"Fashions fade, style is eternal." —Yves Saint Laurent With the trend toward dressing down at work continuing, it is important for women to remember that the power suit is still a thing. The Suit - The Great Equalizer The struggle for equality in the workplace is ongoing; but to make progress in all fields women … Continue reading The Power Suit – It’s Still A Thing
Rookie Error: a mistake made due to inexperience ~ macmillandictionary.com Recently House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called out President Trump for committing "a rookie’s error” in his attempt to repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act on the seventh anniversary of its being signed into law. And former Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard said of her campaign tactics several … Continue reading Rookie Errors: The Job Search
How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate
our heroes and she-roes!” ~ Maya Angelou
Guest Post by Lyn Nelson
As we honor our nation's Armed Forces heroes this Veterans Day, I'd like to use this space to discuss some of the difficulties our returning veterans undergo in transitioning back to the workforce. Veterans possess a unique set of skills, experiences, and perspectives to contribute to future jobs, and yet its members still face significant trouble getting hired. From my experience working with veteran clients, I'd like to share a few insights:
Negotiation Practice Makes Perfect
When you are not practicing,
remember, someone somewhere is practicing,
and when you meet him he will win.”
~ Ed Macauley, Hall of Fame Basketball Player
Employers have had a lot of practice in the craft of salary negotiation. So when you approach job-offer negotiations, whether you’re a novice or a seasoned pro, keep in mind the time-honored phrase, “practice makes perfect.” Just as you practiced your interview answers, questions, strategies and techniques, practicing your negotiation scenarios will help you to perfect your performance and showcase your presence and poise at the negotiation table. In turn, your negotiation style will provide your potential employer with a preview of your business savvy.
Negotiating Non-Salary Items
“Don’t bargain yourself down before you get to the table.”
~ Carol Frohlinger
My last two blog entries focused on salary negotiation (Step Up To The Salary Negotiation and Women and Salary Negotiation). This week's entry concentrates on non-salary items that typically are included in an Offer Package (AKA Benefits Package). It's important to review all items carefully to determine if they are adequate for your needs and competitive with other similar companies.
Women and Salary Negotiation
The Feminine Negotiation Mystique
There’s a lot of buzz lately about the need for women to enter into salary negotiations when they receive job offers. This is due in part to Sheryl Sandberg’s modern bestselling manifesto, Lean In: Women, Work, And the Will To Lead, in which she describes nearly accepting Mark Zuckerberg’s first offer to join Facebook without negotiating salary and other terms. Ironically, it was at the urging of her husband and brother-in-law that she went on to “negotiate hard,” and the result was she received an “improved” offer, which she accepted.
Step Up to the Salary Negotiation
Don’t Leave Money on the Table
“Don’t leave money on the table,” is the advice of negotiators, and applies whether you're investing, navigating a business deal, applying for financial aid, making an offer on a house, wrangling over the sticker price on a new or used car, haggling with a market vendor, bartering over your allowance or negotiating your starting salary, benefits, perks and other fine points of your newly-minted job offer.
The Post-Interview Follow Up
“If you hesitate,
some bolder hand will stretch out before you and get the prize.
~ P.T. Barnum
Your interview is over. It’s time to walk the fine line of finesse and assertiveness. You should continue to express interest in the position, while avoiding the appearance of being a pest. Always be positive and appreciative, never arrogant or negative.
Therefore, before you leave the interview and send your written thank you(s), ask for the expected timeframe to make the hiring decision. This information will help you to plan your follow-up strategy.
The Luncheon Interview
“The world was my oyster but I used the wrong fork.”
Oscar Wilde's quotation is a metaphor for the choices he made. Its meaning for you is although you've made it this far, all can be forfeited if you fail the final test that many employers require: a demonstration of your table manners. Many positions require attendance at meetings and events that involve dining; exhibiting top-notch table manners proves that you can be trusted to represent the company well. In a close race, the smallest details can reveal the victor.
The Panel Interview
Opportunity dances with those who are already on the dance floor.
~ H. Jackson Brown, Author, Life's Little Instruction Book
Panel interviews have become popular with many companies because it involves various stakeholders in the hiring process for a particular position and often cuts down on or eliminates the need for successive interviews. The panel interview can save time and money for everyone involved, including the candidate.