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The 15 Second Pitch, aka Elevator Speech

Posted by Lori on January 22, 2010

Most of us are familiar with the saying, “You only get one chance to make a good first impression.” Mastering the 15 second pitch, also known as the elevator speech, is critical in solidifying a positive first impression at a job interview. The thought is that when you tell someone about yourself, you may only have their attention for a few seconds, about the same time as getting from one floor to another on an elevator. You simply must be prepared to talk about items of relevance, not your old cat with the hair ball or your ex-sister in-law who used to work for a similar company 20 years ago.

The folks at 15secondpitch.com created a pitch wizard that helps us organize our thoughts in a succinct manor that is easy to remember. You simply fill in the blanks and the wizard puts your information in template. It’s as simple as that. Rehearse it a few times and the people you meet will know who you are and what you do without having to hear extraneous information that does not apply to the situation.

Even when you introduce yourself to new people in your neighborhood, church, or any other place, they want to know a little about you. With your handy, dandy elevator speech, you can tell them all about you in a short amount of time!

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Top 5 Fastest Growing Salaries in America

Posted by Lori on January 20, 2010

My topic of discussion yesterday was an article that listed the industries that will be hiring the most people in the next decade. After reviewing the list, it appeared that while many of the jobs associated with those employers would be plentiful, they might not necessarily be financially rewarding. Rachel Zupek of PrimeCB.com, a division of Career Builder, compiled a list of industries that are projected to experience the highest growth in salaries. According to Zupek, “Looking for a job with an adequate salary is difficult. It depends on the current job market — which today is not great — where you live, your skill set, your experience level and, perhaps most importantly, your job duties.” The author backs up her facts with information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and through surveys from Salary Expert. Here are five of the top twenty on Zupek’s list:

  1. Oral pathologists study the nature, cause and development of diseases associated with mouth.
    Current salary: $188,577
    Last year: $159,759
    Percent increase: 6.83
  2. Social medical researchers conduct research for use in understanding social problems and for planning and carrying out social welfare programs.
    Current salary: $80,151
    Last year: $68,480
    Increase: 6.65
  3. Pharmacologists conduct experiments to determine how drugs and other substances affect organ and tissues.
    Current salary:
    $99,370
    Last year: $90,012
    Percent increase:
    5.35
  4. Toxicologists research the toxic effects products and ingredients have on living organisms.
    Current salary: $70,273
    Last year: $63,655
    Percent increase: 5.35
  5. Vocational training teachers teach personal, social and professional skills that meet the needs, interest and abilities of disabled students.
    Current salary: $57,401
    Last year: $52,982
    Percent increase: 4.93

I was pleasantly surprised to see Vocational Training Teachers make the list! It would be interesting to know how that salary stacks up to our teachers in Kansas.

As you can see, in order to garner the higher wages, you may need to commit to furthering your education. Make sure you consider the cost of the education, as well as the time it will take to complete the training, and compare it to the potential salary before altering your career path.

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Which 30 Jobs Will Add the Most Workers in the Next Decade?

Posted by Lori on January 19, 2010

Are you at a crossroads in your current career, or are you ready to make a bold change? Before throwing in the towel at your current job to pursue your dream, or what could be greener pastures, you might want to take a look at Career Builder’s article that lists 30 jobs that will be adding the most employees in the next 10 years. Not surprising, three of the top five jobs are in the health care field. Here are the top five:

  1. Registered Nurses
  2. Home Health Aides
  3. Customer Service Representatives
  4. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  5. Personal and Home Care Aides

While these industries are adding the most employees, it does not mean that the workers will make the most money. Make sure you have researched the industry and are aware of educational requirements and the possibility of limited income associated with various occupations before switching jobs.

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Survival of the Fittest: Mastering the Group Interview

Posted by Lori on January 18, 2010

Interviewing for a job is unnerving enough, but the thought of sitting among a group of other job seekers jockeying for the same position at the same time is a situation that I have not yet encountered. In an article from wetfeet.com, Liz Seasholtz describes why companies use group interviews and gives some suggestions on how to survive one. Here’s a list of 8 survival techniques that you should know just in case you find yourself thrust in a similar situation:

  1. Look lively
  2. Say hello
  3. Speak up
  4. Involve others
  5. Be a leader
  6. Keep your cool
  7. Form alliances
  8. Send thank you notes

Click on the link above to read the full text of the article because you never know when this could happen to you. Pay particular attention to the last item, as it is the most important one on the list – remember to send thank you notes to the interviewers!

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Eight Unusual, Virtual Jobs at Home

Posted by Lori on January 14, 2010

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work from home in your bunny slippers and boxer shorts? Does the thought of waking up, toddling to the coffee pot, and over to the sofa where your computer awaits appeal to you? Carol Tice from Payscale.com gives us some great suggestions on some careers that we may have never considered in her article,  7 Unusual, Virtual Jobs at Home.  Many careers on the list require a professional level education, while others demand experience. Take a look and see if any of the job titles appeal to you.

  1. Concierge
  2. Catering manager
  3. Online instructor
  4. Nonprofit executive director
  5. Patient Champion/Patient Advocate
  6. Virtual juror
  7. Golf instructor
  8. Virtual nurse

As with any online opportunity, proceed with caution before providing anyone with your personal information, such as your social security number or bank account number.

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