Entries by Oran Brown

The Pros and Cons of Thrift Savings Plans

So what are Thrift Savings Plans or TSP’s? It’s a savings plan for both current and retired federal employees and was created in 1986 by the Federal Employees Retirement System. The TSP program is designed to give federal employees the same benefits of a 401(k) plan that private sector employees receive. It’s simple, and all contributions made to a TSP plan will be directly deducted from the employee’s paycheck. There are six different types of […]

Is Your Email Etiquette Costing You the Job?

hey dena its michael, here is an updated  resume…thank you so much for taking time out of your day for helping me with my resume! Would you respond to this email if it came from a complete stranger? No? An employer wouldn’t either.  This is an actual email I got about 3 years ago while working at a university from an alumnus who had graduated a year prior.  He called me because he was having a hard time finding […]

How to Answer the Dreaded Salary Question

Your interview is going great.  You have answered all of the hiring manager’s questions.  You have sold yourself effectively.  You didn’t ramble and you even kept your hands in your lap and not all over the place.  Then you hear the dreaded question…..”What are you salary requirements?” Everything stands still and time starts moving in slow motion.  A million thoughts are going through your head. “What if I say a number too high?”     “What if […]