Saturday, February 26, 2011

Top Paying Jobs Without a Degree

Looking for top paying jobs without a degree? The following article lists some of the highest paying jobs in America today for people who do not have a college degree.

Not every one of us is lucky enough to go to college. Some of us might have the means but do not have the inclination to study further. But not having a college degree should not deter us from looking for well paying career opportunities. So, if you are on a lookout for such top paying jobs without a college degree, below is a list of few of them, whose salary range is anywhere between $50000 to $100,000 a year.

List of Top Paying Jobs Without a Degree 2010
  • Event co-coordinator
  • Commercial pilot
  • Ship engineer
  • Power plant distributor and dispatcher
  • Freelance writer
  • Radiation therapist
  • Sales representative
  • Real estate broker
  • Nuclear technician
  • First-line supervisor/manager of police and detective
  • Computer technical support specialist
  • Transportation manager
  • Operations manager
  • Air traffic controller
  • Funeral director
  • Industrial production manager
  • Storage and distribution manager
  • Gaming manager
  • Nuclear power reactor operator
  • First-line, non-retail supervisors/manager
  • First-line supervisor/manager of fire fighting and prevention worker
  • Elevator installer and repairer
  • Nuclear medicine technologist
  • Dental hygienist
  • Fashion designer
  • Detective and criminal investigator
  • Business man
Out of this top paying jobs without a degree list, a few have been taken and explained in detail for you to get a better idea of what these high paying jobs without a degree entail.

Air Traffic Controller
The job of an air traffic controller is similar to that of a regular traffic controller. The only difference being that air traffic controllers manage the traffic in the air, ie they make sure that air plane arrivals and departures are properly timed and that two aircraft fly at a safe distance from each other. An air traffic controller, with an average salary of over $100,000 a year, is perhaps one of the highest paying jobs without a degree. To get into this profession, a person has to enroll for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) course and clear a test.

Event Coordinator
One of the best jobs without a degree, an event coordinator's job involves planning, organizing and conducting various events and functions such as marriages, parties, business meetings, etc. Event planning jobs do not require a college degree, but training under an established event planner will help in on-the-job learning as well as in building contacts.

Police Officer
One of the high paying jobs with no degree, which has a lot of respect, authority and prestige attached to it, is a police officer's job. To get this job a person has to undergo intensive training in subjects such as law enforcement, arms training, etc at the police academy and clear the psychological assessment tests. A criminal background check follows and if everything works out well, a person gets the police officer job.

Writer
A good command over English along with knowledge on numerous subjects, is all that is required to be a writer. A person can take up content writing or blog writing on the Internet, freelance writing, resume writing and business writing as none of these requires any kind of degree or experience.

Real Estate Agent/Broker
To do this job, a person needs to first obtain a broker's license. For this, he has to undergo a training and have some kind of experience in dealing with real estate for a year or more. The other requirements to become a realtor are knowledge about the area where he will be working as well as some legal knowhow.

Top paying jobs without a degree, such as the ones mentioned above, just like any other job, require hard work, commitment and passion. So, if you are ready to give your all to any of these jobs, there is no doubt that they will be as lucrative as any other job.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Should More CEOs Be Fired?

New research suggests that more CEOs would be shown the door if not for their personal ties with their boards, suggesting that it's time to rethink hiring and firing practices and the CEO's role at public companies.

Boards of directors are facing increasing pressure to fire CEOs rather than allow them to linger. But what about the pressure boards feel to keep their CEOs in place?

A recently published study by Wharton professor Luke Taylor shows that boards of directors consider things beyond immediate costs (such as severance) when deciding whether to fire the CEO. Whether boards really consider such immediate costs very seriously at all is debatable.

A recent case in point? Google's (GOOG) board gave CEO Eric Schmidt a $100 million option and stock grant as a going away present.

The real business motivation of this move is elusive. These kinds of awards hurt shareholders. Schmidt already owned over $5 billion in Google stock. Even if the board didn't care about the impact on shareholders or other stakeholders, would stock and options be the best choice as a parting thank you?

Schmidt is even trying to get rid of some of his stock by setting up a plan to sell approximately $335 million of shares he already owns.

Of course, Google isn't alone in bonanza giveaways of shareholder assets when CEOs leave. By historical standards, Google's giveaway competes with those where the CEO was clearly forced out.

Since Schmidt moved to the executive chair role at Google, he would not be considered as "forced out" of the CEO role, according to the criteria used in Taylor's and similar studies. Those companies with that allow the CEO time to find another job (in or outside the company) or to retire with six months notice, for example, wouldn't make the "forced out" criteria, either. This "probably underestimates the rate of forced CEO turnover," Taylor argues in his study.

Using this definition, on average, 2% of the CEOs at the largest 500 companies were forced out each year between 1970 and 2006. But Taylor argues that this number would be much higher if directors cared more about shareholder value or were not so loathe toward forcing CEOs out, largely for personal reasons. These personal reasons may include their own ties to the CEO, or considerations that firing the CEO may put their jobs as directors at risk, or hurt their chances of being nominated to other boards.

Consider the recent case at HP (HPQ). Former CEO Mark Hurd was forced out by the board for ethics violations. For the board members, however, removing Hurd was a courageous act. That move, in fact, put the directors' jobs at risk. The new CEO, Leo Apotheker, with the aid of new director and chair Ray Lane, asked for directors to volunteer their resignation so that they could rebuild the board with directors that they both knew.

The model developed by Taylor predicts that instead of 2% per year, the percentage of CEOs forced out per year would be closer to 13% if boards were not influenced by these personal factors. (A 1999 study published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics showed that 15.5% of all mutual fund managers are forced out each year.)

If more CEOs were dismissed, shareholder value would increase, according to Taylor's model. But Taylor also notes that it is difficult to say "how much is optimal."

As one might expect, boards with fewer outsiders and boards at smaller firms are more heavily influenced by their personal relationships with the CEO when making firing decisions, according to Taylor. Personal factors also seem to have had a bigger influence further in the past (1970 – 1989) compared with more recently (1990 – 2006).

Even with a very limited definition of what constitutes a forced CEO dismissal and a large gap between the actual forced dismissal rate and what theoretically might happen if a board puts aside its personal barriers to firing a CEO, quite a few CEOs are forced out of their companies. While 2% are forced out every year, 17% of all CEO tenures ended in forced dismissal from 1970 to 2006.

Between 2000 and 2006, forced dismissal rates were even higher, averaging nearly 4% annually, with over one in four CEO tenures ending in forced dismissal. However, 4% per year and one in four stand in contrast to the fate suffered by shareholders: an actual decline in the S&P 500 during this period.

The correlation between CEO dismissal and the performance of a company's stock suggest that there are serious issues with boards' firing practices, and more importantly, their hiring practices.

The stats make it clear that it's time for directors to review their hiring and succession practices and, more broadly, rethink the CEO position and its role. And they may need to consider a different approach, perhaps even a team approach, to the job.

Do CEOs matter too much? CEOs command large salaries, particularly in the largest firms, but is this warranted? If boards don't believe it matters whether a CEO stays or goes, should other stakeholders care? What is the risk that any given board will choose a worse option the next time around?

According to Taylor, the larger the company, the less a CEO's performance seems to differ from his or her CEO peers. One explanation is that CEOs in larger firms have less of a direct impact on the company's performance -- perhaps because they delegate more than CEOs at smaller firms. So does replacing one CEO with another, in the largest firms, really produce a significant difference in results?

This is something Bob Benmosche, CEO of AIG (AIG), hinted at in a November 15 interview in the Wall Street Journal: "I disagree that it would be a setback for AIG if I have to stop working. This company is here not just because of me."

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Goodwill and Walmart Help Single Moms Go 'Beyond Jobs'

Calling all unemployed or underemployed single mothers: a new program, funded by the Walmart Foundation and administered by Goodwill has been created to empower you with all the tools you need to find employment, succeed in the workplace and permanently support your family.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, twenty-six percent of all children now grow up in families headed by single mothers, many of whom face significant struggles. Single mothers are twice as likely to be unemployed as married women, and during the current economic crisis the unemployment rate for single mothers has ballooned to 12.3 percent, the highest rate ever recorded according to the National Women's Law Center.

The Walmart Foundation's grant of $2.5 million will support the program, known as Beyond Jobs, at Goodwill agencies in the five key markets of Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles County, Detroit, and New York City, through 2012. The funding has already assisted single mothers with job training and placement at select locations.

In addition to job training and placement, the program also supports each woman's continued efforts by designing an individualized, holistic plan that outlines how they will retain their jobs, advance in their careers, and ensure long-term financial stability for themselves and their children.

Each participant in the Beyond Jobs program receives a complete career assessment, individualized career planning, job skills training and assistance with job placement. Recognizing that landing a job is only one step on the road to success, Beyond Jobs also provides mothers with continued financial education, family strengthening services, early education and child care assistance, and connections to healthy food and nutrition initiatives.

"We know just how much of a difference a good job can make to a parent in need," said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. "But we also know that finding a job is just the first step. Beyond Jobs continues to help mothers and families by giving each woman the full set of tools she needs to develop her career and support her family."

Find out how you can get involved in Beyond Jobs at Goodwill.org.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Top 10 Companies Hiring This Week (February 07-February 13)New Jobs in USA

Last week the latest unemployment figures were released, and the results were a mixed bag. Yes, jobs were created, and we’re happy about that. The unemployment rate was unchanged, and we’re not happy to see it so high but we’re glad it’s not higher. So the best way to approach the numbers is cautious optimism. Ideally the figures would be much better, but compared to how they were trending at the lowest points, we’re doing better now than we in 2010.

We realize that an unemployment rate of 9.6 percent translates into more unemployed Americans than anyone wants. And if you’re one of these job seekers, you don’t care about trends. You want a job. So that’s why we feature this weekly list of companies hiring–to makes looking for a job a little easier. So here are 10 companies across various industries that need workers right now. Click their names to see all of their available positions.

1. Career Gate

At Career Gate we help people build a secure future for their career. We match people with their ideal career path. We realize that many people may not be trained for the profession of their choice, so we provide plenty of opportunities to help them succeed. We help our clients reach their career goals from beginning to end.

We have partnerships with thousands of schools and employers nationwide. We will help you take charge of your career. We offer career paths in various fields including: technology, law & justice, business, industrial, health care, and creative industries.

Top Job Categories:

Training Jobs
Entry Level Jobs
Health Care Jobs
Admin - Clerical Jobs
Nurse Jobs

See All Jobs At Career Gate

Top Locations:

California Jobs
Texas Jobs
Florida Jobs
Virginia Jobs
Arizona Jobs

2. Snap-on Tools

A Snap-on Tools franchise is a unique opportunity to own and operate a business founded on a premier brand that's supported by nearly 90 years of experience. Ours is a proven business model with extensive, training, quality products and a loyal customer base.

Top Job Categories:

Sales Jobs
Franchise Jobs
Business Opportunity Jobs
Management Jobs
Retail Jobs

See All Jobs At Snap-on Tools

Top Locations:

California Jobs
Florida Jobs
Pennsylvania Jobs
Missouri Jobs
Texas Jobs

3. TCS

At TCS, we achieve real business results that allow you to transform, and not just maintain, your operations. Our IT services, business solutions and outsourcing bring you a level of certainty that no other competitor can match.

You will experience your requirements being met on time, within budget and with high quality; greater efficiency and responsiveness to your business; and the ability to shift investment to strategic initiatives rather than tactical functions.

Top Job Categories:

Information Technology Jobs
Design Jobs
Management Jobs
Other Jobs
General Business Jobs

See All Jobs At TCS

Top Locations:

New Jersey Jobs
New York Jobs
Illinois Jobs
Ohio Jobs
North Carolina Jobs

4. Terminix

At Terminix®, our people bring tremendous pride and integrity to everything they do. In turn, we provide a working environment where these skilled professionals can achieve true satisfaction in their own lives.

We are proud to offer our exceptional associates competitive compensation, comprehensive benefits and outstanding opportunities for professional development. If you’re committed to providing the highest level of customer service, we have an ideal opportunity for you.

Top Job Categories:

Sales Jobs
Entry Level Jobs
Business Development Jobs
Customer Service Jobs
Professional Services Jobs

See All Jobs At Terminix

Top Locations:

California Jobs
Texas Jobs
Pennsylvania Jobs
Florida Jobs
Tennessee Jobs

5. UPS

Founded in 1907 as a messenger company in the United States, UPS has grown into a $42.6 billion corporation by clearly focusing on the goal of enabling commerce around the globe. Today UPS is a global company with one of the most recognized and admired brands in the world. We have become the world's largest package delivery company and a leading global provider of specialized transportation and logistics services. Every day, we manage the flow of goods, funds, and information in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.

Top Job Categories:

Distribution - Shipping Jobs
Warehouse Jobs
Transportation Jobs
Manufacturing Jobs
Skilled Labor - Trades Jobs

See All Jobs At UPS

Top Locations:

Texas Jobs
Pennsylvania Jobs
Illinois Jobs
New York Jobs
California Jobs

6. USMedicalAssistant

We provide the best resources for you to find the medical career that you are seeking, as well as the training that you may need to begin your medical career. Our extensive network of schools will place you in the right college in the right location. Whether you are in California, New York, or anywhere in between, we have the right school for you.

And if you already have the training, we can search our database of employers and pass your information along to them.

For your next job in the medical field, or to begin your training to enter the field, US Medical Assistant will help you get started!

Top Job Categories:

Health Care Jobs
Training Jobs
Entry Level Jobs
Admin - Clerical Jobs
Nurse Jobs

See All Jobs At USMedicalAssistant

Top Locations:

California Jobs
Texas Jobs
Florida Jobs
Massachusetts Jobs
Washington Jobs
7. Comcast Corporation

Comcast Corporation is the nation's leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services, with 24.4 million cable customers, 14.7 million high-speed Internet customers and 6.1 million Comcast Digital Voice customers. Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of broadband cable networks and in the delivery of programming content.*
Top Job Categories:

Sales Jobs
Telecommunications Jobs
Management Jobs
Customer Service Jobs
Information Technology Jobs

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Top Locations:

Pennsylvania Jobs
Washington Jobs
Colorado Jobs
Florida Jobs
Virginia Jobs

8. Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company is a diversified financial services company providing banking, insurance, investments, mortgage and consumer finance through almost 6,000 stores, the internet and other distribution channels across North America and internationally.

Top Job Categories:

Banking Jobs
Finance Jobs
Sales Jobs
Customer Service Jobs
Retail Jobs
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Top Locations:

California Jobs
Texas Jobs
Minnesota Jobs
Virginia Jobs
North Carolina Jobs
9. T-Mobiles

Connection is good. In a world full of busy and fragmented lives, we at T-Mobile USA, Inc., have this idea that wireless communications can help. The value of our plans, the breadth of our coverage, the reliability of our network, and the quality of our service are meant to do one thing: help you stick together with the people who make your life come alive. That’s why we’re here.

Top Job Categories:

Retail Jobs
Sales Jobs
Management Jobs
Customer Service Jobs
Information Technology Jobs
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Top Locations:

Texas Jobs
Florida Jobs
California Jobs
Washington Jobs
New York Job

10. Macy's, Inc.

Macy's, Inc., with corporate offices in Cincinnati and New York, is one of the nation's premier retailers, with fiscal 2008 sales of $24.9 billion. The company operates more than 800 Macy's department stores and furniture galleries in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico, as well as 40 Bloomingdale's stores in 12 states. Macy's, Inc.'s diverse workforce includes approximately 167,000 employees. The company also operates macys.com and bloomingdales.com. Prior to June 1, 2007, Macy's, Inc. was known as Federated Department Stores, Inc. The company's shares are traded under the symbol "M" on the New York Stock Exchange.

Top Job Categories:
Retail Jobs
Sales Jobs
Professional Services Jobs
Management Jobs
Other Jobs

See All Jobs

Top Locations:

California Jobs
Texas Jobs
New York Jobs
Florida Jobs
Ohio Jobs


Wish You Good Luck!

Friday, February 4, 2011

10 Quick Steps To Find a Job

Here's a quick list to secure a job fast.

1. Job applications and interviews are NEVER the right places to be humorous. One man's meat is another man's offensive innuendo.

2. Build a network and reputation. Surveys have shown high percentage of job hunters find work through means other than responding to job advertisements. Let your network know you are looking.

3. Research any possible job to the point where you can accurately describe what you would be doing in the role hour by hour throughout a typical and an unusual day. Use newspapers, the web, your contacts, your contacts' contacts and contacts included in the ad.

4. Spend a week (yes a week) putting together a powerful CV. Ensure it includes a ratio of two achievements for each job responsibility listed. Include pithy/bullet point statements that explicitly tell a story of your achievements that increases the fit with the job requirements.

5. Write a series of stories "about a time when" that showcase your work-relevant achievements and aim to produce at least four such stories for each job requirement your research or the ad say are important. Include one or more on the CV and memorise the remainder for the interview.

6. Tailor each CV precisely to the job advertised. Follow my golden rules of fit: if it increases the fit between you and the job, include it on the CV and say it in the interview; if it decreases the fit, omit it from the CV and don't discuss it in the interview.

7. For the interview, dress one level smarter than the typical dress levels your research has shown is the norm in the workplace. Ensure hair, nails, odour, piercings and tattoos are under control/under wraps.

8. Ensure you know your CV inside out and have practised your stories. Listen carefully to questions asked in interviews and do not hesitate to ask for clarification. Make eye contact with all the people interviewing you. Always have a question to ask at the end of the interview. A real cheat is to ask, "You talked about X, can you tell me a little more about that please?"

9. Manage your referees by selecting only those who will support you. In turn, support them with an up-to-date CV and job description. Ask their permission and whether they'll be supportive before providing their details.

10. Be concerned about your reputation - it is your career. That means managing your public profile by limiting Facebook material to close friends or information you'd be happy for a boss to see. Get a LinkedIn profile. Put up a CV with MyCareer. Keep in touch and make yourself useful to people in your network. Continue to build your network.


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

5 Ways to Get the Job You Want -- in Any Economy

With all the bleak economic news and reports of massive layoffs, it's easy to lose sight of an exciting fact of work: There have never been more opportunities and possibilities for talented people than exist today. The rate of new business formation in the United States has passed more than 1 million new companies per year. Employers everywhere are looking for bright, resourceful and committed people to help their businesses grow. The best way to help the best companies find you is to become a self-directed job searcher.

Regardless of your employment experience, your target industry or the economic climate, you can get a job -- a great job -- if you are willing to work hard and know how to work smart. Here are some of the very best ideas, strategies and methods for putting your career back on the fast track.

1. Take control of your career
The average person starting work today will have 11 full-time jobs and as many as five different careers over the course of his or her lifetime. To weather the storms of lifelong career change, you must be proactive, not reactive.

Begin by seeing yourself as self-employed. See yourself as the president of a company with one employee: you. See yourself as having one product to sell in a competitive marketplace: your personal services. You are completely responsible for research and development. No matter who signs your paycheck, you are always on your own payroll. This attitude is the starting point for getting the job you want for the rest of your career.

2. Take stock of yourself
Before you go out and look for a job, do some self-reflection. Make a list of all the things you can do for which someone would be willing to pay. What have you done especially well at your previous jobs? What sort of activities in your work and your personal life do you most enjoy? The good news is that you will always do the very best at something that makes you the happiest. To help yourself follow the right career track, describe your ideal job. The greater clarity you have about exactly what it is you want to do and how much you want to earn, the easier it is for someone to hire you.

3. Understand the job market
All labor, including your own, is subject to the economic law of supply and demand. The only way to ensure you get a rewarding job is by doing something important for which there is a demand in the marketplace and in which you are difficult to replace. A change in technology, consumer preferences or the economy can make a particular talent or specialty obsolete almost overnight. You must continually upgrade your knowledge and skills and adjust your efforts so that they conform to the needs of the current job market. In a free society such as ours, everybody works on commission.

4. Don't mistake unemployment for a vacation
Look at your job search as a full-time job, taking 40 to 50 hours a week. Get up and get dressed each weekday morning as if you were going to work, eat a light, high-energy breakfast and then get going. Looking good and staying productive not only improves your attitude, but also impresses other people, both those inside your own house and those on the outside. Remember, you should never see yourself as unemployed. You are a fully employed person in a temporary state of transition.

5. Sow seeds everywhere
Most of the jobs available are not advertised. They are hidden and waiting for you to discover them. Along with regularly surfing Internet job sites, be sure to list your qualifications and interests on every site that might attract employers seeking someone like you. Visit community job fairs and talk to exhibitors. Keep an eye out for news of new product releases and then seek out key people in the company. A business expansion represents job opportunities. Gather information about a prominent individual in an organization you would like to work for. Ask that person, by phone, by e-mail or in a letter, to grant you a 10-minute informational interview. Almost invariably, your interest, knowledge and gratitude will pay off in a job offer.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Top 10 Best Careers, and Employment Trends in Canada - Toronto, Ontario

28,000 Jobs in Toronto

In early January 2011, approximately 28,000 job vacancies listed from across the Internet and gathered by Indeed Canada required workers in Toronto, Ontario.

WOW Jobs in Canada list quite a number of these jobs gathered by Indeed Canada and, in fact, opened its USA sister search engine WOWjobs.US on December 29, 2010 (listings 500,000 jobs). Indeed,com for USA listed 3,800,000 openings at the same time, but the Canadian Indeed search engine may have listings not found on Indeed USA.

The bulk of the jobs available in Toronto during Summer 2010 are within careers of Business, Finance, and Sales. Companies posting the largest numbers of jobs include banks, other financial institutions, and IT related businesses. This trend matches the predicted Job Futures for Toronto as far as the Businesses Servicespart of the forecasts reaches, as listed it the link below. Tourism seems to be on the increase - along with Canadian cruise line jobs- and should begin to fulfill the predictions for increases in Accommodations/Food Service from 2010, onwards.

See the link below for forecasts and a further city review of Toronto.

Top Job Listers

  1. Sapphire Canada - IT staffing, division of Randstad staffing firm.
  2. Robert Half Technology - IT and Accounting staffing firm.
  3. Deloitte - Professional services staffing.
  4. Scotiabank
  5. The People Bank
  6. Bilingual Group
  7. BMO Financial Group
  8. Brainhunter
  9. Rogers Media
  10. RBC Financial Group
  11. Apple One - Staffing firm.
  12. TD Bank Financial Group

These top companies posting the most jobs are largely involved in

  • Staffing/Temp services,
  • Banking and Financial,
  • Communications, and
  • Business Services.

Top 10 Hot Job Titles

  1. Project Managers - These projects occur in several fields of business, as well as in Information Technology (IT) itself.
  2. Business Analysts
  3. Administrative Assistants
  4. Financial Analysts
  5. Bilingual Customer Service Representatives - French and English
  6. Receptionists
  7. Assistant Managers
  8. Customer Service Representatives
  9. Executive Assistants
  10. Account Managers.

Additional job vacancies in High Demand job titles:

  1. Sales Associates (salesperson, sales clerks)
  2. Store Managers
  3. Senior Financial Analysts
  4. Avon Independent Sales Representative (independent contractor or IC)
  5. Sales Representatives - Inside and outside sales reps.

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