Resume & Career Advice

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 20, 2010

Why You Need an Updated Resume to Start the Year Right

Updated Resume for the New Year

Have you already updated your resume in case you need to submit one this new year?

For many people, a new year represents a fresh start: a new look, new gadgets, new relationships, new attitudes. Many companies also follow this lead and take the opportunity to reexamine their goals, restate their objectives, reorganize their structure or reevaluate their workforce.

In line with these, it is not uncommon for hiring managers to revisit their files to look at the people who applied but were not hired. Who knows? These people could fill positions that have since been opened. Perhaps they could bring more value to the company, or they could replace people who left or plan to leave. The good news is that one of those people could be you.

With the escalating reliance of companies on online resume databases, it is prudent for a jobseeker to update their resumes. Ask yourself: What have I done since I last submitted or updated my resume? What certifications have I received or projects completed since then? Aside from what is currently in my resume, what other skill have I gained or improved on that would be valuable to employers? Write them down before you forget the impressive details.

Now, the assumption in answering these questions would be that you actually achieved something after you last edited your resume. If this isn’t the case, all the more would you need to update it. Your objective, if you have one in your resume, is expected to change after a period of inactivity. After six months of not getting that “supervisory position in an established organization that would utilize [your] skills,” now what? Sticking to a formula that isn’t getting results doesn’t seem to be the best way to go.

Also, even if you do not have an online resume (and I recommend that you make one) you should update yours, if only to prepare for the steady increase in job opportunities that a revitalizing (or revitalized, depending on whom you ask) economy presents. The bottom line is we’re definitely better than we were during the recession, and this could mean, among other things, more jobs and more applicants. Get a head start by improving your resume or seeking the advice of a professional resume writer.

Complete the “new you” today by updating your resume to start the year right!

November 29, 2010

Getting the Most of Job Opportunities for Teens

Teenage Jobs

How easy are job opportunities for teens?

If you’re a teenager with little to no work experience, finding a job—and in the process, attempting to beat out college students, retirees and just about every other older person in your city—is strenuous. These tips will help you make it a less stressful journey.

1. Determine what kind of job you want.
At any given point in time—whether the country is in a recession or not—people have always needed someone to wait on tables, flip burgers, operate the cashier, sell merchandise, or just to assist more experienced professionals. Therefore, there will always be job openings. The question is whether it’s right for you, and if you’re the right person for the job. Decide what field you would like to work in—one you would enjoy—to make sure you don’t end up going through the process again in two months. Browse for job advertisements and look at the required credentials. Before applying, find out if your schedule and qualifications are suitable for the position. This would make your job search a lot easier.

2. Prepare the paperwork.
Most jobs that hire teens do not require a resume. A well-written resume, however, will help you stand out from the crowd. Also, check the job postings if the employer has particular requirements, like a social security card, driver’s license, passport, work permit, or a high school transcript or diploma. Also, don’t forget to bring a pen (and a spare one) to the interview. Little things can show your preparedness.

3. Utilize your networks.
Along with the other paperwork, print out your references so you can provide them when asked. Just make sure you inform them in advance. Further, your parents or relatives might know some people from certain companies and could put in a good word for you. They could refer you to a hiring manager or someone else from the inside. You could also ask friends and acquaintances if the organizations they are working for have any openings. You might as well have some use for your 1,000 friends on Facebook.

4. Be persistent.
Finally, show your potential employers that you are determined to get the job. Ask for an interview in a cover letter, send a thank you note after and follow up your application. If a company you give your resume to says that they are not hiring, make sure to present yourself available if an opening comes.

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.

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.

August 11, 2010

Top Companies to Work For

Top Companies: Want to Know the Company That Performs Best?

Check out 2010’s top companies as rated by Fortune Magazine.

The latest list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by Fortune Magazine has been released. Topping it are SAS, Edward Jones, Wegmans, Google, Nugget market, Dreamworks Animation, NetApp, Boston Consulting Group, Qualcomm and Camden Property. The results make for an ideal checklist for any applicant; but more importantly, they inform job seekers of what to look for in an employer.

So what does a “best company” have? Among those that made it to the list, an obvious answer is how the company continues to grow. Google, for instance, which ranked fourth from Fortune’s list, is on a continuous hunt for new employees this year, with demand reaching thousands; while the Boston Consulting Group, which is on rank eight, is famous for offering superior incomes and benefits to its employees so that even new consultants get as much as $184,000. These companies are doing very well in the market, and it reflects on what opportunities they provide. Another important characteristic is the growth that a company offers their employees, including the professional and the personal. In DreamWorks Animation, which ranks sixth on the list, the animators enjoy an atmosphere of creativity and openness, instead of pressure and strict deadlines; and in SAS, which occupies the topmost spot on the list, employees enjoy perks such as accessible and top-of-the-line services in health, child care, and recreational centers – to name a few. Finally, one observes the best companies to work for are those that genuinely care about their employees. 94-year old Wegman’s Food Markets, which ranks third, never let its employees undergo layoff. Similarly, Edward Jones, which is at top two, had never laid off any of its tens of thousands of employees – even during the recession . Fortune’s list has spoken: the best companies to work for are those that truly value their employees.

June 21, 2010

The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful: An Update on the Economy

Filed under: Employment,Recession,Unemployment — chris2010 @ 10:25 AM
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Surviving the Recession

Are we now back on track?

There still remain a lot of things to complain about, but that doesn’t mean we can’t heave a collective sigh of relief.  If the 162,000 additional jobs ushered in by March is any indication, things are definitely getting better.  After two years of living under the worst depression since the 1930s, we can now perhaps say that life is good again: People are earning more and buying more cars, factories are being asked to produce more goods, and malls are reporting an increase in sales.  Canada looks just as promising.  With all the positive signs of a better economy, there are those who maintain that the recession is practically over.

The economy is indeed looking up, the problem is if it will stay that way.  Early in 2010, analysts feared a double dip: that the economy will get better before going bad again.  One economist particularly pointed at the second half of this year—when stimulus starts to fade—as the beginning of the second wave of recessions.  So, we may not see signs of falling now, but it could still happen.  In fact, even if we don’t get any worse, positive changes could be very gradual, at best.  We are still poorer now and have fewer jobs than earlier in the decade.  Times may be better, but are they really “good?”

Still, the beauty of an improving economy is it makes it easier for everyone to chip in, to do their part to further improve our situation.  White House Chief Economist Christina Romer decried people who “talk about unemployment remaining high for an extended period with resignation, rather than with a sense of urgency to find ways to address the problem.”  Which attitude are we going to adopt?

This vivid chart of US unemployment rates shows that we’re a long way from the good ol’ times.  But if nothing else, this present economy has given us a chance to help ourselves.  As part of the number of people who are either employed or unemployed, we can help.  We can find ways to address the problem.  Proving ourselves highly qualified for the jobs that employers are offering—even for those which they are not—is a good start.  Let’s help employers help us.

June 7, 2010

Reinventing Yourself During the Recession

Losing a job is relatively a more difficult experience for someone who has been employed almost all his life. Recessions do not distinguish among people and, unfortunately, even the person with the highest credentials may be left jobless just as easily as any other else. But if there’s one good thing about economic crisis, it’s the fact that people learn to think of innovative and great ways to deal with the negative consequences. Learn how one of our writers coped with unemployment by totally reinventing herself. Below is her narrative.

Here I am, writing Web copy and immersing myself in the intricacies of keywords and Search Engine Optimization – all without pay while my work is evaluated by a lady young enough to be my daughter. Unlike some of my well-meaning friends who were aghast at this turn of events caused by our economic crisis, I see this as a step towards self-reinvention, not demotion.

I continue to send online resumes during my off-hours. Evenings, I still make time to network with former bosses and colleagues to get job leads and promote that I’m once again out on the market. But this half-day internship in this start-up online magazine actually helps me learn the latest trends about online media. Doing them hands-on by myself polishes my skills. An education in itself, it’s something I would have relegated to my staff in my old job as editor-in-chief of a now defunct business newspaper.

This non-paying stint is my first big break in months. Constant rejections after three months of steadfast application have been discouraging. To remove the stress, I’d swap notes and share leads with other unemployed friends. I’d go to the public library and bone up on the latest resume-writing techniques and job interview tips. To relax, I borrow and read books, since my depleted savings and welfare checks have forced me to cancel my gym membership and cable TV. Another inexpensive way I use to cope with stress is jogging around the block every morning.

The internship also has removed my bouts of unemployment depression and given me hope. Once the economy rebounds, my new online abilities combined with my editorial management experience will give me stronger leverage in my next job interview. My resume will show that, while others were lounging at home, I was actually doing something productive in-between jobs!

This testimonial and in a certain degree, a success story, emphasizes the need to reinvent one’s self during a crisis to keep focus on certain career goals. It is truly noteworthy that a person caught in a bind by difficult circumstances must not give up and throw in the towel. As all other endeavors we could possibly face, it is best to look for ways to take negative things in a positive light.

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