Know Have STEM Degrees

You probably spend more time Googling your favorite celebs’ film credits than their educational credentials, but it’s time to give some recognition to celebrities with STEM degrees. The seven celebrities on this list do more than just provide us with mindless entertainment – each of the famous names listed below have earned...
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Career FOMO – What is it? (And 3 Tips for Dealing with it)

Whether you realize it or not, everybody experiences FOMO in some way throughout their life. According to a recent post by Career Contessa Lauren McGoodwin, FOMO is an acronym that stands for “The Fear of Missing Out.” Think about it – you’re at a party, surrounded by your closest friends, when eventually,...