• 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.
  • How to Keep Productivity Apps From Destroying Your Productivity
    Picture this: It's 6:32 a.m. Your Sleep Cycle alarm knows this is the perfect 15-minute interval of light sleep in which take wake you up. You go into the bathroom and stream your favorite new album on Spotify Premium through your bluetooth speakers. You get in the car, and Waze helps you navigate the least-trafficked route to work. Before you know it, you're at your desk and have Trello, Asana, and Evernote all coordinating your tasks, projects, and notes. iCalendar pops up on your phone to remind you of that lunch meeting you scheduled last week. Your team hops on Slack every so often to check in, and soon enough it's time to go home. You order some dinner on Seamless, and as you're falling asleep you watch that new Netflix show you've been meaning to get to on your iPad. Your life is now run by apps. But is it really that much more efficient?
  • 5 Job Titles That Sound Way Better Than the Actual Job
    In the modern world of careers, we have gotten really creative with our job titles. But sometimes, even the coolest-sounding job titles can actually be incredibly boring. This comes from a recent AskReddit thread where Redditors tell all on job titles that sounded cool, but actually sucked in real life. Let's check it out.
  • Unconscious Bias Is Happening Where You Least Expect It: At Your Workplace
    Recently, PayScale released data that show the gap between men and women's perceptions of equal opportunity at work. Based on 140,000 individual responses to the PayScale Salary Survey, the report showed that 75 percent of men say there's equal opportunity for men and women in their workplace – but only 51 percent of women say the same. The perception gap is even worse at tech companies, with 80 percent of men, but only 44 percent of women, saying that women have equal opportunities at their employer.
  • Don't Be Afraid of Lateral Career Moves
    Want to move up the corporate ladder? You might need to be willing to go sideways. Horizontal or lateral moves can be just as big a boon to your career as a straight shot up the org chart. Here's what you need to know about the benefits of lateral career moves.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: What to Ask Instead of 'What Do You Do?'
    What's the worst part about networking? All the horrifyingly dull questions you have to ask and answer, in order to establish new relationships with your fellow humans. But, there's no law that says we have to stick to the same old, same old. Mixing things up might actually get some better answers, build stronger connections, and bore everyone a lot less. In this week's roundup, we look at 27 questions to ask instead of "What do you do?," plus the housekeeping questions you must ask at your next job interview, and the best ways to get motivated when you're feeling uninspired.
  • The 5 Jobs With the Worst Gender Pay Gap
    Men earn more than women in every industry, but some occupations have a worse gender pay gap than others. Recently, Time released their list of the 25 jobs with the biggest gap between male and female earnings. Let's take a closer look at the five jobs at the top of the list.
  • How College Rankings Have Changed
    How do college rankings help students choose a school? Earlier this week, at SXSWedu, panelists from PayScale, The Princeton Review, Money magazine, and Cornell examined college rankings, how they've evolved over the years, and what that means for the prospective students (and parents) who depend on them to make decisions about which schools to target during the application process.
  • 3 Ways Meditation Could Help You Enjoy Your Job More
    We all have professional goals we're working toward. It's great to be ambitious, strive to be more productive, etc. But, it's also all right, advisable even, to want to enjoy your job more. Deep down, finding greater contentment or even joy from our work is something we all hope for. Sure, mindfulness practices like meditation can help you advance your career, but there are deeper benefits as well. Meditation could actually help you enjoy your job more, too. Here are a few things you should know.
  • Unemployed? The Voice of Job Seekers Is Here to Help
    If you do a quick Google search for "career consultant," you can easily end up in a digital swamp of information overload. If you're unemployed and find yourself in this position, look no further than Mark Dyson – a.k.a., "The Voice of Job Seekers." Here's the skinny on Mark, and how he can help you in your job search.
  • The Perception Gap: Women Half As Likely to Believe Women and Men Have Equal Opportunities in the Workplace
    By now, everybody has heard about the gender pay gap. Women in the workforce don't earn as much as men, whether you're comparing overall earnings or comparing men and women working in the same jobs. But despite the data, debates still rage on in the media about whether gender inequity in the workplace is real. A new report from PayScale illustrates just how strongly this inequity is felt by women. Based on a sample size of over 140,000 employees taking the PayScale Salary Survey, 67 percent of men say there is equal opportunity for men and women in most workplaces, while only 38 percent of women say the same. This perception gap is even wider in the tech industry despite widespread media coverage of tech's gender problem.
  • Is Your Boss Spying on You at Work?
    It's not an uncommon thing for writers to incite the fear of an impeding Orwellian society in their audience — Big Brother's watching, the NSA is spying, Trump's trumping. But how many of us actually consider the day-to-day ways in which technology has double-crossed our assumed standards of privacy? Back in the day, it has been reported, Bill Gates was able to memorize his employees' license plate numbers to monitor when they came and went. But is such cranial legwork necessary when we've got the internet? Get ready to hit CMD + H: your boss may be watching you.
  • Watch Out for This New Work-From-Home Scam: The Online Job Interview
    Telecommuting is on the rise, with 37 percent of workers in 2015 saying they'd worked from home at some point, according to Gallup, and one in 11 workers reporting that they telecommute on most work days. But, finding legitimate work-from-home jobs can be a challenge, especially when scammers are coming out with new and more genuine-sounding frauds all the time. Take, for example, this new work-from-home scam, dubbed the "Online Interview With a 'Real' Company" scam by FlexJobs, a fee-based flexible-job search site that vets its listings to avoid scams.
  • 4 (Possible) Reasons Tuition Is So High These Days
    The high cost of college tuition is a problem. In the last few decades, it's become increasingly important to have a college degree in order to achieve a relatively secure financial standing and a modest degree of job security, but at the same time, the cost of higher education has skyrocketed. If we are ever going to find a way to solve the problem, we must first begin to understand how and why tuition has gotten so high.
  • 3 Things You Should Probably Never Say to a Recruiter
    Recruiters have a unique position in the job placement world. In a nutshell, they have to build relationships with both employers and candidates, then they play matchmaker so that it's a win-win situation for everyone involved. Part of a recruiter's job is to get to know you (the candidate) and figure out what you have to offer and the best place to fit you. However, be careful not to make the mistake of assuming that these "get to know you" conversations mean that you and the recruiter are BFFs – because that's when the relationship will take a turn for the worse. Here's what you need to know.
  • What We Can Learn From WalletHub's Best and Worst Cities for Women-Owned Businesses
    Starting a new business is anything but easy. It requires fierce motivation, novel ideas, capital, not to mention some jumping-through-of-hoops to get all of your appropriate paperwork together. For women business leaders, the challenge may be even a little greater. In response to this, WalletHub recently compiled their list of 2016's Best and Worst Cities for Women-Owned Businesses.
  • 5 Things You Can Do to Close the Gender Pay Gap, Starting Today
    Today is International Women's Day, a celebration of the struggle for women's rights that has been with us in one form or another since 1909. Nowadays, the U.N. designates themes for International Women's Day, such as "Women Uniting for Peace" (2000) and "Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities: Progress for All" (2010). Today's theme is "Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality." The UN's agenda specifies goals including ensuring access to free, quality primary and secondary education, and ending violence and discrimination against women and girls. It's a tall order, and one that will take concerted effort by the international community to achieve. But, there is something you can do right now to help reach the goal of equality by 2030: help end the gender pay gap in your workplace and home.
  • What Not to Do During Salary Negotiations
    You're about to go in and ask someone for more money. It's a conversation that hasn't been easy since you were asking for an increase in your allowance. There are some ways you can make it easier on yourself, simply by avoiding some common pitfalls. After all, how you negotiate a raise could affect your future income for decades to come. Go into that room strong, with these tips.
  • Shadow Your Way Into a New Job
    If you are seriously considering a role or career change, job shadowing your prospective position could get you closest to the actual experience of being on the job. Job shadowing is a technique, not only useful for fresh graduates, but also for experienced employees who are pondering a career move. As the term suggests, it is an opportunity to shadow the incumbent to understand the skills, behavior, and aptitude required to perform the job.
  • Put Down the Match: Avoiding Burned Bridges When Leaving Your Job

    It's easy to relate to Dorothy in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. After she spends so much time getting to know and falling in love with the wondrous characters around her, it's always a bit bittersweet to watch her part with her newfound friends in order to return home. She had grown such a strong bond with a scarecrow, a tin man and, of course, a lion, and she was willing to hop on that balloon knowing full well that return visits weren't going to happen.

    For most of us, an exodus from a relationship isn't so dramatic, but there are times when the way we leave dictates the fact that we can never return.

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