Resume & Career Advice

June 6, 2011

Summer Job Strategies

Summer Job

Looking forward to a career this summer?

As summer approaches, you’re probably already thinking about that trip you want to take. You contact people and tag them along to make it more fun! Are you going with your friends or with your family? Then you decide where to go and what to do. Should you go hiking at the Grand Canyon, explore the beaches in Southern California, experience Vegas, or enjoy the theme and water parks in Orlando? After that, you prepare the things you need for the trip—sunscreen, clothes, cash, camera and more cash. Finally, you fly or drive to your destination.

Interestingly, to find a summer job, you must follow pretty much the same steps.

1. Contact your friends and family: Your network is perhaps the most important tool in finding a summer job. Ask them if they know someone from some place that is hiring. Announce on Facebook or Twitter that you’re looking for a job. Update your LinkedIn profile to show your skills and abilities. It helps to be referred in getting a job, and you won’t be referred if you don’t ask your friends.

2. Think about where to go and what to do: Do you want to babysit, wait on tables, or flip burgers? Do you want to be a lifeguard, a camp counselor, or a movie attendant? A lot of businesses boom in the summer. Some company somewhere is going to need the extra help. Frequent campus job fairs or online job sites to get an idea of what’s available. It’s a matter of knowing what you can do, what you want to do, and where to look for a job that might need you.

3. Get ready: Prepare your resume (make sure it’s professional-looking and error-free) and a list of your references (make sure they know you listed them). Practice for the interview with a trusted friend, so that you’ll ace it when you go through the actual thing. It takes work to find work. You won’t find a job by playing Xbox games all day. And no, I’m not saying that you should switch to PlayStation 3.

4. Head on out to your summer adventure: Looking for a summer job is an adventure. Only one out of every 4 job seekers will find work this summer, but don’t give up easily. Remember, you’re a jobseeker. You’re looking for a job, and certainly jobs won’t look for you. You can’t bring your summer getaway to your doorstep. You’ll have to go there yourself. The same goes for a summer job.


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.

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 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.

August 30, 2010

China: Future’s Largest Economy

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China’s Economy Indicates an Upcoming Economic Boom

Will China continue to improve it’s current economic conditions and become the future’s largest economy?

Far from being the nation of kung-fu masters that Hollywood movies used to stereotype it as, China has recently made waves in the global community by passing Japan as the second-largest economy. The amazing part is that it isn’t showing any signs of stopping at two. Many analysts—including people from a certain financial institution you might have heard of, you know, the World Bank—believe China is set to surpass the United States as early as 2025.

The country is clearly experiencing an economic boost—if planning to launch its own space station and loaning Ecuador a billion dollars are any indication. But it still has a lot of housekeeping to do before it takes the top spot in the global economy. For one, it would definitely help enhance their international image to eliminate themselves from the dubious lists of the top ten worst countries for video piracy and the largest emitters of greenhouse gases. China’s per capita GDP can’t even break 100th in the world, which means that while the country is doing well, when seen in relation to its 1.3 billion population, the economy still has a long way to go. Chinese officials recognize as much, admitting that China is still a developing nation.

Still, because of the fact that China knows where it stands, it can be expected to improve. Its wages are still among the world’s lowest, and its manufacturing sector is among the world’s most productive. As an Ohio State University news article puts it, “China-based factories already make 70 percent of the world’s toys, 60 percent of its bicycles, half its shoes and one-third of its luggage… [with wages] about 30 times lower than those in the United States.” Recently, China also started to manufacture electronics and automobiles. At this rate, it would be hard disagree with anyone proclaiming China as the future’s largest economy.

Clearly—if you would forgive the Jackie Chan reference—Rush Hour is yet to come.

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