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The Top 10 Skills to Add in Your Resume

A resume is one of the most important documents of a job seeker. It is the first and easiest way to show the employers that you are a perfect match for the company. A lot rides on what and how much you have mentioned in your CV. Everything from the interview to the whole selection process starts with this one document.

While the need to have job-related technical skills is unquestionable, it’s also a fact that everyone applying for the position will have them. So how do you think you’ll stand out of the crowd? The answer is simple, mention the prime job-related (non-technical) skills.

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The Turning Point: When Does a Mom & Pop Shop Turn Into an Evil Corporation?

What does Sam Walton and Colonel Sanders have in common?

They both started from scratch and turned a small business into a multi-million dollar enterprise.

I’m sure you’re familiar with Sam Walton’s Walmart, which is the world’s largest company in revenue, according to the Fortune Global 500. You’re probably also familiar with Harland Sanders, also known as Colonel Sanders, and his giant fast-food chain, Kentucky Fried Chicken. KFC actually ranks 2nd in sales among fast-food restaurants, only trailing behind McDonalds.

Here we have two companies with thousands of stores and millions in sales. Many would consider them among the ranks of other “evil corporations” that under-pay and simultaneously hurt the economy. You don’t have to go far to find an article about Walmart and how unfairly they treat their employees or about how they’re too big for their own (or anyone else’s) good.

So where is the line drawn? At what point do these small start-ups turn from being “just another business” to being corrupt, evil or too dominant?

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4 Easy Ways to Develop Your Charisma

Charisma is one of those intangible qualities of a human being that you cannot exactly describe in words. In some ways, it is the X-factor that separates the ordinary from the extraordinary.

Charisma is a virtue that accentuates and sheds light on every other virtue in a person. When you have charisma you become a charismatic man or woman.

Charismatic people have always enjoyed the perk of being treated exceptionally by others in society. Here’s how to increase your charisma in 4 easy ways…

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Break Room Hacks to Maximize Your Productivity at Work [Infographic]

How often do you read about productivity and improving your efficiency? Since your here, I can only assume that you read about it pretty frequently, but where are you applying what your learning? Are you applying it to your job? Your side hustle? Your personal life?

What about the break room at work?

So how do you have a productive break? Well first off, no I’m not talking about cramming productivity book reading into a 5 minute break. That’s not a break, that’s just stressful. We have to remember the purpose of a break and how to make them as effective as possible. Let’s take a look at this informative, fun and well…pretty infographic (it is quite beautiful isn’t it?)…

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6 Common Misconceptions About Retirement Accounts (And the Surprising Truth)

You’ve heard how important it is to fund your own retirement.

You’ve heard that Social Security may not won’t be there for you.

You’ve heard that you need to be investing in some type of IRA, 401k or some other retirement account that must be an acronym and may include numbers. However, you may not realize some things about those retirement accounts.

No worries! I’m here to let you know about six common retirement account misconceptions. So here they are…

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Finances Don’t Have to Be Complicated

It happens to everybody. We get our first jobs, we work hard, we excitedly rip into that first paycheck and, as Rachel so famously said on Friends, “Who’s FICA? Why’s he taking all my money?” Congratulations! You’ve just been introduced to taxes!

Here’s the good news: for many of you, all of the money that is taken out of your paycheck over the course of the year for federal and state taxes will be refunded to you when you file your taxes. Trust me when I tell you: this is the easiest way to do taxes. When you go into business for yourself or start freelancing, taxes get a whole lot more complicated. But that is another article for another time.

Here’s how to manage your money now so that you can lay a solid foundation for later, when you’re ready to start investing in bigger things than CDs (which we’ll talk about in a second).  For now, though, baby steps (no offense).

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How Does Your Realtor Get Paid?

Whether you’re a home-buyer or seller, you have to deal with a real estate agent for a safe and hassle-free transaction.

Only a few sellers prefer to purchase or sell a home without help of a real estate broker. But most of those for-sale-by-owner transactions are done between buyers and seller who are already related to or know each other. On the other hand, most home-buyers work with a real estate agent while buying a property.

Here’s how your realtor gets paid…

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The Myth of a “Good Excuse”

I wrote an article for LifeHack that got over 50k shares. Of course with that kind of popularity the naysayers will come out of the woodwork.

Some of the initial comments were things like “great article!” and “loved this!”. Then I got a “this article made me want to vomit”. I’m not totally sure, but I’m assuming she wasn’t going to vomit our of excitement for how much liked my article. And it got worse from there…

The article was about the differences between the rich and the middle class. I explained how to think like the rich if you want to be rich. That’s where the excuses came from. All kinds of excuses about how some people will never be rich and how they will always be poor no matter what they do. Excuses about the rich inheriting their money and not working for it. It was sad.

Here’s what I have to say about that – more specifically, what I have to say about excuses…

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How I’ve Saved Almost $300 I Didn’t Know I Had (Digit Update)

If you didn’t catch my Digit review, you can check it out here.

Digit is a simple automated way to save money that tracks your checking account and strategically pulls out money you can do without – it’s all based on the intelligence of Digit to track your spending habits. It’s also all totally free to use.

I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and I must say, I’m highly impressed with the results.  Here’s an update and a few more things I’ve learned about Digit…

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12 of the Most Bizarre Tax Deductions Ever [Infographic]

Tax deductions can be weird in the first place, because it’s all too common for people to “stretch the truth” about what they actually used for their business and what they are just claiming to reduce their tax bill.

This goes beyond the usual meals, vehicles and tools that are often deducted and ventures into the world of deer meat, body oil and cat food.

If that sounds weird to you, well that’s only because it is, but hey, if it works go for it.

You may even get some new ideas for things to deduct from your taxes this year or next.

Here are 12 bizarre tax deductions with the explanations…

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Kalen Bruce

My name is Kalen and I write short, simple articles on money and productivity. I’m a finance nerd and a productivity junkie. I’ve been told I defy millennial laws by being happily married, having four children and no debt. I’m not normal and that’s good! I figured out that successful people are different. If you’re ready to be different, you can start learning how to master your finances and maximize your productivity here.

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