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While a four-year degree is helpful, numerous professionals do find career success without a degree. And in today's job market, there are many good paying jobs for those with two-year degrees, or degrees from a technical school, especially in the trades.
And even if one does not have any degree, they too, can find career success. A tip for job seekers without a degree - don't focus on not having a degree when writing your resume. Continue to focus on skills and achievements.
Resume tips for job seekers without a degree
"I've written resumes for - and know plenty of people - who don't have college degrees," says Matt Krumrie, resume writer and career advisor. "And they have good-paying jobs with top companies, Fortune 100, Fortune 500 companies, leading technology companies, and so on. So don't let not having a degree hold you back from pursuing your career passions."
When writing a resume, many job seekers who don't have a degree often ask Krumrie "I don't have a degree, will that hurt me?"
In some jobs - yes, in others, no.
"Don't focus on not having a degree," says Krumrie. "Instead focus on results, achievements, technical skills learned over time, seminars, training, or industry-related awards. This is especially true for the professional ten to 20 years into their career, where on-the-job success often holds as much or more value based on the type of job or career one pursues.
Although job seekers with a four-year college degree may make considerably more money than their counterparts with less education, there are many career opportunities in thriving industries for job seekers without a four-year college degree, according to a new CareerCast report.
"The Economic Policy Institute estimates that workers with a four-year college degree make about 56% more than those who don't, based on 2015 salary figures," says Kyle Kensing, Online Content Editor, CareerCast. "However, we have identified some great jobs that pay a high wage which don't require four years of college."
Top 10 jobs not requiring a four-year degree
Of the 10 best jobs not requiring a bachelor's degree, almost half are in healthcare: Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, Medical Records Technician, Optician, and Respiratory Therapist. Other excellent opportunities for those who want to forgo a four-year degree include Electrician, Plumber, Executive Assistant, Broadcast Technician, and Web Developer.
CareerCast named Web Developer as one of the best jobs for part-time and freelance work in 2017. For the technologically proficient, there are abundant opportunities to work on a contract basis and set one's own schedule. And, while other lucrative fields in Information Technology require a bachelor's degree or more, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recommends an associate's degree to become a Web Developer – not bad for a field that pays an annual median salary of $66,130 and has a 27% growth outlook.
Plumbing is always in-demand, and most recent BLS estimates suggest growth outlook of 12% in the next eight years. Wage opportunities are also positive, with an annual median salary of $51,540. But what might be especially appealing to a job seeker looking to begin a career as a Plumber or an Electrician is the opportunity for independent business ownership. Another best job on the list, Executive Assistant, can also be a gateway to greater opportunities in business and/or entrepreneurship.
Healthcare's been a pillar of the American economy for years, but especially so in the past half-decade. It should come as no surprise, then, that the most abundant and best opportunities for job seekers without a four-year college degree are in the healthcare sector.
Local community colleges and technical schools typically offer the necessary training or apprentice opportunities to get started in these fields.
Read below to learn more about the best jobs without a degree, including salary information.
To update your resume and move ahead in your career, no matter if one has a degree or not, contact Matt Krumrie, to write a resume that gets results.
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OfficeTeam identifies five signs a job seeker may be lying on a resume — and offers tips for confirming details:
1. Skills have vague descriptions. Using ambiguous phrases like "familiar with" or "involved in" could mean the candidate is trying to cover up a lack of direct experience. To assess a worker's abilities, conduct skills testing or hire the person on a temporary basis before making a full-time offer.
2. There are questionable or missing dates. Having large gaps between positions or listing stints by year without months can be red flags. Inquire about the applicant's employment history during initial discussions and ask references to validate timelines.
3. You get negative cues during the interview. A lack of eye contact or constant fidgeting may suggest dishonesty, but don't eliminate a promising candidate by making a judgment based solely on body language. Consider the individual's responses to your questions and feedback from other staff members who met him or her.
4. References offer conflicting details. Ask initial contacts about additional people you can speak to about the prospective hire. Also, check if there are connections in your network who can provide insight about the candidate.
5. Online information doesn't match. Don't always take what you find on the internet at face value. There may be multiple professionals with the same name or legal issues with how the information can be used. Verify facts during the interview and reference check processes.
About the Research
The surveys of workers and senior managers were developed by OfficeTeam. They were conducted by independent research firms and include responses from more than 400 Canadian workers 18 years of age or older and employed in office environments, and more than 300 senior managers at Canadian companies with 20 or more employees.
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In our high-tech world, it’s easy to eliminate the human touch from almost everything – favoring artificial intelligence and automation in the quest for efficiency and cost savings. This is happening in the career coaching space as well. When it comes to career planning, are you willing to take Cortana’s advice?
Related article: Emotional Intelligence and the future of work
Here are 4 reasons why technology shouldn’t replace a career coach, featuring tips and advice from the experts at Impact Group HR, a career coaching, one-on-one relocation, talent development, and outplacement firm.
1. Emotional Support Isn’t Stellar from a Machine
A one-to-me coaching approach during a difficult job search provides a key lifeline as the person navigates the transition. Beyond job search support, the coach provides emotional support to address the ups and downs of the process. Ask Siri for emotional support, and she will gladly proclaim, “Here’s what I found on the web.” Not quite good enough.
“A career coach is 100% devoted to the job seeker,” says Jan Hunter, Director of Outplacement Services at IMPACT Group. “They have no one else’s interest in mind, they don’t have an agenda. They are there to listen, work through the job search process, and provide advice on all the emotions the job seeker experiences during the search.” Handing a job seeker a login without that dedicated person to guide the process just isn’t the same.
2. Personalized Programs Beat Automated Processes Every Time
Finding a new position is a complex process – and one that is unique to each individual. “When job seekers only access to a technology platform, they miss out on a sounding board – someone who can truly listen and provide clarity on their options.” This is especially true for career changers who are exploring how their skills fit in a new role or industry. “Technology provides information, but not the personalized guidance that comes from a career coach,” says Hunter.
Automated processes take a cookie-cutter approach – treating each person as if they are conducting the same job search. IMPACT Group works with a wide variety of professionals – from teachers to biostatisticians. Sally the Scientist and Dan the Dude Rancher won’t benefit from the exact same coaching. They need a plan that is unique to them and research backs it up: job seekers are 2.67x more likely to find a new career with the help of a coach.
3. One-on-One Relationship Builds Confidence
Confidence is key during a job search. Even the most confident people go into their search less than confident on where to start or how to market their experience. A coach addresses all the unique nuances that arise during the search, allowing the job seeker to gain the confidence to shine.
Job searches can be a lonely endeavor – just ask one of our program participants – but job seekers are not alone with a coach by their side. Time and again we hear customers say they appreciated their coach following up with them after applying for roles or completing an interview. Jan shares, “This follow up shows the coach genuinely cares about the person’s progress. A personal phone call is so much more genuine than an automated message from a website.”
4. Focused attention leads to time savings
“A typical job seeker does not have the time or resources to find the latest job search and social media trends and determine how they apply to their field,” Jan points out. “Our coaches undergo continuous learning to identify and master these trends, while also keeping a pulse on hot jobs and growing professions.” Job seekers get focused attention right from the beginning when working with a coach, leading to less digging and reading to find often conflicting information.
We’ve all fallen into the technology trap. How many times have you logged onto a social media account to check one thing…and 30 minutes later you still haven’t accomplished your task? It’s easy to be pulled down the rabbit hole of posts, pictures, and articles. “A technology tool won’t point out that you still haven’t brushed up on interviewing skills, but a coach does just that. They follow up on goals, hold the job seeker accountable, and ensure the job search stays on track.”
At IMPACT Group, they know a personal, one-to-me coaching experience delivers the best results for each individual job seeker.
The reality is this: Tech solutions alone can’t hold a wireless mouse to this level of support provided by a career coach. They can greatly benefit a job search and help you get on the right track to career success.
Field trips. Daycare germs. Babysitting backfires. Morning meltdowns. Pediatrician appointments. Class parties. These are just a few of the extra demands that the working mom has to juggle along with job responsibilities. And while today’s working mom wants to be present for their children, they also want to be an indispensable employee, too.
Today's top employers understand that to attract, recruit, and retain top employees, that there must be a balance between achieving career goals and success, and work/life balance. That's especially important for today’s working mom, and fortunately, more employers are starting to understand that too.
Nearly half of human resources managers surveyed by OfficeTeam said their organization had made policy changes in recent years to better accommodate working parents. But however family friendly the company, a woman raising children and working toward a career, such as an administrative professional career, will often be stressed by the constant push and pull of competing demands.
Finding the right balance is a challenge, and sometimes, a career coach can help a working mom navigate the challenging process of finding the right job, career path, and balancing the challenges of motherhood.
The reality is, today's working moms have more workplace flexibility than ever before, says Career Coach Bethany Wallace, also a working mom, and a career coach who excels at helping working moms find career happiness and work/life balance. However, it can be challenging to navigate to a career path that provides flexibility. That's where career coaches can assist working moms.
"Working remotely, finding gigs and part-time employment options, and even changing careers entirely are all real possibilities," says Wallace. "As a career coach, I often work with women who are not just striving to achieve career goals, but who also want to invest in their children's lives. I get that; I have a daughter, too, and she was one of my primary motivators for pursuing entrepreneurship. As working moms, we're all doing the best we can. Sometimes we simply need a little support, mentoring, or coaching to bring our visions to life."
So what are the best career paths for working moms? What are the best degrees for working moms? Check out the infographic below, and see how it fits your career path or goals. Where can you search for jobs or work? How can you find the help you need - start with a career coach like Bethany Wallace - and then view the below infographic focusing on the 10 best degree for working moms for more information and details:
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Last week, Sean Spicer suddenly resigned from his position as White House Press Secretary. According to The New York Times, this resignation was prompted by Anthony Scaramucci’s hiring as Communications Director. While most Americans will never have to navigate quitting a job under the scrutiny of the public eye like Spicer, learning when and how to quit professionally and gracefully is important for all employees, according to one workplace authority.
“The decision to quit your job can be incredibly difficult and personal. Oftentimes, numerous factors are at play. However, there’s a right way to leave your previous position that allows you to maintain your professional network and the reputation you built at your firm,” said Andrew Challenger, Vice President of global outplacement and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.
The first step is deciding when it is time to leave. For people who regularly reflect on their future and where they would like to see growth, whether or not it is time to make a change is fairly obvious. But for those who haven’t invested as much time in reflection, there are specific warning signs that can signal to both the employee and the employer that it is time for a new position.
“It’s more than just dreading going into work every day, although that’s typically the first sign. If this starts happening, it is time to investigate why you feel that way,” said Challenger.
Employees who dread work may feel undervalued or underappreciated, dislike the type of work they are doing, do not get along with a manager or co-worker, or feel they are not contributing to either the organization or society at large. Employees should determine if they have opportunities for advancement, and if the company will remain successful in the future. By looking at leaving from both an economic and a personal perspective, employees are able to get a better picture of what they should do.
Once it is clear that quitting is the best option, the next step is to quit in a way that is professional and graceful. No matter how horrible a job situation may seem, it is best to quit in a respectful way to maintain potential networking connections. Burning bridges, issuing threats, or leaving in any disrespectful way is never a good option.
While Challenger advises having another offer before quitting a job, inevitably, some circumstances make quitting your job immediately necessary. However, leaving respectfully will not only keep an employer happy, but is also best for the employee.
“Courtesy dictates that you give your employer notice, send regards to mentors or co-workers with whom you shared a good working relationship, and maintain those connections after you leave. If you haven’t landed another position when you quit your former job, this course of action will help you as you search for new jobs and start interviewing,” said Challenger.
Resignation confrontations are unavoidable and are part of moving forward in the professional world, but employers can help to lessen the discomfort. One technique is to meet with employees more frequently to find problems early and work on remediation so that all parties are happy.
“Tracking employee morale and reasons for leaving is key for future retention and recruitment, and companies that have a handle on why workers are quitting will likely cultivate a corporate culture desirable to future and existing talent,” said Challenger.
If you're thinking about resigning, or quitting your job, you will need an updated resume to help with the networking and job search process. It's best to have the resume updated in advance of starting a job search. To best position yourself for job search success, hire Matt Krumrie to write your resume, and get on the path to a new job.
About Matt Krumrie
In addition to writing resumes, Krumrie has published over 2,000 career and job search articles for CollegeRecruiter,