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My Jobs, Graduate School

A few days ago I continued my career history by detailing the jobs I had while in college. Today I want to continue this series by sharing the jobs I held while in graduate school. While I was getting my MBA, I had two jobs. The first was during the school year (both years). It was an assistantship where I ran the university movie theater as well as supervised some dances in the student union. […]

Five Money Dilemmas and What I'd Do

CNN Money recently told what they would do when presented with five money dilemmas. I thought I'd let you know my responses to these compared to Money's thoughts, so here goes: Problem #1: Your investments are in the tank, your annual bonus is a thing of the past, and you need to cut back on expenses. […]

Two More Examples When Asking for a Discount Works

As most of you know, I'm a fan of asking for a discount (especially in certain cases when it's easy to do so). So I thought it appropriate to highlight two more examples of how asking for a discount can pay off. The first example comes from a recent comment on my post titled Six Times It's Easy to Ask for a Discount where the reader said: Works with my dentist. […]

Four Ways LinkedIn Can Help Your Career

The following is excerpted with permission from How to Succeed in Business Using LinkedIn: Making Connections and Capturing Opportunities on the World's #1 Business Networking Site by Eric Butow and Kathleen Taylor (AMACOM 2008). […]

Help a Reader: What to Charge as a Babysitter

Here's a question left recently by a reader on an older post of mine: My neighbor wants me to start babysitting her nine month old. She works unusual hours: Monday - Friday he'd be at my house 6am - 1 pm and then 2pm - 8pm. and then 10 hours on Saturday. Is 90$ a week fair? I'm 16 by the way, but I don't just sit the kid in front of the TV; we read books, go to the park, take walks, or paint. […]

Help a Reader: Buying Gold Coins

Here's a question I recently received from a reader: I'm a young professional doing pretty good. I'm 26 and still single and my only debt is about 1000 grand of student loan. Anyways, I am trying to start my life right and do everything right.  My question is I want to buy some gold coins. I don't know if you ever bought some before. […]

Great Deal -- Hurry!!!

Just saw this offer on the sidebar of my blog -- in the Amazon widget. It's a great deal on a ladies watch -- usually almost $700 and now only just over $100! […]

How You Grow Your Income by 10% or More a Year

In my post titled Maximizing Your Greatest Asset: Why Your Career is So Important, I reviewed some scenarios where a person increased his salary 3%, 5%, 7.5%, and 10%. In posts like this I often get a comment along the lines of, "These percentages are not realistic. No one today earns 10% salary increases every year." Maybe, maybe not. […]

Top Ten Mistakes Candidates Make in an Initial Interview

The following is excerpted with permission from Acing the Interview: How to Ask and Answer the Questions That Will Get You the Job by Tony Beshara (AMACOM 2008). Top ten mistakes candidates make in an initial interview: 1. They forget that this is a selling situation… and don’t ask for the job. […]

Help a Reader: Me Again

Ok, I need some help again. We've decided that we're getting a new (bigger) TV. It's been about 15 years since we purchased our last one, so it's time for an upgrade. We've done our research (both with Consumer reports as well as looking at options in stores) and there seems to be a TON of conflicting information/opinions our there. […]