Are you dissatisfied with your job? Do you want to find a new one or at least make a move to another department within your company? Do you need certifications in MCSE, MCP and any of those other abbreviations? You need to sit down and decide what career path you wish to take if you want to go the Microsoft Certification route.First of all, do you have any prior experience in the business world? If so, no matter what you decide to do, whether it is MCSE training or MCP training or anything else, you will be ahead of others with no prior professional expertise. However, if you choose to make a career change that is a complete 180 degrees from what you are doing now, you will have some trouble finding gainful employment without some concrete experience.For instance, if you are an Administrative Assistant and decide to go for a Microsoft Certified System Engineer, better known as an MCSE, you need to have some practical experience (the basic requirement is about a year of previous experience) under your belt before even starting your MCSE training. How could you go about doing that? You have several options. Find a mentor. Maybe another person within your company who has an MCSE could give you pointers and some on-site knowledge into his job. Volunteering through a nonprofit or some other community organization could net you some valuable experience. Serving as an intern, whether paid or unpaid, is another option.A volunteer position or an internship also is beneficial for those people with a fresh Microsoft certification but no practical, hands-on experience. Practically every nonprofit organization or community group has computers. Some of them are small groups and others have computer labs (perhaps state-run job placement places) with no budget to hire full-time staff. You have got to think outside the box for ways to gain that practical experience.Networking mixers or social time is another great idea. You can mingle with professionals in the field you are trying to break into and find out about their internship opportunities. It is the perfect venue in which to sell or market yourself. Check out your local Chamber of Commerce for any local trade organizations in the prospective field as a starting point in this networking endeavor. Many times, you can find out some priceless information about the ins and outs of your potential area of certification. Learning from the experts could be an eye opening experience for you. Heck, you could even change your mind from braving those MCSE boot camps and the seven tests for MCSE exams. Isnt it better to gain that insight before you spend the time and money?Once you have completed your certification, whether it is navigating through MCP courses or any other Microsoft certification, be prepared to start from scratch in your new endeavor. Just remember, anything having to do with technology will change again in a year or two, so you have to keep up with new trends and that means continued instruction. As long as you travel the Microsoft route, youll be successful.
Salary negotiating is an important topic that must be addressed prior to your initial interview with a prospective employer. Knowing your bottom rate, and being able to live with it [or on it?] is an important thing for candidates to uncover before the first interview. Why then do so many of us make the tactical mistake and go to the interview unprepared?One of the first mistakes a real killer is to tip your hand too early in the interview process on what you will accept for a salary. Many interviewers will attempt to screen you out by finding out what your ballpark figure is. To mention that amount too early in the interview process can and will lock you in to a figure you might not be happy with later. Try changing your salary requirements after an offer has been made and you will come across looking flakey or greedy.You must have a salary range in mind before going on the first interview you then have to be determined not to reveal it in that interview or you just might find yourself on the outside looking in. In other words, you will be screened out of the selection process before you can show the employer [the person with hiring authority, not the Human Resources (HR) rep.] what you can do for them.If you are asked on the first interview what your salary requirements are you must stall the interviewer. Chances are the first interview is with an HR rep who is trained to weed people out, oftentimes the salary requirement being one of the weeds the rep looks at to eliminate candidates. More than likely the rep is a no-nothing regarding your job; he or she is tasked with presenting a certain group of candidates to the person with actual hiring authority [e.g., chief flight attendant, chief pilot, operations manager, etc.] and knows [or cares] little about your background or what you can do for the company.I have seen the best candidates get screened out prematurely because they tipped their hand too early in the interview process.So, what do you do if someone insists on a salary figure? The best answer can be summed up along these lines: my salary requirements are based on the nature and scope of the position. In other words, the more difficult the job, the higher your salary requirements will be. If pressed further -- assuming the rep insists on uncovering your salary range -- you can always announce a figure closer to your bottom rate. For example, if you want 60K and sense that announcing that figure ahead of time will sink you, you can tell them: my range starts in the upper 40s to mid 50s. That way, you wont be screened out for what the H.R. rep might consider an excessive salary requirement. Most importantly, it will enable you to go to the all important second interview with the person who has real hiring authority.Your second interview is your opportunity to WOW your potential employer. Tell them all the things you can and will do for them. Avoid salary negotiating and let them know they cant live without you. Once you sell them on that point, you will be prepared to give your salary figure of 60K, but only discuss salary if they bring it up [your third interview should be their actual offer to you, however be prepared for an offer earlier than that if you WOW them and they insist on hiring you on the spot. In that case you should be able to secure your upper figure]. Should the remark be made that HR told them you would accept a much lower salary, you must stress that the job responsibilities detailed to you in the interview are much greater than what the HR rep had indicated. Most reasonable people will understand that HR only has a general, not a specific understanding of the job requirements, and will accept this reasoning. Reemphasize your experience, your business acumen, all the points that set you apart from the average candidate, which you are not.I cannot tell you how often I have heard candidates fail at this important game, which it is -- a cat and mouse game. Do not for a minute think that you will be able to renegotiate your salary later. If you settle for less you will have to live on less. Maybe that works for you, but chances are you will be unhappy and had wished you never caved in.
Brand image of any business activity encompasses a broader spectrum, which is the overall image of the business which includes the interior design, exterior design, marketing materials used, the web presence and also the staff members of the business. Data entry jobs too require image building to be successful.A professional image is very important as it involves the decision making process of customers whether to do business with the company or individual, or not. The heart of the business is their logo. It signifies and represents the kind or nature of business and the activity which is carried on. The image or brand is the foundation for all the advertising and marketing efforts made and if the brand image is weak, the advertising and marketing efforts will go in vain. It is the identity to the business. Many entrepreneurs mistake the marketing, advertising and promotional materials as mere expenses, but actually speaking they are all investments. It the first impression created to boost the business. Logo and brand are totally different. Where logo is only a representation of the business and brand is the experience created with the customer or client right from the inception till the end of the business process.Data entry jobs are abundant and so are the people who are doing it. Like the individuals searching for a reputed company, the same way the companies too search for quality and competent people who can finish the job on time with greater precision and professionalism. Hence, it is very important to build a professional image to stand apart from others who are in the same field to get data entry jobs to be done at home.Steps involved in building a successful professional image for "data entry" jobs done from home:The first step for the person doing the job for data entry from home is to analyze the key strengths and talents and jotting them down in key words or phrases. Unique features and values of his doing business should be highlighted. Then it has to be shaped in to a brand statement incorporating the uniqueness and advantages for the clients in getting the work done by him. This brand statement can be printed in all the business communications and displayed in all the ways to speak about the professionalism of the person. Apart from doing all the above, it is very important to maintain a personal, professional image. The way the person presents himself before clients and customers matters a lot. He neednt always be in formal attire while performing jobs from home, but at least should adhere to the dress code when a formal meeting is scheduled. It conveys the message, that the person has not taken the job lightly but is serious about the profession.When changes like diversification or added services are included, the personal brand statement should be changed accordingly. If spending on building a professional image is required, it should be done without any hesitation, as it is only an investment rather than an expense.
The most recent survey of our members found that:1. The average MBA salary was 66,5002. 70% were either board directors or senior managers3. 1 in 4 expected to run their own business in the future4. MBAs are employed mainly in general management, marketing, corporate strategy and IT5. Around 25% of graduates are female.The benefits of traditional MBAs have perhaps been less affected by time. The confidence of knowing that you are as familiar with concepts as those trying to 'blind you with jargon' is as valid as ever, as is the ability to be constructively critical of consultants or others purveying 'solutions' to management problems.It is still important to be able to use management tools and techniques - from a basic spreadsheet to a sophisticated knowledge management tool - to communicate clearly, whether in writing or when making presentations, and to analyse a problem thoroughly before suggesting a solution.But added to these, an MBA today is likely to give you a range of 'softer' skills and understanding. You are likely to develop your teamworking skills, to gain an understanding of why people in organisations behave as they do, and to become more aware of the problems stress can cause.Understanding the basic functions in an organisation and the main features in the environment that impact upon it is still vital for effective strategic management. Exposure to the latest thinking in management will always be an asset.This is just the tip of the iceberg as far as career opportunities for MBAs are concerned. Having an MBA degree gives you countless job opportunities, mostly in top level positions, and can help to further your career tremendously.Once you have estimated the cost of your MBA, you need to assess the benefits of an MBA in terms of increased salaries, better wages, and more career opportunities to evaluate the monetary value of your MBA degree!We urge you to find out more about the Top MBA Programs there are now!
BearingPoint, one of the largest management and consulting firms of the world, appointed Eddie Munson to its Board of Directors. BearingPoint has more than 17,000 employees and main practice areas that focus on the Financial Services, Public Services and Commercial Services markets. With a long legacy as KPMG Consulting, BearingPoint experts have taken more than a 100 years to build their position on how to help their clients achieve their goals. Munson, a retired partner with KPMG, has almost 30 years of experience in auditing that focuses on the financial services and automotive industry. He was a member of the Board of Director's of KPMG from the year 1996 to 2004. At KPMG, he was a member of the pension committee and chair of the committees and was mainly responsible for partner rights and board nominations. Lately, Munson was the national partner in charge of the University Relations and Campus Recruiting programs of KPMG. Rod McGeary, BearingPoint's Chairman of the Board said, "Munson's extensive experience as an auditor covering key industries, coupled with his in-depth client experience will further augment the capabilities of our current Board members." He further said that BearingPoint is also excited to appoint Munson to Board of Directors. Currently, Eddie Munson is one of the members of the Board of Directors of United American Healthcare Corporation and the Skillman Foundation.