...until there's not enough

What’s the worst job ever?

I’m gonna say Pharmacist. The pay is great, but…

  1. You have to get through A LOT of difficult schooling to get your degree.
  2. You may have a lot of student loans to repay.
  3. You will have terrible hours.
  4. You will be incredibly busy all day long.
  5. Despite your prestigious degree, you might end up working in a Walgreens, CVS, Duane Reade, or Walmart.
  6. Again, despite your prestigious degree, you find yourself running a cash register and scanning people’s groceries.
  7. You deal with grumpy, sick people all day long.
  8. If you make a mistake or fail to disclose information, it could kill someone.
  9. You deal with insurance companies all day long.  When they refuse to pay for a prescription, the patient will often take out their anger on you.

What do you think is the worst job ever?

When applying for a job, always put “negotiable” when the application asks about your desired salary. Try to avoid talking about money and benefits until after they make you an offer.

A company is more likely to agree to a higher salary after they’ve decided that they want you for the job. This is due to a psychological tendency called “loss aversion”. If you bring up money before the offer is made, it could hurt your chances of even being considered if it’s higher than they expect to pay. 

Anonymous asked:
Any tips on negotiating salary and benefits when being offered a new job?

It’s a good idea to do some research on sites like Glassdoor.com to get an idea of what someone in your position typically receives.  As with any negotiation, the more info you have, the better.

Beyond that, you really should just be honest about what you would expect to make in exchange for what you can offer the company.  If you give off the impression that you’re trying to get more than what is typically offered for the role, you’re probably not going to get a call back.  However, the same holds true for the flip side of that equation if the company is trying to take advantage of you.  Remember, an interview is a two-sided meeting.  They’re interviewing you, but you’re also interviewing them.

If you really want to work for a company but they just aren’t offering what you think you’re worth, ask if they would be willing to re-evaluate your compensation in 6 months if you meet specific hurdles.  That way, you’re somewhat in control of your own destiny.

Good luck!

-Andrew