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How to Answer Three of the Trickiest Interview Questions

When you embark on a job search, there are many challenges, but preparing for an interview can be downright nerve-wracking. If you are like most people, you are not accustomed to selling yourself and telling total strangers why you are great, which is basically what an interview demands. I joke to candidates that interviewing is one of those things you get better at with practice; you just hope you don’t have to practice too much!

Three Common Career Mistakes You Need to Avoid

Avoid burning bridge, not negotiating your worth and taking the counter offer and you have eliminated three of the most common career mistakes.

Hiring Tech Talent? Seven Benefits of Offering a Remote Working Opportunity

The technology space has been at the forefront of this move with companies like IBM, Amazon, and SAP embracing remote working opportunities for their people. Some companies like WordPress are even using a 100% remote workforce. Although it may look like employees reap the most rewards from working remotely, there are actually significant benefits to employers who dive into this growing talent pool. Here are seven of them:

Software Developers - Five Ways to Find Out Your Worth

Every day I get some variation of the same question, “What am I worth?” Unfortunately there’s no simple answer since this is a gray, subjective area. With so many variables in market, geography, industry and individual skill sets, it’s impossible to pinpoint an exact number. That said there are a number of sources you can turn to which will help determine what you can reasonably expect to earn as a developer. Since some are more effective than others, here’s a look at the pros and cons of five of them.

Early Salary Talks Are Not Always Taboo

Attend any negotiating seminar and likely one of the first absolutes you’ll be presented with is this, “Whoever speaks first loses.” When it comes to negotiating salaries however, that may no longer be the case. In certain circumstances, broaching the compensation topic earlier in the dialogue can benefit both the hiring manager and the candidate.

The Salary Talk Evolution

Here are three reasons driving the change from decades old thinking on salary talks.

Ten Tips for Successful Negotiating

Throughout the course of our daily lives we are negotiating with everyone around us. Whether you relish the art of negotiating or dread the thought of it, there are ways to make the process and outcome a positive one in a professional setting.

Here are 10 tips that can help you succeed in your next negotiating session.

The Pitfalls of Taking a Job Just for the Money

There are countless reasons professionals change jobs. Maybe they are unhappy with their manager, don’t like the commute, are looking for a more positive company culture, are seeking career growth or want to make more money. Things get tricky when the money trumps everything else – when candidates have dollar signs in their eyes and overlook potential pitfalls. Here are three big reasons why taking a job just for the money is usually a bad idea.

Asking for a Raise – Make Sure the Numbers Make Sense

Asking for a raise at review time or anytime requires careful thought and consideration. Walk into the meeting with a random number in your mind, and you could be caught off guard with follow-up questions that you can’t answer. Determine a raise amount thoughtfully by considering these three tips:

Always be Prepared for a Job Search

Having an updated resume at the ready, attending networking events, browsing job opportunities on LinkedIn – why do career experts feel we should be keeping up with these activities even when were not actively looking for a job change? Because sometimes the best opportunities come along when you’re not looking. Here’s why you should always be looking:

Creative, Low-Cost Ideas to Motivate Employees

Organizations face challenges every day, but none more important than finding ways to motivate and retain employees. For many companies, especially small firms or those just starting up, cash flow is tight and lavish incentives like bonuses, trips, parties and outings are not an option. So, what are some less expensive ways to show appreciation for employees’ efforts, help bring more productivity into the workday, and introduce a little fun into the office? 

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