8 Things I Wish My High School Counselor Told Me About Applying to College

Being a high school senior is tough. With the competitive nature of college admissions these days, balancing academics, extracurricular activities, family commitments, and applications is truly a feat. While high school counselors are at their disposal during the crucial months of October through December, seniors are tirelessly scouring college confidential forums, messaging alumni, and hacking into college admissions databases simply because they aren't getting the information they want and need. So here's the million-dollar question: What questions do 12th graders have that aren't being answered by the school counseling department?

PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: Help! I Tried to Negotiate, and the Employer Pulled the Offer

When you're evaluating a job offer, it's almost always smart to ask for more money. After all, if you don't ask, most of the time, you won't get. That said, occasionally you'll run into hiring managers who choose to see even a perfectly reasonable request as a personal affront. This week's roundup includes expert advice on dealing with that situation, plus tips on how to build your personal brand and avoid the pitfalls of crafting a college essay.