Guest post: Sam Peters
Today’s economy has hit many people in a hard way. Some people have lost their jobs, while others have simply discovered that they need to make more money to make ends meet. The job market has definitely suffered over the last few years. Now, even though jobs are returning, it is harder than ever to land gainful employment. Even if you have years of experience in your field, if you don’t have a degree you could find it very difficult to find a job.
Luckily, there is something you can do about it. There are many options available for busy adults needing to continue their education. Whether you want to attend full time to get a job quickly, or part time to keep the job you have, there are options available for you. It doesn’t matter how old you are, or where you are at in your career. If you want to advance in your chosen field or change careers entirely, it is never too late.
The first step in continuing your education is to determine how you are going to pay for it.
Thankfully, there are many programs available for a solution to this problem. If you have low income or no income, you may be able to qualify for a Pell Grant from the federal government to pay for part or all of your tuition.
In addition, you should be able to qualify for needs based student loans that are low interest to cover the rest of your tuition as well as books and supplies necessary for completing courses. Some student loans do not accumulate interest until you are out of school, and all student loans do not become payable until you are out of school for six months.
The next step is to find a school that you want to attend. There are online schools, traditional schools, and those schools that incorporate both methods into their degree programs. Which schooling method you choose will depend on your individual ability to learn, how you learn best, and what you have time for.
If you are working a full time job, it may be in your best interests to find an online college that offers the degree program you want to earn. This way you can do your work on your own time schedule. You can get a fair idea of colleges available and their degree programs by visiting sites like The College Network.
Once you have chosen a school and made financial arrangements, you can go about the process of transferring any college credit you have to your new degree program. This could cut down the amount of time it takes to earn your degree. In addition, many colleges offer the option to earn college credit for experience.
For example, if you have ten years of experience in marketing, you could take an exam that covers everything in a basic marketing course to get college credit for your experience. This can also greatly cut down on the work you have to do to earn a degree.
Sam Peters is a blogger who enjoys writing about career development.
Companies want to hire applicants who demonstrate superior social skills and network contacts, especially in business, marketing and sales. Social networks allow people to network effectively within their industry and leverage media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to complement their efforts to find better jobs. The best social media efforts enhance job searches, but applicants still need to follow traditional job-search methods to increase their chances of finding suitable job openings.
The social media allow applicants to study potential employers, connect with current and former employees, and learn about company brands. People can find out the details about organizations that companies prefer to keep hidden. Former employees often see things quite differently than corporate media outlets describe. Job seekers can find out whether they really fit the company’s profile before committing to time-consuming application processes or jobs that hold little promise for the future.
Strategy for leveraging the social media includes approaching all social media posting and interacting in a professional way, staying focused on the goals job seekers want to achieve. People seeking to make career changes should first polish their resumes and change their social media profiles to match that information. This technique does not involve exaggeration or lying, but simply exercising discretion to include only those interests that companies would perceive as benefits. For example, if a company has a conservative reputation, then job seekers should avoid listing personal information that suggests liberal leanings.
Networking with other professionals within an industry helps develop contacts for employment and personal references, and job seekers can strengthen their reputations as experts in their given fields. Most dynamic organizations use social media for marketing and research, so people who take part in the networks with strong media presences show potential employers that candidates care about their images and have essential media savvy they could use in their jobs if hired.
Remember that serious recruiters also use the social media to investigate potential employees, so job seekers should avoid posting information that could prove embarrassing or compromising. Bullhorn Reach recruiting techniques offer software that helps employers find and recruit talent, and careful companies can monitor their employees’ social activity, personal brand choices, and other online activity. Strong social media presences in certain industries could lead to companies recruiting job seekers, so applicants should always keep their social activity within the bounds of good taste.
Social media research allows applicants to create focused, relevant resumes and cover letters that highlight the qualifications particular companies are seeking. Savvy job seekers cannot afford to ignore the important influence social media have on modern business.
This is a guest post from Sam Peters, a blogger who enjoys writing about career development.