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Why Video Games Make You Sick

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Cybersickness on the other hand is a bit different. There is no movement while we play video games so it is a Visually Induced Motion Sickness.

As opposed to our cruise ship example, while playing a video game our eyes are detecting movement but are ears are telling us that there is no motion going on whatsoever. Our ears are telling the truth of course, we are sitting perfectly still on our couch or chair, yet our eyes are sensing motion and sometimes plenty of it!

Solutions to Cybersickness

As games have become better and better, they have managed to reduce cybersickness. And while VR Gaming is certainly making people ill again most console and pc games aren’t.

This is due to the fact that developers better understand Field OF View and Frames Refresh Rate Speed’s importance to avoid Cybersickness.

However there are some simple tricks you can apply to overcome Cybersickness while playing VR Games, and regular games. For instance you can chew Bubblegum while playing, or take a small break.

You may want to consider deactivating any camera shake effects that your game may have, or even get your eyes checked. If you usually feel nausea or suffer from headaches after playing you should highly consider getting your eyes check.

There is pretty good chance you suffer from poor eyesight and the effort of playing a game causes you to get headaches.

 

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Why a Potato: One Direction adds a new band member. Russets Rule!

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Sometimes we need to send a message; often we can’t find the words. The wildly successful band 1D recently had a member leave the band. Zayn Malik helped make 1D a number one sensation and send it to the top of the charts. He left because of creative differences. By coincidence, the band is also taking some time off away from touring to refresh, regroup and relax. Recently on the Jimmy Kimmel show they announced a new band member, a Russet potato (purchased at Ralph’s for .58 cents). The One Direction Potato had its own armchair on the set since it would have been invisible in one of the guest chairs. So, why have a new band member that’s a potato? The band didn’t say much about their reasons but choice of a rock star spud deserves some thought.

The potato is also an inside joke (1D is famous/notorious) for these. Becoming a Directioner can help you to understand. One of the inside jokes usually refer to carrots. Carrots are nutritious and red, how many rock bands talk about carrots and use them as a connector with their audience.Bands are really a relationship. The members create together, work together, tour together. Just like a type of family they have arguments, fights and sometimes split to go their separate ways. Zayn left because of creative differences and he will be missed. But the inside joke that fans share about carrots now changes to another vegetable, a potato and not just any potato.

The new band member is a Russet Potato, the type most grown in Idaho. Idaho is so proud of its potatoes that the State’s standard issue license plate features a Russet and “Famous Potatoes”. The Idaho potato (the ID seems to resemble the band’s short name 1D, by the way), has a tougher skin than many and is packed with nutrition and strength. It usually fills the dinner plate. Show business requires a tough skin for criticism, bad breaks and all the baggage success brings. Jimmy Kimmel said in his opening that his staff said 1D was the nicest guys they had met in a long time. Most rock bands are egotistical, often spoiled and arrogant, humility is not on their list. When the Potato was introduced it was called “humble”, and now has its own Instagram and Twitter accounts. It looks like the humble spud is on its way to stardom, but we’re sure it won’t get too full of itself.

Potatoes seem to be a way to deliver a message, or bunch of messages sometimes. This Russet rock star is helping a band that lost an original member deal with the changes coming and to do it with good humor. Resiliency is a potato quality too; they can grow in adversity, grow just about anywhere and yield bountiful crops. They are nutritious, delicious and still remain humble. 1D seems to have a lot going for it as they take a creative break. Maybe that’s why they chose a potato.


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A Guide To The Work Of A Clinical Research Associate

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Being a clinical research associate isn’t a job that suits everybody. If you’re considering taking this career path it is vital to take the time to be absolutely sure that it is the job for you.

Does the clinical research process really engage you? Would playing a role in the ethical and safe running of clinical trials give you job satisfaction? Is your ideal career one that has room for growth and added responsibility? If you’ve answered yes to the above questions, you may very well be the ideal candidate for a clinical research associate post!

So what does it take to be successful in such a role? What is the job description? How about the job duties, expected salary, and potential employers? We asked ICON for their insider knowhow, so, let’s discuss the answers one at a time.

The Job Description For A Clinical Research Associate

A clinical research associate is responsible for showing the benefits, risks and effects of various medicines, both new and existing. To obtain this information, the clinical research associate will set up, monitor and complete clinical trials.

The Job Duties Of A Clinical Research Associate

  • Preparation of case records.
  • Finding suitable study locations.
  • Communication with professionals and doctors during the study period.
  • Thoroughly monitoring the clinical trial, including regular visits to the study locations.
  • Appropriate coordination with the ethic committee (this committee is responsible for protecting the rights and general well-being of the subjects involved in the trial).
  • Accounting for all supplies necessary for the trial.
  • Communicating with medical statisticians to discuss the study results.
  • Ensuring all information entered in the case forms match that found on the clinical notes of the patient.
  • Note-taking throughout the clinical study process.
  • Completing regular progress reports for each study stage.

Educational Requirements For Clinical Research Associates

Having an undergraduate degree in life sciences, medical sciences or nursing is the lowest acceptable educational requirement to apply for an entry-level post in clinical research. If you have a graduate degree you will be able to apply for positions at a senior level and may be favored over other applicants. Of course such a senior post will also mean a higher pay grade.

There are occasions where a person already in an administrative post may be able to progress to the post of clinical research associate without the above-mentioned educational requirements. However it should be noted that the amount of administrative experience would be substantial and may be coupled with additional qualifications.

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Necessary Skills For Clinical Research Associates

A specific set of skills are vital to be becoming a clinical research associate. Becoming highly efficient in these skills will open doors to higher-paying positions with increased responsibility.

The skill set needed for clinical research associates is as follows:

  • Knowledge in the areas of; the health care system, legislation related to health care, current practice for regulating health care product development.
  • Ability to analyse journal articles and give an accurate evidence level.
  • Ability to create a clinical development plan.
  • Ability to ensure accurate and legitimate data is used for clinical trials, including protecting the rights, confidentiality and integrity of each subject.
  • A thorough understanding of both the responsibilities and the existing liabilities when clinical trials involve human subjects.
  • An accurate understanding of both the implementation and the maintenance of databases, including the difficulties and limitations which exist.

Expected Salary For A Clinical Research Associate

Several factors play a role in the salary of a clinical research associate. These include the educational level of the applicant, their experience to date, their current work location, whether they are certified and the project funding.

For clinical research associates in the US and Canada, there is no exact information on salary. However, examining the salary of professions which are similar to that of a clinical research associate, for example Laboratory Managers and Clinical Laboratory Technologists, can give a fairly trustworthy idea.


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Why to Consider a Career in Nursing

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Did you know that nurses can work in a variety of locations, each with their own unique working environment? Nurses can work in doctor’s offices, hospitals, government agencies, home health agencies, schools and more.

Nurses also have the ability to have flexible schedules and take more shifts if they desire. Shifts can range between 4 hours and 12 hours. Because of the flexibility this career offers, a nurse can choose shifts to accommodate their lifestyle.

As a nurse, you are able to make a difference in the lives of a variety of people. People consider a nurse a guardian angel when the nurse is caring and compassionate. A career in nursing can be both gratifying and satisfying to those who are compassionate by nature.

Being a nurse means you will get to interact with a variety of people every day, including patients, their families, doctors, administrators and other medical staff. Interacting with these people will help you expand your knowledge and improve your interpersonal skills.

In the life of a nurse, there is constant challenge and excitement. You simply never know what is going to happen from one moment to the next. There are times that you will need to make quick decisions. You will learn something new each day and you will never get bored because each day will be different.

Registered nurses and nurse practitioners have the ability to work in a variety of places. They can work in a trauma unit, a community health setting or in a public hospital. They can also work in private health care as this blog post from cavendishprofessionals.com demonstrates.

If a nurse is interested in working in the legal system, the nurse can work as a nurse consultant for a law firm. Finally, if a nurse likes to teach, there are many options, including working as an educator, working with children and more. The nursing industry allows you to choose a career path that is perfect for you.

The demands of nursing can be challenging; however, the rewards far outweigh any challenges that a nurse may experience. Most nurses report that every day on the job is different and has its own set of challenges. This keeps the job exciting and spurs the nurse to learn more.

Oftentimes, nurses must work with a team of healthcare professionals. Nurses may work with a team of doctors, specialists and medical staff to coordinate patient plans and implement new programs in the doctor’s office or hospital. Nursing allows autonomy as well as collaborative efforts and leadership roles.

One of the important components in patient care is nursing leadership. A nurse can help train and develop future leaders in the medical community, mentor new researchers and provide support and guidance to the medical staff. Nurses also provide patient care and share their knowledge with their patients and their patients’ families. A nurse can also act as an advocate when it comes to developing new health care policies.

Nurses are always in high demand. This growing field has numerous opportunities. Adding one extra registered nurse to each rotation in a hospital can save five lives. This is because nurses are essential to a patient’s outcome. Studies have shown that increasing the nursing to patient ratios can reduce a hospital’s patient mortality rate. Additionally, patients suffering from chronic disease can benefit from additional nurses and nurse practitioners in a hospital setting. Patient satisfaction is directly proportional to the number of nurses on staff. Finally, nurses can help improve the emotional well-being of patients.


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Managers tips –  Actions for Achieving Excellence

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In today’s business world, you need more than just an in-depth knowledge of your field. It is a highly competitive working environment today so we need other skills in order to further our career.

A very important skill needed is people skills. This is the knack to motivate others, strive for and maintain co-operation from the department which can be through effective delegation. This can also include other departments, managers, clients, suppliers. But, foremost, you need that range of practical skills such as effective time management, ability to meet deadlines, sound IT and analytical skills to name just a few. These will all be a great attribute to advancing your career.

Time Management is important

Managing your time management requires consistently prioritising your tasks. You cannot prioritise efficiently if you do not have a deadline so, always request the deadline. Likewise you should also give a deadline to your colleague so they, in turn, can then prioritise well.

You should carefully plan your day’s work so you are aware of all you have to do in the course of the day. You should write a list so nothing is overlooked; we often have a shopping list when we go to the supermarket as we do not want to make several trips there. Likewise you do not want to overlook any pending task or have to work late because you overlooked an important task.

Plan your Career

In the same way, you should plan your career. You can set your goals and review at various stages whether it is 6 or 12 month period. Do set manageable goals as you may demotivate yourself by setting too high a goal.

With these goals in mind, you may have to increase your knowledge base so plan also to join a course in order to achieve your objective. Ensure you are choosing the right course and also the right provider. This will entail some careful research and recommendations. Finding the time to study while working can be difficult but the sacrifice will pay off in the end.

In order to improve your skills, you should be aware of your limit as this can cause you to be stressed which will affect your work. Although stress may not always be harmful, some people can react differently because of it.

Commitment

To achieve your goal you will need determination but, do be encouraged as this will develop a number of important strengths, including confidence, determination, vision and a great sense of satisfaction.

You will not be able to manage your workload if your body in not in good shape. Therefore it is important to eat healthy and exercise. Exercise greatly improves mind and body.

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It may be a good idea to find yourself a mentor. That person who has a professional attitude and with varied experience may be the ideal person for motivating you towards achieving your goal.

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Discrimination doesn't have to be at your workplace

How Can I Help To Prevent Discrimination Within The Workplace?

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There are a number of different forms that discrimination in the workplace may take, including ethnic, religion, and race discrimination, as well as sexual harassment.  Whenever an employer fails to take the proper steps needed for preventing discrimination in the workplace, it can result in an uncomfortable company atmosphere and the employer may end up being liable in discrimination lawsuits.  All small business owners need to take the appropriate steps for preventing discrimination within the workplace, and to encourage cooperation and harmony among their employees.

Step 1

Find a business attorney to work with who is experienced with dealing with discrimination policies and get a discrimination procedures and policies manual developed for all of your employees.  Be sure that your manual is as comprehensive as possible and that all federal and state discrimination laws are followed.  Once a quarter, work with your attorney to get any necessary changes made to your manual.

Step 2

Get together with your management staff and review your manual.  Explain to all managers what your company’s policies are regarding discrimination.  Encourage questions from your managers, and have all of them sign a form that states they took your discrimination training and understand it.

Step 3

All employees should be required to review the discrimination procedures and policies manual and attend a mandatory training on discrimination within the workplace once per quarter. Every employee should be required to sign a form that states that they took your discrimination training and that they understand it.

Step 4

Equality and cooperation should be encouraged in the workplace through the creations of diverse departments and work groups throughout your company.

Step 5

Get a process set up where employees can report any discrimination they are experiencing to human resources.  It is very useful having a human resources professional who is experience with handling discrimination complaints, since a level of candidness is required that are not needed with other kinds of human resource issues.

Step 6

Inform managers of employees that have been mentioned in a discrimination complaint that this employee will need to answer the complaint.  Get a meeting scheduled that includes the accused employee, a human resources representative, and the manager.

Sites such as Hello Racist allow people to see the racist goings on of others. Hello racist is a site that is helping to expose hatred and racism and allows people to expose racists in society. It’s becoming increasingly popular and is one of a number of similar sites in this vein.

Step 7

Make a swift decision on the specific disciplinary action that needs to be taken regarding the discrimination complaint.  Make a note of this episode within the employee’s file.

Tip

Your managers should be encouraged to clamp down on any potential discrimination within the workplace.  Your managers’ actions can help to prevent discrimination a lot more than getting an official policy created can.


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Six Reasons Nutrition is Important to Feeling Healthy

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It’s true that you are what you eat. If you’ve been feeling unwell lately, it may be because of what you’ve been eating. Healthy eating and dieting are two different things. A diet is a temporary activity that you perform for a specific goal. It may be to lose a certain number of pounds, or to detox from something. A healthy diet is something you work into gradually and maintain for a long time, hopefully your entire life.

Healthy eating improves your mood

Healthy eating helps balance all the chemicals in your brain to help you stay positive and focused. A chemical called Tryptophan. This chemical is found in high protein foods such as meats, cheese, and soy. Tryptophan helps your body produce serotonin, which helps regulate your mood, and sleep.

Higher protein foods will also help regulate the dopamine in your brain, which ultimately helps you focus. If you have any level of ADHD, increasing the protein in your diet could make significant changes in your mood and focus, especially if you eat it before starting a detailed task.

Eating healthy increases your energy

No one likes to feel drained and tired. For many people, this is daily struggle. Your blood sugar needs to remain fairly constant to keep you feeling awake and energized. When you skip meals, or eat unhealthy foods, your blood sugar rises and falls to the extreme. If you eat regular, healthy meals and snacks throughout the day, you’ll keep your blood sugar, and energy constant. Aim for three meals and two or three snacks every day, along with plenty of water. Avoid snacking on junk food, because it is guaranteed to make your blood sugar level spike, but not last at peak for long. When your sugar level drops, your energy will drop and you’ll feel tired and possibly irritable.

Healthy food helps you maintain a healthy weight

Being overweight comes with a lot of risks, from heart problems, increased stroke risk, diabetes, joint problems, and a variety of other issues you don’t want to deal with. When you choose a diet rich in whole grains, fruits and vegetables, protein, and keep your fat and sugar consumption to a reasonable level, you will find it much easier to maintain a healthy weight. It’s not just the food that matters but how you cook it, for example, air fryers give you a lower-oil alternative to frying (check out http://airfryerguide.net). With the right foods and health-oriented recipes and cooking methods you will feel healthier, and have more energy when you are at a reasonable weight, because packing around all those extra pounds is a lot of extra work.

You’ll feel more self confident

There are some people who are so serious about healthy eating that they are almost obsessed about it. This is not necessarily healthy, because occasionally enjoying unhealthy food is completely acceptable. The key is to keep these treats occasional. That being said, knowing you and your family are eating healthy will increase your confidence. Everyone knows that healthy eating is important, and that unhealthy eating comes with a lot of risks. When you make healthy choices, you’ll feel confident that you are doing the right thing for your body.

Healthy eating improves your skin

If you find yourself dealing with redness, a lot of breakouts, or dry skin, a change in diet may help. Certain foods, such as those rich in antioxidants, and foods like fish that are rich in Omega-3s, can help you avoid the inflammation that leads to irritated skin. Drinking enough water will help you combat skin dryness.

Healthy Eating can prevent and treat some diseases

Staying healthy is obviously good for your heart, but choosing good foods could also reduce your risk of cancer. Diets rich in antioxidants will reduce inflammation in your body, which can reduce the effects of arthritis, and maybe even conditions like Asthma. A healthy amount of folic acid in your diet has been shown to greatly reduce the risk of certain cancers in a few studies. Get folic acid from certain breakfast cereals and leafy greens. Folate will also reduce the risk certain birth defects, which is why it’s such an important nutrient for women.

Maintaining a healthy diet is the key to a long, healthy, and happy life.


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Wondershare Tidy My Music Review

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If you’re like me and image yourself to become a closet DJ, then having actually a well-organized iTunes library is a must. I like my music, but with a library of over 4000 songs, I struggle to keep things nice and neat previously– thanks to TidyMyMusic.

Exactly what is it?
Wondershare TidyMyMusic is an all-in-one software to assist you take care of mislabeled tracks, download album art, lyrics and remove repeated tunes. It may drive you crazy when missing info like “Unknown Artist” and “Track 01” continually shows up in your music folders or iTunes library, particularly if you choose a clean and well-organized music collection. Don’t let it destroy your day and try TidyMyMusic for Mac to entirely transform your music experience. By using an advanced acoustic fingerprint search, it can easily and precisely know missing info, the ID3 tags like artists, track names, album, style and much more. On top of that, you will likewise be able to retrieve album arts and lyrics. What’s more, it seeks double tunes and you can remove them to save important space.

In Action:
Once TidyMyMusic evaluates your files, it will instantly find album covers, set information, and find duplicates. If it does not know the track, then it will tag it for you to by hand include information. In my case, there were some 80 songs that I needed to by hand go through to include the year and album name to. Aside from that, TidyMyMusic dealt with pretty much everything, although a lot of my music collection was currently in better than typical shape. For the 80 approximately tunes that it could not recognize, I did have to go through and by hand click’re-identify’ on every one. This would be a lot less time taking in if you had fewer unidentifieds, but it was around 1 % of my music collection, so I can’t complain.

It must also be noted that a lot of it was indie music that would not remain in the Gracenote Database made use of by WonderShare. It did nevertheless get a few of my indie music wrong. For example, I have a track labelled ‘Sloppy Kiss’ by “Money and Cobain”, and it re-titled it ‘Eddie Veder’ by ‘Local H’. Regardless of that, you truly can’t anticipate this sort of program to deal with indie music. You will want to go through stuff truly rapidly to make sure that it has everything appropriate. Then, you can click ‘Apply All’ and kick back and wait for it to apply everything to your real collection. The whole procedure took about two seconds per tune for my collection.

Results:
Scrolling through my iTunes, I saw at least a lots albums that had actually formerly had wrong or no album covers upgraded. In general, while it did have it’s defects, and it took a number of hours for a music collection of my size, I’m quite happy with it. It fixed tags and music information consisting of album and release year, and also discovered missing out on album artwork, which was rather good.

If you decide to try WonderShare yourself, you can modify as much as 10 tracks free of charge. Otherwise it costs $39.


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Learning Another Language: How to Help Yourself Move up the Career Ladder

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There are a number of career benefits associated with learning another language. Read on to learn why taking this step might be the best choice you ever make.

1. It opens up new career options.

Regardless of how many languages you currently speak, adding another to your resume will only open up the job opportunities that are available to you. There are jobs in a variety of fields that look for candidates that speak multiple languages; for example, you may find a position in sales, administration, tourism, banking, communication, teaching, law and transportation. In all of these areas, speaking another language would be of huge benefit to you.

In addition to those career opportunities, there is always a need for translators and interpreters. In fact, The United States Department of Labour believes that these positions will grow more than 40 percent over the next decade. If you speak both English and another language fluently, you may qualify for one of these positions.

The USA itself may be predominantly English based however, there are plenty of other nationalities in the country. Spanish speakers are the second most common behind English ones and if you can Improve Spanish listening and speaking you can greatly improve job opportunities.

2. It makes you more desirable.

If you are interested in a particular job, the fact that you are multilingual gives you a better chance at landing the position. This is true whether the job requires the ability to speak another language or not. While English is the official language of our country, there are a lot of people here that are more comfortable speaking another language. Therefore, almost any company you can think of would benefit from employing someone that is multilingual. In addition, this one skill can help you stand out from a group of other applicants that may be just as qualified as you are otherwise.

A recent study indicated that just over half of all companies that were interested in doing business outside of their own country ran into problems because they did not speak the language. If you have the skill to communicate in these areas, you immediately become an extremely valuable employee. It also provides a bit of job security as well.

3. You can earn more money.

You are often able to command a higher salary if you speak another language in addition to English. In fact, you may be able to earn up to 15 percent more. Depending on your base salary, that extra money could really add up. For example, perhaps it would cover your car payment or pay for a renovation to your kitchen. Or, if you want to have a bit of fun, you may be able to pay for a vacation with the extra funds. In addition, if you are in the military, you could earn an extra $1000 per month if you are multilingual.

4. Knowing a second language improves your cognition.

If you speak another language each day, you can reap a number of cognitive benefits. For example, your memory is better, you can focus on tasks longer, and you are less likely to experience cognitive decline as you age.

Many people are simply too afraid to try and learn another language. They don’t think they have the ability to do it or they are afraid they don’t have enough time to learn. However, all of these are just excuses. You can learn another language if you commit yourself to the process.


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How To Snag A Marketing Job

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A job in marketing can make for a great and very interesting career. Online marketing is growing consistently and with plenty of work in the field can make a great potential career path.

Here is what I believe should be done:

Apply for an internship

Have you noticed that most of the good positions require experience? Do you have any idea how to get some? Interning is your best solution. While you are in school, offer your services on a part-time basis, then apply for an internship right after you graduate. You can use this as a springboard to a full-time position.

Volunteer at non-profits

If you volunteer at a company that is a non-profit, you will have solid experience to add to your resume. While many non-profits offer internships that are unpaid, the chance to further your career is worth it according to UK marketing recruiter Spotlight Recruitment. Never mind the fact that it is for a great cause.

Network

As the old saying suggests, it really is about who you know. Build your brand and it will offer you more chances to meet people that can give your career a jump start. I also think it would be smart to join industry associations and any associations that are related to the university you attended.

Learn to love social media

The newer generations are expected to have a firm grip on social media and all of the latest technology. Once an employee sees that you are adept at LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter blogs and online communities, you will see far more valuable to them. You can also use social media sites to look for jobs, get career advice and stay alert to any great opportunities. You never know when something will fall right into your lap. Here are some great online courses.

Do your homework

You should know which companies have programs for graduates. It is also a good idea to know which talent agencies help people that are in this particular field. You should focus on the type of work environments available (corporate, government, non-profit, etc) so you know which you are more suited for. Once you find a job that piques your interest, check your skills and interests to see if they fit the requirements. You should be aware of the products and services offered as well as any pertinent news when it comes to the companies you are interviewing with. Make sure that you showcase this knowledge in your cover letter and during your interview.

Write as much as you can

People in the marketing field rely on great writing skills to get by. Add well-written samples to your portfolio. Review a concert, write a letter to the editor or a paper. Start a newsletter or create a piece for a local journal. While you may not be published in a national magazine, this will help sharpen your skills. If you are in advertising, you should add to your portfolio every chance you get.

Proof your work

There should be no errors on your resume, cover letter or any other documentation you provide
to prospective employers. If you know English is not your strong suit, have someone else look it over for you.

Ask for assistance

If you are open with recruiters and companies, they are generally more receptive to any inquiries you have, and they will try their best to offer a useful response. Invite an HR person from a company you adore out for coffee. Let them know that you are interested in learning more about the company and you want to know how to move forward. This will help show that you are interested without having to deal with a formal interview just yet. While they may not be hiring right away, they may keep you in mind for the future. A lasting impression can help you snag the job you want. They may even be willing to refer you to others in the industry who have open positions.

Create a custom resume

You can tailor your experience for each job you are applying to. Let employers know how you can benefit their company. The opening paragraph should focus on the specific job you are interested in. There plenty of business in the resume area to help.

Show your passion

If you are offered an interview, show that you are different by expressing the passion you have for the industry and the specific job you are applying for. Always let them know that you are willing to learn and grow. In some cases, passion is a substitute for the experience that is required.


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How To Get Started Working As A Self Employed Courier

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You will need to contact these companies, by phone, letter or you can visit them in person if you prefer. You will need to be listed as a self-employed courier by the courier company.

A good starting point would be to use Thomson Local or the Yellow Pages to search for local courier companies.
Getting regular work with these types of companies may take some time. However, you should sign up with as many as you can and do a good job on the assignments that you do get. If you do that, regular work will eventually come to you. Assuming that you are reliable, there will always be plenty of work available to you since these types of companies heavily rely on freelance couriers.

We recommend that you have a business card that you carry with you, to either hand out in person to ensure your personal details are on file or to post to companies. The card should include your name, contact phone number and the hours you prefer to work. You may want to include a letter as well that contains a little more information.
I you haven’t heard back in a few weeks, get in touch with the companies again to stay on their radar screen.

Smart and Professional

We shouldn’t even have to mention this, but it is very important to have a smart and professional appearance at all times. Many of the deliveries you will be making will be to professional clients, which is why a freelance courier service is needed. In order to properly represent the courier company you need to keep your appearance up.
The courier company you are working for will make note of your appearance. If it isn’t up to their professional standards, your work will be given to couriers with a smarter appearance instead of you.

Efficiency

Time is money, when you are out on the road. Invest in a smart phone or Sat Nav with GPS to ensure you are aware of congestion or traffic jams out on the road.
If you end up caught in traffic, out of common courtesy you should let your destination know if any changes need to be made to your schedule time of arrival. This is how a professional should be behave and your clients will definitely appreciate being kept informed. They will also be much more likely to be understanding than if you just show up late with several excuses.

Keep in mind that spending time in traffic jams is lost money since you could have potentially picked up additional jobs during the early evening or afternoon.

Administration and Bookkeeping

We recommend that you set aside some time for tracking your client list and invoices every other day. You can either use a paper and pen or computer tools like Google Docs or Microsoft Office.

Additionally, as a self-employed courier, ensuring you have courier insurance of some sort is also important – especially when on the road commercially.

As a self-employed courier, it is very important to keep up with your administrative work and invoices. Once you start to receive regular work, it can be quite easy to get carried away.

However, it is very important to keep track of which companies owe you money and how much. Staying up to date on your expenses will really benefit you, especially at tax time.

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Improving Yourself: The Importance of Gaining New Skills

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Many people think that once they leave school, there is no going back. However, it is important to remember that you can always work on improving yourself and gaining knowledge. Most often, the motivation to do so comes from the desire to make a career change or to move up on the career ladder. If you are interested in bettering yourself, distance learning is a great option and allows people to gain qualifications even while dealing with hectic schedules.

Taking classes as an adult is beneficial in many ways. Because you do not have to participate in adult education courses, you can choose what you like and what you think will further your career. This helps you to stay invested in what you are doing. The information below touches on how gaining new skills can make a positive difference for you.

Improving Your Resume

Any new skills and knowledge that you gain can be listed to your resume, which is a great way to gain the attention of prospective employers. Going back to school shows that you are motivated to learn and grow, which are characteristics that employers hold in high regard.

Preparing for Change

Most people do not hold the same job for the duration of their working lives. Sometimes, the jobs that you hold will be similar to one another. More often, however, you will have to move to a completely new career path if you want to continue on the road to success. When that happens, seeking out a new skill that will benefit you in your job helps show that you are ready and willing to work hard at your new career. Taking new courses can help broaden your chances of gaining a higher salary. For example, a construction worker taking an top level IOSH course or qualification is going to stand a greater chance of getting a job than someone without the training.
When applying for a job, you may have to show that you have certain education and experience. Still, studies indicate that a fair number of employers would be willing to hire someone that did not have experience in the job as long as they had some related skills. Therefore, if you want to forge a new career path, think about continuing your education in a way that would benefit you going forward.

Pursuing Certain Careers

There are jobs where you must demonstrate certain skills in order to be hired. Both IT positions and financial positions come to mind. Home Learning College did a survey where just over a third of adults in Britain indicated that a vocational qualification was required of them when landing
their job. Just under half of all organizations said that their employees had to meet certain qualifications if they want to advance in their careers.

As you think about what you want to do with your life, it is important to figure out what qualifications are necessary in your chosen field. You may be able to improve your standing by going to school part time, such that you do not have any trouble moving into a field that you are interested in.

Making More Money

If you want to earn more, vocational study can help. A study out of the University of Sheffield indicates that vocational qualifications have a large impact on salary. The difference can be as low as five percent or as high as 23 percent. Further, Home Learning College conducted a survey where more than a quarter of participants stated that learning a new skill was directly related to their increase in salary or job promotion.

Feeling Valued and Secure

Learning a new skill can help you feel better about yourself. In addition, you may find that you can talk more knowledgeably with your coworkers or demonstrate additional proficiency to your boss.


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The Challenges of Managing Mobile Workspaces for Businesses

Category : Other Stuff

As the internet continues to revolve inevitably the workforce will become far more mobile. We are already witnessing employees craving this flexibility and stepping away from the usual “9-5” momentum. Technology such as Google docs, Cloud hosting and Skype bridge the gap closer together.

The questions employers have to ask themselves “will the modern workplace be in a traditional office or at an employee’s home?” Unfortunately there is no simple answer.
If we take a look at Google’s plans for their new office in London due to be completed in the year 2016, the office space is out of this world. They will hold approximately one million square feet and it will house an indoor football pitch, an open-air swimming pool, a roof garden and a climbing wall. Who would want to work from home when they have all this in their workplace? Google are advertising this as an extension to their company culture.

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Admittedly we don’t all have the budget to create the workplace of tomorrow, but fear not as there are plenty of humble ways to re-create the workspace of the future. If we think about it we have all seen how technology has changed the way we life but hard assets such as cars and offices have somehow remains stagnant over the years – it is time to change this.

Many companies understand the frustration of remote workers especially when they struggle to get access to adequate space, amenities and networking opportunities. This is why more and more companies are giving their remote employees the option to “hot desk”. Hot desking offers co-working spaces complete with on-site amenities such as meeting rooms, refreshments and printing facilities. It is a proven fact these hot desks inspire and benefit creativity, innovation and collaboration.

The type of worker suited for remote working

The target audience for remote working is someone that is tech savvy and is career focused. This will be more common when Generation Z (individuals aged 13-18) enter the workforce. Did you know that those considered Generation Z spend almost every waking hour on the internet? They are surrounding by social media and eat and breathe the internet.

Due to this mobile working will only grow in the upcoming years. In fact there are plenty of reports to suggest that the mobile workforce will grow to over 1.3 billion by the end of 2015. The reported figure by IDC was just over one billion in 2010.

We take a look at how employers can manage their mobile workspace and consider whether employers are ready for the future:

IS THE STRATEGIC VISION OF THE COMPANY A FLEXIBLE ONE?

As an employer do you have the same mind-set of Google and consider your workplace to be an extension of your corporate ethos and strategy? Ericsson predicts that in the year 2020 there will be over 50 billion devices connected to the world wide web. Employers need to start thinking now how these connected devices will change the way we communicate and work and a company’s vision needs to be ready to welcome these changes. Alternative Networks showcase some of the services to look out for.

DO YOU RECOGNIZE THAT A FLEXIBLE WORKPLACE IS MUCH MORE THAN A PERK?

Employers need to change their mind-set and recognize that flexibility is not a perk but a strategy for success. Companies all over the world have witnessed how flexible working has improved motivation, efficiency levels and profit margins. Employees want to work for a company where they feel trusted and valued.

It is important to note that any change is corporate culture including changes in workspaces will require a set of policies and training guidelines. Any changes need to be communicated well in advance to allow time for employees to understand the changes and to ask any emerging questions they may have.

The ability to utilize flexible workspaces will also be based on the role they have. We have previously mentioned there are plenty of tools such as Google Docs and Cloud to enable employees to work from a remote destination but this would not enable a sales person or someone who has regular contact with clients to carry out their role effectively.

Employers must also consider the social aspects of remote workers. Lone workers as they are commonly referred to can feel isolated at times especially if they have no contact with other colleagues. It is important to get them involved with the company culture as much as possible.

As an employer how do you see your workspace evolving? Is it something you have yet to consider?


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Jobs For Teens

Starting a New Business: Advice for getting into the Towing and Recovery Industry

Towing and recovery companies are beneficial to many different people, including police officers, the public and other businesses. They take abandoned or broken down cars off the roads or away from parking lots and other public areas. These businesses can turn a profit, but you must know what you are doing and have the right equipment to complete the job. In addition, you must be passionate about your work and know how to get the word out about your company.

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Teen Jobs Resource Center

Category : Job Search , Other Stuff

Welcome to the Resource Center for Teen Jobs

A good first job is hard to find. Many times kids will get lucky and have a connection, whether it is their parents or their friends’ parents, who help them to have their first job. However, even if you don’t have a connection to a job (or simply choose not to use it) you can still find one that is interesting and well paid if you know where to look. By considering your interests and what could be a stimulating position you can start narrowing your focus and then modify your search accordingly. Your first job may not be your dream job, but you can find a good one if you are motivated to do so.

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Advice Survey Results

Advice Survey Results

Welcome to the survey section of myfirstpaycheck.com where you can find advice from experienced members of the workforce or contribute your own.


Justin Guerra’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Selling newspapers

How did you find that first job?
Through an ad in the newspaper

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
Location, distance from home, and hours of work.

What are some important things to know for the interview, etc.?
Be polite. Be respectful. Dress nice.

How has that job helped you as you grow older?
It helped me gain experience and learn what is expected in a workplace

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Have a positive attitude. You might not get hired with the first 5 or even 10 applications, but stay in there. Good things happen to those who wait.


Julie Lynn Hohnecker’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Lawn Mowing

How did you find that first job?
Neighbors and my parents.

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
Networking with other teenagers and family friends.

What are some important things to know for the interview, etc.?
To be honest and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

How has that job helped you as you grow older?
It helped me to be a better person by knowing that I am doing and helping someone else because they are too old to do it themselves.


J. Pelley’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Bailing and stacking hay

How did you find that first job?
My neighbor asked me to help him when I was done bailing my own hay.

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
Distance, hours, income

What are some important things to know for the interview, etc.?
Make a good first impression. Dress well, not grungy.

How has that job helped you as you grow older?
Discipline and endurance.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Don’t try to go for a job you’ve got no chance of getting.


Anonymous’ Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Babysitting

How did you find that first job?
I set out on my street and told all of my neighbors that I was starting a babysitting service and everything took off from there

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
Ask yourself, do you enjoy doing this job? Do you make enough money? Is it worth it?

What are some important things to know for the interview, etc.?
The first impression means everything, don’t be late.

How has that job helped you as you grow older?
This job has helped me become more responsible.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Think outside the box


Austin’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Yard Work

How did you find that first job?
My older brother worked for a man that my dad works with and still does, my brother worked for him for many years and decided to quit because he found a real job and he asked if I would take his place and after thinking about it, I did.

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
You should be careful on the type of job like if you want to make smoothies for a job than you should make sure that they have a good business report and would be in the right level for you to be working in.

What are some important things to know for the interview, etc.?
Make sure that you are going to be able to answer the questions given without thinking about them for a while, and speak clearly so they know who there hiring.

How has that job helped you as you grow older?
I found that as I got older you are able to interact with that person easier and are able to get the job done and right to make that person happier, and the more work that you do may be hard but after words it would have really been worth it. As you get older you’ll be able to find better ways to spend and more importantly save the money you have made.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
I would definitely try to find a job some where close to home and as you work try to interact with the person you are working with and be positive!


Clorissa’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Babysitting

How did you find that first job?
My mom helped me find jobs.

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
Don’t give out your information without permission, and if your only a teen, bring an adult with you. Another important thing to remember is body language.

What are some important things to know for the interview, etc.?
You should know a lot about the job before you go into it because it might be something you are not capable of.

How has that job helped you as you grow older?
It taught me some responsibility.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Use good body language and stay in school for any job/career you want. Trust me, school gets you really far in life.


SJ’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Mowing Grass

How did you find that first job?
Through family and friends

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
Make eye contact, stand straight, and smile.

What are some important things to know for the interview, etc.?
Speak fluently and don’t yell.

How has that job helped you as you grow older?
It taught me patience.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Do not whine when you don’t get the job you want.


Alisha’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
I worked on an animal farm

How did you find that first job?
I heard about the job from a friend.

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
Make sure the work is something you are familiar with.

What are some important things to know for the interview, etc.?
Make eye contact.

How has that job helped you as you grow older?
This job helped make me more responsible in a lot of ways

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Look for a job that your kind of familiar with


Haley’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Babysitter

How did you find that first job?
My aunt was looking for someone to babysit my four cousins so I decided to help.

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
Make sure you know what the pay and hours are for the job.

How has that job helped you as you grow older?
Having a job prepares me for life

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Do your best


George S.’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Intern at engineering firm

How did you find that first job?
Pure luck! My mother was working at a bookstore, and the director of this firm purchased the exact stack of books that I had purchased the previous week. My mother commented on the coincidence, the man offered his business card, and the following week, I had an interview.

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
Have an open mind!

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?
Remember the motto of the British Special Air Services: PROPER PLANNING PREVENTS PISS POOR PERFORMANCE. Plan ahead, get there early, and know what you’re walking into.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Even though I will never pursue engineering, the skills I learned at the firm have taught me to think visually, spatially, and mathematically.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
HAVE CONFIDENCE! DO NOT BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS! THERE ARE NO “STUPID QUESTIONS”


Karyn’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Waitress

How did you find that first job?
I spoke to people at a locally owned little restaurant

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
Location (since being on time is really important, and as a teenager I didn’t have my own car when I got my first job) Location (since being on time is really important, and as a teenager I didn’t have my own car when I got my first job) Impressions are really important, dress appropriately, and if you are going to inquire about a job, timing is important…so at a restaurant don’t ask to talk to a manager about a job during a really busy Friday night. When filling out an application make sure you write very carefully (best hand writing and no mistakes).

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?
Have some knowledge about the company you want to work at, be ready for them to ask you popular questions (like identify a weakness) and be prepared to frame your answers in a way that puts a good spin on it. Also it’s a good idea to think about what question(s) you might want to ask them, because many employers will ask you if you have questions. Punctuality is essential – don’t be late…especially for an interview or your first day. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you don’t understand something.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Learning how to work with people, and in a restaurant serving people, gave me an understanding for the food business that I still find useful today. When the money you make is directly affected by the work of other people (tips aren’t so good when things are going wrong) you learn to pitch in and help wherever you can. I also think it helped me to multitask and have a good memory, I would suggest that everyone works in the food service industry at some point, it’s a good experience.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Do your homework, look around, and be prepared for it not to be what you expect. People have an average of 7 job changes in their lives, so your first job is most likely not going to be your last. Try to stick it out, and remember that your experiences (good or bad) will follow you when you leave.


Katherine’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Toy Store Clerk

How did you find that first job?
I called the toy store.

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?
Don’t dress messy.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
No, i was fired after 2 weeks

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Don’t dress messy. Be on time.


Sam Blum’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Cold Stone Creamery

How did you find that first job?
I went out and filled out a bunch of applications. Cold Stone called me first, so I took it.

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
Keep an open mind.

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?
Don’t be nervous. If you’ve gotten the interview, or it’s your first day, your employer thinks you can take on the job. Stay confident, be friendly, and most importantly, be yourself.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
My co-workers have become my great friends. It was my first “adult” experience, as I was able to take on new challenges, try new things, and have a great time making money.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Apply everywhere you can, you can always turn someone down. I got my job before my first paycheck, but if I was first looking now, Myfirstpaycheck.com would be a really great place to start.


Nita’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
baby sitting

How did you find that first job?
asked by a friend

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
find people you can trust and display good work ethic themselves

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?
relax, dress nice but comfortably, smile, lean forward, shake hands, be pleasant

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
I love kids and liked finding work involving children… I got a good recommendation too.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Find work that you like so you look forward to going to work.


Lois’ Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
I worked at Pretzel Time in the mall

How did you find that first job?
My friends and I were mall rats. Most of us had jobs at various stores in the mall so we knew the managers and other employees.

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
What kind of person do you want to work for? What kind of people do you want to work with?

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?
Know where you need to go and how to get there, know the dress code, ask questions when you don’t know something.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
The networking I did from that job helped me get jobs for the next four years (even in another city when I went away to college). I still use the networking skills I gained at that job.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Be okay starting at the bottom and working your way up…almost everyone has to do it. Have fun with your job and have fun with the people you work with.


Alberto’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Bagger/Cashier- Acme Supermarket

How did you find that first job?
I decided to get a job last summer, and I applied to Acme online. They called me back several weeks later.

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
Employers love to here from you. If you apply, wait a week, and then call them back “regarding your application”, it let’s them know that you are confident and assertive. Don’t, however, take this to the extreme and call the day after you apply.

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?
Interview etiquette is pretty straight forward. Be polite, but make sure they know they can’t take advantage of you. Make sure you fully understand the job guidelines as well as the salary you are going to receive.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
If you’re looking for a summer job: -apply early and to many different places, because EVERYBODY is applying at the same time. I recommend starting in March or April. I waited, and I missed about a month of the summer going through the process instead of making money. -Pretty much nobody except beaches and pools wants a worker who will only stay for the summer. They won’t hire you unless you commit for at least through the fall.


Doug’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Fuel Transfer Technician (gas pumper)

How did you find that first job?
I looked on www.myfirstpaycheck.com. Just kidding! That website was just a glimmer in the eye of a bunch of Lavins at that time. The truth is that a kid on my basketball team was quitting and so I took his spot when he left.

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
Make sure that the job will help you achieve some definite goals, whether they be developing new skills, gaining experience, making money, or whatever. Try to get a job where you are surrounded by a good team of people that will help you and encourage you.

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?
Bring phone numbers for your references. I always forget that one!

How has that job helped you as you grow older?
Being a gas pumper at Sunoco? Hmmm. It’s made me want to ride a bicycle everywhere I go. That’s good, right?

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Go for the gusto. Be bold. Be Sincere.


Max’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Waiter

How did you find that first job?
I was walking around and saw a help wanted sign

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
To be open and not to critical

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?
Be polite, neat, respectful, and try to not to be nervous and freak out

How has that job helped you as you grow older?
My first job I had a boss who was a an incredibly unhappy person who was always riding me and my fellow employees, working there helped me learn to deal with that kind of situation.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Don’t be to critical, never feel trapped, never work for an establishment that treats you terribly dont be afraind to stick up for yourself


AL in DC’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Receptionist

How did you find that first job?
The easy way, I got a job at my father’s office when I was 16 year old.

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
It is important to come to an interview ready to ask questions. Now that I am in a position to hire people, much of my evaluation of candidates’ question about the company and the job.

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?
Before you start ask questions about dress code. Don’t make the mistake of dressing at the lower end of the dress code. Your dress tells your colleagues a great deal about how seriously you take yourself and your job.

How has that job helped you as you grow older?
I was lucky that in my first few jobs I worked for people who felt it was their responsibility to teach me good skills and habits. My first boss told me that I should begin to straighten my desk when the clock struck 5 o’clock and not a moment before. I should actively work and not appear to be waiting to race from the office.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Keeping knocking on doors. Job hunting is depressing and discouraging until the day you get the job. You forget the tough times immediately.


Susan Kilborn’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Assistant in the local public library

How did you find that first job?
I was in the library alot and asked if they needed summer help.

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
Try to think what you like to do most and try to get a job doing that or around other people who are doing it in a support capacity. Persistence is almost always a winner. Keep checking back, dropping by and emailing the place where you really WANT to work. Once you get a job there, ask for help. Ask for feedback. Ask for more responsibility if you see an opportunity for it. Work and SMILE.

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?
I jumped the gun and answered this one up above.

How has that job helped you as you grow older?
I still love libraries.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Ask questions. Try to learn something about the place where you work before you get there. such as asking for the roster of personnelle so you can start learning the names of the people who work there. Volunteer for work if you don’t have anything to do. Don’t just sit there!


Emily’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Tennis instructor

How did you find that first job?
through my tennis coach

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
make sure you do something you love

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?
dress professionally, arrive early

How has that job helped you as you grow older?
It taught me discipline

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Do your research!


Steve in Seattle’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Window Washer

How did you find that first job?
I teamed up with a buddy and we brought squeegee’s and soap and a bucket to an outdoor strip mall and told each store that we were real experienced, and finally an art store hired us on a regular basis. I think we got a couple more stores, and after a couple weeks we actually got pretty good at window washing.

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
If you depend on walking or bicycling, or the bus or mom & dad to drive you, consider the convenience of the place you are selecting. Pay attention to the workers already there who you might have to work with. You might ask them, without letting the boss hear you, how long they have worked there, and do they like it. If you sense that three or four people have recently left, and that everyone there is somewhat new, then the “turn over” is high, and the boss might be a grouch, or expect more work out of you than what the job desciption says.

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?
Well, I am no longer a teen. But I was a teen once. I would suggest making a great first impression on the one in charge of hiring you. Give them eye contact and a firm handshake, and try not to look down like you are shy or frightened, even if you are. If they ask your name, say it clearly as though you are proud of your name. And yes, dress a bit fancier than what will be expected if hired. You can always roll up your sleeves when they get comfortable with you, but if you start out dressed too casual, it is hard to become more formal at that point. The hardest part of an interview in your situation might be if your future boss decides to engage you in small talk, such as, “How about those Eagles?” or…”What music do you listen to?” It can get tricky, but just be aware in advance that you might have to say something about sports or music or a certain movie or TV show. I would advise you to pretend to first take interest in what team or TV show your future boss likes, then agree with their taste, or say, “My parents like the same thing you do.” It is less about what you answer, than how. Grown-ups just want to feel like their teen employees will be able to carry on an intelligent conversation, and not steal from them. If the interviewer says anything that seems the slightest bit inappropiate or too personal, remember not everything is their business, and it would be best to politely excuse yourself and look for work elsewhere.

How has that job helped you as you grow older?Regardless of your age, the bottom line is you are costing your boss money if you get hired. They have something you want, or need, and it pays to smile and be respectful to them.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
If you are handed a job application, offer three or more “character” references, as you will not yet have any job references. The best character references come from local business owners, politicians, priests, rabbis, and ministers, who are well established. Perhaps you are regular customers at a local grocery store, car repair place, or nursery, and have gone in with your mother or father, or friend. Or a dentist, or alderman is your neighbor, and you go to school with their kids. You can ask them permission to put their name and business/occupation and number down on your job application. It really “beefs it up,” and, again, gives the impression you are honest, not spacy, and won’t take drugs…the stuff older folks who own businesses have concerns about when they think “teen.”


Ari S’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Working at the Narberth Cheese Company as a sales associate.

How did you find that first job?
All I did was walk around town and look for “Help Wanted” signs. When you see them, I went into the store and asked for an application.

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?

  1. Location: It has to be easy and cheap for you to get to.
  2. Your Commitment: You have to know how much time you are able to work and be honest about it.
  3. Your Capability: Can you see yourself working at the place you are applying? Meaning is it over your head or not, and are you able to stand doing it You don’t have to like it, but that would be a plus. Also, when you go to ask for an application it would be great if you did not look like a slob. First impressions are key.

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?
Once again, don’t look like a slob when you go to the interview. If you feel like it, dress up a little…it never hurts. And for the first day (and maybe even first month) don’t get hung up on little things that you mess up. You’re new, you’ll be corrected, and then you move on.

How has that job helped you as you grow older?The Cheese Company has been a great experience for me. In fact, I’m still there (I’ve only been there for a year though). I do everything from sales, to inventory, to janitor…ing. I have met a lot of people and learned about many things, not all of which are about cheese.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?

  1. If you are applying for the summer, don’t wait until the end of school.
  2. Most places will require working papers, so get those from your school’s main office or guidance office.
  3. Be practical about where you are going to work
  4. Not to sound too lame, but try to have a little fun with it…if that’s at all possible.

Mark’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
I taught swimming to kids at the local YMCA.

How did you find that first job?
The assistant coach to my high school swim team worked there.

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?

  1. Find a job that you can get to without relying on someone else.
  2. It’s your first job, not a career. So, although it’s always best to do something interesting, don’t sweat it if it’s not.

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?

Interview:

  1. Be serious, but also yourself at the interview. They’re usually more interested in whether you’ll fit in than whether you know how to do the job, especially when we’re talking first job-type stuff like cashier, line cook, etc.
  2. Dress to impress. You should be dressed about one notch fancier than what you would actually wear to the job.

First day:

  1. Show up early. It shows you’re responsible and gives you time to get the lay of the land.
  2. Dress to impress. Just like #2 above. It shows you’re serious. You can dress down on your second or third day.

Employment:

Remember, the reason it’s called work and it’s something you’re paid to do is because it’s not always fun. Even rock stars hate their jobs some days.

How has that job helped you as you grow older?

Teaching is actually something I’ve done on and off ever since my first job. So I guess that I lucked out and found something that I really enjoy doing.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?

Pound the pavement and don’t be disappointed if you get turned down the first few times.


Ari’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Working at Thrift Drug as a cashier
How did you find that first job?
I walked around looking for summer jobs until I found it.

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
As a teen? Get as much money as you can because anything you do will be fairly dull.

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?
Make sure you are clean and well dressed, always be enthusiastic about everything

How has that job helped you as you grow older?
Back then I learned how to deal with customers and today, I still deal with them, only now, I call them clients.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
At this young age, follow the money.


Ronn’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
McDonald’s Cashier

How did you find that first job?
I walked in and asked them if they hired 14-year-olds (Nowhere else did)

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
Are you going to be able to be cheerful at the job? How badly do you need the money? Could you get something better? Remember, this isn’t a career.

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?
Try to seem independent, despite being dependent on your parents. Just act intelligent. A place like McDonalds doesn’t care about your skills or anything.

How has that job helped you as you grow older?
I know I never want to work as a cashier. I value money in terms of hours of McDonalds work now.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Your best bet as someone with no experience is to get a job through a relative.


Josh’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Soccer Referee

How did you find that first job?
A friend of mine was doing it, and I asked him how I could get involved

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
You’ve got to be realistic about logistics, including how many hours you can work (and want to work). It’s nice to make money, but you if you spend all of your time in school and then at work, you’re going to miss out on a lot of enjoyment. Remember, the older you get, the more you end up working and you have less time for yourself.

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?
Take everything seriously. Employers look for maturity and a sense of responsibility.

How has that job helped you as you grow older?
As a referee you take a lot of criticism, no matter how good you are. It was important for me to learn how to take criticism (even though it may not be constructive). I also learned to stay confident in the face of criticism.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Find something you like to do or are interested in and see if there is any way to get paid while being involved in it. For me, I loved playing soccer, so I looked for ways to get paid while being around the game. If you get into the habit of working for money, you will always just be working for money. But if you get into the habit of getting paid for doing what you like to do, you will end up much happier.


Austin’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Mowing Lawns and Shoveling Snow

How did you find that first job?
Went to neighbors who I knew, talked to my parents friends, friend’s parents, anywhere where I could walk

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?

It’s important to find something that you enjoy because it’ll make working easier. I liked being outside and having control of my own hours so landscaping was never hard.

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?

Show them that you want the job, and be capable of your own abilities. Most kids have worked in some capacity; babysitting, petsitting, yardwork, etc. remember that you are capable of handling the responsibility, and than make sure you do a good job.

How has that job helped you as you grow older?
It helped me get the next job and the job after. I was able to take on a big landscaping project for a neighbor and a friend that involved multiple days and hiring my brothers, but I knew I could do the job, and I could it cheaper than a professional landscaper. I was also able to use that experience to obtain my first salaried position, at a plant nursery.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
Be persistent. If you aren’t getting rejected, you’re not trying hard enough.


Nick’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Receptionist at a Law Firm

How did you find that first job?
A friend of the family worked there

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
It’s important to remember how the expenses of getting to the job, etc, are going to effect the amount of $ you take home – for example, one place may pay more than another, but it’s so far away that the expenses of the commute kind of even the salaries out.

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?
If you act like you don’t want to be there, you’re not going to be there for long.

How has that job helped you as you grow older?
It’s helped me realize that I never want another job that requires me to answer phones with the same line, all day long.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for his or her first job?
You’re probably not going to get a job that you actually like – welcome to the world of work.


Bracha’s Advice

What was your first job as a teenager?
Working at the Mall of America for Gapkids (and spending all of the money I made at gap–great discount!)

How did you earn that first job?
I knew a friend that had started there so i was able to get an interview

What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
It’s important to know how you’ll get there and back every shift, if you will be able to work the number of hours you want, if you will be able to make “enough” money, how the boss is, how the staff is, the perks, etc.

What are some important things to know for the interview, first day, and for being employed in general (possibly for the first time)?
It’s important to present yourself well, which usually means dressing up a little bit, not chewing gum, cell phone off. It’s important to maintain open communication so if you have a question about the first day, or any day, that you ask your supervisor. Better to ask than to try to figure it out yourself

How has that job helped you as you grew older?
It helped me get my second job, which helped me get my third job, etc. also, I think that at some point everyone should work in the service industry (retail, restaurants, theme parks) because even though people can get rude, if you can handle the crowd you can handle any assignment further down the line.

What piece of advice would you offer somebody today looking for their first job?
Use any connections from friends or family members that you might have (or websites that cater to first time employees!), don’t get discouraged if not everyone is hiring, or they do not hire you. Find the places that are hiring, drop off applications, ask when you should expect a call, and follow up by that time by calling to talk to the manager.



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We’re here to help teenagers find jobs. It’s tough to earn that first paycheck, but we’re here to make it easier.

Learning how to apply for jobs isn’t something we always learn in school, but it’s an important skill. It’s especially important as a teen applying for your first job to make a good first impression, and Myfirstpaycheck.com can help.

Check out our five quick job searching tips below:

1. Be Brave. Even in this economy, there are plenty of employers out there looking for the affordable, enthusiastic, and energetic help that teenagers provide, but you have to go out and ask for it.  Don’t be afraid to apply for jobs.

2.  Be Polite. You are applying for a job; dress up, make eye contact, shake hands, and avoid using slang. First impressions matter – make sure you are remembered for your application and not your attitude.

3. Be Prepared. Bring a resume and a cover letter whenever you apply for a job. Having a good resume is essential. It shows that you are serious about the position, and that you are mature and responsible. If you need help writing a resume, myfirstpaycheck.com provides a dynamic free resume for teens
that is very helpful.

4. Be Persistent. It would be nice if you were immediately offered every job that you ever applied for, unfortunately this is not the case for anybody. Persistence pays off; send a thank you note to interviewers, follow-up if you do not hear about the job after a week, and keep applying.

5. Be Creative. Look for work in places other than the mall. The weakening economy means that people are going to be looking to cut costs in areas such as lawn and child care. Get a few friends together and start a landscaping or a babysitting business. Working for yourself is a great way to earn money and develop skills that will help you find your next job.

We have surveyed our friends and colleagues to find out how that got that first job and what advice they have for today’s teens. Read what they had to say.



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Michigan Teenagers May Receive Pay Raise This Week

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Michigan’s subminimum wage, a wage paid to employees younger than 18, will jump from $6.55 to $7.25 when the federal minimum wage rises to that rate on Friday.

Check out Forbes.com for more information.


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Teens Turn to Summer Start-Ups

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Sue Shellenbarger has a great article in the WSJ today, “Cupcakes and Cattle Breeding: Teens Turn to Summer Start-Ups” about teenagers starting their own businesses instead of finding summer jobs. She echos many of the same pieces of advice that we offer on myfirstpaycheck.com including: Find and fill an unmet need, Look for a low-cost niche, Find something you love, and Expect setbacks. Continue reading our blog to read some more great tips about teenage entrepreneurship and interviews with great teenage entrepreneurs like Pencil Bugs


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Top Ten Terrific Things To Do At Work

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Here are ten things that do not require any skills or abilities. These are the things that your peers and managers rank most highly other than your technical skills. These are the things that set you up for promotions and raises. These are exactly the things you should be doing all the time at work, and not just in front of your boss… in front of everyone. Life isn’t defined by who you are in the light, it requires that you also be the same person in the dark.

1. Show up early
2. Ask questions
3. Display a friendly attitude
4. Promote your company to your friends and family
5. Befriend your co-workers
6. Keep up your school work
7. Volunteer to take on additional tasks
8. Be proud of your work
9. Work hard
10. Have fun!