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The 5 Best Truck Driving Job Companies to Work For

By Brad - Friday 22 May 9:58 am

Success isn’t just about getting the right training and certification to build a successful career. Success is about ‘getting in’ to the right company.

For truck driving jobs, the best company to work for is one that will meet your needs (how long you are on the road, income and benefits packages, etc.). Your choices may be limited to the training you have received, as the ability to drive a dump truck does not qualify you to haul automobiles.

So you should choose a company based on the truck driving jobs that you are especially qualified for.

UPS is a great company to be hired into when you prefer a short haul truck driving job. As a highly reputable company, UPS offers one of the best benefits packages for both seasonal and permanent positions. This is also a great way to start off a career as a truck driver.

Mclane Company, Inc. is a leading international distribution center, delivering supplies to many well known business chains. Whether you are looking for a local truck driving job or one that gives you the opportunity to take off and travel for weeks at a time, Mclane is the place to go!

A-AAA Auto Transport LLC specializes solely in the hauling of automobiles, so if this is your field as a trucker it is a great company to apply and work for. Alternatives for auto hauling jobs of a more local nature would involve checking with local car dealerships for information on their transportation services, and if they are recruiting for new drivers.

Vocational truck driving is best done for your local city or state, as a garbage truck or dump truck driver for example. While there are many companies that could use a vocational truck driver, the best income you’ll make with this particular truck driving job is as a state or city worker.

The United States Military Services are always in need of vocational truck drivers. Working for the military will provide you with competitive benefits that pale in comparison to the personal accomplishments you’ll achieve for serving your country.

The choice of company (or job source) often varies depending on the particular truck driving job that you seek. To open up your employment choices in the field of driving a truck, improve your skills by receiving training in all fields of trucking.

Posted in: Truck Jobs

10 Financial Survival Strategies for Work at Home Moms

By Brad - Wednesday 3 Oct 9:25 am

Every family could use a little extra cash right now as we battle through the worst recession to hit the country in over 25 years.  So we’ve put together ten of the easiest and most effective ways for Moms to generate extra income from home.  These are practical tips that Moms can realistically achieve alongside the already demanding workload that comes with raising a family.  They won’t get you rich quick, but they’ll help to boost your savings and reduce the burden of rising household bills.

  1. Go Undercover As A Mystery Shopper: if you have a baby or toddler this is an ideal way to make a bit of extra cash, because you can take them with you on your secret shopping visits.  You’ll be asked to visit a restaurant, store, or any type of business and report on their service from a customer’s point of view.  To complete the job, you’ll need to fill in a detailed questionnaire and make a small purchase as proof of your visit.

Search for mystery shopping assignments online and register with several different agents.  You shouldn’t need to pay anything to register and the average fee per visit is around $20.  Some of the best mystery shopping specialists are Shoppers View, Service Excellence Group and Service Intelligence.

2. Turn Your Expertise Into Articles: the internet is full of blogs and articles created by amateur writers who are paid to put their opinions, expertise and knowledge into words.  Many companies now outsource the production of their content to freelancers because it’s much cheaper than having someone in-house to create it for them.  This is a market that work at home Moms can really tap into and create a regular source of income.

Don’t worry if you don’t have any writing experience.  All you need is passion for a topic and the ability to put your ideas into words. We all have expertise on something, especially Moms who know everything about parenting, baby products and dealing with problem teenagers!    Put a few sample articles together before you start and make sure you only provide original work that hasn’t been copied from elsewhere.

There are many different sites to work from, such as Elance, GetaFreelancer and ODesk.  You’ll be paid anything from a few dollars per article up to $50 each, once you’ve built up a profile.  There’s so much writing work out there.  Elance for example, has over 4000 new jobs posted each and every week with more than $2million in fees. 

3. Build A Money-Making Website: the great thing about the internet is that you don’t have to actually sell anything to make money.  All you need is a simple website with good content and some research on how to drive traffic to  it.  Maybe you have an extensive collection of family recipes you could share or an idea for a new Mom blog to develop parenting skills and newborn support?  Once you create your content you can then start to make money from ad displays and affiliate marketing links.  It’s easy to design a website yourself without any investment or technical knowledge.  All you need is a free website builder program, which gives you the software alongside the support and training you need to get everything started.

4. Make money from your clutter: An eBay/Nielsen survey revealed that the average US household has 52 unused items laying around worth over $3000!  But don’t give away your unused clutter to the garbage man, try selling it on sites like eBay, Craigslist, efleaa or Hoobly, and making some extra cash instead.  Everyone has something in their house they don’t use anymore – baby equipment, furniture, antiques, jewellery, clothes.  If you’re selling then people are buying, particularly if it’s designer or vintage.  You can set your minimum asking price to make sure you don’t have to sell too low.

Once you’ve built up a good seller’s profile, you can take it one stage further and look for bargains to sell on for a profit. Check out local garage sales, house clearance, closing down and end of season sales for cut price items people will want to buy.

5. Get paid for pictures: corporations across the globe are constantly looking for cheap images to use on their websites and advertising material.  Everything from pictures of food, kids and animals, to cars, buildings and landscapes.  Snap wherever you go and websites like BigStockPhoto, Fotolia and ShutterStock will pay you every time your photo is downloaded.  Fees range from 25 cents per download to a percentage of the commission.  This is a great way to create residual income on a regular basis, especially if you upload hundreds of photos.

6. Become a virtual assistant: times are tough for small businesses across the country and many have had to make staff cut backs.  Yet they still need support to keep up with the day to day running of their business.  Everything from customer service assistants to diary management, travel arrangements to bill paying, companies everywhere are looking for reliable virtual assistants who can help them for a few hours a week.  You can easily pick up this kind of work on freelance websites such as Elance, or large virtual recruitment agencies such as Alpine Access, Virtual Office Temps and Team Double Click.  Expect to earn around $20 per hour.

7. Release Your Inner Guru: most Moms probably had a different life before they had kids, where they developed a whole host of skills and knowledge that people would pay money to tap into.  Designing a baby’s room, planning a wedding or solving computer problems may come naturally to you, but people will pay good money to have these things done for them and avoid the hassle of trying to do it themselves.

The really great thing is that using your knowledge to make money doesn’t require any investment and it’s something you can easily fit around your family commitments.  Just spread the word around your local community and your reputation will be passed on by word of mouth.  Print off some flyers and post them through letterboxes, place a free ad in your local paper or put a poster in the local store.

You can also tap into your expertise online, by working for one of the sites that pay people per minute to answer questions on specific topics, such as JustAnswer or LivePerson. 

8. Sell eBooks: so you might not have the time to write your own eBook, but if you have a topic you love you could buy the rights to various eBooks and create a website to sell them.  There are many sites where you can buy the master resell rights to eBooks, which means that you get to keep all the profits.  Then all you need to do is find a free website builder using a program such as WordPress to create a simple website to market your eBook.

9. Craft Some Extra Cash: if you’re good at handcrafts and can knit, embroider, weave or paint, you could sell your goods online.  Whilst eBay is a good place to start, Etsy is a site specifically for handmade crafts and vintage items, with sales of over $88million through the site in 2008.   Whether it’s one off unique pieces or a range of handmade dolls, wooden toys or vintage handbags, there are hundreds of buyers waiting to purchase through this site.  All they charge is a small percentage of each sale (3.5%) and a nominal start up fee.

Another website dedicated to the sale of handicrafts is Silkfair.  Signing up as a seller and listing your items is completely free, or you can design and customize your own store on their site for $24.99 per month.  They only charge 3% of your final sale price and you can sell everything from handmade items to vintage, antique and limited edition pieces. 

10. Become a Virtual Tutor: even if you don’t have any teaching experience, you can find work as a virtual tutor if you have a college degree.  One site,, pays graduates by the hour to mentor students, review essays and use their interactive work board to go through problems.  Transwebtutors is also a popular site for live homework help, employing tutors from a variety of disciplines to teach students from around the globe.  If you are bilingual, have maths, science or social science expertise, this could be a good potential earner for you.

About the author: Melanie Citron is a freelance author who wants the web to be open to everyone. She regularly researches and writes about great free or low cost resources to help all have a great presence on the web. See more of her writing at

Posted in: Job Search

If You’re Over 50 Getting a Job Just Got Easier

By Brad - Tuesday 2 Oct 7:23 pm

If you are 50 or older you may have experienced what some call “ageism”, that is the reluctance of employers to hire older employees.

However some new statistics from the Bureau of Labor indicate that older workers may be more in demand in the near future.

While age discrimination is illegal, it is very difficult to prove that older employment prospects are turned away as much of that is decided prior to the first interview.

50 plus adults represent one of the fastest growing labor groups on the US.   This is partly due to many who are now delaying retirement.  With the stock market declines, sub 1% interest rates and incessant layoffs many potential retirees have been left with   underfunded 401k and IRAs.  They just can’t afford to retire.

By 2015 the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 20% or more of the US workforce will be over the age of 50 up from 13% In 2000.

Younger Workforce is Shrinking

The good news is that the Bureau also estimates the U.S. is expected to experience a significant drop in the percentage of younger workers age 25 to 44, making it increasingly important for employers to find ways to recruit and retain older workers.

Unfortunately in some states in the US the legislature is not always thinking along the lines of job creation.  In California they recently passed new tax laws further inhibiting Companies from investing in job creation.  The Act is called the Clean Energy Jobs Act Prop 39 and Governor Brown is working to revise that legislation to be more job friendly.

Another positive development for those over 50 looking for work is a website called Workforce50 (formerly Senior Job Bank) and they need all the over 50 workers they can find.

Originally a non-profit referral service dedicated to keeping older people in the workforce longer, Senior Job Bank was designed to offer free employment referrals for job seekers over 50. Listings include occasional, part-time, temporary, and full-time employment opportunities.

Senior Job Bank founder Eric Summers says he started the referral service for workers over 50 because he sees the world’s growing senior population as a large and mostly untapped resource.

“People who have honed their professional skills over a lifetime are too often left with little to do upon retirement,” Summers said. “There is a wealth of experience out there, a lot of which is going to waste.”

50-plus Adults Bring Experience and Expertise to the Marketplace

Senior workers bring lots of experience who are trained and dedicated.  They can fill the void left by the shrinking younger workforce.

“Employing older workers can unlock the purchasing and creative power of millions of trainable employees and eager consumers,” according to AARP Board Chairman Charles Leven.

Senior Workers Bring Commitment and Stability to the Workforce

“Older workers are recognized and valued for having a good work ethic and for providing experience, knowledge, and job stability in the workplace,” Leven says. “They are viewed as loyal workers who can be counted on in a crisis. All of these attributes make them desirable workers in our service-oriented economies.”

Posted in: Job Search

9 Best Occupational Therapy Job Companies to Work For

By Brad - Thursday 24 Jul 12:41 pm

Choosing a career is one thing. Once qualified, the next hurdle you are faced with is deciding which company you want to work for and where to apply to. Occupational therapy jobs are readily available in all sectors of the health and medical industry, from hospitals in the public sector, to privately owned therapy centres, and well into the business sector too. If you have had experience working previous Occupational therapy jobs, then employers might even come looking for you!

Here is a guide to some of the medical centres and hospitals that offer the top occupational therapy jobs in America. They have become renowned through the years as the most sought after companies to work for with regards to occupational therapy jobs. Listed in no particular order:

  • Tri-State Hand and Occupational Therapy, Inc. located in Cumberland, MD
  • Communicative Health Care Associates Inc, to be found in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Centre, a non-profit hospital and research centre in Ohio
  • Burger Rehabilitation Systems Inc, that have many clinics situated in the greater Sacramento area, Northern California
  • Wee Care Therapy, Ltd, Dyer, Indiana
  • The Children’s Hospital in Aurora, Colorado

Not only medical institutions and clinics offer exemplary employment opportunities. There are many corporate groups that have in house wellness programs and thus have available occupational therapy jobs. These businesses forward commendable and competitive employment packages to their staff and are a worthwhile direction to look in.

Some of the more well known names in this field are:

  • Google – The World’s Largest Search Engine Company
  • Microsoft – Home of the world’s most widely used computer software
  • Sears – Infamous Chain of Retail Stores
  • Siemens – Innovators in electronics
  • Intel – Advanced Computing components manufacturers
  • Dell – High end Computer Manufacturers
  • Deloitte – World famous Accountancy Firms
  • Citigroup – International Banks
  • Bank of America

Occupational therapy jobs are becoming a more recognised addition in many companies due to the fast growing wellness factor in the corporate world. The raised productivity levels that go hand in hand with wellness programs are creating a larger awareness towards the health of employees. This in turn is creating vast job opportunities for occupational therapists in the corporate world.

Posted in: Therapy Jobs

Ten Great Benefits of Getting an Army Job

By Brad - Sunday 20 Jul 2:53 pm

The benefits of getting an army job are many. The following are a few of them:

  • 1. Get An Education For Free

Not only are your education costs paid for, you get PAID full-time wages to go to school. The army also has counselors available to help you in choosing the courses that you need to qualify for your chosen profession.

  • 2. Protect Hearth and Home

An army job gives you the chance to protect hearth and home like no other job does.

  • 3. Compensation

When comparing the income of similar civilian and army jobs, turns out that the army job pays more. The base pay is less, but once you factor in Housing, Food Allowance, Special Pay, Tax Advantages and Healthcare, the army job comes out on top.

Additionally, there are many other ways for a soldier to earn extra pay.

  • 4. Extra Edge in Job Experience

At the time of enlistment, a soldier can opt to take advantage of the Partnership for Youth Success Program which will give him/her priority consideration for jobs at select companies (around 225 companies) all over the country in his post army job career. Many are Fortune 500 companies.

  • 5. Retirement Plan

As a soldier, you have the option of contributing to a 401-K-type savings and investment plan which is more attractive and has more benefits than a regular civilian plan.

  • 6. Physical Strength

There’s physically fit and then there’s army strong. The army will keep you in shape. 

  • 7. Adventure

If adventure is what you’re looking for, the army provides that in abundance.

  • 8. Earn Professional Training Certificates

In your army job career you will have the opportunity to earn professional and trade certifications that will help you succeed in your civilian career.

  • 9. Health Care

You and your family are automatically covered by a HMO type health care plan that provides health and dental coverage at little or no cost. Group Life Insurance called Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance, is a low cost life insurance available for active duty and army reserve soldiers.

  • 10. Vacation

The army feels that time off for a soldier is important to his well-being and that of his family. As a soldier in an active army job you get thirty days vacation a year, weekends off and national holidays off as well. As with any job, the necessity comes up occasionally to work weekends or holidays.

Posted in: Army Jobs

What Army Job Can I Get Without Enlisting?

By Brad - Friday 18 Jul 10:37 am

The Department of the Army was ranked one of the best places in the Federal Government to work in 2007. The rankings were judged by employee satisfaction in areas such as pay and benefits, family-friendly culture and benefits, and work/life balance.

There are many NAF or Non-Appropriated Fund army jobs in the fields of Child Development, Food and Beverage Management, Golf and Bowling, Recreation, Hotels and Billeting, Clerical and Administration, to name a few.

To search for these army jobs, go to Click ‘Search for Jobs’ and choose from some important criteria on the form to find army job vacancies. You will see that there are 50 plus fields to choose from, and different states and countries to select from. This will allow you to target your search for the many army jobs available. Be sure to fill out the ‘Applicant Eligibility’ as well.

The US army has a student program to provide work experience for anyone interested in working in the challenging field of government service prior to graduation. Whether you’re in high school, technical or vocational, college or university, or accepted to post grad studies, as long as you are a degree-seeking student, an army job can give you the experience you need in your field to be attractive to an employer.

For more information, click on ‘Student Opportunities’ from the above website.

The Intern/Fellows get paid a full-time wage while going to school or attending training. Educational costs are also paid. The Intern or Fellow is considered a full-time federal civilian employee. At the completion of training the successful Fellow may be offered a 25% of base pay bonus for signing on and the Intern is provided with a permanent placement in an army job.

The Internet has the most reliable, up to date information for army jobs available. The vacancy announcement will provide a description of the army job and salary range, whether it’s temporary or permanent, full or part-time and information on who can apply. These announcement sites are updated daily.

As an army employee, you receive a comprehensive benefit package which includes:

  • Comprehensive health and life insurance.
  • Generous retirement programs.
  • Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time.
  • Flexible work environment.
  • Paid employment related training and education.
  • Possible student loan repayment.
  • Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable.
  • Bonuses, incentives, and awards.
  • Competitive salaries.
  • Annual pay increases.

Posted in: Army Jobs

What the Army Job Recruiter Never Told You…

By Brad - Wednesday 16 Jul 8:09 am


As a rule, army job recruiters are honest, hard-working people just trying to do their jobs. But like anything else, there are exceptions to this rule. This is not to be negative, just meant to be a warning to do some research before making decisions that will so deeply affect your life.


Here’s the thing, an army job recruiter’s job performance is judged based purely on numbers. The higher the numbers of army job recruits, the better the performance review. The lower the army job recruits, the worse his performance review. Plain and simple. If he doesn’t make the minimum quota he doesn’t make ‘mission’ and may find his career at a dead-end. Because of this, some unscrupulous army job recruiters will say anything just to get recruits signed up to an army job – stretch the truth, even lie…whatever it takes.


As you can imagine, this can lead to very unhappy new army recruits. You may wonder why the army doesn’t put a stop to this. Each service has recruiting regulations which make it a crime to cheat, lie or knowingly sign up a recruit that is ineligible for enlistment. When they are caught, recruiters are punished. The problem is, it’s hard to catch a recruiter as there are usually no witnesses and it becomes a he said, she said situation.


However, in some cases the ‘lies’ told by a recruiter was a case of ‘selective hearing’. The army job recruiter may say: ‘Many of our bases now have single rooms for people’. What the recruit hears is that ‘You’ll get a single room with no room-mate.’ So, the advice here is to ‘listen’ and research what the recruiter has said before enlisting.


And remember…the army is not for everyone. A full 40% of new recruits that enlist in the army today will not complete their full term of service. Barring circumstances beyond the new recruits’ control like illness or injury, many recruits are involuntarily discharged because they just quit trying. Many say the army turned out to be completely different from what they’d expected and this is often the result of army job recruiters’ lies or the selective hearing of the new recruit.


How do you as a potential new army job recruit avoid the lies, exaggerations and half-truths of an unscrupulous recruiter?


Read. Information on the Internet will walk you safely through the whole process.


Posted in: Army Jobs

What Army Job Benefits do I get when I leave the Army?

By Brad - Monday 14 Jul 11:03 am


Whether you choose to make a lifelong career in an army job or decide to explore your civilian options, the army supports your decision through programs and guidance to help you succeed.


Some of the programs available are as follows:


Transitioning From Soldier to Civilian


Every army post has an Army Career and Alumni program with counselors to help you choose a civilian career that best utilizes the skills you’ve learned in your army job, from crafting a resume to networking with potential employers.


Enlisting for Post-Army Career Success


At the time of enlistment, a soldier can opt to take advantage of the Partnership for Youth Success Program which will give him/her priority consideration for jobs at select companies all over the country in his post army job career. Many are Fortune 500 companies.


Earning Professional Training Certificates


In your army job career you will have the opportunity to earn professional and trade certifications that will help you succeed in your civilian career.


Become a Teacher After the Army


The army has a ‘Troop to Teacher’ program that will help you succeed in your quest to go into the civilian teaching profession from identifying teacher certification requirements to employment opportunities.


Retiree Benefits


Upon retiring from an army job, benefits are available to the soldier to pay for college, buy a home, life insurance, or find a job.


Retirement Savings Plan


As a soldier, you have the option of contributing to a 401-K-type savings and investment plan which is even more attractive and has more benefits than a regular civilian plan. The TSP plan (Thrift Savings Plan) enables you to contribute up to 100% of all your army job pay, including base, incentives and bonuses. The contributions are taken from your pay before taxes are withheld, an option regular savings plans do not have.

The TSP Matching Funds Incentive is an option where the first 5% of your contributions are matched by the army – dollar for dollar on the first 3% and 50 cents on the dollar for the remaining 2%. TSP contributions will be matched by the army for 5-8 years, your entire first term of enlistment.


To find out more about the Thrift Savings Plan or Retirement Savings Plan, contact a recruiter or visit the TSP website at

Posted in: Army Jobs

10 Resume Elements to Energize any Job Search

By Brad - Saturday 12 Jul 1:05 pm

No matter how perfect a person is for a job, potential employers cannot find them without an effective resume. Invigorate your job search with these ten resume updates.

1. Use keywords. Spend any time searching the internet and you notice that the more specific your keywords, the more likely you are to find what you want. The same is true for your job search. Many companies use resume scanning programs that search your resume and cover letter for keywords. Make sure you use what employers are seeking.

2. Limit jargon. While a resume requires effective keywords it should not be buried in jargon. The first person to screen your resume may be a human resources contact or manager with little experience with the jargon. Don’t set your job search up for failure by being unclear or generic.

3. Be honest. Don’t lie on your resume.

4. Use active verbs. With active words your resume will illustrate what you’ve done and won’t look like every other applicant claiming they are organized, self-motivated or responsible.

5. Be specific with short, simple sentences.

6. Leave lots of white space. Don’t jumble or overload your resume. Most initial scans of resumes last less than fifteen seconds. Let your resume demonstrate you are organized and efficient in a single glance.

7. Make it relevant. Don’t put irrelevant jobs on your resume unless they fill a questionable gap in your work history. Provide detail for the skills that are relevant to the job you are applying for.

8. Focus the objective or skills summary to the employer’s needs. Be clear and concise. Vague or extravagant objectives with no focus serve no purpose for the employer. Employers want to know that you can fill their position not that they can fulfill yours.

9. Provide numbers and statistics. When including, for example, that in your previous position you improved customer service, the statement becomes imminently more effective when you say “Improved customer service by five percent in two year period”. Share proof of your accomplishments.

10. Consider a resume critique. Nothing helps your job search better than a second pair of objective eyes looking at your resume.

Make your resume work for you with clear, active statements that the future employer needs to know. Choose quality substance instead of gimmicks and your resume will boost your job search.

Posted in: Job Search

Occupational Therapy Jobs in the Public Sector vs Private Sector

By Brad - Thursday 10 Jul 11:49 am


Occupational therapy jobs have an added advantage over many other employment choices, in that there are equal opportunities available within both the public sector and the private sector. You can find occupational therapy jobs in any hospital, wellness centre, clinic or medical institution, but also within corporate companies, private businesses, home based businesses and within government.


Everything outside of the government is considered private sector, therefore all the hospitals and clinics that fall under government care and funding are regarded as public sector.


The choice to make here is private or public sector? What is the difference between occupational therapy jobs in the private sector as opposed to the public sector?


There are a few details worth mentioning that could make your decision making slightly easier.


  • Applying for occupational therapy jobs in the private sector is a case of you researching available jobs and selecting the ones you would like to apply to. You would then send off your resume to the prospective employers and hope for an interview to take it further
  • Applying for occupational therapy jobs in the public sector involves completion of an application form, submission of all relevant details, for example: Your ID, driver’s license, recommendations from previous employers, copies of all certifications etc. After submission, an extensive background check is completed and then you wait to hear if your application has been approved
  • Within the private sector, you would go for an interview with your intended future employer
  • In the public sector, you would sit before a panel of people within the Health Department for your interview
  • Once you have been accepted in the private sector, you would start working for the company in question
  • Within the public sector, you would only then be given your listing of available jobs and make your choice from there


With regards to actual working environments within both sectors, occupational therapy jobs within the privately owned companies generally pay their employees a little more than public sector institutions do. Plus there is more room to grow and progress within private sector businesses, whereas the setup with public sector health employment is slightly more rigid with less leeway.


On the plus side for public sector, you have the added and maybe most important benefit of job security. In privately owned businesses, if profit margins are becoming too narrow, there is a chance that you could lose your job in order for the company you work for to cut costs.

Posted in: Therapy Jobs

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