I work as an Italian English Translation Project Manager at the translations agency Axis Translations.Everyday me and my colleagues see larger numbers of enquiries from translators seeking work. I hope that some of my observations will help you be more successfull.1) Update and scan your computer for virusesHow many translators CVs get caught by an agencies firewall? I dont know. It seems to happen in waves. We will have a batch of translators emails in a few days and then none for ages. But generally the email is deleted!2) Put your details in the subject section of the emailIf you are applying for a project posted on the web, put a reference to it in the subject box. The reference number for instance. If you are applying generally, list the languages in which you translate.Why is this important? Simply translation agencies get a stack of emails each day and you want to be found. The translation project manager wants to be able to pick out the enquiries for their project with ease.For general enquiries, you want your details to be saved in the right place. If the agency can see your languages they can copy your mail into the right languages section rather then putting you in the dreaded look at later pile.3) Dont apply for something you are notWe always look for translators to translate into their mother tongue and write this in our adverts. But we always get a loads of CVs for people who do not fit the bill. For instance I post a job for a Italian>English Translation and get a CV from a Dutch native speaker who is fluent in neither language.4) Dont forget to provide rates and the rest of your required informationWhen I am looking for a new translator and I have a number of applications, my shortlist will not include anyone who has missing information. I regularly see people who have missed their rates off the application. If a translation PM has opther options, they probably wont chase a translator for further information.5) Contact InfoI am not talking about address here. I am thinking of mobile phones.Once a job has been confirmed the translation PM will wish to have the assignment placed with a translator ASAP. If they cant find another number for you they will be likely to move further down the list and call the next translator.......your competition.I hope my short list of tips for translation applications assist not only translators, but also translation PMs.!
Copyright 2006 Paul ArinagaI used to feel depressed at work, hate my boss, and was sometimes so bored that I actually fell asleep at my desk! --- career test takerIf this sounds like you, then its probably time to consider changing jobs or careers. But before you can make your career change, you need to figure out what you want to do.One of the best ways to get clear is to complete a career assessment. Yet there are literally hundreds of "career test" s out there. Is a career test the same as an aptitude test? What about a career personality test? This article clarifies the differences and presents 7 criteria for deciding which career test is best for you.#1 Career test vs. personality testIs the assessment specifically designed to provide career guidance?Personality tests only tell you about your character traits whereas a "career assessment" gives specific career advice. Of course, it helps to know whether youre an extrovert or an introvert and perceive by sensing or intuition. Personality tests such as the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Enneagram are quite useful as background information. Making the leap from simple awareness of your personality type to specific career strategies is very difficult, however. If you want a new job or career, its better to take an assessment that is specifically geared to providing career guidance.#2 Specific vs. generalDoes the career assessment give concrete recommendations that you can use immediately rather than vague observations that are open to interpretation and not actionable? Aside from the change itself, the hardest part of changing careers is narrowing down your choices. But if you dont get specific, you wont be able to take action. A good assessment should not be general like the astrological horoscopes in the newspaper.#3 Motivation rules: why motivation is a better indicator than aptitude or personalityDoes the career assessment measure motivation?Motivation is a far better career indicator than skill or personality because what you like to do is what you WILL do and what you will get very good at (if you aren't already). Why force a square peg into a round hole?When you base your decisions on what motivates you, you'll probably feel much more fulfilled, and be much more successful, too.#4 Wheres the beef?Even if youre a vegetarian, youll want meaty results! A good career assessment should include hard data, as well as sufficient detail and explanation to help you interpret the results.#5 Do you believe it?Is the career assessment scientifically valid? An effective career assessment should have a high predictive reliability. Such things can be measured statistically. Anything over 95% is quite good.Statistical validity is important for a number of reasons. Obviously, you want to feel that the assessment provides an accurate picture of what motivates you and you dont want to be misled by grossly inaccurate results. But another point is that when the results are believable this provides a boost to your self-confidence. In my case, I was relieved and encouraged to see from my results that I had chosen the correct career path. It was a kind of confirmation or validation: Whew! What a relief!Remember that ultimately its up to you to decide whether a set of results makes sense or not. However, it helps to use a highly reliable assessment.#6 Can you get from A to Z?Are additional tools available to help you take your results and develop a clear career roadmap for yourself?Honestly, a lot of people take career tests and get brilliant insights. Unfortunately, many of these same people are never able to turn their insights into results. Whats needed is a support infrastructure of materials and people to help you apply your results over time.#7 Is it fast?Even in the internet age, there still are a lot of tests that you can only take on paper. It takes 30 minutes or even over an hour to take the test. Then you have to wait while the test is scored and processed. You may only get your results after several days or weeks.Personally I prefer career tests that I can take online and that give me my results immediately.ConclusionA career test is just a tool and just one step on your "career change" journey. Nonetheless, its worth spending some time to understand what types of tests are available and which is best for you. Just remember that even the best career test is only a tool. Its up to you to take charge of your own career.
By the year 2014 just eight years away there will be 3.6 million new jobs available in the medical profession, and the bulk of those jobs about 60% of them will be open to those with nursing degrees of one kind or another. The demand for registered nurses is highest the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the number of jobs available for registered nurses will rise by 27% by 2014 but there will also be increased opportunities for certified nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians assistants and those in medical technical fields like phlebotomy and pulmonology.And if you thought that the only jobs available for nurses were in hospitals and medical facilities, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has more news for you. Less than 60% of registered nurses work in a hospital. A nursing degree opens doors of opportunity into so many fields that its easily one of the most versatile and useful degrees that you can acquire. Not only that a nursing degree appeals to a wide range of people. According to the BLS, about 20% of those entering the nursing workforce are older workers starting on a second career. Many of them have been attracted by rising salaries triggered by the nursing shortage, but for many of them, a nursing degree is a chance to do something that makes them feel good.Whether youve just started your nursing career, are returning to work after a hiatus, or are switching to a career in nursing as a second career, take a look at some of the opportunities that are open to you with a nursing degree.Pediatric Home Health Care is one of the growing fields for those with nursing degrees. Every state in the Union now has some sort of Early Intervention program that identifies children under the age of three years with special needs. Pediatric home health care gives you the opportunity to work with children and parents and make a real difference in their lives.Elder Home Health Care is the other end of the spectrum. The aging of America means that more and more people require a little bit of help to remain in their homes. Nursing assistants, registered nurses and licensed nurses can provide that little bit extra that will allow a senior citizen to maintain a higher quality of life and remain at home when all they need is a few hours of medical care a day or week.Working in a Blood Donor Center is an option that makes you part of the life-saving network. Theres more to blood donor centers than just starting IVs. Nurses who specialize in pharesis can command high salaries, and a nurse working in the blood collection field can be a valuable community organizer as well as a medical practitioner.A Critical Care Transport nurse requires multiple nursing degrees, but it can be one of the most interesting and fascinating nursing jobs available. A CCT nurse accompanies patients being transported from home or a nursing facility to another nursing facility. The nurse is responsible for maintaining continuity of care for every patient in the back of an ambulance. Its a challenging and fun job that commands a salary commensurate with the experience required.On Site Nursing is a wide open field for medical workers with nursing degrees. You can work at an amusement park or zoo, or in the medical office at a state or national park, or provide medical backup for the emergency workers at a beach or other recreational setting. If you choose to work on site at a camp or other facility, your benefits may include free tuition for your own family.
Are you sick of the humdrum of your day job? Have you ever imagined yourself on a tropical getaway when you were supposed to be working? Have you ever wondered why your life is so monotonous and stressful even though you should be happy with your position? Maybe it is time you made a drastic change to your entire lifestyle, beginning with your environment. Perhaps you need to consider working abroad.What if your daily commute included a walk on the beach? What if it was summer year around? What if your commute, instead of involving traffic jams, involved you cruising along the sunlit seashore with nothing but a warm ocean breeze obstructing your path? This may sound too good to be true, but it is not even close to an exaggeration of what is possible with a career abroad.Working abroad is as easy as finding a job in an exotic location of your choice, getting the paperwork done, and buying a plane ticket. You obviously need to make some important lifestyle and living considerations before you quit your day job, but finding a job overseas is not as daunting a task as one may think at first glance.When working abroad, you will have lifestyle opportunities that most dream about. Overseas, especially in the Caribbean, companies are always in need of skilled employees to fulfill positions which are as diverse and varied as any society in any city. Working abroad may offer brand new opportunities not only in regards to environment and lifestyle, but even in job position and promotions. A new career in a new country can mean a second chance for you to be the best at what you do.One of the obvious benefits of working abroad is the vacation like atmosphere. You will react with people who are in a good mood and on vacation on a regular basis. You will probably meet tourists from all over the world, and your social life will be more fluid than you ever dreamed possible.With an exciting new career abroad, you will have an opportunity to become who you want to be. The potential for a new lifestyle and career abroad are so expansive that you will only be cheating yourself if you do not consider it for your future. Have an intelligent, experienced company which specializes in finding people jobs overseas give you a consultation today.
Job promotions are not something that happens all of a sudden. Getting promoted is not only about your growth but it is equally proportional to the benefits an organization expects you to deliver for them. In short to expect a promotion one has to prove his abilities and capability as an individual or in other words be an efficient employee.In order to achieve the status of an efficient employee one must keep the following things in mind: Ensure that you do your job well within the time and at desired quality levels Master your job: make sure you know the current job you are on as well as the back of your hand. Be an expert. Try and keep yourself away from workplace politics and gossips. Having said that, do not totally exclude yourself from the workplace politics because having contacts and having influence can help as well as hinder, so be selective and have the correct approach. Be a good listener, this will always help you to enhance your working capabilities. Have a positive approach towards responsibilities delegated on you. Always try and do a bit extra then what you have been asked to do while strictly keeping in mind the work done is acceptable and useful to the company. Look presentable: Although it may sound strange that how the way you look has an impact on your working capacities but it definitely changes the way a person perceives you. Patience is required in some instances where after meeting all the above points a promotion is not secured, hang on its on the way. Continuously keep upgrading your skill rapid changes in technology and management approaches it's absolutely necessary for an employee to upgrade continuously to enable him to perform well as well as keep his chances for a promotion alive.