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Frequently asked questions & Answers- Career:

Are the resume tips, cover letter tips & the sample resume format you have on your site applicable when applying for a teaching job overseas? 

Answer: The resume writing tips, cover letter tips & sample resume format on our site are general, so they can be used with some modifications to match the job requirements you are applying for. Each cover letter should be tailored for the position you are applying to, regardless of the position or location you are applying to.

 

 

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Frequently asked questions- Salary/ Pay Rise:.

Question: I am applying for jobs online that ask for ‘desired salary’. Is it a good idea to indicate what I’d like to make? 

Answer:  It is best to indicate that your salary expectations are negotiable. Try to delay discussing your desired salary or salary requirements until you are offered the job, if possible.

Question 3: I have been  asked to attend a job interview in a different city., so will need an airline ticket, hotel room for one night & a rental car or taxi. Should I ask them if they expect me to pay for these interview travel expenses or will they pay? Currently I am only working part time.

 

 

Answer: It really depends on the company. Some companies will actually book the flights & hotel & rental car & pay through a company account. Some will ask you to pay, then to submit the expenses after your trip in the form of an expense report, then they will reimburse you. Some may ask you to pay for the expenses.

You can simply ask if they will  reimburse these interview travel expenses, or if you have to pay. If you have to pay, you can decide right away if you want to be working for them & take it from there.

Pay raise request letter:

Question 3: How to ask for a pay raise request letter and how much should I ask for?

Answer: 

  • A pay raise request  is usually asked for or requested by setting up a meeting with your immediate manager and by discussing the pay raise request in the meeting.
  • So unless you were asked for a pay raise request letter, which is rare, you usually don’t need to write a pay raise request letter.
  • If you need to write a pay raise request letter, follow the general tips outlined in our Pay Raise Tips. There is no standard method for a pay raise.
  • Regarding how much to ask for, that really depends job market conditions, your level of expertise in your field and also depends on how much you are confident you are worth to your employer. If you don’t ask, the boss may simply give you a small pay raise and consider you would be happy with that. It is always best to ask for more than you are expecting and then negotiate, because you rarely get exactly the pay raise that you ask for.

Let me work work with you so you can negotiate the best pay raise & salary. Email me at info@kmd-solutions.com for an initial obligation free discussion.

Pay rise review:

Question: Every time I ask my boss for a pay rise, he only brings up minor mistakes I have made and ignores my major achievements. Any suggestions?

Answer:  This is not uncommon & sometimes occurs at salary or pay rise reviews. Ask your boss to list to you what will qualify you for a pay rise next time, what you need to work on and what the timeframe is. If he lists these minor mistakes, it would appear that they are important to your boss and you would need to work on them. If he doesn’t list these minor mistakes, you can inquire why he hasn’t. Next time the pay rise come up, bring up the list in the meeting & go over each item with him/ her. This would make it harder for the boss to refuse the pay rise, if you qualify based on the list.

Salary increase request letter- Frequently asked questions & answers:

Question 6: I was asked to write a salary increase request letter to justify the salary increase, as I have already accepted several additional responsibilities with my current employer.  Can you give me some tips?

Answer:  

  • You probably could have negotiated a higher salary increase if you finalized/ negotiated the salary increase prior to accepting the additional responsibilities.
  • Sounds like your manager may want a salary increase request letter to show to his/ her senior manager or just wants it for the record.
  • In your justification, explain the additional value you bring to the company, your achievements with the company so far … etc.
  • We suggest being firm, by using words like “I deserve so & so” or I want this higher pay because I have earned it & I deserve it” and do not use words like “I’d like” or “I hope” or “I guess”.
  • We also suggest your justification be in bullet points.

Promotion Relocation

Question: I have been offered a promotion at my present company to a managers role. But I have to relocate to Sydney, Australia, which is an area I don’t know. Should I ask for relocation pay, time off to find somewhere to live, negotiate pay and anything else I should be asking in terms of moving to a more expensive area?

Answer: It really depends on the company. Some companies will offer you paid accommodation for a number of weeks & paid time off to find a suitable place to live. They’ll also pay a certain amount to cover moving your furniture or they will arrange and pay a moving company to do so. We suggest you negotiate to get this assistance.

As far as your salary, compare the cost of living in your city with that of Sydney & ask for an amount to compensate you for the difference. Obviously you need to negotiate & be flexible.

How can I write a reference page for a resume?

Answer: Use a separate paper and title it “references”. Then list the name of your first reference. Below that list his/ her title, then list the company they work at. Then list their contact phone numbers. Repeat this for the next reference….etc. Usually list three references, if possible.

What is a CV?

Answer: CV is short for ‘Curriculum Vitae’. A CV or ‘Curriculum Vitae’ is a marketing tool that contains information about you, your knowledge, education, skills and employment details. Your CV must be well presented and show the accomplishments, strengths and achievements relevant to the position you are applying for. See our CV writing tipsCV action verbs cover letter sample format.

Question 2:  I have two confirmed job offers. I like company B more, but they are paying considerably less. Do I accept the company B’s offer or ask company B to match the offer of the company A? Also, should I try to get more out of   company B by telling them that I have another job offer? By the way I am currently unemployed, as I was laid off by my last employer 6 months ago.

Answer

First, it is a good idea to review & compare the whole salary packages & not just the base salaries.

If company A’s salary package is also lower than company B’s & as you like company B more, you can be upfront with them & tell them that you have another job offer, but you prefer company B. You can try to negotiate with them. Ensure that they don’t get the impression that you are going to go back & forth between the two companies, as that can backfire plus you don’t want to burn any bridges.

If you are happy with the result, it is best to accept offer B. If you are not happy with the result, you can mention to company A that you have another job offer & see if you can negotiate with them. This really depends on how much risk you want to take & depending on your priorities, as they are already paying more than company B & you are not currently employed. It may be safer to accept company A’s offer.

Offer from another company:

Question 5: After getting an offer from another company, my current employer offered me 5% more than the offer I got from the other company. I don’t know what to do. Do I negotiate with the other company or do I accept my current employer’s higher offer?

Answer: 

First you should evaluate & compare other factors such as career paths, the companies, the actual jobs, job security…etc.

Questions that come to mind: If you are worth that much more, why didn’t your current employer pay you accordingly before you got the other offer? So you had to force them to pay you more! How will they treat you after this & in the future?

You can tell the other company that you have a higher offer from your company BUT it could backfire, as they may think, if they give you more, you may go back to your current employer & ask for more… etc. So be very careful if you decide to negotiate further with the other company.

Probably the safest option would be to tell the other company that you decided to accept their offer (assuming you want to do this), but see if they can improve the offer as your current company has offered you more, but make it clear that you have no intention of staying with your current employer (again assuming you don’t intend to stay with your current employer) & make it clear that you won’t continue to go back & forth between the two companies.

Let me work work with you so you can negotiate the best salary. Email me at info@kmd-solutions.com for an obligation free discussion.

Question 8: I have been asked to relocate to a small town as part of a restructure within the company I work at. The company will pay for all the relocation expenses to the small town & I am happy at this company, but I don’t like the small town life, as I am a city person. My immediate manager knows I don’t really want to relocate to a small town, but it’s not up to him. So can I simply refuse to move or do I tell them either I don’t move or I will resign ?

Answer: I would evaluate this based on my personal circumstances such as the position, finances, age & what risk I can take or would be willing to take. Also, how easy would it be to get another similar job in the city.

As for if you can simply refuse to move or to simply resign if they insist that you relocate, it depends on the laws of the state or country you live in and on the company policies. But if the company needs you to move to the small town & if it is easy for them to replace you, then it is probably best to tell them your preference, without refusing to relocate, and if they insist, then may be you can relocate while starting to look for another job elsewhere. Again it depends on your personal circumstances. A related topic.

Question 4:  I had several interviews last month & two of them went very well & they both told me they would contact me within a week. The rest of the interviews were also good. I sent thank you letters to all the companies as I always do. I felt very confident that i would get an offer from one of the companies, so I have taken it easy with the job search since then, but no one has contacted me. I have called & left messages, but nothing yet. It has been over a month now, so should I try to contact the companies again?

Answer:

Some companies take longer to decide. You can always follow up or contact them again. Regardless, during the job search, it is best not to stop or slow down until you have a job offer.

Question 4:  What is your expected salary? This question is usually asked in job applications & at job interviews. How should I answer this question?

Answer

It is best to delay answering this question by saying something like “my starting salary requirements/ expectations are negotiable” or  “I am sure we’ll agree on a starting salary”

The reasons for delaying answering this question are:

  •  If your expected salary is less than their budget for the position, you may miss out on getting higher salary.
  • If your expected salary is higher than their budget for the position, they may eliminate you.

So, let the employer decide to hire you first, then discuss the starting salary. At this stage, you will be in a much better position to negotiate a higher salary and to secure the position.

Always negotiate after you are offered the job, but before you accept the offer.

 

We frequently add new FAQ & A.

Question 1: I really hate cold calling and I just can’t do it, so do you have any hints for me so I don’t miss out on un-advertised jobs?

Answer: Cold calling can be discouraging & that’s why many don’t like it. It can be very rewarding due to very little competition. In order not to miss out on unadvertised jobs/ hidden job market completely,  you should at least network, by letting as many people as you can know that you are looking for a job, even if they are in a different field or industry. Contact & talk to previous employers, associates, customers, suppliers, other parents, neighbors, people in clubs you belong to …. etc. Also check job openings posted on websites of companies that interest you.  Also, check the links on those websites, as they are usually related. See the hidden job market