Job Tips - Category: Career Development

Let’s Talk about Money

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In a recent survey with Iowa job seekers, we heard a common theme: "We wish employers would post salary information in job listings." "It's frustrating to not be able to see how much a position pays before applying for a job." Why don't all employers post their salaries? Sometimes sharing a salary puts employers in a bind due to the fact that salary is only one component of wages. Benefits and what is known as 'Total Compensation' are what employees cost their employer, not just that number on the paycheck.

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Average Wages: What Could I Be Making? – Iowa Edition

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If you read the headlines, you know wages are flat. While unemployment is low, employers may not be using higher wages as incentives to bring on new employees. And you could look at that number positively if you understand that wages, while not growing dramatically, are not going down. Most people wish they could make more money, but aren't ready to have the conversation with their employer about why they deserve more. This occasionally leads to employee turnover as employees seek greener pastures. What Does "Median Salary" Even Mean?

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Need to find GED Classes in the Corridor? Level Up Your Qualifications.

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Tired of having limited employment options due to a lack of a GED or High School Diploma?  The Corridor workforce is highly educated1, and not having this credential can hurt your chances moving up.  That said, there are some options - and it's not too late to get started.   It will take some courage and dedication, and a real commitment.  Ready for a change?  Here are local resources that can help you fit your schooling into your schedule.   Kirkwood Community College offers adults a few ways to get their high school diploma.

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Salary Negotiation Requires Research, Tact and Strategy

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If you’re like most graduates fresh out of college, you have an idea of how much money you need in your first job, but salary negotiation is a foreign concept. Little wonder-it’s one of those things most college classes don’t teach. First Things, First – Always Negotiate If there’s one thing career advisors agree on, it’s salary negotiation, even in your first job. Studies show employees feel satisfaction if they at least tried to negotiate a higher salary than if they took whatever was offered.

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