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Where the Jobs Are


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Where the Jobs Are

The unemployment rate in New York is lower than it has been in decades but does it feel that way to you? Maybe it’s because television keeps telling us we are in “these tough economic times”. So where are the jobs? What are the businesses and industry that have jobs to offer if you are trained for them?

The truth is there are choices to be made. Sometimes they might seem like very tough choices and sometimes the best choice might not make sense to your friends and family, but that choice might be the best for this economy. The best choice includes lifestyle issues as well as status and money.

For instance do you choose to be a dentist and have the challenges and hassles of running your own business or do you want to be a dental hygienist and be able to help people and work without that? In the past, most people would choose to be the dentist. Today more and more people are choosing to be the dental hygienist. Why?

Dental Hygienist positions are one of the fastest growing jobs in New York and they are being given more and more responsibility. 40% of all the job growth over the next few years will be in this field. There are not those kinds of openings for dentists. This is considered a middle skilled job and pays from $15 to $38. These types of jobs require less education than a college degree and more than just high school. You can also be a professional while still having time for your family.

These types of middle skilled jobs –jobs that require more than a high school education but less than a college degree are the fastest growing jobs in the United States for the next several years. This includes jobs with apprenticeships or on the job training in a skilled trade such as plumbers and electricians. Jobs associated with unions like pipefitters and transportation jobs fall in this category as do many of the middle skilled health care jobs.

A good example of the growth in these types of jobs is to look at just one major urban area in just one state. It is projected that the growth in middle skill level jobs in Indianapolis, Indiana in the next three years could be over 16,000. I t is expected that health care jobs will lead the way. Other jobs that will increase include waste management, storage and distribution. These types of jobs will average just under $38.00 an hour.

From light transportation and delivery at $14.00 an hour to plumbers at over $50 an hour, the growth of middle skilled jobs appears to be the way of the future in most urban areas of the United States. It is also anticipated that in the largest group of middle skilled jobs will be in nursing. In the Indianapolis area alone the increase in the next three years is expected to exceed 2400 jobs.

So if a four year degree or advanced degree is not for you, look into the middle skill jobs for the quality of lifestyle that you desire.

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 Jobs for Medical Assistants

How is the job market for medical assistants in New York today and where are the best jobs? We know that this is a popular and growing profession, but not all jobs are the same and not all markets are good. Let’s look at where the jobs are and who the employers are looking for.

A medical assistant can work in a wide variety of environments and do a lot of different things depending upon that environment. With the health care act and changes in workloads, medical assistants are finding themselves to be in demand but also being asked to do more than they had before.

The (BLS) United States Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the job growth for this profession to be at least 29% in the next eight to ten years. This is a growth rate that far surpasses what is projected for all jobs overall. Medical assistants currently earn from $30,000 – $40,000 regardless of the environment they work in.

By environment I mean the medical assistant can work in a physician’s office – either front office or back office. They might work in a hospital, a nursing home, rehab facility or assisted living facility. Duties will vary greatly from taking vitals to keeping documents and appointments. They also work in podiatrist and chiropractor offices. As more and more offices and physicians move to electronic records, more medical assistants will be asked to know how to work with the software for the records.

There is also a growing area of specialty that medical assistants can move into. There are specialties in administration and clinical. Within each of these, one can specialize in dental, ortho, optomology and more.

Last year the best states for medical assistants in respect to the amount and kind of jobs open, as well as the salary paid were Alaska at the top and Connecticut at #5 with the District of Columbia, Massachusetts and Washington in between and in that order. The salaries in Alaska were in the low $40,000s and in Connecticut they ran around $34,000 plus.

How much you can earn depends in part on the education of the medical assistant because it can be widely varied. You can be a medical assistant with only a high school diploma and on the job training or you can get a two year associate degree with classes in anatomy, biology, medical records, software and chemistry. Some 2 year programs or even one year programs offer certification upon completion. Some states require certification in order to work in that state.
Medical assistants who are certified and work full time tend to earn about $33,000 while those without certification earn about $28,000. Regardless of where you train or if it is one or two years, a test is required for certification. There are five different agencies through which you can acquire certification as a medical assistant. These agencies include the National Health Career Association, the American Association of Medical Assistants, the National Center for Competency Testing and the American Medical Technologists.

Jobs for Veterans


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Optimal Jobs for Veterans

It is a difficult transition for the war veteran to make coming back to civilian life in New York and finding a way to fit back into society. That society is so unstructured and unregulated compared with military life. Fitting in is difficult and finding the right job is a big part of the challenge.

So what types of jobs are optimal for returning veterans and where can they find them? What qualifications do these jobs require and what qualifications do returning veterans have? Let’s take a look.

Qualifications of Veterans

  • High performance level and commitment to excellence
  • Efficiency and effectiveness in completing projects
  • Ability to work well within a fast paced, multifaceted workplace with ever changing projects and assignments.
  • Good communication skills including the ability to understand orders and instructions and ability to communicate those orders and instructions to others.
  • Ability to overcome adversity and apply outside the box solutions to challenging problems.
  • Leadership ability and experience.
  • Training and teaching experience.

Jobs Needing Veteran Qualifications

There are plenty of jobs in New York that suit the qualifications and makeup of a lot of our returning veterans. The challenge is matching up the qualifications above with jobs in your area that are open and meet your needs. What follows is just a taste of the kind of jobs that need the skills and experience mentioned above. Some will have additional information while some will simply list the job and its salary range.

Any job with ‘manager’ in the title might be appealing to servicemen who have supervised troop. Some soldiers will have experience with emergency medical needs and MASH units, while others will have software development or legal experience.

Training and Development: A manager’s annual salary is about $95, 400 and you can see how a vet with good training experience might fit this job.

Industrial Production Manager: salary is $89,900, needs a 4 year or at least 2 yr. degree.

Construction Program Manager Average salary: $82,800. If you have ever worked construction this is a great job for you. Get a 2 year degree and you will be set.

Administrative Services Manager:  Average salary: $81,100, probably needs a 4 year degree.

Police Officer/Private Security: Average salary $56,980, needs a high school diploma, and academy training. Promotions require 4 year or advanced degrees.

IT Specialists: Average salary: Average salary $48,900. Many service people receive computer and communication training and experience in the military. A 4 year or advanced degree will probably be required. The field is growing by 17%

Paralegal: Average salary $47,000.

Truck Driver – both corporate and owner operator: Average Salary $43,000

Mental Health Counselor: Average salary is $41,500 and the demand is great with expectations of 29% future growth rate. The demand for mental health counselors with military experience working with other returning veterans suffering from mental illness is great. This is a serious problem as at least 25% of all active duty non-deployed Army personnel.

EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) Average salary $31,000- a perfect fit for anyone with medical experience while in the service.


There are many agencies and non-profits set up to aid veterans in this transition back to civilian life, including the Veterans Administration, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the GI Bill and many websites dedicated to jobs for veterans. It is hoped that this article will help returning veterans to think differently about their job search and understand that they will have to sell the skills they have.

Jobs For Veterans


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Jobs for Veterans

Transitioning from military life back to civilian life has many inherent challenges. Finding a job should not be one of those, but it often is. The good news is that this is changing. In the wake of the wars in the gulf, there has been a strong push for companies to hire returning veterans. This has been successful and today there are companies who will hire veterans before they hire anyone else. There are also resources for veterans that are not available to others, the challenge is to get this information to the veteran.


There is a Veterans’ Employment Website ( that offers veterans the resources they need in order to search for jobs in New York and prepare for interviews. This site reviews such things as the practice of veteran’s preference for federal jobs, tips on interviewing, lists of ‘Military Friendly Jobs and Employers’, information about programs such as “Troops to Teachers” for veterans who would like to become educators, and much, much more.

There are many veterans’ job boards and websites that are only for veterans. After perusing the Veterans’ Employment Website, veterans can turn to these types of sites and start to explore actual job openings. It could be a waste of time and a frustrating experience to explore all the job oriented websites out there. It is challenge enough just to find the sites that are specifically oriented to veterans such as the Veterans Job Exchange, state–level Career One Stop centers, VetsSuccess, and Vet Internships.

The federal government has a commitment of their own to hire veterans into federal jobs and particularly at Veterans Affairs itself. There are a couple of websites designed to specifically help veterans with these types of jobs. These website sites include VA for Vets, VA Careers, Feds Hire Vets, and My Career at VA.

Many of these sites will connect veterans with employers in New York as well as other cities that are ready to hire them, data bases you can search and post a resume and resources for transitioning from military to civilian. These sites provide valuable information in addition to the above, to assist the veteran in getting a job. Probably the best of all these sites is

When you visit, click on jobs and enter your location and job preference, the site will find all the jobs they have in the data base that match your criteria and then tell you which ones have specific military credits or a strong preference for hiring a veteran. Apply to these companies with the resume that these sites have helped you to create. “Job seekers must think like recruiters,” says Chris Gaily, director of talent acquisition at Intuit INTU -0.88%. “Read the job description carefully, understand what pain the hiring manager is trying to solve with the role, and describe specifically how your experience and leadership skills will make that company successful.”

If you would rather use a professional recruiter, don’t choose just anyone. Most recruiters do not know how to turn your military experience into job experience. There are however recruiters who specialize in working with veterans.

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Criminal Justice Jobs in 2014    

Are you interested in a criminal justice job in New York or maybe you want to advance in your current criminal justice career? It would be very helpful in either situation to want to know the trends in criminal justice and the jobs available. Criminal justice is an ever growing field and the number of jobs continues to grow.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), criminal justice jobs are growing faster than if measured against the average of all other occupations. The types of jobs included in the criminal justice field are corrections officers, police officers, parole officers, investigators, judges, lawyers and paralegals.

In addition to these types of positions, there are others in the criminal justice field that are growing even faster. Behavioral Disorder Counselors and Substance Abuse Counselors are positions that are expected to grow by over 30% by 2020. These professions earn about $38,500 per year. Educational requirements for these jobs can run from high school diploma to a masters degree. If you wish to practice privately, you will need to be certified and licensed.

Legal Assistants and Paralegals can look for a 17% growth rate through 2020 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These professions require additional training beyond high school with either an associate’s degree or certification. These jobs pay at least $46,990.

The BLS also expects the professions of Gaming Surveillance Officer and Security Guard to see a 12% growth rate through 2020. They earn about $24,000 per year and the job requires only a high school diploma or a GED.

So if there is so much growth in the criminal justice fields, who is hiring all of these folks? The BLS indicates that there are certain places throughout the country that have the highest amount of criminal justice jobs and these include Delaware, Virginia, New York, the District of Columbia, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii.

So where are the best paying jobs according to the BLS? Lawyers of course. These criminal justice professionals earn about $113,520. Hearing Officers and Judges are lawyers first before they become judges. They actually earn a little less than lawyers at $102,980. Hearing Officers tend to do a lot of research for judges, sometimes acting as an arbitrator in disputes. There are mediators and conciliators in the field as well but they only earn $61,280.

Finally and unfortunately it is the police that come up in the rear of the criminal justice field earning only 56,980 on average. Detectives might earn a little more than the uniformed officer who patrols the streets. Growth in this area is entirely dependent on city and town budgets, so they might not grow at anywhere the same rates as the other criminal justice career opportunities. In fact local budgets determine whether any new officers are added to the force at all.


Jobs in the criminal justice field are expected to grow anywhere from 12% to as much as 30% by the year 2020. However this rate might not apply to categories of criminal justice workers such as police depending upon local municipal budgets.



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Where are the STEM Jobs?        

Where are all the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs located these days? If you are degreed and/or specialized in any of these fields, where are the best places to look for the best career opportunities? Often these jobs are located around the universities that train for them. Others are located in hot spots for biomedical and technologies of the future here today.

Many high tech industries are today relocating where they can find the right kind and the right number of trained STEM professionals. If they are currently located in an area where there are not enough science, technology, engineering and math professionals in the local worker pool, and no close university to train them, these communities risk losing their technology industries.

These STEM jobs include positions like petroleum engineers, software developers, auditors, medical health service managers, accountants, electrical engineers, pharmacists, radiologists, and physical therapists. In general the top of the line in these professions averages around $185,000 annually. Overall the average salary in the US for a STEM job is $77,880.

Then there are all the new technology, innovative career opportunities being created for STEM professionals. These include some very interesting opportunities such as:

  • Environmental Modeler for EA Sports – what is this job? It is the person who makes sure that EA Sports games are as realistic as possible by traveling to golf courses, NBA arenas, NFL stadiums or MLB stadiums. They scan the real thing and then use 3D modeling software to create the layouts and environments in the EA games. This is a fascinating job with worldwide travel, innovative technologies and ever increasing challenges.
  • ESPN Production Analyst and Statistician is a great job for the STEM who loves sports and numbers. These professionals research data and analyze it for a particular sport, developing new and innovative ways to rate plays and players in order to predict the most optimal play in any given situation. Managers and coaches then use this information in real life sports situations to gain an advantage. They might also advise management regarding trades, free agency and the draft.
  • Professional Hacker: All kinds of businesses from banks to retailers to government agencies and even hospitals now hire professional hackers whose job it is to break into their systems, get past their security and then report back to the client about how to fix the breeches.

So where are these jobs located? There are eleven major locations where most of the STEM jobs are located. These are all major urban areas that continue to grow by over 5% before 2020.

Locations of Most STEM Jobs

•           Atlanta

•           Baltimore

•           Boston

•           Dallas

•           Houston

•           Minneapolis

•           San Diego

•           San Francisco

•           San Jose, Calif.

•           Seattle

•           Washington, D.C.

In these and other locations, there are specific career opportunities that are projected to grow substantially over the next six years or so.

  • 28% – Software Development  Applications
  • 31% – Database Administration
  • 32% – Software Development Systems
  • 36% – Medical Scientist (not epidemiologist)
  • 62% – Biomedical Engineer


In this fast growing world of scientists, technology, engineers and mathematicians, there are an abundance of jobs and not enough candidates to fill them. For this reason most companies that employ STEM professionals are located near the centers of higher learning that educate them, or urban areas that already have a supply of these workers.

Job Growth


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Cities With Above Average Growth and Jobs

Where is the best place to find a good job if you like the urban lifestyle rather than suburbia, small towns or more rural areas? Population growth and therefore jobs have been on the decline in American cities including New York since 2008 so those who love the urban life have to look long and hard at where they are going to live and work.

Even smaller cities are attractive to the urbanite that is looking for city life and the good news is that the above average growth in the past 6 years has been in just such types of cities. There is good quality of life and reasonable cost of living in these cities.

As more individuals move into these locales, there has been an equal increase in jobs related to life services as well as some increase in what have been these cities largest employers.  The reverse is also true as these cities tend to be hubs for biomedical and health and science related industry. This increase in both service industry and high end jobs both will attract more people to these cities.

Best Cities for Above Average Growth

The average rate of growth in US cities since 2008 has been under 2%, considerably so by 2013 Census data showing only an anemic overall 0.7% growth. Soon Nashville, Tennessee, one of these cities on the rise, will be larger than Boston, Massachusetts. As Nashville exemplifies, most of the city growth has been in the south and the west with a few exceptions in the Midwest and the continued growth of both New York City and Philadelphia.

By contrast, Baltimore has lost 4.2% of its population since 2000.  Soon Oklahoma City will be a larger population center than Baltimore.  Chicago is declining by 5.1% each year with Indianapolis, Indiana grows by 7.8%. New Orleans continues to defy the odds with a 2.4% growth rate. Here is the list of cities and their growth rate in the past year.

Austin, Texas, leads the list surprisingly. Once upon a time a sleepy little college community and bastion of the alternative music scene, Austin is now growing at a rate of 32% per year. With the University of Texas, arts and culture, restaurants and easy access to the Gulf of Mexico, Austin has become a destination of choice for businesses and the workers they need.

San Antonio with its enticing Riverwalk is not far behind with a 22.4% growth rate. There is no major college in San Antonio but there is a growing entrepreneurial culture with its additional jobs and independent values. Following San Antonio is the phenomena of Columbus, Ohio.

Once the insurance capital of the United States, Columbus, with its life force of The Ohio State University, has become a boom town for STEM workers – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  The biomedical industry is also booming in Columbus, which offers newcomers all the amenities of a major city with a major university. There are Big Ten sports, international restaurants, theater, music, and all forms of culture. There are good reasons why this city in the heart of the rust belt is growing at 15.5% annually.

Other cities on this growth list include 4 from California, Phoenix, Arizona, Jacksonville, Florida and both Dallas and Houston in Texas.

BioMed Jobs


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Best BioMed Jobs

If you are a New Yorker graduating soon with a degree in biomedical engineering, or if you have such a degree and want to change jobs, this article will help you. We will look at what is involved in being a biomed engineer, what are the best jobs, where are the best jobs and what the pay scale is.

First and foremost just what is a biomedical engineer? Listed by CNN Money as the #1 job in the United States, the biomedical engineer has a fascinating career. With the possibilities running from designing prosthetic human limbs to developing artificial human organs or the regeneration of tissue, the kinds of activities the bioengineer is involved with border on the science fiction stories we grew up with as kids.

Bioengineers might collect and analyze biological data, develop pharmaceuticals, formulate drugs, and tackle the toughest of challenges in the health and medical field. You can attain a bachelors, a masters or a Ph.D in biomed engineering. It is also possible to start out with a traditional engineering degree like a mechanical engineer, electrical engineer or chemical engineer and then add biological studies and do very well in the field. Other engineers like civil or industrial do not lend themselves to the biomed field nearly as well.

With rapid changes in technology, the biomedical engineer needs to be flexible and hard working in order to keep up. The biomed engineer is one of the highest paid of all engineering jobs with an average of $79,500 and a top pay of around $124,000. Over a 10 year period there is an almost 62% increase in the number of available jobs.

These jobs can be found in a wide variety of industries including hospitals, universities, industries, labs and regulatory agencies.

Best Places

  • Minneapolis, Minnesota – with an average annual salary of $96, 830 the biomedical engineer can earn considerable more than the national average. In an area where the job market is booming with biomed jobs, Medtronic and Boston Scientific are two of the largest employers.
  • Boston – Compared to the national growth rate of 62%, the market for biomed engineers is 75% growth rate. Boston also boasts an above the national average compensation rate. Good companies to consider in Boston include Draper Laboratory, Philips and Boston Scientific.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – salary is just a little below the national average but Philly has the third most biomedical engineering jobs in the country. Since Philly’s cost of living is below average, biomedical engineers still do very well with their quality of life at about $86,000.  The top companies here are Global Medical, Synthes, and Merck.
  • San Jose, California is the 4th best city for biomedical engineers with the highest pay in the country at an average of $115,440 salary. For its size San Jose also does well with over 600 job opportunities. Check out Abbot Labs if you go there.


With the ability to work in almost any industry and with a science fiction type of work environment and activities, biomedical engineering is a booming career field.

Accounting Jobs


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Best Accounting Jobs

If you have an accounting degree in New York, whether you have just completed school or have years of experience and you want to move on, what kind of jobs are there? What are the best types of accounting jobs today? How many require a CPA?  Are there many supervisor opportunities out there for accountants?

With the ongoing changes in taxes both federal and local, business and personal, with the economy coming back and a tug of war between regulations and support for small businesses, the accountant is more important and in demand than ever before by both the big and small business. This demand for accountants in New York is expected to grow as much as 25% over the next ten years

Here are the top accounting jobs:

  • Internal Auditor – works on the improvement of the internal financial controls and compliance mandates as they are passed or as regulations are written. Some of the areas included in the broad scope of an internal auditor would include investigating potential fraud and deterring it, assure compliance with regulations and laws, assure efficacy of operations and financial reports, and the safeguarding of all assets. They are advisors to the board and management as opposed to actually executing policy. This job requires certification as a CIA (Certified Internal Auditor), a Bachelor’s degree and two years of experience. Salaries can range from $77,500 to about $101,500.
  • Compliance Officer or Compliance Executive – this job is about being in compliance all local, state and federal regulations and laws or facilitating the process of becoming compliant. If there is a separate governing body for the industry you are in, then you must be in compliance with those quality standards as well. It is often good for the company to hire an accountant with experience reporting to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Starting salaries for this Chief Compliance Officer will be up 14.4% thus pushing this job to the top of the accounting jobs scale.
  • Financial Analyst Accountants – are responsible for budgeting and forecasting and how to increase profits. Sometimes called Security Analysts or Investment Analysts, these accountants tend to work for banks, mutual funds, insurance companies, securities, and pension funds. These accountants most often analyze costs, sales, expenses, commodity prices and tax rates so that they can project future earnings and decide on the company’s value. These analysts will review not only their company’s trends but the industry as a whole. A 5-6% increase in compensation from year to year.
  • The Staff Accountant – this is the traditional accounting position in most companies. This person applies accounting principles to their assigned areas by compiling data, researching, journaling, and reconciling all financial data. These accountants must be sure all the laws and regulations are followed. They prepare reports and summarize the financial activities of the company. This job requires 3 years of public accounting and these salaries are increasing annually by 5%.
  • External Auditor – finally, there is the external auditor who comes into a company and reviews its records and states that it complies with laws and regulations, is free of fraud and mistakes. They also investigate any errors or potential misconduct that they find. This position requires a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and three to seven years’ experience. There is an ever growing need for this type of accountant.

Best Locations for Accountants

Here are a couple of cities that are among the best place for accountants to find the best jobs.

  • Denver – salaries for the normal accounting jobs

Bookkeeper- $68,290

Auditor/Accountant – $69,830

  • Seattle – salaries for the normal accounting jobs

Bookkeeper- $38,460

Auditor/Accountant – $66,950

Conclusion: There are many excellent job opportunities for accountants in New York who have either completed a CIA or a CPA. Salaries are good if you have your certification and three to seven years’ experience.

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As you prepare for that interview next week, make sure you have done your homework. You have studied the company and its fortunes in the past five years. You know all about the CEO and the board of directors. You know what their dividends and profits have been and hopefully where the weaknesses are.

Your interview preparation has been complete with the history of the company, the number of employers and who their customers are. You’ve read the annual report and the description of the job you are interviewing for. You even know what the internal structure of this New York company looks like.

On the personal side you know yourself well. Your skills and accomplishments will be well known by your interviewer since you are known in your field. So you have used your time drilling in on your own strengths and weaknesses so you can address them. Finally you are prepared with a good suit and all the interpersonal skills you should need.

So what else is there? What are interviewers looking for that you have not covered? In reality there are really only two things that any really good interviewer is looking for when they interview you and only two things you need to do.

  1. Do you exhibit the behavior patterns that the job demands? Different behavior patterns fit the needs of different jobs. Does this job need a leader who is assertive or even aggressive? Or does it require you to be passive and follow someone else’s orders? If you have studied the job description you should be able to get a handle on this and be prepared to address it.

You can address it by listing the qualities you have and how they fit the job along with how your personality will fit the job best. Anticipate questions designed to see if you have those exact traits. The best way to answer those questions would be to relate stories about how you have demonstrated those patterns and traits in other situations and the positive results that followed.

  1. Do you exhibit the core competencies that both the job and the company need? What are core competencies? Basically they are the main strengths or strategic advantage that comes from a specific set of skills and experiences. Both the job and the company will have core competencies. You need to be concerned mostly with the core competencies of the job. You have already gone through the job description in detail. Now study it with core competencies in mind. Look for words such as; track, contribute, execute or gain approval. Those words indicate that a core competency will be following them. If you are to execute project schedules that is a core competency for the job.

Now make a mental list of what it takes to successfully reach those core competencies and prepare examples of when you have done so and how you have done so. What does it take to execute projects on schedule? It takes organization, time management, leadership, assertiveness…This is the real heart of your interview preparation.