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.

How I Got My Dream Job: Olden Polynice, Former NBA Player, Current Advocate for Disability Awareness

Before racking up 15 NBA seasons with some of the top teams of the '90s, including the Seattle SuperSonics, Detroit Pistons, and Utah Jazz, NBA veteran Olden Polynice — a six-foot-eleven, Haitian-born, Harlem-raised center with a friendly smile and an unforgettable name — was told by doctors that he would never walk, let alone share a basketball court with the likes of Hakeem Olajuwon, Karl Malone, and Michael Jordan.

3 Steps to Break Out of Career Limbo

Most of us have heard of Chubby Checker and, for those not fortunate enough to have heard one of his classics, get out there and give your ears a taste of early American rock 'n roll. Mr. Checker came on strong in the 1960s, tearing up the radio waves with his dance hall hits like "Limbo Rock." In the early '70s, unhappy with his career, he took a swing at psychedelic rock. Well, the album was only released in Europe and sales were disappointing. Checker continued on and has a solid place in our Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame, as well as in many music lovers' hearts.

How to Keep Your Helicopter Parents From Ruining Your Career

Helicopter parents are usually the province of parenting blogs and editorials, not so much career blogs like ours. But, the micromanaging doesn't necessarily stop when kids are small – or even when they graduate from college and go out into the world to get a job. If your parents are the helicopter variety, you're probably kind of embarrassed and confused about how to get them to lay off and let you make your own decisions. Worse, you might find yourself without the kind of real-life skills it takes to build your career, manage your finances, and just plain survive. If this is you, don't despair. You can escape the meddling and become independent. Here's how.

How I Got My Dream Job: Ngaio Bealum, Stand-Up Comic/Cannabis Activist/Pot-repreneur

Sacramento-based standup comic and cannabis reform activist Ngaio Bealum began making waves in the pot industry over 20 years ago, through a combination of entertainment, activism, and pot-repreneurism. As the focus of our latest How I Got My Dream Job profile, Bealum took the time to sit down with PayScale to share insights from a career sprinkled with an illustrious list of occupational credits, including stand-up comic, columnist, movie star, musician, and juggler, to name only a handful. Or, as Bealum puts it more succinctly, "I get paid to smoke weed."

PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: Old School Skills, Salary Negotiation Don’ts, and Lies Happy People Don’t Buy

How can you tell a happy person from, well, everyone else? Often, it's that they spend less time tracking what other people think, and more time paying attention to their own goals. This week's roundup includes the false assumptions happy people don't make, plus a post on why we should thank our high school teachers for those classes we hated, and tips on what to avoid when negotiating salary.

3 Ways to Magically Transform Yourself Into a Lucky Person

Even if you're not superstitious, it's hard not to ascribe other people's good fortune to luck. Everyone knows that one person who seems to always be in the right place at the right time, getting more than their fair share of promotions, raises, and desks near the window. (Understanding, of course, that their fair share should be "equal to or less than you're getting.") So how do these folks do it?

PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: Wisdom From a Professional Matchmaker, Balancing Work and Marriage, and Learning to Love Yourself

Wish you felt more passionate about your work? Maybe it's time to make Hallmark's favorite random holiday into a celebration of career love, instead. In this week's very special Valentine's Day edition of PayScale's blog roundup, we have insight into dealing with difficult clients (courtesy of a former professional matchmaker), the financial and emotional risks of starting a business with your own funds, and tips for defeating impostor syndrome.

5 Career Lessons From Marshawn Lynch

The Seattle-based staff of PayScale is pretty excited about Sunday's big game, when the Seahawks will face off against the Patriots in Arizona. But even if you're not a Seahawks fan, chances are that you appreciate their running back, Marshawn Lynch, nicknamed "Beast Mode" for his aggressive style on the field. Off the field, he's become possibly the most quotable player of all time -- while insisting that he's boycotting media. Witness yesterday's press conference, where Lynch said nothing but "I'm just here so I won't get fined." Twenty-nine times.

3 Ways Your Blog Can Get You a Job (and 1 Way It Can Get You Fired)

With today's emphasis on social media, it's easy to forget about longform internet self-expression. However, blogging is a great way to build and demonstrate your expertise in your industry, especially if you're just starting out or contemplating a shift into a new role. Here's how to use the great granddaddy of Twitter and Instagram for professional gain -- and do it the right way.

7 Networking Tips for Introverts

Introversion is all too often treated as if it is a curse that afflicts only the most unfortunate members of society. However, while introversion can be the brick wall standing between an individual and his or her dream job, being introverted isn't an employment death sentence.