Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips
Job-hunting tips from the August 14, 2006 issue of QuintZine.
CareerJournal.com teamed up with polling company Harris Interactive to survey adults and find what qualities are most common in the jobs of highly satisfied career-focused people.
The four attributes cited most were:
- Good intellectual stimulation
- Strong job security
- High level of control and freedom in what to do
- Extensive direct contact with customers/clients
These criteria in hand, they then identified careers using occupational data and employment projections from the Department of Labor. Their eight “Best Careers” fit the bill in each category:
- Curriculum and instructional coordinators
- High-school special-education teachers
- Hospital and clinic managers
- Management consultants and analysts
- Medical researchers
- Physical therapists
- Sales, marketing and advertising managers
According to a study it commissioned:
- 80 percent of graduating seniors do not have a job when they receive their diploma,
- 97 percent of those same seniors say they aren’t confident that they have selected the right career path, and
- 65 percent did not use the resources of their college’s career center, turning instead to professors (83 percent), parents (75 percent) and friends (67 percent).
- Organization’s Web site: 74 percent increase
- Employee referrals: 68 percent increase
- Social networking technology: 60 percent increase
- Campus recruiting: 48 percent increase
- Niche job boards: 51 percent increase
- General job boards: 29 percent increase
- Commercial resume databases: 24 percent increase
- Career fairs: 21 percent increase
- Search firms: 16 percent increase
- Other: 12 percent increase
- Newspapers: 4 percent increase
Sources: DirectEmployers, Booz Allen Hamilton
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