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Questions to Consider When You Start a Job Club

As a jobseeker, you should not have any doubt about the limitless benefits networking brings. One of the finest networking opportunities is available to you in the form of a job club. By joining or starting a job club, you not only bring yourself at a wonderful networking platform but also get a support group. A job club is also referred to as a job finding club or a networking club. Whether you are homemaker wanting to return to work, recent college graduates or a career changer, being associated with a job club can really being you a lot of benefits.

Before you start a job club, here are a few questions to ask yourself.

Where should you meet?
If you are really determined to start a job club, there will be no dearth of venues to meet and bring together the members of the club. At the very beginning, you can also decide to meet at member’s residence. If you meet at a member’s house, you can also bring some refreshments and goodies in turn at each meet. If a private home looks short, you can choose to meet at a community hall, local library, place of worship or at a restaurant.

How many members are required to start a job club?
You can start with members counting anywhere between 2 to 30.

How often should club members meet?
It is good to have members meet on a weekly basis. If it is difficult to find a place to conduct the meeting every week, you can also consider having a meeting once a month. To cover the long gap, you can also get in touch virtually and conduct the activities. You can use emails and phones to connect with one another and conduct the activities.

Should some fees be charged?
Fees can be charged only in case there are expenses incurred. For example, if you rent a space for conducting the club activities, you can charge some fees from the club members.

Who should be the leader?
One who has founded the job club can lead the group. Or, the leader can be any club member who has good leadership skills and experience. It is also a good idea to rotate the leadership from one member of the club to another.

What rules and guidelines do you need to set?
Rules should be set as per what members decide. You can also decide to set some formal rules to deal with difficult members, to make sure that discussions are on track. A job club may have some limitations. And the guidelines should be set in the light of requirements.

What activities are conducted at a job club meeting?
There are diverse possibilities and benefits that a job club brings. At the meeting, there can be support groups as well as a think tank. The whole idea behind starting a job club is to share with one another job experiences, job search skills, interviewing skills, career experiences etc.


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How to Become a Geographer

Who studies the physical and cultural phenomena and examines the environmental features? These tasks fall under the responsibility of geographers. These professionals are responsible for providing people knowledge about the environment. So, geographers collect and examine the environment features, both locally and globally. Depending on what they study and examine, geographers can be categorized into – economic, physical, cultural, urban and regional geographers among others. Each of these geographers has typical job responsibilities to perform.

To do their work efficiently, geographers also use a special technology called the Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The GIS technology is helpful when geographers need to create computerized maps marked with population growth, traffic, natural resources, weather patterns etc. On the basis of this information, geographers provide advice to governments for road development, house developments and landfill projects.

Depending on their preferences and areas of interest, geographers can also choose specialization fields. So, aspiring candidates can choose to become one of the following.

Political Geographers
Cultural Geographers
Physical Geographers
Urban and Transportation Geographers
Regional Geographers
Medical Geographers

Training & Educational Requirements
To become a geographer, the standard educational qualification required is either a master’s degree in geography or a doctoral degree in geography. Specialized training in subjects like mathematics and statistics is also required to be successful in this geographical field. Computer proficiency is also essential to perform work geographers do. In addition, these professionals need to keep themselves updated on the latest technology. Internship and field experience provide valuable experience to geographers.

Career Prospects in Geography
Excellent job opportunities await geographers who have higher educational qualifications and carry relevant experience. A GIS background provides candidates an extra edge over others. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment growth rate for geographer jobs is expected to increase at 6% from the year 2006 through to the year 2016.

Annual Salary of Geographers
Salaries of these professionals vary depending on the work location, the specialization area and the years of experience they carry. Those with an experience of 1-4 years earn an average annual salary of around $44,000. Geographers carrying 5-9 years of experience earn a salary of around $50,000 annually. The salary range increases with growing skill set and experience.

Tip: Do remember to subscribe to ‘The Professional Geographer’. In addition, you can also log on to the official website of the American Association of Geographers. On this website, you can get valuable information about various career possibilities as a geographer.


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Happy New Year 2010

Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.

May this new year bring you invitations of lively parties, appointment letters of best jobs and proposals from the one about whom you have spent the last year dreaming of !

Happy New Year 2010!

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Resume Writing for Teenagers

Find out how teenagers need to prepare their resume, how to write it effectively to attract the attention of employers and what things needs to be included in the resume. Since teenagers have very little or no working experience, it becomes very important to write an effective resume. Even when they have a few month’s experience of doing some internships or summer or other seasonal jobs, it needs to be included in the resume quite professionally. Right from your name and e-mail to your objectives and other description in the resume, everything should be done in a quite professional way. The video below provides you with more tips and suggestions on how to write a professional resume for teenagers while applying for jobs.

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Top 10 Graphic Designer Skills

1.  Know How to Draw

2.  Be Creative

3.  Be Passionate Learner

4.  Know Graphics Software

5.  Be Troubleshooter

6.  Watch Others

7.  Look for Inspiration

8.  Read Client’s Mind

9.  Know Design Theory

10.  Follow Trends

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Best Careers 2009-2010 [Part-I]

Environmental Engineers
The career of environmental engineers is one of the most fulfilling ones if you aspire to step into the field of environmental science.

Cruise Line Chef
Those who are interested in making their career in the field of Culinary Arts can also look forward to joining as a chef on a cruise ship. Chef on a cruise ship is known as Cruise Line Chef.

Graphic Designers

As a graphic designer or graphic artists you can find jobs in media field including print, electronic, television and film.

Broadcast Technicians
Not only in radio and television, but broadcast technicians can land profitable jobs and make fulfilling career in motion pictures as well.

Craft Artists
Maximum number of professionals in the field of art and craft are self employed. There are excellent job opportunities in this field.
Database Administrators
If you are interested in database management systems and safeguarding computer databases, a career as database administrators is just for you.

Film & Video Editors
Editing a movie, soundtrack or video is all that you will be doing if you decide to kick start your career as film and video editors.
Career in Liberal Arts
A degree in liberal arts gives you a well rounded knowledge of a variety of subjects including literature, science, religion, mathematics etc.


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Finding Scholarships Online

Are you ready to search for scholarships online? Well, there are hundreds of scholarship search services available online. You can not go just for any scholarship service. You have the pick one which is authentic and is not a scholarship scam. Given below are some important tips to help you select the right scholarship service online.

Profile Matches

A sophisticated matching technology is the most essential part of an online scholarship search service. An online service which can exactly match your profile with different types of scholarships available will be able to provide you a list of scholarships that you are eligible for or for which you are potential candidate. Do not go for an online scholarship services that asks only a couple of questions and returns you a list of hundreds of scholarships. The right scholarship service will provide you with only selective scholarships and you would be able to devote more time to the application procedure.

Up-to-date Scholarship Information

While searching for scholarship services online, you will come across hundreds of such services. The key to choosing the right one is by checking out the accuracy of information and whether it is for the current academic year. Outdated scholarship information will do nothing but waste your valuable time. So, make sure that service you use provides up-to-date scholarship information.

Avoid Overly Commercial Websites

You are searching online for services that can help you find matching scholarships. So, remember to focus on finding scholarships. You may find a number of websites packed with commercial advertisements and student offers. Avoid websites with unwanted subscriptions and too many pop up ads. These websites are there to do business and they may annoy you. Keep away from such types of online scholarship services.

Look for User-Oriented Features

The right kind of scholarship service should save you time, Go for a service that features customer oriented service like easy profile and account updation options and getting the information saved after you have filled out the for. If the information is saved, you will not need to start all over again if you want to make some changes. A good online scholarship service should not annoy you, save you time and help you easily find free money for college.

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Interview Dos & Don’ts

What to Do
Express your message with great clarity using good diction and grammar
Fill out the application form neatly and completely, if provided.
Greet the interviewer by his last name, but be sure about the pronunciation.
Display enthusiasm, smile and give a firm handshake.
Listen carefully, be articulate while responding and look the interviewer in the eye.
Do not take seat unless offered, sit upright and look interested.
Take criticism with grace.
Try to display a sense of humor.
Carry a pen and a small notebook and use when required.
Take time to think before responding to an unexpected question.
If you do not understand a question, ask to clarify.
Depart gracefully at the end of the interview.
Have some intelligent questions in mind to ask the interviewer.
Expect to be treated in an appropriate manner.

What Not to Do
Do not respond to questions only with ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Give explanations where required.
Do not pretend to know something that you actually do not.
Do not say anything negative about the present or previous employer.
Jot down notes (if any) only after the interview concludes.
Do not make excuse for your actions and decisions.
Do not take the interviewer in a casual manner, even if it is just for practice.
Do not slouch or go to the extremes of your posture while sitting.
Do not let the interviewer feel that you are ready for just any kind of job.
Do not talk about salary and benefits unless the interviewer begins with the subject.

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Career in Accounting & Job Opportunities

accounting-careerUsually people think that the accounting career is limited only to the position of a general accountant. This is not true. If you are serious about a career in accounting, you should equip yourself with more information about this field. First of all, there are multiple areas where accounting jobs are available and excellent career opportunities lie for candidates. Be informed that accounting professionals or accountant are required in areas like information system, management policy, taxation, auditing, computer operations etc.

What is the actual duty of an accountant? Well, accountants are hired to make an assessment of the economic activities of business establishments as well as individuals. Accountants do not only assess the present economic status, but they also evaluate future economic activities.

People might say that accountants are only for filing returns at year’s end. In fact, accountants are the soul of the financial world. Finances, profits, payrolls, expenditure – can all of this smoothly without accountants? Depending on their skill and expertise, accountants can choose to work only in their areas of specialization like tax documentation, maintenance of an organizations finances and looking after a small business’ payroll. There are multiple options of making a successful career in accounting.

Types of Accountants
Candidates who aspire to kick start a career in accounting, should know about the different types of accountants that exist in the modern day world. These accountant types are as follows.

Public Accountants
These types of accountants work for public accounting companies and handle taxation, deduction and declaration tasks.

Government Accountants
These accountants work for the government and government employees. They look after the government accounting records as well as government employees’ account records.

Internal Auditors
Always in demand, internal auditors ensure the truthfulness and the accuracy of a company’s financial records. These accountants work for the benefits of both the company clients and company employees.

Management Accountants
The duty of management accountants is to supervise and manage a company’s payouts and profits. Whether it is the company’s investment or expenditure, the management accountants have an important role to play in all of this.

Ready for an Accounting Career?
Multiple diploma and degree programs are available at universities, colleges and other academic institutions. Remember to join only accredited institutions to make the most of your career in accounting. While you go to attend a college, make sure you obtain an accountant degree that not only kick starts your career, but also proves beneficial for your accounting MBA program.

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Career as Archivists : Overview, Education & Salary

ArchivistWhether it’s a museum, a zoo, an educational institution or a historical site, archivists can land a job at any of these places. But before you decide to take up the career of an archivist, you should ask yourself whether you would love working at museums and historical sites. If you find yourself to have an avid interest in this the field of natural history and museology (study of museums), archivist can just be the right career option for you. Major duties of archivists include the maintenance of historical documents and participating in multiple research activities associated with the subject of archiving. Not only at museums or other historical sites, but archivists can make their career by joining academic institutions and federal agencies too.

The career of an archivist demands a lot of loyalty and dedication, as you would be responsible for the safekeeping of historical documents, works of art and craft, fossils, rare manuscripts, historical relics etc. If you though that your archivists career would only include the maintenance of historical documents and artifacts, you need to think again. A host of challenging tasks may also be included in your duty or work profile. Archivists are also involved in organizing lectures, workshops, tours etc. In this case, you would be in close contact with the boards of many an academic institution. So, are you ready for this career? Or, do you want to know more? Read on!

Educational Background
With a bachelor’s degree in history or library science, you can easily kick start your career as an archivists. However, those who aspire higher ranking or more respectable positions like that of a museum director, you will need to obtain a degree in archival science from an accredited college or university. A master’s or a doctoral degree in natural history can get you the post of a curator. Additional certifications like ‘Certified Archivists’ (conferred upon by the Academy of Certified Archivists) can help candidates a lot in the advancement of their career.

Archivists Job Outlook

Employment growth rate for archivists, museum technicians and curators is expected to increase as fast as the average of all occupations through to the year 2012. Jobs will be added both in the public sector and private organizations. More and more archival science professionals are required for museums and zoo attendance. Rising public interest in science, arts and history also increases demands for archivists.

Salary of an Archivist
Whether you want to become a curator or an archivist, abundant opportunities are waiting for you. After the completion of your training programs, you can decide to begin your archivists career at academic institutions, zoological gardens, federal/ state government agencies, historical organizations etc. The average salary of an archivist is around $40,730 per year.


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