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Career, Career Advice

3 Things You Should Do When Asking for a Raise

April 10, 2013

When’s the last time you received a raise? And no, we aren’t talking about the 3 percent cost of living increase your work doles out each year — but a real based-on-how-great-you’re-doing raise.

Think about it, if you’ve been at your job for five years or more there’s a good chance new hires at your same level are getting paid just as much as you – or in some cases more. Continue Reading…

Career, Salary News

How Much Money Do Your Friends Make?

April 5, 2013

taxcreditsLet’s face it, money – as a conversation topic – tends to be awkward. Most of us have a rough idea of what our friends make based on externals (that aren’t always accurate) like the type of home they live in, how often they shop and if they buy their groceries at Whole Foods or Safeway (true). We’ve scoured blogs, the Internet and even the Department of Labor to give you an accurate idea of what your besties are taking home.

Beginning Teacher Annual Salary in CA: $38,625

High-end Restaurant Server Job ($200 a night in tips, 5 nights per week): $52,000

Physical Therapist in CA: $76,357

Office Manager: $59,961

Graphic Designer (in 2010): $43,500

Chief Marketing Officer: $1.49 million

Accountant in San Francisco: $86,230

Executive Assistant: $45,580

HR Specialist: $54,310

Photo via Flickr: Tax Credits

Career, Career Advice

3 Ways to Wow Your Boss (And Get a Raise)

November 7, 2012

officeYou’ve heard the usual stand-out in the workplace tips: “Voice your opinion!” and “Never say no to an assignment!” but we’ll almost guarantee you aren’t doing these three shockingly simple actions to be the office superstar…

1. Don’t just forward a link. Admit it, you’re guilty of sending your boss an email that just says, “check this out!” followed by a long link. When forwarding a link, always include the actual usable idea. Summarize what the article or site is about in one or two lines and explain why you are sending it.

2. Save the drama for your mama. Seriously, if we have to see one more coworkers ‘woe is me’ — insert mini violin — Facebook post we’re just going to lose it. Don’t forget your coworkers (and perhaps boss) are Facebook friends with you – and can see everything you post (and at what during-the-workday-time). If you wouldn’t complain about “it” — whatever that may be — to their face, don’t complain about it on your social networking site.

3. Watch the clock. Here’s a tip — bosses notice when you get to work, how long of a lunch you took and when you leave. You don’t have to be chained to your desk all day but do keep in check with company culture, if the majority of employees leave at 6, don’t be the gal who packs up at 5. If you’re coming in earlier than the majority of your coworkers make sure your boss knows. Be upfront about your work schedule and she’ll appreciate it. Send her an email letting her know you work better early in the morning and ask if she would mind if you left at X time but came in at X time. You’d be surprised at how flexible bosses can be (we hope).


Photo via Flickr: by Incase.

Career, Inside Scoop

Top Management Roles Stressful? Study Says No.

September 27, 2012

Photo Courtesy: gcoldironjr2003

In a surprising new study from Harvard it seems those folks in upper management aren’t as stressed out as you’d think.

Compared with people of the same age and gender who were at lower career levels, the “leaders” in the study declared themselves less stressed and anxious. And it wasn’t just what they were saying their bodies proved it too — their levels of cortisol (the hormone that circulates when we are super stressed) was in line with what they were reporting.

The study did report that the source of the leaders’ chilled-out demeanor was simply control. The upper management had control of their schedules and financial security. Think about it: top management has the option to come in late or leave a bit early with no questions asked…but the admin assistant would probably get written up for the same behavior. We also think another reason could be the hefty paycheck that comes with being in upper management. When you have the options to hire help in your personal life (chef, household cleaning and pesky assistant work covered) suddenly you’re a lot less stressed.

“Leaders possess a particular psychological resource — a sense of control — that may buffer against stress,” the research team reported Monday in Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences.

Apparently our primate relatives have also shown similar results in studies. According to the LA Times:

“Baboons and monkeys who rise to positions of power in their social groups show lower levels of anxiety and stress, so long as their status is not under constant challenge. A recent study of female macaque monkeys demonstrated that rising and falling through the social ranks not only dialed their stress up and down, it turned genes on and off in ways that can powerfully influence health.”

The study is clear — having a sense of control protects against stress. So if you can’t (immediately) rise the corporate ladder try creating control in other parts of your life—budgets and planning help — but so does creating a career trajectory for yourself. Write out career goals for 3 months, 6 months and 1 year and constantly touch base on those goals.