Negotiating pay can be a nightmare. Should you ask for more, and have the hiring manager laugh in your face? Or should you ask for less and not be taken very seriously? There is a delicate balance when it comes to wage demands. This article will guide you in that process.
Don’t let your current job suffer if you’re on the market for a new one. You’ll end up with a bad reputation if you don’t put in your all. Worse is, your new employer may find out and not hire you. Always give it one hundred and ten percent.
Ensure that all of your initial points of contact with potential employers are appropriate. When prompted to leave a voice message, what do callers hear: your name and instructions, or a clip of your favorite pop song? As for your email, do you use a professional address? If not, it’s time to adopt a more grown-up moniker. Avoid usernames containing offensive words, misspellings and unflattering language.
Before you even apply for a job, be sure that your resume is as up-to-date as possible. List any past job that you can think of, as trivial as a job may seem The more experience you have in a specific industry, the more likely you are to land a job.
Include a cover letter when you are applying for jobs. This should include some information about yourself and why you are fit for the position. Cover letters make things more personal for the job that you are applying for and separate you from the rest of the pack who just include resumes.
Join professional organizations that relate to your industry. This is a good way to get your name out there and to boost your business network. Your membership in a professional organization gives you additional credentials on your resume that may make a positive difference in a hiring manager’s decision to hire you.
Keep in touch with your former employers if you left in good standing. You never know if a job opening will come up in which you are qualified for. Keeping your established business network healthy will prevent you from being forgotten. In addition, it is easier for a former employer to give you a glowing recommendation if they remember you.
Send a thank you letter. A lot of people don’t do this, so if you use this one tip, you may put yourself ahead of the pack very quickly. Simply write a short letter thanking the person for their time, reiterating that you want the job, and reminding him or her of your unique qualifications.
If you are asked about your weaknesses during a job interview, try to be as positive as possible in your answer. For example, don’t say, “I’m very disorganized.” Say something about how you are more focused on being flexible than on organization but that you use tools to keep yourself organized anyway.
Use a one page resume. A lot of people really want to use more than one page, but here is the truth: People don’t care about the resume as you think they do. They use a resume as a first step. They call you in for an interview, so they can learn more about you as a person, so keep that resume short and use only the most relevant information.
Specifying your wage demands can actually be more important than you think. Whether you ask for too much, or too little, it can very negatively impact your chance of getting the job. This article can be very useful in deciding what to do in each situation, so be sure to have it handy before your next interview.