In my previous post, we discussed general principles for salary and compensation, when to anticipate that such discussions could crop up, and ways for handling typical questions such as “What are your compensation expectations?” That information will provide you tools for handling money discussions during most of the job interview process. Now, let’s assume you are fortunate enough to be selected as the candidate of choice and are told you will be provided a job offer. Don’t celebrate just yet; you still must close the deal!One way to close the deal is simply to accept whatever offer has been provided. There are some cases in which I would recommend this to a client. Those situations are as follows:1. You are in an economic position where this income will save you and, otherwise, you may be in economic peril now or shortly. Remember: You are not married to this job and you can continue to look for something better.2. There was a great deal of competition for the job (especially published/posted ones), you know they have interviewed several other qualified candidates, they have not given strong indications that they have fallen head over heels in love with you, and the compensation package seems reasonable. Remember: They have similarly qualified substitutes for you.3. You are generally happy with the company, the boss, and the compensation package. Remember: If you fail to close this, you may be looking for quite a while longer before you get another offer.4. You are afraid to negotiate and do not want to take any risks. Remember: If you handle negotiations poorly, you might cause them to withdraw their offer.It’s important in your negotiating strategy to note whether your job offer is a verbal or written one. A verbal offer is more tentative, whereas a written offer places the employer in the position of having gone through approval processes and made a commitment to you. My general recommendation is to avoid making hard commitments regarding accepting a verbal offer and defer any tougher negotiations until you have a written offer in hand. This improves your negotiating position.So, how might you avoid making a commitment to the employer when they are making you a verbal offer such as: “Nancy, I am happy to let you know we can offer you a starting salary of $120,000 with a performance bonus of up to $30,000 annually. If that will work for you, I will ask Jim to get an offer out to you.”With some wording similar to the preceding (some are much more pointed), the employer seeks to close off negotiations by gaining your verbal agreement. If you have thought about the four previous reasons for not negotiating and have decided to accept the offer, then agree and move on.But what if you want to negotiate? Then, your objective is to provide them whatever level of comfort you can without fully committing. Handled correctly, you may stand to gain $10,000, $25,000, or far more in annual income. Handled poorly, the verbal offer may be withdrawn. Establishing yourself as a confident, effective negotiator can also provide positive positioning of your personal brand!There are many ways for you to respond to a verbal offer when you want to negotiate. Here is one generic example:“Janice, I’m flattered that you are making me this offer (assumes the positive, that they will follow through). I would love to work for you and I am confident, now that I fully understand your needs, that I could excel in this role. Please email me the offer with the associated benefits information, give me two or three days to review it, and I will get back to you with a positive response.”During offer negotiations, your career and income are literally “on the line.” As I note in Chapter 14 of Fast Track Your Job Search (and Career!): “The best time to establish unemotional criteria for accepting an employer job offer is today – well before you find yourself emotionally involved in evaluating a job offer.”Perhaps now you can see why I would suggest that you always enlist a coach or trusted mentor in developing your negotiating strategy. In my next post, we will examine how to evaluate a written job offer for suitability. –Originally posted on Personal Branding Blog by Richard Kirby
Want to make a great first impression on your first day of work? Then you must put yourself in your new manager’s shoes.The perspective you have as a new employee can be very different than that of your manager’s. While on the first day you want to impress your new boss, you also want to distinguish yourself as a new hire who will be a valuable asset to the company. Not only will this help you establish a good first impression (and also job security), but also you’ll get your career with this new company started on the right track.Here are some things you may want to think about as you prepare for your first day at your new job:Professionalism.The way you carry yourself, your attitude, and the way you communicate with others will illustrate your level of professionalism to your boss. You should be prepared to hold yourself to the level of excellence your boss expects from you and should also possess a sincere attitude. Your new boss is instilling trust in you, so strengthen that trust by being genuine and professional.Accountability.There are going to be plenty of ups and downs during your first few weeks on the job. On the first day, you want your boss to understand you are a responsible person. Your boss is going expect you to hold yourself accountable for learning your new job and meeting deadlines. Regardless of the ups and downs you experience, make sure you hold yourself accountable for your actions. There isn’t going to be time for you to place blame on outside factors that prevented you from completing a task or project.Innovative.Your employer hired you because you have new ideas to bring to the table. Your boss and coworkers are going to expect you to have fresh ideas and contribute your input to the rest of your team. Even if your ideas seem a little crazy, your boss will appreciate your effort to contribute to the company’s success.Enthusiasm to learn.Enthusiasm on the first day is a great way to start your new job. Your boss is going to want to see you are excited to work and passionate about what you do. Display your enthusiasm by asking thoughtful questions and taking notes. Your boss will see your desire to learn more about your position as a sign you are genuinely interested in the job. You should also be open to opportunities your boss presents you with and run with them, too.Ask for help (but make sure you truly need it first).Managers expect their new employees to need help, but they also expect them to be resourceful. On your first day, you’re going to have numerous questions and need some crash courses about your new position. Your new coworkers are there to assist you, so as long as you tried to use your resources first, there is nothing wrong with asking for help along the way.Be prepared to bring results.Remember, you want to show your new boss you are ready to bring the results you promised in your interview. This is your opportunity to scope out your new job and look for solutions to any problems. Your manager is going to expect you to accomplish goals and drive results for your department. To do this, you’ll need to have an attitude that’s willing to work hard to achieve desired results.Your first day is your chance to show what you have to offer as a professional and how you will continue to add value to your company’s goals. If you implement these different ideas, you’re bound to make an excellent first impression on your new boss and coworkers.What do you think employers expect of new hires on their first day? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
In part one, I laid out my primary rule for networking online. One should strive to 1) be seen as either an expert or a person of influence and 2) to surround yourself with experts and people of influence. In this post, I want to continue demoing how to pull that off. How? Two words: Google+ Hangouts.Google+ Hangouts is an instant messaging and video chat platform developed by Google. It was launched back in May 2013 and has been gaining in popularity. (At least, from what I can tell.) There are all types of Google Hangouts online covering all sorts of topics and in that is an opportunity for networking. First create a profile on Google+ that points to your professional background and experience. If it will facilitate matters, copy and paste your information from LinkedIn. (Of course, I am assuming that you already have one. If not, shame on you! But, that’s a different post.)Now that you have your Google+ profile set up and it tells the world how much of an expert you are, your next step is to find Google+ Hangouts. Specifically, Google+ Hangouts focused on your industry niche. Why? Simply put, there will be other experts, influencers and/or enthusiasts there for you to network with. I’ve been on several hangouts and more often than not, only a few people seem to show up. However, since most Google+ Hangouts are recorded and made available on YouTube, most people view the recorded content verses participate live. If you opt to interact with a live Google+ Hangout, you have the chance for a deeper connection with the host and the participants in real-time in addition to those who will see the recording later. Make sense? In case you have never seen one, a picture of a Google+ Hangout is below.There are a few ways to find Google+ Hangouts. Surprisingly enough, Google does not make it as easy as it could be to find them. (At least, in my humble opinion.) Here are a few methods and resources you can utilize.Search YouTube for recorded Google+ Hangouts. In the description of the videos will often be information on when new Hangouts will be recorded. If not, click the channel name and message them directly for a schedule or just to connect.Of course, you can change the words “NASA” and “space travel” to whatever you are searching for.Other places you can find Google+ Hangouts are:GPHangouts.comHangoutsLive.comGoogle+ FeaturesGglPls HangoutsHangoutapps.comHangouts Finder for Google PlusOne more thing before I go! It is also to your advantage to share Google+ videos on your Google+ profile. Why? You could post your thoughts and/or insights on the discussed material and show off your expertise even more. It is quite possible that what you have to say will be indexed by Google and later, when someone is searching Google for someone with your expertise, well… there you are! At least, your brilliant commentary and a link to your Google+ profile filled with data about your professional background and expertise. Make sense? Hope so.Happy Networking!
As the global economy recovers, confidence is returning to the jobs market. The UK jobs market is currently growing at its fastest rate for 43 years, while the US reported record jobs growth in April.But, just because there may be more opportunities out there than a few years ago, it is still important before you hand in your notice to think how a job move is going to look down the line on your CV or resumé.There is a fine line between moving jobs regularly to maximise your career progression and suddenly finding yourself being tarred with the label “job hopper,” or someone who has hopped from job to job, appearing never to commit to any role or position.Of course, in this day and age the fact your CV is marked by multiple job moves may be no fault of your own.Indeed, as we move into a brighter economic climate, it is more than likely employers are going to be receiving more CVs from potential candidates who, to make ends meet in the tough times, have had little option but to move from role to role more frequently than they would have wished.So, how can you avoid being branded a job hopper by a potential employer and, if you’re worried your CV is already looking that way, how can you “manage” this message at application? Here are four tips that should help.1) Be honest (sort of)It’s important to ensure there aren’t any gaps on your CV, as an employer will want to know why. But, at the same time, if you went through a period where, say, you were forced to move through a succession of short-term roles, it can make sense to try to downplay the “hopping” element.So it might be a case of bundling up a variety of short-term positions into a single year, leaving out the specific months or even the actual positions (as long as you are still able to show what you’ve achieved in that period). Putting dates in parenthesis after the job title can also be a good idea, as this can allow you to focus more on the role and what you achieved.2) Be honest (part two)If there are specific reasons out of your control as to why you needed to move – redundancy or because it was simply a short-term contract, for example – again, be honest about it. Most reasonable employers will accept people have been buffeted by the economy in the past few years and, as such, may have been forced to make difficult choices.But, at the same time, focus on what you gained or learned from the experiences, even the short-term roles. Even if you don’t feel you added a particular skill or competency to your “brand” it’s likely you developed useful attributes, such as resilience, independence or adapting quickly to a new environment or challenge.3) Focus on your achievementsTry to move the focus of your CV away from the number of roles to what you’ve learned or achieved within and during them. The goal, if you can, is to show steady, consistent growth and development. So (as per above) emphasise any new skills or competencies you learned in these roles, show evidence of where you took on extra responsibility or achieved specific goals or targets.In essence, you’re looking to move the debate away from a potential negative – the fact you’ve moved around a lot – to a definite positive: that by moving around you’ll be able to bring an added x, y and z to the employment you are applying for.4) ‘Sweat’ your covering letterThis can be a tricky one if the application only allows you to use a standard form but if you’re able to submit a covering letter, use it. The covering letter is an opportunity to explain to your prospective employer in a simple, plausible, positive way that they’ve nothing to fear from your previous record of frequent job moves.You can also use the covering letter to highlight the unique skills, outlook and attitude you’ve gained through all these diverse experiences. It is important to present your past as something positive, that you’re not ashamed of or are making excuses for.Within this, it can also be a good idea to emphasise that you’re keen to commit yourself to the long term at the company. It’s all about tackling the fear factor an employer may have about you and reassuring them you’re not going to be “hopping” along in a matter of months.
Are you a college student already thinking about your post-graduation career plans? Not sure how to start your job search? We can help.As the largest jobs and career community, college students can use Glassdoor for free to find the latest jobs, and research companies, salaries, interviews, benefits and more, entirely based on millions of reviews and ratings shared by current and former employees.Check out this brief video on how any college student can use Glassdoor to find a job you love:Starting Fall 2014, thousands of college students are now required to learn how to use Glassdoor in their job search before graduating.Glassdoor currently partners with more than 1,000 colleges and universities to give students free and easy access to all content on Glassdoor. Learn more about our College Partnership Program, including how to offer Glassdoor, its career services or this video into your university curriculum or college career center.
Year-end reviews may not be the ideal time to ask for a raise or new job title, but if you are going to do it you better be prepared.At most companies’ raises and promotions are set in stone well before you meet with your manager, but it could be a great way to plant the seed for some time in the New Year.“If you do decide to bring up a change, you need to come prepared with data and stats to back up what it is you’re asking for,” says Luan Lam, vice president of global talent acquisition at software services company AppDynamics. “For instance, research market trends how much your peers are getting paid at other companies within the same industry, if you want a raise. Data speaks versus just saying, I want a raise.”Before you gear up to ask your manager for change you want to make sure it’s a realistic request. That’s why Vinda Rao, the marketing manager at Bullhorn, a recruitment software company says to ask yourself if requesting a raise or promotion isn’t far-fetched. If you can honestly answer yes, then it’s time to prepare. You want to go into any review with a clear idea of what you are looking for. For instance if research shows people in your same position typically make 10% more then you that’s what you should ask for. But even more important than having an idea of what you should be paid is being able to articulate clearly why you deserve it.According to Richie Frieman, an author and Modern Manners Guy, for the Quick & Dirty Tips Network, any employee who wants change needs to come to the review with facts to support why they should get a hike in pay, new title or more responsibilities. That means you want to have specific facts and supporting documents to showcase what you’ve done for the company over the year. Let’s say you are in sales and are looking for a higher commission in 2015. It’s not enough to say I worked really hard this year. You’ll need to show how your hard work boosted revenue for the company or increased the number of sales with hard numbers. It’s not unheard of for ambitious employees to create a power point presentation highlighting all their contributions.“Your best bargaining chip is your value as an employee,” says Rao. “If you’re terrible at your job and completely expendable to the company, no creative presentations will get you that raise. If you consistently burn the midnight oil, have generated huge revenue for the business, manage star performers or are a star performer yourself, then yes, you have leverage.”The year-end review isn’t the time to blind side your boss with your request either. Frieman says a way to get around that is to email your boss ahead of time what you want to discuss during the review. That will give your manager a chance to digest your request and be able to give you a concrete answer when you do meet.If you don’t like the answer you get you have options. You can ask your manager what you need to do in the New Year to be considered for a new role or more money or you can look elsewhere. What you don’t want to do is threaten to leave if you don’t get what you want. You’ll come off looking unprofessional, immature and weak. A better alternative is try to work with your manager to find a solution. If that goes nowhere, Lam says to keep in mind that someone is actually hearing you. “Typically your request truly didn’t go unnoticed and it’s important to remember companies are operating within parameters in terms of how much of an increase/when they can give an increase to employees,” he says. “It’s important to set your expectations with yourself and your hiring manager.”
The postal service company Royal Mail privatised last year and is said to have been damaged by competition since. Royal Mail has recently been carrying out a trial scheme by opening certain delivery offices on Sundays. But what is it really like working at Royal Mail? What do the ‘Posties’ think? The best way to find out is to turn to those on the inside – the employees.Right now, Royal Mail has an overall rating of 3.0 (OK) based on 82 reviews, just below the average Glassdoor rating of 3.3 (Ratings based on a 5-point scale: 1.0=very dissatisfied, 3.0=OK, 5.0=very satisfied). Royal Mail scores well below average in most of the workplace factors, except Work/Life Balance, and Compensation & Benefits, which employees rate 3.4 and 3.5 respectively.Check out the image below to see more about how employees really like working at Royal Mail, including how overall employee satisfaction has changed over time:Looking deeper into Royal Mail, you can see what some employees have to say about the benefits and downsides of working here:PROs:“Speaking to customers and building relationships. Good hourly rate. Good hours. pension scheme. bonuses” – Postman (Chester, England)“Good excercise, steady job , and once on the street you get to manage your own time.” – Postman (Montrose, Scotland)“Great, once you actually get outdoors. The pay is good for what I do.” – Postman (Glasgow, Scotland)“Really great place to work and people” – Postman (London, England)“Great challenges at work if you know how to create opportunities and run with it. Big company so lots of areas where you could interesting projects to deliver value and develop your skill sets.” – Senior Manager (London, England)CONs:“Sometimes change within the company is to slow, it needs to decide to do something and then just do it!” – Operations Manager (Peterborough, England)“Night-shift and endless sorting of parcels can be tiring when you’re standing for hours and lead to back pain, but with a bit of ibuprofen you get used to it.” – Parcel Sorter (London, England)“Work hours are too long and they expect you to give up your life to do the job. For the salary they pay, this is unacceptable.” – Postman (Romford, England)“No promotion opportunities, most front line managers are overpaid, unqualified supervisors who constantly use threatening/bullying tactics and lie to staff to get them to work overtime, treated with contempt if you phone in sick.” – OPG (London, England)“Terrible senior leadership. Poor leadership. Little strategy. No career development. I found this to be quite a sexist environment.” – Service Manager (Chesterfield, England)Do you work at Royal Mail? What do you think of the company? Let others know by sharing a review.Want to learn more about Royal Mail?Royal Mail jobsRoyal Mail company reviewsRoyal Mail salariesRoyal Mail benefitsRoyal Mail interviews
We are proud to celebrate turning the big seven! It’s been an exciting journey so far as we champion greater workplace transparency. In honor of the big day, we wanted to share just a few of the recent pieces of feedback we have received from job seekers, employers and media that made our day. Thank you to all who have contributed to Glassdoor and shared feedback with us on how to make our site better. We are on a mission to help people find jobs they love and help companies recruit the best talent… and, we’re just getting started!7 Great Pieces of Feedback on Glassdoor and 7 Fun Facts:“I appreciate what you have developed and designed here at Glassdoor. I have utilized your site for few years now. The business world is taking notice. You probably already know this, but through developing transparency and allowing an outlet for employees of various companies give their opinions and reviews gives an element of satisfaction and in long-term will help companies develop or review their culture.”Did you know…There are 400,000 companies featured on Glassdoor – up from 250 when we launched in 2008. And we now welcome more than 30 million members from across 190 countries.“Years ago, a colleague introduced me to Glassdoor when an ex-employee wrote some pretty negative things about my current employer on your site. From then on, I just assumed, Glassdoor gave a platform for disgruntled employees. However, your website popped up when I was trying to help my college graduate son land his first job. Your site came up when I searched for the job title of the company. From your site, I was able to work with him to find all the questions that would be asked in the interview for this particular job. He had his phone interview with this major employer yesterday and there wasn’t one question that was asked that was not listed on your site. Glassdoor is a goldmine of information for the job seeker! He said passed that phone interview and now has an in-person interview next week. Thank you Glassdoor.”Did you know…Glassdoor has 8 million company reviews, salary reports, interview questions and reviews, benefits reviews, or office photos. And that’s just the company insights – pair this together with millions of the latest job listings. We had just 3,000 reviews and salary reports when we started.“Hey, just wanted to say that Glassdoor is super awesome. I’m a student looking at potential employers and being able to run a preliminary review on the company I’m looking at really helps me evaluate my options.“Did you know…students can get free accounts on Glassdoor? Meaning we don’t require students to share an insight about a current or past work experience in order to gain access to the full community.“A year ago, most CEOs I spoke with didn’t seem to know or care about Glassdoor. But now more than half of the CEOs I speak with mention their Glassdoor reviews in our first meeting. They are all suffering from a case of sudden onset “Glassdoor angst” — the kind of public accountability that makes most CEOs profoundly uncomfortable.” ~ Bob Corlett, Business JournalsDid you know…3,000 employers sign up for a Free Employer Account each month. Why? Because it’s a first step for employers when managing their brand, reputation and recruiting efforts. It allows employers to add their voice to the conversation happening on Glassdoor around the clock. In fact, CEOs like Zillow’s Spencer Rascoff uses his account to personally respond to his company’s reviews.“At VMware, the candidate journey is a priority for us, and we know Glassdoor is used as a main resource for candidates when they’re making big career decisions. We use Glassdoor to share important aspects of our workplace culture with candidates, from the Homepage banner to Enhanced Profile to Job Ads. Glassdoor helps us connect with candidates and gives them an “inside look” into life at VMware.”Did you know…More than 2,100 employers are advertising their open jobs on Glassdoor. Why? Employers recognize that when their job listings are surrounded by valuable insights about the work environment, culture, compensation and benefits packages, candidates have clearer expectations and in turn are likely to be a better fit for open positions.“The new Job Explorer is SO awesome!! Please continue to keep up the great work with ideas like this.”Did you know…Vice President Joe Biden thought it was pretty cool too. In fact, you can see Biden at the National Governor’s conference talking about the power of Glassdoor. What is Job Explorer? It’s an interactive job search mapping tool that allows you to see what other jobs you could apply to based on what others with similar experience went on to do.“I am looking to switch jobs and Glassdoor is the best thing that could have happened to me during this phase. The website is so comprehensive, thoughtful and amazing! Good going! Good Luck!”Did you know…we really appreciate all this great feedback! Truly. It is posted on the walls throughout our offices as it drives us to keep creating positive change in the jobs market.Have thoughts on what would make Glassdoor even better for job seekers, employees and employers? Share your comments below.
When is the last time you thought about how the CEO impacts a company you want to work for before you applied?If you’re like many job seekers, your company analysis probably focuses more on things like compensation, cultural fit, and advancement opportunities. But think about who influences those things.In most cases, the CEO’s leadership style, vision and personality help shape the company’s culture and structure, making them an important part of the puzzle for job seekers looking for the right fit.Glassdoor recently released its annual list of Highest Rated CEOs and this year’s top five highest rated women CEOs. Unsurprisingly, CEOs from companies like Google, Nike, Starbucks, and Apple graced the top 50. But what makes these CEOs so highly rated? What should job seekers learn to look for in upper management based on Glassdoor’s list?Here are four outstanding traits that the best CEOs share, and why job seekers should look for them in the leadership of the companies they’re interested in:1. Vision that inspires.When upper management has a clear strategic vision, it inspires people at every level of an organization.By continuously sharing that vision and helping their employees understand how they fit into the overall success of the organization — both today and in the future — CEOs like Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Kay Krill of Ann Taylor respectively inspire their employees to work “with more passion and happiness,” and make employees “feel inspired and eager to come to work everyday,” according to anonymous Glassdoor reviewers.When you’re considering where to work, it’s important to find an organization you look forward to being a part of everyday. Look for companies with leaders who value each individual’s contribution to the organization’s success and make them feel like a part of their long-term vision for the company. Leadership with a vision is inspiring, and that will make you a more engaged employee.2. Accessibility.Would you rather work somewhere where, in 10 years, you’ll only catch a fleeting glimpse of the CEO? Or somewhere where you see the CEO at lunch and *GASP* have a chance to say hello and strike up a conversation?Employees at Google clearly love the fact that they can interact with Glassdoor’s 2015 Highest Rated CEO, Larry Page, any time they see him: “You’ll see Larry… at TGIF and you’ll admire how they lead the company. They are brilliant, goofy, low key but intense, and likeable.” This accessibility helps create a culture of camaraderie and shows employees that upper management is with them, every step of the way.Sure, CEOs and upper management have different priorities and challenges, but the highest rated CEOS care about the direction of the organization and want people to feel at home around them, not intimidated.According to one Glassdoor reviewer, Enterprise CEO Pam Nicholson has created the same kind of culture, one that supports and encourages accessible leadership: “I love the people I work with! It’s not intimidating at all to reach out to upper management and there’s so much support from them!”Supportive and accessible leadership can help you make an impact with your ideas and, ultimately, advance your career faster.3. Respect.How annoying is it when leadership micro-manages every aspect of your work? At Google and other top rated organizations, CEOs and leadership know how to step back and respect their employees’ abilities. They understand that their employees are the ones who produce on a daily basis and respect them enough to give them the freedom they need.Job seekers should attempt to find organizations that value and respect their ability to contribute to the organization’s goals. Not only will this make the daily grind more enjoyable, but also it will help job seekers make an impact and highlight how much they care about the organization through their work.4. Engaging employees.Today, most employees are disengaged at work. CEOs like Dara Khosrowshahi from Expedia and Marillyn Hewson of Lockheed Martin make sure their employees are not a part of that majority. They know how to keep employees engaged and encourage their growth.For example, employee reviews of Khosrowshahi suggest that he and Expedia’s leadership team “truly cares about their employees and encourages growth both professionally and personally.” And Hewson from Lockheed Martin is not any different: “Upper management [is] always interested in employee feedback…Everything extra you give is valued.”These two CEOs keep their employees engaged by listening to them and encouraging them to share ideas that will make their organizations better. For job seekers, organizations like this offer more opportunities for growth and advancement.What traits do you look for in a company’s leadership? How do you find out more about a company’s leadership before applying? During an interview?
The leadership team isn’t going to be your first consideration when thinking about accepting a new job, but how they stack up should matter. After all, the CEO can set the tone of the entire company, so his or her demeanor is extremely important to your future career growth.“In companies really big or in companies that are really small the CEO is central for defining the culture and what matters,” says Rya Conrad-Bradshaw, vice president and managing director at Fullbridge US. “Working for a great CEO can make the difference in how excited you are about the job.”To be sure, the ranking of the CEO isn’t going to be the main reason you apply for a job and consider accepting an open positon. But if the skills, compensation and career growth are all there, the next thing you want to consider is how well run the company is and how they treat their employees. All of this trickles down from the top office.“With bad CEOs there are always several risks,” says John Collard, chairman of Strategic Management Partners. “There’s the risk that he or she will mismanage the company or that it will perform poorly or perhaps go under.” Not to mention it can create an environment where disloyalty and discontent reign supreme.When it comes to the key attributes of a great CEO, experts say they are typically good communicators who have a clear vision and strategy for the company and are able to get that vision out from the top all the way to the bottom. What’s more, successful CEOs usually are two or three steps ahead of the rest of the executives and rank transparency high on their priority list. “A CEO who is willing to listen to employees and willing to engage with employees is very valuable,” says Conrad-Bradshaw.In addition to being a crack strategist and visionary, great CEOs are willing to take risks and identify opportunities that will not only grow the company, but also its employees. Not to mention that a charismatic CEO is going to have a following and will likely surround him or herself with talented executives, all of which bodes well for the employees. “Because a great CEO is going to recruit and retain great talent the organization is going to be stronger,” says Kathy Harris, managing director of recruiting firm Harris Allied. Not to mention that when you are ready to move on to your next opportunity working under a great CEO is going to open new doors.So how can you go about finding a company that has a great CEO and leadership team? According to Conrad-Bradshaw of Fullbridge, first you need to find a company that embodies what you care about or where you want to work. Then you have to research the culture and work style to make sure you are a good fit. Once you’ve gotten past your initial research and are actually engaged in the interview process, Conrad-Bradshaw says not to be afraid to ask questions about the work environment, how often employees get to engage with the CEO and how the messages are communicated throughout the company. “Knowing what you want and having the confidence to ask questions about the leadership are two keys,” she says.Tapping your network and turning to the Internet are two other ways to figure out if the CEO and leadership team are up to snuff. Websites like Glassdoor provide a bird’s eye view in to what it’s like to work at a company and for the CEO from the employees who are actually there. Not to mention CEO rankings can give you a sense of what it would be like to work for a particular company and leadership team.At the end of the day working for a great CEO is going to boil down to making sure you are pursuing a job or industry that you want to be in. Even if you land a job working for the best of the best, it’s not going to matter if you hate what you are doing or lack motivation because of your career choice. “First figure out what you are good at and what it is you want to do and focus on how you are going to proceed on that trail,” says Collard. The type of CEO you work for is the secondary decision.
If the writing on the proverbial wall indicates your current position is in jeopardy, then sitting still and doing nothing is generally the best way to invite job-loss anxiety into your future.Examples that threaten job security include:1. Your company is in divestiture mode and/or may be acquired by another company where someone holds a similar, or the same, role as you do. In this case, your position may be considered redundant, and if you are unable to find another need to fill, you could be the next employee out the exit door.2. Your industry is on the decline. As in the case of the newspaper industry, where the explosion of the Internet and a completely new definition of ‘free press’ upended an industry, other industries often find themselves outcompeted and displaced by innovation and technology. When this happens, positions are cut. Will yours be next on the chopping block?3. Your performance is on the decline. If you have done everything you can to ensure a positive performance review and maintain optimum job productivity, yet you’re still unable to meet productivity expectations, you may want to get your career house in order. Whether it’s just not the job fit for you or the corporate culture is hampering your ability to perform as you know you can elsewhere, consider the possibility that your job at this company may be in jeopardy.So, what are a few things you can do, today, to begin empowering yourself and infusing your career with hope and possibility for the future?1. Talk to a mentor or friend (or even hire a career strategist) who is not only trustworthy, but who also understands the job market. Begin addressing your feelings and coagulating your thoughts with someone who can help you sort through next steps.2. Research positions and companies that not only interest you, but for which you are confident you can add value. Use Microsoft’s Word Cloud to sort through how many of your current resume key words align with the requirements of the job.Or simply, find key phrases and terms that you know other roles require and click on Edit and then Find, checking the box, “highlight all items found” for those words on your resume. If your resume story aligns with the requirements, you’re on the right track. If not, you may want to consider whether another job would be a better fit and continue your search.3. Acquire more training. If there is an area of career interest that requires additional training than you currently have, then go for it. Sign up for a course or a workshop or even an apprenticeship. Further, as you search out new opportunities for which you are a fit, also look for those roles that provide exposure to additional learning and training in areas you wish to grow.4. Update your resume (or hire someone to help you). Either way, prepare to be heavily involved in your own storytelling, because you own the key to the vault where your career intelligence is stored. Own your value – and be able to articulate it in a compelling way. If you aren’t sure of your strengths because they have become second nature to you, find someone to help you pull them out.Bottom line, a current resume still is a must-have and integral in today’s job search. The right resume may land you the next interview; a weak resume could leave you in the circular file, with hundreds of other people who slacked in communicating their value. Don’t leave the writing of your story in the hands of last-minute circumstances.5. Spruce up your online presence. Don’t have a LinkedIn profile? Then create one. If you are currently employed, be strategic in how you upload your new information so as not to set off the alarm bells that you are job searching. This includes a variety of strategies, one of which is to present your current role in a way that showcases your current company – marketing them in a positive light.Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and even Instagram are replete with hiring decision-makers, recruiters and possible perfect contacts that could thread your resume through the needle of that next opportunity.Signals of disruption and change often begin well in advance of full-on explosive change. So, keep your antennae perked and prepare yourself for the fallout.
At Glassdoor, we are all about helping people finding a job and company they love, and helping employers recruit top talent. It’s what we do, and we love it. So on one hand, yes, we love work (a.k.a. labor). On the other hand, while the employment industry makes our work possible, we love a little time off. Add the two hands together and it becomes clear that we at Glassdoor celebrate work-life balance.For that reason alone, we recommend that you stop reading this article now, it’s about work, and you should not be working today.Hopefully, most of you have stopped reading. For those of you still with us, perhaps we should explain exactly why it’s so important that you enjoy your day today.5 reasons you should not read this Labor Day story1.. Work/life balance is a good thing: Work-life balance is the proper prioritization between the work you do (the things you do to earn a living) and your lifestyle (the things you do to better enjoy your life). It’s a simple concept, but one that many people struggle with everyday—and it’s likely more important than we realize.According to a recent study by the American Sociology Review, 7 out of 10 American workers struggle to find a proper balance between their work lives and their home lives. As reported by the Mayo Clinic, lack of work-life balance has been shown to result in fatigue, stress-related heath issues, missed experiences/lost time with the people we love most and increased work expectations. While there are many resources to learn more about work-life balance, we learned a lot about work-life balance from 80’s hero Ferris Bueller (but that’s another story).Have we convinced you to stop reading this article and have some fun yet?2. There are a ton of shopping opportunities today: Like many holidays, Labor Day has become a shopping holiday. It’s true; there are endless shopping opportunities today, so if there’s something you need, or just really want, today might be the day to buy. If you’ve got the shopping bug, we’ve found a few great resources to check out:Today.com —The best Labor Day deals of 2015: How to shop like a proPeople.com—Get Your Credit Cards Ready! 10 Sales to Shop This Labor Day WeekendU.S. News & World Report —The 9 Best Sales of Labor Day 2015Have we convinced you to stop reading this article and do some shopping?3. The weather is still AMAZING: Technically, today, (September 7, 2015) is still summer. That’s right, the last day of summer is September 22, and this is the last holiday we’ll have before we enter fall. Here in Mill Valley, Calif. it’s going to be 80 degrees and sunny, and you better believe our Glassdoor kayakers and stand-up paddle boarders will be enjoying the bay. We hope the weather is amazing where you are too!Go out and do something fun! (Source: Glassdoor Photos)Have we convinced you to stop reading this article to enjoy the sun?4. There are plenty of excuses to be a couch potato: Sports fans have a special reason to celebrate today, the return of Football! While the first NFL game isn’t until Thursday, today marks the official start of the season. Non-sports fans, or those just looking for some good entertainment, should check out the myriad of TV marathons today, including:Animal Planet’s Best of Shark Week kicks off at 6 a.m. PT!How about six straight hours of Friends? TBS has you covered!FXX will be airing a Simpsons marathon starting at 6 a.m. PT!If these don’t thrill you, check out this complete marathon list from zap2it.comHave we convinced you to stop reading this article to enjoy some TV time? 5. Your government wants you to take a day off: You must deserve it, right? In truth, Labor Day is so much more than a day to go to a parade, host a BBQ or your last chance to wear white pants this year.It’s the U.S. government’s way of saying we all deserve a day off. But, where did the Holiday originate? As AOL points out, there are conflicting theories as to who created the tradition. We do know that the first Labor Day parade was held in NYC September 5, 1882, which became an annual tradition. By 1885 other states began to follow suit and in 1894, following pressure from organized unions and various strikes, President Grover Cleveland made it a national holiday. Thank you, Mr. President.In the end, if our government thinks we deserve a day off, we should take them up on the offer, right?Avoid workplace burnout (Source: Glassdoor Photos)If you’re still reading, you haven’t followed any of our advice.Our recommendation is to go out and enjoy your day. However, if you’re still not convinced, I suppose it’s time we give up and offer two last activities:Check out Glassdoor’s top rated companies for work-life balanceRead a list of the careers with the best work-life balanceHappy Labor Day!
Personal Banker Branch Manager Security Officer Research Scientist Cook Web Developer Sales Consultant 2015 Total Pay: $26,0002014 Total Pay: $24,500% Increase from 2014 to 2015: 6%Number of Job Openings: 14,318 2015 Total Pay: $105,0002014 Total Pay: $102,100% Increase from 2014 to 2015: 3%Number of Job Openings: 23,859Job Search Tip: Before your next job interview, search for the job’s salary on Glassdoor. You can search for salaries by company and job title, and can view the local and national average to make sure you’re negotiating a fair compensation.Thinking About Moving for a Job?: Check out Glassdoor’s report on the 25 Best Cities for Jobs.Methodology: For a job title to be considered for Glassdoor’s report on the 20 Jobs with the Biggest Pay Raises, job titles must have at least 500 salary reports shared by U.S.-based employees on Glassdoor for 2015 (9/11/14-9/10/15) and 2014 (9/11/13-9/10/14), respectively. Salary reports represent total pay, which includes base pay, tips, commissions, bonuses and all other forms of pay reported. Job openings represent active job listings on Glassdoor as of 9/10/15. Rankings represent percentages beyond the thousandth, and percentages are rounded to the nearest whole number for simplicity of reporting. This report takes into account job title normalization that groups similar job titles. 2015 Total Pay: $25,0002014 Total Pay: $23,840% Increase from 2014 to 2015: 5%Number of Job Openings: 9,734 2015 Total Pay: $49,0082014 Total Pay: $45,945% Increase from 2014 to 2015: 7%Number of Job Openings: 3,169 Research Associate Certified Nursing Assistant 2015 Total Pay: $80,0002014 Total Pay: $76,575% Increase from 2014 to 2015: 4%Number of Job Openings: 1,796 2015 Total Pay: $34,7802014 Total Pay: $33,051% Increase from 2014 to 2015: 5%Number of Job Openings: 4,034 2015 Total Pay: $71,5502014 Total Pay: $68,397% Increase from 2014 to 2015: 5%Number of Job Openings: 5,544 Systems Analyst Software Engineer 2015 Total Pay: $51,9482014 Total Pay: $50,233% Increase from 2014 to 2015: 3%Number of Job Openings: 1,012 2015 Total Pay: $85,0002014 Total Pay: $81,680% Increase from 2014 to 2015: 4%Number of Job Openings: 597 Project Engineer 2015 Total Pay: $68,4072014 Total Pay: $66,365% Increase from 2014 to 2015: 3%Number of Job Openings: 2,688 2015 Total Pay: $23,6002014 Total Pay: $22,249% Increase from 2014 to 2015: 6%Number of Job Openings: 997 2015 Total Pay: $41,8612014 Total Pay: $40,373% Increase from 2014 to 2015: 4%Number of Job Openings: 1,063 Programmer Analyst Thinking about a new job? Before you start your job search, you may want to consider a job that’s among those seeing the biggest jumps in total pay over the past year.To help, Glassdoor is here with our newest report on the 20 Jobs with the Biggest Pay Raises, identifying the top 20 jobs where total pay has increased the most over the past year. Salaries for these 20 jobs have grown 3 – 10% over the past year, all above the national average for salary increase (2.2%), according to BLS.As part of this report, we include the total pay for each job title for 2015 and 2014, the percentage increase in total pay, and the number of job openings.Check out the top 20 results:Business Systems Analyst 2015 Total Pay: $20,0002014 Total Pay: $19,400% Increase from 2014 to 2015: 3%Number of Job Openings: 9,159 Pharmacy Technician 2015 Total Pay: $79,6382014 Total Pay: $76,575% Increase from 2014 to 2015: 4%Number of Job Openings: 1,314 2015 Total Pay: $87,9032014 Total Pay: $85,360% Increase from 2014 to 2015: 3%Number of Job Openings: 3,621 2015 Total Pay: $24,0002014 Total Pay: $22,460% Increase from 2014 to 2015: 7%Number of Job Openings: 5,198 2015 Total Pay: $18,0002014 Total Pay: $17,420% Increase from 2014 to 2015: 3%Number of Job Openings: 16,375 2015 Total Pay: $83,3002014 Total Pay: $75,554% Increase from 2014 to 2015: 10%Number of Job Openings: 1,803 2015 Total Pay: $75,0002014 Total Pay: $72,542% Increase from 2014 to 2015: 3%Number of Job Openings: 2,323 Network Engineer Cashier Barista 2015 Total Pay: $63,5002014 Total Pay: $61,260% Increase from 2014 to 2015: 4%Number of Job Openings: 3,018 Customer Service Manager Financial Analyst
Salary transparency, closing the gender pay gap and encouraging people to #ShareYourPay were the key themes that resonated throughout Glassdoor’s Pay Equality Roundtable in New York City today. For one hour, leaders including former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Glassdoor CEO & Co-founder Robert Hohman and Olympic Gold Medalist & World Cup Champion Megan Rapinoe, among others, took part in a frank discussion about the reality of the gender pay gap, while also exploring contributing causes and potential solutions.Here are our top 5 takeaways from today’s historic roundtable discussion:1. Salary Transparency is Key To Eliminating the Gender Pay GapHillary Clinton, former U.S. Secretary or State, boldly said “there is not enough transparency…and our challenge is to really demand transparency” when talking about today’s workplace. Clinton was followed by Glassdoor CEO & Co-founder Robert Hohman who said, “The world is only going to get more and more transparent. There’s no going back.”The leaders at today’s roundtable all agreed that the gender pay gap is real. And, the data supports that claim. According to recent Glassdoor research, even when controls are factored in such as age, education, experience, occupation, industry, location, company, job title and more, the adjusted gender pay gap is still 5.4%, meaning women, on average, earn $0.95 for every $1.00 men earn.With greater pay transparency, people will have a better understanding of fair pay and in turn be able to make more informed salary and compensation decisions. Tracy Sturdivant, co-founder and co-executive director of Make it Work said, “We now have a culture of sharing that Millennials are driving, and this cultural shift is happening whether we like or not.” Transparency helps, Clinton added. In fact, 62% of employees report they would be willing to share more information about their salary if they could do so anonymously, while only 36% of employees say their company discloses salaries internally, according to a new Glassdoor survey released just hours before today’s roundtable. There is still much to work to do, but it can start with conversations around pay. As Clinton said, “If we’re going to move the agenda further to workplace equality, then we need to recognize how we support each other as human beings.”2. Salary Transparency is Good for BusinessDan Henkle, president at Gap Foundation & SVP of global sustainability of Gap Inc., said that Gap has a 100.1% gender pay variation. In fact, he admits he was surprised to learn this, so Gap went a step further and had a third party data system verify this. He went on to say that Gap’s ‘no pay inequality’ has translated to good business practices. He shared that from the very beginning, women senior leaders have been at the table within Gap. “You don’t get to pay equality by accident. You have to think about it every step of the way,” Henkle exclaimed. In turn, he says he knows this has been an advantage for his company.In fact, research supports this, showing that salary transparency helps long-lasting boosts in productivity at companies, helps boost the number of female applicants for jobs, and improves better job matching while shortening unemployment spells.Clinton said she hopes companies become more forthcoming with salaries to challenge any biases that may exist. Henkle went on to say that one of Gap’s best practices isn’t necessarily to focus on how pay equality will translate to good business, but rather pointed out that “you reach pay equality when you’re laser-focused on employee performance.” This, in turn, can help business.3. Don’t be Afraid to #ShareYourPayWorld Cup Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist, Megan Rapinoe, didn’t know she’d be a part of a pay inequality movement until she fully realized she and her U.S. women’s soccer teammates were getting paid significantly less than what the men were getting paid. She and her teammates took action – legal action – by filing a lawsuit. She encouraged the crowd today to take action now if you think you might be treated unfairly, whether it’s unequal pay or any topic. “It’s never going to be the perfect time, but take action now, stand up and don’t accept something you know in your heart to be unequal,” Rapinoe said.This is critically important as the majority of employees (69%) say they wish they had a better understanding of what fair pay really is at their company and in their local market, according to a Glassdoor survey. Still not convinced? Watch real employees share their salaries in Glassdoor’s #ShareYourPay video. Rapinoe’s message – don’t be afraid.4. People Want to Work for Companies that Embrace TransparencyHohman encouraged companies to look at their pay and said, “You may be surprised, but what you discover can be incredibly rewarding.” He said most people don’t want to work at companies where there are surprises around what you’re getting paid. Lori Nishiura Mackenzie, executive director, Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research, encouraged employers to look at how they give feedback to employees and to better ensure feedback is given equally.Mackenzie went on to say that bias in the workplace exists and it’s one thing we first need to eliminate to reach pay equity. In fact, when that’s accomplished, it can help both employers and employees.In fact, 3 in 5 (60%) employees would not apply to work at a company where a pay gap exists, according to a recent Glassdoor survey. Employers that do not embrace salary transparency will be at a recruiting and employee retention disadvantage. On Glassdoor, Hohman said approximately 2,000 companies have already made public pledges to pay equality, said Hohman. (Are you an employer? Take a stand for pay equality today).5. Research is Critical to Ensuring You Receive Fair PayClinton said, “Our challenge is to really demand transparency and that’s what I really like about the Glasssdoor work because it really gets into the details.” Sturdivant went on to say that while it can be hard, we’re not taught to negotiate. This can be a problem.Several of the leaders on today’s panel agree – It’s not enough to expect fair pay when we know gender pay gaps still persist. Hohman said that thanks to sites like Glassdoor, people can now research how much money they can make. On Glassdoor, for instance, we now offer more than 12 million workplace insights on more than 540,000 companies shared by employees, including millions of salary reports*. You can also ask friends, family members and people who used to work at a company you’re interested in about their pay. If you don’t ask, you won’t receive. As Clinton said, “I hope we don’t lose the impetus behind this conversation. This is about men and women, you, and families everywhere.”Are you ready to help increase salary transparency? Share your salary on Glassdoor anonymously. #ShareYourPayVideo Replay: Watch the entire Glassdoor Roundtable Discussion and learn more about what can be done to reach pay equality.*Glassdoor Data Labs, April 2016Photo Credit: Mark Von Holden, AP for Glassdoor
Salutation: There’s no need to get overly fancy with how you address your resignation letter, “Dear [boss’s name],” is perfect. Submit it to the right people: Submit signed and printed copies to both your boss and the HR department (if applicable). In addition, send an electronic version just in case. And keep one for your own records! Even if you’re counting down the minutes until you can run out of your office and never turn back, you still want to leave on good terms. You won’t regret a graceful exit, and in this small world, you never know who you may encounter later on in your career. A resignation letter may feel like an unnecessary formality, but it can also be an opportunity to infuse a procedural document with a tone of graciousness and thoughtfulness. This is not only the polite approach, but the most professional one, too. Then on your final day, you can exit the office at whatever pace you’d like — whether that be running with glee or sauntering with nostalgia.Here are eight steps to help you write your resignation letter:Submit it at the right time: Shortly after you tell your boss of your plans to leave, submit your resignation letter. The day after the conversation is a good timeframe to aim for. Express your statement of resignation: Your letter should begin by clearly stating three things: that you are resigning, from which position you are resigning from, and the effective date of your resignation. For example, you can say:“Please accept this letter as resignation from [position] effective [date].”“I am writing to formally resign from [position], to take effect on [date].“This letter is to serve as formal notice of my resignation from [position], effective [date].”Express gratitude: You’re moving on, but there’s probably a significant amount you learned in your job that you’ll take with you to your next position and beyond. Now’s the time to reflect on some of the positive experiences you’ve had and show you’re grateful for your time at the company. You can begin by saying something like:“I’d like to thank you for the opportunities…”“These past few years have been an incredible learning experience and I’ve met inspiring individuals who helped me grow as an employee…”“Thank you, [boss’s name], for your support in my time here at [company]. I’m thankful to have received the experience to work with such a talented team…”Address the transition: In this section of your letter, briefly outline the projects that you’ll be completing, and notify who on your team will be inheriting your responsibilities. You can say something along the lines of:“I’m committed to making this transition period as smooth as possible. I’ll continue to work on [responsibility] until my resignation. Following my departure, [colleague’s name] will be the new point of contact.”Closing: Close your letter by restating your appreciation for the time you’ve spent at your job. If you’d like to include any of your personal contact information, now’s a good time to do so. Then, you can simply say “Sincerely” and sign your name!_____________________________________________________________________________________________Ready to leave? Now that you know how to write a resignation letter, don’t forget to share a review on Glassdoor about your former company after you hand it in._____________________________________________________________________________________________ Heading: The heading of your letter should resemble that of a formal cover letter—your name and address, followed by the date, followed by the name and address of the person to whom you’re addressing the letter. The date is very important, so double check to make sure it’s listed before you turn it in!
It’s no surprise that smoking is bad for your health, but did you know that it’s also bad for your earning potential?The research paper “Even One Is Too Much: The Economic Consequences of Being a Smoker” has proven smokers earn 20 percent less than non-smokers. That’s right. Those who pause for smoke breaks during the work day, actually earn less than non-smokers which, for young adult smokers, translates to a loss of up to $10,000 a year.In fact, the study, completed by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, found that it is not differences in smoker vs. non-smoker productivity that drive the smoking wage gap. Instead, it’s differences in the abilities smokers bring to the job such as education. And if you’re an occasional stress smoker, be advised: even one cigarette per day is enough to trigger the smoking wage gap.This data has prompted truth, one of the nation’s oldest and longest running youth tobacco prevention campaigns, to launch a new campaign that shines a spotlight on the “smokers wage gap” by tapping into the desire of most young adults to build a successful financial future. The campaign kicked off during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards (VMA’s) on August 28th with a video that highlighted the “smokers wage gap” and encourages teens to rally to close the gap.Missed the VMA’s? Check out the video campaign here.TELL US: Did you know your habits could be costing you a promotion or salary bump? @Glassdoor
These days, most business is conducted over email. Whether checking in on the status of a project, setting up a meeting with coworkers or interfacing with clients, email is the easiest and most common way to share information in an office setting. It follows then, that the way your professional emails come across matters almost as much as how you present yourself in person. After all, your email etiquette could be what makes the difference between scoring that dream job interview and getting stuck at the bottom of the pile. While some email correspondence rules are fairly obvious (never send messages in all caps!), others are less so. Plus, what’s de rigueur changes with the times. Now, certain once-required sayings are no longer necessary and can, in fact, make their writer seem out of touch.In order to save you time and face, we tapped top experts in the field to find out which phrases are becoming obsolete.1. To Whom It May Concern“With access to all the information on the internet, it’s not difficult to find exactly who to address your email to,” says Diane Gottsman, national etiquette expert and founder of the Protocol School of Texas. “It feels lazy and cold to receive an email that uses this term.” Try using a specific name whenever possible, and if you can’t, at least personalize your greeting to the company or team you’re emailing.2. I hope this email finds you well.“This is basically just filler,” says Gottsman. While it’s certainly good to send people your best wishes, it’s not necessary to include generic sentences like this one. If you actually know someone well enough to hope that they’re doing well, say something more specific as an opening. Otherwise, skip it and get straight to the point. No one is going to read an email and be offended you didn’t say that you hope they’re well.[Related: How to Write A Winning Thank You Letter?]3. Please do not hesitate to contact me.“This sounds so cliché,” says Jacqueline Whitmore, etiquette expert and founder of The Protocol School of Palm Beach. “The prevalent ‘please do not hesitate’ was a light, bright phrase when it was coined almost a half-century ago, but now it has fallen by the wayside. It also comes across as bland and impersonal. ‘Please call me if you have any questions,’ is polite without the cliché connection.”4. Kindly be Advised or Be Advised“Unless you are an attorney, this sounds threatening,” notes Gottsman. If you want to advise someone of something, just tell them! No need to preface it with language that makes them feel like they’re about to be the subject of legal action.[Related: Don’t Rule Out These Common Resume Phrases]5. Enclosed please find…“This phrase, more than any other in the world of business writing, epitomizes the lawyer-like way people start to write when they want to avoid using a pronoun, like I”, says Whitmore. Plus, whatever you’re sending won’t be enclosed, it will be attached. “Instead, use something more conversational like: ‘I have attached my bio and headshot for your promotional materials.’” Even if you’re emailing someone more senior than yourself, there’s no reason to get overly official. Just be polite and direct.6. Yours truly, Sincerely yours, and Yours faithfully“You do not belong to the receiver,” notes Whitmore. “These closings are antiquated, but if you must use them, use them in extremely formal situations.” Sign-offs like Best regards, All the best, and Sincerely are better options.DISCOVER: Search Available Jobs Hiring In Your Area!
DISCOVER: Search for Open Jobs Hiring Now In Your Area! Dating and interviewing for a new job have more in common than one might think. You dress up for both, think through what you’ll say, try to put your best foot forward. Often times you’ll try to censor yourself on dates and in job interviews, figuring out ways to make all of your quirky attributes seem endearing and irresistible. After a date and an interview you’ve probably asked yourself, “Should I call?” Or thought to yourself, “Where is this going?”While those of us at Glassdoor are far from dating experts, we have come up with some simple rules that not only apply to your dating life, but also to your career. Instead of swiping right, simply take note of the following as you click “apply” for your next dream job.1. Be persistent but don’t be needy.In trying to land an interview at your must-work-at company, it’s tempting to follow up with the recruiter to ask if she’s received your application, needs any additional references, has any questions about your qualifications. However, fight the urge to pester. While you shouldn’t be afraid to follow up and make your presence known, professional and persistent is different than pesky. It’s just like dating. Don’t look too eager or available, especially later on in the process. For example, if you’ve interviewed and things are going well, don’t email incessantly asking about an offer. Play a little hard to get by mentioning how much your current employer values your work or notify a recruiter that you are entertaining other offers.[Related: The 2016 Best Places to Interview]2. “To call or not to call.”Like an amazing second date, you just had an incredible interview. In fact, the HR associate is best friends with your brother’s college roommate’s sister. It was all laughs and you barely spoke about the job; there was an instant spark. However, three days go by, with no phone call, no follow-up. Unlike dating, the “busy” explanation is a legitimate reason and not an excuse. Nevertheless, you should absolutely make sure you haven’t been forgotten. A simple follow-up or thank you email expresses that you still have interest without being invasive. If they don’t contact you back, keep looking at other positions. Like dating, there are plenty of fish in the sea.3. Playing hard to get may backfire. Proceed with caution.Playing hard to get during the negotiation process might have worked a decade ago when we were in an economic boom, but there is plenty of talent out there now. If you’ve gotten an offer, you’ve likely outperformed over 100 people already, many of them as qualified as you. By playing hard to get, you just might find a job offer rescinded. Instead, make sure that a company knows how much you bring to the table and how interested in their offer you are. Like a relationship, if you want to negotiate your salary or needs, you have to give the other side a reason to bargain back.[Related: 6 Things Not To Say When Negotiating Your Salary]4. Own your mistakes.Owning short-comings in a relationship is often mistaken for weakness. The truth is, however, it is actually a display of self-awareness. Accepting faults and taking responsibility for them is also healthy for your career. This shows your employer that you can take feedback and handle criticism when missteps occur. Like a healthy relationship, be sure you also emphasize how you are going to be solution-oriented and prevent mistakes in the future.5. Practice some give and take.Those who insist on always being right when dating, are typically the ones who end up alone—living with their opinions. The same applies to the work world. No one likes a colleague who thinks they are better than everyone else. Compromise goes a lot further than pride in the boardroom and in the bedroom.[Related: How Do Your Employee Benefits Compare to Others?]6. After a year, ask yourself the tough question.If you’re dating someone for a year, you need to ask yourself, “Is this what I want? Where is this going?” The same goes for your professional life. After a year of being in a relationship with your current job, you should decide if you’re committing or moving on. if the company culture is a fit, you’re pleased with growth possibilities and management, it may be time to settle down for 3 to 5 years. Otherwise, it is time to evaluate what you do not like about the role and consider moving within the company or seeking new opportunities elsewhere. But just like dating, “defining the relationship” or having the DTR conversation with a manager or a partner may not be easy. Be ready for feedback and have a backup plan if he/she says “I’m just not that into you.”7. Don’t settle.The same way you’d never settle for someone you are sort of in love with, don’t settle for a sort-of satisfying career. Of course, we don’t advise jumping ship at the first sign of trouble, but if you are anything less than happy, keep looking. If a role isn’t giving you what you want professionally, settling isn’t the answer. Instead, create a plan for achieving your goals whether that be a higher salary or a better work-life balance. The key is to know your worth and devise a strategy for how to achieve it.
14. Sherlock Holmes, SherlockJob: DetectiveMedian Annual Salary: $61,632The legendary character of Sherlock, most recently brought back to the forefront of modern TV via Benedict Cumberbatch, takes home a sharp salary, but not as sharp as his abilities as a top sleuth.via GIPHY 12. Jane Villanueva, Jane The VirginJob: Elementary School TeacherMedian Annual Salary: $46,967Amidst being accidentally artificially inseminated, finding out her father was a major telenovela star, and falling in love with man unintentionally tangled in all sorts of crime and suspense, Jane is somehow still able to achieve her dream of becoming a teacher.via GIPHY 2. Michael Scott, The OfficeJob: Regional Sales ManagerMedian Annual Salary: $105,290From paper man to paper maker. It’s safe to say that Michael Scott is living large.via GIPHY As the weather turns cooler and Starbucks begins serving its highly-anticipated pumpkin lattes, it’s hard not to get excited about the holidays. But we can’t forget that another exciting season is dawning upon us. That’s right, ’tis the season for fall TV’s hottest shows. In full pop-culture-meets-Glassdoor spirit, we have created a list of the salaries of some of our favorite TV characters based upon what they would earn in today’s job market. So while you may not make as much as the A-listers behind the role, the real question is: Do you make more than these famous fictional characters?1. Joyce Byers, Stranger ThingsJob: CashierMedian Annual Salary: $18,560The single mother of two just can’t get a break. Aside from barely making ends meet with her retail clerk job, she turns into the town lunatic during her pursuit to retrieve her son from “a stranger world”.via GIPHY 7. Sheldon Lee Cooper, Big Bang TheoryJob: PhysicistMedian Annual Salary: $105,290Sheldon might not know how to talk to girls, but he sure as heck knows how to bring home the big bucks as a physicist at CalTech.via GIPHY 3. Sookie St. James, Gilmore GirlsJob: Professional ChefMedian Annual Salary: $45,720This loveable chef from the idyllic town of Stars Hollow is more than just giggles and jokes. She makes a mean mud pie and brings home a solid salary too.via GIPHY 4. Ross Geller, FriendsJob: ProfessorMedian Annual Salary: $114,134Ross may not be the smoothest guy on the block, but he definitely brings home one good-looking paycheck.via GIPHY 8. Danny Tanner, Full HouseJob: Broadcast JournalistMedian Annual Salary: $50,707This super dad and talk show co-host of “Wake Up, San Francisco!” gets by as a single father of three with his broadcast journalist salary, not to mention having his brother-in-law and best friend living with him to help out.via GIPHY 10. Walter White, Breaking BadJob: Chemistry TeacherMedian Annual Salary: $47,492There are many reasons teachers need to be paid more, but let’s add the pressure the low salary puts on people to deal drugs in order to support a family and stage 3 lung cancer to the list.via GIPHY 6. Hannah Horvath, GirlsJob: Staff WriterMedian Annual Salary: $49,679Hannah’s gig at GQ gave her a decent salary for a writer struggling to get her big break. Too bad it wasn’t too long before she quit her job and returned to her annual income of a big fat nothing.via GIPHY 11. Tony Soprano, The SopranosJob: Waste Management ConsultantMedian Annual Salary: $92,564Tony Soprano rakes in a nice salary as a consultant, but is it enough to afford his mega mansion in New Jersey? Maybe he works night shifts somewhere…via GIPHY 9. Leslie Knope, Parks and RecreationJob: Deputy Director, Pawnee City Department of Parks and RecreationMedian Annual Salary: $117,537We may never know if Leslie Knope goes on to be president of the United States, but we do know that this die-hard advocate of Pawnee City’s recreational well-being got paid more than the national average.via GIPHY 5. Nick Miller, New GirlJob: BartenderMedian Annual Salary: $33,000As a law-school-dropout-turned-bartender, Nick Miller might be a parents’ nightmare come true, but that doesn’t turn Jess away from his awkward charm.via GIPHY 13. Homer Simpson, The SimpsonsJob: Nuclear Plant Safety InspectorMedian Annual Salary: $37,100It’s hard to believe that Homer actually has a job as serious as this. However, Marge helps him live frugally to support the family and his love of Duff beer,via GIPHY
Your Resignation Letter Checklist:The fact that you are leaving and date when your resignation is effective.A positive mention of why you are leaving.Information on how you’d propose the transition happen.A mention of meeting with your boss or manager to discuss transition plans.Your forwarding contact information.If you would like a letter of reference from your manager, request it.A thank you to your employer for the opportunities you have had during your employment. If you have decided to leave your current place of employment, the professional and courteous thing to do is to write a formal letter of resignation. Good news: we are here to spare you some overthinking and anxiety. A resignation letter is brief, direct, and devoid of extraneous fluff. All you need are the details of your departure, peppered with a sense of gratitude and appreciation for the experiences you’ve had on the job. No matter the circumstances of your departure, the important thing to remember is to stay professional. Many times these letters are shared with managers and HR team members, so be sure to keep that in mind when writing. How you proceed with this letter and the subsequent two weeks can impact your reputation and the relationship you have with a company long after you’re gone.Need to write a letter resignation asap? Check out this format below—it’s short, simple, and too the point. Plus, below is a handy checklist for items to consider including in your resignation letter.Dear [BOSS’ NAME]This letter serves as formal notice of my resignation from my position as [JOB TITLE], effective [DATE].The past [NUMBER] years working at [COMPANY] have been some of the most rewarding experiences to date. I’d like to particularly thank you for your time, support, and encouragement of my professional growth. It’s been a pleasure working on such a talented team, and to be able to have done so under your leadership. I’m committed to making this transition period as smooth as possible. I’ll continue to work on my [SPECIFIC JOB RESPONSIBILITIES] until my resignation. Following my departure, [COLLEAGUE/REPLACEMENT] will be the new point of contact.I look forward to staying in touch, and please feel free to add my personal email to your address book: [PERSONAL EMAIL]Sincerely, [YOUR NAME][YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION]