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Where the Jobs Will Be Next Year

Where will you be in 2010? With an economy on the mend and renewed optimism towards job creation, many are considering upgrading their education and job status. With the right education, you could be among the successful job seekers in 2010.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) listed its occupations with the largest number of total job openings due to growth and net replacements from 2006 through 2016. Check out a few of the jobs that made the cut, and find out how you can use career training to secure a new position.

Career #1: Registered Nurses

This popular health care career tops the list with an amazing amount of projected growth. Over a million new jobs for registered nurses are expected to open up through 2016. And unlike some medical careers, you don't need to work through years of medical school; some registered nurses earn an associate's degree. The BLS reports that registered nurses earned mean annual wages of $65,130 in 2008, making nursing a caring career with real rewards.

Success Tips From Barack Obama

One of the most important and momentous presidential elections in U.S. history has passed, and the American people are now inaugurating Barack Obama as their 44th President. A variety of his positions and decisions influenced his successful campaign for the U.S. presidency, and although the stakes may differ, they are are still useful in a general sense. Obama’s success presents a handful of valuable tips every man can apply to his professional life in an effort to help him achieve his goals. And on that note, we present success tips from Barack Obama.

Embrace technology

History may look back on Obama’s decision to understand -- and effectively utilize -- the fluid technology of the modern minute as his most prudent decision. He isn’t the first president to capitalize on technology (think FDR’s fireside chats, or JFK’s televised debates), but thanks to the elasticity of Web 2.0, Obama became the social networking "friend" of millions, personalizing him in a way that no candidate has ever done before. This use of technology allowed us to feel a closeness to him as a person first, then as a candidate without him really ever having to do anything.

Presidential pointer: Technology is not staid; it moves quickly. So embracing technology is wise only if you understand and implement the trends that fill it out. The potential network is vast -- Linkedin, Facebook and more -- but it’s not enough to sign up; it needs to be understood and nourished. Embracing technology means embracing a system that is always in flux.

How to succeed in a group interview?

Did you know that you could take a cocktail shaker to a group interview and walk away with a job offer? That's right – it's all about standing out from the crowd when it comes to group interviews. But when everyone else has the same goal, that's not such an easy task.

So who uses group interviews?

Companies that recruit large numbers of staff (like retail and supermarket chains) love group interviews. They are also used to recruit graduates into highly prized cadetships at organisations such as accounting firms, banks and other corporates.

A personal account

But back to the cocktail shaker and my experience in a group interview. At the end of a gruelling seven-hour group interview that started with 50 people, I was one of five candidates offered a job. We each had to give a three-minute speech so I decided to 'drink to my success' using my personal attributes as ingredients for the job success cocktail; hence the cocktail shaker!

Why did it work? Because, I think, the speech was memorable (more for the cocktail shaker perhaps but memorable nevertheless). If you don't stand out during a group interview, you'll get lost in the crowd. While you don't have to bring a cocktail shaker with you, you should think about how you can impress the interviewers. No matter how qualified or experienced you are, it's easy to get spooked at a group interview. I was completely unprepared for a make-or-break question in a group interview with an iconic Australian department store: 'What is your favourite colour and why?'

Job Search Tips

Job Search Stay ahead of your competition with these job search tips.

Most of us are painfully aware that good jobs are hard to come by in today's economy. With unemployment skyrocketing and companies using downsizing as their primary expense reduction strategy, this trend is likely to be with us for a while.

If you find yourself among the ranks of the unemployed, how do you increase your chances of landing successfully? Blasting your resume to hundreds of recruiters and replying to internet ads is not the answer. While these strategies have a place in your search, a more targeted approach, as we suggest with these job search tips, is likely to yield better results.

Getting Started

First, take a hard look at your background. Isolate what you're really good at. Consider both the industry you work in and your most recent job function. Assess the size of the companies you've worked for most recently. Use these thoughts to help set your focus on the kinds of jobs you should apply for.

Are You Really Happy about Your Job?

I Love My Job
Have you ever had a vague feeling that your current career prospects do not correspond to your ambitions? Or is it that you are totally satisfied with your present job? For many that is the number one item on the agenda list to be considered Today.

According to a recent survey, conducted by the Conference Board research organization, more than half of Americans are not satisfied with their jobs, and the least content are young people under 25, by the way. Another study states that three quarters of Americans have switched into another career at least once, and the other quarter is planning to do so.

In fact, job satisfaction is strongly influenced by a range of important factors, such as salary rate, non-monetary rewards, working conditions and working schedule, social interaction, promotion policies, as well as the job itself. Here one could consider the following: the tasks and challenges involved and the clarity of their description, the either tight or loose deadlines, the fulfilled work assessment approach.

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