It has been a few weeks since I last ran a career clinic, and it is my pleasure to use this opportunity for the first ever Money and Such giveaway. I am hereby announcing a $25 cash prize giveaway. Here are the rules -
To participate in the contest, leave a one line comment on this post - no more than 10 words - by 5:00 PM Pacific Time on June 21, 2009. Your comment needs to include a useful piece of career advice. The winner will be determined by random drawing, and will be announced on Monday, June 22 on this blog. The winner must then contact me within 3 days. If the winner does not contact me, I will select and announce a new winner. The prize will be paid using PayPal.
Late addition: per reader questions, only one entry per person please. Also, please make sure there is a way for me to contact you - if you have your own blog and your contact info is on your blog, that should be fine, if not, please leave an e-mail address with your comment. Something like "shadox1 at the domain name google dot com" should be good enough to avoid spammers.
By the way, if you leave a comment, your chances of success are probably pretty high, given that I don't think I have ever received more than a dozen comments on any post I wrote here. I do hope to break that record...
To start things off, here is my own one line piece of career advice:
Careers can last for decades, build yours patiently.
And now, here are a few good career related posts that I noticed over the past week.
The Simple Dollar looked at the basic building blocks of a career. It's an excellent post and I couldn't agree more. I will take the article a step further - contrary to Trent's position in the post, pretty much everything you do is another "brick" in your career wall - it's just a matter of finding out how to apply what you are doing day to day to your career story. I am wondering if Trent was thinking of Pink Floyd when he wrote that post.
Julie of Wise Bread explains how online job boards can be used effectively. Here's is my suggestion: find a posting online, and then instead of applying on the site, find a way to get introduced to the hiring manager through a mutual connection. LinkedIn is my favorite method for getting that introduction.
Mrs. Micah offers advice for freelancers on how to charge customers for tasks that seem simple. Her point: you should charge your customers based on the value that you create, not the amount of time you spend doing the work. I am reminded of a story about a patient that complained to his dentist that he was being charged hundreds of dollars for having a tooth removed - a task that took only minutes. The dentist responded that if the patient preferred, the dentist could achieve the same result over several hours... it's all about the end result...
Free Money Finance talks about 20 things that you can do to nail an interview. It's a good list, but personally, I am not a big believer in thank you notes. Never read or responded to one that was sent to me. Of course, it could be that I am an exception. Probably couldn't hurt.
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