Careers

How to Negotiate Salary and Juggle Job Offers

You’ve got a job offer: That’s great, but now what? According to conventional wisdom, salary negotiations should be numero uno on your agenda. You weren’t going to automatically accept the first figure they offered, were you? Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happens much of the time. According to a survey of 2,000 professionals conducted by Salary.com, 18% …

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Earn and Learn: 10 Great Jobs That Start With an Apprenticeship

As the cost of a four-year degree continues to surge higher, a more traditional form of education seems to be catching on: the apprenticeship. A wide range of government data reveals that low-cost or paid apprenticeship gigs are making a rebound among young people, adults already established in the workforce, and military veterans. According to the United States Department of Labor, …

Categories: Careers, Education

10 Hot Jobs That Simply Cannot Be Shipped Overseas

Over the last decade, two huge issues — rising student loan debt and the lack of entry-level jobs – have been on a collision course. Everywhere we look, we see stories about the growing number of students who accrue debt without ever earning a degree, how America’s students accrue $3,055 in student loan debt every second, and …

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How Financial Security and Useful Skills Change Your Decision-Making Process

A few weeks ago, an interesting event occurred in one of my old hobbies that sheds a wonderful light on how decision making processes of people change as they achieve success in the world. Bear with me – I have some interesting points that relate to this story. Recently, there was a very large Magic: …

11 Benefits You Should Be Taking Advantage of at Work

For the first two years of my previous career, I was largely unaware of many of the employee benefits I was eligible for. Sure, I knew about the health insurance and Social Security and the optional retirement plan, but I was never really made aware of how good some of those options were, and I …

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Handling Future Uncertainty

Alex writes in: I am 26 years old. I have paid off all of my student loans and am looking forward to the future. I have some big plans and dreams for my future. I want to eventually start up my own consultancy and have a plan for doing it. Here’s the problem. I know …

10 College Degrees That Could Pay Off in 2015

Recent news about the rising costs of college has been nothing short of dark and dreary. By all accounts, the price tag of higher education has been skyrocketing — and student bank accounts simply cannot keep up. Government data show that college costs for the 2011–12 academic year were approximately $14,300 at public institutions and …

Categories: Careers, Education, Loans

The Value Line: Building More Skills for a Better Life

My father was always a “jack of all trades” kind of guy. He was an absolute stellar gardener. He was a very good small-scale commercial fisherman, able to catch hundreds of pounds of fish in a single day. He held down a fairly technical job at a factory that involved computer operation and diagnosing problems …

Choosing Your Personal Financial Focus

When I first started my professional life, my main financial focus was on my career. I tried really hard to establish a great professional foundation and took on a number of hard projects, presentations, certifications, public speaking opportunities, and other challenges in order to cement a positive reputation and resume. During that time, I didn’t …

How to Write a Thank-You Note

With graduation and wedding season upon us, you may be faced with the arduous task of finding the proper way to thank others for their generosity. In some ways, it can be difficult to be on the receiving end: Not only do you have to accept your gift graciously, you also have to make sure your loved …

10 Best Entry-Level Jobs With Long-Term Potential

If you’re fresh out of school without much experience, you’ll probably have to take an entry-level job — but that doesn’t mean you have to stay in that position forever. Even when you’re starting at the bottom of the pack, you may have the opportunity to work your way up if you’re able to prove your work …

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Nine Steps to Prepare for an Upcoming Job Loss

At my previous job, I was employed for a while on a series of annual contracts that were renewed each May. The money that funded those contracts came from a series of research grants, as most of my job was oriented around helping process, organize, and distribute enormous piles of data. This meant that for …

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10 Booming, Mostly Blood-Free Healthcare Jobs for the Squeamish

Close your eyes and imagine yourself in a rewarding career in healthcare. What do you see? Chances are, you picture yourself performing a whirlwind of procedures, providing the hands-on care that not only keeps patients comfortable, but also saves lives. Meanwhile, you might also imagine a job that involves a lot of blood, guts, and …

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10 Apps I Use Every Day to Help My Productivity

For me, every day is filled with personal and professional tasks that require the use of a computer and/or a smartphone. I have articles to write. I have emails to send. I have research to do. I have a book draft to work on. I have images to edit. I have videos to edit. I …

Choosing a College Major? Check the Stats First

If you’re on the verge of choosing a college major, there are a number of factors you should consider. Not only do you need to think about what inspires you, what you’re good at, and how long it will take to earn a particular degree, but you’ll also want to think long and hard about what kind …

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50 Small Businesses You Can Start on Your Own

In the past, I’ve discussed how it’s a good idea to spend your spare time dabbling in entrepreneurship: It fills your time with something that you choose (and thus you enjoy) and sets up a potential long-term revenue stream. I also discussed how I got a side business going myself. But that was 2007, and …

The Ultimate Work-at-Home Job: Running a Bed and Breakfast

Running a brothel was never part of Debbie Miller’s plan. But 25 years ago, in rural Ohio, there were few people who understood the distinction between a luxury bed and breakfast and a house of prostitution. “The local county commissioners had no idea what a bed and breakfast was,” says Miller. “And because it was a rarity …

10 Steps to Protect Yourself Against an Unexpected Job Loss

One of the biggest financial fears that many people have is that they’ll unexpectedly lose their job, which will lead to a downward spiral of financial trouble. For many families, particularly those with children who are also living paycheck to paycheck, that downward spiral will happen very quickly. It’s a fear that I personally had …

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Four Businesses Kids Can Start Themselves

The Internet was buzzing recently about a 15-year-old New Yorker who rakes in $300,000 a year with her babysitting agency, Nannies by Noa. Noa Mintz saw a need for matching parents with suitable babysitters. She now oversees 25 nannies and 50 babysitters, and she receives 15% of their initial gross salary. While a nanny service …

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