career

Will I Get a Raise This Year? And What Is The Average Raise?

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Unless you are a senior executive of a Fortune 500 company you probably won’t be seeing a double digit raise this year. According to the seventh annual Compensation Planning Survey by Buck Consultants, workers who were among the highest-rated at their firm got average raises of 4.3% in 2013, an increase of just 0.2% from […]

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The Business of Being the Best – 7 Key Characteristics

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In every field, certain individuals excel and demonstrate outstanding performance. Many aspire to emulate these leaders, but are unsure how to attain their goal. In The Business of Being the Best, Molly Fletcher suggests that the top performers in all professions have a common set of traits. She believes that everyone can study these seven […]

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Middle Class Doomed as Millionaires Boom – How You Can Join the Ranks of the Rich

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According to a recent report from the Deloitte Center for Financial Services, the total number of US families with a net worth of over $1 million will double by 2020. All this while the unemployment rate hovers around 10% amidst a tight job market undergoing significant structural reform. Overall, the U.S. and Europe have the […]

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Job Outlook and Prospects: The Usual Suspects and Some Surprises

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There is little more on the minds of college students or those considering getting a higher education degree than what occupation will offer decent career opportunities after graduation. Some look at income, and others look toward landing that first job and paycheck. Others look longer term to find a job with a defined career path […]

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Understanding Your W2 Employer-Employee Reporting Form

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The IRS has just released the 2011 W2 Form which employers use to report employee wages, bonuses and other benefits received during the year; along with taxes (federal, state, medicare and social) that were withheld. It also shows voluntary pre and post tax contributions made to your 401K and company health programs. W2 Changes in 2011 […]

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If Salary and Living Expenses Were Covered, What Would You Do For a Living?

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The title of this post was the basis for an MBA application question I recently answered. It really got my thinking about my career goals and aspirations. Here’s my response to the question, followed by some thoughts. What do you think and how would you spend your life if money was not a factor? If […]

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Best Job Prospects, Occupations and Professions in the Next Decade – 2010, 2011, 2012 to 2018

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There is no doubt that the nation is going through one its toughest employment periods in a long time. With unemployment rates close to 20% across many regions, it’s tough for current job seekers and new graduates trying to get into the workforce. This is why it is even more important to arm yourself with […]

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The Must Have Second Career For Everyone

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Every person dreams of finding the career that is not only financially sustainable but also rewarding personally. Many people may spend a good portion of their adult life on the quest for such a career. What many people don’t remember as they work through the years either finding or building their dream career is the […]

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Bringing Kids to Work or Not – Good Idea or Career Limiting Move

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One of my colleagues brings her kids to work on days that schools or their day-care is unexpectedly closed. Her kids are about 5 and 7, and she brings either one or both depending on the circumstance. I would say on average, she brings the “kids to work” about 7-10 times a year. Overall the […]

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21 Signs that you are losing interest in your job

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At some point in time most of us have been through periods where we lose interest in our jobs or assignments we are involved in. This is only a problem if the lack of interest persists for more than a few weeks and noticeable changes in behavior occur. Here are 21 sure signs that you […]

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