09.17.14
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The First Steps to Professional Networking

I am a huge believer in the value of professional networking. Over and over again during my career years, I saw the value of having

08.26.14
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Job Skills: What Are You Learning Today That Your Next Employer Would Desire?

The title of this article is the one fundamental question I would ask everyone who is currently employed and expects to stay that way for

09.13.13
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Fake It Until You Make It? Another Look

Janine wrote in recently concerning my previous article on “faking it until you make it.” She says I have it all wrong: “The idea of

09.05.13
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Self-Education During a Career Hiatus

As many of you know, before The Simple Dollar became successful, I had an enjoyable career as a software developer. I wrote code to analyze,

09.18.14
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How To Interview: The 3 Things That Matter

Over the course of my life, I’ve been involved with quite a few interviews and hiring decisions. At my previous job, I was involved with

07.28.13
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Building a Skill Set That Employers Want

As I was working on this morning’s roundup, one quote kept ringing back at me: “If you do a job where someone tells you exactly

04.08.13
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The Danger of “Needing” a Job

I am close to quite a few people who live a “paycheck to paycheck” lifestyle. They drive nice cars and trucks, have tons of expensive

04.02.13
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Your Degree Isn’t a Ticket to a Career

About once a week, I get an email from a panicked student about to graduate from college (or recently graduated). They’ll tell me about how

03.19.13
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Dressed for Success

Monica writes in: At my new job, everyone dresses incredibly well. Everyone is wearing expensive – or at least expensive-looking – suits and other businesswear.

03.14.13
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Is a Second Job the Right Decision for Increasing Income?

Undoubtedly, frugality can be a powerful tool that can help you start digging out of a financial hole. Every time you make a choice to

09.04.13
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Does “Leaning In” Make Sense?

If you’ve been reading the news lately, you’ve probably been unable to avoid mention of Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, a book by the Facebook COO

03.07.13
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Managing Your Daily Energy and Focus for Maximum Return

Not too long ago, I had an office job that was, at times, highly stressful and very demanding of my focus and energy. There were

02.26.13
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The Fallback Question

For many people, the interesting career path that they feel most passionate about is one fraught with risk. Entrepreneurship. The creative arts. Professional sports. All

01.12.13
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Making Work Into Play

Work, for most people, is primarily a way to turn their time and energy into the money they need to make ends meet in their

11.05.12
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How I Get Things Done

Yesterday, I answered a question in the Reader Mailbag describing how I manage several to-do lists at once. By the end of the day, I

06.11.13
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What Are Job Benefits Worth?

A few days ago, I posted an article entitled A Salary Isn’t the Whole Picture, in which I discussed the fact that many jobs have

07.19.12
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A Salary Isn’t the Whole Picture

Everyone’s job has some sort of expense associated with it. For example, my current work pretty much requires me to have an internet connection at

06.15.12
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How Much Are Family-Friendly Benefits Worth?

If your employer came to you and said, “In exchange for a 20% pay cut, you can work from home,” would you do it? If