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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Lacking Confidence? That May Be the Reason You're Still Job Searching

Job loss, rejection and inexperience can significantly undercut your confidence in the job search. This is problematic for many reasons. First, employers and recruiters can tell the difference between candidates who possess confidence and those who don't. If you're one of those who don't, employers are likely to wonder why they should have confidence in you when you don't seem to have any in yourself.
Confidence also plays a role in the way you job hunt and how successful you are in your endeavors. Odds are, if you lack confidence you're probably not:

Monday, November 29, 2010

20 Powerful Beliefs That Will Push You Toward Success

I’m sure you have met at least one person in your life that is successful, motivated and self-empowered. This is someone that always seems to land on their feet, turns everything into gold and every success seems to come their way faster and thicker.

I’m also sure you have stopped to think about why these chronically successful people are so energetic, driven and successful with no apparent struggle while you seem to have such inertia impeding your progress.

Many believe that this is some unfair throw of the dice; that they just weren't meant to become successful. Or perhaps it’s that the ultra successful people had some advantage or social lever that you didn't. Occasionally this is true, occasionally success is inherited or stumbled into. However, more times than not, it's created.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Top 10 Jobs That Pay $90,000 (With Available Jobs)

The more money you earn, the more you spend -- or so goes the old saying. The cautionary advice warns cash-strapped dreamers that earning more money won't solve all your problems and you'll actually find yourself just as broke as before you were raking in the dough.
While that may be true for many people, you probably wouldn't brush away the chance to receive a bigger paycheck. The extra income could give you more mad money, be a chance to boost your savings account, or keep you from living paycheck to paycheck. With a national median income of $42,504 a salary more than double that amount would be a big financial boost for many Americans.
To give you an overview of who's earning these salaries, we put together a list of 10 jobs with salaries in the $90,000* range. In addition to their salaries, you'll find the prerequisites necessary to obtain these jobs and the industries that employ the most of each occupation.
Here are 10 jobs that earn between $90,000 and $99,999:

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Bollywood's Top-Earning Celebrities

Bollywood's Biggest Earners

India’s movie industry is the largest in the world in terms of ticket sales and movies produced.

In 2009, 3.2 billion movie tickets were sold, more than double the number in the United States.

India also churns out three times as many movies as Hollywood. It's no wonder that Bollywood’s leading men and women are mega-stars and rake in millions.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Top 10 Companies Hiring Part Time/Full Time Workers


It’s Thanksgiving week, and I think it’s safe to assume many of us would be glad to give thanks for a new job this year. Although some of you might be taking a break from your job search this week, some companies are still looking for workers. So take advantage of what’s probably a quiet week for employers and send in your application materials.

They are hiring full time/part time workers:

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Already Chose Your New City? Calculating Your Salary After Relocation

Sometimes, one of the best ways to get ahead in your career is to relocate. Depending on your career, a change of scenery can not only reset your perspective, it can also offer you a higher salary. But without careful planning, relocation may also have a negative impact on your pocket book.
Before packing your bags, it's important to ask, "What is the current cost of living rate where I'm moving?" To help you out, PayScale's prepared a few sample cost of living comparisons, to show what cities offer the best balance between salary and cost of living.
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Where is a Plumber Journeyman's salary worth more?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Top 10 Of America's Happiest Companies Hiring This Week (November 25- December 01)

Studies show that positive employees outperform negative employees in terms of productivity, sales, energy levels, turnover rates and health care costs. According to Shawn Achor, Harvard researcher and author of The Happiness Advantage, optimistic sales people outperform their pessimistic counterparts by up to 37%. Doctors with a positive mindset are 50% more accurate when making diagnoses than those who are negative. Some companies aim to boost productivity by investing in their employees' general happiness. Here’s a look at what they’re doing.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

6 Ways to Boost Your Job Search on LinkedIn

Networking and job hunting have come a long way in the last 20 years. New research tools and the immediacy of the Internet bring job seekers directly in contact with companies and employers, allowing us to build networks that our counterparts of the past would only envy.
LinkedIn continues to be the most direct and powerful online tool, one that’s certainly worth the energy if you’re job hunting. But be sure you don’t make one of the most common LinkedIn mistakes: being passive about your search. Setting up a profile and adding connections is a good start—but it’s just the beginning. To get the most benefit from LinkedIn, you have to become a proactive user, reaching out to others, participating in the community, and continuously working to build your network.

Monday, November 22, 2010

What NOT To Post On Facebook: 13 Things You Shouldn't Tell Your Facebook Friends

According to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the company's unofficial mission is to make "the world more open and connected." But there are limits to how open you should be on Facebook and while you might enjoy sharing photos and status updates, there are some pieces of information you would do well never to share.
Who's watching your moves on Facebook? Employers, stalkers, federal agents, and even insurance companies have been known to scan Facebook profiles for information. Just as troubling are reports of Facebook account hackers, who put users at risk for identity fraud. Even if you safeguard personal information with a "Friends Only" setting, there is a chance you've friended someone whom you barely know or have never met.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Top 10 American Cities Where Six-Figure Jobs are Available

Looking to make a six-figure salary this year? Your chance of being among the 10 percent of full-time workers in the U.S. who earn more than $100k a year depends, in part, on where you live.

Big pay tends to be concentrated in big cities and their surrounding areas, according to Alex Douzet, president of TheLadders.com , a $100k+ job search site. It is also concentrated in certain sectors, notably finance and information technology, followed by health care, biopharma, engineering, aerospace and defense.

To get a sense of where employees have the best chance of making big money, TheLadders analyzed hiring activity across the top 20 metro areas and identified the markets with the most favorable ratio of job seekers to $100k+ job postings. It also highlighted the hottest sectors within each metro area for six-figure salaries.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

6 Hot Careers With Lots Of Jobs

With an aging baby boomer population, it should come as no surprise that seven of the 20 fastest-growing occupations are healthcare related. In fact, three of every 10 new jobs created in the U.S. economy by 2014 will be in healthcare services. But even in the promising healthcare field, there are a few key careers that really stand out.

1. Pharmacist

Job Duties: Distribute prescribed drugs, advise patients on medications, and monitor patient health and progress.

Friday, November 19, 2010

6 Career-Killing Facebook Mistakes

With more than 400 million active visitors, Facebook is arguably the most popular social networking site out there. And while the site is known for the casual social aspect, many users also use it as a professional networking tool. With that kind of reach, Facebook can be a valuable tool for connecting to former and current colleagues, clients and potential employers. In fact, surveys suggest that approximately 30% of employers are using Facebook to screen potential employees – even more than those who check LinkedIn, a strictly professional social networking site. Don't make these Facebook faux-pas – they might cost you a great opportunity.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Top 10 Companies Hiring This Week (November 18-November 24)

Last week the latest unemployment figures were released, and the results were a mixed bag. Yes, jobs were created, and we’re happy about that. The unemployment rate was unchanged, and we’re not happy to see it so high but we’re glad it’s not higher. So the best way to approach the numbers is cautious optimism. Ideally the figures would be much better, but compared to how they were trending at the lowest points, we’re doing better now than we in 2008 and 2009.

We realize that an unemployment rate of 9.6 percent translates into more unemployed Americans than anyone wants. And if you’re one of these job seekers, you don’t care about trends. You want a job. So that’s why we feature this weekly list of companies hiring–to makes looking for a job a little easier. So here are 10 companies across various industries that need workers right now. Click their names to see all of their available positions.

1. Career Gate

At Career Gate we help people build a secure future for their career. We match people with their ideal career path. We realize that many people may not be trained for the profession of their choice, so we provide plenty of opportunities to help them succeed. We help our clients reach their career goals from beginning to end.

We have partnerships with thousands of schools and employers nationwide. We will help you take charge of your career. We offer career paths in various fields including: technology, law & justice, business, industrial, health care, and creative industries.

Top Job Categories:

Training Jobs
Entry Level Jobs
Health Care Jobs
Admin - Clerical Jobs
Nurse Jobs

See All Jobs At Career Gate

Top Locations:

California Jobs
Texas Jobs
Florida Jobs
Virginia Jobs
Arizona Jobs

2. Citi

In a relatively short period of time, Citi has become one of the industry's most powerful platforms for financial products and services. A key factor in this success has been our ability to attract some of the most talented people in any industry.

There's a wide range of opportunity here, both in our leading brand-name companies such as Citibank, Citi Cards, CitiFinancial, Primerica, Smith Barney, Banamex, and Travelers Life and Annuity, as well as our businesses that carry the Citi name, such as our Markets & Banking Group, Global Wealth Management, Asset Management, and Private Bank.

Top Job Categories:

Finance Jobs
Sales Jobs
Accounting Jobs
Management Jobs
Customer Service Jobs

See All Jobs At Citi

Top Locations:

New York Jobs
Texas Jobs
Ohio Jobs
Florida Jobs
Missouri Jobs

3. ICED

ICED has a long history and proud tradition of creating franchising successes. From its roots, with the founding of Kwik Kopy Printing in the late 60s, to ongoing growth through expansion into other franchise industries, the ICED family continues to evolve as the world changes.

Top Job Categories:

Sales Jobs
Education Jobs
Management Jobs
Information Technology Jobs
Business Opportunity Jobs

See All Jobs At ICED

Top Locations:

California Jobs
Florida Jobs
Texas Jobs
Illinois Jobs
Virginia Jobs

4. Kindred Healthcare, Inc.

Kindred Healthcare, Inc., a top-200 private employer in the United States, is one of the largest long-term healthcare organizations in the nation. We operate with a singular and clear vision: to be the nation's leading provider of skilled nursing, rehabilitation and long-term hospital services. We are committed to the idea of Quality Through People. We realize that to be the best, we must hire the best.

Top Job Categories:

Health Care Jobs
Nurse Jobs
Management Jobs
Insurance Jobs
Restaurant - Food Service Jobs

See All Jobs At Kindred Healthcare, Inc

Top Locations:

Massachusetts Jobs
California Jobs
Indiana Jobs
Texas Jobs
Ohio Jobs

5. Snap-on Tools

A Snap-on Tools franchise is a unique opportunity to own and operate a business founded on a premier brand that's supported by nearly 90 years of experience. Ours is a proven business model with extensive, training, quality products and a loyal customer base.

Top Job Categories:

Sales Jobs
Franchise Jobs
Business Opportunity Jobs
Management Jobs
Retail Jobs

See All Jobs At Snap-on Tools

Top Locations:

California Jobs
Florida Jobs
Pennsylvania Jobs
Missouri Jobs
Texas Jobs

6. TCS

At TCS, we achieve real business results that allow you to transform, and not just maintain, your operations. Our IT services, business solutions and outsourcing bring you a level of certainty that no other competitor can match.

You will experience your requirements being met on time, within budget and with high quality; greater efficiency and responsiveness to your business; and the ability to shift investment to strategic initiatives rather than tactical functions.

Top Job Categories:

Information Technology Jobs
Design Jobs
Management Jobs
Other Jobs
General Business Jobs

See All Jobs At TCS

Top Locations:

New Jersey Jobs
New York Jobs
Illinois Jobs
Ohio Jobs
North Carolina Jobs

7. Terminix

At Terminix®, our people bring tremendous pride and integrity to everything they do. In turn, we provide a working environment where these skilled professionals can achieve true satisfaction in their own lives.

We are proud to offer our exceptional associates competitive compensation, comprehensive benefits and outstanding opportunities for professional development. If you’re committed to providing the highest level of customer service, we have an ideal opportunity for you.

Top Job Categories:

Sales Jobs
Entry Level Jobs
Business Development Jobs
Customer Service Jobs
Professional Services Jobs

See All Jobs At Terminix

Top Locations:

California Jobs
Texas Jobs
Pennsylvania Jobs
Florida Jobs
Tennessee Jobs

8. UPS

Founded in 1907 as a messenger company in the United States, UPS has grown into a $42.6 billion corporation by clearly focusing on the goal of enabling commerce around the globe. Today UPS is a global company with one of the most recognized and admired brands in the world. We have become the world's largest package delivery company and a leading global provider of specialized transportation and logistics services. Every day, we manage the flow of goods, funds, and information in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.

Top Job Categories:

Distribution - Shipping Jobs
Warehouse Jobs
Transportation Jobs
Manufacturing Jobs
Skilled Labor - Trades Jobs

See All Jobs At UPS

Top Locations:

Texas Jobs
Pennsylvania Jobs
Illinois Jobs
New York Jobs
California Jobs

9. USMedicalAssistant

We provide the best resources for you to find the medical career that you are seeking, as well as the training that you may need to begin your medical career. Our extensive network of schools will place you in the right college in the right location. Whether you are in California, New York, or anywhere in between, we have the right school for you.

And if you already have the training, we can search our database of employers and pass your information along to them.

For your next job in the medical field, or to begin your training to enter the field, US Medical Assistant will help you get started!

Top Job Categories:

Health Care Jobs
Training Jobs
Entry Level Jobs
Admin - Clerical Jobs
Nurse Jobs

See All Jobs At USMedicalAssistant

Top Locations:

California Jobs
Texas Jobs
Florida Jobs
Massachusetts Jobs
Washington Jobs

10. Zenta

Founded in 2001, Zenta is a world-class knowledge process outsourcing (KPO) and business process outsourcing (BPO) company, offering a full range of back-office, voice and onsite support solutions such as credit card servicing, consumer lending servicing, accounts receivable management, mortgage services and real estate capital market analytics in the following verticals: commercial and residential real estate, consumer credit, insurance and financial services and diversified business services. The company currently employs almost 5,000 associates in New York; Charlotte, NC; Dallas, TX; Philadelphia, PA; Florence, SC; Mumbai and Chennai, India; Philippines.

Top Job Categories:

Finance Jobs
Banking Jobs
Insurance Jobs
Accounting Jobs
Sales Jobs

See All Jobs At Zenta

Top Locations:

Florida Jobs
California Jobs
North Carolina Jobs
New York Jobs
Pennsylvania Jobs

Wish You Good Luck!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Top 10 Jobs with the Greatest Gains

While nurses are not nearly as well-paid as chief executives, their salaries are rising faster. That's one of many revealing data points in a Bureau of Labor Statistics study of compensation for the top 100 U.S. job categories, from 2000 to 2010. Is one of them yours?

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1: General and Operations Managers

2010 salary: $92,650*

Gain in pay from 2000 to 2010: 51 percent

*All data courtesy of Bureau of Labor Statistics



2: Financial Managers

2010 salary: $101,190

Gain in pay from 2000 to 2010: 51 percent

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3: Computer and Information Systems Managers

2010 salary: $113,720

Gain in pay from 2000 to 2010: 44 percent



4: Registered Nurses

2010 salary: $63,750

Gain in pay from 2000 to 2010: 42 percent


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5: Sales Managers

2010 salary: $96,790

Gain in pay from 2000 to 2010: 41 percent



6: Chief Executives

2010 salary: $160,720

Gain in pay from 2000 to 2010: 41 percent

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7: Accountants and Auditors

2010 salary: $60,340

Gain in pay from 2000 to 2010: 39 percent



8: Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

2010 salary: $24,540

Gain in pay from 2000 to 2010: 38 percent

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9: Management Analysts

2010 salary: $75,250

Gain in pay from 2000 to 2010: 37



10: Pharmacy Technicians

2010 salary: $28,070

Gain in pay from 2000 to 2010: 36 percent

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

10 Tips for Job Hunters Do for Job Hunting.

What separates the smart job seeker from others looking for employment? Oftentimes, it is one of these 10 things:

1. They realize a potential job lead could be anywhere.

Smart job hunters aren't afraid to mention occupational aspirations to their book club, their parents' friends or their dentist. (One never knows whose golf partner might be the ticket to getting a foot in the door.) Caroline Ceniza-Levine, a partner at SixFigureStart -- a career coaching firm in New York City comprised of former Fortune 500 recruiters -- recommends putting your LinkedIn public profile hyperlink in your automatic e-mail signature. "This is an elegant way to attach your résumé to every correspondence you send. Even friends who think they know you may click through to your profile, learn more about you and perhaps think of you for a job or lead that they might have overlooked."

2. They surf job boards for more than just open positions.

Ceniza-Levine calls job boards "goldmines" for research. "You might see companies you didn't know before -- add these to your list of targets. You might see the same requirements again and again -- this indicates a standard for the job you want, so incorporate these items into your pitch and cover letters."

3. They put adequate time and effort into their applications.

"Spend time to make your résumé the best possible written advertisement of you," says Lisa Quast, author of "Your Career, Your Way!" and founder of Career Woman Inc., a Seattle-based career development consulting company. "Analyze the job requirements against your own skills and abilities, and customize your cover letter."

Obviously, all correspondence should be free of errors and typos. And before sending off the application packet, look at the job posting one last time to ensure all desired material is included.

4. They do their homework.

It seems logical to smart applicants to know something about potential employers. From Googling a company to checking out its financial statements, they learn what they can -- and use the info to enhance their correspondence.

5. They know employers do their homework, too.

"According to [a 2010] Coremetrics [study], 75 percent of companies require recruiters to research job applicants online, so you'll want to be sure you know what they'll find," states Sherrie Madia, co-author of "The Online Job Search Survival Guide." Besides thinking twice about what you choose to post, she suggests doing a Google search on your name. If you find something undesirable, try to have it removed.

6. They make their value known quickly.

"An employer gives each résumé about a three-second window of time before he decides to either 'delete' or read further," says Patrice Rice, author of "How to Interview" and president of the recruiting firm Patrice & Associates in Dunkirk, Md. A smart applicant answers the "What can you do for me?" question right off the bat with a summary of strongest accomplishments at the résumé's top.

7. They look and act like a professional.

Simple but effective: A smart applicant arrives on time, dresses appropriately, both talks and listens, displays confidence and minds his manners.

8. They show that they want this job.

Smart job hunters are not "tire kickers." They focus on the needs of the employer and demonstrate how they are perfect for this particular position.

"Show enthusiasm during the job interview," says Rice. "Always make certain that the company you're interviewing with feels as if it is your first choice, no matter what other companies are involved in your job search."

9. They don't get ahead of themselves.

As much as she may be dying to know about promotions, raises and vacation time, a smart candidate doesn't jump the gun and tackle these issues during the first interview. She focuses on landing the position, then on whether the package is suitable.

10. They ask for the position, follow up and thank.

"As strange as it sounds, you need to ask for the job," says Catherine Jewell, author of "New Résumé New Career: Get the Job You Want with the Skills and Experience You Already Have." "At the end of the interview, sum up your strengths, tell the interviewer that you are excited about the position and say, 'I would really like to contribute to this company. I am hoping you select me.'"

Then, a smart interviewee keeps his name in the game with a follow-up note reiterating interest and offering thanks -- knowing that a great last impression can seal the deal!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Smart Job Search: Expand Your Personal Network

It's not who you know...but who knows YOU that really counts in job search. The more people who know YOU, the greater your exposure will be to potential career opportunities.

To frame it another way...it's not who's in your core personal network-it's who they know. THOSE are the people you want to meet and the connections you're interested in cultivating.

You need to realize that not everyone you come across as a result of your 'People-Searching' is going to be equally 'connected' to others, nor as valuable to you in your people-search. Some folks-for different reasons-aren't deeply plugged into the social networks, while others are. You'll need to connect with the latter.

You want to look for those who are more plugged in-for they are more likely to have a larger group of social networking contacts. This can help you to expand and extend your personal online social network, and thus increase your exposure to new career opportunities.

So set up a mini-file on each of these people in your core network who know you well, including names of their companies, and any other information you discover that could helpful down the road.

Identify and Add Value to New Influencers

Now, take your list of personal contacts, friends, or family and pay a visit to LinkedIn. One at a time, search for their name, and, if you find it, make notes of how many other connections they have.

Then, assuming you're allowed to see your friends' connections, click through and do the same thing. Note that on LinkedIn, you can choose to have all your contacts viewable by anyone, or you can restrict that view.

If you can view the people connecting to your friends' contact, you'll also be able to see detailed info about them, including their employer. If the firm that they work is of interest to you, add it to your potential employer list.

You can further extend your social network by doing the same thing as above, and following your contacts' contacts to their contacts. Now you're reaching a third degree of separation! You are looking for folks who have a good number of connections. As a general rule, you want to look for people on LinkedIn with at least 50 or more connections.

That's an indication, although not an absolute guarantee, that they're more tuned into social media. That may mean that they understand the concept of networking and are likely active networkers to some extent. Therefore, y can potentially be of greater help.

Although not a given, these more-connected people are also more likely than others to belong to other social networking sites, such as Twitter, Facebook, and other applications. This becomes important because they have many more potential connections for you, and they are more tapped into what's going on in their world in terms of jobs and opportunities.

Beyond LinkedIn

As you work through this process of identifying potential influencers on LinkedIn, you can take this a step or two further.

More actively networked people may have profiles on other social networks, and this can be an additional source of new contacts for you.. There is definitely overlap. Each social network has different types of people it attracts as a result of the type of interests its members have.

As an example, you will probably find some of your family's and friends' contacts on one social networking site, others who are on two sites, and yet other friends on one or two of these sites or perhaps completely different sites.

Using this approach to gather, identify, and expand your social network of contacts in this manner, can keep you so busy that you might not consider using other resources.

However, if you want to do an even more comprehensive job, particularly in finding other contacts working in specific companies that you are targeting, then lead generator tools can really help.

Online Lead Generation Tools

Lead generation tools/resources are more known to those of us in sales, marketing or business development roles, as opposed to the rest of the public.

As your livelihood is dependent on your ability to find the right people in target accounts, becoming more effective at doing so will improve your chances of reaching an appropriate decision maker and obtaining a good come in the form of a job or referral.

The Internet has fueled the growth of these tools, leveling the playing field for all who are willing to put in the effort. Like anything online, there are other sources we've not yet uncovered or used. But these tools can be a big help to finding new potential contacts, influencers, even hiring authorities to add to your growing personal social network.

Two such tools are Jigsaw and NetProspex.

Unlike the general-purpose LinkedIn, there is a small cost to access the above databases-$25/month at last look. But you can sign up for a month, do your research on any number of companies, and then end your subscription. You can always jump back in later in three months if you need this service again.

The beauty of these tools is their simplicity. For example, if you want to find out if there is a VP of Sales in Company X, simply type in the company name and the appropriate job title, and see what comes up.

The results might be one or several individuals or none at all. And they may or may not be who you are looking for. This functions just like a Google search, only with far greater precision.

You also could expand your search to all potential hiring "Managers" by typing in that term. You may find HR Managers, Staffing Managers, or Sales Managers. It's a broader group, but you may discover related hiring authorities or influencers in other parts of the company by doing that sort of search.

Lead Generation Tools are Fluid

These three resources are highly fluid and changing. As with LinkedIn and other social networks, new members join everyday.

Jigsaw and NetProspex contacts are "user generated". This means that people who use these tools to find leads are able to add, change, and update the information, including adding new contacts they have as well as changing the status, titles, phone, and email contact information as they come across it. As a result, the information you can find here is changing and growing all the time. You may not find a contact you need today, but next week or month, there may be five you will find there.

Being user generated, not all the information is up to date. Just like you, people leave companies, change jobs, or get promotions.

So, yes, while you 'pay' for each name you download-Jigsaw charges $1 per name-and get access to their contact information (phone number and email address), the information you seek don't always pan out.

Be advised that the contact information may not always be accurate. The phone number may be the main company number. The email address may no longer work or be valid. The contact may have left the company altogether. But in those cases in which you get a 'dud', just update the Jigsaw database and you'll get a credit. Simple enough.

When starting from ground zero with few to no contacts in a company, having the ability to find people at your target companies that might be of help to you in your search is huge. That's the value of lead generation tools like Jigsaw and NetProspex.

Jigsaw versus. NetProspex

Jigsaw has been around longer, while NetProspex is more of a newcomer but growing fast. One of the best elements of NetProspex is that their data is kept current. Their approach is to do as much work as possible to verify the accuracy of the contacts in their database. They also focus on not having any lead older than two years back.

Unlike Jigsaw, where you will find contacts that were created and inputted by someone anywhere from today to several years ago, NetProspex leads are more current. Therefore, this site can be a more accurate source of lead contact information. However, it's a newer site, so they don't have the several million contacts you can access on the Jigsaw database. NetProspex will catch up, though.

Remember that like any database, the information is never 100% identical. Sure, there will be overlap. More current information overlap is a good thing. And finding new folks in one database that weren't in another is even better.

Other Research Tools

The objective is to find a few good resources that can help you start building out your personal social network.

There are many other places to look, too. Some of these other resources include the obvious, like search engines.

Corporate Websites, Press Releases, News Archives

Don't discount visiting corporate websites. See if they have a "Press Releases-News Archives" section. This can be a useful source of information to mine and can turn up influencers or people in decision-making roles, simply because those are the types of people usually quoted in articles/press releases.

It takes time to read or scan through this sort of stuff, but again, this is part of your research. There is no easy way around research. Once you've done a bit of experimenting with it, you will come to appreciate its value.

Trade Publications

Every industry or market has one or sometimes several key trade/magazine publications. If you're in the industry, you can often get what's called a 'controlled circulation' subscription for free. Simply fill out the 'bingo card' and mail it in or fill it in online.

Better yet, check with your local main public library or university and see which ones they may subscribe to. It's often just the 'main' ones in larger markets, but you never know. And it doesn't cost you a dime. Ask for the business librarian if they have one, as they'll be more in tune with that aspect of their periodicals...which is what these publications are called.

In addition to being a solid source of information on a specific market, many times these periodicals have a 'People in the News' section about recent promotions and job changes. Look there, and read through these articles as a potential source for finding possible influencers and hiring authorities to add your personal social network.

And with many publications now putting their content online, do some research to see which ones may offer you free online access.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Top 10 Jobs That Let You Work From Home

How would you like to work from home? No hustling out the door 10 minutes late, no fighting your road rage or battling for the last seat on train, no fast food lunch and no noisy co-workers. Sounds like heaven doesn't it?

More than ever, workers are attracted to the 30-second commute, thanks to social and economic trends. Technologies necessary for setting up a home office are widely available, relatively inexpensive and getting easier for people to use. In addition, more workers are seeking flexible schedules to care for children and aging parents.

The number of Americans whose employer allows them to work remotely at least one day per month increased 63 percent, from 7.6 million in 2004 to 12.4 million in 2006, according to a 2007 report issued by WorldatWork. In total, the sum of teleworkers (both employed and self-employed) working remotely at least one day per month has risen 10 percent from 26.1 million in 2005 to 28.7 million in 2006.

Many people associate working from home with starting a home-based business and becoming an entrepreneur, but more and more employers are offering this option to workers in order to attract and retain top employees.

Don't fret; there are jobs that you can find with established employers. Search using terms including “work from home,” “home office” and “telecommute.” In addition, even if the job is advertised as office-based, here are 10 positions are telework-friendly and could be in your future.

Administrative assistant
Administrative assistants and secretaries comprised 4.2 million U.S. jobs in 2006 (according to the latest data from the BLS), one of the country’s largest occupations. Also known as virtual assistants, home-based administrative assistants use office experience and computer skills as support personnel. Many skills easily transition into this position, which offers many part-time and temporary opportunities.

Advertising sales agent
According to eMarketer, the number of dollars spent on advertising is expected to exceed $295 billion in 2008. Advertising sales representatives sell or solicit advertising space in print and online publications, custom-made signs, or TV and radio advertising spots with online advertising is growing rapidly.
Computer software engineer
The BLS projects computer software engineer to be one of the fastest-growing occupations between now and 2016. Duties include design, development, testing and evaluation of computer software, and continual training is suggested for the quickly evolving industry.

Corporate event planner
Employed by a private company rather than a hotel or convention facility, a corporate event planner coordinates staff activities including group meetings, client presentations, special events, conventions and travel. The BLS projects this occupation will add 10,000 new jobs by 2016.

Copy editor
Copy editors mostly review and edit a writer's copy for accuracy, content, grammar and style. This is a competitive field; however, the growth of online publications and services is spurring the demand for writers and editors, especially those with Web experience.

Desktop publisher
Desktop publishers use computer software to format and combine text, images, charts and other visual elements to produce publication-ready material. Duties of this fast-growing profession include writing and editing text, creating graphics, converting photos and drawings into digital images, designing page layouts and developing presentations.

Data entry clerk
Like administrative assistants, job prospects should be best for those with expertise in computer software applications. By typing text, entering data into a computer, and performing other clerical duties, these workers ensure companies keep up with information and technology.

Insurance underwriter
Insurance underwriters serve as the main link between the insurance carrier and the insurance agent. Underwriters analyze insurance applications, calculate the risk of loss from policyholders, decide whether to issue the policy and establish appropriate premium rates.

Market research analyst
Market research analysts, whose job numbers are expected to grow 20 percent by 2016, gather data on competitors and analyze prices, sales, and methods of marketing and distribution. They often design surveys, compile and evaluate the data and make recommendations to their client or employer based upon their findings.

Paralegal
While lawyers assume ultimate responsibility for legal work, they delegate much of their work to paralegals. Paralegals not only assist in preparation for closings, hearings, trials, and corporate meetings, they also perform a number of other vital functions including draft contracts, mortgages, separation agreements, trust instruments and may assist in preparing tax returns and planning estates. With employers reducing costs by replacing duties once tended to by lawyers with paralegals, growth of this profession is expected.

If you want to make the case to a potential employer or your boss to let you work from home, keep a few things in mind. If possible, provide concrete examples of how this arrangement was successful in the past or how it will succeed. Suggest that you ease into it -- spending a few days to a few weeks in the office at the outset, meeting people and getting to know procedures. Then, during the first three to six months on the new job, make frequent visits.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Top 10 Companies Hiring Part Time/Full Time Workers

For many people, working part time is a necessity -- not a choice. Perhaps they have to work part time in order to make ends meet, but did you know that almost 1.5 million people are working part time because they were unable to find full-time jobs?

In November 2010, the number of people who worked part time for economic reasons, meaning that they would like to work full time but couldn't because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to, rose to 7.3 million. That number is more than a 2 million-person increase over the past 12 months.

Whether you're looking for part-time work to supplement your current income, you can't find full-time work or you just don't want to work 40 hours per week, here are just 10 companies in a variety of industries that hire part-time employees*:

1. Ashland

At Ashland, we place a high priority on environmental stewardship, health, safety and security. We seek better, cleaner solutions, based in chemistry, born in the imagination and realized in our laboratories and research centers. Everyday our team works to solve problems and develop the products and processes that improve quality of life around the world.

Top Job Categories:

Other Jobs
Customer Service Jobs
Management Jobs
QA - Quality Control Jobs
Manufacturing Jobs

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Top Locations:

Ohio Jobs
Minnesota Jobs
Kentucky Jobs
Tennessee Jobs
Missouri Jobs


2. Mopar

Mopar is based in Center Line, Mich., and is the exclusive original equipment supplier of parts and accessories for Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep® vehicles.

The term was first used by Chrysler in the 1920s and has been in continuous use ever since. Mopar parts are original equipment manufactured parts for Chrysler vehicles. In Canada, these were sold under the Chryco and AutoPar brands until the Mopar brand was phased into that nation's market, starting in the late 1970s.

Top Job Categories:

Automotive Jobs
Sales Jobs
Retail Jobs
Installation - Maint - Repair Jobs
Entry Level Jobs

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Top Locations:

Texas Jobs
New York Jobs
Oklahoma Jobs
Louisiana Jobs
Wisconsin Jobs

3. Fifth Third Bancorp

Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. As of September 30, 2010, the Company has $112 billion in assets, operates 16 affiliates with 1,309 full-service Banking Centers, including 101 Bank Mart® locations open seven days a week inside select grocery stores and 2,390 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina.

Top Job Categories:

Finance Jobs
Banking Jobs
Customer Service
Management Jobs
Accounting Jobs

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Top Locations:

Ohio Jobs
Illinois Jobs
Michigan Jobs
Florida Jobs
Indiana Jobs

4. Golden Living Centers

They say a business is only as good as the people behind it—and we're here to tell you nothing could be more true.

We are responsible on a daily basis for the health and well-being of our nursing home residents across the country. We seek people who share our values—who have the integrity to do the right thing, a passion for this important work, and a commitment to teamwork and shared success.

Top Job Categories:

Health Care Jobs
Nurse Jobs
Management Jobs
Professional Services Jobs
Restaurant - Food Service Jobs

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Top Locations:

Pennsylvania Jobs
Indiana Jobs
Nebraska Jobs
Minnesota Jobs
Wisconsin Jobs

5. Maxim Health Information Services

Maxim Health Information Services, a division of Maxim Healthcare Services, is a leader in providing quality health information management (HIM) and clinical documentation improvement (CDI) services to healthcare organizations across the country. Maxim Health Information Services has jobs for experienced healthcare professionals to support its offerings to customers, including on-site coding support, remote coding services, auditing and review services, education and training, HIM outsourcing, services to the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, and clinical documentation improvement. Maxim provides short-term, long-term, and permanent placement staffing solutions. Employees may travel or work remotely in full-time or part-time positions.

Top Job Categories:

Information Technology Jobs
Other Jobs
Health Care Jobs
Accounting Jobs
Finance Jobs

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Top Locations:

California Jobs
North Carolina Jobs
Texas Jobs
Florida Jobs
South Carolina Jobs

6. Pep Boys

Pep Boys has been keeping cars on the road longer than most roads have been around. Founded by Manny, Moe and Jack in 1921, we have grown to be an automotive industry leader and one of the most widely recognized brands in the world. For you, this is an opportunity to join an established team that offers ongoing training including reimbursement for education costs and ASE certifications. And that’s just the beginning. You’ll receive a variety of health and wellness benefits for you and your family, a very competitive compensation structure along with career advancement opportunities. All while selling automotive parts to retail and commercial customers. Or while servicing a variety of vehicle makes and models in our stimulating, state-of-the-art work environment. If you’re looking for a company that will be there for you down the road, make Pep Boys your destinaon.

Top Job Categories:

Automotive Jobs
Retail Jobs
Sales Jobs
Skilled Labor - Trades Jobs
Installation - Maint - Repair Jobs

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Top Locations:

California Jobs
Pennsylvania Jobs
Virginia Jobs
New York Jobs
Maryland Jobs

7. Pilot Flying J

One great company. Two great brands. Pilot Flying J is a combination of two of the best-known brands in the travel center industry, Pilot Travel Centers and Flying J, both family owned companies with rich histories. This organization offers customers an expanded network of approximately 550 travel centers and travel plazas, providing tremendous opportunity for its employees. Even though the company has produced record setting growth for decades, it still maintains a very small company feel. Our Pilot Flying J family of team members is the life of our daily operations. We believe in integrity, teamwork, creativity, and each other. Our extensive employee benefits program is driven by our strong family focus. We believe it’s important to take care of our team members and their families’ health and wellness. That’s why our employee benefits program is available to all team members after only 30 days of employment.

Top Job Categories:

Restaurant - Food Service Jobs
Retail Jobs
Admin - Clerical Jobs
Customer Service Jobs
Management Jobs

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Top Locations:

Ohio Jobs
Texas Jobs
Indiana Jobs
Georgia Jobs
Tennessee Jobs

8. Shop Ko

Shopko with more than $2.2 billion dollars in annual sales, Shopko is a retailer of quality goods and services headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., with stores located in 13 states throughout the Midwest, Mountain and Pacific Northwest regions. Retail formats include 136 Shopko Stores, providing quality name-brand merchandise, great values, pharmacy and optical services in mid-sized to larger cities and 5 Shopko Express Rx stores, a convenient neighborhood drugstore concept.

Top Job Categories:

Retail Jobs
Customer Service Jobs
Management Jobs
General Business Jobs
Professional Services Jobs

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Top Locations:

Wisconsin Jobs
Nebraska Jobs
Montana Jobs
Illinois Jobs
Minnesota Jobs

9. Vector Marketing

Vector Marketing Corporation and Vector Marketing Canada are direct sales firms that market Cutco Cutlery, a line of kitchen cutlery, accessories and sporting knives of the highest quality.

A Pennsylvania corporation with its administrative offices in Olean, NY, Vector is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alcas Corporation, which has been manufacturing Cutco Cutlery for 60 years.

Top Job Categories:

Customer Service Jobs
Sales Jobs
Entry Level Jobs

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Top Locations:

California Jobs
Texas Jobs
New York Jobs
Pennsylvania Jobs
Washington Jobs

10. White Glove Placement, Inc.

White Glove Placement, Inc. offers a variety of employment opportunities throughout the various clinical specialties. Over the years, we have successfully placed thousands of staff in hundreds of facilities. We are committed to working with you to find the right assignment, in the right facility, with the right schedule. These assignments may range from temporary, per diem, to long-term, and/or contract. Our goal is to ensure the greatest compatibility between the staff and the facility. To this end, we work relentlessly to make sure that your qualifications are an ideal match for the right client requirements.

Top Job Categories:

Health Care Jobs
Nurse Jobs
Professional Services Jobs
Management Jobs
Education Jobs

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Top Locations:

New York Jobs
New Jersey Jobs

Wish you Good Luck!
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