• 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.
  • 9 New Skills That Boost Pay the Most
    Some of today's most in-demand skills are tech-related – no surprise to anyone who's been in the work world in the past 10 or 15 years, or read any career news, or even followed politics. STEM jobs are often high-paying jobs, and the skills that support them can level up your earnings faster than other additions to your resume. PayScale's recent report, How to Win in the Skills Economy, looks at nine new skills that could make you big money. And when we say "new," we mean "brand-new": all of the skills on this list have emerged in the last five years.
  • #MondayMotivation: 5 Ways to Reboot Your Motivation
    What's your slack-to-productivity ratio looking like so far this Monday? If you're finding yourself spending a lot of time catching up on your social media feeds and relatively little time tackling your to-do list, don't beat yourself up. What you need is a reboot.
  • The Secret to Being More Effective at Work? Sleep
    It might seem obvious, but being overtired at work all day will strongly impact your productivity levels. By making sure you get enough sleep on a regular basis, you can keep on top of your responsibilities and not gain a reputation as the grouchy co-worker. Here are a few tips for getting the rest you need in order to excel during office hours.
  • 5 Reasons People Look Forward to Work on Mondays
    For most of us in the workforce, waking up early Monday morning is arguably the most painful activity of the week. But not everybody has a case of the Mondays, like we do. In fact, there are real-life people who exist out there who actually look forward to going into work on Monday mornings. So what kind of jobs do these people have? And what on earth makes them so excited to get to work in the morning? We looked at a recent AskReddit to find out.
  • Do Smokers Have a Harder Time Finding Jobs?
    People who smoke don't do it because they think it's healthy. Actually, they are all too aware of the risks that come along with smoking cigarettes, and they know how much the addiction is costing them on a practical and monetary level, too. It's just that quitting smoking can be a really difficult thing to do. Addictions are powerful.
  • 6 Tips for Successful Collaboration
    Most of us have jobs that require us to work closely with others, at least once in a while. Sometimes, these collaborations run smoothly all on their own, but more often they require some real focus and effort on our part to function productively. Here are a few tips to keep in mind for your next collaboration challenge.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Stop Believing These 5 Myths About Work
    When it comes to building a career, what we "know" can be as dangerous as what we don't know. That's because a lot of what we assume about succeeding the workplace isn't true. In this week's roundup, we look at what you need to unlearn in order to build the career you deserve, plus how to tame your to-do list, and what you should never, ever say in a job interview.
  • 4 Ways the Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green Shows Leadership
    After following up their 2015 NBA Championship with a record-setting 73-win 2015-2016 season, the Golden State Warriors have exploded onto sports' global stage. The star of the team is undoubtedly Stephen Curry, the baby-faced point guard whose speedy, nimble play and super-long-range accuracy have turned him into the modern-day Michael Jordan and the three-pointer into the modern-day slam dunk. But even though Curry may be the team's star, Draymond Green is its leader. How can that be the case, and what can this versatile forward teach us about leadership in the workplace?
  • 5 Things to Do Before You Get Out of Bed to Supercharge Your Day
    Let's face it, mornings can be brutal. One of the best ways to ensure that your day is a successful one is to start it off on a positive note. If you use that quiet time to prepare yourself for the day, then you'll already be in a better position and mood than most people heading off to work. Try starting your day off with one or all of these five activities to ensure that you're ready to take on work with a positive, balanced state of mind.
  • What's With the Hieroglyphics, 'Merica? 5 Tips For Writing With Real Words

    Get out your iPhone or your stone slab. We write with pictures now.

    When a friend told me recently that the youth these days use emojis to build phrases, like how we use words to make a sentence, my response was, "Really? Are we going back to hieroglyphics?"

    I checked in with my 20-something cousin, and apparently this is a sensation that has been sweeping the nation for a while. A tech recruiter I know describes emoji conversations as "an interpretive dance." These artful statements may send the correct message or they may not. It's all about interpretation.

  • LinkedIn Offers App For Students
    LinkedIn can be a useful professional networking tool, and who needs such a service more than recent college graduates? However, students have unique needs that haven't always been addressed through the site. For this reason, LinkedIn recently released a new app geared specifically toward students. Here's what you need to know.
  • What Do the New FLSA Overtime Rules Mean to You?
    The U.S. Department of Labor released the final new rules on Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)* overtime standards this week. While HR professionals have been talking about this behind closed doors for about a year now, there wasn't much public buzz about it … until now; it's making a much more public splash on the Today Show and NPR, to name a few. But what is this law, how does it work, and how does it impact you?
  • 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 handful of centuries later, and the word's basic connotations still apply, at least to modern-day magician John Rizen, a Canadian-born magic master and mogul currently based in Vancouver, BC. For the past six years, Rizen had managed to carve out a career path doing what he loves, through hard work, self-defined hustle, and of course — and please forgive the mandatory pun — a little magic.
  • Find an Inspirational Female Mentor With This Roadmap
    Let's start by taking a little timehop back to our grandmothers' generation. Think about what life was like for them as women — especially when it comes to life in the business world. Once you've captured that image, I'd like you to fast-forward to the present, to your own lives. A bit different, right? Yes, over the last 100 or so years we've made leaps and bounds in terms of the disparity between the sexes in the workplace.
  • How Robin Wright Asked for (and Got) the Same Pay as Kevin Spacey on 'House of Cards'
    For the first three seasons of Netflix's hit political thriller/soap opera House of Cards, Kevin Spacey earned more than Robin Wright – about $80,000 more per episode, according to The Huffington Post. When the show began, that might have made sense. Spacey, after all, started off as an Oscar winner, whereas Wright had been largely out of the spotlight for several years. Then, however, the Emmy nominations started rolling in, for Wright as well as Spacey. What would Claire Underwood do?
  • Millennials Are Seriously Unprepared for the Workforce
    Another day, another depressing report about millennials, the generation born between 1982 and 2002. This week, PayScale released an in-depth study that asked employers how prepared they feel their employees are for the workforce upon college graduation. We also asked the same of employees themselves. And the data confirm what most of us already know. Millennials are not adequately prepared for the workforce. Lets dig into the data so you can see the numbers for yourself.
  • 3 Work-From-Home Jobs for New Grads
    Why endure a long, frustrating commute, only to spend your days dozing off under buzzing fluorescent lights and trying to appear enthused about yet another seemingly unnecessary meeting? If you work from home, you can skip the business casual and some of the more boring aspects of being employed, while still earning a paycheck and building a career. Well, if you're a recent grad, one consideration is that many work-from-home gigs aren't open to you – at least, not right off the bat. A lot of telecommuting jobs are geared specifically toward those with experience, and work-from-home arrangements that evolve over a working relationship obviously mean getting your foot in the door first. But not every remote working situation is closed to new grads.
  • 44 Percent of Hiring Managers Say Writing Is the Hard Skill Grads Lack Most
    Want to level up your career? You might want to brush up on those writing skills. In PayScale's 2016 Workforce-Skills Preparedness Report, hiring managers said writing was the hard skill most lacking in new grads – beyond data analysis, industry-specific software, or coding.
  • 10 Songs to Get You Through a Terrible Workday
    We've all been there: a no-good, terrible, very bad day at work and it's only 11 a.m. What can you do (besides running for the door screaming) but put on your earphones, crank the volume, and keep your head down while you blast through some TPS reports like nobody's business? Here are some of the best songs to get through those tough times and help you come out on top.

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