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Interviewing & Job Listings

New graduates with college degrees earn an average of 60% more than employees with only a high school diploma, which adds up to more than an $800,000 difference over your lifetime. Several top universities, like Stanford and MIT in their Open Courseware department, and Harvard via the Open Learning Initiative, now offer online courses. Pursue your interests and your earnings will increase naturally as you gain business experience. By taking stock of your own preferences, you can decide what job areas you should be targeting.

A searchable list of job vacancies, grouped by occupation and location, is available via this free job search tool by Monster.com. The job listing results offer you starting salary data as well. Although most jobs which pay six-figure salaries require a college degree, technical fields offer starting salaries based more on ability. The US Department of Labor reports that web page designers draw a median salary of $52,400 a year, while freelance designers earn $67,000 yearly. You can locate your state's job bank to get assistance in many areas, like writing a resume, preparing for an interview, or researching company data to prepare for an interview.

Writing a Resume

You can emulate the sample resumes provided on the Monster.com website. By looking at the professional resume layout, you can avoid many of the mistakes new graduates make in over-preparing their resume. While experience is thin starting out, your resume can emphasize academic and community achievements, and serve to formally introduce yourself as a job candidate.

Employment:

• Past and Current Employers
• Work Experience
• Military Service
• Internships
• Computer Skills
• Technical Experience

Education:

• College or university, major, and degree
• Courses and GPA
• Job Training Courses
• Standardized Test Scores
• Licensing and Certification
• Study abroad
• Volunteer Experience
• Foreign Languages

Interview Mistakes

Interview Questions and Answers

Cover letters

Resume samples

Job Interview Questions

The company you are interested in has finally granted you a job interview. Now what? Will you prepare well, and have ready answers for the following common interview questions, or will you waste the opportunity and arrive unprepared? Your job interviewer has one goal, to eliminate as many candidates as is possible, as quickly as possible, leaving only a handful of qualified applicants for the job. To pass the elimination round, you should know your strengths and weaknesses, and something about the company's products and servicers, at a bare minimum. Further, your resume is your professional representation in writing. How does your resume look? You can emulate the sample resumes provided on the Monster.com website.

Here are a few tough interview questions to prepare for. You may not face all these interview questions, but many are common in job interview situations. It isn't enough to read through the questions. Take your time, and actually write down reasonable responses, then practice role-playing with other people.

Why do you want to do this job?
What did you like least about your last job?
What can you provide that other candidates can't?
Why are you leaving your present job?
What do you know about our company?
Are you willing to relocate?
Do you have any questions prepared?
What irritates you about other people, and how do you deal with it?
Give me an example of something you did wrong at your last job. How did you handle it?
What's the most difficult decision you've made in the last year?
What would be your ideal work environment?
Give examples of ideas you've implemented successfully.
What do you think of your previous boss?
What do you ultimately want to do?
What failures would your last boss report about you?
If you were interviewing someone for this job, what would you look for?
What's the most important thing you learned in your school?

Given a few years of experience, you can expect regular salary increases. Industry-specific salary data can help you prove that you deserve a raise. Please consider your location when checking salary data, due to variable costs of living. The best time to use salary information to request a raise is at review time. That's when your boss is focused on your results and your impact on the company, so explain in direct terms why you think you deserve a raise.


Nursing Careers

Career training programThe CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) is the first step in becoming a nurse. They act as the eyes and ears of nurses, and in return obtain first hand experience in a clinical setting. Most CNA programs can be completed within a few months, allowing you to begin working. The next step in a nursing career is to become a LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) or LVN ( Licensed Vocational Nurse). This is a one year long program, in which you'll work under an RN. Practice requirements include passing meds, wound care, and administering feeding tubes.

In order to become an RN (Registered Nurse), you will be required to earn a bachelors degree in nursing, and will enjoy an enlarged scope of practice over LPNs and CNAs, as well as command a greater salary. A 2-year associate's degree in nursing is generally considered the minimum educational requirement for RNs. Students will receive classroom instruction and clinical training. A 4-year BSN program allows students to study specialized areas of nursing, including pediatrics, geriatrics and mental health nursing.

An RN has to cope with more responsibility, and must oversee the work of LPNs and CNAs under their supervision. If you wish to continue advancement, a masters degree and several years of experience as a nurse, may qualify you for the NP (Nurse Practitioner) credential. After completing your nursing education, you must be licensed by the state in which you'll be practicing. The state boards of nursing each have their own specific certification criteria. In general, the requirements include completion of a degree in nursing, and board certification by the relevant accrediting body.

Each link below lists current openings:Starting Salary
(up to)
10 Year Salary
(up to)
Anesthesiologists$74,340$114,340
Chiropractors$67,760$91,070
Clinical Psychologists$66,110$92,730
Dental Assistants$35,850$45,040
Dental Hygienists$30,430$41,530
Dental Lab Technicians$30,500$45,950
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers$36,090$68,520
Emt, Paramedics$29,390$65,280
Home Health Aides$30,100$57,030
Licensed Vocational Nurses (Lvn)$54,480$84,780
Massage Therapists$33,000$62,670
Medical Assistants$26,980$37,140
Medical Lab Technicians$30,550$59,260
Medical Records$29,140$45,260
Medical Transcriptionists$30,660$43,920
Occupational Therapist Assistants$42,110$58,270
Occupational Therapists$66,010$87,330
Opticians$42,220$69,630
Pharmacists$65,950$80,450
Pharmacy Tech$30,180$46,600
Physical Therapist Assistants$41,410$56,220
Physical Therapists$58,050$94,810
Physician Assistants$41,270$62,230
Physicians And Surgeons$92,220$182,220
Psychologists$50,360$77,840
Radiation Therapists$47,580$62,110
Radiologic Technicians$52,110$77,160
Registered Nurses (Rn)$49,730$83,440
Rehabilitation$49,350$72,940
Respiratory Therapists$68,610$94,190
Respiratory Therapy Technicians$39,860$56,220
Skin Care Specialists$25,300$48,510
Speech-Language Pathologists$46,990$68,690
Surgeons$104,150$184,150
Surgical Technologists$39,680$73,630
Therapists$45,070$72,640
Veterinarians$81,490$133,150
Veterinary Assistants$21,060$39,510



Business Job Listings

Although most jobs which pay six-figure salaries require a college degree, technical fields offer high salaries based more on ability than which school you graduated from. Students will impress future bosses more with an impressive portfolio than with an advanced degree, so practice your skills as a consultant for local companies. Candidates with prior industry experience are preferred by interviewers, so you resume must show a clear pattern of success over time, based on numeric results and personal achievements.

Each link below lists current openings:Starting Salary
(up to)
10 Year Salary
(up to)
Accountants$60,670$84,050
Advertising$51,370$71,280
Bill Collectors$30,640$53,930
Bookkeeping$31,780$46,020
Claims Investigators$42,750$79,170
Commercial Divers$45,410$75,770
Couriers And Messengers$32,580$47,680
Credit Analysts$60,190$80,280
Editors$53,220$87,400
Executive Secretaries$39,160$59,740
Financial Analysts$71,240$118,000
Insurance Sales$58,450$85,090
Loan Officers$61,930$97,040
Marketing$67,610$107,610
Property Management$52,290$85,170
Public Relations$40,670$79,880
Purchasing$43,730$78,650
Receptionists$23,810$33,750
Sales Managers$62,730$112,730
Secretaries$28,460$41,550
Tax Preparers$33,160$56,640
Telemarketers$24,190$58,430
Tellers$34,900$56,610
Title Examiners$40,660$63,650
Wholesale And Retail Buyers$51,010$83,080



Legal & Law Enforcement Jobs

Criminal justice careers can range from law enforcement to working in a legal setting such as a courtroom or law office. Always in demand, police jobs are listed by city or federal agency. Many departments will offer to sponsor well-qualified candidates to gain training through their local police academy. The median national salary for officers is $62,000. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there are approximately 112,200 detectives and criminal investigators employed in the United States, with a median annual income around $78,000. However, salary depends greatly on location and which agency you work for, as well as the number of years of service.

    • FBI website
    • CIA Jobs
    • NSA Careers
    • DEA Jobs
    • ATF Jobs
    • US Customs and Border Protection
    • US Secret Service
    • US Marshals
    • Bureau of Prisons


Paralegal Jobs

Paralegals assist attorneys by reducing their case load, and may investigate the facts of cases, interview clients and witnesses, and perform legal research. A paralegal may draft pleadings, deposition notices, subpoenas, motions, briefs, and other legal documents. Further, job duties may include filing documents with federal and state courts, and assisting at hearings, arbitrations, administrative proceedings, and court trials. Paralegals with a bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies, or a community college degree combined with a paralegal certificate, generally have the best career prospects.

Paralegals must develop an understanding of legal terminology, rules of legal procedure, and substantive law. They must have excellent organizational skills in order to manage voluminous case files and exhibits. Strong research and writing skills are also necessary in drafting pleadings, discovery, and legal research. The average paralegal salary is $50,496 per year, although experienced paralegals with special skills may earn in excess of $110,000 annually.

Each link below lists current openings:Starting Salary
(up to)
10 Year Salary
(up to)
Correctional Officers$29,850$42,810
Court Reporters$48,370$77,770
Detectives And Criminal Investigators$60,390$92,590
Fire Fighters$42,370$63,140
Law Clerks$44,200$74,920
Lawyers$85,360$155,360
Legal Secretaries$39,670$58,770
Paralegals$38,090$59,260
Police Dispatchers$32,590$67,190
Police Officers$48,410$72,450
Private Detectives$38,290$64,380



Engineering Certification & Jobs

The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, also referred to as the Engineer in Training (EIT) exam, is the first of two examinations that engineers must pass in order to be licensed as a Professional Engineer. The exam is open to anyone with a degree in engineering, or who is currently enrolled in the last year of an ABET-accredited engineering degree program. The exam is eight hours long, split into four-hour sessions. The morning session is a 120-question test, while the afternoon session consists of 60 in-depth questions. Results are mailed approximately 2 months after the test date, depending on each state's engineering licensure board. After completing an 4-year apprenticeship, an Engineer in Training (EIT) qualifies to take the Professional Engineer (PE) exam, for certification and licensure.

Each link below lists current openings:Starting Salary
(up to)
10 Year Salary
(up to)
Aerospace Engineers$89,260$124,550
Aircraft Mechanics$39,300$71,780
Architects$69,760$104,970
Architectural Drafting$43,900$63,310
Chemists$66,040$106,310
Civil Engineers$72,120$104,420
Computer Programmers$75,500$106,610
Database Administrators$35,770$55,090
Economists$63,500$86,550
Electrical Engineers$78,900$115,240
Environmental Engineers$72,590$106,230
Geographers$63,720$93,930
Industrial Engineers$70,630$100,980
Network Engineers$65,230$90,460
Sound Engineering$52,520$78,020
Surveying And Mapping$23,640$43,140
Technical Writers$60,850$91,720



IT & Website Design

Employment of information security analysts, web developers, and computer network architects is projected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than almost all other occupations, except for nursing and healthcare jobs. Demand for information security analysts is expected to be very high. In addition, as the healthcare industry expands its use of electronic medical records, ensuring patients’ protecting personal data are becoming more important. The demand for computer network architects will increase as firms continue to expand their use of wireless and mobile networks, and the recent expansion of healthcare will cause an increase in the use of networking equipment in hospital administration. The rapid adoption of cloud computing, to access storage and software apps over the internet, is a wide open field for computer programmers. Finally, e-Commerce website design is expected to grow as retail firms expand their online offerings.

Computer programmers write code to create software, often in dark rooms, peering into computer screens late into the night. It takes a special kind of person to be a top-notch programmer. They turn the program designs created by software developers and engineers into instructions that a computer can follow. Database administrators, on the hand, use software to store and organize data, such as financial information and customer shipping records. They make sure that the database design will withstand unauthorized access by hackers. Finally, network systems administrators (admin) are responsible for the day- to-day operation of computer networks. They organize, install, and support an organization’s computer systems, including local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), and intranets.


Graphic Design Jobs

The National Association of Schools of Art and Design accredits about 300 colleges. Technical training programs in graphic design provide students with the opportunity to build a professional portfolio of their work in computer-aided design, graphics, or commercial art. A good portfolio often is the deciding factor in getting a job. Students interested in graphic design programs should take basic courses in studio art, computerized design, commercial graphics, or website design. Graphic designers create visual concepts, by hand or using computer software. The annual wage of graphic designers is roughly $43,500. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $26,200, and the top 10 percent earned more than $76,910.

Each link below lists current openings:Starting Salary
(up to)
10 Year Salary
(up to)
Actors$32,900$84,650
Broadcasters$56,910$86,000
Camera Operators$46,150$84,500
Fashion Designers$23,540$64,760
Film And Video Editors$58,100$91,720
Graphic Designers$43,830$69,730
Interior Designers$48,000$88,760
Musicians And Singers$35,260$97,080
Photographers$31,830$76,640
Radio And Television Announcers$36,120$68,600
Reporters And Foreign Correspondents$44,520$76,610
Writers And Authors$58,080$97,700



Skilled Trade Jobs

Each link below lists current openings:Starting Salary
(up to)
10 Year Salary
(up to)
Automotive Mechanics$36,070$56,620
Bartenders$23,540$44,210
Carpenters$48,930$73,330
Carpet Installers$38,280$64,710
Chefs$47,880$65,730
Electricians$50,840$73,200
Flight Attendants$56,150$95,300
Hairdressers$38,340$69,180
Janitors$19,730$33,060
Landscaping$33,250$58,190
Lifeguards$18,410$25,440
Motorcycle Mechanics$32,000$58,480
Painters$36,230$65,680
Plumbers$65,830$112,360
Security Alarm Installers$26,410$43,830
Short Order Cooks$24,870$42,840
Tour Guides$22,310$54,630
Truck Drivers$27,520$44,160
Waiters And Waitresses$32,760$52,160
Welders$36,760$53,950



State Workforce Agencies

Workforce AgenciesAgency Website
Alabamawww.owd.alabama.gov
Alaskawww.labor.state.ak.us
Arizonaarizonavirtualonestop.com
Arkansaswww.state.ar.us/esd
Californiawww.labor.ca.gov
Coloradowww.coworkforce.com
Connecticutwww.ctdol.state.ct.us
Delawarewww.delawareworks.com
Floridawww.workforceflorida.com
Georgiawww.dol.state.ga.us
Hawaiihawaii.gov/labor
Idaholabor.idaho.gov
Illinoiswww.ides.state.il.us
Indianawww.in.gov/dwd
Iowawww.iowaworkforce.org
Kansaswww.kansascommerce.com
Kentuckyoet.ky.gov
Louisianawww.ldol.state.la.us
Mainewww.mainecareercenter.com
Marylandwww.dllr.state.md.us
Massachusettswww.mass.gov
Michiganmichiganworks.org
Minnesotawww.deed.state.mn.us
Mississippiwww.mdes.ms.gov/wps
Missouriworkforce.mo.gov
Montanawsd.dli.mt.gov
Nebraskawww.dol.nebraska.gov
Nevadanevadajobconnect.com
New Hampshirewww.nhworks.org
New Jerseylwd.state.nj.us/labor
New Mexicowww.dws.state.nm.us
New Yorkwww.labor.ny.gov
North Carolinawww.nccommerce.com
North Dakotawww.jobsnd.com
Ohiojfs.ohio.gov/workforce
Oklahomawww.oesc.state.ok.us
Oregonemployment.oregon.gov
Pennsylvaniawww.dli.state.pa.us
Rhode Islandwww.dlt.state.ri.us
South Carolinawww.sccommerce.com
South Dakotadol.sd.gov
Tennesseestate.tn.us/labor-wfd
Texaswww.twc.state.tx.us
Utahjobs.utah.gov/jobseeker
Vermontlabor.vermont.gov
Virginiawww.vec.virginia.gov
Washington Statefortress.wa.gov/esd
West Virginiawww.workforcewv.org
Wisconsinjobcenterofwisconsin.com
Wyomingwydoe.state.wy.us
Washington DCdoes.dc.gov


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