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Monday, April 14, 2014

Special for Earth Week: Environmental Jobs to Consider

Earth Day and Earth Week are worldwide events dedicated to raising awareness of the Earth's environmental issues.

From catastrophic oil spills to climate change, our environment needs help now more than ever -- and that spells opportunity for anyone interested in an environmental career.

Depending on your career personality, you can build a great career
while also helping the environment. 
Environmental careers careers range from the political to the practical, but every one of these careers is dedicated to making the world a better place.

If you’re into politics...

Consider becoming an environmental lobbyist or activist. Work to change laws and regulations in order to protect the planet by directly influencing lawmakers. You'd be meeting with politicians, offering relevant information and discussing the course of action that will best benefit the environment.

If you’re great with people...

While direct lobbying involves meeting with politicians, indirect lobbying involves working directly with citizens to mobilize their support, typically for a grassroots organization. Grassroots organizers help raise awareness of a particular environmental issue. Organizing citizens can help bring environmental issues to the attention of politicians and a good grassroots organizer can truly help enact real change.

If you’re into animals...

Rather than going a traditional career path such as veterinary medicine, consider going into zoology. Zoologists have good job prospects and a solid yearly income while helping protect the animals they love. Zoologists may focus on one animal or on a single species. They can influence policy as well, by helping educate key influencers on how environmental changes are threatening the animals they love.

If you don't mind getting dirty...

Humans create a lot of waste. From landfills to recycling to biomass, waste is one of the biggest issues in the environment. The upside is that has created jobs in waste management that offer high earning potential. Waste management involves creating waste disposal plans and strategies for managing toxic and hazardous materials.

No matter what your career personality, you can get a job to help benefit the environment. Take our free 15 minute career test to see which of over 900 real jobs you're best suited for. Then use our coupon code MyCareer for $10 off a comprehensive career package. Happy Earth Day!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Good with Numbers? Math Careers that Add Up

During tax season, many Americans wish they were a little better at math.

But if you’re a natural at percentages and a whiz at algebra, what are some math careers that could really add up?

Good at math? Math careers can really add up. But first be
certain it's a career that matches your career personality!
First of all, you’re lucky if you're good at math or perhaps you were even a math major!

The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports a proficiency in math is helpful for every career. What's more, careers that focus on mathematics pay an average of $80,000 a year, well above the national average.

Thousands of jobs focus on mathematics, but here are just a small handful of with high earning potential and high growth.

1. Actuary

Actuaries work at calculating and analyzing information on risk management. They often work for insurance companies, but many work as consultants with private companies or individuals. And due to changes in health insurance law, the need for actuaries to reevaluate insurance and benefits plans is rising.

2. Budget Analyst

Budget analysts are employed in every field and in every situation from private companies to public institutions to nonprofits. Their job is to draft, revise and implement budgets for a variety of situations. Among some of the highest earning math jobs, budget analysis is also expected to grow well into 2020.

3. Statistician

If finding patterns in raw data excites you, a statistics job may be perfect. Statisticians are also employed and consulted across nearly all industries, making them an indispensable part of the labor market. From politics to the food industry, every informed budgetary decision is made with the help of a statistician.

4. Cryptographer

If budgets and statistics bore you but you’re still great with numbers, the field of cryptography may be right for you. Cryptography involves the analysis and creation of secret codes, such as encrypted data, passwords and security codes. Highly complex, but also highly rewarding, cryptographers protect priceless information for some of the largest institutions and companies in the world.

Do you have the passion and knowledge it takes to flourish in a math-based career? Take our 15 minute, scientifically (and statistically!) proven career test, then use our coupon code MyCareer for an exclusive $10 off your career package.

You’ll learn your ideal jobs, careers, and working environments, as well as find yourself matched to over 900 real jobs.

 If you’re unemployed, underemployed, or just plain unhappy at your current job, you’re just 15 minutes away from finding a better career.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Stop Fooling Around with Your Career

It may be fun to play a good-natured prank on your friends on April Fool’s Day. But your career is nothing to fool around with.

Your career is serious stuff. It can make the difference between feeling happy and fulfilled 40 to 50 hours a week - or not. You could feel stressed out, burned out or just down and out in a dead-end career. Or you could wake up full of energy and excitement about the day.

Stop fooling around with your career. Get serious about getting a job you love!
If you're serious about getting a new job, you need to get serious about your job search, starting with focusing on the right careers for your career personality.

Here are three ways to get back on track:

1. Don’t Just Apply to One Company

What are your ideal jobs? What companies, projects or leaders do you admire the most?

Make a list of your dream jobs. But don’t stop there. Think of applying for jobs as if you were applying to college. The list of the colleges probably fell into three groups: those that were a long shot, those that you had a good shot at, and those where you'd be a shoe-in.

Make a list of companies and then group them into those three groups. And never just send in a handful of applications and sit back and wait. You're wasting valuable time. Job hunting is a job in and of itself—you need to put in the time to see the results.

2. Don’t Use the Same Resume and Cover Letter for Every Job

Every job and every company is different. Even the same position at a different location may require  slightly different skills and experience, depending on the team in place, the needs of the company, future plans, etc.

Sending out the same resume  to fifty different companies isn’t good practice – it’s lazy and will likely be unproductive. Your resume and cover letter (also mandatory, by the way) should be tailored and focused on the specific company and the unique qualities needed for the job you're applying for.

3. Don’t Rely On One Job Hunting Resource

If you obsessively check for jobs but never open your newspaper, or if you apply to every business on your block but never pick up the phone to network, you’re missing out on a huge portion of the job market. Expand your resources, and you may find an entire new crop of jobs you didn’t know were available.

Whatever your job hunting direction, make sure that you’re searching for a job and a career you’ll love. Take the proven MAPP career test to learn more about your career personality. Then use the coupon code MyCareer for $10 off one a career package that will show you which of over 900 careers are the best fit for you.

Stop fooling around – it’s your life, so get serious about it!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Spring Career Refresh

Ah, Spring. The worst winter in recent memory is fading and new life is all around us.

After a winter slump, spring’s arrival is exactly what we need to kick our career back into gear. But this spring, refresh more than just your wardrobe. It’s also the perfect time to clean up your resume or CV and breathe new life into your career.

Spring is the perfect time to clean up your resume or CV and breathe new life into your career. 
Take some time to plant new career seeds and watch your career take off and grow. Here are three quick tips to get you started.

1. Reevaluate Your Career Goals

We often get bogged down in the minutiae of daily life and forget to look at the larger picture. Remembering deadlines is great, but not at the expense of your overarching career goals.

If you’re still searching for a job, now is the perfect time to review your career personality and find out the ideal careers for you. That's exactly what the MAPP career test can do for you. Over 7 million people and 3,500 corporate partners have used the MAPP test to give valuable career guidance.

2. Refresh Your Resume/CV

If you only refresh your resume at the last minute, you’re doing yourself a big disservice. Your resume is your career face, and you need to present the most polished and up-to-date version of your resume or CV.

Tailor your resume to your ideal career and eliminate any experience that now feels unnecessary or off of your career track. Remember to also do the same for your online profiles such as LinkedIn, which can also become stale and useless if left to sit.

3. Get in Touch With Your Network

Networking only works if you stay in touch—and spring is the perfect time to refresh your contacts' memory of your skills and what you bring to the career table. Get in touch with past colleagues, professors, mentors and anyone in your network who has shown interest in your career. Let them know that you’re looking for work and send them a copy of your nice clean CV, and remember to avoid these five big resume mistakes.

Remember, most job openings are not posted, and simply communicating with your network could well land you an interview and the perfect job.

Remember, landing a great new career starts with planting tiny seeds. Take the MAPP career test today and tend the seeds of your new career -- then watch as your career blooms!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Make Some Green with These Top Four "Green" Jobs

It’s all about the green. "Green" jobs are on the rise and in demand, growing fast to keep up with our rapidly changing, socially conscious landscape.

In fact, post-recession growth in the green sector has outpaced overall growth in the U.S. This green boom has created lots of opportunity for workers in all fields – from farming to engineering.

An environmental engineer is the highest paying "green" career.
Is your career personality suited for this career? Find out today! 
These four green jobs are just a small sampling of jobs in this booming new field.

Do you have a career personality that's well suited for these careers? Find out by taking the MAPP career test, and then sign up for a career package that will sort every job according to your personality.

1. Urban Farming

As the ‘farm to fork’ awareness grows and more people look to locally source their foods, urban farming has begun to take off. Utilizing often small amount of urban space, producers grow crops and raise animals to produce high quality, local food to sell back into the community, often at a premium.

Consumers have proven they’re willing to pay more for food that’s locally sourced, and that willingness has translated into profits for small producers and farmers all across the country.

2. Environmental Engineer

According to Bloomberg Business, environmental engineer management is the highest paying green career, with earning potential over 100k/year while requiring only a BA.

Environmental engineers conduct air, water and soil quality tests and create innovative solutions to issues in pollution.

3. LEED Construction Manager

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building code helps guide building owners and operators to build and operate more environmentally friendly buildings. LEED Construction Managers are essential in overseeing the rating and construction for 80k+ a year.

4. Urban Planner

As the U.S. becomes more aware of its carbon footprint, urban and regional planners become more vital to our environmental future. Urban planners help develop useful green space, build mass transit systems and reign in urban sprawl to make our cities as efficient and healthy as possible.

As the green economy booms, more and more of us will look for ways to both feel good about what we’re doing and make some green while doing it. And the number of environmentally friendly jobs will only continue to grow and diversify.

There’s a place in the green economy for almost any skill set. Discover your skill strengths, career personality and ideal career today! 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Best Careers for Women: Careers with the Smallest Gender Wage Gap

In last week's blog for Women’s History Month, we talked about some of the barriers that still remain in the business world for women, as well as what can be done to help break down some of those blockades.

While sexism and the pay divide are unfortunately still barriers for women in the business world, some careers offer women an opportunity to earn the same as their male counterparts.

Pharmacist is one of the fastest growing careers where women earn about the same as men.
Fortunately, some of these careers are also fast growing, with high levels of reported job satisfaction. NPR’s Planet Money analyzed statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showing the careers with the biggest (and smallest) wage gaps.

Below, we list several careers where women earn about the same as men. But before you go applying for a job as a health technician or pharmacist, first take the MAPP career test to find out if your career personality is well suited for any of these careers.

1 & 2. Health Technicians, Counselors

There are only two careers where women actually earned more than their male counterparts (by a paltry 3 percent). Counselors report a high level of job satisfaction – over 50 percent say they are “very satisfied” with their job – and a forecasted job growth close to 20 percent through 2020.

Health technicians, a broad term for a number of technical careers in healthcare, also report high levels of satisfaction and are experiencing a similar rate of job growth.

3. Pharmacists

In addition to excellent job growth due to an aging population and a high median wage, pharmacists can now also feel proud about their near-zero wage gap. The average female pharmacist makes 99.6 percent of what her male counterparts make.

4. Wholesale and Retail Buyers

Not all careers with low wage gaps are in the healthcare field. Wholesale and retail buyers also boast a small .7 percent wage gap while offering an unusual and exciting career.

Retail buyers analyze consumer data and market trends and use that information to buy products to sell in retail stores. Since it's a high pressure environment, there's lots of room for advancement in this dynamic career.

If you’re unemployed or underemployed, first take the free MAPP career test to see if your career personality matches any of these fast growing careers.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Career Advice for Women

During Women’s History Month, we celebrate all of the achievements that women have made over the years. But unfortunately, many challenges and barriers still remain.

Sadly, many women still find themselves earning less than their male counterparts –72 cents to every dollar a man makes. This unnecessary wage gap stubbornly remains, despite decades of attempts at change. And it doesn't matter what career or industry you're in. Even in the best careers for women, these challenges can make it difficult for women to reach the top.

Ready to achieve your career goals? First find out what career you can succeed at. 
Let's first acknowledge some of the barriers that keep women from achieving their career goals:

1. Discrimination and Gender Bias

Unfortunately, gender bias remains ingrained in the business world. Women are often incorrectly perceived as more emotional, less reliable, and more likely to leave a job for family reasons. Additionally, the traits we typically associate with leadership – extroverted, confident, rational, controlled – are widely (and falsely) considered the sole domain of men.

Despite the fact that gender discrimination is illegal and officially eliminated, these deep-rooted misconceptions run through nearly every industry.

2. “Good Old Boys Club”

Related to the gender discrimination is the ‘good old boy’s club’— a generations-old business network where, needless to say, women are not invited. This crony mentality may not be openly acknowledged, but behind closed doors, it’s as strong as ever. It keeps women off of the golf courses and out of the board rooms, and therefore distances them from key strategic and decision-making opportunities.

What can be done about the barriers that get in the way of women achieving their career goals?

1. Female Mentors and Role Models

In several prominent companies including IBM, Microsoft and Sun Microsystems, a women-only mentoring system helps women achieve their career objectives. Female business leaders take protégés on and impart valuable encouragement and guidance.

Studies repeatedly show that just as women are often passed over for promotions, they are also often passed over for mentoring opportunities. Women-only mentoring systems help bridge that gap.

2. Confronting Stereotypes

Often, the reason women have a difficult time establishing themselves in the business world is because they butt up against common stereotypes. If and when you hear others make derogatory or depreciating comments about women in the workplace, speak up. Every small step helps contribute overall to a world where the wage gap can close and the glass ceiling can be lifted once and for all.

If you’re a woman who's dissatisfied with her current career or you feel you’re not being taken seriously, invest in building your brand. Take our powerful 15-minute career test to learn more about your business personality and which careers you would be best suited for. Then, use parts of the comprehensive narrative to build a stronger resume that will communicate your key strengths.

Later, when you're in the midst of your successful career, remember to take another young woman under your wing. It can't help but boost your own career karma!