jobs http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1488/all en-US 6 Ways to Transition to a New Career After 30 http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-transition-to-a-new-career-after-30 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-to-transition-to-a-new-career-after-30" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/career_focused_woman_000021163237.jpg" alt="Woman finding ways to transition into new career after 30" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The average American <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748704206804575468162805877990">changes jobs seven times</a>&nbsp;over a life time of work, and the pursuit of better job satisfaction and financial stability are among the top reasons. Most of these career shifts happen in a person's teens and twenties, when hop-scotching from bartending to telemarketing is more common than not. Mid- and late-career changes, however, are less common, largely because they require the implicit trade of the familiar for the unknown. The risks may be bigger, but the rewards are sweeter.</p> <p>If the mere thought of jumping from a well-heeled spot on one industry ladder to the bottom rung of another is intimidating enough to prevent you from pursuing the job of your dreams, you're not alone. Later in life <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-signs-its-time-to-make-your-side-gig-your-career">career changes</a> can seem impossible when you weigh the financial risks of starting anew with the responsibilities of child-rearing and mortgage payments. But if you're truly unfulfilled at work, over time it will take a toll its toll. So don't let a little fear of failure hold you hostage.</p> <p>Read on for our roundup of the best ways to transition to a new career after 30.</p> <h2>1. Skill Shift</h2> <p>Grab a pen and pad and take a few minutes to list all your skills &mdash; and not just the ones you acquired on the job. Be sure to include those you picked up while volunteering for the Parent Teacher Association, leading your child's Girl Scouts troop, caring for an ailing relative, paying down your debt, fundraising for cancer research, and building the new deck in the backyard. Now brainstorm all the ways you can apply these strengths of yours to a brand new business venture. You just might surprise yourself with how quickly your experience planning a neighborhood block party complete with food vendors, a bouncy house, and live music seems to become more beneficial than what you learned from your collegiate calculus homework. Especially if it's a new career in event planning that you're pursuing. So don't be afraid to acknowledge your outside-the-box accomplishments and play to them.</p> <h2>2. Get Educated</h2> <p>While you may find you have a slew of transferable job skills, the likelihood that you'll need to acquire some new ones is pretty high. That doesn't necessarily mean you need to dole out tens of thousands of dollars for a new degree &mdash; although, depending on your new occupation of choice, it might. Education, in all its forms, will counter what you lack in experience. And it will show potential employers that you are committed to your new career choice and driven enough to do what it takes to land a job in your new field. Books, lectures, certification courses, and volunteer opportunities are all great ways of snuffing up.</p> <h2>3. Go Where the Growth Is</h2> <p>There's something to be said for career fields that are forecast to add future jobs. And that something is stability. Job growth means there's less likelihood that your bread and butter will be rattled by economic turmoil. It means you'll have a better shot at securing promotions and making lateral moves with pay increases. So you might want to jot down these fastest-growing occupations: industrial-organizational psychologist, personal care aide, home health aide, mechanical insulation worker, interpreters and translators, diagnostic medical sonographer, and brick mason. All these fields are on pace to see stellar growth rates, which means you'll have an easier time finding a niche for yourself.</p> <h2>4. Stage a Dress Rehearsal</h2> <p>A travel magazine editor might seem like the ultimate occupation, but how often does he or she actually get the opportunity to fly to Morocco for an all-inclusive stay at a posh new resort? There's only one way to find out: Network with people in your desired field, mine for opportunities to shadow folks working in your desired role, and ask a lot of questions. When possible, try out the work for yourself on a limited, exploratory basis to see if it's really for you. You just might find that the travel editor gig you've been swooning for actually brings about more computer eye strains than passport stamps.</p> <h2>5. Tap Your Network</h2> <p>Determining your new career calling is half the battle. The other, of course, is getting hired. But when you lack the typical resume for a career that lies outside your realm of experience, it can be difficult to secure a position &mdash; no matter how captivating your cover letter is. So don't rely on a piece of paper to get your foot in the door. Instead, tap your network: Friends, family, former colleagues, past classmates, neighbors, and mentors. These are the people who know your work ethic, smarts, and potential for success in ways that can't be captured in black ink. They can vouch for you. They might even be able to help you land an interview you otherwise wouldn't have scored. The rest is up to you.</p> <h2>6. Rebrand Yourself</h2> <p>If you're going to take on a new role, it will serve you well to look the part. That goes for your online persona as much as your wardrobe. Before you begin the interview process, be sure your social media accounts, websites, business cards and voicemail greetings are reflective of the professional life you want. The fact that you're in a period of transition is no excuse for an outdated or sloppy digital presence.</p> <p><em>Have you made a career change? What worked for you?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-transition-to-a-new-career-after-30">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-skills-that-helped-your-boss-get-ahead">6 Skills That Helped Your Boss Get Ahead</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-to-do-on-your-first-day-at-a-new-job">6 Things to Do on Your First Day at a New Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-to-splurge-resume-writer">When to Splurge: Resume Writer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/finding-the-right-job-there-s-plenty-of-phish-in-the-sea">Finding the Right Job: There’s Plenty of Phish in the Sea</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-jobs-you-may-not-have-considered-but-should">9 Jobs You May Not Have Considered (But Should)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building employment jobs skills transitioning working Tue, 21 Jul 2015 09:00:12 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1490872 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Skills That Helped Your Boss Get Ahead http://www.wisebread.com/6-skills-that-helped-your-boss-get-ahead <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-skills-that-helped-your-boss-get-ahead" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_triumphant_000038262530.jpg" alt="Man using skills to help him get ahead like his boss" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you ever look at your boss and wish you had his or her job? Or maybe you wonder how in the world they got to where they are, given the fact that you are struggling with your own position.</p> <p>The fact of the matter is, somehow your boss got ahead. They stood out from the rest. Here are some of the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-life-skills-every-freelancer-needs">skills</a> that helped them land that big promotion &mdash; and that can help you, too!</p> <h2>1. Cut the Negativity</h2> <p>No one likes being around someone who is always negative. It's hard, and eventually you either get dragged into their negativity, or you have to put distance between the negative person and yourself. So don't be that person!</p> <p>Yes, every workplace probably has something to be negative about. Maybe it's a rough time of year, or you're currently being asked to do someone else's job on top of your own. But keep the negativity to yourself.</p> <p>Being negative drags everyone down, and companies don't promote people who are going to make teamwork harder. When your boss got promoted, it's likely that he or she was known for being positive or, at least, for keeping negative comments in. Do the same if you want to get ahead.</p> <h2>2. Line Up the Right Support</h2> <p>Most of us can't be the lone wolf at work. We need some sort of support to be able to do our jobs successfully. When we aren't getting that, we won't perform as well and, therefore, will be less likely to get ahead.</p> <p>In today's work environment, it often falls to the individual to find the support he or she needs to get the job done. Be proactive and ask your boss for a meeting. Go over expectations, especially if you feel like these aren't clear. Ask your boss how they prefer to manage and work from there. For instance, a boss who prefers weekly check-in meetings may be willing to let you have two weeks between meetings, especially if you've proven yourself trustworthy and can show how the extra time would help you do your job better.</p> <p>Getting the support they need is something your boss most likely excels at, and one of the skills they used to do their job well enough to get ahead. Figure out what you need in order to exceed expectations and ask for it.</p> <h2>3. Take on Challenges</h2> <p>Taking on something that is new, different, or difficult is scary, especially when you feel like your livelihood may depend on it. However, being willing to take on a challenge, being the person who steps forward and says &quot;I'll do it!&quot; makes a huge difference when it comes to getting ahead.</p> <p>Think about it this way: When you are considering who you want to lead something, do you want a person in charge who isn't daunted, who can outthink and outmaneuver obstacles, or do you want someone who is afraid, stuck in an old way of doing things, and who can't think outside the box? Most of us want the first kind of person.</p> <p>Even if your boss seems stuck in her ways now, it's likely she was once willing to innovate and take risks. Be the person who steps up to the challenge, and you can be the one who gets ahead, too.</p> <h2>4. Understand the Current Goals</h2> <p>If you want to get ahead, make sure you understand your organization's current goals and how your job fits into those. See your work as part of the whole and make sure you are doing your best to make the whole function well.</p> <p>It's easy to get lost in the details of your job and to forget about the role you are playing in the overall company. It's also easy to misunderstand where your company is currently focused. For instance, you may think that your company is trying to land new accounts, when the current focus is actually on giving existing clients a better experience.</p> <p>Most people who get ahead in a company do so because someone thinks they will be able to help the company achieve their current goals. You boss probably focused on these when he was working to get ahead, and doing the same should help you, too.</p> <h2>5. Take Responsibility for Your Mistakes</h2> <p>It may seem counterintuitive to think that owning your mistakes will help you get ahead. However, taking full responsibility for yourself and your actions generates trust, and so it helps you build stronger relationships with both your coworkers and your clients/customers.</p> <p>Before you can take responsibility for any errors, you need to know your own role. Make sure you really know it, inside and out, so that you can honestly tell someone whether a mistake was yours or whether it occurred elsewhere. If you did make a mistake, be sure to apologize and, if necessary, change the way you do things so that it doesn't happen again.</p> <p>Most managers have, at some point in their career, demonstrated their ability to own their role, including any mistakes that are made. If it helped your boss get to where she is today, it can help you get ahead, too.</p> <h2>6. Find the Right Communication Style</h2> <p>Different people communicate in different ways. We use different words, different tones, and even different body language when we talk to one another. When you use your boss's communication style, you are more likely to get ahead because you'll be more likely to persuade him of the points you try to make and because he will see you as compatible with the overall company.</p> <p>Before you do this, you have to determine how your boss communicates. Listen to the words he says, whether he speaks quietly or loudly, quickly or slowly, and how he uses his hands, face, and body when he is speaking. Then try to do some of these same things when you are communicating with him and with your team.</p> <p>Matching communication styles probably helped your boss get ahead, and working to do it will help you, too. Don't worry about being false, because the ideas you want to communicate will be the same as they would be if you were using your natural communication style.</p> <p><em>How are you trying to get ahead at work? Is it helping you?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-skills-that-helped-your-boss-get-ahead">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-transition-to-a-new-career-after-30">6 Ways to Transition to a New Career After 30</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-tips-for-better-workplace-body-language">7 Tips for Better Workplace Body Language</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-youre-sabotaging-your-next-promotion">5 Ways You&#039;re Sabotaging Your Next Promotion</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-bug-your-boss-for-more-money-and-get-it">4 Ways to Bug Your Boss for More Money – and Get It!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building boss jobs Office promotions skills success Thu, 09 Jul 2015 17:00:11 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1478349 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Signs You're Working for an Impossible Boss http://www.wisebread.com/7-signs-youre-working-for-an-impossible-boss <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-signs-youre-working-for-an-impossible-boss" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_stressed_at_work_000012868043.jpg" alt="Woman learns she&#039;s working for an impossible time" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>So you think you have a bad boss. You actively dislike her, and sometimes you count how many days you can go without having to have a serious interaction. But you doubt yourself. Maybe it's not as bad as it seems. Maybe it's just you.</p> <p>If you're not sure if <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-9-types-of-horrible-bosses-and-how-to-manage-them">your boss is impossible</a>, look for the characteristics below. It's important that you figure this out, because a bad boss doesn't just make you feel bad, but can make you <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/is-your-boss-making-you-sick/2014/10/20/60cd5d44-2953-11e4-8593-da634b334390_story.html">more likely to get sick</a>, too.</p> <h2>1. Your Boss Has Astronomically High Standards</h2> <p>Does your boss hold you to standards that you can't actually meet? Does he expect you to perform better and better each month, even in your slow season? Does she praise only top performers?</p> <p>All of these are different ways of having standards that are too high. No one can be at the top of their game all the time, and a good boss will understand that. A boss who is so difficult to please will make you feel badly about yourself, no matter how well you do your job. And that is an impossible situation for you.</p> <h2>2. Your Boss Is Never Wrong</h2> <p>Does your boss have to be right in every single conversation, whether it's about doing business or March Madness brackets? People who always have to be right are impossible in any situation, but they are particularly damaging at work because they can't empower their employees. Instead, they end up shooting them down.</p> <p>A good boss will be able to admit mistakes, but will also point out good ideas that come from sources outside herself. She will be willing to implement these ideas, to get behind them, and she won't claim them as her own when someone asks.</p> <h2>3. Your Boss Offers No Guidance</h2> <p>An impossible boss doesn't help you set goals, aim for a particular level of performance, or anything else. If you don't know where you are going and your boss won't discuss it with you, you can end up in any number of impossible situations.</p> <p>Many times, you end up in an impossible situation when your boss won't offer guidance because, whether they say so or not, they have some idea about how they want you to perform. You can be going along thinking everything is fine, only to find out at some point that you haven't met some standard. That's maddening because it doesn't give you a chance to try something different so that you can improve.</p> <h2>4. Your Boss Isn't Open to New Ideas</h2> <p>When you present your boss with a new idea, how does he respond? Is he open and willing to hear more, or does he shoot it down simply because it's not the way things have been done before?</p> <p>Impossible bosses are so afraid of change that they aren't willing to innovate. Often, they want their employees to sit down, shut up, and do the work the way they were trained to do it. While that works some of the time, it's impossible to move forward without innovating. New technology and processes come out all the time and adaptation is essential to growth.</p> <h2>5. Your Boss Is Inconsistent</h2> <p>Does your boss promise things but doesn't follow through? Does she seem to forget that she has committed to things? This can make you feel like she doesn't really care about her employees, or that everything else is more valuable to her than you are.</p> <p>This characteristic makes your boss impossible because you can't trust her. You never know when she will follow through and when you will be left in the dust wondering what happened. This distrust will eventually spread, until you just may avoid dealing with her because of how you feel afterwards.</p> <h2>6. Your Boss Doesn't Listen</h2> <p>When you have work-related concerns, you've got to be able to trust that your boss will listen to you. Whether you have a question about some new software, need to report a co-worker, or feel like someone is asking you to perform a task that isn't part of your job, you need to be able to talk to your boss.</p> <p>If you can't talk to him, you can end up feeling stuck. If there's no way to move forward without help and you can't get the help you need because your boss won't listen, there's not much you can do. It's impossible.</p> <h2>7. Your Boss Can't Communicate</h2> <p>Whether your boss's communication problems stem from her not being available or willing to talk, or because she thinks she's explaining things when she's actually not, a boss who can't communicate is impossible.</p> <p>If you don't know what to do or how to go about it, you will either end up doing nothing or doing something wrong. When mistakes come about because an employee was never given clear instructions, that's frustrating. And when your boss thinks she communicated well, it's even more difficult.</p> <p><em>So, do you think your boss is impossible? If so, what do you plan to do about it? </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-signs-youre-working-for-an-impossible-boss">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-tips-for-better-workplace-body-language">7 Tips for Better Workplace Body Language</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-difficult-jobs-that-are-worth-the-effort">10 Difficult Jobs That Are Worth the Effort</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/replacing-a-crappy-job">Replacing a Crappy Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-warning-signs-that-it-is-not-the-job-for-you">6 Warning Signs that It Is Not the Job for You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/whats-an-employee-to-do-part-1">What&#039;s an employee to do? Part 1</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income bosses employment jobs Office work Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:00:09 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1471142 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Careers That Pay Women More Than Men http://www.wisebread.com/7-careers-that-pay-women-more-than-men <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-careers-that-pay-women-more-than-men" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/chef_preparing_pastries_000020498947.jpg" alt="Female chef in career where she&#039;s earning just as much as men" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The good news is that as the <a href="http://www.bls.gov/spotlight/2011/women/pdf/women_bls_spotlight.pdf">gender pay gap</a> continues to narrow, women are out-earning men in new and surprising fields, helping reverse the stereotype of men as the breadwinners. Clearly, we've got a long way to go to achieve equality in the workplace. But we're making strides. Read on for our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-high-paying-careers-with-low-educational-barriers">roundup of the careers</a> where women are bringing home the bacon. A few of them just might surprise you.</p> <h2>1. Construction Worker</h2> <p>Though they hold only about 3% of the jobs, female construction laborers, construction supervisors, and maintenance painters <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/jennagoudreau/2011/03/14/jobs-where-women-earn-more-than-men/">earn more money</a> than their male counterparts, according to a Forbes analysis of median weekly earnings for full-time workers.</p> <h2>2. Car and Airplane Mechanic</h2> <p>Forbes also found that female car and airplane mechanics earn slightly more than their male colleagues. Caren Goldberg, a management professor at American University, has an inkling as to why: &quot;Researchers have found that both sexes fare better when they are in the minority,&quot; she said. &quot;Women who choose male-dominated jobs are likely perceived as 'atypical' or less consistent with the stereotypes associated with women, which are also associated with lower-paying jobs.&quot;</p> <h2>3. Bartender Helper</h2> <p>There is perhaps no higher paid bartender than the attractive woman who treats her patrons like old friends. Female bartender helpers earn, on average, about $2,000 more per year than men who pour drinks and collect empty glasses. That works out to $40 a week in extra cash.</p> <h2>4. Teacher's Assistant</h2> <p>Women account for 92% of the nation's teacher assistants, earning a median salary of $474 a week, compared to men's $453. Teacher assistants work under a teacher's supervision to give students additional attention and instruction, a role that's projected to grow 9% &mdash; <a href="http://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/teacher-assistants.htm">100,000 more jobs</a> &mdash; by 2022. If you like to travel or want to be home to raise the kids, the job comes with perks: About 4 in 10 teacher assistants work part time and get summers off.</p> <h2>5. Nutritionist</h2> <p>Women also earn more than men in higher paying jobs like nutritionists, as well as fields in the life, physical, and social sciences. The median pay for nutritionists of both genders is $55,240 per year &mdash; with women earning slightly more than men. Nutritionist jobs are in demand, with a faster than average, <a href="http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dietitians-and-nutritionists.htm">21% job growth rate</a> through 2022.</p> <h2>6. Baker</h2> <p>Baking also helps women bring home the bigger slice of bread. Female bakers earn 104% more than male bakers, taking home $18 more than men in median weekly earnings. Employment researcher Laurence Shatkin tells Forbes that baking is essentially a production job with odd hours, and women may have more flexibility to work higher-paying night or early-morning shifts.</p> <h2>7. Computer Programmer</h2> <p>Female computer programmers earn a median of $62,000 a year, and those in the top 10% of the field make a salary of $111,000. Other perks include standard 40-hour work weeks and often, the option of telecommuting. Another bonus: To start, computer programmers usually need <a href="http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-programmers.htm">no work experience</a> and no specialized certification beyond a bachelor's or associate's degree. That bodes well for women who want a well-paying career but don't want to shell out the money it takes to become a doctor or attorney.</p> <p><em>Do any of these careers interest you?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-careers-that-pay-women-more-than-men">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/crime-scene-cleaner-and-4-other-trades-that-pay-surprisingly-well">Crime Scene Cleaner and 4 Other Trades That Pay Surprisingly Well</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-essential-facts-women-should-know-before-asking-for-a-raise">5 Essential Facts Women Should Know Before Asking for a Raise</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-re-fired-20-signs-that-a-pink-slip-is-coming">You’re Fired! 20 Signs That a Pink Slip is Coming</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks">10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building income jobs salary wage gap women workforce Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:00:16 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1469519 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Tips for Better Workplace Body Language http://www.wisebread.com/7-tips-for-better-workplace-body-language <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-tips-for-better-workplace-body-language" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/work_meeting_000049064816.jpg" alt="Coworkers using body language rules to succeed at work" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>No matter how hard you work to gain respect at your workplace, seriously unprofessional body language can send much of your hard work out the window. In fact, in face-to-face communication, research shows that your words account for only 7% percent of your interaction &mdash; 38% is in your tone of voice, and 55% is in your nonverbal cues, or body language.</p> <p>To help you succeed at work, we've compiled seven <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-body-language-mistakes-that-can-sabotage-any-social-interaction">body language rules</a> to keep in mind as you interact with coworkers, your boss, or external contacts.</p> <h2>1. Keep Your Facial Expressions in Check</h2> <p>Facial expressions speak louder than words. If you're engaged in a conversation but your facial expression is bored, angry, or confused, it's noticeable. Don't be rude &mdash; make sure your face is expressing a degree of professionalism. Don't be someone you're not, but make sure you understand the delicate balance between work and emotion.</p> <h2>2. Walk With Confidence</h2> <p>Pick up your feet when you walk. Don't shuffle or stomp. Make sure your shoes fit. One of my pet peeves is when coworkers wear shoes that are too high, don't fit, or just seem generally uncomfortable. Stand tall when you walk, with your hands at your side. If you are about to walk into a room with a lot of strangers or to give a speech, practice power posing in the bathroom or empty room.</p> <h2>3. Eye Contact is Key</h2> <p>Maintaining eye contact makes you trustworthy, likeable, and powerful. When you're in a conversation, be careful to also pay attention to what is being said. Don't stare &mdash; engage. Also, look from one eye to the other to keep from turning your eye contact into something creepy, and make sure to look back and forth slowly so the person you're talking to doesn't notice. Most importantly, look away occasionally or you'll make the other person feel uncomfortable.</p> <h2>4. Practice Your Handshake</h2> <p>For the majority of my adult life, my handshake has always been strong. It almost always results in a conversation about weak handshakes where hands go limp. Those can be embarrassing, so practice yours &mdash; it should be firm and steady. Handshakes should only last between two and five seconds, and don't forget to engage in eye contact. If you're meeting someone for the first time, be sure to repeat the name or use one of these <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-tips-for-remembering-names">memory tricks</a> so you don't forget it.</p> <h2>5. Keep Good Posture</h2> <p>When you're in a meeting, pretend you're constantly in Pilates. Don't know what that means? It means to keep the crown of your head straight up and your shoulders squared. Slouching sends the wrong impression, and a lowered head gives the impression that you're not telling the truth or that you're ashamed. Keep your body upright to show you are listening and have confidence in the interaction..</p> <h2>6. Don't Cross Your Arms</h2> <p>Use open body language when you're engaging with someone professionally. Keep your body turned toward the person you're talking to and expose your torso. Crossing your arms shows weakness and nervousness. If you lack confidence in your body, don't let it show.You can use your hands to talk, but don't overdo it. This can be distracting and also show nervousness.</p> <h2>7. Quit Fidgeting!</h2> <p>I have very long hair, and I constantly touch it. (Why do I touch my hair so much? Honestly, it's because I'm always worried about how it looks.) I've been working on this slowly, but surely. Experts agree that playing with your hair, biting your nails, and playing with your jewelry shows you are embarrassed about your appearance or nervous about the interaction. So, stop! No one is going to notice your appearance unless you point it out through your nonverbals, so let it go.</p> <p><em>What other body language cues are essential to manage in the workplace? Tell us in the comments section below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jennifer-holder">Jennifer Holder</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-tips-for-better-workplace-body-language">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-skills-that-helped-your-boss-get-ahead">6 Skills That Helped Your Boss Get Ahead</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-signs-youre-working-for-an-impossible-boss">7 Signs You&#039;re Working for an Impossible Boss</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-times-you-should-speak-up-at-work">10 Times You Should Speak Up at Work</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-youre-sabotaging-your-next-promotion">5 Ways You&#039;re Sabotaging Your Next Promotion</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-warning-signs-that-it-is-not-the-job-for-you">6 Warning Signs that It Is Not the Job for You</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building body language coworkers jobs Office work Mon, 08 Jun 2015 09:00:16 +0000 Jennifer Holder 1445027 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Jobs Proven to Make You Live Longer http://www.wisebread.com/5-jobs-proven-to-make-you-live-longer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-jobs-proven-to-make-you-live-longer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man-gardener-vegetables-farm-nature-iStock_000014514744_Small.jpg" alt="farmer" title="farmer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Want to live forever? Then it may be time to switch careers. Not all jobs are created equal when it comes to pay, prestige, perks &mdash; and the promise of a longer life. Read on for our roundup of gigs that are scientifically inclined to keep your heart beating longer than the rest. Just don't forget to pad your retirement savings appropriately.</p> <h2>1. Firefighter</h2> <p>Ironically, one of the <a href="http://www.bls.gov/iif/oshwc/cfoi/cfoi_rates_2011hb.pdf">nation's safest jobs</a> requires running into burning buildings. Firefighters die on the job at a low rate of 2.5 per 100,000 workers. That's a full point below the average on-the-job death incidence for all American workers. That may be because we're seeing fewer structure fires and more firefighters are <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/01/08/168897140/the-deadliest-jobs-in-america-in-one-graphic">wearing their seat belts</a>, according to the National Fire Protection Agency. Firefighters also live longer than any other public employee except police officers, often outlasting the average U.S. life expectancy of 79.</p> <h2>2. Accountant</h2> <p>According to a recent British study, accountants and folks working in similar white collar, middle class professions live longer than people working in any other occupation. In fact, accountants are outliving blue collar workers like builders and cleaners by as many as eight years. Male accountants live to an average of 80, whereas women typically live an additional five years. One reason accountants are living longer is that they have greater <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1567252/Why-accountants-live-longer-than-builders.html">control over autonomy</a> compared to different occupations. According to Karen Jochelson, a researcher at health think tank The King's Fund, this includes higher quality housing and food. The average <a href="http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/accountant/salary">salary of an accountant</a> is $65,080, which affords them greater lifestyle decisions.</p> <h2>3. Jobs That Keep You on Your Feet</h2> <p>Walking tour guides needn't worry. But if you've got a desk job, listen up. Researchers from the American Cancer Society studied the health outcome of 123,216 people during a 14-year period, and what they found very well may shock you out of your seat. Women who sit for more than six hours a day were about 40% more likely to die during the study period than those who sit fewer than three hours per day. Men were about 20% more likely to die. What's even more startling is the revelation that the damage you do to your body while seated cannot be undone. Much the same way smoking harms your lungs, the harm done to your body by sitting for extended periods of time cannot be reversed with exercise. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-attractive-standing-desks-you-can-actually-afford?ref=seealso">11 Attractive Standing Desks You Can Actually Afford</a>)</p> <h2>4. Doctor</h2> <p>When it comes to overall physical, mental, and fiscal health, doctors have the <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/161324/physicians-lead-wellbeing-transportation-workers-lag.aspx?ref=image">highest wellbeing score</a> in America. &quot;One key factor that contributes to physicians' higher average wellbeing score is related to how they view their workplace,&quot; Gallup's pollsters wrote. &quot;Physicians are the most likely to say they use their strengths to do what they do best every day, followed by nurses and teachers.&quot; This gives them a sense of self-satisfaction that benefits both the mind and body.</p> <h2>5. Farmer</h2> <p>The same Gallup poll found that farmers are exceedingly healthy when compared to workers in other trades, mainly because the nature of their work is so physically rigorous. Farmers lead all other job groups in weekly exercise, with two-thirds reporting they exercise for at least 30 minutes three or more days per week. As it turns out, sowing seeds and wrangling cattle is pretty darn good for longevity.</p> <p><em>Is your job killing you or helping you live longer?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-jobs-proven-to-make-you-live-longer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-signs-youre-working-for-an-impossible-boss">7 Signs You&#039;re Working for an Impossible Boss</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-times-youre-better-off-without-a-promotion">12 Times You&#039;re Better Off Without a Promotion</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-create-a-financial-5-year-plan">How to Create a Financial 5 Year Plan</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-should-you-do-when-you-are-asked-to-repay-an-overpayment-of-severance">What should you do when you are asked to repay an overpayment of severance?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-need-a-plain-text-resume-to-apply-for-jobs-online">Why You Need a Plain Text Resume to Apply for Jobs Online</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Personal Development jobs longer lifespan longevity well-being Wed, 18 Mar 2015 09:00:07 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1336772 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Times You're Better Off Without a Promotion http://www.wisebread.com/12-times-youre-better-off-without-a-promotion <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-times-youre-better-off-without-a-promotion" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000062383406_XXXLarge.jpg" alt="business woman window" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You've been with a company for years, and have received excellent performance reviews. You may even be due for a promotion. Maybe it will come with a bigger paycheck, a larger office, and a fancier title. But should you automatically accept a promotion if one is offered? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-finally-get-that-promotion-this-year?ref=seealso">12 Ways to Finally Get That Promotion This Year</a>)</p> <p>Moving up the corporate ladder seems like a no-brainer, but there are many reasons why you might be better off declining.</p> <h2>1. You Wouldn't Be Doing What You Want to Do</h2> <p>You went into engineering because you really love using technical skills to build things and solve problems. But now you're a manager, and you spend more time in budget meetings and strategy sessions than actually working on projects. Promotions can bring some extra money and influence, but what's the point if you're not doing something you enjoy &mdash; or worse, if you're being derailed from your intended career path?</p> <h2>2. Your Job Might Actually Become Less Secure</h2> <p>It seems a bit counterintuitive that a promotion would actually make you more vulnerable to a layoff, but it is possible. It's often more cost-effective for companies to get rid of a layer of management than lay off workers in the lower rung. There's also a perception &mdash; right or wrong &mdash; that <a href="http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/caught-in-the-middle-rising-unemployment-takes-its-toll-on-older-managers/">middle managers aren't tech savvy</a>, and are therefore more dispensable.</p> <h2>3. You Would Have No Real Authority, But Would Be Accountable</h2> <p>So you got that promotion and now have some employees reporting to you. But you may find it frustrating to learn that while you're accountable for your department's performance, there are outside factors that impact your ability to control outcomes. Before accepting a promotion, try to gauge how much input you will actually have on key decisions.</p> <h2>4. It Would Require a Relocation</h2> <p>You've been offered an opportunity to move up in the company, but there's a catch: You need to move to Portland, Oregon. Now, Portland is a lovely city, but you're from Baltimore, and so are all of your friends and family. Living in Portland may be a little pricier, and the city doesn't even have a Major League Baseball team! For some people, moving for work is a fun adventure, but for many others, the change in location might not be worth it.</p> <h2>5. It Would Be a Promotion in Name Only</h2> <p>Some companies like to add &quot;senior&quot; to your title and give you a lot of extra responsibility. But does it come with extra pay or other perks? Is it really just a &quot;lateral&quot; move? If you're being saddled with extra work and stress but aren't being compensated for it, it may be the wrong kind of &quot;promotion.&quot; Occasionally, this is okay if you're learning some new skills that will pay off down the road, but it's important to make sure your employer isn't taking advantage of you.</p> <h2>6. You Don't Plan to Stay With the Company</h2> <p>Let's say you've been fantasizing for years about opening your own gourmet donut shop, and are about six months away from having enough money saved for it. Then your employer calls and offers you a big promotion. Do you accept the offer, knowing that you were on the verge of leaving to pursue your dream? Taking a promotion when you're a short timer is pointless &mdash; and is unfair to the employer. This is also good advice for someone who is considering leaving a company due to its shaky finances. If you weren't confident in the company before, getting a new title and bigger paycheck isn't going to change matters.</p> <h2>7. You'd Be Asked to Fix the Unfixable</h2> <p>I once had a friend who took a job to turn around a struggling division. He saw it as an opportunity to show off some leadership skills and execute his own vision. In a short time, however, he learned that the division's problems were so deep that they were beyond his ability to repair. Occasionally, higher-ups might give credit to an employee for making the best of a bad situation, but it's often just misery with no happy ending. Don't accept a promotion to &quot;save&quot; something that is beyond saving.</p> <h2>8. Your Work-Life Balance Would Suffer</h2> <p>Is this new job going to require longer hours at the office? Will you be on the road constantly? Will you constantly be on call? You may be at a point in your life when you need to be home more often to care for kids or an elderly parent. Or maybe you just want more time to pursue various interests. CNBC last year reported on some&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cnbc.com/id/101755874">dads who declined promotions</a> because they wanted to spend more time with their families. You should not be so reliant on that extra paycheck that you're willing to sacrifice the quality of your non-work life.</p> <h2>9. You're Not Qualified</h2> <p>It's great to take on a new challenge, but it's important to be honest about your own talents and experience. We may be conditioned to fight off a fear of failure, but there are instances when those fears may be valid. If you enter into a job without the right skill set, you could find yourself with no career at all.</p> <h2>10. The Only Reason You're Considering It Is for the Money</h2> <p>A better paycheck is great motivation to climb the corporate ladder, but if it's the only reason you're even thinking about taking the job, turn it down &mdash; assuming the money isn't really needed.</p> <h2>11. The Job Doesn't Align With Your Values</h2> <p>If you're a vegetarian, would you enjoy being in charge of a marketing campaign for the beef industry? If you're a Quaker, could you be an engineer of a major weapons system? We all have values and beliefs that guide us, and working in any job that's contrary to those beliefs can make us miserable.</p> <h2>12. It's a Dead End</h2> <p>You may think that moving up the ladder is always good thing, but it's important to also think of the next step. Do you see a potential path to other opportunities within the company? Does this new job really add anything to your resumé? If you lose this job, will you be able to easily find a new one in the same field?</p> <p><em>Have you ever turned down a promotion? If so, why?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-times-youre-better-off-without-a-promotion">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/avoiding-grass-is-always-greener-syndrome">Avoiding grass-is-always-greener syndrome</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-skills-that-helped-your-boss-get-ahead">6 Skills That Helped Your Boss Get Ahead</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-signs-youre-working-for-an-impossible-boss">7 Signs You&#039;re Working for an Impossible Boss</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-jobs-proven-to-make-you-live-longer">5 Jobs Proven to Make You Live Longer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-should-you-do-when-you-are-asked-to-repay-an-overpayment-of-severance">What should you do when you are asked to repay an overpayment of severance?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income careers job market jobs promotions Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:00:05 +0000 Tim Lemke 1304052 at http://www.wisebread.com The 15 Coolest Silicon Valley Job Perks You Wish You Had http://www.wisebread.com/the-15-coolest-silicon-valley-job-perks-you-wish-you-had <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-15-coolest-silicon-valley-job-perks-you-wish-you-had" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000052955122_Large.jpg" alt="coworker friends coffee" title="coworker friends coffee" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>So your job offers the full slate of benefits &mdash; dental, vision, 401(k)? Unimpressive.</p> <p>Skilled tech workers are in such high demand in Silicon Valley that the typical employee benefit package is just the beginning for many firms. As they compete for workers &mdash; and for media attention &mdash; companies have reached beyond once-novel perks such as on-site gourmet meals and dry cleaning. Nowadays, it's a race to see whose office is the most like a playspace, who soothes employees' work/life struggles the most handily, and sometimes, whose perks are the most outlandish.</p> <p>Here's a rundown of the coolest job perks you might enjoy if you get hired by a technology company in or around Silicon Valley.</p> <h2>1. Here Today, Gauntlet Tomorrow</h2> <p>Having a few working vintage video game cabinets around is nothing new for Silicon Valley, but a company called All You Can Arcade has enabled some companies to up the ante. All You Can Arcade <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/technology/article/Old-arcade-games-getting-a-2nd-life-4718864.php">rents out classic games</a> by the month, and will switch out Millipede for Donkey Kong as soon as employees get bored.</p> <h2>2. A Room of One's Ohm</h2> <p>Impact Hub Oakland, a co-working space, offers members a meditation room as well as desks and conference rooms. At Eventbrite, the Zen Room can be used for getting a massage or napping as well as meditating.</p> <h2>3. Trike Time</h2> <p>When introducing the concept of &quot;funnovation&quot; to its staff, Ask.com bought some <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Ask-com-is-using-funnovation-to-stay-relevant-4362093.php">adult-sized Big Wheel bikes</a> for hallway drag races. Yes, there have been accidents, but no major carnage was reported.</p> <h2>4. Janitors Who Make House Calls</h2> <p>Redwood City's Evernote provides a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/08/business/phil-libin-of-evernote-on-its-unusual-corporate-culture.html?pagewanted=2&amp;_r=3&amp;smid=fb-share">twice-monthly cleaner</a> to all full time employees to help them make the most of their off hours.</p> <h2>5. Eggs on Ice</h2> <p>Many Silicon Valley companies offer fertility treatments as part of their health benefit plans, but Apple recently upped the ante by paying for female employees to <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/perk-facebook-apple-now-pay-women-freeze-eggs-n225011">freeze their eggs</a> to ensure future fertility. Facebook added egg freezing to its benefits coverage, too.</p> <h2>6. Free Food 2.0</h2> <p>Free meals at work is so 1999. Facebook and Genentech are among the companies that also provide employees with <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/20/us/in-silicon-valley-perks-now-begin-at-home.html?pagewanted=all">dinners to take home</a> to the family. And when you do eat at work, expect to eat in a restaurant with a name, like Facebook's Epic Cafe, headed by a chef <a href="http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/tech/news/story/2012-07-04/silicon-valley-perks/56021130/1">lured away from a nice restaurant</a>. And a specialty butcher. And a free candy shop.</p> <h2>7. Clothes That Don't Stink</h2> <p>Facebook offers free wash-and-fold service.</p> <h2>8. Haircuts</h2> <p>Facebook again. Remind me to send them my resume.</p> <h2>9. Unlimited Vacation</h2> <p>Netflix <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702304203304576446303194747300">stopped tracking workers' vacation</a> days back in 2004, and since then unlimited vacation has become trendy with tech companies. But critics point out that having no set number on vacation days may lead employees to take less time away.</p> <h2>10. Vacation Cash</h2> <p>Evernote encourages employees to use that unlimited vacation time by giving employees $1,000 to spend on the road, with the caveat that it has to be &quot;a real vacation.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;You can't visit the in-laws; you have to go somewhere,&quot; CEO Phil Libin told the New York Times. Airbnb also lists an &quot;annual travel credit&quot; as a perk.</p> <h2>11. Field Trip</h2> <p>In an unusual twist on the working vacation, Expensify takes its entire staff on a <a href="http://we.are.expensify.com/offshoring/">working vacation</a> for a month each year. So far they've temporarily relocated to Croatia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Turkey, India, and Mexico.</p> <h2>12. Baby Cash</h2> <p>Google offers new parents $500 &quot;baby bonding bucks,&quot; but that's nothing compared to Facebook's $4,000.</p> <h2>13. Parental Leave</h2> <p>That might not seem like a cool perk, until you realize that most U.S. companies provide new parents with <em>no paid leave at all</em>. But at Facebook and Reddit, you can get four months of <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/05/silicon-valley-maternity-leave-paternity-leave">maternity or paternity leave</a>.</p> <h2>14. Secret Room</h2> <p>San Francisco's Weebly's headquarters has a history linked to Prohibition, leaving it with a <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2013/03/05/tc-cribs-a-look-inside-weebly-the-land-of-prohibition-era-tunnels-and-shh-secret-rooms/">secret meeting room</a> behind a bookshelf and a network of tunnels employees can explore.</p> <h2>15. Jam Room</h2> <p>Weebly advertises a &quot;fully equipped jam room&quot; for employees with musical proclivities. At Social Print Studios, the jam room allows for recording songs or videos.</p> <p><em>So when are we moving to Silicon Valley?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-15-coolest-silicon-valley-job-perks-you-wish-you-had">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-perks-you-should-be-demanding-from-your-employer">6 Perks You Should Be Demanding From Your Employer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/will-companies-ever-woo-again">Will Companies Ever Woo Again?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-29-companies-with-the-best-maternity-benefits">The 29 Companies With the Best Maternity Benefits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-signs-youre-working-for-an-impossible-boss">7 Signs You&#039;re Working for an Impossible Boss</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-jobs-proven-to-make-you-live-longer">5 Jobs Proven to Make You Live Longer</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income benefits jobs perks Silicon Valley tech jobs Mon, 16 Feb 2015 10:00:14 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1289631 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Signs You Should Quit Your Job http://www.wisebread.com/8-signs-you-should-quit-your-job <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-signs-you-should-quit-your-job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/stressed-officer-worker-Dollarphotoclub_57123877.jpg" alt="stressed worker" title="stressed worker" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A startling number of Americans are unhappy in the workplace. Studies show that nearly three-quarters of corporate employees would realistically <a href="http://blog.timesunion.com/careers/career-trends-you-might-find-interesting/2867/?ref=seealso">consider finding a new job today</a> and more than half say they chose the wrong career to begin with. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-5-step-plan-to-quitting-your-job?ref=seealso">The 5-Step Plan to Quitting Your Job</a>)</p> <p>So how do you know when it's time to call it quits? Look for these eight sure-fire signs you should be moving on &mdash; and up &mdash; to better places.</p> <h2>1. You Don't See Eye to Eye With Your Boss</h2> <p>If the person who's supposed to be raising you up is bringing you down, it might be time to skedaddle. Studies show that <a href="http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10869-011-9253-2">bad bosses affect how your whole family relates to one another</a>, your physical health, and your morale while in the office. They also raise your risk for heart disease. No job is worth putting up with woes like that.</p> <h2>2. Your Commute Is Killing You</h2> <p>Americans spend more time commuting (100+ hours per year) than they do vacationing (80 hours), an unwelcome reality that triggers <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/business/moneybox/2011/05/your_commute_is_killing_you.html">neck pain, obesity, loneliness, divorce, stress, and insomnia</a>, according to research out of Sweden. So if the twice daily traffic jam is driving you mad &mdash; and tampering with your health and love life &mdash; then it's probably time to move closer to the office or launch a job search closer to your neighborhood.</p> <h2>3. Your Skills Aren't Being Tapped</h2> <p>If you're being underutilized, sooner or later you're going drift into a sea of boredom and indifference. That's not good for business, and it's not good for your professional growth, happiness, or self-esteem either. Here are the tell-tale signs: You've been skipped over for assignments that perfectly fit your skill set, you've been passed over for a promotion on more than one occasion, and your workload has been reduced or simplified.</p> <h2>4. You Want to Be Your Own Boss</h2> <p>A Business Insider survey found that <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/alanhall/2013/03/11/im-outta-here-why-2-million-americans-quit-every-month-and-5-steps-to-turn-the-epidemic-around/">22% of executives want to call it quits</a> and launch their own companies. Why? Because they want to do things their way. Among Generation X workers, the biggest reason for pursuing a solo enterprise is a deep distrust of corporations. All told, <a href="http://www.inc.com/minda-zetlin/63-percent-of-20-somethings-want-to-own-a-business.html">63% of adults under 30 either own their own business or want to someday</a>, according to a University of Phoenix survey. Among those who are not already entrepreneurs, 55% hoped to be in the future.</p> <h2>5. Your Company Is on the Fritz</h2> <p>There's no need to go down with a sinking ship. If your company is on its way out, it might be wise to make your exit &mdash; sooner rather than later.</p> <h2>6. You Don't Believe in Your Work</h2> <p>If you're not proud of the work you're doing, it's probably time to make some adjustments so that you are. And if your work or your company's ideals are at all in conflict with your beliefs, be they religious, social, or otherwise, your time would be well spent to figure out how to reconcile that &mdash; which could mean finding a new job. You'll never reach your potential if you're doing something you don't stand behind 100%.</p> <h2>7. The Office Culture Is Toxic</h2> <p>If you've ever said, &quot;My job is killing me!&quot; &mdash; you could be right. Research shows that <a href="http://healthland.time.com/2011/08/10/study-your-hostile-workplace-may-be-killing-you/">people who work in hostile environments are more likely to die sooner</a> than those who work in atmospheres that are more favorable. Death aside, toxic work environments are known to provoke aches, stress, and signs of depression. While more favorable than death, these are symptoms no one should have to suffer.</p> <h2>8. Your Work-Life Balance Is Out of Whack</h2> <p>Work has a way of getting in the way of what, for many of us, matters most: family time. These numbers offer a glimpse at the epidemic: 55% of all employees say they don't have enough time for themselves, 67% of employed parents say they don't have enough time with their kids, and 63% of married employees say they don't have enough time with their spouse, according to <a href="http://www.familiesandwork.org/context-matters-insights-about-older-workers-from-the-national-study-of-the-changing-workforce/">Families and Work Institute's National Study of the Changing Workforce</a>. Striking the right balance is typically touch-and-go, but if you're severely under-serving yourself or your loved ones, it may be time to find a new job that offers more flexibility.</p> <p><em>Have you ever quit a job? Why? Please tell us about how you stopped taking it anymore in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-signs-you-should-quit-your-job">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-first-5-things-you-must-do-after-getting-laid-off">The First 5 Things You Must Do After Getting Laid Off</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-worst-things-good-employees-do">The 8 Worst Things Good Employees Do</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-re-fired-20-signs-that-a-pink-slip-is-coming">You’re Fired! 20 Signs That a Pink Slip is Coming</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-signs-youre-working-for-an-impossible-boss">7 Signs You&#039;re Working for an Impossible Boss</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-jobs-proven-to-make-you-live-longer">5 Jobs Proven to Make You Live Longer</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income fired jobs layoff quitting stress work-life balance Thu, 11 Dec 2014 10:00:08 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1266969 at http://www.wisebread.com Robots Will Take Over These 5 Jobs Soon — Is One of Them Yours? http://www.wisebread.com/robots-will-take-over-these-5-jobs-soon-is-one-of-them-yours <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/robots-will-take-over-these-5-jobs-soon-is-one-of-them-yours" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/self-driving-car.jpg" alt="self driving car" title="self driving car" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Machine laborers are on the rise with a record <a href="http://www.techswarm.com/2014/07/robotics-industry-notches-record-sales.html">14,135 robots ordered from North American robotics companies in the first half of 2014</a>, an increase of 30% in units over the same period in 2013. Why hire robots instead of people? They don't get bored, they make fewer mistakes, and they are cheaper.</p> <p>In fact, experts predict that several <a href="http://www.techswarm.com/2014/08/debate-rages-over-impact-of-robots-and.html">industries will be fully outsourced to robots by 2045</a>. Here are five of the jobs that are likely to disappear in a near future due to robots.</p> <h2>1. Sewing Machine Operator</h2> <p>Take a look at your favorite dress shirt. Somebody had to sew it all together, insert the buttons, and apply all the tiny details. This industry is very close to disappearing in the United States. In fact, since 1997, the industry's <a href="http://www.calmis.ca.gov/file/occguide/sewingop.htm">employment outlook has been bleak</a>.</p> <p>In 2012, the numbers of sewing machine operators <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/jennagoudreau/2012/02/07/jobs-outlook-disappearing-dying-careers-outsourced-eliminated/">declined by 42,100 jobs, or 26%</a>. Even a major company, such as American Apparel, was looking only for <a href="http://www.americanapparel.net/careers/apply/?opportunity_id=2427">two sewing machine operators</a> in August 2014. These jobs are less attractive to potential employees because a search on Indeed on August 2014 shows that about <a href="http://www.indeed.com/q-Sewing-Machine-Operator-jobs.html">57% of them pay about $20,000 per year</a>.</p> <p>Don't think a robot could do it better? Watch this <a href="http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2010-03/video-adorable-laundry-folding-robot-gives-special-love-rectangular-pieces-cloth">robot fold a towel</a>. Companies are enticed to buy robots in this and other industries due to applicable <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2010/03/15/smallbusiness/small_business_section179_tax_credit/">stimulus tax credits</a>. Some recently outsourced jobs are coming back to America, but to done by American robots!</p> <h2>2. Mail Processor</h2> <p>Does your job consist of sorting DVDs and games for Netflix or GameFly? Hopefully not.</p> <p>At its highest point, <a href="http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2011/03/the-cost-difference-in-mailing-netflx-vs-gamefly-all-of-gameflys-profits/">Netflix operated 58 distribution centers</a> in the country. That number was <a href="http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-10-21/netflix-may-ditch-dvds-sooner-rather-than-later">down to 39 in 2013</a>. During that same time period, the number of RedBox kiosks has increased to about <a href="http://www.redbox.com/facts">35,900 locations in the U.S</a>. This means that close to 68% of the U.S. population is within a 5-minute drive of a Redbox kiosk, which is a tiny mail sorter robot.</p> <p>But what is more alarming to manual mail processors is the fact that two of the biggest employers of mail processors are replacing humans with robots.</p> <p>First, the Postal Service is constantly struggling to meet its mandatory annual prepayment of <a href="http://business.time.com/2013/02/07/how-healthcare-expenses-cost-us-saturday-postal-delivery/">$5.5 billion in health care benefits for future retirees</a>. Most suggested solutions involve either:</p> <ul> <li>Reducing the number of delivery days from six to five, which in turn reduces the number of people using USPS, so fewer clerks, mail sorters, and processors would be needed.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Moving stand-alone post offices into smaller retail spaces, which builds a strong case for centralization and automation of the process.</li> </ul> <p>And the third solution? Robots, such as <a href="http://www.rethinkrobotics.com">Baxter</a>, available for about $22,000. In the future it may make sense to replace human mail sorters and processors with robotic ones. After all, hiring new USPS employees also increases pension costs.</p> <p>Already Amazon uses <a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304724404577291903244796214">orange robots from Kiva</a> to dramatically cut costs in its fulfillment and shipping centers. In 2014, the company announced that it has deployed <a href="http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/183254-amazon-deploys-10000-robot-workers-a-year-after-obamas-famous-amazon-jobs-speech">10,000 robots</a>. A warehouse equipped with Kiva robots can handle <a href="http://www.technologyreview.com/featuredstory/515926/how-technology-is-destroying-jobs/">up to four times as many orders</a> as a similar one without the orange little helpers. Sorry human, you do not compute.</p> <h2>3. Mail Delivery Carrier</h2> <p>The postal carrier can't catch a break.</p> <p>Even USPS's <a href="https://about.usps.com/who-we-are/postal-facts/one-day-by-the-numbers.htm">7,559 letter carriers</a> (known as &quot;the Fleet of Feet&quot;) have no job security in the future. With Amazon testing its <a href="http://www.amazon.com/b?node=8037720011">Amazon Prime Air</a> delivery service (a.k.a. &quot;delivery by drone&quot;), we may be not too far away from a future in which we may not need a person to physically deliver a letter or package.</p> <p>And Amazon is not alone in this. Google X, a division of Google that works on &quot;moonshot&quot; projects, is currently working on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRTNvWcx9Oo">Project Wing</a>, which is also aimed at <a href="http://mashable.com/2014/08/29/google-project-wing-design/">unmanned drone delivery</a>.</p> <p>Imagine this: You order a product online, Baxter puts together your shipment, Kiva fetches the package, and Betty the Drone delivers your order to your doorstep.</p> <h2>4. Pharmacist Clerk</h2> <p>Since 2011, the UCSF Medical Center has operated a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oumlYbwfAsI">robotic pharmacy</a>. This automated service has prepared and delivered <a href="http://support.ucsf.edu/news/ucsf-robotic-pharmacy-leads-pack">over 350,000 doses of medication without a single error</a>. The assistant director of pharmaceutical services for the UCSF Medical Center claims that the <a href="http://www.ucsf.edu/news/2011/11/10976/ucsf-automated-pharmacy-wins-2011-popular-science-best-whats-new-award">robotic pharmacists not only increase the safety</a> of dispensing medications to patients, but also allow nurses to focus more on patient care.</p> <p>As UCSF continues to push the envelope in autonomous prescription delivery, it is just a matter of time until private corporations test drive this service to cut down on costs.</p> <h2>5. Cab Driver</h2> <p>As of 2011, Google's fleet of <a href="http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/artificial-intelligence/how-google-self-driving-car-works">self-driving cars had logged over 190,000 miles</a>. There have been <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMdcWHnbhsw">tests in closed courses with humans on board</a> of Google's cars and even on open roads on <a href="http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/10/what-were-driving-at.html">Hollywood Boulevard and in Santa Monica</a>.</p> <p>While there are many <a href="http://gizmodo.com/6-simple-things-googles-self-driving-car-still-cant-han-1628040470">obstacles to widespread acceptance of the self-driving vehicle</a>, the main one is legal. There is no clear legal framework on how to handle events such as accidents and property damage involving robotic cars. Currently, driverless cars are allowed for public road testing in California, Michigan, Florida, and Nevada.</p> <p>Still, demand for driverless cars may force things to speed up. <a href="http://www.google.com/about/careers/lifeatgoogle/self-driving-car-test-steve-mahan.html">Running errands with a robotic driver</a> just looks too cool. Ford expects <a href="http://thenewsherald.com/articles/2014/01/28/news/doc52e31570ad7c9920963487.txt">autonomous vehicles on the market</a> by 2025. Daimler, BMW, General Motors, and Renault are much more bullish and forecast that year to be as early as 2020.</p> <p><em>What other jobs do you think won't exist soon due to robots? Please welcome our robotic overlords in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/robots-will-take-over-these-5-jobs-soon-is-one-of-them-yours">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-signs-youre-working-for-an-impossible-boss">7 Signs You&#039;re Working for an Impossible Boss</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-jobs-proven-to-make-you-live-longer">5 Jobs Proven to Make You Live Longer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-times-youre-better-off-without-a-promotion">12 Times You&#039;re Better Off Without a Promotion</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-should-you-do-when-you-are-asked-to-repay-an-overpayment-of-severance">What should you do when you are asked to repay an overpayment of severance?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-need-a-plain-text-resume-to-apply-for-jobs-online">Why You Need a Plain Text Resume to Apply for Jobs Online</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income future jobs lay-off robots Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:00:09 +0000 Damian Davila 1207166 at http://www.wisebread.com Wages Are Rising — Here’s How to Get Your Cut http://www.wisebread.com/wages-are-rising-here-s-how-to-get-your-cut <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/wages-are-rising-here-s-how-to-get-your-cut" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/counting-money-466559183-small.jpg" alt="counting money" title="counting money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thankfully, after wage levels remained stagnant for many years, wages are finally rising! Annual gains could hit <a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/article/business/T019-C021-S005-wages-to-rise-but-more-for-some-than-others.html">4% by 2017</a>.</p> <p>That said, employers are still conservative and not rushing to pay you more. Here are some helpful tips on getting your share.</p> <h2>1. Join an Industry on the Rise</h2> <p>Information technology positions such as programmers, developers, analysts, and engineers continue to fare well. Cities are <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/joelkotkin/2014/05/27/the-cities-winning-the-battle-for-information-jobs-2014/">battling each other</a> to court IT companies. Have a background in mathematics, science, or information systems? Start interviewing for jobs in that arena, where the starting salary is already higher than the average.</p> <p>Health and medicine professionals are also riding a higher tide. Nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and practical nurses are all making more, but nurse practitioners are especially in demand with the <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/dandiamond/2014/06/06/since-obamacare-passed-50-months-ago-healthcare-has-gained-almost-1-million-jobs/">expansion of health care</a> coverage to more citizens.</p> <p>Financial sector workers like traders, bankers, and fund managers <a href="http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/alpha-consumer/2014/02/05/why-finance-jobs-are-growing-fast">continue to do well</a> (surprise, surprise). Due to the continued need for credit and asset analysis, there is room to join the financial sector with the right experience.</p> <p>Areas that do not see much growth are categories in which tons of eager candidates compete for jobs: teaching, marketing, public relations, and customer service. If you find yourself in one of those categories, try spinning your experience to applying for positions at companies in information, health, engineering, and finance.</p> <h2>2. Ask for a Raise</h2> <p>If you are currently employed, now would be a good time to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-should-always-negotiate-a-raise-here-are-10-reasons-why">ask for a raise</a>. When was your last raise? It should typically happen every year. If you have gone longer than two years without a raise (and thanks to the recession, many have), it will be fairly reasonable and easy to ask. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-to-say-to-your-boss-to-get-a-promotion-or-raise?ref=seealso">5 Things to Say to Your Boss to Get a Promotion or Raise</a>)</p> <h3>When to Ask for a Raise</h3> <p>Try asking three to four months before the annual review. Annual reviews tend to happen at the end of the fiscal year, when the money is spent and companies are more conservative. Asking before your company's annual wage hike is ideal because you can state your case before the bosses evaluate the staff. Plus, you likely do a lot of great work that your bosses do not know about. Make them aware of your worthiness and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-should-always-negotiate-a-raise-here-are-10-reasons-why">negotiate your slice</a> before the pie has been cut.</p> <h3>Leverage Your Education</h3> <p>Have you spent most of the recession going to back to school in the summers, nights, and weekends? It's always a good time to take advantage of your new income potential. Those who can boast a college degree for entry-level positions can ask for more than those with a high-school degree. Try asking your employer to review your new experience and education level when considering your raise.</p> <h2>3. Relocate to a High Minimum Wage State</h2> <p>Many students and working parents find themselves in need of extra minimum wage shifts in industries such as retail, fast food, and customer service. If you are work for hourly wages, now might be a good time to relocate, as 13 states raised their minimum wage in 2014. Even more good news: Those same 13 states are seeing <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/07/03/3456393/minimum-wage-state-increase-employment/">faster job growth</a> than the states that did not increase their minimum wage. This may also be a good time to leverage a higher paying position elsewhere for an hourly raise at your current job.</p> <p><em>How are you planning to boost your wage? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-meadows">Amanda Meadows</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wages-are-rising-here-s-how-to-get-your-cut">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-should-always-negotiate-a-raise-here-are-10-reasons-why">You Should Always Negotiate a Raise: Here Are 10 Reasons Why</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-use-technology-to-upgrade-your-career">6 Ways to Use Technology to Upgrade Your Career</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-re-fired-20-signs-that-a-pink-slip-is-coming">You’re Fired! 20 Signs That a Pink Slip is Coming</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks">10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building jobs money negotiation raise wages Thu, 04 Sep 2014 15:00:06 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1203542 at http://www.wisebread.com Earn Extra Income With These 15 Creative Side Gigs http://www.wisebread.com/earn-extra-income-with-these-15-creative-side-gigs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/earn-extra-income-with-these-15-creative-side-gigs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/dog-groomer-86521996-small.jpg" alt="dog groomer" title="dog groomer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Loving gives thrills, but doesn't pay the bills!</p> <p>From making rent to saving for your daughter's college fund, there is always one more bill to take care of, so some people have to get really creative when it comes to making a buck. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-awesome-jobs-you-didnt-know-existed-and-how-to-get-them?ref=seealso">10 Awesome Jobs You Didn't Know Existed</a>)</p> <p>Think <em>your</em> job is strange? Then check out these crazy careers.</p> <h2>1. Golf Ball Diver</h2> <p>Most golf driving ranges and clubs have attendants who are in charge of picking up golf balls around the property. However, there are some balls that are just too hard to recover. For example, what happens to all of those balls that end up in water hazards? Here is where <a href="http://www.scubadiving.com/training/basic-skills/water-hazards-murky-world-golf-ball-divers">golf ball divers</a> come to the rescue. The reward for recovering professional golf balls is so hefty that some golf ball divers are willing to even chance <a href="http://www.golf.com/tour-and-news/divers-make-living-diving-used-golf-balls-golf-courses">swimming in gator infested waters</a> for a pay day.</p> <h2>2. Bounty Hunter</h2> <p>There are fictional, intergalactic bounty hunters, such as Star Wars' <a href="http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Boba_Fett">Boba Fett</a>, and there are real bounty hunters, such as <a href="http://www.biography.com/people/duane-chapman-11418324">Duane &quot;Dog&quot; Chapman</a> and Ralph &quot;Papa&quot; Thorson. &quot;Papa&quot; Thorson had a career that spanned over four decades and according to a 1987 Los Angeles times article he caught over 12,000 fugitives. This industry makes money in two main ways. First, by taking around a <a href="http://nymag.com/nymetro/news/crimelaw/features/1969/index1.html">10% cut of the bond for services rendered</a>. Second, by training security staff and newbies in skills, such as &quot;psychologically overwhelming the weak,&quot; for a cool <a href="http://nymag.com/nymetro/news/crimelaw/features/1969/index3.html">$427 per student.</a></p> <h2>3. Manager of an Internet Star Pet</h2> <p>Mackenzie Kosut was happily making a living as a Tumblr Web engineer when he unexpectedly landed on a great way to make some side cash. He started posting photos of Tommy, his <a href="http://tommypom.com">11 year-old Pomeranian</a>, and people went nuts. With several hundreds of thousand of followers, Kosut was able to <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/turn-pet-internet-star-article-1.1296730">cash in on Tommy's popularity</a> by selling stickers ($1), necklaces ($12), earrings ($12), and phone charms ($6). Other famous Internet pets, such as <a href="http://www.grumpycats.com">Grumpy Cat</a>, <a href="http://instagram.com/marutaro">Marutaro</a>, and <a href="http://mensweardog.tumblr.com">Menswear Dog</a> have even been able to <a href="http://www.today.com/food/will-grumpy-cat-coffee-drinks-turn-frown-upside-down-6C10788643">sell coffee drinks</a> and <a href="http://www.luckymag.com/magazine/2014/08/animal-house-pets-and-accessories">model for magazines</a>.</p> <h2>4. Viner</h2> <p>No pets? No problem! If you are funny and have a knack for entertainment, you can become the next Internet sensation through <a href="https://vine.co/">Vine</a>, the six second selfie-video sharing service. Take for example, Lauren Giraldo (aka <a href="http://vine.co/LGlaurenn">Princess Lauren)</a>, who gets a $2,000 check every time she promotes a good or service to her over 2.5 million followers on Vine. The more followers, the more cash. With over 5.4 million followers, <a href="http://vine.co/CurtisLepore">Curtis Lepore</a> makes about <a href="http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/05/vine_celebrities_money_ads_curtis_lepore_videos_jessi_smiles.html">$8,000 per 6-second video</a> and is able to sustain a six figure annual income.</p> <h2>5. Test Prep Master Teacher</h2> <p>There are teachers, and then there are master teachers. Companies, such as <a href="http://www.manhattanprep.com">Manhattan Prep</a>, recruit only teachers that are able to <a href="http://www.manhattangmat.com/Instructors">score in the 99th percentile</a> on official standardized tests, such as the GMAT, LSAT, and GRE. On top of that, you need to survive a grueling application process that weeds out about 99% of applicants. But if you make it, then you'll be making $100 per hour. Rocket scientists, start your brains!</p> <h2>6. Crime Scene Cleaner</h2> <p>You can invest in becoming a <a href="http://amdecon.com/crime-trauma-scene.html">certified crime scene cleaner</a>. Why? Bio-technicians, that's the official title, have to meet such stringent requirements that they are able to charge up to $600 per hour, depending on the required level of decontamination (e.g. dealing with dried blood, removing brain tissue&hellip;).</p> <h2>7. Pedicab Driver</h2> <p>This job is great for those obsessed in keeping in shape and limiting their carbon footprint. In New York, you can <a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/dca/html/business/Pedicabs.shtml">register your pedicab</a> (a bicycle-powered rickshaw-type vehicle) and carry tourists around Times Square and through Central Park. Pedicabs can also be found in <a href="http://www.sandiegopedicabs.com/job-opportunity.html">San Diego</a> and other cities across the U.S. Once you make enough money, you can invest in some extra pedicabs and build your own fleet of drivers.</p> <h2>8. &quot;Premium&quot; Pet Groomer</h2> <p>Some people figure that when it has been a hard day's night and your dog has been working&hellip; well&hellip; like a dog, it deserves some pampering. Entrepreneurs around the country are starting to provide pet grooming services that go the extra mile. With extras, such as plum facials, UVA/UVB leave-in conditioners, and blow dry de-shedding treatments, it is not a surprise that estimates value the pet grooming market at around $4.11 billion.</p> <h2>9. Sexy Coffee Shop Attendant</h2> <p>There's coffee time, and then there's sexy coffee time. Around the U.S. there are several coffee shops that are spicing up the coffee shop experience with bikini-clad baristas. One of the pioneers <a href="http://www.cowgirlsespresso.com">Cowgirls Expresso</a> with over 15 locations in the Seattle and Tacoma region, but there are plenty more in other cities, including <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/temptation-cafe-santa-ana">Santa Ana</a>, <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/wild-bean-espresso-honolulu">Honolulu</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6h53CrlrJw">Phoenix</a>, <a href="http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_24720175/bikini-cafe-opens-up-east-el-paso">El Paso</a>, and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/11/23/bikini-baristas-brewing-i_n_367887.html">Denver</a>. Bikini-clad coffee shop attendants often <a href="http://www.seattlemet.com/bars-and-nightlife/sauced/articles/how-much-does-a-bikini-barista-make-anyway-may-2011">claim that they make more</a> in tips than their regular coffee shop counterparts.</p> <h2>10. Fireknife Dancer</h2> <p>As a Hawaii resident, I love events when the lights dim, the drums start beating fast, and the fireknife dancing master pops out in full blazing glory. These brave performers make a living by showcasing their art at major events and participating at major competitions such as the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4B3Hfnab1Yg">World Fireknife Championship</a>. Don't think that this job is just for people living in Polynesia; the <a href="http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/121866539.html?id=121866539">2014 World Fireknife Champion</a> is from Orlando, Florida.</p> <h2>11. Parking Spot Host</h2> <p>It was only a matter of time until somebody invented the Airbnb for cars. With <a href="http://www.justpark.com/">JustPark</a> you can rent out every single one of your parking spots. This is a very easy way to make some side money. Just imagine: Rent out your driveway from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. while at work, and then, if possible, rent out your office parking spot for the rest of the day when you head home. The best part? You don't have to meet or talk to absolutely anybody.</p> <h2>12. Hair &quot;Retailer&quot;</h2> <p>If you saw the Chris Rock documentary <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002TOJOY8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002TOJOY8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Good Hair,</a> then you know about the <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/homestyle/11/04/o.chris.rock.good.hair/">billion dollar black hair industry</a>. If you want a piece of that action, then start hitting the hair salons and stores offering your silky smooth locks. Heck, depending on your hair quality you might even <a href="http://www.marketplace.org/topics/world/selling-body-parts-eek-through-economic-downturn-0">score up to $4,000</a>. Also, you can auction your hair from the convenience of your home at <a href="http://hairsellon.com">HairSellon.com</a> and <a href="http://onlinehairaffair.com">OnlineHairAffair.com</a>.</p> <h2>13. American Ninja Warrior</h2> <p>This <a href="http://tv.esquire.com/shows/american-ninja-warrior">popular TV show</a> is already on its sixth season gathering top athletes from all around the country. People compete for a chance at the coveted $500,000 prize. Even if you don't win, by making a big impression, you can still cash in your performance:</p> <ul> <li>Become a celebrity like <a href="http://www.nj.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2014/07/kacy_catanzaro_american_ninja_warrior_nj_stephen_amell.html">Kazy Catanzaro</a>, the first woman ever to climb the warped wall.</li> <li>Sell memorabilia like <a href="http://www.theweatherwarrior.org/upcoming-events.html">Joe Moravsky</a> (a.k.a. The Weatherman Ninja).</li> <li>Start your fitness training camp like Ky Voung (a.k.a. The Hawaii Ninja).</li> <li>Run clinics for other <a href="http://www.ccnwtc.com/ninja-warrior-events/">aspiring American Ninja Warrior competitors</a>.</li> </ul> <h2>14. Billboard on Wheels</h2> <p>You can get paid up to <a href="http://freecarmedia.com">$400 per month</a> to drive your own car, as long as you're willing to let somebody &quot;car wrap&quot; your ride. A car wrap is a vinyl decal that fully covers your vehicle in an eye-catching design. If you are stuck in traffic often and don't mind being the center of attention of everywhere you drive, then you can submit your registration to car wrap programs around the country. Most companies require a minimum commitment ranging from 6 to 24 months, depending on advertiser.</p> <h2>15. Professional Cuddler</h2> <p>If you answer &quot;Yes&quot; to all of the following&hellip;</p> <ul> <li>You are so good at hugging that people just linger in your hold for a tad longer.</li> <li>You don't mind being affectionate with strangers.</li> <li>You are cheerful and love hanging out with both guys and gals.</li> <li>You believe in the power of the human touch.</li> <li>You have a lifetime subscription of Purell.</li> </ul> <p>&hellip;then you could be making <a href="http://www.cuddleuptome.com/pricing/">about $60 per hour</a> as a professional cuddler!</p> <p><em>What are other unusual ways to make money? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/earn-extra-income-with-these-15-creative-side-gigs">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-survive-the-graveyard-shift-and-make-lots-of-money">How to Survive the Graveyard Shift (and Make Lots of Money)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-signs-youre-working-for-an-impossible-boss">7 Signs You&#039;re Working for an Impossible Boss</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-jobs-proven-to-make-you-live-longer">5 Jobs Proven to Make You Live Longer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-times-youre-better-off-without-a-promotion">12 Times You&#039;re Better Off Without a Promotion</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tips-for-thriving-in-long-term-unemployment">Tips for Thriving in Long-Term Unemployment</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income extra income jobs side jobs weird jobs Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:00:48 +0000 Damian Davila 1183440 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Jobs You May Not Have Considered (But Should) http://www.wisebread.com/9-jobs-you-may-not-have-considered-but-should <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-jobs-you-may-not-have-considered-but-should" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/welder-467855179.jpg" alt="welder" title="welder" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>These days, it may seem like a decent job is hard to find. Unemployment is still on the high side, and many people have left the workforce altogether. But there are decent and meaningful jobs out there for people who are willing to think outside the box.</p> <p>Consider these nine professions that offer solid work, and in many cases, good pay and a growing demand for applicants.</p> <h2>1. Welder (in North Dakota and Many Other Places)</h2> <p>Former &quot;Dirty Jobs&quot; host Mike Rowe recently offered some career advice to a young person and noted that <a href="http://https//www.facebook.com/TheRealMikeRowe/photos/a.151342491542569.29994.116999698310182/773932499283562/?type=1">welders in North Dakota</a> were &quot;writing their own ticket.&quot;</p> <p>He may have been overstating things a bit, but there's no doubt that the oil boom in that state and elsewhere has opened up a lot of job opportunities for people who have the skills to cut and shape metal. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said job growth for welders is projected to be slower than normal nationwide but notes that &quot;skilled welders with up-to-date training should find good job opportunities.&quot; It's challenging and somewhat dangerous work, but with an average salary of $36,500, it pays OK for a job that does not require a college degree.</p> <h2>2. Hospice Worker</h2> <p>Americans are getting older, and more families are faced with making difficult decisions regarding loved ones near the end of their lives. Hospice workers will assist in making a person's last days as comfortable as possible, and work with palliative care specialists to ease physical pain and suffering. While many hospice workers are doctors, there are social workers, counselors, and health aides that play very important roles and do not hold advanced degrees. It is not easy work, nor is it particularly high paying. But it could be one of the most meaningful jobs out there.</p> <h2>3. Personal Care and Home Health Aides</h2> <p>Like hospice workers, these jobs are more in demand as we look to assist an aging baby boomer population. The job outlook for these positions is good, with <a href="http://www.bls.gov/ooh/most-new-jobs.htm">more than a million new jobs</a> expected in the next eight years. Many aides will need a nursing degree or other medical training, but some aide positions only require a high school diploma. If you like helping the elderly, there may be jobs for you in the coming years.</p> <h2>4. Doula</h2> <p>According to one report, an increasing number of <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/witw/articles/2013/12/02/more-american-women-employing-doulas-during-childbirth.html">women are turning to doulas</a> for support during their pregnancy and the childbirth. A doula &mdash; also referred to as a labor companion or labor support specialist &mdash; provides emotional support for pregnant mothers and can help communicate with doctors about your care. They differ from midwives, who are trained to actually deliver babies.</p> <p>If you love the idea of helping to bring a child into the world but aren't in a position to go to medical school, this could be the job for you.</p> <h2>5. Instructional Coordinator</h2> <p>If you're interested in education but aren't sure you want to be a classroom teacher, this is an alternative path. Instructional coordinators work to oversee school standards and establish and enforce curriculum. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said <a href="http://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/instructional-coordinators.htm">job growth outlook is strong</a> due to recent calls to improve school curriculums and evaluate the effectiveness of teachers. Most instructional coordinators will need a Master's degree, but median annual pay is quite competitive at more than $60,000.</p> <h2>6. Genetic Counselor</h2> <p>In recent years, there has been great advancement in the area of genetic research, and doctors are now learning about the role genes play in the health of patients. A genetic counselor is someone who works with individuals and families to assess the risk of certain medical conditions or birth defects. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said <a href="http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/genetic-counselors.htm">job growth is expected to rise 41%</a> between 2012 and 2022. You'll need a Master's degree, and many genetic counselors earn a PhD.</p> <h2>7. Laborer</h2> <p>If you're not afraid of some hard work, there are some opportunities for anyone willing to help out on a construction site. Construction laborers are in demand, with nearly 260,000 new jobs expected between 2012 and 2022, according to BLS. Demand for these jobs is expected to grow about 25% faster than average.</p> <h2>8. Air Traffic Controller</h2> <p>Sit in front of a screen and direct planes in the sky? It may not seem glamorous, but it's hugely important work and very well paying. A typical air traffic controller makes about $122,000 per year, according to BLS, and a college degree isn't even required. The number of positions in this field isn't expected to grow much over the next 10 years, however.</p> <h2>9. Gaming Surveillance Officer</h2> <p>This may be a little more interesting than a typical security job. If you work in the gaming surveillance field, you work at a casino and monitor live video feeds of the gambling floor. There is a growing demand for these jobs as all but a handful of states have legalized casinos in recent years.</p> <p><em>Do you do any of these jobs? Please share your experience in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-jobs-you-may-not-have-considered-but-should">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-transition-to-a-new-career-after-30">6 Ways to Transition to a New Career After 30</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-signs-youre-working-for-an-impossible-boss">7 Signs You&#039;re Working for an Impossible Boss</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-difficult-jobs-that-are-worth-the-effort">10 Difficult Jobs That Are Worth the Effort</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/whats-an-employee-to-do-part-1">What&#039;s an employee to do? Part 1</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-introverts-make-the-best-employees">6 Reasons Introverts Make the Best Employees</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income employment jobs working Wed, 21 May 2014 08:00:25 +0000 Tim Lemke 1139952 at http://www.wisebread.com Elevator Repairers Get Paid WHAT? (And 9 Other Shockingly Well-Paid Jobs) http://www.wisebread.com/elevator-repairers-get-paid-what-and-9-other-shockingly-well-paid-jobs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/elevator-repairers-get-paid-what-and-9-other-shockingly-well-paid-jobs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/business-78749446.jpg" alt="business" title="business" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you have your sights set on a home, a new car, and braces on your kids' teeth, you should first consider jobs that can get you to an income level that makes this possible. Making $75,000 a year is a good start &mdash; and these 10 surprising careers will pay you $75,000 per year or more.</p> <h2>1. Elevator Installer and Repairer</h2> <p>There are <a href="http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes474021.htm">21,270 elevator installers and repairers</a> in the United States, earning a median wage of $78,640.</p> <p>The profession is rare in states like Montana and North Dakota, which count fewer than 50 elevator installer and repairers registered in each state. That's also true for Oregon, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Utah. Oddly, however, there are far more in the state of Hawaii. It must be all the resort hotels, which suggests another benefit of this job &mdash; living near resort hotels.</p> <h2>2. Geographer</h2> <p>Why not be a geographer? The median wage in 2012 was a smidge under $75k, and you would most certainly be the talk of any party you attended, because there are only 1,700 geographers in the country. Federal data shows there are only 15 states that have less than 30 geographers working there, so if you were a geographer passing through Florida, for example, it would probably be headline news and you might even get a police escort to your destination. Once you got there, they would likely give you the keys to the city.</p> <p>Geographers create maps and diagrams, but the modern geographer is not only concerned with maps of places. There are also geographers who track human activity, charting cultural and demographic trends.</p> <p>One problem is that &quot;Geographers are more likely to modify existing maps than to create entirely new ones,&quot; meaning there are few, if any, remaining places where they will put a plaque in your honor because nobody has ever mapped it before. So, the pay is good, and you'll be a novelty item at parties, but superstar status is a thing of the past.</p> <h2>3. Art Director</h2> <p><a href="http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes271011.htm">Art directors</a> earned a median salary of $83,000 in 2013, according to the government, a clear victory for higher education, given a four-year degree with a concentration in marketing is the acceptable norm for the profession.</p> <p>Art directors work, essentially, as producers for projects that are primarily visual, such as an advertising campaign or design of a communal space in a retirement home.</p> <p>Responsibilities include making sure everybody has what they need to stay on schedule and do quality work. But don't be confused: The primary focus is on administrative tasks involving art projects rather than production of the art itself.</p> <h2>4. Air Traffic Controller</h2> <p>Although special training is required, working as an <a href="http://www.bls.gov/ooh/transportation-and-material-moving/air-traffic-controllers.htm">air traffic controller</a> remains the route to one of the best financial outcomes you can achieve with a four-year degree. The downside is stress-city. The upside is a median income of $122,530 per year.</p> <p>If you want to join the profession, start young; the Federal Aviation Administration has an age limit of 30 for anyone entering the field. You'll also need to get through an FAA interview, physical, and drug testing; and you'll need to be a United States citizen.</p> <h2>5. Ship Engineer</h2> <p>We're fudging a little here because ship engineer is just so cool, but with a <a href="http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes535031.htm">mean income of $75,650</a> (rather than a <em>median</em> income of $69,660, the measure we've used for all the rest), becoming a ship's engineer might be worth exploring.</p> <p>You can't get a more authentic answer on what this job entails than one provided by the <a href="http://www.mainemaritime.edu/careers/133-what-is-a-ships-engineer">Maine Maritime Academy</a>, where you might spend some time on the way to becoming a ship engineer.</p> <p>The responsibility of the engineering staff on a ship? Succinctly put, &quot;the propulsion system of a vessel,&quot; the academy says.</p> <p>Picture your car with someone assigned to ride along under the hood and keep the engine in tip-top shape as you roll along. Commercial ships average four engineers set up in a distinct pecking order running from chief engineer on down to 3rd assistant engineer.</p> <p>Besides the salary, consider the perks. Ships do have a tendency to travel to exotic lands at least some of the time. And the places of employment sound at least a bit amusing: &quot;cruise ships, casino boats, sightseeing boats, and ferries.&quot; It could be worse than starting your work week in New York and ending it in the Bahamas.</p> <h2>6. Financial Analyst</h2> <p>There are several positions in finance that can reap serious financial rewards, including positions at banks that pay off with huge bonuses at the end of the year, if the firm does well.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/financial-analysts.htm">Financial analysts</a> &quot;provide guidance to businesses and individuals making investment decisions. They assess the performance of stocks, bonds, and other types of investments.&quot; The median salary is $76,950 per year.</p> <p>On the negative side, it can be a competitive (meaning stressful), bottom line-oriented occupation that has been going through seismic readjustments since the recession. That said, job growth is expected to be robust over the next decade.</p> <h2>7. Nurse Anesthetist</h2> <p>Like the category above, healthcare includes several jobs with incomes that peak well above $75,000, including physicians, pharmacists, and registered nurses. This is because health care is a growing industry, so much so that it continued to grow right through the recession.</p> <p>But one job that jumps off the page is nurse anesthetist, which earned a <a href="http://www.bls.gov/oes/CURRENT/oes291151.htm">whopping median income of $151,090 in 2012</a>. The position is available to registered nurses with one year of acute care experience who complete graduate training in an accredited program, which amounts to earning a Master of Science degree.</p> <p>In a broad sense, the job sounds like being a ship engineer, which involves overseeing the propulsion system of a ship. In this case, a nurse anesthetist oversees a patient's vital signs during and after surgery.</p> <h2>8. Sales Engineers</h2> <p>Under sales, jobs that top $75,000 per year are predictably specialized or involved with administrative tasks. For example, <a href="http://www.bls.gov/ooh/sales/sales-engineers.htm">sales engineers</a> for technical and scientific products earn a median income of $91,830, whereas <a href="http://www.bls.gov/ooh/sales/travel-agents.htm">travel agents</a> earn a median salary of $34,600.</p> <h2>9. Mathematician</h2> <p>Good with numbers? If you are, your salary can be a very healthy number &mdash; in 2012 the median mathematician brought home <a href="http://www.bls.gov/ooh/math/mathematicians.htm#tab-2">$101,360 per year</a>. (Bonus? As a mathematician you'll automatically know the difference between median and mean.)</p> <p>Job growth is expected to be a robust 23% over the next 10 years &mdash; much better than the growth rate in the rest of the economy.</p> <p>Most mathematicians work for the Federal government or for private firms that do engineering and scientific research. A very specialized cohort of mathematicians work on Wall Street as &quot; <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/investopedia/2013/06/07/quants-the-rocket-scientists-of-wall-street/">quants</a>.&quot; These are the people who design complex mathematical models to help investors create, sell, and buy even more complex investments such as derivatives and mortgage backed securities &mdash; you remember, the stuff that turned a housing bubble into a financial market implosion.</p> <h2>10. Lawyer</h2> <p>Okay, this may not come as a surprise, salary-wise, but read on for some surprising news about the job market over the next decade.</p> <p>Given that the law touches so much of our lives, there's a lot of variety in the kinds of law one can practice: criminal law, contract law, family law, environmental law, intellectual property law&hellip; One can pursue the career to earn the big bucks, or one can pursue it to help those in need. And sometimes maybe even both. The <a href="http://www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/lawyers.htm">median annual wage is $113,530</a>, and the demand for lawyers may finally be catching up with the attorney job market that has been on the decline for years.</p> <p>The problem was simple: Too many lawyers. That left many scrambling for work and slowed the normally enviable raises lawyers could normally expect. In December, however, The Wall Street Journal noted that the number of law students had falling by an amazing <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/emsi/2014/01/10/the-job-market-for-lawyers-side-work-on-the-rise-amid-continuing-glut-of-new-grads/">31% from 2010 to 2013</a>, dropping to 39,675, the lowest number since 1977. That suggests the forces of supply and demand should start moving in a positive direction for lawyers in the next few years.</p> <p><em>Have you considered any of these jobs (or others) that pay in excess of $75k per year. Let us know in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/anthony-hall">Anthony Hall</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/elevator-repairers-get-paid-what-and-9-other-shockingly-well-paid-jobs">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-14"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/seven-tips-for-the-newly-unemployed">Seven Tips for the Newly Unemployed</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-warning-signs-that-it-is-not-the-job-for-you">6 Warning Signs that It Is Not the Job for You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/find-work-worth-doing">Find work worth doing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/whats-an-employee-to-do-part-2">What&#039;s an employee to do? Part 2</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-a-job-learn-the-secret-from-a-bad-movie">How to get a job--learn the secret from a bad movie</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income career high paying jobs jobs Fri, 16 May 2014 08:00:27 +0000 Anthony Hall 1139532 at http://www.wisebread.com Why You Should Think Twice Before Bidding on Freelance Gigs (Book Giveaway) http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-should-think-twice-before-bidding-on-freelance-gigs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/why-you-should-think-twice-before-bidding-on-freelance-gigs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/laptop-316117-small.jpg" alt="man using laptop" title="man using laptop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-should-think-twice-before-bidding-on-freelance-gigs#comment-721727">Kim</a>, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-should-think-twice-before-bidding-on-freelance-gigs#comment-732270">Carmen</a>, and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-should-think-twice-before-bidding-on-freelance-gigs#comment-721677">Bethany</a> for winning the giveaway!</em></p> <p><em><strong>Editor's note:</strong> Miranda Marquit is a regular contributor to Wise Bread as well as and many personal finance blogs. She has built a successful freelance writing and blogging career, and has done well enough to become the primary breadwinner for her family, while working from home. Her book, </em><a www.amazon.com="" target="_blank: data-cke-saved-href=" ref="as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00FY7UI4M&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&quot;" product="" http:="" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FY7UI4M/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00FY7UI4M&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20" gp="" b00fy7ui4m="">Confessions of a Professional Blogger</a><em>, is a fantastic getting started guide that we recommend for any aspiring freelance writers. It is chock-full of practical and actionable tips Miranda has learned from years of working in the trenches. (<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-should-think-twice-before-bidding-on-freelance-gigs#comments">Enter a comment below</a> for a chance to win a free copy!)</em></p> <p><em>In the excerpt below, Miranda explains why freelancers should avoid job bidding sites, and where to look for better paying gigs instead.</em></p> <p>I've been providing online content for several years now, and I've found it a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-side-jobs-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads">great job as a stay-at-home mom</a>. The rise of the Internet means that stay-at-home parents can benefit from a job that doesn't require a physical presence. There are many places to find jobs online, including freelance bidding sites, which purport to provide stay-at-home moms and dads with the perfect opportunities. Even with these sites readily available, though, I've only completed a couple of jobs with the help of freelance bidding sites.</p> <p>Freelance bidding sites, which are also referred to as marketplaces, are the last places I would look for work &mdash; no matter how desperate I felt. I learned fairly early in my online writing career that a bidding site is pretty much the last place you should go if you want a fair fee for your work.</p> <h2>3 Reasons to Avoid Freelance Marketplaces as a Writer</h2> <p>A freelance marketplace can be a great resource if you're doing the hiring. You find writers willing to work for fairly low prices. If you want to get passable work &mdash; and sometimes great work &mdash; for less, a freelancing bidding site is the place to be. On the other hand, if you are a writer trying to make a living, I can think of other things you should be doing instead. Here are three reasons for stay-at-home moms and dads looking for online jobs to avoid bidding on freelance gigs.</p> <p><strong>1. You're Lowballing Yourself</strong></p> <p>The point of a freelance marketplace is to help a publisher find a writer for a rock-bottom price. You'll only get work at a freelance site if you are willing to charge less than the next writer. Essentially, you lowball yourself. While some publishers looking on a freelance marketplace might accept your higher bid if they are truly looking for quality, it's rare that you will get a fair price for work done this way. Instead, you will agree to accept less than you're worth for the sake of saying that you have a gig.</p> <p>Freelance bidding sites point out that they offer writers access to thousands of potential jobs. It's true that you can do a lot of work if you sign up with a freelance marketplace. Unfortunately, that work will be low-paying and frustrating.</p> <p><strong>2. You Get Even Less After the Site Takes Its Cut</strong></p> <p>Because a freelance marketplace connects the parties, it only makes sense that it takes a cut of each transaction. Usually, the freelance marketplace takes its cut out of whatever you make. It's tempting to use a freelance bidding site, since it acts as a third-party to keep everyone honest. While it's not a guarantee against getting scammed, you do receive a certain level of security when you land gigs through a marketplace.</p> <p>Unfortunately, this security comes with a cost. The freelance marketplace will take a portion of the pay you receive for your work. This means that once you lowball yourself by bidding as little as possible on a gig, you will receive even less in the end after the marketplace takes its cut off the top.</p> <p><strong>3. It's Hard to Raise Your Prices Later</strong></p> <p>Once you have worked for so little with a client, it's hard to raise your prices to something fairer later. Many stay-at-home moms and dads find regular jobs through freelance marketplaces. They can either keep working through a bidding site, or they can take their relationship off the site after a while.</p> <p>However, it is harder to raise your rates on these regular clients after they have seen that you are willing to work for so much less. Plus, these clients know they can just go on the bidding site and find a new writer to replace you. When you're stuck in this rut, it's hard to get out. You can even end up with a skewed view of what's &quot;fair&quot; for your work, remaining behind the curve for your entire career.</p> <h2>Where to Look Instead of Freelance Bidding Sites</h2> <p>Rather than get caught in the vicious cycle that is the freelance marketplace, look elsewhere. Here are some of the things that are more productive and helpful to your online writing career than spending hours lowballing yourself on a freelance bidding site &mdash; with the chance that you'll be passed over in favor of someone willing to work for even less.</p> <p><strong>Write for Content Farms</strong></p> <p>This isn't my favorite thing to do, but if you need somewhat fast cash, this is a viable option. You submit your work, and you're usually paid for it. Plus, it can provide recurring income. You'll get paid less, but at least you'll be honing your writing skills, rather than fruitlessly trying to convince a publisher to pay you less than you're worth.</p> <p><strong>Look on Reputable Job Boards</strong></p> <p>I'd much rather compete for better-paying jobs on the boards. My favorite places to look for online writing jobs include <a href="http://www.mediabistro.com/">Media Bistro</a>, <a href="http://www.problogger.net/">Problogger</a>, and <a href="http://www.freelancewritinggigs.com/">FreelanceWritingGigs.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>Write Posts for Your Own Blog and Write Guest Posts</strong></p> <p>I don't normally write for free, but I'd be willing to do so to improve my long-term career. It's a better use of your time to build your portfolio by writing something really good for your own blog, or by providing a guest post for someone else. Craft a great piece for someone else or your own blog, and you have a great sample to provide when applying for freelance gigs on the boards.</p> <p>The reality is that freelance marketplaces are a colossal waste of time. After a couple of gigs on these sites, I realized that there were other options for work. Don't sell yourself short. Develop a quality writing portfolio, and you won't need to bid on freelance jobs. 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