Dec 21, 2017The 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.
Dec 21, 2017Everyone goes through a job switch eventually. How difficult could it be? Well, it can range from a walk in the park to a grueling and time-consuming litany of tests and interviews, including one with the founder’s mother (I kid, I think). But what everyone can agree on is that when switching jobs, you want to make sure you are making the right decision. Because let’s be honest, time at the office takes up most of our week, so we better not dread going there. Want to make sure this is true for your new job? Here are 10 things you should consider before making the switch:
Nov 07, 2014If you've been on the job hunt for a while but haven't been getting many leads, the problem might be right under your nose. A properly written resume shows prospective employers why you're the best candidate for the position, but one that's littered with grammatical errors or is just plain boring won't help you get your foot in the door. In today's competitive job market, it's critical that your resume stand out from the crowd. You don't want it to be for the wrong reasons, however. If you're making any of these common mistakes, it could be why you haven't landed an offer.
Apr 10, 2017Work-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.
Oct 03, 2014In 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.
Sep 29, 2014If a career change is in the works or you're looking to get ahead in your current field, advancing your education can give you the edge you need. Whether you're going back to school to finish up a bachelor's degree or tackle your master's, you have to make sure you're prepared for all the potential challenges. If you're on the fence about whether becoming a student is the right move, here are some important questions to ask yourself before you start writing those admissions essays.
Apr 10, 2017What 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.
Sep 22, 2014Getting 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.
Sep 19, 2014When you're on the hunt for a new job or trying to launch your own business it pays to make the most of every marketing opportunity available. Social media is an extremely useful tool for broadening your network but too often, people tend to overlook their value. LinkedIn can be especially effective for helping you make new professional connections but it takes more than just slapping together a basic profile to get you noticed. If you've got a LinkedIn account but aren't quite sure how to use it, here are some ways to get more out of your marketing efforts.
Sep 18, 2014When 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.
Dec 17, 2014Getting 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.
Nov 09, 2017In a time of economic uncertainty, many people are unsure about their career choices. "Is my job worth it?" is a common question people ask themselves. Well, if you're doing better than you were last year (and were doing pretty well then too), you may have more confidence in your job and yourself. SmartAsset wanted to find out the top ten jobs in the country, based on who is making the most money, who has more opportunities and who can expect to see their salaries grow in coming years.
Oct 05, 2016Landing a job means having the education, skills and experience that employers are looking for but it many cases, it's also about who you know. In the past, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has estimated that as many as 70% of jobs are found through networking and the more professional associations you have the better the odds of getting hired. When it comes to building your network, there's a right and wrong way to do it and making any of these six networking mistakes could potentially derail your career.
Nov 07, 2017Colin Powell knows a thing or two about travel, having spent 35 years as a soldier, including time spent as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, National Security Advisor, Secretary of State and later as an author and speaker. He once said, "A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work." A travel-centric career requires all of that plus knowing what your options are. We've compiled a list of the top ten travel careers to help speed you on your way to... who knows where!
Dec 17, 2014So 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.
Dec 21, 2017The 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.
Aug 25, 2014There's a difference between having a job and having a career. A job is something you do to earn a living and if you're like most people, you'll probably have several different ones over your lifetime. A career, on the other hand, is a path that you pursue based on what you're either passionate about, good at or a little bit of both.
Dec 21, 2017The 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.
Aug 20, 2014Maintaining 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.
Dec 28, 2016Losing 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.
Aug 15, 2014Summer is often a time of year for teenagers, college students, and some professionals to find extra work to help earn some extra cash. College students often come home and return to jobs they had in high school, or find summer internships that are catered to give them experience in their chosen field. Many professions tend to slow down in the summer, such as teaching, so the people who work those positions often take on summer work, if for nothing else than to occupy their time. Here are four life lessons learned from summer jobs.
Dec 21, 2017As the economic landscape continues to evolve, working from home has become increasingly popular. If you've got an Internet connection and a marketable skill, like writing or a knack for web design, the possibilities are virtually endless. Finding legitimate jobs can be challenging, especially since there are always scammers who are on the lookout for unsuspecting victims. Whether you're just starting out or you're a seasoned pro, here are a few ways to avoid falling prey to a work-at-home scam.
Sep 25, 2017Across 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.
Nov 07, 2017Navigating today's competitive job market is not for the faint of heart. You may spend months sending out resumes or applications before you snag an interview and even then, there's no guarantee that you'll get the gig. If you've been looking for work for a while and haven't gotten so much as a nibble, your job hunting tactics may be part of the problem. Avoiding outmoded techniques like these can put you in a better position when you're trying to land an offer.
Aug 10, 2014So you've got a new job paying you more money across town, across the state or maybe even across the country. You sort of feel like "The Jeffersons" of TV fame in that "you're moving on up." Well, pump your brakes before you make your final decision on salary and relocation.
Aug 07, 2014No matter how much you prepare for a job interview or how confident you feel, there's always the potential for something to send it skidding off the tracks. Perhaps a miscommunication had you showing up an hour late or the interviewer threw out a curveball question you weren't expecting. By the time the bad interview is over, it's a safe bet that you won't be getting a callback.
Aug 06, 2014Graduation season is over and millions of students are exchanging their caps and gowns for business attire. Making the transition from college to the workforce is certainly exciting but it's easy to feel overwhelmed when you're new to the professional world. In today's competitive market, landing a job is tough but the real challenge begins once you're actually hired. If you're a new grad who'll soon be joining the ranks of the employed, here are a few tips to help you get started on the right foot.
Dec 18, 2014It’s summertime, and like most students, you’d rather be lounging by the pool - I get it. But you've got to pay your bills like everyone else, and so maybe you've had to pick up a summer job. Summer jobs can be the pits, but they can also be rewarding if you’re looking at the bright side of how to make the most of a summer job.
Jul 31, 2014When what you thought was going to be your dream job turns out to be a nightmare it's tempting to start looking for greener pastures. Unfortunately, making a career change in today's competitive market often involves a significant amount of risk and there's no guarantee that you'll be able to find a position somewhere else. Sticking with a job you hate isn't an ideal choice but it can be a better alternative than the uncertainty of unemployment... especially if you can make it better. If you dread going to work each day here's what you can do to make the situation more bearable until a new opportunity comes along.
Jul 29, 2014When 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.
Jul 26, 2014A relative told me that during a recent conference she had to attend a session on proper work dress. It was humorous for her since she usually works from home. Later, a former colleague of mine took to social media to ask about company policies on tattoos. She points to one survey which suggests one in five Americans has a tattoo. There is even a Facebook page pushing for tattoo acceptance in the workplace. Legal experts advise companies to make sure their dress codes are linked to business impact and not personal preferences.
Jul 25, 2014When 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.
Feb 13, 2015You’ve got dreams of being your own boss and have an idea for your own venture. However, if you’re overwhelmed by the thought of the money necessary for such a bold endeavor, don’t despair. Here are some strategies you can employ in starting your business that will stretch your startup dollar much further.
Jul 17, 2014There's no doubt about it, today's job market is tough and getting your career off the ground may seem like an impossible feat. Looking for your next break can become a job in and of itself so it helps to target your search as effectively as possible. Here are five common job search mistakes you'll want to avoid when you're trying to get hired.
Jan 02, 2015Summer 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.
Jan 02, 2015Once the initial elation of being out of school wears off, boredom begins to set in for many kids. This usually leads to frustration for parents. If you're tired of hearing your child complain about not having anything to do, there are plenty of ways they can keep busy while earning some extra pocket money in the process. Here are some great summer job ideas for kids of all ages.
Jul 10, 2014Entrepreneurship 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.
Dec 18, 2014The story of people heading west to seek fame and fortune to LA, the city of glitz and glamour, has taken a noticeable detour down south. A recent study of 2013 feature film production by FilmLA shows California no longer has a monopoly on movie magic.
Dec 18, 2014For the class of 2014, the prospect of landing a job right out of college may seem daunting. The Economic Policy Institute recently issued a report (called "The Class of 2014") which found that for recent college grads under age 24, the unemployment rate was roughly 8.5 percent, nearly two percentage points higher than the national average.
Jan 02, 2015There's a scene in Mr. Mom where Michael Keaton's character Jack Butler is having a heated discussion with his wife about the fact that he's gained a few pounds and his brain is like oatmeal. The conversation ends with Jack heading downstairs to sleep on the "fat" couch, "if he can get through the door". While the movie is meant to be a comical take on what happens when running the house and raising the kids falls to Dad, it's become a reality for more fathers than ever.
Jul 03, 2014Companies know that building a brand is key to growing their audience base and solidifying their position in the marketplace. For the most part, becoming a household name is typically not something that happens overnight. Whether you're talking about a billion-dollar corporation or a local Mom & Pop outfit, time and careful planning are the cornerstones of any successful branding effort.
Dec 21, 2017Robert Morris University in Illinois caused quite a stir recently by adding competitive video gaming to its varsity athletics program. Many schools have gaming clubs and organize tournaments with each other, but Robert Morris is taking it a step further by offering athletic scholarships specifically for those students who complete in League of Legends, the most popular video game for competitive play in the world.
Jun 30, 2014In recent days there has been some praise and much criticism over coffee giant Starbucks' plans to help their employees complete their college degrees. The company says 70 percent of its employees (partners) are students or aspiring students. It has introduced the Starbucks College Achievement Plan. Starting this fall both full- and part-time employees can finish their bachelor's degree online and get full tuition reimbursement. It is through a partnership with Arizona State University. Freshmen and sophomores can apply for scholarships to help them begin their college quest. They are not required to stay at Starbucks after they complete their degree.
Dec 21, 2017Working from home has become more popular than ever and it doesn't appear that the telecommuting trend is about to lose steam any time soon. According to consulting firm Global Workplace Analytics, approximately 25 million Americans work from home at least one day of the month and another 2.8 million consider their home their primary workplace. The number of people working from home grew 16% between 2008 and 2012, despite a 1.5% decline in the overall workforce.
Nov 07, 2017So you got an interview. That's great - it's the first step toward landing the job. What comes next? There are several interview tips to a successful interview that anybody can follow, and get you one step closer to that job you want.
Jun 17, 2014When you're trying to get your business idea off the ground, you need to make sure every penny counts. Having your idea bankrolled by investors with deep pockets would certainly work to your advantage but for most young entrepreneurs, the reality is a much smaller budget. If you only have a set amount of cash to work with for your startup costs you may need to get a little creative in order to stretch those dollars. The good news is there are some smart strategies you can use to get your new venture up and running without breaking the bank.
Jun 16, 2014The May jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics carried some big news. With 217,000 jobs added, the country finally recovered the number of jobs lost during the recession. The previous month saw the biggest hiring gain in over two years, paired with a new five-year low for the unemployment rate. While these figures should be encouraging, they don't necessarily spell good news for new college grads who will soon be embarking on a job search for the first time.
Dec 21, 2017In today's job market, moving up the career ladder is no easy feat. If you're fortunate enough to land a better-paying gig you don't want to burn any bridges on your way out the door. Breaking the news about leaving your job to your current employer may be unpleasant but it's a necessary step when you're planning to move on. How you go about it can impact your prospects in the long-term so it's best to do things by the book. If you're planning a job change in the near future, here's a look at what you should and shouldn't do.
Nov 07, 2017You 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!).
Nov 09, 2017Flexibility 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.
Dec 21, 2017In today's tough job market, it takes more than just a degree to get noticed by employers. While education is a must-have, gaining experience in the industry you plan to work in before you graduate can give you a competitive edge. Working as an intern is a great opportunity to gain insight into a particular field but like anything else, you only get out of it what you put into it. If you've locked in an internship for the summer, here's what you can do to make sure it pays off.
May 29, 2014You've been in your current position for awhile and you think you're doing everything right. You show up on time and put in the same hours as everyone else but your coworkers are steadily climbing over you to move up the corporate ladder. So what gives? If your career has stalled in the breakdown lane, and you're not getting ahead, it could be because you're sabotaging yourself. Taking a look at what you're doing wrong can open your eyes to the roadblocks standing in your way.
May 26, 2014The landscape of the American economy has changed dramatically over the last several years, resulting in near record-high unemployment and a shrinking job market. While companies are opening their doors to new employees once again, millions of workers are choosing the path of the entrepreneur, taking their careers into their own hands. According to the Kauffman Foundation, there were 476,000 new business owners each month throughout 2013.
Dec 21, 2017The economy is changing, and while change can be scary, it also offers the opportunity for growth. Freelancing is becoming more and more popular among professionals. Working as a full-time freelancer can be exciting, challenging, inspiring, and more, all at the same time. Freelancing allows you the opportunity to explore work you may not have had the chance to at a regular job. It also gives you the freedom to make your own schedule, work from home, and explore your creative side. However, freelancing is not perfect and you will have to contend with some not so great aspects of working for yourself. Here are four things you should know about freelancing before you decide to strike off on your own.
May 14, 2014Let’s be honest: starting a business is seriously one of the hardest, bravest things you can do. It’s a tough business climate out there, and not everyone will be successful in their endeavors. Despite economic factors, where you live or choose to start your business could really impact the success of your venture. Check out five of the most startup friendly states.
Nov 07, 2017
Finding a job can be a long and tedious process. Those just starting out or attempting to change fields are more likely to use common websites such as Monster, Yahoo Jobs, or even Google. For those who have an established network of connections, sites such as LinkedIn may be more beneficial. Today’s conventional wisdom holds that networking is the best way to obtain a new job, but there are other options.
Dec 21, 2017We've all had one. A hard-to-deal-with supervisor or difficult boss. Although we've all had one, it doesn't make it any easier to deal with our own. This isn't an article about how to ‘keep your head up’ and just get through the day. These are real tips on ways that you can actively pursue when dealing with what may seem like an impossible situation at work with your boss.
Dec 22, 2016Remember graduating from college? Remember how clueless you really were about money? When you’re fresh of school, you have a lot on your plate and money management is often the last thing on the list. Here’s a few easy tips to pass along that could really benefit a new grad in the very near future. Whether the person is a relative or a friend, your new grad may not soak in all of the information but even a little bit of it can save them frustration, time and money.
Nov 07, 2017Social media has become a very important tool for communication. Between Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and more the majority of Americans, are engaged in some aspect of social media. Once a useful method to help keep in contact with friends and family, now it has the capacity to connect us with strangers all across the world, and many companies have chosen to use social media in their search to find suitable employees.
Dec 21, 2017If you dream of leaving the 9 to 5 behind and making it big as a freelancer, it may be time for a reality check. While there are some definite perks to working for yourself, it's not something you can afford to do without proper planning. Building a solid freelance career takes time and you need to make sure you can cover your bills until those steady gigs start rolling in. Before you strike out on your own, there are some things you can and should do to make sure your finances are on solid ground.
Dec 21, 2017When it comes to job hunting, the process can be long, frustrating and exhausting. Employment experts state that for every one hundred resumes you send out, you should receive about five to six interviews. For someone who is unemployed and getting desperate, those numbers can seem downright daunting. This can result in greater desperation and even despair, which leaves one more open to scammers. Unfortunately, we live in a world where unscrupulous people will try and take advantage of some of the most vulnerable people in society—those who are unemployed and looking for work. Here are three popular employment scams and how to avoid them.
Nov 07, 2017I remember growing up as the youngest of seven siblings. My mother was both a working and a stay-at-home mom. My father worked sometimes three jobs just to make sure we had a roof over our heads and food in our stomachs every day. We didn't have all that we wanted but we did have what we needed. I often remember my Dad driving home to us the importance of getting a "good" job. He also thought an education was important since he turned down a college scholarship to join the army and begin a family.
Jan 02, 2015The national unemployment rate fell to 6.6 percent in January, a five-year low (February and March numbers were 6.7 percent). If you're one of the fortunate who has found work after a long period of unemployment, congratulations. But know this: Working might help pay the bills, but it isn't free.
Apr 08, 2014"When I got to campus as a freshman, I'll admit I was overwhelmed. I didn't know how to choose my classes or find the right classrooms," said Michelle, a first-generation college graduate who recounts her first experience with campus life. "I didn't even know how to furnish my own dorm room. In fact, when I moved in I hadn't even realized that I hadn't packed the right size sheets for my bed." She would go on to explain that her sheets were too short leaving her to sleep with her legs sticking out and resting every night on one of those plastic dorm-room mattresses for her entire freshmen year.
Dec 31, 2014Equality in the workplace continues to be elusive, despite the significant strides that women have made over the last several decades. Across the board, women continue to face obstacles to career advancement, with the challenges more pronounced in certain sectors than others. The federal government is no exception, as evidenced by a recent report from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Dec 21, 2017There was a time when it was rare for someone to work from home full-time. That is rapidly changing. According to a 2010 report from the U.S. Census Bureau, 2.8 million people work from home full-time. The same report found that 20 to 30 million people work from home at least one day a week.
Dec 21, 2017So many of us think we’re really great leaders at work. While some of us might be, a lot of us aren’t. It can be hard to really look at your management style and recognize what’s working and what isn’t, but it’s something that any leader, or aspiring leader, should do often. If fact, if you think everything you’re doing is working and nothing could be changed or made better, that’s a sign that you might not actually be as great of a leader as you thought.
Dec 21, 2017Your resume is often your first chance to make your best impression. Unfortunately, you don’t always have a lot of time to make that impression. Employers are spending less time really reading your entire resume, and are instead just grabbing the major highlights. If you’ve been able to get past that first gauntlet, and sparked enough interest to get an interview, you’re doing great. If you really want to make your resume stand out, there are several key things you need to do to move past the first impression.
Dec 21, 2017A recent business journal compared her to multi-billion dollar baby Oprah Winfrey, but talk-show host Charla Young is the first to admit she is flattered and even flabbergasted at the comparison.
Dec 21, 2017Over the past few years there has been a significant increase in the number of freelance workers in the U.S. Several factors have aided in the increase of freelance workers. The mortgage crises that resulted in a world-wide recession, and left many unemployed, helped jump start (or forced) the freelance careers of many. Also, technological advances make working from home, and starting a freelance career, much easier.
Mar 07, 2014In today's competitive job market, having a college degree isn't always enough to guarantee you'll get hired. When you do land a job, you may find that the salary doesn't quite match up to your expectations. While a college degree undoubtedly boosts your earning potential, paying off your student loans can be tough if you're stuck in a low-paying gig. Picking the right major can significantly impact the return you see on your investment. If you're still undeclared, here's a list of degrees that can pay off big when it's time to start your job hunt.
Oct 05, 2016If you're not satisfied with your current career path, it might be time to consider making a change. Switching careers mid-stream can be rewarding but it's not a decision that should be made lightly. Before you decide to start searching for a position in a different field, there are some things you can do to make sure it's the right move. If you think you're ready to shift gears professionally, here are some key steps to take before you tender your resignation.
Dec 30, 2014When it comes to being an employee, we all want to be productive, especially if we are striving to move up the corporate ladder. Many times we confuse productivity with the amount of hours we put in at the office. While increased productivity can, from time to time, require more hours at the office, it is not always required.
Dec 30, 2014Everyone wants to be rewarded for their hard work but often times, the size of your paycheck doesn't measure up to the amount of effort you put in. If you feel like you're being shortchanged, it may be time to ask for a raise. Whether you work for a large company or you're self-employed, successfully negotiating higher pay hinges on your approach. If you're ready to kick your earning potential into high gear, here are some tips for getting paid what you're worth.
Dec 30, 2014The unfortunate truth is that most people do not feel prepared financially for their retirement years. A 2013 survey by American Consumer Credit Counseling found that 75 percent of people agreed that they were not financially ready for their post-work years. But what about if retirement comes earlier than expected... and not by your choice?
Dec 30, 2014After graduating from college, it can be daunting to enter the big, scary job world, especially when everyone is telling you how hard it is to find one. After finishing up your classes and internships, the question becomes where do you live to work? Some cities are more inviting, with job growth and entry-level positions, than others. Knowing where you start your search is a huge help for college grads seeking employment and a new adventure.
Dec 30, 2014So, you declared your major and are in the second semester of your sophomore year at college. If you haven't already, you should begin your search for internships. However, before you sign up to work for free there are a few guidelines you need to know about.
Jan 31, 2017The amount of student loan debt in America is a staggering number. It’s estimated that Americans carry at least a trillion dollars in student loan debt. Yes, some colleges have a much higher tuition than others, but at least two thirds of college graduates are carrying some type of student loan debt. Couple that with a limping economy, and the job horizon for many first entering the work force, (or those who have been laid off) can be depressing. But there is hope! Some good careers will actually help you pay your student loans. In fact, some public service jobs will even pay your loans completely.
Dec 30, 2014Right now you probably think you are doing too much for too little. Many people feel underappreciated in their jobs. But a recent survey looked at what others think about your career and your income. Business Insider asked respondents about whether they felt certain occupations were overpaid or underpaid.
Dec 21, 2017Female or male boss? Does it matter? In our world, it seems to. According to 2013's Fortune list, women hold 4.2% of CEO positions in Fortune 500 companies and 4.5% of Fortune 1000 CEO positions. There is a global phenomenon in modern society that associates men with high-power, leadership positions: "think manager, think male." Women have historically been suppressed in the workforce.
Dec 30, 2014Making the transition from high school to college or from college to the real world isn't always a smooth ride. For some students, taking a year off before facing the next challenge in their academic or professional careers gives them some much-needed room to breathe.
Dec 21, 2017A soaring stock market and steady increases on the hiring front are signs that the economy is finally on the mend. This trend is expected to continue into 2014. If one of your new year's resolutions was to find a new job, knowing which careers are most in demand can help you narrow down your focus.
Dec 30, 2014Let’s face it, trying to negotiate your salary isn’t always a comfortable process. Unfortunately, it is necessary, and the more prepared you are, the more successful you will be at getting a fair salary. Here are some tips on how to negotiate those treacherous waters and stand up for your own worth.
Dec 29, 2014It takes a lot of skill and a bit of dumb luck to be a successful business owner and entrepreneur. Many times, it isn’t even just your own skill that you’re relying on, but the skills of others. If you own your own business, and are a sole-proprietor, everything and anything dealing with the company is your responsibility. Not only does that take hard work, but it definitely takes the necessary skills to manage it well.
Apr 11, 2017Creating a professional web design for a small business or a start-up company can be very expensive and intimidating. General simple web design can often cost around $2,000. There’s nothing wrong with spending that kind of cash (or even more). If you get a good design company it will probably look great. If that kind of cash just isn’t in your budget, there are several great tips to getting an inexpensive (but still great!) website.
Nov 12, 2017My college graduation looms in the near future. I'm still trying to figure out what come next. Many of my classmates are looking to continue their education. I have friends headed to law, medical, veterinary and business school for masters and beyond. Many of them hope advanced degrees will lead to higher pay and a better career.
Nov 07, 2017High school is an important educational period in most people’s lives. The education we learn in high school can determine whether we attend college, go straight to work or choose some other path. I have argued that financial education should be a part of public school education, but many studies and reports reveal that courses that are already a part of most high school curriculum have the potential to determine a person’s income later in life.
Dec 21, 2017Over the years I have interviewed hundreds of people for dozens of positions and every single one that I didn't hire had something in common: I could give a reason why I didn't hire them. To be honest sometimes it was as petty and personal as I just didn't like them or they rubbed me the wrong way.
Nov 15, 2017While pay freezes have been the norm over the last few years, raises are slowly making a comeback in the workplace. Getting a raise can be a great confidence booster and it can significantly improve your financial situation. But only if you use it wisely. If you've recently gotten a raise or you expect a bump in pay in the near future, here are a few smart ways to put those extra dollars to use.
Jan 02, 2015Landing an internship can be excited an important part of moving forward on your career path. If you get lucky, you might even be able to get a paid internship. Yes, it may sound too good to be true, but those coveted spots are out there. Getting experience in the field is important, but so is eating and paying your bills.
Nov 12, 2017Now is the time of year for graduate school application deadlines. There can be many benefits to returning to school. Obtaining your graduate degree can help open doors for you in your current career or help if you are considering changing careers, seeking greater financial rewards, or even just wanting personal growth. However, as we all are well aware, graduate school can be a big financial investment.
Dec 29, 2014As my final winter vacation in college approaches, I can't help but think about the ultimate way to spend my last chunk of free time before the "real world" begins. Looking back to other winter breaks, I've gotten a lot out of that month off school. I hope to continue that trend this coming year. I have compiled some tips for students to make the most of their vacation.
Dec 21, 2017Being an effective manager can help you advance in your career and can help your business succeed as well. There are many skills that make for effective management. Not every manager is going to possess all of these skills, but there are some vital characteristics one needs. If you are looking to get ahead in the workplace, here is a list of 3 steps of effective management:
Dec 21, 2017The world is becoming smaller and smaller. Today, one can easily video chat with someone halfway around the world from the comfort of your home. Businesses are leading the charge through globalization, which has led to an increase in demand for employees who speak more than one language.
Dec 24, 2014If you’re starting a new business, or you’ve established one, you need a mobile app. Why? Beyond being the newest trend in the online world, there are several ways it can greatly improve your relationship with customers. Building a mobile app should be part of your business plan. Here are 5 reasons how it will help grow your business and attract new customers.
Dec 24, 2014Looking for a seasonal job to make a little extra money this year? Good news! Many retailers and other companies need help to keep up with the demands of the holiday season and are hiring thousands of seasonal employees. Whether you are a natural retail superstar or someone who would rather prefer to work behind the scenes, there are plenty of jobs for you to choose from.
Dec 21, 2017Whether you are looking for a new job right now or thinking about your long-term career growth, there's one skill you can't overlook. Both the private and public sectors are changing to better suit the needs of consumers, businesses, and government needs. You need to change to better suit the work world. You need to learn another language. And then learn another one.
Oct 05, 2016Not all career paths with high salaries require a ton of education. The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the fastest growing, highest paid career paths earlier this year, and many don’t require more than an associates degree.
Dec 24, 2014The latest jobs report is finally out. Despite some dreary predictions from economic experts, the numbers are actually better than expected. According to the report compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the economy added approximately 204,000 jobs in October. That is double the 120,000 that was initially projected. That also makes 44 consecutive months that jobs have been added, suggesting that the economy is maintaining its moderate pace to recovery.
Dec 24, 2014For the average American, landing a job that offers health insurance, vacation pay and a retirement plan would be a huge score. For employees working in the tech and social media sectors, benefits like these are just the tip of the iceberg.
Dec 30, 2014Working for yourself can be one of the most rewarding career moves you make in your lifetime. While there is definitely freedom in creating your own success and working for yourself, starting your own business doesn’t come without headaches. Creating a good foundation for your business to succeed is paramount if you want your business to really stand a chance.
Oct 05, 2016We are living in an age in which professionals, typically, do not spend their entire career with one company. The loyalty between employer and employee there for previous generations is no longer here, on both side of the employer-employee scale. Today’s professionals are much more likely to hop around to a few different companies or employers during the span of a career.
Dec 23, 2014Between the dying middle class, financial crash of 2008, subsequent slow recovery, crushing student loan debt, the federal deficit and broken healthcare system, millennials have plenty to worry about as they enter into and begin ascent in the job market.
Dec 23, 2014A downshift in the nation's economy over the last five years has left many small businesses struggling for survival. But at least one group has seen business thrive. According to a new study from the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the number of Hispanic-owned businesses is set to double this year over figures from 2002.
Dec 23, 2014Here’s the deal. If you’re a high school student heading to college, statistically speaking, you are going to graduate with debt. According to American Student Assistance, of the 20 million Americans who went to college in 2012, 12 million of them borrowed money. As of the first quarter in 2012, the average student loan debt for all age groups was close to $25,000, 10% of borrowers owed more than $54,000 and 1% (about 167,000 people) owed more than $200,000 dollars. And that money has to be paid back. One way to ease this burden? Choose the right major.
Dec 22, 2016I was born in 1960 when my father was 34 years old. By the time I got my first job at 14 as a busboy\waiter in a catering hall, I'd heard my father and uncles talk about jobs they had for years. I always found it amusing. My father's first job at 12 was in a bowling alley as pinsetter. Back then every time a bowler threw a ball down the alley a kid at the back of the lane would move the downed pins out of the way by hand and when a frame was over he would set-up a new set of pins.
Jan 02, 2015It is commonly said that attractive people have a happier, more successful life than their less attractive counterparts – but how does this affect your wallet?
Nov 15, 2017The United States higher educational system is in trouble. The cost for a college education has skyrocketed over the years and more and more students are using loans to pay for their education. It is estimated that the average graduate completes their degree with $35,000 worth of student loans. Many students are graduating with much higher loan debt, and this is just the average for under graduate degrees. Tack on the expense of graduate education and a student can easily rack up $100,000 or more worth of loan debt.
Dec 18, 2014Have you ever felt undervalued, under-paid, or just underappreciated for the effort you put into your work? While you’ve certainly heard of the Type A personality, and about the habits of highly effective people, you may not yet have heard about the personality type called “The Underearner.” In many ways, under-earning is the flipside of the Type A and hyper-productivity--it may even be an overreaction to the aggressive pursuit of self-expansion and accumulation that characterizes those other types and is generally celebrated in our culture.
Dec 18, 2014According to Teresa Wiltz of the Guardian the US has become a nation of freelancers. While freelancing has always been a part of the American economy, the high unemployment rate forced many people to branch out on their own. Today’s freelancers are not just writers, artists, or musicians they can be lawyers, accountants, technology professionals and more. The “new economy” has made it available for just about any type of professional to delve into the world of freelancing. While freelancing may seem like a good idea as opposed to working a traditional 9 to 5 (and for many it is), freelancing places a greater financial responsibility on the individual than for working for an employer. Many freelancers tend to neglect the financial aspect of their business, and find themselves running into trouble. It is important, that as a freelancer you become financially savvy enough to keep yourself afloat.
Dec 17, 2014Regardless of your position on the ladder of success the question is the same: "what can I do to move on up the food chain?" Whether you are a fresh out of school or a highly experienced professional everybody wants to get ahead. Even though every business, career and career path is unique, where some may have education requirements or experience minimums or other standards that are particular to your industry or field there are still some rules that are universal.