Q. I want to get a raise but also realize that I’m lucky to have a job. Are there rules about negotiating a raise? A. In coaching people, I’ve discovered that they fall into two categories of salary negotiators. People in the first group want more money but haven’t earned it. Those in the second group want more money and are worth twice what they’re earning but are scared to ask. If you fall into the first group, your job is to realize you...
Question: While the economy is in the pits, my company is having a record year and is sitting on a mountain of cash. Yet, we employees are not getting a share of their fortune. Shouldn't we be rewarded for our exceptional effort in a tough market?
As the merriment of the holiday season weaves its way through the land, your job search shouldn’t embrace a silent night . Though most job seekers assume the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is a dead zone for hiring, it’s not true. Jobs are filled year-round and companies are agnostic when trying to fill open positions at year end.
It should come as no surprise to you that many Americans claim to hate their jobs. A 2010 survey by the Conference Board research group showed that only 45 percent of Americans are satisfied with their jobs. A good number of unhappy workers report dissatisfaction with their direct supervisor. This often stems from a boss who is verbally abusive, or one who fails to properly communicate with or manage employees. Often it is simply a matter of two personalities that simply do not work well together.
With official unemployment rates at over 9% and some analysts saying that when you add the under–employed and those who have given up looking for work, it’s over 15% of the workforce, many workers have begun to anticipate that dreaded feeling of being told that their services are no longer needed. Anyone who has experienced a termination knows it has severe emotional and physical consequences including depression and small to large persistent physical ailments.
Despite retailers gearing up for the holiday season, hiring dropped for most cities in October. San Francisco is the only city on our list to see any positive (2% gain) employment activity during the month. The biggest losers in hiring activity this month were Louisville (-22%), Memphis (-20%) and Milwaukee (-16%).
Employment Activity Raises Slightly in October CareerCast.com/JobSerf Employment Index October 2011 October Hiring Overall October Hiring by Job Title October Hiring by City October Hiring by Region Managerial hiring nationally rose 1.9 points in October to 104.4, as U.S. companies added just a small number of salaried jobs to their payrolls, according to the CareerCast.com/ JobSerf Employment index.
It’s amazing how many great lessons about recruiting and managing you can learn from your kids’ sports activities. For instance, I’ve been helping coach my younger daughter’s softball teams for many years now, and I’ve learned that the approach I typically use to manage a team when times are good don’t fare as well when the going gets tough. Sound familiar? I’ll explain.