6 Do’s and Don’ts of Negotiating Salary

"... personal favor to start me with an enormous salary."

For most people, negotiating salary is the most daunting part of the hiring process.

By Priti Dadlani

It seems we’d rather talk about anything else – our health, our relationships, even death – than money, let alone ask for it.

“People feel uncomfortable asking for money when they’re being hired because they think it makes them look greedy or they feel it will negatively affect the relationship with their future employer,” said Raj Dadlani, CEO and founder of Huntech, a global recruitment firm based in Toronto.

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Harvard Business School’s Class of 1963 Share Their Secrets to Success

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Harvard University

By Priti Dadlani

It was Confucius who said, “By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”

I believe we can learn as much through the advice of others whom we admire and respect as we can through our own experience.

And who better to give advice on topics such as career, business and leadership than alumni of one of the world’s most venerable educational institutions – Harvard University.

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14 Ways to Ace a Job Interview

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By Priti Dadlani

The most bizarre interview I ever had was with the city editor of a newspaper.

He interviewed me along with his deputy editor, a married woman who was about eight months pregnant. The interview took place over lunch and at one point, the city editor joked about how he and his deputy worked so closely together that reporters in the newsroom thought the baby was his. I nearly choked on my arugula, but said nothing. I got the job.

The best interview I ever had was simply a great one-hour conversation with the two hiring managers, discussing the job and my qualifications for it. By the time I got home, 45 minutes later, the Human Resources manager was on the phone offering me the job.

Most job interviews fall somewhere between those two extreme scenarios.

Raj Dadlani, CEO and founder of Huntech, a global search firm that specializes in placing computer engineering talent, has done screening interviews with thousands of candidates over the last three decades.

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Try Obama’s Wardrobe Secret to Boost Your Productivity


By Priti Dadlani

Have you ever noticed what U.S. President Barack Obama wears on the job?

It’s always the same thing and that’s no accident.

His “uniform” is a black or gray suit (typically by Italian suit maker Canali), with a crisp white shirt and a tie in a solid colour or with a subtle pattern.

His way of dressing is the secret to his productivity, Mr. Obama told Vanity Fair, in this quote reprinted in a Fast Company article.

“You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits,” [Obama] said. “I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.”

“You need to focus your decision-making. You need to routinize yourself. You can’t be going through the day distracted by trivia.”

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How to Avoid Common Career Regrets and Mistakes

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“Regrets, I’ve had a few. But then again, too few to mention.”

By Priti Dadlani

We’re lucky if that refrain from Frank Sinatra’s signature hit song holds true as we review our careers.

Research suggests we feel the most regret about missed opportunities. In other words, we regret the things we didn’t do rather than the ones we did do. The split is about 75/25.

That’s certainly true in my case.

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Reinventing Yourself: How to Do it Right

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By Priti Dadlani

At some point in your working life you will choose or be forced to reinvent yourself either because you decided to leave your job or you were downsized.

It can be a daunting experience, especially if you’re in the latter group, but ultimately exhilarating once you emerge like a butterfly from its cocoon.

I’ve reinvented myself at least three times so far. I started as a social worker and then spent two decades working as a journalist and now I’m in communications. I figure I have at least one more career reincarnation in me! Each reinvention feels like a new life because everything changes – the environment, the people, your daily routine.

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How Video Can Rock Your Online Portfolio

By Priti Dadlani

Like many of you, some of the enduring memories from my childhood are caught on tape.

Back then, producing video was a laborious process and required special equipment, like a SUPER 8mm film camera.

There’s a tape of me being pushed around in a miniature car. Another of my brother Adhir and I playing with the Rao kids – Atul, Ajit, Sheila – at Waterloo Park. And yet another scene at a birthday party.

The Raos have been family friends ever since our parents, both new immigrants to Canada from India, met when they overheard each other speaking their native language, Marathi, in a Canadian Tire store.

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