Doostang Voted As One Of The Top 75 Websites For Your Career in Forbes

We’re excited to announce that Doostang was featured on Forbes list of The Top 75 Websites For Your Career along with other excellent companies to help you no matter what stage you’re at in the job search.

Thank you to all our readers who nominated Doostang that put us on this list.  We appreciate your support and recognition and hope we can continue to help you find jobs and provide you with great career advice.

We also want to say thanks to writer, Jacquelyn Smith and Forbes magazine for featuring insightful articles on finance, industry, investing, marketing topics and much more.

The full list is not a ranking, just a compilation of nominated sites.  We encourage you to take a look through and learn about some of the other websites, including blogs, job aggregators, boards, and personal career coaching pages to see what other resources you can take advantage of.  Enjoy!

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6 Blunders that Push Your Resume to the “Don’t Call” List

 

Many candidates unintentionally push their resume into the “don’t call” pile with several common errors. Many of these blunders are based on outdated thinking while others develop out of a desire to take advantage of that one moment when the hiring manager is screening your resume. Take a few moments and review your resume to make sure these blunders aren’t pushing your resume to the wrong pile!

1. Including Everything

Less is more with effective resumes. Don’t try to cram in all your work history or every keyword that comes to mind. Trying to include everything will only sabotage your resume by essentially hiding your good points under the weight of too much information. Most hiring managers only skim resumes, and if you have created an information overload the screening process is very likely to stop right there.

Change your thinking about your resume to create an effective hiring tool. Good resumes capture the reader’s attention while enticing them to learn more about you. Regurgitating your entire work history onto the page is not going to achieve that aim for you. Limit your work history to the last 10 to 15 years to be most effective.

2. Poor Organization

Including everything is indeed a form of poor organization. However, limiting the work history to the last 15 years may not be sufficient to reduce the amount of verbiage. Aim for a concise and succinct description of your jobs. Include no more than 5 lines in each description. Make the most of the prime real estate on your resume by including brief company descriptions as well. Doing so provides a context for your experience and accomplishments while saving space. Separate out accomplishments by highlighting a few well-chosen achievements in bullets.

3. Grouping All Jobs Together

You may have a great progression of positions with increasing responsibility at a particular company. In order to get the most out of these experiences, separate out each position with its own job description and achievements listed. You limit the effectiveness of your resume by putting all positions with the same company together. Not only is your clear progression blurred, but the reader may also be confused as to exactly what your contributions were. Unclear descriptions of past contributions do nothing in helping potential employers envision you as a successful member of their team.

4. Functional Format

Many job seekers choose a functional format that can also be confusing to the reader. A functional format does not present a clear progression of your career and requires the reader to invest more time in trying to determine what experiences match with each company. Although you want the reader to spend more time reading your resume, the functional format is not a productive way to achieve that goal. Using a reverse chronological format provides a quick snapshot of your history, and with careful presentation will entice the reader to keep reading and call you to learn more.

5. Cluttered Presentation

Many of these points address the issue of clutter in your resume. Additional factors to consider in presenting a clean appearance in your resume include how to manage the dates of employment. As long as you have a steady progression in your work history, including only the years of employment is the cleanest presentation. However, if you have had a number of short-term positions, including the month and year may help illustrate the actual length of employment.

Another common example of clutter on the resume is attempting to include every keyword you can associate with your profession. Be selective in your choice of keywords, using only those that clearly demonstrate your strengths.

Finally, including too much information about professional development experiences can work against you. Identify those training experiences that set you apart from the competition and include only those. Dates are typically not necessary for professional development activities, particularly for annual trainings.

6. Unprofessionalism

You must remember that you are being evaluated in every single contact you make with a potential employer. Personal email addresses such as sexygirl@ or lazyguy@ should never be used in your job search. Email accounts can be set up for free at many sites on the web. Setting up a new email account dedicated to your job search is a great idea to help you stay organized as well. An appropriate email address can be as simple as YourName@ and conveys a much more professional image.

Other unprofessional tactics include talking on the phone with prospective employers while at your current job or with dogs and kids in the background. Avoid these traps that could easily land your resume in the “don’t call” pile.

Making the most of your resume is the best tool for getting a call from the hiring manager. The resume is a carefully crafted calling card and with the right balance of information and presentation can spur the hiring manager to the action you desire. Make smart choices about what to include and how to present information in an effective way to gain the response you want. A strategic review and re-vamping of your resume may be just what you need to prompt that call. You have the power to make sure your resume is in the “Must Call” pile!

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Lunch Interview Etiquette

Mastering an interview in an office environment can be tough enough. But throw in food, unpronounceable menu items, and an abundance of utensils, and speaking to a hiring manager might be the last thing on your mind – don’t let this happen!

Lunch interviews are bittersweet. Yeah, you score a free meal, but you also have to prove your social etiquette skills, which you may not have given a passing thought to since the last time your grandmother reprimanded you for propping your elbows up on the table.

 

Here are some basic etiquette tips to keep in mind:

 

Interview First, Food Second

It’s reasonable to assume that lunch is integral to your lunch interview – but it’s really not. Of course you’re not going to sit there and starve, but your main focus should be addressing your interviewer’s questions. If you appear to be more interested in your food than your dining companion, they’ll quickly lose interest in you. If you bury your head in a plate of salad—neglecting crucial elements of an interview like eye contact and ability to hold a fluid conversation—you’re going to lose points very quickly.

Make sure you’re directing questions at your interviewer as well. Not only will this allow you to learn more about who is sitting across from you, but it will also allow you to steal a few bites of your food!

 

Table Manners

A primary purpose of a lunch interview is to evaluate how you behave socially, outside of an office. Thus, it’s essential to bring your manners to the table. Don’t talk with your mouth full; say “please” and “thank you”; and put your napkin on your lap. It may be easy to let the basics fly out the window when you’re under pressure, but do your best to stay focused and remain polite.

 

Order Smartly

You love barbeque ribs. The chosen locale for your interview has the best barbeque ribs in town. Do you order the barbeque ribs? No, dear job seeker! You DO NOT order the barbeque ribs!

When you’re out on a lunch date with the hiring manager, order something that’s easy to eat and won’t cause a giant mess. The recruiter will not take the person seriously who has sauce all over his face or a stain on his collar shirt.

Secondly – if you can – look at the menu beforehand so you don’t have to spend an inordinate amount of time deciding what you want. And finally, don’t opt for the booze. Even if you can handle your alcohol, it’s not the classiest thing to order if you are on an interview. Stick to the rule of ordering something simple and standard – nothing that’s going to make you gag in the interviewer’s face when it touches your lips.

 

Don’t be intimidated by the lunch interview. Yeah, there’s a lot more to think about, but if you relax a little and go in there with confidence, you may find that you actually enjoy yourself.

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The Top 10 Ways to Keep Your Conference Calls Professional and Effective

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1. Plan the Call

The most effective way to run a great conference call is to be prepared.  At a minimum, you should have the names, phone numbers, email addresses and job titles of the people who will be on the call. This way if anything goes wrong, you can reestablish communications quickly.

2. Plan Your Location

Background noise is a conference call killer.  Don’t try having a conference call from a shared cubicle area.  If you don’t have a private office, try reserving a conference room.  If none are available, ask someone who does have an office if you can borrow it.  If all else fails, sneak into an empty office at your organization.

3. Send Email Alerts

Email alerts are great way of making sure that no one forgets the call, or is missing the call in information.  Send an email out the day before the call, to everyone involved, stating the time of the call, the participants, the subject matter, the length and most importantly, don’t forget to include the call in phone number and password.  Send this email again 1 hour before the call.

4. Start Early

Don’t wait till a minute before the call to dial in.  Log into the call 10-15 minutes early so you have time to fix any problems like bad passwords, wrong numbers, bad sound, or any other problems that might arise.

5. Bring the Right People

Think about what the call is for, and make sure the right people are invited.  If the subject matter is likely to cross into one of your cooworkers responsibilities, ask them to sit in on the call.  Its better to include people than not include them, since they can always leave or decline if they aren’t needed.

6. Start the Call Professionally

Mute the phone.  When waiting on participants to enter the conference call, leave your phone on mute, so the other callers don’t hear any confidential information that you may discuss while waiting for their arrival.  When everyone has arrived, introduce everyone, with their full name and title, and why they are on the call.  Thank everyone for coming, let them know the agenda and length of the call, and begin.

7. Leave Time for Questions

If you expect the call to last 30 minutes, schedule it for 60 minutes.  At best you’ve wisely left time for the call to run long, or to include a question and answer session.  At worst you let everyone out early, so its a win-win for everyone.

8. Send a Follow-up Email

Send an email to the people on the call, summarizing what was discussed, and about any action items.  This way you can be sure that everyone on the call understands what they are expected to do next.  If there is a followup call, this is when you should tell everyone when it is.

9. Buy a Headset

Headsets with a microphone and earpiece are easy to find, but they won’t connect to your workplace phone if you have the standard Cisco VOIP phones, like most companies do.  You need to order a special headset from a maker like Plantronics.  Make sure you get both pieces, the dialer and the headset itself.  It can be expensive, anywhere from $200 to $400, but if you are a salesperson who lives and dies on the phone, this may be a great investment for you.  Your contacts will hear you much clearer, and you will hear them much better too.

10. Use New Technologies

Remember, a conference call doesn’t need to be a phone call.  Don’t forget about new technologies like Skype and video-conferencing.

Conference calls are a great way to stay connected and to convey information efficiently.  Just try to make sure you stay on track so that they remain sessions that people look forward to in order to touch base, rather than time wasters that everyone dreads.

Until next time,

Team Doostang

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7 Phrases I Never Want to See on Your Cover Letter

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Cover letters can contain just as many red flags to a prospective employer as a resume – and can end your chances of getting an interview just as fast.

Cover letters, however, have a language all their own… often made worse by overly-verbose authors, dispensing too much information or not doing their homework.

So, to help you get much closer to an interview, here are the 7 phrases – or facsimiles thereof – we never want to see in your cover letter…

1. To Whom it May Concern

When unemployment sat at 3.2% perhaps this generic header – and others like it such as “Dear Sirs” – was acceptable. Now, with the availability of internet based research… there is no excuse. Through LinkedIn, Glassdoor and many other resources it is easily possible to determine the primary recruiter for most any position. At the very least, we can determine the name of the Human Resources director at a larger firm or the CEO of a start-up or non-profit.

Do your homework – and personalize your cover letter – or don’t expect an interview.

2. I Just Need a Chance

Maybe no one uses these exact words. However, this is the exact perception a recruiter gets when reading a cover letter written by someone dejected by circumstance, more than hungry for a chance to prove themselves – and those who have crossed over into full-blown “victim mode”.

Recruiters are looking for positive team members – to get an interview, you need to be that guy. Don’t allow your cover letter prove anything different.

3. Salary Expectations

Another left over from a different economy, the inclusion of salary requirements in a cover letter is a huge red flag – and usually the death of your consideration as a candidate. Recruiters often laugh this off as “premature negotiation.”

Get your foot in the door and survive the first interview, and then have the money conversation – and not before.

4. The Reason I Left…

This phrase comes in many forms – although almost every veteran recruiter has seen this exact phrase in a cover letter. Sometimes, the phrase is harmless. Other times, these words signify a less-than-desirable candidate who… in the next few words… is going to give away too much, deliver a therapeutic (for them) monologue or bash a former employer.

You’ll have plenty of time to discuss this issue with the recruiter. For now, talk about what you can do at this job – not about what happened at the last.

5. Objective Statement

This archaic sentence from the 1970’s only serves to show how out-of-date you may be as a candidate. Perhaps even worse, instead of helping you get the interview, objective statements can provide a reason for the recruiter to reject you. The worst offender: generic objective statements not tailored to a specific job or application.

6. References Available Upon Request

This one is right up there with the “objective statement” – and should only be seen in an Applicant Antique store. After all, what is the opposite: that you have no references available to support your candidacy? In our digital world, if you don’t have several superb references already lined up for the recruiter… well, you can’t win.

7. It Was a Dark and Stormy Night…

Okay. No one would ever actually use this phrase in a cover letter. Instead, think of this as a metaphor for every attempt to tell a long-winded story to either sell the candidate through analogies or a biography that begins at childhood. Trust me, when a recruiter sees even a hint of a story like this, their eyes go into “scan only” mode. Not good.

Resist all temptation to tell a story. Instead, write about your ability to solve their problems – and why you are the best candidate for the position.

Go take a look at your cover letter. Are any of these mistakes present? More important, what will you do differently next time you craft a cover designed to help you earn an interview?

About the Author: A passionate supporter of Gen Y talent, CEO and Founder of YouTern Mark Babbitt is a serial entrepreneur and mentor. Mark has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Mashable, Forbes and Under30CEO regarding internships, higher education’s role in preparing emerging talent for the workforce and career development. Recently, Mark was honored to be named to GenJuice’s list of “Top 100 Most Desirable Mentors”. You can contact Mark via email or on Twitter.

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7 Ways to Turn Up the Heat on Your Job Search

 

Don’t take a vacation from your job search simply because it’s summer. By acting against the myth of a summer slowdown, you can heat up your job search and scorch the competition! You may be surprised to find that there is often less competition because the rest of the pack is acting on the outdated assumption that companies don’t hire in the summer. Follow these tips to put some sizzle in your summer job search.

1. Don’t Let Vacation Mentality Sabotage Your Search

A job search is daunting and summer is a traditional time for vacations or time away with families. However, if you succumb to temptation and set your job search aside, you will lose valuable momentum and are likely to miss opportunities. Job seekers tend to follow a traditional academic schedule and put their efforts in full force in the fall. Getting a jump on the competition by maintaining a steady effort over the summer puts your name at the top of the list for interviews now.

2. Don’t Miss Important Calls

With mobile devices, you can still make yourself available even if you do take a few days away from home base. Just remember to be professional when answering your phone and get in the habit of excusing yourself from the fun to take those important calls. You can continue your phone and email follow-ups from the road and get right back into your job search schedule upon your return.

3. Business as Usual

Recruiters and hiring managers continue to operate on typical business schedules during the summer months. Though scheduling interviews may be more complicated because of staff and search committee vacations, the timing may actually work to your advantage. Hiring decisions may be made more quickly than at other times of the year as staffers scramble to complete deadlines before their summer break. Hiring in the summer often contributes to an efficient business cycle by allowing training time before a busy fall season.

4. Attend Seasonal Community Activities

Summer is a prime time for festivals, fairs, and other types of community events. Attend as many of these as you can to network and spread the word about your job search. The casual nature of these events often gives you the opportunity to approach important hiring contacts that may be less accessible at other times of the year. Be prepared with a business card in your pocket and your updated resume ready to be sent out. You may even use these casual contacts to build a network of like-minded job seekers for support and sharing information about available job leads.

5. Update Your Resume and Online Profile

If your job search has slowed, summer is a great time to revamp your resume by removing older entries and adding industry keywords that highlight your strengths and make your resume pop during electronic scanning. Be certain to post the updated version of your resume to websites. If you notice any skill gaps during your resume review, summer is a great time to build skills with a workshop, training, or independent study. Classes and workshops also offer great networking opportunities.

6. No Shirt, No Shoes, No Interview

Summertime is not an open invitation for flip flops, khakis, or bermuda shorts. Regardless of the heat outside, be professional! Don’t blow an interview by being too casual. Pull out your best professional wardrobe for an interview or when dropping off your resume. Make the same choices for professional attire when interviewing via Skype as well.

7. Stay Current

Maintain subscriptions to online sites to remain abreast of the latest job openings as well as company expansions in your region or industry. Although the competition may seem fierce online, many of those likely candidates may be unable to attend an interview. Your diligent monitoring of varied sites will put you at the top of the interview list because of your qualifications and availability.

Update your resume, expand your network, and maintain your momentum by staying consistent with the job search. Heat up your chances of landing an interview during the final days of summer while the competition takes a vacation!

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5 Extracurricular Activities on Your Resume

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So you think just because you’re an A+ student, you’re golden when it comes to getting into college and snagging that first job, huh? Maybe you think employers don’t care if you were president of your sorority or how you successfully managed to donate and deliver 15,000 pairs of shoes to children in Africa.

Think again. Whether you’re applying to college or your first entry-level job, having extracurricular activities on your resume will put you ahead of the game.

Although I strongly suggest getting involved in extracurriculars, it’s good to be aware that many college admissions offices and recruiters frown upon loading up on too many activities. So don’t feel like you need to sign up for everything your school offers. It won’t contribute to your overall goal, and juggling all those activities will surely hurt your GPA. If you’re in high school, pick one or two after-school activities you think you’d be interested in pursuing during college. I played sports during fall and winter seasons in high school, which left me enough time to pursue my journalistic interests during the spring.

If you’re in college, you probably have much more time to see what activities interest you, so don’t be afraid to dip your hand in a few things. During my first week as a college freshman I signed up for at least six different activities. Most colleges won’t make you to decide on a major until the end of sophomore year, so make sure to explore all of your interests while you still have time. When you choose a major, your exploration of different classes and activities will have helped you choose a field of study you’ll be happy with.

So what kinds of activities should you put on your resume exactly? Here is a good list of the ones colleges and interviewers like to see.

 

1. Leadership Experience
Colleges and employers love hearing that you took a leadership position while in school. Whether you were student body president or head of the yearbook committee, showing you are willing to step up to the plate and be the head honcho shows employers you can handle responsibility and manage people. I never ran for class president, but I did work as a resident assistant on campus for two years; Being responsible for forty residents everyday won me big points with interviewers. It also provided me with great stories to tell.

 

2. Athletics
Everyone appreciates a team player. If you’re a sports person, you most likely enjoy working with people to achieve goals. Getting involved in sports shows employers you have a competitive side, and in any career/industry—business especially—that’s a great quality to exhibit.

 

3. Writing/Technical Skills
Do you enjoy coding and find yourself creating apps and other computer programs while your friends are busy watching the latest “Jersey Shore” episode? If you have a specific talent and apply it by freelancing or incorporating it into your daily life, be sure to mention it on your resume. Just because you’re still in high school or college doesn’t mean you can’t put your skills to good use and be successful. Success stories happen all the time. At 15 years old, a high school acquaintance of mine started a social networking site with her brother called myYearbook.com, while one student on my college campus started her own on-campus fashion magazine after recognizing students were interested in having one.

 

4. Foreign Languages
Like most students, you’re probably required to take a foreign language in high school and maybe even college. I suffered through Spanish for nine long years but being fluent in another language opens a lot of doors when you’re applying to jobs. If you’re interested in an international career or major, being proficient in a second language is important. If you aren’t required to take a language course in college, I suggest taking one anyway or studying abroad for a semester. If you’re fluent or even proficient in another language, state that on your resume. Just be sure not to exaggerate your proficiency level. Interviewers may end up testing you on the spot!

 

5. Volunteer Work
People like people who help others and it’s nice to show that you have interests outside your field of study. Describe the work you accomplished on your resume, whether it was building eco-houses or holding a food drive in your community during the holiday season. No volunteer assignment is too small to mention. Did you manage projects, write press releases, or train staff? The skills you’ve honed in this setting can be applicable to just about any job.

 

This post was previously published on WetFeet.com and has been re-posted with permission.  Our mission is to equip job seekers with the advice, research, and inspiration to plan and achieve a successful career. For more information, visit WetFeet.com.

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7 Ways to Not Sweat at Summer Interviews

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With temperatures reaching into the hundreds this week, dressing for job interviews becomes much tougher and more stressful for job candidates.  Don’t sweat the summer season in your usual go-to interview suit.  Instead, keep things light and follow our tips to beat the blistering summer heat.

The Ice-bottle

Freeze a bottle of water, wrap it in a paper-towel and bring it with you. You can both drink it and put it on your skin to cool down. While waiting to interview, make sure you hold the bottle in your left hand, so that your right hand is dry when you shake hands when meeting the interviewer.

The Campout

Look for a Starbucks-like location close to the interview location. Get there 30 minutes before your interview so you can take your time and cool down there instead of at the interview location. Five minutes before the interview, take the short walk over, nice and dry.

The Refresher

A variation of the campout, get to the interview location 20 minutes early, and ask to use the restroom when you get there. Don’t try cooling off in the waiting area.  They may decide to see you early since you are there. Once in the restroom, stick your wrists under the cold water and splash some water on the insides of your elbows.  This will make you feel cooler instantly. Use the bathroom towels to dry off if you need to and head back out to the waiting area.

The Throwaway Towel

Get a small cheap white towel like a gym towel, and bring it with you. Put it around your neck to keep your clothes as dry as possible. After using it to dry off before you get to the interview, throw it away before you walk in to the waiting area, or discard it in the restroom once you get there.

The Hair Tie

You might like to show off your long flowy locks that frame your face perfectly but in the hot and humid summer, wearing your hair down could do you a great disservice in many ways. Beat back the frizz and give your neck a break by tying your hair in a bun or drawing it back in a sleek pony-tail.

The Right Suit

Wear light fabrics and colors. Black is not the color of choice on a hot sunny day. If your industry is business or finance, opt for navy blue or light grey suits and dresses.

The Light Look

Save the smokey eye and fake lashes look for the club. You should never overdo your makeup for an interview and in the summer, it’s always best to keep things to a minimum. To avoid looking like a Jackson Pollock painting after a long, sticky subway ride, stick with waterproof mascara and a light base.

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Do you you have a trick to beating the heat for interviews that you’d like to share with us? Tell us your best tricks below!

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Think Fast – The 30 Second Resume

Picture this: You’re walking down the street, and suddenly you run into an old friend or colleague. You’re on your way to a job interview, perhaps, so you’ve got to run, but you have about two minutes to catch up. Your friend asks you what kind of position you’re looking for, and you have a whopping 30 seconds to give your spiel.

This isn’t an uncommon scenario. You constantly run into people – at the grocery store, in line for a movie, in an elevator, etc. – whom you’re acquainted with, and who may very well be able to help you out in your job search. But how do you prioritize what you tell them so that you can maximize their chances of helping you?

Here’s what you should make sure to mention…

 

1.  A Specific Job

You don’t have time to beat around the bush. You need to know exactly what you want, so they know exactly what you want. Don’t waste time waffling on this one.

 

2.  A Few Qualities

Name a few things you’ve done that would qualify you for the job you’re looking for. This lets that person know that you are qualified, and also gives them a better idea of what sort of position would be right for you when they are on the lookout.

 

3.  Ask for Help

Do they know of any jobs that are available? Do they have a friend at a company you’re interested in? Do they have any valuable advice? Don’t be afraid to ask. If you’re short on time, you need to be able to cut to the chase. Moreover, asking for help allows the conversation to continue beyond your short run-in.

 

4.  Stay in Touch

Network! If the person doesn’t have your contact information, give them a business card, and more importantly, ask for theirs as well. Make sure you follow up with them within the next couple days.

And here are a few examples of what NOT to do…

 

1.  DON’T Deliver an Oral Resume

As mentioned before, a few qualities or things you have done will do. No one will remember the fine details of your employment history, and frankly, you’ll be wasting your time. Doing so will also convey that you are desperate for a job and for this person’s help when you need to maintain a conversational tone and interest in that other person.

 

2.  DON’T Complain

Don’t launch into some diatribe about how your last boss was a good-for-nothing schmuck, or how the company you worked for was a joke. This puts the person you’re speaking to in an awkward position. Stay positive and they will be more likely to want to help you.

 

3.  DON’T Recite

While it’s a great idea to write down what you want to say and practice it, don’t let on to the other person that this is what you have done. If you do, you will sound like an opportunist and the conversation will feel awkward and feigned. Be as conversational as possible.

 

In this day and age, it’s perfectly normal to deliver a 30 second resume. Everyone has been affected by the terrible economy, and so others will be empathetic towards your pitch and do their best to help you out. Just remember to help them out by being pleasant and succinct, and they will be better equipped to lend you valuable assistance.

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5 Ways to Cut Your Commuting Costs

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Not everyone has the luxury of working from home, which has as one advantage: the fact that you don’t have to brave rush hour traffic to or from the office.  Perhaps more of a headache than long hours on the road, however, is the amount of money it costs to shuttle yourself to and from work.  Here are a few suggestions for cutting costs on your daily commute.

Be More Fuel-Efficient

There are many ways to be more fuel-efficient that don’t just include purchasing a fuel-efficient car – which is a great solution.  Make sure to keep your car in good shape, as a vehicle that runs properly and has good tires will use less gas.  Check the air pressure in your tires, because the difference between right and wrong can cost you a few miles per gallon in fuel. Also consider taking unnecessary items out of the trunk or back seat of the car, since your car uses more gas the heavier it is.

Carpool

A simple solution to reducing commuting costs is to carpool.  Figure out whom from your office lives near you, and take turns driving to work.  If you can’t do this, search the myriad of websites that coordinate carpools for people in your area.  Not only will the drive be less expensive – it will also be less lonely!

Public Transportation

Not every city has great public transportation like New York City.  But if you have the option, consider using it.  You’ll save a lot of money over time, and sometimes your employer will offer to cover the price of a monthly or annual pass.  If you’re worried about having to leave earlier or the commute taking more time, remember that it’s much easier to read or work on other projects while on the train, bus, or subway.

Lower Your Car Insurance

When you commute less, your insurer will often lower your rate with a special low-mileage discount.  Do some research and determine what kinds of savings you can reap, and make sure to inform your insurance company of any commuting changes you make.

Bring Coffee From Home

If you buy coffee or breakfast during your commute, it could be a significant part of your daily spend. Instead of spending $2 to $7 dollars everyday on a coffee purchased during your trip, make your coffee at home and bring it along in a reusable travel mug. Bringing breakfast from home instead of purchasing it during your commute will save you even more money.

When you start looking at the bigger picture when costs add up, it’s frustrating to see how much you have to pay to go to work.  But there are multiple simple solutions you can take that will save you money.

Until next time,

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