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3 Billing Strategies for Consultants

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Generally, there are three ways you can bill a customer: Hourly, a set retainer rate paid weekly (or bi-weekly, or monthly), or a set retainer rate paid in advance (weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly). Cat takes a look at each. See all of our stories about contracting and consulting here.

Tips on Finding Your Next Consulting Gig

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Cat Miller
Consulting can bring you better pay, fewer political issues and higher visibility as an industry expert. On the other hand, you’re always worrying about finding work. Today we’re discussing a few things that can help you in your search for that next contract. Related Links on Dice How to Plan for Your Next Consulting Gig Avoid These Mistakes in Consulting Career Doctor: When Consulting is a Good Fit for You

Tricks to Finding Out the Hiring Manager’s Name

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Cat Miller
The best way to get the hiring manager’s attention is to… go around HR and talk to the hiring manager. And not only is it possible to find their name, it’s also not all that tricky.  Here are some ways to suss them out. Related Links Tricks to Finding the Hiring Manager’s Name 6 Steps to Better Cover Letters 6 Great Videos on Resumes and Cover Letters

How to Make Sure You Get Paid for Extra Work

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Cat Miller
It happens a lot: Your manager hears about your extensive skill set, and suddenly you’re transformed into a Web developer, network administrator or basic jack-of-all-IT-trades. Of course, you don’t get a raise. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Cat has some tips for negotiating an increase, as well as leveraging your extra work the next time you look for a job. Related Posts Overworked? Get a Raise How to Prepare Yourself for Salary Negotiations

Why HR Staffers Can Be Your Best Friends

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Cat Miller
When you’re frustrated because you’re not getting offers for jobs you’re qualified for, it’s natural to look for someone to blame. Most often it’s the folks in HR who have the target on their back. But the truth is, HR doesn’t deserve the condescension, if not the fury, candidates direct at them. In fact, if you take a breath and develop relationships with them, they can become your greatest advocates. Related Stories on Dice Stop Picking on HR What Recruiters Bring… continue…

Health IT Employers May Not Be So Picky Anymore

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Cat Miller
The re-election of President Obama means the federal mandates associated with healthcare reform aren’t going away. That means that healthcare organizations are scrambling to find the right people to implement the technology they need to meet healthcare reform’s timelines. Before, they were being picky. Now? Not so much. Here’s some other information about Healthcare IT: How to Get into Health IT Without Experience Other Stories

How to Prove Your Skills During an Interview

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Cat Miller
Nowadays, employers are being more careful to make sure they know exactly what they’re getting – and getting exactly what they want. A lot of times, that happens when you’re in the home stretch. So let’s get into a few of the hurdles you may face late in the interview process, and look at how to handle them.

The Truth About Personality Tests

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Cat Miller
Most people have fibbed at one time or another, but can you stick to nothing but the perfect truth on a personality test without hurting your chances of getting a job? Yes. Just follow these tips. See this related story on Dice: 4 Ways to Beat a Personality Test

Is a Startup Right for You?

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Cat Miller
If you’re toying with the idea of joining a startup, take some time for a little self-analysis before making the jump. Otherwise, the move could be your downfall. See these related stories on Dice: Want to Jump to a Startup? Think Before You Leap Startups Need Tough Love to Succeed Robert Scoble’s Roadmap to Startups

How to Decide if Training’s Worth Your Money

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Cat Miller
Is training worth the money? Most tech professionals say yes. One survey says 80 percent of them believe it increases their base salary, which is up from 74 percent in 2011. The people who work in networking, communications, or servers and storage put the most stock in training, though Web and application developers aren’t so sure. Let’s see if it’s right for you. Related Links on Dice Does More Training Really Lead to Raises? Why Train Yourself? An 8.6 Percent Raise… continue…