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5 ways you can make bank with your wheels

Published: Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 8:54 AM

Here are 5 ways you can make bank with your wheels Rent your car through companies like Turo Drive for Amazon Flex, and deliver through its Prime Now program Drive for Uber or Lyft Let it appear on TV or in movies Wrap your car in an ad

If you live in an urban area, you probably own a car. And even though you're undoubtedly spending a fair amount of time behind the wheel, your car spends most of its time parked in a driveway, garage or lot.

Why not put your wheels to work and pick up a side gig that can help offset your car payment or insurance and put some extra money in your pocket?

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The following are five ways you can make bank with your wheels:

Rent your car

Companies like Turo – which bills itself as an Airbnb for cars – connect you with drivers who need to rent a car, according to Money Talks News. Post photos of your car and list where and when it's available, while also setting preferences such as price and mileage limits. Turo will notify you when someone requests your car, and you're free to accept or decline the booking. Once you've accepted, just meet the other driver in an agreed-upon location.

Panera Bread will launch its new delivery service in Butler and Warren counties in September. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Staff Writer)

Use it to make deliveries

Although you may think making deliveries applies only to pizza and newspapers, the market has expanded to include just about everything. Drive for Amazon Flex, and you'll be delivering for people who order through its Prime Now program, according to The Penny Hoarder. Atlanta-based companies Kanga and Roadie also use supplemental drivers to deliver a wide variety of products that range from furniture to electronics. And for people who don't want to fight the traffic to get a meal, companies like Grubhub, UberEATs, Zifty and Postmates will pay you to do it for them.

Offer rides

Ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft are extremely popular in Atlanta and other cities, and you can make some side money by signing up to drive for one or both of these services. Clark.com offers some pointers on the differences between the two platforms to help you decide where to focus your efforts.

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Let it appear on TV or in the movies

Many movies and TV shows are filmed in Atlanta, and production companies often need cars to appear on-screen. The pay is usually modest, but for more specific requests, you can make more. For example, Kevin Hart's "Night School" recently needed several specific types of vehicles and was willing to pay $250 to $350 a day. To find out which productions need vehicles, look for casting calls on the AJC's Jobs page.

Wrap your car in an ad

Some companies will pay you to wrap your car in an ad, or if you drive for Uber or Lyft, place ads inside your car. There are reputable companies who will pay you to do this, but there are also some scams, according to The Penny Hoarder. Never pay any money upfront, and make sure the company has contact information on its website. The Penny Hoarder recommends Carvertise as a legitimate company. 

This is the salary you need to move to these 5 hot job cities

Published: Monday, November 13, 2017 @ 9:59 AM
Updated: Monday, November 13, 2017 @ 9:59 AM

Here are the top cities for job seekers Miami, FL Orlando, FL Raleigh, NC Austin, TX Sacramento, CA

If you're looking for work or a step up on the career ladder, there is no shortage of top-ranking picks for job seekers, according to recent Indeed.com ranking of the top cities for job seekers

Before you dash off to Orlando (Indeed's No. 2 pick) or pack for Atlanta (No. 14), check out another set of numbers. 
Eye each new city's cost of living with the help of a nifty calculator provided by NerdWallet. Powered by data from the nonprofit Council for Community and Economic Research, the calculator tells you just how much money you'd need to make it in another city, enjoying at least the same standard of living as you have in your current city.

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Here are examples of NerdWallet calculations for job seekers coming to or leaving Atlanta:


Note: Atlanta’s average salary is used as a starting point for this comparison to the Top 5 Indeed "Best cities for job seekers." According to Pay Scale, the average Atlanta salary is about $59,000.

1. Miami
Job market favorability: 82 percent
Salary percentile: 8 percent
With a $59,000 Atlanta salary, you would need to earn $65,863 to maintain your standard of living in Miami-Dade County. 
One major employer in Miami is cruise line giant Carnival, and the biggest major industries are trade, transport and utilities.
The cost of living is 12 percent higher in Miami than Atlanta. 

2. Orlando
Job market favorability: 98 percent
Salary percentile: 18 percent
Someone who earns $59,000 in Atlanta would need to earn $56,291 to maintain the same standard of living in Orlando.
Many of the job prospects that make Orlando so favorable do involve working for the Mouse. The top employer in the area is the Walt Disney Company with 53,500 employees, though trade and transport do diversify the job opportunities.
The cost of living is 5 percent lower in Orlando than in Atlanta.

3. Raleigh, North Carolina
Job market favorability: 100 percent
Salary percentile: 65 percent
With a $59,000 salary in Atlanta, you would need to make $55,749 in Raleigh to maintain your standard of living.
Major employers in Raleigh, part of the area known as the "Research Triangle," include Duke University and Health System and IBM. 
The cost of living is 6 percent lower in Raleigh than Atlanta.

You could make a few thousand less and still have the same standard of living if you moved from Atlanta to Austin.(For the AJC)

4. Austin
Job market favorability: 90 percent
Salary percentile: 65 percent
If you make a $59,000 salary in Atlanta, you would need to earn $56,772 to maintain the same standard of living in Austin.

Not just a hipster hub and home to Austin City Limits, Austin is a major tech hub, and firms including Apple, Dell and Indeed all have headquarters or major regional offices at the Texas state capitol. NerdWallet estimates the rent on a two-bedroom apartment in Austin at $1,184 and the median home price at $276,634.
The cost of living is 4 percent lower in Austin than in Atlanta.

5. Sacramento, California
Job market favorability: 69 percent
Salary percentile: 86 percent
As the Golden State capitol, government accounts for 25 percent of all employment in Sacramento.
If you earn the average Atlanta salary of $59,00, to maintain your standard of living in Sacramento, you'd need to earn $70,198.
The cost of living is 19 percent higher in Sacramento than in Atlanta. 

 How much would you need to make if you moved to ATL from the Big Apple?


New York and Chicago are among the many populous cities that didn't rank as a top pick for job seekers. If someone from there wanted to move to Atlanta and enjoy a comparable standard of living, here's what the calculator says they'd need to make:

New York
According to Pay Scale, the average Manhattan salary is around $69,000. To move from there to Atlanta you'd need to make just $29,920 to maintain your same standard of living. According to NerdWallet, the cost of living is 57 percent lower in Atlanta than New York City. Start spreading the news!

Chicago

The average salary in Chicago is around $63,000, according to Pay Scale. To earn a comparable amount in Atlanta you'd need to make almost $11,000 less, or $51,882. The cost of living is 18 percent lower in Atlanta than Chicago.

And one more for the trivia buffs. According to Kiplinger's "Cheapest U.S. Cities to Live In," McAllen, Texas on the Rio Grande has the lowest cost of living among cities in the U.S. The median household income there is around $44,254. If a household from McAllen was lured to Atlanta, they'd need to make $12,000 more than they did in Texas. The cost of living is 29 percent higher in Atlanta than it is in the nation's most affordable city in which to live.

5 keys to a promotion, according to this international economics expert

Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 1:19 PM

Here's how to get a promotion anywhere in the world Understand what the hiring process looks like in your company Let the company know you want a promotion Make sure your values are in line with the company Make sure you have developed Emotional Intelligence Manage your stress levels

Dumb luck or a friend in high places are pretty rare reasons for promotions. In today's fast-paced global economy, positioning yourself for a promotion is a matter of following some straightforward strategies, according to World Economic Forum behavioral science and education expert Soulamia Gourani.

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Based on her long experience as a TED Talks mentor and working with corporate clients and leaders worldwide, including Pope Francis, she recommends these five keys to getting a promotion anywhere in the world:

Understand what the hiring process looks like in your company

Are there steps or an internal application process for employees on the way up? You should also familiarize yourself with any qualifications you might need for a promotion so you can start creating a plan.

Let the company know you want a promotion

"Communicate this message verbally to your boss and keep her updated on your progress on various projects," Gourani suggests. "Also share any of your accomplishments that have helped the company reach their bottom line."

Make sure your values are in line with the company

"The basis of all your work has to be ethics and commitment," says Fernanda Neis, president of the DeRose Method Federation in the United States. Another company value to make sure you display is being a team player. As Gourani notes, "Since so much of today's work is accomplished by working with others, it becomes even more important to share successes with your team and to avoid pointing your finger when there are failures, because when the team fails, you fail."

Make sure you have developed Emotional Intelligence

"While a high skill set is essential in any job, it's no longer enough to make you stand out," Gourani says. "What makes you most valuable is your human ability to be creative and connect with others." She also recommends cultivating a better understanding of yourself along with self-control, empathy and a natural understanding of people's decisions and desires. "People who understand others and can harness their own emotions, as well as the anticipated feelings of customers and co-workers, are the most real asset to any company."

Manage your stress levels

Use breathing and meditation techniques to keep your stress under wraps at work, Neis recommends. "A stressed person who cannot handle the work is probably not ready to be promoted."

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Straight talk: 13 things never to say in your job interview

Published: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 1:01 PM

Here are some key things that eager job seekers should and should never say during an interview Don't complain about your last job Don't ask the purpose of the company Don't be a braggart, saying you're a hard worker or a fast learner Don't say you were fired from your last job or that you left on bad terms Don't ask about the vacation policy Don't flatter your interviewer

Job interviews can be stressful, especially if you are new to the job market or have had a hard time securing a job.

Thankfully, many resources are available to assist job seekers with their resumes and mock interviews, from LinkedIn to your local department of labor.

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Though serving up a clean, impressive resume helps, you may not realize the power of your words during a job interview.

Those who are able to secure job interviews are mindful of their approach and communication with interviewers, according to Liz Ryan, CEO/founder of Human Workplace, author of "Reinvention Roadmap" and contributor to Forbes.com’s #LikeAboss series.

“It is easy to get rattled on a job interview and blurt out something you didn't plan to say,” Ryan writes.

“That's why it is vital to consciously calm and center yourself before and during every job interview.”

Below, Ryan and other career experts offer some key things that eager job seekers should and should never say during the course of an interview.

  • Don't complain about your last job. Remember to stay positive during the interviewing process. Think good thoughts; don't dwell on the negative.
  • Don't ask the purpose of the company. Do your research beforehand. Be prepared to ask a few questions about the company's culture and community involvement − something you would not find on the company's website.
  • Don't talk about your inexperience. Again, focus on the positive. Play up your strengths, emphasizing how you can be an asset to the company.
  • Don't be a braggart, saying you're a hard worker or a fast  learner. Otherwise, you may be seen as begging for the job. Instead, you may want to specify ways you have helped previous companies or even your church or community organizations as a volunteer.
  • Don't discuss potential conflicts with your scheduling before you are offered the job. Those details can be worked out later.
  • Don't say you were fired from your last job or that you left on bad terms. If you are asked why you left your last job, you can say, "It was time for me to leave." Saying you left "on bad terms" is subjective and negative.
  • Don't ask about the vacation policy, according to Catherine Conlan, contributing writer with Monster.com.
  • Don't say your don’t have weaknesses. Turn the concept of weakness on its head by saying  how you have learned from them.
  • Don't share your oddities - whether beliefs or hobbies.
  • Don't flatter your interviewer, according to Lillian Childress of Glassdoor.
  • Don't complain about past coworkers or companies. Instead you can discuss past challenges you have faced on jobs and what you have learned from them.
  • Don't say you want this job to help you with your next career move. Instead ask about opportunities for advancement within this company.
  • Don't use filler words and phrases such as "like" or "at the end of the day."

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Hate those job personality tests? Here's how to hack them

Published: Monday, October 30, 2017 @ 12:35 PM

When faced with personality tests, here's what you need to know They're used as a screening tool to help determine which job candidates will stick around and succeed on the job Asking a polite, professional question or two about the test can also glean some telling information about the company Experts recommend not overthinking the questions and instead going with the first answer that comes to mind The more sophisticated tests have built-in checks that can detect inconsistencies

As if interviewing isn't already stressful enough, today's job seekers often have to take personality tests before they receive an offer.

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You might be asked some head-scratching questions that seem impossible while wondering what the company is trying to learn about you.

When faced with personality tests, here's what you need to know:

Why do companies give them?

They're used as a screening tool to help determine which job candidates will stick around and succeed on the job, according to the Wall Street Journal. Ideally, they'll help identify high, or at least good, performers who won't be the type of employee that the company will need to fire after a few months or who will leave on their own.

In addition, your reaction to being asked to take the test is telling, according to Monster. If you have an overly defensive or paranoid reaction, a prospective employer is sure to wonder about it.

Should you take the test?

In theory, you could respectfully decline, Monster says. But in practical terms, you're likely to have some competition for the job, so if you don't take the test, you can probably kiss the position goodbye.

Asking a polite, professional question or two about the test can also glean some telling information about the company. One expert told Monster that she advises asking, "It seems like assessments are being used by a lot of employers these days. What prompted you to start using one for this job?" The answer could yield some important information about the job and company. If the recruiter gets annoyed, you may not want to work for a company that doesn't welcome a question.

What sort of questions do prospective employees ask?

The following are some sample yes/no questions, according to Business Insider:

"I'd rather do things quickly than perfectly." This question measures perfectionism versus proactivity. Perfectionism can be valuable in research and development and artistic/design jobs. Proactivity can be valuable in sales and entrepreneurial jobs.

"My parents never really loved me." People who answer "yes" often have lower emotional intelligence, and those who answer "no" are usually optimistic and calm under pressure.

How honestly should you answer?

You might think you can outsmart the test by giving the answers that you think a prospective employer wants to see. But the more sophisticated tests have built-in checks that can detect inconsistencies.

Experts recommend not overthinking the questions and instead going with the first answer that comes to mind.

It's best to be truthful, because even if you manage to fool the test, you may end up with a job that's not a good fit.

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