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In an economy that grows without helping the middle and lower classes to grow, many people in New York have to juggle multiple jobs. There are also many people who are juggling multiple part time jobs because they cannot get one good paying full time job.

So for those of you who either are already juggling multiple jobs and those who are considering doing so, how do you succeed now? How do you balance your work life with your home life with multiple jobs? How do you stay on track with your long term goals while holding these various jobs?

  • What’s Your Motivation?
  • How Do You Use Technology?
  • Spend Time with the Family
  • Don’t Lose Sight of Your Dreams
  • Stay Healthy

What is your motivation? Are you working multiple jobs simply because you have to or is this means to an end? Do you have a goal that leads you to work multiple jobs until you find a way to reach that goal? Is there a position in your industry that you are shooting for but which is not available in our current economy?  Perhaps you want to work from home and juggling multiple jobs for a while is the way to get there. Be focused on where you are going. Don’t work for the paycheck alone. Even if that paycheck is why you took the second job, you will need more than that in order to stay motivated.

How do you make use of technology to assist you while you juggle multiple jobs? The more you can work from home on any of your jobs the better. It will increase the time spent with family even if you are just physically present and still working. Just be sure you keep all your jobs separate and if one company provides you with technology, like a tablet, laptop, smart phone, do not use that technology to do work for another company. It is unprofessional and unethical to do so.

You need to spend time with your family. Don’t let juggling multiple jobs take up your life or you will have no life. You need time away from all your jobs to refresh yourself and to sustain your family life. Handling multiple jobs is a very stressful endeavor so make sure you find a way to make time to refresh yourself and cut down on the stress. Being with people you love who love you is one of the very best ways to cut down on stress.

Don’t lose sight of your dreams. Stay motivated and focused on what you want down the road. If you took several jobs just to survive than keep in touch with your dreams by keeping in touch with the industry that you love while you are working other jobs. Stay current with what is going on in that industry and what the trends are.

Stay healthy. Take care of yourself. It is so easy to lose sight of what you need when you are under a lot of stress. Eat right. Sleep enough. Take time for the things you love to do. Then you will be able to deal with multiple jobs and keep your eyes on the prize.

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The prognosticators are telling us that one of the most secure jobs in New York today and into the future, are in the insurance industry. Insurance? You mean those guys who used to go door to door like encyclopedia or vacuum salesmen? You mean those guys have the securest jobs of the future? It seems incredulous – but it is true.

The problem is we tend to think of the insurance industry in New York as insurance agents and only agents. However, there is a lot more to insurance these days than just agents and agencies. There are claims adjusters, underwriters, actuaries, software programmers and developers.

There is also a major shortage of talent in the industry and a wide open market for those who want to make insurance their career. It is projected that nearly one fourth of all those who currently work in insurance will be retired by 2018.

By 2022, the industry will need 7000 actuaries, 72,000 claims adjusters, 8,500 software programmers, developers, and underwriters according to information compiled by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. The industry has not exactly done a bang up job when it comes to selling itself.

Due to this, young people in their late 20’s are quickly reaching management levels. A Risk Manager for example has a challenging job with lots of responsibilities. They are responsible for making sure insured facilities are secure and safe, coverage is adequate, and can mitigate disasters.

Risk Managers also contribute to the companies’ bottom line. They are involved heavily in any new company acquisitions, helping to make sure that the buildings –old and new – are adequate and correctly insured. This brings a lot of challenges and responsibility that most do not expect to find in the “mundane” insurance field.

Realizing the growth in this field over the past few years has led many colleges and universities to offer majors in insurance programs, many of which are quite extensive. In Indiana alone, there are a couple of extremely well regarded programs in well renowned schools including Indiana State University. In addition, Butler University has 50 different insurance majors in their program. Graduates of these programs have no problems finding jobs, in fact Butler reports that their graduates typically find jobs with starting pay in the range of $50,000 and up right out of under graduate school, although many also perform internships after under graduate training.

There are only about 60 colleges and universities in the United States that offer majors in insurance fields. Demand in this industry is so high and will be for many years that it is an open field for universities and colleges to enter into as well. In addition, some colleges and universities are starting actual insurance companies run by students. These insurance companies might insure the vehicles of the school, the life of a living mascot, even liability insurance for school events might be covered.

These school based insurance programs help students get hands on experience in writing policies, performing underwriting duties and selling policies, as well as financing companies. More programs like this are needed today. So if you’re in New York and want a great challenge, in a fast growing career with the chance for advancement and a good salary, try the insurance industry.

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Does Your Resume Say “Job Hopper”?

Statistics say these days that every New York worker will switch jobs every 2-4 years. However many hiring managers don’t always remember that when looking at you resume or they ask why you change jobs so often in the interview process. What will you say? Are you prepared to defend your resume in your cover letter and in the interview?

Addressing Multiple Jobs History in the Interview

  1. Honesty is the best policy: Don’t hesitate, avoid or lie when the interviewer asks about your many jobs. Employers need to know they are hiring someone they can trust. Be honest about why you left without throwing anyone at the past employers under the bus.
  2. Don’t burn any bridges on your way to the next job: This is what we mean when we say don’t throw anyone under the bus. It is NEVER a good idea to leave an employer in such a way that they would speak badly about you. People who have changed jobs several times need good references that validate what is said in the interview.
  3. Turn it into a positive: Never speak badly of the company you left and always give positive reasons for leaving. You can find one no matter how bad your experience was. If you leave for upward mobility that is the best possible reason. Stay positive by talking about your accomplishments.
  4. Tell a story: Don’t just answer questions with a few words or a sentence. Tell a story about your career so far. Talk about the work environments, the challenges or lack of, how and why you made the decisions that you did. Remember that your job hopping was good for you but not for that employer. For the employer job hopping is turnover and re-hiring, training expenses. You have to show this interviewer that you will not be out the door in two years.
  5. Move the interview into the present not the past: All interviews start in the past. Move this one into the present. Talk about the diverse skill set you have due to your job changes, the many experiences that can benefit the new employer. Explain how each different job led to a new and unique set of skills. Make sure you prepare in advance to explain this about each job you had. Now show how all these skills will fit into this new opportunity. How have you grown both as a person and as an employee through all of these various experiences and how can that impact a new employer?

Demonstrate to this interviewer that you are focused on their job. What can you do for them? How does it fit into your long term career goals? What is attractive about their job, their work environment, their career path? Anything you might have listed as a negative in #1 or #4 – stress how this opportunity shines in that area.

If you do these things most New York employers will understand why your job hopping was really career advancement.

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Did He Really Just Ask That?

You are sitting in your interview for that dream job that you really, really want. Suddenly your jaw drops a little and you try to compose yourself, as you say to yourself silently, “Did he really just ask me that?” We all know there are questions that an interviewer in New York is not allowed to ask by law.

These questions are considered to be discriminatory and you can file a complaint with the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission). These types of questions are in respect to your nationality, your family life, your age, pregnancy or plans for pregnancy and much more.

What are these questions that are illegal for an interviewer to ask in New York?

  • Asking if you are a US citizen is illegal. Asking if you can work in the US legally is ok.
  • You cannot be asked what your native language is but you can be asked what languages you speak.
  • In regard to religion you cannot be asked what religion you practice or what religious holidays you observe. You can be asked if you are able to work the company’s regular schedule.
  • Most of us know that you cannot be asked what your age is. Be alert for questions that try to gather this information without directly asking for it. You cannot be asked how much longer you plan to work or when you plan to retire. You can be asked about your career goals and if you are over 18 put those are about the only questions relating to age that you can be asked.
  • Asking if you are married or have children is also illegal. You will be amused by all the questions that attempt to get around this question. Some of the illegal versions that you might get asked include “what is your maiden name?”; “Are you planning to have children or do you have children?”; this is really a question about availability so you should be asked it that way. “Are you available to work overtime?” You cannot be asked what your plans would be if you were to become pregnant. If you are asked if you have a babysitter or can get one on short notice, know the question is illegal.
  • You can’t be asked about your parents or what they do in their careers even if the interviewer is looking for your knowledge of the industry. You can offer that your parents have always worked in the industry, but the employer cannot ask.
  • You can’t be asked if you smoke, drink or take drugs. However you can be asked to take a drug test and you can be asked if you use illegal drugs. The employer might also inform you of a non-smoking or non-alcohol policy.

So what should you do if you find yourself in the position of our interviewee in the opening paragraph of this article? What if you find yourself saying to yourself silently, “Did he really just ask me that?” You do have a choice. You can answer the question or you can inform the interviewer that the question is illegal and you prefer not to answer it.

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Disability? To Discuss or Not to Discuss in an Interview

Most people in New York have enough to be concerned about when preparing for the interview for the job of their dreams. If you have a disability, this task becomes even more complicated as you attempt to discern if you should bring up your disability and if so, how to do so.

If your disability is something that will affect your job in any way, you need to address it. It is particularly important to address it if you will need “reasonable accommodations” in any way or any area of the job. So how do you approach this need in the interview process, especially if your disability is not obvious?

As you ponder this as part of your interview preparation, it is important to understand what your interviewer legally can and cannot discuss in an interview. Every employer has to abide by the regulations of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  In following these laws and regulations, the employer is not allowed to discriminate against “a qualified job applicant with a disability” if that person meets the job requirements including experience, education, training, skills and any required certifications or licenses.

However the Americans with Disabilities Act actually defines what a disability is and yours must meet these standards to provide you with the protection of this law. The ADA defines a disability as: “A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits you; a record or history of a substantially limiting impairment or impairment the employer regards as substantially limiting to job performance.”

The law also states that you do not have to disclose this disability to the prospective employer. It is really up to you to decide while in the interview whether to bring it up or not.

What to Share/What not to Share

So what is reasonable to share during the interview and what isn’t?

Do Not Share: Medications you are taking even if you think they might impact the company’s drug screening policy. You should share that with the drug screener at the test, not with the hiring manager in the interview.

Therapies you are undertaking to help with pain or functionality also should not be shared in the interview process as you will need to arrange for those therapies to be after work hours. A reasonable accommodation might be possible, but you would discuss it at after you have been hired.

Do Share: Anything associated with your disability that could impede your ability to do the job without causing harm to yourself or anyone else.

The right way to go is to listen closely in the interview and discuss in depth with the interviewer all the requirements of the job and the physical requirements that go along with them. As you are doing this you can decide whether or not your disability is in anyway impacted by these requirements.

This is when you can disclose your disability and allow the interviewer to ask questions in order to determine your ability to meet these requirements and perform the job duties with or without any reasonable accommodation.

Keep in mind that you have the right to ask for those reasonable accommodations.

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Where Should I Look For a Tech Job?

Are you in New York and looking for a tech job? Where should you look? What are the best places for a tech job? What factors make a place great for tech companies to be established and flourish? To begin with, you would want to look at the cost of living in the area, salary and what employment opportunities there are.

Criteria for Great Places for Tech Jobs

What makes an area a great place for tech jobs? Here are some basic criteria:

  • How many tech employers and total tech jobs are there in the area?
  • Annual wages for area tech jobs
  • The gross cost of rent/mortgage in the area and other aspects of the cost of living.

Best Places to Look for a Tech Job Based on these Criteria

  1. Silicon Valley still leads the way no matter what factors or survey data is based on. San Jose, Santa Clara and Sunnyvale make up the valley and some of the most prominent tech companies are here along with Stanford University which graduates an abundance of tech grads. Of all the jobs in the valley over 10% are tech jobs. The average salary for a tech job in the valley pays about $130,000 and the rent is $1,600 per month.
  2. Huntsville Alabama otherwise known as the ‘Research Triangle’ is also described as “the heart of the Southern tech scene” by researcher NerdWallet. Huntsville has also been called Rocket City. While 10% of jobs in Silicon Valley are tech, almost 7% in Huntsville are. The average tech job pays around $92,000 and rent/mortgages run about $725 per month.
  3. Seattle-Bellevue-Everett is the home of Microsoft, Boeing and Amazon, with Zillow, Expedia, Twitter, Google and Facebook there as well. Almost 8% of all jobs are tech related and salaries are higher than Huntsville at about $108,000. Rents/mortgages are around $1100 per month.
  4. Dunhill-Chapel Hill hosts companies like IBM and Cisco, with about 7% tech jobs. The average salary is 94,500 and rent/mortgage is about $870 per month.
  5. Boulder Colorado is home to Blackflip Studios and Rally Software among other small high tech startups. 7% of all jobs are tech jobs and the medium income for those jobs is almost $98,000. Rents and mortgages averages about $1200 month.
  6. San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City is the home of Dropbox, Salehoo, Pinterest, Linked-In and Twitter. The percentage of tech jobs in the area is 7% with an average tech salary of $113,000 and area rent is about $1400 per month.
  7. DC-Alexandria-West Virginia-Maryland hosts Soundtracker, Trackmaven, and Encore Alert. 8% of the jobs in the area are tech jobs paying around $104,000 with local rents that run around $1500 per month.
  8. Raleigh NC is home to Google’s high speed fiber optic internet service. The average tech salary is $87,000 and the rent/mortgage is $700.
  9. Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos hosts Dell, IBM, and HostMeNot. There is an average tech salary of $84,000 with 6% of the jobs being in technology. The rent/mortgage is about $1000 per month.

So if you are looking for a tech job, start with these cities.

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Wasting Time on the Way to a Great Career

Everyone knows that there is a lot of time wasting going on in any and every workplace in New York. In fact there was a study done in 2014 by that found 89% of all people in New York are wasting some amount of time every day at work. Surprisingly, the 26-39 year olds and the most successful in their careers were the biggest offenders.

Other information that came out of this study was that these 26-39 year olds were at the top of their game. They were moving up in their career and they were the go-getters in the firm.  They were also the ones who took a lot of breaks. They didn’t work more hours than their coworkers who were not having the same level of success.

They actually admitted to taking a 17 minute break every hour they worked. So in a 9 hour day with an hour lunch break, these folks are on break for 213 minutes out of a possible 540 minutes. These up and comers, these successful workers waste almost half the time they are at work.

This sounds shocking and is, in fact, shocking. However these are the successful people. These are the stars of today and the future. How can this be? It has a lot to do with what they are doing with those 213 minutes every day.

How to Waste Your Time Productively

Here are some of the ways these superstars are wasting their time productively – reading blogs, talking to colleagues, taking walks or reading a novel. What we find is that spending time doing these things helps the worker to think more innovatively, to find new ideas, to discover new perspectives. Not only are you getting a break from whatever you have been working on, you get a whole new perspective on things.

  • Surf websites that are not related to your profession gives your brain a break while at the same time giving you a way to spur your own creativity.
  • Spending time with your co-workers – an MIT study showed that in a call center the representatives, when they were allowed to have breaks and/or talk with co-workers between calls, handled more customer calls than those workers who were not allowed that conversation.
  • Reading novels – it has been found that those who read fiction can interact with others better than those who don’t.
  • Meditation – more and more studies are being done on the effects of meditation. These studies are showing that the human brain benefits from the lower stress levels brought about by meditation. Following meditation, there is more innovation and creativity.
  • Daydream- Science is showing almost the same effect for daydreaming as for meditation. Different parts of the brain are in use when you daydream than when you are actively working on a problem. This leads to innovation and creativity.
  • Power Naps – yes these are real and yes they really make a difference. Just 15-20 minutes of actual sleep will refresh your brain cells that produce focus and productivity.


The moral of this story is – WASTE TIME. Just do it in the right ways.

Jobs For 2015 Grads


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What is the Job Outlook for Graduates in 2015?

The economy in New York is much improved and so those who are graduating with four year degrees in 2015 would seem to have much reason for optimism. Adding to the economic recovery is the trend for the baby boomers to move toward retirement. Does all this add up to a real increase in jobs for this graduating class?

For  the past 15 years or so, many graduates were not able to find jobs in New York in their chosen fields and you would find people with degrees in accounting or business administration working in retail or fast food. You would find scientists working in sales.

However, for the graduates of 2015 it would seem that the job market is changing. Employers are looking to increase their workforce and replace retiring boomers instead of leaving those positions unfilled. An overall increase in hiring of 8.3% from last year is expected according to NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers).

So who will be the most sought after graduates this year? Who will be paid the most? What attributes are employers looking for regardless of degree? Both internships and full time positions will be available in numbers not seen by the past 4 – 5 graduating classes.

Degrees and Qualities in Demand

Degree levels are not as important to employers at this time as the field of study. Areas that are expected to be in high demand for this graduating class include both the BBA and MBA (Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration), all types of engineering degrees, IT/IC (Information Technology/Information Communications), science and technical degrees.

Attributes include good communication skills, working in functional teams, strong leadership skills, ability to interact effectively with diverse population groups, and interpersonal skills and communication with individuals, teams, and supervisors. Equally important if not more important is the ability to interact with clients, customers and constituencies through the use of social media.

Almost everyone is recruiting online and using social media sites for recruitment. There is also a wide diversification of social media sites and types that employers use more often. Graduates must be familiar with and able to navigate a wide variety of social media sites, some of which would include:

  • Career Builders
  • Indeed
  • Specialized boards
  • Linked-In
  • Sites for professional associations
  • Company websites

It is important to check and to be on the large national jobsites like Career Builders and Indeed. There are many jobs listed here and more companies are using these sites every year. About 70-75% of all employers will use some form of online site to advertise their openings and these are the two biggest.

However many companies will use smaller specialized boards or their own company websites to advertise their openings. Many will also list on professional association sites.

Finally, it is important to have your profile on Linked-In. Almost every employer is going to look for your profile on Linked-In and take that into consideration when deciding who to interview and hire. Take time to make your Linked-In profile as good as it can be.

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You Don’t Have to Answer these Questions

As the economy in New York continues to improve and hiring continues to pick up, it seems like a good time for a refresher on the kinds of interview questions that are illegal. You don’t have to answer these questions and it is your right as the candidate to report the use of these type questions to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Reporting the company is your right but might not be your best choice when looking for a job. Most candidates are not aware of the specifics of what is legal for an employer to ask and what is not. You only know that the question the interviewer just asked you makes you feel a little uneasy and uncomfortable.

Illegal Questions

  • A fairly common question in any interview situation is where you see yourself in five years. This question should only be asked in respect to your career and professionalism, not your personal or family life. If the question is asked in any way to include or imply an inquiry about your plans to care for an elderly parent or begin a family of your own, it is out of bounds.

You cannot be asked about personal, family matters. If you have children you cannot be asked about their care or if you plan to have additional ones. If you have older parents you cannot be asked about plans for their future care either.

  • Another common question interviewers ask is where are you from or where were you born. It may appear that they are just breaking the ice, making conversation as it were, and perhaps they are. Regardless this is an illegal line of questioning. Most often the interviewer is attempting to find out if you are in the US legally or their firm might intentionally discriminate against “foreigners”.

If you are asked if you are a citizen, that is an illegal question. Yet if you are a citizen say so. If not just say you are authorized to work in the U.S. You don’t have to answer the question about citizenship. It is illegal for an employer to hire based on the candidate’s citizenship.

Dealing with Illegal Questions

So what do you do when you are asked questions in an interview that make you uncomfortable or that you think might be illegal? Don’t just answer the question out of fear or intimidation that you would not get the job. Ask the interviewer how the question pertains to the job requirements or responsibilities.

Let the interviewer know that you prefer not to answer questions that are not related to your ability to perform the job or to any function of the job. If you think doing this will cost you the job, set up a meeting with the company’s Human Resource Director and confidentially discuss the situation. If you are still not satisfied you can report the incident with the EEOC.


Just keep in mind that any question you are asked that does not pertain specifically to your qualifications for the job is an illegal question and you do not have to answer it.

Grow Your Career


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Plan and Grow Your Career

In the past, most people in New York went to work for a company and just built their career at that company. Or maybe more accurately the company built their career for them in the direction the company wanted it to go. Neither of these things is true today.

No company provides us with a 35-40 year ride. In order to have such a successful career today, you have to be in charge and you have to have a plan. No longer will your career be spent in one company directed by that company. Now you are on your own in building your career and you need a plan.

Here are the major elements of a modern career plan.

  1. Your Relevance to the Marketplace – there will be over a million jobs created in New York over the next 5-7 years. If you want to grow, your plan must begin with being relevant to that market, to have the skils, training and experience to win in this marketplace.
  2. Make sure the career you choose to pursue fits the needs of the marketplace and matches your skills. For instance manufacturing is a hot ticket these days. However it is not your father’s manufacturing plant. This one is robotic and high tech everywhere you look. These are great paying jobs that require post-secondary education.

Another career in high demand today and well into the future is anything to do with the medical field. Doctors, nurses, physician’s assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, pharmacy techs, chemists, and more are in demand.

When you consider a career plan, consider what the marketplace is going to be looking for in the next 10-20 years.

  1. One old adage that is as relevant today as it was 30 years ago and must be in your plan –NETWORK. This is the see and be seen part of your plan. Nothing replaces networking when advancing your career. Networking is not just for getting the job – it is relevant long after you start your career. If you want to grow you career you must learn who the movers and shakers are and network with them.
  2. Social media is another see and be seen tool – another way of networking. Don’t choose one over the other. Do both. Go to the Chamber of Commerce afterhours and have a strong presence on Linked-In. Linked-in is the largest business oriented social media site in the world. Take advantage of it. Connect with the people who can help you to grow your career.
  3. Figure out what it is you do best and then sell it. What are you the best at? Sell it to the employers.
  4. 6.   Stick-to-itiveness. Stay with it. Be resolute. Remember the only constant in life is change. Be ready for it. Prepare for it. Plan on it.

These are the major components to keep in mind as you attempt to plan and grow your career. Most of all remember that you MUST have a plan. Not just in your head but a written plan if you really want your career to take off.

Work After Leave


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Returning to Your Career After an Extended Leave of Absence

For many people in the New York workforce, there is need for a leave of absence for personal reasons. Perhaps you need to take a pregnancy leave or time off after your child is born. Others might need time off to care for an aging or ill family member or to care for their own mental or physical illness or burnout.

This kind of break from one’s career is not easy to do but it has been the legal right of both men and women in the United States since the 1980’s. This right is protected by the Family Medical Leave Act or FMLA as most Human Resources personnel call it.

Under this law we are all entitled to up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave.

“The most common serious health conditions that qualify for FMLA

leave are:

1) conditions requiring an overnight stay in a hospital or other

medical care facility;

2) conditions that incapacitate you or your family member (for

example, unable to work or attend school) for more than three

consecutive days and require ongoing medical treatment

(either multiple appointments with a health care provider, or

a single appointment and follow-up care such as prescription


3) chronic conditions that cause occasional periods when you or

your family member are incapacitated and require treatment

by a health care provider at least twice a year; and

4) pregnancy (including prenatal medical appointments,

incapacity due to morning sickness, and medically required

bed rest).” *from The Family and Medical Leave Act

Although this is a great benefit, it can be difficult to come back from it, especially if your leave is extended well beyond 12 weeks and into months or perhaps years beyond the FMLA timelines. Here are some ways to get yourself back into your career or move on to another.

  • Assess where you are now and what you want to do now. Whether you know it or not you are not the same person you were before the leave of absence. You have new perspectives, new skills, and new experiences. You want to evaluate what you want in your career now with personality, aptitude and career choice tests. Be clear before you start looking again.
  • You HAVE learned new skills whether they be soft skills like communication, interpersonal relationships, and management. You have likely learned some new hard skills as well such as budgeting, delegating and supervising. Add these to your resume. Use them in your interviews. This is invaluable experience.
  • Do your homework. Your industry has probably changed in your absence. The overall employment environment in the country has changed and certainly you have changed. Be in touch with all of these changes and what they mean to your career.


Most importantly never make excuses for why you were on leave. Talk about the positives of what you learned on leave that pertains to the job you want. Follow these tips and you should be alright.

Transplant Nurse


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Be an Organ Transplant Nurse

If you are a nurse in New York and would like to advise and see the patient through an organ transplant, now is the time. The need for medical professionals in this field grows by the day. However there is quite a bit of experience and training needed for these types of nurse roles in New York.

This nursing specialization requires additional education, training and experience and involves much more than just working in the operating room when an organ transplant takes place.


In addition to one’s basic nursing credentials the American Board for Transplant Certification provides transplant credentials to the nurses who wish to work in transplantation. The following are the credentials that are offered by the ABTC:

  • Transplant Preservationist
  • Clinical Transplant Nurse
  • Procurement Transplant Coordinator

Candidates for these certifications must pass uniform exams to receive the credential.


  • Assists with all the various responsibilities and activities during the transplant surgery.
  • Meets the patient in pre-op and performs all pre-op activities such as vitals, IV hookup, and medication passage including the anesthesia.
  • Be a full-fledged member of the transplant team.
  • Do whatever the team needs you to do to provide the patient with the best possible care.


When you are a transplant nurse your entire life is impacted. Your work dictates your lifestyle rather than your lifestyle dictating where and how you work. Finding a healthy balance between work and play is essential to transplant nurses who are often on call 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

The changes in the national health care system are also impacting the lifestyle of the transplant nurse as cuts in revenue have forced greater caseloads and a need for the nurse practitioner. The RN with a Clinical Transplant Nurse Certification might now want to pursue an advanced degree to become a Nurse Practitioner who is certified for organ transplantation.

The nurse who pursues this field must have a passion for it. It can be incredibly rewarding and terribly heartbreaking. Pediatric organ transplantation is the most challenging of all in this respect. The Pediatric Transplant Nurse or Pediatric Transplant Nurse-Practitioner must have a lot of internal fortitude, compassion and strength.

The rewards are as obvious as the downside. Transplant nurses see their young patients struggle so hard, see them receive a new organ and a miraculous recovery, only to see organs rejected and children relapse. Some patients do extremely well and you get to watch them grow and thrive – giving you the greatest of rewards. Remember however that people do die while waiting for an organ to become available and that adds to the heartbreaking aspects of the job.


Being a transplant nurse is a rewarding and heartbreaking at the same time. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field is expected to grow by 22% by 2018 with a minimum salary of about $62,000. However, the salaries are based on locations and cost of living. It also depends on certifications and experience. The minimum salary in a place like Chicago is around $76,000.

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The Top Jobs of this Century

There is a growing gap between the jobs that are available in New York today, the jobs that will be available for the rest of the century and the workers and potential workers with the skills and experience to fill them. Every year, more and more baby boomers leave the workforce just as more new technologies come to the workplace and our educational system struggles to keep up.

So what are all these jobs in New York that need to be filled and what kind of skills do you need to develop in order to fill one of them? Let’s just take one state in the union as an example of this trend.

Job Needs in Indiana

Indiana is just a microcosm of the rest of the nation with an immense number of jobs that might go wanting come 2022. In Indiana, the Department of Workforce Development estimates that over 650,000 baby boomers will retire and leave jobs that need to be filled. While at the very same time new technologies and new companies will develop over 335,000 new jobs during this period.

This represents an 18% job growth, however they are in specific fields and professions. The number one need in Indiana is for Registered Nurses.

Nationwide Needs

Many of the jobs that are hot at the state levels are also the same jobs that are open throughout the country. For instance, the number one need in the state of Indiana, our example for this article, is for nurses. Across the country, registered nurses are in shortage and there are hundreds of thousands of jobs that go unfilled. This will only increase as more and more baby boomers retire. There is also a worldwide nursing shortage which adds to the issue.

Other jobs will be in high demand for the rest of this century even as these jobs evolve through technology.  Throughout New York, there is a shortage of teachers – kindergarten through high school. This is also true in our sample state of Indiana. In fact, teachers follow nurses on the list of the most needed professionals in Indiana.

Across New York City, the second most needed profession is that of the physical therapist. This is easy to understand as more baby boomers age and face arthritic and systemic illnesses.

If you don’t want to go to college, try an apprenticeship for stone masons. This will be the 25th fastest- growing profession in the US for the rest of this century. All that is required is a high school diploma and an apprenticeship. In our example state of Indiana there is not as great a need for the stone mason. Rather, there is a great need for electricians who also must serve an apprenticeship before being licensed.

Home Health Aides will continue to be needed throughout the century. This job requires a high school diploma and perhaps training as a CNA or an MA (Certified Nursing Assistant or Medical Assistant).


This is only a small sample of the kind of jobs that will be popular throughout this century.  Other trades such as carpenters and plumbers will also be in demand. Managers of many kinds – Office Managers, Project Managers, General Manager, Operations Managers and Sales Managers are also part of the list.

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Jobs with Certifications

As you peruse the New York employment want ads and the lists of openings online, along with what your recruiter sent you, you notice a pattern in some of the most desirable job descriptions. Yes you need to have a degree for some jobs. Other jobs require specific experience and achievements. But there is another category that continues to capture your attention. It is all those ads that read “Certification Required”.

It seems that there are more and more jobs these days that require a type of certification. Clearly the most common types are “the trades” that require certification. Many times in the past these jobs would require an apprenticeship or internship but not always a certification. That system appears to be going away and if you want to work in these fields, you will have to get certified.

It also appears that so many occupations that are not “the trades” are turning to certificates rather than degrees as the educational requirements  for the job.

  • HVACR Certification– this one has been around for a long time and does not require any college as you can be certified by taking the specified courses. This is a certification in Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration. There are multiple certificate levels in this field of work.

The technician with less than two years of experience in the field is required to take several courses and then he will need to take the certification exam.  Then with more than two years’ experience, they can take the experienced HVACA technician test and a wide variety of specialty tests and certifications. Certificate courses and tests can be taken at trade school and high schools.


  • Project Management – Most of us think of project management as a part of a job that requires a degree and it can be that. It can also be a job in itself. The PMP certification comes from the Project Management Institute and it is the most recognized of the project management certificates. With this certificate you will likely run a large project team.

This certification can be garnered by professionals in IT, engineering, and construction. They earn about $150,000 and it requires about 30-35 hours of classwork, 7500 hours of PM experience (without a Bachelor Degree) or 4500 hours of PM experience (with a Bachelor degree)

  • Information Security Management certificate is for IT management professionals who are in the security end of the business. This is for the person who implements security policies.  The exam can only be taken 3 times a year at a different one of 240 possible locations.  You must have 5 years of Information Security experience and 3 years managerial.
  • The American Society of Training & Development has a portfolio of certificate programs available. Most of the people who take these courses are already training professionals. Some of the certificates they offer include Master Trainer Program, Talent Management Certificate and Career Planning Certificate.

There are many more certificates available in New York, especially for IT or IS professionals, electricians, financial planners, contractors and construction specialists, and clinical medical assistance.

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Is the Military a Job for You?

As the Toronto economy improves and more jobs become available, will the military still be as appealing as an employer as they are in tough economic times? The answer is probably not. Still, for some people the military is the best possible career opportunity. Are you that person? How do you know if you would thrive in the regimented world of the armed services?

The Military as a Career Choice

What might make the military more appealing as a career choice than any other civilian job?

  • Service to Country
  • Physical and Mental Challenges
  • Sense of Accomplishment
  • Continual Learning Environment/Paid Training
  • Diversity in Career Fields
  • Pay, Education/Benefits, Retirement

Getting Hired

As with any other job, you need to do your homework before ‘applying’ for a job with the military. We often talk about joining the military as if it was a given that anyone who wants to can join and get any training and any job you want. This is just not true. The army is the easiest service to get into if you want to be an infantry member. However if want to make the military your career, you need to do your homework.

  • Learn everything you can about each one of the branches of the service and their extensions or sub-branches. What does each service have to offer and how do your interests match what they offer? Do you want to be a pilot? If so you are of course going to think of joining the Air Force. However you also need to think of joining the Navy which has a very strong air force.

Speaking of the Navy – if you want a different kind of experience but want to be associated with a service, the Navy is your best bet as both the Coast Guard and the Merchant Marines are a part of the Navy.

  • Just as the high school student who is preparing for college must take the ACT or the SAT, those who wish to enter the military services must prepare for and take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Test.
  • Interview well and asks questions. Just like you would do if you were interviewing for a civilian job, when you meet with a military recruiter ask questions. Don’t let the recruiter do all the talking. Ask the questions you need to ask to get the information you need before you sign up. Remember that recruiter is rewarded for every recruit he signs up.
  • Imagine in a civilian job that you have been offered the job and accepted based on passing a physical and completing all the Humans Resources paperwork. The same is true with the military. You have to pass a physical exam and complete paperwork.
  • Read the contract. Be sure you know everything it says and that you understand everything it says. Unlike a civilian job, you can’t just quit the military if you decide you don’t like it. Sign the contract.
  • Unlike civilian jobs there is one more step for the military. You have to swear to serve the country and defend the constitution.

If this sounds good to you then it might be worth your time to check it out.

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It’s time for all hiring managers in New York to understand how the experience of military personnel translates into skills in the secular, non-military world. Most executive recruiter had little use for those who were just getting out of the military because they knew their clients would not even look at their resumes. Why? We don’t know that. Clients typically could not or would not see how the skills learned in the military translated to civilian jobs.

Things seem to be changing in the post Iraq-Afghanistan era,  but not quickly enough. Today, more companies are hiring returning soldiers, but too many still cannot find jobs. As a returning veteran what will it take for you to get the job you want and need? What industries have a record of hiring vets?

Some of the greatest skills the returning soldier has to offer the job market are leadership and a solid work ethic. You can count on the veteran to be on the job every day. Hiring a veteran is in the best interest of the company. They just have to be convinced of this fact. Some of the traits veterans bring to the job market beyond work ethic and leadership include the following:

  • Veterans are great team players whether as team members or team leaders.
  • Veterans have great integrity and can be trusted.
  • Veterans are adaptable and will go with the flow. They will not panic.
  • Veterans are terrific decision makers and thoughtful workers.
  • Veterans are quick on their feet, make decisions and act on them.
  • Veterans have a good understanding of logistics.

So what companies are targeting veterans for these qualities that they already possess? There are industries that need these very skills. Some of the industries that veterans should target include:

  • The trucking industry hires veterans for their leadership and work ethic. The long hours and the time alone built into the life of a truck driver, are also things that a soldier has to deal with and overcome. Studies show that one in every five truck drivers has a military background.
  • Heath care with all its changes and all its growth is another field that is learning that the veteran can fit into some of their jobs and excel at it. Field medics and service people who worked in any medical field have knowledge and experience that the health care industry can use.
  • Government jobs are perfectly suited for the returning veteran. In every major job market there are government agencies.

These are only a sample of the industries in New York that have learned the value of the returning soldier to their company. The veteran needs to produce a resume that stresses the skills that these companies are looking for. For the most part, this will be a functional resume and not a chronological one.

You will want to put the military experience up front in the special skills set area. Note not just that you have leadership ability and experience – give examples of it. Give examples of your work ethic and your quick reactions. Do these things well and there will be plenty of jobs in New York for the returning military hero.

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Surviving Your Long Commute

It can get awfully boring. It can be aggravating and tedious. Do you spend it talking? Eating? Raging? Some eight percent of New Yorker’s commute to work is an hour or longer. There are another 600,000 commuters who work full time and drive or ride over one and half an hour to get to the office. Most of these drive almost 55 miles but some in places like Los Angeles can take over an hour and a half to drive less than 25 miles.

So how do you survive the long commute without doing things that are not safe? You certainly don’t want to be distracted on a daily basis or take for granted that you can do anything you want while driving. Remember there are states where it is illegal to text and drive or talk on the phone unless you use Bluetooth and wireless. It is not smart to eat as it is distracting and so is falling asleep due to boredom, and raging is never good.

So what are the safe ways to survive that commute?

  • Get that wireless Bluetooth and call friends and family that you might not have spoken with in a while. Talking with someone can certainly keep you awake but don’t let it distract you. Some people get so caught up in the conversation, they forget to pay attention. Don’t let this be you.
  • Listen to music or books on cd. Make sure you have a hands free way to change a station or a multi-cd changer.
  • If you like sports, listen to sports radio and if you have a hands free phone with programmable speed dial you can take part in the conversation.
  • If your commute is not you driving but rather high speed rail or buses, there are many things you can do to pass the time and still be productive. Of course if you don’t care to be productive and your entire commute is by train or bus, you could sleep. If not you can read the paper, a book or work materials. You can send correspondence both personal and professional. You can make to do lists or shopping lists, or you might just relax and enjoy the people-watching.
  • Learn another language or listen to business presentations. Use the time for listening to self-help – self-improvement programs.
  • Get a rider to commute with you and make sure you enjoy talking with this person as you will be spending an awful lot of time with them. It could be an associate from work that you can talk over projects with.
  • If it is at all possible try to commute with your spouse even if you end up in different directions and have to leave a little early. Want some quiet time with your spouse? This should do it.

These ideas really only scrape the surface of all the things you can do while commuting in New York and still be both safe and legal. Just use your imagination!

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The Best Internships of 2015

Having an internship or two in New York during the summers of your college years is a big boost to your career after college. In certain fields these internships are hard to get and extremely competitive. You might expect tough competition for the company you want but still think you’ll get something in the industry. For some industries this is not true because the competition within the industry is so great.

Start early, be aggressive, go after your first choice and if you do not get that go after your next choice. Internships are critical these days in order to get a good feel for the industry you want to work in, develop great contacts, experience great training and impact your resume and choices after college.

Studies show that the best employers in the country offer 40% of all their entry level jobs to those who held an internship in the field. Here are some of the best companies in a variety of fields for high quality internships.

  • Elliot Davis ENVISION offers the best internship in the Accounting field.
  • Bates White Summer Consultant Program is the best internship in the Consulting field.
  • The best internship in energy if the Anadarko Petroleum Summer Internship.
  • Northwestern Mutual offers the best internship for finance
  • Evercore Advisory Summer Analyst Associate Program is great preparation for the area of Investment Banking.
  • AT&T Finance Leadership Program offers an excellent internship in Media and Telecommunication.
  • Kohl’s Information Technological Internship is the best in the consumer and retail fields.

Studies also show that companies are investing in more internships as today’s student are more inclined towards them and companies more inclined to offer them. This is the very best of the types of internships to get involved with. More emphasis is placed on training and development in most companies these days. It is seen as an excellent benefit.

Companies have also realized that offering quality internships and then hiring these same people is an advantage to the company. The companies are even better off when they give their internships to the same students for two or three summers in a row.

When this happens, loyalty is being developed and nurtured on both sides. The intern will start to think of the company as where they work and the company will begin to think of the intern as their employee.

However it benefits the student to remember that internship or no internship, the company is not obligated to hire you after graduation, so don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Internships are an important element in your career preparation but they are not all there is. Choose them and use them wisely and you will surely land a job with a reputable company in New York.

HR Management


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Being a Human Resources Manager   

So you dream of being a Human Resources Manager in New York and your educational choices are geared towards this job. There are a lot of responsibilities that a Human Resource Manager has and before you make a final decision about your career, you should know what some of them are.

These responsibilities include benefits administration, recruiting, employee relations, training, health and safety, manager, hiring and firing, wages, performance evaluations, and diversity. Here are some tips regarding what you will have to deal with and some challenges you might face.

Hiring and Firing

Most HR Managers are involved in both hiring of new staff – which is exciting and fun – and firing of staff which is not so much fun. Sometimes you have to terminate employment due to the employee’s actions but sometime you have to lay off employees because of the company’s financial situation. If you can’t deal with firing people or defending your actions in an unemployment compensation hearing, then being a Human Resource Manager is not for you.


The challenge of a diverse workforce has been present for the past 30 years in the United States but new challenges still face the Human Resource professional. The challenges now are how to diversify your workforce in ways beyond race and gender. We live in a time and an economy that needs diversity in the workforce to be successful. You need people who are different from you, from management, from other workers.

You need employees whose lives are different and who think differently from you. Whether it is about culture, faith, gender preference or anything else, the more diverse your workforce the more successful your company will be. Be prepared for this as an HR Manager.

Wage Battles

As a Human Resources Manager you are the in-between person with your company management and your workforce. You work for management and part of your job is to hire and retain the best possible workforce. In order to do this you will have to deal with the issues of minimum wage, equal pay and unions. You will be asked to do wage studies and to offer management your opinion and why. You will be asked to tell your management whether what you are paying employees is equitable in this economy.

Affordable Health Care Act

No matter how you feel about this law you have to deal with it. You will need to understand it and implement it in your company. You need to be able to answer your employees’ questions and concerns about this law and how it impacts them and their families.

Flexible Work Schedules

Employees are asking for flexible work schedules, to be able to work from home and to work when it is better for their family. In today’s work environment we can be working 24/7. We are connected 24/7 with our smart phones, laptops, tablets, FaceTime, email and Skype. There might not be any reason for your employees to come into the office and if they have young children they want to work at home. You will have to review each situation like this and make a decision on each individual case.


There are more challenges facing HR Managers and Directors in New York than just these. But if you are not comfortable with each of these, maybe this is not the career for you.

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So You Want to Succeed in Sales? Try These Tips

You have been thinking about getting into sales for a long time and really want to succeed in New York if you make the leap. How can you even get sales managers to interview you with your administrative or non-profit work resume? Having made this move in my own career there are tools for you to use to get that interview and succeed in the job.

Getting the Sales Interview


When you send in your resume and cover letter – and yes you better have a cover letter – you need to show the sales manager that you know about sales. When sending your resume packet, remember to CLOSE THE SALE. What does this mean? You close the sale in your cover letter by “asking for the interview and setting the follow-up”. A good close might sound like this: “I look forward to the opportunity to share with you in person how I will contribute to your bottom line. I will call you next week to set up an interview appointment.” Now ask for the job in the same way.’ I look forward to sharing with you why I will make immediate impacts on you sales numbers once hired”

Don’t be afraid of this or think of it as ‘too much’. It is what we call an assumptive close. You are assuming the sale and you have not left room for the manager to say no. You will impress any sales manager with this type of close.

Transferring Skills

Now you have to sell the hiring manager on your ability to transfer your current skills to a sales role. You want to do this both within the resume and in the cover letter.  This is one of the most frightening aspects of this process. Most of us look at our skill set and we know it transfers but we don’t know how to say it. Remember you do not have to have it all laid out in the resume or cover letter. You can say your skills are easily transferred to sales and will describe this in detail in person at an interview. Now you have the hiring manager interested.

What skills transfer? These skills can be acquired through a job or a volunteer activity. Have you done any fund raising? Do you ever give presentations or teach anyone? Do you teach children at church? Have you ever asked local businesses to participate in an activity or make a donation? Do you have good communication and interpersonal skills and can you demonstrate them? Do you coach? Did you play sports or were you a part of a governing body of any kind? These are all skills that translate into sales skills, or they can be.

Who Will Hire You

Do your homework and only apply to companies that have strong, historical training programs. Try to learn everything you can about sales with or without a training program. What product or service do they sell? Is it something you believe in? It needs to be if you are going to succeed.

Interview Prep

Go to free presentations, network with sales people; ask friends in sales if you can shadow them for a day or two. Be prepared to deal with rejection. In sales you might close 1 in 10 sales calls. Can you accept that? If you can’t then you don’t belong in sales. Learn how to overcome objections before you go to the interview. Again do your homework. If you really want this you will enjoy the research. Do all of these things before you interview for the job you really want.

Real Estate Jobs


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Real Estate Jobs   

For those of you who want to get into the New York real estate business, there are a lot of questions you might need answers to. Questions such as what is involved in the training to be a real estate agent? What is required to get a license? Should you work for a realtor or for yourself? Let’s look at the process for becoming an agent as well as the outlook for real estate jobs today and in the next decade.

Training and Licensing

Training and requirements for licensing vary from state to state as each state regulates its own real estate industry. For all states however there are some general minimum requirements.

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must be 18 years of age or older.
  • You must complete three courses which are at the college level. These courses are: Real Estate Practice, Real Estate Principles, and one elective chosen from a list of requirements.
  • Provide the Secretary of State in your state with your transcripts.
  • Take the Real Estate Board exam for your state.
  • Pay whatever fee is required in your state.

Many states require additional courses in order to take the Real Estate exam and become licensed. You need to check with the secretary of state or the Board of Realtors in your area.

Jobs in Large Metros and High Rise Buildings

In major cities there are high rise buildings that are managed by real estate agents in various capacities and with various experiences. This is just one example of the kind of jobs that are and will be available to agents in this decade.

These positions might not fit the norm for real estate agents today, but there is a growing demand for these professionals to fill these types of positions wherever there are high occupancy, high rise buildings whether they are rentals or owner occupied.

  • Leasing Administrator: This position acts as a liaison between the management company and the properties being managed. The leasing administrator collects and analyzes data then recommends policies, lease agreements, rental criteria and procedures. The average yearly income is $50,000.
  • Real Estate Coordinator: This position usually assists a Real Estate Manager, Director, or Property Manager. This is an entry level position and pays about $50,000 per year. The coordinator supports the manager or director by coordinating all the activities that pertain to the real estate function required for the building to be managed effectively. This includes lease administration, acquisitions and divestitures, and property management including SLAP’s – Site Location Approval Packages and any special activities or projects.
  • Real Estate Sales Associate: This is a position for an experienced real estate agent. This is one of the fastest growing areas of employment for agents. The associate lists residential and commercial real estate and makes the sale. It is an opportunity to develop your own clientele and take advantage of any training and support that the hiring company can offer. Salary runs around $70,000 a year.

So these are just an example of the new type of career opportunities that will be available to real estate agents in the future.

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How to Hire the Right Person    

Sometimes if you want to get the right job in New York, you need to understand how your potential employer goes about hiring the right person. This article will talk about how a good company can go about hiring the right person. With this knowledge, you can learn how to approach a company, interview better, and make sure you get the interview to begin with. The more you know about how businesses think about the hiring process, the more successful you will be within that process.

Hiring Right

Always Upgrading

The best companies will be interviewing all the time whether they have an opening or not. They don’t wait till their best person quits or their weakest link gets fired. They are always looking and always interviewing. These companies know their weakest link and they are always looking to upgrade. Once they fire that weakest link it is too late. They will have downtime in that position unless they have been interviewing and can turn to their rolodex and make an offer to an already interested and interviewed candidate.

What this means for the candidate – for you –don’t be afraid to interview for companies that don’t have current openings. Keep in mind that they are interviewing because they know their weaknesses and they know they will need you in the future.

Not Rushing the Interview Process

The best companies will not rush the interview process and neither should you. The best companies will expect you to meet a lot of different people throughout the company and they will expect you to respond the same way to everyone you meet. Treat the maintenance person with the same respect and deference as you would treat the CEO.

Make sure you are open and friendly to every person you meet on your interview, the receptionist, the secretary, the maintenance people as well as the recruiter, the Human Resource staff and the hiring manager that you might actually be interviewing with. The more people you make a good impression on, the better.

Hiring managers and Human Resource personnel are increasingly willing to expose their candidates to more people in the interview process to see how the candidate responds and who they interact well with. Don’t get caught in this net. Be prepared.




Share Your Core Values – Make Sure They Match the Companies

Every company has core values. In the past, the hiring manager or interviewer might not take those values into consideration in the hiring of staff, only sharing them in orientation or training sessions after the hire. In the last ten years, however, those same hiring managers and recruiters have been trained to look for these values in candidates and to ask questions that will uncover the candidates’ core values.

So do two things. First know what your own core values are, know how they form the way you work and know how to articulate both of those things well. Secondly, do your homework and know before you go to any interview what the company core values are and if they are compatible with yours, as well as how to articulate it if they are.

If you understand these steps in the hiring process that allow a company to make the right hire, you will also understand how to be that right person.

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Where Medical Assistants Get the Best Pay  

The need for medical assistants is growing across the United States, particularly in New York. This growth is expected to continue for at least the next decade. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, that growth is anticipated to be at about 34% and everywhere across the country.

So where are the best places to work and where is the best possible pay for Medical Assistants? As the need continues to grow, medical assistants have more opportunities and more choices. They can follow the money if they choose to. So where is the money for the most popular of healthcare careers?

Medical assistants can do such a wide variety of jobs that they are going to be in high demand all over the country. What they do usually dictates what they get paid. They might be in a doctor’s office doing back of the house and interacting with patients. They may draw blood, take histories, schedule appointments and record vitals. Though the demand is high for medical assistants, there are some places that pay much higher than others.

Here are the top ten states that pay the highest:

First on the list is California at $22 per hour and a very high cost of living to go with it. California also offers tremendous amenities in terms of quality of lifestyle with the beaches and the weather, but of course you pay for these amenities. So if you consider California and its rate of pay, remember to balance it against the high cost of living.

The next highest pay rate came from Idaho at $21.66. Aside from Idaho, Washington State is the only other western state in the top ten. All of the remaining top paying states are on the east coast. Here are numbers three through ten.

3. District of Columbia $21.36

4. Connecticut $20.36

5. Massachusetts $20.08

6. New Jersey $20.06

7. Alaska $19.67

8. Rhode Island $19.53

9. Delaware $19.18

10. Washington $19.04

If none of these locations appeals to you, you should know that the average rate of pay for a medical assistant throughout the country is now just over $14.00 per hour or $29,000 a year. Most of these jobs are in smaller communities and rural areas or they are jobs with strictly front office responsibilities. For those jobs in or close to major metropolitan areas or with a lot of back office responsibilities, the starting wage is usually a little over $17,000 per hour.

The best of the medical assistant jobs is when you have a mix of front and back office duties. You have both administrative and patient responsibilities in this type of job. These are also the best paying medical assistant jobs. For 2012, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the average medical assistant job paid $29,370. However the best paid medical assistants earned $41,570 and the least paid earned $21,080.

They also reported that the highest paid jobs were in physicians’ offices and hospitals while the lowest pay was in nursing homes and rehab facilities. The highest paid were also located in San Francisco, Fairbanks, Alaska and Vallejo, California.

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Knowing Your Benefits

It is definitely to your benefit to know your benefits in any job you have. Despite the play on words, the benefits you receive from your employer are a major part of your compensation package and you really need to understand what they are. Every company offers its own benefit package and it can vary greatly from one business to another. It is important to know when you accept a job what that benefit package is.

In 2013 The US Bureau of Labor Statistics published some results of the National Compensation Survey so that you might better understand the trends in benefit packages offered by New York employers and make the best choices for yourself.


This is the largest and most important benefit your employer can offer you and it is changing drastically due to The Affordable Care Act. Usually, whether or not your employer provides health care depends on the size of the company you work for and if you are full or part time. 85% of full time workers have employer provided health care. Only 24% of part time workers have employer provided health care.   

When you are offered a job, look closely at what is offered in the health care package. It can vary greatly from one company to another. One company may pay for certain procedures that another company does not provide. Only 57% of small businesses offer health care to their employees but 85% of the medium and large businesses offer it.

Paid Time Off

This is a very special benefit that not everyone offers. You might be offered the traditional 2 weeks vacation or you might be in a system where you accrue paid time off and can use it by request. Some companies pay sick leave while others require you to use your paid time off when sick.

Paid holidays is another area to look closely at. It seems that if you are in a service industry you do not have paid holidays but anything but the service industry has it. 97% of management, finance and business employees get paid holidays while only 53% of service industry workers get them.

Insurance  Other Than Health

This benefit can include life insurance, disability insurance long and short term and nursing home insurance. Check the package and be sure you know what is covered and what is not as well as what the benefits are. Usually you pay for the life insurance or a part of it. Normally short term disability is paid by the company, but long term disability may or may not be covered by the company. So know what you need and know what the company is really offering. Don’t just glance over these things. 72% of full time workers have access to life insurance through their employer while only 14% of part time workers have such access, no matter who pays for the insurance.


There are other benefits to look for as well. Obviously retirement benefits are important. Is there a 401 K? Does the employer contribute? How much? Is there profit sharing or stock buying options? What about employer provided and paid for retirement planning? Some jobs have uniform allowances or expense accounts depending on the job. No matter what the benefits are, the important factor is to know and understand them.

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How to Get the Right Job     

Sometimes if you want to get the right job, you need to understand how your potential employer goes about hiring the right person. This article will talk about how a good company can go about hiring the right person. With this knowledge you can learn how to approach a company, interview better, make sure you get the interview to begin with. The more you know about how businesses think about the hiring process, the more successful you will be within that process.

Hiring Right

Always Upgrading

The best companies will be interviewing all the time whether they have an opening or not. They don’t wait till their best person quits or their weakest link gets fired. They are always looking and always interviewing. These companies know their weakest link and they are always looking to upgrade. Once they fire that weakest link it is too late. They will have downtime in that position unless they have been interviewing and can turn to their rolodex and make an offer to an already interested and interviewed candidate.

What this means for the candidate – for you –don’t be afraid to interview for companies that don’t have current openings. Keep in mind that they are interviewing because they know their weaknesses and they know they will need you in the future.

Not Rushing the Interview Process

The best companies will not rush the interview process and neither should you. The best companies will expect you to meet a lot of different people throughout the company and they will expect you to respond the same way to everyone you meet. Treat the maintenance person with the same respect and deference as you would treat the CEO.

Make sure you are open and friendly to every person you meet on your interview, the receptionist, the secretary, the maintenance people as well as the recruiter, the Human Resource staff and the hiring manager that you might actually be interviewing with. The more people you make a good impression on, the better.

Hiring managers and Human Resource personnel are increasingly willing to expose their candidates to more people in the interview process to see how the candidate responds and who they interact well with. Don’t get caught in this net. Be prepared.


Share Your Core Values – Make Sure They Match the Companies

Every company has core values. In the past the hiring manager or interviewer might not take those values into consideration in the hiring of staff, only sharing them in orientation or training sessions after the hire. In the last ten years however, those same hiring managers and recruiters have been trained to look for these values in candidates and to ask questions that will uncover the candidates’ core values.

So do two things. First know what your own core values are, know how they form the way you work and know how to articulate both of those things well. Secondly do your homework and know before you go to any interview what the company core values are and if they are compatible with yours and how to articulate it if they are.

If you understand these steps in the hiring process that allow a company to make the right hire, you will also understand how to be that right person.

Military Medics


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From Military Medic to…?                       

With so many military personnel coming home and entering the workforce, what kind of career opportunities exist for the military medic? The experience the medic has attained is much in demand in the workforce as the medical community struggles to fill all their openings.

Training of Military Medics

There may be some question regarding the training of a military medic and what they are really qualified for on the home front. Each branch of the service has their own medical personnel and training programs. The very minimum training that any military medic receives is as a basic emergency medical technician along with nursing assistant certifications.

Medics in the Navy belong to the Hospital Corps and can serve in both the Navy and the Marine Corp.  The Army has Special Forces medics which are among the military elite in terms of training and experience for medics. Some receive training that is comprehensive for paramedic level and medical technicians.

Medics might be found in military clinics, in pharmacies and radiology. The 68W is the classification for military occupational specialists or MOS – these are the medics, the health care specialists including combat medics.

The kinds of in depth emergency medical training and experience that military medics gain through their service is well suited to many medical career opportunities once they leave the service.

Types of Opportunities Available

Civilian Paramedic or Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

The 68W who has left the service is well suited to these types of jobs. Their skills and the training they received in combat is very close to what EMTs and paramedics do in any emergency or triage situation. In both situations the medical personnel is expected to be well versed in emergency procedures, transport, and high stress environments. The need for this type of personnel is excellent at the moment and expected to continue to grow. A 33% growth rate is expected to be the norm by the year 2020. Pay currently lands in the $30,000 to $35,000 per year according to information received from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Medical Assistant

Quite often the Army medic is not in the field caring for patients in a triage situation but rather is an assistant in an Army clinic or medical center. They might draw blood and prep it for analysis. They might prepare patients for surgery or set up surgical rooms and equipment. They might be assisting the military doctor with both outpatient and inpatient care.

If you think about it, these are the same skills and experiences needed by a civilian medical assistant. A medical assistant draws blood and preps it for analysis. A medical assistant prepares patients, equipment and surgical rooms for a variety of procedures. A medical assistant prepares paperwork, insurance forms, and patient records. They also work in radiology, outpatient and inpatient care. They take vitals, and assist with x-rays, injections and exams.

The field of medical assistant is also expected to grow by over 30% from now to 2020 and the pay is currently around $29,000.

Medication Aide

This is a position that many are not familiar with because they work mainly in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and they are responsible for patient assistance and the administration of medications. They are responsible for keeping records of medications given in great detail and monitor the patient response. They report any medication issues to the nursing supervisor.

The Medication Aid is also known as an MDA and they earn about $13-15 per hour based on data published by the Metropolitan Community College of Omaha.


So the military medic has several career opportunities as a civilian without any additional education and training. On the other hand, if they choose to get additional education, they might become a physician assistant, a nurse or a physician.

Future Jobs


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The Jobs of the Future

What are the New York jobs of the next decade or two? What will you be doing in ten years? Will it be the job you are doing now or something we have never even heard of yet? What are some of the jobs of the future?

Present to 2020

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics thinks the next six years will see an explosion of jobs in certain fields throughout the country. These fields include social assistance, financial, business and professional services, healthcare and construction. The BLS expects that more than 11 million new jobs created by 2020 will be in these fields. Most jobs in these fields will not require higher education beyond perhaps an associate degree.

Beyond 2020

More important than the type of jobs that will be available a decade or so from now is where those jobs will be and why. It appears that urban areas with strong institutions of higher learning in the area, for example New York, will host the jobs of the future. Currently over 32% of the adults in the top 100 urban areas have a bachelor’s degree at least. The challenge is that employers in these cities need for 60% of the employees to have at least a bachelor’s degree.

The workforce of the future will need to be college educated as education looks to be the biggest driver of future jobs. It is expected that metropolitan areas that have a labor force with a higher education will lead the way in attracting future industry.

Some of the most popular jobs in the next decade will include both in city offices and online work at home jobs in these fields:

  • Computer Specialists in all areas
  • Health Practitioners- nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and physicians
  • Management Positions
  • Financial Specialists
  • Business Specialists

You will notice that all of these occupations require at the very least a bachelor’s degree while many require even further education. So it seems increasingly important that people receive at least a bachelor’s degree in preparation for the jobs of the future.

Other Options

Suppose none of the above fields appeal to you. You can also add teachers to the list of jobs that will be in demand in the future. You cannot expect to increase your educated population without qualified educators. And even though the demand is for more people to be college educated, the demand for educators will include high school, college, and university level (master and PhD).

In addition, there will be a continued need in the technical assistance areas such as Physical Therapist Assistants, Dental Hygienists, Veterinary Technicians and more. All of these jobs still require very specialized education and training. It is expected that these fields will see a 35-45% increase in opportunities in the next ten to twenty years.

So pick a field now and go get your degree so you are ready when the time comes. All of these fields have current openings as well, so perhaps the future is already here.

Retail Jobs


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Best Retail Management Jobs

With an expected growth rate of about 8% in 2014, many of you will be looking for or considering a management job in retail. Where and what are the best retail management jobs in New York? What factors are involved with a company being the best place for a retail management job?

Factors that Make for a Best Retail Management Job

Location: Where is the job located? Is it a good place to live? Quality of life and cost of living outside the job are important factors for most managers when considering a retail job offer.

Culture and Values: Do the personal interests, values and goals of the manager match the culture and values of the company? If they do not, the manager is not likely to be very happy in the job regardless of compensation and benefits.

Benefits:  This is one of the most important aspects for almost all retail managers. This includes health, life and disability insurance; 401 K’s, paid time off and perks.

Hours: There are never good hours in retail; however the premise of landing somewhat good hours is always an important factor for potential managers.

Compensation: Money is important but it is hardly ever the most important factor when considering a new position.

Who Are the Best Retail Companies to Work For in Management?

In actuality, the best retail management jobs are those that match the candidate’s talents, interests, skills, personal goals, location, benefits, hours and compensation. In order to know which job is best for you, you have to know what matters to you in each of these areas and then compare your personal value and need with what a particular retail corporation offers to their managers.

Neiman Marcus: Do you want to work for a luxury retailer? Companies like Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom come to mind. Neiman Marcus offers extras like in store gift wrap service and top notch customer service program. For those who want to work for a luxury retailer it does not get any better than this. Neiman Marcus serves the top 2% income bracket internationally. They offer high end products in antiques, apparel, rare books, shoes, home decorations, jewelry, furnishings and cosmetics. Their customers tend to be active in travel and have advanced degrees

If top of the line luxury is not your cup of tea in retail management, why not give Target a try? Target offers good compensation and benefits, a commitment to customer service and a commitment to the well-being and careers of their employees. However, whether is it Neiman Marcus, Target or Walmart, retail management requires weekend and holidays as well.

If you want upper middle class retail, your choice would be Target. Choosing Walmart would be choosing to serve the blue collar working class.

Target employees are better skilled in leadership and project management while Walmart employees are better at sales.

As expected, Target offers higher wages than Walmart. Here are a few samples of this.

Department Manager Target $48,457                 Walmart $29,211

Assistant Manager    Target $48,003                  Walmart $42, 134

Store Manager           Target $65, 960                 Walmart $60, 326

Top IT States


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Top Ten States for IT Jobs

If you want a really good IT job where should you be looking? Are some states better than others when it comes to snagging one of the better tech jobs? The answer to the second question is yes. In the article we will look at the IT world and where the best and most available tech jobs are located.

The nation’s unemployment rate sits at 6.7% yet the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) rates the tech (IT) market at 3.3%. So there are a lot more available jobs in IT and there are also a lot more people employed in the technical fields. If you are an exceptional IT professional, what states are the best ones for IT jobs?

Top Ten States for IT Jobs

As we look at these states we will be looking at the totality of jobs in the technology world. This will include network and user support, network developers and architects, systems analysts, computer and information researchers, computer programmers, data base administrators, software developers, information security analysts, and network and systems administrators.

Any salary and occupational information will be gleaned from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

  1. True to form the home of Silicon Valley, California is the best state in the country for IT and Tech jobs. There are more IT firms in California than anywhere else in the country at over 34,000. In the valley where the majority of those jobs are the median income for Tech professionals is over $100,000.
  2. Surprisingly the number 2 state is the Longhorn State of Texas with about 24,122 jobs with an income around $77,000 – $79,000.
  3. Coming in a distant third is the state of Florida with a constant addition of IT and Tech jobs. Tampa is particularly a hot bed of IT activity with firms like Tech Data anchored there. Florida’s median for IT and Tech jobs is almost $71,000.
  4. Would you be surprised see Illinois in this spot with almost 20,000 technology firms, most in the Chicago suburbs and fed by University of Chicago, Northwestern and DePaul? With salaries at almost $80,000 Illinois is accessible to most.
  5. Surprisingly, Illinois comes just ahead of New York, which falls here to number 5. There are many upstate tech companies as well as those in the city. $81,000 is the median salary.
  6. Virginia comes in at number six with a median salary of $82,000.
  7. Georgia comes in next at number seven. There are about 13,000 jobs with a median income of $76,000.
  8. New Jersey follows with 12,667 jobs and an income in the area of $80,000.
  9. Pennsylvania lays claim to Google, Motorola and SAP along with over 11,000 more tech jobs. The median income in these jobs is close to $76,000.

10. North Carolina has had a reputation as a home for technology companies for many years, particularly the research sector with the research triangle. There are about 11,000 jobs at about $76,000 annually.

Low Pay Jobs


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Ten Lowest Paying Jobs

So if you are not in those fields that earn the top levels of pay in New York, what fields should you avoid while you gain more experience and more credentials in order to improve your job? What are the lowest paying jobs in the United States? Are they all the minimum wage jobs or are there some that pay less than minimum wage? When you are looking at the bottom tier of jobs, benefits are much more tangible and much more a part of your compensation. In the highest tier of jobs, benefits such as insurance, pensions, 401ks and time off are extras.

Most of the lowest paying jobs in New York are in the food service industry. Many are in fast food, but perhaps the lowest paid are the waiters and bartenders who do not have to be paid minimum wage because they are eligible for tips. Lower still is the person who washes your hair when you go to the salon.

  1. Hair Shampooer- earns about $18,600 per year and is at the very bottom of the totem pole. Now consider that the poverty line for a single parent is only $15,800.

In fact anyone earning the minimum wage for a 40 hour week earns only about $15,800 per year. This includes many fast food workers (but not all) and retail workers such as many big box employees.

  1. Food preparation and food servers average about $18,720 a year.


  1. Those that work in fast food for more than minimum wage usually average slightly more at $18,780.


  1. For most fine dining or diners like Denny’s and Steak and Shake, the dishwashers are usually entry level positions. They pay about $18, 930.


  1. Those who work as attendants in coffee shops, cafeterias and specialty food concessions or food trucks, earn around $19,430 annually.


  1. If you are the hostess or the host in a cafeteria, restaurant or dinner, including coffee and breakfast shops, your annual earnings are approximately $19, 570.


  1. Fine dining room and cafeteria attendants are earning on average $19,690.


  1. On the other hand if you are a farm worker or a day laborer you could earn $19,990 annually.


  1. Attendants at amusement parks and attendants at recreational sites earn a little more at $20, 020.


10. Finally the best of the worst are at the movie theaters. While the consumer spends $50-80 when they take in a movie for the tickets and concessions, the ushers, the ticket takers and the lobby attendants all earn about $20,320.


It just seems very ironic that the individuals who serve the consumers food, prepare that food and cleanup after them make the least amount of money and continue to remain on the lower end of the totem pole.

Top 10 Skills


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Top 10 Transferable Skills         

We have talked at length in several articles about presenting transferable skills on your resume as opposed to always listing job duties and responsibilities.        We have also discussed how important this is if you are attempting to transfer from one type of career or field of work to another.

There is however a certain set of skills that once mastered can be transferred from one job to another with ease. These are also the skills that are most in demand at any time by most New York hiring managers. No matter what field you are in and no matter what field you might like to migrate into next, these skills will always be at the top of the list for any hiring manager. Let’s look at the top ten of these.

  • Communication: This can be verbal or written. It can and should encompass different types of communication such as negotiation, public speaking, persuasion, counseling, training and coaching. Without good listening skills you cannot claim to have good communication skills.


  • Interpersonal: This includes a lot of the skills inherent in good communication and in good listening skills, as well as things like patience and honesty.


  • Leadership:  One of the most important transferrable skills anyone can have. Leadership skills do not mean that you are now or going to be a supervisor or manager. Leadership skills are needed whether you are going to be in that type of a position or not. You can be a leader without having the supervisory role. To be a leader you need to be able to give instruction, be accountable, and be able to inspire others to follow your lead. If you have these skills make sure they are highlighted on your resume.


  • Listening: This is one of the more important skills as well. Active listening means really listening. It does not mean pretending to listen while you decide what you are going to say in response to whatever that person is saying. You can’t be actively listening and thinking at the same time. All your abilities need to be focused toward what the other is saying,


  • Teamwork: One of the most transferable skills of all is teamwork. It is also an essential skill for anyone who wants advancement in their career. You have to be able to work with others. Whether those others were difficult or easy to get along with you need to be a team player. The true team player is able to work with just about anyone.


  •  Computer Skills of some sort are critical to the potential of transferring from one field to another these days as the ability to use technology to collect and analyze both data and numbers is essential in a wide range of job fields.


  •  Time Management is a vital transferable skill for anyone in any role to conquer, but it is particularly important to supervisors, managers, leaders and project managers. Getting the most out of the time you have without burning yourself out or wasting time is critical.


  • Creativity is not always a skill you have or need to have in order to move from one career field to another. Your ability to think creatively is a major plus. Thinking a situation through from many different angles is a major plus in terms of transferable skills.


  • Problem Solving is always a transferrable skill. Problem solving skills allow you to take advantage of situations that come your way. There are a multitude of jobs waiting for those who are able to effectively problem solve,


  • Learning: Finally the ability to learn, coaching ability you might say, is a crucial transferable skill. Learning is something we will be involved with all our lives if we are open to it and have the right attitude. You might be good at one thing and not another, but if you have the ability to learn, you can be good at everything.


All of these are also skills that can have a lot of value for you in your personal life as well as your professional life. Many of these skills are really intertwined as good communication skills require good listening skills and good interpersonal skills. The more of these skills you can conquer and integrate the more value you will have to any employer.