Sunday, January 30, 2011

VP says hang in there

Well it looks like we have a new phrase from the vault to add to the 21st century.

Hang in there.

According to Wikipedia:

Hang in there, was a popular catch phrase made by a motivational poster. The poster featured a picture of a small kitten, hanging on to a tree branch. It has since become a popular relic of the 1970s.

A copy of the poster was famously presented to former Vice President Spiro Agnew by 100 of his supporters in Congress when he was under pressure to resign in 1973.

Now we have another VP connecting with the phrase.As part of the Obama Administration’s social media outreach this week, Vice President Joe Biden sat down with Yahoo! News’ Anna Robertson for a wide-ranging interview that included questions from sent in from internet users

Biden said that while the economy is starting to grow, he understands there it is still painful for the millions of Americans still looking for work.

“The message is "hang in there,” he said. “Things are coming back.”

That is good to know. Keep that mantra. Why don't we all use that. The next time you are late on a payment, just tell the caller, hang in there, the payment is coming. That's what the VP says. The next time you are on hold for forty minutes, an agent will come on and say, hang in there, someone will get to you.

The next time someone running for officer asks you for a donation, jsut say hang in there.

The question is hang in there for how long ?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Entry level jobs ?

A article titled "Ten Top entry level jobs" was on the aol. job section recently. The list seemed to stretch what is really considered an "entry level job." Here are the positons they listed with the salary.

1. Investment Banking Analyst. $73,000.
2. Assistant Actuarial Analyst. $54,000
3. Junior Tax Associate. $53,000
4. Pharmaceutical Sales Representative. $51,00
5. Auditor. $49,000
6. Wind Turbine Technician. $49,000
7. Health Care Research Analyst. $47,000
8. Search Engine Optimization Analyst. $44,000
9. Forensic DNA Analyst. $41,000
10. Law Research Analyst. $40,000

Source: All salary data is from The salaries listed are median, annual salaries for full-time workers with 5-8 years of experience and include any bonuses, commissions or profit sharing.

Every job required a degree in the field. A high percentage of people looking today most likely would not fit the bill for the positions. Is there such a thing as a well paid entry level job ?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Five questions to ask, five questions not to ask at interviews

The interview has just about wrapped up. You are interested in the position and the interviewer pops this question at you ?

Do you have any questions for me ?

Well, you should have several.

1. What is the biggest challenge in this job? You want to know what you will be asked to do. Come up with a reply to how you handled a similar challenge.
2. What do you enjoy about working here? This is a chance to find out about the culture and people there. It may be in line with what you seek with a company.
3. Is this a new position or a replacement? If you are replacing someone, see if they were promoted or let go. If it's a new position, they may seek your input on job responsibilities.
4. What kind of supervision will I have? Will someone check in with you now and then or will you be required to punch in and out throughout the day.
5. When will you make a decision? This will show you are interested in the position. They should tell you in a few weeks or the end of the month.

Don't ask these.

1. How long will my lunch hour be ? The days of the three martini lunches are long gone. You may have a scheduled one every day or it will be flexible. Expect 45 minutes or an hour. This will come after the offer.
2. Where will my office be located ? Don't ask for a corner office with a two windows. Once you have the position you can see where they locate you. If you will be in charge of people, aske how close you will be to them.
3. What is the social life here like? Don't try to find out if they have Christmas parties, picnics, fantasy football teams and like to hangout after work. You will find this out once you are there.
4. Have you ever been laid off ? Don't bring this up to them. A better question may be how did you find out about your position.
5. Why are you bulding a facility next door? If you have done your research on the company you should be able to answer this for yourself.

Bring a notepads, copies of your resumes and jot down relevant facts about the company. The key is to stay relaxed and have a positive flow with the interview.