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27 High-paying Jobs That Do Not Require a Degree

Jobs that don't require a degree

27 High-paying Jobs That Do Not Require a Degree

You don’t need a four-year degree to get a high-paying job.  Business Insider has a list of 27 jobs that have a median salary of $60,000 or higher and none of these jobs require a degree.

SourceHigh-paying jobs that don’t require a bachelor’s degree – Business Insider

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Houston Area Employment Beats National Average

Houston Area Employment Beats National Average

Houston area employment (Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land Metropolitan Statistical Area) stood at 2,971,200 in March 2015.  Employment rose by 82,500 from March 2014 to March 2015.

“Regional Commissioner Stanley W. Suchman noted that the Houston metropolitan area has had over-the-year employment increases in each month since July 2010. (See chart 1 above and table 1 below; the Technical Note at the end of this release contains metropolitan area definitions. All data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year analysis is used throughout.)

Table 1. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by industry supersector, U.S. and Houston metropolitan area, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Area and Industry Mar.

2014

Jan.

2015

Feb.

2015

Mar.

2015(p)

Change from Mar.

2014 to Mar. 2015

Number Percent

Total nonfarm

137,214 138,671 139,503 140,326 3,112 2.3

Mining and logging

868 893 878 870 2 0.2

Construction

5,746 5,920 5,929 6,025 279 4.9

Manufacturing

12,061 12,212 12,228 12,256 195 1.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

25,852 26,546 26,349 26,451 599 2.3

Information

2,719 2,739 2,770 2,777 58 2.1

Financial activities

7,889 8,016 8,024 8,040 151 1.9

Professional and business services

18,685 19,124 19,230 19,344 659 3.5

Education and health services

21,465 21,629 21,917 22,011 546 2.5

Leisure and hospitality

14,181 14,271 14,417 14,664 483 3.4

Other services

5,523 5,549 5,573 5,597 74 1.3

Government

22,225 21,772 22,188 22,291 66 0.3

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area

Total nonfarm

2,888.7 2,945.6 2,965.7 2,971.2 82.5 2.9

Mining and logging

107.5 113.5 113.7 113.0 5.5 5.1

Construction

198.3 204.9 206.1 206.9 8.6 4.3

Manufacturing

252.4 255.7 254.8 254.7 2.3 0.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

585.8 602.8 602.1 601.7 15.9 2.7

Information

33.1 32.7 33.2 33.2 0.1 0.3

Financial activities

145.8 147.3 148.0 148.8 3.0 2.1

Professional and business services

455.4 465.5 466.2 466.1 10.7 2.3

Education and health services

345.6 357.6 361.5 362.1 16.5 4.8

Leisure and hospitality

282.2 285.8 290.4 295.1 12.9 4.6

Other services

103.1 103.6 103.6 103.4 0.3 0.3

Government

379.5 376.2 386.1 386.2 6.7 1.8

(p) preliminary

Source: Houston Area Employment — March 2015 : Southwest Information Office : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Jobless Claims Fall to the Lowest Level Since 1973

Employment Rate July 19
Jobless Claims Fall to the Lowest Level Since 1973

“In the week ending July 18, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 255,000, a decrease of 26,000 from the previous week’s unrevised level of 281,000. This is the lowest level for initial claims since November 24, 1973 when it was 233,000.  The 4-week moving average was 278,500, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week’s unrevised average of 282,500.

There were no special factors impacting this week’s initial claims.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.6 percent for the week ending July 11, unchanged from the previous week’s unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending July 11 was 2,207,000, a decrease of 9,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up 1,000 from 2,215,000 to 2,216,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,253,750, a decrease of 10,500 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 250 from 2,264,000 to 2,264,250.  Department of Labor

9 Great Ways to Find a Job Without Networking

What are you salary expectations?

9 Great Ways to Find a Job Without Networking

I read a great deal about getting a job through direct referrals.  The NY Times has an article on companies using direct referrals for finding new employees.  Forbes also had an article on the same subject.  Networking for job seekers is important.  I have written several articles that discuss the topic of networking directly into a company.

Some career coaches recommend that you limit yourself to a dozen companies where you really want to work and use a direct referral to get into those companies.

Companies do use direct referrals.  As a contract recruiter, I have recruited for companies that also paid a referral fee to their employees for direct referrals.  Direct referrals come into the company with a solid reference from a person the company knows.  A company can evaluate the value of the referral based on the company’s knowledge of the person making the referral.

There are many opportunities that you will never find through your network alone.

Companies still use multiple resources for finding job applicants.

  1. Recruiters
  2. Job boards
  3. Company websites
  4. Newspapers
  5. Trade journals
  6. Internet want ads including newspapers and Craigslist
  7. Social Media News Feeds
  8. Press releases
  9. Internet search Engines

Stay Focused

Using multiple resources to find a job can lead to a scattered search.  Stay focused on jobs that are best for you.  Pick companies that really interest you.

Unless you have unlimited time, don’t exhaust your network resources before you to turn to other resources for a job.  If you really need a job, contact and build your network daily while also using the other resources on a daily basis.

I created the website SeeWhoIsHiring.com using Google Custom Search.  I find greater job search results using a search engine than using a job search website.  The website also has search engines for finding companies, people, and salaries.

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Exercise will Not Undo the Harm of Sitting all Day

Exercise will Not Undo the Harm of Sitting all Day
Exercise will Not Undo the Harm of Sitting all Day.

qz.com: “A large review recently published in The Journal of the National Cancer Institute confirms what we’ve been hearing for years: Sitting can be fatal.It’s been linked to cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. In this latest meta-analysis, Daniela Schmid and Michael F. Leitzmann of the University of Regensburg in Germany analyzed 43 observational studies, amounting to more than 4 million people’s answers to questions about their sitting behavior and cancer incidences. The researchers examined close to 70,000 cancer cases and found that sitting is associated with a 24% increased risk of colon cancer, a 32% increased risk of endometrial cancer, and a 21% increased risk of lung cancer.”
Source: Why not even exercise will undo the harm of sitting all day—and what you can do about it – Quartz

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Top Ten List of Why People Get Fired

Top Ten List of Why People Get Fired

 

Top Ten List of Why People Get Fired

Companies take risks when they hire people.  Employees have access to company property, information, and in some cases, company money.  In addition, employees interact with other employees and often have access to personal and professional information about other people in the company.  What companies expect from employees is honesty and top performance that brings value and goodwill to the company.

The reason that companies fire employees is failing to provide honesty, top performance, and to promote goodwill.  In working as a corporate recruiter, I have known of people who lost jobs for the following reasons.

Disclaimer:  I am not an attorney.  The information I am presenting comes from my professional experience as a recruiter.

1. Office romance can get you fired.  Certainly, sexual harassment can get you fired.

2. Falsifying information on a job application can get you fired.  Companies often do a thorough job of checking backgrounds, completing reference checks, obtaining copies of college transcripts, and verifying compensation.  Sometimes, discovery the false information on a job application does not happen until after a person has started to work for the new company.

3. Stealing is a common cause for firing.  One particular case that comes to mind is that of an employee who would make telephone sales calls and charge car mileage for driving to the customer.

4. Bringing illegal drugs to the workplace will get you fired.  I have known of more than instance when a company fired a person for possession of illegal substances in the workplace.  Because possession of illegal substances involves legal issues, companies need to handle the issue with help from legal authorities.

5.  Drinking on the job will get you fired.  Different companies handle people with drinking problems in different ways, depending on the company policy and the circumstances.

6. Losing a driver’s license may cost a person a job.  Repeated speeding violations, failing to appear to face traffic charges, failure to pay traffic fines, and driving under the influence of mind -altering chemicals can cost a person to lose a driver’s license.  Losing a driver’s license alone is generally not sufficient cause for termination.  If losing the license prevents a person from doing his or her job, then losing a driver’s license can cost a person a job.

20-70-107.  Poor performance can cost a person a job.  Some companies use a forced ranking system as part of the company’s performance evaluation process.  Known as stack ranking, the process creates brackets.  Perhaps the best known is the 20-70-10 Employee Stack Ranking system.  Companies require managers to put each employee at some level of the stack.  Companies promote the top 20% tier.  They give standard pay raises to the middle 70% of the stack.  They fire the bottom 10 % of the employees.  Industry-wide, the process of “rank and yank” has mixed reviews.  Some managers consider the process as arbitrary and demotivating.

8.  Damaging company equipment can get you fired.  Operators of major equipment face large responsibility.

9. Using the Internet for personal use during company time can get you fired.  What you publish on the Internet anytime can get you fired as well.

10.  Making too many personal calls from work can get you fired.

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Paul McCartney Discusses Hardwork and Success

 

Sir Paul McCartney Discusses the Ten Thousand Hours Theory and Work Success

Paul McCartney Discusses Hardwork and Success

The Interview

In October 2014, Sir Paul McCartney visited Rollins College for an interview with Billy Collins, poet and Senior Distinguished Fellow at Rollins Winter Park Institute.

Billy Collins raises a discussion about the Malcolm Gladwell book “The Outliers.”  In the book, Gladwell writes that an IQ of 120 is a point where the role of intelligence becomes less important to success.  At that point, effort (time spent on practice, work, repetition–10,000 hours) determines the level of success.  Gladwell uses as one example the experience in which the Beatles worked 8-hour long music sessions in Hamburg, Germany.  Billy Collins asks Paul McCartney about his thoughts on the 10,000-hour theory based on his experience with the Beatles in Hamburg.

The Computer Metaphor

Paul McCartney explains that he sees the experience similar to loading more and more data into a computer.  He said that he wrote the song “Yesterday” a dream.  When he awoke, he had the melody in his mind.  He could not understand where he had heard the notes or how they came together in the song.  He awoke up one morning and the melody was in his head.  He said that he went around asking friends and colleagues if they recognized the melody.  None of them did.  He then concluded that, even though the song sounded so familiar, his mind created the song intuitively after years of performing and writing music.

The Objection

In a New York Times opinion piece titled , “Sorry Strivers: Talent Matters,” David Z. Hambrick and Elizabeth J. Meinz, associate professors of psychology, take exception with Gladwell’s conclusion that the importance of IQ decreases through repetition.

The two psychologists reference a study at Vanderbilt University.  The study uses SAT tests scores of 13-year-old students dating back thirty-five years.  This study indicates that the students who tested in the top 99.9 percentile were far more likely to achieve high academic and professional levels than students who tested at just at the 99-percentile level.  Unfortunately, the study does not include any information on the study habits, advanced study opportunities, amount of study, or other factors that lead to high achievement.  In other words, the study disregards the essential elements of mastering any skill.

McCartney on Repetition

The writers of the NY Times article conclude that Malcolm Gladwell was simply wrong.  However, McCartney’s first-hand experience seems to show that Gladwell was completely on track.  Through repetition, performance becomes intuitive not intellectual.

The image of the blackbirds sitting on the wires and appearing like music notes is reminiscent of the 1968 Beatles song “Blackbirds,” which appeared in “The White Album.”  Credited to John Lennon on the album, Paul McCartney actually wrote the song in response to the racial struggles occurring in the United States in the mid- to late-sixties.  The song shows the depth of  development in McCartney’s music resulting from eight years of working with Harrison, Starr, and Lennon.

Image: Bùi Linh Ngân/Flickr

BusinessUSA

BusinessUSA

BusinessUSA is a government website for small businesses owners. The website provides weekly newsletters to help business, especially small businesses, to grow their business.

“BusinessUSA implements a “no wrong door” approach for small businesses and exporters by using technology to quickly connect businesses to the services and information relevant to them, regardless of where the information is located or which agency’s website, call center, or office they go to for help. Looking forward, the more federal agencies continue to add resources to BusinessUSA to encompass the full range of business programs and services, the more we will be able to reduce the confusing array of websites that exist today. To ensure that it is oriented towards the needs of the customer, BusinessUSA will be designed, tested, and built with the active feedback of U.S. businesses. This is where you come in.

The current version of Business.USA.gov Portal, has come a long way since its inception. With the help of your feedback we have added many new features and content namely Made in Rural America Export and Investment Initiative Portal, Microsites for States , SBIR Certification Tool, Training Portal, FBO Open Opportunities and lots more, please take a Tour. BusinessUSA has opened new channels of communication such as call centers, email and social media. We have started and progressing on integrating state and local governments, as well as related private sector partners. This will help us better deliver the information you need on your own terms.

To strengthen America’s competitiveness in the global economy, businesses will need to be equipped with the best tools and information available to support innovation and job growth in the 21st century. BusinessUSA is your front door to all the government has to offer. Help us make sure it continues to evolve and grow to meet your needs. Sign up for email alerts so you can be the first to find out about changes to BusinessUSA, and use feedback features on the website to let us know what you think. BusinessUSA is designed by businesses, for businesses. Take ownership today.”

Source: BusinessUSA

Image: Kevin Dooley/Flickr

Reconstuction

Yep.  We’re getting the opportunity to rebuild all over again.  Thank you for your patience!

As we go along through this reconstruction, we find that we will have to manually reinstall hundreds of photos.  Therefore, we find ourselves at a crossroads.  Do we reload all the images, delete the traces of the images, or just leave the pages fractured.  Well, for now, the brighter thing to do is to add new content instead of reconstructing old content.  However, we still have the photo credit at the bottom of the articles with the photos.  Therefore, if you are just curious, please click on the image credits and view the work of the many people who have helped us with beautiful photographs.

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