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Negotiating Your New-Job Salary: How to Ask For What You Deserve

The terrific news: you’ve been offered the job. The high-anxiety news: now it’s time to talk money. Being able to negotiate for yourself when it comes to compensation (salary, additional income such as bonuses, etc., and benefits) is, for most of us, one of life’s ongoing challenges. The potential employer holds all the cards, right? Not according to authors Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever, who gained fame with their first book Women Don’t Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation – and Positive Strategies for Change (Bantam Dell, 2007). In Women Don’t Ask, Babcock and Laschever pointed out all the ways women unconsciously undermine themselves in all types of negotiations, but especially starting-salary negotiations. That well-known pay differential between men and women? Often, this is the place where it starts. Essentially, the authors found that the vast majority of women always accept an offered starting salary, while the vast majority of men successfully negotiate for a higher…

Instructor Blog: Adventures in Human Resources

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As I sat at my desk processing new hire paperwork, I was wondering if I was dreaming. Did I really hear a cat on the second floor of the suburban building my office was located in? Thinking I must be hearing things I continued to work on my paperwork. What I should have known is in the world of Human Resources, there is no typical day and that day was no exception. Eight years earlier, on a hot and muggy day in Bowling Green, Ohio, I was sitting on the floor with a college catalog. I was struggling to figure out what career I would pursue after I graduated with my undergraduate degree. There were so many options available and it was easier for me to create a list of what I did NOT want to do, then create a list of careers I would enjoy. As my roommates were teasing me for being uncharacteristically indecisive, I found an advertisement for a Human Resources internship program at Six Flags. The brochure listed the internship’s job duties and for the first time I was excited about a spe…

So, Are These People Crazy or Not? Sussing Out Corporate Culture

One of the challenges of job-hunting (and, hopefully, landing) is trying to figure out if your future colleagues and company executives are going to be great to work with, or if you’re instead about to land in yet another toxic workplace populated with evil co-workers and sociopath bosses. So it would be nice if there were some way to get at least a bit of an inside scoop on the corporate culture before you make the leap and become part of it. Happily, there are, in fact, a number of ways to do this. For example, you could check out the company on one of the anonymous review sites that have current and former employees evaluate the employer in question. (Needless to say, always keep in mind that the individual writing the review may have formerly been one of those evil co-workers, so be prepared to filter any information you read.) The best sites for this approach are CareerBliss.com, CareerLeak.com, and GlassDoor.com. Another way is to check with your personal and LinkedIn network t…

Up to $1000 Technology Scholarship for all New Technology Students

Here at Bryant & Stratton College online, we have been undergoing some exciting changes, especially with our technology degrees.  Not only is this an exciting time for us, this is all an exciting time for any new student interested in a technology degree.  For the September enrollment, we are offering a new Technology Scholarship! The Technology Scholarship is available to new students (not previously enrolled in any academic program at the college) who enroll in one of our technology based programs.  The Technology Scholarship is a one-time scholarship awarded during your first semester, and is available in the following amounts: Full-time students ($1000), ¾ time students ($750), Half-time students ($500). The following programs are all eligible for the new Technology Scholarship: AAS Interactive Media DesignAOS IT - with a focus on Mobile Applications DevelopmentAAS Networking TechnologyAAS Security TechnologyAAS Office Information Technology If you have been thinking about com…

Online Students Can Now Enroll in the Hospitality Management –Degree Program

Hospitality is an ever growing, trendy industry. Here at Bryant & Stratton College, we understand the need to follow the current industry trends, and to supply our students with the most current and in-demand degrees.This is why we have added an AAS in Hospitality Management-Restaurant and Hotel Services degree. This degree offers a broad educational approach to a career in the global hospitality industry. Samples of the classes you will be taking in the program include Principles of Hospitality Management, Technology in the Hospitality Industry, Hospitality Services Management and Convention and Event Management. How do you know if you’ll like hotel or restaurant management? While ultimately you’ll know best what industry will suit you, below are some questions to consider: Do those who know you say you’re a people person?Are you a hard worker?Do you have exceptional communication skills?Do you love going above and beyond for strangers to make their day or experience better? If y…

The Fine Art of Being a Great Team Member

How hard can it be to lead, manage, or be part of an effective team? Pretty darn hard according to best-selling author Patrick Lencioni (The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable, 2002), who stated: Not finance. Not strategy. Not technology. It is teamwork that remains the ultimate competitive advantage, both because it is so powerful and so rare. It comes as no surprise, then, that so many employers list “ability to work effectively as part of a team” among their most desired employee characteristics. Needless to say, you want to be able to mention your strong team-participation skills when interviewing for a job, but you also want to actually be a great team member, able to contribute your skills in a way that boosts the overall effectiveness of any team you’re part of. Skills of Great Team Members: Strong team contributors share certain characteristics that make them the go-to choices when a new project is rolling out.  Those characteristics include: Reliability. Team memb…

Work/Life/School Balance: You’re Kidding, Right?

Recently I came across a book titled SuperCompetent: The Six Keys to Perform at Your Productive Best. I’ve no doubt it’s an excellent book written by a very competent author (Laura Stack) who probably accomplishes more in one balanced day than the rest of us do in a week. However, as anyone who’s spent time combining work, college classes, and, often, parenthood can testify, when it comes to managing school, a job, and everything else that falls under the heading of “life,” balance is rarely part of the picture. The thing is, that’s okay. By choosing to pursue your degree, and commit to the effort that that decision requires, you’ve already demonstrated that you’re an amazing individual. If you’re also juggling a job and/or family responsibilities, you’ve automatically ascended to hero status. (And if one of those family responsibilities is a teenager, you’ve just qualified for sainthood….) So you have nothing else to prove to anyone at this point, and can instead focus on how to nav…