Ask an Intern: Interviewing with Confidence

Interviews are an inevitable part of the job-hunting process if you’re fortunate enough to make it to this phase. Preparing for your first formal interview, whether it’s for your first job ever or a specialized job after you earn your degree, can be nerve-wracking. You want to make a good impression and display complete confidence, not only in yourself, but also in what you have to offer.

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Safer Shopping this Holiday Season

If you're doing online shopping this holiday season, be on the lookout for scammers trying to steal a deal, too!  With more people shopping online this year, shoppers may encounter more online shopping scams.  The FBI advises that scammers don't take holidays off from swindling unsuspecting shoppers.  Shoppers should stay vigilant and be aware of potential scams. 

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Ask an Intern: Just Starting Out. Can LinkedIn Help?

Many young job seekers, typically between the ages of 18 and 25, are entering what seems to be a plentiful job market. As you take a closer look at the jobs available, you may find fewer opportunities in your specific field of interest. However, there are some tools that well help set you apart, especially as you begin looking for your first post-education position. Let’s touch on the networking tool LinkedIn.

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8 Ways to Maximize the Benefits of Your Bank Independent Debit Card

While many consumers may have had one banking relationship in the past, surveys show that the average American now has 5.3 accounts open across all types of financial institutions. So, you might have a checking, savings, and possibly a credit card with your primary bank. You may also have opened an account associated with work, school or due to a prior move.  

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Providing Your Pet a Happy Home

Not everyone is a pet lover, but if you are, your pet probably plays a significant role in your happiness and wellbeing. It’s also your responsibility to ensure the wellbeing of your pet.

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Have You Been the Victim of an Imposter Scam?

Imposter scams occur when criminals pretend to be someone you know and trust, such as a government agency, a financial institution or even a friend or family member. According to the Federal Trade Commission, imposter scams are on the rise. There is an increased likelihood that you will be contacted by an imposter, however, with a little education and prevention, you can keep from becoming a victim.

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Holiday Online Shopping Safety Tips!

The holiday season is a prime time for hackers, scammers, and online thieves. Due to the pandemic, this holiday season may look and feel a bit different, but we all still need to be aware of the potential dangers online shopping can bring and the ways we can protect ourselves. While millions of Americans will be online looking for the best gifts and Cyber Monday deals, hackers will be looking to take advantage of unsuspecting shoppers by searching for weaknesses in their devices or internet connections or attempting to extract personal and financial information through fake websites or charities. 

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Identity Theft and Internet Scams

Today’s technology allows us to connect around the world, to bank and shop online, and to control our televisions, homes, and cars from our smartphones. These activities require you to provide personally identifiable information (PII) such as your name, date of birth, account numbers, passwords, and location information. With the added convenience of these digital tools comes an increased risk of identity theft and Internet scams. #BeCyberSmart when sharing personal information online to reduce the risk of becoming a cybercrime victim.

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COVID-19 Related Scams

Times of crisis can bring out the best in people.  Communities step up to take care of one another’s needs, resources are pooled, and good things get done.  Unfortunately, times of crisis can also bring out the worst in some people.  Criminals and unscrupulous people use situations like the current Coronavirus crisis to take advantage of their victims.

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What is a stimulus payment?

The US government passed a $2 trillion bill designed to provide immediate relief to Americans due to the Coronavirus impact on the economy. Among many provisions, the bill allocates money directly to individuals through a stimulus payment.

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