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5 Tips for Asking Your Boss for a Raise

Posted by Trish Reske on Aug 19, 2019 7:00:00 AM

You’re a great employee. You work hard and have been performing better than average at your job. You get positive input from your co-workers and your manager. But the bottom line is that you’re not getting paid what you know you are worth. How do you go about asking your boss for the raise that you deserve? Below are five tips on how to ask your boss for a raise – and raise the chances of you actually getting it.

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Topics: Money Management, Work, Business

4 Job Resources for Military Spouses

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Aug 16, 2019 12:09:00 PM

Being the husband or wife of a member of the armed forces can present unique challenges when it comes to landing and keeping a job. However, you have the advantage of access to several organizations geared toward helping people just like you find work.

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Topics: Military, Work

8 Financial Steps to Take Before Going Freelance

Posted by Sandra Quadros Bowles on Aug 16, 2019 8:23:21 AM

Imagine having a job where you can work in your pajamas and the longest commute you will make all day is from your home office (it’s OK if that’s the couch) to the coffeemaker. More and more Americans are trading in the nine-to-five grind to be their own bosses. Fifty-six million Americans freelance, which is an increase of 3.7 million in the past five years, according to a study released October 2018 by Upwork and Freelancers Union. But is it for you, and more importantly, do you have the wherewithal to make a go at it?

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Topics: Work

5 Ways to Celebrate National Financial Awareness Day

Posted by Sandra Quadros Bowles on Aug 13, 2019 10:33:23 PM

The day may not be as well-known as Christmas or Thanksgiving, but Aug. 14 is a milestone day that could change your life. National Financial Awareness Day is celebrated Aug. 14. This date reminds us to be aware of how to build financial stability and to be prepared for our financial future. After all, ignoring your financial situation can be scarier than Halloween. So here’s five pieces of good advice to consider on this Financial Awareness Day. Recognize these sayings? They apply to finances as well:

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Topics: Savings, Investments

8 Steps for Protecting Your Child from Identity Theft

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Aug 9, 2019 4:03:45 PM

It’s a shocking experience thousands of parents have endured the past few years: finding out someone else has been using their child’s identity. It’s heartbreaking to think of a young person trying to start out in life already tarnished by unwarranted black marks. To guard against a future of frustration for your child, take the following kid-specific identity theft prevention measures.

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Topics: security, children

IRS Introduces New Tax Withholding Estimator

Posted by Diana Burrell on Aug 9, 2019 7:54:00 AM

Earlier this week the Internal Revenue Service introduced its new Tax Withholding Estimator, a mobile-friendly online tool that will help taxpayers determine the right amount of tax they should withhold each year. This new tool replaces the IRS's old withholding calculator, which was targeted specifically to workers whose wages are reported on Form W-2 . The new Tax Withholding Estimator also lets self-employed workers, retirees, and other taxpayers figure out the right amount of tax withholding based on their wages and/or pension payments.

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Topics: Taxes, Work

How Your Credit Report Can Keep You From Getting Hired

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Aug 7, 2019 6:00:00 AM

You’ve got the skills. You’ve got the experience. But you’re worried your credit reports may hold you back from getting that dream job. And to make matters even more aggravating, you have no idea what exactly the hiring company will be looking for on the reports. While it’s not possible to say what any particular company looks for on a credit report when making hiring decisions, there are certain items that employers frequently mention as credit-related reasons for passing over certain candidates. Here’s a list along with the steps you can take to address the impact of the negative information.

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Topics: Debt, Credit Score, Work

12 Jobs for the Semi-Retired

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Aug 5, 2019 5:06:00 AM

One of the biggest keys to a happy retirement is getting to do what you really want. After all, you’ve worked a long time to get to the point where you get to choose your activities. If your ultimate retirement involves a lot of R&R, and you’ve got the resources to do it, then by all means go for it.

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Topics: Work

Shop for the Holidays This Summer

Posted by Sandra Quadros Bowles on Aug 2, 2019 11:59:00 AM

Summer's finally here. The waves are crashing and the AC is blasting. With summer concert bands playing classic hits, fireworks exploding in the skies, and excited kids screeching joyously in splash parks, it's a blissful, if noisy, season. But listen carefully. There’s another sound in the distance. You might not hear it clearly yet, but it’s getting closer by the day.

Sleigh bells.

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Topics: Savings, Budgeting

What to Do When You Lose Your Wallet

Posted by Sandra Quadros Bowles on Aug 2, 2019 6:02:00 AM

My day fell apart in front of the iced coffee machine at my neighborhood convenience store. I had pulled out an extra-large cup, filled it with ice cubes, and then mixed the iced coffee and milk in my traditional equal portions. I could practically taste the cold brew, and the long, refreshing gulp that would ward off the already rising morning temperatures. But first I needed money to pay for my treat. And that’s when I realized: I had no money because I had no wallet.

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Topics: Credit Card, security

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