Local hospital recruiting for Springboro, Dayton positions

Published: Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 2:24 PM


Dayton Children’s Hospital is hosting a job fair next week to recruit for its main campus and Springboro campus.

The pediatrics hospital will host the recruitment event from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Marriott at the University of Dayton.

Positions include staff nurses, clinical support, clerical support, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, environmental services, patient access, pharmacy and others for both the south campus in Springboro and the main campus.

Attendees can talk to recruiters and hiring managers at the 1414 S. Patterson Blvd. event and can RSVP for the event online.

5 ways you can make bank with your wheels

Published: Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 8:54 AM

Here are 5 ways you can make bank with your wheels Rent your car through companies like Turo Drive for Amazon Flex, and deliver through its Prime Now program Drive for Uber or Lyft Let it appear on TV or in movies Wrap your car in an ad

If you live in an urban area, you probably own a car. And even though you're undoubtedly spending a fair amount of time behind the wheel, your car spends most of its time parked in a driveway, garage or lot.

Why not put your wheels to work and pick up a side gig that can help offset your car payment or insurance and put some extra money in your pocket?

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The following are five ways you can make bank with your wheels:

Rent your car

Companies like Turo – which bills itself as an Airbnb for cars – connect you with drivers who need to rent a car, according to Money Talks News. Post photos of your car and list where and when it's available, while also setting preferences such as price and mileage limits. Turo will notify you when someone requests your car, and you're free to accept or decline the booking. Once you've accepted, just meet the other driver in an agreed-upon location.

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Use it to make deliveries

Although you may think making deliveries applies only to pizza and newspapers, the market has expanded to include just about everything. Drive for Amazon Flex, and you'll be delivering for people who order through its Prime Now program, according to The Penny Hoarder. Atlanta-based companies Kanga and Roadie also use supplemental drivers to deliver a wide variety of products that range from furniture to electronics. And for people who don't want to fight the traffic to get a meal, companies like Grubhub, UberEATs, Zifty and Postmates will pay you to do it for them.

Offer rides

Ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft are extremely popular in Atlanta and other cities, and you can make some side money by signing up to drive for one or both of these services. Clark.com offers some pointers on the differences between the two platforms to help you decide where to focus your efforts.

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Let it appear on TV or in the movies

Many movies and TV shows are filmed in Atlanta, and production companies often need cars to appear on-screen. The pay is usually modest, but for more specific requests, you can make more. For example, Kevin Hart's "Night School" recently needed several specific types of vehicles and was willing to pay $250 to $350 a day. To find out which productions need vehicles, look for casting calls on the AJC's Jobs page.

Wrap your car in an ad

Some companies will pay you to wrap your car in an ad, or if you drive for Uber or Lyft, place ads inside your car. There are reputable companies who will pay you to do this, but there are also some scams, according to The Penny Hoarder. Never pay any money upfront, and make sure the company has contact information on its website. The Penny Hoarder recommends Carvertise as a legitimate company. 

This is the salary you need to move to these 5 hot job cities

Published: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 @ 3:27 PM
Updated: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 @ 3:27 PM

Here are the top cities for job seekers Miami, FL Orlando, FL Raleigh, NC Austin, TX Sacramento, CA

If you're looking for work or a step up on the career ladder, there is no shortage of top-ranking picks for job seekers, according to recent Indeed.com ranking of the top cities for job seekers

Before you dash off to Orlando (Indeed's No. 2 pick) or pack for Atlanta (No. 14), check out another set of numbers. 
Eye each new city's cost of living with the help of a nifty calculator provided by NerdWallet. Powered by data from the nonprofit Council for Community and Economic Research, the calculator tells you just how much money you'd need to make it in another city, enjoying at least the same standard of living as you have in your current city.

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Here are examples of NerdWallet calculations for job seekers coming to or leaving Atlanta:

Note: Atlanta’s average salary is used as a starting point for this comparison to the Top 5 Indeed "Best cities for job seekers." According to Pay Scale, the average Atlanta salary is about $59,000.

1. Miami
Job market favorability: 82 percent
Salary percentile: 8 percent
With a $59,000 Atlanta salary, you would need to earn $65,863 to maintain your standard of living in Miami-Dade County. 
One major employer in Miami is cruise line giant Carnival, and the biggest major industries are trade, transport and utilities.
The cost of living is 12 percent higher in Miami than Atlanta. 

2. Orlando
Job market favorability: 98 percent
Salary percentile: 18 percent
Someone who earns $59,000 in Atlanta would need to earn $56,291 to maintain the same standard of living in Orlando.
Many of the job prospects that make Orlando so favorable do involve working for the Mouse. The top employer in the area is the Walt Disney Company with 53,500 employees, though trade and transport do diversify the job opportunities.
The cost of living is 5 percent lower in Orlando than in Atlanta.

3. Raleigh, North Carolina
Job market favorability: 100 percent
Salary percentile: 65 percent
With a $59,000 salary in Atlanta, you would need to make $55,749 in Raleigh to maintain your standard of living.
Major employers in Raleigh, part of the area known as the "Research Triangle," include Duke University and Health System and IBM. 
The cost of living is 6 percent lower in Raleigh than Atlanta.

You could make a few thousand less and still have the same standard of living if you moved from Atlanta to Austin.(For the AJC)

4. Austin
Job market favorability: 90 percent
Salary percentile: 65 percent
If you make a $59,000 salary in Atlanta, you would need to earn $56,772 to maintain the same standard of living in Austin.

Not just a hipster hub and home to Austin City Limits, Austin is a major tech hub, and firms including Apple, Dell and Indeed all have headquarters or major regional offices at the Texas state capitol. NerdWallet estimates the rent on a two-bedroom apartment in Austin at $1,184 and the median home price at $276,634.
The cost of living is 4 percent lower in Austin than in Atlanta.

5. Sacramento, California
Job market favorability: 69 percent
Salary percentile: 86 percent
As the Golden State capitol, government accounts for 25 percent of all employment in Sacramento.
If you earn the average Atlanta salary of $59,00, to maintain your standard of living in Sacramento, you'd need to earn $70,198.
The cost of living is 19 percent higher in Sacramento than in Atlanta. 

 How much would you need to make if you moved to ATL from the Big Apple?

New York and Chicago are among the many populous cities that didn't rank as a top pick for job seekers. If someone from there wanted to move to Atlanta and enjoy a comparable standard of living, here's what the calculator says they'd need to make:

New York
According to Pay Scale, the average Manhattan salary is around $69,000. To move from there to Atlanta you'd need to make just $29,920 to maintain your same standard of living. According to NerdWallet, the cost of living is 57 percent lower in Atlanta than New York City. Start spreading the news!


The average salary in Chicago is around $63,000, according to Pay Scale. To earn a comparable amount in Atlanta you'd need to make almost $11,000 less, or $51,882. The cost of living is 18 percent lower in Atlanta than Chicago.

And one more for the trivia buffs. According to Kiplinger's "Cheapest U.S. Cities to Live In," McAllen, Texas on the Rio Grande has the lowest cost of living among cities in the U.S. The median household income there is around $44,254. If a household from McAllen was lured to Atlanta, they'd need to make $12,000 more than they did in Texas. The cost of living is 29 percent higher in Atlanta than it is in the nation's most affordable city in which to live.

5 side hustles you can do from the comfort of your home

Published: Monday, October 09, 2017 @ 4:31 PM

Here are five of the most popular expert-recommended work at home businesses Start a business plan service and grow as you're able to devote more time and resources Be an accountant, from simple bookkeeping to providing analytic tools Those looking for a profitable after-hours side hustle might want to consider small engine repair Airbnb your home to business travelers or tourists Land a job as a home-cased call center

It's not all working in your pajamas, sleeping late and eating cereal at all hours, but part-time work from home can help you earn money while you watch the kids.

Plus, you'll avoid a commute and earn great experience you can take into the world for a later career. 

Here are five of the most popular expert-recommended work at home businesses:

Business plan service

One of Entrepreneur's "55 ideas for starting a home-based business for less than $5,000," a business plan service costs less than $1,500 to get off the ground. You'll complete market research, a business plan narrative and financial statements for clients. Author Cheryl Kimball advises, "Base your fee on whichever deliverable the clients wants most and bill the others as 'add on services.'" Along with the ability to work from home, this idea has the added advantage of expansion possibilities, so you can start small and grow as you're able to devote more time and resources.

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Those willing to perform financial services for small businesses can easily choose their level of involvement, from simple bookkeeping to providing analytic tools like income statements and financial reports. If you have the requisite background and certifications, you can offer specialized services like tax accounting. If you're new to the field, beware employment ads promising big profits, as they're probably not legitimate accounting jobs.

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Small engine repair

Not every part-time home-based job is for white collar workers, according to Entrepreneur. Stay-at-home parents or those looking for a profitable after-hours side hustle might want to consider small engine repair. Of course, you'll need experience or licensing for this garage-centered business, but most community colleges offer courses on engine repair. You also might be able to start out at someone else's shop to learn what you need to know. Before you put up fliers or a Craigslist ad, you'll want to know how to repair different types of lawn mowers, rototillers, chainsaws and generators.

This home in the South Park neighborhood rents on Airbnb starting for about $99 per night. CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)


If you're considering ways to make money working part-time from home, spend a few hours evaluating whether your home itself could provide sideline income. Airbnb is simply a website that acts as an online community, connecting travelers and hosts. Members list and rent lodging to other members, from entire houses to a spare bed. Airbnb handles all the transactions for a small fee from both host and renter. You'll need to consider whether you can attract enough business travelers or tourists to your home, according to the Simple Dollar, which offers tips for creating an alluring listing and for scheduling your opening at the same time as a big local event that will boost demand.

Home call center

As more companies shift to an increasingly remote workforce, there really are opportunities for legitimate work-at-home call center positions, according to the Spruce. Having experience in a office-based call center or even previous retail experience is often enough to land you a job with a home-based call center. Speaking more than one language will also make you an extra-appealing call center candidate. Avoid scams by watching out for job offers that include testing costs, application or training fees or reqests for the job applicant to pay for specialized equipment and software.

13 cheap online courses that will get you ready for today's workforce

Published: Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 3:24 PM
Updated: Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 3:24 PM

The following 13 classes will help teach you the skills you need for the modern workforce Job Interview Skills Training Course HTML Introduction to Spreadsheets and Models Learning Web Analytics Conversational Spanish Made Easy Learn Adobe Illustrator from Scratch Marketing in a Digital World Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills Complete Guide to Drafting a Business Plan Report Writing Made Simple Introduction to Video Editing Secret Sauce of Great Writing The Complete Presentation and

Whether you're looking for a new career, want to score a promotion with your current company or are returning to the workforce, you'll find that employers' expectations can change quickly.

Many jobs require a broad variety of skills, and the more you learn, the more attractive you'll be to prospective employers.

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Online classes can help give you an edge, and some are even prepared by the faculty of prestigious universities. And you won't necessarily have to invest a lot of money, since many are free and many others are quite inexpensive.

The following 13 classes will help teach you the skills you need for the modern workforce:

Ace the interview

This course covers what to do before the interview, how to practice common questions, dress for success, follow up after the interview and more.

Job Interview Skills Training Course, Udemy. Free.

Start to code

Since HTML is the foundation of websites, Forbes recommends this class if you're a coding beginner. It helps you learn how to build a personal or small business website and more.

HTML, Dash-General Assembly. Free.

Use spreadsheets

Learning how to use spreadsheets like Excel can help in many careers, such as marketing and management, according to Forbes. You'll also be able to work more efficiently.

Introduction to Spreadsheets and Models, Coursera. Free for ungraded content.

Learn about web analytics

This course, recommended by Forbes, helps you learn about optimizing your business' online presence with social media campaigns and SEO.

Learning Web Analytics, Lynda. Free trial, with monthly subscription plans starting at $19.99.

Learn Spanish

Learning another language can help in many careers, and Business Insider recommends this course.

Conversational Spanish Made Easy, Udemy. $10 (normally $145)

Create graphics

The Muse recommends taking this course to learn basic Adobe Illustrator techniques for creating graphics and then moving onto colors and patterns, perspective and automation.

Learn Adobe Illustrator from Scratch, Udemy. $12.

Market with digital tools

Learn how to use digital tools – including 3D printing, smartphones and the internet – to market your products, according to The Muse. You'll find out more about distribution and setting the right prices.

Marketing in a Digital World, Coursera. Free for ungraded content.

Negotiate like a boss

Negotiation is an important skill in business and life in general. You'll learn how to plan your strategy, use key tactics for success and create a contract in this course recommended by The Muse.

Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills, Coursera. Free for ungraded content.

Create a business plan

If you've dreamed of venturing out on your own, this class will help you learn what investors are looking for in a business plan and how to create one that's thorough and successful.

Complete Guide to Drafting a Business Plan, Udemy. $12.

Write a business report 

From planning to proofreading, this class helps you learn how to craft a business report. Points addressed include essential questions to ask and how to understand the report's purpose.

Report Writing Made Simple, Udemy. $12.

Edit video

Video editing is its own career, Forbes points out, but it's also now used extensively in the content and marketing world. Learn the basics of good editing, including composition, transitions, pacing and editing.

Introduction to Video Editing, Lynda. Free trial, with monthly subscription plans starting at $19.99.

Write more effectively

Whether you're writing a cover letter, a press release or an email, this course (recommended by The Muse) will help you do it better.

Secret Sauce of Great Writing, Udemy. Free.

Give a presentation

If the thought of speaking in a business meeting makes you break out in a cold sweat, take this course, which is recommended by Business Insider. It covers body language, how to create incredible content and more.