The Job Awful Truth’s: The 7 Deadly Sins of the Job Search

October 9, 2009 at 3:43 pm (Career, job search, The 7 Deadly Sins of the Job Search) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

GREED…
 bigstockphoto_Greed_3319144[1]Everyone knows the story of their sister’s best friend’s cousin’s roommate from college who took a new position and raised their salary from $45,000 per year to $110,000 per year with a personal driver and a company jet. The AWFUL TRUTH is, that it didn’t happen!! Typically, in your current position you should expect an annual 3% – 5% increase plus either an additional merit increase or bonus, based on your level within the organization and your previous year’s performance. Many times these merit increases or bonuses will be based on a wide range of factors, many which you will have NO control over. When changing companies, on average, we see a 7%-10% increase. If relocation is necessary, the increase may or may not take into consideration a cost of living difference. It is not Greedy to ask for and require the amount of money it takes for you to support you and your family.  However, if the money offered meets your needs, and the opportunity is going to further your career, then it is a sin for you to allow Greed to keep you from this great new job, because you heard someone, somewhere is making 10X more for the same position. The AWFUL TRUTH is, usually during salary negotiations, employers will end up paying more than they really wanted to and the candidate will accept less than their highest expectations.
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The Job Awful Truth’s: 5 Things That Should Be On Everyone’s Resume Series (Volume 5)

October 6, 2009 at 12:14 pm (5 Things That Should Be On Everyone's Resume, Career, job search, Resume, Resumes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

bigstockphoto_Scrabble_Background_5620040[1]5.  CURRENT CONTACT INFORMATION AND GOOD SPELLING: Ok, I know this should be totally obvious, but you would be flabbergasted if you knew how many resumes I see daily that have atrocious spelling.  In addition, I come across a good number of resumes that don’t have the correct contact information on them.  Phone numbers and email addresses change and become outdated, but the person fails to update the header portion of their resume.  THE AWFUL TRUTH is, failing to update your contact information and poor spelling make the candidate look lazy and unprofessional.  The hiring manager is going to get a distinctly negative impression if the resume is filled with spelling errors or they can’t contact the person they are interested in.  I know that some people are just not very good spellers, and for those of you that aren’t, find your nerdiest friend and have them proof read your resume before you send it anywhere.

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