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How to prepare for a diversity job fair

jobA diversity job fair is a great place to go, when you are looking for a position. If you are a minority in the workplace, it is a great way for you to showcase your skills and talent, and show why you are a great asset for an employer. In order to prepare, there are a few things that can be done, in order for you to find more viable options, and show more employers why you are a good fit for their company, and what you can bring. (more…)

Creating Effective Resumes

Creative ResumesA resume is a brief, written summary of your skills and experience. It is an overview of who you are and a tool to present yourself to employers. The goal of a well-written resume is to gain a job interview. Job interviews may lead to employment! Employers and Hiring Managers are very busy and tend to rapidly review resumes. Therefore, your resume must quickly catch the employer’s attention. (more…)

Back to basics: Interview tips and tricks

It’s been a while since we did a back to basics post on the blog, but I was talking to some recent graduates yesterday and they were asking me a number of questions about interview technique and it struck me that it would be a good idea to write up some of the advice I was giving as a blog post.

They key thing to remember about interview technique coaching is that everyone is likely to give slightly different advice, so it’s up to you as an interviewee to work out what advice will work for you and fit with your personality. So, with that in mind, here are my tips and tricks.

Arrive on time

This one might seem a bit old hat, but it’s surprising how many people continue to turn up late to job interviews. As a rule of thumb I would always attempt to get an interview half an hour before the interview is scheduled to start. The other key thing to remember is it’s your responsibility to ensure that you are not held up on the way to your interview. This means ensuring that you know the way to your interview as well as finding out if there are likely to any traffic hold ups along the way.

It’s an excellent idea to spend a few hours of your time going on a trial run a few days before your interview to ensure you can find your interview location easily on the big day. Doing this will ensure you arrive on-time and in a relaxed frame of mind.

Sleep well before the interview

People who know me well will probably smile when they see this tip as sleeping well before a job interview is something I never tire of talking about. The difference that a good night’s sleep can make to a candidate’s chances is huge. Also as an interviewer, I think you’re subconsciously more likely to warm to a candidate who looks alert and well rested rather than someone who looks tired and washed out.

I consider this point be so important that I’d even consider reviewing my sleeping habits in the weeks leading up to a big interview. Do you sleep on your side? Then it might be worth buying a pillow that specifically suits side sleepers, this might seem to be taking things a bit too far, but in my experience being well rested in the nights leading up to an interview can make a huge difference to a candidate’s chances.

Ask for the job

Finally, I’m going to leave you with a ninja tip. When the interview is over and the interviewers ask you if you have any questions, it can often pay to ask for the job. By this I don’t mean that you should beg for the job, but it’s often worth asking a question such as -

“Given what we’ve discussed and what you can see for my CV, is there anything that would prevent me getting this job?”

Asking this question will often lead to interviewers revealing concerns that they may have about your suitability for the job, once these concerns are out in the open you’ll have a chance to discuss them with your interviewers and ease any worries that they may have about you.

An Exciting Career With The Singapore Zoo

One of my favorite zoos in the entire world is the Singapore Zoo. Since moving here from the United States two years ago, we have fallen in love with the beautiful zoo which first opened back in the summer of 1973. It is a vast place that covers almost 100 acres, or 40 hectares. Since the zoo is subsidized by the government of Singapore, it is no wonder they have such a vast array of animals: over 300 various species.
Working in a unique nature setting, the Singapore Zoo draws on the full range of their staff experiences, skill set and abilities to reach the top wildlife institution in the world.

Employment Diversity at the Singapore Zoo

Our oldest son, who is a university student, recently applied for an internship with the Singapore Zoo. We encouraged him to do so because we know how much the management cares about the welfare of the animals. We have known others who have worked at the zoo and each developed a wonderful love of nature.

Another thing we have learned is that the Singapore Zoo loves to see their employees become innovative, especially when it applies to the well being of the animals. They instill a serious interest in ecology and limiting man’s footprint on this wonderful earth.

With the wonderful diversity of people living in Singapore, the Zoo is constantly widening its pool of talent. How much he will enjoy working in this beautiful tropical environment. We know this is the type of experience that will last a lifetime and we are anxious for him to be accepted.

While each internship program emphasizes conservation and education, there are also a number of business internships available at the Singapore Zoo. As you might imagine, running a business this size requires more talent than simply the care of animals! Internships are offered in a number of disciplines that will help the interns develop their skills for future assignments. And they have a lot of fun, too!

We were amazed at the different areas interns can work in. Not only are there the obvious areas of zoology, animal training, and veterinary medicine — there are many business related fields as well. For instance, the zoo hires interns for their sales and marketing, human resources, information technology, food and beverage, and corporate communications departments.

The Importance of Team Building Activities

We have encouraged our son to reach out for this internship. But we also want to give him a head start as he prepares for a successful career. We understand that friction can occur whenever people work together. That is why we have encouraged him to get involved in team building activities that will help him learn how to best work with others while communicating effectively.

The Singapore Zoo is owned by Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) which has a reputation in providing excellent exhibits of animals living in their natural environment. Working in Singapore Zoo would be fun and challenging as the company constantly looks for motivated and capable individuals to be part of their dynamic team servicing the renowned park.

Finding a New Career In the Health Industry

For some, finding a job in a new industry isn’t even something to be considered. For many others though, after working in one industry or in one career, they find it fun and exciting to get into a completely new job path. And one of the most popular fields to be in right now is the health industry.

There are several different sub industries that fall under health in general. You have everything ranging from organic foods to supplements, and from working out to build muscle to eating clean for weight loss. One of the reasons that this industry is so popular right now is because more and more consumers are realizing the need to improve and/or to watch their health. In addition to simply being aware of the need, consumers are becoming more and more educated as to what all is involved in truly being healthy. Dr. Jonny Bowden said in a review of his program that for those wishing to get healthy and to lose weight that they need to focus on the metabolic factors in our bodies.

“Bowden said that with his methodology, he is solving the problem on the exact point where intervention should be targeted – the metabolic mechanism of the body.”

Just this alone points to the advancing knowledge and awareness that many people have regarding their health.

And this is exactly why there is such an appeal for this industry. Many have found that after being in one career for 5-10 years that they reach somewhat of a plateau. If they can reach out to another completely different industry and learn the ropes this can be fun and exciting.

What makes the health industry even more attractive to these types of personalities is that science is continually learning and improving dieting advice and recommendations on exercise.

With an almost unending list of healthcare jobs that are available to go into to, the opportunities seem almost endless. One can pick a career as a dentist, a physical therapist, a nutritionist and so on and so on. What really matters is picking a segment of the healthcare industry that you feel most reflects your desire to learn and to grow into. It’s quite common to stick with a job for 5-10 years so picking one that you already have some type of interest in is really the only way to go. Simply picking a new career just because it is new and poses a challenge will eventually come back to bite you. Yes, it’s good to feel like you can rise to the challenge of switching direction but you also want to plan ahead.

Again, there are so many different choices involved in picking a new career but the reasons that the health industry is becoming so popular is quite obvious. So if you are considering a career change or even looking for a new career, make sure to checkout your options and make sure to look into any sub-segments of whatever career path you choose. The variations just might surprise you!

How to Effectively Schedule for Happy Employees

Any manager usually struggles with it. Employees showing up for work late, not taking lunch on time, not leaving on time. Part of our job as managers is to save the company money. We certainly do this by effectively scheduling people. This way, nobody has to stay late and cost the company overtime. Additionally, I firmly believe you can’t run any business successfully without organization and with organization comes time management and scheduling.

When it comes to scheduling I love redundancy. I like to have my schedule on my computer, my phone, and a paper schedule. I have them all synced together through a cloud system to make sure I am on the right page wherever I go. Some people might think this is bit overkill, however, I refuse to be late to a meeting or to work, and I rarely take an excuse when somebody is late.

I also wear a watch, and I urge my workers to wear a watch as well. Not only does this help me in my everyday life, but also it helps me be more in tuned with my workers schedules. Every Monday and Friday I go around to my workers and make sure everybody has the same time. I might come off as annoying or overbearing, but I always told myself that I would run an efficient, organized department.

Tips on how to keep your department on schedule:

1. Make a schedule for everyone to follow that they can access at home. This leaves no excuse except their neglect of looking at the schedule for being late.

2. Strongly recommend everyone wear a watch. There are a few substitutions for this, but a well-made watch, even if it’s cheaper, has kept humans on schedule for decades, before any smart phone.

3. Hire people who take organization and scheduling as serious as you do.

4. If you’re a manager and you’re not organized, get organized as quickly as possible. There is no substitution for it.

5. Take pride in your realm of the company. They put you in charge for a reason, show them why. Generally, when you do this, organization and scheduling will come with it.

I’ve had to be the bad guy at times during my career. It’s not somebody I wanted to be. However, I worked hard to get where I am, and I take it as a direct insult when somebody chooses not to make it into work on time or not turn in a project on time. I have certainly fired people, and I’ve even fired people I really liked. But if you have a person who is continually late to work, it not only sets a bad example for everybody else, but it makes you look bad.

I hope this information helped. I urge you to continue to strive to be a manager who is organized. Take the tips I showed you, and make an effective schedule. If you’re not a manager, be the employee who is punctual and can be counted on. This will go a long way when it is your turn for the big promotion.

Workplace Diversity: Competitive Advantage

In nearly any workplace setting, diversity in the workplace is heavily talked about. You hear it during meetings, in corporate policy, and through other workplace outlets. However, while the message is clear that we need more diversity in America’s workplaces, there are very few instances that explain to you why it is necessary and how it can benefit you and your work environment. Rather than take things at face value, it is always best to examine an issue. This incites a deeper and more concrete understanding which allows movement and change on an issue. Instead of ranting about the necessity of workplace diversity, this post will explain to you the why.

Economic Prosperity

When the company that you work for succeeds, you succeed. One excellent result of more workplace diversity is that it fosters economic prosperity. Think about it for a moment. The more diverse a workplace is, the more companies and workers enjoy more creative wealth that is brought about from people with different angles and walks of life. Workplace diversity does not simply come in the form of personal background, gender, sexual orientation, and so forth, it also comes from employment positions. Take this example for instance: Say your workplace was comprised of mainly a sales team and the supervisor. Not very creative, right? Everyone is thinking the same way and trying for the same goals. However, when you have different teams, those teams bounce ideas off each other that can lead to greater profits.

A Competitive Workforce

With more and more companies and work institutions making their roots in the American economy, it is more imperative than ever for companies to maintain a competitive advantage. Diversity is one way to achieve this goal. Diversity allows companies to capitalize on the unique talents of individuals and to hone in on their skills to suit the greater good of the company. Take for example emergency care services and their paramedic and EMT employees. While a company cannot simply employ EMT’s, they can choose to only employ paramedics, but this would greatly reduce their competitive advantage. The responsibility of an EMT is to provide emergency care services, such as providing immediate care to the injured, conducting CPR, and transporting the victim to the hospital. A paramedic on the other hand is a level above an EMT. Paramedics provide more specialized and specific emergency care services that involve medical equipment. By employing two of these jobs in the workplace, competitiveness is enhanced as the EMT’s provide an excellent support system and help tackle situations that paramedics cannot handle alone.

Language Skills

Lastly, as the United States is constantly evolving towards a more diverse population, companies require individuals to handle this market. Therefore, to give a workplace an advantage, companies do well when they hire individuals that speak languages such as Spanish and Arabic. By doing so, they can contact and help more individuals and reach a greater and more diverse consumer base. This in turn helps to increase revenue and even enhances the company’s image from a public relations standpoint. With more and more people seeing that the workplace is a diverse institution that does its best to help all consumers, and not just the majority population, more people will be impressed and perhaps become consumers of the business.

Overall, while these are only a few points about workplace diversity, there are also many more advantages. A diverse workplace is our future, and the best way to handle it is to do your part. If you see your company lacking, then reach out. The results will be fantastic.

Facing The Struggles Working Women Face In Their Marriage

There is little doubt that the times of a woman being expected to stay home and to be a homemaker are long gone. Sure, some women do have the luxury (some feel this way, some don’t) of staying home to care for the home and the family but many women in today’s world are out working. With more and more households needing two incomes just to make ends-meet it can create a fairly stressful environment for all parties. Unfortunately, this can even strain and/or damage the marriage. On the flip side, some see this a time to draw together but that is much easier said than done. The reality is that more couples than not find this to be a tough situation to get through.

When a husband is out working all day and comes home tired he has little motivation to help around the house, to cook or to clean. And rightfully so, a wife who has also been out working all day doesn’t exactly look forward to coming home to a to-do list. When the couple meet up at home all may seem fine, and probably is, at least for a while. But by the end of the week there can be many chores to do and many things that get overlooked.

All chores and busy work aside, what is often overlooked and neglected is each other. Marriage takes work. There is no question about that! What is interesting though is that the power to rekindle and ignite the marriage really does fall more on the woman in the relationship. According to Randy Bennett’s Melt Your Man’s Heart women strengthen their relationships by working with their mate and by drawing them back into a healthy relationship.

“The program specifically targets women, as it shows how they have the power and the ability to get their partners back and save their relationships.”

However, another thing to consider is that the husbands do need to play an active role. Losing sight of the more important things in life such as your marriage, your family and your friends can happen. Once one seems himself going down this path it’s important to remember that money isn’t everything. When you first got married or when you first had your child what was going through your mind in relation to work? It was probably something along the lines of ‘I need to provide for my family to keep them healthy and safe’, was it not?

Interestingly, many fail to remember that they’re working for their families benefit. When a husband neglects his family all of the money in the world doesn’t matter. You can’t buy love and you really can’t buy affection. At least not the type that will add meaning to your life. It’s good to remember that pooling your income together makes for a happier couple just the same as pooling your chores together.

So when if a wife has to work it is important to remember that both parties need to contribute to maintaining a happy marriage. If the wife is needed to help generate more income, then then husband should realize that he is needed to help out with the family and around the house. Fair is fair.

Women electricians – how easy is it to make your way in a male dominated job field?

electricianAs time passes we would like to hope that the workplace gradually becomes more and more tolerant, afterall, most of us would recognise that society itself has become more tolerant in the last few years and we would hope that the workplace would follow the society it is based in. But what is it like for somebody working in an occupation that traditionally has been dominated by members of the opposite sex? Susan (not her real name) is a recently qualified electrician, we wondered how she was finding her new job.

Training

Finding her way into becoming an electrician was not always easy for Susan, as she tells us, “I expect a few people would raise their eyebrows at the thought of a female electrician, but I’m one of five children and all my elder siblings are brothers so I grew up in a male dominated household where messing around with computers and electronics was the norm. I’ve always loved electronics so the becoming an electrician has always really appealed to me.”

It maybe says something though that even though becoming an electrician had always appealed to Susan it was not a job option that she followed up in school, as she says “I wasn’t the most confident of teenagers and I guess the thought of putting myself out there and been a bit different really scared me at high school. If I’d chosen to take electronics I’d have been the only girl in my class and it just wasn’t a position I’d have wanted to put myself in.”

It was only after her schooling had finished that Susan found a web site (www.electricianinstructor.com) that outlined exactly what she would need to do to become an electrician. Once Susan had a definite idea of what she need to do then things started to become a little easier “I guess I had that extra little bit of confidence, since I was older” Susan tells us, “I remember reading what I needed to do to get my qualifications, and thinking I really can do this, what I’ve always wanted is in my grasp. It was actually very empowering”

Being on the job

Since gaining her qualifications, Susan has encountered some sexism “it is out there” she tells us “work sites in particular can be very male dominated environments, some places I’ve worked at have not been very pleasant at all whereas others have been really excellent. You never really know what you’re going into until you’re there. So you just have to be prepared for whatever gets thrown at you and try to deal with as best as you can”.

So are there any benefits to being a female electrician ” Well apart from doing what I love every day, and enjoying the ‘electrician’s salary‘ I think some people are likely to be less intimidated by a female electrician, which means that job opportunities can open up quite quickly. I have a number of women clients who really seem to prefer dealing with a female”.

Finally then, for any budding electricians out there what does Susan love the most about her new job “going out to somebody and finding them hassled by the electrical related problems they’re having and then being able to fix them and know you’ve brightened their day can be an incredibly rewarding experience”.

You Can Become an LPN in Just 12 Months!

Adult Students Taking TestIt takes a long time to become a registered nurse. Most of the time, people who want to become RNs are discouraged because they can’t find the time (and the resources) to take up the course. Registered nurses require full time study and it will be difficult for a person with a full time job or a family to accomplish that.

However, that’s no reason to say goodbye to your dreams of having a good future and being able to provide for your family with a nursing career. You can become a licensed practical nurse and still enjoy the perks of being part of a health care team. In any hospital, clinic or medical facility, LPNs are very much in demand. Their tasks include taking care of a person’s chart by checking the vitals and other important data such as respiration rate, volume of liquids ingested as well as how much the output is. An LPN’s work allow medical doctors to accurately assess the patient’s condition and helps him decide on what course of action to take next.

Become an LPN Today

LPNs are also called Licensed Vocational Nurses. In some States, they are allowed to issue prescription meds, initiate and monitor intravenous therapy (also called an IV line) and do basic lab tests. In some states they also take care of a patient’s wounds and insert catheters if the need arises. While they are vocational nurses, they are under the strict supervision and monitoring of doctors, advanced practice nurses and registered nurses. They are also important in dealing with emergency situations since they are normally at the forefront of the emergency response teams.

Where do LPNs work?

There’s plenty of work available for LPNs or vocational nurses. Aside from hospitals and clinics, nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities are also in constant need. They rely heavily on the practical training of LVNs when assisting patients. LPNs are also very much welcome inside community health centers, patient’s homes and other nursing facilities. This means though that as a vocational nurse, your work can sometimes shift from morning to night and various days during the week. Some weekend work may also be required if there are emergency cases.

Study to be an LPN

Being an LPN can be your second career. All you need is a high school diploma and you can already aply for a 12-month training program. You can inquire at vocational schools, technical schools community colleges or even LPN online class. The only difference between you and an RN is that yours is a diploma or a certificate course rather than a degree. Take note though that your school training center must be accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

After that, there will be the NCLEX-PN licensing exam that you will need to pass. The good thing about this training program is that the experience and hours are credited in case you decide to take up a full nursing degree in the future. LPNs also undergo on the job training as well as courses in nursing theory, pharmacology and biology. With so many LPN online class offered today, there’s no reason why you can’t become an LPN in just 12 months.

The profession of essay writer

PaperworkDevelop Your Career and Skills in Writing

Writing is a form of communication that is very important in all aspects. Writing is a skill that needs to be developed and improved. No man in the world was born a writer. That particular skill will come out if given the opportunity.

Because writing is a skill, you will have the chance to enhance it and improve it. This can become your stepping-stone to become get a job and work a professional essay writer on any of the popular writing services we have today. Developing your writing skill involves the following:

  • Improve your Grammar – every writer develops his own way of organizing their thoughts and writing them down.
  • Read, read, read… – this is best way to enhance your writing skills. You can also highlight important quotes from the things that you’re reading that will later help you save lots of time for research. It will also help in your personal growth.
  • Learn to simplify things – this means that you need to learn how to shorten your writing. Remember Anton Chekhov, “Brevity is the mother of talent”.
  • Practice a lot – If you do not have a job yet, you can practice by writing poems, novels, short stories, articles, blogs and post them on your blog site online. This can be of a great improvement to your writing skills.
  • Make use of every opportunity given – If a client gives you an opportunity to write on a particular online job, just grab it. Do not focus on the payment or the salary, but focus on the opportunity to gain experience. Working with clients will provide many benefits. They can give advices that will help you improve your writing skills.

What makes writing an interesting profession?

Some might think that writing is a very difficult task. They think that it is hard to place all the words and structure your grammar and other things. Well, truth is that it’s not that complicated. All you need to do is to keep the conversation flowing. Writing is like talking. However, you do not get any response when you write an essay for someone. Here are some benefits and things that make writing very interesting.

  • It keeps you updated and informed – you can gain beneficial information as you research for your writing. You can also gain interesting facts out of your research.
  • You can work on a writing services job online – you can become a professional essay writer and gain good salary.
  • It sharpens the mind – writing also improves your mental capacity and helps you improve your critical and analytical thinking skills.
  • It relieves stress – writing can help relieve you from stress and helps you relax. It also helps in your personal growth development.

These are the things that make writing interesting. Writing is a type of profession that you can use as a hobby or as a business. And it looks like it will always remain important.

New Trend in Dentistry: Increase the Diversity of the Oral Health Workforce

In 2003, the Office of the Surgeon General (OSG) formulated a call to action plan for increasing diversity within the oral health workforce. Since that time, there has a been resounding call for those of other cultures to enter dental school, for the purpose of becoming dentists for the diverse culture within the United States of America. It has been found in case studies, that often times, international students adapt easier to their patients, because they are used to adapting to new situations. The call for more diversity within the oral health workforce is done, because it has been shown that people from different backgrounds, can learn new experiences from each other, that can be used throughout their lifetime.

Another reason for the call for diversity within the oral health workforce is because of the disparity between oral health care from whites and other races. It has been shown that only 41% of blacks receive quality dental care when compared to whites. A study also shows, that 39% of Asians, Indians and Hispanics receive that same quality dental care, when compared to whites, and 30% of Mexicans. When there are dentists from other cultures, this disparity can be lessened, because other cultures will tend to take care of their own. Increasing the number of minorities within the dental field, increases the likelihood that you will get a dentist who understands your culture, because it is his own. Also, the patient needs to feel comfortable with his dentist. More diversity within the oral health workforce, gives patients a more varied choice of the best dentist for him. Similar cultures seem to come together. A Hispanic patient, will more likely want to go to someone that is similar in culture, because of the comfort level attached. A dentist within this culture may appear to the patient to be more genuine, helping with the overall oral health plan of the patient, leading to better dental oral hygiene. The diversity comes into play with gender as well. A female patient may feel more comfortable with a female dentist. The comfort level allows the patient to be more relaxed in the dental setting, allowing for better long-term treatment from the dentist, which is beneficial for the patient.

Statistics for the disparity with dentists in the United States show that there are 55.3 white dentists per every 100,000 white people, 113 Asian dentists per every 100,000 Asian people, 11.5 Hispanic dentists per every 100,000 Hispanic people, 12 American Indian dentists for every 100,000 American Indian people and 15.1 African American dentists for every 100,000 African American people. While there is a better representation for Asian dentists, in comparison to their population, the other ethnicities are heavily underrepresented. This disparity would take 13,830 more African American dentists, 16,383 more Hispanics and 925 more American Indians to enter the oral healthcare workforce, in order to break the disparity, between minorities and white dentists.

Because of this, the Office of Surgeon General are requiring curriculums in dental schools across the United States of America, to be written with diversity of cultures in mind. The OSG understands that diversity is important within the field of oral healthcare and must be increased in order for everyone to benefit. Since this time, foundations have given grant monies to those dental schools who will increase the number of minority students within their enrollment and to residents serving in community clinics who help the underserved populations. The breakdown of dentists in the community within the United States of America is about 164,000 dentists serving in the community. Of these numbers, about 30% are women, 1.4% is black, 10.8% are Asian and 7.9% are Hispanic or Latino.

Through opening up the curriculum in dental schools to include diversity, along with foundations giving grant monies in support of this, the call to action plan for more diversity within the oral healthcare workforce, seems to be working. Slowly, the numbers are increasing, for qualified dentists of diversity. But there is still much work to be done for multicultural dentists to be represented for a multicultural society.