That awkward moment when you realize you are the lowest paid (or underpaid) at your company when you thought your salary was comparable to some of your colleagues. Initially, you’re probably infuriated then you more than likely fall into a mini-state of depression and your production declines. After the realization that you are underpaid/undervalued you need to take the appropriate actions to ensure you are fairly compensated. YPs you have choices, I believe in being grateful for employment but whether you’re stocking shelves or a mid level manager its not cool to feel like you’re not being fairly compensated for your work. What do you do to ensure you are fairly compensated?
Step One: First you perform a self evaluation. Make sure you are performing your job and job duties adequately. Then take a good look at your current position in the big scheme of things in regards to your company. How vital is your current position? Be honest with yourself because no position is created equally. Some positions are held in a higher regard than others so look at your position in comparison to other positions within your company. If your position is not vital then you may want to seek a promotion if your work ethic warrants a promotion. If your position is pretty important then proceed to the next step.
Step Two: Take a look at your job description to assess how accurately it reflects what you actually do. Most people do more or less or different tasks from what their job descriptions say they do in their positions. Ask your [click to continue…]
YP’s, when do you feel is a good time to start to look for a new job? Is it when you do not feel you are not challenging yourself, dreading to go to work the next day, or not making enough money to save for the future? Whatever the case may be, it is necessary to examine your current situation from time to time, to make sure you are where you want to be in your life. If you realize that there are more cons than pros, then you might want to think about the next steps for yourself. Below is a list that you may find helpful if you have been contemplating this subject. If you agree with most of the list, then you may want to start the process of updating those resumes and search for a new job. We all want to be happy, and a major component of that is having a job where we feel competent and worthwhile.
by RYAN GUINA
1. Do you continually learn and improve? If you are not improving your skill set or learning something valuable, you are be selling yourself short. Do you have opportunity for personal and professional growth? Six months from now will you still be in your current role? How about 2 years from now? Does your next promotion rely on the person higher than you on the totem pole retiring or transferring? The answer to these questions should play a large factor in your decision to remain where you are or move on. [click to continue…]
In this tough job market, it is really important to make a first great impression once you finally land that interview that you worked so hard to get. How are you going to stand apart from the other candidates that want that same position?? Recently, I went on a interview for an internship at a place where I would really like to work after I finish my masters program. I believe I made a good first impression because I was very passionate about what I was talking about and because I did my homework beforehand. Also, before I went on the interview, I attended a seminar on interview tips that provided me with a lot of good information that I would like to share.
Now there are many steps before the interview, like making sure that you have a great resume that highlights all of your experiences, skills, and is easy to read. You also must possess a good cover letter that introduces yourself, summary of your qualifications, and a closing paragraph. Once you have a good resume and cover letter in hand, it is time to search for that job. Some places where you could look for various jobs could be through job banks, employer websites, newspaper classified, and job fairs. Most importantly, studies show that 68% of new job hires are through word of mouth. So make sure you identify your contacts, and reach out to them. You want to build and expand your network by taking advantage of every social interaction. You could also join organizations that you are interested in that may also expand your social network. Keep a database of your contacts, and follow up with them regularly! You never know if you do not ask! Now you finally got that interview. Now what???
1. Practice interview questions. Interviewer are looking for attitudes, philosophies, motivation, basically what makes you [click to continue…]