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Sep 02nd

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Federal internship program seeks applicants

The Minority Access National Internship Program is offering PAID internships to talented undergraduate and graduate students who want to experience the diversity and scope of career opportunities available in the federal government and other participating entities.

Available only to African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans, the program provides students with the opportunity to merge academic theory with practical application in the workplace.
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No one reads the cover letter (and other HR secrets)

No one reads the cover letter (and other HR secrets)HR Secret #1:  People who hire people for a living are practical.  They will eventually get around to scrutinizing your application, but at first they will glance over the cover letter, open the resume, and never again will the two documents appear side by side.  You will sweat over the details of your vast successes, but these are your words.  As your resume is passed around, the people you want to work for will use it and your interviews to form their own impressions. 
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Financial Literacy Month creates opportunities to talk to children about money

April is National Financial Literacy Month, a time to increase our knowledge about personal financial education. It’s a perfect time for parents to begin teaching their children about finances. 

A 2008 survey by The Hartford Financial Services Group reported that nearly 72 percent of the parents surveyed acknowledged that they are their children's primary source of personal finance education, although 44 percent said they need more guidance on how to best teach their children the skills necessary to become financially responsible and successful adults. A 2008 Parents and Money survey by Charles Schwab showed that nearly 70 percent of parents surveyed felt less prepared to give their teens advice about investing than they did about sex.
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Viva la (shopping) difference!

Who wears the (shopping) pants in your house?  Ok, I know that was a really old school kind of question, but it got your attention, right?  Unless you’ve lived under a rock, we all know that the definition of families and households is ever-evolving (Note the success of ABC’s ever-popular, multiple award-winning “Modern Family,” which features the gamut of non-traditional.). 
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Supervisor makes you want to shout?

Supervisor makes you want to shout?A reader writes:  My boss yells about everything.  I’m good at my job, but after he rages at me, it takes a while to get over it.  I feel like Cinderella.  Just when things start going well, he steps on the edge of my dress and it rips.  Then it takes me a while to sew up my self-esteem and get back to the dance.  I try not to personalize it, but it’s tough.
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Hennepin residents claim tax benefit

An initiative to promote the earned-income tax credit to county residents is helping more families claim the benefit, according to a recent report provided to the county board.

In 2003 the Hennepin County Board realized that many low-income working families were not taking advantage of a tax credit designed especially for them.  County staff were directed to ensure better use of this program among eligible residents.
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A graceful exit

A graceful exitJordynne caught her supervisor walking down the hall after lunch last week.  She asked, “Do you have a minute to talk?”  As they headed toward an open conference room, he said, “This is a bad news walk, isn’t it?”  Jordynne tried to talk, but just nodded instead.  Then she explained that she had been wanting to try a different kind of work, and had found something that felt like the right next step.  It was a tough decision, she said, and it was going to be hard to leave the place she’d worked happily and successfully for two years.
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