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Drop the Embarrassment: How Smart Interviewers Disclose Their Salary Requirements

Drop the Embarrassment: How Smart Interviewers Disclose Their Salary Requirements
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It’s not always that you find yourself on a chair against an esteemed panel keenly listening to your skills and aptitude. That could be your gateway to your dream job, a sense of security, a better lifestyle, achieving your ambitions and get them to pay you the salary you have always wanted. You need to be tactful, smart and well-articulate to ensure you don’t miss that chance.

Giving your salary requirements could be a challenge.

For a fresher or experienced, getting the salary requirements out there is only a challenge. You are already suffering from the burden of proving yourself to an employer that you are worthy of a responsibility. Your negotiations for salary is only minimal and skill oriented. Experienced professionals have a bigger obstacle to tackle. For them the most inevitable part of the selection process is the communication and zeroing down on a package that’s acceptable to both parties.

The most essential bit of your selection process: If you aren’t smart enough to convince the panel why you deserve the package you just proposed, you may lose out on a job. The worse would be to settle for a job that requires overworking and is underpaying.

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But here’s the art of discussing salary requirements:

As an interviewee, be aware that your entire interview process more or less leads up to the point where the salary requirements are discussed. So your performance throughout the interview matters[1].

1. Stand out from the little things.

It’s that impression that build that silently negotiate for you and your package. If you under performed and expect a best in industry package, that’d be an absurd move. Be confident, speak with conviction and be smart and quirky or even a little funny[2].

You could be skilled enough for a job, but know that you are competing with a range of equally skilled/qualified contenders. It’s those little quirks, remarks and insights which helps you stand out. Stand out, once you are there, then you have a better scope of negotiations.

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Don’t worry, it’s an acquired skill and to improve your position as a potential candidate, tools like People HR software will help overcome situations and teach you skills of negotiation and get package you deserve.

2. Your resume and cover letter will be your greatest assets.

Secondly, understand that your resume and cover letter are absolutely essential. It’s incredibly important for your resume to stand out from the lot as more or less all leading brands are bombarded with hundreds of exceptional resumes [3]. Ensure that you have a resume which highlights the key skills that would benefit the employer with focus on relevant past experiences.

One another aspect on which many don’t emphasize is the cover letter. Tips and tactics which makes your resume and cover letter look impressive are provided, which you may follow to curate originals.

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3. Be open and bold to talk about your salary requirements.

Thirdly, know that when your employer is asking you to quote a price for your services, he’s not doing you a favor, instead just asking you to directly, and openly state what do you think you are worthy of.

Don’t be ashamed to say openly that you are thoroughly skilled, has potential and will become an inevitable part of the firm convincingly with reasoning so that your required salary isn’t a far-fetched dream. Most companies will be willing to pay a large sum to get on board a candidate who can bring value and add a sense of innovation to the team. Don’t hesitate.

4. Don’t underestimate your capabilities and be confident in yourself.

Lastly, be sure of yourself. Don’t settle for something because you are intimidated or afraid to reach the bigger players. If a google is hiring, please don’t go for a tiny regional team, unless you think you can make them top-class. Yes, being the king of nothings might be a huge boost for your ego, on a larger picture, in the long run, wait for the opportunity that will make you a better professional.

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The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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