Relying on Faith – Believing That It's Possible to Find a Career Outside of the Law

It can be so disabling to realize that you do not want to practice law anymore. You think, "I've got a prestigious, steady job making six figures. And that makes you feel guilty and ungrateful. So you try to go back to your work and ignore the dissatisfaction. But the feelings will not go away.

You realize that for some people, work is about having money to support a family or prestige or intellectual challenge. But that's not all you want from your work. You've always wanted work that makes you look forward to Monday mornings. You've tried pretending you're one of those this-job-is-just-a-job people, but you still feel those little stirrings of unrest in your soul. You think, "There has to be more to life than this."

I know these doubts are frightening but they serve another important purpose: they bring hope. Hope that there is more out there than going to a job that makes you miserable. That hope will help you begin your journey of figuring out what's important to you and make the choice to go after it, no matter what. You begin acting as if you know the life and work you want are out there. And hope becomes faith that the life and work you want are out there. You begin to rely on that faith.

What is it like to rely on faith? It's watching other people settle and thinking, "That's not for me anymore." It's knowing that God put you here on earth for a purpose and that He wants you to use the talents that He gave you. It's the random moments of joy when you experience some clarity. It's believing that your small steps are always going to snowball into you walking out of the firm into a life and work that fulfill you.

It's not easy. There are some hard moments when you think, "Nothing's happening, nothing's changing." But you do not really believe that. Otherwise, you would have given up. That little flicker of hope is hard to snuff out.

Feel that little flicker. Whisper to yourself, "I do not know where I'm going with this, but I know it's going to take me some place magical." Keep saying it to yourself as you have a new idea about what would fulfill you, as you reach out to someone new who can show you the way, as you try something new. Rely on faith.

© 2008 Monica R. Parker …

Happy New Career – Finding Courier Jobs in the New Year

After the celebrations of Christmas and New Year, very few people want to think about the return to work – including those in the transport industry! But reality hits and it's often a pretty slow time of the year for those doing courier jobs. For this reason, you'll need to work smarter rather than harder when it comes to finding and keeping new clients.

Here are some top tips for doing just that.

Do not believe the myth of a lazy start

Whether you're an independent contractor, an employee, or a freelancer, the concerns will usually be the same: the worry of a 'lazy start' to the new year following a frenzied Christmas period for courier jobs. But this is a myth; nowdays, most businesses keep a tight leash on cash flow and job schedules, which means the path to finding more work at this time of year hangs upon you having a similar attitude. Hunt for opportunities early and vigorously and do not be swayed by naysayers.

Be aware of new players entering the field

Whether you celebrate wildly or let the moment pass with little fanfare, the landmark of the New Year does affect the business climate and the search for courier jobs in one respect at least. Many new players tend to enter the industry at the start of a new year, so it is wise to stay abreast of any new competition in your field in terms of small delivery businesses. Knowing about any new competition in advance can help you adjust to compete accordingly.

Understand your market's needs.

Delivery work is a perennial service and few industries can claim such longevity and integral ties to human society. Yet it can also be quite seasonal, which means some courier jobs peak at certain times, while at other times business may be very slow. It is thus vital to recognize and understand the demands of your particular market. This means knowing which businesses will need more work at this stage of the year; New Year's sales, post-Christmas storage, gift returns – these aspects all shape the market in a very particular way, and you should be aware of the ebb and flow to expect.

Be prepared well in advance, and keep preparation

Waking up to the dawn of a new year is more than just a matter of reflecting on personal resolutions. When you work in the delivery and transport industry, pre-emptive action, planning, and forward thinking are needed to keep your business one step ahead of the competition. You should ensure you have a plan to attack the marketplace for new work, which continues in a structured manner (and with as much zeal and enthusiasm) through the entire year. …

Tips On Writing Great Application Letters for University

Are you looking forward to the exclusion of varsity life but still have to cross the barrier of applying to study? Stress no further! Here's all the information you'll need to ace your application.

Before you start filling out that application form, make sure you've given some thought as to what course you want to pursue, have all the supporting documents ready and know exactly when the deadline for submission is. Now that that's been deal with, let's do this!

Remember when applying for varsity admission, you are basically selling yourself. Each application form provides a space for you to include information about yourself such as your interests; achievements, etc. Do not be shy to use that to market yourself. Remember to mention important things such as your academic achievements, extra curricular activities in which you excelled, leadership roles you acquired and references from important people like your principal, sports coach or head of a society to back you up. These are all very useful in creating that first impression that would open the varsity doors to you.

Not sure if you want to stay at res or not? Take a look at the following questions. If you said yes to many of them – you are ready to take life at res! In your application form should be space for res application as well. Decide on a residence that suits you best and complete that section along with the rest of your application. If it's just not for you, then simply leave it blank.

  • Do not mind sharing a bathroom with other people?
  • Do not mind having a roommate you've never met before?
  • Not distracted easily?
  • Well disciplined and can work on your own schedule?
  • Have set meals day in and out?
  • Be a part of social and fundraising events?

Always remember to check your spelling and grammar and make sure you understand what is expected of you by each question. Submit your application personally and before the deadline in order to have an excuse to visit the varsity and speak to some of the role players that will be giving the verdict on your application.

Times have changed and many institutions have changed from paper applications via the post, fax or personal delivery to online application submissions. This is effective, easy and can save you a lot of time and effort. Here are a few things to take note of before clicking the "submit" button.

In order to make use of the e-application system of an institution you must have a valid email address. Your email address will be used to send you a verification email and your unique student number to continue with your electronic application. If you do not have one yet, then why not open a free Yahoo, Gmail or Live account today. Also be aware of the submission deadlines for online applications as they may differ from traditional form applications.

Also note that you can not submit your application electronically if you have already …

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*ENTIRE* Marketing College Course Condensed Into A Single Article – Product Vs Offer

If you’re looking at creating a new product in the marketplace, the absolute core thing you need to appreciate is that the standard marketing mix (4 P’s) is not really going to be much of a help.

Microsoft have been selling Windows for ~$100 for decades; during that time, Linux and a number of other operating systems have also been available… for FREE. According to common marketing doctrine, this would instantly make Linux far more attractive to the end-user. Not so.

The reason for this is something called the “offer”. The offer is never really discussed in “traditional” marketing circles; it’s basically the “USP” (Unique Selling Point) of a product, but with more depth. The main issue is that “USP” (to most people) is just a feature that may be unique (for example “it has more colours than the competition” etc).

Whilst the USP is important, it’s a symptom of a successful product, NOT the cause. The cause is what the product is able to “do” that others cannot (hence why Windows is so much more successful – it’s compatible with all other systems that businesses end up using).

The RESULTS the product is able to create is the underlying “offer” that it provides to the buyer. This is best evidenced with “weight loss” products:

  • Whey Protein (product) // Rapid Muscle Growth (offer)
  • Red Tea Detox (product) // Lose 5lbs In 7 Days (offer)
  • P90X Workout Routine (product) // Beach Body in 90 Days (offer)

The way to determine the effectiveness of an “offer” is to create a guarantee.

If you’re offering a product to someone, make a guarantee based on the results the product is meant to deliver…

“We guarantee our analytics platform will give you +50% new leads in the first 60 days or your money back”…

“We guarantee our technical support solution will integrate all your digital infrastructure into a single, central, service management system which will decrease software errors by 80% in the first 5 weeks”.

The reason this works is down to a simple human trait – people never buy products, they buy results. Whilst the type of result may vary, the way it’s created and delivered is basically where the offer comes in. Product = what is it; Offer = what it does.

If you’re looking at positioning a new product, the way you do it is by creating as lucid an offer as possible. If you don’t *have* an offer, the key thing you need to do is make one. It will form the basis of your product & its effectiveness in the world.…

Pros and Cons of a Career in Architecture

PROS

You can do what you love

Architecture is a passion. Becoming an architect is for people who can’t imagine doing anything else. If you are a perfectionist and love being creative, architecture might be for you. You also get to make real, tangible things, which is very satisfying. You get to express yourself through your job and implement your vision.

You do lots of different stuff

You will never be bored as an architect. Projects are complex, and you will be doing all sorts of tasks. Also, the field of architecture is always changing. Trends and technologies constantly evolve. You will have to do some professional development to stay current, but that means you’ll always be learning.

Architecture matters

You’re making a difference with architecture. You may not be curing cancer, but you’re giving the people safe, healthy places to live and work in. What you do also counts because you are responsible for your buildings to be safe. Yes it’s a lot of pressure, but isn’t that the case with all things that are worth doing?

CONS

Becoming an architect takes a lot of effort

It takes a long time to become an architect. The training period is similar to other professions like law and medicine. At minimum it will take eight years to get your license in the United States. First, you will need to get an accredited degree in architecture, which is either a 5-year Bachelor of Architecture or a 2- to 3- year Master of Architecture. Then you must complete a program known as IDP (Intern Development Program). This will take at least 3 additional years to finish. During this time you will be working in an architecture office and getting professional experience. You also must pass the ARE (Architect Registration Exam). This is a 7-part exam that tests your proficiency as an architect. After you do all this, you are finally an architect!

Hours and Pay

An architect’s salary isn’t bad, but if you compare it to professions with similar training and licensing requirements, its much less. According to Salary.com, the median income for architects is $42,000 to $113,000 depending on experience. Expect long hours and lots of stress. This is a deadline-driven profession.

Times are hard when the economy is down

Architecture and construction are dependent on the economy. When the economy is good, architecture is a lucrative profession. Businesses are growing, and families are improving their homes. This means tons of new projects for architect. When the economy is bad, opportunities disappear, and many architects find themselves without work.…

Insurance Continuing Education – Sales Practices For Annuities

It would be nice if there were no such thing as an “unethical” agent, but unfortunately this is not the case. Therefore, regulations are in force to correct the practices that cause irreparable harm to our industry and to our profession. The most often targeted of our population by these miscreants are the elderly for a variety of reasons. Fortunately the Departments of Insurance and legislatures – locally, state and federal – have created special types of regulation protection these citizens, and this is true in the field of annuity sales. There is a chapter of this text dedicated to the problems of the senior citizens with discussions of appropriate regulations and penalties for those who ignore or disregard these regulations. This section discusses the sales practices of agents marketing annuities to anyone regardless of age, recognizing that some of this will be repeated in the later discussion of marketing to the seniors.

ADVERTISING

For the purpose of this discussion and regulations, “advertising” applies not only to “ads” (which actually is an abbreviation for advertisement…). brochures, newspaper and other media articles, television and radio advertising – but primarily printed material. Envelopes, stationery, business cards and any other material that is used by an agent or insurer that are designed to describe the insurance product and to attempt to encourage a purchase of the insurance product – annuity for this discussion.

Simply put, the regulations89 are intended to insure that the insurers and agents treat their clients honestly and openly. Therefore, any advertising must not mislead those who read it and act upon the information contained in the material (with special obligations to seniors, discussed later).

Advertising is also the material that is used to generate leads through reader response, generally followed by an agent calling. It can advertise a meeting or seminar at which information is provided (also covered in detail in a separate section), or simply advertising the product of the insurer. If the advertisement is directed towards those age 65 or older, if the advertisement is used for leads, the advertiser must disclose in the advertisement that an agent may contact the person – if this is intended.

If the name of the prospect is obtained from a lead source, the source must be disclosed to those over age 65.

Even though it is in nearly all agent’s contracts, it does not hurt to point out that the insurance company must give an agent permission in writing before the agent can advertise the product.

SEMINARS, CLASSES, INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS

Agents and others who market financial products, attempt to obtain new clients by holding seminars, classes or information meetings. This is particular applicable in the Senior market, and is so discussed later in the text. Basically, the regulations require that for such a meeting to be advertised (to any age) that the advertiser must disclose their intention by adding “and insurance sales presentation” immediately following the words “seminar,” “class,” or “informational meeting.”

ADVERTISING TO THE SENIOR MARKET

Marketing of annuities …

A Career in Healthcare Management – A Day in the Life of a Practice Administrator

Your day might not be anything like what I’ve described below, but the point of the post is to suggest that most administrators put out fires all day long and juggle meetings, email, and employee and physician issues and have very little time for planning and thinking. Depending on how long you’ve been with your current group, how well trained your staff are, and how many supervisors you have working with you, you might have a much easier day than described below, or a much harder one!

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.

An employee calls you at home before 7 a.m. to say they will not be in. You check the schedule to see how staff can be re-arranged to cover all needs.

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

As you arrive, two employees have been waiting for you and have things to discuss with you – one wants to reschedule her vacation for the third time and the other wants information on FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act.) You tell the first you’ll look at the schedule and get back to her and hand the second a packet of info on FMLA to review.

You check your schedule and note that Nurse’s Day is coming up soon and you need to make plans to celebrate their day.

You check your email and see that your state listserv has some interesting information that you forward to your billing manager, asking her to look into the issue and tell you if it applies to your practice.

9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

You handle a patient complaint. You round on everyone in the practice, checking to make sure everyone has what they need and checking on their weekends. On your way back to your office, a nurse mentions that the exam rooms are not being cleaned as thoroughly as they should be; you make a mental note to speak with the cleaning company.

Your 9:30 a.m. meeting is with a broker who has some quotes to share with you in anticipation of your June 30 benefits year-end. Your senior physician has asked that the group consider cutting benefits this year if health insurance rates go up again.

You listen to several voice mail messages that came in while you were meeting with the benefits broker. The first is your EMR project manager calling to say your go-live date might need to be changed; please call him back. Another is a payer asking to schedule a chart audit sometime in the next three weeks.

11:00 – 12:00 p.m.

A physician lets you know that she’s using the last of the Rx pads – could you order some more ASAP?

It is payroll week and you spend most of the hour finishing the payroll and checking with the four employees whose payroll record is missing a punch. You send the payroll file out and move money into the payroll account, checking the bank balance and noting the Electronic Funds Transfer that came in since you checked it on Friday.…

The Science Of Cake Frosting

Most of us have experienced the immense joy of dipping a finger into a bowl of delicious cake frosting and then popping it into our mouths. Often it is just as appealing to our senses thanks to its silken texture or its smoothness, as it is for its delicious taste or flavor. What is so interesting about frostings, icings, glazes, fondants, and any other sort of coating for a cake, is that the recipes are so diverse and varied and they each have a very specific sort of appeal.

For example, fans of the many different television programs that focus on professional bakers and the highly decorative cakes that they make, will be very familiar with fondant. This is something made from sugar and water and which can have a glaze-like consistency or can be as pliable and durable as a heavy dough. It can be rolled out into sheets and can, literally, wrap a cake in icing. Naturally, this has a lot of appeal to any sort of baker or cake decorator looking for a very sculptural cake, but also to those who really want to control the end results too. It isn’t, however, the best frosting for a cake that has a very delicate texture or quality because the weight of the icing may cause the cake to collapse.

This means that a baker is going to have to understand the different properties of the different frostings in order to know which are most ideally suited to their decorating needs, and to the needs of the cake. Often, people might get so “caught up” in the design process as to forget that a cake is meant to be eaten and enjoyed. This requires that the cake body be moist and flavorful and that the frosting, icing or glaze be a good companion to it. This might pose a serious challenge to a baker if the decoration is not well-suited to the medium.

Luckily, there is such a diversity of frostings available that there are few times when a specific design scheme cannot be achieved. For instance, there are buttercream recipes that create light and fluffy results, but which are also able to remain a bit thicker for the cake decorator who wants to pipe everything from string and basket work to flowers and borders. There are cloud-like icings that are simply piled up and gently spread over the surface of a cake and which serve as the decoration and frosting at the same time. There are the rigid fondants and the many effects these can achieve, and there are the watery icings and glazes that can be heated and poured over a cake before becoming firm and rigid, and yet giving the cake a highly glossy sheen that serves as an ideal backdrop to many kinds of decorations.

The thing to remember about these many types of frostings is that they should be selected for their good looks, their fine textures, their suitable flavors, and most importantly for …