Career Development

Is It Time to Turn Your Side Hustle Into Your Main Gig?

More than 53 million Americans work as independent contractors according to a 2014 study issued by the Freelancers Union. LinkedIn research forecasts independent workers will comprise 40 percent of the workforce by 2020. That’s a substantial percentage of the workforce operating independently already, and a significantly larger number predicted to be working for themselves in just a couple years. The “gig economy” is in full-force  and shows no signs of slowing down. Quite a few people will likely leave their full-time jobs to work for themselves over the next couple years. The prospect of working for yourself and building your…

Freelancing and Consulting: Becoming Your Own Boss Out of Necessity

In many ways, being your own boss is the embodiment of the long-held American dream. Currently, an estimated 53 million people are working as independent contractors and that number is expected to continue rising for the foreseeable future, comprising a full 40 percent of the workforce by 2020. A recent study by the Freelancers Union and Upwork found that while 63 percent of freelancers were working independently voluntarily, that means 37 percent – a not-insignificant portion – were doing so out of necessity. Much of that 37 percent are workers who were laid off or otherwise let go from full-time positions…

Tips for Moving Forward in Your Career

“Moving your career forward” is an interesting term. For a long time, people only thought about “moving up”—getting in the door at a good company and rising through the ranks. But working for a living has changed. Where “job” and “career” used to be more or less synonymous, today’s careers can span multiple jobs at multiple companies. A career is becoming more and more a journey through a series of working experiences than a measure of tenure within a company or profession. If you’re in a position where you’re feeling the need to move forward—to a higher salary, a more…

6 Ways Giving Back to Your Community Boosts Your Career

The happy glow you get from volunteering in your community can do more than make you feel good – it can also help advance your career. Here are six of the many ways it pays to be a great volunteer: Expand Your Professional Network When you volunteer you meet new people. As you get to know them better, you may chat about your job and your goals. You never know if the person raking leaves next to you is looking to hire someone with your skills and ambitions, or can lead you to a new opportunity. Bond With Your Co-Workers…

5 Tips to Give Your Career a Boost

Do you feel like a zombie plodding to and from work every day, uninspired and zapped with joy? Does your paycheck make you frown? Has stress made you so tense that you could karate chop a board with your bare hand right now without flinching? If you answered yes to any of these questions – you’re due for a career reboot! With the holidays quickly approaching, the New Year will be here before we know it. But there’s still time to end the year strong! Before you get distracted with Turkey recipes and Black Friday sales, set aside some time…

How to Get a Raise in 5 Simple Steps

The year is quickly coming to an end, and for many, that signals the fourth quarter is right around the corner. We all know what that means – year-end performance evaluations and opportunities for raises and promotions will be here quickly. Do you have high hopes of getting a raise or a promotion this year? If so, now is a great time to prepare for these interviews and evaluations, and put your best foot forward. With a little extra commitment, combined with some practice and preparation, you can increase your chances of getting a raise with five simple steps. Compensation…

The 5 Best and Worst Cars for Millennials

As thousands of Millennials across the country are graduating from college and entering the real world, affordable transportation becomes a primary concern. While a growing number of grads will bypass car ownership altogether for popular rideshare options like Uber and Zipcar, most will opt for their own set of wheels. According to a 2015 report from J.D. Power & Associates, the share of new vehicles purchased by Millennials had increased from 18 percent in 2010 to 27 percent in 2014. As a graduation present from SelectQuote Auto & Home, here are the five best and worst cars for millennials: Five…

What They Don’t Teach You

If one or more of your kids have graduated from college in the past year, then you probably know all too well how difficult it is to land a job right out of school these days. According to the US Department of Labor, the unemployment rate for graduates with bachelor’s degrees rose from 11.5 percent in 2013 to 14.9 percent in 2014. And a 2011 online poll conducted by the National Endowment for Financial Education revealed that nearly 60 percent of parents in the US provide financial support to adult children who are no longer in school. But before you…

5 Ways for Small Business Owners to Stay Out of the Red

As every small business owner knows, you pay the cost to be your own boss. While there are certainly benefits to running your own enterprise, being a small business owner means you have to worry about a long list of matters – like payroll, overhead and benefits packages – that you don’t when you work for someone else. This month, the US Small Business Administration observed its 52nd annual National Small Business Week. To celebrate, here are five tips to keep your small business out of the red. Maintain a Powerful Brand Image No matter how small your company, a powerful…

Adult Education: 5 Reasons Why You Should Never Stop Learning

After spending the first 20 plus years of our lives in a classroom, the idea of going back to school as an adult can hold very little appeal – especially for those of us with demanding jobs and families to support. Contrary to what you may believe, however, continuing your education can be beneficial not only to your career but to your mental health and family life. And given the explosion of online courses and educational technology in recent years, learning has never been easier or more accessible. Here are five great reasons to continue your education no matter how old…

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