Saturday, August 27, 2005

How to Find a Job as a Copy Editor

How To Find A Job As A Copy Editor
By Niall Cinneide

Jobs for copy editors may seem like they are hard to find, but really you can find them and you can do so with many of the qualifications you already have. But, if you do not have any qualifications, this may be the first step in finding the copyediting job that you have been looking for. Jobs in this field are available, but it takes a good, solid portfolio and set of skills to get them. Here are some things to get you going in the right direction though.

1. Education is the most important aspect. If you do not have the time or funds to go to college to get a degree in writing and proofreading, you may want to look for a home study course. Often colleges will offer these courses to those who need to learn from home. It could be a good step for someone looking for copy editing work.

2. Create a portfolio of your work. If you establish any work in the field add it to your portfolio. This could be a simple document with your work displayed in it. If you have not obtained any opportunities, why not create your own? Look for projects to complete voluntarily as well. Getting the knowledge and experience is the most important aspect.

3. Search for job vacancies on the internet. Whether you apply for them or not, you can still get a good amount of knowledge about what is being offered, what requirements are needed, and then, you can see how you fit into the mix.

For those who are developing a freelance business, it is wise to look for jobs that offer more than a one time offering. A solid relationship in the employment of a company can lead to other jobs down the line. And, when it is time to look at the next job vacancies, they may turn to you. In this field, it is important to apply, apply, and apply. Get your bid in on some posted internet jobs. Get your name out as being available. Give the best rate then work to a higher one with clients as your experience grows.

All of these things can lead to more work, better work, and outstanding employment opportunities down the line.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Ideal Job and Handling Criticism

Ideal Job and Handling Criticism
By Meryl K. Evans

How many times have you been asked, "What is your dream job?"

Even if you document a dream job on paper, will you be happy every day in that job? Unlikely. Heck, you could work in your dream job for two different companies and end up being happy in one and miserable in the other. It's not just the responsibilities and the day to day activities that identify a job as enjoyable or miserable. It's also the environment, mentality, morale, and management styles.

When all the factors are positive (job role, management, environment, and so on), there will be days when you're frustrated or angry. The happiest marriages and parents who love their kids all face bad days. Everything in life has a "bad" to it. But does that mean it's not your dream spouse, dream family, or dream job? Not at all. It's like your body -- it's going to have its bad days no matter how good you take care of it.

Now that I am full-time with, I'm loving the job and experience. I've had a few down times, but they don't last long and I handle them well because I love the overall work I'm doing. I just read a commentary from Robert Ringer in Early to Rise, it's not about the negative situation, but how you handle it. Here's an example Ringer used:

"...tabloid headlines were screaming that New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza was gay. Piazza did only one interview, and said to the interviewer in a calm, straightforward manner, 'I'm not gay.' No anger, no hysteria, no scowl. As a result, the story died in a matter of days."

It's like "fighting fire with fire" or "adding fuel to the fire." If Piazza had come back in defensive mode with all sorts of rantings and ravings, you can bet the tabloids would've run with it for a little longer. If Clinton had simply apologize for his "relations with that woman" instead of denied it, perhaps it would've quickly died away.

We encounter criticism no matter how good we are. I remember the first time I was slaughtered in my blog, I was in shock. Not mad, but in shock that someone thought this of me. But then I stepped back and reminded myself that we all have one critic in our life no matter who we are. Accepting it rather than fighting it is a lot easier on the soul.

Meryl K. Evans is the Content Maven behind meryl's notes, eNewsletter Journal, and The Remediator Security Digest. She is also a PC Today columnist and a tour guide at InformIT. She is geared to tackle your editing, writing, content, and process needs. The native Texan resides in Plano, Texas, a heartbeat north of Dallas, and doesn't wear a 10-gallon hat or cowboy boots.

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Monday, August 08, 2005

The Importance of Having a Professional Resume

Why a Professional Resume?
By Maurice Turmel PhD

As a job search tool your Resume is your main calling card. It explains who you are and what you have to offer. Your Resume is your best chance to make a first impression. An exceptional Resume will help you Stand Out from the crowd. A solid, well-crafted Resume will get you interviews. That's the Resume's job - to get you the interview! The professional Resume Writer's task, in creating that Resume, is to present and sell your skills, abilities and experience in the most professional and appealing way!

Your Resume has to capture the reader's attention within 15 seconds! That's where a professionally crafted Resume stands above the rest. Your Resume's main theme and supporting value messages are what capture that attention, inviting the reader to look more closely at your Profile and Background. You need to Stand Out! That's what your Resume has to do, help you put the best face on your skills, accomplishments and experience.

There are No Second Chances to make a First Impression! Do you want to leave your future to chance with a haphazardly assembled Resume that does not capture Who You Really Are? A professional resume will help You secure that next career move you are now ready to make. It's called Branding. You are a Brand of One, with a collection of skills, work experiences and training that make You unique in all the important ways.

How Do You View Yourself? Your Resume says a lot of important things, but the one thing it says above all others is How You View Yourself. Yes, you heard me - How You View Yourself! If your Resume is just a cookie cutter collection of facts, figures and dates outlining your work and education history, then this tells the reader you view yourself and your experience as Not Too Important. Which for them means: Not Particularly Valuable.

That's Why You Need to Stand Out! Don't expect hiring professionals to read between the lines. Hiring professionals only read what's on the lines and pause on those statements that send a value message to them. If you care about yourself and value what you have to offer, then a Professional Resume will communicate that and more. The days of using someone else's Resume as a guide, or relying on some cookie cutter model of resume writing, are over.

Qualifications and Experience are one thing, but Attitude is equally important. You can have all the training and experience that a position calls for, but without a winning attitude, your Resume lands in the pile of "also rans." What will set you apart from other candidates is that Winning Attitude which is essential to communicate. A Positive Winning Attitude represents Energy. A professionally crafted resume will convey that energetic attitude.

To sum up, you need a Resume that: 1) can sell your qualifications and experience effectively; 2) tantalizes, excites and prompts the reader to want to know more about you; 3) begins to answer the question: "Why should I hire you;" 4) goes beyond the standard formats and presents You as that one of a kind candidate; 5) takes your professional training and experience to the next level, showing commitment, dedication, ability and value; 6) and accurately reflects your positive, energetic attitude.

Maurice Turmel PhD has an established background in Resume Preparation, Cover Letter writing and Interview Coaching. Knowing what Hiring Managers want comes from 25 years experience as a therapist/counselor overseeing dozens of corporate and orgzanizational Employee Assistance Programs and dealing directly with their Human Resources Departments. He is trained in Chronological, Functional, Hydbrid, Strategic and Targeted Resumes, IT (Technical Resumes) included. Curriculum Vitaes and Student Resumes are a specialty. His company "Your Best Resume" provides powerful and distinctive Resumes that consistently win Interviews. All of this can usually be accomplished within 48 hours. Online inquiries should be directed to:

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Roger Clark is senior editor at Top Career Resumes and Career Information Resources who provide free information to job seekers on all aspects of finding a new job and Top USA jobs where you can find the most up-to-date advice and salary information for jobs in all states.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Top 10 Tips for Career Advancement

Top 10 Tips for Career Advancement
By Bonnie Lowe

Here's a list of the top 10 tips you can use to advance your career:

1. Don't be afraid to say "I don't know." If you don't know something, say so; don't try to fake it.

2. Take responsibility for your actions. If you're at fault, admit it and take the blame. If you're wrong, apologize.

3. Never gossip. Gossip can hurt the careers of two people: the person being talked about, and the person doing the talking.

4. Never say "That's not my job." Don't think you are above anything. Pitch in and set a good example, especially if the job is one that nobody else wants to do. Your willingness to do so will be noticed and appreciated!

5. Share the credit. People who share credit with others make a much better impression than those who take all the credit themselves.

6. Ask for help when you need it. Don't let a difficult task get out of hand. When you need help, ask for it -- before things get worse.

7. Keep your dislike to yourself. If you don't like someone, don't let it show. Never burn bridges or offend others as you move ahead in your career.

8. Don't hold grudges. Life isn't always fair. If you were passed over for promotion, didn't get the project you wanted, etc., let it go. Be gracious and diplomatic, focus on the future and move on. Harboring grudges won't advance your career.

9. Be humble. When you're right, don't gloat about it. Never say "I told you so!"

10. Make others feel important. Compliment others, emphasize their strengths and contributions, and help them whenever you can. They will enthusiasitcally help you in return.

Bonnie Lowe is author of the popular Job Interview Success System and free information-packed ezine, "Career-Life Times." Find those and other powerful career-building resources and tips at her website:

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Roger Clark is senior editor at Top Career Resumes and Career Information Resources who provide free information to job seekers on all aspects of finding a new job and Top USA jobs where you can find the most up-to-date advice and salary information for jobs in all states.