Locating Your Forgotten 401(k) and Tips to Save For Retirement

Over the course of your career, you’ll likely switch jobs a handful of times. Each time you transition to a new employer, however, you need to also secure any funds you left in an employer-sponsored 401(k). If you forget to do so, you risk losing track of your retirement funds. 

While your money won’t simply disappear, as the years roll by, your 401(k) can become harder to locate. In order to help you track down your lost 401(k) and prepare for your future retirement, we’ve created a comprehensive guide below.

3 Steps to Find Your 401(k)

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How to Change Careers and Find Your Dream Job in 3 Steps

Looking to make a career change? You’re not alone: 1 in 3 Americans ages 25 to 45 made a career change since their first role graduating college. Especially with the Great Resignation, more and more professionals are making choices that serve their career goals. This is especially common in industries like tech where 72% of tech workers reported considering a job change. This article will go over how to make a successful career change into your next role.

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How to Make Mondays a Day You Look Forward To 

Mondays seem to be a universally hated day. In fact, according to a poll conducted by YouGov, over half of Americans (58 percent to be exact) say Monday is their least favorite day of the week. After spending two days relaxing and having fun after a long week of work, people don’t want it to end. Naturally, we dread the new work week and can’t wait until Friday rolls around. 

But what if you stopped living for the weekend and actually started enjoying every day of the week, especially Mondays? With a few simple habits and a positive mindset, Mondays can easily become your favorite day of the week. Here are a few tips to start implementing before the next Monday rolls around. 

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Employer transparency — often discusses, seldom done — is now more important than ever

The Great Resignation has companies scratching their heads on how to hold onto their key workers. Some have tried, finally, raising salaries, offering more benefits, allowing remote work.

But Fast Company reminds employers that transparency is what workers want, and what may keep them.

And, “transparency can’t be a top-down edict. It must be a two-way street. That means involving employees in the planning process in a meaningful way, even if you don’t have all the answers, and listening deeply to their feedback and ideas,” the article notes. Click here to read the full piece and see more information about employees and transparency.

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How to Send the Perfect Follow-Up Email 

You’ve prepared night and day for this interview that you’ve finally landed! Your resume has been tailored to the position. Your follow-up questions are ready. Interview day comes, you feel successful with the interview, and now it’s over and your work is done.

So the next step is to wait to hear back from the recruiter, right? No, you’re not done yet.

Don’t be someone who overlooks this step. The best thing to do after an interview is to send a thank-you email

Did you know that 57 percent of candidates don’t send follow-up thank you emails, but 91 percent of employers prefer to receive them? 

Here are a few ways to leave a positive impact on the recruiter with your follow-up email. 

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The Great Resignation — don’t be surprised, the exodus continues

The Great Resignation continues to grab headlines as Americans leave the workforce in record numbers. A great deal of that is Baby Boomers deciding to retire in the midst of Covid, but there are other factors at play as well. Here’s a roundup on the latest thinking about what is happening and why.

And for those still working, here’s a good one:

Why economists say you should ask for a raise in the New Year

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Wonder Why there’s a Great Resignation Going On?

Maybe because it’s been a long time since companies actually valued their employees. Here’s one example:

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Better.com CEO fires 900 employees over Zoom

Oops, maybe there is some justice:

The CEO Who Fired 900 Employees on a Zoom Call Is Out.

In that piece, Inc. reports that “The move to fire 900 employees via Zoom generated a considerable amount of criticism both inside and outside the company. Despite the fact that Garg later issued an apology–sort of–several of the company’s executives resigned, including its head of communications and head of marketing.”

Bravo to those who quit in protest, hopefully, they will soon find jobs with better CEOs.

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The Great Resignation—Employers brought it on themselves

This says it all…

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The Great Resignation — where people are quitting, why and what’s ahead

Changes in the American workforce, the likes of which have not been seen since World War II, continue. Here’s a look at where people are resigning from the Wall Street Journal (hint, it’s in Western States), why they’re resigning (fear of Covid) from the World Economic Forum, and what to expect (more) come January from Inc magazine:

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The great resignation — a major shift is happening in the American workforce

You’ve likely already heard about the great resignation — Covid is causing millions of people to say enough of dead-end, low-paying, high-stress jobs. The employment market is shifting more dramatically than it has at any time since World War II when women flooded the work force as millions of men, and women went off to war.

Employers keep expressing shock. Many are complaining about having to offer higher pay and some benefits to lure and/or keep workers. I say, about time.

The labor market has been in a depression since the 2008 Great Recession. From 2008 until I retired in 2015, for example, I only worked one place that gave annual raises anymore and those were all under 3%.

The tide is turning and workers now have the upper hand. Partially it’s people reacting to Covid, but another major part is the retirement of Baby Boomers.

And let’s not forget the hundreds of thousands of people who have died from Covid or Covid-complications. How many of those were still in the workforce?

The one economic consequence of the 1918 Pandemic that has been written about is that there was a contraction in the labor force because of the deaths the Pandemic caused. We’re seeing that again.

For the past several years, this blog has been devoted primarily to guest posts as my interests have turned elsewhere. But the Great Resignation is getting my attention, and rejuvenating my interest in writing about finding and keeping good jobs.

So I’ll be posting links to more items like this to help you navigate this new jobs market:

Heed these 8 tips from an employment lawyer before you quit

And don’t forget to check out my book, Always Be Job Hunting. Its advice is even more relevant today than it was when I wrote it.

Good job hunting everyone!

—John N. Frank

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