Dream Pusher Offers Great Career Information by Michael Werner
you ever wanted to ask a career counselor for advice, but don't even know
where to find one? How about finding out salary information for a particular
job in a particular location? Having access to both of the above would
be a great help to the free agent, independent professional and freelancer.
In this article, the Dream Pusher shares the way to find this information.
Let's look at a free ask-a-job-counselor service run by one of the
most respected names in the career industry.
If you don't know about Dick Bolles, you're in for a treat. Dick is considered
by many professionals to be at the top of the heap when it comes to dispensing
career information. I consider him to be at THE top. Period. Full stop.
The man is a career changer's god. If you haven't read his career searcher's
guide called What
Color Is Your Parachute?, do yourself a huge favor and run immediately
to your nearest bookshop or online bookseller and settle down for a few
hours of fun and learning about what you should be doing with the rest
of your life.
And, although there's not a single thing that could be better than Dick's
book, there's a really nifty and free resource on his website at http://www.jobhuntersbible.com
that comes in as a close second. At the site you'll find an Email a Career
Counselor button, and it let's you do exactly what its name implies. You
send in your career search query and a member of Dick's staff (all seasoned
career counseling pros) will answer.
Using fictitious scenarios, I've emailed the career counseling service
with different questions and situations, and have received nothing but
prompt, efficient, and incredibly helpful advice. This one's definitely
a candidate for the Dream Pusher's Hall of Fame.
Next, here is a tool that lets you check on job salaries at locations
throughout the country.
Sometimes you're good, and sometimes you're lucky. Then again, sometimes
you just call on your friends. This find comes from a long-time friend
and associate, Eldon Sarte. Eldon runs the Dirtsmart Netpreneur and is
one of the savviest Web guys around. As such, he's always looking for
cool tools and services for his small business and webmaster readers.
This one, though, fits right in line with what the Dream Pusher is all
supplies something called a Salary Wizard that's really quite clever.
And fun. On top of that, it's a freebie and a pleasure to use. You select
an industry or profession, specify a zip code or state/metro area, and
choose the exact job title you're curious about. When you then click on
Create salary report, the site's online database spits out the median
base salary as well as high- and low-end figures. This is great for job
seekers, of course, but if you're trying to figure out how much to charge
for your independent services, this is also an excellent place to start.
In addition, you'll also get links to real jobs in your search and classification
area. And, there's a heck of a whole lot more to pricing your worth (and
what the market will bear), obviously, so don't miss their: How is this
calculated? feature if you need help in this area.
Michael Werner, aka The Dream Pusher, is a writer and publisher who
specializes in career and employment issues. You can reach him through
his website at www.DreamJobsToGo.com.
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