November 16th – The #NumberOfTheDay is 30
One often overlooked aspect of negotiating compensation for a new job is your vacation time and benefits package.
Job seekers tend to focus exclusively on negotiating a high salary and tend to forget about benefits. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of June 2020, benefits account for 30% of an employee’s overall compensation package.
The next time you are negotiating for a new job, you may be able to get an additional vacation, additional PTO, flexible scheduling, childcare reimbursement, tuition reimbursement, sign-on bonuses, retention bonuses, and more. Don’t be afraid to ask.
November 17th – The #NumberOfTheDay is 766 million
Just how important is LinkedIn in today’s job search? Check out some of these mind-blowing statistics:
- LinkedIn has over 766 million users with 310 million logging each month
- LinkedIn has over 20 million active job listings with over 63 million decision-makers
- Over 95% of recruiters use LinkedIn as a major source for finding new talent
- Over 100 million job applications are submitted each month, that is 55 job application each second!
If your LinkedIn profile is not optimized for today’s job search, you are missing out on a major opportunity.
November 18th – The #NumberOfTheDay is 60
According to a recent Jobvite survey, more than 60% of employers use Facebook in their recruiting, making Facebook the second most popular social network for hiring.
Keep in mind that employers often use Facebook as a tool to screen applicants – over 90% of employers and recruiters use Facebook to gather additional information about you, and over 70% have rejected job seekers based on inappropriate photos, comments, or content.
Make sure you sanitize your content for anything that may be deemed inappropriate and tighten up your privacy settings.
November 19th – The #NumberOfTheDay is 10
In football, 10 yards are needed to get a first down. Gaining additional yardage on each play is essential to a team’s success. Often players need to fight and claw their way to get an additional yard or two to make a first down; nothing is handed to them.
There are many similarities to the job search – it’s not an easy process and it is a grind from the minute you step on the field.
After getting tackled, beat down, run over, smacked in the face, and have a few losses in the books, you will finally breakthrough with a win. During your trials and tribulations, make sure you take time to remember what’s truly important – a promotion, higher salary, bigger office, or more vacation time is nice, but those things are fleeting; take time for yourself and your family and remember why you are on the field in the first place.
November 20th – The #NumberOfTheDay is 10,000
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison
According to the Edison Innovation Foundation, he operated on four simple principles taught to him by his loving mother:
- Never get discouraged if you fail. Learn from it. Keep trying.
- Learn with both your head and hands.
- Not everything of value in life comes from books- experience the world.
- Never stop learning.
The job search process can be daunting, especially when things don’t go according to plan. After an interview, analyze what went well, what didn’t, and what can you do to improve and learn from it. Failure is not an option.