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When To Divulge Your Salary History

April 17th, 2012 · 4 Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough When should you discuss salary in a job interview? It’s an old and well known job search strategy to let the employer name the salary first… if you can possibly get them to do so. The idea is that if you suggest the dollar figure first, then you might¬†inadvertently¬†end up getting […]

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Tags: Salary

How To Calculate Your Tax Refund

February 2nd, 2012 · No Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough Many years ago, when I first started this blog, I wrote a popular post about tax refunds. Since I posted about taxes earlier this week (and since most of you probably didn’t see it because the blog was young) I thought it would be worth pointing out again. So if you’re […]

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Tags: Taxes

The Quickest Way To Get A Tax Refund

January 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough It’s that time of year again, if you can believe it. I just started working on my taxes this weekend, so I thought I’d do a bit of research for a nice worker/job-seeker friendly tax post. It occurred to me that we’re all pining away for refunds aren’t we? Did you […]

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Tags: Taxes

Why Your Salary Is What It Is

March 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough Have you ever wondered why your salary is what it is? At first glance you would probably say it is based on what you signed up for when you joined your company and on the salary increases you received since then. Perhaps this was based on the state of the economy, […]

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Tags: Asking For A Raise · Salary

Is The Job Search Tax Deductible? Yes… Sometimes.

February 22nd, 2011 · 1 Comment

Posted by Brian McCullough It’s that time of year again. Tax time. So that means it’s also time to do my yearly reminder that certain aspects of your job search are tax deductible. Let me start out by saying I am not a legal or accounting professional. The information I am going to share is […]

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Tags: Job Search · Taxes

How Much Should An Employee Get In A Severance Package?

February 16th, 2011 · No Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough Generally, a severance package is made up of pay and benefits given by an employer to a dismissed employee. But contrary to some belief, a severance package is not given as an entitlement prescribed by law, rather it is an employer’s prerogative – which means this benefit is given as a […]

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Tags: Benefits · Layoff Rumors · Recession

How Your Credit Score May Affect Your Job Search

February 15th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough Over the past decade, it has become much more common for employers to run a credit check on potential candidates. This has become even more prevalent as the number of available of jobs is limited and the number of qualified applicants increases. However, many people still do not understand why their […]

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Tags: Finance · Job Search

Should You Accept a Low-Paying Job Offer or Stick With Unemployment Benefits?

February 7th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough So you’ve recently been let go from your company and are receiving unemployment benefits when an amazing thing happens – you get a job offer. But it’s not the offer you were hoping for. While it will definitely pay the bills, it will result in you taking less than 50-percent of […]

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Tags: Benefits · Job Search · Recession

Relocation Packages In A Job Negotiation

February 1st, 2011 · No Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough Each month thousands of employees move to a new community to start a new job. Moves often are more expensive than anticipated. Not only is there the actual expense of moving but, for a homeowner, there are expenses connected with selling the current home and buying another home. Some corporations may […]

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Tags: Benefits · Business Travel · Career Change

Getting Fired? Laid Off? What About Your 401 K?

March 8th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Posted by Brian McCullough In the past, I’ve written about what you should do first if you get fired or laid off. Over the weekend, over at the WiseBread blog, I saw a new strategy that had never occurred to me before. Essentially, it boils down to remembering to ask the HR folks if they’ll […]

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Tags: Benefits · Finance · Retirement