7 Things to Do Before You Quit Your Day Job

  This post is brought to you by Bestow. While this is a sponsored post, all content and opinions expressed here are my own. Is it your ultimate dream to quit the rat race and open up a small business? Maybe you have a side hustle already and you're thinking it's time to make the leap to do that full-time? Not only would you get to be your own boss and set your own hours, but you could also build something meaningful … [Read more...]

21 Online Job Search Sites to Find Your Next Job

Looking for a job can be exhausting and frustrating. Especially if you’re underemployed or jobless, sending out hundreds of resumes without anyone calling you back is tough. Don’t let the job search bring you down. Focus your energy on online job search sites that will help you find the right position for your skills. How Do I Find a Job in My Area Online? Looking for a job in your area requires being strategic. Do some research … [Read more...]

7 Best Online Training Sites to Expand Your Skills

The internet continues to offer new and expanded opportunities for people all over the world. There are a number of platforms, often referred to as massive open online courses, that allow users to learn new things, without the typical time restraints or cost of more traditional educational options. Users can often access the course materials at any time of the day and night. Online training sites, such as Khan Academy and … [Read more...]

How to Ask for (and Get) a Raise

When I was a shy teenager, my grandmother used to tell me “they can’t shoot you for asking” to help remind me that there was no harm in advocating for myself. This advice has been helpful to remember any time I have been nervous about asking for things—especially higher pay. Grandma’s advice is something most workers would do well to remember. According to a PayScale salary survey, nearly 60 percent of workers haven’t asked for a raise in their current … [Read more...]

8 Best College Degrees for Job Security in Today’s Market

A few years back, after working for peanuts for two years at a Boys and Girls Club, I decided to go back to school to become a teacher. Teaching seemed like a great career choice: I loved working with kids and I knew that teaching would provide me with job security for the rest of my career. It turns out that I was delusional. From the outside, it seemed like teaching would be a recession-proof job that I could walk into once I had the proper certification. But … [Read more...]

14 Insanely Easy Ways to Look Busy At Work (the boss will never know any different)

Being productive 100% of the workday is nearly impossible. But while distractions are inevitable, sometimes we're simply faking it. With 70% of the American workforce "not engaged," it's not surprising to see workers looking busy when they really aren't doing any work. With summer vacations coming up, it's even more likely we're getting less work done. See if you recognize these ways many of us pretend to be busy at work. 1. Walking with purpose everywhere we … [Read more...]

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Applying for Yet Another Job

Before you apply, ask yourself these questions. When I graduated from college back in 2001, I started my post-college job search with incredible optimism. That lasted about a week. I quickly realized that, while there were untold numbers of potential positions available out there, very few of them fit with my education and qualifications and my own career goals. In desperation, I started applying for a job with pretty much every opening I spotted. With that … [Read more...]

How to Find a Company with Great Work-Life Balance

Find an employer who will let you do more of this during the work week. When Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer officially canceled all telecommuting and work-from-home for her company earlier this year, the decision caused an internet firestorm. Everyone from Yahoo employees to business experts weighed in on the decision, alternately lauding the tightening of often-abused policies at Yahoo and lamenting the step backwards in 21st century productivity. Whether Yahoo’s … [Read more...]

5 Money Moves to Make [Immediately] After You Get a New Job

You've landed a plum new job with a higher salary. That's great! However, before the riches start rolling in, it's vital that you consider what your next money move will be. After all, just earning more money doesn't immediately erase any problems you've been having with money. Additionally, rushing out and spending it all won't help you prepare for the future. Did you know... "The average person born in the latter years of the baby boom (1957-1964) held … [Read more...]

Taking Time Off Work When Your Company Culture Doesn’t Support It

Just say no to interoffice shoulder massages. Take time off instead. My first “real” job out of college was working as an administrative assistant for an ice cream company based out of Columbus, Ohio. The job featured several perks: a paid day off on your birthday, free ice cream, health benefits, and one week of vacation. Unfortunately, it was impossible for me to take that vacation time because only one person could be gone from the office at a time, … [Read more...]

What is Underemployment?

Have you ever been out of work, or in a part-time job for an extended period of time? It can be demoralizing not to be able to find the type of work you're qualified for. The statistics show, specifically the Underemployment Rate, that it's still a very tough job market for about a fifth of all Americans. The Underemployment Rate (Statistics) If statistics are your thing, here are a few to chew on. According to Gallup, the Underemployment Rate for February 2012 … [Read more...]

7 Money-Saving Benefits of Working from Home (for Employers Too)

Do you work from home? Are you considering it? What about your team? Do they work from home? There are big money-saving benefits for you if you (or your employees) work from home. I've been working from home for several years now since I quit my day job. And my team is entirely remote. I've loved it. More importantly, I feel like I can give some honest feedback about how you can save money by working from home more. Here are a … [Read more...]