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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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How to Spend Your College Graduation Money

You studied for more hours than you can count. You combed through countless textbooks, wrote dozens upon dozens of papers and survived finals week many times over. And thankfully, all that hard work has finally paid off, because here you are, celebrating your college graduation.

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Graduation: The money monster you forgot about

You put in your time and studied your heart out. At long last you're finally gearing up to graduate. But instead of reveling in your significant accomplishment and getting excited for the next chapter in your life, you're crunching numbers and stressing out over the cost of getting that diploma. What's wrong with this picture?

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New Job Paperwork: What you need to know

When I was 17, I scored a summer job at an investment banking firm. Since my only prior work experience was that of camp counselor or babysitter extraordinaire, I remember my first day getting off to a rather rocky start--not because I messed up on the job, but because I had no clue how to fill out the mountain of paperwork I was asked to complete.

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Salary Negotiations: What you need to know

Congratulations--there's a job offer on the table with your name on it. Now all you have to do is convince your employer to pay you what you want. Whether you're fairly new to the working world or have years of experience under your belt, negotiating a salary can be a daunting endeavor. In fact, in a survey conducted by payscale.com, 28 percent of respondents said they'd never asked for a raise because they were uncomfortable negotiating salary.

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Use Your Special Skills to Earn Some Extra Dough

The average tuition and fees for full-time, in-state students at public four-year universities rose 2.9 percent from 2013–14 to 2014–15, according to the College Board report. The figure is higher for out-of-state students and those at private universities.

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