Each Tuesday we post a list of the companies hiring this week, and hopefully you find this helpful. In case you didn’t know, we also post a list of companies hiring for that particular month over here. On the first of every month, we put together a list of companies who have said they’re eager to find qualified workers in the upcoming month.
So today we thought we’d draw your attention to this list by putting up June’s right here in our usual weekly hiring post.
Here are 15 companies hiring in June:
Sample job titles: Java technical architect, financial management analyst, Informatica developer, .Net support analyst
Industry: Health care
Sample job titles: Software developer, implementation consultant
Location: Boston, New York, Raleigh, Chicago
Amedisys Home Health
Industry: Home health
Sample job titles: Occupational therapist, physical therapist, speech language pathologist, registered nurse, home health aide
Sample job titles: Outside sales representative, paralegal, director account management, marketing sales representative, business unit systems analyst, facility associate, employee benefits advisor
Industry: Engineering, Retail, Manufacturing
Sample job titles: Manufacturing, electrical, mechanical and design engineers; IT- business applications analysts, Oracle ebusiness suite developers, supply chain buyers, commodities manager, planners
Location: Illinois, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Florida
The Crump Group
Industry: Insurance, banking/finance
Sample job titles: Client services coordinator, internal wholesaler, operations specialist, underwriter
Location: Harrisburg, Penn., Dresher, Penn., Atlanta, Woodland Hills, Calif.
The Dow Chemical Company
Sample job titles: business analyst / IS, process automation engineer, analytical chemist, production manager, Improvement Engineer
Location: Michigan, Texas, Louisiana, Indiana, Pennsylvania
Groundwater and Environmental Services
Industry: Environmental / consulting
Sample job titles: Environmental field technician, senior environmental engineer, geologist, environmental scientist
Location: Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas, New Jersey, Colorado, California, West Virginia
HMS (Health Management Systems)
Industry: Health care / health services
Sample job titles: Claims auditor, medical coding specialist, help desk analyst, account manager, operations analyst, client yield manager
Location: Irving Texas, Boston, Sacramento
Kenan Advantage Group
Industry: Trucking / transportation
Sample job titles: CDL class A driver, owner operator, mechanic, dispatcher
Lowe’s Home Improvement
Industry: Retail (IT)
Sample job titles: Web Sphere, Developer, C+ Unix, senior system analyst
Location: Mooresville, N.C.
Sample job titles: Installation technician, DIRECTV installer, market manager, and customer service representative
Industry: Information services industry
Sample job titles: Analyst, client manager, filed service manager, project manager, data analyst
Sample job titles: Area sales manager, chemist, multiple engineering positions
Industry: Electronics and electrical engineering
Sample job titles: Software engineer, product engineer, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, energy engineer, quality engineer, biochemist, research scientist, clinical application specialists
Dressing for summer in the office can be tough. Ninety-degree weather and a suit jacket don’t exactly mix, but neither do guys in shorts and corporate boardrooms. Not to mention the fact that, at any given point during the summer, it’s about 40 degrees cooler in the average office building than it is outside.
But it is possible to create a summer work wardrobe that’s comfortable yet professional, and cool yet collected. Here’s how.
1. No flip flops: Ladies, this faux-pas is typically committed by you, so listen up: “Flip flops are beach wear which transpired into ‘commuter-wear’ and then slowly into office wear,” says Lizandra Vega, author of “The Image of Success: Make a Great Impression and Land the Job You Want.”
Not only do they look unprofessional, but their namesake “flip-flop” noise is an easy way to drive your co-workers nuts every time you walk by their desks, so opt for strappy sandals, espadrilles or ballet flats instead.
2. Choose light colors: “Lighter color garments help you keep cool during hot summer months,” Vega says. “Dark colors absorb heat, while light colors reflect heat.” That said; make sure the color isn’t too light. See below.
3. No peep shows: Summer clothing is often made of lightweight, lightly colored fabric. This can make for a comfortable commute, but it can also make for awkward over exposure. “Avoid apparel in fabrics that are so lightweight that they are see-through,” Vega says.
4. Wear an undershirt: It may seem counter-intuitive to add an extra layer when it’s hot out, but (men especially), if you don’t already wear an undershirt, you might want to start now. The extra layer will help absorb sweat during a mid-summer commute.
“Wearing a cotton undershirt actually helps men feel cooler as it will absorb perspiration,” Vega says. “[Plus],if a lighter fabric shirt is chosen, the undershirt will prevent it from being see-through.”
5. For women, dresses are best: Women are at a serious advantage when it comes to dressing for summer at the office for one simple reason: They can wear dresses.
“Dresses are a great option because it avoids having to wear a jacket,” Vega says. “A wrap dress, a sheath or shift dress are appropriate options.”
If you will be forgoing the jacket, look for styles with short or three-quarter length sleeves, even sleeveless if you feel comfortable. Tank-style dresses are too casual for the office without a jacket or cardigan, though.
6. Keep an extra layer at work: Women can keep a wrap or lightweight, neutral-colored cardigan in their desks in case the air conditioning is kicked into overdrive. Men can do the same with a blazer or sweater.
What is your go-to outfit for summer? What’s the biggest faux-pas for office attire? Share your opinions in the comments section, below.
Nutritional experts recommend that everyone eats a bushel of vegetables each day and a serving of protein no bigger than a thimble. (I’m paraphrasing.) Also, throw in different oils to balance out your diet. Don’t forget to get your 30-60 minutes of moderate exercise each day. And a little meditation or quiet time to yourself is important each night. If you do everything you’re supposed to be doing in order to be healthy and happy, you wouldn’t have time to do anything else, such as enjoy your healthy and happy lifestyle.
Working parents love their children and want them to eat healthfully, but sometimes they end up buying a bucket of fried chicken on the drive home from work (or soccer practice or gymnastics) because there isn’t enough time in the day to prepare a homemade meal. It’s just the hectic world we live in and what we should be doing doesn’t always align with what we end up doing.
To that end, the following news might not shock you: 30 percent of workers will contact their offices while on vacation this year. That means what should be their mental hiatus from the daily grind will actually just be another day at the office – only on a beach or at an amusement park instead of a desk. Last year only 25 percent of workers said the same thing, according to CareerBuilder’s annual survey.
In today’s stress-filled, understaffed, highly competitive workplace, work-free vacations are nice ideas but not always pragmatic. You might have even expected the amount of people checking in with work on vacation to be higher.
What’s the problem?
First, what’s more problematic than having to work on vacation is the fact that 24 percent of workers say they are unable to take a vacation this year because they simply can’t afford it. This is a small increase of the 21 percent who said the same thing last year.
Of workers who can take vacations, 12 percent have no plans to take one this year. Meanwhile another 12 percent of workers say they feel guilty that they’re vacationing and not working when they take a holiday. Perhaps they are worried that another worker is going to usurp their roles. If you knew 33 percent of hiring managers receive more than 100 applications for each summer job opening, you’d probably be looking over your shoulder, too. Or considering that many organizations are still “doing more with less,” workers might be unable to take vacation because there isn’t someone else to pick up the slack while they’re away. there’s always the possibility that the boss is just a bad person who doesn’t make vacationing easy, though we prefer to think most bosses are great people. (One good sign from the survey is that 36 percent of workers feel comfortable taking vacations this year than they did last year, so hopefully that trend continues.)
Any combination of the above could explain why 24 percent of workers say they’ve had to stay and work while their families went on vacation. In addition, 16 percent of workers lost vacation days in 2010 because they never had time to use them. Sigh. Basically, everyone knows they should be eating vegetables, but they can’t avoid the greasy foods.
You need a vacation
Listen, there are very reasonable reasons workers can’t take vacation. Not to mention there are many job seekers are undoubtedly thinking, “I wish I had a job I could take a vacation from!” Fair enough. However, for anyone with the means to take a few days from work and completely unplug from your job, do it. It benefits you, your family, your friends, and your job, which could theoretically affect your paycheck.
Earlier this year tech magazine Wired ran a great blog post on the importance of vacations. The article and the study it looks at are worth reading, but it closes with this excellent thought:
“Too often, we fail to consider the ways in which our surroundings constrain our creativity. When we are always ‘close’ to the problems of work, when we never silence our phones or stop responding to e-mail, we get trapped into certain mental habits. We assume that there is no other way to think about things, that this is how it must always be done. It’s not until we’re napping by the pool with a piña colada in hand — when work seems a million miles away — that we suddenly find the answer we’ve needed all along.”
Surely you’ve had one of those “a-ha” moments when you were dozing off or in the middle of a movie. Whether it was an idea for a school project, a work problem, or a personal issue that had stumped you, those light-bulb moments happen when you’re not thinking about it. Aside from the fact that you earned those vacation days and owe it to yourself to take a mental breather now and then, you also can improve your work performance as a result. A little relaxing can lead to new ideas which can lead to business success.
See also our fun infographic on the topic.
Let us know: At your current job or at a past one, did you take advantage of your vacation days? Or did the economy, your boss or overall workload impede on your chance to relax?
You might have noticed that The Work Buzz was down yesterday, and that bummed us out. Hopefully it bummed you out, too. If you didn’t even notice we were briefly absent, well, then, you didn’t miss anything.
So our usual list of companies hiring on Tuesdays got bumped to today. We’re sorry to throw off the schedule that way, but better late than never, right? Right. So hopefully this list finds you safe from the rough weather much of the country has been receiving lately.
Here are your companies hiring this week:
Sample job titles: Manager trainee, assistant manager
Sample job titles: Systems control programmer, disability analyst
Industry: Online media
Sample job titles: Community writer
GES Global Experience Specialist
Industry: Professional services
Sample job titles: Billing specialist, senior environmental engineer
Insphere Insurance Solutions
Industry: Insurance sales
Sample job title: Sales representative
New York Life Insurance Company
Sample job titles: Financial and investment sales, senior systems consultant
Sample job titles: Project management analyst, information systems project analyst
Industry: Coin counting kiosks, DVD rental, entertainment
Sample job titles: Staff auditor, NOC shift supervisor
Tata Consultancy Services
Industry: IT consulting
Sample job titles: Business development manager, administrator on duty
Sample job titles: Senior field property claims representative, IT risk and security compliance leader
The transition from college to the real world has never been without its growing pains.
Graduates from every generation have found themselves in thankless first jobs, with low salaries and long hours. There always have been, and always will be, new college grads who move back in with their parents, or who wish they didn’t major in psychology, or who forego the job market altogether in favor of a few more years in the haven of academia.
Clearly, this already difficult transition is even harder to make when the economy is in the midst of a downward spiral. So, when I came across a new study from Rutgers University, called “Unfulfilled Expectations: Recent College Graduates Struggle in a Troubled Economy,” I figured the data was going to tell a fairly obvious tale.
However, upon reading the study, there was some pretty interesting insight beyond the expected stats about reduced starting salary (grads who got their first jobs in 2009-2010 suffered a 10 percent reduction in starting salary compared to those who graduated in 2006-2007) and higher unemployment (of those surveyed, 53 percent are working full time, 21 percent are attending graduate or professional school, 12 percent work part-time and 14 percent are unemployed).
Here’s a quick look at some of the more surprising findings:
Overall, recent grads are happy that they went to college
Nearly 75 percent of recent college grads said they were happy with, and have no second thoughts about, their decision to attend college. The same number felt that their education prepared them to succeed in their first full-time job.
On the other hand, though, three-quarters said that — looking back on their education — they would have done something differently (changed majors, done more internships, etc.).
Overall, recent grads are happy with their first jobs
Although nearly 30 percent of recent graduates reported making concessions for their first jobs — like accepting a lower-than-expected salary or working below what they regarded as their education level — two-thirds reported that they were satisfied with their first jobs.
More than three-quarters (78 percent) of those who graduated from 2006-2008 stayed at their first job longer than a year. Of those who graduated in 2009 or 2010, 68 percent are still at their first job.
Internships pay off
Average starting salary was significantly higher for graduates who completed at least one internship during college ($34,680) than it was for those who did not do an internship ($28,000). Forty-seven percent of graduates said they wished they’d done more internships or worked part time in college.
Most recent grads felt their first jobs were a step down the right career path
“Only one-quarter if graduates said that their first job was the beginning of what they hoped would be their career. But another half (46 percent) described their first job as the first step on the way to that career path.” One-quarter said that their first job had nothing to do with their desired career and was “just a job to get by.”
So what do you think? Are you a recent college grad? Are you glad you went to college? Did you get a job in your desired field? How do you feel about the future of your career?
Let us know in the comments section, below.
It’s often advised that looking for work should be treated like a full-time job — that job-seekers should literally devote eight hours a day, five days a week to their job searches. While that may seem like a lot of time, some experts believe that — in today’s economy — it’s the only way to get hired. Selena Dehne, a career writer for JIST Publishing and regular CareerBuilder contributor, spoke to one such expert.
By Selena Dehne
According to Michael Farr, author of “The Quick Résumé & Cover Letter Book,” the average job seeker spends fewer than 15 hours a week looking for work. Although 15 hours may seem like a great deal of time, it’s quite minimal in comparison to the 25 hours or more that Farr recommends job seekers devote to their search for employment each week.
“The average length of unemployment varies from three or more months, with some being out of work far longer,” explains Farr. “There is a clear connection between how long it takes to find a job and the number of hours spent looking on a daily and weekly basis. The more time you spend on your job search each week, the less time you are likely to remain unemployed. Of course, using more effective job search methods also helps. Those who set aside a solid amount of time for their job search activities and use this time wisely generally secure jobs in half the average time; and they often get better jobs, too.”
Farr suggests that job seekers create a specific daily schedule that keeps them on task and accountable for how their job search progresses. Here is a sample schedule provided in his book.
Get up, shower, dress and eat breakfast.
Organize workspace, review schedule for interviews or follow-ups and update schedule.
Review old leads for follow-up and develop new leads (want ads, Internet, networking lists and so on).
Make networking or direct employer phone calls, establish Internet contacts and set up meetings and interviews.
Take a break.
Make more new calls and Internet contacts.
Make follow-up calls and send e-mails as needed.
Go on interviews and networking meetings, make cold contacts in the field and conduct research for upcoming interviews.
Attend networking events.
How long do you spend on your job search each day? Let us know in the comments section, below.
For more on job searching, see:
By this time in May, many new graduates have already thrown their mortar boards and tassels in the air, and many soon-to-be graduates are counting down the days to do the same. It’s graduation time! This means long, boring ceremonies, relatives asking what you plan to do with your life, you not knowing how to answer that question, and hopefully some fun parties in between.
Each year, new graduates wonder what kind of job market they’re about to enter. Obviously the last several years have been tough for everybody, but especially for entry-level workers. This year, many graduates will be packing up and moving to a new city, where the job opportunities are better. Others who were lucky and smart enough to secure a job with the company they interned with are set. But most graduates are just looking for a place to begin their new career in the fabled Real World so they can pay the rent and make use of their degrees. At this stage in life, few workers are looking for a permanent job to stick with for the next 10 years. What they want is a place to earn valuable experience and see what suits them.
Recently, we had some good news for graduates: 46 percent of plan to hire recent college graduates this year, and many of those companies will be paying higher starting salaries than they were in 2010. Meanwhile, the National Association of Colleges and Employers conducted its own survey and found that the average offer to new graduates is expected to be $50,462, which is 5.9 percent higher than last year’s figure.
In short, things are looking up. Although we couldn’t make it to your graduation ceremony, we wanted to give you a gift. Therefore, we decided to provide you a list of companies who are looking for recent graduates. They want smart, educated workers who are ready to begin their careers. Consider this our way of saying, “Congratulations! We’re proud of you!”
You can always find companies hiring new graduates at CareerRookie, which is one of our sister sites and is devoted to career advice, resources and listings for the college crowd.
Here are companies hiring new graduates:
Sample job titles: Business account executive, retail store manager, associate applications developer
Sample job titles: Entry-level sales representative, sales consultant, territory sales representatives
Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank
Sample job titles: U.S. associate, analyst, paralegal, specialist, administrator, middle office support, front office support, helpdesk support
Dayton Freight Lines
Sample job titles: Apprentice, account manager, customer service representative, management internship
Industry: Wholesale distribution (plumbing products /building materials)
Sample job titles: Sales trainee program, credit trainee program
Industry: Manufacturing, technology, engineering
Sample job titles: Electrical design engineer, associate engineer, research engineer, project engineer
Sample job title: Manager trainee
Industry: Information technology
Sample job titles: Developers, engineers, project managers
The Kroger Co.
Sample job titles: Assistant store manager and co-manager
Liberty Mutual Group
Sample job titles: Sales, claims, underwriting
Industry: Government services
Sample job titles: Associate analyst, health systems, associate consultant, professional services consulting, associate engineer, software engineering
Plymouth Auctioneering Services
Industry: Sales, entertainment, fine art
Sample job titles: International fine art sales and consultant
TATA Consultancy Services
Industry: IT consulting
Sample job titles: Software engineer
University Sports Publications
Industry: Sports publications sales
Sample job titles: Inside sales, inside advertising sales, inside sales representative
Sample job titles: Business associate, operations research associate, business information systems associate, consultant
I once had a job where, after four months in the office, I still couldn’t pinpoint exactly what one person did. She and I would be in the same meetings, but she didn’t say or do anything that hinted at her professional purpose. Not once did we collaborate on a project, though we made polite conversation in the hallways. When I asked my boss about this person’s role, I received an eye roll and a shrug. In other words, no one knew what this person with a vague job title spent her time doing.
In all honesty, most of us probably don’t know what other people are doing on a daily basis. We know what their job functions are, but how they spend their working hours is anyone’s guess. Perhaps no one is on the receiving end of such speculation more than our bosses. Surely we’ve all thought, “I’m doing all the work, but the CEO’s bonus is bigger than my entire paycheck.”
Recently, the Harvard Business School released the paper “What Do CEOs Do?” For their research, they looked at the day-to-day responsibilities of 94 CEOs in Italian organizations. (Yes, the study is based in Italy, but we’re going to trust Harvard on this and assume their results give us insight into American bosses, too.) Here’s a glance at what the survey found:
- CEOs spend 85 percent of their time with other people
- CEOs spend 60 percent of their workday in meetings
- Phone calls, conference calls and public events combined only comprise 25 percent of a CEO’s day.
In other words, CEOs are rarely alone. Perhaps this makes sense if you think about how much strategizing and negotiating goes on among business leaders. This, of course, means the rest of us are doing the work that drives the business that our CEOs are always meeting about.
And we’re back to the question of, “What are you doing with your workday?” Apparently, we’re wasting a lot of it, and not necessarily because we’re lazy. In fact, we’re trying to get things done and getting sidetracked by the small stuff that needs to be crossed off our to-do list.
Earlier this year, Fonality, a company specializing in business communications needs, looked at how the average worker spends his or her day in a small or mid-sized business. According to Fonality, “[Workers] spend 50 percent of their workday on necessary, yet unproductive tasks, including routine communications and filtering incoming information and correspondence.”
The survey explains that workers spend:
- 39 minutes each day duplicating communications via multiple channels (such as email and phone)
- 33 minutes attempting to schedule meetings
- 29 minutes dealing with unwanted communications, such as SPAM and unsolicited calls
- 67 minutes trying to find important information relevant to work
- 74 minutes trying to contact customers, partners or colleagues
Or, if you’re basing this on an eight-hour workday, you spend 50 percent of your day on the above tasks. Basically, trying to do something but not doing the actual task.
Admittedly, the company who conducted the survey is concerned about wasted time relating to communications because they are a communications-focused organization. And this survey certainly emphasizes an office culture, so the results would probably shift once other professions (such as retail sales and food service) were taken into account. Therefore I’m not pretending it’s a perfect replica of everybody’s day, but it certainly appears to be a trend for many workers. Plus, not too long ago we discussed the strange phenomenon in this country where we keep scheduling meetings but we claim to hate them.
Does your workday seem to follow the same pattern of attempting and trying to do a bunch of tasks before you actually get anything accomplished?
Whether or not you actually accept that Lady Gaga’s career success is a result of her zodiac sign, you’ve got to admit that it’s interesting to see what astrology says about personality and career path — because sometimes, like in Gaga’s case, it’s eerily correct.
“Many high school students take an aptitude test to guide them on a path that they would enjoy. Astrology works the same way — it’s like a blueprint of your personality,” says Katherine Metcalf, a professional astrologer from Phoenix, Ariz. “We all come into this world with likes and dislikes, natural talents and areas where we need to learn and grow.”
A Gemini, for example, is totally comfortable networking and socializing, Metcalf says. “Put her in marketing or sales and she’s happy. Stick her in a cubicle with no human contact and she will wither.”
Want to know if your career is on the right track for your Zodiac sign?
We got a chance to talk to two longtime astrologists, Metcalf and Stacey Wolf — author of “Never Throw Rice at a Pisces” and resident astrologer for Cosmopolitan magazine — about the career paths best suited for each sign.
According to Metcalf, the most general way to identify your natural career strengths is by your element, of which there are four in the zodiac: Fire, Earth, Air and Water, with three signs belonging to each element. Here’s what she says your element reveals about you:
(Not sure what your sign is? See below or click here)
Fire signs (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius): All Fire signs are natural leaders. They are high energy, very creative and independent. Like a flame — they get inspired quickly and can motivate others. However, they may burn themselves out by having too many irons in the fire.
Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn): All Earth signs are practical and grounded. They like having a plan and taking steps to achieve success. They do best in the corporate world where structure is needed.
Air signs (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius): Air signs are the thinkers of the zodiac. Don’t expect them to get their hands dirty — they prefer working on a computer or brainstorming ideas with others.
Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces): The Water signs are the touchy, feely people of the zodiac. Water is related to our emotions and many excel at counseling. They are highly empathic and each sign has its own unique energy.
Looking for a more in-depth analysis of what the cosmos hold for your career? Wolf pinpoints the key traits, and best and worst careers for each sign, below.
Aries (March 21 – April 19)
Key traits: Enthusiasm, creativity, warmth — a short attention span. As a leader, you have great ideas but dislike getting mired in the tiny details.
Best careers: Entrepreneur, sales, film/TV, stockbroker, military, rescue worker.
Careers to avoid: Any mundane, detail-oriented desk jobs.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
Key traits: Determined, hard-working, loyal, stubborn. You enjoy accomplishing tasks from big to small.
Best careers: Engineer, computer programmer, technician, administrative assistant.
Careers to avoid: Any job that involves taking too much financial risk.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Key traits: Quick-witted, clever, adaptable, indecisive. You multi-task well and get bored easily so it’s hard to focus on the same project for long periods of time.
Best careers: Media, advertising, marketing, journalist/writer, delivery/driver.
Careers to avoid: Serious or mundane jobs that are extremely detail-oriented.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Key traits: Caring, intuitive, creative, persevering, moody. You love to support and nurture people but can feel burdened by this responsibility, too.
Best careers: Real estate, interior design, psychologist, teacher, therapist (occupational, speech, etc)
Careers to avoid: Isolating Jobs that involve constant oversight and no creativity.
Leo (July 23 – August 22)
Key traits: Confident, ambitious, creative, generous and domineering. You shine in careers that show off your dynamic personality. Plus you need to be in charge of something.
Best careers: Entrepreneur, entertainment, politics, public relations, maître d.
Careers to avoid: Any job where you are out of the spotlight.
Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
Key traits: Detail-oriented, analytical, hard-working, yet fussy. You love to cross things off your to-do list.
Best careers: Editor, accountant, engineering, graphic design, florist.
Careers to avoid: Jobs that deal with a variety of people, who may not be as fastidious and perfectionist as you.
Libra (September 23 – October 22)
Key traits: Diplomatic, artistic, intelligent yet prone to indecision. Because you are graceful under pressure, you work best in partnerships with other people.
Best careers: Architect, designer, lawyer, counselor, behind-the-scenes in the arts.
Careers to avoid: Conventional jobs that lack creativity and independence of mind.
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
Key traits: Dynamic, creative, resourceful, strong willed. Outspoken and self-starting, you can only work in a career that you feel very passionate about.
Best careers: Psychologist, designer, law, humanitarian organizations or charitable foundations.
Careers to avoid: Anything you perceive as shallow or materialistic.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
Key traits: Philosophical, optimistic, straightforward. You enjoy your freedoms of movement and self-expression and do best working in a field that allows you both.
Best careers: Entrepreneur, airline pilot, sports industry, police officer, flight attendant.
Careers to avoid: Any full-time desk job.
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
Key traits: Ambitious, resourceful, patient and authoritarian. Driven and competitive, any project you take on, you’ll do what ever it takes to be the best.
Best careers: Finance, business development/management, doctor, trainer.
Careers to avoid: A financially risky jobs or a career where there is no room for advancement.
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
Key traits: Analytical, clever, inventive, and obstinate. Friendly and autonomous, you get along with most people, yet you have no problems voicing a divergent opinion.
Best careers: Apps developer, veterinarian, scientist, engineer, alternative care practitioner.
Careers to avoid: Any conventional job that discourages independent thinking or differing opinions.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
Key traits: Compassionate, intuitive, flexible and overly sensitive. A visionary like Albert Einstein and Dr. Seuss, you work best in a situation where you can actualize what you see in your imagination.
Best careers: Artist, designer, psychologist, entertainment, charitable foundations, dog walker.
Careers to avoid: Any job that has a physically or psychologically grueling schedule or deals with the harsh realities of life.
So what do you think? Do you epitomize your sign, or are you the complete opposite? Let us know in the comments section, below.
Want to know more about choosing a career path? Check out the CareerPath.com color test.
You diet, you exercise, and you still don’t lose weight. It’s a frustrating problem that millions of people have. But the answer to achieving your weight-loss goals may not lie in harder workouts with Lars from the gym or some crazy cayenne-pepper cleanse. It may be as simple as changing a few of the bad habits you have … at the office.
That’s right: According to a new CareerBuilder survey, 43 percent of workers say that they’ve gained weight in their current jobs, due in large part to bad habits at the office like eating out, skipping meals, ”stress-eating” and partaking in office celebrations (like birthdays, potlucks, etc).
Though the combination of a sedentary desk job, a stressful schedule and an office kitchen stocked with birthday cupcakes isn’t exactly the perfect recipe for weight loss, it also doesn’t have to be an automatic sentence to poor health. (Proving that it’s possible? Eighteen percent of respondents to the CareerBuilder survey said they’d actually lost weight in their current jobs, up from 16 percent who said the same last year.) If you want to adopt a healthier 9-to-5 lifestyle, making these small tweaks in your daily work routine will help.
1. Move – Thirty-six percent of workers surveyed by CareerBuilder felt that ”sitting at a desk all day” had contributed to their weight gain. And, while there’s a reason some jobs are called “desk jobs,” making an effort to get up from your chair once an hour — even if it’s just to walk to the kitchen to refill your water bottle — will help make a sedentary job less so.
Better still? Get out of the office for a quick walk each day and you’ll reap twofold benefits. Not only will you burn extra calories, but getting away from your desk will also ease stress and allow you to clear your head, helping to prevent emotional eating.
“To justify this excursion, think of it as a ‘cigarette break.’ Since smokers are allowed to get outside to get their fix, you should be able to leave your work area to get your fix of oxygen to your brain mixed with muscle stimulation,” says Carol Frazey, author of “The Fit School Plan: 1 Year to a Nutritionally and Physically Fit Life.” “Breathing hard, moving your body and getting away from the work environment for a few minutes allows you to wake up and gives you a new perspective and solutions to your daily tasks. You’ll be surprised from what a few minutes of walking can do to help rejuvenate you for the rest of your day while burning calories.”
Bottom line: “Regularly get up from your desk, stretch out your muscles, go for a walk, take the stairs, etc.,” says Beverly Beuermann-King, a health and wellness expert who gives presentations and seminars to businesses on employee health, through her company Work Smart Live Smart. “Our bodies were designed for movement and when we don’t we are not burning off the calories.”
2. Pack your lunch — “Make your lunch at home with at least one protein, a whole-grain, vegetable, fruit, and dairy. A well-balanced, homemade lunch will save you thousands of calories each year compared to dining out each day,” Frazey says. “Most restaurants have great tasting meals because they add fat, sugar and salt. Save yourself the extra pounds and make dining out a ‘once-in-awhile’ thing.”
The same rule should apply to snacks. According to the CareerBuilder survey, 65 percent of workers snack at least once during the workday, so packing healthy options will make it easier to avoid the desserts in the kitchen or a neighbor’s candy bowl when hunger strikes.
3. Take something off your plate — (Figuratively speaking). If you can’t spare 10 minutes to eat a sandwich at some point in your day, then you’re too busy at work. Ask your boss to help you prioritize or slim-down your workload. Taking a break to eat an actual meal during your day will not only prevent low-blood sugar-induced visits to the vending machine (never good for the waistline), but it will also give you the energy needed to actually get your work done.
Packing a lunch will also help eliminate the “too busy to eat” conundrum, because you’ll already have your food with you, saving you the hassle of going out to buy it.
4. Stay hydrated — Thirst can actually mimic hunger, so next time you have a snack craving, reach for a glass of water first. Then, if you still feel hungry 10 minutes later, have a healthy snack. Don’t like plain water? Try keeping another healthy beverage — like iced green tea — on your desk instead.
One thing that is definitely not on the healthy-beverage list? Soda. “A regular, 20-ounce cola contains 250 calories and almost 17 teaspoons of sugar,” Frazey says. “If you replace one 20-ounce cola with water each day, you could lose 26 pounds in one year.”
5. Get a healthy work buddy — Involving a coworker in your plans to get healthy will help keep you both accountable and motivated. “It is easier to have a healthy lunch, take your breaks and go for a walk when you have made a commitment to another person,” Beuermann-King says. “You are less likely to slough off when you get busy.”
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