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Negotiations can by sexy! Get the compensation you deserve.


Negotiating your compensation is so important to your career and confidence.

 

Do you ask for what your worth? If you do not negotiate you are leaving money on the table.

Do you ask for more PTO or holidays? If not, why not?

 

Ladies, historically you negotiate better for the company's behalf. But tend not to ask for what you deserve. We need to change that.

There is an art to negotiating. Join me to learn what you can do to better position yourself to get what you deserve.

 

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Is it time to quit your job?


Do you love your job?

Are you ignoring signs that are telling you it is time to move on? I know that it may seem better to stay put and keep dragging yourself out of bed to go to work-it really isn't. Trust me.

So, let's talk about the "signs", making a decision and how to take the next steps. Join me today for a very candid talk. This may be exactly what you need to hear!

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Career Advice: Don't Give Up Too Soon!

Career Advice: Don't Give Up Too Soon!
After about a little over a year in the multifamily housing industry I was done being a leasing consultant. Like, burned out, toasted, roasted, charred to a crisp done! It wasn't that I didn't enjoy my time as a front-line leasing consultant, I was just ready for a new phase of my career. (Okay, I might have also been done being on the front lines too!) Unfortunately the "powers that be" in my company had pegged me only as a leasing consultant and wouldn't have considered me for any type of promotion. I was stuck. I was facing a dead end. I was frustrated and angry and actively looking for another job since it was clear I wasn't going anywhere within the company.  Then one day I saw a job posting for the customer care manager position. I told my wife about it and she encouraged me to apply. I told her that the way the company worked, even though I was qualified for the role, I wouldn't even be considered for the position as it was a corporate-level job and I was still relatively new to the company. I figured that I shouldn't get my hopes up trying for something that was out of reach.  Before I had even tried, I had almost given up.  I decided that I would listen to my wife (always a good idea) and I submitted my request to apply for the customer care manager position. I closed my fingers and hoped for the best.......
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Help! I Don't Like My Boss!

Help! I Don't Like My Boss!
Let's face it you will not always work for a boss that you like (respect, get along with, agree with, think is competent etc.). In your career you are bound to work for someone (or have someone in your chain of command) that you have issues with. Surveys tell us that approximately 70% of people who voluntarily leave their jobs do so because of their boss. Surveys also tell us that a high percentage of people would make either a lateral move or take a pay cut to work for a company with a better work culture and environment.  What do you do if you find yourself now working with someone that you don't like? Well, before you quit, or send passive-agreessive (or just downright aggressive) signals that you're unhappy, or try and change your boss to the way that you think s/he should be, or complain about your boss on social media for all of the world to see, I'd like to offer you some things to think about... The Golden Rule Mr. Barron, my high school history teacher often told our class his version of "The Golden Rule" and it went something like this, He who has the gold, makes the rules.  I have worked with an awful lot of people who've forgotten that they work for their boss and NOT the other way around. When you work with a boss you don't like, don't make the situation worse by forgetting that whatever your concerns, point of view, and......
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From Assistant To Manager, a Challenging Transition

From Assistant To Manager, a Challenging Transition
   One of the hardest steps in my 20 year career in the apartment industry was making the transition from Assistant Manager to Property Manager.     I had been an Assistant for a relatively long time because of a couple relocations to new areas and companies, and also because I spent a lot of time  on a property I loved too much to leave, so I had to wait for the Property Manager to leave or die, and I wasn’t sure which would come first. :)  Disclaimer: she is still alive and well.   I loved the Assistant Manager position.  Bookkeeping and file checking are fun to me, so I enjoyed that aspect.  Having someone to pass the buck to was also nice. Over time, I took on more and more of the Property Manager responsibilities at properties. At one property we were hiring a manager, at another my manager worked at two properties and so was not there all the time, and once my manager was on maternity leave for three months.     I thought I was prepared. I dealt with resident issues, no problem. I got Final Account Statements done in a timely manner, check.  I scheduled the onsite and maintenance teams and handled their issues, bam.  I even had to fire someone.  I knew I was ready…   But what you don’t see from the Assistant Manager position, is that you have to transition from being the “do-er” to being the “make sure it’s done-er”.  As Assistants we a......
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Recruiting in the Multifamily Industry

Recruiting in the Multifamily Industry
The job market today is saturated with candidates who apply to a multitude of jobs in the hopes that one will come through. With such an emphasis on quantity how do you find candidates of good quality for your property? These 6 steps will get you on your way to recruiting the best person for the job:   1. Be Specific in Your Job Postings No matter where you are posting a job opening—Facebook, Craigslist, your website, etc.—a few extra details about the position can go a long way. By making sure you outline the responsibilities and requirements of the job you will weed out applicants who are simply applying to a large number of jobs that seem vaguely related to their experience. For example, within the Multifamily industry if you are looking for a candidate with a specific background or expertise, make sure you mention it.   2. Go Beyond Job Boards Today job boards are overloaded with both recruiters and applicants. Sites like Monster or CareerBuilder may attract a high volume of applications, but they foster an environment of quantity over quality. Job boards are full of apartment job postings, making it difficult for yours to stand out. While job boards can attract excellent candidates, they should not be relied on as your main source of potential employees.   3. Focus on Social Media During the recruiting process your company should be very vocal on its social media outlets. The main advantage of recruiting via social media is that you......
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Finding a Job During the Holidays

Finding a Job During the Holidays
The holidays are often thought of as one of the greatest obstacles to a job search; however, if you manage your time right it could be one of the most productive. Among all the business events, holiday parties, and baked goods this time of year there are plenty opportunities to push your job search to the next level.   1. Plan Ahead Despite the temptation to slow down the job search process this time of year, companies must still continue their staffing plans. Just as companies will continue to hire, you must continue to search during this time. Applying or sending your resume to companies during this time could pay off immediately or when things pick up again after the season is over. In the Multifamily Industry, no matter how slow or fast business is around the holidays, hiring must go on—and if you stop applying for jobs you could miss valuable opportunities.   2. Network at Holiday Parties Frequent as many holiday parties as you have time for with the aim of professional networking. With business card in hand, holiday parties for work or friends are an excellent opportunity to make new connections.   3. Send Small Gifts as a Follow-up A small token of thanks goes a long way to those who have helped you in your job hunt. The spirit of giving that goes hand in hand with the holidays is an excellent opportunity to show your appreciation to people who have helped you and to remind them t......
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Using Social Media to Find a Job

Using Social Media to Find a Job
Social media outlets today are used by a majority of apartment properties, and as such can be a powerful tool when searching for a job in the apartment industry.   These 5 tips will help you make the most of your online presence in order to land the job you’ve got your eye on: 1. Be Deliberate about What You Put Online Checking candidates’ online profiles is becoming a routine part of the hiring process, and consequentially you must be purposeful about what you upload. Unprofessional material on your profile can hurt your reputation with potential employers, while industry-related posts or information will make you positively stand out. 2. Use Social Media to Hunt for Jobs Many companies or properties within the apartment industry will post job openings online, so keep an eye out for these on social media outlets. Doing a quick search on Facebook or Twitter could also bring up jobs that you wouldn’t be able to find elsewhere. On Twitter, try searching by hashtags such as #tweetmyjobs, which has been used in over a million tweets that list job openings. 3. Add to Online Conversations Meaningfully Once you have online profiles, join in industry conversations and interactions in a way that is significant, and employers may take notice. Another way to contribute meaningfully online is to create your own website or blog and then link to it on your social media. Creating your own materials to showcase your talents online can set you apart as a leader in the indus......
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Secrets to a Successful Phone Interview

Secrets to a Successful Phone Interview
Phone interviews are growing in popularity as a means to screen potential candidates. For job seekers, this means that you must be prepared at any time to ace a phone interview. First impressions are crucial in this process, from the tone of your voice to the words you choose when answering the phone.   Here are 5 key practices to ensuring a successful phone interview: 1. Know the specifics of your interview Is your interviewer calling you or are you meant to call them? Clarifying the details of a phone interview will save you from missed opportunities or appearing unprofessional. Also, if your interview is scheduled in advance, make sure you double-check the agreed upon time and account for any difference in time zones.  2. Have Your Questions Ready While your interviewer will be the one primarily asking questions, often you will be given the opportunity to do so as well. A phone interview is a good chance to voice any questions you may have in order for both parties to determine if the job is a good match. But before you ask your questions make sure you’ve done your research—know all there is to about the company and position you’re applying for ahead of time.  3. Prepare Your Space A phone interview may seem less stressful than an in-person one; however, there are many ways it can go wrong. Fortunately, a little preparation can go a long way with a phone interview. For example, make sure you have a quiet, closed-d......
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The 5 Worst Things to Include in Your Cover Letter

The 5 Worst Things to Include in Your Cover Letter
Cover letters are often created as an afterthought to a resume, thrown together painstakingly at an employer’s request. The bad first impression that a poorly written cover letter leaves can be difficult to recover from—even impossible. While there are many things you should not include in a cover letter, here are the top five most common mistakes:   1.  Inaccurate Information about the Company Demonstrating knowledge of the company you are applying with can be a good practice in a cover letter; however, if any information you include is incorrect it will be glaring in the eyes of the reader. Double check—and triple check—that any mention of your potential employer or position is completely accurate.   2.  Irrelevant Experience Personal anecdotes, unrelated work experience, or vaguely abstract goals should all be nixed from your cover letter. Whoever is reading your application likely already has limited time, and having them read information about you that they aren’t interested in will only hurt your case. 3.  Salary Your cover letter should not be a place to start negotiating your salary. In fact, any mention of salary should be left out of your letter. Because you do not know how much your employer is going to offer, letting them know your requirements will not have any benefit. 4.  Pictures Candidates have varying reasons for including a headshot with their applications—perhaps it will make me appear more personable? Or convey to employers who I am? In reality, unless an employer explicitly asks for a photo, including one can come across as u......
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