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Hate Job

4 Of The Best Career Lessons From Jobs I Hated

Hate is a strong word, but I’ve been there.   And I suspect you have too. Getting up everyday for a loathsome job we detest for any number of reasons. Moody menopausal boss. Coworkers with personalities that rival Gemma from Sons of Anarchy.  Clients who force you to reconsider your reason for living. Been there.  Punched the clock! However, at …

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You’ve Hired Guest Speakers. Here’s How to Treat Them Right.

Your business event is underway, and you’ve hired the perfect guest speaker to teach and motivate your employees. Here’s how you can treat your speaker the right way before, during, and after your event. Before the Event Take an honest look at your capabilities when it comes to event planning. If you need help with video creation, presentation, and live …

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Coco-Cola: Empowering Women, Improving Lives via #5by20

In continuing our spirit of supporting women in becoming financially independent, today I’d like to share with you Coco-Cola’s new campaign – 5by20.  This campaign is close to my own heart because I am personally invested in seeing women attain financial success.  Whether they make just enough to cover their expenses and save for a rainy day or they become …

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Multiple Hats

Work Multiple Jobs?  Watch Out!

Many of us younger workers who have entered the workforce in the last decade have seen it – Work more jobs!  The idea is simple enough: more work hours translate to more money.  More importantly, “diversifying” our employers provides a bit of financial security to those of us impacted by the Great Recession.  As I later found out, however, there …

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5 Smart Career Moves for the Modern Woman

When it comes to analytics, there is a surprising shortage of talent in our technology-driven world. According to McKinsey & Company’s big data report, the United States could be short up to 190,000 qualified employees by 2018. There is a demand for employees who have the analytical skills and know-how to use the data produced to make effective business decisions. …

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Work For Fee

The Only Five Reasons You Should Ever Work For Free (and One Big Reason Why You Shouldn’t)

Have you ever outworked a male colleague and wondered bitterly why their compensation was so much higher than yours? I’ve been there myself and it’s not a great feeling. Women still make 77 cents for every male dollar and studies increasingly show that we’re working harder for our pay. Earlier in my career, for example, I was given the opportunity …

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Can’t Afford a Master’s Degree? A Certificate Might Be the Answer

Going to graduate school isn’t cheap: According to Peterson’s, the average tuition cost for a two-year master’s degree program is $60,000 to $80,000. That’s not even taking into account living expenses, books, and fees, which can push the cost of your degree well over $100,000. While there are ways to ease the burden of a graduate education, such as employer …

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How Women Get Ahead in Male Dominated Fields

There’s no denying that women have made great strides when it comes to gaining equality in the workplace. Still, certain fields, such as criminal justice, engineering, finance, and science, are still largely dominated by males. Many women feel intimidated when entering these fields and struggle to get ahead when they do. With a few adjustments to how you communicate and …

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Give Back and Earn a Good Salary? It is Possible With These Careers

It’s a common perception: If you want to devote your life to helping others, you practically have to take a vow of poverty yourself. After all, jobs that involve giving back never pay well.  If you want to earn real money, you have to put your “saintly” instincts aside and focus on getting ahead at all costs. While it’s true …

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Job Rejection

Why Nursing School Grads Have Trouble Finding A Job

Despite the trumpeting the alarm stories about the nursing shortage the US healthcare is facing today, more and more nursing school graduates are wining about the fact that they cannot find a job, and searching for CNA positions online does not bring any ray of light to this situation. And in fact, there are couple factors that are influencing the …

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I Have to Spend All Day with These People?

Working with toxic coworkers can feel a lot like recess on the playground in an elementary school .   There’s the bully, backstabber, manipulator and a host of other characters that you must manage or else you’ll find yourself in the timeout box.  Be it self imposed or otherwise.  Planning ahead for potentially mind numbing situations helps you win the …

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Business Plan Woman

Here’s Why You Need A Business Plan

When you look at your local small businesses you may only see the finished product. You only see the bakery front or the mechanic’s shop. You only partake in the services. You think that this would be the best thing for you to do, start your own business. But you have to actually sit down and have a plan before …

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What If You Were Fired Today?

You haven’t been fired or laid off – yet. But what if you received the pink slip today or were informed that you may be laid off in a few weeks or months?  How would you handle it?  Would you start looking for a new job or or roll the dice and stick your head in the sand?  Such is …

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Health Insurance

Discussion: “If you smoke or are overweight, then you cost me money and I cannot hire you.”-Fair Or Not?

With Obama’s recent visit to the Cleveland clinic, who will cease hiring smokers as of September 1, the Today Show is speculating that this may become a corporate health care trend. Here’s the message from Dr Delos Cosgrove, CEO and President at the Cleveland Clinic: While we are on the topic of smoking, I understand that there are differences of …

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Severance Packages: Time to Goof Off Or Make It Pay Off?

You’ve been laid off but offered a severance package.  And while you may have day dreams of warm beach vacations and lazy time off, it’s time to think about how to make this layoff pay off. At first you may be flooded with thoughts about your value to the company, how and why this could have happened but in today’s …

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