Careers

Who Do You Work For?

Yesterday, I made a feeble attempt to explain what I now do for a living to an eighty eight year old woman as we stood in line at Fareway. The line was pretty long and I had helped her earlier in the store to put some cat litter in her cart, so I said hello …

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Early Reflections on a Career Change

Friday, March 14 was my final day at my old job. I packed up my desk, said my goodbyes, and walked out the door into a brave new world. As most of you know, I quit that job, not because I disliked it (in fact, I liked it quite a bit), but because I made …

Taking Control of Your Own Destiny at Work

One of the biggest fears I had during my time as a “9 to 5″ office employee was the level of uncertainty. I was never completely certain that my job was secure, and I rarely knew what actions I should be taking next. Quite often, I’d just take my best guess and stab in the …

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How Quitting My Job Saves Me $8,000 a Year

As my final day at my “real” job grows ever closer, I’ve started reflecting in detail on the numerous changes that are going to happen in my life. In essence, most of the routines of my normal day are going out the window and I’ll be forced to find new grooves. This led me to …

Categories: Careers, Frugality

10 Ways To Earn Additional Income From Your Passion

Most people have a thing or two in their lives that they’re deeply passionate about. Perhaps it’s volunteer work or local politics, or maybe it’s making soap or writing. If you have a true passion for something, it’s well worth your time to try to dip your toes deeply into that passion and see if …

Financial Planning for Self-Employment: What’s Different?

As I move away from the standard paycheck-based income and into a self-employment status, I’ve begun to think seriously about how I need to plan things throughout the month to make sure all of the bills are covered. I’m not worried about paying them – we have plenty of income and a good emergency fund …

Money Management Tips For College Students

Here’s what you shouldn’t do. When I was in college, I used my student loans to finance my lifestyle. I worked at a decent paying job ($9 an hour at a job related to my major was great), but that wasn’t enough – I needed more. So I took out student loans, even though scholarships …

Interview Questions: 25 Top Questions & Answers

I’ve mentioned a few times on The Simple Dollar that I have conducted a substantial number of job interviews in the past. Although the jobs I usually hire for are technical in nature, most of the truly telling (and thus truly valuable) interview questions were non-technical questions. A great interview question reveals the nature of …

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The Value of Investing in Yourself

For many young people, particularly people under the age of thirty, there’s quite often more value in investing in yourself than there is in investing in stocks. A well-conceived investment in your future can continue to pay dividends over the rest of your life. Some investments in yourself can even be worthwhile near the end …

Nine Simple Ways to Stand Out in Your Career

For a long time, I worked in what you might think of as a typical office environment – imagine Dilbert without the pointy-haired boss (my bosses have all been both intelligent and wise people, thankfully). During that time there, it became clear that there were three groups of people: the ones that were useful and …

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Review: Never Wrestle With A Pig

Each Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity or personal development book. An old friend of mine loaned me Never Wrestle With A Pig in the mail recently, with a little Post-It note that said “This is the best career advice I’ve ever read, even if I don’t follow all of it.” That note …

When a Few Small Pieces Make Your Job Miserable

I had a pair of long conversations with a friend of mine over the last week. He’s employed with an engineering firm and he’s largely happy with what he does. However, there are four specific things about his job that make him deeply unhappy. These items each seem somewhat nitpicky, but they have him upset …

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Getting the Momentum Back

This morning, I woke up and returned to work for the first time since December 21 – and I really, really didn’t want to go. I had thoroughly enjoyed being at home with my family, catching up on my writing and on some personal tasks, and just recharging after a very long 2007. It’s hard …

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What Color Is Your Parachute? Determining a Place to Live and a Job to Do

This is the third part of The Simple Dollar Book Club reading of What Color Is Your Parachute?, a seminal guide to your career. These entries appear weekly, each Monday afternoon, and you’re invited to read along. This entry covers chapters eight and nine in the 2008 edition (earlier editions are roughly similar). If you …

Piecing Through A Major Life Decision

Right now, I’m sitting at a crossroads as to the future direction of my career and, by extension, my life. The Decision Throughout my life, I’ve harbored a dream of being a professional writer. I’ve always felt a great deal of power and of emotional release in the written word, dating back literally to my …

Should You Report Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?

This week, The Simple Dollar attempts to address challenging questions in personal finance by looking at both sides of the story and figuring out some of the factors you need to look at to make a decision. Sexual harassment is a serious issue and can cause some serious workplace tensions and problems. I’ve witnessed two …

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Should I Report Ethical Misconduct At Work?

This week, The Simple Dollar attempts to address challenging questions in personal finance by looking at both sides of the story and figuring out some of the factors you need to look at to make a decision. It happens to most of us at some time or another. We spot someone at work doing something …

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How to Construct a Killer Resume, From Start to Finish

Last week, I wrote a controversial article about resume tips that got a lot of readers fired up. As a result, I thought it would be worthwhile to go through the entire process of creating a strong resume, step by step. Step 0: Do NOT fire up Microsoft Word and use a generic resume template. …

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Seeking Higher Pay or Learning How to Spend Less?

This week, The Simple Dollar attempts to address challenging questions in personal finance by looking at both sides of the story and figuring out some of the factors you need to look at to make a decision. Every time I write a post about frugality, I usually get a comment or two complaining that it’s …

Categories: Careers, Frugality

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