Week 6: 9 Ways to Negotiate the Salary You Want

Hmmm…. Ways to negotiating a salary that is exactly what you want. I’m gonna discuss a few ways that you can do this. First off you need to do some research on the company and see what they offer as pay for the position you are applying for. That way you know what to expect. Maybe you could contact a former employee or someone that had worked there in the past, and see what information they give you. Another tip I wanna talk about is avoid the question or ask yourself. If you ask yourself about the salary for the position, don’t ask the question too soon. It shows the employer you are just in it for the money. I mean of course you want to know how much you are or would be making. But it really shouldn’t be the highlight or main topic point in your interview. The next tip is be delicate, but convincing in your dialogue. You don’t want to be demanding and tell the employer this and that of what you want. The key to this is by being persuasive. It could get you a long way in some situations. It could definitely show the employer you are interested in the job position, but at the same time not desperate. Another thing tell them something that sets you apart from anyone else who has applied for the same position. It could be anything that you think would make the employer separate you from the others. So these are just a few things that could help you negotiate.


Week 5: Tips to Sell Yourself Effectively in an Interview

There are plenty of ways to sell yourself in an interview, but I’m gonna touch on a few great ideas on how to do just that. Well first off interviews can be full of emotions like nervousness, shyness, and a whole lot more. The first tip I wanna talk about is being prepared. Make sure you know more than enough about the company you are applying for. It makes you look like you have great knowledge, and of course you came ready to present yourself. Also make sure you have great confidence in the way you speak. The next tip is make the right first impression. Before you go to an interview, do whatever you need to do to make you feel better about yourself. If you lack self-esteem maybe you can write down all the positive things about yourself. Just whatever helps you feel better about yourself as how well you can present yourself in an interview. Nerves of course again have a lot to do with making a first impression. You could be doing things you might not notice in an interview, on the other hand, the person giving you the interview will notice exactly what you are doing. So practice with a friend, or a family member that way they can give you advice if you happen to be doing something obvious. The next tip I wanna talk about is be yourself, which is my personal favorite. Make sure you smile and even try to have a sense of humor. It shows the future employer what they would have to look forward to by seeing you everyday. I agree a friendly disposition can go a long way. Being calm and relaxed does let more of your personality to shine through, because you act more like yourself. That’s exactly what an employer wants in a candidate for a job position. Good luck!!!!

Week 4: Are Resume Cover Letters Becoming Obsolete?

Hmmm… Cover letters?? Well I personally think that providing a cover letter with your resume is very important. For one it really shows that you took time out of your day to write one. I also think it shows what you have to offer an employer. It’s just a couple paragraphs based on how well you present yourself. No, I’m not talking about bragging, I’m talking about good qualities and skills that an employer feels would be an awesome attribute to their company. Some people may say ” well that’s just a waste of time”, but what if you get an employer who enjoys reading them, or one who feels this is the best way to consider anyone for a job, let alone an interview. Well in my opinion, you messed up big time by not presenting one with your resume, and there goes your chances of even being considered for whatever job you applied for. I know cover letters are not the most fun thing to write. It’s actually pretty boring haha, but you have to think positive more on the professional side, and how it makes you look to a future employer. So I think if you are even going to hand an employer a resume, you should definitely include a cover letter with it as well. I say it doubles your chances for a future job. Hmmm… Maybe even triples. You never know until you try it!

Week 3: Six Tips for Successful Networking

The first tip is asking information about the company, not for a job. It definitely puts the people involved in a very weird or awkward situation. You just need to gather information first. I also think you don’t need to sound too desperate, regardless of your situation. If you happen to act this way it could absolutely mess up any chances or opportunities you may have had. The second tip is first starting out with people you know, then expand to people they know, and eventually strangers. I feel it is best to start out with someone you do know, and are familiar with. It also gives you a chance to experiment on different techniques, and different ways to communicate without having someone thinking you aren’t prepared. The talking to strangers part should be a breeze when you get to this point in the whole process. You should definitely feel more prepared to ask questions about the company, and letting the person know you think what they are doing is awesome, and give great feedback also. I’ll skip to tip four now. Be aware you are gonna have good and bad days. There will be times when people don’t respond right away or don’t respond at all. You just have to realize that you will have that one amazing opportunity to speak with someone who just might be interested in actually taking the time to see what you have to say. Don’t give up just yet. Keep contacting different people. It will pay off. Now tip five, do some research on the industry, company, or career of your contact. You want to make sure you are prepared to have a great conversation with the person, and for them to feel like you actually took time on your own to learn more about what their company consist of. I think making a list of questions is a great idea to explore more of what the company does or is all about. Also ask for advice as well. Especially if they have been at this whole networking thing for awhile, I’m sure they have some great tips to help you along. I didn’t cover all the tips, but to me these are the ones that stuck the most out. I feel like they will be very useful. Good luck!!!!!!!

Week 1: Feelings on Blogging

This is my first official blog!!!!!! Yay!!!! Well my feelings about blogging are mostly fears on what people would think when they read what I have to say. I know it is my own opinion on certain things, but people will judge regardless. I am aware of that. Another fear of mine is people might take it offensively, or take what I say to a level it was not meant to be taken to. Regardless of my fears, I also like the idea of blogging. It is some place where I can express my thoughts and feelings. It also seems like it would be a great stress reliever. You know just where if something happen to be bothering me at the time. I can just write and write till I feel better. Yeah, so these are some of my feelings about blogging.

Week 2: Will a tattoo hurt your chances of being hired?

Well I personally have tattoos, but you can’t see them. I feel if you have them and you go for an interview, I think you should cover them as much as possible just out of respect for that person. Nine chances out of ten it will help you to have a better chance of getting the position you are applying for. Also, you never know how a person feels about tattoos in their own opinion. I mean come on first impression is everything, especially if you are going for an interview. You really want that person to like the way you present yourself. That’s all it boils down too. I think if you have certain tattoos that relate to hate, violence, crime, or that has curse words it will definitely affect your chances of getting that job. You don’t want the person who is interviewing you to be afraid of you, and tattoos like that could make a person feel that way.