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Posted August 23, 2006 by

Catching Entry-Level Writing Gigs

As all us writers engage in our necessary research first, I suggest looking at the US Department of Labor and its section on writers and editors. This site provides information on the nature of the work, job outlook, training and qualifications necessary, earnings and much more useful information for the budding entry-level writer. I definitely bookmarked that one!
Now that you are even more convinced that you want to become a writer check out career builder.com and put “entry-level writing jobs” and the search term and a bunch of jobs should jump out at you. I did the very same thing, today actually, and was pleasantly surprised to see a really diverse mix of entry-level writing jobs that are currently available out there!! Writing is just SO interesting and coveted, and it is easy to dabble in a variety of domains writing about a variety of topics. As someone who gets bored easily, this is incredibly appealing, and so got bookmarked too!! (I promise, I’ll leave some jobs out there for the rest of you).
What else did I find…okay, I found a website called sologig.com for all the freelancers out there. You create your “freelance profile” consisting of your contact information and your job category (for our purposes that would be “writing/editing/translating”) and theoretically the employers find you. I’m not sure how many entry-level writing jobs there are through this site, so do some more researching into it. This site also features helpful hints and articles and current “gigs” to look into.
Another two ideas I’ll mention are Craig’s list (always a good tool to remember) and search sites sponsored by universities, if you can find them. Doing my own quick preliminary search I found one such search site on the UC Berkeley graduate school of journalism site. It lists some pretty interesting entry-level writing jobs! Just be sure to pay attention to the deadlines listed and the people to contact. Now, go get ‘em you writer you!!!
Resources:
http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos089.htm#top (Department of Labor)
http://jobs.aol.com/?sem=1&ncid=AOLCAR00170000000004 (careerbuilder)
http://www.sologig.com/?source=google&gclid=CJL2jpOS9oYCFSwaFQodGF23fw (Freelancers)
http://www.craigslist.org
http://journalism.berkeley.edu/jobs/listings.php?view=job (UC Berkeley)

Posted August 23, 2006 by

Entry-Level Driver’s Training—Vroom, Vroom Continued

The bad news is that most entry-level driver’s training programs offered are going to cost some money—and I don’t mean pocket change. There are private organizations that offer training in packages consisting of videos, manuals and certificates, and some organizations that offer classes (even a university or two). All will cost you around $250, although the university course was $2,000. If entry-level driver’s training is something that interests you, remember that these are required programs dictated by the Department of Transportation (DOT) for all entry-level drivers. Of course there are also driving schools, which offer all of these classes as well, but they are not free and so to get either your commercial driver’s license (CDL), which is what one strives to get as an entry-level driver, get comfy with the idea of these classes.
I wrote another article a little while ago about entry-level driver training and I know I talked about some classes that were available out there for these training programs. I recommend checking out the DOT’s website where there are endless resources for driver’s in general. The site will show you the different rules and regulations out there that all entry-level drivers must know before they can get a CDL or any other type of professional driver’s license. Then shop around for the best deal out there for entry-level driver’s training (I list a couple of sites I found below).
DOT website:
http://www.dot.gov/
Rules and regulations:
http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rulesregulations/administration/fmcsr/fmcsrguide.asp?section_type=D
Driver’s Training:
http://www.dot.state.wi.us/drivers/drivers/apply/types/training.htm
http://www.foleyservices.com/pc-47-9-driver-training-package.aspx
http://ntassoc.com/drivertraining.htm
http://southseattle.edu/programs/proftech/comtruck.htm
http://www.business.com/directory/transportation_and_logistics/education_and_training/truck_driving_schools/

Posted August 21, 2006 by

Entry-Level Public Relations

Like I always say, it’s important to do background research on whatever it is you plan on doing, especially your career, and entry-level public relations jobs are no different. So, I think it is helpful to take a look at what the Public Relations Society of America has to say about the field in general and also subcategories (financing, multicultural affairs, government etc) in the public relations field. It’s a handy resource and would benefit anyone looking for an entry-level public relations job, get a feel about what the profession entails and if it is the right fit for you.
Then take a look at those job researching sites, the oldies (collegerecruiter.com, salary.com, smarthunt.com) are always good places to start finding those entry-level public relations jobs. I also found a newbie (http://www.brubach.com/eljo/publicrelations.htm) that might be interesting to look at as well. Make sure you provide strong references, resumes, and cover letters to get those entry-level public relations jobs, and the tool listed above will make sure that is possible.
Public Relations Society of America: http://www.prsa.org/_Resources/profession/careeroverview.asp?ident=prof2

Posted August 21, 2006 by

Jobs in Finance at the Entry-Level

For a nice list of entry-level finance jobs you need look no further than collegerecruiter.com, and click on a few of the links provided there. The job title, position and position type are all listed, and if you have a profile created on the website (hint, hint) applying for said jobs is as easy as a simple click to the “apply to job” link. What is nice is that on each job-listing page there are “tools and resources.” Not all of them are entirely useful, but I clicked on one such link and it provided professional educational seminars. This could be useful if you want to get more out of your entry-level finance job, by pairing it with a seminar or two. It’s always worthwhile to continue learning and perfecting your level of expertise, or in this case, future level of expertise. Just thought I’d put that out there.
There is another online website that is actually a career bank and lists all sorts of entry-level finance jobs. You can search by state and by type of job, and by company and the site also has the fun tool we all love so much–the salary wizard. Again with the education theme, the site provides a professional education center, articles on writing job-winning entry-level finance resumes, and this new tool called the salary survey. It lists the typical salary by gender, employer size, marital status and a ton of other factors. It‚Äôs a bit more specific than the typical salary wizard and a lot more fun.
Tools of the finance trade:
http://entry.level.finance.jobs.careerbank.com/
https://www.collegerecruiter.com/pages/entry-level-finance-jobs.php

Posted August 18, 2006 by

Sell, Sell, Sell at the Entry-Level

The first step to make it to vault.com to make sure that your entry-level sales resume is up to par and competitive enough to get you the next job you come across. Of course all of these resources are just guidelines but in my experience resume templates are incredibly useful and they are mostly discipline specific. So make sure your resume is specific enough for the entry-level sales genre.
Another nice entry-level job search website I’ve come across (as you might have guessed already, there are infinite amounts) truecareers.com. It’s aesthetically pleasing, very professional looking and provides a brief abstract on what the company is about, what your responsibilities will be, what the requirements of the job are and even salary and contact information for the company. If you make a free profile you can simply click on the “apply now” link and apply for that entry-level sales job on the spot—it’s as easy as that.

Posted August 18, 2006 by

Designing Your Next Entry-Level Art Jobs

What moves you first of all? Is it a job in graphic arts or as an art director? When I thought of art I thought of it in the traditional sense. I thought of hip, starving artists. Just my ignorance and I was intrigued to find a nice variety of entry-level art jobs available.
If you are interested in an entry-level art job in graphic arts check out: http://graphic.designer.artist.jobs.com/. If you are interested in an entry-level art job as an art director be sure to pay particular attention to: http://www.smarthunt.com/Jobs-Smart.cfm?SubCatID=105. Once you’ve got that taken care of why not look at some salary calculating tools? It is always nice to know what you are liable to make in any job, why not for the entry-level art seeker? The site salary.com has a nice tool as well as collegerecruiter.com and I’m sure a host of other places.
There is also this nice site, while a much broader job search link, is incredibly informational and extensive. The site www.job-hunt.org is helpful to any and all career seekers and so if the above sites are not helpful for you entry-level art job people out there stop by this one.

Posted August 17, 2006 by

Paralegal Jobs at the Entry-Level

A truly useful site that we all know about, and is worth talking about again, is craigslist.org. Whoever thought of this gem is a genius and I am very grateful for their genius. How great is it to be able to specify your housing and job needs by city? Very nice indeed. This site can also help with the entry-level paralegal job search as well, and you’ll be glad you did it.
For your researching needs visit www.collegegrad.com and also newbie (for me) called soyouwanna.com, information is bountiful on entry-level paralegal jobs. Make sure to browse all the available sections. After that you are free to visit any host of sites that provide job search links for those interested in entry-level paralegal jobs. A couple of news ones I found, just to spice things up, is on MSN and the Execu/Search Group. Cities like New York, Boston, DC, (I even found something for Delaware) are highlighted a lot in entry-level paralegal job searches.
Execu/Search Group:
http://www.execu-search.com/legal_staffing_jobs.cfm

Posted August 16, 2006 by

Entry-Level Employment Can be Any Number of Things

What a broad topic. Entry-level employment can entail many, many things. You, my friend, need to get more specific. I say look into collegerecruiter, about.com, careerbuilder.com, monster.com, hotjobs.com…any of these sites are perfect for entry-level employment.
Then ask yourself what you are interested in. Is it helping others? If so look into social service jobs. Is it managing others, science, math, computers? I have good news for you; there are jobs for all this stuff! You just need to dig deep, be proactive and you’ll find what you are looking for.
Along with the entry-level employment search, you must have certain tools under your belt such as a strong resume and cover letter. All of these sites provide help in these areas. If you are the adventurous type, try looking internationally. Have fun with it and remember that the entry-level employment search is a process, and not necessarily a quick one.

Posted August 16, 2006 by

Entry-Level Opportunities in Oil Drilling

I always agree that background research is the biggest job-seeking tool out there and should be done prior to the initial job search. The same is true for entry-level opportunities in oil drilling, and lucky for you drillers out there the information is plentiful. So check out some information on the oil and gas industry itself and what entry-level opportunities in oil drilling look like and what they entail.
As soon as you feel educated enough on oil drilling seek out those opportunities by job searching and be as specific as those sites will allow. There are registries out there, which I believe are very much like professional organizations in that it is database-like, and after supplying your personal information will supply a list of entry-level opportunities in oil drilling.
One interesting site on entry-level opportunities in oil drilling went over the basics on how to search for these jobs in the first place. Provides a list of keywords, search engines and tells you what to do once you find an employer (the oil career proposal letter for starters). So start drilling into that information (pun intended).
Resources:
http://www.rigworker.com/jobs/entry.shtml
http://www.jobmonkey.com/oilindustry/html/oil_drilling_overview.html
http://www.oiljob.com/
http://www.oilfieldworkers.com/
http://www.ece.gov.nt.ca/Divisions/CollegeCareerDevelopment/Career%20Resources/JOBS_OIL_GAS.htm
http://www.oilcareer.com/affibuslet.htm

Posted August 15, 2006 by

Professional (not really) Guidance in the Search for Entry-Level Jobs in Psychology

So you want to pick people‚Äôs brains eh? Well, since you‚Äôre looking for entry-level jobs in psychology, you‚Äôre definitely not qualified (I’m joking of course), so let‚Äôs take it one step at a time. I think that psychology.about.com is a good place to start, provides a nice brief summary of the types of jobs available to the person looking for entry-level jobs in psychology. Basically someone right out of undergrad without the professional degrees and so honing those research skills, interpersonal skills and writing skills can open up a lot of jobs such as a library assistant, probation officer, business manager, case worker, or in sales, marketing, case management, and government welfare protection agencies. The list seems endless, a nice beginning to the entry-level job search.
Looking at a nice breakdown of entry-level jobs in psychology is a good idea as well. There are certain jobs in business, social services and an apparently miscellaneous category. It is definitely worth looking into for all you psychology majors out there.
Next try listening to some professional advice. I found a website (www.psychwww.com/careers), a pretty random website that actually had helpful links on it. There is advice and direction provided for all psychology aspirers, not just the entry-level job in psychology seeker. Links tailored to exploring careers with the same skills and abilities a student in psychology might have, entry-level jobs, graduate school advice and job searching resources. There is a nice timeline available, so those of you whom have not graduated yet, look into this right now.