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New Career Training Programs and Career Planning Strategies

New career training solutions are being considered by many individuals because the familiar career planning strategies have stopped working. There is a concise and practical saying that “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it”. But when it comes to career training programs and job possibilities, the growing consensus is “If it’s broke, fix it” because of recurring problems with employment choices and circumstances.

How do we know “it’s broke?” Higher education costs have spiraled out of control, leaving college graduates with enormous debt. To make matters worse, there are currently very few appropriate job openings for those recently graduating from the costly but familiar educational institutions. As a result, unemployment rates for this sector is already at depression levels. At the other end of the employment spectrum, experienced workers have lost jobs from positions deemed “safe” only a few years ago and have then found very few realistic job options when they look for alternative work. Some of these situations involve government careers that are suffering due to widespread spending cutbacks. Until proven otherwise, these jobs are likely to be gone on a permanent basis. Likewise, job losses in the banking sector certainly appear to be gone forever due to massive changes impacting banks. There are similar examples of “it’s broke” in many other directions of career planning. Who knows what future that a real estate career might currently offer?

There are certainly segments of the economy which are better off than others. Individuals in a healthier employment situation might not think that it matters (to them) if traditional career planning is “broke” or not. However, one of the new approaches to career training programs is to incorporate a contingency planning strategy that proactively reviews “What could go wrong and what should I do if it does?” whether a person is currently employed or not.

The classic approach to career training programs is more likely than not to involve a group training atmosphere. It is of course less costly but has few other arguments in its favor. Group classes are also the traditional format used by colleges. Despite what should be a distinct cost advantage of teaching groups rather than individuals in a one-to-one basis, college costs have steadily outpaced inflation and have reached a level that many (if not most) now consider to be unaffordable.

To comprehensively evaluate career training solutions, it should be helpful to review the cost effectiveness of each alternative. When seeking the most cost-effective strategy, the primary questions are “What am I getting for my money?” and “Is it worth it?” rather than simply looking for the cheapest possibility. In this context many individualized career training programs (especially for specialized careers such as small business finance consulting) can suddenly look like the winning strategy.

Bumps In The Road Can Hurt Your Chances For Employment After College

The search for employment is not something that you do during the second semester of your senior year. Preparation for your senior year job search begins when you enter college and does not stop. Warning: When you are unprepared, the bumps in the road are bigger and more surprising.

Because employers look at the following areas, students must look for ways to smooth the bumps:

Clear Career Direction – An early but thorough analysis of your likes, dislikes, positive and negative experiences, interests, skills, abilities and motivators will usually give you the information you will need to select a general direction. As you learn, grow and experience, you can zero in on those career options that best fit your personal goals. However, a clear direction is critical to success in college.

Interest In Your Major – When students select or are forced into a college major for which they have no strong interest or natural ability, the chances that they will perform at a high level are slim to none. Wise students select a major that speaks to them and is important to them.

Demand For Your Major – Not every college major is in demand by employers. Therefore, every college student should do some research early on to determine where their major will take them. It can be a rude awakening to discover that someone has spent four years with a major that holds few chances for employment. Savvy students conduct that research in their freshman year and make the necessary adjustments and changes in direction.

Selection Of A Minor – Your minor should strongly support your major, your interests and your direction. Keep in mind that there is a business side to every field. When in doubt, a business minor can be a good choice. Also, some students have double majors and/or double minors.

Motivation – The belief that you can make a difference is a great motivator. Since unmotivated students seldom perform well, it is important for you to find something that will keep your performance at a high level.

Employment Plan – From the beginning of your freshman year, you should have a step-by-step that will lead to your goal. The plan should include academic performance goals as well as goals for campus, work and community activities. Furthermore, your plan must ensure that your are fully prepared to conduct and effective search for employment.

Employment Coach – Every student needs an experienced employment coach who is concerned about their goal achievement, information gathering, job identification, job search preparation and ability to compete for good jobs. The coach you select should begin working with you at the beginning of the freshman year and stay with you throughout your entire college experience. It is important to realize that there are things to be done each semester.

Weak Resume – A strong resume is built on the accomplishments and successes that you achieve during the first three and a half years of college, not on the words you put on the page. The best employers want a clear picture of your performance in every area, so they can judge how well you will perform for them in the initial job and in future assignments.

Poor Grades – You must take full responsibility for your academic performance. You are the one attending class, participating in discussions, making presentations, doing research, writing papers, studying and taking exams. The amount of time and the quality of your effort will greatly influence the results that you achieve. It is up to you to take advantage of your college experience. Do not let that opportunity slip away. Employers are interested in results, not excuses.

Few Accomplishments – Employers want to learn about your accomplishments and successes in the classroom, campus activities, part-time and summer work, community activities and within your leisure activities. Students who have few accomplishments during the college years are not likely to impress employers. The best solution is to find something that you love and excel in that area.

Interview Strategy – Wise students think about the interview strategy they will carry out. What are the strong and positive points you will make? How will you handle questions about your areas of weakness? What stories and examples you will you use? Will you bring a sample or a prop? Should you have business cards printed? What questions will you ask? What will you wear? Are you willing to relocate or travel? How will you stand out from other candidates? Why should they hire you?

Work Experience – In many cases, students with work experience have an advantage over those who do not. Even if those jobs are not related to your field of study, they give you opportunities to learn, build relationships, solve problems and demonstrate your work ethic, reliability and performance. You will also accumulate stories, examples and successes that can be used on your resumé and during interviews.

College Activities – If it is possible for you to participate in or lead a group or activity, you may impress an employer and have something to talk about. However, when your words, actions and leadership skills result in positive and significant outcomes, you will be in a position to impress many employers. Employers look for students who can get things done in a variety of settings.

Job Search Preparation – Preparation for the senior year job search is an important and ongoing process that takes place throughout the college years. There are things that should be done during each semester of college, in order to get ready. Students who fail to prepare cannot effectively compete for the best jobs. That is because the battle for good jobs is won or lost during the first three and a half years of college through your participation, accomplishments and successes.

Weak or No References – Strong and enthusiastic references from well-known and highly respected Professors, Business Leaders and Technical Professionals in your field are highly beneficial to every job seeker. However, relationships with those references are built slowly, over time, during your college experience. Great references will not attach their names to students who are unknown to them or have underperformed in college.

If students intend to avoid the bumps in the road to employment success, freshmen should do their homework to discover exactly what their target employers will require and expect of them. Then, during the remainder of their college experience, students can carry out the activities, gain the experiences and perform at the level that will attract and impress the employers with the best jobs.

Savvy Graduates Think Like Their Employers

Recent college grads who want to get off to a good start in their first professional job would do well to think like their employers. Every employer has a variety of needs and wants that employees are expected to fulfill. The best employees recognize those needs and do everything in their power to satisfy them.

“If you want to impress your employer, There are plenty of things you can do. One way to get some attention Is to prove they can count on you.”

Employers want employees who . . .

1. Understand The Business – New employees should make a special effort to learn about the products, services, customers and challenges at their new employer. You can’t make good decisions and do an effective job, when you know little about the operation. Smart employees study the literature, read the financials and talk with the employees who have the information they need.

2. Achieve Positive Results – When new employees hit the ground running, employers will be impressed. Since you will see things with fresh eyes, you may spot a few areas that can be improved. Speed and quality together are usually well received. When you look for ways to improve productivity, beat deadlines and exceed quality requirements, you impact the numbers and show your employer that you can contribute.

3. Make Sacrifices – Employees who make sacrifices for their employers and their customers are valued. By helping others, putting in overtime in order to meet deadlines and accepting responsibility even though personal sacrifices may be involved, employees demonstrate behaviors that employers value and appreciate. Employees who are unwilling to make some personal sacrifices for their employers often limit their promotional opportunities.

4. Put Customers First – Most employers realize that without customers, there is no business. That’s why employees who put customers first and are willing to go the extra mile for a customer are valuable assets. On the other hand, employees who provide poor service or offend customers will be quickly eliminated.

5. Solve Problems – Employers always appreciate employees who solve problems. The willingness to tackle problems along with the ability to gather the information and resources needed to come up with an acceptable solution is a skill that not everyone has. People who accept assignments that are too complex and end up failing will adversely affect the organization. Wise employees know when to ask for help.

6. Treat Others With Respect – The best employees work well with others because they treat everyone with respect and appreciate their unique contributions. Since teamwork is critical to organizational success, team players are needed by every organization. They pick people up, support them and help them succeed. Employees who do not receive the respect they deserve will almost always underperform.

7. Act In The Best Interests Of The Employer – The best employees always act in a way that will help their employers to succeed. They work hard to ensure that their employers accomplish the most critical goals. When choices are required, loyal employees anticipate the consequences and always act in the best interests of their employers. Employees who always put themselves first will limit their potential.

8. Accept And Adjust To Changes – You will face hundreds of thousands of changes during your career. You can quickly adapt, complain and slowly adapt or fight the change and never adapt. Generally, those employees who accept the change, adapt quickly and move on will find greater success. Employees who can’t or won’t adapt become part of the problem.

9. Present A Positive Attitude – The attitude you choose to present to others will either help you achieve your goals, hamper the achievement of your goals or prevent you from achieving your goals. The most appreciated employees choose to present a positive, can do, let’s give it a try attitude.

10. Demonstrate Leadership Skills -Leaders move things forward and achieve results. Every employer loves them because they are able to mobilize and motivate others to perform at a higher level. They bring people together to achieve the goals that require teamwork, inspiration and exceptional performance.

11. Understand The Bottom Line – Everything has a bottom line. Whether they are concerned about financials, productivity, quality, service or results, to survive, employers are bottom line oriented. Employees who understand and aggressively pursue bottom line results are highly valued. Only employers with great profit margins can offer great salaries and great benefits. Therefore, employees who merely show up to collect a paycheck add little value and have little value in the competitive world.

There is a lesson here. College graduates who intend to find success in the competitive world should understand and achieve the needs and wants of their employer. Exceptional employees exceed requirements, please important customers, achieve outstanding results and solve or prevent the problems that hamper company success.

Many college graduates will find it easier to achieve success when they decide to think like their employers and endeavor to make them stronger. Importantly, once students are employed, college grades no longer count. Grades don’t help anyone serve an angry and desperate customer or beat a critical financial deadline. Former “C” students will regularly compete with former “A” students, but only their performance and results will count.

Many College Students Need an Employment Coach

When students head off to college, most have expectations of graduating with a good paying job. They can see themselves in a nice apartment, having a new car and with plenty of money for fun and entertainment. If that is your dream too and you want to improve your chances for job hunting success, an employment coach is an option that you should consider.

Unfortunately, too many students don’t believe that they must compete for the good jobs. They don’t understand that early, continuous and thorough preparation is the best way to ensure success. To remind them, I tell students that, “The senior year job search actually starts in the freshman year.” However, most students hate to hear that truth statement and don’t start to prepare early enough. That’s why they need a coach.

An employment coach can help students in the following areas:

Identify and Select Employment Goals – Everyone Needs A Target

When students are not clear about their career objectives, a coach can help them zero in on the areas that will compliment their strengths. Since most people are more successful when they are happy in their work, a coach can help students discover the various options and alternatives that are available.

Determine What Needs To Be Done

Many students don’t know what it will take for them to land a good job. They focus on grades alone. However, since most students don’t achieve grades that will put them in the top five or ten percent of their class, they will have to stand out in other ways. A coach can help them find ways to differentiate themselves.

Develop A Plan

Students need both a broad understanding of the employment process and a step-by-step plan that will take them to their goal. A coach will help students identify the activities and performance levels that are needed for employment success. Additionally, a coach will help the student lay out the steps that will significantly enhance their job search campaign.

Coach Students Through the Steps

Most students will feel more confident and are more likely to complete the steps when they know that they have someone who is there with them and for them when they need help. Having a coach available to provide guidance, as students work on the steps, is a way to improve student job search performance and increase employer interest.

Address Problems and Obstacles

Since every student will encounter a few problems and obstacles as they prepare for and conduct their job search, a personal coach will be there to help them make better choices and find better solutions. This will give students the ability to more effectively deal with the problems that arise.

Offer Encouragement

Preparation requires students to work steadily toward their long term goals throughout their entire college experience. That’s why everyone appreciates someone who is there to cheer them on and offer encouragement. We all need that. Every student will appreciate the coach who recognizes their progress and hard work.

Answer Your Questions

Active and involved students will have a million questions, as they prepare for their senior year job search. Having a coach to answer those questions will make any job search easier and more effective.

Of course, most colleges have a Career Services Office. However, many of those offices are understaffed and underfunded. That means that most students will be unable to obtain the kind of personal assistance that they will need to prepare for and conduct an effective job search.

Parents should be coached too. That’s because parents also need that same information, so they can help their children. When parents and children work together to prepare for and conduct the senior year job search, students will have a much greater chance for landing a great job with a respected employer.

Gain an Employment Edge

Every college senior needs an edge, as they look for their first job. Typically, there are ten areas where employment candidates must compete. Being strong in one or two areas is good, but being strong in many of these areas is better. The best employers always look for college students who have demonstrated strengths in most of the following areas.

Appearance

First impressions count. The student’s dress, grooming, smile, jewelry and posture all play a part in the impression that is created. Sharp candidates pay attention to every detail.

Personality

Positive, upbeat and likeable personalities will always work in the candidate’s favor. Employers prefer to hire people who will fit in and get along with their co-workers.

Communication

Communication is critical to business and career success. That’s why students with above average communication skills will always stand out. Employers need candidates with strong reading, writing and speaking skills to get their jobs done well and help to move the organization forward.

Energy

Enthusiastic and energetic students come across much better than students who seem tired and disinterested. Enthusiastic responses and questions tell interviewers that the student is interested in learning and contributing. That’s important to every employer.

Knowledge

Students with a solid knowledge of their field of study will be recommended by their professors. Classroom lectures, research, reading, laboratory experiments, projects, job-related work and a healthy curiosity can all provide students with the information they will need to succeed on the job. Wise students gather their knowledge continually and from a variety of sources. Employers need employees who know what they are doing and talking about.

Skills

Even students with a broad knowledge of their field have differing amounts and types of skills. Employers try to understand those differences, so they can select candidates who best fit their current and future needs. College is the time when savvy students must work to improve and expand their skills.

Experience

All employers seek candidates who have already gained the kinds of experience they need. All work experience is good, but job-related work experience is better. When students have worked in their field of interest and gained some job-related experience, they will have given themselves an advantage that is hard to beat.

Accomplishments

Every employer wants to learn about the results and accomplishments that students have achieved, during their four years of college. That’s how one candidate can differentiate themselves from all other candidates. When one student has a list of significant classroom, campus, work and community accomplishments and the others don’t, who do you think will get the job?

Education

Good grades and courses that are directly related to the students field of interest will help to increase employer interest. However, students should recognize that education comes in many forms and is enhanced by first hand experience.

Intangibles

Presence, self-confidence, body language, tone of voice, vocabulary, commitment, attitude and work ethic are some of the additional elements that give students an edge. In fact, they are often used as the tie breaker, when employers must decide between two equally qualified candidates.

When the competition for good jobs is tough and employers have many choices, wise students work hard to strengthen each of these areas. They understand that these are the areas that will give them an edge, as they compete for the best jobs. Other students, those who fail to develop and improve in these areas, will never even get a chance to contend.

Visit Bob’s web site: [http://www.The4Realities.com]. Bob Roth is the author of The 4 Realities Of Success During and After College -and- The College Student’s Guide To Landing A Great Job.

Ask Not What Your Employer Can Do For You

When the economy is in the tank and employers are struggling to survive, new college grads who have been recently hired would be wise to do everything they can to see that their employers remain strong and profitable. Otherwise, as things get worse and employers look for ways to tighten their belts, recent hires will quickly come to understand the term, “last in, first out.”

How many times do you think that an employer needs to hear that your performance came up a little short, learn that you missed a deadline or hear you say “That’s not my job,” before they decide that you’re not the right person for their organization? The cold, hard truth is that it’s a jungle out there. You can’t afford the be viewed as a mediocre performer, when the economy is bad and jobs are few and far between. It’s not a lot of fun to be looking for another job, when your rent, car payments and college loan payments are all due. Remember, when you get fired for poor performance, your former employer isn’t going to give you a good reference.

To help make certain that your employer remains viable and that your job remains as secure as possible, you must adopt an “I’ll do whatever it takes” attitude and demonstrate a genuine concern for the profitability and effective operation of the organization. Employees who come in late to work, aren’t doing their jobs to the best of their abilities, fail to prevent or solve problems or are unwilling to jump in with both feet when others need help, are not going to last very long. That’s why, when times are tough, poor performers and uncooperative employees will always be the first to go.

Employers need employees who eagerly and consistently contribute to the success of the organization. No organization can survive in bad times when employees aren’t pulling their weight. That’s why the best employees do the following:

Care For The Customers – Without customers, your employer can’t exist. It doesn’t matter whether you serve external or internal customers, you must put them first. Prove to your customers that they can count on you.

Achieve Results – Employers need to know whether you are part of the problem or part of the solution. They usually make that judgment based on the results you consistently achieve. Be an employee who comes through when the chips are down.

Be A Team Player – It takes a team effort to get your employer through the tough times. That means that you must be quick to help other employees in your own department, employees in the departments that you serve and others in the departments that serve you. The entire organization must come together and work together.

Be A Positive Force – Your attitude, words and actions must all support your employer’s efforts to survive. All of your words should be positive, supportive and encouraging to other employees. Your actions should prove that your words are genuine.

Do What Needs To Be Done – Don’t wait for someone to tell you what else to do. Look around! See what needs to be done and do it. Do one more thing. This is a time when you must anticipate needs and problems, so you can prevent or minimize any negative effects. See what others need, so you can be there when they need you. Show your supervisor that you are willing to do even the dirty jobs.

If you aren’t willing to give your all, your employer will see no reason to keep you onboard. When the unemployment rate keeps creeping up, they know that there are plenty of other people out there who would love to have your job. Therefore, if you begin to think that you are doing your employer a favor by staying with them or somehow think that you are entitled to your job or to some form of special treatment, you must understand that you are putting your job in jeopardy. Wise employees know that they must earn anything they get, each and every time.

In a bad economy, employer needs and expectations increase greatly, as the challenges grow and the hurdles get higher. That’s why employers need employees who can help them take on those challenges and win. They need employees who will achieve the results that will keep them in business and make them stronger for the future.

A Vital Pre-Employment Procedure

With the widespread use of contraband and prescription drugs by many individuals who want to enhance their careers or just take the drugs to get a high, it is becoming increasingly important to do a drug screen test before employment in order to ensure the company gets quality workers and that production will not be affected by these drug abusing individuals.

Do not be surprised if the Human Resource Executive of the firm or company you are applying for a job at asks you to go to their company physician for a drug screening test before they decide to hire you. This should not be looked upon as a doubt on your integrity but as a valuable process that can only guarantee the safety and well being of the other workers in the organization.

As a matter of fact, even you will not like to work with someone who in taking some sort of drug on the sly and making a nuisance of himself on the floor. People on drugs have a way of being unpredictable and they somehow manage to spoil the mood at the place of work. Companies these days understand the need for creating and maintaining a cordial atmosphere that is helpful for the well being of the employees and the over all productivity of the company.

If an individual is taking drugs there may be many things that could prove to be counterproductive. One thing for sure is that the individual will not be reliable and steady. Mood swings will culminate in his or her creating unpleasant scenes for the others at the place of work and then comes the attendance factor. People hooked on some kind of drug are known to absent themselves often from work, this is a direct impact on productivity.

On the part of the companies, it is important that they establish a set way to go about screening employees for use of drugs. At the outset the employers must declare that these drug screening tests are mandatory and all employees are required to undergo the test. If this is not done by the management employees may well refuse to undergo the tests and the entire purpose of the process may be defeated.

There are 2 methods that employment drug screening tests can be performed. One method is to send the employee to a certified drug laboratory or pathology where the pathologist collects urine samples. The second method involves the use of very simple instant test kits that are freely available on the market. The results obtained from the kits are very reliable and they save a lot of time and effort too.

Employment drug screening tests ensure that the company will get mentally and physically fit employees who are a pleasure to work with. This is a pre-employment process and must not be looked down upon by anyone, employer or employee. Having happy, healthy employees will make happy customers and this forms a perpetual process that keeps coming back to create even better working environments.

A Look At Healthcare Opportunities

The 34th largest among the states in the US is Ohio; by size. It is also the 7th most highly populated state, making demand for healthcare along with other medical services quite large in the area. According to United States Bureau for census in 2002 there existed about 168 community hospitals which were located all across the state, hence providing opportunity in employment healthcare. The state of Ohio continues being one among states which also provides several leading research in the medical field.

The employment healthcare, including the Ohio cities and other rural areas, is not only limited to the doctors, nurses or researchers. Several different non-clinical designations could be found in the listings for varied employment healthcare. The hospitals in Ohio, provide with long-term care facilities, hospitality, the outpatient treatment centers and other clinics require the office managers, skilled business staff, sales and the marketing professionals, the accountants, professional attorneys, the human resource professionals or the administration professions. At times, the unusually considered placements include the billing or coding professionals, the liaison along with public relations people and also the community outreach and the public health professionals. Wider range in employment healthcare, Ohio with other locations and areas of the US, makes it an ideal employment circumstance for any kind of professionals.

For any state, the non-medical positions, the employment healthcare, other Ohio jobs with the hospitals and healthcare positions could be found in many different locations such as the internet, with the help of professional journals and other publications, through union posting and with internal memo’s or even job vacancy listings. With the help of any of such services, the prospective job seekers would be assisted in determining whether they have qualifications required to apply for jobs and also if any position is available.

With the help of any one employment healthcare recruiting centers or agencies could also help narrowing down job searches to not just specific types of vacancies but also the benefits shown, hours of work, along with the retirement plans and other details which the job seeker shows interest in. Several healthcare employment services based in Ohio exists which could provide full or even part time employment. It could even provide the on-call or PRN healthcare professionals. Those people who are new to the place could find it sometimes very advantageous working as on-call medical staff member as it would allow contact with many hospitals on temporary basis. It would also make sure that the hospitals prove to be good match for employees. It would allow people who are new to the place to know about commuting to hospitals from the living location and also different specialized hospitals and also clinics within the area. As there are many options for the employment healthcare, the state of Ohio and other surrounding areas, the on-call option might be ideal.

Is Your College Concerned About Your Employment Success?

Most students begin their college years without thinking about the search for employment that comes at the end. Most colleges do not give much thought to it either. Too many students and colleges think that the employment search begins in the senior year. However, that is not correct.

It takes a great deal of time to select a career direction and a major, research the jobs that follow naturally, satisfactorily perform the academic and experiential requirements, obtain some job-related work experience, identify and research potential employers, determine their hiring requirements, strive to meet or exceed those requirements, learn about job search techniques and tools, practice interviewing skills, prepare an outstanding resume and sales letter, obtain strong references, conduct a comprehensive job search, take on-campus interviews and schedule off-campus interviews. Any student who does not recognize the complexity of those requirements and the time involved is badly underestimating the challenge. That is why the best colleges do everything possible to help students with their employment planning and preparation activities.

To determine how much your college is concerned about your employment success, answer these eight questions.

1. Based on what you see, hear and experience, how much does it concern your college leaders that well qualified college seniors and recent graduates are having so much difficulty finding and landing good paying jobs that have career potential? Circle the number that best represents the degree of concern demonstrated by your college leaders.

Very Low Concern 1 2 3 4 5 Very High Concern

2. Based on the results you see and experience, how much effort does your college put into helping students develop a semester-by-semester employment activity plan? Without a plan, few students will know what to do and when to do those things. Circle the number that best represents the current effort demonstrated by your college leaders.

Very Low Effort 1 2 3 4 5 Very High Effort

3. Based on the results you see and experience, how much effort does your college put into helping students learn how to conduct an effective senior year job search? Circle the number that best represents the current effort demonstrated by your college leaders.

Very Low Effort 1 2 3 4 5 Very High Effort

4. Based on the results you see and experience, how much effort does your college put into helping students learn how to interview more effectively? Circle the number that best represents the current effort demonstrated by your college leaders.

Very Low Effort 1 2 3 4 5 Very High Effort

5. Based on the results you see and experience, how much effort does your college put into coaching students throughout the entire job search preparation process, beginning with the freshman year? Circle the number that best represents the current effort demonstrated by your college leaders.

Very Low Effort 1 2 3 4 5 Very High Effort

6. Based on the results you see and experience, how much effort does your college put into teaching students what employers want and expect from the best candidates? Circle the number that best represents the current effort demonstrated by your college leaders.

Very Low Effort 1 2 3 4 5 Very High Effort

7. Based on the results you see and experience, how much effort does your college put into helping students identify employment opportunities? Circle the number that best represents the current effort demonstrated by your college leaders.

Very Low Effort 1 2 3 4 5 Very High Effort

8. Based on the results you see, hear and experience, how much effort does your college put into finding and implementing better tools and systems that can improve student employment success of students? Circle the number that best represents the current effort demonstrated by your college leaders.

Very Low Effort 1 2 3 4 5 Very High Effort

Add Up Your Total Points: ________

If your total score is 28 points or higher, your college is making a good effort to assist students with their search for employment. High scores indicate great concern on the part of your college. Low scores indicate little concern.

The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital. — Joe Paterno

New tools like The Job Identification Machine™ and The Job Search Preparation System are now available to colleges. Other tools are being developed every day. Since students and parents have a voice, they can use that voice to express their needs, wants and concerns. The best college leaders will listen to and address legitimate concerns.

Careers Giving Employment Advice

Companies often seek employment advice from an outside source because they need to get an objective and unbiased opinion. The management team may not be creative in their thinking about things that can be done for improvement. It is common to call a consultant to fix issues and help give an opinion on a problem. Some consultants will stick with a business throughout the entire duration of a project until completion.

Revamping technology is a big reason why companies call a consultant for employment advice. They might not have an information technology department or the management wants to be sure the job gets done because of legality issues and to ensure no data is lost. Some technology departments work off of home build software programs and need something new to manage their systems. A consultant will come in and look at the requirements of the business and find a new software package or build one that will work and meet the needs of the company.

Employment advice is also sought after from a consultant when a company needs to cut costs. It is common for departments to fudge a little on their spending. However, sometimes overspending is not recognized because of the types of things that are being purchased. A consultant can help you use resources that you currently own so you don’t have to buy more. They can find areas where costs can be cut and the business can operate more comfortably.

Performance improvement is asked of consultants all of the time. Many companies seek employment advice because it appears there is a bottleneck causing a slow down of production on the line or processes with projects seem to run way to slowly for the customers. There are careers that you can provide advice on how to improve performance and make things run more efficiently. Improving processes can be done in most companies.

Employment advice is asked for by many companies in almost every industry. Providing consulting services can be a big career for people who are certified in things like Six Sigma and business strategy. Companies want to make improvements by cutting costs, improving performance, and getting maximum productivity. You might consider a career in consulting if you are capable of providing assistance to a business on improving these types of issues.

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