• The 4 Best Cities for Summer Jobs
    Whether you're a student or a full-time worker, you probably look forward to summer. Some folks plan a nice long vacation for themselves during these months, which certainly helps. Students get a break, too – at least from school. But, many students want to work during the summer, and they often have some flexibility in terms of where they live during this time. Some areas are much better than others for securing summer employment. So, it makes sense to do a bit of research before deciding where to land for the summer of 2016.
  • 9 Tech Skills That Will Boost Your Salary in 2016
    If you're a developer, or in the computer science field in general, you probably already know that your skill set is highly sought after, and valued in terms of compensation. The tech field is growing bigger every year, and accordingly the salaries tend to be bigger too, depending on whether you have the right skill set or not. In a recent PayScale study we wanted to find out, what are the tech skills that will increase your salary the most right now? And how much of a pay boost will those tech skills actually give you? Here's what we discovered.
  • When You Work on Vacation, You're Not on Vacation
    Mobile technology has enabled us to work more flexibly than we did, say, 25 years ago, but at a price: while demanding bosses of yesteryear were stuck with the occasional phone call, today's anxious managers can require us to check in almost constantly, emailing and messaging and working on projects remotely – almost to the point where we're not on vacation at all.
  • 3 Career Lessons From Indy 500 Drivers
    If you don't follow car racing, you might not be aware of the magnitude of the event that's taking place today (weather permitting). This year's Indianapolis 500 is the 100th running of what some claim is "largest single-day sporting event in the entire world." The purse this year tops $13 million, and 33 drivers are competing for the winner's share of about $2.5 million. But these potential millionaires have more in common with you, the working person, than you might think.
  • How Neatness Counts at Work (Even For Creative Types)
    Does your desk look like an organized, well-oiled machine? Or does it look like rats are making a nest and you're just biding your time, waiting for them to bring you something nice? How you keep your desk can say a lot about how you operate in the workplace, and can even dictate if your brain makes healthy decisions (or not).
  • 4 Fictional Company Picnics You'll Be Glad You Didn't Attend
    The rites of spring are many, but after a long winter, employers often look to the company picnic as the cure for the office blues. While some ventures into the great outdoors with friends can be both fun and memorable, oftentimes the company picnic (with mandatory attendance) can feel as awkward as a middle school dance. Here are some notorious (fictional) company outings that you'll be glad you got to skip.
  • The 5 Worst Cities to Start a Career
    After years of education, training, and soul-searching, when the time finally comes to really launch your career in earnest, it can feel pretty exciting, but maybe a little scary and overwhelming, too. You know that the decisions you make now will impact your professional journey for years to come. It's important that you have as much information as possible, so that you can head in the right direction.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Are You Sending Your Resume Into a Black Hole?
    Many employers rely on Applicant Tracking Systems to vet resumes, long before your information ever reaches human eyes. In a perfect world, this would be productive for all involved – employers could save time sifting through resumes, and you could be assured that your excellent qualifications made it through to impress a hiring manager. The real world, however, is different. In this week's roundup, we look at how to use keywords to make sure your resume makes the cut, plus the decisions you'll always regret making at work, and the 15 things to take off your resume, starting today.
  • The 5 Best Cities to Start a Career
    If you're just getting started with your career, you have a lot of decisions to make. The process of deciding what you'd like to do and how to do it can be tricky. It's important to keep in mind throughout this process that not all areas of the country are the same when it comes to starting a career. For this reason, the folks at WalletHub recently released a new report that analyzes, across 17 metrics, the best and worst cities to start a career among the 150 most populated cities in the United States. Let's take a look at the five cities that topped the list.
  • 3 Benefits of Taking a Gap Year
    Despite the rising cost of tuition, college is still worth the time, effort, and investment. However, learning and growth can happen outside of the bounds of the traditional classroom environment, as well. A rising trend among students (President Obama's daughter Malia included), is to take a gap year before beginning college – a time to travel, have new experiences, learn new things, volunteer, and so on.
  • New Grads, Here's How to Build Your Career From Scratch

    If you're a newly minted college graduate, you're probably going through a lot of different emotions right now – pride at having achieved your goals, relief at being done, and fear about what comes next. It's especially scary if you don't have any idea about that last part. The good news is that this year's college graduates are entering the hottest job market for grads in years, with employers expected to hire 5 percent more graduates than last year. But that doesn't mean finding that all-important first job is easy.

    Recently, we spoke via email with Amanda Augustine, career advice expert for TopResume, to get her advice on how the class of 2016 can boost their chances of post-graduation success.

  • 4 Techniques to Boost Your Concentration and Productivity in 15 Minutes or Less
    Are you having one of those days where it seems like you cannot fully get into your work? If your concentration level is about a one on a scale of 10, and you can't seem to complete a single task to save your life, then don't worry – it happens to the best of us. Here are four odd, yet effective techniques to help get your mind out of that haze and into gear so that you can have a constructive and productive day.
  • 5 Steps Millennials Can Take to Advance Their Career

    Keep your chin up, millennials. It's always been tough to land a good job.

    Over the weekend, LinkedIn's Campus Editor Justin Chormicle penned a column titled Millennials Face Toughest Economy Since Great Depression. In the piece, Chormicle explores a report recently released by the New York City Comptroller's Office, which explains "how the lack of high-paying jobs, decline in wages, and increasing debt are severely hurting millennials when it comes to achieving the lifestyles and financial stability that previous generations experienced."

  • How to Get Away With Sandals at Work
    It's beginning to look a lot like summer, even in the dreariest and coldest reaches this side of the equator, and you're feeling like you can finally ditch the heavy boots and give your feet some breathing room. So how can you let your tootsies out in the open without getting the stink eye at work? There are some factors to keep in mind before you roll up with your beach favorites on your feet, but thankfully, most workplaces are relaxed enough these days to allow for some sandal wearing (even Emily Post says so).
  • 5 Work-From-Home Jobs That Aren't the Usual Customer Service Gigs
    When we talk about work-from-home jobs, we're usually talking about a very specific type of role that can be done over the phone or computer. It's true that it's easier to find a telecommuting job if you work in certain industries – customer service, for example, or administrative support. But not all work-from-home jobs are limited to these areas.
  • 12 Pearls of Wisdom for Students From Mark Twain
    Beloved literary icon Mark Twain, born Samuel Clemens, was famous for his strong opinions about all aspects of life. He had a great deal to say about education, for example; there is ample evidence to support the claim that he would've loathed today's standardized testing. His irreverent approach to learning offers inspiration for any student trying to plan their academic or post-graduation career.
  • No, You Don't Have to 'Think Like a Man' to Get Ahead
    One of the biggest myths about professional women and success is that it's easier to get ahead in the workplace if you exhibit traditionally "masculine" qualities. Often these perceived traits include being assertive, confident, solution-focused, and ambitious. If it were true that men always behaved this way, and women never did, "think like a man" would be great career advice. But, there's one glaring flaw in that wisdom.
  • Programmer, Fired After 6 Years, Realizes He Doesn't Know How to Code
    This week on /CSCareerQuestions, Reddit user FiletOfFish1066 reveals an unfortunate situation that sounds almost too much like HBO's Silicon Valley to be true. OP was fired after spending six full years working at a well-known tech company in the Bay Area. Now, our friend reflects on his time there and admits he may have made some mistakes along the way: for instance, automating his job to the point where he forgot how to code. Let's investigate what happened and see what OP can do to salvage his tech career. Spoiler alert: OP is not "Big Head" Bighetti.
  • 4 Ways College Grads Can Gear Up for a Successful Career
    It's that time of year again: graduation season! The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) estimates that more than 1.8 million relieved, exhausted, and exuberant college students are gearing up for graduation day this year. However, transitioning from college into the "real world" can leave many new grads feeling uncertain, lost, and a bit frightened as they take their first, tentative step in their lives as career professionals. If you're a new grad looking for a little guidance in what the heck to do now, here are four great ways to prepare for success.
  • 6 Common Job Titles of People Who've Left Teaching
    Teaching, especially these days, is hard work. From long hours, to low pay, to lack of proper resources, and so much more – the challenges of the teaching profession are endless. Teachers take on this tough work day after day, year after year. Until, sometimes, they decide not to anymore.

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