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The Makings of a Good Pharmacist

  • Posted on August 27, 2012 at 5:19 pm

If you are thinking about becoming a pharmacy technician, you may want to first figure out if this is something that you could do. It takes a special kind of person to work in pharmaceuticals, so you need to make sure that you have what it takes to fit in with this industry. If you do, great. If not, you might want to look for some other career to pursue. In this article, we will go over the makings of a good pharmacist so you can see if you would succeed as one in the future.

Good Customer Service Skills

Pharmacists have to work directly with people on a daily basis. You may be able to get a job in the lab that won’t require this, but traditional pharmacists deal with patients all the time. Some of these patients may have bad attitudes, and others may have a ton of questions to answer. You have to address each one with the same dignity and respect you would give another. My husband and I stopped going to a local CVS because their customer service was so terrible. You have to be able to work well with the little people to do this kind of work.

Analytical Thinking Skills

If a person is taking two medications that are not compatible with one another, you need to be able to see that. That means that you have to be able to think quickly on your feet and analyze complex situations in a matter of seconds. This is not an easy feat to do, but that’s why pharmacists make so much money. They take other people’s lives into their hands.

Solid Chemistry Skills

Pharmacists have to be good at chemistry. There is just no way around that. If you mess up a formula by just a few drops of liquid, you could completely alter the effectiveness of a drug you’re dealing with. There is no guessing in this profession. Everything is based on an exact science. If you can understand that science correctly, you should do well in this profession.

Consider the qualities above and determine if you would do well as a pharmacy tech. If so, there are plenty of jobs waiting for you in the world.

Making Yourself Stand out on Paper

  • Posted on July 21, 2012 at 6:39 am

It is a lot easier to make a good impression for a job if you can actually talk to someone in person. If you are left to just write out your good qualities on paper, you may be passed over like yesterday’s news. The only way I have ever gotten work is through written communication, so I have somewhat mastered the art of making myself stand out on paper. For some bizarre reason, I have decided to share my secrets with all of you. This may boost my competition a little bit, but I think I’m ready for the challenge ;) Here are some tips to help you come across better on paper.

Put the Most Important Information First

Here are the first two sentences of every cover letter/application I put in for a job:

I’m an experienced, communicative, and quick responding content developer, and I feel that I’m well qualified to handle your position. I have written on a variety of subject matters in the past 3 years, and I am flexible enough to work under any assignment stipulations.

As you can see, people immediately know what I do and why I would be capable of handling whatever job they have for me. You need to put your most important experience at the forefront of your application so people are immediately drawn in by your talents. If you have an MBA from the University of Phoenix, mention that. If you spent 10 years working for Apple, mention that. Let people know why you’re the best right from the start, and they will be much more likely to take an interest in your application.

Address the Job Directly

Even though you can use a generic resume for your applications, you need the cover letter to address the job specifically. I have a cover letter that I use for everything, but then I just tweak it a little bit to fit whatever job I am applying to. I may even write something that addresses the generalness of my cover letter, like “***You can read my standard cover letter below, but I just wanted to mention that….***” That lets the employer know that I read their job posting and I am thoughtfully replying to it.

Include Letters of Recommendation

If you can get other employers to recommend you for a new job, you should be totally set. I have good references all over the place, and I can tell you for a fact that they help. Just make sure that your personality shines through in some way, even if you can meet a person face to face. If you put yourself out there, someone will take notice.

Get Paid to Bitch about Things

  • Posted on July 11, 2012 at 6:24 pm

I’m far from what you may call a “whiner” or a “pessimist,” but I do like to voice my opinions. I use this blog and others like it to basically get my voice out on the internet. I think people deserve the truth, no matter what they may be reading about. I strive to instill that in everything that I do. If you’re just as opinionated as I am, you should be pleased to know that there is a way for us to get our thoughts out there and actually make money along the way. How, you ask? Product reviews.

How the Process Works

When most people think about product reviews, they picture the ones on Amazon that actual people make about actual products. This may be the most common type of product review out there, but it is far from the only one. A lot of people will post reviews about products in a process called affiliate marketing, where they get paid based on the sales that come from their product reviews. They tell people about the good qualities of a product, and other people go to buy the product based on their recommendations. Every sale earns them money.

You might be wondering, “Where is the bitching in all of that?” Well, that comes in with honest reviews. Some people just praise the products they are reviewing because they want to get the sales. That’s the wrong way to approach this process though. If you’re not honest with readers, they aren’t going to trust you. If they don’t trust you, they’re definitely not going to buy from you. Thus you are actually encouraged to complain about the inherent problems with a product, even if it makes it less desirable. It will earn you more money in the end.

How to Make This Process Work for You

If you think you want to try your hands at writing product reviews for affiliate marketing, you need to start with a place to post your reviews online. You could go through the process of creating a full-blown site for this, but that may be a bit overboard for your first attempt. Try using a site like Ukritic that will allow you to post reviews with affiliate links in them. A lot of sites will not let you add the links, so you need to be careful about what you use.

Once you write a review about a product you have personally tested, you can get an affiliate link from Amazon or Google’s Affiliate Network to use in your article. Place it on the page for readers to see, and then hope someone clicks on it to learn more. If everything works out well, you will soon be getting paid because of the review you put up.

Affiliate marketing isn’t always a success, but it doesn’t cost anything to get involved with. If you have a little bit of time to write a product review, you can at least post it up and hope that something positive comes from it. You might find out that you’re really good at all of this, or you may find out that you just can’t bitch with the big dogs. Either way, it’s worth a try, right? Follow the advice above the next time you start looking for ways to make money on the internet, and you can put your natural ability to complain to work.

How to Get a Commuter Car for Work

  • Posted on June 9, 2012 at 4:33 am

Unless you work online like I do, you’re going to need a car to get to work. This may be the car you drive already, or it may be something that you specifically buy to commute back and forth to the office. There are a ton of factors that go into picking a good commuter car, and you have to keep all them in mind to select the right one for you. Luckily, I have compiled a few quick tips to help you with your purchase in the future. Here are some suggestions that should get you in the right car from the start.

Good Gas Mileage
Since you’re only going to be driving this car to get from one place to the next, you need something that has good gas mileage. You can sacrifice that in your personal car because you’re driving it for recreation, but you may not want to do that for a commuter car. Try to find something that will save you money, even if it doesn’t look the way you want it to. You will be happy with the results in the long run.

Reliability
You obviously need a car that you can count on. Otherwise, you may miss out on work because you’ve broken down on the side of the road. My stepfather has to drive several hours to get to his work, and he does this with a car that would probably fall apart if the wrong number of birds landed on it. This scars my mother-in-law to death every time he goes out because she doesn’t know if he’ll make it to work safely and on time. You shouldn’t have to worry about that. Find a car that is well taken care of so you can drive it with confidence.

Cheap Price
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to purchase a good commuter car. You could put away $5,000 or so from your police officer salary and buy something decent enough to get you to work. It may not be a Benz or a Bentley, but it will be enough to get you through the work day. Then you can use the money from your job to pay for an awesome car to drive in your free time.

Check out some ads in the paper and browse AutoTrader.com to find a great car to take to work. If you look around long enough, you’ll eventually find something you like.

How to Become a Bookkeeper

  • Posted on May 12, 2012 at 5:00 am

Bookkeeping may not be the career path for everyone, but it is the perfect fit for those who love math and finance. If you have decided that this is the career you want to pursue in the future, you need to know how to become a bookkeeper. The process is surprisingly simple, and it may only take a few years to get through. As long as you are committed to getting a solid education, you should be able to do quite well in this career. Here is a guide explaining how to work in bookkeeping so you can secure a job in the future.

Step 1 – Determine If Bookkeeping Is Right for You

The first step to any training course is researching the career. You have to make sure that this is the job is right for you before you devote a ton of time trying to get into it. Before you even think about learning how to become a bookkeeper, you need to know what a bookkeeper does. Possible job duties include:

  • Record financial transactions
  • Calculate costs and revenues
  • Monitor payroll statements
  • Present bookkeeping information
  • Oversee accounting transactions
  • Suggest spending improvements
  • Organize financial documents
  • Communicate with business owners
  • Conduct budget analysis
  • Balance accounting books

If those tasks sound like they are right up your alley, read on to see how you could get involved with this accounting career.

Step 2 – Get an Education in Bookkeeping

There are several areas of bookkeeping that you can work in, and each area requires a different kind of training. If you want to specialize in a certain type of bookkeeping, you will need to tailor your education around that. You don’t have to specialize if you don’t want to, but that could lead to better paying jobs in the long run. Once you know what you want to learn about, you will need to find a degree program that suits your academic needs. There are several degrees to choose from, and they could all lead to work as a bookkeeper in the long run. Choose the accounting degree program you want to learn in, and then find a school that can provide you with the education you need.

Step 3 – Get Certified

You will need a certification to work in any accounting career. This will tell your employers that you know what you are doing at any given time. Possible certification to consider include:

  • Enrolled Agent
  • Certified Valuation Analyst
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Certified Management Accountant
  • Certified Internal Auditor
  • Certified Information Technology Professional
  • Certified Fraud Examiner
  • Certified Financial Planner
  • Business Certificate
  • Accredited in Business Valuation

Find the one that best suits your plans as a bookkeeper, and take the exam associated with it. Then you can begin to look for work.

Step 4 – Find a Job as a Bookkeeper

There are many positions associated with bookkeeping, and some of them pay more than others. If you want to have the best experience possible, you may want to assess all of the job titles you could hold as a bookkeeper. Once you find a career path that you like, all you have left to do is start earning a living. The pay rates associated with accounting careers tend to be high, but that all depends on where you are in your profession. The charts below show how your salary may change throughout the course of your bookkeeping career.

Salary by Experience

  • Less than 1 year of experience: $22,002 – $39,473 per year
  • 1-4 years of experience: $25,257 – $43,906 per year
  • 5-9 years of experience: $28,860 – $47,743 per year
  • 10-19 years of experience: $27,932 – $50,700 per year
  • 20 years or more of experience: $29,645 – $53,074 per year

Now that you know how to become a bookkeeper, you have no reason to miss out on your dreams. Get the education you need to work in this profession, and you will be able to find a job that you love in no time.

How to Become an Office Manager

  • Posted on April 21, 2012 at 12:15 am

Are you tired of working a dead end job as an administrative assistant? Do you want more out of your place of employment than what you are getting now? Would you do well as a leader in a business if you had the chance to become one? If so, you may do well as an office manager. You can find a job like this just about anywhere, but you first need to have the skills it takes to manage an office effectively. Here is a guide showing how you could become an office manager in no time at all.

Step 1 – Learn about the Job

Do you actually know what an office manager does? Most people assume that their managers just sit around and bitch all day, but there is a lot more involved with this career than that. As an office manager, you may be responsible for any of the following:

  • Create work schedules
  • Monitor other workers
  • Answer phone calls
  • Address company problems
  • Mediate employee disputes
  • Organize paperwork
  • Fill in for absent employees
  • Delegate tasks
  • Report company progress to business owners

This is a lot of responsibility, more so than some people can handle. If you think that you could take on this role like a pro though, keep reading to see how you could become an office manager in the future.

Step 2 – Get an Education

Technically, you don’t need a college education to work as an office manager. You can just start your career after being with a company for a while. Nevertheless, companies like to hire managers with business degrees because they know these people are already trained to run a business effectively. Getting a degree would be a wise decision if you want guaranteed work as an office manager. Here is a list of some degree programs you may want to keep in mind:

  • Associate of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Finance
  • Bachelor of Science in Economics
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Business & Marketing
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communications
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Accountancy
  • Master of Accountancy
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Doctorate of Accounting & Finance
  • Doctorate of Business Administration

Step 3 – Find a Job

You can find work as an office manager just about anywhere. As long as there is a need for someone to manage a group of employees, there will be a need for office managers. Possible employment opportunities may be found in…

  • Call centers
  • Educational offices
  • Government offices
  • Insurance offices
  • Law offices
  • Medical offices
  • Real estate offices
  • Retail store offices
  • Virtual offices (websites)

You just have to look around and see what your options are. The money you make will depend a lot on where you work, but you should be able to earn a decent salary no matter what. Possible pay rates for office managers include:

  • Less than 1 year of experience: $21,955 – $48,660 per year
  • 1-4 years of experience: $24,813 – $51,893 per year
  • 5-9 years of experience: $27,280 – $60,511 per year
  • 10-19 years of experience: $29,297 – $65,562 per year
  • 20 years or more of experience: $30,740 – $72,202 per year

Think carefully about where you want to be in the future, and then determine if you would do well as an office manager. If so, follow the guide above to get involved with your career right away.

Where Does the Day Go?

  • Posted on March 16, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Recently I enrolled in an online course for medical billing and coding. I work from home so I don’t have to commute to work, but I’ve noticed that it is hard for me to get my day organized since I’ve started classes. I have a good friend who took medical assistant training and she complained of the same thing. We’re both over 40 and not as flexible as we used to be. Thankfully our children are grown and out of the house, well almost my daughter still lives with me, so we don’t have the extra responsibility of getting the kids to school and picking them up from day care. Frankly I don’t know how some people cram everything they do into a day. I’ve never been one to try to get everything done at once, I’ve learned to pace myself, but still it is a challenge to work, manage a household, and take classes.

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You're not Superwoman

As “older”students we sometimes have trouble getting back into the swing of taking classes. It can be stressful enough trying to get back into the habit of studying, writing papers, and getting all of our homework done on time without putting the added pressures of trying to live up to some unrealistic “Superwoman” or “Superman” stereotype. Our society seems to equate worth with being busy. That is unfortunate. It is no wonder the incidences of heart disease, diabetes and stroke are climbing. All of these conditions can be stress related.

So how can you do what you need to in one day and not have your sanity or health pay the price? Here’s some tips I’ve learned through the years.

Know your limitations. Okay so you can’t stay up until 3am and get up at 7am any more. It’s called aging and maturity. In order to stay healthy you have to know how much you can handle. Just today I had to turn down a client request for more work because I knew I couldn’t handle it. Would the money have been nice? Sure it would have and Lord knows I need it, but I also knew I wouldn’t be able to give the client quality blogs, do my other clients work, and get through my weekly lessons. And you know what, that’s okay.

Don’t try to do everything. As parents we have this notion we should do everything for our families. Well this just sets them up for failure because they never learn responsibility. Make a chore chart and stick to it. If you don’t have kids at home ask for help when you need it. If your friend is going to the store, ask him or her to pick you up a few things if you need them. Remember it’s okay to ask for help when you need it.

Learn to say no. This is related to my first tip. You don’t have to feel like you have to do everything you’re asked. If you can’t or don’t want to do it politely decline. I find the older I get the easier it is to say no.

Take care of your body. This is a hard one for me. It’s so much easier to just pop open a can of Chef Boyardee and eat it cold while I work than it is to take the time to prepare something healthy. What is worse is if you’re going through the drive through several nights a week. You’re putting a lot of fat, sodium, and cholesterol into your body. Sooner than later you’re going to pay for this with high blood pressure, weight gain, fatigue, and other unwanted health issues. I’m just as guilty so I’m not pointing the finger, believe me this is an area I struggle with everyday.

I hope these tips help you manage your time and save your sanity. Going back to school after 40 is exciting, but it can be stressful. Relax when you can, carve out some downtime, and remember to have a positive attitude. Sometimes you have to just sit back and laugh at life before it gets you down.

Before You Jump into a Degree Program Try Out a Few Classes First

  • Posted on March 4, 2012 at 1:51 am

If you’re over 40 and you’ve been thinking about going back to school to either finish your degree, further your degree, or start a brand new program you may want to consider taking just a few classes at first. This will give you a chance to see if college classes fit into your schedule and if they are really something you want to sign up for. Committing to a degree program is a great idea, but you may need to start slowly before you get out the college handbook and start mapping out your full time schedule. Juggling a family, a job, and school can be hard for anyone. Even if you’re retired and all of your kids are out on their own, it can be an adjustment to add school to your schedule.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3297/3177988741_b1a9368163_m.jpgAnother reason to start slowly is it will help you decide if you want to take classes on campus or online. Each choice has its pros and cons. On campus classes give you a chance to interact face to face with your instructor and fellow students, while online classes may be easier for you to fit into your busy day. Both are challenging, so don’t think online classes are easier. Recently I began an online program and I was surprised at the amount of work involved. (Personally I think this program is more challenging than any on campus program I’ve been involved in, but I’ve always liked a challenge so it’s all good.)

In an article published by US News, the author gives eight tips for older students returning to college. Among them is to start with a single class to test the waters. For example if you’ve always found math to be challenging, why not take your math requisites one at a time? This way you can focus all of your energy on a subject you find hard and not have to worry about other classes? You may also want to take a class just for fun to see if you’re really interested in returning to school. It could be any subject you’ve always enjoyed, or even a life skills class such as yoga or painting.

Many empty nesters are returning to school and taking advantage of the many scholarships for women and men available for students 40 and above. Adult student enrollment has increased in the last decade and many schools are answering this need with programs tailored to older students. Like I always say, it’s never too late to get an education, but if it’s been years since you’ve been in a classroom you might want to ease your way back into a degree program instead of jumping in with both feet.

 

 

Stay Organized and Be Successful

  • Posted on February 25, 2012 at 10:50 pm

Recently I enrolled in an online course for Medical Billing and Coding. I am well past 40 (I turned 50 last May) and it is exciting and scary at the same time to start learning a new career. If you find yourself starting over past 40, one of the things you may struggle with is organization. I have never had very strong organization skills. I’ve struggled with it in school and at the many different jobs I’ve held. Over the years though, I have learned some tips to keep myself on track and stay as organized as I can be.

Randy Glasbergen

Trying to juggle a family, a job, and school is something almost all adult students have to face. But in order to be successful in all these areas of our lives, we need to develop some organizational skills. Here’s some things I’ve learned that work for me.

  • Realize you can’t do it all. We tend to think we have to be able to do everything and not need to ask for help. This not only wears you out, but it also affects your performance. Instead of trying to be Super Mom or Super Dad, enlist help when you need it.
  • Prioritize your tasks. Do you really have to have the dishes washed and dried each and every night, or do piles of laundry haunt you? And do you have to be the one to do take care of these chores? Having your kids help you with chores teaches them responsibility and takes some of the load off of you. Yes, they might not do them perfectly, but at least they will be done.
  • Make a schedule. Write down all you need to accomplish in a week and then break it down into daily tasks. Post it on a bulletin board, or in a date book so you can see what needs to be done. As you complete each task you will see the progress you’ve made and feel a sense of accomplishment.
  • Don’t procrastinate. I’m the Queen of Procrastination, but this habit stresses you out and affects your ability to study and turn in quality work.
  • Set aside a dedicated space to do your studies. It can be as simple as reserving the kitchen table for a specific time each day, or as elaborate as a home office with the door closed. Let everyone know that when you are in your space you can’t be interrupted. In other words, if it isn’t on fire, bleeding, or dying don’t bother you.
  • Take time to take breaks. Get up at least once an hour to walk around the house, step outside for some fresh air, and grab a nutritious snack. This is a good habit to get into while you’re studying and at work. It clears your mind and keeps you from getting in a rut.

I hope these tips help you to stay on track and keep on track. Going back to school after 40 can be one of the best decisions you make to start a new career, or advance the one you have. Don’t give up and remember, it’s never too late to learn.

Top 10 Careers for Women Over 40

  • Posted on February 12, 2012 at 11:33 pm

If you’re a woman over 40 you may find yourself considering a new career or wanting to advance your current career. Online classes are an excellent way to get and further your education. Many women over 40 find this is the time they can focus on themselves. The kids are raised, their husband’s career is set, or they have found themselves divorced and needing to support themselves. As you approach the second half of your life, you may also want to get out of a dead end job and start a brand new career.

http://farm1.staticflickr.com/167/447180352_fdb954be92_m.jpgIn a recent article on AOL finance, Author Lita Epstein shared More Magazine’s top 10 careers for women over 40, and the top reasons women go back to school after 40 to earn an undergraduate or graduate degree. Some of the main reasons include wanting more fulfillment in their careers, build up their 401Ks, enter a field with a growing future, and have a flexible schedule. Here are the top 10 careers for women over 40 according to More Magazine:

  1. Community Service Coordinator/Manager – this includes Program Director and Volunteer Coordinator.
  2. Personal Finance Advisor – help people invest and manage their money.
  3. Environmental Scientists – this is a hot job market with all of the emphasis on living and working green.
  4. Computer and Information Systems Manager – this field ranges from managing an IT department to Chief Technology Officer.
  5. Education Administration – this field is usually entered by teachers who become principles and superintendents.
  6. Strategic/Crisis Communication Professional – these professionals help to coordinate and plan crisis relief plans and preparedness plans.
  7. Accountingaccounting careers include CPA, government, business, and private accounting.
  8. Human Resources Specialist – this degree enables you to become a Benefit Coordinator, Compensation Manager, and Job Analyst.
  9. Registered Nurse – this is one of the hottest job sectors. The medical field is one of the fastest growing job sectors and RNs are always in demand.
  10. Small Niche Farmer – more then 10,000 small farms are founded each year. If you want to “unplug” and start your own business this may be a job for you.

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6219/6217058263_143f2862b8_m.jpgWhatever your reason for wanting to start over or advance your career, going back to school after 40 is a great idea. If you’ve been a homemaker all of these years, you may qualify for grants and scholarships to fund your education. Also since you’ve had some life experience ask your school if you can get college credit for what you’ve learned from life. Many colleges offer life experience credits you can use toward a degree. Don’t look at 40 as the end, but the start of the second half of an exciting life.

Starting a New Career After 40

  • Posted on February 3, 2012 at 4:08 am

If you’ve reached a point in your current career where you feel you’ve hit a wall or are just sick of what you do, you may be considering starting a new career. If you’re 40 or over you may think you’re too old to make such a change. But that is far from the truth. Many people start the second half of their life in a new career, learning new skills, and making a positive change in their life. Before you make the move and quit your current job, there are a few things you need to consider.

Ready to make a change?

What do you like to do? Take some time to consider your likes and dislikes. What would you enjoy doing at this point in your life? Perhaps starting your own business has been a dream of yours, or you want to work from home and freelance. In the article, 5 Steps to Start a Second Career on US News, the author suggests you take the self assessment quizzes at Monster.com and Careerpath.com. This will help you decide what area of work would be a good match for your preferences and skills.

Research jobs you’re interested in. You can find information on jobs and careers at the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Research how much you’ll earn, the demand for a job, and the best areas of the country to work in.

Ask around about jobs you like. Network with people who are in the fields you’re interested in. Ask them about training, working conditions, advancement opportunities and any other questions about the job you might think of. Let them know you’re thinking of making a change and ask them if they have any advice for you.

Get the training and education you need. There are many people over 40 taking classes to advance their skill set. I was 43 when I earned my cosmetology license, and my father was over 40 when he changed careers and married my mother so it can be done. You’re never too old to back to school and learn new skills. Don’t let age stand in your way, you’ve got experience and life skills younger people don’t have and employers will see this when you make a career change.

Examine your finances. In a best case scenario you should have one year’s salary saved up, but if that isn’t possible you may have to trim down your budget. Starting out in a new career may mean your salary will be lower than what you’ve grown accustomed to.

If you feel the need for a career change, education will be your ticket to a new life. Look into online classes that let you do the work on your own time. There are several online degree and training programs that will enable you to make a change and have the life you really want.

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