Job Training For A Future

For those interested in turning lemons into lemonade, slow and uncertain economic times are a perfect time to take control of your financial destiny and begin job training for a new career. Are you feeling unfulfilled in your current job or career? Would you like to earn more money? Would you like a job that offers better long-term security and viability?

Now is the perfect opportunity!

Best of all, governments have a vested interest in providing some sort of grant / support / incentive programs; the sooner they can get you working again, the sooner you begin paying money back into the system again in the form of taxes.

So training for a new job or career may not be as costly as you may think.

After all, these tough times will not last forever, so why not position yourself perfectly for the inevitable turnaround?

For example…

In North America, we have an aging demographic. What does this mean? It means that for the foreseeable future at least, demand for jobs in the medical industry will continue to grow. While most of us don’t have the means to become a doctor or a surgeon, there are lots of supportive and technical positions that are much easier to attain.

Some examples include ultrasound technicians, phlebotomists, medical transcriptionists, paramedics, electrocardiograph technicians, medical librarians, dialysis technicians, home health aides, and so on. There are many, many positions available in the medical/health care field that provide financially lucrative and personally fulfilling work. And – and this is the best part – there are plenty that only require between 6 months and two years of schooling!

Another field that offers opportunities is the trades. Some examples of trade-related careers include electricians, locksmiths, millwrights, heavy equipment operators, carpenters, cabinet makers, gasfitters, plumbers, sheet metal workers, and so on.

For the last decade or two, fewer and fewer people have been entering the trades, resulting in an increased demand for skilled tradespeople.

Trades too, can offer financially lucrative and personally fulfilling work. Many offer the opportunity of starting your own business, once the apprenticeship period is over, and you’ve established yourself.

To sum things up…

Even in the worst economic times, opportunities abound. The key therefore, is to see the glass as half full, as opposed to half empty and start your new job training today!

Have Job Experience

Most people jump right to the answer without taking their time to think things through and without having patience to ask questions, step by step in a systematic way to uncover their answers, solutions. Some people don’t take the time to acknowledge their own small victories and analyze the principles and causes behind them. This is because they don’t come from a source of influence. Thus, most people consider that if you write a book or work for a popular company and/or have a set of specific skills that is generally sought, then you have experience.

If you haven’t checked anything from this “popular list” accepted by society (like our blogger), then you have nothing to write about, neither in your biography nor in your resume. This makes the point that most people dismiss their everyday experiences as a source for learning. The irony is that people DO learn something new every day that has nothing to do with jobs or formal education because this is how the human brain works. However, they are not aware of it because they don’t take the time to ask themselves what the causes and principles are behind obvious actions, general happenings.

As a result, people just pick up the clues, what seems to work, the technique, the practice, the tactic and they accept it as a GENERAL valid solution. This means they expect to solve multiple similar problems with the same general valid solution that worked in past situations and experiences.

With this approach, sometimes you get it right, sometimes you don’t. Why? Because, indeed, job experience is an important factor for finding answers to current problems and it is a way to solve them only if the problem has the same pattern as your past problem that helped you get your experience.

The same pattern is when you get the same happenings in the same context, situation with the same factors involved.

We usually work within established systems which are called businesses or companies. This means that there are activities, tasks, responsibilities and processes that require repeated and predictable actions in order to perform. So in this case, you get it right because you know how to implement a specific tactic, practice or technique. And you do it over and over again because the job implies a relatively predictable cycle or pattern. For example, operational jobs, such as cashier: it is always about scanning products and cash in the money.

But when problems don’t have similar patterns, as your past ones, you get stuck. Why? Not necessarily because you don’t have enough experience, but because you didn’t examine the systematic way in which the old and familiar patterns occur and neither how you solve them. So, when a new and unknown problem pattern occurs, your whole experience doesn’t help you when you apply it with instinct (jump to solving them) and you get stuck because you don’t have the EXPERIENCE of analysing patterns. This means having the ability of finding the causes behind problems and the principles behind things that work.

That is why experience perceived as skills is not enough when it comes to getting a job. That is why employers need to “examine” you during interviews. They need to know how you think, who the person is behind the skills and results written in a resume.

If you get the ability of identifying the principles and the causes behind every situation, then you are able to adjust, twist the technique, the tactic that you applied previously in a similar job.

Training Creates Happier Employees

Training Results in Fewer Mistakes

You may be asking, what does this have to do with creating a happier environment for my employees? The answer is found in studies that demonstrate when employees are properly and sufficiently trained they are happier employees because they feel more confident in their job performance. The less your employees have to guess on proper procedures or correct processes, the less they are apt to make mistakes or feel inadequate. It is important for managers to know that they must invest money and time into sufficiently training their employees.

Instead of Firing Employees Increase Training

Mistakes made by employees can be costly, and many managers choose to rush and fire the employee. However, before firing consider whether or not the employee was properly trained. If not, whose fault was it that the mistake occurred? Instead of releasing the employee, take the time to go over procedure again, train, and give direction. Thomas J. Watson once gave this quote, “Recently, I was asked if I was going to fire an employee who made a mistake that cost the company $600,000. No, I replied, I just spent $600,000 training him. Why would I want someone else to hire his experience?” If you invest in training your employees up front, even though they may make a mistake, you will reap the benefits in the long run. Don’t let another company benefit from your effort.

Training Results in Employee Longevity

A correlation has also been found that if training does not meet the employee’s expectations their performance suffers. Here’s an example to illustrate what I mean, I have a friend that worked for a medical document company. The terminology the company used was very technical to communicate with their medical contacts. My friend felt he did not receive enough training to understand the complexities of the equipment he was selling or even to use the terminology correctly. Needless to say, his self-esteem in his job suffered, and his confidence level was very low when interacting with customers. Consequently, he left the company within a year. His company lost an employee that initially was very enthusiastic about his new job and wanted to succeed. Give your employees all the tools they need to succeed, and you’ll benefit by having happier employees that remain with your company a long time.

Different Employees Will Require Different Training

It’s important to note here that people have different learning styles. The gap between an employee’s expectations and the training they receive may have something to do with the way they learn. As a manager, it is imperative that you know your employees feel confident when performing their jobs. Therefore, having various training options available will cover the training needs of your variant employees. For example, one of your employees may need to simply have you talk to them in a one-on-one meeting while they listen and take notes. Another employee may need to read detailed instruction manuals on how to perform their job duties. Still another employee may not feel adequately trained unless they can shadow a co-worker. Of course studies have shown that using two or three methods of learning is more effective for retaining information.

Training Increases Performance

Now that you have done everything to train your employees when they are hired, don’t forget to setup a refresher course for them six months or a year into their tenure. On-going training serves to not only refresh employee knowledge, but also has shown to be a motivator for increased performance. Employees feel invigorated from training sessions where they learn and are motivated for success. Add a fun team building activity to your training helps retain information, build camaraderie, and increases performance.

Lastly, outside training can also serve as a motivator by increasing the knowledge of your employee in a particular area. Don’t just assume that all their training must be done in-house. Some technical training may be necessary and it will be worth your while to pay or subsidize the cost of the course so your employee will receive all the training they need.

Get the Promotion You Deserve

Wait for the Right Time

While your amount of time with the company should not be the only determining factor, it is important to realize it may play a part in whether your employer feels that you deserve a promotion. According to a recent article only 6.4 percent of employees get a promotion during their first year at a job. This number increases to 22 percent for those in their third year with a company. While this does not mean that you cannot ask for a promotion in your first or second year with a company, it is important for you to do a self-evaluation. Have you contributed enough to the company to deserve a promotion?

At times, it may be worth waiting another year or even just a few more months before attempting to get a promotion. It is also important to note that summer is viewed as the best time to ask for a promotion, which is great for many people who build houses or otherwise work outdoors. Summer is often their busiest season.

Approach the Issue Directly

It might be a bit intimidating to think of approaching your boss and asking for a promotion, but that is the best way to determine if your boss is willing to consider giving you a promotion. Depending on your relationship with your boss, this can be done in a formal setting, where you request a meeting or it can be done in a casual setting where you mention that you feel that you deserve a promotion.

Follow Up

After you have mentioned the promotion, it is important to follow up. Send your boss an email. Mention it again a week or so later. Bring it into conversations when you can. Even if there is not currently a position available, make your desires clear. While you should not be annoying, it is important to be persistent. You may not get the promotion right away, but if you don’t give up, you are more likely to eventually be considered for a promotion.

Have the Why Ready

When asking for a promotion, it is important to have facts, statistics, or other information to justify asking for one. To prepare to ask for a promotion, do things that show that you deserve it. This may include taking on larger projects, taking on more responsibility, or otherwise contributing to the company on a higher scale. Just be careful not to overstep your responsibilities or appear too eager for the promotion. Becoming a brown-noser or trying to take over your supervisor’s responsibilities are two of the biggest mistakes people make when they are trying to get a promotion. Instead, do your job to the best of your ability, and be willing to show why you are the best choice for the promotion.

Growing Careers

Registered Nurse

A leader in the overall expansion of health care careers. Job growth will be driven by several factors including the increase in the number of older people, who need more nursing care than younger people. Technological advances in patient care and an increasing emphasis on preventive care will also contribute to increased opportunities for registered nurses.

Home Health Aid

The anticipated growth is due to the increase in percentage and numbers of elderly people. Seniors more often have health problems and may require assistance with daily activities. As costs of institutional care continue to rise, increasing number of seniors will be living at home and will require assistance.

Customer Service Representative

Over the next decade, the government expects this sizable occupation sector to create about 400,000 new jobs. As we move into a service-based economy, companies are placing increasing emphasis on creating lasting customer relationships.

Food and Beverage Preparation and Serving

As the population continues to expand, the job segment of food and beverage serving and related workers is expected to create about 761,000 new jobs over the period 2008-2018.

Personal and Home Care Aide

As part of the overall growth of healthcare careers, healthcare workers at all levels of training and education will continue to be in demand. Specialized training, such as a certificate, associate degree, or bachelor’s degree in a healthcare program, is a requirement for many jobs, including many administrative jobs that do not specifically include hands-on medical responsibilities.

Retail Salespersons

While very little training is needed to get a job as a retail clerk (many students get their first paying summer jobs behind the counter at a retail store), post-secondary school education is often a required for advancement into management positions.

In this growing job sector, the best opportunities will go to people who have a college degree or career training in office systems. As offices become increasingly computer-dependent, post-secondary training or retraining will be increasingly important.

Office Clerks (Administrative Assistants)

Accountants and Auditors

According to the U.S. Government, in the decade between 2008 and 2018 employment of accountants and auditors is expected to add about 279,400 of new jobs. An increase in the number of new small businesses, increased accountability requirements, and changing financial laws and corporate governance regulations will spur job growth.

Nursing Aides, Orderlies, Attendants

Employment is predicted to grow 19 percent, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Why? The increase in jobs is the result of an increasing elderly population with long-term care needs. Growth is expected to be especially strong in community care facilities for the elderly. Advanced medical technology provides for longer lives, but with an increased level of care required.

Post-secondary Teachers

Increases in college and university enrollment over the next decade will spur employment growth. Enrollment increases will come from 18- to 24-year-olds and adults who return to college to update their skills or enhance their career prospects.

Computer Training Skill

Many companies rely heavily on computers for their business transactions. This makes it essential for its employees to be computer literate. In such companies, there are vacancies for IT training jobs. People who hold computer training jobs in such companies are required to train the employees in computer applications that help in day to day work of the company. They are also responsible for keeping the employees up to date with latest computer applications. PC trainers who work for companies usually get good pay.

If you have IT knowledge, a computer training job can be an easy way of earning a few extra dollars. You can get part time PC training jobs at various institutes to suit your timetable. If you are not so up to date with your computer knowledge, but are business oriented, you can start your own computer training institute. You could hire people with the necessary qualifications for computer training jobs.

There are a large number of institutes, all over United States, that offer IT training to various groups of people. PC training jobs are available in all these institutes. At an institute that provides computer training, a computer trainer has to cater to people of all ages. It is necessary that computer trainers are able to train all these people according to their level of understanding. Youngsters maybe fast learners while adults might not be very comfortable with technology. But it is the job of the computer trainer to make sure that his student understand what he teaches and enjoy it. IT training jobs require reserves of patience, hard work and compromise.

Computer training jobs require certain qualifications. Usually a degree in a relevant computer field is adequate. But some employers seek previous job experience as well. There are also special diplomas for people who wish to teach IT. These teachers’ diplomas in computer training are designed especially to cater to the needs of computer trainers. It is important to get your computer certification from a good institute. It is indeed a waste if you spend money and time on your studies if it cannot get you a decent job.


Succeed in a Job Interview

You thought you had done all the hard work , but now you need to prepare for the most important job interview in your life. This is when the hard work really starts. How to succeed in a job interview. You will need to use the PROP Method for that all important Job interview.

The PROP method is:

P – Prepare
R – Research
O- Organise
P – Practice

I am going to concentrate on the practice part of your interview today. Many people start to panic at the thought of a job interview.

Please remember

  • They have invited you in for the job interview
  • They need someone to fill their job vacancy
  • They think you may well be the right person for the job

How good must this make you feel?

You have beaten all those other candidates to get the job interview and with this in mind you need to impress them.

What’s the best way? How to succeed in a job interview

After going through P.R.O.P  the last thing to do on your list is Practise, Practise, Practise.

One of the most effective methods that I have found is an online interview training course.

This consists of

  • Interactive Mock job Interviews to perfect your answering skills.
  • Expert Sample job interview answers to help you answer with 100% confidence.
  • A series of Video Practice Interviews to show you what to do in your interview.
  • Video, Audio and Animation to make your learning experience fun and stimulating.
  • Competency and Behavioural job interview questions specific to the job and level you are interviewing for.

This interview training course will really help. Not only will it give you confidence when you go to your job interview, it will help you decipher which questions they will ask you.

The Questions will be customized for your particular job expertise. They have targeted job interview questions that have been used before so it will save you time and will get you great results. Good Luck with your job interview and remember they do want to employ you.

Women in Career and Business

Smaller Gender Pay Gap

For years, women fought hard to receive equal pay with their male counterparts. At last, we are almost done in closing the gender pay gap as one survey conducted by the CONSAD Research Corporation for the Department of Labor concludes that when occupation differences, hours worked, education and tenure is accounted for, the hourly wage gap of male and female employees is “between 4.8 to 7.1%”, closer than it was in 10 years ago.

More Women Pursuing Traditionally Male Dominated Jobs

In Obama’s recent state address, he mentioned a 23-cent pay gap between female and male workers but much of that pay gap exists because of chosen college degrees and line of work. Remove that and the gap goes down to almost 5%.

Women choose caring and people-oriented professions, while men choose science, technology and construction related jobs-the median incomes of these jobs vary from $39,000 to 120,000 respectively. But now more women are taking jobs in male dominated industries. In fact, there’s a growing number of private and government sponsored programs encouraging more women to explore these fields.

The likes of Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, Sarfra Catz, CFO of Oracle, and Phebe Novakovic, CEO of defense company General Dynamics are paving the way for our sisters to join their ranks and break the male domination in these groups.

More Women (Contrary to Popular Belief) are Negotiating for Higher Pay

The 2012 study of the National Bureau of Academic Research found that when it’s evident that salary negotiations are welcomed, women are more likely to negotiate compared to male applicants.

And there’s more evidence to back this up. TribeHR analyzed the salary at 2200 companies and found out that of 20,000 employees surveyed; only 6.2% of male respondents got an increase while 7.4% of the women were successful.

More Laws are Getting Passed to Promote Equal Pay and Opportunity for Women

In 2009, Obama enacted the Lily Ledbe-er Fair Pay Act, which allows female employees to file a case against employers for pay-discrimination even after the 180-day statute of limitation passes. So if you discover a male counterpart is earning more than you are, know that there are more equal opportunity laws on your side-and more women’s right lawyers are available to help you win a case.

More Equal AND High Paying job Opportunities Available for Women

Last year, Forbes listed some of the highest and equal paying jobs for women, such as:

  • Pharmacist-Women in this industry earn a median of about $98,000 annually, 100% equal to men in the industry.
  • IT and Computer Science Jobs- We live in the age of tech, and as such people with a knack for coding, analysis and software development are in high demand. Jobs such as information systems manager, software developer, computer systems analysts and programmers are no longer limited to men, as women entering the field are getting fiercer, matching them in the salary and techy-talk department.

Jobs For the Future

The automotive industry offers jobs that appeal to a wide range of interests, and options for development abound for those with the right training. Jobs in the automotive industry range from hands-on assist technicians to management positions. There are also opportunities for individuals to specialize in a specific area such as Paintless Dent Repair, Detailing, Engine Repair, or Customer Service. This list can go on and on.

One promising area of specialization in the automotive industry is in diesel engine repair and service. The Department of Labor reports that diesel engine technicians held a large number of jobs and are expected to grow through 2016. Usage of diesel engine vehicles is rising steadily, as more trucks and buses are utilized to ship freight across the country. And experts predict that the rising ingest of diesel engines in buses, trucks and increasingly, passenger vehicles, module render new jobs in the field. Another area that offers a whole new distinction of impact in moving sales and assists is the huge growth of alternative render vehicles. Faced with incredible pressure to reduce dependence on gas and reduce emissions, most automobile producers are today on a fast track to offer electric cars and hybrids. Alternative render vehicles open up a whole new area of automotive jobs. For those graduates who hit had the proper training in hybrid engine maintenance, electric cars can offer enthusiastic career opportunities and long-term job security.