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...]

10 Best Jobs for Stay-At-Home Moms and Dads

So you've decided you want to stay at home with the kids! The only question now is how you're going to keep the little tykes fed and clothed while you're enjoying your time with them. The era of a one-income family being enough to provide for Mom, Dad and kids (and save for college) is long over for many people, and most stay-at-home parents find that they need to bring home some extra money. But what jobs can a parent do from … [Read more...]

5 Best Canadian Part-Time Jobs with Benefits

Canada offers its citizens a single payer health care system, which means that all Canadians are covered for basic health services. Knowing this, an American might be forgiven for thinking that employer-sponsored health insurance benefits would be redundant. But the operative word for Canada’s public health insurance is “basic.” The state-run system guarantees primary care services and physician and hospital visits, but other important services—including dental care, … [Read more...]

The Best Part Time Jobs With Benefits (Updated for 2020)

Health insurance in our country is out of control. And with the rise of the gig economy (folks making money as Uber drivers and Airbnb hosts, for example), more and more individuals are having to find and pay for health insurance on their own. This is NOT cheap.  So what are you going to do? If you're a freelancer, entrepreneur or contractor, you can buy health insurance on the open market but premiums might cost you … [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...]

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...]

Should You Tell Your Boss That You Are Looking for a New Job?

Are you thinking of changing jobs/careers? Wondering whether to tell your boss that you're thinking of quitting? At first glance I say no way, never tell your boss anything that could potentially come back to hurt you. What Your Boss Hears When You Talk About Another Job Here's what could be going through your bosses mind when he (or she) hears that you are thinking of moving on: "Oh no, who's going to finish the project?" "How is this going to affect the … [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...]

Perfecting the Perfect Part Time Job: Waiting Tables

So you wanna be a waitress? I used to work as a server (waiting tables) at Applebees. It was one of the best (and worst) jobs I've ever had. I think everyone should be required to work a few months as a waitress or waiter (called a "server" nowadays). It's one of those jobs that really challenges you both physically and mentally. But it can be rewarding if you do it right. It's also one of the best part-time job opportunities around. Weekends and nights … [Read more...]

4 Reasons to Love the Part Time Job

What are you doing with your "other eight hours"? Taking on a part-time job certainly have a few drawbacks (time away from family, more work and stress, etc.). But I think they have more benefits than drawbacks. And they have huge potential to create a better life as well. Let's look at some reasons to love the part-time job: You Create Income Security On the surface level, when you pick up a part-time job or start a business, … [Read more...]

10 Unexpected Places to Find a Job in 2020

There's a huge demand for workers right now. According to the latest U.S. Department of Labor report, unemployment is holding steady at 3.5%. Therefore, sites like ZipRecruiter, Monster.com, and SimplyHired.com are brimming with listings right now. Even the local newspaper classified section probably has new jobs each morning. But what happens when none of those listings are a good fit for you? If you aren't having any luck on … [Read more...]