Dividend.com: Career Center

Our Career articles will help you get the most out of your job, including choosing the right career path, how to move up the ladder, and tips on being an entrepreneur.

A Guide To Starting A Consulting Business

One easy way to earn money on the side is to leverage your experience from your current occupation through consulting. Setting up a consulting gig can be very rewarding and a great way to get your feet wet as an entrepreneur. One of the things you need to weigh is that your second career doesn’t put you in an uncomfortable situation with your present employer. Employers will not like the fact that one of their employees is also working as their competition, so it helps to go slightly outside of what your current company offers. This will also make your consulting business more rewarding, as you will not simply be doing what you already do for eight or more hours a day. We’ll look at the steps you need to take to become a consultant, and the pros and cons of taking on this extra work. Read More »

How To Create A Job-Loss Contingency Plan

Sometimes you have to think about and plan for life’s unpleasant experiences; wills, insurance (life, auto, property), emergency funds – all of these financial tools are there to help you when things go poorly. The list doesn’t stop here, however, as you also need to plan out what to do if you lose your job. Though it’s not the most enjoyable thing to think about, losing a job is a very real possibility that you will have to deal with at some point in your life, and having a plan will make it as bearable as possible. Read More »

Safety In Numbers? Not When It Comes To Finances And Your Career

There are certain times in life where it is tempting to follow everyone else due to the misconception that there is always safety in numbers; however, this will damage your finances and your career decisions in the long run. When it comes to investing, herd behavior has led to some huge losses for investors; and when it comes to your career, the last thing you want to do is to base your schooling and goals on what other people think is right for you. We like to be reassured by the majority (friends, family) that our financial decisions make sense and that we should continue on the path we’re on, but if you want to succeed in investing and in your job, it’s better to go your own way. Read More »

A Guide To Quitting Your Job The Right Way

Quitting your job is not something to be taken lightly. Especially given the tough job market that existed from 2008-2012, you’ll only want to quit your job if you’re sure you can find something else that will allow you and your family to get by. Unless you have something else already lined up, quitting your job should be a last resort, and you should spend the time to make sure you quit your job in the right way. If you’re a disgruntled employee, going out in a blaze of glory is probably pretty tempting, but keep in mind that it doesn’t help you in the long run. If you’re thinking of quitting your job, or switching careers, read on to find out how to go quit your job in the best way possible. Read More »

How To Get A Raise

Even when the job situation is pretty bleak, there are situations when you need to consider your job role and make a case for why you should receive better compensation for your efforts. If your company is fighting to stay alive, you may have to bide your time, but if you can prove how invaluable you are to the company, there’s always the chance that they can find some way to reward you for your efforts – even if it’s not monetary compensation. If your company is doing well, you still need to prove why you’re worth more than what you’re currently being paid, and why it’s better to give you a raise rather than find someone else to do the job for your current wage. Asking for a raise can definitely be an uncomfortable situation, but if you’re prepared, it can be lead to success. Read More »

Look To Skilled Trades For High-Paying Careers

One of the biggest needs in industry today is in finding skilled-trade workers that can do jobs related to heating and air conditioning, electricians, plumbers, elevator repairmen and more. If you’re not interested in white collar work, being a tradesman can be a fulfilling profession that will give you enough income to pay your bills and have enough left over to contribute to your dividend stock portfolio. Read More »

The Ultimate Guide To Choosing The Right Business Partner

One of the most prominent ideals in American culture is the entrepreneurial spirit. There is a considerable amount of respect given to those entrepreneurs who take a small idea and turn it into a successful business. However, getting from the initial idea to a profitable business is no easy process. It is filled with a lot of tough decision making. Probably one of the most important, if not the most important decisions in the business building process is choosing the right partner. Finding the right business partner is pivotal to building a successful company; it is a relationship that has a lot riding on it in terms of future viability. Read More »

A Guide To Landing Your Dream Job

The road map for career success used to look like this: Go to school; get a job in your field; work your way to the top for 30 or more years; retire happily ever after (with a full pension!). Not anymore. These days, the average worker stays in a job for an average of 4.4 years. And millennials, those who belong to the generation entering the workforce today, don’t expect to stay in a given job for more than three years, according to a 2012 survey of 1,189 employees by Future Workforce. That means today’s career path is a lot different – and a lot harder to figure out. Not only do today’s employees have to choose one career; it’s likely they’ll have to choose several. Here are some tips on how to choose or change jobs. Read More »

How To Find The Right Job And Stay Satisfied

In the big world of Internet memes, the ones about Monday, that first day of the workweek, feature tortured expressions, people fleeing from some terrifying assailant, even blood. It says a lot about how so many people feel about their work: They hate it. In a household survey of 1,890 respondents conducted by Nielsen company in 2011, not even half (47.2 percent) of workers said they were satisfied with their jobs. And that’s the highest level of satisfaction recorded since 2008. Only 15.4 percent of respondents said they were “very happy” with their work. Read More »

Why You Should Delay Your Retirement

With rising costs, decreasing returns on investments and changing Social Security rules, many people can’t afford to retire at 65 any more. There are many factors to consider if you’re thinking about retiring early or during the normal retirement age, and many of them will affect whether you’re actually able to retire when you hope to, or they will affect the quality of life you will have once you take the retirement plunge. We look at the advantages that a later retirement will have for your healthcare, retirement savings and quality of retirement life. Read More »

How To Get Accepted By A Top College

There is a constant debate about whether getting an education from an Ivy League or other prestigious college affects job opportunities. On one side, the pro argument is that having these names on your CV gets you further right off the bat, and many financial companies and consulting firms do tend to recruit heavily from Ivy League campuses. On the other side of the argument is that if you are driven and are able to make the most of your education by becoming involved, networking, getting professor references and internships, it doesn’t matter if you go to a prestigious school or a community college. Both arguments are valid, but there is still an air of opportunity that exists around degrees from Harvard, Brown and the like. We look at the best way to get into one of these much envied schools, even if you don’t think you’re the ideal candidate. Read More »