career advancement http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/6735/all en-US 12 Ways to Finally Get That Promotion This Year http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-finally-get-that-promotion-this-year <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-ways-to-finally-get-that-promotion-this-year" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/ladder-178777105.jpg" alt="climbing ladder" title="climbing ladder" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you ever feel like everyone else but you gets rewarded at work?</p> <p>Your slacker cubicle neighbor pulls a couple of all-nighters, closes a deal, and promptly gets better and bigger accounts to manage. The seemingly average performer down the hall gets pulled away from the drudgery of day-to-day work to head a new branch office. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-signs-that-youve-been-at-the-same-job-too-long?ref=seealso">25 Signs You're at the Same Job for Too Long</a>)</p> <p>Your coworkers may not be doing everything perfectly. But they may be doing a few things extremely well, enough to get on the boss's radar and move to the next level of responsibility.</p> <p>What propels people to success varies from company to company. But there are specific actions you can take to make sure you get a promotion as quickly as possible. Consider these ways to get selected for the next big job.</p> <h2>1. Start Doing the Job You Want</h2> <p>Show your boss you can handle more complex situations than your current position requires. Take on duties associated with the job you want, being careful not to violate company policies, cross unmarked territory lines, or slack off on your present accountabilities.</p> <p>Yes, you'll run the risk of spending more time at work for little or no extra pay. But your boss won't have to guess whether you are ready for the next step in your career. A promotion will be a formality because you'll already be doing the job you want. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-career-changes-you-can-make-today?ref=seealso">Career Changes You Can Make Today</a>)</p> <h2>2. Look and Act Like You Belong in a Better Position</h2> <p>Step up your professional style. Upgrade your wardrobe, correct bad habits, refresh your language, and expand your conversational horizons. Make subtle improvements over time so the transformation is not sudden or contrived. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/build-a-work-wardrobe-for-any-job-on-a-budget?ref=seealso">Build a Work Wardrobe for Any Job</a>)</p> <p>Your boss should feel comfortable that your professional presence will be appropriate in a new role. For example, you may need to impress senior-level staff, venture capital investors, or clients in a higher level position. The more you can look and act the part, the more likely you'll be promoted.</p> <h2>3. Solve Problems That Are Worth Solving</h2> <p>Identify and solve persistent problems. To get favorable attention, your solutions should benefit the company's profitability, its productivity, or its relationships with customers. So, make sure you are dealing with a genuine concern of higher-ups, not squashing a minor irritation that annoys only you.</p> <p>Demonstrate initiative, resourcefulness, and the ability to collaborate with and lead people. Successfully solving a problem can get you noticed, appreciated, and promoted.</p> <h2>4. Discover and Position Yourself for Upcoming Openings</h2> <p>Broaden your knowledge of the company's talent requirements. Pinpoint the types of skills and experiences needed.</p> <p>At the same time, expand your network among peers and senior-level staff. Get to know the hiring decision-makers through interactions on work-related projects, corporate-sponsored outreach programs, and social activities.</p> <p>When the company needs qualified people for a new role, your name may surface as a candidate. Plus, you should fare better in interviews because you'll be more likely to have the credentials and know the hiring decision-makers. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-simple-networking-tricks?ref=seealso">Simple Networking Tricks</a>)</p> <h2>5. Develop Yourself</h2> <p>Continually improve your professional capabilities. Find ways to get better at your job in ways that are meaningful to you. Become more promotable internally by gaining the skills needed most by your employer. Attend in-house training sessions. Participate in development opportunities offered by professional organizations. Earn an advanced degree in your field. Keep up with industry trends.</p> <p>Demonstrate that you are both committed to and capable of professional success. Your employer should find ways to tap your talent and keep you onboard through better and better opportunities.</p> <h2>6. Keep HR Updated on Your Credentials</h2> <p>Let your human resources representative know about your educational achievements, professional skills, designations, etc. before you apply for a promotion. Starting and maintaining a dialogue with the HR staff can help you stay in front of those who influence hiring managers. Plus, you can learn what skills are valued by the company.</p> <p>Many large employers have talent databases that are accessed for the purposes of identifying current employees qualified for an opening or finding those who might benefit from professional development activities. By keeping your credentials updated in the system, you are increasing the chances you will be considered for growth opportunities.</p> <h2>7. Talk to Your Boss About Your Career Path</h2> <p>Schedule sessions with your boss to discuss career possibilities within the organization. Frame your conversations in terms of making greater contributions to the company while building your career.</p> <p>Not only will you know what steps to take to progress, your supervisor will be aware of your interest in getting a promotion.</p> <h2>8. Stop Acting So Comfortable in Your Current Position</h2> <p>Excel in your current job, but don't let your boss think that you're so comfortable you want to stick around forever. Demonstrate enthusiasm for growth opportunities. Build relationships with people in other departments. Create processes that make your job readily transferable to a new employee.</p> <p>Managers love consistency and stability. So, your boss may want to keep great performers, like you, where they are, especially if they sense you are reasonably happy. Show that promoting (and replacing) you won't disrupt the workflow or workplace harmony.</p> <h2>9. Move to a Place That Is Career Enhancing, Even If It's Boring</h2> <p>Take the job that is promising in terms of professional growth, even if you must move to a less desirable location. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-places-it-pays-to-relocate-to?ref=seealso">6 Places It Pays to Relocate To</a>)</p> <p>Make the adjustment to your personal lifestyle without downsizing your career ambitions. Keep in touch with executive leaders through regular visits to the corporate office and updates on your accomplishments.</p> <p>Your employer may be willing to promote an average performer in order to take advantage of untapped potential in an out-of-the-way branch location or sales territory. By accepting a position in one of these places, you can not only snag a better job in the short term but also build your resume, positioning yourself for the future.</p> <h2>10. Transfer to the Area Where People (Are Most Likely to) Get Promoted</h2> <p>You may need to make a lateral move before you can move upward. Study the organizational chart and notice which departments tend to promote their employees. Plan your next career steps accordingly.</p> <p>Leadership experts suggest that women (and men) in sales roles are <a href="http://blogs.hbr.org/2012/09/women-who-sell-get-promoted/">more likely to be promoted</a> than those in staff positions. The reasoning is that these employees are more likely to make significant contributions benefiting the bottom line, compared to lower-profile team members in other disciplines. Choose career paths in high-visibility fields for a faster and much surer trip to the upper echelons.</p> <h2>11. Give the Hiring Manager Plenty of Reasons to Promote You</h2> <p>At a minimum, meet your performance objectives, complete projects on time, and work effectively with your team members. In addition, build a list of accomplishments such as quantifiable sales growth and improved efficiency, along with specific credentials that prove you are the best candidate. You may even consider getting testimonials from customers or colleagues at sister facilities for your references and LinkedIn profile. Finally, if you think a past mistake may be held against you, let your boss know about actions you've taken to prevent further problems and examples of subsequent successes.</p> <p>Your boss or the hiring decision-maker may need to justify your selection for a promotion. Make it easy to pick you and explain why you are the best choice for the job.</p> <h2>12. Promote Yourself by Snagging a Job at Another Employer</h2> <p>You may need to change employers to get a promotion with greater responsibilities and compensation. Depending on your professional credentials and the new employer's organizational structure, you could go directly to a higher-level position or move up quickly after being hired. Look for high growth companies and ones with a clear career path.</p> <p>Your current employer may not promote people very often for reasons that have little to do with your job performance, initiative, credentials, etc. The company may be financially stable but experiencing minimal growth. Changing employers can open up new career possibilities.</p> <p><em>Have you recently gotten a promotion? What tips do you have to help people move up in their careers?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/julie-rains">Julie Rains</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-finally-get-that-promotion-this-year">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-14"> <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-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-2 views-row-even"> <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> <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/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-4 views-row-even"> <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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building career career advancement promotion Tue, 11 Feb 2014 10:36:41 +0000 Julie Rains 1124084 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Ways to Improve Your Performance at Work http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-improve-your-performance-at-work <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-ways-to-improve-your-performance-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/2631534424_6c8ecd0c66_z.jpg" alt="outdoor meeting" title="outdoor meeting" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="193" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>On the New River Trail in Virginia, a business owner taught me a valuable lesson on ways to improve performance.</p> <p>After renting bikes from an employee at her shop, we experienced gearing problems that worsened as we traveled. During a notable struggle, a couple stopped and asked if we were OK. I referenced the mechanical difficulty and the woman (who happened to be the shop owner) recognized the bike as one of her rentals, traded bikes with me, and gave me instructions on what to tell her employee when we returned.</p> <p>Had the owner been inside all day, she would not have seen the gap between the ideal experience and the actual one. Getting out of the office is one way to learn what is happening in the field and quickly solve problems.</p> <p>I am sure you have had similar experiences, noticing actions others could take to improve their performance, whether they own a business or work for an employer.</p> <p>When you are in the midst of day-to-day busyness and occasional work-related chaos, the path to better results may not be immediately obvious.</p> <p>Time spent talking with people about their jobs, dealing with those who struggle, learning from those who excel, and adjusting habits myself have taught me a few ways to improve on-the-job performance. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stupid-reasons-why-people-make-more-money" target="_blank">Stupid Reasons Why People Make More Money</a>)</p> <h2>1. Get Out of the Office</h2> <p>If you want to improve your performance, you must see what your employees are doing and how customers are using your products, at least occasionally. Get out of your office and travel to the sales, distribution, or production floor, wherever your people are. Observe how sales and service employees interact with customers, distribution folks organize inventory and fill orders, or production team members set up machines and check quality. And talk with people, employees and customers alike, to allow them to share their perspectives (whether you agree or not).</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll likely discover a few discrepancies between what you expected and what is really happening. Drawing on these observations and conversations, tweak or restyle the environment, workflow, procedures, systems, etc. to assure that you and your employees are able to meet and exceed performance targets.</p> <h2>2. Learn Why, Not Just What and How</h2> <p>Understanding your purpose within the broader context of the company&rsquo;s mission can help you make better decisions faster. When you grasp how your job affects your employer&rsquo;s ability to serve customers, for example, you can act more intentionally and less robotically when quirky requests arise.</p> <p>You definitely need to master the content of your job description first. Otherwise, you&rsquo;ll seem like a lazy, sloppy worker who touts that she gets the &quot;big picture&quot; but can&rsquo;t handle basic duties. But knowing the overarching strategy of your company, team, and job function can help you navigate complicated issues and show others that you are capable of higher level responsibilities.</p> <h2>3. Run a Better Meeting</h2> <p>Conduct meetings that propel you forward, instead of keep you struggling with the same tired predicaments. To get there, you&rsquo;ll need to move beyond the good but incomplete guidance to prepare and stick with an agenda for an effective meeting.</p> <p>Consider adding these requirements to your meeting game plan:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Determine what you want to accomplish in the meeting (this step may involve putting together a proposal ahead of time so that you don&rsquo;t simply toss around ideas in the meeting)<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Figure out whether you can reach your goals through an email or a face-to-face session with just one or two individuals (and cancel the meeting if you don't really need one)<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Provide an agenda along with proposals and status updates before the meeting, and let everyone know what decisions are to be made so that participants can prepare for the session<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Ask for feedback and deal with concerns prior to the meeting, if possible, making sure that discussions are transparent and all who should be involved are part of important decisions<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Start the meeting on time and move through key points, allowing plenty of discussion but preventing side issues from dominating the conversation<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Take immediate action on decisions made at the meeting.</li> </ul> <p>For more discussion on how to run a better meeting, read the book &quot;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1936719169/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1936719169&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20" target="_blank">Read This Before Your Next Meeting</a>.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Automate One Aspect of Your Work</h2> <p>Get more done faster by automating a routine activity. For example, <a href="http://michaelhyatt.com/using-email-templates-to-say-%E2%80%9Cno%E2%80%9D-with-grace.html" target="_blank">create an email template for certain types of inquiries</a>, build a knowledge base that your staff can reference for routine situations, or create an Excel spreadsheet to handle certain types of calculations.</p> <p>Naturally, your efficiency will increase when handling these matters. But more importantly, because you are not using brainpower on mundane tasks, you will be able to tackle more challenging assignments.</p> <h2>5. Learn When to Sprint</h2> <p>Discern when you need to sprint (<a href="http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2009/02/sprint.html" target="_blank">go all out, for a short period of time</a>), instead of pacing yourself steadily for a long race. There are moments when you need to make quick decisions, days that you should go the extra mile, weeks when you need to accelerate your thoughts and actions to beat a deadline, and high-volume seasons when you must work extra hours.</p> <p>You can&rsquo;t go hard all the time. A consistently tired, burned-out employee doesn&rsquo;t perform well.</p> <p>But there are times when you need to apply extra, concentrated effort. Your boss may tell you outright when you are expected to stay late, your colleagues or customers might hint at their needs, or you may recognize situations that could benefit from intense focus. Being able to manage those short bursts and keep them from becoming routine can help you to improve performance at all times.</p> <h2>6. Learn More About Technology</h2> <p>No matter how adept you are at using technology, you can broaden your capabilities. Some knowledge can be put to use immediately for better results. For example, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/101-useful-things-you-can-do-in-15-minutes-or-less" target="_blank">you might take 15 minutes to learn how to use an online survey tool</a>, and another few minutes to design and send a survey to a group of customers.</p> <p>But even if you have no urgent need, becoming more skilled in tools you already use or getting familiar with new applications can guide long range planning or prompt ideas about ways to harness technology for a long standing issue.</p> <h2>7. Learn to Upsell</h2> <p>Whatever your take on corporate mandates to encourage add-on sales (that is, asking if the customer wants fries with the burger or an extended warranty for the electronics purchase) or push a higher priced product when the basic one seems fine, <a href="http://www.openforum.com/articles/how-to-up-sell-without-even-trying/" target="_blank">you can learn to upsell</a> while building great relationships with customers.</p> <p>The highest performing salespeople tend to have a talent for interacting with people and the ability to pinpoint customer needs (and wants). If you&rsquo;ve been struggling with canned pitches that seem to disregard customer relationships and don&rsquo;t deliver results, consider doing the following:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Learn and show that you know as much as possible about your company&rsquo;s products and services, marketing position, differentiating features, and real world applications compared to competitive offerings and substitutes.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Gain expertise in how customers use products and services in various scenarios (whether these are manufacturer approved uses or not).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Listen to customers without making assumptions and ask probing questions about their requirements or anticipated usage, preferences, and expectations.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Make a recommendation in a non-pressured way that allows the customer to affirm (and buy!) your selection or give you more information about concerns, needs, etc. so that you can formulate even better advice.</li> </ul> <p>Most people appreciate a tailored approach that clues them into why certain items could be beneficial and why certain features cost more, instead of being offered products indiscriminately.</p> <h2>8. Clean Up Your Space</h2> <p>Einstein&rsquo;s take on a cluttered work space (&quot;If a cluttered desk signs a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?&quot;) may <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/talking-trash-is-your-messy-mind-the-cause-of-your-messy-house" target="_blank">inspire you to leave a mess in your office</a>. But you may not be as efficient as you think, even if you know which pile contains what pieces of information. There&rsquo;s a psychic cost to having random stuff around, which may include fear that you&rsquo;ve forgotten something or missed an important deadline.</p> <p>Even if you have high productivity with a messy space, <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/jennagoudreau/2012/03/27/the-dangers-of-a-messy-desk/" target="_blank">most of your coworkers will still consider you unorganized or even lazy</a>. Generally, you&rsquo;ll need their cooperation with small matters and collaboration on major projects, so decluttering can improve internal relationships and win the support needed to achieve performance targets.</p> <h2>9. Improve Your Professional Capabilities</h2> <p>Keep learning.</p> <p>Read books, take classes, participate in industry events, earn certifications, etc. Even if the latest research tells you things you already know, you&rsquo;ll be able expertly articulate your position and increase your credibility among peers, leading to better communication and results. And, even if you disagree with the latest management or leadership techniques, knowing what people are talking about when they mention &quot;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Ocean_Strategy" target="_blank">blue ocean strategies</a>&quot;&nbsp;or tell women to &quot;<a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/geristengel/2013/03/27/for-women-to-lean-in-redesign-the-workplace/" target="_blank">lean in</a>&quot;&nbsp;is useful.</p> <p>More significantly, however, you may learn something new that you can apply to improving performance immediately.</p> <h2>10. Explain Obstacles to Your Boss</h2> <p>Let your boss know about insurmountable obstacles. Just be sure that you&rsquo;ve done your research, experimented with different methods to overcome these challenges, and pinpointed underlying problems. And, ideally, when you talk about obstacles, present a proposal with a solution and the resources required for implementation.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s a line between communicating roadblocks and shirking your job duties because of everyday difficulties. So, when you voice concerns, be sure to display innovative thinking and not tired exasperation. If your boss is reasonable and you&rsquo;re willing to try a fresh approach, you may be able to put an end to pervasive problems and achieve unprecedented outcomes.</p> <h2>11. Close the Feedback Loop</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;ve gotten even a smidgen of negative feedback in the last several months, check to see whether you&rsquo;ve successfully made changes envisioned by your boss or customers. You may have quickly made adjustments that led to obviously superior results. But you could have misinterpreted comments and fixed unrelated issues. Or, you may have dismissed concerns as fleeting grumpiness whereas your boss considered them clearly defined needs for improvement or your customers thought of them as deal-breakers if left unfixed.</p> <p>Whatever you did after receiving feedback, starting this conversation should help improve your performance. You may discover that adjustments have been well received and your boss or key customer appreciates your initiative, leading to greater connection that helps you work more effectively. And, well, if you totally missed the meaning of the feedback, it&rsquo;s better to find out now, instead of during an annual review or customer meeting.</p> <h2>12. Revisit Performance Objectives</h2> <p>Look at performance goals to refresh your memory, refocus your efforts, and reenergize your resolve to make things happen according to plan. Annual objectives are often developed using ideal circumstances as the norm. But as the year progresses, priorities shift, crises erupt, budgets get slashed, etc. So, even if you think you are doing all that your company requires based on immediate feedback, you should still revisit those documented goals.</p> <p>You could discover that the work habits you formed &mdash; when dealing with temporary setbacks, for example &mdash; have prevented you from meeting performance standards. You might notice that you were supposed to complete a couple of one-off tasks, like attend a professional seminar or develop a short list of alternate vendors for a routine purchase. You may recall that your boss put a high priority on a project, which seems to have stalled since then.</p> <p>Take action to adjust your routine to meet and exceed those standards, get those small but important chores completed, or raise the urgency of the project with your boss.</p> <p>The vision of the business owner I encountered on the bike trail was surely for patrons to enjoy a carefree ride, not struggle with broken equipment. She wasn't perfect, but she made things right as quickly as she noticed a mistake. Like her, pay attention to what's happening around you, and you'll likely find ways to improve your performance at work.</p> <p><em>What have you done to improve your performance at work?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/julie-rains">Julie Rains</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-improve-your-performance-at-work">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ace-your-next-performance-review-with-these-7-tricks">Ace Your Next Performance Review With These 7 Tricks</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/why-you-dont-need-a-college-degree-to-succeed">Why You Don&#039;t Need a College Degree to Succeed</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/12-ways-to-finally-get-that-promotion-this-year">12 Ways to Finally Get That Promotion This Year</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/7-ways-to-ace-your-next-performance-review">7 Ways to Ace Your Next Performance Review</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building business education career advancement performance review work performance Mon, 08 Apr 2013 10:24:41 +0000 Julie Rains 971614 at http://www.wisebread.com Trade in New Year's Resolutions for Achieving Life Goals http://www.wisebread.com/trade-in-new-years-resolutions-for-achieving-life-goals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/trade-in-new-years-resolutions-for-achieving-life-goals" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/how-to-reach-big-goalscr.jpg" alt="Happy woman" title="Happy woman" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s that time of year when everyone is throwing themselves enthusiastically into their New Year&rsquo;s resolutions. Running a marathon, paying off credit cards, finding a new job &mdash; these are all wonderful resolutions, but they are all fairly fleeting. New year, new goal. Next year, another goal. How are these goals helping you to achieve your overall life plan? Chances are, unless you&rsquo;ve already articulated that plan, you&rsquo;re not sure how each year&rsquo;s resolution is helping bring you toward your big-picture goals (if at all). This year, why not try writing a strategic plan for your life? The strategic plan forces you to articulate your biggest life goals and then empowers you to take action.</p> <p>Businesses do strategic planning all the time. Once a year or so, all high-level executives get together to discuss where they see the company going, where the company is presently, and how to get to achieve their objectives. Here&rsquo;s how to get started on your own strategic plan:</p> <h3>Define Your Goals</h3> <p>Before you get started on pursuing your life&rsquo;s dreams, you first need to clearly define what they are. Now, I can tell what you&rsquo;re thinking (I&rsquo;m awesome like that). &ldquo;Umm, Janey, that&rsquo;s stupid,&rdquo; you&rsquo;re saying. &ldquo;I want to be a lawyer. Easy. Done. <em>Finis.</em>&rdquo; WRONG. What kind of lawyer would you like to be? A corporate lawyer or trial lawyer? If you want to be a trial attorney, do you see yourself working in healthcare fraud litigation or insurance subrogation? (Twelve points if you know what insurance subrogation is.) See what I mean? Clearly defining your goals means visualizing the details and having the ability to verbalize them to others. Doing so gives you a clear goal to work <em>toward.</em></p> <h3>Research Your Goals</h3> <p>I recommend taking several weeks to define your goals in three main areas: career, relationships, and personal life (this is where I toss everything on my bucket list). This will take some serious self-reflection, as well as thoughtful research. If one of my goals was to be a biomedical engineer, for example, I would talk to professionals in private practice and in academia, research career paths one might take after obtaining a degree, and identify companies or institutions where I might like to work. Armed with that information, I would write a description of my ideal job. And relationship (with spouse, family, friends, etc.). And other life goals.</p> <h3>Assess Where You Are</h3> <p>After taking the time to define your life&rsquo;s biggest goals through research and introspection, I would assess where you currently are on your way toward those goals. You may already know that you&rsquo;re a software engineer at company X who wants to be CEO someday. Simple enough, right? Wrong again. Until you state your position in words, it might not become crystal clear that your company only hires outside talent to high-level management positions. Who are rabidly involved in community involvement through the company. Which you&rsquo;re not.</p> <h3>Determine Action Items</h3> <p>Of course, these intellectual exercises are fruitless if you don&rsquo;t attach some sort of actions to them. Once you know where you&rsquo;d like to be and where you currently are, connect the two. The bigger the goal, the more intermediate steps need to be taken to achieve it. In the example of the software engineer wanting to be CEO someday, it would be necessary to break action items into one-, five- and ten-year plans. Year one might be identifying a technology company that actually hires from within and networking with employees of that company, while the five- and ten-year plans would detail steps the employee might take to get a job there, become well-known in the company, and put herself on the path to upper-level management.</p> <p>As with all goals, each of these action items should be specific, measurable, and have a time-related component. Like a business, too, I would suggest putting together an &ldquo;advisory board&rdquo; &mdash; people who you respect and admire who have an interest in your success with the goal at hand. Tell them about your goal, as well as why you would like them to hold you accountable. Then, follow through. Set a reminder on your calendar to review your goals every three to six months and reassess whether you&rsquo;re on the right path and what progress you&rsquo;ve made. Update your advisory board. And congratulate yourself on taking action toward accomplishing your wildest dreams.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">For more information on setting goals, check out these articles on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/find-your-passion">finding your passion</a> and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-essential-financial-tips-for-kicking-off-your-career">financial tips for kicking off your career</a>.</p> <p><em>What are your thoughts on a strategic plan for your life? Have you created something like it, or do you plan to? Share your views 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/janey-osterlind">Janey Osterlind</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/trade-in-new-years-resolutions-for-achieving-life-goals">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/get-it-done-how-to-measure-your-goals">Get It Done: How to Measure Your Goals</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/12-proactive-things-you-can-do-right-now">12 Proactive Things You Can Do Right Now</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/eliminate-failed-new-years-resolutions-with-3-simple-steps">Eliminate Failed New Year&#039;s Resolutions with 3 Simple Steps</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-self-discipline-tricks-i-learned-from-the-marathon">4 Self-Discipline Tricks I Learned From the Marathon</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-ways-to-keep-your-new-years-resolutions">5 Ways to Keep Your New Year&#039;s Resolutions</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development achieving goals career advancement discovering passions Wed, 19 Jan 2011 13:00:07 +0000 Janey Osterlind 458870 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Start Your Own Blog http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-start-your-own-blog <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-start-your-own-blog" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/blogging.jpg" alt="Keyboard" title="Your blogging tool" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I'm a huge believer in <a href="http://www.thewriterscoin.com/2009/09/25/blogging-more-money-better-job/">starting a blog to further your career</a> &mdash; you'll learn so much in the process that in the end you'll become a better job candidate and a better employee. From SEO and writing skills to marketing and creativity, blogging can teach you a lot valuable skills.</p> <p>But how do you get started?&nbsp;Most people get caught up in the excitement and the first thing they do is start spending money. They buy a domain name, a few custom themes for their site, and hire a designer to create a logo.</p> <p>But take it from someone who's been doing it for years: that's not the right order. Here's a better way to get started:</p> <h2>Brainstorm</h2> <p>Starting a blog is like starting a business: you don't just get an idea and decide to launch it the next day. You need to think things through first.</p> <p>Here are some questions you should ask yourself:</p> <ul> <li>What are you so passionate about that you'll potentially write about every day?</li> <li>What makes your blog different?</li> <li>Is there an audience out there for what you'll be blogging about?</li> <li>Do you want to make money or is this strictly about drawing an audience or furthering your career?</li> <li>Do you have the time?</li> </ul> <p>When I started <a href="http://www.thewriterscoin.com/">The Writer's Coin</a>, I had been reading personal-finance blogs for a long time and it hit me &mdash; I could do this. There was a lot of stuff being written and only 15% of it was any good. I wanted to become a part of that 15%.</p> <p>I was also becoming very passionate about personal finance so I wanted an avenue to express that.</p> <p>And yes, when I heard people were making thousands of dollars a month, I wanted to make some money too. I didn't think through most of the questions I listed, and I&nbsp;had to learn that the hard way.</p> <h2>Practice</h2> <p>There are two major blogging platforms out there: <a href="http://www.blogger.com/" target="_blank">Blogger</a> and <a href="http://wordpress.com/" target="_blank">Wordpress</a>. I'm a Wordpress nut, so that's what I'm going to recommend every chance I&nbsp;get.</p> <p>But here's the best part: they're both free.</p> <p>I started blogging on thewriterscoin.wordpress.com &mdash; it was free because I wasn't using my own domain. It's great because it gives you a testing ground to see if this is really something you want to do without spending any money.</p> <p>The free version of Wordpress isn't as robust, but it's all you need to get started. And don't worry, if and when you decide to move on the next level, Wordpress makes it a smooth transition.</p> <p>Why is practicing for free such a big deal?&nbsp;Because most blogs die pretty quickly. Eventually, people realize they aren't as passionate about the topic or the idea of blogging after a month or so. So practicing lets you get started without spending any money &mdash; it's kind of like the <a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2006/11/21/the-ten-second-rule/">ten-second rule</a> only this one should last at least a few months.</p> <p>When I&nbsp;decided to launch a second blog about baseball, I&nbsp;first tested it out and sure enough, two months later I realized I didn't have the desire to make it an ongoing thing. Total cost: $0. I&nbsp;did write a bunch of posts and spend quite a bit of time on it, but I&nbsp;didn't spend any money. No harm, no foul &mdash; that's the point of starting on a free platform.</p> <p>It took me about three months before I&nbsp;realized that, yes, I wanted to keep doing this indefinitely. That's when I&nbsp;got my own domain and decided to step it up. And one thing you should know ahead of time: you will get better. So it's a good idea to get the <a href="http://www.thewriterscoin.com/2008/07/08/the-lesson-behind-shitty-first-drafts/">shitty first drafts</a> out of the way before you move up to the next level.</p> <h2>Make Time</h2> <blockquote><p class="style8">&quot;If you want to be a good writer you have to do two things &mdash; read a lot and write a lot.&quot; &mdash;Stephen King</p> </blockquote> <p>Same goes with blogging. If you thought all you'd be doing is writing, you're wrong. And guess what?&nbsp;You're going to need a LOT&nbsp;of time to do the reading and writing it takes to set up your blog.<strong><br /> </strong></p> <p>Set up a routine where you have a couple of hours a day to work on this. Trust me, you'll need every bit of that time and then some. For me, the mornings before I go to work are the best time: it's quiet and my brain is ready to roll.</p> <p>Some tips:</p> <ul> <li>Take a notebook with you wherever you go to jot down any ideas you may have about stuff to write about.</li> <li>Read <a href="http://www.problogger.net/">Problogger</a>, <a href="http://www.copyblogger.com/">Copyblogger</a>, and every blog related to your niche that you think is good. Every day.</li> <li>Write three posts a day if you can. The more you write early on, the quicker you'll find your voice.</li> <li>Use <a href="http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/">Creative Commons</a> for images &mdash; they make a big difference</li> <li>Network like crazy: without a community you'll have nothing.</li> </ul> <h2>Take it to the Next&nbsp;Level</h2> <p>So you went through all the steps and three months later you've got a blog you're still passionate about. But you want more. More flexibility, more features, more everything.</p> <p>Now's the time to buy your domain name. If you want a theme that isn't free, now's the time to do it. Want to hire someone to create a custom logo?&nbsp;This is the time. (I used <a href="http://www.logosforwebsites.com/">this guy</a>&mdash;he's good.)</p> <p>I know this last step is pretty vague &mdash; it could be a long post of its own &mdash; but once you've gotten to this point you should have a bunch of people that you can ask for help. That's how I&nbsp;learned: by asking questions.</p> <p>Now you're basically starting your own business. Success doesn't necessarily mean money, but it should mean you're getting what you want out of it. You should be learning new things, your writing should be getting better, and you should be getting to know new people in the space.</p> <p>These are all the reasons you started the blog in the first place, remember? Next time you go to an interview, regardless of what field you're in, showing a potential employer that you've taken the initiative to blog about what you do is a huge point that will make you stand out among other candidates.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carlos-portocarrero">Carlos Portocarrero</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-start-your-own-blog">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/if-youve-got-an-area-of-excellence-rich-can-be-arranged">“If you&#039;ve got an area of excellence…rich can be arranged.”</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/write-for-money-online-part-5-your-own-blog-or-website">Write for money online - Part 5 - Your own blog or website</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/quit-wasting-your-lunch-hour-on-lunch-or-how-you-can-change-your-life-in-just-45-minutes-a-day">Quit wasting your lunch hour on lunch (or how you can change your life in just 45 minutes a day)</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/welcome-all-you-magazine-readers-q-a-with-linsey-knerl">Welcome All You Magazine Readers: Q &amp; A With Linsey Knerl</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/22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them">22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> blogging career advancement Making Extra Cash Mon, 05 Oct 2009 14:58:02 +0000 Carlos Portocarrero 3677 at http://www.wisebread.com How to get a job--learn the secret from a bad movie http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-a-job-learn-the-secret-from-a-bad-movie <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-get-a-job-learn-the-secret-from-a-bad-movie" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/rambo-ette.jpg" alt="Rambo-ette" title="Rambo-ette" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="246" height="400" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>[Editor's note:&nbsp; If you recently lost your job, take a look at Wise Bread's collection of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lost-my-job-tips-for-the-recently-laid-off">tips and resources for the recently laid off</a>.]</em></p> <p>I've read a bunch of books on how to do a job search. They all talk about networking. They all talk about researching the company--knowing what they do and what they need done. They all talk about &quot;creating&quot; a job--presenting yourself as a solution to a problem. I read the books, but I didn't understand what they meant, until I saw this really bad movie.</p> <p>The movie was &quot;Let's Get Harry,&quot; and it's bad enough that the director didn't want his name on it. (It's an &quot;Alan Smithee&quot; film.) It's well worth missing, except for one bit near the beginning.</p> <p>The set-up is that a small-town American has been taken hostage in Colombia. The guy's friends decide to mount a rescue mission. Realizing that they'll need help, they take out an ad for a mercenary.</p> <p>The good bit is the stretch where the heros hire their mercenary. They interview a seemingly endless string of lunatics, nutcases, and losers--guys pretending to be dangerous, guys pretending to have connections, guys pretending to have mysterious pasts. Our heros are at the point of giving up, knowing that any these clowns would be worse than useless in a dangerous situation, when Robert Duvall shows up--and shows us how it's done.</p> <p>Duvall's character shows up having already done some research. He'd made the connection between news reports about an American kidnapped overseas and the interview taking place in the man's home town. He'd figured out what the mission was going to be. He'd done some research on the Colombian criminal element, and figured out what group had most likely done the kidnapping. He showed up with a photo of the guy the were trying to rescue and a photo of the head of the gang that had probably done the kidnapping.</p> <p>That little stretch of film made an impression on me that the job search books never had. Here was a worked example of how to create a job:</p> <ol> <li>Figure out what the employer's problem is.</li> <li>Figure out what the solution is.</li> <li>Present yourself as someone who can provide the solution.</li> </ol> <p>It was a revelation to me. Until then, I'd generally taken the lazy path in looking for a job--I showed up for the interview, expecting the employer to tell me what the problem was and what they'd decided to do to solve it. Then, I presented myself as someone with the expertise to do the work. In a high-demand field like software engineering, the lazy way can be successful, but it's never going to give you as good a job as one that's created for you.</p> <p>I got tempted down the path to the lazy way because it seemed so easy--and because it seemed stupid to do a bunch of work for a job I didn't even have yet. If they hired me to solve their problem, then I would. Until then, I had other stuff I'd rather be doing.</p> <p>What I didn't understand was that a position created for me could be <em>nothing but</em> stuff that I'd rather be doing. If that's the pay-off for a few hours of unpaid work, it's well worth it.</p> <p>There are plenty of insights in those job search books--good advice on networking, good advice on identifying the person who can say &quot;yes&quot; to hiring you, good advice on presenting yourself as a can-do person who can get the job done. I managed to get most of them from the books. It was just this one where I somehow never managed to make the connection until I saw this bad movie.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/philip-brewer">Philip Brewer</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-a-job-learn-the-secret-from-a-bad-movie">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/10-depressing-jobs-that-arent-worth-the-money">10 Depressing Jobs That Aren&#039;t Worth the Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-best-jobs-for-work-life-balance">4 Best Jobs for Work Life Balance</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-by-without-a-job-part-1-losing-a-job">Getting by without a job, part 1--losing a job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-common-job-hunt-tips-you-should-ignore">8 Common Job-Hunt Tips You Should Ignore</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/whats-an-employee-to-do-part-2">What&#039;s an employee to do? Part 2</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Job Hunting career career advancement how to job job search jobs movie movies Sat, 08 Mar 2008 13:41:53 +0000 Philip Brewer 1895 at http://www.wisebread.com Quit wasting your lunch hour on lunch (or how you can change your life in just 45 minutes a day) http://www.wisebread.com/quit-wasting-your-lunch-hour-on-lunch-or-how-you-can-change-your-life-in-just-45-minutes-a-day <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/quit-wasting-your-lunch-hour-on-lunch-or-how-you-can-change-your-life-in-just-45-minutes-a-day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/20dollarbill.jpg" alt="$20 dollar bill" title="$20 dollar bill" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Lunch hour has become recess, a chance to unwind and play a little bit. But it doesn't have to be. Those <span class="st">45</span> <span class="st">minutes</span> every day can be the reason you go to work and just the time you need to make some major changes in your life. Get ready to give a whole new meaning to the term lunch money.</p> <p><strong>Make money on your time </strong></p> <p>You have 45 minutes of scheduled free time every day. You can watch videos online, get trapped behind your desk, or you can do something useful- like launch your own business. By having time set aside every day, you no longer have an excuse not to launch your dream career. So, tap into your entrepreneurial side and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.inc.com/magazine/20040301/gettingstarted.html">start selling wine on your lunchbreak</a>.</p> <p>So, you're not the Coppola winery, what do you want to do? Get started on your business plan, website, or corporate logo. Even with just a few minutes a day, you'd be suprised how much you can accomplish in a week.</p> <p><strong>Back to school </strong></p> <p>As long as you're thinking about school recess, you might as well head back to the classroom. With online courses offering everything from certificate to master's degrees, your lunch time might be the right time to pursue an advanced degree. According to the U.S. Commerce Department's Census Bureau, an average working person can expect to earn $2.1 million over the course of their lifetime if they have a bachelor's degree. That number bumps up to $2.5 million if the have a master's degree. Think your lunch hour is worth $400,000? It is now.</p> <p>For those of you with MBAs in the crowd, take this step to the next level. Approach your local adult education center about teaching a series of business seminars or classes over lunch. Take your industry expertise or just best general business practices and structure a curriculum. Your rationale for offering the course can be that not everybody has time for classes, but everyone has time to eat. Say hello to a new profit center.</p> <p><strong>At work-out </strong></p> <p>Not a gym rat? Not a problem. With the new <a target="_blank" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vItEnuCAbK8">Nintendo Wii Fit </a> being launched soon, you'll be ready to get in shape with a video game. A wireless board serves as a base for the series of low-impact, core-centric workout programs. In many ways, this is the evolution of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yXoBTOpbL0">the Dance, Dance Revolution Workout</a> - where video games are masquerading as exercise routines.</p> <p>The challenge will be convincing your human resources department to purchase the game for corporate use as opposed to a stody corporate gym membership. That should be somewhat easier thanks to Michael Moore's documentary, Sicko.</p> <p>But perhaps the best way to approach HR is to pitch the idea as part of an employee fitness challenge that you would run. The goal would be to encourage your entire company to get in shape together. The beauty of this plan is that you'd be playing video games at work, improving your physical health, and getting noticed by management. Who is the creative genius in accounting with this great idea? That's you. Don't forget your fast track pants.</p> <p>Now that's a lunch hour that's truly satisfying.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jonathan-bender">Jonathan Bender</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/quit-wasting-your-lunch-hour-on-lunch-or-how-you-can-change-your-life-in-just-45-minutes-a-day">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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