Careers

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

Is It More Important To Promote Myself or Promote the Team?

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. Reading a lot of career advice gives a person some strongly mixed messages. In one book or article, …

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Should I Go Without Health Insurance?

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. Over the last few months, I’ve received many, many emails from people thinking about a career change, usually …

Categories: Careers, Health, Insurance

Dealing With Professional Burnout Without Quitting Your Job

At some point, most people reach a point of “burnout” with their job. The routines, paperwork, and effort reach a point of becoming overwhelming and you go home feeling absolutely empty, devoid of energy and life. I’ve gone through several periods like this myself, and I’ve developed a lot of techniques for dealing with this …

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Writing A Resume That Will Get The Right Attention

Over the last month, I’ve helped three different readers polish their resumes as they look to make a major career shift. In each case, I noticed several problems crop up over and over again. These problems weren’t ones that would sink the person, but they did prevent that person from standing out from the crowd, …

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Thinking About College After High School? Four Points of Advice That You Probably Won’t Hear From Your Guidance Counselor

When I think back to my high school years, I realize that I didn’t have the faintest idea of what I wanted to do with my life, nor many of the options really available to me. I had a sense that I needed a significant change of scenery for a while because I did not …

Dealing With Professional Exhaustion In A Financially Sensible Way

Sometime in the last month, one of my friends quit his job as an actuary for a large insurance company. He’s single, has a Ph. D. in mathematics, and no debt at all. He quit for one reason and one reason alone. I’ll let him tell it to you: I got tired of going home …

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