Author: lizs

Liz Suman is a freelance journalist and copywriter based in Los Angeles. Over the last ten years, Liz has written for a number of print and online publications including Vanity Fair, TIME Inc., The Discovery Channel, The Baltimore Brew, Seattle Business Magazine, About.com, Playboy.com, and The Daily Beast, where she covered film and television premieres as an entertainment reporter. In addition to editorial work, Liz provides professional copywriting and marketing services for individual companies and clients from a variety of industries including art, film, beauty, real estate, and business.

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PayScale Hires Former Concur Executive Scott Torrey as New CEO

Seattle, WA – August 26, 2019 – PayScale, Inc., the world’s leading provider of cloud-based compensation software and data, today announced that Scott Torrey will take on the role of CEO in a planned succession from CEO Mike Metzger, effective August 26, 2019. Metzger has led the company as CEO for the...
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PayScale Announces Majority Growth Investment from Francisco Partners at an Enterprise Value of $325 Million

Investment Will Help the Cloud Compensation Software Provider Accelerate Growth and Innovation
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PayScale Event Compference18 Features Thought Leaders on Pay Equity, Employee Engagement, Compensation

Two-Day Event Focuses on How to Make Smart Compensation and Culture Decisions in a Tightening Employment Economy
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PayScale Named the #1 Best Place to Work in Washington State

PayScale earns top honors in Seattle Business Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” Seattle, WA – June 29, 2018 – Today PayScale, Inc., the leader in precise, on-demand cloud compensation data and solutions for businesses and individuals, announced the company claimed first place in the large company category for Seattle Business Magazine’s “100 Best Companies...
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PayScale Rolls Out Its Newest Team Benefit “Independence Week,” a Week to Recharge for the PayScale Team

Well-rested employees serve customers better. Seattle, WA – June 12, 2018– Today PayScale, Inc., the leader in cloud compensation solutions for businesses and individuals, announced that it will invest in rest during the week of Independence Day to the benefit and betterment of its almost 450 employees.  The company, across all its...
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U.S. News and World Report Selects PayScale to Provide Alumni Salary Information for Its Popular “Best Colleges” Rankings Report

Today, PayScale, Inc., the world’s leading provider of on-demand compensation data and software, announced U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in education rankings, is displaying PayScale’s rich salary data on school profile pages as part of the 2018 Best Colleges edition.
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PayScale and HRTMS Partner Together to Help Companies Attract and Retain Talent

PayScale’s compensation platform and the HRTMS JDXpert job description software provide a better talent management experience for enterprise customers
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Mercer and PayScale Announce ‘Cloud and Crowd’ Strategic Alliance for Next Generation Compensation Data and Software Solutions; Mercer Makes Equity Investment in PayScale

Mercer’s ePRISM to migrate to PayScale’s compensation data management platform
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PayScale Index Shows U.S. Wage Growth for 8th Consecutive Quarter

San Francisco, San Diego and Austin experienced the most wage growth in the country
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PayScale Recognized as One of The 100 Best Companies to Work For in Washington

PayScale was ranked fourth in the large company category in Seattle Business magazine’s "100 Best Companies to Work For in Washington.”
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PayScale Research Shows Many Employers Still Ask About Salary History but Refusing to Answer Has Different Outcomes for Candidates Depending on Gender

It appears women suffer negative consequences when asked about salary history, just not in the way we suspected

Why Your Salary History Is Nobody’s Business But Your Own

Now, I would never suggest you respond to a salary history request by saying, “none of your business,” but ultimately, it is, indeed, nobody else’s business. Not a recruiter. Not a hiring manager. Not an online application. And, in some states and cities, legislation has actually passed to ban employers from asking...

What Is Pay Transparency & Why Does It Matter?

Negotiating your salary is never easy, but what makes it particularly difficult for a lot of people is the lack of pay transparency. Pay transparency is the approach employers take on communicating about compensation. The negotiation process can take on the feel of a poker game rather than an informed discussion on...

When Is the Right Time to Ask For a Raise?

As with so many things in life – relationships, comedy, investing in the stock market – getting a raise can depend on good timing. If you’ve done your salary research, know what you’re worth in the job market and have determined a pay increase is warranted, you’re far more likely to get...

How to Negotiate a Promotion

So you feel like you’ve learned everything you can in your current role and you’re ready for the next level up? Your boss may agree, but she may not. Or, she simply may not have thought about it as much as you have. That’s almost guaranteed. As with so many work-related conversations,...
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Earning It: Joann S. Lublin on How Women Succeed

As one of The Wall Street Journal’s earliest female reporters, its first female London bureau deputy chief, and current management news editor, veteran journalist Joann S. Lublin has achieved an impressive degree of glass ceiling breakage. Lublin’s achievements, which include winning a Pulitzer for Explanatory Reporting in 2003, are particularly noteworthy considering...
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Gen Z Will Hit the Workforce Sooner Than You Think

X plus Y plus … Z? As we near the end of 2016, the first official wave of truly “digital natives” are in the process of hitting the workforce, and they’re bringing a different, surprisingly old-school set of values with them. So says a recent Monster report, Move Over, Millennials: Gen Z Is...
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Landit Aims to Offer Personal Playbook for Lean In Generation

Landit, a new career site, has been described as a potential LinkedIn for women. Starting with an assessment that helps users determine what they’re looking for right now (a new job? ideas about what comes next?), Landit then connects them with career tools, networking guidance, and job opportunities. Lisa Skeete Tatum, co-founder...
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Startup CEO: Why You Should Work Smarter, Not Harder

PayScale recently had a chance to sit down with CEO Kris Duggan, an 18-year veteran of the tech industry and founder of the California-based enterprise software company BetterWorks. Here's why he believes that managers should evaluate employees based on the quality of their work instead of the number of hours on their...
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How I Got My Dream Job: John Rizen, Magician

Magicians have been with us for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Historians date the first usage of the word as early as the 14th century, and trace its etymological origins to the magus, a type of ancient Persian priest, and cognate maghdim, a Chaldean term for "wisdom and philosophy." Fast-forward a...
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How I Got My Dream Job: Emma Mostrom-Mombelli, Scuba Diving Instructor

For Emma Mostrom-Mombelli, a scuba diving instructor in Thailand for the past two years and a former divemaster in the U.K., a typical workday often entails diving deep into the depths of some of the world’s most beautiful oceans alongside a rotating cast of silent amphibious co-workers. The ambitious maritime adventuress recently...
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How I Got My Dream Job: Courtney Kenney, Program Associate at Ronald McDonald House New York

For the past four years, New York-based social worker Courtney Kenney has worked as a program associate for Ronald McDonald House New York, an organization that provides temporary housing for pediatric cancer patients and their families. Located on East 73rd Street in Manhattan near 13 major cancer treatment centers, Ronald McDonald functions...
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How I Got My Dream Job: Olden Polynice, Former NBA Player, Current Advocate for Disability Awareness

Before racking up 15 NBA seasons with some of the top teams of the ’90s, including the Seattle SuperSonics, Detroit Pistons, and Utah Jazz, NBA veteran Olden Polynice — a six-foot-eleven, Haitian-born, Harlem-raised center with a friendly smile and an unforgettable name — was told by doctors that he would never walk,...
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Jobs to Thrill Your Inner Child: Ghostbuster / Paranormal Investigator

Forty-two percent of all Americans believe in ghosts, according to a 2013 Harris Poll. With such a significant portion of the population having a vested interest in paranormal phenomena, there are plenty of opportunities for someone interested in pursuing a career in the world of the undead. (Just ask Google.) But aside...
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These Might Be the 5 Coolest Offices in the US (and Canada)

PayScale recently gave readers a look inside some of the coolest offices around the globe. After conducting extensive research and drooling over countless worthy contenders, we narrowed the list to a handful of creative and unusual spaces, including the live orange grove of Google Tel Aviv, the James Bond-esque Cold War bunker...
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Survey: 76 Percent of Workers Are More Productive Outside of the Office

Seventy-six percent of 2,600 people polled in a recent FlexJobs survey chose anywhere but the office during work hours as the ideal place to get “important work done.” According to the company’s 4th Annual Super Survey, which asked respondents to choose “their location of choice to be most productive on important work-related...
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More Tech Companies Cast a Net for Diversity Leaders

A new wave of tech companies has started to publicly prioritize diversity by giving it its own job title. Many of tech’s big guns, including Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, Apple, and Google already consider diversity efforts worthy of an in-house point person, according to HR Dive.   (Photo Credit: Steve Snodgrass/Flickr) Some of...
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Feeling Lazy? Bask in These Stories of 4 People Who Got Paid to Do Nothing

Earlier this year, PayScale told the story of A. K. Verma, an Indian civil servant who managed to avoid coming to work for 24 years before eventually getting fired for “willful absence of duty” in January 2015. Though his case, a byproduct of India’s tough-to-penetrate labor laws, is shocking, Verma is not...
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The NFL Cheerleader Wage Theft War

Football’s most famous fans may finally be getting a voice. After years of NFL cheerleaders enduring embarrassingly low pay and overall poor treatment, working conditions seem to be improving. As a recent New York Times article noted, “The cultural dial is turning.” So, what exactly is changing, and why?   (Photo Credit:...
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Jobs to Thrill Your Inner Child: Ice Cream Taster

The job of an ice cream taster – also called a tastemaster, food scientist, sensory analyst, or flavorologist – is unsurprisingly, to taste-test ice cream. A full-time taster may be expected to stick to an aggressive daily sampling schedule, and is asked to assess the quality of each flavor on the basis...
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Jobs to Thrill Your Inner Child: Professional Mermaid

Professional mermaid-ing is a highly specialized, fiercely competitive job that’s swimming with a school of inner child-thrilling rewards, pun most definitely intended. Depending on a mermaid’s employer, location, and experience, job perks can include working with children, wearing incredibly ornate uniforms, getting paid to dance underwater, and swimming with jellyfish (and sometimes...
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7 Killer Interview Questions Managers Should Ask Prospective Hires ?

Forty-six percent of new hires don’t last longer than 18 months, primarily due to “poor interpersonal skills,” according to a study by leadership training company Leadership IQ, despite the fact that candidates are arguably more qualified than ever before. Certainly, they’re more educated: 873,000 Americans are projected to earn master’s degree in...
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Report: Technology Is Creating Jobs, Not Eliminating Them

A recent Deloitte study based on 140 years of England and Wales census data found that technology has produced more new jobs than made existing ones obsolete. This is particularly true of “caring” occupations that require cognitive thinking, such as nurses and teachers, as opposed to “muscle power” occupations, such as weavers...
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Jobs to Thrill Your Inner Child: Panda Nanny

Forget kids! Why nanny for human offspring when you could be spending your time with baby panda cubs instead? A handful of organizations, including the Giant Panda Protection and Research Center in the Sichuan province of southwest China, actually employ a category of workers known as panda nannies, the primary responsibility of...
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Are Tech Jobs Just Crazy Hard on Workers?

The short answer is “yes.” It’s also “no” and “it depends.” The recent New York Times critique of Amazon‘s work culture — the most commented-on piece in the publication’s history — has resulted in a firestorm of both backlash and support from the media and tech titans. Former and current Amazon employees...
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Incredible Company Perks: Top 5 Swag and Service-Based Perks

Imagine penciling “manicure” between “conference call” and “team meeting” on your to-do list, and letting your boss deal with cleaning your house. Or, if whimsy is your thing, think about what it would be like to rent a kitten for your cubicle, or get unlimited free Snickers for the rest of your...
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The Evolution of Gender-Based Career Quizzes

The use of polarized language as a source of polarized ideas is nothing new. A classic case in point: The Quiz. Though the decision to have a career, a spouse, and/or children is clearly an individual and entirely subjective one, magazines throughout time have provided readers with the sometimes dangerous ability to...
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Why People Quit Their Dream Jobs

With an insanely competitive interview process that can take four to six weeks, include up to eight rounds of interviews, and require responses to seemingly irrelevant questions such as, “How many trees are there in Washington state?,” jobs at Amazon and other top tech employers are hard to get. The thought of...
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Jobs to Thrill Your Inner Child: Professional Mattress Jumper

Using the bedroom mattress as a springboard to the stars is a quintessential childhood pastime. So much so, that the classic nursery song Five Little Monkeys has over 68 million hits on YouTube).?As a career path for adults, however, mattress jumping “is not a game,” according to Reuben Reynoso, a professional “mattress...
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These Might Be the 5 Coolest Offices in the World

Imagine a work world in which the PowerPoint presentation for your weekly team meeting was projected from a vintage carousel horse, a midday snack meant plucking an orange from an indoor grove near your desk, or your daily commute required traveling 100 feet underground to a former nuclear war bunker submerged beneath...
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Jobs to Thrill Your Inner Child: Life as a Human Hedge

Imagine a world in which your exposure to nature was not relegated to an occasional hike in your off-hours, but rather designated as the source of your bread and butter. Enter a career in roving shrubbery, an unbelievable but actual career for a number of (presumably fascinating) people around the world. Check...
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Interactive Map Shows the Location of Most Jobs in the US

Robert Manduca, a PhD student studying sociology and social policy at Harvard, has created an interactive map that plots 96 percent of the jobs in America according to category and location. (A Screenshot of Manduca’s Interactive Job Map) Manduca’s visualization of the country’s workforce was inspired by the Race Dot Map, a...
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What’s Your Employer’s Philosophy: Work to Live or Live to Work?

In 2006, Treehouse CEO Ryan Carson decided to give employees of the Portland, Oregon-based technology education company three-day weekends every week, arguing that living to work instead of working to live is not the best (or at least only) key to a company’s profitability and overall success. But, that doesn’t mean that...
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10 Female STEM Stars Under 30

Women make up only 24 percent of the STEM workforce in the US, according to the Department of Commerce, and some fields are worse than others. Women represent only 14 percent of the country’s engineers, but make up 47 percent of mathematicians and statisticians, 47 percent of life scientists, and 63 percent...
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Don’t Dismiss Small Talk; Use It for Big Talk

Small talk exists in nearly every language. In Japan, it comes in the form of short grunts and nods called "aizuchi." In Persian culture, they're "taarof." In his 1923 essay, The Problem of Meaning in Primitive Language, Polish anthropologist Bronis?aw Malinowski coined the term "phatic communion" to describe small talk as "language...
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Jobs to Thrill Your Inner Child: A Life of LEGO

Peter Pan Syndrome is a real thing, and our cultural zeitgeist is rife with both fictional and nonfictional examples of the pop psychology concept of puer aeternus: essentially, people who’d prefer not to grow up. While perpetual adolescence is fundamentally problematic in many real-life scenarios, there are some who have figured out...
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Incredible Company Perks: Top 3 Cash Rewards

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How I Got My Dream Job: Ngaio Bealum, Stand-Up Comic/Cannabis Activist/Pot-repreneur

Sacramento-based standup comic and cannabis reform activist Ngaio Bealum began making waves in the pot industry over 20 years ago, through a combination of entertainment, activism, and pot-repreneurism. As the focus of our latest How I Got My Dream Job profile, Bealum took the time to sit down with PayScale to share...
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Don’t Forget About Apprenticeships: Learn While You Earn

While not everyone wants to work, because most people have to, it logically follows that most of us want a job. The real question is, what’s the best way to get one? If you can’t afford four years of college, but want a skilled job that pays more than minimum wage, an...
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A Growing Crop of Female Versions of the Old Boy’s Club Make Waves Online

From T. Swift's smoking hot girl army to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's whip-smart comic partnership, to Zooey Deschanel, Molly McAleer, and Sophia Rossi's infectious Hello Giggles girl-power lifestyle hub, female friendship-based collaborations are nothing new. What is new is the increasing number of collaboration-based opportunities that female professionals now have that...
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How Your Brain Can Help (or Hurt) Your Career

The brain is arguably the most definitively valuable tool to which we have access. If our lives and careers are a ship whose charter is based on a sequence of certain decisions, the brain is the captain steering its course. But how well do we you know it? Probably not very, according...
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Liberal Arts Proponents Fight Back Against the Haters

The number of graduates majoring in the humanities and social sciences in the U.S. has declined in recent years, and liberal arts institutions are making a concerted effort to change the perception that humanities and social science degrees cannot lead to profitable careers.   (Young Man Being Introduced to the Seven Liberal...
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How I Got My Dream Job: Megan Baker, Senior Director of Program Management, FreeWheel

Meet Megan Baker, Senior Director at FreeWheel, a company that produces and manages the technology behind ad-supported content for some of the heaviest hitters in the television industry. (Clients include ABC, AOL, DIRECTV, ESPN, NBC Universal, Turner Broadcasting, and Viacom, to name just a few.) Drawing on the same work ethic and...
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How I Got My Dream Job: Carlo Chalisea, Founder/Owner/Chef at Don Lucho’s Food Truck

Carlo Chalisea served Don Lucho’s first sandwich off the grill himself in August of 2013. Now, two years later, the 30-year-old Seattle-based chef and entrepreneur is slanging his imaginative Rococo and Aji Amarillo-smothered Chicharron and Lomo Saltado creations to sandwich-loving Seattleites all over town as many as five days a week, and...
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How I Got My Dream Job: Giulia Heiman, Bi-coastal Hairstylist, Beauty Columnist, Entrepreneur

While most stylists would consider a permanent chair at a prestigious salon in New York City the most coveted of covetable gigs in their industry, for Seattle-born and NYC/LA-based hairstylist Giulia Heiman, cutting her chops as a Senior Stylist at the Ted Gibson Salon on 5th Avenue was merely a stepping stone...
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How I Got My Dream Job: Roxie Hunt, Hair Stylist/DIY Hair Mogul

Most hair stylists cut and color hair. For Roxie Jane Hunt, however, shears and color baths were just the beginning. Over the past decade, the Pacific Northwest-based stylist, writer, entrepreneur, and mother of two has used her cutting and coloring chops as the springboard for a bonafide DIY hair empire that extends...
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Nap Pods: Why Some Companies Are Letting Workers Sleep on the Job

Anyone familiar with a 9-to-5 schedule is also likely familiar with the 3 p.m. slump. That daily midday breaking point when your “I’m going to get so much done today” stream of early morning motivation has long since subsided into sugar crash-fueled melancholy and a blurry computer screen. When this moment in...
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Hilarious Responses to College Rejection Letters

For most of us, spring is a happy time; March and April are months signifying the promise of barbecues, blooming flowers, and beach weather. But for the high school seniors around the country racing to their mailboxes every day after school to check for acceptance or rejection letters from their dream schools,...
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Employee Monitoring: Justifiable Security Measure or Overly Orwellian?

Remember that time you worked yourself into a hypochondriac frenzy, and wound up spending the whole afternoon at the office surfing WebMD and trying to figure out if people get cholera anymore? As it turns out, Bill the IT guy — or even your CEO — may have been assessing your risks...
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6 Tricks to Get You the Salary You Deserve

Whether your goal is a raise after 10 years in the same position or you’re a potential new hire preparing a counteroffer, talking about money can be uncomfortable, and salary negotiation is an art. To help you master it, here is a roundup of research- and expert-based tips and insights to equip...
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Job Training Funds Go to Workers Who Need It Least

A recent Georgetown University report on employee training trends and spending claims that the least experienced American workers are often the ones who ironically receive the least postsecondary job training from employers and educational institutions. “Employer training trends to be for the most experienced and most educated employees,” summarizes lead author Anthony...
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Meet the YouTube Millionaires

Turns out, you didn’t need that Harvard education after all! According to Social Blade*, a site that tracks YouTube statistics, a laptop and regular trips to FAO Schwarz may be a wiser career investment than an Ivy League education — and the potential mountains of student loan debt that come with it....
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The Birds and Bees of the Modern Office Romance

In Mike Nichol’s endearingly unrealistic ’80s romcom Working Girl, Melanie Griffith portrays Tess McGill, an inexperienced but savvy young professional embattled in a competition for professional (and romantic) success with her powerful, idea-stealing boss Katherine Parker (Sigourney Weaver). The moral of the story? Do the right — albeit slightly duplicitous — thing,...
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13 Incredible Company Perks

From fledgling tech start-ups to household-name corporations, employers both big and small are continuously upping the ante when it comes to finding ways to keep their workers happy. While unusually cool perks like Etsy’s playground-esque open lofts, or simply invaluable incentives such as the unlimited vacation days offered at Gravity Payments (that’s...
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The Women on Top: The Country’s Highest-Paid Female CEOs

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 248,760 Americans held the job title “Chief Executive” in 2013. As leaders who are (at least theoretically) responsible for making some of the most crucial decisions involving a company and its workforce, Chief Executives have at times singular amounts of authority, privilege, and responsibility. They...
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The 10 Most (and 10 Least) Profitable Undergraduate College Degrees

Of course, you could make your millions after earning your bachelor’s degree in English or art history, but if high earning potential is your post-graduation goal, you’ll want to target your educational plans accordingly. (Hint: think STEM.) (Photo Credit: Bradley P. Johnson/Flickr) Institution, academic performance, geography, internship experience, the current economy, and...
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5 Steps for Building Your Own Professional Website

Whether you are a job seeker, an independent jewelry designer, a freelance journalist, an aspiring filmmaker, or the owner of a new food cart, a strong online presence is a key part of every professional and small business’s marketing strategy. The backbone of this presence is your website. And unless your small...
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5 of the Coolest Company Cafeterias

Back in high school, the cafeteria’s role as a road map for social status was limited to the seating arrangements of the people eating in it, but now it’s the room itself that holds all the power. From in-house sushi chefs to onsite sustainable farms, companies around the country pull out all...
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Want to Get More Done at Work? Do Less

Some good news for anyone sick of 12-hour days at the office: the key to maximizing professional productivity may not be to work more, but rather to work less. According to a recent study conducted by the Draugiem Group, a social networking company, the average person remains productive for 52 minutes at...
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The Art of the (E-mail) Close

Signing off as “Salty” instead of “Sally.” Including 18 line items in your signature block, including your parents’ home number. Forgetting that you already pushed “send” on your daily e-mail to your mom, and closing the subsequent e-mail to your boss with, “Love, Sean XOXO.” Realizing that upon sending said e-mail to...
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4 Tiny Changes That Will Help You Work Smarter, Not Harder

Many of us live to work, rather than work to live. According to the Department of Labor, the average American between the ages of 25-54 with children spends a whopping 8.7 hours on “working and related activities” each day, but only one hour on “eating and drinking” and two-and-half on “leisure and...