The Ultimate Career Guide Tip

That’s a pretty heavy title isn’t it? With a title like “The Ultimate Career Guide Tip” you’re probably expecting substantial proof this tip is legit. That’s fair. In order to deliver this proof and convince you the tip is worth your time, I’ll deviate from the regular article or blog post formula just a bit.

First, I guess you want to know what the tip is. I’m like that too. Tell me now so I can decide if I want to continue. No such luck this time. It’s important that you read further before I divulge the ultimate tip. The good news is, you won’t be bored. The following paragraphs tell a true story that will hopefully help you see the value of the tip.

Last week I called my friend Dwayne for advice. We’ve been friends for about sixteen years. No we’re not super old. We’ve just stayed in touch over the years though we never see each other. The background on our friendship is to establish the validity of confidence we have in each other.

Back to the story. An older woman I’ve known for many years recently asked me about working from home. She works full time and has been seeking a legitimate way to cut down on her commute and spend more time at home with her retired husband. She asked about my networking and if I had any ideas to help her.

I asked her what interested her and what she wanted to do. She’d considered medical billing and coding. After I gathered more information from her, we ended the conversation with me promising to reach out to some of my contacts, doing a little research and following up with her at a later date.

It was a couple days later that I called Dwayne. He is what’s considered an accomplished medical records professional. His current title is Coding Consultant. It sounds fancy but the best part is he loves his job and he knows his stuff. Oh, and he gets to travel all over the country. Not bad, you might think. Not bad at all, especially considering the path Dwayne took to reach this level of success in his career. Here’s what he did:

1. Got his bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine (he wanted to do something health related)
2. After graduation he accepted a not so glamorous position just to pay his bills
3. He then volunteered with a local hospital in their medical records department
4. After volunteering for less than six months he studied for and received his medical coding certification
5. Still working two jobs, he began a correspondence course to sharpen his coding skills
6. When a coding vacancy opened up in the hospital Dwayne was offered the position
7. After seven years experience and more certifications under his belt, Dwayne accepted a position as a Coding Consultant who travels to hospital across the United States and occasionally works from home on his laptop

Did you figure out the ultimate career guide tip? Find a way to volunteer where you want to end up. Options include working remotely, working even one night a week, working one day each weekend or if possible rearranging your current schedule.

Volunteering gives you hands on experience and places you at the top of the hiring list when a position becomes available. It’s even easier to do if you’re currently unemployed.

During my conversation with Dwayne he outlined the steps necessary for my other friend to get certified, get experience, get a coding job and he provided the name of a company for which she could eventually work with from the comfort of her home.

Perfect Phrases For Negotiating Salary & Job Offers

Sometimes when you are negotiating for higher pay, more benefits, the best starting salary, or a promotion, you just don’t know what to say. Issues will come up that you have not thought about and you find yourself unprepared to respond with an appropriate answer. This is where “Perfect Phrases for Negotiating Salary & Job Offers: Hundreds of Ready-to-Use Phrases to Help You Get the Best Possible Salary, Perks, or Promotion” by Matthew J. DeLuca and Nanette F. DeLuca comes in. This book provides a wide range of examples to modify to your own situation and practice before you enter your negotiations. Proper preparation before a negotiation is crucial for negotiating success, and this book will help you prepare the right words for just about any salary or job offer negotiation.

The first part of the book focuses on preparing for salary negotiations. It contains advice on figuring out where you are in the negotiation process, why you should receive more money, how to determine your selling points, defining what compensation means to you, and some basics on how to negotiate.

The second part of the book deals with salary questions before and during the recruiting and selection process. This section gives you a number of model responses to various situations such as submitting a salary number versus a salary range, or responding to objections if you are a job seeker fifty years old or older.

The third part focuses on negotiating the total compensation offer, including salary, benefits, and perquisites. There are a lot of samples you can use when negotiating salary, bonuses, option, flexible hours, and other compensation related items. This part also contains advice on counteroffers and finalizing offers.

The fourth part contains examples of negotiating at your current job. There are phrases you can use when asking for a promotion, a raise, negotiating over severance, and other related items.

Part five deals with special circumstances such as per diem, working off the books, and when invited back by a past employer. Again, phrases are provided for all of these situations that you can modify to fit your own needs.

The appendixes contain information regarding how to determine your current level of compensation, sample letters for wrapping up negotiations, and other resources.

I found this to be a good little book for the person preparing for salary or job negotiations. It provides ample phrases to modify to your own situations to be better prepared to succeed when asking for the salary, benefits, or perks you want. If you are getting ready to negotiate your salary or for a new job offer, reading this book first will help with your preparations.

Choosing a Career Guide

Choosing a career seems like an easy decision, doesn’t it?  For some people it is.  But for others, they need more of a definitive career guide when it comes to choosing a career path they want to travel down.  Almost all of us have dreamed of what we wanted to be when we grew up.  Many don’t get to realize those childhood dreams.  At the very least, they put them aside because they need to earn a paycheck.  You see, not everyone gets to realize their childhood dreams.  However, there’s really no reason why we have to give up on them.

That’s where a career guide can be especially helpful.  A career planning guide can tell you everything you need to know about your dream career. That includes what schooling you will need, any special training that is required, and what to look for when trying to find a job in your chosen career field.  Choosing a career guide is really a simple process, but it is also one that is very important when you are looking for your dream job.

Many career guides can be found online, but be wary when you are choosing which one you want to follow.  Make sure that the people or company that has written the career guide is qualified to give advice when it comes to career paths.  You don’t want to base you career decisions on a guide that is written by someone who has no experience or education in guiding someone down the right career path.

Choosing a good career guide depends on finding one that will give you objective information.  That includes the bad and the good of any particular career.  If a career guide you are reading says nothing but positive about a job, you will want to pass on that one and move on to another.  After all, we know that every single job has its ups and downs – its positives and negatives, if you will.  Any career guide that glorifies all jobs as God’s answer to the perfect career is one that isn’t credible.

We all need advice when it comes to choosing the right career path.  Who couldn’t use a guide along that career path to make sure that we don’t take a wrong turn?  Just take care when choosing a career guide and then take the advice that is offered to heart.  Then you just might find yourself living your childhood dream working in a job that you always wanted.