First, find out how much your peers (in the same field) are making to give you an idea of the salary range for someone in your position. Factor in experience; if you already have a lot of experience, you can negotiate for a higher salary. Finally, be flexible. We seldom get our asking price, that’s just the reality of it. Be prepared to make compromises, but make sure you’re clear on how much you’re willing to compromise… and what you’re going to do if you don’t nego your way to higher pay.
Don’t flash your credit card at the slightest provocation. Remember that charging purchases only adds to your debt, so charge only what you can afford to pay — and on time at that. Know the interest rate for deferred payments, so you can budget ahead. And, always keep your card perks in mind. Maximize rewards points, check out zero percent (0%) installment packages, and be aware of special discounts in selected stores.
• Parties are fun, but they can also be intimidating — especially when you realize that you’ve just walked into a room full of strangers. Instead of being self-conscious, condition yourself to let go of your inhibitions and insecurities. Besides, no one is really looking at you, because they’re too busy worrying about themselves. It’s when you choose to make an impression that people take notice.
• You’re definitely more confident around people you’re comfortable with, so imagine your best pal gal tagging along behind you as you work your way across the room. Think of how she laughs at your jokes and how interested she always is in what you have to say. You’ll find it easier to let loose when you feel you have the support of someone close to you.
• When you feel so lost that you wish you were somewhere or someone else, take it a step further by slipping into the persona of someone you admire. Be it a super confident girlfriend or a style icon, channeling her poise, posture, and personality will help you become surer of yourself.