Financial journalist. Realtor in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Professional TV dinner zapper, with dreams of being resurrected as a food critic.

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Personal finance reporter for U.S. News & World Report.

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The 5 Best Jobs You've Never Heard Of — Good news, job seekers: employment opportunities look bright in 2015. Staffing levels are expected to rise 19%, according to ManpowerGroup's annual Employment Outlook Survey. Robust hiring gains are forecast for the "usual suspects," says's vice president Tim Low-namely retail, healthcare, and technology.

How to Compete for an Out-of-Town Job — Three out of four hiring managers recently surveyed by Challenger Gray & Christmas reported a shortage of local talent. So theo­ret­ically you could have better luck finding the job of your dreams if you're willing and able to move. Problem is, many companies are hesitant to hire out-of-towners because of concerns over relocation, money, and local knowledge.

How to Ace Any Type of Meeting and Win the Job — Planning your next big career move? Get ­going. Job openings climbed to 4.7 million in June, the highest level since 2001, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And in a recent survey by Challenger Gray ­& Christmas, 77% of hiring managers re­ported trouble filling slots because of a talent shortage.

Tweet Yourself to a New Job — Twitter can help you position yourself as someone to watch, both in your company in and in your field. P.S. It's easier than you think. If you want to shine in a competitive workforce, take to Twitter. Nearly 95% of recruiters surveyed by software firm Jobvite used or planned to use social media to find and vet candidates last year.

Good Ways to Deal With Bad Bosses — Your future advancement depends on your ability to manage the crazies above you. The top reason people quit their jobs, according to a recent Gallup poll? A bad immediate supervisor. Bully for those who can-and want to-find another position elsewhere, but if you otherwise like the job or need it as a steppingstone, you'll have to learn to live with that subpar superior.

New Business? Get People Talking About It — Three simple ways to make your startup part of the conversation. Breaking into a crowded market? "Not only can press put you on the map, it can put you at the head of the class," says Paul Krupin of Direct Contact PR in Kennewick, Wash.  The scoop on how to get media attention 1.

A Frugal Traveler's Guide to Cheap Lodging — How to time your vacation, pick a destination and find a quality place to stay. Whether you're looking for a hotel with great amenities, a cozy room that can fit you and the kids or just a place to rest your head, it takes a savvy traveler to find cheap lodging.

Ace your annual review — The single hour of your annual review can have long-lasting impact on your financial well-being. No two words inspire more dread in managers and employees alike than these: performance reviews. Rather than letting your annual checkup get you down, though, consider the upside.

Tweet yourself to a new job — If you want to shine in a competitive workforce, take to Twitter. Nearly 95% of recruiters surveyed by software firm Jobvite used or planned to use social media to find and vet candidates last year. "But you need a strong social media presence even if you aren't job seeking," says Rochester, N.Y., job coach Hannah Morgan, co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.

Putting a Face to Your Startup's Website — What better place to connect online with customers, investors, media, job seekers and the like than through your business's "about us" section? While naturally, plugs for products or services are best kept separate from this precious piece of real estate, the opportunity to connect with customers on a personal level is yours for the taking.
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