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11 Strategies for Low-Cost Professional Development

Monique wrote in with a good question that quickly grew far beyond the boundaries of the reader mailbag (as good questions often do): What do

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Personal Finance Success and Directionlessness in Life

A few days ago, I received a handwritten letter from an old acquaintance, someone I hadn’t seen in a healthy handful of years. The letter

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STEM Education Resources: Free Computer Science Classes

Earlier this year, job search powerhouse Glassdoor released its study of the 50 best jobs in America for 2017. The majority of the list involves

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How Block Scheduling Has Solved Some of My Greatest Career (and Life) Challenges to Date

For many years, I was a huge fan of the to-do list as the primary tool to keep on top of the myriad of things

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Collecting Badges: A New Way to Get a Leg Up at Work?

When you think of professional development, you might envision going back to school for a master’s degree or Ph.D. While advanced degrees will generally increase your earning power,

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Staying Ahead of Becoming Obsolete

Over the last several years of writing for The Simple Dollar, I have read literally hundreds of personal finance and investing books, coupled with many

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Do You Have What It Takes to Succeed in Sales?

There are plenty of careers with a high turnover rate, but sales jobs are particularly notorious for driving people crazy then out the door. Chances

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What Should You Do When Your Hours Are Cut at Work?

Morgan writes in: For the past four months I have worked at a small store here in town. I had plenty of hours over the

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Why Employer Stock Is One of the Riskiest Investments You Can Own

I have a client who works for Apple. He’s been there for years, loves his job, makes good money, and would like to spend the

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How I Get Focused for Great Professional and Personal Performance

During the school year, I typically have a roughly seven and a half hour window in which the house is empty and quiet and I

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Life Lessons Anyone Can Learn from a Lousy Job

If you’ve ever worked in a job that feels unrewarding, you already know how draining and soul-sucking it feels to spend hours wishing you were

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What to Do When a Job Becomes Miserable

Over the years, I’ve had several jobs that went from enjoyable to miserable. At one job, I had to deal with an utterly toxic coworker

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Nine Skills Worth Learning for Any Career – and How to Learn Them

I recently had the pleasure of reading Scott Adams’ book How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big. At one point in the

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The Overlooked Job Skill That Could Be the Key to Your Next Raise

It’s time to come clean about something that brings me shame: Up until a few years ago, I was a “hunt-and-peck” typist. I only used

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The Compound Interest of Building a Great Career

Anyone who spends much time paying attention to their finances eventually begins to appreciate the raw power of compound interest. It’s simple, really. Let’s say

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Handling Impostor Syndrome in Your Finances and Career

Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon or fraud syndrome or the impostor experience) is a concept describing high-achieving individuals who are marked by an

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The K-12 Teacher’s Guide to Funding Classroom Supplies

It’s often been said that you can’t put a price on education, but what about the out-of-pocket classroom expenses incurred by educators each year? In

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10 Strategies for Standing Out During the Hiring Process

At any given time, there are millions of Americans out there seeking employment with some level of seriousness. Many of them are in your field,