Category Archives: Career Planning

Tools for Calculating Your Salary

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It is important to know not only how much of a salary you will require to sustain a certain quality of life, but also how much you are actually worth within your field based on experience and education factors. People range from feeling inadequate where they never ask for enough salary to those who exaggerate their skill sets and demand a salary that is far beyond their range. Hopefully as a job seeker you fall somewhere between. Employers are prepared to negotiate salary, but they do not act favorably when it is demanded. So utilize some of the concepts listed below to be a diplomatic negotiator and acquire the salary you not only want, but deserve. Continue reading

Tips for Stepping Out of Your Career Comfort Zone

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We are not called creatures of habit for no reason and even the most daring person will often admit that they would rather know what challenges lie ahead than face the fear of the big bad unknown. However, most successful professionals have said that you must be able to take chances and allow the universe to take hold of some of your ideas and actions. If you have a white knuckled death grip on your life it will never have the opportunity to expand. We are afraid that our boss may not like our idea or that it may fail. We are afraid of being laughed at by our peers and not being taken seriously. Continue reading

Tips for Writing Career Changing Resumes

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Not all resumes are created equal, and not all resumes will be written for the same purpose. For some, their career will never change throughout their working life. But most of us are not so lucky. Many of us will find ourselves out of work and faced with a job market that will not offer anything that directly relates to our past experience. Writing career changing resumes contain many of the same elements as any resume, but some things are different. Continue reading

Steps to Avoiding Online Job Scams

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The first rule of thumb when considering online jobs is to determine whether or not the offer seems too good to be true. If a company is listed online and does not have a physical address, does not have a working or valid phone number, asks for a small “processing fee,” and then says that they will pay you $30,000 month to participate in some type of marketing forecast production product, IT IS PROBABLY NOT TRUE. Continue reading

Tips For Dealing With A Recruiter

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Many job seekers turn to recruitment professionals when searching for that perfect job. Others who are already employed find themselves contacted out of the blue by a professional recruiter. In either case, there are some dos and don’ts for dealing with a professional recruiter that can make the difference between getting a job and being passed over. Continue reading

5 Tips on How to Impress Your Boss

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We have all heard the jokes about colleagues attempting to “brown nose” or “kiss up” to their supervisors in an attempt to gain recognition. While it is never suggested to be insincere or fake, these aforementioned colleagues may be on the right track when it comes to their career path. Team members that like to stay under the radar; may do just that. When it is time for commendations, promotions, and even raises, it is strategically intelligent to be in the forefront of your supervisors mind. The following 5 tips are a few proven methods to ensure that your boss notices you and for all the right reasons. Continue reading

How to Find Internships and Volunteer Opportunities

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Many people today focus mainly on education and professional achievements to enhance their resumes and assist their careers. However, those that focus solely in those areas may be missing some vital pieces in the puzzle that completes your personal and professional success. Internships and volunteer opportunities not only offer invaluable information that would generally not be available to you, but they also appear as big shiny gold stars on a resume. By having one or more of these one your resume, this tells the employer that you were willing to give of your time for little or no compensation to assist someone or to gain a better understanding of your career or field. That is indicative of someone that will “go the extra mile” or someone that is a leader or team player. So now that you understand this is a must on a resume, where do you find the opportunities for internships or to volunteer? Continue reading

How to Develop Your Personal Brand

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Developing your personal brand is more important now than it has ever been with the hyper-competitive job market and continued cut backs facing many organizations today. When the recruiter for XYZ organization is staring at a pile of applications a mile high, you as the applicant must have that little extra something to ensure that your resume stand out from the rest. Your resume brand can be anything from a tag line to deliver your message as to what makes you unique in your industry to simply being well known within your area or industry for excelling at one or two functions specifically. Continue reading