Companies hiring in June

It's graduation season, but you don't need to be a recent graduate to get a new start this summer. Whether you're looking for your first job or just a new opportunity, check out these 20 companies with open positions to fill this month.

1. Axis Payments
Industry: Financial technology
Sample job titles: Outside sales
Location: Nationwide
2. CaptionCall
Industry: Telecommunications
Sample job titles: Communications assistant, Spanish/English communications assistant, account manager, outreach specialist, installer/trainer, technical support II, test technician
Location: Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Texas, Illinois, Iowa, Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Washington
3. Concentrix
Industry: Customer Service
Sample job titles: Customer Service Representatives
Location: Daleville, Ind.; Rochester N.Y.; Tempe, Ariz.
4. Cornerstone Staffing Solutions, Inc
Industry: Manufacturing, Light Industrial, Warehouse
Sample job titles: Forklift operator, picker, packer, customer service, CDL driver, assembly
Location: Nationwide
5. Einstein Healthcare Network
Industry: Hospital System
Sample job titles: LPN - Emergency Department, RN – Emergency Department
Location: Philadelphia, Pa.
6. Everstaff
Industry: Light industrial, administrative, accounting
Sample job titles: Customer service representative, accounting clerk, accounts receivable
Location: Nationwide
7. F.N.B. Corporation
Industry: Banking – Financial Services
Sample job titles: Assistant branch manager, teller, sales executive, mortgage underwriter, data warehouse administrator
Location: Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky
8. Fusion Medical Staffing
Industry: Healthcare
Sample job titles: Physical therapist, registered nurse, occupational therapist
Location: Nationwide
9. Humana
Industry: Insurance/Healthcare
Sample job titles: Telesales, insurance sales, customer care specialist, registered nurses, primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, psychiatrist
Location: Tampa, Miramar, Louisville, and Daytona Beach, Fla.; San Antonio; Dallas; Phoenix; Madison, Wisc.
10. Impact Management Services
Industry: Light Industrial and Professional Placement Services
Sample job titles: Recruiter, sales representative, machine operator, production associate, accounting/finance professional, administrative/clerical.
Location: Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois
11. NextGen Information Services
Industry: IT/Engineering
Sample job titles: Mechanical engineer, user experience manager, project coordinator, integration manager, structural tool install designer
Location: Oregon, Minnesota, Missouri
12. Olympus Corporation Of The Americas
Industry: Medical Device
Sample job titles: Medical device sales rep, product manager, territory manager, supplier manufacturer engineer
Location: Pennsylvania, Massachusetts , Minnesota, Ohio
13. PPG Industries, Inc.
Industry: Manufacturing / Retail / Building Materials
Sample job titles: Retail sales associate, territory manager, store manager, outside sales representative
Location: Nationwide
14. Public Consulting Group
Industry: Professional Services/Consulting
Sample job titles: Healthcare claims supervisor, senior consultant
Location: Boston; Austin; Portsmouth, N.H.; Raleigh, N.C.
15. Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Industry: Healthcare
Sample job titles: RN, OT, nurse manager, pharmacist
Location: Chicago
16. Samuel's Jewelers
Industry: Retail/ Jewelry
Sample job titles: Retail associate, retail manager, merchandising assistant, accounting associate
Location: Texas, Wyoming, Kentucky, Louisiana, California, Kansas, Arizona, Indiana, Oklahoma, Missouri
17. Santander Bank, N.A.
Industry: Banking
Sample job titles: Teller, universal banker, mortgage officer, branch manager
Location: Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachusetts
18. U-Haul
Industry: Transportation
Sample job titles: Customer care, general manager, warehouse, reservations
Location: Nationwide
19. Vans
Industry: Retail
Sample job titles: Store manager, assistant manager, director of design
Location: Nationwide
20. The Wendy's Company
Industry: Fast Casual Nationwide Restaurants
Sample job titles: Restaurant manager, shift leader, crew member
Location: Nationwide

Companies hiring: Week of 5/31

1. Arthrex
Industry: Manufacturing
Sample job titles: Associate engineer, manufacturing supervisor CNC, distal extremity regional manager, QC inspector, manager – operations systems
Location: Naples and Ave Maria, Fla.; Pittsburgh, Penn.; Santa Barbara, Calif.
2. Evangelical Homes of Michigan
Industry: Healthcare
Sample job titles: Director of nursing, home health aide, registered nurse, dietary aide
Location: Saline, Sterling Heights, and Ann Arbor, Mich.
3. City of Atlanta
Industry: Government
Sample job titles: Civil engineer, electrician supervisor, watershed plant officer, business analyst, traffic service technician
Location: Atlanta
4. The Keyes Company
Industry: Real Estate
Sample job titles: Real Estate Sales Associate, Property Manager, Real Estate Recruiter
Location: Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Palm Beach, and Weston, Fla.
5. MillerCoors
Industry: Brewery
Location: Nationwide
6. Nelson Family of Companies
Industry: Staffing and Recruiting
Sample job titles: Accountants, administrative assistant, software developer, human resources manager, project manager, accounts payable, warehouse technician
Location: California
7. TMX Finance
Industry: Financial Services
Sample job titles: Call center rep, store manager, district manager, general manager, customer service rep, bilingual customer service representative
Location: Nationwide
8. TreeHouse Foods
Industry: Consumer packaged goods
Sample job titles: QA manager, systems & network administrator, food scientist, senior engineer, manufacturing mechanic, category manager, financial analyst, safety manager, plant manager, production workers, material planner, production supervisor, IT manager, sales executive, sales analyst and business development manager
Locations: Illinois, Nebraska, Missouri, Wisconsin, California, Georgia, New York, Texas, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, South Carolina, Arizona, Utah, Nevada and Massachusetts
9. Trillium Staffing
Industry: Staffing
Sample job titles: CDL driver, customer service representative, warehouse, recruiter, carpenter, electrician, metal fabricators
Location: National
Industry: Shipping and packaging
Sample job titles: Customer service, distribution manager, director of talent acquisition, inside sales, IT, marketing, recruiters, supply chain, warehouse
Location: Nationwide

Top growing jobs for outdoorsy people

Love the great outdoors? Consider some of these growing career opportunities.
We all like to get out of the office and into nature every once in a while, but for some, the call of the wild is strong enough to lure them from life behind a desk. If you're looking for an opportunity to spend your working hours a little closer to nature, here are 10 growing jobs for you to consider:

1. Wind turbine service technicians install, maintain, and repair wind turbines. They inspect the exterior and physical integrity of towers, perform routine maintenance on turbines and collect turbine data for testing or research and analysis.
  • 2011-2016 job growth – 21%
  • 2016-2021 job growth – 11%
  • Median hourly earnings – $21.48
2. Solar photovoltaic installers assemble, install, or maintain solar panel systems on roofs or other structures.
  • 2011-2016 job growth – 20%
  • 2016-2021 job growth – 9%
  • Median hourly earnings – $19.68
3. Anthropologists and archeologists study the origin, development and behavior of humans. They examine the cultures, languages, archeological remains and physical characteristics of people in various parts of the world.
  • 2011-2016 job growth – 12%
  • 2016-2021 job growth – 9%
  • Median hourly earnings – $29.50
4. Geoscientists study the physical aspects of the Earth, such as its composition, structure and processes, to learn about its past, present and future.
  • 2011-2016 job growth – 11%
  • 2016-2021 job growth – 9%
  • Median hourly earnings – $46.83
5. Geographers study the Earth and its land, features and inhabitants. They gather geographic data through field observations, maps, photographs, satellite imagery and censuses.
  • 2011-2016 job growth – 11%
  • 2016-2021 job growth – 11%
  • Median hourly earnings – $34.95
6. Grounds maintenance workers ensure that the grounds of houses, businesses and parks are attractive, orderly and healthy in order to provide a pleasant outdoor environment.
  • 2011-2016 job growth – 10%
  • 2016-2021 job growth – 6%
  • Median hourly earnings – $14.47
7. Landscape architects design parks and the outdoor spaces of campuses, recreational facilities, private homes and other open spaces.
  • 2011-2016 job growth – 8%
  • 2016-2021 job growth – 3%
  • Median hourly earnings – $29.35
8. Marine engineers and naval architects design, build and maintain ships from aircraft carriers to submarines, from sailboats to tankers. Also known as marine design engineers or marine mechanical engineers, marine engineers are primarily responsible for the internal systems of a ship, such as propulsion, electrical, refrigeration and steering. Naval architects are primarily responsible for ship design, including the form, structure and stability of hulls.
  • 2011-2016 job growth –
  • 2016-2021 job growth –
  • Median hourly earnings –
9. Zoologists and wildlife biologists study animals and other wildlife and how they interact with their ecosystems. They study the physical characteristics of animals, animal behaviors and the impacts humans have on wildlife and natural habitats.
  • 2011-2016 job growth – 3%
  • 2016-2021 job growth – 5%
  • Median hourly earnings – $28.67
10. Foresters manage the overall land quality of forests, parks, rangelands and other natural resources.
  • 2011-2016 job growth – 3%
  • 2016-2021 job growth – 4%
  • Median hourly earnings – $28.51

Companies Hiring 5/17

1. AAA Northeast
Sample job titles: Travel agent, call center representative, insurance agent, financial service representative
Location: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York & Rhode Island
2. Allegiance Staffing
Industry: Staffing
Sample job titles: Warehouse, machine operator, welder, assembly worker, material handler, driver, server
Location: National
3. BH Management
Industry: Apartment management
Sample job titles: Construction project manager, make-ready technician, architect, assistant property manager
Location: Richmond, Va.; Des Moines, Iowa; Minneapolis, Minn.; Texas; Maryland; Georgia
4. C2 Education
Industry: Education
Sample job titles: Center director, assistant center director, tutor, field trainer
Location: Nationwide
5. City of Atlanta
Industry: Government
Sample job titles: Civil engineer, electrician supervisor, watershed plant officer, business analyst, traffic service technician
Location: Atlanta
6. Contemporary Staffing Solutions
Industry: General Staffing
Sample job titles: Loan processor, customer service representative, call center representative, .net developer
Location: Philadelphia, Delaware, Florida
7. Esurance
Industry: Insurance
Sample job titles: Claims liability adjuster, senior software developer, customer service rep, actuarial analyst, claims processor, branch manager, data quality analyst
Location: San Francisco and Rocklin, Calif.; Mesa, Ariz.; Richardson, Texas; Tampa, Fla.
8. Parallon Workforce Solutions
Industry: Healthcare
Sample job titles: Registered nurse
Location: Nationwide
9. Pentagon Federal Credit Union
Industry: Banking
Sample job titles: Mortgage loan officer, mortgage loan assistant, senior underwriter, mortgage disclosure specialist, manager, residential mortgage closing, branch manager, vice president, card fraud management, operations officer, senior engineer, IT manager, mortgage loan processor
Location: Virginia, Nebraska, Oregon, Maryland, Georgia, Texas
10. Titan Machinery
Industry: Machinery
Sample job titles: Outside sales representative – rental, field marketer – outside sales, wholegoods specialist, diesel service technician, service foreman, service writer, store manager, human resources coordinator, rental support, parts counter, rental counter
Location: North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Colorado, Arizona, Maryland, Montana

Companies hiring in April

Check out these 20 companies hiring this month.
Spring is a time of rejuvenation and rebirth – a perfect time to start up a new career. For those of you looking to embark down a new career path, here are 20 companies hiring this April.
1. Acadia Healthcare
Industry: Behavioral health
Job titles: Clinical coordinator, licensed vocational nurse/licensed practical nurse, registered nurse, therapist, physician, mental health technician, CNA, dietary manager, substance abuse counselor
Location: Nationwide
2. Aerotek
Industry: General staffing
Sample job titles: Electrical engineer, maintenance supervisor, machine operator, data entry
Location: Nationwide
3. City of Atlanta
Industry: Government
Sample job titles: Civil engineer, electrician supervisor, watershed plant officer, business analyst, traffic service technician
Location: Atlanta
4. Core-Mark
Industry: Distribution, logistics and marketing
Sample job titles: Class A delivery driver, shuttle driver, warehouse selector, merchandiser, sales development representative, warehouse supervisor, transportation supervisor, territory manager
Location: Nationwide
5. Elwood Staffing
Industry: Staffing and recruiting
Sample job titles: Paralegal, industrial engineer, cell technician, tooling/maintenance supervisor, machine builder, materials supervisor
Location: Nationwide
6. Extra Space Storage
Industry: Retail
Sample job titles: Store manager, assistant store manager, district manager
Location: Nationwide
7. Fast Switch
Industry: Information technology
Sample job titles: Senior Cisco engineer, Java developer, project manager, Oracle DBA
Location: Ohio, California, Texas, Georgia
8. Floor & Decor
Industry: Retail flooring
Sample job titles: Warehouse specialist, tile specialist, cashier, retail sales associate, department manager
Location: Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Nevada, Texas, Arizona
9. Guckenheimer
Industry: Hospitality and food service
Sample job titles: Chef, sous chef, exhibition-specialty cook (specializing in Indian and Asian cuisine), grill cook, cook, pantry production, catering production, catering supervisor, cashier, delivery attendant, server/foodservice worker, dishwasher/utility, executive chef, food service manager
Location: Nationwide
10. Kforce Technology / Kforce Finance & Accounting
Industry: IT and accounting staffing
Sample job titles: Application developer, project manager, business analyst, financial analyst, accountant, compliance analyst, tax manager, AP/AR specialist
Location: Nationwide
11. Parkland Health
Industry: Health care
Sample job titles: Registered nurse, operating room surgical technician
Location: Dallas, Garland, Irving and Grand Prairie, Texas
12. Presence Health
Industry: Health care
Sample job titles: Coder, nurse practitioner, director of nursing
Location: Chicago
13. Scholastic
Industry: Publishing
Sample job titles: CDL driver, fork lift operator, distribution center supervisor, account executive, analyst, marketing operations support and reporting analyst, delivery driver
Location: Nationwide
14. Securamerica
Industry: Security
Sample job titles: Controller, security officer, recruiter, national account executive, sales operations manager
Location: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles
15. Senior Care Centers
Industry: Long term health care
Sample job titles: Charge nurse, LVN, RN, certified nursing aide, director of nursing, people strategy representative
Location: Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and Houston, Texas
16. Southwest Key Programs
Industry: Behavioral health
Sample job titles: Clinician, case manager, youth care worker, teacher
Location: Texas, Arizona
17. ThyssenKrupp
Industry: Manufacturing/sales
Sample job titles: Quality supervisor, motorsports product engineer, product engineer – acquisition, quality engineer, operations manager – modernization, district sales manager, national account manager, sales trainee
Location: California, Hawaii, Oregon, Michigan, Florida, New York, Tennessee, Utah, Indiana, Washington, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas
18. Titan Machinery
Industry: Machinery
Sample job titles: Outside sales representative – rental, field marketer – outside sales, wholegoods specialist, diesel service technician, service foreman, service writer, store manager, human resources coordinator, rental support, parts counter, rental counter
Location: North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Colorado, Arizona, Maryland, Montana
19. TMX Finance
Industry: Financial services
Sample job titles: Call center representative, store manager, district manager, general manager, customer service representative, bilingual customer service representative
Location: Nationwide
20. TreeHouse Foods
Industry: Consumer packaged goods
Sample job titles: QA manager, systems and network administrator, food scientist, senior engineer, manufacturing mechanic, category manager, financial analyst, safety manager, plant manager, production worker, material planner, production supervisor, IT manager, sales executive, sales analyst, business development manager
Location: Illinois, Nebraska, Missouri, Wisconsin, California, Georgia, New York, Texas, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, South Carolina, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Massachusetts

The right way to find the right job

College graduation season is upon us, and there's no shortage of advice columnists offering tips to recent college grads on how to land that first, full-time job. Some discuss what today's employers are looking for—candidates who are resourceful, intuitive, self-starting and sincere (like that's a surprise)—while others suggest strategies for devising eye-catching resumes.
This isn't one of those columns. My financial services colleagues and I actually had a preference for hiring recent grads for three good reasons:
They travel light. Although most will have worked part-time while in college and, ideally, completed an internship that coincided with their studies and professional aspirations, recent grads come with relatively little baggage. In other words, there aren't a lot of bad habits to break or attitudes to change.
They're malleable. Because they travel light and are usually pretty enthusiastic about their first full-time gig, recent grads are more easily trained.
They know more than we do. No matter how with it we hirers believe we are, recent grads are also that much more comfortable—often to the point of fearlessness—with technology. Consequently, we learned as much from them as they from us.
Contrary to what you might believe or hope, the hiring process isn't akin to speed dating. In fact, although many of us feel good about the gut decisions we often make on the fly, I've learned the hard way that first impressions aren't always correct. That's why God invented second and third interviews.
So here's how to get started.
Your resume should coincide with the position you seek or the posting to which you are responding. Not only should you not embellish it, but you should absolutely never misstate any of your qualifications, experiences or academic background. You never know who's going to pick up the phone to check on these.
Also, take care to choose your references wisely—in particular, those who can speak to the qualifications you need for the position you have in mind—and make certain they're prepared for the call. I can't tell you how many times I've contacted an unprepared or-, worse- , a reference who didn't even know that his or her name was given..., to the detriment of the applicant.
Your cover letter is equally important. Use it to make a brief and respectful case for your favorable consideration while at the same time a glimpse of your personality. Believe me, it makes a difference to know that as focused and determined as you may be, you don't take yourself more seriously than you should.
Now, suppose that your resume and cover letter do what they're supposed to do: attract interest. It's time to prepare for the first hurdle: the dreaded phone screen. Sure, we're trying to weed out the obvious bad fits crazies and those who are inexplicably incapable of advocating for themselves. But we're also looking for those who've taken the time do the research into what we do, how we do it, and are able to persuasively articulate how they believe they can help, (if only we would agree to meet them).
You see, the singular objective for the phone screen is to score an in-person interview. It's where you'll have as much of an opportunity to impress as you will to assess. I'll discuss that in a minute. In the Meantime, keep these three things in mind.
Dress appropriately. Even if they say they're business casual, endure the ridicule and crank it up a notch to show respect.
Speak knowledgably and confidently on the subjects you know. Never attempt to bluff your way through the things you don't know. The odds are against you on that one.
Be prepared to ask questions. Many interviewers close by asking if the candidate has any questions he or she would like to ask. "Nope" is not a good answer. In fact, you should look at that question as an ideal opportunity to showcase the initiative you took by researching the organization in advance of your meeting.
Ask for the timeline. The close of the interview is also a good time to ask for a sense for their decision-making process and for permission to follow up at a later date.
Two more things to do as you prepare for your audition.
Clean up your online act. So much information is so readily available these days that it would be a mistake to believe that the things you wouldn't want your mother to see won't end up on a prospective employer's monitor.
Personal financial management counts. Although many states have enacted or are contemplating legislation that limits the use of credit scores and credit bureau reports in the hiring process, there are exceptions. My own industry, for example, is one of those because our positions are often directly or indirectly tied to financial transactions.
And if the opportunity you seek is one that requires a credit check as part of the hiring process, know these three things:
First, under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), no employer is permitted to order your credit report without your written consent.
Second, under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the three principal credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion) are required to provide you with a free credit report, annually. It would be agood idea to know what yours says before you're asked about it.
Third, if there are items on your report that concern you, I suggest you discuss these forthrightly when you're asked to grant that permission, because that's when it'll count—not before.
I've heard lots of stories about divorces, medical emergencies, student loan burdens and even past employment interruptions. Life happens, and. But as long your credit bureau report shows that you have or are working through your problems in a responsible manner, you shouldn't be overly concerned. On the other hand, betting that a chronic case of late payments and account closures won't come up isn't one a bet worth taking.
Finally, I said before that in-person interviews are opportunities for mutual assessment. In particular, there are three things to consider as you make your way through the process.
Is this the kind of work you want to do? Does it coincide with your education and interests? Will the tasks that you'll be asked to complete present enough of a challenging enough to keep you engaged?
How do you feel about the people and the work environment? In particular, what do you think of the person to whom you'll report? What about the people with whom you'll work? What's your sense of the environment: calm, busy, frenetic, pressure cooker?
Will these folks help you to become more tomorrow than you are today? Will they train and mentor you? Do they offer a reasonably attainable career path? Is there a continuing education reimbursement program? Will there be opportunities to explore other areas within the organization if you choose?
This last group of questions is the most important of them all. Not only does it represent the difference between a short-term job and, potentially, a lifelong career, but it also offers invaluable insight into how management views its employees—as individuals who are worthy of investment or commodities to plug and play.
The right kind of employer will want to do all they can to make your time there worthwhile—for both your sakes—not least because recruiting, onboarding, training and helping new hires to become productive is time-consuming and costly. So it follows that if your prospective employer is so inclined, you can also look forward to a compensation package that's both competitive and fair.

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6 jobs in the legal marijuana industry you never knew existed

The legal marijuana industry in the U.S. has expanded quite a bit in recent years. Medical marijuana is now available in more than 20 states, and several have even legalized it for recreational use. An entirely new cluster of jobs have become available alongside this growth, and because the industry is so new, workers may or may not be familiar with all of their options. Jobs in the legal marijuana industry extend beyond growers and dispensary workers. Here are a few other new and less well-known job titles within the field.
1. Petitioners.
There are a lot of individuals who've helped encourage the expansion of the legal marijuana industry, and the work isn't over yet. In addition to legal marijuana lobbyists, who also work on the legislation side of things, some folks work as petitioners collecting signatures and acting as advocates. This could be a great option for folks who are passionate and knowledgeable about the cause.
2. Reviewers.
In states where marijuana is legal for recreational use, some folks are starting to find jobs working as reviewers. The process of reflecting on and writing about different strains is more complicated than most people think, as different products vary considerably and in a number of ways. These workers really need to know their stuff, and they should have solid writing skills as well.
3. Trimmers.
In order to prepare the plant for next steps, some maintenance is required – mainly the cutting away of leaves. The work can be a bit tedious, but while bud-trimmers need some training and expertise, they don't require nearly as much as other professionals in the field. Therefore, this is a great entry-level position for someone working to break into the industry.
4. Edible creators.
Working as an edible creator requires a lot of expertise. Also, states have different laws about how edibles need to be labeled and how they're regulated. But, for some folks, working to infuse marijuana into everything from soda to oatmeal to candy could be a dream come true.
5. Marijuana journalists.
Similar to reviewers, marijuana journalists work within the industry to publish articles on a wide variety of topics. In addition to talking about differences between the strains, they might also review dispensaries or talk about how the culture around legal marijuana is changing. In order to land one of these positions, one would need excellent writing skills and they should also have their finger on the pulse of their local industry.
6. Analytical chemist.
For serious scientists looking to work within the industry, a job as an analytical chemist could be perfect. These folks work in labs and test for potency, pesticides, heavy metals, etc. They help regulate products for consistency and safety. This is important and highly skilled work that must be done by a trained chemist.

Want more money? These are the job titles to target

What's in a name? It could be a significant amount of money. Earnest, an online lender, recently published a report analyzing various job titles and their corresponding salaries. While the actual day-to-day differences in responsibilities could be very little, these keyword variations translate potentially into a significant salary increase.
Adding "Lead" to Your Title
If you're determined to earn more money, adding a "lead" to your title is a worthwhile goal. The median difference in salary between those who are considered a "Lead Developer" and those who aren't, for example, is $23,000, according to Earnest's data. While this is a title that can require several years of experience and an impressive portfolio, it's a goal to work toward that could pay off very well in the long run.
Being Called a "Director"
A similar term, with similar earning potential: those being called directors enjoy a median salary difference of $21,000 from others with a similar function but a less senior title. If you're currently planning to negotiate a promotion or raise, consider the long-term potential of securing a better title that will then be leverage for a salary hike later on. It's tempting to always ask for more money, but sometimes a better title could be the smart move that leads to a bigger number in your next opportunity. (Although, of course, there's no reason not to try for both.)
If You're Considered a "Senior"
Don't expect a senior title if you're just a few years out of school. That said, it's worth bringing up a title change if you find yourself consistently in the mentorship role within the team to those with less experience or skill. With a median difference of $20,000, it's not to be sniffed at by any means.

What about those keywords that might not bring in as much money? If your title includes the terms "assistant," "associate," or "staff," it could be holding you back from earning more. "Assistant" positions can have a median negative difference of $10,000 in annual salary, while "staff" indicates that a person could be earning up to $15,000 less than someone with essentially the same role. These titles tend to describe graduate-level or junior employees, so if you find yourself still working under one of them but feel you have lots of valuable experience to offer, it might be time to discuss a change with your manager.

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How to start a freelance business and keep your day job: 10 Steps

A comprehensive guide to starting a successful side business before you make your startup dream a full-time reality.
You want to start a business. You need to start a business. But you're not quite ready to quit your job and take the plunge.
Don't feel bad--here's one reason you should feel that way.
Fortunately, there's a great alternative: starting your own business while keeping your day job.
The following is a guest post from Ryan Robinson, an entrepreneur and marketer who teaches people how to create meaningful self-employed careers. (His online courses "The Launch While Working Formula" and "Writing a Winning Freelance Proposal" can teach you how to start and grow your own business while working a full-time job.)
Here's Ryan:
Of all the side businesses you can effectively grow while keeping your day job, freelancing is one of the most feasible. At its core, you're essentially using your skills--the tasks and abilities you've already mastered--to take on contract work and augment your income. What's more, it's attractive for many reasons beyond just the money.
But, before getting started with your freelance business, you need to get very clear on why you want to freelance in the first place. Once you have your goals in mind, how you use your limited amount of time will greatly determine your level of success with freelancing.
1. Define Your Goals.
Without clearly defined, easily measurable goals, you're going to have a very difficult time getting to where you want to go.
  • Is freelancing a path to just earning extra income on the side of your day job?
  • Do you eventually want to become a full-time freelancer because of the lifestyle benefits of being your own boss?
  • Are you looking to use freelancing as a steppingstone to eventually achieving a different goal entirely?
Regardless of what your ultimate goal is, you need to make it abundantly clear. Take the time to understand why you're considering starting a freelance business, and make sure it's the right move in your progression toward achieving your bigger-picture goal.
Let's say your bigger-picture goal is to become a fully self-employed freelancer. You'll set your own hours, decide whom you want to work with, and call all the shots in your business. Now, how do you get there?
You know that you'll need to get your freelance income up to a sustainable, healthy level that allows you to eventually quit your day job without stress about where your next paycheck is going to come from. Because I've quit my day job too early in the past, my personal rule is that I must reach a side income of at least 75 percent of what my salaried job pays me, before even considering quitting to pursue my side business full time.
Starting with your freelance income target, based on your living expenses, risk tolerance, and realistic expectations on how long your savings can sustain you, now you can back into a rough idea of how many clients you'll need (and what you'll have to charge them), before making it to the point where you'll be able to leave your day job to freelance full time.
2. Find a Profitable Niche.
Let's assume you're a graphic designer by trade, or you've at least been building your skills with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop in your free time. Clearly, there are a lot of competitors in your industry who will be willing to charge much lower rates than you, no matter what you do. There are people from all around the world with lower costs of living who will always be willing to accept lesser-paid gigs than you. Get over the idea of trying to compete on price as a freelancer, right now.
It's not worth racing other people to the bottom, especially when sites like Fiverr and Upwork already have countless options for low-priced freelancers. Side note: I recommend not ever listing your services on either of those sites, unless you absolutely need to (after striking out trying everything in this post).
By taking the time to find a profitable niche for your freelance business, you're actively seeking out an industry and type of client that value quality. When you're in a space that competes on quality, you'll completely change the ways that you sell your services. You'll be competing on value, not price.
Instead of taking any graphic design project that comes your way, choose to concentrate solely on infographic design for startup blogs, or e-book layouts for enterprise tech companies. Choose an area that genuinely interests you, and focus on becoming the best designer in that narrow space.
Once you've made yourself invaluable within your niche, you'll have a platform by which you can expand your freelance business in any direction you'd like.
3. Identify Your Target Clients.
Attracting the right types of clients for your freelance business is just as important as finding a profitable niche.
As you're getting started, it's fine to take a bit more of a shotgun approach to landing a few gigs. Make some initial assumptions about whom you want to work with and target them first. After working with a few of them, you'll develop a very clear sense of whether to continue pursuing similar clients.
In my freelance business, I've honed my target client profile over time to matching only two very specific types of businesses: high-growth tech startups and business influencers with well-established personal brands. The primary reasons I've narrowed the focus of my freelance business this far are because I work best with these types of (very similar) clients, and they run in similar circles that lead to frequent referrals. I'm building my reputation within my niche.
This is a difficult decision to make at first, because it means turning away a lot of business. However, the process of narrowing your target clients to those you work with best will help you achieve much better results in the long run. Once you have a few clients that are willing to advocate for you, the momentum will really pick up.
Going back to our focus of competing on value, not price, everything you do in regard to starting your freelance business--especially when you have a very limited amount of free time--needs to point back to your ability to deliver the highest-quality results for your clients. As one of my freelance idols, Paul Jarvis, so eloquently put it over on the CreativeLive blog, "make your clients so happy & successful that they become your sales force."
Your goal is to build your authority and eventually be seen as the go-to resource for a specific type of client. By appealing so well to a narrow (well-selected) niche, your target clients will have a very quick path to deciding that you're the best person to help them with their projects. This, above all else, is the path to charging premium rates without anyone batting an eye at the first prices you throw out.
To determine the best types of target clients for your freelance business, ask yourself these three questions:
  • Which businesses will find my services useful?
  • Which businesses can afford to pay the prices I'll need to charge, in order to get to my income goal?
  • Who are the decision makers within these businesses, and what can I learn about their demographics and interests? Can I find a way to connect with them on a personal level?
My target clients--smaller startup teams and founders with personal brands--can instantly relate to me because of my personal affinity to startups. Because my portfolio work is directly applicable to what they do, they also start out with much more confidence that I'll be able to drive similar results for their business, too.
4. Set Strategic Prices for Your Services.
I've spoken a lot about setting the right prices for your freelance business. I even architected an infographic over on CreativeLive that walks you through the process of setting your freelance hourly rate.
From a pure numbers perspective, this calculator from MotiveApp is as good as it gets for determining what your hourly rate needs to be, in order to meet your income goals and expense levels. It's a great tool for double-checking that you're charging enough to afford the lifestyle you want to live, but I recommend determining your pricing strategy with a very different progression in mind. Remember, you need to price yourself on the basis of the value you deliver--not on the basis of what your competitors are charging.
Don't allow anyone else to dictate the terms by which you define your value. That's not what freelancing is about.
In this post on his blog, Neil Patel chronicles many of the lessons he learned while running an SEO consulting business. A lesson that stood out for me is that the more you charge, the less clients complain. Because Patel very astutely selected target clients that have big budgets, he knows that they're much more willing to spend money--in order to make that money back through investing in your services. Smaller clients, on the other hand, often don't have as much money to play with, and thus can't sustain much in terms of losses when projects don't deliver big returns.
There's no such thing as prices that are too high. Your prices may be too high (or too low) for the types of clients you're targeting, but if you do your homework when deciding whom to pitch your services to, you'll be selling exactly what your clients need--for a price they can justify.
For my freelance content marketing services, I write well-researched, in-depth blog content for my clients. Most of my content is in the range of 1,500 to 2,500 words per piece, and designed to rank well in organic search results, which is extremely valuable for most businesses. Because my work extends beyond just writing, and into strategic distribution and driving traffic after the content publishes, I add a lot more value for my clients than any other "writer" can bring to the table. Back when I decided to start a business, I knew that I wanted to target premium clients that would pay more for that extra value.
They're going to hire someone to help with their projects, so it's just a matter of showing them you're the right person to help. Price becomes a secondary concern, if they're already convinced that you're the best person for the job. It's business and they'll make it work, or it wasn't meant to be.
5. Build a High-Quality Portfolio Website.
Because I'm such a huge advocate of creating a powerful online presence to support a freelance business, I brought in an expert, Laurence Bradford, to share all of the essential elements to building a freelance portfolio that wins you high-value clients.
As a starting point, let's understand what the purpose of having a portfolio website is. It's often the first impression a potential client will have of you, your style, your work, and the past clients (or companies) you've worked with. You need to effectively communicate the services you offer, and who they're for. Beyond that, you need to sell why you're the best person for this type of work--for the clients you want to work with.
Straight from Laurence, here's what every freelance portfolio needs to do to be truly effective at selling your services:
  • Communicate your specialty and display examples of your work.
  • List your contact information and show off your personality.
  • Highlight your relevant skills, education, and accomplishments.
  • Display testimonials (even if they're from co-workers or former bosses when you're just getting started).
  • Have regular updates that show your evolution, new clients, and latest work.
As you're developing your portfolio site, find other freelancers within your space and get some inspiration from them. Uncover how they're positioning themselves and communicating their value propositions, and formulate how to start a freelance business your way.
6. Create Examples of What You Can Deliver (on Your Portfolio Site).
You want your website to serve as a destination to demonstrate your expertise. With that in mind, one of the best ways to show you're in the know within your space is by regularly publishing new content, images, or videos (depending upon the content medium you work in) that will impress your target clients. Once you have an understanding of what your clients need, go out and create examples of that exact type of content--as if you had been hired to produce it--for your website.
There's no better way to sell your services than to already show your clients that you can create what they need. What's more, it will make their projects that much easier when you have a library of related work to pull from for inspiration.
My website is a living example of this. At least once per month, I make a point of publishing a very thorough, 4,000-word-plus blog post on a topic related to starting and growing a profitable side business, the theme of everything on my site.

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Companies hiring: Week of 3/22

​Job seekers, here is our weekly list of 10 companies that are hiring now. Click on the company names to learn more about the opportunities available.
1. AllstateIndustry: Insurance
Sample job titles: Accountant, actuary, attorney, auto claims adjuster, claims service specialist, customer service specialist, data scientist, database administrator, digital media consultant, engineer, field sales leader, financial analyst, Hadoop administrator, human resources consultant, marketing manager, media relations specialist, network engineer, product designer, product operations consultant, property claims adjuster, quantitative analyst, talent acquisition sourcer, technical product manager, test lead, trainer, Web developer, underwriting associate, Unix/Linux engineer, user experience (UX) designer, user interface engineer
Location: Nationwide

2. BrightView
Industry: Landscape maintenance and architecture
Sample job titles: Account manager, branch manager, operations manager, crew leader
Location: Nationwide

3. Client Services
Industry: Customer relationship management
Sample job titles: Customer service representative, client relationship manager
Location: Lenexa, Kan.; St. Louis, Mo.

4. The CSI CompaniesIndustry: Professional, IT, health care, direct hire (staffing/recruiting)
Sample job titles: Customer service, payroll processor, pharmacy technician
Location: Nationwide

5. Dakota Growers Pasta CompanyIndustry: Agriculture, food processing
Sample job titles: Forklift operator, machine operator, palletizer, mill operator, warehouse worker
Location: Carrington, N.D.; New Hope, Minn.

6. HCA HealthcareIndustry: Health care
Sample job titles: Registered nurse
Location: Nationwide

7. MGM Resorts InternationalIndustry: Hospitality/gaming
Sample job titles: Server, cook, security, lifeguard, sales associate, director
Location: Las Vegas; Detroit; Biloxi and Tunica, Miss.; Oxon Hill, Md.

8. Shoe ShowIndustry: Retail
Sample job titles: Retail store manager, keyholder, retail sales associate
Location: Nationwide

9. Tyco InternationalIndustry: Fire and security solutions
Sample job titles: Installation technician, alarm technician, quality technician, mechanical engineer, systems applications manager, national account manager, account executive
Location: New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Texas, Illinois, California, Alabama, Virginia, Indiana, Florida, Oklahoma

10. United Hospital SystemIndustry: Hospital system
Sample job titles: Registered nurse, physical therapist, respiratory therapist, CT technician, certified nursing assistant, physician, surgical technician, radiology technician
Location: Kenosha and Pleasant Prairie, Wis.

The 8 best jobs in America share this skill

They all earn an average of $100,000+/year because they all require a certain skill.
Glassdoor recently came out with a list of the 25 Best Jobs in America for 2017.
Eleven of the jobs make an average of over $100K/year. Out of those eleven, eight of them all have the word "manager" in their title. But, it's not the "traditional" manager quality we think of.
Solution Provider = More Money
What I notice about these eight particular $100K jobs is the management aspect requires them to be in charge of creating and delivering a solution. It's not about managing staff, it's about delivering specific results to the bottom line. Take a look:

Tax Manager
Engagement Manager
Product Manager
Analytics Manager
Software Development Manager
Product Development Manager
Finance Manager
Strategy Manager
All the jobs above directly save or make a company money. The person doing the job has the ability to know if they are adding value to the organization. Which means, when they do their job well, they have the ability to demand more in return (i.e. justify raises, bonuses, flex schedule, etc.)
Want A Better Job? Create More Quantifiable Value
For those of you looking for a better job, the lesson is this: you're a business-of-one selling your services to an employer. If you want to earn more, you must validate and provide clear evidence to support how you will save or make the company enough money to justify employing you at your desired pay level. It's not up to them, it's up to you. This is particularly true when interviewing for a job. If you don't know how to present your abilities properly, you won't get the job offer.
In today's competitive job market, you not only need to provide solutions for employers, you need to effectively market your expertise and showcase the value of those solutions too. Every business, especially a business-of-one, needs a good marketing strategy to stay in business!

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The 20 best places to live in America if you want to be happy at work

A lot of factors contribute to happiness at work: flexible hours, a competitive salary, a meaningful purpose. But where you live can also play a role in how likely you are to be satisfied at work.
Job search website Indeed just released their job happiness index for 2016, which included a ranking of the happiest metro areas in the US. The report ranked the 50 most populous cities in the country by average job satisfaction rating on a scale of one to five, culled from Indeed's database of more than 10 million employee reviews.
California came on out top, encompassing six of the top-20 cities. Los Angeles boasts the happiest employees in the country, followed by Miami and San Diego.
Read on to see the rest of the top-20 cities, with population and income data from the US Census Bureau.

20. Chicago, Illinois

Average job satisfaction rating: 3.897
Population: 2,722,389
Median household income: $47,831

19. New York, New York

Shutterstock Average job satisfaction rating: 3.899
Population: 8,491,079
Median household income: $52,737

18. Birmingham, Alabama

Shutterstock/Sean Pavone Average job satisfaction rating: 3.915
Population: 212,247
Median household income: $31,217

17. Hartford, Connecticut

Average job satisfaction rating: 3.919
Population: 124,705
Median household income: $29,313

16. Orlando, Florida

Average job satisfaction rating: 3.920
Population: 262,372
Median household income: $41,901

15. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Average job satisfaction rating: 3.927
Population: 407,207
Median household income: $50,767

14. Seattle, Washington

Shutterstock Average job satisfaction rating: 3.939
Population: 668,342
Median household income: $67,365

13. Detroit, Michigan

Average job satisfaction rating: 3.941
Population: 680,250
Median household income: $26,095

12. Atlanta, Georgia

Shutterstock Average job satisfaction rating: 3.947
Population: 456,002
Median household income: $46,439

11. Sacramento, California

Shutterstock Average job satisfaction rating: 3.952
Population: 485,199
Median household income: $50,013

10. San Jose, California

Average job satisfaction rating: 3.965
Population: 1,015,785
Median household income: $83,787

9. Riverside, California

Shutterstock Average job satisfaction rating: 3.977
Population: 319,504
Median household income: $56,089

8. Boston, Massachusetts

Average job satisfaction rating: 3.983
Population: 655,884
Median household income: $54,485

7. Washington, DC

Shutterstock Average job satisfaction rating: 3.992
Population: 658,893
Median household income: $69,235

6. New Orleans, Louisiana

Shutterstock Average job satisfaction rating: 3.993
Population: 384,320
Median household income: $36,964

5. San Francisco, California

Shutterstock Average job satisfaction rating: 3.997
Population: 852,469
Median household income: $78,378

4. Providence, Rhode Island

Richard Cavalleri/Shutterstock Average job satisfaction rating: 4.005
Population: 179,154
Median household income: $37,514

3. San Diego, California

Shutterstock Average job satisfaction rating: 4.016
Population: 1,381,069
Median household income: $65,753

2. Miami, Florida

Average job satisfaction rating: 4.026
Population: 430,332
Median household income: $30,858

1. Los Angeles, California

Shutterstock Average job satisfaction rating: 4.043
Population: 3,928,864
Median household income: $49,682

6 Harmless Lies That Can Help You Ace Your Job Interview

These fibs probably won't hurt anyone.

The 25 Skills You Must Master to Land a New Job in 2016 (Infographic)

Learn these skills, and your next job will come easily.


It's January, so there's a good chance you're on the hunt for a new job.

According to sites like and LinkedIn, this is the most popular time of year for job seekers to kick off their search.

To find out what it takes to successfully land a job, LinkedIn analyzed all of the hiring and recruiting activity that occurred on its site in 2015, and uncovered the 25 hottest skills in 14 different countries.

"If your skills fit one or more of these skills categories (a grouping of related skills), there's a chance you either started a new job or attracted the interest of recruiters last year," explains LinkedIn researcher Sohan Murthy in a recent LinkedIn post. "We noticed that companies were still recruiting and hiring for these skills well into the final months of 2015, so we expect these skills will remain in-demand in the early part of 2016. This means if you have one or more of these skills, you're likely to continue getting interest from recruiters in the new year."

Here are the hottest skills in the US:

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5 Things to Know Before You Start Your First Real Job

Remember: Be kind, smart and always remain professional.

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The 2015 semester has come to a close, and for college seniors, the college experience isn't far behind. If you're a college senior, and you're thinking about embarking on your first career, you might find yourself feeling a little intimidated by the unknown. But fear not, PayScale has your back. Here are five questions to ask to prepare you for your first post-college job in the real world. 1. How Does Your Employer Define Success?
From a personal experience, I know that having this conversation with your boss will make a huge impact on both your work and your salary. Every job defines success differently, and that's exactly why you need to have this conversation. Perhaps it's the total number of customers you get, a quota you meet, or a certain number of website visits you get. Talk with your boss to set clear, attainable goals that you both agree upon. Still not convinced? Think about it: your goals are the foundation for all the work you will do in a given day. Your goals, depending on whether you reach them or not, can also significantly help you leverage your salary when it comes to review time. If you and your employer are not clear on common goals, there is nothing substantial to show how hard you have worked.

2. What's the Best Way to Communicate With Your Boss?
As a millennial, I tend to communicate with my boss through email and an amazing internal chat system we use. Perhaps it's the '90s kid in me, but growing up using things like AOL and AIM makes instant messaging a natural choice for me to communicate. The thing is, everyone is different. Even if your company does provide you will cool communication tools like HipChat or Slack, you may have the one boss that actually requires you to get out of your seat and have a real conversation. Communication styles are not a one-size-fits-all, and being flexible and showing that you can still communicate without the internet will help you stand out from your other millennial co-workers. So take off your headphones, get up, and go have an articulate conversation with your boss.

3. Have You Researched Your New Industry?
This is perhaps the least-talked about question, but do you know what kind of industry you're going to be working in? More than likely, it isn't one you studied in college – but that's okay. Take English majors, for example. Not every English major can grow up to be an English teacher or a famous author, so you will often see English majors in occupations like marketing, copywriting, and even journalism. But no matter what occupation you have, you need to familiarize yourself with the industry. Got a job in the VoIP community? You need to to do a deep dive in telecom. Working for an agency? You better learn about all your new clients (and their industries). Unless you're willing to completely immerse yourself in your focus industry, you will struggle to see success.

4. Did You Forget There Are No Syllabi For New Jobs?
Not to pick on college students, but post-grads have a reputation of entering the workforce incredibly unprepared, in the sense that people (millennials) are expecting syllabus-like instructions for working real jobs. The cold, hard reality is that there are no syllabi and rarely are there ever instructions. The company you work for has hired you because they feel confident in your abilities to do your job without step-by-step instructions. Essentially, you were hired TO write your syllabus, a.k.a. the way you're going to own your new position. Use the confidence your company has in you to make your job role bigger and better than it was designed to be.

5. In General, Be Kind, Be Smart, and Always Be Professional.
It doesn't matter if you have been in your job for 40 minutes or 40 years: you can still get fired at the drop of a hat for being unprofessional. For someone relatively new to the workforce, it comes down to minding the basics. Dress for the part, be on time, and be kind to those around you. Say please and thank you, and don't act like a know-it-all. After all, you've been hired because a company likes you enough to pay you money to learn and grow with them, amiright?                                          

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