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Would You Walk Away From A Lucrative Job Opportunity If It Didn’t Feel Right?

May 9th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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Is money your bottom line? I had to ask myself this very question not too long ago.

Working in the freelance realm, there are tons of opportunities that can come and go. A CEO contacted me regarding a position at his company that sounded interesting (in a good way). I wasn’t looking for anything new, but am not unwilling to entertain new ventures. After all, you never know where opportunities can take you, right?

There was a phone conversation that helped demystify the position and what it entailed. The problems however came after goodbyes were said.

Have you ever had a gut feeling that something was off?

Call me a snob or overprotective, but I don’t believe anyone should give out their personal information too soon. Yes there are contracts and things that come into play, but why on earth are you asking for my social security number before I even see anything in writing? Does that sound a little odd to you? Because it sure as heck sounded fishy to me. Prior to even speaking with this particular company, I did my research to make sure they were legit.

I had a little back and forth via email as I was trying to get to the bottom of things. There were no rude or unprofessional exchanges, but I just couldn’t understand why a company was pressing to get my personal info before I even saw a contract. Can you imagine forking over that and your banking 411 only to back out of the agreement because something didn’t look right? Now you have people with all of your business and you aren’t even going to work together.

A few days passed and I was finally able to get a copy of the contract (in the middle of the night) that helped to make my decision clear. I just couldn’t say yes.

Prior to my decision, I spoke to my husband about the matter. I was so surprised to hear him actually agree with me, not because we don’t see things eye-to-eye, but because he doesn’t mind working a job he doesn’t like if it pays well. The funny thing is, he thought something was off too.

“Babe, you’ve been freelancing for some time now,” he mentioned. “Trust your gut.”

The only thing that kept me on the hook before my decision was the money. Yes it would’ve been nice, but thankfully, my household is in a financial position where we don’t need to rely on it. I realize that’s not the reality for everyone given today’s economy. Does that mean however that you take any position–even if your better judgment votes against it? And we’re not talking about not accepting or leaving a position because it doesn’t bring you happiness all the time. That’s bound to happen. This has to deal with warning signs and whether or not you choose to pay attention to them.

I can recall earlier days in my career when I jumped at any and every opportunity. Bills weren’t going to pay for themselves and I needed to pull my own weight. One thing I’ve learned is that money isn’t everything. Yes it certainly does help to pad your account, but at the end of the day, you need to be happy with your decision, and, more importantly, in a position that you believe in.

Not all jobs are created equal and there might be a reason why you’re feeling funny. The question is whether or not you plan to trust your gut or jump at the chance–ignoring the writing on the wall–because the pay sounds too good to be true.

14 Signs He’s Probably Gonna Break Up With You — Sorry!

February 20th, 2013 - By Ashley Page
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In a relationship, there is always the risk that it’ll end, either mutually, or because of you, or because of him. Not all relationships have happy endings and sometimes those ends come after plenty of warning signs and red flags. If you’re in a relationship with a guy that is going down-hill, there are some definite signs to look out for. Here are 14 signs that your boyfriend is breaking up with you in the near future.

If A Man Tells You Any Of These Lines, Run!

February 18th, 2013 - By Julia Austin
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It doesn’t matter how much of a gentleman he has been up until that point: if a man you’re getting to know at a bar, on a date, or online says any of these lines, run — before he breaks your heart, or gives you the overwhelming urge to slap him.

Do You Really Need To Beware? 7 Dating Red Flags That Don’t Have To Be Red Flags

November 19th, 2012 - By Julia Austin
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Once something is deemed a “red flag,” it becomes part of the Bible of love; women believe it must be considered at all times.While red flags are good to be aware of, not every person and situation is the same. There are exceptions to the rules and if you’re not open to that possibility, you might shut out a lot of good guys. These red flags don’t always have to be red flags.

If ______You're About to Be Laid Off

June 30th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(Kiplinger) — Many major U.S. employers and cautious smaller firms are still cutting payrolls to help improve earnings and free up cash for new investment opportunities. Don’t get caught off-guard.   If you’re unsure about your job security, persistent (and polite) inquiries to your manager about the company’s status will often turn up intelligence that big changes are in the works.  If those changes include layoffs, don’t hesitate to start negotiating a deal. Severance pay, the maintenance of health benefits and even a continuation of employment on a 1099 consulting basis are all good topics for employees who are forcibly on their way out.

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10 Tips for Preventing Diabetes

February 7th, 2011 - By Veronica Wells
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With diabetes affecting one in four African American women over the age of 55, now is the perfect time to make sure you won’t be one of them when you get there. While race, age and family history can greatly influence your chances of developing the condition, there are certain lifestyle choices and behaviors that can reduce the risk. So if you have relatives who are living with disease or if you are in jeopardy of developing diabetes, check these tips out and you’ll be well on your way to controlling your sugar.