job http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1533/all en-US 5 Ways to Ease Into a Day Job After Freelancing http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-ease-into-a-day-job-after-freelancing <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-to-ease-into-a-day-job-after-freelancing" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_47841776_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="easing back into a dayjob after freelancing" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Freelancing gives you the freedom to set your own hours and work at your own pace. Some people consider this the ideal situation, and after making the switch <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-really-make-a-living-as-an-ebook-writer">from employee to freelancer</a>, they vow never to return to the workplace. Of course, anyone's professional situation &mdash; the amount of money coming in to keep you fed and sheltered &mdash; can change in the blink of an eye, and some of us have to get a &quot;real&quot; job again. Sound familiar? Then listen up! Whether you're looking for steady, predictable income, or you're making a switch because you need benefits like health care, these are the ways to ease back into a regular daytime gig with minimal stress.</p> <h2>1. Find a Job You're Passionate About</h2> <p>Freelancers enjoy a freedom unlike any other, and after years of working for yourself, it can be difficult to ease back into a routine of punching a time clock and having a boss breathing down your neck. Getting a regular day job might be a necessity and not a choice. But even if you can't change your overall circumstances, you can be choosy when it comes to accepting a position. The transition from freelancer to 9-to-5 employee will be harder if you hate what you do. On the other hand, if you find a job that excites and challenges you, it'll be easier to get up in the morning and leave your house.</p> <h2>2. Seek Opportunities That Offer Flexibility</h2> <p>Nowadays, it's not unusual to see employers advertising flexible positions. Some employers recognize the benefit of telecommuting, and they allow certain personnel to work from home or only come into the office a couple days a week. If you prefer the stability of a steady paycheck, but you want the ability to work independently, seek opportunities that provide the best of both worlds.</p> <p>If telecommuting isn't an option, it'll also be easier to ease back into a regular day job if you find a position that lets you work at times when you're most productive. Maybe you perform better when able to start your workday in the late morning or the afternoon. Although a 9-to-5 work schedule is common, it's not the only option, and you'll find that many companies offer their employees a variety of schedules.</p> <h2>3. Split Your Time Between a Regular Day Job and Freelancing</h2> <p>Another option is splitting your time between a regular day job and freelancing. A regular job can provide the income stability you need, but enjoying this stability might not require a full-time gig. Rather than jump head first into the full-time grind, work a few hours with an employer and freelance for the remainder of the day to supplement your income. For this approach to work, you'll need a few regular freelance clients who can provide a steady stream of work. Easing into a day job is easier when you're only working four hours a day.</p> <h2>4. Pace Yourself</h2> <p>Successful freelancers are hard workers and they wear many hats. They spend their days working on projects, hunting for new clients, invoicing, handling client issues, and some freelancers have multiple income streams to make ends meet. It's a busy, hectic life, and it's easy to develop a pattern of always being in work-mode and constantly hustling.</p> <p>Working at this pace can become a normal part of your daily routine &mdash; to the point where you forget how to work at a slower pace. As you ease back into a regular day job after years of freelancing, you may bring a few bad habits with you, such as working until you're numb, never taking a break, or thinking you have to accept every opportunity you're offered.</p> <p>While you'll want to be a team player and take the initiative on your new job, you have to remember that the company's success doesn't lie on your shoulders. Pace yourself or else you'll burn out.</p> <h2>5. Stick to a Regular Sleep Schedule</h2> <p>Some freelancers don't start their workdays in the morning. Instead, they begin working in the late morning, afternoon, and some don't work until the evening hours. If you're a night owl and used to sleeping in, the transition from freelancer to employee is especially challenging when you have to rise early and be at a desk by 8 a.m.</p> <p>This doesn't mean you have to hit the sheets by 8 p.m. after getting a regular day job, but you will need to get enough sleep to wake up on time and function during the day. Being in a constant mental fog because you didn't get enough sleep, and running late every morning only prolongs the adjustment period.</p> <p>Easing into a fixed, eight-hour schedule after years of a flexible, non-fixed schedule can leave you physically and mentally exhausted. Getting plenty of sleep and staying active makes a difference. Walk on your lunch break or pace your office for a couple minutes every hour. Activity can increase your energy and improve your mental and emotional health, which can be the mood booster you need to accept your changed circumstances.</p> <p><em>Have you recently made the transition from freelancer back to a more structured position? How has the transition been? Share with us in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-ease-into-a-day-job-after-freelancing">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-write-a-resume-12-steps-to-your-next-job">How To Write A Resume: 12 Steps To Your Next Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/day-job-or-freelance-which-is-right-for-you">Day Job or Freelance: Which Is Right for You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meet-meg-favreau-our-senior-editor">Meet Meg Favreau, Our Senior Editor</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-by-without-a-job-part-1-losing-a-job">Getting by without a job, part 1--losing a job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/deciding-when-to-follow-instructions">Deciding when to follow instructions</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Life Hacks 9-to-5 career day job etiquette freelancer freelancing full-time job job life hacks Thu, 21 Jul 2016 09:00:12 +0000 Mikey Rox 1756335 at http://www.wisebread.com Can You Really Make a Living in the Gig Economy? http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-really-make-a-living-in-the-gig-economy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/can-you-really-make-a-living-in-the-gig-economy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/hiking_guide_trail_11139920.jpg" alt="Woman finding way to make a living in gig economy" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The gig economy is here to stay. That's the prediction, anyway. And while some underemployed workers are rejoicing at the growing opportunity to choose their own hours and boost their post-recession income, some experts are concerned that more and more Americans will wind up working gigs for the whole of their income rather than just the occasional cash infusion. If traditional, salaried jobs take a back seat to one-time gigs, one of the biggest fears among folks studying the sharing economy is that workers will get stuck with lackluster or wholly nonexistent benefit packages and an unstable job outlook. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-smart-ways-to-make-it-rain-today?ref=seealso">6 Smart Ways to Make It Rain Today</a>)</p> <p>So, how much can the average freelance-gigger really earn piecing together an income from a string of odd jobs? Is it plausible to jump headfirst into the sharing economy and expect to earn a good living? We did the math for you.</p> <h2>Ridesharing</h2> <p>The claim: Uber says its <a href="https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/uber_driver-partners_hall_kreuger_2015.pdf">drivers earn $6 more per hour</a> than traditional cabbies. This statement, however, fails to take into consideration the fact that Uber drivers are not reimbursed by the company for insurance, gas, car maintenance, nor the ever-depreciating value of the vehicle itself &mdash; a combined cost that the company estimates to be about $15,000 per year in New York City. The data is shaky, but, at least in some cities, Uber drivers still make out better than regular cabbies when these expenses are accounted for. Of course, a lot of it has to do with peak hours and regional gas costs. So take these estimates for what they are &mdash; estimates.</p> <p>Perhaps, just as important as the financials is Uber employee satisfaction, which just so happens to rank notably high. A 2014 survey of 601 Uber drivers found that <a href="http://www.bsgco.com/insights/uber-the-driver-roadmap">78%&nbsp;of participants are very satisfied</a> or somewhat satisfied with Uber, and 71% said their income had increased since they started working for the company. That bodes well for ridesharing's future.</p> <p>And while Uber isn't the only ridesharing company out there, its workers tend to earn more than those at competing brands, such as Lyft. According to an analysis by NerdWallet, Uber drivers earn an average of $16 per ride, while Lyft drivers earn about $11.50. Based on those estimates, the average Uber driver needs to give about 60 rides per week to make an annual income of $50,000, while those working for Lyft need to provide about 84 rides a week.</p> <p>Conclusion: It's possible to make a solid living in the ridesharing market, but you have to hustle. You also have to have patience and financial flexibility to weather the ebb and flow of peak hours, peak seasons, and fluctuating gasoline prices.</p> <h2>Gigs With TaskRabbit</h2> <p>From picking up groceries to weedwacking, TaskRabbit is the one-stop-shop for finding a set of nearby helping hands. As a Tasker, you can shop for tasks that you are willing and able to perform in your area. For each task that you successfully complete, you collect a predetermined payment, of which TaskRabbit collects a 30% service fee. There are also occasional overhead costs, like when a task requires you to use public transit or drive your own vehicle.</p> <p>Jamie Viggiano, Taskrabbit's VP of marketing, reports that roughly 10%-15% of the site's Taskers regularly earn $6,000 to $7,000 a month, after the commission is deducted. Exhibit A: Brian Schrier of San Francisco told Time Magazine that he averages about $2,000 per week performing tasks ranging from carpentry to folding shirts. And David Cordova, 31, of New York City, said he earns up to $4,000 per month working six-hour days (two to three gigs per day) Monday through Friday, and sometimes Saturday, too.</p> <p>Conclusion: It's important to note that Brian and David are <a href="http://time.com/money/3714829/working-for-taskrabbit/">examples of exceptional Taskers</a> &mdash; only a small minority of Taskers are making a living using TaskRabbit. But, if you commit yourself, it's possible.</p> <h2>Tour Guiding With Vayable</h2> <p>Vayable, the app that pairs tourists with local guides in major cities, offers users an authentic travel experience in exchange for a fee, which amounts to whatever the local guide decides is fair. (The company takes a 15% cut.) This marketplace for personalized and unique travel experiences is transforming the travel market. But can it transform your wallet?</p> <p>Right now, the going rate &mdash; which, of course, you set yourself &mdash; for an eight-hour tour of West Maui is $500, while a three-hour after-dark tour of Moscow is $107. In New York City, one of the most popular offerings is <a href="https://www.vayable.com/users/2521">a customized running tour of New York</a>, priced at $50 per hour. Sebastien, the athlete who offers the New York running tour, has 34 reviews, which means he's earned at least $1,445 using Vayable.</p> <p>Conclusion: Depending on how tourist-friendly your locale is, you can earn a nice hunk of extra change offering guided tours and experiences through Vayable. But until the network grows, it's nothing to quit your day job over.</p> <p><em>Are you making a stable living in the gig economy? Share your tips!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-really-make-a-living-in-the-gig-economy">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-you-can-earn-18-to-25-an-hour-with-amazon-flex">How You Can Earn $18 to $25 an Hour With Amazon Flex</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-part-time-jobs-to-do-while-your-kids-are-at-school">17 Part-Time Jobs to Do While Your Kids Are at School</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-places-to-find-freelance-writing-jobs">6 Places to Find Freelance Writing Jobs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-side-jobs-for-people-who-are-good-with-money">6 Side Jobs for People Who Are Good With Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-unexpected-side-benefits-of-your-side-hustle">5 Unexpected Side Benefits of Your Side Hustle</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Job Hunting freelance work gig economy job part-time job side gig side hustle side job work Wed, 15 Jun 2016 09:00:13 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1731284 at http://www.wisebread.com 13 Great Reasons to Quit Your Job http://www.wisebread.com/13-great-reasons-to-quit-your-job <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/13-great-reasons-to-quit-your-job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000090506469_Large.jpg" alt="looking for a good reason to quit his job" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>How many times have you rehearsed that &quot;I quit&quot; speech in your head? How often do you stare out of the window, wishing you were in a different job, or pursuing a more interesting career? So many of us want to be in a job that really fulfills us, but so few of us dare to make that leap. Well, if you are looking for a reason to quit, here are 13 that should fire you up. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-super-cool-ways-people-have-quit-their-jobs?ref=seealso">6 Super-Cool Ways People Have Quit Their Jobs</a>)</p> <h2>1. There's a Better Job Out There</h2> <p>The grass is always greener, right? This is often a justification to stay in your current position, because things could always get worse. But things could also get a whole lot better, and the chances of you currently being in the best job you'll ever have are slim. It's easy to become complacent and accept that this is the job for you, but there are other jobs out there with your name on them. Amazing jobs, and careers, that will make you look back on the one you have now and wonder why it took you years to move on. Of course, you won't know unless you look, so start checking out what's available.</p> <h2>2. You're Doing More Work for Less Money</h2> <p>When a company starts asking you to take on extra responsibilities, for the same money (or even less), then you may want to consider looking into another job. It's always good to take on extra work if it means you grow and learn new skills, but it should be rewarded. If the company is dangling a possible promotion in front of you, do whatever you can to find out it's a real offer. Some people work 60+ hour weeks for years on the promise of a promotion that will never come.</p> <h2>3. Your Job Is Literally Killing You</h2> <p>Stress is considered one of the biggest killers of modern times. It weakens our immune system, leads to higher blood pressure, and can be the cause of a lot of heart problems. It can also lead to substance abuse and marital troubles, and can break up friendships. If the job you are in right now is causing you so much stress that life is becoming hard to take, you need to find another job, or a different career. It's just not worth the risk.</p> <h2>4. You're Starting Your Own Business</h2> <p>What better reason is there to quit your job than to become your own boss? We've all dreamt of that freedom, the flexible hours, the satisfaction of creating something successful. But, so few of us do it because it's a risk. Quitting a corporate job, or one with steady hours and health benefits, in favor of going it alone &mdash; well that's tough.</p> <p>What if you fail? What if no one buys your product or service? What if you quit a good job only to be out of work soon after? That &quot;what if&quot; game can be paralyzing, but think of it the other way. What if you're laid off next week? What if your business could be the next Google, or Pixar? What if you are holding on to something safe for something that could be amazing? Think about it.</p> <h2>5. You're Not Wanted</h2> <p>Your opinion used to be valuable. Now, it's not required, or it's straight-up ignored. You used to be at important meetings. Not so any more. You used to travel to different locations, and meet with clients. Now you're permanently stuck behind your desk. All of these are signs that you are being overlooked. Or worse, the company is getting ready to let you go. If you feel like you are no longer wanted, you should move to a place that really does want you.</p> <h2>6. Your Company Is in Trouble</h2> <p>It could be financial trouble. It could be legal trouble. It could be a corporate takeover, or a merger that will result in massive layoffs. You should have a good feel for this, and if you sense danger, it may be time to pull the plug and move on, before you're caught in the crossfire. You certainly don't want to be in a situation where your 401K or severance package disappears.</p> <h2>7. You're Phoning It In</h2> <p>If you are on autopilot, doing just enough to keep your job, or are giving the minimum amount of effort, you need to move on. First, it's possible that your lack of effort could actually be dangerous, especially if you're working in a field that requires maximum concentration. Your apathy could also put others in danger &mdash; imagine a doctor who doesn't pay attention. But even in an office job, phoning it in is a big sign that you are in the wrong position.</p> <h2>8. Other Locations Are Calling Your Name</h2> <p>It's scary to move to a different city, or state. And another country, well, that's a mighty big leap. But what a leap! There is so much of the world to see, and every country has different opportunities, and new people waiting to meet you. Realistically, is it more likely that the place you're currently in is the pinnacle of existence? Or is it more likely that you're settled, and moving would be a lot of stress and headaches? Start thinking about those places you always wanted to see when you were a kid. Can you do the job you're doing now in one of those places? Can you move there? A completely different, and exciting life is waiting for you in another part of the world.</p> <h2>9. You're Going Nowhere</h2> <p>In any career, whether it's in a corporate office, or under the hood of a car, you want to go places. Not literally &mdash; although travel is a great perk &mdash; but you should be learning, growing, and being promoted. When your job stops giving you those opportunities for growth, you have to assess the situation. How long has it been since you learned something new? Do you think you'll ever get a promotion again? Are you simply treading water? If you are going nowhere, you need to find a job that will give you those opportunities again.</p> <h2>10. You Just Hate It</h2> <p>If you dislike certain aspects of your job, but overall it's still a good position, well, you just have to suck it up. Very few jobs are perfect. However, if you dread going to work every morning, and every waking hour at your company is a living hell for you, then you have to quit. Life is too short to spend 40 hours of every week being miserable. What else can you do? Where can you go? Is a career change possible? You may feel trapped, but there are always options.</p> <h2>11. You're Done With Office Politics</h2> <p>The gossip. The rumors. The back-stabbing. Having to play favorites. If it's all getting too much for you &mdash; and let's face it, it shouldn't even exist &mdash; then you should start looking for a new place to work. However, before you move to another place, do some digging. Ask around. Look at reviews on a website like Glassdoor. The last thing you want to do is make a move only to find the office politics even worse at your new job.</p> <h2>12. You're Ready for a New Challenge</h2> <p>It's not that you dislike the job you're in. It's not even that you're unhappy with the pay, the people, or the work. It's just that what you're doing is no longer challenging you. You can do this job, and do it well, but you feel the need to dive into something that will really push you. Something that will often get your pulse racing, or make you experience that &quot;can I really do this?&quot; feeling. Well, yes, you can. If you push yourself. And think of the satisfaction you'll get from that.</p> <h2>13. You Just Won the Lottery</h2> <p>Hey, weirder things have happened.</p> <p><em>What are some other great reasons to quit your job? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-great-reasons-to-quit-your-job">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-questions-to-ask-before-you-quit-your-job">6 Questions to Ask Before You Quit Your Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks">10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-4-jobs-people-quit-the-most">The 4 Jobs People Quit the Most</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-high-paying-jobs-that-didnt-exist-10-years-ago">9 High-Paying Jobs That Didn&#039;t Exist 10 Years Ago</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/escape-your-dying-industry-with-one-of-these-8-careers-instead">Escape Your Dying Industry With One of These 8 Careers, Instead</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building career path job job search quit quit your job quitting Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:30:04 +0000 Paul Michael 1698448 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Questions to Ask Before You Quit Your Job http://www.wisebread.com/6-questions-to-ask-before-you-quit-your-job <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-questions-to-ask-before-you-quit-your-job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000076142827_Large.jpg" alt="should i quit my job?" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Your boss drives you crazy. You work long hours for not enough pay. And there's no promotion in sight. You're finally ready to quit your job and hunt for a position that pays better, is more interesting, and doesn't require that you live at your office.</p> <p>Be careful. You might spend hours practicing your big &quot;goodbye&quot; speech, but before you take that step, make sure to ask yourself the right questions before you start packing up your cubicle. Depending on the answers, you might find that now isn't the best time to jump back into the job market. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-4-jobs-people-quit-the-most?ref=seealso">The 4 Jobs People Quit the Most</a>)</p> <h2>1. Are You Establishing a Bad Pattern?</h2> <p>Companies don't want to hire job hoppers, a.k.a. employees who jump from job to job every other year. If leaving your current position might label you as a job hopper &mdash; you've already bailed on two jobs in the last three to four years, say &mdash; you might hurt your chances at landing a new position.</p> <p>You might be ready to leave your current position behind. But if your resume is already filled with short stays at several companies, it might make more sense to tough it out for another year or so.</p> <h2>2. How Big Is Your Emergency Fund?</h2> <p>Yes, unemployment is down. But that doesn't mean that finding a new job is going to be easy. So how large of an <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-your-emergency-fund-big-enough-to-keep-you-afloat">emergency fund</a> do you have, and how long can you survive without a new job before you'd have to start dipping into your retirement savings or abusing your credit cards?</p> <p>If you don't have enough saved to cover your daily living expenses for at least six months, you might reconsider leaving your job. Instead, hold onto your current job and build up that emergency fund first. Then, when you have saved the money you need, you can start your search for a new job with confidence.</p> <h2>3. Do You Have Any Leads on a New Job?</h2> <p>It can be exhilarating to leave your old job and all its daily annoyances behind. But do you have any connections that can help you find your new job? Are you leaving your current position &mdash; and its regular paycheck &mdash; without any leads on a new job?</p> <p>Doing so can be risky. There is still plenty of competition for the best jobs. If you're relying on online want ads only to help you find your new position, you might want to put your dramatic exit speech on hold. Take the time to work with your network of past coworkers and supervisors to make sure that you have at least a few leads on a new job before plunging into the market.</p> <h2>4. Have You Tried to Resolve the Problems at Your Current Job?</h2> <p>Looking for a new position is practically a full-time job itself. It's also a frustrating and, at times, exhausting one. So before you hit the market, have you taken any steps to resolve the problems you are facing at your current position?</p> <p>Now, some problems can't be fixed. If you hate the work you do, there's no resolving that. But if you face conflicts with a superior, don't like your hours, or feel underappreciated, you might be able to fix these issues. And if you do, you won't have to put yourself through the stress of a job search.</p> <p>Before leaving your cubicle behind, ask yourself if you've taken all the steps possible to resolve whatever current problems you are facing.</p> <h2>5. What Are Your Long-Term Career Goals?</h2> <p>It's easy to forget about your career dreams when you're immersed in the daily activities of meeting deadlines and crafting proposals. But before you jump into the jobs market, ask yourself if searching for a new job today will help you meet your long-term career goals.</p> <p>You might find that going back to school while holding onto your current job is a better choice. Maybe taking on freelance work on the side &mdash; with your current employer's permission &mdash; will get you closer to landing your dream job. Maybe you'll have to jump to a lower-paying job to eventually reach your ultimate career goals.</p> <p>Don't enter the job market without first considering your long-term goals and dreams. Yes, you might find a better-paying job with more manageable hours. But if you do so at the expense of your professional dreams, then your new position won't be an improvement at all.</p> <h2>6. Who Else Will Your Decision Affect?</h2> <p>Quitting your job could have a big financial impact on your spouse or children. Before making this move, ask yourself if this move will negatively affect them. Cutting down on restaurant meals and entertainment isn't the worst sacrifice that you can ask of your family. But don't expect your loved ones to shoulder more serious financial burdens &mdash; like the possibility of losing your home or car &mdash; because you won't be able to afford those payments if you don't find a new job quickly.</p> <p>Quitting your job is easier when others don't depend on your income. Take a long look at how a long job search might hurt your loved ones. Don't leave your current job unless you have a solid plan for finding new work quickly.</p> <p><em>What was your process before quitting your job? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dan-rafter">Dan Rafter</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-questions-to-ask-before-you-quit-your-job">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-great-reasons-to-quit-your-job">13 Great Reasons to Quit Your Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-4-jobs-people-quit-the-most">The 4 Jobs People Quit the Most</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-by-without-a-job-part-1-losing-a-job">Getting by without a job, part 1--losing a job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-a-job-learn-the-secret-from-a-bad-movie">How to get a job--learn the secret from a bad movie</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-jobs-for-people-who-hate-the-9-5">10 Great Jobs for People Who Hate the 9-5</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income bad boss job job satisfaction job search quit your job quitting two weeks notice Thu, 31 Mar 2016 10:00:14 +0000 Dan Rafter 1682213 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Money Moves to Make After a Promotion http://www.wisebread.com/10-money-moves-to-make-after-a-promotion <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-money-moves-to-make-after-a-promotion" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000066992053_Large.jpg" alt="she needs to make these money moves after getting a promotion" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Congratulations on your promotion! You've just made another step toward a successful future.</p> <p>Still, this isn't the time to become complacent. A promotion comes along with new challenges and tasks. To help you make the very best out of your new job, here are the 10 money moves to make after a promotion.</p> <h2>1. Revisit Your Tax Withholding</h2> <p>Most promotions don't come with just a title upgrade, they come with a well-deserved raise. If that's your case, calculate whether or not you need to adjust your W-4 form and submit it to your HR department.</p> <p>Let's assume that you file a joint return with your spouse and your combined taxable income was $90,000. Your tax due would be $18,293.75 ($5,156.25 + 25% of the amount over $37,450). After your promotion, your new combined taxable income is now $100,000. Your new tax bill is $21,071.25 ($18,481.25 + 28% of the amount over $90,750). Assuming no offsets to your salary bump and no changes to your W-4, you would be $2,777.50 short of your tax bill! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-three-tax-facts-to-know-for-2016?ref=seealso">Top Three Tax Facts to Know for 2016</a>)</p> <p>Use the <a href="https://www.irs.gov/Individuals/IRS-Withholding-Calculator">IRS Withholding Calculator</a> and determine if you need to update your W-4.</p> <h2>2. Calculate Vesting of Company Shares</h2> <p>Vested company shares are another way that your employer could reward you. Very often, these restricted stock units vest over time, meaning that you gain ownership of those shares the longer you stay. The idea is that your employer wants you to perform well and remain with the company. Contact your HR department to find out the vesting schedule of your company shares so that you know how much you would actually take with you if you were to part ways with your employer.</p> <h2>3. Time Profit Sharing and Bonus Checks</h2> <p>When your promotion includes a large bonus or profit sharing check, pay attention to the date that the payment will be issued on. An elective deferral contribution to your retirement accounts must be deposited by the tax filing due date (April 19, 2016 for Maine and Massachusetts residents and April 18, 2016 for everybody else). For 2015 and 2016, the contribution limit to 401K, 403B, and most 457 plans is $18,000, and to regular and Roth IRA plans it's $5,500. If you're age 50 or over, you can make an additional $6,000 in catch-up contributions. When you haven't met the applicable contribution limit, take advantage of that windfall to fatten up your retirement accounts.</p> <h2>4. Identify Additional Costs</h2> <p>With great power comes great responsibility, Peter Parker! Take stock of the responsibilities of your new position and determine how much additional time you may need to perform those tasks successfully. Having to stay a bit longer at work may increase several costs, including paying higher fees for babysitters or preschools, and dining out more often than before the promotion. Your first weeks in your new position will provide you an idea of how much your budget will need to adjust.</p> <h2>5. Determine New Tax Deductions</h2> <p>The good news is that some of those new-job-related costs may also be tax deductible.</p> <ul> <li>Keep track of mileage that you have to drive to off-site locations for job-related activities. You can deduct <a href="https://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/2016-Standard-Mileage-Rates-for-Business-Medical-and-Moving-Announced">54 cents per mile</a> for business miles driven in 2016, down from 57.5 cents in 2015. Also, you may use that mileage to allocate a portion of your car expenses, such as insurance and maintenance.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Being able to telecommute from home allows you to designate a portion of your home as a business office. Use the percentage from your total home space used used for business purposes to allocate allowable deductions using <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8829.pdf">Form 8829</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Having to dine and wine prospective clients may also be tax deductible.</li> </ul> <p>Consult your accountant for more details on allowable deductions.</p> <h2>6. Prevent Burnout</h2> <p>Several human resources experts claim that the <a href="http://fortune.com/2011/04/01/just-got-promoted-how-not-to-blow-it/">first 100 days on the job</a> are critical, particularly after a promotion. To thrive in your new role &mdash; and to maximize your number of fully vested shares if applicable &mdash; take steps to mitigate additional stress related to your new job. Whether it's hitting the gym more often, signing up for a new class, or having &quot;pizza day&quot; with the kids once a week, you may have new costs to cope with stress. Make sure to include them in your new monthly budget.</p> <h2>7. Request a Credit Limit Increase</h2> <p>Now that you have a higher annual income, you may be eligible for a higher limit on your credit cards. If you've have been current in all of your payments for the last year, have an account in good standing, and haven't requested a limit increase in several months, contact the issuers of your credit cards to submit your request. Most financial institutions allow you to do this over an online portal, but some may request to contact them via phone.</p> <p>With a higher credit limit, you can effectively improve your credit utilization ratio, which accounts for 30% of your FICO credit score.</p> <h2>8. Ask for Education and Licensing Subsidies</h2> <p>Most promotions are the result of hard work, and some of them are the result of an important investment that requires a recurrent annual expense.</p> <p>For example, an architect needs to complete a series of hour requirements and exams to become licensed. Upon becoming licensed, an architect can choose to become a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), which has an initial cost of $442 per year and costs $600 each year thereafter to renew. Having the AIA in the title of a lead architect in a project bid makes a company more desirable to clients, so an architect could successfully argue that it's in the company's best interest to subsidize the annual cost of $600.</p> <p>Similar scenarios take place in other industries, including accounting, engineering, and finance.</p> <h2>9. Inquire About Additional Company Benefits</h2> <p>Your promotion could unlock new or improved perks, including:</p> <ul> <li>Health plans;</li> <li>Flexible spending accounts (FSA);</li> <li>Telecommuting devices (laptops, smartphones);</li> <li>Fund options in retirement accounts;</li> <li>Industry conferences; and</li> <li>Parking options.</li> </ul> <p>Find out what discretionary items are covered by your updated employment package.</p> <h2>10. Hire an Assistant</h2> <p>One <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-time-saving-hacks-from-the-worlds-busiest-people">time saving hack</a> from the world's busiest people is to outsource non-critical tasks, such as researching travel options, transcribing audio, and scheduling meetings, to an assistant. If your new job doesn't include a personal assistant, then hire a virtual one for about $10 per hour through Upwork, Fancy Hands, or Zirtual.</p> <p>You'll free up time to be able to focus on higher level priorities.</p> <p><em>What are some other things that people should do after a promotion? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-money-moves-to-make-after-a-promotion">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks">10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/didnt-get-the-raise-ask-for-this-instead">Didn&#039;t Get the Raise? Ask for This, Instead</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-a-side-hustle-can-further-your-career">5 Ways a Side Hustle Can Further Your Career</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-times-you-should-demand-a-raise">5 Times You Should Demand a Raise</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/book-review-the-adventures-of-johnny-bunko">Book review: The Adventures of Johnny Bunko</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Extra Income career growth potential job job promotion more money raise Thu, 03 Mar 2016 10:00:11 +0000 Damian Davila 1666773 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Ways to Actually Take All Your Vacation Days This Year http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-actually-take-all-your-vacation-days-this-year <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-ways-to-actually-take-all-your-vacation-days-this-year" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_boat_000034795992.jpg" alt="Man taking the opportunity to use his vacation days this year" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nearly everyone recognizes the importance of taking a break from work. Time off makes workers happier, helps them rest, allows them to do things that they love, and improves their attitude and focus at work when they return.</p> <p>Why, then, did 41% of American workers plan to <a href="http://www.projecttimeoff.com/research/overwhelmed-america">not use their vacation time</a> in 2014?</p> <p>There are a zillion reasons, and some of them are even good. However, most of these have some easy workarounds, assuming you give it a little thought and put in a little effort. You shouldn't have to compromise on the breaks you've earned &mdash; and deserve.</p> <h2>1. Plan Ahead</h2> <p>Sometimes, people don't take their vacation days because they can't get the weeks off that they want, or because they don't have time to plan the trip that they'd really like to take. This doesn't have to derail your vacationing efforts, though.</p> <p>If the days you really want are days everyone else is going to want off too, make your best effort to accommodate this. As an example, some workplaces have a lottery for these days, so make sure you participate. Avoid the most congested vacation weeks, and opt for nearby time slots. For instance, it's usually easier to get the week before Christmas off than the week of Christmas.</p> <p>When in doubt, get some vacation days on the calendar even if you don't know what you want to do with them. If nothing else, you can play tourist in your own town and sleep in every day!</p> <h2>2. Work Ahead</h2> <p>Many people don't take their vacation days because they're worried about getting behind at work and returning to a mountain of tasks. While you can't completely counteract this, it's possible to complete most work in advance, or to otherwise plan around your absence.</p> <p>It's perfectly acceptable to plan your vacation during a slow time of year at work, in order to avoid a backlog while you're gone. You can also plan your schedule and make budgets, schedule events, meet with clients, etc., before you go so those tasks aren't hanging over your head when you return.</p> <h2>3. Empower People Around You</h2> <p>If the people around you know that you have confidence in them, they will work just as well when you're gone as they do when you're in the office. This will hold true even if you're a manager or own a business.</p> <p>Make sure that the people you work with know that you trust them to make good decisions even if you're not there. Explicitly explain your trust and expectations. Doing this may also mean that they'll have your back while on vacation, taking care of pressing tasks in your absence.</p> <h2>4. Stop Saving</h2> <p>About 38% of the people who don't use their vacation days are saving time off in case they need it. While it's good to be judicious with your vacations, most companies won't let you save your vacation time forever (and increasingly, many companies won't let you save much at all!). This means that you either use your vacation time, or you risk losing it.</p> <h2>5. Be a Great Employee</h2> <p>Employees also worry about being seen as expendable or as not committed to their jobs when they use all of their vacation time (or worse, when other people don't use theirs). The truth is, your employer is not allowed to fire you for using your allotted vacation time. Still, people worry that this will happen to them.</p> <p>Nip this in the bud by being a superb employee. If you're good at your job and clearly focused and committed when you're there, no boss will begrudge your well-deserved time off. Most companies know that employees who use vacation time are <a href="http://www.today.com/money/importance-taking-vacations-1D80097348">happier and more productive</a> on the job, and taking time off doesn't imply disloyalty.</p> <h2>6. Open Communication With Your Supervisor</h2> <p>Some supervisors seem to discourage employees from taking the time off that they've earned. If this is your boss, talk to him or her about it. You don't have to make it into a confrontation. Simply say something like, &quot;Hey, I'd really like to take my kids to go do X, but I've noticed you seem a little stressed. Is there anything I can do to help you out so that my leaving won't make things worse?&quot;</p> <p>You can also offer to coordinate time off with other employees or with your boss, in order to ensure all bases are covered and everyone gets their due vacation. The goal here is to make this a topic you and your boss can talk about, rather than one that everyone tries to avoid.</p> <h2>7. Remember: A Job Is a Job</h2> <p>In the end, your job is not your life. Your job is your job, and a vacation can help you remember that when you're tempted to put all your time and energy into work. Even if you love your job and it's one of the most satisfying parts of your life, it's still a job. Remember this, and it will help you choose to take every single bit of vacation time you're entitled to, without worrying about what might happen later.</p> <p><em>Do you plan to use all of your vacation this year? What do you want to do with your time off?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-actually-take-all-your-vacation-days-this-year">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks">10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/earn-more-money-by-demanding-it">Earn More Money by Demanding It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-getting-what-you-want-at-work">What you need to know about getting what you want at work</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-this-job-worth-it">Is This Job Worth It?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-best-free-tools-to-improve-your-work-performance">The 7 Best Free Tools to Improve Your Work Performance</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building job time off vacation days work Tue, 14 Apr 2015 21:00:08 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1380880 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Ways to Act Like a Leader -- And Get Ahead at Work http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-act-like-a-leader-and-get-ahead-at-work <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-to-act-like-a-leader-and-get-ahead-at-work" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/teamwork_000020741550.jpg" alt="Two people working as a team at the office" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I have worked for organizations with as few as four employees, and others with as many as a couple of thousand. In each of those companies, employees who were good &quot;team players&quot; were valued and rose quickly into leadership roles. If you want to move ahead in your workplace, here are 10 ways to become a better team player.</p> <h2>1. Get to Know Your Team</h2> <p>You may not think this is job #1, but it's really important. In order to accomplish your company's directives, it is helpful to better know and understand your coworkers. For example, employee &quot;A&quot; may love all things data-driven, but &quot;B&quot; might excel in social media and marketing, and hate crunching numbers. Meanwhile, &quot;C&quot; might be the organizer of the group, who will keep everyone on track. If you don't already know your team, you might ask them to take an <a href="http://www.tracomcorp.com/solutions/by-element/social-style/model/">interpersonal self-assessment</a> such as Social Style. If you are out to accomplish a common goal, understanding personalities is very helpful.</p> <h2>2. Share a Vision</h2> <p>What is it that you are all trying to accomplish? Has management shared its mission? A good team leader will map out and share goals and a timeline. Communicate! Weekly huddles, monthly meetings, emails, and texts keep the flow of information going. Be patient and do your best to be friendly. Keeping a positive outlook and sharing your enthusiasm will keep your team moving in the same direction.</p> <h2>3. Be Ready to Pitch In</h2> <p>This is one of my favorite &quot;teamwork&quot; quotes: &quot;Sympathizers are spectators; empathizers wear game shoes.&quot; &mdash; John Eyberg</p> <p>If you aren't pitching in on a project, this is going to be noted by your team, and it will result in gossip, resentment, and a &quot;Why should I?&quot; attitude. You will lose respect. So what if you're the big cheese? Get your hands dirty. File, copy, crunch numbers, make phone calls &mdash; whatever it takes.</p> <h2>4. Motivate the Team</h2> <p>If you are the team's leader, or eventually want to be that person, you need to motivate the team. What you need to do is to <em>figure out what motivates your team members.</em> Don't you have your own &quot;carrots?&quot; To motivate, you need to get to know them. Personally, I would rather have a bonus than a pizza party. Some team members will love being recognized at a meeting, but shy ones will be embarrassed. The point is, one size does not fit all. A strong team player knows their team, and knows what motivates them.</p> <h2>5. Take the Initiative</h2> <p>Somebody has to do it: Whether the project is cleaning out the office refrigerator, auditing the I-9's, changing the toner, or working on Saturday, there are going to be those take-one-for-the-team projects. Once in a while, that person needs to be you. Put your hand up. Everyone will be grateful.</p> <h2>6. Say Thanks</h2> <p>Don't just say it during reviews, or when something gets done. Unexpected thank-yous are a great morale-booster. Writing someone a heartfelt note is very meaningful. Pick up Starbucks coffees, grab McBreakfast for everyone, or thank your team publicly in a staff meeting. Say it, write it, or find creative ways to show that gratitude.</p> <h2>7. Make it FUN</h2> <p>By fun, I don't mean &quot;Let's go outside for team-building and build a team pyramid!&quot; I personally abhor team-building exercises, both physical and mental (remember the stranded plane exercise of the '80s?). Most people like potlucks, office &quot;pools,&quot; or silly games in the breakroom. You might join together on a food drive, or a fundraising walk to better the community. Several departments in my workplace have special t-shirts they wear on casual Fridays. Mix it up &mdash; while some will love Zumba in the conference room, others would rather do a craft.</p> <h2>8. Help Each Other</h2> <p>Isn't helping each other a huge part of teamwork? I really like knowing I can go to certain team members for IT assistance, navigating new software, or ordering a particular office supply. Everyone has their area of expertise and your work life is greatly simplified by knowing who can help you. Be the person that people can go to. Are you approachable and helpful? If not, then get to it.</p> <h2>9. Brainstorm</h2> <p>Stuck on a problem? Get together with the team, a lot of paper, and start throwing out possible solutions. The trick with this is to make sure everyone's voice is heard. A good leader will ask the quiet staff members, if they have not contributed, for their input. Be respectful of everyone's ideas. Type them up, prioritize, and move ahead.</p> <h2>10. Reward!</h2> <p>Most companies, no matter their size, have some sort of recognition. Some offer bonuses; many larger ones throw ceremonies. If your team member, or entire team, has done great work, make sure that information gets in front of management. Successes need to be celebrated. Everyone wants their efforts to be recognized and praised.</p> <p><em>How does your company promote and inspire teamwork?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-act-like-a-leader-and-get-ahead-at-work">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-this-job-worth-it">Is This Job Worth It?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks">10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-great-reasons-to-quit-your-job">13 Great Reasons to Quit Your Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-survive-and-thrive-in-a-job-you-hate">How to Survive (and Thrive!) in a Job You Hate</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/should-i-take-a-job-that-pays-less-than-unemployment">Should I Take a Job That Pays Less Than Unemployment?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building coworkers job office morale team building teamwork Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:00:03 +0000 Marla Walters 1354183 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Things People Who Have Their Dream Jobs Do http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-people-who-have-their-dream-jobs-do <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-things-people-who-have-their-dream-jobs-do" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000055419322_Large.jpg" alt="businessman computer desk" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>While there are no hard and fast rules on how to get your dream job, there <em>are</em> some amazing consistencies among people who have their ideal careers. Some of these are arguably personality traits common to &quot;A types&quot; or high achievers. Other commonalities, however, are actionable habits that the rest of us can put into practice to reach our goals. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-dream-career-a-reality-for-less-than-100?ref=seealso">Make Your Dream Career a Reality With Less Than $100</a>)</p> <p>Consider these five things you could be doing to have your dream job.</p> <h2>1. Get Up Early</h2> <p>So many people who are enjoying their dream job insist on getting up before the crack of dawn to demolish goals while the rest of the world is in bed. For the nine to fiver, this makes sense, but not all jobs are cut from the same cloth.</p> <p>If you enjoy a career in a niche that operates on a different work schedule (restaurant work or athletics, for instance), getting up &quot;early&quot; may not be enough. It may involve setting the alarm for an hour before the accepted standard start time for your industry and busting down barriers at 8:00 a.m., 8:00 p.m., or anytime in between. The point is to be motivated enough to get a headstart on the day and take advantage of the extra time and energy in order to excel.</p> <h2>2. Do It Better</h2> <p>Being first to market with a solution isn't as important as it used to be. Now that technology creates a level playing field for everyone with a good idea, it's near impossible to take your brilliant &quot;a-ha&quot; moment to market before anyone else thinks of it. Instead, it's now more important to be the &quot;best&quot; rather than simply being &quot;first.&quot;</p> <p>Many technology services are proof of this phenomenon: Just look at how <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/10-first-to-market-companies-that-lost-out-to-latecomers-2009-11?op=1">Betamax, Everquest, and Rio</a> lost out to later, more innovative products. This can translate to the individual, as well. Most dream jobbers I know took existing ideas and made them more customer-friendly, more beautiful, or more affordable for the masses.</p> <h2>3. Be Likeable</h2> <p>One could argue that being great at your job is enough, and that personality is an added little bonus that can't hurt when needed. Unless you want your career to be mired in drama, however, being unlikeable can lead others to question your professional capabilities (just ask Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's &quot;King&quot; of bad buzz).</p> <p>Unless you're independently wealthy and completely risk-proof, there is always a financial and professional incentive to play nicely with others. Being at least moderately likeable can get your far, and more traditional companies will be more likely to work with someone who won't constantly rock the boat.</p> <h2>4. Connect Socially With Professionals &mdash; Online</h2> <p>Millennials are figuring out that there really isn't much of a blur between online and IRL (&quot;in real life&quot;) worlds, especially when it comes to social interactions. Applying that mentality to professional interactions could be the key to getting your dream job.</p> <p>Sites like LinkedIn are making it all too easy to get your professional profile out there, yet too many professionals try to keep their online and IRL spheres distinctly separate. Here's an idea: Stop doing that. Being professional in all of your online dealings showcases your business potential, as well. Not only will you blow the socks off recruiters and talent scouts, but you'll never have to worry about your Tumblr account biting you in the backside because you posted something uncouth.</p> <h2>5. Remain Focused, Yet Flexible</h2> <p>Whatever field you decide to dominate, stay true to your strengths, and take every opportunity to polish those specific skills you feel will shine the brightest in your chosen specialty. If you program, be certain to stay top of new technologies; if you write, get down to the nitty gritty of your craft by reading widely and studying the best in your niche. But don't limit yourself to job offers or opportunities in your field. The best players stay true to their skillset, but are daring enough to go outside of their anticipated category of work. Co-mingle with others outside of your realm to see how your special skillset can be applied in different industries.</p> <p>Of course, if you find that any of the above behaviors are out of your wheelhouse, you can always take the advice of Dirty Jobs guru Mike Rowe, who tells people to, quite simply, do away with the <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/15/opinion/rowe-right-career/">dream job mentality</a>. Finding contentment in your existing job isn't a crime, and may lead to better overall satisfaction in other areas of your life.</p> <p><em>Have you found your dream job? How did you get there?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-people-who-have-their-dream-jobs-do">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-worst-things-good-employees-do">The 8 Worst Things Good Employees Do</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/turn-your-passion-into-a-living">Turn Your Passion Into A Living</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-ease-into-a-day-job-after-freelancing">5 Ways to Ease Into a Day Job After Freelancing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-really-make-a-living-in-the-gig-economy">Can You Really Make a Living in the Gig Economy?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-famous-failures-that-led-to-success-and-the-lessons-they-teach">11 Famous Failures That Led to Success (And the Lessons They Teach)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income dream job job promotion success Thu, 19 Feb 2015 10:00:05 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1299783 at http://www.wisebread.com Bosses Say These Are Their 6 Favorite Qualities in Employees — Do You Have Them? http://www.wisebread.com/bosses-say-these-are-their-6-favorite-qualities-in-employees-do-you-have-them <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/bosses-say-these-are-their-6-favorite-qualities-in-employees-do-you-have-them" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/boss-employee-working-162277415-small.jpg" alt="boss employee working" title="boss employee working" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you can't get ahead at work, there's probably a reason why. You might not have the experience or educational background for a specific position &mdash; or worse, your boss may feel that you lack important qualities. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-to-say-to-your-boss-to-get-a-promotion-or-raise?ref=seealso">5 Things to Say to Your Boss to Get a Promotion or Raise</a>)</p> <p>Since your boss holds the key to your future with the company, it is imperative that you understand qualities employers look for in employees. This can be the difference between advancing up the corporate ladder and staying stuck in the same position.</p> <h2>1. Good Communication Skills</h2> <p>Bosses look for employees with strong communication skills &mdash; written and spoken. Being able to clearly express yourself is a major asset and can take your career to the next level.</p> <p>&quot;If you have a gift for the spoken and written word, you will always put your best foot forward. Being articulate is highly prized in today's workplace, when time is at a premium and technology requires constant communication,&quot; Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0470457643/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0470457643&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=FSOK7MOUNS3ZLT5N">Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job</a>, <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/11/15/the-20-people-skills-you-need-to-succeed-at-work/">told Forbes.com.</a></p> <p>Master good communication skills and you might become the official or unofficial spokesperson for the company. You don't have to become a walking dictionary. But if your communication style needs improvement, it doesn't hurt to brush up on your English and writing skills, or take a public speaking course or workshop on your own dime.</p> <h2>2. Adaptability</h2> <p>Companies must adapt or evolve to keep pace with the times, and it's important for employees to evolve as well.</p> <p>&quot;I have found that people who are comfortable with change in general tend to be more successful,&quot; <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20130924104438-407452-how-i-hire-adaptability-and-5-other-must-haves">says Jennifer Dulski</a>, President and COO at <a href="http://change.org">Change.org</a>.</p> <p>Even if you do not understand the changes taking place in the organization, go with the flow and trust that your boss knows what she's doing. The end goal is simple &mdash; grow the company. And if the company grows, so can your income. So, don't buck the system or make it difficult for your boss. Being adaptable goes hand-in-hand with being a team player. Team players put aside their personal feelings and work for the common good of the company.</p> <h2>3. Honesty</h2> <p>Bosses have enough on their plates, and they don't have time to supervise each employee. Therefore, employers need workers who are honest and willing to follow rules and policies, even when no one's watching. An honest employee is committed from start to finish, honest in everything, and takes responsibility for his actions.</p> <p>&quot;If they can't be honest with themselves and honest with me, then we are likely going to be wasting time and not operating at our full potential. I expect all team members to express any concern that comes up so we can keep improving not only our processes, but also our morale,&quot; <a href="http://www.monster.com/about/b/16-values-startup-employees-share#.VBdnPkvPZuY">says Patrick Curtis</a>, founder at <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/">WallStreetOasis.com</a>.</p> <h2>4. Hard-Working Mentality</h2> <p>Bosses need employees who go beyond the call of duty. Technically, you shouldn't be expected to do anything outside your job description, especially if you're not getting paid for your time. But at the same time, taking the initiative and going the extra mile speaks volumes.</p> <p>Karen Rehn, owner of HH Staffing Services, brings attention to a recent employee trait survey that says &quot;57% of <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20140729173700-45510292-employee-traits-what-are-employers-really-looking-for">managers are looking for hard working employees</a>, those who embody work ethic and good ole hard work.&quot;</p> <p>It takes hard work for a company to succeed, and most employers can't get to the top without help from diligent employees. So, your commitment to the job won't go unnoticed and it can open doors to a brighter future with the company.</p> <h2>5. Punctuality and Conscientiousness</h2> <p>From clocking in on time to meeting deadlines, it only takes one tardy or unreliable employee to get everyone off schedule. Do a self-evaluation to determine whether your punctuality needs improvement. A manager may not say anything to you, but arriving even five minutes late or turning in an assignment 15 minutes late doesn't go unnoticed. If you can't be counted on to handle seemingly insignificant tasks, how can your boss trust you with bigger responsibilities?</p> <p>&quot;If the resume has typos or the candidate is late or sloppy, you can be sure those typos will translate into frustrating quality issues on the job,&quot; <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20130924094909-131079-how-i-hire-trust-your-gut-and-take-your-time">says Josh Bersin</a>, Principal and Founder, Bersin by Deloitte.</p> <h2>6. Leadership</h2> <p>Your boss might be the top dog, but he needs a few leaders on his team. No good comes from being a follower. And when bosses look to promote, they prefer applicants who aren't too impressionable. As a leader, you can motivate your co-workers or be a voice of reason during difficult situations.</p> <p>&quot;Anyone can get others to show up for work. Leaders, on the other hand, genuinely inspire people to choose to follow them &mdash; on a mission, toward a goal, or perhaps even to transform an industry,&quot; <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20130924101600-128201973-how-i-hire-let-s-do-lunch">says Walt Bettinger</a>, President and CEO of The Charles Schwab Corporation.</p> <p><em>Are you a boss? Are there other qualities you'd like to add? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bosses-say-these-are-their-6-favorite-qualities-in-employees-do-you-have-them">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-generosity-is-key-to-everything-including-your-career">Why Generosity Is Key to Everything — Including Your Career</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-a-second-language-can-boost-your-career">11 Ways a Second Language Can Boost Your Career</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks">10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-a-side-hustle-can-further-your-career">5 Ways a Side Hustle Can Further Your Career</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/book-review-the-adventures-of-johnny-bunko">Book review: The Adventures of Johnny Bunko</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Personal Development career getting hired good employee job promotion Thu, 02 Oct 2014 09:00:05 +0000 Mikey Rox 1225625 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Things You Can Do To Find Your Calling http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-things-you-can-do-to-find-your-calling <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-things-you-can-do-to-find-your-calling" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/girl-taking-selfie-507901593-small.jpg" alt="girl taking selfie" title="girl taking selfie" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some amazing articles on things you can do to find your calling, protecting your child's identity, and vices that can ruin your finances.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Find-Out-What-You-Want-Do-31695583">12 Things You Can Do to Find Your Calling</a> &mdash; Starting a blog or a YouTube channel can help you find your calling. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://richsinglemomma.com/weblog/how-to-protect-your-childs-identity">How to Protect Your Child's Identity</a> &mdash; To protect your child's identity, be aware of whether or not your child is receiving pre approved credit accounts. [Rich Single Momma]</p> <p><a href="http://www.yoursmartmoneymoves.com/2014/08/22/five-vices-that-could-ruin-your-financial-future/">Five Vices That Could Ruin Your Finances</a> &mdash; Eating out and brand name shopping can ruin your finances. [Your Smart Money Moves]</p> <p><a href="http://www.createmyindependence.com/2014/07/30/7-reasons-to-give-your-ideas-a-try-even-if-they-might-not-work/">7 Reasons to Give Your Ideas a Try Even If They Might Not Work</a> &mdash; Do you have an idea you want to try even though you think it won't work? Give it a try anyway and remember that failure isn't permanent. [Create My Independence]</p> <p><a href="http://lenpenzo.com/blog/id1261-10-key-characteristics-of-debt-free-people.html">10 Key Characteristics of Debt-Free People</a> &mdash; Debt-free people are patient and not addicted to shopping. [Len Penzo dot Com]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.narrowbridge.net/finish-your-financial-year-off-right/">3 Simple Ways to Finish Your Financial Year Off Right</a> &mdash; Before the year is over, take the time to revisit your goals. [NarrowBridge Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/4-books-to-spark-your-child-s-imagination">4 Books to Spark Your Child's Imagination</a> &mdash; The book Roxaboxen can help spark your child's imagination. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.myfrugalhome.com/how-to-tell-when-butternut-squash-is-ready-to-pick/">When to Pick Butternut Squash</a> &mdash; If you are growing butternut squash, wait until the stems are brown to pick it. [My Frugal Home]</p> <p><a href="http://accordingtoathena.com/2014/08/why-im-going-back-to-school.html">Why I'm Going Back to School</a> &mdash; Were you passed up for a promotion? Consider going back to school so that doesn't happen again. [According to Athena]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thecentsiblelife.com/2014/08/diy-sewing-room-storage-ideas/">DIY Sewing Room Storage Ideas</a> &mdash; Using a frame with wire and small pegs can give you a unique DIY storage option for your sewing room. [The Centsible Life]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-things-you-can-do-to-find-your-calling">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-common-job-hunt-tips-you-should-ignore">8 Common Job-Hunt Tips You Should Ignore</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-a-job-learn-the-secret-from-a-bad-movie">How to get a job--learn the secret from a bad movie</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-ease-into-a-day-job-after-freelancing">5 Ways to Ease Into a Day Job After Freelancing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/escape-your-dying-industry-with-one-of-these-8-careers-instead">Escape Your Dying Industry With One of These 8 Careers, Instead</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting best money tips career job Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:00:04 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1194287 at http://www.wisebread.com Are You Underpaid? How to Figure Out What Salary You Deserve http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-underpaid-how-to-figure-out-what-salary-you-deserve <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/are-you-underpaid-how-to-figure-out-what-salary-you-deserve" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/research-451675941-small.jpg" alt="man researching" title="man researching" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The ultimate job question: How much should you earn? It can be surprisingly hard to figure this out, because employers tend to hide the pay disparities between employees. There are, however, some good ways to ascertain what salary you deserve. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-psychology-of-salaries-do-you-want-to-know-how-much-your-coworkers-make?ref=seealso">The Psychology of Salaries: Do You Really Want to Know What Your Colleagues Make?</a>)</p> <h2>Know the Industry</h2> <p>The first step is to research the job market you are entering. Are you in retail? Insurance? Blogging? It's important to know the specific industry in which you are applying.</p> <p>Online resources such as <a href="http://www.glassdoor.com/index.htm">glassdoor.com</a>, <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/">linkedin.com</a>, and <a href="http://www.indeed.com/">indeed.com</a> are a good way to find the average pay grade for your industry and even by the specific company.</p> <p>However, online databases are only as good as who they culled the information from, and at what time. For example, salary data from 2006 would not be particularly helpful in 2014.</p> <p>Another good resource is the <a href="http://data.bls.gov/">Bureau of Labor Statistics</a>. The government bureau releases its salary information by year. You can find breakdowns by state, county/region, industry, and career levels within that industry. With each report you will find the mean hourly salaries of American workers.</p> <h2>Know the Range</h2> <p>Here's a thought: You may not be in the average pay bracket for your industry. There are multiple ranges based on experience, education, special skills, and more. Beware of pricing yourself too high for the job.</p> <p>If you have lower than average experience for their job description, you should not ask for the average. You can highlight other attributes that make up for having less experience, such as higher education than the requirement and special skills. Remember to plan a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-should-always-negotiate-a-raise-here-are-10-reasons-why">negotiation tactic</a> before advocating for more money.</p> <p>Those with high experience have a different problem: being sure to ask for more than the average, so there is a place from which to negotiate. Women tend to have trouble <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-women-dont-negotiate">asking for more</a>, and should be more assertive in asking for the salary they deserve.</p> <h2>Know When to Ask</h2> <p>A great way to gather salary information is on the ground. Start attending industry mixers, conferences, or job fairs. There is an event for almost every job that exists, so start googling your job and look for opportunities to network. You can inquire with HR representatives directly about salary histories and ranges without fear of being inappropriate.</p> <p>Know when to ask others in your workplace. Ask employers confidentially for a range in your department. For example: &quot;What is the lowest and highest salary an entry-level systems analyst can earn at this company?&quot; If you have trouble getting a prospective employer to divulge, there may <a href="http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2013/09/30/why-employers-wont-name-a-salary-range-first">be a reason</a> &mdash; try asking the same question of a former employer. You have nothing to lose, and your old boss may provide insight you did not consider.</p> <p>If you're trying to get a raise, know when to <a href="http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2011/04/04/when-to-ask-for-a-raise">start the conversation</a>. It can also be tricky to know how much to expect. <a href="http://www.paycheckcity.com/calculator/salary/">PaycheckCity.com</a> is a good way to calculate net income, bonuses, and raises. You can play with dual scenarios to find a good starting percentage to negotiate your raise.</p> <h2>Know the Worth of Your Time</h2> <p>There are actual ways to calculate <a href="http://programs.clearerthinking.org/what_is_your_time_really_worth_to_you.html#.U9BRrvldWTM">your time's monetary value</a>! Evaluate your worth to an employer. What are your total living expenses (including a budget to save for the future)? What is the least annual salary you could take and still accept the job offer? What is the annual salary you would expect to feel like a valued member of the team?</p> <p>This is key for freelancers. Establishing a good hourly, daily, or per contract rate can be based on many factors:</p> <ul> <li>Do you have to commute?</li> <li>How much time is required for meetings, check-ins, and evaluations?</li> <li>Are you paying for your own materials?</li> <li>Divide how long will it take you to complete a job by your work schedule &mdash; does it match up with your desired rate?</li> </ul> <p>Also, think about when it is acceptable to take a pay cut. Good reasons include: If you believe in the future of the company and your role within it; if you are transitioning to a new industry or department; or if you need more time away from the desk.</p> <p>Your time is the most precious part of the equation. If you can reconcile the worth of your time with the employer's needs and still feel valued, then the likelihood of growing and earning more in that job in the long term are much higher. Good luck!</p> <p><em>How much are you worth? Is that how much you earn?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-meadows">Amanda Meadows</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-underpaid-how-to-figure-out-what-salary-you-deserve">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-simple-steps-to-discovering-your-true-salary-potential">6 Simple Steps to Discovering Your True Salary Potential</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/protect-future-earnings-by-negotiating-the-right-starting-salary">Protect Future Earnings by Negotiating the Right Starting Salary</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/turn-your-passion-into-a-living">Turn Your Passion Into A Living</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-celebrities-with-shockingly-low-net-worths">6 Celebrities With Shockingly Low Net Worths</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-certifications-that-add-big-to-your-salary">7 Certifications That Add Big $$ to Your Salary</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income earnings income job salary Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:00:06 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1168485 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: The Career Edition http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-the-career-edition-0 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-the-career-edition-0" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/job-interview-166671683-small.jpg" alt="job interview" title="job interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some of the best articles from around the web on everything related to your career!</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/50-ways-to-make-money-and-increase-income/">50 Ways to Make Money: Maximizing, Creating, and Increasing Your Income</a> &mdash; Asking for more benefits or perks at your current position can help you maximize your income. [Bible Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Cover-Letter-Introduction-Templates-31929718">How to Start Off Your Cover Letter Right</a> &mdash; To get your cover letter started off right, begin with a compliment. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://lifehacker.com/what-should-i-do-if-ive-been-passed-over-for-a-promoti-1558813533">What Should I Do If I've Been Passed Over for a Promotion?</a> &mdash; Were you passed over for a promotion? Remember that all promotions are not necessarily a good thing. [Lifehacker]</p> <p><a href="http://freefrombroke.com/choices-401k-leave-your-job/">Don't Forget Your 401(k) When You Leave Your Job! Here's What You Can Do With It</a> &mdash; When you leave your job, consider rolling your 401(k) money into an IRA. [Free From Broke]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneywisdom.com/control-the-job-interview-by-asking-all-the-questions/">Control the Job Interview by Asking All the Questions</a> &mdash; If you are able to ask the majority of the questions in a job interview, you have the upper hand. [Free Money Wisdom]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://sweatingthebigstuff.com/tips-to-stay-a-valuable-employee/">Tips to Stay a Valuable Employee</a> &mdash; Being an innovator can help you keep your status as a valuable employee. [Sweating the Big Stuff]</p> <p><a href="http://www.centuryni.com/blog/approach-job-hunt-differently/">How to Approach the Job Hunt Differently</a> &mdash; Volunteering while you look for work may open some new doors for you. [CNI]</p> <p><a href="http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/5-keys-to-full-time-employment-for-young-people/">5 Keys to Full-Time Employment for Young People</a> &mdash; When starting full-time employment, young people should expect to work like they've never worked before. [Consumerism Commentary]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/career/is-it-time-to-find-a-new-job-4-signs-its-time-to-quit/">Is It Time to Find a New Job? 4 Signs It's Time to Quit</a> &mdash; It may be time to find a new job if you wish you had more challenging assignments. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/from-the-playroom-to-the-boardroom-5-steps-for-returning-back-to-work">From the Playroom to the Boardroom: 5 Steps For Returning To Work</a> &mdash; If you plan on returning to work after time off as a parent, make sure you stay informed of trends in your profession. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-the-career-edition-0">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/turn-your-passion-into-a-living">Turn Your Passion Into A Living</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-ease-into-a-day-job-after-freelancing">5 Ways to Ease Into a Day Job After Freelancing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks">10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-really-make-a-living-in-the-gig-economy">Can You Really Make a Living in the Gig Economy?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-by-without-a-job-part-1-losing-a-job">Getting by without a job, part 1--losing a job</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income best money tips career job work Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:00:07 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1147494 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Nail a Job Interview Before You Even Step Into the Room http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-nail-a-job-interview-before-you-even-step-into-the-room <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-nail-a-job-interview-before-you-even-step-into-the-room" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/job-interview-486482133-small.jpg" alt="job interview" title="job interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="143" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on nailing a job interview before you enter the room, ways parents can save money, and ways to make $50 in a day.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2014/06/nail-job-interview-even-step-room.html">How to Nail a Job Interview Before You Even Step Into the Room</a> &mdash; To nail a job interview before you enter the room, enter the office 7 minutes before the interview is supposed to begin. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneybluebook.com/ways-parents-can-save-money.html/">5 Everyday Ways Parents Can Save Money</a> &mdash; Parents can save money everyday by keeping food waste to a minimum and understanding the tax code. [Money Blue Book]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Make-50-23634851">7 Ways to Make $50 in a Day</a> &mdash; Cleaning someone's home or renting out your couch can help you score $50 in a day. [POPSUGAR Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mainstreet.com/article/smart-spending/technology/top-10-dumbest-ways-youre-inviting-id-theft">Top 10 Dumbest Ways You're Inviting ID Theft</a> &mdash; If you are using the same password for everything, you are inviting ID theft into your life. [MainStreet]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lifehack.org/articles/money/7-practical-tips-for-young-investors.html">7 Practical Tips for Young Investors</a> &mdash; When it comes to investing, young investors should get to know about taxes and inflation. [Lifehack]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://firefinance.blogspot.com/2014/06/top-7-energy-saving-tips-for-this-summer.html?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FireFinance-FinancialIndependenceRetireEarly+%28FIRE+Finance+-+Financial+Independence+Retire+Early%29">Top 7 Energy Saving Tips for This Summer</a> &mdash; To save money on energy this summer, use timers for turning off lights and unplug your electronics. [FIRE Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2014/06/31-ways-your-meetings-are-inefficient/">31 Ways Your Meetings Are Inefficient</a> &mdash; If you are not making decisions or making food part of your meetings, your meetings may be inefficient. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2014/06/15/16-things-emotionally-strong-people-dont-do/">16 Things Emotionally Strong People Don't Do</a> &mdash; Emotionally strong people don't expect things to be easy or worry about pleasing everyone. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://lifehacker.com/will-a-no-haggle-car-dealership-really-get-me-a-better-1591450104">Will a No-Haggle Car Dealership Really Get Me a Better Deal?</a> &mdash; When deciding whether or not to go to a haggle or no-haggle dealership, ask yourself how much you value your time. [Ask Lifehacker]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/dads-8-ways-to-make-your-health-a-priority">Dads: 8 Ways to Make Your Health a Priority</a> &mdash; Dads can make their health a priority by reducing stress and being part of the community. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-nail-a-job-interview-before-you-even-step-into-the-room">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-write-a-resume-12-steps-to-your-next-job">How To Write A Resume: 12 Steps To Your Next Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/five-interview-lessons-learned-from-horrible-interviews">Five Interview Lessons Learned from Horrible Interviews</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/deciding-when-to-follow-instructions">Deciding when to follow instructions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-ease-into-a-day-job-after-freelancing">5 Ways to Ease Into a Day Job After Freelancing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-by-without-a-job-part-1-losing-a-job">Getting by without a job, part 1--losing a job</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income best money tips career interview job Thu, 19 Jun 2014 19:00:03 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1145228 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Stay Motivated While Looking for Jobs http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-stay-motivated-while-looking-for-jobs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-stay-motivated-while-looking-for-jobs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/climb-3930479-small.jpg" alt="man with binoculars" title="man with binoculars" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on staying motivated while looking for jobs, personal finance tips from Captain America, and the 30-second habit with a lifelong impact.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/job-search-motivation/">How to Stay Motivated While Looking for Jobs</a> &mdash; Creating a schedule and fulfilling a purpose can keep you motivated while looking for a job. [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2014/04/07/8-personal-finance-tips-from-captain-america-the-winter-soldier/">8 Personal Finance Tips from 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'</a> &mdash; Captain American can teach you to do the right thing and to not overshare. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Habit-Change-Your-Life-34447720">The 30-Second Habit With a Lifelong Impact</a> &mdash; Every time you have a meeting or significant event, take 30 seconds to write down the main points. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/digging-into-the-buy-versus-rent-question/">Digging Into the Buy Versus Rent Question</a> &mdash; Your monthly income and debts should be examined when deciding whether you should rent or buy. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.girlsjustwannahavefunds.com/im-a-collection-agent-heres-how-you-get-rid-of-me/">I'm a collection agent. Here's how you get rid of me</a> &mdash; Did you know collection agents are not allowed to communicate with consumers at their place of employment if the employer has advised that such communications are prohibited? [Girls Just Wanna Have Funds]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/investing-in-bear-markets/">Investing in Bull Markets is Easy - But What About Bear Markets?</a> &mdash; To prepare yourself for investing in a bear market, recognize that the market becomes more selective. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2014/04/thoughts-on-being-a-millionaire-and-retirement.html">Thoughts on Being a Millionaire and Retirement</a> &mdash; When it comes to your retirement strategy, amass enough assets then distribute them so that you can live off your savings alone. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/10-good-ways-for-parents-to-maintain-a-sense-of-humor">10 Good Ways For Parents to Maintain a Sense of Humor</a> &mdash; Embracing a little mess and being a team player can help parents maintain a sense of humor. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://howsmarriedlife.net/things-mothers-day/">Things to do for Mother's Day</a> &mdash; This Mother's Day, take your mom out for lunch. [How's Married Life?]</p> <p><a href="http://freefrombroke.com/blogger-tax-breaks-deductions/">Don't Miss These If You Make Money Blogging - Blogger Tax Deductions</a> &mdash; If you are a blogger, you can write off your business license renewal and mailing materials. [Free From Broke]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-stay-motivated-while-looking-for-jobs">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-common-job-hunt-tips-you-should-ignore">8 Common Job-Hunt Tips You Should Ignore</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/escape-your-dying-industry-with-one-of-these-8-careers-instead">Escape Your Dying Industry With One of These 8 Careers, Instead</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/day-job-or-freelance-which-is-right-for-you">Day Job or Freelance: Which Is Right for You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-really-make-a-living-in-the-gig-economy">Can You Really Make a Living in the Gig Economy?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-that-really-annoy-hiring-managers">9 Things That Really Annoy Hiring Managers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting best money tips job job hunting motivated Wed, 09 Apr 2014 09:00:27 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1134759 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Make a Great Impression at Your Next Job Interview http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-make-a-great-impression-at-your-next-job-interview <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-make-a-great-impression-at-your-next-job-interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/interview-104278528.jpg" alt="interviewee" title="interviewee" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some amazing articles on making a great impression at your job interview, things you didn't know you could recycle, and what to do if you are a victim of ID theft.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2014/04/03/16-tips-to-make-a-great-impression-at-your-next-job-interview/">16 Tips to Make a Great Impression at Your Next Job Interview</a> &mdash; To make a great impression at your next job interview, be aware of your body language and turn off your cell phone. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Surprising-Things-You-Can-Recycle-34510251">4 Surprising Things You Didn't Know You Could Recycle</a> &mdash; Did you know you can recycle motor oil? [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://kiplinger.com/article/credit/T048-C011-S002-what-to-do-if-you-re-a-victim-of-id-theft.html?si=1">What to Do if You're a Victim of ID Theft</a> &mdash; If you are the victim of ID theft, put a fraud alert on your credit report. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="https://www.creditrepair.com/blog/finance/a-financial-fast-makes-you-richer/">A Financial Fast Makes You Richer</a> &mdash; Improve your spending habits during a 21-day financial fast by getting accountable and removing temptation. [Credit Repair]</p> <p><a href="http://www.1099mom.com/2014/04/should-you-take-your-children-with-you.html">Should You Take Your Children With You To A Conference?</a> &mdash; When deciding whether or not to take your kids with you to a conference, consider whether or not someone can go with you and the kids. [1099 mom]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.johnnymoneyseed.com/investing/a-kick-in-your-teeth-guide-to-investing/">A Kick-in-the-teeth Guide to Investing</a> &mdash; When it comes to investing, start by figuring out why you are investing. [Johnny Moneyseed]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/boss-ripping.html">Boss ripping you off? Here's what to do about it</a> &mdash; If your boss is ripping you off, you can file a complaint with the U.S Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2014/04/the-key-to-happiness.html">The Key to Happiness</a> &mdash; Do you think the size of an American's net worth is a better predictor of their happiness than their income? [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/3-money-lies-will-guarantee-divorce/">3 Money Lies That Will Guarantee Divorce</a> &mdash; Lying about your spending to your partner could lead to divorce. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/ride-em-cowboy-how-to-throw-a-birthday-party-with-a-western-theme">Ride 'em Cowboy: How to Throw a Birthday Party with a Western Theme</a> &mdash; When throwing a birthday party with a Western theme, decorate the tables with red and white checkered table cloths. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-make-a-great-impression-at-your-next-job-interview">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-write-a-resume-12-steps-to-your-next-job">How To Write A Resume: 12 Steps To Your Next Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/five-interview-lessons-learned-from-horrible-interviews">Five Interview Lessons Learned from Horrible Interviews</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/deciding-when-to-follow-instructions">Deciding when to follow instructions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-ease-into-a-day-job-after-freelancing">5 Ways to Ease Into a Day Job After Freelancing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-really-make-a-living-in-the-gig-economy">Can You Really Make a Living in the Gig Economy?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income best money tips interview job Mon, 07 Apr 2014 09:00:32 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1134469 at http://www.wisebread.com