Companies want to keep good employees, so most bosses will want to know when you are having difficulty. However, instead of saying "I can't do it," offer some possible solutions. For example, if you won't be able to get a major report completed by a particular deadline, you might tell the boss you can either: (1) complete a condensed version by the deadline, (2) complete the entire report by a later date, or (3) meet the deadline if you get some help from co-workers or temporary staff.
These techniques probably won't help you enjoy the life of leisure envisioned by those early futurists. But they can make your work more manageable, and might even reduce your stress enough to let you go back to drinking double lattes.
Tag and Catherine Goulet, "The Breaking In Experts," are co-CEOs of FabJob.com, a leading publisher of career guides offering step-by-step advice for breaking into a variety of dream careers. Visit www.FabJob.com.
5.2.7. Ten Tricks for Negotiating a Higher Starting Salary
3332 Kate Lorenz, CareerBuilder.com Editor
In one corner: the prospective employer, who wants to hire you at the lowest reasonable salary. In the other corner: you, wanting to be hired at the highest reasonable salary. In between is the negotiable area, which, according to HR managers we spoke to, ranges anywhere from 10 to 30 percent.
Should you bother to negotiate? Absolutely!
"The level of salary is a predictor of the level of responsibility you will have within the company," says Human Resources expert Lori Kocon. "And since future salaries, salary increases and bonuses are based on this one, an increase of just $1,000 in the negotiated salary may represent $15,000 to $30,000 over the next ten to fifteen years.
"Most employers are not trying to exploit you and will not take offense as long as you approach the negotiation with professionalism, tact and goodwill," Kocon adds.
Here are ten ways to do just that:
1. Dress and act the part. Remember going into the interview that much of your negotiation is already non-verbally transacted by your image and bearing.
2. Be patient. Wait until after the job has been firmly offered to discuss or negotiate pay.
3. Research the normal salary range for this type of position. If you have close contacts at the hiring company, they may be able to provide you with the actual salary guidelines for the job grade or position. Otherwise, you can find out what other companies are paying individuals with your skills and education by checking out third party salary research.
4. Don't be the first to give a definitive figure. Ask for the range of salary for this position before offering any figure you have in mind. (In some cases, the manager may have discretionary power to go 20 percent above the highest figure he or she mentions to get an exceptional candidate.)
5. Keep your full attention on the person you are negotiating with. Listen and watch for all verbal and behavioral cues that will give you a better idea of the real needs, values and aspirations of the other party.
6. Be comfortable with silence. In a negotiation situation, the person who has the least tolerance of silence will fill the void by speaking – often with a concession.
7. Never downplay your strengths or over emphasize your weaknesses. Be amicable, but firm. In higher level positions, especially, the most appealing candidates have a pleasant air of invincibility about them.
8. Do not put pressure on yourself to make a decision or grant concessions on the spot. If they tell you the offer is final, say that you'll need a day or so to think about it.
9. Negotiate for the future as well as the present. If you are told the salary isn't flexible, perhaps another area is. See if you can increase the total value of your compensation package through benefits such as deferred compensation, relocation assistance, vacation time, stock options, club membership, commissions or a company car. (As a rule of thumb, benefits are worth 25 to 30 percent of the cited salary.)
10. Be sure. Never say "no" or turn down an offer until you are absolutely certain you must do so. How you negotiate your salary shows the employer how you will do business and negotiate on the company's behalf once you are hired. The key is to do it in a way that gains you not only a higher salary, but also the employer's trust and respect.
5.3.1. Angelina Jolie
2930Angelina's Tsunami Adoption
January 24, 2005 . Angelina Jolie is set to adopt an orphan from one of the regions devastated by the recent tsunami.
The stunning actress, who already has a three-year-old adopted Cambodian son, Maddox, has been so moved by the tsunami tragedy, she wants to visit Sri Lanka to help and to find a child she can give a loving home to.
She told American TV show 'Celebrity Justice': "I will be looking into orphans that have just lost their parents. So we'll see how big my family grows over time."
The Oscar-winning beauty - who recently shelved plans to adopt a Russian baby boy after discovering it could take up to six months - has made no secret of her desire to have a large family - saying she wanted a "rainbow of children from around the world".
She added: "I prefer to adopt. With every adoption I save a further child from the orphanage."