MONEY job hunting

How Do You Actually Land Your Dream Job?

What is it that makes you excited about getting up in the morning?

What do you really love doing? Here’s how to figure out and land your dream job.

Talk to your network. Ask your friends. They know you well; ask what skills they see you with. You’ll likely hear things you take for granted about yourself.

Don’t do anything rash. Go slowly. Do your homework.

Research. Find out what’s out there right now you could be good at. Then, find out if you need some kind of professional licensing. If you do, go get it.

Try it out. Go and do the job pro-bono and find out how you like it. Get a sense of how well you fit in.

In order to make a huge industry switch, it’s good to allow three to five years to lay the groundwork and ensure you’re ready to launch.

Read next: How to Ace Any Interview and Land the Job of Your Dreams

TIME Social Media

The Lion-Killing Dentist Is Getting Totally Savaged Online

The backlash after killing of a beloved animal has been fierce

Minnesota dentist Walter James Palmer may regret his encounter with Cecil the lion. Reviews are coming in fast and furious on Yelp a month after the killing and since the hunter’s identity was revealed. As Fortune reported July 28, negative reviews were being posted to River Bluff Dental’s practice in droves. Today, the reviews number nearly 7,000.

Palmer, who traveled to Zimbabwe and killed the beloved beast for a reported $50,000 fee. The lion had been part of a 13-year Oxford University study and was popular among animal lovers visiting Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. Palmer, along with a group of hunters, killed Cecil with a bow and arrow.

As Fortune noted:

Until Tuesday, Palmer’s dentistry, River Bluff Dental, seems to have had few reviews. At one point late Tuesday afternoon, though, the dentistry had 25 pages of comments–totaling hundreds of posts–even as Yelp commenters noted that Yelp was deleting comments that weren’t entirely related to Palmer’s dental prowess.

Many of the reviews aren’t for the faint of heart. Here’s a round-up of some of the most damning as of July 29:

– “Here’s what I look for in a healthcare professional: a disgusting and thorough lack of compassion, sociopathic tendencies, a vile propensity for torture of the innocent, a bombastic self-importance, a demented and narcissistic sense of fun, a self-serving and egocentric disposition, a knack for betraying others’ trust, a history of lying to officials, a criminal record, and most of all a smug mug. I found all that in Dr. Walter Palmer at River Bluff Dental!”

– “Went in for a clean up. Left without a head,” wrote another, referring to the animal’s reported beheading.

“This dentist enjoys killing innocent, protected and endangered wildlife as a hobby. By continuing to visit this dentist you [are] endorsing horrific behavior!!! I am angry, disgusted and sad. I hope this man is hunted at the same capacity as he has hunted these innocent animals!!!!” wrote a third.

Palmer has defined himself despite the torrent of comment online. “I hired several professional guides, and they secured all proper permits,” Palmer said in a recent interview. “To my knowledge, everything about this trip was legal and properly handled. I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt,” he added. “I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt.”

TIME Gaming

You Can Make $50,000 a Year as a Video Game Coach

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They can make as much as a minor league baseball coach

As the world of e-sports heats up, and players battle for prize money that can reach into the millions, the activity has given rise to a field of coaches who want to cash in on training these keyboard-using champions.

An e-sport coach can make anywhere from $30,000 to $50,000 a year, which is pretty much in line with a minor league baseball coach, according to The Wall Street Journal.

One assistant coach of a group called Team Liquid, which competes in the “League of Legends” tournaments, told the paper he makes in the mid-$30,000s annually plus a performance bonus and health insurance. That’s not too shabby when you consider that the annual income for all coaches and scouts in 2012 was $28,360, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Coaches get paid good money primarily because their players have the potential to pull in large payouts, ranging between $35,000 and $120,000 a year depending on how good they are, and which games they play. The annual income doesn’t include the additional team winnings and benefits.

Read more about the world of e-sports at The Wall Street Journal.

MONEY Workplace

How to Quit Your Job Gracefully

There's a right way and a wrong way to head out the door.

So you’ve got a new job, and you’ve got to leave your current one. There are a few things you need to do before up-and-quitting:

Make sure you tell your boss first. Your direct supervisor should be the first to know. It may be tempting to talk to your close friends and colleagues, but hold off because word spreads quickly.

Give at least two weeks’ notice. The old adage of giving two weeks’ notice may actually be required by your company. If you’re in a higher-up position—you’re senior management or you supervise a lot of people—it’ll be harder to replace you, so give three or four weeks’ notice.

Thank your colleagues. When you thank them for being a fun bunch to work with, use the opportunity to leave your contact information. Your colleagues are your network, and you never know when you may need them for a reference or a job in the future.

Document exactly how you do your job. Your successor will thank you for it. Within reason, offer to keep in touch to help acclimate him or her to the job.

Don’t slack off. No matter how tempting it is to come in late or leave early in your last few weeks at a job, work as hard as ever. You don’t want your last few days to leave a bad impression on your coworkers; that may come back to haunt you later.

MONEY

10 Liberal Arts Schools Where Grads Earn the Most

You don't have to be a business major or an engineer to make a good salary right out of college.

We all know the tired cliché of the liberal arts graduate: the starving artist, the unemployed classics major, the English graduate who’s waiting tables. They’re exaggerations and stereotypes, to be sure. And yet, employment and salary data consistently show holders of liberal arts degrees toward the bottom of the pay scale for college graduates.

Supporters of liberal arts colleges argue that salaries don’t tell the whole story. The liberal arts teach students skills that will benefit them in a variety of careers, such as how to reason and write, they say. Plus, a report last year found that liberal arts majors tend to close the salary gap after several years in the workforce. And if nothing else, the liberal arts pay off in an intellectual way, making the “inside of your head an interesting place to spend the rest of your life,” as one former college president puts it.

But what if you don’t want to choose one or the other—an interesting internal life or a comfortable paycheck? Here are the liberal arts schools in MONEY’s Best Colleges rankings where graduates report the highest average salaries within five years of graduation, according to Payscale.com.

  • 10. Colgate University

    Ashlee Eve&mdash— Colgate University

    Average early career earnings: $52,900

    MONEY Best Colleges rank: 34

    Location: Hamilton, N.Y.

    Read more about Colgate.

  • 9. Virginia Military Institute

    Kevin Remington—Virginia Military Institute

    Average early career earnings: $53,400

    MONEY Best Colleges rank: 48

    Location: Lexington, Va.

    Read more about VMI.

  • 8. Washington and Lee University

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    Average early career earnings: $53,700

    MONEY Best Colleges rank: 24

    Location: Lexington, Va.

    Read more about W&L.

  • 7. Hamilton College

    Hamilton College
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    Average early career earnings: $54,500

    MONEY Best Colleges rank: 41

    Location: Clinton, N.Y.

    Read more about Hamilton.

  • 6. Hampden-Sydney College

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    Average early career earnings: $55,300

    MONEY Best Colleges rank: 158

    Location: Hampden-Sydney, Va.

    Read more about Hampden-Sydney.

  • 5. Claremont McKenna College

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    Average early career earnings: $55,500

    MONEY Best Colleges rank: 19

    Location: Claremont, Calif.

    Read more about CMC.

  • 4. Amherst College

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    Average early career earnings: $55,700

    MONEY Best Colleges rank: 9

    Location: Amherst, Mass.

    Read more about Amherst.

  • 3. Bucknell University

    Laurie JacksonBucknell University

    Average early career earnings: $56,000

    MONEY Best Colleges rank: 37

    Location: Lewisburg, Pa.

    Read more about Bucknell.

  • 2. Lafayette College

    Chuck ZovkoLafayette College

    Average early career earnings: $56,800

    MONEY Best Colleges rank: 54

    Location: Easton, Pa.

    Read more about Lafayette.

  • 1. Harvey Mudd College

    Edward CarreonHarvey Mudd College

    Average early career earnings: $76,400

    MONEY Best Colleges rank: 6

    Location: Claremont, Calif.

    Read more about Harvey Mudd.

TIME Workplace

This Could Be The Best Way to Come Up With an Excuse Not To Go To Work

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Dentist appointment? Maybe. Out late last night? Hmm

Not feeling like going to work today, but running low on creative reasons to stay home? WFH Ninja might have you covered.

The website offers crowdsourced excuses for when you want to work from home. Created by Christina Ng — a product manager at social marketing company Dynamic Signal — and reported first by The Next Web, WFH Ninja serves up potential excuses — ranging from the medical (dental appointment) to the home-owner emergency (burst water pipe) — and asks users to vote on each justification by clicking on buttons labeled either “Hell, Yeah!” or “This won’t fly.” Next to each possible excuse is displayed either a positive or negative number, depending on the tally of “yes” or “no” votes.

Ng wrote in a post on Medium that the site is “a parody of the reasons people provide for working from home,” and it’s an idea she came up with after needing her own stay-home-from-work excuse due to a late night playing video games. It’s no surprise she didn’t think that excuse would pass muster with her boss.

TIME LinkedIn

LinkedIn Just Changed This Very Popular Feature — and People Are Complaining

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It'll take much longer to export contacts

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Or, in this case, don’t change it.

LinkedIn is dealing with some very unhappy users after making it more difficult for them to export contacts.

Business Insider reports that users can still download their contacts for the site, but it now takes longer. As of Thursday, LinkedIn users had to get an archive of their data to do the procedure, and that can reportedly can take up to 72 hours. Before, users could download user contact information immediately.

“Our members can continue to easily request an export all of the data LinkedIn has stored on their account, by visiting our help center,” LinkedIn told Business Insider.

The publication sifted through social media to find some users unhappy with the changed process to easily export their contacts:

According to VentureBeat:

We asked what format the contacts are made available in as part of the data archive, and the spokesperson confirmed that they are put into a CSV file. In short, what’s really changing here is that you can no longer export your contacts immediately. Now you have to get them as part of a data archive request, which can take up to three days.

TIME Hulk Hogan

Why the WWE Just Fired Hulk Hogan

It's reportedly due to some controversial comments recently made public

World Wrestling Entertainment severed ties with Terry Bollea (better known as Hulk Hogan) Friday due to alleged racist comments he made recently.

Business Insider reported that his profile page was removed from WWE.com, and that the pro wrestler’s merchandise has been removed from its online store. The organization has taken him off its online Hall of Fame, too.

The WWW released a statement blasting Hogan for making insensitive remarks in an audio file that was recently released: “WWE terminated its contract with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan). WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide,” it said.

Hogan released a statement to People.com about using racist language in the past:

Eight years ago I used offensive language during a conversation. It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it.

This is not who I am. I believe very strongly that every person in the world is important and should not be treated differently based on race, gender, orientation, religious beliefs or otherwise. I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs.

Hogan has also been embroiled in a controversy over a sex tape in which he’s featured and that Gawker Media published in 2012.

Hogan tweeted this message to his fans:

TIME Careers

Here’s Why Weekends Could Be Overrated If You Love Your Boss

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Hands up if you love your job

Turns out, people who like their work aren’t happier on the weekend.

A new study released by the National Bureau of Economic Research has found that people who fall into the category of “workers reporting favorable workplace environment” — translation: those that love their work and workplace — are just as happy on weekdays as on weekends.

Researchers at NBER looked at Gallup/Healthways US Daily Poll surveys over the last four years, which consisted of 1.77 million respondents, to see how seven kinds of emotions changed during the week for both full-time and part-time workers. They dubbed the joy people got from their Saturdays and Sundays “the weekend effect” and, as expected, those two days affected worker’s emotions in positive ways.

But the paper also explained that the weekend effect was much smaller for those “with good workplace social contexts, as indicated by high workplace trust and partner-like boss.” The reason? If you really enjoy socializing in a work setting, chances are that you’re in much less need of a weekend away from your colleagues and boss: “The workplace social environment and social time together almost completely account for the weekend effects for happiness, laugher, enjoyment and sadness,” the report concluded.

“The whole idea of people liking weekends better than weekdays because work is hell, that isn’t necessarily the case,” John Helliwell, lead researcher in the study and senior fellow at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, told Bloomberg. “Why should it be? If you’re doing something important and interesting that you like, that sounds more fun than watching a movie or reruns on TV.”

This comes after a recent study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that most Americans spend more than three hours of their weekend in front of the TV.

MONEY Personal Finance

6 Crucial Life (and Money) Lessons I Learned Playing in the World Series of Poker

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John Locher—AP Players compete during the main event at the World Series of Poker Wednesday, July 8, 2015, in Las Vegas.

Add these poker lessons to a long list of tips for personal and professional success, thanks to the biggest game of all.

I’m not the kind of person that can’t sleep. But at the World Series of Poker last week I found myself up both early and late, a nervous energy stealing my natural sense of calm. That’s ok. My adrenaline would sustain me—and this is just one of the things I learned playing in the biggest game of them all.

Much has been written about the life, business, and investing lessons you can learn at a poker table. The game trains you to read body language and spot opportunity; to lose with grace and focus on decisions, not outcomes; to choose battles wisely and be aware of what others see when they look at you.

It’s all true, valuable, and widely applicable. I’ve even suggested that kids take up poker (with age appropriate stakes, of course). It can help youngsters strengthen memory, improve math skills, learn to consider risks, and practice money management. Playing for the first time in the Main Event in Las Vegas, an elimination tournament with more than 6,400 entrants, I discovered still more ways this game teaches success.

  1. Passion is everything Isaac Newton’s mother had to remind him to eat because he was so busy discovering the laws of gravity that he might go days forgetting he was hungry. Newton did pretty well for himself. For me, losing sleep to thoughts of strategy and analysis reinforced that I was doing something I find exhilarating. Sleep is important. The mind must rest. But in the short run the thrill of passion more than compensates. Tournament poker is just a game, and because I enjoy it I am consumed by improvement. But the same principle applies in other endeavors. I apply it in my day job too. When you love what you do, you keep doing it better—an important ingredient of success. So do what you love, not what others expect of you.
  2. Nice guys finish last…or first You meet all kinds of people around a poker table. Some yak incessantly and others remain stone faced for hours; some are unassuming and engaging and others snarl and trash talk. None of it matters. What counts is focus. The two nicest guys at my first table went opposite ways, one to an early exit and the other to the next stage as a chip leader. Heck, I’d have a beer with either of them, and both were solid players. The only real difference was that one paid attention to the table all the time; the other only while in a hand. Guess who advanced? In life, career, or at the poker table, the things you learn while others are taking it easy give you an edge. Smiles and snarls are immaterial if you stay focused.
  3. Down is not out In 1997, a little computer company named Apple was floundering, having lost money for 12 consecutive years. But Steve Jobs returned to the company he had founded, struck gold with the iPod and by 2011 Apple had become the most valuable company in the world. At my table on the second day, the guy that started with the fewest chips kept fighting. He didn’t panic. He kept his wits. Like Jobs, he never gave up. This player, after hours on the brink, finally began to rake some pots and later advanced deep into the tournament. In any pursuit, you may fail or get bested. So you try again. You are only out when you quit.
  4. Your comfort zone should make you uncomfortable People who challenge themselves tend to rise to the occasion, psychologists have found. Children are fearless. They try anything. That’s how they grow. But most adults have tasted enough failure that they tend to avoid difficult situations, which leaves them trapped within personal and professional boundaries. Fear of failure is a powerful obstacle to growth. “There is no learning without some difficulty and fumbling,” John Gardner writes in Self-Renewal. “If you want to keep on learning, you must keep on risking failure—all your life. It’s as simple as that.” At the poker table, you can play safe a long time before your chips run out. But they will run out—unless you get out of your comfort zone and make the occasional bet that scares you half to death.
  5. There is no such thing as house money The economist Richard Thaler pioneered the notion of mental accounting, where individuals treat money gained in different ways with more or less care. You are more likely to spend $20 that you found on the sidewalk than $20 you earned at your job. Why is that? Simple: The money you stumbled into on the sidewalk was found money; you are no worse off when it is gone. Similarly, a gambler on a roll might raise the stakes, reasoning that since he is wagering only money he has won—house money—he can’t really lose. And yet $20 is $20, no matter how you got it. When you spend or lose it, you have less money than before and have missed a chance to improve your financial security. The most impressive player at my table on the second day was a guy with a bunch of chips who remained true to his game. Despite his bountiful resources, he kept methodically building a bigger pile, avoiding the trap of taking unnecessary risks with his “house” money.
  6. Sometimes you have to wing it Most information is imperfect. When you invest in a stock, you know what the company has done in the past. You think you understand how it will do in the future. But you cannot be sure. You gather as much information as possible and buy when you sense opportunity. You might be wrong. Warren Buffett bought shares of ConocoPhillips just before oil prices unexpectedly tanked a few years ago and he lost $1 billion. My tournament ended late on the second day—after 21 hours of card playing—when I bet all my chips at a time when, using the best table information I could gather, I sensed opportunity. It turned out the guy to my left was holding two aces and, alas, I had essentially bought ConocoPhillips ahead of plunging oil prices. That really hurt. But I can live with the Buffett comparison.

 

 

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