Career Building http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/4814/all en-US 11 Jobs With High Earnings and Growth http://www.wisebread.com/11-jobs-with-high-earnings-and-growth <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-jobs-with-high-earnings-and-growth" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000049719210.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You need a job. But not just any job. You want a job where opportunities are plentiful, and you'd like to make a decent wage.</p> <p>The nation's economy is always shifting, but there are a number of careers that are projected to need thousands of new qualified workers within the next decade. And many of them offer great pay. Some may be in industries you never considered, but if you're open minded, you may just find the perfect position for you. Here are several jobs that offer good projected growth in employment opportunities and wages.</p> <h2>1. Market Research Analysts</h2> <p>Be a part of the Big Data revolution. These days, there's a wealth of data being collected about our buying habits and web activity and everything else we do from companies like Amazon and Facebook. Someone has to slice and dice that stuff and turn it into actionable information. This job has a projected growth rate of 19% or more, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with median pay between $50,000 and $75,000.</p> <h2>2. Elevator Installers and Repairman</h2> <p>What? Fixing elevators? Well, BLS reports that position has a projected growth rate of 13% or more and a median salary of more than $75,000. Pretty good for a position that does not require a college degree.</p> <h2>3. Registered Nurses</h2> <p>As Baby Boomers age, the demand for nurses is expected to grow by 16% between 2014 and 2024, representing about 439,300 positions. And these are well-paying jobs; the median salary for a registered nurse is about $65,000.</p> <h2>4. Software Developers</h2> <p>The world is going to continue to need applications for computers, smartphones, and other devices. BLS projects a 17% increase in employment opportunities in this sector by 2024, with a median salary of more than $90,000.</p> <h2>5. Civil Engineers</h2> <p>America is always going to be building things. The BLS says there will be 23,600 more employment opportunities for those with skills to design and oversee large construction projects by 2024. Median pay is about $80,000.</p> <h2>6. Genetic Counselors</h2> <p>A whole new world of careers opened up once scientists discovered how to map the human genome. The intersection of health and genetics is now a very big deal. Genetic counselors help people understand how their genetics may have an impact on their future health. They may work in private practice, for health care companies, or even insurance companies. Counselors are already paid $65,000 &mdash; and BLS says there will be a 29% jump in jobs by 2024.</p> <h2>7. Dieticians and Nutritionists</h2> <p>People are becoming more aware of how food choices affect their health, and this is one profession that is expected to play a key role in the health community as doctors look to prevent disease, not just treat it. There were about 67,000 dieticians and nutritionists in 2014, but you can expect that to rise by 16% by 2024. The median salary is a very solid $55,000.</p> <h2>8. Occupational Therapists</h2> <p>Even a low-paid occupational therapist can make $50,000, and those employed in skilled nursing facilities can make close to $80,000 annually. Occupational therapists help ill, disabled, or injured people to become more mobile and carry out tasks. And the job outlook is good, with a 27% increase in jobs by 2024, outpacing even most jobs in the healthcare arena. One caveat: you will likely need a master's degree to work in this field. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-certifications-that-add-big-to-your-salary">7 Certifications That Add Big $$ to Your Salary</a>)</p> <h2>9. Logistician</h2> <p>People are never going to stop buying things, and we'll always need someone to figure out how to move goods from one place to another. Logisticians work in all kinds of organizations to set up supply chains and manage a life cycle of a product. You may need a bachelor's degree for these jobs. But if you're qualified, you can make upwards of $73,000 annually. More than 2,500 logistician jobs are projected to come online within the next decade.</p> <h2>10. Corporate Trainers and Development Specialists</h2> <p>As the economy transforms, there will be people needed to help workers get the necessary skills and certifications. As a trainer, you will plan and administer programs to keep employees' qualifications up to date. These jobs pay pretty well &mdash; about $56,000 annually &mdash; and there will be an 7% increase in employment opportunities by 2024.</p> <h2>11. Lab Technician</h2> <p>Another job in the healthcare field that should see good growth over the next few years. Lab techs will test samples of bodily fluids and other substances. It's an important job, and you don't need a medical degree. Median salary is about $50,000, and there will be 52,000 new lab tech positions in the near future.</p> <p>Note: All data via the <a href="http://www.bls.gov/ooh/">Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook</a>, which is a terrific resource for job searchers and the career-curious.</p> <p><em>Did we miss any jobs with serious growth potential on this list? 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/11-jobs-with-high-earnings-and-growth">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/crime-scene-cleaner-and-4-other-trades-that-pay-surprisingly-well">Crime Scene Cleaner and 4 Other Trades That Pay Surprisingly Well</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/7-great-jobs-that-offer-college-loan-forgiveness">7 Great Jobs that Offer College Loan Forgiveness</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/book-review-the-adventures-of-johnny-bunko">Book review: The Adventures of Johnny Bunko</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/need-a-job-try-searching-in-china">Need a Job? Try Searching in China</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-10-words-and-phrases-are-keeping-you-from-getting-a-raise">These 10 Words and Phrases Are Keeping You From Getting a Raise</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building BLS careers earnings job growth trades Mon, 11 Jan 2016 12:00:03 +0000 Tim Lemke 1634853 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Crazy Jobs You Didn't Know Existed http://www.wisebread.com/8-crazy-jobs-you-didnt-know-existed <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-crazy-jobs-you-didnt-know-existed" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_taste_test_000033611464.jpg" alt="Woman doing crazy job you never knew existed" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I've held plenty of jobs in my day. I've worked in a candy store, a car dealership, a tuxedo shop, and at a donation-by-phone operation, but I wouldn't consider any of them weird or crazy. Definitely not like these eight jobs that are so crazy, you have to see to believe.Which is why I've scoured the web to find YouTube videos of folks in action doing the most insane jobs ever. EV-ER! Take a look, and be thankful you're at your cushy desk gig getting paid to do it.</p> <h2>1. Worm Picker</h2> <p>Ever wonder how those worms you use as fishing bait &mdash; namely nightcrawlers &mdash; get from down under to that little dish you stash in your tackle box before heading out on the boat? Nope, it's not the early bird doing the dirty work.&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDsxrdvDmtE">Worm pickers</a>, primarily located in Toronto, Canada, are the ones digging up the squirmy, slimy Annelidas (their scientific phylum), so you can bring home the brag-worthy catch of the day. Even if it's not as big as you say it is.</p> <h2>2. Professional Mourner</h2> <p>When a family member dies without much family to mourn for them, professional mourners can be hired. That's right, you can hire someone to wail like the Dickens over your Uncle Archibald if nobody else will. There was a show on TLC called <em>Best Funeral Ever</em> &mdash; which, let's be honest, is an oxymoron &mdash; that showed the process of becoming the person who gets turnt up at Archie's wake in order to turn heads.</p> <h2>3. Vomit Collector</h2> <p>You'd think that Mother Nature would do its thing to wash away the chunks spewed after too many twists and turns on a roller coaster, but Thorpe Park, an amusement park in England, doesn't leave it to chance. That's where Rhys Owen, official vomit collector comes in. He's the &quot;devoted chunder cleaner&quot; who makes mouth-messes disappear when ride passengers lose their lunches.</p> <h2>4. Passenger Arrangement Staff</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/E7kor5nHtZQ" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Tokyo, Japan, has a real problem with overcrowding on public transportation. Surely you've seen the videos of commuters trying to pack themselves like sardines into a train car, right? It puts your daily gridlock in perspective, doesn't it? Yet, they wouldn't be so successful in cramming into the subway trains if it weren't for the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7kor5nHtZQ">passenger arrangement staff</a>, whose sole job it is to fill the cars to the gills with human beings. Few passengers get left behind, as evidenced by this video filmed at rush hour.</p> <h2>5. Bull Semen Collector</h2> <p>Apparently, lots of things need to be collected, including worms, vomit, and, yes, even bull semen. Because how do you think we get so many cows in the world to feed the population beef and milk? It can hardly be done the natural way, considering how much we consume. So the process must be expedited by artificial insemination.</p> <h2>6. Dog Food Tester</h2> <p>No, it's not like that time your brother dared you to eat a dog biscuit, because that wasn't fun. Rather, dog food testers spend their days as quality-control specialists ensuring that fresh batches of dog food meet brand standards. Which, granted, doesn't sound like much fun either, until you get the paycheck. Apparently, an <a href="http://www.insidejobs.com/careers/pet-food-tester">entry-level tester receives about $30K</a> a year, while more experienced professional taster can command $75K. That's a lot of bones.</p> <h2>7. Olive Stuffer</h2> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/MdCqelSoCqQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Olives are washed, pickled, and pitted by a mechanical process, but would you believe that they're stuffed individually by hand? It's some lucky duck's job to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdCqelSoCqQ">stuff each olive with filling</a> &mdash; like jalapeno peppers, sundried tomatoes, or garlic cloves &mdash; before turning the finished product over onto a group of glass jars until each olive finds its final resting place. Before your belly, that is.</p> <h2>8. Odor Testers</h2> <p>Nobody wants to go around smelling like last week's garbage, which is why odor testers are hired by a variety of companies to sniff out the effectiveness of a product. Deodorant brands, specifically, are probably the most prominent hirers of odor testers since their very livelihood relies on the pleasant smell of their products. But other companies, like producers of nail polish, also are in the business of testing odors that may cause headaches and other side effects.</p> <p><em>Have you or someone you know ever held a weird or wacky job? 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/8-crazy-jobs-you-didnt-know-existed">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-not-to-answer-10-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How NOT TO Answer 10 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-words-to-never-use-in-a-job-interview">10 Words to Never Use in a Job Interview</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-ways-that-job-you-hate-keeps-you-poor">6 Ways That Job You Hate Keeps You Poor</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-resume-mistakes-that-will-hurt-your-job-search">10 Resume Mistakes That Will Hurt Your Job Search</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/your-guide-to-getting-a-job-right-out-of-college">Your Guide to Getting a Job Right Out of College</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building crazy jobs job search odd jobs weird jobs Thu, 07 Jan 2016 16:00:04 +0000 Mikey Rox 1633685 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-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/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-2 views-row-even"> <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-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/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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-re-fired-20-signs-that-a-pink-slip-is-coming">You’re Fired! 20 Signs That a Pink Slip is Coming</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 10 Ways to Get More Out of Business Trips http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-more-out-of-business-trips <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-to-get-more-out-of-business-trips" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_business_trip_000015958604.jpg" alt="Woman learning ways to get more out of business trips" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whenever I travel for work, I find the time on planes to be relaxing, and I get lots of work done. For me, recreational Internet use is a major distraction, and with less distraction comes more productivity. This travel work ethic is something that isn't just me either. The Atlantic notes the same phenomenon that occurs at coffee shops, where <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2011/04/working-best-at-coffee-shops/237372/">most people are more effective</a> outside of their offices, even though it's noisy. But there also seems to be more personal responsibility. Because people can see your screen, you're <a href="http://lifehacker.com/5793436/why-some-of-us-get-more-done-at-coffee-shops">more likely to actually do work</a> and not just scroll through Facebook, as Life Hacker notes. These examples can be equated directly to travel.</p> <p>And while Bloomberg Business <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/bw/articles/2013-03-21/eight-reasons-business-travelers-shouldnt-work-on-planes">doesn't recommend working on an airplane</a>, there is a way to take advantage of your time without causing a headache or stress. Here are 10 ways to maximize your travel time when you fly.</p> <h2>Before You Take Off</h2> <p>Here are little things you can do before you're in the air that'll make flying an enjoyable &mdash; and efficient &mdash; experience.</p> <h3>1. Buy Noise-Canceling Headphones</h3> <p>Planes can be loud. That's where headphones come in handy. I even use them when I forget my iPod (yes, I'm probably one of the few who still uses an iPod). It helps me rest and keeps the distractions out. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-wireless-headphones?ref=seealso">Best Wireless Headphones</a>)</p> <h3>2. Download Podcasts</h3> <p>Don't forget to download any podcasts or songs ahead of time. Planes can be the perfect time to catch up on <em>This American Life</em>, a business podcast, or even a comedy podcast. My friend listens to a lot of inspirational podcasts that have been great for her as she has been trying to start a new business. Find something that works for you and make sure you have it on your phone or other electronic device.</p> <h3>3. Set Your Google Drive to Work Offline</h3> <p>If you do a lot of work in Google Drive, make sure to download your drive on your computer. It lets you make changes online and then loads them when you connect to the Internet again. It's great!</p> <h3>4. Get Your To-Do List Together</h3> <p>To maximize your time on the plane, make sure you have your to-do list together so you can be effective. I have a bad habit of writing down my list on every scrap of paper I can find. I now use Flow on my iPhone instead, which has been more effective lately since I can't remember when I've finished something, and deadlines help make me more productive. Unfortunately, they don't currently have an offline version, so you might have to print your list or save it elsewhere.</p> <h2>On the Plane</h2> <p>Once you're onboard, here's what you can do maximize time in your seat.</p> <h3>5. Meditate</h3> <p>Practicing mindfulness is quickly becoming one of my favorite ways to relax and become centered. On a plane, it can be used to quell those moments of fearfulness, but it's also a great way to get your mind ready for the big trip. If you're <a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/mindfulness">new to mindfulness</a>, practice it a bit before leaving so you understand how to really take advantage of your time. Also download some soothing music to listen to.</p> <h3>6. Write</h3> <p>As a writer, I get some of my best work done while on a plane. Even if you don't enjoy writing, there are some great observations to be made while traveling. Carry around a little notebook and note every time the toddler behind you kicks your chair or demands crackers. It can actually help you put your mind at ease and make light of a stressful situation. If you love to write, plane trips can relieve writer's block.</p> <h3>7. Read</h3> <p>Because I never make time to just sit and read in my everyday routine, I rarely do it at all. However, reading is one of my favorite things to do. You don't have the pressure of the Internet calling your name or someone texting you while you're lost in the pages of a good book, so take advantage of being disconnected!</p> <h3>8. Brainstorm</h3> <p>Because I work at a nonprofit that provides affordable housing solutions, my mind is constantly buzzing with ideas for projects we can undertake. I also run a nonprofit that conducts classes, which means my brain never gets a break from ideas. I've spent a large amount of time on planes brainstorming and creating a vision for the coming months and I highly recommend it.</p> <h3>9. Budget</h3> <p>I recently had a hospital visit that <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-if-youre-hit-with-a-huge-medical-bill">proved to be very costly</a> and I've had to really sit down and budget how I'm going to spend my money. On a plane ride not long ago, I figured out how to take care of my medical bills, and I've been using the method ever since. While online tools like Mint are great, I prefer using Excel to track my expenses. It really depends on what your goals are and how you want to get there.</p> <h3>10. Sleep</h3> <p>If you're mentally exhausted, sleeping on the plane might be the best option. There are days when I get no alone time, and being an introvert, I really value that time. So sometimes I plan ahead to sleep on the plane. Just make sure you don't sleep during takeoff and landing.</p> <p><em>What do you do to be productive while traveling?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jennifer-holder">Jennifer Holder</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-more-out-of-business-trips">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/15-ways-to-get-people-to-respond-to-your-email">15 Ways to Get People to Respond to Your Email</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-say-no-at-work-and-still-get-ahead">How to Say &quot;No&quot; at Work and Still Get Ahead</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/kill-boredom-with-these-34-fun-and-productive-projects">Kill Boredom With These 34 Fun and Productive Projects</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-sluggish-workday-go-a-lot-faster">How to Make Your Sluggish Workday Go (a Lot) Faster</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/6-helpful-tools-to-manage-your-small-business">6 Helpful Tools to Manage Your Small Business</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Productivity Travel business travel business trip efficiency productivity work trip Mon, 28 Dec 2015 10:00:03 +0000 Jennifer Holder 1625937 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Helpful Tools to Manage Your Small Business http://www.wisebread.com/6-helpful-tools-to-manage-your-small-business <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-helpful-tools-to-manage-your-small-business" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_business_owner_000075170859.jpg" alt="Woman using helpful tools to manage her small business" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It takes great discipline and organization to successfully manage a small business. But if you're able to do so, being your own boss is only one of the perks. A lot of things can get in your way, though: procrastination, learning how to cope with isolation (if you do most of your business alone), accumulating a steady workflow, and learning how to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/101-tax-deductions-for-bloggers-and-freelancers">manage finances</a>. And there's also the challenge of maximizing time and being your most productive self.</p> <p>You will burn yourself out trying to please clients and meet a bunch of deadlines without the proper tools in your arsenal. Try these tools and strategies in order to automate your workflow and increase productivity.</p> <h2>1. Find the Right CRM and Project Management Tools</h2> <p>You need customer relationship management (CRM) and project management software (PMS) systems to successfully manage your freelance jobs. Zoho, Trello, and Asana offer a free solution that comes with a suite of business apps to help you automate your workflow. The apps integrate directly into the product dashboards, making tracking projects and customer satisfaction even easier.</p> <h2>2. If You Sell Products, add an E-Commerce Solution</h2> <p>In today's business environment, doing business without an e-commerce solution is almost impossible, and downright bad for business. Always-connected consumers expect the convenience of being able to make online purchases and mobile payments. Make sure you get a responsive website that adapts across devices with an integrated e-commerce solution.</p> <p>If your sales volume is low or you don't want the hassle of complicated software, use a readymade solution for professional services and online storefronts, like 3dcart, Shopify, Bigcommerce, and Magento and sync it to your Stripe, Square, or PayPal payment gateway.</p> <h2>3. Offer Customer Support</h2> <p>According to Gartner, a marketing research firm, customers expect real-time 24/7 customer support. Of course it sounds ridiculous to provide around-the-clock customer support when you have a million other things on your plate each day, but unfortunately, that is not something clients should have to recognize if they are to do business with you. Your correspondence must be timely.</p> <p>Partner with a call center and/or web chat provider and add contact and support ticket forms to your website. ZenDesk is a full customer service solutions provider, including 24/7 customer support, email management, and support tickets. LivePerson offers affordable web chat solutions, as well.</p> <h2>4. Utilize Social Media and Email Marketing</h2> <p>Hootsuite and SproutSocial are two popular SMM systems for automating social media marketing campaigns. They each enable its users the ability to schedule posts and publish across multiple social media platforms. And now, a new feature; social customer service, deepens the automation rabbit hole even further by providing real-time customer support across social pages. The dashboard includes powerful analytics tools for measuring social reach and engagement. Get these same great automation features for your email marketing campaigns with well-known email marketing providers like: Constant Contact, MailChimp, and Campaign Monitor.</p> <h2>5. Take Advantage of Cloud Storage and File Sharing</h2> <p>Small businesses can use file sharing and storage solutions like Dropbox and Google Drive to secure e-signatures on contracts and agreements using the HelloSign (Google Drive) and RightSignature (Dropbox) add-ons. The many app integration options add lots of dynamic features. For instance, Merge by MailChimp is an app that lets you send Google docs as email campaigns and Pixsta by SweetLabs is a discoverable app that loads Instagram content directly onto your device.</p> <h2>6. Master Financial Management</h2> <p>One of the most important processes of running a business is managing finances. Cloud-based accounting and bookkeeping software solutions make it easy. Xero and QuickBooks Online help you streamline invoicing, reporting, and bank reconciliations. You can eliminate the grueling tasks of having to export and email spreadsheets to your accountant by inviting them to have limited access to your account.</p> <p>These tools should help you feel more confident about increasing your workflow by taking on more projects. The more discipline and control you have, the more successful you (and your company) will be.</p> <p><em>Are you a small business owner? What tools do you use? 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/qiana-chavaia">Qiana Chavaia</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-helpful-tools-to-manage-your-small-business">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/10-ways-to-get-more-out-of-business-trips">10 Ways to Get More Out of Business Trips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-stay-productive-while-working-from-home">5 Ways to Stay Productive While Working From Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-pays-more-online-surveys-or-the-gig-economy">What Pays More: Online Surveys or the Gig Economy?</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/15-ways-to-get-people-to-respond-to-your-email">15 Ways to Get People to Respond to Your Email</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-say-no-at-work-and-still-get-ahead">How to Say &quot;No&quot; at Work and Still Get Ahead</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Productivity business tools self employed side job small business Thu, 17 Dec 2015 18:00:08 +0000 Qiana Chavaia 1622169 at http://www.wisebread.com 4 Ways Coworking Spaces Are Worth It http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-coworking-spaces-are-worth-it <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-ways-coworking-spaces-are-worth-it" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000066179939.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Shared office spaces, aka coworking spaces, are currently revolutionizing the classic workday. A plethora of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/coworking-spaces-the-office-alternative">coworking spaces</a> have sprouted up in urban centers since the start of the global economic crisis in 2007-2012. You may have heard of them: WeWork, Regus, LiquidSpace; all are shared office spaces that claim to foster the enrichment of freelancers, start-ups, remote teams, and SMBs (small and midsize businesses). And they're not only growing in popularity because they're more affordable than traditional office space, but also because of the multitude of services and perks they offer, like free Wi-Fi, game rooms, networking events, courses, and more.</p> <p>According to a 2015 <a href="http://officeslicecoworking.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/GCUC-2015-Coworking-by-the-Numbers.compressed-1.pdf">(GCUC) - Emergent Research Coworking Survey</a> by Office Nomads in Seattle, Washington, coworking spaces had a direct impact on the emotional health and personal success of employees. Here's what a coworking space can do for you.</p> <h2>Boost of Confidence And Well-Being</h2> <p>An overwhelming number of survey respondents reported a boost of confidence and emotional well-being.</p> <ul> <li>89% reported they were happier</li> <li>83% reported they were less lonely</li> <li>78% reported that co-working helped keep them &quot;sane&quot;</li> </ul> <h2>Professional and Social Networking Opportunities</h2> <p>The benefits of coworking spaces can include a support group and reach beyond professional networks and can have a positive impact on its members' social lives.</p> <ul> <li>87% report they met other members for social reasons<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>54% met other members for social reasons after work and on weekends<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>33% met other members for social reasons during work hours<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>82% said coworking had expanded their professional networks<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>67% reported they attended events at their coworking space occasionally (45%), or often (21%); while only 4% said they never attend events</li> </ul> <h2>Creative Environment and Increased Productivity</h2> <p>Working in close proximity to others who are entrepreneurial-minded will likely increase your workflow and could help secure new job opportunities.</p> <ul> <li>84% said they were more engaged and motivated when coworking<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>67% said coworking improved their professional success</li> </ul> <ul> <li>69% said they felt more successful since joining a coworking space</li> </ul> <ul> <li>64% of the respondents said their coworking networking was a very important (26%) or a moderately important source of work (38%)</li> </ul> <h2>Personal Growth Opportunities</h2> <p>Coworking aims to foster growth. Many feature enrichment opportunities that include guest speakers, business courses, discounts on professional associations, and other services.</p> <ul> <li>69% reported they learned new skills</li> </ul> <ul> <li>68% reported they improved their existing skill set</li> </ul> <ul> <li>80% said they turn to other coworking members for help, guidance, or to find or source work</li> </ul> <p>You'll also be happy to know that packages are suitable to any budget. Virtual plans that include a business address, mail handling, and virtual assistant start around $45 per month. One-person designated desk space goes for about $350 per month. Customized solutions can be designed for SMBs with one to 100 employees. Additional benefits of shared space include: front door directory listings, front desk receptionist to meet and greet visitors, conference rooms, full kitchens and, best of all; flexible lease terms.</p> <p><em>Have you tried a coworking space? Share your experience below!</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/4-ways-coworking-spaces-are-worth-it">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/5-unmistakeable-signs-youre-slacking-at-work">5 Unmistakeable Signs You&#039;re Slacking at Work</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/25-career-changes-you-can-make-today">25 Career Changes You Can Make Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-never-say-in-a-work-email">10 Things You Should Never Say in a Work Email</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-bad-habits-that-are-ruining-your-career">6 Bad Habits That Are Ruining 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/7-tips-for-better-workplace-body-language">7 Tips for Better Workplace Body Language</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building coworking space networking Office shared office space Tue, 08 Dec 2015 10:00:39 +0000 Qiana Chavaia 1618562 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Ways That Job You Hate Keeps You Poor http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-that-job-you-hate-keeps-you-poor <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-that-job-you-hate-keeps-you-poor" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_exhausted_work_000063560641.jpg" alt="Woman learning ways the job she hates keeps her poor" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the mid-1990s, I accepted a position at a large consulting firm in suburban Chicago. This was only my second &quot;real&quot; job post-college and I was delighted because this single career move bumped up my salary 20%. I realized my mistake quickly. My very first day on that sprawling corporate campus confirmed the place was a terrible fit. I hated every minute of it... two years worth of minutes, to be exact.</p> <p>Looking back, that job may have made my paychecks a little fatter and put a shine on my resume, but it cost me a lot, too. If you find yourself in a similar situation, it might be time to ask if all that misery is actually costing you money.</p> <p>Here are six ways that job you hate just might be keeping you poor.</p> <h2>1. It Keeps You Busy</h2> <p>Even a job you hate has a way of consuming your day. It's nearly impossible to find time to explore higher paying opportunities, invest in your education, network with other professionals, or properly plan for the future. In the end, what keeps you busy can easily keep you stuck. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-take-a-break-at-work-and-still-look-busy">8 Ways to Take a Break at Work and Still Look Busy</a>)</p> <h2>2. It Stresses You Out</h2> <p>Working at jobs we hate can be particularly stressful and exhausting. We often cope by trying to eliminate all other stressors and pursuing a life of absolute convenience. Forget taking public transit to work; drive and pay to park instead. Forget packing your lunch; dine out. Forget housework and yard work; just hire it done. It all adds up to this cold, hard fact: Stress is expensive. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-cheap-ways-to-beat-stress">13 Cheap Ways to Beat Stress</a>)</p> <h2>3. It Might be Making You Sick</h2> <p>The connection between mental and physical health has been proven time and again. If you're unhappy at work, it affects other parts of your life, including your physical well-being. And (surprise!) being sick is usually bad for your budget.</p> <h2>4. It's a Constant Punishment That Requires a Constant Reward</h2> <p>If you're dragging yourself to a job you hate day after day, you deserve some sort of pay off, right? And the more the job seems like a punishment, the bigger the reward needs to be. A new car, an indulgent vacation, and a bigger house may feel like fair compensation for your efforts. But unchecked, those things can create a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-debt-trap-factors-that-have-led-us-to-our-debt">debt trap</a> that keeps you poor and limits your choices.</p> <h2>5. It Saps Your Motivation</h2> <p>I call it the Who Cares? Syndrome. If you're in a job you hate, it's extremely hard to motivate yourself. Who cares if you get promoted? Who cares if you get a raise? Who cares if you spend too much money? Who cares if you fund your 401K? Without that primary motivator &mdash; being invested in a job you care about and enjoy &mdash; everything else becomes less important. Plans don't get made and all sorts of goals fall by the wayside.</p> <h2>6. It Feeds Your Fear</h2> <p>People stay in jobs they hate for a number of reasons, and I don't want to suggest that everyone has the luxury of choice. But often fear can keep us stuck in negative situations both personally and professionally. Over time, we lose confidence, stop looking for new opportunities, and settle for a life of less. From how we work, to how we love, to how we manage our money &mdash; fear limits our potential.</p> <p>I still remember the afternoon my phone rang with a job offer &mdash; a new job that allowed me to bid a final, enthusiastic farewell to the one I'd detested for two whole years. I think a few joyous expletives were involved... and maybe an air punch. I gave my required two weeks' notice immediately and never looked back. And though there have been the inevitable ups and downs since, moving on enriched my life in more ways than one.</p> <p><em>Have you ever suffered through a job you hated? How did it affect your finances? How did leaving improve things?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-that-job-you-hate-keeps-you-poor">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/10-words-to-never-use-in-a-job-interview">10 Words to Never Use in a Job Interview</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/10-things-you-can-do-right-now-to-become-more-hirable">10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Become More Hirable</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/get-your-linkedin-profile-noticed-with-a-few-attention-grabbing-tweaks">Get Your LinkedIn Profile Noticed With a Few Attention-Grabbing Tweaks</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/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> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Job Hunting career mistakes depressing jobs job search money mistakes poor Thu, 03 Dec 2015 18:01:37 +0000 Kentin Waits 1617975 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Career Mistakes to Stop Making by 30 http://www.wisebread.com/8-career-mistakes-to-stop-making-by-30 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-career-mistakes-to-stop-making-by-30" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shocked_computer_000032866368.jpg" alt="Woman learning career mistakes to stop making by 30" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Mistakes &mdash; we all make them, and we all (hopefully) learn from them. When we begin our careers, we make a lot of them. This is only natural, as we are finding our way and often need help, guidance, and understanding. But by the time we have hit 30, we should have five to ten years of experience under our belts. At this point, it is generally understood that we should have learned from those rookie mistakes we made, and we should have grown as employees. If you are making any of the following eight mistakes after 30, you could be jeopardizing your chances for promotions and pay raises.</p> <h2>1. Ignoring the Dangers of Social Media</h2> <p>Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, and many other platforms are here to stay. And most of us use at least a few of them as a way to stay in contact with friends and family. Some people think that having any kind of social media presence is a bad idea, because anything you put on there could be used against you. That's a mistake. You will be expected to have some kind of existence in that world, even if it's not one you actively engage in day-to-day.</p> <p>However, you must also be aware of what you are posting, and who can see it. People have lost jobs, and even had their lives ruined, by one wrong Tweet or Facebook post (<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/15/magazine/how-one-stupid-tweet-ruined-justine-saccos-life.html?_r=0">Justine Sacco's story</a> is perhaps the most famous). Know your boundaries. Be social, but keep anything extremely offensive or inflammatory to your own circle of friends. When in doubt, just leave it out.</p> <h2>2. Refusing to Compromise</h2> <p>In many industries, particularly in the field of advertising and design, compromise is a four-letter word. It basically is seen as, &quot;she wants vanilla, I want chocolate, let's mix them together and get a nasty mess no-one wants to eat.&quot; As a young recruit, and for several years after that, you may very well dig your heels in on every decision. It's your way, or no way at all, even if it means being seen as difficult or abrasive by upper management. And to some extent, most people understand the zeal of youth. But by the time you're 30, that mindset needs to change. The reason is, you will have gained the necessary skills to make compromises that do not negatively affect the outcome too much. You will have learned how to negotiate, and how to lose some battles in order to win the war. If you are still refusing to compromise at that age, you are hampering your career.</p> <h2>3. Believing You Know Everything</h2> <p>Hubris is not pretty. It's one thing to have confidence; it's something else to be arrogant and a know-it-all. However, youth and self-confidence can be a heady mixture, and can create a level of self-belief that even Darth Vader would consider a bit over the top. If you're just out of college, you may think you have all the latest knowledge, and the old people at work are relics. After a few years, you have a little experience, and that compounds the self-confidence. But by the time you are 30, that should all be out of your system. You should know, as most of us do, that we always have something to learn, and that anyone can bring something good to the table. It's also a time when we can finally admit we were wrong about something without breaking out in hives.</p> <h2>4. Taking On Too Much Work</h2> <p>This is something many of us do at the start of our careers, and it can have some very detrimental side effects. We want to be eager to please, and want everyone to know that we're here to work hard, and give it 110%. This can, and often does, lead to exhaustion and sloppy results. Overwork leads to lack of sleep, stress, poor judgment, and even a shoddy appearance. You may be working your proverbial butt off, but you look like hell, you're making all kinds of errors, and you are missing deadlines. By the time you have reached 30, that should stop. Know your limits, and only take on the work you can do within the time you have been given, to the best of your abilities.</p> <h2>5. Trying to Be Everyone's Friend</h2> <p>Wayne Campbell from <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0035JGY5I/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0035JGY5I&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=I5GBYRMVYFH2UCEB">Wayne's World</a> said it best, in this little exchange with Garth:</p> <p>Garth Algar: &quot;Do you ever get the feeling Benjamin's just using us?&quot;<br /> Wayne Campbell: &quot;Good call. It's like he wants us to be liked by everyone. I mean Led Zeppelin didn't write tunes everybody liked. They left that to the Bee Gees.&quot;</p> <p>You cannot be liked by everyone; it's just not possible. We're all human, and we all have certain things that push our buttons &mdash; and you are going to push those buttons on a few people. At the start of your career, you can wrap yourself up in emotional knots trying to be universally liked. By 30, you should realize that some people will like you, others won't, but as long as everyone is professional it doesn't really matter. Unless, of course, someone starts using that against you. If that happens, have a long talk with HR.</p> <h2>6. Complaining About Your Company and Coworkers</h2> <p>Everyone has a bone to pick with their current company, their boss, their coworkers, or even all three. In the early days of our careers, it is very easy to fall into the water cooler gossip traps. We'll complain about the values of the company, the people who make the big decisions, even the products or services they offer. But we have to learn that the walls have ears, and it can easily come back to bite us. By the time we're 30, this should be something we know to leave behind. Yes, it's fine to acknowledge the weaknesses of the company, and where improvements can be made, but do it constructively. Rebuking the hand that feeds you is never going to end well.</p> <h2>7. Letting Others Take Credit for Your Success</h2> <p>There are people out there who are quite happy to let you do all the work, and they're equally happy to step in and take the credit for it. When we begin our careers, these people are hard to spot. We haven't learned to look for the warning signs, and we assume their friendliness is well intentioned. By 30, this is no longer excusable. At this age, you should have enough experience to know when someone is trying to take the credit, and enough confidence to speak out and set the record straight. Don't let anyone get away with that at this stage in your career.</p> <h2>8. Selling Yourself Short</h2> <p>You're young, you're naïve, so who are you to make demands for salary, benefits, vacation time, and sick days? You take what you're given, and are thankful for it, right? Well, when we start our working lives, this is somewhat true. But by the time we reach 30, we should know just how valuable we all are to both our current, and prospective, employers.</p> <p>Take the time to research what you do on sites like salary.com, and scour the web for other information. You are valuable, and sometimes you just have to ask for a pay raise or promotion in order to get one. And when you do great work, let people know. You don't have to brag, but it all goes towards building a case for your worth to your employer.</p> <p><em>Have you made any of these career mistakes? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-career-mistakes-to-stop-making-by-30">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/6-ways-that-job-you-hate-keeps-you-poor">6 Ways That Job You Hate Keeps You Poor</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/7-tips-for-better-workplace-body-language">7 Tips for Better Workplace Body Language</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/starting-a-new-job-3-rules-to-live-by">Starting a New Job: 3 Rules to Live By</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-ways-to-act-like-a-leader-and-get-ahead-at-work">10 Ways to Act Like a Leader -- And Get Ahead at Work</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/is-this-job-worth-it">Is This Job Worth It?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building career mistakes coworkers mistakes to avoid office gossip thirtysomethings Tue, 17 Nov 2015 10:15:13 +0000 Paul Michael 1613346 at http://www.wisebread.com Ace Your Next Performance Review With These 7 Tricks http://www.wisebread.com/ace-your-next-performance-review-with-these-7-tricks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ace-your-next-performance-review-with-these-7-tricks" 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_happy_000022817538_0.jpg" alt="Woman learning ways to ace her performance review" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>An upcoming performance review can certainly mess with your emotions. On one hand, you may be ready to hear what your employer has to say, especially if a positive review might result in a salary increase. On the other, you may be nervous at the possibility that you're not meeting your employer's expectations. And that sucks. But there's plenty you can do beforehand to maximize your performance review. Consider these seven tips to help ensure you get those gold stars.</p> <h2>1. Go in With an Open Mind</h2> <p>Prior to meeting with your boss for a performance review, you need to prepare your mind for the possibility of hearing something negative. Overall, your boss may be satisfied with your performance. But there's always room for growth, so she might also highlight areas that need improving.</p> <p>It's natural to become defensive, but don't immediately jump in and offer an explanation or justify your actions. Let your boss finish and listen to her concerns. There may be some truth to those claims. Besides, any negative feedback you receive likely comes from a good place. Your employer wants you to succeed and reach your potential. If she didn't, she wouldn't bother providing feedback.</p> <h2>2. Ask for Clarification</h2> <p>You're not the only one nervous during a performance review. Your employer may also be a little anxious, especially if he's bringing up items you need to work on. If he's nervous or has to meet with many of your coworkers in a short amount of time, he may rush the review or not express himself clearly. This can result in vague statements and misunderstandings. You shouldn't leave the meeting confused or puzzled, so don't be afraid to ask for clarification or specific examples. You can't improve your work performance when you don't fully understand the issue.</p> <h2>3. Understand Your Employer's Expectations</h2> <p>If you don't receive a good performance review, the problem may have nothing to do with lack of effort, but rather different expectations. In your mind, you're hitting the mark and helping the company succeed, yet your boss thinks otherwise. For example, maybe you put a lot of time and energy into meeting deadlines, but your boss feels you don't take the initiative or contribute to the team in other ways. To maximize the takeaways from a performance review, ask your boss to clarify her expectations. Based on this information, you can set short and long-term goals to improve your performance.</p> <h2>4. Take Notes During the Review</h2> <p>Your employer may have a lot to say during a performance review, and you may forget some of the important points. Therefore, come prepared to take notes. You can jot down your weaknesses, as well as your strengths. This way you'll get a clear picture of how you're performing as a whole. Taking notes also leaves a good impression with your employer. This shows that you're committed to improving and growing as an employee and giving 100% to the job.</p> <h2>5. Don't Slack After a Positive Review</h2> <p>Performance reviews aren't always negative. Your employer may have nothing but good things to say about your work performance. You might meet all his expectations, and you might be the best worker on the job. It's okay to give yourself a pat on the back, but don't let a perfect review go to your head. Let this be your motivation to continue on the right path. This isn't the time to slack off or think you don't have to work as hard. You want to continue to impress your employer so that your next review will be equally positive.</p> <h2>6. Summarize Key Points</h2> <p>To show your boss you were listening during the review, end the meeting by summarizing in your own words his <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-certifications-that-add-big-to-your-salary">suggestions for improvement</a>. Briefly explain how you plan to address these issues moving forward.</p> <h2>7. Schedule a Mid-Year Review</h2> <p>If possible, don't wait until your next performance review to track your progress. During the initial meeting, discuss goals with your employer and then see if you can schedule another meeting in the upcoming months to evaluate your progress thus far. If your employer conducts annual performance reviews, maybe you can schedule another meeting in six months. Or if your employer conducts reviews every six months, perhaps he can schedule a follow-up review in three months.</p> <p><em>What do you do to maximize your performance review? I'd love to hear some of your tips 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/ace-your-next-performance-review-with-these-7-tricks">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/12-ways-to-improve-your-performance-at-work">12 Ways to Improve Your Performance at Work</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-unmistakeable-signs-youre-slacking-at-work">5 Unmistakeable Signs You&#039;re Slacking at Work</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-bad-habits-that-are-ruining-your-career">6 Bad Habits That Are Ruining 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/7-tips-for-better-workplace-body-language">7 Tips for Better Workplace Body Language</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building boss employee Office performance review work work performance Mon, 16 Nov 2015 09:15:53 +0000 Mikey Rox 1612346 at http://www.wisebread.com What Pays More: Online Surveys or the Gig Economy? http://www.wisebread.com/what-pays-more-online-surveys-or-the-gig-economy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-pays-more-online-surveys-or-the-gig-economy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_online_bills_000047644762_2.jpg" alt="Woman learning which pays more: online surveys or the gig economy" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Working from home seems like the ultimate dream for most people. You can make your own hours, be your own boss, and accept projects that you like. Fortunately, with the booming gig economy and increase in <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cool-convenient-cash-11-easy-ways-to-make-money-online">paid online surveys</a>, your days working from home may be closer than you think. We&rsquo;ve covered some of the main differences between accepting gigs and completing paid surveys, so you can begin finding the right fit for you.</p> <h2>What Is the Gig Economy?</h2> <p>With the gig economy, or freelance nation, a worker can take advantage of money-making gigs, which can add up to a notable income. Sites like Thumbtack have all types of paid gigs available and offer a simplified way to match employers with the right freelance worker for the job.</p> <p>The gig economy is nothing new. In fact, as&nbsp;<a href="https://www.thumbtack.com/blog/future-of-work/?utm_campaign=August+SBFS&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=22403945&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz--EOHx_pUjwh7ks4_bwXy6WtvO7Sn9eUzdHpDxGSYWK1QPisfZ9_bZGv7_rINdHPBdacPsCovhVX1G7IW25P2flvYldRQ&amp;_hsmi=22403945">Thumbtack&rsquo;s chief economist explained</a>&nbsp;to a Congressional committee, about half of the service professionals on the site have been in business for themselves for about five years or more. This means that freelance workers have been in the business long before the gig economy became more popular, but now they are able to use the convenience of the Internet to find more work. Today, the GAO estimates that as many as&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/669766.pdf">40% of the U.S. workforce</a> may be considered contingent workers (or independent contractors).</p> <h2>Potential Gigs</h2> <p>While the high-tech industry is taking particular advantage of the gig economy, there are a range of available gigs in all different categories, so you are likely to find something you are qualified for. For instance, you can get involved with Uber or Lyft as a driver, rent your home out on Airbnb, and/or take gigs for painting or home repairs.</p> <p>Studies have shown that <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3051754/why-presidential-candidates-are-starting-pay-attention-to-the-gig-economy">68% of freelancers</a> are concerned about finding more clients or projects in the future. Fortunately, with the gig economy, you can take advantage of multiple gigs and make money for all your varied talents, using various reputable gig sites. Some of the most common available gigs include:</p> <ul> <li>Secret shopping and personal shopping</li> <li>Driving</li> <li>Bookkeeping</li> <li>Personal training</li> <li>Moving and packing</li> <li>Photography</li> <li>Interior design services</li> <li>Cleaning</li> <li>Home repairs, improvements, and painting</li> </ul> <h2>Reputable Gig Sites</h2> <p>Taking advantage of the gig economy will allow you to set your own alternative work arrangements, so you can work whenever and however is most comfortable for you. You can create your own hours and work as often as you like. You will either receive a notification when there is a gig available that matches your skill set, or employers can contact you directly when they need your services.</p> <p>Either way, it is an easy way to find work, by taking advantage of the recent advancements in technology. If you are looking for money-making gigs, some of the most reputable gig sites include:</p> <ul> <li>Thumbtack</li> <li>Taskrabbit</li> <li>Angie&rsquo;s List</li> <li>HourlyNerd</li> <li>Etsy or Craigslist: If you are able to create your own DIY art or crafts, you may consider selling them on Etsy, eBay, or Craigslist to make money off your creativity.</li> </ul> <h2>Average Gig Pay</h2> <p>On sites like Thumbtack, you can apply your professional skills to make an equivalent hourly wage to what you were making in-office. This means that you can expect to make a comparable salary, while enjoying the work-from-home lifestyle.</p> <p>On the other hand, some gigs pay between $3-$10 for quick tasks, so it will vary depending on the gig and company. With some sites, you can also send a custom quote to interested parties, allowing you to set your own wage. For this reason, it is really difficult to set an average gig pay.</p> <p>Keep in mind there are also fees involved with most gig sites, which will reduce your total take-home pay. Usually, you will pay a fee based on how much you make. Being self-employed can be expensive, no matter what route of work you choose. When you count your own insurance costs, higher utility bills, taxes, office supplies, and increased fees, it can really add up, so you need to determine what your priorities are and how much you really want to work from home.</p> <h2>Making Money With Surveys</h2> <p>Many large companies are willing to spend money to get their customers&rsquo; opinions. Part of their marketing budget is invested towards finding out what you think. This means you can compete online and mobile surveys, whenever and wherever you like, getting paid for your opinion. It may be hard to believe, but you can actually make a decent amount of money just taking online surveys, once you find the right site.</p> <p>You can also take advantage of referrals by getting your friends involved. They will be able to make a little extra money taking online surveys, and you&rsquo;ll make money off the referral. A number of reputable survey sites also offer money or points for other simple activities, such as reading emails, signing up for offers, playing online games, reviewing free products, and completing online searches.</p> <h2>How to Sign Up</h2> <p>To make a large amount of money, you&rsquo;ll need to join several survey sites at once (which are free to join) and check them at least once daily. You should never have to pay to sign up or complete surveys. Sign up for all of the survey sites at once and you&rsquo;ll quickly determine which ones are your favorites and which ones work for you. When you sign up, you will be asked a number of questions about your income, lifestyle, and demographics. The surveys you receive will be based on the information you provide, so you will receive surveys that are appropriately matched to you.</p> <p>Once you sign up, it can take a couple of days for the system to start sending you survey invites, so be patient. You can usually set notifications, so that you are alerted by email when a new survey becomes available to you. You can even set up a separate email account, specifically set aside for survey and gig invite emails. You won&rsquo;t get rich by completing surveys, but the work is easy and fun. Most survey sites and gig sites pay with PayPal, so if you don&rsquo;t already have a free account set up, you might want to look into that.</p> <h2>Reputable Survey Sites</h2> <p>The risk with survey sites is finding the right one that will actually pay on time. If you find a survey site that you think may be legitimate, search on Better Business Bureau to see if the site is registered and if there are any complaints. Some of the most reputable survey sites include:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-10872178-1444864530000">Swagbacks</a></li> <li>Vindale Research</li> <li><a href="http://trk.cotterweb.net/?a=13562&amp;c=16696&amp;s1=1079289">InboxDollars</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-11027666-1354817767000">iPoll</a></li> <li>My Survey</li> <li>Pinecone Research</li> <li><a href="http://www.cashcrate.com/1168012">CashCrate</a></li> <li>Toluna</li> <li>OpinionPanel</li> <li>Ipsos</li> <li><a href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-10468489-1439249338000">MyPoints</a></li> <li>SpringBoard</li> <li>SurveySavvy</li> </ul> <h2>Average Survey Pay</h2> <p>Each survey site is different, so the average payout will vary. Sometimes, they&rsquo;ll average around $30/hour, while other sites will only offer around $0.50 per survey. Some survey sites offer different payouts, depending on the length and complexity of the survey, while sites like Pinecone Research offer a flat payout for every survey.</p> <p>Once you sign up for all of the survey sites and compare the average payout and available surveys, you&rsquo;ll quickly determine which ones are worth your time. For reference, according to an ABC News report, the largest cash payment for one full-time survey member was $50.</p> <p>Oftentimes, surveys will pay out in credits, which you can use for things like free gift cards. You might also receive free products or valuable perks for your review. This may be a nice addition to your salary and can help during gift-giving season, but it won&rsquo;t pay the bills. In fact, most freelancers who take online surveys only <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Consumer/story?id=1937788&amp;page=1">average around $100/month</a> with online surveys. Even experienced avid survey takers only earn up to $500/month on average. Once you sign up, find out how often they pay, what their payout options are, and what the minimum cashout is, so you know what to expect.</p> <h2>How Much Time Needs to Be Invested?</h2> <p>Each survey is of a different length of time, so some may take you only five minutes, while others will last up to 30 minutes. You can choose which survey to answer, so it is up to you how much time you want to invest. Gigs tend to take at least one to two hours, so they are usually a larger investment of time, but usually also have a larger payout. Gigs are also often completed outside of the home, while surveys are always completed from your computer, smartphone, or tablet. While taking surveys is a much easier way to make money, you will earn much more by completing gigs or tasks, which can be conveniently scheduled online.</p> <h2>Can You Do Both?</h2> <p>You&rsquo;ll notice that during certain times of the day, survey sites are busier and it will be easier to find work. Otherwise, you can complete surveys and gigs whenever is convenient for you. Some survey sites, like iPoll, also offer mobile compatibility, so you can even complete surveys on your mobile phone, in between gigs.</p> <p>With the right time management and level of dedication, you can absolutely make money with both online surveys and the gig economy. In fact, taking advantage of both the gig economy and paid surveys will get you one step closer to working full-time from home.</p> <p><em>Are you involved in the gig economy? Have you made any money taking online surveys? Please share your experiences 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/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-pays-more-online-surveys-or-the-gig-economy">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <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/15-great-jobs-that-dont-pay-much">15 Great Jobs That Don&#039;t Pay Much</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/this-interview-technique-will-get-you-hired">This Interview Technique Will Get You Hired</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-words-to-never-use-in-a-job-interview">10 Words to Never Use in a 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/6-ways-that-job-you-hate-keeps-you-poor">6 Ways That Job You Hate Keeps You Poor</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Job Hunting online surveys Paid surveys side job working from home Wed, 11 Nov 2015 17:15:29 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1610245 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Strategies to Build Wealth Fast http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-strategies-to-build-wealth-fast <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-strategies-to-build-wealth-fast" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_wealthy_selfie_000054127786.jpg" alt="Woman learning strategies to build wealth fast" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found strategies to build wealth fast, the right way to load your dishwasher, and how to plan a fun and frugal Thanksgiving meal.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.goodfinancialcents.com/how-to-build-wealth">9 Strategies to Build Wealth Fast (That Your Financial Advisor Won&rsquo;t Tell You)</a> &mdash; Invest in your education. Getting a degree or a special designation can lead to more clients and better pay down the road. [Good Financial Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Load-Dishwasher-37891745">This Is How to Load Your Dishwasher the Right Way</a> &mdash; Position larger items (like saute pans or platters) at the sides of the bottom racks so they allow water flow and don't snag moving parts. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://frugalbeautiful.com/blog/plan-frugal-thanksgiving-meal/">How To Plan A Frugal Thanksgiving Meal (That&rsquo;s Still Fun &amp; Classy!)</a> &mdash; Small decorative touches, like wrapping twine or ribbons around your napkins, don't cost much. They just require a little preparation. [Frugal Beautiful]</p> <p><a href="http://www.experian.com/blogs/news/about/save-holiday-travel/">How to Save on Holiday Travel</a> &mdash; Join Experian's #CreditChat this week for tips and tricks to help you save money on holiday travel expenses. The chat starts at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 11 &mdash; don't miss out! [Experian]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/7-ways-to-make-money-this-holiday-season">7 Ways to Make Money This Holiday Season</a> &mdash; Volunteer for overtime at work and sock away the extra money you make. [Parenting Squad]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/1108/Seven-reasons-you-should-start-your-holiday-shopping-during-Black-Friday">Seven reasons you should start your holiday shopping during Black Friday</a> &mdash; Clothing make great gifts&hellip;and you'll see a bunch of deals for them during Black Friday. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/saving/T065-S000-10-best-financial-benefits-for-military-families/index.html">The Best Financial Benefits for Military Families</a> &mdash; Military members are guaranteed 10% interest on their savings with the Savings Deposit Program. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.readyforzero.com/4-reasons-bank-account-isnt-stacking-fix/">4 Reasons Your Bank Account Isn&rsquo;t Stacking Up (and How to Fix It)</a> &mdash; If you're paying fees for account maintenance, maybe it's time to switch to a bank that doesn't charge them. They do exist! [ReadyForZero]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/frugality/5-items-you-should-always-buy-generic/">5 Items You Should Always Buy Generic</a> &mdash; You can buy generic brands for many pantry items. Name brand salt will probably taste the same as generic. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cashthechecks.com/5-priceless-pointers-from-successful-millionaires/">5 Priceless Pointers From Successful Millionaires</a> &mdash; Don't just do something &ndash; you have to BE something! [Cash The Checks]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-strategies-to-build-wealth-fast">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-ways-confidence-makes-you-better-with-money">3 Ways Confidence Makes You Better With Money</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/lose-your-job-without-losing-your-identity">Lose Your Job Without Losing Your Identity</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/tips-for-finding-legitimate-work-at-home-opportunities">Tips for Finding Legitimate Work at Home Opportunities</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/quick-notes-a-bonus-holiday-bonus">Quick Notes: A Bonus Holiday Bonus?</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/4-essential-financial-tips-for-kicking-off-your-career">4 Essential Financial Tips For Kicking Off Your Career</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Career Building best money tips money strategies Tue, 10 Nov 2015 19:15:18 +0000 Amy Lu 1608994 at http://www.wisebread.com The 7 Best Employers for Single Parents http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-best-employers-for-single-parents <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-7-best-employers-for-single-parents" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/father_and_daughter_000050667160.jpg" alt="Man finding best companies for single parents" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Building a career is challenging enough. If you're a single parent? You're working even harder. It's no easy task to manage that work-life balance. How do you give both your children and your career the attention they deserve?</p> <p>You can start by working at a company that actually respects the concept of a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/7-steps-to-work-life-balance-when-working-from-home">work-life balance</a>. And if you're a single parent, it helps to work for a company that allows employees to work at least part-time from home, provides flexible scheduling, and offers on-site daycare.</p> <p>Fortunately, there are companies like this. Here is a list &mdash; in no particular order and compiled from some of the most respected work-life rankings available &mdash; of the companies that single parents should target.</p> <h2>1. IBM</h2> <p>This venerable tech company based in Armonk, New York, has been featured on Working Mother Magazine's &quot;100 Best Companies&quot; list for all 30 years that the magazine has run this feature. The company's work-life benefits &mdash; key for single parents &mdash; are a big reason.</p> <p>IBM offers parents subsidized daycare options and provides a 529 plan that parents can tap to save money for their children's college educations. IBM also offers financial counseling and college coaching to its employees, something that can help single parents trying to juggle budgeting, raising children, and furthering their education.</p> <h2>2. General Mills</h2> <p>The food-manufacturer based in Minneapolis is also a mainstay of Working Mother Magazine's list. According to the magazine's 2015 list, General Mills offers job-sharing, telecommuting, and flexible schedules to its employees. This is important to single parents hoping to work around at least some of their children's extracurricular activities or who want to drop their children off at school each morning.</p> <p>Not all employees take advantage of these flexible working hours. But Working Mother Magazine reported in its 2015 list that 63% of employees do rely on flexible scheduling and telecommuting at least some of the time.</p> <p>New parents at General Mills are given the choice to reduce their working hours for up to eight weeks as they return to work after maternity or paternity leave.</p> <h2>3. Colgate-Palmolive</h2> <p>In 2015, Forbes worked with employment site <a href="http://www.indeed.com/">Indeed</a> to create a list of the 25 best companies for work-life balance. New York City-based Colgate-Palmolive, famous for its toothpaste and dish soaps, topped the list. Benefits that appeal to single parents are a major reason why.</p> <p>The company offers tuition assistance to parents who want to earn degrees that will help them further support their children. It also offers onsite childcare and free legal and financial counseling to employees. When single parents have to move, they can ease at least some of the stress by taking advantage of Colgate-Palmolive's relocation assistance.</p> <h2>4. SAS Institute</h2> <p>You might not have heard of SAS Institute &mdash; the Cary, North Carolina company is a software analytics company, but this employer has become a favorite of workers. In 2013, Fast Company Magazine featured SAS in a story headlined &quot;How SAS Became the World's Best Place to Work,&quot; and employment site Glassdoor ranked SAS highly in its most recent &quot;Top 25 Companies for Work-Life Balance&quot; list.</p> <p>Of particular interest to single parents? SAS leaders don't focus needlessly on the amount of hours that employees spend in the office. In fact, the company operates a 35-hour work week. This doesn't mean that employees only work 35 hours. Many choose to work more. But for single parents, the option to work fewer hours is a tempting one, making it far easier to shuttle kids around and attend band concerts.</p> <p>SAS also offers discounted child care, an onsite healthcare clinic, onsite gym for parents who want a de-stressing workout, and free work-life counseling for those struggling to juggle their roles as single parents and employees.</p> <h2>5. Wegmans Food Markets</h2> <p>Supermarket chains don't always have stellar reputations when it comes to parent-friendly benefits. Wegmans Food Markets, based in Rochester, New York, is the exception.</p> <p>Fortune Magazine ranked Wegmans seventh on its 2015 list of the &quot;100 Best Companies to Work For.&quot; It's an especially good place for single parents who want to return to college to boost their earning potential. Wegmans provides tuition assistance for both its full and part-time employees, according to Fortune.</p> <p>The supermarket chain also covers 85% to 100% of the health care costs of its employees and their dependents, a huge benefit for single parents worried about covering their children's medical bills. And for those who want to spend more time at home when their children are actually awake? Wegmans offer flexible working hours.</p> <h2>6. Quicken Loans</h2> <p>ComputerWorld in 2015 ranked Detroit-based mortgage lender Quicken Loans as the best place for IT workers. That's a heady honor, but Quicken Loans is actually a great place for anyone to work, especially single parents.</p> <p>Just look at the benefits that single parents can tap: Those who have adopted will earn a $5,000 adoption benefit and 10 days of paid leave. Quicken offers all of its workers 26 days of annual paid holiday and vacation leave after one year of service, and provides 90 days of job-protected maternity leave.</p> <p>The lender also provides onsite child care, telecommuting options, and flexible scheduling.</p> <h2>7. Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts</h2> <p>The hospitality industry is another that doesn't have a reputation for providing top benefits. Toronto-based Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is an exception, according to Fortune Magazine, which ranked the hotel chain as one of its best places to work for 2015.</p> <p>According to Fortune, Four Seasons provides 30 days of protected maternity leave for new parents and offers 19 days of holiday and vacation days each year to employees who have worked at the company for at least one year.</p> <p>For single parents who need to work flexible hours, Four Seasons offers compressed work weeks (employees can work more hours in a shorter number of days), telecommuting, and flexible work schedules. Those parents without cars can receive subsidized public transportation to and from work.</p> <p><em>Would you seek out a job that offered great 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/dan-rafter">Dan Rafter</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-best-employers-for-single-parents">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-13"> <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-life-skills-for-working-moms">10 Life Skills for Working Moms</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/6-best-jobs-for-working-moms-and-dads">6 Best Jobs for Working Moms and Dads</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-things-never-to-bring-up-in-a-job-interview">5 Things Never to Bring Up in a Job 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/the-10-best-high-paying-jobs-for-introverts">The 10 Best High Paying Jobs for Introverts</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/crime-scene-cleaner-and-4-other-trades-that-pay-surprisingly-well">Crime Scene Cleaner and 4 Other Trades That Pay Surprisingly Well</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Family child care employment flexible jobs single parents work life balance Fri, 16 Oct 2015 09:00:36 +0000 Dan Rafter 1587463 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-9"> <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-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-3 views-row-odd"> <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> <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/4-unexpected-costs-of-a-higher-paying-job-offer">4 Unexpected Costs of a Higher-Paying Job Offer</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-things-to-say-to-your-boss-to-get-a-promotion-or-raise">5 Things to Say to Your Boss to Get a Promotion or Raise</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 5 Ways Your Wardrobe Is Holding You Back at Work http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-your-wardrobe-is-holding-you-back-at-work <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-your-wardrobe-is-holding-you-back-at-work" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000062594038.jpg" alt="Woman realizing her wardrobe is holding her back at work" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether your workplace has a dress code or not, what you wear &mdash; and how you wear it &mdash; plays a huge part in how you are perceived.&nbsp;</p> <p>Yes, you definitely need to do more than dress well to get the job you want. After all, doing the job well will always be the most important factor in anyone's career. But there are good reasons why dressing the part can help your career efforts. Here are some ways a poor wardrobe can hold you back at work.</p> <h2>1. Lost Trust</h2> <p>When what you wear mirrors the message you want to get across &mdash; whatever that is &mdash; you will come across as authentic, and authentic people are seen as trustworthy. If you want to seem responsible and organized, but you wear wild colors or clashing prints, it might be hard for people to believe that you have the characteristics you're trying to embody.</p> <p>Figuring out what your message needs to be can be complex. Think of words that describe a person who does the job you want well. Then evaluate your wardrobe based on those descriptors. If, for instance, your company tends to hire people who are intense to be salespeople, see if your clothes match that adjective. If they don't, make some changes so that they do.</p> <h2>2. Lost Power</h2> <p>Wearing a great suit not only <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/04/wearing-a-suit-makes-people-think-differently/391802/">changes how you are perceived</a>, but also how you feel about yourself. When you dress formally, people perceive you as powerful. You begin to pick up on these feelings and so begin to perceive yourself as more powerful, as well. This is a feedback loop that can help you move up at work, since powerful people tend to get what they want.</p> <p>If a suit isn't appropriate in your workplace, figure out what the equivalent might be. What would it mean to dress even slightly more formally? Try that out and see if it helps you. The only places where this doesn't always apply are jobs where everyone wears uniforms. Even there, though, changing something like your footwear or your accessories can often make you look more formal.</p> <h2>3. Lost Professionalism</h2> <p>There are many ways clothing can cause people to see you as less professional than you might actually be. If your clothes don't fit right, are too casual, or show inappropriate amounts of skin, you won't have as professional of an air as you would have if your clothes were up to snuff. This can cause you to lose out on promotions, especially those that might make you more visible.</p> <p>If you aren't sure whether your clothing is appropriately professional, ask someone. Find someone whose clothing you admire and see if they would mind giving you some feedback. Ask them how your own wardrobe comes across at work and what they would do to improve it. Yes, this requires you to be vulnerable, but it can also help you make huge strides ahead in the workplace.</p> <h2>4. Lost Sense of Belonging</h2> <p>When you're part of a department or a team, it's important that you dress on par with those around you. Look at the people you work with and evaluate their wardrobes. Are they stylish? Do they wear brightly colored accents, or do they stick to neutral tones? Do they stand out in a crowd or try to blend in? If you dress like the people around you, you will look more like you belong in that particular workplace. Whether that's good or bad depends on your particular personality and workplace goals.</p> <p>Make sure that you don't become part of the background, though. Your clothes roughly match those of your team of coworkers, but they still need to fit well and be appropriate to your personality. And, if there's any doubt, dress a bit more formally than the people around you. It makes you look like you are competent and in charge.</p> <h2>5. Lost Respect</h2> <p>There are so many ways your clothing can cost you respect at work &mdash; from unprofessional or inappropriate attire to clothes that make you look too junior for your role. Most employers want to bring on and promote people who respect themselves and respect the workplace, because these are people that they, in turn, can respect.</p> <p>Many of the issues that cause you to lose respect can be easily remedied. Buy a new suit for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-essential-steps-to-take-before-a-job-interview">your interview</a> and have it tailored to fit. Err on the side of formal dress, rather than informal. Make sure your clothes are clean and pressed and that nothing is hanging out where it shouldn't. These basic steps can mean the difference between having the job you want and having none at all.</p> <p>If wardrobe is a struggle for you and you feel like it is holding you back at work, consider working with a wardrobe consultant. You can find these people online, though different wardrobe professionals may focus on different industries or different levels of dress (business casual vs. business formal, for example). While this can involve a significant financial investment, that will pay off over the years if you can get a job that makes you happy and pays more.</p> <p><em>Do you think your wardrobe is holding you back at work? How can you change that?</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-ways-your-wardrobe-is-holding-you-back-at-work">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <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-things-never-to-bring-up-in-a-job-interview">5 Things Never to Bring Up in a Job Interview</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-things-to-do-before-your-first-day-at-a-new-job">5 Things to Do Before Your First Day at a New Job</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/4-unexpected-costs-of-a-higher-paying-job-offer">4 Unexpected Costs of a Higher-Paying Job Offer</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/long-hours-and-other-employer-demands">Long Hours and Other Employer Demands</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-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks">10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building clothing Dress for Success employment office attire wardrobe work Fri, 09 Oct 2015 17:00:54 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1578894 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Things You Should Never Do on LinkedIn http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-you-should-never-do-on-linkedin <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-things-you-should-never-do-on-linkedin" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/linkedin_000038175350.jpg" alt="Learning things you should never do on LinkedIn" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>How dialed in is your LinkedIn profile? As the world's most successful social business network (at last count, the site had 380 million members across more than 200 countries and territories), LinkedIn has become synonymous with online career-building. And with such a mind-boggling reach, it's worth making sure you're not <em>locked out</em>. Here are seven things you should never do on LinkedIn.</p> <h2>1. Confuse It With Facebook</h2> <p>The distinctions are obvious to most, but some lump all social media tools together in a bucket marked &quot;anything goes.&quot; Don't be one of these people.</p> <p>LinkedIn connections, messages, and posts should be reserved for building your professional network, joining groups of people who share your interests, expanding your career skills and knowledge, and learning about new work opportunities. Don't use it for a casual social interaction, posting office party selfies, or anything else that might turn a potential employer off.</p> <h2>2. Send a Standard Connection Request</h2> <p>If you're interested enough to make a connection on LinkedIn, take a moment to do it with a personal message. Remember, be professional and polite. If you've met, remind the person of your affiliation; if not, briefly explain your interest in connecting.</p> <h2>3. Pick the Wrong Pic</h2> <p>A great photo is an important way to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-your-linkedin-profile-noticed-with-a-few-attention-grabbing-tweaks">get your LinkedIn profile noticed</a>. But skip the one that includes your husband, your kids, your friends, or the family pet. Also, make sure the photo is clear, professional, and relatively recent (no vintage glamour shots, please).</p> <h2>4. Write Wrong</h2> <p>LinkedIn is a continuous online snapshot of who you are professionally. And just as there's an art to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-write-a-resume-12-steps-to-your-next-job">writing a great resume</a>, there's an art to crafting great content on LinkedIn. Even though it's a social media site, grammatical errors on LinkedIn can immediately cast you in bad light. Proofread every word you write; even quick status updates and link introductions should be polished and perfect.</p> <h2>5. Solicit Recommendations</h2> <p>Soliciting recommendations from previous employers and co-workers is tricky. First of all, never overwhelm new connections with a recommendation request right away. Second, don't spam your entire network with requests. Be tactical and tactful; only reach out to those with whom you have (or have had) a strong professional relationship. And keep in mind, people are more likely to respond to requests that are simple and easy. Explain the specific skill sets you're hoping to emphasize on LinkedIn and then politely request a recommendation &mdash; once and only once.</p> <h2>6. Ignore Your Privacy Settings</h2> <p>Privacy on a professional networking site is an essential feature for obvious reasons. If you're currently employed, but actively looking for your next opportunity, you'll naturally want to maintain a certain level of discretion. If you're engaged in a job search, customize your privacy settings so your boss can't see what you're up to. You can find LinkedIn's privacy options by scrolling over the small version of your profile photo in the upper right hand of the homepage. Navigate to &quot;Privacy &amp; Settings&quot; and make the necessary adjustments.</p> <h2>7. Be Passive</h2> <p>Active users make LinkedIn a vibrant community and a valuable tool. Be part of it by updating your status a couple of times each week. Updates on promotions and professional pursuits or links to events keep things fresh and gives potential employers a reason to reach out to you. Joining groups, sharing articles, and growing your network are other important ways to show you're more than just a lurker.</p> <p>Today, learning to use social media effectively is a big part of professional <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/networking-basics-for-regular-people">networking basics</a>. With some time, attention, and discipline, LinkedIn can become a powerful career-building tool&hellip; just as long as you don't post those glamour shots.</p> <p><em>Have you found a job through a LinkedIn connection? What tips do you have for other LinkedIn users?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-you-should-never-do-on-linkedin">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/how-to-get-someone-to-accept-your-linkedin-invitation">How to Get Someone to Accept Your LinkedIn Invitation</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/13-ways-to-use-social-media-in-business">13 Ways to Use Social Media in Business</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-online-tools-to-help-you-land-a-job">5 Online Tools to Help You Land a Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-coworking-spaces-are-worth-it">4 Ways Coworking Spaces Are Worth It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-career-changes-you-can-make-today">25 Career Changes You Can Make Today</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building business connections Internet LinkedIn networking resumes social media Mon, 28 Sep 2015 09:00:32 +0000 Kentin Waits 1568938 at http://www.wisebread.com