The Dream Pusher Offers Great Career Information
by Michael Werner

Have 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 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 about. 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


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