Cashing in Young workers - income isn't only way to measure success

Posted: Monday, August 29, 2005

Sure, you want to earn a fair salary, but if that's all you're interested in - and it comes across to those considering hiring you - you may be in for an extended job search.

"If anybody, teenager or adult, makes the point that it's only the money that they are interested in, that turns off a potential employer," says Peter Handal, president and CEO of Dale Carnegie Training. The recently released book by Dale Carnegie and Associates, Inc., "How to win Friends and Influence People for Teen Girls" (Simon & Schuster, $14), teaches its audience points in the art of persuasion.

When framed within the text of their interests and life goals, a mention of saving for college can be seen as admirable. According to Handal, we're all motivated by money, but it must be well placed in the conversation.

"Don't avoid saying you're saving for college," says Peggy Klaus, author of "Brag! How to Toot Your own Horn Without Blowing It" (Warner Books, $13.95). "But it's more interesting to say something beyond that. Like you really want to learn about the film industry. Then by the time you're 18 you can say, 'Wow, I've been working for George Lucas for two years.' Really be strategic."

- Maria Raynes

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