Job search

25 Apr


Finding a job can be a difficult task in today’s job market. There are many job opportunities on the internet. Some companies and public institutions publish job offers on their website. There are also many internet sites that are specialized in job market ads. Some sites are specialized in one particular area and others have job listings sorted by categories. Instead of consulting the most accessible job offers, such as those found in newspapers or on well-known websites, there is the possibility to diversify job search methods.

One trick that works relatively well is the use of social network (p298). It is important to let others in your network know that you are looking for job, but most importantly, that you are more than competent for the position you are targeting. Apply for positions for which you are qualified and if possible, for which you already have experience. You do not necessarily have to meet all the requirements, but in general you must be able to meet the expectations of a potential employer.


Salary Negotiations #1

25 Apr

This is really tricky business. If you get it right, you will be earning good salary. On the other hand, if you make a mistake you might face two of the following situations.

  1. If you ask for higher pay, you might not get an interview
  2. If you ask for a lower pay, you might lose opportunities to ask for a higher pay. (page 496)

I agree with the book delaying the salary negotiations. If you start the salary negations before the company, it wont be a good thing for your interview. They might think you as a “cocky” person.

To do a better negotiation, you have to know what you worth. There are many ways to find that out. If you’re a fresh graduate, you can find the average salaries of former students through your universities carrier center. The other best source is

Doing a proper Job Search (No. 2)

25 Apr

Job search is an important first step towards reaching your goal. After completion of your education or if you want to change jobs, proper job search is important to find the perfect career for you. Before searching for a job, one must be very clear on what their goals and values are. Things such as job security, location, future plan should be considered before looking for jobs. Once one is clear about his/her plans then they can start their job search. There are different sources to look for jobs. Some of them are networking, campus career services, web searches, job advertisements, employment agencies, etc. Any of them can be used. It’s better to use more than one source. During searches one must have their resume ready. They also need to prepare cover letters for any jobs they apply. Always provide accurate information when applying for job. Providing false information in your job application can result in a cause for dismissal and will reflect poorly on your character (pg. 305). Be ready for any background checks. The companies may look for information on your credit history or past employment, etc.

Topic #12 – Salary negotiations, nightmares to daydreams

25 Apr


Salary negotiations are the bane of my professional existence. How am I supposed to adequately quantify my professional worth when I struggle to validate my personal worth? Drama aside, it is a real issue for people in the technical fields to find their true market value. My first job out of school had me very excited in terms of salary. I followed all the rules one would traditionally follow, including the range I would hope for (284). After 8 months there I got a message from a recruiter letting me know that I could actually be making nearly double that amount at another company. Had this recruiter not notified me of my true worth, I have no doubt I would be working with a similar salary.

This raises another interesting facet of software and IT. Headhunting, or more softly referred to as recruiting is a very common practice in the field. There are numerous firms working to fill job requisites, competing amongst themselves to find you employment. I was at first hesitant about the practice of recruitment. I wanted to believe that I could find a company on my own that would see my value and compensate me appropriately. I’m no longer so disillusioned, I think of my recruiter like my agent – she certainly acts like one. Calling me to check in and see that I am happy, asking if my professional goals are being met, and letting me know what she thinks WE can get at the next gig. Having an employment ally has been one of the greatest boons to my professional career.

Job Search (Topic #2)

25 Apr


According to Alred’s Handbook of Technical Communication, “whether you are applying for your first job or want to change careers entirely, begin by assessing your skills, interests, and abilities. Next, consider your career goals and values (page 286).” There are many effective ways to get a job. If someone is looking for a job for the first time, or even wants to change careers, an essential task the job seekers should consider is to understand themselves and their needs. Browsing websites or social networking is one of the most common ways to search for a job. The researcher can find many jobs using this method, but they will have the obstacle to compete with a large number of applicants for the same job and some of them are better than them. If the researchers do not have a lot of qualifications or experience, they will have a low chance of getting a job.

Create a strong network of relationships is perfect way to search for a job as well. The researcher can rely on “LinkedIn” to establish strong relationships with your peers in the same field and communicate with them continuously. In addition, create a strong profile that displays the researcher’s advantages and attracts opportunities for him.

Salary Negotiations

25 Apr

When I started interviewing, this information would have been extremely helpful. Talking money is always extremely uncomfortable, and can potentially be a reason why someone would choose not to hire you.

My best practice is to give a range and avoid talking “shop” until they ask specifically or offer me the job. (But once I was called out during an interview for not giving a number – embarrassing!) I also do research on the market and average salary for the position before, and I assess my skills as an employee, gage what I’m worth, and go from there.

If the position you want offers too low and they can’t budge, try negotiating for more PTO, work from home, or bonuses.

Copyright Topic #1

25 Apr

The ethics note for copyrights states that the Internet has changed the way people view copyrights because all the materials are open to the public and free to access. However, the fact is that permission is still required when to use the material or to use it in any way. It reminded me of a recent incident about an international newspaper was accused of copy right violation. The newspaper used someone’s picture online in the article without getting permission. The context of the article crafted a negative connotation of the picture, which impacted the actual image of the person. In this case, even though the newspaper apologized, the person decided to file a lawsuit. After this incident, the newspaper began to cite every picture and image published in the article.

Personally, I need to be careful to double check and cite the source when I use images and music pieces for my work. Even though all the materials are already loyalty free because they come from educational websites, I should still cite them in case of any confusion or potential violation.