Using LinkedIn To Boost Your Professional Brand

Quite frankly, the quality of LinkedIn profiles for people 25 years old and younger is underwhelming. What gives? LinkedIn is a great tool that can be used to connect with industry professionals and to brand oneself as a business samurai, so to speak. No matter how hard everyone tries, they’ll never get anywhere on LinkedIn without […]

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Trying to be more efficient? Try out these tips and tricks

There are only so many hours in the day. Use these ideas to help you make the most of them. Manage financial accounts online. Direct deposit your paycheck and log in to your financial institution’s website to check balances and set up automatic payment for bills. Store everything on the cloud. Most new computers come with […]

10 Ways to Make Moving In with Your Parents Painless

There is no shame in moving back in with your parents, but things will definitely be different the second time around. You are still their baby, but throwing a fit about it won’t help. Here are 10 suggestions to help make the move an arrangement between adults and avoid an R rating for violence and […]

How to Better Present Yourself to Future Employers

The job market isn’t just somewhere to look for jobs. It’s where you sell your most valuable asset: experience. Whether you have aspirations of freelancing or climbing the corporate ladder, representing yourself well goes a long way toward getting that gig. On Paper Consider whether the person reading a whole pile of résumés is going […]

Can You Haggle Your Way to a Better Deal?

Modern American shoppers may not practice it often, but haggling is in our blood. The art of haggling was embraced in the U.S.A. until the late 1800s, when the concept of the sticker price was introduced. By the 1930s, sticker prices on everyday purchases were well established. In Asia, Africa and Latin America, however, haggling […]

The Benefits of Being Engaged in Your Work

Let’s be honest — our generation gets a bad rap, particularly in the world of work. Publications like the New York Times and Philadelphia Business Journal along with huge companies like PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte — and seemingly every group in between — have spoken out about “Millennials in the Workplace”. Some call us entitled, lazy and arrogant; others call us innovative, energizing and […]

Time to Develop Your Marketable Skill Set

Even after you land a job, industries change and job climates fluctuate — which means that paycheck may not be a sure thing. Future-proofing your career by being marketable, well-networked, and flexible could be critical to surviving in the future. Sure, hope for the best, but anticipate the worst: Take these steps to be as […]

10 Easy Ways to Become a Better Networker

The key to becoming and being great at networking is not how many business cards you can hand out, but how memorable you can make yourself to others. Networking is the most effective way to get on the inside track of your chosen industry. However, making a connection that will last beyond an initial meeting […]

Filing Bankruptcy: Is it worth the fresh start?

When Antonio can’t pay his debt in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, the creditor asks for a pound of flesh. Nowadays if you’re dangerously in the hole, you can’t give up a hand but you can file for bankruptcy. If your debt is discharged, creditors can no longer collect on those debts, and you’re no longer liable […]

Overdraft Drama: How to keep your money safe

Don’t count on your debit card or check being rejected at the register when you don’t have enough money to cover your purchase. Quite frequently, you can walk out of the store with not only your purchase, but an account that’s now in the red and an overdraft fee from your financial institution. As long […]

An Overview on the Average Cost to Raise a Kid

Let’s be honest, having and raising a child is an opportunity to shape the next generation and is one of the most selfless acts you can commit. Plus, babies smell nice (sometimes) and are cute — have you seen those mini pink UGGs and tiny dishes? It can be hard not to get the “itch” […]

What to Do When You’re Ready to Leave Your Job

So, you’ve officially hit the working world, nabbed an alright gig and have been on the clock ever since. But, now you think you’re ready for the next stop. A few years ago, I was in this same position. Before graduating from Central Michigan University, I had a job offer in hand as an account […]

The Numbers Add Up: Buying versus renting

Looking for housing is a fate everyone eventually faces. Usually this starts with looking for a place to rent — an apartment or a house — and sharing it with roommates. But is renting really the best option? Renting can be easier and requires less risk, but for those willing to look into buying their […]

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