Susan Johnston

  • Landing A Job Through LinkedIn: 4 Success Stories

    Landing A Job Through LinkedIn: 4 Success Stories

    Earlier this year, LinkedIn surpassed the 100 million member mark. Are you curious how the site works or why you should use it? Read on to find out how four job-seekers found new opportunities through the popular professional networking site. Continue Reading

  • 20 Vocational Job Hotspots

    20 Vocational Job Hotspots

    Although the construction industry suffered a major blow from the recession, Payscale.com uncovered twenty places across the country that offer higher than average pay and high demand for skilled trade workers like carpenters, diesel engine repair technicians, and plumbers. Continue Reading

  • Job Stress Survival: 5 Ways To Feel Better

    Job Stress Survival: 5 Ways To Feel Better

    Whether dealing with a demanding boss or a constantly buzzing BlackBerry, most people are familiar with on-the-job stressors. But how stressful is your job, really? Some jobs are worse than others, according to a recent Payscale.com survey. And, there are ways to manage that stress. Continue Reading

  • Touring With the Band - Music Industry Gigs and What They Pay

    Touring With the Band - Music Industry Gigs and What They Pay

    Elvis Week runs August 10-16, when fans from around the world gather in Memphis, Tenn. to celebrate the King of Rock 'n' Roll. What would it be like to tour with the King today? It is tough to say but you'd have to imagine it would be lavish and maybe not as wild as his earlier days. The King would be 76 years... Continue Reading

  • Company Face Off: Are You a Mac or a PC? [Quiz]

    Company Face Off: Are You a Mac or a PC? [Quiz]

    For years, consumers have self-identified as Mac or a PC people, a label fueled in part by Apple's Mac vs. PC ads. Some research about the two companies' customers was even done by Hunch.com and it showed that many of the stereotypes are true: Mac lovers are typically younger and more likely to live in urban... Continue Reading

  • Blue Collar vs. White Collar: Where Are Wages Recovering Fastest?

    Blue Collar vs. White Collar: Where Are Wages Recovering Fastest?

    There's always been a rivalry between the blue-collar and white-collar workers of the world. Which ones have better job opportunities? Which are better paid? And more recently, whose wages are recovering faster, post-recession? Certainly, both blue- and white-collar workers saw wages plummet during the... Continue Reading

  • Five Cities Where Salaries Are on the Rise

    Five Cities Where Salaries Are on the Rise

    Just as the recession hit certain cities earlier than others, now the recovery is showing up first in some very fortunate locations. According to a wage study by online salary database PayScale.com, salaries in several geographic areas are starting to bounce back, particularly in places where the dominant... Continue Reading

  • Food Service vs. Retail: Which Pays Best?

    Food Service vs. Retail: Which Pays Best?

    In 2011, the retail industry is expected to grow by over five percent, creating half a million new jobs, according to industry researchers. The food and beverage industry is also expected to grow, though not as dramatically. As the economy rebounds and consumers start spending again, new job opportunities... Continue Reading

  • Fall Back in Love With Your Job

    Fall Back in Love With Your Job

    Maybe you've been plugging away at the same job for several years and feel burnt out. Or, perhaps you're growing tired of office politics and a long commute. Whatever the reason, you've lost that spark that used to make you excited to go to work. Now it just feels like plain old, boring work. In honor of... Continue Reading

  • Jobs With a Big Heart and a Big Paycheck

    Jobs With a Big Heart and a Big Paycheck

    The recession has caused many people to re-think their careers. While some have decided that any job is a good job, others have started looking for more meaningful work. They want a gig that gives back. You may assume that meaningful work automatically means modest pay, but that's not always the case. One's... Continue Reading

  • Bad Bosses: Five Ways Your Boss Bugs You - And How to Respond

    Bad Bosses: Five Ways Your Boss Bugs You - And How to Respond

    From Meryl Streep's icy authority in Devil Wears Prada to Steve Carrell's hilarious ineptitude on The Office, the big and small screens are bursting with stories of hellish bosses. Unfortunately, some of these characters exist in real life, too. If you're working with a difficult boss, Lilit Marcus, founder... Continue Reading

  • Seven Jobs That Make It Worth Skipping College

    Seven Jobs That Make It Worth Skipping College

    Ask most high school guidance counselors, and they'll tell you a college degree is your key to a decent paying job. But that's not necessarily always the case. While many jobs like lawyer, doctor, and professor still require degrees, Al Lee, director of quantitative analysis at Payscale.com, helped us pinpoint... Continue Reading