Business Career Tips

Wed
12
Mar

How to Get that Promotion!

Are you ready to move on? Either internally or externally? Here's how you go about it.

First, revise your resume.

Seriously, even if you are hoping to be promoted internally and stay within the same department with the same boss. Even if you are looking for simply a “growth promotion” where you essentially stay in the same job, but with greater responsibility and (hopefully!) better pay. Here's why: Your boss doesn't know everything you do. No boss does. Not because the boss is bad, but because bosses are busy. Your resume should focus on your accomplishments, not your tasks.

Writing up your resume, even if you don't actually show it to anyone, helps you realize where your strengths and weaknesses are. It also can give you a sense of satisfaction to see, in black and white, what you've really accomplished in your current job.

Wed
12
Mar

5 Signs You're Ready for a Promotion

No one thinks your career is as important as you do. No one is going to smooth out the way for you, either. You have to keep track of your skills and the things you can do today that you couldn't do yesterday. You can't sit around and wait for your “turn” in the next highest position. Instead, you need to bump it up  yourself and advocate for yourself. But, how do you know if you're ready for the next new challenge?  Here are 5 signs.

You're really good at what you do.

Are you the one people go to for advice? When the program your department uses goes funny, do your coworkers come to you? Are you the one giving formal and informal training to the new hires? You're ready to go on! While your company loves the idea of someone who is great staying in the same job, most places would rather keep you on in a higher role than lose you.

Wed
05
Mar

Downshifting: Life in the (Slightly Slower) Lane

We often think that careers must progress to higher, more demanding and more lucrative positions. For some, however, “downshifting” careers for family reasons, to reduce work stress or to transition to more psychologically rewarding work is worth it. Here are 5 ways some have downshifted.​

Thu
27
Feb

Employment Considerations for Early and Mid-Career Stages

You should consider a full range of factors - as opposed to fixating on only one or two- when you make decisions on which careers to pursue, and which industries and employers you target.

Fri
07
Feb

Personal learning networks = professional development

When we were young, all that we knew of our teachers was what they would tell us in a class. In particular, if the teacher was your favorite, you’d try all means to extract some information about their likes and dislikes. Teachers too, on the other hand, had limited interaction with their students. Classroom was a platform where matters were discussed, questions were raised and answers were given. But now the concept of classroom has changed, it is not a place that is separated by physical boundaries.

For many, their classroom extends beyond the school. It might extend to PINTEREST, INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, NING, WORDPRESS, FACEBOOK and blogs etc, where the educators have cultivated a learning environment letting students be a part of it. This networking has therefore transformed the paradigms of learning. All conventional ideologies have faded away as social media blankets every sphere of life and business.

Mon
09
Dec

5 Things You Should Know Before Relocating for a Job

You go where the jobs are, right? And sometimes the job isn't within commuting distance from your home and you need to relocate. While to some people, it's an easy decision—of course you move for the job! To others, it's absolutely unthinkable to move away from “home,” and no amount of promotion, prestige or even ability to pay the bills will change that.

If you've been offered a job far away from where you live, here are 5 things to think about before accepting the offer.

Tue
29
Oct

5 Things You Should Know About Your Paycheck

You go to work and get a paycheck, that much is clear. But what goes on or what should go on behind the scenes can be a bit of a mystery. Here are 5 things you should know about your paycheck.

1.Salaried? You may still be eligible for overtime. You're only ineligible for overtime if you meet the strict exemptions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. If you're not doing high level independent work, managing other people or programs, or rolling in the big bucks, you're probably eligible for overtime pay if you work more than 40 hours a week. (Or 8 hours in a day in some states.) Overtime eligibility is determined by what type of work you do, not by how you are paid.

Thu
10
Oct

5 Ways to go Above and Beyond at Your Job (and Get Noticed Doing It)

Have you ever been passed over for a promotion that you knew in the depths of your soul you had earned? Have you ever looked at your annual raise and cried/died a little inside? Have you felt overwhelmed and underappreciated at the same time? Work at any business long enough, and you've probably felt all three. The thing is, you might be the best person in your company at doing exactly what you are required to do, but if you aren't going above and beyond your basic job requirements (and getting noticed doing it) then chances are you are going to stay exactly where you are while getting paid almost exactly what you are currently making. Here are a five tips on how you can kick it up a notch and get the job or pay raise you are after.

Tue
08
Oct

How to Deal With Bad References

References are great when your last boss A. loved you and B. is completely sane and wonderful. When those conditions aren't met, sometimes references can be a bit of a challenge. Here are three questions from people without perfect references and what they can do about it.

Fri
04
Oct

I'm Gone: What to Consider if You're Thinking About Quitting Your Job

A video produced by now former video journalist Marina Shifrin, which she used to announce to her bosses that she was quitting her job, has gone viral this week, and it highlights the career indecision and uncertainty many people are facing in today's market.

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