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Vol. 17, Issue 18 - April 30 2018

9 top careers for 2018Abridged: CBS Moneywatch

LOS ANGELES, CA - Americans continue to return to the workforce, pushing the unemployment rate to record lows in three states last month. Yet job quality remains an issue for many workers because millions are stuck in jobs with stagnating wages and career growth. So how does one find a job that offers the trifecta of good pay, high job satisfaction and plenty of openings? It's best to focus on a few types of industries and skills, according to a new study from employment site Glassdoor.

Half the jobs in Glassdoor's annual survey of the year's top jobs are in two industries: technology and health care. These fields typically require specialized training or advanced degrees, possibly putting them outside the reach of those without a college degree. The upside: "One thing we are noticing across the board is these jobs aren't in danger of being automated," said Glassdoor spokeswoman Sarah Stoddard. "The combination of technical and soft skills really plays well in the workplace." The nine top career choices for 2018 are:

1. Data scientist: $110,000
2. Devops engineer: $105,000
3. Marketing manager: $85,000
4. Occupational therapist: $74,000
5. HR manager: $85,000
6. Electrical engineer: $76,000
7. Strategy manager: $135,000
8. Mobile developer: $90,000
9. Product manager: $113,000

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How to do a small-town job searchAbridged: AZ Central

PHOENIX, AZ -- A lot of career advice targets job seekers larger cities. But those hoping to secure work in smaller communities will find that it often requires a special finesse. So how can a job seeker in a smaller town make an impression on an employer without being a pest? By adjusting your job-search strategy.

Some tips from experts: Be unique. In small communities, it's sometimes easier to apply face to face, which can help hiring managers attach an impression to the resume. If that's not an option, consider contacting the hiring manager for an informational interview. Grabbing their attention may get you ahead of the competition. Reach out to friends, relatives, teachers, former co-workers, acquaintances and even your doctor to ask if they are aware of any local job vacancies.

Find your focus: Tailor your resumes whenever possible to the specific position you are applying to and show proof of your applicable experience. When there are fewer job opportunities in your community, narrow your focus and stop applying for every opening at every company. Be honest about your education, work experience and other experiences, such as volunteering, and choose the career path in which you'll have the most success.

Tips on staying focused on the job hunt Abridged: Business Insider

CHICAGO, IL -- If you need help staying focused on the job hunt, check out these job-hunting tips to help you land a new job. Update Your Personal Brand: A strong personal brand is essential to landing an interview. To update your personal brand, develop a brand statement and elevator pitch. Both should clearly state what you do and why it's important to X company. Also, ensure your LinkedIn profile is filled out and up-to-date.

Define The Job You Want: Unrefined job searches deliver unrefined job results. Take time to think about what you want to do and where you want to go. Once you have an idea of the job you'd like, use a job search engine and tailor your search criteria. Keep in mind that not all results will be your dream job. If the results you receive aren't what you want to do, perhaps you need to re-define what you're looking for.

Write Objectives: Objectives should be SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound). Think carefully about what you want to achieve in your job search, then write it as on objective. Stay Focused: Job search time should be devoted to finding jobs you want. It shouldn't be used to catch up on personal email or update social media sites.

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Laid off workers increasingly choose self-employmentAbridged: Examiner

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- The last recession saw big companies lay off millions of employees. This challenging transition actually yielded a positive outcome, as many of those workers are now freelancing for several employers, or have built their own small businesses. Either path can provide greater employment security and gave a much-needed boost to the overall economy as new enterprises grew, drove commerce and created jobs.

Workers are increasingly choosing self-employment, with Baby Boomers leading the small-business startup trend. Specifically, AARP reports, Baby Boomers ages 55-64 have actually outpaced younger entrepreneurs in launching startup ventures. What does this mean for workers? Those actively plotting their next career direction may want to stop emailing their resumes blindly to corporate giants and instead research smaller companies for job opportunities.

What does this mean for businesses? Before you launch your entrepreneurial vision, assess demand for your product or service and the technology that will support it. Also, consider enrolling in college or a continuing education program to help you learn business theory and gain a better grasp of your chosen field. Continuous skill development through education is a habit that can pay dividends throughout your career, and might set your new business for long-term success as well.

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After job loss, it's time to establish prioritiesAbridged: Lifehacker

HOLLAND, MI -- Life after a layoff, or other type of job loss, can be very difficult. But it's also a valuable time that can be used wisely to assess your job skills and what you want from your next job.

Think about what really matters to you in a job. Is it salary, good benefits, flexibility and location? Do you want an environment that allows creativity and problem solving, or one where you are given specific tasks? It's easy and sometimes necessary to take a job because you absolutely must. Sometimes it feels like the decisions are made for you. But try to determine what you're not willing to compromise on. Regardless of what feels necessary, taking a job you know you're not going to like is not a good idea.

Your own characteristics are a kind of skill. Evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. If it's too difficult to be objective you can try a couple of online assessment tests to see objective results. It may be time to consider your educational needs as well. Looking for that certificate or degree you've been putting off? Perhaps a change of career is in order? Check the nearest vocational school, community college or university to see what they have to offer.

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