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Jan 08, 2020 New financial advisors need something to help them stand out. Consequently, the AAMS does just that. Designed for newcomers to the financial advice business, the AAMS trains advisors to identify investment opportunities as well as help clients with other financial goals. It also gives more experienced advisors a fast and simple way to learn more about asset management and improve their credentials. Here's how it works. Read More...

Jun 12, 2019 A clawback is the legally required return of incentive compensation such as a bonus or stock grant. Once applicable only to top company officers, clawback provisions are appearing in more employment contracts, particularly in the financial services industry. If your contract has a clawback clause, a  financial advisor can help you understand the often complex rules and what to do in the event that you face one. Read More...

Mar 02, 2018 Dave Carvajal knows how to match good people to good jobs. He co-founded and grew HotJobs.com, built up TheLadders.com and still runs his own boutique executive search company, Dave Partners. But he wanted to share his secrets with even more people. Carvajal is detailing the knowledge he has gained from two decades of success in a new book, " Hire Smart from the Start." We read the book and think it could help any entrepreneur who is looking to grow their business quickly, without making the typical hiring mistakes along the way. Read More...

Jun 19, 2018 Thinking about working in New York? There are some features of work life in the Big Apple that set it apart from the work culture in other cities. Is it true that if you can make it there you can make it anywhere? We're not making any promises, but we can give you some tips about what working in New York is really like.  Read More...

Jun 25, 2018 The average salary of an architect is $76,100 per year. Have you ever wondered how much an architect earns? Becoming an architect requires an investment of money and time, but pays off in the form of a rewarding career that comes with above-average earnings. And for those lucky few who become "starchitects," it's a path to fame. Let's take a closer look at the average salary of an architect.  Read More...

Jan 25, 2017 The average salary of a physical therapist is $84,020 per year. If you've ever undergone physical therapy you know how important the work of physical therapists is. The job of a physical therapist is one that requires high levels of skill and training, as well as compassion and emotional intelligence. Let's take a closer look at the profession and examine the average salary of a physical therapist.  Read More...

Jul 23, 2019 . If you've been to the pharmacy lately, you may have found yourself wondering how much pharmacists make. Being a pharmacist, at least at the retail level, involves a lot of standing, long shifts and dealing with customers. In other words, it might not be for everyone. On the plus side, salaries in the field are on the high side, with an average annual salary of $123,670.  Read More...

Jul 23, 2019 The job of an airline pilot has a certain glamour to it. However, unconventional working hours and plenty of time away from home can be a recipe for stress and burnout. This could be why airline and commercial pilots are compensated fairly well, earning a median annual salary of $115,670. That one number doesn't tell the whole story, though, as it varies depending on whom you fly for and where you're based.  Read More...

Jul 23, 2019 Surgery is a prestigious field that requires a high degree of skill, dedication and hard work of its members. Not surprisingly, surgeons' compensation reflects this fact, as the average salary of a surgeon was $255,110 in 2018. This figure can vary slightly depending on where you live and the type of institution at which you work. Moreover, the path to becoming a surgeon is long and involves a substantial amount of schooling, which might result in student loan debt. Read More...

May 29, 2019 Accountants had a median pay of $70,500 in 2018, according to the latest data by the Department of Labor (DOL). But depending on your focus, you may end up earning more. So let's explore the salary of an accountant and what you can do to be among the nation's top-earning accountants. Read More...

Dec 26, 2016 According to the Center for American Progress, the average American woman who takes a five-year career break to care for a child at age 26 will lose $476,000. That sum covers not just lost income but lost retirement savings and benefits, too. And it works out to 19% of the average woman's total lifetime earnings. For men, the estimated losses total $596,000, 22% of lifetime earnings.  Read More...

Jul 25, 2019 There are more than 113,000 dentists in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That's not surprising given that most Americans are visiting the dentist at least once a year: The CDC found in 2014 that 62% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 64 had visited a dentist in the past year. That's close to the percentage (64%) of Americans who have dental  benefits. That means a steady stream of business for dentists, and it also contributes to the profession's high salaries. Let's take a closer look at the job landscape for dentists and the average salary of a dentist.  Read More...

Dec 20, 2016 Linda McMahon of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) fame has been picked to head the U.S. Small Business Administration. If approved by the Senate, the co-founder and former CEO of WWE will oversee an agency with a budget of more than $10 billion that provides loans, mentoring and guidance to small business owners in every state. In his announcement, Trump stated that McMahon will be a key player in his effort to generate American job growth and roll back federal regulations. Here are five things to know about Trump’s pick to head the Small Business Administration. Read More...

Dec 16, 2016 Gary Cohn, president and chief operating officer of Goldman Sachs, recently accepted Donald Trump’s offer to lead the National Economic Council (NEC).The NEC was designed to help coordinate and develop the president’s economic program and is one of the most influential panels in the White House. In a statement, Trump said that Cohn would serve as the “top economic adviser,” putting “his talents as a highly successful businessman to work for the American people.” The position does not require Senate approval. Read on for five things to know about the future NEC leader. Read More...

Apr 10, 2017 The average salary for doctors ranges from $183,180 for pediatricians to $258,100 for anesthesiologists.  Becoming a doctor involves paying a bundle for medical school and putting in long hours, but the financial pay-off can be substantial. Curious about the average salary of a doctor? You've come to the right place. We'll break down the average salary by field and highlight some of the top-paying areas for doctors.  Read More...

Jun 24, 2019 Becoming a lawyer is no walk in the park. You have to do well enough in college and on the LSAT to get into law school, graduate from law school, get a job and pass the bar exam. At the end of that process, you might have racked up significant student loan debt. Do lawyers' salaries make up for the hard work and long hours? Here's what you should know about the average salary of a lawyer.  Read More...

Dec 02, 2016 While freelancing can be a convenient way to make money, it doesn't always offer much stability. That's why many people prefer to work nine-to-five jobs. But even if you're working full time, freelancing in your spare time can benefit you in more ways than one. Besides putting more money in your pocket, a side hustle might help you move up the ladder. Here's how to use freelance work to boost your career. Read More...

Apr 10, 2017 The average salary of a registered nurse is $67,490. You may have heard that there is high demand for nurses these days. The nursing field is growing quickly and some experts are predicting a coming nurse shortage. But is the salary that nurses earn sufficient reward for the years of training and the difficulty of the job? We can't answer that for you, but we can walk you through the average salary of a nurse and some of the places where nurses earn the highest wages.  Read More...

Apr 10, 2017 The average salary for a teacher in the U.S. ranges from $54,550 to $72,470. Educators' salaries can vary greatly based on their credentials, on what they teach and where they work. In general, teachers' salaries are on the low side relative to people with comparable education - and considering how important their jobs are. Let's take a look at the average salary of a teacher and some of the best places to be a teacher, as measured by wages.  Read More...

May 21, 2018 The unemployment rate gets plenty of media coverage. This ratio represents the percentage of people in the labor force without jobs who've been actively looking for work within a four-week period. Many people believe that it's a good indication of the economy's overall strength. But others recognize that it has its flaws. Here are five problems with the unemployment rate. Read More...

Nov 14, 2016 Are you starting a new job, or about to start your first job? You, my friend, are in for some serious adulting. One of your first tasks at your new gig will be to set up your benefits. If you put off this step, you could miss out on the chance to enroll. Here's a checklist to help you through the process.  Read More...

Nov 10, 2016 There were 4,821 fatal occupational injuries in America in 2014. That's a 5% increase from 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While all workplaces take precautions to limit fatal accidents, there are some occupations for which the risk of fatal accidents is unfortunately much higher. Read More...

Nov 04, 2016 Opening a franchise can be a lower-risk way to start a small business, but it's not for everyone. For one thing, franchisees have to abide by company rules and the terms of their licensing agreements, so if you love to be independent, opening a franchise might not be your best bet. Find out more about the pros and cons of franchising below.  Read More...

May 18, 2018 Outsourcing is a hot-button issue in U.S. politics. Politicians and economists want American businesses to increase their profits but some oppose outsourcing as a means to this end. Does outsourcing always have to involve a foreign country? Let's take a look.  Read More...

Sep 19, 2016 The monthly jobs reports (also known as the Employment Situation Surveys) offer insight into what's happening in the economy. Investors, economists, employers and consumers use the information in these reports to make important decisions. And even the Federal Reserve relies on them to determine whether to raise interest rates. If you're having a tough time understanding what the jobs reports mean, here are some tips to keep in mind. Read More...

May 21, 2018 Unions are controversial in the U.S. - more controversial, in fact, than they are in other countries. Here in the States, some people tout unions as essential to a strong working class, while others criticize unions for putting too many restrictions on workers and employees. To help you get a handle on this debate, we put together a guide to some of the pros and cons of unions.  Read More...

Aug 29, 2016 Losing your job isn't the end of the world. But getting laid off can leave you in a sticky financial situation, especially if you never got around to creating an emergency fund. When you don't have enough money to get by, relying on unemployment benefits might be your only option. If this is your first time dealing with joblessness, here's what you need to know about applying for unemployment. Read More...

Aug 16, 2016 If you're interested in changing jobs or launching a new career, it helps to look at the employment outlook for your new venture. When a particular profession has strong job growth, job hunters can have a greater chance of getting hired. And when wages are growing, workers can often look forward to having more disposable income to put toward eliminating debt,  saving for retirement, or other financial goals. Read More...

Jun 06, 2018 Accepting a job offer is exciting. But before you can settle into your new work space, you'll need to complete a lot of paperwork, enroll in your 401(k) plan (if your company offers one) and fill out a W-4 form. You'll also need to complete and submit an I-9 form. If you're not exactly sure what that form is, we'll explain why you need it and how to go about filling it out. Read More...

Aug 10, 2016 Starting a new job is an exciting occasion. You're about to practice a new set of skills, make new friends and - we hope - get a pay increase. But before you can concentrate on all the fun parts of starting a new job there are some financial chores to take care of. Here's our financial checklist for anyone making a job change.  Read More...

Aug 09, 2016 A salary usually isn't the only benefit in a job compensation package. Companies offer all sorts of perks from 401(k) plans and free snacks to stock options. Some of these benefits are extended to all employees while others are open for discussion or reserved for top performers. If you're preparing to negotiate your next offer, here are six job benefits that could be worth fighting for. Read More...

Jul 15, 2016 Got an entrepreneurial spirit? It may be time for you to start a small business. The Small Business Administration (SBA) defines a small business as any business with fewer than 500 employees. Over 99% of U.S. businesses fall in this category. Ready to start one of your own? Here are some tips to get you started.  Read More...

Jul 08, 2016 Freelancing makes a great side hustle or even a full-time job but it can be tough to get started and build a client base. Before you start planning the extra retirement contributions or travel splurges you'll make with your freelance earnings it's worth taking the time to plan out your transition to freelancing. Read More...

Jul 01, 2016 If you don't want to sell on Amazon or another established e-commerce site you may be wondering how to start an online store. These days there are lots of businesses that make setting up an online store easy, but it's still possible to go the DIY route if you want to. We'll cover the ins and outs of setting up an online store and share our tips for success. Read More...

Jun 29, 2016 Entering the "real world" after college can be scary. The job hunting process can be stressful and if your main concern is locking down a gig, it may be tempting to accept the first offer that a prospective company throws at you. But accepting a salary that's too low could haunt you for the rest of your career. Check out three tips new grads need to keep in mind when negotiating entry level salaries. Read More...

Jun 11, 2018 Whether you're looking for a flexible full-time gig or a side hustle to help you pay off your student loans, becoming an Uber driver can be an appealing option. Getting started as an Uber driver is a relatively simple process and the barriers to entry are low for anyone who already owns a car. In this article we'll cover that process and go over some tips for how to make money as an Uber driver. Read More...

Jun 10, 2016 You're on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, but are you on Vine? The site lets you share six-second, looping videos, which have the potential to go viral and attract millions of viewers. The most successful "Viners" can make a living off their videos. Want in? Here's what you should know about how to make money on Vine.  Read More...

Jun 03, 2016 Ready to kick your Craigslist game up a notch? Maybe you're a regular seller on the site or maybe you want to get started. Either way, we'll cover the basics of how to make money on Craigslist so you can start using the site as your side hustle and make your listings stand out from the crowd.  Read More...

Jun 19, 2018 Are you on Tumblr? If not, you could be missing out on an opportunity to earn money through ad revenue or to boost your small business profits. There are several different ways to make money on Tumblr and we'll give you the run-down on how to make the most of your Tumblr account. Read More...

May 20, 2016 You're probably familiar with dozens of sites where users can sell products - sites like Etsy and Ebay. There's a smaller number of sites that let users sell their services and Fiverr is one of these sites. The name comes from the fact that all services start at just five dollars. If you're a creative professional or a student looking to make money on the side, you may be interested in learning how to make money on Fiverr.  Read More...

May 13, 2016 If you run a business or have a side job you probably know that a strong social media presence can help you earn more money. If you're not already using Twitter to boost your money-making capabilities, read on for some tips. Though you can't sell goods or services on Twitter directly, you can make money through links, sponsorships and other strategies.  Read More...

May 09, 2016 If you're just using Amazon for shopping and video streaming, you might be missing out on the chance to make some money. There are many different ways to make money on Amazon and we'll cover them in this article. Before you quit your day job, it's important to understand how to make money on Amazon. Read More...

Nov 12, 2017 If you're just using Facebook for maintaining your personal profile and staying in touch with old friends, you could be missing out on a money-making opportunity. Here's our guide to making money on Facebook.  Read More...

Aug 20, 2018 If you love gaming, you might be wondering how to turn your passion into profit. One way to earn money as a gamer is to stream videos of yourself playing games on a platform like Twitch, which boasts 100 million page views per month. Here's what you need to know about how to make money on Twitch. Read More...

Jun 06, 2018 If you're applying for jobs you've probably spent some time updating and polishing your resume or CV. But what's the difference between a CV and a resume and how do you know which one to send? In many cases, the resume vs. CV question isn't a deal breaker for a job application, but it can help to know what employers are looking for when they ask for one or the other. Read More...

Apr 15, 2016 If you're looking for a side hustle or you have some belongings you'd like to sell, you may be wondering how to make money on eBay. You can get your feet wet by selling as a registered seller, but at some point you might want to set up an eBay store. Here's what you should know about how to make money on eBay.  Read More...

Apr 08, 2016 Instagram is one of the most successful apps to launch in recent years. It boasts over 300 million users. You may be using Instagram to document your meals or post selfies with your friends, but what if there were a way to turn your Instagram feed into a money-maker? Here's what you need to know about how to make money on Instagram. Read More...

Apr 04, 2016 If you're a working parent, you probably know how challenging it can be to raise a child and work a full-time job at the same time. As a result, some parents decide to leave the workforce entirely. If that's not an option, you can always look for career opportunities with decent earnings and flexible hours. Check out our roundup of some of the best jobs for working parents. Read More...

Apr 01, 2016 Want to earn fame and fortune online? You may be wondering how to make money on YouTube. The video sharing platform has made its share of celebrities, some of whom have been able to capitalize on all those views. Let's take a closer look at how YouTube works and how you can earn money on YouTube.  Read More...

Mar 08, 2016 Most people don't love having a boss. Bosses tell you what to do and they berate you when you screw up. According to a 2015 Gallup survey, half of all U.S. workers have at some point in their careers left a job specifically because they didn’t like their bosses. Unless you rise to be the CEO and Chairman or Chairwoman of your company, however, you will always be working for someone. Unless, that is, you are self-employed. Read More...

Jun 25, 2018 Maybe you've noticed the recent boom in craft distilleries turning out whiskies right and left. Like craft beer, craft whiskey is thriving. But if you're not one of the big names in whiskey, is there money to be made? Here's what you need to know about the economics of whiskey and its impact on the U.S. economy as a whole.  Read More...

Feb 11, 2016 Want to move up the ladder? Whether you've been holding down the same position for a while, you're noticing internal shuffling or you just want to make yourself an irreplaceable employee from the get-go, you might need to take matters into your own hands. If you want to advance your career, use the tips below to make yourself more promotable. Read More...

Feb 05, 2016 Everyone makes mistakes and every now and then, we say things that we later regret blurting out. But doing so at work can potentially be detrimental to your career path. Certain phrases and sayings can give your coworkers - or worse, your employers - the wrong idea about you. That's why it's important to think carefully and consider how your phrasing might come off to others in the office. Read More...

Nov 06, 2017 If one of your goals for the new year is to make more money and expand your budget, asking your boss for a raise might be on your to-do list. Negotiating an increase in pay can be intimidating and whether or not you're successful all comes down to your approach. Here's the rundown on what to avoid when trying to convince your employer that you deserve a fatter paycheck. Read More...

Jan 11, 2016 Whether you want to be more aggressive about paying off credit card debt and putting more into savings or you just want to live a more extravagant lifestyle, you're probably ready to start earning more. Side jobs can help you attain your financial goals. Check out some of the easiest and most lucrative opportunities to help you earn more on your own terms. Read More...

Dec 18, 2015 If you love crafting, making handmade treasures or hunting for vintage finds, you may be wondering how much money you could make on Etsy. Perhaps you already have a side hustle in handmade items and you'd like to take that business full-time. Here's what you should know about the economics of Etsy and how to make money on Etsy.  Read More...

Aug 20, 2018 As American consumers increasingly long for a personal, local touch in the goods we buy, the craft industry seems to be booming. Have you ever dreamed of quitting your 9-to-5 job and starting a career selling handmade crafts? Or wondered whether selling goods at craft fairs would be a lucrative side hustle? Here's what you should know about the economics of craft fairs, from how much it costs to participate to how much you stand to earn. Read More...

Jun 19, 2018 Are podcasts the new TV? These days it seems like everyone we talk to has a favorite podcast or a handful of podcasts on heavy rotation. Podcasts are booming. You can find episodes on personal finance, classic films and even how harbors and ports work. Do podcasts make money? Can you make a decent living as a podcaster and still have enough to save for retirement? Let's get into it.  Read More...

Jan 08, 2020 Not all of us are making as much money as we'd like to be making. Whether you're fresh out of college or you're trying to support a family, you might be thinking that life would be a little easier if your paycheck were just a bit bigger. While nothing beats a pay raise, there are steps you can take right now to make the most of your income if you expect it to go up in the near future. Read More...

Jun 11, 2018 Personal training is a growing field. According to IBISWorld research, the personal training industry grew 2.5% between 2010 and 2015. It employs 259,029 people and includes 60,704 businesses. The total revenue of the personal training industry tops $10 billion and the industry is expected to grow by 1.6% in 2015. But do personal trainers make a decent living? And are Americans getting their money's worth? Find out here. Read More...

Jul 17, 2019 In general, this is a good time for those seeking new opportunities in their careers. Unemployment is low and the economy continues to add jobs every month. Even so, leaving your current position for a new one is a stressful proposition – especially if you aren’t just changing employers, but changing fields entirely. Read More...

Aug 19, 2015 Working for less than what you're currently making seems like a counterproductive move. After all, when you're moving up the career ladder the whole point is to snag a fatter paycheck and better retirement benefits, right? While it's definitely important to get paid what you're worth, there are some situations where taking a pay cut can actually benefit you in the long run. Read More...

Jun 29, 2016 Jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) represent some of the best opportunities for workers in today’s economy. The work can be rewarding as well as coming with high pay and good benefits (like a 401(k) and health insurance). Diversity in STEM, however is a problem, one that has captured the attention of CEOs like Jeff Bezos and policymakers including the president himself. Read More...

Nov 06, 2017 Scoring your first job out of college is an important step on your career path and it's one that can have long-term financial implications. You may think that since you're a newbie, there's no room for negotiating your salary. But not doing it at all is a potentially costly mistake for now and for later. When it comes to getting paid what you're worth, here are the most important bargaining tips to keep in mind. Read More...

Nov 17, 2016 I never thought I’d write an article about what it’s like to make a career change in your 40’s. As I approach that age though and weigh the career possibilities in my own life, I realize that this is now my reality, as it is for many others. Making a career change at any age isn’t easy and doing it later in life can present even more obstacles. Here are five tips to consider if you want to successfully change careers in your 40’s. Read More...

Jan 10, 2017 Spending part of your college years overseas can be an eye-opening experience, and it might also yield a big payoff once it's time to graduate. A recent study conducted by the European Commission found that students who spent time learning in other countries were half as likely to experience long-term unemployment at some point in their careers compared to their classmates who stuck close to home. Not only that, but their overall employment rate was 23% higher within five years of graduation. Read More...

Jan 31, 2017 One of the great political issues of virtually every election is employment. More often than not, unemployment is a topic of hotly contested debate. The discussions range from who is to blame for high unemployment and who is responsible for low unemployment to whether the unemployment rates are even valid. To participate in the debate, it helps to understand the basics of unemployment. Read More...

Sep 20, 2016 I became interested in taking a break from my career when my supervisor decided to take a year-long sabbatical with her husband to hike the Appalachian Trail. To me, it seemed brave to leave her career to follow her dreams. To my surprise, some of my co-workers didn't think so. That got me thinking about the pros and cons of taking a break, and how it can affect your career in the long-run. Read More...

Mar 22, 2017 This study was published on Feb 25, 2015. In the world of technology, women are vastly underrepresented. According to data from the U.S. Census, in 2013 women accounted for just 25% of the workforce in computer occupations, a category that includes software developers, programmers, network architects and information research scientists. Historically, tech has been seen as something of a boys-club, and recently some industry leaders, including such companies as Facebook and Google, have promised to address the lack of diversity in their offices. Read More...

Apr 04, 2018 They call it the STEM gap: the disparity between the need for workers skilled in science, technology, engineering or math, and the number of graduates trained in one of those disciplines. It’s an issue that has received attention from no less than the President himself, and by most reports it’s only getting worse. Read More...

Aug 06, 2015 There’s nothing wrong with being alone on Valentine's Day. In fact, we fully endorse anyone who chooses to enjoy their solitude with a bottle of wine, a large pepperoni pizza and the best movie Netflix has to offer. If you’re tired of living the single life, however, and sick of all the same old routines—online dating, the bar scene—maybe it’s time to try a new tack. What if all you had to do to meet your soul-mate was… get a new job? Read More...

Feb 14, 2020 Have you heard the term "non-employment"? Wondering how it's different from unemployment? We've got you covered. Read More...

Sep 20, 2016 Oh, the elusive work-life balance. If you've got it, congratulations. If not, you have my sympathies. We get why you might feel over-committed to your job. We all want to succeed at work - and stay employed in this precarious labor market. But if you see yourself in any of the signs below, it may be time to adjust your priorities.  Read More...

Jun 19, 2018 I was recently perusing the 2013 Gallup survey on "Honesty/Ethics in Professions." Those who participated in Gallup's survey where give a simple prompt: "Please tell me how you would rate the honest and ethical standards of people in these different fields- very high, high, average, low or very low." The resulting ranking was based on what percentage of those surveyed thought the profession had very high/high ethical standards. Read More...

Jan 09, 2018 Congrats, you made it! Not only did you complete four demanding years of college, but you applied for dozens of jobs, went through rounds of interviews and even negotiated a salary for your first job. And now you're ready for your first day of work. After you take an hour figuring out what to wear, be sure to let yourself relish the experience. The days will only get busier and more stressful going forward, so be sure to take it all in. And to help prepare you further, here's a good idea of how you'll settle in on your first day. Read More...

Dec 21, 2017 I have a fantasy in which my golden years are spent on a sunny beach, and another in which I explore ancient Roman ruins. To some, my fantasies sound like a blissful retirement. But to be perfectly honest, while I love these fantasies, the thought of retirement freaks me out. You see, I come from a long line of very old people. Not only are they old, but they're healthy and active. So the prospect of 20 or 30 years of complete idleness is not something I want. Read More...

Dec 16, 2014 Historically, boomtowns have appeared where there was a discovery of mineral wealth—think the Texas Oil Boom or the California Gold Rush. In an era when cross-country travel was arduous and prosperity was less commonplace, only the sudden fortunes offered by gold, silver, copper and oil were enough to lure large numbers of migrants to a new place. When such a discovery was made, change occurred at a blinding pace. Rapid demographic and economic growth were matched by high levels of development, and it was not unusual to see cities double their population and output in a single year. Read More...

Feb 14, 2020 Long on motivation and short on time? You may be wondering how to find the hours in the day for a side job to supplement your income. We can help with that.  Read More...

Apr 10, 2017 Chris Ducker gives good advice. And (spoiler alert!) he does it in a British accent. A serial entrepreneur, virtual staffing expert, blogger, podcaster and author, Chris took some time to talk to us about building a personal brand. In this edition of SmartAsset Talks he explains what has worked for him and why now is a great time to launch a business. Read More...

Dec 02, 2014 According to the National Center for Education Statistics, as of fall 2012 there were roughly 3.7 million full-time elementary, middle and high school teachers in the U.S. To put that number in context: there are more teachers in America than police officers, physicians, therapists, lawyers, social workers and postal workers  combined. 1 When you consider the influence teachers can have on their students’ lives, it is no exaggeration to say that teachers collectively hold the most important job in the country. Read More...

Feb 14, 2020 The holy grail for entrepreneurs is success doing something they love, and financial success means earning a living from your business. For many, small business nirvana is building a business that involves something they're passionate about. To that end, making a living can mean starting with a hobby. The problem is, not all hobbies can be translated into businesses, and not all businesses have the same likelihood of financial success. Determining whether your hobby will make a good business starts with asking the right questions. Read More...

Dec 21, 2017 The diversity of language in the Unites States has changed rapidly over the past few decades. Although English is still the official and most commonly spoken language, the number of households that are bilingual or speak another language at home has risen. According to the 2010 Census data, the use of a language other than English in U.S. households rose by more than 100 percent since 1980. And as the number of non-English speakers is on the rise, so too are the number of industries that need bilingual speakers. Read More...

Apr 10, 2017 Work-life balance is something we always hear about, but how often do we actually stop to consider it? Life happens quickly when we are living it day to day. For those of us who are particularly ambitious and career-minded, it can be difficult to determine when it's time to kick back and relax, as there's always some new project to complete, email to answer or report to analyze. That said, we are more than just employees, managers or entrepreneurs. And to that end, establishing an appropriate work-life balance is necessary for happiness and health. Read More...

Oct 03, 2014 In a tight job market, it takes more than just a college degree to land an offer. Recent grads face some stiff competition and sometimes and you may have to be willing to stretch yourself a little in order to get hired. Volunteering is an excellent way to broaden your skill set and make contacts in your field but it can potentially open even more doors if you play your cards right. If you've been job hunting for awhile, here are a few tips that could help you convert a temporary stint into a permanent gig. Read More...

Apr 10, 2017 What happens when a bunch of people who only know each other by Twitter handles show up together in New Orleans for the weekend? Well first of all, there's a lot of squinting to read names on badges. But beyond that, a lot of networking, learning and fun. Read More...

Sep 22, 2014 Getting let go from a job can be demoralizing and it often presents a major obstacle when you're ready to look for your next gig. At some point, you may find yourself having to explain to a potential employer what lead to you being relieved of your duties. If you lost your job as part of a large-scale layoff within the company, you might not have to do as much talking. On the other hand, landing a new position can be trickier if being fired involved something of a more personal nature. If you're on the hunt for employment after getting a pink slip, here are some things you can do to up the odds of getting hired after getting fired. Read More...

Sep 18, 2014 When you're just starting out in your career or you find yourself at a crossroads in your work, getting advice from someone who's been there and done that can help you find your footing. Having an experienced mentor in your corner is a valuable commodity when you're trying to get ahead. Finding someone to serve as your teacher, guide or just a sounding board is sometimes difficult. If you're looking to establish a professional mentoring relationship, here are five helpful tips to keep in mind. Read More...

Dec 17, 2014 Getting a job in today's economy is tough enough but hanging on to it is a challenge if you're not playing by your employer's rules. While poor performance or blatant violations of company policy are clear grounds for termination, there are some other less obvious things that could land you in hot water. If you're concerned about unintentionally putting your job at risk, here are six workplace blunders you should avoid at all costs. Read More...

Dec 17, 2014 So often we find ourselves at crossroads in life and rather than turning right or left, we stand still and let life overwhelm and overtake us. To combat this, many people are turning to professionals to help them maneuver through life. I like to call this the "Dr Phil effect." Thanks to Oprah he became arguably the country's first TV life coach. Read More...

Dec 21, 2017 The job market is constantly evolving and innovations in the way people think, communicate and do business play a big part in shaping which career paths are the most successful. Certain jobs by their nature are unable to change at a pace to match the demands of the market, leading some positions to become obsolete. CareerCast recently released its 2014 report on the most endangered jobs and some of the results might surprise you. Here's a look at some of the occupations that are most at risk of disappearing in the near future. Read More...

Dec 21, 2017 The tech industry is booming across the country. From big cities to small ones, successful startups are taking root, and job prospects for tech workers are rising precipitously and show no signs of stopping. Lots of people want to get in on the tech boom, and SmartAsset wanted to find out what cities are truly making the most of it. Read More...

Aug 20, 2014 Maintaining a good relationship with your boss is important, especially if you're looking to get ahead with the company. Even if you view your current job as a short-term gig, it's still to your advantage to keep things on the up and up. Being openly rude or disrespectful is of course a no-no but sometimes making a simple off-handed comment can sour the relationship between you and your superior. If you're focusing on keeping your career on the right path, here are six things you should never say to the person in charge. Read More...

Feb 14, 2020 Losing your job unexpectedly can be emotionally and financially devastating but unfortunately, it's something all too many Americans have found themselves dealing with in recent years. While the national unemployment rate has been on a steady decline since 2009, it remained at 6.2% as of July 2014. Whether your job loss was the result of downsizing or a company-wide layoff, how you react to the situation can determine the impact on your bottom line. If you're recently joined the ranks of the unemployed, here's what you need to do now to minimize the damage to your finances. Read More...

Jul 18, 2019 Across the country, real estate markets are much healthier than they were a few short years ago, when a housing bubble precipitated a much larger economic crisis. But some places have recovered better than others have, and continue to grow beyond even pre-recession levels. These local markets are creating a good climate for real estate agents. SmartAsset wanted to find out which cities are the best for real estate agents right now. Read More...

Jul 29, 2014 When you're between jobs, looking for work is often your top priority. In today's competitive job market, it takes more than just a resume to get noticed by prospective employers. Applying for positions that fit your skills, experience and interests is a good starting point but you should also be using your free time to improve your marketability. If you're on the hunt for a new job, here are some things you can do to increase the odds of getting hired sooner rather than later. Read More...

Jul 25, 2014 When you're trying to land a job, the interview process is your chance to shine so you need to make the most of it. Aside from showing up on time and dressing the part, you have to be prepared to answer any question that comes your way and even ask a few of your own. What you say and how you interact with the interviewer can make or break your chances of getting hired. If you want to make the best impression possible, make sure you avoid saying these six things at your next interview. Read More...

Jan 02, 2015 Summer is the time of year to let your hair down and relax a little. Some employers take on summer hours meaning more free time, and of course there is the coveted vacation time. These getaways allow an escape from everyday life, even when staying at home. While it is important to enjoy their summer, it is also important to be aware of potential money pitfalls that can drain pockets this season. Here are four common money pitfalls to avoid this summer. Read More...

Feb 14, 2020 Entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart. It takes a certain amount of determination, patience and courage to transform a business from mere concept to reality. It takes even more hard work to make it a success. Before you dive into an endeavor as an entrepreneur, it's a good idea to test the waters first to make sure you're not getting in over your head.  We've come up with some guidelines to help make the transition from working for "the man" to working for yourself as an entrepreneur easier. Read More...

Nov 07, 2017 You know you are going to have answer a lot of questions. But you should also be asking them. Job seekers should be prepared for both sides of the question. Many people practice their answers but aren't ready to ask for them. The trick is questions that show you have done research, are intelligent and worthy of a job offer (or at least moving to the next round of interviews!). Read More...

Jun 11, 2018 Flexibility and freedom are just two of the advantages that go along with being your own boss. Taking the plunge into being self-employed can be financially rewarding but if you don't have a sizable bankroll of cash sitting around, you may need to cut corners until you start seeing a profit. While it's important to keep your overhead down, one thing you can't afford to skimp on is insurance. If you're planning to start your own business or launch a freelance career, here are five important types of insurance you'll need. Read More...

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