Thursday, August 9, 2018

Show Me The Money! Salary Negotiation

Salary negotiations can be intimidating and confusing, often raising questions like “How much should I ask for?” or “How do I know what my net-worth is?” With a few simple steps, you can quickly answer these questions and provide employers with an appropriate salary expectation when an employer requests salary information on an application or in an interview. 
  1. Research your market value. Consider your experience, skill-set, and capabilities to successfully do the job and your education as it relates to the industry. Websites such as Salary.com and PayScale can help in determining an appropriate salary range based on your skills, experience, and education.
  2. Research the company. Beyond knowing your net worth, is it also important to research the company. Websites such as Glassdoor and CareerBliss allow you to gather salary information based on company name and job title.  Every day thousands of people share their salaries anonymously allowing you to see what employees earn at companies worldwide.
  3. Reframe. Compensation is more than a paycheck. We all have to pay the bills but compensation can also be included in benefits such as insurance coverage, vacation and sick leave, flexible schedules, and much more. These “perks” can be monetized and add value to your quality of life—personally and professionally. In an interview, let the company know that your first priority is to make sure that you both agree that this is a good fit and that you are well qualified for the position. You don’t want “numbers” to become a distraction. 
Job candidates often think that there is no leverage to negotiate salaries and the first offer must be accepted if you want the job, but you may be leaving money or additional benefits on the table. Although there is no guarantee that an employer will raise your salary, with a little research and confidence you might be surprised at what can happen. For additional assistance with salary negotiations or any additional career questions you may have, please contact WGU Career & Professional Development.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Check Out LinkedIn’s New Jobs Browsing Experience!

Have you spent hours, days, or even weeks scrolling through hundreds of job listings trying to identify the "perfect job title" that fits your degree? You're not alone. A challenge WGU students and alumni have is knowing what types of jobs to search for in their job search, or even which jobs exist.

LinkedIn has launched new job pages designed with the job seeker in mind. Now, job seekers and students unfamiliar with the professional landscape can browse job titles within various job functions (e.g. Information Technology, Healthcare Services, Education, or Human Resources). LinkedIn surfaces popular job titles and listings, as well as top cities and companies for a particular job.

As you browse job functions be sure to check out salaries as these can vary between job titles. Easily navigate to the salary explorer, and also explore our WGU Job Board to search for job listings for students and grads, and take a look at WGU’s employer research page for insight into companies you’re interested in to make informed decisions about your career.

Finding your dream job has never been easier!

For individualized assistance in putting a strategic job search plan into place, contact the WGUCareer & Professional Development Center. We are here to help!


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The Career Benefits of Online Education

Any time the topic of education comes up among my staff it quickly moves to the fact that I, the owner of the company and their employer, went to an online university. Most of my team went to traditional four-year schools and naturally have questions related to the comparable value of an online education. I, as the one holding the degree they like to question, find myself engaging in conversations regarding the frequently overlooked benefits of an online degree.

Here is what I often share:

1.   I believe that education is information imparted which remains with an individual long after a lesson ends and can occur independently of time and space. Confining education to a traditional classroom is short-sighted and restricts access for millions of people who have the desire, skills, and commitment to earn a degree.  

2.   Most major universities in America today offer an online educational experience. They do so because research suggests that online education is just as effective at communicating valuable information as traditional classes. In addition, offering online education increases enrollment for universities by providing increased accessibility and flexibility for students.

3.   Most importantly, my online education gave me an advantage over my employees - an online voice. More than the course content, it was the requirement of finding and refining my online voice that has proven the most valuable to me since graduation. And, when I say voice, I mean more than my writing style. I learned how to effectively communicate my ideas to a diverse group of people with the proper tone and etiquette. I found the right way to steer conversations to accomplish positive and productive outcomes. I learned how to negotiate and compromise without ever laying eyes on a person. Honing my online voice has been more invaluable to me than any skill I would have gained attending lectures during a semester at a traditional college.

As a digital marketer, I apply what I learned at WGU daily as I interact with people within a virtual space. For every conversation I have where both parties are in the same physical space, I have at least ten where the other person is hundreds if not thousands of miles away. So, WGU did more than teach me about a topic, it gave me the tools to succeed, providing a good living for myself and my employees, for which they should be thankful to WGU!

For personalized assistance in communicating the value of your WGU degree to a current or prospective employer, contact WGU Career & Professional Development.

About the Author


A believer in progressive thinking with a focus on the many ways technology drives business and profit, Spencer Wade is the Chief Executive Officer and Principal Strategist at Lift Conversions, a Google Partner and Bing Accredited digital marketing agency, with locations in Chicago, Illinois, and Westminster, Colorado. With years of experience as a broker and manager in the financial world before graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Western Governors University, Spencer brings a unique perspective and expertise to his leadership roles at Lift Conversions and the wider digital marketing community.