Dear Experts, I am an out-of-work reporter who's hitting brick walls when searching for a job in PR/Marketing/Copywriting, but needs a job to help pay the bills in the meantime. I was wondering if it mattered what type of job it is just so long as I end the lengthy unemployment gap I've developed. Should the job be in marketing/sales or something in an office environment? Will potential employers care so long as I have the requirements they're looking for from past work experiences? Here is how our T.A.P. experts answered this question:Q#260 While the job matters, it's more important to relate the new experience of any job to help land the job you really want. (@gradversity) Q#260 Try to obtain wk. that is related so u maintain ur edge & connection to ur business. (@DebraWheatman) Q#260 Agree w/others: accept job/pay bills. Volunteer/freelance on side. Extract applicable duties when updating resume. (@ValueIntoWords) Q#260 In today's economy = Pay bills first, worry about how job fits experience for career advancement second. (@jtodonnell) Q#260 [1 of 2] Target jobs related 2 ur career goals, skills u want 2 lrn, pay enuf 2 support u as u keep looking... (@juliaerickson) Q#260 [2 of 2] ...4 meaningful PR/mktg vol wk try Natl Exec Serv Corps, Taproot Fdn; gr8 networking opps 2. (@juliaerickson) Q#260 Keep skills sharp w/volunteer work & cont. ed. in your field. Work where you can to pay bills. (@dawnbugni) Q#260 [1 of 2] Employers understand current situation & would rather see that you kept busy than wait for perfect job... (@louise_fletcher) Q#260 [2 of 2] ...but do some freelance/unpaid writing - then you can make that the main focus of your resume. (@louise_fletcher) Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.
Have you interviewed for a job and got caught off guard with the salary question? Do you struggle to identify a reasonable salary range that you feel comfortable with? If so, we're here to show you the right way to conduct salary research!
These days, the hiring manager or recruiter will most likely ask about your salary expectations in the first or early round of the interview process. If you aren’t ready for this conversation, it can make you look unprepared, diffident, or worse….costing you the entire job opportunity.
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- Figure out the correct sites to explore while doing salary research
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I hear a lot of myths about working for staffing or temp agencies. And it's funny because I used to believe them before I got invited to my first job interview with a temp agency. When I went on the interview, all the myths were busted and I fell in love with it.
The rest is history. Now I'm a fan of working with staffing and temp agencies, and so I want to walk you through those myths and make sure that I can bust them because you're missing out on some key opportunities, my friend.
Myth #1: Staffing Agencies Only Hire For Entry-Level Positions
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The first myth about working for staffing or temp agencies is that they only hire for entry-level positions. That is simply not true. Companies come to staffing agencies and need all types of hires to cover maternity leaves or medical absences. They're starting new projects, so do not assume that only entry-level jobs are available.
Myth #2: Staffing Agencies Only Offer Low-Paying JobsBigstock
The second myth is that staffing agencies only offer low-paying jobs. That is not true either. Staffing agencies want to give you the best rate possible. They want you to stay in the job, so of course they're going to try to get you more money.
Take this story, for example. A young man was working at a company and he asked for a raise. They wouldn't give him one so he left and went to work for a staffing agency. The staffing agency eventually staffed him back at his old employer for double the pay. Double the pay!
So, that's my point. Staffing agencies negotiate higher rates because those employers really need that help. And this is a great opportunity for you to make more money.
Myth #3: You Have To Pay The Staffing Agency To Get A Job
One of the craziest myths I've heard is that you're going to have to pay the staffing agency. That is not true at all. If anybody is trying to make you pay to get a job, please run in the other direction.
The staffing agency gets paid through the employer. Not only do they get paid to cover the cost of hiring you and all the additional expenses, but then they earn a surcharge off that as well. The actual company that you're working for benefits from this too because they don't have to pay all the extra expenses of having you as a full-time employee. It's a total win-win situation, but you're never going to have to pay.
Myth #4: There's No "Career Padding" When You Work With A Staffing Agency
The last myth about working for staffing agencies is this idea that there's no "career padding"—that if you become a temp, it doesn't help your career at all. That's not true.
First of all, a lot of these jobs can go from temp to perm, meaning you start out there, and if they like you and you like them, they'll offer you a full-time job. Working for a staffing agency is a great way to get your foot in the door.
Also, working for a staffing agency can let you go out on various assignments, giving you more diversity of your experience in terms of industry and skill sets, which can make you more marketable and allow you to earn more money.
Ultimately, working for a staffing or temp agency can be a wonderful way to catapult your career.
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In my last article, I talked about an example of someone who was working 60 hours a week and then went through a big life event (like having a baby) and now only wants to work 40 hours a week. If you're in the same boat, how can you reset work expectations with your boss and still get a good performance review?
Here's my advice on how to successfully manage work expectations without hurting your career...
It's Usually Easier To Get A New Job Than Reset Work Expectations
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In my 20+ years of experience as a career coach, about 50% of the time it's just easier to get a new job if you're looking to reset work expectations at your current job. At a new job, you can set your ideal expectations from the get-go.
But if you really like where you are right now and want to stay there, follow the three steps below to reset your work expectations.
How To Successfully Reset Work Expectations With Your Boss (If You Want To Stay)Bigstock
Step #1: Do Some Homework
Get out a piece of paper and create three columns. In column #1, list all the things you were hired to do, looking back at the job description for your role if you have to. In column #2, list everything that you've taken on since then because if you're working 60 hours a week, you've taken on a lot of additional responsibility. Then, in column #3, think of one or two things that you could take off your boss's plate. Something that's a real headache to them that if you took it off their plate, you'd be super valuable to them.
Step #2: Meet With Your Boss
Next, set up a one-on-one meeting with your boss. Type up your three-column list, sit down with your boss, and have a conversation. Here's an example of what you could say...
"When I first started at this company, I was working 60 hours a week to get myself up to a level of value. But now, as you know, I've had this life event and I really want to stick to 40 hours a week but continue to give you a high level of value. So here's what I figured out. Here are all the things I was hired to do in column #1. Here are all the additional things I'm now doing in column #2. And here are some things that I would love to do for you to make your life easier in column #3. But in order for me to do that, we'd have to take a couple of things off my plate in column #1 that maybe somebody else with more junior skills could handle."
This is how you begin the conversation. Now, as a bonus, I would suggest you go through and list how many hours a week you do each task in columns one, two, and three, and add them up to show your boss how all of those tasks take over 40 hours to complete. And if you could move things around together, what would they want you to work on? What would be the highest payoff activities for your 40 hours?
Step #3: Update Your Boss On Your Progress
The final step is to give your boss some time to review this information. Then once they approve your new work expectations, you are going to regularly update them on your progress. Communicate with them about what you're getting done in 40 hours. Market yourself because that's what people forget to do. They forget to market their value and prove to the employer that they're working smarter, not harder—without having to do it in extra time.
Once you shift this perception, you're going to see great results. A lot of times managers don't realize how much you're doing and, upon seeing this list, will reset your work expectations for you. But it's on you to bring up your concerns and try to find a solution where both of you are happy.
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