Job Hunting http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/7800/all en-US How to Earn Extra Income as a Courthouse Researcher http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-extra-income-as-a-courthouse-researcher <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-earn-extra-income-as-a-courthouse-researcher" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/male_female_employees_000021487391.jpg" alt="Man and woman making money as courthouse researchers" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Are you someone who has always been intrigued by a challenge or finding the needle in the haystack? A courthouse or title researcher does just that. This little-known job is popular among <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-financial-pitfalls-stay-at-home-parents-should-avoid">stay-at-home moms</a> and retirees. Getting started takes time, but the business is steady.</p> <h2>What Is a Title or Courthouse Researcher?</h2> <p>A courthouse researcher is an independent contractor who researches public records to gather information for their client. You could be researching anything from genealogy, property records, titles, probate cases, tax liens, or even criminal records.</p> <p>While a courthouse or title researcher is considered a work-at-home job, sometimes it might be necessary to actually go into the county courthouse to conduct the research, while other times you might be able to find the online version of the records you're looking for. If you have to do research in a courthouse, you are governed by their hours, which are usually between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and on weekdays only. The good thing is that you're able to be flexible with your own hours, especially when you're able to work from your home.</p> <p>No specific degree or education is required to become a courthouse researcher, which can make it appealing to anyone who is looking for supplemental income. Some companies will help to train you, but you'll want to be familiar with a courthouse setting and where they keep their records. You can always ask for assistance within the courthouse, too.</p> <h2>Average Salary for Courthouse Researchers</h2> <p>The income you can expect for being a courthouse researcher varies greatly by the companies you work for and your speed. Speed and accuracy are incredibly important in this field, and the faster you're able to find and collect a record, the faster you're able to move onto the next one. As an entry level researcher, you might be making about $0.25&ndash;$0.30 a record. Once you're able to get comfortable in the position and have learned how to quickly locate records, you can expect earnings to increase. As of April 2015, the <a href="http://www.simplyhired.com/salaries-k-court-researcher-jobs.html">average annual salary</a> of a courthouse researcher is $48,000.</p> <p>Some jobs might require that you travel to neighboring county courthouses, which will add additional costs in the way of mileage and fuel fees. If you keep track of your mileage, it makes a good deduction when you file your taxes.</p> <h2>Where to Find Jobs</h2> <p>Keep in mind that some companies have a non-compete policy, so that you are only able to work for them. The most common companies that hire for this type of job are listed below. (Some may not be hiring in your area right now, but keep checking with them if you're unable to find something that works for you.)</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://ameristarusa.com/careers.aspx?nset=0401&amp;hdr=3&amp;tpl=careers">Ameristar</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.deltadocument.com/">Delta Document</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wolfgangresearch.com/Pages/default.aspx">Wolfgang Research</a></li> <li><a href="http://sunlark.com/">Sunlark Research</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.findanheir.com/Employment.aspx">Find an Heir</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.courthousedirect.com/">CourthouseDirect.com</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.work4jbs.com/">Jellybean Services</a></li> </ul> <p>Seasoned researchers have also found it useful to get to know the employees at the local courthouse, network, and leave a business card. According to one researcher with years of experience, it's not uncommon to get work in this field by <a href="http://www.1099mom.com/2011/09/i-want-to-be-courthouse-researcher.html">checking the bulletin boards</a> found at the entrances and common areas of the courthouse itself.</p> <p><em>Does becoming a courthouse researcher interest you?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-extra-income-as-a-courthouse-researcher">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/can-i-really-make-money-taking-surveys">Can I Really Make Money Taking Surveys?</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/7-tips-to-prevent-side-gig-burnout">7 Tips to Prevent Side-Gig Burnout</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-make-money-as-a-chat-or-forum-moderator">How to Make Money as a Chat or Forum Moderator</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-simple-ways-to-market-your-side-business">6 Simple Ways to Market Your Side Business</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/get-paid-real-money-from-virtual-work">Get Paid Real Money From Virtual Work</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income Job Hunting courthouse researcher retirees side job work-from-home Fri, 29 May 2015 13:00:10 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1433907 at http://www.wisebread.com Job Hunting Resources http://www.wisebread.com/job-hunting-tips <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/job-hunting-tips" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/job-hunting-iStock_000020079041_Small.jpg" alt="hire me sign" title="hire me sign" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The job search process is never easy, but there are ways to improve your chances of landing a job. Here are tips on finding job opportunities, resume writing, interviewing, and other ways to help you stand out from other candidates. Use the links below to jump to any section.</p> <ul class="unIndentedList"> <li><a href="#search">Job Search Tips</a></li> <li><a href="#resume">Writing Your Resume</a></li> <li><a href="#interview">Mastering the Interview</a></li> <li><a href="#other">Other Ways to Stand Out</a></li> </ul> <p><a name="search"></a></p> <h2>Job Search Tips</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-use-technology-to-upgrade-your-career"><strong>6 Ways to Use Technology to Upgrade Your Career</strong></a><br /> Technology helps us stay connected, learn something new, and make new connections quickly and efficiently. Here are 6 ways to use technology to upgrade your career.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-online-job-boards-can-actually-help-a-job-search"><strong>How Online Job Boards Can Actually Help A Job Search</strong></a><br /> For someone launching a job search, online job boards can provide a wealth of information.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fatal-assumptions-of-job-seekers"><strong>5 Fatal Assumptions of Job Seekers</strong></a><br /> Many people are job hunting these days. Wise Bread blogger Julie Rains has worked with job seekers for many years and have found that these five common assumptions frequently derail a job search.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-online-tools-to-help-you-land-a-job"><strong>5 Online Tools to Help You Land a Job</strong></a><br /> Here are some tools that can help you network and build your online portfolio so you can land your next job.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-government-is-hiring-here-is-who-and-where"><strong>The Government Is Hiring: Who and Where</strong></a><br /> With unemployment hitting some scary levels as of late there seems to be one entity that is almost unaffected by the trend: the government.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/should-i-take-a-job-that-pays-less-than-unemployment"><strong>Should I Take a Job That Pays Less Than Unemployment?</strong></a><br /> So what should you do if you&rsquo;re offered a lower-paying job while on unemployment? Should you take it?</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-warning-signs-that-it-is-not-the-job-for-you"><strong>6 Warning Signs That It's Not the Job for You</strong></a><br /> You're scouting around for a decent job. While you realize that great jobs are hard to find, you're avoiding getting into a position that really stinks. Here are 6 tell-tale characteristics of generally lousy jobs, and why it may be best to cut-and-run.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/location-independent-career-basics">Location Independent Career Basics</a></strong><br /> Would you like to have the ability to work from anywhere you wish? A location independent career is your ticket to workplace freedom.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/e-book-review-discover-your-new-job-online">E-Book Review: Discover Your New Job Online</a></strong><br /> In <em>Discover Your New Job Online</em>, Wise Bread blogger Thursday Bram takes readers through the steps of landing a job using online tools.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tips-for-finding-legitimate-work-at-home-opportunities"><strong>Tips for Finding Legitimate Work at Home Opportunities</strong></a><br /> Many work at home programs that you find online are scams designed to take your money. So how do you go about finding legitimate work at home jobs that pay you for your time? Read on for some ideas and resources.</p> <p><a name="resume"></a></p> <h2>Writing Your Resume</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-write-a-resume-12-steps-to-your-next-job"><strong>How to Write a Resume: 12 Steps to Your Next Job</strong></a><br /> This article will not guarantee you a new job, but here is some advice that will at least get you noticed for all the right reasons. Ready? Then let's begin.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-prepare-a-plain-text-resume"><strong>How to Prepare a Plain Text Resume</strong></a><br /> If you are applying for jobs online, the best and most useful formatting for a resume is plain text. This post is a short guide to preparing your resume in plain text.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/standout-stuff-to-put-on-your-resume"><strong>Standout Stuff for Your Resume and LinkedIn Profile</strong></a><br /> Professional goals should influence what you decide to put on and leave out of a resume, but you can intrigue potential bosses and land interviews based on (seemingly) irrelevant but standout stuff.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/resumes-for-recent-college-graduates"><strong>Resumes For Recent Grads: Translating Campus Experiences Into Real-World Skills</strong></a><br /> Ways to translate class projects, volunteer activities, and campus involvement into real-life skills valuable in the workplace.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/professional-resume-services-are-they-worth-paying-for"><strong>Professional Resume Services: Are They Worth Paying For?</strong></a><br /> When applying for a job, you need to be sure that you stand out significantly from the rest of the applicants. One sure way to accomplish this is with a resume that really pops and sparkles. Here are some of the advantages that a professional resume service can offer you.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-to-splurge-resume-writer"><strong>When to Splurge: Resume Writer</strong></a><br /> Andrea Dickson shares her experience using a resume writer.</p> <p><a name="interview"></a></p> <h2>Mastering the Interview</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-tips-to-acing-an-interview"><strong>5 Tips to Acing an Interview</strong></a><br /> You want to be the person they don't soon forget. The person who stands out &mdash; the one who they can see themselves working with on a daily basis. To do that, you have to be more than just another resume.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/five-interview-lessons-learned-from-horrible-interviews"><strong>5 Interview Lessons Learned from Horrible Interviews</strong></a><br /> Here are a few lessons on how to be a good interviewee.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions"><strong>How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</strong></a><br /> Over the years, Wise Bread blogger Paul Michael has been to countless interviews. Here are 23 questions you're likely to be asked, and how Paul has learned to answer them.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-recognize-and-answer-illegal-interview-questions"><strong>How to Recognize and Answer Illegal Interview Questions</strong></a><br /> In the United States job seekers are protected by a myriad of anti-discrimination laws, but many potential employers may still ask probing questions. Here is how you can recognize which questions are potentially illegal for an employer to ask, and what you can do if you encounter these questions.</p> <p><a name="other"></a></p> <h2>Other Ways to Stand Out</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/job-hunting-what-is-your-dutch-wife"><strong>What Is Your Dutch Wife?</strong></a><br /> Blending in is only a winning strategy if they're going to hire everybody. Standing out by being the most qualified is best, but standing out for any reason at all can make the difference. This is the story of the dutch wife.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-use-technology-to-upgrade-your-career"><strong>6 Ways to Use Technology to Upgrade Your Career</strong></a><br /> The Internet is a boon for doing all kinds of things &mdash; including getting a better job and/or getting paid more at your current job. Here are 6 ways to use technology to upgrade your career.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/networking-basics-for-regular-people"><strong>Networking Basics for Regular People</strong></a><br /> Competition for jobs is fierce but networking is one way of differentiating yourself as a stellar candidate. Here are some of their tips on networking basics.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/deciding-when-to-follow-instructions"><strong>Deciding When to Follow Instructions</strong></a><br /> Anytime someone announces that they're looking to hire, there'll be instructions on how to apply. There's a delicate dance involved in deciding just how completely to follow those instructions. Here are a few of the important steps.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-small-town-move-that-ended-the-job-search-blues"><strong>My Small-Town Move That Ended The Job-Search Blues</strong></a><br /> Here are some advantages and disadvantages of career building and living in a small town that's not your hometown.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-a-job-learn-the-secret-from-a-bad-movie"><strong>How to Get a Job: Learn the Secret From a Bad Movie</strong></a><br /> Blogger Philip Brewer has read a bunch of books on how to do a job search. They all talk about networking. They all talk about researching the company. They all talk about &quot;creating&quot; a job. He's read the books, but he didn't understand what they meant, until he saw this really bad movie.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/job-hunting-tips">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/using-times-new-roman-on-your-r-sum-is-like-wearing-sweatpants-to-an-interview">Using Times New Roman on Your Résumé Is Like Wearing Sweatpants to an 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-secrets-of-long-distance-job-hunting">10 Secrets of Long-Distance Job Hunting</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-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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-get-noticed-during-a-job-search">8 Ways to Get Noticed During a Job Search</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> Job Hunting finding work job search Fri, 22 May 2015 22:33:35 +0000 Amy Lu 1433838 at http://www.wisebread.com Help! I Lost My Job! http://www.wisebread.com/lost-my-job-tips-for-the-recently-laid-off <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/lost-my-job-tips-for-the-recently-laid-off" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/lost-job-iStock_000007173144_Small.jpg" alt="man lost job" title="man lost job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here are tips and resources to help if you have just been laid off or you suspect that you will soon be laid off. Check our other guides to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/job-hunting-tips">job hunting</a>, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/making-extra-cash">earning extra income</a>, and ways to cope if you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/i-hate-my-job">hate your job</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lose-your-job-without-losing-your-identity"><strong>Lose Your Job Without Losing Your Identity</strong></a><br /> Getting a pink slip can cause more distress than just a shrinking income. Here are three effective schools of thought for keeping your sense of self (long after the paychecks quit coming).</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/seven-tips-for-the-newly-unemployed"><strong>Seven Tips for the Newly Unemployed</strong></a><br /> The unemployment rate in California surged to 6.9%, and that is equivalent to the rate in early 2003. Most news reports say that unemployment will probably go up a bit more in the short term as our economy deals with the credit crisis. Personally, I am seeing some friends and family deal with unemployment right now, and here are some tips that could be helpful for those in this situation.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laid-off-what-to-do-before-plunging-into-the-job-search"><strong>Laid Off? What To Do Before Plunging Into The Job Search</strong></a><br /> You've been laid off. What&rsquo;s next? What should you do&hellip;before updating your resume, tapping into your professional network, and looking for a job?</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laid-off-make-sure-you-get-your-unemployment"><strong>You May Have to Fight for Your Unemployment Benefits</strong></a><br /> If you've recently been laid off, you may have to fight for your right to collect unemployment from the government. You probably know that if you are fired, you can't collect unemployment from the government. Although qualifications can vary from state to state, generally, only people who are laid off from their jobs will qualify for unemployment benefits. But did you know that, even if you are laid off, your employer can challenge your right to receive benefits?</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-by-without-a-job-part-1-losing-a-job"><strong>Getting By Without a Job, Part 1 - Losing a Job</strong></a><br /> Losing a job is always tough. During hard economic times &mdash; when it may not be possible to find another job as good as the one you've lost &mdash; it's even tougher. Here are a few steps you can take right after losing a job to make sure that your financial house is in order, so that you can focus on your job search.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-by-without-a-job-part-2-boost-income"><strong>Getting By Without a Job, Part 2 - Boost Income</strong></a><br /> If there's one fundamental rule for financial success, it's &quot;spend less than you earn.&quot; That rule applies whether you have a job or not. But, if you're used to having a job, the adjustments to getting by without one are going to be huge. It can be done, though. I suggest a three-pronged strategy, the first prong being to boost your income.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-by-without-a-job-part-3-cut-spending"><strong>Getting By Without a Job, Part 3 - Cut Spending</strong></a><br /> With the economy tanking, more and more people will be not just losing their job, but will be finding themselves without one for an extended period. When that happens it's not good enough to just cut back a little and use debt to make ends meet until the economy recovers. Getting by without a job is possible, even for an extended period &mdash; but it requires taking drastic measures to cut spending, and it requires taking them early, while you've still got some cash.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-by-without-a-job-part-4-get-free-stuff"><strong>Getting By Without a Job, Part 4 - Get Free Stuff</strong></a><br /> There are all kinds of ways to get stuff without money. You can grow it in a garden, gather it from the wild, make it yourself, get it as a gift, scavenge it from trash, or get it free from someone who hopes to sell you something else. All of these generally involve spending time instead of spending money &mdash; but someone who's getting by without a job probably has some time to spend.r</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/emergency-belt-tightening"><strong>Emergency Belt-Tightening</strong></a><br /> Typical personal finance advice would have you divide your budget categories into two groups:&nbsp; Your fixed expenses and your discretionary expenses.&nbsp; I generally don't like that distinction much &mdash; how is your power bill more fixed than your grocery bill?&nbsp; When you reach the point of emergency economizing, though, it's a useful way to structure your thinking.</p> <p>We've got more great job articles in our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/career-and-income">Career and Income</a> section.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lost-my-job-tips-for-the-recently-laid-off">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/i-hate-my-job">I Hate My Job! Now What?</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/8-job-getting-tips-from-a-guy-whos-hired-500-people-in-the-past-5-years">8 Job-Getting Tips from a Guy Who&#039;s Hired 500 People in the Past 5 Years</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-unique-ways-to-score-a-job-interview">12 Unique Ways to Score 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/master-these-15-interview-questions">Master These 15 Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting finding a job lost job new job Thu, 21 May 2015 23:03:49 +0000 Amy Lu 1432684 at http://www.wisebread.com I Hate My Job! Now What? http://www.wisebread.com/i-hate-my-job <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/i-hate-my-job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/hate-job-iStock_000032969296_Small.jpg" alt="stressed woman" title="stressed woman" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You hate your job, but what can you do about it? First, assess your situation to determine what your next step should be. Learn how to survive at a job you hate, how to get out without hurting your career, and what you can do to <em>not</em> hate your next job. Use these links to jump ahead to any section.</p> <ul> <li><a href="#assess">Assessing Your Situation</a></li> <li><a href="#changes">Making Changes at Work<br /> </a></li> <li><a href="#out">Getting Out of the Job</a></li> <li><a href="#happy">Finding a Job that Makes You Happy</a></li> </ul> <p>If you recently lost your job, take a look at Wise Bread's collection of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lost-my-job-tips-for-the-recently-laid-off">tips and resources for the recently laid off</a>.</p> <h2><a name="assess"></a></h2> <h2>Assessing Your Situation</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-important-signs-your-job-might-be-worth-staying-at"><strong>10 Important Signs Your Job Might Be Worth Staying At</strong></a><br /> Think you hate your job? Before you jump ship, see if your current job has the qualities that makes it worth staying at. Your situation may be better than you thought.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks"><strong>10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks</strong></a><br /> You're miserable at work, but do you hate it enough to leave? Here are 10 ways to tell if your job really sucks &mdash; and how you can fix it.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-three-f-rule-can-lead-you-to-happiness"><strong>The Three F Rule Can Lead You to Happiness</strong></a><br /> The Three F Rule is a simple formula that keeps you sane and makes sure your working life doesn't go off the rails. If you don't want to hate your job, make sure you have at least two of these: fun, fame, and fortune.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-what-you-love-idealistic-nonsense-or-good-advice"><strong>Do What You Love: Idealistic Nonsense Or Good Advice?</strong></a><br /> Get some advice from Gary Vaynerchuk on why everyone needs to do what they love.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-afford-to-follow-your-dreams-can-you-afford-not-to"><strong>Can you afford to follow your dreams? Can you afford NOT to?</strong></a><br /> When you hate your job, maybe it's time for a change. Maybe it's time to follow your dreams, instead &mdash; but the prospect of such a major change can be intimindating. Sarah Winfrey and commenters discuss the pursuit of dreams and risks it involves.</p> <h2><a name="changes"></a></h2> <h2>Making Changes at Work</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-survive-and-thrive-in-a-job-you-hate"><strong>How to Survive (and Thrive!) in a Job You Hate</strong></a><br /> Sometimes, leaving a job you hate may not be an option. However, there are ways to survive and thrive in jobs you don't like. Here are 9 secrets to making that hated job easier.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-getting-what-you-want-at-work"><strong>How to Get What You Want at Work</strong></a><br /> Even if you hate your job, you can still try to improve your work situation by having a meeting with your boss. Here are some tips on how to turn the meeting to your advantage and get what you want at work.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-behaviors-and-attitudes-that-can-drive-workplace-success"><strong>14 Behaviors &amp; Attitudes That Can Drive Workplace Success</strong></a><br /> If you hate your job because you don't seem to be getting anywhere, changing how you behave at work and re-evaluating your attitude towards the job might do the trick. Here are some ways to achieve workplace success.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-a-lousy-job-can-lead-to-a-bright-future"><strong>Why a Lousy Job Can Lead to a Bright Future</strong></a><br /> Hating your job doesn't mean you shouldn't try to excel at it. In fact, doing well at a lousy job can help your prospects in future employment opportunities.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-new-ways-to-hack-your-boss-without-a-machete"><strong>5 Ways to Make Your Boss Love You</strong></a><br /> Tips on navigating office politics and dealing with your boss.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/quit-wasting-your-lunch-hour-on-lunch-or-how-you-can-change-your-life-in-just-45-minutes-a-day"><strong>How You Can Change Your Life in Just 45 Minutes a Day</strong></a><br /> You might hate your job, but there is still that hour in the middle of the day that's all yours (usually). Those 45 minutes every day can be the time you need to make some major changes in your life.</p> <h2><a name="out"></a></h2> <h2>Getting Out of the Job</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-re-fired-20-signs-that-a-pink-slip-is-coming"><strong>20 Signs That a Pink Slip is Coming</strong></a><br /> So you hate your job and you'd rather not have anything to do with it. Still, that's no excuse to let a pink slip catch you by surprise. Answer these questions to see if it's time to start the job search in earnest.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/walking-away-from-a-job-that-s-going-away-on-your-terms"><strong>Walking Away (From a Job That's Going Away) on Your Own Terms</strong></a><br /> Even if you hate your job, you should still look after your interests before walking away. Here is a plan to exit a bad work situation without burning yourself.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-laid-off-a-step-by-step-guide"><strong>How to Get Laid Off</strong></a><br /> Hate your job but don't want to quit on your own? Being laid off is a better option, but it can be difficult if you've been doing everything right. Here are some ways to get out of a job you hate without destroying your career.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-buy-your-way-out-of-the-rat-race"><strong>Can You Buy Your Way Out of the Rat Race?</strong></a><br /> What are the chances that you leave a job you hate, get a new job, then find that you hate your new job, too? Theoretically, you can exit the rat race altogether if you have enough capital saved or invested to live off of. The reality, however, is not so simple; it's actually really hard to buy your way out. So what can you do instead?</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/on-choosing-temporary-freedom"><strong>On Choosing Temporary Freedom</strong></a><br /> If you had the option to switch back and forth between freedom and a regular job, you might not hate your job quite so much. Here's an introduction on the concept of temporary freedom and how you can work it into your life.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-honesty-always-the-best-policy"><strong>Is Honesty Always the Best Policy?</strong></a><br /> If you're leaving a job you hate for something better, it's definitely time to celebrate. But if you're too enthusiastic, that might turn off your ex-coworkers/-bosses and burn some bridges you'd rather keep intact. Ask yourself these three questions to help you figure out how best to break it to your colleagues.</p> <h2><a name="happy"></a></h2> <h2>Finding a Job that Makes You Happy</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/avoiding-grass-is-always-greener-syndrome"><strong>Avoiding Grass-is-Always-Greener Syndrome</strong></a><br /> It's easy to imagine that working anywhere else would be better than at the job you hate now. However, if you really want to be happy at the next job, you need to identify your pet peeves and make sure they're not waiting for you at the new job, too. Here's how.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/find-your-passion"><strong>Find Your Passion</strong></a><br /> You can lower the odds of hating your next job by following your passion, but what if you don't know what your passion is?&nbsp; Here are some ways to find what it is that you would love to do.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/find-work-worth-doing"><strong>Find Work Worth Doing</strong></a><br /> Simply doing work that you feel is worth the energy you put in can go a long way towards being happy, whether at your job or in your daily life. Start by making the distinction between work and a job.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/for-love-or-money-must-it-be-one-or-the-other"><strong>For Love or Money: Must It Be One or the Other?</strong></a><br /> In further examining the intricacies of love and money, here are some concepts that further deepen the debate.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-first-step-to-finding-your-dream-job"><strong>The First Step to Finding Your Dream Job</strong></a><br /> You've left the job that you hate; now, it's time to find one that you'll love. The first step to finding your dream job is to define what it is. Define your dream job by taking these steps.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/location-independent-career-basics"><strong>Location Independent Career Basics</strong></a><br /> If you hated your job because of its location, you can eliminate the issue by working at home &mdash; or anywhere you want. A location independent career gives you the freedom to work where you want to. Here's what you need to know about location independent careers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/non-traditional-jobs-how-bibliophiles-and-film-fanatics-can-find-success"><strong>How Bibliophiles and Film Fanatics Can Find Success</strong></a><br /> If you've hated all the jobs you've had, it may be time to look at non-traditional avenues of income: writing reviews. Here is how book lovers and movie fanatics can make money off their hobbies.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/could-online-teaching-be-for-you"><strong>Could Online Teaching Be For You?</strong></a><br /> Not sure what you want to do after you've left the job you hate? Why not teach classes online? See if online teaching should be the next step in your career.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/i-hate-my-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-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/lost-my-job-tips-for-the-recently-laid-off">Help! I Lost My 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/12-unique-ways-to-score-a-job-interview">12 Unique Ways to Score a Job 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/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-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/job-search-tips-that-will-get-you-a-job-in-2012">Job Search Tips That Will Get You a Job in 2012</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting career advice lost job new job Thu, 21 May 2015 22:29:16 +0000 Amy Lu 1432656 at http://www.wisebread.com Using Times New Roman on Your Résumé Is Like Wearing Sweatpants to an Interview http://www.wisebread.com/using-times-new-roman-on-your-r-sum-is-like-wearing-sweatpants-to-an-interview <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/using-times-new-roman-on-your-r-sum-is-like-wearing-sweatpants-to-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_computer_resume_000050021680.jpg" alt="Woman using times new roman on her resume" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you opt for Times New Roman on your résumé, then you may as well show up to the interview in sweatpants. At least that is what some experts say. The classic font is said to be one to avoid these days, with modern ones like Helvetica and Proxima Nova edging out more antiquated styles. <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-27/the-best-and-worst-fonts-to-use-on-your-r-sum-" target="_blank">Bloomsberg asked type experts</a> to weigh in on what job candidates should be using, and they had some pretty strong opinions on what works and, more importantly, what doesn't.</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Dos-Donts-Job-Interviews-34040192" target="_blank">16 Major Dos and Don'ts at a Job Interview</a></p> <h2>Do Use:</h2> <h3>Helvetica</h3> <p>There is a resounding vote from the experts for this one. &quot;Helvetica is beautiful,&quot; said Matt Luckhurst, who is the creative director at Collins in San Francisco. Brian Hoff, creative director of Brian Hoff Design, added that the font is &quot;so no-fuss, it doesn't really lean in one direction or another. It feels professional, lighthearted, honest.&quot;</p> <h3><strong>Proxima Nova</strong></h3> <p>&quot;I never met a client that didn't like that typeface,&quot; Hoff <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-27/the-best-and-worst-fonts-to-use-on-your-r-sum-" target="_blank">told Bloomberg</a>. The font does not come free, but because of how positively it is viewed in the professional world, it may be worth the cost to upgrade to the typeface if you are applying to a job at a more formal company or for a higher-up position.</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Questions-Ask-After-Interview-37367865" target="_blank">Don't Leave the Interview Before Asking These Questions</a></p> <h3>Garamond</h3> <p>This font is easy to read, compact, and simple.</p> <h2>Avoid:</h2> <h3>Times New Roman</h3> <p>This may come as shock to all the traditionalists and postgrads out there, but the usage of Times New Roman has begun to be seen by some as lazy. &quot;It's telegraphing that you didn't put any thought into the typeface that you selected,&quot; Hoff said. &quot;It's like putting on sweatpants.&quot; Definitely not what you want your potential employer's first impression to be.</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Jobs-Shy-People-35315204#photo-35315204" target="_blank">9 Jobs For People Who Hate Small Talk</a></p> <h3>Zapfino</h3> <p>This should probably be obvious, but any font that resembles cursive should be avoided. They can be hard to read, overly fancy, and generally inappropriate for a professional setting.</p> <h3>Courier</h3> <p>&quot;You don't have a typewriter, so don't try to pretend that you have a typewriter,&quot; Luckhurst told Bloomberg. &quot;You have been using a computer to do a handwritten thing. You haven't used a computer properly, and you haven't handwritten properly.&quot; Pretty much sums it up, right?</p> <h3>Comic Sans</h3> <p>Is there ever a time and place for this font? Probably not. But it's most <em>definitely</em> one to avoid when writing up a résumé. It's unprofessional, whimsical, and will most likely be dismissed right off the bat by potential employers. Seriously, steer clear of this one pretty much always.</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Become-Morning-Person-26607205" target="_blank">7 Easy Ways to Become a Morning Person</a></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First impressions matter, especially on a resume. What does your choice of font say about you? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com" style="border:none;"><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" style="height:95px; width:300px" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Dos-Donts-Job-Interviews-34040192" target="_blank">16 Major Dos and Don'ts at a Job Interview</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Questions-Ask-After-Interview-37367865" target="_blank">Don't Leave the Interview Before Asking These Questions</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Jobs-Shy-People-35315204#photo-35315204" target="_blank">9 Jobs For People Who Hate Small Talk</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Become-Morning-Person-26607205" target="_blank">7 Easy Ways to Become a Morning Person</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/using-times-new-roman-on-your-r-sum-is-like-wearing-sweatpants-to-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-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/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-2 views-row-even"> <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-3 views-row-odd"> <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-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/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> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Job Hunting Style interview job search resume Thu, 21 May 2015 09:00:07 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 1415380 at http://www.wisebread.com Get Paid Real Money From Virtual Work http://www.wisebread.com/get-paid-real-money-from-virtual-work <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/get-paid-real-money-from-virtual-work" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_vitrual_assistant_000052964502.jpg" alt="Woman getting paid to work as a virtual assistant" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Internet age has brought a whole new career to the forefront, one that is only gaining in popularity. A virtual assistant, also referred to as a VA, is typically a self-employed person who provides many different virtual services to their clients. A client could be an individual website owner, or possibly even a corporate company. These services include, but are not limited to, ghostwriting, graphic design, e-mail or social media management, and so many other different tasks that business owners have on their plate on a day-to-day basis.</p> <p>Are you frustrated in your current job and looking to gain more independence? Why not kiss the ol' nine to five goodbye and start earning cold hard cash right from the comfort of your home, on your own terms!</p> <h2>What Exactly is a Virtual Assistant?</h2> <p>Plainly put, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/9-tips-for-working-with-a-virtual-assistant">a virtual assistant</a> is an administrative assistant who works from a home office. They're highly skilled professionals who business owners are able to trust doing many of the tasks that they either do not have time for, do not like to do, or just aren't able to do. Virtual assistants need to be independent workers, since most of the time their clients will give them a general task that needs to be completed, and it is up to the VA to see that task to completion. No micromanaging here!</p> <p>Depending upon the flexibility, availability, and current workload, virtual assistants don't always work with just one client at a time. Virtual assistants are generally hired on an as-needed basis, so in the time slots that you are available and do not have a pressing task to do, you can always pick up work with another client. It's also possible to work out a monthly retainer agreement, where you offer to provide a set number of hours per month for a flat fee. In either arrangement, it is always a good idea to let your regular clients know if you work with multiple people, especially if it isn't already clear.</p> <p>It's also essential that you keep the details of your tasks confidential. Due to the very private nature of virtual assistant work (it is your client's livelihood, after all!), VAs have to be trustworthy individuals who operate under honesty and integrity. Sometimes they might be required to collaborate with their client on projects and help to solve problems within the business that they do not want divulged. It's also possible that you may be asked to work with competing companies. Decide how you want to handle this in advance and understand that it is usually best to avoid a conflict of interest.</p> <p>You do not need a degree or any special certification to become a VA. While not a lot of experience is required, communication and basic office skills are a must!</p> <h2>How to Get Started</h2> <p>If you're interested in getting started in the VA world, you must realize that you're not going to be successful overnight. It takes a little bit of time to get started, build up your clientele, and allow referrals to come your way. While virtual assisting is a work-at-home job and face-to-face contact with your clients is rare, you must still be good at communicating with your clients, either by e-mail, phone, or services like Skype or Google Chat. Good communication also comes into play when you are trying to sell your services to someone; you have to be able to offer help without sounding spammy.</p> <p>Most VAs start out by &quot;hanging out their shingle&quot; &mdash; or creating a website. This, and a solid social media presence will help clients find you and learn about the various services you are able to provide.</p> <p>Some online professionals choose to purchase domains using their name so they can get their name out there and often it's easier than coming up with something catchy. Other times they wish to operate under a business name and register a domain that way. You can even use a free service such as Blogger. It is also recommended that you create profile on LinkedIn and update it regularly with examples of your work (provided they are not bound by confidentiality agreements).</p> <p>To make your social media footprint larger, sign up for Twitter and create a Facebook business page. Try to keep the same names, or as close to it as possible, across all social media platforms so you can begin to establish your brand and business. Be sure to also follow and engage with people who could become potential clients. For instance &mdash; if you're a content writer, start following blogs that interest you. When you see an article that spurs another article idea, offer to write it for them. This could be the beginning of a great relationship!</p> <h2>How Much Will You Earn?</h2> <p>This is where things can get a bit tricky. With the Internet readily available to people all over the world, there will always be someone willing and able to work for less than you are. While this can be frustrating, it is very important that you do not sell yourself short. Know what you're worth and don't settle for less. This might mean that you lose out on some jobs in the beginning, but your work will start to speak for itself and word will spread at just how quick and detail-oriented you are. This is also why communication is such a key aspect to being a successful virtual assistant.</p> <p>In a survey conducted by VA Networking in 2007, over half of the respondents answered that they charge between <a href="http://www.vanetworking.com/survey/virtual-assistant-statistics.htm">$21&ndash;$40 an hour</a>, with some charging well over that and working full-time hours. You might be thinking that those are seasoned virtual assistants, however the majority of overall respondents have only been in the field for less than a year!</p> <h2>Where to Find VA Jobs</h2> <p>You don't necessarily have to set up accounts for all of these sites, but when you're first getting started, it might help you to get your foot in a few. Once you start receiving a lot of requests for jobs or find the one or two clients that want you regularly, you can always suspend your accounts on the other websites.</p> <p>One thing to note with all of these sites is that it is imperative that you describe your skills and exactly what you're willing to do on a project. In the technology age, with only digital communication, it is easy for things to get murky. Be upfront and honest and it will earn you repeat business in the future.</p> <h3>Fiverr</h3> <p><a href="http://tracking.fiverr.com/aff_c?offer_id=1441&amp;aff_id=4437">Fiverr</a> is a website where virtual assistants can post their gigs, starting out at $5. This is a great place to get started since Fiverr is widely used and popular and it helps you to get more experience under your belt. It also helps you to see what different projects people are hiring for and just how long it will take you to finish various projects, so you know just how much you should charge in the future.</p> <h3>oDesk</h3> <p><a href="http://www.odesk.com">oDesk</a> is similar to Fiverr, however freelancers are able to charge per hour or by project. The freedom to pick your rates per project makes oDesk a favorite among freelancers. Due to the popularity and surge of freelancers using it in recent years, however, it makes it tough to get started.</p> <h3>VirtualAssistants</h3> <p><a href="http://www.virtualassistants.com/">VirtualAssistants.com</a> has been featured in many well-known publications and is known widely throughout the field. All jobs are prescreened, so you know that you won't be getting into a scam when applying for a potential virtual assistant job.</p> <h3>Virtual Office Temps</h3> <p><a href="http://www.virtualassistantjobs.com/">Virtual Office Temps</a> is a lot like online classified postings, with the ability to post jobs or find them, whether they be part or full-time. It also offers free training, testing, and certification to help you to gain credibility.</p> <h3>Facebook</h3> <p>There are also many Facebook groups dedicated to specific jobs for virtual assistants, and they can be found by doing a quick search using the top toolbar.</p> <p>Are you starting to see your life as a virtual assistant? This flexible job can be perfect for working a part-time schedule, but it also offers the potential for going full-time from home.</p> <p><em>Have you worked as a VA? Please share your experience in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-paid-real-money-from-virtual-work">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/how-to-make-money-as-a-chat-or-forum-moderator">How to Make Money as a Chat or Forum Moderator</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-earn-extra-income-as-a-courthouse-researcher">How to Earn Extra Income as a Courthouse Researcher</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/30-great-side-jobs">30 Great Side Jobs</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/part-time-jobs-that-can-get-you-serious-discounts">Part-Time Jobs That Can Get You Serious Discounts</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-awesome-jobs-for-people-who-want-to-work-from-home">10 Awesome Jobs for People Who Want to Work From Home</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income Job Hunting telecommuting va virtual assistants work from home Mon, 11 May 2015 09:00:11 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1414195 at http://www.wisebread.com Fired? Here's How to Keep It From Hurting Your Career http://www.wisebread.com/fired-heres-how-to-keep-it-from-hurting-your-career <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/fired-heres-how-to-keep-it-from-hurting-your-career" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/guy_fired_000052937386.jpg" alt="Guy got fired and doesn&#039;t want it hurting his career" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Getting fired can destroy your self-confidence and devastate your personal finances, and that's just the start. Handled wrong, getting fired could have a long-lasting negative impact on your career, depending on the circumstances.</p> <p>But don't become discouraged, or think that no one will hire you. Keep your chin up, and check out these five ways to minimize damage to your career after getting fired.</p> <h2>1. Get Creative to Minimize Employment Gaps</h2> <p>It's vital to minimize gaps in your employment history. Even if you can't find a job right away, you might be able to volunteer with a local organization or offer your skills to companies on a freelance basis until real employment comes along. You don't need a lot of freelance clients &mdash; just enough to keep your skills sharp and show employers that you're active in your field.</p> <h2>2. Choose References Carefully</h2> <p>If you were laid off or downsized and left the company on good terms, getting a good reference from your old job likely won't be an issue. But if you were fired because of a bad attitude or poor work performance, your immediate supervisor might not put in a good word. However, if you had a great working relationship with another manager or a team leader, ask this person to provide a letter of recommendation or reference. With so much competition in the job market, the last thing you need is a bad reference slowing down your efforts.</p> <h2>3. Avoid the F-Word</h2> <p>Some people use the word &quot;fired&quot; regardless of the circumstances of their departure. Technically, &quot;getting fired&quot; can apply to any type of involuntary termination. But if you weren't let go because of poor work performance or because of anything you did wrong, avoid the F-word and use more accurate terminology, such as &quot;I was laid off,&quot; &quot;My position was eliminated,&quot; or &quot;The company downsized.&quot; These explanations sound better and might alleviate some of the stigma associated with being unemployed.</p> <h2>4. Be Honest</h2> <p>While it's understandable to downplay getting fired, it's important to be honest with the interviewer. Don't say you were laid off or downsized if you were unmistakably fired for misconduct or subpar work. The interviewer will mostly likely contact your previous employer, and if he learns that you lied or even slightly exaggerated the reasons for leaving the company, this can hurt your chances of getting the job. However, you don't necessarily have to go into extensive details. Keep your answer simple and short to avoid raising additional questions.</p> <h2>5. Exit Gracefully</h2> <p>The way you conduct yourself after getting fired can also affect how fast you're able to bounce back. If you make a scene by yelling, cursing, or acting unprofessionally in another manner, your employer will take note of this behavior. And when future employers call the company for a reference, your former employer may provide all the dirty details about your rude departure. If you exit gracefully and remain professional, this might persuade a former employer to provide a good reference, even though you weren't the right fit for the position.</p> <p><em>Have you ever been fired? Do you agree with these tips? Do you have any tips of your own to offer? 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/fired-heres-how-to-keep-it-from-hurting-your-career">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/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-2 views-row-even"> <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-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/using-times-new-roman-on-your-r-sum-is-like-wearing-sweatpants-to-an-interview">Using Times New Roman on Your Résumé Is Like Wearing Sweatpants to 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/25-awesome-websites-to-help-you-get-a-job">25 Awesome Websites to Help You Get a Job</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Job Hunting fired laid off resumes unemployed work Tue, 05 May 2015 09:00:25 +0000 Mikey Rox 1408957 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 American Cities With the Highest Minimum Wage http://www.wisebread.com/6-american-cities-with-the-highest-minimum-wage <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-american-cities-with-the-highest-minimum-wage" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/american_flag_city_000033240984.jpg" alt="Woman in American city with highest minimum wage" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With elections coming up next year, it appears that there is at least one issue most of us can agree on: 73% of Americans support <a href="http://www.people-press.org/2014/01/23/most-see-inequality-growing-but-partisans-differ-over-solutions/">raising the federal minimum wage</a> from its current level of $7.25 an hour to $10.10 per hour.</p> <p>Given the public support for these initiatives, several cities around the country have successfully increased their own minimum wages. Here are the six U.S. cities with the highest minimum wages in 2015.</p> <h2>1. Oakland, California</h2> <p>If you're looking for the U.S. city with the highest minimum wage, then &quot;Go west, young man!&quot;</p> <p>As of March 2, 2015, Oakland's wage of $12.25 an hour is the highest in the country. Approved by <a href="http://ballotpedia.org/City_of_Oakland_Minimum_Wage_Increase_Initiative,_Measure_FF_(November_2014)">81.77% of eligible voters</a>, this minimum wage increase initiative also provides <a href="http://www.liftupoakland.org/about">paid sick days</a> to an estimated 56,721 private sector workers (37% of all private employees in Oakland) that previously enjoyed no paid sick days.</p> <p>And there's more: Oakland's minimum wage rate is now tied to the cost of living, so it'll continue increasing every year on January 1st in tandem with inflation.</p> <h2>2. San Francisco, California</h2> <p>As of January 1, 2015, the city of San Francisco's minimum wage stands at $11.05 per hour. However, the Golden Gate City is on the road to <a href="http://sfgsa.org/index.aspx?page=411">raising its minimum wage</a> to $15.00 by 2018.</p> <p>A second increase is already scheduled for May 1, 2015, when workers can expect a minimum wage of $12.25 per hour. The third minimum wage raise is set for July 1, 2016, when it becomes $13.00 per hour. Then, San Franciscans can expect a $1 raise every year for the next two years until the minimum wage reaches $15.00 per hour on July 1, 2018. After that date, San Francisco's minimum wage will increase every July 1st based on the city's Consumer Price Index.</p> <h2>3. Seattle, Washington</h2> <p>While Washington boasts a <a href="http://www.dol.gov/whd/minwage/america.htm#Washington">higher state minimum wage</a> ($9.47 per hour) than California ($9.00), several cities in Washington have scheduled wage increases that are below those of their California counterparts.</p> <p>As of April 1, 2015, the city of Seattle's minimum wage is $11.00 per hour. But there's much more to that number. The current mayor has plans to make <a href="http://murray.seattle.gov/minimumwage/#sthash.TlHE5mje.8vcZBMh9.dpbs">Seattle's minimum wage</a> $15.00 per hour as early as January 1, 2017, and $18.13 per hour by 2025.</p> <h2>4. Berkeley, California</h2> <p>The Golden State really does lead the nation in minimum wage increases.</p> <p>The third Californian city to make this list is Berkeley. Since October 1, 2014 the <a href="http://www.cityofberkeley.info/MWO/">minimum wage in Berkeley</a> has been $10.00 per hour. However, on October 1, 2015 it'll rise to $11.00 per hour and, on October 1, 2016 it will be $12.53 per hour.</p> <p>Any worker who puts in at least two hours per week for an employer within the geographic boundaries of the City of Berkeley is entitled to be paid Berkeley's minimum wage.</p> <h2>5. Santa Fe, New Mexico</h2> <p>In our search of highest minimum wages in the nation, we arrive at the Land of Enchantment. The state's capital, Santa Fe, was already boasting a high minimum wage in March 1, 2014, when city officials increased the wage from $10.51 to $10.66 an hour.</p> <p>Since March 1, 2015, all employers in Santa Fe are required to pay employees, including those who are part-time and temporary workers, a <a href="http://www.santafenm.gov/living_wage_1">minimum hourly wage</a> of $10.84 per hour.</p> <h2>6. Washington, D.C.</h2> <p>On July 1, 2015, <a href="http://does.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/does/page_content/attachments/DC%20Minimum%20Wage%20Poster%20-%20English.pdf">Washington, D.C.'s minimum wage</a> will go up by $1 to $10.50 per hour. A year after that, the nation's capital's minimum wage will be $11.50.</p> <p>And beginning July 1, 2017, the city's minimum wage will be indexed in proportion to the area's Consumer Price Index.</p> <p><em>Do you support a higher minimum wage in your city?</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/6-american-cities-with-the-highest-minimum-wage">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/10-high-paying-careers-with-low-educational-barriers">10 High-Paying Careers With Low Educational Barriers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-job-offers-that-are-too-good-to-be-true">8 Job Offers That Are Too Good to Be True</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-secrets-of-long-distance-job-hunting">10 Secrets of Long-Distance Job Hunting</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-hard-truths-about-getting-hired-that-you-dont-want-to-believe">10 Hard Truths About Getting Hired That You Don&#039;t Want to Believe</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/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> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting american cities earnings employment income minimum wage Mon, 04 May 2015 09:01:59 +0000 Damian Davila 1407751 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 High-Paying Careers With Low Educational Barriers http://www.wisebread.com/10-high-paying-careers-with-low-educational-barriers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-high-paying-careers-with-low-educational-barriers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/high_paying_job_000009131941.jpg" alt="Woman seeking high-paying career with low educational barrier" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>According to the College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2014&ndash;2015 school year was $31,231 at private colleges, $9,139 for state residents at public colleges, and $22,958 for out-of-state residents attending public universities.</p> <p>Ouch.</p> <p>Let's take a realistic look at some careers that not only pay well given a relatively low educational investment, but also have a positive income growth potential. For the purposes of this article, I've used the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook, narrowing my search to jobs that usually pay $50,000 or more a year, and that also have a projected growth rate of 20% or more within the next decade.</p> <h2>Jobs Requiring a Two-Year Associate of Arts Degree</h2> <p>Most Americans can earn an affordable two-year degree at a local community college.</p> <h3>1. Sonographers</h3> <p>In 2012, the median pay for sonographers (or &quot;ultrasound techs&quot;) was $60,350; job outlook for growth was at 39%. While most work in hospitals, others find employment in physicians' offices as well as in private radiology facilities. My friend Clarissa worked in a hospital until she decided to start a family, at which time she decided shift work was not for her, and she went to work at a radiology office. Because it is in the health care industry, job satisfaction is high, and the work environment usually non-competitive and friendly.</p> <h3>2. Dental Hygienists</h3> <p>When my friend Lisa became a dental hygienist, I said, &quot;Yuck &mdash; aren't you grossed out all the time?&quot; She laughed and said no, it was usually just fine. She had the last laugh &mdash; at a salary of $70,210 per year (2012 data) with a 33% growth outlook. Because it is a family-friendly profession, she was also able to eventually choose her hours.</p> <h3>3. Cardiovascular Technicians</h3> <p>Here is another positive-growth position, predicted at 39% growth and paying an average of $52,000 per year. Most positions are located in hospitals; some are in physicians' offices or diagnostic laboratories. If you are good at communicating, are drawn to helping people, and can multi-task and think quickly on your feet, this may be a good position to investigate.</p> <h3>4. Web Developers</h3> <p>With a faster-than-average predicted growth (20%) and median pay of $62,500, the position of web developer is very intriguing. If you enjoy working with computers, learning and writing code, and have a creative side, this may be for you. Read these <a href="http://www.myinkblog.com/5-reasons-why-i-love-being-a-web-designer/">developers' accounts</a> of favorite things about their jobs.</p> <h3>5. Radiologic and MRI Technologists</h3> <p>At a median of $55,910, these positions also predict good growth (21%), plus the option of working in a hospital or private radiology setting. Interesting was this quote from an MRI technologist: &quot;The biggest surprise of my career is the <a href="http://www.citytowninfo.com/career-story/radiologic-tech/MRI-technologist-at-a-hospital">job security</a>. In this difficult economy, I am at no risk of losing my job.&quot;</p> <h3>6. Nuclear Medicine Technologist</h3> <p>While the rate of growth is just slightly slower than other imaging positions listed above, the salary is still impressive ($55,000 to $74,000). Most work in hospitals, or, in metropolitan-area, private radiological facilities. It is exacting work, with much of it spent on your feet.</p> <h3>7. Nursing</h3> <p>Although I found varying statistics about the growth rate for nursing jobs, I felt I shouldn't rule it out, given a 2012 median pay of $65,000 &mdash; with just a two-year degree. There is a lot of versatility in this area &mdash; from hospitals to doctors' offices, clinics, the military, hospices, public health, etc. Another plus for nursing is that it can be a very family-friendly schedule, especially if you work in a clinic or doctors' office, for example, which are closed on weekends.</p> <h2>Jobs Requiring a High School Diploma</h2> <p>Yes, there are still high paying careers that require nothing more than a high school diploma.</p> <h3>8. Elevator Installers and Repairers</h3> <p>Having seen a young woman working on the elevator at the local hospital, I wondered if it was a good job, so I checked. The 2012 median pay? Try $76,650, with projected growth of 25% &mdash; faster than average. One article even calls it a &quot;<a href="http://www.riseandgrind.com/2010/03/10/elevator-technician-recession-proof/">recession-proof job</a>.&quot; To get the gig, you'll need to serve an apprenticeship, be physically fit, and often be on call.</p> <h3>9. Law Enforcement</h3> <p>As of the 2007 census, only about one in eight local <a href="http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=tp&amp;tid=71">police officers were women</a>. This career deserves a hard look. The pay ranges from $55,000 to $74,000 with a high school education and some on-the-job training. Government police jobs also have excellent health benefits, including dental and retirement funds. If you earn the rank of detective, pay takes a big jump. I only know one female police officer, and it ain't easy. It's dangerous work, but these women love their jobs.</p> <h3>10. Purchasing Manager</h3> <p>At a 2012 median of $60,550, the pay is good, but 4% growth is slow. Most of the job openings I found seemed to have &quot;specialties,&quot; i.e., automotive, construction, government, etc. Obtaining certification is recommended. If you are someone who enjoys the hunt of the best bang for your buck, you'd probably enjoy this job.</p> <p><em>Do you have a high-paying job without a four-year degree? Tell us about it below!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-high-paying-careers-with-low-educational-barriers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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These often use a message board or chat function to enable user communication and contact customer service. If you've wondered how these discussions seem to stay relatively civil (even in the day of the &quot;troll&quot;), the answer is simple &mdash; moderators.</p> <h2>What is a Chat or Forum Moderator?</h2> <p>These are the people who stay behind-the-scenes of online communities, giving users a safe way to resolve issues, as well as policing the most offensive communications. They can delete content, ban users, or simply be on-hand to answer questions as needed.</p> <h2>How Much Does This Job Pay?</h2> <p>Pay can range from minimum wage to $15-$17 an hour. It is similar in pay structure to work-from-home customer service phone rep gigs. Some jobs pay for the entire time you are monitoring the forums, while others may only pay you when you respond to issues that come up in a work queue (meaning that you can be away from the community until you are called in).</p> <h2>How Can You Get a Job as a Moderator?</h2> <p>Getting a job as a moderator may be as simple as applying for a posting on a jobs website, or it may require being part of an active online community until you've earned a respected place in it and can request pay. Often, you can do some research into the communities you're a part of and see if they have any openings on their &quot;Careers&quot; tab.</p> <p>Sites that seem to hire moderator or chat reps frequently include<a href="http://metaversemodsquad.com/become-a-mod/"> MetaVerse Mod Squad</a>,<a href="http://www.lithium.com/company/careers/job-listing"> Lithium</a>,<a href="http://www.icucmoderation.com/careers-icuc/"> ICUC</a>, and<a href="http://www.emoderation.com/recruitment/"> eModeration</a>.</p> <h2>What Skills or Equipment Are Required?</h2> <p>A good chat or forum moderator will have excellent people skills, possess the ability to spell well and communicate via the written word, be efficient with a computer, and can sit for long periods of time, often staring at threads of messages until their help is needed. Most job listings will describe tech requirements, but the majority require you to have your own desktop or laptop computer with a high-speed DSL or cable internet connection.</p> <p>What's a day in the life of a moderator look like? It can vary, but according to Chelles of<a href="http://www.fitnpoor.com/"> FitNPoor</a>, there are definitely pros and cons.</p> <h2>Cons of Working as a Moderator</h2> <p>It can be difficult to keep your emotions under control when dealing with difficult people. &quot;You have to put your personal opinions aside. There are so many times where my politics or my view points are trumped by the job need to moderate and keep discussion peaceful,&quot; Chelles says.</p> <p>Your privacy is also not guaranteed. Chelles states that your personal information could be found, especially by passionate chatters who dislike you or your policies.</p> <h2>Pros of Working as a Moderator</h2> <p>One of the biggest advantages of this job is that you can work from home, and often, the hours are very flexible. This makes it an ideal option for students or stay-at-home parents, especially since the work environment doesn't have to be quiet.</p> <p>If you love having power, this is the job for you. Chelles says that it certainly attracts a positive person that can keep a level head, but it does reward you in the sense that you are in control. Some people thrive on that kind of control.</p> <p>There is also often a strong sense of community in most online forums, and this camaraderie can grow with time and involvement &mdash; especially as a moderator. Regular chatters on bigger sites recognize you and know your story; if you're the kind of person that makes friends easily online, this could be a very rewarding job for you!</p> <p><em>Will you be exploring a job as a moderator? Why or why not?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-money-as-a-chat-or-forum-moderator">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Although the <a href="http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000">unemployment rate</a> is under 6%, the <a href="http://www.uticaod.com/article/20150310/News/150309315">median household income</a> in the U.S. actually peaked over 15 years ago. That means in real terms, the average family was better off in 2000 than it is today. So when a new job offer comes to the table, it's always worth taking a look at.</p> <p>However, some of these job offers can be fool's gold. On the surface, they look great. They seem to have everything you'd ever want. But sadly, the grass is always greener until you actually take the job, and see what life is like on the other side. Here are eight job offers that are often too good to be true.</p> <h2>1. Heading Up an Ailing Department</h2> <p>Sales have been low. Performance is down. Customer complaints are at an all time high. The company looks to you to save the day. Now, you're going to head up a department that has more than its fair share of troubles, and you will be the hero who saved the day. Or will you?</p> <p>The problem with this kind of job, whether it's an internal promotion or an external hire, is that it's all risk and very little reward. Say you do work day and night to fix all of the problems; will the company reward you with anything more than a thank you? Will they even acknowledge the part you played?</p> <p>With ailing departments, the problems are usually systemic and ingrained. The chances of you fixing anything in a reasonable amount of time, without requesting sweeping and disruptive changes, are slim to none. You are going to be very unpopular, and are basically accepting the job of &quot;fall guy.&quot; Do you really want that? Think back to all the sports managers who came in to turn around the success of the team. Most don't even come close.</p> <h2>2. Well-Paid Dead End</h2> <p>The good news is, you're getting more money. The bad news&hellip;it's a job no-one else wants &mdash; and with good reason. Dead-end jobs are often disguised as great opportunities, but if you look closely, the signs are there. How long has the job posting been up? Months? Years!? How many times has someone left the role in the last few years? What kind of daily work will you be doing? And most important of all, where does the job lead?</p> <p>Dead-end jobs are the top rung of a ladder you do not want to climb. The only way out is to go to the bottom of another ladder, and that will mean a significant reduction in pay and benefits. Once you've got used to the money, it will be hard to step away.</p> <h2>3. Work-at-Home Job</h2> <p>Is it possible to make a lot of money working from home? Absolutely. However, the vast majority of people who become successful spend a lot of their own time and money making it work and grow. And most importantly, they start the business themselves. If you see a <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/groupthink/2011/12/13/16-work-at-home-scams-to-avoid/">work-from-home ad</a> online stating that you can make six, or even seven figures every year just by mailing a few envelopes or making a few calls, it's purely for suckers.</p> <p>These jobs will lure you in with big profits and testimonials, but there is always a catch &mdash; you have to put some money into the business up-front, and then you'll see the profits roll in. No, you won't. You're only going to make someone else rich. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-worst-work-from-home-jobs?ref=seealso">The 5 Worst Work-From-Home Jobs</a>)</p> <h2>4. Big Promotion to Upper Management</h2> <p>This is it; the offer you've been waiting for. Finally, you get the chance to rub shoulders with the decision makers, and earn the kind of salary you always dreamed of. But not so fast; before you accept the job, look carefully at the position, the hours, the workload, and the stress that may be involved. You could soon find that the extra money is not worth all the extra hours, and additional pressure. In fact, your hourly rate may actually go down when you go from 40 hours per week to 70.</p> <p>Not only that, but when it comes time to trim down the workforce (which sadly happens annually at many companies), you could now be directly in the line of fire. You earn more, but you don't yet have the experience and expertise that comes with time served in that role. Suddenly, that job offer is looking more and more like a promotion to Stress City.</p> <h2>5. Job With Everything &mdash; Except Money</h2> <p>So many people in my industry &mdash; advertising &mdash; get suckered into this one. But it can apply to a vast array of professions. The basic premise is this; you are offered the world on a plate. It's a great company, with awesome people, in a very desirable part of the city. You can walk to work, it's so close. You get to actually have fun at work, and how many people can say that? There's only one tiny drawback&hellip;the salary is horrendous. You'd actually be taking a huge pay cut to get the job, and the chances of making any decent money in the next few years, well, they're slim to none.</p> <p>I have done this. I went from a great paying job with average prospects, to a very poorly-paid job with great prospects. If you did it early on in your career, it can work. Later on, you may find yourself struggling to pay bills and eat, and then you will resent the job that had everything.</p> <h2>6. X-Rated Promotion</h2> <p>This one comes from a good friend of mine (who shall remain nameless, obviously). Several years ago, he was working as a web designer in real estate when a client approached him with a better offer. He said &quot;Come and work for my new business, it's the same hours for a lot more money, and you could really make a name for yourself.&quot; He figured it was real estate, but was surprised to learn that it was creating websites for adult entertainment stars. Even though he knew it could be a black mark on his resume, he took the job. With that industry, once you're in, it's hard to come back into the clean-cut world. He was there for years, and had to take a job with much lower pay to get out. He regrets it to this day.</p> <h2>7. Morally Questionable Endeavor</h2> <p>There is no getting around this; if you take a job with great pay and benefits, but know deep down it is something you don't agree with, you're in big trouble. I experienced it personally when I was offered a cigarette account in my first advertising job. I took it, knowing it would lead to bigger and better things; and to be fair, it did. But the whole time I was working on the account, which was advertising cigarettes to poor people in India, I felt hollow. Don't talk yourself into a seemingly better job if it is going to conflict with who you are as a person. The money may be better, the hours may be shorter, the travel may be insane. However, if you can't look yourself in the mirror when you get home, it's just not worth it.</p> <h2>8. High Turnover Opportunity</h2> <p>Do you have a certain place of business near you that is always changing hands? First it was a pizzeria, then a donut shop, and then a barber's. Now, after a brief stint as a Mexican restaurant, it has become a nail salon. And you know it won't be long before it changes again.</p> <p>For some reason, some locations just never find success. It can also be the same with certain jobs. If you are being offered a lot more money, and benefits, to take a job that five other people have had before you in the space of six years, then you know something is very wrong. Sure, maybe you'll be the one to finally make things right. But more often than not, you'll be interviewing for your replacement soon enough.</p> <p><em>Have you ever taken a job offer only to regret it later?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-job-offers-that-are-too-good-to-be-true">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/6-signs-its-time-to-make-your-side-gig-your-career">6 Signs It&#039;s Time to Make Your Side Gig 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/6-american-cities-with-the-highest-minimum-wage">6 American Cities With the Highest Minimum Wage</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/fired-heres-how-to-keep-it-from-hurting-your-career">Fired? Here&#039;s How to Keep It From Hurting Your Career</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-secrets-of-long-distance-job-hunting">10 Secrets of Long-Distance Job Hunting</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-hard-truths-about-getting-hired-that-you-dont-want-to-believe">10 Hard Truths About Getting Hired That You Don&#039;t Want to Believe</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting business employment job offers scams work Mon, 06 Apr 2015 09:00:07 +0000 Paul Michael 1367860 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Ways to Keep Your New Job Hunt Secret http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-keep-your-new-job-hunt-secret <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-to-keep-your-new-job-hunt-secret" 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_search_000025717875.jpg" alt="Woman searching for new job and keeping it secret" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>So you're looking for a new job &mdash; the problem is, you already have one, and you don't want your current boss to discover you're looking for another. It's a situation most of us find ourselves in at least once during our careers, but it's also one that can be potentially disastrous.</p> <p>Since job security is important to most of us, it's important to keep your job search confidential until you actually have an offer on the table. Here are some tips for doing just that.</p> <h2>1. Hunt on Personal Time</h2> <p>Yes, it's often easier to look for a new job during regular business hours, but this also makes it a lot harder to keep your search a secret. Do your best to research new companies or positions and submit your resume on your own time.</p> <p>As you get farther along in your job search, it may become harder to avoid searching during business hours. Most new employers will not be willing to interview, in person or by phone, outside of their own working hours. But if you must search during these times, do the right thing and take some vacation time or call in sick.</p> <p>It can be helpful to let potential new employers know that while you are actively looking to leave your current position, they shouldn't contact your current company. Most employers are understanding of this, and allow you to check a box preventing current employer contact from occurring.</p> <h2>2. Guard Your Email</h2> <p>Conduct your job hunt from a personal email address, preferably one specifically dedicated to your job hunt. Many companies now monitor emails, so sending job-search related content through your current employer's server carries risks.</p> <p>It's easy to create a new email address, and most email platforms will allow you to read mail from multiple addresses with one (personal) login. Just make sure that any email you send in response has a return address that matches the one your potential new employer sent their email to.</p> <h2>3. Take Care With Your Resume</h2> <p>It's easy to post your resume to job boards, and doing so can feel like a huge step toward putting yourself out there. However, public boards are searchable by all companies, including the one you currently work for. While you may think that there is a fairly small chance that someone from your current company would see your post, many companies monitor these boards. They're looking for potential employees, but also looking for current employees who want to leave.</p> <p>If you must post to a job board, determine whether they have privacy options that would allow you to control who sees your information. You can also choose to <a href="http://career-advice.monster.com/job-search/getting-started/keep-your-job-search-secret/article.aspx">mask your applicant name</a> with something like &quot;Confidential Candidate,&quot; and describe your current position generally rather than specifically.</p> <p>These same cautions apply to your cover letter, too. You can mention that this is a confidential job search and request discretion during the hiring process.</p> <h2>4. Dress the Part</h2> <p>Interviews require you to dress up, but many jobs let you slack at least a little in the clothing department once you're employed there. This means that if you have an interview, but are going into work first, you should dress for your current role. Store your suit in the car, or go home before your interview so you can change.</p> <p>This is especially true when you're going on a lot of interviews. You may be able to make an excuse for dressing up once (like, you're going out to a formal dinner directly after work), but doing that more than once can raise suspicions.</p> <h2>5. Keep Social Media Contacts in the Dark</h2> <p>You can be as careful as you want about your job search, but if other people know about it, your cat can still get out of its bag. Unless someone is very close to you or has a good reason to know you're looking to change jobs, it's best to keep them in the dark. This is especially true for acquaintances who might not understand how important it is for you to keep things confidential.</p> <p>If someone finds out about your search, let them know that you are keeping it on the down low until you have an offer. Ask them to email you directly if they want to talk about it, or just tell them that you'd rather not discuss it, but you will let them know when or if something comes up.</p> <h2>6. Don't Talk About It</h2> <p>After everything mentioned here, this seems pretty obvious. But you would be surprised how many people shoot themselves in the foot because they get so excited, discouraged, frustrated, or exhilarated by their job search that they just can't help talking about it. Don't. Resist the temptation to brag, share, or vent about how things are going.</p> <p>If you know that you're the type who will inevitably need to talk about your search, choose someone who already knows about it. Call your best friend, your spouse, or even your mother to share your triumphs and successes.</p> <p>Looking for a new job can be such a fun and exciting time. Remember these tips so that you don't hurt yourself more than you help yourself, and so that you don't burn your bridges behind you.</p> <p><em>Have you searched for a job while you had a job? How did you keep things confidential?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-keep-your-new-job-hunt-secret">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/using-times-new-roman-on-your-r-sum-is-like-wearing-sweatpants-to-an-interview">Using Times New Roman on Your Résumé Is Like Wearing Sweatpants to an 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/6-american-cities-with-the-highest-minimum-wage">6 American Cities With the Highest Minimum Wage</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/8-job-offers-that-are-too-good-to-be-true">8 Job Offers That Are Too Good to Be True</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/a-pro-resume-editor-reveals-the-5-dumbest-things-you-have-on-your-resume">A Pro Resume Editor Reveals the 5 Dumbest Things You Have on Your Resume</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting confidentiality employment resume Wed, 25 Mar 2015 09:00:08 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1353879 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Effective Ways to Make Yourself More Employable http://www.wisebread.com/6-effective-ways-to-make-yourself-more-employable <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-effective-ways-to-make-yourself-more-employable" 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_000035737866.jpg" alt="Employable woman shaking hands in job interview" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The unemployment rate is steadily improving &mdash; thank you, American people &mdash; but there's still a large pool of job seekers, and not enough positions to go around. As a result, employers can afford to be extremely picky. They're looking for qualified applicants who bring more to the table. Why can't that be you? Consider these tips to make yourself more employable.</p> <h2>1. Recognize That Cookie-Cutter Resume Doesn't Work</h2> <p>Employers can spot a cooker-cutter resume a mile away. If you don't take time to update your resume and tailor it to each specific job, don't expect employers to take time out of their schedule to interview you. This is especially true if they receive numerous customized resumes or cover letters from people willing to go above and beyond to get noticed.</p> <p>Carefully read job ads to understand the responsibilities and duties. When crafting your resume and cover letter, focus on skills that are a good match for each specific position. For example, if you're applying for a sales position, your resume should focus on any previous sales or marketing experience. Mention workshops or courses you've taken, sales awards or recognition you've received, duties and responsibilities, and action-oriented tasks that got results.</p> <p>If you're not confident in your resume-writing skills, you may want to consider enlisting a professional. I recommend this to many of my friends, and you might benefit from it, too. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-words-you-need-to-delete-from-your-resume-right-now?ref=seealso">12 Words You Need to Delete From Your Resume Right Now</a>)</p> <h2>2. Further Your Education</h2> <p>A career coach recently told me that going back to school isn't necessary if you're trying to make yourself more employable, but it doesn't hurt to brush up on skills you already have. You can take a free or low-cost workshop, seminar, or class at a community college to expand or improve upon your skillset. Even if you have the requisite experience and education for a position, you might go further in the interview process if you have additional skills such as speaking a second language or proficiency in a new software program. The less time a company has to spend training you, the better. Additional skills also might enable you to have a greater role in the organization (and possibly move up the corporate ladder faster).</p> <p>Before applying for any job, research the &quot;bonus&quot; skills that employers in your field desire. If you can master these, you'll become more employable.</p> <h2>3. Get Social</h2> <p>You may not be a computer fanatic or a big fan of social media, but if you want to become more employable, you've got to improve your online presence. Many employers head online to find qualified job applicants, and not every company advertises openings on the job boards you frequent &mdash; increasingly fewer do this, in fact. Also, many companies have recruiters that scour sites like LinkedIn looking for qualified applicants. For example, in the past 12 months, I was contacted by four companies who found my online profile. That's work I didn't have to search for. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-unconventional-ways-to-find-your-next-job?ref=seealso">Unconventional Ways to Find Your Next Job</a>)</p> <p>On the flip side, make sure your social media profiles aren't losing you jobs. Employers are researching your online life to make sure you're a good fit for the company before they extend an offer. Drunken or controversial posts, a combative attitude, and other unsavory and unprofessional additions will only work against you.</p> <h2>4. Adjust Your Attitude</h2> <p>After months of looking for a job, you might feel the situation is hopeless. Unfortunately, if you feel negative or discouraged, you can bring this attitude into every interview. Don't think employers won't notice your lack of confidence. This will show in your demeanor and in the way you answer questions. If the employer has to choose between someone who's excited and confident over someone who lacks self-confidence, they're going to go with the former. Fake it until you make it, as they say. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-can-do-right-now-to-become-more-hirable?ref=seealso">10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Become More Hirable</a>)</p> <h2>5. Learn How to Ace an Interview</h2> <p>You can do every suggestion listed above, but if you have terrible interview skills, most employers aren't going to give you a second thought. By now, you're probably familiar with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">common interview questions</a> like: Why should I hire you? How can you help my company succeed? What are your long-term and short-term goals? What are your strengths and weaknesses? But don't just focus on mastering responses to these questions. Learn about the company by reading press releases, news articles, or studying their financials. This proves you've done your homework, and that you have a sincere interest in the company &mdash; and it'll help you prevent looking like an idiot in the hot seat.</p> <p>Also, have several mock interviews with friends or relatives to make sure your answers are to the point and concise. Whatever field you're applying in, search online for the top 20 or 30 interview questions specific to this field and come up with impressive responses for each one. You only have one shot to dazzle the employer. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-body-language-mistakes-that-sabotage-most-interviews?ref=seealso">10 Body Language Mistakes That Sabotage Most Interviews</a>)</p> <h2>6. Be Flexible</h2> <p>You might go into an interview thinking you have to earn a certain salary or have a certain schedule. However, flexibility can pay off. This doesn't mean compromising and taking a job that's clearly not a fit. But if you're flexible with your desired income and work schedule, you might get a job offer sooner rather than later. An employer might be unable to offer $55,000, but can do $47,000. Or, they might be unable to offer a nine to five shift, but can hire for a later slot.</p> <p><em>Do you have tips on how to make yourself more employable? 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/6-effective-ways-to-make-yourself-more-employable">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/using-times-new-roman-on-your-r-sum-is-like-wearing-sweatpants-to-an-interview">Using Times New Roman on Your Résumé Is Like Wearing Sweatpants to an 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/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-3 views-row-odd"> <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-4 views-row-even"> <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> <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-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> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting interview tips job etiquette job search resume Fri, 20 Mar 2015 15:00:09 +0000 Mikey Rox 1349296 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-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/using-times-new-roman-on-your-r-sum-is-like-wearing-sweatpants-to-an-interview">Using Times New Roman on Your Résumé Is Like Wearing Sweatpants to an 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/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-3 views-row-odd"> <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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-pro-resume-editor-reveals-the-5-dumbest-things-you-have-on-your-resume">A Pro Resume Editor Reveals the 5 Dumbest Things You Have on Your Resume</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 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 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. 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