3 Career Tips From Famous Dads

Forget gift clichés like ties or tools or the beer-of-the-month club; if you have a dad in your life, what he'd probably like most this Father's Day is for you to listen to his advice for once. You could probably use it. Of course, if you can't stomach letting the old man know you need his help, pop culture offers plenty of stand-in father figures who can tell you what to do with your life and career.

PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: Not Getting Calls Back? Check Your Resume

Resumes tell a story, but not always the story we want them to tell. If you've been job searching for a while and are getting nowhere, it might be time to take another look at the old CV and see if you're sabotaging yourself. In this week's roundup, we look at expert advice on tweaking your resume, plus how to know when to ask for help at work, and 12 do's and don'ts for starting a new job.

3 Career Lessons From Indy 500 Drivers

If you don't follow car racing, you might not be aware of the magnitude of the event that's taking place today (weather permitting). This year's Indianapolis 500 is the 100th running of what some claim is "largest single-day sporting event in the entire world." The purse this year tops $13 million, and 33 drivers are competing for the winner's share of about $2.5 million. But these potential millionaires have more in common with you, the working person, than you might think.

PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: Are You Sending Your Resume Into a Black Hole?

Many employers rely on Applicant Tracking Systems to vet resumes, long before your information ever reaches human eyes. In a perfect world, this would be productive for all involved – employers could save time sifting through resumes, and you could be assured that your excellent qualifications made it through to impress a hiring manager. The real world, however, is different. In this week's roundup, we look at how to use keywords to make sure your resume makes the cut, plus the decisions you'll always regret making at work, and the 15 things to take off your resume, starting today.

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.

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.

5 Work-Related Superstitions That Are Holding You Back in Your Career

Unless you're a Major League Baseball player, you probably don't readily admit to being a superstitious person – at least not at the office, where being sensible and making decisions based on data is part of projecting a professional image. But in reality, most of us do harbor at least one or two totally baseless beliefs. Sometimes, these are harmless (astrology lovers, we're looking at you) but sometimes, superstitions can keep you from achieving your goals. If you recognize any of these, use this Friday the 13th to engage in a little cognitive restructuring.

5 Ways to Be a More Respectful (and More Effective) Manager

Unless Michael Scott is your management hero, you probably care more about getting results than getting your reports to like you. That's as it should be: it's too much to ask people to do what you tell them to do and validate you at the same time. But that doesn't mean that you should be indifferent to how your team feels. To be most effective, you need to build the kind of relationship where your people have trust in both your judgment and your discretion. Building respect should be one of your top priorities.

3 Times It’s OK to Lie at Work

Even if you just started your first job yesterday, you probably know that it's generally a bad idea to lie on your resume, or about your salary history, or about your skills and abilities. Why? Very simply, it's because most liars get caught – maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but eventually, and publicly, and usually with a lot of embarrassing fallout. As Mark Twain once said, "If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything." Still, anyone who's ever spent time with someone who is 100 percent bluntly honest knows that a little truth-bending is sometimes an important part of professional life. Today, on National Honesty Day and in the spirit of irony, we offer you just a few times when it's OK to be less than truthful at work.

Why You Get Stuck in Conflicts at Work, According to a Harvard Negotiation Expert

Why do even rational people get embroiled in conflicts they can't solve? The root cause, says Daniel Shapiro, founder and director of the Harvard International Negotiation Program, is an adversarial mindset called the Tribes Effect, in which conflicts turn into "me versus you, us versus them."

"People think, 'Let's just be rational and we can resolve our differences, we can resolve our conflict,'" Shapiro says. "Not true. Unless you deal with the core psychology to the conflict, the mindset that's driving you and the other side in the conflict, unless you deal with that, the conflict will persist."

10 Ways to Be Instantly Better at Work

Whether you're starting a brand-new job or you're just feeling like you haven't been performing to your maximum level at your current job, there are things you can do outside of your daily work assignments that can help you be a better employee. And the best part is, these particular things require absolutely zero talent. (And even when your self-esteem is at its lowest, you know you're doing better than that.)

By making these tips a part of your daily routine, you can impress your boss not only with your ability to get stuff done, but also with your genuine awesomeness as a human being and co-worker. Here's what you need to do.