Filed under: Job Search, Networking | Tags: job search, networking, switching careers, volunteering
Not so long ago, professionals could count on spending the majority of their career with the same company, and the gold watch and comfortable pension were a guarantee. Not only are those kinds of companies few and far between these days, but workers are making the choice to switch up their career paths more often than ever before. If you’re thinking of making a sharp turn on your career path, check out these recommendations:
- Make sure that the hiring trends in the industry you’re considering are favorable. Check job-search sites like Monster.com or even the classifieds of your local paper to see how hiring trends are looking. Job-listing sites will often – usually towards the end of the year – publish lists of the fields with the best outlooks for hiring in the months to come. (more…)
Filed under: Job offer, Salary | Tags: hiring bonus, job offer, job search, negotiating, salary negotiation, vacation
You’ve just gotten the offer for the position you’ve been hoping for – but the salary leaves something to be desired. So how do you bump up the bottom line on your future salary? Here’s some things you’ll need to do before countering an offer:
- Know the market. Use online tools like Salary Wizard or the Salary Research Tool from Monster.com to make sure your expectations line up with comparable positions in your area. Salaries can vary widely from region to region, so knowing what other jobs like this one are paying in your city or area will help you see how much room you may have for negotiation.
- Base vs. bonus. Asking if the figure you’ve been offered is a base salary shows you’ve thought about things like bonuses and stock options. And it opens up conversations about these topics, which means you may be able to…
- Bank on a hiring bonus. If the gap between your offer and the going rate is substantial, ask about a hiring bonus. A one-time payment may be more agreeable to the employer than an ongoing salary commitment. Ask if a hiring bonus might be an option to help bring the total compensation closer to where you want. (more…)
Filed under: Job interview, Job offer, Job Search, New Job | Tags: job interview, job offer, job search, offer letter
After weeks and possibly months of job searching, having multiple offers in your hand can only be a good thing, right? But that means you’ll need to choose between those offers – which can sometimes be just as challenging as the job hunt! Comparing the two offers against each other using these criteria can help you see which position offers more of the things that are important to you, and help to make your decision-making process a little smoother.
Compensation – this is usually the first, and sometimes only, deciding factor. But there are more things than dollars and cents in each compensation package. How do the two offers compare when it comes to things like insurance and benefits, retirement contributions, overtime pay, and vacation time? Make sure you’re comparing the complete compensation package, not just the salary. (more…)
You know what a “brand” is, right? We’re surrounded every day by messages from folks like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Google, McDonald’s, Apple, and other big names that have poured millions of dollars into creating an awareness of who they are and what their products can do. But how much time and thought have you put into developing your own personal brand, the brand of “you” that potential employers will recognize? It doesn’t take millions of dollars to do it, but it does take some time and thought about who you are and what you can bring to a future employer. Here’s a way to start:
- Figure out what you bring to the table. The best brands have a simple, clear way to communicate who they are and what they do. And that communication usually leads with an emotional appeal. So, who are you in the workplace? What do you want potential employers to know and remember about you? Make a list of all those things that describe you – organized, creative, funny, strategic. Think about how others describe you, what they compliment you on, and how others have told you that you make them feel. (more…)