Jim Hopkinson is an author, writer, and speaker living in New York City. His focus is on career development for the new economy, showing how new media, technology and branding are changing how people look at their career and lifestyle. Read more...
You think a haunted house is frightening? Believe me, nothing is scarier than the mob scene and long lines at the Halloween store if you wait until the last minute. They won’t have any good costumes left, and the ones that are decent won’t be in your size. Quick tip: some stores open early so if you know what you want, hit up the store before work, not after.
Preparation is also key when planning your career. Why put off starting your job search until tomorrow when others are preparing as we speak? And even while you're in your current job, you should be thinking about the next step up the ladder and learning the skills needed to get there. If you’re looking to ask for a raise or a promotion in the near future, start keeping track of your accomplishments now, stay in good communication with your boss, and align yourself with the right projects.
Just like with costumes, the best positions and opportunities often go to those who get there first. And the best preparation is research, using our free Salary Wizard.