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The Top Income Careers: Are they Right for You?

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Everyone’s not cut out to be a doctor or a surgeon. Those are two of the highest paid professions in the United States. But not only is the education required out of many people’s budgets and time constraints, but everyone isn’t well-suited for the lifestyles required in those particular types of work.

Other top paying careers in the US, according to the Employment Policy Foundation, include careers like:

•    Pilots
•    Electronic and electrical engineers
•    Computer and information systems managers
•    Lawyers

If you’re hoping to get into a top paying career but aren’t sure about all the time and money necessary to get one of them, then you should consider technical schools to get into the field that interests you. Technical schools and career colleges offer advanced education to help people get jobs as paralegals, electronic technicians, computer technicians, aircraft mechanics and medical assistants.

Those are excellent jobs that can help you determine if you want to get further education in the field and go on to higher paid positions and more lucrative careers in those fields. They can also serve to help you get employment in the field, which can help when it comes time to apply for the prestigious and selective universities. So look into technical schools today if you’re unsure about your future career goals and look at what’s available that can start benefiting you right now instead of 4 years from now.

**The salaries listed above are just an average range and may be higher or lower based on the location you are employed in, as well as the varying bonus and commission rates included for the chosen field. Metropolitan cities are typically on the higher end of the pay scales. Salaries are cited from Payscale.com, Indeed.com and the US Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor

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Need a job? Start tweeting!

Monday, June 7th, 2010

We all know that social networking sites can help you lose your job or keep you from getting a job when used wrongly.  But can social networking help you land a job?  Surprisingly, yes!

With a dragging economy and high unemployment, companies and job searchers are using non-traditional ways to find work or advertise open positions.  In fact, Twitter, a social networking site that allows you to type up to 140 characters in your status is becoming an unlikely way to find or advertise a job.  While many people see Twitter as a place to post mundane daily activities, job seekers are putting the site to work.

First and most basic of Twitter job searching tips is to consider your post.  If you’re going to use Twitter as a job searching outlet, you must realize your tweets must be more professional and less about your personal life.  As you start following job recruiters or other professionals in the industry, it would be better to post a job-related or skill-related post, such as “Looking for an opportunity to showcase my strong graphic design skills” rather than “Can’t wait for girls’ night and margaritas. Goin’ to get crazy!”

Searching for companies or job openings on Twitter can truly be like searching for a needle in a haystack.  Because posts are limited to only 140 characters it can be hard to include every keyword you may be looking for.  So, while it is important to include the exact keywords you want, don’t be too specific, or you may miss something great.  Also, become familiar with acronyms such as “NAJ” (need a job) and using abbreviations such as “admin” for administration.

Go straight to the source!  Many Twitter websites are specifically designed to help you find a job.  @JobAngels , a grassroot movement to help people find work, posts multiple job opportunities each day.  Searching the term #jobangels can help you find others looking for work or advertising work.  Other sites to follow to find a job are @jobshouts and @TwitHire.

So, if you’re looking for a job, you may not necessarily need to get off Twitter and start looking.  Finding work could be right at the tip of your fingertips if you use your social networking site wisely.  Stop posting about how bored you are and get to work—literally!

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