There's an old expression, "Shoot ducks where ducks are flying," and the same idea applies to job-hunting. Stated another way, if you're looking for a new job, look where the top salaries are being paid.
U. S. News & World Report, dated today and on newsstands this week, runs a 40-page cover story, "1991 Career Guide: Best Jobs for the Future."
Briefly, the story lists these "hot track" opportunities: International accountant ("companies looking to do business in Eastern Europe will need a hill of international bean counters"); management consultant ("ranks have swelled 15 to 20 percent in recent years"); computer software developer ("one of fastest-growing professions in high-tech field"); environmental engineer ("mid-level salary $40,000-$50,000").
MORE TOP JOBS
Internist ("mid-level earnings $100,000-$200,000"); international marketing people ("our giant multinational corporations rush to take advantage of new Eastern Europe economic climate"); fund-raising director; geriatric nurse ("by 2,000, about 600,000 new registered nurses will be needed"); restaurant chef; paraprofessional ("more work than lawyers can handle makes this a fast-growing field"); pharmaceutical representative; biomedical researcher; recycling coordinator ("needed in government programs and environmental consulting").
LOCAL CEO CHATS
Barry Spector, CEO, Acme Foods Co. and member, Baltimore-Washington Young Presidents Organization chapter, shares his principles of business success: "First, because time passes quickly and circumstances change rapidly, what looks like a good deal today might not be such a great deal a year from today. You must always ask yourself, 'What can go right in this proposed deal, what can go wrong?' What you think might happen, might not. Second, the only way to cut costs is to eliminate the activity altogether. Third, A CEO can often manage things better as a 'customer' than as an owner, like cleaning offices or trucking -- it's better to hire a service. Often, third parties do things better than the CEO and his staff can."
"Most job seekers think that relevant professional experience is all that matters when employers review resumes, but it's not the only information that attracts employers," says Gary Kanter, career counselor and outplacement specialist. He adds, "Listing other activities and training -- such as relevant college courses, taking specialized instruction, volunteer publicity work, etc. -- shows employers that you have the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to perform a job."
Also regarding the workplace, National Business Employment Weekly (Aug. 26) says that background checks on job applicants may be more frequent and extensive in the future. The story adds, "Reference and background checks have become more thorough after several court rulings have held companies liable for inadequately screening employees who committed crimes at work."
Federal and Maryland third-quarter income tax estimated payments must be postmarked by midnight tonight ... "Pay gap between college-educated workers and other workers is widening," says U.S. Census Bureau, adding, "College men aged 25 or older now earn a median income of $37,500 a year, 68 percent higher than those men with a high school diploma. 10 years ago the gap was 45 percent." ... "Management is not being brilliant; management is doing a few simple things and doing them well." (Peter Drucker)