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04 Jan 10 Job Searching Right Out Of College

Finding an entry level position out of college is essential.  That’s the first major step into making the career you’ve been planning, become a reality.  But finding an entry level position when you’re just out of college isn’t always easy.  Especially in this economy the road has become increasingly hard for student starting out and starting their career paths.

Your fist tactic should always be networking.  Before you leave college make sure that you’ve got your name out there to the right people.  You want to stay in contact and make yourself known to a few of the select students around you, and your professors.  They will be a great resource for work down the line, so remember that, and keep those relationships avenues open.

Keep networking outside of school.  Try professional sites like linkedIn, etc, that offer connections with other professionals in the field.  Create lasting professional relationships, as these are where the best jobs will come from.  Companies frequently don’t openly advertise their best positions, and the only way you’ll hear about them is through somebody that you know.

Try your local newspaper, you won’t find fantastic jobs here most of the time, but you will find some decent options to pad your resume and provide income in transition.  Usually jobs advertised in a local newspaper don’t have a high applicant rate, so your chances of landing the job will also be better.

Finally, remember to stay professional.  Whether networking, or applying to the jobs, keep your demeanor professional, as your attitude says a lot about what manner of employee you will be at that company.  One of the biggest complaints about college graduates in the job market lately is that they have a false sense of entitlement.

Many recent grads almost feel as though a high paying job should be instantly available to them.  But that isn’t the case.  You have to work at a company and career to make it succeed, sometimes from the lower ranks of the ladder.  Stay courteous and polite always, be proud and confident, but also humble and realistic.  You don’t want to come off as a cocky self important applicant, because companies tend to stay away from them.  They aren’t hard workers, and they have no long term loyalty.  Both bad strikes to have against you.

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11 Dec 09 Four Of The Most In Demand Career Paths

When you’re picking a career path, it’s a good idea to pick a career that has plenty of relevance.  A relevant career is one that is growing, with huge potential to remain relevant for a prolonged period of time.  That means a career that adapts to modern technology, and one where workers are in high demand.  Here is a quick list of some of the more in demand careers today:

-Computer Software Engineer.  Anything with computers is usually a good way to go, and software engineers are in high demand.  A software engineer works with a corporation’s current operating system, and retools the system to best serve the business.  Software engineers are paid well, and are likely to be in high demand for a long, long time, as computers have become integral to any business.

-Physician’s Assistant is another career path that’s in high demand.  Most medical fields are understaffed, leaving great opportunities to find a job, and advance.  A Physician’s Assistant is one of the most in demand careers that provides a good salary, and doesn’t require as much education.  To become a PA you’d need a bachelor’s degree, as well as degree from an accredited Physician’s Assistant program.

-Network Systems Analyst is another one of those great computer careers that’s on the rise, and doesn’t appear to be going anywhere soon.  A network systems analyst is responsible for establishing email, phone, and data communication for a business.  You’ll need a computer specific bachelor’s degree, and up to date computer certifications.

-Physical/Occupational Therapists are always in high demand.  A physical therapist helps someone recover from an injury, or a disease.  A physical therapist is responsible for helping someone recover to full physical health after an injury.  Occupational therapists assist those with handicaps, and help them develop the physical skills necessary to work around their handicap.  Both are well paying careers, but you’ll need a master’s degree to enter the upper echelon of the field.

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30 Oct 09 Picking An Information Technology Career Path

Deciding that you want to pursue a career in Information Technology is all well and good, but on what aspect of IT do you want to focus? There are three major branches of IT, and each varies greatly from the other.  In order to be successful you’ll have to choose one that best suits your interests and abilities.  This is one of the most important choices you’ll make on your career path, so make sure you weigh the pros and cons of working in each branch.

-Information services is one of the biggest key aspects of information technology.  Information services refers to managing information systems across large or multiple databases for use in information support.  Through information services you would be expected to set up computer systems and install necessary hardware and software as needed to build and maintain the system.  Basically here you’re expected to make life easier for different corporations, building information resources to maximize their productivity.  You’d also be expected to help troubleshoot in most cases to help keep the system running effectively.

-System networking is another branch of the most common IT career paths.  Through this career choice you’d be responsible for setting up computer networks.  These networks would be responsible for helping people coordinate resources through many different computers to work together.  There is endless room for career opportunities in the networking field, as it’s one of the fastest growing in all of IT.

-Software development is another area of IT that is constantly growing to facilitate the market’s growing needs.  This one is pretty self explanatory, as the title indicates.  You’ll be directly responsible to help develop software to make businesses run more effectively.  This is one of the most creative IT career paths, as you’ll constantly be challenged to think outside the box.  A massive amount of programming knowledge is required, but this is also one of the faster growing IT fields.

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