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5 Tips for Networking Your Way to a Job on LinkedIn

By NerdWallet | September 16, 2015

Got a LinkedIn profile? Check. Got it in tiptop shape? Check. Now what? It’s time to dive into what the website’s known for: networking. Sure, it can be intimidating, especially when you don’t have a ton of professional connections yet. But with confidence, creativity and some LinkedIn wisdom on your side, you can build a…

5 Tips to Build a LinkedIn Profile That’ll Get You Noticed

By NerdWallet | August 27, 2015

Building and maintaining a standout LinkedIn profile isn’t optional. It’s not even highly recommended. It’s mandatory—if you want to stand out. Because 95 percent of recruiters use LinkedIn to actively search for and contact potential employees. “If you don’t have a presence on LinkedIn, you stand a strong chance of being overlooked,” says Rick Sass,…

The 7 Most Common Mistakes First-Time Entrepreneurs Make

By NerdWallet | July 31, 2015

Here’s the cold, hard truth for first-time entrepreneurs: Nine out of every 10 startups fail. And this is according to multiple estimates. You’ll likely make more than a few mistakes as you start out, and for some of you, that will be the death of your initial business venture. But a lack of experience doesn’t…

How Not to Pay Off Your Debt

By NerdWallet | July 23, 2015

Paying off your debt is an admirable goal and a smart move for your financial health, right? Yes—if you do it the right way, because there are wrong ways of doing it that might actually hurt you more than they help. Withdrawing from your 401(k), draining your emergency fund or ignoring your monthly bills in…

6 Basic but Need-to-Know 401(k) Questions Answered

By NerdWallet | July 9, 2015

Saving for retirement is a real-world mystery: You know you should do it, but how? The trick is to start contributing now, even if it’s just a little bit every month. It could be the difference between working the conga line on a Caribbean cruise and just plain working during your retirement years. Here’s what…

4 Financial Habits of People with Excellent Credit

By NerdWallet | June 29, 2015

Your credit score can be your financial passport to a loan or credit card approval, renting an apartment or even getting a job, so it’s important to know what kind of behaviors can help you build excellent credit. Experian examined consumer data based on the different tiers of VantageScore to give consumers an idea of…

5 Signs You’re Cut Out to Be a Freelancer

By NerdWallet | June 25, 2015

Did you know people have been making money freelancing for several hundred years? During the Middle Ages, medieval soldiers would offer their combat services and weapons—including their lances—to the highest bidder. They were free to serve whatever kingdom needed them, so each knight with a weapon was literally called a “free lance” for hire. If…

3 Steps to Surviving on an Entry-Level Salary

By NerdWallet | June 3, 2015

The U.S. average starting salary for the class of 2014 was about $45,500. Here are three steps to take to live on an entry-level salary.

5 Ways to Organize Your Job Search

By NerdWallet | May 26, 2015

When you start your job search, it can feel as if you’re climbing a mountain whose summit you can’t even see. Once you start moving, though, you’ll realize that it’s totally doable. Better yet, you’ll discover that there are no big secrets to tackling the job market. You just need a well-organized and structured plan…

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Bad Credit 101: The Small Mistakes That Are Killing Your Score

By NerdWallet | May 19, 2015

You just applied for a credit card, or maybe it was a new apartment or a loan, and you got denied. DENIED. Seriously? You were totally under the impression that your credit was solid—and it just sucker punched you in the face. Did you know that lenders and landlords often consider an applicant’s credit score…