Friday, November 23, 2012

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for What You Want

Whether you’re trying to move up the ladder or pursuing a great job offer, don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. 

Climbing the ladder
Whatever your career, you should take time to identify and map out your short- and long-term goals. Once you’ve determined the logical progression for your career path, you can identify what technical, management, and/or professional skills you need to achieve your goals.

Talk with someone who is in a similar career in a position you one day hope to achieve.  Ask this person about the type of experience he/she has and the training it took to attain that position.

Asking up front
Long-term career goals are important, but knowing what you want out of an initial job offer can be equally crucial. 

According to, there are many more facets of compensation than just base pay and health benefits. If items such as paid vacation, car allowance, bonus potential, and tuition reimbursement are important to you, be prepared to discuss these up front as part of the entire compensation package and job offer.

Likewise, if schedule flexibility and working from home are things you’re interested in, be ready to cite examples of how you have made this work successfully in past jobs. If you don’t have first-hand experience working in a flexible work arrangement, propose a plan that convinces the employer you can make it a win-win situation for both parties.

In either situation—climbing the ladder or pursuing a job offer—set goals, know your worth, have a plan, and act on it. If you’re confident with your road map, your travels should be smooth and successful.

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