This post is part of a series in which I share some of my favorite Internet finds (related to career advancement and professional development) from the past week. Enjoy!
From Yours Truly
I wrote a few new articles for various outlets including U.S. News & World Repot and Ivy Exec’s Executive Perspective’s over the past week. If you missed them, take a peek here:
3 Reasons to Never Skip Salary Negotiation When Accepting a New Job
Did you know that you have the most leverage for negotiation before you get hired? It sounds counterintuitive, but you’re in a better position to ask for more money now, before you’re in the job, than you are after you’re hired. Many people believe they can accept a lower rate, prove themselves and then ask for a raise after a short time. That might work, but at that point, you’re at a significant disadvantage.
Even though you can point to your success in the role as evidence of your value, you’re already in the job. The organization has you. They no longer feel compelled to pull you in. Remember: Everyone knows that job searching is a difficult process. The organization realizes that you’re probably not eager to head down that road again. They’re not competing for you and that makes your leverage – once inside – diminish quickly.
As long as you’re a free agent, you have a whole world of options and the organization knows that. The power dynamic shifts the minute you’re hired.
Sick of the Daily Grind? Consider These Career Alternatives
The traditional fulltime corporate world isn’t for everyone. Some people simply want more control over their work, more diversity and more flexibility. Thankfully, you have options—and these days, more than ever.
Managing Multiple Managers: 3 Tips for Success
Let’s be honest: Having one boss is hard enough. Yet some fortunate folks have multiple bosses to please. That can mean you’re forced to navigate a wide array of competing demands, conflicting priorities, and challenging personalities. Without the right strategies at your disposal, dealing with multiple managers can leave you feeling schizophrenic! Even worse, it can have seriously detrimental effects on your ability to perform.
If you’re struggling to manage more than one boss, the following three strategies will help you stay productive and maintain your sanity (or at least what’s left of it).
Resume Tips for a Portfolio Career
Resume writing is an arduous task. But it’s even more grueling for those who don’t follow a traditional career path. If you’re a freelancer, for example, or someone who earns a full time living through various streams of income (generally referred to as a “portfolio” career), your experience may appear a bit scattered on paper.
To overcome that, consider these strategies.
In Case You Missed It…
During the holidays, I was honored to participate in the Office Dynamics 12 Days of Christmas webinar extravaganza event! I spoke about my favorite topic—being proactive in the workplace—and I also wore a silly Santa hat.
The session was a delightful mix of entertainment and education, and it was very festive indeed. If you’d like to catch the replay, you’re in luck! And if you’re cup of Christmas cheer is empty, this will replenish it.
Quick note: If you are interested in learning more about this topic, members of the Free Career Resource Library get a special discount on my book, The Proactive Professional. Join the library here >>
Appropriate for this time of year…
Here are a few articles that are especially relevant right now as we all look to the future and set goals for the coming year.
How to Set SMART Goals
I like this different spin on the SMART acronym. I’ve always used Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-Bound, but this changes it to Simple, Meaningful, Actionable, Realistic, and Trackable. Similar concepts, but an effective, subtle shift.
8 Reasons Your New Year’s Resolutions Didn’t Stick (and What To Do Differently Next Time)
Don’t be a statistic! Make your resolutions meaningful by avoiding these common mistakes. It’s not too late!