Salary Negotiating

Negotiate SalaryThe job search can be exhausting: sending out resumes, phone interviews, and the 3 to 4 interviews you go through before you get the call, “We are excited to extend you an offer…”!  When you get this call, what do you do next? Your first thought is probably to scream, “YES I’ll TAKE IT”!  Yet this is the time to take a breath and tell them you are excited about the opportunity.  Don’t make the mistake to start talking salary before a formal offer is extended.

Don’t get nervous about taking time to get to know your worth. This gives you the ability to do your research and ask for advice from professionals. According to a survey from Salary.com 18% of people never negotiate their salary and the biggest reason they didn’t was fear of losing the offer. Most employers expect it and have some wiggle room to go up on the salary.  Indeed a famous study by Linda Babcock, “Women Don’t Ask”, revealed that less women than men negotiate their salary, and of those who negotiated their salary were able to see a 7% increase from the original offer.

The how to on salary negotiating and what steps to take when asking for more money after the job offer.

  1. Do your research: Don’t walk into a salary negotiation without doing your homework. Managers are pros and will control the conversation so you need to be able to respond with the research you’ve done. You can go to sites like Salary.com, Payscale or Glassdoor. Also, talk to professionals in your industry make sure you talk to men and women to make sure you are getting a well-rounded idea of what you are worth.
  2. Go in with a number in mind: After your research is done you will find a range of what people in your industry make with your years of experience. Don’t go in with that range ask for a specific number like $67,250. Employers do their research as well and when they use a specific number they find they get closer to an offer.   So have a range in mind and negotiate from their number.
  3. Go in with more than the salary: To help with this difficult discussion have some soft questions to ask, for example: their Bonus Structure, ask how it works and ask for specifics such as is it based on individual performance, team performance or overall company performance. Ask about the company 401K, health insurance, vacation, expenses, and type of technology you will be using. You can sprinkle these in the middle of your negotiation to make the hiring manager more comfortable – and also to get an idea of how they are compensating you in ways beyond salary level.
  4. Go in with confidence: The last thing you want to do is walk in with zero confidence regarding your value and what you can deliver for the company. Don’t let this part get confrontational, though. Stay positive and acting as yourself will let you remain the person they wanted to hire in the beginning. Confidence is about asking for a salary that meets your skill level, years of experience, and what kind of positive financial impact you will have on their company.
  5. Leave emotion at the door: Trying to buy a house? About to send a child to college? While these are milestones in your life, they do not factor into whether or not you deserve a raise. According to this article from US News, “When you enter a negotiation, you should only come armed with data, facts, and honesty around your job and company performance. Lay out your case rationally, ask for what you think you deserve, and be prepared to answer questions and provide further support for your request.” Doing it this way will keep emotion out of the equation.

These are just a few tips to have the career of your dreams along with the salary that will match the value you can do for the company. World Education.net is dedicated to the success of our students during their education and after they complete their programs. Each student is assigned a career development coach from day 1 and they keep this service for 1 year after completion of their program. We help students with resume writing, interviewing skills, the job hunt, externships and scheduling certification testing at no extra cost to the student. World Education.net believes that for you to be successful you need to learn not only the hard skills of the career you want, but also the soft skills you need to grow into your career.  Contact us via live chat or phone to see how we can support you.

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Effective Note Taking

note-taking smallWith any type of lecture, online or in-person, studies have shown after 20 minutes we typically only remember about 47% of what is being presented.  Indeed for audio-only lectures some estimates say we only remember 10% of the content.  That is too much to miss, especially considering how much you are investing in your education.

With the online-format of courses though you have several advantages available to you for remembering what you are learning.  With the tips below, for example, you can dramatically improve your note-taking skills.  Doing so will help improve your organization and comprehension skills, which serve you well later in life as well.

 

Tips For Online Note Taking:

  • Use a Hierarchy: If you work well with lists, consider developing a note-taking template that you always use. The chief component of this template will be working with a hierarchy of labeling and organizing thoughts that allow you to easily put in context the particular notes and ideas you are looking at.
  • Main Ideas Only: This tactic works well for those who need the highlights and the big picture. Make sure you write down the main themes and ideas as they are presented, almost in headline format. The only details you need to add are brief ones about how the main ideas are connected to each other. Having a list of the main ideas and a quick sketch of how they are connected is a great way to refresh your knowledge from an audio-visual lecture.
  • Type, Don’t Write: You are going to be using your keyboard a lot in your online course, and often throughout your life. So get used to typing efficiently on it, you’ll be able to take notes and make edits much faster than with written notes, and being digital they are easier to take with you!

One more thing to note is that online courses have resources available online, from an appendix to extra notes on certain topics.  These are often a great help and can reduce the amount of notes you need to take, compared to the traditional classroom.  See — it doesn’t have to be that hard, you just have to apply one or more of these techniques and you’ll be saving yourself time immediately.   With a dedicated staff of teachers and career coaches to help you, check out how World Education.net can assist you to improve your skills online.  Chat with us live at our website www.worldeducation.net or give us a call toll free 1-855-201-6910. Don’t forget to ask about our scholarships!

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Develop Your Talent

educating-yourselfThe difference between knowing what you can do and being able to do it is perhaps key, if we want to grow personally and professionally.  The benefits include better pay, more respect and responsibility, but also the respect you can command from being able to deliver. It can be confusing to figure out how to get to this point, and that is why continuing your education is so important.

Most people these days feel they need to start on their master’s degree to develop these talents or move up the career ladder. In many cases this is true, but if a master’s degree is not in your budget or time line right now. What if you could develop your talents by taking a certification course online in the comfort of your own home?  As you complete your courses you become valuable to your company and their future growth!

Many professional certificate programs can range from a weekend of course work to 3 or 6 months depending on your needs. World Education.net works with accredited colleges and universities to bring students 100% online professional certificate programs. Indeed showing interest in improving your skills through training is one of the ways you can leapfrog ahead of others in your field.  To get ahead you need help and World Education.net brings all of its resources to make you stand out.  From financial aid to counseling on the paths available to you, you can develop a clear plan to get ahead with our help.  To learn more, chat live with our admissions advisors at World Education.net or give us a toll-free call today at 1-855-201-6910.

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