Friday, February 29, 2008

Careers with Growing Salaries

Look at some of the careers identified as having the fastest growing salaries in America:

1. Business Operations Specialists-- Salary growth rate of 7.4% (Average Salary $38,648)

2. Survey Researchers-- Growth 6.5% (Avg. $31,734)

3. Industrial-Organizational Psychologists-- Growth 6.4% (Avg. $106,844)

4. Protective Service Managers-- Growth 6.4% (Avg. $75,848)

5. Agents & Business Managers-- Growth 5.8% (Avg. $113,771)

6. Agricultural Inspectors-- Growth 5.6% (Avg. $37,001)

7. Music Directors & Composers-- Growth 5.6% (Avg. $51,910)

8. Film & Video Editors-- Growth 5.4% (Avg. $62,958)

9. Aircraft Assemblers-- Growth 5.3% (Avg. $49,824)

10. Protective Service Workers-- Growth 5.3% (Avg. $25,727)

Read the entire list of careers and their descriptions at:

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Staffing Company Statistics

Check out these statistics from the American Staffing Association:

* 3 million people per day are employed by staffing companies.

* 12 million temporary and contract employees are hired by U.S. staffing firms over the course of a year.

* 79% of staffing employees work full time, virtually the same as the rest of the work force.

* 90% of client businesses say staffing companies give them flexibility to keep fully staffed during busy times.

* 88% of staffing employees say that temporary or contract work made them more employable.

* 77% of staffing employees say it’s a good way to obtain a permanent job.

* 80% of staffing clients say staffing firms offer a good way to find people who can become permanent employees.

For more statistics visit the American Staffing Association website at:

Monday, February 25, 2008

Improve Response to Your Resume

Feel as if your resume is not attracting the attention it should? It is possible that even though you are qualified for the position, something in your resume is keeping you from an interview. Dan Brockman, a professional recruiter, makes these suggestions to improve the responses to your resume:

1. The name of your resume document should be in the form: Last, First. All resumes should be in Microsoft Word format, not PDF or WordPerfect.

2. The cover letter is basically wasted material. This does not mean a cover letter should not be included, but keep it short and to the point. Only basic details should be stated in the cover letter including position you are looking for, salary needs, and possibly willingness to relocate.

3. Your resume should contain many ways that a potential employer can reach you. At the top of the resume should be all pertinent phone numbers—home, cell, work, and alternate. Home email and postal addresses are also essential. Make sure personal email addresses are professional, for instance,

4. Pick a standard typeface. Do not use bullets, arrows, or pointers in your text. Eliminate photos, graphs, or long lists of two or three words on each line. Run the document through a virus checker, spell checker, and grammar checker before sending it.

5. The previous four items are imperative. The following suggestions are icing on the cake.

6. Results are numbers, ratios, percentages, and dollar signs of accomplishments and achievements. Put these numbers first. Companies care what prospective employees have done for others and can do for their business.

7. Your educational accomplishments are essential. Make sure the degree format is exactly what you received. The format should be type of degree, field of degree, year received, final GPA, name of institution, city, and state.

8. Your employer’s names are not enough for readers to understand who you worked for. Add at least one sentence after the name of each employer with a description of the business they are in. You could state the size of the company, number of plants, employee union status, multiple state operations, and world wide customer base.

9. Describe your actual job duties, not a list of duties lifted from your job description.

10. Put a few keywords into your resume. Keywords like HPLC or SHA or MBA or CFA or GIPS will be essential to a counterpart who you want to work for in a new company.

To read Brockman's full article visit:

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Researching Prospective Employers

One of the first orders of business to prepare for an interview is to research the company. A candidate’s initial stop may be the company website which can be a great source of company history and product information. Unfortunately, the company website will probably not describe the work environment or publish any unfavorable reports. The following sites can help give candidates a clear picture on prospective employers:

Industry News

Association Sources

Government Reports

Business News

Company Information

National Rankings

Job Opportunities

Premier is a woman-owned search firm specializing in locating, evaluating and acquiring the best talent available for our clients. Premier was established in 1998, and has the reputation of recruiting top talent for companies who refuse to hire mediocre employees. Currently, Premier is recruiting professionals for the following position:


Non-profit fundraising organization. Rewarding work in a professional environment. New and beautiful offices. Excellent benefits package.

* Provide administrative support for Fundraising Executives
* Answer telephone calls, and receive messages
* Typing and data entry, including formatting letters, addressing envelopes and producing travel and expense reports
* Schedule meetings and make travel arrangements for Fundraisers
* Assist other Administrative Assistants with bulk mailings and special projects

* 3+ years Administrative Experience, with experience handling travel arrangements
* Proficient Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook skills
* Excellent verbal and written communications skills
* Ability to prioritize and multi-task; strong attention to detail
* Professional appearance and demeanor

For more information on this position or other opportunities, contact Premier at 785-273-9944 or visit us online at

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Changing Careers

It is always challenging to start a new career whether you are a homemaker setting back out into the job market or a seasoned vet looking to change fields. Although transitioning to a new profession is no easy feat, with a little ingenuity and preparation this task can be accomplished successfully. U.S. News & World Report recommends the following steps to prepare:

1. Assess your likes and dislikes—Matching a career to your personality and interests will promote job satisfaction.
2. Research—Look for career fields with an opportunity for growth.
3. Network
4. Upgrade your skills and education
5. Evaluate your finances—Are you financially in a position to trade a paycheck for personal satisfaction?

If you have already established a plan for your new career track, it may be time to update your resume accordingly. In the article, “Changing Careers: A Guide to Revamping Your Resume,” provides suggestions for highlighting current skills and assets that will translate to a new profession. These suggestions include:

1. Work with what you already have—Highlight acquired skills and assets that are beneficial in any position.
2. Re-Work your summary
3. Adapt—Tailor your resume to each position/or professional field you are applying.
4. Be functional—Use the resume format that will be most functional for what you are doing.

To read the complete articles: