Monthly Archive for May, 2009

How Does Your Salary Compare?

Career Coaching

You need to know how your salary compares with others in your field, as well as the industry in which you work and the area where you live, in order to manage your career path.

Fortunately, this information is readily available via a least two new Internet sites: and> Contrary to some of the older sites that provide pay ranges of average income for a position in a particular geographic area, these two focus on pay scales for particular employers.

They operate on a vast amount of data. Jobnob, only three months old, posts more than 400,00 salaries. That number will soon grow to more than four million. The information contains average pay, plus the high and low range.

Check them out. If your employer is listed, you can learn how you salary stacks up. Thus informed, you can act in your own best interest in a variety of ways:

1. Be grateful your salary is in the top range.
2. Ask for a raise based on a valid comparison with what others are receiving.
3. Upgrade your skills to a better paying job.
4. Find work with another employer where the compensation is higher.

I wish your career success!

Ramon Greenwood, Head Career Coach
Common Sense At Work

References Can Make or Break Your Job Search

Career Coaching

Here are six career tips that will help you make sure your references will work to you advantage in your search for a job:

1. Never take for granted that a reference will be positive. Get approval from each one, no matter the relationship. This contact is best made with a face-to-face meeting.

2. Bring the potential reference up to speed on your job status, as well as the reasons you are looking for a new position.

3. Describe in detail the job you are seeking. Ask them for career advice, as well as any leads to job opportunities.

4. After you secure their assurance of a positive reference, send them a copy of your resume and cover letter. Ask for their comments. This is a good way to get them involved in your search.

5. Request that they notify you when they receive calls from prospective employers. Get their take on the degree of interest the interviewers have in your application and the status of the search.

6. Send “thank you” notes, for their support. Keep them posted on the progress of your job search. When you get the job keep your references posted on your progress you make on your career path.

References may be personal or professional. The personal ones can speak to your stability and character. On the professional side, references can address your qualifications to handle the job.
I wish you career success!

Ramon Greenwood, Head Career Coach
Common Sense At Work

Are You Guilty Of These Taboos?

Career Coaching

Are you guilty of committing one or more office taboos, anyone of which can disrupt your career path?
What about your associates, are they transgressors?

Here’s a list of the most common taboos that careerists commit in the workplace as compiled from a survey by

1. Falling asleep at work– 45 percent
2. Kissing a co-worker–39 percent
3. Stealing from your employer–22 percent
4. Speading rumors about a co-worker–22 percent
5. Consuming alcohol while on the job–21 percent
6. Snooping after hours–18 percent
7. Lying about an academic background–43 percent
8. Taking credit for someone else’s work–2 percent reports that men engage in these workplace taboos more than women.

I wish you career success!

Ramon Greenwood, Head Career Coach
Common Sense At Work

Career Coaching: Be Sure You Get Credit For Early Bird Hours

Being an early bird on the job leads to greater productivity, but your efforts will go unrewarded if the boss and your cohorts are unaware of them.

Nancy Halverson, a career counselor at Spherion, offers two tips for earning extra points on your career path for being on the job ahead of your associates:

1. Time-stamp: e-mail your boss when you hit the deck before regular hours.

2. Leave hints: Ask the boss whether or not you need special keys or a security code to get in the office during off hours.

I’d add two additional tips for action if all else fails:

1. Make a pointed comment about something that is pegged to a time before the regular work day begins.

2. Leave a note with time and date noted on your supervisor’s desk.

I wish you career success!

Ramon Greenwood, Head Career Coach
Common Sense At Work