19 Summer Jobs for Teens (and College Students)

Do you (or your teen) have a job for summer yet? It being graduation season, I thought I'd share some common summer job opportunities for teenagers and college students to make extra money. Some of these I've done myself. Others are just some of the more common jobs you hear about. Be sure to share your past job experiences in the comments below. I loved most of my summer jobs. Each brought me a different experience and … [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 Different Ways to Increase Your Income

Politicians in Washington continuously battle over how to reduce the budget deficit. Some favor a reduction in spending while others advocate an increase in taxes, or both. When we manage our personal finances, we are faced with a similar choice: you can reduce our spending or you can increase your income. Yet the vast majority of personal finance blogs focus on reducing expenses rather than how to increase your income. During my twenty years of working as an IT … [Read more...]

Did Somebody Say McDonald’s – As a Career?

I'm not entirely sure why, but I've always enjoyed work.  Whether it was a fruit stand at five years old, or selling golf balls at the golf course at 8 years old, I had a blast making money, and still do.  But it wasn't until I turned 13 that I started my "career" and what a better way to start than at McDonald's. My mother hates having people in her house (even her family, which she loves) so she lined up a job for me at McDonald's when I was in 8th grade.  Two … [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...]

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

Should I tell my boss I want 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 … [Read more...]

10 Alternative Online Job Search Sites

If you're looking for a job, you've no doubt tried the big name job search sites like Monster.com, Indeed.com, CareerBuilder.com, LinkUp.com, and SimplyHired.com. Those are all great places to start your search. But there are some other, more unique, possibly more targeted job search sites that you might want to try: Jobs for Veterans - If you're a veteran, check out the job search tool at Military.com. The site gives you 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 Places You Might Not Expect to Find a Job

Need a job? Have you looked in all the right places? There's a huge demand for jobs right now. Unemployment is above 10% in some areas. I'm sure sites like Monster.com and SimplyHired.com have never seen higher traffic. The newspaper classified section is the first thing on many people's minds each morning. There are now over 100 million people using LinkedIn.com. The traditional job search portals are saturated. To find a job these days using these channels … [Read more...]