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Your Job Search Budget

April 3rd, 2008 · 1 Comment

Posted by Brian McCullough A commenter left a brief note last week about job search expenses. I was thinking of writing a more formal post, but as I sat down to think about it, I thought it better to list all the job search expenses I could think of. I don’t think a lot of […]

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Tags: Finance · Job Search

7 Career Fields That Offer College Loan Forgiveness

March 26th, 2008 · 9 Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough One of my pet peeves is how middle class people can never get ahead. You go $60,000 in debt just to get a degree for a career that is supposed to make you self sufficient. Then you spend 20 years pay off that school debt. Then (if you’re lucky) as soon […]

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Tags: Benefits · Finance · Getting Ahead · Young Professionals

Hey, Where’s My $600 Check, Uncle Sam?

March 26th, 2008 · 7 Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough Thanks for SavvySugar for doing the research on this one. Sitting around wondering when you can get your hands on that economic stimulus check? After all, how can we all run to Target and spend our way out of recession if we don’t have the money in our pockets? Well, it’s […]

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Tags: Taxes

Job Search Is Tax Deductable

March 20th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Posted by Brian McCullough It’s a well-established fact, but probably a little-known one. Your job search expenses can be tax deductible. We’ve been telling our clients this for years: if you get your resume professionally produced, the cost of the resume is tax deductible. SavvySugar has a rundown of the details: Your job search must […]

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Tags: Finance · Job Search · Taxes

Career Advice From Chris Rock

March 3rd, 2008 · 4 Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough I was lucky enough to see Chris Rock in concert last Friday night at Detroit’s Fox Theater. One of his bits, funny enough, fit in with this blog. Since we’ve been talking about raises recently, I thought I’d pass along the gist of what he said, without blowing the joke. Chris […]

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Tags: Finance · Getting Ahead

The Economy Sucks- Why You Should Ask For A Raise

February 19th, 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

This Year’s Tax Code Changes

February 19th, 2008 · 6 Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough Continuing our efforts to get prepared for the tax man, I found a great rundown of some of the major tax code changes that are applicable this year. Unfortunately, the article his here, behind the LATimes subscription firewall. The link might work cleanly, or it might not. If not, try searching […]

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Tags: Finance · Taxes

College Debt? Delay Any Refi Until July

February 18th, 2008 · 6 Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough Interest rates are coming down again. Maybe it’s time to refinance your outstanding college debt? BusinessWeek says wait until July. Why? Interest rates for student loans are going to be reset on July 1. This reset could be as much as 3 percentage points lower (not basis points, percentage points). This […]

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Tags: Finance · Young Professionals

Tax Tip- Don’t Forget The Home Office Deduction

February 5th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Posted by Brian McCullough Our worklife has invaded our homes… and the beach-head is called our home office. Almost everyone I know has some sort of home office setup. And most new houses that are built (if any new houses are being built…) these days include a home office instead of a den/breakfast room. I’m […]

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Tags: Taxes · WorkLife

Organize Yourself- Create Your Own Personal Personnel File

February 4th, 2008 · 20 Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough With tax season coming up, I’ll be looking to highlight some financial and organizational tips over the next few months. First up, I have a tip I heard years ago that I don’t think has gotten wide currency: You Should Create And Keep Your Own Personnel File Every employer does it. […]

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Tags: Benefits · Finance · Organization · Taxes