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  • Felicia Parks 8:12 pm on July 12, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: Economy,   

    Negotiating Salary During Tough Economy 

    Salary.com’s contributing writer, Dawn Dugan, provides a dozen of “do’s and don’ts” for negotiating salary during a tough economy.  Here’s a summary of a few do’s and don’ts for the recent graduate:

    Do research salaries for positions comparable to yours before your interview. Know the salary ranges for someone with your skills, experience, and education.

    Don’t assume that salary and/or benefits aren’t negotiable in this type of economy.

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  • Sue Gordon 2:59 pm on December 21, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , Economy, , , , Temporary   

    Still job searching? Don't dismiss temp work! 

    Economists tell us that in any economic recovery, employers use temporary workers before committing to permanent hires.   According to the NY Times, this is even more true in this recovery as temp work continues to grow– up four months in a row.  What is different  in this economy is the increase in temporary workers is lasting longer than in the past, as employers continue to hesitate to commit to a permanent hire.   So, if you are a job seeker who’s avoided temping, don’t dismiss it, and consider the following benefits.

    Temping allows you to:

    • Develop new and enhance existing skills- sometimes in surprising ways
    • Build your resume
    • Be employed while looking for that perfect permanent job- always a plus
    • Broaden your contacts and your network- key to a successful job search
    • Potentially be converted from a temporary to a permanent employee
    • Earn a little spending (or rent) money!
    • Get off the couch and impress prospective employers that you are taking initiative

    Do you have a great story about a temp job that turned into something more?   Share it by commenting here or emailing gordon@american.edu.

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