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Time For A Career Change

Time For A Career Change
Copyright © Craig Warren

Did you know that the average person changes their career
six times in their working life? There are many different
reasons why a person would decide to switch careers- they
may be laid off at their current job, a dream job may come
along, people in a committed relationship may find
themselves having to consider new prospects due to a change
in location of the job of the other partner, or someone may
just become plain bored in their current career, to the
point where it feels like there is no point to the day.
Career changes are not a bad thing, but they need to be
planned according to the circumstances of your life, in such
a way that you will still have the funds coming in which you
need to survive.

Most of us will spend our lives hoping for the ideal job,
but this will rarely materialize. The fact is, almost all
jobs have their pitfalls- we may scoff at actors of
musicians who complain about their long workdays or
schedules, pointing to their pay checks, but the fact is
that many jobs that offer lucrative incomes also entail a
lot of dedication and hard work in order to get to the top.
When you are defining your dream job, remember that almost
every job comes with its downside, even if that downside is
only the repetitiveness of the day.

A career change does not necessarily have to entail extensive
retraining. Many people who have lost their jobs through
layoffs or downsizing will find that their skills are still in
demand, and that their experience is very useful in finding a
new career. If you do not feel like retraining, consider a job
with a different company where your skills fit. If you want to
get right out of the corporate area, the odds are good that you
can find a niche for yourself as an independent consultant or
another area in which your expertise will add to your

Some people decide that they in fact do desire a total 360 degree
turn from their current career path. In such circumstances, it is
again best to begin by shopping the skills obtained at your former
job only applied to new markets. You may also want to consider some
retraining through college or university courses. There are many
training courses available online, so people often do not even have
to leave their homes in order to obtain the skills necessary to
their new careers.

Whatever your decision, remember that it is always easier to find
a new job when you are not desperate for one. Take the time to think
through your decisions and applications carefully before severing
ties with your current job; you may be ready for a change, but you
will still have to eat in the meantime! In the event that your company
has been downsized or other circumstance that has led to being laid
off, find out if there are any contingency plans in place for
retraining through the company or through any of the levels of
government. This can provide a good financial buffer for that
in-between time.

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Basic Writing Skills Are Essential

Basic Writing Skills Are Essential
Copyright © Craig Warren

Why Basic Writing Skills are Essential for Your Business

Few organizations exist in order to communicate. Most have
another purpose…to sell a product or service, to supply
a social need , to implement plans and policies. Yet to do
those things, organizations spend an enormous amount of
time, energy and money communicating.

People in organizations communicate in many ways :
face-to-face in two person discussions, in informal groups,
in meetings, by email, in old-fashioned letters or memos
and in reports.

All of these methods are verbal communications, or
communications that uses words. Nonverbal communication
does not use words . Pictures, computer graphics and
company logos are examples of non – verbal communications.
Interpersonal nonverbal signals including smiles, who sits
where at a meeting, the size, location and window access
of an office and how long someone keeps a visitor waiting.

Studies have found that people generally spend 70 to 85 %
of their work time deliberately communicating, writing,
reading, speaking and listening. Often most of an
executive’s day is spent in communication modes.

Your technical skill whether it be in accounting, marketing,
sales or computer technology may get you your first job.
The ability to speak and write effectively may help you keep
it as well as prosper. A major study showed that the inability
to write was a major reason that accounts were fired As you
rise in an organization, technical skills matter less and
more general skills including the ability to write and speak
will determine how fast and far you go.

Most students understand the importance of effective oral
communication skills. But some are not convinced that they
need to be able to write well to succeed professionally.
They may think that a secretary or technical writer will
do their writing, or think that they can use form letters
if they have to write. Each of these claims has fundamental
flaws in their logic.

Today, many workers in business and government still have
their letters, memos and reports typed on a computer by
someone else.

However this situation is changing rapidly as more and more
business’s realize the economy and simplicity of the
prevalence and standardization of computerized office
software packages.

You may be lucky to still have someone else type out your
letters. However this is not going to last long. And the
best secretary, cannot compensate for fundamental errors
in organization, logic, audience, analysis or tone.

Sometimes you may finish a letter after five o’clock.
Sometimes you may need to work on weekends or be ” on
the road “. You will most likely need to put the
finishing touches on a report that is due at 9 a.m.
Monday. The ability to write well makes you much more
independent and versatile.

You may think that you can use form letters that are
widely available for the office software packages.

A form letter is a pre-written fill-in-the-blank setup
designed to fit standard situations. The writer can
personalize a form letter or report by having it
individually filled out with the recipients.

Using a form letter is Ok but some of those available
are dreadful and will leave a very bad impression
of you .

Even good form letters cover only routine situations.
The higher you rise in your organization, the more
frequently you will face situations that are not
routine and demand creative and more specific
solutions. If you develop the skills necessary for
good writing and original thinking, you are far more
likely to realize your potential and reach your career

Many people in business and government routinely write
from 10 pages of letters and memos a week and in some
cases it not uncommon for 20 to 35 pages a day. Most
people find speaking easier than writing. The phone is
faster and usually cheaper than a letter or memo.
Email is of course is among the cheapest means to
communicate both in time spent in delivery,
effectiveness and cost.

People in organizations put things in writing, rather
than depend exclusively on oral communication to create
a record, to convey complex data, to make a message
to multiple recipients succinctly, efficiently and

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Work At Home Options

Work At Home Options
Copyright © Craig Warren

Work At Home Options – Determining Which Is Best
For You

When you first decide you’d like to work at home,
you may be tempted to search for a telecommuting
job or join a home business opportunity right away.
There are certainly benefits to those options, but
stop and think for a moment, “Is that the right
choice for me?”

While there are some great companies and programs out
there, it’s important to evaluate your true needs and
desires in a home-based career. I see too many people
jumping into the first opportunity they see, simply
because it promises great income. Money is definitely
a major part of our reason for working, but is it the
most important? You need to choose the option that will
serve all of your needs, not just the financial ones.

How do you know which option is best for you? Consider
the typical qualities of telecommuting jobs, home business
opportunities and home businesses started from scratch:

Telecommuting Jobs

Pros – With jobs you will usually have less responsibility
than a home business, plus a steady paycheck and a
structured work schedule. If you are very efficient,
organized and “production-oriented”, this could be a good
choice for you.

Cons – You will have less flexibility and freedom than you
would with a home business. You will not be encouraged to
“do it your way” — you will instead need to follow your
employer’s instructions. Your workload is not guaranteed.
Business can slow down and you’ll have no work to do, which
means no income. You will usually earn less from a
telecommuting job than you would from a home business. If
you are very creative and free-spirited, and you want to
earn a big income, a job might not be right for you.

Home Business Opportunities

Pros – More flexibility and freedom than a job, more
opportunity for larger income (if you’re motivated), less
chance for business to slow down (since you generate your
own business), benefit from being part of a team of like-
minded people that support you and help you to grow your
business. No need to create your own products and marketing
materials, as the company provides them for you.

Cons – Still less flexibility and freedom than starting your
own business, as the company may have restrictions on how you
run your business, how you can promote, etc. You may have
sales quotas you need to meet, or other limitations. Choosing
a company that has been around for a long time may result in
over-saturation of the market, while choosing a newer company
may result in instability or the company going out of business.

Your Own Company

Pros – Complete freedom and flexibility in the products you
create or services you offer, as well as the ways in which
you choose to market. No quotas to meet, build it big or
keep it small. Set your own schedule and determine your own
income. Be as creative as you wish.

Cons – Great responsibility. You are the President, CEO,
General Manager, Sales Director, Marketing Manager, Production
Manager, Comptroller, Personnel Director and everything else
for your company. No one else is there to help or cheer you
on, it’s all up to you.

There are certainly exceptions to the qualities listed above.
Perhaps you can find a great telecommuting job that allows you
complete flexibility and creative work. Maybe some of the “cons”
I listed above would actually be considered “pros” to you, or
vice versa.

What it comes down to is what YOU want. What works best for you?
Make a list of what’s important to you. How much do you want to
earn? How creative are you? How flexible do you want your schedule
to be? What type of work makes you feel most happy?

Build a vision in your mind of the perfect work at home career for
you. And then go about finding (or creating) just that!

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