Job Search Month: 6 tips to a successful salary negotiation

Job Search Month: 6 tips to a successful salary negotiation

Negotiating your compensation package with a new job can be complicated, which is why we shy away from avoiding one-size-fits-all advice on this topic.  Instead, due to requests, we offer one-on-one negotiation coaching, and a popular negotiation presentation delivered as a live program or online webinar well-suited to professional organizations.  

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Job Search Month: Negotiations | VOTW 092419

Job Search Month: Negotiations | VOTW 092419

As we wrap up job search month, this week we’re turning to the step that seems to cause some of the most stress for candidates: salary negotiations. We’ll share actionable tips on Thursday, but until then, this week’s Video of the Week features pricing consultant Casey Brown who explains that “No one will ever pay you what you’re worth. They’ll only ever pay you what they think you’re worth.“ And that, she explains, is why you have to be able to communicate your value.

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Job Search Month: Interviewing | VOTW 091719

Job Search Month: Interviewing | VOTW 091719

September is a great time to jumpstart your job search, as Vault recently discussed, observing "September is a great time to catch that last wave of recruiting before the New Year.” We started off the month focusing on networking, last week we moved to application materials, and this week we’re focusing on the next step of the job search process: interviewing.  

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Job Search Month: Your Application Materials | VOTW 091019

Job Search Month: Your Application Materials | VOTW 091019

Fall is always a busy time in hiring, which makes September a great time to jumpstart your job search. If you are considering a change, you’ll want to watch the blog as we tackle a different aspect of the job search process each week throughout September. Last week we started where your search should: networking. This week we’ll address application materials.

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Job Search Month: Networking

Job Search Month: Networking

September is a great time to jump start your job search, so throughout the month, we’re focusing on different elements of the process.

This week, we’re starting where your search should: networking. Whether or not you’re looking for a new position, no one has ever regretted having a strong network. From client referrals to moral support to, yes, help finding a new job, your network is an important asset you must invest in. In fact, studies show that 70 percent of jobs are filled through a networking contact,  and the average annual income for workers who got their job with a referral is 6% higher than those who didn’t.

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The Apochromatik blog is back! Job Search | VOTW 090319

The Apochromatik blog is back! Job Search | VOTW 090319

The Apochromatik blog is back!

Throughout the month of September, we’re focusing on the job search process. 

September is a great time to jump start your job search. Without vacation plans and nice weather to distract you, it’s harder to ignore that you’re merely tolerating your job and due (or overdue) for a change. It’s also an ideal time to make progress before the holidays and end of year slowdown.

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7 Tips to Manage Stress, Burnout, and Anxiety During the Job Search

7 Tips to Manage Stress, Burnout, and Anxiety During the Job Search

“Kate” has it all together.  We’ve worked to ensure her resume is excellent.  Her cover letters are customized and strong.  She is focused in her job search.  She knows that networking is (usually) where the jobs are, and has worked to build an engaged and supportive network.

But . . . she’s at that point where she’s waiting to receive an offer for a job, waiting on another interview that needed to be rescheduled, waiting for a couple of key people in her network to come back from vacation and make introductions. And she’s hit a wall.  She is tired from the stress of job interviews, networking, tired of working to find her next job at the same time she’s working ridiculous hours at the current job, tired of also doing her share at home, anxious about how much longer she’ll have to continue enduring this process. . . . 

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How to Excel at an Initial Interview: 5 Tips Learned Eavesdropping at Starbucks

How to Excel at an Initial Interview: 5 Tips Learned Eavesdropping at Starbucks

“It’s just a conversation at Starbucks to make sure they want to call me back.”  

“It’s a pretty low bar.  As long as I come across as normal, I’ll advance to the next phase.”  

“It’s at Starbucks.  It’s just an initial interview.”  

Do any of these sound familiar?  Recently I’ve observed several initial interviews in various coffee shops where it seemed clear that the job candidates had those thoughts before the interviews.  And afterwards, based on their performances, I am confident they each regretted that approach.  

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Job Interviews | VOTW 072919

Job Interviews | VOTW 072919

For the next two weeks, we’re focusing on job interviews. If you have an interview on the horizon, you may be asked some variation of “what motivates you?” or “what makes you happy at work?” And even if you aren’t asked one of those questions directly, you should still think about — and be able to convey — what makes you feel good about your work. Beyond doing well in your interview, knowing what makes you feel good about your work can help guide your job search.

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Are You Résumé Ready? You should be.

Are You Résumé Ready?  You should be.

Are you résumé ready?

If tomorrow you hear about a perfect board position, how long will it take you to prepare your materials to apply?  

You aren’t looking for a job right now.  But what if you stumble upon the best next step for your career and the application is due tomorrow?  Are you prepared to submit?

If you are looking for a new job, is your résumé one of those items on your procrastination list that you don’t have done?

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5 Tips to Ace Your Video Interview

Job candidates often don’t realize that video interviews require different preparation from phone or in-person interviews.  In this week’s blog post, we’re sharing 5 tips to ace your video interview.  Read on to avoid the horror scenarios (a propeller coming out of your head, a search committee looking up your nose) and to ace your interview.

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Highly Effective References

Highly Effective References

Many job seekers put together a thoughtful job search plan, prepare their resume and cover letter carefully, and agonize over their interview attire, but when it comes to their references, they just type up some names, phone numbers, and email addresses and call it done. The good news: because so many people just throw their reference list together, this is an area where it’s easy to stand out.  

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3 Ways to Love Your Career Again

3 Ways to Love Your Career Again

You’ve probably heard some version of the adage “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” I think many of us would roll our eyes, at least internally, at that.  But it is, in some respect, true.  Even if you are planning to change employers or make a career transition, falling back in love with your current position can help you be more successful both in your career, but less obviously, with a job or career change.  This week we’re going to present three strategies to fall back in love with your career.     

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Video of the Week...January 22, 2019

Mentoring month continues. This week, Chip Conley, the author of “Wisdom at Work: Making the Modern Elder," discusses intergenerational mutual mentorship and the importance of the diversity of age in the workplace.

The best time to start to create a career that you are excited about starts right now in the first quarter of 2019. Take 12 minutes to start the process and learn some key insights from Chip Conley’s time at Airbnb.

Video of the Week...January 15, 2019

Tim Ferriss, the author of "The 4-Hour Workweek" and "Tribe of Mentors," says the best mentors won't give you all the answers, but will give you the ability to find the answers yourself. In less than two minutes you can gain clarity about creating a great mentor relationship.

The best time to start to create a career that you are excited about starts right now in the first quarter of 2019. Take 2 minutes to start the process.