Tweet yourself to a new job

If you want to shine in a competitive twitter_jobs1workforce, take to Twitter. Nearly 95% of recruiters surveyed by software firm Jobvite used or planned to use social media to find and vet candidates last year.

“But you need a strong social media presence even if you aren’t job seeking,” says Rochester, N.Y., job coach Hannah Morgan, co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.

You can use Twitter to improve your visibility inside and outside your company, and connect yourself with influencers and hiring managers along the way. Whether you’re new to the platform or have tweets under your belt, there are steps to sharpen your networking skills.

Click here for more on the power of Twitter in your career.

Living an Eco-Friendly Lifestyle On a Budget

Combating a number of medical problems, greenliving-e1349182295634including chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and severe reactions to chemicals and artificial products, Kimberly Button decided to adopt eco-friendly living habits in 2001, which not only improved her health but also paid off financially. She started using natural cleaners like vinegar and baking soda, which meant no harmful chemicals and no fragrance residues. She also gave up sodas and prepared drinks and began drinking only water.

A lot has changed in the 12 years since Button, a freelance journalist based in an Orlando, Fla., and author of “The Everything Guide to a Healthy Home,” modified her lifestyle. Over the past decade, enhanced technology and growing consumer demand for natural products and organic foods have transformed the way many U.S. manufacturers do business. Even the razor business has gone green: Schick, for example, now sells a $10 “intuition naturals sensitive care razor,” with a shaving solid that’s made from natural Aloe and Vitamin E. The product’s packaging is manufactured with no artificial colors and is 100 percent recyclable.

Looking to go green? Click here for effective ways to live an eco-friendly lifestyle without wrecking your budget.

Why Most High Schoolers Don’t Know How to Manage Their Money

High school students are studying up 5474825330_4470fa5928_zon calculus, advanced chemistry, and world history, but most aren’t learning fundamental money lessons to help them financially navigate the real world.

Such is the case with Jessica Pollack’s son Adam, an 18-year-old who graduated in May from Los Alamitos High School in Orange County, California. Much to Jessica’s chagrin, the school doesn’t require its students to take a personal-finance class to graduate. “It’s a top-rated school, but there is no personal-finance requirement, which is just astonishing to me,” Jessica says. “There’s a technology requirement that’s statewide. As a technology teacher, I appreciate that, but these kids are exposed to computers and technology all the time. Yet when it comes to buying the computer and financing it, they’re clueless.”

Like Jessica’s son, the majority of children will graduate from high school without being taught basic money lessons, including how to create a budget or write a check. For an article for U.S. News & World Report, I explored why only 13 states require high school students to take a personal-finance class to graduate.

The Best Ways to Prevent Money Arguments With Your Spouse

Twenty-seven percent of Americans couple-arguingsay disagreements over finances are most likely to erupt into an argument, ahead of arguments over children, chores, work, and friends, according to a recent survey of married or cohabitating couples by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Fights with your spouse are never easy, but evidence shows that arguments over money can be particularly distressing. A 2011 study by Jeffrey Dew of Utah State University found that married couples who disagreed about money once a week were twice as likely to divorce as those who differed less than once a month. This is partly because money arguments encompass more than just finances. “Money doesn’t just represent money; it represents love, power, control, self-esteem, freedom,” says Olivia Mellan, a money coach and author of Money Harmony: Resolving Money Conflicts in Your Life and Relationships.

For a story for U.S. News & World Report, I spoke to experts for their recommendations on how to prevent arguments with your spouse over money. Click here to read their advice.

MONEY: Investing With Friends And Family

Last year more than one in 10 entrepreneurs
borrowed from friends and family, according to the National Small Business Association. Think you’ll need to go this route? Tap your support system the right way.

For a story for MONEY magazine’s April issue, I spoke to family business consultants to uncover three strategies for “keeping up relations when your brother is the banker.” Click here to read the piece.

Money: Choose the Best Card for Your Biz

Some 37 percent of business owners use credit to cover some of their costs, according to the National Small Business Association. But the optimal card for your operation depends on how you’ll use it. For a story for Money magazine’s March issue, I talked to credit card experts to identify strategies for both types of credit card users: Those who’ll carry a balance and those who won’t. Click here and scroll to the second page to read the piece.

Money: How to Find the Best Name for Your Biz

The right brand can help make your business. And with some 177,700 trademarks registered last year alone, it’s harder now than ever to come with a great business name. For a story for Money magazine (see page 2), I researched several tricks to coming up with a money-making moniker. These include first figuring out what you want the name to do for you—to convey a certain emotion? to highlight your competitive advantage?—before starting the naming phase, and adding to the beginning or end of a word (as travel site Expedia or GPS system OnStar did). Read about these tips and more in the January/February issue of Money.