Career Building http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/4814/all en-US 5 Career Tactics That Are Actually Holding You Back http://www.wisebread.com/5-career-tactics-that-are-actually-holding-you-back <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-career-tactics-that-are-actually-holding-you-back" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/young-businessman-frustrated-thinking-work-Dollarphotoclub_66236534.jpg" alt="young businessman thinking" title="young businessman thinking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>What if all your efforts to become the shining star of your organization were having the opposite effect? Sometimes even our best-intentioned ploys to climb the ladder higher and faster can result in an unfortuitous fall down to the lower rungs. Just like over-exercising can harm your body rather than help it, there are repercussions to trying too hard to get ahead at work. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-career-changes-you-can-make-today?ref=seealso">25 Career Changes You Can Make Today</a>)</p> <p>Sometimes our career advancement tactics may be causing you more harm than good.</p> <h2>1. Volunteering for Every Assignment</h2> <p>If you're volunteering for every assignment in hopes of projecting yourself as the tireless, tenacious worker you think your boss wants you to be, you're at risk of stretching yourself too thin. You're right, your boss probably <em>does</em> want a go-getter. But not a burnt out one.</p> <p>Research shows that we actually need rest to not only perform at our peak, but to perform well, period. A 2010 LexisNexis survey of 1,700 white collar workers from the U.S., China, South Africa, the U.K., and Australia revealed that employees spend more than half their workdays receiving and managing information. What's more, half of those surveyed workers confessed that they were <a href="http://www.lexisnexis.com/en-us/about-us/media/press-release.page?id=128751276114739">reaching a breaking point</a> after which they would not be able to accommodate the deluge of data. The takeaway is this: Man is not machine, and if you keep pushing yourself to act like the Energizer Bunny, it's only a matter of time before you crash and burn.</p> <h2>2. Laboring Over a Personal Website That Highlights Your Lack of Experience</h2> <p>If you've got it, flaunt it, as the saying goes. But when it comes to all things ranging from your physique to your personal website, it's best not to accentuate what you're lacking.</p> <p>Yes, a resume site can help advance your career by showcasing your skills and accomplishments. But it can also ward off potential job and networking opportunities if it merely serves as a cyber billboard promoting the fact that you haven't got much experience under your belt. So if you're having trouble compiling a list of your work-related talents, it's probably best to hold off on building that website and instead bide your time trying to gain more experience. Then, once you've got something to boast about, get back to creating that website and shout it from the virtual mountaintops.</p> <h2>3. Unabashedly Trying to Be the Best</h2> <p>In professional team sports like soccer and football, too many <a href="http://www8.gsb.columbia.edu/cbs-directory/sites/cbs-directory/files/publications/Too%20much%20talent%20PS.pdf">elite players can hinder a team's overall performance</a>, according to a recent study by researchers at Columbia University. The same is true in the workplace. When teams of any sort need to come together, the study authors concluded, a deluge of talent can tear them apart. Infighting over dominance is just one of many negative outcomes of what researchers dubbed the &quot;too-much-talent-effect.&quot; So if you're currently on a mission to assert yourself at the head of the office talent pool, it might be beneficial to take a step back, gain some perspective, and consider whether you'd be better off branding yourself instead as the all-star team player.</p> <h2>4. Branding Yourself as Someone You're Not</h2> <p>If you're lying, or even just slightly embellishing, to qualify yourself for a raise, promotion, or new gig, you're running the risk of setting yourself back five steps rather than one ahead. Whether it's saying you're an expert at using a computer program you're actually unfamiliar with or asserting that you speak fluent Spanish when you really don't, you're probably going to suffer some serious repercussions when it comes time to perform on those skills and you fall short. Half of all employers said they would automatically <a href="http://www.careerbuilder.com/share/aboutus/pressreleasesdetail.aspx?sd=8%2F7%2F2014&amp;id=pr837&amp;ed=12%2F31%2F2014">dismiss a job candidate</a> if they caught a lie on his or her resume, according to a nationwide survey by CareerBuilder.</p> <h2>5. Over-Extending Yourself Financially</h2> <p>Maybe you broke your budget by self-funding a flight to Colorado for a meet-and-greet with company executives that very well may not hire you. Or you joined the ritzy golf club you can't really afford because your boss belongs there and you're hoping to get some more face time. Perhaps it was a new business suit you splurged on in hopes that it might improve the outcome of your annual performance evaluation meeting. If you're spending money you don't have on things that very well may do nothing to advance your career, stop. Long shots aimed at making gains in the office aren't worth the risk of financial ruin.</p> <p><em>What career tactics have you tried &mdash; only to have them backfire? Please warn others in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-career-tactics-that-are-actually-holding-you-back">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-things-to-say-to-your-boss-to-get-a-promotion-or-raise">5 Things to Say to Your Boss to Get a Promotion or 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/these-10-words-and-phrases-are-keeping-you-from-getting-a-raise">These 10 Words and Phrases Are Keeping You From Getting a Raise</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/the-8-worst-things-good-employees-do">The 8 Worst Things Good Employees Do</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/7-job-search-stunts-to-get-you-noticed-by-employers">7 Job Search Stunts to Get You Noticed by Employers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building career growth promotion raise Tue, 03 Mar 2015 10:00:06 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1316589 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Ways to Improve Your Work Reputation http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-improve-your-work-reputation <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-ways-to-improve-your-work-reputation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/young-businesspeople-team-office-Dollarphotoclub_78278791.jpg" alt="businesspeople office" title="businesspeople office" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Developing a strong work reputation is a bit like tending a garden: Your commitment to maintaining it over time is what yields the best results. If your work rep needs some fine-tuning, however, it's not too late to make a few improvements. Here's how. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-suck-up-at-work-that-wont-make-you-feel-slimy?ref=seealso">15 Ways to Suck Up at Work That Won't Make You Feel Slimy</a>)</p> <h2>1. Prove Your Intent to Be Taken Seriously</h2> <p>If you've earned a not-so-flattering reputation around the office, it's time to do damage control. In other words, take Missy Elliot's advice: Flip it and reverse it.</p> <p>&quot;The best way to improve your work reputation is to prove your desired reputation with actions,&quot; advises Michelle Burke, marketing supervisor for WyckWyre Food Industry HR Systems. &quot;Are you looking to be reputable in project management or leadership? Take a project and over-deliver on all expectations to prove yourself. Have you been late a lot and want to change that view? Show up extra early continually to prove you are working on past mistakes.&quot;</p> <p>It's not easy to undo some of the more unsavory work blunders in your past, but it's also not impossible. Dedicate yourself to changing your actions and attitude, and others will start to see and respect your efforts.</p> <h2>2. Consistently Meet Your Deadlines</h2> <p>Just like Rodney Dangerfield, you'll get &quot;no respect&quot; if you're always missing deadlines &mdash; especially if it's because you tend to manage your time poorly. Get back on track and start turning things in on or before the due date, without exception.</p> <p>The quickest way to improve your reputation with your peers and supervisors alike is to execute successfully on the timeline you have laid out &mdash; and if you can't, to openly and proactively communicate the cause behind the delayed execution,&quot; says Kathryn Prusinski, VP of integration and development at Vision Alignment. &quot;Reputation in large part is based upon two things: One, your style &mdash; the way you approach your job, and two, whether or not you do what you say you will. Failing on the second half instantaneously impacts your credibility, regardless of how charming you may be in your approach.&quot;</p> <h2>3. Under Promise and Over Deliver</h2> <p>&quot;Man, when he say he be there; he be there.&quot; That's a quote from an old episode of Spencer for Hire, which means, in essence, keep your promises &mdash; no excuses.</p> <p>Words to live by according to Boston-based photographer Matt McKee.</p> <p>&quot;Under promise and over deliver by delivering the goods the day before you promised them, under budget, and better than they expected &mdash; because you set the expectations,&quot; he says. &quot;And always say thank you. It doesn't cost anything and makes everyone feel appreciated.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Keep Your Criticism to Yourself</h2> <p>It's easy to be a Negative Nancy (or Ned) when things don't go your way at work, but the office is the last place you want to let your salty attitude show.</p> <p>Money Crashers' David Bakke agrees.</p> <p>&quot;Save your complaints for when you get home &mdash; no one at work wants to hear them and you come off as a whiner,&quot; he says. &quot;Get all of your assignments completed without mistakes and on time. On that note, don't take on a new responsibility unless you're confident that you can deliver. Don't always be the first one to take credit on a job well done, even if it mostly came about because of your individual work. Be humble and mention anyone else who might have helped.&quot;</p> <h2>5. Invite Your Coworkers to Activities Outside of Work</h2> <p>This is one of my favorite suggestions on how to improve your reputation at work because it's totally how I roll.</p> <p>&quot;Someone can improve their reputation by being involved in activities outside of work and by letting your coworkers know about it,&quot; says Brian Vanderlip, director of compliance analysis at Zenith Education Group. &quot;Being part of a non-profit, starting a side business, or even having interesting hobbies can increase someone's work reputation by saying 'here is something I'm passionate about, talk to me if you want to know more.' Not everyone can be an expert at something within their company; generally those individuals are already identified, but you can establish yourself as an expert on something outside of work.&quot;</p> <p>Yes, yes, and yes. I'm definitely that guy who will invite you to after-work activities so we can form a better work bond. Besides, if I'm spending most of my waking hours with my coworkers, shouldn't we know a little more about each other than what flavor coffee we like?</p> <h2>6. Engage in Active Listening</h2> <p>Guilty, party of one.</p> <p>I have quite a bad reputation about never remembering anyone's name the first time I meet them &mdash; usually because I just don't listen. It's in one in ear and out the other, and then I have to embarrass myself by asking a second time. Thus, active listening is as much a lesson for me as it may be for you. And Timothy J. Trudeau, active-listening enthusiast and CEO of Syntax Creative, is about to school us.</p> <p>&quot;The most important thing someone can do for me is to make it clear to me that they understand (not necessarily agree) what I am saying,&quot; he says. &quot;Active Listening &mdash; which is simply repeating back to the person what they said and how you understand it, as part of your answer &mdash; will either help the person you're talking with feel listened to (which is one of the best ways to build a relationship) or it will allow the person to try again, and differently, to help you understand what they're saying. This is important. Things don't get done, and people are not motivated when they don't feel heard or understood. When someone has a history of making you feel heard or listened to, that's the person you go to when you have a choice.&quot;</p> <h2>7. Be Firm But Kind</h2> <p>You want your coworkers or employees to respect you if you're in a position of responsibility, but that doesn't give you authority to be a jerk. Try to be firm but flexible, and always come from a positive and genuine place.</p> <p>&quot;Disciplined kindness requires a broad approach,&quot; says writer and editor Susan Froetschel. &quot;For example, don't brag about vacations or gifts or possessions when colleagues might be struggling or worried about losing their jobs. Listen to others and offer your best professional advice to keep them calm while supporting the overall organization. Do not gossip, and try to tamp down gossip by other employees by gently pointing out how observations might be unsubstantiated. Work hard, look for solutions, and be positive &mdash; because colleagues, competitors, or any of their acquaintances can someday be in a position to hire or extend special recognition&hellip;&quot;</p> <p>Words to live by.</p> <p><em>How do you brighten up your reputation at work?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-improve-your-work-reputation">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/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/stop-10-words-to-never-use-at-work">STOP: 10 Words to Never Use at Work</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/the-three-f-rule-can-lead-you-to-happiness">The Three F Rule Can Lead You to Happiness</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/25-signs-that-youve-been-at-the-same-job-too-long">25 Signs That You&#039;ve Been at the Same Job Too Long</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/earn-more-money-by-demanding-it">Earn More Money by Demanding It</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building image reputation status work Mon, 02 Mar 2015 10:00:07 +0000 Mikey Rox 1315215 at http://www.wisebread.com Brian Williams' $5 Million Fib: 4 Little Lies that Can Cost You Your Job http://www.wisebread.com/brian-williams-5-million-fib-4-little-lies-that-can-cost-you-your-job <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/brian-williams-5-million-fib-4-little-lies-that-can-cost-you-your-job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/businessman-contemplating-Dollarphotoclub_50735780.jpg" alt="businessman contemplating" title="businessman contemplating" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It was a $5 million fib. Maybe even more expensive than that. <em>NBC Nightly News</em> anchor Brian Williams' war story tall tale cost him six months pay, and considering his freshly signed five-year, $50 million contract, that's an expensive white lie. The fact is, he's likely never to return to the anchor desk at NBC, so his out-of-pocket penalty could be much larger.</p> <p>He fell into a surprisingly easy trap: stretching the truth so far as to finally reach the breaking point. It's something celebrities tend to do often &mdash; start believing their own press hype. But we're all prone to tell a &quot;harmless&quot; little falsehood now and then. <em>Your baby is so cute! No, those pants don't make your butt look big. The check is in the mail.</em> We all know the routine.</p> <p>And it's something we do at work, too. Well, we can't be brutally honest at all costs and there is a certain amount of gamesmanship in being gainfully employed, right? We're not really going to tell our boss she's gained a few pounds, are we? But little lies can compound over time &mdash; as Brian Williams well knows &mdash; and can take on a life of their own, if we're not careful. Here are six workplace white lies to avoid.</p> <h2>Taking Credit for Something You Didn't Do</h2> <p>You think people won't find out but they will. <a href="http://www.natcom.org/CommCurrentsArticle.aspx?id=1022">One survey</a> noted the most frequent workplace lie involves using deception to discredit other employees while attempting to make themselves look better to the organization. Brian Williams was &quot;taking credit&quot; for <a href="http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/nbcs-brian-williams-apologizes-false-iraq-war-story/">risking life and limb</a> on a helicopter in a war zone. Certainly without meaning to he may have, to some small degree, discredited members of the military &mdash; often in harm's way &mdash; <a href="http://www.stripes.com/news/us/nbc-s-brian-williams-recants-iraq-story-after-soldiers-protest-1.327792#.VNKWQdl3NjQ.twitter">who took offense</a> with his &quot;faulty memory.&quot;</p> <h2>Lying on a Resume</h2> <p>In a <a href="http://www.careerbuilder.com/share/aboutus/pressreleasesdetail.aspx?sd=8%2F7%2F2014&amp;id=pr837&amp;ed=12%2F31%2F2014">survey</a> conducted last year by Career Builder, 58 percent of hiring managers said they've caught a lie on a resume. And in an increasingly competitive job market, the problem is getting worse. One-third (33 percent) of those same employers said they've seen an increase in resume embellishments since the recession.</p> <p>It's not just about lying about the length of employment or education, either. One applicant claimed to have 25 years of experience &mdash; at the age of 32! Whoops. Half of employers surveyed (51 percent) said that they would automatically dismiss a candidate if they caught a lie on their resume.</p> <h2>Professing Competence in Something You Know Little About</h2> <p>It might start out with, &quot;Sure, I know how to use QuickBooks,&quot; and end up being &quot;...well, I thought I could figure it out.&quot; That same Career Builder survey said it was one of the most common resume lies &mdash;&quot;embellished skill set&quot; &mdash; committed by 57 percent of those seeking to stretch the truth on their applications. And again, over half of employers surveyed saw resume fibs as grounds for dismissal.</p> <h2>Make Promises You Can't &mdash; or Don't Intend &mdash; to Keep</h2> <p>As customers, we've often been on the receiving end of this white lie. &quot;Your table will be ready in five minutes.&quot; Thirty minutes later, we're still waiting &mdash; hungry and irritable. Sales training professionals often preach a mantra of &quot;under promise and over deliver&quot; to trainees, looking to build a culture of surprising customers, in a good way.</p> <p>And one final thought about lying &mdash; non-work related. A recent survey said that 7 million Americans lie to their spouse or significant other about matters of money. In fact, one-quarter of adults under 30 admitted to being less than honest with the one they love about debt, spending, hidden accounts or other financial falsehoods. Being open and honest about money is important in a relationship.</p> <p>Losing a love is much worse than losing a job.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/hal-m-bundrick-cfp">Hal M. Bundrick CFP</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brian-williams-5-million-fib-4-little-lies-that-can-cost-you-your-job">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/women-and-wall-street-is-the-romance-gone">Women and Wall Street: Is the Romance Gone?</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-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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-improve-your-work-reputation">7 Ways to Improve Your Work Reputation</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/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> <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/12-ways-to-improve-your-performance-at-work">12 Ways to Improve Your Performance at Work</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Financial News brian williams Sun, 22 Feb 2015 07:42:00 +0000 Hal M. Bundrick CFP 1304298 at http://www.wisebread.com What You Should Do If You're Stumped During an Interview http://www.wisebread.com/what-you-should-do-if-youre-stumped-during-an-interview <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-you-should-do-if-youre-stumped-during-an-interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-job-interview-Dollarphotoclub_54828193_1.jpg" alt="woman job interview" title="woman job interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When you don't know how to answer a question during an interview, the silence can seem excruciating. You might even wish the floor would open up and swallow you whole. Not to worry, though &mdash; keep these tips in mind the next time you're strapped for an answer.</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Dos-Donts-Job-Interviews-34040192">16 Major Dos and Don'ts at a Job Interview</a></p> <h2>1. Calm Down</h2> <p>First of all, the most important thing to do is stay calm. If you start freaking out, your body will begin reacting physiologically. For example, your blood pressure will start rising, and your heart may race. Once you start a stress response, you won't be thinking clearly, and you may throw out answers without thinking. Take deep breaths, and tell yourself that it's OK to not know the answer to the question. You'll just have to work through it; there's nothing you can do to change things, but you need to stay calm to find the right answer.</p> <h2>2. Don't Say &quot;I Don't Know&quot; Off the Bat, and Don't Make Stuff Up</h2> <p>You should not tell the interviewer you don't know the answer without mulling it over. Then again, be careful not to<a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Can-I-Lie-Interviewer-22943027"> make stuff up</a>, because your interviewer can see right through that.</p> <h2>3. Ask Questions</h2> <p>Maybe it's the question you don't understand. Ask your interviewer to clarify what she said. Go deeper into the question to see if you can get more details that will help you figure it out.</p> <h2>4. Tell Your Interviewer What You Do Know</h2> <p>If you do have some knowledge of the question, then take the time to tell your interviewer what you do know of the situation. Saying everything out loud can start you on the process of figuring out the problem.</p> <h2>5. Tell Them How You Would Find the Answer</h2> <p>Even if you don't know what the answer is, you can tell the interviewer the steps you would take to figure out the problem. Interviewers ask you hard questions because they want to see what your thought process is. Sometimes, the thought process may be more important than the actual answer. They want to see that you can take initiative and have the resources to come up with a solution on your own, instead of needing someone to hold your hand through problems. While you're trying to find the solution, you can admit to not knowing certain parts; this way, you come off as being honest, and the hiring manager will know you are not trying to fake it. For example, if you need to calculate something and you're not good at math, you can respond with &quot;I can't do the calculations off the top of my head, but I think these calculations will give me the answer. And what I can do is use a calculator to find that answer.&quot; Showing a little honesty shows vulnerability and transparency. It also makes you more likable.</p> <h2>6. Know the Right Time to Come Clean</h2> <p>Although we mentioned not admitting to the interviewer that you don't know the answer, there is an exception to this rule. If the answer is something that you will only know through memorization, such as a definition of the word, then it's probably best to admit that you don't know the answer, as it may be impossible to figure it out independently. Here's what you can tell the interviewer: &quot;It's a good question, but I'm sorry, I don't have the answer off the top of my head. I will be sure to follow up with the answer after the interview.&quot;</p> <h2>7. Send a Follow-Up Email</h2> <p>The <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Interview-Follow-Up-Email-Template-19179139">follow-up email for an interview</a> could become your second chance. Try to talk about the answer you were stumped on, but be smooth when you're talking about it. And make sure you're only naming the mistakes your interviewer caught and not drawing attention to the ones she did not catch. Don't say something like &quot;I'm sorry I did not know the answer to that question.&quot; Instead, tell her that after more time and thought, you managed to come up with a couple of solutions that could work for the problem.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Your resume worked and you landed an interview! Don&#039;t blow it now with a bad answer to a tough question. </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 style="border:none;" href="http://www.savvysugar.com"><img style="height:95px; width:300px" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" alt="" /></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/Typical-Job-Interview-Questions-Answers-20280663#photo-20280663">Master These 15 Interview Questions</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Good-Questions-Ask-During-Interview-33652741">7 Questions That Will Knock the Socks Off Your Interviewer</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Save-Money-Trader-Joe-35589009">9 Ways to Save Major Money at Trader Joe's</a></li> </ul> </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/what-you-should-do-if-youre-stumped-during-an-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-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/how-to-write-a-resume-12-steps-to-your-next-job">How To Write A Resume: 12 Steps To Your Next 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/master-these-15-interview-questions">Master These 15 Interview Questions</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-job-search-stunts-to-get-you-noticed-by-employers">7 Job Search Stunts to Get You Noticed by Employers</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-words-to-never-use-in-a-job-interview">10 Words to Never Use in 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-can-do-right-now-to-become-more-hirable">10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Become More Hirable</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building General Tips Job Hunting hiring interview new job resume Fri, 30 Jan 2015 10:00:18 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 1282663 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Reasons You Deserve to Get Fired http://www.wisebread.com/12-reasons-you-deserve-to-get-fired <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-reasons-you-deserve-to-get-fired" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fired-businesswoman-78749363-small.jpg" alt="fired businesswoman" title="fired businesswoman" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The recession might be over, but that doesn't mean any of us can afford to be passive about holding onto our jobs. If you think you may soon be having an uncomfortable conversation with HR, it's time to find out why. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/job-hunting-tips-for-the-recently-fired-and-some-for-the-rest-of-us-too?ref=seealso">Job Hunting Tips for the Recently Fired</a>)</p> <p>Here are 12 reasons you're getting fired.</p> <h2>1. Social Media SNAFU</h2> <p>Venting about your employer, boss, or co-workers on Twitter, Facebook, or any other social media site can get you fired. Avoid other career-killing <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/206359/6_Facebook_Twitter_Mistakes_That_Can_Get_You_Fired.html">social media mistakes</a> and remember &mdash; six degrees of separation is about one and a half degrees online.</p> <h2>2. Refusing to Play the Game</h2> <p>I don't know what the game is where you work, but I know there is one &mdash; and I bet there are a lot of folks playing their hearts out. The game usually involves demonstrating your passion for the work, coming in early and staying late, and working to impress the right people without falling all over yourself. Call me cynical and old-fashioned, but if you haven't learned how to play the game, you haven't really learned how to stay employed.</p> <h2>3. Not Giving Your All</h2> <p>Those cheesy motivational posters are wrong; it's impossible to give 110%. But consistently settling for 70% is a bad strategy if want to duck and weave past a pink slip. Doing a bit more than required, volunteering for a committee or two, and diplomatically making recommendations for process improvements adds value to what you do and can help secure your employment long-term</p> <h2>4. Clicking on Caps Lock</h2> <p>TYPING IN ALL CAPS READS LIKE YOU'RE SHOUTING and shows a fundamental lack of professional etiquette and insight. It may be trivial, but people get fired for trivial things every day. Cut it out.</p> <h2>5. Skipping the Finer Points of Good Etiquette</h2> <p>Good business etiquette is both valuable and rare, especially if your job involves direct work with clients or partners. Not grasping the finer points of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/reclaiming-etiquette-dining-basics-for-young-professionals">dining</a>, interview, or meeting etiquette can jeopardize business relationships, flag you as inexperienced, and kill a career.</p> <h2>6. Making Yourself Non-Essential</h2> <p>If you're not actively looking for new ways to add value to the company you work for, you may be inadvertently planting the seeds for your own dismissal when there's a hiccup in the market. Besides being first-rate at your job, look for those tasks that no one else wants to do and position yourself as the go-to person for each.</p> <h2>7. Mixing Your Personal and Professional Life</h2> <p>When it comes to job security, it's good policy to save the drama for your mama. Allowing personal issues to consistently affect your work erodes your professional image and can make letting you go as easy as switching off a bad reality show.</p> <h2>8. Getting Embroiled in Office Politics</h2> <p>Some work environments can be as political as a swing state in late October. Diving in headfirst and picking sides gives you a 50% of being right and a 100% chance of showing how easily distracted you are. Learn how to <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Ways-Beat-Office-Politics-1108688">beat office politics</a> and still get ahead.</p> <h2>9. Snoozing or Boozing</h2> <p>No surprises here. Sneaking a nap or a nip at work is usually an epically bad idea. And with office holiday parties coming up, sticking to a moderate personal drink limit will help you avoid those regretful lampshade-on-the-head moments that leave you red-faced Monday morning.</p> <h2>10. Stealing</h2> <p>Hey, Sticky Fingers, it may feel like a fringe benefit, but few companies see it that way. If you're tempted to pocket random goodies from your employer, it may be a sign that you feel stuck or that you're not being fairly compensated. Be proactive about both issues or move on.</p> <h2>11. Sleeping In</h2> <p>Who hasn't woken up feeling like a sack of wet concrete? These are the moments when we suddenly tap deep reserves of creativity to craft the most elaborate excuses for being late or taking a half-day. But as our inner storytellers dream, our careers can get creamed. Wake up, slam a double espresso, and defend your professional turf.</p> <h2>12. Playing Hooky</h2> <p>It might not have been a big deal in sixth grade, but playing hooky in your professional life can have lasting consequences. Don't assume (cough, cough) taking sick days when you're feeling great, ducking out early, or adding 15 minutes to your lunch hour is going unnoticed.</p> <p>If you're guilty of multiple axe-worthy offenses, it might be time to hope for the best and prepare for the worst by keeping an eye out for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-re-fired-20-signs-that-a-pink-slip-is-coming">signs you're about to get fired</a>. If you make the cut, wipe the sweat from your brow and let 2015 be the year you turn over a new leaf. Like much of life, our professional lives can be reinvented with focus, discipline, and the right motivation.</p> <p><em>Have you ever been fired? Did the experience change how you approached your next job? Share your favorite stories below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-reasons-you-deserve-to-get-fired">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/how-to-get-laid-off-a-step-by-step-guide">How to Get Laid Off: A Step-By-Step Guide</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/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> <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/starting-a-new-job-3-rules-to-live-by">Starting a New Job: 3 Rules to Live By</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/what-you-should-do-if-youre-stumped-during-an-interview">What You Should Do If You&#039;re Stumped During an 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/the-first-5-things-you-must-do-after-getting-laid-off">The First 5 Things You Must Do After Getting Laid Off</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building fired job hunt job loss new job pink slip Wed, 03 Dec 2014 11:00:09 +0000 Kentin Waits 1262734 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways to Discover Your Dream Career http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-discover-your-dream-career <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-to-discover-your-dream-career" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/office-worker-thinking-516681649-small.jpg" alt="office worker thinking" title="office worker thinking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you're flailing, facing layoffs, or otherwise feeling unfulfilled at work, it might be time to reconsider your calling. Job researchers report that <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748704206804575468162805877990">the average American changes jobs seven times</a> in his or her lifetime, most often in pursuit of better job satisfaction or financial stability. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-career-changes-you-can-make-today?ref=seealso">25 Career Changes You Can Make Today</a>)</p> <p>But it's not always easy to know what direction to take. That's because we're prone to define who we are by what we do to make a living. So when there's opportunity to trade our profession for something completely new, it often feels like we're faced with the unsettling task of altering the basic building blocks of who we are as human beings. But it can be done, and <a href="http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2011/03/03/how-loving-your-job-helps-you-succeed">the payoff can be spectacular</a>.</p> <p>Read on for our roundup of the best ways to go about recreating your career and finding your true calling. (You can thank us when you're blissfully employed in your brand new niche).</p> <h2>1. Be a Skill-Shifter</h2> <p>Reflect on all of your skills &mdash; not just the ones you acquired in the workforce &mdash; and think about all the creative ways you can apply them to new careers or business ventures. What skills have you picked up from volunteering, coaching soccer, raising your children, paying off your credit card debt, or gardening in the backyard? How might those techniques serve you in the working world?</p> <p>&quot;<a href="http://blog.ctnews.com/connecticutpostings/2010/10/16/recreate-your-career-take-or-leave-a-tip/">Don't limit your job search or career possibilities</a> to the exact field you have been in or with the same field on your educational degree,&quot; advises Dr. Stuart Sidle, an industrial organizational psychologist. The idea is to identify your most outside-the-box strengths and passions, and then play to them.</p> <h2>2. Unearth a Childhood Dream</h2> <p>Many people think childhood dreams are just dreams. Yet one in four working Americans are employed in the job or career field they dreamed about as kids, according to a survey by LinkedIn. People who work in a field they once dreamed about tend to be successful because <a href="http://press.linkedin.com/News-Releases/150/Cool-Careers-LinkedIn-Research-Reveals-Data-About-the-Top-Childhood-Dream-Jobs">their job is on the same playing field as their passions</a>. When you do something you're passionate about, you're bound to do it well.</p> <p>&quot;The dream jobs we aspire to as children are a window into our passions and talents,&quot; says Nicole Williams, LinkedIn's career expert. &quot;Identifying and understanding those passions are key to improving our performance and enjoyment&hellip;&quot;</p> <h2>3. Try It Out</h2> <p>A restaurant chef might seem like the ultimate occupation, but how often does the average chef have the opportunity to experiment with flavors and create new dishes for the dinner menu? There's only one way to find out: Network with people in your desired field, find opportunities to shadow people working in your desired role, and ask a lot of questions. When possible, try out the work for yourself on a limited, exploratory basis to see if it's really for you.</p> <p>&quot;Making a major career change is not simply about picking up new technical skills and repackaging one's image and resume,&quot; writes Herminia Ibarra in her book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1591394139/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1591394139&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=MUC7F2E4CCXNBERS">Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career</a>. &quot;It is also about finding people we want to emulate and places where we want to belong.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Future-Proof Yourself</h2> <p>It's not a bad idea to <a href="http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_table_103.htm">go where the growth is</a>. So you might want to jot down these fastest-growing occupations:</p> <ul> <li>industrial-organizational psychologist</li> <li>personal care aide</li> <li>home health aide</li> <li>mechanical insulation worker</li> <li>interpreters and translators</li> <li>diagnostic medical sonographers</li> <li>brickmasons</li> </ul> <p>These fields of the future are less likely to be affected by a shrinking economy or other setbacks. And they're more likely to provide workers with opportunities for growth and promotion. They may not be the sexiest of jobs, but there's certainly something to be said for stability.</p> <h2>5. Be Honest &mdash; Are You Up to the Challenge?</h2> <p>&quot;Much more than transferring to a similar job in a new company or industry, or moving laterally into a different work function within a field we already know well, a true change of direction is always terrifying,&quot; writes Ibarra in her book.</p> <p>That's why Dr. Stuart Sidle, an industrial organizational psychologist, recommends asking yourself these questions before <a href="http://blog.ctnews.com/connecticutpostings/2010/10/16/recreate-your-career-take-or-leave-a-tip/">embarking on any major career shift</a>:</p> <ul> <li>Do you have the passion to do the hard work that goes along with succeeding in the field?<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Is your choice practical?<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Are you taking a path because you believe it is a great option for you, or are you simply avoiding something, such as discomfort or fear?</li> </ul> <p>If your honest answer to any of these key considerations is &quot;No,&quot; you might want to consider making a trip back to the drawing board.</p> <p><em>Have you relaunched a career? How'd you do? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-discover-your-dream-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-6"> <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/starting-a-new-job-3-rules-to-live-by">Starting a New Job: 3 Rules to Live By</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/what-you-should-do-if-youre-stumped-during-an-interview">What You Should Do If You&#039;re Stumped During an Interview</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/12-reasons-you-deserve-to-get-fired">12 Reasons You Deserve to Get Fired</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/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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-improve-your-work-reputation">7 Ways to Improve Your Work Reputation</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building career choice new career new job Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:00:07 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1245696 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Job Search Stunts to Get You Noticed by Employers http://www.wisebread.com/7-job-search-stunts-to-get-you-noticed-by-employers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-job-search-stunts-to-get-you-noticed-by-employers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/job-seeker-480474317-small.jpg" alt="job seeker" title="job seeker" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Did you ever think your dream job would be snatched away by a desperate grad with a viral gimmick? No. No you didn't.</p> <p>In today's society, we're more interested social media hacks than work experience. We'd rather follow a good speaker than a good leader. And we'd rather have an out-of-the-box thinker than someone who knows what he/she wants. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-outdated-job-search-techniques-to-avoid?ref=seealso">10 Outdated Job Hunt Techniques to Avoid</a>)</p> <p>But don't worry, the same rules apply to you. If your previous job hunting strategies have failed, we've compiled an inspiring list of crazy stunts that landed real jobs for real people.</p> <h2>1. Billboard Lands Media Grad 60 Job Offers</h2> <p>By far the most publicized job stunt in recent memory is that of <a href="http://www.adampacitti.com/employadam.html">Adam Pacitti</a>, a college grad with a media production degree who found himself working as a coin exchanger at a video game arcade.</p> <p>After job applications failed, Adam decided enough was enough and of course, as any of us would have done, spent his last 500 pounds on a billboard. After being featured in literally every news source imaginable, Adam received over 60 solid job offers and went to work for award-winning production company KEO.</p> <p>What few people realize is that Adam put a whole lot more work in than simply buying a billboard. His spot in news media was only the result of a successful multi-platform social media campaign that went viral. Viral media always finds its way into the news these days, so his success shouldn't be a surprise.</p> <p>If that sounds like too much work, you'll love our next stunt.</p> <h2>2. Grad Student Suits Up, Hits the Metro, and Lands a Job</h2> <p>If you aren't one for all that social media nonsense, you'll love the story of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/09/10/graduate-handed-cvs-waterloo-station-dream-job_n_5795724.html">Alfred Ajani</a>. Alfred's marketing degree wasn't enough to land one of 300 positions he applied for, so he decided to go on the offensive.</p> <p>Armed with a suit and a stack of CVs, Alfred posted up at Waterloo station, collecting a few emails and business cards in the process.</p> <p>Oh but wait, that's actually not what landed him his job. Twitter took his post viral, where it caught the attention of recruitment company Asoria Group, who offered him a job via&hellip; LinkedIn.</p> <p>Looks like you're going to need those social media accounts after all.</p> <h2>3. Grad Lands Dream Job After Walking London Streets In a Sandwich Board</h2> <p>At this point, you're probably frantically following people on Twitter, preparing for your next job stunt. But just take a breather. It might be easier than you think.</p> <p>After making the unfortunate decision to get a history degree, <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/6221701/Graduate-uses-sandwich-board-to-find-job.html">David Rowe</a> found himself predictably jobless. Emboldened by a father-son debate, David strapped a sandwich board around his shoulders and advertised that he would work the first month free.</p> <p>He was then interviewed by recruiting firm Parkhouse Bell and ended up landing his dream job, which I'm assuming was in recruiting. We're guessing the firm saw his photo on Facebook, but it hasn't been confirmed, so you know... there might just be room for something more old fashioned.</p> <h2>4. Send QR Code Cupcakes to Editorial Teams</h2> <p>If public infamy isn't your cup of tea, what about something more direct and personable?</p> <p>Like cupcakes. Everybody loves cupcakes.</p> <p>Blogger and fashionista <a href="http://www.scarphelia.com/2013/06/act-six-scene-one-turning-great-ideas.html">Katie Oldham</a> decided to take her summer internship into her own hands with the help of a local bakery. Katie researched the editorial teams at her favorite publishing companies and delivered special batches of cupcakes with her website's QR code to their London offices.</p> <p>And it worked! She interned for Cosmopolitan, and her website is currently part of the Vice blogging network.</p> <h2>5. Home Brewed Beer Resumes</h2> <p>Nothing says work hard and party harder like a home-brewed batch of beer. What makes that beer even better? Resume covers of course.</p> <p>Brennan Gleason takes a distinguished spot on our list as being the only to pull off a successful job hunt stunt outside of the UK. Then again, he did it in Canada, so potato-patata.</p> <p>Brennan wanted to nab a sexy graphic design job, so what did he do? He designed custom resume covers for six-packs of beer he brewed himself.</p> <p>Let's see...</p> <ul> <li>Creativity&hellip; check.</li> <li>Graphic design skills&hellip; check.</li> <li>Free specialty beer for the office&hellip; CHECK!</li> </ul> <p>Surprise, surprise &mdash; <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/26/resume-on-beer-brennan-gleason_n_5534535.html">Brennan</a> was hired.</p> <h2>6. Wacky Website Campaign Turns Bakery Manager Into VP</h2> <p>Many of you are under the false impression that working successfully at your company will translate into a promotion.</p> <p>Not true!</p> <p>That VP spot just went to this guy. Despite seven tries, his CV tells us he hasn't been able to hold down a job for even one calendar year. But guess what!? He acted super wacky on video and a lot of people laughed, so he's qualified to be your boss!</p> <p>His name is <a href="http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/dad-dan-conways-wacky-job-hunting-2477515">Dan Conway</a>, but you can call him &quot;Yes, Sir.&quot; Dan launched a wacky website campaign consisting of him doing wacky things in order to find work and was eventually made a VP of marketing for a company I won't advertise.</p> <p>Apparently, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWffOEVI7IY#t=38">THIS</a> is what British marketing employers look for in their executives.</p> <h2>7. Grad Lands Social Media Manager Position by PMing a Stranger</h2> <p>What's the quickest way to land an interview? Find the owner's profile and hit them up with a private message.</p> <p>&hellip;Said no one ever. Unless you're <a href="http://mashable.com/2010/03/08/job-seeker-results/">David Cohen</a>. David knew a guy who knew a guy, and he randomly messaged that guy, who then interviewed him with another guy, and now David's their top social media guy.</p> <p>Sounds quaint. Perhaps you should try it. Just don't blame us if you get slapped with a restraining order.</p> <p><em>Have you ever tried to land a job with an outlandish stunt? What did you do &mdash; and did you get the job?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jacob-mcmillen">Jacob McMillen</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-job-search-stunts-to-get-you-noticed-by-employers">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-7"> <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-words-you-need-to-delete-from-your-resume-right-now">12 Words You Need to Delete From Your Resume Right Now</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/what-you-should-do-if-youre-stumped-during-an-interview">What You Should Do If You&#039;re Stumped During an Interview</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/great-ways-to-improve-your-resume-today">Great Ways to Improve Your Resume Today</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-things-you-can-do-right-now-to-become-more-hirable">10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Become More Hirable</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-bad-networking-habits-that-will-kill-your-job-prospects">15 Bad Networking Habits That Will Kill Your Job Prospects</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Job Hunting job search promotion resume self promotion Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:00:03 +0000 Jacob McMillen 1238130 at http://www.wisebread.com Bosses Say These Are Their 6 Favorite Qualities in Employees — Do You Have Them? http://www.wisebread.com/bosses-say-these-are-their-6-favorite-qualities-in-employees-do-you-have-them <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/bosses-say-these-are-their-6-favorite-qualities-in-employees-do-you-have-them" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/boss-employee-working-162277415-small.jpg" alt="boss employee working" title="boss employee working" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you can't get ahead at work, there's probably a reason why. You might not have the experience or educational background for a specific position &mdash; or worse, your boss may feel that you lack important qualities. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-to-say-to-your-boss-to-get-a-promotion-or-raise?ref=seealso">5 Things to Say to Your Boss to Get a Promotion or Raise</a>)</p> <p>Since your boss holds the key to your future with the company, it is imperative that you understand qualities employers look for in employees. This can be the difference between advancing up the corporate ladder and staying stuck in the same position.</p> <h2>1. Good Communication Skills</h2> <p>Bosses look for employees with strong communication skills &mdash; written and spoken. Being able to clearly express yourself is a major asset and can take your career to the next level.</p> <p>&quot;If you have a gift for the spoken and written word, you will always put your best foot forward. Being articulate is highly prized in today's workplace, when time is at a premium and technology requires constant communication,&quot; Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0470457643/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0470457643&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=FSOK7MOUNS3ZLT5N">Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job</a>, <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/11/15/the-20-people-skills-you-need-to-succeed-at-work/">told Forbes.com.</a></p> <p>Master good communication skills and you might become the official or unofficial spokesperson for the company. You don't have to become a walking dictionary. But if your communication style needs improvement, it doesn't hurt to brush up on your English and writing skills, or take a public speaking course or workshop on your own dime.</p> <h2>2. Adaptability</h2> <p>Companies must adapt or evolve to keep pace with the times, and it's important for employees to evolve as well.</p> <p>&quot;I have found that people who are comfortable with change in general tend to be more successful,&quot; <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20130924104438-407452-how-i-hire-adaptability-and-5-other-must-haves">says Jennifer Dulski</a>, President and COO at <a href="http://change.org">Change.org</a>.</p> <p>Even if you do not understand the changes taking place in the organization, go with the flow and trust that your boss knows what she's doing. The end goal is simple &mdash; grow the company. And if the company grows, so can your income. So, don't buck the system or make it difficult for your boss. Being adaptable goes hand-in-hand with being a team player. Team players put aside their personal feelings and work for the common good of the company.</p> <h2>3. Honesty</h2> <p>Bosses have enough on their plates, and they don't have time to supervise each employee. Therefore, employers need workers who are honest and willing to follow rules and policies, even when no one's watching. An honest employee is committed from start to finish, honest in everything, and takes responsibility for his actions.</p> <p>&quot;If they can't be honest with themselves and honest with me, then we are likely going to be wasting time and not operating at our full potential. I expect all team members to express any concern that comes up so we can keep improving not only our processes, but also our morale,&quot; <a href="http://www.monster.com/about/b/16-values-startup-employees-share#.VBdnPkvPZuY">says Patrick Curtis</a>, founder at <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/">WallStreetOasis.com</a>.</p> <h2>4. Hard-Working Mentality</h2> <p>Bosses need employees who go beyond the call of duty. Technically, you shouldn't be expected to do anything outside your job description, especially if you're not getting paid for your time. But at the same time, taking the initiative and going the extra mile speaks volumes.</p> <p>Karen Rehn, owner of HH Staffing Services, brings attention to a recent employee trait survey that says &quot;57% of <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20140729173700-45510292-employee-traits-what-are-employers-really-looking-for">managers are looking for hard working employees</a>, those who embody work ethic and good ole hard work.&quot;</p> <p>It takes hard work for a company to succeed, and most employers can't get to the top without help from diligent employees. So, your commitment to the job won't go unnoticed and it can open doors to a brighter future with the company.</p> <h2>5. Punctuality and Conscientiousness</h2> <p>From clocking in on time to meeting deadlines, it only takes one tardy or unreliable employee to get everyone off schedule. Do a self-evaluation to determine whether your punctuality needs improvement. A manager may not say anything to you, but arriving even five minutes late or turning in an assignment 15 minutes late doesn't go unnoticed. If you can't be counted on to handle seemingly insignificant tasks, how can your boss trust you with bigger responsibilities?</p> <p>&quot;If the resume has typos or the candidate is late or sloppy, you can be sure those typos will translate into frustrating quality issues on the job,&quot; <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20130924094909-131079-how-i-hire-trust-your-gut-and-take-your-time">says Josh Bersin</a>, Principal and Founder, Bersin by Deloitte.</p> <h2>6. Leadership</h2> <p>Your boss might be the top dog, but he needs a few leaders on his team. No good comes from being a follower. And when bosses look to promote, they prefer applicants who aren't too impressionable. As a leader, you can motivate your co-workers or be a voice of reason during difficult situations.</p> <p>&quot;Anyone can get others to show up for work. Leaders, on the other hand, genuinely inspire people to choose to follow them &mdash; on a mission, toward a goal, or perhaps even to transform an industry,&quot; <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20130924101600-128201973-how-i-hire-let-s-do-lunch">says Walt Bettinger</a>, President and CEO of The Charles Schwab Corporation.</p> <p><em>Are you a boss? Are there other qualities you'd like to add? Let me know 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/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bosses-say-these-are-their-6-favorite-qualities-in-employees-do-you-have-them">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-8"> <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/why-generosity-is-key-to-everything-including-your-career">Why Generosity Is Key to Everything — Including Your Career</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-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks">10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks</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-write-a-resume-12-steps-to-your-next-job">How To Write A Resume: 12 Steps To Your Next Job</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/12-ways-to-finally-get-that-promotion-this-year">12 Ways to Finally Get That Promotion This Year</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-to-say-to-your-boss-to-get-a-promotion-or-raise">5 Things to Say to Your Boss to Get a Promotion or Raise</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Personal Development career getting hired good employee job promotion Thu, 02 Oct 2014 09:00:05 +0000 Mikey Rox 1225625 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Ways to Make Your Career a Success http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-make-your-career-a-success <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-ways-to-make-your-career-a-success" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/business-leader-164123406-small.jpg" alt="business team leader" title="business team leader" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on ways to make your career a success, money ideas for freshmen, and catching up on Christmas savings.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://canadianfinanceblog.com/ways-to-make-your-career-a-success/">Ways to Make Your Career a Success</a> &mdash; Knowing how to form relationships is vital when it comes to making your career a success. [Canadian Finance Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/money-ideas-college-freshmen/">7 Essential Money Ideas for College Freshmen</a> &mdash; College freshmen would be wise to join campus organizations and get involved beyond the campus. [Consumerism Commentary]</p> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/debt-proof-your-christmas/">10 Tips to Help Debt Proof Your Christmas &amp; Catch up on Christmas Savings</a> &mdash; If you want to debt proof your Christmas, give up dining out and reduce your cell phone plan. [PT Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2014/09/7-proven-ways-boost-morning-productivity.html">7 Proven Ways to Boost Your Morning Productivity</a> &mdash; To be more productive in the morning, wake up at the right time and have a good breakfast. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/9-tips-give-your-best-speech-ever.html">9 Tips to Give Your Best Speech Ever</a> &mdash; Give a great speech by knowing your audience and practicing. [Lifehack]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Deal-People-You-Dont-Like-35624579">How to Deal With the Crappiest People</a> &mdash; It may be best to try to ignore the people you can't stand and remember to not give them advice. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://lifehacker.com/how-do-i-ask-someone-to-be-my-mentor-1626463146">How Do I Ask Someone to Be My Mentor?</a> &mdash; When asking someone to be your mentor, ask them face to face over coffee as opposed to via email. [Lifehacker]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2014/09/07/10-toxic-behaviors-that-kill-your-confidence/">10 Toxic Behaviors That Kill Your Confidence</a> &mdash; Making excuses can kill your confidence, as will second-guessing your intuition. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2014/09/7-things-stopping-you-from-pursuing-your-impossible-dreams/">7 Things Stopping You From Pursuing Your Impossible Dreams</a> &mdash; If you aren't making your dream a priority, you may be preventing yourself from achieving your dream. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/4-fun-books-for-kids-who-love-animals">4 Fun Books for Kids Who Love Animals</a> &mdash; Bella Lost and Found is a great book for children who love animals. [Parenting Squad]</p> <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/best-money-tips-ways-to-make-your-career-a-success">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-9"> <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/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-2 views-row-even"> <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> <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/10-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks">10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks</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/how-to-write-a-resume-12-steps-to-your-next-job">How To Write A Resume: 12 Steps To Your Next Job</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/boost-your-career-how-to-be-happier-and-more-likeable-at-work">Boost Your Career: How to Be Happier and More Likeable at Work</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building best money tips career success Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:00:04 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1207168 at http://www.wisebread.com Wages Are Rising — Here’s How to Get Your Cut http://www.wisebread.com/wages-are-rising-here-s-how-to-get-your-cut <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/wages-are-rising-here-s-how-to-get-your-cut" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/counting-money-466559183-small.jpg" alt="counting money" title="counting money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thankfully, after wage levels remained stagnant for many years, wages are finally rising! Annual gains could hit <a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/article/business/T019-C021-S005-wages-to-rise-but-more-for-some-than-others.html">4% by 2017</a>.</p> <p>That said, employers are still conservative and not rushing to pay you more. Here are some helpful tips on getting your share.</p> <h2>1. Join an Industry on the Rise</h2> <p>Information technology positions such as programmers, developers, analysts, and engineers continue to fare well. Cities are <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/joelkotkin/2014/05/27/the-cities-winning-the-battle-for-information-jobs-2014/">battling each other</a> to court IT companies. Have a background in mathematics, science, or information systems? Start interviewing for jobs in that arena, where the starting salary is already higher than the average.</p> <p>Health and medicine professionals are also riding a higher tide. Nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and practical nurses are all making more, but nurse practitioners are especially in demand with the <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/dandiamond/2014/06/06/since-obamacare-passed-50-months-ago-healthcare-has-gained-almost-1-million-jobs/">expansion of health care</a> coverage to more citizens.</p> <p>Financial sector workers like traders, bankers, and fund managers <a href="http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/alpha-consumer/2014/02/05/why-finance-jobs-are-growing-fast">continue to do well</a> (surprise, surprise). Due to the continued need for credit and asset analysis, there is room to join the financial sector with the right experience.</p> <p>Areas that do not see much growth are categories in which tons of eager candidates compete for jobs: teaching, marketing, public relations, and customer service. If you find yourself in one of those categories, try spinning your experience to applying for positions at companies in information, health, engineering, and finance.</p> <h2>2. Ask for a Raise</h2> <p>If you are currently employed, now would be a good time to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-should-always-negotiate-a-raise-here-are-10-reasons-why">ask for a raise</a>. When was your last raise? It should typically happen every year. If you have gone longer than two years without a raise (and thanks to the recession, many have), it will be fairly reasonable and easy to ask. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-to-say-to-your-boss-to-get-a-promotion-or-raise?ref=seealso">5 Things to Say to Your Boss to Get a Promotion or Raise</a>)</p> <h3>When to Ask for a Raise</h3> <p>Try asking three to four months before the annual review. Annual reviews tend to happen at the end of the fiscal year, when the money is spent and companies are more conservative. Asking before your company's annual wage hike is ideal because you can state your case before the bosses evaluate the staff. Plus, you likely do a lot of great work that your bosses do not know about. Make them aware of your worthiness and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-should-always-negotiate-a-raise-here-are-10-reasons-why">negotiate your slice</a> before the pie has been cut.</p> <h3>Leverage Your Education</h3> <p>Have you spent most of the recession going to back to school in the summers, nights, and weekends? It's always a good time to take advantage of your new income potential. Those who can boast a college degree for entry-level positions can ask for more than those with a high-school degree. Try asking your employer to review your new experience and education level when considering your raise.</p> <h2>3. Relocate to a High Minimum Wage State</h2> <p>Many students and working parents find themselves in need of extra minimum wage shifts in industries such as retail, fast food, and customer service. If you are work for hourly wages, now might be a good time to relocate, as 13 states raised their minimum wage in 2014. Even more good news: Those same 13 states are seeing <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/07/03/3456393/minimum-wage-state-increase-employment/">faster job growth</a> than the states that did not increase their minimum wage. This may also be a good time to leverage a higher paying position elsewhere for an hourly raise at your current job.</p> <p><em>How are you planning to boost your wage? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-meadows">Amanda Meadows</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wages-are-rising-here-s-how-to-get-your-cut">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-10"> <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/6-ways-to-use-technology-to-upgrade-your-career">6 Ways to Use Technology to Upgrade Your Career</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/you-should-always-negotiate-a-raise-here-are-10-reasons-why">You Should Always Negotiate a Raise: Here Are 10 Reasons Why</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/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> <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-career-tactics-that-are-actually-holding-you-back">5 Career Tactics That Are Actually Holding You Back</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building jobs money negotiation raise wages Thu, 04 Sep 2014 15:00:06 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1203542 at http://www.wisebread.com How NOT TO Answer 10 of the Most Common Interview Questions http://www.wisebread.com/how-not-to-answer-10-of-the-most-common-interview-questions <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-not-to-answer-10-of-the-most-common-interview-questions" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/job-interview-178169066-small.jpg" alt="job interview" title="job interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A smart, thoughtful answer to an interview question can help you clinch the job. Likewise, an epic blunder can knock you out of the top three. So it's as important to study what NOT to say as it is to practice and polish your real answers. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions?ref=seealso">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a>)</p> <p>Read on for our round-up of common job interview answers to steer clear of. You can thank us when you're in your brand new corner office.</p> <h2>1. &quot;So, Tell Me About Yourself&hellip;&quot;</h2> <p>Don't give the interviewer a walk-through of your resume. That's a different question. The question you're being asked is intended to test your ability to answer an open-ended question with eloquence and ease. Don't use &quot;um&quot; and &quot;ah&quot; fillers. And don't blather.</p> <p>Experts say the best answer is short, to-the-point, and highlights your career and educational background while also shedding light on why you want this particular job.</p> <h2>2. &quot;Why Do You Want to Work Here?&quot;</h2> <p>Ditch the boilerplate answer. And don't give an answer that simply addresses why you want to work in that field. You also want to avoid an answer that makes you seem desperate, such as, &quot;I need experience,&quot; &quot;I need more money,&quot; &quot;I got laid off.&quot;</p> <p>Instead, tell the interviewer specifically how you can benefit the company and how the job will help you achieve your own career goals. After all, a good fit is a mutually beneficial one. For example: &quot;It seems like I could really benefit the company with my X and Y skills while also furthering my own career goals to do Z.&quot; The key is to convey why you are the best fit for <em>this</em> job &mdash; not just for your own benefit, but also for theirs.</p> <h2>3. &quot;What Do You Know About Our Company So Far?&quot;</h2> <p>Stay away from negativity &mdash; the interviewer doesn't want to hear what you know about the company's most recent round of layoffs or the latest stock market tumble. You also want to avoid giving the interviewer the impression that you haven't researched the company, which will lead them to believe that you're more interested in landing a job, period, rather than a job with this specific company.</p> <p>Experts say it's best to focus on things like the company's role in its industry, its history, and any accolades, awards, or distinctions it has won. Show that you've taken initiative and done your research.</p> <h2>4. &quot;Why Did You Leave Your Last Job?&quot;</h2> <p>Never cast blame. Don't bad-mouth your last employer or your former managers. Don't go into the gory details. But don't leave them hanging. If the interviewer gets the feeling that you're trying to cover up something related to your departure, he or she will most likely assume there's skeleton in your closet.</p> <p>Be honest and succinct in explaining why you left. Experts recommend sharpening your focus on how your past job has prepared you for the future.</p> <h2>5. &quot;What Are Your Strengths?&quot;</h2> <p>This is your chance to shine. Don't screw it up by highlighting non-work related attributes or coming off as a braggart. Do away with examples of times when you shined at someone else's expense.</p> <p>Instead, bill yourself as a team player who consistently goes above and beyond job expectations &mdash; and have a few specific examples to back up your claims.</p> <h2>6. &quot;What Are Your Weaknesses?&quot;</h2> <p>Don't say, &quot;Nothing.&quot; Don't rattle off a list of negative attributes about yourself without explaining how you've overcome them in the past. And don't answer, &quot;I work too hard&quot; &mdash; that's not a weakness.</p> <p>Experts say the best answers to this question prove that you are self-aware and resilient.</p> <h2>7. &quot;Where Do You See Yourself Five, Ten Years Down the Road?&quot;</h2> <p>Don't intimate that you have no idea what you'd like your future to be like. And don't say that you want a job with this company as a stepping stone to getting another job with a different company.</p> <p>Interviewers want to hear about your career goals and how a job with their company could help you fulfill them. They want to hear that you have a plan, even if it's fluid. They want to know that you're thoughtful and not haphazard in your career decisions.</p> <h2>8. &quot;What Kind of Salary Are You Looking For?&quot;</h2> <p>Steer clear of the following responses: &quot;I haven't thought about that yet,&quot; &quot;I'll take any salary,&quot; &quot;I'm sure whatever you offer is fine,&quot; &quot;My last salary was X. I'd like a little more than that.&quot; And don't just pick an arbitrary number.</p> <p>Know your worth. And arm yourself with the research and data to back it up. If you want a salary in the $100,000 range, it better be because other people in similar jobs at similar companies are making that amount. It's also smart to consider factors like geography and cost of living expenses. Website likes <a href="http://www.salary.com/">salary.com</a>, <a href="http://www.payscale.com/">payscale.com</a>, and <a href="http://www.glassdoor.com/index.htm">glassdoor.com</a> can help with this task.</p> <h2>9. &quot;Why Should I Hire You?&quot;</h2> <p>These are all major no-no's: &quot;Because I really need the money.&quot; &quot;Because I think this job could help me learn this skills I need to do X.&quot; &quot;Because I think a job at your company would look great on my resume.&quot; &quot;Because I'm fun and easy to work with.&quot;</p> <p>Better answers are honest, highlight your confidence in yourself and your skill set, and exemplify why you're a great fit for the job. For example: &quot;Because I really, really want this job and I know I'm the best fit for X, Y, and Z reasons.&quot;</p> <h2>10. &quot;Do You Have Any Questions for Me?&quot;</h2> <p>Do not say, &quot;No&quot; &mdash; it implies that you're disinterested or worse, unintelligent. You also should not ask the interviewer what he or she thinks are your chances of landing the job.</p> <p>The right answer is always, &quot;Yes.&quot; You might have questions about the company culture or how on-the-job success is measured. Maybe you want to know what qualities the company most values in new hires or what a typical day on the job would like. Whatever the questions, just make sure you ask them. It'll show that you're interested, inquisitive, and not willing to settle for just any old job.</p> <p><em>Any questions we've missed? Ask in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-not-to-answer-10-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">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-11"> <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-words-to-never-use-in-a-job-interview">10 Words to Never Use in a 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/10-things-you-can-do-right-now-to-become-more-hirable">10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Become More Hirable</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/the-6-craziest-things-people-have-done-to-land-a-job">The 6 Craziest Things People Have Done to Land a Job</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/master-these-15-interview-questions">Master These 15 Interview Questions</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> Career Building interview job hunt Job Interview job search Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:00:06 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1197961 at http://www.wisebread.com Are You in the Wrong Career? Here's How to Tell http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-in-the-wrong-career-heres-how-to-tell <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/are-you-in-the-wrong-career-heres-how-to-tell" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tired-businesswoman-179039030-small.jpg" alt="tired businesswoman" title="tired businesswoman" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to the new normal: The average worker today <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/1802731/four-year-career">stays in a job for 4.4 years</a>.</p> <p>You should probably expect that number to get even lower as 91% of Millennials expect to stay in a job for less than <em>three </em>years. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-career-changes-you-can-make-today?ref=seealso">25 Career Changes You Can Make Today</a>)</p> <p>And while being labeled as a job hopper may make you less attractive to future employers, there's no time to waste if you don't like what you're doing. Here are seven tools to check if you're on the right career path.</p> <h2>1. What Can I Do With My Major In...?</h2> <p>In 2012, there were about <a href="https://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/education/cb13-153.html">19.9 million Americans</a> enrolled in college. With the <a href="http://projectonstudentdebt.org/files/pub/classof2012.pdf">average student debt around $29,400</a>, students need to take a close look at the career options that their degrees provide. MyPlan.com offers a comprehensive list of jobs according to major through its <a href="http://www.myplan.com/majors/what-to-do-with-a-major.php">What Can I Do With a Major in&hellip;?</a> tool.</p> <p>Taking a look at your career options during your studies is a good way to check what your career path may look like in the future. You can filter your options by using the results from your Values Assessment Test, which helps you understand what is important to you in a job.</p> <h2>2. MyNextMove.org</h2> <p>What if you haven't declared a major yet or what if you are just taking a sabbatical year to think things through? In that case, the U.S. Department of Labor's <a href="http://www.mynextmove.org">MyNextMove.org</a> is a comprehensive tool to help you explore a wide variety of career options and industries. You can search careers through keywords, browse careers by industry, or use the Interest Profiler to find out what kind of careers may be a good fit for you.</p> <h2>3. Occupational Projections Data</h2> <p>If you already have a job or are thinking about switching jobs, then you may be wondering what are the expected employment and wages in a couple years. The <a href="http://data.bls.gov/oep/noeted/empoptd.jsp">Selected Occupational Projections Data</a> from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics gives you data starting 2012 and with projections up to 2022.</p> <p>For example, I looked up that there were 129.1 thousand writers and authors in 2012 and that number is expected to grow to 132.9 thousand by 2022. With a small number of competitors, a median annual wage of $55,940, and a 64.4% rate of self-employment, I am comforted that I made the right career decision!</p> <h2>4. Careerrealism's Quiz</h2> <p>Let's imagine that you are just fed up with your current job. Maybe you haven't been promoted for several years or your work hours are starting to affect your health. To help you decide whether you should quit your job, take this <a href="http://www.careerealism.com/quiz-quit-your-job/#!bB3x78">11-question quiz</a> from Carrerrealism. They also provide you a suggested course of actions based on your quiz results.</p> <h2>5. Glasdoor's Job Finder</h2> <p>Sometimes the root of your job frustration may not be that you are in the wrong career, but that you are just in the wrong city. <a href="http://www.glassdoor.com/jobs/explorer/index.htm%20">Glassdoor's Job Finder</a> allows you to plug in your job title and check how many work opportunities are available across the United States. For example, my search for <a href="http://www.glassdoor.com/jobs/explorer/search.htm?jobTitle1=freelance%20writer">freelance writer</a> showed me that while Hawaii only has two opportunities, New York has 49, California has 375, and Illinois has 99.</p> <p>While the first two made sense to me, I would had never imagined that the Prairie State was ripe with opportunities within my field. The Job Finder also allows you to drill down results per city and find out what other job titles (and cities!) you should consider in your career path.</p> <h2>6. PayScale's GigZig</h2> <p>Here is a really interesting twist on job evaluation. If you already know that the average person stays in a job about four years, then you can leverage that knowledge to predict your career path. <a href="http://www.payscale.com/gigzig.aspx">PayScale's GigZig</a> uses data from millions of people to indicate, based on a job title, what job that person held five years ago and what job that person will have five years from now.</p> <p>Based on those three job titles, GigZig shows you what percentage of people have taken a specific path. Since the median salary is included for each job, you will find yourself exploring the many zigs and zags your career path could take.</p> <p>If you cannot make up your mind between two jobs, then take a closer look at each one through PayScale's chart on the <a href="http://www.payscale.com/data-packages/most-and-least-meaningful-jobs/interactive-chart">most and least meaningful jobs</a>. This interactive chart compares job meaning, salary, and job satisfaction for over 450 job titles.</p> <h2>7. Career Values Test</h2> <p>Finally, if you need a full revaluation of your career path, then you should take a look at your career values. The <a href="http://stewartcoopercoon.com/individual-executive-placement/how-competitive-are-you-2/what-are-your-career-values/">Career Values Test</a> is a comprehensive examination of your career values and your motivations behind them. Having a deeper understanding of what makes you tick in career terms allows you to better evaluate your career path and any potential employer. According to the makers of the test, these career values provide the means to evaluate the merits of any career and negotiate the terms for actual job offerings.</p> <p><em>What are some other useful tools to evaluate if you're in the right career path?</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/are-you-in-the-wrong-career-heres-how-to-tell">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-12"> <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/bosses-say-these-are-their-6-favorite-qualities-in-employees-do-you-have-them">Bosses Say These Are Their 6 Favorite Qualities in Employees — Do You Have Them?</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/why-generosity-is-key-to-everything-including-your-career">Why Generosity Is Key to Everything — Including Your Career</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-great-ways-to-network-that-dont-feel-sleazy">5 Great Ways to Network That Don&#039;t Feel Sleazy</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/6-solid-online-resources-to-help-you-find-a-job">6 Solid Online Resources to Help You Find a Job</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/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Personal Development career choosing a career job search Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:00:05 +0000 Damian Davila 1197957 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Ways to Get People to Respond to Your Email http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-get-people-to-respond-to-your-email <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-ways-to-get-people-to-respond-to-your-email" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/compose-email-screen-466310347-small.jpg" alt="compose email" title="compose email" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The average person spends <a href="http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/high_tech_telecoms_internet/the_social_economy">about 13 hours every week</a> sorting through email.</p> <p>With the number of worldwide email accounts expected to hit nearly <a href="http://www.radicati.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Email-Statistics-Report-2011-2015-Executive-Summary.pdf">4.1 billion by 2015</a>, it seems that those hours are likely to keep on growing and growing. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-thing-you-use-every-day-is-ruining-your-productivity-and-its-not-facebook">This Thing You Use Every Day Is Ruining Your Productivity</a>)</p> <p>If you want to cut through the noise (78% of us receive <a href="http://hub.varonis.com/digital-work-habits-report">up to 100 emails per day</a>) and make your emails stand out from the crowd, start using these 15 techniques.</p> <h2>1. Update Subject Lines</h2> <p>Some people have a lot of email sitting in their inboxes. For example, the senior director of Yahoo! email claims to have held <a href="http://www.esquire.com/features/how-to-send-better-emails-0513#ixzz2UiMKb7vQ">36,815 emails in his inbox</a> at one point. If your subject line looks like &quot;Re:Re:Re:Fw:Fw:Re:Re&hellip;,&quot; it is very likely to be ignored.</p> <p>On the other hand, if your email is actionable, it has a better chance of catching the attention of the recipient.</p> <ul> <li>Don't write &quot;Steve,&quot; write &quot;Call Steve at 555-987-1234 this Friday.&quot;</li> <li>Instead of &quot;Resume,&quot; write &quot;Davila Resume for Freelance Writer Position.&quot;</li> </ul> <p>Remember to keep it short and sweet. From a study of 200 million emails, researchers at Mailchimp found that subject lines should be kept to <a href="http://kb.mailchimp.com/article/best-practices-in-writing-email-subject-lines">50 characters or less</a>. That's about ⅓ of the length of a tweet.</p> <h2>2. Use Prefixes on Subject Lines</h2> <p>An email that can be fully read without opening is the best kind of email. That's why you need to make smart use of <a href="http://www.asianefficiency.com/email-management/productive-email-subject-lines/">email subject prefixes</a>. Here is a useful list:</p> <ul> <li>FYI &mdash; &quot;For Your Information&quot; lets the reader know that the email holds general info and is not urgent.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>EOM &mdash; &quot;End of Message&quot; informs the reader that all the required info is in the subject line and that the email body is empty.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>NRN &mdash; &quot;No Reply Needed&quot; tells the receiver that no response is required.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>URGENT &mdash; Not necessarily a prefix, but if something is <em>truly</em> urgent, then it should be at the beginning of the subject line. Use very sparingly or risk all of your &quot;urgent&quot; emails being ignored.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>NFA &mdash; &quot;No Further Action&quot; is a combo of FYI and NRN.</li> </ul> <h2>3. Use If-Then Statements</h2> <p>Nobody likes to be caught in a neverending email duel. So, the next time that you need to set up a meeting or call time, include the statement &quot;If not, let me know what times work for you.&quot; Get in the habit of including &quot;if&hellip; then&quot; statements every time that you ask a question to prevent replies that are just &quot;no&quot; and force you to send another email.</p> <h2>4. Provide Choices and Number Them</h2> <p>Take a cue from master email negotiator, Steve Jobs (yes, that Steve Jobs!), and include a list of numbered choices, when applicable.</p> <p>During a hard-nosed negotiation via email between <a href="http://qz.com/87184/the-steve-jobs-emails-that-show-how-to-win-a-hard-nosed-negotiation/%20">Apple and News Corp</a>, he clearly stated to his counterpart that he &quot;has the following choices&quot; and that &quot;Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't see any other alternatives. Do you?&quot; This email habit allows you to negotiate within a range of pre-approved terms and forces the other party to choose one.</p> <h2>5. Think About Small Screens</h2> <p>If you are an HTML whiz and love to tweak your emails, remember that 43% of email is opened on a mobile device. Email company Constant Contact recommends using a San Serif font with a point size from 11 to 14.</p> <h2>6. Don't Use Images for a Signature</h2> <p>Several email providers and platforms automatically block images or force images to be attachments. This means that your fancy signature image goes unnoticed or, even worse, screws up the format of your email.</p> <h2>7. Skip the Emoticons</h2> <p>Not all emoticons, especially the very obscure, render the same way across platforms. Even the <a href="http://pc.net/helpcenter/answers/letter_j_in_email_messages">smiley symbol often appears as a J</a> in several email platforms. Skip the emoticons altogether, so that you don't confuse your recipient or make her think that you are including typos in your emails. Plenty of people, including <a href="http://the.techy.dstro.com/node/19">Microsoft employees</a>, are annoyed by this.</p> <h2>8. Pay Attention to Your Grammar</h2> <p>Just because it is the Internet, it doesn't mean it all should be all LOL and TWSS. Studies show that only <a href="http://www.nngroup.com/articles/how-users-read-on-the-web/">16% of us read things word by word on the web</a>. This means that if &quot;you is not doing it good, the grammar,&quot; you're adding unneeded difficulty and your readers may skip your email altogether.</p> <h2>9. Don't Ask to Be on a Call Today or Tomorrow</h2> <p>If it is urgent, the onus is on you to pick up the phone, not the other way around. A Wharton professor of management and psychology indicates that this may make you look rude. He recommends to <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140515114346-69244073-if-you-do-this-your-emails-might-be-rude">let the other person suggest some time</a>s. If you need to reach the other person immediately, then move away from the computer and pick up the phone.</p> <h2>10. Pay Attention to Time Zones</h2> <p>As a Hawaii resident (that's -3 hours PST and -6 hours EST during daylight saving time), I cannot stress how important this point is. If you need a same-day reply by 10 a.m. EST, it would be a good idea to have sent your email at least the day before. Unless you're writing me a tax-free check for $1 million, it is highly unlikely that I will wake up at 4 a.m. just to reply to your email. Use a <a href="http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html">time zone converter</a> or Google to calculate time zone differences.</p> <h2>11. Update Your Vacation Auto Responders</h2> <p>Skip any of these <a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/08/worst-kinds-of-e-mail-vacation-auto-responders.html">awful email vacation auto responders</a> and keep it as simple as possible. Include the start and end dates of your vacation, and the name and phone number/email of an emergency contact.</p> <h2>12. Exclamation Points Are Not Periods</h2> <p>Self explanatory! This bad habit gets annoying very fast! Or indicates an obsession with factorials! You be the judge of that!</p> <h2>13. Never Embed Large Images</h2> <p>Images do speak louder than a thousand words. Unless they are 2MB and require you to go &quot;up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right&quot; to view them. Also, large image files <a href="http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/30594/A-Marketer-s-Guide-to-Getting-Past-Email-Spam-Filters.aspx">increase the chance of your email being caught by a spam filter</a>.</p> <h2>14. Address One Person at a Time and By Name</h2> <p>If your email open with &quot;Hey&quot; or &quot;Hi&quot; and without a name, it is most likely to be flagged as spam or upset somebody that you don't remember their name. You need to address an email recipient by his or her name and on a one-on-one basis.</p> <p>If you send an email to a long list of people and request &quot;somebody&quot; to help you with your project, the only person answering is going to be &quot;nobody.&quot; If you truly need to send the same message to several people, opt for individuals emails with a personalized message. You will increase the chances of people responding to you, which is what you need.</p> <p>Additionally, it prevents the number one sin in email writing: The abuse of the Reply All button.</p> <h2>15. Follow Up</h2> <p>Busy, successful people pride themselves in achieving <a href="http://mashable.com/2013/10/10/inbox-zero/">Inbox Zero</a>. For example, author and entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki, <a href="http://lifehacker.com/5971940/im-guy-kawasaki-and-this-is-how-i-work">deletes emails after 21 days</a> because he assumes that if it's truly important, the other person would follow up. So, follow up!</p> <p><em>What is your top piece of advice to use email more efficiently at work?</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/15-ways-to-get-people-to-respond-to-your-email">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/how-to-say-no-at-work-and-still-get-ahead">How to Say &quot;No&quot; at Work and Still Get Ahead</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/this-thing-you-use-every-day-is-ruining-your-productivity-and-its-not-facebook">This Thing You Use Every Day Is Ruining Your Productivity — and It&#039;s Not Facebook</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-kinds-of-emails-to-purge-from-your-inbox">5 Kinds of Emails to Purge From Your Inbox</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-7-stages-of-procrastination-read-this-right-now">The 7 Stages of Procrastination (Read This Right Now!)</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/13-things-successful-people-do-every-morning">13 Things Successful People Do Every Morning</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Productivity email email subject line inbox zero productivity Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:00:04 +0000 Damian Davila 1196857 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Things to Say to Your Boss to Get a Promotion or Raise http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-to-say-to-your-boss-to-get-a-promotion-or-raise <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-things-to-say-to-your-boss-to-get-a-promotion-or-raise" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/boss-employee-handshake-140300414-small.jpg" alt="boss employee handshake" title="boss employee handshake" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The squeaky wheel gets the grease, and that goes double when it comes to asking for a promotion or a raise.</p> <p>A 2014 study performed by management consulting firm Accenture found that nearly 80% of employees who ask for a raise, and 70% of employees who <a href="http://www.accenture.com/SiteCollectionDocuments/PDF/Accenture-IWD-2014-Research-Career-Capital.pdf">ask for a promotion, get one</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-finally-get-that-promotion-this-year?ref=seealso">12 Ways to finally Get That Promotion This Year</a>)</p> <p>But even with such high success rates, the study found that half of the people polled never bring up the subject of a promotion or a raise to their superiors, potentially robbing themselves of advancement. Getting ahead and earning more can be as easy as asking for it, as long as you know what to say. So go ahead and try one of the following angles.</p> <h2>1. &quot;I'm Good for the Company.&quot;</h2> <p>Remind higher-ups of your value whenever the opportunity arises, such as during performance reviews, meetings, and other business-related conversations with management. You don't want to bring up every little thing you do, but you should definitely mention those specific times when you exceeded a customer's expectations, outdid yourself on a special project, or had an especially positive impact on the bottom line. Make sure you have hard numbers or other evidence to back up your claims, or it may just come across as empty bragging.</p> <h2>2. &quot;I Have a Unique Skill Set.&quot;</h2> <p>One of the best ways to set yourself up for a promotion or raise is to let management know about the distinctive knowledge, skills, and experience you bring to the table. Think about the things you do or know that go above and beyond what is necessary for your current position. Even better, demonstrate how those skills have helped you overcome issues or otherwise perform your job. Of course, the absolute best way to go about it is to let your boss know how you can use your one-of-a-kind knowledge to address a current or recurring problem.</p> <h2>3. &quot;What He Said.&quot;</h2> <p>How do upper leadership, top performers, and key influencers interact and engage upper management and each other? Observing these interactions during meetings as well as in the break room can tell you a lot about the communication styles and behaviors adopted by leaders in your company. To learn even more, engage these key people in conversation by making a positive comment about how they handled a recent project and asking specific questions, such as how they dealt with a prominent issue or managed to come in under budget despite the high demands of a client.</p> <h2>4. &quot;I Understand the Inner Workings.&quot;</h2> <p>Showing that you know the little nuances that keep the business running smoothly tells your supervisors that you understand not just the nature of your position, but the interconnected network of other employees and departments as well. Use the intel you gather from all that bigwig shoulder rubbing to enhance your knowledge and demonstrate your grasp of things that exceed your job description, especially the details of any specific positions you're gunning for. Peruse trade publications and professional association newsletters and attend industry-related functions to stay up-to-date on the bigger picture, as well.</p> <h2>5. &quot;People Like Me.&quot;</h2> <p>You may be the absolute best person for the job, but your chances of snagging a raise or promotion can be affected negatively if you don't have a good rapport with coworkers and supervisors. A 2010 study to <a href="http://books.google.com/books?id=JcpU___4L7sC&amp;pg=PA125&amp;lpg=PA125&amp;dq=favorable+impression+performance+review+study+pfeffer&amp;source=bl&amp;ots=9-P0-n6gVL&amp;sig=uYzdxXvDRyB-Sf7VDBV031JO5hg&amp;hl=en&amp;sa=X&amp;ei=5y3QU4PWH4LC8AGqiYGYAw&amp;ved=0CB8Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&amp;q=favorable%20impression%20performance%20review%20study%20pfeffer&amp;f=false">determine the effect friendliness has on performance evaluations</a> found that participants gave more favorable reviews to people who displayed better interpersonal skills than those who appeared less amiable, even when the good-natured subject performed worse on tasks. The leader of the project, Stanford professor Jeffrey Pfeffer, summarized the gist of his findings in a 2013 interview: &quot;<a href="http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2013/04/interview-stanford-mba-school-professor-teaches-secret-promotions-raises-power/">Life is really about relationships</a> and your success in getting promoted and getting raises and getting hired, depends on the quality of the network and relationships you were able to build with a large number of other people inside your company and for that matter, outside your company.&quot;</p> <p><em>What have you said to help you get that promotion or raise? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lauren-treadwell">Lauren Treadwell</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-to-say-to-your-boss-to-get-a-promotion-or-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-14"> <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-career-tactics-that-are-actually-holding-you-back">5 Career Tactics That Are Actually Holding You Back</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-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks">10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks</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/12-ways-to-finally-get-that-promotion-this-year">12 Ways to Finally Get That Promotion This Year</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/these-10-words-and-phrases-are-keeping-you-from-getting-a-raise">These 10 Words and Phrases Are Keeping You From Getting a Raise</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/bosses-say-these-are-their-6-favorite-qualities-in-employees-do-you-have-them">Bosses Say These Are Their 6 Favorite Qualities in Employees — Do You Have Them?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building career promotion raise Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:00:04 +0000 Lauren Treadwell 1195556 at http://www.wisebread.com These 10 Words and Phrases Are Keeping You From Getting a Raise http://www.wisebread.com/these-10-words-and-phrases-are-keeping-you-from-getting-a-raise <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/these-10-words-and-phrases-are-keeping-you-from-getting-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/female-businesswomen-talking-480160831-small.jpg" alt="female businesswomen talking" title="female businesswomen talking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nobody seems to have told 2014 that the <a href="http://www.epi.org/publication/class-of-2014/" style="text-decoration:none;">recession ended five years ago</a>.</p> <p>Not only are college graduates having a hard time getting jobs, but current employees are having <a href="http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2014/05/21/how-to-ask-and-get-raise-deserve/" style="text-decoration:none;">a hard time getting raises</a>. This means that now more than ever, you should take every interaction with your supervisor or boss as an opportunity to leave a positive impression.</p> <p>And while we can't necessarily tell you how to solve your companies' specific challenges or exceed your role's specific expectations, we can tell you that speaking eloquently and with confidence is a great way to stand from the crowd. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-finally-get-that-promotion-this-year?ref=seealso" style="text-decoration:none;">12 Ways to Finally Get That Promotion This Year</a>)</p> <p>With that in mind, here are 10 words and phrases that you should drop from your vocabulary to increase your chances of getting a raise.</p> <h2>1. &quot;Oh&hellip;&quot;</h2> <p>If the first word coming out of your mind is &quot;oh&quot; every time that your boss asks you a question, she may get the impression that you have no idea of what's going in your projects. Being caught by surprise every now and then is not a corporate sin, but you shouldn't give the impression that your mind is wandering instead of focusing in your tasks.</p> <p>Stop looking like a deer caught in headlights and ask relevant, meaningful questions that allow you to gather more information.</p> <h2>2. &quot;Everything&quot;</h2> <ul> <li>What caused the delay in the project?</li> <li>What can I do to help you improve your performance?</li> <li>What are the benefits to our company from your job?</li> <li>What would you have done differently?</li> </ul> <p>If you answer &quot;everything&quot; to the four questions above, your supervisor is likely to facepalm. While it may be true that every single possible thing went wrong with your project, he is asking you to shine some light into the specifics.</p> <p>From that &quot;everything,&quot; cite up to three specific reasons and elaborate on them. Your supervisor will thank you and believe that you know your stuff.</p> <h2>3. &quot;Not My Job&quot;</h2> <p>Words to die by. If you are a fan of the Spiderman comics or movies, then you know that this mentality contributed to the eventual death of <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsOGSMvQSxE" style="text-decoration:none;">Peter Parker's Uncle Ben</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-surprisingly-frugal-lifestyles-of-12-famous-superheroes?ref=seealso" style="text-decoration:none;">The Surprisingly Frugal Lifestyles of 12 Famous Superheroes</a>)</p> <p>You cannot refuse to lend a hand to your coworkers all the time. Put yourself in their shoes and imagine if every single person in the office did that to you &mdash; how would you feel?</p> <p>Listen to your coworker's request and determine who is the right person to help. Remember what goes around, comes around. Set a positive expectation for when you are the one asking for help.</p> <h2>4. &quot;Honestly&quot;</h2> <p>Does this mean that unless you're saying &quot;honestly&quot; people are to assume that you're not being honest?</p> <p>Most people tell white lies or misrepresent facts. Researches have found that <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1213171/Men-lie-times-day-twice-women-study-finds.html" style="text-decoration:none;">men tell six lies a day</a> on average to their partner, boss and work colleagues, while women tell an average of three. However, this doesn't mean that you should create special truth periods through &quot;honestly.&quot; Additionally, if you say &quot;honestly&quot; out loud, it sounds as if you're venting frustration rather than infusing confidence in your statements.</p> <h2>5. &quot;I'll Try&quot;</h2> <p>Does this mean that you will do it or not? There is a big difference in either answer, so you need to be more specific than that.</p> <p>For example, imagine that you want to get a raise. The &quot;I'll try&quot; answer doesn't provide you any specifics. You don't have a target date, a list of action items, or a target salary to reach. If you want a raise, you have to go for it, not just try. From those who ask for a raise, <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/easiest-way-to-get-a-raise-and-promotion/" style="text-decoration:none;">85% at least get something</a> and 63% get at least as much as they asked for.</p> <p>So say yes or no, and fully commit to a course of action.</p> <h2>6. &quot;It's Just Business&quot;</h2> <p>It's never just business. The <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/use-the-8020-rule-to-maximize-your-financial-opportunities" style="text-decoration:none;">80/20 rule explains</a> why.</p> <p>This ratio reminds us that 80% of your revenue, comes from 20% of your client base. That 20% is a combination of legacy clients, satisfied clients, and &quot;afraid of change&quot; clients. You know most of those clients by name and are comfortable enough to have a relaxed, casual chit-chat with them during conference calls. These clients are sticking with your company because of a good relationship. It's just not business.</p> <p>By coldly claiming &quot;it's just business,&quot; you are burning bridges and closing doors to potential business opportunities. And you're also potentially closing a door on your own raise if your supervisor catches wind.</p> <h2>7. &quot;Just Kidding&quot;</h2> <p>Every office needs a bit of good humor. No office needs passive-aggressiveness. And the end-all phrase of passive-aggressiveness is &quot;just kidding.&quot; As in:</p> <ul> <li>&quot;Kelly is such a slacker. Just kidding!&quot;</li> <li>&quot;Because Matt aaaaalways shows up on time, right? Just kidding!&quot;</li> <li>&quot;I didn't mean that, you know I was just kidding, don't you?&quot;</li> </ul> <p>Sugar coating insults or negative comments leads to resentment. There is a time and a place for jokes. Make sure that you learn the appropriate situations for serious and light comments at your company. Making enemies means losing respect, means having a tougher time justifying why you deserve more responsibility and compensation than you're already getting.</p> <h2>8. &quot;Let Me Finish This First&quot;</h2> <p>Every time that you hear this phrase, three things often come to mind:</p> <ul> <li>This person can only work on one thing at a time.</li> <li>This person is very rigid and not willing to adapt.</li> <li>This person is not willing to listen to me.</li> </ul> <p>While multitasking can do more harm than good, it is also true that our brains can handle <a href="http://www.feedbooks.com/userbook/23831.pdf" style="text-decoration:none;">five to nine things</a> at once. When asked to pay attention to something that may be more urgent, you need to answer that call. Being a team player provides you ammunition for the next time that your supervisor is doing performance reviews or that you ask for a raise.</p> <h2>9. &quot;But&hellip;&quot;</h2> <p>This one word has the power to undo everything positive you listed earlier. As in:</p> <ul> <li>&quot;Your design is outstanding, but&hellip;&quot;</li> <li>&quot;Yes, you show up to work early, however&hellip;&quot;</li> <li>&quot;I love the latest logo revision, but&hellip;&quot;</li> </ul> <p>People don't hear enough compliments throughout the day. Researchers say that you should give between <a href="http://appreciationadvantage.com/how-many-compliments-should-you-give" style="text-decoration:none;">three to ten positive comments for each negative one</a> you dish out. So the next time you provide a compliment, simply say it, and let it marinade on the other person. Especially when closing a meeting or ending a call, you want to end on a high note that resonates for a couple moments.</p> <h2>10. &quot;I'm No Expert&hellip;&quot;</h2> <p>Then you shouldn't be saying anything!</p> <ul> <li>Would you ask a non-expert in medicine about how to treat a disease</li> <li>Would you care that somebody without legal expertise reviews your will?</li> <li>Would you trust your retirement account to a person without expertise in financial matters?</li> </ul> <p>No, you wouldn't.</p> <p>When you don't have the expertise, let the experts talk. And when you do hold the necessary credentials, don't undermine them and just state your case. You will sound more assertive and look more professional.</p> <p>And so will your new compensation package.</p> <p><em>What other words and phrases need to disappear from our professional vocabulary? Please share in comments!</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/these-10-words-and-phrases-are-keeping-you-from-getting-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-15"> <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/6-simple-steps-to-discovering-your-true-salary-potential">6 Simple Steps to Discovering Your True Salary Potential</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/5-career-tactics-that-are-actually-holding-you-back">5 Career Tactics That Are Actually Holding You Back</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-things-to-say-to-your-boss-to-get-a-promotion-or-raise">5 Things to Say to Your Boss to Get a Promotion or 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/the-8-worst-things-good-employees-do">The 8 Worst Things Good Employees Do</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-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks">10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building earnings extra income income paycheck promotion raise Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:00:04 +0000 Damian Davila 1184375 at http://www.wisebread.com