5 Sure Signs You Shouldn’t Take the Job

The job search process can be long and exhausting, so sometimes it’s tough to evaluate an eventual job offer with a level head. The temptation can be to say “yes!” right away, if only to end the hunt. But, there …

PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: Should You Ever Take a Low-Ball Salary Offer?

You know you should negotiate salary, but sometimes it's hard to act on what you know. Other times, you do your best to drive up the offer, to no avail: it's either take the gig, and deal with the low pay, or stay put. (And if you're unemployed, that can be a particularly difficult option to contemplate.) This week's roundup looks at what one expert says about taking lower offers, plus how to tell when it's time to look for a new job, and a few hints that the hiring manager probably won't be extending a job offer.

PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: The Case of the Singing Employee

What's the weirdest thing you've ever seen at the office? For one manager, it's probably the time a report pulled out a harmonica and started singing his status update. The question, of course: is that OK? And if not, how exactly do you tell your subordinate that this is not the opera episode of Mr. Rogers? All that, plus avoiding student mistakes, and how to accept a job offer the right way, in this week's roundup.

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.