5 Things to Negotiate Besides Salary

First things first: most of the time, it’s in your best interests to negotiate salary. Not only are you likely to get more money, but not asking will almost certainly come back to haunt you. Keeping quiet could cost you …

Why Don’t Schools Teach Soft Skills?

If you’ve spent time browsing job listings, you’ve probably noticed that employers want candidates with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Where and when do people gain these soft skills, though? It’s a critical need within the job market that’s often …

Should You Go Back to School?

No matter your age, September can often bring that “back-to-school” feeling. Even if you think the days of backpacks and timetables are fully in the past, further education might be in your future. Whether in preparation for a change of

PayScale at SXSW: Economic Mobility Through Education, and What Employers Really Want From Grads

SXSWedu began as a regional event focusing on K-12 education in Texas, but since its inception in 2011, it has evolved into an international conference on what makes education work for students and educators. SXSWedu Conference & Festival now offers 300 sessions and workshops, 700 speakers, and an Education Expo. This year, PayScale is participating in two panel discussions: Economic Mobility Through Education, and What Employers Want Most and Get Least from Grads.

#PayChat: The Skills Gap

There are many factors that contribute to the skills gap. The issue is complex. On the one hand, employers believe that educational institutions are not preparing students for careers in today’s work world. On the other hand, colleges and universities say that it is their job to teach students how to think and not to provide practical job training. Schools believe that many companies have cut back on job training due to budget restraints. Whose responsibility is it to ensure that recent graduates are prepared for today’s work world?

What It Means to Be an Expert [infographic]

To make yourself as attractive a job candidate as possible, you should always be looking for opportunities to pick up a new skill. That doesn't mean you have to attain expert status in order to catch the attention of a hiring manager. However, it's useful to get an idea of exactly what kind of investment you'd have to make, to be considered an expert by those in the know.

Why is STEM Education So Important?

Jobs in science, tech, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields earn you more money and drive innovation and the economy forward. But how do we spark interest in these careers among today's students? Here's an illustration of just how critical today's STEM education is to tomorrow's economy.