If you had to grow your own food, would you wait until you were hungry to plant your seeds? Most certainly you would not! Why? Because of the laws of nature. When you plant seeds, you have to nurture them and wait for them to grow. There is nothing humanly possible that you can do to accelerate the process. You water them, make sure the soil is rich, and allow time and nature to do the rest. So why are you waiting to plant the seeds that can positively affect your career and the rest of your life? If you want to build a strong, integrated network of contacts and friends, you must begin planting the seeds of your career now. If you wait until youre hungry to start planting those seeds, then youll starve before the seeds mature.As simple as it may sound, networking can be a painfully frustrating effortespecially when your goal is to find immediate employment. Tasks such as building contacts or collecting names and phone numbers theoretically take only a few simple steps. But building relationships requires more than passing and collecting business cards. It isnt the occasional phone call, the holiday greeting card, or remembering names of family members youve never met. You cannot possibly build as many deep, lasting relationships in your life, as you may be able to cram names into your address book. Yet one good friend is often worth more than dozens of names of people whom you barely know and have little in common with.In essence, I am speaking of quality over quantity. Its an old theme, but a valid one. It may sound overwhelming, but remember your objective. Here are the top seven steps you can take today that will have a great payoff tomorrow. 1.VolunteerVolunteering is one of the most effective ways to build relationships with people. It runs much deeper than the informational interview. Your involvement with an organization bonds you to other members or volunteers within that same organization. By working together to reach a common goal, you are automatically "building relationships" . These individuals will be able to discover your talents, your values and your character. These are things that cannot normally be accomplished through a single 30 minute meeting.2. InternThis will provide you with an excellent opportunity to gain hand-on experience in your chosen field for either credit, for a nominal salary wage, or, if youre lucky, both. Many national and local organizations, especially in the nonprofit and communication areas, have intern programs. There are many books which details thousands of these opportunities, including Petersons Guide to Internships and the Last Guide to Internships Youll Ever Need, which is available for free from CollegeRecruiter.com. All you need to do to receive the book is to register for free at http://www.CollegeRecruiter.com .3. Get a Part-Time JobI dont mean the flipping burger type of job. You can reap the rewards from working in an environment that youre planning to spend most of your career in. It is also the perfect opportunity to get to know and connect with professionals within your chosen field.4. Adopt a Mentor:No matter where you are in your career, it is always good to have a mentor. This is especially important in college, when youre at a critical point in your career development. By associating yourself with someone already out in the field, you can learn all kinds of insights that you wont get in the classroom:* You can observe the person in action.* You can learn how he or she developed into the position they currently hold. You will hear about the pitfalls as well as the victories.* You can learn of the various types of positions within the field you wish to enter.* You can gain a clearer direction for yourself from your mentors guidance in academic choices and extracurricular activities.* From your mentors connections with other people, he or she may be able to find new opportunities to serve and learn.*The mentor can help you be sure of your career choice decision.5. Get to Know Your TeachersThe fact is that many of the professors you have right now can be invaluable sources of advice, guidance and networking. Teachers and professors have associations and relationships in the business world as well as the campus community. However, they dont go around announcing this extra perk to the class. In fact, they are usually very discreet about their choices. You must go to themon your own! Your assigned academic advisor can be a great person to start with, especially if you feel anxiety about approaching someone else. 6. Join Professional Student OrganizationsMany professional and volunteer organizations have student chapters, especially on our nations larger campuses. If no student chapters exist, you can usually apply for a student membership in a professional organization at a reduced rate, and thus attend meetings normally held off-campus. What an opportunity to meet influential people.7. Think of Who Else You KnowThrough your intimates and family members, you probably already have a strong network in place. The only problem is that it is asleep. That is, most of the people in your network may not necessarily see you in terms of the career for which you are preparing. Instead, you are to them whatever is the nature of your relationship: the niece or nephew, the client, the patient, fellow club member, or the person next door. If you have a network that is a sleep, you must wake em up and let them be aware of all you can do.In this short read, I have given you quite a bit of work to do. But remember, youre investing in your future. Every relationship, every deed, every time you go out and meet, greet and serve the needs of others, you are planting seeds. Take the time to nourish these seeds and you shall be successful in your career and in life.
Data entry jobs refer to the capture of data on computers. Today this is perhaps one of the few most popular works at home. The rapid proliferation of the data entry jobs can be attributed to the internet. Plenty of opportunities are made available by the World Wide Web for the Homemakers, students and the alike. One of the important reasons for the increase in the on line "data entry" workers is the sharp decline in the full time on location data entry operators at office. The nature of this non technical job not calling for great skills also prompted employers to outsource their jobs to people at Home.Out sourcing of Data Entry Jobs has the twin advantages of reduction in the cost of execution compared to the on location work by competitive bids and the savings in the large overheads especially for small companies. With the advent of the IMs and online work rooms such online jobs have become more easy and effective.It requires little technical skill for one to become a good data entry operator. One may require basic computer, e mail, and internet skills besides the knowledge of typing to undertake Data Entry Jobs at home. Editing and proof reading skills would be an added advantage. The investment includes a computer, modem, and an internet connection.The Data Entry Jobs with the comforts of home is ideal for the breast feeding mothers and home makers. The rate for the job executed is normally paid once or twice a week as per the system of rate per hour or rate per record or word. No wonder as per the conventional estimate today around 40 million individuals are working at the comforts of Home. The rapid growth of internet and the fast developing electronic media may offer unlimited opportunities for the workers at home in the coming days.
Discrimination in employment is prohibited by a series of federal laws. These laws are the following:* Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended (commonly referred to as Title VII);* Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA);* The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended (ADEA);* The Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA);* The Civil Rights Act of 1991 (often referred to as CRA of 1991); and* Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.Title VII prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. The ADA prohibits employers from discriminating in employment on the basis of disability, in the public sector and in the private sector, but excludes the federal government.The ADEA prohibits employers from discriminating against persons 40 years of age and older.The EPA prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of gender in how they pay for substantially similar work under similar conditions.The CRA of 1991 provides for monetary damages (including punitive damages) in cases of intentional (willful) discrimination and clarifies provisions about disparate impact actions.The Rehabilitation Act, Section 501, prohibits discrimination in employment against federal employees with disabilities.The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces the main federal statutes prohibiting discrimination in employment. The headquarters of the EEOC are located in Washington, D.C., and there are regional offices and local field offices throughout the country. Check telephone information under Federal Government listings for a contact phone number, if you think you may have been subjected to employment discrimination.
BearingPoint, one of the largest management and consulting firms of the world, appointed Eddie Munson to its Board of Directors. BearingPoint has more than 17,000 employees and main practice areas that focus on the Financial Services, Public Services and Commercial Services markets. With a long legacy as KPMG Consulting, BearingPoint experts have taken more than a 100 years to build their position on how to help their clients achieve their goals. Munson, a retired partner with KPMG, has almost 30 years of experience in auditing that focuses on the financial services and automotive industry. He was a member of the Board of Director's of KPMG from the year 1996 to 2004. At KPMG, he was a member of the pension committee and chair of the committees and was mainly responsible for partner rights and board nominations. Lately, Munson was the national partner in charge of the University Relations and Campus Recruiting programs of KPMG. Rod McGeary, BearingPoint's Chairman of the Board said, "Munson's extensive experience as an auditor covering key industries, coupled with his in-depth client experience will further augment the capabilities of our current Board members." He further said that BearingPoint is also excited to appoint Munson to Board of Directors. Currently, Eddie Munson is one of the members of the Board of Directors of United American Healthcare Corporation and the Skillman Foundation.
I like Simon, one of three judges on American Idol. I find his feedback refreshingly honest. And while his words startle me with their ego wounding potential, the traditional feel-good, let-you-down-easy, sugar-coated feedback is not much of a gift. Its hard to tell someone theyre not good enough and their dreams are not going to happen, at least in this venue. But not telling them is no gift either. Some contestants rise to the challenges he throws at them. Some dont. And, some cant. Which one are you?The people who influenced me most in my career were those who gave me the hardest critiques. Stricken with a bruised-ego for days, or on occasion for months, inevitably their feedback helped me make the right life choices to improve, change direction, or stay the course with intensity. In fact, the boss who was the hardest on me is the one I thank the most. Good was not good enough if I was capable of better, and she was quick to point out when that was. No sugar coating from her. And the funny thing? When I was honest with myself, I knew she was right.Being honest with yourself is one of the challenges to winning at working. We all have talents and abilities, but theyre not always in the areas we pursue at work. Too many people Ive run across in my career have "American Idol" Syndrome (AIS). Like Idol contestants auditioning with little or no singing ability, these people believe they are good at what they do. They cant understand why they dont get the promotion, the outstanding review, or the highest increases. They view themselves as varsity team material, but they play with junior varsity skills.When I was a freshman at Stanford, I got a D in biology. Stanford graded on a bell-curve, so an 84% that might traditionally put me in a B category, was near the class bottom. Accustomed to As, first quarter grades woke me up. At first, I rationalized a D at Stanford was an A or a B at most any other school. But, reality prevailed. I wasnt at another school. If I was going to compete at the school I was at, it was time to use more than high school skills to bring results.Are you applying yourself? Are you as good as you could be to get the raise, the promotion, or the more interesting work? If these are things you want, dont suffer from AIS. Give yourself some Simon-esk feedback. Ego aside. A Simon-esk answer to the questions, "how good are you?" and "are you in the right field?" offers you a chance at becoming happier and more successful at working. The answers give you choices: you can stay the course; find a playing field at your skill level; improve your skills to compete where you are; or change directions.(c) 2004 Nan S. Russell. All rights reserved