The Write Career: An Interview with Writer Tara M. Clapper

Like many writers, Tara began her online writing career unexpectedly–by being laid off from a self-publishing company, where she was a manager of a self-publishing pilot program. To earn extra money, she began writing online for AssociatedContent.com.

“I temped and worked as a Starbucks barista for a few years while writing on the side for AC,” she explains.

She published her first piece, Ireland as a Commodity in Irish-American Culture, in December 2006, going on to publish nearly 260 articles to become one of the top producers on AssociatedContent.com.

A short while later she secured another job in the publishing industry as a production editor for an academic publisher, sticking with Associated Content and other venues for part-time work. She also became the marketing director for Seventh Kingdom IGE, securing the interest of an internationally-famous entertainment company in less than a year.

But it wasn’t until late 2014 when she made the transition to full-time freelancing. Why?

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Writing an Effective Resume to Create Positive Impression

Your resume is the first step that speaks about you and your ability. It contains all the basic information and helps the interviewer to have a certain impression about you even before the interview.

A perfect resume can help in getting a job or get admitted in a renowned college. It gives you the opportunity to speak for yourself.

Your resume contains the outline of your experience, skills, and achievements which helps in framing certain perceptions in the mind of the interviewer so it is necessary to give the appropriate information in a suitable format.

Resumes are written differently depending on the purpose. Generally, resumes are a single page as too much of information is often ignored.

Steps for writing a successful resume

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Successful Job Interviewing – How to Be Prepared

Crucial to job interview success is scrupulous attention to your preparatory homework. You really should not ignore this part. Think about it. If you are, like my friend Johan, participating in an MBA course, you are stretching your budget and even the most affordable online MBA will set you back at least 20K, so when you pay this kind of money for your education and get a job interview, you want to maximize this opportunity, right?

Interviewing for a new career opportunity in middle age, especially if considering a career tangent, can be a little daunting. Here are some tips for success. Today’s focus is pre-interview preparation. Review of posts of the past 10 days or so will provide more background information on some of the issues mentioned here.

Crucial to success is scrupulous attention to your homework. Ask yourself how many exams you failed in your student days when you were well prepared? None; right?
Exactly the same applies with job interviews. Provided you prepare in advance, and are as realistic as possible about whether the fit is right, you’ll interview successfully and succeed in your new career role.

The Homework Stage

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How Recruiting Agencies Work

Monster.com founder Jeff Taylor was recently quoted: “Pumping your resume full of keywords is a little dishonest.” Another pioneer in on-line screening mentioned that a class action discrimination suit was filed against resume screening for not searching on alternative words that may be used to describe the same experience.

Have we ever considered that how paper resumes or job applications are sorted may cause adverse impact? The Contrast The resume paradigm assumes the candidate presented his/her information in a manner that was usable/valuable to the company.

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From India to Brazil, a world of ways to get in shape

To perform in business (or for that matter, in ANY job) you need to get or stay in shape, both physically and mentally, Instead of the same old stuff, I thought I’d infuse some international culture into the fitness education/product grab bag:

Sarina Jain says she introduced Indian dance to the U.S. fitness industry and proudly recounts how she is, or has been, called the “Indian Jane Fonda.” Her new video, “Masala Bhangra Workout, Vol. 4” ($19.95) is, like Fonda’s early workout tapes, mostly a straightforward exercise.

The strengthening and stretching workout, however, is sandwiched between a warm-up and cool-down that highlights Indian folk dance movements.

Bhangra is the most popular of the community dances from the villages of Punjab, India, and is linked to the importance of the wheat harvest. With that in mind, Jain’s video workout is accompanied by a traditional drumbeat.

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Hiring-How to Assess A Candidate’s Fitness

Finding candidates with the right ‘fit’ is increasingly important to companies. In a recent Recruiters World poll, recruiters ranked fit as the #1 quality companies look for in a new hire — this above skills, credentials, and overall intelligence. Though fit is clearly an important characteristic, it is also very difficult to measure.

Having assisted clients from a variety of industries, Pat Hanna has established a strong reputation for providing personalized services to match unique client needs. So why is fit so important? Hiring candidates that ‘fit’ simply makes good business sense.

Employees that do not fit stand to diminish a company’s return on human capital. Ill-suited candidates can cause disruptions, leading to stress in the workplace and ultimately jeopardizing company performance. Compare this to the potential rewards of building a dynamic, cohesive team that shares common values and a common vision. Groups with natural synergy work better together and produce more.

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Online Screening of Job Applicants

Continuing to use the resume as the primary source of information for matching people with jobs is like hammering away at a square peg that has been shoved in a round hole. If you keep hammering hard enough you may meet with some success, but if you stop hammering for a minute and really look at what you are doing, you’ll realize that using a different tool to get the peg to fit will work a lot better.

This article is the first in a three part series devoted to the discussion of online screening as a better tool for matching people with jobs. The purpose of this article is to provide information on the basics of online screening.

Good hiring practices require comparing all applicants using the same information (for example using a simple career quiz like this one) and that this information be based only on characteristics that are important for success at the job in question.

Installments two and three will provide a more detailed discussion of scientific screening, as well as tips for those who are considering adding some form of screening to their online hiring process.

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The Power of Social Networking for Business

Often in business meetings I’m being asked why social networking websites have rapidly increased in popularity and how social networking can help businesses. Here are a few reasons:

Social networking websites are, for the most part, easy to use and they also make it easier to meet new people online although the majority are free to use, many websites require that you register with them. This registration will not only allow you to create your own profile or a link to your website, but it will also allow you to contact other networking members.

Before you start communicating you need to develop your online profile or profile page.  One of the most important things to include in your online website is your picture and your name. Most of the social networks are well optimized for search engines such as Google and Bing, therefore it’s useful to add your full name.

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Our Digital Lives

I’m constantly surprised when my luddite friends and family exhibit techie knowledge or show up with techie gadgets.

The other evening, while at a get-together supper in a restaurant, one of them pulled out, albeit last year’s iPod touch, bought on sale now that the new iPod has been announced. She said she was looking for free Wi-Fi. I didn’t even know she knew what Wi-Fi was. My luddite husband didn’t know what Wi-Fi was until this summer, when we went looking for it while holiday, in the car with my MacBook open on my lap.

My friend said she bought the iPod touch for use next spring when they go to Chile. Not just for playing music but for quick access to the web for email, directions to hotels, restaurants, shopping, places of interest and for other touristy advice. Continue reading “Our Digital Lives”

Does Working Hard Make Sense?

There is a very wide misconception out there that if you join a particular company or business opportunity, you are guaranteed financial glory and a life of luxury.

Their compensation plan is awesome, their training is top notch and their products “actually do what it’s meant to so you gotta buy it!” Yeah, I’m sure we’ve all heard that before… So do I, last weekend I check all them out and learn that I should have an MBA degree, I check all about  MBA, Online MBA, and MBA with no GMAT, I was overwhelmed but hear me out.

I’m sure some of you who are reading this have gone to the company event training and listened to the successful people on stage saying why their company is the best in the industry. They go on about how easy it was to get to where they are because they “worked hard”, were “consistent” and “did everything their lineup told them to do”…

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