Gen Y Report: Head (North)West, Gen Y!

PayScale’s "Gen Y on the Job” report reveals Millennials’ best job and employer options, favorite cities, top job skills, common degrees and more. Today we look at the report to find the best metro area for Gen Y workers who are looking to build strong careers in an exciting city.

12 Unique Skills Startup Employees Need for Faster Promotions

Q: What's one unusual skill employees need to get promoted faster at a startup or small biz?

The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the world's most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and email lessons.

4 Tips to Be an Effective Mentor

Today's always-on business environment makes it difficult for many executives to find time to mentor others. In an interview with Dorie Clark for Forbes, Demetriouse Russell of Harvard Business School offered the following helpful tips to be an effective mentor.

Conversations with PayScale: Public Relations Specialist

With the election just 22 days away, we at PayScale find ourselves discussing the jobs available in the political arena. What is it like to be a speech writer? What does a lobbyist do all day? And is there a job where we can just hang out at the White House, quoting The West Wing at anyone who will listen? No? Fine. Maybe we'll just walk around and see if there's a pick-up meeting we can get in on instead.

Study Supports Workplace Flirting for Women to Get Ahead

New research out of UC Berkeley indicates that for women to get ahead while negotiating, they should try flirting. This supports previous studies that found women who negotiate hard, as a man would do, were actually penalized for their toughness and unlikeability. Have we regressed to the 50s?

Does Physical Fitness Lead to Career Success?

Vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan made headlines after he claimed to have run a marathon in "under three [hours], high twos. I had a two hour and fifty-something". Runner's World discovered his actual marathon time was 4:01:25. Now, most runners will tell you it is highly unlikely a marathoner would forget his or her PR, especially by that much. So why would Ryan guess low? Does our culture value fitness to the point of believing an athlete is more qualified for an office like the vice presidency? Or could it be that phsyical fitness makes one more successful overall?

PayScale Is Keeping Up with the Kardashians… and Your Salary Potential

In case you missed it, in an article titled, "These Two Salary Data Sources Will Help You Prove That You Deserve A Raise", Business Insider’s Brazenist column recently compared PayScale to Kim Kardashian. We know, the analogy sounds weird, but whenever a major media outlet recognizes us for “blazing a new trail when it comes to providing salary data” we’re happy to accept it as a compliment. When they questioned the validity of our methodology though, we shot back with a few corrections defending our (and Kim’s) honor.

Is it Time for a Sabbatical From Work?

Could you benefit from taking a sabbatical from work? Quite possibly, according to SideTour cofounder Vipin Goyal, who recently took a six-month break from work to travel the world and broaden his horizons. Alina Dizik interviewed Goyal for Fast Company to see how he emerged more productive and creative than ever.