New Job Advice
Do You Really Want to Be a Manager?Read the rest of this entry »
It's flattering to be offered a management promotion. It shows the confidence your boss has in you, and the bump in your paycheck would certainly be welcome.
But before you say yes, take a deep breath and think about what it means. Not everyone wants to be a manager. Not everyone who is a manager should be one.
Being a manager comes with dramatically different responsibilities. Instead of being responsible …
Here's How to Tame Those New Job JittersRead the rest of this entry »
The first three months of the year are when more people start new jobs than any other time. That's when new budgets kick in for most companies and when workers most feel the urge to change jobs.
If history is any guide, then about 16 million people will start a new job by the end of March. Most of them will experience the new job jitters, worrying if they made …
Break the 'Hi, How Are You' Conversation DeadendRead the rest of this entry »
Is there anything more conversationally uncomfortable than a co-worker who welcomes you with a "Hi, how are you?" and actually wants an answer? A real one.
The New York Times tells us that with a little planning there's a way to turn the "How are you? Great, how are you?" loop into a real conversation and in the process learn to get comfortable with office small talk.
"Every day around …
How to Make a Good First Day ImpressionRead the rest of this entry »
Congratulations! You got the job and you start Monday. What should you do on your first day to make a good impression on your new boss and your new co-workers?
Don't burn the popcorn and don't take the last cup of coffee without making a fresh pot.
Good advice for sure, but refraining from these two office faux pas will only keep you from creating a negative impression. It's what …
8 New Job Firsts and How to Handle ThemRead the rest of this entry »
Having your first job is a bit like being a newborn. Everything is a first: Your first boss, first big opportunity, first performance review and even your first screw-up. It happens -- or did -- to all of us. Now, Glassdoor has put together a list of 8 "firsts" under the title, "8 Moments That Can Make or Break Your Career."
More than just listing these firsts, Glassdoor provides advice …
Don't Make Your Job Offer All About the MoneyIt may only be natural when you get a job offer to look first at the "how much" part. But if that's all you consider, you're shortchanging the employer and overlooking benefits and perks that may well be more valuable than a few thousand more in pay.Read the rest of this entry »
Young, healthy workers especially are likely to discount the value of a health package covering medical, dental and vision. Even if you never …
How to Make Your First IT Job A SuccessA first IT job after graduating is a lot like all other first jobs regardless of the field: you'll meet new people, discover things you never learned in class, and be expected to act like a professional.Read the rest of this entry »
But there is one, "dazzlingly different" difference, as an article on the CompTIA website puts it, and that is the amount of freedom and responsibility you'll have even as an entry-level IT specialist. …
How to Network When You Don't Know AnyoneYou know you should be networking. You've read how important it is to your career to build business and social connections. But how do you get started.Read the rest of this entry »
It's not easy, especially if you've just moved to a new city where you know no one. Getting started may seem like an impossible task. But it doesn't have to be. One of the simplest ways to begin making connections is through Meetup.com. …
What Would You Trade for Lower Pay?How much pay are you willing to give up for certain perks?Read the rest of this entry »
- A better than market rate commission plan? Check.
- A great health plan fully (or mostly) paid for by the employer? Check.
- A really rich 401k plan? Check.
- A flexible work schedule? Not!
Here's What Drives the Boss CrazyIf you wonder what's holding you back, try looking in a mirror. If there's no doubt that the quality of your work is good, even great, then chances are excellent it's you.Read the rest of this entry »
True, sometimes personalities just don't click. More likely, though, your behavior is getting in the way of your career advancement.
Suzanne Lucas, a well read HR blogger and self-styled "Evil HR Lady," explains the "5 Things You Do …