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10 Salaries That Will Grow in 2010

Research conducted for the “2010 Salary Guides” from Robert Half International is painting a surprising picture about the salary landscape for the new year. Starting salaries in the accounting and finance, information technology and administrative fields are expected to remain relatively flat or see modest declines in 2010.  But base compensation for certain positions will buck the trend, in some cases even increasing over 2009 levels.

Here are 10 jobs, segmented by industry, with the best prospects for 2010:

Accounting and finance

1. Tax accountant:
Companies seek tax accountants who can help their organizations achieve bottom-line savings through effective tax management strategies. Businesses also need their guidance to comply with tax regulations. Tax accountants with one to three years of experience at large companies, defined as having more than $250 million in sales, are expected to see an average national starting salary of $46,500 to $61,500.

2. Compliance director:
Companies need professionals who can help them comply with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission mandates and prepare for the potential transition to  international financial reporting standards. New regulations that are issued as a result of the financial crisis may generate further demand for professionals with the requisite compliance expertise. The starting salary range for a compliance director at a small company, defined as having up to $25 million in sales, is forecast to be $83,750 to $108,500.

3. Credit manager or supervisor:
Companies need professionals who can reduce inefficiencies and enhance profitability. As a result, credit and collections specialists who can evaluate credit risk, manage delinquent payments and help improve cash flow are in demand. Base compensation for credit managers or supervisors working in small companies is projected to range between $42,500 and $57,500.

4. Senior financial analyst: 
Businesses need professionals who are able to evaluate financial plans, forecasts and budgets, and identify ways to improve profitability. A senior financial analyst at a midsize company, defined as having $25 million to $250 million in sales, is expected to earn $57,750 to $74,000 in starting salary in 2010.

Information technology  

5. Network administrator:
Cloud computing, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and Software as a Service (SaaS) have significantly increased the complexity of and requirements placed on networks. Further, network administration remains an in-demand skill, according to chief information officers interviewed by Robert Half International. Network administrators can expect to see starting salaries of $54,500 to $80,250 in the coming year.

6. Information systems security manager:
Protecting the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information from internal and external breaches is crucial for companies of all sizes, making security professionals integral to the IT department. The salary range for an information systems security manager is expected to be $96,500 to $130,750.

7. Systems engineer:
As companies implement new technologies, technical services roles remain critical to the organization. Systems engineers are in demand to help companies develop and maintain technical infrastructure, hardware and system software components. Base compensation for these professionals is projected to range from $64,250 to $93,250.

Administrative and office support 

8. Medical records clerk:
As more hospitals and  health care organizations transition from paper to electronic medical records, facilities will seek medical records clerks who can help supervise the scanning and processing of patient data. These individuals can expect to earn a starting salary of $23,750 to $31,500 in 2010.

9. Customer service representative:
In the current economy, hiring managers consider customer service the function most critical to their organizations’ success, according to the 2009 Employment Dynamics and Growth Expectations (EDGE) Report from Robert Half and CareerBuilder. The salary range for a customer service representative is projected to be $22,750 to $30,750.

10. Executive assistant:
Companies with leaner teams are looking for employees to take on a wider range of duties. Executive assistants who can wear many hats, support multiple managers and adapt readily to change are in particular demand. These individuals are likely to see starting salaries of $35,000 to $47,000.

Robert Half International


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10 Best iPhone and iPad Applications for Job Seekers

Out of the house? That doesn’t mean your job search has to be put on hold. These applications allow you to take the job hunt with you, so you don’t miss out on any opportunity that becomes available. 


LinkedIn (Free)

Many people update their Facebook statuses from their iPhone, but have you ever thought of keeping your LinkedIn status up to date? This app allows you to do just that, as well as receive the latest updates from your network. If you’re about to head into a meeting or meet someone at a panel, you can quickly look them up to see if you have any connections to them in your professional social network.

Internship Seeker (Free)

If you’re just starting out, an internship can be a great first step in your career. This application is uniquely focused on helping you find the best internship by interest and location. The application also makes it easy to forward positions to your email or friends that might be interested.

LinkUp (Free)

Stay up to date on the latest job openings no matter where you are. This application posts listings found only on company websites, so you won’t run into any scams, headhunters, duplicates, or positions that have already been filled. Easily search by keyword, location, company, or category, and then apply straight from your device or email it to yourself to apply later.

Jobs by CareerBuilder.com (Free)

Another job search application that is connected to the popular website CareerBuilder.com. Like LinkUp, you can search and apply for jobs right from your device. What makes it unique is the ability to utilize GPS to find jobs nearest to your current location!

SnapDat (Free)

At a networking event, but forgot your business card at home? No problem! With this application, you’ll always have a virtual copy ready. Design your electronic business card with your own logo and layout. Then, send contact information to a SnapDat user just by inputting their username. If they don’t have SnapDat, you can send the information via email with your vCard.

Craigster ($.99)

Take Craigslist on the go. You can view the latest job opportunities posted to the popular website, and then email it to yourself to apply for later. On your splash screen, the icon will show up as CraigsPal, but don’t worry, you have the right app!

iGetAJob ($.99)

If you’re juggling multiple interviews in a week, this is a great application for you. You can keep track of phone calls, e-mails, and personal visits, as well as jobs that you are interested in, including job name, contact person, date, pay rate, and any other information you need. It conveniently organizes all of the contacts that you use for your job search in one place.

Resume PRO ($2.99)

Input your job experience, skill set, education, extracurricular activities, references, and even a photo if you want, and this application will create a professional-looking PDF resume. Then, when you need to send it along to someone, you can simply enter the email address into your phone, and it’s sent off to the company or recruiter. You can even include a generic cover letter if required. A great way to get your resume in first!

Great Career from Stephen Covey ($4.99)

If you’re a personal development fan, you’ll enjoy this application from Stephen Covey, author of Great Work, Great Career. Watch the videos, read the content, and use the interactive exercises and tools to discover your strengths, create your “contribution statement,” build a network of people to help you, and more.

Business Card Reader ($5.99)

You’ve attending a networking event, and now you have a pile of business cards. How do you keep them organized? Save yourself the time of inputting the information with this application. Simply photograph the business card, and the Reader will instantly enter the information into your contacts.

by Juliana Weiss-Roessler



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The New Era of Job-Hunting: Strategies for Finding Employment on the Internet

Looking for a job may never be the same. With the huge growth of employment-related Web sites on the Internet, a job-seeker cannot afford to overlook searching for a job electronically. Successfully navigating this frontier, however, requires new skills and strategies. The focus of this article is to provide you with a roadmap that will guide you through the maze of Web sites related to career development and job-hunting and give you directions to the best resources currently available to job-seekers.

Before we begin this journey, one caveat: Job-hunting on the Internet should, in no way, be your sole means of looking for a new job. The traditional methods of networking, job boards, classified ads, and targeted job searches should still be part of your overall job-hunting plan. The Internet simply expands the job-hunting resources that are available to you.

For those unsure of their career direction, the first step might be to one of several Web sites that offer Career Assessment Tools, such as the Ansir Self-Perception Test or the Keirsey Temperament Sorter, which score results from online questionnaires and provide suggestions of appropriate careers for your type.

Most others will start the journey by going to one of several career development Web sites, such as Quintessential Careers or The Riley Guide, which can provide assistance with developing or honing your resume and cover letter writing, finding the best sources for researching companies, strengthening your interviewing skills, learning how to network, mastering salary negotiation, as well as perfecting other key career and job-hunting skills. If you only have one type of resume, then you should definitely start here. Most job-hunting experts now talk about three kinds of resumes:

  • The traditional resume: this version has all the bells and whistles, including nice formatting. The focus is on action verbs and accomplishments.
  • The scannable resume: this version is a stripped down version of your traditional resume, in plain text for easy scanning into computer databases. The focus is on nouns and phrases, as well as key accomplishments.
  • The Web-based resume: this version is similar to your traditional resume, but published on your personal Web site so that is always available to potential employers.

Once you’ve honed your skills in these areas, the next step is to develop a strategy for job-hunting on the Internet. If you’re a college student or recent college graduate, your approach will be much broader than if you are a seasoned veteran, partly because of the need for confidentiality of people currently in the workplace, partly because of the availability of Web sites at different career levels, and partly because a less developed network. Keeping these issues in mind, there are four different types of Web resources for job-seekers:

  1. Job networking Web sites and discussion lists. There are thousands of Internet-based discussion lists on almost every subject and profession imaginable. Join one or more of these lists and network with people in your field; employers sometimes subscribe to these lists to screen potential candidates. Finally, many professional organizations have Web sites that have forums to facilitate networking.
  2. General job databank and resume sites. Web sites such as the Yahoo! HotJobs and Monster.com have large databases of job openings where you can search by profession or keywords. College students should visit College Recruiter Employment Site or TrueCareers. Many of these sites allow you to post your resume for free, and some even offer job and applicant matching services. Some of these sites allow you to post your resume without revealing your name for the sake of confidentiality.
  3. Specialized job sites. There are also hundreds of specialized job Web sites, from employment recruiters of all types to specialized job databank sites that focus on a specific industry. If you’re an executive, you might want to go to FutureStep. If you’re an accountant, you might want to go to JobsinThe Money. And if you’re a marketer, you might want to go to Marketing Jobs.
  4. Company sites. If you have a specific set of companies you would most like to work for, the best solution might simply be to go the each company’s Web site and review job postings. Many of these companies allow you to apply online, and they often list the contact person so you should be able to easily follow-up, as you would if you sent a cover letter and resume to an employer. The link directly to the career centers of hundreds of firms in Quintessential Directory of Company Career Centers.

Will these steps guarantee you success in finding a new job or career? No. No method is guaranteed to work, but as more and more companies go to the Internet for faster and more efficient job searches, it does not make sense to ignore this new avenue of networking and job-hunting.

by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.

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