What do you think about first when you think about becoming a massage therapist? Learning about how the human structure works, and how to work out aches and pains? How about the human interaction youll receive working with different clients day in and day out? Weve put together a list of 4 questions to ask yourself to determine if you have the right stuff to consider a career in massage therapy.1.) Do you like caring for and helping other people?It makes sense that this is the number one question to ask yourself, if youre not interested in helping others (while of course none of us would admit it) a career in "massage therapy" probably isnt for you. Based on the fact that 95% of your job is spent interacting and caring for clients if you dont want to help them, you wont enjoy your time.2.) Do you mind working silently, without the normal office chatter?A massage therapist while they care for many clients in the run of week, dont get into the same banter as say a hairdresser would with their clients. Often a client is there for a relaxing experience receiving their massage, and would like to lay in silence forgetting about the outside world for 30-60 minutes. Its important that youre able to work silently, and not let this get to you.3.) Do you work well alone? Or do you require supervisionBeing able to manage your own time properly both while with a client, and booking appointments etc. is important to being a successful massage therapist. Since the majority of time is spent one-on-one with the client there are no direct supervisors ensuring youre doing your job correctly. Also if you work for yourself, there is no one around ensuring your looking for new business, and booking appointments to keep your business in growth mode.While many massage therapy graduates work for spas, medical clinics, or sports facilities and dont need to look for their own client base its important to know that you have that option down the road if you want to go out on your own.4.) Are you able to empathize with a persons problem, and keep work separate from your emotions?Often a massage therapy client will be suffering from an accident or medical situation. This can sometimes be difficult to deal with, as our first instinct maybe to feel bad for the person. Its important to be able to empathize with them but not feel bad for them. Separating our personal feelings about a situation like this from our professional atmosphere is a must to be able to handle the many different types of patients and clients youll encounter during your career as a massage therapist.Beyond these questions, its important that you know you enjoy working with the public, and a strong communicator. Whether youre working for a spa or for yourself in the massage therapy business one thing is consistent you will be working with members of the public, and you will be supplying them with a service. You must be able to feel comfortable with the situation, and understand what the entire career entails before making your decision.Massage therapy is a very rewarding career, and can allow a person great flexability in their schedule especially if they choose to work for themselves, but it is not a lazy job. It brings great pride to know your helping others, and making a difference. I hope this article has shed a little more light on what it takes to become a massage therapist besides the certificate and education.
Cover letter writing is almost as important a skill for a job seeker to learn as resume writing. The cover letter accompanies the resume at all times as the primary support document. Whether you use traditional mail, email, faxing, or another type of electronic submission, this should always be sent with the resume. There are, of course, other tools youll use when job seeking. Your cover letter and resume come first of course, followed by follow-up letters, thank-you letters for after the interview, reference sheets, salary histories, and job acceptance letters. If you have good cover letter writing skills, and good resume writing skills, the other written tools should be a snap to compose.Your goal in this is to get the attention of the hiring manager, just as it is with resume writing. The method and format are a little different however. Your resume will cover all, or most of your professional career, and will be from one to two pages. Your cover letter will be a very brief page serving as an introduction to the resume. Cover letter writing style must be direct, to the point, and able to grab the attention of the reader quickly, with a goal of making the reader want to read the attached resume.Many people, when engaged in this type of writing, have a tendency to say too much. Good cover letter writing is short and punchy, and will take two or three key points from the resume and emphasize them. The old adage tell them what you are going to tell them, tell them, and then tell them what you told them holds true in both resume writing and cover letter writing.As an example, lets assume that you are a materials handling manager for a defense contractor, seeking another position. In your line of work the buzz words are MRP, lean manufacturing, ISO 9000, and cost savings. Your writing efforts should reflect these buzz words to show your value to your current employer and any future employers. Your resume will go into more detail about how you accomplished these goals. The cover letter will simply point out to the hiring manager that you accomplished them. An example of this would be two bulleted paragraphs in the body of the letter that say.Experienced in quality assurance and quality control, MRP, ISO 9000, QS 9000, and Lean Manufacturing. Demonstrated results in saving significant money for employers through cost savings, inventory level reductions, and on-time supplier delivery.The hiring manager, according to many surveys, devotes only about fifteen seconds to each resume and cover letter he or she reviews. With that in mind your writing skills need to be top notch to get this person to look at your resume. Your resume writing skills need to be just as good to get the reader to want to grant you an interview. In turn, your interviewing skills need to be excellent to get the hiring manager to offer you the position. This long, and hopefully positive chain of events begins with good cover letter writing skills and ends with job satisfaction and a nice paycheck.
Advising others to change career sounds very simple and a workable proposition. When it comes to us, it becomes one of the toughest decisions to implement. A career change needs lot of mental preparation. If you have a family, that may get disrupted by your career change. The income may stop for some time. The decision itself may turn out to be a wrong one. It needs mental strength to change career. Let us see what it requires.A change of career shifts us from a comfort zone to a zone full of discomfort in the beginning. For a full time production engineer, a change to a career as human resources consultant may need a total about turn, back to school and learning new skills for the new job. Some people change careers so totally that it looks incredible. Let us talk about changes that can be done more smoothly. I am talking about learning about a new career along with the old one and then shifting to the new career slowly. This process also requires mental strength, because it needs lot of extra work.The first barrier that one encounters while thinking of career change is- how did I get into a wrong career? What if my new decision also turns out to be wrong? What if I continue with my present career? Why should I change my career? Some of these questions need head to answer and some questions are for the heart such as asking why did I chose the wrong career to begin with, may involve damage to self esteem, and acceptance of failure.Before thinking of changing career, one needs to do analysis of life goals, and deciding about how the present career does not satisfy those goals. Only after deciding that something drastic needs to be done can one think about changing career. One has to develop mental and emotional strength to undergo these changes and emerge a winner again.
At one time or another most of us will have to go through a formal interview with a company that has a job opportunity we are interested in. The interview is probably the most difficult part for most people because there is always apprehension about what questions will be asked and how they should respond. The way in which applicants answer job interview questions will greatly determine if they get the job or not. Applicants should be confident in their responses and project professionalism throughout the interview, and answer job interview questions truthfully and respectfully, not to say that some personality should not be projected, but should be kept inline with that of the interviewer. Preparation is the key in order to answer job interview questions correctly and appropriately. There are many online sites that are available to applicants to help them get through the interview process successfully. Important points to keep in mind before the time comes to answer job interview questions, is that plenty of research about the company and the position being applied for should be conducted thoroughly before the interview. The interviewee should anticipate what questions will be asked of them, and answer them correctly when asked without trying to bluff their way through the interview. Professional interviewers can spot a bull****** a mile away! This will not win points and could end the interview immediately. The best way to answer job interview questions is honestly and directly.Applicants who are serious about getting the job should never go to an interview unprepared and arrogant, just assuming that they are going to get the job on their good looks and fabulous charm. If the interview is not taken seriously, then it is assumed that the job wont be either. To answer job interview questions effectively, the interviewee must be confident and ask questions in return showing the interviewer genuine interest in the position. The interview is preparation meeting opportunity, and it is usually the only chance that applicants have to demonstrate why they are the perfect one for the job. Practice interview questions aid in preparation so that when the time comes there is no self doubt. The result will be the ability to answer job interview questions with confidence and professionalism (and with no jitters!). For more information on how to successfully make it through an interview and get that dream job contact me or see more at the links below. These sites have great suggestions on the subject of interviewing and how to come out on top! Good Luck!!
Copyright 2006 Ed Bagley13) Do you have references?It is not a good idea to give references at the resume stage. References are far more appropriate at the interview stage, and even then, do not give references unless they ask for them. When and if they ask, always have them available at the interview.The reason you do not want to be giving references at the resume stage is that, if they can read your resume and check your references andon that basismake a decision not to interview or hire you, you have done yourself a real disservice. You want to get in front of people (secure interviews). Give them the resume, but not the references unless they ask for them.Most prospects give names, addresses and phone numbers for references when asked. It is better not to do this. It inconveniences the interviewer in that they have to call to get the reference. And while you think you know what someone may say about you, the fact is, you do not.The references being called may not be available, or may be on vacation. They may have left the firm, been fired or laid off since you last checked their availability.Therefore, it is best to use written references only. Have the person put the written reference about you on the companys or organization's letterhead so it looks official, and have them sign it. If the person giving the reference will not put it on company letterhead because it is against company policy, then have them use a plain sheet of paper. They can still use their name, company position, and company name at the bottom of the letter. Usually, written references are taken at face value. Oftentimes, with a written reference, a call is made only to verify employment.Many candidates think that written references have to come from the big boss, or their immediate supervisor. You have other options if your boss or supervisor will not do it for you, or if you would not want them to do it for you.When you have little work experience and have volunteered at your church, have your priest or pastor write a reference attesting to your character, ambition, dependability and productivity.When you have worked with key employees, supervisors or managers of other companies, ask them to write you a reference attesting to your professionalism and ability to work with people.When you have worked closely with vendors, suppliers, or their sales representatives, ask them to write you a letter of reference.You could even have another person holding the same position at another company, who you have worked with, write you a reference.Ask a lot of people to write references because many of them will agree to do it and be happy to do it, but, unfortunately, you are not on the top of their priority list. You can be forgotten despite their good intentions to help you. Ask a lot of people and realize that for every 10 people you ask who are willing to do it and happy to do it, you will be doing very well to get 1 or 2 to actually do it.And, when all else fails, remember that any written job evaluations you have can also be used as references until you can secure written references. You do not need a lot of references. Two or three are adequate, and they can be personal (about you) as well as professional (about the job you do).14) Do you have any questions?It is very important that you have questions at the interview. Any question you ask shows an indicated interest, or genuine concern on your part.When any of the basic questions about the job have not been covered in the interview, this is a good time to ask about salary, benefits, what is expected, how you will be evaluated, and the opportunities for advancement. Other good questions include:"Is your company or organization growing?" (Growing organizations create jobs and promotions.)"What happened to the last person who held the position?" (Maybe they were not fired or incompetent. Maybe the company offered no advancement or salary increases, encouraged lousy working conditions, or refused to get rid of an incompetent boss.)"How committed are you to research and development?" (Companies that invest in their future plan to be successful, profitable, and on the cutting edge of what is happening in their industry.)"How fast can people who perform be promoted?" (You want to know that, when you produce, you will be compensated for your effort rather than draw the same salary as another employee who produces far less by comparison.)"Is this company family owned and operated?" (When it is, you can forget getting anywhere very fast; all of the relatives will get the positions, and this will happen in many cases whether the relatives are competent or not.)"Is there any possibility of an equity interest in the future?" (Buying in, even on a little scale, can be lucrative. More than one employee has become a millionaire by taking advantage of stock options. Look at the fortunes people made when they hooked up with Microsoft, when the software giant grew so rapidly.)