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Posted June 08, 2015 by

4 career resolutions for 2015

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Silhouette person jumping over 2015 on the hill at sunset. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

As 2015 races towards its half way mark, it is important to take stock of your career resolutions. Regardless of whether you made January resolutions or not, it is never too late to develop some resolutions to help you stay focused when it comes to your career. Working or not, these are four career resolutions you should adopt for 2015. (more…)

Posted May 18, 2015 by

7 enticing tips for recent grads to negotiate salary like nobody else

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Show Me The Money card with sky background. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Searching for work can be a daunting task at the best of times. It can be even more difficult if you are looking for work in a niche area. It is possible that in the excitement of obtaining a job you forget the last, most important obstacle. Your salary! This is the main reason for working and the reason you have been studying hard for so many years. It may seem rude or ungrateful to negotiate your salary when you have not even started the job yet; in fact this is one of the best opportunities to go through this process.

The majority of bosses will have more respect for you if you negotiate on your salary. The following tips will ensure you remain professional: (more…)

Posted February 14, 2014 by

Not So in Love with Your Current Job? 21% of Workers Looking for New Employment in 2014

Today is Valentine’s Day and while some of you will express your love to someone special, some workers are expressing a desire to change jobs.  That’s right, there are job seekers not so in love with their current positions.  So employers, if you’re wondering why some of your employees want to move on, the following post offers several reasons, as well as reasons other employees will stay on their jobs. (more…)

Posted May 03, 2013 by

How Recent College Grads Can Negotiate Starting Salaries

Professionals shaking handsIn a recent study, nearly half of employers reported they would pay recent college graduates $30,000 to $49,999 this year, and 25 percent reported they would pay $50,000 or more. When asked what they would be willing to negotiate when extending a job offer to a recent college graduate, 27 percent of employers said they would consider increasing starting salaries and a significant number said they would also be willing to negotiate other hard benefits such as tuition reimbursement and bonuses or soft benefits such as flexible schedules and telecommuting opportunities.

The percentages of employers who said they would negotiate benefits with recent college graduates being considered for entry-level jobs were: (more…)

Posted December 24, 2012 by

Why Cash Is Not Always King For Rewarding Employees

CollegeRecruiter.comFor employers who believe that money is the only reward that employees value, they may want to think again.  The following post offers more information.

Employers may think giving their workers cash rewards is the best way to keep them happy, but it turns out, its those non-financial awards that lead to loyalty and productivity among employees.

“Cash rewards don’t have a long lasting effect,” says Susan Heathfield, About.com Guide to Human Resources. “Most people fritter it away and don’t spend it on something tangible or significant in their lives and as a consequence its impact doesn’t last.”

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Why Cash Is Not Always King For Rewarding Employees

Posted December 18, 2012 by

72% of Employers Offering Year-End Bonuses, Up From 53% in 2011

As the nation’s economy continued to improve in 2012, so did employers’ generosity when it comes to rewarding worker contributions to success.  Results of a new survey show that 72 percent of employers plan to offer some type of year-end bonus this year, up from 53 percent a year ago.

John Challenger of Challenger, Gray & Christmas

John Challenger of Challenger, Gray & Christmas

The survey of human resources executives conducted by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. found that nearly 28 percent of employers will hand out bonus checks based on the company’s annual performance.  Another 17 percent said their companies will award bonuses to a select group of employees based on individual performance.

The results of the non-scientific survey were based on approximately 100 responses to an e-mail poll distributed in November.  Among those responding, only 21 percent said no bonuses would be distributed this year.  In contrast, the 2011 survey saw more than 43 percent say no bonuses would be handed out that year. (more…)

Posted December 13, 2012 by

46% of Employers Giving Holiday Bonuses This Year

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The scrooge economy appears to be loosening its grip, as a new study shows companies plan to offer more perks (bonuses, parties, gifts) than last year. The national study was conducted for Careerbuilder by Harris Interactive© from August 13 to September 6, 2012 and included 2,494 hiring managers and human resource professionals and 3,976 workers across industries and company sizes.

Bonuses: Forty-six percent of employers expect to give their employees holiday bonuses this year, up from 40 percent last year and 33 percent in 2010. Nearly one in five of them (19 percent) plan to provide a larger bonus than last year. (more…)

Posted October 15, 2012 by

83% of Employers Offer Merit Pay Increases to Improve Retention

Amy Kaminski of Compdata SurveysAs the job market slowly continues to open up, more employers are seeking ways to attract and retain the most valuable talent, and many are looking to rewards systems to facilitate this process.  The Compdata Surveys BenchmarkPro 2012 survey results found 82.8 percent of employers offer merit increases as one of the many systems used to reward employees. The average merit increase budget reported for 2012 was 2.7 percent, with 2.8 percent projected for 2013.

Bonuses are a popular reward option, as they are offered by 67.6 percent of employers surveyed. Nearly 40 percent of organizations use incentive pay, compared to spot incentives at 23.6 percent. Skill-based pay is utilized by 12.6 percent of survey respondents and key contributor rewards are used the least, 4.9 percent. (more…)

Posted December 14, 2011 by

43% of Employers Do Not Award Year-End Bonuses

In an era of tighter cost controls, the tradition of the year-end bonus or gift may be fading, at least beyond the confines of Wall Street. Roughly 43 percent of human resources executives in a new survey said their companies do not award year-end bonuses, perks or gifts to employees. That is up from 2007, when a similar survey found that 28 percent of companies never award year-end bonuses.

The survey released Wednesday by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. found that among the 53 percent of companies that do award bonuses, half give employees either a non-monetary gift or a nominal monetary award valued at less than $100. The results of the non-scientific survey were based on approximately 100 responses to an e-mail poll distributed in November.

Of the remainder awarding some type of year-end bonus, 31 percent give all employees a monetary bonus based on the company’s overall performance, while 19 percent give bonuses only to selected employees based on the individual’s performance. (more…)

Posted November 10, 2011 by

Bonuses Rising In Many Firms, Survey Shows

Some employees could see bonuses this year.  Maybe you are one of them.

Bonus checks may be a little bigger this year, a Robert Half survey suggests. Thirty percent of executives whose companies awarded bonuses last year said they plan to give higher bonuses this time around. Human resources (HR) managers were most optimistic about increasing bonus levels in 2011 (42 percent), followed by technology executives, at 25 percent. Only 14 percent of those interviewed expected smaller bonuses than last year. (more…)