Career Column

Your career is probably one of the most important aspect of your life. It helps define who you are, who you want to be, and what you’d like to be remembered for. As a young professional who has worked at two companies and dealt with two different corporate personalities, I try to impart my perspectives on the working climate today.


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How to Quit Your Job the Right Way

Quit your jobIt’s common, at some point, to decide that it’s time to quit your job. Whether you are moving on to a new position at a new company, or whether you are quitting the rat race altogether, you might feel as though you are ready for bigger and better things.

Your coworkers, and even your bosses, shouldn’t be forgotten, however. In fact, these same coworkers and bosses might be helpful to you down the road. You might need a letter of recommendation, or a former colleague might prove valuable as you network.

Before you quit your job, make sure that you are ready to do it right. Executive coach Kathi Elster is the author of Working With You is Killing Me, and she has 7 tips that can help you quit your job, hopefully without burning bridges:

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Do You Have to Quit Your Day Job to Be Happy?

New officeOne of the common career themes these days is the idea that you might be much happier if you are working for yourself, rather than for “the man.”

The dream is to start a side hustle, cultivate it, and then quit your day job so that you can have the freedom that comes with working from home. For some people, this makes sense. It makes sense for me. I love the flexibility that comes with working from home. I give up a little bit in terms of stability and regular income, but working from home suits me.

Even though I love working from home, I know that there are those who aren’t as interested in quitting their day jobs to work for themselves. The reality is that you don’t have to quit your day job in order to be happy. For many, the benefits of a day job outweigh the risks associated with quitting to become self-employed.


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5 Tips for Starting a Retirement Account When You Get Your First Job

RetirementYour first job is a major milestone. You can learn a lot from your first job, as well as start down the path toward financial freedom (if you manage your money right).

Unfortunately, too many us start first jobs and our thoughts go to how we’re going to spend our money. When I started my first job in high school — and even when I started my first job after college — I could think of little beyond how I was going to spend my money.

It didn’t really occur to me to save some of my money (even though my parents had tried to drill that lesson into my head), much less open a retirement account and start contributing. If you are starting your first job, it makes sense to pay attention to the future. Don’t forget to pay yourself first. Here are 5 tips for starting a retirement account with your first job:


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How to Build a LinkedIn Profile that Will Help You Get a Job

Linkedin ChocolatesLast year, CareerBuilder released the results of a survey indicating that 37 percent of employers look at social media as part of the hiring process. As our society becomes even more dependent on technology and the web, more employers are likely to take a look at your online activity, and make decisions about you. As a result, it’s vital that you present yourself in the best light on social media.

One of the web sites that’s especially important when it comes to making professional connections is LinkedIn. Your LinkedIn profile can make or break your job search. On top of that, if you are looking for a job, LinkedIn can be a way for others to find you. Even though I’m not in the market for a traditional job, LinkedIn has resulted in freelance gigs.

Here are some tips for building a LinkedIn profile that is more likely to help you get a job:

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What Happens When the Opt-Out Moms Want Back In?

Working mom As a work at home mom, I have a natural interest in all things related career and parenting. It’s been especially interesting to me to read recently pieces on what has become of the so-called opt-out generation. An article for the New York Times recently revisited the lives of women who had opted out of work 10 years ago. Where are they now? And is it possible for them to opt back in to the workforce?

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Looking for a Job? Don’t Forget the Hidden Job Market

handshakeMy husband is looking for a full-time teaching job right now. It’s been a bit tough in this market. However, he got what might have been a break a few days ago. He’s consulting on a project at the university where he is an adjunct. He received some interesting advice as a result of his work on this project: Go in an ask for a better situation.

Apparently, there’s some wiggle room — but it’s not something that’s exactly advertised. This is something that is increasingly common in the job market. Employers might not advertise their openings, or advertise their best job openings. Instead, you need to be plugged in to the hidden job market, keeping an ear to the ground as you look for opportunities that might not be common knowledge.

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How to Make the Most of Your Internship

internshipRecently, internships have been in the news, thanks to a recent ruling regarding unpaid internships. While the actual future of unpaid and low-paid internships remain in doubt, the reality is that internships are likely to continue to be a part of professional development.

No matter what you think of internships, and whether you are paid or not, they can offer a great stepping stone to your career. However, you have to be willing to do what it takes to make the most of your internship.

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Should You Move for a Job? 5 Things to Consider

move for a jobMany people dream of moving to a new city and getting a new job. In fact, that’s a prospect that my family is facing right now. My husband will be interviewing for a new job, in a new city halfway across the country.

We’re pretty sure that moving for the job (if it’s offered to him) is the right move for us. After all, my husband’s job as an adjunct isn’t fulfilling to him, and it doesn’t pay very well. But, just because moving to another city for a new job — and higher pay — is right for us, it doesn’t mean that it’s right for everyone.

Elizabeth Lions, career expert and author of I Quit! Working For You Isn’t Working For Me!, offers 5 items to consider before you pack up and move out:
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