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5 critical steps you must take before you quit a job

Published: Thursday, December 21, 2017 @ 2:16 PM

When you think it's time to leave your job, how do you depart in a way that avoids repercussions? Create a loose transition plan for your boss Envision what you can do to make the transition easier on the team When meeting with your employer, use the "compliment sandwich" method Consider how leaving your job will affect your family Leave under good conditions if at all possible

While the temptation is to play that Johnny Paycheck song or give a simple, "Bye, Felicia" on the way out the door, there are far more productive steps to take before you quit your job.

If you skip them, you risk lost income and a problem employment record. And on an emotional level, you really want to skip hurt feelings or any behavior you might regret, even if you're steaming mad at your soon-to-be-ex-company.

"With a little planning, anyone can make a graceful exit," noted entrepreneurial expert Michael Hyatt. "Life is short. The world is small—and cold. You don't need to create any unnecessary enemies. You've already made an investment in your job. Now make one in your career. Think of the future and keep the end in mind."

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Whether you've had the idea in the works for months, have a new, better position or just recently realized you can't tolerate this workplace anymore, there are essentials to cover before you tell you're boss you're leaving.

»Here are five things you absolutely must do before you quit, according to Hyatt and other business and workplace experts: 

Ask yourself, "Can I really afford this?" The feeling of waking up dreading going to work is all too common, but it can't be the basis for your exit plan, according to the investment advice blog The Motley Fool. "Before you pull the trigger, you'll need to figure out whether quitting is something you can manage financially," it advised. "Most Americans have less than $1,000 in savings, while 39 percent have no savings at all. If you fall into either category, then you're better off sticking out your lousy job until you're able to find a new one." If you let your desire to escape a bad situation overcome financial reason, you might damage your finances and rack up debt, which will only compound your misery.

Plan to exit with dignity and honor. "How you leave a job says way more about our character than how we start," noted Hyatt. He advised avoiding bad talk about supervisors, coworkers or the company, adding, "It will only make you look small and petty. It's amazing how negative comments have a way of spreading—and moving up the org chart. It's a small world."

Even if you don't have any sort of employment contract, you do have a "duty of loyalty," noted Hyatt. "Don't grow slack in your work or let things fall through the cracks. You want to turn your position over to your successor in tip-top shape. You don't want your successor saying, 'No wonder she left. It's a miracle she wasn't fired. She left us with a mess.'"

Take everything that belongs to you. Even if you anticipate an entirely friendly parting, it's wise to get all your personal items out of the picture before you announce that you're leaving, according to HR expert and Forbes contributor Liz Ryan

This extends to personal leave, which she advised taking before you talk about quitting, and personal files on the hard drive of the company's computer. "You've got to remove them," Ryan noted. "Leave the company files alone, of course! Those aren't yours."

Other things to start bringing home, discreetly, of course, include swag from conferences and clients and contact details of customers or vendors who are personal friends. "Get your photos, music and other important information off the company laptop or desktop machine and store them on another device, one you own," advised Ryan. "Sometimes when people give notice, they're escorted out the door right away!"

Create a short-term coverage plan. Part of the "let's not burn bridges here" approach is making sure you have a plan for who can cover your work in the near term after you leave. "That is the responsible thing to do," Ryan said. "Before you give notice, think through the options. You won't be around to implement your plan, of course, and your boss might have different ideas about the way to cover your desk until she can hire someone new. Still, the more thought you can put into the question, 'What will happen after I leave?' the better!"

Tell anyone who should hear the news from you. You can expect that once you officially give notice, the boss or HR will take over the communication about your departure.


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5 of the lowest-earning jobs that require an advanced degree

Published: Monday, June 04, 2018 @ 1:31 PM

Jobs That Pay More Than A Teacher

It's sort of like one of those social media photo series that asks, "So, you think you had a bad day at work?" and goes on to show images of people who feed alligators and smell armpits for a paycheck.

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Any reasonable recent graduate might wonder if college is worth it, given the jobs that are available for their degree and the student debt piling up for millennials and Gen Zers. But what about those who went to school for two or three times as long, earned a doctorate and are still making half or a third what other doctors do?

There's a decent chance that you make more than some of those doctors, even if you're not at the top of your field and your dream career is still a dream. (Something to remember for the next time your mom is encouraging you to find a nice doctor to date.)

Surgeons? Yeah, they're still going to earn more than $200,000, and seven other doctoral and professional-degree jobs in places of honor on the Georgia's Hot Careers to 2020 list have substantial earning power

But there are jobs that require doctorates that earn half or even a third of that, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics employment projections. That could be a pick-me-up the next time you have a bad day at the job that only required four years of college.

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Here are five examples of jobs that require a doctorate or professional degree but don't pay the big bucks:

School psychologists, elementary and secondary schools

Median 2017 salary: $77,430

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Median 2017 salary: $68,640

Social work teachers, post secondary

Median 2017 salarty: $66,940

Social science teachers, post secondary

Median 2017 salary: $64,480

Judicial law clerks

Median 2017 salary: $51,330


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Job fair Thursday to feature nearly 70 employers

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Even after their service is completed, veterans still need full-time jobs. Here are six companies that pride themselves in hiring veterans and provide the best services for them. Booz Allen Hamilton The company has two resource groups for veteran emp

Disabled American Veterans and RecruitMilitary will co-host the Cincinnati Veterans Job Fair at Paul Brown Stadium from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 24.

The event is free to veterans, military spouses, active-duty military personnel and members of the Guard and Reserves. Nearly 70 employers actively seeking the unique talents of America’s veterans will be on site. At least 400 veterans are expected to attend, according to organizers.

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“DAV is proud to co-host traditional and virtual career fairs all over the country and we’re excited to bring this one back home to Cincinnati where DAV was founded in 1920,” said Barry Jesinoski, the executive director of DAV National Headquarters. “We’ve provided employment services to the veteran community since 2014 and so far nearly 60,000 job offers have been made to veterans as a result.”

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Navy veteran Josh Vinson, a highly-decorated Navy recruiter, wanted to find a job that matched his skills. He said he found a great fit with his current company when he attended the Cincinnati Veterans Job Fair in 2017.

“I was looking to go into sales, marketing or recruiting,” Vinson said. “I stopped at Gus Perdikakis Associates and talked to the recruiter at their table. He said he wasn’t for sure if they were looking for recruiters, but he would give my resume to their recruiting folks. I got a call a week or two later for an interview and three days later they called me with an offer.”

Tim Best, CEO of Bradley-Morris and RecruitMilitary, said each year the organization hosts more than 150 hiring events for veterans.

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The events provide candidates with opportunities to interact not only with potential employers, but also with organizations that provide services and support to those who served, Best said.

“Our partnership with DAV allows us to meet the needs of veterans and their families by providing access to benefits services and employment opportunities in one place,” he said.

Veterans who wish to register for the career fair and access DAV’s other job related resources may click here.

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Report: This is the hottest (little-known) career in America right now

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 7:34 AM

Employees Say This Company Has the Best Pay and Benefits According to an Indeed report, That company is Costco Employees were more than satisfied with benefits like An employee wrote on Indeed’s website Indeed reviewed employee feedback 2. Kaiser Permanente 3. Verizon 4. FedEx Express 5. Apple

The hottest job in America may be one you've never heard of, but demand for people who can fulfill the roll is very high – as is its starting pay.

If you're qualified to be a data scientist, according to Bloomberg, you may find companies fighting for your services.

Andrew Gardner, a senior machine learning manager in Atlanta at Symantec Corp., an IT security firm, works to fill roles at the company but told Bloomberg he's frequently contacted by other firms who try to hire him away. In an effort to compete for data scientists, Gardner finds that he needs to offer more perks, such as the ability to telecommute.

As if that wasn't enough, data scientist was also recently named the "sexiest job of the 21st century" by Harvard Business Review.

The term data scientist was coined fairly recently, but it's already become an extremely popular job.

Job postings for this career rose 75 percent from January 2015 to January 2018 on, according to Bloomberg. Searches for data scientist jobs increased by 65 percent.

What data scientists do

This might be one of those job titles you hear and think, "OK, but what does this person actually do?"

As we're flooded with data in today's world, the challenge lies in how to best utilize that information. Data scientists, according to Forbes, use statistics and modeling to convert data in a way that helps organizations and companies do everything from developing products to retaining customers.

In practical terms, Atlanta-based Equifax Inc. gave Cornell University data that was scrubbed of personally identifiable information with the goal of determining how customers prioritized paying bills. The company wanted to know whether people placed a high priority on paying a mortgage, car payment or cell phone bill. Data scientists helped them mine and convert that data.

Data scientists can also be involved in a growing specialty known as "sentiment analysis," or finding a way to quantify how many tweets are praising your company versus complaining about it.

Expected pay

Even entry-level data scientists can expect to make six-figure salaries. The average salary for beginners in this field is $115,785 a year, according to The average pay for senior data scientists is $141,257 per year.

Some data scientists who have Ph.D.s can earn as much as $300,000 or more.

Skills you need

Data scientists need technical, analytical and presentation skills, including the following:

  • Ability to program
  • Intense curiosity
  • Scientific background
  • Understanding of statistics and applied mathematics
  • Ability to design experiments to test hypotheses
  • Computational and analytical skills
  • Ability to communicate findings through visualizations and stories

Education and experience

Becoming a data scientist requires a good bit of education and practical experience. The following are some common pathways to landing a position:

Complete a degree – Majors such as statistics, mathematics, economics, operations research or computer science can be helpful.

Enroll in a master's program – Georgia State University and Georgia Tech offer Master of Science in Analytics programs.

Consider a doctorate – Kennesaw State University offers a Ph.D. in Analytics and Data Science.

Utilize MOOCs (massive open online courses) – Coursera, for example, has a 10-course data science series from Johns Hopkins University.

Participate in a boot camp – These accelerated learning programs have projects built into the experience. Georgia Tech's Data Science and Analytics Boot Camp is a 24-week, part-time program with evening and weekend hours, so you can enroll even if you're employed or in school.


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7 of the most popular jobs for 2018 college grads

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 4:06 PM

Over the past four years, code schools in Central Texas have graduated hundreds of students. We spoke to graduates of three different Austin-area code schools to learn more about how they did it. Anthony Pekearo took nursing classes after high school and eventually working as a stagehand and a pedicab owner. He also dabbled in Bitcoin investment, before his account was hacked. “I lost $275,000 in one night,” he said. He discovered the University of Texas’ boot camp program, which focused on teach

It's the ultimate accessory for that fancy diploma they just placed in your hands. Not a frame, no. How about a job to go with it?

Pay attention, anxious parents, recent grads and anyone currently in the process of choosing a college major who would like to earn a healthy income post-graduation.

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According to LinkedIn, the 2018 college graduating class will be applying for certain jobs in record numbers.

There are more students graduating than ever before (according to the National Center for Education Statistics), and hiring authority LinkedIn identified numerous companies, industries and locations where they are most likely to apply based on 2016-17 figures. Experts at the career site picked a short list of popular jobs for this spring's graduating class, including one sought-after job description that pays more than $90,000 annually.

So, if you want to go where the competition isn't, it's good to know that these seven jobs are like magnets (or free pizza, or naps) in their ability to draw lots of recent grads to apply.

Here are seven of the most popular jobs for 2018 college grads, along with the median income to expect:

Assistant media planner


New York City was No. 1 on LinkedIn's list of the Top U.S. Cities Hiring New Grads and it hired the most entry level folks in Marketing and Advertising spots like this one. Hello, Big Apple?

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Software engineer


Yep, this is the heaviest hitter on the list, offering a $90K-plus income right out of school. Seattle is just one of the cities that needs software engineers–and it's also No. 10 on LinkedIn's list of the "Top 10 U.S. Cities Hiring New Grads."

Graphic designer


The Information Age is still hopping, and graphic designer hopefuls must make sure they've got what it takes to convey information across a wide variety of visual communication media. According to LinkedIn, Chicago and New York are both hiring for lots of marketing, advertising and Internet spots.

Investment banking analyst


Another one of the top-earning entry-level jobs for 2018 college grads is also a popular job description at some of the companies that did a lot of entry-level hiring in 2017, including Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase and Morgan Stanley. But you can only fill the investment banking analyst role if your education (like a bachelor's in finance, accounting or economics) has prepared you for duties like performing valuation analyses and building detailed financial models.

Administrative assistant


Many different college degrees would qualify a graduate for at least some administrative spots, but one of the top degrees for this position is psychology, according to LinkedIn.



It's only a little amusing that one of the most sought-after spots for first jobs involves helping companies hire much more experienced people... According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, human resources specialists who work as recruiters may travel extensively to attend job fairs, visit college campuses and meet with applicants. Applicants usually need a bachelor's degree in human resources, business or a related field, but the BLS said that might vary by position and employer. It anticipated the human resources specialist job outlook overall to grow about 7 percent between 2016 and 2026, which is about average.

Account coordinator


Account executive also makes the list, but account coordinator (which pays about 30 percent less) is a bit more accessible for folks with college degrees, client service skills and eyes for detail. Account coordinator was just one example of a job people with a degree in marketing would be qualified for, and Marketing was No. 2 on LinkedIn's list of "The top 10 majors that led to the most varied types of opportunities after graduation."

And whether you're looking for a job with the fewest competitors or are happy to run with the pack heading for the most sought-after spots, make sure you consider this job-seeking advice. (And you thought you were through with lectures.) "Get 'em while they're hot." According to LinkedIn, the best time to apply is "right now." For 2017, LinkedIn identified April through June as the months when the most grads were hired into entry-level jobs.

Didn't march, not quite done, traveling to Europe this summer? "If you're not ready yet, don't worry," LinkedIn experts advised. "August is another hot time to apply."


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