• 3 Redditors' Inspiring Stories of Drastic Career Changes
    It's no secret that many people are unhappy with their current jobs. But did you know that two-thirds of all working adults, and 73 percent of those in their 30s want to change careers? It's a fact of life that many of us have to take jobs that may not be our "dream" jobs, and maybe that concept is a sham anyway. However, that doesn't mean that you have to be unhappy in your current job forever — or that you can't transition to another career where you can still earn a living doing honest, practical work.
  • Why Don't Americans Believe That Robots Are Coming for Their Jobs?
    The concept of robot overlords taking control of mankind dates back long before Will Smith's 2004 magnum opus I, ROBOT, which is, incidentally, now the name of one of those automatic floor vacuums. In fact, stories of computers ruling humanity date back as early as the 1950s (as commenters who know their Asimov will no doubt point out). But these days, it really isn't science fiction. In fact, Wired reported a study by Oxford University researchers that estimated 47 percent of current jobs in the U.S. could very well be automated inside of the next 20 to 30 years. The scary part is that Americans actually agree for the most part with these findings — they're just in denial that they are the ones on the chopping block.
  • New CareerBuilder Survey Reveals What HR Managers Know About the Gender Pay Gap
    The gender pay gap is a complex issue. In order to begin to understand the situation, it's important to appreciate the difference between what PayScale is calling the controlled and the uncontrolled gender pay gap. Not only do women earn less than men for equal work, they also do different jobs in the first place. The truth about the gender pay gap is that it's much more complicated than some people think.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Do You Feel Trapped in Your Career?
    The average person changes jobs 10 to 15 times over the course of their career, and spends less than five years at each job. Harder to figure out: how many times they change careers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn't track it, and many changes are pretty subtle anyway, as career paths naturally evolve over time. Sometimes, however, you have to make a leap. In this week's roundup, we look at what to do when you need to make a big career change, plus resume rules you should stop breaking, and ways to beat burnout.
  • Planning a Summer Vacation? 5 Reasons to Try for 2 Weeks
    March is about to go out like a lamb, and the blooming flowers and rising temperatures have a lot of people thinking about one thing – vacation. In fact, this is a great time of year to start planning your summer vacation away from the office. Before you submit that time-off request though, here's a thought: can you try for two weeks off?
  • How to Enjoy March Madness Without Driving Your Co-Workers Crazy
    March Madness is upon us – whether that's good or bad depends on your feelings about college basketball, your workplace's culture around sports, and your need to get stuff done between now and April 4. Ideally, you and your co-workers would all be able to enjoy the bonding potential of debating the merits of your favorite teams, without turning the office into a locker room or annoying your colleagues who would choose unpaid overtime over courtside seats.
  • America's Corporate Culture Is Too Stuck In Its Ways to Allow Paid Family Leave to Work
    The U.S. is one of the few countries in the world that doesn't mandate any kind of paid family leave, and only 12 percent of private-sector employees in this country have access to it. This is despite the increasing number of elite employers who offer generous perks designed to improve work-life balance. What will it take for paid family leave to truly gain traction in the U.S.? Beyond a law requiring it, we'd need nothing less than a complete cultural shift. Even if paid leave were to be granted tomorrow to every employee nationwide, there's one problem that would still remain: an unsupportive corporate culture that makes it hard to take time away from work to take care of family.
  • 7 Ways to Change Your Career Luck, Starting Today
    When it comes to your career, there's a lot that's outside your control. You can't make a job opening appear when you really need one, or keep an awesome boss from transferring to another department, or boost the budget for raises and the opportunities for promotion. At the end of the day, pretty much all you can control is yourself and your behavior. The good news is that sometimes, that's enough.
  • What We Can Learn About Meetings From the Rare People Who Actually Enjoy Them
    Complaining about meetings is the unofficial sport of many workplaces. In fact, according to a recent Harris poll, sponsored by the online collaboration company Clarizen, 17 percent of employees said they would literally rather watch paint dry than attend a meeting, and eight percent would rather undergo a root canal. However, every now and again you come across a person, or even a group of people, who actually really enjoy meetings. Maybe we can learn something important about ourselves, or at least about how we collaborate, from thinking about their approach. Here are a few ideas to consider.
  • Want to Land Your Dream Career? Use These 3 Job Search Tips
    Entering a job search is definitely not for the faint of heart. If you've ever had to look for a job, then you understand the emotional roller coaster that happens during this process. The highs of applying to potential dream gigs and getting called in for interviews will make you feel like you're walking on cloud nine – invincible, almost. However, the lows of not getting the job are enough to bruise even the strongest and most resilient of egos. To help you make the most of your job-search journey, here are three tips that will boost your candidacy and marketability so that you can land the job of your wildest dreams.
  • Teachers in South Dakota Will Finally Get a Raise
    Teaching is hard work, but despite the education, dedication, and expertise it demands, teachers are startlingly underpaid compared with other professionals with similar education and training. That's true across the board. However, teachers' pay varies widely state-to-state. This year, South Dakota has decided to take action in order to move their teachers up the pay ranks and help their schools and students succeed. Let's take a closer look at how they'll do it, and what encouraged them toward this action.
  • Good News: Today Is Everything You Do Is Right Day
    In the pantheon of Awesome Fake Holidays, today – Everything You Do Is Right Day, according to important internet sources – is right up there with Talk Like a Pirate Day in terms of boosting your self-esteem and tickling your spirit. Just for today, it's OK to believe that everything you do will turn out right. (It's also OK to talk like a pirate, but you'll have to wait until September to do it without getting stared at.)
  • 4 Useful Work Skills You'd Never Put on Your Resume
    Deciding what exactly to put on your resume can be a daunting experience, and the format doesn't always allow you to give your potential employer the full spectrum of your qualifications. But if you are able get the job, remember that you're expected to bring a lot more to the table than just the skills you listed on your finely curated resume. With that said, here are some of the less-talked-about but absolutely differentiating skills you can learn in order to make yourself stand out from your co-workers.
  • Sabbaticals Are Good for Workers and Employers
    If you're like most Americans, three things are probably true for you. First, you desperately need a break from your job. You're tired and stressed, and feeling rundown and overworked is typical for you. Second, despite this, you haven't taken a vacation in a while. And, it's not necessarily because you're not entitled – you might have unused vacation days. In that case, you feel that you can't, or shouldn't, get away from the office. You worry that it could hurt business, your individual performance, or even your career standing or trajectory. And finally, if you're like most American workers, you haven't even dared to dream about taking a sabbatical. But, maybe you should. You, and your employer, would be wise to take it under serious consideration. Here's what you need to know.
  • 4 Things to Remember While You're Chasing Your Dreams
    If only you could have the innocence and resilience of your childhood self right now, as a professional chasing after your dreams, then maybe you wouldn't be afraid of getting a few bumps and bruises along the way. Unfortunately, adults remember all those minor setbacks, which is why many professionals would rather settle for a decent paycheck and secure job, rather than risk it all and go after what they want. If you are one of the few who decides to take the road less traveled and dream big, then here are four important things to remember when you feel like turning back.
  • 3 Ways a College Degree Is Worth Less for Poor Students
    It's widely accepted that a college degree is a requirement for most high-earning jobs, despite the fact that all degrees are not created equal, and even graduating from a school whose alumni tend to earn the big bucks doesn't guarantee a large salary. There's also another factor to your post-graduate success that's beyond your control: how much money your family had when you were growing up. Here are just a few of the ways coming from a disadvantaged background can compromise the value of obtaining a college degree.
  • Your Boss Should Let You Nap at Work, and Here's Why
    If you're scanning Twitter for the #NationalNappingDay hashtag and scowling enviously at anyone whose employer offers a space-age nap pod or even just a dedicated room for the occasional snooze, take heart. While we can't promise you that your boss will care, the good news is that science is on your side when it comes to the benefits of napping.
  • #MondayMotivation: 5 Ways to Cope With Daylight Saving Time
    Did you feel a little jetlagged this morning? It's not all in your head – or at least, you didn't make it up. The effects of Daylight Saving Time on health and well-being are well-documented, including everything from general sleepiness to an elevated risk for heart attack and stroke. (Fortunately, those more serious risks dissipate a few days after the change.) So, if you're feeling a little behind at work today, the clock might be to blame. But, because your boss probably won't buy that excuse for long, you'll need to catch up as soon as possible. Here's how.
  • 10 Quotes From Scientists to Inspire You on Pi Day
    Pi Day has been with us since at least 1988, when physicist Larry Shaw first led a parade of fruit-pie eating staffers at the San Francisco Exploratorium. It's hard to believe, though, that some math-minded folks hadn't noticed earlier the connection between today's date – 3.14, if noted in the American style, month-first – and the first digits of pi, 3.14, the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. Regardless of how long you've been celebrating, today's a great day to eat pie, wish Albert Einstein a happy birthday, or generally get inspired by math and science.
  • How to Communicate With Recruiters So You Don't Look Like a Creeper
    Communicating with a recruiter is much like a first date. You know he's interested in what you have to offer, or else he wouldn't have contacted you, right? Then again, how many other qualified candidates is he in communication with? Ugh! The anticipation and waiting are enough to make you want to curl up in a ball and weep your eyes out. Before you go full stalker mode, learn some of the dos and don'ts of communicating with recruiters so you don't wind up on the blacklist of candidates.

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