With the unemployment rate hovering around 9 percent, the pressure is on for small businesses to step up and do their part in giving our economy that much-needed boost. That’s why we decided to spotlight the latest trends that HR managers and others are expecting to see this year. So as you prepare to make predictions about your own hiring needs for 2012, make note of our findings here.
Mentors: A Young Entrepreneur’s Secret Weapon
You need a good idea. Startup cash can make a real difference. Business experience and savvy also help, of course. But to take advantage of the most powerful weapon an entrepreneur can have, find a mentor.
A good mentor helps you think through a business idea, suggests ways to generate that startup capital and provides the experience and savvy you’re missing. You’ll get praise when you deserve it and a heads-up when trouble comes — probably long before you would have noticed it yourself.
Many forms won’t let you complete them if you leave spaces blank. Hellmann advises putting in $1, $10 or $100, “anything to show you’re not listing your real salary.” Hellmann insists it’s not fair to discuss compensation before you’ve had a real job interview.
Great advice. You should never reveal your current salary when negotiating your new one. It makes no difference what you were paid previously, unless they are trying to pay you less.