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Pros and cons to early retirement

<strong>Pros and cons to early retirement</strong>
Metro ServiceRetiring early is a complex issue that requires weighing the pros and cons. A lifetime of working compels many people to look forward to their retirement. Some people even work to retire early. But what are the advantages of early retirement beyond starting a life of leisure? And are there any detriments to this plan? A 2014 survey by the financial services provider TIAA-CREF found that 37 percent of Americans plan to retire before age 65. However, many of them will not have control over the matter. Those who do may want to consider the pros and cons of early retirement. Advantages Many people seek early retirement so that they (more…)
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Explore these in-demand professions

<strong>Explore these in-demand professions</strong>
Metro ServiceWhen considering changing careers, people may want to consider various professions that are currently booming. The days of spending an entire career with one company are a thing of the past. According to data published in The Balance: Careers, the average professional switches jobs 10 to 15 times in his or her lifetime, while the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the average employee tenure in 2016 was 4.2 years. Understanding which fields have a high rate of growth can ensure men and women make smart choices when switching jobs. The following are the top-rated careers, based on data from the BLS, U.S. News & World Report and Glassdoor. Mathematician: (more…)
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Are you taking full advantage of your workplace benefits?

Millennials are a generation with unique financial challenges. Seven in 10 possess student loan debt, according to the Institute for College Access and Success’ “12th Annual Report, Student Debt and the Class of 2016.” Combined with car loans, housing expenses and entry level salaries, it’s no surprise to learn that many young workers lack the savings necessary to cover unexpected medical costs. To help strengthen their financial situation, experts say that this generation should take a closer look at their available workplace benefits to see if they have access to voluntary benefits, often also referred to as supplemental health insurance policies. “Having health insurance is not always enough. Someone with a (more…)
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Stay mentally fresh during the workday

<strong>Stay mentally fresh during the workday</strong>
Metro ServiceA cup of coffee may provide some caffeine-infused spark in the morning, but a big lunch can squash energy later in the afternoon. Energy levels tend to ebb and flow throughout a typical workday. A cup of coffee may provide some caffeine-infused spark in the morning, but a big lunch can squash energy later in the afternoon. Waning mental sharpness as the workday progresses can compromise productivity, making it more difficult for workers to complete projects on time. That, in turn, can contribute to stress. In fact, in its “2017 Stress in America” survey, the American Psychological Association found that 58 percent of Americans say work is a significant source (more…)
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Build your network en route to landing a new job

<strong>Build your network en route to landing a new job</strong>
Metro ServiceBuilding a strong professional network can help people find a fulfilling job when they are looking to advance their careers. ■ Metro Service / Contributed Building a strong professional network can help people find a fulfilling job when they are looking to advance their careers. The following tips can help professionals establish such a network. Recognize networking is a two-way street. Networking can be an effective way to find a new job, and it’s also a great way to help other people do the same. While you’re looking for a new job, if you come across opportunities that aren’t a good fit for you but might be for someone in (more…)
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Traits of good leaders and how you can gain skills for success on the job

<strong>Traits of good leaders and how you can gain skills for success on the job</strong>
Metro ServiceGood leaders often share a key array of skills. Below are some of the qualities that make strong workplace leaders. ■ Metro Service / Contributed Successful leaders have the skills to guide organizations on the right path. Such men and women are often the first up for promotions, and routinely relied on for critical projects. Solidifying your own leadership qualities can be just what you need to land a great job and start climbing the corporate ladder. Good leaders often share a key array of skills. Below are some of the qualities that make strong workplace leaders. Communication Being able to communicate effectively with all of the people in your (more…)
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Change jobs without burning bridges

<strong>Change jobs without burning bridges</strong>
Metro ServiceNo one knows what the future brings, and it’s best to leave a job on solid terms. With this in mind, here’s how a person can change jobs successfully. ■ Metro Service / Contributed Many people list advancing their careers among their goals. For some, that might require getting a new job. People look for new jobs for a variety of different reasons. One of the primary motivators to look for a new job is to earn more money. Others are interested in trying a new field. The employment recruiting and networking resource The Balance: Careers indicates that the average person now changes jobs 10 to 15 times in their (more…)
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Things to look for in a new job

<strong>Things to look for in a new job</strong>
Metro ServiceRegardless of what’s behind a career change, many people can benefit by looking for things in a new job that can make them happy both professionally and personally. ■ Metro Service / Contributed Professionals change jobs for various reasons. But regardless of what’s behind a career change, many people can benefit by looking for things in a new job that can make them happy both professionally and personally. Salary: Of course everyone would love to earn more money when changing jobs, but there is more to changing jobs than just improving your bottom line. As you begin your job search, consider how much you currently earn and if that allows (more…)
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Tips for taking control over your financial destiny

<strong>Tips for taking control over your financial destiny</strong>
StatePoint Media“With some simple knowledge of proven strategies, you can build wealth on your own.” – Dale Gillham ■ StatePoint Media / Contributed Whether you’re a novice or experienced investor, there are steps you can take in order to take control of your financial destiny, and you don’t necessarily need a professional financial planner to do so, say some experts. “Many individuals are quick to hand over responsibility for their future to financial advisors and fund managers in the hopes of achieving better returns than they could on their own,” says Dale Gillham, an analyst, financial educator and author of the new book, “Accelerate Your Wealth: It’s Your Money, Your Choice. (more…)
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How to build better relationships to advance your career

<strong>How to build better relationships to advance your career</strong>
StatePoint MediaLooking to get ahead in your career? It all starts with bringing out the best in your co-workers, and in yourself, too. ■ StatePoint Media / Contributed Looking to get ahead in your career? Whether your goal is to raise your own level of performance, enhance customer engagement, or become a more effective leader, it all starts with bringing out the best in your co-workers, and in yourself, too. One of the primary keys to success is learning to identify the fundamental characteristics of your co-workers, and developing strategies to work with each type of boss, co-worker or client you come across, says Kim Christfort, national managing director of Deloitte’s (more…)