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That Time Of Year

by Luke Landes

It’s gotten a little bland around here, I know. I’ve been working my ass off at work, and just about every other moment of my life is spent working on some random project, researching or writing papers for school, or spending time with my lady. I don’t get much sleep. I’m on the board of ... Continue reading this article…

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Entitlement Generation?

by Luke Landes

The latest term for those of us (though I will soon be abandoning this club) in our twenties is the Entitlement Generation. As the article notes, every generation has its period of negative labeling: “In their day, baby boomers were rabble-rousing hippies, while Gen Xers were apathetic slackers.” The crux of the Entitlement Generation is ... Continue reading this article…

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Wednesday Reading

by Luke Landes

Forbes takes a look at what the good life costs, with the “good life” being a nice house, good education for the kids, and a summer home. In the Northeast, my region of the country, it will cost at least $215,000 a year (after taxes and savings). That’s enough to make most families give up ... Continue reading this article…

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Benefits

by Luke Landes

Carnival Update: We now have three submissions for the inaugural Carnival of Personal Finance. If you’re a blogger and you’ve written about personal finance recently, feel free to submit a link to an article you’re proud of! At work, we had a division meeting with our vice chairman today. Basically, the company is in good ... Continue reading this article…

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The Ten Best and Ten Worst Jobs

by Luke Landes

The editors of CareerJournal.com (a division of the Wall Street Journal) surveyed themselves to determine the ten best and ten worst jobs. Their specifications: … Not in terms of glamour — or just in terms of salary — but in terms of things such as job security, emotional stress and basic physical safety. The editors ... Continue reading this article…

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Getting Paid $100,000 to Watch TV and Blog

by Luke Landes

One lucky guy is getting paid $100,000 for one year to be the Vice President of the “Dukes of Hazzard Institute.” This position was created as a contest by Country Music Television to hype The Dukes of Hazzard television show on the Internet. Here’s the original “job posting.” Basically, the job’s responsibilities include watching reruns ... Continue reading this article…

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Tangential Rant

by Luke Landes

One small piece of business-speak grates my ears everytime I hear it. The word is processes. For some reason, supposedly intelligent business people are often reduced to pronouncing this word as if its root was an imaginary Greek word, processis. That is, they pronounce the last syllable of the plural as “EEZ.” Unfortunately, like aks, ... Continue reading this article…

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Workers In Newark Work for Free

by Luke Landes

I wasn’t surprised when I saw the city where I work at the top of this list. This goes hand-in-hand with the stress management discussion. According to a survey, Newark, New Jersey tops the list of locations where workers receive (and take as a percentage) the least amount of vacation time. It is important to ... Continue reading this article…

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Stress Management

by Luke Landes

Workers in the United States put in more hours on the job per year than those in other countries, according to the International Labour Organization, an agency of the UN. The survey finds that there is a higher level of worker stress in the U.S. With baby-boomers getting set to retire, a large portion of ... Continue reading this article…

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Where Is That Raise?

by Luke Landes

In case you have forgotten or thought the situation has improved, pay is not keeping up with the cost of living. According to the article from Investor’s Business Daily, The working poor and middle class are getting hit the hardest. Higher gas and food prices buffet hourly wage earners the most. Skilled white-collar workers are ... Continue reading this article…

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Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Lunch

by Luke Landes

For as long as I’ve been working here — nay, as long as I’ve been working — I’ve taken the easy, lazy way out by buying my lunch every day. Usually it’s from the cafeteria, but a filling and sometimes creative company lunch, even though subsidized, still costs more than six dollars. Eating at the ... Continue reading this article…

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Is The MBA Worthwhile?

by Luke Landes

Loyal readers may recall that I’ve been working on my MBA (master of business administration) degree through the University of Phoenix Online. Other MBA students from more traditional graduate schools are often surprised when I describe the amount of work required for the degree. I have a little less than a year left if I ... Continue reading this article…

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The Artistic Side and Today’s News

by Luke Landes

You may not know it from reading this website, but I’m more of an artistic individual than anything else. Throughout school (not including my MBA, that is), my studies centered around music, and my original plan was to be a high school instrumental music teacher. Every once in a while, I get to do something ... Continue reading this article…

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More From Around The Web

by Luke Landes

This is a weblog, so here is another log of some items from the web: If SAHMs (stay-at-home moms) received a salary for their work, they’d earn $131,471 according to Salary.com. That figure was determined by using average salaries for the jobs that SAHMs do, such as cook, day care, and CEO, including overtime. For ... Continue reading this article…

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Your Looks Affect Your Income

by Luke Landes

After education and experience are factored out, good-looking, tall people simply make more — 5 percent more — than average-looking individuals. This study was released by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Not only did they discover that beautiful people make more than average, but below-average looks carry a 9 percent penalty. There could ... Continue reading this article…

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You Would Think They Would Have Negotiated

by Luke Landes

Eric Schmidt, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the co-founders of Google, have agreed to take a pay cut. In 2004, they each had been earning a six-figure salary, but during the second quarter they decided to reduce their salaries to $1. The company’s compensation committee offered to give them raises this year, but the co-founders ... Continue reading this article…

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Tips For Writing Resumes

by Luke Landes

With the 70+ degree weather in my area of the world today, it’s clear that spring is finally here. That means it’s time to look at situations and opportunities with a fresh face. That leads some people to update their resumes and possibly join the hunt for a new job in their career… or a ... Continue reading this article…

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My Commuter Has a Code

by Luke Landes

In New York and New Jersey, more than one out of every 25 workers has a commute of 90 minutes or more. The Census Bureau released its report on commuting yesterday, and the New York Times picked up the story. The chart to the right shows the top commutation times by state, and inside the ... Continue reading this article…

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Six-Figure Yentl

by Luke Landes

If you’re looking for a career change with six-figure possibilities, consider becoming a professional matchmaker. You’ll be providing a sought-after service for other professionals who don’t have time to meet new people. There are many differences between matchmaking and dating services, but are they worth the big bucks? I could use the service, sure. It’s ... Continue reading this article…

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Another Wasted Day

by Luke Landes

The theme for today is apparently working at the office, considering this post and the previous about bad bosses. According to calculations from a survey conducted by Microsoft, a five-day work week contains only three days of productivity, on average. What were the biggest time wasters? Ineffective meetings, lack of communication, unclear objectives and priorities, ... Continue reading this article…

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