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Find Your Passion And Unlock A Great Career

“What is your passion?” “What are you going to do with your life?” For most people these difficult questions are separate and distinguishable.  However, the best way to succeed in your career is to discover the answer to that first question, what is your passion.  Many people do not view passion as necessary to their working life.  They view it as something to be pursued in their down time.  In most people’s eyes all that is necessary for a successful career hard work in a conventional field.  However, to truly achieve a great career it is necessary to discover your passions and truly express the talents that define who you are.  Pursuing your passion is a great starting point when attempting to decide what career to pursue.  But how do you begin to discover what it is that really interests and drives you?  Many people assume that discovering passion is nothing but dumb luck.  They see a lucky few who blindly stumble upon an idea or career which drives them throughout their life.  It is true that a small amount of people are lucky enough to discover at an early age to something that drives them their entire life.  It is hard for most people to view the discovery of one’s passion as a methodical process which often takes hard work, thought, and time to develop.

To discover your passion, the activities and ideas that drive you, immerse yourself in new and different stimulating situations.  It is impossible to discover your passion sitting idly on your couch staring into space while waiting for some sort of divine intervention to strike.  Your passions can only be discovered or awakened by taking the initiative to place yourself in stimulating environments.  Read voraciously, seek out and engage different people, travel, try new things, try different things.  All of this work and stimulation can be exhausting but it is necessary to keep you from becoming bogged down by the usual routine.  Introducing yourself to, and actively engaging in, new and different ideas, activities, and situations will allow you to break away from ordinary and mundane and hopefully allow you to discover what truly interests and drives you.

How will you recognize your passion when you find it? Generally, it is quite easy.  When you find yourself becoming so engrossed about a particular subject that you cannot stop researching it, or, when in normal conversation, you find yourself becoming increasing excited about a certain subject and cannot pull away from the conversation, or if you become so excited by an activity that you literally lose track of time itself.  All of these are indications that you are passionate about a particular subject, activity, or idea.  If you would continue doing something after winning the lottery, chances are it is your passion. Sometimes, finding a job is not a clear task. There are careers that exist that you may never know about because it’s not something that is offered at accredited colleges. For example, have you ever considered working for an seo agency? You probably have no clue what seo is. Search Craigslist. Search Career builder. Expand your mind and your search.

The last pitfall which must be avoided is the common belief that even if you are passionate about a subject there is no way you can turn it into a career.  This belief is generally based on nothing more than popular opinion and causes people to abandon their passion, or relegate it only to their down time, instead of fully pursuing it.  Before you abandon your passion you should actively and creatively explore all the avenues that it could take you.  Do not simply accept conventional wisdom as fact without at first investigating for yourself what possible careers your passion may create.  In the world today there are opportunities for driven people with interests in any and every activity or subject.  In fact, with the difficult economic market, jobs in traditional white collar careers have fallen off.  Difficulty acquiring a job in a traditional field only adds incentive to explore all of the possibilities of making a living pursuing what you love.

Identifying your passion and exploring its potential career paths is simply the beginning.  Success still demands persistence, focus, discipline, resourcefulness and most of all hard work.  But if you are doing what you truly love all of those should come  naturally.  So instead of blindly chasing a paycheck in a job you don’t love, discover your passions and work diligently and creatively to use those passions to unlock the career of your dreams.

My Take
Discovering your passion is not blind luck. It is something that can be found by exposing yourself to different and stimulating situations. Once you know what your passion is, explore what career opportunities it may offer.  Do not accept conventional wisdom that you cannot make a living pursuing your passion.  Be creative and discover for yourself what career opportunities your passion may hold.

Networking: It’s Not What You Know, It’s Who You Know

One of the most intimidating parts of venturing into the job market is the prospect of networking. Where do you go? What do you say? Although this process can be terrifying it is necessary and can be the key to opening up doors and creating opportunities in this difficult job market.  People network all the time.  Every social interactions we take part in creates impressions in other people.  The key to building a strong professional network is to use these everyday social interactions to your professional benefit.  With the over-saturated job market it is important to make and use contacts as a way to help improve your chances at landing the job you want.  While networking consists of everyday interactions there are strategic steps that can help you make a positive lasting impression on other professionals who are in a position to help you achieve professional success.  In today’s job market it is very helpful to attend formal networking events such as a business social or a association meeting.  There you are likely to find other participants who share your ambitions and goals.  At these events it will be easy to meet other professionals and exchange information. It is also very helpful to use the internet to network.  Site such as LinkedIn provide an excellent forum to conduct a job search and career networking.  There are several tools and tips which can help you network whether it is informal, formal, or electronic.

Elevator Speech
One of the most important networking tools to master is elevator speech.  Imagine you are in an elevator and in walk the president of a company you admire.  He asks you what you do and you have maybe twenty seconds in between doors to explain.  You elevator speech should be a short speech which informs the listener who you are and what you do.  You do not want to bore you listener by droning on and on about yourself.  Your elevator speech should be short and concise.  Relax, smile, and tell the listener your name, what you do, and what your goals are.  Keep in mind that less is more. Limit yourself to only a couple strong points.  End your speech in a strong, positive way.  It can be helpful to end your speech with a question to ensure that the conversation does not trail off into idle, mindless, chatter.  Ask the listener what his/her interests are, what they would like to accomplish, or what they are looking for in new employees or clients.  If you have a business card (they are cheap and easy to purchase) do not try to force it into the listeners hand.  Rather offer it to him at the end of the conversation.

Be Ambitious/Unique
Another key to successful networking is to be ambitious and unique.  People in professional positions value and, will often share, your ambition.  Set goals for yourself and do not shy away from mentioning them when speaking to other professionals.  You want to aim high but be realistic about your goals and ambitions.  When you are describing yourself be sure to mention what exactly differentiates you from other people.  Why are you special? Why should this person remember you? Ensure that your ambitions and differences shine in your elevator speech because they are what set you apart and make you an attractive contact and employee.

Be Polite and Confident
In order for your network to work for you, you must be willing to help others.  Contacts you make may call and ask you for information or a recommendation.  If you want any help from them in the future, you must be willing to reciprocate.  Your willingness to help them will not likely be forgotten and down the line if you need a favor they will likely be willing to help out as best they can.  Networks are complicated interconnected webs.  You do not want to harm your reputation by being unwilling to assist a colleague.  If you are genuinely interested in building and maintaining a strong professional network it is imperative that you be willing to assist others when they ask.

My Take
In today’s difficult job market it is networking is a great way to make contacts and get a leg up on the competition.  It is an invaluable skill that takes some patience and practice to master.


How to Make a Positive First Impression With Your Resume

As you begin your search for a new job, preparing the necessary materials can present what seems like a long and confusing process.  Preparing your resume can seem bland, repetitive, and unimportant.  Well, preparing your resume may be bland it certainly is not unimportant.  Your resume represents the first impression you will make on potential employers.  It needs to succinctly summarize and highlight your qualifications for the position you are applying to.  An easy way to avoid feeling overwhelmed about preparing your resume is to think of it as a personal marketing document.  Resumes are not your entire life and work history.  They are not required to contain all of your failures and shortcomings.  Resumes should be used to highlight your qualifications for the position.  A quick Google search will turn up thousands of sites with sample resume templates (here and here).  These samples are helpful if you are concerned with formatting a resume, however, they do not help you decide what the content of your resume should be.  How can you communicate the highlights of your education and work history in way that will stand out to potential employers? If you can remember several important tips your resume will practically write itself.

Where to Start
Getting started can be the most difficult part of constructing your resume.  The best way to begin is to locate a copy of your latest resume.  If you are applying for your first job and have never written a resume performing a simple Google search for resume templates will give you a jumping off point.  Once you locate a copy of your resume give it a once over.  Be sure that your work history is current.  When you begin the updating process, compile lists of all the previous jobs you have held since you last wrote your resume.  Be sure to remember that you may have held several different jobs within the same companyInclude promotions, lateral transfers and any random job title changes.  Also include temporary jobs and volunteer work. These little things separate you from the droves of other applicants who are likely applying for the same position.  It is also helpful to make a list of the tasks you performed for your previous employers.  No task is too insignificant. Making a list of all the small tasks you completed may jog your memory and remind you of more significant work you performed.  Scour your performance reviews and make notes of any accolades or achievementsAs you move on to writing your resume these are likely to become major points.  Gather up all of your degrees, certifications, and licenses. Everyone knows that you need to include any degrees you have earned but it is also important to jot down any continued educational classes you have taken.  Once you have organized all this information you can move on to writing your resume.

Writing Your Resume
Now that you have compiled all of your prior work history,degrees, and performance reviews it is time to actually begin writing your resume.  The best place to start is with your contact information.  Include all of it, your home phone, cell phone, email and home addresses.  Be sure that your email address is professional.  If you are still using an email address like “raddude@hotmail.com” it may be necessary to create a new account.  Simply go to gmail.com and create an account using some form of your name or initials.  The next section should be your “Objective” section.  This section should express how you will fit into the organization. Avoid being too broad or too specific. Express what type of position you are seeking and briefly identify why you would be a perfect fit for that position.  A sample would read something like “A clerical position where proven analytical skills and attention to detail will be utilized.”  Next, continue with your educational background.  List any degrees you have earned along with any other education or training you have received that is pertinent to the position you are applying for.  Now it is time to list your work experience.  You should list your previous jobs in reverse chronological order.  Start with the most recent position you have held and work backwards from there.  After you list each job give a brief, bulleted, description the duties you performed.  You may also want to include several optional sections if they apply to you. Volunteer work, awards and honors, certifications and licenses, and special abilities (language or computer skills) are just a few examples of these optional sections.  Once you have finished writing your resume PROOFREAD IT!  The worst thing you could possibly do is have spelling or grammar mistakes in your resume.  Mistakes such as those portray you as sloppy and disorganized, which is definitely not the impression you want to make on a potential employer.

It is important to remember that a resume is a tool used to quickly inform your potential employer why you are qualified for the job.  Use it to your advantage.  You are not required to include embarrassing information or past failures.  When a resume is used correctly it can be an extremely useful marketing tool.  It will portray you as intelligent, professional, and most importantly, qualified.


My Take
Writing a resume can be a daunting task.  To make it as easy as possible get organized. Gather up all potentially helpful information, and use your resume as a tool to market yourself to potential employers.  Sell yourself by using your resume to make a positive first impression on you potential employer.

Put That Humanities Degree to Work!

The summer before I left for college I had a conversation with a distant uncle that I imagine is fairly typical of recent high school graduates. “So what’s your major going to be?” he asked me. “History” I proudly replied.  My answer was met with a brief silence and a confused stare until my uncle was able to muster out “History, huh,…well…what are you going to do with that?”  I was stumped.  Maybe I would go to law school, maybe I would teach. The idea of a post collegiate world was too distant and abstract for me to comprehend.  I chose to major in History because it interested me.  Fast forward to the summer before my senior year.  I was terrified. No longer was the post collegiate world some distant, abstract, idea.  It was a reality looming ever closer on the horizon. What on Earth could I possibly do with a History degree? All of the typical options (law school, grad school, teaching) were available but none of them appealed to me. I had no interest in running up more (a lot more) student debt, nixing the law school and grad school routes, and the thought teaching, being trapped in front of dozens of adolescents, terrified me.  What was I to do? Little did I know at the time but the increase in white collar and service jobs made my humanities degree much more desirable than I ever could have imagined.  My humanities classes taught me how to read and comprehend complex materials and endowed me with the ability to express my ideas through clear, concise, and coherent writing.  There are dozens of industries that value these abilities.  When searching for a job it is important to remember to market the skills you have gained from a humanities curriculum.  For those of you who, like me, are looking for a career that takes you in a direction other than the traditional grad school or teaching route I have outlined several non-traditional careers and why humanities majors are attractive to them.

Non-Profit Management
If you believe strongly in a cause and are interested in a job where you can make a tangible difference, non-profit work is for you.  Humanities graduates are attractive to non-profit organizations because they have the ability to problem solve, and think critically, logically and effectively.  In management you will be able to put your creative abilities to work developing fund raising initiatives and events.  As a manager you will be responsible for supervising and organizing volunteers.  This will require you to clearly and concisely communicate the organization’s goals and objectives, as well as the individual duties of each volunteer.  All those hours spent writing and re-writing your thesis papers will finally be paying off.  Although non-profit positions tend to pay lower salaries than their private sector counterparts, you will hardly notice the difference if you are truly passionate about, and inspired by, the work you are doing.

If you have always enjoyed a good detective story the prospect of actually becoming the detective should have you foaming at the mouth with excitementThe FBI (or Bureau for those of us in the know) offers exciting careers for humanities majors with a passion for criminal justice and a penchant for hands-on work.  Humanities graduates are attractive to the FBI because of our ability to analyze and synthesize important information.  Jobs with the FBI also require the ability to deal with mountains of paperwork.  Remember that 1000 page Tolstoy novel you had to read in a week? Well your ability to read long, complex, materials will be a major asset as you will have to read countless voluminous reports.  A career with the FBI offers humanities graduates the opportunity to be the detective in a real life crime drama.  Your humanities based education has prepared you for the hours of research required to bring the bad guys to justice.

Publishing houses are often interested in hiring people who have the ability to read, write, and speak in a concise and well organized manner.  Publishing offers humanities graduates a career tailored specifically to their interests and skill set.  Your love for literature and language will be satisfied as most careers in publishing involve reading and editing manuscripts.  Humanities graduates ability to read long, complex materials quickly as well as their knowledge of literature and firm grasp of the English language make them extremely attractive to Publishing houses.  Entry level jobs are plentiful in the industry and your humanities background makes you the perfect candidate.


The key to putting your humanities degree to work for you is to embrace the skills and lessons you learned during your college years.  Whether you  are a Philosophy, English, History or any other humanities major your ability to comprehend and communicate complex arguments makes you an attractive candidate for almost and white collar or service based career.  Be sure to present these skills in your resume and interview.  Do be afraid to look outside the box when considering your career options.  There are many more viable career choices than those listed here.  The most important thing to do when searching for a job is to identify and market the skills you have.  The sooner you are able to do that the sooner you will be able to put that humanities degree to work!

My Take
In the current economic climate it is important to identify and market the skills you have.  Earning a humanities based degree is not easy.  It requires the ability to read and digest complex arguments and ideas.  It also requires the ability to synthesize and communicate those ideas in clear and concise language. There are many careers out there which treasure a humanities graduate.



Job Market Cools Down as Weather Warms Up

The “Great Recession” has marked the largest economic downturn in American history since the Great Depression.  However, drastic hiring increases this winter led many economists to predict an upsurge in private sector hiring this spring.  That prediction has proven incorrect as hiring has slowed drastically from the blistering pace set during the winter months.  As hiring has slowed, job prospects have become evermore bleak.  In this stark economic environment it is important to separate yourself from the thousands of other applicants and to use your resume to impart a positive impression on employers.

That optimism that was created this winter was dashed after slow month of April, which saw the market add only 113,000 jobs. This number is down from a first quarter trend of 200,000 jobs per month and is the lowest total in the last seven months.  Speculation began that the upsurge of hiring during the winter months was an aberration. There was hope, however, that a decrease in the amount of applicants for unemployment benefits signified hiring would increase in May.   That hope proved unfounded as hiring has increased only minimally in May, up to 133,000 jobs compared to the 113,000 in the month of April.  These May numbers still pale in comparison to the trend created during the winter months.  The weak May numbers, coupled with an increase in the number of applications for unemployment benefits for the first time in over a month, disappointed economists who were hoping for a turnaround.  “The jobs data were not reassuring…” said Jennifer Lee, an economist for BMO capital markets.

Unemployment numbers have dropped from 9.1 percent last August to 8.1 percent today.  This drop is due in part to the addition of 1.5 million jobs over that time span, but also due to people giving up their search for work.  The unemployment numbers only take into account people actively searching for a job.  As job prospects have worsened people have quit searching for employment.

May has also seen an sharp decline in consumer confidence as it fell to its lowest level since January.  Data shows that consumers are more worried about jobs, housing and the stock market causing them to drastically cut back their spending.  This decrease in spending has negatively affected companies’ revenue and ability to add jobs casting a bleak forecast for the immediate future.

As the job market continues to dwindle, there are several helpful tips to remember when searching for a job. Be proactive in your hunt.  You should actively reach out to companies you admire.  Send them a cover letter and resume specifically indicating why you are interested in working for them.   Businesses want to hire people knowledgeable about, and interested in, their work.  Displaying that interest off the bat is a good way to separate yourself from the thousands of other applications they receive.  If it is possible, deliver your application in person. It shows initiative and employers are more likely to remember you if they can link a person to the resume.

Be sure to focus on the quality of your applications and not the quantity of applications you send out.  Make absolutely certain your resume is proofread and current.  Submit exactly what the employer asks for. If they want a resume and cover letter, send them a resume and cover letter. Do not be afraid of job search sites and social media.  There are dozens of jobs search sites scattered across the internet that can be extremely helpful finding open positions.  If there is a company that interests you, create a Twitter account and follow it to stay up to date on the current events and status of the company.  Ensure that you have a clean online profile by getting rid of any potentially embarrassing photos and posts on Facebook, and maintaining a clean and professional LinkedIn profile.  Google yourself to see if any unwanted information is still floating around on the internet.  All of these tips will help set you apart and make you to employers.

After a strong showing this winter hiring has tapered off with the coming of spring, making it evermore necessary to separate yourself from the competition.  April and May saw a decrease in the creation of new jobs and an increase in the applications for unemployment benefits.  The optimism created by the upswing in hiring  this winter has died off taking with it consumer confidence.  As hiring continues to stagnate, use these tips separate yourself from the thousands of other applicants out there.  Pound the pavement, be proactive, network and hopefully you will be able to not only find a job, but find the right job.

My Take

Despite a strong winter, the job market is still bleak. During these tough economic times it is important to stay positive while searching for a job.  Do not blindly email resumes to every company with an open position.  Take the time to ensure that your resume stands out and expresses how and why you are the best man or woman for the job. Most important of all is to stay positive. You have to realize that you have to knock on a lot of doors before you find the right job for you and your future.

Understanding Disputes for Claims

The ability to bring a lawsuit or claim against an employer due to various workers compensation issues or issues of harassment or similar problems is vital to the ability of an employee to exist in a safe working environment, but just because an individual feels he or she needs to consider such legal action and hires workplace lawyers to look into such a claim. One of the important elements of legal disputes is the fact that the other side, which might be an employer in this case, is not likely to just fold and go along with what the employee is requesting.

Getting Denied Workers Compensation

It is not uncommon at all for someone to be denied their chance to obtain workers compensation funds after they have been in an accident and often it will be up to the individual's Colorado workers' compensation defense lawyers to appeal such a decision because it can be rather difficult for someone to get such a decision repealed on their own. It is bad enough having to be disabled or unable to work, but being denied workers compensation insurance payments can be a rather devastating issue to have to work through while being unable to work normally.

Making Changes to a Resume

When a significant amount of time has been spent upon the creation of a resume with the help of resume writing services and the owner of the resume, it's difficult to figure out how such resumes might be changed mid-application since the acceptance of many resumes is based upon the initial submission, and not how it would be changed. Making modifications to the resume that make sense takes some time and consideration, but it is indeed possible to make those changes in such a way that the proposal sustains its credibility and that the hiring process may proceed in a healthy manner.

Taking the GMAT Early

One of the biggest pieces of advice for people who need to take the GMAT before applying to business school is that taking the test early is a good idea so that the student can take the test more than once and get a great score. In addition to using EmpowerGMAT test prep for getting a good score, taking the test at least two or three times should offer the highest chance for getting a great score. Students shouldn’t need to worry about the scores becoming unusable before graduation because GMAT scores are usable for at least 5 years.

Setting Employer Expectations

When a new employee comes on board at a company, it's not unexpected that the full range of duties and responsibilities isn't quite clear at the outset. Although an employer might try to clarify all the duties of the job, additional training and sessions might be required. For companies who need to deal with new employees on a regular basis, creating an official training program with http://www.wehelptrainers.com often helps streamline things once a new person is brought into the company. Telling an employee that they must become a "jack-of-all-trades" may scare away some prospective applicants, so a proper training program and set of expectations is essential.

Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures

Some of the most popular plastic surgery procedures at http://www.ceydeli.com are ones that have long been mainstays  within the world of plastic surgery. Breast augmentations and lifts remain eternally popular as do procedures like facelifts and tummy tucks. However, surgeries or procedures that fall under the category of "minor' have also become popular. From the simple act of getting Botox, to slightly more invasive procedures like liposuction, a plastic surgeon today offers several kinds of procedures that may impact the body significantly or just a small amount. This means patients will have many choices for how they want their body to look after surgery.

Working Conditions and the Law

One of the most important laws passed regarding safety in the workplace was the Occupational Safety and Health Act, which was developed to help create safe conditions for workers. Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) operates at the federal level, states also have their own safety and health laws that are, at a minimum, equal to the federal protections offered under the OSH. A lawyer from www.employmentlawyernewyork.com will know the state and federal laws pertaining to safety and the workplace and will work to ensure a client maintains his or her rights within the workplace.