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...]

Best Part Time Jobs With Benefits (Updated for 2021)

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...]

Is the Part-Time Economy a Good Thing?

The part-time job, for the sake of getting ahead financially (i.e. becoming debt-free sooner), is a great idea. But nowadays, more and more people are having to turn to part-time jobs because it's their only option: College graduates are settling for these jobs versus a career they'd dreamt of. The long-term unemployed are turning to these jobs versus returning to a career job (i.e. underemployment). The newly retired are taking to these jobs to help bridge … [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?

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...]