- Oprah.com | Secrets to Your Success | Tue, Jun 4, 2013 4:11 PM EDT | CommentsBy Amy Shearn
Check Your Data Plan
Your company might be able to offer you up to a 25 percent discount on your cell phone bill--and it's possible your boss doesn't even know about it. All you have to do is enter your corporate (or school) email onto your cell phone carrier's employee discount page to see if you qualify.
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Ask for the Leap Year Bonus
Sometimes your company won't consider a raise because that will make you more expensive forever. But if you feel like you are really deserving, ask for a one time raise. Tory Johnson, workplace contributor for Good Morning America and business consultant at Women For Hire, recommends asking for a "spot bonus." Johnson told me, "You can say, 'I know it's not time for my annual review or I know salary budgets are frozen. Based on this significant contribution, I'm hoping you'll consider a spot bonus ...Read More »
- Cheapism.com | Secrets to Your Success | Wed, Jun 5, 2013 8:12 AM EDT | Comments
By Louis DeNicola, Cheapism.com
Wanna make a quick buck? Just refer a friend to a company that compensates you for making the match. It's a win-win-win: The company gets a new client, you get some kind of payment, and the new customer often gets a bonus. But first, you need to know where to find the offers.
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Online forums and blogs pitched to the frugal-minded are useful sources of so-called refer-a-friend links, and Groupon is well-known for $10 Groupon Bucks awarded for enticing a friend to sign up and buy a deal. When you're interested in opening a bank account, say, signing up for cable TV, or even buying beauty products online, looking for a referral link can be more lucrative than finding a coupon. Frequently the referee (that would be the friend), not just the referrer (that would be you), is rewarded as well.
Save money with referral websites.
RefAround.com is a relatively new site whose sole purpose is to act as a platform for finding and sharing refer-a-friend links. Althoug...Read More »
- Secrets To Your Success | Secrets to Your Success | Mon, Jun 10, 2013 1:23 PM EDT | Comments
Radio personality and Point Hope founder Delilah says she can remember every lyric she's ever heard in her life. "While I'm listening to somebody tell their story," explains Delilah, "they'll say a sentence or a line and that will trigger what song I want to marry with that call."
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Born Delilah Luke, the talk show host says she's had her iconic radio voice since she was a young child. In junior high, she was in a speech contest where the judges were from the local radio station. They set up a program for Delilah at the radio station, teaching her how to write news and sports and record. After high school, Delilah started working full time in radio.
"I moved a lot. I got fired a lot. I lived in my car on occasions," she says. Delilah did everything from airborne traffic reporting to country music before developing her signature show.
Inspired by the stories listeners would tell her as they made requests, Delilah says, "One ni...Read More »
- Marie Claire | Secrets to Your Success | Thu, May 30, 2013 5:59 PM EDT | CommentsSTEP 1: Find Our How You're Perceived by Coworkers
People are much more apt to help and follow someone they like and respect. Want to know how well liked you are-that is, how much support you can count on when you need it? Ask. Start by creating a list of all the subordinates, equals and supervisors with whom you interact regularly. Be sure you meet with each person on your list at least twice in six months. Each time, ask for feedback on your performance in general. Most importantly, take constructive criticism and apply it. Otherwise your efforts will seem transparent.
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STEP 2: Don't criticize.
Nobody likes a combative, critical coworker. Don't be one. Approach requests and proposals from colleagues with sensitivity and openness; look for a way to say "Yes, you have my support"-if not to everything, then to some part of what is being put before you. Try to remove "Yes, but…" from your vocabulary. It's shorthand for "No" and it's a r...Read More »
- Refinery29 | Secrets to Your Success | Thu, May 30, 2013 3:26 PM EDT | Comments
By Lexi Nisita, Refinery29Yes, women make up roughly half the workforce in America, but no, overall, we're still not earning the same as men - only about 81%. But that's the national median, and it figures that in some cities, the gap would be a little smaller or even nonexistent. This list compiled by NerdWallet looks at three factors - gross salary, salary compared to men, and population growth (as an indicator of future economic growth) - to see which cities come out on top for working women today.
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In the big-cities category, our very own D.C. made the top spot with highest-median $$ for those with XX chromosomes. We were also pleasantly surprised to find tech centers, a notoriously unbalanced field, San Francisco and San Jose at numbers two and three, respectively. And don't forget runners-up Austin and Dallas. Surprisingly, NYC didn't even earn so much as a mention in the top five.
D.C. ladies pull in a median salary of $55,68...Read More »