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Benefits, Perks To Be Trimmed in 2009

February 19th, 2009 · No Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough Not really a surprise, right? A new survey finds that nearly 40 percent of the 3,000 HR reps and managers polled plan to make administrative cuts at some point in 2009. Furthermore, 65 percent of those who plan on cutting costs are also scaling back on company events like social […]

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Tags: Benefits

Is A Recession Any Time To Ask For A Raise?

November 5th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough Counter-intuitive time, people! I am the sort of guy that tends to believe you should never be afraid to ask for a raise. (The proviso of course being that you shouldn’t ask too much or too often or expect things that are outlandish.) But even when times are tough for your […]

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Tags: Benefits · Finance · Salary

On Salary Transparency

August 20th, 2008 · 6 Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough The New York Times had an article today on salary transparency that has gotten a fair bit of attention in the blogosphere. The thesis of the article is that in this internet age, knowing what your co-workers make will become commonplace. The move toward an open workplace, the article posits, might […]

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Tags: Finance · Getting Ahead · Salary

How $200-A-Barrel Oil Might Affect The Workplace

June 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough Doesn’t it kind of feel like all sort of bills are coming due lately? I’ve written before about how at we’re seeing the cost of the commute become a major factor in job searches for the first time ever. I’ve been helping people find jobs for more than a decade […]

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Tags: Finance · Jobs · The Green Worklife

How To Fill Out A W-4

June 19th, 2008 · 7 Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough Until last weekend, I had never heard of (h/t NYTimes). But I’m glad I was turned on to them. They have 3 free and insanely useful online calculators and assistants that are designed to help the average worker. The most impressive to me is the W-4 form assistant. Isn’t it […]

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Tags: Computers Work 4 U · Taxes

Anecdotal Stories of the Economy

May 6th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Posted by Brian McCullough Apparently, people are taking to sites like craigslist and eBay not just to find original Voltron toys from the 80s… but simply to make ends meet (h/t SavvySugar). Americans unload prized belongings to make ends meet At Craigslist, which has become a kind of online flea market for the world, the […]

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Tags: Finance · Jobs

Job Search/Layoff Tip- Rainy Day Fund

May 5th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Posted by Brian McCullough There’s a series of things “they” always tell us to do: payoff your debt, never carry a credit card balance, fully fund your 401k and IRA every year… One of the things “they” also mention is a rainy day emergency fund. How many of us out there are disciplined enough to […]

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Tags: Finance · Job Search · Layoff Rumors

Health Insurance Options After a Job Loss

April 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough The best time to prepare for a job loss or a layoff is before it happens. Anticipation. Preparation. I’ve been thinking a lot about this issue lately, so I’ll have a bunch of posts on this this week. There were a lot of good things on the internet this weekend about […]

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Tags: Benefits · Finance · Health · Layoff Rumors

Interlude- Wherein I Get On My Soapbox

April 10th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough I think that this article from the NYTimes should be required reading for everybody. Forget the complexities of credit crunches and subprime mortgage loans, if you want to know why our economy is in the situation it’s in, all you need to do is read the article and view the accompanying […]

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Tags: Finance

Mortgage Prisoners Are Hampering The Job Market

April 3rd, 2008 · 3 Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough This is something I’ve been worried about for some time now. We all know that the collective declines in the value of our homes has hurt our pocketbook. But the resulting immobility of the workforce – the fact that we can’t just pick up and move to a better job because […]

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Tags: Finance · Jobs