“What salary are you looking for?” Everyone hates the question. Everyone. Talking about salary is awkward for most jobseekers, and for good reason. If you mention a figure that’s too low, you leave money on the table if you get the offer – and that’s the best case scenario.
I had a client who had a great interview out of state. So great, in fact, that the recruiter called him before he left the city to offer him the job. When the final offer letter came, the salary was just below the ‘low $40,000 range’ mentioned in the interview. He liked the job; liked the company, but didn’t know how to open the negotiation without losing the offer.”
Mark McGuinness, a creative entrepreneur, says that a creative person needs three things to be happy:
Freedom – to do what you want, when you want and how you want it. Not just in
holidays and spare time – but also doing meaningful work, in your own way.
Money – to maintain your independence and fund your creative projects. Of course you want a nice place to live, but you’re not so worried about a bigger car than the guy next door. You’d rather spend money on experiences than status symbols.
Time – to spend as you please, exploring the world and allowing your mind to wander in search of new ideas.
The credit for this post goes to Susan Heathfield, a Human Resources expert who has been covering HR for about.com since 2000. In her HR newsletter, Vol. 11 No. 81, dated July, 2010, she writes an excellent article for recruiters about how to construct questions for an effective telephone screening interview. Viewed in reverse, you can use her questions as a way to prepare for a phone screening – or any in-person interview.
My summer reading includes career books, and I recently checked out Salary Negotiation Tips for Professionals by Ron & Caryl Krannich, Ph.D.s. Here are two more mistakes they say many professionals make when negotiating salary offers.
My summer reading includes career books, and I recently checked out Salary Negotiation Tips for Professionals by Ron & Caryl Krannich, Ph.D.s. Here is the first of three mistakes they say many professionals make when negotiating salary offers.
Training and education are the best ways to increase your value as a worker; everyone should consider adding education to his career plan. But before you lock yourself into a 4-year degree, think about your return on investment.
Payscale.com has listed the best-paying college degrees, and it’s no surprise that engineering degrees top the list. Economics, physics and computer science complete the roster of degrees that really pay off.
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You’ve got to hand it to Monster.com. Not only did they create the biggest and best known commercial website for job posting and career advice, they’re working on innovations to make it even more useful. By gathering information from more than 25 million resumes in the Monster database and a world-wide network of recruiter customers, Monster can offer valuable market information for your job search.
Where can you find the best jobs in the U.S.? If you are you considering relocating to a friendlier economic climate, PayScale can help you decide which new area will have the best opportunities for job growth and high wages. The following are 10 cities with the best jobs for 2010 and economies expected to grow, even during the current recession. Included in the data for each is the growth rates from 2009 for comparison. Be sure to check the Cost of Living Calculator to get the whole picture.