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10 Creative Places to Find the Hidden Jobs

Posted by Lori on February 18, 2010

Has your job search turned into a reconnaissance mission? You scoured the newspaper and super-sleuthed the internet and now what do you do? There is no doubt that times are tough in the job market and you must be prepared to switch from the conventional job search method to forage for employment opportunities elsewhere. Our friends at wetfeet.com have some great ideas on places to probe for a career.  Take a look at the list and see if you can find some places that you may have not have considered:

  1. Do an informational interview when you are trying to decide on changing careers.
  2. Get by with a little help from your friends in the form of networking.
  3. Create your own job. If you see an unmet need, fill it!
  4. Go back to the future and embrace your past.
  5. Be true to your school. Go back and explore how to use your talents to add to the campus community. You meet some alums who could help you.
  6. Make like the Matrix and embrace cyberspace. There are thousands of career sites online that can provide advice for you.
  7. Play sleuth and determine which companies are growing.
  8. Contact someone you admire and ask them for advice.
  9. Get physical and enjoy the great outdoors. You will meet new people, and get energized at the same time.
  10. Host a new book club or career action group.

You may be surprised when you tap into the resources mentioned. Good luck in your quest!

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Avoid The Kiss of Death on Your Cover Letter

Posted by Lori on February 17, 2010

What a way to start a blog! When I think of the Kiss of Death, the salutation on a cover letter is not the first thing that pops in my brain. According to The Work Buzz, you should never, ever address a cover letter to, “To Whom it May Concern, or Dear Sir/Madam.” Using such a salutation shows an employer that you lack initiative in finding such information, or shows you have a disregard for research that you should be doing.

You must locate the name of the person who is in charge of hiring. Here are some clues on how to find them:

  • Read the job posting
  • Call the company
  • Look on the internet
  • Ask your personal contacts

There may be cases when you cannot find the hiring manager’s name, especially if you are answering an ad that only lists a post office box. Check out the rest of the article for more tips on how to address your cover letter if you encounter this situation.

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Scholarships for Teachers

Posted by Lori on February 16, 2010

If you are thinking about entering the teaching field, check out this information from Christopher and Banks. They are offering scholarships for undergrad students, as well as current teachers who are pursuing master’s degrees.

Christopher & Banks Corporation has established a scholarship program to support current undergraduate students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in education and current teachers pursuing a master’s degree in teaching.

The Christopher & Banks Teacher Scholarship Program is administered by Scholarship Management Services, a division of Scholarship America. Scholarship Management Services is the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability or national origin.

Please take a few moments and complete the application. You never know, you may be one of the lucky winners!

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Today’s 20 Fastest Growing Occupations

Posted by Lori on February 15, 2010

It seems like a new Holy Grail of hot jobs appears in my inbox every week. Take a look at this week’s list if you a high school student mapping out your college courses by matching your interests to jobs of the future, or you are an adult seeking vocational training in the form of online courses or career training. According to     CareerBuilder.com,

The economy is recovering but it is slow. If you’re in need of a new job, it’s too slow. You can’t wait several years until things are back to their pre-recession levels. Fortunately, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has identified 20 jobs that are growing at a rapid rate between now and 2018. These occupations are in high demand now and will continue on this trajectory for the next decade.

Here are 10 of the top 20 occupations:

  1. Biomedical Engineers
  2. Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts
  3. Home Health Aides
  4. Personal and Home Care Aides
  5. Financial Examiners
  6. Medical Scientists, except Epidemiologists
  7. Physicians Assistants
  8. Skin Care Specialists
  9. Biochemists and Biophysicists
  10. Athletic Trainers

As you can see, the list encompasses a wide variety of careers. Some need a college degree, and some require vocational training. It is important to be able to identify your true interests before embarking down  a career path. You will save time and money if you discover what you really want to do, then stick to your plan!

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50 Bosses Worse Than Yours? Not Today…

Posted by Lori on February 12, 2010

We looked at a few jobs in Justin Racz’ book, 50 Jobs that are Worse than Yours, the last couple Fridays. Well, here we are and it’s another Friday. My original plan for today was to review another one of Racz’ books, 50 Bosses Worse Than Yours. The more I read, the more I was able to name bosses from jobs that colored my occupational history in living technicolor. Not being one who lives in the past, I decided that we simply did not want to go there and spoil the mood for today.

That being said, I think we should not kvetch about the bad supervisors, but celebrate the outstanding bosses, leaders, and mentors who allow us to blaze new trails and encourage us to think outside the bun. I think the best bosses are the ones that lead you to the edge of a cliff, strap a bungee cord on your ankle, then give you a little nudge. The best thing that could happen is that you learn to fly. If you are not so good at flying the first time, you have the cord for him or her to drag you back to the top.

I recall an incident a couple years ago when I had worked very hard on a project for a government agency. The harder I worked, the more complicated the project became. It seemed like there was nothing I could do to complete the task in a format that was agreeable to all parties involved. One morning, I received yet another nasty gram informing me that there were still issues with the document that I had labored over for so long. That was the last straw – I was done. I truly did not know what to do. I felt as if I had been thrown under a 47 passenger school bus, only to rise from the rubble and be mowed over again. However, when I was laying face down on the asphalt in the crosswalk, my boss stood me up and dusted the tire tracks from my back. He simply said, “Do not let them do this to you. We will regroup and it will be ok.”

Long story short, it was ok. That frightful day was the worst day of the year for me, but it also ended up being the best, because I had the support of my boss and our organization. Take a few moments and reflect upon some great moments in your career. Chances are, there was someone in your workplace, college, or community who believed in you and made you who you are today. Have a great weekend!

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