Ask LH: Can I Negotiate Salary When Applying For A Government Job?

Hey LH, I’m applying for a government job in South Australia and was wondering about contract negotiations. I’m well aware that they have a pay grade system and pay levels outlined, however, I don’t know if these are open to negotiations or any kind of haggling. Can you haggle a better pay rate for a government job?


Ask LH: What Can I Do When My Employer Won't Pay My Bonus?

Hi Lifehacker, My employer offered me a bonus on completion of a project, but now that the project is nearly completed, they have reneged on the arrangement. The bonus is mentioned in numerous emails about the project, which has been running for almost two years. Are they obliged to honour the agreement?


Ask LH: How Can I Make My Office A Happier Place?

Hi Lifehacker, I have recently started working for an organisation that is still finding its feet. Over the years, there have been various mistakes in communication. Unfortunately, those mistakes have resulted in a lot of resentment between members of the organisation. No one party is entirely in the wrong, but none is entirely right either, it seems.


Ask LH: How Can I Remind Employers I'm Available For Freelancing?

Dear Lifehacker, Last November I quit my old job and finally gained the courage to chase my dream and I am now a freelance cameraman. I am fortunate enough to have a friend inside the industry who gave me contacts so I could get work, and I immediately shot off emails with my resume. Unfortunately, I couldn’t have done it at a worst time. November and December are when things wind down and I’m afraid with all the holidays they’ve already forgotten me. How do I remind people that I am available for hire without seeming like a pest?



Ask LH: How Should I Describe My Internship On My Resume?

Hi Lifehacker, I’m currently undertaking an internship within the accounting industry. Generally, these are named “vacation” programs in Australia. However, I wanted to know if it would make a difference to include my experience under the title vacationer, intern or summer analyst on my resume as I am considering applying for positions in other industries as well as overseas. Any thoughts?


Choose The Right Career Track For You With This Job Posting Exercise

So many careers. So little time to explore them all. If you’re having a tough time figuring out your career path (or what you really want to do with your life), NYU’s three-step tracks exercise can help you narrow down your potential career, using job listings.


Ask LH: How Can I Come Up With Good Questions For Meetings?

Hi Lifehacker, At work we regularly have team meetings which are attended by an executive or upper management person. We get an opportunity to ask them questions. How do I come up with a good question?


Ask LH: Should I Lie About Having A Job?

Hey Lifehacker, If I’m looking for work, is it better to lie and say that I am currently employed, or should I fess up and say that I’m not? I wonder whether it looks better to a prospective employer to say that I am already employed.


The Top 10 Best (And Worst) Paying Jobs In Australia

A joint study by AMP and the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) at the University of Canberra has shed new light on Australia’s changing workforce; including the highest and lowest paid occupations. Check out the study’s table to see if it might be time for a career change.