If you feel like you’re making less than you deserve, don’t wait until your boss offers you a raise. There are many ways to negotiate a higher salary, and the first step is to find out what you should be earning.
Hit the books (or the web)
It’s crucial to get an accurate picture of standard pay for your position across the industry. This is actually not as difficult as it may sound. You have tons of tools at your disposal- use them! Online resources such as Glassdoor and Monster.com’s Salary Wizard provide information on average income for specific roles. Browse these sites for accurate comparisons to what you’re being paid. Remember compensation can vary widely depending on where you live, so keep that in mind as you explore.
We all knew that kid in high school. You know, the one who tried just a little too hard. He wasn’t a bad guy, but he was always the first to raise his hand, and maybe he came on just a bit too strong when it came to making new friends.
When you’re interviewing for a new position it’s hard not to act like that kid. Especially when you’re eager, and maybe even desperate for a new job. But interviewers can spot someone who is trying too hard from a mile away. Especially when you’re trying to sound “smart.” (By the way I’m so much better now, you guys, I promise.)
Smart is in quotes because nothing makes a candidate look worse (insecure, desperate, presumptuous, annoying) than trying too hard to sound smart.
This July, General Assembly’s Atlanta campus hosted a panel discussion called How to land a job at a startup. Three in-house recruiter panelists were there from three Atlanta high-tech startups: Ionic Security, InfusionSoft, and Pindrop Security. All the companies have raised several rounds of VC financing, and all are actively hiring tech and marketing talent.
They discussed providing an outlet for the Atlanta tech startup community about how to land a job at a fast-growing, VC-funded tech startup. The lessons we learned from this panel discussion can be broken up into three categories.
Faz (top row second from the left) with his UXDI students at General Assembly.
After several years designing for nonprofits and companies, Faz decided to make a go of freelancing full-time. After almost three years of choosing his own projects and clients, Faz committed to teaching the first UXDI course at General Assembly DC. He’s taught almost every UXDI cohort since.
Whether you’re switching careers or starting a new one, the job hunt can be rigorous. Figuring out how to prove that you’re the perfect fit is a lot easier if you’re looking for new career opportunities in the right places.
To get started, figure out what it is that you truly want to be doing and then narrow your search. The more honed in you are on you skills, expertise and passion, the more likely you’ll find something that you really want to be doing. Don’t just apply for anything and everything to get hired somewhere. If you go that route, you might end up back at the beginning before you know it.
Some of the best places to look for jobs might be a little easier that you thought. Consider these three online tools when you’re ready to start your search.
In today’s ever-changing economy, searching for a job is hard work. The number of jobs, types of jobs, and even pathways into jobs are transforming at a pace that can feel impossible to keep up with. Add the desire to find a career that feels meaningful and fulfilling, and the job search can becoming a maddening task.
The path to a successful job search often starts with your own mindset. Consider how you think about yourself, your options, and the process to landing a job. These answers will help you form the foundation for the results you can achieve.
As a coach, educator, and practitioner, I work with clients to help them overcome common mental hang-ups that may be preventing them from landing their dream job.
Below are four of the negative mindsets that I see most often, and strategies you can use to overcome them.
When Martin isn’t relaxing by the campfire with one of his favorite sci-fi novels, you may find him coding his next project. Having worked as a Civil Engineer for years, an NPR marketplace segment (ironically featuring one of our Web Development Immersive graduates) inspired him to make a career shift. Twelve weeks later, he’s on the hunt for his first job in his new career.
Applying to any job can be stressful and full of pitfalls. No one is a fan of the anxiety, stress, and unwritten rules of the job search and application process regardless of how well qualified they are. Applying to a startup is similar in some respects to a standard company, but there are also major differences that you should consider before you look into applying for a startup job.
There are eight distinct phases we all encounter when pursuing our careers: Starting, Finding My Purpose, Overwhelmed, Learning New Skills, Networking, Stuck, Applying for Jobs and Interviewing. Our friends at 50waystogetajob.com have set out to abandon the cliche career advice we’ve all heard too many times, and compiled 50 tangible missions that anyone can do to get a job.
The content on the site offers a click-friendly path through their eight stages of figuring out your career. Here are a few of our favorite out-of-the-box missions to get you going: Continue reading →