PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: Kill the Vocal Fry, Get the Job You Deserve?

There's plenty of debate about whether or not vocal fry, that Kardashian-esque speaking affectation, is bad for you, professionally. Some experts claim that talking like a reality TV star will permanently cripple your career, while others note that even high-level financial executives now embrace the professional equivalent of baby talk. Regardless, having more awareness of and control over your public image is always a good thing. This week's roundup covers how to manage vocal fry, plus networking without feeling phony, and staying productive during the lazy days of summer.

4 Rules for Summer Office Dress Code Etiquette

With the welcome approach of summer and warm weather, many of us excitedly stash our wool sweaters and winter clothing away and stock our closets with lightweight attire. As much as we want to be comfortable at the office, tank tops and flip-flops are career-limiting moves. Follow these four rules to be taken seriously -- without spending breaking the summer dress code.

The Stats on Summer Work Schedules [infographic]

Summertime isn't all about fun and play, it can also bring about new work opportunities. The infographic below from When I Work notes that 29 percent of employers plan to hire summer employees. It also seems that summertime is tends to be the season when employers start looking to fill permanent positions, since 67 percent of employers said they would consider keeping summer hires on for permanent positions.

Tips for Staying Productive Through the Summer Months

The sun is shining, the weather is warm, everyone is sporting their favorite pair of flip-flops, and the very last thing you want to do is sit in your office and work. Summertime is great, but it tends to get in the way of our overall productivity. If you want to have a great summer without losing hold of your responsibilities, check out the tips below.