Monday, September 10, 2012

What to do while you wait for your dream job

You wrote an awesome resume, performed well in the job interview and now you are waiting to get the job offer from your dream company.  As you wait, check out these three tips from the Salary Reporter about how to stay professional while you wait:

1. Say thank you through a thank-you letter.  The last statistic I read said that only 15% of job seekers do this.
2. Don't stalk the company.  The last thing you want to do is irritate the recruiter and HR staff.
3. Don't put all your eggs in one employer. Be thinking about alternatives.

Two other tips:

1. Connect with anyone you know who might be connected to the company.  You might be able to network your way to an offer.  Tread carefully though, here.  Recruiters don't want to feel pushed.
2. Think about their competitors in the same industry.  Explore employment opportunities there as well.

Read the full article from The Salary Reporter


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Kiplinger's 10 Best College Majors for Lucrative Careers

Have you seen this list from Kiplinger?  Still trying to decide on your next career move?

The careers on this list are evaluated based on:

  • salaries (median salaries below)
  • training and education (look closely at education and training)
  • projected increase in the number of jobs available
1. Pharmacist and Pharmacology ($105K)
2. Nursing ($48K)
3. Transportation Science and Technology ($68K)
4. Treatment Therapy Professions ($62K)
5. Chemical Engineering ($86K)
6. Electrical Engineering ($86K)
7. Medical Technologies ($58K)
8. Construction Services ($65K)
9. Management Information Systems ( $71K)
10. Medical Assisting Services ($54K)

Of course I always caution that just because the numbers ($$$$) look good to you doesn't mean it is the career for you.  This list is a good place to start your research.