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Job Search Questions
You’re Afraid to Ask
Cassandra Faris
About Me
(What makes me think I know so much about this anyway?)
Diversity recruiting
Software development Consulting
Conf...
Job Search Questions
• Professional Growth
• HR & Benefits
• Legal Considerations
• Evaluating Culture
Job Search Process
Application
Interview(s)
Offer
Negotiations
Awesome New Job
Job Search Puzzle
Technical Team
technology, people,
strengths, challenges
HR
recruiter, hiring manager,
accounting, opera...
Job Search Basics
You Have Valuable Skills
01
02
03
04
Hiring Managers Are People, Too
Ask Questions
Be Willing to Say “No”
Job Search Questions
• Professional Growth
• HR & Benefits
• Legal Considerations
• Evaluating Culture
The best time to look for a
new job is when you don’t
actually need one
#protip
Top 10 Signs It’s Time To Think About a New Job
(In No Particular Order)
Not learning
Top 10 Signs It’s Time To Think About a New Job
(In No Particular Order)
No career progression
Top 10 Signs It’s Time To Think About a New Job
(In No Particular Order)
No investment in growth
Top 10 Signs It’s Time To Think About a New Job
(In No Particular Order)
Title-only promotion
Top 10 Signs It’s Time To Think About a New Job
(In No Particular Order)
Instability
Top 10 Signs It’s Time To Think About a New Job
(In No Particular Order)
Changing company culture
Top 10 Signs It’s Time To Think About a New Job
(In No Particular Order)
Relocation
Top 10 Signs It’s Time To Think About a New Job
(In No Particular Order)
Abusive or disrespectful leadership
Top 10 Signs It’s Time To Think About a New Job
(In No Particular Order)
You dislike your coworkers
Top 10 Signs It’s Time To Think About a New Job
(In No Particular Order)
You dread going to work
Identifying Career Goals
What
are your
strengths?
Why do you
work in tech?
What do you
like best?
What’s your
ideal role?
...
Identifying Priorities
Location
Culture
Growth
Perks
.Compensation
Equity
Travel
.Size
Job Search Questions
• Professional Growth
• HR & Benefits
• Legal Considerations
• Evaluating Culture
The Salary Question:
Why Do We Hate it?
• Discomfort
• Mistrust
• Lack of information
• Privacy concerns
The Salary Question:
Why Should We Answer It?
Reality check
Move process forward
Learn your value
Company constraints
The Salary Question:
When Should We Answer It?
Early in the process
After the interviewer asks
The Salary Question:
How Should We Answer It?
Name your target
Ask for a range
or
Emphasizing negotiability or other prior...
Salary Negotiation: Do Your Research
Friends & peers
Salary calculators
Online job listings
Public documentation
Salary Negotiation Tips
• Emphasize competence, not ego
• Organized thoughts
• Listen to the other person
• Understand lim...
Insurance Types
• Medical
• Dental
• Vision
• Disability
• Life
• Supplemental
Your
Health
Insurance Evaluation
• Cost
• Family coverage
• Network
• Deductible
• Copay
• Policy type
• Specialized proce...
Fact: Nearly 20% of adults
have a mental illness.
Source: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/prevalence/any-mental-...
Mental Health Disclosure
Why?
• ADA protection
• Job accommodations
• Empathy
• Stress relief
Why Not?
• Protect privacy
•...
Mental Health Disclosure: When
Soon after starting
When issues arise
During interviews
Mental Health Disclosure: How
Explain you have
a medical
condition & how
it affects work
HR Manager:
benefits & legal
Supe...
Additional Benefits
• PTO
• Maternity/Paternity leave
• Retirement
• Profit Share
• Parking
• Education & conference reimb...
Job Search Questions
• Professional Growth
• HR & Benefits
• Legal Considerations
• Evaluating Culture
What is it?
Idea, invention, or process deriving
from the mind or intellect
Why does it matter?
You want to understand lim...
Who owns It?
• Opensource: Not owned
• Employer IP: Employer owns
• Written for yourself: Your own
Intellectual Property
W...
Non-Compete Agreement
What is it?
Employee agreement not to work in a
similar capacity to current one if it
competes with ...
(But you should totally consult one if something makes you uncomfortable)
Job Search Questions
• Professional Growth
• HR & Benefits
• Legal Considerations
• Evaluating Culture
Evaluating Culture
Online presence
Value of learning
Community support
Shared interests
Talent source
Retention
Communicat...
Interview Your Interviewer
• Time at company
• Reason for joining
• Company highlights
• Company changes
• Company challen...
Evaluating Culture
Also helpful: awards, social media, and people who work there
Reminder: context is key
Job Search Questions
• Professional Growth
• HR & Benefits
• Legal Considerations
• Evaluating Culture
Making a Decision
Take your time
Ask questions
Weigh data
Consider family
You are awesome.
You deserve an awesome job.
Thank you!
@cassandrafaris
cassandra.faris@improving.com
Job Search Questions You're Afraid to Ask
Job Search Questions You're Afraid to Ask
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Things you should consider in your next job search, including when to make a career change, benefits and legal considerations, and evaluating company culture.

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Job Search Questions You're Afraid to Ask

  1. 1. Job Search Questions You’re Afraid to Ask Cassandra Faris
  2. 2. About Me (What makes me think I know so much about this anyway?) Diversity recruiting Software development Consulting Conference organizer & sponsor Tech community supporter MBA, Organizational Leadership HR training Career Community Education
  3. 3. Job Search Questions • Professional Growth • HR & Benefits • Legal Considerations • Evaluating Culture
  4. 4. Job Search Process Application Interview(s) Offer Negotiations Awesome New Job
  5. 5. Job Search Puzzle Technical Team technology, people, strengths, challenges HR recruiter, hiring manager, accounting, operations You skills, goals, preferences, needs, family Company leadership, product, stability, direction, culture
  6. 6. Job Search Basics You Have Valuable Skills 01 02 03 04 Hiring Managers Are People, Too Ask Questions Be Willing to Say “No”
  7. 7. Job Search Questions • Professional Growth • HR & Benefits • Legal Considerations • Evaluating Culture
  8. 8. The best time to look for a new job is when you don’t actually need one #protip
  9. 9. Top 10 Signs It’s Time To Think About a New Job (In No Particular Order) Not learning
  10. 10. Top 10 Signs It’s Time To Think About a New Job (In No Particular Order) No career progression
  11. 11. Top 10 Signs It’s Time To Think About a New Job (In No Particular Order) No investment in growth
  12. 12. Top 10 Signs It’s Time To Think About a New Job (In No Particular Order) Title-only promotion
  13. 13. Top 10 Signs It’s Time To Think About a New Job (In No Particular Order) Instability
  14. 14. Top 10 Signs It’s Time To Think About a New Job (In No Particular Order) Changing company culture
  15. 15. Top 10 Signs It’s Time To Think About a New Job (In No Particular Order) Relocation
  16. 16. Top 10 Signs It’s Time To Think About a New Job (In No Particular Order) Abusive or disrespectful leadership
  17. 17. Top 10 Signs It’s Time To Think About a New Job (In No Particular Order) You dislike your coworkers
  18. 18. Top 10 Signs It’s Time To Think About a New Job (In No Particular Order) You dread going to work
  19. 19. Identifying Career Goals What are your strengths? Why do you work in tech? What do you like best? What’s your ideal role? What work Would you do for free? What is your career path?
  20. 20. Identifying Priorities Location Culture Growth Perks .Compensation Equity Travel .Size
  21. 21. Job Search Questions • Professional Growth • HR & Benefits • Legal Considerations • Evaluating Culture
  22. 22. The Salary Question: Why Do We Hate it? • Discomfort • Mistrust • Lack of information • Privacy concerns
  23. 23. The Salary Question: Why Should We Answer It? Reality check Move process forward Learn your value Company constraints
  24. 24. The Salary Question: When Should We Answer It? Early in the process After the interviewer asks
  25. 25. The Salary Question: How Should We Answer It? Name your target Ask for a range or Emphasizing negotiability or other priorities is helpful
  26. 26. Salary Negotiation: Do Your Research Friends & peers Salary calculators Online job listings Public documentation
  27. 27. Salary Negotiation Tips • Emphasize competence, not ego • Organized thoughts • Listen to the other person • Understand limitations • Reasonable counteroffer • Consider alternative compensation • Limit personal details
  28. 28. Insurance Types • Medical • Dental • Vision • Disability • Life • Supplemental
  29. 29. Your Health Insurance Evaluation • Cost • Family coverage • Network • Deductible • Copay • Policy type • Specialized procedures • Alternative care • Mental health benefits
  30. 30. Fact: Nearly 20% of adults have a mental illness. Source: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/prevalence/any-mental-illness-ami-among-us-adults.shtml
  31. 31. Mental Health Disclosure Why? • ADA protection • Job accommodations • Empathy • Stress relief Why Not? • Protect privacy • No accommodations needed • Fear of negative reactions
  32. 32. Mental Health Disclosure: When Soon after starting When issues arise During interviews
  33. 33. Mental Health Disclosure: How Explain you have a medical condition & how it affects work HR Manager: benefits & legal Supervisor: accomodations
  34. 34. Additional Benefits • PTO • Maternity/Paternity leave • Retirement • Profit Share • Parking • Education & conference reimbursement • Mentoring programs • Software, hardware, & gadgets • Dress code • And the list goes on……
  35. 35. Job Search Questions • Professional Growth • HR & Benefits • Legal Considerations • Evaluating Culture
  36. 36. What is it? Idea, invention, or process deriving from the mind or intellect Why does it matter? You want to understand limitations on things you create Intellectual Property
  37. 37. Who owns It? • Opensource: Not owned • Employer IP: Employer owns • Written for yourself: Your own Intellectual Property What should you ask? • Who owns work done for employer? • Limits on IP outside of work?
  38. 38. Non-Compete Agreement What is it? Employee agreement not to work in a similar capacity to current one if it competes with their employer What are its limits? Time from end of employment and/or distance from current employer Enforcement can be tough & varies by state
  39. 39. (But you should totally consult one if something makes you uncomfortable)
  40. 40. Job Search Questions • Professional Growth • HR & Benefits • Legal Considerations • Evaluating Culture
  41. 41. Evaluating Culture Online presence Value of learning Community support Shared interests Talent source Retention Communication Work-life balance
  42. 42. Interview Your Interviewer • Time at company • Reason for joining • Company highlights • Company changes • Company challenges
  43. 43. Evaluating Culture Also helpful: awards, social media, and people who work there
  44. 44. Reminder: context is key
  45. 45. Job Search Questions • Professional Growth • HR & Benefits • Legal Considerations • Evaluating Culture
  46. 46. Making a Decision Take your time Ask questions Weigh data Consider family
  47. 47. You are awesome. You deserve an awesome job.
  48. 48. Thank you! @cassandrafaris cassandra.faris@improving.com

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