An Interview with a Career Welfare Vampire!

Authored By Dave Webb

I heard you turned down a full time job with good benefits, is that true?

Yes!

Why?

If I had taken that job, I would have to take a big loss in my income per year.

How you figure that?

If I am under a certain income level, I qualify for Medicaid for me and my children. That insurance would cost me a lot of money otherwise.

If I am under a certain income level, I qualify for help with my utility bills.

I qualify for $350 a month in food stamps.

There are other benefits too. I am home a lot with my children while they are growing up.

I figure if I took that job, I would be down something like $1,000 in real income a month.

So if I took that job, I would not only not be home with my children, I would no longer qualify for any of these government benefits. I would have to make $35,000 a year to break even by working.

If I am working, I am paying taxes on that money. We all work for what we bring home, not what we make on paper. So if I (Read More….)

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With the rise of the Internet comes many job opportunities that could be the career of your dreams. Many people are realizing that they can easily work from home doing something they love and get paid for it. There are several key benefits to working from home.

The first benefit is that you will be able to set your own hours and be your very own boss. You can spend more time with your family without having to worry about rushing out into traffic to get to a dead-end job. Here are several ways to make money online and some tools you will need to bring your dreams to life:

Blogging – The first thing you will need to determine is what type of online career you would like to have. One of the most popular at the moment is blogging. There are a few ways that you can make money by owning your own domain and blogging about yourself. Certain companies will actually pay you to blog about their item or service.

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Most people understand that a college degree gives graduates huge advantages in the job market. What is less well understood is the fact that this beneficial effect of further education is amplified during times of economic distress. In recent years, the general unemployment rate has hovered around nine or ten per cent, but the unemployment rate for those who hold a college degree has been half that. The ability to find a well-paying job when opportunities are becoming scarce is invaluable, but this is only one of many ways in which a college degree can help you to kick-start your career.

A World of Opportunities

Employers hire based on the knowledge and skills that a prospective worker can bring to a firm. Pursuing a college degree provides students with a well-rounded educational base that enables them to tackle diverse challenges for the remainder of their lives. It may seem that a course in medieval German literature has very little to do with the real world, but apart from every other consideration, university-level coursework helps students to acquire two vital things that most employers desire: critical (Read More….)

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Thanks to the economy, many people are returning to college to get a better education. More people understand just how important an education is to obtain a professional career. In fact, many college graduates are pursuing their Master’s degree and even Doctorate. However, obtaining a post-education can become expensive. To help you offset some of these costs for college courses, here are some tips.

1. Take Online Classes

These days, returning to school can be really stressful, especially for working professionals who may have a life and family to take care of. Because of this, many people are taking their college courses online. Taking online classes is not only convenient, it is also inexpensive. There are no meal plan fees, library fees, college campus fees and other fees associated with in-person learning. Moreover, many of the Nation’s top programs can be accomplished online, such as IT degrees, criminal justice, Business and software development.

2. Buy Used Books

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A new study published in the Journal of Career Development confirms what women have long suspected: Employers are less likely to grant interviews to older workers. The good news is that there are concrete things older women can do to improve their odds of being hired, even if they have substantial gaps in their employment histories.

The authors of the article, Emily Johnson and Joanna Lahey, focused on how various factors influenced the behavior of potential employers. Factors considered included the applicant’s age, job experience, training and off-the-job activities such as volunteering, hobbies and sporting activities. The authors also explored the effect of long gaps in an applicant’s employment history. Specifically, the study focused on how these factors impacted an employer’s willingness to grant interviews.

As part of the study, the researchers submitted different resumes to over 3500 employers from a variety of different fields, then looked at what the resumes that resulted in interview requests had in common. The jobs chosen for the study were all entry-level positions (Read More….)