Author: Jen Hubley Luckwaldt

Jen Hubley Luckwaldt writes about work-life balance, stress management, and other topics relating to what makes us happy at work. A full-time freelancer, she deals with stress by blurring the lines between life and work to the point where the two spheres are barely separate. The happiest day of her career was when scientists proved that looking at pictures of cute animals makes us more productive.

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How to Manage Remote Teams Working From Home During the Coronavirus

Looking for data? View: PayScale’s Research and Strategy Guide on How to Set Pay for Remote Workers Managing remote workers is challenging under the best of circumstances. And if you’re leading a team that’s working at home during the coronavirus pandemic, you’re certainly not working in ideal conditions. However, you’re far from...
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31 Pi Day Inspirational Quotes From Mathematicians, Physicists and Scientists

Over 30 years ago, physicist Larry Shaw celebrated the first Pi Day on March 14. The date, 3.14, was meant to signify the first three digits of pi, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. In a bit of serendipity, March 14 is also Albert Einstein’s birthday. History.com notes: The...
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How Companies Reward Top-Performing Employees

The typical raise is still hovering around 3 percent, according to PayScale’s annual Compensation Best Practices Report. But employers are willing to pull out the stops to woo top-performing employees. From November 2019 to January 2020, PayScale gathered responses to its Compensation Best Practices Survey. Most of the 4,903 respondents identified as...
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7 Things You Can Do to Make Your Workplace Better for Women

Unless things change, it will take 208 years before the United States achieves gender parity, according to the World Economic Forum. Women are less represented in government, popular entertainment, board seats and Fortune-500 leadership. Women also earn less than men — only 79 cents on the dollar, according to PayScale’s report on...
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You’ve Probably Already Guessed the Most Popular Employee Appreciation Gift

When it comes to employee appreciation gifts, according to a new survey from Robert Half, most workers would prefer that their companies say thank you with money. Per the survey, the most popular employee acknowledgement was cash, with 54% of respondents saying that’s how they’d prefer to be recognized. Next up: a...
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Jobs Report: Payrolls Added 273,000 Jobs in February, Beating Forecasts

Employers added 273,000 jobs to non-farm payrolls last month, according to the jobs report from the Labor Department, exceeding the 175,000 jobs predicted by economists. The unemployment rate dipped back down to 3.5%, matching a 50-year low. Further, the Labor Department revised reports for December and January to reflect an additional 85,000...
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ADP: February Payrolls Beat Expectations; No Sign of Slowdown Due to Coronavirus

Prior to the release of the monthly ADP National Employment Report, economists polled by Dow Jones predicted the addition of 155,000 jobs to private payrolls in February. This morning, payrolls processor ADP reported that private employers added 183,000 jobs last month. “The labor market remains firm, as private-sector payrolls continued to expand...
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Coronavirus Fears Prompt Employers Like Twitter to Adopt Remote Work Policies

Looking for research? View PayScale’s Research and Strategy Guide on How to Set Pay for Remote Workers The recent outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19 is prompting some governments to close their borders, the Federal Reserve to slash interest rates, and the CDC to urge precautions like handwashing and contact avoidance. But will it induce your...
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29 Things to Do on Leap Day to Boost Your Career

A calendar year is 365 days, but the earth’s orbit around the sun is a bit longer — 365.2421 days, according to History.com. Hence, the need for Leap Day, the extra 24 hours tacked on to the end of (nearly) every fourth February to keep the calendar on track. Of course, we...
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Corporate Wellness Companies Can Predict When You’ll Get Sick, Pregnant, or Need Surgery

The corporate wellness market is booming. According to a report from the RAND Corporation, which was sponsored by the Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human Services, more than half of U.S. employers with 50 or more employees currently offer corporate wellness benefits. Some use outside vendors to administer...
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30 Quotes From U.S. Presidents About Leadership, Happiness and Persistence

Only about 39% of U.S. companies give their employees the day off on Presidents’ Day, according to a survey from Bloomberg BNA. So, if you’re reading this from a location other than your usual workplace, count yourself as one of the lucky ones. But obviously, the holiday is about more than getting...
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How to Lose Your Heart at Work (But Keep Your Job)

Are you thinking about dating a coworker? If you decide to give it a whirl, you’ll be in good company. According to a 2019 survey from jobs site Vault, 58% of respondents have had an office romance at some point in their careers. In fact, only 37% of the 700 respondents said...

Jobs Report: Mild January Weather Boosts Payrolls

Non-farm payrolls added 225,000 jobs last month according to the latest jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, far exceeding economists’ predictions. Prior to the release of the report, economists surveyed by MarketWatch were calling for the addition of 165,000 jobs to public and private payrolls. “It’s a really strong start...
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ADP: Private Payrolls Added 291,000 Jobs in January, the Most in 4 Years

Private-sector employers added 291,000 jobs last month, according to the monthly report from payrolls processor ADP. The tally nearly doubled estimates from economists and represented the highest gains since May 2015. “Mild winter weather provided a significant boost to the January employment gain,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, which...
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Are Wages Growing? The PayScale Index Updates for Q4 2019

The PayScale Index, which measures the change in wages for employed U.S. workers, recently updated. The latest data shows that nominal wages grew 2.5% year over year for Q4 2019. That’s a substantial improvement over the Q3 update, which showed 0.6% year-over-year wage growth for the quarter. However, if you’re not feeling...
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These 100 Companies Want to Hire You to Work From Home

Do you want to work from home? Your odds of landing a remote job might be better than you think. According to research, the number of U.S. workers who telecommute rose 159% between 2005 and 2017. You might also be surprised at the occupations that offer flexible work options. FlexJobs, which offers...
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Gender Wage Gap? Not at Companies That Reveal This Secret

The gender wage gap persists, even when we control for factors like job title, education and experience. In 2019, according to PayScale data, women earned 79 cents for every dollar earned by men and 98 cents for every dollar earned by men with similar employment characteristics. However, the newest PayScale report suggests...
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Are You the Office Mom?

Do you organize office birthday parties, plan after-work events, keep a candy dish at your desk, or take notes at every meeting? If you answered yes to some or all of these, you might be the office mom. And while having an office mom is great for employees who want to feel...
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Jobs Report: Hiring and Wage Growth Slowed in December

Payrolls added 145,000 jobs last month while the unemployment rate stayed at 3.5%, according to this morning’s jobs report from the Labor Department. Prior to the report’s release, economists polled by Reuters predicted the addition of 164,000 jobs to public and private payrolls. Over the course of the year, the economy added...
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ADP: Private Payrolls Added 202,000 Jobs in December

The year ended on a high note in terms of job creation. This morning’s jobs report from payrolls processor ADP showed the addition of 202,000 jobs to private payrolls. Prior to the report’s release, economists were calling for an increase of 160,000 jobs, according to Reuters. “As 2019 came to a close,...
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2019’s Hottest Jobs Are Very Different From 2018’s

Tech jobs are hot, but if you want a fast-growing, high-paying job, they’re far from the only game in town, according to PayScale’s survey. “Consumer spending is diversifying the labor force,” writes Sudarshan Sampath, director of research at PayScale, in his annual reflection on the year’s economic trends. “Last year, 6 out...
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The 10 Most-Read Career News Stories of 2019: Interview Mistakes, Bad Bosses and More

What was on your mind last year? If our stats are any indication, Career News readers were all about solving problems in 2019. Our most-read Career News stories for the year included advice on avoiding and recovering from mistakes, both during job interviews and after hiring. We also saw a lot of...
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12 Creative Professionals Share Their Best (and Weirdest!) Productivity Tips

Do you work at a desk all day, doing work that requires (at least some) creative thought? Whether you’re a designer or a developer, there are challenges that you have in common with most other creatives. Chief among them: getting stuff done when you’d rather be doing almost anything else but work....
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Jobs Report Beats Forecasts as Payrolls Add 266,000 Jobs

Prior to the release of the monthly jobs report from the Labor Department, economists polled by Reuters forecasted the addition of 180,000 jobs to non-farm payrolls. The actual tally came in at 266,000 jobs added. Unemployment declined to 3.5%, matching the lowest rate since 1969. “This is a blowout number and the...
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You’re Probably Making 1 of These 7 Performance Review Mistakes

Depending on your source, performance reviews are dying, broken … or absolutely essential to a company’s success. One thing they’re not, however, is going away entirely — at least, not anytime soon. That’s bad news for workers who dread review time (i.e., most of them). However, even if you’d rather spend your...
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ADP: Private Payrolls Added Fewest Jobs in Six Months

Private employers added 67,000 jobs in November, according to the ADP National Employment Report — the fewest since May. Prior to the report’s release, economists polled by Reuters were predicting the addition of 140,000 jobs. “The job market is losing its shine,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, which produces...
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Will California’s AB5 Protect Gig Workers … or Destroy Their Careers?

In September, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 5 into law. The legislation, which was sponsored by California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, tightened the state’s gig-worker rule to reclassify many independent contractors as employees. In his signing statement, Gov. Newsom said that AB5 “will help reduce worker misclassification—workers being wrongly classified as...
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WalletHub: These Are the 10 Best Cities for Veterans

What makes a city a good place for veterans to live? According to a recent report from WalletHub, 2019’s Best & Worst Places for Veterans to Live, it’s a combination of economic opportunity, quality of life and support. WalletHub compared the 100 largest metro areas in the U.S. across 20 metrics, including...
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NCAA Votes to Let Student Athletes Profit

Last week, NCAA officials voted to allow student athletes “to benefit from their name, image and likeness in a manner consistent with the collegiate model.” The decision marks a change from the current rules, which prohibit NCAA athletes from earning money from their participation in college sports. “We must embrace change to...
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Jobs Report Beats Expectations; Payrolls Added 128,000 Jobs in October

Prior to the release of the monthly jobs report from the Labor Department, economists polled by Reuters predicted the addition of 85,000 jobs to non-farm payrolls. The actual tally exceeded expectations at 128,000 jobs. But that number may not capture the full picture of job growth in October. At the Economic Policy...
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ADP: Private Payrolls Added 125,000 Jobs in October

Private employers added 125,000 jobs last month, according to payrolls processor ADP, slightly exceeding economists’ predictions. However, this morning’s ADP National Employment Report showed losses across the goods-producing sector. “Job growth has throttled way back over the past year,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, which produces the report with...
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7 Signs You Don’t Want to Be the Boss

Management isn’t for everyone. While a promotion to management typically means a raise in both pay and status, there are some downsides to being the boss. Of course, there’s also a chance that you’re letting your fears get in the way of your better judgment. It’s not uncommon for passionate, dedicated workers...
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The PayScale Index Shows Steady Wage Growth. But Is the Economy Losing Its Spark?

This morning, PayScale released the updated PayScale Index, which tracks the change in pay for employed U.S. workers. The Q3 2019 PayScale Index showed that nominal wages increased 0.5% quarter-over-quarter. Year-over-year, wages grew 2.6% — respectable, but not the blockbuster growth one might expect, given the tight labor market. “Unemployment numbers hit...
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These 10 Office Halloween Party Mistakes Really Give HR a Scare

Without a doubt, Halloween is one of the best holidays of the year. It gives us the chance to be kids again, dressing up like heroes or villains and eating far too much candy. If you’re lucky, you might even get to do all of that during the workday, courtesy of your...
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Jobs Report: Unemployment Dips to 50-Year Low

Non-farm payrolls added fewer jobs than expected last month – 136,000, per this morning’s jobs report from the Department of Labor, rather than the 145,000 jobs predicted by economists. However, unemployment dipped to 3.5%, which is the lowest in 50 years. “It’s kind of a mixed picture,” said Douglas Kruse, an economist...
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ADP: Private-Sector Hiring Slowed in September; Employers Added 135,000 Jobs

Hiring continues to slow, according to this morning’s report from payrolls processor ADP. The monthly ADP National Employment Report shows that private-sector employers added 135,000 jobs in September. Prior to the report’s release, economists polled by Bloomberg projected the addition of 140,000 jobs to private payrolls. But even if gains had kept...
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How to Stop Procrastinating

Do you have a tendency to put things off — even though you know that doing so will make your job harder and your life more stressful? You’re not alone. About 20% of U.S. adults are “chronic procrastinators,” according to Joseph Ferrari, author of Still Procrastinating: The No Regret Guide to Getting...
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Dream Job Contest: This Company Will Pay You $100,000 to Quit Your Job

How much money would it take for you to quit your job in order to follow your dreams? Sustainable clothing company Prana is betting that six figures would do it. In their “Day Job to Dream Job Promotion,” the company is offering one lucky winner $100,000 to quit their current gig and...
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Study: Employers Want Confidence, Not Arrogance

Your behavior during a job interview might matter even more than your skills. A recent study from TopInterview and Resume-Library found that 70% of employers view personality to be among the top three factors to consider when selecting candidates. And while confidence is appealing to employers, arrogance is not. Forty-two percent of...
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The Best Colleges Based on Salary Potential, According to PayScale

Today, PayScale released its updated College Salary Report, an annual ranking of the colleges and majors that lead to the highest-paying jobs after graduation. Why is salary potential important? In part, because college is so expensive in the United States. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average cost of...
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Jobs Report: 164,000 Jobs Added; Unemployment Holds at 3.7%

Public and private employers added 164,000 jobs last month, according to the latest jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Prior to the report’s release, economists were predicting the addition of 165,000 jobs and an unemployment rate of 3.6%, which would have been a 50-year low. However, the labor force participation...
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ADP: Private Payrolls Added 156,000 Jobs in July

The economy added 156,000 private-sector jobs last month, according to the ADP National Employment Report. Prior to the report’s release, economists polled by Reuters forecasted the addition of 150,000 jobs to private payrolls. “While we still see strength in the labor market, it has shown signs of weakening,” said Ahu Yildirmaz, vice...
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9 Job Seekers Share Their Weirdest Job Interview Stories

Bad job interviews are all too common. If you’ve ever looked for work, you no doubt have a few stories to tell. Maybe the hiring manager just didn’t show, or the human resources representative asked you questions that were flat-out illegal. Perhaps the company gave you the opportunity to meet with several...
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This Mister Rogers Speech Is All the Career Advice You Need

In 2002, Fred Rogers — known to children and former children all over the world as Mister Rogers from “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” — gave his last commencement address at Dartmouth College, which he attended in the 1940s. And although he might have written his remarks for the graduating class and their loved...
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Feel Like Your Salary Is Shrinking? The Updated PayScale Index Explains Why

Earlier this week, PayScale released the Q2 2019 PayScale Index, which tracks wages for employed U.S. workers. The PayScale Index showed that while nominal wages grew 0.3 percent since the first quarter, real wages fell 0.8 percent. “While there are some encouraging signs with nominal wages growing in select industries and job...
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10 Communication Tips Remote Workers Need to Know

Looking for research? View PayScale’s Research and Strategy Guide on How to Set Pay for Remote Workers   Over 4 million employees now work from home at least half the time, according to Global Workplace Analytics, which also reports that 40 percent more employers offer work-at-home options than just five years ago. From a...
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7 Things to Do When You’re Feeling Stuck in a Dead-End Job

Even if you’re a skilled interviewer who knows how to identify problem employers right from the phone screen, you may wind up in a dead-end job at some point in your career. Why? Because jobs continue to change, even after we take them. Sometimes, your job will evolve up to a point...
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Senator Introduces a Bill Requiring Equal Pay for Women’s and Men’s Soccer

This morning, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team paraded through the Canyon of Heroes in New York, celebrating their second consecutive World Cup victory. Along with the usual cheers of “USA!,” onlookers chanted, “Equal pay!,” referencing the team’s ongoing struggle to be paid as much as the men’s team. Their fans may...
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Jobs Report: Payrolls Added 224,000 Jobs in June, Beating Expectations

Prior to the release of the latest jobs report from the Labor Department, economists polled by Reuters were predicting the addition of 160,000 jobs to non-farm payrolls. Instead, the Employment Situation Summary showed 224,000 jobs added in June. Unemployment ticked up slightly to 3.7 percent. “The June gain was stronger than economists...
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6 Ways to Be More Independent at Work (Even When You Work for Someone Else)

Our culture heaps praise on entrepreneurs, those intrepid business gurus who are willing to risk everything to succeed on their own terms. But what if you want to be more independent at work — without going it alone? Not everyone wants to work for themselves. The rewards may be great, but pitfalls...
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ADP: Private Payrolls Added 102,000 Jobs in June

Private employers added fewer jobs than expected last month, according to this morning’s ADP National Employment Report. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg were looking for the addition of 140,000 jobs to private-sector payrolls. The actual tally was 102,000 jobs. “Job growth started to show signs of a slowdown,” said Ahu Yildirmaz, vice president...
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How to Toot Your Own Horn (Even When You’re Super Modest)

If you’re lucky, you’ll meet supportive people throughout your career. These folks will help shine a light on you when you deserve it, making sure that higher-ups know what you’ve accomplished. But you won’t have your cheering squad behind you at every job. To make sure that your bosses — and their...
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Struggling at Work? You’re Probably Dealing With One of These 10 Workplace Issues

There are all kinds of reasons why you might be having trouble at work. It may make you feel a little better to know that you’re not alone. Most of us will encounter common workplace issues at some point in our career. Maybe you’re underpaid or overworked. Maybe your boss is a...
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When Is Work Flexibility a Bad Thing?

Work flexibility, which can include options ranging from full-time telecommuting to flextime scheduling, has been touted as an answer for everything from work-life balance issues to climate change. But while more flexibility is obviously a good thing for employees — especially working parents who are trying to combine a career and family...
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7 Interview Mistakes That Are Costing You Job Offers

Are you having trouble moving from runner-up to brand-new employee? Almost everyone has been there at some point in their career, getting multiple interviews but no firm offers after months of meeting with hiring managers. Sometimes, of course, it’s not your fault. It’s possible to be impressively qualified and a solid interviewer...
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Jobs Report Misses Expectations, Shows the Addition of 75,000 Jobs

Public- and private-sector payrolls added 75,000 jobs last month, according to this morning’s jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s significantly fewer than the 175,000 jobs predicted by economists prior to the report’s release. The unemployment rate remained at 3.6 percent. “This is a noticeable slowdown from the pace we’ve...
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ADP: Private Payrolls Added Fewest Jobs in 9 Years

Private companies added just 27,000 jobs in May, according to the monthly ADP National Employment Report. That’s the lowest tally since 2010 and far less than the 180,000 jobs predicted by economists, per Reuters. “Following an overly strong April, May marked the smallest gain since the expansion began,” said Ahu Yildirmaz, vice...
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World Health Organization Recognizes Burnout as an ‘Occupational Phenomenon’

The World Health Organization recently added burnout to its handbook for healthcare providers. Per the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), “Burn-out is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.” The ICD-11 describes three dimensions to the syndrome, which is classified as an occupational phenomenon,...
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7 Things You Need to Know Before You Start Working From Home

Americans spend a lot of time at work — 47 hours a week on average, according to a Gallup report, compared with 35 hours a week for many workers in Germany or Sweden. Add to that an ever-expanding daily commute, and the difficulty balancing work and family in a country with no...
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Will You Quit Soon? The Latest Research Suggests Why You Might

PayScale’s latest report, Why They ‘Quit You’: Top Reasons an Employee Leaves, examines the many reasons why workers are quitting in rising numbers. If you’re thinking of leaving your job in the near future, you have plenty of company. In February alone, 2.86 million workers quit their jobs, according to data from...
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How to Support Your Coworker Who’s Dealing With Mental Health Issues

Nearly one in five adults lives with a mental illness in the United States, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Given that roughly 60 percent of Americans aged 16 or older have jobs, it’s a fair assumption that many workers deal with mental illness. Perhaps you’re one of them. If...
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How Much Power Do You Really Wield at Work?

Power isn’t just something that’s conferred upon you by management as you rise up the corporate ladder. While job titles and official responsibilities can indicate influence over your peers and control over your career, those formal markers aren’t the only thing that shows how much power you have at work. In a...
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Jobs Report: Payrolls Added 263,000 Jobs in April

This morning’s jobs report from the Labor Department showed the addition of 263,000 jobs to public and private non-farm payrolls. The tally far exceeded economists’ forecasts of 185,000 jobs added. “Growth will slow but there’s very little in the data flow to suggest a recession is around the corner,” said Michael Gapen,...
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ADP: Private Payrolls Added 275,000 Jobs in April

The monthly ADP National Employment Report far exceeded economists’ expectations, showing the addition of 275,000 jobs to private payrolls in April. Prior to the release of the report, economists polled by Dow Jones were predicting the addition of 177,000 private-sector jobs. “The job market is holding firm, as businesses work hard to...
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The Gender Pay Gap Has Closed 5 Cents Since 2015 — But Don’t Celebrate Yet

PayScale’s latest report, The State of the Gender Pay Gap 2019, shows that the gender pay gap has closed 5 cents since 2015. However, women still only make 79 cents for every dollar earned by men, comparing all women with all men. The controlled gender pay gap seems to tell a slightly...
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The PayScale Index Shows Soft Wages Despite a Strong Economy

The PayScale Index, which measures the change in wages for employed U.S. workers, recently updated for Q1 2019. Nominal wages increased only 0.4 percent during the first quarter and 0.6 percent year over year. Real wages — the value of workers’ pay after inflation — declined 0.8 percent year over year. “Even...
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Jobs Report: Payrolls Added 196,000 Jobs in March

Hiring rebounded last month as employers added 196,000 jobs to non-farm payrolls, according to the Employment Situation Summary from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The report beat economists’ predictions of 175,000 jobs added. It also allayed fears of a slowing economy after February’s tally of 33,000 jobs (adjusted upward from 20,000 jobs...
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3 Office April Fools’ Day Pranks That Got People Fired

You spend a lot of time with your coworkers. If you’re lucky, some of them may even become friends. But even if work comes to feel like a second home, it’s not a good idea to get too comfy. Some things are just not a good fit for the workplace. Among them:...

7 Ways to Spot a Bad Company Culture During the Job Interview

One person’s dream job is another’s nightmare. Often, it comes down to culture fit. Company culture could be described as the identity of the organization – its personality. As a job seeker, part of your goal is to find and secure an offer from an employer with a similar personality to your...

U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Sues for Equal Pay

Earlier this month, players on the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation, saying that they earn less than players on the men’s team earn — despite the fact that the men’s team is markedly less successful. According to The Washington Post, the suit alleges that...
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How to Make Yourself Lucky

Everyone knows someone who just seems to attract good fortune. They get the shiny new job that’s just the tiniest bit of a stretch for their skillset, or the promotion that no one else on the team even knew was up for grabs. They rake in big raises when other people get...
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Trump Administration Proposes New Overtime Rules

Last week, the Trump administration proposed new rules raising the salary ceiling for workers entitled to overtime pay. Currently, workers are entitled to earn overtime if they earn less than $23,660 per year and work more than 40 hours a week. Under the new rules, workers who earn less than $35,308 annually...
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Daylight Saving Time Could Be Hazardous to Your Productivity

It’s not your imagination: you probably are getting less done today. Blame Daylight Saving Time, the practice of setting clocks forward one hour in the spring. Long associated with an annual increase in car accidents and workplace injuries, the time change could also be impacting your productivity. “Christopher Barnes, an assistant professor...
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Jobs Report Disappoints: Payrolls Added Only 20,000 Jobs in February

Employers added 20,000 jobs to public and private non-farm payrolls last month, according to this morning’s report from the Labor Department. The tally was the lowest since 2017, and considerably lower than the 180,000 jobs forecast by economists. “We’re not going to be able to create that many jobs month in and...
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Why Your Employer Should Want Gender Parity in Leadership

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is #BalanceforBetter, “a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world.” The goal of the campaign, which will run all year round, is to create a world in which women are equally represented in business, government, media, entertainment — basically in every aspect of...
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ADP: Private Payrolls Added 183,000 Jobs in February

Hiring in the private sector slowed to a three-month low in February, according to this morning’s jobs report from the ADP Research Institute. The monthly ADP National Employment Report showed the addition of 183,000 jobs to private payrolls — slightly less than the 189,000 jobs predicted by economists. Last month’s report was...
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5 Obstacles to Work-Life Balance and How to Beat Them

What is work-life balance? The short answer is that it depends on who’s defining the terms. For an entrepreneur, work-life balance might mean enough time to work on all their ideas and still grab food now and then. For an office worker whose passion is mountain biking, it could be enough time...
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5 Productivity Hacks to Beat the Winter Blues

Do you feel down during the winter months — less energetic, moodier, plagued by poor concentration and sluggishness? You might be dealing with seasonal affective disorder or the winter blues. “Six percent of the US population, primarily in northern climates, is affected by SAD in its most marked form,” said Norman E....
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How to Fall in Love With Your Job Again

Very few people stay with the same employer for their entire career. In fact, the median employee tenure is 4.2 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Still, you can’t always quit your job the second it stops being exciting, even during low unemployment. For various reasons — a high paycheck...
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If Your Employer Has One of These 12 Company Policies, Find a New Job

Why do employers need company policies in the first place? Because people have very different ideas about professional behavior and workplace etiquette. To make things run smoothly — and fairly — there need be rules about conduct in the office. Leave it up to individuals and employees could wind up dealing with...
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How to Get a Work-From-Home Job

According to recent Census data, about 8 million Americans currently work from home. Want to join them? The good news is that more employers are getting on board with remote work, which means that it should (in theory) be easier than ever to get a work-from-home job. The bad news is that...
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Jobs Report: Payrolls Added 304,000 Jobs in January

Employers added 304,000 jobs last month, according to the monthly Employment Situation Summary from the Labor Department. Unemployment ticked up to 4 percent, in part due to government workers who were temporarily laid off during the government shutdown. However, the shutdown doesn’t seem to have had a major impact on the economy....
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How to Leave Your Job Without Burning Your Bridges

The latest report from the Labor Department shows that slightly fewer people quit their job toward the end of 2018 than a few months earlier. But unemployment is 3.9 percent — a sign of a good market for workers who want to change jobs. If you’re contemplating a job change, you might...
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ADP: Private Payrolls Added 213,000 Jobs in January

According to the ADP National Employment Report, employers added 213,000 private-sector jobs from December to January, beating expectations. Prior the release of the monthly report from payrolls processor ADP, economists forecast the addition of 174,000 jobs to private payrolls. “The job market weathered the government shutdown well,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist...
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7 Resume Mistakes You’re Probably Making (and How to Fix Them)

When it comes to resume mistakes, everyone knows the big ones: don’t make typos, don’t use an unprofessional email address and don’t include irrelevant information like your hobbies, age or marital status. If you’re an experienced job seeker, you probably also know some of the other potential deal-breakers, like including an objective...
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How to Be Happy at Work: 15 Ways to Beat a Bad Day

You know those days at work when nothing seems to go right? Your clients are dissatisfied, your coworkers aren’t holding up their end of the bargain and nothing you do works out the way you planned. Don’t resign yourself to enduring until the clock hits 5 (or 6 or 7). There are...
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The Real Reason Why People Quit Their Jobs

Employers need to know why people quit their jobs — and how to keep them from doing so. It costs money to recruit, hire and train replacements for employees who jump ship. And that’s not even figuring the cost of losing the institutional knowledge that seasoned employees have and new hires don’t....
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The PayScale Index: Real Wages Fell in 2018

Nominal wages grew 1.1 percent in Q4 2018, according to The PayScale Index. However, the value of workers’ pay (after inflation) declined 1.3 percent year-over-year. That means that while the number on employees’ paychecks increased, the buying power of their earnings declined. Currently, real wages are 9 percent lower than in 2006,...
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Study: 2-Page Resumes Better Than 1-Page

What’s the ideal length for a resume? Traditionally, career experts have advised job seekers to distill their experience down to a single page. But a recent study showed that recruiters and hiring managers preferred two-page resumes, choosing them more than twice as often as single-pagers. ResumeGo, a professional resume writing service, conducted...
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Jobs Report: Payrolls Added 312,000 Jobs in December

The monthly jobs report from the Labor Department beat economists’ expectations, with non-farm payrolls adding 312,000 jobs in December. Prior to the release of the report, economists surveyed by Bloomberg forecast the addition of 184,000 jobs. “It’s much higher than expected,” said Julia Pollak, a labor economist at ZipRecruiter, speaking with The...
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ADP: Private Payrolls Added 271,000 Jobs in December

Employers in the private sector added the most jobs since early 2017, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report. The tally of 271,000 jobs added exceeded economists’ estimates by nearly 100,000 jobs. “Businesses continue to add aggressively to their payrolls despite the stock market slump and the trade war,” said Mark...
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Make These 5 Small Changes and Achieve Your Dreams in 2019

What are your goals for the coming year? Maybe you’re hoping to get a promotion or a new job — or make more money at the job you have. Perhaps you’ve set your sights on learning some new skills or improving your work-life balance. No matter what you want for your career...
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The 10 Most-Read Stories on Career News in 2018

Not into New Year’s resolutions? Maybe you prefer to use the last gasp of the old year to reflect on the past 12 months — what you learned, how you changed, what was on your mind. Year-end roundups are useful for that purpose. By looking at the most popular stories on Career...
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95 Percent of Managers Hate Performance Reviews. So Why Are We Still Doing Them?

Have you had your annual performance review this year? If so — and things went well — you’re probably just relieved that it’s over. Unsurprisingly, most surveys show that employees don’t care for performance reviews. But would you believe that your boss probably shares your sentiment? Management research firm CEB “found that...

10 Christmas Jobs That Get Your Presents to You

Want to spread holiday cheer and make a few bucks doing it? One of these Christmas jobs might be the perfect fit for you. PayScale looked at salary data from over 33,000 users to find out just how much these holiday-themed jobs pay. It turns out, Santa can make a pretty good...
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Fairygodboss: Despite #MeToo, Gender Inequality a Problem at Work

According to a new report, the #MeToo movement hasn’t made as big an impact on gender equality in the workplace as we might have hoped. Last year, Fairygodboss surveyed 502 women to learn about their experiences with sexual harassment at work. This year, they gave the survey again, and issued their findings...
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Jobs Report: Payrolls Added 155,000 Jobs in November

Prior to this morning’s jobs report from the Labor Department, economists predicted the addition of 198,000 jobs to non-farm payrolls. The monthly Employment Situation Summary instead showed gains of 155,000 jobs. Unemployment held steady at 3.7 percent. The New York Times noted that monthly job gains still averaged more than 200,000 per...

ADP: Private Payrolls Added 179,000 Jobs in November

Hiring slowed at private employers in November, according to this month’s ADP National Employment Report. The report showed that private payrolls added 179,000 jobs last month — fewer than the 195,000 jobs predicted by economists, per Reuters. “Job growth is strong, but has likely peaked,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s...
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Underpaid? Do These 3 Things Before You Quit

Unemployment is at a 49-year low and more people are quitting their jobs. Are you thinking of joining them? If so, money might be a contributing factor. In a recent survey from The Ladders, 30 percent of job switchers named pay as a reason to change jobs. (Even more popular reasons: “boredom...
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Should You Bother Job Searching During the Holiday Season?

If you’ve been looking for a new job, you might be tempted to press pause on your search during the holiday season. After all, what are the odds that a hiring manager will even bother to read your resume during this hectic time of year? Maybe better than you think. “If a...

Are You Your Job?

If you work full-time, you spend at least a third of your day and perhaps half your waking hours on the job. And, if you love what you do, it’s easy to let aspects of your job become a large part of your identity. You may think of yourself as your job...
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GM to Cut 14,000 Jobs, Close 5 Plants

Earlier this week, General Motors announced that it will lay off 14,000 workers and close five plants in North America. In addition, the company will discontinue the Chevrolet Cruz, Volt, and Impala and the Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac XTS, and Cadillac CT6. Prior to the announcement, the company offered a buyout to 17,700...
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Why Your Boss Should Let You Shop at Work on Cyber Monday

First things first: it’s still a bad idea to shop while you’re on the clock, on Cyber Monday or any other day of the year. People can be — and have been — fired for doing their online shopping at work. Plus, now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday have started merging...
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What It’s Really Like to Work Retail on Black Friday

The retail industry has suffered in recent years, but you wouldn’t know it from sales forecasts during the holiday season. According to the National Retail Foundation, 66 million Americans shopped online or in stores on Black Friday 2017, and this year’s numbers are expected to be even higher. That’s good news for...
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5 Gratitude Hacks for Ingrates Who Want to Get Ahead Anyway

By now, you’ve probably hear about the career-boosting power of gratitude. There’s just one problem: perhaps you are not, by nature, a person who looks on the bright side of life. That’s OK. The grumpasauruses among us have value, too. In fact, research has shown that pessimists offer a useful perspective that...
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Want Teamwork? Kill Open Offices.

Open offices reduce face-to-face interactions among coworkers by about 70 percent, according to new research from Harvard. In two field studies, researchers followed workers at two corporate headquarters that transitioned to open-plan offices. The team gathered data on servers and wearable devices, tracking workers’ face-to-face contact, plus their email and instant messaging...
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Do This Before You Answer, ‘What Are Your Salary Requirements?’

It’s everyone’s least favorite job interview question: “What are your salary requirements?” And while there are ways to avoid answering until you’re comfortable starting the salary negotiation process, sometimes you’re going to get stuck. Other times, it’s in your best interests to answer when asked. For example, PayScale’s research has shown that...
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5 Work-From-Home Jobs That Pay $100,000 or More

When you think of work-from-home jobs, do you think of low-paying customer service gigs – or outright scams, like stuffing envelopes? If so, it’s time to expand your horizons. While there are plenty of low-wage jobs and fraudulent “opportunities” out there, high-paying work-from-home jobs do exist. Depending on your skills and experience,...
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Military Times: These Are the 100 Best Companies for Veterans

Earlier this year, Military Times released a list of the 100 best employers for veterans in 2018. These rankings, which are released annually, are based on employers’ answers to a survey with questions about their company culture, accommodations for employees who serve in the reserves, veteran recruitment and more. In all, Military...
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5 Ways to Prevent Burnout (Even When You’re Really Busy at Work)

Twenty-three percent of full-time employees surveyed in a recent Gallup study reported feeling burned out at work “very often or always.” An additional 44 percent said that they felt burned out sometimes. The main causes of burnout, according to Gallup, included unfair treatment at work, high workloads, lack of support from management...
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Maybe the Gig Economy Was Never Going to Replace Real Jobs

Fewer workers participated in “alternative work arrangements” last year than in 2005, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Does this mean that the gig economy is on the decline? Maybe the real question is whether the gig economy was ever the seismic cultural shift it appeared to be in...
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Why Is Amazon Hiring Fewer Seasonal Workers? Blame the Robots, Analyst Says

Amazon plans to hire 100,000 holiday workers this year to work at its fulfillment centers across the country — 20,000 fewer than last year. Why the change? One analyst suggests that automation may be a cause. “We’ve seen an acceleration in the use of robots within their fulfillment centers and that has...
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How to Vote When You Have to Work on Election Day

Election Day is on a Tuesday in the U.S., a remnant of our formerly agrarian society. (Farmers often needed a day to travel to the polls, leaving Monday a necessary buffer between Sunday and the election.) But since most of us don’t till the soil for a living anymore, holding elections on...
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Jobs Report: Payrolls Added 250,000 Jobs in October

Employers added more jobs than expected last month, according to this morning’s release of the monthly Employment Situation Summary. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the addition of 250,000 jobs to public and private non-farm payrolls last month. Prior to the release, economists polled by Bloomberg predicted the addition of 200,000 jobs....
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This Japanese Company Pays Employees to Sleep

How much sleep did you get last night? If you’re like most people, the answer is: not enough. According to a 2013 Gallup poll, Americans average 6.8 hours of sleep a night. That’s down more than an hour since 1942, and shy of the CDC’s recommendations of seven or more hours of...
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Avoid These 7 Real-Life Office Horror Stories on Halloween (and Every Day)

As any horror fan will tell you, the real scary stuff happens against a backdrop of everyday normalcy. In a movie, that might mean the killer popping out of the bushes unexpectedly. In your real life and career, it usually means watching good intentions go horribly wrong. The scariest office horror stories...

ADP: Private Payrolls Added 227,000 Jobs in October

Private-sector employers added 227,000 jobs last month, according to the ADP National Employment Report, which was released this morning. The tally exceeded economists’ predictions by 49,000 jobs. “The job market bounced back strongly last month despite being hit by back-to-back hurricanes,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, in a statement....
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Is Student Loan Debt Killing Marriage?

The average college student owes $37,172 in student loan debt, according to higher-education expert Mark Kantrowitz, the highest student debt load ever. Collectively, 44 million borrowers owe $1.5 trillion in student loans. The student loan debt crisis does more than just burden newly minted graduates with high bills during a time when...
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Could You Do Your Job in 5 Hours a Day?

Nearly half of employees said that they could do their jobs in five hours a day or less if they were able to work uninterrupted, according to a recent survey from The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated. Pilot programs at companies who’ve experimented with a five-hour workday suggest that they may be...
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Report: The Gender Pay Gap Costs Women $500B a Year

Women earned 80 cents, on average, for every dollar earned by men in 2017, according to the latest report from the American Association of University Women (AAUW), even though women had greater educational attainment. This gender pay gap costs women $500 billion annually. AAUW’s annual report, The Simple Truth About the Gender...
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Don’t Fall for These 5 Salary Negotiation Myths

Seventy percent of people who ask for a raise get some kind of pay increase, according to recent results from PayScale’s survey. Thirty-nine percent even get the exact amount they ask for. Still, many people are reluctant to ask. Only 37 percent of respondents say they’ve negotiated for a raise at their...
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3 Associate Degrees That Lead to High-Paying Jobs

Want to earn the big bucks and skip the hefty student loan debt? Pick the right two-year program, and you can earn more than many bachelor’s degree holders in half the time. Not all associate degrees lead to high-paying jobs, of course. (Ask any early childhood education major, and they’ll tell you...
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Tariffs Have Cost This Many American Jobs So Far

Throughout the year, the Trump administration has levied new tariffs on goods from China, Canada and the European Union. Fears about the effects of these tariffs have clouded otherwise sunny job reports over the past few months. “The trade war is having an impact on large companies. They’re starting to become more...
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The PayScale Index: The Economy Is Booming. Wages Are Not.

Unemployment is down. The stock market is booming. And employers are reaping record profits. But workers aren’t necessarily seeing the rewards. The PayScale Index, which measures the change in wages for employed U.S. workers, shows that wages are flat. Wages declined 0.1 percent from Q2 to Q3 2018, according to the newly...
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Jobs Report: Unemployment Rate of 3.7 Percent Lowest Since 1969

Despite lower than predicted job gains, unemployment reached a 49-year low last month, according to this morning’s report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The monthly Employment Situation Summary showed gains to non-farm payrolls of 134,000 jobs, the lowest gains of the year. However, the unemployment rate reached 3.7 percent — the...
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The 5 Most Meaningful Majors, According to Grads

Money is only one factor in job satisfaction. That’s why PayScale’s survey asks respondents whether their job makes the world a better place. That’s also why PayScale’s recent College Salary Report looks not only at majors that pay you back, but those that lead to jobs with high meaning. The biggest surprise:...
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ADP: Private Payrolls Added 230,000 Jobs in September

Private-sector employers added 230,000 jobs last month, according to the newly released ADP National Employment Report. The tally far exceeded analysts’ expectations of 185,000 jobs added. “The job market continues to power forward. Employment gains are broad-based across industries and company sizes,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, which produces...
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Employers Opt for Bonuses Instead of Raises

Proponents of the 2017 tax cuts claimed that the legislation would lead employers to boost workers’ pay. So far, that doesn’t seem to have happened. According to The PayScale Index, which measures the change in wages for employed U.S. workers, pay actually declined 0.9 percent between Q1 and Q2 2018. Wages dropped...
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How Patagonia and Other Employers Are Giving Workers Time to Vote

Only 36 percent of eligible voters cast their ballots during the 2014 midterm elections. Patagonia, Walmart, Kaiser Permanente and nearly 150 other employers are hoping to inspire greater voter turnout for the 2018 midterms by giving their employees time and resources to vote. The Time to Vote campaign is a non-partisan effort...
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The Zeigarnik Effect: Why You Should Let Your Mind Wander at Work

Stuck on a tricky problem? Focusing too keenly on it might work against you. To find a solution, suggests productivity researcher Chris Bailey, let your mind wander. Bailey, the author of Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction, ran a year-long project in which he conducted dozens of...
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College Salary Report: The 5 Best College Majors for High-Paying Jobs

Worried about paying back your student loans? You’re wise to consider your long-term strategy. The average grad who takes out student loans owes $28,400 by the time they get their bachelor’s degree, according to the College Board. But not every newly minted degree leads to high earnings and thus the ability to...
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College Salary Report: 5 High-Paying Jobs for English Majors

Once again, alums from STEM schools top the list of high earners on PayScale’s 2018-19 College Salary Report. But what if you’re just not a math and science kind of person? If you’re headed to college to study English, you’ve probably already heard the question: “What can you do with an English...
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The Right (and Wrong!) Ways to Ask for Help at Work

Even if you’re the most organized person you know and willing to work round the clock to meet your goals, you won’t always be able to go it alone. Sooner or later, even superstars need to ask for help at work. When that happens, you might panic. Our culture prizes individualism, strength...
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5 Things to Do on Friday Afternoon to Make Next Week Easier

There’s a reason companies opt for summer Fridays instead of, say, summer Tuesday afternoons. The last hours of the day in the last workday of the week tend to be unproductive, to put it lightly. But it doesn’t have to be that way. With a little planning, you can use your Friday...
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Here is How Much It Costs to Leave the Workforce

Women earn 77.9 cents for every dollar earned by men, according to PayScale’s recent report, The State of the Gender Pay Gap. That’s a comparison of all women to all men, regardless of job title, experience, or seniority. However, even when we control the data for all compensable factors, women still earn...
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ACLU: Gender-Targeted Job Ads on Facebook Are Discriminatory

Earlier this week, the ACLU filed charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Facebook and 10 advertisers on the network. The allegation: that Facebook’s ad targeting feature made it possible for employers to exclude women, non-binary and older people from seeing job listings. The labor union Communications Workers of America and...
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5 Signs You’re Underpaid

Do you feel like you’re underpaid? If so, you’re in good company. Only 21 percent of employees feel they’re being paid fairly, according to data gathered for PayScale’s Compensation Best Practices Report. Of course, not everyone who feels like they’re underpaid is earning less than market rate. There are many factors involved...
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Here’s Why Fewer Americans Are Moving for Work

Did you relocate to take a new job last year? If so, you’re one of a dwindling number of workers willing to move for work. According to U.S. census data, reported by The Wall Street Journal, about 3.5 million U.S. workers relocated for a new job last year. That’s down 10 percent...
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If You Have One of These 3 Kinds of Jobs, You’re Safe From the Robots

An Oxford study found that 47 percent of U.S. jobs are in danger of being automated out of existence over the next decade or two. But not all jobs are equally at risk. The 2013 working paper, The Future of Employment, looked at the probability that 702 occupations would be automated over...
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Should You Take a Promotion Without a Raise? Experts and Employees Weigh In

When you get a promotion, you hope it comes with a nice pay boost. But for various reasons, sometimes companies offer the title change without the cash. Maybe budgets are tight, or your manager hopes that by changing your title, they’ll be able to lobby for a pay increase later on. Maybe...
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Jobs Report: Payrolls Added 201,000 Jobs in August While Wages Rose

The monthly jobs report from the Labor Department showed the addition of 201,000 jobs to public and private non-farm payrolls. The unemployment rate held steady at 3.9 percent. But the real news was wage growth. Average hourly wages grew 10 cents to $27.16. “We don’t think it’s a fluke,” said Liz Ann...
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ADP: Private Payrolls Added 163,000 Jobs in August

Hiring cooled to a 10-month low in August, according to this morning’s ADP National Employment Report. Private employers added 163,000 jobs, down from 217,000 jobs in July. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast the addition of 190,000 jobs. However, ADP says the job market remains robust. “Although we saw a small slowdown...
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5 Cover Letter Mistakes That Are Costing You the Interview

Do recruiters and hiring managers even read cover letters anymore? The answer is: maybe. But even if HR only skims, you need to use your best salesmanship and communication skills when you sit down to write your cover letter. Why? Because a good letter might help — but a bad one will...
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Your Team Isn’t a Family. Here’s How to Motivate Them Instead.

Managers, have you ever heard yourself say, “We’re more than a team, here. We’re like family?” If so, stop right there. While it might sound like a good way to motivate your team, claiming to be a family is more likely to inspire eye rolls than productivity. Why? Because your reports know...
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How to Find a Job

The real truth is that there’s no one perfect way to find a job. Every option has upsides and downsides. Apply online? You’ll be trying to stand out among hundreds — if not thousands — of candidates with similar resumes. Apply through a friend? Referrals work — but PayScale’s data show that...
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7 Job Search Mistakes That Keep You From Getting Hired

Unemployment is at an 18-year low, but that doesn’t mean that everyone has the job of their dreams. (Or the paycheck they deserve.) If you’re hoping to trade up for a better opportunity, you need to bring your A-game. That means polishing your resume and cover letter, gathering the best references and...
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The End of Background Checks? Open Hiring Gives Ex-Offenders a Chance

For over 30 years, Greyston Bakery in Yonkers, NY has been doing something radical during its hiring process: hiring employees without asking for their resume and without conducting the standard background check. Greyston calls the model Open Hiring. The company says it’s helped make their business a success, as well as giving...
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How to End a Cover Letter

Cover letters are hard. Most people don’t write formal letters anymore, period. Add in the pressure of impressing a total stranger enough to land a job interview, and you’ve got a recipe for some truly stilted business writing — or some very weird rhetorical miscalculations. Many job seekers struggle especially with the...
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5 Salary Negotiation Mistakes That Will Keep You Underpaid

Only 43 percent of respondents to PayScale’s survey said that they’d ever negotiated salary in their current field. Why? Mostly out of fear. Among those who had never negotiated salary, 28 percent said that they were uncomfortable asking, while 19 percent said that they didn’t want to be perceived as pushy. Eight...
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Air Pollution Might Be Making You Bad at Your Job

Wildfires in California, British Columbia and Ontario blanketed most of North America in smoke this summer, affecting air quality for the entire continent. That’s especially dangerous for people with asthma and other respiratory problems. But even if you don’t suffer from lung disease, air pollution can have a negative affect on your...

NYU Makes Med School Tuition-Free, Saving Students Up to $55,018 Per Year

Last week, NYU School of Medicine announced free tuition for all current and future medical school students. In a press release, the school described the announcement as a surprise ending to the annual White Coat Ceremony, where new students receive the traditional white lab coat to commemorate the start of their career...
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How to Negotiate Your Starting Salary When It’s a Long Shot

Do you negotiate your starting salary, each and every time you take a new job — even when it seems unlikely you’ll get what you’re asking for? If you answered no, you’re in good company: 57 percent of respondents to our survey said they’d never negotiated salary in their current field. But...
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Tipped Workers More Likely to Experience Mental Health Issues

The federal minimum wage for tipped workers is $2.13 per hour. While some states set higher minimums, many allow employers to pay lower wages to tipped employees. Tips are supposed to make up the difference — but relying on the kindness of customers to earn a living wage is fraught with uncertainty....
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Never Have a Bad Day at Work Again With These 5 Tips

What makes a bad day at work so very bad? In part, it’s a problem of perspective. Now, don’t get us wrong: we’re not saying that a positive attitude will make your bad boss into a supportive mentor or your difficult clients appreciative of your hard work. Some days are full of...
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‘How I Spend My Six-Figure Salary’

Remember that scene in Austin Powers where Dr. Evil, unfrozen after decades, demands “ONE MILLION DOLLARS,” and the United Nations laughs? Aiming for a six-figure salary can feel a lot like that. Once the mark of having made it, a six-figure salary doesn’t necessarily get you very far these days. Depending on...
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What Makes a Good Cover Letter? Hiring Managers and HR Pros Explain

What’s your least favorite part of the job application process? If you said, “writing cover letters,” you may or may not be relieved to hear that few hiring managers seem to care about them. In one survey, only 18 percent said cover letters were an important part of the hiring process. “I...
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5 Work-From-Home Jobs for People Without a Bachelor’s Degree

Here’s another bonus of low unemployment: companies are now willing to consider workers who have non-traditional backgrounds. (Read: lack the formal education usually listed as a requirement in job listings.) These opportunities even include work-from-home jobs. If you think about it, it never made sense to restrict some jobs based on education...
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More Employers Make Summer Jobs Into Permanent Ones

As many as 15 percent of seasonal workers will become full-time staffers by the end of the summer, estimates Amy Glaser, senior vice president of Adecco Staffing. Glaser tells USA Today that this in contrast to the one or two percent of summer help who typically stay on. Staffing professionals tell the...
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Over 2M UK Workers Cheated Out of Vacation Time, Trade Unions Warn

UK workers who work full-time are entitled to 28 days of paid leave per year according to law. That time includes bank holidays and is pro-rated according to how many hours workers put in. However, The Trade Unions Congress (TUC) now warns that over 2 million workers are being cheated out of...
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Jobs Report: Payrolls Added 157,000 Jobs in July

Prior to the release of the monthly Employment Situation Summary, economists polled by Reuters predicted the addition of 190,000 jobs to non-farm payrolls. The actual tally for July was 157,000 jobs, per the Department of Labor. May and June’s numbers were revised upward to reflect an additional 59,000 jobs. Unemployment declined slightly...
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Here’s Why You Might Quit Your Job Soon

More American workers quit their jobs this May than in any previous month since 2001, according to the Labor Department. The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey is a monthly measurement of how many U.S. workers leave their jobs, voluntarily or otherwise. It also includes data on unfilled jobs. The Labor Department...
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Natural Light Wants to Put Your Resume on a NASCAR Race Car

Are you a recent grad who’s having trouble making your resume stand out from the competition? Maybe you just need a little luck — sweepstakes-winning kind of luck. Beer brand Natural Light is offering a unique way to get your resume in front of hiring managers — provided those hiring managers are...
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ADP: Private Payrolls Added 219,000 Jobs in July

Job gains were the highest since February last month, beating economists’ estimates and reflecting a job market fueled by tax cuts. Prior to the release of the monthly ADP National Employment Report, economists polled by Reuters predicted the addition of 185,000 jobs to private payrolls. The higher tally of 219,000 jobs likely...
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How to Deal With Difficult People at Work

Most workplaces are collaborative environments. That’s great for creativity and often produces amazing results. But unfortunately, it also means that you have to deal with people, sometimes when they’re not at their best — and it’s not like you get to choose every member of your team. Some of those team members...

How to Transition Back to Work After Maternity Leave (Without Losing Your Mind)

First things first: you’re pretty lucky if you live in the U.S. and you even have a maternity leave to come back from. Only 14 percent of private-sector employees have paid leave in the U.S., according to Pew Research Center. The Family and Medical Leave Act provides 12 weeks of unpaid leave...

5 Companies Hiring for Remote, Part-Time Jobs Right Now

Looking for research? View PayScale’s Research and Strategy Guide on How to Set Pay for Remote Workers   Forty-six percent of professionals say they’re interested in part-time jobs, according to FlexJobs, a jobs site that specializes in remote, part-time and contract work. Specifically, the company says that remote, part-time jobs are growing in popularity....
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7 Fast Food Chains End No-Poach Clauses

Good news for low-wage workers in Washington State: seven fast food chains recently reached a deal with the state attorney general to drop no-poach clauses from their contracts. The agreement to end no-poach clauses covers seven chains: McDonald’s, Arby’s, Carl’s Junior, Jimmy John’s, Auntie Anne’s, Buffalo Wild Wings and Cinnabon. In addition...
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The Negotiation Tactic That Turns Good Jobs Bad

Seventy-five percent of respondents to our survey who asked for a raise received a pay increase. The other 25 percent? Well, it’s a good bet that some didn’t know how to ask the right way. Now, don’t get me wrong: I’m not saying that everyone who doesn’t get the raise they deserve...
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4-Day Workweek, 5-Day Paycheck: New Zealand Company Cuts Hours (But Not Pay)

If you work for a company with summer hours, you might think you’re getting a pretty good deal. But even if your employer lets you work a shorter week, they probably expect you to make it up by working longer hours during those days. You’re not getting a four-day workweek as much...
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3 Pieces of Career Advice Your Guidance Counselor Never Gave You

Money doesn’t buy happiness. Don’t job hop. And above all else, follow your dreams. Except forget all that. It turns out, some of the career maxims we hold dear aren’t true anymore … if they ever were. Earlier this year, Redditor MichaelLifeLessons posted this question: “What’s the best career advice you’ve ever...
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Hate Your Internship? Here Are 5 Steps to Getting Something Out of It Anyway

The right internship can help you choose a career, develop your skillset and build the foundation of a professional network that will stick with you long after you’ve moved on to bigger and more lucrative things. But what if your internship isn’t the right internship? What if it kind of stinks? It’s...
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This Japanese City Is Suffering From a Ninja Shortage

Iga, Japan prides itself on being the birthplace of the ninja, but even with salaries as high as $85,000 a year, the city is having trouble hiring ninjas. (OK, fine. Ninja performers.) Recently, Sally Herships of NPR’s Planet Money visited Iga to speak with Mayor Sakae Okamoto about the plan to use...
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After Tax Cuts, Wages Declined in 80 Percent of Industries

President Donald Trump signed The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law in December 2017, slashing the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. In January of this year, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan predicted that the average American worker would see trickle-down gains of $4,000 to $9,000 as...
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5 Ways to Get Motivated When You’d Rather Be on Vacation

Summer is a rough time for productivity at the office. Half your team is on vacation at any given time (seemingly with most of your vendors and clients, since it’s impossible to get in touch with anyone). Then there’s the fact that you, yourself, would prefer to be at the beach or...
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5 Easy April Fools’ Pranks to Play in the Office

April Fools’ Day falls on a Sunday this year – great news for people who are hoping to torment their family members with blue milk or cellophaned toilet seats, but not so great news for those hoping to get a rise out of their coworkers. But don’t despair! You don’t need a...
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PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: The Strangest Things Seen on a Resume

It’s hard to write a resume that really makes you stand out from the crowd. Faced with that pressure, job seekers include all sorts of bizarre information, from totally unrelated job experience to outright lies. How bizarre? Well, this week’s lead story crowdsources some doozies, including one applicant who shared that she...
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The Riveter Adds $4.75M in Funding, Will Expand Female-Forward Coworking

Not feeling the bro-friendly, craft-beer vibe at your local coworking spot? You may soon have other options. The Riveter, a Seattle-based coworking company focused on female entrepreneurs and freelancers, recently raised $4.75 million in funding led by Madrona Venture Group. The funding will enable founder and CEO Amy Nelson to expand the...
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4 of the 5 Fastest Growing Flexible Jobs Are in This Industry

Want work flexibility and job security? Healthcare is the place to be. Recently, FlexJobs combed their database to find the most in-demand, fast-growing flexible jobs, according to their listings and data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Healthcare jobs accounted for four out of the five top spots on their list. What...
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10 Steps to Getting That Promotion

If your goals for this year included getting a promotion, but you’re not quite there yet, it might be time to check your strategy. To move up the ladder at work, you need a lot of things working in your favor. You have to do good work, of course, but you also...
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If Facebook Dies, How Many Jobs Will Go With It?

Yesterday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took out full-page ads in several U.S. and U.K. newspapers, apologizing for the company’s role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. If you’re not up-to-date on current events: Cambridge Analytica is accused of using the personal data of 50 million Facebook users to bolster Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential...
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PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: Do This One Thing and Get the Interview

The most frustrating part of job searching is waiting by the proverbial phone for hiring managers and recruiters to get back to you. If you rely solely on online job applications to help you land the interview, you’re likely to be waiting a long time. Why? Because when you apply online, you...
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Facebookville: A 21st Century Company Town?

Facebook lost $50 billion in value in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but don’t shed a tear for the world’s most popular social network. The site still boasts over a billion daily users, offices all over the globe and over 25,000 employees. Assuming that the company weathers this storm, that...
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5 Low-Stress Work-From-Home Jobs for Working Parents

Working parents are stressed and the pressure may be getting worse. Can working from home help ease the burden? A recent survey from FlexJobs found that 37 percent of working parents report being stressed by lack of work-life balance, up from 29 percent three years ago. Unsurprisingly, 95 percent said that having...
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French Baker Fined for Skipping His Day Off

France is serious about work-life balance. How serious? Well, depending on your profession, skipping a day off could cost you. Cédric Vaivre, baker and owner of Boulangerie du Lac, learned this lesson the hard way. A French court has ordered Vaivre to pay a €3,000 fine for skipping his weekly day off...
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Spring-Clean Your Career in 15 Minutes a Day

If you regularly spring-clean your living space, you know how a thorough scrubbing can renew not only your physical home, but your approach to life. You can do the same thing for your career, without the day-long battle with mops and dusters, just by committing a few minutes a day to getting...
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5 Ways to Be Lucky at Work (and Everywhere Else)

Are you a lucky person? Trick question. As a wise man once said, “In my experience, there’s no such thing as luck.” If you’re about to counter by naming friends and acquaintances who seem to always find the four-leaf clover in life — and especially, in their career — keep in mind...
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PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: 5 Big Networking Mistakes to Avoid

Most new hires come from networking, not online job applications. That means that job seekers really need to bring their networking A-game, if they want to land a new gig. Of course, schmoozing doesn’t come naturally to everyone. If you’re having trouble lining up your next job opportunity, it’s possible that you’re...
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PayScale Hero Awards: The 10 Most Satisfying Tech Companies to Work For

If you want high pay and a sense of purpose, working in tech might be right for you. But it’s not all free cereal and stock options in the industry. Satisfaction varies widely from employer to employer. PayScale’s Hero Awards recognize employers who get high marks from workers on metrics like appreciation,...
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Why Being Wrong Can Be the Best Thing for Your Career

Today is Everything You Think Is Wrong Day, but before you get offended and chuck your novelty calendar out the window, consider the holiday’s purpose. According to NationalDayCalendar.com, the day was created to remind “some people to realize that they are not always right.” (No word on whether the author of that brief backgrounder...
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Here’s How Much March Madness Is Costing Your Employer

March Madness is an exciting time for college basketball fans — and a potential productivity nightmare for their employers. “Between streaming games during work hours to filling out brackets to just discussing the games with co-workers, it’s likely employees will spend much more than one hour during the week-long tournament engaged in...
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3 Ways to Celebrate Pi Day at Work

Thirty years ago, physicist Larry Shaw led a parade of pie-gobbling math and science enthusiasts at the San Francisco Exploratorium in the very first Pi Day celebration. Today, March 14th is officially recognized in the U.S. as a day to appreciate not only the ratio of the circumference of a circle to...
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5 Things You Can Learn From Your Worst Job Ever

Over the course of your career, you’re bound to have a few jobs that are less than inspiring. That’s OK: not every position needs to be your dream job in order to get you closer to your professional goals. But what about your worst job — the one that makes you watch...
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Introducing the PayScale Hero Awards

Even if you love your employer, you might not describe them as heroic. The usual definition — daring, noble, courageous — applies more often to exceptional people, not exceptional organizations. Here at PayScale, we’re hoping to change all that. We believe that employers can be heroes, too — and that in this...
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5 Sneaky Tips for Your Secret Job Search

Unemployment is at a 17-year low, but typical raises are still hovering around 3 percent. If you want to boost your bottom line, you might very well have to look beyond your current employer. But while looking for a job when you have a job might be preferable to searching while unemployed,...
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How to Steal Back an Hour a Day

Daylight saving time: it’s like jet lag, but you don’t even get to go on a trip. We could argue all week about whether moving the clocks ahead in the spring is beneficial or detrimental in the long run. In the short term, however, it’s likely messing with your productivity in a...
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PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: Want a Promotion? Get More Sleep

Lack of sleep is a point of pride among many working people. It’s not uncommon to hear colleagues bragging about who gets the least shuteye, as if dedication and importance were measured by exhaustion. But a new study suggests that lack of sleep is more often found among workers who are lower...
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Jobs Report Beats Estimates: Payrolls Added 313,000 Jobs in February

This morning’s jobs report from the Labor Department showed the addition of 313,000 jobs to non-farm payrolls last month, far exceeding economists’ forecasts of 200,000 jobs added. The jobs tally was the highest since October 2015, and represented a record-setting 89 straight months of job gains, according to The New York Times....
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Companies Are Still Asking for Salary History During Job Interviews

Asking for salary history during job interviews may be on its way out — but don’t count on avoiding it just yet. PayScale’s annual Compensation Best Practices Report showed that the salary history question is still popular among hiring managers. Almost as many organizations said that they “always ask” candidates about prior...
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International Women’s Day: 3 Things You Can Do to #PressforProgress

All over the world, women earn less than men for doing the same work, have less access to education and do more domestic labor. International Women’s Day is typically a time to celebrate the achievements of women. But this year, on the heels of #MeToo and Time’s Up, activism and awareness are...
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5 Work-From-Home Job Scams

If you’ve ever searched online for a work-from-home job, you’ve seen the ads: Make a bajillion dollars in your jammies, with just a laptop and a dream! Stuff envelopes and earn more than an anesthesiologist! Accept wire transfers and collect high profits! Just like your grandma used to tell you, if it...
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ADP: Private Payrolls Added 235,000 Jobs in February

When it comes to the job market, how hot is too hot? American employers may be about to find out. The monthly ADP National Employment Report was released this morning and showed the addition of 235,000 jobs to private payrolls in February. That’s 35,000 more jobs than predicted by economists and a...
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West Virginia Teachers Win 5 Percent Raise, End Strike

Earlier today, West Virginia legislators agreed to a pay hike of 5 percent for state employees, including teachers. Educators in the state have been on strike since February 22, protesting for higher pay and respite from soaring health insurance costs. West Virginia teachers are among the lowest paid in the U.S., according...
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What’s an Inclusion Rider?

“I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider,” said Frances McDormand at the close of her Best Actress Oscars speech. But what is an inclusion rider — and why should non-Hollywood types care? “Actors sign contracts when they are cast in films, and they have the...
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Meet the Presidential Candidate Who Wants to Give You Free Money

The Democratic field for the 2020 presidential race is likely to be quite crowded. But entrepreneur Andrew Yang offers a unique promise to voters: to save U.S. workers from the coming robot job-apocalypse, he proposes giving Americans a stipend of $1,000 a month — no strings attached. The idea of universal basic...
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Behold, the 7 Worst Employee Appreciation Gifts

Did you know that today is Employee Appreciation Day? If not, don’t feel too bad. The no-gift you got from your employer has to be better than some of the employee appreciation gifts we’ve found out there on the internet. Don’t believe us? Well, would some corporate swag improve your mood today?...
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PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: 10 Steps to Better LinkedIn SEO

Even the best LinkedIn profile is useless if it never turns up in search. But LinkedIn doesn’t share its search algorithm with users. So how can you know which changes to make, in order to make your profile more visible to recruiters and hiring managers? The lead story this week offers some...
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How to Deal With Your Coworker Who Won’t Stop Talking

Open-plan offices have unleashed many horrors, but perhaps none are as difficult to cope with as the chatty coworker. In the olden days, you might have had an office with a door. Now, you probably spend the bulk of your workday toiling away, elbow-to-elbow with your colleagues in one big room. That’s...
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The 10 Biggest Resume Deal-Breakers (and How to Avoid Them)

Does your job search feel like it’s going nowhere? If you’re sending out multiple applications – through job boards, corporate sites and networking connections – without getting a response, the problem might be your resume. Recently, TopResume asked 379 recruiters, hiring managers and HR executives, “What are your biggest resume ‘deal-breakers’ that...
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5 Common Work-From-Home Jobs and What They Pay

When you think of work-from-home jobs, do you think of low-paying gigs? If so, it’s time to realign your expectations. The typical telecommuter earns $58,000 per year, according to research from Global Workplace Analytics. Seventy-five percent make at least $65,000 annually. Unsurprisingly, given that pay rate, most are skilled workers in professional...
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‘Women in Math’ Panel Features Zero Female Speakers

Need an example of why you can’t leave diversity up to chance? Look no further than this flyer for Brigham Young University’s Women in Math club event: That’s right: the event — which was organized by the club, and not the university — featured four speakers from BYU’s math department faculty …...
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Don’t Lie on Your Resume. Try These 3 Tricks Instead.

Why shouldn’t you lie on your resume? For one thing, you’re likely to get caught. In one CareerBuilder survey, 72 percent of employers said that they performed background checks on job candidates. Sixty-two percent of those who did background checks said that they verified employment history. Lie about your experience, and you’re...
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Is This the Best Job at the Olympics?

Getting to the Olympics is expensive, whether you’re a professional athlete ($35,000-plus per year to train for figure skating, among the priciest sports) or a spectator (upwards of $4,000 for airfare, hotel and admission to the games). But there is another option: you could always work there. OK, even that is probably...
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PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: Forget Work-Life Balance. Focus on This.

Work-life balance seems like an admirable concept to organize your life around … except that it’s often impossible. Worse yet, it can become a cudgel to beat yourself with. If you’re not perfectly balancing your work and personal life, are you failing at both? In this week’s roundup, we look at reassuring...
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Want to Work From Home? Live in One of These 10 States

Almost 95 percent of work-from-home jobs have location requirements, according to FlexJobs, a job search site specializing in remote, part-time and contract jobs. If that comes as a surprise, consider: even if you can perform all of your assigned duties from the comfort of your own home, there’s more to having a...
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Bahamas Resort Seeks Chief Flamingo Officer

Do you love flamingos, have a degree in zoology or a related field, experience working with exotic birds — and a desire to live in the Bahamas? If so, Baha Mar has a job for you. The brand-new resort is hiring a Chief Flamingo Officer to care for its soon-to-arrive flock. Per...
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‘The Quickest I’ve Ever Noped Out of a Job’: 10 Quitting Stories

Even if your job interview skills are beyond compare, you never really know what it will be like to work at a company until you’re on the job. Maybe the hiring manager is the only person at the company with passable social skills. Maybe the job description doesn’t match what you do...
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Choosing References? Avoid These 5 Mistakes

Most employers will ask for references during the job search process. Have your list ready to go on day one, and you won’t have to fumble around making last-minute requests. What makes a good reference? In short: someone who can speak to the quality of your work and who will say nice...
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10 Inspirational Quotes From U.S. Presidents

No matter what we tell our kids, the odds of becoming president of the United States are slim – 1 in 10 million, according to one estimate. But you don’t need to have your sights set on the Oval Office to benefit from the wisdom of former leaders. Want to get a...
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PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: 5 Career Lessons From Dogs

One of the many joys of working from home is spending time with your fur-people. They’re pretty much the best coworkers you could ask for — your human colleagues certainly aren’t going to look at you like you invented the light bulb, just because you can open food containers all by yourself....
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3 Reasons You Should Ask for Your Total Compensation Statement

Do you get a total compensation statement from your employer? If not, you might want to ask. Depending on your company’s level of pay transparency, these total compensation statements can tell you everything from the value of your health and retirement benefits to where you are in the salary range for your...
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Long Maternity Leaves Can Be Career Killers. Here’s How to Fix That.

The gender pay gap is worse for mothers than it is for childless women. In the United States, where companies are not required to offer paid maternity leave, the motherhood penalty makes sense: left to juggle the responsibilities of childcare and work, women are often forced into lower-paying, part-time jobs … or...
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Will You Get a Bonus This Year? Here’s What Our Research Says

Increasingly, employers are relying on variable pay, including bonuses, to hire and retain the best workers. Data collected for PayScale’s 2018 Compensation Best Practices Report show that 71 percent of organizations offered variable pay last year. Top-performing organizations were more likely to offer these incentives: 79 percent vs. 70 percent of typical...
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Office Romance: 7 Rules for Dating Your Coworker

Office romance is at a 10-year low, according to CareerBuilder’s Annual Valentine’s Day Survey. Conducted by Harris Poll, the survey shows that 36 percent of respondents have dated a coworker, down from 41 percent last year. Why is love at work on the decline? One theory is that the #MeToo movement has...
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Why Did Amazon Just Lay Off Hundreds of Workers?

Amazon is growing. Last year, the tech giant announced that it would hire 100,000 workers during 2017 and the first half of 2018. The company’s second headquarters alone will be home to around 50,000 employees. So why are they laying off hundreds of workers in Seattle and elsewhere, according to yesterday’s Seattle...
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10 Abraham Lincoln Quotes to Inspire You at Work

Political consensus is hard to come by these days — which is a big reason why it’s a bad idea to talk about politics at work. But there’s one point on which historians, at least, seem to agree: Abraham Lincoln was one of the best presidents in U.S. history. Harold Holzer, director...
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Why You Only Got a 3 Percent Raise Last Year

More employers are concerned about employee retention this year, but you wouldn’t it know it from raises: PayScale’s annual Compensation Best Practices Report shows that while 84 percent of organizations plan to give raises in 2018, 73 percent estimate an average increase of 3 percent or less (the same average increment as...
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PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: 10 Signs You Have the Wrong Job

There’s no such thing as a perfect job, and everyone has bad days at work. Knowing that, how do you decide when to tough it out … and when to quit? Today’s lead story looks at signs that your job is unworthy of your talent and skills. That, plus how to use...
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‘I Got Laid Off and Now the Company Wants Me Back (at a Discount)’

Layoffs are a lot like breakups, especially in the aftermath. You might find yourself nursing your pride, on top of your heartbreak. You might even fantasize about your ex crawling back to you. It does happen, in business as in your personal life. But as one Redditor found, having your former employer...
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Resume Tips: 5 Fast Fixes to Help You Get Hired

It pays to keep your resume refreshed and ready to go, even if you’re currently happy with your job. If you’re not happy, it’s obviously even more important. The good news is that small changes can make a big difference. If you’re looking to give your resume a facelift, start by making...
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Would a Flexible Job Improve Your Sex Life?

Forty-four percent of respondents to a recent FlexJobs survey thought that having a flexible job would improve their sex life. A further 30 percent said that they were optimistic that a flexible job might improve their sex life, citing lower stress and therefore increased feelings of attractiveness and more time with their...
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Your Dimly Lit Office Might Be Making You Dumber

If you work in a dimly lit office, your brain may be changing — and not for the better. Recent research from Michigan State University suggests that spending time in poorly lit rooms may affect subjects’ abilities to learn and remember. Per Science Daily: The researchers studied the brains of Nile grass...

Quits Rise to Highest Level in 17 Years

More U.S. workers are quitting their jobs. According to the Department of Labor, 3.26 million Americans quit their jobs in December, the most since the beginning of 2001. The recently released Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey also showed that job openings declined to a seven-month low last month. However, with unemployment...
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‘How I Got Fired the First Week on the Job’

When you’ve been fired, it feels like you’re the only person in the world who’s ever lost their job. Then, you start talking to your friends and family and discover that it’s a pretty common occurrence. Beyond that, it might even be good for you. “…I have come around to the view...
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Here’s How Many Hours You Need to Work to Buy Super Bowl Tickets

Want to attend Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, Minnesota? Hope you’ve got a couple thousand bucks lying around. Because according to Stub Hub, the cheapest ticket (as of this morning, the Friday before the Super Bowl) was $3,169. That’s for a seat in Upper End Zone 324. Out-of-towners, please note: that obviously...
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PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: Win Arguments … With SCIENCE

Even if you get along with your coworkers most of the time, sooner or later, you’re going to have a difference of opinion with them. That’s just what happens when everyone’s invested in their work. To resolve these arguments, you need listening skills, empathy … and the ability to communicate your point...
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Jobs Report: Payrolls Added 200,000 Jobs in January

The economy added 200,000 jobs to public and private non-farm payrolls last month, according to this morning’s report from the Labor Department. The tally exceeded estimates from economists, who predicted average gains of 180,000 jobs, according to Reuters. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.1 percent, a 17-year low. Employment increased in...
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The Real Reason You Should Ask for a Raise

Over half of respondents to PayScale’s survey said they’d never negotiated salary. Why? For the most part, it was because of fear. Of respondents who didn’t negotiate, 28 percent said that they were uncomfortable negotiating salary, while 19 percent said that they didn’t want to be perceived as pushy. Eight percent said...
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How to Write a Resume in 7 Easy Steps

Are you looking for a new job, or hoping to make a big career change? It can be daunting to stare down a blank piece of paper and start your resume from scratch. Sometimes, the best thing to do is to put that blank page aside for a moment, and get organized....
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Should Any President Get Credit for a Booming Economy?

Last night, in his first State of the Union address, President Donald Trump welcomed a “new American moment,” saying, “There has never been a better time to start living the American Dream.” And by almost any measure, the American economy is strong. The stock market and the GDP are up and unemployment...
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ADP: Private Payrolls Added 234,000 Jobs in January

Prior to this morning’s job report from ADP, economists polled by Reuters were predicting the addition of 185,000 jobs to private payrolls. Instead, payroll processor’s data showed 234,000 additional private-sector jobs. “The job market juggernaut marches on,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, which produces the report with ADP. “Given...
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Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase Tackle Healthcare

This morning, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase announced that they will partner to create a new healthcare company. The goal: Providing lower-cost, higher-quality healthcare to their employees. “The three companies provided few details about the new entity, other than saying it would initially focus on technology to provide simplified, high-quality health...
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PSA: Don’t Take Job Referrals From Your Family (It Could Cost You)

When it comes to getting job referrals, not every recommendation adds to your bottom line. PayScale’s latest report, The Impact of Job Referrals, shows that referrals from friends and family can have a negative impact on pay. That means that getting a referral from your uncle or your best friend could wind...
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Read the Job Ad That Proves Workplace Sexism Is Alive and Well

Earlier this week, the U.K.-based agency RMS Recruitment posted an ad for an Executive Assistant and Investor Relations Associate. The ad went up on Guardian Jobs, Independent Jobs and LinkedIn, among other sites. It didn’t last long. Why did it disappear from the internet so quickly? We’ll let you read and judge...
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10 Companies Hiring for Remote Jobs

Want to work from home? You don’t have to choose between flexibility and working for a top employer. FlexJobs recently published its fifth annual list of the top 100 companies who hired for remote jobs during the previous year. These employers posted the most jobs offering at least part-time telecommuting in 2017;...
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PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: What Recruiters Are Looking for Right Now

If your New Year’s resolution was to find a new job, and you haven’t made much headway yet, maybe you’re not showing recruiters and hiring managers what they want to see. That doesn’t mean that you lack the qualities employers are looking for, either — sometimes, it’s about knowing which skills and...
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Who Benefits From Job Referrals?

Employers love hiring through referrals. These candidates are more engaged and report higher job satisfaction, better relationships with their managers and less intent to leave. But what about workers — do job referrals work out as well for them as they do for employers? The short answer is: it depends. For our...
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Trump’s Tariff on Solar Panels Could Cost 23k Jobs, According to Industry Experts

Earlier this week, President Trump approved a 30 percent tariff on certain imports, including solar panels. The decision was positioned as a move to protect American manufacturing from competition by cheaper products from overseas. However, some industry associations and solar companies are arguing that the tariff will devastate investment in the sector....
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American Workers Are Getting More Sleep These Days

Americans are sleeping an extra 7.5 hours per year, on average, according to a study recently published in the journal Sleep. Using data from the American Time Use Survey, researchers from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania analyzed the sleep habits of 181,335 respondents aged 15 and older. They...
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Resume Writing Tips: 5 Tips to Get the Hiring Manager’s Attention

Maybe you’re embarking on a new job search, or maybe you just want to be prepared when opportunity knocks. Regardless of why, you’ve decided that it’s time to update your resume. Now that you’re embroiled in the process, however, it feels more complicated. Resumes have a lot of heavy lifting to do...
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Everything You Need to Know About Job Referrals

Over one-third of new job offers go to candidates who received a referral, according to data gathered for PayScale’s latest report, The Impact of Job Referrals. But not all referrals are valuable when it comes to negotiating pay. Between April 24, 2017 and August 25, 2017, PayScale asked 53,000 workers if they...
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Who Gets Paid During a Government Shutdown — and Who Doesn’t

Many federal employees awoke this morning to find themselves on furlough – temporary, unpaid leave pending a resolution to the budget standoff in Congress. Typically, this means that workers don’t get paid and are sent home from work. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers are affected, including workers in the Department of...
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10 Ways to Survive Working in a Job You Hate

“Do what you love” is a nice concept, but the reality is that most people have to take at least one meh job at some point during their careers, just to keep the lights on. The question is: how do you survive working in a job you hate long enough to get...
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PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: 7 Thank-You Note Mistakes That Can Cost You the Job

By now, you probably know that you should send a thank-you note after an interview. But committing to sending that note is only the first step — to make it work for you, it helps to know a few rules. Today’s roundup looks at the thank-you note mistakes that could cost you...
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Amazon Narrows HQ2 List to 20 Cities

Last year, Amazon issued an RFP to North American cities who met certain criteria and wanted to be the site of the company’s second headquarters. Today, the tech giant announced the 20 finalists for Amazon HQ2. Out of the 238 cities who applied, these metros made the cut: Atlanta, GA Austin, TX...
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Apple Will Create 20,000 US Jobs Over the Next 5 Years

Yesterday, Apple announced that the company will invest $30 billion in capital expenditures in the U.S. over the next five years and create 20,000 new jobs. In all, Apple says that it expects to contribute $350 billion dollars to the U.S. economy during that time “not including Apple’s ongoing tax payments, the...
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Is This the Real Reason Wages Aren’t Growing Faster?

Wages have grown for nine consecutive quarters, but most Americans probably don’t feel richer than they did before the Great Recession. Why? Because real wages — the buying power of workers’ pay when inflation is taken into account — have declined 6.7 percent since 2006. There are a lot of theories about...
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Dream Gig Alert: Chicken Nugget Taster

Do you have a discerning palate and an unparalleled love of chicken nuggets? If so — and if you live in the U.K. — you may have just found your dream gig. B&M, a British chain of discount stores, recently posted an advertisement looking for a “Chicken Nugget Connoisseur.” Per the job...
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The PayScale Index: Real Wages Still Lag Behind Pre-Recession Levels

Real wages — the buying power of workers’ pay, once inflation is taken into account — grew 0.2 percent since last quarter, according to the recently released Q4 PayScale Index. However, real wages are 6.7 percent lower year-over-year than they were in 2006, before the Great Recession. If that seems surprising, given...
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After Tax Reform, Walmart Announces Bonuses (and Layoffs)

Last week, Walmart made several announcements. In February, the retailer will raise its starting wage to $11 per hour. Walmart will also expand its paid leave policy to provide 10 weeks of paid maternity and 6 weeks of paid paternity leave, and offer an adoption benefit of $5,000. Employees will also be...
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How to Use Gratitude to Be More Successful at Work

Recent research shows that gratitude can make us happier and healthier, even boosting mental health over time. But can it improve your career? There’s evidence to support the idea that gratitude can make you more successful at work and happier in your job. One study from UCLA and the University of Miami...
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PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: A 10-Step Guide to Job Interview Prep

Preparing for a job interview can feel a lot like being a student all over again: no matter how much you study, there’s always something more you could do to succeed. But, the reality is that you only have so much time. To make the most of it, our lead story offers...
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These Are the 5 Best Jobs Today, According to U.S. News

What makes the best jobs superior to other occupations? A combination of factors. To arrive at their annual best jobs rankings, U.S. News & World Report started by looking at the jobs with the most projected job openings between 2016 and 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They then ranked...
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Louisiana Teacher Arrested at School Board Meeting After Questioning Pay Policies

A middle school English teacher was handcuffed and placed in a police car after objecting to the superintendent’s contract during a school board meeting in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana. Deyshia Hargrave stood up at the meeting and asked why the superintendent was getting a raise when teachers were not. Superintendent Jerome Puyau’s new...
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3 Ways to Tell If the Company Culture Is a Good Fit (Before You Take the Job)

A lot of factors determine whether or not you’re happy at your job: being paid appropriately for your work, having a certain amount of autonomy during the day and feeling connected to the company’s mission all help. But one of the most important factors may be company culture. If you don’t feel...
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Michelle Williams Earned $1,000 for ‘All the Money’ Reshoots. Mark Wahlberg Got $1.5M.

Yesterday, USA Today revealed that Michelle Williams earned $80 per day — less than $1,000 total — for reshooting her scenes in All the Money in the World. Her co-star Mark Wahlberg received $1.5 million. USA Today notes that Williams wasn’t told about the pay disparity.   All the Money in the...
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Resume Tips 2018: 5 Ways to Update Your Resume Right Now

Did your New Year’s resolutions include getting a new job in the coming year? If so, you’ll need to make sure your resume is up to scratch. In fact, even if you don’t anticipate looking for work anytime soon, it’s a good idea to modernize your resume. You never know when an...
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5 Skills Every Successful Person Needs

The value of hard skills is easy to quantify: if you can learn X skill and get Y raise, you have a pretty good sense of how much that class or certification was worth. Soft skills are trickier. Hiring managers routinely rank them among the skills lacking in new grads and experienced...
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How to Make More Money in 2018

Want to make more money this year? You’ll need to be proactive. Wages are growing, but you might not be able to prove it by looking at your bank balance. Factor inflation into account, and the buying power of your paycheck might actually be lower than it was just a few years...
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PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: Become Indispensable at Work

Want job security this year? Make yourself indispensable to your team at work. By making a few small (and not-so-small) changes, you can make yourself so essential to the work that your company does, you’ll almost certainly be last on any layoff list. Good economy or no, it’s never a bad idea...
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Jobs Report: Payrolls Added 148,000 Jobs in December

This morning’s jobs report from the Labor Department showed the addition of 148,000 jobs to non-farm payrolls during the month of December — fewer than the 190,000 predicted by economists. The unemployment rate remained steady for the third month at 4.1 percent, the lowest level since 2000. “It’s a little soft across...
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Will the New Tax Law Create Jobs and Boost Wages?

In December, President Donald Trump signed sweeping tax legislation, after the bill formerly known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed the House and the Senate along party lines. The nearly 500-page law represents the biggest changes to the U.S. tax code in 30 years, dropping the corporate tax rate permanently...
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Hoda Kotb: ‘I’m Not Making Matt Lauer Money’

Earlier this week, NBC announced that Hoda Kotb will permanently replace Matt Lauer as co-anchor of the Today show alongside Savannah Guthrie. Kotb has been filling in since Lauer was fired for alleged “inappropriate sexual behavior” in November. The appointment makes history: Kotb and Guthrie are the first female co-anchors of the...
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ADP: Private Payrolls Added 250,000 Jobs in December

Privately owned companies added 250,000 jobs last month, according to payrolls processor ADP. Prior to this morning’s release of the monthly ADP National Employment Report, economists polled by Reuters were predicting gains of 190,000 jobs. “The job market ended the year strongly. Robust Christmas sales prompted retailers and delivery services to add...
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The 3 Worst Things About Going #BacktoWork After the Holidays

What is it about the holiday break that makes getting back to work so hard? On the calendar, it’s only a few days off. In terms of your motivation, however, it might as well be a month-long sabbatical — minus the benefits. If you’re back at the office today, and struggling mightily...
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Say Yes and Have the Best Year of Your Career

Career advice often focuses on the value of saying no, and it’s true that without good boundaries, it’s hard to be successful. However, it’s also important to say yes in your career — not to other people’s priorities, necessarily, or to every project that comes down the pike, but to new opportunities...
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How to Work Less and Do More in 2018

Americans work longer hours than the citizens of nearly any other industrialized nation. We take little vacation and have no federally mandated paid family leave. Many office workers bring their work home with them, checking email after-hours and on weekends. You’d think that all this work would make us the most productive...
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PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: Ask These 6 Questions for Better Goals in 2018

The best New Year’s resolutions are about goal-setting (as opposed to self-shaming, which is less useful, although sadly quite popular). And the best goals are specific. Want to get a raise next year? Know your worth and learn some negotiating skills. Plan to go back to school? Start researching programs and getting...
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How to Unplug From Work (When You Work From Home)

The benefits of telecommuting are pretty clear: no commute, a significantly more relaxed dress code and the ability to put in a load of laundry on your lunch break. But there are downsides to working from home, too. For instance, when does your workday end, when your work and life occupy the...
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The 10 Job Categories Where Flexible Jobs Are Growing Fastest

If you dream of working in your jammies — or beating the commute with an alternative work schedule — you might want to look into landing a flexible job in the coming year.   The good news is that more employers seem to be getting on board. Telecommuting increased 115 percent between...
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How to Negotiate a Raise During a Promotion

It seems like it would be easy to negotiate a raise during a promotion, but that’s not always the case.   You know that it’s more expensive for your employer to recruit, hire and train a new employee than to give you the raise. But they know how much you’re making right...
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These 9 Jobs Are Worthy of the Most Respect (According to Redditors)

In a perfect world, the more useful a job was to society, the higher the paycheck would be. In the real world, well, let’s just say there are probably very few millionaire social workers out there. (Approaching zero, if you don’t include folks with trust funds).   High pay says more about...
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7 Steps for Better Goal-Setting in 2018

If your company does annual reviews, you’ve probably already set your goals for the coming year, or are just about to finalize them. But, while this process can help your career at your current employer, it’s not the end-all, be-all of goal-setting.   The median employee tenure hovers around four years, according...
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PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: Update Your Resume for 2018!

The end of the year is such a mad scramble of work deadlines and holiday planning, it’s a wonder anyone even has time to make New Year’s resolutions.   But, if you can find a few minutes in between finalizing reports and wrapping gifts, the last days of December are an opportunity...
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Catt Sadler’s Male Cohost Made Twice Her Salary, So She Quit

Earlier this week, Daily Pop host and E! News anchor Catt Sadler announced that she was leaving the network. The reason? Prior to negotiations to extend her contract, Sadler says that she learned her male cohost, Jason Kennedy, “wasn’t just making a little bit more than me but was making double my...
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The 10 Most Popular Posts on Career News in 2017

What was on your mind in 2017? If our stats are any indication, making more money, pursuing your passions — and quitting a bad job while the quitting was good.   This year’s most popular posts also revealed the anxieties plaguing workers. You wanted to know whether getting an education was really...
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How to Negotiate a Pay Raise

Average raises will be 3 percent next year, according to data from Willis Towers Watson and Aon Hewitt. That’s better than no raise, obviously, but it also doesn’t do much to improve most workers’ standard of living — especially when you take inflation into account.   To get ahead financially, you need...
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5 Work Trends for 2018, Including Robot Teammates and Shiny New Perks

What will your career look like in 2018? While some of it is up to you, of course your employer’s decisions and policies will also affect your upcoming year at work.   These are some of the work trends that experts predict you might encounter on the job in 2018. There’s a...
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Women Get Less Credit for Speaking Up, Being Leaders

New research confirms something that many working women already knew: when women speak up, they’re less likely than men to get credit for their ideas — or to be perceived as leaders. Researchers at the University of Delaware, University of Arizona, Boston College and the United States Military Academy conducted a pair...
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Santa’s Salary Will Make You Want to Grow a Long, White Beard

If you celebrate Christmas and have kids — or pampered pets — you may have already paid a visit to your friendly neighborhood mall Santa this year. Perhaps you even stopped a moment and thought about how tough it is to be the man beneath the whiskers. (Especially if some of Santa’s...
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How the End of Net Neutrality Could Affect Your Career

On Thursday, the FCC voted 3 to 2 to repeal net neutrality, dismantling rules that forbid internet service providers from blocking or slowing down access to certain sites.   Net neutrality regulations, which were enacted in 2015 under the Obama-era FCC, restricted the ability of providers like Verizon and Comcast to set...
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Trump’s DOL Wants to Make Tip-Pooling Legal Again

Last week, the Department of Labor proposed a rule change to tip regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The revised rule would allow restaurant owners to redistribute tips from employees, provided those employees are paid at least the minimum wage. “The Department’s proposal only applies where employers pay a full...
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If Your Boss Says This, Ask for a Raise

“If your boss ever says, ‘I wish I had 5 more people just like you’ it’s time to ask for a raise,” brendon7800 recently wrote in the LifeProTips subreddit. But is this really true? First, it’s important to understand why organizations give raises — or at least, why they should. Compensation strategies...
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PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: How to Keep Your Job Search Secret

It’s easier to find a job when you have a job, the saying goes. But, that doesn’t mean that it’s easier to job search when you have a job — especially if you have to keep that job search secret. (And let’s face it, you probably do.) In this week’s roundup, we...
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Jobs Report: Payrolls Added 228,000 Jobs, Beating Economists’ Expectations

Prior to this morning’s release of the monthly Employment Situation Summary, economists polled by Reuters were predicting gains of 200,000 jobs in November. Instead, the Labor Department’s tally showed 228,000 jobs added to public and private, non-farm payrolls. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.1 percent. “It’s a really, really strong economy,”...
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ADP: Private Payrolls Added 190,000 Jobs in November

Private companies added 190,000 jobs last month, according to this morning’s release of the monthly ADP National Employment Report. That’s in line with economists’ predictions, which averaged 185,000 jobs added, according to Reuters. “The job market is red hot, with broad-based job gains across industries and company sizes,” said Mark Zandi, chief...
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How to Prepare for an Interview

Want to make a good impression on the hiring manager at your next job interview? Preparation is the key. Do your homework, and you’ll be more persuasive, less nervous and more likely to achieve your ultimate goal of getting hired. Here’s how to prepare for an interview: Do Your Research You know...
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Healthcare Will Lead the Jobs Boom Over the Next Decade

Over the next 10 years, the economy will add 11.5 million jobs, according to projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Healthcare and social assistance are expected to account for nearly 4 million jobs — about a third of new jobs created. As baby boomers age — and live longer than previous...
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