Salary Negotiation is About Facts, Not MythsA rough translation of a myth could be "a legendary story, usually concerning a hero or event, especially one that is concerned with deities or some practice, rite, or phenomenon of nature."Many people play up salary negotiation as some kind of mythical exploit, as if a Cyclops from human resources was guarding a 10 percent salary increase. Perhaps only few select heroes can effectively navigate this rite of passage and pierce the heavily guarded castle.In reality, as author Selena Rezvani puts it, a negotiation can simply be "a conversation that ends in agreement." So before you retreat back over the drawbridge, let's take a look at the other definition of a myth -- a falsehood -- and see if we can come out victorious.http://www.salary.com/10-salary-negotiation-myths/8 Reasons It Pays To Take A Pay CutJust a few decades ago, the thought of taking a pay cut was preposterous.The idea was "more, more, more" and if the number of zeroes dropped, so too did your standing.But times have changed. Given the unsettled economic environment, the only rule about salary is that there are no rules. In a society that has been taught to pursue ever-increasing paychecks, we are learning that sometimes taking a pay cut can actually be the more prudent career move.http://www.salary.com/8-reasons-take-pay-cut/5 Ways Career Transparency Will Help You at WorkTransparency is one of the most misunderstood concepts in executive circles. Clear to all ranks however, is the notion that a perceived lack of it can have a crippling effect on a leader’s reputation.There’s clearly something to what Irish politician Gerry Adams once observed, "One man’s transparency is another man’s humiliation." However, done right, being transparent can enhance the brands of both executives and organizations, bolster credibility during crisis, and even serve as a strategic weapon in the rhetorical war for trust.Be Careful with Your BrandMany job seekers attempt to use a functional format to emphasize specific skills or to cover up problems with the resume, such as job gaps, brief employment periods, or multiple jobs in a short time period. Or you may be trying to brand yourself, in modern terms, with the functional approach. Personal branding is a great idea, but be aware, the functional resume is not the way to create your brand. Even though branding is a popular marketing concept for corporations, the transition to personal branding isn’t always as easy to establish. Brainstorm for a minute. Think of a professional you admire, whether someone in the media or in your own company. Analyze what makes their brand so easily identifiable. Now apply that analysis to your career. How do others consistently describe you? What is your specialty niche?http://www.salary.com/5-ways-to-brand-yourself-get-the-job/11 Odd Jobs with High SalariesThink back to the last time you were at a party or a social event, and you had to make small talk with new acquaintances. Inevitably the question of “So what do you do?” is asked, and everyone recites their professions. While the regulars seem to always come up – doctor, lawyer, teacher, etc. – every once in a while someone comes out with a doozy that could leave you scratching your head or picking your jaw up off the floor.Did you know Horse Exerciser is a job? Or that you can make a living as a Bingo Manager? And even if you have heard of these jobs, chances are you’ll be surprised at much they make. So we dug through more than 4,000 of our job titles and picked out some under-the-radar jobs with surprisingly high annual salaries of $50,000 or more.http://www.salary.com/11-odd-jobs-with-high-salaries/Job Search Tips to Hit the Ground RunningHi. I’m job search expert Rick Gillis. I’m new to Salary.com and very proud to be here. I do a number of live presentations annually and for many years have promoted Salary.com as one of the most useful sites to job seekers. That said let’s get to work.While we'll delve deep into job search strategies and insider tips at some point in the future, it never hurts to cover the basics. So whether you're a new jobseeker just setting out on interviews or a grizzled job search veteran who could use a refresher, here are some job search basics that always true.http://www.salary.com/7-job-search-tips-you-need-to-follow/Why the Rich Get Richer & the Poor StruggleNumbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau earlier this month confirm what many have known for a long time: The gap between the rich and the poor in this country is growing ever wider. And while we examined the numbers behind the income gap last week, we heard your requests for an actual explanation of why it exists loud and clear.So while the numbers don't tell us why income inequality continues to climb, the experts will.http://www.salary.com/why-the-gap-between-rich-poor-is-widen...The Lowdown on Low-Cut: Results From Salary.Com's Dress Code Surveye asked about office dress codes and boy did you answer. Loudly. Nearly 4,600 people responded to our survey and proved dress codes are, and always will be, a hot topic that gets fairly contentious in a hurry.Dress codes---whether to have them, what clothing should be allowed/prohibited and how to implement them---will all vary depending on the atmosphere of the individual companies. A small beachside surf and skate shop will likely be more informal than three-piece suits worn by employees at a Fortune 500 company.But whether your ideal job consists of T-shirt and jeans or strictly formal business wear, our survey results indicate people make assumptions about work ethic, intelligence and professionalism based on how others are dressed while at the office.http://salary.com/the-lowdown-on-low-cut-salary-s-dress-code...You Can Have a Job You Love AND a Nice PaycheckHow do you define success? Do you want a job that you love, or a paycheck that satisfies you? In a tough economy where jobs are scarce, many of us believe that we must, to some degree, choose between one and the other. The reality is, lack of money is one of the top causes of stress in the United States. According to the American Psychological Association’s most recent annual Stress in America survey, 75 percent of those surveyed said money was a significant source of stress in their lives, while another 70 percent cited that work caused major stress. It’s only natural that in these circumstances, when we feel forced to choose between love and money, we panic and choose the latter.As a result, many of us end up in jobs we hate, or in careers to which we're not suited. It comes as no surprise that some statistics show up to 80 percent of people dislike their jobs! Yet we spend more of our lives working than doing just about anything else. When all is said and done, being miserable at work is certainly no measure of success, regardless of the paycheck in your pocket.This article explores eight jobs you might find meaningful that start at $50,000 per year or more. These jobs require different levels of education and experience. However, education requirements are reasonable and no job on the list requires more than 2 to 4 years of experience. It won’t happen overnight, but with thoughtful planning the jobs on this list prove it is possible to strike a balance between doing what you love and loving your paycheck.http://salary.com/8-jobs-youll-love-pay-50000/ College is Over -- Get a Job!The month of May brings us Mother's Day, the Kentucky Derby and -- most importantly -- college graduations. After four long years of toiling and late-night study sessions, graduates have their caps, gowns, and that diploma is waiting for you across the stage. But the biggest question for all graduating college seniors is whether or not they have a job.In honor of society's newest entrants to the labor market, let’s take a look at some of the hottest jobs for this year's crop of graduates who haven't yet snagged a job.http://www.salary.com/hot-jobs-new-college-grads/FuskieWhose brother was recently laid off after 10 years as a QA manager when his department was outsourced to the Philipines...
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