Posted: December 29th, 2011 | Author: Adriana Llames | Filed under: job offer negotiations, salary negotitation | Tags: career coach, career coaching, Personal Branding, salaries, salary negotiations | Comments Off on Real Salaries of 2011: What’s Ahead in 2012
Considering a new career? Before you jump into a new industry or profession, read this. From personal chefs to commercial pilots, corrections officers and celebrity realtors, here’s what they actually made last year.
Personal chefs to plastic surgeons
- Allison, a PA-based personal chef, $55,000
- Angela, Social Media Manager, $42,000
- AnneMarie, Newspaper Reporter, $26,000
- Cindy, Elementary School Secretary, $17,500
- Chad, Beverly Hills Celebrity Realtor, $1 Million+
- Bill, Corrections Officer, $44,000
- Bryan, FedEx Pilot, $148,000
- Frank, Plastic Surgeon, $1 Million
- Helen, Registered Dietician, $72,000
- Jeanine, Library Director, $38,000
- Julie, Food Truck Owner, $43,000
- Sandi, Emergency Room Registered Nurse, $50,000
A look ahead
With the U.S. economy teetering daily like the teeter-totter on a children’s playground, it’s smart to focus your career on skills that you know well. If you’re considered an expert, employers will pay. If you’re thinking “now’s the time to go out on my own”, check your savings account for 12 months of living expenses and ensure it’s and industry the economy is backing.
Salaries will stay at their current rates for 2012 and those receiving job offers will have room to negotiate for their fair market value. Engage salary tools (e.g. payscale.com, salary.com and glassdoor.com) to determine your fair market value when engaging in salary negotiations.
285,000 jobs a month for 5 years
While the Economic Policy Institute predicts it would take 285,000 new jobs per month for the next 5 years for our economy to return to pre-recession unemployment levels, all it takes for you to return to that state is one new job. Focus on that one and it’s a far more attainable goal.
3 Hot Industries in 2012
The hot industries remain consistent in 2012: Healthcare, Digital/Social Media and Green Energy. If you’re already in these industries, great for you. If you’re looking to break into one of these, focus on skills that transfer easily (e.g. project management, client relations, team management, accounting). Most importantly, connect the dots for the hiring manager in your personal brand, on your resume, LinkedIn profile and during the interview.
Posted: May 17th, 2011 | Author: Adriana Llames | Filed under: Career Coach, Career Transition Networking | Tags: adriana llames career coach, career coaching, career coaching ROI, job search, job searching | Comments Off on Career Coaching Return On Investment: Does It Exist?
As a professional career coach for over a decade, I make it my business to study the trends of the “employment” business. If that sounds odd to you, you’re not alone, in fact my parents are with you. Until I became a published author last year, my parents had such a hard time explaining what I did, much less understanding it, that my mom would regularly as how my job search was going! (Don’t tell them but I have a job…that I love, as a career coach.)
Career Coaching: Does It Work?
Yes. Did you expect me to tell you otherwise? On a serious note, it does work and in a variety of ways. According to a study conducted by Metrix Global , the ROI of executive career coaching exceeding 500%, excluding “significant intangible benefits”. In other words, for every $1 you pay out, you receive (or save, which is the same thing) $5 in return for that investment. If that sounds high to you, I thought so too which is why I did an investigation of my own.
Of the clients I’ve career coached specific to resume and Linked In essentials, here is the ROI they have experienced:
- 81% have landed interviews and moved on to the second phase of the hiring process
- 19% landed new jobs with an average increase in base salary of 14.5%
- 8% landed new jobs with equal base salary compensation
- 99% used the new market-focused job search tools created for their search to achieve these results
If money was everything in life, I would never have become a career coach or published author. The intangible benefits are what get keep us happy, strong, committed and smiling on days when life seems bleak or when – as a struggling entrepreneur you’re eating the same dinner three times a week. These are the intangibles. Study after study, from the Society of Human Resources Management to the International Coaching Federation and Metrix Global, prove that intangibles benefits rank higher to individuals than increased compensation. In two of these studies, survey’s respondents cited:
- 52% increase in self-confidence
- 60% increase in personal and work productivity
- 53% increase in career satisfaction
Coaching ROI Exists, Now What?
Now that you know career coaching generates a 500% ROI for your financial investment, increases your self-confidence by 52% and career satisfaction by 53%, what’s next? That question is for you to answer. Are you ready for an executive career coaching? Do you want to change careers? Is it time to get inspired and engage a professional career coach? Wherever you find yourself, know that the best results come by creating a clearly defined coachable goal and connecting with the right career coach from day one.
Posted: January 20th, 2011 | Author: Adriana Llames | Filed under: Career Coach, Interview Tips, job offers | Tags: adriana llames, adriana llames career coach, career coaching, job offer, job offers | Comments Off on What To Do When An Employer Just Isn’t Into You
It’s Not You, It’s Us.
Was she kidding? I’d spent $55 getting my hair freshly coiffed for my day of back-to-back interviews in their offices, $80 on a gorgeous (slightly used) DKNY velvet blazer and was more than qualified! Wait, was that it? Was I overqualified?
Your qualifications likely had nothing to do with it – and I bet your (slightly used) coat looked fabulous! The reality is that landing a new job is like landing a spouse. It’s not as easy as some people think!
Dating and Job Searching are so much alike it’s scary and sometimes an employer just isn’t into you. You can wear a beautifully tailored suit, shine your shoes, put your best foot forward and know that you truly are the “best” candidate for the job but if the fit isn’t there it doesn’t matter. We all know what it feels like.
Think back to the last time you went on a first date, an interview or on the schoolyard playground. You want so bad to be chosen, to be “the one”. Sometimes it’s just not your turn. I’ve had plenty of days when I wanted to be “the one” and it wasn’t my turn.
If you’re interviewing remember that when decision day comes, if the employer “just isn’t into you” it wasn’t the right fit. My Mother would say “When one door closes, another one opens” and I suppose that’s true although it’s hard to see the open door with a closed one in your face (sorry, mom. love you.)
I say to approach each event, be it life, dating or job searching, with a sense of gratitude. Find a way to be grateful that they weren’t into you and know you have something better in store for you ahead. Send the decision maker a “thank you” note (I wrote a blog a few months ago with a sample one) to let him/her know that you appreciate being considered and wish them the best in the future.
Another employer that cherishes your skills, energy and expertise will be totally “into you” soon and you’ll look back on this and smile.