Parental leave is technically a basic human and citizen right, but its paid forms are becoming more and more of a luxury in the current work field. It usually falls on employers whether they want to offer an extended paid parental leave, and since many small and medium companies are already struggling to survive on the harsh market, very few of them are generous in this department. [Read more…]
The paradise of employer sponsored health insurance for otherwise insured spouses is reaching its end. If up until this moment, the spouse of a well-insured person was happy to enjoy some of the benefits which came from their partner’s health insurance, this won’t be such an affordable option anymore. The newest healthcare trends in the world of insurance business are moving towards making employers refuse to extend their insurance plans to their employee’s spouses, due to a new spousal surcharge. [Read more…]
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Are you interested into trying your hand to some small-scale investments of your personal finances? That’s a wonderful way to expand your portfolio and personal expanses. Even higher education facilities such as the Harvey Mudd college offer ROI for their students and investors. First of all, you should know that’s a very good idea, since your personal earnings can only get you so far. Second of all, the world of investments may seem a little intimidating at first if you’re a beginner, but we will walk you through the basics of what you need to know. Today’s post will give you all the required details about the return on investment (ROI), the ROI formula and all you need to know about using a ROI calculator. [Read more…]
The option to pursue a business administration degree has been a steadily popular one among college applicants over the past decade. Part of this specialization’s appeal to the public lies precisely in its appearance of a degree one could land an important job with. While this assumption isn’t necessarily wrong, the field being quite a valuable and needed one, many graduates find themselves wondering: what can you do with a business administration degree? For those of you wondering the same thing, don’t worry: there are plenty of goof bachelors in business administration jobs on the market, and the median salaries for this profession are also pretty impressive. [Read more…]
If you get the opportunity of a freelance job or two while not employed elsewhere, you should obviously be happy about it and not turn it down. Unemployment benefits will only go so far (a few months after terminating your last employment), and, also, the larger the gap in your employment history, the harder it will be to explain it at your next interview. Even if a freelance contract job isn’t actually a job (as in traditional employment) per se, it’s still an honourable way to list your previous work experience in front of a recruiter. Not to mention the more than welcome cash flow. [Read more…]
Are you a wedding planner or aspiring to become one? We previously covered the basics of how to become one, but today it’s time to look at what the average salary of a wedding planner looks like across the nation, see what factors way in the final figures and so on. Besides this deeper look into the key factors and statistics for the wedding planner salary, we will also share a few insider tips on how these earnings can be increased and what can be done to become one of the top paid wedding planners in your business area. [Read more…]
There are reports of various signs of economic recovery in many financial sectors of both the public and private sector. Is the economy improving, really? All statistics seem to indicate that yes, this is indeed the case. This is potentially good news for job seekers everywhere, since many positions are now ‘thawed’ and employers are hiring again. If you’re looking for a job that finally suits your specialization, or if you’re already employed in a position matching your skills, but you’d still like to access a better one, now is the time. But this improving economy also has its own peculiarities when it comes to an efficient job search, and you could gain more advantages if you know how to navigate it right. [Read more…]
A recent Payscale article about the top college ROI rate among our nation’s universities ranks Harvey Mudd College as first first place. The ROI (or college return on investment) rate basically serves as an index on how worthwhile college debt is based on typical earnings following graduation. On average, Harvey Mudd offers the most lucrative degrees in higher education. That means that following graduation from most degrees or programs offered at this school (they also possess a graduation rate of 91%), graduates should expect to earn a high enough wage to be able to pay back college debt quickly while still enjoying a comfortable life style. [Read more…]
We all know that our economy of the past few years, despite its improvements, hardly continues to offer a land of opportunity as it once did as far as salaries go. The disappointment from being paid less than you deserve is even greater when you also have a college degree (which would normally increase your pay). Some majors and specializations prove much more disappointing than others in terms of the financial compensation in post-graduation employment. To give you a heads-up, we’ve assembled this top of the lowest paying majors which lead to some of the lowest paying jobs in America requiring a degree. Keep in mind, these are not the worst college majors in our country. We don’t want you to get the impression that these majors are necessarily bad just because our society devalues them and deems them less than useful. Rather, these majors typically lead to the lowest compensation rates. Many of these jobs are actually quite vital to our society as a whole. Personal rewards may have to supersede financial gains. [Read more…]
In this month’s link round-up, we will bring into perspective a more nuanced issue rarely talked about in professional articles assessing the job market: networking tips for introverts. It is a well-known fact by now that enhancing your map of professional connections (and even asking your friends for some useful introductions) can advance your career goals considerably, which is precisely the cause for all the networking-focused articles out there. But what few advisors acknowledge freely is how hard it is for otherwise extremely competent and well-prepared professionals to successfully network if they fall on the wrong side of the personality test, namely if they’re introverts.
Introversion does not equate to social inferiority in any way and each personality trait has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. However, in the realm of first impressions and especially in the somewhat colder business environments, extroverts are at a clear advantage when compared to introverts who may appear weaker, less confident, or even downright hostile (without it being the case by far). To help out with this issue, especially considering that there are a lot more introverts among us than people would think, we’ve put together a resource round-up of articles addressing this issue in their broader topic of networking tips. This way, you will have a better start on how to find the right career and how to expand your network horizon even if your people skills are a bit strained.
An Introvert’s Guide to Networking – The opening link on our list should definitely be this comprehensive guide from Harvard Business Review. Written in 2012, it still strikes close to home for anyone dealing with this discomforting tension between how they’d like to react in business situations and how they manage to come off as. The magazine has revisited the topic in this 2014 story with even more specific networking tips for introverts, so make sure you read it as well.
How Introverts Can Network without Changing Their Personalities – This recent story written by Lisa Evans focuses on making the struggle less of a struggle: the idea isn’t to go out of your way to emulate the explosive style of people who are more comfortable with spontaneous social interactions. Instead, you should focus on giving your unique qualities a chance to shine at the job. You may even be surprised at how you can manage your social relations in your professional sphere in a way that extroverts wouldn’t be able to.
WikiHow: How to Network If You’re an Introvert – This evergreen resource can prove to be a valuable guide and starting point to both extroverts and introverts alike when preparing for professional networking. The process is described in easy and clear steps, so that you know what to expect and what to tackle, so feel free to consider this short read your networking Bible if you’re not dealing with any introversion issues.
Networking for Introverts by Emily Schuman – A more personal take on the matter, written by a charming blogger recounting for us the discomfort of always comparing yourself with your more extroverted peers and how to get over the issue and find your inner networking strengths.
Forbes: An Introvert’s Guide to Small Talk – This recently published and completely relatable Forbes guide on networking for introverts focuses on what they call ‘8 painless tips’ and after reading it you will realize it resembles the best coaching talk you ever had. The anxiety that comes with networking as an introvert (and also the anxiety that comes with working as part of a team on a daily basis) will really be diminished after you go through these few tips, and you can start looking forward to your professional network more.
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