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Stuff You'll Need if You're Going Away for College

Well, you did it. You've graduated and been accepted to your dream college. So now what? Even though you have the whole summer ahead of you to get ready for this next chapter, getting ready to go away for school does require some planning ahead.

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10 Dos and Don'ts Following a Layoff

Even in situations where you sort of expect it, getting laid off can be a major sucker punch right to the gut. In fact, some people say getting laid off is worse than getting fired for cause -- because while getting sacked for poor performance isn't great for one's career, at least it sort of makes the whole dismissal thing justifiable.

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Are You at Risk of Getting Laid Off?

You can't put your finger on it, but things in the workplace just don't seem right. Rumors are flying, and several of your coworkers have hinted that they're worried about their jobs. Is a layoff in your future? If so, you're not alone. Between 2009 and 2014, about 20 percent of the workforce was laid off--almost 30 million people in total.

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What to Do if You're Passed Over for a Promotion

You worked your tail off, clocking in long hours and answering more 2 a.m. emails than you'd like to remember. Your last performance review was outstanding, and coworkers are constantly singing your praises. But when a higher position opened up--one for which you were most certainly in the running--your company opted to offer it to someone else. Now you're bitter about it, and understandably so.

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How to Explain a Gap on Your Résumé

You've got great experience, and your skill set has only improved over time. Perhaps you've even won an award or two. There's just one glaring problem with your resume: that

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Surviving Your Dreaded Summer Job

After weeks of studying and cramming, school's finally out for summer. Time to kick back, relax and enjoy a few months of freedom, right? Not so fast. For most students, summer means time to get a job, and a less-than-stellar one at that. Here are some tips on how to feel better when you're deep in the throes of your lousy summer gig.

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Women in the Workplace: We're here to stay

If kissing your husband off to work and spending your day cleaning the house doesn't sound appealing to you, you're probably one of the many women not only in the workforce but leading it. With 7.8 million women-owned businesses in the U.S., making up 28.7 percent of all nonfarm companies in the country, according to National Women's Business Council, women in the workplace are here to stay.

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The IT Scene: The demand, the perks and getting started

Being the IT guy in a business can either make you the most hated person in the company or the man (or woman) of the hour. Most of the time, it's somewhere in between, but it's a highly-regarded position in any company.

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The Lowdown on Recommendation Letters

We all know that recommendation letters can play a pivotal role in the college application process. But do they work the same way in the professional world?

Some hiring managers will tell you that they're not interested in recommendation letters. Others may prefer to speak to your former bosses and colleagues and ask questions rather than just read what they have to say.

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Is Your Recruiter Trustworthy?

Whether you're new to the job market or have been part of the workforce for more years than you'd like to count, the right recruiter can be a valuable resource when you're searching for work. A good recruiter can open doors to different opportunities, and some even offer guidance on all things job-related, from interview tips to resume suggestions. But unfortunately, there are some recruiters out there who don't have job seekers' best interests at heart.

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