Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Lacking Confidence? That May Be the Reason You're Still Job Searching

Job loss, rejection and inexperience can significantly undercut your confidence in the job search. This is problematic for many reasons. First, employers and recruiters can tell the difference between candidates who possess confidence and those who don't. If you're one of those who don't, employers are likely to wonder why they should have confidence in you when you don't seem to have any in yourself.

Confidence also plays a role in the way you job hunt and how successful you are in your endeavors. Odds are, if you lack confidence you're probably not:

  • Networking enough

  • Communicating your value in resumes, cover letters and interviews

  • Setting yourself up for a better job than your last

  • Negotiating the terms of your job offer -- should you be lucky enough to get one!

"Landing the right job is about being hopeful and optimistic, as well as being determined and motivated to do what it takes to achieve your goal," says Lisa Caldas Kappesser, author of "The Smart New Way to Get Hired: Use Emotional Intelligence and Land the Right Job."

"If you're not feeling confident, you need to ask yourself why and figure out how you can get past this feeling to increase your self-confidence. For example, one theme I hear from clients is a lack of confidence in their computer skills. This lack can be remedied by developing these skills through a course at the local college or library. You have to ask yourself how important it is to improve this area to get the job you want," she explains.

Below are some additional tips Kappesser offers for developing self-confidence in the job search:

  • Thoroughly prepare for your interviews. Know and rehearse your answers to interview questions.

  • Practice interviews with family members or friends and ask them to give you feedback on what you do well and on what you can do better.

  • Accept yourself. Admit your mistakes and move on.

  • Make a conscious effort not to compare yourself to others. Affirm your uniqueness. Remind yourself of your talents and strengths.

  • Surround yourself with positive people and positive situations. Job searching is a challenging and difficult process, and you will need the support of family, friends and possibly a career coach.

  • Focus on your strengths and accomplishments and not on your weaknesses and failures. Each day of your job search, be positive and remind yourself of your accomplishments and be proud of them.

  • Break challenging projects or activities in which you are lacking confidence into smaller parts and work on one part at a time. When you have accomplished one, move on to the next.

  • Write down your short- and long-term goals, both in your career and personal life, and list action steps to achieve those goals. Put a timeline on each goal.

  • Review your progress toward your goals on a weekly and monthly basis and make changes as needed. If you write down your weekly activities and progress, you can review your list and admire all that you have achieved this week.

Monday, November 29, 2010

20 Powerful Beliefs That Will Push You Toward Success

I’m sure you have met at least one person in your life that is successful, motivated and self-empowered. This is someone that always seems to land on their feet, turns everything into gold and every success seems to come their way faster and thicker.

I’m also sure you have stopped to think about why these chronically successful people are so energetic, driven and successful with no apparent struggle while you seem to have such inertia impeding your progress.

Many believe that this is some unfair throw of the dice; that they just weren't meant to become successful. Or perhaps it’s that the ultra successful people had some advantage or social lever that you didn't. Occasionally this is true, occasionally success is inherited or stumbled into. However, more times than not, it's created.

Success, first of all, is not a set of achievements or a combination of external factors; it is a mindset. Success is an attitude that comes from a framework of powerful beliefs and empowering thoughts. There have been many books written about this, probably some of which you have read. In the ones I have read, there always seemed to be a certain partiality – an incomplete picture – perhaps biased towards financial success or some other area but not another.

In the following list of beliefs and empowering thoughts, I would like to present a rounder view of success. One that I hope will give you a wider angle towards the meaning of success ranging from the material to the spiritual.
  1. I am in charge of my life
    The belief that you and only you are responsible of what you make of a given situation. Life does not happen to you but is a result of how you respond to opportunities and challenges.

  2. I can make tomorrow better
    The belief that you can change your future by your actions today. Some people are stuck in a fatalist (and dis-empowering) mindset where they believe they have little control on their life.

  3. There is a lot of opportunity out there
    Successful people have their mind set on abundance and opportunity and not scarcity and lack. Trust me this makes a world of a difference. Believe that life, energy, positivity, love, opportunities, success, happiness are abundant…because they are!

  4. I don’t need the approval of others to succeed
    If you are always looking for others’ approval and consent you will not go very far off and you will certainly not be self-empowered. Successful people follow their heart even when others are skeptical or do not consent.

  5. My intentions have effect on my reality
    This is not to believe in magic where you can wish things into being…well almost. Most people are blind to this but successful people know, consciously or otherwise, that a focused and strong intention is indeed a powerful thing that will make a lot of things happen and certainly get you to your destination faster.

  6. People are catalysts not barriers to success
    If approached in the right way and you network with the right people, you will leverage your efforts by a thousand fold. You will get things done faster by getting help from others.

  7. Positive thoughts are powerful and empowering
    Successful people know very well that choosing to start a day with a positive rather than a negative outlook means having successful day as opposed to a frustrating one. It’s definitely in the attitude.

  8. I am not separate from the rest
    This is a deep insight which only the truly successful and wise ones keep at heart. Commonly people believe that they are separate and cut off from the rest because they are individuals. True knowledge will tell you that everything is interconnected and success comes from acknowledging that you are not separate but one with the forces of life and the universe.

  9. How can I use this situation?
    When life throws a bad streak at you or you your plans go down the gutter, ask yourself “How can I use this?”. My life changed as I started doing this. You can always turn a situation around even by just observing, learning and sharpening your attitude.

  10. Hard work & perseverance are rewarded
    This is a rule of thumb even if perhaps reward doesn’t always come immediately but is paid off in the long run.

  11. My past can be reviewed and rewritten
    Some people are locked in their past or think that their past circumstances determine their future. Successful people are skillful in the art of interpreting their past and reframinmg it according to their optimal advantage.

  12. There are forces and energies which can help me if I’m conscious
    You might be thinking magic? Fairies? Not exactly. We cannot perceive certain subtle energies but some successful people believe in positive and negative energy flows from things and people just like ancient Chinese traditions believed in the flow of the Chi (Qi) or life energy. You can make yourself aware of this but it takes practice.

  13. Failure is good
    As in point 9, empowered people can turn a failure into success by learning from it and moving on.

  14. Don’t take it personally
    Get out of the trap of taking life circumstances personally or you will end up enslaved emotionally. When you get rejections, criticisms, cold shoulders, etc., put in within an impersonal bracket. They are not rejecting me, but an idea of me they have in their mind.

  15. Bad patches are temporary
    We all pass through bad patches. It’s the cycle of life. But we all get out of them unless we chose not to. Think outside of the moment.

  16. What I learn can be improved and refined
    Self-empowered people have a very dynamic view on life. There is always space for change and improvement especially on skills and lessons learnt.

  17. I am constantly developing and expanding new capabilities
    Just like the previous point, empowerment comes from a non-static outlook where life-affirming mind states are believed to expand not contract.

  18. Things are impermanent, don’t attach yourself to things
    This is a Buddhist concept which the real successful have learnt through experience. You might think that successful people are materialistic. I think the really successful are people who have a richer view on life and know how to ride life’s waves without getting emotionally attached.

  19. Forget, forgive, rejoice
    Don’t get stuck in resentment and grudges. Travel light without dragging an emotional baggage full of past disappointments.

  20. I already have all I need
    Self-explanatory. The path to success is through self-discovery and not world conquest as some would believe. People who have made it knew how to uncover their skills and true potential instead of obsessing with possessing.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Top 10 Jobs That Pay $90,000 (With Available Jobs)

The more money you earn, the more you spend -- or so goes the old saying. The cautionary advice warns cash-strapped dreamers that earning more money won't solve all your problems and you'll actually find yourself just as broke as before you were raking in the dough.

While that may be true for many people, you probably wouldn't brush away the chance to receive a bigger paycheck. The extra income could give you more mad money, be a chance to boost your savings account, or keep you from living paycheck to paycheck. With a national median income of $42,504 a salary more than double that amount would be a big financial boost for many Americans.

To give you an overview of who's earning these salaries, we put together a list of 10 jobs with salaries in the $90,000* range. In addition to their salaries, you'll find the prerequisites necessary to obtain these jobs and the industries that employ the most of each occupation.

Here are 10 jobs that earn between $90,000 and $99,999:

1. Computer hardware engineers are invested in the research, conception and manufacturing of computer hardware, which includes computer monitors, keyboards, chips and other similar items.**

Requirements: Computer hardware engineers should have at least an undergraduate engineering degree with course work pertaining to their field.***

Top industries: Computer systems design and related services; semiconductor and other electronic component manufacturing; computer and peripheral equipment manufacturing.

Annual median salary: $91,860

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2. Post-secondary health specialties teachers specialize in a variety of medical fields, including veterinary medicine, dentistry, therapy, pharmacy and others.

Requirements: Most universities require a Ph.D. for permanent positions, but a master's degree is often acceptable for part-time or temporary teachers.

Top industries: Colleges, universities and professional schools; junior colleges; general medical and surgical hospitals.

Annual median salary: $98,234

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3. Post-secondary business teachers teach courses on business administration, finance, marketing and other related topics at colleges, universities and vocational schools.

Requirements: To obtain a full-time, permanent position, business teachers should have a master's degree with the right combination of experience or a Ph.D.

Top industries: Colleges, universities and professional schools; junior colleges; business schools and computer and management training.

Annual median salary: $98,096

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4. Computer and information research scientists use their research to address new problems in computer software and hardware. Research scientists working in universities might focus on theory more than those working for other employers.

Requirements: Research scientists need a Ph.D. (most likely in computer science), though you can find some lower-level jobs with a bachelor's or master's.

Top industries: Computer systems design and related services; federal executive branch (OES designation); scientific research and development services.

Annual median salary: $97,970

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5. Physicists study the principles of motion, energy, structure and matter. Whether they concentrate on applied sciences or take a more theoretical route, all physicists work toward understanding how the laws of physics impact the universe.

Requirements: A Ph.D. in physics and related work and research experience are necessary for teaching and research work.

Top industries: Scientific research and development services; federal executive branch (OES designation); colleges, universities and professional schools.

Annual median salary: $96,850

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6. Marketing managers formulate a marketing firm's strategy by targeting customers and appropriate markets and responding to competition. They work with other marketing professionals to publicize via radio, TV, the Internet and other outlets.

Requirements: Many employers require a four-year or graduate degree in business administration with course work related to your specific industry.

Top industries: Management of companies and enterprises; computer systems design and related services; management, scientific and technical consulting services.

Annual median salary: $95,320

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7. Sales managers oversee a company's sales strategy, which can mean training salespeople and assigning territories to cover. They help the company reach its sales goals as well as maintain good relationships with vendors and distributors.

Requirements: A college or graduate degree and a relevant internship or experience in your industry.

Top industries: Management of companies and enterprises; automobile dealers; wholesale electronic markets and agents and brokers.

Annual median salary: $94,910

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8. Petroleum engineers look for drilling locations that contain natural gas or oil. They study the geographic traits of the sites and work with other specialists to find the most efficient way to pump out the oil or gas.

Requirements: Entry-level engineering positions require at least a bachelor's degree in engineering, though academic work in other sciences can be helpful.

Top industries: Oil and gas extraction; support activities for mining; petroleum and coal products manufacturing.

Annual median salary: $94,330

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9. Optometrists provide eye care to patients who need exams, glasses, contact lenses or other vision-related services. They test and treat patients for vision problems and diseases, such as color blindness and glaucoma.

Requirements: A doctorate in optometry is required to be a practicing optometrist, and a residency can boost your chances of landing a job.

Top industries: Offices of other health practitioners; offices of physicians; health and personal care stores.

Annual median salary: $93,800

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10. Post-secondary atmospheric, earth, marine and space sciences teachers teach courses on various physical sciences, excluding chemistry and physics. They divide their time between the teaching in the classroom and researching their specialty.

Requirements: Post-secondary teachers will need at least a master's degree in order to teach, part time or temporarily, while full-time, tenure-track positions require a Ph.D.

Top industries: Colleges, universities and professional schools; junior colleges.

Annual median salary: $93,606

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Bollywood's Top-Earning Celebrities

Bollywood's Biggest Earners

India’s movie industry is the largest in the world in terms of ticket sales and movies produced.

In 2009, 3.2 billion movie tickets were sold, more than double the number in the United States.

India also churns out three times as many movies as Hollywood. It's no wonder that Bollywood’s leading men and women are mega-stars and rake in millions.

Click on to find out who are Bollywood's top-earning stars. The earnings are conservative because they’re based on advance taxes paid for the financial years 2009 or 2010, as reported by Indian media. It assumes a top tax bracket of 33 percent and an exchange rate of 44.5 Indian rupees per dollar.

1. Shah Rukh Khan

Estimated annual earnings: $15 million

By far India’s best-known movie star, Shah Rukh Khan is also Bollywood’s highest tax payer. In 2008, Newsweek named him one of the 50 most powerful people in the world. Khan has won 13 national film awards, 7 of them as best actor.

He cemented his place as Bollywood’s top star playing the leading role in some of the most famous romantic comedies of the 1990s. His 2010 film "My Name is Khan" touched on the sensitive topic of terrorism and the relationships between India’s Hindus and Muslims and went on to become a major commercial success.

2. Akshay Kumar
Estimated annual earnings: $13.5 million

Kumar became famous for his roles in action films in the 1990s. As one of India’s biggest brand ambassadors, Kumar endorses cola brand Thumbs Up, LG electronics and Levi’s. In 2009, he starred in the film "Kambhakkht Ishq", which included cameos by Hollywood actors Sylvester Stallone and Denise Richards.

3. Aamir Khan

Estimated annual earnings: $12 million

One of India’s most acclaimed actors, Khan acted in and produced the 2001 film "Lagaan", which was nominated for an Academy Awards in the foreign film category. Khan also starred in the 2009 comedy 3 "Idiots", which went on to become the highest grossing Bollywood film ever.

4. Saif Ali Khan

Estimated annual earnings: $7.5 million

Sharing the fourth spot as India's top-earning celebrity is Saif Ali Khan (no relationship to Aamir Khan or Shah Rukh Khan). He rose to fame in 2001 with the film "Dil Chahta Hai" (The Heart Desires). Khan branched out into film producing in 2009 when he set up his company Illuminati. The company’s first movie "Love Aaj Kal" was released in 2009 and told the story of an Indian living abroad. Khan is often in the news for his relationship with another Bollywood leading lady, Kareena Kapoor.

5. Ranbir Kapoor

Estimated annual earnings: $7.5 million

Among Bollywood’s younger generation, Ranbir Kapoor is the son of famous Indian actor Rishi Kapoor, and is recognized as an actor among Bollywood’s younger generation. In 2010, he starred in Prakash Jha’s film "Rajneeti". Kapoor is the brand ambassador for Pepsi and just signed up to endorse Nissan.

6. Salman Khan

Estimated annual earnings: $6 million

Khan began his acting career in 1988 and went on to star in some of Bollywood’s most successful films in the 1990s. Known as the bad boy of Indian cinema, Khan was arrested in 2002 for rash and negligent driving after his car ran over several people sleeping on a pavement. He was also jailed for illegal hunting of an endangered species of deer.

7. Katrina Kaif

Estimated annual earnings: $3.9 million

Born in Hong Kong and brought up in London, Katrina Kaif is a former model. She began her Bollywood career in 2005. Known less for her acting skills and more for her endorsements, she reportedly earns as much as $600,000 per deal and is the brand ambassador for Pantene Shampoos.

8. Abhishek Bachchan

Estimated annual earnings: *$3.1 million

Married to former model and Miss World, Aishwarya Rai, Abhishek Bachchan also comes from an illustrious Bollywood family. His father, Amitabh, is widely considered the greatest actor in Indian cinema. Abhishek played a leading role in the 2007 film "Guru", whose plot mirrored the rise of India’s richest business family, the Ambanis.

9. Kareena Kapoor

Estimated annual earnings: $3 million

Kareena Kapoor shares the honor with Amitabh Bachchan as the 8th highest-earning actor in India. Known as Bebo, Kapoor was born into a famous Bollywood family. She starred in the 2009 film "Three Idiots", which became the top-grossing Bollywood film of all time. In a 2009 poll by India’s DNA newspaper, she was voted as one of India’s most famous icons. She’s frequently in the news for her relationship with Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan.

10. Amitabh Bachchan

Estimated annual earnings: *$3 million

A huge superstar in India, Bachchan is still going strong in his 60s. He shot to fame in the 1970s as the angry young man in a series of Indian films. After temporary retirement and declaring bankruptcy in the 1990s, he returned to the limelight in 2000 as the host of India’s version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire". In 2010, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Asian Film Festival.

11. Aishwarya Rai

Estimated annual earnings: *$1.5 million

A former model and Miss World, Aishwarya Rai entered the movie industry in 1997. She won accolades for her roles in period dramas such as "Devdas" (2002). Better known internationally as the face of L’Oreal and Longines watches, Rai co-starred with Dylan McDermott in the 2005 Hollywood film, "The Mistress of Spices".

Friday, November 26, 2010

Top 10 Companies Hiring Part Time/Full Time Workers

It’s Thanksgiving week, and I think it’s safe to assume many of us would be glad to give thanks for a new job this year. Although some of you might be taking a break from your job search this week, some companies are still looking for workers. So take advantage of what’s probably a quiet week for employers and send in your application materials.

They are hiring full time/part time workers:

Industry: Iinsurance
Sample job titles: Marketing

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Industry: Education
Sample job titles: Adjunct instructors

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Industry: Pharmaceutical
Sample job titles: QA/QC manager

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Industry: Transportation and delivery
Sample job titles: Route manager

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Industry: Sales
Sample job titles: District account executive

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Industry: Consultant
Sample job titles: Clinical research consultant

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Industry: IT
Sample job titles: Web Apps Development Manager

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Industry: Legal
Sample job titles: Claims attorney, law clerk

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9. RTS
Industry: Retail
Sample job titles: Retail wireless service associate

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Industry: UnitedHealth Group
Sample job titles: RN clinical nurse

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Wish You Good Luck!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Already Chose Your New City? Calculating Your Salary After Relocation

Sometimes, one of the best ways to get ahead in your career is to relocate. Depending on your career, a change of scenery can not only reset your perspective, it can also offer you a higher salary. But without careful planning, relocation may also have a negative impact on your pocket book.

Before packing your bags, it's important to ask, "What is the current cost of living rate where I'm moving?" To help you out, PayScale's prepared a few sample cost of living comparisons, to show what cities offer the best balance between salary and cost of living.

Plumber Journeyman
Where is a Plumber Journeyman's salary worth more?

A. Cleveland, OH
B. Boston, MA

A. Cleveland, OH Cost of Living
Overall, cost of living comparisons show that a Plumber Journeyman's salary is worth more in Cleveland, OH. Although the typical salary for a Plumber Journeyman in Boston, MA is $46,566, about 13% higher than in Cleveland, OH, the overall cost of living in Boston is 37% higher and the cost of housing is 86% higher.*

Software Engineer Salary
Where is a Software Engineer's salary worth more?

A. San Jose, CA
B. Atlanta, GA

Atlanta, GA Cost of Living
If you guessed that a Software Engineer salary is worth more in Atlanta, GA, you're correct. Sure, the typical salary for a Software Engineer in San Jose, CA is $103,068, about 18% higher than in Atlanta, GA. But according to the relocation salary calculator, the salary difference doesn't make up for the 59% higher cost of living in San Jose, CA and 166% higher cost of housing.*

Investment Banking Analyst Salary
Where is an Investment Banking Analyst's salary worth more?

A. Charlotte, NC
B. New York, NY

A. Charlotte, NC Cost of Living
Without considering the current cost of living rate, an Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY makes $63,564, about 10% higher than in Charlotte, NC. But as you'd probably guess, the cost of living in New York, NY is remarkably higher than the cost of living in Charlotte, NC. Cost of living comparisons shows a 133% higher cost of living and 407% higher cost of housing in New York City.*

Accountant Salary
Where is an Accountant's salary worth more?

A. Honolulu, HI
B. Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL Cost of Living
Our relocation salary calculator shows that Accounting careers in Chicago, IL are more valuable than in Honolulu, HI. Not only is the typical salary for an Accountant in Chicago, IL of $45,135, about 3% higher than in Honolulu, HI. But the overall cost of living in Chicago is 32% lower than the cost of living in Honolulu and the cost of housing is 50% lower.*

Dental Hygienist Salary
Where is a Dental Hygienist's salary worth more?

A. Pittsburgh, PA
B. San Francisco, CA

Pittsburgh, PA Cost of Living
A Dental Hygienist salary is worth more in Pittsburgh, PA. The typical salary for a Dental Hygienist in San Francisco, CA is $97,431, a shocking 48% higher than the typical salary for the same job in Pittsburgh, PA. Even so, the salary difference doesn't make up for the 74% higher cost of living in San Francisco and 188% higher cost of housing.*

Registered Nurse Salary
Where is a Registered Nurse's salary worth more?

A. Los Angeles, CA
B. Raleigh, NC

Raleigh, NC Cost of Living
According to overall cost of living comparisons, a Registered Nurse's salary is worth more in Raleigh, NC. The typical salary for a Registered Nurse in Los Angeles, CA is $63,893, about 21% higher than in Raleigh, NC. But the overall cost of living in Los Angeles is 52% higher and the cost of housing is 177% higher than in Raleigh.

Mechanical Engineer Salary
Where is a Mechanical Engineer's salary worth more?

A. Detroit, MI
B. Denver, CO

Detroit, MI Cost of Living
Either way you look at it, a Mechanical Engineer's salary is higher - and worth more in Detroit, MI. The typical salary for a Mechanical Engineer in Detroit, MI is $67,230, about 11% higher than in Denver, CO. What makes Detroit the clear winner? Not only is a Mechanical Engineer's salary higher, but the cost of living comparisons show that Detroit's cost of living is 3% lower than the cost of living in Denver.

HVAC Field Service Engineer Salary
Where is a HVAC Field Service Engineer's salary worth more?

A. St. Louis, MO
B. Jacksonville, FL

B. Jacksonville, FL Cost of Living
Overall, an HVAC Field Service Engineer salary is worth more in Jacksonville, FL. The typical salary for an HVAC Field Service Engineer in Jacksonville, FL is $52,141, about 19% higher than in St. Louis, MO. Not only will you get a much higher salary for this job in Jacksonville, but the overall cost of living is only 4% higher than the cost of living in St. Louis .* Bonus: There is no state income tax in Florida.

Graphic Designer Salary
Where is a Graphic Designer's salary worth more?

A. Albuquerque, NM
B. Seattle, WA

B. Seattle, WA Cost of Living
The cost of living comparisons show that a Graphic Designer's salary is worth more in Seattle, WA. The typical salary for a Graphic Designer in Seattle, WA is $42,247, about 31% higher than in Albuquerque, NM. Even though the overall cost of living in Seattle, WA is 20% higher than the cost of living in Albuquerque, the substantial difference in salary makes Seattle the winner.* Bonus: There is no state income tax in Washington State.

Project Manager, Construction Salary
Where is a Construction Project Manger's salary worth more?

A. Anchorage, AK
B. Houston, TX

Houston, TX Cost of Living
On the whole, a Construction Project Manager's salary is worth more in Houston, TX. The typical salary for a Construction Project Manager in Anchorage, AK is $77,285, about 8% higher than in Houston, TX. But the relocation salary calculator shows that cost of living in Anchorage is 40% higher than the Houston cost of living, and the cost of housing is 84% higher than in Houston.*
*Typical salary does not include bonus or equity holdings; Cost of living comparisons are calculated based on C2ER data and does not include local and state taxes.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Top 10 Of America's Happiest Companies Hiring This Week (November 25- December 01)

Studies show that positive employees outperform negative employees in terms of productivity, sales, energy levels, turnover rates and health care costs. According to Shawn Achor, Harvard researcher and author of The Happiness Advantage, optimistic sales people outperform their pessimistic counterparts by up to 37%. Doctors with a positive mindset are 50% more accurate when making diagnoses than those who are negative. Some companies aim to boost productivity by investing in their employees' general happiness. Here’s a look at what they’re doing.

1. Adobe

Offers employees positive psychology training; onsite cafeterias, fitness facilities and bocce courts; and 80 associations like knitting and book clubs bring employees together based on personal interests.

2. American Express

Encourages flexible schedules like telecommuting, job-sharing and compressed workweeks; employees are offered paid sabbaticals; gay partners receive health benefits.

Offers onsite childcare and encourages employees to visit children during the day; famously provides free meals and snacks; supplies ping pong tables and videogame stations where employees can break from work.

4. IBM

According to happiness expert Shawn Achor, MIT researchers studied thousands of IBM employees for a year and found the more social they were the better they performed. Each additional e-mail contact added $948 in revenue. IBM since launched a program to facilitate employee introductions to increase overall happiness.

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Invests in happiness training; allows employees to take partially paid leaves for up to 12 weeks; encourages flexible scheduling and formal mentoring programs.

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6. PepsiCo

At its headquarters in Purchase, N.Y., employees can roam a vast outdoor campus with walking paths and sculptures. Associates were given plots to create organic gardens and can often be found gardening on lunch breaks.

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7. Southwest Airlines

A spirited blog called Nuts About Southwest offers a window into the kooky culture of the company known as LUV on the stock exchange. Executives try to infuse the culture with a "fun-luving" attitude and "warrior spirit."

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8. Starbucks

The laid-back atmosphere and perks, if you will, keep employees happy. Even part-time Starbucks workers receive health benefits. Executives with the company say that it is a very inclusive culture, in which every employee matters.

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9. UBS

Simply to boost morale, a UBS tradition is to serve beer to employees every Friday to help them relax and build relationships with colleagues. Studies show that feeling socially connected aides productivity and lowers turnover rates.

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10. Zappos

Two core values of this online shoe retailer are "create fun and a little weirdness" and "build a positive team and family spirit," with the hope that happy employees will be engaged in their work and drive innovation. Company leaders are so committed to employee fun and satisfaction that when the company was sold to Amazon recently, the CEO gave each employee a Kindle and bonus.

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