Month: May 2019

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It’s been a busy Spring!

We’ve had an exciting few months here at Career Paths, filled with some really great events!   In March, we partnered with Surrey Board of Trade in hosting their Business to Business networking event at our Surrey location. The event was an excellent way to introduce newcomers to over 100 employers throughout the lower mainland and for employers to meet some of our skilled and professional clients. Career Paths clients practiced their answer to “tell me about yourself” and used their networking skills which helped them to better understand Canadian workplace culture. Our clients were able to put into practice some of the skills they learn at our in-person and online workshops.  Employers were also informed about Back in Motion programs, especially Career Paths and the importance of hiring highly qualified newcomers.

Want to see some pics from the event? Click on this link: Events Photos

In February, our Speed Networking workshop helped clients practice, prepare and gain a better understanding of Canadian workplace culture. This workshop was facilitated by one of our Employer Insider partners whose been facilitating these successful sessions for us. His support extends beyond just the workshop as well; he invites clients to connect with him on LinkedIn and will meet up for an informational interview at a later date if the client is interested.

 

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Why should you negotiate your salary ?

One of the most dreaded questions during the job search process is “what is your salary expectation?”  We learned to provide an ambiguous answer, something like “I trust that your company is fair and the pay for the position is aligned with the industry rate” or, “I trust the company has a fair remuneration policy”.  What we are trying to convey is that we expect no less than what other companies are paying but we also appreciate the opportunity. However, this is not what the company hears! When general answers like these two examples are given, the companies usually make a quick judgment that you have not done your research, and you most likely will not do a thorough job if hired or even worse that you do not have any negotiation skills and they are absolutely a must in today’s business environment.

Our advice: always negotiate your salary.  There is no better way to show the employer that you are capable, confident, know your value and are quite comfortable with the skills and competencies the position requires than negotiating. But make sure that you wait to do so for the appropriate time, after you are offered the position and you have a number in front of you. In other words, let them throw out the first number!

Let’s be clear: unless you ask for it, nobody will give you what you want! So, once you see the starting number, begin the discussions.  The list can be as ambitious as you want for money, benefits, vacation or other perks. You never know what you might get unless you ask! But be also prepared for a less successful dialogue. If money is not negotiable, try asking for better benefits, more vacation days, or other perks.

Once everything is said and done, even a small victory will greatly benefit your self-esteem, the way your manager is looking at you from the very beginning and maybe the best of all, will increase your future income!

 

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