Tips for success on the job
By Christine Huard
Copley News Service
WHAT YOU EARN
You're a registered nurse who lives in Dallas, but longs to give up the heat for the Seattle rain. If you make the move, will you earn as much?
You can find out the average hourly rate for your occupation and compare it to your counterparts in any metropolitan area of the country with the Wage Calculator function at the Bureau of Labor Statistics Web site, www.bls.gov. It can be found under the Wages, Earnings & Benefits category.
The calculator's information is based on the National Compensation Survey, which lists the wage rates for different work levels within occupational groups.
There are hundreds of occupations from which to choose, from architect to teacher to receptionist. Incidentally, the estimated hourly rate for registered nurses in 2004 was $25.26, while in Seattle that same year it was $29.37. (CNS)
Around the world, employers are having a hard time finding the right people to fill jobs, says Manpower Inc. The staffing company recently released its annual talent shortage survey, which polled nearly 43,000 employers across 32 countries and territories including, for the first time, the Czech Republic, Greece, Guatemala, Poland and Romania.
In a press release, Manpower Inc. chairman and CEO Jeffrey A. Joerres said: "This year, the most significant finding in our survey is that the percentage of employers in the Americas having trouble filling positions has dropped more than half compared to last year. This dramatic decrease is a reflection of the recent downturn in the U.S. economy. However, the talent crunch is still a very real concern, and employers need to continue their diligence in developing their employer brands and honing their talent strategies during 2008."
The top 10 jobs cited by the company as being hard to fill:
1. Skilled manual trades
2. Sales representatives
7. Administrative assistants/PAs
9. Accounting & Finance staff
10. IT staff (CNS)
MAKING UP FOR A LACK OF EXPERIENCE
Genuine enthusiasm can go a long way in making up for not having a lot of job experience, writes MonsterTRAK career coach Peter Vogt on monster.com. His tips for how to show potential employers you have a sincere interest in your career include:
- Join a professional organization. Joining a group will link you to a network of people who share your passion and can offer career-related opportunities.
- Go on informational interviews. Vogt says this means simply talking to people about their jobs. "In the vast majority of cases, if you ask someone whose job interests you to talk to you about that job, the person will happily do so," he writes.
- Volunteer. No matter where you live, there are no doubt hundreds of volunteer opportunities from which to choose. Vogt suggests the United Way as a clearinghouse of opportunities to turn volunteering into solid experience you can list on a resume. (CNS)
EMBRACE YOUR DESPAIR
Had enough of those grating motivational talks from the boss about "teamwork," "achievement" and the like? Is your heart as cold and bitter as the coffee in the company lounge? Then Depair, Inc. is for you.
Sure to bring a smile to the face of even the most hardened desk jockey, the company's Demotivator's line says it all: Increasing success by lowering expectations. Among the demotivating posters in the line:
- Ambition. The journey of a thousand miles sometimes ends very, very badly.
- Compromise. Let's agree to respect each other's views, no matter how wrong yours may be.
- Meetings. None of us is as dumb as all of us.
- Risks. If you never try anything new, you'll miss out on many of life's great disappointments.
The company has a full line of products, from coffee mugs to T-shirts to post-it notes, that poke fun at corporate culture and office life. Visit www.despair.com.
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