Job Tips - Category: Career Development

Let’s Talk about Money

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In a recent survey with Iowa job seekers, we heard a common theme: “We wish employers would post salary information in job listings.” “It’s frustrating to not be able to see how much a position pays before applying for a job.” Why don’t all employers post their salaries? Sometimes sharing a salary puts employers in a bind due to the fact that salary is only one component of wages. Benefits and what is known as ‘Total Compensation’ are what employees cost their employer, not just that number on the paycheck. Posting the range may turn off candidates from even considering that position versus a competitor.  Plus, Iowa employers might not appeal to candidates from other states if the salary range isn’t what they are used to, even though our...

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Average Wages: What Could I Be Making? – Iowa Edition

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If you read the headlines, you know wages are flat. While unemployment is low, employers may not be using higher wages as incentives to bring on new employees. And you could look at that number positively if you understand that wages, while not growing dramatically, are not going down. Most people wish they could make more money, but aren’t ready to have the conversation with their employer about why they deserve more. This occasionally leads to employee turnover as employees seek greener pastures. What Does “Median Salary” Even Mean? Dust off your thinking cap and remember these concepts: Median, Mean & Average. Median = the middle value of the range Mean = the average salary (add up all the salaries and divide by the number of...

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Need to find GED Classes in the Corridor? Level Up Your Qualifications.

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Tired of having limited employment options due to a lack of a GED or High School Diploma?  The Corridor workforce is highly educated1, and not having this credential can hurt your chances moving up.  That said, there are some options – and it’s not too late to get started.   It will take some courage and dedication, and a real commitment.  Ready for a change?  Here are local resources that can help you fit your schooling into your schedule.   Kirkwood Community College offers adults a few ways to get their high school diploma.  We spoke with Marcel Kielkucki at the Kirkwood Center for Lifelong Learning to get more details.   What’s the difference between a GED® and an adult high school diploma? The GED® is an assessment and up until...

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Salary Negotiation Requires Research, Tact and Strategy

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If you’re like most graduates fresh out of college, you have an idea of how much money you need in your first job, but salary negotiation is a foreign concept. Little wonder-it’s one of those things most college classes don’t teach. First Things, First – Always Negotiate If there’s one thing career advisors agree on, it’s salary negotiation, even in your first job. Studies show employees feel satisfaction if they at least tried to negotiate a higher salary than if they took whatever was offered. Best Salary Negotiation Tips We researched tips from Forbes to graduateland.com and came up with solid ideas on each step of the salary negotiation process. Stay positive, no matter what the outcome. If the offer is less than expected, remain...

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5 Things to Look for in Your First Job

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Whether you’re looking for your very first job or first job out of college, there are a lot of factors to consider before making up your mind. Most job applicants look at pay first. That’s understandable, especially when you’re just getting started. However, the joy of good pay quickly fades if you don’t like the work environment. So, here are Corridor Careers top 5 things to look for in your first job. Look at the big picture – salary, benefits and other perks like health club discounts or even tickets to entertainment events. You have to take a big picture perspective into the job decision process. Consider the city in which you’ll work and commuting costs.  Cedar Rapids currently has a cost of living of 92.7 – which is 8 points below...

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7 Reasons to Continue Your Education in 2019

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So you’re considering continuing your education? Now’s the time to set some goals for 2019. Whether it’s because you’re ready to move jobs, looking for a higher position or just seeking to challenge yourself, there are many benefits to continuing your education. Below are seven reasons (and one bonus one) you should consider continuing your education. 1. Make More Money Although there is an upfront investment, one great benefit of continuing your education is that you’ll gain more money. A person with their Master’s degree makes, on average, $200 more a week than their colleagues with only bachelor degrees. This adds up to almost an extra $10,000 a year. 2. Career Growth Continuing your education can significantly grow your career. When...

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Why Volunteer? : How Helping Out Can Help You Land a Job

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Other than the warm feeling of charity, volunteering can yield many benefits that can give you a leg up when searching for a job. According to a LinkedIn survey, one in five hiring managers said they have hired someone because of their charitable work. Volunteer opportunitiescan open doors to new connections and skills while also giving you a fresh perspective. Below are some of the benefits of volunteer work for your job search. Expand Your Network One of the benefits of volunteering is the chance to make friends and grow your personal and professional networks. Whether you’re walking dogs at an animal shelter or ladling servings at a soup kitchen, you’ll work closely with a brand new group of like-minded people. These new connections...

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Why Can’t We Be Friends? : 6 Networking Strategies

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So you want to network.  Or at least you’ve heard that you should.  You’ve planned on wearing your best shoes, brushing your teeth twice and talking about yourself at several strangers for a few hours until someone hands you a job. Easy, right? Not quite. The best way to have a successful, fulfilling experience at a networking event is by remembering that the goal is for everyone to make connections, not for everyone to offer you a job. Networking is about connecting with other people about shared passions and interests. Most importantly, it’s about listening to what others need and helping them find what they are looking for without expecting personal gain. Networking can be exciting and rewarding if you make the right moves. Follow the...

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Typical Relocation Package: What to look for (and how to negotiate the rest)

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So you’ve landed a job in a new city and your future employer has offered you a relocation package. Great news! Right? Relocation packages are a great incentive to accept a job offer but it’s important to consider the whole picture – cost of a move, finding jobs and schools for your family, etc. – before accepting an offer. Although they all vary by situation, typical relocation packages will likely include: Family/Spousal Assistance – Including assistance in finding employment for your spouse and good schools for your children Travel Expenses – Including a pre-move visit to check out housing and schools Temporary Living Arrangements Moving Costs – Including packing, unpacking, shipping and storage fees Housing Costs – Including costs...

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