Just Say No to the Bad Job Offer

It’s tempting to take a job offer when you get it. However, your career is the equivalent to a company’s brand. You want to do everything possible to make it lucrative, but if you accept an offer that leaves you with a short stint on your resume, you undermine your ultimate goal.

People often wonder, “How do I know if working at this company is going to be good for my career?” Resources like glassdoor.com can give you some insight; however, you might see comments from disgruntled employees who may have been let go for completely legitimate reasons. There are some steps you can take to protect yourself:

  1. People are deeply disorganized. You go to the interview. The person you were supposed to see is not there and no one gives you a reasonable explanation (i.e. a family emergency) why this happened today. If a company isn’t respectful of your time at the very beginning, it won’t be later.
  1. The people who interview you are completely unprepared. If you meet more than one person when you go in for an interview, that’s a great sign. However, if they have no idea what they want to ask you, these folks might not see a great need for the position you hope to fill. Don’t be scared if they don’t have a long list of thorough questions. Interviewers are only perfectly prepared in career coaching books. However, it is in their interest to have a few questions to determine if you are a fit for the job.
  1. The interviewer’s statements do not match what you see in the office. People can say the all right things, but if the words do not match the actions, it is a huge warning sign. If the hiring manager says “We have lots of clients,” and yet, there are few phone calls and the overall activity level in the office is low. Trust your gut if the social cues don’t match the spoken words.
  1. They don’t have an answer to your question, “What are the first 30 days like in this position?” Some companies expect people to dive right in to the job. Others have a more formal training program. The important thing is that the company has clear expectations on how quickly it wants you to get up to speed.
  1. They don’t have an answer to the question, “How do you define someone who is successful in this position?” Murky expectations are a major cause of on-the-job frustration. If a company doesn’t know what it needs from an employee, how can you provide it?
  1. The company pressures you to accept an offer without first seeing everything in writing. You get an offer.  You’re so excited! The adrenaline is flowing. You need to take a step back and say, “I’m deeply flattered. I look forward to signing off on the written offer.” The purpose of written offers is to spell out the general duties, compensation, and benefits associated with a job so there are no surprises for either the employee or the employer. A company should want to make sure that everything is clear for its own sake.

Despite our best efforts to minimize it, sometimes a person takes a risk and it just doesn’t work out. You start a job and the boss, position description, and overall environment are not how they were represented during the search process. Asking some professional, probing questions and being observant to social cues can go a long way to protecting your career interests.

5 Tips to Save on Food

5 Tips to Save on Food

Cutting costs is one of the best ways to finish each month with a few extra bucks in your pocket. There are many things that pop into mind when you think of saving – electricity, gas, heating, and so on – but few of us ever think of our diet as a means to save money. There are a few tricks that can help you save a lot on food with some extra work put into it – not too much, of course – but also keep eating well and healthy (and save on drugs, too).

1. Bagged salad mixes have to go

The easiest way to make a healthy, delicious salad is to grab a pre-packaged salad mix from the shelf of the supermarket, throw in some roasted chicken breast and dressing, and eat it. These products are usually heavily overpriced, though, and you can’t keep them in the fridge for long – in a few days they go from fresh, crunchy leaves to a gross, green slime.

Buying entire heads of lettuce, radicchio, red leaf or escarole – and making your own salad mixes – is a much better idea. Full heads of salads can be kept fresh for much longer in the bottom of your fridge, offering you a fresh dose of vitamins for days – and they also cost less.

If you have the space and a green thumb, you can also grow your own salad leaves – seeds are even cheaper, and your salad gets “renewable” this way.

2. Stock up the basics

Staples, like beans, rice, oil and pasta, can be acquired in large packs for a lower price per pound – especially when they are on sale – and won’t spoil for a long time if you store them right. This way you will always have reserves to reach out for – a bit of stock, some rice and some spices, and you have a risotto ready in minutes.

3. Buy fresh spices

Taste is very important for eating well – and a good taste can be created by using the right spices. Fresh spices – like marjoram, rosemary or thyme – might look much more expensive when on the shelf of a supermarket, but they can be dried out and used for boosting your food’s value for a long time. Take a look on the back of spice mixes, identify the herbs used in those you like the most, and stock up on spices whenever you can. In the long run these are much cheaper than any super spice mix you can think of.

4. Buy the whole chicken

Using skinless, boneless chicken breasts is very convenient, but the chicken has other parts, too, that can be much more delicious than the lean, white meat on the chicken’s chest. Plus, the boneless – skinless breast is among the most expensive fresh meats you could choose.

A whole chicken can be de-boned for stews and other meals, it can be roast in the oven or grilled, and the bony parts can be used to make chicken stock, that can be used to enrich other foods (and can be stored indefinitely in the freezer, in vacuum bags or plastic containers).

5. Frozen is your friend

Contrary to popular beliefs, foods (with a few exceptions) don’t lose their properties when frozen. Fresh foods look more appealing, of course, but frozen ones – especially vegetables – are as tasty and healthy as fresh ones, and usually cost much less. Besides, transferred to the freezer soon after purchasing them assures a much longer storage.

I, for one, don’t buy any fresh peas, kernel corn, baby carrots or broccoli any more – I go for frozen ones. I save on their price, and don’t compromise when it comes to their taste.

And after I finish cooking my own delicious foods (I never order takeout, I prefer to do it myself), I still have time to sit back, relax and view the latest casino bonus offers at casinolavida.com.

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