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Need a New Job? – 5 Tips…

Do you need a new job? According to the U.S. Department of Labor, people change careers an average of six to seven times during the course of a lifetime. Finding a new job or career can be a daunting task, but there are some steps you can take to ease the stress of changing jobs. If you need a new job, consider taking the following steps to make the transitions easier.

1. Prepare for Change

Before transitioning into a new job it is important to prepare yourself for a major change. Factors you should consider include your savings, health insurance, retirement benefits, and monthly expenses. A common mistake many people make is leaving one job without being truly prepared for a new job. If you plan on being without employment for a period of time, you will first need to ensure that you have the financial reserves to take such as step. Plan out your monthly budget needs and determine if you have enough money saved to cover these expenses. Experts also warn that job searches often take considerably longer than expected, so you should consider remaining at your current job until you find a new one.

2. Conduct a Career Assessment

Before you move on, you need to take the time to consider exactly why you need a new job. Is it due to factors specific to your current employer? Or is it because you have realized that you are unhappy or unsatisfied with your career? If your reason for change comes from within, conducting a career assessment can help ensure that your next job will be an ideal match for your personality, interests, talents, and skills.

3. Utilize Your Networking Contacts

Networking is often the single most important means of learning about new job opportunities. When you need a new job, contact individuals in your network to discuss potential job opportunities or to ask for suggestions about your job search. Your networking contacts can often provide details on job openings that you might not have access to through other means, so be sure to utilize this important resource.

4. Sell Yourself

Once you have located a potential new job, it is important to demonstrate that you have the credentials, skills, and experience that make you uniquely qualified for the job. Improve your resume to ensure that it is current and well written. It is important to modify your resume to make it specific for each individual job that you apply for. Other important steps include preparing yourself for an interview, dressing appropriately when meeting potential employers, and sending thank you notes after each interview.

5. Make the Change

Your work is done once you have been hired for a new position, right? Well, not exactly. Making the transition into a new job can take several weeks and can lead to significant amount of stress. During this time, you may experience feelings of regret for leaving your old job, especially now that you have been forced out of your comfort zone and might be experience insecurity about succeeding at your new job. One way of easing this initial stress is to find a mentor who can guide you through the learning curve in your new role. Talk to co-workers and start to build relationships and contacts with those around you. These interactions can help ease the transition into your new job.

Summary: If you need a new job, it is important to take steps that will make your job search easier. Preparing for change, assessing your career needs, networking, and self-promotion can help pave the path towards a successful and satisfying new job.

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The Advantages of Part Time Jobs

Getting a part time job while still in college can help plan for the future. Often college students are required to get a part time job as part of a work-study financial aid package. The student will work on or off campus and begin paying off student loans. This can be difficult to add to the normal college workload, but it looks great on a resume.

Employers like candidates who have worked in the past—especially those who have managed to both work and study at the same time. Even if you aren’t required to work your way through college, it is not a bad idea to get an outside part time job on or off campus. You should think about building up your resume very early on.

The problem with hiring students right out of college is that they may have limited work experience. Certainly, working towards completing a major takes an intensive amount of work, but this is not the same as true work experience. If an employer is looking at a resume of someone with hands-on work experience and one without, the first candidate has a much better chance.

While getting a part time job in a restaurant isn’t quite as impressive as an office job, it still exhibits a degree or diligence and resourcefulness. Ideally, you will find a job that has a direct correlation with your major. Some college programs will even have internships for academic credit.

Remember also that it’s not all about getting hired after you get out of college—though of course that’s a major consideration. It’s also about learning what it is you want to do. At an office job you’ll learn the ins and outs of a particular industry. You’ll get a sense of what a job entails day in, day out. While we all want to have something great to put on our resumes, part time work is also an important educational experience.

The idea is not just to get a job, but do it well. A part time job is like a second education. Once you have real office experience, you can then bring this knowledge into your job interviews at offices or job fairs. It looks very impressive if you can reference some real life experience, rather than books you read in Business 101.

While it’s still possible to get a job without part-time work experience, it is highly recommended. Keep in mind that you may have to apply for these jobs through the college, rather than through the traditional route of online job listings or classified ads. If you apply for a job and say that you can only work so many hours a week, due to classes, you might not get the job. When applying for part time work in college, you must find a job with a flexible schedule—one that can fit your normal college work schedule.

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Networking: When to Use a Job Recruiter

Generally, the best person to do your job search is you. No one understands your criteria and skills better than you do. Furthermore, it is always best to use your own contacts to land a job. However, there are times when it is beneficial to use a job recruiter. A job recruiter has many contacts in numerous professional industries and can help you to match your skills to an employer's needs. If, for some reason or another, you feel that you may benefit from this kind of service, then perhaps you should consider using a job recruiter.

Many people who are in the middle of their careers decide to get a new job through a recruiter. Perhaps they are simply too busy with their current work to conduct a thorough and proper job search. Alternatively, they may feel that doing their job search on their own might raise suspicion at work and compromise their current positions. If you find yourself in one of these situations, or feel as though it would be best to find a new position through a job recruiter for any other reason, then the following tips should help you out.

- Be sure to use a reputable recruiter. If you have been in the industry for a little while, you will probably already know which recruiters are the best. If you are new to the industry, then do a little research and see if you can't find which recruiter is the best in your area.

- Be sure to use a recruiter who specializes in your industry. Many job recruiters specialize in specific industries. Some job recruiters focus on the fashion industry. Others work mainly in the sciences. Be sure to use someone who has a good track record of placing people in your industry.

- Make sure that your job recruiter fully understands your experience, your credentials, and your professional trajectory. If your job recruiter does not fully understand your capabilities, then he or she will not be able to do well at finding a good position for you. Furthermore, he or she will not be able to appropriately represent you.

- Make sure that your job recruiter knows exactly what you are looking for in a new job. If your job recruiter does not fully understand the next step that you want to take, then you will wind up going on interviews for jobs that you don't really want.

A job recruiter can be incredibly helpful if you use him or her in the right ways and at the right time in your career. Before you engage the services of a job recruiter, be sure that you really need that kind of help. It is always best to use your own connections.

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Managing Your Manager

Your manager can sometimes be an intimidating presence. Sometimes you’’ll get lucky, —a manager will be a friend and a confidante in addition to the person making the decisions. Sometimes a manager will be aloof and unapproachable. Whatever the case, you need to establish a good working relation with your manager if you want to have a productive work experience.

A good relationship with a manager will affect many parts of your work: if you’re given a new assignment, a raise, or just the everyday quality of life in the office. If you have a contentious relationship with your manager, it can make life in the office difficult, if not downright impossible.

Even though your manager is a person in power, this does not mean that you don’t have some say on how the relationship. Obviously, you can’’t order your manager around, but there are ways to ingratiate yourself to your manager so you can have a direct impact on his or her decisions.

For instance, common courtesy can go a long way. Common courtesy can have a direct impact on a manager’s decisions: to give you a raise, offer you a project, move you to a better office, etc. There are ways to go about this relationship. First, you need to be able to learn about your manager’s habits. You need to be able to read his or her moods to determine when is the best time to engage in conversation: either about personal or professional matters.

It may take some time to determine what tactics work best. Some managers take well to flattery, while other managers will see right through it. You should also keep your ear out for you manager’s hobbies and interests. If he is a music fan, learn just what he likes. If he is a sports fan, find out what team he likes. Adding some personal element to your daily conversation is key to a strong, long term working relationship.

The biggest key to managing a manager is doing your job well. Nothing can beat it. If you complete a successful project that was out of the manager’s view, let this be known. If a manager assigns you to a project, complete the job thoroughly and efficiently—work overtime if you have to, or work at home.

When it comes time for a raise or promotion, some employees are perplexed when things don’t go their way. Ask yourself a question: did you honestly do everything you could have in the last year? Also, is the manager aware of all the hard work you put in? It isn’t just about completing the work, but taking credit for it. If you don’t, you should not be surprised if you don’t get every promotion coming to you.

Working with a manager is something like a non-stop interview. You have continually sell yourself to the manager: shedding light on your positive attributes and advantage to the company. In the office setting, you have a chance to really get to know your manager, rather than the initial interview which can be an hour long or even less. If you are proposing a new project, frame it positively—let the manager know how it will be an asset to the business, just as you once told your interviewer that you would yourself be an asset.

Some other key ideas are: get to know your manager’s core values. If he is money-driven, faith-based, easy-going, comic, or something else: these will all affect how you interact with the manager. Meet him on his own terms, not yours. If he has an idea that differs from your own, don’t be immediately defensive, but receptive.

Finally, you have to know when to make your move. A manager probably has a lot of responsibilities you don’t even know about. A manager’s job can be quite demanding. Try to get to know your manager’s workload. This can be instrumental in setting up a face-to-face meeting about a particular issue. If you catch him or her at a wrong time, it may not matter how persuasive you are about what you want.

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Jobs Shmobs Who Needs A Job?! Get A Career NOW!!!

Physician and medical assisting is a key element of the evolving health care system. Physician and medical assistants lighten the load of the managing physician, act as the physician’s eyes and ears for at least the initial visit and help keep costs down for not only patients but insurance companies. With the aging population and the sheer increase in patient numbers, the demand for physician and medical assistants will continue to grow. The difference between working in physician and medical assisting is that the medical assistant is responsible for clerical and clinical duties. The physician assistant, on the other hand, not only manages medical assistants but can write prescriptions, make diagnoses, record medical histories, read x-rays and examine patients.

Studying Physician and Medical Assisting

To earn a degree and work in physician and medical assisting, two years of schooling is generally required plus hands-on experience in a health care environment. Accredited programs are generally associated with medical schools. Most physician and medical assisting students have a bachelor’s degree and some programs require it. Prerequisites such as math, biology, psychology, English and chemistry should be taken before applying to any physician and medical assisting program. A typical physician and medical assisting program consists of courses in pharmacology, medical ethics, human anatomy, geriatrics and disease prevention. There is also a clinical element in which the student works under supervision in areas such as emergency medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology.

Working in Physician and Medical Assisting

It is not possible to work as a physician assistant or medical assistant unless you pass the Physician Assistants National Certifying Examination and graduate from an accredited program. Just as doctors can specialize in a preferred area of medicine, so can physician and medical assistants. Some specialty areas include internal medicine, pediatrics, emergency medicine and surgery. Physician and medical assistants often work in hospitals, offices, medical facilities and public clinics.

Online Continuing Education in Physician and Medical Assisting

While there aren’t accredited programs online for physician and medical assistants, there are online programs for degree completion and continuing education once certification has been achieved. Many working in physician and medical assisting will complete master’s degrees online and further specialize in such areas as public health or administration. Many universities offer online and distance learning programs for these purposes.

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Spend Your Summer Vacation Getting Ahead

In high school, students longed for summer because it was a three-month free ride. Sure, some students needed to get a summer job, but just as many would spend their time on an extended vacation. During college, you might have the same impulse. After all, the college curriculum is far more demanding than high school so you might feel like you’re owed a break.

Certainly, there’s time to relax on a summer break, but college students should also be thinking about the future. A summer internship is a good way to build up your resume so you’ll have some real hands-on work experience when you enter the job market.

Students on a work-study program at college may not have the time to take on an internship during the school year. For instance, those students who work at the library, cafeteria, or other job on campus may not be able to add an internship in addition to classes. For these students, a summer internship is a good alternative.

A summer internship is a good idea even if you worked at an internship during the school year. The more experience you have, the better your resume will appear. In some cases, a summer internship can carry over from the internship during the semester. This may be set up ahead of time or as the internship progresses. In other cases, students can think about getting an internship in a different wing of an industry than a previous internship. In this way, students can gain a wide range of knowledge about a particular business.

Because the internship occurs during summer when there are normally no academic classes, summer internships can be more intensive than internships during the school year. If you also need to work a paying job as well as work a non-paying internship, you should determine the hours required for a summer internship. Some summer internships can be as many as 40 hours a week—no different than a full-time job.

The best way to find internships is to go to your department and find job listings. Often these job listings are listed online. These jobs go quickly—much like a paid position—so it is important for you to apply early.

Depending on the department of your major, some summer internships will not be at local companies. Many science related internships will be at on-campus laboratories at colleges and universities throughout the country. As such, you don’t necessarily have to apply for an internship at the college where you are attending. Often science internships are considered research opportunities—the equivalent of a non-paid research grant.

Finding a summer internship is much like finding a scholarship. Just as there are scholarships for minority students or students with particular skills, the same goes for internship programs. There are summer internships primarily for minority students and internships for very specific majors: medical research, marine biology, accounting, etc.

In addition to unpaid internships, there are also paid internship opportunities as well—jobs with a specific time frame. These are highly competitive so apply early.

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A Guide to Work-Study Programs

What are Work-Study Programs?

The Federal Work-Study program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and subsidizes part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students who have financial need. These programs are a great way to earn extra money for school, gain valuable work experience, and contribute to your community. Many available work-study jobs are for on-campus work, but some students work off-campus for private businesses. In most cases, your school will try to match you with a job that relates to your area of study whenever possible. The number of hours you work each week will vary based upon your work-study award, your class schedule, and your academic progress.

How Much Can Students Earn Through Work-Study Programs?

The amount of money you can earn through a work-study job varies depending on your job, your financial need, and when you apply. All students participating in the work-study program will earn at least minimum wage, but you can earn more depending upon the type of work you are doing and the skills your job requires. Undergraduate students are paid by the hour, while graduate students are sometimes paid a salary. Students with greater financial need are usually offered a higher award amount.

Payments will be made directly to you at least once a month. If you prefer, you can sign up to have your earnings direct deposited into your bank account. Students who apply for the work-study program early usually receive a larger award and are more likely to find employment through the program.

What Are the Eligibility Requirements for Work-Study Programs?

Your eligibility for work-study programs is based upon financial need. The amount of money you qualify for will be determined based upon the amount you are expected to contribute to your education and the estimated cost of attendance. If you qualify for other types of financial aid such as Pell Grant and federal loans, you will also qualify for work-study.

How Can Students Apply for Work-Study Programs?

Students can apply for work-study programs by filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can pick up paper copies of the FAFSA at your schools financial aid office or you can fill out an application online. The FAFSA requires information about your earnings from the previous years, your parent’s earnings from the previous year, and the total number of people living in your household.

The information you provided on your FAFSA will determine whether or not you are eligible for financial aid. Your financial aid package will likely include several different types of aid, including Pell Grants, loans, and work-study awards. Once you have been approved for a work-study award, contact your school about employment opportunities. Counselors advise that work-study positions are in high demand, so apply early for the best chance at finding a work-study job.

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Will a Degree Lead to a Great Career?

There are no guarantees that any degree, no matter how rigorous or encouraging the job outlook, will lead to a great career that satisfies both on a personal and financial level. Aptitude, career and interest assessments can go a long way toward helping you define your career goals, aptitudes and interests, but even completion of a custom designed degree plan offers no guarantees beyond the qualifications conferred on that hard won piece of paper.

Economic climate, job consolidation and the Great Career
It is estimated the average American will work a total of 11,000 days in their lifetime. Complicating matters is that he average worker will probability change careers six or seven times holding as many as 15 jobs along the way.

Some 30 million people report waking up each day to jobs they hate. The reasons these unhappy workers use for sticking with jobs they hate range from loss of a steady income and fear of change to an overall lack of personal information about their personal aptitudes and career goals.

None of these excuses can possibly overwhelm the improved quality of life that comes with doing work that holds relevance and purpose. Securing a great career is more dependent on personal awareness of interests, potential career options and the fortitude to follow through with the degree that offers the best prospect for meeting those criteria.

Degree – Concrete; Career Satisfaction – Elusive
Landing that "great career" will be a result of more than single-minded attention to degree credits and GPA. Employment and career experts agree, true occupational bliss comes from harnessing and honing your own natural talents and interests and through continually channeling them toward the career goal you envision.

We are all born with inherent gifts, natural talents and proclivities. Some people are natural leaders, for example, while others have a knack for taking a good idea and making it better. Still others possess unique analytic and financial talents. To those who possess these aptitudes, their jobs hardly seem like work because they have a natural flair for them.

The "Great Career" Recipe
Before being able to determine if your chosen degree is the best path towards a great career, you must first be able to define for yourself what a great career looks like.

For some, a great career is determined solely by income, or income potential. For others, knowing they are doing work that contributes something to the betterment of society regardless of income constitutes a great career. Doing work that helps the needy or disabled comprises the criteria for others.

For most of us, a great career encompasses some or all of these qualities. Some combination of job satisfaction, personal reward and sustainable income, even if temporarily deferred, make up the primary elements of the great career.

However, translating a degree into a great career, conjuring dreams into reality and adapting to unforeseen obstacles is easier said than done. However, by taking advantage of the numerous career resources available through school, library and the Internet and honestly assessing personal strengths and weaknesses, the opportunities to translate your chosen degree into a great career increase exponentially.

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Booming Industry: Public Relations

Public relations, also commonly referred to as PR, is debated to be both and art and a science. The basic functions involved in public relations are manage a client, which can be an individual, group or business and presenting their public face to media and the overall public in general. Due to the type of functions they perform, those involved in public relations perform a management function.

Managing clients involves a great deal of juggling and tactics. Public relations involves targeting audiences and making sure their clients and their messages are suited to those audiences. Part of the public relations job is to formulate press releases or the delivery of messages to the media on behalf of their clients and press conferences, where the client answers questions posed by the media. These are typically the most crucial functions because these situations tend to arise over scandals or issues that might bring negative press.

Becoming a public relations specialist does not require a specific degree in public relations. Public relations specialists carry degrees in journalism, marketing and business. Degrees in public relations are helpful, with courses in public relations principles/techniques. Students in this area would also have courses to emphasize journalism writing, business, finance, psychology and advertising.

Public relations requires not only being a public face for their clients, but also having knowledge of how to market their clients and speak on their behalf to avoid negative situations. Being able to interact with media, clients and handle high-pressure situations are all necessary to be successful in the field of public relations.

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Creating a Winning Coverletter

Cover letters are generally poorly written and boring. It’s true. Most of them just repeat what was already in the resume and show no personality at all. I don’t know how the poor human resource people survive having to look through them day after day. The problem is that most people don’t know what should go in their cover letter. The following are the cover letter essentials.

Expanded Experience

What do I mean by expanded experience? You want to detail some of the experience in your resume and expand on it. Don’t just repeat the information. In your cover letter, you’re trying to sell yourself, so talk about what you did, how it increased your competence, and why it matters to this company.

Specifics

Whatever you do, whatever you say, BE SPECIFIC! The specific details of your experiences are far more interesting than a few general statements about what you do in your current job or what you learned during a special training. Details will make or break your cover letter.

Personality

I know you have one, but if you write the normal type of cover letter, I’d probably be surprised to know that you had more going for you than being a bump on a rock. Let your personality shine through in your cover letter. Share your enthusiasm for the job and your interest in your field. They want to know that you would enjoy what you want to do.

Contact Information

Obvious, I know, but include your contact information. A lot of people forget to include the basic contact information including phone numbers, email, etc. You can also be proactive and tell the company you will check back with them on a certain date, but be sure they have your information in case they want to talk to you sooner.

Say Thank You

Your momma taught you to say thank you, so be sure you say it. Thank the reader for their time and state that you hope to hear from them soon. They will appreciate this little note of thoughtfulness that says a lot about the type of employee you could be.

Send It Correctly

If you’re sending your resume and cover letter electronically, please make sure that you save it in Plain Text format. Otherwise, the company may not be able to read it, and they probably won’t contact you for another copy. Plain text can be opened by any type of Word Processor, and the company will appreciate your efforts.

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