The Unconventional Guide to Negotiating More Money

When it comes to personal finances, I can sum up everything I know in two sentences:

  • If you want to have more money to spend on experiences, you can either increase the amount of money you make or decrease the amount of money you spend
  • There’s a lot more potential in increasing the amount of money you make (it’s virtually limitless) than decreasing the amount of money you spend (you can’t spend less than $0)

If you’re employed at a day job, one of the most effective ways to make more money is by negotiating your salary. It’s not hard; In fact, by integrating a negotiation about your compensation into your annual review, it’s easy to highlight your accomplishments from the last year, identify your goals for the coming year, and make an increase in your salary an obvious decision for your boss.

How to Write a Kick-Ass Resume

Update: My friend Josh Doody wrote Fearless Salary Negotiation, a book and courses like “How to ace your next interview” that I highly recommend! Check it out!

Resumes are a necessary exercise during your job search. Writing one helps you understand how to position your experience and qualifications in the job interview.

It’s a minority of people that get a job solely off of a resume. If you’re approaching your job search strategically (setting up coffee meetings, researching the companies you want to work at, building and maintaining a personal network, etc), you can be hired without ever sending in a resume.

The biggest value in writing a resume is gaining an understanding of the specific problems the company is facing and how to position your experience and qualifications to solve those problems.

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