Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips
Job-hunting tips from the December 17, 2007 issue of QuintZine.
Compensation/pay, benefits, job security, flexibility to balance work/life issues and communication between employees and senior management remain top contributors to job satisfaction, according to employees surveyed for the 2007 Job Satisfaction Survey Report released by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). In fact, over the past four years, survey respondents ranked benefits and compensation/pay as the top two aspects. Still, nearly eight out of 10 employees report overall satisfaction with their current positions
Asked if they actively manage their career based on clear, personal goals, 51 percent agreed or strongly agreed. Moreover, 57 percent of participants do not expect their employer to provide a career path for them.
Among the study’s other findings:
- Four out of five employees do not think there is anything wrong with staying in the same job if they have the opportunity to try new things or develop their skills.
- A majority of the participants (52 percent) indicated that they are looking for work that is satisfying when they make a job change.
- While 45 percent of study participants reported that that they know what they want their next job to be, only 22 percent think that they know what their employer wants their next job to be.
- Half of respondents (48 percent) believe they have decent career opportunities with their current employer, while more than a third (39 percent) expect their next career move to take them elsewhere.
- Make your salary discussion a friendly experience. Assume amiability when discussing salary, not conflict or controversy. You should make the employer feel that you are on the same side and working together to find a compensation package that would satisfy everyone’s needs. Anticipate a win-win situation.
- Dispute any doubts about your suitability for the position. You will have the most influence if salary is the only source for hesitation. Make sure that there are absolutely no other concerns from your employer or doubts that you are the best candidate for the position.
- Justify your cost-effectiveness. Try pointing out to the company how your ability will help reduce costs through your performance so you can justify higher pay.
- Remain calm and poised. Once the offer has been made, and appears too low, remain quiet as though you were pondering the offer. This will imply your dissatisfaction with the offer, and the uncomfortable silence may prompt the interviewer to improve the offer on his/her own.
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