Financial Fitness

Your Paycheck is Going to Decrease

I have to be a Debbie Downer for a minute and tell you that the pending tax changes, being called the “fiscal cliff,” are going to affect you. They’ll affect everyone. The mostly likely way they’ll affec...

What Matters Most to You in a Negotiation?

ManagingAmericans.com recently ran an article called “Prepare for a Tough Negotiation” and one key point stood out most to us here at Career Girl Network. Check it out: Be prepared to anchor what matters most to you...

Big DON’TS for Black Friday

A while ago, we asked you to take some time to “Learn from Your Shopping Mistakes.” One of them: Don’t buy something just because it’s cheap. Sure, it’s easy to justify a purchase with, “But ...


Shop Small Businesses This Saturday!

You might wonder why we’re posting about Small Business Saturday on Thanksgiving Thursday. It’s because we want to make you think…about tomorrow. Should you head out at 5am and spend your cash all day in the b...

Creating a Budget for Your Job Search

A job search is many things. It can be long, frustrating, exciting, and among all these things, expensive. Often, potential job seekers move into the process without thinking through what a job search might really cost. Recentl...

Are You Passing Up Free Money?

Before you check the “same as last year” box during this year’s benefits open enrollment, take a minute to make sure you’re taking full advantage of what’s available to you. One area where many peo...


Christmas Shopping Stores You Might Not Know About

It’s the beginning of November, and here in the city of Chicago, Christmas has officially come. Macy’s on State Street lit its tree, Target has Christmas displays everywhere, and you can almost hear the sound of the...

Severance: It Ain’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be

If you’ve never been in a situation where you’ve been given a severance package, good for you! That means you’ve never been fired or laid off and you’ve probably never had a bad experience giving notice....

Dealing with a “Low Ball” Salary Offer

We’ve all been there. You interview for a job, you’re convinced this is the one that will finally push you over into your “dream salary” category, and then….the low ball salary offer. You’re ...


You Don’t Really Want Job Security, Trust Us

In the realm of job searching and interviewing, we often hear professionals who are looking for a new job say they are concerned with “job security.” In this economy, it seems, we’re worried more and more abou...