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1.  “I just lately accepted a job provide and I put a lot of your recommendation to good use! Particularly round wage, negotiation, and simply conserving my cool and never stressing about it. All through my job search, each time a recruiter requested what I used to be seeking to make, as an alternative of answering I politely requested them what their vary was, and virtually at all times they did give some sort of reply as an alternative of pushing. With the job I ended up accepting, I made particularly good use of your podcast episode about negotiation and negotiated for the primary time in my life. I can be getting a 25% elevate and taking three entire months off between jobs, which I feel is the longest break I’ve had since pre-k.

I actually credit score your weblog with giving me the boldness to remain cool about wage and negotiation. Thanks a lot!”

2.  “I’m scripting this fully in awe of how a lot has modified for me in simply two months. I began a brand new job in March, and was depressing by the summer time. I wrote in to the readers asking recommendation as a result of my boss had walked again all the pieces I had negotiated or particularly requested for inside three months of my begin date – together with some job duties. My psychological well being was actually beginning to undergo, however I wasn’t positive I might afford to take away myself from the scenario, and was frightened about job looking from a spot of desperation. After a lot agonizing (and validation from AAM readers), I put in my discover in late October with nothing lined up. Utilizing recommendation from AAM I up to date my resume and despatched out about 20 job functions. To this point, I’ve been contacted to maneuver ahead in about 7 of them, and acquired three gives – which is definitely probably the most profitable I’ve ever been in a job search! I can’t stress how a lot the attitude shift of interviews being a two-way road helped me be my finest self throughout interviews.

Precisely a month after I labored my final day I landed my subsequent job at an enormous nonprofit (I’ve solely ever labored at small companies the place the proprietor was the one boss), with an HR division (I do know they aren’t at all times useful however I’m nonetheless excited), that despatched me an precise provide letter (by no means seen a type of earlier than)! It’s an incredible alternative, I really feel actually valued already, and my wage bump is 36% – touchdown me someplace that I by no means thought I’d get to, and at last affording me monetary stability. I didn’t get to barter the wage however I did efficiently get an additional week of trip, placing me at 19 days. If I dreamed of working, this could be my dream job – although I in fact have some reservations (I’m coming in below a brand new just-hired supervisor – wouldn’t it be bizarre to casually drop AAM into dialog in order that they get all their administration recommendation from right here?). It’s an enormous step for me, and I’m feeling able to decide to the problem. The most effective half is that I pushed again my begin date a bit, so I’ve six weeks to actually chill out and get well from burnout after two actually powerful years. Thanks a lot Alison for all the job search enable you to’ve posted right here, and for this nice group that was an vital supply of assist for me throughout a very troublesome time!”

3.  “I’m retired from the Federal authorities, and I’m completely delighted on the prospect of by no means having a job once more.

I by some means stumbled throughout your web site perhaps six weeks in the past and started binge-reading. I don’t know why it’s so addictive, however I’m properly and really hooked. Alongside the best way, in fact, I’ve learn numerous tales of interviewing and your nice recommendation.

I by no means thought something right here could be related to me now at this level in my life, however I had a chance to audition (as a singer) for our native symphony refrain. The audition was yesterday, and amongst different issues, I needed to sing an unaccompanied solo. I’m NOT a soloist, and the considered this could normally ship me straight below my mattress. However all of your interview recommendation had taken up residence in my mind, and I made a decision WTH, I’ll deal with this audition as a job interview. I adopted the recommendation to make use of this as an opportunity to find out if the fit could be good for me in addition to for the director, aka the hiring supervisor. (Who needs to sing for a tyrant, proper?) That removed 90% of my nerves.

The audition began out with the solo, and positive sufficient, I had a mind fart, umm, senior second and spaced on the lyrics for the final two measures. As a substitute of breaking into tears or babbling apologies, I began laughing as I grabbed my music and completed the music. Fairly positive that having somebody crack up (within the good sense) was new for the director. The remainder of the audition went properly, and I used to be accepted!

As we completed and had been strolling out, I even flashed to your Magic Query, and requested a model of it: in what areas would I must get stronger in order that I might audition later this yr for the chamber refrain (a a lot smaller group singing very difficult music)? He was floored, however he gave me some particular suggestions on my strengths and weaknesses, and this night I reached out to a extremely really helpful vocal teacher to start singing classes.

Thanks, Alison and the commentariat, to your recommendation, your assist, and the limitless positivity of this web site. It completely made the distinction in letting my self-confidence come forth and ‘get the job.’ I want all of you the perfect in your individual dealings with insane bosses, slothful coworkers, lecherous purchasers, and clueless HR!”

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