Josh Bulloc

Why I Left Coaching

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  I stopped coaching people a couple of years ago and it has been good for me. I initially left coaching because I wanted people to be like me. I am very much a type A person and will go after what I want and if I feel I need to make a change in my life I just do it. I expected others to be the same way and when they weren’t it frustrated me. In other cases I had clients who were just on the cusp of turning their…read more

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We Sold our Dave Ramsey Car

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We finally saved up enough money for my wife to have a new car. It took us a while to get there and while saving up she continued to drive her old car, the one she has had since high school. If you follow Dave Ramsey at all you will understand why this was our Dave Ramsey car. It was a car that did not look that great but ran well and was a key piece in allowing us to save money since we did not have car payments. In…read more

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Hating Work is Not a New Problem

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Recently I had a discussion with my friends about the “new” problem of people hating their work. The question which was raised was “have we grown soft or is hating work a new problem? Through our discussion I now believe that people have always wanted more contentment in their work. Think about it, nothing in our biology has changed over the last 200 years and I am pretty sure we have the same wants and needs. We are designed to want things to be better than they are, no matter…read more

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Lessons Learned While Working With a Website Developer

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I have been working with a developer over the last few weeks building a site which will be used to connect indoor soccer players to teams who need players. I have learned quite a few things about working with a developer through my frustrations during this project. Prior to this project I had some experience working with virtual assistants (VA) and I will also include what I learned from those experiences too. I may interchange the terms virtual assistant, contractor, and developer for this blog though they are not always…read more

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How to Negotiate Your Compensation

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  When you know what you want to ask for in a negotiation you should rank the items from highest priority to lowest. This is how you will focus the negotiation. Ask for the highest priority item first, then go down the list. For me it was salary, vacation, bonus, and work from home, in that order. You may not get to ask for all of the things you want, but as long as it is above your baseline everything is great. You will typically receive a written offer(usually emailed…read more

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What You Can Ask For in a Compensation Negotiation

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  The things you can ask for in a negotiation are only limited by your imagination. Remember that your compensation does not always have to be financial. Below are some examples of what you can ask for. Sometimes, accepting a job offer will require you to move, so you should ask them to pay for your move as part of your compensation. I have had two companies pay for me to move. When a company pays to move you, they usually require you to work there for about two years….read more

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What should I get paid

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How much should you get paid? To figure out your market value, visit to websites like Salary.com and Glassdoor.com. Enter your information and see what each site tells you about similar roles in your geographic region (or where you are moving). There is usually a salary range for each role. To figure out where you fit in that range, consider the number of years you have in experience and if your role will require more responsibility than other similar roles. I recommend that you shoot for above average salary and…read more

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Negotiating Job Benefits

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  Negotiation is pretty basic if you remember that the winner is the one with the most patience and knowledge. In this type of negotiation the goal is for both the hiring company and prospective employee to win. You have to decide how much patience you have during this process, and I will help you with the knowledge gathering part. How low can you go? You have to know what you are worth and the lowest point you are willing to go for compensation. This is your baseline, the point…read more

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Be Ready to Job Negotiate Your Job Offer to Get What You Want

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  Now that you have survived all the interviews, the company may make you an offer. It is time to prepare to negotiate your compensation. Many people are afraid of negotiation because it is unfamiliar, it can be intimidating, and they don’t want to lose the offer. Consider these points: By the time you get here in the hiring process they want you, which gives you leverage. It costs the hiring company money to get you to this point in the process, therefore if they lose you they are throwing…read more

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The Main Interview Types

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A phone interview is typically followed by an in-person interview (usually more than one). If you are located far away from the company, sometimes the company will pay for you to travel to their offices (I was flown to Pittsburgh, PA and Knoxville, TN to interview for my very first professional job). An in-person interview generally falls into three categories: single person, group interview, and multiple interviewers one at a time. Single person Interviews This type of interview is the easiest. It typically lasts no more than one hour and…read more

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What If I Get a Phone Interview?

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  Most every company has a process they follow for interviewing. Many times you will start off with a phone interview. This makes it easy for the company to weed out bad candidates without wasting a lot of time. In obtaining one of my previous jobs, I had two phone interviews with the HR representative. The first one was to understand my situation and the second was to better get to know me and my skills. Even in the short phone conversations they were assessing whether or not I was…read more

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How Do You Answer The Salary Question

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While you are in the interview, be sure that you do not ask anything related to compensation (i.e. pay, vacation, insurance, etc.). You have to understand the responsibilities of the job first, so you can decide on the appropriate compensation. Sometimes they will ask how much you were paid at your last job. I recommend deferring this with a statement such as “at this point I do not wish to share this because the compensation should be based on the responsibilities of the job”. Normally they will respect this, but…read more

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The Best Thing to do During an Interview is Interview Them

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At the beginning of an interview always ask “is it okay if I take notes?” Interviewers love this, because it helps them to see how attentive you are. Remember, while they are interviewing you need to be interviewing them. You need to learn if it is a place you want to work, so it is in your best interest to learn all you can. You do not want to take a job just to leave after a couple of weeks because you hate it. You want to be happy there….read more

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What Are The Best Questions to Ask at an Interview

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  Preparing for the interview Begin by reviewing everything you have already learned about the company so that the information is fresh in your mind. In addition, you need to research the people whom will be interviewing you using the same methods I mentioned before. This is where Facebook stalking and Linkedin stalking comes in handy (If the interviewers are smart, they are doing it to you too). Your goal is to sound like you already work for the company. There are some items you need to bring with you…read more

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Why it is Important to Write Introduction and Cover Letters To Get a New Job

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Writing letters is a lost art, but it is a key tactic in getting your new job. A letter stands out because we do not get them often. Do you remember the last time you went to the mailbox and there was a letter with a handwritten address? Were you excited to see who it was from? This will also work for someone who would be interested in hiring you. Typically, each person in the company has a mail cubby and when the mail is received it is deposited in…read more

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How to Create a Great Resume

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You need to write a resume, even if you are applying for a job which doesn’t require it. A resume helps you to develop a “brochure” of your skills. It takes time to make a good resume and I am not referring to the “tips and tricks” (i.e. special words etc) or proper grammar and punctuation. It takes time to create a resume that effectively communicates your skills. Heck, it takes a lot of time to figure out what you are good at so you can put it on a resume. When…read more

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The Companies That Hire You Are The Ones Who Can Use Your Skills To Reach Their Goals

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  When you get a hiring manager on the phone, your goal is to figure out how you can use your skills to help with their needs. A company has goals to reach. Typically the goals include making a profit and serving their customers well. If a company identifies that they need help to reach those goals, they will create a job opening. Put yourself in the manager’s shoes. What if someone contacted you who proved they could help you reach your goals. Would you be willing to pull strings…read more

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You Need to Make Phone Calls to Find a Job

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  It is time to start making phone calls to find people in each of those companies who you would potentially be working with. Before you start calling, you need to have a good set of questions ready. There is always a chance you could reach the person you are looking for on the first call. Here are some example questions (you can come up with your own): What is the culture like? How do you employ people with “blank” skills? Where else would you like to use people with…read more

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How to Learn About the Company You Want to Work For

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Now that you have a list of companies (link to previous post) where you could potentially work, you need to learn more about those companies. Choose 5 of those companies and begin searching for places to learn about them. I recommend searching through the following: Google Facebook Linkedin Glass Door Your local business journal You are trying to find names of people who work there and information about the company. Keep your eyes open for the following: Recent news Presentations people in the company have given Conferences the company has been involved…read more

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The Best Networking Tip Ever

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Networking If you need a new job your network is the first place to begin your search. These are the people who trust you, like you, and they are the best people to help you find that next role. If you don’t already have a network it may be too late to try to start one for this job search, but start nonetheless. Networking has a negative connotation since many people go out looking to “network” when they are desperate. Proper networking is like planting a tree. When is the…read more

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