Friday, September 5, 2014

Asked to Relocate? Questions You Should Ask Your Employer



Have you recently been asked by your employer to relocate?  If you have, you are facing a decision that more individuals are finding themselves faced with each year.  With many companies finding it difficult to financially survive in high cost living areas, many are choosing to relocate to areas where it is cheaper to operate a business.  If you find yourself being asked to relocate, there are a number of important questions that you should ask your employer before officially making your decision.

One of the many questions that you will want to ask your employer, if you have been asked to relocate, concerns the pay.  As previously stated, many companies are choosing to relocate to areas where it is cheaper to operate a business.  This often involves lower pay for employees.  That is why it is important that you determine what your pay will be. As a current employee, you should not be asked to take a reduction in pay, but there are no guarantees.  

Another question that you will want to ask your current employer, if you are asked to relocate, involves your current position.  Are you working in management or do you hold another high position?  If you do, it is important that you determine if your position will stay the same or increase.  Relocating at the urging of your employer should not mean that you receive a reduction in status or a reduction in salary, but, as previously stated, there are no guarantees.  That is why it is important that you make sure you find out as much as you can about your new position before you officially decide to uproot your life or the life of your family.

In addition to asking about keeping your current position, should you decide to relocate for your job, you will also want to inquire about your expected duties. As previously stated, many companies use relocation as a way to save money.  This may also involve eliminating positions and having the remaining employees carry a larger workload.  If you would be expected to perform more duties, you may want to negotiate yourself a higher salary, but the decision is yours to make.  As a reminder, these are all questions that you should ask before you make the decision to relocate for your job or not.

Another one of the many questions that you will want to ask your employer, should you be asked to relocate for your job, concerns relocation expenses.  If you are not given a relocation option, you may want to find out if your employer will cover the cost of relocating for you or your family.  This financial assistance may not be great, but it may be enough to help cover your travel expenses or the costs of hiring a moving company.  Most employers will notify you upfront if they plan on assisting you with the cost of relocating, but, if not, it would not hurt to ask.

In addition to asking your employer the above mentioned questions, you may also want to take the time to learn as much about your relocation destination as possible.  You will want to focus on points such as the current real estate market and crime.  If you have children, you will want to examine the local school districts.  If you have a spouse, you may want to examine the current job outlook, to see if they would be able to find employment in the area, and so forth.

Ron Kish

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Are You Working a Dead-End Job? Signs That You May Be



Have you ever felt like you are working at a dead-end job?  If you think that you are, you are definitely not alone.  With that in mind, just because you think that you may be working a dead-end job, it does no’t necessarily mean that you are.  However, if you would like a little bit of proof or verification, you may want to continue reading on.

One of the many signs that you may be working a dead-end job is if you find yourself in the same position, for years and years.  If you were hired with the intention of no advancement, your current position may be fine for you. With that in mind, if you have goals and have yet to see those goals accomplished, it may be a sign of a dead-end job.  You should never have your work go unrewarded, especially if you were employed by the same company for years.

Another sign that you may be working a dead-end job is if you have been working at the same pay level, also for a number of years.  In fact, many employers automatically give their employees pay raises yearly or even quarterly.  If you have been employed by the same company and for an extended period of time, you may be working a dead-end job.  There is good news though, if your only issue is pay, you may be able to turn your dead-end job into a great job.  You can do this by inquiring about a pay raise.  Many employers expect this, especially after an extended period of time without a raise; therefore, you may have nothing to lose by at least asking.

The above mentioned signs are just a few of the signs that you may be working a dead-end job.  As previously stated, however, it is important to remember that you don’t have to keep on working in what may be deemed as a dead-end job forever. There are a number of different steps that you can take to see success.  One of those steps involves speaking to your supervisor or supervisors.  This may involve asking for an increase in pay or asking for a promotion, should any positions be available.  In today’s society, you will find that not all individuals want the responsibility of a promotion; therefore, you will want to let your supervisors know that you are not one of those individuals.

Another one of the many ways that you go about getting out of what you may refer to as a dead-end job is by creating a stir, but in a good way.  Despite your possible frustration, you may want to consider giving your job, dead-end or not, a second chance. With that second chance though, you are urged to take action.  Be sure to do good deeds in front of your supervisors, volunteer to work late or cover someone else’s shift in an emergency and so forth. As previously stated, your supervisors may mistakenly believe that you are currently satisfied with your job.  You will want to show them that you want more and that you are capable of handling more.

Another option that you have, when looking to rid yourself of a dead-end job, is seeking employment elsewhere.  If you have a family to support or bills that must be paid, you may only want to use seeking employment elsewhere as a last resort, but it is still a resort that you may want to examine.
Ron Kish

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Online Job Hunting Websites: Why You Should Post Your Resume



If you are looking for a new job or a new career, there is a good chance that you would turn to websites which are commonly referred to as online job hunting websites or career hunting websites.  Two popular and well-known examples of these websites are CareerBuilder.com and Monster.com.  What is nice about these online job hunting websites is that you can search through hundreds or even thousands of job listings for your area, but did you know that you can also do more than that?  

As it was previously mentioned, many career hunting or job hunting websites allow you to search through job listings in or around your area. This is often done by entering in your zip code and then a specific mile radius, which you would be willing to travel.  You can even customize your searches a little bit more, to search for a certain type of job or a job in a specific industry, like medicine.  Many career hunting or job hunting websites allow you to search through their listings without creating an account, but if you would like to apply for any of the job listings that you come across, you will need to register for an account. While different career hunting or job hunting websites vary, many are free to use.  

When applying for a job, through an online career hunting or job hunting website, the application process will all depend on the website in question. In most cases, you will be required to fill out a small form. That form may ask your full name, your address, your telephone number, as well as a little bit of information about your work experience and the education that you received.  In addition to this information, which in a way resembles a standard job application, you will need to attach your resume.  Many career hunting or job hunting websites allow you to upload your resume to their system or have you create a new one in their system.  This resume is what will basically determine if you get an interview; therefore, it is important that you always make sure to attach a resume when applying for a job online, even if the employer in question only says that one is optional.

Although it is advised that you attach a resume whenever applying for a job, especially online, there are many job hunting or career hunting websites that allow you to do more than that.  For instance, many also allow you to post your resume online or make it searchable; searchable to employers who use the website in question.  What does this mean for you?  It means that you and your resume could get exposure without you having to do any work yourself. The simple uploading of your resume, the clicking of the searchable box, and you should be good to go.  As a reminder, most career hunting or job hunting websites do not make your resume available to the general public, just the employers who use their services; therefore, you shouldn’t have to worry about your resume falling into the wrong hands.

As previously stated, uploading your resume to a job hunting or career hunting website and making it searchable may be help you land a job or at least an interview with little or no work on your part.  This is because many employers actually find it easier to search for the perfect candidates themselves, instead of having to go through hundreds or thousands of resumes and job applications, many from those whose are not even qualified for the job in question anyways. So, that is why it is important that you have your resume posted and made viewable by employers on career hunting or job hunting websites. You never really know who may come across your resume or what type of job they will offer you.

As a reminder, most career hunting or job hunting websites allow you to use their services, as well as post your resume on their websites free of charge. That is all the more reason as to why you should make your resume available for viewing; you have nothing to lose by doing so.


Ron Kish

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Hired Form Letter

Thank you for hiring


Dear

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to prove my
capabilities with your firm.

I want to thank you for the expression of faith in
my abilities that you have exhibited by this gesture
and will certainly do my very best not to disappoint
you.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Interview Forms


Request for Employment Interview

Dear

    [name of individual]     recommended that I contact
you and request an interview.

I have recently graduated from   [college or university]
with a degree in [state degree]  I am very interested in
[state area] and would appreciate having the opportunity
to discuss any openings you may have in this area.

I have enclosed my resume for your review and will look
forward to meeting you.

Thank you for your consideration. 
 
 
 
 
Thank You For Interview
 
 
Dear

Thank you for the time and consideration you extended to
me during my interview with you yesterday.

I appreciate having had the opportunity to speak with you
about my experience in related fields and my future goals.

I shall look forward to hearing from you and wish to thank
you again for your courtesy.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Don’t be Late for an Interview

                             Ok! Lets get this right before the interview
Dog Training  

 Don’t be Late for an Interview

This may seem obvious, but it happens way too often.  No matter the reason, there is no
excuse for it (besides an injury or family emergency and then kudos for you for showing
up).  Getting lost, bad traffic, or losing track of time doesn'’t matter to an interviewer. 
They are taking time away from their primary duties to sit down with you to try and give
you a job.  It is rude and disrespectful to not show up on time.

Here are a few tips to ensure this doesn'’t happen:

*    Do a dry run.  If you are going to a city or a part of the city you are not familiar
with drive there a few days before.  Ideally you will do it during a week day at a
similar time to your interview time to gauge the amount of time it takes to get
there.
*    Leave early.  Not just 15 minutes early, you can plan to arrive 30-60 minutes
before your interview time.  Don’'t go into the building though.  Get into the area,
find a coffee shop and relax while reading the paper or reviewing your resume. 
Not only will this ensure that you are on time it also gives you time to relax and
calm yourself before walking into the building.
*    Pay for parking.  Don’t circle the block 12 times looking for cheap parking on the
street.  Pay the money to park in a parking garage.  You do not want to waste
valuable time looking for parking and start to stress yourself at the same time.

If you are running late (but really, you shouldn'’t be), make sure you call.  The
interviewer may not have time to complete the interview if you are running late and you
will save both of you the time if you let them know.  You can try and salvage the problem by trying to book another appointment right away.  And if you are lucky enough to
get a second chance, follow the tips above to arrive not only on time, but early.


Ron Kish