Job Hunting https://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/7800/all en-US 6 Ways You Can Get Paid to Watch TV https://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-you-can-get-paid-to-watch-tv <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-you-can-get-paid-to-watch-tv" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_watching_tv.jpg" alt="Woman watching TV" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Full disclosure: I work in TV. I am a creative director at a premium cable channel, and I can tell you right now that I get paid to watch TV. I don't watch it all day, every day. But I do spend some portions of my week watching series from my own network, and occasionally, competitor networks and stations.</p> <p>I love my job. I love being able to read scripts and watch series, in many cases a year before they hit the airwaves. And I can assure you, there are many opportunities for you to earn money doing something you love &mdash; watching TV. Here are just a few.</p> <h2>1. Work for a company that airs TV series and movies</h2> <p>Let's start with my own personal area of expertise. From HBO, Showtime, and STARZ, to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, there are thousands of jobs available in the TV and movie industry. You may think that the only people getting paid to watch TV at these companies are high-end executives and producers, but that's not the case. In my own company, everyone from IT and legal, to HR and creative services, has access to a wide variety of movies and series.</p> <p>We are often required to watch our own series to be educated on what our own company does, much like employees at a brewery get free ale and hotel employees get free rooms. The more you know about what your company does, the better you are at your job. We also have companywide screenings of series and movies, and similar companies do the same for their employees, too.</p> <p>If this sounds like the field for you, take some time to search the career web pages of any company offering TV and movie services. You may be surprised at the opportunities available.</p> <h2>2. Start your own YouTube channel</h2> <p>It's a slow burn, but if you're willing to invest the time and a little money, it can really pay off. As you probably know, there are a lot of wealthy YouTubers out there. Some of them create original content, some are comedians, some play video games. And, some watch TV and movies and record their reactions, or provide reviews of the latest movies and series. In fact, there are even YouTubers who review YouTube review channels! That's some <em>Inception</em>-level stuff right there.</p> <p>The best way to start on this path is to review the movies you either really love &hellip; or really hate. Audiences love both kinds of reviews, with the latter usually being more funny and satirical. All you need to start is a computer or smartphone with a decent camera (if you use a phone, get a tripod).</p> <p>Record your review, upload it, and share over social media. As you get more comfortable, start adding graphics and some simple cutaways using basic editing software. As your views and subscribers grow, you can monetize your YouTube page, and eventually, if you're big enough, see some major dollars roll in. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-money-by-creating-youtube-videos?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Make Money by Creating YouTube Videos</a>)</p> <h2>3. Download apps and visit sites that reward you for watching</h2> <p>There really is an app for that. Well, multiple apps, actually. One of the most popular is <a href="http://get.viggle.com/" target="_blank">Viggle</a>, which rewards you for logging in and watching TV shows from providers like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon. It's done on a points-per-minute basis, although sometimes you can double, triple, or even quadruple the amount of points you earn. You can also get bonuses for engaging with your friends on social media, and you can redeem your rewards for gift cards, cash, and even debit cards.</p> <p>You can also check out <a href="https://perk.com/" target="_blank">Perk</a>, their sister company, which offers cash rewards for watching TV, playing games, and shopping, and <a href="http://trk.cotterweb.net/?a=13562&amp;c=16696&amp;s1=1079289" target="_blank">Inbox Dollars</a>, which also offers surveys. Will it make you rich? Doubtful. Will you get cash for watching TV and movies? Yes. What's not to love about that? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cool-convenient-cash-11-easy-ways-to-make-money-online?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Effortless Ways to Make Money Online That Don't Require Skills</a>)</p> <h2>4. Become a Netflix &quot;tagger&quot;</h2> <p>Fair warning: There are only about 30 of these positions in existence, and they are in extremely high demand &hellip; for good reason. Taggers are a team of 30 media-savvy reviewers who get paid to watch Netflix day in, day out. The job of a tagger is to watch the content and tag it as it's being viewed with relevant metadata. In layman's terms, that includes factual information about the content, like year of release, language, cast, and so on, but also the tone, style, and how to categorize it for a search.</p> <p>As FastCompany reported this past March, it's a dream job for Sherrie Gulmahamad, who watches over 20 hours of TV and movies per week in her role as &quot;originals creative analyst.&quot; But, as she pointed out, it's not always an easy ride. Much like a food critic, you don't always have an appetite for what is put in front of you.</p> <p>&quot;I've also been assigned a 60-hour Colombian crime drama about Pablo Escobar's hit man,&quot; she told FastCompany. &quot;No, I did not have to watch all of it &mdash; but I tried!&quot; If you want to try and get into Netflix tagging, Gulmahamad recommends first getting into an archival or library studies program, and going from there.</p> <h2>5. Become a Nielsen family</h2> <p>Neilsen is a household name in America, and is the driving force behind all those ratings figures you see for TV series and movies. You can become a part of this process.</p> <p>There are a couple of ways to go about it; one is by choice, the other by chance. First, you can go to Nielsen Digital Voice and join the panel. Thousands of people in the U.S. do this, and it's a way to provide information on what you're watching via the internet. The rewards aren't going to let you quit your day job, but you'll get the chance to win up to $1,000 every month, with 400 members getting a chunk of the monthly $10,000 sweepstakes.</p> <p>The other way is the traditional Nielsen route, and that is purely in the hands of fate. Nielsen families are randomly selected from a section of different communities across the nation, and although you have just as much chance as anyone else, there are only 40,000 homes being monitored. With over 126 million households in the U.S., that's a slim chance.</p> <h2>6. Take up mystery shopping</h2> <p>These days there are all kinds of mystery shopping gigs available, and they are not just limited to retail stores and restaurants. You can actually get paid to go to the movie theater and check out the latest movies, and who wouldn't want to be paid for an activity you usually have to pay for?</p> <p>One of the biggest names in theater mystery shopping is <a href="http://www.tnsmi-tes.com/employment.htm" target="_blank">VeriTes</a>, and they are looking for independent contractors in all 50 states. You can also check out <a href="https://www.certifiedfieldassociate.com/index.aspx" target="_blank">CFA</a> or <a href="http://www.imyst.com/theater-mystery-shopping.asp" target="_blank">Imyst</a>.</p> <p>Now, while you will obviously have fun watching the movie, you do have to pay attention to the entire experience and report back on it. Everything from the purchase of the tickets, the customer service, the quality of the snacks, and the resolution of the movie will come into play. Make sure to bring something you can take notes on (not your phone &mdash; that's a bad move in a movie theater) and file your report to receive your reward. (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> <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%2F6-ways-you-can-get-paid-to-watch-tv&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F6%2520Ways%2520You%2520Can%2520Get%2520Paid%2520to%2520Watch%2520TV.jpg&amp;description=6%20Ways%20You%20Can%20Get%20Paid%20to%20Watch%20TV"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/6%20Ways%20You%20Can%20Get%20Paid%20to%20Watch%20TV.jpg" alt="6 Ways You Can Get Paid to Watch TV" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-you-can-get-paid-to-watch-tv">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="https://www.wisebread.com/18-cool-jobs-for-fashion-lovers">18 Cool Jobs for Fashion Lovers</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="https://www.wisebread.com/life-without-tv">Life Without Television</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="https://www.wisebread.com/get-free-stuff-by-eating-cereal-drinking-soda-and-watching-tv">Get Free Stuff by Eating Cereal, Drinking Soda, and Watching TV</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="https://www.wisebread.com/3-subscription-services-every-traveler-needs">3 Subscription Services Every Traveler Needs</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="https://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-earn-extra-income-while-christmas-shopping">8 Ways to Earn Extra Income While Christmas Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income Job Hunting jobs movie lovers movies mystery shopping netflix nielsen families rewards tv watching television YouTube Thu, 31 May 2018 08:00:17 +0000 Paul Michael 2145219 at https://www.wisebread.com 10 Little Things to Do Before a Job Interview That Can Make a Big Impact https://www.wisebread.com/10-little-things-to-do-before-a-job-interview-that-can-make-a-big-impact <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-little-things-to-do-before-a-job-interview-that-can-make-a-big-impact" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_getting_dressed_in_bedroom_while_looking_at_mirror.jpg" alt="Man getting dressed in bedroom while looking at mirror" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You have an interview coming up. You've taken care of the big things. You have picked out your clothes, studied the company, reached out to contacts for information, and you updated your resume. But what small things can you do the day, or even a few minutes, before you walk into that all-important meeting to have a huge positive impact?</p> <h2>1. Talk yourself up</h2> <p>Even the most confident people get doubts before walking into an interview room. It's only natural; you're about to be grilled for 30 minutes and the outcome could have a massive impact on your life. But it's easy to let those doubts get out of hand, to the point that you couldn't imagine why you'd ever get the job.</p> <p>Stop that kind of thinking in its tracks. Make a small but potent list of the reasons you are the ideal candidate. Keep it on a Post-it note, or on the home screen of your phone, and look at it before you walk into the room. Concentrate on those positives. This is the kind pep talk you are going to need to step into that room with confidence. Eliminate doubt, and remember: You are here because they want to talk to you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/use-cognitive-crafting-to-ace-your-next-job-interview?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Use &quot;Cognitive Crafting&quot; to Ace Your Next Job Interview</a>)</p> <h2>2. Check your appearance</h2> <p>You've taken care of the clothing, the shoes, the watch, and the overall presentation. But, little things can happen that can become a big distraction.</p> <p>Find a quick moment to go to the bathroom and look at your appearance carefully. Is there anything stuck in your teeth? Is there a stain on your shirt? Is there a stray hair waving around, or an eyebrow hair descending into your view? How about your nails? Are they as clean as they can be (any kind of dirt under your nails is going to come across as unprofessional in most jobs you apply for). Make every effort to take care of the smallest details before you walk into the room.</p> <h2>3. Check your breath</h2> <p>Your breath can have an awfully big impact on a first impression. Even if it's due to something like a few too many cups of coffee or eating something that went heavy on the garlic at lunchtime, it can be off-putting and make you memorable for the wrong reasons.</p> <p>Ideally, you will want to brush your teeth before you get into the interview room. Bring a small toothbrush and travel-sized toothpaste, or better yet, a small disposable toothbrush that comes with its own built-in toothpaste. If that's not an option, mints or gum are a good alternative, but make sure neither of those are in your mouth when you're invited into the room.</p> <h2>4. Practice good posture and confident body language</h2> <p>All those times your teachers and parents said, &quot;Don't slouch&quot; are about to come in handy. You don't want to be so relaxed that you look sloppy, but you also don't want to be as stiff as a board. Sit up nice and straight, elevate your chin a little, and look your hiring manager in the eye.</p> <p>Although folding your arms does not necessarily mean that you're closed off, many interviewers still think that it does; so, put your hands in your lap, and don't fidget. Don't have a cellphone at hand, as that is a distraction. And don't switch positions constantly through the interview. Your posture should ooze confidence without being noticeable. Plus, a good posture can also boost your own self esteem. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-never-to-bring-up-in-a-job-interview?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Things Never to Bring Up in a Job Interview</a>)</p> <h2>5. Be aware of the latest news</h2> <p>You most likely have a smartphone, so use it. While you're in the waiting room, scan the news headlines. What's going on in the world? Is there anything that could have an impact on the company you're about to interview with?</p> <p>Even if there isn't, being informed on the latest news shows that you're on top of things. The interviewer may well start off the interview with some chit chat about something that happened that day, or the night before, and if you're clueless about it, things can get awkward. You don't need to be an expert, just in the know.</p> <h2>6. Read through your resume one more time</h2> <p>You should know your resume like the back of your hand, but that shouldn't stop you from giving it another quick glance before you step into the interview room. Go over the details once again. Pick out the parts that you are most proud of, and concentrate on those in the interview. If possible, have extra copies of your resume printed out and ready to hand over to both the interviewer, and any other people he or she may have invited to sit in on the meeting. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-what-your-resume-should-include-in-2018?ref=seealso" target="_blank">This Is What Your Resume Should Include in 2018</a>)</p> <h2>7. Get a good night's rest</h2> <p>A good eight hours of rest the night before can do wonders for your mental state, and you should do whatever you can to make this happen.</p> <p>Turn off any unnecessary lights or electronic devices, as the darker the room the better you'll rest. Turn down the heat, or turn up the A/C. Scientists recommend a temperature as low as 60 degrees for optimal sleep, but between 60 and 67 degrees is the given range. And make sure you have closed all windows and other possible means of distraction; a barking dog at 3 a.m. will not be welcomed. Also, don't use alcohol or medication to help you drift off. They may help you get to sleep, but they do not help you stay asleep.</p> <h2>8. Give yourself plenty of time to get there</h2> <p>Plan your route, and plan alternate routes just in case something happens. Most GPS systems will give you detour options if you hit a sudden jam, but even they can be a nightmare to negotiate, especially if it is miles to the nearest exit.</p> <p>So, consider how long it usually takes to get from point A to point B, and leave early to make sure you are there on time. You don't want to be rushing, or frantic to the point of panic. It will show when you arrive, and you'll be known as the sweaty, flustered candidate that cannot get organized. It's better to be 20 minutes early than five minutes late. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-never-do-during-a-job-interview?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Things You Should Never Do During a Job Interview</a>)</p> <h2>9. Read over the job posting</h2> <p>Why bother? You already applied, your application was accepted, and you're about to step into an interview room. Well, the last thing you want to do is look unprepared. It may have been weeks, or even months, since you last read the job description and you don't want any questions to take you by surprise. In particular, look at the skills or duties required in the role to which you applied. Pick out the ones that align closest with your own skill set and be sure to bring them up in the interview.</p> <h2>10. Have questions ready to ask the interviewer</h2> <p>Remember, you're not just there to answer questions, but to ask them as well. In fact, some hiring managers place more emphasis on the questions you ask than how you answer the ones they shoot at you.</p> <p>Your questions, if they're smart and probing, show the interviewer that you've done your homework, care about the role, and want to be as informed as possible when making your decision. This, in turn, says a lot about you as a candidate. Almost every interviewer will ask you if you have questions at some point, and if you look lost or mumble and stutter, you may well take yourself out of the running right then and there. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-questions-you-should-always-ask-at-the-end-of-a-job-interview?ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Questions You Should Always Ask at the End of a Job Interview</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%2F10-little-things-to-do-before-a-job-interview-that-can-make-a-big-impact&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F10%2520Little%2520Things%2520to%2520Do%2520Before%2520a%2520Job%2520Interview%2520That%2520Can%2520Make%2520a%2520Big%2520Impact.jpg&amp;description=10%20Little%20Things%20to%20Do%20Before%20a%20Job%20Interview%20That%20Can%20Make%20a%20Big%20Impact"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/10%20Little%20Things%20to%20Do%20Before%20a%20Job%20Interview%20That%20Can%20Make%20a%20Big%20Impact.jpg" alt="10 Little Things to Do Before a Job Interview That Can Make a Big Impact" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/10-little-things-to-do-before-a-job-interview-that-can-make-a-big-impact">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="https://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="https://www.wisebread.com/use-cognitive-crafting-to-ace-your-next-job-interview">Use &quot;Cognitive Crafting&quot; to Ace Your Next Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/10-body-language-mistakes-that-sabotage-most-interviews">10 Body Language Mistakes That Sabotage Most Interviews</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="https://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> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting body language confidence first impressions job interviews practice preparing presentation questions Thu, 17 May 2018 09:00:27 +0000 Paul Michael 2139749 at https://www.wisebread.com What Job Hunters Should Really Look for in a Job Offer https://www.wisebread.com/what-job-hunters-should-really-look-for-in-a-job-offer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-job-hunters-should-really-look-for-in-a-job-offer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/meeting_with_accountant_for_tax_planning.jpg" alt="Meeting with accountant for tax planning" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I've come across a lot of job listings that play up perks like they are advertising a trip to Disneyland. It makes sense considering that many companies are trying to attract millennial talent, and millennials just happen to be the group that look for and change jobs most often. But should new job hunters really be excited about perks like unlimited vacation, social events, and well-stocked snack rooms?</p> <p>While these are certainly all nice, they aren't the most important job perks you should seek out. Instead, look for a job with these benefits.</p> <h2>1. Retirement match</h2> <p>It is never too early to get serious about retirement. Don't get hung up on the fact that you aren't in your dream job or that you don't think you have enough money yet to set aside. When evaluating potential job offers, look for a company that offers a defined contribution plan like a 401(k), or a 403(b) or 457(b) plan for employees in specialized fields.</p> <p>If you can find an employer that offers a company match on retirement contributions, even better. A match is basically free money, so long as you contribute enough to take advantage of it. The boost this perk can have to your retirement fund is huge.</p> <p>For example, let's say you land a position that pays $65,000 a year. Let's also say your employer matches your contributions dollar-for-dollar up to 6 percent of your salary. If you contribute at least 6 percent of your own earnings, your employer match alone would contribute an additional $3,900 to your 401(k); no extra hours at your desk required. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-you-should-know-about-your-401k-match?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Things You Should Know About Your 401(k) Match</a>)</p> <h2>2. Tuition reimbursement</h2> <p>The best thing my husband ever did was take a position with the company he works for now instead of finishing his bachelor's degree. The position was entry-level and only required a few years of technology experience rather than a formal degree. Because of this, his work paid for him to finish his bachelor's degree and get his master's degree, along with other expensive professional training. Not only has this saved our family a lot of money and potential debt, but his degrees have also allowed him to continually get promoted in his company and earn almost double than what he started out making.</p> <p>This is not to say to skip college &mdash; but instead, to consider taking a lower-paying position that offers to pay for your higher education. It could save you tens of thousands of dollars overall.</p> <h2>3. Student loan repayment</h2> <p>Many companies are jumping on the bandwagon and offering new employees the opportunity to repay student loan debt as a perk. The most common repayment perk is around $100 a month, though some companies offer more. And while this perk isn't enough to replace a good company retirement match, it is beneficial for employees who want to tackle their education debts faster. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-17-companies-will-help-you-repay-your-student-loan?ref=seealso" target="_blank">These 17 Companies Will Help You Repay Your Student Loan</a>)</p> <h2>4. Professional development training</h2> <p>Don't forget to ask if professional development training is offered when you are negotiating your new hire contract. This is different from tuition reimbursement and is useful for individuals who already have a degree. Taking advantage of professional development perks allows you to stay current in your skills and knowledge so that if you have to return to job hunting, you won't feel five steps behind. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-certifications-that-add-big-to-your-salary?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Certifications That Add Big $$ to Your Salary</a>)</p> <h2>5. Commuter benefits</h2> <p>What might seem like an unassuming commute can add up quickly in gas, car wear, and other transportation costs. You may wish to negotiate a stipend for commuting before signing your work contract, especially if the company wants you to travel frequently for work. Don't forget to ask about telecommuting, where you can complete essential tasks from the comfort of your home one or several days a week.</p> <p>The company may be leery to grant telecommuting benefits, but if you can prove that your productivity remains the same or even improves when you are out of the office, each day you work from home can save you on commuter expenses. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-ways-your-commute-is-killing-you-and-what-to-do-about-it?ref=seealso" target="_blank">3 Ways Your Commute Is Killing You &mdash; And What to Do About It</a>)</p> <p>Don't fall for fun perks like &quot;Taco Tuesday&quot; or &quot;Bring Your Pet to Work Day.&quot; While these company add-ons make your work environment more fun, they don't boost your paycheck or your financial situation. Look for substance in your work perks, and you'll be more likely to come out ahead.</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%2Fwhat-job-hunters-should-really-look-for-in-a-job-offer&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FWhat%2520Job%2520Hunters%2520Should%2520Really%2520Look%2520for%2520in%2520a%2520Job%2520Offer.jpg&amp;description=What%20Job%20Hunters%20Should%20Really%20Look%20for%20in%20a%20Job%20Offer"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/What%20Job%20Hunters%20Should%20Really%20Look%20for%20in%20a%20Job%20Offer.jpg" alt="What Job Hunters Should Really Look for in a Job Offer" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/what-job-hunters-should-really-look-for-in-a-job-offer">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="https://www.wisebread.com/investing-is-great-but-saving-is-even-better">Investing Is Great, But Saving Is Even Better</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="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-start-investing-with-just-100">How to Start Investing With Just $100</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="https://www.wisebread.com/5-common-habits-of-retirement-savvy-savers">5 Common Habits of Retirement-Savvy Savers</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="https://www.wisebread.com/9-big-companies-that-offer-benefits-for-part-time-workers">9 Big Companies That Offer Benefits for Part-Time Workers</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="https://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> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting 401(k) commuting employee benefits employer match job perks retirement student loan repayment training tuition reimbursement Mon, 30 Apr 2018 08:30:16 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 2132121 at https://www.wisebread.com 15 Jobs That Capitalize on the Growth in Rich Households https://www.wisebread.com/15-jobs-that-capitalize-on-the-growth-in-rich-households <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-jobs-that-capitalize-on-the-growth-in-rich-households" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_with_a_chefs_hat_in_the_kitchen.jpg" alt="Woman with a chef&#039;s hat in the kitchen" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The rich keep getting richer. Even among high net worth families, the fastest growing group is the richest &mdash; those with $5 million or more in investable assets, according to the Phoenix Wealth &amp; Affluent Monitor. That group grew 8 percent in the U.S. in 2017, and the high net worth market overall (meaning people with at least a cool million in liquid assets) grew by 6 percent.</p> <p>What does that mean for you? Maybe you won't be entering the 1 percent anytime soon, but could you work for the 1 percent? Here are some jobs growing in demand along with the wealthy class.</p> <h2>1. Butler/personal assistant</h2> <p>Perhaps stimulated by the popularity of <em>Downton Abbey </em>on PBS, the profession of butler has been on the rise. Times have changed, of course. Women can now be butlers as well as men. And while today's butler may share a lot of the duties that Carson carried out on <em>Downton Abbey</em>, such as supervising the rest of the household staff and decanting fine wines, they must also be comfortable with more modern responsibilities, such as acting as a concierge to score concert tickets, and making sure handheld devices are charged up.</p> <p>The starting salary is for a butler is around $30,000, but goes up steeply from there. Butlers work an average 60 hours a week and earn between $50,000 and $150,000, according to the International Butler Academy.</p> <p>Another source of demand for butlers is high-end resorts and condo developments, which are increasingly offering butler service as a perk. Sandals, for example, offers butlers with their highest-end suites, who provide services such as unpacking suitcases and bringing you drinks poolside. They book tours for you, and even anticipate your desires, such as having a bubble bath and iced Champagne waiting when you return to your suite.</p> <p>Today's butler may also serve as a personal assistant, or that may be a separate job. A PA handles the boss's calendar, keeps track of correspondence, and runs errands, among other tasks.</p> <h2>2. Chauffeur</h2> <p>When I was a business reporter, billionaire Larry Ellison once visited our newspaper. I waited with other staff in the lobby while his sports car pulled up to the front door. He got out of the driver's seat, and one of his bodyguards switched over from the passenger seat to go park the car. To me, this epitomizes what it's like to be super rich: You can drive when you want to, but you never have to drive when you don't want to.</p> <p>Clearly, the main job of a private chauffeur is to drive people around. You'll also be expected to keep a household's cars clean inside and out and in working order. You may need to keep the car stocked with what your employer needs, whether it's the morning paper for the ride to work or clean glasses and Champagne for a night out. You might be called upon to sit in the car for hours waiting for the &quot;principal,&quot; as servant's employers are typically called. Personal drivers earn about $40,000 a year.</p> <p>Another option for those who would drive the rich is to work for a private car service. While on-demand ride hailing is a new thing for the middle class, it's been available to the rich pretty much forever.</p> <h2>3. Nanny</h2> <p>Lots of middle income people hire nannies, but the ultrarich have their own style when it comes to child care. It's common for wealthy families to list teaching credentials as requirements for the job. In fact, I have a kindergarten teacher friend who interviewed with a wealthy Silicon Valley family to be the nanny for just one of their children; the other child would have his own nanny, and each nanny would have a car to drive her single charge around in.</p> <p>But that's nothing! Check out this <a href="https://www.childcare.co.uk/profile/2398492" target="_blank">UK posting for a nanny position</a> that went viral: It asks for a baby sitter with a degree in child psychology, self-defense training, and a willingness to travel as often as three times a week among the family's homes on four continents.</p> <p>But with great responsibility comes great compensation: The ad also offers a $140,000 salary and access to the family Maserati (unless you prefer to run family errands in the Porsche). This may be an extreme case, but it's pretty common for wealthy families to take their sitters on vacation; I know several nannies who have enjoyed these trips despite the work involved.</p> <p>If you have high-end nanny cred but would rather not live with a single family, perhaps a career as a vacation nanny is for you.</p> <h2>4. Closet nanny</h2> <p>A friend told me she interviewed a nanny once who had previously worked as a &quot;closet nanny.&quot; My friend was slightly disappointed to learn that this job entails not secret closet assignations for diaper fetishists, but merely cleaning up people's drawers and closets a couple of times a week. San Francisco company Clean Slate Interiors calls this service organizational maintenance, and charges $160 per hour for two organizers to keep up any kind of system that the company previously set up.</p> <h2>5. Pet nanny</h2> <p>Americans spent 70 percent more on pets in 2017 than they did a decade earlier, so it's not too surprising that there are more opportunities than ever providing high-end pet care. It may not be unusual to hire a pet sitter to stay in your home while you're on vacation or to walk your dog during a long workday, but the true elite hire live-in nannies to care for their pets 24/7.</p> <p>You could also work at a high-end pet boarding, day care, or grooming facility. Americans spent $5.76 billion on grooming and boarding in 2016. For pet owners who are merely well off, that may mean sending your dog to a $200-a-night spa when you travel. But for the ultrarich, there are services such as The Dog Store in Manhattan and the Hamptons, where you can pay $350 to $1,500 to have your pooch prepped for a trip with beauty treatments and a relaxing massage. (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>6. Cosmetic surgeon</h2> <p>Cosmetic procedures in the United States have increased by nearly 50 percent since 2007. This growth in demand has led to predictions of a shortage of cosmetic surgeons. Of course, this job requires years of expensive and rigorous training, but if you happen to be a medical student looking for a specialty, this is one that's growing with the size of the wealthy class.</p> <h2>7. Landscape architect</h2> <p>This is <em>not</em> a gardening job (although those are in demand with the growth of rich households as well). A landscape architect has a bachelor's or master's degree, has passed the Landscape Architect Registration Examination (L.A.R.E.), and knows how to use computer-aided design software. Median pay is $63,400 per year. These professionals spend most of their day at a computer, designing the models for the grounds of grand estates, as well as campuses and public spaces.</p> <h2>8. Estate manager</h2> <p>Different from a butler, this job involves managing any and all properties owned by the employer. Just as an operations manager for a corporation would be responsible for the campus, an estate manager may hire and oversee the grounds crew, make sure an emergency HVAC issue gets taken care of, and ensure security at all times. It's not uncommon for these managers to come from the ranks of corporate America or the hospitality industry, doing the same thing for private households that they once did for whole companies or grand hotels.</p> <h2>9. Housekeeper</h2> <p>There is overlap in listings for housekeepers, estate managers, and butlers, but in general a housekeeper's job is going to be more focused on housework. One housekeeper listing <a href="https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Householdstaffing.com/jobs/Housekeeper-33a670a4503420b1?q=closet+nanny&amp;vjs=3" target="_blank">offered $30,000 to $55,000 a year</a>, plus lodging, car, a phone, and access to a pool and gym. Required duties included laundry, closet organization, inventory management, and cooking.</p> <h2>10. Wealth planner</h2> <p>Any ordinary Joe can sit down with a financial planner and get advice about funding his 401(k), but elite wealth planners provide much more extensive service. They tend to devote their time to just a few clients, or may work exclusively for one family, planning not only for individual households' wealth but also making a long term plan for the children and grandchildren, as well as multigenerational charitable giving plans.</p> <h2>11. Personal/private chef</h2> <p>A private chef works for one family, making all their meals and sourcing ingredients. Personal chefs &mdash; who are accessible to the merely affluent &mdash; typically work for multiple families, making and packaging meals for the fridge or freezer. Then there are chefs who focus on catering home dinner parties. All these fancy cooks are in demand as the rich look for ways to save the most finite resource: time.</p> <p>Typically trained in cooking academies, with restaurant experience, being a personal chef to multiple clients can be a nice small business with less overhead and risk than a restaurant.</p> <h2>12. Personal trainer</h2> <p>The median pay for a trainer in the United States is only $18 per hour, but if you land a job at an elite boutique gym, you could earn much more. These places charge as much as $50,000 per year and count supermodels among their clients. To work at this echelon, you'll need the best certifications and experience, and will be expected to be able to advise on diet and supplements as well as workouts. Some wealthy gym rats pay two trainers to work with them at once: One to run the workout and the other to observe and give pointers on form.</p> <h2>13. Private jet interior decorator</h2> <p>Sure, you could be a regular interior decorator like a schmuck, but why not shoot for the sky (literally)? Private jet decorators design the client's ideal cabin configuration, pick the perfect upholstery, and if they want every fixture plated in gold or a movie editing studio in the sky, they need only say the word.</p> <p>In general, the private jet market has soared. New Flight Charters, a private jet charter company, has reported 12.5 percent year-over-year growth. Whether the jet is owned by just one rich family, time shared, or chartered, the growing popularity of private flight means there are more jobs for pilots, stewards, and maintenance crews as well.</p> <h2>14. Yacht crew</h2> <p>The yacht industry was expected to grow a whopping 20 percent last year, and yachts are getting bigger, with the average size now up to 51.6 meters.</p> <p>These mega yachts need crews: captains, mates, deckhands, engineers, stewards, chefs. Salaries range from $2,000 to $25,000 a month, depending on the role. You can even be hired to just live on someone's boat, like a house sitter &mdash; but, you know, on a boat.</p> <h2>15. In-house tech support</h2> <p>When you're a billionaire, you don't call Microsoft tech support and wait on hold. You leave that aggravation to your family systems administrator. For example, RDV Corporation, established by the billionaire DeVos family to take care of all their household needs, is hiring a <a href="http://jobs.rdvcorp.com/x/detail/a27vx29pnyl8" target="_blank">Senior Systems Administrator</a> responsible for &quot;ensuring that technology needs are met in family homes, offices, marine vessels, and other locations.&quot; Tasks include desktop support, supporting Apple TV, drones, and testing new products. Requirements include a bachelor's degree and five years working in tech support.</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%2F15-jobs-that-capitalize-on-the-growth-in-rich-households&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F15%2520Jobs%2520That%2520Capitalize%2520on%2520the%2520Growth%2520in%2520Rich%2520Households_0.jpg&amp;description=15%20Jobs%20That%20Capitalize%20on%20the%20Growth%20in%20Rich%20Households"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/15%20Jobs%20That%20Capitalize%20on%20the%20Growth%20in%20Rich%20Households_0.jpg" alt="15 Jobs That Capitalize on the Growth in Rich Households" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/15-jobs-that-capitalize-on-the-growth-in-rich-households">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="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-profit-from-chinas-growing-upper-class-even-if-you-dont-speak-chinese">How to Profit From China&#039;s Growing Upper Class — Even If You Don&#039;t Speak Chinese</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="https://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="https://www.wisebread.com/highest-paying-jobs-for-people-who-love-kids">Highest Paying Jobs for People Who Love Kids</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="https://www.wisebread.com/5-when-youre-rich-dream-buys-that-arent-that-great">5 &quot;When You&#039;re Rich&quot; Dream Buys That Aren&#039;t That Great</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="https://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-being-a-millionaire-is-overrated">5 Reasons Being a Millionaire Is Overrated</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting butlers careers chauffeur child care maids one percent personal trainers private jets rich service wealthy yachts Wed, 25 Apr 2018 08:30:10 +0000 Carrie Kirby 2129348 at https://www.wisebread.com Use "Cognitive Crafting" to Ace Your Next Job Interview https://www.wisebread.com/use-cognitive-crafting-to-ace-your-next-job-interview <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/use-cognitive-crafting-to-ace-your-next-job-interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/two_women_shake_their_hands.jpg" alt="Two women shake their hands" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You may have heard of the term &quot;job crafting.&quot; You may even have done it without realizing. Job crafting is a technique used by employees to redesign their own specific roles to foster greater job satisfaction. It's a mind trick that turns a bad job into a tolerable one, or a good job into a great job.</p> <p>The techniques employed in job crafting can also be used in an interview situation, putting you in the driver's seat and making you a star interviewee. It's called <em>cognitive crafting</em> and it can work wonders.</p> <h2>What is cognitive crafting?</h2> <p>The simplest way to describe it is a paradigm shift; you are looking at the exact same information or scenario, but in a different way. One example of this is the infamous <a href="https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ab/Kaninchen_und_Ente.png" target="_blank">rabbit and duck illusion</a>, described by philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein as &quot;seeing that&quot; versus &quot;seeing as.&quot; You may look at the image and see a rabbit. You may see a duck. The shift happens when you go from one to the other, opening your eyes to a new view without anything changing other than your own opinion.</p> <p>Another example of this comes from a story about a man on a train, sitting solemnly as his two children cause havoc. They're jumping on the seats, running around, shouting, and he is doing nothing. A bystander says, &quot;What a terrible parent, he should do something about his kids.&quot; Then, someone tells the bystander, &quot;I was just with him at his wife's funeral.&quot; Suddenly, the bystander has a complete shift in perspective. Nothing has changed. The kids are still running around, the man is still sitting in silence, but now the feeling felt is one of empathy, not anger.</p> <p>With cognitive crafting, you are responsible for creating these kinds of paradigm shifts to benefit yourself. With this technique, you can make yourself a much more impressive prospect in your next job interview.</p> <h2>They're not interviewing you; you're interviewing them</h2> <p>Perhaps the simplest piece of cognitive crafting you can use is to turn the tables on the whole situation. As soon as you are asked to go in for an interview, start telling yourself that you will be interviewing the company to see if they are a good fit for you. In fact, go one step further, and tell yourself that they have to prove they're good enough to have you as an employee.</p> <p>Of course, don't go so far that you become aloof and arrogant &mdash; but by taking this approach, you become less nervous and more confident in your own abilities. Confidence is an excellent trait for an interviewee to have, and it makes a huge difference. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-soft-skills-every-employer-values?ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Soft Skills Every Employer Values</a>)</p> <h2>Give yourself a self-review before the interview</h2> <p>Give yourself a genuine self-appraisal before your interview, and use performance appraisal language while you do so. If you're unfamiliar with this type of phrasing, you can look up hundreds of examples online. The goal is to find different ways to talk about yourself and your achievements without sounding repetitive or dull.</p> <p>For example, if you excel at decision making, you can say you &quot;effectively weigh risks, uncertainties, and assumptions.&quot; If you are a great presenter, say you &quot;excel in directing and engaging audience participation.&quot; Not only does this make you sound well-versed in your chosen skills, but it is a great way to build your confidence and remind yourself of what makes you a hirable candidate. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-an-annual-self-review-can-boost-your-career?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Ways an Annual Self Review Can Boost Your Career</a>)</p> <h2>Assume you're being asked to help the company survive</h2> <p>You're not just there to fill a vacant role. You're coming in as a trouble shooter; someone that will see the problems, know the solutions, and have ideas that will make the company grow and prosper.</p> <p>It doesn't matter if the company is as successful as Amazon, or one that's known to be in trouble. You are there to take things to the next level. Do your homework, look at potential weaknesses that can be fixed, or find ways to boost impact and revenue. Take these ideas with you, and offer them up enthusiastically. If you're seen to already be actively interested in the success of the company, you will be seen as a much more valuable asset.</p> <h2>Imagine you're the last interview at the end of a long day</h2> <p>This may actually be true, but whether you're first through the door or last in line, assume the hiring manager has been doing this for nine hours straight with very few breaks. They're tired. They're cranky. They're smiling through gritted teeth. They have heard everyone answer the same questions the same way. They've heard people recite long passages from their resumes when they asked them, &quot;Tell me your strengths and weaknesses.&quot;</p> <p>Now, you're there. What are you going to do to make this last interview the best one? How will you deviate from the norm? How will you bring much-needed energy back into the room? This is your chance to stand out and make your time with the interviewer memorable in all the right ways. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-questions-you-should-always-ask-at-the-end-of-a-job-interview?ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Questions You Should Always Ask at the End of a Job Interview</a>)</p> <h2>Take a leaf out of every politician's book</h2> <p>When politicians are being interviewed, they know exactly what they want to talk about, even if the interviewer is asking different questions. At its worst, it's obstructionist and annoying, usually because the politician refuses to answer the actual question. You don't want to do that. Answer the question the best way you can.</p> <p>However, being able to pivot to talk about something you really want to discuss is a great way to push your strengths and make the conversation about topics that you're comfortable talking about at length. How can you turn one topic into another seamlessly? Imagine the usual questions you will be asked, and write down a list of subjects you want to insert into the interview process. Now &hellip; how will you move from one to the other? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-never-to-bring-up-in-a-job-interview?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Things Never to Bring Up in a Job Interview</a>)</p> <h2>Don't imagine the interviewer naked or on the toilet</h2> <p>It's a cognitive crafting technique that almost everyone knows about, and it's supposed to help you shake your jitters and feel superior. It doesn't work. At best, it distracts you from thinking about something that really matters. More often than not, you could start smirking or even stumble over your words in an attempt to cover your mind game.</p> <p>Instead, if you're having confidence issues, there are a number of exercises you can do beforehand to put yourself at ease. First, record yourself being interviewed by a friend or relative, and play it back. Listen to the number of times you repeat a phrase or say, &quot;Umm.&quot; Then, do it again, and again, until you are happy with the result. Practice like this is invaluable. Study some body language techniques that make you feel bigger and more confident. And study the company and the position thoroughly so that you feel sure you can answer any question.</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%2Fuse-cognitive-crafting-to-ace-your-next-job-interview&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FUse%2520_Cognitive%2520Crafting_%2520to%2520Ace%2520Your%2520Next%2520Job%2520Interview.jpg&amp;description=Use%20%22Cognitive%20Crafting%22%20to%20Ace%20Your%20Next%20Job%20Interview"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Use%20_Cognitive%20Crafting_%20to%20Ace%20Your%20Next%20Job%20Interview.jpg" alt="Use &quot;Cognitive Crafting&quot; to Ace Your Next Job Interview" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/use-cognitive-crafting-to-ace-your-next-job-interview">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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="https://www.wisebread.com/10-little-things-to-do-before-a-job-interview-that-can-make-a-big-impact">10 Little Things to Do Before a Job Interview That Can Make a Big Impact</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="https://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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://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="https://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="https://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> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting cognitive crafting confidence job interviews mind tricks paradigm shift perspective strategies techniques Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:00:06 +0000 Paul Michael 2130605 at https://www.wisebread.com 12 Red Flags to Watch for in a Job Interview https://www.wisebread.com/12-red-flags-to-watch-for-in-a-job-interview <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-red-flags-to-watch-for-in-a-job-interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/skeptical_interviewer_looking_at_interviewee_0.jpg" alt="Skeptical interviewer looking at interviewee" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Getting your foot in the door of a new company is tough. Job openings attract hundreds of resumes, and if you can get an interview out of those masses, you're one of the lucky ones. Considering the astronomical odds, the idea of then saying no to a job offer seems ill-advised. However, if any of the following red flags are waved during your interview, &quot;No thanks&quot; may actually be the smart answer.</p> <h2>1. The interviewer is frazzled</h2> <p>Not just weary, but he or she has trouble focusing, doesn't seem to be organized, and has a mind that wanders throughout the interview. This is a clear sign of problems in the office. Most likely, it's a combination of being overworked, overstressed, and under the gun. The interviewer is supposed to be a good representation of the company. If this is it, there are issues.</p> <h2>2. The culture is toxic</h2> <p>Every office has its ups and downs, but for the most part, people are all swimming in the same direction. Signs that there is a rotten culture include uncomfortable body language, instantly jumping on negatives about the company and/or co-workers, and a general feeling of doom in the air. Take a walk through the building if you can. See the environment for yourself, read reviews on Glassdoor, and talk to former employees. You'll soon get the scoop. Don't dive into a fire everyone is desperately trying to escape.</p> <h2>3. Your position is ill-defined</h2> <p>Whether you're working in the corridors of power on Wall Street, or a local auto-repair shop, you should know exactly what you're taking on if you accept the job. If the answer to your question, &quot;What will I be doing here?&quot; results in a bunch of platitudes and hyperbole, you have two possible reasons for it: Either the interviewer doesn't know the role well enough to be asking the questions, or the role itself is vague. These are both red flags that you should look elsewhere.</p> <h2>4. Your interviewer talks smack about the company</h2> <p>This isn't just a red flag &mdash; it's a warning siren loud enough to wake the dead. Remember, the whole idea of an interview is for both sides to sell themselves to the other. You wouldn't talk badly about yourself in an interview, and likewise, the interviewer should be painting a positive picture of the environment. It's OK for them to talk about challenges, but if they openly rag on the company and the people, they are telling you, &quot;Run away.&quot;</p> <h2>5. The interviewer runs late</h2> <p>Not just five to 10 minutes late; business is business, and sometimes small fires need to be put out. But if you are sitting in the reception area for over 30 minutes, you should consider that part of a deeper problem. Time is money, and your time is not something anyone should be wasting. If you make an appointment and the interviewer cannot make it, he or she should reschedule well before the time you are supposed to meet, or come and meet you in person to explain the situation. If you're just ignored, it show a complete lack of respect. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-types-of-bad-bosses-and-how-to-survive-them?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 8 Types of Bad Bosses &mdash; And How to Survive Them</a>)</p> <h2>6. No one will tell you about the person you're replacing</h2> <p>Why did they leave? Did they do so of their own accord, or were they let go? Were there issues that you should know about? If you ask questions like that and are met with stony-faced silence, or some vague statement like, &quot;We don't like to talk about that,&quot; you should consider that a red flag. Chances are, something happened that would make you think twice about accepting the job.</p> <h2>7. The job being described doesn't match the one you applied for</h2> <p>As you sit and listen to the daily duties that come with the role on offer, make sure it aligns with the one that was posted. Is the hiring manager listing additional responsibilities that were suspiciously absent from the post? Are you being asked to do way more for the same money? This is the career version of a bait and switch. If the company is pulling this on you, it's not going to get better once you accept the job.</p> <h2>8. The interviewer knows almost nothing about you</h2> <p>You sit down, you do the usual banter, and you find out your resume and work history never made it to the hiring manager's desk. They know your first and last name, and that's it. Huge red flag. This is a sign of communication breakdowns within the company, a lack of process, poor preparation, and a boss that is happy to walk into a meeting knowing nothing about the job applicant. Would you want to work for anyone this lackadaisical?</p> <h2>9. You cannot get a straight answer about work-life balance</h2> <p>One of the most prominent questions being asked in interviews these days focuses on work-life balance. Applicants want to enjoy their lives outside of work. They want family time, vacations, and time to relax. If you ask, &quot;How's the work-life balance?&quot; and the hiring manager gives you a tap-dancing answer, won't look you in the eye, or be straight with you, you know it's going to suck. If you're interviewing first thing in the morning, or after hours, take a look around. Is the place packed? That's another sign that the company will drive you into the ground. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-signs-your-work-life-balance-is-off?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Signs Your Work-Life Balance Is Off</a>)</p> <h2>10. You are given a &quot;take it or leave it&quot; offer on the spot</h2> <p>Accepting a new job is not something that should ever be taken lightly. And if you have a family, you will want to discuss the options with them. You need time to think it over. If the hiring manager comes on strong, saying that it's a one-time only, on-the-spot offer, they are bullying you. No decent employer would ask this of you. Even if it is more money than you ever dreamed of, tread wisely. There's a reason you're being backed into a corner. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-questions-to-ask-before-you-take-a-job-offer?ref=seealso" target="_blank">12 Questions to Ask Before You Take a Job Offer</a>)</p> <h2>11. You are being asked to compromise your principles</h2> <p>It happens all the time, and applicants often do it because they are desperate for the position. The hiring manager will find out where you draw the line, then promptly ask you to step over it. For example, some people in advertising refuse to work on cigarette brands or anything involving animal products. But the lure of money, or a grand title, can make them commit to a job that is at odds with their core beliefs. If this is happening in an interview, it will only get worse when you're on the payroll.</p> <h2>12. Your inner voice is screaming no</h2> <p>It could be a combination of things. The attitude of the interviewer. A look given to you by an employee as you pass by them in the hall. A general feeling of unease. We all have an inner voice, and we should listen to it more often. Something is off, and you know it. When your Spidey Sense is tingling, don't ignore it. Instead, review the interview afterward, talk to friends, read reviews of the company, and figure out what set off your fight or flight response.</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%2F12-red-flags-to-watch-for-in-a-job-interview&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F12%2520Red%2520Flags%2520to%2520Watch%2520for%2520in%2520a%2520Job%2520Interview.jpg&amp;description=12%20Red%20Flags%20to%20Watch%20for%20in%20a%20Job%20Interview"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/12%20Red%20Flags%20to%20Watch%20for%20in%20a%20Job%20Interview.jpg" alt="12 Red Flags to Watch for in a Job Interview" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/12-red-flags-to-watch-for-in-a-job-interview">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-protect-yourself-from-a-home-improvement-scam">How to Protect Yourself from a Home Improvement Scam</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="https://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-make-a-good-first-impression-at-your-next-job-interview">13 Ways to Make a Good First Impression at Your Next Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/this-interview-technique-will-get-you-hired">This Interview Technique Will Get You Hired</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="https://www.wisebread.com/5-questions-you-should-ask-at-every-job-interview">5 Questions You Should Ask at Every Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-ace-your-next-phone-interview">7 Ways to Ace Your Next Phone Interview</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting company culture hiring hiring managers Job Interview job offers red flags warning signs Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:30:10 +0000 Paul Michael 2129300 at https://www.wisebread.com 10 Fastest Growing Jobs That Didn't Exist 10 Years Ago https://www.wisebread.com/10-fastest-growing-jobs-that-didnt-exist-10-years-ago <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-fastest-growing-jobs-that-didnt-exist-10-years-ago" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_smiling_and_leaning_on_solar_panel.jpg" alt="Man smiling and leaning on solar panel" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A decade ago, social media was young, mommy-blogging was a hot new trend, and &mdash; oh yes &mdash; the economy was falling apart. Millions of us lost our jobs. Now that the job market is strong again and unemployment is low, some of the hottest occupations are lines of work that either didn't exist or were little known back in the first decade of the century.</p> <p>If you're looking for a new career, why not look at one of these new, fast-growing fields? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-high-paying-jobs-that-didnt-exist-10-years-ago?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 High-Paying Jobs That Didn't Exist 10 Years Ago</a>)</p> <h2>1. Drone operator</h2> <p>Opportunities include photography and film, inspecting tall buildings, and mapping difficult-to-reach areas. Amazon is experimenting with package delivery by drone, while Facebook is experimenting with using drones to bring internet access to remote areas. With the expected growth in drone use, today's operators could also find work training and certifying tomorrow's operators.</p> <ul> <li> <p>Growth expected by 2021: 1,000 percent.</p> </li> <li> <p>Requirements: FAA certification, possibly short training programs.</p> </li> <li> <p>Median pay: $52,000.</p> </li> </ul> <h2>2. Machine learning engineer</h2> <p>Machine learning is basically another way of saying artificial intelligence, a field where the overall job openings have grown 450 percent since 2013, according to the 2017 Artificial Intelligence Index. This kind of engineer is a ninja programmer who is probably also a math whiz.</p> <p>But wait, you may say: Everyone knows that AI is going to destroy jobs, not create them. Not necessarily. Research and advisory company Gartner estimates that AI will create 2.3 million jobs by 2020, eclipsing the 1.8 million it's expected to eliminate.</p> <ul> <li> <p>Growth since 2012: 980 percent.</p> </li> <li> <p>Requirements: BS or MS in computer science.</p> </li> <li> <p>Median pay: $116,000.</p> </li> </ul> <h2>3. Data scientist</h2> <p>This type of engineer analyzes data produced by websites, apps, computer sales systems, and more, answering business questions or finding trends. The word analytics is sometimes used interchangeably with data science to describe this work. Data scientists usually need to know a statistical programming language, such as Python, as well as a database querying language such as SQL.</p> <p>The roles of machine learning engineer and data scientist are closely linked; machine learning engineers on LinkedIn are likely to list data scientist as their previous job title, and &quot;machine learning&quot; is one of the top skills listed by data scientists.</p> <ul> <li> <p>Growth since 2012: 650 percent.</p> </li> <li> <p>Requirements: BS, MS, or Ph.D. in statistics, computer science, math, or data science.</p> </li> <li> <p>Median pay: $91,212.</p> </li> </ul> <h2>4. Solar panel installer</h2> <p>Although jobs for college graduates have led the recovery since the recession, here's one that requires little education. This is the person installing the solar panels on your roof. This job is growing because the solar industry is hot, producing 24.5 percent growth in all solar-related jobs in 2016.</p> <ul> <li> <p>Growth expected through 2026: 105 percent.</p> </li> <li> <p>Requirements: High school diploma, on-the-job training, possibly tech school courses.</p> </li> <li> <p>Median pay: $39,240.</p> </li> </ul> <h2>5. App developer</h2> <p>Ten years ago, the iPhone was new, and not everyone knew what an app was. Now almost 77 percent of Americans own a smartphone, and my 90-year-old grandma downloads a new slot machine app every week. Short training programs for app programmers have sprung up in San Francisco that turn out graduates in a year or less. These developers go on to make six figures and often get company equity at their first job.</p> <ul> <li> <p>Growth expected through 2026: 31 percent.</p> </li> <li> <p>Requirements: BS in computer science or software engineering, or programming boot camp.</p> </li> <li> <p>Median pay: $106,710.</p> </li> </ul> <h2>6. Genetic counselor</h2> <p>There was such a job as genetic counselor 10 years ago, but people with that title today wouldn't recognize it as the same thing. In the past, genetic counseling consisted of interpreting just a few available tests and sharing the results with patients. Today, so much data is available on an individual's genetics that the job has a larger technical component. Part of the expansion of this job is driven by the growth in genetic testing kits available directly to the public.</p> <ul> <li> <p>Growth expected through 2026: 29 percent.</p> </li> <li> <p>Requirements: MS in genetics or genetic counseling, board certification, state licensing.</p> </li> <li> <p>Median pay: $74,120.</p> </li> </ul> <h2>7. Operations research analyst</h2> <p>These brainiacs use advanced math and analytical methods to solve business and organization problems. There is some overlap between this job and data science. It's also so closely linked to the fields of analytics and data mining that some consider the words interchangeable. The upshot: If you know how to crunch numbers and get important insights out of huge amounts of data, you're going to be in demand, no matter what you call yourself.</p> <ul> <li> <p>Growth expected through 2026: 27 percent.</p> </li> <li> <p>Requirements: BS or MS in business, operations research, math, analytics, or computer science.</p> </li> <li> <p>Median pay: $79,200.</p> </li> </ul> <h2>8. Telemedicine physician</h2> <p>Like many jobs on the list, this field is driven by the ubiquity of high speed internet. Patients are increasingly given the option to video conference with a physician and get a diagnosis or referral to a specialist. Hospitals and medical groups are hiring more doctors comfortable with telemedicine, because the practice saves money and results in better access to specialists, less wait time, and less spread of disease from waiting room contact.</p> <p>Physicians who want to become telemedicine practitioners may need to learn to use connected versions of tools they already know, such as thermometers and stethoscopes.</p> <p>The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 13 percent growth for all physicians through 2026, and that includes tele-physicians. However, given how quickly telemedicine is growing, it's reasonable to assume that this niche will grow faster than doctor jobs as a whole.</p> <ul> <li> <p>Growth expected through 2026: 13 percent or more.</p> </li> <li> <p>Requirements: MD, board certification, medical license.</p> </li> <li> <p>Median pay: $200,500.</p> </li> </ul> <h2>9. Health information technician</h2> <p>With the growth in online medical records, professionals who are well versed in medical coding for insurance claims and organizing and securing medical records are needed.</p> <ul> <li> <p>Growth expected through 2026: 13 percent.</p> </li> <li> <p>Requirements: Tech school training program.</p> </li> <li> <p>Median pay: $38,040.</p> </li> </ul> <h2>10. Social media manager</h2> <p>Nearly every brand &mdash; from baked goods to airlines to government agencies &mdash; now hire specialists to represent them on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and others. These workers might create and post content, moderate discussions, collect and respond to customer feedback, and use analytics software to monitor the brand's image and activity across all social media platforms.</p> <p>The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lumps social media specialists in with public relations workers, and rates job growth for the whole field at 9 percent. However, since social media continues to be a hot growth field, it's reasonable to assume that social media jobs are growing faster than other PR jobs.</p> <ul> <li> <p>Growth expected by 2026: 9 percent or more.</p> </li> <li> <p>Requirements: BS in communications, public relations, journalism, or marketing.</p> </li> <li> <p>Median annual wage: $56,770.</p> </li> </ul> <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%2F10-fastest-growing-jobs-that-didnt-exist-10-years-ago&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F10%2520Fastest%2520Growing%2520Jobs%2520That%2520Didn%2527t%2520Exist%252010%2520Years%2520Ago.jpg&amp;description=10%20Fastest%20Growing%20Jobs%20That%20Didn't%20Exist%2010%20Years%20Ago"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/10%20Fastest%20Growing%20Jobs%20That%20Didn%27t%20Exist%2010%20Years%20Ago.jpg" alt="10 Fastest Growing Jobs That Didn't Exist 10 Years Ago" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/10-fastest-growing-jobs-that-didnt-exist-10-years-ago">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="https://www.wisebread.com/9-big-companies-that-offer-benefits-for-part-time-workers">9 Big Companies That Offer Benefits for Part-Time Workers</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="https://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-vet-your-new-employer">9 Ways to Vet Your New Employer</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="https://www.wisebread.com/5-jobs-that-pay-over-50k-and-dont-require-a-bachelors-degree">5 Jobs That Pay Over $50K and Don&#039;t Require a Bachelor&#039;s Degree</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="https://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-job-hunting-has-gotten-better-for-new-grads">5 Ways Job Hunting Has Gotten Better for New Grads</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="https://www.wisebread.com/7-simple-ways-to-protect-yourself-from-medical-records-theft">7 Simple Ways to Protect Yourself From Medical Records Theft</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting analysts developers fastest growing jobs health care high paying job growth social media technology Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:30:10 +0000 Carrie Kirby 2131422 at https://www.wisebread.com 9 Old-School Jobs That Are Making a Comeback https://www.wisebread.com/9-old-school-jobs-that-are-making-a-comeback <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-old-school-jobs-that-are-making-a-comeback" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/brewer_at_the_manufacture.jpg" alt="Brewer at the manufacture" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The old saying, &quot;What goes around comes around&quot; seems to apply to many aspects of life, and careers are no exception. Although many jobs have gone the way of the dinosaurs, some have been clinging on. And now, the pendulum is swinging the other way &mdash; several jobs thought to be on death row are currently enjoying a great resurgence. (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>1. Leatherworker</h2> <p>The rise of websites like Etsy, Folksy, and Bonanza have given skilled leather craftspeople an outlet to sell their wares without the baggage of traditional brick-and-mortar stores. Consumers are no longer happy with mass-produced products. Instead, they're looking for work from real artisans; something that screams originality, quality, and personal service.</p> <p>From purses and leather-bound books, to briefcases, luggage, tool belts, and wallets, it's an industry that is no longer considered a hobby or a dying art. Obviously, the salary for this kind of trade varies greatly depending on the items being produced, the client, time spent, and quality of the materials. Payscale has the top end salary at close to $80,000 a year.</p> <h2>2. Barber</h2> <p>There is a big difference between a hair stylist and a barber. Hair stylists specialize in elaborate cuts, colors, highlights, treatments, and the latest looks. They have seen steady work over the years, and their clientele is mostly female. Barbers, on the other hand, cater primarily to men, offering a simpler range of cuts, plus shaving and beard/mustache trimming.</p> <p>The barber's pole has been sadly lacking from malls and city centers over the last few decades, but the career is on the up. Men are wearing beards and facial hair, and are looking for experts in that craft. They also want to embrace the more traditional cuts of the past. While barbers generally get paid less than hair stylists, they can see more clients in a day, and some can earn as much as $70,000 a year.</p> <h2>3. Carpenter</h2> <p>It's great to see carpentry coming back into style after years of consumer neglect. With the advent of cheap, assemble-it-yourself furniture, people began to balk at the prices of well-made tables or bookcases. But thankfully, quality is back in style.</p> <p>Carpenters are seeing much more work coming their way, with custom requests for cabinets, tables, doors, rocking horses, and all kinds of other beautiful creations. While the hourly rate for a carpenter can vary wildly &mdash; between $13 and $32 &mdash; some skilled woodworkers can earn upward of $72,000 a year doing a job they genuinely love.</p> <h2>4. Cartographer</h2> <p>Maps are big business. The increasing use of detailed maps and geographic information in government planning has caused this seemingly dull industry to boom. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that jobs in cartography and photogrammetry will grow a whopping 19 percent over the next eight years, much higher than the average growth rate for other occupations. It's also a job that can get you out of the office on regular intervals, with extensive travel required to locations that are being mapped and surveyed.</p> <p>In 2016, median pay for this industry was over $62,000 per year, and it's on the rise. You will need a bachelor's degree in cartography, geography, geomatics, or surveying to land a position.</p> <h2>5. Food cart/truck operator</h2> <p>For a while there, people who made a living selling food on the side of the street had it really tough. But now, the industry is exploding. Gourmet food trucks and carts are experiencing huge demand in towns and cities throughout America. The impact of social media, plus food review sites like Yelp, have made it possible for entrepreneur chefs to go it alone and make a solid living.</p> <p>Startup businesses and &quot;cool&quot; workplaces (think Google, Apple, and Pixar) often bring gourmet food trucks in to feed the workers, and business owners can spread the word using Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. There are probably a whole bunch of different mobile gourmet selections near you right now.</p> <h2>6. Sign painter</h2> <p>Before the introduction of vinyl cut lettering and machined acrylic signage, a hand-painted sign was a must-have for any business. But as automation took over, the quick, perfect, and cheap results that could be achieved from machines meant a lot of sign painters had to retrain as graphic designers and commercial artists. However, that is changing.</p> <p>The growth of small businesses that want a more organic and natural look and feel to their operation means hand-painted signs are back with a vengeance. The slight imperfections and unique designs portray a business that is less corporate and more friendly and approachable. Not only that, but hand-painted murals inside and outside of buildings are hot property, too. And while the average pay for a sign artist is just over $40,000 a year, a skilled sign and mural painter can easily earn more, traveling around the world for international clients and exhibits.</p> <h2>7. Cheesemaker</h2> <p>Another artisanal industry that was ravaged by automation, cheese-making is becoming bigger thanks to the demand by millennials and gastronomes for rich, deep flavors and far more variety. Even a quick glance at the cheese counter in your local grocery store will show you just how much the choice of cheeses has grown.</p> <p>Now, this is translating to small businesses growing around the country, offering premium quality cheeses that pair beautifully with wines and craft beers. If you have an interest in becoming a cheesemaker, you'll need expert training. Luckily, the <a href="http://www.cheesesociety.org/events-education/list-of-educators/" target="_blank">Cheese Society</a> has a wealth of information for you. Established cheesemakers can earn over $60,000 a year.</p> <h2>8. Cobbler</h2> <p>Also known as a shoe repairer or shoemaker, this career was popular until the automation and production of shoes made the prices drop drastically. Few people were willing to spend hundreds for a pair of shoes when they could get a cheap pair from a department store. However, a few things have changed that.</p> <p>First, the reduce/reuse/recycle movement has made people more aware of the waste we have in our society. Isn't it better to repair worn out shoes than to replace them? Also, consumers increasingly want quality over price when it comes to footwear, and now see a pair of good shoes as a necessary purchase. While simple shoe repair brings in around $25,000 a year, shoemakers can earn six-figure salaries.</p> <h2>9. Brewer</h2> <p>Remember when you'd go to the liquor store and have about 10 beers to choose from? That has all changed. Craft beers are huge, and the need for experienced brewers in microbreweries around the country is surging.</p> <p>According to the Brewers Association, in 2016 alone, small and independent U.S. craft brewers contributed a whopping $67.8 billion to the economy and added more than 456,000 full-time equivalent jobs. If you have a skill for brewing a mighty pint of ale, this is a fantastic time to look into it as a career.</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%2F9-old-school-jobs-that-are-making-a-comeback&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F9%2520Old-School%2520Jobs%2520That%2520Are%2520Making%2520a%2520Comeback.jpg&amp;description=9%20Old-School%20Jobs%20That%20Are%20Making%20a%20Comeback"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/9%20Old-School%20Jobs%20That%20Are%20Making%20a%20Comeback.jpg" alt="9 Old-School Jobs That Are Making a Comeback" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/9-old-school-jobs-that-are-making-a-comeback">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="https://www.wisebread.com/5-jobs-that-pay-over-50k-and-dont-require-a-bachelors-degree">5 Jobs That Pay Over $50K and Don&#039;t Require a Bachelor&#039;s Degree</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="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-sites-to-sell-your-arts-and-crafts">The 5 Best Sites to Sell Your Arts and Crafts</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="https://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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/highest-paying-jobs-for-people-who-love-kids">Highest Paying Jobs for People Who Love Kids</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="https://www.wisebread.com/10-fastest-growing-jobs-that-didnt-exist-10-years-ago">10 Fastest Growing Jobs That Didn&#039;t Exist 10 Years Ago</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting artisanal arts careers crafts job growth old fashioned old jobs resurgence revival salaries small businesses Tue, 10 Apr 2018 09:00:06 +0000 Paul Michael 2119732 at https://www.wisebread.com This Is What Your Resume Should Include in 2018 https://www.wisebread.com/this-is-what-your-resume-should-include-in-2018 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/this-is-what-your-resume-should-include-in-2018" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/african_woman_with_resume.jpg" alt="African woman with resume" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's 2018, and while there have been many technological advances in the past five to 10 years, the dreaded resume is still here to stay.</p> <p>While most recruiters haven't yet turned to video clips or other high-tech means to screen potential candidates, there are still some significant changes that current job seekers need to make to their resumes in order to succeed.</p> <h2>Use a clean, modern template and font</h2> <p>Your resume should look crisp and sleek both on your computer screen and printed out. Forget the fonts of yesteryear, like Times New Roman. Forget the graphics and fancy bullet points, too. You want your resume to resemble a modern, minimalist style. If you plan on submitting your resume through an online application platform, a simple style will read better than a complicated template.</p> <h2>Pack a quick, powerful punch</h2> <p>According to Live Career, recruiters spend an average six seconds reviewing an applicant's resume. That's it: You have six seconds to convince a busy recruiter that you are worth a closer look. Don't start with a stale &quot;Objective.&quot; Instead, jump into your resume with a compact and powerful sentence or two about your experience, and follow with your most relevant achievements and skills.</p> <p>Many experts recommend a one-page resume. Even if you have a lot of experience, remember how fast recruiters move. If they're only taking a few seconds to review your CV, they may not even bother to turn the page. Pack your best hits on a single page and expand any additional experience you'd like to share on your LinkedIn profile. You also want to keep your experience relevant. In other words, if you're going for a marketing job, leave your part-time bartending gig out. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-resume-mistakes-that-will-hurt-your-job-search?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Resume Mistakes That Will Hurt Your Job Search</a>)</p> <h2>Forgo your address, cover letter, and references</h2> <p>Good news! You can toss out your address, cover letter, and references along with your objective. Instead of a physical address, include your LinkedIn profile url. As for references, if a recruiter wants you to send them, they will ask for them &mdash; so don't waste space on your one-pager to mention that they are available upon request.</p> <p>Finally, don't completely say goodbye to your cover letter. It is a good idea to keep a well-written cover letter in your saved documents, but you might discover that many more companies these days don't require a cover letter to apply. This is simply because many people don't have time to pore over a cover letter, no matter how brilliant it is. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-you-should-never-include-in-your-cover-letter?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Things You Should Never Include in Your Cover Letter</a>)</p> <h2>Don't forget to shine on LinkedIn</h2> <p>A common mistake of job hunters is to copy and paste their resume on LinkedIn. Your LinkedIn profile is your chance to highlight your best self professionally beyond what your paper resume offers. Don't let it be boring. Instead, feature your achievements and expertise in your field through your profile, articles you can write and post, and recommendations. Be sure to follow notable people in your line of work and befriend recruiters who are employed at your dream companies. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-minutes-to-a-linkedin-profile-that-gets-you-hired?ref=seealso" target="_blank">30 Minutes to a LinkedIn Profile That Gets You Hired</a>)</p> <h2>Use keywords to get past automatic screening bots</h2> <p>Think your well-crafted resume is going to be read by a thoughtful human? Think again. Many companies rely on automated screening bots to help weed out poor applicant choices. The point of this technology is to save recruiters and human resource employees time, but sometimes the process can trash worthwhile applications before human eyes even have a chance to see it.</p> <p>To avoid your resume from becoming digital trash, use similar keywords in your resume that are found in the job listing. The point isn't to keyword stuff &mdash; this might get you past the automated bot, but it won't get you an interview. Instead, if you have the required skills needed for a job posted, make sure your resume reflects it by using similar keywords and phrases. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/almost-half-of-job-applicants-make-this-same-foolish-mistake?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Almost Half of Job Applicants Make This Same Foolish Mistake</a>)</p> <h2>Sound human</h2> <p>Career expert Liz Ryan suggests job hunters forget the old-school advice of sounding like a robot or drone when describing current and past job roles. Instead, grab recruiters' attention by sounding human. She shared an example on Forbes of how to do this:</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><em>Materials Director 2006&mdash;present</em></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><em>Acme is the USA's largest stick dynamite maker, a family-owned, $10M business. I was brought on board to start a Materials Management function as the company grew outside the Southwest to serve the entire country. </em></p> <p>She stresses that this method would show a hiring manager who she worked for (and the significance), the job she was hired to do, and what she accomplished.</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%2Fthis-is-what-your-resume-should-include-in-2018&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThis%2520Is%2520What%2520Your%2520Resume%2520Should%2520Include%2520in%25202018.jpg&amp;description=This%20Is%20What%20Your%20Resume%20Should%20Include%20in%202018"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/This%20Is%20What%20Your%20Resume%20Should%20Include%20in%202018.jpg" alt="This Is What Your Resume Should Include in 2018" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/this-is-what-your-resume-should-include-in-2018">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://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-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/12-words-you-need-to-delete-from-your-resume-right-now">12 Words You Need to Delete From Your Resume Right Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/6-effective-ways-to-make-yourself-more-employable">6 Effective Ways to Make Yourself More Employable</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="https://www.wisebread.com/the-best-times-of-year-to-start-a-job-search">The Best Times of Year to Start a Job Search</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/7-job-search-stunts-to-get-you-noticed-by-employers">7 Job Search Stunts to Get You Noticed by Employers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting cover letters getting hired job search LinkedIn resume standing out strategy Wed, 28 Mar 2018 09:30:21 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 2117454 at https://www.wisebread.com 9 Ways to Vet Your New Employer https://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-vet-your-new-employer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-ways-to-vet-your-new-employer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/making_sure_all_her_bills_are_paid.jpg" alt="Making sure all her bills are paid" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you have been contacted for a job opportunity, it may be a very exciting moment. But you also want to make sure the position is right for you. Will you fit in with the company's work culture? Is the organization on stable footing? And how do you learn about things like benefits or vacation policies?</p> <p>This potential new employer wants to know all about you, so you should try to find out as much as you can about them, too. Let's examine these ways that you can vet a possible employer.</p> <h2>1. Ask questions during the interview</h2> <p>We assume that a job interview is all about the employer peppering a candidate with questions. But in many cases, it's just as much about them wanting you to feel comfortable in the role. In every job interview, you will usually be presented with the chance to ask questions, and that's when you can find out many things about the job and the company's mission and culture. This will also help you get a better sense of whether the hiring manager is someone you'd like to work for. Many employers will actually view you negatively if you don't ask questions, because it may suggest a lack of interest in the company or the position.</p> <p>There is one word of caution, though, which is to avoid asking too many questions that might indicate you're only pursuing the job for the money or the perks. For example, asking only about vacation policies, salary, or benefits may backfire. While those are important questions, they can be addressed if you get an offer. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-questions-you-should-ask-at-every-job-interview?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Questions You Should Ask at Every Job Interview</a>)</p> <h2>2. Online reviews</h2> <p>There are a number of websites that offer the chance for employees and former employees to share information about a company. It's worth noting that some of these sites can skew to the negative, as workers may only be inclined to leave a review if they have a complaint. But many of these reviews are simply rundowns of objective facts on things like salaries, benefits, vacation time, and workplace policies. Popular review sites include <a href="https://www.glassdoor.com/index.htm" target="_blank">Glassdoor</a>, <a href="https://www.indeed.com/" target="_blank">Indeed</a>, and <a href="https://www.careerbliss.com/" target="_blank">Careerbliss</a>. There are also review sites for specific groups, including <a href="https://fairygodboss.com/" target="_blank">Fairygodboss</a>, which is focused on women in the workforce. Searching LinkedIn may also reveal some reviews from current or former employees.</p> <h2>3. Talk to current employees</h2> <p>It's not a good idea to cold call people you don't know, but if you are friendly with people within the company, it's a great idea to pick their brain. Do they like working there? How would they describe the workplace culture? Is your potential supervisor someone you might enjoy working for? Your friends will likely put a positive spin on things if they like working there, but they'll also be happy to share any information that will help you succeed. Similarly, they will also let you know if they are unhappy. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-warning-signs-your-new-boss-may-be-a-bad-boss?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Warning Signs Your New Boss May Be a Bad Boss</a>)</p> <h2>4. Social media</h2> <p>Performing searches on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter may reveal some details about a company. Employees may post updates on projects they are involved in, suggesting that they are proud of the work they are doing. You may come across photos of people at work functions, appearing to have a good time. The company may also post information about awards or promotions, indicating that they celebrate workers who are succeeding. On the flip side, you may come across workers venting their frustrations about the company or their boss. Be sure to take all complaints with a grain of salt, but if your social media searches reveal a barrage of negativity, be wary.</p> <h2>5. LinkedIn profiles of current and past employees</h2> <p>You can glean some details about a company by looking at the LinkedIn profiles of those who work there and those who worked there in the past. If the employees seemed to have long tenures in numerous roles with increasing responsibility, that's a good sign. But if it seems like workers don't last long, that could indicate a problem. (When scanning LinkedIn profiles, be sure to browse incognito so people don't know you are checking them out.)</p> <h2>6. The company website</h2> <p>Obviously, organizations work to make themselves look good online. The messaging on websites is usually designed to cast a positive image of the organization, its work, and its employees. But if you dig around, you can find a lot of objective information about workplace policies, such as 401(k) plans, health benefits, telecommuting options, and more. In addition, public companies are required to release financial information, so you can have a good sense of whether the company is doing well or not.</p> <h2>7. &quot;Best Places to Work&quot; lists</h2> <p>Many local and national publications produce annual lists of companies that have a good reputation among workers. These lists will celebrate organizations with above-average salaries and benefits, and highlight those firms with perks like free food, generous vacation policies, or flexible work schedules. These lists may not necessarily help you learn if you'll like your boss or the job itself, but you may be happier if the company finds itself on one of these lists.</p> <h2>8. News articles</h2> <p>When it comes to companies, sometimes no news is good news. It's one thing if your prospective employer is in the news for the successful launch of a new product, or for hiring 1,000 new workers at its headquarters. But if the company is in the news for poor handling of sexual harassment complaints, that's bad. News about mass layoffs, poor earnings, or changes in leadership may also be red flags, though it's important to know the difference between temporary, fixable problems and those that are indicative of larger issues.</p> <h2>9. The Better Business Bureau</h2> <p>The Better Business Bureau is designed to help consumers, but it can be useful for prospective employees, too. Most people would prefer to work for a company that has high marks for customer service, as opposed to one that gets a bad grade. Complaints received by the BBB can also help you glean whether there are systemic problems within the company. The BBB is geared toward offering information about contractors and charities. If your company does not have a BBB profile, that's neither good nor bad.</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%2F9-ways-to-vet-your-new-employer&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F9%2520Ways%2520to%2520Vet%2520Your%2520New%2520Employer.jpg&amp;description=9%20Ways%20to%20Vet%20Your%20New%20Employer"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/9%20Ways%20to%20Vet%20Your%20New%20Employer.jpg" alt="9 Ways to Vet Your New Employer" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-vet-your-new-employer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/8-warning-signs-youre-going-to-bomb-your-job-interview">8 Warning Signs You&#039;re Going to Bomb Your 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="https://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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-job-hunting-has-gotten-better-for-new-grads">5 Ways Job Hunting Has Gotten Better for New Grads</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="https://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-vet-your-mortgage-lender">7 Ways to Vet Your Mortgage Lender</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="https://www.wisebread.com/6-crucial-job-searching-steps-most-people-skip">6 Crucial Job Searching Steps Most People Skip</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting company employers job interviews LinkedIn new jobs reviews screening social media vetting Tue, 27 Mar 2018 09:30:19 +0000 Tim Lemke 2119355 at https://www.wisebread.com How to Talk About a Previous Job in an Interview https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-talk-about-a-previous-job-in-an-interview <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-talk-about-a-previous-job-in-an-interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/talking_to_new_employees.jpg" alt="Talking to New Employees" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are several <em>gotcha</em> questions that interviewers can and often do ask. One classic is, &quot;Tell me about your weaknesses.&quot; That one is easy enough to sidestep. But when you're asked to talk about your previous or current employer, or the boss, you must tread lightly. If you answer this question the wrong way, or are brutally honest, it can backfire drastically. (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>Never go on the attack</h2> <p>There's a high probability that the reason you're interviewing for another job is because you don't like your current one. Even if you were laid off or quit, and it has been many months since you were at your previous company, you may still harbor some severe ill will. None of this should seep into your interview.</p> <p>The question is going to come up at some point, and you need to get your poker face ready if the answer to, &quot;Tell me about your last job&quot; is, &quot;It totally sucked.&quot; There are ways to turn negatives into positives, and you should focus on those techniques. Phrases like, &quot;Every day presented an exciting new challenge&quot; and, &quot;There were a diverse array of people who all found a way to work together&quot; are better than saying nothing at all.</p> <p>So, why shouldn't you go on the attack? Why is it so bad to be honest about your current or previous nightmare experience? Well, for a start, it's subjective. Your experience may have been terrible, but that's just one side of the story. Your employer doesn't know everything, and may think you are just being overly-critical or have sour grapes. If you didn't get on with the people, especially your supervisor, that can be another red flag to the interviewer. Why didn't you get along? Are you difficult? Are you unable or unwilling to resolve conflict? Why should the interviewer take a chance on hiring you when you could be the issue?</p> <p>Even if the interviewer insists on you providing one aspect of your current or previous job that was difficult or irritating, don't take the bait. Again, think of a positive way to phrase it. If you had a nightmare coworker who stole your ideas and blamed you for mistakes, say something like, &quot;There was a colleague that could be overly critical from time to time, but we always found a way to get to the heart of the matter, resolve those issues, and get the job done.&quot; Leave the impression that you are moving on to find growth and opportunity, not that you're running away from a horrible situation.</p> <h2>Bring up what you've accomplished</h2> <p>Even the worst jobs should have given you some successes. Focus on what you did that was great at your previous company by cherry-picking the highlights of your time with your previous employer. Hopefully, you have recently updated your resume and will know what these are. If you haven't, now is a good time to make a list of the achievements of which you are most proud.</p> <p>Now, you do not want to go into boasting mode here. It's one thing to list work successes, it's quite another to paint yourself as the star employee that could do no wrong. Just be professional about it. You don't have to list every single win, either. Pick two to three accomplishments that illustrate a variety of your skills and problem-solving abilities. Then, go into more detail about what you contributed to those jobs, and what kind of successes you had over the course of your employment with your previous company. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-interview-technique-will-get-you-hired?ref=seealso" target="_blank">This Interview Technique Will Get You Hired</a>)</p> <h2>Explain why you want to leave without sounding negative</h2> <p>Not everyone who leaves their current employer hates it. Some people leave because they are moving. Some want a career change. Some want more money. Some just want a new challenge.</p> <p>So, if you're leaving because you genuinely want a new challenge, or your current position doesn't align with your career path, you should let your interviewer know. However, if you're leaving because management sucks, the culture is toxic, or you're about to go postal over the systems in place, you need to be a little more generous with the truth.</p> <p>Focus on what you're looking for in a new employer, and the make the conversation about that. Say that you are looking for ways to expand and grow, and that you believe Company X will be great for that. Or, tell the interviewer that you are ready to move out of your comfort zone and try something that will make every day a learning experience. All of this is way better than answering the question, &quot;Why do you want to leave your current job?&quot; with, &quot;Because my dog could run the place better than the CEO.&quot; (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-never-to-bring-up-in-a-job-interview?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Things Never to Bring Up in a Job Interview</a>)</p> <h2>Leave the impression that you are still loyal</h2> <p>There is something admirable about an employee demonstrating loyalty to a current or previous employer, even if there were aspects of the job that were not exactly a joy. As you are discussing your previous employer, inject some of that loyalty language into the conversation.</p> <p>You don't have to go overboard, or the interviewer will wonder why on earth you'd ever want to leave (in some cases, people really do go for interviews to use job offers as bargaining chips for raises and promotions). But you can mention that your current boss has taught you a lot, and is a great team builder. You can say that the company values its employees and you always felt like a critical part of the team. You can even say that you built strong working relationships with many coworkers, some of whom have become great friends.</p> <p>To sum up, you need to find that balance between not coming across as bitter or angry, but also not being so blatantly sycophantic that the interviewer get suspicious. And overall, don't talk trash about your previous employer, even if the interviewer &quot;knows a thing or two&quot; about the company. Always be running toward opportunity, not away from disappointment. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-questions-you-should-always-ask-at-the-end-of-a-job-interview?ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Questions You Should Always Ask at the End of a Job Interview</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-talk-about-a-previous-job-in-an-interview&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Talk%2520About%2520a%2520Previous%2520Job%2520in%2520an%2520Interview.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Talk%20About%20a%20Previous%20Job%20in%20an%20Interview"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Talk%20About%20a%20Previous%20Job%20in%20an%20Interview.jpg" alt="How to Talk About a Previous Job in an Interview" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-talk-about-a-previous-job-in-an-interview">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/10-little-things-to-do-before-a-job-interview-that-can-make-a-big-impact">10 Little Things to Do Before a Job Interview That Can Make a Big Impact</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="https://www.wisebread.com/use-cognitive-crafting-to-ace-your-next-job-interview">Use &quot;Cognitive Crafting&quot; to Ace Your Next Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://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="https://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-ace-your-next-phone-interview">7 Ways to Ace Your Next Phone Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://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> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting answering questions dislike job job interviews previous employers professionalism tricky questions Mon, 12 Mar 2018 09:30:18 +0000 Paul Michael 2114134 at https://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways Job Hunting Has Gotten Better for New Grads https://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-job-hunting-has-gotten-better-for-new-grads <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-job-hunting-has-gotten-better-for-new-grads" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/excited_successful_happy_graduates_in_robes_and_hats.jpg" alt="Excited successful happy graduates in robes and hats" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Job hunting is tough for everyone, but it can be especially tricky for recent college graduates. With a fresh education and less experience, new grads often have a hard time finding that first employer who will give them a chance.</p> <p>But there is good news on the job front for recent college graduates. Gone are the days of sifting through endless help-wanted ads in the newspaper. Job seekers today have a whole new set of resources at their disposal, giving recent college graduates a boost. Here are several ways job hunting has gotten better for new grads.</p> <h2>1. Social media leads to more opportunities</h2> <p>Social media is second nature to young college grads, and that's a good thing, because social media has completely revolutionized the way we look for work. Websites like LinkedIn give you a way to connect with recruiters and other professionals at the click of a button. In addition to building a professional network and looking for job openings, you can ask for recommendations on LinkedIn, providing easy references for hiring managers. Even Facebook and Twitter can lead to opportunities if you are on the lookout.</p> <p>Many companies have dedicated career social media pages where they post all of their openings and interact with potential candidates. This offers an easy way for grads to engage with potential employers before even applying. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jumpstart-your-job-search-with-instagram?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Jumpstart Your Job Search With Instagram</a>)</p> <h2>2. Side hustles provide extra income</h2> <p>Un- or underemployed? Today, you have the benefit of being able to do side gigs to help bridge the financial gap that many recent graduates face.</p> <p>No matter what your career goals are, a side hustle can be a fantastic way to supplement your income. Pet sitting, lawn care, driving for Uber or Lyft, or freelance writing are just a few options you can explore that don't require any significant financial investment.</p> <p>By working a side gig, you can create an additional stream of income while you job hunt for your main career. Even when you do land a job with a comfortable salary, you may find that the extra financial benefit of a side hustle is worth keeping. (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>3. Access to free educational resources is easy</h2> <p>Would mastering a new skill help you in your job search? Or refining your current skill set?</p> <p>You don't necessarily have to go to graduate school or enroll in expensive classes in order to learn something new. Nowadays, you have access to tons of free educational resources through the internet.</p> <p>Whether it's watching YouTube videos, listening to a podcast, reading a book, or even taking an online class, there have never been more cost-effective opportunities to learn a new skill.</p> <h2>4. There are more networking opportunities than ever</h2> <p>Landing your dream job depends not only on what you know, but also <em>who</em> you know. Any person you meet could be the one to open the door to your next job opportunity, so networking as a recent grad is imperative.</p> <p>Most networking groups now have some sort of online presence, making it easy to find one that fits your schedule. You can keep tabs on upcoming events through social media channels, LinkedIn, chat groups, and even websites like Meetup.com. Your school may also have resources for you to find networking events in your area.</p> <p>Many accomplished career professionals know how difficult the job search can be for a recent college graduate. They have all been where you are, and many are happy to help. Technology has made it easy to interact with these people and form a connection. Take advantage of it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-best-networking-tips-for-people-under-40?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 10 Best Networking Tips for People Under 40</a>)</p> <h2>5. Social branding can make or break you</h2> <p>Ten years ago, social branding didn't exist. Making a good impression on a potential employer came down solely to a resume and an interview. Now, the internet is your best resource to make a name for yourself. Social branding is an easy way to establish yourself as an accomplished and optimistic professional before you even have any substantial career experience.</p> <p>Most hiring managers will do a Google search and look you up on social media before you get a call for an interview, much less a job offer. Make sure what they find will leave a good impression. Keep your public or easily accessible social media feeds professional and clean. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-clean-up-your-image-on-social-media?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Easy Ways to Clean Up Your Image on Social Media</a>)</p> <p>Building a website is also a smart way to showcase your skills, back story, and resume all in one place. You don't have to spend a fortune or hire a designer to build a website; many services offer hosting and free or low-cost website templates that are easy to maintain. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-surprising-ways-a-personal-website-can-improve-your-life?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Surprising Ways a Personal Website Can Improve Your Life</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-ways-job-hunting-has-gotten-better-for-new-grads&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%2520Ways%2520Job%2520Hunting%2520Has%2520Gotten%2520Better%2520for%2520New%2520Grads.jpg&amp;description=5%20Ways%20Job%20Hunting%20Has%20Gotten%20Better%20for%20New%20Grads"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Ways%20Job%20Hunting%20Has%20Gotten%20Better%20for%20New%20Grads.jpg" alt="5 Ways Job Hunting Has Gotten Better for New Grads" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/rachel-slifka">Rachel Slifka</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-job-hunting-has-gotten-better-for-new-grads">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="https://www.wisebread.com/7-networking-tips-for-the-recently-unemployed">7 Networking Tips for the Recently Unemployed</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="https://www.wisebread.com/jumpstart-your-job-search-with-instagram">Jumpstart Your Job Search With Instagram</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="https://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-vet-your-new-employer">9 Ways to Vet Your New Employer</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="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-use-snapchat-in-your-job-search">How to Use Snapchat in Your Job Search</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/job-hunting-with-a-long-employment-gap">Job Hunting With a Long Employment Gap</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting career college graduates LinkedIn networking online presence professionals social branding social media unemployed Wed, 28 Feb 2018 09:31:09 +0000 Rachel Slifka 2108841 at https://www.wisebread.com 15 Soft Skills Every Employer Values https://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="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.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> <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%2F15-soft-skills-every-employer-values&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F15%2520Soft%2520Skills%2520Every%2520Employer%2520Values.jpg&amp;description=15%20Soft%20Skills%20Every%20Employer%20Values"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/15%20Soft%20Skills%20Every%20Employer%20Values.jpg" alt="15 Soft Skills Every Employer Values" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="https://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-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/10-little-things-to-do-before-a-job-interview-that-can-make-a-big-impact">10 Little Things to Do Before a Job Interview That Can Make a Big Impact</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="https://www.wisebread.com/use-cognitive-crafting-to-ace-your-next-job-interview">Use &quot;Cognitive Crafting&quot; to Ace Your Next Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/7-underrated-skills-that-will-help-you-in-any-job">7 Underrated Skills That Will Help You in Any Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/8-non-finance-skills-that-will-make-you-a-money-master">8 Non-Finance Skills That Will Make You a Money Master</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="https://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 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 https://www.wisebread.com 5 Jobs That Pay Over $50K and Don't Require a Bachelor's Degree https://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="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.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? 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-jobs-that-pay-over-50k-and-dont-require-a-bachelors-degree&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%2520Jobs%2520That%2520Pay%2520Over%2520%252450K%2520and%2520Don%2527t%2520Require%2520a%2520Bachelor%2527s%2520Degree.jpg&amp;description=5%20Jobs%20That%20Pay%20Over%20%2450K%20and%20Don't%20Require%20a%20Bachelor's%20Degree"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Jobs%20That%20Pay%20Over%20%2450K%20and%20Don%27t%20Require%20a%20Bachelor%27s%20Degree.jpg" alt="5 Jobs That Pay Over $50K and Don't Require a Bachelor's Degree" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/kat-tretina">Kat Tretina</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-jobs-that-pay-over-50k-and-dont-require-a-bachelors-degree">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://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="https://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="https://www.wisebread.com/6-quick-ways-to-retrain-for-a-new-career">6 Quick Ways to Retrain for a New 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="https://www.wisebread.com/9-old-school-jobs-that-are-making-a-comeback">9 Old-School Jobs That Are Making a Comeback</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="https://www.wisebread.com/6-job-myths-boomers-should-stop-believing">6 Job Myths Boomers Should Stop Believing</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 https://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: 5 Tips to Find Your Dream Job https://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="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.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="https://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="https://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. 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