• 5 Ways Social Media Is Hurting Your Career
    Social media can help you build a personal brand, connect with professionals in your field, and even find a job. However, the same things that make social media a useful tool for you as a professional (e.g. the convenience, exposure, and connectivity) can also be detrimental to your career, if you're not mindful of how you use your favorite apps. Here's what you need to know.
  • How to Attend a Networking Event Solo
    Attending social events solo can feel awkward and icky, even for extroverted types. Networking events are especially tough, since there's a lot riding on your ability to make a good impression. But, you don't have to skip out on a great career opportunity, just because you don't have a plus-one on your RSVP. Head to your next event with your head held high and a stack of business cards in your pocket. Here are some ways to embrace the solo flying and get some networking done.
  • 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.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Not Getting Calls Back? Check Your Resume
    Resumes tell a story, but not always the story we want them to tell. If you've been job searching for a while and are getting nowhere, it might be time to take another look at the old CV and see if you're sabotaging yourself. In this week's roundup, we look at expert advice on tweaking your resume, plus how to know when to ask for help at work, and 12 do's and don'ts for starting a new job.
  • 3 Tips for Group Interviews
    What's more agonizing than a job interview? A group job interview, in which multiple candidates appear at the same time to discuss their qualifications and compete for a spot in the next (hopefully smaller) round. The good news is that preparation will still help you maximize the outcome of the group interview, just as it does the one-on-one kind. If you're heading into your first group interview, here's what you need to do.
  • Microsoft Acquires LinkedIn For $26.2 Billion
    Microsoft announced their largest acquisition ever earlier this week. The tech giant is set to buy the professional social networking site LinkedIn for a record setting $26.2 billion.
  • 5 Team-Building Ideas That Don't Suck
    There's a reason why you find those t-shirts at thrift stores that read "Team Building '94!" or "Company Outing 2007" — their previous owners wanted them out of their sight. Often team building is almost as pleasant as a root canal: it's required but it makes you talk funny for a few hours. There are ways to take the sting out of "Mandatory Social Gathering 2016." Here are a few ideas that you can take to your supervisor before the summer really heats up.
  • #MondayMotivation: 5 Tricks to Achieving Flow
    Have you ever become so absorbed in your work, it was as if the rest of the world disappeared? If so, you have some experience with flow, a mental state often described by positive psychologists as total immersion in an activity. Also known as "being in the zone," achieving flow is obviously a highly desirable goal for any worker. Who wouldn't want to be happier at work, and also more productive?
  • To Get More Done, Pretend You're Going on Vacation
    Have you ever noticed that you're super-productive right before you go away for a week or two? The thought of a potentially distraction-free vacation is a powerful inducement to get stuff done in a timely fashion. The thing is, you could probably use that kind of time management wizardry even when you're not planning on heading to the beach anytime soon. Think about what you could do with a free afternoon every week, or an extra hour or two a day. If you heed the lessons you learn when you're getting ready for vacation, you can reap benefits in the form of more time to think great thoughts, learn something new, or even take a nap, if your boss is cool with it. Here's how.
  • Hate Your Job? Here's How You Got There
    Last year, only 32 percent of U.S. workers were engaged in their jobs, according to Gallup. A little over 50 percent were "not engaged"; 17 percent were "actively disengaged." That's an awful lot of people who aren't crazy about their jobs – or at least, not crazy enough about them to concentrate on their work. If you're one of them, and generally consider yourself a hardworking person and a dedicated employee, you might be wondering how this happened to you.
  • New Study Finds Link Between Books In Childhood and Earnings Later In Life
    People aren't reading like they used to. In fact, last year, nearly a quarter of Americans did not read any book at all. That includes good old-fashioned print books, kindle versions, and even audio books. In 1978 however, the number of people who hadn't read a book all year was just 8 percent. Our culture is changing, and with so many leisure time options available, the practice of reading is starting to fall away a bit.
  • 5 Bad Boss Stories That Will Make You Grateful for Your So-So Manager
    Bad bosses are a big deal. It's next to impossible to enjoy your work if the person in charge is a micromanager, or unavailable when you need them, or just plain incompetent. At some point in our careers, most of us run into a less-than-ideal boss. But, there are a few horrible managers out there who are so bad, they're almost legendary. Reading about them will almost certainly make you feel better about your boss.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Do Hiring Managers Really Care About Your GPA?
    One of the hardest things about graduating is realizing that many of the things you were taught to focus on, while you were in school, aren't so important in the real world. For instance, while a so-so GPA can keep you from getting into grad school or even from graduating in the first place, it probably won't tank your chances at scoring a good job after graduation. Find out why, in this week's roundup.
  • 4 Benefits of Job Hopping
    Job hopping (and job hoppers more specifically) can sometimes get a bad rap, but that could be changing. These days, job hopping is better understood, and people are realizing that changing jobs every few years could actually be really good for our careers. We should reconsider the concept of job hopping so that we can better understand the advantages it offers. Let take a closer look at a few of them.
  • 2 Important Questions to Ask Yourself Before Negotiating Your Salary
    Money isn't everything when it comes to your career, but it's definitely something to be considered. It's important to earn a salary that you feel is fair for your capabilities and experience. Otherwise, you run the risk of becoming one of those employees who just goes through the motions at work and, eventually, grows angry, miserable, and envious. Don't let fear stop you from asking for what you deserve, or ignorance of negotiating techniques be the reason you don't ask for a fair wage. Being able to negotiate effectively will be your key to success, regardless of your industry.
  • More Companies Are Expanding Family Leave Benefits
    Compensation is about more than just salary. When negotiating with an employer, it's important to take other factors into consideration: such as benefits, vacation and leave time, and opportunities for flexible scheduling. Each of these elements contributes to the total package of compensation in a unique and important way.
  • 4 Questions to Ask Yourself If You Find Yourself in a Career Funk
    Starting a new job can make you feel like you're a kid again. You never thought you'd be this excited about going to work, but then again, this job's different – it's "the one." You work your butt off to impress your bosses, and they love you because you're the first one in, last one out. However, after the honeymoon phase ends and everyone stops being so nice and accommodating, you begin to feel reality sinking in … again. You start having those all-too-familiar feelings of uncertainty and frustration: "I thought this time would be different." The days roll into months, and you can't seem to shake the feeling that something's not quite right with your once dreamy 9-to-5. You might even feel like you chose the wrong job and career altogether. Before you decide all is lost, here are a few things you may want to consider.
  • #WednesdayWisdom: 5 Tips on Success From Famous Inventors

    It took 1,000 tries for Thomas Edison to hit on the perfect prototype for the light bulb. When asked by a reporter how he felt about failing 1,000 times, he said, "I didn't fail a 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps."

    The lesson? Without perseverance and hard work, even geniuses will get stuck at the 1,000-steps stage and miss the success that awaits them on the other side.

  • How to Deal With Summer Break (When You Work a 9-to-5)
    You've probably already lined up babysitters, summer camps, and sibling "nannies" for your little ones this summer, but how do you save your sanity when your kids are home all day and you're at work? Whether you work from home or from a cube farm, there are ways to feel good about how the next few months are going to turn out.
  • Cubicles Have to Go

    Cubicles Have to Go
    The world is changing faster than ever, yet there are still some antiquated features of our society that haven't quite caught up to modern times. In order to stay relevant and continue to grow in the 21st century, individuals and companies need to be flexible, and they need to change. A good place to start might just be the office set-up itself – more specifically, the cubicles. Here are a few reasons why cube-world doesn't have a place in the professional universe of the future.

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