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Salary Negotiation Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

September 19, 2017






It’s a fact, everyone wants to be paid what they deserve.  But getting to the point where you are actually doing the negotiating can make you scared and anxious.  Jen Hubley Luckweldt, writing for, discusses 5 mistakes made when negotiating for more money and how to overcome the fear and anxiety associated with it.


Mistake # 1-Not negotiating to begin with

Are anxiety and fear about negotiation causing you to lose money that may have otherwise been yours?    Many people are uncomfortable with negotiating for a higher salary while some are afraid of being perceived as pushy or, possibly, losing their job.  Do not let fear keep you from getting a salary increase.  Push through it – 75 % of those who do receive some sort of pay increase.

Mistake # 2-Asking only for what you need

Your salary or hourly wage is based on data – whatever the job market will allow.  Do your homework.  Remember, you have to negotiate for what you can command for the position.  Make your case for why you should get that.  Check out the PayScale Salary Survey to see where your skills put you in the marketplace.

Mistake # 3-Forgetting about bias

Women negotiate just as often as men but are judged more harshly and studies have shown they are not as likely to get a raise. Unfortunately, the social cost is much greater for women than men when it comes to negotiating for a higher salary .  Tips for women negotiators are included in the online article.

Mistake # 4-Not understanding the company culture

Avoid this pitfall by making sure you understand how salary negotiation is handled within the company and industry.  Being professional and understanding the standards within the organization are essential to the person doing the negotiating.

Mistake # 5-Lack of planning

Make sure you have a plan for negotiating and use data and research to back it up.  Be flexible and keep in mind that there are other things you can negotiate for besides salary.  Vacation time and working from home are also perks that can benefit your lifestyle.  Be open to other options if their budget doesn’t fit in with your request.

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The Benefits of Volunteering

April 26, 2017

Often times the search for a new career seems like a full time job in itself, so why would volunteering your time be helpful? Alison Doyle at, Mariliza Karrera with, and self-help site offer compelling reasons why volunteer activity can benefit your career outlook and search process.

  • Volunteering is an easy way to explore career fields and interests without long term commitments or an intense career pivot. You may love animals and have an interest in veterinary work, but be unaware of the sometimes messy requirements of the job. Volunteering your time with a local clinic can provide you with valuable perspective that will assist your decision making process.
  • Volunteering helps you establish connections within an organization or industry. Consider the previous example: working with the full-time staff of a veterinary clinic provides access to tacit knowledge, potential references, and access to opportunities that might otherwise be closed or unknown. Offering your time and effort helps establish social capital.
  • Volunteering provides access to new skills. You can gain firsthand experience with translatable best practices and skills, some of which could be applicable to your current skill set or career.
  • Volunteering provides resume continuity. Minimizing gaps in your work history shows potential employers that you have remained engaged in your career pursuits. A volunteer opportunity can be an excellent gap filler that also provides the above mentioned benefits.
  • Volunteering helps you stay busy. Sometimes the career search process can be daunting or even disheartening. Rather than wait for an email or phone call from a potential employer, engage your mind with new, enriching tasks that help reduce the stress of the waiting game.
  • Volunteering within a career is an excellent way to help others. Legal and medical professionals provide volunteer time in the form of pro-bono work, but you don’t have to be a lawyer or doctor to help others. We all possess knowledge and skills that can help others. Charities, civic organizations, and social services can all use your help, and in the process you can reap both personal and professional benefits.
  • Volunteering may be the “foot in the door” that leads to a long term career. There’s no guarantee that a future job in the cards, but you can make a positive impression while making real change at a firm or an organization.

Whether you have a job, are exploring a change in your career arc, or are currently searching, remember that volunteering is more than just giving your time; volunteering is an opportunity to explore, learn, connect, and grow.