How to Effectively Ask for a Raise

The nerve-racking slow buildup of tension and the constant self-encouragement to finally ask your boss for the raise you desire can be outrageously exhausting. The fact of the matter is, you should feel comfortable enough to talk to your boss openly and honestly about acquiring a raise, but we tend, as human beings, to get in our own heads and over-analyze. It’s what we do best. So, naturally, here are some of the best tips we can provide to tackle your anxiety and be prepared to ask for that raise.

Find the right moment. When asking for your raise, you will want it to be at a time when business is booming. If your company is going through some pitfalls and the environment is stressful, then that might not be a good moment to approach your boss. Experts say the best time to ask is right after you have completed a project and are just starting a new one or during (or right after) your performance review.

Go into the discussion prepared. You will need to have evidence as to why you feel you deserve that raise and how you are valuable to the company. Display all that you have contributed and how important that has been to the company’s growth. Provide him/her with positive ways you have helped them and how they, too, will benefit out of your raise.

Be confident in yourself and your reasoning, and be sure of your worth – but don’t be cocky. Staying humble is honorable. Don’t complain or create ultimatums – major no-no.

If the answer is no: (again) always be prepared. Ask if there is any other way that you can be contributed for your growth – more flexible hours, stocks, a bonus, etc. If the answer is a complete and entire no, ask what you can do to earn one. Showing desire for growth and improvement is always admirable and a deserving quality, even if it isn’t at the current moment.

And lastly, stop over-thinking. It’s much, much, much more simple than you are making it out to be in your head. You can only do your best to be prepared and know what you want. Stay calm, cool and collected. You’ve got this.

Adjusting to a New Job: Fresh Meat 101

Adjusting to a new job can be tough – and when we say tough, we mean it. It’s always those first few moments of awkward silence in the office and being the “new girl/guy” that really puts the pressure on us to show our worth and become a team player. It’s true that only time can tell if it’s a right fit – personally and professionally – but there are some tips and tricks you can follow to smoothen the process.

Make an effort to get to know new colleagues but set boundaries. there’s nothing more overbearing than a new employee strolling into an office and acting like they won the place – or one who shares too much personal information. Make an effort to get to know your colleagues but at a professional distance, and take your time. there’s no need to rush!

Don’t get cliquey. It’s easy to be drawn into an office clique as a newbie when all you desire is to be included and feel comfortable, but this is a major no-no. Things might not always be what they seem and you don’t want to get yourself involved in something before you understand the entire office environment.

Ask a lot of questions. Whether you think it may be a “stupid question” or not – no questions are stupid. It’s okay if you don’t know how to do something. Growth and an eagerness to learn is a sign of commitment and interest.

Don’t get overwhelmed. Everything will fall into place eventually, and your daily routine will become more and more normal. The first few months are the most important in determining your commitment to the position.

Pay attention to the office culture and adapt. What is lunch hour like? Do people talk during the day or mainly focus on their work? Is it expected that you arrive early and stay late, or punch the clock? These are all things to take note of and conform to – if it works for you, that is, but it’s best that you do.

The 5 Best Careers of 2016

There’s a common thread here – healthcare. All but one of the top 5 jobs of 2016 with prospective growth into 2017 fall under the healthcare spectrum, from dentistry to anesthesia. As stated on U.S. News, here were the top 5 best careers of 2016 based off their income, prospective growth and work-life quality.

5. Physician Assistant

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A Physician Assistant (PA) is a qualified healthcare professional who practices routine clinical procedures under the supervision of a Physician. A PA needs a bachelors degree as well as multiple training certifications.

  • Median Salary: $95,820
  • Expected Job Openings: 28,700

4. Nurse Anesthetist

A Nurse Anesthetist is a nurse who specifically specializes in the execution of anesthesia. To become a Nurse Anesthetist one must complete their Bachelor’s degree in Nursing with additional specific training.

  • Median Salary: $153,780
  • Expected Job Openings:

3. Computer Systems Analyst 

A Computer Systems Analyst typically requires a Bachelor’s Degree in computer or information science or similar fields, but experience is key. Computer Systems Analysts study current organizations computer systems designs and procedures to implement more effective information systems solutions.

  • Median Salary: ~$85,000
  • Expected Job Openings: 118,000-568,000

2. Dentist

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A Dentist completes an addition 4 years of dental school after receiving their Bachelors degree, and works to study, diagnose, treat and prevent disease, etc. in the oral cavity.

  • Median Salary: $158,310
  • Expected Job Openings: 23,300

1. Orthodontist

An Orthodontist is a specific dental specialization which prevents and treats facial and dental irregularities. To become an Orthodontist, one must attend an undergraduate college or university, apply and complete dental school, and then graduate from an Orthodontic Graduate Program.

  • Median Salary: >$187,199
  • Expected Job Openings: 1,500

New Years Resolutions to Amp Up Your Career

new-years-resolutions-apertus-partners-staffingWe all know the annoying side of new years – resolutions. “New Year, New Me!”…. No, there’s no new you. You will always be you, and that’s a fact (literally, and figuratively). But a new year does bring opportunity to set goals with a deadline (aka 2018). Problem #1 with setting goals and resolutions for the new year is that they are unrealistic – we don’t want to set ourselves up to fail with giant goals that take a million steps to get to. Set the steps as goals and work from there. And #2, they are too broad – give yourself specific goals. Lose weight? How much? Give yourself rewards for each goal so there’s an incentive to completing it.

Therefore, here’s a set of realistic, ethical lifestyle changes to help build your career.

Never stop educating yourself… No matter how much knowledge is under your belt, there’s always room for more. Keeping your brain stimulated and gathering new knowledge will always be helpful and effective at some point, even if it doesn’t pertain to your career. Steve Jobs took a calligraphy course in his spare time just out of interest – he later, when creating apple, based his designs off what he learned and loved about it. We can all learn a thing or two from that genius.

Don’t multitask… Okay, so you don’t have to entirely eliminate this from your schedule, but on things that are very important, give your full attention. If you’re not, you’re not giving your 100% best effort, and how do you plan to move forward then?

Grow your network… Find new ways to connect with more people, regardless if they’re even in the same profession. Make more of an effort to stay in touch with old connections to help those relationships flourish.

Stay organized… I don’t care how organized you already are – be more organized, even if you’re on the brink of OCD. You can never be too organized when it comes to your career. When you’re on top of your work, you’re more efficient and will have better work quality.

Keep a positive mentality and spread it amongst others… For every negative you come across, state three positives of the situation. Reflect back on each day and take note of the success and good. Having a positive mentality reflects in your work and spreads to others. Be noticed and remembered by it. Creating a positive environment is proven to increase productivity!

Get out of your comfort zone. Don’t disregard or push challenges to the side simply because of the extra effort or the fear of failure. You’re also denying yourself room for growth!

With all of these steps, you will find yourself leading a happier and healthier career and are setting yourself up for success and growth. It’s the little things we do that help us achieve the big successes in our lives.

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