How to Negotiate Pay in an Interview

There are two important, and equally difficult aspects to negotiating pay in an interview: how to broach the subject, and how to actually negotiate.

When to ask about pay
Though it can be tempting to ask about pay in your first interview, waiting until you are speaking directly with human resources is a good move, as they are a more or less neutral third party, and if you are having subsequent interviews with HR, that it likely an appropriate time to bring it up if it hasn’t been discussed yet. If HR will not be involved in your recruitment, bring up payment after your first interview. If on the second interview no one has brought up the matter, say something along the lines of “we haven’t had a chance to talk about compensation – who should I discuss this with?”.

Know your worth
Many will turn the question around on you, by asking your salary expectations. Don’t come right back with a specific number. If this conversation is happening early in the interview process, say you will need more details on the scope of the role. Figure out if this is a lateral move, or if you are moving up in the world by taking this position. If you are making a lateral move, in general, don’t ask for more than 10K more than your prior role. Lateral moves can get increases ranging from 5-7K.

Always have your expectations presented in a range format, and keep the conversation going. If you are asking for a large increase in pay, let them know by saying something such as “I know this is high, but I feel I have the experience to justify it.” Reassuring the other party that you know it is likely higher than they were thinking for the role and explaining why you deserve it is more likely to go over well than quoting a high number and waiting for them to counter.

If you do not know your worth, if you position a low ask as high, you could be revealing yourself to be more junior than they had anticipated, which will hurt your salary negotiations. However, if they already perceive you as somewhat junior and your salary expectations are sky high, you will likely price yourself out of the opportunity all together.

How do I know what is reasonable to ask for?
The key to asking for the right range is doing your research and coming in prepared for the interview. Check local Kijiji job ads to see if comparable positions have posted a salary range, and check some salary research sites to see general ranges for your job description in a variety of locations. Based on your seniority and past pay, figure out where someone like you should fall on the salary range that you determine is appropriate for the job based on past experience, then figure out what is reasonable to shoot for, taking specifics of the company and any special skills into account.

Consider the company
If your past positions have been at a bank, or a highly successful big company, and you are looking to “get out of the rat race”, follow your passion in a non-profit, or are interviewing at a new company, it is possible that you could be looking at a pay cut. If you are used to making a lot of money and are looking at less lucrative positions, be prepared for the possibility that the offer may be lower than your market value where you are used to working. If the offer is low, have some potential perks ready that would save you money or enhance the quality of your life. Maybe the money you save on a dog walker by bringing your dog into work with you, having a day a week where you can work from home, or reimbursed parking or travel expenses might make a big difference to you. Display your interest in the role, but make sure that the salary offered can support the lifestyle you are used to.

Categories:Kijiji Jobs

Kijiji Hunter: 5 Easy Methods to Consistently Find Good Deals

For some people, home is a place where you can take your socks off, kick back and just relax. For me, home is a yellow banner with six blue letters and a seemingly endless assortment of everything I could ever dream of.

Kijiji has become an incredible resource for me. I find all sorts of unique and inexpensive things that I probably wouldn’t be able to find elsewhere. My house, job, dogs, car, appliances, electronics – honestly just about everything in my life has come from Kijiji.

Often I share my treasures with my friends on Facebook and so many of them seem amazed by what I’m able to find and bring home. To me, I don’t do anything out of the ordinary, but I thought I’d share a few of my search habits that help me to discover those hidden gems on my favourite classified site.

1. Call it Something Else

Think outside of yourself. If you’re looking for a couch, try words like ‘sofa’ or ‘sectional’ to find other items that you might not find by just searching for the word ‘couch’. Sometimes people label things differently than you might, so knowing which words to search for can help you to find hidden gems on Kijiji.

Using the example of the couch still, you can narrow it down by the colour, type of material, etc. If you want a leather sectional, why bother going through hundreds of couches that aren’t what you’re really looking for? Read other ads and see if they use other words that you didn’t think of.

2. Broaden Your Search

Once you feel like you’ve gone through all of the obvious words that the item could be called, start thinking outside the category. Just as people might not name things the same as you, sometimes they’ll list an item in a category that you wouldn’t normally expect to find it.

Broaden your search to all of Kijiji and type in ‘leather sectional’. Maybe that couch you’re looking for is hidden away in a not so obvious place you might otherwise miss if you only search in the ‘couches, futons’ category on Kijiji.

3. How Much Do You Want to Pay?

I find a lot of things because I also narrow my searches by price. If I want to pay $100 for something, I might start with a maximum price of $60 and see what comes up. If I don’t find anything, I’ll do another search between $61-80 and so on. It can help to narrow down a big list of results and also give you an idea of what a good deal is in that category.

If I mentally agree that $100 is my maximum price, I would search all the way up to $150. Remember that Kijiji is great for bartering. No matter what I inquire about, I always ask what the seller’s best price is. Sometimes they’ll say the price listed is their best price, but many times the person will drop their asking price by a few dollars if you agree to pick up the item sooner than later.

4. Search Away from Home

It’s great when you can find something and it’s close to home. By venturing outside of your area code, you open up a whole new world of opportunities. Driving a little further can be completely worth it if the price is right or if there’s something you want that you haven’t been able to find nearer to where you live.

I usually keep a wish list of things that would be great to have. If I’m planning to go away for the day or on a weekend roadtrip, I do a quick Kijiji search to see if any of those items will be on my route or near my destination. I’ve found lots of things away from home. Sometimes they’re a little too far to drive for just that, but because I was planning to go there already, it was totally worth it.

5. Patience

Every once in a while you get lucky and find just what you want exactly when you want it. Other times, patience is the key. As I mentioned, I keep a list of things that I need or would like to have either just in my head, or in a word processor.

To some, it might seem like I’m finding things all the time, but in reality it can just be that the timing is right. Other times, I’ve been searching for something for a few months and it’s just happened to come up now. Setting up Kijiji email alerts is a really easy way to find what you want, if you don’t check the website as often as I do.

So that’s it. No rocket science, just simple tips to help you find awesome things on Kijiji.

Happy Hunting!

This post was contributed by Greg Lehman, who considers himself to be a hippie in a business suit. When he’s not busy working or taking hunting for great deals on Kijiji, you’ll find him lost in the forest with his dogs Dakota & Casey. He also enjoys cooking, travelling and writing about himself in third person. Connect with him here at about.me/GregLehman.

Categories:Guest Post, Kijiji Tips

Aquariums, terrariums, and cages – which is right for your pet?

If you are thinking of adopting a small pet, such as a rodent, fish, reptile, or amphibian, caring for their habitat is an integral part of caring for the animal. It isn’t enough just to make sure they are fed and with access to fresh water – their cages have to be kept clean too.

An aquarium is pretty much the only option if you want to keep fish or another aquatic pet (barring a pond in your backyard). Aquariums can also be used to create a terrarium, either to house amphibians or reptiles, or just to grow plants. If you use an aquarium for a terrarium or to keep rodents, remember not to put it in direct sunlight, as the “greenhouse” effect will make it far too hot, and there is very little ventilation.

One advantage to keeping rodents in an aquarium is that the wood chips are contained, and won’t end up all over the floor. A special mesh or plastic top can be purchased especially for keeping rodents in an aquarium, that will allow ventilation and keep other household pets out of their enclosure. Don’t use a solid cover, as mammals require ventilation and may become sick if they don’t have access to fresh air.

There are a wide variety of different types of terrariums, and you should research which type is best for your reptilian or amphibious pet. Aquatic terrariums are much like aquariums, but require much less water and have different décor than an aquarium, generally including at least one area where the pet can climb onto a surface outside of the water to bask in warmth. Semi-aquatic terrariums have a combination of land and water, and often have a heat source over the land. A woodland terrarium is an ideal habitat for tree frogs and many other animals that live in a forest in the wild. These often feature full spectrum lighting and many types of plants. A desert terrarium imitates the desert climate, and often features plants such as cacti. Different reptiles and amphibians have wildly varying specific needs, so if you are interested in maintaining a terrarium as a pet habitat, be sure to extensively research the requirements of the animals you are interested in owning.

Wire cages are a popular choice for rodents, likely due to their low cost and the ease of cleaning them. They provide great ventilation, but if you have cats or any other predatory pets, these cages make it easy for them to get their noses or claws uncomfortably close to your smaller pet. Some designs of wire cages are much easier for a rodent to escape from, especially a hamster, rat, mouse, or gerbil. If you opt for a wire cage, ensure that the model you purchase is designed for the type of pet you have opted for. Wire cages are a fantastic option for larger rodents, such as rabbits or guinea pigs, as they are much lighter weight(and thus significantly easier to clean) when dealing with a large enclosure.

Categories:Kijiji Pets

Cookware 101: Which Material is Best for Pots and Pans?

Cooking was a lot simpler back in the day. Pots and pans all looked pretty standard, and everyone used relatively the same cookware and tools. These days, as with everything else in our lives, we have a lot more options available to us (which can be fantastic, but also a little overwhelming.)

One look down the kitchenware aisle (or aisles) at any department or cookware store is enough to give any cooking novice a headache. For the average person, all the pots and pans look the same- so how do we know which type is going to cater best to all our different cooking needs?

Here’s a simple breakdown of the most common types of cookware with some quick pros and cons and cleaning tips so you can shop without becoming overwhelmed.

Aluminum

The pros of aluminum pots and pans is that they transfer heat quickly, aren’t too heavy, and best of all, they are quite affordable. One important note about aluminum cookware is that aluminum itself is soft and can change shape when it’s used on high heat. One way to solve this problem is to use an aluminum pan or pot that has been coated in aluminum oxide, (also called anodized aluminum). Once there is a layer of coating on, the cookware becomes scratch resistant and much stronger under any cooking circumstances. Keep in mind, however, that anodized aluminum cookware is more expensive than a plain aluminum pot or pan.

Care Tip: Check to see if it is dishwasher safe! Some versions of aluminum based cookware cannot be cleaned in a dishwasher.

Stainless Steel

There are many pros to stainless steel cookware. It’s scratch-resistant, dishwasher safe, strong, and not usually very pricey. However, depending on how often you cook and what you usually like to cook, the cons may not work for you. Stainless steel cookware tends to not be very efficient with transferring heat and it’s also not known for being good with spreading the heat evenly throughout the cooking surface. Now, there are modifications that have been made to certain stainless steel cookware where an inner core with a more conductive metal has been added which will help spread the heat, however, this addition raises the cost.

Care Tip: Store stainless steel cookware in a dry, cool area otherwise you will have to deal with rust on your cookware.

Cast Iron

You might have seen cast iron skillets or pots at your friends’ homes and wondered what in the word could be cooking in there. Cast iron looks really heavy duty because it is. It’s one of the strongest, everything-resistant materials for cookware. You can really get a sense of how durable it is when you pick it up and feel just how heavy it is. Heat gets spread out very well with this type of material and what’s even better is that it can keep heat in long after it has been taken off whatever heat source you use. Another pro is that it’s perfect for getting the ideal sear on meats, so even when it’s the dead of winter, you can still get BBQ-esque food without the BBQ. Cons for this type of material are that it takes longer to heat up, and the heaviness of the cookware that was mentioned before isn’t ideal for everyone. Also, in some cases, it’s not a buy and use type situation- some cast iron pans and pots haven’t been “pre-seasoned” (which essentially means a coating of cooked-on vegetable oil that the manufacturer has performed). Without this protection, it can rust or make food stick to the surface. Even if the cast iron cookware is pre-seasoned, it still requires special maintenance in order to preserve its quality.

Care tip: Wash with hot water and mild soap, and remove all moisture completely before storing away in a cool, dry place.

Enameled Cast Iron

Enameled cast iron is very similar to cast iron, except for its (arguably) more attractive exterior. These are the beautifully coloured heavy duty pots you see used on cooking shows where the bright red lid is opened, and a perfectly done pork belly or roast is revealed. Enameled cast iron doesn’t require pre-seasoning as long as the lining is enamel as well, and it’s much easier to clean than raw (or plain) cast iron. Cons are that it may not give the most powerful sear or be as effective when used in its skillet form, but as a covered pot, it performs just as well. A popular example is Le Creuset cookware.

Copper

Of all the materials we’ve looked at, copper cookware is the winner when it comes to how fast it heats up and how evenly the heat is distributed. A unique feature that makes it preferable for serious cooks is that it cools as soon as you take it off the heat source which cooks know is essential to get the perfect cook on steaks, fish, and other meat that you want to keep tender and juicy. The cons of copper cookware are primarily that it’s expensive and it requires a little more work to maintain. Lining on a copper pan or pot needs to be replaced every 10-20 years (which isn’t actually too bad). It’s also important to keep in mind that if you cook a lot with acidic ingredients, it could react with the copper to create a metallic taste which isn’t exactly pleasant.

Care Tip: Never put copper cookware in the dishwasher and polish it regularly to keep its shine

Categories:Kijiji for the Home

How to downsize your living space

Moving from a house to a smaller space like a condo or an apartment can be challenging task, but it can also be a refreshing one.

For many, it’s an opportunity to de-clutter and recreate a place to call your own. It’s the perfect time to take an inventory of what you’ve accumulated over the years and decide each items fate. Perhaps it’s time to get rid of that old hand me down couch you’ve had since college, or recycle that stack of magazines piling up in your basement. Either way, decisions have to be made. Here are a few tips to make the process a little easier.

Downsizing Your Living Space

Create an Action Plan
Professional organizers will tell you to picture what kind of lifestyle you want and how you will achieve this in your next living space. Is it worth it to keep the bulky armchair? Should you keep that large dining room set just because it was pricey? Where will all this go in your new home? Creating a plan and knowing what furniture and other items you’ll want to take with you will help you along the road to downsizing. Do you pour over images of modern minimalist living spaces? To achieve that lifestyle, you will need to be ready to eliminate most of what fills a large suburban home. On the other hand, if you would have trouble feeling at home without your souvenirs and trinkets, aim to curate your collection to only the ones that you would miss if they were not around.

Purge
Do you need a TV in every room? Probably not, but if you do decide to keep some, mount them on the wall and get rid of that bulky entertainment unit to save space. To take it even further, get rid of your TVs altogether and watch programs online through a computer, tablet and or even a smartphone. Connect to Wi-Fi to reduce cable use.

To downsize even further, consider trimming down your library. Think about only keeping your favourite books and have an idea of where they will go in your new home. If you can’t find the space, it’s time to let them go or purchase a Kobo or Kindle, which can store thousands of books. Keep in mind, you can always borrow books from the library as well.

Kitchen appliances can also take up tons of valuable cabinet space. It may be time to give away the waffle maker or pasta maker you’ve only used once since your wedding day. Clothes and toiletries you haven’t used in a year are a good indication that you can do without them.

Memorabilia and other must-keep items you can’t part with
It can be hard leaving behind items that have been with you for decades so consider going digital. Take a picture of your old home and those items you’ve cherished to preserve those memories. Old newspaper clippings, letters and cards can also be scanned and saved. Remember to plan where you’ll be putting the items you do want to keep or consider letting them go.

Multi functionable furniture
When you have limited space, you have to be creative with the furniture you have. Think about buying a sleeper couch to replace your guest bedroom, or an ottoman that acts as a foot rest, storage unit and a coffee table.

Finding a new home for the unwanted
Make a quick buck or two by hosting a garage or yard sale to rid yourself of all the items that don’t belong in your new living space, sell items online on Kijiji or eBay, or you can also donate the items to worthy charitable organizations in your community.