Kimberly Gedeon

I'm a quirky freelance writer with a compelling voice who has a passion for writing about career advice and entrepreneurship.

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The Secret to My Entrepreneurial Success is This Wise Quote from My Father - Thrive Global

I was engaged in a fierce scotch-tape ripping session, at the tween age of 10, attaching glossy posters of my favorite artists on my wall. I snipped out glamorous photoshoot sessions of 90s stars from popular magazines, such as Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, and Teen Vogue. While humming “I Want It That Way,” I taped my Backstreet Boys poster to the wall, and shamelessly erected a glorious, giant picture of their boy-band rival, NSYNC, right next to it. My female classmates demanded that I either be

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How I Used Art to Get a Raise and Other Career Perks

There’s a chance that I may have gotten a job over you because I have a slight advantage — I’m an artist. “Pfft,” you say. “That’s impossible! I am not even in an artsy field, so there’s no way you could have snagged a job over me because of your silly little drawings!” But think about it, dear reader. All things being equal in terms of our experience and stellar interview performance, if our prospective employer reads both of our “Thank You” e-mails, and yours looks like … And mine looks like

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Dual-Earning Homes Share The Housework Equally… Until The First Baby Comes

Dual-earner couples, according to a new study, live in a paradise of equally-shared household chores — well — at least before the first baby arrives. According to a new study, with that new bundle of joy, housework becomes a lot more one-sided, Newsweek reports. Newsweek followed 182 dual-earning families who became parents for the first time. The lead investigator discovered that men generally did less chores and became less involved in child care after the first baby arrived. This is despite

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What’s The No.1 Factor In Job Satisfaction For Employees? Respect

One would think that a sweet salary package would launch employees into job satisfaction heaven, but no — instead, it’s the one thing that Aretha Franklin has been singing about for years: R-e-s-p-e-c-t. According to CNN Money, being treated with courtesy is the No.1 desire among workers. A new survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management found that 72 percent rated “respectful treatment of all employees at all levels” as the most important factor in job satisfaction. Trust, la

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Cuba Is America’s “Forbidden Fruit”: Companies Can’t Wait to Get A Bite Of The Caribbean Island

The icy relations between the U.S. and Cuba are beginning to thaw, and while the embargo hasn’t melted away completely, Americans are already going mad over the Caribbean island. An economic surge is on the horizon, CNN Money reports. Cuba is America’s “forbidden fruit,” CNN Money says. And after President Obama announced that the U.S. will be “cutting loose the shackles of the past,” we just can’t wait to have a bite. Industries surrounding travel to the largest island in the Caribbean are sho

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The Liability Of Love: Wedding Costs Are At An All-Time High

Aah, weddings. A night full of love, laughter, and the sanctity of matrimony — that you just might be paying for the rest of your lawfully wedded life. The costs of tying the knot has skyrocketed to an all-time high of $31,213, CNBC reports. Those wedding bells are quickly morphing into alarm bells as the price tag of the average wedding climbed up 4.5 percent from previous year ($29,858), according to The Knot’s annual Real Wedding study. If we’re looking at the past four years, wedding costs

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The Shrinking Middle Class: Earnings For American Mid-Income Families Fall

Can you see the middle class? Probably not. Nowadays, you’ll need a microscope to get a glimpse of an ever-shrinking middle-income American family. According to Time, between 2009 and 2013, middle class earnings fell by four percent. While many aspects of the U.S. economy is picking up, such as the unemployment rate, the U.S. gross domestic product, and the S&P 500, the American middle class are left out in the dark when it comes to progress and improvement. The wealthy, on the other hand, are

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A Snapshot Of U.S. Student Loan Debt: Who, What, Why & How

Student loans are the biggest thorn in the rear for 45 percent of millennials in their mid-20s. Oh yeah, you read right — nearly half of the nation’s 25-year-olds are shackled by their student loan debt. National Journal zooms in on our nation’s student debt troubles, answering your pressing “who, what, why, and how” questions. The share of American students who owe their lenders nearly doubled from 2003 (25 percent) to 2013 (45 percent), NJ reports. In 1999-2000, only one percent of post-grads

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Marian Croak Went From Soft-Spoken Employee To SVP At AT&T With 156 Patents

Know how American Idol fans can vote for their favorite singers via text message? Marian Croak made that happen! Do you remember how people donated to Hurricane Katrina and Haiti Earthquake victims by simply pressing five digits, like “90999”? Marian Croak made that happen, too! Croak, currently the Senior Vice President of Architecture and Advanced Services Development at AT&T, made a lot happen. Croak was once a soft-spoken employee who’s been working for AT&T since 1982. The 30-year-veteran

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Would You Sneeze For Science? Experts Offer Volunteers $3,000 To Get The Flu!

Would you be willing to endure a high fever, sore throat, and aching joints for $3,000? Well, government scientists sure hope so! On a quest to enhance flu vaccinations, experts are recruiting brave volunteers to be their guinea pigs, ABC News reports. As we’ve reported recently, this year’s flu season is starting to look a lot like 2012-2013’s influenza outbreak — an ailing year that caused workers to lose $8.5 million in wages due to sick days. Scientists admit that current flu vaccines are d

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Forget Speed Dating. Try Speed Networking! Businesswomen Mingle To Form Professional Bonds

You have three minutes to introduce yourself. You put your best face forward in hopes of scoring a connection with that special someone. But not a romantic connection, a professional one. This — ladies — is called speed networking! Speed networking kicked off, according to Agence France-Presse (via Raw Story), as an effective way to discover like-minded professional women and form business bonds — especially in a corporate world that subtly impedes women from advancing to high-ranking positions

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Gender Pay Gap Narrows! Today’s Young Women Make Almost As Much As Young Men

As today’s women are starting off their careers more educated than their mothers and grandmothers, experts have found that the gender wage gap is becoming narrower than ever, Entrepreneur reports. Among American employees between the ages of 25 and 34, women’s hourly wages are now 93 percent those of men. This, according to a new Pew Research study, is a mega jump from three decades ago — the median earnings for women were only 64 percent as much as it was for a man. If we expand the cohort to

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Sheryl Sandberg Launches ‘Lean In On Campus’ Initiative To Encourage Progressive Career Women

Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In: Women, Work and the Will To Lead, is continuing the mission of her book by encouraging universities to establish “Lean In On Campus,” a social group that pushes women to pursue higher career goals, USA Today College reports. In a recent interview, Sandberg explained that as Facebook’s COO, she would ask her female employees to pursue the next career rung, but they would often say, “Um, I’m not sure I’m qualified…” A response, Sandberg says, she’s never heard

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For Some, YouTube Is The New Full-Time Job With A Six-Figure Salary

YouTube sensations usually tell the same ol’ story: “One minute I decide to upload a silly video, the next minute, I’m making a career!” This rags-to-riches tale is becoming a reality for hundreds of stars who are literally making a living off their YouTube shenanigans. Jenna Marbles is a platinum-blonde vlogger who drew 30 million views per episode between 2011 and 2012, according to International Business Times. The top-rated CBS program Two and a Half Men pulled in less than 15 million viewe

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Haggle For Scholarships And Even Medical Charges… And Save Tons Of Cash

Some people stand arms folded ready to negotiate a price down to a satisfactory cost. They’re at the furniture stores, car dealerships, and even garage sales. But who ever thought to haggle down health-related charges and school scholarships? Those bargainers saved themselves some serious cash, says Consumer Reports. Let’s take Karen Wessel from New York, for example. She was afflicted with a cataract in her eye, but has no medical insurance to pay for the $10,000 surgery. She told the optometr

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Are You An Early Bird Or A Night Owl? Your Sleep-Wake Cycle Affects Your Career Path

Whether you’re a songbird or a belligerent zombie in the morning, your affinity for waking up early predicts your career path. According to a study conducted by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, your sleep-wake cycle forecasts your life occupation and “long-term job performance”, reports Bellingham Herald. Students considered to be night owls had high “eveningness” scores; they tend to choose majors that involve the performance arts, information systems, and media studies. Working in thes

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Study Shows Employers Are Reluctant To Hire Entry-Level College Graduates

With millions of college students submerged in nearly $27,000 in debt, many are hoping that the trade off is a higher spot on in the job market food chain. Unfortunately, 48 percent of Americans think that college graduates do not have the necessary skills for a job in their career field, a recent poll reveals. Employers do not even want to risk hiring college graduates—they believe that their skills are too underdeveloped, reports The Huffington Post. Dr. Bill R. Path says that many people wan

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Of All Developed Countries, Americans Get The Least Amount Of Paid Vacation Days, But Are We Working Less?

As summer creeps into the door, many of us are daydreaming about lavish vacations in the Caribbean or in Bora Bora. Unfortunately, you may need to settle for a short day at the spa. The United States is the only developed nation that does not mandate that employers offer paid vacation time. A report from the Center of Economic and Policy Research discovered that out of 21 developed nations, each and every one of them had regulations regarding employers offering 10 to 30 paid vacation days annua

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