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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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Dealing With a Bad Boss

by Luke Landes

Not that this has peronsal relevance, but Gerri Willis from CNN Money offers five tips for managing your manager. * Determine what it is you really don’t like. * Hold regular meetings and think about your manager’s career goals as well as your own. * Don’t be afraid to let the manager know about your ... Continue reading this article…

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Bonus Update

by Luke Landes

On a personal note, I received my bonus last week and it was a bit lower than I expected. I’m in a non-management position, so I get paid for overtime but I generaly expect a non-impressive bonus compared to most. I have to consider that I wasn’t at the company for a while last year ... Continue reading this article…

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Annual Review

by Luke Landes

It’s annual review and bonus time at my company. I have my performance review meeting with my boss in about in hour, and luckilly this article caught my attention beforehand. Now I’m in a good mood, which is more than what could be said after finding out my bonus number this morning. Perhaps I’ll have ... Continue reading this article…

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Great Interview Advice

by Luke Landes

This article by Sarah Max (yet another at CNN Money) is probably the best I’ve read on the topic of techniques for the job interviewee. First of all, after reading the article, I now know that just about everything I do in an interview is wrong. Human resources is absolutely the last place you want ... Continue reading this article…

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On The Workfront

by Luke Landes

Good news from the office. Due to her blatant stupidity (getting completely plastered then showing up to work… and then getting quite sick), a coworker of mine is not going to be with us after the start of the year. This means I’m getting a new position and a pay increase in January, which will ... Continue reading this article…

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Top 30 ZIPs With Six-Figure Salaries

by Luke Landes

According to CNN Money the chart below shows the top 30 ZIP codes based on the percentage of residents earning $100,000 per year or more. If you’re wondering why regions like Beverly Hills and other rich locations around Los Angeles, or regions in Manhattan like the Upper East Side, didn’t make the list, it’s because ... Continue reading this article…

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Losing a Job?

by Luke Landes

If you find yourself laid off, Here are some tips from The Motley Fool that can help you in your preparations and in your negotiations at your next corporate job.

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Above Average

by Luke Landes

It doesn’t always feel good to know you’re above—way above—average. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, who just released the results of their National Compensation Survey, the average annual health insurance premium for singles is $810.84. I enrolled in my 2005 medical and dental plans last night. For medical I chose the least expensive ... Continue reading this article…

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Extreme Money Ultimate Kung-Fu Challenge

by Luke Landes

Jeanne Sahadi takes the simple question, “How do you define ‘living within your means?’” and turns it into some kind of poorly-dubbed martial arts movie or strange game show (if you judge by the title of the article). Nevertheless, I agree her with her analysis of the above phrase: Ideally, I’d define living within your ... Continue reading this article…

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Give Me More Money, Boss

by Luke Landes

How to ask your boss for more. You may notice many of my links come from CNN/Money. It’s their fault for being good. In any case, this article presents raise-negotiating tips to help persuade your tight, wimpy, intimidating, and/or passive-aggressive boss to give you that money you deserve. Here are some of my own—Flexo’s tips ... Continue reading this article…

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Salary Increase Disparity

by Luke Landes

News item from CNN/Money: CEO pay rose, worker wages fell. The disparity not only makes it tougher for workers to make ends meet, analysts said, but also threatens the overall health of the economy, which depends on consumer spending for two-thirds of its strength. Costs of the basic living necessities, like food and gas for ... Continue reading this article…

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Allow Me to Grow Personally and Professionally

by Luke Landes

Here is an opinion on having an “objective” at the top of your résumé. I agree, it is incredibly silly and pointless, but in the corporate world, Human Resources want to see it. What strange objectives have you seen or used on résumés?

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