career goals http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/10447/all en-US 7 Financial Differences Between Millennials and the Next Generation http://www.wisebread.com/7-financial-differences-between-millennials-and-the-next-generation <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-financial-differences-between-millennials-and-the-next-generation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/group_of_friends_having_fun.jpg" alt="Group of friends having fun" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We hear a lot about millennials and their money, but what about the generation behind them? Members of Generation Z are now approaching adulthood, and have their own unique characteristics. They may also have their own unique attitudes toward money. How do millennials and Generation Z differ? The answer to those questions could have fascinating implications for our economy.</p> <h2>1. Generation Z may be more frugal</h2> <p>Members of Generation Z may only now be entering adulthood, but there are indications that they are more conservative with their money than previous generations. Perhaps it's because this generation has grown up at a time of unrest, from the attacks of September 11, 2001 and the aftermath, to the near collapse of the financial sector at the end of the last decade.</p> <p>The 2016 Annual State of Credit published by Experian noted that Generation Z has an average of 1.29 credit cards, compared to 2.02 for millennials. They also have about half as much debt overall, though it's worth noting that many are entering college age, when debt levels can soar.</p> <h2>2. Generation Z is totally cool with technology</h2> <p>Millennials are pretty tech-savvy, but Generation Z is the first generation that's never known a time without the internet. This means they should be entirely accepting of online banking and investing, using mobile payment apps, and similar innovations &mdash; though they will be cautious, due to their awareness of high-profile data breaches. Generation Z will also have no recollection of the tech bubble burst of the late 1990s, so they'll be perfectly comfortable investing in tech stocks.</p> <h2>3. Generation Z wants career stability</h2> <p>There is some evidence that members of Generation Z prefer to go after careers that are solid and pragmatic. The consulting firm Altitude reported that this generation may be less entrepreneurial and more focused on stability and earning enough money to avoid financial struggles.</p> <p>Another report from Bainbridge Consulting found that more than half Generation Z-ers feel like they need to get work experience as soon as possible in order to succeed. The broader economic implications of this risk aversion will be worth watching in the coming years.</p> <h2>4. Millennials may be less focused on retirement</h2> <p>Even though millennials are the older generation, it's Generation Z that may already be focused on retirement savings. One study from the Center for Generational Kinetics found that about 12 percent of Gen Z-ers already have some retirement savings. Another 35 percent said they expect to begin saving once they hit their 20s. Some of this may be influenced by parents who urged them to save; more than one out of every five people in Generation Z reported having savings accounts by age 10.</p> <h2>5. Millennials are more loyal to brands</h2> <p>Good luck trying to get a millennial to switch from an Apple to an Android phone, or vice versa. But those from Generation Z don't have the same kind of steadfast allegiance to products. A study by IBM said two-thirds of this young generation prefer high-quality products that last, and will do their homework to find the best value, regardless of brand.</p> <h2>6. Generation Z shops smarter</h2> <p>Because of their internet savvy, members of Generation Z know how to comparison shop and get information about products online. Research from MarketingProfs showed that more than half of people in Generation Z use YouTube and other social media sites to research products before they buy.</p> <h2>7. Generation Z is wary of student debt</h2> <p>About two-thirds of millennials say they have more than $10,000 in student loan debt. This reality has led Generation Z to be more thoughtful when examining the value of higher education. One survey by Adecco reported that 21 percent of Generation Z students said they were concerned about the price of tuition, compared to 13 percent for millennials. There are also indications that Generation Z is less inclined to go after a costly advanced degree.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-financial-differences-between-millennials-and-the-next-generation&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%2520Financial%2520Differences%2520Between%2520Millennials%2520and%2520the%2520Next%2520Generation.jpg&amp;description=7%20Financial%20Differences%20Between%20Millennials%20and%20the%20Next%20Generation"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Financial%20Differences%20Between%20Millennials%20and%20the%20Next%20Generation.jpg" alt="7 Financial Differences Between Millennials and the Next Generation" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-financial-differences-between-millennials-and-the-next-generation">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-reasons-to-cut-millennials-some-slack-about-their-money">10 Reasons to Cut Millennials Some Slack About Their Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-things-that-young-adults-absolutely-need-to-know-about-money">21 Things That Young Adults Absolutely Need to Know About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-putting-off-these-9-adult-money-moves">Are You Putting Off These 9 Adult Money Moves?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/first-rule-of-financial-wins-avoid-losses">First Rule of Financial Wins: Avoid Losses</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-personal-finance-rules-you-should-be-breaking">15 Personal Finance Rules You Should Be Breaking</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance career goals generation z investing millennials retirement saving spending technology youth Mon, 17 Jul 2017 08:00:12 +0000 Tim Lemke 1982851 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Things to Bring Up With Your Boss at Your Annual Review http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-bring-up-with-your-boss-at-your-annual-review <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-things-to-bring-up-with-your-boss-at-your-annual-review" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-516336973.jpg" alt="bring up these things at your annual review" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Every year, you will have that one meeting that can have a massive impact on your career, your finances, and your future. It's your annual review. While some people see it as a necessary evil, or approach it as &quot;going through the motions,&quot; it should be thought about carefully. What you say can make all the difference.</p> <h2>1. Talk About Your Achievements Over the Past Year</h2> <p>Your boss may already know all the great things you've done. However, they may also be too busy to know everything you've done, or your level of involvement in the projects you took part in. This is your time to shine, and to give your boss the ammunition needed to give you a raise or a promotion. Don't just talk about the things you were assigned to do. Mention the projects you did on your own, or the initiatives you spearheaded. If there were significant financial benefits to the company, or great PR came from something you did, bring all that to the conversation. You want to take this time to show just how invaluable you really are.</p> <h2>2. Focus on You, Not on Others</h2> <p>Unless you work for some kind of utopia, you'll be surrounded by a mixed bag of people. Most will be great, and you'll get along well with them. Some, however, will be a constant thorn in your side. They may take the credit for things you've done. They may be lazy, or incompetent. They may suck up to the boss, or leave early every day. It doesn't matter. This is your review, and it's about <em>you</em>. If you turn this into a whining session, you will not look good. If the person in question is as bad as you know them to be, it will all come out&hellip; probably during his or her review. And if it doesn't, well, find the time to talk it over with the boss later. But your review &mdash; that's all about you, not your worst enemy. Similarly, don't <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-your-boss-wishes-you-knew" target="_blank">tell the boss</a> what he or she did wrong over the last year, and never use this time to pour scorn on the company. You're looking for a raise or a promotion. That is unlikely to happen if you are biting the hand that feeds you.</p> <h2>3. Ask How You Can Be Even More Help to the Company</h2> <p>The phrasing on this one has to be correct. You don't want to sound like there's lots of room for improvement in your performance. But, showing a willingness to do more, work harder, and take on extra projects will always go down well. Do some preparation and see where you could fill some holes. Ask your boss if you can help bring other departments up to par with your own (assuming you're rocking it). Find out what the boss wants to improve upon, and be proactive. If there's one thing a company likes more than a model employee, it's a model employee who takes the initiative.</p> <h2>4. Be Careful What You Ask For</h2> <p>You may have worked late nights and weekends all year long. You may well have saved the company millions of dollars, or landed a cherry account. All of this will be covered over the course of your actual review. By pushing the issue of more money, and a raise in position, you're moving out of the go-getter category, and into the greedy one. You'll be viewed as entitled, or worse, only in it for the money and ladder-climbing. If the subject comes up naturally, you can of course take the boss's lead, and mention that you are ready for more responsibility. Promotions come with raises, so you don't need to talk about dollars yet. And in most companies, significant raises are not given without a promotion anyway.</p> <h2>5. Ask Questions and Be Conversational</h2> <p>Annual reviews can be tough on the boss. If he or she has a lot of people to see, it can be a daunting task. So doing a review with someone who won't speak until they are spoken to, and gives one word answers, is no fun at all. This is your chance to really get into the review, and make it more of a give and take than a one-way street. Ask questions about the direction the company is going, or what you can do to make the boss's life easier. Get chatty, without getting too nonchalant or blasé. This will leave a lasting impression on your boss.</p> <h2>6. Don't Let Your Requests Seem Like Threats</h2> <p>Saying you will quit unless things are changed in your favor &mdash; that's a threat. And it can go down in a few ways. If you are incredibly valuable to the company, and at the current time are irreplaceable, your demands may well be met. But, you will be viewed differently after the fact, and no boss or company likes to be held over a barrel. They will be making plans to replace you in the long term.</p> <p>However, most of the time, you just won't get your own way by making threats. And you have to be ready to get your bluff called; if it is a bluff, of course. If you say you will leave unless you get X, Y, and Z, and those demands are not met, you only have two options: leave, or look foolish. Are you ready for either of those outcomes?</p> <h2>7. Ask for Clear Goals for the Future</h2> <p>An annual review is there not just to look over the past year, but to set career goals for the year ahead. It's a way of saying, &quot;If you do all this, and more, you can expect good things at your next review.&quot; So don't let those goals be vague, or go unaddressed. As the meeting starts to wrap up, ask for specific goals for the next year that you can write down. After the meeting, email them to the boss, and if need be, HR. When your next review comes around, and you have done more than what was asked of you, you will have great ammunition for a raise and promotion.</p> <h2>8. Be Wary of Too Much Honesty</h2> <p>Remember that this is a review, and not a conversation with a friend. Don't say that you're &quot;bored&quot; or that you're &quot;doing the bare minimum.&quot; Being bored is on you. Doing only the bare minimum is also on you. You are an adult, and you can influence the kind of work you do. There is always the chance to take on more work, create new initiatives, or find ways to make your department grow. If you're bored, you're simply not trying. By indicating you have lost interest in your job, you are telling your boss to go out and find someone who would kill to be in your shoes. The boss wants an enthusiastic, driven employee. If you are beyond saving, why not give that role to someone who genuinely wants it? Instead, use this time to ask for more responsibility, or bring up new ideas. You'll look like a go-getter.</p> <h2>9. Accept Full Responsibility for the Things You Did Wrong</h2> <p>You're not a kid in middle school. You cannot say, &quot;I didn't do that&quot; or &quot;But that wasn't really my fault.&quot; As an adult employee, you have to own your mistakes, and show that you have learned from them. If you missed a deadline, admit it. But explain how you will do things differently to ensure it never happens again. If you cost the company money, or a sale, tell the boss why it happened, and what you have learned from it. As Thomas Edison famously said, &quot;I have not failed&hellip; I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.&quot; You can turn any of these negatives from the past year into avenues for personal growth that will benefit you, the boss, and the company.</p> <h2>10. Maintain a Positive Attitude</h2> <p>You may have had one a heck of a bad year. The tension between you and the boss may be so thick that it fills the room. However, your attitude needs to be positive, and you should be genuinely interested in what you can do to make things right. Saying &quot;Wow, I have <em>so, so</em> been looking forward to this,&quot; sarcastically is not going to do you any favors. You will set the wrong tone for the rest of the review, and nothing good will come of it. Use this as a chance to clear the air in a way that makes you both feel like progress has been made.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-bring-up-with-your-boss-at-your-annual-review">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-rekindle-passion-for-your-job">12 Ways to Rekindle Passion for Your Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-stay-focused-at-work-despite-your-chatty-coworkers">How to Stay Focused at Work Despite Your Chatty Coworkers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-times-you-should-demand-a-raise">5 Times You Should Demand a Raise</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks">10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-never-to-bring-up-in-a-job-interview">5 Things Never to Bring Up in a Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building annual review career goals career tips job tips work work etiquette Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:30:33 +0000 Paul Michael 1872419 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: What Are Your Career Goals? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-are-your-career-goals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-what-are-your-career-goals" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_business_happy_44838906.jpg" alt="Woman sharing her career goals" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-are-your-career-goals#comment-793352">Susan</a>, Mami2jcn, and Jeff for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Setting goals motivate us to improve ourselves, whether it's in our personal life, health, or finances. Career goals, in particular, can keep us from falling into a rut and can help us live the kind of life we want.</p> <p><strong>What are your career goals?</strong> Do you have a game plan or a timeline for achieving your goals? What steps have to taken toward your goals?</p> <p>Tell us about your career goals and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For Extra Entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! 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Winners will also be contacted via email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us about your career goals and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-are-your-career-goals">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-return-gifts-chance-to-win-10">Ask the Readers: Do you Return Gifts? (Chance to Win $10!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-budgets-are-they-hot-or-not-your-chance-to-win-10">Ask the Readers: Budgets - Are They &quot;Hot&quot; or Not? (Your Chance to Win $10!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-200-giveaway-what-does-corporate-social-responsibility-mean-to-you">Ask the Readers $200 Giveaway: What Does Corporate Social Responsibility Mean to You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-new-years-resolution">Ask the Readers: What Is Your New Year&#039;s Resolution?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-great-jobs-that-dont-pay-much">15 Great Jobs That Don&#039;t Pay Much</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Giveaways Ask the Readers career goals Tue, 05 Jul 2016 10:00:05 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1742409 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Ways to Spring Clean Your Career http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-spring-clean-your-career <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-ways-to-spring-clean-your-career" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000081453541_Large.jpg" alt="spring cleaning her career" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It turns out, <a href="http://www.cleaninginstitute.org/spring_cleaning_survey_reveals_consumers_dirty_little_secrets/">72% of U.S. households</a> spring clean every year. The annual ritual of tidying up your home is a healthy habit that improves your way of life, increases your productivity, and provides you with a serious self-esteem boost.</p> <p>Just like you take care of your home each spring, take this time to spruce up your career to make the very best out of it. Here are the eight moves to spring clean your career.</p> <h2>1. Search Your Name on the Web</h2> <p>According to Google, its users do <a href="http://searchengineland.com/google-1-trillion-searches-per-year-212940">100 billion searches per month</a>, which adds up to about 1.2 trillion searches per year. What's even more surprising is that it has been estimated that <a href="http://www.slideshare.net/jennifermcclure/hiring-onboarding-done-right-nky-chambernkyshrm-7-24-2012/17-CAREERS_SITE_the_hub_30">30% of searches on Google</a> are job-related.</p> <p>What are those people searching for <em>your </em>name finding? Hopefully, it's important websites, publications, or projects that can help you land your next position, or land a promotion. Find out what is currently available under your name so that you can be prepared for questions about those search results, ask not to be mentioned in undesirable places, and build up your online presence. Besides Google, search your name on other search engines, including Yahoo and Bing.</p> <h2>2. Buy Your Name as a Domain</h2> <p>An effective way to establish a hub for your online presence is to purchase your own domain name. Take me as an example. If you look for &quot;Damian Davila&quot; you will find two main individuals: a talented drummer/photographer, and an experienced personal finance writer. While I enjoy the surf photographs of my doppelgänger, I want to make sure that people learn more about my writing when looking up my name. That is why I bought my own domain name, DamianDavila.com and plan to use it to showcase my writing portfolio.</p> <p>Owning your own domain name allows you stand out from the crowd, particularly when you have a very popular name. Keep in mind that it may take some time to be able to buy your domain name &mdash; in my case it took two long years until it became available!</p> <h2>3. Clean Up Your Social Media Accounts</h2> <p>Speaking of search results and websites, you'll notice that social media accounts rank heavily on all search engines. For example, when looking up my name on Google, three out of the nine results from the first page are links to social media accounts.</p> <p>While you may think that your private business is for your eyes only, be aware that <a href="http://thehiringsite.careerbuilder.com/2015/05/14/employers-checking-candidates-social-media/">35% of employers</a> who screen via social networks have requested to become a friend or follow candidates who have private accounts. Depending on the details on the position that you're applying for, your potential employer may have a valid concern for your online activity. Don't let an <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-stop-doing-on-social-media-by-30">inappropriate comment or photo</a> become an obstacle in your path to career success.</p> <h2>4. Invest in a Professional Headshot</h2> <p>While most recruiters recommend that you don't include a photograph when submitting your resume, most social media sites, company directories, and PR organizations do request a headshot. Take the time &mdash; and the expense &mdash; to get a professional headshot. You can hire a professional photographer, ask a favor from your photog friend or relative (do return the favor when they ask!), or request one from the HR department of your company.</p> <p>Be prepared for those times when your boss wants to make an announcement of your promotion in the local newspaper, you want to show yourself in your own domain name, or you submit an article for a website as a guest blogger.</p> <h2>5. Edit Your LinkedIn Profile</h2> <p>Also, <a href="http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2015/02/19/what-recruiters-think-when-they-see-your-linkedin-profile">94% of recruiters use LinkedIn</a> to source and vet candidates, making this professional network a great opportunity to showcase your work skills and career history. What do recruiters find on Linkedin when looking up your name? If your name doesn't show up, you could be making the life of that recruiter a bit more difficult. Beef up your LinkedIn profile by:</p> <ul> <li>Growing your professional network with peers in your company and industry, alumni from your alma mater, or individuals sharing your interests in LinkedIn groups;</li> <li>Including links to any publications, presentations, or projects that are available online;</li> <li>Request recommendations from current or past clients, supervisors, peers, or teachers, and;</li> <li>Demonstrating your analytical and writing skills through articles that you have written.</li> </ul> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-minutes-to-a-linkedin-profile-that-gets-you-hired?ref=seealso">30 Minutes to a LinkedIn Profile That Gets You Hired</a></p> <h2>6. Touch Up Your Paper Resume</h2> <p>Despite the popularity of online resumes, some employers and recruiters still stick to paper resumes. Tailor your application to the details laid out on the job post. Insisting on emailing a URL to your domain name or LinkedIn profile instead of mailing out a printout of your resume via regular mail when the recruiter clearly indicated so, is the fastest way to get your application ignored completely. Here are some tips:</p> <ul> <li>Be prepared for requests of paper resumes by formatting yours so it prints nicely on a standard sheet of 8 x 11 paper.</li> <li>Test out the printout before sending a file via email.</li> <li>Keep both Word and PDF versions of your resume because some employers prefer one format over the other.</li> <li>Maintain a text-only version of your resume for those times that you have to copy and paste your resume into an HR online portal.</li> </ul> <h2>7. Work on Your Elevator Pitch</h2> <p>Comedian George Burns said it best, &quot;The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible.&quot; Brevity in writing and speech is very powerful and makes you look centered and well-prepared. Take a cue of from startup entrepreneurs and develop your own elevator pitch, which is a succinct and persuasive sales pitch that will lead into a deeper dialogue about what you can offer. Test your elevator pitch with people that you trust so they can offer you feedback. And fine tune your elevator pitch until you can deliver it effectively over the phone, in person, or via email.</p> <h2>8. Learn a New Skill That Employers Want</h2> <p>Many organizations have well defined salary payscales with specific requirements, so take the time to investigate what those requirements are. Unless they involve longevity in the company, you can work in attaining them in a shorter amount of time.</p> <p>Some examples are completing a teaching certification, finishing modules towards a professional license, accumulating hours in a list of job-related assignments, or attending a series of industry-required seminars. By completing those skills, you're effectively not only improving your chances of a promotion or salary bump, but also making yourself more desirable to other potential employers.</p> <p><em>What are other ways to spring clean your career?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-spring-clean-your-career">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-times-you-should-demand-a-raise">5 Times You Should Demand a Raise</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-money-moves-to-make-after-a-promotion">10 Money Moves to Make After a Promotion</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks">10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-re-fired-20-signs-that-a-pink-slip-is-coming">You’re Fired! 20 Signs That a Pink Slip is Coming</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building career career aspirations career goals growth potential job growth spring clean spring cleaning Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:00:05 +0000 Damian Davila 1695996 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Great Jobs That Don't Pay Much http://www.wisebread.com/15-great-jobs-that-dont-pay-much <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-great-jobs-that-dont-pay-much" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000019714598_Large.jpg" alt="A DJ is a great job that doesn&#039;t pay much" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Can money buy happiness? Should you spend years in a job you don't like? Or, are you better off working at a job you really love, even if you don't make a pile of money? If you are an average American, you'll work for for 90,000 hours over your career lifetime. If you have a &quot;happiness in my job is more important&quot; mindset, here are 15 jobs you might really like &mdash; even if they don't pay much. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-that-job-you-hate-keeps-you-poor?ref=seealso">6 Ways That Job You Hate Keeps You Poor</a>)</p> <h2>1. Cruise Ship Bartender</h2> <p>Right out of school, my high-school classmate, Luci, went to work on a cruise ship. As soon as she was able, she became a bartender for the cruise line. At our 10th reunion, she announced that she was retiring from cruise ship bartending, and moving to Kauai to work a small farm she had purchased. Yes, she had lived frugally, and also saved her tips. It paid off. Today's ship bartenders earn between $2,200&ndash;$3,600 per month (depending on the size of ship and gratuities from passengers).</p> <h2>2. EMT</h2> <p>Every time I read the average hourly wage for EMTs and paramedics &mdash; $31,700 per year, or around $16 an hour &mdash; I'm shocked. How can this be? These folks are brave, strong, quick-witted, personable, and caring. I'll never understand why they don't make more, but I'm extremely glad that there are people who are drawn to this career.</p> <h2>3. Roadie</h2> <p>I always thought being a roadie would be <a href="http://www.yesandyes.org/2013/07/true-story-im-roadie.html">a ridiculously fun job</a> to have &mdash; and from this funny interview, I was right. Sometimes glamorous, sometimes not... but if you abhor sitting behind a desk and love music, maybe it would be a good choice. What does a roadie make? It varies. If the band for whom you are working is enormously popular, that apparently makes a big difference. One source quoted around $200 to $400 per day, but become a successful tour manager, and you may expect to make $1,500 to $2,000 per week.</p> <h2>4. Massage Therapist</h2> <p>While the job outlook for massage therapists is good, and the BLS reports that 2014 median pay was over $37,000 per year. If you have ever seen the movie, <a href="http://amzn.to/202F4q2">Enough Said</a>, you know one of the major drawbacks: dragging a massage table around. That's not a must, though. One of my neighbors has clients who come to her house. Others are employed by chiropractor's offices, physical therapists, spas, cruise ships, etc. I'm told it is a rewarding career, and who doesn't love a good massage? Check with your state's governing board of massage therapists to find accredited programs.</p> <h2>5. Veterinary Assistant</h2> <p>Love animals? At about $11 an hour, you really need to. It's hard work. As it turns out, most pets don't really enjoy having their blood drawn or parts poked. Prepare to get dirty, too. But it is extremely rewarding, since you'll be helping to relieve pain and heal animals. Most of the &quot;help wanted&quot; ads I viewed wanted assistants who had been through an educational program or have a college degree.</p> <h2>6. Dog Groomer</h2> <p>Would you enjoy the challenge of beautifying man's best friend? This career might be for you. Well, you'll probably start out as a dog bather, making $13&ndash;$17. Median pay for a groomer is around $20,000 annually. It's important to note that many grooming-business owners also pay commissions. It's not easy work, but again, if you'd rather spend time with animals than people, it's worth considering.</p> <h2>7. DJ</h2> <p>Got the gift of gab? Are you a natural at mashing up different songs? How about a background in journalism or communications? You might like being a DJ or radio announcer. Sometimes, they also find work as emcees at events, weddings, or at private clubs. The job outlook, sadly, is in decline at the moment; with median pay at $13.50 per hour. But serving as a freelance DJ as a side job could provide a very nice chunk of change each month. And the DJs I've followed for years on the radio seem to be very happy people who love their jobs. Test the waters using DJ software (there are many free options available) and see if this is worth exploring.</p> <h2>8. Reporter</h2> <p>A friend of mine works for a news agency. The pay is low &mdash; median pay is about $37,000 &mdash; and the hours are long. The pace is very fast, she works on deadlines, and often has to wear all the hats. The plus side is that the job is rarely boring. To get hired, you usually need a journalism or communications degree and an internship.</p> <h2>9. Private Investigator</h2> <p>I worked part-time for a P.I. for several years. As a retired policeman, he knew a remarkable number of people, and where to find a lot of the unsavory ones. It wasn't glamorous. Most of his bread-and-butter work involved serving legal papers and tracking people down. The work was on a flat-fee basis, $25 per service, or $50 per hour for research. However, he could set his own hours, take only the work he wanted, not be cooped up behind a desk, and he had a nice additional income for retirement.</p> <h2>10. Flight Attendant</h2> <p>I admit, this job doesn't have the glamour it once had. But the opportunity to travel is still intriguing. Getting a flight attendant position doesn't happen quickly, though &mdash; new flight attendants have to pay their dues before they get to go see the world. Average pay is over $42,000 a year. Job growth is slow, and it can be a challenge to get hired. Being able to speak a second language is a plus. However, according to the BLS, job prospects are better for those with college educations.</p> <h2>11. Model</h2> <p>Nice work, if you can get it. The competition is fierce. Very few make it to the &quot;supermodel&quot; level, but there is work, if you are prepared to be creative. Joining a website such as Model Mayhem is a good start. Photographers often want to build their portfolios and will exchange good photos for modeling work. Sometimes, budding fashion designers will trade clothes for modeling time. If a model is versatile, there are more possibilities out there. Initially, look for low pay &mdash; as low as $10 an hour &mdash; but if a model catches on and has a good work ethic, the day rate is usually about $100 to $400. Yeah, not great. &quot;Fit&quot; models make more, but they need to be very strict about maintaining their size. So why do it? Well, it's fun, and glamorous.</p> <h2>12. Tour Guide</h2> <p>Enjoy meeting people? Do you like to talk and answer questions? Maybe you'd be a good tour guide. In my town, there are museum tour guides, historical town tours, tours to national parks, and all-day driving tours. Often, it will help if you speak a second language, particularly the one with the greatest influx of tourists. You need to have a friendly, yet &quot;take-charge&quot; personality, be quick on your feet, and be gregarious. Pay ranges from $11 to almost $17 per hour.</p> <h2>13. Professional House-Sitter</h2> <p>We employ a wonderful lady to house and pet-sit when we go away, and we have to book her months in advance because she's<em> that good</em>. We pay a daily rate, plus tip. You can find house-sitters on TrustedHousesitters, or similar sites. If you are considering going into the business, because getting paid to hang out in someone's home sounds like a stellar gig, you should look into getting bonded, and you'll need impeccable references. Being able to watch pets is a bonus.</p> <h2>14. Brewmaster</h2> <p>If you love beer, why not become a brewmaster? <a href="http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Brewmaster/Salary">Pay is pretty good</a> for brewmasters at about $46,000 a year. You might try making beer at home first &mdash; which is fun and rewarding &mdash; then consider working in a pub or brewery. The next step would be taking an official course and getting the proper credentials at a brewing academy.</p> <h2>15. Event Planner</h2> <p>For some, the logistics involved in planning a wedding, a business conference, or meetings are cringe-worthy. Fortunately, there are people who are pleasantly challenged by these logistics and thrive on getting even the smallest details organized. During events, expect to work long, grueling days. But growth in the field of event planning is faster than average; expect to earn over $45,000 annually. A Bachelor's degree is helpful, as is experience working in the field.</p> <p>Note: All data via the <a href="http://www.bls.gov/ooh/">Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook</a>, which is a terrific resource for job searchers and the career-curious.</p> <p><em>Do you have a job you love that doesn't pay very much? What is it? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-great-jobs-that-dont-pay-much">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-questions-to-ask-before-you-take-a-job-offer">12 Questions to Ask Before You Take a Job Offer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-entry-level-jobs-with-surprisingly-high-salaries">12 Entry Level Jobs With Surprisingly High Salaries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-job-hunt-without-getting-caught">9 Ways to Job Hunt Without Getting Caught</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-high-paying-jobs-that-didnt-exist-10-years-ago">9 High-Paying Jobs That Didn&#039;t Exist 10 Years Ago</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-terrible-work-from-home-jobs-you-should-avoid">8 Terrible Work-From-Home &quot;Jobs&quot; You Should Avoid</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Job Hunting career goals job search new job salary side job Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:00:03 +0000 Marla Walters 1638731 at http://www.wisebread.com 22 Lessons Every 20-Something Should Learn http://www.wisebread.com/22-lessons-every-20-something-should-learn <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/22-lessons-every-20-something-should-learn" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/twentysomething_woman_000075732963.jpg" alt="Woman learning lessons every 20something should learn" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&quot;It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.&quot; For better or worse, your 20s are an essential time in your life. Careers, relationships, and an absurd amount of other stuff constantly occupy the minds of twenty-somethings at any given time. Fresh out of college, I myself have inadvertently learned quite a few life lessons as I delve deeper into this defining decade. Bad news, college friends: most real jobs require that you wake up before noon.</p> <p>The truth is, you have to catch on pretty fast when life is changing around you at the speed of light. We millenials are just <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Happier-Your-20s-35251458">trying to be happy</a> &mdash; one success (or failure) at a time &mdash; and that's totally okay. We are all trying to figure it out. Read on to discover 22 crucial lessons I have learned about making it through my 20s in one piece.</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Habits-Confident-People-37623241">19 Epic Traits of Confident Extroverts</a></p> <h2>1. You're Going to Be Broke</h2> <p>Accept it. Think of it as that super savvy, frugal time of your life you will look back on once you can actually buy noodles that aren't ramen.</p> <h2>2. Your Parents Are Actually Really Cool</h2> <p>Remember in high school when you were utterly mortified to be seen in public with them? By now you have finally escaped your angsty adolescence to realize that Mom and Dad are totally awesome and know a lot more about life than you. Don't freak out when realizing that you <em>want</em> to hang out with them.</p> <h2>3. Networking Is Everything</h2> <p>You have heard it a million times, and that's because it's so true. The bigger your professional network is, the more opportunities you will have. Your skills count for a lot, but you'll learn that your connections count for a whole lot more, especially when you're young.</p> <h2>4. You Will Get Your Heart Broken, Probably a Few Times</h2> <p>Love is hard. Some people get lucky and <a href="http://www.tressugar.com/Benefits-Being-Relationship-Your-20s-34515591">find long-term relationships</a> right away, but don't feel discouraged &mdash; or like you have to be one of those twenty-somethings. It can take a few duds before you find a winner, so until the lucky guy comes along, enjoy being single. But when you do find him, don't take what you have for granted.</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Career-Tips-Introverts-38279445">7 Totally Practical Career Tips For Office Introverts</a></p> <h2>5. Your Metabolism Slows Down</h2> <p>Put down the donut... or the pizza or the chips or whatever it is that's calling your name from the kitchen cupboard. Okay, take a bite, then put it down. You're young, you're stressed, food is good &mdash; trust me, I get it. Unfortunately for us, the human body's metabolism rapidly slows down as it enters its 20s. That means you can't eat what you want anymore &mdash; one of the saddest truths in adulthood.</p> <h2>6. Even iI You Went to College, There's Still More to Learn</h2> <p>A college education is so important, but there's also a lot to learn outside of the classroom. That goes the other way around, too. Learn as much as you can early on both inside of a university's walls and out of it.</p> <h2>7. Speaking Up for Yourself Pays Off</h2> <p>Do you deserve a job? Do you want that raise? Nobody will know that unless you let it be known. Your own voice can take you pretty far.</p> <h2>8. Hangovers Are a Real Thing That Will Actually Happen to You</h2> <p>Ah yes, let's take a moment to reflect on the early years when you could go out multiple nights in a row and feel like a million bucks by the end of the weekend. Say goodbye to those glorious days and hello to your new friends: Advil and coffee.</p> <h2>9. Landing a Job Isn't Easy</h2> <p>We all dream of nabbing the career of our dreams right out of the gate, but as soon as you walk out of your dorm room and into the real world you will realize that it's going to take a lot of résumés, applications, and hard work to get to where you want to be.</p> <h2>10. Make Time for Your Family</h2> <p>So much is happening during this time in your life that it can be pretty easy to let the time you spend with family slip between the cracks. Pick up the phone or go visit, because everything else in your life is temporary. Your family, on the other hand, will always be there. Oh yeah, and they usually provide you with free meals.</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Working-From-Home-Tips-37778375">11 of the Best Work-From-Home Hacks Ever</a></p> <h2>11. There's More to Life Than Social Media</h2> <p>We millenials love our smartphones. Sure, it's a great way to keep up with friends and news, but obsessing over what you tweet or post every moment makes you miss out on what's right in front of you.</p> <h2>12. Don't Compare Yourself to Your Friends</h2> <p>Your 20s are a time when your friends begin to go their separate ways. Remember that you're all completely different people. While going to college might be right for one person, traveling to another country might be more fitting for another. One choice isn't better than another; it's all relative. You should all be rooting each other on.</p> <h2>13. You Can Still Wear Whatever You Want</h2> <p>Warning: this is your last chance to wear that crop top. The magic of being in your 20s is that you can still get away with wearing just about any crazy fashion trend that you want. Enjoy it while you can.</p> <h2>14. That Credit Card Bill Is Always Going to Come</h2> <p>It won't magically disappear, so don't pretend like it will. Spend your money wisely, because it's likely that you still have plenty of student loans to pay off in the first place.</p> <h2>15. Exercise Now, Thank Yourself Later</h2> <p>Yes, I know it takes a lot of effort. And no, it does not get any easier. But if you exercise now, you will be a whole lot healthier in the future. At least take a walk or something, you know?</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Happier-Your-20s-35251458">25 Ways to Be Happier in Your 20s</a></p> <h2>16. Your College Major Will Not Define Your Career</h2> <p>Most people don't end up having a career in whatever they majored in, and there's nothing wrong with that. Don't be surprised when your art history degree leads you to a job in marketing (or something else completely unrelated to your intended field; get my drift?).</p> <h2>17. Sleep Is Precious</h2> <p>Say it with us: Sleep. Is. Precious. You will find yourself bragging about how much sleep you got last night far more often than how amazing it was to stay up super late.</p> <h2>18. Don't Worry So Much</h2> <p>I'm worried that you'll be worried about worrying all the time after reading this post... see what I mean? We all fret way too much. Enjoy your life &mdash; these are supposed to be the best years, aren't they? You will get rent paid and you will kill that presentation at work; don't let those thoughts occupy the majority of your mind.</p> <h2>19. You Still Have to Pay Your Dues at Work</h2> <p>Having a college degree is not enough anymore. In fact, it's the bare minimum. That means you might have to start off with a job or position that isn't necessarily ideal. It's a building block for making it to the top, so throw your twenty-something ego into the gutter and remember that you're not too good to start at the bottom. All of your peers are hanging out down here with you.</p> <h2>20. Love Who You Are, Body and All</h2> <p>Sometimes it's really hard to love yourself in this world of Photoshop and unrealistic expectations. If you didn't know it already, you are beautiful and amazing and perfect exactly as you are. As long as you know that on the inside, everyone else is going to see it. Besides, you're at your ultimate hotness peak in your 20s, so enjoy it before the decade sneaks away.</p> <h2>21. You Don't Have to Take Everyone's Advice</h2> <p>This is a very important time in your life, so naturally you are going to be bombarded with&nbsp;<em>a lot</em> of advice and opinions. Nobody said you have to listen to all of it; ultimately it's your life and you know what's best for you. Chances are you'd like to throw out a few points in this very post.</p> <h2>22. Discover Who You Are</h2> <p>Figuring it all out is tricky. You want to know what's going to happen and how it's all going to play out. Chances are your life will be nothing like how you expected, and that's for the better. Take a deep breath and dive into your 20s headfirst; you'll bob back to the surface in no time.</p> <p><em>Have any lessons you have learned in your 20s? Let us know in the comments.</em></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There&#039;s a lot of years ahead of you; get the basics down now. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com" style="border:none;"><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" style="height:95px; width:300px" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Habits-Confident-People-37623241">19 Epic Traits of Confident Extroverts</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Career-Tips-Introverts-38279445">7 Totally Practical Career Tips For Office Introverts</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Working-From-Home-Tips-37778375">11 of the Best Work-From-Home Hacks Ever</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Happier-Your-20s-35251458">25 Ways to Be Happier in Your 20s</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-lessons-every-20-something-should-learn">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-can-do-today-to-be-happy">10 Things You Can Do Today to Be Happy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-prepare-your-kids-to-live-on-their-own">How to Prepare Your Kids to Live On Their Own</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-organizations-that-need-your-help-during-christmas">7 Organizations That Need Your Help During Christmas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-resistance-bands">The 5 Best Resistance Bands</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-actually-relax-over-the-holidays">8 Ways to Actually Relax Over the Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Lifestyle Personal Development career goals growing up life life lessons personal goals responsibility twentysomethings Tue, 20 Oct 2015 11:15:25 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 1589994 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Times You Should Demand a Raise http://www.wisebread.com/5-times-you-should-demand-a-raise <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-times-you-should-demand-a-raise" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000033126062.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You haven't seen a raise since the Great Recession hit the country, and you probably feel overdue for a salary bump. But when is the right time to ask your boss or supervisor for a raise? Does your timing play a role in whether you're likely to nab that paycheck boost? It sure does. Here are five times when you should demand &mdash;&nbsp;or at least ask for &mdash; a raise from your boss.</p> <h2>1. You've Made or Saved Your Company Money</h2> <p>Have you worked on a new advertising campaign that has increased sales at your company? Maybe you've recommended new technology that has saved your company thousands of dollars per year.</p> <p>If you've done something that has either boosted your company's revenues or cut its expenses, there might be no better time than now to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-essential-facts-women-should-know-before-asking-for-a-raise">ask for a raise</a>. Just make sure to remind your supervisor of the benefit you've just brought your company. And if your boss refuses your request for a pay raise even when shown this evidence? Then it might really be slow going to get a raise at this company.</p> <h2>2. You've Surpassed a Goal</h2> <p>Maybe your boss asked you to land three new clients this quarter, but you brought in five. Or maybe your supervisor asked you to create a new video promoting a product in three months and you wrapped your work in just two. If you've not only met, but surpassed, a big goal, it's time to ask for a raise &mdash;&nbsp;especially if you do so consistently.</p> <p>Your goal when asking for more money is to show your employer how valuable you are to the company. You want your boss to know that the extra money you're requesting pales in comparison to your value.</p> <p>The best time to prove this is when you've exceeded your boss' expectations.</p> <h2>3. You Just Got Another Job Offer</h2> <p>There's something appealing about negotiating from a position of strength. If you've gotten a job offer from another company, you now have an advantage when it's time to negotiate a raise.</p> <p>Don't be afraid to tell your boss that you've gotten an offer from another firm. Tell your boss, too, that you'd like to stay put, but that you'll need a salary bump to do so. If your boss doesn't want to lose you, the odds are good that your raise will be forthcoming.</p> <p>Be careful, though. Only threaten to leave if you really are willing to accept your new job offer. And don't ever bluff your boss by pretending that you've been offered another job. This could backfire if your boss refuses your request for a raise. If you don't have that fallback job to turn to, life can get pretty awkward around the office.</p> <h2>4. You've Been Asked to Train a New Employee</h2> <p>If your boss asks you to train a new employee, it's a sure sign that your boss respects and appreciates the work you've done. Your boss thinks you are talented and knowledgeable enough to mentor a new worker.</p> <p>Now that you know this, there are few better times to request a raise. Remind your boss that you are taking on a new responsibility by training an employee and that you'd like to be rewarded for it.</p> <h2>5. Your Division Is Thriving</h2> <p>Maybe your entire company isn't raking in the big dollars, but your division or department is thriving. It's actually growing and generating an ever-increasing amount of profits. If this is the case, you can ask for a raise confidently even if your company isn't having a record-setting year.</p> <p>Remind your boss that you are an integral part of the company division that is performing well. And offer evidence that your work is part of the reason for that success.</p> <p>No matter when you ask for a raise, make sure that you come armed with concrete reasons why you deserve the paycheck boost. It's not enough to remind your boss that you haven't had a raise in five, seven, or 10 years. You need to convince your boss that your performance is boosting the company, and that you're too much of a valued employee to potentially lose over a $5,000, $10,000, or $20,000 raise.</p> <p><em>How have you successfully asked for a raise? Share in the comments below!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dan-rafter">Dan Rafter</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-times-you-should-demand-a-raise">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks">10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/didnt-get-the-raise-ask-for-this-instead">Didn&#039;t Get the Raise? Ask for This, Instead</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-job-perks-that-can-lead-to-a-dream-career">6 Job Perks That Can Lead to a Dream Career</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-money-moves-to-make-after-a-promotion">10 Money Moves to Make After a Promotion</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-a-side-hustle-can-further-your-career">5 Ways a Side Hustle Can Further Your Career</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Extra Income career career goals raise raise at work work Thu, 15 Oct 2015 15:00:29 +0000 Dan Rafter 1592421 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Questions You Should Ask at Every Job Interview http://www.wisebread.com/5-questions-you-should-ask-at-every-job-interview <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-questions-you-should-ask-at-every-job-interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/interview-3884375-small.jpg" alt="interview" title="interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When you go into a job interview, you likely have rehearsed what you're going to stay to the interviewer about your skills and experience. But then comes the part of the interview when your potential employer offers you the opportunity to ask questions. Many in the hot seat will often reply that they don't have any, even though their brain is rapid-firing plenty of unanswered questions.</p> <p>The presented opportunity to learn more about a company hiring new employees is one that should not be wasted. You want to be sure you are pursuing vacancies that are actually worth going after. If a job or company is not right for you, you will end up wasting everyone&rsquo;s time. If a job does sound like a good fit, you will want to be sure you have the right expectations if you do <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/want-to-get-hired-be-memorable">get hired</a>.</p> <p>Here are five great questions to bring up during a job interview. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to&nbsp;Answer 23 of the Most Common&nbsp;Interview Questions</a>)</p> <h3>How Often Does Your Current Staff Receive Promotions?</h3> <p>You should understand how committed a company is to promoting from within. Many employees take positions just to get a job but fail to find out what the advancement potential is in a company. If the employer has a lot of positive things to say about an employee&rsquo;s ability to move up the ladder, you can ask more specific questions relevant to your own career path. If they are unable to provide you with information or try to avoid the question, you need to carefully consider whether the opportunity is right for you.</p> <h3>How Are Employees Compensated for a Job Well Done?</h3> <p>There are a wide variety of ways a company shows appreciation for loyal employees that exceed expectations. While financial rewards are always good, it is important to explore what else the company may provide outside of money. You want to identify businesses that do not acknowledge employee efforts, and asking such a question can give you a more in-depth look at how a company treats its staff.</p> <h3>Have You Ever Mentored an Employee to Help Achieve Their Career Goals?</h3> <p>If the interviewer is the person who will be your direct supervisor, you can learn a lot about their leadership characteristics through their answer to this question. There are many great leaders who are happy to help others get ahead and there are many in leadership positions just looking for a paycheck.</p> <h3>How Do You Promote Teamwork and Maintain a Motivated Environment?</h3> <p>If you are interviewing just to secure an income, you may not care to pose this question. However, if you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dream-job-or-day-job">are interviewing for a long-term career positions</a>, you will want to check out the health of the work environment and understand things from the management&rsquo;s perspective. You may also want to reach out after the interview to employees who already work for the company to see how their experience compares. If you get a positive review from management and a negative one from current employees, you may want to do more research into the realities of the work environment.</p> <h3>What Is the Process for Employee Reviews?</h3> <p>Career-focused individuals should want to know how they are doing periodically. Find out how employee reviews are done and if they are done on a regular basis. Some employers do not bother to communicate effectively with their staff, which can ultimately leave you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/i-hate-my-job">dissatisfied and frustrated on the job</a> in the near future.</p> <p>While there are many more situation-specific questions to ask during an interview, you can use these starter questions to help you brainstorm. Ideally, you should take time to prepare your questions on paper in advance of your appointment day. As people tend to be nervous during the interview process, they forget their concerns and leave with too many unanswered questions.</p> <p>A job interview should be much more than just finding out what the salary and benefits will be. If you plan to commit to a job, you should have a good understanding of the company policies and the right expectations about the kind of work environment you will be reporting to every day.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div align="center"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-questions-you-should-ask-at-every-job-interview%3Fref%3Dinterview&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%20Questions%20You%20Should%20Ask%20at%20Every%20Job%20Interview.jpg&amp;description=5%20Questions%20You%20Should%20Ask%20at%20Every%20Job%20Interview" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <div align="center">&nbsp;</div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Questions%20You%20Should%20Ask%20at%20Every%20Job%20Interview.jpg" alt="5 Questions You Should Ask at Every Job Interview" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tisha-tolar">Tisha Tolar</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-questions-you-should-ask-at-every-job-interview">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-make-a-good-first-impression-at-your-next-job-interview">13 Ways to Make a Good First Impression at Your Next Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-questions-to-ask-before-you-take-a-job-offer">12 Questions to Ask Before You Take a Job Offer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-questions-a-potential-employer-cannot-ask-you">7 Questions a Potential Employer Cannot Ask You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-major-dos-and-donts-at-a-job-interview">16 Major Dos and Don&#039;ts at a Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-did-wrong-at-your-last-job-interview">10 Things You Did Wrong at Your Last Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting career goals interview questions Job Interview Mon, 20 May 2013 10:24:56 +0000 Tisha Tolar 974175 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Tips for My Career-Clueless College Self http://www.wisebread.com/5-tips-for-my-career-clueless-college-self <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-tips-for-my-career-clueless-college-self" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/college advice.jpg" alt="College Advice" title="College Advice" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="155" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Like many, I struggled to find my way in college. I entered not knowing quite what I wanted to do. I exited in much the same way.</p> <p>So I did what any non-liberal-arts student does &mdash; I got a business degree. My goal was to keep open as many employment opportunities as possible upon graduation. Most people need &quot;business people,&quot; or so my theory went.</p> <p>The strategy didn't work so well. It took about 10 months and 300 customized resumes and cover letters for me to land my first job. And it wasn't even a job that required a college degree! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/standout-stuff-to-put-on-your-resume">Standout Stuff for Your Resume and LinkedIn Profile</a>)</p> <p>Fast forward two jobs. I'm proud of the work I've done, I've challenged myself, and I've found a niche that I can be successful in. I've also seen a lot of recent grads end up working for a year, maybe two, and then decide to head off to business school to get their MBA, because they don't really like what they're doing and don't really know what they want to do next. They view the MBA as a step forward, but ultimately don't know towards what. You have to appreciate their optimism...but I'll put an end to the mini-rant before it goes too far; this post is about undergraduate degrees, not advanced.</p> <p>If I could go back to my high school senior year and give myself five tips about college and launching my career, they would be...</p> <h3>1. Don't Get Down on Yourself</h3> <p>Very few people legitimately know what they want to do with their lives when they enter college and very few even know when they exit. You're not alone. Even if you graduate with a degree that does not seem like a perfect fit, all is not lost.</p> <p>Many employers are flexible on your degree. I've worked for a medium sized company, a non-profit, and a Fortune 500 company, and I have seen all three hire good people regardless of their degrees.&nbsp;</p> <p>Of course, there are many jobs out there where you need a very specific degree, but that's what second bachelors are for, or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-ways-a-masters-degree-can-boost-your-career">graduate/MBA degrees</a> (once you have some professional experience behind you and know what you really want to do with your career).</p> <h3>2. Coursework Will Only Take You So Far</h3> <p>There are really only a few things that can help you for figure your career out, and coursework is usually not one of them. In a way, a professor's job is to make his course material as interesting and inspiring as possible. Just because you love a particular class does not mean you will love that career. However, if you really hate a particular class that is central to your career (math if you're considering being an engineer, for example), then you might want to look elsewhere.</p> <h3>3. Challenge Yourself During the Summer</h3> <p>If you really want to challenge yourself to figure it out while in school, take as many classes as possible and do a wide range of internships every summer. I regret not having done more than one internship while in school. Why is it so important? Employers looking at new grads are definitely interested in how much they challenged themselves over the summer, and the ones with real-world work experience through internships are going to stand out. In a tough job market, you need every advantage that you can get once you graduate. If your internships are broad and diverse in nature, they can also really help you get a feel for what's out there. Look at them as trial and error if you're unsure about a particular career. College is not a time to seek out a comfort zone. The school of hard knocks is going to teach you more than any class will.</p> <h3>4. GPA Is Important</h3> <p>...particularly in this economy. Perhaps at a peak in the economic cycle, an employer who is hiring like gangbusters is not going to eliminate you from consideration when your GPA is 3.4, but in this economy, employers can be very discriminating. I've been on a few hiring committees and have seen a number of great candidates get turned down automatically because their GPAs were below a certain bar. It's not what most college students want to hear, but it's the truth.</p> <h3>5. Have Fun, but Don't Be (Too) Stupid</h3> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/college/college-resources">College</a> is a time of exploration, and most of us only get one shot at it. Have fun. Soak in the extracurriculars. And don't worry so much. I took my GPA seriously, which ultimately landed me a great job. But I worried about it way more than was healthy, and as a result I regret not having more fun while in school. Just don't do anything that will put you in jail, a hospital, or at risk for long-term health consequences.</p> <p><em>What would you tell your college self if you could go back, Marty McFly style?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ge-miller">G.E. Miller</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-tips-for-my-career-clueless-college-self">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-colleges-with-the-best-programs-to-get-you-jobs">8 Colleges With the Best Programs to Get You Jobs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-tips-for-going-back-to-school-as-an-adult">8 Tips for Going Back to School as an Adult</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-pursuing-an-overcrowded-career-field">Are You Pursuing an Overcrowded Career Field?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-dont-need-a-college-degree-to-succeed">Why You Don&#039;t Need a College Degree to Succeed</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/finding-an-internship-as-an-adult">Finding an Internship as an Adult</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Education & Training career goals college internships job hunting Tue, 01 Feb 2011 13:00:11 +0000 G.E. Miller 486106 at http://www.wisebread.com Working While You Wait http://www.wisebread.com/working-while-you-wait <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/working-while-you-wait" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/waiting.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="195" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The bad thing about being unemployed during a period of high unemployment, besides the obvious of being jobless, is that the competition can be unusually fierce. Though I encourage pursuing the ideal (whether it&rsquo;s a company-paid position, freelance work, or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-entrepreneurial-spirit-in-an-economic-crunch">business start-up</a>), career nirvana may be a few steps away in this economic environment. Over the years, in good times and lousy ones, I&rsquo;ve met folks who have started or retooled careers in entry-level&nbsp;positions; they laid the groundwork for greater opportunities and, when the time was right, moved up and along quickly. Here are some uneven career paths.&nbsp;</p> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"><b>Management Development Program</b></div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">I had always thought of management trainee programs as being for new college grads but a veteran manufacturing manager went this route to learn the banking business (fortunately with a well-run institution). While his peers were still figuring out business models and P&amp;L statements, he was forming relationships with business owners, quickly assessing their cash flow needs, and closing deals.</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"><b>Field Sales</b></div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">Going on the road seemed like an odd move for a guy who used to be a national sales manager and then president of an apparel company. But he wanted to move into the golf industry and decided he could shorten his learning curve by making sales calls on golf pros. In about year, he was ready to take on a sales leadership position for a golf apparel company and, in less than 10 years, more than tripled his group&rsquo;s sales with profit margins that topped all other divisions.&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"><b>Front-line Sales and Customer Service</b></div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">Front-line, entry-level positions (retail sales associate and bank teller) were the way a couple of recent college grads got a start with companies that led to a promotion as a logistics analyst and selection for a management training program. Showing dedication to a company, learning about the structure, and being able to apply for internal postings gave each an edge. I also know a person who worked a side job in retail sales and moved to pharmaceutical sales, owing largely to his success in establishing relationships, presenting ideas, and generating stellar sales results.</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.25in; text-indent: -0.25in"><b>Childcare Provider / Household Overseer </b></div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">Someone I spoke with recently helped a family friend by running a household and taking care of children while the family made a cross-country move. After vacating a sales management position, she joined them so she could also relocate, took a temporary position with a promising company, and earned a promotion to a project management position. &nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.25in; text-indent: -0.25in"><b>Assistant </b></div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">Slowly building a career, starting as a nursing assistant and then adding credentials (first RN, then Nurse Practitioner through a Master&rsquo;s degree program) helped one person transition from a&nbsp;declining industry to one with potential. Part-time work provided field experiences that laid a foundation for continued growth. Similarly, other folks I&nbsp;know have worked first as a teacher's assistant on a part-time basis, and then&nbsp;earned credentials and&nbsp;moved&nbsp;to a full-time teaching job.&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.25in; text-indent: -0.25in"><b>Freelancer </b></div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">An actor and voice-over artist took several months away from a real job to launch the freelance portion of his career. He dreamed up a marketing plan and then made contacts that could help him land gigs. After returning to the workforce, he was able to use his free time to perform (and get paid for) his services rather than spend time marketing them.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.25in; text-indent: -0.25in"><b>Contractor </b></div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">For whatever reason, my friend's target&nbsp;organization didn't&nbsp;hire him as an official employee so he worked for a few years as a contractor. He did get to show his capabilities and, after he learned to document them on paper, got noticed. When he finally got employee status,&nbsp;it was&nbsp;for a position in a high-profile facility that engages his expertise.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">You may be in one of these situations right now, are content, and intend to stay right where you are. Or you might be considering taking such a job to ride out the storm of unemployment;&nbsp;picking the right&nbsp;position,&nbsp;one aligned&nbsp;closely with&nbsp;your long-term goals, is essential. Though working&nbsp;at anything should be valuable in nearly any situation, being strategic about your decisions now can make you look brilliant later. And, even if you don&rsquo;t impress all potential employers, you can learn some things that you can leverage in a new job. Just remember to move on before you get stuck in a job you don&rsquo;t want forever.</div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/julie-rains">Julie Rains</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/working-while-you-wait">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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