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Five Reasons You’re Not Getting Calls From Hiring Managers

Do you feel like you’re sending your resume into a black hole? It’s not necessarily because your experience is lacking. You could be the most

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How to Bridge a Resume Gap

The old adage is true: it’s easier to find a job when you have a job. Sometimes, however, you have no choice – you’re laid

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How to Actually Acquire the 10 Most Valuable Career Skills in Your Spare Time

Money Magazine recently printed an article in their June issue (page 45, June ’16) that lists the most valuable career skills that a person can

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Why You Should Negotiate Your Entry-Level Salary

If you’re a recent graduate, and you’re interviewing for that first job out of college, you’d probably be pretty happy just to get an offer

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Eight Retailers Paying Double-Digit Hourly Wages With Real-Deal Benefits

Retail jobs are notorious for their wages, hours, and benefits packages — and not in a good way. People who work in retail (and there are lots of them — it’s

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Nine Things I Would Do Differently for My Finances and My Career If I Graduated Today

This past May, a person that I have a lot of respect for graduated from college. This person has a ton of character and a

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10 Fast-Growing Careers for People Who Hate Math

When the nightly news or government agencies report on jobs with the highest demand, they are almost always talking about jobs in STEM fields –

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Why I’m Glad I Resisted the Urge to Become a Stay-at-Home Mom

Anyone with small children knows what a huge challenge working and raising kids can be. Each hour you spend away from your kids is one

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The Freedom to Quit Your Job

Quite often, I talk about the concept of “financial independence” on The Simple Dollar. Financial independence, as I define it, is having the financial means

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The Tools I Use to Manage Work, Money, and Life

Every year or two since I started The Simple Dollar, I’ve sat down and reviewed the wide variety of tools – both electronic and otherwise

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Our First Summer Jobs – and What We Learned From Them

Did you have a summer job as a teenager? If you were in high school between 1974 and 1994, chances are you did, according to a

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How to Get a Ton of Value Out of an Entry-Level Job

During the summer of 1998, I worked a night shift for a research lab in which I shoveled and sifted dirt for eight hours at

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Eight Jobs Where You Determine Your Salary

Working for someone else can be a drag. Not only do you have to please your boss and toe the company line, but you have

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Commuting by Car, Uber, Train, Bike, or on Foot: Which Saves the Most Time and Money?

When I moved to San Francisco, I sold my car. I knew I’d be living in a walkable city, and the high cost of ownership

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What to Do When Your Spouse Fails Miserably at a New Job

When my husband grew tired of his mortuary job in 2013, I wasn’t all that surprised. After all, working as a mortician means working in


Eight Seasonal Side Hustles to Make Bank This Summer

While the cost of living keeps going up, most wages have remained fairly stagnant, confirms a 2015 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The

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Six Things Every College Graduate Needs to Know About Money

Beyond the relative safety of college sits the stressful and sometimes messy world of adulthood. Where responsibilities were once limited to attending class, studying, showing

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Why Taking a Pay Cut Was the Best Career Move I Ever Made

When it comes to job offers, most of us are encouraged and conditioned to follow the money. And why wouldn’t we? Adding even a few hundred

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