Despite the looming threat of a recession in the United States, companies that make Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list are typically large enough that they continue to hire no matter what the economic climate. But with an increasing unemployment rate companies are receiving more qualified applicants for each available position, and as such to be successful, applicants need to find a way to stand out from the crowd. We’ve compiled some basic [ More.. ]
Gay couples in state-sanctioned domestic partnerships, civil unions or same-sex marriages often pay higher taxes because they do not get the federal tax benefits that go with marriage. The April 15th tax filing deadline is a reminder of the inequalities remaining in the way the United States handles same-sex relationships.
While Massachusetts is the only state to allow gay marriage, nine other states and Washington D.C. have begun offering civil unions or domestic partnerships that give [ More.. ]
Oftentimes employees don’t want their current employer to know they are looking at new employment opportunities; especially when they suspect that searching for a new job might cost them their old one. While you might think the easiest way to avoid having a potential future employer contact your current company is to provide them with a written statement instead of a list of names and phone numbers, it’s not the best way to start your [ More.. ]
Most new investors place market orders which essentially authorize their broker to buy or sell a given security as soon as possible at the best available price. Their use of a market order instead of a limit order can result in paying more for a share than they expect or selling shares for less than they expect.
The same investor could potentially save several cents a share by placing a limit order. Limit orders can be [ More.. ]
The “Subject To” Close is an excellent way to handle a buyer who is overwhelmed by the size of a decision. In real estate for example a home buyer is likely making the largest purchase they will ever make so it’s normal for the buyer to be apprehensive. The key to closing the deal in this circumstance is to seemingly turn a major decision into a minor one by using language such as, “Why don’t [ More.. ]
Like many baby boomers, gay and lesbian retirees are looking for affordable and safe places to live out their autumn years. While many have the financial resources to invest, their options have been limited and many have felt it necessary to return to the closet in order to comfortably integrate with existing retirement communities.
Considering estimates that 400,000 gay men and lesbians in the United States turn 60 every year it’s no surprise communities are finally [ More.. ]
Before interviewing, you should become as familiar as possible with the job you are applying for and its associated roles and responsibilities. The best way to do this is to ask someone in the human resources department some of the following questions:
How many people will I be managing?
To whom will you report?
Who will report to you?
Will you be working in teams or individually?
Is the position new?
Knowing additional information not in the job posting such as [ More.. ]
The Ambient Forecasting Umbrella ($124) from Ambient Devices reminds you to bring it along even before you need it. The umbrella lets you know when rain or snow is in the forecast by illuminating its handle and flashing at different speeds to indicate how likely precipitation is. The device requires no setup or programming and works wirelessly by receiving local weather information over radio waves. Just place the umbrella by your door and it will [ More.. ]
While cover letters are still expected in most professions, when e-mailing you may want to consider condensing the letter to what we call a cover note. A cover note is a short 4 to 8 line message which seeks to introduce you and highlight one or two of your major experiences or qualifications. Cover notes are ideal for less formal industries and entry level positions.
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