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Fixed Or Adjustable Rate Mortgage: Which Is Better?

Fixed Or Adjustable Rate Mortgage: Which Is Better?
trulia.com — Homebuyers have many decisions to weigh: Good school district in Fort Mill, SC, or an extra 2 acres of land 25 miles away? Gray or white paint in the living room? Should you ask the sellers to include the refrigerator or let it go with the sellers?

Home Improvement Projects That Increase Home Value

Home Improvement Projects That Increase Home Value
time.com — Homeowners are expected to spend $154.8 billion on remodeling between October 2015 and September 2016, reports Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies-up 7.6% year over year-and experts say kitchen and bathroom remodels look to be the most popular improvements.

How To Find A Job At A Company With A Conscience

How To Find A Job At A Company With A Conscience
monster.com — Believe it or not, despite all of the negative stereotypes you read about millennials-they lack loyalty and want a trophy just for showing up, just to name a few-there is in fact a silver lining: Millennials want work that gives back to the community.

5 Job Search Tricks Every Grad Should Know

5 Job Search Tricks Every Grad Should Know
monster.com — Now that you're on the cusp of entering the real world, you've probably got a lot on your mind: from studying for final exams and planning your last hurrah to preparing yourself for the student loan payments that are just around the corner. (Grad school, anyone?)

7 Practical Questions Millennials Need To Ask Before Job Hopping

7 Practical Questions Millennials Need To Ask Before Job Hopping
monster.com — You graduated. Check. You got a job. Check. But now things aren't panning out as great as you'd hoped. So you think you might start looking for an exit hatch (a.k.a. a better job). On the other hand, it's scary out there, and you are probably afraid that making a move too soon in your career could make you look like a stereotypical job-hopping millennial.

6 Really Common Mistakes That Will Keep You From Getting Your First Job

6 Really Common Mistakes That Will Keep You From Getting Your First Job
monster.com — College graduation season is around the corner, but you've got bigger things to worry about than ordering your cap and gown. The reality is you might not have a job lined up by the time you collect your diploma. Sure, the job market is steadily improving. (And wages are up, finally!)

How To Make Sure Your Internship Ends With A Full-Time Job

How To Make Sure Your Internship Ends With A Full-Time Job
monster.com — They tell you: " Get an internship, even if it's unpaid. It's great experience." So you do. If you're an overachiever, you may even land five internships by the time you graduate. Lost in all this is what they don't tell you: how to turn all of that hard work into a full-time job.

These 6 Simple Steps Will Put You On The Fast Track For A Promotion

These 6 Simple Steps Will Put You On The Fast Track For A Promotion
monster.com — You've squared off against some tough competition, and finally come out on top-the job's officially yours. First of all, kudos to you! But now it's time for a reality check: Not everything is going to be a cakewalk from here on out. In particular, snagging your first promotion is no easy feat.

Do This Before You Friend Your Boss On Facebook

Do This Before You Friend Your Boss On Facebook
monster.com — Friending your boss on Facebook can be a risky move. Let's face it: We all have a skeleton or two in our virtual closet, and you're basically giving your manager a front row seat. But studies show that adding your boss to your friends list can actually work in your favor-if you do it the right way, of course.

Career Moves to Make in Your 50s

Career Moves to Make in Your 50s
time.com — More 6 Networking Tips for Introverts The 4 Biggest Mistakes You Can Make After a Career Setback This Is the Absolute Biggest Mistake You Can Make on Your Resume Rounding the half-century mark? It's time to make some defensive moves to sustain your career success.
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