Posts Tagged ‘job titles’

Video Friday – Best Careers 2011

January 7th, 2011

You may not be aware of it, but US News has an extensive Careers section.  They recently pulled together a list of the 50 best careers.  The short video below talks about how they did their research and what they found to be the best careers of 2011.

Check out the Best Careers section of their website.  What career path do you think is the right one for you?


Shifting Sands

August 23rd, 2010

Whether you hate Madonna or love her, one thing you cannot dispute is that she is successful.  Time and time again the reason given for her success is her ability to re-invent herself.  Not bad for someone who turned 52 earlier this month.

In today’s job market, we need to be able to re-invent ourselves and prove that we are still viable candidates for the positions out there.

An interesting fact found in the 2010 edition of the now iconic Did You Know? video is that the Top 10 in demand jobs in 2010 didn’t exist in 2004.  Think about it.

I recently received a job alert from Career Builder for a Sales position with a Hospice and Home Care group.   Having dealt with the end of life care for both my parents, I was familiar with Palliative and Hospice care.  I’m not a sales person, but I was curious as to what a “sales” job in Hospice might consist of.   It turns out that the job encompassed connecting with Health Care providers, discharge planners, physicians, and social workers.  In fact, though I am sure not nearly as lucrative financially, it seemed to me to be a lot of the same people that folks in Pharma sales interact with.

As I’ve watched the pharmaceutical job market dry up over the past few years, this has driven home the point that opportunities are out there, it is up to us to reinvent ourselves to meet those opportunities.  As our population ages, services for long term care, home care, and end of life care become more in demand.  From my own experience with my parents, even though they were in one of the premier tri-level care communities in the area, the wait list for assisted living for people in the community was over a year.

I wonder if Hospice Salesperson is one of those positions that didn’t exist in 2004.  Sure this isn’t the answer for every person out there, but it does offer an opportunity to reinvent yourself.  Who knows, it may be a rewarding experience too.

How are you going to prepare yourself for the demands of today and tomorrow’s job market, when the job you may be applying for in a year doesn’t exist today?  What are you doing to insure that your experience and skills today will carry you over to the jobs of tomorrow?  Tell us what you are doing… today.


Brave New [job search] World – 3 ways to make sense of buzzwords, abbreviations and just plain weird stuff

June 8th, 2010

I have embraced Job Search technology – one hurdle that many seem to abhor.

I adore the instant gratification of filling out the online job forms and uploading my resume without having to move from the kitchen table.

I find Linked In to be a technological godsend. I love to find a reason to log into my Facebook account and Tweet like a twit(terer), in the name of the great Job Search.

Granted, I’ve been involved with technology most of my career, so it isn’t a stretch for me. But if new words and terms like social media, blogging, and tweeting make you break out in a cold sweat, well, fear not. You may feel like you are on information overload with all the ways to use technology in your Job Search, but just remember we can use these forces for good as well as evil.

Despite the fact that the Internet offers nearly unlimited space for information pertaining to a job, you will still find a myriad of buzzwords, abbreviations, acronyms, and previously unheard of job titles in postings today. It’s not as if buzzwords haven’t been around for as long as you have been alive; they predate the Internet, so when you hear the latest ones take a chill pill and relax.

If you are trying to make sense of it all, there are some great resources to help you unravel the mystery of acronyms, slang, buzzwords and new age job titles. As long as you know how to get on line, you can use a few tricks to dig a bit deeper and gain the wisdom of a 19 year old.

First, the 800 pound gorilla, Google . It seems today that Google has their hands in everything, but let us not forget their humble beginnings. Google made its name as a search engine (and remember who they toppled to get there? Alta Vista – oh, where are they now?).

You no longer search for something, you “Google it”.

Plug any phrase into Google and you will be provided to 17,231,859 matches. Btw, you get extra credit if you flip past the first page when viewing results in pursuit of your answer.

So Google has given you 2317,231,859 matches; wasn’t that nice of them? Thanks for nothing. How about we try something a bit more focused?

When constructing a search on Google, it is helpful to give Google hints as to what phrases you want to see. So instead of searching on: Industry Evangelist Raleigh – which yields about 451,000 results. Try this: “Industry Evangelist” “Raleigh” – which yields about 619 results. By using quotation marks to group words together your search yields results that are a bit more manageable to sort through.

Trying to decipher what Java is? Oh, woe is you if you still think it refers to coffee. Browse through Wikipedia . Wikipedia is a project providing information like an encyclopedia might in the “old days”. The downside here is that it allows contributions from anyone. While Wikipedia may have good information, erroneous information has been known to appear in its pages, so you may need to take details found there with a grain of salt.

Don’t know what SEO, CRO, DMA, PSP, PHP or DBHT stand for? Look it up in the dictionary – the Urban Dictionary. Like Wikipedia , Urban Dictionary also allows contributions from the public for entries. But overall, it is probably one of the better places to unveil the mystery behind acronyms and abbreviations.

Even with these tools, you will have to use some of your gray matter. AMA is not only the American Medical Association, it can be American Marketer’s Association, American Motorcyclist Association, American Management Association, Academy of Model Aeronautics and several other groups.

Today’s assignment? Share with us some of those weird job titles and alphabet soup you’ve found in job postings, and let us know what it stands for. Or share with us some of the letters that have you befuddled.