10 Side Jobs to Make money & Help Pay Off Debt

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There are times when we have to realize that our paychecks will only go so far. After penny pinching to make you budget work, you still might be living paycheck-to-paycheck. This type of lifestyle is bearable for a time but not ideal long-term. In order to accelerate your financial goals, additional income may be the resolution you need. But who has extra time? My response to those who approach me with such an inquiry is to ask them about their daily activities. If you missed one episode of your favorite show or had lunch at your desk twice a week instead of out with friends, could you commit 1-2hours/ week to get financial free? Let’s do it!

Seasonal Retail Jobs – Pet Sitter/Dog Walker

These two are self explanatory! My suggestion, sell where you shop and watch the animals you like best (cats vs dogs). You can even search for positions online!~

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Home Health Aide

This position can also be called a Patient Care Technician an often require no training or experience. What is the ideal person great for this job? If you are looking for a flexible schedule and are patient enough to assist the elderly and/or disabled with everyday tasks, you can make this position work for you! There are a variety of companies that often post for these jobs and rightfully so! Many people who get these jobs, because they do not require training or experience, are not necessarily interested in working in this field long term…and their attitude on the job shows it! Get your attitude and patience in order, make sure you can lift a small person, and keep your personal vehicle serviced in order to pull off this type of employment.

Referral Programs

Companies such as Ebate, Liberty Tax, and ADT Security Systems offer programs you can join for no/low cost in order to make some extra money. They actually pay you promote their services with fairly easy to use tools and instructions. That means, you’d take the time to sign up and discuss what they have to offer to a potential customer – a neighbor who just suffered from a break in, has collectibles in their home to sell, or recently divorced without a clue on how to file their income taxes. There are other services that although you may use them for discount shopping, travel, or managing your health, if you were to refer 5 other customers you’d get your own service for free each month. This could provide you with automatic savings monthly which can add up very quickly.

Tutoring

You do not have to me a Math whiz or finance major to make some extra money as a tutor. We have to thinking of entrepreneurship as a way to help others do what you know how to do naturally. Tutoring is a good example of that. Are you bilingual? Are you aware of the many organizations looking for YOU? At times companies exclude other required skills like a degree and experience in order to hire someone with the language skills their industry requires. Offer tutoring first through your contacts in your industry or even businesses you frequent in order to build a great resume for tutoring. Not sure of how to get started? I obtained an English degree because I thought I’d be teaching high school English in the Chicago Public School system. Obviously my plans changed but I continue to offer my proofreading, editing, blogging, and content management services as a consultant.

Home-Based Business

There are many options for home-based businesses to choose from. My advice would be to look into possible opportunities that come natural to you. Are you into making other women feel beautiful? Research Direct Sales companies such as Avon and Mary Kay. You can often get started for under $50 without requiring you to purchase equipment or stock. Are you a coffee lover who’s health conscious? Do you have a network of business owners and entrepreneurs? Are you looking to lose weight? Want to offer an innovative way for your church to keep in touch with contacts? Do you enjoy traveling and saving money while you shop your favorite stores? Believe it or not, you can promote all of the above products and services under one company! Join my team for my consistent support, training, and the possibility of residual income.

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Virtual Assistance

Although I’ve dabbled in virtual assistance, I did not know there was an actual term for it! These skills are for those who have a knack for customer service, email management, document management, organization, and the typical office duties of almost any company. I would suggest offer to ‘help’ and organization with an upcoming project and set an hourly rate that you would expect to work on the project with a projected end date for the client’s needs. This could be arranged based on your financial needs or the requirements of the project in question. You can then ask the client to be a reference and continue to build on your resume. This make cost you extra time on the phone, the need for a home office, or additional an additional data plan for your smart phone.

Virtual Garage Sales

Ebay has an interesting option for those seeking to get rid of the clutter in their home. Of course, their system is proven and shipping is attached to the entire process which makes it easier than ever to sale items online. There is no need to necessarily ‘market’ your product. Instead, just posting a picture detailed description can be enough for a customer. Another avenue is to join local Mommy groups on facebook where Moms trade, sell, and purchase items all the time. Some groups are sponsored by a local hospital, medical center, social service agency, church, or nonprofit. There have been times when a co-worker of mine was selling an item I was interested in for my daughter and the only way I knew was from her post online! We do not always have time to discuss everything we need or everything we have with everyone around us – this is where these groups are extremely helpful.

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Etsy & Flea Market/Community Farmer’s Market

If you have a skill for making things that other people could or just find completely enjoyable, this option is one for you! Although many crafty people I know attend Flea Markets, they lack an online presence. Etsy is another option for posting and sharing your products and many customers are already waiting to buy crafts and unique gifts. This is also good for people who are not so social media savvy to get a full website together. It is also a great way to involve family and friends who are not local but still want to support your business – just send out the link to your Etsy page!

Well there you have it! My top 10 side jobs to make money & help pay off debt. Let me know if you pursue any of the above. I’d like to get your feedback at ladiSims55[at]gmail.com to celebrate with you as you pursue your financial goals!

~be blessed

Let me know how I can improve your world~

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What are You Worth?

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Walking into my evaluation, I had no idea what to expect. My direct supervisor always seemed to have a hidden agenda. At the last meeting, I was seen as “border-line insubordinate” for my views and responses. I was often criticized for not doing something unethical and was never offered an apology when falsely accused.

I headed into the meeting with my notepad, calendar, water, and pencil. I was 38 ½ weeks pregnant and afraid that I would have to look for another job while on welfare still sore after having my baby – of course they were going to fire me, right? I’d been overlooked for promotions; my work received little praise except in the presence of a few political leaders – which made me assume it was not sincere. Everyone I started with in this company had left or been fired. What was I going to do?

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I walked into my supervisor’s office and sat down waiting for her to respond with her thoughts on my performance over the past year. I wasn’t concerned about my numbers; I’d doubled those with a full quarter left in the program year. It wasn’t my relationship with my clients I was worried about – many sent in raving evaluations. It wasn’t even my attendance; my boss came in at least an hour after I did daily! I had not taken more than 2 days off this entire year.

I’d put in 4 years of school for my BA, 3 yrs to obtain my Master’s, almost $70,000 of student loans, 6 years of loyalty to this company, placing my reputation on the line out in the community, yet was earning a salary I could never raise a family with. I wasn’t supported by the very leadership I was working for but because of my upbringing and personal convictions, I remained loyal and humble. I would even help new staff acclimate to our toxic work environment hoping that would influence change. It never did.

My evaluation should have been on my job performance and possibly my attitude in the workplace. What could I do better? I was hoping to get some constructive criticism but instead I received a document and was told to look it over at home, write down any comments or questions, and turn it in tomorrow…the day I was to be induced for labor – as if tomorrow would not be stressful enough.

It was in that moment I reminded myself of my value. I gathered my things and went back into my office. There was only 25 minutes left in the work day and I took that entire time to read through and type up my response to the evaluation.  There was nothing constructive in the evaluation that I could do, just to do “more” with less time. As I carefully typed my response, I reminded myself of my value. I knew my work was very professional and important to the company. I knew that if I had not carried the integrity I did, many of our partners would refuse to work with us and I knew that my clients were pleased.

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Sometimes we have to remind ourselves of our own worth. You are more than your paycheck, more than your assets, your car, and your rebellious children. We are worth more than our education or what others perceive of us. Why? Our value is not determined by other’s opinions, people change their minds everyday! We’re not perfect, always on time, or extremely fit and beautiful. Our worth is determined by us. Value yourself. You can always perform better if you so desire – that’s why our worth is so high – we can change, transform, and renew our thoughts and mindset. I could have chosen to focus on the negative situation and stress myself out causing complications within my body. But I chose to give myself an evaluation and remind myself of my worth. I came up with my own regiment of doing better – set my own goals to be more productive, and treated myself to a nice meal afterward. : )

~ladiSims

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ladiSims is a Workforce Consultant committed to “ Monetizing your Mission: Saving and increasing revenue for job seekers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses through empowering employment readiness, social media marketing, and discounted operations. She has over 6 years of extensive experience in social services, workforce development, small business development, recruiting and case management. She serves a variety of job seekers, including veterans and disabled adults, with finding employment and adjusting to career changes. Many of her clients seek to transition into new careers with financial and educational barriers hindering their success. ladiSims also shares resources, teaches Employment Readiness, and provides solutions for small businesses in her community. Born and raised in Chicago, IL, ladiSims has a passion for helping people progress towards their career, family, and entrepreneurial goals – she is also an advocate for education. Her BA degree is in English with a minor in African America Studies from SIUC where she also studied creative writing, journalism, and education. She also has a Master’s in Urban Planning and Policy (MUPP) with a concentration in Community Development from UIC. Her ‘why’ includes her daughter Charlotte, 2 moms, 2 dads, numerous siblings, faith in Christ, and the youth of ChiCity. Among her peers, she is known for simplifying complex issues, offering conflict resolution, and being able to connect with individuals of various socioeconomic statuses, cultures, skill sets, & educational backgrounds. ladiSims uses her ability to create and maintain strategic partnerships to influence both rural and urban communities. Find ladiSims on Instagram, Twitter, and Periscope for more of her shenanigans!

Senior year, College Apps and Menopause…Oh MY!

Well hello there my Mommywurk friends!  Listen, I know… it’s been a while but after I catch you up with the shenanigans you will grant me mercy.  Well at least I hope…  Grab a coffee, some tea or a glass of wine (it’s 5 o’clock somewhere)!!

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September 23 marked our official change into the Fall season.  But for me & my family the season change represents a total overhaul of our lives.  Peanut 2 is in her senior year of high school and I can’t be anything less than terrified.  Do you have any idea the crap I put my mom thru that year?  Sorry, not sorry, it was life changing hehehe!  She is narrowing her college choices and well for me… Menopause has kicked in high gear (it’s the devil).  HOLD UP, STOP…yes menopause has a high gear.  Oh and Peanut 1 moved out but needs to come back home. Yes, I am being punished.

So I started thinking, as a mom you normally give up practically your entire life to nurture your little loved ones.  Then middle & high school happens and you begin to recognize that you have been so wrapped up in parenting that you forgot to live.  Hmmm, well what in the world have I been doing??  I mean, do you ever stop and ask yourself this question?  Really ask yourself, What am I doing?  Just think on that for a minute.

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I found myself doing everything in my power over the last 22 years to be the BEST mom that I could be.  If that meant driving 30 minutes across town to take my kids to schools that would provide them the opportunities I didn’t have or paying rent for my son’s apartment in college because we didn’t get aid and didn’t save for college, I made it happen.  But now, I realize that I forgot about little ole me.  So right as the season has changed and my peanuts are preparing to live their lives I wonder what will I do to fill this void?  I didn’t prepare for this moment.  I was sitting back watching my Peanuts blossom into these fine young adults as I was slowly losing the core of who I was.

As happy as we are to see the summer heat leave, we will miss those sunny days but must fill them up with something else.  So my advice to all the Mommywurkers, don’t forget about YOU.  The kids are going to be fine.  We always make sure they are fine.  But who is making sure that YOU are ok?  Read a book, join a challenge, Eat clean, start a business, change jobs, join a club.  Whatever you do, don’t forget about who you were before kids because you will meet up with her again someday.  And she will stare you in the face and say… Oh, you again!  “Eyes rolling, lips curled”.

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Between these hot flashes, college application fees and my brain fog, I am having a hard time finding 5 minutes to pee so I better run.

Until next time…Stop, drop and Prepare for the Seasons to Change.

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Dee is a single mom of two who has thoroughly enjoyed parenting her son who is now 21 and daughter who is 16. She calls them Peanut 1 & 2. Dee enjoys her job as a Sales & Business Coach which allows her to work at home as well as travel.

Letting Go and Pressing Foreword…Passion First!~

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Many times in our lives we experience heartbreaking circumstances that cause us to reevaluate our choices in life. During my time as a case manager in Workforce Development, I often sat across from someone who would question their previous actions in their career and education. I almost always gently explained that we never know what is going to happen in our lives and that they should have comfort in knowing that they made the best choice possible at the time. We just won’t know that a certain stock will crash, or a business would close, nor do we expect to be laid off from a job we’ve sacrificed years of hard work for. Nothing is certain anymore. We used to be able to rely on experience and loyalty in the workplace in order to maintain employment. We used to be able to rely on college education and degrees in order to assure success and promotion – that is just not the case anymore. We have to make the decision to make better choices for what is going on RIGHT NOW!

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No one has to be tied down to a position title anymore. Many of us are surprised when we feel so hopeless after losing our jobs. We often lose our way a bit. As a culture, we rely on our occupations to guide us through our careers, give us pride, pay our bills, and warrant us the opportunity to pursue more out of life. But what happens when our jobs are snatched from us? Are we doomed to rely on public assistance and/or wait for retirement? Do we have to accept our circumstance and failure? Sometimes we lose our way when we lose our jobs but we don’t have to.

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It is often during difficult circumstances when we can think deeply about where we actually want our lives to go. I would often sit with a client and listen to their ideas about their future. My duty was to provide the resources to start clients toward accomplishing their goals. I would make clients aware of the path necessary to achieve their desired goals – including information on industry, wages, location and growth. Some clients expressed wanting to own their own business, go back to school, or change industry completely. Either way, it was a chance for exploration and re-evaluation. A devastating lay off could also be the chance to follow one’s passion instead of the paycheck. Have you become what you wanted to be? What is your passion? How can you turn it into a paycheck?

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Why you should work in your passion?  Time works against us in a regular 9-to-5, but in your passion you lose track of time. You believe in your work. You know you do your work well, so everyone else’s opinion doesn’t sway you as easily. You constantly want to evolve. No one sets your hours or limits you. You can speak candidly about what you do – in a crowd, at a networking event, during an interview, at a job fair, etc.  Have you thought of consulting? Do you have a skill or trade that many people need but do not want to do themselves?

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Many people question their decisions in life with regret – I’ve personally decided not to do such a wasteful thing! We go through things in life that make us question out previous motives and intelligence but we cannot dwell on the past, it will not help us to be hopeful for the future. I take it upon myself to seek out why I made decisions and how that should effect my future decisions in life…and then I consciously decide to move on.

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~ladiSims

“Money can’t buy happiness, but neither can poverty.” – Michael Moncur

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Many people believe that having money is never a good thing! We are often torn between providing for our families, preparing for the future and trying to stay humble when accumulating wealth. The truth is, it’s impossible not to start to like having money when it pays all of your bills! What would it feel like to not have debtors calling you? What if you were able to pay off your student loans within 10 years instead of 30+? How would you like to see your child in a private school or pursuing college without signing off on tremendous debt? Yes, having money can solve a lot of problems we have in our society, including poverty and hunger. Resources are purchased with money not our kind hearts. Although our hearts lead us to give it cannot feed a family of four in an indigenous country. Without resources and the money to obtain it, many starving children will die. Without money for building wells and schools, thousands will get deathly ill and remain uneducated – unaware. Money is not all bad.

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I’d like to see a time where we welcome the balance between money and humility. In the US culture, we have tremendous opportunity to obtain wealth and even spread it around. Besides just having a job, we have thousands of entrepreneurship opportunities, not to mention public assistance and unemployment when we’re not able to work. Even though many associate wealth with fast cars, huge homes, and physical augmentations, for some wealth is equivalent to working long isolating hours and sacrificing instant gratification for the possibility of being completely debt free – using finances as an asset. I’d like to believe that we can maintain our humility while acquiring wealth if we hold on to our values. It doesn’t seem to be that hard – in all actuality not all wealthy are crude. According to Seven Secrets of Self-Made Multimillionaires many wealthy individuals consider their financial status as a way of life that others are able to obtain if they wanted:

“Lastly, you may be surprised to learn that wealthy people wish you were wealthy, too. It’s a mystery to them why others don’t get rich. They know they aren’t special and that wealth is available to anyone who wants to focus and persist. Rich people want others to be rich for two reasons: first, so you can buy their products and services, and second, because they want to hang out with other rich people. Get rich — it’s American.” – Grant Cardone

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Personally, I would love to think that it’s easy to obtain wealth – I like that thought! I am currently implementing personal development concepts that claim that there is enough wealth to go around. We’ve been programmed to think that getting a job and obtaining mountains of debt just to pursue a certain status is the end goal – the American Dream. However, once I understood home ‘ownership’ I knew I wanted more than the American Dream. What are you missing out on by not pursuing wealth? Your journey could start with an idea – focusing on solving a problem in society. You could look into pursuing a passion that turns into your own business. Maybe you follow a particular company or industry and see the potential for substantial growth. Nowadays, there are so many options!

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With the internet, Google, social media, and numerous digital gadgets, we connect with each other, including people we don’t know, and companies/corporations from our fingertips! Looking for opportunity? Seeking wealth? Try to chase that idea and passion you have. It might lead you down a path of wealth and success that you didn’t think was possible. Not convinced in the possibility of wealth? Just read up on some of the wealthiest people of our time. Try to find out how they think, what their focus is, and what they went through before acquiring wealth. I know I did! You might be surprised about what you find out and how similar we are to those who’ve achieved success.

~ladiSims

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Danita Sims is a Workforce Consultant with extensive experience in social services, workforce development, and case management. Ms. Sims has assisted a variety of job seekers, including veterans and disabled adults, with finding employment and adjusting to career changes. Many of her clients seek to transition into new careers with financial and educational barriers hindering their success. Ms. Sims also shares resources, teaches Employment Readiness, and provides solutions for small businesses in her community. Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Ms. Sims has a passion for helping people progress towards their career/entrepreneurial goals and is an advocate for education. Her BA degree is in English with a minor in African America Studies from SIUC where she also studied creative writing, journalism, and education. She also has a Master’s in Urban Planning and Policy (MUPP) with a concentration in Community Development from UIC. Among her peers, she is known for simplifying complex issues, offering conflict resolution, and being able to connect with individuals of various socioeconomic statuses, cultures, skill sets, & educational backgrounds. Ms. Sims also has experience in Business Development and uses her ability to create and maintain strategic partnerships that would influence a community as a whole. Reach her at ladiSims55@gmail.com

What’s Your Dream Job? (Part 3)

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If you have taken the time to contemplate the answers to the questions presented in “What’s Your Dream Job? (Part 2)”, you have likely come up with some ideas of what your dream job or jobs may be.  The next step is to pursue your dream job(s).  I will cover this topic at length in a different series.

Maybe you have come to the conclusion that your dream job is not a job at all.  Maybe your “ideal work experience” is a business, a calling, a ministry or a passion.   Let’s take a closer look at each to help you gain better clarity on which one it might be:

Business – Merriam Webster defines business as ” the activity of making, buying, or selling goods or providing services in exchange for money“.  Quite simply, you might be more inclined to be your own boss and have greater control of your income and schedule.  However, the other side of that coin is that you are responsible for every facet of your work, including overhead, employees, etc.  Are you up for the challenge?  If so, a business plan is in order.  More to come on this topic.  Stay tuned.

Calling – Defined as “a strong desire to spend your life doing a certain kind of work (such as religious work)“, a calling is not always obvious.  Some people’s callings are more clear to those around them than to the one being called in a certain direction.  Sometimes people are not interested in pursuing their calling, despite the urge to move in a certain vocational direction.  Maybe your calling is an unchartered territory or presents many unknowns, so fear prevents you from moving forward.  However, a calling is often something that you cannot escape, no matter how hard you try. 

Ministry – GotQuestions.org defines ministry like this: ” Ministry” is from the Greek word diakoneo, meaning “to serve” or douleuo, meaning “to serve as a slave.” In the New Testament, ministry is seen as service to God and to other people in His name. Jesus provided the pattern for Christian ministry—He came, not to receive service, but to give it (see Matthew 20:28;Mark 10:45;John 13:1-17).
The Christian should minister by meeting people’s needs with love and humility on Christ’s behalf (seeMatthew 20:26;Mark 10:43;John 2:5,9;Acts 6:3;Romans 1:1;Galatians 1:10;Colossians 4:12). Christians are to minister to others out of their devotion to Christ and their love for others, whether the other people are believers or unbelievers. Ministry to others should be impartial and unconditional, always seeking to help others as Jesus would.
From the early New Testament churches to the churches of our day, each Christian should be in the ministry of helping others (see Romans 12:3-8,10-13;2 Timothy 2:24-26).”

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Passion – The Urban Dictionary defines passion as “ambition that is materialized into action to put as much heart, mind body and soul into something as is possible“.  I believe the keyword is ambition.  Ambition prompts us to pursue something even if the odds are against us.  Ambition drives us to keep going amidst opposition and rejection.  Quite simply, ambition allows us to “get ‘er done”!  When a vocation is our passion, we make it happen despite the circumstances or outlook.  Plan your work and then work your plan to “turn your passion into profit”

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Until next time-

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, (Colossians 3:23 NIV)

God’s best-

Alexis

Why Do You Work?

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Have you heard the new song “Bills”, by LunchMoney Lewis?  His lyrics certainly resonate with me, as I think about why I work.

“I got bills I gotta pay
So I’ma gon’ work, work, work every day
I got mouths I gotta feed,
So I’ma gon’ make sure everybody eats
I got bills!”

I am sure you have heard the saying, “I work to live, I don’t live to work.”   In my case, I work because I have to contribute financially to my family and, thankfully, I enjoy what I do for a living.  However, there are many working moms who may question why they work or wish they didn’t have to work .  During my maternity leaves with my boys I wondered why I had to work and struggled with how I was going to accomplish all that needed to be done.  After returning to work, in each case, remembering why I worked help me keep everything in perspective. 

Whether you work because you want to or because you have to, know that your contributions at home and in the marketplace are valuable. 

Why do you work?

Until next time-

For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”   We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat. (2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 NIV)

God’s best-

Alexis

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What’s Your Dream Job? (Part 2)

As a salesperson for most of my professional career, it might seem odd that I would quit an entrepreneurial endeavor after just one dose of rejection. As a pharmaceutical sales representative, physician liaison and now, physician recruiter, rejection has become the story of my professional life. So, why would I let rejection stop me then? I often ask myself that question. When pursuing new opportunities it often comes down to timing. I am convinced that the timing was not right. As I trace my career progression to its current destination, it all makes complete sense. Hindsight is 20/20, right? I believe that had I not continued in pharmaceutical sales at that time I would not be in my dream job as a physician recruiter now. A dream job I attempted to create as an entrepreneur several years ago.

Now, back to the young lady I met via LinkedIn. As we discussed her career goals and interests, she shared several work experiences that she found most rewarding. Which led me to my next question (for her)…

If you could create your ideal work experience, what would it be?

I thought to myself, “Wow, that is a loaded question”. If someone had asked me that years ago, or even now, how would I have answered it? As you seek to determine your dream job, this question must be answered, or, at the very least, explored. And, it is okay if you do not have all the answers right now. There are many factors to consider as you unpack the answer to this question:

  • How many hours per week would you like to devote to work? – Full time or part time? Flex time or no time?
  • Where would you like to work? – From home or an office? US or internationally? From an RV traveling across the US or at a desk?
  • With whom would you like to work? – With a team or independently? With people like you or different from you?
  • What kind of work do you want to do? – I realize this is a loaded question. Intellectual or manual? Routine or dynamic? Professional or trade?
  • What type of education is necessary for the kind of work you want to do? – Advanced degree or college degree? Additional training or certificate? Hands on experience?
  • Do you want to be an employee or an entrepreneur? – This is a biggie!

I think I have given you enough to contemplate for now.  This is the 2nd post in a series on “What’s Your Dream Job?”.  Find Part 1 here.  Stay tuned for Part 3…

Until next time-

May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us-yes, establish the work of our hands. (Psalm 90:17 NIV)

God’s best-

Alexis

The Offer

You are hired

Your interview went well and you expect to receive a call any day now.  One thing that has been consistent for any job offer that I have ever received is that when a company wants you, they make the offer very quickly.  Most of my job offers have come within a few hours of the face-to-face interview; a few days at most.  If it has been a week or more, chances are you did not get the job , but, no worries.  Sometimes, not getting a job you think you want can be a blessing.

Once you receive the job offer there are many things to consider.  A job offer doesn’t only involve a salary or compensation.  You must also consider:

  • Benefits – Do they include medical, dental and vision?  Is there a 401k or retirement plan?  Does the company offer life and/or accidental death insurance?  If so, at what additional cost to you?
  • Vacation/Company Holidays – How much vacation does the company offer?   When are you eligible to start accruing vacation – immediately or 60-90 days after you start?  Can you purchase additional vacation or cash in unused vacation?  Does unused vacation roll over to the next year?  How many company holidays are there?
  • Work schedule/arrangement – Are you expected to work from 9am to 5pm?  Is a flex schedule an option?  Will you work in an office or can you telecommute?
  • Other perks – Does the company provide free lunch?  Is there an onsite fitness facility?  Do they offer dry cleaning pick up/drop off services?   Will you have access to company discounts for products and services? Will you receive an expense account? Do they have onsite childcare?
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If you decide to move forward with the opportunity, you do not have to accept the offer as is.  You can negotiate…and you should.  From a salary standpoint all jobs come with a salary range budget.  Most likely, the hiring manager will offer you a salary somewhere between the low end and midpoint of that budget.  The top end of the salary range is reserved for top-notch candidates or for positions that need to be filled immediately.  It is important to note that salaries are not the only area of the offer than can be negotiated.  You can also negotiate vacation time, your work schedule/arrangement and expenses, among other things.  Check out these “15 Rules for Negotiating a Job Offer” from the Harvard Business Review.Woman_negotiating
Remember, the ball is in your court.  You can either accept the job or not.  However, whatever decision you make, be sure you (and your family) can live with it.  Stay tuned for more in our Career series where I explore how to create your dream job.
Until next time-
 
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:5 NIV)
 
God’s best-
 
Alexis