Job Hunting http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/7800/all en-US 15 Soft Skills Every Employer Values http://www.wisebread.com/15-soft-skills-every-employer-values <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-soft-skills-every-employer-values" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/smiling_young_executive_sitting_at_his_desk.jpg" alt="Smiling young executive sitting at his desk" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Employers these days are looking for much more than a resume filled with awards, achievements, and ladder-climbing success. While those hard facts and figures can put you in the running, what will make you stand out from other candidates are your soft skills. These are the skills that cannot really be quantified on paper, but are the difference between a good employee and a great one. How many of these do you have?</p> <h2>1. Strong communication</h2> <p>How you present yourself is just as important as what you're presenting. This will be evident in your interview, but we're usually well-rehearsed and prepared for that particular grilling. How you communicate on a day-to-day basis will be critical to your success as an employee. Can you successfully communicate your ideas, both verbally and on paper? If you are constantly searching for the right words, stuttering, and &quot;Um&quot;-ing, you will come across as unprepared. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-things-people-with-good-communication-skills-never-do?ref=seealso" target="_blank">12 Things People With Good Communication Skills Never Do</a>)</p> <h2>2. Confidence</h2> <p>The way you carry yourself, approach clients or other employees, and believe in your ideas will have a huge impact on your success. Wallflowers are not in demand unless they are some kind of savant. Someone with great confidence can outshine someone who has better ideas and abilities, but cowers when placed in the spotlight. Of course, there's a fine line between confidence and arrogance, and if you push it too far, you can come across as cocky. If that confidence is coupled with a little humility, you'll go far.</p> <h2>3. Teamwork</h2> <p>Very few companies are looking for a new recruit that will sit alone in an office, talking to no one and interacting only with a computer and a smartphone. People are the lifeblood of most businesses, and if you cannot get along with your co-workers, you will find yourself out of a job. Sure, some people are annoying. Some people will just never be friends outside of work. But during office hours, you have to overlook all that and get on with the task at hand. Reach out to people who can help. Be agreeable and helpful. Don't be the rusty cog that stops the machine. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-deal-when-you-work-with-someone-you-hate?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Ways to Deal When You Work With Someone You Hate</a>)</p> <h2>4. A positive outlook</h2> <p>Think about that one person in the office who has a dark cloud hanging above his or her head. Every place of work has a &quot;Debbie Downer,&quot; and they are no fun. They suck the air out of the room, are pessimistic, and cannot see potential. Do not be that person. A positive outlook can turn pedestrian projects into exciting opportunities. People who get hyped to work on jobs lift the energy of the whole team. You could be the injection of life that a new employer needs.</p> <h2>5. Critical thinking and problem solving</h2> <p>While these skills may not appear to be high up on the priority list for some jobs, they will always be valued. Even if it's an entry-level job with little responsibility, the ability to think fast on your feet and come up with creative solutions will always be an asset to your future employer. If you're a natural problem solver, you should tout that ability as much as you would a degree.</p> <h2>6. Emotional intelligence</h2> <p>It's known as an EQ, and it is becoming one of the most prized soft skills in the workplace. Knowing your own emotions, and recognizing them within other people, is just as important as the work you're doing. Can you empathize? Can you spot when someone is having emotional problems? Are you able to step back and realize that you need to adjust your own attitude or behavior? A high EQ can be even more valuable to an employer than a high IQ; especially if you plan on managing a team. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-one-skill-can-make-you-a-better-boss?ref=seealso" target="_blank">This One Skill Can Make You a Better Boss</a>)</p> <h2>7. Being genuinely likable</h2> <p>There's amiable, and there's genuinely likable. Some people are just great at fitting in, finding friends, and making people around them feel completely at ease. If you're one of these people, you should promote this kind of skill. You don't want to brag, because that's just going to come across as arrogant. If you really are a people person, you don't need to say that anyway. The way you present yourself in the interview will show the interviewer how likable you are without having to say it out loud.</p> <h2>8. Adaptability</h2> <p>Life at work, much like everyday life, can change at the drop of a hat. Employers value a member of staff who can roll with the punches and excel under constantly changing conditions. Can you handle a curveball with ease? Are you fine with never knowing what you'll be facing from one day to the next? Do you actually thrive under pressure? You will do well.</p> <h2>9. Courage</h2> <p>This is not about the ability to fight a bear in the woods or do a bungee jump. Workplace courage is more political and requires a different set of skills. It takes courage to stand up to the boss if he or she is about to make a decision that is bad for the company, or the customers. It takes bravery to push an idea that is unpopular with management. But, this is a skill that usually pays dividends for everyone involved. If you can stand up for something and do the right thing, despite your brain screaming at you to stay quiet, an employer that genuinely values that kind of courage is going to love you for it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-career-moves-that-prove-youre-finally-a-grown-up?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Career Moves That Prove You're Finally a Grown-Up</a>)</p> <h2>10. Excellent time management</h2> <p>It's a tired cliché, but time is money. Your employer pays you for your time, and they expect an excellent return on that investment. If you do not have superb time management skills, you will not be good value for the money.</p> <p>This doesn't just mean coming in early and leaving late. This is about how you manage your day, your workload, and your specific projects. If you devote way too much time on one project and another slides because of it, that's bad time management. If you are great at managing your time, tell your future employer. Have examples ready to prove why you are so good with this particular skill.</p> <h2>11. Patience</h2> <p>They say patience is a virtue, and that patience will be rewarded. When it comes to the job market, they're spot on. Patience is something we learn as we grow (how many patient five-year-olds have you met?), and some of us learn it far better than others. If you fly off the handle if your report is two minutes late, or get incredibly frustrated because you want to move on that deal right away, you could become a liability. Taking a breath, assessing the situation, and handling it with maturity is an essential skill employers are looking for. It also means the boss won't be afraid of you diving headfirst into decisions without thinking them over.</p> <h2>12. Strong organization skills</h2> <p>This applies not just to physical organization, but mental as well. A messy desk or workstation will never be an asset to your career, even if it does prove how busy you are. Keep your space tidy, even if your home is chaotic because that's the way you like it.</p> <p>If you are also great at organizing people, events, and meetings, you should talk about how this benefited your employers in the past. Any business is going to find someone with strong organizational skills to be a great asset to the team. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-rules-of-creating-a-powerfully-productive-workspace?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Rules of Creating a Powerfully Productive Workspace</a>)</p> <h2>13. Diplomacy</h2> <p>Diplomacy is described as, &quot;The art of dealing with people in a sensitive and effective way.&quot; If you have a great EQ, as mentioned earlier, you're halfway there already. However, the notable second part of that description is the word &quot;effective.&quot; If you are a great diplomat, you not only know how to handle people with great tact, but also how to influence them to get the result you want. Diplomacy is a great skill to have in the political arena, but it comes in handy in any business that requires two different parties coming together to reach a mutually beneficial agreement.</p> <h2>14. Attention to detail</h2> <p>Theirs a typo in this sentence. Did you spot it? Well, it was a fairly obvious one, made on purpose, but someone with a keen eye for details wouldn't have needed that clue. Likewise, someone that is very detail oriented will be of great value to any company. Whether it's catching errors in a news release, or being extremely particular about the way a certain procedure is handled, that kind of attention to detail is valued and appreciated.</p> <h2>15. Honesty</h2> <p>Last, but by no means least, is the ability to be upfront and truthful from day to day. This does not mean brutal honesty (&quot;Wow John, that suit looks hideous on you&quot;), but the kind of honesty that means people come to you for a genuine response. Not only that, but you will also be trusted more, and respected for your opinions.</p> <p>Sure, sometimes people don't like your answer, but in the long run, it's better for everyone. Couple this with courage, and you will be the kind of employee that can really make a difference to the company.</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/15-soft-skills-every-employer-values">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/15-questions-you-should-always-ask-at-the-end-of-a-job-interview">15 Questions You Should Always Ask at the End of a Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-ask-for-your-old-job-back-after-leaving">How to Ask for Your Old Job Back After Leaving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-job-hunting-roadblocks-millennials-must-overcome">5 Job Hunting Roadblocks Millennials Must Overcome</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/weird-job-interview-questions-and-how-to-answer-them">Weird Job Interview Questions (and How to Answer Them)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-keep-your-job-hunt-from-busting-your-budget">How to Keep Your Job Hunt From Busting Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting attention to details communication confidence empathy good employees honesty integrity job interviews personality soft skills success value Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:30:09 +0000 Paul Michael 2103694 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Jobs That Pay Over $50K and Don't Require a Bachelor's Degree http://www.wisebread.com/5-jobs-that-pay-over-50k-and-dont-require-a-bachelors-degree <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-jobs-that-pay-over-50k-and-dont-require-a-bachelors-degree" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_repairing_electrical_component_of_a_computer.jpg" alt="Woman repairing electrical component of a computer" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Growing up, you probably heard the same thing from parents, teachers, and friends: You need a four-year college degree to earn a good living. However, that's not always true. Although higher education can be valuable, the high cost of tuition makes going to college cost-prohibitive for many. Students increasingly rely on loans to pay for school and are saddled with crippling debt for years after graduating.</p> <p>Thankfully, you don't necessarily need a bachelor's degree to earn a comfortable salary. Several fields pay above-average wages while only requiring an associate degree or high school diploma. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean salary in the U.S. as of 2016 was $49,630. Each of the jobs on this list pays more than the national mean; in fact, you could earn nearly double that number. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-low-cost-alternatives-to-a-4-year-degree?ref=seealso" target="_blank">4 Low-Cost Alternatives to a 4-Year Degree</a>)</p> <h2>1. Electrician</h2> <p>The nation is currently facing a nationwide shortage of skilled workers, particularly electricians. Thousands of baby boomers, including skilled electricians, are retiring. At the same time, outdated, negative stereotypes about blue-collar jobs persist. The result is that fewer people are entering the field, leaving companies scrambling to hire what workers they can find.</p> <p>That demand can work in your favor. Electricians need a high school diploma, and you will have to complete either a trade program or an apprenticeship. However, because there is such a shortage of candidates, many companies are paying entry-level workers to receive their education and on-the-job training. As of 2016, the mean wage for electricians stood at $56,650.</p> <h2>2. Insurance sales agent</h2> <p>As an insurance sales agent, you'll contact potential customers and try to sell insurance policies. Depending on the agency you work for, you could be selling individual policies, such as car insurance or renters insurance, or you could sell policies that cover businesses.</p> <p>The mean annual wage for insurance sales agents in 2016 was $67,760. There is also the potential to earn bonuses and commissions, which can increase your income even more. Best of all, entry-level positions only require a high school diploma or its equivalent.</p> <h2>3. Web developers</h2> <p>Web developers create and design user-friendly websites. They handle the behind-the-scenes aspects of a site, such as coding, security, and speed.</p> <p>Although some developers have an associate degree, there are a growing number of coding boot camps that provide a cost-effective alternative. These tend to be accelerated, intensive programs that teach you how to code and get your first job within a few months, rather than years. It's a field where your talent and ability is far more important than your education. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-employers-care-about-more-than-your-degree?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Things Employers Care About More Than Your Degree</a>)</p> <p>The mean wage of web developers in 2016 was a whopping $72,150, with the potential to earn six-figures as your career progresses.</p> <h2>4. Dental hygienist</h2> <p>If looking into people's mouths doesn't gross you out, and you're willing to get an associate degree, a career in dental hygiene can be a lucrative option. Dental hygienists earned a mean wage of $73,440 in 2016, though some can earn salaries well into six figures.</p> <p>In your role, you'll clean patients' teeth and look for signs of oral diseases or dental issues. This position is in high demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the job outlook to grow by 20 percent &mdash; far more than the national average. That means it will be easier to find a job and maintain job security when you're out of school. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-great-jobs-for-the-next-10-years?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Great Jobs for the Next 10 Years</a>)</p> <h2>5. Elevator installer and repairer</h2> <p>Think of all of the buildings you see each day during your commute. Most of them have elevators, which means someone has to install, repair, and maintain those elevators. A career in elevator installation and repair can provide job stability, as the industry is expected to grow at a higher-than-average rate (12 percent).</p> <p>To enter the field, you only need a high school diploma or its equivalent, along with an apprenticeship. That's a very budget-friendly way to earn the highest mean salary on the list: $76,860 as of 2016.</p> <h3>Choosing an alternative career path</h3> <p>While pursuing a trade job is a nonconventional choice today, it can be a smart decision. With lower education costs and little to no student loan debt, you can begin working and building your financial future sooner.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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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/the-10-best-high-paying-jobs-for-introverts">The 10 Best High Paying Jobs for Introverts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-simple-negotiating-trick-puts-money-in-your-pocket">This Simple Negotiating Trick Puts Money in Your Pocket</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-job-myths-boomers-should-stop-believing">6 Job Myths Boomers Should Stop Believing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-succeed-when-youre-the-oldest-person-at-work">How to Succeed When You&#039;re the Oldest Person at Work</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Job Hunting apprenticeships bachelor's degree experience high-paying jobs insurance job growth no degree salaries sales skilled labor web developers Tue, 09 Jan 2018 09:30:10 +0000 Kat Tretina 2083336 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: 5 Tips to Find Your Dream Job http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-5-tips-to-find-your-dream-job <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-5-tips-to-find-your-dream-job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_happy_laptop_637421814.jpg" alt="Man finding his dream job" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on tips you can use right now to find your dream job, ways to create a positive money-saving mindset, and a guide t earning money with Airbnb.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="https://www.dumblittleman.com/how-to-find-your-dream-job/">How to Find Your Dream Job: 5 Tips You Can Use Right Now</a> &mdash; Finding &mdash; and getting &mdash; your dream job won't be easy, but you can use these strategies to improve your odds. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://www.frugalvillage.com/2018/01/08/five-ways-to-create-a-positive-money-saving-mindset/">Five Ways to Create a Positive Money-Saving Mindset</a> &mdash; Cultivating the proper mindset is the basis for making any major change to your lifestyle. Having positive money mindset will help money-saving habits stick. [Frugal Village]</p> <p><a href="https://everythingfinanceblog.com/23237/earning-extra-money-with-airbnb.html">The Ultimate Guide to Earning Extra Money with Airbnb</a> &mdash; Follow these tips and guidelines if you want to make serious money on your Airbnb listing. [Everything Finance]</p> <p><a href="https://wallethacks.com/50-fun-facts-taxes/">50 Fun Facts About Taxes</a> &mdash; Nobody likes paying taxes, but you may find the subject of taxes a little more fun with these weird and esoteric bits of trivia. [Wallet Hacks]</p> <p><a href="https://www.csmonitor.com/Technology/2017/1222/Companies-race-to-produce-supersonic-jets-suited-for-everyday-travel">Companies race to produce supersonic jets suited for everyday travel</a> &mdash; three entrepreneurial US-based companies are developing business jets to be quiet and efficient enough for commercial travel. [The Christian Science Monitor]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.experian.com/blogs/news/how-use-apps-achieve-financial-success/">How to Use Apps to Achieve Financial Success</a> &mdash; Join Experian's #CreditChat tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET for a discussion on how using apps can help you achieve financial success. [Experian]</p> <p><a href="https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Clean-Your-Dishwasher-34501196">Filthy Dishwasher? How to Naturally Clean It</a> &mdash; Your dishwasher may not be as clean as you think it is! Learn how to sanitize your dishwasher in one cycle with natural ingredients and no scrubbing. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="https://lifedev.net/2018/01/04/roadblocks-stifle-creative-employees/">5 Productivity Roadblocks that Stifle Creative Employees</a> &mdash; Employees who are hired for their creativity need the freedom to explore their ideas. [LifeDev]</p> <p><a href="http://www.productiveflourishing.com/resist-temptation-support-willpower/">5 Ways to Resist Temptation by Supporting Your Willpower</a>&mdash; If you want to resist temptation, scaffolding may be more effective than willpower. [Productive Flourishing]</p> <p><a href="http://sweethometimes.com/5-landscaping-ideas-homes-hills/">5 Landscaping Ideas for Homes on Hills</a> &mdash; Sloping yards can be a challenge to landscape, but there are strategies you can try depending on the slope of the hill and the climate that you live in. [Sweet Home Times]</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/best-money-tips-5-tips-to-find-your-dream-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-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/how-to-get-hired-by-your-dream-company">How to Get Hired by Your Dream Company</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/9-dream-jobs-youre-never-too-old-to-pursue">9 Dream Jobs You&#039;re Never Too Old to Pursue</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-find-unlisted-jobs-and-win-every-salary-negotiation">How to Find Unlisted Jobs and Win Every Salary Negotiation</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/15-soft-skills-every-employer-values">15 Soft Skills Every Employer Values</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting best money tips dream job Tue, 09 Jan 2018 09:00:10 +0000 Amy Lu 2085302 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Ways to Get Paid to Read http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-get-paid-to-read <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-ways-to-get-paid-to-read" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/beautiful_young_woman_at_home_1.jpg" alt="Beautiful young woman at home" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I love to read. Like most adults, I don't get nearly enough time to indulge in this pastime, because of this little thing called <em>work</em>. I have to earn money to pay for necessities such as the mortgage and groceries and, obviously, books.</p> <p>But what if reading was my job? This sounds like a book lover's wild fantasy, but there really are plenty of ways to make money by reading, especially if you write well. None of these gigs will make you rich, but some of them could be worthwhile as a book lover's side hustle. At the very least, they can score you free books. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-cool-jobs-for-book-lovers?ref=seealso" target="_blank">17 Cool Jobs for Book Lovers</a>)</p> <h2>1. Review books</h2> <p>Major magazines and newspapers may pay a few hundred dollars for a freelance book review, but if you've never written professionally, you're not likely to break into <em>The New York Times Book Review</em> on your first shot. There are, however, a number of websites and niche publications that pay a modest fee per review and might be more willing to work with beginners.</p> <p>One site that publishes lots of short reviews is Kirkus Media; the company says it's currently hiring experienced reviewers for its independently-published book section. Kirkus reportedly pays $50 for a 350-word review. Another option is Publishers Weekly. It hires freelancers for 200-word reviews, reportedly for a smaller fee.</p> <p>You could also look for a publication dedicated to a hobby or passion that you have. For instance, <em>Good Old Boat</em>, a sailing magazine, pays $50 for book reviews running 200 to 450 words (by assignment only).</p> <p>Of course, print publications are not your only option. You could look for online reviewing gigs as well. <a href="https://onlinebookclub.org/free-books-for-reviews.php" target="_blank">Online Book Club</a> pays reviewers between $5 and $60, and appears to have an easy application process. The <a href="http://www.theusreview.com/USRreviewer.html" target="_blank">US Review of Books</a> charges authors $85 for a 250&ndash;300 word book review on its site, though the pay it offers reviewers is undisclosed. And Subject Books makes things really easy for beginning reviewers by having the reader fill out a form about the book; check their website to <a href="http://www.anysubject.com/book-reviewers-wanted" target="_blank">see if Subject Books is accepting new reviewers</a>.</p> <p>One final place to check for book review gigs: Authors sometimes offer to pay reviewers directly, through sites such as Fiverr or Upwork. Be wary, however, if they are paying you to post reviews on Amazon, because Amazon is cracking down on such &quot;fake reviews&quot; and could suspend your account if it suspects you're getting paid to write them. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-great-side-jobs-for-book-lovers?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Great Side Jobs for Book Lovers</a>)</p> <h2>2. Read unpublished manuscripts</h2> <p>You may have heard of freelance writers, but did you know there is also such a job as a freelance reader? Literary agents pay $25 to $100 to readers to read manuscripts from the &quot;slush pile&quot; and recommend them either for publication or for the circular file. You usually have to write up your recommendations.</p> <p>This could be a really great job for people who love to read, but it's not the easiest job to get. You probably have to live near a major city and interview for the job in person. It helps to have connections. In the film industry, the same job happens on a freelance basis with scripts, at about $40 to $60 per script. Competition for these jobs is intense.</p> <h2>3. Scout books</h2> <p>This is similar to being a reader for an agent, but more proactive. A book scout goes out and finds good manuscripts for publishers and agents. They attend book fairs and writers' conferences to ferret out future best-sellers. In the film industry, a book scout reads tons of books and highlights those that could be made into profitable films.</p> <h2>4. Proofread</h2> <p>Are you one of those people who not only notices typos in books and articles, but grabs a red pen and circles them? Maybe you were a born to be a proofreader.</p> <p>If you want to get started as a proofreader, you probably won't start out reading books. There are a number of online services that offer to proofread anyone's documents for a fee, and these services often hire freelancers based on online tests. You may find yourself reading someone's term paper or business proposal, but if your goal is to work your way up to proofreading books, you have to start somewhere.</p> <p>Average beginning pay is in the range of $15 an hour, though some sites pay by the page. Once you've got some experience under your belt, apply as a freelance copy editor or proofreader with a publishing company.</p> <h2>5. Edit books</h2> <p>What's the difference between proofreading and editing? Sometimes, nothing. Other times, jobs listed for editors are expecting you to go beyond finding errors. Editors may have to rewrite or reword tricky sentences and make content suggestions.</p> <p>Job sites such as Upwork and Freelancer list editing jobs paying $25 to $30 per job. If you're not sure if you qualify to edit, consider taking an online course. Reference books such as <em>The Elements of Style</em> and <em>The Chicago Manual of Style</em> can also be invaluable.</p> <h2>6. Be a literary agent</h2> <p>Do you love reading, and have sales chops? Consider a career as an agent. As a literary agent, you'll represent authors and pitch their books to publishing companies. You may have to work your way up in an agency by first working as an agent's assistant or a freelance reader.</p> <h2>7. Read aloud</h2> <p>Have you ever thought about who narrates audiobooks, if they're not read by the author? While most reading jobs are about making editorial choices, this opportunity is more akin to voice acting. Learn about the audition process at <a href="https://www.acx.com/help/narrators/200484550" target="_blank">ACX</a>, a platform that connects publishers with narrators, sound engineers, and other professionals.</p> <h2>8. Be a librarian</h2> <p>I've saved the most obvious for last. Those who truly love books often find themselves holding master's degrees in library science. Librarians are by no means limited to books nowadays, with all the databases and other media to navigate. Still, they are expected to know what they're talking about when they recommend something good to read. This generally requires reading enough books to be familiar with a lot of authors and genres.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F8-ways-to-get-paid-to-read&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F8%2520Ways%2520to%2520Get%2520Paid%2520to%2520Read.jpg&amp;description=8%20Ways%20to%20Get%20Paid%20to%20Read"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/8%20Ways%20to%20Get%20Paid%20to%20Read.jpg" alt="8 Ways to Get Paid to Read" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-get-paid-to-read">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/7-work-from-home-jobs-for-people-who-hate-talking-on-the-phone">7 Work-From-Home Jobs for People Who Hate Talking on the Phone</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/17-cool-jobs-for-book-lovers">17 Cool Jobs for Book Lovers</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-podcasts-bookworms-will-love">12 Podcasts Bookworms Will Love</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/11-great-apps-for-book-lovers">11 Great Apps for Book Lovers</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/11-last-minute-gifts-for-book-lovers">11 Last Minute Gifts for Book Lovers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting book lovers book reviews bookworms editing librarians literary agents paid to read proofreading reviewing Fri, 05 Jan 2018 10:00:06 +0000 Carrie Kirby 2082460 at http://www.wisebread.com Highest Paying Jobs for People Who Love Kids http://www.wisebread.com/highest-paying-jobs-for-people-who-love-kids <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/highest-paying-jobs-for-people-who-love-kids" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/smiling_little_girl_with_a_doctor.jpg" alt="Smiling little girl with a doctor" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>People who love kids are a special breed with lots of patience and huge hearts. If you love children, you may even decide to pursue a career that caters to them. The problem is, it can be difficult to find positions that pay well when dealing with children. But, that does not necessarily mean you are confined to low-wage work.</p> <p>According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS,) there are a number of moderate- to high-paying jobs for people who love working with kids. If you think you&rsquo;re one of those kindhearted, patient folks, check out some of these lucrative job options.</p> <h2>Pediatric registered nurse</h2> <p>A bachelor's degree in nursing is required to become a licensed pediatric registered nurse, or RN. Job duties include providing and coordinating patient care along with education and information about health, wellness, and disease management. Pediatric nurses also provide physical care and emotional support for their young patients during their medical treatment.</p> <p>Pediatric nurses can work for hospitals, physicians&rsquo; offices, or home health care services. They can also work in schools, clinics, or within the military. Pediatric nurses may work in different disciplines like oncology, cardiology, or neurology, but will focus on administering services to children. According to the BLS, 2016 median pay for registered nurses stood at $68,450.</p> <h2>Pediatric dental hygienist</h2> <p>Pediatric dental hygienists work alongside dentists and perform duties like teeth cleaning, exams, and providing patient education on oral health. A hygienist must have an associate degree and be licensed to practice. Typical dental hygienist programs take up to three years to complete.</p> <p>As a pediatric dental hygienist, you&rsquo;ll work with dentists who specialize in caring for patients under 18 years of age. At times, children can be anxious when it comes to visiting the dentist&rsquo;s office, so you should be prepared to soothe their fears and provide a pleasant experience for them. In 2016, dental hygienists earned a median salary of $72,910.</p> <h2>Speech language pathologist</h2> <p>A speech language-pathologist, also known as a speech therapist, evaluates and diagnoses people with speech issues while also providing and carrying out a plan to resolve these issues. This career lends itself to early intervention around speech and communication deficiencies.</p> <p>Because it&rsquo;s best to start treatment as soon as a speech problem is noticed, these professionals often work with kids in their formative years. There <em>are</em> adult-onset speech deficiencies, but the BLS reports that as many as two of every five speech therapists work in schools.</p> <p>Most speech pathologists have master&rsquo;s degrees, and some states require therapists to be licensed to perform speech therapy services. The 2016 median pay for this profession was $74,680 per year.</p> <h2>Child psychologist</h2> <p>Child psychologists work with young individuals in many settings to diagnose, evaluate, and plan care for emotional, cognitive, and social disorders. Some child psychologists work in school settings as a counselor or have a private practice that focuses specifically on the needs of children.</p> <p>Duties for this job include observing, interviewing, and studying individuals to help modify behaviors that lower their quality of life. Licensed psychologists are typically required to earn doctoral degrees in the field. The median salary for psychologists in 2016 was $75,230 per year.</p> <h2>Juvenile justice attorney</h2> <p>Juvenile justice attorneys defend minors who&rsquo;ve been convicted of a crime. Working with kids in the legal system may require soft skills like empathy, active listening, and compassion. A juvenile justice attorney may also have to be familiar with related disciplines like social work, counseling, and mediation.</p> <p>Most juvenile justice attorneys have private practices, but some are employed by government entities and nonprofit organizations. Attorneys that work with minors have to meet the same requirements as any other lawyer: three to four years of law school, a law degree, and a passing score on the bar exam for the state they&rsquo;ll be practicing in. According to the BLS, lawyers earned an average $118,160 per year in 2016.</p> <h2>Pediatric dentist</h2> <p>The demand for dentists in general is expected to grow 17 percent over the next 10 years, which is much faster than many other occupations. If you enjoy working with children, a career as a pediatric dentist may be a good fit.</p> <p>Dentists must attend an accredited dental school and pass written exams to become licensed. Since pediatric dentists specialize in certain issues that only arise with younger patients, many of them open practices that provide services solely to children. Dentists earned an average $159,770 in 2016.</p> <h2>Pediatrician</h2> <p>Pediatricians can be family doctors who also practice pediatric and internal medicine. These doctors perform routine wellness checkups, and treat and diagnose injuries or illnesses in child patients.</p> <p>Physicians must have a bachelor's degree in some area of undergraduate study, plus another four years of medical school. Depending on their specialty, they will have to complete an additional three to seven years of internship and residency programs. Physicians earned an average $208,000 per year in 2016.</p> <p>Working with children can be a rewarding, positive experience. Being well-paid to work with them can be the icing on the cake. If you love kids, you&rsquo;d do very well to work in one of these high-paying careers.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhighest-paying-jobs-for-people-who-love-kids&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHighest%2520Paying%2520Jobs%2520for%2520People%2520Who%2520Love%2520Kids.jpg&amp;description=Highest%20Paying%20Jobs%20for%20People%20Who%20Love%20Kids"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Highest%20Paying%20Jobs%20for%20People%20Who%20Love%20Kids.jpg" alt="Highest Paying Jobs for People Who Love Kids" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/aja-mcclanahan">Aja McClanahan</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/highest-paying-jobs-for-people-who-love-kids">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/7-certifications-that-add-big-to-your-salary">7 Certifications That Add Big $$ to Your Salary</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/9-careers-you-dont-need-a-ton-of-experience-to-start">9 Careers You Don&#039;t Need a Ton of Experience to Start</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/protect-future-earnings-by-negotiating-the-right-starting-salary">Protect Future Earnings by Negotiating the Right Starting Salary</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-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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-careers-that-pay-women-more-than-men">7 Careers That Pay Women More Than Men</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting careers children dentists income jobs nurses pediatricians psychologists salary speech therapists working with kids Tue, 19 Dec 2017 09:30:10 +0000 Aja McClanahan 2074045 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Seasonal Side Hustles That'll Cover Your Holiday Spending http://www.wisebread.com/8-seasonal-side-hustles-thatll-cover-your-holiday-spending <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-seasonal-side-hustles-thatll-cover-your-holiday-spending" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/santa_claus_sitting_down.jpg" alt="Santa Claus sitting down" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The stores have been stocking decorations for months now. Seasonal music is starting to play. Catalogs are being mailed out. There's no escaping it: The holidays are coming, and with them, wallet-emptying events, gift purchases, and groceries.</p> <p>If you're thinking, &quot;How am I going to afford it all?&quot; then maybe it's worth looking into a seasonal side hustle. These suggestions will put a bit of extra cash in your pocket &mdash; and you may even find yourself having a lot of fun along the way. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-best-side-jobs-for-fast-cash?ref=seealso" target="_blank">14 Best Side Jobs For Fast Cash</a>)</p> <h2>1. Mall Santa (or one of his elves)</h2> <p>It wouldn't be the festive season without a visit to Santa at your local mall. Almost every shopping center in the country will set up a grotto of some kind, and outfit it with a Santa look-alike and perhaps an elf or two.</p> <p>Obviously, the first and biggest qualification for this job is that you should kind of look like Santa to begin with. Although fake beards and wigs are used, most of the mall Santas these days have their own flowing white beards. Not only will you need to look the part, but sounding jovial and belting out the &quot;Ho, ho, ho&quot; tagline is also a must. You should be ready to wear a smile all day, be very excited for every kid, and have a genuine love for children and the season.</p> <p>Although the average mall Santa makes around $10 per hour, some establishments pay up to $20 per hour or higher. If you don't bag the part of Santa, there are also openings for Mrs. Claus in some malls, or elves and other helpers.</p> <h2>2. House decorator</h2> <p>While most of us like the tradition of putting up the tree and decorations after Thanksgiving, some people either cannot do it themselves or would rather someone else do it. That's where you can come in and make a tidy sum.</p> <p>As you would expect, this is a very seasonal business model and is only going to give you about three to four weeks of work at best. But even if you only do it on nights and weekends for a few weeks, you can earn anywhere from $50 to thousands of dollar per home, depending on the scale, the difficulty, and the wealth of the family. Do a couple of these gigs, and you'll have more than enough to fulfill every gift wish on the list.</p> <p>You will need some basic equipment, including a long ladder, staple gun, and working knowledge of electrical systems, and should be prepared to work in the rain, snow, and hail. You'll also need to be able to transport your equipment and be ready to come out and fix issues after you have installed the lights.</p> <h2>3. Package delivery</h2> <p>'Tis the season to completely overload the mail system. And there have never been more opportunities available to help deliver those packages and make a bundle of extra cash in your spare time.</p> <p>Right now, Amazon is boosting jobs in many areas of its business, and one of those is delivery. It's called <a href="https://flex.amazon.com/" target="_blank">Amazon Flex</a> and it pays $18&ndash;$25 per hour. You set your own schedule, so it's ideal as a side hustle that you can do after work and on weekends.</p> <p>There are also services like <a href="https://www.doorman.co/delivery-drivers/" target="_blank">Doorman</a> that put you in touch with a wide range of companies looking for help delivering packages. You may also be able to deduct the mileage and transportation costs from your taxes. And with every smartphone having some kind of GPS map service installed, you don't have to know the area well to deliver packages in a timely fashion.</p> <h2>4. House and pet sitting</h2> <p>We're approaching some major holidays, including the mother of all get-togethers &mdash; Thanksgiving. Before the big day, thousands of people pack their bags and travel around the country to be with family and friends, leaving homes and pets in need of caretakers. And that's when you can step in and make a nice chunk of change.</p> <p>Put an ad up on Craigslist, or make your services known on an app like <a href="https://nextdoor.com/login/" target="_blank">Nextdoor</a>, <a href="https://www.rover.com" target="_blank">Rover</a>, or <a href="https://dogvacay.com/" target="_blank">DogVacay</a>. Obviously, you will want to get a group of solid references together; people are not going to entrust their home, valuables, and pets to a complete stranger without some great reviews. And if you have done this kind of thing before, even better.</p> <p>The owners may want to do a background check on you, and you should be willing to help pay for that. However, for just a few days of work doing basically nothing, you can net $250&ndash;$300 easily. It can be a lot more if there are many pets to look after. And if you need to be walking the dogs, too, that can also add to your fee. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-400-a-week-as-a-pet-sitter?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Make $400+ a Week as a Pet Sitter</a>)</p> <h2>5. In-store gift wrapping</h2> <p>Are your gift-wrapping skills the envy of your family and friends? Can you wrap all sorts of gifts, including those with weird shapes and sizes? Are you OK standing on your feet for almost the whole day? If you were nodding your head through that whole intro, you could pick up some great seasonal work as a gift wrap associate in one of the many stores in the mall.</p> <p>This time of year, free gift wrapping is a big lure for shoppers. Department stores, toy stores, and lingerie stores in particular love to offer free gift wrapping, and you can make $10&ndash;$12 per hour, plus tips, for providing this much-appreciated service.</p> <p>You will have to perform under pressure at times, especially during Black Friday and the week before Christmas, and you may also have to smile through the comments of irate customers. But if none of this phases you, you can make enough money to easily cover your own holiday spending.</p> <h2>6. Warehouse associate</h2> <p>As the demand for products increases toward the end of the year, many companies take on part-time warehouse associates to help out. From Amazon and Walmart, to UPS and FedEx, the type of job you will be doing varies from company to company.</p> <p>For example, Amazon warehouse workers could be selecting and boxing up groceries for their Fresh and Pantry services, or packing up regular orders from its massive inventory. Amazon fulfillment centers are located in many states around the country, and chances are your state has one already, or one is coming soon.</p> <p>Although it is part time work, the flexible hours may not be an ideal match if you have a current full time job. This is shift work, and working from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. is common. Also, you'll need to dress warm in some states, as the warehouses can get pretty cold. You'll also be expected to lift around 50 lbs. with ease, and as this is a very physical job, you should be in fairly good shape. You can expect to earn around $10&ndash;$12 per hour, plus you'll probably get overtime pay and other benefits.</p> <h2>7. Uber or Lyft driver</h2> <p>A lot of people are already doing the &quot;taxi driver in my spare time&quot; gig, but things get really busy during the holiday season. Additional drivers are always going to be welcome, especially this time of year. So if you have a car that's in good condition, reliable, and you don't mind putting on extra miles and wear, you should consider the Uber and Lyft option around the holidays.</p> <p><a href="https://uber.7eer.net/c/27771/207645/3437?sharedid=000_wisebread.com" target="_blank">Uber</a> and Lyft drivers make around $15 per hour, and Lyft offers weekly income guarantees that vary by city. You should be prepared to work most evenings and weekends leading up to the end of the year, and even with all the extra cabs on the roads, you can still expect to take advantage of surge pricing and make a handsome profit.</p> <p>On Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Eve, it's not unusual to see the fares surge by six or seven times. And on New Year's Eve, people have paid 10 times the normal fare to get home. That's $300 for a cab that would usually cost $30. Do a few of those and you're really in the money.</p> <p>If you prefer not to chauffeur, Uber also offers the Uber Eats service. That would simply mean picking up and dropping off food without ever having anyone in your car. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-more-money-as-an-uber-driver?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Make More Money as an Uber Driver</a>)</p> <h2>8. Mystery shopping</h2> <p>With the holiday season comes a massive influx of traffic to brick and mortar stores nationwide. And to ensure standards are kept high, these businesses employ mystery shoppers to evaluate and report back.</p> <p>If you aren't familiar with the role, mystery shopping is a job that you do in your spare time, based on assignments sent to you by companies as varied as grocery stores, car dealerships, restaurants, and even liquor outlets. You will shop at the store like a regular customer, and never reveal your intentions to the employees. You make a purchase, interact with the staff, and report your findings to the company that employed you. You will be reimbursed for the item you purchased (there will be a limit based on the store you're in) plus additional money for your time. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/check-out-these-5-legit-mystery-shopping-gigs?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Check Out These 5 Legit Mystery Shopping Gigs</a>)</p> <p>You can have a lot of fun getting paid to do things most people have to pay money to do. However, there are plenty of scams out there, so make sure you register with a legitimate <a href="http://www.mspa-na.org/" target="_blank">Mystery Shopping Providers Association of North America</a> member.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/8%20Seasonal%20Side%20Hustles%20That%27ll%20Cover%20Your%20Holiday%20Spending.jpg" alt="8 Seasonal Side Hustles That'll Cover Your Holiday Spending" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-seasonal-side-hustles-thatll-cover-your-holiday-spending">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/dont-get-audited-how-your-side-gig-needs-to-handle-taxes">Don&#039;t Get Audited! How Your Side Gig Needs to Handle Taxes</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/a-simple-plan-for-saving-up-a-2000-fun-fund">A Simple Plan for Saving Up a $2000 Fun Fund</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-earn-extra-money-with-your-car">7 Ways to Earn Extra Money With Your Car</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/flashback-friday-68-best-ways-to-make-money-that-are-actually-fun">Flashback Friday: 68 Best Ways to Make Money That Are Actually Fun</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-money-as-a-chat-or-forum-moderator">How to Make Money as a Chat or Forum Moderator</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income Job Hunting Christmas extra paycheck Holidays lyft part time jobs pet sitter santa seasonal jobs side hustles side jobs Thanksgiving Uber Mon, 06 Nov 2017 09:00:07 +0000 Paul Michael 2045390 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Job Hunting Roadblocks Millennials Must Overcome http://www.wisebread.com/5-job-hunting-roadblocks-millennials-must-overcome <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-job-hunting-roadblocks-millennials-must-overcome" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/young_couple_signing_contract.jpg" alt="Young couple signing contract" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Millennials are the demographic born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s. If you fall into that category, you are going to come across some disadvantages when it comes to getting a job. While these roadblocks are not applicable to every candidate, and are certainly not impossible to overcome, they are going to make your job search more difficult than the Gen Xers you'll be competing with. Here are some of the struggles you can expect to face.</p> <h2>1. Older generations may have a bad impression of you</h2> <p>Most millennials are like every other age group of job seekers: hardworking, driven, and ready to knuckle down and have a positive impact on the company that hires them. Sadly, millennials have gotten a pretty bad rap over the years, tainted by the actions of a few. Words like &quot;entitlement&quot; and &quot;opinionated&quot; are bandied about, and it is having a negative impact on those looking for work. In particular, older generations, most of whom are doing the hiring, have bought into those stereotypes.</p> <p>For example, in a Daily Mail article published earlier this year, some bosses and hiring managers <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4232696/Millenials-generation-huge-sense-entitlement.html" target="_blank">complained about a workforce</a> made up of young people that are &quot;spoiled, full of themselves, averse to hard work, and expect 'success on a plate.'&quot; Sadly, articles like these are a dime a dozen.</p> <p>These blanket statements, of course, are simply not true. There are selfish, entitled people of every age and background &mdash; but in the case of millennials, it can be a hard perception to shake off. Millennials will have to overcome these preconceived notions and prove they're every bit as determined as their peers. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-millennials-can-become-bosses-sooner?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Ways Millennials Can Become Bosses Sooner</a>)</p> <h2>2. Student loans can leave you desperate</h2> <p>Let's talk about student loans and crippling debt. The average student in the class of 2016 graduated with $37,172 in student loan debt. According to the New York Federal Reserve, in the U.S. alone, there are over 44 million borrowers that have amassed over $1.3 trillion in student loans &mdash; and this number continues to grow as the cost of higher education skyrockets.</p> <p>This is a massive liability, especially when you consider that in 1990 the average student loan debt was just $12,110. What's more, in that time median wages have basically flatlined &mdash; rising from $42,342 in 1990 to just $43,000 in 2016, according to the New York Federal Reserve. That's a 1.6 percent pay raise and a whopping 163.8 percent debt raise.</p> <p>As a millennial, you are facing the very likely possibility that you'll be stuck with this debt for decades. For this reason, finding work becomes nothing short of desperation. College graduates are taking jobs well below their education and skill level simply because it's better to have a low paying job than none at all. And this can lead to a vicious cycle of low level gigs, standing at the foot of a ladder that looks impossible to climb. No other generation has had to start their careers with this kind of burden. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-unique-ways-millennials-are-dealing-with-student-loan-debt?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Unique Ways Millennials Are Dealing With Student Loan Debt</a>)</p> <h2>3. Technology has its disadvantages</h2> <p>Millennials were born into a world of rapidly advancing technology, and for the most part, they are very comfortable interacting with it. That can be positive in many ways, and it can certainly help in their job search. But this reliance on technology can also lead to some social issues that may hamper a job interview process. Namely, millennials aren't as accustomed to talking on the phone or sitting down face to face as older generations.</p> <p>Many millennials would much rather communicate through text, instant messenger apps, emails, and social media posts than through traditional voice and in-person methods. These preferences can impact a candidate's chances during phone or face to face interviews. To be sure, many millennials are comfortable with and perfectly capable of acing a phone or in-person interview. But for others, this can be an obvious struggle. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-59-tips-to-help-you-nail-that-job-interview?ref=seealso" target="_blank">59 Tips to Help You Nail That Job Interview</a>)</p> <h2>4. There hasn't been enough time to establish great credit</h2> <p>In some countries, no news is good news when it comes to a credit history. As long as you have a good salary, a stable family life, and are current on loans and other debts, you're good to go. But in the U.S. it takes time to build great credit and get a credit score above the magic 700 number. Unfortunately for millennials, they haven't had that kind of time. Millennials are also less likely to want credit cards and large financial obligations, which further hampers their ability to build credit.</p> <p>Indeed, the 2008 crash, coupled with the increase of student loan debt, has made many millennials wary of getting into any kind of debt at all. But employers these days are getting thorough on background checks, and a low or nonexistent credit score can be a black mark against a candidate. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-credit-cards-for-millennials?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Best Credit Cards for Millennials</a>)</p> <h2>5. Education is no match for experience</h2> <p>There's a scene in <em>The Secret of My Success</em> that sums up this problem to a tee. Michael J. Fox's character applies for a job and says, &quot;I was trained in college to handle a job like this, so in a sense I already have experience.&quot; The interviewer replies, &quot;What you've got is college experience, not the practical hard-nosed business experience we're looking for.&quot;</p> <p>This is a problem that millennials run into often. They have an education and a few years in the field, but not enough to match the candidates that have a solid 10+ years of business experience under their belts. Plus, more and more employers are placing way more emphasis on work experience than a college degree. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-successful-millennials-do?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Things Successful Millennials Do</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-job-hunting-roadblocks-millennials-must-overcome&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%2520Job%2520Hunting%2520Roadblocks%2520Millennials%2520Must%2520Overcome.jpg&amp;description=5%20Job%20Hunting%20Roadblocks%20Millennials%20Must%20Overcome"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Job%20Hunting%20Roadblocks%20Millennials%20Must%20Overcome.jpg" alt="5 Job Hunting Roadblocks Millennials Must Overcome" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-job-hunting-roadblocks-millennials-must-overcome">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/these-17-companies-will-help-you-repay-your-student-loan">These 17 Companies Will Help You Repay Your Student Loan</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-biggest-ways-millennials-risk-their-retirements">5 Biggest Ways Millennials Risk Their Retirements</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-help-your-adult-children-become-financially-independent">How to Help Your Adult Children Become Financially Independent</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/15-soft-skills-every-employer-values">15 Soft Skills Every Employer Values</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-millennials-can-do-right-now-for-an-early-retirement">8 Things Millennials Can Do Right Now for an Early Retirement</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting challenges discrimination education job interviews millennials roadblocks student loans technology young adults Wed, 11 Oct 2017 08:30:11 +0000 Paul Michael 2034468 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Keep Your Job Hunt From Busting Your Budget http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-keep-your-job-hunt-from-busting-your-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-keep-your-job-hunt-from-busting-your-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/we_are_hiring_sign_530186607.jpg" alt="Learning how to keep a job hunt from busting a budget" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Searching for a new job can be a stressful ordeal. There is always a feeling that you could be doing more to make yourself attractive to employers: more networking, more updates to your LinkedIn profile, more classes to boost your skills. This desire to do more, however, sometimes comes with an urge to spend money on products and services that you may not need.</p> <p>Are you throwing away money during your job search? Here are a handful of things that may not be worth spending money on in your quest for new employment. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-forget-about-these-7-job-hunting-expenses?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Don't Forget About These 7 Job Hunting Expenses</a>)</p> <h2>Resume writers</h2> <p>There are many people who offer advice on how to craft your resume to help you land a job. This can be a useful service, but keep in mind that there's also plenty of free advice out there.</p> <p>Before spending a significant amount of money on a resume consultant, do a search of some well-regarded business and career publications to see if they've written extensively on this topic. There are also countless examples online of well-crafted, effective resumes that are easy to replicate.</p> <p>Additionally, it's easy to turn to knowledgeable friends and family for feedback before deciding to pay for outside help. A resume consultant may be useful if you really don't feel confident crafting a resume yourself, but most people are able to get by without one. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/great-ways-to-improve-your-resume-today?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Great Ways to Improve Your Resume Today</a>)</p> <h2>Costly networking meals</h2> <p>When you are networking, you may feel it necessary to treat a contact to an expensive meal in order to make a good impression. But this is rarely necessary. People are busy, and generally have no desire to set aside an entire lunch hour or evening just to hear you pitch yourself.</p> <p>If someone is willing to help you in your job search, they will be fine meeting over a cup of coffee or even just an in-person chat in their office. Remember that your work history and accomplishments are what matter most in your job search, not your ability to pick up the check for a steak dinner. If you feel the need to make a grand gesture to thank someone for their help, do it after you've landed the job.</p> <h2>Expensive clothes</h2> <p>If you are interviewing to be the CEO, it makes sense to spend some bucks to look right for the job. Most job applicants, however, don't need to spend $3,000 for a custom Italian suit.</p> <p>Sure, you'll want to have appropriate dress clothes and shoes that make you look like a professional. But there's no need to go overboard. Also keep in mind that many employers allow for casual dress. In those situations, you may be able to save money by skipping the suit altogether and wearing tailored, well-fitting clothing. If you don't already have these in your closet, you can buy them for less than $100.</p> <h2>Premium job search engines</h2> <p>Many job boards and career networking sites offer paid services that promise enhanced job listings and the ability to be labeled as a &quot;featured&quot; applicant. These services can come with some bells and whistles that might help you in your job search, but they are not cheap. LinkedIn Premium, for example, starts at $25 per month. These services can't guarantee you'll get a job, and aren't a replacement for having good qualifications and networking.</p> <h2>Costly technology</h2> <p>You may be tempted to go out and get a new computer or smartphone to help you with your job search. Perhaps you think a costly piece of software will enhance your chances of landing a position.</p> <p>In reality, it's rarely necessary to upgrade your technology just to search for jobs. Sure, a reliable computer will help, along with a phone so companies can reach you. But there are many technological solutions that don't cost a dime, including free online software that can help you easily set up a professional website. Besides, the most important component to getting a new job is the most low-tech one there is: you. Your skills, qualifications, and experience are what matter most.</p> <h2>Travel for jobs you don't want</h2> <p>I'm a firm believer that interviewing for a job can be beneficial, even if it's for a job you aren't crazy about. But if you have to incur significant expense to show up, it's probably not worth it. There's no need to hop on a plane and book a hotel for a job that does not interest you, unless you have a strong indication that it could lead to a more attractive opportunity. Even train fare and parking may be a waste of money if you really don't have an interest in the job.</p> <h2>Education or certifications you don't need</h2> <p>It is true that you should never stop learning, and it's never a bad idea to enhance and expand your skill set to give your career a boost. But you need to be thoughtful in what you pursue.</p> <p>Why spend thousands of dollars for an associate degree in accounting when your background is in engineering? Why spend thousands more to be trained in Adobe Creative Suite if you have no real interest in graphic design? Remember, there are many professional &quot;certifications&quot; that are not worth the paper they are written on. Taking some classes or gaining skills can boost your career, but only when they can truly help you, and only when these efforts are properly aligned with your goals and strengths. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-online-certifications-worth-the-price?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Are Online Certifications Worth the Price?</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-keep-your-job-hunt-from-busting-your-budget&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Keep%2520Your%2520Job%2520Hunt%2520From%2520Busting%2520Your%2520Budget.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Keep%20Your%20Job%20Hunt%20From%20Busting%20Your%20Budget"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Keep%20Your%20Job%20Hunt%20From%20Busting%20Your%20Budget.jpg" alt="How to Keep Your Job Hunt From Busting Your Budget" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-keep-your-job-hunt-from-busting-your-budget">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/job-hunting-with-a-long-employment-gap">Job Hunting With a Long Employment Gap</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/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> <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-ask-for-your-old-job-back-after-leaving">How to Ask for Your Old Job Back After Leaving</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-crucial-job-searching-steps-most-people-skip">6 Crucial Job Searching Steps Most People Skip</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-land-the-job-when-youre-overqualified">How to Land the Job When You&#039;re Overqualified</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting certifications expenses job interviews job search meals networking resumes skills travel wasting money Mon, 02 Oct 2017 08:30:16 +0000 Tim Lemke 2029156 at http://www.wisebread.com Job Hunting With a Long Employment Gap http://www.wisebread.com/job-hunting-with-a-long-employment-gap <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/job-hunting-with-a-long-employment-gap" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-544340484.jpg" alt="job hunting with an employment gap" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Looking for a job after taking time off, either by choice or circumstance? You're not alone. In the recovery years since the Great Recession, career gaps have been stubbornly common. While an employment gap can make finding a new job trickier, there's no need to panic. Experts say there are plenty of ways to get your foot in the door.</p> <h2>Network</h2> <p>It's always important to tap your social and professional connections when job hunting, but even more so if you are facing the headwind of getting back into the workforce after an absence. If you find your network has shrunk in recent years, make new connections by joining a professional organization or meetup in your area and attending local events. Volunteer work is also a great way of expanding your professional skills and network. A job recommendation from the right connection can help answer an employer's questions about your dedication and capabilities before they even get asked.</p> <h2>Go back to school</h2> <p>One of the big worries employers have about people who haven't worked in awhile is that their skills will be out of date. Getting a graduate degree, taking a certification course, or even just attending a continuing education class in your field can quell those concerns. This activity also shows that you're serious about returning to work and not just fooling around. Best of all, attending some kind of training gives you a recent activity to list on your resume, pushing the work gap lower on the page.</p> <h2>Look for a &quot;returnship&quot;</h2> <p>Some companies, including Goldman Sachs and Sara Lee, have offered these short-term jobs as a springboard for returning workers getting back into their careers. If you can't find a returnship, consider an ordinary internship, especially if you want to change or shift your career role. Yes, it could be humbling to compete against college grads and possibly work for no pay, but it's a lot better than doing nothing and letting the gap widen.</p> <h2>Write your resume carefully</h2> <p>One of the first images a potential employer sees of you likely comes via your resume, so it's important to use this as a tool to stop the door from being slammed in your face. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-resume-mistakes-that-will-hurt-your-job-search" target="_blank">10 Resume Mistakes That Will Hurt Your Job Search</a>)</p> <h3>Don't be super specific on dates</h3> <p>If your employment gap is a matter of months, not years, there's no need call attention to it by using the month that you started and ended each job. Say you started at XYZ Corp in June of 2012 and were laid off in August of 2015: Just list it as &quot;XYZ Corp. 2012&ndash;2015.&quot;</p> <p>This is not being dishonest with the hirer; you can disclose the gap if it comes up in the interview. But it could save your resume from being discarded before you get the chance to have that interview.</p> <h3>Include temporary jobs</h3> <p>So you made lattes or answered phones when your job as a graphic designer ended. You may want to include these gigs on your resume rather than leave a gaping hole. And expect the subject to come up in the interview as well. &quot;Regression&quot; in job responsibility and pay is not taken lightly by employers, but it's still better than a gap.</p> <h3>Self-employment counts</h3> <p>If you did freelance or contract work in between jobs, you could cover that period with a heading that conveys this. If you have a company name, list the company as the employer. The fine line here is to avoid misleading the hirer, or to appear to be engaging in puffery. Give yourself credit for achievements in self employment, but don't try to make it seem like more than it was.</p> <h3>Just list the gap</h3> <p>If your gap was more than a few months, and you weren't working a temp job or working for yourself, you're still going to have to address the gap. You don't want to jump right from a job that ended in 2015 to the present with no explanation.</p> <p>That doesn't mean you have to title it &quot;unemployed&quot; and leave it at that. You could title it with a substantial volunteer position you held during that time, or any training courses you attended.</p> <p>Another idea is to describe what you were doing, without going into unnecessary detail about anything that's not relevant to your job search. If you spent your employment gap caring for children or other family members, or recovering from an injury or illness, simply leave it at that.</p> <h2>Look beyond the resume</h2> <p>While the resume will be just the facts, the other information you provide to your potential employer can offer context.</p> <h3>The cover letter</h3> <p>The great thing about this document is that you're not tied to a chronological format like with a resume. The cover letter is your sales pitch, so start with why you're excited about this specific opportunity, and sell your skills and achievements. Then, take a line or two to explain your career lapse. Keep it upbeat and forward-looking, and never apologize.</p> <h3>The interview</h3> <p>If you're lucky enough to land an interview, expect to address the career gap. Recruiters and managers give the following tips for dealing with employment gaps in an interview: Be prepared with a list of talking points about the gap. Don't act surprised or defensive when it's brought up. Be honest, even if you were fired. Dishonesty is a big red flag. And whatever you do, don't dwell on negativity.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fjob-hunting-with-a-long-employment-gap&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FJob%2520Hunting%2520With%2520a%2520Long%2520Employment%2520Gap.jpg&amp;description=Job%20Hunting%20With%20a%20Long%20Employment%20Gap"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Job%20Hunting%20With%20a%20Long%20Employment%20Gap.jpg" alt="Job Hunting With a Long Employment Gap" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/job-hunting-with-a-long-employment-gap">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/how-to-keep-your-job-hunt-from-busting-your-budget">How to Keep Your Job Hunt From Busting Your Budget</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/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> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-crucial-job-searching-steps-most-people-skip">6 Crucial Job Searching Steps Most People Skip</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-ask-for-your-old-job-back-after-leaving">How to Ask for Your Old Job Back After Leaving</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-networking-tips-for-the-recently-unemployed">7 Networking Tips for the Recently Unemployed</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting back to work employment gap job interviews networking recession resumes time off unemployed Thu, 28 Sep 2017 08:31:09 +0000 Carrie Kirby 2028008 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Work-From-Home Jobs for People Who Hate Talking on the Phone http://www.wisebread.com/7-work-from-home-jobs-for-people-who-hate-talking-on-the-phone <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-work-from-home-jobs-for-people-who-hate-talking-on-the-phone" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/bored_office_worker_on_the_phone.jpg" alt="Bored office worker on the phone" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many work-from-home jobs involve answering or making phone calls as customer service agents or sales representatives. But what if you don't have the noise-free environment required for many of these jobs? Or you'd simply rather walk over broken glass in bare feet than talk on the phone? Well, that's actually not such a big problem these days.</p> <p>There are many options available for people who want the freedom of a work-from-home job, without the hassle of being glued to the phone day and night. Here are some of the best options for &quot;phonephobics.&quot;</p> <h2>1. Customer service email and chat support</h2> <p>How are your people skills? Can you happily sit and chat over a messenger app, or reply to emails like a pro? Well, you could do very well in a customer service position where you write your responses to customers. Several big companies now employ work-at-home reps to assist with issues over email and chat, including AppleCare and Convergys. In fact, at the time of this writing, AppleCare at Home has positions for over 60 advisers available.</p> <p>You can make over $30,000 per year, or about $15 per hour, performing this kind of work for Apple and other companies, and all you need is a computer, reliable internet access, and good typing skills. Most of the time, you are provided a document telling you how to reply to specific questions or concerns. If you cannot handle the request, you can elevate it to an adviser with specific knowledge of the problem at hand.</p> <h2>2. Data entry</h2> <p>Perhaps the most popular choice for people who hate talking on the phone but want to work from home are data entry jobs. The typical data entry job is just as is sounds; you take data from one form, be it audio recordings or handwritten documents, and usually enter that information into a computer.</p> <p>What you get paid for this kind of work depends on the kind of data you're entering, and the skills required to do it. You'll be paid more if it's a specialized service, such as medical transcription or language translation. Standard data entry jobs usually pay minimum wage, or less (if you're working per piece, for example, and aren't particularly fast), but it's relatively easy work and you can do it any time of the day or night.</p> <p>Just beware of fraudulent data entry schemes that are really pyramid schemes or other scams that make you pay for classes or certifications that should be free. It's often hard to find reputable sources for data entry jobs, so be sure to research any potential employer company you find.</p> <h2>3. Tutoring</h2> <p>You can use your skills to make money at home doing one-on-one tutoring in a subject at which you excel. Whether it's math or physics, a musical instrument, or a foreign language, at-home tutors are in demand in every state. What's more, you can set your own hours, your own hourly rate, and the students can come to you. If you prefer, you can travel to them for an additional fee.</p> <p>If you're looking to get into this kind of work, you have a few options. You can simply place ads online, on outlets like Craigslist and Nextdoor, or you can register yourself with an institution like <a href="https://kaplan.com/work-with-us/join-our-team/" target="_blank">Kaplan</a> or <a href="https://www.pearson.com/us/higher-education/products-services-institutions/smarthinking-online-tutoring/become-a-tutor.html" target="_blank">Smarthinking</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-1000-a-month-or-more-as-an-online-tutor?Ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Earn $1,000 a Month or More as an Online Tutor</a>)</p> <h2>4. Accounting, taxes, and bookkeeping</h2> <p>If you are skilled with numbers, you can set up a home office and help clients with their books, budgets, and taxes. To do the latter, you will need to be up to speed on all the latest tax laws, and have the best tax software available. For bookkeeping and accounting, you can actually do well even if you don't have a degree in those subjects. However, it usually takes several years of experience before you can build a roster of dependable clients from whom you get regular business.</p> <p>Some of the biggest names in taxes, including Intuit and TurboTax, employ work-at-home accountants and bookkeepers, and places like AccountingDepartment.com offer full benefits. If you're self-employed, you could easily charge $250&ndash;$350 for a session that lasts just a few hours.</p> <h2>5. Freelance writing and blogging</h2> <p>If you have a way with words and research, this is a perfect gig for you. Content is king these days, and there are thousands of websites and publications that are desperate for good, well-written articles and stories.</p> <p>When you're just starting out, you should not expect to get a lot of money for your work. And if you are starting your own blog, it can take many months to even see a dime for your efforts. But blogging, and writing for the web and magazines in general, is a slow burn. Once you build an audience and get a reliable following, the money will start to trickle in. Do it well, and that trickle can become a rolling rapid. Some of the top bloggers out there earn six-figure salaries, all from the comfort of home. You can get started by browsing sites like <a href="http://www.freelancewritinggigs.com/freelance-writing-job-ads/" target="_blank">Freelance Writing Gigs</a>&nbsp;for jobs. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-make-extra-money-blogging?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Easy Ways to Make Extra Money Blogging</a>)</p> <h2>6. Proofreading and editing</h2> <p>How's your grammar? Do you have an eye for detail? Does the prospect of poring over hundreds of pages of text scare you, or could you handle the challenge? Proofreading and editing is meticulous and laborious work, and therefore it's not for everyone. But if you have a fabulous grasp of language, and know (or can learn) the various editorial style guides (such as AP), you could have a great career as a proofreader or editor.</p> <p>The money you will make depends on what you're proofing, how quickly it needs to be turned around, and how many pages there are. Some places pay around $3&ndash;$4 per page, which can be to your benefit if you're fast. Other places charge a standard hourly wage, or you could find a gig that pays an annual salary with benefits.</p> <h2>7. Social media moderator</h2> <p>Also known as a content specialist, a social media moderator is responsible for the content of a brand's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram channels. To do this job well, you need to have a strong grasp of the brand's core values, as well as the ability to speak in a tone of voice that is appropriate. For example, the contents of Nike's social media will differ vastly in tone from Dove.</p> <p>You will also need to have almost unlimited availability, as social media is a 24/7 advertising medium. Social media monitors have to pay close attention to customer posts, and must be ready to respond quickly, even pulling posts if they cause offense or come at a bad time. The pay for this ranges from minimum wage up to $80,000 including benefits and bonuses. Just remember &mdash; you must be available day and night, and that can be stressful.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-work-from-home-jobs-for-people-who-hate-talking-on-the-phone&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%2520Work-From-Home%2520Jobs%2520for%2520People%2520Who%2520Hate%2520Talking%2520on%2520the%2520Phone.jpg&amp;description=7%20Work-From-Home%20Jobs%20for%20People%20Who%20Hate%20Talking%20on%20the%20Phone"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Work-From-Home%20Jobs%20for%20People%20Who%20Hate%20Talking%20on%20the%20Phone.jpg" alt="7 Work-From-Home Jobs for People Who Hate Talking on the Phone" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-work-from-home-jobs-for-people-who-hate-talking-on-the-phone">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/22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them">22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-get-paid-to-read">8 Ways to Get Paid to Read</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/5-ways-to-stay-productive-while-working-from-home">5 Ways to Stay Productive While Working From Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-100k-jobs-you-can-do-online">8 $100k+ Jobs You Can Do Online</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Job Hunting blogging chat customer support data entry editing phones proofreading remote jobs telecommuting Tutoring work from home writing Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:30:10 +0000 Paul Michael 2023632 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Networking Tips for the Recently Unemployed http://www.wisebread.com/7-networking-tips-for-the-recently-unemployed <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-networking-tips-for-the-recently-unemployed" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/having_a_positive_attitude_is_rewarding.jpg" alt="networking tips for the recently unemployed" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Through no fault of your own, you find yourself unemployed. After the immediate shock, how do you start to look for work and connect with people who can get you back into the nine-to-five? Here's some much-needed advice.</p> <h2>1. First, take a breath</h2> <p>Before you go diving into social events, sending out mass emails, and making panicked phone calls, you need to take a little time to regroup. Losing a job is a traumatic experience, and you need to give yourself time to decompress, regroup, and reevaluate.</p> <p>We're not talking about two worry-free weeks vacationing on a beach in Cancun. This is more about not jumping into the stress and fatigue of a job hunt immediately after the stress and fatigue of a job loss. Do anything but networking for the first few days, whether it's spending a week at home tidying up or hanging out with family, heading to the mountains for a weekend, or visiting relatives in another state.</p> <h2>2. Get your ducks in a row before talking to anyone</h2> <p>Now, you're ready to get back in the game. Before you make a call or send an email, you have to be prepared. Is your resume up to date? Do you have a personal website that hosts samples of your most recent work? Do you have all the files needed from the office? If not, you may be able to ask human resources to send you whatever you need; after a layoff, some companies are happy to help employees with the transition (if you're fired, it's a different story).</p> <p>Make sure you also know exactly what you'll say to people. How will you explain being out of work? Why were you let go? Do you even want to bring it up? Some employers may see a layoff as part of life, others may think you were expendable for a reason. You want to have your answers rehearsed, and never play the victim. Don't go jumping into calls unprepared; you only get one chance to make a first impression.</p> <h2>3. Start with people you know well</h2> <p>It may seem like stating the obvious, but when anyone is laid off, they are not always thinking clearly. Often, the first thing people do is to start applying for jobs, and that's all well and good. But your own network of friends, colleagues, and even relatives may have just what you need to get ahead.</p> <p>So, call or email (calling is better) your top prospects. These are people you know well, you share a great relationship with, and potentially have leads for you. If they aren't directly connected to the industry you work in, they could very well know someone who is. And a lot of the time, these kinds of connections lead to job openings that have not even been posted on the employment sites yet.</p> <h2>4. Use sites like LinkedIn to connect with new contacts</h2> <p>LinkedIn is a great way to make new contacts through your existing networks of colleagues and friends. And if you really don't have any kind of connection with anyone, you can still ask to be linked to them. People like to build their networks, and it's usually easy enough to connect and send a message. Don't be shy about telling people your current situation and what you are looking for. If they're not hiring, they may know someone who is. You can also use other social media sites, like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, to let people know you're searching for work.</p> <h2>5. Attend local networking events</h2> <p>In almost every city, you will find opportunities to meet up with people who are in your industry. You can start by looking at a site such as <a href="https://www.meetup.com/" target="_blank">Meetup</a>, which gives you access to hundreds of different groups that meet regularly in your area. This is not just for people who like football or book clubs. The vast range of subjects to choose from makes it easy to hone in on your field, and talk to people who may have opportunities for you.</p> <h2>6. Join online forums and industry-related sites</h2> <p>Online forums are a great way to get advice. If you do an online search for your industry of choice, you should find a few active forums quickly. Also, a site like Reddit has sub-pages (subreddits) on thousands of careers. Join that subreddit, and start commenting and posting as soon as you can. You may quickly connect with someone who knows of a job opening.</p> <h2>7. Do not be afraid to take a break</h2> <p>This is crucial. You can suffer from networking burnout if you go all-in, trying to contact as many people as you can in the first week of your job search. Attending events, making calls, crafting resumes, writing emails, and chatting in forums is a lot of work. And it can also cause you to become incredibly deflated and discouraged when you get very little response in return.</p> <p>The truth is, in almost every industry, you are up against some stiff competition. It can take months to get a great lead that turns into a job interview and offer of employment. So, when you start to feel the pressure, take a day off. Do something that lets you decompress a little. Finding work is a job in and of itself, and you should give yourself the downtime you need to stay healthy and optimistic.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-networking-tips-for-the-recently-unemployed&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%2520Networking%2520Tips%2520For%2520The%2520Recently%2520Unemployed.jpg&amp;description=7%20Networking%20Tips%20for%20the%20Recently%20Unemployed"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Networking%20Tips%20For%20The%20Recently%20Unemployed.jpg" alt="7 Networking Tips for the Recently Unemployed" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-networking-tips-for-the-recently-unemployed">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/6-crucial-job-searching-steps-most-people-skip">6 Crucial Job Searching Steps Most People Skip</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/job-hunting-with-a-long-employment-gap">Job Hunting With a Long Employment Gap</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/11-ways-a-professional-association-can-boost-your-career">11 Ways a Professional Association Can Boost 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/how-to-get-someone-to-accept-your-linkedin-invitation">How to Get Someone to Accept Your LinkedIn Invitation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-ask-for-your-old-job-back-after-leaving">How to Ask for Your Old Job Back After Leaving</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting applying connections events job loss LinkedIn networking unemployed Thu, 07 Sep 2017 08:31:07 +0000 Paul Michael 2016467 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Ask for Your Old Job Back After Leaving http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-ask-for-your-old-job-back-after-leaving <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-ask-for-your-old-job-back-after-leaving" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/anxious_woman_during_business_interview.jpg" alt="Anxious woman during business interview" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Every day, people dream of quitting their jobs to move on to greener pastures. And then, that glorious day happens: You get a new job offer and start planning your &quot;I quit&quot; speech. But for some reason, things don't work out with the new gig. The company folded soon after you started, or maybe the new job just wasn't a good fit. Suddenly, you need to go back to your old job. What do you do now?</p> <h2>First, assess the damage</h2> <p>How did you quit? Was it a polite and respectful resignation letter, with a send-off party and tearful goodbyes? Well, no worries &mdash; in this case you probably won't have much trouble getting your foot back in the door. If you were a great employee, you are a known quantity and need less time to get up to speed; in fact, you're actually a superb candidate.</p> <p>However, not everyone leaves on such good terms. If you quit in spectacular, dramatic fashion, you've got a problem. Still, even burned bridges can be repaired. Take stock of how you left, what you did, and what impression your former employer has of you. Then you can figure out the steps you need to take to get back in their good graces.</p> <h2>Contact current employees that you know</h2> <p>You will know at least a handful of people who still work at the company you quit. Hopefully, you have a great relationship with them. Now is the time to reach out and see exactly what kind of ground you stand on.</p> <p>First and foremost, find out if your old job is even available anymore. It's highly likely the position was filled, but maybe your former colleagues can let you know if there are other suitable positions open.</p> <p>Probe them to also see how management, and the hiring manager in particular, feels about you. Has your name come up a lot in conversation, in a positive or negative way? Are you missed? Would they secretly kill to have you back, or were they glad to see the back of you? The answers to these questions will help you in your approach to your old boss. You don't want to be tone deaf when first approaching him or her about a job.</p> <h2>Lay the groundwork &mdash; carefully</h2> <p>It takes baby steps to get back in the door. You cannot assume that you will be welcomed back with open arms to a ticker-tape parade. Even if you left on the very best terms, you still have to be humble about your approach. And if you parted ways on bad terms, even more so.</p> <p>Start by making a call (not sending an email) to the person responsible for the position you're interested in. Do not go to the human resources department: If you attempt to get the job through the usual channels, you will be doing yourself a disservice. Remember, you have history with this company, and you know people. Human resources is primarily there to protect the company, and they will not be looking to rehire someone who quit. They can get involved once you have gained momentum, and have senior people in the company ready to go to bat for you.</p> <h2>Get ready to eat a whole lot of crow</h2> <p>It's time to kiss your pride goodbye and approach this as you would a partner with whom you've had a falling out &mdash; even if you left on good terms. If you are looking to get your exact same position back, tell the hiring manager that you made a mistake in leaving. You loved your job and you will do whatever it takes to get back in the door. You miss your work colleagues. You miss the food in the cafeteria. You miss Hawaiian shirt Fridays. And be genuine: If you fake this, it will be glaringly obvious.</p> <h2>Make sure you can explain why you left</h2> <p>You still may be asked &quot;If the job was so great, why did you leave in the first place?&quot; That can really stump you if you're not prepared. Here, you will have to be a little economical with the truth, or downplay some of the reasons.</p> <p>For instance, many people leave because of a bad relationship between a boss or coworker. If that boss or coworker is still around, how does that play out? You can explain there were some misunderstandings that got out of hand, or that you had differences that you have worked through and resolved. You can be completely honest if it was something out of your control that didn't work out, like moving to a different state. Just make sure you can allay any fears the hiring manager may have about your return. If they suspect that you could up and leave again, or that you'll cause trouble, you won't get back in.</p> <h2>Be open to getting less for the same role</h2> <p>If you're looking to get your exact same job back, you're in no position to make any kind of demands, and the employer knows this. It's possible that your old company will take you back with the same benefits and salary that you had before, but there's absolutely no guarantee. They know you need this job, and they can play that to their advantage.</p> <p>Now, some companies will have a benefits policy that they have to stick to. For example, if you return within 12 calendar months of leaving, all of your former benefits, including vacation days, sick days, personal days, 401(k) match, and employee discounts will be reinstated. So, if you left the company after 10 years of service, and come back within the year, it could just be a continuation of those 10 years. But not all companies do this.</p> <p>Chances are, if you left with four weeks of vacation per year, you'll be coming back with the standard two weeks. And your salary could be cut to whatever the going market rate is for that position. After years at the company with raises and promotions, you may have left earning more than most people in your position earned. Expect that to be ironed out in your return.</p> <p>Overall, making a return to an old job is very doable. Just be prepared to turn up the charm, make a whole lot of apologies, and start on a lower rung of the ladder than the one on which you left. Good luck.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-ask-for-your-old-job-back-after-leaving&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Ask%2520for%2520Your%2520Old%2520Job%2520Back%2520After%2520Leaving.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Ask%20for%20Your%20Old%20Job%20Back%20After%20Leaving"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Ask%20for%20Your%20Old%20Job%20Back%20After%20Leaving.jpg" alt="How to Ask for Your Old Job Back After Leaving" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-ask-for-your-old-job-back-after-leaving">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/6-crucial-job-searching-steps-most-people-skip">6 Crucial Job Searching Steps Most People Skip</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-keep-your-job-hunt-from-busting-your-budget">How to Keep Your Job Hunt From Busting Your Budget</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/job-hunting-with-a-long-employment-gap">Job Hunting With a Long Employment Gap</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/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> <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/11-ways-college-grads-can-get-ahead-in-the-job-hunt">11 Ways College Grads Can Get Ahead in the Job Hunt</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting advice applying for jobs eating crow job interviews networking pride quitting Tue, 29 Aug 2017 08:30:08 +0000 Paul Michael 2010038 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Land the Job When You're Overqualified http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-land-the-job-when-youre-overqualified <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-land-the-job-when-youre-overqualified" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/more_than_qualified_for_the_job.jpg" alt="More than qualified for the job" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>For whatever reason, be it a career change or the need to pay the bills after a layoff, many people apply for jobs that require much less experience than they have. And far too often, it's considered a negative: &quot;Sorry, you're too overqualified.&quot;</p> <p>The employer sees a litany of reasons why you would be a bad fit. They think you'll be unhappy, or take a better job the second one comes along. You may even be gunning for the boss's position.</p> <p>To combat these perceptions, you need to find ways to convince the employer that you are right for the job, regardless of your experience. Here's how to approach it.</p> <h2>Edit your resume to fit the job you want</h2> <p>If your resume is three pages long, and filled with impressive titles and experience, it's a good time to start editing it. You are not lying; you are simply not putting down every single thing you have accomplished.</p> <p>You don't even have to list job titles if you don't want to. Just list the companies you worked for, and then the appropriate experience for each one. Sure, you may well have overseen the international distribution for a major multinational. But did that job also entail getting on the phone and delivering great customer service (regardless of who those customers were)?</p> <p>Find ways to temper some of your achievements. It will seem counterintuitive to everything you've done in your career, but if you want this job, you need to find ways to bring your resume down a peg or two.</p> <h2>Use your industry connections for introductions</h2> <p>A resume and a cover letter, even if they are exceptional and targeted, don't always do the job. You will want to tap into the many connections you have made over the years, and find people who can vouch for you.</p> <p>Ideally, you'll know someone at the company you want to work for. Or, you know someone who knows someone at the company. LinkedIn is an excellent place to find these kinds of connections. When you find the right person, ask them to make the first move for you. A recommendation from someone trusted and reliable is worth far more than any polished resume.</p> <p>They can also talk about what you bring to the table, and why you're a good fit. By the time your over-qualifications come up, you will already be seen as someone who could easily fit the role. And if the salary is right, why not you? They're getting more bang for their buck.</p> <h2>Talk about what you can do for them</h2> <p>Employers are selfish, and rightly so. They are ready to pay you a salary and benefits, so they want someone who will be a good return on that investment. And if you show them that your experience will benefit them, but won't cost them any more, then they'll be all in.</p> <p>One great example comes from the movie <em>The Wolf of Wall Street</em>. After Jordan Belfort loses his job on Wall Street, he can't find a new gig anywhere. Then, he sees an ad for a little brokerage selling penny stocks. When they first see Belfort, they think it's a joke. He's way too qualified. Why would he even set foot in this place? Then, he brings his experience (albeit morally bankrupt experience) to the firm, and before they know it, they're making more money than they ever dreamed of.</p> <p>So, highlight what you can do, not what titles you have earned. Explain how the experience you have is perfect for the job. And remember, only talk about the experience that is relevant to this employer. All your other accolades and achievements are best left out of the conversation.</p> <h2>Explain why you're excited for the position being offered</h2> <p>Money isn't everything. Titles aren't for everyone. Sometimes, people genuinely want to change the course of their careers, and if that's you, you have to find a way to make your potential new employer understand this. You may well have been part of the top brass at your last company, but you could also have become tired of the rat race. You want to take a job with less money and less responsibility, but one that gives you exciting new challenges.</p> <p>Many people in advertising, for instance, find that after they get to the top of the ladder, they are not doing the fun and creative work that they did early on in their careers. For this reason, a lot of creative directors will actually step back from the role, and apply for lower-paying jobs as copywriters and art directors. As long as you can make the case for why you are ready to work for less money and less power, the employer should have no reason not to take your application seriously.</p> <h2>Acknowledge that you know you're taking a step down</h2> <p>If you're the victim of corporate downsizing, you will usually have to find a job quickly to replace the lost income. And that usually means taking whatever is available, even if it's a considerable step down. Hiring managers are wary of candidates in this situation. They believe the overqualified candidate is simply taking the job as a stopgap, and will be looking for something better immediately. The last thing any hiring manager wants to do is be interviewing for that same role a few months down the line. But, this can be addressed early on.</p> <p>Acknowledge that this is a step down for you, in salary and experience. But let the employer know that you also see it as providing a wealth of benefits, including new experiences, new challenges, and perhaps better work-life balance. Assure the employer that this is not a temporary position, but one you are going to dig into and be successful at.</p> <h2>Do not let salary come into play until the last minute</h2> <p>One of the biggest problems that comes with being overqualified is your salary history. As you climbed the ladder of success, your income was right there rising with you. And in your last position, you may have had a most impressive salary. However, now that you're looking for a job that requires less (or different) skills, the money that goes with it will also be less.</p> <p>The easiest way for a human resources manager to sort through candidates is salary expectations, or previous salary. If the current role offers $60,000 a year, and your most recent salary was $100,000, you're going to be rejected in a heartbeat. Why would you even consider this role, they wonder. They don't know your current situation, your wants and needs, and why you're switching to a role that requires less experience.</p> <p>So, don't bring salary into it. If there's a space on the form that must be completed, put $1. If it comes up initially, tell HR that salary is not something you're concerned with right now. You want to focus on being the right person for the job, regardless of money.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-land-the-job-when-youre-overqualified&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Land%2520the%2520Job%2520When%2520Youre%2520Overqualified.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Land%20the%20Job%20When%20Youre%20Overqualified"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Land%20the%20Job%20When%20Youre%20Overqualified.jpg" alt="How to Land the Job When You're Overqualified" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-land-the-job-when-youre-overqualified">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/how-to-keep-your-job-hunt-from-busting-your-budget">How to Keep Your Job Hunt From Busting Your Budget</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-things-employers-care-about-more-than-your-degree">7 Things Employers Care About More Than Your Degree</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-get-hired-by-your-dream-company">How to Get Hired by Your Dream Company</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-keep-your-job-search-a-secret">How to Keep Your Job Search a Secret</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-proper-ways-to-discuss-salary-in-a-job-interview">The Proper Ways to Discuss Salary in a Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting connections experience interviewing new job overqualified references resumes salary skills Thu, 24 Aug 2017 09:00:06 +0000 Paul Michael 2008287 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Ways to Ace Your Next Phone Interview http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-ace-your-next-phone-interview <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-ways-to-ace-your-next-phone-interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/taking_notes_of_her_business_call.jpg" alt="Taking notes of her business call" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A solid resume is important, but rarely is that enough to get you through the door with a prospective employer. If you make it past the first round of recruitment, often you'll also be asked for a phone interview.</p> <p>If you do get asked for a phone interview, are you prepared to blow away the person on the other end of the line? You definitely shouldn't leave it to chance. These tips will guarantee you hit the ball out of the park. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-have-a-successful-skype-or-video-job-interview?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Have a Successful Skype or Video Job Interview</a>)</p> <h2>1. Have everything you need in front of you</h2> <p>Your resume, career notes, research on the company, and anything else that you think will come up in the interview, should be close at hand. When you're on a phone call, the interviewer can easily pick up on the fact that you've left your desk to rummage through a filing cabinet, and the sound of you frantically trying to find what you need will not leave a good impression. It will only make you come across as disorganized and unprepared.</p> <p>Remember, this is a phone interview, so you can use that to your advantage. Tape your information up on the walls around you. Have folders in front of you, organized and ready at a moment's notice. Pull up the website of the employer. You can have everything you need spread around you, which is not an option in a video conference or in-person interview. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/secrets-to-a-great-phone-interview-for-job-hunters?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Secrets to a Great Phone Interview for Job Hunters</a>)</p> <h2>2. Ensure that you will not be interrupted</h2> <p>For any remote job interview, privacy is paramount. You do not want to start the conversation only to have your four-year-old come in and ask for help going to the toilet. You also don't want to have ambient background sounds making it hard to concentrate, such as loud music, heated conversations, or video games.</p> <p>So, if you live with other people, let them know the importance of the interview, and that you need them all to be quiet for the next 30 minutes or so. If you can, take the call in a place that is always quiet &mdash; a home office, a bedroom, or even the basement. And if you lock the door, put a sign on it saying why it's locked. You do not want your family or friends hammering on the door because they want your attention.</p> <p>Also, don't interrupt <em>yourself</em>. It's unprofessional to leave the interview after 15 minutes because you desperately need to use the restroom. Take care of that before you even pick up the phone.</p> <h2>3. Listen carefully for appropriate times to talk</h2> <p>One of the biggest problems with a phone interview is talking over the interviewer. Since you don't have visual cues to work with, you have to rely on natural breaks in the conversation. For some people, this comes easily. For others, it's not as intuitive. You should hold practice conversations with your family and friends to perfect this.</p> <p>You should also be aware of how much you tend to hog the conversation. In person, with your gestures and enthusiasm, it can come across as great passion for the job. But on the phone, you can be seen as a chatterbox who is only interested in talking about yourself.</p> <p>Take your lead from the interviewer. Give answers that are complete, without being verbose. If the interviewer starts to talk while you are talking, they will probably have a question directly related to something you have just said. Pause, and let them get their question out. Remember, most communication is visual, and you do not have that going for you here. Listening is now your most vital sense.</p> <h2>4. Dress almost like you would for an in-person interview</h2> <p>It's tempting to sit there in your most comfortable clothes, perhaps wearing your favorite T-shirt with the holes and the spaghetti sauce stain. This is a huge mistake that many people make when getting ready for a phone interview. Sloppy attire may not be something the person on the phone can see, but your attitude can change dramatically according to what you're wearing.</p> <p>If you dress in lounge attire, you may inadvertently come across as more lax, and less professional. Now, this doesn't mean you have to wear a suit and tie, or spend an hour getting your hair and makeup perfect. But you should make the effort to be clean, presentable, and in clothing that gives you a sense of pride and professionalism.</p> <h2>5. Do not wait until the last minute to get ready</h2> <p>Don't roll out of bed 10 minutes before your interview. You may well think that you can jump on the phone with bed head and morning breath, but this will handicap your attitude and responsiveness from the get-go.</p> <p>It's imperative that you treat a phone interview with the same urgency as an in-person interview, and that means treating it with the respect it deserves. If the interview is in the morning, get up early, shower, clean up, get dressed, eat breakfast, and give yourself plenty of time to get your engine running. If the interview is in the afternoon, do not come home, slouch on the sofa, and wait for the phone to ring. Stay active. Stay alert. Have a cup of tea or coffee, and catch up on the news.</p> <p>Whenever your interview is, you want to come across as prepared, eager, and sharp. Anything else will put you at a disadvantage.</p> <h2>6. Have a list of possible questions and answers at hand</h2> <p>This is another advantage of a phone interview. In person, bringing out a &quot;cheat sheet&quot; of questions and answers would not look good. But over the phone, you can get away with it, so you should definitely prepare this cheat sheet and use it whenever possible.</p> <p>Chances are, you are going to be asked the usual questions: &quot;Why do you want to work here?&quot; or &quot;Where do you see yourself in five years from now?&quot; You will also get the curveball questions, such as &quot;What would you like to ask me about the company?&quot; or &quot;What is your greatest weakness?&quot; These can be stumbling blocks, so prepare for them well in advance.</p> <p>When it comes to any question of weakness, be honest without being too blunt. The old &quot;I think I work too hard&quot; or &quot;I care too much about my colleagues&quot; will set off red flags immediately. Those aren't real weaknesses, and everyone knows it. For example, if you need to improve your public speaking, say so; but say how you are actively working to improve it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-not-to-answer-10-of-the-most-common-interview-questions?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How NOT To Answer 10 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a>)</p> <h2>7. Practice with friends and family</h2> <p>This may seem like overkill, but it can iron out some issues before your actual interview. Give someone you trust the job of calling you, and provide them with some background on the company. Tell them to throw a few curve balls your way, and also ask them to pay attention to how you sound, and how your personality comes across.</p> <p>You may think you have answered some questions beautifully, only to find that you actually came across a little aggressive or snarky. Take the feedback, and use it to improve your performance. You may even want to do a second practice interview to see if the advice you were given was incorporated. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-ways-to-ace-your-next-phone-interview&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%2520Ways%2520to%2520Ace%2520Your%2520Next%2520Phone%2520Interview.jpg&amp;description=7%20Ways%20to%20Ace%20Your%20Next%20Phone%20Interview"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Ways%20to%20Ace%20Your%20Next%20Phone%20Interview.jpg" alt="7 Ways to Ace Your Next Phone Interview" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-ace-your-next-phone-interview">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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You never know what may come of meeting someone. It can lead to a job, a friendship, or even a romantic relationship. That's why you should always be mindful as to how you're presenting yourself to others and the world. Here's how to show off your best self.</p> <h2>Make eye contact</h2> <p>It feels good to be seen. Let everyone you meet know that you're paying attention and that you're interested in what they have to say. Physically acknowledge them through eye contact. Most people don't know how to make solid eye contact, and it's an incredible habit that will make you memorable to others. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-make-a-good-first-impression-at-your-next-job-interview?ref=seealso" target="_blank">13 Ways to Make a Good First Impression at Your Next Job Interview</a>)</p> <h2>Listen</h2> <p>Put your phone away and really listen to people when they speak to you. Be there 100 percent. And don't just wait for your turn to talk. Take in what someone else is saying, let it sink in, and respond. Listening is an underrated skill. It's such an effortless way to make someone else feel valued. I've often found that being a good listener has helped me learn and grow in ways I never imagined. And yes, people remember me because I so vividly remember our conversations.</p> <h2>Ask concise, insightful questions</h2> <p>I'm known for my curiosity and questioning nature. I find people fascinating, and I like to learn as much about them as I can. My ability to quickly assimilate information and make conversation that's far beyond cocktail party smalltalk has dramatically improved my life and career. I've made lifelong friends through chance meetings based on creating meaningful conversations with people I have just met, and you can, too.</p> <p>Don't ask the questions everyone asks. Don't be invasive, but make your questions interesting. And show you're paying attention to their answers by asking follow-up questions. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-terrible-money-moves-to-avoid-on-the-first-date?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Terrible Money Moves to Avoid on the First Date</a>)</p> <h2>Be open</h2> <p>The more open you are about your life and experiences, the more comfort you will engender in others. That comfort leads to the kind of openness and honesty that our society needs now more than ever. By putting out positive energy and being open, goodness comes back to us many times over. Vow to make meeting you the best part of someone's day.</p> <h2>Be sure to follow up</h2> <p>Did you have a great conversation with someone? Did you meet someone interesting and you want to learn more about them? Did you promise to follow up with someone or did they ask you to follow up with them?</p> <p>If you answered yes to any of these questions, make sure to follow through. Send that email. Connect on social media. Make the phone call. If you promise to do something and do it, you show your integrity and genuine interest. People won't forget that.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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