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Original articles from Sarah Brooks.
 
Up Your Career, One Step at a Time
You've graduated college, landed a decent job with room for advancement, and are satisfied with your pay. So now what? Unfortunately, you can't just coast along, even if you're not looking to get promoted right away. Nowadays, people need to continue investing in themselves in order to simply keep their current job.

Up Your Career, One Step at a Time
You've graduated college, landed a decent job with room for advancement, and are satisfied with your pay. So now what? Unfortunately, you can't just coast along, even if you're not looking to get promoted right away. Nowadays, people need to continue investing in themselves in order to simply keep their current job.

Yea or Nay to Hiring Telecommuters?
Due to the many advantages of hiring telecommuters, more and more industries are jumping on the telecommuting bandwagon. Telework Research Network found that 30 million Americans work from home at least one day per week and that number is expected to increase more than 60 percent over the next few years.

Can You Be Overqualified?
Today's job market is tough — for those without a degree, for college graduates that hold a Bachelor's degree, and for those that hold a Master's degree or higher. With that in mind, can too much education or experience ever be a hindrance in today’s job market?

Up Your Career, One Step at a Time
You've graduated college, landed a decent job with room for advancement, and are satisfied with your pay. So now what? Unfortunately, you can't just coast along, even if you're not looking to get promoted right away. Nowadays, people need to continue investing in themselves in order to simply keep their current job.

How Costly is the Gap in Your Resume?
Whether you've been laid off, fired, or quit, if you don't have a job ready and waiting for you, you're going to have a gap in employment on your resume. And unfortunately, the bigger that gap gets, the harder it's going to be to finally land a job. Currently, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the U.S. unemployment rate sits at 6.2 percent as of July 2014.

Cast a Wide Social Networking Net to Keep Career Options Open
Job-seeking has taken on a whole new meaning thanks to the ever-growing world of social media. No only do you just send out resumes, but now job-seeking is also about connecting with people and businesses. Research tell us that more than 80 percent of small and medium-sized businesses use social media to grow their business.

Careers vs. Babies
While some moms have the option of staying home or going back to work, many do not. Moms may be single, they may have a partner or husband who isn't working, or they may simply need the additional income that working provides. It's not always a matter of which is more important, it's a matter of what needs to happen in order to survive.

Dealing With Pregnancy in the Work Place
Having a baby is one of the most remarkable experiences of your life. That being said, it doesn't come without a price. Pregnancy and babies are expensive, and having the right health insurance in place matters, especially in the workplace.

Health Insurance for Employees
The cost of healthcare for employers has been rising astronomically over recent years, making it difficult for small businesses to continue offering health coverage to employees. The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF)/Health Research & Educational Trust 2013 Employer Health Benefits Survey found that annual premiums for family health coverage average more than $16,000. This is up 4% from last year and costs nearly $10,000 more than it did 10 years ago.

Are You Social Enough Online?
Almost 1.5 billion people use Facebook. Twitter, Google+, and Instagram aren't far behind. As those in the world of marketing know, social media isn't just for connecting with family and friends; it's essential for branding, word of mouth, and networking. This, of course, makes social media very important in the job world, too.

Do Health Benefits Trump Creative Challenge?
When choosing a job, is the benefits package one of your deciding factors? Are you slowly ebbing away from that dream designer or marketing job in favor of low co-pays? For many people, working for a company that offers a superior health benefits plan is a top priority, especially for families.

Raising the Bar on Earning More Money
After putting in hours upon hours, day after day at your job, the truest gesture of appreciation comes in the form of a raise. Sure, a "thank you" here and there or a Saturday barbecue hosted by your boss is nice, but most employees agree that nothing says "I value your hard work" more than a good 'ole fashioned raise.

Does the Dress Make the Office Woman?
It can be incredibly challenging for a woman to know what she should or shouldn't wear in the office. Some women dress a little too provocatively, possibly making their male coworkers uncomfortable or, even worse, making their coworkers or bosses view them as “unprofessional.”

Is One of Your Skills Negotiating a Raise?
Negotiating is a part of life. My husband and I recently purchased a car and really had to work the dealership down on what we were willing to pay. My husband's not much of a negotiator and probably would have bought the car for sticker price had I not been there.

Is Your Career Keeping You Financially Afloat?
It can be incredibly challenging to support yourself and your family on one, or even two salaries. This leads many Americans to work both a full-time and a part-time job. People may work in an office Monday through Friday, then work a few nights per week or on weekends, too. Though this will help you make ends meet, it can be very difficult to be able to balance all of this work plus any sort of personal life outside of work. Just how many people are working more than full-time?

The Changing Face of HR
What does an HR director do? In the past, HR directors or managers were in charge of payroll, keeping track of sick days and vacation days, and benefits for the employees. Now, HR directors are more in charge of employee retention rates, training, hiring and firing, and finding the most qualified people for a specific role. While they may still handle the administrative tasks, HR is focused more on the people and the improvement of the company.

Can You Be Overqualified?
Today's job market is tough — for those without a degree, for college graduates that hold a Bachelor's degree, and for those that hold a Master's degree or higher. Schooling aside, the job market can even be tough for experienced, well-qualified candidates. Degrees and work experience just aren't what they used to be, and it's getting tougher and tougher to find a job.

How to Shy Away From Office Politics
If you've ever worked in an office, you know that office politics are a way of life. They exist everywhere and can be tricky to avoid, but there are things you can do to stay out of the drama and keep your work life exactly what it is — work.

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