Are Online MBA Programs the Real Deal?

Thursday, 3. May 2012


When you’re enrolled in online MBA classes, you can pace yourself. Put dinner in the oven, park the kids in front of their homework, and sit down to your computer. Gas prices don’t bother you; you’re not going anywhere. But is the degree you earn this way legitimate; is it worth as much as a degree you would earn on a university campus?

Experts say yes, and increasingly so, though online degrees given by traditional brick and mortar schools may be better for your resume over degrees given by for-profit online schools. Overall, PayScale says, people with online MBAs earn as much as people with traditional MBAs, and there may even be some advantages to the online process above and beyond convenience. While there is a sacrifice of face-to-face time with peers and faculty, the online MBA might be a solid career move for anyone who can’t afford the time and money involved in getting a traditional degree.

One disadvantage of for-profit schools such as the University of Phoenix and Kaplan University is that they are not, USA Today says, accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which the academic community looks to as the benchmark for business school quality.

But several traditional schools which are accredited by the AACSB have developed online programs in recent years. Online programs offered by the University of North Carolina, Pennsylvania State, and Indiana University, among others, are comparable to the programs these schools offer on campus; the admissions standards are the same, or in the case of Penn State, more rigorous for online. The programs are also generally taught by the same professors who teach on-campus courses, in the interest of maintaining consistency between graduates. And, apparently, a diploma from such a program usually won’t indicate whether it was received for online work, which does away with one potential drawback.

But there are advantages to all online degrees. Online learning, which requires self-motivation, is seen by many as more rigorous than traditional learning, and it draws a type of student who is more disciplined. According to wahm.com, while the interactive classroom environment of traditional programs, where students may work together on assignments, mimics the real world, so, in our technological age, does online learning. Students interact with each other and professors by e-mail, chat, and sometimes telephone, much as a business executive might interact with clients from his office.

Chris Consorte, who, according to PayScale, teaches both online and traditional MBA students, says that in his experience there’s no difference in salaries. “I find it depends on the person. A very aggressive student usually leverages his or her degree and finds a job making more and more money.” As time goes on, online MBAs will probably be seen as more and more legitimate by employers, making the convenience of pursuing one even more advantageous.

Guest post by Drew Hendricks, who is a really neato dude (he even admits it himself).  Catch him at @AdvertisingBlog on Twitter

Top 10 Careers For Women In 2012

Wednesday, 22. February 2012


Authors Michael Farr and Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D have determined the Best Jobs for the 21st Century and in the sixth edition of the their book by the same title, Shatkin has compiled a list of the top 10 jobs for women, based on a number of factors, including satisfaction levels.

The top career in Shatkin’s list was teaching, specifically a career as a post-secondary teacher. Careers with the lowest satisfaction rates included servers, retail and administrative assistants.

So before you go and update that teaching resume you might want to consider our list as well. Our list is not as extensive as Shatkin’s, we based ours solely on the 2011 numbers that took into consideration average yearly income and the percentage of women are represented in the field:

1) Doctor
In 2011, women doctors earned an average yearly income of $84,000. With only 31% of women representing this field, there is definite room for growth. This is why Doctor takes our #1 spot for top 10 careers for women in 2012.

2) Pharmacist
Following closely behind, pharmacist is our #2 spot with an average yearly income of $83,500 and 48% of women are representing the field.

3) CEO
In 2011, women who held the role of Chief Executives pulled in an average yearly income of $83,000. With only 26% of women are representing CEOs, there is much room for advancement.

4) Lawyer
In the field of law women, who on average earned $76,000 in 2011, represent 35% of American lawyers.

5) Computer Software Engineer
Only 21% of women make of this industry, however, on average they earned $75,000 in 2011, so it might be worthwhile to update that engineering resume after all.

6) IT Manager
Since only 30% of women are currently represented in this field, IT is a growing industry that is hoping to attract more women in its ranks. Since the average yearly income is $73,500, it might not be a bad idea to get your IT resume updated.

7) Physical Therapist
In 2011, the average yearly income for a Physical Therapist was $63,000. As 62% of women already dominate this field, choosing a career as a physical therapist is #7 on our top 10 careers for women in 2012.

8) Speech-Language Pathologist
Women make up the majority of Speech-Language Pathologists in America with representation of 97%. Last year on average, a Speech-Language Pathologist earned a yearly income of $61,500.

9) Computer Programmer
Only 22% of women are represented in the field of computer programming, however their yearly average income of $61,000 makes this a pretty viable career choice.

10) Human Resources Manager
In 2011, the majority of human resource mangers were comprised of women with 71%. In 2011, they earned an average income of $60,500.

Customize Your Resume For Your Profession

Wednesday, 8. February 2012


The days of the one-size-fits-all resume are long gone. Today many job seekers are finding it virtually impossible to land a job without a professionally written resume, one that is tailored to a specific profession. The standard resume template just does not cut it anymore.

If you are looking for a career in the Accounting, IT, Engineering, Sales, Nursing or Education sectors, take a look at the tips below for some information that may help you to customize your resume for your profession:

Accounting Jobs

Your resume, regardless of profession, is the first opportunity to capture a hiring manager’s interest. When it comes to an accounting, your resume should reflect your in-depth knowledge of accounting and your ability to judge financial investments.

To stand out from the crowd, make sure you incorporate a hard-hitting opening statement into your accounting resume. Followed by your accounting skills, abilities and accomplishments. These include such things as certifications and licenses you have aquired, such as your CPA and brokerage licenses.

Furthermore, you should also include a section for your Areas of Expertise as it relates to accounting. It is in this section where you not only want to convey your expert skills, but also write in a manner that is rich with keywords, making it that much easier for hiring companies to find you.

IT

When it comes to Information Technology, or IT, the industry is always changing. New technologies come out every few months. This is why it is so important to write a specifically tailored IT resume that showcases your knowledge and understanding of the latest technologies used in the industry.

You will want to highlight any certifications and levels that you have acquired in all applicable programming languages, applications, software and hardware on your resume. Most companies know what they want when they are looking for an IT professional, so determine what your strong points are and build your resume around them.

Engineering Jobs

There are more than 25 different fields in which an engineer can specialize, so when you are setting out to tailor your engineering resume, it is important to keep in mind the specific field in which you are applying for. Just as the one-size-fits-all resume longer works in today’s job market, the same applies to your engineering resume, and a simple template resume is also bound to fail when applying to different fields within the industry.

Your engineering resume must illustrate your skills in the particular field that you are applying for. The more qualified you are for the specific field, the better your chances will be to be invited in for an interview.

Just as in the accounting resume, your engineering resume should include a Areas of Expertise section that will help you to not only showcase your specific engineering skills, but will also be an area to add keyword-rich writing that will help you to be found on the internet by hiring managers.

Sales

Your resume is a sales pitch for yourself, and this is why it is extremely important to have a specifically customized sales resume when applying for a career in sales, regardless of the field you are applying for.

There are many opportunities in sales, as almost every industry requires a sales force of some kind. The biggest growth industry today, in regards to sales careers, is the pharmaceutical industry.

When it comes to your sales resume you definitely want to include all of your past employment that illustrates your best sales experience. Your resume should also demonstrate your particular areas of expertise, and list your strongest skills, but by far the most important aspect to include are the tangible achievements you have accomplished.

Hiring managers need to see how successful you are at sales, so include all the numbers you can. A great success story will go a long way to prove that you are the right person for the position.

Nursing Jobs

Nursing is not only a career that is in high demand; it is also a very demanding job, but as anyone working in the healthcare field can tell you, it can be very rewarding.

Your nursing resume should reflect the latest industry trends and address the evolving roles that nurses are expected to fulfill in today’s society.

It is also very important to list all the various positions you have held. For example, if you have been a charge nurse in various units, you should not only list those units you were part of, but you should also include an explanation of the different duties you have been responsible for.

Additionally, make sure your resume highlights any significant licenses, degrees and certifications that you have acquired, as well as the dates that you obtained them.

Teaching Jobs

The growing trend of professionals seeking to further their education in the hopes to advance, or enhance, their careers has led to a demand in teaching jobs.

Today there are many academic fields in which you can specialize as an educator. In order to show that you are the right fit, you will first need to have a professionally written teaching resume that effectively communicates your qualifications as an educator.

Your resume should not only demonstrate that you have experience teaching, but it should also show that you have been involved in making a difference in the lives of your students. Your teaching resume should also highlight any special skills and any training that you have received, including any awards, accomplishments or accolades.

Regardless of your chosen career path, the most important aspect of a professionally written resume is to customize it to your specific field or industry. Getting away from the template one-size-fits-all resume will help you to grab the attention of the hiring manager. With a professionally written resume we can guarantee you an interview, after that, your success is up to you.

Upgrade Your Resume By Going Back To School – Just Remember To Bring Along Your Tablet

Thursday, 26. January 2012


There are many reasons why going back to school is a good idea, to further your education, finish off an unfinished degree, make a career change, or simply to upgrade your resume.

For some of us, it may have been quite some time since we last sat down in a lecture hall taking notes with paper and pen. Just by saying, taking notes with paper and pen I’m probably dating myself, especially with the recent news coming out of Apple.

With the launch of the newest app for the iPad, iBooks 2, Apple has set out to reinvent the textbook. You remember those big, cumbersome tomes of paper that are usually outdated before the printing press even has a chance to warm up? Well they’ve now moved into the 21st century. Apple reports:

“…iBooks textbooks, an entirely new kind of textbook that’s dynamic, engaging and truly interactive. iBooks textbooks offer iPad users gorgeous, fullscreen textbooks with interactive animations, diagrams, photos, videos, unrivaled navigation and much more. iBooks textbooks can be kept up to date, don’t weigh down a backpack and never have to be returned. Leading education services companies including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw-Hill and Pearson will deliver educational titles on the iBookstore℠ with most priced at $14.99 or less…”

Here at ResumeMag we are all for this new advancement in textbooks. Digital textbooks are the wave of the future for education, and here are the top 5 reasons why:

#1 Portable

Probably the most important aspect of the new digital textbook is portability. By loading all of your textbooks on one 7-ounce tablet, not only will you, and your children, avoid running to your locker between classes to exchange one ten-pound pile of books for another, but you’ll save potential damage to your back from lugging the heavy textbooks to and from school. As reported in the Woodinville Patch out of Woodinville, WA, ‘rucksack palsy’ is the number one preventable source of back pain. According to the article, Dr. Stefanie Haugen, a chiropractor with Fremont Spine and Wellness, says that, “Carrying a heavy backpack improperly over time can definitely result in long-term challenges to a child’s spine, including, strained muscles and joints, headaches, forward head posture and causes serious back pain, just to name a few.”

#2 Searchable

With the ability to search digital textbooks with standard computer searching parameters that we are all familiar with, you will spend less time looking for a specific reference and more time applying the knowledge that you found.

#3 Updateable

As previously mentioned, the now archaic paper textbook is typically out of date before it even comes of the press. With the new digital textbooks, updates can be made on the fly with a simple download.

#4 Affordable

Although tablets may still be a bit pricey, the costs associated with digital textbooks far outweighs the initial investment that the education system may have to incur to get a ‘tablet in every hand’. With Apple’s iBookstore℠ pricing textbooks at $14.99 or less, soon the days of the $100 textbooks that are only current for one semester. will be a thing of the past.

#5 Environmental

A digital textbook can now be created 100% virtually, without the need for paper, ink, or a printing press. Not only are digital textbooks environmental in the way that tress will not have to be cut down to produce them, but older textbooks will not have to end up in our landfills, as a digital textbook is updateable, and does not create any physical waste.

Teaching Jobs

Wednesday, 21. September 2011


You’ve spent the last five or so years in school and have finally finished your practicum. At long last it is time to teach, but without an actual teaching job it can be quite difficult to do.

To tell you the truth, I think that trying to teach without a job may actually be called preaching, which is typically reserved for ordained priests and those crazy guys on the street corner. So unless you in fact are a priest, you’ll need to find yourself a job, and fast, before you end up on that street corner I was talking about.

Here’s how to begin:

1) The very first thing you will need to do is determine which districts you will be willing to work in. Are you going to stay local, or are you willing to branch out as far as possible to find a teaching position?

2) Now before you even begin contacting schools about openings, you will need to work on your resume. A professional teacher resume will help you to get to the top of the list when it comes time to call prospective teachers in for interviews.

3) Once your resume in up-to-date you’ll want to begin contacting the school districts human resource departments about current teacher job openings and their application procedures, this includes full contract positions and the substitute teacher list as well.

4) After you have found out about the application procedure, you should immediately get yourself on the as many substitute teacher lists as possible. The more experience you gain subbing, the better chance of securing a fulltime teaching contract will be. Especially if you sub for many different schools and districts. Like any industry, it is all about networking, and the more you make yourself familiar with a school’s principal, the better chance you will have at getting a teaching job.

5) Keep in mind, there may be thousands of other teachers on the substitute list, and as someone new, you will likely be further down the list. It’ll take a little bit of effort on your part to make yourself known, and one of the easiest ways is to simply introduce yourself. After getting your name on the substitute list visit each school and personally deliver your resume to the school’s principal. Ta-da! A face has now been put to a name.

6) In order to make yourself more hireable, you should spend your free time, like summer vacation, taking courses that will expand on your teaching skills, such as courses for early childhood education, second language training and special education training.

7) Make sure your professionally written resume clearly defines any skills or hobbies that can be transferable into the education system, such as your ability to play, and subsequently coach, basketball, or your background in music or art. Any additional skills in the extracurricular category will make you more valuable, both as a substitute and a full time teacher.

In the end, when it comes to teaching jobs, many last minutes decisions are usually made. So in order to be successful, remain as flexible as possible and try not to get too discouraged. Your dream of becoming a fulltime teacher is possible.