Smart Job Search: Expand Your Personal Network


It’s not who you know…but who knows YOU that really counts in job search. The more people who know YOU, the greater your exposure will be to potential career opportunities.

To frame it another way…it’s not who’s in your core personal network-it’s who they know. THOSE are the people you want to meet and the connections you’re interested in cultivating.

You need to realize that not everyone you come across as a result of your ‘People-Searching’ is going to be equally ‘connected’ to others, nor as valuable to you in your people-search. Some folks-for different reasons-aren’t deeply plugged into the social networks, while others are. You’ll need to connect with the latter.

You want to look for those who are more plugged in-for they are more likely to have a larger group of social networking contacts. This can help you to expand and extend your personal online social network, and thus increase your exposure to new career opportunities.

So set up a mini-file on each of these people in your core network who know you well, including names of their companies, and any other information you discover that could helpful down the road.

Identify and Add Value to New Influencers

Now, take your list of personal contacts, friends, or family and pay a visit to LinkedIn. One at a time, search for their name, and, if you find it, make notes of how many other connections they have.

Then, assuming you’re allowed to see your friends’ connections, click through and do the same thing. Note that on LinkedIn, you can choose to have all your contacts viewable by anyone, or you can restrict that view.

If you can view the people connecting to your friends’ contact, you’ll also be able to see detailed info about them, including their employer. If the firm that they work is of interest to you, add it to your potential employer list.

You can further extend your social network by doing the same thing as above, and following your contacts’ contacts to their contacts. Now you’re reaching a third degree of separation! You are looking for folks who have a good number of connections. As a general rule, you want to look for people on LinkedIn with at least 50 or more connections.

That’s an indication, although not an absolute guarantee, that they’re more tuned into social media. That may mean that they understand the concept of networking and are likely active networkers to some extent. Therefore, y can potentially be of greater help.

Although not a given, these more-connected people are also more likely than others to belong to other social networking sites, such as Twitter, Facebook, and other applications. This becomes important because they have many more potential connections for you, and they are more tapped into what’s going on in their world in terms of jobs and opportunities.

Beyond LinkedIn

As you work through this process of identifying potential influencers on LinkedIn, you can take this a step or two further.

More actively networked people may have profiles on other social networks, and this can be an additional source of new contacts for you.. There is definitely overlap. Each social network has different types of people it attracts as a result of the type of interests its members have.

As an example, you will probably find some of your family’s and friends’ contacts on one social networking site, others who are on two sites, and yet other friends on one or two of these sites or perhaps completely different sites.

Using this approach to gather, identify, and expand your social network of contacts in this manner, can keep you so busy that you might not consider using other resources.

However, if you want to do an even more comprehensive job, particularly in finding other contacts working in specific companies that you are targeting, then lead generator tools can really help.

Online Lead Generation Tools

Lead generation tools/resources are more known to those of us in sales, marketing or business development roles, as opposed to the rest of the public.

As your livelihood is dependent on your ability to find the right people in target accounts, becoming more effective at doing so will improve your chances of reaching an appropriate decision maker and obtaining a good come in the form of a job or referral.

The Internet has fueled the growth of these tools, leveling the playing field for all who are willing to put in the effort. Like anything online, there are other sources we’ve not yet uncovered or used. But these tools can be a big help to finding new potential contacts, influencers, even hiring authorities to add to your growing personal social network.

Two such tools are Jigsaw and NetProspex.

Unlike the general-purpose LinkedIn, there is a small cost to access the above databases-$25/month at last look. But you can sign up for a month, do your research on any number of companies, and then end your subscription. You can always jump back in later in three months if you need this service again.

The beauty of these tools is their simplicity. For example, if you want to find out if there is a VP of Sales in Company X, simply type in the company name and the appropriate job title, and see what comes up.

The results might be one or several individuals or none at all. And they may or may not be who you are looking for. This functions just like a Google search, only with far greater precision.

You also could expand your search to all potential hiring “Managers” by typing in that term. You may find HR Managers, Staffing Managers, or Sales Managers. It’s a broader group, but you may discover related hiring authorities or influencers in other parts of the company by doing that sort of search.

Lead Generation Tools are Fluid

These three resources are highly fluid and changing. As with LinkedIn and other social networks, new members join everyday.

Jigsaw and NetProspex contacts are “user generated”. This means that people who use these tools to find leads are able to add, change, and update the information, including adding new contacts they have as well as changing the status, titles, phone, and email contact information as they come across it. As a result, the information you can find here is changing and growing all the time. You may not find a contact you need today, but next week or month, there may be five you will find there.

Being user generated, not all the information is up to date. Just like you, people leave companies, change jobs, or get promotions.

So, yes, while you ‘pay’ for each name you download-Jigsaw charges $1 per name-and get access to their contact information (phone number and email address), the information you seek don’t always pan out.

Be advised that the contact information may not always be accurate. The phone number may be the main company number. The email address may no longer work or be valid. The contact may have left the company altogether. But in those cases in which you get a ‘dud’, just update the Jigsaw database and you’ll get a credit. Simple enough.

When starting from ground zero with few to no contacts in a company, having the ability to find people at your target companies that might be of help to you in your search is huge. That’s the value of lead generation tools like Jigsaw and NetProspex.

Jigsaw versus. NetProspex

Jigsaw has been around longer, while NetProspex is more of a newcomer but growing fast. One of the best elements of NetProspex is that their data is kept current. Their approach is to do as much work as possible to verify the accuracy of the contacts in their database. They also focus on not having any lead older than two years back.

Unlike Jigsaw, where you will find contacts that were created and inputted by someone anywhere from today to several years ago, NetProspex leads are more current. Therefore, this site can be a more accurate source of lead contact information. However, it’s a newer site, so they don’t have the several million contacts you can access on the Jigsaw database. NetProspex will catch up, though.

Remember that like any database, the information is never 100% identical. Sure, there will be overlap. More current information overlap is a good thing. And finding new folks in one database that weren’t in another is even better.

Other Research Tools

The objective is to find a few good resources that can help you start building out your personal social network.

There are many other places to look, too. Some of these other resources include the obvious, like search engines.

Corporate Websites, Press Releases, News Archives

Don’t discount visiting corporate websites. See if they have a “Press Releases-News Archives” section. This can be a useful source of information to mine and can turn up influencers or people in decision-making roles, simply because those are the types of people usually quoted in articles/press releases.

It takes time to read or scan through this sort of stuff, but again, this is part of your research. There is no easy way around research. Once you’ve done a bit of experimenting with it, you will come to appreciate its value.

Trade Publications

Every industry or market has one or sometimes several key trade/  magazine  publications. If you’re in the industry, you can often get what’s called a ‘controlled circulation’ subscription for free. Simply fill out the ‘bingo card’ and mail it in or fill it in online.

Better yet, check with your local main public library or university and see which ones they may subscribe to. It’s often just the ‘main’ ones in larger markets, but you never know. And it doesn’t cost you a dime. Ask for the business librarian if they have one, as they’ll be more in tune with that aspect of their periodicals…which is what these publications are called.

In addition to being a solid source of information on a specific market, many times these periodicals have a ‘People in the News’ section about recent promotions and job changes. Look there, and read through these articles as a potential source for finding possible influencers and hiring authorities to add your personal social network.

And with many publications now putting their content online, do some research to see which ones may offer you free online access.


Work From Home As a Freelance Writer & Start Making Money in 1 Week Or Less


With the economy shedding jobs at more than half-a-million a month since the last quarter of 2008, many are scrambling to find new employment. And, if it’s a work-from-home job, then all the better. Freelance writing is one of those careers that’s easy to start, and practically anyone who can read and write can do.

Following is a fast-growing, high-paying niche in freelance writing that anyone can enter – and start making money almost immediately.

Forget   Magazine  and Newspaper Writing: Online Writing  Jobs  are Where the Money Is

Specifically SEO copywriting. What is SEO copywriting? SEO stands for search engine optimization. Search engine optimization is simply using various rules to write copy in such a way that websites get more traffic and more sales.

And, website owners need a lot of it on a continual basis. Why? Because to rank high in search engine results, web businesses need to constantly add fresh content to their sites or their blogs and and/or to distribute via article directories.

Since most of them don’t have the in-house staff to do this themselves, they outsource it to freelance SEO writers. It’s cheaper for them. But, the amazing thing is, there are very few qualified SEO Writers. Most freelance writers don’t even know what it is, so it’s an untapped market.

And, this is why SEO writers are some of the busiest freelance writers you will find. The most successful ones bill $100-$250+/day — easily. Many SEO copywriters outsource work to to other freelance writers because they get swamped so easily.

Following are some sample jobs ads you may have run across while surfing the web. These all fall in the SEO writing niche.

Seeking SEO Article Writer: Need five articles on teen fashions for my website. Looking for someone who can submit 3-5 articles a week on an ongoing basis. Pay: $10-$20 per 400-500 word article.

SEO Copywriter Needed: We are looking for writers to produce SEO articles. Each article should be around 200 words and should include the keyword approximately 6 times. We will provide a sample as well as guide for layout and style. Pay: $10-$15 per post.

Blog Writer Wanted: Newly launched humor blog is looking for writers to contribute humorous articles on a weekly basis. No experience necessary, but the ability to consistently deliver smart and witty works of hilarity is a must. Pay: Open.

Web Content Writer: We are looking for freelance article writers to write website content, product descriptions, etc. Our freelance writing service is currently expanding, adding new clients weekly, and needs additional writers to take on writing projects. Pay: $25-$100/article.

When many hear the phrase “SEO” they tune out, thinking that maybe it’s too technical. The truth is, it’s so simple that even a 12-year-old can grasp it – all within a few minutes. If you’re looking for a work-from-home job that is easy to do, pays well and where you can start making money almost right away, SEO copywriting is it.


Free Articles at Ezines


Ezine is the word to know for the day. Intended to be an abbreviation for “electronic   magazine “, it refers to online sites containing essays and articles to be distributed through email or just posted on a website to a list of subscribed customers. It is an online  magazine . EzineArticles that appear on the World Wide Web is properly referred to as a webzine, although the latter may also refer to all online  magazines . Other names like cyberzine and hyperzine also refer to all online  magazines . However, if the websites represents a printed  magazine  it is most usually referred to as ” Online” (i.e., Elle Online, People Online).

Because they concentrate on a certain topic or field of expertise, EzineArticles have become a great source of information for just about any topic under the sun. From big topics such as finance, business, and even politics, articles also deal with everyday well-loved subjects of health and fitness, travel and leisure, and recreation and sports. There are even ezines which do movies, books, and product reviews. And the best part about all of this is that you can access them for free. Well, maybe not all, but there are a bunch of free sites spread over the net that serve as ezine publishers and at the same time provide free articles for other ezine publishers.

Aside from being a good source on just about any topic, ezine also has access to a wide range of audience and thus it is a good way to promote anything-business, personality, and product. As long as you can make your articles informative and pleasing, you can advertise them all. Now this is really good, especially for small and medium size businesses and for those who are just starting out in the business arena. You can compete with the big boys and not really spend a whole lot of cash on various promotional and advertising expenses.

Ezine is also a good way to promote yourself in the market, particularly for those in the freelance and consultation business. You can build your credibility through your articles, by making them interesting, informative and easy to read. Professionals and experts on all fields publish articles on topics related to their field and through it they demonstrate their knowledge and experience and subsequently make themselves saleable for potential job-offers and clients.

If you have written an article but don’t have a lot of time to do a lot more to come up with an ezine, you can still avail of the benefits cited above by submitting your article to an ezine publisher or to article directories. Since writing a bunch of articles on a certain topic periodically alone can be a really tiresome job in the long run, some ezine publishers welcome articles from a variety of writers or go to article directories to get some to fill in the space in their ezines.

Article directories are depositories for articles on different topics wherein net users can access them either for reading or for use (in their ezines). They basically store articles together with all millions of other articles submitted by other writers and separate them by category and make them accessible for the entire world to see. Some of the really famous ezine articles directories include,, and, which provide the service for free.


Demand for Internal Audit Jobs Still Rising


According to Accountancy Magazine, investment banks, asset management firms and government agencies are hiring recently qualified graduates in high numbers, thanks to a shortage of qualified candidates for audit jobs. In fact, a July survey by the Association of Graduate Recruiters showed that the vacancy rate for internal audit jobs is at its highest since 1995, and audit recruitment firms are scrambling to find qualified applicants.

There hasn’t been a better time to be seeking internal audit jobs in the UK in over ten years. The shortage of qualified graduate auditors and the increase in vacant audit jobs have combined to create a wide open field for newly qualified accountants. In addition, because of the shortage of applicants interested in audit jobs, audit recruitment firms and employers are offering higher bonuses and salaries than they have in years.

According to Morgan McKinley, a premier accountancy recruitment firm, the average annual bonus for auditors in all positions rose 5% last year. For the newly qualified in audit jobs, that meant a holiday bonus of up to 15% of their annual salary. For the top rung audit jobs in product control, the holiday bonus was as high as 25% of their annual salary. Even better, those annual salaries are looking up in the next year as well. In the same survey, employers who are recruiting for audit positions are willing to back their searches with more money and more benefits. The median starting salary for newly qualified graduates in an audit job is up over 5% – from £22,000 to £23,136. That’s just the beginning – a survey conducted by predicts that salaries for auditor will rise as much as 25% over the next two to three years.

The reasons for the upturn in salaries and vacancies in audit jobs are many. During the recent downturn in the economy, many firms cut back their audit positions, and left off training programmes, contributing to a shortage of auditors in key positions. The slight depression and lowered wages led to fewer qualified graduates over the past ten years. The demand for more qualified audit professionals has grown over the past two years as a natural result of the upturn in the economy, but that’s only part of the equation.

The bigger part of the puzzle is the impact of the new regulations brought into place by Sarbanes-Oxley and IFRS. Firms recognize that they will need increased manpower to deal with compliance of the new rulings. As many as 80% of senior audit professionals surveyed by believe that there needs to be an increase of up to 25% in the number of auditors in order to keep up with the new regulations.


With Your Next Job, Have a Love Affair!


What do you do when you’re looking for a potential mate? Go to the gym, go out on dates, go places you like. Ask around to see who’s still single or newly single. Think about the time and energy you devote to dating, which if successful, will comprise maybe 20% of your waking hours. Now think about your career. You probably spend about 50% of your waking hours at your desk, commuting, or traveling for work.

When we’re dating, we’re very specific and choosy about whom we’ll spend 20% of our time with. Yet often times, we settle for the first job that comes along that meets very little of our criteria, often money. Would you be willing to spend the next three to five years with a mate just because you had one nice meal? Of course not. But that’s exactly what we do when we’re deciding on our next job – we have a couple of great interviews and the money’s good, so we agree to join the company and then stay until a better one comes along. Where’s the passion in this picture? I say, it’s time to have a love affair with your next job!

The good news is that this is easier than you think. Just remember what AFFAIR stands for:

  • A — Admiration — Love Your Work
  • FF — Faking Fails — If You Fake Who You Are, You’ll Be Miserable in Your Next Job
  • A — Acceptance — What Are You Willing to Compromise?
  • I — Intermingling — Interviewing Not Just Any Company, But the Cream of the Crop Companies
  • R — Reward — A Job You Love and Pays the Bills

ADMIRATION. We often have an idea of what our ideal mate looks like. Hair texture and color, eye color, physique, the sound of his or her voice. Likewise, this is the first step to take when you search for your next job. That’s why magazines often promote the top companies to work for — these are companies that people admire. What kind of employer do you admire? Think about the job environment. Do you want to aspire to a window office, or do you prefer open environments where everyone’s equally accessible?

Think about the perfect boss who is dying to have you work on interesting projects and promote you at every opportunity. Think about the colleagues you’re working with and how you might realistically interact with them at networking events. Can you see yourself bowling with them, or perhaps having each other’s families over for dinner? Visualize yourself in the office kitchen at 3pm in the afternoon singing “Happy Birthday” with your colleagues. Who do you want to be singing with? Imagining your ideal job in great detail puts your intention into motion.

FAKING FAILS. Be yourself – otherwise once you get the job you’ll just have to keep on faking. Have you heard of anyone who sent out over 200 resumes in their job search? Are you one of them? As in dating, it is highly unattractive to solicit yourself to every available employer and then call for days on end asking if they love you and want to marry you, figuratively speaking. Be a little choosy here. Employers want to know you’re a good catch. How can you be selective?

Well, you can reach out to your friends, family, and trusted colleagues. Have a hobby you love? Join a group. Volunteer for a cause you believe in. Join networking groups in your area of expertise and volunteer for those activities that sound fun, even if they add a bit more time to your schedule. The key here is to do only those things that you absolutely love. If you’re joining just to get noticed, you’ve missed the point. Just as in dating, you’re more likely to meet your potential mate, or employer, when you’re simply being yourself and having fun!

ACCEPTANCE. Now here’s the kicker. Be willing to accept less than perfection. I know, this goes against the first “A for Admiration” in designing your ideal employer. But really, do you know of anyone who has the perfect significant other? With dating, you can love someone and be willing to compromise on shortcomings. It’s the same with a potential employer. Know your core values and beliefs so that you’re clear in your interviews what you must have and what you’re willing to let slide.

Let’s say you’re interviewing to work in an advertising agency and you’re a creative person who loves flexibility and wants a boss who provides lots of autonomy but is accessible for brainstorming when you’re in a rut. Let’s say you crave open space with ping pong tables and dart boards in a creative war room environment. But let’s say that this agency’s clients are predominantly traditional corporations with organizational hierarchies, long approval processes, micromanagement of details, and slow to act.

Are you willing to accept those shortcomings? Or are you really looking to work for a smaller boutique agency with a lesser-known client roster and possibly less salary potential? These are the types of considerations that if you decide in advance, will not be surprising to you after the new job honeymoon is over.

Congratulations…now you’re INTERMINGLING! Over the past few months you’ve been joining groups and meeting people and having the time of your life. Now you’ve even gotten yourself some very interesting interviews. Not just any company, but companies that people you trust have referred you to. And you have an “in” since these people know and love you, and are essentially setting you up on blind dates, or interviews – telling both sides that you guys are meant to be soul mates together.

Try not to go crazy memorizing all those interviewing questions. The good companies don’t rely on such trite questions such as, “If you were an animal, what kind of animal you would be?” Or the completely unrealistic one, “So where do you see yourself in five years?” As if any company would be willing to sign you on for five years without the possibility of layoffs.

Again, think of the interviewing process as a night out on a date, so to speak. How does your gut feel as you’re talking with your interviewer? Is this somebody you’d want to go out with day after day? Is it easy for you to strike up a conversation with the interviewer? Do you find you’re stumbling upon your words, or worse, that you’re completely bored? Is she or he really listening to what you’re saying by repeating back to you what you’ve said? Better yet, do you feel like a couple of good friends laughing and having a great time? Really try to use the cues your body is sending you — try not to think so much with your head. Are you in love with this person? Let’s hope so, because you’ll be spending more time with him or her than with your significant other!

REWARD. Nobody enjoys dating people that are not right for them. But until you date them, you really don’t know whether there’s a fit. When you finally do date someone that’s the right fit, it feels completely effortless to make each other laugh and enjoy each other’s company. You’re on top of the world. If you’ve been less than honest with yourself or your mate, it doesn’t take that long before you’re each finding little faults that can’t be overlooked. But if you’ve both been authentic with each other, that bliss continues and grows deeper and deeper. Think about what this means in your job.

For example, if you love the glamorous entertainment industry, you’re probably going to be thrilled working for many of the companies in Los Angeles. Likewise if your heart is in supporting traditional American families, perhaps you’ll feel exuberantly alive working for a company that promotes family conveniences, or nurturing family activities. When you treat your job search with the love and passion of a brewing sordid affair, you’ll truly look forward to work each day. You’ll do all those little extras that are so important in the beginning of a relationship. You’ll continue to learn and grow. Your job will be joyful. And more than likely, you’ll get paid very well to do it!

So, have you decided? Do you want a long-term unfulfilling relationship, or do you want to have a love affair with your next job? The choice is yours.


Advice From Capcom On How To Become A Video Game Tester


How do you get involved in the gaming industry without knowledge of programming, 3D modelling or anything concerning the production of computers? Fortunately, a group of consultants at WonderCon provided gamers with tips on how to enter the gaming industry.

Many gamers forget that there are more jobs in the industry than just being a video game tester or a programmer or art designer. marketing, product development, human resources and advertising are just a few of the many departments within the video game industry that are seeking qualified applicants.

WonderCon consultants proclaimed the most important traits to get a job in the gaming industry include working free of charge, participating in art and design competitions, and sending out a TON of resumes. Francis Mao, senior director of Creative Services and Events for Capcom spoke about his personal success story.

A former law school drop-out, he had used his communication, English and art skills to find a career in the gaming industry. He had participated in a contest by Gamepro   magazine  for a cash reward. Afterwards, he had received a phone call from the  magazine  asking him to do a number of art  jobs  based on commission. After a few months, he would start reviewing computer games.

Mao’s success emphasizes the importance of having gaming consultants to guide you through the world of the gaming industry. Usually, game developers and publishers use contests to hire talented individuals. Artists are certainly welcome to participate in contests and showcase their portfolio and resume. He stressed making connections and letting people know of your presence.

Another story is with Alex Jones, the producer of Devil May Cry” for Capcom. He said that he had sent his resume to every video game  magazine  within a 50-mile radius before Ubisoft finally hired him as a game tester. Don’t just send out a resume to your favorite gaming company and then give up! Persistence is key. The group consultants also stressed the importance of landing an internship, working for nothing, making connections, seeking advice, being polite, and always sending out resumes.

As a final important note, never describe yourself as “avid gamer” on your resume. Otherwise, companies will think of you as just another fan and won’t take your resume seriously. The gaming industry is still young and companies are on constant look out for talented individuals in various fields. That being said, give it a shot, you might just make it in!


Give Magazine Subscriptions: Holiday Gift Ideas


Holiday gift ideas, whether for a birthday, an anniversary, a graduation, or a year-end holiday like Christmas, come in handy for all of us. It is one thing to set aside some time and money to give a gift, but choosing the right gift for the right person can be a monumentally challenging task. But magazines are a great gift idea that is too often neglected.

Unlike a sweater, tie, or scarf, magazines don’t go out of style. They keep up with the changes and the times, and a magazine that was launched 50 years ago is still as current and fashionable as one launched this year. And while most of us can pry and inquire of our friends or family members to try to figure out what to give them, those who give magazines can find out without even asking. All you have to do is look around the house to see what your recipient has been reading, and the information is complete. Just go out and subscribe to their favorite magazines, have them delivered to the door, and you will never have to worry about them returning it to the store for another size or a refund.

And magazine subscription giving is one of the few presents that keep on giving, all year long. If you get a subscription gift, you can open it in monthly installments for 12 months, with each new issue of the magazine representing a portion of your time-released gift. And sometimes you can give a subscription that lasts two or three years, which allows you to give a gift that really endures, long after other gifts are forgotten.

One nice way to present a magazine gift is to buy a current copy of the magazine and wrap it, along with a greeting card explaining that there will be more monthly issues coming throughout the year. And if you get into the habit of giving magazines for presents, your shopping days will soon be over – no more fighting mall crowds or worrying about what to give. Keep a list of the magazines you’ve given, and either update them from time to time to change around the magazines, or just wait until the publisher sends you a reminder a year later. And publishers will send you reminders, so you will never have to be concerned about forgetting a special occasion in the future. Not only do these gifts make sense for the recipient, but they are also great for the giver.


The OTHER Acronym for HTML – How To Make Laughs?


Or what about CSS – Comic Sheer Stupidity? How to make a successful online magazine from nothing and with nothing, particularly the first clue about computer language.

I am a website designer and web magazine editor. In fact, I prefer to think of myself, like so many other women, as a master of many skills and an exponent of none. That seems to be part and parcel of being a webpreneur these days, however most webmasters appear to have acquired far more skills than I’ll ever know about, let alone learn how to use.

But that DOES NOT make me a web nerd (and my apologies to any of you who consider yourself a proud member of that erstwhile club), a term so many of my former colleagues like to gigglingly refer to me as.

Yes, I DID design my own website (do the cracks show?) and yes, I DO have to write the bulk of it using the skills in HTML and CSS I have acquired since I fell into this whole three-ring-circus about a year ago, but for me, understanding the basics of HTML and CSS is a means to an end, not the end itself. I don’t want to be a web nerd – they sit in dark corners and challenge each other to computer games involving space ships and fire-breathing dragons.

In fact, that I have even managed to build a faithful and ever-increasing number of visitors is attributable to some factor I haven’t quite been able to grasp as yet, because along the way to getting to this point, HTML has come to stand for many acronyms it wasn’t originally intended for. Especially “T” for “tantrums”, and as for “L” for language – let’s not even go there!

But it’s all my own fault. I take full responsibility for every over laden “table”, every overdone “font” and every #color that by simply juxtaposing the letters turned from pretty pink to puce green. You see, in my previous life I was a magazine editor, a REAL magazine editor and we used REAL colors and REAL images with REAL models to display our products. We also had a swathe of advertisers whose revenue kept me in a job. But then, in a stroke of pure serendipity, I was introduced to the online world and I gotta tell you, I was hooked – line and sinker – from day one.

Here was my opportunity to own and run my very own women’s online magazine – a position I would probably only ever acquire by marrying into the Condé Nast dynasty (unlikely) or acquiring their wealth (even more unlikely).

But, whoa! I was absolutely clueless about the Internet, let alone how to set up or run a women’s magazine online. But was I going to let a silly little thing like that stop me? NO way! “I’m a woman”, I timidly told myself, “I can do anything!”

And that’s when the fun started. Did it even occur to me to have someone else design a website for me? No, of course not! I’d majored in Fine Arts at college – I could do it. What about paying for a pretty web template? No, I didn’t need to expend that sort of money on my meager budget! Someone (if I could remember who it was, I’d gladly shoot them!) suggested I purchase Microsoft FrontPage and do the job myself, and poor misguided fool I was, I did.

That’s when I discovered the Hellish, Temperamental, Maddeningly, Laughable world of HTML, and that if I didn’t learn how to use it – and fast – I didn’t have a chance of getting my website off the ground. So although you all know who you are, but I’ve long since forgotten (or erased it from my memory), I wish to thank every HTML tutorial website in existence for teaching a novice like me that the W3C guys who got together way back when to invent HyperText Markup Language were really having a joke at our expense and are probably all sitting back on their luxury yachts anchored somewhere off the Cote d’Azur tittering into their martinis.

Now, almost 12 months on, I can proudly say I’ve almost got the hang of both HTML and CSS, and as I continue to learn, my major blunders and blinders will appear less and less frequently. In the meantime, all I ask is that my willing and faithful readers bear with me and understand I’m a woman on a mission. Heck, at the speed at which the Internet is growing and changing, by the time I’ve really mastered the art of HTML, they’ll have come up with something new to replace it and I’ll have to start all over again.


Video Game Tester Needed


It’s not easy to find a position for a video game tester but it’s very possible. If you want to get a video game tester, you need to position yourself very well. What do I mean by this? Video game testing is unlike playing video games for fun. And it doesn’t mean that as a gamer like you; you are not qualified for the job, but you need to bear in mind that testing games require how well you are able to detect bugs. I have arranged some steps I think you can use to find a place where a video game tester is needed.

Get In Touch

Video game tester jobs are not easy to find on magazines, websites or even classified sections of newspapers. You need to approach those video game producers and show that what you can offer. If you live in one of the big cities, you can make time to visit video game producers like Microsoft Xbox, Code Masters, Sony, Nintendo and the rest of others, and prove to them that you could make a good testing job. Tell them how many games you’ve played, the ones you own and anything convincing to make them give you a testing job. If you have friends that work in video game companies, it’s another alternative you can use to get a testing job.

Most video game companies have offices in big cities and have friends that were able to get a video game testing job through this approach. Some video game companies display their ads on its website when a tester is needed, it’s your responsibility as one who is hungry for a testing job to find those ads, read them and make proper use of them to get what you need. Hopefully, you might get a video game testing job. Most public video game testing is done at home, so always check your mail to see whether you’ve got any testing job. When the games get to you, take time to read through the instructions that came with it and memorize them very well in order to get the best out of what its expected of you. Remember that your main role as a video game tester is discover bugs and file your report, so test the games over and over again. Video game producers are not really gamers, so they believe the best people for the job are gamers. Test the games over and over again until you are satisfied with the results, send your feedback to the company that assigned you the games to test.

Bear in mind that time factor is very important, so don’t waste time testing the games. After submitting your first assignment, you relax and wait for your checks at the mail. Expect more testing jobs and deliver as soon as possible. Reputation is built over time, the more you impress the company with your services, the more you build your reputation. The pay for a video game testing is very attractive, you should expect to earn $20-$50 per hour or $150 per day depending on the amount of hours you spend testing the games, that’s a huge sum of money when and even more when capitalized on a monthly basis.


Looking For Employment Opportunities


Employment opportunities are available in every field, from general labor and administration, to health care and electronics, and depending on the discipline you specialize in, you can find a position that will accommodate your employment needs. When it comes to trying to find opportunities for it in the field of your choice, there are several places that you can begin your search. Local periodicals with job listings for small companies, large job listings online, an agency that specializes in preparing individuals to find work, word of mouth, and family/ friend referral. All of these sources will help to provide you with the work you need.

Look For Ads in Periodicals

Your local newspapers and magazines have job sections that showcase the latest jobs openings in your area. Many businesses post employment opportunities in daily classified section of the newspaper, or will wait to post job notices in the classified section on Sundays, when most people purchase a newspaper.

Local entertainment papers and small town papers also list job postings for small business owners and owners of private businesses which can be great job finds. Smaller employers look for individuals they can create a relationship over a long period of time, and these papers can be a great place to find work.

Browse Large Online Listings

Many large companies that have dozens of jobs in different fields will post employment opportunities on websites online. Be sure to create a resume that lists your education, skills, the objective for your application to that position, as well as a statement for “references upon request”. Do not send general resumes to the employers you are applying to. Employers can always tell when a resume is general or specifically addressed to their need to fill that position.

Also, create a cover letter that introduces your skill and your resume in a personalized yet professional manner to employment opportunities. Many people do not provide cover letters, yet they are the preferred method of introduction to a resume for employers. Some online listings allow you the option of saving your resume and cover letter to their website, but always post a new, fresh resume to showcase your talents to each company you apply to.

Apply to an Employment Agency

Agencies come in all shapes and forms, offering opportunities for you to apply for positions for specific fields or several different types of positions. Depending on your skill set, you can choose a company that will help you to find employment opportunities that are specifically interested in what you have to offer. Agencies create a database of employers to screen their applicants for them so that the employers can focus more on their specific business.