Enhance Your Career Skills for Free

Perhaps you're re-entering the workforce after taking time off to raise a family, or you've managed to nab a job at a company you've been eyeing for years. Maybe you're just looking for a career change. Either way, a number of free online programs and courses can help you hone your business skills and increase your self-confidence. That promotion may be just around the corner.   Effective Public... Continue reading

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Switching Careers

Maybe you've gone as far as possible in your current career, and simply changing jobs won't improve your life. The handwriting on the wall says to go. Now what? There's plenty to consider before changing careers, but start by asking yourself three key questions. Can I afford to change careers? More earnings potential might look very attractive, but without experience in the new field you might... Continue reading
How to Leave a Job on Great Terms

How to Leave a Job on Great Terms

Date: November 2, 2016 Though you might be excited for a new job opportunity or just grateful for leaving an old one, departing gracefully from your job is one of the best things you can do for your professional future. No matter how many enemies you have there or how happy you are to walk out, exit like a professional. Here's how. Give Your Boss Appropriate Notice You don't want the boss to hear... Continue reading

How to Thrive After Being Laid Off

It doesn't matter if they call it being laid off or downsized— losing your job isn't a fun experience. But some of the best and the brightest experience job loss — including Walt Disney, who was fired for not being creative enough — so take heart. The key to surviving and even thriving after a lay off is to deal with the emotions you’re feeling, make a plan and take action.   Continue reading

Tips To Be Your Own Accountant

Most people only think about accountants at tax time, but running the numbers is a year-long duty. A good accountant can take some of the tedium out of doing your paperwork, but the reality is that many people can handle being their own accountant just fine. An eye for detail and a knack with numbers can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a professional accountant. Some simple tips... Continue reading
5 Things Holding You Back From a Promotion

5 Things Holding You Back From a Promotion

You thought that this time you'll surely get tapped to move up the ladder, but once again, the promotion went to somebody else. You want to know who got in your way, but the fact is, your own work behavior is likely the reason you were skipped over. Here are five things you may be doing to trip yourself up.   Dealing Poorly With Disappointment Writer Ernest Hemingway famously defined courage as... Continue reading

Tips for Writing a Business Plan

A business plan describes your company's future. This essential document usually looks ahead for three to five years and sets out the methods the company plans to use to grow and increase revenues. It's important to use the right data when creating it. Exactly what information you must include depends on who your target audience is. Here are some tips for putting together a business plan to be... Continue reading
What Makes a 'Good' Entrepreneur?

What Makes a 'Good' Entrepreneur?

An entrepreneur is a businessperson; someone who starts up and operates a business and assumes financial risks in order to do so. You may think of entrepreneurs as innovators in the tech sector, but the woman who opens a lumberyard and the man who starts up a neighborhood Cuban restaurant fit the profile just as well as Steve Jobs. So what does it take to be a good entrepreneur? Here are a few... Continue reading

Is An Online University Right For You?

Date: August 10, 2016 Working adults who want to further their education may not be able to quit their jobs or decrease their employment hours to do so. Juggling work life with the responsibilities of taking care of a family may not leave much room for a traditional campus university education. One option is to enroll with an online university so you can study on your schedule. Be sure to do... Continue reading

Ways to Rethink Your Job Search

Date: July 12, 2016 When it comes to job hunting, we all know the usual routine: Polish your resume, fill out several dozen applications and wait for the email to arrive or the phone to ring. In reality, this seldom works. Only about 2 percent of all job applicants ever get that phone call for a first interview — and for good reason. When hundreds of people are applying for the same job, the odds... Continue reading