Quick and Quintessential Tips to Guide Your Job Search and Work Life
Job-hunting tips from the January 12, 2009, issue of QuintZine.
Mark Guterman and Dan King of MeaningfulCareers.com recommend an Annual Renewal Process consisting of these steps:
STEP 1: REFLECTION
Conduct an objective and subjective evaluation of the recent past.
Describe the lessons learned from the recent past.
STEP 2: APPRECIATION
Express appreciation for self, others, and the world around you.
STEP 3: VISION/PLANNING
Clarify your values: What is most important to you?
Identify your vision and goals.
Describe the plans and steps you will take.
Commit to your action plan.
The editors at job portal CareerCast.com wanted to answer two key questions in this economic downturn: What are the best jobs out there, and what are the worst? Not in terms of glamour, or just in terms of salary, but in terms of such factors as job security, emotional stress, hiring outlook, and basic physical safety.
The criteria CareerCast.com researchers used to determine the most – and least – appealing career opportunities included environment, income, employment outlook, physical demands, security, and stress. Each occupation is ranked using data from such sources as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau, as well as information provided by a wide range of trade associations and industry groups. The upshot: secure, well-paying office jobs, like mathematician, ranked high. Physically demanding, high-risk jobs, like Lumberjack, brought up the rear. Based on these factors, here are the nation’s 10 best and worst jobs. [To see the full rankings of all 200 jobs, go to CareerCast.com.]
- software engineer
- computer systems analyst
- industrial designer
- dairy farmer
- taxi driver
- emergency medical technician
- garbage collector
According to Jobfox, the most wanted new jobs, listed according to major Obama initiatives, will include:
Initiative: Construction of Roads, Bridges, Transit, and Rural Broadband
- Construction managers
- Project managers
- Civil engineers
- Computer-aided drafting specialists
- Telecommunications engineers
Initiative: Greater Oversight of Financial Markets
- Compliance accountants
- Internal auditors
- Tax accountants
- Government regulators
Initiative: Energy Independence
- Electrical engineers
- Mechanical engineers
- Power grid managers
- Biofuels chemists
- Sales and marketing
Initiative: Healthcare Modernization
- Information technology specialists
- Bioinformatics specialists
- Information security specialists
- Software developers
Initiative: Volunteerism and Community Involvement
- Social workers
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