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5 Affordable Fall Travel Destinations

consumerreports.org — The colors of autumn are beautiful to see, but fall travel can be expensive. Consumer Reports provides five ways to experience fall without spending a fortune.

How To Land a Promotion

monster.com — If you crushed it your first few years on the job, a bump in pay will be a no-brainer. You've consistently put your nose to the grindstone and cranked out some work that really wowed your boss-especially considering you're in the early years of your career. First of all, kudos to you!

How To Maximize Your Bargaining Power As An Entry-Level Jobseeker

monster.com — No salary history? No problem. Daniel Bortz, Monster contributor When you're fresh out of college or early in your career, negotiating your first salary can feel like you're trying to hit a moving target-blindfolded. First, you don't have any personal salary history to start from. Second, most companies don't publish their employees' salary information.

6 Surprising Things That Can Sabotage Your Credit Score

realtor.com — If you're hunting for a house and a mortgage, you've probably heard that your credit score will affect your buying power big-time, because lenders use your credit score to determine whether to give you a loan, and at what rate.

What Is My Home Worth?

realtor.com — Every homeowner wonders, "What is my home worth?" During the housing bubble years leading up to 2007, it was with the pleasant thrill of imagining money piling up in the bank; after the crash, it was with a sense of dread, remembering that looming mortgage debt. These days, who knows?

Make Your Home More Appealing to Young Buyers

consumerreports.org — If you're planning to sell your home in the future start preparing now. Consumer Reports explains what young buyers are looking for in a home.

What's The Difference Between Banks, Credit Unions and Brokerages

learnvest.com — Unless you're accustomed to keeping wads of cash tucked under your mattress (where it doesn't belong), it's very likely you're using a bank, brokerage or credit union-or a combination of the three-to help you manage your finances. But just because you're a customer of one of these places doesn't necessarily mean you know what they're all about.

How To Get A Job In A Field You Didn't Major In

monster.com — Employers aren't hung up on what you studied-but they'll still need some convincing to extend you a job offer. Daniel Bortz, Monster contributor To graduate on time, you probably needed to declare your major by your sophomore year. But by the time graduation rolls around, it wouldn't be surprising if your career ambitions have shifted to something outside of your major.

7 Steps To Ending Your Internship With A Job Offer In Hand

monster.com — Aiming to turn your summer internship into a full-time job? Good news: your employer wants that, too! The primary focus of most companies' internship programs is to convert college students into entry-level employees, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers' 2016 Internship & Co-op Survey.

Smart Ways to Save Money On A Move

time.com — June to August is peak moving season, since most families want to relocate when their children are out of school. And for many families, a relocation can be expensive. The average professional move costs a whopping $12,230, according Worldwide ERC, an association that tracks mobility costs.
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