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May 2, 2011

Royal Weddings – How Many Jobs Do They Create?

Royal Wedding Jobs

How many jobs does a “royal wedding of the century” create?

The wedding of Prince William of England and Kate Middleton has created a worldwide extravaganza that practically no one could escape. But aside from the feel-good atmosphere it creates in London and elsewhere, the Royal Wedding is also, as one writer calls it, “a Royal Flush for Jobs.” Indeed, lavish events such as the recent Royal Wedding are actually good for the economy.

For one, if you were in Britain, you could have applied for a couple of Royal Wedding Job Vacancies: a coffee room and a wash-up assistant. Locals also had the advantage of possibly being providers of the food, flowers, security, and other event necessities.

Whenever a Royal Wedding takes place, people all around the world typically scramble to produce event-related souvenirs and trinkets, from Royal Wedding commemorative coins, to teabags and refrigerators with the likeness of the Royal Couple. Particularly with the holidays created by such affairs, the tourism industry also gets a jolt. With the influx of well-wishers and spectators who flock to the location to witness the event, travel agencies abroad, as well as local businesses, benefit from the spike in the number of clients.

During Prince William and Kate’s wedding, one woman had an instant dose of fame and employment when she was shortlisted to be a citizen reporter representing USA Today in the Royal Wedding. In fact, the news industry in general would need additional, if temporary, workforce to cover such an event.

Finally, the Royal Wedding created a situation where businesses encountered two successive four-day weekends. A report suggested using the extra down time for system upgrades, patches, or test runs. In retrospect, IT professionals could have offered their expertise to businesses, benefitting both sides.

Royal Weddings are a goldmine for employment and business opportunities. These prospects might not be long-term, but they are plentiful. If nothing else, something like “Ensured timely service to the future King and Queen of England and their 1,900 guests” might just look good on your resume.


April 19, 2011

Industries That Thrive With Earthquakes

Earthquake-Proof Industries

Are there industries seemingly unaffected and thriving after an earthquake?

The recent earthquake and the resulting tsunami in Japan have killed thousands, displaced hundreds of thousands, and left a nation of 100 million and the whole world—in tears. The tragedy is nothing to make light of, but in order to perceive the proverbial rainbow after the storm, we would need to move forward and see what we could learn from the disaster.

Not surprisingly, Japanese stocks fell after the catastrophe. However, it would seem that certain industries ought to thrive with earthquakes in Japan, Haiti or anywhere else. In fact, the data supports the theory that some industries boom after an earthquake hits.

One stock analyst pinpoints certain companies that develop storm and tsunami warning systems as potentially good buys. Also, businesses that deal with earthquakes, whether offering warning devices or building fortifications against such are expected to do well. In fact, the construction industry as a whole seems to be one that bounces back quickly after an earthquake. Less than a month after the incident, construction seems to be on the rise. It seems logical, as after the dust settles, people start to rebuild. However, the real winners are businesses that manufacture metal products. The industry has been doing consistently well after the calamity, registering the highest gains in the Tokyo Stock Exchange as of April 4.

Furthermore, despite the initial drop, insurance companies, even in the US, are starting to get better, as people begin looking for ways to survive financially after a disaster like in Japan. Another trade that seems to benefit from an earthquake is pharmaceutics, considering the resulting injuries. Numbers from both the TSE and Standard & Poor’s substantiate these claims.

Finally, while real estate is sure to suffer after an earthquake (would you buy a house in an area just devastated by an earthquake?), Haiti, struck by a 7.0 last year, showed how hotels, at least those that did not crumble, could benefit from such. The Haiti earthquake, one writer says, “shrank the market and jacked up occupancy rates.”

After an earthquake, not all industries are crushed to the ground. Not to be opportunistic, but some even tend to do better.

April 11, 2011

Natural Disasters and Armed Conflicts: Effects on US Economy and Overall Employment

The Libyan War & Its Effects on US

What effects are we to expect with the current US armed conflicts?

Less than three months into 2011, a couple of major world events shocked the world. First, one of the most powerful earthquakes the world has ever seen hit Japan, bringing tsunamis 10-meters high and causing over $100 billion in damages. About a week later, western forces executed the biggest assault on an Arab regime since Iraq in 2003. While both events happened continents away, their effects on the US are not negligible.

As we have seen in a relatively smaller scale in the form of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 ($125 billion in damages), we know that a natural disaster could deal tremendous damage to a country. With the shortage of food, death and displacement of people and the damage to natural resources and infrastructure, the disaster’s effect on Japan cannot be understated. Across the world, even the United States is feeling the grunt of the tragedy. For one, Japan’s goods trade with the US adds up to almost $200 billion a year (2010) — including the thousands of cars and electronics we buy from them, and the billions of dollars worth of agricultural products we sell to them every day.

On the other hand, the armed conflict in the African country is already costing Americans: gasoline prices have reached four dollars per gallon in some cities. The unrest might be happening thousands of miles away from us, but we are feeling it in our pockets. While Libya is nowhere among our top sources for oil, it is still the world’s 18th largest oil producer — 10th, if you consider the total proven reserves. Whether or not Libya takes a large share in the world’s oil production pie, the loss of its contribution means reduced supply and the greater competition for reduced supply means higher oil prices.

While much of turmoil is happening elsewhere, we are not unaffected in our country. The extra dollars that an American spends on gasoline means a lot. The lack of Hondas an American car salesman could sell means a lot. The loss of a buyer of the corn that an American farmer produces means a lot. The laying off of an American factory worker because of halted productions in Japan means a lot. Natural disasters and armed conflicts, wherever they occur in the world, mean a lot to us.

February 7, 2011

Why Health Care Jobs are Most Promising for 2011

Health Care Jobs for 2011

Health Care industry in 2011

Health care jobs are most promising for 2011. According to US News, all of the health care jobs on their list from 2010 are still on their list for this year, in fact with a couple of additions. The health care jobs that are in top careers for 2011 are: Athletic trainer, Dental hygienist, Lab technician, Massage therapist, Occupational therapist, Optometrist, Physician assistant, Physical therapist, Physical therapist assistant, Radiologic technologist, Registered nurse, School psychologist, and Veterinarian.

This 2011, the health care industry can only be expected to grow. New patterns of living also demand new patterns or frequency of certain types of health care services. For instance, Al Lee of observes that “As baby boomers continue to get older, health care needs continue to grow.” This is supported by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, which claim that this trend will increase the demand for home health aides and physical therapists due to the aging population. Similarly, the increasing trend of working at home will also increase the need for home health aides and personal care aides.

The numbers also prove the claims. According to the US BLS, nurses’ jobs will increase by 582,000 or 22% until the 2018; similarly, 460,900 jobs are expected to open up for home health aides; while 378,500 personal and home care aide jobs are up for grabs. An interesting increase is expected or dental hygienists, for which 237,000 more jobs are expected to open up until 2018, marking a 36% growth rate.

And when it comes to salaries, the figures remain competitive for health care jobs as well. For instance, physician assistants earn a median salary of $85,000 while physical therapists’ median salaries are pegged at $70,000; and registered nurses generally earn between $44,000 and $93,000 every year. With the increase in demand for such services, there can only be increase in these numbers as well.

January 31, 2011

Finding and Quitting: 2010 Career Lessons

Career Lessons

Which of the many career lessons of 2010 should you carry on to 2011?

It was the low and the high times, the best and the worst. Series of events happened that with all its varieties, certain lessons have to be learned and remembered in order for us to move forward. The year 2010 has just left us, but what are certain insights that remain?

Lessons for the profession are important to remember and the events regarding career in 2010 will allow us to reflect on what could be done in the new year. Below are news related to career in the past year with valuable lessons to treasure.

•   Mothers who are considering working while having an infant child isn’t such bad idea after all. In July last year, a Columbia University study indicates that mothers or parents basically should not feel guilty having to work while attending to children since it does not have any effects on their performance. Now that seems to be such great news especially when parents have to find a career in order to meet the demands of their children’s needs.

•   Choosing a career carefully is also one of the greatest lessons of all times. In a survey of The Conference Board research group, 45% of the Americans are unsatisfied with their jobs. Relative reasons would include their loss of interest about the job, the stagnant income due to rising inflation and the towering cost of health insurance adds to their burden of having very low take home pay. Showing low interest for a job can be a lesson to job seekers on finding the right career; but the two latter reasons can also be a call for ways on how the economy should be improved so that labor trend can be considered as stable.

•   Relative to the unsatisfied Americans with their job, quitting can be an option but it is also notable that finding a new one is very important. A Business Insider survey says 57% of their 225 participants have quit a job and have still not found another one in the past two years. This is actually depressing especially that today’s economy is experiencing a tough time. As we face 2011, we are faced with the challenge on either staying with our unhappy jobs or just quit.

January 17, 2011

Writing a Résumé for Jobs in the Healthcare Industry

Health Care Jobs

Are you ready for a healthcare job this 2011?

Reliable job-watch and career websites seem to agree that the Healthcare Industry will prove to be an industry of most number of and best employment opportunities in the year 2011. According to AOL Jobs, the top 10 most secure jobs in 2011 are: (1) nurse, (2) physical therapist, (3) pharmacist, (4) physician and surgeon, (5) computer systems analyst and administrator, (6) computer software engineer, (7) biomedical and environmental engineer, (8) accountant, auditor and financial advisor, (9) veterinarian, and 10) lawyer, paralegal and legal assistant. Ranked top are healthcare related jobs. The U.S. News Money Career says that “Healthcare continues to offer excellent opportunities for job seekers, and not only positions that require a medical degree. Occupations that call for fewer years of study and offer more moderate salaries are also in demand”— what could these news mean? Healthcare jobs are in demand this year.

To land a healthcare job requires a résumé that is formatted towards the healthcare industry. Generic résumés will NOT be of much help. It is highly important for an applicant to identify which healthcare job he or she is applying for. Knowing the specific position to apply for is like the guiding line on how to construct the résumé. A doctor’s résumé should not sound like a résumé of a nurse.

Make sure to highlight pertinent professional skills that are required in the healthcare professional. These professional skills and strengths should also be termed in the jargon highly accepted and used within the healthcare industry. Examples of strengths that must be highlighted are: Knowledge of medical terminologies; Nursing Aptitude— Neonatal, Medical Surgical, OR and ER. Use jargons according to relevance. Present background and work experiences that are relevant to positioned being applied for.

For those who are applying for entry-level positions, they should supply educational information first, especially if there are healthcare related, before presenting non-industry related work experience. Entry-level applicants and career changers/shifters may find it very challenging to identify their strengths and experiences that would allow good transition towards the healthcare industry. Professional help is always a good option.

January 3, 2011

Green Jobs: OK for the Environment — What About for Job Seekers?

Green Jobs

Are green jobs as promising to job seekers as they are to the environment?

The ‘Green Revolution’ has started. At first, green revolution only refers to agriculture but now almost everything is going ‘green.’ The green revolution or the act of going green refers to advancing sustainability of the environment through the use and preference of organically grown foods, recycling, sustainable/green transportation (walking, using bicycle) and many others. Certainly going green is going good for the environment.

With the popularity of the green revolution, green job or green-collar jobs, have also come to rise. As defined by the United Nations Environment Program, green jobs are those works in the agricultural, manufacturing, research and development (R&D), administrative, and service activities that contribute substantially to preserving or restoring environmental quality. The purposes of these jobs are: to help to protect ecosystems and biodiversity; to aide in the reduction of usage of energy, materials, and water consumption through high efficiency strategies; to de-carbonize the economy; and to get rid of or at least minimize all forms of waste and pollution. Green jobs are good for the environment.

Green jobs have been in high demand since 2006. In fact on that same year, despite the financial crisis, renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies generated 8.5 million new jobs, nearly $970 billion in revenue, and more than $100 billion in industry profits. An attestation to this is the fact that former President Bush signed the Green Jobs Act to train workers for green collar jobs in December 2007. The Green Jobs Act authorized $125 million for workforce training programs. At present, there is still high in demand for green-collar professionals. Green Jobs are not only good for the environment but for the job seekers as well.

December 28, 2010

New Jobs for a New Year

Time to Start Another Job Search

Hot Jobs for 2011?

With the start of every new year, people often make up certain resolutions to fulfill. Some plan to be more patient, while others intend to lose weight. Another common New Year’s resolution for people is to get off the couch and get a job. Just like other promises, the commitment of job seekers to find employment is often broken. However, aside from the formulaic objective of starting the year right, there are more reasons to find a new job by the time you have to change wall calendars.

For one, more people tend to quit in January than in any other month on the average. Perhaps employees are content to take their holiday bonuses, and just find another job or rest for a while. Hence, it’s the best time to show prospective employers why you’re a better fit anyway.

The downside would be the competition that the people who just quit pose. Still, this is compensated by fresh graduates who enter the job force in January. If nothing else, this lessens the number of young blood one will face in looking for a new job.

Should you wish to include “Get a job” in your list of New Year’s resolutions, be reminded that three particular industries tend to have more job openings in January: Finance, Health Care, and Information. If you look at the numbers for those three in January, you will find 78,000 more jobs than in any other month. Computer software engineers (who make more than $40 per hour), and registered nurses (which is still one of the steadily growing occupations) are two of the best bets.

Find a new job for 2011, and you’ll be on your way to a truly prosperous new year!

November 17, 2010

Home Based Employment: Make Money From Home

Work From Home and Make Money Through Telecommuting.

Would you prefer to work and make money from home?

Barbara found herself at a loss for words when one Sunday morning, while having family break with her husband, 8 year-old daughter and 5 year-old son, her kids were asking what time she and her husband would go to work. “What time are you and Dad leaving for work Mommy?” Mary asked. “Mom is not going to work,” she replied. “Oh, we were excited to spend time with Michelle (the nanny) today,” shares Martin, “Why don’t you work today, so that Michelle could come?” “Don’t you like Mommy to be here?” Mary quickly answered. “We’re used to Michelle being here.” Barbara’s heart broke and new she had to stay home to win back her children’s heart.

A neighbor of Barbara’s neighbor Susan was having the same dilemma a couple of months back, but is now staying at home while still helping her husband earn their living. Barbara asked Susan how she does it. “Home based employment.” Susan explained. Although Barbara knew about home based employment, she did not know how promising and lucrative home-based employment can be. Home-base employment refers to income-generating activities that can be done at home— baking, flower arrangement, pottery and online services are only a few of these home base employment. Since baking cookies and pastries are no longer in demand, Susan suggested that Barbara to choose online work, which she can easily do while her children are in school or asleep.

There are a number of online home-base works that people can chose from—telemarketing, data entry, online writing, etc. Typing in online home-based employment will reveals thousands of job and income generating opportunities online. In fact, with the number of job opportunities in online home-based jobs, many professionals and students have online jobs as ‘sideline, part time jobs.’ There are many freelance data entry encoders, writers, transcriptionists, editors, researchers, telemarketers and many others. The benefits of this online home-based employment are the flexibility of time, low to zero financial capital and a promising daily, weekly and monthly income.

Barbara was glad to know that many mothers who do online home based work are earning good. Susan, an online writer, earns up to $10,000. Susan shares that in an online home- based employment, earning can depend on how much work and time one can dedicate on it. Barbara is now very successful in online home-based employment.

November 10, 2010

Projected Highest Paying Jobs for 2011

Employment Opportunities to watch out for in 2011

What types of employment opportunities do we have this 2011?

As 2011 is just around the corner, the Obama administration promises to focus on creating more jobs. The initial impulse is easy: go apply for a job. The hard part is determining what types of jobs to apply for.

People have many reasons why they apply for a particular job—from proximity to their families, to simplicity of the job responsibilities. However, one factor that is not often overlooked is the pay. Here are some of the projected highest-paying jobs for 2011.

As the downward trend of jobs in the goods-producing sector continues, so does the rise in employment opportunities for service providers. It is therefore not surprising to see some of these jobs topping experts’ predictions of the best jobs for 2011.

Systems analysts and database administrators, for example, are expected to see an uptick in job vacancies with their accompanying great pay. They are among the fastest-growing occupations and are also high on the list of the top-paying jobs. Their fellow IT professionals, computer software engineers, similarly never go out of fashion, as the never-ending growth of the internet and technology persists. In fact, engineering seems to be a dependable field entering 2011: with the increasing attention paid to depleting natural resources and green energy, even the need for environmental engineers will likely be stable.

The medical field is still among the best, particularly physician assistants and nurses. These occupations may earn less than doctors (of which, surgeons are the highest paid), but are more in demand.

On the average, these jobs command a salary ranging from $60,000 to $70,000, and their growth is anticipated to be anywhere from 30% to 50%. Considering the average annual salary in the U.S. barely breaks $40,000, and that the predicted job growth in 2011 is at 3.5%, it seems that it does pay to know what you are getting into.

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