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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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Should I Use Those Words in my Resume?

We’ve talked many times about what should and what should not be in your resume.  What kind of experiences do you include? What do you say about a job you were fired from or suffered victimization from a reduction in force? We reminded you not to say negative things about a past boss or place of employment.

Now let’s look at some specifics. What words should you use and what words should you avoid in your resume? What buzz words should not be used and how do you know if a word is considered jargon or not?

A few years ago, it was the thing to do to say you were hardworking, outside the box thinker and team player. Now if you say those things there just might be a new York hiring manager somewhere rolling their eyes. Now these are buzz words that have lost any power they once had.

Since most hiring managers – a full 68%-  take only a couple of minutes to review your resume, they don’t want to see jargon or buzz words. In those few minutes the hiring manager wants to see accomplishments and real skills, not buzz words.

Hiring managers have no time for passive language, vague language or clichés. So in this article we will look at the words you should avoid and the ones that will make a positive impression. Vague words that anyone could be defined by do not make a good impression while specific accomplishments do.

Here are some of the most disliked words reported to CareerBuilder by hiring managers.

38% of hiring managers dislike the term Best of Breed

27% of hiring managers dislike the term Go Getter

26% of hiring managers dislike the term Thinking Outside the Box

22% of hiring managers dislike the term Synergy

22% of hiring managers dislike the term Go-to Person

16% of hiring managers dislike the term Value-Added

16% of hiring managers dislike the term Results-Driven

15% of hiring managers dislike the term Team Player

14% of hiring managers dislike the term Bottom Line

Don’t use words for your responsibilities that require the hiring manager to try to sort out what it is you actually do. Use strong words like “lead on this project or negotiator”. Not weak words like “assisted on this project”.

The same CareerBuilder survey that gave us the terms hiring managers do not want to see in your resume, also gave us the kind of terms they do want to see.

52% of hiring managers like the term Achieved

48% of hiring managers like the term Improved

47% of hiring managers like the term Mentored/Trained

44% of hiring managers like the term Managed

43% of hiring managers like the term Created

40% of hiring managers like the term Resolved

35% of hiring managers like the term Volunteered

These should always be action words, followed by what it is you achieved or improved. Who did you mentor and what did they accomplish? Remember not to use clichés, but to use action words that describe what you actually did.

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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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Turning Down the Offer without Burning Bridges

You have completed a round of interviews in New York and you are now faced with one of the most difficult and satisfying problems a candidate can have – multiple offers. Those multiple offers are also good offers. More than one offer would constitute your dream job.

You know which one you are going to accept but you do not want to burn any bridges with the company you reject. You may want to re-approach them someday. Here are a few tips for when you are turning that job down.

  • Thank you. Gracefully and genuinely thank the hiring manager or interviewer/recruiter – whoever you are turning the offer down with. Make sure they understand how much you appreciate the time they have taken with you and the consideration they have given you. Be specific; name the time and day of your interview(s) and who interviewed you.


  • Timely. Don’t wait three weeks to return the call from the manager because you don’t know how to turn them down. Make your reply timely. Call back within 24 hours.


  • Professional. Be professional – always be professional. What does this mean? Be polite, respectful, friendly but distant. This is a key to not burning the bridge. You may need this person in the future.


  • No email response to an offer. Make the phone call. Do not turn down an offer through email. You might communicate other things through email in this process, but not the actually turning down of the job. Do it person to person by phone. This is the only professionally acceptable way. Many consider it career suicide to turn down an offer in a text even if you received the offer via text.



  • No bargaining. Don’t use one job offer to bargain for a better offer from someone else. This is a common tactic of professional recruiters but for an individual candidate it is rife with dangers. The most serious of which is making an enemy and burning the bridge with the company you are trying to get a better deal from. You might also lose both offers and alienate both companies by being too aggressive in your bargaining. You are better off leaving it to the pros.


  • Why Not. Give a professional, well thought out and complimentary reason for why you are turning the job down. Don’t say well company X offered me x thousands of dollars more. Never let the manager or interviewer know you are turning down or taking a job for the money. They know the money is important. They need to know you are interested in the job itself.


  • Compliment the company as well as the individuals. Know what drew you to apply there to begin with and reiterate it. Be genuine.


  • Thank you. Follow up your phone thank you with a letter, card or email that mentions each person you met with, what you appreciated about them and/or the company. Wish them the best.


  • Suggest other qualified candidates. This is only effective if you really know people who fit the qualifications and the culture you have learned about during your process. Don’t trivialize this step.


There are some running themes. Take care not to alienate the company, and say thank you at every opportunity.

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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.

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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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Life after Military: Logisticians  

For so many people in New York discharged from the military, the civilian workforce looms as a major challenge or a daunting endeavor. What is the best way for an ex-military to transition into a civilian job? The best way is to use the skills you have acquired in the military to build your career in the civilian workforce.


Civilian logistics is a field that encompasses several types of jobs and careers, but more importantly for the veteran, uses the skills acquired in military service.  Logisticians are the behind the scenes personnel when there is an emergency. They are the ones who coordinate emergency response teams, medical and search and rescue missions as well as organize shelter and food for those in need.

Logisticians also work in positions in businesses that allow those businesses to be more proficient in delivery of goods and management of materials, operations and warehousing. In this current economy, every business worldwide has to increase their efficiency and reduce their lag times and turnaround times. The logistician is charged with finding process improvements that will bring about these results.

What is it about the veteran that makes him or her successful at this type of work?  What are the skills learned and used in military service that fit well into the field of logistics?

Military Skills a Logisticians Need

  • Organization:  The military stresses organizational skills and a way of looking at things that emphasizes organizing things in the most efficient way. The Logistician uses the same vision and the same skills.
  • Cooperation: Both military tactics and civilian logistics require a laser like attention to detail and planning. This must be done in cooperation with other departments, organizations or agencies. One must understand how each component or organization fits with the others.
  • Discipline: the heart of military success and survival is also very important in civilian logistics. Logistician must maintain strict discipline as the things they are managing fit into tight frameworks and processes.
  • Critical Thinking: This is an essential tool for planning, executing and succeeding in military campaigns.  Survival depends upon this. The same is true with logistics. The name of the game is continuous process improvement which requires looking critically at every part of the process on a continuous basis to see what can be improved.


For many businesses for many years, an associate degree and military experience was enough to get you a job in logistics. These days however, many corporations are asking for a bachelor’s degree. At the same time there is a certification in logistics available that will replace the bachelor’s degree for many companies. Information is available through the American Society of Transportation and Logistics or the International Society of Logistics.

Fields of Endeavor

There are three distinct fields that you can work in with your military background in logistics. These include:

  • Materials Management and Transport
  • Government Positions
  • Emergency Services


If you are in New York and have strong military training and experience, then logistics just might be the field for you. The average annual salary is almost $73,000 but the folks at the top of the field earn in excess of $112,000 per year. It is also expected that the field will add almost 28,000 jobs in New York at a rate of 22% or better.

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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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Nursing in a Correctional Facility

If you are a nurse in New York, have you ever considered a career in the correctional or justice system? Is it a career that scares you or at least makes you nervous so you have never looked into it? Or is it a career field that you know nothing about and so have never even thought about it? Let’s take a look at the advantage of a nursing career in correctional facilities.

Careers with the Justice Department and Corrections

Just what kinds of jobs are available through the Justice Department? Just an example is the in the state of Indiana where there are 28,000 people in the jails and around 280 nurses working in those facilities. Throughout the US there are almost seven million incarcerated individuals and the need exists for thousands of nurses.

In Indiana 2-6 new nursing jobs are created in the corrections department every week. What kind of jobs are these?

  • County Jails/Community Confinement Facilities: People in these facilities are awaiting either a trial or sentencing. There are not that many people incarcerated in these facilities at any one time. Who you are treating will change constantly with little or no follow-up.
  • Prisons – State and Federal – house prisoners for the long term and can be minimum, medium or maximum security prison. In this environment, you will treat the same patients over a long period of time. Nurses are also caring for the entire person and all their needs so multidisciplinary skills are essential. With the skills required for this type of job, a good nurse may become interested in moving beyond the nursing level to a Physician Assistant.

Types of Nursing Positions Hired

  • Full and Part time nurses are needed in both the local jails and prisons.
  • RN’s, LPN’s and PRN’s are all needed and hired in local jails and federal or state prisons.

Nursing Skills Needed

The nursing skills needed are very much like any other nursing job. The same skills are needed and rewarded. It is a great place for a nurse to begin their career and acquire a wide range of skills in a short period of time. Some of the skills and experience hiring managers look for includes:

  • Acute care experience: ER, Forensics, Psychiatric, EMT, Paramedic
  • Awareness of use of resources
  • Experience in a structured environment
  • Attention to detail
  • Critical thinking and decision making
  • Triage experience/Assessment skills
  • Worked in a variety of settings with a variety of patients
  • Compassion and empathy for people in all kinds of situations
  • Experience as part of a team
  • Able to maintain personal boundaries

Work Environment

  • Fast paced
  • Part of a large system
  • Room for Advancement
  • Autonomy in patient care
  • Multi-disciplinary teams in mental health, women’s health, infectious disease, imaging services and dental health.


If you are looking for a challenging nursing situation in New York and you flourish in a team environment, then this type of nursing situation just might be right for you. If you like having a mentor and/or being a mentor, the opportunities for this type of role are abundant within the correctional system.

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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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Hire a Hero

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.

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.

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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.

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How To Handle Your In-face Interview

Once you have done all the hard work, and it is hard work, to attain your in–face interview for that job you really want, what do you do now? There are a lot of tips when going on a really important face to face interview but do you know what they are?

Do you know how to make a good first impression? Do you know how to handle the interview questions to make the best impression? What do you do when the interviewer is out of questions? Do you know what not to ask and how to close the interview? This article will take a look at a small sampling of these items and offer you a few tips to find your dream job in New York.

Make a Good First Impression

Making a good first impression is critical to your interview success. How do you do this?

  • Dress for success. You only get one chance to make a good first impression. These are clichés yes, but they are clichés that just happen to be true every time. Make a good choice and dress well, No jeans and t-shirts no matter how casual the company dress policy is. No flip flops or tank tops. Dress professionally.
  • Shake hands firmly and smile. Make eye contact and don’t be afraid of it.

 How to Handle the Questions in an Interview

  • “Tell me about yourself” – ah the dreaded question. Actually this is the easiest question in the world. ‘What?’ you say. Everyone hates this question. So many interviewees get tripped up on this question yet everyone knows this question will be asked. Prepare for it. If it is not asked, great. But expect it to be asked and prepare for it. There is no reason to allow yourself to get tripped up by it. “Tell me about yourself” Does not mean the interviewer wants to hear about your life. No they want to hear about your professional work life. Relax, talk about what you do, what you have done, your accomplishments…keep your answers focused on your job.
  • The rest of these questions are predictable as well. Prepare for them. If you do you will find yourself relaxed and able to talk about yourself with confidence and ease. Why did you leave your last job or why do you want to leave it? Keep this answer focused on your ambition and your goals. What do you want to succeed at that you did not have the opportunity to do so. Never say anything bad about your previous employer.
  • Stay positive and know how you would describe yourself, what are your strengths and weaknesses – weaknesses should really be strengths such as “work too hard” or ”don’t know when to quit.”

Closing You Interview:

Make sure you are polite, positive and express your desire for the job but don’t be needy or sound desperate.


Just do your homework and have answers ready for the questions you know will be asked. Your confidence just from being prepared will get you through and will come across to the interviewer. Good luck.

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.

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So you want to be a P.I.- a Private Investigator- a detective. It is a tough job but if you like it, it can be exciting as well. The hours can be long hours and the duties are highly varied. It is a natural choice for retired law enforment, but it is tough duty for the person who goes into the field green. How do you become a detective in New York? What kind of training is needed to enter and succeed in this profession?

It is projected that this field will grow along with increases in salaries and perhaps benefits. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected an 11% growth rate for private investigators from 2012 to 2022. The current median salary is $45,740, with 50% of the private investigators today making more than this. The very best private detectives can make $79,000 a year.

The responsibilities of a private investigator can range from assisting in the search for missing persons, collecting evidence for civil cases such as divorces, doing background checks, conducting surveillance, investigating computer crimes, testifying or giving depositions, interviewing witnesses, and working for individuals, attorneys and businesses.

You could also be involved with investigations of corporations and businesses such as intellectual fraud, IT (Information Technology) forensics, and financial investigations or corporate fraud.  You might also work for lawyers on both criminal and civil cases. Other private investigators might work for an insurance company investigating insurance fraud.

Training and Licensing

Becoming a private investigator requires several years of prior experience in law enforcement.  Licensing can vary from state to state by all require a minimum of a high school diploma or a GED. In some states or with some clients, a minimum of an associate or bachelor’s degree is required.

If you want to work for an established private investigator corporate agency then typically you will need to have completed bachelor degree. After this you must study for and pass a state licensing test if required, or simply apply for and attain a state private investigator license.

In some states detectives are allowed to carry firearms and in others they are allow to carry firearms that are hidden.

Qualities of a Successful Private Investigator

  • Excellent Communication Skills
  • Intuitive and Inquisitive Nature
  • Excellent Observation and Deduction Skills
  • Solid Decision Making Ability
  • Outstanding Listening Skills
  • Patience
  • Ability to Solve Puzzles and be Resourceful

A good private investigator must have all of these qualities as you gather evidence, question involved persons, observe details and behavior, follow up on leads, make quick and correct decisions and have the ability to wait for the correct answer and all the evidence. Then the ability to communicate the results to your client is also essential.

Best Places to Work

The states that employ the most number of private investigators include Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, California and Texas. However the best pay is in Nebraska, Washington, Virginia, Alaska and Texas. This means Texas is your best bet with a lot of good paying jobs. The annual salary is between $64,400 and $70,500.


So if you have the temperament for it, being a private investigator in the right job and the right city, you can do very well both financially and in job sastifaction.

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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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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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More and more women in New York are finding fair treatment in the business world, though many barriers still exist. If you are a woman looking for a career and an industry in which to not only work but thrive, there are some industries that are specifically favoring the female employee.

In 2012 the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 38% of women between age 25 and 64 had college degrees and in 2013 more than 50% of all existing degrees from associate through doctoral that year were given to women. What industries are waiting with open doors for these degreed women?

Six industries stand out as having strong opportunities for women to get hired, to get promoted and even to get wealthy.

  1. Oil and Gas Extraction: It is one of the most controversial industries out there and yet believe it or not, it holds a great future for women. What was once the province of rich men is now the province of smart people regardless of gender but there is a push for female applicants. In 2013, the growth of women in oil and gas went up 11.6% and rose 6.2% over the past five years.Women are actually being hired most in the technical end of the industry. The average salary in the industry in 2013 is $132,000.
  2. Tire Manufacturing: Another industry not traditionally kind to women that has changed its tune. In the past 4 years the number of women in this industry has grown by 16.8%. Part of the reason for this is the majority of chemical engineering degrees in this timeframe have gone to women, as well as industrial engineering and other technical degrees. The demand for skilled workers has grown just when women were preparing themselves with those skills. The average salary is $62,200 and the industry is growing at a 6.2% revenue growth.
  3. E-Commerce & Online Auctions: This new field that is opening up to everyone is particularly suited to women. Most of this field is work at home which is well suited to women with children. Many women also have a high acumen for sales. The industry is growing at 10% and it is expected to grow 6.6% in the future. The industry is comprised of at least 15% women.
  4. Home Care Providers: One of the fastest growing industries in general and employing women in particular.  There is not nearly as much of a financial boom as the other fields of endeavor are but the demand in this field is off the chart. This is not about child care as it was when the Baby Boomers first hit the job market. It is about elder care in home as the Baby Boomers now need this type of care. In 2013, the people caring for elders in their home or elsewhere were 88% women. Salaries run at only $25,000 per year which is rather low, however even where they are right now, they have the potential to go into the medical field.

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Ten of the Best Companies to Work For

Of course all New Yorkers would like to work for the companies that treat their employees the best and that employees consider to be the best places to work. The companies on this list were rated by 24/7 Wall Street – “is a Delaware corporation set up to run a financial news and opinion operation with content delivered over the Internet.”

24/7 Wall Street surveyed employees of companies that were liked and those that were not. Here are some of the best companies to work for.

  1. Linked-In was founded in 2003 and has over 300 million members internationally and 5045 employees. It is the largest professional network in the world that is played out on the internet. So what makes this the best company to work for? To start with the employees here are well paid with the average software engineer at Linked-In earning $145,190 while the national average is $127,800. Other benefits include free food, a good balance between work and play, and great leadership. Linked-In’s CEO is Jeff Weiner one of the most respected and inspiring business leaders in the world.
  2. Facebook, another social media company, follows immediately after Linked-In. Facebook is highly profitable and the best known social media website. Great perks and benefits are one of the advantages of working here. There is basically no hierarchy in the structure of Facebook and the fast paced yet casual work environment is enjoyed by employees.
  3. Eastman Chemical is a global company that offers teamwork, a positive work environment, a good work/life balance and colleagues you can work with. The people who work for Eastman Chemical feel one of the most important perks of working there is the company’s overall safety record and programs. Safety is a core value for Eastman and they publicly reveal their safety record.
  4. Insight Global is a recruiting firm that specializes in IT. They are known for supplying upwards of 20,000 IT specialists every year. Their recruiters are professional, personal, and well compensated.
  5. Bain & Company is a management consulting firm.  Employees love working for the managing director, love the training and professional development they receive and the workplace culture. If there are any negatives it was because of the tough schedule of travel and the long hours.
  6. Riverbed Technologies has employees raving about the culture of the company and the balance they promote between work and life.  Employees are also proud of the quality of products they produce.
  7. Google is infamous for its culture, its parties, and its amenities for its workers. Located in Mountain View, California, there are 25 different cafeterias, fleets of bikes and scooters and seven fitness centers.  Employees get health insurance, retirement benefits, legal aid, travel insurance and education reimbursement.
  8. Southwest Airlines has employees who love the company culture and benefits including free flights, matching 401ks, profit sharing and successfully innovating the business of commercial air flight.
  9. McKinsey & Company has some of the most skilled problem solvers in the business. Employees have nothing but good things to say about the company which offers wide ranging benefits, talented coworkers and interesting work.
  10.  The Boston Consulting Group comes in tenth as employees feel their talents are valued and they use those talents well. They treat their employees well, and they value each other.

When looking for a job in New York, these are some of the ten best employers to work for.

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Attention Nurses: Want an Exciting Career?

Tired of the rotating and split shifts? Tired of working 12 hour shifts? How about all the hustle and stress of the ER, is it taking a toll? Are you ready to leave patient care and make an exciting career change? How about making some real money before you retire? If you answered yes to these questions then you might consider becoming a Legal Nurse Consultant.

“A what?” you say. What is a Legal Nurse Consultant and what qualifications do I need? Do I have to go to law school? A Legal Nurse Consultant uses their nursing experience and training to consult in medical-legal cases/claims to evaluate the standard of care, the cause of medical situations, potential damages etc. You might handle medical malpractice suits as well as others. You could work for a law firm, for a government agency, insurance companies, health care firms, or you could work independently.

So what credentials do you need in New York to break into this exciting and lucrative field? Being a nurse is a start but it is not enough to give you the credibility you need in court. For that you should have an advanced degree and some legal training. A MSN or even a Ph.D. is an excellent credential for the field. You will also want to continue working in the nursing field either with patients or teaching potential nurses.

In addition to advanced education, nursing training and legal training, a LNC (Legal Nurse Consultant) must have excellent communication skills to be both credible as an expert and understandable to a lay jury. One must be able to explain things like standard of care and other difficult medical issues. You have to have the mental disposition to stay calm under the lawyer’s barrage of questions.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Certification is not required but advisable.
  • Certification can be attained by passing the American Legal Nurse Consultant Certification
  • In order to take the test you need to be a licensed RN having practiced for five years and 2000+ hours experience working as a LNC.

So even though this is a great career with great responsibilities, great pay and benefits, it still is not for everyone.  Do you like to write reports? Are you comfortable with giving testimony? Are you good at analyzing and inductive reasoning? Can you work by yourself and meet deadlines? The biggest challenge might be that you have to challenge others who are professionals and have advanced degrees. It is not an easy thing to do and you have to be sure enough of yourself and comfortable enough with yourself to not be intimidated by others no matter what.

So if you meet the requirements stated above and it sounds like an exciting field to move into, go for it! Salaries are from $90,000 a year and into six figures. Considering the benefits and retirement funds you could gain from doing this for just a few years, it could make a big difference for your 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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Should I Be a Mechanical Engineer?

As you set off for college you know you love all things mechanical. So what does that mean for your college studies? Should you be a mechanical engineer or an engineering tech in New York? What other options are available to you if you want to use your mechanical aptitude?

First of all let’s look at some attributes that make for a good mechanical engineering technician. If you answer most of these questions in the affirmative, then a mechanical career might just be for you.

Mechanical Aptitude?                    

  • Do you like to design new tools, gadgets and machines?
  • Do you like to take things apart, discover how they work and then put it back together again?
  • Are you interested in working on robots and/or design roller coasters?
  • Are you interested in working with tools and dies in a manufacturing environment?
  • Are you good at math? Are you good at physics?
  • Do you love ‘tinkering’ with anything mechanical?
  • Know the difference between being a mechanic and being a mechanical engineer. It takes 4 years of undergraduate work to become an engineer.
  • Do you need to know how things work? Are you into solving problems?

Advantages of Mechanical Engineering

  • Mechanical Engineering is the broadest of all the engineering disciplines.
  • Learn many aspects of engineering – stress analysis, engineering design, fluid dynamics, and thermodynamics.
  • You can work in manufacturing, project management, equipment design and process design.
  • You can also work for any type of company in any industry
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) states that the average pay for a Mechanical Engineer is $53,000.
  • United States Bureau of Labor Statistics claims the average pay for a mechanical engineer is $70,000 per year.

How To Decide If Mechanical Engineering is Right for You

  • Find a mentor – develop a relationship with a mechanical engineer and learn all you can about what that person actually does in their job every day.
  • Join the Automotive Club if you have one at school. Get very involved as this will tell you what you really want. Join a Formula SAE or EcoCar Challenge.
  • Do whatever you can as much as you can during high school to ‘test your mechanical aptitude and be confident this is what you want before you spend the time and money attaining a mechanical engineering degree.

Should you be a mechanical engineer? Do you need a master’s degree in mechanical engineering?  Masters would certainly enhance your career opportunities and perhaps open up new fields of study and endeavor for you.


Should you be a mechanical engineer? If you are good at math and love to tinker with things then perhaps mechanical engineering is the right career field for you. Take the time to do your homework before you decide to major in mechanical engineering. By your senior year in high school you should have a mentor who you can shadow for at least one day. The best thing would be to have one mentor and then set up several places where you can shadow several different ME doing a variety of different jobs.

Career Questions


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Common Career Questions       

What are the most common questions we hear about people’s careers? What is the most important question to you about your career? Are the questions different for new college graduates than they are for people who have been in the workforce for a long time? It is important to consider these questions, especially in a city as big as New York where the possibilities, as well as the competition in the job market are endless. Here are just a few of those questions with some suggestions on how to deal with them.

  1. In the technological age we live in, why do I need a cover letter? Well the first reason is not necessarily the best reason, but most hiring managers and HR recruiters simply will not consider a candidate who does not provide a cover letter to accompany the resume. This is almost arbitrary but none the less, it is true.
  2. Another reason for the cover letter is that it can be used as your introduction to the company. A cover letter lets you address things you can’t address in a resume, if you are following the basic format for resumes.
  3. What is this thing everyone is talking about called a portfolio which we never had when I was interviewing for new jobs? Nowadays, everyone has a portfolio and most hiring managers would be happy to see one included in your application.
  4. A portfolio is just a compilation of documents that show who you are professionally and what you have done in your career. So what types of documents might go in a portfolio? Start with your resume and cover letter. Next add a copy of your degree and/or diploma to show your educational credentials. If you have any specialty certificates you should include them.
  5. Now place your honors, awards and letter of recommendation next in your folder or binder.  Only include the letters of recommendation that are pertinent to the job you are interviewing for.
  6. Writing samples should be included even if you don’t intend to take a job as a writer. Every job usually has some type of writing component even if it is just monthly reports. Show the hiring manager that you understand that and can write a good report.
  7. Finally, be sure to include in your portfolio a list of references. This is different from the letters of recommendation we mentioned earlier. These are general letters from individuals who know you well and who can be called by the Human Resources Department for a more detailed discussion of your work, your work ethic, decision making process and anything else that the interviewer believes will help her/him make the best possible hire.
  8. Now add anything miscellaneous to your field of endeavor. If you are an architect then include blueprints or drawings. If you are a writer include samples, an engineer might include samples of designs. Whatever it is, make sure you have included something the hiring manager can look at and engage all of his or her senses in the interview process;


Your interview portfolio is an integral part of your total job interview package.  You can put as much or as little into as you want, but make sure you have one.


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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.

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.



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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.

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.

Oct. Job Fairs


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OCTOBER 2014: Career Fair
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
11:00 am – 3:00pm
Anthony’s Pier 9
2975 US Route 9W
New Windsor, NY 12553
Job Seeker Registration:
Employer Sign Up:
(800) 365-8630 x4200

13th Annual Asian Diversity Career Expo 
October 10, 2014
New York Marriott Marquis, New York City
1:30 pm – 5:00pm

Choice Career Fairs – Long Island Career Fair
October 16, 2014
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Melville Marriott
1350 Walt Whitman Rd
Melville, NY 11747

Diversity / Professional Job Fair in New York, NY
Wednesday October 22, 2014
Holiday Inn Midtown Hotel
440 W 57 Street
New York, NY 10019
10AM to 2PM
(Vendor setup begins at 9AM)

National Career Fairs – New York Career Fair
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 – 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Holiday Inn Midtown 57 Street
440 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

Diversity / Professional Job Fair in New York, NY
Wednesday October 22, 2014
Holiday Inn Midtown Hotel
440 W 57 Street
New York, NY 10019
10AM to 2PM
(Vendor setup begins at 9AM)

Catalyst Career Group – The Diversity Job Fair of New York
Thursday, October 23, 2014
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Affinia Manhattan Hotel
371 7th Avenue
New York, NY 10001

Career MD Syracuse Career Fair
Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center
801 University Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13210
Thursday, October 30, 2014
5:00 PM until 8:00 PM


Choice Career Fairs – New York Career Fair
November 13, 2014
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Holiday Inn
440 West 57th St
New York City, NY 10019

National Career Fairs – Long Island Career Fair
Monday, November 17, 2014 – 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Melville Marriott – Long Island
1350 Walt Whitman Rd, Melville, NY 11747


Choice Career Fairs – Long Island Career Fair
December 4, 2014
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Melville Marriott
1350 Walt Whitman Rd
Melville, NY 11747

National CareerFairs – New York Career Fair
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 – 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Map-markerHoliday Inn Midtown 57 Street
440 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

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Visas in the US


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The Hi Tech World of H1B Visa

There are certain jobs in New York that we do not have enough workers to fill. When this happens, we allow a certain number of work visas just for those types of jobs. For the most part these are technical jobs and the US is issuing what is known as an H1B Visa.

These are jobs that we would prefer would go to New Yorkers if there were enough trained in these fields. The need to grant H1B Visas and hire immigrants only highlights the need for more New York workers trained in IT (Information Technology) and STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics).           However since there are not enough workers, it is good to know how one might go about getting an H1B Visa for a friend or family member.

Let’s just use one middle of the road state in the US for an example. The state of Indiana has more need for STEM and IT workers than it has trained personnel. There are about 8,000 jobs that would go unfilled every year if not for the immigrants.  Three countries supply the most candidates for the H1B Visa, namely India, China and Canada.

Throughout the entire country only 85,000 H1B Visas are issued and 20, 0000 of them go to candidates for Masters and PhD’s. That leaves only 65,000 whereas Indiana needs 8000. The H1B Visa is also a very popular and timely route to citizenship, plus employers must pay an extra $1000 to $3000 for legal cost and fees. In Indiana with their 8000 open jobs, only 54% out of 26 tech companies have hired workers with an H1B.

Across the country 172,000 company openings compete for those 8500 H1B Visas. For instance, returning to Indiana – one company alone – Cummins Engine is in need of 552 employees. Cummins alone has applied for over 2000 H1B Visas since 2010. Then the visa is only valid for 3 years.

These are good jobs. These are high paying jobs with the average for the Indiana jobs at $71,000 a piece. There are thousands of H1B alumni living in Indiana and the many other tech-heavy states. There are many benefits from having these bright young people in their population.

At the same time Indiana has outstanding engineering, math, science and technology programs at a variety of higher education 4-year and 2-year programs. This would include the following institutions: Purdue, Notre Dame, Rose Hulman, Indiana , Ball State and Ivy Tech. More students need to be encouraged to study this needed and lucrative field.