Does Accepting a Counter Offer at Your Current Job Really Work?

Career, Money

NO!

Please do yourself a favor and don’t accept a counter offer from your current company, especially if you already told them you accepted the other offer.

You may be flattered you’re getting the recognition you finally deserve but trust me your employer isn’t giving you the counter offer because they think you’re a super star. They are giving you a counter offer only because you are leaving at a very bad time for the employer and keeping you is less expensive and less hassle than to find someone else.

Think about all the times you’ve asked your employer for more pay and/or responsibilities and they come up with excuses as to why. They don’t want to say that the real reason they didn’t want to move you up is because it is certainly cheaper to keep you at your current role instead of paying you more. And of course pile you with more responsibilities.

Counter offer is only to the employer’s benefit, not your benefit.

What should you do when presented with a counter offer? Don’t tell the employer, “I’ll have an answer by Monday”. You tell them, “Thank you, you’ve been very good to me but my mind has been made up”.

Give your resignation notice, leave and go seize the new job opportunity!

The Real Cleaning Schedule for Working Moms

Career, Lifestyle, Organization

Forget about it! 

My house is not clean everyday.  Work gets busy and other priorities take precedence.  No one’s coming over, cleaning can wait!

Your home should be clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy.

When do I clean? Certainly when people are coming over to visit. Once I know I’m expecting visitors, I schedule that on my calendar.  During the week I can plan ahead of when I need to get in gear for cleaning my house before people come over.  No one needs to see a dirty house, and sometimes, visitors can wait too.

3 Practical Resume Tips for Stay-At-Home Moms

Career, Lifestyle

3 Things to Keep in Mind When Crafting Your Resume:

1. Don’t throw everything in there hoping something would stick.

2. Don’t make your resume all about you, make it all about the job that’s open.

3. Don’t put your name on the left side or the right side of your resume. Put your name front and center. Makes you look more confident.

The Real Basics of Time Management for Busy Moms

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I think a lot of moms think that because life with kids is so hectic, nobody can expect them to be on a timeline. Effective time management (“Planning”) is extra important when you’re this busy with kids.

Planning is not about using a specific planner (although a planner with daily, weekly, and monthly layouts can do a lot). Planning is about learning to use one calendar only and make it into one focused tool. You do not need a separate calendar for school, another one for work, kids etc. Planning systems like the block schedule, or week at a glance with half hour increments will not be as effective until you know what your month looks like first.

My goal with planning is to make sure that upcoming events I’m trying to fit in doesn’t cause big conflict with my full time job, children’s school schedule, or vacation I already planned for.

If you do not already have a planner with 12 month layout, print out 12 sheets of the monthly calendar from January-December. You can search monthly calendars online or search for a calendar template in Excel. Make selection, then print. Then grab a pen!

How I Plan My Month to Month

What goes on in my planner!

I begin writing things down for month to month for the entire year of 2020 plus the first 3 months in 2021.

I do all of this in the exact order:

  • Work Schedule – anything in the month where I know I must be at the office and days where I should not miss work, arrive later, or leave early. In my case, it’s month-end close! On month end, I can be at the office from 8:30am-9pm. For February 2020, it was Feb 3rd through 7th, labeled as “D1-D5” on my calendar. I do this for the whole 12 months, because business days can land on a different day of the week each month.
  • Bank Holidays – any holiday where your company is closed or little activity going on at work. I like knowing bank holidays for my job because when the Federal Reserve Banks are closed, all other banks, including online banks I work at don’t have daily work to prepare and review. I definitely do plan taking those days off. I prioritize that time to be with my kids. My kids need a break too from school & daycare to be with me at home.
  • Kids School Schedule – most school districts do have their calendars published online for the current school year and upcoming school year. Write ALL those dates down for the next 12-14 months.

Once I have those 3 things hashed out for the whole year, it’s really easy to plan everything else that comes up! Dental appointments, pediatrician, school carnival, parent teacher, jury duty, church, Airbnb hosting etc.

I encourage everyone to give this a try, let me know how this works for you!

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Here’s Why It’s to Your (Financial) Benefit to Disclose Your Salary to A Recruiter

Career, Money

During a phone screen with a recruiter, you’ll often get asked this question or similar:

“Do you know what you would be targeting from a compensation standpoint?”

What would be the best response to that question?

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OPTION #1: “What is the range for your position?” or,

OPTION #2: “I am making X. Money’s not the most important thing to me; what’s most important is finding a good fit. I’m negotiable”

Most people suggest to go with #1. Based on my experience, this is one of the worst and riskiest responses. There’s some theories as to why you shouldn’t disclose but the truth is doing that creates more scenarios that is a waste of time for you and the employer.

Here’s what often happens next from phone screen after asking that.

Recruiter: “….Why won’t you give me a number?”

You end up in an awkward position trying to come up with another answer. Some recruiters get really weird on the phone after that response. If your recruiter does give a range, there is a chance that the range can be lower than the true midpoint for the role.

Your main priority should be to find out more about the job, not how much it pays.

You have very little knowledge about the job during a phone screen. By going with #2, not only you screen out employers whose ranges are out of reach with what you are currently earning, you have now prevented yourself getting offers below or near your current pay. You also are likely to move to the next stage of the hiring process.

I really like #2 and have used it myself. I either state total comp if I think the range is higher or state my base if I think the range is lower. Here’s a response I’ve gotten from recruiter:

“Great. I want to assure you that our company when they find the right candidate they will come back with a package that the candidate will be happy with”

I have never gotten an offer I was not happy with, always gotten at least 30% to previous base each switch. #2 works very well & encourage everyone to do that, especially if #1 hasn’t gotten you anywhere.