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How to Answer: “How Much Do You Want?”

How to Answer: “How Much Money Do You Want?”

By: Martin Yate, CPC

Ask for too much and you might not get an offer; ask for too little and you could be kicking yourself for years. Under-negotiating your salary today has an impact on your lifetime earnings, because all future raises will be based on a lower starting point.

Fortunately, the correct answer can be found with a little research and a simple negotiation strategy.

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A Morning Routine Sets The Tone For A Work Day

Don't reach for the snooze. Get the right start to your work day.

By: CareerCast.com

Everyone among us has heard the phrase: “woke up on the wrong side of the bed.”

This colloquialism crystallizes a feeling we all have sometime. To wake up on the wrong side of the bed is to spend the day in a funk that was destined from the start. Of course, there are factors out of our control that can ruin a day. Bad news happens. But plenty of ruts are self-perpetuated.

You Snooze, You Lose

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For Employment Growth, Look to the Jobs Rated Report

By: CareerCast.com

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' July 2015 numbers were released on Aug. 7, and the data confirms what readers of the CareerCast.com Jobs Rated report already know: IT and healthcare are the backbone of the ongoing economic recovery. 

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Listening Goes A Long Way in the Job Hunt

By: Wendy Gelberg

Much of the time when we think about looking for a job, we think about those situations that require good conversational skills, such as interviews or networking encounters.

As a result, job seekers spend a lot of time formulating and practicing effective answers and conversation starters and, of course, crafting a succinct yet powerful 30-second "elevator pitch." (At least, that's what career experts hope job seekers do.)

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Laid Off: Now What?

By: Phyllis Mufson

You’ve just lost your job. What do you do next? Here are the first steps to take to get grounded while you prepare to hunt for a new position.

First get clear about your finances. What are your savings? Are your expenses in line with your family income? Do a budget and get creative about lowering your monthly expenses - right away.

According to AARP, job searchers over 50 are taking one to two months longer to land a new job than searchers under 50. Take a close look at your options for cutting expenses and keeping money coming while you look for a new job.

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Employees: How to Push Back Without Putting Yourself at Risk

By: Chris Cancialosi

In high-risk military situations, there's no time for deliberation. You have to trust the people around you to process information and make decisions quickly, and you must execute without question.

Several years ago, I was in this kind of situation. A senior officer ordered me to put my soldiers in harm's way; I braved the consequences and respectfully offered a safer, equally effective course of action. I got an earful that day. However, he accepted my recommendation, and the mission was accomplished without exposing people to unnecessary risk.

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