By Lisa Chenofsky Singer
As appeared in The Star Ledger Guest Column “Hire Me” (www.nj.com) and in MillburnPatch.com
Some additional negotiations that you may consider include a reduced work schedule, additional paid time off (vacation, sick, personal and holiday time), and/or equity in the company (useful in startup and turnaround situations). The value of a reduced work week enables the company to have your expertise while fitting your pay within their proposed budget. It is typically a win-win situation. Having a reduced work week can enable you to continue consulting, pursue additional education or certifications. Once there is an expression of mutual interest, ask whether the company’s benefits allow flex scheduled employees to participate in the benefit plans. Many companies offer benefits for employees who work reduced schedules, sometimes as low as 20 hours or 30 hours per week.
There are many courses offered online (webinars) and at many public libraries to learn for free. Ask a friend, a student, and/or a relative who is tech savvy to train you. Experiment with social media sites such as LinkedIn and learn by following Group discussions. Play with Facebook and Twitter, review blogs and other online communities.
A word of advice is to be aware of the settings that turn off notifications alerting others every time you are making edits. Taking the initial leap of faith – to sign on – it only takes one moment of courage and many moments of learning hopefully with limited frustrations.