Are Job Headhunters Looking for You?

You’ll be very excited when job headhunters call you for a job interview IF getting a ‘better’ job is your goal. After going through a series of questions and tests and often more interviews, you’ll feel even better (maybe even ecstatic..) when you are finally selected from amongst one thousand other candidates!

Studies show that only less than one-third of all students will actually work in the profession that they were trained for in college. Check out the following video that addresses the reason for this. The video is a TEDxUTM video in which Fang Kai Low talks about his work in Headhunting and how to find your true calling:

You Must Be Very Good…

You must be very good at what you do if job headhunters look for you. You must have very special qualities (qualifications, experience, achievements, skillsets) that caught the attention of job headhunters from among the thousands of others in their databases.

Behind the scene, there’s an organization that is willing to pay these job headhunters a month’s salary (or more) to hunt the ideal candidate for a particular position. Often, the organization also pays the travel and accommodation bills for the handful of headhunted candidates.

The Challenge of Being Kind in a Corporate World

I have been told several times in my life that I am too nice. In the past, I would be admonished by a friend or a boyfriend if I let someone in front of me in a line or give an able-bodied person my seat on a bus. I would just laugh it off because, in my mind, there was no problem… until recently. Now, for some reason, I am being treated like it’s some kind of horrible character flaw. Well, there are women that quit the corporate world, just look at this video:

“Oh, You are being way passive aggressive.”

“You are too nice, you need to be more forceful.”

“They are going to walk all over you if you keep being so nice.”

These are quotes from my work colleagues. Honestly, what is so wrong with being a nice person? Saying hello and smiling at a complete stranger? Letting someone merge into the lane in front of you? Or even worse, being nice to a person who only the day before, made your day at work a living hell?

We’re getting toward the end of the year and one of the hardest things I’ve learned over the past year is that I had to accept that in no way do I have control over so many elements in my life, and especially people!

Myself, Beyond Control (Again?)

“It’s beyond my control …” John Malkovich, Dangerous Liaisons

The hardest thing I’ve done over the past year is to accept that I have no control over many of the elements of my life, especially PEOPLE.

This acceptance appears to be an ongoing process, because as many times as I see the light, so to speak, I often end up talking myself into believing that maybe just this one time I can control the outcome… which these days doesn’t work out so well for me. Check out also this TEDx Rainier video about self-control:

I don’t remember all the details about Dangerous Liaisons – but I remember it being a movie about sex, love, and control gone awry. I saw it when I was around 20 and I was floored by a scene where John Malkovich said over and over again “It’s beyond my control.”

On one hand it totally turned me on, and on the other hand, it pissed me off – OF COURSE you have control over this, you moron! Can’t you see you’re killing that poor woman (with whom I could totally relate with at the time)?? More than the context in which he said it, I was moved by the almost visible, tangible battle being waged inside him between needing to control his external circumstances and surrendering to the reality that he simply could not do it.

I finally figured out why I am so Burnt Out Of My Job!!

I got it! I finally figured out why I am so burnt out of my job!!
When I got into recruiting, my mission was small. Make the candidates happy by finding them their dream job. It was so simple and so beautiful. I had a great work partner and the two of us were the true dream team.

I think I got greedy because one day, it just wasn’t enough anymore. I wanted bigger. I wanted better. I wanted more excitement. So I moved over into the corporate world. And then things got hella complicated.

You see, I still make the candidates happy. I still help them get a really cool job at a really cool company, but in the corporate world, it’s so much more complicated. Not only do I have to make sure the candidate is happy. I have to please the following:

Unicorn Priest – Everything You Need to Know

Hearthstone (Heroes of Warcraft) is a card game in a logical order. The game is based on a micro-payment free-to-play system. The main idea of Hearthstone to play against other players online.

The rules and idea of the game are similar to those of other card games like Magic: The Gathering. The game is developed in line with the “World of Azeroth”, a famous series of strategies Warcraft (MMORPG World of Warcraft).

Players can choose one out of nine available character classes in this online universe, and then play the cards from their deck one by one. The effect of this is throwing spells (special abilities or weapons), or summon allies.

The basic rules of Hearthstone are pretty simple to learn and players don’t need to be experts who know the ins and outs that are associated with the universe of Warcraft or some other online card games. Players also have the opportunity to participate in training battles where the opponents are the strategists from the world of Azeroth, such as Uther, Thrall, and Gul’dan.

Alternative Activity Ideas for the Summer

If you are waiting for the schools to break up and are trying to work out ways to keep the teenagers and younger kids amused its time to think outside the box. My last posts all addressed the profession of a phlebotomist but now, the vacation is waiting and school is over (for now, at least). So it’s high time to switch my attention from schooling to some summer fun!

Are you in the mood for adventure? Do you feel the need to explore or try something new for a change? If you are you can bet your children are too.

What you need is a holiday with a difference. Forget your usual trip to the beach or your tried and tested hotel in South Carolina or Florida. There are incredible activities out there that will satisfy your desire for the unusual and provide you with happy memories and experiences to share with your friends and family for years to come.

Paintballing Warfare

Paintball is a heap of fun for the family and it is also very cheap. There are paintballing companies all over that will provide you with everything you need for some colorful war games with your family and friends. You get a great adrenaline rush and can really lose yourself in the activity whether you go out guns blazing or prefer to operate in stealth mode.

How to become a Phlebotomy Technician

Becoming a phlebotomy technician is a great career choice for anyone that wants a stable and rewarding job in the medical field. A phlebotomy technician is also known as a phlebotomist, blood drawer, or a phlebotomy tech. This health career path will provide you with very stable employment, terrific health benefits, and a very good salary.

As a phlebotomist, you will be drawing blood from patients, and this means that you’ll be working in a challenging environment that has a lot of responsibilities. The majority of your work will be dealing directly with patients, therefore you must be accurate, pay strict attention to details, be able to communicate effectively, and work well under pressure.

As a phlebotomy technician, you will not have a hard time getting a job because your employment outlook is expected to be very good in the coming years. As a matter of fact, the demand for skilled phlebotomist’s is expected to rise as much as 20% in the coming decade. This means that the field the phlebotomy is extremely secure and growing. As a phlebotomist, you will be able to find jobs at clinical laboratories, hospitals, nursing homes, and blood banks.

How Big Were The GED Test Changes Really?

In this post, I talk about the changes in the GED that became effective in 2014.

Most significant changes: Computer-based, Affordability, Non-transferable credits, Difficulty.

In most states, the General Education Development (GED) examination was changed in 2014 and learners who have not completed the full examination by the end of that year, did see their scores not transferable anymore.

Roughly once every 10 years, the GED exam is updated because it is a high school equivalency test. That implies that the GED test-takers must meet up with the identical educative specifications as high school graduates would. Therefore it is a natural fact that the GED is changing according to high school curricula. Also, GED study materials need to change and many websites also upgraded their practice tests. So far, the website Best GED Classes is one of the best courses for GED preparation and they offer also great lesson plans!

In 2002 we saw the (2nd) latest update of the GED examination, and until 2014, there were a lot of people who were engaged in the 2002 GED exam version but hadn’t completed the test yet. They really needed to get themselves together and complete the examination before the end of that year, as their test scores would not be valid anymore after December 2013.

Mapping Your Career Path

If you are one of those people who take their career very seriously and if you have definite plans for how your career should develop and unfold, then mapping your career’s growth can help you know if you are staying on the path you chose or not. It can let you know if it’s time to kick things into overdrive or perhaps time to reevaluate your career plans.

Getting Started

Before you can create your own map, there are some things about yourself you will need to consider.

  • Know your own value system. This means the things that are important to you and the places in the sand where you draw the line.
  • Identify Your Life Goal. This is the reason you work, the achievement of a particular goal, the light at the end of the tunnel. You cannot know how well you are doing at moving toward your goal if you haven’t identified what it is.
  • Name your strengths and weaknesses. Do not hide them or cover them up. Embrace them. They will guide you down your career path.
  • Understand your likes and dislikes. If you are to succeed in your chosen career, you have to enjoy what you are doing for the better part of the time. A career that pays great won’t serve you well if you hate to do it.
  • List the skills you currently have and those you need to get to the goal. These will help give you direction along the way.

Maybe Want to Become an RN – The Basics

Time for a career change? Think about nursing? Well, become a Registered Nurse and enjoy a pretty tough but rewarding profession. Here is a short description:

Registered nursing is, in fact, the fastest growing field in healthcare in the United States. Registered Nurses (RNs) are in great demand all over the country and in a great many areas of the United States, there is actually a shortage of qualified RN qualified individuals, which has led to a number of states creating special incentive packages to encourage more people to consider becoming an RN.

Exactly how to become an RN is a question that many people have. How much schooling does it entail, how long will it take and how much will it all cost are all important considerations.

How to Become an RN – What are the Basic Educational Options?
 – There is, in fact, no standard path for future RN candidates to take when it comes to getting the education they need to become a fully qualified Registered Nurses. There are several different educational paths that can be followed: a master’s degree in nursing (MSN), a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate degree in nursing (ADN), or a diploma.