Many people are looking for jobs right now because the pandemic has caused companies to lose business, in turn leading them to let their employees go. These are desperate times for a lot of people. Even then, as you go into salary negotiations for a new job, do not let desperation cloud your judgement. Your salary decisions are important life decisions and you cannot let desperation drive these decisions.
Why negotiate your salary?
The salary you earn now, determines your wealth and income several decades from now. If you accept a low salary, it may take a few years before you rise up to the salary expectations for your position and when you do, you will still have lost income for every year you settled for a lower income.
Regardless of how desperate you are – and trust me, I have been there – you need to remember that the employer is not interviewing you because of how desperately you want this job.
They are interviewing you because of what they think you can bring to their team. They are thinking about what value you can add to the company and how well you could perform. They are not hiring you to show you kindness. They are hiring you to perform a service and that is why you have to negotiate. You want to be paid the right rate for your services because you are going to be stuck with that decision for a very long time. View Post
I believe that you should be able to show up as your true self in all spaces. We spend so much time at work and (many of us) outside our homes that it seems odd and unnatural to me that we can’t fully be who we are at all times. We are afraid of being judged or, even worse, getting kicked out of these spaces that we want to belong to, that we end up smothering ourselves to fit. You deserve a life better than that. View Post
Losing a job or finding yourself in a slump can be discouraging and make it easy to lose perspective. It becomes easy to feel paralysed, not knowing how to move forward. When you feel this way, what you need is a set of decision-making tools to make the path forward clear. I have a toolbox that I use whenever I am faced with a challenge or have a tough decision to make. View Post
LinkedIn has become the first thing employers and recruiters look at when looking for a candidate. You can use LinkedIn to make a good first impression so that you get invited to interview, and subsequently get hired. From job search to job interview to career progression, LinkedIn is your friend; and the site can be used a myriad ways to keep you on the right path along your career journey. Are you looking for a new job? Or do you simply find yourself feeling stuck and wondering what the next step in your career is? LinkedIn can help you with both,… View Post
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Fall is here, and I find myself behaving very autumnal in more ways than one. Like a tall, graceful tree shedding it’s beautifully crafted red-golden leaves, I too am letting go of some things. I find that I am dropping habits I’ve held on to for seasons and a lifetime, and thought patterns that I feel have kept me stagnant in one way or another. I am taking on a form that I can’t call entirely new, because this is who I’ve always been, albeit sometimes not expressed. In some ways I have been this version of me at one… View Post
Brussels is the ultimate city break, and in spite of all the buzz and activity that comes with the city hustle and bustle, it was a great, relaxing experience. Usually, when I go some place new, I’m pressed about making sure I tick off all the sights I feel I must see, and try to get in as much exploring as possible. I never want to spend anymore time in the hotel room than I need to, it feels like wasted time! Well, not this time. My philosophy was different this time round: we’ve spent a lot of money on… View Post
I am entirely convinced that winter is a season better suited to polar bears than to human beings. Granted, before I moved to Norway I never gave much thought to what it takes to get through minus degree weather but let’s just say that I have given a lot of mental and pocket real estate to this subject over the past couple of years. So here is my winter survival guide, a toolkit to help you survive those long harsh winters, with some of my specific recommendations. View Post
It is not vain to want to look your best. I actually think it is important for my overall health to look good. I’m half joking when I say this but it is also true. When you look good, you feel good. And that is great for your overall well-being. Taking care of self begets good health, begets looking good and suddenly, hello gorgeous! So it goes without saying that my travel essentials are things I need to look and feel good. Here is a list of things that hit the suitcase first when I pack for any trip. My… View Post
Lillehammer hosted the 1994 Winter Olympics and the town is never going to let anybody forget that. On this trip, I got to try out my ski legs yet again. View Post