Here are answers to your most frequently asked questions regarding your job search and salary that you’ve sent me recently:
Where are the $100K+ jobs listed?
The short answer is nowhere. There is no one depository or convenient source that lists the $100K+ jobs–or all others for that matter. Most positions will be found by sleuthing around and talking to people.
Places that do list some of these executive level positions include:
6FigureJobs.com. As long as your have at least six years experience and a minimum total compensation of $100K, you can become a member at no cost. This gives you access to their database and allows you to apply for positions and receive notices of positions that might be a fit.
ExecSearches.com. You’ll find a variety of positions in non-profit and industry. I noticed quite a few for social improvement types of groups-organizations many of my clients have expressed an interest in working for as opposed to big corporations. The list includes such places as Centro Magis, a non-profit that works throughout Latin America to strengthen Jesuit-led schools and social service organizations, California Coalition Against Sexual Assault; Animal Rescue League of Boston and Business for Social Responsibility in San Francisco.
Where can I find salary information?
It’s all over the Internet-salary surveys, lists and ways to calculate pay, benefits and bonuses based on locale and occupation. Salary.com is a good source offering free, basic reports for your job. You can also purchase a Personal Salary Report, that for example, can cost $49.95 if you want to know about Health Educator salaries in Honolulu.
If you’re in Information Technology, check out Computerworld’s 2003 Salary Survey (www.computerworld.com), where you’ll have to register first to get the information. By the way, according to a Computerworld article by Julia King, the survey shows that although IT professionals received only modest pay raises for the second year in a row (with this year’s average at about 6.7%), most IT workers aren’t as unhappy as you might think-considering many are working longer hours and shouldering heavier workloads. This is compared to the 4% average increase pay for U.S. workers according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
If you’re in accounting see Accountemps 2004 Salary Guide (www.accountemps.com). Many professional trade organizations conduct and post salary surveys for their members.
Other sources include: JobStar Salary Surveys (http://jobstar.org/tools/salary/index.cfm) that has loads of great salary surveys on virtually every profession. SalaryExpert.com is another source which also offers a Personal Salary Report for $39.
Where can I find jobs doing foreign language translation?
This is an area that still holds a lot of interest on the part of job-hunters. There’s also still a need for translators and linguists. The FBI continues to have a posting for Contract Linguists on its site (www.fbijobs.com). Also, the National Virtual Translation Center (NVTC) is recruiting translators for work on documents that aren’t secret or of a sensitive nature. NVTC provides translation services to a variety of government agencies. For more information go to www.nvtc.gov.
To learn more about this field, check out the American Translators Association (www.atanet.org).