career http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/306/all en-US 8 Ways to Spring Clean Your Career http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-spring-clean-your-career <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-ways-to-spring-clean-your-career" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000081453541_Large.jpg" alt="spring cleaning her career" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It turns out, <a href="http://www.cleaninginstitute.org/spring_cleaning_survey_reveals_consumers_dirty_little_secrets/">72% of U.S. households</a> spring clean every year. The annual ritual of tidying up your home is a healthy habit that improves your way of life, increases your productivity, and provides you with a serious self-esteem boost.</p> <p>Just like you take care of your home each spring, take this time to spruce up your career to make the very best out of it. Here are the eight moves to spring clean your career.</p> <h2>1. Search Your Name on the Web</h2> <p>According to Google, its users do <a href="http://searchengineland.com/google-1-trillion-searches-per-year-212940">100 billion searches per month</a>, which adds up to about 1.2 trillion searches per year. What's even more surprising is that it has been estimated that <a href="http://www.slideshare.net/jennifermcclure/hiring-onboarding-done-right-nky-chambernkyshrm-7-24-2012/17-CAREERS_SITE_the_hub_30">30% of searches on Google</a> are job-related.</p> <p>What are those people searching for <em>your </em>name finding? Hopefully, it's important websites, publications, or projects that can help you land your next position, or land a promotion. Find out what is currently available under your name so that you can be prepared for questions about those search results, ask not to be mentioned in undesirable places, and build up your online presence. Besides Google, search your name on other search engines, including Yahoo and Bing.</p> <h2>2. Buy Your Name as a Domain</h2> <p>An effective way to establish a hub for your online presence is to purchase your own domain name. Take me as an example. If you look for &quot;Damian Davila&quot; you will find two main individuals: a talented drummer/photographer, and an experienced personal finance writer. While I enjoy the surf photographs of my doppelgänger, I want to make sure that people learn more about my writing when looking up my name. That is why I bought my own domain name, DamianDavila.com and plan to use it to showcase my writing portfolio.</p> <p>Owning your own domain name allows you stand out from the crowd, particularly when you have a very popular name. Keep in mind that it may take some time to be able to buy your domain name &mdash; in my case it took two long years until it became available!</p> <h2>3. Clean Up Your Social Media Accounts</h2> <p>Speaking of search results and websites, you'll notice that social media accounts rank heavily on all search engines. For example, when looking up my name on Google, three out of the nine results from the first page are links to social media accounts.</p> <p>While you may think that your private business is for your eyes only, be aware that <a href="http://thehiringsite.careerbuilder.com/2015/05/14/employers-checking-candidates-social-media/">35% of employers</a> who screen via social networks have requested to become a friend or follow candidates who have private accounts. Depending on the details on the position that you're applying for, your potential employer may have a valid concern for your online activity. Don't let an <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-stop-doing-on-social-media-by-30">inappropriate comment or photo</a> become an obstacle in your path to career success.</p> <h2>4. Invest in a Professional Headshot</h2> <p>While most recruiters recommend that you don't include a photograph when submitting your resume, most social media sites, company directories, and PR organizations do request a headshot. Take the time &mdash; and the expense &mdash; to get a professional headshot. You can hire a professional photographer, ask a favor from your photog friend or relative (do return the favor when they ask!), or request one from the HR department of your company.</p> <p>Be prepared for those times when your boss wants to make an announcement of your promotion in the local newspaper, you want to show yourself in your own domain name, or you submit an article for a website as a guest blogger.</p> <h2>5. Edit Your LinkedIn Profile</h2> <p>Also, <a href="http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2015/02/19/what-recruiters-think-when-they-see-your-linkedin-profile">94% of recruiters use LinkedIn</a> to source and vet candidates, making this professional network a great opportunity to showcase your work skills and career history. What do recruiters find on Linkedin when looking up your name? If your name doesn't show up, you could be making the life of that recruiter a bit more difficult. Beef up your LinkedIn profile by:</p> <ul> <li>Growing your professional network with peers in your company and industry, alumni from your alma mater, or individuals sharing your interests in LinkedIn groups;</li> <li>Including links to any publications, presentations, or projects that are available online;</li> <li>Request recommendations from current or past clients, supervisors, peers, or teachers, and;</li> <li>Demonstrating your analytical and writing skills through articles that you have written.</li> </ul> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-minutes-to-a-linkedin-profile-that-gets-you-hired?ref=seealso">30 Minutes to a LinkedIn Profile That Gets You Hired</a></p> <h2>6. Touch Up Your Paper Resume</h2> <p>Despite the popularity of online resumes, some employers and recruiters still stick to paper resumes. Tailor your application to the details laid out on the job post. Insisting on emailing a URL to your domain name or LinkedIn profile instead of mailing out a printout of your resume via regular mail when the recruiter clearly indicated so, is the fastest way to get your application ignored completely. Here are some tips:</p> <ul> <li>Be prepared for requests of paper resumes by formatting yours so it prints nicely on a standard sheet of 8 x 11 paper.</li> <li>Test out the printout before sending a file via email.</li> <li>Keep both Word and PDF versions of your resume because some employers prefer one format over the other.</li> <li>Maintain a text-only version of your resume for those times that you have to copy and paste your resume into an HR online portal.</li> </ul> <h2>7. Work on Your Elevator Pitch</h2> <p>Comedian George Burns said it best, &quot;The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible.&quot; Brevity in writing and speech is very powerful and makes you look centered and well-prepared. Take a cue of from startup entrepreneurs and develop your own elevator pitch, which is a succinct and persuasive sales pitch that will lead into a deeper dialogue about what you can offer. Test your elevator pitch with people that you trust so they can offer you feedback. And fine tune your elevator pitch until you can deliver it effectively over the phone, in person, or via email.</p> <h2>8. Learn a New Skill That Employers Want</h2> <p>Many organizations have well defined salary payscales with specific requirements, so take the time to investigate what those requirements are. Unless they involve longevity in the company, you can work in attaining them in a shorter amount of time.</p> <p>Some examples are completing a teaching certification, finishing modules towards a professional license, accumulating hours in a list of job-related assignments, or attending a series of industry-required seminars. By completing those skills, you're effectively not only improving your chances of a promotion or salary bump, but also making yourself more desirable to other potential employers.</p> <p><em>What are other ways to spring clean your career?</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/8-ways-to-spring-clean-your-career">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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You can make money off your insatiable thirst for a good story. No matter your day job, there are lots of ways to earn a little extra side cash by capitalizing on the very things you like to do in your free time &mdash; namely, reading. Here are several side gigs that are made for cash-strapped book lovers. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-cool-jobs-for-book-lovers?ref=seealso">17 Cool Jobs for Book Lovers</a>)</p> <h2>1. Blogger</h2> <p>Bloggers are a dime a dozen these days. But talented bloggers are actually quite valuable. If you have the foresight and the skill to make sense of life's little intricacies, or the daily happenings in the news &mdash; and if you can write about it with gusto, ease, and good grammar &mdash; there's a special place for you in the bookmarks bar of countless people perusing the Internet.</p> <p>Further, if you have something smart and interesting to say, and you're not going to just regurgitate what's already been said, then you can make it. And these very qualities will help you attract a following. That's the hardest part of cracking into the blogosphere business. But once you've cultivated a following with your stellar content, there are several ways to go about <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-make-extra-money-blogging">making a few extra cents</a>. From ads and affiliate links, to product reviews and targeted social media promotion, you'll be on your way to supplementing your income in no time.</p> <h2>2. Museum Tour Guide</h2> <p>A part-time tour guide gig at your local museum might just be the perfect way to earn an extra chunk of cash while bridging the gap between modern life and the world in your favorite history books.</p> <h2>3. Bookstore Clerk</h2> <p>A <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-great-apps-for-book-lovers">sincere love of literature</a> will land you an interview, at the very least, for a job at your local bookstore. If you're up for the challenge of helping customers find a literary adventure that suits their specific interests, and if you think you'd actually enjoy it, then the part-time bookstore clerk gig is made for you. Bonus: A coveted discount on books and other merchandise is a staple perk of the job.</p> <h2>4. Copy Editor</h2> <p>Grammar enthusiasts and punctuation snobs make for astute copy editors. And they're among the first to truly appreciate how important this job of proofreading for spelling, grammar, and content truly is. If you've any doubts, pick up a copy of any local newspaper that has done away with the position due to budgetary restraints. Quite often, copy editor-less content is painfully comical due to spelling and grammar mistakes. Newsletters, newspapers, books, and internal business communications are just a few examples of the kind of copy that needs editing. Look for advertised gigs or advertise your services directly to the folks who run these sort of operations.</p> <h2>5. Writer</h2> <p>To the esteemed reader, writing might feel like a 360-degree role reversal. But if every great writer is a dedicated reader, the saying probably rings just as true for readers who dabble in writing, right? News stories, book reviews, advertising copy, guest blog posts, corporate newsletter content, poetry, short stories &mdash; the options for the for-profit freelance writer are endless.</p> <h2>6. Translator</h2> <p>If you are fluent in a language, especially one that's somewhat obscure, you can earn extra income online by seeking out translator jobs. Translatorgigs.com, Fivver, and Freelancer.com are great places to begin your search for gigs.</p> <p><em>What other jobs would be perfect for bookworms? 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/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-great-side-jobs-for-book-lovers">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-great-retirement-jobs">6 Great Retirement Jobs</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/30-great-side-jobs">30 Great Side Jobs</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/9-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-when-money-is-tight">9 Ways to Earn Extra Cash When Money Is Tight</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/these-5-famous-animals-earned-more-than-you">These 5 Famous Animals Earned More Than You</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Extra Income book lovers bookworm career job hunting jobs part-time jobs side jobs Mon, 04 Apr 2016 09:30:30 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1683389 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Career Moves You'll Never Regret http://www.wisebread.com/6-career-moves-youll-never-regret <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-career-moves-youll-never-regret" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000056893798_Large.jpg" alt="making career moves she&#039;ll never regret" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You are in control of your career, and the decisions you make can either help you or hold you back. That's why it's important to make moves that set you in the right direction to increase your chances of career satisfaction.</p> <p>Getting to the top takes confidence, hard work, determination, and you might even have to make a few sacrifices. Sometimes, the path to success isn't as straight as we'd like, and most people have at least one regrettable career decision under their belt. (You're not alone.) But even if you've made some mistakes, there are at least a few moves you'll never regret.</p> <h2>1. Take the Focus Off the Money</h2> <p>We all need to make a living. The more we earn, the better quality of life we enjoy. This by no means suggests staying in a career just because you're pulling in the big bucks. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-depressing-jobs-that-arent-worth-the-money?ref=seealso">10 Depressing Jobs That Aren't Worth the Money</a>)</p> <p>Understandably, you have to be reasonable and seek a position that lets you care for your financial responsibilities. But when you make a career decision based solely on the potential size of your paycheck, you could end up in a job you hate, and sacrifice more than you bargained for.</p> <p>A company doesn't pay a generous salary without getting something in return. You have to count the cost and decide whether a promotion or a job offer is worth the money. I can't tell you the number of people I know who have voluntarily stepped down from positions because the money wasn't worth the hassle. Burnout is a real possibility when you give up time with your family and friends and work around the clock. Some people might say you're crazy for giving up a lucrative position, but you shouldn't put a career over your sanity.</p> <h2>2. Step Outside Your Comfort Zone</h2> <p>Don't be afraid to say yes. This doesn't mean you should take every opportunity that comes your way. You have to know your limitations so that you don't overwhelm yourself. But at the same time, you should step outside your comfort zone and take on new responsibilities. It can be frightening and intimidating, and you might fear failure.</p> <p>However, saying yes is an opportunity to build self-confidence and you might surprise yourself. Fear keeps us stuck. Branching out and challenging yourself helps you realize your true potential and can open the door to better opportunities.</p> <h2>3. Follow Your Instincts</h2> <p>If the climate at work isn't great and you're questioning the security of your job due to recent <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-financial-moves-to-make-the-moment-you-get-fired">layoffs and cutbacks</a>, one of the worst things you can do is sit back, ignore the situation, and think you're somehow immune. You may feel a sense of loyalty to your employer, but loyalty doesn't pay your bills. The situation around your workplace might improve, or it might not. Listen to your gut and follow your instincts. If you have compelling reasons to believe the company won't bounce back, or if you think you're on the chopping block, there's no harm in plotting your next move and beating your employer to the punch.</p> <h2>4. Never Burn Bridges</h2> <p>It doesn't matter if you hate your job and you're beyond ready to move on, never burn bridges or slack off as you prepare to move into a position with a new company. You don't know what the future will hold. You may get to your next job and quickly realize the grass isn't greener on the other side. Make sure you give your current employer 110% until the very end. If you leave on a good note, the door may be open for you to return.</p> <h2>5. Keep Your Skills Up-to-Date</h2> <p>As far as your career goes, you may be your sharpest the first few years after graduation. Realize, however, that your skills can quickly become stale as your industry evolves and changes. Allowing your skills to become dated is career suicide. New grads are entering the workforce every year with the freshest knowledge and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/learn-something-new-with-these-9-cheap-apps">the latest information</a> about the industry. If you can't keep up, you could lose your job to someone with less experience.</p> <p>Staying up-to-date can mean taking a class or workshop on your own dime, or finding time to learn new software programs and technology. This is how you do your job well and stay ahead of changes in your industry. Not only can this move open doors, it helps you keep your job in a tough economy. You become a more valuable employee.</p> <h2>6. Pursue Your Dream Career</h2> <p>It takes courage to pursue your dream &mdash; especially if you're leaving behind a cushy position and moving into a completely new field. Some people stay in careers they hate because they spent money getting a degree in this area. But after working in a particular field for years, you may discover that your passion is elsewhere.</p> <p>Moving up the ladder in a career that doesn't excite you can lead to a comfortable life &mdash; but you may later regret this decision. Carving your own way and taking a different path, however, is one move you'll never regret. If you can start your own business or find a job doing what you love &mdash; and you're still able to pay your bills &mdash; going to work won't feel like a job. You can join the ranks of a select few who actually love getting up in the morning and starting their day.</p> <p><em>Have you recently change careers? Would you say these tips are helpful in hindsight? 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/6-career-moves-youll-never-regret">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/flashback-friday-the-65-best-career-tips-weve-ever-shared">Flashback Friday: The 65 Best Career Tips We&#039;ve Ever Shared</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/are-you-in-the-wrong-career-heres-how-to-tell">Are You in the Wrong Career? Here&#039;s How to Tell</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/your-guide-to-getting-a-job-right-out-of-college">Your Guide to Getting a Job Right Out of College</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-solid-online-resources-to-help-you-find-a-job">6 Solid Online Resources to Help You Find 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/13-great-reasons-to-quit-your-job">13 Great Reasons to Quit Your Job</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building career career moves job search job tips life decisions no regrets wisdom Wed, 16 Mar 2016 11:00:12 +0000 Mikey Rox 1673865 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: The 65 Best Career Tips We've Ever Shared http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-65-best-career-tips-weve-ever-shared <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-the-65-best-career-tips-weve-ever-shared" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_glasses_work_000075592811.jpg" alt="Woman learning best career tips ever shared" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Your first job will probably not be your dream job. In fact, you might not land your ideal professional role until your fourth, fifth, or sixth job. Crafting a fulfilling career takes time, and hopefully your peers and mentors are sharing their wisdom with you along the way.</p> <p>But just in case that wisdom is hard to come by, and you need some additional assistance in your path to success, we've got some brilliant job search tips right here.</p> <p>Here are the 65 best career tips we've ever shared.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/000050916338.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><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> &mdash; Answering any question during a job interview can be stressful experience. There's so much pressure to nail every answer that's it's easy to flub a response. Well, not anymore. This will help you nail all interview questions, and hopefully, get the job.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-extreme-job-interview-tactics-that-worked">6 Extreme Job Interview Tactics That Worked</a> &mdash; Sometimes the path to the stop requires standing out in a crowd. These unique interview tactics may seem extreme, but amazingly, they worked!</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock_000071991467_Large.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-career-tips-you-wish-you-could-give-your-younger-self">7 Career Tips You Wish You Could Give Your Younger Self</a> &mdash; Hindsight is always 20/20, right? Well, what would you tell your younger self about how to be professionally fulfilled? There might be some handy advice in there for you now, too.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-transition-to-a-new-career-after-30">6 Ways to Transition to a New Career After 30</a> &mdash; Starting over in a new field is not easy, especially once you're past your 20s &mdash; when life is generally more flexible and suited to career changes. These tips will help you transition at any age.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/guy_fired_000052937386.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fired-heres-how-to-keep-it-from-hurting-your-career">Fired? Here's How to Keep It From Hurting Your Career</a> &mdash; It happens to the best of us. Don't worry, losing your job doesn't mean your entire professional world has imploded. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and read this.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-never-do-during-a-job-interview">10 Things You Should Never Do During a Job Interview</a> &mdash; There are certain topics that should not be discussed and certain things you should never ever do during an interview. Know the rules before you go.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock_000068043419_Large.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-signs-the-job-is-too-good-to-be-true">11 Signs the Job Is Too Good to Be True</a> &mdash; Don't fall for the job scam. There are plenty of jobs out there that are too good to be true, and here are all the telltale signs.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-times-of-year-to-start-a-job-search">The Best Times of Year to Start a Job Search</a> &mdash; Certain seasons are just better for job hunting. If you've got a job now, but would like to make a change in the near future, try to search when the time is right.</p> <p><em>What other career tips have you learned along the way? Share your wisdom with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-65-best-career-tips-weve-ever-shared">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/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-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-job-hunt-without-getting-caught">9 Ways to Job Hunt Without Getting Caught</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/using-times-new-roman-on-your-r-sum-is-like-wearing-sweatpants-to-an-interview">Using Times New Roman on Your Résumé Is Like Wearing Sweatpants to an Interview</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/your-guide-to-getting-a-job-right-out-of-college">Your Guide to Getting a Job Right Out of College</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-job-search-stunts-to-get-you-noticed-by-employers">7 Job Search Stunts to Get You Noticed by Employers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Job Hunting career fbf flashback friday Job Interview job search jobs resume Fri, 11 Mar 2016 11:00:15 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1670661 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-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/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/5-times-you-should-demand-a-raise">5 Times You Should Demand a Raise</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/8-ways-to-spring-clean-your-career">8 Ways to Spring Clean 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/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> </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 11 Ways a Second Language Can Boost Your Career http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-a-second-language-can-boost-your-career <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-ways-a-second-language-can-boost-your-career" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_foreign_language_000025445637.jpg" alt="Woman learning second language to boost her career" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="143" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I will just come out and say it in plain English: The American job market sucks.</p> <p>However, for those who can say that in a second language, the job market sucks just a little bit less. Learning a second language can boost your career, and here's how.</p> <h2>1. It Puts You First in Line for Government Jobs</h2> <p>Although my best friend has been out of the job market for 18 years raising her kid, her application to the FBI has been bumped to the top of the pile because she is a Defense Language Institute graduate.</p> <p>Although the FBI is her first choice, there are <a href="https://cllc.osu.edu/undergraduate/careers/broad-spectrum/government">many government departments and agencies</a> that are actively recruiting foreign language speakers.</p> <h2>2. It Creates Other Job Opportunities</h2> <p>I have an extreme pro-polyglot bias based on personal experience. I work as a book scout. Because I can read book manuscripts and news stories in Italian, this gives me a leg up on monolingual scouts. I can find the next best seller/blockbuster film idea before it's translated into English.</p> <p>But publishing is far from the only industry that has become global. Four out of new five jobs in the United States are directly linked to foreign trade. In fact, in some sectors, the language deficit is so huge, that jobs are going unfilled.</p> <h2>3. You Can Use It to Get a Second Chance</h2> <p>I asked my friend, Darren, a fellow <em>francophonie</em>, if his time spent in France as a high school exchange student was worth the money. Here's his response:</p> <blockquote><p>&quot;I have to say that I honestly owe every meaningful job I've ever had to the fact that I speak fluent French. It also got me a degree.</p> <p>When I decided to go back to school after dropping out of college, I didn't have many prospects and little chance of obtaining a student loan or scholarship in the U.S. But university is free in France for anyone who can pass the exams and speak the language, and I managed to do both. So it gave me a second chance. I finished at the top of my class at the Sorbonne, in Paris.&nbsp;</p> <p>When I returned to the US, I got a temp job at a large corporation. I was just a temp admin assistant, replacing a woman who left on maternity leave. I was filing and making copies, biding my time. But then they received a request for proposal written in French from a French-speaking country in Africa, and they didn't have anyone there who spoke the language. They were going to send it out to translate, but I did it for them overnight. They immediately hired me on as a full-time contract manager, gave me my own office and admin support, and paid for my night school, so that I could learn about government contract law. I was quickly promoted to an office next to the president of the company, and was soon accompanying him on trips overseas, and managing contracts in Europe.&quot;&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> <h2>4. You Become a Better Communicator in Your First Language</h2> <p>People who learn a second language have greater metalinguistic awareness, which is the science-y way of saying they have a better grasp on grammar and sentence structure because they can compare the mechanics of two different language systems. This focus on language mechanics improves the clarity of their writing and speaking in their mother tongue. Also, polyglots have bigger vocabularies. To quote Geoffrey Willans: &quot;You can never understand one language until you understand at least two.&quot;</p> <h2>5. Body Language Is Not Universal</h2> <p>My friend Charles, who speaks fluent Japanese and English, has seen translation failure many times in meetings between the Japanese and American executives at his company. According to Charles, one of the major translation problems at work is the differences in body language.</p> <p>&quot;People who don't speak a second language don't understand that translation between languages is not one-to-one. There is culture, context, and worldview attached to language that cannot be learned from a book. People who only speak English can only understand how communication breaks down&hellip; in English. For example, there are many degrees of politeness in the Japanese language. Because politeness is expressed through the verb conjugations, I've watched the level of politeness drop sharply in meetings. The Japanese team immediately knows that the bosses are frustrated when they start using more direct speech, but the Americans have no clue that the Japanese project leads are unhappy, as the tone of voice of the Japanese execs never changes. Since there is no equivalent to this in English, the company interpreters are sometimes at a loss on how to translate this rudeness or anger into English without sounding offensive or unprofessional,&quot;Charles says.</p> <h2>6. Interpreters Don't Interpret Everything</h2> <p>Another problem with interpreters is that no one wants to bite the hand that feeds them. Explains Charles, &quot;Company interpreters know that their income is tied to the duration of the project. They may intentionally soften harsh words in their translation between the two languages to prevent a potentially project-ending argument from escalating.&quot;</p> <p>Even the most honest interpreters don't want to be the bearer of bad news, and may subconsciously work to keep the peace through overly civil translations, even if this is bad for business.</p> <h2>7. Learning Another Language Improves Memory</h2> <p>At a certain point during my adolescence, my brain lost its ability to effortlessly absorb 100 new vocabulary words a day. Fortunately, research shows that <a href="http://www.omniglot.com/language/articles/languagelearningbrainsize.htm">learning new languages improves working memory</a> and increases attention span... which makes all the rote memorization I do now as an adult almost worth it.</p> <h2>8. Bilinguals Are Better Multitaskers</h2> <p>If you could listen to my brain skip like a record through French, Italian, and Spanish, then you would probably believe the common misconception that bilingualism creates confusion. However, toggling between languages, or code switching, makes <a href="http://news.psu.edu/story/160653/2011/02/18/juggling-languages-can-build-better-brains">bilinguals better at cognitive skills</a> like prioritizing relevant information over the irrelevant, and working on multiple projects at once. In one study, test subjects used a driving simulator while simultaneously doing distracting tasks. Bilinguals made fewer driving errors than monolinguals.</p> <h2>9. Bilingualism Boosts Creativity</h2> <p>When people learn a second language, they generally become more tolerant of new ideas and experiences that open up their brains to divergent thinking. Dystopian associations aside, scientists use divergent thinking as a <a href="http://www.ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/elt/article/view/15947">measurement of creativity</a>. Bilinguals score much higher on the <a href="http://www.ststesting.com/ngifted.html">Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking</a>, which measures mental characteristics like fluency, elaboration, originality, and flexibility than monolinguals. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/boost-your-creativity-9-surprising-ways-to-generate-new-ideas">Boost Your Creativity: 9 Surprising Ways to Generate New Ideas</a>)</p> <h2>10. A Second Language Makes For Better Decision-Making</h2> <p>People who can think in a foreign language are more level-headed problem solvers, especially when it comes to decisions about money. Researchers at the University of Chicago discovered <a href="http://pss.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/04/18/0956797611432178.abstract">The Foreign Language Effect</a>. In a nutshell, the researchers found that people are more systematic in their decision-making process when presented information in their second language. Specifically, thinking about financial decisions in a foreign language reduces <a href="http://loss-aversion.behaviouralfinance.net/">loss aversion</a>, a cognitive bias that leads people to pass up financial opportunities.</p> <h2>11. Mental Gymnastics Can Stave Off Dementia</h2> <p>According to a recent Gallup poll, <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/182939/americans-settling-older-retirement-age.aspx">37% of Americans expect to retire</a> after age 65. For those who want to push back their retirement date, maintaining peak mental fitness is mandatory for staying in the workforce long term. A Study at Edinburgh University found that learning a second language delays the onset of several types of dementia by as much as five years. While five years does not seem like a lot of time, according to researcher Thomas Bak, &quot;Bilingualism might have a stronger influence on dementia than any currently available drugs.&quot;</p> <p><em>What benefits have you experienced at work due to your language skills?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-a-second-language-can-boost-your-career">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/bosses-say-these-are-their-6-favorite-qualities-in-employees-do-you-have-them">Bosses Say These Are Their 6 Favorite Qualities in Employees — Do You Have Them?</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/are-you-in-the-wrong-career-heres-how-to-tell">Are You in the Wrong Career? Here&#039;s How to Tell</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/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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-spring-clean-your-career">8 Ways to Spring Clean 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/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Personal Development career foreign language professional growth second language skills Tue, 29 Dec 2015 10:00:03 +0000 Max Wong 1626820 at http://www.wisebread.com 4 Best Jobs for Work Life Balance http://www.wisebread.com/4-best-jobs-for-work-life-balance <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-best-jobs-for-work-life-balance" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mother_working_baby_000048338582.jpg" alt="Woman finding best jobs for work-life balance" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>More and more Americans want better work-life balance. In the U.S., <a href="http://www.ey.com/US/en/About-us/Our-people-and-culture/EY-study-highlights-dual-career-dynamics-in-the-us#.VjqfBOn8uhM">57% of full-time employees</a> indicate that their spouse or partner works 35 hours or more a week, too.</p> <p>However, no other group craves a better work-life balance more than millennials. While 78% of full-time working millennials have a spouse or partner also working full-time, only 47% of full-time working baby boomers and 68% of Gen X experience this scenario. With two full-time working parents, quality couple time, family time and &quot;me time&quot; are becoming more and more scarce.</p> <p>If your employer doesn't sympathize with your desire for a more flexible arrangement, it may be the time to switch jobs. To help you escape the rat race, here are the four best jobs for work-life balance.</p> <h2>1. Data Scientist</h2> <p>According to Glasdoor's 2015 list of <a href="http://www.glassdoor.com/blog/25-jobs-worklife-balance-2015/">best jobs for work-life balance</a>, the role of data scientist provides the best work-life balance. With an average 4.2 rating out of a possible 5.0, data scientist took the top spot in work-life balance across users of the recruiting site over the past year.</p> <p>If you keep on hearing everywhere about the &quot;power of big data,&quot; this is what it's all about. A data scientist uses the power of algorithms to process large amounts of data and use those findings to make recommendations that drive customer engagement and monetization. You'll have to be comfortable working with monster spreadsheets and databases (think millions of rows and several terabytes), develop mad SQL and SAS skills, and keep up with the latest data mining tools and techniques.</p> <p>Companies well-known for providing great perks and flexible schedules, including Facebook and Google, are hiring data scientists. With an average salary of $114,808 (according to Glassdoor), data scientist is one attractive career to look for.</p> <h2>2. Web Developer</h2> <p>U.S. News maintains a <a href="http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/rankings/the-100-best-jobs">list of 100 best jobs</a> in the nation. The list uses seven criteria, including 10-year growth volume, employment rate, and work-life balance, to rank the jobs. While U.S. News gave the dentist occupation the top spot in its list of best jobs, a closer look to the job satisfaction reviews shows that the web developer occupation provides better work-life balance.</p> <p>According to U.S. News, web developers tend to have above average upward mobility, below average stress level, and high flexibility. Interviewed employers indicate that often their web developers <a href="http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/web-developer/reviews">don't have to punch a clock</a>. &quot;We set deadlines, and as long as they get their work done, we're flexible with hours.&quot; two employers said to U.S. News.</p> <p>The median annual salary of a web developer was <a href="http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/web-developer/salary">$63,160 in 2013</a>, with individuals earning between $33,320 and $110,350.</p> <h2>3. Tutor</h2> <p>In a study from Ernst &amp; Young, respondents pointed out that the <a href="http://www.ey.com/US/en/About-us/Our-people-and-culture/EY-study-highlights-people-want-flexibility">option to telecommute</a> (working from another location other than the office or client site) is an important flexibility issue. In the same survey, millennials are more likely to say it's important to be able to telecommute one to two days a week.</p> <p>Tutoring enables individuals looking to telecommute as much as possible to really own their schedule. For example, since 2006 I have been tutoring business professionals to prepare for the GMAT, a standardized admission test used by most MBA programs around the world. I have been able to consistently tutor students first in Mexico and now in the United States. Currently, I work with Kaplan, a test prep company, and I'm able to teach students in person and online on my own schedule. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-3-best-jobs-for-expats-and-travelers">The 3 Best Jobs for Expats and Travelers</a>)</p> <p>With the advent of several online tutoring sites, such as Tutor.com, Skillshare, and Wyzant, you're not limited to your geographic area and can find students across the world. Some sites, such as Tutor.com, require you to commit to tutor at least five hours per week. However, you decide when those hours happen.</p> <p>Having the ability to do their job in any country is key for millennials as 38% of them would make the sacrifice to <a href="http://www.ey.com/US/en/About-us/Our-people-and-culture/EY-study-highlights-dual-career-dynamics-in-the-us#.VkV5zt-rSRu">move a country with better parental leave</a> benefits.</p> <h2>4. Talent Acquisition Specialist</h2> <p>Ranking third on Glassdoor's list, the talent acquisition specialist has a rating of 4.0 out of 5.0 in work-life balance satisfaction. Also known as recruiters or human resources (HR) specialists, talent acquisition specialists are in charge of finding, screening, interviewing, and recommending the best candidates for a job opening. One key requirement for talent acquisition specialists is people skills. If you can't get along with different people in different settings, then this may not be the field for you.</p> <p>While Glassdoor says that the average salary for this position is $63,504, U.S. News puts the <a href="http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/hr-specialist">median salary at $56,850</a>. One of the main advantages of this occupation is stability, given that employment in this field is expected to balloon 15.5% from 2012 to 2022.</p> <p>To some, it may come off as a surprise that respondents to the Glassdoor survey gave such a high rating to the work-life balance satisfaction of this job. However, those critics should keep in mind the following points:</p> <ul> <li>Like web developers, talent acquisition specialists have to meet deadlines and have flexibility as long as they can hit their numbers.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Like tutors, talent acquisition specialists can leverage the web and their cellphone to do the bulk of the work remotely. With cloud-based HR software becoming the industry norm, a recruiter can do her work as long as she has an Internet connection.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Depending on their field of specialization, HR specialists have different hours and hiring seasons. Many recruiters welcome the break of pace and opt to work only during hiring seasons or on a part-time basis.</li> </ul> <p><em>What are other great jobs to achieve better work-life balance?</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/4-best-jobs-for-work-life-balance">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-11"> <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/9-things-that-really-annoy-hiring-managers">9 Things That Really Annoy Hiring Managers</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/your-guide-to-getting-a-job-right-out-of-college">Your Guide to Getting a Job Right Out of College</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-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-4 views-row-even"> <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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-depressing-jobs-that-arent-worth-the-money">10 Depressing Jobs That Aren&#039;t Worth the Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Job Hunting career job hunting job search work life balance Mon, 23 Nov 2015 16:00:32 +0000 Damian Davila 1614975 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Low Key Jobs for People Who Hate Stress http://www.wisebread.com/5-low-key-jobs-for-people-who-hate-stress <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-low-key-jobs-for-people-who-hate-stress" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/girl_video_games_000044435178.jpg" alt="Woman having low key career because she hates stress" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all know people who really seem to thrive in high-profile, high-stress stress occupations. They're the ones who voluntarily come in early and stay late, those who don't ever stop talking about work, and the people who seem to eat, sleep, and live for their jobs.</p> <p>And then there are the rest of us.</p> <p>I don't know about you, but I don't love to work. When I have to do so because I need the money, I try to find jobs that are cool in some way and don't leave me all stressed out at the end of the day. Sound like you? Here are five <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-productive-ways-to-reduce-stress">low-key jobs</a> that pay the bills, and probably won't leave you a ball of nerves at the end of your shift.</p> <p>A note to remember: While these jobs are often fairly low-key, they too, like any other job, demand a strong work ethic and your ability to handle stressful situations should they arise.&nbsp;</p> <h2>1. Teach English Abroad</h2> <p>In many countries, but especially in China, there aren't terribly high standards for someone who wants to <a href="http://www.internationalteflacademy.com/china-english-teaching-jobs-abroad-asia">teach English</a>. Sometimes the only requirement is to be born and/or educated in an English-speaking country. As long as you have a good reputation, you can often choose your clients and your hours (so sleep in every day &mdash; why not?), and you can make enough to live a a pretty decent lifestyle.</p> <h2>2. Become a Security Guard</h2> <p>If you can land the right gig, being a <a href="http://study.com/articles/Security_Guard_Requirements_for_a_Career_as_a_Security_Professional.html">security guard</a> can be fun while not requiring a ton of energy, especially if you're guarding a posh country club or a gated neighborhood. You might get to sit in a guard shack monitoring camera feeds, walk through areas looking for people acting inappropriately, or drive around a neighborhood periodically. While there <em>is</em> a lot of training involved to teach you how to react in certain dangerous situations, luckily it's pretty rare &mdash; and you can get the police involved if need be.</p> <h2>3. Be a Professional Foreigner</h2> <p>In some countries, having white skin bestows status, all on its own. This means that &mdash; believe it or not &mdash; some companies will <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/07/rent-a-white-guy/308119/">recruit white people</a> to dress in a suit and represent them at formal functions, even if that person doesn't actually hold any official job in the company. You might have to give speeches, buy official clothes, attend parties, or hold a meet-and-greet. But you can make $1000 a week, just for standing around and looking like yourself.</p> <h2>4. Video Game Tester</h2> <p>Love to play video games? It's good for you, then, that &quot;<a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/what-its-like-to-be-a-video-game-tester-2015-6">video game tester</a>&quot; is a job that actually exists. Your salary will probably start low &mdash; between $10 and $18 per hour &mdash; but since you won't have to buy work clothes or eat out, your expenses will also be low. And, after six years or so, you could make over $70,000 annually. For someone who has gamed all their life, it could be the best career you've ever had. Just keep in mind that when it's &quot;crunch time,&quot; it can require a lot more of your time and energy.</p> <h2>5. Power Plant Operator</h2> <p><a href="http://www.bls.gov/ooh/production/power-plant-operators-distributors-and-dispatchers.htm">Operating a power plant</a>, especially for the government and if you're willing to work the night shift, often means a 12-hour shift with as few as two hours spent actually working. And you can make up to six figures with a few years of experience, simply because you have the right knowledge and you are there in case something gets out of whack. (Which, on second thought, may be a pretty stressful day!)</p> <p><em>Do you have a job that is both cool and not a lot of work? What do you do and how did you get into it?</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/5-low-key-jobs-for-people-who-hate-stress">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-12"> <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-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-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-depressing-jobs-that-arent-worth-the-money">10 Depressing Jobs That Aren&#039;t Worth the Money</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/flashback-friday-the-65-best-career-tips-weve-ever-shared">Flashback Friday: The 65 Best Career Tips We&#039;ve Ever Shared</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-things-you-must-learn-about-the-company-before-your-job-interview">5 Things You Must Learn About the Company Before Your Job Interview</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/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> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting career easy work employment hate working lazy Tue, 10 Nov 2015 09:15:14 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1608487 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Depressing Jobs That Aren't Worth the Money http://www.wisebread.com/10-depressing-jobs-that-arent-worth-the-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-depressing-jobs-that-arent-worth-the-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/sad_woman_desk_000049488598.jpg" alt="Woman stuck in depressing job that&#039;s not worth the money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>So you think your job stinks.</p> <p>We've all experienced a depressing job before. There are good jobs out there for those who need them, but there are also lot of bad jobs that few people are eager to do. Here are 10 of the most depressing jobs, based on career prospects, pay, and safety on the job.</p> <h2>1. Newspaper Journalist</h2> <p>I worked for newspapers for more than a dozen years and had the time of my life. But the Internet era has crushed newspapers, leading to high stress and low pay for reporters and editors. And there are few journalists out there who haven't been laid off at least once. CareerCast placed this job <a href="http://www.careercast.com/jobs-rated/best-jobs-2015">dead last in its ranking of 200 careers</a>, and photojournalists don't fare much better.</p> <h2>2. Lumberjack</h2> <p>It's hard work and not particularly lucrative, and much of the work is now being done by machines. It's also a deadly job; the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that <a href="http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/cfoi.pdf">91 out of every 100,000 logging workers</a> suffers a work-related fatality. They are 30 times more likely to die on the job than the average worker.</p> <h2>3. Taxi Driver</h2> <p>It's never been the safest profession, and you'll be lucky to make $30,000 a year doing it. The arrival in many cities of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-extra-money-driving-for-uber-or-lyft">Uber and Lyft</a>, which have completely disrupted the pay-to-ride industry, have hurt the prospects and earning potential of taxi drivers even further.</p> <h2>4. Data Entry Clerk</h2> <p>You sit at a computer all day and enter information into a database. It'd be one thing if the information you were entering was something cool, like a list of every Led Zeppelin concert in history. But it's often just names, addresses, and other banal data bits. And God help you if you make a mistake. The average annual median wage for data clerks is less than $30,000, though you usually don't need a college degree.</p> <h2>5. Security Guard</h2> <p>When you're in private security, you're either seriously bored because nothing is going on, or you're involved in a possible struggle with a criminal. There's not much in between. Pay is low (less than $25k annually, on average), but there is some growth in job opportunities.</p> <h2>6. Door-to-Door Salesman</h2> <p>Kiplinger <a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/business/T012-S001-worst-jobs-for-the-future-2015/index.html">evaluated 784 jobs</a> based on their prospects for the future, and this job was in the bottom 10. These days, pushing a product by knocking on someone's door is amazingly inefficient, when you consider the technology available to salespeople. There was a time in America when door-to-door salesmen were welcomed by housewives and others looking to test out the latest products. Those days are long gone; the number of jobs in this field is expected to drop 18% by 2024, after dropping 23% between 2004 and 2014.</p> <h2>7. Mail Carrier</h2> <p>Let's face it, no one likes the U.S. Postal Service. And as a mail carrier, you often deliver nothing more than a bunch of junk mail, as technologies like email and texting have taken over. Career Cast's best jobs report noted that mail carriers have <a href="http://www.careercast.com/jobs-rated/worst-jobs-2015">one of the worst 10-year outlooks</a> in terms of job growth.</p> <h2>8. Administrative Assistant</h2> <p>You have virtually no power over your own existence, as you simply respond to the demands of whomever you work for. The high stress, no control environment has been <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/10/01/health.job.making.depressed/">known to cause higher rates of depression</a>. The good news for administrative assistants is that pay is about average, along with job growth.</p> <h2>9. Meter Reader</h2> <p>Technology is making it less and less necessary for someone to come around and check your electricity usage. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects job demand to decline by 10% by 2020, and the pay is middle-of-the-pack, at best.</p> <h2>10. Restaurant Server</h2> <p>Your boss can get away with paying you less than minimum wage, because there's an expectation you'll get tips. But we all know that's hit or miss. Waiters and waitresses are on their feet all day, often fielding complaints about food that they didn't cook. The average mean wage is under $20,000 each year, assuming the restaurant you work for will even be around in the future. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said 70% of restaurants close within the first year.</p> <p><em>Did we miss any depressing jobs? Let us know 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/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-depressing-jobs-that-arent-worth-the-money">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/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-2 views-row-even"> <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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/find-work-worth-doing">Find work worth doing</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/flashback-friday-the-65-best-career-tips-weve-ever-shared">Flashback Friday: The 65 Best Career Tips We&#039;ve Ever Shared</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/seven-tips-for-the-newly-unemployed">Seven Tips for the Newly Unemployed</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Job Hunting art career jobs museum Mon, 02 Nov 2015 09:15:13 +0000 Tim Lemke 1603184 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Times You Should Demand a Raise http://www.wisebread.com/5-times-you-should-demand-a-raise <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-times-you-should-demand-a-raise" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000033126062.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You haven't seen a raise since the Great Recession hit the country, and you probably feel overdue for a salary bump. But when is the right time to ask your boss or supervisor for a raise? Does your timing play a role in whether you're likely to nab that paycheck boost? It sure does. Here are five times when you should demand &mdash;&nbsp;or at least ask for &mdash; a raise from your boss.</p> <h2>1. You've Made or Saved Your Company Money</h2> <p>Have you worked on a new advertising campaign that has increased sales at your company? Maybe you've recommended new technology that has saved your company thousands of dollars per year.</p> <p>If you've done something that has either boosted your company's revenues or cut its expenses, there might be no better time than now to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-essential-facts-women-should-know-before-asking-for-a-raise">ask for a raise</a>. Just make sure to remind your supervisor of the benefit you've just brought your company. And if your boss refuses your request for a pay raise even when shown this evidence? Then it might really be slow going to get a raise at this company.</p> <h2>2. You've Surpassed a Goal</h2> <p>Maybe your boss asked you to land three new clients this quarter, but you brought in five. Or maybe your supervisor asked you to create a new video promoting a product in three months and you wrapped your work in just two. If you've not only met, but surpassed, a big goal, it's time to ask for a raise &mdash;&nbsp;especially if you do so consistently.</p> <p>Your goal when asking for more money is to show your employer how valuable you are to the company. You want your boss to know that the extra money you're requesting pales in comparison to your value.</p> <p>The best time to prove this is when you've exceeded your boss' expectations.</p> <h2>3. You Just Got Another Job Offer</h2> <p>There's something appealing about negotiating from a position of strength. If you've gotten a job offer from another company, you now have an advantage when it's time to negotiate a raise.</p> <p>Don't be afraid to tell your boss that you've gotten an offer from another firm. Tell your boss, too, that you'd like to stay put, but that you'll need a salary bump to do so. If your boss doesn't want to lose you, the odds are good that your raise will be forthcoming.</p> <p>Be careful, though. Only threaten to leave if you really are willing to accept your new job offer. And don't ever bluff your boss by pretending that you've been offered another job. This could backfire if your boss refuses your request for a raise. If you don't have that fallback job to turn to, life can get pretty awkward around the office.</p> <h2>4. You've Been Asked to Train a New Employee</h2> <p>If your boss asks you to train a new employee, it's a sure sign that your boss respects and appreciates the work you've done. Your boss thinks you are talented and knowledgeable enough to mentor a new worker.</p> <p>Now that you know this, there are few better times to request a raise. Remind your boss that you are taking on a new responsibility by training an employee and that you'd like to be rewarded for it.</p> <h2>5. Your Division Is Thriving</h2> <p>Maybe your entire company isn't raking in the big dollars, but your division or department is thriving. It's actually growing and generating an ever-increasing amount of profits. If this is the case, you can ask for a raise confidently even if your company isn't having a record-setting year.</p> <p>Remind your boss that you are an integral part of the company division that is performing well. And offer evidence that your work is part of the reason for that success.</p> <p>No matter when you ask for a raise, make sure that you come armed with concrete reasons why you deserve the paycheck boost. It's not enough to remind your boss that you haven't had a raise in five, seven, or 10 years. You need to convince your boss that your performance is boosting the company, and that you're too much of a valued employee to potentially lose over a $5,000, $10,000, or $20,000 raise.</p> <p><em>How have you successfully asked for a raise? Share 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/dan-rafter">Dan Rafter</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-times-you-should-demand-a-raise">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/10-money-moves-to-make-after-a-promotion">10 Money Moves to Make After a Promotion</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/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/8-ways-to-spring-clean-your-career">8 Ways to Spring Clean 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/25-signs-that-youve-been-at-the-same-job-too-long">25 Signs That You&#039;ve Been at the Same Job Too Long</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Extra Income career career goals raise raise at work work Thu, 15 Oct 2015 15:00:29 +0000 Dan Rafter 1592421 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Things Successful 30-Somethings Do http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-successful-30-somethings-do <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-things-successful-30-somethings-do" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/successful_millennial_man_000049363542.jpg" alt="Man learning which things successful millennials do" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>How should 30-somethings measure their success? By the corner office they occupy? How big their house is? The kind of vacations they go on? Nope &mdash; none of the above. Because true success isn't determined by the quantity or even quality of material possessions you have, but rather the well-roundedness and satisfaction of your personal and professional life. So what, then, do truly <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-should-you-have-saved-for-retirement-by-30-40-50">successful 30-somethings</a> do? Find out here, and leave your own thoughts on success in the comments below.</p> <h2>1. Read Real News Content Every Day</h2> <p>I hate to break it to you, but just because you're consuming a lot of content every day doesn't mean you're doing yourself a favor. Because while BuzzFeed and Cracked articles are endlessly entertaining, generally they're not helping you be better at anything other than bar trivia. Instead &mdash; or rather, in addition to &mdash; you really ought to be reading relevant news content that updates you on what's happening in the United States and around the world, especially in areas of politics, business, and money.</p> <h2>2. Stay Wary of Lifestyle Inflation</h2> <p>In your 30s, if you've followed the same career path from the beginning, you're mid-career and qualified (or at least approaching qualification) for senior-level positions. In that case, you're climbing the ladder, everything is going according to plan, and you're finally making enough money to feel comfortable and enjoy some of the finer things in life. That status doesn't come without complications, however. &quot;Mo' money, mo' problems,&quot; as they say, and that's exactly what you'll have if you start spending like a boss. Stay aware of your financial situation, don't get ahead of yourself, and actively limit your lifestyle inflation versus your salary. You want to get ahead, and you can't do that with a breakeven budget every month.</p> <h2>3. Get Ahead of Debt &mdash; And Stay That Way</h2> <p>One of the best things anybody can do for themselves at any age is to get out of debt. Debt not only affects your financial well being, but it can also be <a href="http://www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/stories/2013/08/high-debt-could-be-hazardous-to-your-health.html">hazardous to your overall health</a>, according to a study published by <em>Social Science and Medicine</em>. Perhaps this feat wasn't feasible in your 20s, which is perfectly understandable &mdash; but it should be one of your primary focuses in your 30s, lest you want to live an entire lifetime under the burden of owing somebody money.</p> <p>Personal finance educator and podcaster <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-his-her-money-podcast/id932630328">Talaat McNeely</a> agrees. McNeely regularly coaches 30-somethings on how to attack their debt problems head on.</p> <p>&quot;The best thing that they can do for their future is to line up their debts from smallest balance to largest balance and begin to attack them in that order,&quot; he says. &quot;Those small victories they get in the beginning of the process will give them the boost of confidence that they need to become completely debt free. Doing this while they are still young and in their 30s will give them the financial freedom that they need to make life decisions based on their passions instead of it being based on their payments.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Recognize the Importance of Being Present</h2> <p>Now that our lives are filled up with devices &mdash; and our faces subsequently buried in them for what seems like every waking hour of the day &mdash; it's hard to remember that there are more important things&hellip; like real-life people. So as a rule in your 30s, recognize the importance of being in the moment, and try to get there more often.</p> <h2>5. Wake Up by 7:00 A.M. Every Day</h2> <p>The world starts moving way before 7:00 a.m., and if you're just getting out of bed, you're already behind. Which is okay &mdash; 7:00 a.m. is a respectable time to rise and start your day &mdash; but anything after that is pushing into lazy territory, and successful 30-somethings don't have time Monday to Friday to lie around and be lazy. Also, while we're on the subject, you should be out of bed by 9:00 a.m. on weekends. We're not in college anymore, and there are plenty of things to do Saturday and Sunday that require more than your underwear, TV, and a bowl of cereal.</p> <h2>6. Pursue a Path of Entrepreneurship</h2> <p>This is always one of my top tips to people who ask my thoughts on how they can change their career for the better when they're unhappy in a current job or profession: Become your own boss. Granted, entrepreneurship isn't for everybody &mdash; I've met former entrepreneurs who hated it &mdash; but by and large, entrepreneurs are satisfied with their lot in life because they're in control of it. The psychological effects alone (not having to answer to a &quot;boss&quot; or be chained to a desk) are worth the pursuit, in my opinion.</p> <p>Family psychiatrist <a href="http://www.yourfamilypsychiatrist.com/">Jared Heathman</a> thinks similarly. &quot;Your 30s are an opportune time to start a business because you are old enough to have experience and identify opportunities while young enough to handle risk and put in extra hours to make it work,&quot; he says. &quot;It may start as a part-time opportunity while working full-time elsewhere, but owning your own business can be more rewarding and provide tax breaks. I started my own business in my 30s and couldn't be happier.&quot;</p> <h2>7. Make a Point to Belong &mdash; Personally and Professionally</h2> <p>You don't become a successful 30-something on your own. We all receive helping hands along the way in some form or another. Those are important to continued success, as is networking throughout your career. But it's not just career-specific networking on which you should be focused; personal networking outside of work is an essential part of the puzzle as well. Personally I prefer sports and recreational teams &mdash; like kickball, dodgeball, and bar trivia &mdash; but you should join whatever groups strike your fancy.</p> <p>Relationship expert <a href="http://www.askapril.com/">April Masini</a> explains the importance of getting out there and staying socially, physically, and intellectually active in your 30s.</p> <p>&quot;Successful 30-somethings belong,&quot; she says. &quot;They belong to gyms, they belong to alumni associations, and they belong to community and political organizations. Joining up religious, social, and/or pet or environmental or automotive clubs that are interesting to you is a great way to build a life, and to never be bored &mdash; or boring. Relationships ebb and flow, come and go &mdash; but when you have a rich life with things that you belong to, you're less likely to feel devastated by a relationship drama.&quot;</p> <h2>8. Take Better Care of Their Overall Health</h2> <p>All through my 20s &mdash; and for a couple years of my 30s &mdash; I lived a fairly sedentary lifestyle. I mean, I would play social sports here and there and go to the gym every now and then, but I can't honestly say that I was particularly dedicated to my health. I smoked, I drank, I ate poorly &mdash; until one day a little over a year ago I said enough is enough.</p> <p>Since then I've completely revamped my entire lifestyle to accommodate my dedication to health and fitness. I eat super healthy now (save a whole pizza every couple weeks; a boy's gotta look forward to something, right?), I'm in the gym at least four days a week (most of the time more), and I kicked the smoking habit, and as a result I feel and look better than I ever have in my life.</p> <p>It's also had an effect on my productivity since I'm no longer tired, sluggish, or plagued with headaches caused by poor eating and other vices. Putting an emphasis on your health shouldn't be a matter of debate as much as it should be a mandatory ruling. Do the best you can by yourself, and you'll see that positivity materialize in your life in other ways, guaranteed.</p> <h2>9. Focus More on Building an Investment Portfolio Than a Slush Fund</h2> <p>I talk a lot about saving in my posts, but I don't want you to get my stance on hoarding cash confused. I don't advocate saving money just to build a slush fund that will sit in an account and accrue interest at a snail's pace. While I do recommend having active emergency and retirement funds, I also suggest having an investment fund &mdash; money that you're saving to invest in any number of ways, like the stock market, a startup company, or real estate (the latter of which is always my top recommendation, by the way).</p> <p>There's an old saying that it &quot;takes money to make money,&quot; and that's what you should be doing in your 30s &mdash; making money. I recognize too, of course, that not everyone is in a position to build an investment, and if you're not, it should be your new goal. You want to be financially stable with room to breathe later in life &mdash; and maybe retire early &mdash; and this is pretty much the only way to do it unless you were born a Pitt-Jolie kid or otherwise win some kind of lottery. And if that's the case, forget everything I just said and let's get married.</p> <p><em>What are some other things successful 30-somethings do? 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/9-things-successful-30-somethings-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-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/5-life-mistakes-you-need-to-stop-making-by-30">5 Life Mistakes You Need to Stop Making by 30</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-social-blunders-to-stop-making-by-30">10 Social Blunders to Stop Making by 30</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-money-moves-to-make-when-you-move-back-home-with-your-parents">6 Money Moves to Make When You Move Back Home With Your Parents</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/10-money-goals-all-30-somethings-should-have">10 Money Goals All 30-Somethings Should Have</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/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> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks 30-somethings 30s being successful career debt Health lifestyle choices millennials Mon, 28 Sep 2015 17:01:17 +0000 Mikey Rox 1568901 at http://www.wisebread.com Your Guide to Getting a Job Right Out of College http://www.wisebread.com/your-guide-to-getting-a-job-right-out-of-college <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/your-guide-to-getting-a-job-right-out-of-college" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/female_college_graduate_000059210456.jpg" alt="Woman learning how to get a job right out of college" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Several months ago, when I was still in <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/tech/Best-Apps-College-Students-24369921">college</a>, I remember applying for job after job after job, trying my damned hardest to get noticed by <em>someone</em>. It's certainly no easy task for almost any undergrad. I had a lot of experience on my resume, but then again, so did much of my competition &mdash; journalism is a tough field to break into.</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Advice-College-Students-31108170">31 Things Every College Student Needs to Know</a></p> <p>After days of endless applications and nerve-wracking interviews, I landed a job at POPSUGAR... before I had even graduated! I was elated to have been accepted to such a big brand in women's lifestyle media. I dedicated so much time to the job hunt, and it had paid off in the best way.</p> <p>True, the majority of college students don't have a job lined up for them. <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2014/06/10/the-one-thing-college-students-can-do-to-land-a-job/" target="_blank">One study from last year</a> said that only 16.6 percent of college seniors surveyed had gotten a single full-time job offer. But since you're amazing and unique and driven to a &quot;T,&quot; we know you can beat the odds and snag a job fresh out of school. Here's how to do it.</p> <h2>1. Create a Resume That Stands Out</h2> <p>If your resume is boring (aka, you're using too-small Times New Roman and placing your text in the most basic format EVER), it's time to spice it up &mdash; with both design and your words. &quot;This doesn't mean you must have amazing work experience,&quot; says Jane Miller, CEO and founder of <a href="http://janeknows.com/" target="_blank">JaneKnows.com</a>. &quot;It means you need to tell your work and education story in a compelling way that highlights your unique accomplishments. Did you work at a restaurant during summer holidays? That's a great way to talk about your customer service experience. Use action words. Check for typos and grammar. Your resume is YOU on paper!&quot;</p> <p>Check out <a href="http://www.adobe.com/education/students/snazz-up-resume.edu.html?" target="_blank">this tutorial</a> for inspiration on creative resumes.</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Important-Life-Lessons-38023312">You'll Know You're a REAL Adult When You Accept These 25 Truths</a></p> <h2>2. Learn What You Bring to the Table</h2> <p>Make a list of your abilities &mdash; what did you learn in or outside of school? (Be sure to add these strengths to your resume, too!) &quot;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Money-Tips-Graduates-37691573">Recent grads</a> don't always know their skills because they don't have the extensive work experience other professionals have,&quot; says Hallie Crawford, career coach and founder of <a href="http://www.halliecrawford.com/" target="_blank">HallieCrawford.com</a>. &quot;Think about what courses you excelled in during college. Identify skills and interests based on those classes and where you excelled in them.&quot; Crawford also recommends interviewing professors, parents, friends, and family about what your skills are &mdash; different perspectives mean a wide range of answers, and a bigger skill-set!</p> <h2>3. Use Any and All Connections</h2> <p>Miller says that sending your resume to the HR inbox at a company usually gets you nowhere. &quot;But if that same resume is forwarded to someone in the company who can then send it to the person who runs that inbox &mdash; well, you have a great shot!&quot; she says. &quot;Go on LinkedIn and see who you know who knows someone at the company that interests you. Reach out and ask to buy them a coffee!&quot; Because Starbucks would win <em>anyone</em> over... right?</p> <p>Crawford recommends asking teachers, friends, and family for networking connections: &quot;Be very professional when leveraging them!&quot; she says.</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Things-You-Stop-Worrying-About-Your-30s-37912918">15 Things You Stop Giving a Sh*t About in Your 30s</a></p> <h2>4. Conduct Informational Interviews to Learn More About Jobs and Industries</h2> <p>FYI: The purpose of an <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/smart-questions-to-ask-in-an-informational-interview-2015-2" target="_blank">informational interview</a> is to collect insight on a specific profession or field &mdash; which can be infinitely helpful for any student. &quot;Don't ask [the company] for a job,&quot; Crawford says. &quot;Ask them for information. Conduct yourself professionally when you talk with them, prepare questions, and research their industry in advance so you are prepared.&quot; Don't forget to write down everything you learned!</p> <h2>5. Don't Worry if You Don't Land Your Dream Job Right Out of School</h2> <p>So you didn't get that PR job at that huge New York firm you were aiming for &mdash; that's okay! &quot;Any and all jobs that you will have in your career will contribute to telling your great story,&quot; Miller says. &quot;Once you get that first full-time job, you can develop a track record that will give you confidence to find the next (and better) job. Just show up with passion for doing good work and the mindset that this will lead to something even greater.&quot;</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Make-Workday-Go-Faster-38066287">Here's How to Make Your Sluggish Workday Go (a Lot) Faster</a></p> <h2>6. Don't Give Up</h2> <p>Rarely does a collegiate land a job after the first application sent. More often than not, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Tips-Entry-Level-Job-Seekers-36576441">job hunt</a> becomes <em>very</em> exasperating and can feel never-ending... they key is not to give up, even when you want to the most. &quot;It is daunting to go into interview after interview feeling that <em>they</em> have the job and <em>you</em> want the job,&quot; Miller says. &quot;Put lots of lines in the water and be tenacious. And remember to learn something about yourself from every interview. You will just get better and better at explaining about fabulous you!&quot;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Getting a job straight out of college may seem impossible, but if you take some smart steps early, you&#039;ll improve your odds of landing a gig. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com" style="border:none;"><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" style="height:95px; width:300px" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Advice-College-Students-31108170">31 Things Every College Student Needs to Know</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Important-Life-Lessons-38023312">You'll Know You're a REAL Adult When You Accept These 25 Truths</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Things-You-Stop-Worrying-About-Your-30s-37912918">15 Things You Stop Giving a Sh*t About in Your 30s</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Make-Workday-Go-Faster-38066287">Here's How to Make Your Sluggish Workday Go (a Lot) Faster</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-guide-to-getting-a-job-right-out-of-college">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/flashback-friday-the-65-best-career-tips-weve-ever-shared">Flashback Friday: The 65 Best Career Tips We&#039;ve Ever Shared</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/4-best-jobs-for-work-life-balance">4 Best Jobs for Work Life Balance</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/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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-signs-your-company-is-going-under">10 Signs Your Company Is Going Under</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/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Education & Training Job Hunting career college graduate entry level job job hunting job search Thu, 17 Sep 2015 21:00:08 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 1545849 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Go on Vacation Without Getting Behind on Work http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-go-on-vacation-without-getting-behind-on-work <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-go-on-vacation-without-getting-behind-on-work" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_working_traveling_000018933123.jpg" alt="Woman going on vacation without getting behind on work" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As a self-employed freelancer, and the breadwinner for my family, I understand the importance of balancing work and life. This means that I have to make time for family, friends, and travel, so I have to put my business on the back burner.</p> <p>No matter how much you enjoy your work, there will be times when it has to take a backseat to other personal or social priorities. This is particularly important during the busy summer months when you'd rather spend time outdoors or on a road trip.</p> <p>So how do you enjoy a getaway without feeling guilty or stressed about work when you return home? Here are six tips for going on vacation without getting behind.</p> <h2>1. Consider Taking a Workcation</h2> <p>The definition of a workcation is simply that you're taking your business with you while you're away, and plan to work a few hours a day. Essentially, you do work while you're on vacation. While this may seem like defeating the whole purpose of a vacation, setting aside even just one hour a day to check in could alleviate a lot of stress and worry. It's never fun to come back from a trip to find an overwhelming inbox. Just be sure to limit your time and return to vacation mode guilt-free.</p> <h2>2. Set a Vacation Autoreply</h2> <p>This tip may be one that's suggested a lot but setting a vacation auto reply for your email inbox will help you set (and keep!) boundaries while you're away from the office. Clients need to know they won't be hearing a reply quite as quickly, and you need the peace of mind knowing that you aren't under pressure to respond right away.</p> <h2>3. Return Home a Day Early</h2> <p>When I worked at my <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-financial-questions-you-must-answer-before-going-freelance">full-time job</a>, I usually returned home from vacation on Sunday, the day before the regular work week was to begin. Doing this allowed me to stretch my vacation out as long as possible. The downside though, was that I felt rushed coming home and sometimes had to deal with jetlag the next day at work.</p> <p>I've since learned to book flights and trips where I return from a vacation <em>a day early </em>so I can prep the upcoming week, buy any groceries to restock the fridge, and do a few loads of laundry. That extra day is the most effective thing I do to make sure I don't get behind on work, or feel rushed when I step into the office Monday morning.</p> <h2>4. Write Down a List of Homework</h2> <p>If you're unable, or don't want, to take your work with you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-things-you-forget-to-do-before-leaving-for-vacation">while on vacation</a>, write down a list of things you need to accomplish when you return. Think of this as a &quot;homework&quot; list of to-dos so you won't be scrambling to get organized when you arrive home.</p> <p>Make a game plan before you leave that ensures all of your projects and client work will still be completed on time. When I create my homework list, I usually bring it with me so I can add ideas and tasks throughout the vacation. Getting it written down, and off my mind, ensures I don't forget what I need to do and keeps me from stressing about it the entire time I'm away.</p> <h2>5. Reassess Your Schedule</h2> <p>Now that you have your list of homework, take all of those tasks and break them down into specific priorities. Which ones absolutely <em>have </em>to be completed this week? Can you postpone some appointments to make room for more important to-dos? Review your schedule and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-protect-your-personal-time-from-work-and-be-happier">prioritize everything</a> that needs to be done based on the level of importance.</p> <p>When the week is over, if you only get four or five tasks completed, which ones will make you feel most accomplished? Move these to the top of the list and tackle them first! Any time you have remaining at the end of the week can be used to catch up on less important tasks.</p> <h2>6. Prepare for Setbacks</h2> <p>What happens if you lose your phone? How can you get work done with the Internet? What happens if you forget the power cord to your laptop? (That actually happened to me once.) Before heading out of town, prepare for any unexpected emergencies that might pop up.</p> <p>Create a backup plan for getting in touch with your boss, or checking in with your team if you need to. The last thing you want is to be on vacation, and off the grid, when an emergency happens and you have no way of getting in contact with anyone.</p> <p>As you take time off to enjoy the summer holiday, use these tips so you can return home less stressed. You'll have more fun and actually look forward to your return, without getting behind on work.</p> <p><em>What's one thing you do before taking time off from work for a vacation? </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-smith">Carrie Smith</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-go-on-vacation-without-getting-behind-on-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-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/7-ways-that-anyone-can-travel-for-free">7 Ways That Anyone Can Travel for Free</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-unexpected-jobs-with-insane-travel">10 Unexpected Jobs With Insane Travel</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-fun-ways-the-sharing-economy-helps-you-save-on-vacation">5 Fun Ways the Sharing Economy Helps You Save on Vacation</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-science-says-travel-is-good-for-your-health">5 Ways Science Says Travel Is Good for Your Health</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-money-saving-travel-gadgets">5 Money Saving Travel Gadgets</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Travel career time off vacation wanderlust work benefits Tue, 08 Sep 2015 09:00:25 +0000 Carrie Smith 1545689 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Things Successful Millennials Do http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-successful-millennials-do <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-things-successful-millennials-do" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000057439872.jpg" alt="Group of millennials learning how to be successful" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Who doesn't want to be successful? People spend millions of dollars a year trying to learn how to do it &mdash; whether in business or for their personal lives. (The most popular books on Amazon are, you guessed it, books on how to be successful.) Even successful people scour resources to learn how to be more successful.</p> <p>But for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-facts-millennials-should-know-about-retirement-planning">Millennials</a>, the definition of success &mdash; and the path there &mdash; is a little bit different. Work hard, stay focused, and consider these seven steps for becoming a successful millennial.</p> <h2>1. Invest and Save</h2> <p>Successful Millennials know that if there ever was a motto in life to follow, it should be &quot;Invest and save.&quot; In fact, being young is your best investment advantage. You have time on your side &mdash; and all that time means that your money has the best chance to grow, thanks to the power of compounding. The first place you will probably invest is in your employer-provided 401(k) or IRA; successful Millenials aim to save at least 5%&ndash;10% of their income now, in order to reap big rewards later.</p> <h2>2. Healthy = Wealthy</h2> <p>Successful Millenials know that being healthy not only leads to feeling better, but also to being more successful in all areas of life. Following a consistent workout schedule coupled with eating well is a strong recipe for success. With online tools such as <a href="http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFKE7WVJfvaHW5q283SxchA">Yoga with Adriene</a>, and cooking sites like <a href="http://www.spoonuniversity.com">Spoon University</a>, there are no excuses for not learning how to eat well and workout on a budget.</p> <h2>3. Learn and Learn Some More</h2> <p>Successful Millennials never stop learning. Forget the fancy (aka expensive) degrees. It's never been easier to follow the old adage, &quot;learn something new each day.&quot; Acquiring new skills will eventually lead to more job opportunities and salary increases. Millennials are also a large part of the new entrepreneur generation that emerged during the economic downturn. Successful Millennials have taken that entrepreneurial spirit on, and dedicated themselves to reading at least one new article a day, investigating new career opportunities, and growing their skill base by utilizing free and low-cost online learning with sites like <a href="http://www.lynda.com">Lynda.com</a> and <a href="http://www.udemy.com">Udemy</a>.</p> <h2>4. Travel Your Way</h2> <p>Successful Millennials don't just sit back and watch life pass them by; they travel, and travel a lot. The world is more accessible than ever, and with good financial strategies to utilize credit card reward points, and lodging alternatives like Airbnb, budget traveling has never been easier. Successful Millennials not only like to travel, but they are far better at balancing life and taking time off to recharge than their older counterparts.</p> <h2>5. Perfect Your Passion</h2> <p>Successful Millennials charge head first into developing their passion and never look back. There are so many career options that didn't exist even a few years ago. YouTube stars are making six-figure salaries, bloggers are traveling the world and making a solid living, entrepreneurs are launching ideas funded with startup money that is now more accessible, and new careers are emerging in areas of social media and marketing. The most successful Millennials find a way to infuse their passion into their career, and if that career doesn't exist, they simply create it.</p> <h2>6. Give Back</h2> <p>Successful Millennials love to make money, but more than anything, they love to give back and affect change. Millennials love to find ways to better society, such as companies like <a href="http://www.toms.com">Toms</a> that donate a pair of shoes for every shoe purchased, or entrepreneurs like <a href="http://www.detroitdirt.org">Detroit Dirt's</a> own Pashon Murray who makes money by giving back to her growing community. Successful Millennials know that giving back is not just about money, but also about offering skills and talents that can change their community in new and inventive ways.</p> <h2>7. Redefine Wealth</h2> <p>Successful Millennials understand that the old-school definition of wealth no longer exists. The 1980s version of wealth, with BMWs and classic clothing, bores successful Millennials. For them, wealth is about all of the steps in this list. It's about creating a life and a lifestyle that infuses their passions, skills, talents, mindset, and vision of the world together to create a better financial future. Successful Millennials know that no matter how much (or how little) money you have, you can always be wealthy if you've created a life as true and original to you as possible.</p> <p><em>What steps are you going to take to become a successful Millennial?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/shannah-game">Shannah Game</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-successful-millennials-do">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Sure, they're curious to learn more about what you're interested in studying. But it's also because these are two of the main factors in determining your earning potential beyond college.</p> <p>Most of us sacrifice years of our time and make a significant financial investment in order to obtain an <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-college-degrees-not-worth-the-money">undergraduate degree</a>. If you want your future earnings to reflect these commitments, focus on high-earning majors, such as these.</p> <h2>1. Science</h2> <p>There are several high-paying careers within the three major areas of science &mdash; biology and life sciences, physical sciences, and social sciences. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, chemistry, biology, geology, climatology, and hydrology majors, to name a few, are in high demand and graduates in these fields earn upwards of $100,000 at mid-career level. In particular, says Salary.com, biology majors from public colleges can see an <a href="http://www.salary.com/8-college-degrees-that-will-earn-your-money-back/slide/7/">ROI of over 100%</a> on their degrees.</p> <h2>2. Technology</h2> <p>Many of our recent advances in society are due to technology majors &mdash; making them highly sought after and crucial to employers. According to Salary.com, BI specialists and IT managers can expect mid-career earnings in excess of $100,000 and a <a href="http://www.salary.com/8-college-degrees-that-will-earn-your-money-back/slide/4/">degree ROI of approximately 170%</a>. Some in-demand technology fields include computer information systems, computer science, management information systems, developers, and network security.</p> <h2>3. Engineering</h2> <p>Engineering graduates are also among top paid new hires. For 2015, undergraduates earning their degree in engineering can expect to earn an entry level salary of between $55,000&ndash;$57,000 per year. Competitive industrial engineering majors include, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and civil engineering. Biomedical, software, environmental, and petroleum engineers are also among the highly paid fields.</p> <h2>4. Math</h2> <p>Whether you enjoy math or not, you might want to consider a degree in a math-related field because math majors remain at the cornerstone of being some of the most lucrative careers. A math major can expect mid-career earnings of over $70,000 in roles such as an actuary, or over $140,000 as an operations research analysis manager, according to Salary.com. That's an ROI of over 200% on public college degrees, in some cases.</p> <h2>5. Business</h2> <p>Business majors account for 26% of graduates. For those looking for a bit more flexibility in their careers, business might be just the right fit. For instance, you can specialize in business management, global business, or market research. An entry level salary for business majors is upwards of $50,000 per year and varies by geographic locale.</p> <p><em>What did you major in?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/qiana-chavaia">Qiana Chavaia</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-college-degrees-with-the-highest-roi">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/stay-in-school-until-the-job-market-improves">Stay in School until the Job Market Improves?</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/20-freebies-for-college-students">20+ Freebies for College Students</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/8-ways-college-students-can-save-money-before-class-starts">8 Ways College Students Can Save Money Before Class Starts</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/the-9-best-state-529-college-savings-plans">The 9 Best State 529 College Savings Plans</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-time-management-skills-that-will-help-your-kid-win-at-school">10 Time-Management Skills That Will Help Your Kid Win at School</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Education & Training career degrees majors return on investment school Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:00:15 +0000 Qiana Chavaia 1505776 at http://www.wisebread.com