Here’s another story of how one job seeker got her job. This ones comes from Kari Morlock who currently works at Vascasa Rentals as a PR Coordinator. She actually gives us a peek into her many job search experiences. In 2004-2008 I was attending Boise State University seeking an undergrad  degree in general business management. While I attending BSU in August 2008 I landed a job at a major vacation ownership company.  It felt like opportunities were endless with that company. Then the bottom fell  out of the economy and my employer, who at one point would finance everybody for $20k+ loans to buy their product had to stop doing so. The week I took my finals to graduate college I found out my job of 4 years would be no more. I decided to take the freedom that having my degree gave me (not being tied down to Boise) and run with it so I packed my bags and moved to the nearest city with a branch office and go to work for them doing phone sales. This was new to me, and I was met with immediate success! Soon I realized what I was telling people wasn’t necessarily 100% true and rather a quite embellished version of the truth. In October 2010 I finally decided working for my current employer was no longer right for me. I struggled to find anything worthwhile for quite sometime. In 2012 I decided to go back to BSU to get more education in IT and Supply Chain Management. During this time I worked for the BSU help desk for the department of Information Technology for around $9/hour. It was hard to make that, but I did it for the experience. In August 2013, I was browsing for a suitable position. I thought there has  to be something out there for me! I am a hard worker, I have paid my dues, I’m highly educated, I was even in the Army and made sergeant in less than 5 years there HAS TO be SOMETHING ! I responded to a Craigslist ad. They were looking for a marketer that knew HTML. That was me! They also mentioned they were one of the fastest growing vacation rental companies so I instantly felt a connection. I had an interview with Eric, who I later learned was the CEO. He hired me on the spot. This position was a marketing intern and paid $12/hour. I also soon learned this wasn’t just your typical company…They had grown  from 1 rental in 2009 to around 800 in 2013 and they were going to  need to *hire a person a day between now and July 2014*. I may have started as an intern making $12/hour but I worked hard; I accepted the many varied challenges that came my way, and I was soon rewarded. Eric, the CEO of the company asked me to head up our PR efforts.This was a huge opportunity, and I do not plan to take it lightly. This added opportunity also came with a huge raise, and it just goes to prove persistence and willingness to work pays  off! I now feel like all the struggles and hardships I have went through since  being laid off in 2008 have been worth it and all that led up to this has led me to be exactly where I am meant to be! :) The side story here is Vacasa is looking for more people like me and having trouble finding enough people for these positions where you can quickly prove yourself and be recognized for your talents! I hope to help inspire people with my story to never give up! Thanks for sharing your story Kari. 
by Joan Herbert Joan is an Assistant Manager at , a curious individual, avid reader and a passionate creative writer. Moving for work has the potential to be exciting, as long as the situation is going the way you’d like it to. It can be a little daunting making the necessary arrangements and figure out all of the logistics to relocate for work, but thankfully, moving never lasts forever. As long as you’re well prepared, you’ll be able to keep the stress level at a minimum and set the foundation for a smooth and painless transition. Is It Actually Worth It? Employees are usually tempted to relocate on the promise of a pay bump, but not all pay bumps are what they seem to be on the surface. If you’re living in a smaller town and moving to a larger city, things might work out to be the same. Your regular lifestyle will likely be more expensive in certain areas, making it cost neutral to relocate for work. Worst case scenario, your pay bump won’t actually cover your cost of living. Make sure you know how far you’ll be able to stretch a dollar. How Are You Going to Move Stuff? If you’re only moving an hour or two away from your old place, it’s probably not going to require a team of experts to figure out how you’re going to get your stuff from point A to point B. If you’re moving a longer distance, especially to an entirely different country, you’re going to need to find the right kind of shipping company to help you. It’s also the right time to donate a lot of the larger items, such as furniture, that you’ve been meaning to replace. You can always purchase new things after you’ve moved. Where is Your Budget Coming From? You must be very dear to your company if they’re willing to pay for absolutely all of your relocation expenses. This rarely happens. Usually, companies have an assistance program where they’ll cover (or reimburse) certain moving expenses you’ll rack up. Make sure you understand their policies before you go making grand plans – you may wind up needing to find a starter apartment that will work with your budget, rather than settling into a great place from the start. How Will You Commute? If you’re able to take your car with you, commuting won’t be a hassle. If you can’t, you’re going to need to be able to work something out until you can get a new car. It never hurts to familiarize yourself with the public transit of the area you’re moving into. You’ll also want to make sure it will be easy for you to get back and forth to your new job from the place you decide to stay. Picking a new home that’s too far away from your new workplace can be a huge problem if the area is known for heavy traffic. What Will You Do With Your Home? Having to pay a mortgage on a place you can’t live in will cause you to leak money left and right. You’re going to want to sell or rent your home in your absence, unless you have a friend or relative who is willing to move into your old place and keep it well maintained for you. It’s hard to decide what to do with a home when you move, but you’re going to want to do it before you relocate. Any proceeds you make from selling your home can go towards funding your journey. As long as you make sure to tie up as many loose ends as possible before you begin the brunt of the moving process, you’re set for relatively smooth sailing. It’s best not to rush something as big as a relocation, so make sure you take the time you need.
If you are looking for a way to improve your knowledge of the project management industry, then look no further than the PRINCE2 course. Regardless of where you are on the project management ladder, becoming qualified can significantly improve your current and future career prospects. There are a number of benefits when it comes to becoming a PRINCE2 practitioner , and using a reputable course provider, like The Knowledge Academy for example, can give you all of the support that you need to achieve that goal. Here are just a small handful of reasons why enrolling in this course significantly improve your chances of becoming successful in the project management industry: PRINCE2 will allow you to manage projects with ease When it comes to the successful management of various projects, being successful in their delivery depends on several factors including working in a timely manner, tasks completed to a high standard and work being conducted within a certain budget. PRINCE2 will teach you to work in a way that ensures deadlines are met consistently and are in keeping with core KPIs. The great thing about the course is that it can also be tailored to fit any project type so that you will be able to apply the skills you learn on this course to multiple areas and project types. PRINCE2 opens a door to the rest of the world Few people are aware of the wider implications of completing a PRINCE2 course and one of the key benefits is that the skills you learn are respected around the world. Both domestically and internationally, employers are always going to be impressed with job applicants who have the skills attained by completing one of these courses. If you have ever considered working abroad, consider how project management and this qualification could give the perfect opportunity to do so! PRINCE2 increases your salary Simply put, getting a PRINCE2 qualification can significantly improve the amount of money you earn. Qualified job applicants can expect to earn up to £35,000 annually, with this figure rising to somewhere around £50,000 once the PRINCE2 practitioner course has been completed. The long term monetary benefits to your career cannot be ignored! PRINCE2 will give way to new employment opportunities If you are considering project management as a career path it is important to keep in mind that a PRINCE2 qualification is often something that most recruiters look out for in their applicants. This qualification offers those at any level the chance to progress in their careers and become more experienced in their work. If you are looking to achieve your goals and become better at the work you do, then being qualified in this area can significantly improve your employability. A PRINCE2 qualification is quick to attain In terms of getting qualifications quickly, PRINCE2 is certainly among one of the best qualifications to get hold of. The foundation course takes up to between 20 and 50 hours to complete and the practitioner and professional levels taking two to three days to complete. The best thing about this qualification is that it can easily be completed at your own pace and is built to fit into your current work schedule.
Despite what past experiences might have taught you about work-at-home jobs - that they are mostly scams or don’t pay nearly enough - in more recent years everything became internet-oriented. Seriously, everything. This means that you no longer need to focus only on the local market and community when in search for a job. So, the need for online jobs and outsourcing has come to an all-time high, because if you have a computer and a good internet connection, nobody wants you taking up space in an office. And let’s face it, there is no greater feeling than working in your pajamas while drinking “coffee” at 9 am. With such a wide global market and various home job opportunities, let’s take a look at some of the most rewarding online career paths you could take. PR Specialist Being a public relations manager can entail many different things and you might find yourself having to work for multiple clients at a time, doing all sorts of tasks, from drafting and pitching press releases to managing social media profiles and planning communication strategies for clients. It can be a very rewarding job, but it requires critical thinking and planning along with creating a subtle approach to every issue. Public Relations specialists can earn anywhere from $38,293 – $95,053 depending on your experience and the clients you work with. Freelance Writing This is very popular career that allows you to showcase your creativity to a certain extent but more importantly, it allows you to work from home while doing the thing you probably love most - writing. If you enjoy learning about new and exciting topics every single day and writing about them in the form of blog posts, articles and digital content in general, then this is the job for you. Every industry needs a writer on their staff, and every company that has a website needs your skills to create interesting content that will not only help them sell their products or services, but attract new audiences to their website as well. You can expect to earn $10 to $25 when you start out, but as you gain experience, you will be able to charge at least $50 per assignment. Virtual Assistant There is an ever-growing demand to outsource virtual assistants , and if you have basic computer skills with a flair for organizational sciences, this could be the job for you. A virtual assistant might be tasked with many different things, from managing websites and social media to bookkeeping, email correspondence and administrative tasks. Although the job isn’t easy as it might entail a great deal of different tasks, you can expect to earn anything from $10 per hour on the low end, to more than $30 once you become more experienced. Graphic Designer The need for graphic designers has never been greater and if you’ve taken any courses at a graphic design studio or you simply know how the job is done, then look no further. Businesses are constantly trying to either update their current online presence or to establish a new one. Either way, you would always have plenty of work. As a graphic designer, you can expect to earn anything between $29,738 and $58,798 per year or more if you scale up and increase your rates over time. Become a Blogger Rather than working for various clients and earning money for someone else, you can put your talent and passion for writing to better use and start your own blog site. Bear in mind though, that making money through blogging can be extremely difficult and it usually takes years of work before the blog starts making any money. One the other hand, if you manage to amass an audience and present your content in all the right places, you can see revenue within the first year. Be sure to take part in affiliate programs you truly believe in and you will make added revenue by selling other people’s products. Work-at-home jobs are becoming life-changing careers of more and more people around the globe, while the traditional 9-5 office work is slowly becoming a thing of the past. This is a great way do what you love, while being able to support and surpass your current lifestyle! Emma Miller is a marketer and a writer from Sydney. Her focus is digital marketing, social media, start-ups and latest trends. She’s a contributor at  Bizzmark blog  and a mother of two.
Experienced job hunters can’t live without LinkedIn anymore. Is that bad or good news? Everybody decides for himself. Nonetheless, the fact remains that the majority of us would rely on LinkedIn when it comes to more efficient, easier and faster job search. You may ask: “Why would I need to pay so much attention to my LinkedIn profile?” Well, the answer is simple – it will help you with your job search substantially. Thousands of employers browse through this social network every single day and search for the best candidates based on the strong LinkedIn profiles. Of course, you don’t want to miss the chance to receive an invitation to the interview from a perspective company just by having a well-crafted LinkedIn page, do you? Just like we can define specific dos and don’ts of a job search process, there are things you are strongly recommended TO DO or NOT TO DO on social media, particularly, on your LinkedIn profile. Let’s go over several most essential points: Things TO DO Complete all the points of your profile. Nowadays, people have switched to more convenient job search tools and LinkedIn is one of the most perfect options. In general, filling in all the data is super important because LinkedIn is at some point a reflection of your resume. Have you ever sent unfinished resumes to companies? Clearly, not. By the way, to make your profile look 10 times more professional, you may use LinkedIn profile writing service  and start getting your first job offers right away. Make sure you are honest in your profile. Not only should it reflect the truth of who you are and what accomplishments you have achieved, but also this information should match the information written in your resume. Most often, when recruiters receive your resume, they look at your LinkedIn profile first and then move on to your application. Therefore, never embellish the truth – after all, this fact will more likely to be revealed later and that’s when you are going to have some or big troubles. Upgrade the profile frequently. Your page is viewed by thousands of people throughout its existence and of course, some of those ‘people’ can be reputable employers coming by to see who you are and what you can do. Provided your profile hasn’t had any updates for several years, what’s next? Between you and someone else, the recruiter would definitely choose the other candidate who cares about his/her professional image and makes constant updates of his page. What does it mean? Always keep your profile up to date. Be active LinkedIn groups’ participant. Joining lots of relevant groups and discussions help boost your social media activity and show your expertise. When adding connections, send them a personal note. If you want a real network of LinkedIn connections that goes over the circle of your former college peers and colleagues, make a habit of sending a personal note before requesting any connection. Things NOT TO DO: Don’t use LinkedIn for personal matters. Save that to Facebook and on LinkedIn focus on your work-related data. Don’t use informal photos taken in the bar as your profile image. Again, imagine as if LinkedIn is a resume application. Would your employer consider this photo appropriate for your profile? Definitely, not. Don’t send requests to random people just to get more connections. There is no point to connect to people you don’t know, have never met or at least have no particular interest to meet personally. You may have thousands of connections , but almost none of them would seem relevant to the employer as he scrolls them down. And that should seem suspicious. Likewise, there is no sense to reach out to each person from your address book. Take time and evaluate if you really need this or that person in your LinkedIn connections. You’ll be surprised at how many people will be excluded from your list. Don’t endorse unknown people and don’t look for endorsements from people you don’t know. Seriously, why have an endorsement from someone who hasn’t even seen you in person, not to say they had no chance to evaluate your professional skills? At best, the employer would not count your endorsements at all and at worst eliminate your candidature. Likewise, don’t spoil your credibility and reputation by endorsing unknown people. Don’t make your LinkedIn profile private. If you don’t want recruiters to miss any specific information about yourself written on your profile - keep it public. These were 10 do’s and don’ts of LinkedIn job search every forward-minded job hunter has to keep in mind. No doubt, to end your job search as fast as possible, over this period you should devote a little more time to LinkedIn than to any other social media network. But then, the result won’t make you wait for long!
One of the biggest decisions you will have to make in your life is a change in career. From drastic changes of industry to only slight changes in the same field, it is a tough choice to make. After all, your previous job came with years of experience and comfort, so changing it suddenly is not only scary, but it also comes with many issues. The biggest issue of all is how to you write a resume for a career that is brand new to you? You need to impress prospective employers but if you have no experience in a specific field what do you even write on your resume? Well, fear not because if you are changing career and need a little guidance with your resume, this article will go a long way to helping you do so with some quick and easy to follow tips. Rewrite Rewriting your resume for a career change might sound like common sense but a common mistake people make is using the same resume they had for their previous occupation. It's an easy trap to fall into and you need to avoid it at all costs. No matter how impressive your resume is, make sure that you rewrite the whole thing. The best way to get ahead is to customize your resume to each new position that you go after. You need to know the crowd you are playing to and not every trick works in the same way. So, do your research on each role you go for and adapt your resume to fit their characteristics. Make a strong first impression Your biggest worry when changing career is being overlooked simply because you may not have the relevant experience. The only way to side-step this fear is to make the strongest first impression that you can. Start with your cover letter, make sure that you convey the connection between your past experience and the skills that you could bring to the position. If you make a strong first impression and your prospective employer sees how well you will fit into the role you might not have to worry about a lack of experience. Be specific No matter what position you are going for, a resume needs to be specific, but when you are changing career paths you need to turn the specificity up to eleven. As I mentioned above a way to get ahead is by easing your prospective employer's fears about your lack of experience while highlighting how your past experience and current skills make you the perfect candidate. To do this effectively you need to get specific. Employers won't easily see how an ex-teacher will fit well into a marketing role, so you need to spell it out for them. Highlight your assets A resume is essentially a tool that convinces someone that you are worth their time and money and that is never more apparent when you have changed careers. You need to make your prospective employer essentially go against their instinct and the only way to do this is to highlight your assets. Show the reader of your resume just how vital you will be to their staff; you need to impress them so much that the fact that you are changing careers becomes irrelevant. Know what to exclude A big part of creating a great resume when you have changed careers is knowing what to exclude and how to rearrange relevant information. If you are changing careers something that you did in your previous role that may have been astronomically brilliant may mean nothing in the role you are currently seeking. So, you need to edit your resume in such a way that shows your skills without the irrelevant jargon of your previous occupation. A career change is never easy and rewriting your resume can be a daunting task. However, as you have seen above with a few tweaks and a little research you can turn your resume into a golden ticket. If you want to make the best impression on a prospective employer in a career you are unfamiliar with, be sure to use the tips above and you will get the best results. With a background in Marketing, Jane Bolto currently works as a Content Specialist at . Always willing to share her passion for new marketing strategies.
If you enjoy formulating arguments and performing research, law might really be the right career for you. The legal field is diverse and varied, with different positions playing important roles. The great thing about law is that it has a wide variety of practice areas, so no matter what you're passionate about, there is a field of law suited to it. If you're passionate about the law and want a legal career, here are three incredible options for you to consider.   1. Attorney The most obvious career path to pursue if you are interested in law is an attorney. To become an attorney, you are required to undertake four years of undergraduate work and a further three years of law school. After that, you must pass the BAR exam for the states in which you wish to practice law. As an attorney, you also get to choose to specialize in whatever area of law you feel most passionate about, from family law to environmental law. Remember, many people are going to come to you for help, whether they're suing a former employer for discrimination or looking for a DWI lawyer .   Lawyers have to be able to think critically, prepare arguments as well as alter them on the spot and do extensive research. Many lawyers run their own firms and so administrative and office skills are typically required as well. Charisma and persuasive speaking skills are also very important to have when presenting your case to a judge or jury. There is also usually some requirement to keep up with continuing education to keep your license to practice law current.   2. Paralegal If being an attorney - always in the center of the action, always having to come up with a response on the spot and being responsible publicly when something goes wrong - is a little too front and center for you, consider being a paralegal instead.   Paralegals perform much of the same work as attorneys, with some important differences. They cannot represent clients in court, give legal advice or set legal fees. Their responsibilities do include performing research, conducting interviews and drafting documents. Essentially, paralegals are assistants to attorneys.   3. Judge Judges play an integral part in the legal system, and their requirements are a bit different from attorneys, though many judges have experience as attorneys. It's even possible to become a judge with just a bachelor's degree, though having a law degree is the safest bet in nearly all cases. Judges also must pass an exam administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.   Judges preside over trials and render verdicts. This requires thorough knowledge of the law and the critical thinking skills to interpret it. You must be a good listener to the arguments of all attorneys involved and weigh all the evidence to decide the case. Your decisions will matter, as the way the American legal system works means that every decision you make sets precedent, unless later overruled.   One of the major differences between attorneys and judges is that judges must be appointed or elected to office, meaning they must have the ability to garner public and political support. Most judges are elected to set terms, after which they can run again if they choose, but some appointments are for life. Aside from the options mentioned above, there are plenty of other careers in law that you might want to consider as well, such as being a court reporter or legal secretary, that offer decent salaries. The legal field is large and varied, and therefore there are many careers someone passionate about law might choose to pursue.
Facing legal trouble like a DUI charge is never a fun experience for anyone, but when you consider that you could lose your job in the process, the situation becomes even more complicated. Your employer expects you to show up to work each day, and failing to do so can result in termination. If you would like to stay out of harm's way, you will need to know the best steps to follow so that you can reduce your odds of spending time behind bars. Pay Your Fines Right Away Depending on the charges that the court has brought against you, paying your fines can work wonders when it comes to keeping you out of jail. If you have enough time before your court date, consider working overtime to ensure that you will have the money. If that is not an option, you can try getting a loan from the bank to fulfill your legal obligations. Paying the debt that you owe to the court will show the judge that you are putting in the effort to make things right. Get a Bail Guarantor When you first get arrested, you might need to stay in jail until the completion of your trial. Even if the jury decides that you are innocent, you won't always have your job when you get out. People who face this problem have the option of contacting a guarantor. When you do so, the company will pay for your bail, and you will not have to wait in jail for your trial. Speak With Your Boss If you believe that going to jail is not something that you can avoid, speaking with your boss about your problem might be your best path. Although you have no way to ensure that your boss will work with you, notifying your employer that you won't be able to make it to your shift is better than nothing. Get a Lawyer Whether you are facing a DUI charge or another offense, having a good lawyer on your side is one of the best ways to safeguard yourself and your reputation. The right legal professional will craft a solid defense that will help you avoid a guilty verdict. Some people overlook the importance of seeking legal advice, but they often pay a steep price as a result. When your source of income is on the line, you don't want to take any chances. Getting in trouble with the law is never a great situation, but if you take the right steps and hire someone to help you like Angela L Walker PC , you might be able to come out clean on the other side with your livelihood intact.
Nowadays most businesses hire younger staff, but there is still a wide range of choice for aged applicants to find a job. Older workers are hardly less adaptable, often possess rare and complex intellectual capital, provide longer and more reliable service to their employers, and have fewer accidents, injuries and lose their jobs less often than their younger “competitors”. Indeed, the accumulated knowledge and networking abilities of older workers should have considerable value for knowledge and service-based firms. Therefore, age contributes to determining the value of individual's human capital the logic being that an older person would have accumulated greater human capital in both education and experience.  From a human capital perspective, older and more experienced workers would be preferred when considering a firm's human capital accumulation… If you have to compete with a younger applicant, to get a desirable job position you need to follow some rules: Making your resume you should emphasize your achievements in the past. It will be your superiority against a younger competitor, who may have no experience at all. Your resume would be strictly checked as well as you yourself. Employer will search for slips and mistakes in your work history as well as for profits you made at your previous workplaces, and whether you can bring some benefit to your new job. If you have changed your work too often and in short time periods, it can alert your potential employer. Refresh your knowledge in the field you are going to work in. You should remain up-to-date and get familiar with all innovations. Use Internet to enlarge your chances to find a job. In the net you have an opportunity to widen search criteria in job location, salary and type of job.   There are some professions where age doesn’t play any role. Some businesses disregard applicant’s age and some even prefer aged employee as they understand that young person rarely can be a good specialist: -          Big companies prefer to invite aged business coach or psychologist with large experience. -          In medical field more experienced doctors are more popular than their younger co-workers.