Career and Income en-US 7 Job Search Stunts to Get You Noticed by Employers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-job-search-stunts-to-get-you-noticed-by-employers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="job seeker" title="job seeker" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Did you ever think your dream job would be snatched away by a desperate grad with a viral gimmick? No. No you didn't.</p> <p>In today's society, we're more interested social media hacks than work experience. We'd rather follow a good speaker than a good leader. And we'd rather have an out-of-the-box thinker than someone who knows what he/she wants. (See also: <a href="">10 Outdated Job Hunt Techniques to Avoid</a>)</p> <p>But don't worry, the same rules apply to you. If your previous job hunting strategies have failed, we've compiled an inspiring list of crazy stunts that landed real jobs for real people.</p> <h2>1. Billboard Lands Media Grad 60 Job Offers</h2> <p>By far the most publicized job stunt in recent memory is that of <a href="">Adam Pacitti</a>, a college grad with a media production degree who found himself working as a coin exchanger at a video game arcade.</p> <p>After job applications failed, Adam decided enough was enough and of course, as any of us would have done, spent his last 500 pounds on a billboard. After being featured in literally every news source imaginable, Adam received over 60 solid job offers and went to work for award-winning production company KEO.</p> <p>What few people realize is that Adam put a whole lot more work in than simply buying a billboard. His spot in news media was only the result of a successful multi-platform social media campaign that went viral. Viral media always finds its way into the news these days, so his success shouldn't be a surprise.</p> <p>If that sounds like too much work, you'll love our next stunt.</p> <h2>2. Grad Student Suits Up, Hits the Metro, and Lands a Job</h2> <p>If you aren't one for all that social media nonsense, you'll love the story of <a href="">Alfred Ajani</a>. Alfred's marketing degree wasn't enough to land one of 300 positions he applied for, so he decided to go on the offensive.</p> <p>Armed with a suit and a stack of CVs, Alfred posted up at Waterloo station, collecting a few emails and business cards in the process.</p> <p>Oh but wait, that's actually not what landed him his job. Twitter took his post viral, where it caught the attention of recruitment company Asoria Group, who offered him a job via&hellip; LinkedIn.</p> <p>Looks like you're going to need those social media accounts after all.</p> <h2>3. Grad Lands Dream Job After Walking London Streets In a Sandwich Board</h2> <p>At this point, you're probably frantically following people on Twitter, preparing for your next job stunt. But just take a breather. It might be easier than you think.</p> <p>After making the unfortunate decision to get a history degree, <a href="">David Rowe</a> found himself predictably jobless. Emboldened by a father-son debate, David strapped a sandwich board around his shoulders and advertised that he would work the first month free.</p> <p>He was then interviewed by recruiting firm Parkhouse Bell and ended up landing his dream job, which I'm assuming was in recruiting. We're guessing the firm saw his photo on Facebook, but it hasn't been confirmed, so you know... there might just be room for something more old fashioned.</p> <h2>4. Send QR Code Cupcakes to Editorial Teams</h2> <p>If public infamy isn't your cup of tea, what about something more direct and personable?</p> <p>Like cupcakes. Everybody loves cupcakes.</p> <p>Blogger and fashionista <a href="">Katie Oldham</a> decided to take her summer internship into her own hands with the help of a local bakery. Katie researched the editorial teams at her favorite publishing companies and delivered special batches of cupcakes with her website's QR code to their London offices.</p> <p>And it worked! She interned for Cosmopolitan, and her website is currently part of the Vice blogging network.</p> <h2>5. Home Brewed Beer Resumes</h2> <p>Nothing says work hard and party harder like a home-brewed batch of beer. What makes that beer even better? Resume covers of course.</p> <p>Brennan Gleason takes a distinguished spot on our list as being the only to pull off a successful job hunt stunt outside of the UK. Then again, he did it in Canada, so potato-patata.</p> <p>Brennan wanted to nab a sexy graphic design job, so what did he do? He designed custom resume covers for six-packs of beer he brewed himself.</p> <p>Let's see...</p> <ul> <li>Creativity&hellip; check.</li> <li>Graphic design skills&hellip; check.</li> <li>Free specialty beer for the office&hellip; CHECK!</li> </ul> <p>Surprise, surprise &mdash; <a href="">Brennan</a> was hired.</p> <h2>6. Wacky Website Campaign Turns Bakery Manager Into VP</h2> <p>Many of you are under the false impression that working successfully at your company will translate into a promotion.</p> <p>Not true!</p> <p>That VP spot just went to this guy. Despite seven tries, his CV tells us he hasn't been able to hold down a job for even one calendar year. But guess what!? He acted super wacky on video and a lot of people laughed, so he's qualified to be your boss!</p> <p>His name is <a href="">Dan Conway</a>, but you can call him &quot;Yes, Sir.&quot; Dan launched a wacky website campaign consisting of him doing wacky things in order to find work and was eventually made a VP of marketing for a company I won't advertise.</p> <p>Apparently, <a href="">THIS</a> is what British marketing employers look for in their executives.</p> <h2>7. Grad Lands Social Media Manager Position by PMing a Stranger</h2> <p>What's the quickest way to land an interview? Find the owner's profile and hit them up with a private message.</p> <p>&hellip;Said no one ever. Unless you're <a href="">David Cohen</a>. David knew a guy who knew a guy, and he randomly messaged that guy, who then interviewed him with another guy, and now David's their top social media guy.</p> <p>Sounds quaint. Perhaps you should try it. Just don't blame us if you get slapped with a restraining order.</p> <p><em>Have you ever tried to land a job with an outlandish stunt? What did you do &mdash; and did you get the job?</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="7 Job Search Stunts to Get You Noticed by Employers" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Jacob McMillen</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Career Building Job Hunting job search promotion resume self promotion Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:00:03 +0000 Jacob McMillen 1238130 at 6 Simple Steps to Discovering Your True Salary Potential <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-simple-steps-to-discovering-your-true-salary-potential" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="wealthy businessman" title="wealthy businessman" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Salary negotiation is not always easy, especially if you don't know the value you and your position bring to your team and to your company.</p> <p>So ask yourself these six questions and uncover your true market worth before you start driving a hard bargain. (See also: <a href="">You Should Always Negotiate a Raise: Here are 10 Reasons Why</a>)</p> <h2>1. How Valuable Are You to Your Team?</h2> <p>For any salary negotiation to be successful, you need to be highly regarded by your boss and colleagues. If your reputation is lacking, it's time to start enhancing skills and networking within the office. People who <a href="">get ahead at work</a> tend to follow through on their commitments, help other people reach their goals, and do more than what is merely expected. Get a firm understanding of what skills and traits are valued within your organization and do your best to personify them.</p> <p>If you don't know what these are, it never hurts to ask. Set up time with your boss to ask which skills she'd like to see you develop. Talk to senior team members and find out what successes led to their promotions. Ask peers how you're perceived within the organization (or even within your team). All of this feedback can help you develop the picture of where you currently stand and what steps you can take to move up within your organization.</p> <h2>2. Do You Understand Your Compensation Structure?</h2> <p>Many positions come with multiple compensation streams including salary, commission, stock options, and retirement and health benefits. Each is (normally) offered for a different reason and so should be considered separately when negotiating for compensation.</p> <p>Salary is what your employee offers in exchange for your job performance. In theory, if you do a good job, you'll get higher pay raises.</p> <p>Stock options, in contrast, are generally offered to incentivize employee loyalty, which is why you'll often see this perk packaged with a vesting schedule. In other words, don't fail to negotiate for a salary bump because your employer offers a stock option. According to one career writer, the best time to ask for a raise is when you first recognize <a href="">you're not being paid your fair worth</a>. If you wait for your annual review, your team's salary increases will have already been planned out, and your boss likely won't have budget flexibility. Start lobbying six months in advance, however, and you have real potential to change the outcome of the conversation.</p> <p>Attractive health and retirement benefits are designed to make a job more attractive than competing offers for new prospects.</p> <h2>3. How Is Your Industry Compensating Your Role?</h2> <p>You'll want to be aware of the salary range for your role, within your industry and geographic location. Jobs in some industries and areas of the country pay substantially higher than in others. Check out services like <a href=""></a> or <a href="">Payscale</a> to research the range for your current field.</p> <h2>4. What Would It Cost to Replace You?</h2> <p>Before you can negotiate, it pays to know that what you're asking for is less than your<a href=""> replacement cost</a>. According to one health benefits and insurance blog, it costs a business the equivalent of six to nine months of salary to recruit and train a new worker. For someone making $40,000 per year, that adds up to $20,000 to $30,000.</p> <p>If you're an employee worth keeping (i.e., you're good at what you do and not at PIA to be around), then your boss would probably rather avoid the hassle and cost of finding a new recruit. The problem? Bosses aren't always proactive about making sure their employees are paid fairly. It's up to you to open a dialogue about your expectations. Ask what steps you can take to improve your job skills and reach a higher salary level. If your boss isn't willing to discuss a potential salary increase (even over the long term), it may be an indication that you're not valued in your role or that there just isn't budget for the bump. If this is the case, then consider step number 5 (or 6).</p> <h2>5. Is Your Current Employer Your Best Option?</h2> <p>If your current boss doesn't appreciate the value you bring to the role, it may be time to start looking at other options. Sometimes a non-quantifiable event like a personality conflict with a boss can get in the way of an employee's upward mobility. If you know you provide quality work but still can't seem to move beyond your current role, it may be time to explore options outside of your current employer. (See also: <a href="">The 10 Things You Need to Do If You Want to Quit Your Job</a>)</p> <h2>6. What's Going On Outside of Your Company?</h2> <p>Keeping your finger on your industry's pulse is the best way to stay aware of new job opportunities. If you're not properly valued by your current employer, you may want to find out what a competitor would pay for your skills.</p> <p>Make connections through trade organizations, your local chamber of commerce, or by befriending people who perform similar functions at the competitor down the street. You never know what opportunities may arise and it can pay off to be well networked. You may even want to apply for competitor jobs. Being offered a position that pays 20% more can provide valuable leverage with your current boss. Or, you may simply decide that the new position offers better long-term opportunity than your current gig. Either way, the more you know about the current market in your industry, the better prepared you are for any opportunities that may come your way. (See also: <a href="">Your 31 Hidden Networks That Can Help You Land Jobs</a>)</p> <p><em>Have you used your negotiating prowess to land a new and better job? What knowledge did you arm yourself with and what strategies worked best for you? We want to hear about it in the comments below.</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="6 Simple Steps to Discovering Your True Salary Potential " rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Alaina Tweddale</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Career and Income earnings paycheck promotion raise salary Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:00:04 +0000 Alaina Tweddale 1236864 at These 7 Companies Have the Craziest Employee Perks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/these-7-companies-have-the-craziest-employee-perks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="scuba diving" title="scuba diving" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Looking for a job that offers more than the standard salary and health benefits combo? Look no further. From scuba diving lessons to a full-service concierge that will pick up the drycleaning and then stand in line for concert tickets in your stead, there are wonderful benefits to working at one of these seven companies we've scouted out. (See also: <a href="">The 29 Companies With the Best Maternity Benefits</a>)</p> <p>Read on for the full scoop on the zaniest perks reaped by those lucky enough to be employed by a business that knows full well how to keep its workforce happy and loyal. Then you might want to freshen up that resume &mdash; we hear the competition is thick for gigs at a place with its own rock climbing wall.</p> <h2>1. Cisco's Acupuncture</h2> <p><a href="">Acupuncture is one of the many health and wellness benefits</a> enjoyed by employees of information technology giant Cisco. This traditional Chinese medicinal practice is said to ease pain through the insertion of needles into the skin or the application of heat and pressure on specific pressure points across the body. The going rate for the rest of us is about $50 to $75 dollars per treatment.</p> <h2>2. Chesapeake Energy's Scuba Lessons</h2> <p>Free <a href="">scuba diving lessons are among the mind-blowing perks</a> offered to employees as part of Chesapeake Energy's &quot;Living Well&quot; program, which pays up to $1,000 for workers to participate in on-campus fitness and education classes. Ballet, aerobics, beach volleyball, rock climbing, and flying lessons &mdash; yes, we're talking airplanes &mdash; are also on the roster.</p> <h2>3. Google's Automotive Extras</h2> <p>It's widely known that Google employees enjoy some pretty amazing perks &mdash; gratis gourmet meals, massages, yoga instruction, an on-site bowling alley, child care assistance, top notch legal advice, business-travel destinations to paradises like Lake Tahoe and Hawaii, and up to $12,000 in annual tuition reimbursement. But did you know they also get <a href="">free oil changes and car washes</a>? That's a big bonus considering the average American spends more than $7,000 annually on their vehicle.</p> <h2>4. SC Johnson &amp; Son's Private Concierge</h2> <p>The company that manufactures Glade, Ziploc, and Windex offers its employees <a href="">a full-service concierge</a> that'll shop around for the best auto insurance quote, pick up the groceries, and stand in line for concert tickets. It's like having a willing and able assistant to complete all of life's tiresome errands and chores in your stead. The goal, company officials say, is to provide employees with a healthy work-life balance.</p> <h2>5. Eileen Fisher's New Age Fitness</h2> <p>Pilates, Qigong, creative movement, and nutritional education are among the health and wellness courses available to employees at Eileen Fisher's headquarters in upstate New York. EF employees also receive a $1,000 annual stipend to pursue their health and wellness goals outside of work through massage, acupuncture, or the perhaps the purchase of some new home exercise equipment. The company offers <a href="">an additional $1,000 annual stipend for educational pursuits</a> like yoga teacher training, pottery classes, museum memberships, and horseback riding.</p> <h2>6. Deloitte's Paid Sabbaticals</h2> <p>The financial advisory company offers associates <a href="">partially paid three- to six-month sabbaticals</a> to pursue personal or professional growth opportunities in career development or volunteerism. Deloitte workers can also opt for an unpaid one-month leave during which there are no restrictions on how they spend their time. Europe, anyone?</p> <h2>7. Infertility Perks at Facebook</h2> <p>Facebook is now offering employees <a href="">up to $20,000 toward infertility treatments</a>, sperm donations, and, for women who want to delay pregnancy, procedures to freeze their eggs. &quot;Anything that gives women more control over the timing of fertility is going to be helpful to professional women,&quot; Shelley Correll, a sociology professor and director of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, told a Christian Science Monitor reporter. &quot;It potentially addresses the conflicts between the biological clock and the clockwork of women's careers: The time that's most important in work, for getting your career established, often coincides with normal fertility time for women. This can potentially help resolve that by pushing women's fertility into the future.&quot; Apple will roll out a similar program next year.</p> <p><em>Does your company offer any great perks? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="These 7 Companies Have the Craziest Employee Perks" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Brittany Lyte</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Career and Income benefits compensation employee benefits employers job search Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:00:05 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1231233 at 5 Money Lessons People Learn at Their First Job <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-money-lessons-people-learn-at-their-first-job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="stressed businessman" title="stressed businessman" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Your first job teaches a lot of important lessons. For example, you learn how to be punctual, how to get along with others, and how to develop a thick skin. But these aren't the only lessons you learn. A first job teaches several lessons specifically devoted to money, too. (See also: <a href="">7 Lessons Learned From Working Retail</a>)</p> <p>Here are five key ones.</p> <h2>1. You'll Bring Home Far Less Than You Expected</h2> <p>Whether your first job is in high school or after college, the amount you bring home is always less than your hourly wage or salary. Although everyone knows about the Tax Man, you might be surprised to learn just how much of your check goes toward federal and state taxes. You can lose up to 25% of your pay to taxes, and that's before other payroll deductions, such as retirement, disability insurance, and 401(k) contributions. So, if you're earning $50,000 a year, don't get excited and think you'll bring home $4,000 a month. After subtracting all deductions, you'll be lucky to bring home $3,000 a month.</p> <h2>2. You Realize How Much Things Really Cost</h2> <p>If you're living at home with your parents supporting you, you may not fully realize how hard it is to stretch a buck. Getting a first job can also give us a dose of reality. Before, you might have spent your allowance impulsively. But now, you have to budget and track where your money goes. This may seem like a major downer, but you'll develop smart money habits that offer long-term benefits. If you have a budget, it'll be easier to live within your means.</p> <h2>3. The Job Perks Aren't Always Attractive</h2> <p>While preparing for your first job in college, you might envision yourself working for a company that offers amazing benefits, such as a 401(k) match and paid health insurance. But once you get into the workforce, the reality isn't as picturesque.</p> <p>The truth is, many employers have been hit with economic problems and don't have the cash flow to offer an attractive benefits package. To survive, these companies might ditch their 401(k) match program and they may no longer offer paid employee health insurance, or they'll pay a very small percentage of this insurance. Either way, the absence of these perks can impact how fast you're able to grow your retirement account; and if you're paying your own health insurance, that's less money on your paycheck.</p> <h2>4. Bosses Don't Give Money That You Don't Ask For</h2> <p>If you're interviewing for a first job after college, you may feel that your knowledge justifies a particular wage or salary. However, your boss may offer far less for the position than you anticipated. Like most things in life, salaries are negotiable; and if you don't open your mouth and negotiate your salary, don't expect your boss to pay up.</p> <p>Even if you don't receive the salary or wage you had in mind, your boss might be willing to meet you halfway &mdash; but you won't know unless you ask. There's a simple way to approach this situation. You can say something like, &quot;I appreciate the offer of $30,000, but I was hoping to be in the $37,000 range based on my degree and average salaries in the area.&quot; (See also: <a href="">How to Negotiate Higher Pay at Your Next New Job</a>)</p> <p>If you start practicing how to negotiate salaries early in your career, you'll master this art and become skilled as you move up the corporate ladder.</p> <h2>5. Buying Lunch Every Day Adds Up</h2> <p>When you're rushing to leave the house each morning, there might be little time to make your lunch &mdash; or maybe you don't like sandwiches or frozen meals and prefer grabbing a hot meal each day. It might be fun and convenient to dine out with your coworkers, but one thing you'll learn at your first job &mdash; especially if it's also your first full-time job &mdash; buying lunch every day adds up.</p> <p>You might only spend $5 a day on food and coffee, but that's $25 a week or $100 a month. Since your first job will likely have an entry-level salary, spending $100 a month on lunch might be too much for a modest salary. There are better uses for your money, such as contributing more to a retirement account or beefing up your emergency savings account.</p> <p><em>Do you have other lessons to add that people learn at their first job? Did you learn it the hard way? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="5 Money Lessons People Learn at Their First Job" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Mikey Rox</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Personal Finance Career and Income first job money lessons paycheck retirement taxes Mon, 06 Oct 2014 09:00:07 +0000 Mikey Rox 1227737 at Master These 15 Interview Questions <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/master-these-15-interview-questions" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="job interview" title="job interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>First impressions are everything, and making a good one during a job interview can very well snag you the job of your dreams. Interviews can be nerve-racking, especially if it's for a job you really want. The only way to calm your nerves is to do a lot of prep beforehand so you'll be ready for your interview. Read on for 15 common interview questions.</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="">4 Rules for Answering the Weakness Question</a></p> <h2>1. Tell Me About Yourself</h2> <p>This question usually takes about one to two minutes to answer and will be your elevator pitch. You want to give them a brief rundown of who you are as a person and show how you articulate you are. Don't start rambling on about your personal history. Talk about highlights from job positions or schooling and how you can contribute to the company with your background and experiences.</p> <p>Know what the company is looking for. If it prizes technical skills, play those up. Showcase the qualities needed for the job you're interviewing for.</p> <p>Before the interview, write down two to three notable achievements, and be sure to bring them up during your elevator pitch.</p> <h2>2. What Are Your Strengths and Weaknesses?</h2> <p>Think about what others have said about you when you're trying to come up with a list of your strengths. Remember, always back up your points with an example.</p> <p>Pick strengths that align with the company's culture and goals. If you're applying to a scrappy start-up, highlight your ability to multitask and to take initiative.</p> <p>The most important factor when choosing which strengths to highlight is to make sure they relate to the position your applying to. For example, if you're applying for a human resources position, talk about your interpersonal skills.</p> <p>The weakness question is always the hardest to answer. Don't give a clichéd answer such as you work too hard or you're too much of a perfectionist. Try your best to stick to the truth and make sure you mention the steps you take to counter the weakness. Don't disclose anything that will make you look like an incompetent employee, such as not meeting deadlines and getting into conflicts with co-workers. Put a positive spin on the weakness but make sure it doesn't sound too practiced. An example of weaknesses can be impatience, which can mean that you want to get the job done. Another weakness can be time management but make sure you name the steps you take to beat that problem. You will look like a problem solver when you show them what you did to fix a flaw.</p> <h2>3. What Salary Are You Looking For?</h2> <p>You don't have to answer this question at the interview, and you can try to deflect this question until you've received an offer. Tell the interviewers that you want to hold off on salary talk until the both of you know that you're right for the job.</p> <h2>4. Why Do You Want to Work for Us?</h2> <p>Read up everything you can about the company, including the website, news articles, profiles of employees, and any tidbits on LinkedIn. If you or your friends know employees at the company, ask if they can speak to you about what the company is like.</p> <p>Try to get a sense of what the company culture is and what its goals are. Once you've done your homework, you need to figure out how the company ties into your own career path and future.</p> <h2>5. Where Do You See Yourself in a Few Years?</h2> <p>Think about how you can move forward from the position you're eyeing. Figure out the natural career track and tailor your answer to the company. Try to be honest but not to the point where you make yourself look like an unattractive candidate, such as saying you want to work for their competitor or something too personal like becoming a mom. Stick to professional examples; they don't want to hear about your personal life plan.</p> <h2>6. Are You Interviewing With Other Companies?</h2> <p>Try not to spend too much time on this question and answer briefly. A simple yes and mentioning the fact that you're open to opportunities will do the trick. You can also say that this particular job is your first choice. Remember, honesty is always the best policy, and don't lie and say you're interviewing at certain companies when you're not.</p> <h2>7. What Can You Do for This Company?</h2> <p>There are several versions of this question, which also includes, &quot;What will you do when you're at [job position x]?&quot; When you're preparing for the interview, think about why you would do a good job at the position and what steps you would take to achieve that.</p> <p>Bring in new ideas and examples of what you have done in the past that has benefited your previous companies. One trick that will help the company visualize you in the position is to tell them exactly what you'd do in the first two weeks at the job. Be specific about what you'd like to accomplish, so it's more believable and impressive.</p> <h2>8. Why Do You Want to Leave or Why Did You Leave Your Current Job?</h2> <p>It's understandable if you were laid off given the rocky economy. You don't have to share the dirty details, but you should be truthful and mention that your company had to let go of X number of people or the department was being restructured.</p> <p>If you are leaving because of a negative situation, be sure not to badmouth your old company or boss. It just reflects badly on you if you do. You can focus on the fact that you're looking for growth and that you feel this company feels like the step in the right direction.</p> <h2>9. Do You Have Any Questions for Me?</h2> <p>Asking good questions can reveal a lot of your personality and can be the most important part of the interview. Take some time into crafting very personal, well thought-out questions that require more than a &quot;yes&quot; or &quot;no&quot; answer.</p> <p>Don't ask questions that seem to be too assuming and that make you sound like you think you got the job. Don't try to focus on pay, benefits, and getting promoted. Focus more on what you can do for the company and not what the company can do for you.</p> <p>Use your judgement during the interview on how many questions are appropriate.</p> <h2>10. When Did You Have to Deal With Conflict in the Office, and How Did You Resolve It?</h2> <p>Be careful when you're addressing this question and make sure that you're not bitter or negative in your answer. You should always be positive because this reflects the fact that you take conflict well. Talk about a problem you faced (preferably not something you created), and detail the steps you proactively took to resolve the problem. The best examples will come from your past experiences.</p> <h2>11. Testing Your Knowledge and Experience</h2> <p>Make sure what you can live up to your claims in your résumé and cover letter, because your interviewer may try to test your knowledge and experience.</p> <p>For example, he might ask you questions in your field or get your professional opinion on some current events happening in your expertise. Another way to test your knowledge is to walk you through a sample scenario you might face in this new job, and ask you how you would solve the issue.</p> <p>The best way to prepare for these questions is to read up as much as you can about industry that you're applying to, and brush up on items in your past. Give yourself time to think about how you would tackle the problem they present to you, and don't rush your explanation. Even if you don't arrive at the conclusion the hiring manager is looking for, they may be impressed by your thought process.</p> <h2>12. Tell Me About Your Achievements</h2> <p>It's your time to shine when you talk about your achievements. Make sure you're preparing ahead of time for the achievement question.</p> <p>Write down three possible past wins relevant to the company and position you're applying to, and practice articulating your answers. Do your best to be specific and possibly throw in numbers to really back up your answers. For example, saying something like &quot;As a result of achievement x, revenue numbers increased by x percent year over year.&quot; This will really show your hiring manager how you added value to your past company's growth and reveal your worth as an employee.</p> <h2>13. Tell Me About Your Failures</h2> <p>Be careful when picking which failures to talk about because it can either be a hit or miss answer.</p> <p>Be honest in your answer. Don't pick a weak example, where the failure wasn't truly a flop. It's very telling if you're uncomfortable with the question. The interviewer may see you as someone who can't take responsibility for her mistakes and grow from it.</p> <p>You want to make sure that whatever you mention, you're able to explain how you bounced back stronger than ever and how you took steps to make sure that the mistake never happened again.</p> <h2>14. How Would Your Co-Workers Describe You?</h2> <p>It's time to talk yourself up! Highlight your positive traits, and make sure you're not bringing up your flaws. You should only bring up negative things if you're asked to do so.</p> <p>Think back on what your co-workers and bosses have said about you in your past reviews. This will help you formulate your answer.</p> <h2>15. What Was Your Last Salary?</h2> <p>Remember, you don't have to reveal anything you're not comfortable with to the hiring manager. You can answer this question indirectly by giving the interviewer a range you're expecting.</p> <p>Liz Ryan, CEO of consulting firm The Human Workplace, writes in a <a href="">LinkedIn post</a>, &quot;When we call the plumber because our tub drain is clogged, we don't ask, 'What did you charge the guy down the block to unclog his drain last week?' If we do, the plumber is going to say, 'My rate is $95 an hour. Do you want me to come over or not?'&quot;</p> <p>She suggests responding to this salary question with &quot;In this job search, I'm looking for jobs in the $95,000 to $100,000 range. Is that in the ballpark?&quot;</p> <p>The best way to prepare for this question is to figure out how much salary you want to be paid. <a href="">Here's how</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Land a job interview? Great. Now seal the deal by learning how to answer these 15 common job interview questions. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href="" style="border:none;"><img alt="" src="" style="height:95px; width:300px" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href=""><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="">How to Start Off Your Cover Letter Right</a></li> <li><a href="">Follow Up After a Job Interview With This Email</a></li> <li><a href="">5 Rules For Following Up After the Interview</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> General Tips Job Hunting interview Job Interview job search new job Fri, 03 Oct 2014 21:00:05 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 1221623 at Bosses Say These Are Their 6 Favorite Qualities in Employees — Do You Have Them? <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/bosses-say-these-are-their-6-favorite-qualities-in-employees-do-you-have-them" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="boss employee working" title="boss employee working" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you can't get ahead at work, there's probably a reason why. You might not have the experience or educational background for a specific position &mdash; or worse, your boss may feel that you lack important qualities. (See also: <a href="">5 Things to Say to Your Boss to Get a Promotion or Raise</a>)</p> <p>Since your boss holds the key to your future with the company, it is imperative that you understand qualities employers look for in employees. This can be the difference between advancing up the corporate ladder and staying stuck in the same position.</p> <h2>1. Good Communication Skills</h2> <p>Bosses look for employees with strong communication skills &mdash; written and spoken. Being able to clearly express yourself is a major asset and can take your career to the next level.</p> <p>&quot;If you have a gift for the spoken and written word, you will always put your best foot forward. Being articulate is highly prized in today's workplace, when time is at a premium and technology requires constant communication,&quot; Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and author of <a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0470457643&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=FSOK7MOUNS3ZLT5N">Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job</a>, <a href="">told</a></p> <p>Master good communication skills and you might become the official or unofficial spokesperson for the company. You don't have to become a walking dictionary. But if your communication style needs improvement, it doesn't hurt to brush up on your English and writing skills, or take a public speaking course or workshop on your own dime.</p> <h2>2. Adaptability</h2> <p>Companies must adapt or evolve to keep pace with the times, and it's important for employees to evolve as well.</p> <p>&quot;I have found that people who are comfortable with change in general tend to be more successful,&quot; <a href="">says Jennifer Dulski</a>, President and COO at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>Even if you do not understand the changes taking place in the organization, go with the flow and trust that your boss knows what she's doing. The end goal is simple &mdash; grow the company. And if the company grows, so can your income. So, don't buck the system or make it difficult for your boss. Being adaptable goes hand-in-hand with being a team player. Team players put aside their personal feelings and work for the common good of the company.</p> <h2>3. Honesty</h2> <p>Bosses have enough on their plates, and they don't have time to supervise each employee. Therefore, employers need workers who are honest and willing to follow rules and policies, even when no one's watching. An honest employee is committed from start to finish, honest in everything, and takes responsibility for his actions.</p> <p>&quot;If they can't be honest with themselves and honest with me, then we are likely going to be wasting time and not operating at our full potential. I expect all team members to express any concern that comes up so we can keep improving not only our processes, but also our morale,&quot; <a href="">says Patrick Curtis</a>, founder at <a href=""></a>.</p> <h2>4. Hard-Working Mentality</h2> <p>Bosses need employees who go beyond the call of duty. Technically, you shouldn't be expected to do anything outside your job description, especially if you're not getting paid for your time. But at the same time, taking the initiative and going the extra mile speaks volumes.</p> <p>Karen Rehn, owner of HH Staffing Services, brings attention to a recent employee trait survey that says &quot;57% of <a href="">managers are looking for hard working employees</a>, those who embody work ethic and good ole hard work.&quot;</p> <p>It takes hard work for a company to succeed, and most employers can't get to the top without help from diligent employees. So, your commitment to the job won't go unnoticed and it can open doors to a brighter future with the company.</p> <h2>5. Punctuality and Conscientiousness</h2> <p>From clocking in on time to meeting deadlines, it only takes one tardy or unreliable employee to get everyone off schedule. Do a self-evaluation to determine whether your punctuality needs improvement. A manager may not say anything to you, but arriving even five minutes late or turning in an assignment 15 minutes late doesn't go unnoticed. If you can't be counted on to handle seemingly insignificant tasks, how can your boss trust you with bigger responsibilities?</p> <p>&quot;If the resume has typos or the candidate is late or sloppy, you can be sure those typos will translate into frustrating quality issues on the job,&quot; <a href="">says Josh Bersin</a>, Principal and Founder, Bersin by Deloitte.</p> <h2>6. Leadership</h2> <p>Your boss might be the top dog, but he needs a few leaders on his team. No good comes from being a follower. And when bosses look to promote, they prefer applicants who aren't too impressionable. As a leader, you can motivate your co-workers or be a voice of reason during difficult situations.</p> <p>&quot;Anyone can get others to show up for work. Leaders, on the other hand, genuinely inspire people to choose to follow them &mdash; on a mission, toward a goal, or perhaps even to transform an industry,&quot; <a href="">says Walt Bettinger</a>, President and CEO of The Charles Schwab Corporation.</p> <p><em>Are you a boss? Are there other qualities you'd like to add? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="Bosses Say These Are Their 6 Favorite Qualities in Employees — Do You Have Them?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Mikey Rox</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Career Building Personal Development career getting hired good employee job promotion Thu, 02 Oct 2014 09:00:05 +0000 Mikey Rox 1225625 at 10 Things Interviewers Really Want to Know When They Ask These Questions <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-things-interviewers-really-want-to-know-when-they-ask-these-questions" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="job interview" title="job interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Don't take your interviewer's questions at face value. Often, the reasons why she's asking you these questions is not just to hear your answers, but to read in between the lines and find out what your intentions are and how your character is. We've listed a couple of the most <a href="">popular interview questions</a> below and what the interviewer <em>really</em> means when they ask you these questions.</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="">9 Costly Interview Mistakes That Can Lose You That Job Offer</a></p> <h2>1. Tell Me About Yourself</h2> <p>Okay, you should ace this question because it's the most basic and expected question out of every job interview. We want to see how you carry yourself and how articulate you are. We also want to know what you think are the highlights of yourself and your career and what's special about you.</p> <h2>2. What Are Your Greatest Weaknesses?</h2> <p>You know this question is coming, let's see how honest and thoughtful you can be. Not to mention how prepared you are. Please don't give us the clichés like, &quot;My weakness is I work too hard.&quot; We can see right through that. <a href="">This question</a> can reveal how self-aware you are and how proactive you are when a problem arises.</p> <h2>3. Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?</h2> <p>We want to make sure you're here for the long haul and you've really thought about this. It takes resources to train a new hire, so ideally, we would like you to stay a while. Your answer will clue us into your ambition as well, and if you've truly thought about what your career track with us will be like. It's a chance for us to hear your strengths and your goals.</p> <h2>4. Why Do You Want to Work for Us?</h2> <p>We want to make sure you really want to work for us and that you did your research. We don't want to hire people who just want this job because it's a job.</p> <h2>5. Why Did You Leave Your Last Job?</h2> <p>Was there drama in your last company? We're actually curious to see if you left your company on good or bad terms. Obviously, most of you will catch on to this question, but your answer can also give us an insight into your relationship with your former company and how you work. If you badmouth your previous employer, no matter what the circumstance, we'll probably take it as a red flag. We also want to make sure that you're not going to leave our company for the same reason.</p> <h2>6. Do You Have Any Questions for Me?</h2> <p>This is my opportunity to see if you have been paying attention and how passionate you are about this position and company. It's also a test to see how much homework you've done on the company and the position. This can be your chance to wow us, and it can be one of the most memorable things about a candidate.</p> <h2>7. [Insert Incredibly Hard Problem]</h2> <p>We want to know how you think on your feet and what your thought process is like. You <a href="">may not be able to answer this question</a>, but we want to see how you deal with the stress of not being able to answer the question and to see if you can at least tell us the steps you would take to find the answer. This shows good initiative and problem-solving skills. We're not looking for someone who would give up as soon as something hard comes their way.</p> <h2>8. [Insert Surprising Question]</h2> <p>Okay, you may be completely thrown off by this question, but we want that to happen. It may elicit a more genuine reaction and that's what we really want to see. Perhaps, we can catch a glimpse of your personality.</p> <h2>9. What Would Your Co-Workers Say About You?</h2> <p>We want to know how you think others view you. It says something about how self-aware you are, and it can clue us into how your relationships with your former co-workers are.</p> <h2>10. What Are Your Hobbies?</h2> <p>We want to know what you are like as a person outside of your job. This is a good time to bring up your side projects and impressive hidden talents. What you do with your free time can be a big reflection of what kind of employee you will be. For example, having a successful Etsy store can show us that you're productive, driven, passionate, and creative. This is your chance to stand out and share something personal about yourself that will make us remember you.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Learn to read the truth behind these common job interview questions, so you can respond with the answers that get you hired. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href="" style="border:none;"><img alt="" src="" style="height:95px; width:300px" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href=""><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="">9 Things That Really Annoy Hiring Managers</a></li> <li><a href="">5 Things to Bring to a Job Interview</a></li> <li><a href="">13 Things You Should Never Say in a Job Interview</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> General Tips Job Hunting Job Interview questions underlying meaning Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:00:05 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 1203902 at The 29 Companies With the Best Maternity Benefits <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-29-companies-with-the-best-maternity-benefits" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="pregnant woman job" title="pregnant woman job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>What does the United States have in common with Swaziland and Papua New Guinea? We are one of only three countries in the world that does not mandate paid maternity leave. That's right, 178 other countries require paid leave for mothers who have just given birth.</p> <p><a href="">This map</a> shows paid leave around the world if you're looking to move.</p> <p>But if you're planning to stay in the United States you're probably thinking: What about FMLA? The Family Medical Leave Act only provides unpaid leave, not paid leave. Moreover, if you haven't been at your job for a year, if you work fewer than 24 hours a week, or if your company has fewer than 50 employees, you aren't covered by FMLA. This means that under federal law, you may not even be entitled to take any unpaid time.</p> <p>So, if you're a woman thinking of having children in the foreseeable future, you should give strong weight to an employer's maternity leave benefits when considering jobs as it can mean tens of thousands of dollars in extra income and extra time off with your little one.</p> <p>Here are the jobs with the best maternity benefits &mdash; listed according to rankings by Working Mother Magazine and also by industry.</p> <h2>Working Mother Top 10</h2> <p>Working Mother gives weight to more than just the number of weeks of paid maternity leave in putting together its &quot;Working Mother 100 Best Companies&quot; list. Other maternity benefits can include baby &quot;stipends&quot; and childcare. This <a href="">year's top ten</a> were the following companies (in alphabetical order).</p> <h3>1. Abbott</h3> <p><a href="">Abbott</a> gives new moms four weeks of paid maternity leave, but one of the biggest benefits is a flex schedule &mdash; which 97% take advantage of.</p> <h3>2. Deloitte</h3> <p><a href="">Deloitte</a> offers fully paid maternity leave for 14 weeks. Plus, the company covers up to $25,000 for fertility treatments and $5,000 in adoption costs.</p> <h3>3. EY</h3> <p><a href="">EY</a> (Formerly Ernst &amp; Young) offers 14 weeks of fully paid maternity leave (22 weeks in total). Plus, women can come back with a reduced schedule after maternity leave.</p> <h3>4. General Mills</h3> <p><a href="">General Mills</a> gives new mothers six weeks fully paid leave plus offers other benefits like sabbaticals, flex-time, and plenty of amenities (like a salon, cafeteria, day care, and gym).</p> <h3>5. IBM</h3> <p><a href="">IBM</a> gives its employees six weeks of fully paid maternity leave.</p> <h3>6. KPMG</h3> <p><a href="">KPMG's</a> maternity leave policy includes an average of nine weeks of fully paid leave plus sabbaticals.</p> <h3>7. Procter &amp; Gamble</h3> <p>At <a href="">Procter &amp; Gamble</a> new moms get eight weeks of paid leave.</p> <h3>8. Prudential Financial</h3> <p><a href="">Prudential</a> only offers five weeks of fully paid maternity leave, but new moms can take up to 26 weeks of leave (nine of those are partially or fully paid).</p> <h3>9. PwC</h3> <p><a href="">PwC</a> gives new moms 15 weeks of fully paid maternity leave, and 80% of employees at PwC use a flextime schedule.</p> <h3>10. WellStar Health System</h3> <p>WellStar's three weeks of paid maternity leave doesn't compare to the others on the list, but Working Mother was a big fan of the company's other benefits like fitness centers, walking clubs, wellness coaches, and on-site fruit and vegetable deliveries.</p> <p>Other than the Working Mother top 10 list, what other companies have the best maturity policies? Generally they fall into several categories: jobs in the technology industry, jobs in the financial sector, and legal jobs. Here are the best companies by industry (other than the companies listed above).</p> <h2>Technology Industry</h2> <p>The technology sector is well known for its glamorous benefits like flexible work schedules and free food, but it's also known for generous maternity leave policies. Here are the number of paid weeks off at the following technology companies all according to <a href="">reporting done by Mother Jones</a> in 2013:</p> <h3>11. Google</h3> <p>Google provides new mothers a whopping 18 weeks of paid maternity leave (22 if there are complications with the birth).</p> <h3>12. Instagram</h3> <p>Instagram gives new moms 17 weeks paid leave.</p> <h3>13. Reddit</h3> <p>Reddit also pays maternity leave for 17 weeks.</p> <h3>14. Facebook</h3> <p>Like Instagram and Reddit, Facebook moms get 17 weeks of maternity leave.</p> <h3>15. Yahoo</h3> <p>Yahoo's maternity leave policy provides for 16 weeks of paid leave.</p> <h3>16. Twitter</h3> <p>Twitter's policy is for 13 weeks of maternity leave.</p> <h3>17. Pinterest</h3> <p>Pinterest provides 12 weeks of paid maternity leave.</p> <h3>18. Microsoft</h3> <p>Microsoft also gives new moms 12 weeks of paid leave.</p> <h2>Financial Sector</h2> <p>Companies in the financial industry aren't quite as generous as those in the tech world, but many banks, investment companies, and others in financial services offer a lot of paid leave. Here are the number of paid weeks off at the following financial companies (from the Working Mother list).</p> <h3>19. Deutsche Bank</h3> <p><a href="">Deutsche Bank</a> gives new moms 18 weeks paid leave.</p> <h3>20. Goldman Sachs</h3> <p><a href="">Goldman Sachs</a> offers new mothers 16 weeks paid leave.</p> <h3>21. Morgan Stanley</h3> <p><a href="">Morgan Stanley</a> provides 16 weeks of maternity leave.</p> <h3>22. FINRA</h3> <p><a href="">FINRA's</a> maternity leave policy is for 13 weeks.</p> <h3>23. JP Morgan Chase</h3> <p><a href="">JP Morgan Chase</a> provides 12 weeks of paid maternity leave.</p> <h3>24. Bank of America</h3> <p><a href="">Bank of America</a> offers new mothers 12 weeks paid leave.</p> <h3>25. Credit Suisse</h3> <p><a href="">Credit Suisse's </a>maternity leave policy is also for 12 weeks paid leave.</p> <h2>Law Firms</h2> <p>While large law firms are best known for requiring long billable hours, most firms are actually quite generous with their paid maternity leave. Many offer 12 weeks paid maternity leave for their female attorneys. Here are the number of paid weeks off at some of the larger law firms which were included in Working Mother's top 100 list. (Another good place for details of all benefits &mdash; including maternity leave &mdash; is on the <a href="">NALP Directory</a> which is reported by law firms to help with recruiting.)</p> <h3>26. Arnold &amp; Porter</h3> <p><a href="">Arnold &amp; Porter</a> tops the list of law firms with 18 weeks of paid maternity leave.</p> <h3>27. Cooley</h3> <p><a href="">Cooley</a> offers 13 weeks of paid maternity leave.</p> <h3>28. Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett &amp; Dunner</h3> <p><a href="">Finnegan</a> also provides 13 weeks of paid maternity leave.</p> <h3>29. Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman</h3> <p><a href="">Pillsbury's</a> maternity leave policy provides for 12 weeks of paid leave.</p> <p>While over half of new mothers in the US don't get any paid leave, if you're fortunate enough to find a position at one of the above companies, you'll be better off financially and likely much healthier and happier for having additional time with your little one.</p> <p><em>How much paid maternity leave does your company offer?</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="The 29 Companies With the Best Maternity Benefits" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Elizabeth Lang</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Career and Income benefits maternity benefits work and family Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:00:07 +0000 Elizabeth Lang 1213200 at The 6 Craziest Things People Have Done to Land a Job <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-6-craziest-things-people-have-done-to-land-a-job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="job interview" title="job interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As the job market continues to disappoint with <a href="">fewer and fewer available jobs</a>, we have to work harder at impressing potential employers.</p> <p>There are thousands of tutorials out there about how to impress interviewers and job gatekeepers. And just like you, everybody else is reading those same tutorials. That's why you need a secret weapon, a special edge, or just something plain crazy to stand out from the competition. (See also: <a href="">6 Unconventional Ways to Find Your Next Job</a>)</p> <p>So think about getting your foot in the door by imitating these six creative applicants that landed a job with a crazy stunt.</p> <h2>1. The Google Job Experiment</h2> <p>Fact: about <a href="">56% of people search their own name on Google</a>.</p> <p>Unless you share the same name with a major celebrity, you will experience search results without the interruption of any Google ads. That's when the lightbulb went off for Alec Brownstein, and he created the <a href="">Google Job Experiment</a>.</p> <p>He created Google ads for the top advertising creative directors, so that the next time they happened to search their own names, they would see a message from Alec asking for an interview. The stunt worked and Ian Reichenthal, creative director at Young and Rubicam, an ad agency in New York City, hired him after an interview. Ian was so impressed that he even went on <a href="">TV interviews with Alec about the Google Job Experiment</a>. For just $6, Alec got wide media attention and landed a job.</p> <h2>2. Interactive Video Resume</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="//"></iframe></p> <p>If a picture is worth a thousand words, why are we still using only words to describe our resumes?</p> <p>That's exactly what PR executive Graeme Anthony must have been thinking when he created and uploaded his <a href=";v=9EzNll1U2N8">interactive video resume</a> to YouTube.</p> <p>Through a clever script, good soundtrack, and great video production, Graeme was able to gather about <a href="">2,000 views within the first hour</a> that the video went live. He believed that the video would better show off his personality and creative skills. The stunt worked and London's Frank PR agency <a href="">quickly invited for an interview and offered him a job</a>. He <a href="">continues to work there</a>, and his video resume has gathered over 300,000 views.</p> <h2>3. Chocolate Bar Resume</h2> <p>Nicholas was looking for a position as a marketing professional. Instead of sending the standard paper resume, he opted for a <a href="">chocolate bar resume</a> with &quot;credentials that would satisfy any organization's appetite.&quot;</p> <p>With 100% of the recommended servings for leadership, creativity, and business acumen, and a 110% for work ethic, this <a href="">delicious business treat</a> got him the job. This proves that chocolate makes anything look irresistible.</p> <h2>4. &quot;Will You Fit In?&quot;</h2> <p>Here is a great strategy for the next time that a potential employer asks you the usual: &quot;Things get a little crazy around here, how do I know you'll fit in?&quot;</p> <p><a href="">Richard Waddington</a> had been working for the same company for over a decade and was ready for a change. Since he hadn't had a job interview in a long time, he was a bit stressed. As he was going out the door, his four-year-old daughter handed him a small plastic cow from a barnyard set and said, &quot;Daddy, take this for good luck!&quot;</p> <p>Fast forward several hours of interviews and Richard was sitting in front of the VP of HR. She gave him the usual &quot;little crazy around here, will you fit in?&quot; question. Richard immediately responded, &quot;I have a cow in my pocket!&quot; and sat the little plastic cow on the table. The VP burst into laughter and Richard got the job.</p> <h2>5. The Resume That Took 2,000 Hours</h2> <p>It is estimated that it takes a person about <a href="">10,000 hours to become an expert</a> in anything.</p> <p>A high school graduate took this rule to heart and with time on his side, he embarked on a mission to create an enormous project in hopes of <a href="">impressing potential employers at Bethesda Softworks</a>.</p> <p>Alexander Velicky spent a total of 2,000 hours over a one-year period to develop a modification (or &quot;mod&quot;) for one of Bethesda's hit titles, <a href="">Skyrim</a>. Except this is no run-of-the-mill mod. Alexander's &quot;Falskaar&quot; uses the talents of 29 voice actors, provides about 25 hours of gameplay, has an <a href=";">original soundtrack</a>, and is the joint effort of over 100 people with Alexander at the helm.</p> <p>Take a look at the impressive <a href="">preview video of Falskaar</a>.</p> <p>With <a href="">close to 4 million total views</a>, Alexander caught the attention of Bethesda's rival, Bungie, which offered him a job as an <a href="">Associate Designer</a>.</p> <h2>6. Attempt to Destroy Own Property</h2> <p><a href="">David Germanico was in the middle of a interview for a sales job</a>. The interviewer asked if he had a phone and David produced his very old Nokia &quot;brick.&quot; &quot;Sell it to me,&quot; requested the interviewer.</p> <p>David started to panic as his mind raced to find a reason that anybody would want such an old phone over a slick and powerful smartphone. No Internet access, no cool apps, no camera.</p> <p>Then a light bulb went off. &quot;It's tough as nails! I challenge you to do this with any other phone!&quot; said David as he threw the phone against the wall.</p> <p>The phone survived. The drywall got a small dent. David got the sales job.</p> <p><em>What is the craziest thing that you have done to land a job? Please share in comments.</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="The 6 Craziest Things People Have Done to Land a Job" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Damian Davila</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Job Hunting interview job hunt job search resume Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:00:03 +0000 Damian Davila 1213127 at Best Money Tips: Ways to Make Your Career a Success <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-ways-to-make-your-career-a-success" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="business team leader" title="business team leader" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on ways to make your career a success, money ideas for freshmen, and catching up on Christmas savings.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="">Ways to Make Your Career a Success</a> &mdash; Knowing how to form relationships is vital when it comes to making your career a success. [Canadian Finance Blog]</p> <p><a href="">7 Essential Money Ideas for College Freshmen</a> &mdash; College freshmen would be wise to join campus organizations and get involved beyond the campus. [Consumerism Commentary]</p> <p><a href="">10 Tips to Help Debt Proof Your Christmas &amp; Catch up on Christmas Savings</a> &mdash; If you want to debt proof your Christmas, give up dining out and reduce your cell phone plan. [PT Money]</p> <p><a href="">7 Proven Ways to Boost Your Morning Productivity</a> &mdash; To be more productive in the morning, wake up at the right time and have a good breakfast. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="">9 Tips to Give Your Best Speech Ever</a> &mdash; Give a great speech by knowing your audience and practicing. [Lifehack]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="">How to Deal With the Crappiest People</a> &mdash; It may be best to try to ignore the people you can't stand and remember to not give them advice. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="">How Do I Ask Someone to Be My Mentor?</a> &mdash; When asking someone to be your mentor, ask them face to face over coffee as opposed to via email. [Lifehacker]</p> <p><a href="">10 Toxic Behaviors That Kill Your Confidence</a> &mdash; Making excuses can kill your confidence, as will second-guessing your intuition. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="">7 Things Stopping You From Pursuing Your Impossible Dreams</a> &mdash; If you aren't making your dream a priority, you may be preventing yourself from achieving your dream. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="">4 Fun Books for Kids Who Love Animals</a> &mdash; Bella Lost and Found is a great book for children who love animals. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Ways to Make Your Career a Success" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Career Building best money tips career success Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:00:04 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1207168 at Robots Will Take Over These 5 Jobs Soon — Is One of Them Yours? <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/robots-will-take-over-these-5-jobs-soon-is-one-of-them-yours" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="self driving car" title="self driving car" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Machine laborers are on the rise with a record <a href="">14,135 robots ordered from North American robotics companies in the first half of 2014</a>, an increase of 30% in units over the same period in 2013. Why hire robots instead of people? They don't get bored, they make fewer mistakes, and they are cheaper.</p> <p>In fact, experts predict that several <a href="">industries will be fully outsourced to robots by 2045</a>. Here are five of the jobs that are likely to disappear in a near future due to robots.</p> <h2>1. Sewing Machine Operator</h2> <p>Take a look at your favorite dress shirt. Somebody had to sew it all together, insert the buttons, and apply all the tiny details. This industry is very close to disappearing in the United States. In fact, since 1997, the industry's <a href="">employment outlook has been bleak</a>.</p> <p>In 2012, the numbers of sewing machine operators <a href="">declined by 42,100 jobs, or 26%</a>. Even a major company, such as American Apparel, was looking only for <a href="">two sewing machine operators</a> in August 2014. These jobs are less attractive to potential employees because a search on Indeed on August 2014 shows that about <a href="">57% of them pay about $20,000 per year</a>.</p> <p>Don't think a robot could do it better? Watch this <a href="">robot fold a towel</a>. Companies are enticed to buy robots in this and other industries due to applicable <a href="">stimulus tax credits</a>. Some recently outsourced jobs are coming back to America, but to done by American robots!</p> <h2>2. Mail Processor</h2> <p>Does your job consist of sorting DVDs and games for Netflix or GameFly? Hopefully not.</p> <p>At its highest point, <a href="">Netflix operated 58 distribution centers</a> in the country. That number was <a href="">down to 39 in 2013</a>. During that same time period, the number of RedBox kiosks has increased to about <a href="">35,900 locations in the U.S</a>. This means that close to 68% of the U.S. population is within a 5-minute drive of a Redbox kiosk, which is a tiny mail sorter robot.</p> <p>But what is more alarming to manual mail processors is the fact that two of the biggest employers of mail processors are replacing humans with robots.</p> <p>First, the Postal Service is constantly struggling to meet its mandatory annual prepayment of <a href="">$5.5 billion in health care benefits for future retirees</a>. Most suggested solutions involve either:</p> <ul> <li>Reducing the number of delivery days from six to five, which in turn reduces the number of people using USPS, so fewer clerks, mail sorters, and processors would be needed.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Moving stand-alone post offices into smaller retail spaces, which builds a strong case for centralization and automation of the process.</li> </ul> <p>And the third solution? Robots, such as <a href="">Baxter</a>, available for about $22,000. In the future it may make sense to replace human mail sorters and processors with robotic ones. After all, hiring new USPS employees also increases pension costs.</p> <p>Already Amazon uses <a href="">orange robots from Kiva</a> to dramatically cut costs in its fulfillment and shipping centers. In 2014, the company announced that it has deployed <a href="">10,000 robots</a>. A warehouse equipped with Kiva robots can handle <a href="">up to four times as many orders</a> as a similar one without the orange little helpers. Sorry human, you do not compute.</p> <h2>3. Mail Delivery Carrier</h2> <p>The postal carrier can't catch a break.</p> <p>Even USPS's <a href="">7,559 letter carriers</a> (known as &quot;the Fleet of Feet&quot;) have no job security in the future. With Amazon testing its <a href="">Amazon Prime Air</a> delivery service (a.k.a. &quot;delivery by drone&quot;), we may be not too far away from a future in which we may not need a person to physically deliver a letter or package.</p> <p>And Amazon is not alone in this. Google X, a division of Google that works on &quot;moonshot&quot; projects, is currently working on <a href="">Project Wing</a>, which is also aimed at <a href="">unmanned drone delivery</a>.</p> <p>Imagine this: You order a product online, Baxter puts together your shipment, Kiva fetches the package, and Betty the Drone delivers your order to your doorstep.</p> <h2>4. Pharmacist Clerk</h2> <p>Since 2011, the UCSF Medical Center has operated a <a href="">robotic pharmacy</a>. This automated service has prepared and delivered <a href="">over 350,000 doses of medication without a single error</a>. The assistant director of pharmaceutical services for the UCSF Medical Center claims that the <a href="">robotic pharmacists not only increase the safety</a> of dispensing medications to patients, but also allow nurses to focus more on patient care.</p> <p>As UCSF continues to push the envelope in autonomous prescription delivery, it is just a matter of time until private corporations test drive this service to cut down on costs.</p> <h2>5. Cab Driver</h2> <p>As of 2011, Google's fleet of <a href="">self-driving cars had logged over 190,000 miles</a>. There have been <a href="">tests in closed courses with humans on board</a> of Google's cars and even on open roads on <a href="">Hollywood Boulevard and in Santa Monica</a>.</p> <p>While there are many <a href="">obstacles to widespread acceptance of the self-driving vehicle</a>, the main one is legal. There is no clear legal framework on how to handle events such as accidents and property damage involving robotic cars. Currently, driverless cars are allowed for public road testing in California, Michigan, Florida, and Nevada.</p> <p>Still, demand for driverless cars may force things to speed up. <a href="">Running errands with a robotic driver</a> just looks too cool. Ford expects <a href="">autonomous vehicles on the market</a> by 2025. Daimler, BMW, General Motors, and Renault are much more bullish and forecast that year to be as early as 2020.</p> <p><em>What other jobs do you think won't exist soon due to robots? Please welcome our robotic overlords in comments!</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="Robots Will Take Over These 5 Jobs Soon — Is One of Them Yours?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Damian Davila</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Career and Income future jobs lay-off robots Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:00:09 +0000 Damian Davila 1207166 at Best Money Tips: How to Make a Decision Between Competing Job Offers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-make-a-decision-between-competing-job-offers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="job decision" title="job decision" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on making a decision between two job offers, saving on wedding dresses, and how to stop living in limbo.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="">Dueling Job Offers: How to Make a Decision</a> &mdash; It is vital to evaluate your needs in regards to work life balance when evaluating competing job offers. [Women &amp; Co.]</p> <p><a href="">5 Ways to Save on Wedding Dresses</a> &mdash; To save on a wedding dress, check out daily deals sites and consider shopping at thrift shops. [CouponPal]</p> <p><a href="">How to Stop Living in Limbo</a> &mdash; If you want to stop living in limbo, have multiple plans, set goals, and take action. [Kylie Ofiu]</p> <p><a href="">16 Reasons That Your Budget Sucks</a> &mdash; Your budget might suck because it isn't flexible or because you are too easily distracted. [Good Financial Cents]</p> <p><a href="">How to Apply the 80/20 Rule to Your Side Hustle</a> &mdash; Setting clear goals is vital when trying to start a successful side hustle. [Sweating the Big Stuff]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="">9 Costly Interview Mistakes That Can Lose You That Job Offer</a> &mdash; Not taking the time to think about your answers can potentially cost you a job offer. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="">What Should You Be Doing to Increase Your Wealth? (20s &amp; 30s)</a> &mdash; In your 20s and 30s, it's a good idea to keep an emergency reserve fund. [Jordan Goodman's Money Answers]</p> <p><a href="">When Our Heroes Come Home: 7 Things to Remember</a> &mdash; When a soldier comes home, remember that there will be an adjustment period as well as a new kind of normal. [Ellie Kay]</p> <p><a href="">How to Carry Major Appliances on your Bike</a> &mdash; Skip the moving truck with this how-to on moving major appliances on your bike! [Mr. Money Mustache]</p> <p><a href="">Fruits &amp; Veggies More Matters Month</a> &mdash; Did you know 90% of adults and children don't eat the recommended amount of fruits and veggies? [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: How to Make a Decision Between Competing Job Offers" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Career and Income best money tips interview job offers Fri, 05 Sep 2014 19:00:06 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1203755 at The 6 Youngest Entrepreneurs to Make It Big <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-6-youngest-entrepreneurs-to-make-it-big" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="child businesswoman" title="child businesswoman" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Kids these days.</p> <p>&hellip;are super rich. Just when you think getting a job couldn't get any more competitive, a 17-year old invents a mobile application that <a href="">Yahoo buys for an undisclosed amount</a>. And he is not alone. Children and teenagers around the country are getting up earlier than ever to get that worm.</p> <p>Here are six of the youngest entrepreneurs to make it big.</p> <h2>1. Ashley Qualls</h2> <p>Girls can code, just ask Michigan native Ashley Qualls. Back in 2008, at age 14 she started the website to provide Myspace layouts and HTML tutorials for other teens. It all took off from there. Through advertising income alone, Ashley is able to make about <a href="">$70,000 in monthly revenue</a> from her 7 million monthly visitors. She has received several offers to buy her company, including one for <a href="">$1.5 million</a>, but she has turned all of them down.</p> <h2>2. Dave and Catherine Cook</h2> <p>Back in 1997, siblings Dave and Catherine (a high school junior and sophomore respectively) launched the social media site, By being able to go head to head with titans such as MySpace and Facebook, the teen whizzes have received extensive media coverage over the years, including <a href=";v=VhG1_x83o9k">CNBC</a>, <a href="">Mashable</a>, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox. By 2006, the site had raised $4.1 million in venture capital funding and had 3 million members worldwide.</p> <p>The original site has gone through several <a href="">rebranding exercises and mergers</a>, but Catherine continues to attract the media attention with her <a href="">lessons on entrepreneurship</a> and <a href="">marketing</a>.</p> <h2>3. Caine Monroy</h2> <p>Not all young entrepreneurs come from the tech world. Meet L.A. resident Caine Monroy, who at just nine years old became a successful business owner. Back in 2011, Caine spent most of his summer inside his dad's auto parts store building an elaborate arcade made entirely out of cardboard and tape. Almost the entire summer went by and he had yet to have a customer. Fortunately, his only customer came in the form of filmmaker Nirvan, who bought a door handle for his car and a $2 FunPass to Cain's Arcade. Nirvan was so inspired by Cain's entrepreneurship that Nirvan made a short film on <a href="">Caine's Arcade.</a> Through this film, Caine has inspired other kids to become owners of their own arcades, raised over $220,000 for his <a href="">college studies</a>, and become a <a href="">TED speaker</a>.</p> <h2>4. Maddie and Margot Bradshaw</h2> <p>Here is another pair of power siblings. At age 10, Maddie Bradshaw used $300 of her own money and started making and selling decorated bottle cap jewelry. Her entrepreneurship has turned her business into a national brand called M3 Girl Designs, selling <a href="">50,000 necklaces</a> in less than two year's time.</p> <p>Maddie's younger sister, Margot started designing bottle cap necklaces at age 6. Margot and Maddie's designs can be worn as charms on various accessories, such as necklaces and hairpins. Both sisters had a reported $1.5 million in sales and 25 people on staff in 2008. Maddie also authored a <a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0615387586&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=TDULS4LNPMIIQXIO">how-to guide for young entrepreneurs</a>.</p> <h2>5. Hart Main</h2> <p>What started as a healthy sibling rivalry, turned into a full-on online business. In 2010, 13-year old Hart Main from Marysville, Ohio decided that there was a market for manly scented candles. He put $100 of his own money and his parents pitched an extra $200 to develop his candles, which include scents such as <a href=";path=60/">NY Style Pizza, Bacon, and Grandpa's Pipe</a>.</p> <p>As of 2012, <a href="">over 25,000 ManCans have been sold</a> in over 60 stores around the country. The name ManCans comes from the fact that the candles are developed on empty soup cans that have been first donated to a soup kitchen and then cleaned up for production. Due to the success of his manly scents, in 2013 Main expanded his brand of candles with <a href=";path=59/">SheCans</a>.</p> <h2>6. Sean Belnick</h2> <p>What were you doing when you were age 16? If you were to ask Sean Belnick, he would answer that he made his first $1 million. Back in 2001, Sean and and his father jumped on the dotcom bandwagon with <a href=""></a>, an online retailer of office furniture. Sean noticed that several middlemen would buy from his father's business and then sell those goods with a markup. So, Sean decided to cut all middlemen and sell all office furniture directly online.</p> <p>Unlike other dot coms, the Georgia-based weathered the storm and achieved $15 million in sales in 2005 and over $40 million in 2007.'s clientele includes the <a href="">Pentagon, Fox's American Idol, Google, and Microsoft</a>. He advises aspiring entrepreneurs to <a href="">start as early as possible</a>, &quot;I started when I was 14.There was a lot of great information on the Internet. Just do the research and find a way to do what you want to do.&quot;</p> <p>Now if you excuse me, I gotta go Google how to sell manly scented tanning lotion.</p> <p><em>Have you heard of other very young entrepreneurs? Please share in comments.</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="The 6 Youngest Entrepreneurs to Make It Big" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Damian Davila</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Career and Income entrepreneurship getting rich wealth young millionaires Fri, 05 Sep 2014 09:00:05 +0000 Damian Davila 1203753 at Wages Are Rising — Here’s How to Get Your Cut <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/wages-are-rising-here-s-how-to-get-your-cut" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="counting money" title="counting money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thankfully, after wage levels remained stagnant for many years, wages are finally rising! Annual gains could hit <a href="">4% by 2017</a>.</p> <p>That said, employers are still conservative and not rushing to pay you more. Here are some helpful tips on getting your share.</p> <h2>1. Join an Industry on the Rise</h2> <p>Information technology positions such as programmers, developers, analysts, and engineers continue to fare well. Cities are <a href="">battling each other</a> to court IT companies. Have a background in mathematics, science, or information systems? Start interviewing for jobs in that arena, where the starting salary is already higher than the average.</p> <p>Health and medicine professionals are also riding a higher tide. Nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and practical nurses are all making more, but nurse practitioners are especially in demand with the <a href="">expansion of health care</a> coverage to more citizens.</p> <p>Financial sector workers like traders, bankers, and fund managers <a href="">continue to do well</a> (surprise, surprise). Due to the continued need for credit and asset analysis, there is room to join the financial sector with the right experience.</p> <p>Areas that do not see much growth are categories in which tons of eager candidates compete for jobs: teaching, marketing, public relations, and customer service. If you find yourself in one of those categories, try spinning your experience to applying for positions at companies in information, health, engineering, and finance.</p> <h2>2. Ask for a Raise</h2> <p>If you are currently employed, now would be a good time to <a href="">ask for a raise</a>. When was your last raise? It should typically happen every year. If you have gone longer than two years without a raise (and thanks to the recession, many have), it will be fairly reasonable and easy to ask. (See also: <a href="">5 Things to Say to Your Boss to Get a Promotion or Raise</a>)</p> <h3>When to Ask for a Raise</h3> <p>Try asking three to four months before the annual review. Annual reviews tend to happen at the end of the fiscal year, when the money is spent and companies are more conservative. Asking before your company's annual wage hike is ideal because you can state your case before the bosses evaluate the staff. Plus, you likely do a lot of great work that your bosses do not know about. Make them aware of your worthiness and <a href="">negotiate your slice</a> before the pie has been cut.</p> <h3>Leverage Your Education</h3> <p>Have you spent most of the recession going to back to school in the summers, nights, and weekends? It's always a good time to take advantage of your new income potential. Those who can boast a college degree for entry-level positions can ask for more than those with a high-school degree. Try asking your employer to review your new experience and education level when considering your raise.</p> <h2>3. Relocate to a High Minimum Wage State</h2> <p>Many students and working parents find themselves in need of extra minimum wage shifts in industries such as retail, fast food, and customer service. If you are work for hourly wages, now might be a good time to relocate, as 13 states raised their minimum wage in 2014. Even more good news: Those same 13 states are seeing <a href="">faster job growth</a> than the states that did not increase their minimum wage. This may also be a good time to leverage a higher paying position elsewhere for an hourly raise at your current job.</p> <p><em>How are you planning to boost your wage? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="Wages Are Rising — Here’s How to Get Your Cut" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Amanda Meadows</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Career Building jobs money negotiation raise wages Thu, 04 Sep 2014 15:00:06 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1203542 at How NOT TO Answer 10 of the Most Common Interview Questions <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-not-to-answer-10-of-the-most-common-interview-questions" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="job interview" title="job interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A smart, thoughtful answer to an interview question can help you clinch the job. Likewise, an epic blunder can knock you out of the top three. So it's as important to study what NOT to say as it is to practice and polish your real answers. (See also: <a href="">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a>)</p> <p>Read on for our round-up of common job interview answers to steer clear of. You can thank us when you're in your brand new corner office.</p> <h2>1. &quot;So, Tell Me About Yourself&hellip;&quot;</h2> <p>Don't give the interviewer a walk-through of your resume. That's a different question. The question you're being asked is intended to test your ability to answer an open-ended question with eloquence and ease. Don't use &quot;um&quot; and &quot;ah&quot; fillers. And don't blather.</p> <p>Experts say the best answer is short, to-the-point, and highlights your career and educational background while also shedding light on why you want this particular job.</p> <h2>2. &quot;Why Do You Want to Work Here?&quot;</h2> <p>Ditch the boilerplate answer. And don't give an answer that simply addresses why you want to work in that field. You also want to avoid an answer that makes you seem desperate, such as, &quot;I need experience,&quot; &quot;I need more money,&quot; &quot;I got laid off.&quot;</p> <p>Instead, tell the interviewer specifically how you can benefit the company and how the job will help you achieve your own career goals. After all, a good fit is a mutually beneficial one. For example: &quot;It seems like I could really benefit the company with my X and Y skills while also furthering my own career goals to do Z.&quot; The key is to convey why you are the best fit for <em>this</em> job &mdash; not just for your own benefit, but also for theirs.</p> <h2>3. &quot;What Do You Know About Our Company So Far?&quot;</h2> <p>Stay away from negativity &mdash; the interviewer doesn't want to hear what you know about the company's most recent round of layoffs or the latest stock market tumble. You also want to avoid giving the interviewer the impression that you haven't researched the company, which will lead them to believe that you're more interested in landing a job, period, rather than a job with this specific company.</p> <p>Experts say it's best to focus on things like the company's role in its industry, its history, and any accolades, awards, or distinctions it has won. Show that you've taken initiative and done your research.</p> <h2>4. &quot;Why Did You Leave Your Last Job?&quot;</h2> <p>Never cast blame. Don't bad-mouth your last employer or your former managers. Don't go into the gory details. But don't leave them hanging. If the interviewer gets the feeling that you're trying to cover up something related to your departure, he or she will most likely assume there's skeleton in your closet.</p> <p>Be honest and succinct in explaining why you left. Experts recommend sharpening your focus on how your past job has prepared you for the future.</p> <h2>5. &quot;What Are Your Strengths?&quot;</h2> <p>This is your chance to shine. Don't screw it up by highlighting non-work related attributes or coming off as a braggart. Do away with examples of times when you shined at someone else's expense.</p> <p>Instead, bill yourself as a team player who consistently goes above and beyond job expectations &mdash; and have a few specific examples to back up your claims.</p> <h2>6. &quot;What Are Your Weaknesses?&quot;</h2> <p>Don't say, &quot;Nothing.&quot; Don't rattle off a list of negative attributes about yourself without explaining how you've overcome them in the past. And don't answer, &quot;I work too hard&quot; &mdash; that's not a weakness.</p> <p>Experts say the best answers to this question prove that you are self-aware and resilient.</p> <h2>7. &quot;Where Do You See Yourself Five, Ten Years Down the Road?&quot;</h2> <p>Don't intimate that you have no idea what you'd like your future to be like. And don't say that you want a job with this company as a stepping stone to getting another job with a different company.</p> <p>Interviewers want to hear about your career goals and how a job with their company could help you fulfill them. They want to hear that you have a plan, even if it's fluid. They want to know that you're thoughtful and not haphazard in your career decisions.</p> <h2>8. &quot;What Kind of Salary Are You Looking For?&quot;</h2> <p>Steer clear of the following responses: &quot;I haven't thought about that yet,&quot; &quot;I'll take any salary,&quot; &quot;I'm sure whatever you offer is fine,&quot; &quot;My last salary was X. I'd like a little more than that.&quot; And don't just pick an arbitrary number.</p> <p>Know your worth. And arm yourself with the research and data to back it up. If you want a salary in the $100,000 range, it better be because other people in similar jobs at similar companies are making that amount. It's also smart to consider factors like geography and cost of living expenses. Website likes <a href=""></a>, <a href=""></a>, and <a href=""></a> can help with this task.</p> <h2>9. &quot;Why Should I Hire You?&quot;</h2> <p>These are all major no-no's: &quot;Because I really need the money.&quot; &quot;Because I think this job could help me learn this skills I need to do X.&quot; &quot;Because I think a job at your company would look great on my resume.&quot; &quot;Because I'm fun and easy to work with.&quot;</p> <p>Better answers are honest, highlight your confidence in yourself and your skill set, and exemplify why you're a great fit for the job. For example: &quot;Because I really, really want this job and I know I'm the best fit for X, Y, and Z reasons.&quot;</p> <h2>10. &quot;Do You Have Any Questions for Me?&quot;</h2> <p>Do not say, &quot;No&quot; &mdash; it implies that you're disinterested or worse, unintelligent. You also should not ask the interviewer what he or she thinks are your chances of landing the job.</p> <p>The right answer is always, &quot;Yes.&quot; You might have questions about the company culture or how on-the-job success is measured. Maybe you want to know what qualities the company most values in new hires or what a typical day on the job would like. Whatever the questions, just make sure you ask them. It'll show that you're interested, inquisitive, and not willing to settle for just any old job.</p> <p><em>Any questions we've missed? Ask in comments!</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="How NOT TO Answer 10 of the Most Common Interview Questions" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Brittany Lyte</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Career Building interview job hunt Job Interview job search Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:00:06 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1197961 at