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  • Medical Assistant Job Description

    Name: Krysteena
    Job Title: Medical Assistant
    Years of Experience: 17
    Where: Renton, WA
    Current Employer: Southlake Clinic
    Education: Certified Medical Assistant
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for the average salary of a medical assistant.

    Medical Assistant Job Description

    A quick search for medical assistant jobs reveals openings in various states across the country. Medical assistants are in demand, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects excellent growth in the field over the next several years. The outlook for medical assistant jobs may be bright, but what is it really like to work in this profession? In this Salary Story, we hear from an experienced medical assistant who knows a thing or two about dealing with insurance companies, juggling paperwork, and providing excellent patient care. She describes her medical assistant duties and sheds some light on what makes this a rewarding career.

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  • Networking Tips for Shy People

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    By Margaret Steen, Monster-HotJobs

    Network, network, network: It's the most common advice job seekers hear. And it's good advice--in a recent HotJobs poll, 58 percent of respondents said that networking had helped them land their most recent job.

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  • NFL Player Salaries: Do the Best Players Really Earn the Most?

    Imagine this scenario. You’re the most skilled and best-paid football player in your position. NFL player salaries tend to be big but yours in super-big. Your millions are the most millions. You diamonds shine the brightest. Then, suddenly, everything changes and now another player who isn’t necessarily better than you is earning way more than you. Are you going to stand for that?
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  • 7 High-Paying Jobs with No Degree Required

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  • Are You Already Green? Getting a Green Job Is Easier than You Think

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  • Tuition of Colleges: A High Price May Be Worth It

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  • When Gossip Does You (And Your Career) Good

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  • Waitress Job Description - Tips on Better Waitressing

    Name: June Gunderson
    Job Title: Waitress
    Years of Experience: 20 years
    Where: Green Bay, WI
    Education: ITT Technical Institute, Green Bay
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for median waitress salaries.

    Waitress Job Description - Tips on Better Waitressing


    If you're looking for waitress job openings, take a moment to read our interview with June Gunderson, a waitress with 20 years of valuable experience. She explains which waitressing skills are most important, offers tips on better waitressing, and more. Find out why waitressing jobs can be challenging, rewarding, and lucrative.

    PayScale: What is your waitress job description?


    Everyone thinks waitressing is just waiting on tables. There is much more to the job. When I get to work I have a whole set of prep work I am responsible for before opening for breakfast. Those syrups pitchers and ketchup bottles don't fill themselves. I also have to make sure we have enough silverware wrapped in napkins for the day. The night crew is supposed to help with this, but somehow they are always short. I also do basic food prep. I have to do some of the garnishes and sauces for many of the meals I bring out.
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  • Making a Transition Job Work for You

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    By Denene Brox, Yahoo! HotJobs

    Landing a job is tough these days. The job market is flooded with unemployed workers--so finding a job that's a good fit is even tougher. If you're a professional who has been out of work for a while, you may have to take a "transition job" to make ends meet (or just to keep busy).
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  • Salary Health: Find Out If You Are Underpaid

    The good news about pay raises hitting an all-time low last year is that an estimated three percent in salary increases are expected in 2010, according to a survey by Hewitt Associates, a global human resources consulting company. That should help shift the mindset of employees who have felt frustrated by missing wage increases. But with the unemployment rate still hovering around 9 percent, many would rather swallow their complaints than ask for a raise and be shown the door. There are several ways to find out if you’re really not earning to your potential. And, they will help when you are ready to negotiate an increase.
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  • JetBlue Flight Attendant: No Salary Would Be Enough

    When JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater felt the impact of a passenger’s bag on his head, something inside of him snapped. He was angry. He had had it. He was done. No salary, no job security and no benefits could keep him from unleashing his anger over the intercom, grabbing two beers and sliding down a slide and off of the job. As the Salary Reporter I have to ask, what sort of earnings was Slater leaving behind?
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  • Personal Trainer to Personal Training Studio Manager

    Name: Duncan Sailors
    Job Title: Personal Training Studio Manager / Personal Trainer
    Years of Experience: 5 years
    Where: West Seattle, WA
    Current Employer: West Seattle Fitness Together (full-time), CrossFit Seattle (part-time)
    Education: BS, University of Washington; ACE certified personal trainer; Crossfit Level 1 certified, Crossfit Endurance Level 1 certified
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for the average salary of a personal trainer

     

    Turning a Passion for Fitness Into a Successful Management Career

    What is it like to manage a personal training studio as well as be a personal trainer? West Seattle personal trainer Duncan Sailors shares his story of how he took his life's passion for fitness and turned it into a successful management career.


    PayScale: Describe your Job Duties as the Manager of a Personal Training Studio

    I have five main areas of duties: sales, marketing, facility upkeep, training and personnel. My main sales duties include: following up on leads, scheduling free sessions, entering sales data, maintaining sales and client database, retaining clients, and providing accurate sales reports to the owner. My main marketing duties include: managing in house and outdoor signage, doing internet outreach, maintaining a presence in social media such as Facebook, blog, YouTube and Yelp. I also do  business to business collaboration, seminars, street fairs and In house contests. On the service side, I do training sessions (15 to 30+ per week), client follow-up, nutrition programs, exercise programming, and fitness assessments cards (birthday, anniversary, thank you, referral requests). I also handle all client contact and client safety communications via e-mail, phone and text. From the facilities standpoint, I manage cleaning, equipment maintenance, new equipment acquisition, recycling, office equipment and consumables: water, towels and fruit bowl. On the personnel side, I hire, train, review and fire trainers as well as run staff meetings. There are also lots of other small tasks the manager of a personal training studio does each day.

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  • Is College Worth It? Best Colleges for Your Tuition Dollars

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  • Online Social Networking Tips for Your Career: Start with Twitter

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    By Charles Purdy, Yahoo! HotJobs senior editor

    The number of job seekers using online social networking sites like Twitter is rising: a recent Yahoo! HotJobs poll asked site visitors if they were using Twitter in their job search, and 12 percent of respondents said yes (up from 8 percent a year before).
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  • Becoming a Life Coach

    Name: Eileen Wood
    Job Title: Wellness and Life Coach, Writer, Inspirational Teacher
    Years of Experience: 20 years
    Where: Raleigh, NC
    Current Employer: Self-Employed
    Education: East Carolina University, BA; Atlantic University, MA
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for median life coach salary data.

    Becoming a Life Coach


    What is a life coach? The simple answer is that a life coach can help clients to reach personal goals and make life changes. Making career changes, learning to manage stress more effectively, or pursuing long neglected dreams are just a few examples of why someone might hire a life coach. In this Salary Story, Eileen Wood, a wellness and life coach in North Carolina, explains what being a life coach means to her. She describes her approach to life coaching, offers advice on becoming a life coach, and talks about the challenges and rewards that are a part of transforming people's lives.

    PayScale: What is a life coach? Describe your life coach job description.

     

    As a wellness and life coach I encourage and inspire others to take control of their lives. Self-empowerment is a very strong attribute that reflects in all areas of life. It is the key to success and having a fulfilling life. By working with the mind, body and spirit, an individual can become more aware of what their purpose is in life, what is important to them, find their strengths and change their life for the better. Life coaching is like training for a marathon, only this marathon is for your life's journey. Just like an Olympic athlete uses a coach to help him/her excel at a sport, an individual will benefit immensely from using a life coach to help him/her excel in daily life experiences. Through the written word in articles and books, as a writer and aspiring author, I offer people opportunities to gain insight into their own self preservation. The pathway to personal success starts with the self and then moves outward. “If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people” - Chinese proverb.

    As a teacher I work with meditation, stress management, philosophy, metaphysics, science and ancient wisdom in order to help others understand themselves and how they fit in the world.

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  • College Grad Salaries: Which School and Major Pays?

    In partnership with CNN/Money, PayScale has produced its annual College Salary Report for 2010. Unlike the more subtle 2010 PayScale College Return on Investment (ROI) Report, this report answers four simple questions:

    • What do bachelor's graduates with a particular major earn, both early in their career and at mid-career?
    • What do bachelor's graduates of a school earn, both early in their career and at mid-career?

    This year, the report includes an analysis of 999 US schools and 120 majors, up from 598 schools and 75 majors last year, and now covers schools with over 80% of all enrolled bachelor's degree students.

    Working on this report, I am always amazed at the diversity of higher education in the US. Read on to learn about the top majors and schools this year, including some surprising changes from last year.

    Are you earning what you are worth, given the degrees, experience, responsibilities, location and other critical factors that affect your pay? Find out with PayScale's comprehensive and accurate salary survey.

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  • An Iron Company with a Heart of Gold

    In a sleepy, industrial area south of Seattle, Washington called South Park, a bright light is shining in this dark economy. The third generation owners of Seidelhuber Iron & Bronze Works were faced with the same diminished workload and missing income that hit most of the manufacturing industry in the last few years. But, how they handled that financial stress makes them very, very different.

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  • A Manageable Work Day

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  • Housekeeper Jobs - Hotel Housekeeping

    Name: Sharon M.
    Job Title: Hotel Housekeeper
    Where: St. Louis Park, MN
    Years of Experience: 3
    Education: Cooper High School
    Other Relevant Work Experience: Used to be a housekeeper in a nursing home.
    Salary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find the average wage for housekeepers.

    Housekeeper Jobs - Hotel Housekeeping

    It's easy to imagine some of the challenges that might come with hotel housekeeping jobs, like trashed party rooms or difficult customers. But, as Sharon explains in this Salary Story, housekeeping jobs also have certain rewards. Sharon describes her past experience as a housekeeper, including how she chose to work in hotel housekeeping and what she liked best about the job. Keep reading to find out why housekeeping jobs can be perfect for college students or entrepreneurs looking to start a business.

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  • Have a College Degree? Your Best and Worst Cities for Salary Growth

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