Top 10 Commission for Sales Jobs

September 8, 2012

commission for sales jobsContributed by Info Guru Paul Seaburn
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Top 10 Public Safety Jobs

January 4, 2012

A list of the top ten public safety jobsContributed by Tim Brugger, Top 10 Guru

Thanks goodness for our public safety folk; there seems to be more weirdos than ever nowadays.

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Top 10 Jobs with Uniforms

January 3, 2012

A list of the top ten jobs with uniformsContributed by Jennifer Andrews, Top 10 Guru

There are hundreds of thousands of jobs available worldwide that vary in their titles, duties and environments.

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Top 10 Ways to Avoid a Pink Slip

November 16, 2011

One of the top ten ways to avoid a pink slipContributed by Korina Rossi, Top 10 Guru

Being hired for your first job is one of the great milestones of life, but for most young workers it breeds an unsettling question: could you also be fired?

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Top 10 College Campus Jobs

November 14, 2011

One of the top ten college campus jobsContributed by Tim Brugger, Top 10 Guru

In an era that seems as much about entitlement as it does responsibility, it may seem counter-intuitive to consider college campus jobs.

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Top 10 Ways to Get Past the HR Department

September 22, 2011

Contributed by Lindsay Shugerman, Top 10 Guru

Job hunting is tough. Applicants are out there in abundance, and openings are few.

And to have a chance at that rare job opening, you have to get the right information to get your resume in the right hands.

That means getting past – or at least around — the HR department.

But with the right information, you can get past the HR department, get to the people who need to see your resume, and increase your chance of getting that much needed new job.

Here are the top 10 ways to sidestep the HR department and find out who whose name needs to be at the top of your cover letter.

10. Search the news

Sending out press releases is a great way for a company to get noticed. But did you know they’re also a great source of information for job seekers?

Search for news about the company, and you could find out what who’s in charge and which projects are hot. That could be the information you need to tailor your cover letter to current needs and address it to the right person.

9. Spread the word

Let family and friends know where you’re applying. Just like in the game “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon”, odds are someone will know someone who works where you’re applying.

Get that name, and ask them who’s in charge of the job you want.

8. Open houses

Many larger companies have open houses, where members of the public can tour the facility. Find out if the company you’re interested in has one scheduled – it’s the simpliest way to get past the HR department and gather the information you need.

7. Alumni groups

Check out the listings in your college or university’s alumni group and find out who works at the company. Contact them for advice on who is making hiring decisions and other information you’ll need for your resume and cover letter.

6. Religious groups

If you’re active in a church, temple, mosque or other religious group, find out if anyone works at the company. People are often more willing to trust members of their place of worship, so they share more critical information.

5. Social and sports activities

You won’t need to worry about getting past the HR department if you can get the information you need on the ball field or in the society pages.

Look for team rosters in company-against-company softball or basketball leagues. Check out wedding announcements, charity events and other social event reports for mentions of your target companies. Use online search engines on newspaper sites to make the search easier.

4. Service organizations and community groups

Groups like the Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce are wonderful for getting to know who’s who in a company. If you’re lucky the person in charge of hiring will be a member, and they’ll handle the human resource department hurdles for you.

3. Networking groups

Networking groups in your field can yield be a great way to identify who’s in charge, and how you can get past the HR department and into an interview.

Not a member of any networking groups? Check out, professional societies and your local newspaper to find some.

2. LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the virtual opposite of the Human Resources department. Where HR throws up obsticles and refuses to tell you the name of the department managers, LinkedIn shares names, jobs and connections.

Use your connections to build a bridge to the right people at your (hopefully) new company.

1. The art of conversation

Once you’ve identified the people you need to connect with, it’s time to strike up a conversation.

Find common ground, and start the ball rolling. If you handle it well, the warm welcome that will be waiting for you on your interview day will be the very best of all ways to get past the HR department’s walls.

Top 10 Steps to Change Your Career

August 16, 2011

Contributed by Lindsay Shugerman, Top 10 Guru

Are you ready to change your career? Whether you’re looking for a whole new field, or just a new way to use your existing skills, our top 10 steps will help smooth the way to your new career choice.

10. Decide how big a change you want to make

For some people, a career change means choosing a different path within their current industry. For others, it’s a complete switch in direction, skills, and focus. Decide which way you want to go.

9. Write down your experience

This is more than just a resume. It’s a complete listing of every job you’ve ever had, paid or volunteer. This is just for you, so don’t worry about style or spelling. Just list every job you’ve ever had, then add all the things you did in each. Take your time and try to get as much detail as possible.

8. Make a top 10 list of your skills

Use the list of jobs and tasks to identify the 10 things you do (did) best throughout your career history. Don’t forget to include skills you used in unpaid or voluntary positions.

7. Research the jobs you would like to do

If you want to change your career, it’s important to know whether your skills are a good match for the job you want. Spend some time reading about each career you are considering for your change. Check off how each of your top 10 skills matches with the job requirements.

6. Fill in the gaps

If there are gaps between your best skills, and the requirements of the new career you want, identify what training, education or experience you need to fill in those holes. Look for schools, volunteer opportunities, internships or other ways you could close the gap.

5. Talk to people in the field

Take your list of top 10 skills, and your ideas about what is needed to change careers to people who are working in your chosen field. Ask them to review your lists, and offer suggestions or corrections.

4. Make a plan

Once you have a good idea about what’s involved in making a change in your career, make a plan. Include classes you may need to take and on-the-job learning or volunteer opportunities you’ve found. Also include any licenses or certifications you’ll need.

3. Make a timetable

While there are probably some instances where you can change your career overnight, most major changes require time. Make a plan for your training, job hunting, testing and any other steps you need to take to start your new career.

2. Plan for income

If your career change involves a lengthy course or study or an internship, make sure you’ve planned for money you’ll need while you’re learning. You may want to stay with your current job and learn part time, find a new part time job, or apply for grants to carry you through.

1. Look ahead

When you’re working to change your career, it’s easy to get discouraged, especially if you’re tired from working and attending classes. Keep your eye on your goals, and remember that the hardest part will soon be over. You have a brand new career ahead of you, and that’s a great reason to keep going forward.

Top 10 Midlife Career Change Tips

August 16, 2011

Top 10 midlife career change tips”

Contributed by Lindsay Shugerman, Top 10 Guru

Sometimes it’s by choice, when the career that seemed so exciting at 25 has lost it’s zing at 50. Other times a midlife career change becomes a necessity when technology changes or companies downsize.

But whatever the reason, looking for a new career as an adult can be a wonderful chance to grow and explore new options. Ready to take the plunge? Here are our top 10 tip for making a midlife career change a success.

10. Beware of snake oil salesmen

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Before you commit to that $10,000 program that promises to be the latest and greatest thing to ever hit the Internet (or the stock market or … ), stop and do your research. The lure of instant wealth and a new ready-made career is understandable, especially if your midlife career change was forced upon you. But be careful. Check out complaints online, visit the Better Business Bureau site, ask around.

9. Revisit old dreams

Midlife career change snake oil”

Think about what you wanted to be once upon a time. Always wanted to be a vet? Maybe four more years of college isn’t an option, but becoming a vet tech might work. Be creative.

8. Ask for change of career advice

Odds are you know more than a few people who have made major career changes in their life, so ask for their help. Whether theirs was a midlife career change or something earlier, they may be able to point you in the right direction for success.

7. Do your job prospects homework

Spend some time researching your career options. Find out where there are needs in your areas of interest. Make sure the new career you choose needs entry level employees.

6. Check out the requirements

Maybe you always wanted to be a firefighter. You know you have the physical endurance the job requires, and you’re able to stay calm and collected in an emergency. But some jobs, like firefighter or police officer, have age, height, weight or other requirements that can’t be addressed by study or degrees. Make sure you qualify.

5. Volunteer

A great way to find out if the career you think you want is really right for you is to volunteer. Not only will you get a great feel for what the job entails, you’ll be making contacts in your new field. That could give you an advantage when it comes time to apply for a paying position.

4. Network

Most cities have networking groups for people experiencing midlife career changes. Religious groups, community schools, local business publications and online networking sites are all great places to look for groups. No career change groups in your area? Consider business networking groups instead. Either way, the human contact will make the process easier, and the connections you make may help you find a new career faster.

3. Stay open to detours

Especially in the early stages of a midlife career change, it’s important to keep an open mind. On your way to what seemed like the perfect new field, you might find a detour that leads you to something even better.

2. Be realistic

If you’ve spent 20 years in an office processing accounts receivable, it’s going to be difficult to get on the path to becoming a surgeon. While almost anything is possible, make sure your expectations are realistic. Know what your career change requires, in detail. And then go for it.

1. Be optimistic

A midlife career change can feel daunting, especially if it’s been years since you’ve been in a classroom, or learned a new set of skills. But with patience and persistence, you could discover that this experience becomes one of the best times of your life.

Top 10 No Experience Jobs

April 4, 2011

A list of the top ten no experience jobsContributed by Missy Nolan, Top 10 Guru

Don’t let your nonexistent college degree or lack of experience deter you from applying for jobs.

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