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New Features!

January 21, 2016 by

We here at the Job Resources blog wanted to take this time to let you know about some of the great new features we have added to our site recently.  We get suggestions all the time and we are always on the lookout for great new resources we can offer you, these two new features, we think, will really enhance your visit to the site.

First of all we added a Cost of Living Calculator.  With this tool you are able to compare the cost of living with up to 4 cities side-by-side as well as with the national mean.  You can find out what you need to make at your new job in your new place to maintain an equitable lifestyle as well as find out what you can expect to make in your new job compared to other cities.  You also get expert population breakdowns of age, income, gender and nationality.  All the information on this site is designed to make your transition to a new job and new city as smooth as possible.

Another new feature on our site is an old feature on one of our sister sites.  Due to a reorganization of the InfoLinks page here at the PPLS, we now offer access to the Employment and Job Search areas from their old page.  Some of this may be old hat to our Job Resources veterans but some of you will be finding the information there for the first time.  Access to databases such as the Learning Express Library and Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center as well as links to federal, state and local job search resources and even tutorials on resume and interview techniques makes this page your one-stop shop for finding and getting that new job.

These links are located on the right-hand side of the screen and we hope you take advantage of them and ALL our resources to go out there and be successful!

Tips on how to get a big raise now

January 11, 2016 by


Qualified candidates are hard to come by. Unemployment rate being at its lowest, candidates have an advantage in boosting their salaries. Statistics shows that this year, salaries may rise 3.1%. Don’t be afraid to voice your needs. To get a higher raise, make sure your actions reinforce what you are asking for. According to a recent PayScale survey, 44% got what they requested. A survey by PayScale also shows that 26.5% never asked for a raise as they were uncomfortable to negotiate higher salaries and did not want to seem pushy.
Here are a few negotiation tips to getting the raise you deserve:
• Email your request. It is easier to put down your accomplishments on paper and make sure that you have not forgotten any important points. Email your manager to give them the time to consult with HR. Emails will make it easier to have the communications on record.
• Keep the conversation casual and establish a rapport. Prior to negotiations, small talk helps in reaching an agreement faster, rather than getting down to business right away. Survey shows that the chances of getting a better raise are higher for men when casual conversation leads to negotiations. This is due to the assumption that women are generally expected to be better conversationalists and therefore do not earn extra benefit from casual chit-chat.
• Be an informed negotiator. Showing that you have done your research for asking the specific amount, will make sure that the negotiations are considered seriously. Sites like PayScale and Glassdoor will help in estimating the salary ranges for the position you hold.
• Presenting a range, starting with the number that you really want will make you seem more flexible than when you present only a single number.

For more information please refer to the article “Get a Big Raise Now” in the January/February 2016 issue of Money Magazine by Donna Rosato.