Negotiating Your Next Job Offer

April 18, 2017

Firsthand Staff

This week look at what work environments are best for different people, what we can learn about mentoring from skydiving and why kids need to learn to code.

Here are the ages you peak at everything throughout life
Business Insider
The best is yet to come. If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve passed the peak age for learning a new language and brain processing power. But you’ve got a lot to look forward to. Most Nobel Prize-winning discoveries happen at age 40. Your arithmetic skills peak at 50, and your vocabulary peaks at 71. Read Article»

4 Behavioral Interview Questions That Reveal What a Job Candidate Is Really Like
See through the polish. These days good candidates show up with rehearsed answers to the most common interview questions about their weaknesses and strenghts. But, getting polished and insincere answers doesn’t help you much as an interviewer. Instead, focus on fact-based behavioral questions such as “explain the toughest decision that you had to make in the last 6 months”, which are much harder to “bluff your way through.” These take away the polish and let great candidates really shine. Read Article»

How to Evaluate, Accept, Reject, or negotiate a job offer
Harvard Business Review
Your employer has fallen in love with you. Now what? First, shift your mindset. Be prepared to negotiate your salary, but maintain your enthusiasm for the opportunity. Second, consider perks other than the salary like job content, cultural fit, and vacation. Third, devise your negotiation strategy. Fourth, be tough but acknowledge that you can’t negotiate everything. Finally, if it’s not the right fit, say no politely. Read Article»

What I learned about mentoring from skydiving
Would you jump out of a plane for the first time without an instructor? Most people wouldn’t, but they’d walk into a room assuming they knew better than their boss or mentor. Instead, we could seek advice with total humility in situations when we don’t have the expertise and are entering someone else’s arena. That’s where we can find real growth. Read Article»

4 Kinds of Workplaces, and How to Know Which Is Best for You
Harvard Business Review
Everyone works differently. No job is perfect for everyone, but you can at least decide which kind of workplace best reflects your motivations and values, allowing you to do great work. Some companies are a community before they are a company. They value, trust, teamwork, and loyalty above all else. Others are built for superstars, like an investment bank or hedge fund. This is where competitive individuals come to shine. If you’re more cause-driven, then consider a “mission first” workplace. If you want to execute quickly, consider smaller-sized companies. Read Article»

Learning to Think Like a Computer
New York Times
Kids need to code. Schools around the country are opening computer science courses for non majors as a way to introduce sequential problem solving skills to more students. Technologies like MIT’s Scratch and Snap! remove the intimidation factor by presenting code as human readable labels, “Say ___”, “Wait ___ seconds”, etc. Even some kindergarten classes are getting on board with programmable robots that scan building blocks for instructions. Most jobs have/are going to have some level of programming – even if it’s just Excel – which is forcing schools to start treating Computer Science like they do Biology or Chemistry; fundamentals of a well rounded education. Read Article»

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