Want to Start a Business? Think About Puerto Rico

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Puerto Rico. All opinions are 100% mine. Ready to start a business? That can be the best way to shake yourself out of the doldrums of a ho-hum job and a go-nowhere career. Entrepreneurship can be the path that will lead you to the job of your dreams. The question is where to do it. Its Happening in Puerto Rico. The state you live in may not have the best tax and regulatory structure to start your own business. That’s why it makes sense to think outside the box (and look just a little bit outside the country). The beauty and cultural richness of Puerto Rico creates the ideal environment for investment and business growth. Continue Reading

Low Stress Jobs That Pay Well

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Low stress jobs that pay well? Sounds like an oxymoron, right? Is there a correlation between job stress and compensation? Do you have to set and ignite blasting caps on the side of a mountain to earn six figures? Most job seekers correlate compensation to both expertise and the level of stress that jobs induce. However, career information expert Dr. Laurence Shatkin conducted a research study that demonstrates job seekers have an abundance of job opportunities that ensure blood pressure remains low. A Little Background Info about the Study Shatkin compiled average salaries for 767 occupations that the United States Department of Labor officially recognizes. Then, Dr. Shatkin matched a stress tolerance rating to each of the 767 occupations, as issued by Bureau of Labor Statistics and Occupational Information Network. Stress tolerance measures from zero to 100, with factors such as criticism and workplace safety playing roles in determining the rating. Lower scores signal low Continue Reading

HOW TO HANDLE A HOT COWORKER

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  Employee handbooks provide the blueprint for learning how to handle virtually every type of situation that arises in the workplace. You learn how to confront sexual harassment, as well as the proper way to file employee grievances. Pay periods, work schedules, and workplace grooming also comprise part of the comprehensive employee handbook. You even learn how to move up in the company by reading the employee handbook. For all of its information, employee handbooks leave out one crucial topic: How to handle a hot coworker. Avoid Embarrassing Yourself Outside of a drool cup, there really isn't anything physical that helps you learn how to deal with a hot coworker. Science has not yet developed a tool that prevents your eyes from bugging out like one of Hanna Barbara's cartoon characters. Yet, you can take steps to avoid embarrassing your self around a hot coworker. First, when you notice the hot coworker strolling through the office, keep your head down and count to 10. Continue Reading

How to Under Promise and Over Deliver

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Your boss storms into your small cubicle holding a large stack of paperwork. You know he's not making a trip to the recycling center, so you wait for the inevitable question. "Smith, I need these documents thoroughly researched. When do you think you can finish the job?" You have hit the moment of truth in the workplace, although the truth is not really what you're after. Your goal is to master an unspoken edict in the workplace, something so mysterious than Tony Robbins has never addressed the issue. Heck, Tony Robbins probably discourages how to under promise and over deliver. Well, at least we save money by not buying his motivational tapes. Continue Reading

Personal Management Skills

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You spent another day motivating the troops to perform the same mundane tasks that they performed yesterday, and the yesterday before yesterday. In fact, you've perfected the art of managing your team to perform the same mundane tasks every day of the working year. Yet, something is missing from your management skills repertoire. You always seem to finish a project within minutes the deadline. Many of your co-workers think your communication skills go about as far as your email address. You organize your day about as well as Donald Trump organizes his hair. The bottom line at the end of the cliché-ridden day is that you successfully manage other people, but your personal management skills need marked improvement. Continue Reading

What Salary Should I Ask For?

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The third and final interview excruciatingly winds down to the final question. You've survived mind numbing questions such as "Where do you plan to be in five years" and "Tell me about a boss that you enjoyed working for." First, in five years, I want to be the one asking the dumb questions. Second, you would call me a liar, if I made up a boss that I enjoyed working for. So, let's cut to the chase and ask the last question of the interview. What salary should I ask for? You can flawlessly answer every interview question and still screw up because of the all-important what salary should I ask for question. Like Goldilocks and the porridge, ask for too much money and find the exit door. Ask for too less than what the job pays and the hiring manager might view you as someone that's less than confident. You need to be proactive and follow four simple steps to ensure you get the final question right. Continue Reading

How Much Sleep Do Adults Need?

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"I'll sleep when I'm dead." How many times have we heard this declaration of invincibility from a co-worker, friend, family member, or even the sleep-deprived demons that live restlessly in our heads? We live in a culture that celebrates the walking dead, the adults wandering around aimlessly throughout the day barely functioning on a few hours sleep. Regardless for the reasons that motivate people to eschew sleep, the fact remains that sleep represents just as much of a contributor to living a healthy life as diet and exercise. For our health, we need to ponder the answer to the question, "How much sleep do adults need." How Much Sleep is Enough for Adults? According to the highly respected National Institute of Health (NIH), the answer to "How much sleep do adults need" does not vary much among the adult population. You've heard co-workers justify two to three hours of sleep per night by exclaiming, "My body knows how much sleep it needs." Hectic work schedules and immense Continue Reading

Welcome to the Workforce, Generation Z

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What is Generation Z, you may ask? Good question. Just know that the answer is still way up in the air. It is an enigma, wrapped in a puzzle, launched on an app, seen on an Apple Watch and eventually will be livestreamed directly into an Oculus Rift. Is that enough buzzwords for you? Well, the modern office is going to be looking at you, Generation Z members, to make sense of all these concepts and integrate them smoothly into our economy. Basically, if you were born from the late 90s , you could be looking at membership in Generation Z. Late Millenialish, but the constant immersion into online life and the explosion of tech since your birth means that you have very little experience with the analog world that used to exist. What can you expect from the workplace? Oh, nothin’ much, just all your bosses and their bosses looking to you for salvation. Someone needs to come up with the innovations that will make the Internet of Things work, create new streams of revenue that rival Continue Reading

Rethinking the Role of Vocational Schooling

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Vocational education, a mainstay of the American school system since the early 1900s, has experienced a slow but steady decline in the last few decades. What was once a pipeline into stable, middle class employment has become, in many schools, a shell of its former self; programs have either been slashed in the wake of “accountability” and college readiness mandates, or have become options of last resort for students who don’t do well in college-track programs. The Smith-Hughes Act provided federal funding for vocational education for the first time in 1917. At the time, the nature of schooling and work in the United States was changing dramatically. With rapid industrialization underway, it was no longer safe or feasible for kids to learn a trade at their parents’ sides, and apprenticeships, which had once taken place in small, specialized shops, were no longer practical as a way of training new workers at a rate adequate to meet production demands. Continue Reading

Planning the Perfect Career Shift

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It’s normal for most people to go through a career shift as much as seven times and sometimes even more. If you’re not happy with your current career, it’s time for a change. The problem is you might want a change, but you’re not sure how to switch careers. The key is to be patient and take your time. With a little work, you’ll be in a new career you love. Decide What You’re Passionate About We all dream of a job we love getting up for every day and don’t mind working long hours when necessary. You don’t have to just dream about it. Start your career change by figuring out what you’re passionate about. If you enter a career you hate just because it pays well, you’ll be miserable. Think about things that make you happy. It could be a hobby, a major you never got the chance to use in real life or anything else. Continue Reading