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The Design of the Creative Multi-Year Local and State Budget

By Dr. Pamela Scales
Professor of Public Administration, American Public University

Budgeting has been an imaginative adventure these days. Short term plans and solutions are no longer viable. This past recession has shown everyone in government that long term planning is a necessity. Even if your state did not experience the severe impact of the recession or has fully recovered from the recession you see the potential issues that can occur. It is only prudent to take heed to what has happened elsewhere and try to ensure it so that it does not happen to you.

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Gimmicky Cover Letters: Great Idea or Gruesome Miscalculation?

By Adrienne Erin
Contributor, Online Career Tips

Gimmicks need to be subtle and well thought out. The company and industry will impact your choice of gimmicks to use, or not use, as some are not appropriate in certain areas. At the end of the day you should always ask yourself, “Does this actually make me look like a better candidate?” before adding something to your final draft.

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Is Your Job Hopping Habit a Recipe for Disaster?

By Adrienne Erin
Contributor, Online Career Tips

Overall, employers tend to be understanding of job hopping, especially given the financial upheaval from 2008. We’re still recovering, and some people just had to find something to keep their heads above water. Employers are aware of that, but they still don’t want to waste time and money training someone who will leave at the first issue.

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The Age of Crowdfunding

By Kelly Werder, JD/MBA
Adjunct Faculty, School of Business at American Public University

I’m a Kickstarter backer, an IndieGoGo supporter, and a Crowdrise donor. In the age of crowdfunding, investing in a project or business you believe in is no longer limited to the uber-wealthy. This opens up new possibilities to those looking to fund their dreams.

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Taking a Second Job: Why It Might Be Worth It and Why It Might Not Be

By Adrienne Erin
Contributor, Online Career Tips

It doesn’t take a genius to know that, economically speaking, times are tough. Cuts in pay and horror stories about companies laying off employees left and right have made many Americans uneasy – prompting them to seek a second job.

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How to Provide a Service Through Entrepreneurial Means

By Shun McGee
Contributor, Career Services

Today’s tough economic times have called and caused many people to go into business for themselves. I consider that a good thing. People sometimes come up with their best ideas in the midst of challenging circumstances.

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Ten Things for Your Professional Bucket List

By Tiffany Young
Online Career Tips Contributor

The traditional bucket list is a list of things to achieve before you die. I think this is an idea that can also be used by any young professional who wants to achieve specific career goals by a certain age.

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6 Rules to Consider Before Relocating for a Job

By Rachel A. Adler
Online Career Tips, Guest Contributor

You just got offered a great job, in a new city, new state, and far away from the life you currently live...so why would you relocate for it? Relocating is a lot like writing a research paper. Recently I relocated for a job and a lot of my friends and former colleagues thought I just packed up my nomadic lifestyle and decided to move. That is not what happened.

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