Change is Coming!

We all know change is inevitable, right? Well, after much thought and consideration, and nearly 30 years of improving resumes for people across the globe, Peterson’s has decided to wind down our interests in ResumeEdge. While the service will be temporarily unavailable to new users, there’s a new strategy in the works, and we hope to introduce a new version shortly – please check back soon for more information.

If you just signed up for ResumeEdge, don’t worry, we’ve got your back and will continue to provide you with our services through March 31st. We know that many of you have come to rely on ResumeEdge, and we want to thank you all for your trust in our product, and encourage you to come back for more information on how to access the new product.

Thank you again, and we’ll see you soon!

4 Salary Negotiation Tips for the New Grad

POSTED: May 6, 2014 at 1:50 pm

You’re weeks or even days from graduating college- and that means you’re excited about making the “big bucks.” Too many times college grads will take the first offer, since it’s a lot more than your part-time gig pays. Don’t fall victim to a lower salary, and know your value—here are some tips to get the best salary, and how to save some of that hard-earned cash.

Know the market

First things first: you need to know the market value for your desired position. There are many salary calculators on the web. Do your research and know what you’re working with, so you don’t set your sights too high or too low.

How much do you need?

Sit down and calculate your expenses. How much do you need to pay your bills, entertainment, emergencies, and to add to savings? Knowing what you need, along with the market value will give you the range to target.

Don’t take the first offer—but don’t be greedy

You should know the unique skills and experiences you will bring to the position. When you get an offer, you stop and think: is this a fair salary? Can I get a little more or do I need more? If the answer is yes, then come back with another number and explain why you feel this is an appropriate amount. If the salary is great, it’s best to not be greedy. This is your first position out of college and once they see your value you will be able to grow your career.

Save it

You’re in your new position and this is the first time you’re making good money. It’s easy to start spending more money and going to expensive dinners, because you weren’t able to do this in school and it’s a way to be social with your coworkers. Don’t blow your money away and make sure to save. Try getting involved in volunteering events with your company. Not only will this save money, but show you like to be involved and meet your coworkers.