Education is one important part of life that cannot be ignored in today’s competitive world. Often times it matters what degree or study area the job applicant focused on in school. Basically, the skill set of a person can also be referred to as his or her level of higher education, apart from the traditional definition, can also be defined as their experience in the industry and what areas they excel in. So, when you have a skill in hand, you want to apply it to earn the most money possible allowing you to live a decent life. All of us have financial needs, that compel us to work and make money; and in this regard we all look for better job opportunities. If you are a job seeker who is striving to find his or her dream job, then we have few tips for you that would allow you to fulfill your dream without much trepidation.1. Planning and Strategy: It doesn’t matter where in the world you live; it will always be smart to move forward chasing your dream job with proper planning. Using the right strategies and being efficient by planning out your goals will help you find your desired career with ease. Of course, you should first of all be well educated in the area or industry in which you work in the best. This is very important as your focus will be fixed on one side, and you can better apply for the particular area. For example, if you are an IT professional, then you should apply for the jobs that suit your specific skill set in the Information Technology industry rather than applying for all the jobs offered by random IT companies.2. Check the Job Listings: You should be well educated and aware of the sources where most of the open and now hiring jobs are listed. As of today, the internet is the strongest and fastest way of getting information with ease, so checking all of the job listing websites that allow job seekers to search for jobs would certainly be your best bet. There are several websites where the employers post the job opportunities, and the job seekers can apply for different positions for free. So, go for the websites that would allow you to look for quality job listings.3. Company Search: While looking for employment, the best way is to search for and check out a list of the companies that are most popular and renowned in the industry and geographic area you are searching. LinkedIn is a website that offers a social network environment for professionals. LinkedIn is a good source for finding contact information of different persons in almost any company or industry, located all over the world. So, you can begin by creating an impressive personal profile at LinkedIn, and then begin to contact different employers.We do not recommend that you send repetitive or canned messages to people in the Human Resources department at several different companies as this can lead to your account being permanently banned. However, it may be a little more appropriate to find the email addresses of different key people in major companies, such as from the HR department and write them an impressive email to get their attention for considering you as a suitable candidate. Don’t ask for a job, but rather you should ask if there are currently any positions available inside of your skill set and if they would be willing to review the attached resume and cover letter.This will broaden your scope, and your chances of landing a job that may be unlisted elsewhere. You could score a few key contacts from the companies you make contact with and maybe even end up getting interviews from the company you would prefer to work at. These few tips are simply the best way of finding an ideal career in today’s job market.
Are you the parent of a child with Autism, or a learning disability who receives special education services? Does your life with your child seem overwhelming, and you sometimes find it difficult to be the advocate for school issues, as you need to be? Or have you given up advocating for your child’s education because you feel that you cannot win? This article will give you 6 ideas on how you can overcome apathy, successfully navigate the special education maze, so that your child can receive an appropriate education!1. Realize that special education is an entitlement for your child under Federal Special Education law (IDEA 2004), and that he or she is depending on you to fight for the services that they need!2. Now that school is back in session, try and attend a few parent trainings (on federal and state education and disability law), where you can learn about the law, and gain important advocacy information, as well as meet other parents in your area. Look for groups that provide parent training at your States parent training and information center (PTIC), or local disability organizations such as the ARC or United Cerebral Palsey (UCP).3. If a local advocacy group does not exist consider starting one with other parents. Attend a few groups so that you can decide what is important to include in your advocacy group. Encourage all members to support each other in their advocacy efforts by perhaps attending each others meetings, or role playing certain situations that may arise. Bringing in knowledgeable speakers will empower your advocacy!4. Join online organizations that not only educate parents, but have access to knowledgeable people such as lawyers or independent evaluators. Consider joining COPAA (Counsel of Parent Attorney’s and Advocates http://www.copaa.org ); for a small yearly fee you can join the listserv that has parents, advocates, and attorneys discussing education advocacy issues. You may ask questions and seek advice on any advocacy situation that you are dealing with. By receiving expert help you will be empowered in your advocacy!5. Pursue an independent educational evaluation (IEE) to determine what related and special education services that your child needs in order to receive an appropriate education. Try and find a child friendly qualified evaluator that is either a Clinical Psychologist or a Neuropsychologist. It may take several months for an appointment so now is a good time to plan for the evaluation. Do not forget to mention your child’s need for extended school year services (ESY) if this is an issue with your school district-a recommendation from an independent evaluator that a child needs ESY is helpful to convince educators that this is needed. Ask your evaluator to put specific recommendations for amount and type of ESY in his or her evaluation report.6. Try and find another experienced parent or an advocate who can attend meetings with you, educate you on education law, give you advocacy tips, and share information on how you can overcome roadblocks to an appropriate education for your child. Experienced advocates can guide you through the process, as you successfully navigate the special education maze! Make sure any advocate you choose knows IDEA 2004, and your States education law, as well as a willingness to stand up to school personnel and roadblocks that special educators put up!Use these tips and you will well be on your way to overcoming special education apathy, for your child’s educational benefit!