The Secret to Smarter Salary Negotiation: Vacation Time

Negotiating your salary is hard. Especially when you're first starting out in your career, there are countless unknowns that only seem to affirm your fears: You don't know what your firm's budget is, and you feel expendable – like one wrong counter-offer and the ticking time bomb that is your career will explode. In reality, good negotiating isn't about low-balling yourself into irrelevant safety. It's about playing with what you've got. In this case, you've got time.

PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: Interview Questions to Ask Your Interviewer

For many of us, it's the one of the worst parts of a job interview – the part where the hiring manager asks you if you have any questions. If you say no, you sound like you don't care about the job, or will take whatever they give you when it's time to negotiate your salary. If you say yes, well, you better have some good questions in mind. This week's roundup looks at a few possible questions to ask the hiring manager, plus issues around figuring out coverage during vacation, and tips on how to build your personal brand.

3 Ways to Tell That Your Boss Doesn’t Want You to Take Vacation

Why wouldn't you take all your vacation time? Maybe because you're afraid you're not supposed to. Managers don't always say what they mean, especially when it comes to things like taking time off. The party line might be that taking PTO is encouraged and supported ... but do you sense a little hesitation, maybe even a little judgment when people do take their holiday time? If you're having trouble figuring out whether your boss really wants you to take that summer vacation, there are a few ways to figure it out.

7 Reasons You Must Take a Vacation, Even If You ‘Can’t’

Many people find it difficult, if not impossible, to take the vacation time that is coming to them and get away from the office for a while. There are always a million reasons why "taking a vacation is impossible right now." Work is too busy, you have a presentation/meeting/client on the horizon that you can't miss, etc. Some folks even proudly proclaim, "Oh, I never use my vacation time," as if that's a good thing. But, in a lot of ways, it's not. Maybe this list of reasons that you simply must take a vacation, even though you "really can't right now" will help to convince you.

Why You Should Take Your Paid Time Off

Forty-one percent of American workers don't take all of their vacation days, according to a study by the U.S. Travel Association, despite the fact that 96 percent of respondents recognized the value of taking time off. Without downtime, workers are less productive, less engaged, and just plain less happy at work. So why aren't we taking all our PTO?

Ever Skipped Work By Faking an Illness? You’re Not Alone

Why does Ferris get to ditch when the rest of us have to go? According to a study done by CareerBuilder, based on the surveys of over 5,000 hiring managers, human resources professionals, and U.S. workers, nearly 30 percent of employees have called in sick when they were actually feeling fine. Maybe there are actually fewer Jeannie Buellers out there than we think.

Pre-cation: The Best Job Perk You Don’t Have

Most workers don't get much time off between jobs. If you're leaving one job for another, you're unlikely to be able to coordinate a reasonable start date and sufficient notice to keep from burning bridges at your old employer; if you've been unemployed, well, taking more time off without pay might be impossible. But what if you could get a vacation, paid, before you started work?