The hottest jobs of the Century


CareerBuilder recently released a new “hot jobs” list — industries projected to grow at least 15% from 2014 to 2019. Not surprisingly, health and tech jobs are well represented (home health- care services will add the most jobs by 2019
according to the list: 332,783).

1. Continuing care retirement communities
Projected job growth: 21% (93,738 added jobs)

Continuing care facilities employ people with a wide variety of skills and talents and there are plenty of part-time options.
For example, I did a quick search on and found listings for part-time jobs there as maintenance coordinators, activities assistants,
health education specialists, dining room servers, sales associates, receptionists and health care workers.

2. Translation and interpretation services
Projected job growth: 36% (12,401 added jobs)

Interpreters often work from home (or on the road) so this can be a portable and flexible way to earn extra retirement income. Translators typically start out earning about $20 an hour, but income potential varies widely depending on your expertise and specialty.

3. Marketing consulting services
Projected job growth: 21% (55,142 added jobs)

Marketing consultants provide advice to
businesses on everything from product
development and pricing to franchising planning to market forecasting. Not surprisingly, demand
for this type of advice fell during the recession, but it’s heating up now that the economy is back in growth mode.

4. Exam preparation and tutoring
Projected job growth: 17% (19,380 added jobs)

Rates for tutors vary tremendously, starting at $10 an hour for online tutors up to $250 an hour or more for college-prep tutors in expensive cities. Although having a background in teaching isn’t essential, it’s certainly a plus. People with strong math and science skills are in especially high demand.

5. Pet care services (except veterinary)
Projected job growth: 16% (14,636 added jobs)

Many non-veterinary pet care jobs, like
being a dog sitter, are relatively low paying, there are more ways to profit from your love of animals — from opening a mobile dog grooming
business to offering equine massages.



Taking your job search one step at a time


It’s very unusual to go from unemployed to a satisfactory new job in one leap. Most of us have to go through the process of job search, application, interview, second interview, shortlist, negotiation, and acceptance. The best way to view the process is one step at a time . In a successful job search this will be the usual process;-

*Your job search will lead you to make
applications. Your application will lead to an interview, which will lead to a second interview. Then you will be shortlisted, negotiate for terms and conditions and accept the position.

*If at the first stage you have your focus
on the detail of the conditions you prefer, and try to introduce the subject in your covering letter, then you are likely to deter employers.

*For example, you may have caring duties for children or parents and have a work life balance you want to maintain, which means that you prefer to work flexibly, or want to work 4 long days instead of 5 days.

*It is not appropriate to introduce those
concerns before you are offered the
position, unless the employer or
interviewer brings the subject up of
course. In this case you should discuss
your preferences honestly.

Otherwise take the process one step at a
time. At each stage your only objective is to get to the next stage. At application stage your objective is to get to interview. Once in front of the interviewer, you focus on getting to
second interview. Then you concentrate on persuading the employer you are the answer to their problem.

Then when the employer has made a decision about you –that you are the best candidate for the position –and negotiations are opened, that is the time to discuss your preferences. This is when you are in the strongest negotiating position. Do this any earlier and you offer the recruiter or employer a reason to remove you from the process.

One step at a time is the safest bet.


Nigeria Immigration (NIS) Shortlisted Candidates for 2015 CBT


The official Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) list of shortlisted candidates for 2015 recruitment aptitude test has been published. The names published for the exams is available online.

Candidates are to note that the aptitude test will be written via Computer Based Test (CBT) mode.

How To Check NIS List of Shortlisted Candidates:

1) Visit the Nigerian Immigration recruitment portal via the link below;

2) Click on the Shortlisted for Exams button on the Menu tab,

3) Search for your name from the search box available.

Take Care

Ways to Pick Up Skills Quickly in Any Industry


Learning new skills can be cumbersome and sometimes downright hard. However, learning new skill is crucial to nearly everything we do in life and the skills we pick up help us to become
better and more detail oriented in our careers and personal lives. Picking up new skills quickly allows you to save
yourself time and energy and can make you more productive in the long run, if you begin to build a structure now. No matter where you work or where you will work, this will be the case. To get you started, here are five ways to pick up skills quickly in any industry.
Practice after Learning Simply learning a skill is not enough. Practicing the skill over and over will allow you to quickly
pick up the ins and outs of it and allow you to grasp other aspects of the skill that you may need to learn. The basic idea is – practice makes perfect. Learn from those who are already experts Learning from others is quite possibly the easiest way to begin picking up a new skill because someone who is already an expert can teach new tips and tricks about how to simplify the
process associated with the skill.
The reason this is useful is because you don’t have to commit to trial and error to learn how to do it properly. For example, if there is a very specific way that your project manager wants you to handle client files, someone who shows you the ropes the first time might save you lots
of time the next ten times you handle the files.
Make the Most out of a small amount
There is something called the 80/20 rule which means you can get eighty percent of output with only twenty percent of input. From this, you can begin to understand how to maximize your
output by putting in a small amount of work. Many factors go into this, especially when learning a new skill. The level to which you understand and practice the skill will allow you to refine the twenty percent you put in, resulting
in a more quality eighty percent. Try the skill without a guide If someone initially shows you how to work on a new skill, try it the next time without him or her.
Trying it on your own will get you out of your comfort zone and will allow you to learn skills and adapt to them quickly, something that is incredibly useful. This is a great way to pick up skills quickly no matter what industry you are in.
Pick up the building blocks Don’t focus on the bigger picture until you have the smaller pieces put together. In order to
quickly adapt to a skill quickly, picking up the building blocks is essential. It will allow you to work with smaller pieces and will give you a much better result in learning new skills.


Which is the Most Important Social Network for Freelancers?


Freelancers would know that being relevant within their particular industries is crucial in reaching business success. Apart from being present and active on social media, you have to make sure that you are actually chosen the right ones. There are a plethora of digital channels for freelancers to promote themselves and connect with others, but from a freelance perspective, not all of them are created equally. Some prove to be more beneficial to the freelance lifestyle than others.

This article proposes that there is one social channel that may be the most
significant place for freelancers to build their brand and network online. LinkedIn is Taking the Lead In a recent article by Techcrunch it is reported that: “LinkedIn has actually beaten earnings expectations in every quarter since it went public in May, 2011”.
This piece further explains the exponential and consistent growth of LinkedIn in relation to the other networks. It’s the ideal platform to connect and network with industry professionals. “During the quarter, we maintained steady growth in member engagement while achieving strong financial results”, said Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn. For freelancers who are based remotely, being able to connect on an online platform is crucial.

Many freelancers might not be able to attend live networking events, but luckily LinkedIn can be viewed as the ideal platform for online networking.
Your Experience is Credible As a freelancer, you constantly have to show
your prospective clients that you are a legitimate professional within your field. Since they don’t have the luxury of meeting you face to face, your portfolio and work experience has to do the talking for you. This is where LinkedIn comes in. Your entire work history is listed on this platform, showcasing your background, academics, community involvement and clips of your freelance profession. This is one of the most credible sources to showcase your experience. Make Use of LinkedIn Pulse
LinkedIn Publisher or LinkedIn Pulse is one of LinkedIn’s latest developments. Now, instead of just sharing updates and content, you are able to publish a blog article on the LinkedIn Newsfeed.
As a freelancer, you might not always have the time to run your personal blog or create guest posts. LinkedIn Pulse allows you to stay current and relevant while sharing your expertise with your following. These posts will increase your traffic and attract even more people to your profile. This is the ideal promotion for freelancers, especially freelance writers and creatives.

Create a Personal Brand
Your LinkedIn Profile is the ultimate promotional tool . LinkedIn also upgraded in such a way that you can add visuals and clips to your profile.
LinkedIn acts as your online resume where you can share your personal and business identity. Unlike employed professionals, freelancers cannot rely on the reputation of a company to gain exposure. As a freelancer, it’s important to establish your own brand, create your own vision and showcase your personality. LinkedIn allows you to share your personal brand, not only through your profile and resume, but by joining discussion forums and groups where you can share your opinions and perspectives.

Find the Right Freelance Jobs Since LinkedIn is a business network, you will be able to connect with the right individuals within your industry. Instead of spending hours back and forth on Twitter or Facebook, prospective clients will be able to view your profile and achievements before they decide to contact you. LinkedIn also lists job opportunities within any sector. If you follow Company Pages you will also be in the loop when these companies might be hiring a freelancer for their latest projects. By Fiverr

Do you agree that LinkedIn is the most important place for freelancers to network online? Or has another network like Facebook or Twitter helped you build your business? Discuss in the comments!