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5 Tips for Negotiating a Better Salary

5 Tips for Negotiating a Better Salary By Eddie Alexander While finishing our education and heading out to start our new careers we often contemplate the financial benefits of the new jobs we are applying for. The opportunity to obtain higher paying and relatively stable jobs is the reason many of us chose to pursue IT jobs in the first place less than half of us will even try to negotiate for higher starting salary. The idea of asking for more money definitely makes me uncomfortable and it is something I rarely equated with searching for a new job. However; todays job market and the growing need for qualified IT workers might give you the incentive to assertively ask your new employers for what you are worth. Here is a list of 5 tips for preparing to negotiate for a higher salary in today’s job market. 1) Research. Like any number of other things preparing to negotiate for a higher salary demands research. Find trustworthy online resources that detail the industry average salary for the position that you are applying for. Sites like Glassdoor, monster and salary.com can offer insight into what the industry leaders are paying for the positions that you are applying for. A position with a wide range between the bottom wages and highest means you should ask for about mid- range if you are not very experienced and towards the higher number if you have adequate experience and are extremely competent. 2) Draw up a proposal. After doing your research and before going into your interview draw up a proposal that outlines not only what...

7 Essential Tips for Writing Your Resume

7 Essential Tips for Resume Writing By Eddie Alexander On this page: The world of job seeking and the workplace itself is always evolving and because of that our methods of finding and securing employment must constantly change as well. The days of a simple plain resume have passed by and we as jobseekers must move forward as well. Some practices will always be used and are unlikely to change even in the far future. Those attributes are what I like to call things essential to resume writing. Here are 7 essential tips for writing your resume.1) Keep it professional. Your resume is like a doorway to the professional world. It is likely the first point of contact between you and potential employers. Because of this very reason you should take utmost care to ensure that your resume is the absolute epitome of professionalism. What this means you should not include; pictures, political, religious or personal beliefs. Anything that is not considered safe for work should not be included in your resume.2) Be Consistent. As you complete your resume be sure that the skills that you outline in your summary and those pertaining to your work experience align. It is a good practice to do a self- inventory and compile a list of all the skills that you have mastered and acquired through experience and education. When you are done with your master list select the most pertinent to the job you are applying for and make sure they are presented accurately on your resume.3) Utilize specific keywords. This tip is essential when submitting electronically. Most employers requiring you...