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Why You Should Vote in Local Elections

It doesn’t matter when you’re reading this; there may or may not be a local election day coming up in your area. At the time of this writing, there are elections in some areas coming up in a few days, but not in others. Then there will be elections in some areas a few weeks after that. Then there will be more elections in still other places about a month from now. But even if you’re reading this on the other side of the calendar from us, there may be a municipal poll coming up that you didn’t even...

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Contract vs. At-Will Employment: A Worker’s Guide

Whether you’re looking for a job, you already have one, or you’re hiring someone, it’s important to know the differences between the two types of employment arrangements. You may think you already know the difference between contract and at-will employment, but it may be more complicated than it first seems. Since contract roles are becoming more common for entry-level positions (see below), it’s more important than ever for everyone to know the rights and limitations of both ways of working. The Simple Stuff Most of the employment in the United States is considered at-will. At-will employment means both the...

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Need a Career Change? Here’s How to Do It

That’s it. You can’t do it anymore. There’s something about your current line of work that isn’t agreeing with you like it used to – or maybe it never really did click with you. But you stuck with it because you thought it was the responsible thing to do, and you thought you’d always be able to handle it, but now you can’t. You want a change of pace, and a big one at that; you know that much. Now the question is how you go about doing it. There’s some good news and some bad news, and it’s...

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Jobs That Hire Without Experience

Employers seem so quick to demand applicants have relevant work experience, but they’re so stingy to give you a chance to acquire it. While this is true for many positions at many companies, there are some positions that they’re willing to train a fresh face for. These aren’t just low-paying grunt-work jobs; there are many legitimate positions that can be acquired without ever having worked in the field before. For the People Person Customer service and sales jobs aren’t always euphemisms for fast-food work or mall-kiosk attendants. Big companies still need people to work in-office with clients, maintain relationships...

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How to Get Job References

Getting job references may be something you already know how to do, but it’s just not something you’re good at. It seems simple enough: make a list of your former bosses and their contact information and staple it to your job application. But clearly it works better for some than others. What’s the trick? It’s Who You Know In reality, the ideal list of references would be a diverse mix of people from all parts of your life. Here are the kinds of people you ought to consider: –Bosses and superiors: This one was probably a given. New employers...

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