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  • 7 Steps to Up Your Confidence When the Day's Got You Down
    It usually strikes when you least expect it … or on any given Monday. I'm talking about a bad day that just seems to be snowballing into the worst day ever. It's okay, because it happens to the best of us. Here are seven steps to turn that frown upside-down.
  • Incredible Company Perks: Top 3 Cash Rewards
    As PayScale has reported in the past, the crazy perks that employers sometimes offer to lure potential hires or satisfy existing ones can be unusual and/or extremely valuable. While it goes without saying that you'd be hard-pressed to find an employee willing to work without monetary compensation — it's called a "job" for a reason, after all — some companies have advanced the ever-escalating incentives competition even further by offering cash-based benefits on top of existing salaries or wages. From hiring bounties and quitting bonuses, a staff liquor fund, and even a budget to overcome your fears (seriously), here's a list of the top cash-based incentives that employers have implemented in order to stay competitive in attracting quality talent.
  • Bored or Broke in Retirement? These Part-Time Jobs Might Be for You
    A few weeks ago, I wrote about how retirees have more education debt than ever. For some, the simple solution is to pay down what you can with your monthly allowance and leave the rest to liquid assets. But for the more determined folk who've left the workforce, coming up with more money after retirement might mean going back to work — at least, part-time.
  • The Debt Project: A Photo Series Worth a Thousand Words
    We think of debt as a negative thing, and in many cases it is. But, not all debt is created equal. Some debt can even be productive. Student loan debt, for example, can still turn out to be a worthwhile investment in some cases. (Check out PayScale's College ROI Report for more specific information.) Owning a home and paying a mortgage builds equity.
  • Sexual Orientation Discrimination Is Already Illegal, Rules EEOC
    This week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled that discrimination against gay, lesbian, and bisexual workers violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The decision, dated July 15, resolved a complaint brought by an air traffic controller in Florida against Transportation Sec. Anthony Foxx, and expands antidiscrimination protection to workers who were previously unprotected under state law.
  • Going Into Healthcare for the Paycheck? Skip Med School
    There are plenty of reasons to become a doctor. It might be a part of your family's history, or you may have a personal vendetta against a certain disease. You may be passionate about helping sick people, and maybe you just want a steady, fat paycheck. If you fall into the latter category, you may want to slightly alter your path.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: What Teachers Really Do With Their 'Summers Off'
    If you're a professor, teacher, or grad student, you're probably sick of hearing people say that you get the summer off. But for non-academic types, it seems like a sweet deal. This week's blog roundup looks at why those summer months aren't as much fun for teachers as they are for students; plus, insight into why feedback is so hard on so many of us, and what to do to really drive your co-workers crazy (if that's your goal).
  • Women Study Computer Science, So Why Are There So Few Women in Tech?
    Recent studies show that a vast majority of female students are interested enough in tech to study it in college, however, the number of women in tech careers doesn't reflect that – not even by a long shot. Let's take a look at why so many women fall off the tech career path before even choosing a major.
  • Those Open-Plan Office Blues: 7 Horror Stories to Make You Long for Walls
    Ah, open-plan offices. Proponents say they can encourage creativity and collaboration among staff members, while allowing workers flexibility to decide where in the office inspiration is most likely to strike. Of course, open-office boosters generally have another reason to push for them: fewer walls can mean less square footage per person, which equals lower real estate costs. As commenter Meghan C. said, "What bugs me most about open floor plans is imagining The Powers That Be sitting in their @#$% offices saying how great open floor plans are." If you're not a fan of the wall-free office, these tales of woe, collected from Facebook users, will seem pretty familiar.
  • What You Need to Know Employment Discrimination After the Same-Sex Marriage Ruling
    One of the major frontiers in the fight for equality for people of all sexual orientations has been the battle for marriage equality. The United States Supreme Court has now finally ruled that same-sex couples have the same marriage rights nationwide as their opposite-sex counterparts. Unfortunately, this is far from the end of the fight. Discrimination based on sexual orientation is still extremely common in the workplace, and in much of the country it is still completely legal.
  • Ladies, Here's the Key to Not Feeling Guilty About Negotiating a Raise
    Negotiating a raise is no easy feat, especially for women who are crippled by the stigma that negotiating makes them greedy, bossy, or ungrateful. Read on to learn how to reverse those feelings of guilt and turn them into the fuel you need to get the salary you've rightfully earned and deserve.
  • 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 insights from a career sprinkled with an illustrious list of occupational credits, including stand-up comic, columnist, movie star, musician, and juggler, to name only a handful. Or, as Bealum puts it more succinctly, "I get paid to smoke weed."
  • 5 Great Tech Jobs That Don't Require STEM Degrees
    There are many reasons why big tech companies have become such popular places to work. The pay is good, the perks are often excellent, and the job satisfaction reported by employees is reassuring. Also, these jobs often provide the innovation and professional growth opportunities that today's workers want.
  • 4 Ways Finances Affect Women Differently Than Men in Their Careers
    It's a fact. Women are more likely to discuss health issues than financial matters, but the reason why isn't as obvious as you may think. Yes, women tend to be more open about personal stuff than men, but the reason they refrain from money talks is because they feel insecure about their "lack of financial knowledge and experience," and don't know "where to turn for guidance," says a recent study. Let's take a look at four factors that contribute to the financial insecurities that are unique to women in their careers.
  • Oregon State Legislature Passes a Bill Offering Free Community College to Residents
    Last winter, President Obama began discussing his plan for keeping America (and Americans) educated and competitive in an ever-expanding global economy. In light of the high cost of tuition, his idea to offer two years of community college for free was exciting to many, but others were concerned about how the federal government could afford such a program.
  • What You Should Know About Religious Headwear in the Workplace
    Religion plays a fundamental role in many people's lives. For some, practicing religion is a much more active process than just attending services. Some religions require adherents to wear specific clothing, for example. This can create issues when a religious person seeks out employment, because those of a mind to discriminate based on religious beliefs can easily identify followers of certain religions based on that clothing. Fortunately, there are laws preventing this and a recent United States Supreme Court decision has reaffirmed these protections against religious discrimination.
  • Jeb Bush: Just Work More, OK?
    Presidential candidate Jeb Bush said that to fix the economy, Americans need to work longer hours. Unsurprisingly, the statement was met with consternation, laughter, and disbelief by some. Hot on the heels, as it is, of the news that wages are stagnant and some out-of-work Americans have simply given up on finding a job, it should also make us all irate.
  • 6 Tips to Improve Productivity (When You'd Rather Be on Vacation)
    It can be tough to reach the typical high mark for productivity during the summer months. Sure, you're at work – but another part of you feels distracted by thoughts of home (or maybe the beach) where you envision yourself enjoying the beautiful weather with friends and family.
  • Veteran Teachers Are Tired of Still Being Broke
    It's realistic to expect that, as professionals starting a career, we might not be paid very well at first. Expectations of bringing home the big bucks as soon as college ends are usually frustrated. But, it's also reasonable to assume that our salaries will rise as we gain experience and prove our commitment to our work and the institutions we work for. However, that might not be the case for teachers. Let's take a look at some facts about teachers' pay.
  • Ellen Pao's Reddit Resignation Reveals the Enduring Sexism of Tech
    Picture this: a new CEO makes a series of controversial changes to the company's hiring process, policies, and product. Eventually, a popular staffer is fired, and the community revolts, starting a Change.org petition, a hashtag campaign on social media, and even sending death threats. Sound surreal? It might be – if the CEO were male. As former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao's resignation demonstrates, it's not at all a strange set of circumstances for a woman in charge.