Indiana Headlines

Jim Nabors, the voice of ‘Back Home Again in Indiana at the Indy 500, dies at 87

HONOLULU (AP) — Jim Nabors, who played Gomer Pyle on TV’s “The Andy Griffith Show,” has died at 87.

Nabors died peacefully at his home in Hawaii on Thursday with his husband, Stan Cadwallader, at his side. He was 87.

Nabors was a presence at the Indianapolis 500 for many years as the voice of ‘Back Home Again in Indiana’ during pre-race festivities.

Cadwallader says Nabors’ health had been declining for the past year. His immune system also was suppressed after he underwent a liver transplant about 20 years ago.

Nabors became an instant success when he joined “The Andy Griffith Show” in the early 1960s.

The character of Gomer Pyle, the unworldly, lovable gas pumper who would exclaim “Gollllll-ly!” proved so popular that in 1964 CBS starred him in “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.”

Nabors’ operatic voice also made him a favorite in Las Vegas and other showplaces.


Attorney: Conyers will fight sexual misconduct allegations

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. Rep. John Conyers will fight allegations of sexual misconduct involving several former female staff, his lawyer said in an interview, even though some fellow Democrats are pushing him to resign.

Detroit-area attorney Arnold Reed told The Associated Press that the 88-year-old Conyers is innocent and has no plans to resign. Anyone making inappropriate touching or other claims against the longest-serving member of the House should be prepared to back them up, he added.

“He’s going to fight these allegations tooth and nail if he has to with evidence, with documentation, witnesses, whatever he has to do,” Reed said. “And the accusers will have to prove up their case.”

BuzzFeed News reported that Conyers had settled a complaint in 2015 from a woman on his staff who alleged she was fired because she rejected his sexual advances. BuzzFeed reported that Conyers’ office paid the woman more than $27,000 in the confidential settlement. BuzzFeed also published affidavits from former staff members who said they had witnessed Conyers touching female staffers inappropriately or requesting sexual favors.

A former scheduler filed a complaint earlier this year, but later dropped it. The Associated Press hasn’t released her name. And a third ex-staffer, Deanna Maher, said Tuesday that in 1997 Conyers undressed to his underwear in front of her and twice touched her leg inappropriately.

The House Ethics Committee is investigating Conyers and Reed said he will cooperate with any investigation. Conyers announced on Sunday that he would step aside as the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.

Reed said he met with Conyers, who was at his Detroit home Wednesday and mostly remained indoors before being driven away in the afternoon as reporters gathered outside the gated driveway.

His wife Monica told reporters that her husband is entitled to have the judicial process play out “before we start being his judge and jury … and tarnish all of these years of his legacy for nothing.”


Students would get loan info

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan universities and colleges would be required to give students information about their federal loans each year under a bill advancing in the Legislature.

The House passed the legislation 91-14 Wednesday and sent it to the Senate for consideration.

Supporters say there is evidence from other states that providing students with more information about their debt leads to better financial planning.

Under the bill , students would receive estimates on how much they have borrowed, their future monthly loan payments and total payoff estimates.

The sponsor, Republican Rep. Thomas Albert of Lowel, has said student loan debt can be a serious problem and once students realize their debt and what they will have to pay, they’re less likely to borrow money they may not need.


Police, firefighters rally over possible health care changes

LANSING— Hundreds of police officers and firefighters rallied Wednesday at Michigan’s Capitol, protesting yet-to-be-introduced legislation they fear could lead to cuts in retiree health and pension benefits.

The demonstration was designed as a show of force to persuade majority GOP lawmakers to stick with consensus recommendations included in a report ordered by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder.

Snyder is concerned about unfunded liabilities at the local level — $10.1 billion for retiree health care in roughly 340 municipalities and $7.5 billion for pensions in nearly 600 communities. Public safety officers agree the problem must be addressed but say the state should not interfere with collectively bargained benefits.

GOP legislative leaders were waiting to introduce bills to see if an agreement could be reached among the House, Senate, governor’s office and possibly the leaders of unions and public safety agencies. The legislation may be proposed today, which would give legislators just two weeks to vote if they decide to try to push it through this year.

“I don’t want to go backwards. I fought for health care. There are times I declined a raise so that we could get better health care or a better pension,” said Mike Worthington, a 59-year-old firefighter in Grand Rapids. Firefighters made concessions and suffered layoffs when the economy tanked, he said, and have not been compensated appropriately in better times despite promises from city officials.

Republican-sponsored legislation that would have reduced retiree health benefits for municipal workers died a year ago, which led Snyder to establish a task force of lawmakers, union leaders, municipal officials, business executives and retirement experts.

They estimated that many cities spend 20 percent of their revenue on retiree pension and health care. They proposed that Michigan require municipalities to prefund new hires’ retiree medical costs, institute reporting rules and help identify local governments facing substantially underfunded pension and retiree health obligations. But the group failed to agree on potential benefit cuts and what oversight powers a board of state and local appointees should have in communities. It cited concerns about changing union contracts.

Amber McCann, spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, said he prefers that a plan be introduced for discussion in coming weeks but he “is not necessarily married to the idea” that it has to be acted on in December.

“While the work group put forth good suggestions about ways that we could go about diagnosing the problem … the work group arguably stopped short of prescribing specific solutions for how to tackle those financial difficulties,” McCann said. “The majority leader thinks that then it becomes the responsibility of the Legislature to come up with some solutions to consider.”

Hawaii Sports

Aikau family: ‘Eddie’ won’t go this season


The Associated Press

HONOLULU — The family of surfing legend Eddie Aikau said Wednesday the big wave contest named in his honor won’t be held this season.

The withdrawal of the contest’s sponsor, Quiksilver, and problems quickly getting a permit forced the move, said Cynthia Scrima, a family spokeswoman.

The Aikaus eventually obtained a permit for the event from Honolulu’s Department of Parks and Recreation, but Scrima said they don’t have sufficient time and resources to plan and hold the event this winter.

“It really is the most prestigious surf contest in the world. And we did not want to compromise that because it ultimately would be compromising Eddie’s integrity to not do something proper,” Scrima said.

The family hopes to hold “The Eddie” during the 2018-2019 season. Scrima said the Aikaus have already applied for a permit for next season and have been searching for a new lead sponsor.

Scrima said it took longer for the organizers to get up to speed with permitting because Quiksilver wasn’t involved. She said Quiksilver handled the permit application process in previous years. Scrima said the city has “been fantastic” since the permit paperwork got to the right people.

The event, held at Waimea Bay on Oahu’s North Shore only when waves hit 20 feet or higher, has been run nine times since 1985. Oahu’s John John Florence won the last “Eddie,” held in February 2016.

Employment News

6 top phone interview questions and how to answer them

You’ve put your resume in for a job opening, and now you’ve got your first bite—a phone interview. The phone interview doesn’t happen in every application/interview process, but you might encounter it for two reasons:

  1. You’re currently far away from the hiring company.
  2. The company wants to do a preliminary interview to see if they want to bring you in for a more traditional sit-down interview.

Either way, the phone interview is likely a precursor to some kind of physical meeting, before significant time and resources are invested. The main goal of a phone interview is usually to see if you meet certain requirements and would likely be a good fit for the job—or at least for the next round. If a company has a lot of great-on-paper applicants for a single position, phone interviews are a way to narrow the candidate pool to the most appropriate people.

How is a phone interview different?

There’s the obvious format difference, for starters. Instead of physically sitting face-to-face with someone, shaking hands, and being able to read body language cues, you’re sitting by yourself and have no in-person contact or visibility with the person interviewing you. That can be a benefit (it’s the one interview you can attend in your pajamas! Unless it’s a Skype interview), but also a drawback. You’re in a bit of a void, counting on your conversational skills above all else to get you through to the next round.

Also, while an in-person interview is usually with the hiring manager for your position, that may not be true for a phone interview. You may be talking to a Human Resources representative or even a recruiter. It’s important to know up front the person with whom you’ll be speaking, so you can adapt your answers accordingly. If it’s a recruiter or HR person, you can be a little more general. If it’s the hiring manager, you should be more detailed about your qualifications in the specific field, with nitty gritty details.

How to prepare for your phone interview

Although you don’t need to prep your interview outfit or work on your handshake, you can still work on your speaking and listening skills.

Make sure your voice is calm, confident, and conversational. If it helps you to call someone else first (like a friend or a family member) right before the interview to get into conversational mode, do it. Anything that puts you at ease and gets you ready to talk about yourself confidently is good. If it helps to dress up in your normal interview clothes to get into that mode, go for it.

Be sure that when you’re speaking, your voice is also warm and conversational. Part of the purpose of the phone interview is (let’s be blunt here) to verify that you’re, well, interviewable. You want to come across as friendly and competent; if your voice is stressed or your tone is cold, the interviewer may think there are some red flags lurking beneath your words.

As for your listening skills, you won’t have the advantage of doing the head nod + thoughtful “I’m listening” face, so it’s important to make sure the interviewer knows you’re listening. Make sure you’re allowing the person to finish speaking before you answer, and don’t feel like you need to fill in brief silences with nervous chatter.

Before your phone interview, do your homework on the company, the job, and the interviewer him- or herself, if possible. Put those Google stalking skills to good use so that you understand who’s on the other end of the phone. The beauty of the phone interview is that you can have notes right in front of you, without the interviewer knowing you’ve got a crib sheet of details about the company, or the talking points about your resume that you want to emphasize.

And lastly, just before the interview, make sure you’re settled in a quiet spot where you can conduct your phone interview in peace, with no interruptions. This rules out busy public places, or home if things are chaotic with kids, pets, ambient noise, etc.

The interview questions

Now that you’re prepped for the interview, what can you expect from the interview itself? We’ve put together some of the most common phone interview questions, and how to approach them.

“Tell me about yourself.”

This one is always tricky, no matter what the interview format is. And given that the phone interview is likely an introductory interview, you can probably expect this one to pop up. An open-ended question is difficult because it’s all on you. Don’t go too broad here—the interviewer isn’t interested in your third grade spelling bee victory or your favorite television show. Limit your answer to a few highlight points about your professional career, especially those relevant to the job for which you’re interviewing. An elevator pitch comes in very handy here, because it covers relevant high-level info that works nicely for a “tell me about yourself.”

Example: “I recently graduated with my bachelor’s in accounting, and I’m ready to translate my internship with Prestigious Financial Firm and my strong accounting skills into the next steps of my career.”

“What interested you about this job/company?”

This is where your pre-interview research comes in handy here, because “your job listing on TheJobNetwork matched my keyword search” is not a great answer. Instead, talk about one of your goals that this job would help you achieve or mention something you really like about the company. And remember: whether this is your dream job or one of dozens for which you sent out your resume, make it clear that this job is an opportunity you didn’t want to miss. The more specific and authentic your answer sounds, the better.

Example: “I’m ready for the next level in my career, so I was excited to find this opening in X Corp’s sales department. It’s an incredible opportunity, and I know my skills and experience would be a good fit.”

“Tell me about your current/most recent job.”

Like the “tell me about yourself” question, don’t get sucked into the open-endedness of this question. The interviewer isn’t necessarily interested in every one of your daily tasks, thoughts, and opinions about the work. Instead, focus on the parts of your job that relate most directly to the job you want, and highlight the accomplishments.

Example: “I work directly with clients to coordinate orders and shipments. For example, I recently onboarded a brand new client, and we were able to get them up and running with no interruption in sales.”

“Why are you leaving your job?”

Part of the phone interview process is weeding out people who set off initial red flags, or aren’t a good fit for this particular job or company. They want to know you’re not a flight risk or unable to work as a member of a team. So this question is pretty popular in interviews of all kinds—especially a preliminary phone interview. The answer shouldn’t focus too much on what dissatisfies you about your current job (like “my boss is a micromanager” or “my job is boring and I want to try something else”). Instead, emphasize your goals and this new job itself.

And if you got fired or left under not-great circumstances, don’t panic. Also don’t lie, especially if the reason you were fired will come up in a background check or in a conversation with your references. Frame it as a learning experience. And definitely talk about your major takeaway from the experience, and how you’ve used that to overcome your challenges and become a better professional.

Example: “I’ve learned a great deal in my current position, but I feel like there wasn’t enough room to grow and develop as much as I’d like. It helped me realign my goals and figure out that I want a job that is more focused on customer service.”

“Do you have any questions for me?”

In a phone interview, this is your chance to do a little extra research, especially if you’re talking with someone other than the hiring manager (who would likely handle the next round interview). You’re not likely to get candid insights like, “I think this company does a lousy job at work-life balance,” but you can at least get some on-the-record opinions and information from someone closely related to the company. Think of it as a bit of professional snooping that can help you prepare for the next phase if you’re offered an in-person interview.


  • “What qualities are you looking for in applicants for this position?”
  • “What are the opportunities for advancement in this position?”
  • “How does this company provide employee feedback?”
  • “Why is the person who last held this job leaving?”
  • “What is the most challenging aspect of this particular job?”

A phone interview may not be the main interview in your hiring process, but it’s such an important first step that it should be treated every bit as seriously as any other kind of interview. Making sure you’re prepared and understanding what your gameplan is will help you be more relaxed and ready to answer any question that comes your way.

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Don’t believe these 4 money saving myths

When we think of money and our grand financial plans—both short-term and long-term—we tend to cling to those old, time-tested maxims about saving money that we’ve heard over and over again, starting from when we were young and filling up our first piggy banks. We assume that most of these maxims are true—after all, they’ve withstood the test of time and if we hear something enough times from enough people we tend to accept them at face value.

But…have you ever stopped and thought about whether or not these money-saving notions are actually true, or still hold up in today’s economy? Let’s take a closer look at some common money saving myths, and see if they still hold up.

1. Debt is bad.

Who hasn’t been told early on by someone in a trusted position that “debt is bad” and that we should always strive to live a life of total economic freedom, unshackled by the evil forces of debt, which only serves to cripple us financially. If this was something you simply accepted as true—think again.

Responsible debt, which means borrowing money or utilizing credit within a range that makes realistic financial sense for you and your economic situation, is actually an effective way to establish a good credit history, and lets you build sound long-term financial habits and behaviors. Getting comfortable assuming debt, which can help you build your abilities with handling maintaining regular repayment schedules and understanding interest rates and other key financial terms, can really help set you up for responsibly handling future loans, purchases, and investments.

2. Buying cheaper is smarter.

Lots of us are guilty of this one—when considering a purchase we research a wide range of options at various prices and convince ourselves that the cheapest option is the most financially responsible choice. After all, we’re saving money, aren’t we? Well…maybe not.

The truth is, it’s only sometimes true that purchasing the cheapest option is the smart approach. Why? Because it’s often true that cheaper isn’t better and you’ll wind up spending more money in the long run on replacements for the cheaper item when it breaks vs. buying the more expensive, higher quality item that lasts first.

3. Owning is better than renting.

This notion is about as old as the first mortgage and as pervasive as it gets…but is it true? Like many things in life, this isn’t so black and white, and the actual answer is…maybe.

The truth is, it depends on your situation. While it’s often true that using your money towards paying a mortgage and owning property is a smart move when compared to paying rent to help someone else who owns the property, you have to keep in mind that owning property comes with many additional expenses, including property tax, land tax, and maintenance and upkeep fees, which renters often don’t have to worry about. So, depending on your financial situation and resources, buying a house may also be buying you a set of financial concerns that you may not be ready to take on.

Furthermore, the terms of a mortgage can vary wildly, and as we’ve seen during the recent mortgage crisis and housing bubble, depending on your mortgage things can get financially risky fast. The bottom line: it’s in your best interest to take a full, in-depth financial inventory before determining if buying or renting make sense for you right now.

4. You don’t have to save money until I’m older.

Many younger people fall prey to this notion, that they have plenty of time in the future to start worrying about saving money and being financially responsible. After all, isn’t it the privilege of youth to be carefree and irresponsible, and worry about the important stuff like money when they’re older?

It might not surprise you that this is an extremely shortsighted and foolhardy approach to money saving. The truth is, it’s never too soon to start saving money and developing sound financial habits. Furthermore, once you get into the mindset that you can put something off until later, it only gets easier to keep operating under this principle, and later can quickly become too late.

The truth revealed

Okay, so now you know the truth—some of those old money-saving myths we’ve all been told may or may not hold up for you, depending on your current financial situation and short- and long-term financial goals. That said, make sure to always take stock of your current financial situation and outlook when making any serious financial decision, and if you can consult with a financial expert, even better. Good luck! 

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Top 10 jobs for trade school graduates

Your educational path post-high school should be one that works best for you. For some people, that’s a four-year degree (or beyond). But for many others, choosing a trade-specific education and building career skills that way is the most fulfilling and financially viable option. If you’re thinking about opting for a specialty trade school as you set your own professional goals, we have info on some of the top careers you can pursue without going the university route.

1. Electrician

Electricians install, maintain, and repair electrical wiring and equipment. The day-to-day work may involve installing, maintaining, and fixing wiring and electrical equipment, installing transformers and circuit breakers, using devices to diagnose electrical problems, reading blueprints, ensuring safety and compliance with national regulations, and ensuring that others are working safely with electrical devices, tools, and infrastructure.

What you’ll need: Electricians typically serve a four-year apprenticeship in which they receive direct on-the-job training. This may be done in conjunction with an electrician training program at an accredited trade school, or right out of high school. Most states require electricians to be licensed, so be sure to check your own state’s requirements.

How much they make: $52,570 per year, or $25.35 per hour

The career outlook: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects that the field will grow about 9% by 2024—about average for all jobs.

2. Plumber

Plumbing can be a dirty job, but someone has to do it, and that someone can build a lucrative career out of this specialty. Plumbers install and repair water pipes and septic systems. Their day-to-day work may include installing pipes and water fixtures, diagnosing and troubleshooting water-related issues, repairing or replacing water pipe systems, ensuring that plumbing systems are up to code, reading blueprints, and billing customers. This can be a very physically demanding job, as it also requires a lot of hands-on manual work and dexterity.

Some plumbers are hired full-time by government agencies or private companies, but many are small business owners and contractors working on their own.

What you’ll need: Plumbers typically serve an apprenticeship in which they receive direct on-the-job training. This may be done in conjunction with a plumber training program at an accredited trade school, or right out of high school. Most states require plumbers to be licensed, so be sure to check your own state’s requirements.

How much they make: $51,450 per year, or $24.74 per hour

The career outlook: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects that the field will grow about 16% by 2024—much faster than average for all jobs.

3. Dental Hygienist

At a dental appointment, hygienists are the ones who handle prep for procedures, as well as clean teeth and treat minor dental health issues. (They’re also the ones who can tell immediately whether you’re flossing as much as you say you do.) Their day-to-day responsibilities may include cleaning teeth, examining patients for signs of oral disease (like gingivitis), providing preventative dental care, assisting with dental surgeries and procedures, and educating patients on oral health and follow-up care. Most hygienists are employed by private dental offices, though they may be found in healthcare facilities that offer dental care.

What you’ll need: An associate’s degree in dental hygiene from an accredited program (which generally takes two to three years to complete). And although every state requires dental hygienists to be licensed, the requirements to get and keep a license may vary, so check your state’s requirements.

How much they make: $72,910 per year, or $35.05 per hour

The career outlook: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects that the field will grow about 20% by 2024—much faster than average for all jobs.

4. Respiratory Therapist

Healthcare fields are growing exponentially, and although many career paths in this field require an advanced degree, there are plenty of options that require trade-specific programs and certification to get started. One such field is respiratory therapy. These professionals work with patients of all ages who may have trouble breathing due to chronic respiratory conditions like asthma, heart conditions, or emphysema. Their day-to-day work may include examining patients, working with physicians and other medical staff to develop treatment plans, diagnosing conditions through tests, treating patients with therapy and medications, monitoring and recording patient process, and educating patients on at-home or follow-up care.

Respiratory therapists typically work in hospitals, private medical offices, or other healthcare facilities. The job may require shifts on nights, weekends, or holidays, especially for therapists who work in hospitals or other facilities that are open all the time.

What you’ll need: An associate’s degree in respiratory therapy from an accredited program. Respiratory therapists need to be licensed in all states except Alaska, so you should check your own state’s specific requirements for licensing.

How much they make: $58,670 per year, or $28.21 per hour

The career outlook: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects that the field will grow about 23% by 2024—much faster than average for all jobs.

5. Licensed Practical Nurse

Licensed practical nurses, or LPNs (also known as licensed vocational nurses) provide basic nursing care, under the direction of registered nurses and physicians. Their day-to-day work may include performing basic vital signs tests, changing bandages, inserting or removing catheters, helping patients with tasks like bathing or dressing, monitoring patients, and keeping detailed patient records.

What you’ll need: A certificate from an LPN-specific program at an accredited school. All states require LPNs to be licensed and may have different regulations as to what an LPN can and cannot do on the job, so be sure to check your own state’s specific requirements.

How much they make: $44,090 per year, or $21.20 per hour

The career outlook: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects that the field will grow about 12% by 2024—faster than average for all jobs.

6. HVAC Technician

With cooling issues in summer and heating issues in winter, HVAC (Heating, Venting, and Air Conditioning) technicians are often in demand year-round. These professionals work on the systems that regulate air and temperature in buildings. Their day-to-day work may include installing heating or cooling equipment, diagnosing and fixing issues with air quality and temperature, installing electrical components and wiring, inspecting air systems, performing general maintenance on air systems, and ensuring compliance with air quality regulations.

What you’ll need: A certificate from an HVAC-specific training program at an accredited school, plus on-the-job training.

How much they make: $45,910 per year, or $22.07 per hour

The career outlook: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects that the field will grow about 15% by 2024—much faster than average for all jobs.

7. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

Diagnostic medical sonographers use imaging equipment (like sonographs and ultrasound) to help diagnose or treat patients with internal injuries or conditions. Their day-to-day work may include preparing patients for testing, taking medical histories, educating patients about diagnostic imaging tests, preparing and maintaining diagnostic image equipment, operating diagnostic equipment, reviewing test results for accuracy, identifying normal and abnormal test results, analyzing the diagnostic results and providing them to physicians, and keeping detailed patient records.

What you’ll need: An associate’s degree or a certificate from an accredited diagnostic medical sonography program. Although there are no state-specific licensing requirements, many employers prefer or require Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) professional certification.

How much they make: $64,280 per year, or $30.90 per hour

The career outlook: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects that the field will grow about 17% by 2024—much faster than average for all jobs.

8. Cardiovascular Technologist

Similar to diagnostic medical sonographers, cardiovascular technologists use imaging equipment to diagnose and treat heart issues and conditions. Their day-to-day work may include performing tests like electrocardiograms, stress tests, and Holter monitoring to track cardiovascular health and activity, preparing and maintain the testing equipment, reviewing test results for accuracy, identifying normal and abnormal test results, analyzing the diagnostic results and providing them to physicians, and keeping detailed patient records.

What you’ll need: An associate’s degree or a certificate from an accredited cardiovascular technologist program.

How much they make: $64,280 per year, or $30.90 per hour

The career outlook: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects that the field will grow about 17% by 2024—much faster than average for all jobs.

9. Truck Driver

If you really want a job that’s outside of the 9-to-5 world, truck driving is a field that literally leaves the office behind. Truck driving schools are becoming more popular, as logistics careers heat up in general. Truck drivers’ day-to-day work may include loading freight, inspecting and securing cargo, driving long distances to deliver goods or materials, performing vehicle maintenance, troubleshooting mechanical issues, and keeping detailed logs of their travels and deliveries.

This is a job that requires long hours and the willingness to be away from home for extended periods of time. It also involves a lot of physical labor and stamina.

What you’ll need: A commercial driver’s license (CDL), with additional certifications if you’re interested in handling and transporting hazardous materials. Truck drivers may also need to complete a certificate from a professional truck-driving school.

How much they make: $41,340 per year, or $19.87 per hour

The career outlook: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects that the field will grow about 6% by 2024—about average for all jobs.

10. Paralegal

Paralegals are legal assistants who support attorneys, and it may surprise you to know that it’s not a job that requires law school, but rather a program in paralegal studies. Their day-to-day work may include maintaining and organizing files, doing legal research, gathering evidence and documents for attorneys, writing reports to help prepare attorneys for trials, drafting and reviewing legal correspondence, taking affidavits and other legal statements, filing briefs, and working with clients or witnesses to schedule appointments, interviews, or depositions.

What you’ll need: An associate’s degree or a certificate from an accredited paralegal studies program.

How much they make: $49,500 per year, or $23.80 per hour

The career outlook: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects that the field will grow about 15% by 2024—much faster than average for all jobs.

If you’re thinking about taking the trade school route, there are “think outside the college box” options that can get you working in your field fairly quickly, without much of the debt and time investment of a more traditional four-year college education. Again, your career path should be what works for you and your goals, and there are lots of specific programs out there that can give you the exact education you need to get started.

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Employment News

Here’s why your paycheck is disappearing

It’s not a magic trick—your paycheck may seem like it’s vanishing faster than you can earn it, but there are reasons why this seems to happen. It’s a common phenomenon: payday comes around and you start thinking about all of the things you’d like to do with your money when it comes in, but then reality hits, and your grand plans for your paycheck seems to evaporate into thin air, along with your funds.

If you’re often struck by this disappointing occurrence, take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone. The simple truth comes down to this: for many of us, the size of our paychecks haven’t kept pace with the rising costs of the things we purchase, and when this occurs it should be no surprise that the “vanishing paycheck” is such a common phenomenon.

What you’re earning

The statistics on historical wage trends paint a daunting picture, and goes a long way to explain why our earnings don’t seem to go as far as we’d like them to. According to a recent report by The Brookings Institution, inflation-adjusted wages have only grown around 10 percent over the last 45 years, with real wage growth crawling forward at a paltry .2 percent annually. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that when adjusted for inflation, real average hourly earnings have remained virtually unchanged for the American workforce over the last four decades.

There are a number of factors that can be pointed to in an effort to explain this trend, from cheap labor overseas affecting supply and demand to globalized corporate competition and an economy weakened by the Great Recession and unexpectedly high inflation, but the bottom line is that this level of wage stagnation reflects a significant lack of opportunity for economic advancement for the average American worker.

Furthermore, although companies have been earning massive profits in recent decades, largely due to rising costs of products and globalization of markets and labor pools, this increased revenue simply has not made its way into the pockets of the employees who contribute to their success. The Economic Policy Institute reports that the average worker’s share of corporate-sector income in the form of wages and benefits has been on the decline since 1979.

Wage inequality is another recent yet disturbing trend. According to recent BLS data, although there has been wage growth for those in the top earning percentile brackets, the opposite is true for workers in the bottom and lower-middle earning categories. This growing economic stratification creates a deep divide between the “haves” and “have nots,” leaving many workers with little hope that their financial situations will dramatically improve.

What you’re spending

If stagnant wages wasn’t challenging enough, consider the fact that the goods and services we purchase are taking bigger and bigger bites out of our paychecks than ever before. This includes everything from essentials like housing, food, and utilities to non-essential purchases like luxury items, vacations, and even expensive coffee (which has turned into a multi-billion-dollar-a-year industry), all of which gnaw away at our earnings faster than we thought possible.

Current BLS data indicates that average prices for consumer goods are increasing at an average rate of around 2 percent a year; this may not seem significant, but when many workers don’t see steady wage increases each year, paying an extra 2% for everything they purchase can really add up. There’s also a wide array of expenses that today’s average worker shoulders that previous generations did not have to worry about—think student loans, smart phone bills, and numerous credit card payments to name just a few—all of which further stretches workers’ paychecks beyond capacity.

The bottom line

What does this all mean? There’s a growing unbalance between what the average American worker earns and what he or she spends, and it paints a bleak economic picture for many people. If you’re not a captain of industry or among the earning elite, chances are good that the money you’re earning just isn’t going as far as you’d like it to, due to a variety of disadvantageous economic forces and trends that are showing no sign of reversing anytime soon. With all of these factors at play, the magic trick known as the “vanishing paycheck” isn’t so mysterious or magical after all.

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Who pays for out of town interviews?

Job hunting today is different from what it used to be—these days, it’s not uncommon to cast a much wider net while searching for the perfect position, exploring available openings beyond your local town or nearby city.

While you’re searching for a job, you may encounter a situation where you’ll have to make travel plans while scheduling an interview. This brings up a wide array of etiquette issues, not the least of which is the question, “Who pays for the interview?” Like most things in life, the answer is not completely black and white. The bottom line is: it depends. Let’s dig deeper.

When you’re arranging an interview, the HR personnel or hiring manager will know where you’re located based on the information provided in your resume. In fact, don’t be surprised if your first point of contact occurs over an application like Skype or WebEx. If this is the case, and things are going well, the subject of arranging an out-of-town interview might come up during the conversation.

If it does come up, pay careful attention to what is being said. You should get a fairly clear indication of whether or not the employer is willing to take care of the expenses while arranging an interview. The reality is, most—but not all—prospective employers are willing to pick up the costs of an out-of-town interview and will freely discuss it, saving you the potentially embarrassing task of having to bring it up.

When it’s clear

If they’re willing to reimburse you for the expenses, an essential etiquette rule to stick to is not to “go for broke”—first-class travel and hotel accommodations and expensive meals fit for royalty will not reflect well on you when a prospective employer is making a hiring decision. Some will even go so far as to arrange all of the details for you. This could be a good indication that the company is the type of employer who takes care of its employees (or maybe they’re just trying to woo you).

Other times, the employer will make the opposite clear—that you’re on the hook for expenses if you’re interested in traveling for an interview. If this is the case, don’t let them see you sweat! (In fact, they may be looking to gauge your reaction and flexibility in this situation.) However, do take time to weigh the pros and cons of the situation.

Since an interview isn’t a guarantee of a job offer, you need to ask yourself the following questions: Is this prospective expense a worthwhile investment in your career future? Will this be a one-time only expense, or will traveling on your dime be an ongoing reality if you get the job? Will you have to relocate if you get the job (and who would pay for that?), or will you be able to telecommute? Your answers to these questions will help you determine whether or not the expense of an out-of-town interview makes sense for you.

When it’s not clear

Sometimes, things aren’t so clear. You may have a perfectly positive experience during your initial contact with a prospective employer and both sides agree to take the next step and arrange a face-to-face interview. However, as the conversation progresses, the topic of who’s paying doesn’t seem to be coming up. If you find yourself in this situation, you have two options.

Option one: You can ask, politely, if you’re responsible for the expenses involved. This is a perfectly acceptable question, and if handled properly will not affect your standing in the hiring decision. If they’re willing to foot the bill (perhaps they simply forgot to mention it, they are only human after all), make sure you follow the etiquette advice mentioned previously. However, if you’re responsible for the costs, make sure you handle the news with grace if you really want this job. You should consider whether or not you’d be willing to pay for an out-of-town interview before you even send your resume and cover letter over, so you won’t have to sweat through an anxious decision-making process in the heat of the moment.

Option two: You can choose not to bring it up and assume that you’re responsible for the costs. This option spares you the potential awkwardness of having to bring this topic up (especially when things are going so well!), but you may be throwing an expense in your lap that the employer would have gladly picked up if they would have just remembered to mention it!

The bottom line

The rise in out-of-town interviews is a reflection of the evolving workplace, with technology making it easier for people to work remotely (according to a recent study by Global Workplace Analytics, at least 20–25% of the workforce telecommutes at least part of the work week), and companies eager to source the very best available talent—regardless of geographical location. If you’re pursuing a job that may entail an out-of-town interview, use the strategies presented here to handle any possible scenario when it comes to who’s paying for it.

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