5 In-Demand Health Care Careers

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Below is a guest post from Sandra Mills where she talks about career prospects in the hot and growing health care field. Some great tips and stats in here.

Finding a job these days can be insanely hard/annoying/stressful. Some people have been out of work for two years or more after being laid off and are still in the process of searching for a job. If you’re in a hurry to get a job, there are a number of health care careers that you can look into that are in demand and typically involve a shorter amount of training to get there. (more…)

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Target Breach – Were You a Victim? Find Out With Mint

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By now, you’ve probably heard about the Target breach. In mid December, Target announced a massive credit card breach that took place before, during, and after Black Friday (11/27-12/15).

Originally we thought the Target breach affected more than 40 million customers – those who shopped AT Target (not Target.com) during that time had their financial information compromised. Now it seems the news is even worse, and the number is up to 70 million.

The method used to steal this information allows the thieves to replicate your credit and possibly debit card information. That’s right, they can basically print counterfeit versions of your credit card. If you paid with a debit card and entered your PIN, they can recreate your debit card and take cash out of an ATM. Not good at all.

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9 Ways to Improve Your Life (and the lives of those around you)

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Below is a list of ways to improve your life that have occurred to me over the past week or so. They aren’t always easy to follow, and I don’t claim to be a perfect practitioner, but they’re good to think about and work toward.

All of them do require you to be honest with yourself and avoid rationalizing, so if you can’t do that, don’t bother. (more…)

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Use Your Major to Find the Best Career

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This is a guest post by Josh Weiss-Roessler, co-owner of Weiss-Roessler Writing. Enjoy!

So you went to college, chose a major based on your personality and interests, and now you’re wondering how to use it to find the best career.

There’s nothing wrong with doing something you love in college – even if it’s one of those majors that always seems to make the list of the Worst Majors for Finding a Job. You just have to figure out how to leverage what you learned to find the best career fit for you. Here are a few tips to get you started. (more…)

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When I Refused to Represent a Terrorist

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First I’ll tell the story, then I’ll get to the point.

A few years back, one of the firms I worked for in DC was approached by a terrorist state. They wanted to hire us to do some PR and investment promotion. I’ll refrain from naming the country, but it’s near the Middle East, at the time it was lead by an infamous dictator and supporter of terrorism, and that dictator is now dead.

That sounds like Iraq, but it wasn’t Iraq. (more…)

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Thoughtful Giving (Content Marketing Done Well)

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Have you ever known an awesome gift-giver? Someone who always has a really thoughtful or heartfelt gift, always remembers anniversaries, celebrates promotions, or sends a consoling care package.

They just get you – and that’s evident in what they give you.

On the other hand, have you ever known a terrible gift-giver? I know it seems strange, for any gift to be given “poorly,” but it happens.

Bad gift-givers are the ones who just go through the motions, often giving gifts that the recipient doesn’t want or can’t use. Something the recipient has never shown an interest in or connection to.

Remember that scene in Old School when Will Farrell gives little Max the bread maker for his birthday? Yeah, that. (more…)

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Dealing with Pressure

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I recently signed up to do my first ultra marathon – a 50-mile trail race called The North Face Endurance Challenge. I’ve done regular marathons, but this is a totally new animal. New gear, new training methods, new paces, new nutrition – new everything.

Arguably the best in the sport of ultra trail running is Kilian Jornet (pictured above). He’s won just about every major race in the sport, and he’s got really interesting views on running, challenging one’s self, and dealing with pressure. (more…)

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Networking – Who You Know is Up to You

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I was talking with a friend yesterday about going to grad school, and the idea of networking came up.

She mentioned that one of her company’s interns asked what she studied that allowed her to get her current job. She told the intern that, regardless of what degree you have, “it’s all about who you know.”

This is certainly a true statement, but it’s also misleading. (more…)

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The Cost of “No” (and other lost opportunities)

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When I was a kid, my dad used to make me go up to random kids and introduce myself. Not out of nowhere, but if they were playing pool or baseball, I had to endure the ignominy of walking up to them and saying, “Hi, my name’s Tim. Can I play?”

I was always nervous, but it got easier and I didn’t worry too much. I eventually learned what a favor my dad was doing for me, because this helped me become a more secure person, and making friends was fairly easy for me in high school and college.

But as I’ve gotten older, I let laziness get the better of me. All too often I find myself opting for safe and boring. This is a dangerous habit, because this inertia leads many lost opportunities. (more…)

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Open Your Eyes (professionally and personally)

During a nice, easy jog the other day, I started to really notice my surroundings. We’ve had a lot of rain lately, so everything is really green and healthy. Plus, this is my view from the Chicago lakefront pathNot too shabby.

I realized I need to do that more often – take time to appreciate my surroundings, especially on runs where I usually just zone out.  

It reminded me of the Spanish movie, “Abre Los Ojos” (Vanilla Sky became the American version. Both movies star the insanely good looking Penelope Cruz – a woman who is very attractive when speaking Spanish but somehow looks even better speaking English with a Spanish accent. But I digress…) (more…)

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