Remote jobs are becoming increasingly popular in the United States. Since 2005, remote work has grown 159% and more than 4.7 million people in the United States enjoy a telecommuting job. While many individuals are seeking remote work, it may not be best for everyone. Before you look for remote jobs, there are several questions you should ask yourself. 1. Are You a Self-Starter?   As a remote employee, you will not have someone looking over your shoulder and making sure you complete all of your work. You must have the self-discipline to set aside your distractions and focus on your work. You...

When quitting a job, you will often be required to attend an exit interview before you leave. This is a short meeting or a written survey that allows you to share with the employer the good and bad about the position and company. While it is important to provide honest feedback, if you come across too negative or rude, you could hurt your future relationship with the company. Here are a few things to remember to help you conquer this interview.  Leave Your Emotions Out of It  Many individuals walk into the exit interview with plans to vent and complain. They may have...

There may be times throughout your career when a pay cut is inevitable. You may receive a pay cut if you switch jobs or if layoffs or changes in your company occur. This can be stressful, especially if you don’t know how to properly handle a pay cut. Here are a few tips to help you better manage your new financial situation. 1. Negotiate New Benefits Your salary shouldn’t be the only benefit you receive at a job. If you receive a pay cut, negotiate with upper management to receive new benefits. For example, talk to your employer and ask for...

The job hunt can be an overwhelming and daunting experience. Regardless if you have a substantial amount of experience behind you or you are starting, it can be difficult to find a job that you love and are perfect to fill.   When working with a recruiter, you have someone who can make the entire process less stressful. A recruiter’s job is to make a connection between an applicant and a company. They are hired by a company to find the right candidates to fill open positions — they do not find jobs for people.  Why should you work with a recruiter? Is...

A full-time employee spends more than 40 hours a week in the office. To make this time enjoyable and to help you feel engaged and connected at work, it is essential that you develop strong professional relationships. However, it can be challenging to find a balance between social and professional relationships in the workplace. Here are a few ways for handling these work relationships. Be Careful What You Share  While a strong friendship is built on knowing one another well, you want to be wary about oversharing details about your personal life. While it is certainly acceptable to share some information about...

Just because you may live in the United States, it doesn’t mean you can legally work here. You must become work authorized to hold your dream job in the U.S.   What does becoming work authorized mean and how do you receive this status? Here are a few things you should know about becoming work authorized in the United States and the process to qualify.   What Does it Mean to Receive Work Authorization?    Work authorized is essentially an individuals’ employment eligibility. If you are born in the United States and are a natural-born citizen, you are automatically eligible and authorized to work in...

As you apply for a new job, you want to make yourself as marketable as possible. You want to appear as the ideal candidate and have the qualifications and skills necessary to complete a certain task. However, while some skills are industry-specific, others are not. Transferable skills are those skills that will help you be successful regardless of the industry and job title. You can use them as you move from job to job. While there are dozens of transferable skills you can acquire, here are five that should be at the top of your list.    1. Flexibility  The best employees can...

Having friends at work can create a more enjoyable work environment. You feel like you have an ally and you aren’t all alone in the workplace. However, the workforce can be competitive and making friends can be a challenge. Here are a few ways that you can create work friendships and build personal relationships at the office. Say ‘Hi’   As you walk by your coworkers on your way to break room or in the parking lot, make sure to say “hi.” You don’t have to start a full conversation with the individual but a friendly gesture is a simple and easy...

It isn’t uncommon for many employers to hold a meeting just “to hold a meeting.” According to a report by the Harvard Business Review, more than 70% of the surveyed managers said that most business meetings are unproductive and inefficient. In many cases, these meetings could simply be an email that takes only a few minutes of the participant’s time rather than a chunk of their day. When you find yourself trapped in one of these unproductive meetings, here are a few ideas to help you stay productive and get something out of it.    Take Notes   Taking notes can help you pay attention,...

When you walk into a job interview, you want to make an immediate impression. While being prepared, your personality and even your resume will all contribute to your overall impression and the likelihood of getting the job, there is still basic interview etiquette you need to follow. Here are several things you should keep in mind during your next job interview.    Arrive on Time Walking in late to a job interview is not only going to make a bad impression, but it is also rude as well. This one action tells your interviewers that this job is not a priority to you...